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Symbol
Symbol
Elena's symbol

VIZ Media name

Symbol[1] (en-us)

Variant

Zeichen[2] (de Speaker), mark[3] (en-us), sello[4] (es-es Speaker), segno[5] (it Speaker), символ[6] simvol Speaker (ru)

Original name

[7] shirushi Speaker

Type

Defensive, offensive, special

Description

Unique symbol that identifies a Claymore warrior

Current status

Extant

User

Claymore warriors

Quote

When we're sent out to work, we're given an unique mark. It represents our name and identifies us within the Organization.[8]

First mention

Scene 4, Anime Scene 2

First appearance

Scene 1, Anime Scene 1

EtymologyEdit

印 translates as "symbol."

DescriptionEdit

FunctionEdit

Each symbol is a unique design that identifies the warriors of the Organization. The symbol appears on the following:

ColorEdit

AnimeEdit

Red-colored symbols appear only in the anime, such as Clare's, Teresa's, Ilena's and Ophelia's in the opening credits. Anime symbols can also appear white and other colors. The same symbol will appear in different colors under different lighting conditions.

MangaEdit

Anime colors have lead to speculation about color indicating type or rank. In colored manga illustrations, the symbols of Galatea (No. 3, defensive), Ophelia (No. 4, offensive) and Clare (No. 47, offensive) are white. In monochrome illustrations, the same symbols can appear either black or white.

ShapeEdit

Symbols often resemble a cross-guard, suggesting a medieval sword. But crosses similar to those in religion, heraldry, astrology and runic alphabet are also seen.

AstrologyEdit

Rosemary's Symbol symbol for Sagittarius: Rosemary. Symbol for Uranus: Yuma

CrossEdit

CelticEdit

Queenie's Symbol On a Celtic cross, a circle overlays intersection: Queenie (manga and en-us anime)

CrucifixEdit

Ilena's Symbol Simplest cross with one cross bar: Ilena

EasternEdit

Miata's Symbol Has three cross bars: Miata

FourcheeEdit

Yuliana's Symbol Heraldry cross with forked ends: Yuliana. Also worn by Lily in anime[10]

GrapevineEdit

Queenie's anime symbol The cross bar is V-shaped: Queenie (ja anime). Cross of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Resembles hilt of historic claidheamh dà làimh, Scottish version of medieval German big sword

LorraineEdit

Helen's Symbol Lorraine cross has two cross bars: Helen. Symbol of Joan of Arc

RunesEdit

Cynthia's Symbol Symbols resembling runic letters appear: Audrey, Clarice, Cynthia, Nina, Ophelia. Rune-like letters also appear as the written language of the island world[11][12]

Sword-shapesEdit

Deneve's Symbol Resembles a cross-guard: Beth, Jean, Veronica, Deneve

HistoryEdit

In Mount Shire sequence, Clare explains the purpose of Elena's symbol on the black card.[13]

Manga vs animeEdit

A symbol for a character may differ between the manga and anime. Also, the anime version of warriors may have two or three different symbols, as well as share them with other warriors.

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 1, Scene 4, p. 171
  2. Claymore 1, Tokyopop, Scene 4, p. 171
  3. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 171
  4. Claymore 1, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 4, p. 171
  5. Claymore 1, Star Comics, Scene 4, p. 169
  6. Claymore 1, Comix-ART, Scene 4, p. 171
  7. Claymore 1, Shueisha, Scene 4, p. 171
  8. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 171
  9. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 171
  10. Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  11. Claymore 12, Scene 67, p. 106
  12. Claymore 14, Scene 75, p. 42
  13. Claymore 1, Scene 4, pp. 170–172; Claymore, Anime Scene 2

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