History Manga / BlackButler

20th Feb '18 10:59:02 PM greenfire95
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* CheshireCatGrin: Ciel, and in some cases, Sebastian.

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* CheshireCatGrin: Ciel, and in some cases, Sebastian. Also, most noticeably, Undertaker.
2nd Feb '18 4:57:31 AM Cryoclaste
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* ImAHumanitarian: Subverted. [[spoiler:In the first episode, Sebastian borrows a page from SweeneyTodd in dealing with a CorruptCorporateExecutive. However, he is later seen alive, though injured]].

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* ImAHumanitarian: Subverted. [[spoiler:In the first episode, Sebastian borrows a page from SweeneyTodd ''Theatre/SweeneyTodd'' in dealing with a CorruptCorporateExecutive. However, he is later seen alive, though injured]].
18th Jan '18 7:16:29 PM nombretomado
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** The Phantom Five wear clothes that fuse LolitaFashion and PunkRock together, with a touch of Victorian England. Partially justified, as Ciel's tailor has shown interest in adapting these styles for men before and they're ''trying'' to create something new and exciting.

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** The Phantom Five wear clothes that fuse LolitaFashion UsefulNotes/LolitaFashion and PunkRock together, with a touch of Victorian England. Partially justified, as Ciel's tailor has shown interest in adapting these styles for men before and they're ''trying'' to create something new and exciting.
13th Jan '18 7:32:49 PM BohemianBob43
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** in butler form counts as well.

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** Grell in butler form counts as well.
8th Jan '18 10:21:55 PM BohemianBob43
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** Shinigami are former humans who have committed suicide, and as a consequence, are now stuck in the afterlife working non-stop to collect souls for as long as it takes.
8th Jan '18 10:11:20 PM BohemianBob43
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Ciel yes, Sebastian no, and only in the manga. Besides which, Ciel's reaction to evil he can't stomach is usually to kill more people to get rid of the problem.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Ciel yes, Sebastian no, and only in the manga.no. Besides which, Ciel's reaction to evil he can't stomach is usually to kill more people to get rid of the problem.
3rd Jan '18 11:17:16 PM BohemianBob43
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* DeadpanSnarker: Ciel in the anime.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Ciel in the anime.Ciel.
2nd Jan '18 9:52:55 AM fsdfsdfsd
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* GeniusBonus: Aleister Chamber, the Viscount of Druitt, is one of the suspects of who is Jack the Ripper. He is also named after Montague Druitt, one of the real-world Jack the Ripper suspects.
** Certain types of calcite glow when exposed to specific light frequencies, which is probably how the glowsticks work without advanced chemistry.
2nd Jan '18 9:51:25 AM fsdfsdfsd
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*** Even the glowsticks came from the benign, luminescent chemicals Sullivan used to draw glowing "runes" in the Green witch arc (Chapter 93 shows them well). It's a harder example to note than most, because the black-and-white drawing style make it hard to tell that her writing is supposed to be glowing and most readers probably don't know that calcite (the material Sebastian identifies in the wand) can glow under the right conditions.

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*** Even the glowsticks came from the benign, luminescent chemicals Sullivan used to draw glowing "runes" in the Green witch arc (Chapter 93 shows them well). It's a harder example to note than most, because the black-and-white drawing style make it hard to tell that her writing is supposed to be glowing and [[GeniusBonus most readers probably don't know that calcite (the material Sebastian identifies in the wand) can glow under the right conditions.]]


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** Certain types of calcite glow when exposed to specific light frequencies, which is probably how the glowsticks work without advanced chemistry.
28th Dec '17 3:13:03 PM Djangou76
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* CallBack: In chapter 10, Grell says that Madame Red is "a boring woman" [[spoiler:right before killing her]], and in chapter 94 Sebastian says that [[spoiler:Ciel's death was utterly boring]]. Hm...

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* CallBack: In chapter Chapter 10, Grell says that Madame Red is "a boring woman" [[spoiler:right before killing her]], and in chapter 94 Sebastian says that [[spoiler:Ciel's death was utterly boring]]. Hm...



* ChefOfIron

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* ChefOfIronChefOfIron: Baldroy.



*** Tin-can telephones from chapter 71 are turned into loudspeaker systems.

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*** Tin-can telephones from chapter Chapter 71 are turned into loudspeaker systems.



*** Ciel's economic savvy from chapter 91 about celebrity merchandising is used to create a souvenir system that both makes money ''and'' attracts audience involvement.

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*** Ciel's economic savvy from chapter Chapter 91 about celebrity merchandising is used to create a souvenir system that both makes money ''and'' attracts audience involvement.



*** Even the glowsticks came from the benign, luminescent chemicals Sullivan used to draw glowing "runes" in the Green witch arc (chapter 93 shows them well). It's a harder example to note than most, because the black-and-white drawing style make it hard to tell that her writing is supposed to be glowing and most readers probably don't know that calcite (the material Sebastian identifies in the wand) can glow under the right conditions.

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*** Even the glowsticks came from the benign, luminescent chemicals Sullivan used to draw glowing "runes" in the Green witch arc (chapter (Chapter 93 shows them well). It's a harder example to note than most, because the black-and-white drawing style make it hard to tell that her writing is supposed to be glowing and most readers probably don't know that calcite (the material Sebastian identifies in the wand) can glow under the right conditions.



** The paintings in chapter 71 are plot-relevant to the scene they're introduced in, then the same technique is used again in chapter 122 [[spoiler: on a much larger scale to create primitive microphones]].

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** The paintings in chapter Chapter 71 are plot-relevant to the scene they're introduced in, then the same technique is used again in chapter Chapter 122 [[spoiler: on a much larger scale to create primitive microphones]].



* ChekhovsGun: A very specific tactic is used in the Murder Mystery arc, of having two people wear another person's clothes in order to mislead animals who track by scent, thus leading the tracker exactly where you want it to go and hiding the actual target. This gets used again, only when running from dogs instead of snakes. [[spoiler: Which explains that fancy and large cloak Ciel wears when going to see Sullivan in chapter 97.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: A very specific tactic is used in the Murder Mystery arc, of having two people wear another person's clothes in order to mislead animals who track by scent, thus leading the tracker exactly where you want it to go and hiding the actual target. This gets used again, only when running from dogs instead of snakes. [[spoiler: Which explains that fancy and large cloak Ciel wears when going to see Sullivan in chapter Chapter 97.]]



* CurbStompBattle: In chapter 61 [[spoiler: Undertaker manages to easily do this to Grell, Ronald, and Sebastian without breaking a sweat.]] Wow.

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* CurbStompBattle: In chapter 61 Chapter 61, [[spoiler: Undertaker manages to easily do this to Grell, Ronald, and Sebastian without breaking a sweat.]] Wow.



** [[spoiler: As of chapter 105, all the reapers have a DarkAndTroubledPast as they were all humans who were DrivenToSuicide.]]

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** [[spoiler: As of chapter Chapter 105, all the reapers have a DarkAndTroubledPast as they were all humans who were DrivenToSuicide.]]



* DistressedDamsel: Elizabeth. [[spoiler:Subverted in chapter 57]].

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* DistressedDamsel: Elizabeth. [[spoiler:Subverted in chapter Chapter 57]].



** In chapter 73, Sebastian [[NotWhatItLooksLike pushes Ciel up against a bookcase, when they're alone, in the school library, in the middle of the night]].

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** In chapter Chapter 73, Sebastian [[NotWhatItLooksLike pushes Ciel up against a bookcase, when they're alone, in the school library, in the middle of the night]].



** Chapter 76: [[spoiler:All of the Scarlet Fox's cricket players suffer diarrhea caused by a meat pie filled with laxatives, courtesy of Ciel and Sebastian]]. Everyone retires, but Harcourt is left behind and his expressions of pain are...well...reminiscent of something else involving that orifice.

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** Chapter 76: [[spoiler:All All of the Scarlet Fox's cricket players suffer [[spoiler: from diarrhea caused by a meat pie filled with laxatives, laxatives,]] courtesy of Ciel and Sebastian]]. Sebastian. Everyone else retires, but Harcourt is left behind behind,[[http://www.mangareader.net/kuroshitsuji/76/34 and his expressions of pain are...well...are... well... reminiscent of something else involving that orifice.]]



** Chapter 97: The villagers, ecstatic that Siegliende has finally completed [[spoiler:the formula for a new chemical weapon]], decide to name it [[spoiler:"Sullin"]].

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** Chapter 97: The villagers, ecstatic that Siegliende Sieglinde has finally completed [[spoiler:the formula for a new chemical weapon]], decide to name it [[spoiler:"Sullin"]].



*** Same with Joanne Harcourt.
*** Due to the sheer number of bishonen students, almost half of the boys in the school arc look extremely feminine. This is made worse because they call each other by surname, and many effeminate last names. Most notably, it's easy to forget that long haired George Violet isn't female.
* DynamicEntry: ''Ronald'' pulls this off in 53. BoomHeadshot.
* DysfunctionJunction

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*** ** Same with Joanne Harcourt.
*** ** Due to the sheer number of bishonen {{bishonen}} students, almost half of the boys in the school arc look extremely feminine. This is made worse because they call each other by surname, and many effeminate last names. Most notably, it's easy to forget that long haired George Violet isn't female.
* DynamicEntry: ''Ronald'' pulls this off in Chapter 53. BoomHeadshot.
* DysfunctionJunction
BoomHeadshot.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: In chapter 5 of the manga, Finny is throwing statues at mice that have attacked the mansion. Then cut to chapter 32 [[spoiler:and we see him throwing statues at Beast and Joker exclaiming "Found the Mice!"]]
** In Chapter 54, we're given cover art of the Undertaker dancing with a skeleton. Cue chapter 60: [[spoiler:Undertaker dancing with one of the zombies in the exact same pose, making a speech about the beauty of his creations]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In chapter Chapter 5 of the manga, Finny is throwing statues at mice that have attacked the mansion. Then cut to chapter 32 [[spoiler:and we see him throwing statues at Beast and Joker exclaiming "Found the Mice!"]]
** In Chapter 54, we're given cover art of the Undertaker dancing with a skeleton. Cue chapter Chapter 60: [[spoiler:Undertaker dancing with one of the zombies in the exact same pose, making a speech about the beauty of his creations]].



** TheReveal of chapters 129-130 had ''insane'' amounts of foreshadowing.

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** TheReveal of chapters Chapters 129-130 had ''insane'' amounts of foreshadowing.



** Ciel has one in [[spoiler:chapter 41, after finding Sebastian's body. It was an act, but he did seem genuinely pleased about being able to smack Sebastian around a little]].
** Ciel has another one earlier in chapter 34, [[spoiler:when Baron Kelvin made an exact replica of where he was held when imprisoned, complete with an altar for sacrificing and even two cages full of children. This leads him to burn down the entire building... including the children (who were well past BSOD themselves, showing ''no reaction'' to the fire)]].
** Ciel gets another in chapter 54, complete with flashbacks like the ones he had in chapter 34.

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** Ciel has one in [[spoiler:chapter [[spoiler:Chapter 41, after finding Sebastian's body. It was an act, but he did seem genuinely pleased about being able to smack Sebastian around a little]].
** Ciel has another one earlier in chapter Chapter 34, [[spoiler:when Baron Kelvin made an exact replica of where he was held when imprisoned, complete with an altar for sacrificing and even two cages full of children. This leads him to burn down the entire building... including the children (who were well past BSOD themselves, showing ''no reaction'' to the fire)]].
** Ciel gets another in chapter Chapter 54, complete with flashbacks like the ones he had in chapter Chapter 34.



* HorrorHunger: Maggy in chapter 52.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Ciel causes quite the scene when Sebastian is [[spoiler: found dead in chapter 41. Ciel manhandles Sebastian's body while commanding him to get up and cursing him for leaving him behind.]] It's all subverted later on when [[spoiler: we find out Sebastian was just [[DeathIsCheap playing dead]] again and Ciel knew all along.]]

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* HorrorHunger: Maggy in chapter Chapter 52.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Ciel causes quite the scene when Sebastian is [[spoiler: found dead in chapter Chapter 41. Ciel manhandles Sebastian's body while commanding him to get up and cursing him for leaving him behind.]] It's all subverted later on when [[spoiler: we find out Sebastian was just [[DeathIsCheap playing dead]] again and Ciel knew all along.]]



* ImportantHaircut: Soma gives one of these to Agni in the flashback in chapter 17.

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* ImportantHaircut: Soma gives one of these to Agni in the flashback in chapter Chapter 17.



* InNameOnly: The anime diverged from the manga at episode 7 (until the Indian Butler arc at episode 13, before diverging when that finished again), making it essentially a completely different series. Besides just the setting and characters, there are many major plot points, such as the terms of the contract between Ciel and Sebastian, that are also changed. The anime returns to following the manga at the 3rd season.

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* InNameOnly: The anime diverged from the manga at episode Episode 7 (until the Indian Butler arc at episode Episode 13, before diverging when that finished again), making it essentially a completely different series. Besides just the setting and characters, there are many major plot points, such as the terms of the contract between Ciel and Sebastian, that are also changed. The anime returns to following the manga at the 3rd season.



* KillTheCutie: All of the [[spoiler:main circus crew (except for Snake) and the kidnapped children from the circus arc]], and [[spoiler:Phelps]] from the murder mystery arc. Also [[spoiler:Alois]].

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* KillTheCutie: All of the [[spoiler:main circus crew (except for Snake) and the kidnapped children from the circus Circus arc]], and [[spoiler:Phelps]] from the murder mystery arc. Also [[spoiler:Alois]].



** And Meyline. ESPECIALLY when Sebastian is around.

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** And Meyline.Mey-Rin. ESPECIALLY when Sebastian is around.



* TheMasquerade: Subverted in that [[spoiler:Ciel and Sebastian reveal ''everything''--including the fact that both they and Earl Grey work for the Queen, they framed another man for Siemen's murder, and that Sebastian is a demon--to Wordsmith and let him live, memory intact, since the mere thought of their power was enough to stop him from revealing the truth even after he became a [[Creator/ArthurConanDoyle famous writer]] of [[Literature/SherlockHolmes mysteries]], just because Ciel liked his writing style]].

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* TheMasquerade: Subverted in that [[spoiler:Ciel and Sebastian reveal ''everything''--including ''everything''- including the fact that both they and Earl Grey work for the Queen, that they framed another man for Siemen's murder, and that Sebastian is a demon--to demon - to Wordsmith and but still let him live, memory intact, since the mere thought of their power was enough to stop him from revealing the truth even after he became a [[Creator/ArthurConanDoyle famous writer]] of [[Literature/SherlockHolmes mysteries]], just because Ciel liked his writing style]].



** Mey Rin has her moments too. When not being really silly, that is.

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** Mey Rin Mey-Rin has her moments too. When not being really silly, that is.



** Elizabeth gets some of this, too, in chapter 58.

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** Elizabeth gets some of this, too, in chapter Chapter 58.



* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The werewolf arc. [[spoiler: They protect and imprison a witch village in the middle of the woods. Instead of turning people into werewolves, their curse causes victims to [[BodyHorror swell up and die]] even if they aren't actually bitten.]] [[spoiler: Cruelly subverted in chapter 97 : the werewolves are just villagers in really good costumes and using a bio-weapon which gives the effect of the "curse"]].

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* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The werewolf Werewolf arc. [[spoiler: They protect and imprison a witch village in the middle of the woods. Instead of turning people into werewolves, their curse causes victims to [[BodyHorror swell up and die]] even if they aren't actually bitten.]] [[spoiler: Cruelly subverted in chapter Chapter 97 : the werewolves are just villagers in really good costumes and using a bio-weapon which gives the effect of the "curse"]].



* PillowPistol: Ciel almost shoots Sebastian with one of these in chapter 14.

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* PillowPistol: Ciel almost shoots Sebastian with one of these in chapter Chapter 14.



** ...And, ironically, if [[spoiler:Finny's]] speech in chapter 91 is any indication, [[spoiler:Ciel]] is this to [[spoiler:his servants]].

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** ...And, ironically, if [[spoiler:Finny's]] speech in chapter Chapter 91 is any indication, [[spoiler:Ciel]] is this to [[spoiler:his servants]].



** Ciel gives off a slight psychotic smirk in chapter 49 the manga after he [[spoiler:slaps Sebastian as part of the act used to trick everyone into thinking Sebastian was dead]].

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** Ciel gives off a slight psychotic smirk in chapter 49 the manga Chapter 49, after he [[spoiler:slaps Sebastian as part of the act used to trick everyone into thinking Sebastian was dead]].



** In chapter 135 only enough is shown to make the event absolutely clear, along with heavy use of symbolism.

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** In chapter 135 Chapter 135, only enough is shown to make the event absolutely clear, along with heavy use of symbolism.



** During the witch arc, [[spoiler: an early type of Tank]] is introduced as a top-secret military weapon of high value because it's (literally) 30-80 years ahead of it's time. In fact, it's so incredibly advanced it's never been deployed in real combat. As a result,[[spoiler: the German military]] has no clue how to effectively use the weapon in combat, and the operators use terrible tactics that are rarely if ever used in real life.

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** During the witch Green Witch arc, [[spoiler: an early type of Tank]] is introduced as a top-secret military weapon of high value because it's (literally) 30-80 years ahead of it's time. In fact, it's so incredibly advanced it's never been deployed in real combat. As a result,[[spoiler: the German military]] has no clue how to effectively use the weapon in combat, and the operators use terrible tactics that are rarely if ever used in real life.



* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: Campania arc

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* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: How the [[ArtificialZombie "Bizarre Dolls"]] are dealt with during the Campania arcarc.



** Father Jeremy Rathbone who shows up in chapter 45. Shares the first name of Creator/JeremyBrett, who played the detective in the Granada TV series (as well being an almost dead--no pun intended--ringer for said actor), and the surname of Creator/BasilRathbone, another Holmes actor from the 1940s. And then he proceeds to pull the deduction technique on Arthur, who mentions the father resembling Professor Bell, whom the real Sir Arthur based Holmes off of.

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** Father Jeremy Rathbone who shows up in chapter Chapter 45. Shares the first name of Creator/JeremyBrett, who played the detective in the Granada TV series (as well being an almost dead--no pun intended--ringer for said actor), and the surname of Creator/BasilRathbone, another Holmes actor from the 1940s. And then he proceeds to pull the deduction technique on Arthur, who mentions the father resembling Professor Bell, whom the real Sir Arthur based Holmes off of.



* ThreeAmigos: Finnian, Bardroy, and Mey-Rin.

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* ThreeAmigos: Finnian, Bardroy, Baldroy, and Mey-Rin.



** This is subverted as of chapter 57, though, where it's shown that [[spoiler:[[LittleMissBadass she's perfectly capable of handling herself]], more so than [[DistressedDude Ciel]], and may have been following to keep an eye on him]]. Plus, those first two examples were solely in the anime.

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** This is subverted as of chapter Chapter 57, though, where it's shown that [[spoiler:[[LittleMissBadass she's perfectly capable of handling herself]], more so than [[DistressedDude Ciel]], and may have been following to keep an eye on him]]. Plus, those first two examples were solely in the anime.



* TraumaCongaLine: Ciel may count as type B, though we are first introduced to him as an already [[CreepyChild cynical]], [[JerkassWoobie messed up]] kid, rather than having him slowly developing into a villain.

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* TraumaCongaLine: Ciel may count as type Type B, though we are first introduced to him as an already [[CreepyChild cynical]], [[JerkassWoobie messed up]] kid, rather than having him slowly developing into a villain.



** The circus crew.

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** The circus Circus crew.



* ViewersAreGeniuses: A few examples.

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* ViewersAreGeniuses: A few examples.examples:



** Chapter 97 and 98: [[spoiler:The whole "werewolf forest" is a part of a top-secret military project, made specifically so ChildProdigy Siegliende would spend her life developing a formula for a unbeatable chemical weapon. Her whole world was designed in such a way that there would be not a single thing that would distract Siegliende or make her suspect anything. And who was behind the "Green Witch" project? Her own mother]]!

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** Chapter Chapters 97 and 98: [[spoiler:The whole "werewolf forest" is a part of a top-secret military project, made specifically so ChildProdigy Siegliende would spend her life developing a formula for a unbeatable chemical weapon. Her whole world was designed in such a way that there would be not a single thing that would distract Siegliende or make her suspect anything. And who was behind the "Green Witch" project? Her own mother]]!



*** Your mileage may vary on how much the next chapter counts, since it confirms what most of the fandom guessed long ago and considered confirmed in chapter 129. Nonetheless, for everyone else it's still a WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: "Ciel Phantomhive" as we knew him has spent the past three years pulling off a one-way TwinSwitch with his older brother, the real Ciel Phantomhive.]] And Tanaka seems to support Ciel more than he does [[spoiler: our demon-contracting protagonist]]...

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*** Your mileage may vary on how much the next chapter counts, since it confirms what most of the fandom guessed long ago and considered confirmed in chapter Chapter 129. Nonetheless, for everyone else it's still a WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: "Ciel Phantomhive" as we knew him has spent the past three years pulling off a one-way TwinSwitch with his older brother, the real Ciel Phantomhive.]] And Tanaka seems to support Ciel more than he does [[spoiler: our demon-contracting protagonist]]...



** For most fans, the surprise was already ruined by the anime, and, without color, it's hard to tell, but [[spoiler:the first shot of the Undertaker's eyes]] in chapter 59 counts as one for at least some of the fans, and is one in-universe for the other characters.

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** For most fans, the surprise was already ruined by the anime, and, without color, it's hard to tell, but [[spoiler:the first shot of the Undertaker's eyes]] in chapter Chapter 59 counts as one for at least some of the fans, and is one in-universe for the other characters.



* WitchSpecies: The village in the "werewolf's forest" is filled with women which ancestors were witches who ran away to avoid being executed. [[CuteWitch Sieglinde]] is the current "Green Witch" and lord of the village. [[spoiler:Subverted, as Siegliende holds no real power--she isn't even a witch, she was manipulated all along into believing she was one]].

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* WitchSpecies: The village in the "werewolf's forest" "Werewolf's Forest" is filled with women which ancestors were witches who ran away to avoid being executed. [[CuteWitch Sieglinde]] is the current "Green Witch" and lord of the village. [[spoiler:Subverted, as Siegliende holds no real power--she isn't even a witch, she was manipulated all along into believing she was one]].



** Undertaker (possibly) for Ciel. He already had considerable subtext towards Ciel and in chapter 64 [[spoiler:he tries to kill Sebastian because he thinks he is making Ciel miserable]].

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** Undertaker (possibly) for Ciel. He already had considerable subtext towards Ciel and in chapter Chapter 64 [[spoiler:he tries to kill Sebastian because he thinks he is making Ciel miserable]].



* YourSoulIsMine: Sebastian to Ciel, in a variant where both parties consent to this, and the soul won't be devoured just yet. [[spoiler:Until chapter 94]].

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* YourSoulIsMine: Sebastian to Ciel, in a variant where both parties consent to this, and the soul won't be devoured just yet. [[spoiler:Until chapter Chapter 94]].
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