Maka Albarn is the lead protagonist of the Soul Eater anime and manga.
Maka is a badass bookworm and meister to Soul. Her goal is to obtain the 100 souls required to turn Soul into a Death Scythe. She is a kind, mature, and responsible girl with a hot-blooded streak and something of a short fuse.
In the AWA fics, Maka is a student in the AWA Academy and is the Vice Student Class Representative of Class 1.
In the XP4 fics, Maka debuted in XP4 Heroes Coalition - Kick-Off!.
Maka is a teenaged, young woman with light toupe hair which she keeps in pigtails, although there are certain times she may stylize them into buns or wear them straight down. Maka's primary outfit is a typical schoolgirl outfit consisting of a white blouse with a yellow sweater vest, a green striped tie, a red plaid skirt, and black boots with white buckles. When using Soul, she usually wears white gloves. Maka also wears a trench coat with a cloak-like end (which alters its shape in various parts of both the manga and anime). In her initial appearance in the first chapter, her trench coat was so long that, when buttoned up, it seemed that she was not wearing a skirt.
When not in class, such as when at her apartment, Maka dresses less formally. When in the apartment, she frequently wears a hoodie sweater and pants, a shirt with slacks, jeans, or a skirt, or plaid pajamas and slippers. When studying in her apartment for the Ultimate Written Exam, Maka wears her hair in odango and wears an outfit similar to a changshan. When she began playing basketball, she wore a pair of sweatpants and a hoodie sweater; she also inherited a baseball cap from Patty Thompson, which she gave to Maka to wear as captain of their basketball team with Black☆Star for the bet that they lost. When recovering in the hospital after being paralyzed by Arachne's spider web, Maka wore striped pajamas—and had a small mustache and Black☆Star's signature drawn onto her face with permanent marker by the ninja. After dressing for school, while preparing breakfast for Soul, she wears slippers decorated with angry eyes, needle noses, and kanji for "Smash" and "Kill". When speaking with Liz and Patty after the defeat of Arachnophobia, Maka wore an outfit similar to that of Liz and Patty: a checkered skirt and a dress shirt. Like Patty, Maka's outfit included a D-City sweater vest (looking similar to Meme Tatane's sweater) but with her dress shirt unbuttoned and lacking a tie.
When Maka joins Spartoi, her outfit changes, though it still shows similarities to her previous attire. Maka's Spartoi uniform is very similar to that of a Japanese schoolgirl's sailor uniform with the coloring of the classic Spartoi uniform: a white blouse attached with a blue sailor-style collar with a red necktie that has a pink coiled tip and a short, blue, pleated skirt. Alongside this uniform, Maka wears black tights and the classic white Spartoi shoes, but stops wearing tights a few chapters later. Like her previous outfit, Maka wears a long trench coat, though it is white instead of black and has the Spartoi logo on the left shoulder as well as the fact that the cloak end splits in two. Her pigtails are fashioned using skull hairbands similar to Shinigami's mask. She also still wears white gloves.
Maka is bright, cheerful, direct and confident, smart, and hard working, in stark contrast to her partner Soul Eater, who is very laid-back, more likely to act on impulse, and impatient in comparison. She frequently studies and prefer to stay in her house and read or study, emphasized by her lack of ability to play games such as basketball despite her athleticism, and she is ignorant of its various rules. Maka is also caring and compassionate, willing to easily help a friend when in need with no personal gain in the end and help a newcomer such as Tsugumi Harudori on her first day. She is somewhat of a self-depreciation hero. She achieves many great accomplishments throughout the series, and she always wants to help others and do the right things, thus she is well respected. She is also known to follow the rules of the DWMA and rarely breaks them, even going so far as to not kill Gopher despite his attempt on her life and scolded Crona on their first meeting, telling them to save their "excuses" for Death himself. Maka also is capable to having great compassion and understanding, enough to not only befriend Crona despite their crimes but even put forth effort in helping her when they was seemingly forgone into Madness.
She is known to be strong willed and mature, unlike those such as her partner and Black☆Star and tends to look down on such behaviors, often calling them idiots. Out of all the main protagonists, she is seen mostly as the most "normal" of the cast. It's been stated by multiple people like her own father that many of her good qualities come from her mother and even possess a mindset in which once she starts, barely anything stops her.
Despite this, Maka herself possess flaws and insecurities. She has been noted by her partner to be stubborn and gloomy and is sometimes prone to make decisions without regarding the other's feelings If she feels justified enough. She also views the typical male sex negatively, finding them to be nothing more than "pigs" looking only at the sex appeal of females, a notion in which may have manifested thanks to her father's lecherous actions and cheating on her mother. She also can be said to have temper issues, occasionally striking out those who annoy her with her Maka Chop and is not above striking her teachers such as Sid Barrett. She is also not above breaking the rules, such as taking advantage of her father's status to check out a book beyond her rank though did so to try to help Crona, but ended up checking out the Book of Eibon's Manuscript and knew it was not only a bad idea but felt guilty about it so ended up leaving "M" as her signature. Having taken immediate interests in the revelation of possessing a Grigori Soul, Maka was described by Soul as "obsessed" with the "angel stuff" until she found her new-found mindset hindering her ability to fight a fellow possessor of the Grigori, Gopher.
One of the her main insecurities seen early on was her fear of her partner, Soul, being the one who "carried" her throughout her battles. So much so she strove at one point to get stronger to the point of ignoring her partner's personal views on the situation and blamed herself for Soul falling to Crona and Ragnarok during their first fight. She also struggled with accepting her partner's celebrity status as a Death Scythe, feeling that he became one because of his own efforts with her contribution being useless. She became jealous of not only Liz sharing the same interest in music and understanding it better with Soul, but also Patty's ability to be an even better fighter than her. This caused her to break down so much, she was almost willing to let Giriko sexually assault her and was initially unwilling to help Soul fight the adversary until she came to her senses. Despite being close to her father as a child, much of their relationship became strained when he cheated on her mother and made her secretly fear rejection from people she cared about, most notably her Demon Weapon partner, Soul.
According to Soul, her hobbies includes reading books and doing puzzles and in the anime, is secretly fond of the "Pon Pon Dance", a fact in which she is embarrassed about. Her favorite book is The Dark Side of the Moon by the fictional author of Lorda Donsany. She also stated she always wished to go inside a book, having been able to do so when she traveled into the Book of Eibon. In addition, Maka doesn't like raw fish.
Maka is a member of the Heroes Coalitions and is part of the Universal Guardians. She also attends Vanguard Academy as a student.
XP4 Heroes Coalition - Kick-Off!
In Chapter 1, Maka alongside her team, the Universal Guardians and the Squad of Excellence are seen in Peach Creek City taking on a large number of Emotionless. And after getting rid of the creatures, Maka alongside everyone celebrated their mission's success.
XP4 Heroes Coalition - Neo-City Diaries
In Chapter 7, Maka, alongside members of the Universal Guardians and Squad of Excellence, is present in the Mission Briefing Room in the Training Facility where Dr. Michael Pating brief them about their mission in the Halidom of Ylisse before departing.
XP4 Heroes Coalition - Awakening
In Chapter 1, Maka, alongside members of the Universal Guardians and Squad of Excellence, arrives in a forest somewhere in Ylisse and appears to be lost. They later came across Chrom, Frederick, Lissa and Robin and quickly befriends them. After having conversation about the Emotionless, both sides decided to work together to eliminate the creatures. They decided to camp for the rest of the night.
In Chapter 2, Maka, alongside members of the Universal Guardians, the Squad of Excellence and Chrom's group, arrives in Ylisse and met up with Owain. Later, after Chrom decided to have a meeting with Frederick, Geo Stelar and Luna Platz, the rest decided to meet up with the Shepherds at the garrison. Later, Chrom and the others arrived and claims to have an announcement.
In Chapter 3, Maka, alongside her team, Gaius, Sully, Stahl and Panne, are seen walking around the large field somewhere in Ylisstol when they came across a group of Zealots and engaged in a battle with them. They managed to overpower them causing the red & blue colored simulation troopers to retreat. Confirming that Dr. Dolan Danger is in this world, they decided to head back to warn the others.
In Chapter 4, Maka is seen having a conversation with Korra, Hinata Hyuuga, Stahl, Panne, Frederick, Maribelle and Kellam about the Unification Ceremony at the garrison before taking notice Dan Kusou, Soul Eater Evans and Ash Ketchum searching for the Blessed like idiots.
In Chapter 5, Maka, alongside her team, Frederick, Maribelle, Virion, Kellam, Say'ri, Cherche and Vaike, are seen walking around a large field outside Ylisstol when they came across Dr. Dolan Danger and Jerry Jonny Torr McGee. After the doctor accidentally telling them his plans of obtaining the Ara-Ka Cube, much to everyone's disbelief. After that, the doctor ordered the Zealots to attack them but they quickly defeated them, prompting their enemies to flee.
In Chapter 7, Maka, alongside Soul Eater Evans, Gemini Sunrise, Hsien-Ko, Virion, Vaike, Henry and Sully, are seen laughing at Natsu Dragneel scrubbing Dan Kusou's underwears at the garrison.
In Chapter 11, Maka is at the garrison when they heard a noise, they ran to the corridors to see Ryuuko Matoi and Ricken chasing a strange hooded figure. Everyone went after the figure and led them to a large grassy fields, and reveals itself as a Pokemon known as Hitmonlee. The Pokemon then revealed that he stole an ancient alien artifact called the Ara-Ka Cube inside the castle. Everyone watches in horror as Hitmonlee uses the alien artifact to summon a zombified version of Emmeryn and Phila, much to everyone's disgust. Hitmonlee then summoned a large number of Emotionless, forcing Maka and everyone to fight. Maka then witnessed Donnel activating his Gift.
In Chapter 12 & Epilogue, Maka, alongside everyone, witnessed Donnel activating his Gift turning both Emmeryn and Phila back to life. After defeating the remaining Emotionless, forcing Hitmonlee to flee, life in Ylisstol went back to normal.
Maka herself is a considerable dangerous fighter to those who wield Magic and supernatural creatures due to her Anti-Demon Wavelength. Because of this and her exceeding Soul Perception, she is claimed to be the "most dangerous element" by Medusa after the elimination of Joe Buttataki. This fact is also supported by her elder sister, Arachne, who also noted her as a threat due to her Wavelength and Perception too.
Both of these attributes have not only target her for lone assassination, but also have value to individuals such as Noah (Greed), who conspired to kill her and use her soul perception abilities to find Asura.
- Maka along with Soul Eater Evans are the first characters from Soul Eater to be introduced in the AWA fics.
- The relationship between Soul and Maka has been read by fans as having romantic tones. This interpretation owes to actions taken by the duo that are often associated with romantic attraction in fiction: dancing or appearing to be dancing,hand holding and bringing their heads towards each other and blushing when either party or another brings up their closeness. Additional content from sources other than the manga refer to potential romance between Maka and Soul, as in audio dramas that feature Kim Diehl and Spirit Albarn separately concocting magic that leads Soul to wonder whether he is attracted to Maka and causing Maka, under the effects of a love potion, to desire Soul. Despite this interpretation and their closeness, neither the anime or manga actually depict both Soul and Maka as a official couple or having confirmed romantic feelings. According to Atsushi Ōkubo in an interview, he stated himself (at the time frame the interview took place)of not planning to developing the main cast's female/male relations beyond normal, trusting relationships.
- Maka's name happens to be an anagram for "kama", in which means "scythe".