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->"''Oz Vessalius! Your sin... is your very existence!''"
-->-- '''Zai Vessalius, before sending Oz into the Abyss.'''

Oz Vessalius is a [[GuileHero young boy]] with [[ParentalNeglect father]] [[StepfordSmiler issues]] who is about to come of age and be recognized as the heir to his family.

But during his coming of age ceremony, Oz is attacked by the mysterious [[BadassFamily Baskervilles]] and is sent to [[TheUnderworld the Abyss]] for the crime of 'existing.' There he meets an amnesiac being named [[LittleMissBadass Alice]]/[[KillerRabbit B-Rabbit]] - a monster called a [[OurMonstersAreDifferent 'chain']] who cannot leave the Abyss without making a contract with a human. Together, Oz and Alice make it out of the Abyss only to be met in the real world by three agents of [[ResearchInc Pandora]] who inform Oz that he has been missing for ten years instead of just a single day.

Now a part of Pandora, Oz works with them to find illegal contractors, recover Alice's lost memories, and to unravel the mystery of who the Baskervilles are and why they sent him to the Abyss.

The answer... [[JigsawPuzzlePlot might be more complicated]] [[MoralityKitchenSink than you expect]].

''Pandora Hearts'' is a manga by Mochizuki Jun, sponsored by SquareEnix. It was made into an anime series airing in 2009. Yen Press is publishing the English language version of the manga for North America, and [[NipponIchi NIS America]] has announced their intent to localize the anime in a bid for new ground.

WARNING: Major ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' allusions, ye with sanity be warned.

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!!''Pandora Hearts'' shows examples of:

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* AbusiveParents:
** Zai Vessalius, Oz's father.
** [[spoiler:Gilbert and Vincent]]'s parents can be considered this since they left the children on the streets where they were abused and mistreated until [[spoiler:Jack found them.]]
** [[spoiler:Duke Nightray was like this as well, at least to the point of pretty much allowing his son to die, even though he easily could have stopped it]].
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Arthur Barma. He was quiet and awkward and hardly had any friends until he met Jack. Becomes TheWoobie when it's revealed that [[spoiler:he was being used by Jack the whole time. He's later forced to write an account of the events at Sablier that portrays Jack as the hero and Glen as the villain.]]
** Retrace LXXXIV reveals that [[spoiler:Arthur's grandson Rufus]] had some adorkable qualities himself as a young man, as seen when he unabashedly [[spoiler:proposes to Sheryl, a married woman]] with such an earnest and oblivious look on his face.
** [[{{Bookworm}} Leo]] is also an example, what with the cartoony flowers that appear when he's in a good mood and his reaction to Alice biting Oz's cheek. He even has the OpaqueNerdGlasses! Then [[spoiler:he receives his ImportantHaircut, at which point he crosses over into {{Bishonen}} territory.]]
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Gilbert has once given Alice one. An omake shows that she liked it so much that she did things like stealing some candy from [[SweetTooth Break]] just so he'd give her more.
* AlasPoorYorick:
** Retrace LXX has a moment with [[spoiler:Gilbert]] cradling [[spoiler:Oswald/Glen]]'s head in his arms.
** In Retrace LXXVIII, a flashback to the Tragedy of Sablier shows [[spoiler:Jack]] holding [[spoiler:Oswald]]'s head to his chest
* AliceAllusion: A list of references and similarities between the two can be found [[http://pandorahearts.wikia.com/wiki/Similarities_%28Pandora_Hearts-Alice_in_Wonderland%29 here]].
* AllCrimesAreEqual: "Oz Vessalius! Your crime... is your very existence!"
* AllLovingHero: Played with ruthlessly in the case of [[spoiler:Oscar Vessalius. Because of the death of his wife and child, he always harbored a darkness in his heart towards Oz, who he saw almost as a replacement for his own dead son. This causes him to question his relationship with Oz and almost provokes him into ''killing'' him. However, by Retrace LXXXII, Oscar is finally able to come to terms with the death of his family as well as his love for Oz, and the chapter ends with him [[HeroicSacrifice dying]] without regrets and the words, "To Oscar Vessalius, the man who loved and forgave everything, farewell." Oscar ''does'' end up becoming an AllLovingHero but not without a bitter struggle to justify his doing so]].
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Alice and [[spoiler:the Will of Abyss, which makes the latter's white hair all the more striking]].
** PolarOppositeTwins: [[spoiler:In dress style, at least - ColorCodedForYourConvenience. In earlier chapters it seemed to apply to their personalities as well, but they actually have things in common, such as a HairTriggerTemper.]]
** TwoSiblingsInOne: In chapter 76, [[spoiler:Alice is still alive although she does not have a physical form in any realm. Therefore, she resides in the crossroads of her soul and her sister's. In their pre-Tragedy of Sablier days it was averted, as the two could swap bodies but were not shown to share bodies until Alice was DrivenToSuicide.]]
* AnArmAndALeg:
** Early on in the anime, a chain lops off both Alice's arms after trapping her in web-like substance.
** Jack had his body dismembered (arms, legs, and head) in order to create a seal that would restrain Glen Baskerville's soul. [[spoiler:Retrace LXV reveals that it was ''Glen's'' body, not Jack's, that was split into five pieces, as it is his head that falls out of the broken sealing stone.]]
** In Retrace LXXVIII, [[spoiler:Gil severs his left arm in order to free himself from Glen's control and protect Oz, who is about to be executed]].
** Retrace XCII has [[spoiler:Break cutting off Glen!Leo's hand]].
* AnimalisticAbomination : Most Chains but especially the Cheshire Cat in his monster form and [[spoiler:Oz]] The B-Rabbit given that they used to be a cat and a sentient stuffed rabbit.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Vincent to Gil. Though there is a reason for Vincent's clinginess.
* ApocalypseMaiden: Superstition holds that the [[RedEyesTakeWarning Children of Misfortune]] are this, due to [[spoiler: a natural ability to influence the core of the Abyss]]. The Baskervilles [[spoiler: considered it one of Glen's duties to make them DeaderthanDead to protect the world]]. [[spoiler: Lacie]] seems to exemplify this trope.[[spoiler:Subverted as it was all a lie by the Jurors as they were the only beings that can bypass their control and wanted them dead so badly.]]
* [[spoiler: AnyoneCanDie: Fang, Elliot, Oscar, Xerxes, Echo/Noise, and the list goes on...]]
* ArcWords: When you hear the phrase "A darkness that swallows up everything", you know something crucial to the plot is going on. It's been used to describe the Abyss, [[spoiler:Leo's eyes]], and [[spoiler:Jack's view of the world.]]. There is also the use of the word "sin" when talking about Oz, which is first mentioned ''in the very first panel of the manga'' [[spoiler:and is finally explained in Retrace 70: Oz.]] Finally, whenever "one hundred years ago"/"the Tragedy of Sablier" is mentioned, expect things to get serious.
* ArtEvolution
* ArtifactTitle: The series is named after the pilot chapter, MochiJun's [[OldShame debut manga]], in which contractors had boxes called "Pandoras" in their chests where their hearts should be. These boxes were, quite literally, "Pandora hearts."
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Glen/Oswald]] tries to atone for [[spoiler:killing his sister Lacie]] by taking care of [[spoiler:her daughter, Alice.]]
** [[spoiler: Xerxes Break]], as much as he claims otherwise. He even states that he considers [[spoiler: going blind]] to be part of his atonement for his past crimes.
* AttractiveBentGender:
** When Gilbert has to crossdress to help solve the mystery in one of the [[AudioAdaptation drama CD]] stories.
** In Chapter 48, Oz turns up in a maid outfit. Despite the fact that its not nearly as revealing as Gil's was in the first anime omake, it's certainly nosebleed-inducing.
** Break appears in a fine ladies' outfit for a promo card from Animate.
** And then there's the whole "''Maid-ora Hearts''" omake thing, in which everyone wears a maid outfit. Young Gil also does in at least one anime omake.
* AuthorAvatar: In the form of a black cat with a mustache.
* AxCrazy: Most chains that have not been legally contracted.
* BadassBookworm: Leo, especially after [[spoiler:contracting Jabberwock]].
* BadassFamily: The Baskervilles.
** There's also the FamilyBusiness, which is equally as badass as the family itself.
* BadassLongcoat: Quite a few examples. It helps that it's the official Pandora uniform.
* BastardBastard: [[spoiler:Jack.]]
* BattleButler: Gilbert, Break, and Echo so far.
** Also, Glen's servants, the Baskervilles.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: One illegal contractor ''did'' manage to get Will of the Abyss to change the past. [[spoiler:Break asked her to prevent the betrayal of the family he was serving, as all but one of whom were killed by a rival family. She did. Instead, they were betrayed again a few years later, and ''no one'' got out alive.]]
* TheBeautifulElite:
** Oz, Alice, Gilbert, Break, Sharon, Jack, Vincent, Elliot... it'd be easier to name the people who don't fall under this.
** As of Retrace LXI, [[spoiler:after his ImportantHaircut, even ''[[OpaqueNerdGlasses Leo]]'' has joined the ranks when he's shown to have [[WhatBeautifulEyes very pretty eyes]] after all.]]
* BerserkButton:
** Break, normally ObfuscatingInsanity, gets very serious very quickly if one of the few people close to him is in danger. Namely, Sharon and Reim.
** Likewise with Gil when it comes to Oz or Vincent when it comes to Gil.
** Saying Jack's name around Will of the Abyss induces this, too, depending on the situation. Also, [[DisproportionateRetribution don't interrupt her when she is talking.]] [[spoiler: [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath The White Knight found out the hard way...]] ]]
** Just try hurting Alice or making her cry and see what [[spoiler:[[{{Yandere}} Oz Vessalius]]]] does.
* BestBeerEver: Best ''wine'' ever. Sharon, Alice, and Gil all get completely sloshed on one glass.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Elliot in Retrace 59.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Oz is rather [[spoiler:unstable and Yandere for Alice.]] at times....
** [[spoiler:Jack]]. Doesn't he seem like the sweetest, kindest, gentlest, most generous soul you could ever hope to meet?
** Sharon is the nicest girl you can meet. Just don't get her mad. Those paper fans HURT. A LOT.
** And then there's Ada and her... [[NightmareFetishist hobbies]].
** Leo [[BewareTheQuietOnes actually has a terrible temper]], it's just that Elliot usually loses his before him. [[spoiler:He's also ''very close'' to turning {{Yandere}} on behalf of Elliot. It doesn't help that he's next in line to inherit the name of Glen Baskerville and has thus come to possess quite a bit of power]].
** Gil is a big wimp... until you hurt his master Oz in front of him.
** [[TokenMiniMoe Lily]] is [[CheerfulChild adorable]]. [[LittleMissBadass She's also one of the Baskervilles.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Jack Vessalius]] who wants to sent the world into the abyss for his insane love for Lacie. Although Glen/[[spoiler:Oswald]] seems to be competing with him in later chapters.
* {{BFS}}: Fang's improbably large sword.
* BigEater: Alice, particularly when meat is involved.
* BigOlEyebrows: Oscar.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Pretty much every family in Pandora Hearts has some element of this, apart from (perhaps) the Rainsworths.
* BilingualBonus:
** Alice's battle theme, "Bloody Rabbit" is sung in Kajiura Yuki's own personal language, a mix of Spanish, Latin, Japanese, Italian, and whatnot. People refer to it as Kajiurian or Kajiurago.
** In French, "Sablier" means "hourglass," "Reveil" means "alarm clock," and "Lunettes" ([[{{Megane}} Reim's]] last name) means "glasses." Break lampshades the latter in Retrace XLIX while attempting to change the subject.
-->'''Break:''' "Did you know? 'Lunettes' means 'glasses' in another language~"
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: When [[spoiler:Lacie]] dies, [[spoiler:Alice]] is born. Though not in the way you'd expect.
* {{Bishie Sparkle}}s:
** Sharon. One even hits Break in the head.
** Oz is rather fond of throwing them around when he meets a pretty girl.
* {{Bishonen}}:
** Let's jump right in: Oz, Gil, Break, Vincent, Elliot, Jack, Glen [[spoiler:(Levi, Oswald, ''and'' Leo, after his ImportantHaircut)]], Duke Barma, Reim, Cheshire... [[SarcasmMode Did we miss]] [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys anyone?]]
** Reim is a notable example; the fact that no male or female pronouns were used to refer to him for some time didn't help. They fixed this in the anime however, giving him less feminine features and a [[Creator/JunichiSuwabe decidedly male voice]].
* BlondGuysAreEvil:
** Vincent. [[spoiler:Subverted when it's revealed that he only wants to find the Will of the Abyss in order to get her to erase his existence and, by extension, all the crimes he's committed in trying to locate her in the first place.]]
** Averted with Oz and Jack. [[spoiler:[[WhamEpisode Retrace LXV]] has the latter play this straight all along, though]].
* BloodSplatteredInnocents:
** [[spoiler:Vincent at the Tragedy of Sablier]].
** [[spoiler:Retrace LXX contains a rather disturbing panel of Oz covered in blood from memories brought on by his traumatic revelation as the true B-Rabbit]].
* BlueBlood: The four Duke Houses.
* BodyHorror:
** People who get lost in the illusions in that hole in Sablier for too long [[http://www.mangareader.net/350-24666-18/pandora-hearts/chapter-37.html tend to have this happen to them]] because of the power of the Abyss.
** The ultimate fate of those chosen to become [[spoiler:the new Glen Baskerville]] entails this; when [[spoiler:the soul of Glen Baskerville leaves]], the body slowly begins rot away until it [[spoiler:turns into a Chain]] (note that the individual is ''still alive'' throughout this). [[spoiler:Levi, the Glen before Oswald, is [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120123183613/pandorahearts/images/thumb/0/03/CallmeLevy.png/567px-CallmeLevy.png shown covered in the bloody bandages]] that are holding his body together just before his transformation into Humpty Dumpty.]]
* BodyguardBetrayal: In Retrace LXXIX, [[spoiler:Gilbert betrays Glen by choosing Oz over the Baskervilles. [[YouHaveFailedMe Glen does not take this second betrayal well at all.]]]]
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Break and Sharon.
* BoundAndGagged:
** Oz has had this done to him on [[DistressedDude more than one occasion]]:
*** At Lutwidge Academy, he has his hands tied behind his back when he's kidnapped by the Baskervilles.
*** When he's captured by [[spoiler:Isla Yura at his second Coming-of-Age Ceremony]], his hands are bound in front of him.
*** He's tied up and locked in a cell after [[spoiler:he's taken prisoner by the Baskervilles]] in Retrace LXXV.
*** In the anime, when he returns from the Abyss, Break arrests him and ties him up in order to try and coax Alice out.
** Alice is bound in chains in two similar situations: The first time is when she's being tormented by the Will of the Abyss, and the second time is when she has become trapped in Cheshire's dimension.
** In Retrace LXXVIII, [[spoiler:Break has been chained to a wall]].
** In the anime, Ada receives the same treatment as her brother at Lutwidge.
** The cover pictures for the volumes depict each character surrounded - and commonly bound - by any number of chains. The most conspicuous in this regard are Echo's, Elliot's, and Lacie's covers. [[http://twilightvisions.com/PH/VolumeCovers.html This]] site explores the chain symbolism.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Gilbert, with respect to [[spoiler:the enemies of his master (both Oz and Jack).]] In Chapter 38, a flashback to [[spoiler:100 years ago when Jack rescued him and Vincent off the streets shows a mysterious old woman implanting various compulsions in Gilbert's mind, including an intense need to kill his master's enemies.]] In chapter 33, Vincent [[MoreThanMindControl happily exploits the hell out of the brainwashing]] in order to manipulate his dear brother into trying to [[spoiler:kill Alice]]. Gilbert is also driven to [[spoiler:attack Oz's father, who was responsible for sending Oz into the Abyss in the first place]], but Break manages to snap Gilbert out of it.
* BrattyHalfPint: Alice.
* BreakTheCutie: Happens ([[DarkAndTroubledPast or has happened]]) to most of the cast. Much to the point that the housecat and his killer are not spared.
* BreakThemByTalking: By the end of Retrace LXXIV, [[spoiler:Jack]] has succeeded in doing this to [[spoiler:Oz]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: All the anime omake start off with the characters thanking the viewer for buying the DVD, [[HilarityEnsues usually with funny results]], and eventually cut to where the film crew is standing nearby.
** [[spoiler: somewhat with Retrace 91]]
* BreatherEpisode:
** The chapters where Oz, Alice, Gil and Oscar sneak into [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Lutwidge]] to visit Ada, Oz's sister. {{Subverted}}, as Oscar states that it was exactly his intention to let the gang have some silly fun for once, and some of the Baskervilles show up to cause trouble halfway through.
** Episode 20 (Retrace XXVIII in the manga), right after Lutwidge, plays this straight.
** Also played straight in Retrace XLVII: Unbirthday.
** Retrace LXII: [[MeaningfulName Repose]] played this straight until [[spoiler:[[{{Cliffhanger}} Leo shows up]]]].
* BreathWeapon: in the Anime.
* BrokenHero: [[StepfordSmiler Oz]], [[BreakTheCutie on]] [[AbusiveParents so]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast many]] [[LossOfIdentity levels]].
* BrutalHonesty: The manga towards the readers in Retrace 60. [[spoiler:Instead of a recap page, there was a black page with one simple statement written in white: "Elliot... [[KilledOffForReal he died.]]"]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Break.
* ButtMonkey: Gilbert. He is often the target of Oz's bullying, Alice's eccentricities, Break's... sadism, and even Sharon has had a few notable moments. And this is just from the core group. Even the mangaka has her own potshots at him, often describing him as "useless" or "seaweed head".
* CallingTheOldManOut:
** [[spoiler:Gil tried to do this for Oz, but it doesn't work at all. At the end of the anime, Oz finally does it himself by giving Alice enough power to one-shot Gryphon.]]
** [[spoiler:Vincent]] did this to Duke Nightray [[spoiler:after Elliot's death.]]
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Almost everyone gets sloshed (apparently on one bottle of wine) in Episode 20, but Gilbert runs the gamut from misaimed belligerence to sloppy begging to a cute but slightly disturbing reversion to childhood. Then he passes out.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Pandora Hearts is a textbook example of this.
* CataclysmBackstory: The Tragedy of Sablier.
* CategoryTraitor: As of Retrace LXXIX, [[spoiler:Glen]] considers [[spoiler:Gilbert]] to be this to the Baskervilles after the latter [[spoiler:burns off his arm with the seal that controls him and declares his loyalty to Oz before escaping with him]].
* CharacterDevelopment: All over the place. The cast of [[RoundedCharacter diverse]] and [[CharacterDepth profound]] characters is one of the things this series is known for.
* TheCharmer: Vincent is quite charismatic, especially toward women.
--> '''Vincent''': "All I have to do is utter a few soft words and [[SexGod share their bed]] to have them wound around my little finger."
* ChekhovsGunman:
** According to WordOfGod in [[spoiler:Levi]]'s character profile for Volume 18.5, [[spoiler:Levi]] was the one who was cross-legged and sitting behind Leo in Chapter 58.
** In the manga, Rufus Barma [[spoiler:in his true form]] can be seen pushing Duchess Rainsworth's wheelchair at Pandora's headquarters right after Oz and Alice are dropped there from Cheshire's dimension, even though his official debut isn't until some time later.
* CheshireCatGrin:
** Literally in episode 12 of the anime (Or the end of Retrace XIV of the manga). It would be ironic for it to not be in ''this'' show.
** Also, Duke Barma's initial illusion wears this almost permanently.
* TheChessmaster:
** Vincent. Incidentally, literally as well.
** There's also [[spoiler:Glen Baskerville]], by whom it's not certain how much is still being controlled, and to some extent [[spoiler:Zai Vessalius.]]
** Jack Vessalius can be considered one, of the benevolent MysteriousProtector variety. [[spoiler:Except he's not at all benevolent.]]
* ChickMagnet:
** Gil in the anime, who was almost attacked by a hoard of frothing horny schoolgirls while in Lutwidge Academy.
** To a lesser extent in the manga, too. Retrace 49 has a horde of noble females swarming around him and Vincent. We already knew Vincent was [[ChickMagnet this as well]], but this time we see them [[FetishFuel well-dressed]] at a noble party. All the girls are happy, inside and outside the universe.
* TheChosenOne: Oz is said to be the key to obtaining the Will of the Abyss, which explains why so many people are interested in him. [[spoiler:He also has part of the soul of the country's "hero" inside of him.]]
** TheChosenMany: Chapter LI reveals that [[spoiler:the reason why the Baskervilles are Baskervilles in the first place is because they were chosen by the golden lights of the Abyss.Or rather because of the Jurors as they were nothing more than tools for their stories.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome[=/=]MartyrWithoutACause: Oz, which is viciously and awesomely deconstructed in Elliot's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech after he tries to make a StupidSacrifice.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Baskervilles wear blood red cloaks.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: [[spoiler:Miranda Barma and her collection of skulls, to which she wishes to add Oswald-Glen's head.]]
* ComedicSociopathy: Poor Gilbert.
* ComesGreatInsanity:
** Alice in B-rabbit form. [[spoiler:Or Oz when he's playing with that scythe.]]
** Or Gil, if it has something to do with Oz, like when he tried to [[spoiler:kill Alice in Retrace 35 since Alice was "snatching away his beloved master"]], or in Retrace XIX when he pointed his gun at Jack for sending Oz to look for Alice
* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Oz becomes this after hearing [[spoiler:his father basically refer to him as trash]]. He declares to Gil that this is his life philosophy. Alice is surprised by the cheerful attitude he has, even when flung into the dark and watery abyss. This is probably a contributing cause to his position as MartyrWithoutACause: which Elliot chews him out for.
* CoolGun: Gil's got some nice revolvers.
* CooldownHug: Alice does this to Oz in Retrace 44.
* CosmicKeystone: [[spoiler:The literal, invisible chains that hold the world from falling into the Abyss. Remarkably solid for such, as only one Chain in existence possess the power to break them.]]
* CrashIntoHello: [[spoiler: Charlotte Baskerville]] first met [[spoiler: Oswald-Glen]] by crashing into him, and immediately responded with a LuminescentBlush.
* CrazyConsumption: Xerxes Break with his candy and cake.
* CreepyChild: Vincent in flashbacks. Oz when "gathering information." The children of the House of Fianna, who have been [[spoiler:simultaneously brainwashed into forgetting their DarkAndTroubledPast '''and''' made into the contractors of Humpty Dumpty by having them '''drink his blood'''.]] Duke Nightray has a lot to answer for...
* CuteAndPsycho: Many characters, even without being {{Yandere}}, can still manage to be rather frightening. Notable examples are Lily and [[spoiler:Lacie.]]
* CuteLittleFangs: Elliot. Oh, Elliot.
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* DancesAndBalls: Oz's Second Coming of Age ceremony. [[spoiler:Turns out, it was a ploy to get several people in one place for a plot to repeat the Tragedy of Sablier. The plot failed, [[KillEmAll but that doesn't]] [[KilledOffForReal stop it from]] [[BreakTheCutie not ending well]].]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Pretty much the entire main cast.
* DarkIsNotEvil ''and'' LightIsNotGood: Alice, the black rabbit, is the heroine of the story, while [[spoiler:the Will Of Abyss]], the white rabbit, isn't someone you want to stumble upon... [[EyeScream Seriously]].Ditto for [[spoiler:Oz for being the real B-Rabbit]] and Jack Vessalius [[spoiler: who is instigator of the plot for his obessive love for the twins mother Lacie.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: Making an illegal contract with a Chain will end up with the contractor eventually being sucked into the Abyss.
* {{Determinator}}: Elliot [[spoiler:throwing off the influence of Humpty Dumpty to find out his true memories. [[BreaktheCutie Pity that they're of him murdering his family.]] Possibly a deconstruction.]]
* DemonicDummy: The Will of the Abyss' [[RoomFullOfCrazy room]] is filled with these.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Jack]] has crossed the line twice, with the first one being undone when [[spoiler:he meets Lacie]] and the second one happening because of [[spoiler:Lacie's death]].
** [[spoiler:Leo]] crosses this after [[spoiler:Elliot's death]], causing him to perform a FaceHeelTurn, and it [[BreakTheCutie gets worse to the point]] that [[spoiler:he doesn't even have the strength to fight against Glen's [[GrandTheftMe take-over]]]].
* DevotedToYou: So much.
** Gilbert towards Oz. [[spoiler:This seems to reach its pinnacle in Retrace LXXVIII.]]
** [[{{Yandere}} Oz]] and [[MysteriousProtector Jack]] towards [[BrattyHalfPint Alice]].
** Glen to Lacie, which essentially fuels the plot. [[spoiler:Subverted. All the words of obsession said by "Glen" were actually ''Jack's'' words.]]
** The entire Baskerville faction to Glen.
** [[BewareTheQuietOnes Leo]] towards [[{{Tsundere}} Elliot]], though [[VitriolicBestBuds it's not very obvious at first sight.]]
** [[CheshireCatGrin Break]] towards [[TheOjou Sharon]] and her family.
** Vincent towards Gilbert.
* DissonantSerenity: Even after slashing his best friend, being sent into the Abyss, and being attacked by Chains, Oz is able to joke around and happily eat cookies. [[spoiler:It turns out that Oz's attitude is because [[BreaktheCutie his father told him he was disgusting and should never have been born]] when he was young.]]
* DisappearedDad: What happened to Sharon's father?
* DreamMelody: If someone's playing "Lacie", it's a cue to pay attention to them. [[spoiler:Just make sure you're looking at the right person.]]
* DressCodedForYourConvenience: Red cloaks for the Baskervilles, a black uniform and insignia for Pandora.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Alice killed herself, despite prior speculation that she was murdered. Also counts as a DyingMomentOfAwesome and HeroicSacrifice, considering she killed herself in defiance to Jack's wish to communicate with the Will of the Abyss.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: Oz [[ParentalAbandonment went for years at a time without seeing his father]], [[spoiler:was told he was disgusting by said father, and ''then'' got thrown into Abyss by him.]] Gil is a FailureKnight trying to make up for the fact that he was mind-controlled into attacking his best friend and [[spoiler:who lived through the Tragedy of Sablier.]] Alice [[spoiler:used to be human but was DrivenToSuicide, is amnesiac, and she has a LiteralSplitPersonality / EvilTwin... ''thing''.]] Break [[spoiler:signed an illegal contract to try to change the fact that the family he was bound to protect was betrayed and massacred, then was dragged into the Abyss and [[EyeScream had his eye torn out]], only to have the family die off anyway.]] This is only touching the main cast.
* EarAche:
** In Retrace LIV, Vincent (who is already feeling stressed due to having just suffered a {{Flashback}} of [[DarkAndTroubledPast Sablier]]) cuts off a BrainwashedAndCrazy cult member's ear ''with his scissors'' with the aim of interrogating him.
-->'''Vincent:''' "Well... I have so many question to ask you. Oh, but you don't have to answer them right away... [[{{Sadist}} Because right now, I really need to torture someone...]]"
** In Retrace LXXXI, [[spoiler:Oscar]] gets part of his ear shot off while [[spoiler:redirecting the bullet that a [[GrandTheftMe Jack-controlled Oz]] aimed at him]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: Young Elliot and Leo appear in episode 11, where they both see Gilbert first entering the Nightray mansion. The latter also counts as an AdaptationInducedPlotHole due to their meeting actually taking place far later than that.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: [[LittleMissBadass Alice]], [[TroubledButCute Gilbert]], [[BadassLongrobe Glen]] [[spoiler:(Or more specifically, [[TheStoic Oswald]] and [[SanitySlippage Leo]])]] and [[spoiler:Lacie.]]
* EldritchAbomination: Chains.
* EldritchLocation: The Abyss. [[spoiler:Apparently, it used to be a paradise of golden light, albeit with some patch of darkness somewhere on it.]]
** InfernalParadise: [[spoiler:Isla Yura tries to create one by bringing the world into the Abyss.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Echo initially appears like this.
* EtTuBrute: Glen's betrayal of Jack's friendship at the Tragedy of Sablier, which [[spoiler:is actually revealed to be ''Jack's'' betrayal of Glen, as Jack deliberately opened the doors to the Abyss and tried to bring the entire world into it just so that he could meet Lacie again.]]
** Anyone who was betrayed by [[spoiler:Jack, after the revelation in Retrace LXV]] also applies, including [[spoiler: Oz, who learned that he was just being used by Jack like he was one hundred years ago as the B-rabbit]] and [[spoiler:Arthur Barma, who was befriended by Jack for the sole purpose of writing a false account of the events that played out at Sablier that made Jack look like the hero]].
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Both Oz and Gil apply.
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:[[ManipulativeBastard Jack]], [[UnreliableExpositor Jack]], and [[LoveMakesYouEvil Jack]].]]
* EvilTwin: Will of the Abyss. [[spoiler:Or so it seemed.]]
* ExtraEyes: [[spoiler:Humpty Dumpty.]]
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Done by [[spoiler:Vincent]] to [[spoiler:Break]] in Retrace LXXXI, where the former blames the latter for [[spoiler:[[MisplacedRetribution Gil's betrayal of the Baskervilles]]]].
* EyeScream:
** Break is missing his left eye [[spoiler:because the Will of the Abyss ripped it out.]]
** Vincent also has a tendency to take scissors to eyeballs. [[spoiler:Like that one time with pre-Chain Cheshire.]]
* FaceFramedInShadow: [[spoiler:Oswald/]]Glen Baskerville for the first half of the series.
* TheFaceless: Jack (at first), [[spoiler:the Headhunter, until Retrace 61]], the Chain "Raven", of which we only get to see feathers [[spoiler:until Retrace 55]], and Lacie [[spoiler:until Retrace 65]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Leo pulls one after Elliot's death, once he becomes the new Glen Baskerville]].
* FailureKnight: Gil and Break.
* FalseFriend: [[spoiler:Jack to Arthur Barma, only using the latter to conceal the truth about the Tragedy of Sablier.]]
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Episode 20, the first and second omakes, the Doki Doki Pandora Gakuen omakes, the Maid-ora Hearts omakes, and the Gil in Wonderland manga omake.
** The kiss Oz had with Alice at the start of the series.
** The Oz and Gil fanservice in episode 15.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Getting thrown into the Abyss is not a pleasant experience. Oz just handled it really, really well.
* FeteWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Oz's second Coming-of-Age celebration]] turns out this way.
* FeudingFamilies: Nightray and Vessalius.
* FireForgedFriends: Oz and Elliot, and the main five characters in general.
* FirstTimeInTheSun: Oz and Alice after a stint in the Abyss.
* FoodSlap: At their first meeting, [[spoiler:Jack]] splashes a glass of water all over [[spoiler:Oswald]] when the latter accuses the former of appearing deceptive and untrustworthy.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:That official picture of Jack, dressed in black and kissing the hand of an unknown person, has gained LAYERS of meaning since the traumatic revelations of Retrace 65. [[LyingCreator The mangaka, when asked, stated that who the hand belongs to "is of no consequence"]]. ]] Also, [[spoiler: the official art of Gilbert obsessively cradling a skull has become a lot more sinister in light of recent chapters.]]
** There happens to be a [[http://twilightvisions.com/pandora.html website]] dedicated to the foreshadowing symbolism in the official pictures.
** In Chapter 97, [[spoiler:Glen being uncapable of killing Alice because of her resemblance with Lacie foreshadows that, even if he gets to a time before Lacie met Jack in order to kill her, he won't be able to pull it off.]]
* FourthWallObserver[=/=]MediumAwareness: [[spoiler: The Jury]] are well aware of the fact that the events transpiring is nothing but a story being recorded into a book.
* FriendshipMoment: Gilbert, Oz and Break after visiting the Barma mansion.
* FutureBadass: Gilbert.
** Slightly subverted, as he is usually just good at putting up a tough front, while his real personality is basically the opposite of that.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:G-I]]
* GaslampFantasy
* GenerationXerox:
** Oz will probably look ''exactly'' like Jack in a few years. [[spoiler:Justified in Oz's case in that his body ''is'' Jack's body. The existence known as "Oz" is actually the chain B-Rabbit]].
** Sharon looks like a shrunken version of her mother.
** Alice resembles [[spoiler:Lacie, who turns out to be her mother.]]
** [[spoiler:Those who receive the soul of Glen Baskerville also inherit the duties that come with being Glen, along with memories and such.]]
*** [[spoiler:It is also worth noting that, while Levi and Oswald look ''nothing'' like each other, Oswald and Leo seem to resemble each other heavily.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: You're not allowed to show minors drinking alcohol on Japanese TV, so they got around this by cheekily pointing out that, due to messed up aging and so forth, all of the are old enough to drink [[OlderThanTheyLook even though they don't look it]]. Or not human in the case of Alice and the doll.
* GirlInTheTower: Alice, 100 years ago. Before her was [[spoiler:Lacie, though this GirlInTheTower was able to slip out from time to time on a whim]].
* GhostLights
* GothicHorror: The series has a good many tropes representative of the genre, including [[BigFancyHouse old castles and mansions]], [[MadwomanInTheAttic crazy ladies in towers]] ([[spoiler:Lacie and later Alice/the Will of the Abyss initially appear to play this straight before subverting it, as none of them are actually crazy and are only locked up because of their connection with the Abyss]]), [[GirlInTheTower confinement]] and [[LockedInTheDungeon imprisonment]], {{Evil Twin}}s and [[EvilDoppelganger doubles]] ([[spoiler:Alice and the Will and Jack and Oz, respectively, play with these concepts]]), [[MalevolentMutilation mutilation]] and torture of [[ColdBloodedTorture multiple]] [[MindRape varieties]], otherworldly [[EldritchLocation places]] (the Abyss) and [[EldritchAbomination creatures]] (chains), and [[MadnessTropes insanity]], among others.
* GrandTheftMe: Retrace XXXIX shows that [[spoiler:Glen has no permanent body of his own and must possess others to continue ruling the Baskerville household. Gilbert was lucky enough to evade this fate 100 years ago.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted in Retrace LXVIII. Turns out that "Glen" is merely a title given to the leader of the Baskerville family, contracted to all the necessary Chains, and thus has the authority and power to meet with the Will of the Abyss personally. Potential "Glens" are determined by an unknown set of criteria, but it appears that there's a direct correlation between being related to a potential "Glen" by blood and being a "Child of Misfortune".]]
** [[spoiler:As of chapter 65, Jack has taken complete control of Oz's body and used it to stab Leo with one of B-Rabbit's chains.]]
*** [[spoiler:Also strangely inverted in chapter 70 and chapter 77 in that, apparently, it was Jack's body all along before Oz took over.]]
** [[spoiler:Retraces 74 and 78 show that Glen, specifically Oswald, has taken over Leo - and [[HeroicBSOD Leo won't do a thing about it]].]]
* GreyAndGrayMorality: One of the main themes of the series, [[spoiler:especially with the well-meaning but insane Jack and the WellIntentionedExtremist methods Pandora and the Baskervilles are willing to go through to learn about and protect the Abyss respectively.]]
* GreenEyes: Oz, Ada, and Jack.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Ada. [[spoiler:Subverted when she reveals her ''[[NightmareFetishist collection]]'' to Vincent.]]
* HairRaisingHare: The Blood-Stained Black Rabbit will mess you up. The White Rabbit is worse.
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Xerxes Break after he goes blind.]]
** And [[spoiler: Gilbert]] after he [[spoiler: cuts off his own left arm]]. Cue BigDamnHeroes moment.
* HappinessInSlavery: Echo. [[spoiler:Subverted once you get her talking about her "beloved master."]] Gil's devotion to his bullying master Oz approaches this as well.
* HarmfulHealing: Played with, in a way. [[spoiler:The reason why Elliot is a Humpty Dumpty contractor is that Leo made him drink its blood to 'forget' (read: erase) the mortal wounds Elliot received while they were looking for the children in Sablier. When Elliot remembered those forgotten memories, the wounds came back.]]
* HartmanHips: [[{{Squick}} Disturbingly enough]], [[ComicBook/TheCreeper Isla Yura]].
* HealingPotion: Vincent bribes Break with an antidote after he poisons both Sharon and Echo... and then, to prove the antidote works, Vincent gives Echo said potion by [[{{Squick}} frenching her.]]
* HearingVoices:
** [[spoiler:Leo]] can hear the voices of [[spoiler:the past Glens]] speaking to him and spent sixteen years of his life trying to ignore them [[spoiler:until finally giving in and accepting his role as the new Glen]].
** [[spoiler:Noise]] hears a cacophony of voices so intensively that [[spoiler:her chain creates a SplitPersonality for her in an attempt to keep her from insanity; it doesn't work]].
* HellishPupils:
** Lottie's pupils make it easy to tell that she's creepy.
** Zwei seems to have similar pupils. As does [[spoiler:Leo.]]
** [[spoiler:Levi]] seems to have a different variation, but still creepy nonetheless.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen:
** [[spoiler:Jack]] right about up until the end of the Cheshire Arc. Had heavy elements of FaceFramedInShadow.
** Also, [[spoiler:[[AbusiveParents Zai Vessalius]], Oz's father]]. We still have yet to get a good look at [[spoiler:his]] face.
* HeroAntagonist: [[spoiler:Oswald/Glen Baskerville.]]
* HeroicAlbino: Break.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Jack went through a particularly horrifying sacrifice to seal away Glen in order to keep the peace, which involved Jack being physically ''separated'' into five pieces. At the end of Retrace XLII, one of Jack's [[NightmareFuel dismembered arms]] is shown.]] Retrace LXV [[spoiler:reveals that it's not Jack's, but ''Glen's body'' that got split (his head was in one of the Sealing Stones)]].
** [[spoiler:Elliot rejecting Humpty Dumpty despite his Incuse being one quarter from completion]] comes to mind, as well.
** There's also [[spoiler:Alice killing herself with a pair of shears to prevent Jack from using Oz and cutting off any further contact between him and her twin. After that, she also became a chain just so Alyss wouldn't have to go through the trouble of making an anguished B-Rabbit!Oz destroy her memories.]]
** ''Another'' instance occurs heartbreakingly [[spoiler:in Retrace LXXXII, where Uncle Oscar pushes Gil, Alice, and Oz through the gate so that they can escape their pursuers. He himself stays behind, and... [[DownerEnding well]]...]]
* HeroicSafeMode: In Retrace LXXV, [[spoiler:Oz, having [[TomatoInTheMirror discovered]] that he is B-rabbit and that he's killed many innocent people,]] boots up in safe mode after [[spoiler:being totally [[BreakThemByTalking destroyed]] by Jack]]. He becomes indifferent to his fate, convinced that [[spoiler:Glen executing him is for the best since he isn't "real," only a chain inhabiting Jack's [[MerlinSickness cursed]] body]].
* HiddenWeapons: Break's cane is a concealed sword. Echo and Lottie both have hidden knives up their sleeves.
* HotForStudent: Heavily implied throughout the Pandora Academy [[{{Omake}} Omakes]].
* HowWeGotHere: Episode 12 explains to us how Oz, Gil and Alice ended up in line for a three-round arm-wrestling match for Gil's hat. Of course, since it's Oz talking, we learn that Gil is a useless moron and Oz is TheHero. It's true.
* HumanoidAbomination: Cheshire Cat and [[spoiler:Oz]] The B-Rabbit unlike most chains they gain human forms when they become chains while some barely had some human parts.
* IHaveTheHighGround: Alice goes out of her way to provide examples for this trope.
* IJustWantToBeNormal:
** Retrace LXIII reveals that [[spoiler:the Will of the Abyss doesn't want to be the Will of the Abyss anymore]]. This is justified, considering that [[spoiler:pretty much everybody wants to use or destroy her and that she's been confined to a horrific EldritchLocation for [[YearOutsideHourInside who knows how long]]]].
** [[spoiler:Vincent]] has never felt "normal" because of [[spoiler:his one red eye]], and so he finds a kindred spirit in [[spoiler:Noise]], who is also an "aberration" because [[spoiler:she is neither fully human nor fully Baskerville and must be confined due to her chain possessing her and driving her into madness]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Vincent]]:''' “If all the people break, and all the world breaks, and everyone and everything goes mad, then I can be normal, just like everyone else, right?”
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: [[spoiler:Arthur Barma.]]
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler:Break]]'s reason for becoming an illegal contractor is a desire to undo this.
* IWillFindYou: [[spoiler:Jack spends eight years trying to find Lacie before he finally reunites with her]].
* IWorkAlone: Sharon calls Break "Mr. One-Man-Show" because of this.
* IdiotHair: Rufus Barma.
* ImAHumanitarian: Most Chains, if you consider what they used to be. Subverted in Alice's case.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Jack, through Oz, stabs Leo with one of B-Rabbit's chains in Retrace LXV]].
* ImportantHaircut: [[spoiler:Leo]] gets one in Retrace LXI.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes:
** Alice's dress/coat/''thing'' comes to mind. Also, obviously, all the noble suits and dresses.
** The Lutwidge school uniforms are nice enough to make ''James Bond'' jealous.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Alice uses some utensils to good advantage when possessing Oz in the beginning.
* InnocentFlowerGirl: Oz meets one. It doesn't end well.
* InSpiteOfANail: [[spoiler:Break, when he was still Kevin Regnard, asked the Intention of the Abyss to prevent the massacre that killed the family. However, they still die later on due to his absence]].
* InstantRunes: Instant transport for every Illegal Contractor who needs to be offed to the Abyss.
* IntimateHealing: In order to prove to Break that [[spoiler:the antidote for Sharon really works]], Vincent administers the antidote to [[spoiler:a poisoned Echo by kissing her]]. Lottie pulls the same trick on [[spoiler:Ada Vessalius]] in the anime, except with poison instead of an antidote.
%%* IntrinsicVow: [[BatmanGambit Invoked]].
* ItsAllMyFault:
** Gil blames himself for his inability to protect Oz when the latter is condemned to the Abyss at the start of the series.
** [[spoiler:Leo]] seems to feel this way about [[spoiler:Elliot's death]], among other things.
** Retrace LXXVIII reveals that [[spoiler:Oswald]] feels this way about [[spoiler:the Tragedy of Sablier]] and blames himself for his naivety in [[spoiler:trusting Jack]].
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[[folder:J-L]]
* JapanesePronouns: When Gilbert was young, Break convinced him that he had to start using 'Ore' in order to be more like his idols, Oscar and Oz. When Gil is older, he gets drunk and forgets which form of "I" to use. While he's going "Ore? Boku?," Break starts making hilarious suggestions like "washi," "ora," and "gil-gil."
** There's [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DIKWdnXS0O0PCtvmv0dAMhVKUerDGsRKvcsB6h0JtX0/edit?pli=1 a list]] showing how characters address themselves and others in Japanese.
* {{Jerkass}}: Zai Vessalius at his best. [[spoiler:Bernard Nightray - totally.]] Also, Rufus Barma (though not as bad as the other two.)
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Elliot. Some might say he's just a {{tsundere}} though. By Retrace XL or so it's fair to say that Elliot is a much nicer guy than he wants to show.
** Break. It's not always obvious that he does have a heart, but he's got his moments.
** Oz himself, particularly in that scene where he made Gil sign a contract making him officially his servant for life... the purpose of which was to cement the fact that Oz must always protect him, since a master's task is to take care of his servants. Oz was still a jerk about it.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: You could rename the manga MindScrew and no one would notice.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Pretty much everything [[BreakThemByTalking Jack says to Oz]] in Retrace LXXIV]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Jack''': You are a chain... B-rabbit, the destroyer... The people you love, and the people you wish to protect... All that you've achieved... They're fake. Don't forget that..."]]
* KidAnova: Oz ''really'' likes younger girls.
* KidDetective / AmateurSleuth: Oz, Alice, Elliot and Leo, all of whom are trying to decipher some mystery, usually having something to do with the Tragedy of Sablier.
* KidWithTheLeash: Several contractors, including Oz and [[spoiler:the flower girl]] they meet early on.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Lacie, Levi/Humpty Dumpty, the Sinclair Family, William West/Grim, Cheshire(or not), Rytas, Marie, Isla Yura, Elliot, the entire Nightray clan aside from the adopted kids, Fang, Uncle Oscar. Watch this space. The list will probably grow.]]
* KillerRabbit: Most notably literal rabbits, and in black and white varieties. One is a main character. [[spoiler:Though not the one you think...]]
* [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Knight Templar Younger Brother]]: Vincent.
* KnowledgeBroker: Rufus Barma.
* LargeHam: Uncle Oscar has shades of this. [[http://www.mangareader.net/350-24653-7/pandora-hearts/chapter-24.html He even overshadows Alice sometimes...]]
** Alice is {{Chewing the Scenery}} [[http://www.mangareader.net/350-24658-28/pandora-hearts/chapter-29.html like it's going out of style.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Conversely, TraumaInducedAmnesia.
* LaughingMad: The Head Hunter, after killing [[WeHardlyKnewYe Rytas, Marie and Glooner]].
* LecherousLicking: Several examples; see the trope page for details.
* LetsGetDangerous: Break. He even says "time to get serious" at one point in the anime, [[spoiler:which Alice takes as her cue to GTFO without needing further instruction.]] Every time he puts on his game face (usually by whipping out the MadHatter, though revealing the concealed sword does the trick too), everyone craps their pants, but the sudden air of panic is no damper whatsoever to his flamboyant attitude. He still snarfs candy and talks with hearts in his speech bubbles as he watches his opponents slowly bleed to death.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: [[spoiler:Alice (physical appearance, being locked in a tower) and the Will of the Abyss (physical appearance, falling for a Vessalius, psychotic tendencies) to their mother Lacie]].
* LimitedWardrobe: Save for a few special circumstances.
* LittleMissBadass: Alice, Echo, The Will of Abyss, Sharon (biologically 23, but physically 13), Lily...
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: And all of them will be integral/contribute to the plot in some way. Even Isla Yura.
** Thankfully, it's a CastOfSnowflakes, so they're all quite easy to distinguish from each other.
* {{Lolicon}}:
** Oz never misses a chance to flirt with younger girls. In appearance, he looks 15, but after escaping the abyss, he's technically ''25''. Then there's Jack and Alice. Although Alice's real age is not fully confirmed, she is hinted to have been 13 before her [[spoiler:death and transformation into a chain]] (she appears to be 13 mentally and physically, but is technically ''113''), Jack refers to her as "a sweet, cute little girl" and [[DevotedToYou "very precious person."]]
*** It's eventually revealed [[spoiler: Oz is technically over a hundred years old, having originally been a [[AnimateInanimateObject sentient stuffed rabbit]] owned by Lacie and later Alice. On the other hand, he doesn't remember any of it.]]
** [[spoiler:Glen/Levi probably counts. Lacie was a young adult when he impregnated her, but in flashbacks, she still appeared to be a prepubescent when he asked for her participation in his "experiment."]]
* LonelyRichKid: The whole story pretty much starts as Oz being this.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Quite a few, most noticeably Vincent and [[spoiler:Jack, with his braid.]] Leo and Rufus Barma also count, along with [[spoiler:Break, who had a ponytail right after being spit out of the Abyss]], and Gilbert, whose hair is at least long enough to tie back.
* LossOfIdentity: By the end of Retrace LXXIV, [[spoiler:Oz himself]] appears to have lost all sense of identity thanks to [[spoiler:Jack's [[BreakThemByTalking manipulation]]]].
* LoveMakesYouCrazy / LoveMakesYouEvil:
** [[spoiler:Jack]], in a [[{{Yandere}} huge way]].
* LoverTugOfWar:
** Episode 17. "My master!" "No, my servant!"
** And then again in Episode 20, this time with all parties involved drunk out of their minds.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:M-O]]
* TheMadHatter
* MagicPants: When Alice turns into her rabbit form, not only do her clothes grow with her, but her miniskirt turns into a pair of pants! (Probably [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by magic.)
* ManipulativeBastard:
** Rufus Barma, Vincent, and Break.
** Oz, most notably in Retrace XLVIII.
** Retrace LXV: [[spoiler:Jack.]]
* MarshmallowHell: Done to Oz by Lottie, notably.
* MeaningfulEcho: From the beginning and end of Retrace LXXX:
-->'''Oscar''': [thinking] "Oz, you have no idea what it meant to me to be held by that small hand of yours... [[spoiler:[[WhamLine What torture it was."]]]]
* MeaningfulName: Oz [[spoiler:was named after Oswald]] and 'Oz' as in the [[TheWizardOfOz WONDERful LAND]]. 'Rufus' means 'red'. Lacie is an anagram of Alice, [[spoiler:appropriate, as Lacie was Alice's mother]].
* {{Meido}}: The Maidora Hearts omake. Young Gilbert also wore a maid outfit in the first anime omake.
* MerlinSickness: [[spoiler:Because his corrupted soul was rejected by the Abyss, Jack was excluded from the hundred-year cycle of rebirth. As a result, his body repeatedly matures to the age he was at during the Tragedy of Sablier (twenty-four) before reversing back to infancy. Each time he completes this cycle, another piece of his soul is destroyed.]]
* MindRape:
** When Alice is in Cheshire's dimension, she confronts horrible, nightmarish visions of herself. A notable one is when a ghoulish version of herself is bleeding at the eyes.
** [[spoiler:Oz himself]] gets this treatment from [[spoiler:Jack]] after it's revealed that the latter [[spoiler:was EvilAllAlong. It ends with Oz suffering an [[LossOfIdentity identity crisis]] and having a HeroicBSOD]].
* MindScrew: The series as a whole. With ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' as its template, this isn't all too surprising.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: Every character integral to the plot has suffered through horrible, traumatic experiences and has come out {{Badass}}, twisted, sadistic, or a mix of them all. On the bright side, they're interesting people!
* MisplacedRetribution: In Retrace LXXXI, [[spoiler:Vincent]] beats up [[spoiler:Break]] and blames him for [[spoiler:Gil's betrayal of the Baskervilles, despite the fact that Break wasn't even directly responsible for Gil's decision]].
* MistakenForGay: This exchange from Retrace LXVII:
-->'''[[spoiler:Levi]]:''' (referring to [[spoiler:Oswald]]'s research into [[spoiler:Jack]]'s history) "Still, it's pretty unusual for you to show interest in someone."
-->'''[[spoiler:Oswald]]:''' "You're right. I couldn't help but be interested in him."
-->'''[[spoiler:Levi]]:''' "Uh... what? I didn't know you swung that way."
-->'''[[spoiler:Oswlad]]:''' [[CaptainOblivious "I'm not sure what you mean..."]]
* MoodWhiplash: There's quite a lot in this manga.
** Retrace XLVI: Vincent having sinister thoughts about tainting Ada, whom he hates for her purity. Cue [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Ada showing off]] [[NightmareFetishist her collection]] to him.
** Oz reaching out to [[spoiler:Leo]] ends with [[spoiler:the latter being impaled by the former (or, to be specific, Jack) with B-Rabbit's chain]].
** Retrace LXXXII contains some of the happiest, most beautiful moments in the series. [[spoiler:And then Uncle Oscar dies]].
* MoralityKitchenSink: Morality is a big subject in this series, so it's only natural that the characters are all over the spectrum.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: [[spoiler:Humpty Dumpty]].
* MoreThanMindControl: [[spoiler:What Vincent pulled off with Gilbert]] in Retrace XXXIII has elements of this.
* MrFanservice: One of the things this series is known for.
** Gilbert.
** Not to mention Elliot. Hello, handsome pianist with tragic [[RecurringDreams recurring]] [[BadDreams nightmares]].
** Oz also counts to an extent.
** And Vincent. ''"He has such gentle eyes..."''
** Glen Baskerville also applies. [[spoiler:Specifically, all those who became Glen. At least, all the ones that have been shown so far.]]
** Even though Gil is the very obvious Mr Fanservice, Xerxes Break is the one who most fangirls end up going for. If you don't believe me, just check the wiki polls.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: The fandom has both female and male readers of varying ages.
* MustHaveNicotine: Gilbert has tried to quit smoking ''eight times'' but to no avail. A special manga omake even chronicled [[HilarityEnsues his ninth time trying to quit.]]
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: With both Jack Vessalius and Glen Baskerville.
* MyGreatestFailure: Both Break and Gil's backstories.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: Break and Gil again in regards to protecting Sharon and Oz respectively.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong:
** Echo. It is revealed that she thinks Vincent is annoying, but (usually) obediently follows his orders.
** The Baskervilles, who slaughtered nearly an entire city without knowing the reason why.
* MysticalWhiteHair: The Will of the Abyss, who is [[spoiler:Alice's identical twin sister]] and whose white hair is the result of [[spoiler:her being born in the Abyss and merging with its Core]].
* {{Necromantic}}: The goal of some [[DealWithTheDevil illegal contracts]], which usually fail to work and backfire horribly on the contractor.
* NiceHat:
** Gilbert's hat is very becoming on him.
** There's also Break's chain, TheMadHatter. However, although it is a nice looking hat, seeing it is ''not'' a [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath good sign]]. Break himself sometimes sports one.
* NoSenseOfHumour: Reim, to contrast Break. Also, Rufus Barma. Also, Glen[[spoiler:/Oswald]], who keeps the record for longest held poker face. Not that we don't love them all anyway (see: TheComicallySerious).
** Subverted in Rufus' case. In a bizarre twist, 18.5 Evidence reveals that he actually enjoys teasing other characters.
* NobleFugitive: Both [[spoiler:Oz and Gil]] have become these by Retrace LXXXIII, as the former [[spoiler:was raised as the heir to one of the duke houses and the latter was adopted into one]].
* NostalgicMusicBox: "Lacie," the song played by the watch Oz finds at the beginning of the series.
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: The point is made for every antagonistic character, but in no way does it attempt to justify their actions. Most will have tragic backstories [[spoiler:(Jack, Vincent)]]. Some, though, are just plain nuts [[spoiler:(Isla Yura)]]. However, the manga overall makes the point that people cannot be colored black and white. However, just because characters are misunderstood doesn't mean they're not messed up in the head and they'll probably kill many innocents before they're stopped.
* NotSoStoic:
** Vincent, during Retrace XLVI, as can be seen [[http://www.mangareader.net/350-47596-25/pandora-hearts/chapter-46.html here.]]
** Happens again in [[http://www.mangareader.net/pandora-hearts/61/34 Retrace LXI]]. He even comments that "It's not like me... to get carried away like this."
** And ''[[RuleOfThree yet again]]'' in Retrace LXXXI, where he calmly walks into [[spoiler:Break]]'s cell (after blowing a hole in it, of course) and proceeds to [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge beat the hell out of him]], blaming him for [[spoiler:[[MisplacedRetribution Gil's betrayal of the Baskervilles]] or, in other words, chosing Oz over him]].
** Leo reveals to Oz that he has quite the temper himself, he just rarely loses it because Elliot usually loses his first. This becomes especially evident after [[spoiler:Elliot's death, which proves to be Leo's [[BreakTheCutie breaking point]]]].
* NumberOneDime: Gilbert treasures his hat. When it gets lost in an early chapter, Gilbert forces Oz and Alice to help him and is desperate to find it. In Retrace 24, it's revealed Ada gave it to him.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Break.
* OffModel: The anime. [[http://pandora-derps.tumblr.com/ There's a blog dedicated to collecting these]].
* OffWithHisHead: Humpty Dumpty and Demios can do this respectively
* TheOjou: Sharon is a prime example of this, along with her mother and grandmother.
* OlderThanTheyLook:
** Break and Sharon don't age during the ten year timeskip.
** Rufus Barma is a man in his seventies, but you wouldn't know by looking at him.
** Lottie and the rest of the Baskervilles seemed to apply, but [[spoiler:Chapter LXI clarified that the Baskervilles fell into the Abyss 100 years ago and popped out in the present time - making them a normal age after all... unless they have been affected by the age-stopping effect of their Contracts long enough.]]
*** Something like this also happened to [[spoiler:Vincent and Gil, who were around eight and nine years old at the time of the Tragedy of Sablier.]]
** [[spoiler:This seems to apply to [[SplitPersonality Zwei/Echo]] as well. She also didn't age at all in the ten year TimeSkip before Oz escaped the Abyss.]]
** [[spoiler:Alice was alive and visually the same age a hundred years ago, too.]]
** Oz can technically be considered [[spoiler:twenty-five years old.]] Except that [[spoiler: he was originally a pair of stuffed rabbits owned by Lacie. If you count his age from the time he was [[AnimateInanimateObject given sentience]] by the Abyss, he's over a hundred years old.]]
** If you consider this by year of birth, [[spoiler:the only major characters who '''aren't''' in some way OlderThanTheyLook are Oscar, Zai, Ada, and Lady Rainsworth.]]
*** [[spoiler:Given several decades, Lady Rainsworth could potentially also fall into this trope. Sharon revealed in a chapter that contractors stop aging. Thus, most of the main cast will eventually become this.]]
** [[spoiler:Rotting alive aside, Levi looked pretty much the same as he raised Lacie and Oswald grew to adulthood.]]
* OnceMoreWithClarity: Quite a lot, but most notorious is the end of Retrace LXV. [[spoiler:See that person huddling in a blanket having a hand held out to him by a girl called Lacie? That's not Glen. It's '''Jack''']].
* OneSidedArmWrestling
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: It's noted by a couple of characters that Break is unusually agitated and more prone to violent methods when [[spoiler: trying to find out if Reim is alive or dead after the Pandora team searching for the Sealing Stone at Isla Yura's party are murdered.]]
* {{Omake}}: Each limited version of manga and anime volumes have at least one omake.
* OrphanageOfLove: The House of Fianna seems to be quite a pleasant place. [[spoiler:[[OrphanageOfFear It isn't]]. See CreepyChild above.]]
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Chains are from the [[TheUnderworld Abyss.]]
* OverprotectiveDad: Oscar, who may not be Ada's real father but treats Ada like his own daughter. In Retrace 24, he is outraged that Ada is "in love with someone," and drags Oz, Gilbert, and Alice to help look for Ada in her school in Lutwidge and find out just ''who'' she has a crush on. Though [[RedHerring hints]] point to either Gil (treasuring the hat that Ada gave him) or Elliot (as she was disappointed that she couldn't return his school bag to him), it later turns out to be [[spoiler:Vincent]].
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: The astounding amount of blood lost throughout the duration of the manga and anime.
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[[folder:P-R]]
* PaperFanOfDoom:
** Sharon, her mother ''and'' her grandmother. Don't even think about messing with the Rainsworth women. Hell, Sharon has ''dozens'' of them hidden in her dress all the time! In two colors, white and yellow!
** Duke Barma as well. [[spoiler:He can parry ''swords'' with it!]]
* ParasolOfPain: The umbrella Oz uses in the anime to fend off the CreepyDoll that attacks him in the Abyss.
* ParentalAbandonment:
** Oz's mom died when he was young, and Oz's dad sucks. A lot.
** Not to mention [[spoiler:Gil and Vincent's parents,]] who sold them to a freak show [[spoiler:because of Vincent's red eye.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: Break sees himself as this to Sharon.
** [[spoiler:Oswald is this for Alice and Gil.]]
** Jack is this for Vincent.
** Sheryl is this to Break and Sharon, although biologically she's the latter's grandmother.
* PeekABangs: Break's bangs cover the left side of his face [[spoiler:because his left eye socket is empty]]. Cheshire's bangs cover the right side of his face. [[spoiler:This is not a coincidence. He has Break's left eye]].
* PeoplePuppets: It would seem that [[spoiler:Glen]] is able to verbally control [[spoiler:Gil's body - or at least his left hand]].
* PerpetualMolt: Glen's Five Black-Feathered Chains do this.
* PimpedOutDress: Many a fancy dress is worn. Some art has one or both Alice's wearing a dress trimmed [[PrettyInMink with white fur]] and has a ShowgirlSkirt over a miniskirt
* PoisonousFriend: Gil isn't a very efficient one (yet), but he's terrified that he seems about to become one for Oz. [[spoiler:What with those overprotective murderous urges, attempt to kill Alice and all...]] Oz had a moment when he wanted to be this for Alice and stop her suffering [[spoiler:by killing her.]] Vince, though, is a ''very'' effective one for Gilbert, very much against Gil's will. [[spoiler:Vince caused the Tragedy of Sablier in order to protect his brother]].
* ThePollyanna: Sharon, Ada, and Alice. Oz was this for a while [[spoiler:before being [[HeroicBSOD successfully]] [[BreakTheCutie broken]] by recent events]].
* PosthumousCharacter: Jack, Lacie, and Glen. [[spoiler:[[OurGhostsAreDifferent Well,]] [[GrandTheftMe not quite]] for the first and third, anyway]].
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Alice, Gilbert and Oz convince Break that they are his comrades. A heart-warming moment ensues.
* PowerTrio: Oz, Alice, and Gilbert. [[spoiler:Jack, Alice (or Lacie), and Glen/Oswald. Glen/Levi, Lacie, and Oswald]]. Break, Sharon and Reim seem to be this in their off-screen escapades. Oz, Elliot and Leo also counts as one.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Lottie, Fang and Dug.
* RapunzelHair:
** Jack. A braid that long... fluttering in the wind?
** Alice too.
** [[spoiler:Lacie]] had this too, at least when she was young.
* RealityWarper: Alyss' implied power when her anger destroys her room in the Abyss.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld:
** Alice's implied age as B-Rabbit.
** [[spoiler:Jack/Oz gets this too, having been alive for a hundred years, if only because of de-aging until he's an infant, by which point he starts aging again until he reaches the time his soul was distorted, and the cycle went on and on for a hundred years.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Elliot gives a nice, lengthy, angry one to Oz at Lutwidge Academy.
** Of ''all'' people, ''Duke Barma'' delivers one of these to ''[[spoiler:Oswald]]'' in Retrace LXXXVII, pointing out that the latter is just as human (and thus just as fallible) as the rest of them and has his own selfish reasons for acting despite all his claims that he's trying to right a past wrong for the sake of the rest of the world.
* RedEyesTakeWarning:
** Vincent, Break, and Cheshire all have... well, ''one'' red eye each. Vincent was discriminated [[spoiler:one hundred years ago]] because of it. Break [[spoiler:was known as "The Red-Eyed Ghost" during his time as an illegal contractor.]] Cheshire is a villain, [[spoiler:and his eye was originally Break's.]]
** Oz gets these in Retrace LVI when [[spoiler:he used B-Rabbit's power.]]
** [[spoiler:Lacie, according to Retrace LXVI.]]
** It turns out that [[spoiler:being born with red eyes is an indication of being a Child of Ill-Omen]].
* RedStringOfFate: Parodied in [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/25247/pandora-hearts_v1_ch1_by_manga-abyss/53 this]] omake, where Oz follows his to find out who his soul mate is.
* RelaxOVision: In the sixth DVD special, the intro to the Omake does this.
* RescueHug: Gil frequently does this to [[HoYay Oz]].
* RipVanWinkle: The Abyss tends to do this to whoever is able to escape it.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Alice is in one when she first appears. The Will of the Abyss' room was also this when [[spoiler:Kevin]] was dragged down.
* RulesOfOrphanEconomics:
** Jack pretty much randomly decides to adopt Vincent and Gilbert, making them his "servants" and just being incredibly kind and awesome and takes care of them until something goes [[FromBadToWorse horribly]], ''[[AFateWorseThanDeath horribly]]'' wrong: [[spoiler:The Tragedy of Sablier]].
** And then in Retrace LXV [[spoiler:Gil is revealed to be ''Glen'''s servant.]]
* RunningGag:
** Oz and his attraction to younger girls, Gil and his hat, Alice and her meat, Break and his cake/lollipop/Emily/entering the room through anything but a door, Sharon and her tea/harisen/shipping.
** Also, Glen and the bird.
** Elliot and Oz and their Holy Knight references.
** Leo being a CovertPervert who likes reading erotica.
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[[folder:S-U]]
* SanitySlippage: SO MUCH:
** [[spoiler:Jack]] absolutely lost it after [[spoiler:Lacie's death]].
*** [[spoiler:His betrayal]] is implied to also have caused this in [[spoiler:Glen/Oswald]].
** [[spoiler:Elliot's mother, Vernice/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Vernis]]]], has been teetering to the edge for a while, thanks to [[spoiler:the Headhunter case]].
** [[spoiler:Post-Elliot's-death Leo]] is either this or else [[spoiler:[[StoppedCaring he just stopped caring]]]], [[BreakTheCutie possibly both]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections:
** How Oz and the gang manage to get away with most of the stuff they do.
** Oz exploits his connection to Jack when he needs to.
* SeriousBusiness: Gil is ''very'' attached to his [[NiceHat hat]]. Epic arm-wrestling ensues.
* ServileSnarker:
** Leo is this in spades to Elliot, though his position as the latter's servant is mostly just a title, as the two are closer to VitriolicBestBuds than master and servant.
** Gil is this to Oz, occasionally.
** Turns out that [[spoiler:Echo]] has quite a lot to say about [[spoiler:her master Vincent]] when given the occasion to vent.
* SexGod: Vincent, in spite of his [[HeManWomanHater misogyny]], seems to sleep around a lot [[ManipulativeBastard for his own purposes]].
* ShatteringTheIllusion: Break to Rufus.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Ada's older appearance throws Oz off when they meet for the first time after his return. Ditto Gilbert.
* ShipSinking:
** [[spoiler:The revelation that Lacie and Glen (the black-haired one we know whose name is Oswald, that is) are actually brother and sister has debunked quite a lot of fics that pair the two as lovers]].
** Ada/Gilbert was sunk when it was revealed that the person the former was dating was [[spoiler:Vincent, of all people.]]
** Jun Mochizuki desperately attempted to do this with the Break/Sharon pairing, having Sharon refer to him as her older brother several times. It got to the point where she had Break describe his relationship with Sharon to Sheryl.
--> Sheryl: (to Break) You treat her like a child, Xer-kun.
--> Break: Not true! I'd prefer to say that I take care of her as if she were my daughter.
--> Sheryl: Daughter? I think you look more like an older brother who can't bear to be separated from his little sister.
* ShipTease:
** Oz/Alice are the prominent example. They are also the closest to an OfficialCouple. And there's Oz/Sharon which is more of a fleeting crush and Oz/Echo. Worth noting that most if not all Oz ships aside from Oz/Alice constitutes of Oz putting on his [[TheCharmer flirty]] disposition.
** Also Elliot/Leo, Ada/Vincent although that treads into OfficialCouple, Gilbert/Oz, Jack/Alice, Break/Gilbert, Break/Alice, Break/Reim, Gilbert/Alice, and Reim/Lily with a side of {{Squick}}.
** [[spoiler:Jack]]/[[spoiler:Lacie]] has been teased since Retrace LXV. It is [[{{Yandere}} one-sided]] on the former's part and [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage ambiguous]] on whether the latter reciprocates or not. [[spoiler:Retrace LXXI implies and Retrace LXXII confirms that Lacie reciprocated Jack's feelings.]]
** Even Gil/Sharon got some with their tea party.
* {{Shotacon}}: Break constantly teases Sharon about how she likes "younger boys," much to her protest.
* ShootTheDog: In Retrace LXIX, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Oswald, upon becoming the next Glen Baskerville, was forced to do this to his younger sister Lacie by tossing her into the abyss. It was mentioned that all the other Glens with Children of Misfortune as siblings were forced to do this as well]].
** This is taken even further in Retrace LXXVIII: [[spoiler:Oswald intends to travel back in time in order to kill Lacie before she can give birth to the Alice twins and incite the creation of Oz the B-rabbit, all so that he can prevent the Tragedy of Sablier from coming to pass]].
* ShowWithinAShow: Well, Book Within A Book, but there are a few mentioned, most notably Holy Knight.
* ShutUpHannibal: In Retrace LXXXI, [[spoiler:Jack, while controlling Oz's body,]] tries to [[spoiler:turn Oscar against Oz by reminding him that he's the reason his wife and child are dead]]. Fortunately, [[spoiler:Gil (who isn't aware of this)]] has had it up to here with [[spoiler:Jack]]'s BreakThemByTalking tactics and interrupts him with one of these. This serves to solidify [[spoiler:Oscar]]'s resolve, which he thanks [[spoiler:Gil]] for after.
* SignificantAnagram:
** Rearrange the name "Alice" and you'd get [[spoiler:the name "Lacie", the one who drove Jack out of his DespairEventHorizon and the dead little sister of Glen/Oswald Baskerville]]. It's also worth noting that [[spoiler:the name Lacie was used by Lewis Carrol to refer to the original Alice in his books]], it can't be a coincidence. [[spoiler:It turns out that Lacie is Alice's mother.]]
* SingleTargetSexuality:
** [[spoiler:Jack]] has eyes only for [[spoiler:Lacie]], to the point where the "sexuality" aspect is more [[{{Yandere}} obsessive worship]] than healthy desire.Although [[spoiler:Lacie]] herself seems to return the favor as well.
** Vincent cares about only one person in the world - [[IncestSubtext Gil]]. How sexual his relationship to Gil actually is remains ambiguous, but he actively scorns all women and has shown no interest in members of the same sex outside of his brother.Although he's starting to fall in love with Ada making her the only real women he's falling in love with.
** Oz himself show shades of this towards Alice given that he used to be [[spoiler: her stuff rabbit turned into Chain/human hybrid]].Even if he's a KidNova flirting with other girls, he shows real love towards Alice.
* SinisterScythe: B-Rabbit uses a scythe. Later on, so does [[spoiler:''Oz himself'']], who offhandedly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] how, strangely, his body knows exactly how to use it .
* SlasherSmile: Lotta people. Especially the Baskervilles and Will of the Abyss. Break sometimes pulls these, too.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Oz is a lot more clever than he likes to let on.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Vincent has one particular scene where he shows his badass-ness in a game of chess.
* SmokingIsCool: Gil, who can often be seen with a cigarette in his mouth in angsty situations.
* SniffSniffNom: Alice. She ate flowers and bit on Rufus Barma's pet bird once.
* SnowMeansLove: [[spoiler:Lacie and Jack's meeting]] was on a winter day.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Vincent (voiced by Creator/JunFukuyama) has a [[FauxAffablyEvil deceptively easy-going outward disposition]]. In actuality, [[KickTheDog he's quite the sadist]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** Was it Bezalius or Vessalius? Bezarius?
** And is it Reo or Leo? Sharon or Shalon? Elliot with one "l" or two?
** Don't forget Sabrié, actually Sablier (meaning "hourglass" in French)
** Or Liam vs Reim...
*** The official guidebook confirms each these as "Vessalius," "Leo," "Sharon," "Elliot," and "Reim," though subs and scanlations still do whatever suits the weather that day.
** A humorous example of this trope appears in-universe, where Alice names [[spoiler:her rabbit doll "Oz" after Oswald]] but spells it as [[spoiler:"Os"]]. Levi notices and corrects her spelling for her.
* SpotOfTea: Break and Sharon are almost always drinking tea.
* SplitAtBirth: Alice and Will of the Abyss.
* StealthHiBye: One of the many, ''many'' reasons some characters dislike Break, often complaining that [[ThereWasADoor he should enter rooms like a normal person.]]
* StepfordSmiler:
** Oz, who [[spoiler:goes from Type A to Type B after his TomatoInTheMirror revelation]].
-->'''Oz''': (thinking, after [[spoiler:being ignored by his father at Sablier]] in Retrace XLI)"I have to smile."
** [[spoiler:Lacie, as well. She's fond of enjoying herself despite knowing [[CessationOfExistence her fate]] from an early age]].
** [[spoiler:Levi rarely ever stopped smiling even though he was rotting alive]].
** [[spoiler:Jack is revealed to be a Type C with dashes of the other two types]].
* StoicSpectacles:
** Averted with Reim, who, in his constant flailing and panicking, is anything but stoic, glasses or no.
** Subverted with Leo, who usually keeps his cool only because Elliot loses his first; he later reveals to Oz that he has quite a nasty temper after all. Then [[spoiler:TheGlassesComeOff, and [[NotSoStoic all stoicism is pretty much thrown out the window]]]].
* StoppedCaring: [[spoiler:Leo, after Elliot's death]]; it's a rare non-comedic example of this trope.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:Alice greatly resembles her mother Lacie]].
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Vincent does this to Cheshire to torment Alice]].
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Gilbert has these. [[spoiler:He is also a Baskerville, and was also chosen to be Glen's vessel, though the ceremony that would ensure that was foiled.]]
* SweetTooth: Break and Sharon, but especially Break.
* SwitchedAtBirth: [[spoiler:Zai Vessalius's real son was stillborn (implied to have been poisoned by Jack) and switched with Oz, who was at that point inhabiting Jack's [[MerlinSickness cursed body]].]]
* SwordCane: Break again.
* TakeAThirdOption: Chapter 82 has the main PowerTrio of Oz, Alice, and Gil essentially represent the third option to [[spoiler: Jack's insane desire to unite the real world and the abyss, and his horrible crimes]] to the [[spoiler: Baskervilles and Pandora, who at this point are working together to stop Jack by going back in time and trying to RetCon away the Tragedy of Sablier, along with the events of the series.]]
* TheGlassesComeOff: [[spoiler:Leo's. Probably for the rest of eternity, considering he never actually needed them]].
* TearsOfRemorse: In Retrace LXXVIII, [[spoiler:Jack]], of all people, gets these when [[spoiler:he finds Oswald's decapitated body and [[HeelRealization realizes]] that ''he'' did this to him]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Jack''': "Glen... What happened to you? Did I... do this? That's right. It was me. Because you... You were trying to kill Alice! I used... Oz's power... and killed my own friend."]]
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: A small example appears in Retrace LXXXIII, where Oz and Alice share a bed while Gil sleeps with only his head on it. [[DownplayedTrope Nobody comments on the arrangement]].
* ThickerThanWater: The reason Gil never abandoned Vincent when they were children, even though he received a lot of abuse because of [[spoiler:Vincent's red eye]].
* ThinkingUpPortals: Sharon can do this with Eques.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Echo.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Elliot and Leo start out as this, with their usually being in the same place at the same time justified by Leo being Elliot's servant. In later chapters, they completely break out of it by 1) gaining large scenaristic importance, and 2) [[spoiler:one of them getting KilledOffForReal and the other pulling a [[FaceHeelDoubleTurn sort-of]] FaceHeelTurn as a result]].
* ThreeAmigos: Oz, Alice and Gilbert especially once the latter two [[CharacterDevelopment warmed up to each other]].
* ThwartedCoupDeGrace: In Retrace LXXVIII, [[spoiler:Oz's execution]] is thwarted by [[spoiler:Gilbert shooting Glen!Leo in the hand]].
* TimeAbyss: The Abyss (of course), which has been stated to be a god-like entity that is both the end and the beginning of the world. Glen Baskerville [[spoiler:(his soul and legacy, at least)]] and [[spoiler:Jury]] are also implied to be this as well.
* TomatoInTheMirror:
** [[spoiler:Elliot. Obsessed with finding the killer of his siblings, until he [[HeelRealization finds out that it was HIM]], courtesy of Humpty Dumpty [[MemoryGambit manipulating his memory]].]]
** [[spoiler:Gilbert turns out to be Glen's servant.]] He does not take this well at all after [[spoiler:seeing his former master's [[OffWithHisHead head]]]].
** [[spoiler: Retrace LXX, titled Oz, with the subtitle [[MeaningfulName Reality]], reveals that all this time, Oz's body is actually Jack's and Oz himself is actually B-Rabbit]].
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Gilbert, it seems, after Oz has been gone for 10 years. But we quickly find out that he's not so much a badass as he is [[CowardlyLion incredibly good at putting up a tough front]]. But still miles more badass than the timid little kid we start out with.
*** [[spoiler: He appears to have taken a genuine one in recent chapters though, going as far as to ''burn his own left arm off'' to prevent his contract to his previous master, Oswald, leading him to ever hurt Oz again.]]
** Oz as of Retrace XXXVII.
** And [[spoiler:Leo, now a Baskerville]] as of Retrace LXII.
* TraumaCongaLine: ''[[DysfunctionJunction Most of the characters]]'' in the series are well-acquainted with trauma, but the most significant on-screen example we get is with [[spoiler:[[BrokenHero Oz himself]]]], who ends up being hated by nearly ''everybody'' around him for something that ''isn't even his fault'' and then having to [[BreakTheCutie pay the price for it]].
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Several characters.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour: As a kid, Vincent like to chop dolls up with scissors, and he [[spoiler:stabbed out the eyes of human!Alice's cat]].
* TrueCompanions: Alice, Oz, Gil, Break, and Sharon.
* {{Tsundere}}: Alice and Elliot are type A; Sharon and Echo seem to be more of type B.
* UnmovingPlaid: Sharon's dresses.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Pretty much everyone except for the Baskervilles, with the possible exception of [[TheChessMaster Duke Barma]],]] end up being this to [[spoiler: Jack. The Baskervilles are doing their damnedest to stop him, though.]]
** [[spoiler: Even Rufus admits that both he and the Baskervilles were manipulated by Jack. Essentially, the ''entire cast'' was used by him in some way or another.]]
* UnreliableExpositor: [[spoiler:Jack. [[EvilAllAlong Jack]], [[ManipulativeBastard Jack]], [[FauxAffablyEvil Jack]] and [[HiddenDepths everything about him]]]].
* UnsoundEffect: All over the place. The ''very first page'' of the manga has "taking off glove" as a sound effect, for example.
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[[folder:V-Z]]
* VoicesAreMental: [[spoiler:When Oz is being possessed by Jack, he speaks with an adult voice]].
* WasItAllALie: Gilbert's reaction to [[spoiler:seeing Oswald!Glen's head instead of Jack's after the fourth sealing stone was broken.]]
* WasOnceAMan:
** The Abyss' power can turn even humans into chains. Results include the aforementioned example on BodyHorror.
** There's also [[spoiler:Alice, who fused her soul with B-Rabbit!Oz's to take his powers and and use them to destroy the Will of the Abyss' memories in his place.]]
** [[spoiler:Humpty Dumpty, who used to be Levi until he fully transferred Glen's soul to Oswald's body and rotted away shortly after]]. It has been implied that this happens every time [[spoiler:said soul transfer ceremony succeeds]].
* WellDoneSonGuy: Oz.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** [[spoiler:Oswald]] becomes this when he [[spoiler:deliberately mass murders a city full of innocents in order to keep them from becoming chains, which would exclude them from the hundred-year cycle of rebirth.]] He becomes even more the extremist in Retrace LXXVIII when he [[spoiler:attempts to execute Oz and then travel back in time in order to kill Lacie before she can give birth to the two Alices and before B-rabbit Oz can conceive a soul, all to the end of preventing the Tragedy of Sablier from ever happening]].
** [[spoiler:Leo]] also seems willing to become this in order to [[spoiler:fulfill his role as Glen Baskerville by destroying the Will of the Abyss]], but when push comes to shove and [[spoiler:Oswald reawakens within him and prepares to execute Oz]], he appears to be too [[HeroicBSOD shell-shocked]] to actually go through with [[spoiler:killing his former friend]].
* WeWouldHaveToldYouBut: Retrace VI and Episode 8. Break and the rest of Pandora use Oz, Gil, and Alice as bait to see what the Baskervilles would/could/are capable of doing.
* WhamEpisode:
** So much of these that it would need its own page to list all of them, but most notable is Retrace LXV: Collapse. [[spoiler:Or, more appropriately, seventy pages of the status quo getting ground to itsy bitsy pieces.]] It's the sort of WHAM that [[spoiler:literally invalidates everything we thought we knew.]]
** Then we have Retrace LXX: Oz. [[spoiler:Poor Oz faces the TomatoInTheMirror problem. Or, more specifically, the Rabbit In The Mirror...]]
** Retrace LXXIV: [[BreakTheCutie Broken]] [[MeaningfulName Rabbit]]: [[spoiler:Who killed poor Alice? [[DrivenToSuicide Poor Alice killed herself]], and [[HeroicSacrifice for Oz's sake]].]] Also, [[spoiler:Gilbert involuntarily shooting Oz after a Glen-possessed Leo orders him to.]]
** Retrace LXXVI: Alice&Oz. The memories Alice has found throughout the series? [[spoiler:They're actually the shattered memories of Alyss's.]]
** Retrace LXXVIII: Decision. [[spoiler:Explains why Oz was able to take over Jack's body, why pieces of Jack's soul are scattered among Alyss's memories and how Oz replaced Zai's child, who is stillborn. Also includes Glen fully taking over Leo, executing Oz to keep him and Jack out of the way of his plans, in which said plans involve going back in time to kill Lacie in order to prevent the whole tragedy from happening, before being stopped by Gilbert, who [[AnArmAndALeg burnt his left arm off]].]]
** Retrace XC: Jurors. Hoooh, boy. [[spoiler:Turns out Jury aka the woman who brainwashed Gil into loyalty to his master and supposedly watched over Glen was [[HiddenDepths waaay more than we thought]]. She's actually just one of many Jurors, beings that [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm transcend human understanding]] that, basically, edit stories aka worlds around until they reach a satisfactory ending, after which they place it in an archive of sorts. Also, the whole world of Pandora Hearts as we know it is one of those stories, and the Jurors saw it fit to end it soon, to Glenwald's great disapproval.Also about the Childern of Misfortune?It was all a lie by the Jurors as they were a threat to their plans not to the worlds and all of the Baskervilles goals were lies as they only wanted to see how far they would break the Abyss.G]]
* WhamLine:
** Retrace LVIII:
--> [[spoiler:Glen/Levi to Leo: Relax. That thing won't attack you.]]
** Retrace LXX:
--> [[spoiler:Jack: "This body does not belong to Oz Vessalius."]]
** Retrace LXXX:
-->[[spoiler:Oscar [after a MeaningfulEcho]: "What torture it was."]]
** Retrace XCII
-->[[spoiler:Break: "Sharon, Reim, I do not want to die... "]]

* WhenSheSmiles: In which [[LittleMissSnarker Alice]] smiles and does cute things, Oz blushes and/or laughs, and Oz's feelings towards Alice [[CharacterDevelopment grow]].
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield:
** Despite the heavy Victorian Era themes and the fact that a Big Ben replica appeared in the manga ''and'' the fact that "Sablier" means "hourglass" and "Reveille" could mean "clock" or "to wake" (depending on the spelling/accent) in French, it is ''never'' explicitly stated where the hell all these characters are from.
** It's made even more confusing when Gil has a conundrum about [[JapanesePronouns which version of "I" to use]].
** It has been confirmed in [[AllThereInTheManual some guidebooks]] that the manga takes place in a fantasy world separate from ours, though the architecture does draw some inspiration from the Victorian Era and German architecture. They even use a different calendar from the one we use.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: More like a Whole Arc Flashback, starting from Retrace 66 to Retrace 74, though Retraces 70 and 72 do take some time to look at the present for some moments.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Gil fears cats. With a passion.
* WildCard: Rufus Barma, full stop, although he ''does'' seem to have a [[TheChessMaster master plan coming along]] that's known only to himself. Even [[spoiler:Oswald]] is struggling to uncover his true motives.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Applies to a lot of cast in different ways, but the most for Reim, who is stuck with dubious pleasure of being Break's closest friend (or, at least, they seem to know the most about each other, what with Reim working out Break [[spoiler:had gone blind]] pretty quickly.) Apparently that means he gets to do Break's paperwork, chase him around to attempt to make him DO said paperwork in the first place, be the butt of a number of Break's schemes and jokes, and, on a more sombre note, [[spoiler:gets to watch him waste away and die.]] [[SarcasmMode Lucky him.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** [[spoiler:The Will of the Abyss.]] After reading her {{backstory}}, it's pretty hard ''not'' to feel sorry for her.
** Vincent as of Retrace XXXVIII and XXXIX (though it doesn't make him less of a jerk).
** [[TokenMiniMoe Lily]] as of Retrace L.
** [[spoiler:Glen Baskerville. Or more specifically, Oswald.]]
*** And [[spoiler:Leo]] looks pretty damn determined to follow in his footsteps.
** [[spoiler:Oz, especially back when he was B-Rabbit, being forced to kill and destroy when all he wanted to do was to protect Alice.]]
** Some Illegal Contractors are this, as Chains are drawn to the most [[BreakTheCutie desperate of people]] willing to [[DealWithTheDevil do anything]] to change the past. Oz invokes this trope after encountering the Flower Girl, wondering what could have made such a young girl so desperate. Likewise, William West, [[spoiler: Break]] and [[spoiler: Miss Sinclair]] were also this.
* WorldOfChaos: [[EldritchLocation The Abyss]].
* WrittenByTheWinners: The truth about [[spoiler:[[CataclysmBackstory The Tragedy of Sablier]]. Being the only survivor, [[UnreliableExpositor Jack]] could make Arthur Barma write the records however he wanted. Thus, the Baskervilles and Nightrays became [[TheScapegoat Scapegoats]].]]
* {{Yandere}}: Hoo boy.
** [[spoiler:The Will of the Abyss]] is yandere for [[spoiler:Jack]] and ''knows'' it - that's why she [[spoiler:has Alice use B-Rabbit's power to destroy her memories of him during the confrontation at Sablier. She realizes that, as long as she has memories of him, she'll always love him and will end up hurting others in her quest to get to him]].
** Gil's devotion to Oz has a pretty dark edge. It's hinted at early on and outright shown in Retrace XXXIII, where [[spoiler:Vincent goads him into resolving to kill anyone who hurts or snatches his master away from him - ''no matter who it is'']].
** Vincent is yandere for Gilbert, claiming that everything he does is for his brother's sake and concerning himself only with maintaining Gil's wellbeing. In Retrace LXI, he reveals that [[spoiler:he's working with the Baskervilles only so that he can use the Will of the Abyss to erase his existence from the world, thus allowing Gil to grow up without him and ideally have a better life for it]].
** As of Retrace L, [[spoiler:Leo is also one, stating that "if Elliot has an enemy, no matter who he may be, I'll kill him! Even, for example, if it is you [Oz] or even myself."]]
** [[spoiler:Oz]] is yandere for [[spoiler:Alice]] even before [[spoiler:he remembers his past as her stuffed rabbit doll, at which time she was literally everything to him]].
--> '''[[spoiler:Oz]]:''' "[[spoiler:Alice]], don't cry. Whoever makes you sad, whoever hurts you, I will destroy them. All of them...With my own hands!"
** [[spoiler:Miranda Barma]] is yandere for [[spoiler:Oswald]]'s... [[CollectorOfTheStrange head]].
** Perhaps the most extreme example in the series is [[spoiler:Jack's obsession with Lacie. He ''literally'' intends to bring ''the world'' to her in the Abyss because he knows she loved it so much]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Jack]]:''' "[[spoiler:Lacie]], whoever you are, I don't care... Because your presence here right now is the only thing that ties me, ties [[spoiler:Jack Vessalius]], to this world."
** Retrace LXXXIX reveals that [[spoiler:Noise]] is a rather unstable one for [[spoiler:Vincent]], going so far as to [[spoiler:kidnap Ada]], who she believes him to be in love with.
* YouHave48Hours: After [[spoiler:escaping from Pandora, Oz]] is given until the sunrise of the next morning to turn himself in or else [[spoiler:Glen is going to start killing Break, Sharon, and Duchess Rainsworth one by one]].
* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: [[spoiler:Vincent promises Break an antidote to cure Sharon if he destroy Alice's memories. When Break obeys, Vincent [[MoralEventHorizon drops it off the balcony]].]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Break. Although he still [[OlderThanTheyLook looks young]], he's essentially rotting on the inside, and his chain ([[spoiler:combined with the effects of his first, illegal contract]]) puts an extremely heavy strain on him.
* ZettaiRyouiki:
** Echo and Lotti.
** Also Gil in one of the anime {{Omake}}s.
** The Lutwidge uniform for girls have these. [[{{Tsundere}} Alice]], wearing the uniform in the Lutwidge episode, along with matching pigtails, reached Grade S.
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