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Witch
Witch
Kanji

魔女

Rōmaji

Majo

Manga Debut

Chapter 0.1

Anime Debut

Episode 1

A Witch (魔女, Majo) is a powerful, humanoid female being who can manipulate magic.[1]

Appearance

Episode 48 - Arachne's Witch Soul

A Witch's soul

The appearance of a witch varies, though they generally look like human females.[2] However, some witches can have an appearance based on distinct, animal-like qualities of their animal theme.[3]

The soul of a witch is usually purple, and is shaped like a human soul.[4] However, witches like Shaula Gorgon may show that this isn't always the case.[5] The Soul Wavelength of a witch is also distinguishable, though this cannot be physically seen.[3]

Discrimination

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.[6] It seems that the general population and even members of the DWMA hold a Witch to a low opinion, with young witches such as Kim Diehl fearing that their status as witches would cause them to be hunted by the DWMA.[7] In addition, even a DWMA security guard is uncomfortable with Kim, despite her status of a student of the academy.[7] Even Death Gods, like Death the Kid, recognize them as DWMA's eternal enemies[8] and Death is not completely trusting of them.[9]

However, higher-ups and high-ranking members in the DWMA are willing to look past the general discrimination and history between the Witches and DWMA.[7] 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 required the sacrifice of Witches.[10] After the battle on the Moon, Death the Kid sought to improve relation between Witches and Humans alike.[11]

Witch Hunts

Chapter 62 - Soul Evans eating Arachne's soul

Arachne's soul eaten by Soul Eater.

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".[12] Although Witches can be hunted for this reason, Witches can also be hunted for causing trouble.[13]

However, Witches who cause trouble to DWMA or are authorized by Death to receive an Execution Order are officially authorized to be hunted after,[13] 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:

Soul Eater Episode 3 HD - Samantha prepares necromancy

A Necromancer.

  • 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.[14]
  • Tanuki Witch (タヌキの魔女, Tanuki no Majo): Tanuki Witches are Witches whose themes are tanukis, Japanese raccoon dogs. 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 lacking the Pull of Magic. Kimial Diehl is the only known Tanuki Witch.[15]
Medusa's soul

A High Level Witch's soul.

  • High Level Witch (上級魔女, Jōkyū Majo): A powerful Witch who is recognized as "advanced" and is capable of contending with other, high caliber opponents.[16]
  • 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 is known to be formidable. Only Medusa Gorgon is a known, confirmed Short-Range Witch.[17]
  • Little Witch (チビ魔女, Chibi Majo): A type of Witch who is young and inexperienced, thus still developing their magical power.[18]

Abilities

Although many Witches possess various unique traits and abilities, the majority share common abilities.

  • Magic (魔法, Mahō) & Curses (呪い, Noroi): Witches are most renowned for their ability to manipulate the almost limitless energy known as Magic as well as utilize Curses.[19]
  • Transform (変身, Henshin): Many Witches possess the ability to transform into animals of their according theme (often employing Transformation Magic).[20] However, this is not an ability all Witches share, such as Medusa Gorgon, who utilizes other means to enter animals.[21]
  • Magic Sense: Some Witches have shown proficiency in sensing the magical power within other beings possessing Magic.[22]
  • 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.[23] It seems that Witches age at a normal rate until a certain point in age before slowing down.[24] Even Witches over 800 years old, such as Arachne, can retain a youthful appearance. Despite appearance, however, the effects of aging is still apparent on the body.[25]

Weaknesses

Techniques originating from the Great Traditional Techniques of the Scythe-Meister, such as the Witch-Hunt, are moves tailored to kill Witches, especially the evil ones.[26] When captured, Witches are also gagged to prevent the usage of spells, especially those who require chants or are already under Soul Protect.[27] When forcing Witches to cooperate, the DWMA also employs the usage of a special Collar which is set to explode and kill the wearer should they try anything against the DWMA's wishes.[28]

List of Witches

See also: Category:Witch and List of tertiary characters

Trivia

  • In the Yen Press English translation, Tezca Tlipoca refers to a "Fifth Power," later revealed to be the witches.[29] 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.[30] 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. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 0.1
  2. Through-out Soul Eater
  3. 3.0 3.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 7
  4. Soul Eater Episode 1 — The anime represents the witch soul purple
  5. 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.
  6. Soul Eater Volume 23, Chapter 98, page 33
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 44
  8. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 97
  9. Soul Eater Chapter 100
  10. Soul Eater Volume 23; Chapter 99, page 61
  11. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 113
  12. Soul Eater Volume 23; Chapter 99, page 62
  13. 13.0 13.1 Soul Eater Volume 4, Chapter 14, page 193
  14. Soul Eater Manga: Prologue 3
  15. Soul Eater Volume 13; Chapter 51, page 104
  16. Soul Eater Guidebook: How to Make a Death Scythe
  17. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 17
  18. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 2, page 88
  19. Soul Eater Manga: Prologue 1, Chapter 98
  20. Soul Eater NOT! Volume 4 JOT 7
  21. Soul Eater Volume 3; Chapter 9, page 158
  22. Soul Eater Volume 6; Chapter 22, page 180
  23. Soul Eater Volume 3; JOT! 2
  24. Soul Eater NOT Manga: JOT! 2 - Kim Diehl, a witch, is revealed to be sixteen.
  25. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 26
  26. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 1
  27. Soul Eater Volume 11; Chapter 44, page 156
  28. Soul Eater Volume 17; Chapter 72, page 141
  29. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named SEV22_P123
  30. "Quintessence." Wikipedia. WiKimialedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quintessence. Accessed 28 Mar. 2015.

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