Clare attacks Yoma

VIZ Media name

Yoma[1] (en-us Speaker)


Name: Yoma[2][3] (de Speaker, it anime Speaker), demonio[4] (demon es-es Speaker), Espectro[5] (ghost es-es), démon[6] (fr Speaker), demone[7] (it Speaker)
Nickname: Voracious Eater[8] Speaker

Original name

妖魔[9] Yōma Speaker

Current status







We're the foremost predators alive, and you are our prey.[10]

First appearance

Scene 1, Anime Scene 1

  • Yoma ↓
    • Winged Yoma link Winged Yoma
    • Jean link Claymore↓
      • Awakened link Awakened being


Yoma (妖魔—monster, ghost, demon) are beings that shapeshift from human to an infinitude of gargoyle-like forms.

"Yoma" not used in all translations. The France edition translates 妖魔 as "démon." The Spain edition uses "espectro" interchangably with "demonio."



Only males have been depicted. In the manga, Clare refers to the Yoma outside Egon as a male.[11] Anime names character as the "Awakened Claymore."

Egon Yoma
Awakened Claymore


Similar to humans, Yoma vary in shape, from skeletal to muscular with distorted humanoid bodies and in the anime, display brown, purple, gray or green skin. The original Yoma is depicted as red in the cold open of Scene 1, when Claymore began in Monthly Shōnen Jump in the May 2001 issue.

When Yoma awaken from human form, their bodies stretch and contract, during which according to "Yoma War Record I," "blood splatters."[12] Their irises glow gold with vertical cat-like slits. Muscles and blood vessels that bulge, together with mouths that open widely, are some of their peculiarities.[13]

Claymore Clare suppressing Yoma

Claymore Clare suppressing Yoma

Clare combats Yoma

They and their winged relations and awakened beings have sharp teeth. Some have serrated ridges along their spine, with elongated limbs ending in claws.

Yoma can resemble "Seiichirou Kitano" of [[Wikipedia:Angel_Densetsu|Angel Densetsu] in facial appearance. Art styles depicting them range from Expressionist to Cubist.

Claymore warriorsEdit

Organization uses Yoma tissue to create Claymore warriors, resulting in a stigma. These half-Yoma beings retain their human appearance, unless releasing Yoma energy and awakening.


Yoma have strength and speed beyond human. They can regenerate minor wounds rapidly.

Early in the Claymore series, Zaki claims that Yoma can disguise themselves as humans by eating them to absorb their memories and shapeshift into duplicates of the victims.[14]

Zaki awakened
Studio profiles of Zaki awakened

Later during the Rebellion arc, Miria exposes this myth by revealing that a mobile parasite, responsible for changing humans into Yoma, eventually leaves the Yoma host, due to the body breaking down from excessive shapeshifting. Once the parasite finds another host, the life-cycle repeats.[15]

Yoma are the least powerful of awakened entities in the Claymore series.


Literary originsEdit


Norihiro Yagi's first manga, Undeadman, is about "Ryuko," a reanimated man who escapes from the laboratory of Dr. Stein.[16] Undeadman's shapeshifting, as well as regenerating wounds inflicted by Stein's Men in Black,[17] foreshadows the Yoma of Claymore, as well as other experimental entities of Dae and the Retrieval Squad. The zombie himself resembles a Yoma.

Yagi's first series, Angel Densetsu (エンジェル伝説 Angel Legend), centers around "Seiichirou Kitano," a teenage boy whose Yoma-like countenance is at odds with his angelic soul. The background is a typical manga high school in modern Japan. Despite the reappearance of Angel Densetsu characters in Claymore, as well as various Shōnen tropes, Claymore represents a break with traditional manga.

Manga and animeEdit


Yoma are the main source of revenue to Organization.

According to "Miria's theory," Yoma were originally created by the Organization as an experimental weapon against the Dragons' Descendents.[18] Unknown if the Yoma phenomenon is biological or magic.

As with other predators such like big cats, Yoma have preference for their prey's viscera (internal organs or "guts"). Muscle meat is eaten last if at all.[19]

Sometimes solitary, Yoma can form alliances among their kind and even with awakened beings, a higher form of Yoma.[20]


Organization personnel flee Headquarters after Cassandra, Roxanne and Hysteria awaken. After the deaths of Hysteria and Roxanne, Miria, Deneve and Helen search Headquarters.

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 a specimen of the Dragons' Descendents is chained. Tubes attached to the body provide life-support.[21]

Dragons' Descendent
Dragons' Descendent


Limt appears. For unexplained reasons, he has stayed behind. He notices that Miria appears familiar with the dragon. Then he points out the unawakened, humanoid form hanging high from the ceiling.[22]

He reveals the true name of the Dragons' Descendents—the アサラカム[23] (Asarakamu). The Asarakamu are a hermaphroditic species. They have a lifespan of 200 years.[24]

The smaller, humanoid specimen, when awakened, would become like the larger, dragon-like specimen. Once they awaken, they cannot revert back to humanoid form.[25]

When the tissues of both forms are combined, a mobile parasite results. When implanted in humans, the parasite takes over the brain and the hosts develop into Yoma.[26]

Miria's replyEdit

Miria admits being inside the chamber nine years ago, then realizing the source of the Yoma. She exposes the myth perpetrated by the Organization—that Yoma eat their victims and absorb their memories, then impersonate the victims. The reality is that the parasite eventually leaves the host, due to the Yoma body breaking down from excessive shapeshifting.[27]


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 1, p. 10
  2. Claymore 1, Tokyopop, Scene 1, p. 10
  3. Claymore, Yamato Video, Anime Scene 3
  4. Claymore 1, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 1, p. 10
  5. Claymore 1, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 1, p. 10
  6. Claymore 1, Glénat Édition Française, Scene 1, p. 10
  7. Claymore 1, Star Comics, Scene 1, p. 8
  8. Claymore 2, Scene 6, p. 62
  9. Claymore 1, Scene 1, p. 10
  10. Claymore 1, Scene 1, p. 41
  11. Claymore 1, Scene 3, p. 142
  12. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 502
  13. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 502
  14. Claymore 1, Scene 1, pp. 38–39
  15. Claymore 23, Scene 126, p. 19
  16. Jump Comics Deluxe, September 1990, Undeadman
  17. Jump Comics Deluxe, September 1990, Undeadman
  18. Claymore 15, Scene 79Scene 80, pp. 52–76
  19. Claymore 1, Scene 1, pp. 10, 38
  20. Claymore 8, Scene 42, p. 79
  21. Claymore 23, Scene 126, pp. 12–15
  22. Claymore 23, Scene 126, p. 16
  23. Claymore 23, Scene 126, p. 16
  24. Claymore 23, Scene 126, p. 17
  25. Claymore 23, Scene 126, pp. 16–17
  26. Claymore 23, Scene 126, p. 18
  27. Claymore 23, Scene 126, p. 19

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