Elena in Uniform.jpg
Elena in uniform

Elena's Symbol.png

VIZ Media name

Elena[1] (en-us Speaker.svg)


Elena[2][3][4][5] (de Speaker.svg, es-es Speaker.svg, fr Speaker.svg, it Speaker.svg), 엘레나[6] Elena (ko), Елена[7] Yelena Speaker.svg (ru), 艾莉娜[8] Àilìnà Speaker.svg (zh-hk), 艾蕾娜[9] Àilěinà Speaker.svg (zh-tw)

Original name

エレナ[10] Erena Speaker.svg

Rank No.

Unknown rank of the Current Generation[11]

Current status

Killed by Clare




Defensive:[12] 堅守迎撃[13] Kenshu Geigeki Speaker.svg (Viscous Strike)




Do it while mine's still human.[14]

Anime voice

Sabine Winterfeldt (de),
Cynthia Cranz (en-us),
Ayako Kawasumi (ja)

First appearance

Scene 4, Anime Scene 2

Etymology[edit | edit source]

エレナ transliterates from "Elena,"[15] a Romance, Slavic and Greek variant of Helen. Popular name for newborn girls in Russia.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Trainee[edit | edit source]

In the anime, Elena appears with short hair in the school flashback.[16] This trainee Elena is sometimes mistaken for the short-haired, but muscular trainee that bullies Clare in Extra Scene 4. Madhouse studio illustrations depict the trainee Elena as a thin, frail girl.

As a Claymore warrior in the anime, Elena's hair apparently grew as she appears with long hair as in the manga.[17]

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Anime Elena as trainee

Elena as a trainee is not shown in the manga.

Claymore warrior[edit | edit source]

Physical[edit | edit source]

Typical Yagi heart-shaped face, but with an extra-high forehead. Shoulder-length hair, parted on right, swept back.

Elena physically resembles "Kiyomi Kaburagi,"[18] a student photographer in Norihiro Yagi's earlier series, Angel Densetsu. But her personality greatly differs from the Claymore character.

Kiyomi from Angel Densetsu

Uniform[edit | edit source]

Old Generation uniform being worn during the Current Generation—minimal armor with little added protection for the arms and legs. A fish-scale buckle hold an unusually thin 1-layer spaulders on the shoulders. Mid-calf chausses like Clare's. The faulds skirt does have a protective plate in the seat.

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Elena's equipment

This light armor may be due to her low speed and lack of muscular strength. See agility and strength baselines.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Passive, non-aggressive personality. Accepting of external circumstances.

Datasheet[edit | edit source]

Elena is the same height as Clare.[19]

Baseline[edit | edit source]

Height: 170cm (5ft 6.92in).[20] Dominant arm: right[21]

Class[edit | edit source]

Elena is a defensive type[22] warrior, her innate ability being Viscous Strike.[23]

Technique[edit | edit source]

Yoma War Record I lists her technique as 無し (none).[24] Her technique section is titled 人としての死 (Death of a human).[25]

Organization assessment[edit | edit source]

Mediocre warrior without special skills. Entered the Organization during the same period as No. 47. Due to Elena's good character, she seems to have bonded strongly with No. 47. Despite facing actual combat after No. 47, Elena reached her limit first. She sent her black card to No. 47, choosing death before transforming into a Yoma.[26]

History[edit | edit source]

Early days[edit | edit source]

Clare is only source of Elena's scant history, besides the "Yoma War Record." They were classmates and never rivals, contrary to misreadings of Extra Scene 4, where a much bigger trainee than Elena terrorizes Clare.

In the anime, Elena and Clare are alluded to as pariahs within the Organization. As a result, each was the only friend the other had.[27]

During Clare's painful transformation into a hybrid, she and Elena clung together as they slept.[28]

In the anime cell scene with Elena,[29] Clare wears short hair, contradicting Clare's long, hime hairstyle in Extra Scene 4.[30]

Black card[edit | edit source]

During an nightime meeting, Rubel gives Clare a black card—Elena's.[31] Clare rendezvous with Elena at Mount Shire.[32] As Elena holds back awakening, Clare euthanizes her, despite Raki's protests.[33]

Elena on Mount Shire

Additional details[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Elena's basic weakness is shown by turning into a Yoma instead of an awakened being, as confirmed on her datasheet
  • Kiyomi appears on the front panel of Angel Densetsu 11

    Angel Densetsu 11.jpg

Video[edit | edit source]

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 1, Scene 4, p. 173
  2. Claymore 1, Tokyopop, Scene 4, p. 173
  3. Claymore 1, Glénat Édition Française, Scene 4, p. 173
  4. Claymore 1, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 4, p. 173
  5. Claymore 1, Star Comics, Scene 4, p. 171
  6. Claymore 1, Daewon CI, Scene 4, p. 173
  7. Claymore 1, Comix-ART, Scene 4, p. 173
  8. Claymore 1, Culturecom, Scene 4, p. 173
  9. Claymore 1, Ever Glory, Scene 4, p. 173
  10. Claymore 1, Shueisha, Scene 4, p. 173
  11. Fragments of Silver 3, "Yoma War Record III," p. 730
  12. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 515
  13. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 515
  14. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 178
  15. Behind the Name article on Elena
  16. Claymore, Anime Scene 2
  17. Claymore, Anime Scene 2
  18. Angel Densetsu 11, Act 54, p. 8
  19. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 515
  20. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 515
  21. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 515
  22. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 515
  23. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 515
  24. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 515
  25. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 515
  26. Fragments of Silver 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 515
  27. Claymore, Anime Scene 2
  28. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 173; Claymore, Anime Scene 2
  29. Claymore, Anime Scene 2
  30. Claymore 14, Extra Scene 4, p. 162
  31. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 161; Claymore, Anime Scene 2
  32. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 174; Claymore, Anime Scene 2
  33. Claymore 1, Scene 4, pp. 179–181; Claymore, Anime Scene 2
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