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Helen
Helen and Deneve
Helen and Deneve from Memorabilia

Helen's Symbol

VIZ Media name

Helen[1] Speaker (en-us)

Variant

Helen[2][3][4] (de Speaker, es-es Speaker, it Speaker), Hélène[5] Speaker (fr), 헬렌[6] Hellen Speaker (ko), Хелен[7] Khelen Speaker (ru), 海倫[8] Hǎilún Speaker (zh-hk), 彗蓮[9] Huìlián Speaker (zh-tw)

Original name

ヘレン[10] Heren Speaker

Rank No.

22 of the Current Generation[11]

Current status

Manga: survives the Battle of the North, deserts Organization, 7-year timeskip
Anime: survives the Battle of the North, deserts Organization, journeys with Deneve from Alfons

Ties

Organization, Paburo hunt, Ghosts, Holy City of Rabona

Class

Offensive:[12] 四肢伸縮[13] Shishi Shinshuku Speaker (Limb Stretching)

Technique

自在な四肢伸縮[14] Jizaina Shishi Shinshuku Speaker (Flexible Limb Stretching), Drill Sword[15]

Quote

C'mon. It's perfectly natural to always want to stay alive. We're only human, after all![16]

Anime voice

Gundi Eberhard (de),
Jamie Marchi (en-us),
Alessandra Karpoff (it),
Miki Nagasawa (ja),
Pinky Rebucas (tl)

First appearance

Scene 25, Anime Scene 9

EtymologyEdit

The original Japanese Claymore name, ヘレン, transliterates from "Helen," deriving from either the Greek ‘ελενη (torch) or σεληνη (moon). Perhaps referring to a personality that stands out in a crowd.

Name of Helen of Troy, who appears in Homer's Iliad. Also the name of the Swedish saint, Helen of Skövde.

Ilena is named "Helena"[17] in the Ediciones Glénat España edition.

AppearanceEdit

Claymore warriorEdit

PhysicalEdit

Typical Yagi heart-shaped face, framed with helmet bob that covers her left ear. Often takes on a "hatchet-face" expression when joking or angered.

UniformEdit

Helen's uniform consists of a escutcheon-shaped buckle that holds 2-layer spaulders on the shoulders.[18] The faulds skirt has horizontally overlapped bands on the hips.

Added armor cover the upper arms and thighs. Also, the shirt and leggings have sleeves and legs made of a dark fabric that appear to stretch indefinitely.

Helen wears a Lorraine Cross as a symbol—the cross of Joan of Arc.

GhostEdit

During the 7-year timeskip, she replaces her old Organization uniform. But instead of the "Zettai Ryouiki" look—light armor worn over a sleeved top, gaped stockings and short skirt—Helen wears a "catsuit." Her only armor is spaulders on the shoulders.

Closest to Yuma in dress. Later in Scene 129, before engaging Cassandra, Helen puts back on her old uniform.[19]

PersonalityEdit

Extroverted, sometimes abrasive, personality. Given to open display of emotion. Hearty appetite.[20] Likes beer.[21] The trope of her eating apples (anime only) could be as much her trademark as her temper or arm stretching.[22]

Helen eating apple
Helen eating apple

In Chaldean Numerology, the number 22—Helen's number—reduces to 4, the sign of youth. A "4" is often fated to have an immature and sometime abrasive personality. Compare to Ophelia.

DatasheetEdit

The Organization baselines and assessment are based on data before the 7-year timeskip.

BaselineEdit

Height: 175cm (5ft 8.89in).[23] Dominant arm: right[24]

ClassEdit

Helen is an offensive type warrior, her innate ability being Limb Stretching.[25]

TechniqueEdit

Flexible Limb StretchingEdit

Limb Stretching enables Flexible Limb Stretching.[26]

Drill SwordEdit

Limb Stretching enables Drill Sword.

HistoryEdit

ChildhoodEdit

Early life unknown. Hometown in Mucha. [27]

OrganizationEdit

Classmate of Deneve at Claymore school.[28] Helen is one of four experimental subjects in which Dae implanted the flesh and blood of a lost loved one infected with Yoma. The emotional bond enables Helen to control her awakening.[29]

Early daysEdit

After Deneve becomes a Claymore warrior, she would fight suicidally. Until Helen tells her that they are only human.[30] Afterward, Deneve fights with survival of herself and her comrades in mind. Helen becomes Deneve's closest associate.

Paburo huntEdit

Meeting ClareEdit

Helen, as member of Paburo hunt, is forced to wait a week for Clare. When Clare arrives, Helen teases Clare about Raki. When Deneve joins the fight, Miria breaks it up.[31]

Later in Paburo Mountains, Helen is severely injured, after Deneve and Clare go down.[32] After Miria recovers everyone, she goes down herself. But Clare revives and dodges the awakened's attack, Helen looking on in disbelief. Clare, together with Miria, kills awakened.[33]

Comparing notesEdit
US versionEdit

Miria questions Clare and Helen about their past. It turns out that Clare, Helen and Deneve have all awakened. And that they are viewed as troublemakers by the Organization.[34]

Miria admits awakening too, after killing an awakened friend. And that she swore revenge against the Organization for making her a Claymore warrior.[35]

The US edition translates Helen confession as: "I got carried away and lost control. The impulse to awaken was too strong, just like it was for the males."[36]

Spain versionEdit

Ediciones Glénat España translates Helen's dialog as: "Sobrepasé mi límite llevada por la euforia. Estaba con un chico y no pude reprimirme" (I exceeded my limit, raptured by euphoria. I was with a boy and I could not stop myself).[37]

PledgeEdit

The four warriors become friends, touching swords and pledging to survive and meet again.[38] They do so in Battle of the North.

Battle of the NorthEdit

When Clare and Jean report to the battle group in Pieta, Helen jokingly "attacks" Clare, but is repelled by Jean.

Claymore Helen greets Clare00:13

Claymore Helen greets Clare


Helen greets Clare

Assigned to Team Veronica: Cynthia (No. 14), Pamela (No. 35) and Matilda (No. 41).[39]
Engagement IEdit

During the first engagement with the three scouts, the Insectile awakened decimates Team Jean, Jean left standing alone. Team Veronica reinforces Team Jean.[40]

Helen uses Limb Stretching to immobilize Insectile, enabling Jean to use Drill Sword.[41]

Engagement IIEdit

Manga and anime diverge here.

MangaEdit

Helen appears in Yuma's flashback. In the banquet hall of the Eastern Inn, Miria holds a meeting with the battle group. She tells everyone to take a half dose of suppressant. If rendered unconscious during combat, a warrior will radiate no aura, making her appear dead to both the Northern Army and Organization.[42]

When the Northern Army invades Pieta, Rigaldo decides to decapitate the battle group leadership. Helen is unable to protect Veronica, Rigaldo's first victim. He then kills Undine, then wounds Jean. Rigaldo easily dodges Helen's extensible arm, leaving Helen helpless.

Clare awakens and attacks. But Rigaldo repels Clare and kills Flora.[43]

He finally captures Miria. But Clare cuts off his arm. [44] As Clare and Rigaldo fight, Helen rescues Miria and snatches Rigaldo's arm. Helen guesses that Rigaldo is an offensive type and cannot regenerate the arm, once destroyed. She minces it to pieces. When Rigaldo goes after Helen and Miria, Clare interferes. Eventually Clare kills Rigaldo.[45]

Clare's awakening out of control, Clare begs Helen to euthanize her. This angers Helen, who says she will never forgive Clare for making her do this. But Jean intervenes and dies realigning Clare to normal.[46]

After the last engagement of Pieta, Helen is one of seven survivors, together with Miria, Cynthia, Deneve, Tabitha, Yuma and Clare.[47]

AnimeEdit
In the plaza, Pamela cries while sitting alone on the church steps before the Pieta statue. Helen throws Pamela an apple and tries to reassure her that all will be well.[48]

Claymore Helen00:51

Claymore Helen


Helen's apple

Later the Northern Army invades Pieta, but retreats. The Rigaldo sequence is similar to the manga.[49]

Raki gallops to Pieta, followed by Priscilla. When Clare defeats Rigaldo, Helen goes to the Eastern Inn, where the lobby is filled with wounded warriors. Helen gives everyone the good news, but the warriors detect something amiss outside. Helen returns to the plaza and is nearly forced to behead Clare. But Clare detects Priscilla's presence nearby.

Clare gives chase. Miria, Deneve and Helen follow Clare to the volcano, where Clare and Priscilla fight.[50]

After Clare's defeat, Priscilla fights and defeats Miria, Deneve and Helen.[51] Jean and Raki arrive. Clare returns to fight and defeats Priscilla. Raki stops Clare from executing Priscilla. Jean dies returning Clare to normal. Isley takes away Priscilla.

The next day, Miria, Deneve, Helen and Clare desert the Organization. Helen leaves with Deneve. For Helen, anime series ends here.[52]

7-year timeskipEdit

AlfonsEdit

Helen is one of seven Ghosts who desert Organization. Hiding in mountains, they train with Yoma power-less techniques. Miria serves as leader.

Despite risking exposure, Ghosts rescue Dabi hunt.[53] Helen is concerned about Clarice, but Miria decides to do nothing.[54]

Meanwhile, in deserted village, Clare finds evidence that Raki may still be alive. Back at cavern hideout, she announces her intent to go south. Miria tests Clare's fighting ability. Satisfied, Miria says she will accompany Clare. But everyone decides to go en masse.[55]

ToulouseEdit

RabonaEdit

Helen, Miria, Deneve and Clare rescue Audrey's hunt from Riful.[56]

The Ghosts find Rabona under siege by Agatha.[57]. After Agatha's death, Miria relates her research on the Organization—Miria's theory.[58]

Left behindEdit

Miria tells everyone to take care of personal business before the last battle with the Organization. Clare travels west to Lautrec—with Cynthia and Yuma—to find Raki. Deneve accompanies Helen south to their hometowns in Mucha.

Miria will wait in Rabona for everyone's return. But she adds one caveat: "When the time comes, I'll go forward alone if I must,"[59] foreshadowing the events of Scene 106.

MuchaEdit

DietritchEdit

Helen and Deneve plan to visit their hometowns. But they run across Dietrich's hunt. awakened being lures hunt into river. Only Dietrich is left standing.[60] Helen, disobeying Miria's orders, joins battle. Deneve follows.[61]

IsleyEdit

Dietrich, feeling indebted, insists on following them. Later, Helen senses extreme Yoma power from unnamed town.[62]

Despite Dietrich's warning, Helen and Deneve visit town anyway, hoping to catch a glance of Isley for a thrill. But Isley sees through their disguise and attacks.[63] Deneve and Helen fight for their lives.[64]

Demonic presenceEdit

Abyss Feeders arrive and begin 3-way fight with Helen, Deneve and Isley.[65] Helen's eye is wounded. Dietrich arrives, telling Deneve and Helen to keep still, or Feeders will attack.[66]

Dietrich, Deneve and Helen flee as Feeders destroy Isley.[67]

LautrecEdit

Helen's eye is wounded by an Abyss Feeder. Later in Rabona, Dietrich delivers a message that Deneve is taking Helen west to Lautrec to find Cynthia, so Helen's eye can be regenerated.[68]

ClareEdit

After Cynthia heals Helen's eye, Helen and Deneve head for Clare.[69] But the Destroyer begins to fire a volley of parasitic rods.[70]

Incarnation of destructionEdit

The rods awaken into Hellcats, which attack Clare, Deneve and Helen[71]

PriscillaEdit

Clare confronts Priscilla for the first time since Clare's childhood. Clare is ready to abandon friends and her humanity to avenge Teresa's death.[72]

Clare's attacks fail. When Helen asks why Clare cannot awaken, Deneve says, "A great big block by the name of Jean."[73] Deneve and Helen grab Clare and flee Priscilla. They race toward Destroyer.[74]

Destroyer swallows Clare before Priscilla's arrival.[75] Priscilla fights Deneve and Helen. But Priscilla too gets swallowed.[76]

Return to Holy CityEdit

Ghosts repel Yoma invasion.[77] Later, Ghosts bring back a Yoma cocoon to Rabona, which contains Priscilla and Clare. Helen shows Galatea the cocoon. As Galatea probes the cocoon, she realizes that releasing Clare means releasing Priscilla.[78]

SutafuEdit

Anastasia's huntEdit

Helen accompanies the Ghosts to rescue Miria at headquarters. They save Anastasia's hunt [79]

After the rescue, Deneve says that Miria's "big mistake" was that she assumed that the Organization stopped making male awakened beings. But a major hole in the storyline is created when Helen states she never saw a male warrior awakened,[80] despite all the ones she encountered in the Battle of the North. See Notes.

The Ghosts and the hunt follow Tabitha's advice to destroy an awakened-making facility before heading out to headquarters.[81]

Abyssal OneEdit
MiriaEdit

The Ghosts find Miria combating an Abyssal-like awakened, Hysteria. Anastasia yanks Miria to earth.[82]

While Cynthia and Yuma regenerate Miria, Deneve and Ghosts decide to rescue the two warriors impaled on Hysteria's limbs.[83]

RescueEdit

Six warriors attack—Deneve, Anastasia, Dietrich, Nike, Helen and Tabitha. They use Anastasia's Winged Technique to stay aloft.[84]

Hysteria evades Helen's Flexible Limb Stretching-Drill Sword attack, but fails to spot Dietrich and Nike, who cut free the captives. Anastasia and Helen catch the plunging warriors.

Yoma power hidden, Tabitha succeeds in approaching Hysteria, then clipping her wings. But when the others close in, Hysteria instantly retreats to earth. The warriors are left crossing each other's swords.[85]

CounterattackEdit

Suddenly, Hysteria flies skyward, destroying Deneve's left arm, then Nike's right. High above the suspended warriors, Hysteria fires her bladed appendages. A blade carves out the side of Dietrich's abdomen. Only Anastasia, Helen and Tabitha remain uninjured.[86]

Executive chamberEdit
DesertedEdit

After the deaths of Hysteria and Roxanne, Miria, Deneve and Helen invade the Executive facility. They find it deserted.[87] In flashback, Raki says personnel fled Headquarters when the resurrected Claymores awakened.[88]

Miria orders Deneve and Helen to search the premises. And that any personnel found are to be killed.[89]

Secret roomEdit

But Miria's orders are a ploy to distract her comrades as Miria relocates a pilastered portal. She forces open the wall panel, leading to a downstairs chamber, where specimens of the Dragons' Descendents are kept. She previously visited here nine years ago.[90]

End of OrganizationEdit

After killing Limt and the Dragons' Descendents, Miria is strangely reticent and reveals little to Deneve and Helen.

Outside, as the Ghosts regenerate the wounded on the battlefield, Miria announces the death of Limt.[91]

CassandraEdit

Miria's new planEdit

After Deneve relates the events in Lautrec,[92] Miria now understands Clare's situation.[93]

She realizes that Clare is trapped with very person that appeared as a phantasm as Hysteria died. And the strange voice of the dying Hysteria was actually that of Clare's enemy. Further, when Cassandra spoke, though her words were not audible, her mouth moved the same way.

She speculates that Cassandra, reanimated by this person's Yoma energy, is also under this person's control, and is traveling to Rabona to free this same person.[94]

Helen wants to stop Cassandra, but Miria decides othewise. She envisions freeing both Clare and Priscilla before Cassandra's arrival. Miria is counting on Cassandra breaking free of Priscilla's mental influence, then fighting Priscilla.[95]

Return to RabonaEdit

Using Raki's plan to return by boat, the Ghosts arrive in Rabona before Cassandra. The Ghosts meet awakened beings in the hills. When Helen asks why, Chronos says they wish to see both the strongest awakened, as well as the faces of the warriors who destroyed the Organization.

Inside the deserted city, the Ghosts are greeted by a tearful Clarice, then Galatea, Galk and Sid. When Miria asks what happened, Galatea leads the Ghosts to the outskirts of town.[96]

Two combatsEdit

After Clare emerges from the cocoon, Miria fails to kill Priscilla. Instead, a combat between the Destroyer and Priscilla engulfs the awakened audience. Two awakeneds are thrown into Rabona.

The Ghosts and Rabona guards combat two awakeneds. Helen winds her arm 55 times and destroys the Origami awakened, while Galatea uses Yoma Energy Alignment and Control to immobilize the awakened.[97]

Additional detailsEdit

NotesEdit

  • In Scene 27, Miria's "big mistake" is originally thinking that the Organization retired all the male warriors. The Paburo awakened still works for the Organization as an executioner of unwanted Claymore warriors.[98]

AudioEdit

From Claymore Intimate Persona, 慟哭 Doukoku (Sorrow): Helen—Miki Nagasawa 4:49
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ReferencesEdit

Tankōbon Claymore volumes cited are VIZ Media (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted. Manga scenes (chapters) not yet translated cite Shueisha tankōbon (ja) editions. Manga scenes not yet published in tankōbon form cite Jump SQ (ja) editions. Fragments of Silver Omnibus (総集編 銀の断章 Gin no Danshou) 1–3, Shueisha, are only available in Japanese. Anime scenes (episodes) cited are FUNimation (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted.

  1. Claymore 5, Scene 25, p. 126
  2. Claymore 5, Tokyopop, Scene 25, p. 126
  3. Claymore 5, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 25, p. 126
  4. Claymore 5, Star Comics, Scene 25, p. 122
  5. Claymore 5, Glénat Édition Française, Scene 25, p. 126
  6. Claymore 5, Daewon CI, Scene 25, p. 126
  7. Claymore 5, Comix-ART, Scene 25, p. 126
  8. Claymore 5, Culturecom, Scene 25, p. 128
  9. Claymore 5, Ever Glory, Scene 25, p. 126
  10. Claymore 5, Shueisha, Scene 25, p. 126
  11. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 3, "Yoma War Record III," p. 730
  12. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 687
  13. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 687
  14. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 687
  15. Claymore 15, Scene 78, p. 30
  16. Claymore 10, Scene 55, p. 118
  17. Claymore 4, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 18, p. 80
  18. Claymore 5, Scene 25, p. 123
  19. Jump SQ, September 2012, Claymore, Scene 129, pp. 629–631
  20. Claymore 5, Scene 26, p. 148
  21. Claymore 15, Scene 80, p. 81
  22. Claymore, Anime Scene 9
  23. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 687
  24. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 687
  25. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 687
  26. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 687
  27. Claymore 15, Scene 82, p. 154 (unnamed)
  28. Claymore, Anime Scene 11
  29. Jump SQ, June 2013, Claymore, Scene 138, pp. 669–670
  30. Claymore 10, Scene 55, p. 118; Claymore, Anime Scene 20
  31. Claymore 5, Scene 25, pp. 125–126; Claymore, Anime Scene 9
  32. Claymore 5, Scene 26, p. 194; Claymore, Anime Scene 10
  33. Claymore 6, Scene 29, pp. 60–61; Claymore, Anime Scene 10
  34. Claymore 6, Scene 29, pp. 65–68
  35. Claymore 6, Scene 29, p. 69
  36. Claymore 6, Scene 29, p. 67
  37. Claymore 6, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 29, p. 67
  38. Claymore 6, Scene 31, p. 114; Claymore, Anime Scene 11
  39. Claymore 9, Scene 51, p. 172; Claymore, Anime Scene 18
  40. Claymore 10, Scene 52, p. 36; Claymore, Anime Scene 18
  41. Claymore 10, Scene 53, p. 62; Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  42. Claymore 12, Scene 66, pp. 83–87
  43. Claymore 10, Scene 57, pp. 174–184
  44. Claymore 11, Scene 58, p. 34–35
  45. Claymore 11, Scene 59, pp. 68–69
  46. Claymore 11, Scene 60, pp. 78–87
  47. Claymore 12, Scene 66, pp. 93–94
  48. Claymore, Anime Scene 20
  49. Claymore, Anime Scene 23
  50. Claymore, Anime Scene 24
  51. Claymore, Anime Scene 25
  52. Claymore, Anime Scene 26
  53. Claymore 12, Scene 65, pp. 64–65
  54. Claymore 12, Scene 66, p. 77
  55. Claymore 12, Scene 67, pp. 132–133
  56. Claymore 13, Scene 70, pp. 26–31
  57. Claymore 14, Scene 77, p. 125
  58. Claymore 15, Scene 79–Scene 80, pp. 52–76
  59. Claymore 15, Scene 82, p. 154
  60. Claymore 16, Scene 84, p. 48
  61. Claymore 16, Scene 85, pp. 52–55
  62. Claymore 16, Scene 86, p. 84
  63. Claymore 16, Scene 86, p. 98
  64. Claymore 16, Scene 87, p. 110
  65. Claymore 16, Scene 88, pp. 128–129
  66. Claymore 16, Scene 88, p. 135
  67. Claymore 16, Scene 88, p. 148
  68. Claymore 17, Scene 90, p. 14
  69. Claymore 17, Scene 93, p. 114
  70. Claymore 17, Scene 94, pp. 150–151
  71. Claymore 17, Scene 95, p. 161–165
  72. Claymore 18, Scene 100, p. 150–151
  73. Claymore 18, Scene 101, p. 170
  74. Claymore 18, Scene 103, p. 40
  75. Claymore 19, Scene 104, p. 93
  76. Claymore 19, Scene 105, p. 125
  77. Claymore 20, Scene 108, p. 21
  78. Claymore 20, Scene 109, p. 50
  79. Claymore 20, Scene 111, p. 122
  80. Claymore 20, Scene 112, p. 150
  81. Claymore 20, Scene 113, p. 166
  82. Claymore 22, Shueisha, Scene 121, pp. 67–69
  83. Claymore 22, Shueisha, Scene 122, pp. 71–75
  84. Claymore 22, Shueisha, Scene 122, pp. 76–77
  85. Claymore 22, Shueisha, Scene 122, pp. 78–83
  86. Claymore 22, Shueisha, Scene 122, pp. 88–92
  87. Jump SQ, June 2012, Claymore, Scene 126, p. 240
  88. Jump SQ, June 2012, Claymore, Scene 126, pp. 240–241
  89. Jump SQ, June 2012, Claymore, Scene 126, pp. 241–242
  90. Jump SQ, June 2012, Claymore, Scene 126, p. 243–245
  91. Jump SQ, June 2012, Claymore, Scene 126, pp. 258–261
  92. Claymore 19, Scene 104–Scene 105, pp. 93–125
  93. Jump SQ, July 2012, Claymore, Scene 127, p. 273
  94. Jump SQ, July 2012, Claymore, Scene 127, pp. 274–276
  95. Jump SQ, July 2012, Claymore, Scene 127, pp. 277–279
  96. Jump SQ, August 2012, Claymore, Scene 128, pp. 334–337
  97. Jump SQ, November 2012, Claymore, Scene 131, pp. 392–395
  98. Claymore 5, Scene 27, pp. 192–195

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