Symbol
Symbol.jpg
Elena's symbol

VIZ Media name

Symbol[1] (en-us)

Variant

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

Original name

[7] shirushi Speaker.svg

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

Etymology[edit | edit source]

印 translates as "symbol."

Description[edit | edit source]

Function[edit | edit source]

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

Color[edit | edit source]

Anime[edit | edit source]

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.

Manga[edit | edit source]

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.

Shape[edit | edit source]

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.

Astrology[edit | edit source]

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

Cross[edit | edit source]

Celtic[edit | edit source]

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

Crucifix[edit | edit source]

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

Eastern[edit | edit source]

Miata's Symbol.png Has three cross bars: Miata

Fourchee[edit | edit source]

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

Grapevine[edit | edit source]

Queenie's anime symbol.png 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

Lorraine[edit | edit source]

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

Runes[edit | edit source]

Cynthia's Symbol.png 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-shapes[edit | edit source]

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

History[edit | edit source]

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

Manga vs anime[edit | edit source]

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.

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. 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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