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Rachel Boyd

English name::Rachel Boyd
Kanji name::レイチェル・ボイド
Romaji name::Reicheru Boido

Seiyū (Japanese)

  • Hōko Kuwashima
Voiced by (English)

  • Carrie Savage
Gender

Female

Classification Human
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Rachel Boyd (レイチェル・ボイド, Reicheru Boido) is a little girl and a resident of Death City.

PersonalityEdit

Not much can be said about her personality since for most time she was possessed by Medusa. What can be assumed is that she was a normal, innocent, curious and happy girl.

AppearanceEdit

Before and after Medusa's possession, Rachel's hair is reddish-brown and at shoulder length. She is about the height of many five-year-old children.

In the time that it takes for Medusa to fully possess Rachel's body, her eyes turn more red while her hair remains the same. She takes to wearing a black, sleeveless hoodie sweater, with a breast logo resembling a disinterested facial expression, matching Rachel's increasingly stoic appearance. Upon her departure from the Boyd's residence, Rachel possesses the vector arrow-shaped tongue of Medusa.

After Medusa's possession, her hair turns blonde like that of the original witch, with the hair in the back and sides extending outward, resembling Medusa's old hair. Also under Medusa's possession, Rachel wears sandals and a black, sleeveless hoodie sweater, decorated with drawings of snake eyes on the front and the hood. As well, the hoodie extends back in two straps that resemble snakes crawling over her shoulders. Under Medusa's possession, Rachel wears no pants, only children's bloomers under her sweater—to Medusa's embarrassment when Death holds the witch in the air by the hood of her sweater.

Part in the storyEdit

The SnakeEdit

Medusa Possessing Rachel

Medusa taking over Rachel's body in the manga

While out shopping with her mom, five-year-old Rachel Boyd spotted a dog and, being curious, ran over to pet it. Unknown to her however, Medusa, who had lost her original body in the fight with Stein, was possessing the dog as a temporary vessel. No sooner than Rachel got close, Medusa quickly possessed the child before her mother caught up.

Medusa played the role of the girl while in her household (presumably to allow the possession to take full control) before abruptly leaving when she noticed a spider sneaking around the house, much to the distress of her mother who filed a missing report to DWMA.

The Reunion Express Edit

Medusa then kept Rachel's body for some time, though as she claims to Death and Spirit during their meeting it was only temporary until she regains her magic. Upon her exit from the Boyd residence, Medusa located her previous lackey, Eruka, in a forest. Even in Rachel's body, Medusa's presence terrified Eruka, in part because Medusa still controlled the snakes placed into the frog witch's body. Under the theat of death, Eruka followed Medusa's instructions, as she, Free, and the Mizune Sisters impersonated Arachnophobia agents to be placed within Baba Yaga Castle.

Medusa Controlling Rachel's Body

Medusa, controlling Rachel, curtsies before Arachne at Baba Yaga Castle.

Realizing Arachne's spider already alerted her sister to her survival, Medusa came to Baba Yaga Castle after her lackeys were in place within Arachnophobia. During her family reunion with Arachne, each Gorgon sister warned the other not to interfere, Arachne showing little concern about attacking Medusa even when possessing five-year-old Rachel's body. Although surrounded by Giriko, Mosquito, and Mifune, Medusa, within Rachel's body, continued her departure, as Arachne refused to attack.

Soul Eater Chapter 31 - Medusa finds Crona

In the alleys of Death City, Medusa finds Crona.

Medusa returned to Death City with the goal of obtaining the services of her child, Crona. Even when Medusa was in Rachel's body, Crona could recognize the witch. Before leaving Death City, Medusa within Rachel's body alerted Crona that she would leave additional instructions, but not before the witch could sense madness circling the city.

The Corner of the Room and "BREW"--The Tempest Edit

In the following weeks, Medusa used Rachel's body to arrive at one of the witch's many lairs. From this location, she continued to send orders to Crona, Eruka, and the Mizune Sisters towards the successful poisoning of Marie Mjolnir, the retrieval of Brew, and the infection of madness upon Stein. With this work accomplished, Medusa, within Rachel's body, ordered the return of Crona to her, but the child was hesitant, refusing to leave the DWMA and friends like Maka Albarn. How Medusa, within Rachel, convinced or physically coerced Crona back to her is not yet clear.

Operation: Capture Baba Yaga's CastleEdit

In the manga, Medusa, about a month after Rachel went missing, arrived at the DWMA, having surrendered herself to Death with a proposal: she will lead DWMA students to the hidden location of Arachnophobia, and she promises to inform Maka of the location of Crona.

Medusa's help to DWMA to raid Baba Yaga's castle afforded Maka the opportunity to defeat Arachne, which leaves behind that witch's body separated from her soul. As Soul and Maka claim Arachne's soul, Medusa seizes upon the opportunity to abandon Rachel's body and possess Arachne's. Medusa gloats that her allegiance with the DWMA was a plot from the beginning to obtain the body of her eldest sister before escaping, all without giving Maka even one clue as to Crona's location.

It is assumed that it was the DWMA that returned Rachel to her parents.

A Healthy Soul and a Healthy Mind Dwells within a Healthy Body Edit

Soul Eater Chapter 113 - Rachel Boyd

Rachel and her parents look up to see the Black Blood eclipse of the Moon.

Outside with her parents, Rachel points to the sky, where the Moon now looks as if it has undergone an eclipse. She and her parents do not yet realize that the Black Blood of Asura, along with that of Crona and Soul Eater, circles the satellite, trapping the Kishin.

In the animeEdit

In the anime, Rachel's story is similar to that of the manga. Medusa remains in Rachel's body for the duration of the series, but only until Medusa's fight against Crona and Marie, who joined later by Stein and Maka. Medusa attempts to use Rachel as a hostage to prevent Marie and Crona from attacking her, but Maka channel her Anti-Witch abilities into her weapon to safely remove Medusa's possession of Rachel, successfully striking down the witch without severely injuring the unconscious Rachel.

Soul Eater - Stein tends to Crona

Rachel and Marie watch over an injured Crona.

Rachel eventually awakens some time between Maka's departure from Medusa's lair and her fight against Asura. Rachel is next seen with Marie in a DWMA infirmary, as Stein tends to Crona's nearly fatal injuries received from the fight against Medusa.

At the end of the anime, Rachel is shown to have been escorted by Azusa and Marie for a happy reunion with her parents.

TriviaEdit

  • Rachel's surname is an anagram of "body."
  • The anime censors the possession, not showing Rachel's face as Medusa enters her mouth in snake form.
  • In the manga, Medusa possessed Rachel's body for about a month before her surrender to the DWMA.[1]
  • Also in the manga, Rachel was five years old at the time of Medusa's possession.[2]
  • Rachel and Medusa share the same voice actress in Japanese.

References Edit

  1. Soul Eater Chapter 45: Volume 12, Yen Press Translation, page 33
  2. Soul Eater Chapter 45: Volume 12, Yen Press Translation, page 33

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