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

"I'm arrogant, but not so much that I'd irresponsibly save someone just to brag about it."

The current Earl of Phantomhive, the sole survivor after the mysterious and untimely deaths of his parents in a fire. 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 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.
  • Always Save the Girl: As of the most recent chapter, he's definitely this toward Elizabeth. He threw himself in front of a bear for her chapters ago, but most recently 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 he has Sebastian knock her out and give her over to her brother.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Badass
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: Prior the kidnapping by the head of the Italian gangster division in Britain.
  • 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.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil
  • Birthday Hater: His tenth birthday was the day his house burned down with both parents inside. And he was kidnapped, and taken off to be a slave to a cult. Really great birthday!
  • A Boy and His X: A boy and his demon butler.
  • Break the Cutie
  • Broken Ace
  • Broken Bird: As the result of a curse. Time will tell if this is the way he used to be, the way he really is underneath his calm demeanor, or something else entirely.
  • Byronic Hero: A very young example, but he still fits this trope to a T.
  • The Chessmaster: Proved it during the murder mystery arc where he planned out and orchestrated the entire event. To sum it up he basically allows the murder mystery to play out all while knowing who the true killer was, keeping everyone else from finding out, placing 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 one character based off of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of his scheme because he wanted to motivate him to continue to write mystery novels.
    • Also, with a few well chosen words towards Snake, Ciel turned a former enemy into another one of his devoted servants.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: It takes him all night to make Undertaker even utter a simple "...hah."
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Performed on him by the cultists seen in his backstory.
  • The Comically Serious
  • 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.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: In both sub and dub.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Moreso in the anime than the manga.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents were killed, his house was burnt down, he was kidnapped, sold, and used as a sacrifice for a cult. Then he met Sebastian and sold his soul to him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Anime-only, for the most part. In the manga he's portrayed mainly as The Comically Serious.
  • Deal with the Devil: With Sebastian.
  • Death Seeker: In the anime, at least, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 his fiancée Elizabeth too.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Ciel's parents were killed, his house was burnt down, he was kidnapped, and he was tortured, he decided that he would seek out the person/people who killed his parents and deliver to them the same pain that he went through. Along the way he also decided that he doesn't mind killing people who get in the way of his plans.
  • 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 his flashback. 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."
  • Even the Guys Want Him: The only ones that don't have romanticized interest in him are Tanaka, Finny, Baldo and Grell, who considers herself a girl.
  • Evil Brit: Averted. This takes place in Britain and when everyone is British than it's nothing exceptional.
  • Expy: Of Artemis Fowl from Eon 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., actually having to work.
  • Flat Earth Atheist: Driven away from all promises of heaven by his experiences in life, despite the fact he has a covenant with an honest, actual-to-truth demon who has freely told him that, yes, there is a heaven, and yes, Ciel will suffer horribly once his soul ends up in the demon's clutches.
  • 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, though he tolerates Sebastian and does not complain when the demon picks him up or holds him. If he is stressed, he will slap someone touching him away, proclaiming, "Don't touch me so easily!" This is a negative influence of the trauma he underwent during his time as a slave.
  • Heroic BSOD/Freak Out: In PTSD fashion, Sebastian's actions when trying to save him from the werewolf's curse bring back painful memories of his time imprisoned. This causes him to lash out against Sebastian, won't let any of the other adults near him. Coupled with him now being blind, he could only cling to the young Finnian for safety.
  • Ill Boy: He suffers from asthma, for one.
  • 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.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses
  • 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.
  • Kubrick Stare
  • 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 ruins. Ciel finds this darkly amusing.
  • Little Mister Snarker: Again, mostly in the anime, as the manga portrays him more as The Comically Serious.
  • Little Professor Dialog
  • Living a Double Life
  • Lord And Knight: Another way to interpret his relationship with Sebastian, with Ciel being the Dark Lord to Sebastian's Black Knight.
  • Magical Eye: As proof of his contract is covered by an eyepatch for public reasons to avoid connections to the occult.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste
  • 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?
  • Nice Hat: Ciel has many a fancy hat, particularly his top hat.
  • Non-Action Guy/Non-Action Snarker: 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.
  • The Power of Acting: Ciel is a freaking amazing actor fyi. It's almost scary how he can do it so well. In fact, it is displayed when he smiles beautifully before dropping it in the next panel as it is all an act. Basically,the entire Noah's circus ark arc was one giant display of his acting prowess. He also does it again here when he is caught sneaking into Beast's tent by Doll. He was amazing and totally realistic. Even when it was clear Ciel had betrayed them, Doll was still certain that Ciel was a good guy due to his previous acting.
    • Also, in the arc in which he had to pretend he was an ordinary student, he smiled and laughed and when he got injured, he bishie sparkled at will and gave a gentle smile, "I can forget the pain because everyone is happy." Or well, something along that line, but after he was out of sight, he mentioned to Sebastian, "Painful things are still painful." And could not comprehend why everyone believed that he had "Forgotten about the pain".
  • Not So Stoic: When he breaks down, he breaks down.
  • Odd Couple: With Sebastian.
  • Only Sane Man: Since almost everyone around him is very quirky.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Moreso 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Smart People Play Chess
  • The Snark Knight
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior
  • 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 by a curse, 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.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: So much he's the trope image.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: One way to interpret his relationship with Sebastian.
  • Weirdness Magnet
  • 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.
  • Wicked Cultured
  • Wise Beyond His Years
  • 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.

     Sebastian Michaelis 
Voiced by Daisuke Ono (JP) and J. Michael Tatum (ENG)

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

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.

  • Affably Evil: Although less "evil" in the anime. Sebastian is always polite to everyone.
  • Always Save The Kid
  • Ambiguously Bi: To the fans he is either this, or Ambiguously Gay, but he did have sex with Matilda and it is heavily implied that he did the same with Beast.
  • 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?
  • Ambiguously Gay
    • Exhibit A. Stilettos.
    • Exhibit B. The way he stands and walks, particularly prominent in the first couple of volumes.
    • And, of course, fighting with Claude over Ciel, which leads to both Alois and Grell implying that he's in love with Ciel. Sebastian doesn't deny it, and, in fact, agrees while fighting Claude in episode 10 that he's not fighting for just Ciel's soul...
      • Most of these traits are especially apparent in the anime. It's far more ambiguous in the manga.
    • Let's not forget the episode where Sebastian tries to teach Ciel to dance...
  • 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
  • Battle Butler: He's the trope image!
  • Bishōnen: Oh yes.
  • 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."
    • 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
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Occasionally.
  • The Coats Are Off: He removes his tailcoat in his fight with Grell, and that's when things really get 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
  • Cuteness Proximity: Get him close to his beloved cats, and he even ignore 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.
    • The fangs aren't always apparent though. They usually only show up when he's being creepy. It's possible that he can "summon" them.
  • Dissonant Serenity
  • The Dragon: To Ciel.
  • Even the Guys Want Him
  • 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/Ironic Hell: 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.
  • 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
  • Gentleman Snarker: Especially apparent with his first interaction with Beast, which almost borders themes of Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Irony: Loves cats and dislikes dogs. Named after Ciel's dog.
    • Though his discontent for dogs has only been stated in the anime.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Sebastian adores cats, and makes no secret of the fact he loves them.
    • In the anime, this extends to him having a pronounced dislike of dogs.
  • Kiss of Death: At the end of the first anime when he leans into Ciel to devour his soul. It looks as though soul-devouring requires some mouth action, but the scene just fades before he gets too close.
  • Lord And Knight: Another way to interpret his relationship with Ciel, with Sebastian being the Black Knight to Ciel's Dark Lord.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Sebastien Michaelis.
    • Turns out that Ciel was naming him after his dog.
    • By sheer coincidence (or not) his name is also a reference from the Japanese stereotype all foreign butlers are named Sebastian.
    • Although Ciel picked the first name, it's likely that the surname is purely him rolling with it and making a joke few would get. Including Ciel at that point, at least. Well, who knows: he might have met the guy.
  • Mysterious Past: Sebastian is the most mysterious character of them all. Little is known about him other then 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.
  • Nominal Hero: In the anime.
  • Nonchalant Dodge
  • Non-Human 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 recently 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 from other supernatural beings 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.
  • Odd Couple: With Ciel.
  • Offhand Backhand: Gave us a pretty epic one to a zombie while soaking wet on a sinking ship...no, seriously.
  • The Omniscient
  • 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.
  • 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
  • The Proud Elite: Suave but aloof, this demon turned butler is quite intelligent and there is very little he cannot do. Being a demon, he truly does care nothing for humans beyond their use as tools and food.
  • 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: To Ciel.
  • Sex God: Because he's a demon disguised in the form his master ordered him to (a polite butler), Sebastian interrogates a cult member......very convincingly.
    Woman: I can see the Gates of Heaven!
    Sebastian: (unamused) Oh I highly doubt that.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: His sex scenes with Beast in the manga and Matilda in the anime.
  • Slasher Smile: Occasionally.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat/Volleying Insults: 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
  • Supreme Chef
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: He fits this trope to a T.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Villain Protagonist: In the manga.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: One way to interpret his relationship with Ciel.
  • Weapon of Choice: Silverware, because he's a butler.
  • Wicked Cultured

     Mey-Rin 
Voiced by Emiri Katou (JP) and Monica Rial (ENG)

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

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

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

     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!"

     Tanaka 
Normal
Serious
Voiced by Shunji Fujimura (JP) and R Bruce Elliott (ENG)

"Ho ho ho."
  • 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: With a touch of Dissonant Serenity.
  • Cool Old Guy: The only reason Sebastian tolerates him. That and he doesn't get in the way.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

     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?"

     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."

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

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

     Undertaker 
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."

  • Ambiguously Evil: Not outright evil, but certainly not on the good guys' side, either.
  • Badass: Took on Sebastian, Grell and Ronald Knox at the same time with seeming ease. As in he didn´t get hit once and mortally wounded Sebastian.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Seems to be shaping up to be this as he was the villain of two arcs.
  • Blinding Bangs: Though in the anime, Grell does brush them aside to find What Beautiful Eyes he has and immediately asks him to make love to her.
    • In the manga, though, Grell noticing his eyes causes her to realize immediately he's a rogue shinigami; apparently they all have the same kind of eyes, but he's not wearing any glasses!
  • 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.
  • Bishōnen: See above. Were you really surprised?
  • Cheshire Cat Grin
  • Creepy Good: In the anime at least. As of Chapter 60 in the manga, not so much considering what's he up to in that arc though he still appears to care about Ciel.
  • The Creepy Undertaker
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep
  • 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 Principal. 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.
  • 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.
  • Name's the Same: Three words "REST IN PEACE"
  • 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 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.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Again, only in the anime.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the manga (chapter 60 onwards), 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: Uhyeah.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: Finally reveals them in chapter 59.
  • 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.

     Lau 
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?"

     Ran-Mao 
Voiced by Sayuri Yahagi (JP) and Trina Nishimura (ENG)

"Glad... you're safe."

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

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

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

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

     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!"

     Agni 
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?!"

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

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

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

     Queen Victoria 
Manga
Anime

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

"ALLLBEERTT!! I wish you were here today too!!!"
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the anime.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She enjoys calling Ciel "boy", much to his embarrassment.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • The Lost Lenore: Her husband Albert, who passed away prior to the start of the story.
  • Widow Woman
  • Yandere: In the anime.

Characters Introduced in the Circus Arc/"Book of Circus"

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

Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki

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

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano

     Beast 

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

Voiced by: Yuko Kaida

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

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto

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

Voiced by: Takuma Terashima

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