|“||You're too young to embrace death!! The strength you gain from a willingness to sacrifice your life is smaller than you think!! Don't give up hope! Cling to life until the moment you die!!||”|
—Spirit to other death scythe and meisters, Chapter 100
Spirit Albarn (スピリット・アルバーン, Supiritto Arubān), also known as Death Scythe (デスサイズ, Desu Saizu), is the demon weapon partner of the late Death and father of Maka Albarn who was turned into a death scythe by his ex-wife. As his nickname implies, he is one of death's weapons and is the most powerful.
Spirit is casually silly and youthfully influenced in his personal life along with in circumstances that require no seriousness. He's known for his flaw of being a womanizer, finding entertainment in being surrounded by women. He is very perverse, being so much he'll even take attendance of only the female students at the DWMA, an action someone like Soul Eater considers creepy. He is unable to stay in a long-term relationship due to this flaw. Despite expressing regrets for cheating on his now ex-wife and claiming to love her still, some like Maka find this difficult to believe due to his repeated actoins regardless of his apparent guilt.
Spirit is also a truly caring and passionate parent, longing for the love and acceptance of his daughter, even prior to cheating on his wife. Because of this, he has been shown to continuously support her, even when she denies it. In addition, he holds a firm view on the love of a parent, being even so sensitive to it that he was willing to transform out of his weapon form and grab hold of Medusa Gorgon's collar, despite the danger, to tell her his disgust, though he was reduced to tears and unable to say what he wanted to say in the first place.
In certain situations, he can be serious. He loves his job and holds his position as a Death Scythe to a high degree. He feared the loss of it after the resurrection of Asura, feeling that it was his fault the Kishin escaped due to him leaving the side of his then-current Meister, Death. He also has a sense of understanding for the young students in the academy, a trait that even Franken Stein was unable to completely understand himself. He's also compassionate and merciful, supporting Sid Barrett's decision of sparing Black☆Star despite Stein's reluctance. He also has showcase wisdom, chastising fellow colleagues Alexandre and Zubaidah for wanting to sacrifice their lives, urging them to continue to fight to live until the moment they die and was willing to sacrifice his own life for his daughter's sake.
AppearanceSpirit appears as a somewhat younger aged man, his facial features consist of red shoulder length hair and green eyes. He wears a basic black suit blazer, black dress slacks, an olive green button down shirt in which remains tucked in, black leather belt with a silver buckle and dress shoes. The most iconic element of his clothing is his signature black cross tie; also, on the collar of his button down, there are two black crosses on each side.
Full-Weapon Transformation (全身武器, Zenshin buki): As a demon weapon, Spirit is capable of transforming from his human form to his weapon form at will. He's also been seen using transformation to evade attacks.
- Weapon Mode (武器モード, Buki Mōdo): A demon weapon, Spirit's powers allow him to take the form of a demon scythe. His weapon form stands out as the most powerful of all other fellow death's weapons. His weapon abilities surpasses that of Ragnarok and Soul Eater prior to his ascension as a death's weapon, as his weapon form's durability allowed him to withstand Crona and Ragnarok's scream resonance.
- Wavelength Control (波長コントロール, Hachō Kontorōru): According to Franken Stein, Spirit is able to sense and control his Meister's wavelengths to draw out it's best qualities and is considered his forte. It's because of this ability he has an affinity with women. In combat, he can allow his meister to perform powerful energy blast powered by their soul wavelength.
- Death's Weapon (死神様の武器, Shinigami-sama no Buki): Spirit is known as a death's weapon (also known as a death scythe), having the qualifications fit to be a weapon for Death himself from consuming 99 souls and one evil human soul.
High Physical Abilities (高い身体能力, Takai karada nōryoku): Spirit possess a great level of physical ability, enabling him to hike the surface of the moon. He is also durable enough to withstand some of Medusa's vector arrows at point blank.
Eventually, Spirit was among the E.A.T Class of Death Weapon Meister Academy and served as Franken Stein's first weapon partner for five years. During his partnership, Spirit often stopped his meister from giving into his madness and at one time, he had nearly chastises him for thinking being an academy student gave him free reign to do as he pleases and attacking one not of Lord Death's list. Stein then replies that he wishes he was born in a world without a god though when Spirit questioned his seriousness, Stein instead replied he was not, considering such a world "sick". During this point in time, he would also have been familiar with Azusa Yumi, regarding her as a tattletale. Unknown to Spirit, he was secretly experiment on by Stein.
Later, had entered a relationship with a woman who became pregnant with his daughter. He would later go to marry the woman with his meister present. With no money but determined to find a wedding ring for his beloved, Spirit later bought a special ring from an old lady off the streets said to be able to ward off madness and evil. Given his line of work, he bought it for her and their expecting child. Mere days before the birth of Maka, Spirit took part in the Star Clan's purge by Death Weapon Meister Academy and supported Sid's decision to take in the sole survivor of the clan, the infant and innocent Black☆Star. He was also quick to judge Stein's harsh judgement of not taking in the child, with his weapon meister having deduced that his own child's birth influenced his ire. At the same day Sid had taken Black☆Star into Death Weapon Meister Academy to be raised as his own, Maka was born to Spirit and his significant other with the man at the age of eighteen.
Spirit later ended his partnership of five years with Franken Stein around this time after his wife had figured out and told him that Stein had been experimenting on him for years. Replacing him as his weapon partner, his wife eventually managed to craft him into a death scythe.
During Maka's younger childhood years, Spirit would often read picture books to Maka (the origin point for her passion for reading) and maintained a close relationship with his daughter. However, his relationship became stained with both his wife and daughter after he was caught having extramarital affairs with other women. Eventually, this caused his ex-wife to file for divorce.
Spirit is first seen when Maka Albarn and Soul Eater Evans contact Shinigami by the 42-42-564 Death Room number call. After Shinigami and Maka have a short conversation to inform Shinigami up to speed, Spirit appears from behind Shinigami, shouting at Soul. He then tells Soul to not get involved with Maka or he would "go after [Soul]" as her father. Soul responds by commenting that he is far too "cool" for a girl with no body figure like Maka. Spirit is outraged upon hearing this, and bursts at Soul, contradicting himself by asking Soul why he hasn't already "made a move" on Maka. Soul then states that he is annoying and Spirit turns over to Maka. He then tells Maka he loves her, but Maka turns her head, stating that she wouldn't even consider him as her father. Spirit is stabbed emotionally, and begins to sob as Shinigami continues his conversation with Soul and Maka. When they finish and say their goodbyes, Shinigami turns around to Spirit and uses his Shinigami Chop on him to make him refrain from crying.
Spirit is later seen at his favorite cabaret club, Chupa♡Cabra's, with Risa and Arisa, two, somewhat, strip-teasers/mild men's entertainers. Spirit is seen laughing hysterically with the two in his arms. He laughs until Arisa asks him about his daughter, Maka, to which he freezes and slowly becomes overcome by his emotions as Lisa explains that he is in the process of getting a divorce for constantly cheating on his wife, and how Maka is on her mother's side and she hates him. After Lisa finishes, Spirit bursts into tears and runs out the door of the cabaret club, screaming for forgiveness from Maka and that he loves her and her mother.
Spirit is lastly seen as he is walking into The Death Room, to which he is informed by Shinigami that Maka could die as she is facing off with Blair, to whom they believe is a Witch. Spirit worries, and partially transforms into a scythe in hopes to go and save Maka, but Shinigami stops him, and encourages his to let Maka take care of it. During the battle, Soul pretends to want to be with Blair and abandon Maka, to which Spirit rejoices at, only to be Shinigami Chopped by the disapproved Shinigami. Soul then pretends further, and tells Maka that he is not under the influence of Blair's magic like Maka had thought, and that he was simply leaving her because of Blair's body figure, to which Spirit becomes a bit aroused at now that Soul had mentioned it, only to once again be Shinigami Chopped. Maka then begins to lightly shed tears, recounting that she had placed her faith in Soul for not being a "horrible", "cheating", man like (while thinking of her father) all other men are. Spirit is seen with a serious look on his face at this, suggesting his disappointment in himself and realization of Maka's true feelings towards Soul. Soul then reveals that it was a trick against Blair, and Maka comes to the realization and defeats Blair. Soon after, it is revealed that Blair isn't a witch, but a cat with magic powers, and Spirit is lastly seen offering to be her cat toy, only to be Shinigami Chopped one last time.
After Sid Barrett becomes a zombie, Spirit temporarily takes his place as a teacher at Death Weapon Meister Academy. During class, he is ignored by Maka which results in bickering with Soul and secretly gives him a fail grade. After excusing Maka and Soul, as they must visit Shinigami, he suggests taking the class to Chupa♡Cabra's.
Later that day, at Chupa♡Cabra's, he tells Blair and Arisa, how he is ashamed of how little he can do as Maka's father and of the weird experiments Stein put him through. The next day, Stein takes his place as teacher, after the remedial lesson had concluded.
Spirit is first seen in the Dispensary at the the DWMA. He had come to The Academy to see Maka, but he was unaware that she had gone to Italy with Soul. He becomes frustrated, because coming to The Academy puts him in a possible run-in with Stein, who he hasn't seen in years, and is still dreadfully afraid of him. He tries to calm himself by saying he's not afraid, pretending as if he is talking to Maka, saying that he will confront Stein for her. He then has a contradicting change of pace in thought, and suddenly looks forward to seeing Medusa, as the school nurse, looking to flirt with her. The Dispensary door then opens, and Spirit immediately embraces the person who opened, thinking that it would be Medusa. Instead, it was Stein, and Spirit jumps into a fetal position under the covers of a bed in the room. Stein teases Spirit at first by telling him that he had swapped the middle toes on his feet, to which he pulls a "made you look" once Spirit desperately checks his feet. Stein then tells Spirit how he noticed how quickly Maka has grown up, and how he thought that Spirit's marriage would last forever, making it sound like he did not know he was divorced. Spirit then tells Stein that he has been divorced for a month in a very grief-filled manner. Stein then reveals that he is aware, and Spirit strangles him. Stein then tells Spirit that the Demon Sword has popped up, and the two head for Italy.
The two then appear while Maka is embracing a fatally wounded Soul and is about to be killed by Crona. Just as Crona is about to strike, Spirit's blade comes through the door behind Maka and stabs Crona. Stein then breaks down the door, and Spirit then comes in, hoping that Maka would appreciate how "brave and selfless" her father is. But Maka ignores him as usual. The fight then begins between Stein, Spirit, and the Demon Sword. Stein and Spirit make a very good team, and win against Crona, successfully fending off Ragnarok's Bloody Needles by using their special attack, Experimental Ectoplasm. However, Medusa then reveals herself, and casts a parade of Vector Arrows at them. At this time, the two perform Witch-Hunter to destroy the arrows, and Medusa flees.
Spirit first appears at Shinigami's right hand as he begins his opening greeting to the students of the the DWMA who have come to the foundation anniversary celebration of the academy. After the speech, Spirit pursues Maka in an urge to dance with her. He finds Maka about to go dance with Soul, and interrupts, shouting for her to hold on for her to dance with himself. She immediately turns him down and Spirit explodes into a cloud of disappointment. Luckily, Soul did not feel like dancing at the moment, and urges Maka to go bond with her father in an attempt to escape dancing. Maka disappointingly states that she doesn't feel like bonding with Spirit, but Spirit takes advantage of the moment and excitingly shouts that Soul is correct and drags Maka to the dance floor. On the dance floor, Maka is noticeably upset in oddly, sad manner as the two dance, and while Spirit is in his own bright and colorful world due to how happy he is to actually be dancing with his daughter. Spirit then begins to tell Maka that he is thinking about her kindergarten graduation, the last time the two danced, and Maka's attitude switches to her usual annoyance towards Spirit. Recounting the memory, Spirit remembers how Maka was so small that she had to dance on his feet, and then after they finished that he danced with her mother. In an unexpected surprise to Spirit, Maka becomes even further annoyed by the memory, and informs him that he wasn't dancing with her mother on that day, rather, a mother of another girl she knew. Spirit sweats in realization that he had entirely ruined the moment, and is amazed at how far back Maka was able to remember such an incident. He tries to cover up his mistake by completely disregarding what he just said and states that what really matters is the fact that he is dancing with her now, and that the moment will be a great memory. He then tells Maka that he promises to be a better father, but once again, is turned down by a disbelieving Maka.
As Sid suddenly appears from the ballroom entrance shouting for everyone to escape while they had time, Spirit disappears as the main cast and Stein run to Sid. Free, Medusa, and Eruka Frog then seal the ballroom using spatial magic, allowing no one to escape for a whole hour so they can resurrect the underground Kishin. Using Compulsive Burial, Sid manages to get the main cast and Stein out of the ballroom, and they move to the Sealed Shrine.
In the first tunnel to the Seal Shrine, both Maka and Stein begin to sense a soul right beyond the shadows in front of them. Maka states that she knows the "nasty, despicable" soul, and Spirit emerges from the shadows, hurt by how Maka identified his soul. Stein then asks Spirit how he had escaped from the spatial magic trap, and Spirit states that when chasing a women (referring to the runaway Medusa at the time) no one is faster than he is. Spirit then transforms and is caught by Stein and the two decide to remain partnered for the battle. Medusa soon appears from the shadows as well and Stein quickly explains the plan for stopping the reawakening of the Kishin. Once the entire main cast has passed Medusa, Stein begins his fight with her by hitting her with his soul wavelength. Before the battle extends to any further fighting, Spirit partially transforms to speak with Medusa. He states that he always enjoyed seeing her in her nurse's outfit although he would enjoy more to see her with it "off", especially if he was the one doing it. Stein immediately teases Spirit by stating that he was dancing with her earlier and Spirit becomes jealous. He then takes a turn for the serious, and tells Medusa that a great shame would come upon him as the only Death Scythe at the DWMA if the Kishin was revived. The fight then commences and Spirit supports Stein when he is engaged with Medusa. However, a great majority of the time, Stein and Medusa simply share conversations about the battle the main cast is having further down the way to the Seal Shrine, watching it using their soul perception.
The first battle they oversee is that between Maka and Crona. Stein immediately notices when Black☆Star's soul passes Crona's, and Maka's stays behind, indicating that she had gone against his orders and chosen to fight the demon sword on her own. Spirit immediately shows slight concern for Maka and is taunted by Medusa saying that his daughter had walked into a death trap. Spirit then smiles, and tells Medusa not to underestimate his daughter. Stein then soon asks Medusa why she has seemed to give up on her original intention to create her own Kishin through the demon sword and instead chosen to wake Asura using the same black blood. He also asks where she had abducted the child that had become the demon sword Meister. Stein assumes that it was all simply because Medusa had failed and taunts her. She then explains that her work had only pertained to the black blood in general, and informs him that Crona is actually her child. Stein then pursues to ask what exactly she plans to do with Crona if she gets her way and the Kishin is revived. He recounts that her black blood research is finished and she is done with the experiment to which she needed this child, and asks again what comes after. Spirit immediately shows signs of becoming angry as the answer are awaited. Medusa then explains that she will merely abandon Crona, and Spirit becomes furious. As Medusa begins to laugh at their anger towards her Spirit commands her to stop, and becomes so enraged that he comes out of weapon form to walk up and grab Medusa. However, he is short for words, and cannot think of what to say to her, and is flung back to Stein by her vector arrows. Spirit then begins to shed tears to the disgusting thought of parent abandoning her child, but pulls himself together in order to defeat her. As the black blood Resonance battle continues, both Stein and Spirit become very concerned as the black blood begins to activate in both Soul and Maka, however, when the battle has ended, Spirit is calmed by the news that Maka had managed to end the fight peacefully.
As the underground fight draws to a close, Stein and Spirit try to make an effort to defeat Medusa, but the struggle is drawn out longer by her in order to prevent the two from proceeding aged to the Kishin. Spirit soon asks Stein why he has seemed to lose his edge, and where his ominous "I'll kill you" vibe has gone to. As Stein begins to calm himself, Spirit can easily read that he was regaining this vibe, and remembers that he is in charge of controlling Stein. The battle soon seriously engages again, and eventually comes to Spirit and Stein being in a dead lock with Medusa, restraining her from cutting off Stein's head by blocking her nerve endings through a very complicated soul wavelength attack. They stay in this lock until suddenly, madness begins to overflow, and the Kishin begins to revive. Spirit is mortified as he realizes this, but Stein takes advantage of Medusa's guard drop, and slices her in two. Spirit is amazed that Stein was able to do this, and remains in awe until he Kishin's wavelength fades away and Stein states that he had escaped. Spirit becomes incredibly disappointed in himself, stating that it is all his fault and that if he had stayed with Shinigami like he was suppose to, the Kishin could have been stopped.
Spirit was shown to be still in Death's room, discussing about the plan to battle the Kishin. He knows that Death can't leave the city due to his soul being bounded to Death City. Kid's full awakening is needed for the battle as it's essential for their victory. At that same time the last two remaining Death Scythes have arrived. It appears that all of them have come. Death told them to say their good-byes to their loved ones and they will leave as soon as the preparations are done.
He was at the top floor of the school outside waiting and looking up at the sky. Maka came out. She told him that it's an abuse of authority to call using an public announcer to call her plus it was embarrassing to say. He said that he was sorry and that he wanted to meet her no matter what. She asked if he was going to the mission on the moon as well. He sighed and said yes, but it that only because it was for an important mission plus it's his first foreign trip in a long time run. He said that Liz and Patty are making a will and Maka said, "I see." He said sorry about putting her in a tough situation with Crona's research and all. She said it was fine since they stopped for today. She was thinking to herself that a father and daughter doesn't need to met up in an place like this.....but if it was then she was just a little rude just now. She asked if he needed something from her. He said that he wanted to give her something before going to the moon. She thought it was a will, but to her surprise it was a ring. It turns out to be her mother's wedding ring. She sent it back to him after the divorce. Back then he was young and broke, so he went to buy a cheap ring off the street from an old lady. According to the old lady, there is an charm written on the back side of it that said that it could purifies madness and misfortune. It was brought for Maka from all the hard work she is doing for them and who was born to them. He gave her the ring. Her mother is strong enough to not fall prey to madness so she probably knew that the world is surrounded with madness right now. He explained that Maka's mother probably wants Maka to have it. Maka said thanks. She puts it on. He then mentions that when her mother was pregnant with her that he wanted a boy, Maka then asks why. He thought that a girl who likes her father would have inexhaustible source of worries. She seems to be confused, however he explains that he was glad that it was her and hugs Maka. Spirit then says that she has grown strong and well. He said that Crona was a poor child that was raised by Medusa and that he and Stein shouldn't have stopped them (sex not currently determined officially) back when they first met at the Santa-Marianovera's church. Maka then seemed to become relieved. Maka hurried along her way. He then said that she reminds him of her mother's straight-forwardness.
Spirit accompanies Stein and many of the other Death Scythes and Meisters on the airship to the Moon. Once they are on the Moon, Spirit notices that Stein is being overcome by his Madness, and compare him to the Kishin himself. While fighting against the endless army of Clowns, Spirit shows himself to be an extremely powerful Weapon even without a skilled Meister. He helps the soldiers by being passed amongst the ranks and attacking with Soul Wavelength attacks.
- In the official popularity poll taken by the manga's readers, Spirit ranked 11th.
- Spirit's theme is composed by Taku Iwasaki and can be heard here https://soundcloud.com/voker101/warmful-spirit-spirit-theme