Fighting without special technique

VIZ Media name




Original name

万能[1] Ban'nō Speaker




Capable of doing many things competently

Current status




Associated technique



Priscilla's fighting blindly. Which means Teresa doesn't need her special abilities to fight.[3]

First appearance

Scene 20, Anime Scene 7

Specialization is for insects. –Robert A. Heinlein


Unofficial translation. 万能 translates as "omnipotent," "universal," "versatile." The Western metaphysical concept of pure quality underlies 万能.

Teresa's datasheet names ability in Yoma War Record I.[4] Manga and anime allude only.


Sensing baseline (S)[5] enables ability, enabling standard sword technique to counter specialized technique.

This can be done without aid of Detailed Yoma Energy Sensing, or any other technique.

Quality versus quantityEdit

High quality technique can counter lower quality techniques, even if based on higher baselines, or enhanced with Yoma power. Teresa uses only the three basic strokes and standard defenses to defeat the purge team sent after her.[6]

Further, technique—when specialized—cannot adapt to change as readily as non-specialized, Versatility-based generic technique.


Purge teamEdit

Guests of honor at an inn, Teresa and Clare spend their last moments of happiness together. Soon the purge team arrives.[7]

Claymore Teresa and Versatility00:42

Claymore Teresa and Versatility

Versatility at work

Teresa ridicules the specialized sword technique of Ilena. After Teresa repels the first attacks of Ilena and Sophia, she then escapes Noel and the inn with Clare.

Out on the street, despite her Yoma energy sensing, Teresa does not detect Priscilla's presence, until Priscilla introduces herself.[8]

Nickname's originEdit

Ilena explains Teresa's nickname. Teresa has no specialized technique, other than her first-rate Yoma power sensing. The smile is her only visible quality.[9]

Owing to Priscilla's Yoma Energy Control—total Yoma energy shutdown—Ilena believes Teresa is now helpless.[10]

But one-by-one, Teresa defeats the warriors. And with neither Yoma power, special sword technique, and in the case of Priscilla, Detailed Yoma Energy Sensing.[11] Unclear if Teresa ever uses Detailed Yoma Energy Sensing against Quicksword, despite the Organization evaluation (Yoma War Record I).[12]

Ilena admits underestimating Teresa's skill with ordinary sword technique alone. Ilena realizes that it matters less what particular technique Teresa uses—and more how Teresa uses any technique, in this case being basic sword strokes.[13]


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. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 508
  2. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 508
  3. Claymore 4, Scene 20, p. 156
  4. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 508
  5. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 508
  6. Claymore 4, Scene 19Scene 21, pp. 124–189; Claymore, Anime Scene 7–Anime Scene 8
  7. Claymore 4, Scene 19, p. 120; Claymore, Anime Scene 7
  8. Claymore 4, Scene 19, p. 133; Claymore, Anime Scene 7
  9. Claymore 4, Scene 20, p. 148; Claymore, Anime Scene 7
  10. Claymore 4, Scene 20, p. 151; Claymore, Anime Scene 7
  11. Claymore 4, Scene 21, pp. 188–189; Claymore, Anime Scene 7
  12. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 508
  13. Claymore 4, Scene 21, p. 187; Claymore, Anime Scene 8

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