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"But it's that last soul that's a bit tricky. You've made it this far, but, you should know there are countless meisters who've lost their lives when they challenge a witch."

— Lord Death warning Soul and Maka in "Resonance of the Soul – Will Soul Eater Become a Death Scythe?"
Witch
Sleeping Witch Single Image
Name
Name
Alternate Title(s) Sorceress
Fifth Power[1]
Romanji Majo
Katakana 魔女
Debut Data
Manga Debut Chapter 0.1
Anime Episode 1

A Witch (魔女, Majo) is a powerful, humanoid female being in the world of Soul Eater who are powerful manipulators of magic.

Overview

Witches in Soul Eater appear to be rather human-like in appearance. Most witches featured in the series are based on a distinct animal (though not always the case[2]) and have some of their traits in both their personalities, fighting styles and appearances. It seems that all witches are female, males seemingly Sorcerers. Though Free is an exception, this may be because his witch abilities originate from the Demon Eye

To make use of certain spells, most commonly when they are initially demonstrated within the series, numerous witches (and other beings capable of using magic) perform a specific mantra or chant preceding the statement of the desired ability. Each witch has her own unique phrasing that often pertains exclusively to their respective animal theme; for example Medusa Gorgon's mantra comprises entirely of words relating to her theme of snakes, being "Nake, Snake, Cobra, Cobabara". However; despite the various instances that follow this magic casting system, it is apparently not a requirement for all witches as both Arachne and Mizune are notable for the absence of any such statement, even though both have used magic multiple times throughout the series.

Soul

Typically, a witch has a soul with a purple hue[3]. However, witches like Shaula Gorgon may show that this isn't always the case.[4] Witches also have a distinguishable wavelength.

The Pull of Magic

Perhaps the most known trait of the witches is the Pull of Magic. This is a term used to refer to the naturally destructive instinct that occurs in both a witch and her magic. Almost all witches are influenced by this nature but there are a few exceptions. At a young age a witch's magic has not yet fully developed and so the pull of magic has yet to take hold, but as they grow older and their powers develop this destructive instinct strengthens. Witches who also use nondestructive magic are exempt from this influence but those who fall under this category are extremely rare, with Kim Diehl being the only one present within the series so far.

Abilities

Magical Push Attack

Shaula Gorgon using her magic against N.O.T Students.

Witches have the normal ability to manipulate supernatural forces and utilize magic and cast spells. Many of their spells depend on their animal theme, personality, and traits. Though some magic can be learned. Witches also tend to be spiritually flexible.There have been instances in which witches have a high understanding of soul wavelengths enough so that they can break their soul into small fragments and reform in due time, as emulated by both Medusa and Arachne. Witches, also appear to have incredibly long life spans.[5]

In addition, although it is unlikely for a witch to partner with a weapon due to strife between them and the DWMA, it is feasible for a witch to use a weapon. Kim Diehl, for example, is a lamp meister. However, it seems that witches are unable to possess certain meister abilities like that of Soul Perception.[6]

Witches in Soul Eater

Trivia

  • In the Yen Press English translation, Tezca Tlipoca refers to a "Fifth Power," later revealed to be the witches.[1] A fifth power, or "quintessence," may refer to the Fifth Element or the Aether, an element beyond the conventional four: air, fire, earth, and water. The quintessence also may refer to a hypothetical form of dark energy.[7] Based on witches' closeness to dark magic and their operation outside of a normal world, Tezca's potentially unintentional comparison of witches to the Aether and Dark Energy is apt.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Soul Eater Volume 22 English translation: Chapter 96 Page 123
  2. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 0.3 (Prologue #3)
  3. Soul Eater Episode 1 — The anime represents the witch soul purple
  4. Soul Eater NOT! Episode 12 — Shaula's soul is not a kishin egg since the NOT! anime doesn't follow the Soul Eater anime's kishin egg concept and follows it's respective manga closely, in which such concept is absent.
  5. Soul Eater Chapter 70
  6. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 46
  7. "Quintessence." Wikipedia. Wikimedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quintessence. Accessed 28 Mar. 2015.

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