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Galatea
Also Known As: God-Eye Galatea

Sister Latea

Claymore Stats
Gender: Female
Symbol: Galatearank
Rank: 3 (Former)
Type: Defensive
Special Technique(s): Yoki Manipulation
Wide Range Yoki Sensing

Soul Link

Fate/Status: Alive
Background/Alliance Information
Affiliation: Seven Ghosts
The Organization (Former)
Family:

Unknown

Hometown: Unknown
Appearances
First Appearance(Manga): Chapter 30
First Appearance(Anime) Episode 10
Voice Actors
Japanese: Ai Orikasa
English Colleen Clinkenbeard

Galatea is Claymore No. 3 of Clare's generation. Galatea is a defensive type Claymore.[1] Through her brilliant Yoki perception, she earned the title "God-Eye Galatea" (神眼のガラテア, Shingan no Garatea).[2] Along with her prowess as a spy, she claims that the strength she gains from her Yoki release is the highest of her generation.[3]

EtymologyEdit

"Galatea" is a transliteration of the Japanese "Garatea" (ガラテア, pronounced "ga-ra-te-a").

"Galatea" is a feminine proper name, from the Greek Γαλάτεια, meaning "she who is milk-white." This may refer to pureness of spirit or the fact that Galatea's eyes became white as a result of blindness due to her willingly refusing to heal them.

Galatea was a statue brought to life by Aphrodite because her sculptor, Pygmalion, loved her so. The statue represents the nymph Galatea, a character of the Greek mythology. This may allude to the special treatment she received from the Organization due to her usefulness.

"Galatea" is also a name for one of Neptune's moons.


AppearanceEdit

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Apart from the silver eyes, standard Claymore uniform, and sword, Galatea distinguishes herself from the other warriors by having extremely long, straight, flowing blonde hair. She is also the tallest known female warrior, and she is frequently seen with a smug expression on her face. Galatea's apperance is exceptionally beautiful when she keeps her cool.

Although most of the characters' biological ages are unknown, Galatea appears slightly more mature compared to other warriors, who often appear to be in their late teens or early twenties.

  • Height: 185 cm (6 ft 0.83 in)

As Sister Latea, Galatea is pretty much the same, except for her eyes, which now have corneal scars. Apart from these, a jagged scar runs across her face to mark the wound that destroyed her sight, but in some pages, the scars disappear, possibly a drawing mistake by Nohiro Yagi.

Image Gallery

PersonalityEdit

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Galatea showing her "ugly face"

Tall, graceful, and dignified, Galatea also exhibits arrogance and vanity, a personality to match her high rank. She takes great pride in both her physical appearance and abilities. Her narcissism sometimes puts her at a disadvantage as she refuses to unleash her full might until late in a battle. She is also reluctant to release her Yoki because it contorts her face and body and, by doing so, it "goes against her idea of beauty." When Galatea released 10% of her Yoki while fighting Dauf she said he would have to bear with her "ugly face" for a while, because of the golden eyes.[3] In another instance, she gets annoyed when Clare accidentally cuts her hair with the Windcutter while fighting Agatha.[2] In battle and casual conversations alike, Galatea likes to utilize her wit and sarcasm to throw jibes at enemies and even, occasionally, her allies.

After the seven-year timeskip, when she hides in Rabona as a blind nun looking after children, we see a softer side to Galatea's character. The children see her as a mother figure and she, in turn, feels obliged to protect Rabona whenever the city was in danger. She also seems to have let some of her haughtiness go over time. This possibly occurs as a result of the great personal sacrifice it must have been to blind herself and accept the permanent scar afterwards. When Miria comments about Galatea's lack of regret over her blindness, Galatea replies, "Rabona is more important to me than the light."[4]

Galatea acts as a sort of guide and mother figure to the other Claymores as well, since she appears to be the most mature as well as the most experienced among them. Her Yoki perception also leads her ability to understand others emotionally and psychologically, as seen when she accurately read the gestures and emotions of Miria, Deneve, Helen and Clare in the Paburo Mountains[5] and when she analyzed and shared her views over Miria's true motives against the Organization.[4]

AbilitiesEdit

Wide-Range Yoki SensingEdit

Galatea can sense Yoki over long distances, well out of the sensing range of other Claymores, and she can sense faraway emotions and movements as if up close.[5] Blindness only increases her power to the point where she "sees" more than those with healthy eyes. She can even sense the Yoki of warriors who have masked their energy or taken Yoki-suppressant pills.[6]

Yoki ManipulationEdit

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Galatea humiliates Duff - Claymore

Main article: Yoki Manipulation

Galatea can manipulate her opponents' physical movements and change the trajectories of their attacks by aligning her Yoki with theirs, and the technique relies upon her opponents dropping their guard.[7] According to Riful, however, Galatea is unable to fully control Yoki to the point where she can completely halt someone's attacks, and her manipulation technique has little effect against concentrated full-powered attacks.[1]

Organization RatingEdit

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Galatea Organition Rating

From Claymore Databook 2.

  • Yoki: A
  • Agility: B
  • Muscular Strength: B+
  • Spirit: A
  • Perception: A+
  • Leadership: B

BiographyEdit

Employment as a ClaymoreEdit

Nothing is known about Galatea's early life. Most of Galatea's background and history remains a mystery, including her place of origin.

God-EyeEdit

She is first seen acting as the Organization's "Eye," observing the Paburo Hunting Party with her handler, Ermita. She reads their emotions, the tide of battle, and Deneve's recovery from Awakening. Ermita orders her to memorize the four warriors' auras in case she has to fight them in the future.[5]

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Galatea using Yoki Manipulation on Dauf

When Clare goes missing after an Awakened Being hunt in Gonal with Ophelia, Galatea is sent to find her.[8] She finds Clare in an abandoned castle (the Witch's Maw) on Mount Zakol, where the lower-ranked warrior has been caught by Dauf. She manipulates Dauf into dropping Clare, catches her, and then tries to leave. However, Dauf caves in the entrance, preventing Galatea from escaping with Clare.

Forced to fight, Galatea manipulates Dauf's Yoki to avoid his attacks and land her own hits, easily gaining the upper hand.[7] However, when Riful enlightens Dauf about the secret behind Galatea's trick, the tide of the battle changes. She orders Clare to retrieve Jean downstairs while she holds off Dauf.[1]

After the battle is won through Dauf and Riful's subsequent departure, Galatea tries to bring Clare back with her, but Jean interferes. Galatea chooses discretion over conflict and summarily retreats.[9] She tries to report mission failure, but the Organization knows the truth, and they send Rubel and Rafaela to give Clare the message: report back to the Organization, or else.[10]

During the end of the Northern Campaign, Galatea openly expresses her disapproval at the Organization for using her fellow warriors, albeit the "troublesome ones," as pawns to give them time to complete Alicia and Beth.[11]She becomes further disenchanted with the Organization after Rubel tells her how "the Black Ones," Alicia and Beth, were brainwashed since infancy. The revelation of how the two warriors came to be shocks her deeply, and she deserts the Organization during the seven-year timeskip.[12]

Seven Years LaterEdit

At some point, Galatea finds refuge in Rabona, where Claymores were forbidden. To stay in the city, she destroys her eyes to conceal their silver color, and she also becomes a nun under the pseudonym of "Sister Latea." She becomes popular with the orphans, who see her as a mother figure.[6]

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Galatea posing as Sister Latea in Rabona

While in Rabona, Galatea detects the presence of an Awakened Being (Agatha), and she releases Yoki to lure Claymores to the city, hoping they will recognize the threat Agatha presents and help defeat her. When "Tracker" Dietrich detects the Yoki, a hit squad comprised of Clarice and Miata is sent to Rabona to take Galatea's head.

Fortunately, the assassination attempt is interrupted by Agatha's invasion.[13] Soon, a three-way fight escalates until Miata and Galatea are both down, the latter missing an arm and pinned to a wall by several spikes. At the last moment, the Seven Ghosts — Clare, Miria, Helen, Deneve, Cynthia, Tabitha, and Yuma - appear and rescue Galatea and the others. Agatha, at the end of her rope, attempts to use Galatea as a hostage to bargain with, but is effortlessly killed by Clare.[14] After the battle, Miria persuades Father Vincent to allow Galatea, Clarice and Miata stay in the city.[15]

Trouble in the West and The Ashes of LautrecEdit

When Clare, Deneve, Helen, Cynthia, and Yuma leave Rabona to explore the western lands, Galatea remains behind with Miria and Tabitha. When Dietrich approaches the Holy City to deliver Miria a message from Deneve and Helen, Galatea senses her despite the warrior having taken a Yoki-suppressant pill. Though Galatea remarks on Dietrich's former preoccupation with hunting her down for her desertion, the former No. 3 shows no hard feelings and makes no attempt at revenge. With the incredible power of her Yoki-Sensing, she later detects the auras of Riful, Isley, Alicia, and Beth as they appear.[16]

The Phantom's AmbushEdit

Later, Galatea witnesses Miria's attack on Tabitha, but does not make any attempt to stop
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Galatea confronts Miria.

her from doing so or from leaving Rabona. However, as Miria leaves, Galatea questions her as to if she wants to throw herself into Hell, though says nothing more. Galatea realizes that since Alicia and Beth are otherwise preoccupied, Miria may think this is the perfect time to attack the Organization at Staff.

Tabitha says she would have followed Miria in order to help. However, Galatea counters, saying that Miria is capable of the one thing most Claymores will not do—take human life, if need be, to destroy the Organization.[17]


The Attack on RabonaEdit

Afterwards, Rabona becomes besieged by numerous yoma and Awakened Beings. Galatea defends the city along with Tabitha, Miata and Clarice. The human forces also help, led by Galk and Sid. The humans, Clarice, and Miata deal mostly with the Yoma while Galatea and Tabitha lure the Awakened Beings. After some time, Helen, Deneve, Yuma, Cynthia, and Dietrich arrive to provide support and the city is saved.

In the aftermath, Galatea explains that the attack on Rabona only meant one thing—Miria had failed to destroy the Organization, and this was their retaliation. She also stated that it was unlikely that Miria was still alive.[18]

Afterwards, Helen leads Galatea to try to decipher the dark, grotesque mass that remained after The Destroyer engulfed Priscilla and the surrounding area. Galatea lies, saying all she could tell was that the thing had Yoki and was alive. However, it is later revealed that she knew that both Clare and Priscilla were inside, with Clare and "something else" sealing Priscilla's movements.[19]

Galatea later watches on as Deneve and Tabitha come to blows over Tabitha's attempt to leave and attack the Organization on her own. After the fight is stopped and the remaining Ghosts, plus Dietrich, prepare to leave the city, she chooses to stay behind with Clarice and Miata to protect Rabona. She muses that, while she never believed in God, she seriously feels like praying for the first time.[20]

War of RabonaEdit

Taking actions for security, Galatea manages to evacuate Rabona's civilions with only her, Clarice, Miata and the soldiers remaining in the city as Priscilla emerges from the cocoon. While the Seven Ghosts retrieve Clare and unseal Priscilla, she stay behind in the city.

When Europa approaches, wanting to devour Rabona's soldiers, Galatea prepares to defend the city alongside the entire current generation of warriors. With Audrey in charge, she takes on a more supervising role for the battle. After explaining  the soldiers reasoning of staying behind to Dietrich, she moves over to Clarice, who is embracing Miata. After going trough their plan on performing a Soul Link with Miata as the Awakened One and Clarice as the keeper of her heart trough Galatea's Yoki synchronization, she unleashes Miata's Yoki to the point of Awakening, creating a new being with the power of an Abyssal One.[21]

Unfortunately, as Miata sustains several injuries from battling Europa, Galatea can sense the strain being put on the young warrior's mind. She muses that she believed that Miata's Awakening would "decide things in an instant," but soon realized that any Awakened Beings that Miata would fight would likely have much more experience than she would. Galatea also realizes that it is Miata's straightforward way of thinking that is allowing her and Clarice to form the Soul Link in the first place and also that Clarice's body takes damage proportionate to Miata's wounds. She knows that the longer the battle draws on, the more dangerous things become for the city.[22]When Clarice finally collapses from exhaustion and then releases her Yoki in an attempt to save Miata, Galatea shows great concern for the younger warrior's injuries. As the damage to Clarice's body increases, Galatea begs for her to stop for both Miata and the younger warrior's sakes. However, they push on, and eventually, she, Clarice, and some other warriors who excel in Yoki Manipulation pull Miata back to being human. Afterwards, the former No. 3 watches on in silence as Clarice expresses the depths of her emotion to Miata and then crumbles into dust.[23]

In the following silence, Galatea tries to explain to Miata that her "mama" is dead and express
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Galatea embraces Miata after Clarice's death.

es surprise when it seems that the child has no memory of Clarice. The former No. 3 then surmises that Clarice, still synchronized with Miata's Yoki, used Yoki Manipulation to erase all of Miata's memories concerning their time together. This way, the child would not be driven insane with grief and attack Galatea and the other warriors. Galatea is aggrieved at this revelation, for she knows that Clarice's existence within Miata is now completely gone. When Miata begins to weep after feeling residual sadness at her "mama's" death, Galatea embraces her, saying that it is okay for her to cry and remember her mother's existence. She also mentally praises Clarice's strength, saying that she was the one who saved the warriors, Miata, and the Holy City and also that Clarice would be forever remembered in the hearts of her comrades.[24]

When Clare revives Teresa of the Faint Smile from within her body, Galatea immediately senses her Yoki. She remarks that while its true power cannot be surmised, the aura is both calm and great like the sea and utterly unique.[25]After Teresa and Priscilla engage in battle, Galatea leads the warriors of Rabona to the field in order to bear witness.[26]

RelationshipsEdit

ErmitaEdit

Galatea's handler, Ermita, charges her mostly with spy work and reconnaissance missions due to her abilities. She treats him with little respect and even goes as far as to challenge his motives, using her wit on him. Galatea refers to him as a "wily fox" in the manga.[5] In the anime, Galatea refers to him as "old man."[27]

ClareEdit

At first, Galatea mocks Clare for being so light,[7] but her estimate of Clare rises as the fight escalates. Galatea regards Clare with interest, being someone who can willingly push past her limits and come back again. Galatea appears surprised when she manages to manipulate Clare's Yoki to bring her back from the brink of a near-Awakening.

After the seven-year timeskip, after Clare, Miria, Deneve and Helen rescue a team of Claymores from Riful, Clare asks current No.3, Audrey, as to Galatea's status. Audrey informs Clare that Galatea has deserted, and is most likely alive somewhere.[1] When they meet again after seven years, they greet each other like old friends, exchanging pleasantries in the middle of a battle.[2]

MiriaEdit

Miria and Galatea show a mutual respect for each other as fellow warriors, though Galatea admits that, in her condition, she would be no match for Miria in a fight. The former No. 3 does not approve of Miria's decision to attack the Organization alone, but does not make any attempt to stop her.[28] When Miria returns, Galatea does not appear to harbor any hard feelings about the ordeal and welcomes her back.[29]

DietrichEdit

It is implied that Dietrich persistently followed Galatea when she deserted the Organization. Though Galatea admits she was a problem, the former positively remarks that the latter was pleasant and charming enough to her.[30] During the war in Rabona, Dietrich and Galatea seem to have overcome most of their differences, and the former challenges the latter to a drinking contest once the battling is over.[31]

ClariceEdit

When Galatea first met and fought with Miata and Clarice in Rabona, she was shocked to discover that Clarice's hair still had color. Afterwards, the former No. 3 often referred to the current No. 47 as "mud-hair," and didn't think much of the latter's level of strength.[6] However, she was willing to look after Clarice and Miata when the Ghosts plus Dietrich left for their attack on the Organization's headquarters.[32]

During the war in Rabona, Galatea works together with Clarice to synchronize their Yoki together with Miata's and perform a Soul Link, allowing Miata to Awaken against Europa. When the weaker warrior's body begins to show signs of breaking down due to Miata's stress, the former No. 3 shows great concern for the No. 47's well-being.[22] She also begs Clarice to stop and fall back when the latter fully releases her Yoki in order to bring Miata back under control.[23] Galatea is summarily saddened by Clarice's death, and she attributes the salvation of Rabona, Miata, and the other warriors to Clarice's great mental fortitude.[33] These events show that a certain amount of friendship and respect developed between the two.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Galatea's Japanese voice actress is Ai Orikasa and her English voice actress is Colleen Clinkenbeard.
  • Claymore Character Song Galatea05:04

    Claymore Character Song Galatea

    Galatea has a song on the Claymore Intimate Persona CD sung by her Japanese voice actress called "Hangyaku," meaning "Rebellion."
  • In the anime, Galatea is shown pointing the way to Clare for Miria, Helen and Deneve,[34] then observing the battle from a chapel to Teresa and Clare, accompanied by Rubel.[35] When he asks her what has happened, she rebukes him and deserts the Organization. She is last seen walking through the snow, looking contently up to the sky.[36]
  • Excluding No. 5 Rafaela (whose power is considered equal to that of her elder sister, former No. 1, Luciela) and experimental Claymores who have awakened, i.e. Alicia and Beth, Galatea is the strongest warrior of Clare's generation because of her sheer strength, yoki and the willpower to control it.
  • Galatea's Japanese voice actress Ai Orikasa originally voiced "Koto and "Shizuru Kuwabara" in "Yu Yu Hakusho", "Ryoko" in the "Tenchi" series, and "Quatre Raberba Winner" in "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing".
  • Galatea's English voice actress Colleen Clinkenbeard originally voiced "Rose Thomas" and "Riza Hawkeye" in "Fullmetal Alchemist" and "Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood", "Esther Blanchett" in "Trinity Blood" and "Yuuko Ichihara" in "XXXholic." She is also the voice of the main character of "One Piece", Monkey D. Luffy. She also served as an ADR Director and Line Producer for the dub of Claymore.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Claymore Manga Scene 45
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Claymore Manga Scene 78
  3. 3.0 3.1 Claymore Manga Scene 46
  4. 4.0 4.1 Claymore Manga Scene 79
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Claymore Manga Scene 30
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Claymore Manga Scene 74
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Claymore Manga Scene 44
  8. Claymore Manga Scene 41
  9. Claymore Manga Scene 49
  10. Claymore Manga Scene 50
  11. Claymore Manga Scene 61
  12. Claymore Manga Scene 62
  13. Claymore Manga Scene 75
  14. Claymore Manga Scene 77
  15. Claymore Manga Scene 80
  16. Claymore Manga Scene 90
  17. Claymore Manga Scene 106
  18. Claymore Manga Scene 108
  19. Claymore Manga Scene 109
  20. Claymore Manga Scene 109
  21. Claymore Manga Scene 139
  22. 22.0 22.1 Claymore Manga Scene 141
  23. 23.0 23.1 Claymore Manga Scene 142
  24. Claymore Manga Scene 143
  25. Claymore Manga Scene 150
  26. Claymore Manga Scene 152
  27. Claymore Anime Scene 11
  28. Claymore Manga Scene 106
  29. Claymore Manga Scene 128
  30. Claymore Manga Scene 90
  31. Claymore Manga Scene 139
  32. Claymore Manga Scene 109
  33. Claymore Manga Scene 143
  34. Claymore Anime Scene 24
  35. Claymore Anime Scene 25
  36. Claymore Anime Scene 26

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