"Puh-lease! Everyone says that now! So If you're a hot, young witch, you say, like "witchin cool" instead of like..."wicked cool" or somethin' lame like that!"
Tabatha Butterfly (タバサ·バタフライ, Tabasa Batafurai), also known as Risa (リサ), is one of the four employees at Chupa♡Cabra's who is secretly a Witch and formerly a spy for Arachnophobia. However, they would later be promised to being able to work back at the cabaret club after assisting the DWMA in recovering Death the Kid. Her real name is later revealed to be Tabatha Butterfly.
Tabatha seems to be a fun-loving individual like Taruho, being interested in working at Chupa♡Cabra's to the point she wasn't even afraid to do business in the Death Weapon Meister Academy's campus to kids. In addition, despite being a Witch and a spy, even Spirit Albarn noted that Tabatha herself isn't actually a bad person. She is, in comparison, a more serious individual than Taruho, as seen when she didn't find Taruho's joke about the witch portal being a "butt-hole to another world" funny.
Despite being chosen by Mosquito to gather information for Arachnophobia, the decision seems to have been concluded over her physical proportions rather than her actual abilities or intelligence; she is assigned to entice DWMA employees who visit Chupa♡Cabra's, such as Spirit Albarn, to reveal secret information about Death's operations. Due to her naivety and lack of focus, the information she acquires is questionable, especially because the intelligence is obtained from a drunk, self-embellishing Spirit.
At work, Tabatha, under the name of Risa, is seen wearing a yellow dress, wearing pearls, and a chain. She appears to be a well endowed young woman with blue eyes and brown hair. She also has part of her hair tied into a small ponytail.
In later appearances, especially after she is revealed to be a witch, Tabatha wears a traditional Kimono with floral patterns. However, her Kimono still shows a bit of her leg. Her hair also changes, resembling a geisha. She also has a striped straw in her mouth, reminiscent of the proboscis of a butterfly.
Originally both chosen to be spies for Arachnophobia, both girls seem to generally get along and are considered friends and partners. Even after being revealed to be spies, both Tabatha and Taruho remain together, running the caribenent club and even sharing much of the same ideals such as finding older, human women not married unattractive and both strive to stay hip.
Due to how often he frequents Chupa♡Cabra's, Spirit is well known to many of the women working at the club, especially Risa and Arisa, who regularly attend to his entertainment. However, in doing so the pair have been leaking information to Arachnophobia thanks entirely to Spirit's drunken rambling, who has unknowingly been helping Arachne Gorgon to spy on the DWMA. However, even after being outed, they still generally enjoy his company and he is recognized as a valued customer.
It should be noted that it was Tabatha's intimacy and flirty behavior with Spirit that made her convicted in the Witch's Realms Trial for the death penalty.
There's some animosity between her and the Death Scythe, as she along with Taruho commented on how scary she was due to having missed the "marriage boat" and further commented on how she was "dried up". Having instigated on the matter, she not only earned the dislike of Marie but also was clocked on the head as a result.
Though their interaction is limited, Tabatha's one of the few characters to have asked what was behind the mask. She also seems to have no qualms with playfully flirting with the shinigami, despite such actions most likely not condone by the rules of the Witch's Realm, much like how she was convicted for the death penalty due to her intimacy with Spirit Albarn. However, she also shown to fear him after he revealed he didn't want to be entertained and has called them to service for different reasons. But she, along with Stein and Sid Barrett, did accept the idea offered to both her and Taruho.
After Blair becomes an employee at Chupa♡Cabra, Tabatha seems to be friends with her, even mentoring her after being hired.
Butterfly Magic: Although a confirmed Witch, few of Tabatha's magical abilities has been seen. During her on-catering service with some of DWMA's top ranking members, the most shown of Tabatha's magic was manifesting butterflies from thin air to entertain her customers.
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In an attempt to allay his grief after facing rejection from his own daughter, Spirit decides to visit the city's resident cabaret club Chupa♡Cabra's, a place he frequents all too often. It's there, attended to by both Risa and Arisa, where he finally manages to console himself, that is until Arisa mistakingly brings up the topic of Maka even after Risa advises against doing so. Through Spirit's subsequent fit of tears and sorrowful disposition, Risa explains the family's current situation, which sees Spirit facing not only divorce negotiations with his wife, but a daughter who has now set out purposefully to create a powerful scythe just to spite him. With this said, Spirit charges from the club spouting his love for Maka, to which the two girls in cheerful unity simply ask him to "come again ♡"
When Blair, who had just recently started working at Chupa♡Cabra's, sends Spirit into another bout of depression over his family issues, Risa quickly intervenes by warning Blair that her actions are making a customer feel bad. Despite her swift mediation, Spirit continues his woeful rant while placing the blame squarely with Dr. Franken Stein and the five years of experiments he conducted using Spirit as an unknowing test subject. This clearly shocks Risa, especially considering the fact that Spirit didn't notice for five years.
Risa and Arisa are eventually revealed to be two witches in Arachne's organization, Arachnophobia. They have been leaking information to Arachnophobia through Spirit, who unknowingly helps Arachne to spy on the DWMA. They are also shown to be appalled by him and mock him when he's away. Once they are exposed as witches thanks to a list provided by Medusa, however, the two are taken into custody by Spirit and Sid.
The pair later returned to the club, exonerated from their crimes and have been seen doing a promotion with Blair, where they are observed propositioning themselves to various the DWMA students.
Tabatha and Tahuro went with Kid, Kim, Eruka and Free to Witch City for negotiation for the DWMA, only to be caught and put on trial.
- In the Anime, Tabatha and Taruho are not revealed to be witches.
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga:Chapter 70
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 23; Chapter 98, page 28
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 1, page 24
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 44
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 17; Chapter 69, page 83
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 17; Chapter 71, page 124-125
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 17; Chapter 70, page 96
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 23; Chapter 98, page 21
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 17; Chapter 70, page 114
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 2; Chapter 2, page 20
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 1, page 24-25
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 2; Chapter 2, page 30
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 2; Chapter 2, page 22