This is a list of characters
from the Japanese manga and anime series Soul Eater
. The series primarily revolves around students classified as meisters (職人, shokunin
) at the Shinigami Weapon Meister Vocational School (死神武器職人専門学校, Shinigami Buki Shokunin Senmon Gakkō
), or Shibusen
) for short. The school is run by Shinigami, the God of Death himself, as a training facility for weapons and the human wielders of those weapons, the meisters. Three meister-weapon partnerships are made a focus of the series; all are students at Shibusen. Maka Albarn is Soul Eater's meister; Black Star is Tsubaki's meister; and Death the Kid is Patti's and Liz's meister and Shinigami's son. Other students from Shibusen are later introduced who include Ox Ford as Harvar's meister, Kilik Lunge as Pot of Fire's and Pot of Thunder's meister, and Kim Diehl as Jacqueline's meister. Another meister, Crona, is introduced as an antagonist with her weapon Ragnarok. All weapons are capable of switching between a human and weapon form. They can change a part of their body into a weapon for quick kills which used when they are close to their target. Most weapons have the same goal: to become the next "death scythe" for the Shinigami.
Shinigami cannot leave Shibusen, so he has his Death Scythes from around the world attempt to maintain peace, especially after the revival of the kishin Asura. Shinigami's personal Death Scythe is Maka's father, whose name is
Death Scythe because he is the strongest Death Scythe, though he previously was known as Spirit. Other Death Scythes introduced in Soul Eater
include Justin Law in charge of Europe, Marie Mjolnir formally in charge of Oceania, and Yumi Azusa in charge of both East Asia and Oceania while Marie is working as a teacher at Shibusen. The teachers of Shibusen are in charge of teaching the meisters everything they needed to know in the field of souls and collecting them. Members of the staff include a powerful scientist named Franken Stein who likes to dissect living things, a zombie named Sid Barett, and Sid's weapon partner Mira Nygus. Another ally of Shibusen is Blair, a cat with high magical powers initially mistaken to be a witch by Maka and Soul who later comes to hang around Maka and Soul at their apartment.
Witches in Soul Eater
play a main role as primary antagonists and general enemies of Shibusen and Shinigami. Considered dangerous by most people, most witches are only interested in self-gain, no matter who gets in their way. Many of the witches are also interested in creating and waking kishin (demon god), such as Samantha, Medusa, and Arachne. The leader of all witches is Mabaa, but there are witches who go against her, such as Arachne. Most powerful witches have an animal theme which is shown by their hat, their face, or by the appearance of their spells. Medusa coerces the witches Eruka Frog and the members of the Mizune witch family to help her in her personal goals. Medusa also gets help from an immortal wizard named Free. Arachne, Medusa's older sister, has been labeled as a heretic by other witches and gets help primarily from the human members of her organization Arachnophobia. Others that help Arachne include the demon chainsaw weapon Giriko, and an old wizard named Mosquito who is Arachne's butler.
Evil humans whose souls have the potential to become kishin are often hunted down by Shibusen students. Many of these humans are based on real historical figures, although they do not resemble them much. One of the humans named Mifune is not evil, but he protects a young witch named Angela until she can grow up and be able to protect herself since he likes kids. Mifune is very powerful, and he joins Arachnophobia so as to further protect Angela.