|Wahrheit Tiashe Raggs|
ヴァールハイト・ティアシェ・ラグス Varuhaito Tiashe Ragusu
Teito Klein as he appears in the anime.
|Aliases||Teito Klein (Teito Kurain テイト・クライン)|
|Birthday||December 1st |
|Height||156 cm (5'1") |
|Weight||43 kg (95 lbs) |
|Relatives||Barsburg Family, Klein Family, Antwort Family and Raggs Family|
|Occupation||Former slave, apprentice bishop and begleiter |
Host of the Eye of Mikhail
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Teito Klein, born Wahrheit Tiashe Raggs, is the main protagonist of the anime and manga series 07-Ghost.
He is first introduced as an amnesiac and a former battle slave who was captured by the Barsburg Empire and was considered to be the military academy's star pupil. It is later revealed that he is a prince of Raggs. Teito is also related to the Antwort Family through his father's union with Vanessa Antwort. Through his mother and maternal grandparents, he can claim descent from the Barsburg Family as well.
Teito is a young boy who is 15 years old. He is of small stature, standing at 156 cm tall, and is the second smallest recurring character. His face is round and childlike, with a small, upturned nose, and a small mouth with full lips. His round face and small stature make him appear younger than he is.
His eyes, which are commonly noted as being his most striking feature, are large, wide and a deep emerald green in colour, though they become a deep red when Mikhail is controlling him. His hair is brown, cropped short and parted down the middle. In some official art, his hair can be seen in different colours.
His build is slight and long-limbed, possibly due to his diet based mostly around pills, and his back is covered in scars from his days as a battle slave, as well as the standard slave brand. Teito is generally considered attractive within the series universe. Other characters are shown to think him feminine-looking.
Teito appears to bear a significant resemblance to both of his parents. On the whole, Teito looks like a younger version of his father, but his eyes and bangs resemble his mother's. Teito also greatly resembles his paternal grandmother (who appeared in a family portrait in Kapitel 90).
In his first appearance whilst still part of the Barsburg Army, he dons the basic uniform given to all trainee soldiers consisting of a black, or dark blue, thigh-length tunic with long sleeves and a neck-guard. He wears black trousers, knee-length back boots and white gloves, similar to the other military cadets. His uniform has golden trimming on the shoulders, chest, sleeve cuffs and neck-guard. He also wears a gold belt, as well as gold shoulder boards on his right shoulder and a small version of the Barsburg Military insignia over his left shoulder.
Subsequent to his escape from the Barsburg Empire, he takes refuge in the Barsburg Church where he is now seen wearing a white robe with the Church symbol on its back. He also has chains on his hands and feet until his fight with Ayanami.
After the death of Mikage Celestine, he wears the mourning black robe, which is parted white at the back with a flax trim and a mantle overtop; this is accompanied with black trousers and boots. On the cover page of manga chapter 21, he is seen wearing a plain, dark cap, a long-sleeved, light-coloured sweater, shorts, and dark, knee-length boots.
Teito's attire changes once more when he decides to take the Bishop's Apprentice Exam. We now see him in the basic uniform of a Bishop examinee, which consists of a long, white robe down to the ankles, having two slits, going from the bottom of the robe to the hips, at each side of the body, and long, white sleeves with large, dark blue sleeve cuffs. Down the back of the robe is a criss-cross stitching like that of a corset with dark blue thread. A small, white poncho (mid-back length) with a high collar and dark blue around the edges is worn over the robe, and he wears his exam badge at the front of his collar. He also wears dark blue trousers and knee-length brown boots.
A noticeable addition to his appearance is the promise collar that was placed around his neck by Mikage when he was being controlled by Ayanami. This collar is rarely seen now as it is usually covered by the collar of his mantles.
During his stay at the Hausen House, Teito dons the clothes of the former head of the House, Xinglu. He wears a light-coloured, Chinese-style jacket trimmed with black with long sleeves and tassels hanging from each side of his hip. He wears black trousers and knee-high, pale buccaneer boots. Seilan later gives him an ankle-length, black coat with a large neck-guard, and the mark of Fest embroidered on the chest.
sleeved shirt, black waistcoat and a black bow-tie, black trousers and a black apron. He also wears white socks and black shoes.
After Teito is kidnapped by Ayanami and returns to the military, he once again dons a military uniform. Additionally, a second collar is put on him, with Ayanami as the master. If Teito is away from Ayanami for forty-eight hours, the collar will explode, killing Teito. Ayanami can use this collar to give Teito at least one command: sleep, which causes Teito to fall unconscious. The collar loudly declares when Teito is late for work. This collar has yet to be removed.
When undergoing experiments on the Eye of Mikhail, Teito wears a short, plain, thin, light-coloured nightgown.
On the cover page of Kapitel 96, he is shown wearing a layered, light blue shawl edged with white over a matching coat, plain light blue trousers and white boots.
|“||Why am I always like this? Why must I dwell on everything?||”|
—Teito, on his personality
As a child, Teito was cheerful and light-hearted, being surrounded by caring servants and a loving family. Later, when the Raggs War broke out, his memories were erased and he was forced to work as a battle sklave, he became much more gloomy and pessimistic, maintaining an air of sadness due to the many turmoils in his life. In the past, Teito would occasionally suddenly break down in tears upon realizing he does not have a family, but over time, he got better at keeping his emotions in check.
He learned to deal with the bullying by ignoring the people around him. This, and his sparse show of emotion often made him out to be cold. It is also worth noting that during his childhood, he realized that tears will not get him anywhere, so he stopped showing his emotions. However, the other cadets at the academy mistook his apathy for a feeling of superiority because of Miroku's treatment, and this in turn lead to more cruel remarks aimed at Teito. Possibly as a result of the bullying, Teito has a hard time making friends and is often suspicious of the motives of those around him.
Despite his wariness around strangers, Teito is less guarded with those he likes, especially Mikage, and Chairman Miroku once said that Teito's compassion is his greatest 'weakness', despite all the hardships he has gone through. Teito's compassion extends to even his enemies, as he saved the life of Shuri Oak, who used to bully him, during the begleiter exam, and did not attack or harm the Black Hawks when he had a chance to. Other characters have noted his kindness and compassion: Frau has said that Teito's inability to ignore anyone who is suffering makes him kind, and that he is saved by that part of Teito. Hakuren has remarked that Teito is innocent, and once gently admonished Teito to worry more about himself. Ayanami has said that Teito is 'uncorrupted'.
During the Bishop exam, the many trials he overcomes reveal other abilities Teito possesses. One in particular is his high drive for success due to him feeling responsible for the deaths of the precious people in his life and striving to pay them back whatever the cost. Whenever Teito starts to feel weary, a simple thought of his loved ones will usually boost his determination to continue on, in turn rekindling Teito's usual vigor. He has been shown to be fearless. The final room in the bishop exam was a fight against Ayanami, where he had to overcome his darkness and acknowledge Mikhail's role within him. Teito has been shown to care deeply for, and is very loyal to, his friends.
Teito's personality in the anime is notably different to that of the manga. In the anime, he is much colder, and much less likely to smile at others. He is also much more self-involved, spending more time reflecting on his problems in the anime than in the manga. An example being when Mikage tells Teito his wish to protect his family, in the manga Teito smiles and looks pleased for Mikage, however, in the anime Teito becomes gloomy and thinks about his own family. In the anime, Teito is also much more aggressive, prone to violence, and likely to shout at other people. His hatred towards Ayanami is shown much more prominently and when they finally met in person, Teito repeatedly spoke words of defiance at him angrily and would attack him in blind rage whenever provoked. He also believes that Ayanami is a monster incapable of caring for anyone until he was shocked upon seeing Ayanami protect his allies. During the course of the manga, as his memories return and his understanding of his situation and other people deepen, he displays kindness more openly rather than a distant front and keeps his personality even when his memories are wiped again after being kidnapped by Ayanami.
In the manga, he has a feisty and somewhat hot-tempered personality, particularly where Frau and Karu are involved. Karu, the last reincarnation of Ea, comments upon Teito's courage when they first meet, while Teito is still a child (chapter 68). Teito is selfless, stubborn and often reluctant to ask for help when he needs it, as he doesn't want to burden others with his problems.
On the whole, his personality has been greatly influenced by his mentors, especially many of the older males in his life: Weldeschtein Krom Raggs, Fea Kreuz, Karu, and, most importantly, Frau, his bishop and mentor.
When reincarnated, he seems cheerful and light-hearted again, though his personality as an adult remains unknown.
Abilities and Attributes
Teito's abilities stem from his aptitude to harness Zaiphon. With his Zaiphon he has displayed numerous abilities.
Attacking Zaiphon: At the academy, Teito displayed tremendous skill with a Zaiphon that went unchallenged by the other students. He eventually went on to graduate at the top of his class. Among being able to perform standard Zaiphon based attacks, he has demonstrated the ability to subdue his opponents at an early age, as shown when a criminal tried to kill him and other examinees as part of their Barsburg examination. His abilities in Zaiphon continued to grew as he trained further to become a Bishop. He has also shown the ability to create a shield that he uses to protect himself (or others) from external attacks, that is sturdy enough to defend himself from an attacker much more powerful than himself. Teito has displayed the ability to soar through the air using his zaiphon, but this has been seen in the anime only. In the anime, Teito has grown enough to earn Ayanami's interest, causing the leader of the Black Hawks to take him on personally, although he was no match for the far more experienced individual, when he was empowered by Mikage's emotions, he was able to make Ayanami fight with visible effort, although he still could not overpower him.
Baculus: Teito has also proven to have good skill with the Baculus as he is seen to be able to use it quite well when engaged in combat.
In one incident he accidentally breaks Frau's Baculus during a training session. He exceeded the Zaiphon limit for the Baculus when advised by Assistant Archbishop Bastien to try operating it whilst filling his heart with thoughts of Mikage.
Eye of Mikhail
Teito possesses the Eye of Mikhail. Even if he loses the Eye of Mikhail (which was in the Barsburg Military's possession for a while), he can make a temporary connection with Mikhail whenever he calls Mikhail. He can also create a new seal when he says a spell taught by his father King Krom Raggs.
Teito is seen to be very agile with excellent balance, and is an excellent runner, stating that he was the fastest student in military school. Castor's training helps to further improve these abilities.
It is mentioned by both Hakuren and Seilan that Teito seemed to have no presence, perhaps from the training he had as a sklave. Despite his small size, Teito is also very strong and is shown to be an excellent hand-to-hand combatant. He's able to easily attack and subdue opponents larger than himself, and can easily stagger and the arm of a monster he has to fight for the military's graduation exam. However, while his skill is impressive, he relies on Zaiphon much more.
According to various characters in the series, Teito possesses a beautiful/clean soul despite his tragic past. According to Frau, Teito's light was able to purify Landkarte's darkness. Kal later tells Teito that this was what enabled Landkarte to help him realize his faults and save himself.
According to Kal in chapter 94, a section of Teito's soul (the source of his light) was sealed away along with Pandora's Box (Verloren's body). Kal hypothesizes that if Teito can escape Verloren's core, his light is powerful enough to purify even Verloren's darkness.
Teito has demonstrated some skill at teaching, as shown when he teaches Capella how to use Zaiphon. His teaching skills have been shown to be good enough to impress Frau.
Teito is a capable dancer, and managed well when he was tasked to practise dancing with Hakuren.