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     Ciel Phantomhive
Voiced by Maaya Sakamoto (JP) and Brina Palencia (ENG)

"I am indeed arrogant, but not so much that I would irresponsibly boast that I can save anyone."

The current Earl of Phantomhive, the sole survivor after the mysterious and untimely murders of his parents and the burning of his mansion. With the aid of his loyal butler, Sebastian, who appeared in his service only two years ago, he has not only maintained but strengthened his family's wealth and title, while also serving as "the Queen's Guard Dog", charged with investigating and dealing with problems relating to the criminal underworld.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is blue only in the anime.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Usually very solemn and composed, he is very committed to his jobs (running the Phantomhive family business, and fighting supernatural evil). Slightly different from the norm in that most people take him quite seriously, at least the ones who know him well.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the first two anime seasons Ciel's accomplishments are almost entirely due to Sebastian- Ciel never learns to take care of himself on a most basic level with Sebastian, and his greatest accomplishment at the climax of Season 1 is yelling for Sebastian to come save him. In the manga, he starts out on this level but improves his acting, analysis skills, ability to think on his feet, stops relying on money and power all the time, and learns to dress himself properly by the time the public school arc comes around.
  • Always Save the Girl: He's definitely this toward Elizabeth. He threw himself in front of a bear for her first, but he's taken to doing whatever he has to do to make sure she's safe from a ship load of zombies. Her mother, who's normally overprotective, calmed down upon finding out that her daughter was with Ciel because she knew he'd protect her. That's a pretty high level of trust there!
    • Inverted something fierce in chapter 57, as it turns out Elizabeth was more badass than him all along and ends up saving him.
    • Pulled it again in chapter 58, even though Lizzie saved him. He doesn't want her trapped on a sinking ship rife with zombies and shinigami, even if Sebastian and him are staying on board, so Sebastian knocks her out and gives her over to her brother.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Or, if we're going by the (albeit non-canon) second season's ending, And Then Ciel Was a Demon.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: In chapter 86 he says people dying because of a curse is "ridiculous", despite his previous encounters with supernatural beings like demons, grim reapers, or the undead. To his credit, he was right: people weren't dying because of a curse but because of a inhalation of a poisonous gas made by the villagers.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: At least extreme Good Is Not Nice, especially in the anime.
  • Arranged Marriage: With his cousin Elizabeth. In one of the beginning chapters he says that he was forced to marry her and does not really want to. He does seem care for her, though.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: "Lady Robin" is a very convincing girl.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Averted, as although he holds the highest rank in the Phantomhive Household (not to mention the fact that he works as the Queen's freaking watchdog), he's also a bit of a pansy, and likely the most physically incapable in the entire series.
    • Sebastian once stated that he doubts Ciel has the finger dexterity to button his own shirts.
    • In an early arc, Sebastian was proven right- it took him way too long to get dressed on his own. Though at least he's learned how to do his own buttons by the time the school arc comes around.
  • Badass Adorable: If you can look past his obnoxiousness.
  • Badass and Child Duo: He's a non-combatant child who mostly relies on Sebastian (and, less frequently, his other servants) to battle the enemies for him.
  • Badass Boast: Ciel is very proud of being Earl Phantomhive, and would very much like you to know that.
  • Badass Longcoat/Badass Cape: Both.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: In one of the earlier chapters, he is shown to be playing billiard with a couple of nobles, all of whom are known to engage in villainous activities, or, at the very least, are very morally ambiguous.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: Against Alois.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Everyone seems to like watching him sleep, so it can be taken in a non-romantic way as well.
  • Because Destiny Says So: In the manga, Ciel's goal is to torture and kill the people who killed his parents, though once this goal is complete, it is almost certain and an inescapable fate that Sebastian will eat his soul. In the anime, this is averted, as Ciel becomes a demon and Sebastian is unable to take his soul...until the Retcon starting with 'Black Butler: Book of Circus'.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He was the one who inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to continue writing mystery telling him he orchestrated two murders, framed an innocent man who was not so innocent, and that his butler is really a demon.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: He used to be a nice, sweet boy before being kidnapped and made into a human sacrifice. Now, he's a cold, selfish and ruthless adolescent who won't hesitate to kill other people if they're in the way.
  • Birthday Hater: His tenth birthday was the day his parents were murdered and his house was burned down. He was also kidnapped and sold off to be a slave to a devil-worshipping cult. He has good reason to despise his birthday.
  • Bishounen: He is quite pretty, and his beauty is pointed out a few times by various characters throughout the story.
  • A Boy and His X: A boy and his demon butler.
  • Break the Cutie: His parents' murders, his kidnapping and subsequent enslavement/torture at the hands of a cult traumatized him. He was only 10 years old at the time, and, now in his teens, is still dealing with this trauma.
  • Broken Ace: He's a very cute young male, the head of the Phantomhive noble family, and runs Funtom Toy Company. He is shown to be extremely competent and intelligent, both at running his company and at learning new tasks. He learns to dance in a short period of time, just through Sebastian's teaching, and it is stated that he takes a variety of lessons from tutors. He also comes across as being a mostly emotionless, cold, intelligent child; he is capable of portraying himself as an engaging, happy, easygoing individual, typically when undercover, but is quick to revert to being callous when he no longer has to hide his true self. Before the loss of his parents, his life as a slave and role as a human sacrifice, however, he seemed to be a happy and energetic child. He also seems to have no qualms with lying to, stealing from, or killing others, so long as it benefits him in some way.
  • Butt-Monkey: He has his moments, especially in the first few episodes of the Noah's Arc Circus season. There's also the Ciel In Wonderland OVA....
  • Byronic Hero: A very young example, but he still fits this trope to a T. He's a charismatic, brooding, cynical, self-destructive, and isolated individual tormented by a dark past and motivated to get revenge against those who messed up his life.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: It takes him all night to make Undertaker even utter a simple "...hah."
  • The Chessmaster: Proved it during the murder mystery arc where he planned out and orchestrated the entire event. Lacing the blame on someone else in order to complete the mission given to him from the queen, all while not only keeping suspicion off of himself, but also making himself seem like a victim. Then very end where he only tells a young Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of his scheme because he wanted to motivate him to continue to write mystery novels.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Performed on him by the cultists seen in his backstory.
  • The Comically Serious: Compared to Sebastian's jokes and the bumbling foolishness of his servants, Ciel's serious, deadpan reactions quickly edge into hilarious, especially if it involves Sebastian and cats.
  • The Collector: Possibly; Try and count the number of tea sets he has, especially in the anime.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Pretty much what the cult did to him. It becomes apparent throughout the series that Sebastian may be slowly making it worse (see rule number 43).
  • Creepy Child: Especially in the anime.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Moreso in the anime than the manga.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents were killed, his house was burned down, he was kidnapped, sold, and used as a sacrifice for a devil-worshipping cult. Unintentionally summoning a demon, he met Sebastian and sold his soul to him in exchange for revenge.
    • Not to mention living with the secret that the real Ciel, his brother, is dead. Plus, he himself seems to view himself as an "extra" and his past as the asthmatic, weaker twin seems to have had an effect on his confidence and self-worth as a human being. From the way Tanaka and (possibly) Lizzy seem to behave once learning this, he might not be the only one who sees him as being more worthless than the real Ciel.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Anime-only, for the most part. In the manga he's portrayed mainly as The Comically Serious.
  • Deal with the Devil: Made a deal with Sebastian to be his Battle Butler in exchange for his soul.
  • Death Seeker: In the anime, he seems genuinely eager to die so long as he gets his revenge first.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: His parents were described and remembered by Ciel as loving and devoted parents. Even now, Ciel loves the deceased Rachel and Vincent.
  • Declaration of Protection: He promises Lizzy he will protect her when they're trapped in a sinking ship filled with zombies.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of Weaker Twin Saves the Day. Though he's achieved so, so much ever since becoming the Earl, and done some pretty impressive things both with and without Sebastian's help, he's hiding self-confidence issues due to constantly pretending to be the real Ciel.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He has become significantly nicer towards people, at times even swallowing his pride to make Lizzy happy or showing concern for Snake and even Sebastian.
  • Disguised in Drag:
    • He's forced to disguise as a girl in a fancy, pink ballgown in order to investigate the Viscount Druitt.
    • He does it again when he disguises himself as Sullivan.
  • Distressed Dude: For all of his vocal badassery Ciel is actually not that skilled in combat. He constantly has to be saved by Sebastian as their deal dictates. However, it is not only Sebastian. As it turns out he is this for hisfiancée Elizabeth too.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Ciel's parents were killed, his house was burned down, and he was kidnapped and tortured, he decided that he would seek out the person/people responsible and deliver to them the same pain and humiliation that he went through.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Joker even had to ask if he was a boy to make sure.
  • Empty Eyes: Downplayed, but Ciel's eyes are much brighter during flashbacks to his childhood prior to his tenth birthday. In the present, his eyes only exude that same brightness when he's faking sweetness.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Ciel deeply cares for Elizabeth and his (deceased) parents and aunt. At one point in the anime, he even stops Sebastian from hunting down Grell because he "doesn't want Lizzie to witness anymore bloodshed." In a Flash Back of chapter 131, it was revealed that he used to have an inseparably strong bond with his twin brother.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Alestor certainly does. See Attractive Bent-Gender.
  • Evil Brit: Averted. This takes place in Britain and when everyone is British then it's nothing exceptional.
  • Expy: Of Artemis Fowl from Eoin Colfer's book series of the same name.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Because walking around with a demon's seal available to anyone who looks you in the eyes is kind of gauche.
  • Fish out of Water: The circus arc shows that Ciel doesn't take well to unfamiliar territories, i.e., having to do manual labor.
    • He gets better as time goes on, being much more self-sufficient in the Public School arc.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Driven away from all promises of heaven by his experiences in life, despite (or maybe due to) the fact he has a covenant with an honest, actual demon who has freely told him that there is a heaven. During his captivity in the cult, Ciel stopped believing in God.
  • A Glass of Chianti: Occasionally. Given that this is Victorian-era England no one bats an eye at a 13-year old doing this.
  • Hates Being Touched: He appears to not enjoy physical contact with others, though he tolerates Sebastian and does not complain when the demon holds him, dresses him, bathes him, or picks him up. If he is stressed, he will slap someone touching him away, proclaiming, "Don't touch me so easily!" This is due to the trauma he underwent during his time in captivity.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.:
    • In PTSD fashion, Sebastian's actions when trying to save Ciel from the werewolf curse in the Green Witch arc (later revealed to be toxic gas effects) trigger painful memories of his time imprisoned. This causes him to revert back to the frightened, helpless state he was in when he was 10 and held captive by the cult. In this state, he lashes out against Sebastian, and does not let any of the other adults near him. Coupled with him now being blind, he clings only to the young Finnian for safety and comfort. Sebastian has to nearly eat him to snap him out of this helpless state.
    • Ciel suffers this again after his unexpected reunion with his twin brother, the true Ciel Phantomhive.
  • Hypocrite
  • Ill Boy: He suffers from asthma, which is triggered by stress, sudden chill, or catching a cold.
  • Improbable Age: Ciel is the leader of a popular toys and candy company, is working for the queen as a black ops/assassin, owns a mansion, and is rich from the money he inherited when his parents died. He is also only 13 years old, and this whole situation likely started around three years ago. He's also highly skilled at pool to the point that he can beat a bunch of adults, despite being so short he actually has to sit on the pool table to make a shot.
  • Informed Ability: The first few volumes have characters like Sebastian and Madame Red waxing poetic about Ciel's chessmaster skills before he does anything even remotely close to the type of planning that quallifies one as a chessmaster.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Sebastian outright says in the murder mystery arc that Ciel is still a child despite being the head of the Phantomhive manor.
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Queen's watchdog/guard dog," one of the "evil noblemen."
  • I Owe You My Life: In a very literal sense towards Sebastian.
  • Ironic Name: "Ciel" can translate to "Heaven". Guess what's happening to him after he's through with his revenge?
  • It Amused Me: The reason Ciel invited Arthur to the banquet and told him what really happened-including Sebastian being a demon was because he liked his writing and wanted him to continue.
  • Jerkass: Ciel Phantomhive is not a nice person. He has a few Pet the Dog moments, but he seems to have ulterior motives for most of these. Take, for example, all of his house staff (except Tanaka, who's only really around because he's personally served the Phantomhive family for decades). Sure he rescued Mey Rin, Baldroy, and Finny from horrible lives, and he took in Snake when he had nowhere to go, but when you realize that all of these people are, in dangerous situations, extremely useful, his taking them in starts to look decidedly less altruistic.
  • Kissing Cousins: He is engaged to his cousin Elizabeth.
  • Lady and Knight: His relationship with Sebastian can be seen as a rare male/male version of the trope, with Ciel being the Dark Lord to Sebastian's Black Knight.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In season 2 of the anime he doesn't remember recent events prior to the season 1 finale thanks to his soul being taken, including the death of Abberline and Madam Red or who Grell, Soma and Agni are. Sebastian convinces the others to play along and not remind him.
  • Laughing Mad: After all the crap he pulled during the circus arc, he ventures off to the workhouse they were told about only to find out that it's in ruin]]. Ciel finds this darkly amusing.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Again, mostly in the anime, as the manga portrays him more as The Comically Serious.
  • Living a Double Life: The public is mostly unaware of his role as the Queen's watchdog, and mostly regards him as the owner of a toys/sweets company.
  • Magical Eye: As proof of his contract. It's covered by an eyepatch for public reasons to avoid connections to the occult.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • With a few well chosen words towards Snake, Ciel turned a former enemy into another one of his devoted servants.
    • Later he does the same thing to Sieglinde Sullivan, although instead of making another servant, he's created a potential new weapon for Queen Victoria. However, not wanting Sieglinde's ultimate secret weapon of devastating power to fall into the Queen's hands, he has Sieglinds give her some valuable information, but makes her promise to keep her ultimate weapon secret to the grave. This is the first time that Ciel withholds valuable information from Queen Victoria.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He is British noblility after all.
  • Mark of the Beast: The eye that isn't blue is purple and has Sebastian's seal on it. By the rules of demon contracts, the more visible the spot you put the mark, the more power you get - and what's more visible than your eye?
  • Mercy Kill: He justifies his order to Sebastian of burning all the kidnapped kids at the end of the Noah's Ark Circus arc as this, since the kids already had a lifeless expression on their faces, due to the crazy Doctor tampering with (and possibly lobotomizing) their brains, and wouldn't get over the trauma they went through. Hence, in Ciel's mind, they are better off dead.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Despite being only 13, he is quite pretty, and has a good few nude scenes (albeit with nothing shown below the waist) to show it, along with crossdressing at times and a whole bucketload of Ho Yay. Can edge into Fan Disservice sometimes, because, well, he's 13.
  • Nervous Wreck: As the result of a bad Heroic B.S.O.D. after being affected by a curse or rather, toxic gas inhalation. It takes some time and Sebastian nearly eating him for him to go back to normal.
  • Nice Hat: Ciel has many a fancy hat, particularly his top hat.
  • Non-Action Guy: A rare inversion, as he's the main character and he's far from being a Butt-Monkey; he's simply physically weak. Ciel generally sits in the sidelines and watches as Sebastian does the fighting.
  • Non-Idle Rich: In chapter 52, Ciel even mentions that sitting around and leisurely discussing "nonsense" with other aristocrats is not for him.
  • No Place for Me There: Implied. After leaving Weston in the manga, Ciel's stated reason for breaking off his ties with the other students is that they were no longer useful, but a few of his lines imply this trope as well.
  • Not So Stoic: He usually wears a cold and aloof mask, but when he breaks down, he breaks down.
  • Only Sane Man: Is constantly getting exasperated with the quirks of his household a servants, including Sebastian, at times.
  • No Social Skills: In the flashback of chapter 131, Ciel used to be very shy around guests and had a habit of hiding from them. The only people he felt comfortable talking to were his relatives, Tanaka, and his twin brother.
  • Perpetual Frowner: More so in the anime than in the manga. Especially in the second season, where you can count on one hand the number of times he smiles, even if it's just a smirk.
  • Perspective Flip: In the Back Story of chapter 131, it turns out that all of Ciel's flashbacks seen in past arcs are actually from the perspective of his twin brother, the real Ciel since he was always following him around without him noticing. Due to the illness he inherited from his mother, he wasn't allowed to go outside and was unable to spend time with his family most of the time.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: His breakdown over Sebastian's "death" in the murder mystery arc can be considered this, although later on this is Exploited, as they were acting.
  • Power at a Price: He sells his soul in return for help from Sebastian in succeeding in all of his goals, including killing his parents' murderer[s]. After that last goal is finished, Sebastian will be able to take Ciel's soul.
  • The Power of Acting: Ciel is an amazing actor. It's almost scary how he can do it so well. Most of the cases he takes on require undercover work, but this is not a problem for the earl. He has slipped into many roles with ease, such as a dazzling damsel or a low class pageboy. Even when he is not undercover, he displays a façade of a lighthearted sociable gentlemen in public but his true feelings are usually dark and troubled.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Ciel is willing to do all sorts of morally grey or even black things — murder, blackmail, emotional manipulation, sacrificing innocent lives, etc. — for the greater good of serving Great Britain's interests. That said, at times it seems to weigh on his conscience, and for the most part he does genuinely want to help people.
  • Pride: Ciel seems very proud of his status.
  • Rags to Riches: An interesting aversion in that he went from riches to (being tortured in) rags, then back again.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Anime-only. When he gets turned into a demon, his eyes can glow an eerie fuschia.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • The Blue Oni to Alois's Red Oni.
    • To a lesser extent, the Blue to Sebastian's red as well. Mostly only in the anime though.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: His eyes go dull when blinded in the Emerald Witch Arc.
  • Replacement Sibling: Ciel believes himself to be "the spare" to the true Ciel Phantomhive, heir to Earl Phantomhive. It's implied that he only thinks himself to be his twin's replacement in case he died. This is why he took his brother's name and identity.
  • Royal Brat: In the first episode of the first season, Ciel arrogantly claims he doesn't have to explain his actions when he throws a dart and injuries Finny. He threw a dart at Sebastian too, but his butler seems like he's used to it. And this is only the beginning.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Savvy Guy to Elizabeth's Energetic Girl.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The reason that he can usually get away with killing anyone he wants without any consequences.
  • Security Blanket: There is a specific pillow that he cannot sleep without. Exploited, as it is later revealed that it was just an excuse to hide the blood on Sebastian's chest.
  • Slouch of Villainy: He slouches when he's about to do something particularly nasty, and unless he is standing up, almost always gives orders to Sebastian exclusively in this pose. Also, he does it in almost all the official art.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Zigzagged. Ciel frequently uses his good looks to manipulate others and definitely reaps some rewards simply for being cute, but his good looks have earned quite a bit of unwanted attention.
    • The two most notable examples are in the fifth chapter/second episode when his captor plans to sell him to a brothel (introducing this trope), and the entire Circus Arc.
  • Soul Jar: In the anime, and it's been hinted in the manga that he might be this to his father.
  • Spoiled Brat: Sebastian certainly thinks so.
  • Static Character: So far in the manga, Ciel has had little to no character development. This rings especially true in the anime, particularly in contrast to Alois who had lots of it in the second season, despite it being so short.
  • The Stoic: Though he can get very angry, his default personality in the manga seems to be pretty stoic.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He resembles his father and inherits his mother's eyes. If he were to grow up, he'd end up looking exactly like his father (according to the "Ciel In Wonderland" OVA).
  • Supernatural Is Purple: His Eyepatch of Power hides his cursed, mismatched eye that holds the symbol of his contract with Sebastian. It's purple, and glows with an eerie neon when he gives Sebastian an order.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: As if you didn't want to give him a big ol' hug when he ordered Sebastian to kill Baron Kelvin and set a bunch of kids on fire, Doll's death on the other hand....
  • Teen Genius: Although he's not a clichéd Teen Genius and appears to add up more with the Child Prodigy trope, he is in fact 13 and qualifies as a teenager.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: When partnered with Sebastian.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Both people who know his real character and people who don't have all commented how adorable he is.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Considering his past it should come as no surprise.
  • Unable to Cry: He could cry when he was younger, but now he apparently can't. The closest he has come to since then was when his eyes got watery in chapter 34.
    • Subverted in Chapter 89, when he fully seen crying. Granted, it's due to being subjected to a toxic gas, but still.
    • Subverted again in Chapter 91, when Ciel is seen actually crying for real when Finnian tells him that he'll protect him, and Ciel says he's not worth protecting.
  • The Unfavourite: Subverted. In the past, Ciel was believed to be one since his father chose his twin brother to be the next successor to the Phantomhive Company instead of him. In reality, however, it was only due to the asthma he inherited from his mother and lack of social skills making him unfit to be heir.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: So much he was the trope image.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: One way to interpret his relationship with Sebastian.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In the manga, it's become apparent that Ciel is either afraid of his Dark and Troubled Past, knives/sharp objects (since he always seems to react particularly stronger emotionally if they are involved), or both.
    • He also doesn't like cats, because he's allergic. This leads to hilarity when Sebastian is involved due to his love of cats.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: But doesn't always have the maturity that comes with this troupe.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He almost struck Lizzy after she destroyed his ring during a tantrum had Sebastian not stopped him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Only in the anime. The coloured title pages in the manga (and other official art by Yana) almost always show him with black or dark grey hair, making the few times it appears blue more Hair Color Dissonance, or possibly just a Shout-Out to the anime's designs.
  • You Killed My Father: He wants to find and get revenge on the one who murdered his parents. In the anime it was Angela who also fused his father's remains with his wife and made them into an abomination to be used to kill Ciel, their own son.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Ciel's apparently innate ability to sense shinigami (an ability that even Sebastian doesn't have) are an indication that he's got one foot in the grave. Either that, or it's an indication that his days were officially numbered — until Sebastian stepped in at the last microsecond.

     Sebastian Michaelis
Voiced by Daisuke Ono (JP) and J. Michael Tatum (ENG), played by Mizushima Hiro in the live action film

"Even though I dislike being kicked by others, I do enjoy the feeling of kicking others."

The eponymous character. Ciel's mysterious but charismatic and highly skilled butler; he appeared out of nowhere with Ciel two years ago and is rarely far from his master's side. In reality, he is actually a demon who has made a Faustian pledge to Ciel; in exchange for utter obedience to Ciel, and assisting him in finding and killing the murderers of Ciel's parents, Sebastian will be allowed to kill Ciel and take his soul once his service is ended or Ciel dies.
  • Above the Influence: Aside from seducing and bedding for information, Sebastian seems to have no real interest in the opposite sex.
  • The Ace: He's capable of doing almost everything, from cooking, cleaning, decorating, and, of course, fighting.
  • Affably Evil: Although less "evil" in the anime. Sebastian is always polite to everyone.
  • Agent Peacock: Has a flamboyant demeanor, and even wears Combat Stilettos in his true demon form.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Type 2 - He begged Sieglinde to save Ciel, and his desperation was sincere. Yeah, the situation was just that serious.
  • Always Save the Girl: He cares about protecting Ciel more than anything else. Not just Ciel but Elizabeth on occasion as well.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Sure, he's a bad guy now, but who's to say that he's not bad simply because that's what Ciel needs?
  • Animal Motifs: A raven is associated with his demonic nature and has a strong affinity with cats.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: More obvious in the original Japanese than the English versions.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Aside from being a butler, he serves as Ciel's primary bodyguard/protector.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a very nice butler outfit, which he usually manages to keep prim, even after an intense battle.
  • Badass Longcoat: A cool coat befitting a butler of his status. It can also jam chainsaws.
  • Badass Teacher: He made Ciel into the Earl Phantomhive he is today and taught him pretty much every skill a noble is expected to know and then some.
    • It's also hinted he taught Finnian how to read.
  • Submissive Badass: Even though he's one of the most powerful characters in the series, he's still Ciel's servant and will do (almost) every single thing he orders.
  • Battle Butler: So much so, he's the current trope image. He's a demon butler who is good at everything, especially fighting.
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • Bishōnen: He takes on the appearance of an extremely handsome man.
  • Born Winner: It doesn't appear that he's actually done anything other than being a demon to become so awesome.
  • Catchphrase: In the dub, "I am one Hell of a butler." In some manga translations, it's "I am a devil of a butler."
    • Also, some variation of, "If I didn't/wasn't (insert task here), then what kind of butler would I be?"
    • "A butler who couldn't (insert highly improbable situation here) isn't worth his salt."
    • "Yes, my lord" would probably count too.
  • The Charmer: Have occasionally used his good-looks and sex appeal to get information from the ladies. The latest chapter 112 have returned to this trope with beautiful prostitutes.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Occasionally.
  • The Coats Are Off: He removes his tailcoat in his fight with Grell, and that's when things really go down.
  • Coitus Ensues: Happens in both the anime and the manga, though in the former it was so out of the blue that it left most fans baffled.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Sometimes performed on his/Ciel's enemies.
  • Cute Little Fangs: As a human, his fangs show up every once in a while, especially when he is enjoying himself.
  • Cuteness Proximity: When he is near his beloved cats, he even ignores Ciel.
  • Dark Is Evil
  • Demi Human: In his human-like form, he still has Cute Little Fangs (at least in the manga), and his eyes are red or at least some rare shade of auburn.
    • These features aren't always apparent though. His eyes glow bright red and he bares his fangs when he is about to attack or in some state of arousal.
  • Dissonant Serenity
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He only serves Ciel due to a contract the two made and plans to devour his soul as soon as they are done.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He seems somewhat uncharacteristically dismayed and disgusted by Baron Kelvin's amusements.
    • He also seems somewhat disturbed about Ciel burning down Kelvin's mansion and killing the children inside, although that may be O.O.C. Is Serious Business
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Especially Grell.
  • Evil Brit: If he can be considered British; even if he's not technically, he's good at pretending.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask
  • Fangs Are Evil
  • Fate Worse Than Death: He looked pretty darn unhappy with the fact that he'd have to serve Ciel for the rest of eternity in the anime's "second season".
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: A demon disguising as a human butler. Not that the fanbase minds.
  • Game Face: He shows his true form very occasionally to his and Ciel's enemies, though the actual readers have still never seen the whole thing up to this point.
  • Genius Bruiser: Sebastian is both an extremely capable combatant, who's easily able to take down entire groups of people, and a very cultured and intelligent demon.
  • Gentleman Snarker: Especially apparent with his first interaction with Beast, which almost borders themes of Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Ciel suffers a major Heroic B.S.O.D. after being affected by a curse or rather, toxic gas inhalation, Sebastian suggests to shock him again to force him to go back to normal, but Tanaka tells him not to. Eventually Sebastian's patience runs out and he tries to eat Ciel, which finally snaps him out of it. Ciel asks Sebastian if he seriously was trying to eat him, but Sebastian says he was only 90% serious.
  • Gratuitous English: "Yes, my lord."
  • Hellish Pupils: Occasionally.
  • Historical Rap Sheet: Played for Laughs in the anime, where before being tortured, Sebastian says in a light-hearted manner, "I admit it, I started the Black Plague." Considering his age and what he is, he probably wasn't kidding.
  • Hypocrite: Calls people "shameless," but has no problems with saying sexist words and do shameless deeds among countless other things.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: He does this to Ciel in a flashback.
  • Immune to Bullets: Not so much "immune" as "heals too quickly for them to really work". He doesn't particularly like being shot, even if it doesn't do much more than hurt.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Sebas-chan" by Grell ("Bassy" in the dub, "Little Sebas" in the English manga). William never uses his name and usually simply calls him "demon" or something along the lines of "vile creature."
  • Ironic Name: Loves cats and dislikes dogs (in the anime, at least). Named after Ciel's dog.
  • The Jeeves: Well-dressed, can do any chore perfectly, polite, devoted to his master, yet can give him snarky comments just to get on his nerves. One Hell of a butler, indeed.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Kindhearted?, Nope, Cat lover?, YES.
  • Kiss of Death: In the Green Witch's arc, he does this to Sieglinde's evil mother.
  • Lack of Empathy: Towards humans, given his nature its hardly surprising. Although he does seem to have quite a bit of empathy for cats. He once even took in a whole lot of cats into his room out of the rain at the risk of ruining his and Ciel's plans.
  • Lady and Knight: Another way to interpret his relationship with Ciel is a male/male version of this trope, with Sebastian being the Black Knight to Ciel's Dark Lord.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Mr. Fanservice: YES. He's a charming, evil butler in a great suit. He is also a bishonen. He is also shown by both the anime and manga to be very capable in bed. Hell, in his demon form, he even gains heels.
  • Mysterious Past: Sebastian is the most mysterious character of them all. Little is known about him other than he is a demon, not even his true name or form (though certain aspects of the later is shown, such as the fact that he wears high heels as a demon). The anime gives a few tidbits: He met a Egyptian pharaoh, he spread a famous, major, and real life plague more then a 100 years prior to the events of the series, and he probably is of the Fallen Angel variety of demon because a crapload of feathers swirl around him like a twister in his true form.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Named after the French inquisitor Sebastien Michaelis.
  • Nominal Hero: In the anime.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: He's Ciel's demonic sidekick.
  • Not So Different: Sebastian and the Undertaker share an ironic laugh when Ciel expresses disgust at the P4's casual murder.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Amazingly, the manga has added a few situations that Sebastian has failed to solve instantly or prevent. He's lost to the Undertaker twice (though both times he also had reasons not to go all-out). He also doesn't seem immune to curses of supernatural beingsnote  - later revealed to be a chemical weapon - either. True, he's still Nigh Invulnerable, but to see one of manga's most famous Showy Invincible Heroes taken down to merely Nigh Invulnerable is quite surprising.
    • That said, he reaffirms his credentials somewhat by showing he can breathe in the mustard gas without any harm to himself, and exhale it afterwards as if he were breathing air. Granted his first experience gave him the same symptoms as Ciel, but it never threatened his life and he learned how to counteract it pretty quickly.
  • Not So Stoic: On the two occasions when he thinks Ciel is about to die and he really can't do much to help.
  • Offhand Backhand: Gave us a pretty epic one to a zombie while soaking wet on a sinking, seriously.
  • Older Than He Looks: He takes on the form of a man in his late twenties/early thirties, but he's Really 700 Years Old obviously because he's a demon.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Sebastian" is only the name Ciel gave him, which also used to be his dog's name.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Sebastian contractually owns Ciel's soul and literally kills anyone who tries to kill Ciel before he can, even other demons.
  • Only Sane Man: Among the servants of Phantomhive, Sebastian is more or less the only one that can actually get things done. You know you're doing something wrong when the demon recognizes your incompetence and does your job better.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Apart from masquerading as a butler with heightened talents, he almost never reveals his true form onscreen, and only long high heel shoes and some feathers falling around him implying that he at least has bird-like wings.
  • Papa Wolf: Sebastian will protect Ciel from anything or anyone who would pose a threat to him, so he can eat Ciel himself when the time comes.
    • Seems to be played more straight with Lizzie.
  • Perpetual Smiler: While Sebastian has shown instances of frowning or even scowling, most of the time his default expression is a courteous smile.
  • The Proud Elite: Suave but aloof, this demon turned butler is quite intelligent and there is very little he cannot do.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Almost counts as a Red Right Hand, as they're the main hint that he's actually a demon in disguise.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Ciel's blue, especially in the anime.
    • To drive this point home he has red eyes while Ciel has blue. 'Course after Ciel made his contract one of them turned purple.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: To Ciel.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!
  • Servile Snarker: Always finds the opportunity to poke fun at Ciel's inability to function without his help.
  • Sex God: Because he's a demon who has taken on the form of a handsome butler, Sebastian interrogates a cult member......very convincingly.
    Woman: I can see the Gates of Heaven!
    Sebastian: (unamused) Oh I highly doubt that.
    • His encounter with Beast averts this with the infamous scene where he continuously pressures Beast into having sex with him even after she yelled "Piss off" and threw him a punch.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: His sex scenes with Beast in the manga and Matilda in the anime.
  • Screwy Squirrel: He might be an evil demon but that doesn't mean he's without a sense of humor. He seems to enjoy messing with and playing pranks on Ciel every now and then. Given what a Spoiled Brat his master is, this might be one of the ways Sebastian copes with it.
  • Slasher Smile: Occasionally.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Claude in the second season of the anime. Their interactions usually include backhanded "compliments" and snarking about the other's butler aesthetics.
  • The Social Darwinist
  • Stealth Mentor: To Ciel in the manga only. At least, compared to the anime.
    • Sebastian will occasionally make a challenge deliberately more difficult than it needs to be, or else goad the boy in order to get Ciel to do the work himself. He'll also comment on Ciel's actions, praising what he did well and pointing out mistakes; over time we can see the kid take these lessons to heart.
      • Chapter 118 has a quick example: Sebastian tells Ciel that "a heart cannot be chained" and allows their hostage to escape, which inspires Ciel to think up a strategy that lands a much stronger blow to their enemies than his original plan.
  • Supreme Chef: He's not only one of the best fighters in the series, but also one of the best chefs. He prepares all the scrumptious meals in the Phantomhive household.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He's the only servant of the Phantomhive household who is any competent at his job. Every time he assigns a task to the others, they only make a mess and Sebastian has to clean it up.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He fits this trope to a T.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • Those Two Bad Guys: When partnered with Ciel.
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Several times Sebastian ends up in scenarios that make him squirm in discomfort, displeasure or just squick, despite the fact he's a demon portraying an almost stereotypically unflappable butler. Two early anime examples include the fact he seems quite alarmed when Madame Red gropes him and his repeated disgust when Grell flirts with him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ciel, at least until his contract is fulfilled of course. Then....
  • Unwitting Pawn: In the final episode of Season 2, he kills Claude and escapes being bound to Alois for all of eternity only to be bound to a demonic Ciel for all of eternity.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Granted, he's a demon not a vampire but otherwise fits this troupe perfectly.
  • Villain Protagonist: In the manga.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: One way to interpret his relationship with Ciel.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He is not above hitting and killing female characters in the series.
  • Would Hurt a Child
  • Weapon of Choice: Silverware, because he's a butler.
  • Wicked Cultured

Voiced by Emiri Katou (JP) and Monica Rial (ENG)

"A tiny mouse can run anywhere, but they are always in my sight."

The maid of the Phantomhive household. She wears Opaque Nerd Glasses given to her by Ciel that limit her eyesight and prevent her from viewing objects correctly at close-range, which causes her to be clumsy when doing her chores. Mey-Rin is actually a professional sniper and due to her sharp binocular vision, she does not require a scope to aid her.
  • Action Girl: She's a Cold Sniper who can leap from roof to roof and go Guns Akimbo with two rifles.
  • Badass Adorable: You'd never guess this cute and huggable maid girl was, and still is, a deadly assassin.
  • Berserk Button: Mess with her master or anyone else she cares about and you will end up with 1 or 2 holes in you, at least. See below.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She may be a clumsy girl with a blatantly obvious crush on Sebastian, but despite her incompetence, she's an expert assassin who is very adept in using guns.
  • Blind Without 'Em: She is farsighted, and she treasures her glasses as the first item she got from Ciel as his maid. However, when she removes them...
  • Cold Sniper: As her backstory.
  • Covert Pervert: Gets really heated up over potential steamy situations with Sebastian, whether he's with her or Ciel. In the anime, also sprouts a Nose Bleed at the sight of Pluto with Angela when she believes they are lovers, and is very appreciative of the view when they encounter Pluto wandering naked around the fens. Also from her time in Houndsworth, upon seeing a man training a dog, the dub renders her as saying,"I'd let him pet me, yes I would!"
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Because her glasses affect her close-range eyesight, she frequently trips, knocks things over, and break them. Ciel, please get Mey-Rin some new glasses.
  • Death Glare: Her default expression when she takes her glasses of, and for good reason.
  • Fully-Clothed Nudity: Reacts this way in season 1 when she and the other servants go for a swim, and is embarrassed by her Victorian-style swimsuit, which by modern standards is extremely modest.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • The Glasses Come Off: And don't make the mistake of trying to distance yourself from her when they do.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: All of the servants are this to an extent, but unlike Bard (who's laid back but still professional when fighting) and Finny (who reacts with a certain naivety to violence), Mey-Rin is dead serious when she's needed in a fight. She provides the most jarring contrast between her personality on and off duty.
  • Meganekko
  • Meido
  • Memento MacGuffin: Ciel was the one who gave her her glasses, so she cherishes them and refuses to give them up despite how they affect her eyesight.
  • Mysterious Past: All we've seen of it is her being pinned down by Sebastian when Ciel took her into his service. It's hinted she was a contract killer who got caught and given a second chance.
  • Ninja Maid: Deeply enjoys being a maid, as she's made clear several times, but has no compunctions about killing anyone who threatens her employers.
  • Nosebleed
  • Only One Name
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Also spelled Mei Lin/Mei Rin/Maylene/etc. Yen Press' official transliteration is Mey-Rin.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Finny and Bard.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When Wendy and Peter try to bisect Finny, she shoots Wendy in the Head. When confronted by Peter, she shoots him in the shoulder and pins him down with gunfire, before sniping him when he tries to escape.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: She has a crush on Sebastian, but doesn't mind him being all over Ciel and gets huge nosebleeds at the sight.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: In Sniper Mode.

     Baldroy "Bard"
Voiced by Hiroki Tochi (JP) and Ian Sinclair (ENG)

"Cooking is an art! And art means explosions!"

The chef of the Phantomhive household. However, he never makes anything edible as he uses weaponry such as flamethrowers to cook, believing that cooking is an art requiring explosions. He's a former soldier and while terrible at cooking, he is shown to be capable of taking advantage of his surroundings, such as using fine flour to create an explosion.
  • Adaptational Nationality: Baldroy is an American in the manga, but is shown to speak with a lower class British accent in the anime and his flashback shows him serving in the British Army, though for some reason he still doesn't know the words to God Save the Queen.
  • A-Team Firing: Lampshaded when blasting up the kitchen with the Gatling Gun, Dagger and Beast manage to dodge him, and he expends all his bullets. He laments that while it has a very good number of rounds, the device is made for rapid fire and not accuracy, though in the chaos he did manage to kill Dagger.
  • Beware the Silly Ones
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Chef of Iron: His food isn't good mostly because he's blowing people up with it.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: His food might taste good if he tried cooking it the right way instead of using flamethrowers. This is actually a carryover from his days as a soldier. Back then you had to prepare your food quickly or you were likely going to miss your chance to eat before the fighting picked up again. He's just never lost the mentality.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While he typically comes across as hopelessly incompetent when it comes to cooking, cleaning and just about every other domestic task, Baldroy is an experienced combatant who can hold his own in a fight.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Lost everyone he cared about on the battlefield. When Sebastian found him, he was cradling one of his dead friends.
  • Gatling Good: Keeps it in the kitchen, of course.
  • The Engineer: A combat type.
  • Only One Name
  • Only Sane Man: While all the servants are aware Sebastian is no normal butler, Baldroy seems to be the only one to ever suspect there's something sinister going on with him.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Baldroy/Baldo/Bard.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: As a former soldier, he has knowledge of weaponry including explosives.
  • Technical Pacifist: As much as he enjoys explosions, he seems to like not having to kill people... unless necessary.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Finnian and Mey-Rin.
  • War Is Hell: He had more than enough experience with the horrors of war. His past does seem to haunt him, and he still thinks like a soldier.

     Finnian "Finny"
Voiced by Yuuki Kaji (JP) and Jason Liebrecht (ENG)

"It requires strength? Since that's the case, I might be able to do it! I wanna do it! Please allow me to do it!"

The gardener of the Phantomhive household. However, it seems every time he tends to the garden, it is destroyed through an accident caused by his clumsiness. Finnian was a test subject in some human experiments that gave him Super Strength and was taken in by Ciel after he ran away from his cell.

Click here  to see his "normal" Super-Deformed form.
Voiced by Shunji Fujimura (JP) and R Bruce Elliott (ENG)

"Ho ho ho."

The steward of the Phantomhive household and the only one of the servants who has worked for the household since before the death of Ciel's parents. He's usually seen drinking from a Japanese tea cup and commonly seen in a Super-Deformed form. Despite his appearance, Tanaka is a master of bartitsu and just as dangerous as the other servants when he needs to be.
  • Art Shift: Usually drawn Super-Deformed. When he needs to be serious, he's drawn the same as the rest of the cast.
  • Badass Grandpa: This old man may not look like it, but he's a master of bartitsu and a swordmaster capable of cutting bullets in half in midair.
  • Battle Butler
  • Beware the Silly Ones
  • Cool Old Guy: The only reason Sebastian tolerates him. That and he doesn't get in the way.
  • Dissonant Serenity
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: In his normal appearance he's a lot shorter than the other servants, when serious he's almost as tall as Sebastian.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Playing With A Trope. He's usually designed deformed and simple compared to the cast, but when he's serious, he's drawn the same way as the rest of the cast and goes back to his deformed mode, once he's said what's needed to be said.
  • Old Master: Of bartitsu.
  • Old Retainer: Of the Phantomhives. The main reason Ciel lets him stick around.
  • Only One Name
  • Parrying Bullets: He's fast enough to cut bullets in half in midair with his sword.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • In the anime was told directly by Vincent Phantomhive that Queen Victoria would be the one responsible for his death, but was also asked to keep this from Ciel. At the end of the first season Sebastian gives Ciel's Tanaka's diary, which reveals this.
    • In the "Blue Cult" arc, Tanaka knows that Ciel has a twin brother; he's kept the Phantomhive family secret for fifteen years.
  • Undying Loyalty: Has served the Phantomhive family for decades; it's part of why he's kept around despite not doing much. When Ciel turned out to be Not Quite Dead, the thought of returning to his service was enough to get Tanaka out of a wheelchair.

Ciel's Associates

     Elizabeth "Lizzy" Midford
Voiced by Yukari Tamura (JP) and Cherami Leigh (ENG)

"He finally returned to the mansion, but he wasn’t able to laugh anymore. I love Ciel. I love Ciel’s smile. Why is it as though we always seem to end up going in circles? How can I bring back his smile?"

Ciel's cousin and fiancée. She's extremely girly, energetic, and deeply devoted to Ciel, who she loves with all her heart and wishes to see him smile again.

     Angelina "Madame Red" Durless
Voiced by Romi Park (JP) and Lydia Mackay (ENG)

"I used to hate my red hair that was just like my father's. I used to hate red."

Ciel's aunt, a beautiful doctor and the younger sister of his Missing Mom Rachel Durless.
  • All Women Are Lustful: At any rate, she certainly enjoys male attention.
  • Anti-Villain: She does some monstrous things, but it's pretty hard not to have sympathy for her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The red-dressed, haired and eyed aunt of Ciel who sees him as her surrogate son? She's half of Jack the Ripper, punishing prostitutes for requesting abortions while she can't have kids because of an accident that also killed her husband; the other half being her seemingly-stupid but highly sociopathic shinigami butler Grell Sutcliff.
  • Blood Lust: Just as her fixation with the color red, she developed a fascination with blood after she started murdering prostitutes.
  • Break the Cutie: She was quite cute growing up... but then things got bad... really bad. See Trauma Conga Line below.
  • Broken Bird: She was a really sweet girl who only wished for the man she loved to be happy with her big sister, but then she lost her husband, her unborn child, shortly followed by the man she loved and her sister and then she was forced to give abortions to prostitutes. All this broke her and she became a dangerous murderer.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: When trying to pay the Undertaker's "fee" she resorts to a story she heard from gossip. What follows is a Cluster Bleep-Bomb that ends with her and Lau gagged.
  • Christmas Cake
  • Cool Aunt: To Ciel.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair and eyes.
  • A Death in the Limelight: She appears to be an important major character in the first arc of the series, only to be murdered by her own butler (who also happened to be a Shinigami), complete with a half-chapter montage of her story.
  • Dies Wide Open: She dies with her eyes open after being killed by Grell.
  • Driven by Envy: Envied the pregnant prostitutes who came to her clinic for abortions... so she killed them.
  • Even the Girls Want Her
  • Evil Redhead: More like very broken redhead, though. She's half of Jack the Ripper and has brutally murdered prostitutes along with Grell, but it's difficult to not sympathize with the circumstances that lead her to do it.
  • The Fashionista
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Freakiness Shame: Initially hated her signature red hair, until Earl Phantomhive told her he liked it.
  • Freudian Excuse: She lost her ability to give birth in the accident that killed her husband and her unborn child. She started killing prostitutes that went through abortions because they threw away what she lost and now could never have.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: She cared for her older sister Rachel, enough to have her as one of her motivations to become a doctor, but at the same time she envied her for being lucky enough to attract the eye of Earl Phantomhive.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: She really was a good girl, until unfortunate events in her life lrf her to become half of Jack the Ripper.
  • Hidden Depths: Ooh boy.
  • Hospital Hottie
  • I Am Not Pretty: She did believe her red hair was ugly.
  • Important Haircut: She used to have longer hair before she started killing people.
    • An earlier one, where she used to have long bangs to hide her face in and then cut her bangs once Vincent said he liked her red hair.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She tried to convinced herself that she was happy as long as Vincent and Rachel were happy.
  • Jack the Ripper: She's half of Jack the Ripper, along with Grell. She started murdering prostitutes out of resentment that they would go through abortions while she couldn't have children.
  • Like a Son to Me: She thinks of Ciel as her own son. This saves Ciel's life, actually. And costs her her own life.
  • Mad Doctor: She murdered the prostitutes that asked her for abortions.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: She used her medical knowledge to mutilate the bodies of the prostitutes that asked her for abortions.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Being a noble didn't stop her from studying medicine and becoming a doctor.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity
  • Precocious Crush: On Lord Phantomhive, who would go on to marry her sister Rachel.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted in that she's pretty harmless and truly loves her nephew. Then you find out who she really is.
  • Shrinking Violet: When she was younger.
  • Sibling Triangle: She was in love with the man her sister Rachel married. Although she found another man and married, she never stopped loving Vincent.
  • Stepford Smiler
  • Trauma Conga Line: Wow. The love of her life marries her older sister, though Red still manages to marry a good and loving Nice Guy anyway. Then, after getting her medical license, her husband and unborn child are killed and she has to have a hysterectomy. She then loses both her sister and the love of her life in a fire. After all of this, she gives abortions to prostitutes. Jealous of the pregnancies they can't keep or don't want, she begins killing them, which is where Grell steps in. However, when faced with more or less getting away with her murders so long as Grell keeps Sebastian busy and she murders Ciel, poor Red can't bring herself to kill her nephew "who was like a son to her"... and is promptly chainsawed by Grell.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: A dangerous Serial Killer who murdered and mutilated prostitutes, but she did it out of resentment that they would ask her for abortions after she lost her family and ability to have children.

Voiced by Kôji Yusa (JP) and Jerry Jewell (ENG)

"Even if you step toward a place from which you can't return, you choose not to reveal your screaming for help to other people, eh?"

A Chinese nobleman, leader of an opium den and head of the British branch of the Shanghai trading company "Kong-Rong."
  • Beware the Silly Ones: His pleasant spacey demeanor always seems to carry a sinister undercurrent.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Like Madame Red he tries to pay the Undertaker's fee. His joke is rather bland but failed through a rushed delivery.
  • Covert Pervert: Subverted, he really doesn't try to hide it at all. Case in point; Taste in ice scultures and the name of his team that sculpted it. Yeah...
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Downplayed. As noted in Beware the Silly Ones, Lau's a pleasant though often distracted man but with a devious streak underneath. He's also quite acrobatic and handy with a sword.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A flashback in the anime shows that he lost his family during the Opium Wars. First he's seen walking with his sister when the English show up, and then shown holding her severed arm.
  • The Ditz: It's a running gag that he'll talk as if he knows a lot about a subject... and then ask what the subject actually is.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Opened slightly for dramatic moments
  • Handsome Lech: Almost always seen with Ran-Mao in his lap… and occasionally hitting on Ciel.
  • Karma Houdini: Invoked, the main reason he lets Ciel boss him around is so he can keep running his enterprise without interference.
  • Only One Name
  • Opium Den: Lau's occupation. Also smokes it himself, though he's rarely seen doing so.
  • Perpetual Smiler: A smile that can be threatening or docile.
  • Pretty Freeloader: He's made numerous appearances despite Ciel only requesting his service a couple of times.
  • Psychotic Smirk
  • Schrödinger's Butterfly: Frequently references the story of Zhuangzi.
  • Stereotypes of Chinese People
  • Token Evil Teammate: Subverted: Among the Ciel's Allies he's the most overtly criminal with ties to the criminal world, dealings in opium and other gang related activities. However as the series goes on we learn that they all have the same questionable moral fiber as he does.

Voiced by Sayuri Yahagi (JP) and Trina Nishimura (ENG)

"Glad... you're safe."

Lau's personal assassin who is always seen clinging on his arm. She's referred to as his sister, although they're not blood related.

Voiced by Junichi Suwabe (JP) and John Swasey (ENG)

"Because you hold great power, you gradually fail to understand the importance of things that cannot be recovered. You will realize once it's too late."

The funeral director in London who has acted as an informant to the Phantomhive family for many years.
  • Adaptational Heroism: When the anime diverges from the manga the Undertaker's character does as well. He's a Grim Reaper in both but in the anime he's simply retired whereas the manga he's a renegade. The anime plays him up as a Bunny-Ears Lawyer who comes to help in stopping Ash whereas the manga plays him as a Not-So-Harmless Villain who edges closer and closer to being a central antagonist. With the anime now following the manga more as of season 3 and adapting the Luxury Liner arc, we see Undertaker become an antagonist as well.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Not outright evil, but certainly not on the good guys' side, either.
  • Badass Long Robe: Full of grave markers that may as well be spears.
  • Badass Preacher: Well, if said priest was also a J-Rocker. He's wearing the collar in any case.
  • Beautiful All Along: In chapter 59 of the manga he finally sweps his hair back and reveals himself as one hell of a Bishōnen. Cue the fangirls squee, of course.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's a ridiculous Cloudcuckoolander who demands payment in jokes. He's also a highly trained shinigami, and as such can be extremely dangerous when he wants to be.
  • Big Bad: Seems to be shaping up to be this as he was the villain of two arcs.
  • Bishōnen: Were you really surprised? Yana said he is the most handsome man in Kuroshitsuji. Hear that, Sebastian?
  • Blinding Bangs: His eyes are always by his hair. He does it to hide his Green Eyes, a trait that reveals he's a shinigami.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin
  • Creepy Good: In the beginning of the series at least, and in the first two seasons of the anime. As of Chapter 60, not so much considering what's he up to in that arc though he still appears to care about Ciel.
  • Driven to Suicide: In chapter 105 it's revealed that all reapers were humans who committed suicide.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Even the fellow reapers.
  • Expy: Of Dr. Franken Stein from Soul Eater, appearance-wise and a bit in personality.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: He sometimes wears his hat in this manner.
  • Femme Fatalons: He is a male example.
  • Flash Step: Displays this when posing as Weston's Principa]. Sebastian himself failed to catch him.
  • For the Evulz: Morbid laughs are the only reason he does anything; in most settings, this would be classified as It Amused Me, but given the Black And Black Morality of the setting and the fact The Undertaker is responsible for the zombie outbreak going on just because he thought it'd be funny to see what happened if he helped an idiot scientist reanimate corpses, the Undertaker's amusement can be seen in a rather negative light.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: It's as if his skull's had to have been stitched back together... and maybe it has.
  • Green Eyes: Grell noticing his eyes causes her to realize immediately he's a rogue Grim Reaper; apparently they all have the same kind of eyes, but he's not wearing any glasses.
  • Knowledge Broker
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Maybe not necessarily when he's dressed the way he usually does, but definitely when he's in shinigami form. So much so that when Grell saw what his face really looked like, she was completely enamored by his looks.
  • Mystical White Hair
  • Nice Hat
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Quite a few different examples, including cooing over how nice a corpse looks with its cuts and allowing Grell to bury him in epsom salts and smiling about the sensation of moisture leaving his body. Justified in that he's a Shinigami in the anime, and later in the manga, as well.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: He got attacked by Grell's chainsaw Death Scythe but it had no effect, because he's a shinigami.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He tends to get a little too close for Ciel's comfort.
  • Not So Different: Ciel's (apparent) disgust at the P4's murders gives Undertaker a fit of the giggles.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: A ton of recently murdered (read: eaten) ship passengers should drive the point home.
    • And he took on Grell, Ronald, and Sebastian at the same time and won effortlessly.
  • Perky Goth
  • Shinigami: In the anime, and later, the manga. Interestingly, in the former, he's a retired and highly respected ex-shinigami, while in the latter, he's just been revealed to be a renegade shinigami; apparently the fact he alone of the Shinigami we've seen so far doesn't wear glasses is a very bad sign.
  • Sinister Minister
  • Sinister Scythe: So far, the only Shinigami to use a real scythe. Decorated with bones, Absurdly Sharp Blade and all.
  • Take Our Word for It: We never find out what Sebastian did to make Undertaker laugh.
  • The Reveal: Several.
    • A flashback in Chapter 32 shows him seated with the former Earl of Phantomhive's gang. This doesn't get a followup until Chapter 85.
    • He was the one who created the Bizarre Dolls for kicks, setting off the whole Campania story arc.
    • The Principal who escaped from Sebastian so quickly that only his clothes were left? Yeah, that was him too. He took the job after he helped the P4 hide a few bodies.
    • And probably the most important: He's a Shinigami, and an incredibly powerful one at that - so much so that William has a bit of a freak-out when he realizes who the hell this guy is.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Again, only in the anime.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the manga and the anime, he reveals himself to be much nastier than the slightly creepy Perky Goth everyone was used to, to the point in chapter 61 he stabs Sebastian in the gut with his scythe. His plan, which he explains in chapter 60, isn't a nice thing either.
  • Undertaker
  • Walking Spoiler: Sure, we can talk about some stuff about this guy, but trying to explain him beyond the "silly Undertaker who enjoys jokes at other people's expense and has a morbid store with a just as morbid sense of humor" would require copious amounts of spoiler tags. Just look at his various tropes here.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: In the anime, Grell brushes out his Blinding Bangs and is charmed by his eyes. She immediately asks him to make love to her.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: As of chapter 60.
  • Yandere: Possibly for Ciel if his willingness to kill Sebastian for Ciel is any indication.
    • Possibly a platonic variant if his (undefined) connection to Ciel's grandmother has anything to do with it.

Grim Reapers

     Grell Sutcliff
Voiced by Jun Fukuyama (JP) and Daniel Fredrick (ENG)

"Even if I'm like this, I'm still the butler of death!"

Grell Sutcliff is a Grim Reaper who initially posed as Madam Red's butler. Despite being part of the Dispatch Management Division, Grell's willing to go against the rules & kill for self entertainment. Grell's very interested in Sebastian & William, to their great dismay.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the Anime, where Grell undergoes Villain Decay.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Badass Longcoat: The long coat in question being the coat Grell took from Madam Red as she died.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Possibly. The men that Grell usually falls the hardest for are the men who have beaten Grell in a fight. Arguably, this is why Grell fell for William T. Spears in the first place!
  • Birds of a Feather: Part of what attracted Grell to Madame Red was that she was taking out her frustrations at being barren - since Grell has a male assigned body, Grell can't give birth either, so they had a common cause.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Apparently, being ridiculously near-sighted is a shinigami trait.
  • Blood Lust: Grell delights in painting the world red with blood. Grell's line of work as a Reaper effectively involves hacking up people with a chainsaw every night, with paperwork in between.
  • The Bus Came Back: In the manga, Grell doesn't reappear after the Jack the Ripper arc until about 50 chapters later on the Campania.
  • Buttmonkey: At least in the anime, due to flanderization.
  • Chainsaw Good: Averted. It jams when it gets clothing caught in it.
  • Characterization Marches On: Though partially justified as part of a disguise, Grell initially came across as timid, clumsy and suicidal. Then after the reveal, later parts of the story portray the reaper as over the top, flamboyant and very violent.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: This seems to be a popular trope for the characters of this series, but now Grell can especially fit it, seeing as the reaper portrayed the Cheshire Cat in the Alice in Wonderland-inspired OVA.
  • Combat Sado Masochist: Especially with Will and Sebastian on the masochist part.
  • Combat Stilettos
  • Dark Action Girl: Grell's very dangerous with a chainsaw.
  • Depraved Bisexual: She fell in love with Sebastian and Madame Red.
  • Diminishing Villain Threat: This is especially true in the anime, reducing Grell from a legitimate threat to a Harmless Villain by each appearance.
  • Driven to Suicide: In chapter 105 it's revealed that all reapers were humans who committed suicide.
  • Evil Redhead: Fitting with Grell's love of red and blood, she also has red hair.
  • Fangs Are Evil: After the reveal, Grell constantly has sharp shark like teeth.
  • Friendly Enemy: When it comes to Sebastian, at least. Although apparently Grell thinks it's more complicated than that.
  • Green Eyes: Seems to be a shinigami trait.
  • Has a Type: She seems to love dangerous, deadly people, as seen with her attractions to Sebastian, Madame Red and the Undertaker.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: This was likely the reason Grell fell in love with Madame Red and Sebastian in the first place.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: With Sebastian & William in the Shinigami OVA.
  • Jack the Ripper: Grell is at least one half of "Jack The Ripper", being Madam Red's accomplice in murdering the prostitutes.
  • Karma Houdini: In a series full of villains facing very karmic deaths Grell has notably received relatively minor punishments for killing Madam Red, Ciel's aunt, and tempting her into killing women in the first place, like being beaten in the face and dragged off by Will for abusing the duties of a reaper. However, Grell has not suffered any lasting punishment. Having her weapon downgraded till the finale of Season 1 is the only punishment received.
  • Mad Love: Towards Sebastian and Will. It seems Grell likes them both for the cold shoulders & burning bruises they give.
  • Meaningful Name: Shares a surname with Peter Sutcliffe the original Jack the Ripoff.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family
  • No-Sell: In Season 2 Sebastian convinces Grell to rush Mrs. Turner, who was using a camera that ignited a special magnesium powder that was powerful enough to burn through flesh, bone, and even a soul. Grell being a Grim Reaper, happily used a Chainsaw to scale a tower, unaffected by each blast, and eventually started posing for "pictures" as Mrs. Turner tried fruitlessly to roast Grell.
  • Not in the Face!: Grell's very intent on preserving "feminine beauty" for darling "Sebas-chan" & William. Also, in the anime, Grell has a crush on Undertaker, but in the manga, Grell absolutely despises Undertaker for the scythe cut to the cheek.
  • Shinigami: Has a chainsaw instead of a scythe, and the attacks reveal the memories of the victims.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Has red hair and the characteristic green eyes that Grim Reapers share.
  • Sissy Villain: Only in the anime; in the manga, Grell's rather vicious, especially if you harm the face.
  • Slasher Smile: Post-reveal, all the time.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Especially in the anime.
  • Transsexual: Grell was assigned male at birth, but identifies as a female.
  • Weapon of Choice: The chainsaw that is used as a Death Scythe... even though it got taken away in the anime and replaced with scissors. As a result, Grell was mostly reduced to comic relief. Though Grell got it back at the end of season 1.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Aside from trying to off Ciel, Grell once comically punched a child in the head for being called "impure."

     William T. Spears
Voiced by Noriaki Sugiyama (JP) and Barry Yandell (ENG)

"If you interfere, I'll reap you."

A Grim Reaper in charge of supervising the Dispatch Management Division.

     Ronald Knox
Voiced by KENN (JP), Joel McDonald (ENG)

"From the start, I've never been one to do overtime."

A Grim Reaper, who occasionally works with William and Grell.

The Royal Family and Associates

     Queen Victoria

Voiced by Ayako Kawasumi (JP), (young) Alexis Tipton (ENG) and (old) Bridgett Dahl (ENG)

"ALLLBEERTT!! I wish you were here today too!!!"

The queen of Great Britain. Ciel does work concerning the underground society for her, as her Watchdog.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the anime.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She enjoys calling Ciel "boy", much to his embarrassment.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In the manga, she's a nice old lady, who casually orders a man assassinated and Ciel framed. Orders Ciel to abduct the scientist in charge of a German secret weapons program, and generally knows more about anything than anyone.
  • Body Horror: In the anime she has bits of Albert's flesh merged with hers, and it's still rotting.
  • Cool Old Lady: In the manga.
  • Cool Shades: In the manga.
  • Dynamic Entry: In the manga, she arrived at the curry cooking competition on horseback.
  • El Cid Ploy: At the end of the first anime season the real Victoria is dead, killed by Ash, but Arthur arranges for a double to stand in for her, with only a few people knowing the truth.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: In the anime, when she makes her first public appearance for quite a while during the Curry Competition several people in the audience comment that she seems particularly frail, not knowing about the Fountain of Youth situation because she keeps her veil down.
  • The Faceless: In the anime, keeps her veil over her face in public to disguise her young appearance.
  • Fountain of Youth: In the anime thanks to Ash.
  • Friend to All Children: She has a particular soft spot towards children, calling them "the future".
  • Historical In-Joke: In the manga, Queen Victoria has the occasional fit of tears that can be only alleviated by a servant (John Brown) with a Prince Albert puppet.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: In the anime she was the one responsible for the Phantomhives' deaths, in conjunction with Ash, and was attempting to start a world war.
  • Just Think of the Potential:
    • So there's someone out there who can make horrifying, flesh-eating zombies that only serious firepower can take out? Pretty scary. Let's try to recruit them!
    • Little Tyke Bomb genius girl, able to made the formula for dangerous bioweapons and formidable medicine? Let's invite her for tea!]
  • The Lost Lenore: Her husband Albert, who passed away prior to the start of the story.
  • Widow Woman
  • Yandere: In the anime.

     John Brown
"I am done talking... but it seems the queen has something to say."

     Charles Grey

Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura (JP), Clifford Chapin (EN)

"Wow! Double guns are so cool! But, I win at close combat."

A member of Queen Victoria's Private Secretarial Officers, as well as her butler. He and his partner Charles Phipps are known as "Double Charles".

     Charles Phipps

Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (JP), Brandon Potter (EN)

"All that matters is her majesty the queen's will."

The other half of "Double Charles". He and his partner Charles Grey are the Queen's butlers.

Noah's Ark Circus


Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki (JP), Mikaela Krantz (EN)

"There's a long life o' circus ahead o' you!"

A girl who ends up as Ciel's roomate during his time at the circus.
  • Anti-Villain: She, along with the other First-Tier circus members are involved in the kidnapping incident, but they are only following their "father's" orders.
  • Berserk Button: When she finds out that Ciel and Sebastian were the ones who killed the circus crew, she immediately tries to attack them.
  • Berserker Tears: When she tries to attack Ciel and Sebastian.
  • Bifauxnen: She looks so masculine that it's easy to mistake her for a boy. When Ciel saw her wearing a dress for the first time, he thought she was a cross-dressing boy instead.
  • Bokukko: She uses the aggressive-masculine pronoun of ore to refer to herself.
  • Break the Cutie: Her reaction when Ciel tells her that he killed the rest of the circus crew.
  • Circus Brat
  • The Cutie: Is this within the circus members. She is implied to be the youngest, and quickly befriends and bonds with Ciel.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It hints that all of the circus members have this.
  • Disney Death: Despite Ciel ordering Sebastian to kill her, we never actually “see” it happen, either in the manga or the anime. While it maybe be just to prevent her death from becoming even more of a Tear Jerker, not showing her death has led a number of Doll/Freckles fans to some possible speculations.
  • Facial Markings: Like all of the circus members.
  • Genki Girl: Has a very cheerful persona as Freckles. Not so much as Doll.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Ends up as Ciel's roommate during his stay at the circus. Ciel had no idea that Freckles was a girl.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has these, being The Cutie, of course.
  • Kill the Cutie: After she found out that Ciel and Sebastian had killed the rest of the circus crew, she tried to attack them. The attempt failed.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Her love for her "father" and siblings causes her to follow his orders and kidnap children, most of the other circus crew members do this as well. Downplayed, however, as neither she or any of them knew what was really happening to the children. Even Joker didn't know that kidnappings were in order for their bones to be used for prosthetic limbs by the Doctor and he was horrified when he found out. So its likely none of them would have done it had they they known.
  • Morality Pet: She's one of the few people whom Ciel has felt remorse over killing.
  • Only One Name
  • Parasol of Prettiness: As Doll.
  • Parental Abandonment
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Covers the left side of her face with her hair. It's to cover the part of her face which is deformed, mainly her eye.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Doll is incredibly elegant.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: There are two distinct sides to her personality: the side of the serious, solemn and quiet performer Doll, and the side that's cheerful, friendly and playful when she's Freckles.
  • The Tease: She forces Ciel to touch her chest to prove that she is a girl, and offers him the chance to "take a peek downstairs," as she words it.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Her reaction when she found out that it was Ciel and Sebastian who had killed the rest of the circus crew.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: As masculine as she is, she can act and dress like a lady as Doll.
  • Two-Faced: The part of her face that she covers with her face is deformed.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Places Ciel's hands on her breasts to prove that "he" is actually a "she".
  • Woman in White: As Doll.
  • Youthful Freckles


Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (JP), Matthew Mercer (EN)

"We decided to protect our most precious thing. For that, we will do anything."

The surrogate leader of the Noah's Ark Circus, tasked with managing the shows and performing as the pierrot.
  • Above Good and Evil: He didn't care what he had to do, as long as he thought it would save the other children.
  • All for Nothing: He believed he was protecting his "brothers and sisters" back at the Renbon Workhouse by obeying Kelvin. After he and all the first-tier members of the circus die because of it, Ciel and Sebastian find the Renbon Workhouse abandoned. They assume Kelvin allowed Doctor to kill the children for his experiments with artificial limbs. Joker and the rest died for nothing.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    "If I still had my right arm, I'd let you on my back, but…"
  • Anti-Villain: He kidnapped and tortured other children on Baron Kelvin's orders, but certainly does not take pleasure in doing so.
  • Artificial Limbs: His arm. Made of children's bones.
  • Beneath the Mask: Has two of these - the goofball and the stoic.
  • Coat Cape
  • Cute Little Fangs
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It hints that all of the circus members have this.
  • Distinctive Appearance
  • Evil Red Head: Even though he isn't really evil.
  • Facial Markings: Like all of the circus members.
  • Fake Irish: In the english dub he speaks with an Irish accent while his voice actor is not Irish.
  • Fiery Red Head: Subverted, as he only acts outgoing to the general public.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Applied by Baron Kelvin.
  • Freaky Is Cool: The way the circus members see each other versus the rest of the world.
  • Friend to All Children: Seems to behave this way, for good reason.
  • Guy Liner
  • Hidden Depths
  • Important Hair Accessory: He didn't have clips before.
  • I Owe You My Life
  • Kansai Regional Accent
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He will do anything for his foster siblings, even kidnap children because his demented "father" makes him believe he's protecting his brothers and sisters back at the Renbon Workhouse by doing so (although there are actually no children there anymore).
  • Laughing Mad: Descends into this after his "father" Baron Kelvin is killed in front of him by Ciel, and his remaining arm is cut off by Sebastian. It's in his name, after all.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He is a pretty attractive guy with hair around his shoulders.
  • Love Makes You Evil: He loves his "siblings" so much, to the point that he's willing to commit crimes to protect them.
  • The Leader: Serves as this for the circus members.
  • More Than Meets the Eye
  • Multicolored Hair
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: No matter how much he hates to kidnap innocent children and force them to perform in dangerous shows in which they die gruesomely; if that is what his "father" wants he will do it, since he's still the man who saved him and his "siblings", and the one supposedly protecting the other children at the Renbon Workhouse.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: He has a knife hidden within his Artificial Limb at all times.
  • Not So Different: To Ciel. When he begs Ciel to not kill Kelvin he states that the man is the one who saved them and is helping all their friends at the orphanage. Even if Joker and the others had to do commit horrible actions to further their cause, he still feels it's right if it gives all the abandoned children a better future. Ciel's response shows that he understands their need to better themselves, even if it's at the expense of other people, and replies:
    "To save your own skins, you obeyed him and sacrificed others... You fought to protect your world. What's wrong with that? In the end, "justice" is just an official line taken by those in power to serve their own ends. No one's looking out for others. If you're careless, you'll be robbed. There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who steal, and those who are stolen from. And today, I steal your futures. That's all this is."
  • Oblivious to Love: He apparently isn't aware of Beast's feelings for him.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: It's implied his mother never bothered to name him, as he has no real name in the death record.
  • Parental Abandonment
  • Perma-Shave: Doesn't seem to have stubble in the morning.
  • Real Joke Name: Quite literally.
  • Red Right Hand: Although technically he isn't evil.
  • Son of a Whore: His mother was a prostitute named Karen Taylor.
  • Stage Names
  • Sad Clown/Stepford Smiler
  • The Chains of Commanding: Is responsible for what his troupe does, and doesn't do.
  • Undying Loyalty: Less towards the Baron than the other children.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means


Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (JP), Tia Ballard (EN)

"Yes, we are all father's possessions."

An animal tamer who regularly performs with her tiger Betty. She is renowned as the star of the Circus.


Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (JP), Michael Sinterniklaas (EN)

"More important than the tent is sis's purity!"

The juggler of the Noah's Ark Circus. He is regarded as a talented knife thrower who never misses his target.

Voiced by: Takuma Terashima (JP), Spike Spencer (EN)

"I'm sorry for my carelessness that could have sent you to the next world."

The snake charmer of the Noah's Ark Circus. Said to be half-snake himself, Snake is capable of understanding snakes and allows them to speak through him. He returns after the events of the Murder Mystery arc, Ciel gets him to join his staff and Snake becomes the footman of the Phantomhive household.
  • Adorkable: Really not good with people, due to his early isolation and snake-like features. Also not sure how cake works.
  • Animal Theme Naming: His name is Snake... you know, since he's half snake.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: His reason for joining the circus.
  • Belated Backstory: His backstory differs from the rest of the circus members, and is not revealed until much later.
  • The Beast Master: He can control snakes.
  • Beneath the Mask: Begins to slip off the mask upon reappearance.
  • Bound and Gagged: When Sebastian captured him, he was locked inside a box, all tied up.
  • The Bus Came Back: After the Circus arc, he was left behind none the wiser. He returned near the end of the Murder Mystery arc to look for his friends by questioning Ciel and Sebastian. He joins Ciel's staff in the meantime.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: People sometimes wonder whether he's simply a mouth-piece for his snakes or not.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It hints that all of the circus members have this. However, Snake is set apart because he was not originally found by Baron Kelvin; prior to joining the circus, he was put in a cage as a Half-Human Hybrid attraction until the circus members freed him.
  • Expressive Hair: Has a cowlick of hair that shoots up when he's surprised and trembles when he's nervous.
  • Facial Markings: Like all of the circus members.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Performed on him by Ciel, who converts him into his staff.
  • Friendless Background: Before being taken in by the circus.
  • Frozen Face: Subverted; while his initial appearances seem to present him as emotionless, he does have facial expressions, which is shown more frequently after becoming Ciel's staff.
  • Green Eyes: With a hint of gold.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: According to Joker, he's a half-human, half-snake.
  • Hellish Pupils: Has snake-like pupils. Justified since he's half-snake.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Can be played straight or averted depending on how well you think Ciel lied to him about wanting to cooperate and find the 'missing' circus members.
  • I Am a Monster: Thinks himself as one due to his snake-like skin, which attracts several insults when he was in Campania, along with Ciel and Sebastian.
  • Only One Name: Doesn't seem to have any name but "Snake". We don't know what he calls himself.
  • Parental Abandonment: Due to being half-snake.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Rarely express his emotions, and when he does, it's most likely negative.
  • The Quiet One: He never seems to speak for himself, only translating for his snakes.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: When you consider just how much time seemingly passed since the Circus Arc. He used his snakes to follow Ciel's scent.
    • Though he ended up going to the wrong house and it was actually thanks to Sohma and Agni he found Ciel, since they had mistaken Snake for a friend of Ciel's so they greeted him warmly and sent him to Phantomhive Manor.
  • Shrinking Violet: Shows signs of being one when boarding the Campania with Ciel due to his appearance.
    Ciel: "You aren't used to crowds?"
    Snake: "I look different from everyone else, and since I'm with you, people will laugh at you too. Says Dan."
  • Survivor Guilt: Being the only member of the circus' first tier still alive is what leads him to attempt revenge on Ciel and co.
  • Team Pet: His snakes count. Ciel jokingly says he considers Snake one shortly after hiring him.
  • Theme Naming: His snakes' names, all named after authors.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Starts to be more expressive after joining Ciel's staff.
  • Troubled Child: As a child.
  • Verbal Tic: Whenever he speaks, he ends the sentence with "..says (Snake's name)", even if they include personal pronouns referring to himself. This is taken even further in the anime, with him becoming a Man of a Thousand Voices due to each snake having a completely unique voice. Emily gets a teasing Falsetto, while another is a Guttural Growler.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: One of his snakes, Webster, refers to himself as having been born on "the Island of Queimada Grande". This island is famous for having only a single species of snake, the highly-venomous Golden Lancehead Viper.


Voiced by: Ryōkan Koyanagi (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN)

The fire breather of the Noah's Ark Circus.
  • Apologetic Attacker: After he seemingly kills Finny he apologized, not wanting to devolve even more into such brutality.
  • Bald of Evil: Further accentuated with his head tattoos.
  • Blood from the Mouth: From his fight with Finny.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's gentle and kind to the children and he also caved in the skull of a police officer who was trying to protect a child Jumbo and the others were trying to kidnap.
  • The Brute: He's the biggest and most muscular of the Circus Crew.
  • Pet the Dog: Repeatedly, from giving Dagger a piggie back ride so he could play with the children to warning off the rest of his teammates from Phantomhive manner just as he's killed.
  • The Stoic: When performing or out committing crimes his demeanor is rigid and unfazed. Outside of that he's a pleasant kind fellow.
  • Token Adult: When the first stringers were all left out on the street as children, he was the only homeless adult with them.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He underestimates Finny, and it gets him killed.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His circus costume only features a medallion covering his chest.
  • The Worf Effect: He's the biggest and most imposing of the First Stringers and the first to die when they assault the mansion.

     Peter & Wendy 

Voiced by: Yuki Tai (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN)
Voiced by: Mayumi Shintani (JP), Rachel Robinson (EN)

A pair of trapeze artists for Noah's Ark Circus.

     Baron Kelvin
Voiced by: Chafurin (JP), Mike McFarland (EN)

"Special people can only be touched by other special people."

A philanthropist, and the creator and financial supporter of the Noah's Ark Circus. He is referred to as "Father" by the first-string members, except Snake.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Ciel. He sees the boy as the ultimate epitome of beauty and did everything to get his attention, even reenact the day Ciel was sacrificed. Ciel's response is to shoot him point-blank.
  • Abusive Dad: He forces his devoted children to kidnap other children and is shown to treat them like crap after becoming obsessed with Ciel and "beauty".
  • Arc Villain: Of the "Circus Arc/Book of Circus."
  • Ax-Crazy: Years of pursuing what he calls perfection has twisted him beyond any and all repair.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Gradually became this once he met Ciel.
  • Asshole Victim: After everything this creep did, you don't feel sorry for him when he gets killed by the boy he was obsessed with.
  • Bandaged Face: Was about to undergo plastic surgery, which didn't take when he heard that the Phantomhives had been assassinated.
  • Evil Cripple
  • Fat Bastard
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: After his second meeting with the Phantomhive household.
    Kelvin: Oh... I get it now. Special people can only be touched by other special people. I'm too ugly to even think about touching them.
  • I Have Your Wife: Kelvin uses his access to the first-tier members' "brothers and sisters" in the Renbon Workhouse and his ability to aid or hinder them, to control the first-tier members and get them to do want he wants, no matter how much they hate it. Later, Ciel and Sebastian discover that Kelvin had lied about keeping the other children at the Renbon Workhouse alive. They assume Kelvin most likely allowed Doctor to kill them for his experiments with artificial limbs. Meaning that all Joker and the rest did was for nothing.
  • Love at First Sight: The moment he laid his eyes on Ciel, the old man became obsessed.
  • Love Makes You Crazy
  • Love Makes You Evil: He used to be a kindly philanthropist who took in street urchins, but then he met Ciel, became obsessed with beauty and is now a crazy sadist who kidnaps children to have their bones to be used for prosthetic limbs and forces the rest of them to do sick "performances".
  • Malevolent Mutilation: Has the children that Joker and the others kidnap on his orders subjected to this, so that Doctor can use their bones to make his new prosthetics limbs.
  • My Greatest Failure: In a very twisted way; he regards his absence from the fateful ceremony during which Ciel was intended to be sacrificed, and which summoned Sebastian three years ago, to be this. (Even though that he had gone through such extensive surgery to the point of being bedridden, due to his obsession with Ciel, was why). Therefore, he decided to end up kidnapping and mutilating countless children, under the masquerade of Joker and the others' circus troupe; and over the next three years, meticulously constructed an exact replica of the ritual ceremony to undertake with Ciel, for Ciel and Sebastian. Not to mention, he wished to die in the very same way that Sebastian had massacred the occultists during Ciel's attempted sacrifice three years prior.
  • Psychopathic Manchild
  • Sanity Slippage: Seemed to be a good guy at first, then his obsession with "beauty" starts to manifest...
  • Serial Killer: He was responsible for the kidnapping case that Ciel was investigating. The children he kidnapped were forced to perform to their death, or intended as sacrificial lambs.
  • The Sociopath: Becomes this after his "fall". He orders children to perform deadly tricks and laughs when they inevitably die.
  • Stalker With a Crush: He's creepily obsessed with Ciel. He even keeps wine bottles from the year he was born.
  • Would Hurt a Child: See Serial Killer.
  • Yandere
  • Your Cheating Heart: He had a wife, but he completely forgot about her after becoming obsessed with Ciel. He didn't even care when she left him.


Voiced by: Satoshi Mikami (JP), Alex Organ (EN)

A doctor who works at the Noah's Ark Circus to tend to the members' injuries and their prosthetic limbs, which he has constructed himself.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Averted. He has many of the traits, being the non-suspicious man behind the man, supplying the evil plan exposition and also being the last man standing after the supposed mastermind, Kelvin. However Kelvin remains the true mastermind, he ordered the kidnappings, had the children murdered, and kicked off the plot with his mad desire for Ciel, while the doctor only decided to Let No Crisis Go to Waste and create his limbs.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's only referred to as Doctor.
  • Extreme Doormat: He can only ask for the First-stringers to stop destroying his hospital with their fighting, and he tends to be ignored.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Post-Reveal. His lack of expression combined with his glasses newfound reflective traits serves to give him a detached sociopathic look.
  • Lack of Empathy: He doesn't understand why killing children for his experiments is wrong, comparing their worth to the lives of cows whose bones would normally be used for the prosthetics.
  • Mad Doctor: He's been making the artificial limbs out of bones, specifically children's.
  • Obfuscating Disability: He's pretending to be unable to walk as it makes him easier to trust.
  • Villainous Friendship: Type 4 with Baron Kelvin. He was willing to perform operations to make Kelvin "Beautiful" and supported his evil doings. He valued Kelvin and admired him as Kelvin shared his principles and disregard for life. When Kelvin dies, the Doctor admits its a shame, and promptly gets over it, asking Ciel if he could get a job from him.
  • Walking Spoiler: He doesn't have that many appearances, but in his last he drops quite a few reveals. This is also in a literal sense as he's revealed to be able to walk.
  • Would Hurt a Child: And that's just the start.

Other Characters

     Soma Asman Kadar
Voiced by Shinnosuke Tachibana (JP) and Chris Ayres (ENG)

"From now on, I want to try and learn all sorts of things. And someday, I'll become a great man who won't lose to anyone and show you!"

An Indian prince, and the twenty-sixth child of the Raja of Bengal. He came to England to track down his nursemaid Mina, but after learning that Mina left India on purpose to become a rich man's wife and that she hated him for his ignorance and self-absorbed personality, Soma decided to stay with Ciel and learn how to act as a gentleman and even proclaims to be Ciel's best friend.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Turns out, he takes this to extremes.
    • The real reason he rescued Agni from execution years ago had something to do with a previous incident where Agni saved Soma.
    • He stays in London constantly trying to befriend someone who he knows dislikes him because Ciel helped him become a better person, and he wants to return the favor.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He develops this for Ciel, much to the latter's annoyance.
  • Bishōnen
  • Break the Cutie: Though he learns a valuable lesson from it. He gets broken again in Chapter 127 when Agni dies.
  • Berserker Tears: After Agni's death, when Ciel was approach him ask him what happen, he punched him in tears.
  • Foreign Fanservice
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Agni care deeply about each other, and they are always seen together.
  • Hidden Depths: He knows full well what kind of person Ciel is, and that Ciel doesn't return his feelings of friendship. But because he wants to pay Ciel back for helping him get his act together, and because he sees Ciel's potential for improvement, he stays in England. He's fully aware that Ciel might stay forever alone and bitter, but he'd rather risk being hurt for a chance to help save Ciel.
    • Apparently his backstory with Agni isn't as straightforward as it first appeared to be.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Sees Ciel as a good guy and a friend, despite Ciel's... aloofness and suspicious behavior.
  • Impaled Palm: In chapter 127, Soma tried to save himself from being killed by placing his right hand in front of gun instead. Thus, badly injured his hand.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Tries to track down his nursemaid Mina, believing she'd been kidnapped by an Englishman, only to find out that she left India on purpose because her caste meant she would only ever be a servant and instead wanted to be a rich man's wife.
  • Pretty Free Loader: Despite being a filthy-rich prince, he decides to live under Ciel's roof.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Massive ditz, but intelligent and well-educated enough from a young age that the finest academy in England has nothing to teach him. He was bored.
    • It turns out he's got a better understanding of Ciel's true personality than any other character except Sebastian.
  • Spoiled Sweet: A bit self-centered, but a genuinely good guy. Later in the anime, he's shown passing out curry bread to the homeless and the manga has him running a soup kitchen for orphan children.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He loves curry.
  • Those Two Guys: When partnered with Agni. Until Chapter 127 has Agni killed off.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In chapter 128, Blinded by rage after losing Agni, Soma punched Ciel. It's implied by the following chapter that he did it because he thought Ciel was the other "Ciel".
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: He has dark purple hair.

Voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto (JP) and Patrick Seitz (ENG)

"It's for my master to be bright and healthy that I would risk my life. Isn't that what you would call a butler's aesthetics?!"

A Brahmin who renounced his old ways to become Soma's servant.
  • Badass Normal: Agni's a capable fighter, able to stand up and hold his own against Sebastian, despite being a completely ordinary human, though Sebastian calls him an "extraordinary specimen"
  • Battle Butler: Comes off as a rather benign foreign counterpart to Sebastian.
  • Bishōnen
  • Catch-Phrase: "Jo aagyaa", a (phonetically-spelled) Hindi phrase roughly meaning "As you command".
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: At first, Ciel believed him to be another supernatural creature, since he managed to achieve a draw in a duel against Sebastian. But the latter reassures him that Agni is a normal human, despite his skills.
  • Chef of Iron: Also, a Supreme Chef. The "Hand of God" isn't a reference to his combat prowess but rather to his cooking.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Dark-Skinned Blond
  • Eye Scream: In chapter 127, Agni lose his right eye to unknown assassin.
  • Foreign Fanservice: Exploited in the Blue Cult arc.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Despite losing his eye and bleeding to death, he gives one last smile to his master before locking Soma in a closet to protect him from the assassins.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Obeys every command Soma gives him without question. Soma saved him from being executed, and he will never stop repaying it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Soma care deeply about each other, they are always together.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Chapter 127, he sacrifices himself to keep Soma safe from being killed by an unknown assassin.
  • I Owe You My Life: Towards Soma. Agni used to commit a lot of crimes in the past, and he was sentenced to death for his deeds. But Soma pardons him, and Agni had been a loyal servant to him ever since.
  • Karma Houdini: Tries to defy it. In the manga, he spends an entire chapter trying to confess to Scotland Yard about being blackmailed by West into attacking people, but Ciel stops him.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Chapter 127, he was killed protecting Soma from an unknown assassin. He was stabbed seven times.
  • Only One Name: He is only refer as Agni instead of his real name he abandon long time ago.
  • Pressure Point: He makes use of them in his fighting. Notably he uses this ability to free Ciel's servants from Hannah's brainwashing in season 2.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Named after the Hindu god of fire.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In anime of season 2, he's alive and well by his master side, but in the manga, he was killed by unknown assassin in Blue Cult Arc.
  • Tears of Blood
  • Those Two Guys: When partnered with Soma. Until his death in Chapter 127.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the point where even in death, his grip on the door Soma was behind was so strong that Sebastian would rather pull the door-handle off than try to undo Agni's grip.

     Lord Aleister Chamber (Viscount of Druitt)
Voiced by Tatsuhisa Suzuki (JP) and Todd Haberkorn (ENG)

A nobleman well-known for his fine tastes and parties held during the social season. Ciel's group infiltrates in one of his parties because he's suspected of being Jack the Ripper.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Of all the people to show interest, he ranks fairly high on Ciel's No Yay scale.
  • Ambiguously Evil: How evil/dangerous is he? Selling girls into sexual slavery is not cool, but given how he keeps popping up in connection to Ciel's cases, it's unclear just how deep his bastardry goes...
  • Beauty Is Bad: Has a lot of fangirls both in (and out) of universe, but shows himself to be a crazy asshole in every appearance.
  • Bishōnen
  • Blue Blood
  • Camp Straight/Ambiguously Bi: He's as camp as you get and flirts with Ciel (both in and out of drag), but he also loves the ladies.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the manga, he shows up very early on and later comes back as a villain again in the Zombie-Titanic arc. Later his family connection to Edgar Redmond turns out to be important.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Combat Commentator: In Episode 7 of the 2nd season.
  • Doctor Who Doesn't Do Anything: Has a medical degree, but never does anything... er, medical.
  • Diminishing Villain Threat: More so in the anime than in the manga, though he's not much of a threat in both canons. In the anime, he goes from being a shady prostitution dealer to rather ridiculous, Ho Yay riddled comic relief.
    • His involvement in illegal affairs remains intact, as demonstrated by being a member of 'the Phoenix', a shady medical cult.
  • Large Ham
  • Man in White
  • Running Gag: Whenever he sees or tastes something he enjoys, he'll always make at least one reference to the "Lady Robin" who captured his heart that time at his party. And Ciel just happens to be nearby every time he does...
  • The Nicknamer: He calls every woman he finds attractive a "Robin". Which becomes a touch creepy when he calls Ciel one.
  • Purple Eyes
  • Sissy Villain
  • Wicked Cultured

     Fred Abberline
Voiced by Hisayoshi Suganuma (JP) and Jonathan Brooks (ENG)

The chief inspector of Scotland Yard. He works under Arthur Randall, and is the only officer in Scotland Yard besides the commissioner that is aware of Ciel's identity as the Queen's Watchdog.

  • Death by Adaptation: In the anime's first season he's impaled by Lau when trying to protect Ciel. In the Manga he's still kicking around, and when the Anime adapts the Circus storyline he's still in his original role.
  • Fair Cop
  • Friend to All Children: He feels sorry for Ciel because he's a burdened child.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In the anime.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the anime.
  • Hidden Depths: As the show goes on he's shown to be a pretty empathetic reasonable man. Able to see Ciel's rants about being alone as trying to bury the loss of his parents, as Fred himself knows what it's like to be an orphan. He and another officer also displayed a talent at ice sculpture, able to construct a very accurate, if weak necked sculpture of their boss.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Or rather, is someone famous.
  • Nice Guy
  • Retirony: Mentions to a friend and Ciel his upcoming marriage and thoughts of parenthood. Nice knowing ya Fred.

Voiced by Yui Itsuki (JP) and Jessica Cavanagh (ENG)

The maid and dear friend of Elizabeth.
  • Canon Immigrant: Originally an anime-only character, she later makes multiple appearances in Lizzie's flashbacks in the Ship Voyage arc in the manga, then appears in the present (albeit as a cameo) with Elizabeth as a specator of the crickett tournament in the Public School arc, and then once more at the beginning of the Blue Order arc.
  • Broken Tears: In chapter 129, despite of being reunited with Edward, she look very sadden after he mention his sister's whereabout. She sadly stated that Elizabeth "has gone to where she belongs", after that she continues to shed tears uncontrollably.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Jingle jingle!"
  • Curtains Match the Window: Paula has brown eyes and hair.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the manga, it was revealed during Blue Cult arc that she was forced against her will to work at Sphere Music Hall until Scotland Yard raid the hall, but they detail Paula and send a notice to Edward afterwards.
  • Meido: She works as Elizabeth's personal maid.
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny: Her attempts at cheering Lizzie up in the anime are very awkward, but endearing.


Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma (JP), Taliesin Jaffe (EN)

"It's just a pretentious bit of writing done outside of my own specialty."

A poor oculist and struggling writer, who is invited to the Phantomhive manor in the Murder Mystery arc. He becomes the recorder of the strange and bizarre events that occur at the Phantomhive Manor. He's all but stated to be Arthur Conan Doyle, though his full name is never revealed.
  • Adorkable
  • Been There, Shaped History: Ciel and Sebastian explaining to him what really happened with the murders-including Sebastian being a demon-is what lead him to continue writing.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Ciel.
  • Broken Masquerade: Arthur is the only Muggle person to know Sebastian is a demon and live to not tell the tale.
  • Genre Savvy: Being a mystery writer in his spare time, he's well-aware of certain relating tropes, and even learns some new ones during the course of the story.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Arthur is positive that A Study in Scarlet won't be popular and isn't keen on writing the character again. Ciel and Sebastian change his mind.
  • Just Between You and Me: Ciel and Sebastian reveal to Arthur not only the details of their scheme but also that Sebastian is a demon. They allow Arthur to go free... but not before warning him that if he ever tells a soul about their secret then Arthur will be killed. Oh, and they'll always be watching...
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: He has 10 siblings.
  • Nice Guy: He's polite, gentle, if a little bit of a pushover. He was quite protective of Ciel, and was one of the only persons in the Murder Mystery arc who maintains his faith for the boy when the latter becomes a prime suspect for a murder.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. This is the manga's second Arthur, sharing a name with Arthur Randall, the Scotland Yard Commissioner.
  • Write What You Know: In-Universe, his experiences at the Phantomhive manor inspire many story elements he'd use in the next Sherlock Holmes books.
  • Young Future Famous People: He's a young Arthur Conan Doyle. He's never called by his full name, but it's made extremely obvious.