Man in Black
Black Suit.jpg
Two dress styles

VIZ Media name

Man in Black[1] (en-us)


Man dressed in black[2] (en-us Speaker.svg), Black Outfits[3] (en-us Speaker.svg), representative (en-us anime Speaker.svg), tipos de negro[4] (black types es-es Speaker.svg), homme en noir[5] (Men in Black fr Speaker.svg)

Original Name

黒服[6] Kuro-fuku Speaker.svg (Black Suit)








Logistics, communications, field command, fee collection

Reports to



A strange looking man in black will come for it later.[7]

First appearance

Scene 2, Anime Scene 2

Etymology[edit | edit source]

黒服 (Black Suit) is the official Organization term.[8] Unused in licensed translations. VIZ Media uses "Man in Black" in Scene 109.[9]

Possibly alluding to Men in Black].

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Expressionistic in depiction.

Other than black-colored clothes, no specific form of dress. Dress varies from monk's cowl (Orsay)[10] to cleric suit (Rubel).[11] Religious-like habit may contribute verisimilitude to Organization's cover as charity.

Some Men in Black wear pieces of armor (Rado).[12]

Some may carry weapons. In a Sutafu village, Rafaela overhears a villager saying that "black-suit guys with swords" (黒い服の連中刀) demanded that a family surrender their newborn, twin girls to the Organization.[13]

As with many Organization personnel, Men in Black show evidence of past injuries, ranging from facial scars to blindness.

One Man in Black, Rubel, appears not to age, despite the timeskip between the Teresa arc and the Next Generation of Claymore warriors.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Avuncular mix of school marm, priest and psychologist.

Description[edit | edit source]

Field agents for Organization.

Due to universal wearing of dark clothes, Men in Black are sometimes confused with other sectors of Organization, such as the Executive or Retrieval Squad.

In Scene 41 Rubel and Ermita are shown in typical Executive meeting. Here they are instructed by Chief Limt. Men in Black act as case officers/handlers for warriors. Mode of travel by boat is unshown in manga.[14]

From Yoma War Record I:

  • Messenger for new orders
  • Monitor warriors in the field
  • Collect fees for services rendered
  • Should instructions not be available directly from Headquarters, in the field a Man in Black's authority is as if from Headquarters

History[edit | edit source]

Teresa arc[edit | edit source]

Rosemary[edit | edit source]

Sends Teresa to Godar Hill on black card assignment, where she is to euthanize Rosemary.

When Orsay sees Teresa's disheveled state on her return, he asks if Rosemary awoke. Appears ambivalent with Teresa's jocular response that Rosemary did not awaken and that Yoma damaged her uniform.[15]

Clare[edit | edit source]

Teo[edit | edit source]

Teresa meets Orsay on outskirts of a town, where Teresa completed an assignment. He cautions her not to spread rumors of Yoma being sent by the Organization for non-payment. He gives a new assignment—the village of Teo.[16]

Rokut[edit | edit source]

After rescuing Clare, Teresa executes bandit gang in Rokut, breaking cardinal rule of Organization—never kill humans. Later she resists execution, when Orsay refuses to reveal Clare's fate. Teresa leaves with Clare.[17]

Orsay orders warriors No. 2–5 to find and purge Teresa.[18]

Clare arc[edit | edit source]

Strah[edit | edit source]

Clare rendezvous with Rubel at waterfall. She receives new orders to proceed to village of Strah.[19] Later, Rubel gives her Elena's black card at desert oasis.[20]

Rabona[edit | edit source]

Rubel instructs Clare on a covert mission to Rabona, using the cover of an antique dealer traveling with her younger brother (Raki). He gives her suppressant to disguise her silver eyes.[21]

Ophelia[edit | edit source]

Executive has meeting with Rubel. The awakened body of Ophelia has been found. Limt asks if Clare killed Ophelia. Rubel expresses doubts. Executive members debate whether Clare's transplant of Teresa succeeded or not.[22]

In the end, Limt orders Ermita to find Clare.[23]

Pieta[edit | edit source]

During the Battle of the North, Rubel sends Galatea to Alfons as an observer.[24] After the fighting is over, Rubel meets Galatea in a Pieta church. Galatea falsely reports that she cannot detect Clare's Yoma aura, giving the impression that Clare is dead.[25]

7-year timeskip[edit | edit source]

Ghosts[edit | edit source]

After being rescued by Ghosts, Clarice reports finding only 17 grave-marks to Executive. Rado reassigns Clarice to help No. 4, Miata.[26]

Later, in a repeat of the Rubel-Clare meeting,[27] Rado instructs Clarice on a covert mission to find Galatea.[28]

Rebellion[edit | edit source]

Organization Headquarters[edit | edit source]

Lead by Miria, warriors ignore the orders of the Organization to attack the approaching rebels. Rebellion begins.[29]

Resurrection[edit | edit source]

After Limt questions and punishes Rafutera,[30] he orders release of Abyss Feeders, while Dae resurrects Hysteria, Roxanne and Cassandra.[31]

During battle between rebels and Abyss Feeders, the resurrected warriors cut down everyone en masse.[32] But the Men in Black panic as the resurrected warriors awaken.[33]

Later, Raki tell the rebels that all Organization personnel fled Headquarters.[34]

Additional details[edit | edit source]

  • Modern Men in Black appears in Undeadman, Norihiro Yagi's first manga. The are sent by Dr. Stein to kill the title character[35]
  • Undeadman's Men in Black wear dark clothes and dark glasses, as does Rubel[36]

References[edit | edit source]

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 20, Scene 109, p. 65
  2. Claymore 3, Scene 12, p. 77
  3. Claymore 12, Scene 64, p. 14
  4. Claymore 12, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 64, p. 14
  5. Claymore 12, Glénat Édition Française, Scene 64, p. 14
  6. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I, p. 4 99
  7. Claymore 3, Scene 12, p. 77
  8. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I, p. 499
  9. Claymore 20, Scene 109, p. 65
  10. Claymore 3, Scene 12, p. 81
  11. Claymore 1, Scene 2, p. 77
  12. Claymore 12, Scene 68, p. 142
  13. Claymore 12, Shueisha, Scene 64, p. 14
  14. Jump Square, July 2012, Claymore, Scene 127, pp. 284–285
  15. Claymore 13, Extra Scene 1, p. 156
  16. Claymore 3, Scene 12, p. 81; Claymore, Anime Scene 5
  17. Claymore 4, Scene 17, p. 51; Claymore, Anime Scene 6
  18. Claymore 4, Scene 17, p. 69; Claymore, Anime Scene 6
  19. Claymore 1, Scene 2, pp. 76–80
  20. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 161; Claymore, Anime Scene 2
  21. Claymore 2, Scene 5, pp. 15–18; Claymore, Anime Scene 3
  22. Claymore 8, Scene 41, pp. 39–41; Claymore, Anime Scene 15
  23. Claymore 8, Scene 41, p. 42; Claymore, Anime Scene 15
  24. Claymore, Anime Scene 24
  25. Claymore, Anime Scene 26
  26. Claymore 12, Scene 68, pp. 136–142
  27. Claymore 2, Scene 5, pp. 15–18
  28. Claymore 13, Scene 73, pp. 98–101
  29. Claymore 20, Shueisha, Scene 113, p. 185
  30. Claymore 21, Shueisha, Scene 114, pp. 19–22
  31. Claymore 21, Shueisha, Scene 115, pp. 23–24
  32. Claymore 21, Shueisha, Scene 116, p. 71
  33. Jump Square, January 2012, Claymore, Scene 121, p. 181
  34. Jump Square, June 2012, Claymore, Scene 126, pp. 240–241
  35. Jump Comics Deluxe, September 1990, Undeadman
  36. Jump Comics Deluxe, September 1990, Undeadman

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