The appearance of a witch varies, though they generally look human-like and are female. However, some witches can have an appearance based on distinct, animal-like qualities of their known animal theme. The soul of a witch is ordinarily colored with a purple hue. However, witches like Shaula Gorgon may show that this isn't always the case. The Soul Wavelength of a witch is also distinguishable, though this cannot be physically seen.
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 their 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.
Pull of Magic
Main article: Pull of Magic
The Witches' control spread further in the past. However, the DWMA's efforts have caused the Witches to later lose the upper-hand for a long time and as a result, have made them shunned and resorted to being trapped in an isolated space: the Witches' Realm.
It seems that the general population of people and even general members of the DWMA hold a Witch to a low opinion, with young witches such as Kim Diehl fearing her status as a witch would cause her to be hunted by the DWMA. In addition, it was shown that even a DWMA security guard is uncomfortable with Kim, despite her status of being a student of the academy. Even Death Gods, like Death the Kid, recognize them as DWMA's eternal enemies and Death is not completely trusting of them.
However, despite this discrimination, higher-ups and high-ranking members in the DWMA are willing to look past this. In addition, even Death himself admitted that the creation of the Demon Weapons was inhumane for the Witches and actually didn't want to perform the experiment to create them, which requires the sacrifice of Witches. After the battle on the Moon, Death the Kid sought to improve relation between Witches and Humans alike.
However, it's not to say the Witches aren't discriminatory themselves. Although the general witch seemingly is afraid of a God of Death due to their power, the Witch Judge and the assembly consider the being of a Death God to be a crime and outrageously even convicted Death the Kid a sentencing of "one million" for simply being one. They also consider befriending a Death Scythe to be a crime punishable by death.
Occasionally, the souls of Witches are hunted. This is a requirement to create a Death Scythe due to the fact that Demon Weapons are in an "incomplete" form without the witch souls and because of that, it is needed for them to become "true demon weapons". Although Witches can be hunted for this reason, Witches can also be hunted for causing trouble.
However, Witches who cause trouble to DWMA or are authorized by Death to receive an Execution Order are officially authorized to be hunted after, such as the Gorgon Sisters, all three of whom had attracted the attention of the DWMA and for one member, even the DWMA CIA.
Types of Witches
Witches are classified by their type and capability:
- Tanuki Witch (タヌキの魔女, Tanuki no Majo): Tanuki Witches are Witches who's themes are that of a tanuki, a Japanese raccoon dog. Tanuki are known to be "Masters of Regeneration" and as such, Tanuki Witches are users of Regeneration Magic. These Witches are looked down upon by the Witch Order due to the lacking of Pull of Magic. Kimial Diehl is the only known Tanuki Witch.
- Necromancer (死霊使い (ネクロマンサー), Nekuromansā): A Witch who specializes in reviving the dead as Mummies. Only Samantha is a known Necromancer.
- High Level Witch (上級魔女, Jōkyū Majo): A powerful Witch in which their prowess are recognized at an "advanced" level and are capable of contending along with other, high caliber opponents.
- Short-Range Witch (近距離型魔女, Kinkyori-Gata Majo): A short-range witch is the type of Witch whose spells and specialty revolves around the usage of close combat and are known to be formidable. Only Medusa Gorgon is a known, confirmed Short-Range Witch.
- Little Witch (チビ魔女, Chibi Majo): A type of Witch whom in particular is young and inexperienced, still developing their magical power.
Although many witches possesses various unique traits and abilities, they all have a common abilities shared by each and every Witch.
- Magic (魔法, Mahō) & Curses (呪い, Noroi): Witches are most renown at their ability to manipulate the almost limitless energy known as Magic as well as utilize Curses.
- Transform (変身, Henshin): Many Witches possess the ability to transform into animals of their according theme (often employing Transformation Magic). However, this is not an ability all Witches share such as likes of Medusa Gorgon, who utilizes other means to enter into animals.
- Magic Sense: Some Witches have shown proficiency in sense the magical power within other beings possessing Magic.
- Longevity: Witches are far more "long-lived" then Humans, with many surpassing the century mark. Because of this, it's often difficult to gauge a Witch's actual age from her appearance.
Techniques originating from the Great Traditional Techniques of the Scythe-Meister such as the Witch-Hunt are moves tailored to kill Witches, especially those evil. When captured, Witches are also gagged to prevent the usage of spells especially those who require chants or are already under Soul Protect. When forcing Witches to cooperate, the DWMA also employs the usage of a special Collar in which is set to explode and kill the wearer should they try anything against the DWMA's wishes.
List of Witches
- In the Yen Press English translation, Tezca Tlipoca refers to a "Fifth Power," later revealed to be the witches. 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. 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.