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"I don't know what you gave her, but that meager attempt cannot overcome my brainwashing! Such shallow bonds! "Partners"? "Friends"? They're only tools to fill the emptiness within your hearts. "Souls"? "Resonance"? Don't make me laugh! This town is filled with hideous hypocrisy."

— Shaula Gorgon (Chapter 39, Soul Eater NOT!)[1]
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Name
Name Shaula Gorgon
Romaji Shaura Gōgon
Katakana シャウラ・ゴーゴン
(しゃうらごーごん)
Alias(es)
Title(s)
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Alternate Name(s)
Personal Data
Sex Gender Sign - FemaleFemale
Age
Race/Species Witch Soul Witch
Type of Soul
Theme Scorpion
Classification
Status Deceased
Abilities
Weapon Form(s)
Magic
Meister Type(s)
Fighting Style
Weapon(s)
Wavelength
Powers
Professional Data
Occupation(s)
Former Occupation(s)
Affiliation(s)
Former Affiliation(s) Witch Order icon Witch Order (Formerly)
The Traitors (Formerly)
Nationality
Place of Origin
Residence
Team/Group
Weapon Partner(s)
Meister Partner(s)
Clan
Family Gorgon Family
Relation(s) Arachne Gorgon (Elder Sister)
Medusa Gorgon (Elder Sister)
Crona (Niece/Nephew)
Real World Data
Manga Debut(s) Chapter 6 (NOT!)
Anime Debut(s) Episode 3 (NOT!)
Game Debut(s)

Shaula Gorgon (シャウラ・ゴーゴン, Shaura Gōgon) was the youngest of the Gorgon Sisters as well as a Witch of the Witch Order that conspired to takedown the DWMA and Death City using the Traitors.

Cultural References

Shaula's name comes from both astronomy and astrology. The name "Shaula" is the traditional Arabic name for a star system called Lambda Scorpii, which is a part of the constellation of Scorpius. It roughly translates to "the raised [tail], as it is found in the tail of the scorpion (Scorpius)". Given the fact that Shaula's emblem is that of the symbol of the star sign, Scorpio (♏), and she has the theme of scorpion stingers in her appearance, her name befits these other allusions.

Personality

Shaula, like her older sibling Medusa, shares an interest in experimental research, driven by the singular interest in destroying the organization known as DWMA[sourcing needed]. It is since she seemed to have developed into a strong sense of ambition but at the cost of her becoming both boastful and conceited. Rather like Medusa, she remains composed even while being dismissive of her previous experiments, especially of those whom are not deemed useful any longer. She seems to be using these Traitors as prototypes to further the creation of a being capable of defeating the students of DWMA, an objective which is strangely similar to those of her relations. She also seems to share Arachne's fondness of lavish and high-quality things, demonstrated by the various furnishings that adorn her initial office.[3]

Shaula is a sinister individual, having immense hatred against those align with the DWMA. She holds no remorse in manipulating others with mind control to her own means and even seems to enjoy doing so. Rarely, has she been seen losing her composure much like her sisters. She's not above taking advantage of others much like her sisters. She's seems to have no regard for taking any sort of human life & takes joy in taking it. She finds the concept of friendship and compassion meaningless, looking at it as humans trying to fill a void in their heart. She even finds the concept of a Soul Resonance foolish and hypocrisy from DWMA.[4]

Anime Personality

While resembling much of her manga counterpart, there's some differences.

She's somewhat flirtatious, as seen when she lifted Meme's skirt when possessing her as she spoke to Sid Barrett. She also has some sort of sense of humor, telling Akane with Meme's body to show her "some of his killer moves".

However, unlike any of her sisters, she is motivated by what seems to be more of a personal reason in the anime. Though it is still unclear, she has mentioned several times that she is "lonely" due to the actions of the DWMA.[5] This may come from the fact that Witches are generally hunted by potential Death Scythes for their souls and live with the constant danger of their lives ending for an individual to become a Death Scythe. She also mentions that, when her plans seem to work, she'll enjoy "being able to hunt for once".[6]

Relationships

Main: Shaula Gorgon/Relationships

Appearance

Shaula, unlike her sisters, demonstrates all the qualities of a typical teenage girl rather than those of a mature woman, leading to the assertion that she is the youngest amongst her two siblings. Her pale and unblemished complexion serves to accentuate her slender facial features, which are characterized by the unusual iris displayed by both of her eyes, a trait seemingly shared by all the members of her immediate family. Alluding to her scorpion theme, this distinctive feature takes the shape of two interlocking scorpion stingers, which together form one complete circle located at the center of each eye (which also looks like the yin yang to some viewers). Continuing with this motif, her floral patterned or headscarf covered hair is arranged into a long loose plait that ends in the shape of a scorpion's stinger, through the use of an appropriately tied bow, an aspect that is further mirrored by an ornamental earring dangling from her right ear.

Befitting her age, Shaula's typical attire consists of a long-sleeved sailor outfit that has been adopted by many Japanese schools as their standard uniform. However, unlike most variations, hers displays the symbol of the star sign "Scorpio" (♏) as a small emblem, located on the visible portion of her vest beneath her sailor collar. This collar has two stripes running across it, one that goes along its entirety and another that terminates partway across the front.[7]

Magic and Abilities

Magic

Shaula's Hair: One of Shaula's main weapons is her hair, in which is used similar to that of a scorpion stinger and houses it's own various abilities and even spells at her disposal. Her hair also seems to function as support for her own Magic as well as Manipulation Magic.[8]

  • Poison (毒, Doku): Made from the poison of a scorpion[9] and housed within her own hair, this substance, when entered into the body of a victim, gives Shaula immediate control over the victim's will and enables Mind Control. This is then enabled after the usage of a mysterious chant to induce complete control over the victim. Those under her poison have a huge spike in physical potential, making them stronger and due to the insomnia side effect, Shaula can remove an individual's fears.[10]

Manipulation Magic (操作系の魔法, Sōsakei no Mahō): Being the magic in which Shaula specializes in, this allows her to take control of her victims' wills. Requiring her to be at a certain vicinity, this magic can easily be activated with chants even outside Soul Protect so long as the control comes from an external source such as her Poison.[11]

Shaula's Magic: Not much is known about the complete nature of her magic, though it is known that her magic typically follows a scorpion-like theme and consists of many, offensive attack spells with no known defense spells.[12]

Abilities

Shaula showcasing skill

Shaula's showcase of skill.

Martial Way Proficiency: Despite preferring to let others do the fighting for her, Shaula herself is an immensely skilled individual in close combat like that of the Gorgon Sisters, something not seem by many witches in the series. Despite this however, much of her skill comes from the usage of her hair as a weapon combined with her athleticism and defense.[13] However, she's powerful enough in this area to easily block Anya Hepburn's attempt at fighting her in close quarters, who is a martial artist that practices Royal Karate[13][14]

Chapter 37 (NOT!) - Shaula infects DWMA mooks with Finger Chain

Shaula infects DWMA soldiers.

  • Drunken Fist (拳, Suiken) (Anime Only): To some degree, Shaula was revealed to be controlling Meme Tatane herself during the times in which Meme utilized her "Sleeping Fist" in her sleep. How much skill she actually possesses or If this was a capability extended to her from being in Meme's body is unknown.[15]
  • Finger Chain Specialist: Shaula has been seen proficient enough with her own finger chain weapon to easily sneak up to trained DWMA soldiers and take control of them using the poisoned tip.[16]

Archery (Anime Only): Shaula on one occasion was shown to employ the use of a bow and arrow on Sid Barrett.[17]

Shaula Blocks Akane's Soul Menace

Shaula blocks Akane's Soul Menace.

Exceptional Athleticism: Shaula herself has shown excellent condition. She has been fast enough to dodge attacks from multiple opponents. In the anime, she was able to dodge attacks from both Meme and Anya wielding. Shaula has also been seen jumping at superhuman heights and landing gracefully.[18] She's been able to dodge attacks from Meme and Anya weilding Tsugumi as well as Akane☆Hoshi wielding Clay Sizemore. Shaula is strong enough to endure blunt attacks from Meme Tatane,[19] who possesses extraordinary strength. She is also able to dodge attacks from Anya and even Akane's Soul Menace technique.[19]

Intellect: It can be assumed that due to her nature of creating "prototypes" and her love for experimentation like Medusa, she's a highly intelligent individual. She is a capable tactician and strategist, able to discover DWMA's attempts to capture her, outsmarting Sid's forces by using Meme's friends and even caused the death the Sid as a result.[17] She's also was able to even hide in Death City with the use of Soul Protect, despite the fact she would stand out due to her appearance.[20] She was also able to launch an attack on Death City effectively, giving the organization difficulty in tracking her down. She's also noted for the creation of her venom, in which not only makes the subject under her complete control, but grants them immense physical prowess.

Shaula sells her scorpion themed jewels

Shaula "selling" jewelry that is secretly houses her poisons.

  • Chemistry Expertise: She's also possess much proficiency in what seems to be chemistry due to the fact she uses various poisons to infect and control her enemies. Even Franken Stein couldn't develop an antidote for it.[21]
  • Craftmanship: She also seems to be great at craftsmanship. She was able to make jewelry and use such objects to curse others.[22] In addition to that, she seems very skilled in making specific scorpion-themed weaponry for the Traitors put under her mind control.

Paraphernalia

  • Shaula Gorgon's Venom: A poison that contaminates the bloodstream via injection. It quickly causes the victim to faint, reawakening to be under the order of its creator, Shaula Gorgon.
  • Finger Chain: Shaula is able to use a chain-like weapon with a scorpion tail as a weapon to infect those with her venom.
  • Shaula's Hair: Shaula utilizes her hair as her weapon in a way similar to that of a stinger. It is powerful enough to even clash and block Demon Weapons.
  • Bow and Arrow: In the anime, Shaula has used a Bow and Arrow on one occasion.[23]

Weaknesses

Despite being a powerful and able fighter, Shaula does suffers from some weaknesses. As a witch, she is susceptible to the Great Traditional Techniques of the Scythe-Meister due to the fact she performs magic. She is also susceptible to carriers of the Anti-Demon Wavelength.

While Shaula considers herself powerful, she also knows the limits of her own power. While all the Death Scythes and Death the Kid shown up due to her attack onto Death City and the DWMA, her facing Death himself left her pertrified with fear to the point she left herself open for the trio (Meme, Anya, and Tsugumi) to deliver a fatal attack.[24] As seen in the anime, however, during her fight with the trio, she is prone to underestimating her opponents who she deems much less powerful than her.[14]

Spells

Shaula's Magic Spells
  • Magic Stinger Shooter: Shaula has the ability to create many scorpion-themed magic seals appear and shoot out dark red magic energy.
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    Magic Stinger Shooter

  • Stimulant Power Boost: After injecting her stimulant and gaining control of her victims, she is able to boost their physical abilities with her magic.
  • Magic Push: Shaula is able to conjure a pink-hued magic seal and use it to push her opponents.
  • Scorpion Scissors: With her hands in an "X" formation, Shaula creates two magical scorpion tails which are able to presumably cut; though, when it was used, it was to blow away her enemies. This attack is only present in the manga.
  • Scorpion Sting Storm: An offensive technique in which Shaula stabs her hair into the ground and creates a magical circle, creating various large scorpion stings to appear from the ground.
Witches' Magic
  • Soul Protect: Shaula is one of the individuals in Soul Eater who are able to perform the spell that neutralize her soul's wavelength, effectively camouflaging it and making it appear as if it were a normal human soul.

History

How To! Arc

Shaula discusses her plans with her Traitor

Shaula discuss her plans in dealing with DWMA.

Seated within the confines of a spacious office hidden in Death City, Shaula awaits the arrival of one of her subordinates after the Prototype #2's previous brief engagement with Anya Hepburn. Noting the individual's return, she asserts that the amount of collected data from her various experiments is fair before dismissing those before them as mere prototypes. Upon word from another assistant that preparations have been completed, Shaula proudly declares that she will now prove why she is the most talented of the Gorgon Sisters.[25]

DWMA Traitor Arc

In an unspecified location, Shaula is informed that agents from the DWMA had been sniffing around the very same location in which Shaula is in. She reminds her Prototype that Witches and the DWMA are mortal enemies and they must conceal themselves, but only for a temporary about of time. She proclaims that "we will soon crush DWMA!!".[26]

This section contains an instance from an anime not present in the manga and/or a deviation


Episode 7 (NOT!) - Shaula infects Eternal Feather

Shaula infects Eternal Feather.

Having set up a small shop full of scorpion-themed accessories and in disguise, Shaula later meets Eternal Feather whom is interested in her buying her accessories. Cutting her a deal, she "sells" her a scorpion themed ring before infecting her with her scorpion poison, chanting an unknown order, and watches Eternal Feather mortally injure a man.[27] Gleefully watching the fight between Maka Albarn, Soul Eater, and Eternal Feather, she remarked she'll need more poison to battle against EAT students though is impressed for a strong-willed NOT student, Eternal Feather was easy to control. Not wanting them to capture and examine her "test subject", she then tests the extent of her brainwashing: ordering Eternal Feather to kill herself. She smiles as screams were made by Tsugumi at the sight of Eternal Feather's attempted suicide.[28]

Preparations! Arc

Chapter 36 (NOT!) - Shaula conveses with a Street Vendor

Shaula converses with a street vendor.

Selling more of her accessories, a human vendor comments on how they're cracking down on street vendors and the frustration that results because days leading up to the Death Festival is the best times for tourist. Agreeing, she allows two students from the DWMA to try one of her accessories, but not before confirming they're from the DWMA. Clay, who passes by the vendor and mistakes Shaula for wearing a costume, questioned if it was a bit early for putting on costumes and remarked that everywhere he looked, it's nothing but Witches.[29]

Shaula infects Sid

Shaula infects Sid.

One night, Shaula idly stands with herself in her Witch costume and armed with her Finger Chain. Later as the DWMA attempt to detain Meme Tatane, Shaula sneaks up on Sniper team and infects them with her poisoned Finger Chain. Having eventually infected the majority of Sid's team and having them fight the assassin, she sneaks up on Sid and infects him with her poison. Chastising the assassin for thinking he could lure her out and that he instead fell for her trap, she remarked that he was dangerous and that she doesn't need talented servants but only obedient soldiers. She then kills Sid with an explosive that results in a replica of the Statue Liberty stabbing him in the head.[30]

This section contains an instance from an anime not present in the manga and/or a deviation


Death Fest Arc

During the Death Festival, Shaula declares the real harvest is about to begin and her Traitors attack Death City.[32] Shaula later appears looking in a distance. As she orders her Traitors to murder its inhabitants and to let order turn into Madness, She realizes NOT students Tsugumi Harudori and Anya Hepburn has found her location.[33]

Shaula licks Meme

Shaula licks Meme to antagonize Tsugumi.

As Shaula remarked she hadn't expect them to find her location and the duo demand Meme back, she questions If she wants to join Meme before revealing she knows about Tsugumi's reluctance in choosing a partner. After threatening to make the decision easier by killing Meme and fretting Tsugumi, she laughs as she informs Tsugumi that the more friends she possess, the more weakness she does with Eternal Feather as a previous example. She claimed to Tsugumi that by giving up her emotions, she can be free. Shaula orders Meme to kill her friends, taking immense amusement when even Tsugumi transformed to Anya's side and urges all her fellow Traitors to kill and surrender their emotions.[34]

She witnessed Meme's attempt to shatter her brainwashing with her antidote but upon it not working, Shaula comments that such attempts wouldn't work before further criticizing how having partners and friends are selfish as well as the idea of Soul Resonance subjecting Death City to hypocrisy. She continues to remind Meme the pointlessness of her friendships despite Tsugumi's please to her and finds entertainment at Meme attacking Tsugumi. She is left utterly surprised at Meme breaking her control and attempts to take her back by reminding her of her failures and reminding her that she herself is "everything" to Meme, only to be replied with a thrown knife at her.[34]

Shaula's Power

Shaula showcases her power in which exceeds the trio of NOT students.

Calling Meme a wretch, Shaula battles the trio in a fight, she finds them impressive as their combined amount of team work forced her to use Magic, though the tide of the battle turns in her favor and proclaims as a Witch, her power far surpasses them and can outmatch any number of them before attempting to kill them. They're saved by the intervention of Akane☆Hoshi and Clay Sizemore whom is in his Demon Great Sword transformation. As Shaula realized Tsugumi has attained an edge, she remarked that that even the best blade is useless without the determination and skill to strike down the enemy.[24]

Shaula killed in the manga

Shaula killed by the trio's triple soul resonance.

Shaula then uses her unnamed spell to fight off against both the Trio and EAT students Akane☆Hoshi and Clay Sizemore, holding her own, but finding herself overwhelmed by all of their combined might, going so far as to admit she is at a disadvantage. As she attempts to escape and let her Traitors do the fighting, the trio attempt their Soul Resonance attack with Shaula preparing to strike back. However, to her surprise, she finds that all of the Death Scythes, Death the Kid, and even Death himself had arrived on the scene to put an end to her plans. The God of Death gives her an ultimatum, in which distract Shaula enough for the NOT students to piece right through her, with her final words being "Shinigami...".[24]

Quotes

  • (To Tsugumi Harudori)) "You need two people to hold a stick without a blade? Don't make me laugh!!"[35]
  • (To Tsugumi Harudori) "Even the best blade...is useless without the skill and determination to strike down the enemy."[36]
  • (To the trio) "Can you sense it? My power is so far beyond yours , I could match any number of you. You will experience first hand why the witches are feared by all! I will not hold back...only destroy! You would have been happier as my faithful soldiers...NOW DIE."[37]
  • (To Akane☆Hoshi) "I don't need to "get away". From now on, Death City will be my palace."[38]

References

  1. (Yen Press) Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 39
  2. Godswill Ugwa, "Soul Eater Not! English Cast Announcement." Funimation. 23 Apr. 2015. Accessed 23 Apr. 2015. http://www.funimation.com/blog/2015/04/23/soul-eater-not-english-cast-announcement
  3. Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 6, pages 8-9
  4. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 40
  5. Soul Eater NOT! Anime: Episode 5
  6. Soul Resonance!
  7. Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 6, page 9
  8. Soul Eater NOT! Volume 5; Chapter 30-31
  9. Soul Eater NOT! Volume 4; Chapter 22 Cover
  10. Soul Eater NOT! Volume 2; Chapter 14, page 177
  11. Soul Eater NOT! Volume 2; Chapter 14, page 193
  12. Soul Eater NOT! Volume 5; Chapter 30; Anime Episode 12 (NOT!)
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  14. 14.0 14.1 Soul Eater NOT! Anime: Episode 12
  15. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 10
  16. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 37
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  20. Soul Eater NOT! Anime: Episode 7
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  22. 22.0 22.1 Soul Eater NOT! Anime: Episode 7
  23. Soul Eater NOT! Anime: Episode 10
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 41/30 (Volume 5, Yen Press)
  25. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 6
  26. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 9
  27. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 14
  28. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 15
  29. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 36
  30. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 37
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  32. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 38/Chapter 27 (Yen Press, Volume 5)
  33. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 39/28 (Yen Press, Volume 5)
  34. 34.0 34.1 Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 40/29 (Volume 5, Yen Press)
  35. Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 41, page 13 (Yen Press)
  36. Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 41, page 24
  37. Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 41, 16-17
  38. Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 42, page 9 (Yen Press)

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