* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Happens a lot with Ciel; some people think he actually cares about others, and other people think he does not care at all about others or even hates them. Part of this is due to his extremely different personalities in the two canons (manga Ciel and anime Ciel have a lot of differences). This also happens with a few other characters, but to a lesser degree.
** There are some people who genuinely believe that Sebastian is losing himself to his butler persona and becoming more human and less cruel.
** Sebastian's character itself isn't clear in the first place. His worst traits are that his morality is [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]] or [[AboveGoodAndEvil nonexistant]], that he [[CantArgueWithElves thinks most humans are shallow and weak]], and that he likes to ([[CombatAestheticist artfully]]) KickTheDog during his fights. On the flipside, he ''does'' express admiration for HeroicWillpower and [[IntriguedByHumanity finds humanity entertaining]], openly admitting that [[EvenEvilHasStandards demons' malice simply can't]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters measure up to humans']]. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh, and he likes kinky boots and cats]]. And while he is affirmatively after Ciel's soul and is ''not'' [[DracoInLeatherPants the dashing Bad Boy hero]], his place on the evil spectrum and whether he sees Ciel as anything besides a marinading roast is anyone's guess.
** Some people consider Ciel to be asexual, but other fans think he is gay or bisexual.
** Whether you're a [[{{Shipping}} shipper or not]], he ''has'' [[ShipTease shown hints]] of romantic affection towards [[ToyShip Elizabeth]]. Despite his maturity Ciel ''is'' only 13 and, similarly to most [[{{Shounen}} shounen]] protagonists, a romantic and/or sexual relationship is the ''last'' thing on his mind. [[HatesBeingTouched Then there's his]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast deeply troubled past]]...
*** If the live action movie is to be considered canon, Ciel definitely is straight and most definitely had children with Elizabeth.
*** Although you don't have to necessarily be straight in order to marry the opposite sex and reproduce.
** The {{Hellhound}}. Is he sapient, or does he only have the mind of a dog?
** Snake. Does he only repeat what his snake friends say, or can he speak for himself and [[TheQuietOne just chooses not to]] [[ShrinkingViolet out of shyness]]? It's worth noting that he has spoken for himself a handful of times in the manga, the first time being [[http://40.media.tumblr.com/e2332b94645fcc9634c7d7b9d3a3c58e/tumblr_inline_nlhrtx1qF41r6qd3h_400.png this]] panel in an early chapter.
* AngstWhatAngst:
** Finny's backstory includes him being [[spoiler:locked in a stone room and experimented on for an undetermined amount of time]]. The amount of times he complains about this? ZERO. This may be because he has come to terms with the fact that it's all in the past now, and can't hurt him any longer. Why do you think he fights so hard to be the very best gardener he can be for the Phantomhive family? He will do ''anything'' to keep experiencing the glorious outdoors he was denied for so many years.
** Every character with a DarkAndTroubledPast is subjected to this except for Ciel. Ciel's other servants are a mild example, as well as Madam Red [[spoiler: were it not for the fact that her past drove her to become a serial killer]] and the circus kids .
** Grell as well, to some. She's a [=MtF=] transsexual and everyone in the series is rude towards her (including using male pronouns constantly). She doesn't seem to care at all, though. Though you have to wonder if she'll ever give up on her "true love", Sebastian (who repeatedly and often violently turns down her affections).
** Actually, given the reveal that [[spoiler: all the Shinigami were humans that were driven to suicide and are being punished by constantly being exposed to and working with death]], every Shinigami falls into this
* ArcFatigue: The arcs of the manga keep getting longer, the Circus arc being decent enough in length. The Campania arc was longer, the Weston College one was worse because it also included a TournamentArc in the middle of it. And the current Werewolf arc seems to ''really'' overstay its welcome.
* AuthorsSavingThrow: For the fans of the manga who had low opinions of the entire second season of the anime and the latter half of the first for not actually being an adaption of its source material the third season "Book of Circus" is definitely one of these. It is completely ignoring all the anime original elements of the previous seasons [[{{Retcon}} (thus acting as though the second season never happened)]] and is a very faithful adaption of the fan-favorite "Noah's Arc Circus" storyline. The fact that there will also be an adaption of the murder mystery arc that will be called "Book of Murders" bodes well for those fans too.
* BaseBreaker: [[AlphaBitch Maurice Cole]], and his storyline in the manga. On one side it's seen as a humorous little break from the story, especially because the previous arc was action-packed. People on this side tend to believe Maurice is an interesting, good looking character that you're meant to LoveToHate, who's unique and complex in his own right. On the other hand, people view his storyline as a complete waste of time that provided absolutely nothing to an already slow plot, view the whole "unmasking the beautiful, popular student as a hideous, make-up wearing bully" as trite, overdone WishFulfillment, consider the character a CompleteMonster for what seemed like the orchestration of an AttemptedRape, and would prefer to [[FanonDiscontinuity ignore his entire existence]].
** Episode seven of season 2 seems to have caused this for [[spoiler: Ciel]]. Fans are divided between those who approve of his murder of [[spoiler: Alois]], like him better for it, and feel it was perfectly in line with his character and those who feel he went past the MoralEventHorizon and either actively dislike him or can't decide how they feel.
** Is Elizabeth's reveal as [[spoiler:a {{Badass}}]] a good character saving moment or descent into MarySue-dom? People are either welcoming of the CharacterDevelopment to downright ecstatic (to the point of MemeticMutation, see below). However there are also SEVERAL tl;dr paragraphs on how stupid/personality-less/[[spoiler: Lizzie]] is. Lizzie herself has had flak for this from the beginning, though, with people either viewing her as a ShallowLoveInterest who's annoying and has no redeeming qualities, or fans of her who think she's cute, provides refreshing comedy, and is necessary to Ciel's character. Of course, it does seem as though a lot of her detractors are [[DieForOurShip Seba/Ciel shippers]]...
** Sebastian and Ciel, ''the main characters'', are also both notorious [[BaseBreaker base breakers]] now, particularly for those who are reading the manga and have gone through now 100 chapters and counting of little to no character development.
** The live action movie. It split fans who wanted it to be about Ciel and Sebastian in Victorian times and fans who were fine with being introduced to Ciel and Elizabeth's relative in the future.
* BrokenBase: Team Phantomhive and Team Trancy. The manga lovers and anime lovers.
** The Weston High Arc. The already dwindling fanbase seemed to have lost a sizable chunk with this arc, with people proclaiming that this arc was predictable, boring, and incredibly awkward, what with the AttemptedRape [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment that's never spoken of again]] and the [[{{Padding}} unnecessary]] AlphaBitch storyline that some deemed was pulled right out of a 90's high school TV drama...the manga has yet to recover from this ordeal.
** The length and arc-based nature of the manga has become a problem as well. Some fans love it and want more, others find it more tiresome than ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and want the plot to develop already, etc.
** The complex moral ambiguity- or lack thereof- is a little too complex for some readers, who dropped the entire series after [[spoiler: Ciel murders a group of innocent children who he was supposed to rescue from the man who kidnapped and tortured them.]] Some fans think this makes the series even darker and more interesting, some fans prefer protagonists who aren't as willing to commit atrocities.
* CompleteMonster
** [[GenderBender Angela Blanc/Ash Landers]] in the latter half in the animeís first season try to present themselves as [[WellIntentionedExtremist well intentioned]], but in reality they're nothing more than HolierThanThou {{hypocrite}}s who enjoy the suffering of those they view inferior to themselves. Angela, being a dominatrix, goes after everything that can move including a transforming dog, [[BodyHorror fusing Ciel's parent's together as an abomination they'd later use to try and murder him]], toss their loyal doll minion like trash and faithfully turn little girls into dolls, try to kill the cultists who had been loyal to them [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness once they served their purpose]], manipulatethe queen into planning a world war, only to leave her to die and sacrificing the population of London to create a barrier bridge against demons and empowering themselves.
** [[DirtyOldMan Lord Trancy]], the former head of House Trancy, has a creepy taste for little boys. He refers to his boys as "dolls" and subjects them to beatings and abuse while holding them as {{sex slave}}s for his pleasure. We see Lord Trancy have multiple boys brought to him at one point, his intention to pick the "best" out so he can sexually abuse them. In the first episode of Season 2, we see [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Alois Trancy]], his adopted son, naked near Lord Trancy sleeping in bed, with a cold, vacant look in his eyes.
* CrossOverShipping:
** Sebastian + [[PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Panty]] = [[http://kathythegoth.deviantart.com/art/Sebastian-Does-it-Again-241732833 This.]] There's also [[OT3 Sebastian/Panty/Stocking]], as in [[http://a-goodfellow.deviantart.com/art/My-New-OT3-244400680 this.]] Sure this BattleButler is quite TheCasanova.
** There are those who ship Sebastian with [[Videogame/{{Darkstalkers}} Morrigan Aensland or Felicia.]]
* DamselScrappy: To many fans Elizabeth only exists for Ciel to save. [[spoiler: [[BaseBreaker the reveal that she was doing this on purpose to protect Ciel has some different views at best]]]]
* DieForOurShip: When it comes to pairing up Ciel, you either go with Sebastian or Elizabeth.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Sebasitian and Ciel are sometimes downright ''glorified'' in fanon for their dastardly deeds, and people seem to have forget the [[SexSlave crap]] that Druitt pulled upon first appearance (though it's probably because he's become nothing much more than [[DiminishingVillainThreat comic relief by this point]]). We can also add Undertaker and Claude to the list.
** Madame Red often goes through this treatment. While she has a rather sad backstory, most fans tend to ignore her [[spoiler:rather brutal murders as Jack the Ripper]] and view her in an oddly positive light.
** Grell. Many people seem to forget and ''forgive'' that she was one half of [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper, ''and'' that she murdered Madam Red]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** ''Grell''. Her popularity is ''hugely'' disproportionate to her screentime in the manga.
** Ronald Knox can now be this.
** Undertaker as well.
** The seaweed in the Hamlet OAV is an in-universe example.
** Cosplaying as Madame Red can catch a ton of eyes in public, so it's ''very'' off-putting when one watches the anime to see that the humorous, cheerful, strong-willed, attractive and motherly aunt [[spoiler:is revealed to be one of the villains and dies within that same episode ''very'' early.]]
** Drocell Keinz, the living puppet from the anime.
** Snake was welcomed into fan's hearts the same time Ciel welcomed him into his service.
* EscapistCharacter: Ciel can be seen by some as this seeing how he is an incredibly rich TeenGenius that nearly everyone loves and respects who has an almighty {{Bishonen}} BattleButler that can grant his every wish and can be ''extremely'' [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything close]] to [[HoYay him]] at times. The few characters who ''don't'' seem to like him in any regard are portrayed as villainous and look ugly. Plus his DarkAndTroubledPast (which he was 'rescued from' by the aforementioned butler), EvenTheGuysWantHim, he works for the ''queen'', he owns one of the largest toy companies in Britain, etc.
* EvilIsCool: Sebastian. And Ciel, on some level.
* EvilIsSexy: Again, Sebastian.
** Claude as well, to some.
** And [[spoiler:Hannah.]]
* FanNickname: [[spoiler: Cielois, for Ciel [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin when he is possessed by Alois.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Ashela, Mangela]]
** The series itself is referred to as "Kuroshit" by detractors. (And by [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic fans]])
** Boxchan,[[note]] A play on the words "box" and "bocchan," the latter of which is Japanese for "young master" and the title Sebastian and the servants use to address Ciel[[/note]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for any time in season II that]] [[GirlInABox Ciel is in a box.]]
* FanonDiscontinuity:
** How some fans are treating ''Kuroshitsuji II'' due to its writing problems.
** Many fans, particularly those who are big on yaoi and pairings, seem to treat Grell as a male, although this is possibly more due to the fact that Grell's status as male-to-female is only confirmed by WordOfGod.
** Other fans consider ''the entire anime'' to be discontinuity due to it deterring so much from the manga.
* FoeYay: Grell attempts to have this with Sebastian in her first appearance in the anime and only (so far) appearance in the manga. Sebastian appears torn between being sick or requesting a restraining order.
** Also between Sebastian and [[spoiler:Angela/Ash]].
** And, as of Season 2, [[spoiler:Alois Trancy]] to Ciel. Ciel is not entirely sure how to react to the former. Episode 6 of Season 2 shows enough between [[spoiler:Claude]] and Sebastian to match up with the two.
* FreudWasRight: Not as prominent in the manga, but the anime version of Ciel's subconscious definitely had some choice words for Vincent.
* FriendlyFandoms: With, of all anime ever made, ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''. The CrossOverShipping (shown above) might definitely help matters.
** Also with ''SoulEater'', mostly due to both hitting it big in America around the same time.
** With ''Anime/{{Loveless}}'', due to both of them having similar relationship dynamics and tragedies, and including plenty of HoYay.
* GeniusBonus: In the Werewolf/Green Witch arc [[spoiler:There are multiple references to the early history of chemical warfare. The "beloved" of the village crone has a very close resemblance to Fritz Haber, the Father of Chemical Warfare and co-creator of the Haber-Bosch reaction [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Haber#Nobel_Prize]]. Compare: [[http://www.mangainn.me/manga/chapter/127304_kuroshitsuji-chapter-98/page_10]] and [[http://www.chemheritage.org/Discover/Online-Resources/Chemistry-in-History/Themes/Early-Chemistry-and-Gases/asset_upload_file402_36855_thumbnail.jpg]]. Furthermore, Ciel's remark to Sullivan that she can "create magic medicine" that could feed thousands of lives summarizes Haber's two most notable contributions: his Nobel Prize for coming up with a way to mass-produce fertilizer cheaply, thus maximizing crop yields, and his suggestion to deploy caustic chlorine gas in warfare, adding an additional dimension of horror to warfare.]]
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The series has quite a sizable fanbase in Italy. It doesn't nearly go to, say, ''Franchise/LupinIII'' levels, but it's definitely quite popular there.
* GrowingTheBeard: The manga was very episodic until the circus arc, in which the story drastically improves
* HarsherInHindsight: In episode 9, Finny mentions the fact he accidentally killed his pet bird when he was younger. It becomes even harsher when we realise [[spoiler:the bird was probably his only friend when he was used as a guinea-pig]].
** In the Japanese version of the kidnapping arc, the mafia boss has a line where he threatens to sell Ciel to a brothel. [[spoiler: Guess what Cielís DarkAndTroubledPast included? Being sold into slavery.]] Same thing applies when the Viscount Von Druitt tries to auction off Ciel [[spoiler: and he even mentions that some of the prospective buyers are interested in occult sacrifice]].
** In chapter 96 Sieglinde asks Wolfram if he thinks her mother would be proud of her [[spoiler:for completing "the ultimate magic". It turns out that she is ... but the reason is the polar opposite of what Sieglinde had thought.]]
** As of chapter 105, [[spoiler: Grelle's RunningGag of hanging herself early in the anime becomes this, seeing as Grelle was DrivenToSuicide before the series began.]]
* HetIsEw: A large portion of the fanbase. Unsurprising, considering all the HoYay in the series. This is part of why some of the fanbase refuse to believe that Grell is a transwoman.
* HoYay: [[HoYay/BlackButler Has its own page]].
* IKnewIt: [[spoiler: A vocal minority of fans spent much time attempting to reassure the rest of the fandom that A-1 were trolling the fanbase and that Ciel and Sebastian would return in full capacity, despite the announcement of the new master and butler. Guess what happened when episode 1 aired?]]
** Some fans were guessing that [[spoiler:Alois was cross-dressing to meet Ciel]] after a preview for episode five. [[spoiler:They were right.]]
** In the murder mystery arc in the manga, a lot of people speculated that [[spoiler: Sebastian was not really dead]]; they were right. Some others also speculated that [[spoiler: a snake]] would be used to commit one or more of the murders; they were also right.
** One person on this site's WMG page predicted that [[spoiler: if Ciel gave up on revenge, he'd be breaking the contract, and Sebastian would be free to devour his soul.]]
** One fan theory speculated that [[spoiler: the shinigami were all once humans who committed suicide and now must atone for it. This is confirmed in chapter 105.]]
* InternetBackdraft: Grell's gender. Let's just leave it at that.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: The second season, after it was revealed that [[spoiler:Ciel and Sebastian will return]]. A few fans would have liked it to be independent from the original duo.
* JerkassDissonance: Most fans seem to completely ignore Grell's ruthless and sadistic streak and tend to portray her as something ''completely'' different.
* JerkassWoobie: Ciel can be seen as this, since he doesn't mind killing or hurting anyone who gets in the way of his plans, but at the same time, he is portrayed very sympathetically, usually because of his [[DarkAndTroubledPast horrible past]].
** Alois. He has a [[DarkAndTroubledPast horrible past]], and as a result, the only person he depends on for happiness is Claude, who openly admits that [[spoiler:he honestly does not care about Alois at all, and just stays by his side so that he can use him to obtain Ciel's soul]], despite the fact that most of the horrible things Alois does to people is mainly just because he wants Claude to [[spoiler:pay attention to and care for him]]. [[spoiler:"Hey... you look like you're seeing maggots squirming in a dung heap..." God knows what he's going to do now that Claude doesn't even pretend to care about him any more.]] And in episode 8, Claude says [[spoiler:"A soul such as that...is certainly unfit to sustain me," referring to the fact that Alois actually feels love for him and Claude finds that disgusting]].
** At the end of season II, even [[spoiler: ''Sebastian'']] can count as this. That look on his face when he realized that he'd have to [[spoiler: serve Ciel for all eternity and will never be able to eat his soul]] was absolutely ''disheartening'' for some fans.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: [[spoiler: As if a poker to the chest and a shovel to the head would actually kill Sebastian. Guess what, it didn't.]]
** Also, [[spoiler: did anyone actually believe Sebastian was really going to devour Ciel's soul at the end of Chapter 94?]]
* MagnificentBastard: In the anime, [[spoiler: Lau]].
** By the end of Season 2 [[spoiler:Hannah]] [[NotSoHarmlessVillain qualifies]] as well.
** Alois: Although he spends most of the series as TheChessmaster mostly because of his immature mannerisms, he graduates to this level when [[spoiler: he makes a contract with Hanna detailing that she gets Sebastian and Claude to [[DueltotheDeath fight]] for the ownership for Ciel's soul. And the winner... will be screwed over when they find out that Ciel's soul can't be consumed because Ciel has become a demon.]]
* MartyStu: Sebastian could be considered this, to the point that Ciel sometimes wishes that he would fail at ''something'' just for the humor of it. Although there is the fact that Sebastian's a demon, the justification becomes for naught in the second anime where all of the other demons are quite flawed sans him.
** Ciel himself can also qualify. DarkAndTroubledPast, [[SoBeautifulItsACurse so cute everyone wants him]], is more trusted by the Queen than anyone else [[ImprobableAge at 12]], has his own toy company, and so on.
* MemeticBadass: ''Sebastian.''
* MemeticMutation: Claude having an orgasm over Ciel's blood in season 2, episode 7. Also known as: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kFMWqJKlkI Claude jizzed in his pants]].
** Deer-head Sebastian.
** Sebastian's hooker boots.
** Ciel In a Box/Boxchan.
** [[spoiler:As of chapter 57, [[http://fuckyeahbadasslizzie.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth Middleford, zombie slayer]] is fast becoming this, along with a healthy dash of MemeticBadass.]]
** Most {{cosplay}}s of Ciel are of that pink dress he wore as "Robin".
** Alois' outfit has more or less reached this status by now.
* MemeticSexGod: Sure, everyone loves to get touchy-feely on Ciel, who has had his own StalkerWithACrush since he was seven years old, but if you are in-universe and don't have a thing for Sebastian, you don't have a pulse. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Or Abberline]]. Anime-wise, even the dog and an ''angel'' want Sebastian.
** ''Everybody'' wants Undertaker to bury them. ''Everybody''.
* MisaimedFandom: There are a lot of people in the fandom who ship Sebastian and Ciel and want them to live HappilyEverAfter. This is despite how WordOfGod has emphasized that Sebastian is a demon who only wants to eat Ciel and that Ciel does not trust him. Still, with all the HoYay going on between those two, it's hard to blame the fans.
** Some people took the infamous scene in which Ciel ''vomits'' and Sebastian lovingly cradles his head while smirking as ''a sign of love and affection'' on Sebastian's part and still rejoice in it to this day despite how utterly devastated Ciel was at that time. Because of all of the {{Fanservice}} piled onto this series, a lot of fans tend to not realize how pivotal some scenes really are simply because of the sexy factor.
* {{Moe}}: A lot of characters, in both male and female varieties.
* MoralEventHorizon: As of episode 8 of the second season, Claude has crossed it, for many people.
** A minority of fans believe that Ciel crossed it when he [[spoiler:ordered Sebastian to burn down a building full of children, and ''then'' ordered him to kill Doll]].
** Baron Kelvin dismembering children's body parts for the purpose of being beautiful like Ciel.
* {{Narm}}: The line from episode 15 "This is not your fault. She is possessed by the evil spice" is impossible to take seriously even in context. The same is true for much of the episode.
* NoYay: Baron Kelvin's unhealthy obsession with Ciel.
** The [[spoiler:sex scene between Sebastian and Beast]] may be considered this, since most people would [[FanPreferredCouple prefer him with]] [[{{Shotacon}} Ciel]]. There's Serious NoYay for some non-shippers as well, due to the stilted and unfeeling nature of the scene. Same goes for [[spoiler: the similar scene in the anime between Sebastian and the nun.]]
** And the strongly implied sex scene between [[spoiler:Alois/Jim and his "father" the Earl Trancy]].
*** '''Everything''' about the late Earl Trancy and his [[spoiler: [[SexSlave "doll"]] collection]].
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: A lot of fans didn't like Elizabeth for being a SatelliteLoveInterest. Then it turns out that [[spoiler: she was LittleMissBadass all along....]] Only to be thrown right back in; she's still the most hated character, & after the manga revealed that their relationship implied first-cousin-incest, they saw her character as all the more pointless, especially when Ciel is not expected to live long enough to marry her.
** A recent character popularity poll placed Lizzie in the top 10, at number 8, thereby confirming that she is no longer an unpopular character (with the Japanese fans at least).
* ShipSinking: Done in episode 7 of the second season in regards to the [[spoiler:Ciel/Alois and Claude/Alois ships when Ciel stabs Alois in the stomach and tries to stab him in the head but is stopped by Claude (though he struggles with Claude and Sebastian in an attempt to get back to Alois's side so he can kill him) and when Claude proceeds to completely ignore Alois's pleas for help after getting a taste of Ciel's blood.]] And in episode 8 [[spoiler: Alois practically confesses his love for Claude who smiles and holds his face tenderly before crushing his skull]].
** Though, the [[spoiler:Claude/Alois]] ship seems to be at least partially restored in episode 12.
** The anime showed Grell getting a crush on Undertaker in the anime. Shortly after, they met in the manga & developed an instant dislike for eachother after Undertaker scratched Grell's face.
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: Lizzie and Snake.
* SoBadItsGood: What many fans think about the anime's near-complete mess of a second season.
* StoicWoobie: Ciel. Overlaps with JerkassWoobie. Despite the things he has been put through, he usually doesn't complain about them and always tries to keep moving forward. Though, [[spoiler: there was one time in chapter 34 where he appeared to [[BreakTheCutie snap]]]].
** Snake.
* {{Squick}}:
** Lord Kelvin, Grell, and Ciel's tailor aside, it should be mentioned that the writers sometimes seem to go out of their way to add as much HoYay as possible between Sebastian and Ciel, especially in the anime.
** Finding out that Lizzy is the daughter of Ceil's aunt.
** The moment between Beast (manga or the Nun (anime) & Sebastian evokes "Het is Eww" with many fans. Alternatively, it's creepy because he's manipulating them so well- the manga even has nondiegetic lines about how demons seduce people into darkness by playing with their weaknesses.
** Alois and Claude are heavily implied to have a sexual relationship. Alois[[spoiler: /Jim]] has a rather squicktastic way of relating to the men in his life.
** Claude kissing Ciel[[spoiler: /Alois]]'s foot. Even Ciel[[spoiler: /Alois]] was creeped out.
** Every single scene involving the Earl Trancy in season 2. "Another [[SexSlave doll]] broke?"
** Baron Kelvin too.
** There are also '''''way''''' too many loving pans of [[{{Shotacon}} Ciel's prepubescent body]] for some readers' comfort. Particularly in chapter 62, ''dear'' '''LORD'''... [[note]]In that particular scene, Ciel is half-starved, clearly bruised and recently abused and oh yeah, ten years old.[[/note]]
*** In the anime, there's one scene where Ciel is taking a bath. He stands up to read something Sebastian handed him, and the camera pans down for no reason. The scene changes before anything explicit can be shown, but still.
** Anytime someone ''[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything shoves their arm down Hannah's throat]]''. Those sounds...ugh.
** The heavily implied "ParentalIncest" [[spoiler: Alois]] endured. It turns out the man really wasn't his father, but it's still extremely gross.
** [[spoiler: Angela Blanc]] is heavily implied to have slept with a ''{{HellHound}}.'' The fact that it was in human form at the time does not make this any less gross. This is one of the first signs they are not the innocent, harmless person they pretend to be.
** Flashbacks to Ciel's DarkAndTroubledPast are ''never'' fun, and they're clearly supposed to be horrifying. In the anime the flashbacks are worse because in them Ciel is always naked (even when making the contract with Sebastian he's only covered with a blanket). It gets worse- when one (anime-only) character [[spoiler: who happens to be [[NatureAdoresAVirgin an angel]]]] calls Ciel "unclean" we get a flashback to him [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything naked, being held by several people in a kneeling/bent over position,]] and then Ciel reacts to the accusation with shock and horror.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: When the second season was announced, many fans were not happy.
* TheyJustDidntCare: The recent shift in Toboso's art; it's much less detailed than before and the lack of backgrounds is extremely noticeable.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Season 2 seemed to be set up as a big battle between the two butlers and their masters. [[spoiler:That lasted all of two episodes before Claude decided to go solo and off Alois thereby making Claude cross the MoralEventHorizon and [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope removing the rather ambiguous]] EvilVersusEvil approach it first seemed to have]]. [[spoiler: Especially since it descended into Claude making Sebastian jealous ForTheEvulz because he now has Ciel]]
* ToyShip: Ciel[=x=]Elizabeth is a bordeline ''{{canon}}'' one, considering the fact that they're [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage engaged]]. It also seems to be gaining more credibility among fans lately thanks to some [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap much needed]] CharacterDevelopment.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Grell
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Finny. Grell as well, [[spoiler: in both butler and reaper form.]] Alois is also fairly common, and Ciel for some, as well.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The series has {{Seinen}} or {{Josei}} written all over it, but is published in a Shonen magazine. It includes violence and gore, murder, child abuse, sex, a few instances of heavily implied attempted rape (and in the anime, rape), pedophilia, and [[InnocentInnuendo questionable dialogue]]. If you're looking for more lighthearted stories about them living in the mansion and solving basic mysteries, like the first part of the first season, you are in the wrong place.
* WishFulfillment: The Weston Arc reeked of this, particularly with Maurice's mini-arc due to his treatment. He's an AlphaBitch [[BitchInSheepsClothing in sheep's clothing]], and the typical "popular bully who has it all" archetype. He bullies Ciel [[GreenEyedMonster out of jealousy]] and seems to try to orchestrate an AttemptedRape...then gets exposed as a completely hideous {{Gonk}} [[MakeUpIsEvil who just wears a lot of makeup]] ''to the entire school'' in the most brutal of ways. The WishFulfillment comes into play here because it just seems like it was written as a RevengeFic from the point of view of the person who was bullied, since afterwards Ciel becomes extremely popular at school and loved by everyone. It should be noted that this is one of the [[BrokenBase most polarizing arcs]] of the series, and [[ArcFatigue the moment when a lot of fan's interest began to wane]].
* TheWoobie: Hannah could be considered this, due to Alois's treatment of her. Subverted when she is revealed to be [[spoiler:a demon, and could easily fight back if she wanted to. It's implied she actually enjoys the attention.]]
** Madame Red fits this trope to a T at first; her horrific deeds as [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper]] kind of nullify her {{Woobie}} status. At the very least, they push her into JerkassWoobie territory.
** Soma, to some.
** Almost all of the circus performers.
** Even Lizzie to some, especially with how much hate she gets.
** Whether or not Ciel truly qualifies as a JerkassWoobie due to his decisions and how he acts is a HUGE topic of debate...and of flame wars.
** [[spoiler: Sieglinde and (to some) Wolfram, being that they were both ultimately used and betrayed by their country in different ways. The idea that they could possibly be used as pawns for England doesn't help.]]
** [[spoiler: All the reapers after finding out that they were all humans who were DrivenToSuicide.]]
* WTHCostumingDepartment: Sebastian--In his demon form, he wears tight leather pants and high heels. Although to some†[[SharpDressedMan he looks sexy/badass.]]
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