The Eight Warlords
Eight Shinigami Legions



Shinigami Hachi Bushū


Death's Eight Guardians





Manga Debut

Chapter 16

The Eight Shinigami Legions (死神八武衆, Shinigami Hachi Bushū) was formerly a team of Meisters and Weapons in which acted as Death's personal guards[2] and followed his instructions much like the DWMA today, predating them in this responsibility.[3]



The Eight Shinigami Legions held the very same responsibilities as their successors known as Death Scythes and Death Weapon Meister Academy, in which they protected the world from evil as well as worked to prevent the uprising of a Kishin and hunting those on Shinigami's List.[3]


The Eight Shinigami Legions mostly consisted of the Great Old Ones, in which were powerful members in which resided over Madness with their Madness Wavelength powerful enough to plunge men into their respective madness.[4] The team's also consisted of the most powerful Sorcerer in history, the most powerful Legendary Blade in the world,[5] two Death Gods whom are the most powerful entities in the world[1] and even a powerful Demon Weapon that later became a Demon Sword and was powerful enough to injure a True Death God.[6]


Called the Eight Warlords (八武衆, Hachi Bushū; FUNimation "Eight Guardians") for short, each of these members followed Death's instruction and served as his personal guards. Although each member was extremely powerful within their own right, Asura reign supreme as the strongest member of Death's personal guard by far.[7]

Name Rank Status
AsuraStrongest Warlord[1]Defected
Great Old One of PowerWarlord[8]Resigned
Unknown WarlordWarlord[1]Deceased[11]
Unknown WarlordWarlord[1]Deceased[11]
Unknown WarlordWarlord[1]Deceased[11]
  • Note:The manga did not explain the occurrences between Death and Eibon. However, only the anime explained that Eibon had defected from the Eight Shinigami Legions. Since the manga takes precedent, it is under "Unknown".


Eight Powerful Warriors Anime

Anime's version of the Eight Guardians.

  • Although the anime features silhouettes of the Eight Shinigami Legions (called the Death's Eight Guardians or simply referred to as Death's "personal guard" in the anime), the silhouettes featured resemble little of the actual members both known and unknown as well as features what seems like a female member despite the team appearing all male.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 16
  2. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 25
  3. 3.0 3.1 (Yen Press) Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 6 — Spirit: A long, long time ago.....even before DWMA was built, meisters and weapons collected souls under Shinigami-sama's instructions just like now.
  4. (Yen Press) Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 72 — The Great Old One of Power:Indeed, the very presence of the Great Old Ones plunges men into madness.
  5. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 8
  6. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 22
  7. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 16; Anime Episode 25
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 72
  9. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 48
  10. (Yen Press) Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 74 — Excalibur: It is true that I am called "The Great Old One who lures people into the Madness of the Anger" by some but this is beyond rude.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 (Yen Press)Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 72 - Great Old One of Power:I speak of Shinigami and the others of the Eight Warlords. Do you know of them? Do you...fragment of the Shinigami? Three were consumed by Asura and now five remain.

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    • JayAaerow wrote: Eh. Maybe. Though it was known Demon Weapons were part of the group. They were most likely demon weapons. Would explain ...
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