Characters: Black Butler Anime And Manga
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"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.
- 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.
"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.
"A tiny mouse can run anywhere, but they are always in my sight.
- Action Girl
- Badass Adorable
- 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 backstory.
- Curtains Match the Window
- 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!"
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Ciel, please get Maylene some new glasses.
- And in chapter 85, he does!
- Dark and Troubled 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.
- 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
- Ninja Maid: She's a Cold Sniper who can leap from roof to roof and go Guns Akimbo with two rifles.
- Only One Name
- Opaque Nerd Glasses
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Retired Badass: Deeply enjoys being a maid, as she's made clear several times, but has no compunctions about killing anyone who threatens her employers.
- 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.
- 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.
"Cooking is an art! And art means explosions!
"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!
- Badass Adorable
- Break the Cutie: In the flashbacks where he's being tortured.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: May not know much about gardening yet, but he uses his strength more proficiently than what he normally implies; which is usually none at all
- Cute Bruiser
- Dark and Troubled Past: It's a major theme in the Black Butler universe. Finny is no exception. The poor boy was captured and cruelly experimented on. When he wasn't left alone in a dark cell, he was given numerous unsafe injections and saw his fellow subjects killed with a bullet to the brain.
- Declaration of Protection: To Ciel, for saving him from life as an experiment.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: He totally does. Except when blowing on hot milk to cool it down, he accidentally breathes at fifty mph.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
- Hair Decorations
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Mysterious Past: Okay, so if Finny grew up as a test subject in a cell, how on earth does he know a specific dialect of German used mainly in Southern Germany?
- Only One Name: Justified. His past was so horrible nobody ever bothered to give him a name, until he met Ciel. Being given a name was so important to him, it led to his Declaration of Protection for Ciel.
- Spell My Name with an S: Some call him "Phinnian" as well...
- The Caretaker: Forced to become this in chapter 91 for Ciel, as he's the only one of the servants Ciel will let help.
- ¡Three Amigos!: With Bard and Maylene.
- They Would Cut You Up: His Super Strength comes from surviving human experiments.
- You Are Number Six: Was referred to as #12, as shown by his tattoo, during the experiments.
"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
"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?"
- Action Girl: Dual Wielding against zombies
- Arranged Marriage: With Ciel.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Well, not perfectly, but he does seem to have warmed up to the idea some more and Lizzie herself also seems quite happy about this.
- Ascended Extra: Before the current arc, she had only appeared in about 5 chapters.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Boast: Gives one during her CMoA in the Campania Zombies Arc.
- Badass Family: Including her, too.
- Becoming the Mask: Despite what the other spoilered text may imply, she really is that girly, and always was. Burying her combat ability wasn't a matter of one personality replacing another so much as one overtaking another.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Take our word for it.
- Cat Smile
- Damsel in Distress
- Deliberately Distressed Damsel: In the manga, she's actually a Little Miss Badass. She thought Ciel wouldn't like her enough if she was too "brash and uncute", so she didn't use her swordmanship skills until there was no choice. It could be a deconstruction of the Deliberately Distressed Damsel trope. Unlike most girls that fit this trope, it's all for the sake of her beloved, and not because she simply likes being rescued. It also shows that Lizzie had to sacrifice a few things in order to maintain Ciel's pride, and it harmed her self-esteem.
- Dual Wielding
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Unsurprising, given the time period.
- Genki Girl
- Girlish Pigtails
- Girly Bruiser
- The Glomp: She never hesitates at a chance to glomp Ciel.
- Green Eyes
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her gold hair highlights her sunny disposition, girlish attitude, innocence, and deep love for Ciel. However, later characterization reveals that she is a Lady of War and nowhere near as naive as she seems, but still a Nice Girl.
- Hidden Depths
- I Am X, Daughter of Y: "I am the daughter of the leader of the British Knights Marquis Alexis Leon Middleford: Elizabeth! The Wife of the Queen's Watchdog!"
- In the Blood: Would you believe her father is as overaffectionate?
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Fighting zombies in Elegant Gothic Lolita clothing.
- Kissing Cousins: She and Ciel are cousins. Not that this was unusual for this time period.
- Lady of War
- Little Miss Badass: So badass that when Grell was about to make an entrance, sweet Lizzie pointed a sword at her and glared at the Shinigami.
- Locked Out of the Loop: With most things regarding Ciel. Like what happened during the month he was kidnapped or even the fact that he has asthma. Ciel probably keeps these things from her in order to not worry her but now she's starting to get suspicious.
- Love Martyr: For Ciel. Most of the stunts she pulls are only for Ciel's happiness.
- Master Swordsman: Elizabeth is quite the accomplished swordswoman.
- Mega Twintails: That hairstyle can't possibly be achieved in real life without lots of curlers and hair gel. As Lizzie's hair seems to be naturally straight◊, looks like it's not possible without curlers for her, as well.
- Morality Chain: Her entire reason for existence seems to be keeping Ciel from falling into the abyss. It's lampshaded in chapter 58 she even states that her goal was to be a wife Ciel could protect. Then she changes this so she could protect Ciel.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: The reason she wasn't fighting was because when they were little, young Ciel was afraid of Lizzy's mother and her harsh personality, and was glad he was marrying Lizzy. This made Lizzy feel that if she were to show her sword-fighting side, Ciel wouldn't like her.
- Non-Idle Rich
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She's not so harmless as she appears. In this case, it's to fool Ciel into thinking she's someone he needs to protect, instead of the other way around.
- Overly Long Name: Elizabeth Ethel Cordelia Middleford is her full name in the anime. It's not unusual for that time period either.
- Plucky Girl
- Protectorate: Seems to be this to her older brother Edward.
- Regal Ringlets: The manga indicates these aren't natural and are the way she chooses to style her hair.
- Satellite Love Interest: Her role in this story is as "The wife of the Queen's Watchdog". She's quite the accomplished Action Girl; she just doesn't want to show that side often in front of Ciel, fearing he may dislike her should she do so.
- Silk Hiding Steel: More like Sugar Hiding Steel.
- Skewed Priorities: Lizzie, honey, the cake is not that important, especially when your fiancé has a gun out and there are zombies running about. Really.
- Spoiled Sweet: She's used to getting what she wants but, for the most part, isn't a bad person for it.
- She does seem to be getting better at it, though. Even more now that she decided to not hide her Little Miss Badass side anymore.
- Stepford Smiler: As seen from chapter 66, she keeps most of her fears and worries regarding Ciel to herself.
- Unfazed Everyman: One of the few genuinely normal people that Ciel knows.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: In the manga.
Angelina "Madame Red" Durless
"I used to hate my red hair that was just like my father's. I used to hate red.
- 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 Silly 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
- Break the Cutie: She was quite cute growing up... but then things got bad... really bad. See Trauma Conga Line below.
- Broken Bird
- Cannot Tell a Joke
- Christmas Cake
- Cool Aunt: To Ciel.
- Curtains Match the Window
- A Death in the Limelight
- Dies Wide Open
- Even the Girls Want Her
- Evil Redhead: More like very broken redhead, though.
- The Fashionista
- Fiery Redhead
- Freakiness Shame: Initially hated her signature red hair, until Earl Phantomhive told her he liked it.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Envied her older sister for being lucky enough to attract the eye of Earl Phantomhive.
- Good Girl Gone Bad
- Green-Eyed Monster: Envied the pregnant prostitutes who came to her clinic for abortions... so she killed them.
- 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.
- 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
- Lady in Red: Duh.
- Like a Son to Me: Ciel. This saves Ciel's life, actually. And costs her her own life.
- Mad Doctor
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- Non-Idle Rich
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Precocious Crush: On Lord Phantomhive, who would go on to marry her sister.
- 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
- 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
"Even if I'm like this, I'm still the butler of death!
- Badass: Particularly in the Manga.
- 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 her in a fight. Arguably, this is why she 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, she can't give birth either, so they had a common cause.
- Blind Without 'Em: Apparently it's a shinigami trait.
- Chainsaw Good: Averted. It jams when it gets clothing caught in it.
- Characterization Marches On: Though partially justified as part of a disguise, she initially came across as timid, clumsy and suicidal. Then after the reveal, later parts of the story portray her 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
- Depraved Homosexual
- Diminishing Villain Threat: This is especially true in the anime, reducing Grell from a legitimate threat to a Harmless Villain by each appearance.
- Evil Redhead: Fitting with Grell's love of red, 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/Supernatural Gold Eyes: Somehow both at the same time. Seems to be a shinigami trait.
- 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, and 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 she received.
- Love at First Punch: Sebastian.
- And Will too, for this one. It seems Grell likes them both for the cold shoulders they give her. And the bruises.
- Mad Love: A one-sided one with Sebastian.
- Meaningful Name/Partially Named After Somebody Famous: Shares a surname with Peter Sutcliffe the original Jack the Ripoff.
- Put on a Bus: In the manga. Grell reappears about 50 chapters later on the ''Campania''.
- Rapunzel Hair: After the reveal.
- Shinigami: Has a chain instead of a scythe, and her attacks reveal the memories of the victims.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
- Sissy Villain: Only in the anime, in the manga, Grell's rather vicious, especially if you harm her face.
- Slasher Smile: Post-reveal, all the time.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Especially in the anime.
- Transsexual: Grell is biologically male, but identifies as a female.
- Weapon of Choice: The chainsaw she uses as her 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 she got it back at the end of season 1.
"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: Uh… yeah.
- 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.
"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?
William T. Spears
"If you interfere, I'll reap you.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: All the time, usually with the pointy end of his death scythe.
- Badass: The artbook implies he even has "strength equal to Sebastian."
- Bishōnen: While he's more handsome than pretty now, he certainly fit this trope when he was younger.
- Blind Without 'Em: There are some amusing side effects when he loses his glasses.
- The Comically Serious
- Improbable Weapon: A pruning pole.
- Jerkass: The manner in which he treats his fellow reapers leaves something to be desired.
- He also doesn't take too kindly to Ciel or Sebastian.
- Mean Boss: There is nothing redeemable about a boss who stomps on the faces of his lowerclassmen.
- Mysterious Middle Initial
- Only Sane Man: Among the Shinigami, though he is quite quirky...
- Perpetual Frowner: The only time we ever see him laugh (or even smile, at that) is in the Ciel in Wonderland OVA. Theoretically, you'd think it to be a charming moment, but...
- Romanticized Abuse: For the most part, this is only in the anime. The more William beats Grell up the more the fangirls squee.
- In the anime, Grell apparently fell in love with him because of it.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Played for intimidation, mostly when Grell is involved.
- Serious Business
- Stoic Spectacles
- Surrounded by Idiots
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
"From the start, I've never been one to do overtime.
Soma Asman Kadar
"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!
"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)
- 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...
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Not that he seems particularly competent.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hot Guys Are Bastards: Has a lot of fangirls both in (and out) of universe, but shows himself to be a crazy asshole in every appearance.
- Large Ham
- Man in White
- 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
Anime"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"
"There's a long life o' circus ahead o' you!
"We decided to protect our most precious thing. For that, we will do anything.
"Yes, we are all father's possessions.
"More important than the tent is sis's purity!
"I'm sorry for my carelessness that could have sent you to the next world.
- Animal Theme Naming: His name is Snake... you know, since he's half snake.
- Badass Adorable
- 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.
- Beneath the Mask: Begins to slip off the mask upon reappearance.
- Consulting Mister Puppet: Possibly. While he does take advice from his snakes (he managed to track Ciel down using his snakes' superior sense of smell), he seems to be "his own person", and the snakes are his pets/close friends.
- 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.
- Defrosting Ice King: Starts to be more expressive after joining Ciel's staff.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness
- Expressive Hair: Has a cowlick of hair that shoots up when he's surprised and trembles when he's nervous.
- 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: Have 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
- I Am What I Am
- Idiot Hair
- I Just Want to Have Friends
- I Owe You My Life: The Circus saved him from being an attraction on display.
- Locked Out of the Loop: The only primary-tier circus member with no knowledge of Baron Kelvin and the whole kidnapping incidents.
- Luminescent Blush: Sprouts one in chapter 52.
- Morality Pet: Seems to be becoming another one of these for Ciel.
- Mysterious Past
- Not So Stoic
- Only One Name
- Parental Abandonment: Due to being half-snake.
- Perpetual Frowner: Rarely express his emotions, and when he does, it's most likely negative.
- Put on a Bus: After the Circus arc, he was left behind none the wiser.
- The Bus Came Back: 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.
- 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."
- Sixth Ranger: As both the Noah's Arc First tier and as Ciel's staff.
- Speaks Fluent Snake: His specialty.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Survivor Guilt: Being the only member of the circus' first tier still alive is what leads him to attempt revenge on Ciel and co.
- The Snake Master
- Theme Naming: His snakes' names, all named after authors.
- Troubled Child: As a child.
- Unable to Cry
- Verbal Tic: Almost every time he speaks, whether it's for one sentence or a longer exposition, he adds on "...says (fill in name of one of his snakes)". It's unclear whether he really is just a mouthpiece for the snakes, or whether he's so self-effacing that he disguises his own opinions and observations in this way.
- Wall Glower