Matilda Matisse (マチルダ・マティス Machiruda Matisu) is a fictional character in the manga and anime series of Shaman King. She is one of Hao's followers and is on Team "Hana-Gumi". After the tournament, she and her fellow team members are hired as waitresses at the Funbari Onsen.
She has orange hair with violet purple eyes. She wears a white undershirt with black overalls and boots. She is almost always carrying a witch broom. While watching Team "The Ren" faces fight against Team "Tsuchi-Gumi" Matilda is seen sporting a pair of green pants with a black top and a pair of red goggles resting on her forehead.
Years later, after being hired as a waitress at the Funbari Onsen, Matilda began wearing a pink flowered kimono tied with a light blue sash. She also tied her hair in a bun shaped like a jack o lantern.
She is the optimistic of the "Hana-Gumi". She likes Asakura Hao and is grateful that he helped her. She was sad because people called her a witch and she mistrusts people in general. She is very affected when Asakura Mikihisa slaps her, yelling and claiming that not even her parents dared to hit her.
Matilda was taught the secrets of witchcraft such as how to use medicinal plants, witchcraft tricks and broom techniques.
Matilda have developed the ability to perceive the Furyoku amounts in her opponents. She displayed this by being able to perceive Luca and Yohane's Furyoku supply after just meeting them.
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Matilda's Guardian Ghost is named Jack. Her Over Soul is a small pumpkin doll with a skeleton body, where he can pull out his ribs and use them as bladed weapons. She seems to use her broom to launch her Over Soul into battle.
On July 19, 1986, Matilda was born in Scotland. When her shamanic powers began to show, her parents became afraid of her and they eventually left her in the forest. An old witch took in Matilda as her apprentice and taught her the many secrets of witchcraft. The witch also used her knowledge about plants to save many people in the nearby village. But when the witch herself fell sick, no one would help her and Matilda gave up in despair, never trusting humans ever again. It was then Asakura Hao showed up and helped her bury the witch. After the death of the witch, one of her seals broke and released the spirit of a murderer, named Jack whom Matilda took in as her Guardian Ghost, knowing the dangers of her journey with Hao.
Shaman Fights First Round
She was seen arguing with Kanna Bismarch and Marion Phauna while watching Tao Ren and Asakura Yoh's match. Then she was with Marion and Kanna when Yoh, Ren, Usui Horokeu, and Umemiya Ryunosuke are going to the Patch airlines. She is also shown with Asakura Hao on the Spirit of Fire. She also asks Marion why they are leaving Tokyo when it is supposed to be "The Shaman Fight in Tokyo" when they are on the plane.
She is also with Hao when he is entering the Patch Village.
Shaman Fights Second Round
Matilda, with her teammates Marion and Kanna attempt to kill Redseb and Seyrarm Munzer, but are stopped by Kyoyama Anna, Tamamura Tamao, and Tao Jun. After Anna departs with the two children, Matilda fights Tamao while Kanna fights Jun. Matilda reveals her abilities and uses her Over Soul Jack with Trick and Treat move. When Tamao stops with her Over Souled arrow, formed with Conchi's spirit, Jack uses his knives to cut Conchi's tail off. Tamao and Jun are overpowered as Team "Hana-Gumi" combine the powers of their spirits—Jack, Chuck, and Ashcroft—against Lee Pyron, though the fight is interrupted by Asakura Mikihisa. Mikihisa effectively ends the Hana-Gumi's assault on Tamao and Jun, while scolding the Hana-Gumi and slapping all three of them. Matilda is especially upset by the slap, exclaiming that not even her parents had ever hurt her. Although the Hana-Gumi intends to fight back, Magna arrives with the announcement that the girls are still useful and advises them to leave with him.
Later, when Hao initiates the "Star Festival", which enhances the power of his followers, Team "Hana-Gumi" fight and defeat the Team "Magical Princesses" towards the end of the Shaman Tournament.
Invading the Plants
Matilda, along with Marion and Kanna, were killed by Peyote Diaz after he realizes Hao's true colors. Unwilling to accept what Peyote has revealed about Hao, their souls rush off to find him but see that he is engaged in a battle with Anna. Much to their horror, Hao announces that he will feed their souls to the Spirit of Fire. However, Anna manages to save their souls and brings their spirits back to Team "Funbari Onsen"'s headquarters.
After being resurrected, Matilda and her teammates sulk over how Hao will inevitably win the Shaman Fight and thinking over their lives. Anna, deciding that they are not bad at heart, decides she will make Team "Hana-Gumi" into waitresses for the future Funbari Onsen.
Seven years after the tournament, Matilda went to high school together with Kanna and Marion. Six years after that, Matilda works together with her former teammates at Funbari Onsen. Together they are known as the "Hana-Gumi Waitresses".
The three of them are often scolded by Tamao; with Matilda, Tamao focuses on the fact that Matilda's hairstyle was too creepy and has to change it. Aware that the waitresses often skip work, Tamao does not hesitate to threaten them with Dai Tengu.
The girls appeared after Alumi Niumbirch ended the fight between Asakura Hana and his cousins from the branch family. When Alumi noted the their presence, Kanna questioned if the Flower of Maize was finally starting, while Matilda noted that she was getting tired of waiting for it. Asking if they could finish of Asakura Luca and Asakura Yohane, their reputation alone was enough to scare of Luca, who quickly recreated her Over Soul in order to flee.
Days later the girls are awoken by the fight between Tao Men and Black Maiden and once Black Maiden calls them hags, they all 3 use their Over Souls to attack, only to be stopped at the last moment by Tamao, who refuse to have any violence at the inn. Tamao then have the girls help the wounded Men, with Matilda being told to help Kanna treating Men's wounds. Afterwards the girls listen on the conversation between Tamao, Redseb, and Seyrarm about surrendering before the Flower of Maize can begin.
In the 2001 anime series, she and the rest of her teammates are not killed off, while she remains on Hao's side. Until she fights Yoh and his friends one last time and is defeated by them without being killed.
- Instead of calling Marion by her given name, she calls her "Mari" for short.
- In the first character poll she is called "Pumpkin Girl".
- Shaman King Manga - Shaman King Character File No.160
- Shaman King Manga - Kang Zeng Bang Volume 15; Shaman File 200
- Shaman King Manga - Flowers Chapter 1
- Shaman King Manga - Flowers Chapter 5
- Shaman King Manga - Flowers Chapter 22
- Scotland, UK - A Wikipedia article about Matilda's hometown