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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: 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 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. And 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.
  • 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...until the Retcon starting with season 3.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He was the one who inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to continue writing mystery novels...by telling him he orchestrated two murders, framed an innocent man, and that his butler is really a demon.
  • 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
  • Byronic Hero: A very young example, but he still fits this trope to a T.
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • Declaration of Protection: He promises Lizzy he will protect her when they're trapped in a sinking ship filled with zombies.
  • 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 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."
  • 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., 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: In PTSD fashion, Sebastian's actions when trying to save him from the "werewolf curse" (later revealed to be toxic gas effects) 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. Sebastian has to nearly eat him to snap him out of it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Magical Eye: As proof of his contract is 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 Sullivan, although instead of making another servant he's created a new weapon for the Queen.
  • 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?
  • Mercy Kill: He justifies his order to Sebastian of burning all the kidnapped kids at the end of the Circus arc as this, since he says that those kids already had a lifeless expression on their faces and wouldn't get over the trauma they went through.
  • Nervous Wreck: As the result of a bad Heroic BSOD 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     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."

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.
  • 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.
  • 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. That he initiated both sexual encounters as a means of coaxing information from someone makes it hard to tell where his actual preferences lie.
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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 BSOD 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Named after the French inquisitor Sebastien Michaelis.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 beings - 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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: To Ciel.
  • 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 seems to confirm this. She comes completely undone with only a bare minimum of touching.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."

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.

     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.

     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.

     Tanaka 
Normal
Serious
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
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: He's fast enough to cut bullets in half in midair with his sword.
  • 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
  • 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.

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.
  • Action Girl: She is actually an accomplished swordswoman and once she is forced to stop hiding it, she shows her skills by Dual Wielding against zombies.
  • Ascended Extra: Before the Campania arc, she had only appeared in about 5 chapters.
  • Badass Adorable: Who would have thought that this girly, cute and affectionate young girl who always wears frilly dresses was a strong swordswoman capable to defend herself against zombies.
  • Badass Boast: Gives one during her CMoA in the Campania Zombies Arc.
  • Badass Family: Her family is made of master swordsmen. Including her, too.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Take our word for it.
  • Cat Smile
  • Damsel in Distress
  • Declaration of Protection: To Ciel.
  • 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 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: Wields two swords when forced to fight off zombies.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Unsurprising, given the time period.
  • Genki Girl
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Girly Bruiser: She really is girly and sweet, and always was. She just hide her swordswoman skills fearing that Ciel would see her uncute.
  • 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: Despite her fear to be seen as unladylike, she manages to look graceful and elegant while slashing zombies.
  • Little Miss Badass: This little girl is 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 Swordswoman: 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: Comes from a noble family just like Ciel, yet her mother wouldn't let her just be an elegant lady and taught her to use the sword.
  • 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.
  • Ojou
  • Overly Long Name: Elizabeth Ethel Cordelia Middleford is her full name in the anime. It's not unusual for that time period either.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Well, not perfectly, but Ciel does seem to have warmed up to their arranged marriage some more and Lizzie herself also seems quite happy about it.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Protectorate: Seems to be this to her older brother Edward and Ciel.
  • 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.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Ciel's Savvy Guy.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: More like Sugar Hiding Steel. She does her best to be a cute and feminine young lady, but when she's forced to fight she shows her skills as a talented swordswoman.
  • 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.
  • 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, she drops the Damsel in Distress act and begins slashing zombies in order to protect Ciel.

     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.
  • 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 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: Envied her older sister 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 turned her into 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. They started murdering prostitutes out of resentment that they would go through abortions while they couldn't have children.
  • Lady in Red: Duh.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

     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?"

A Chinese nobleman, leader of an opium den and head of the British branch of the Shanghai trading company "Kong-Rong."

     Ran-Mao 
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.

     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."

The funeral director in London who has acted as an informant to the Phantomhive family for many years.
  • 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.
  • 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: See above. Were you really surprised?
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Green Eyes: In the manga, 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 (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.
  • 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, she's willing to go against the rules and even help a human kill people to entertain herself. She's very interested in Sebastian, to his great dismay.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • 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 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, she 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: She delights in painting the world red with blood. Her line of work as a Reaper effectively involves her hacking up people with a chainsaw every night. With paperwork in between.
  • The Bus Came Back: In the manga, she doesn't reappear after the Jack the Ripper arc until about 50 chapters later on the Campania.
  • Buttmonkey
  • 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: She's very dangerous with her chainsaw.
  • 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.
  • 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 received.
  • Mad Love: Towards Sebastian and Will. It seems Grell likes them both for the cold shoulders they give her. And the bruises.
  • 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 her.
  • Not in the Face!: She's very intent on preserving her "feminine beauty" for her darling "Sebas-chan".
  • Rapunzel Hair: After the reveal.
  • Shinigami: Has a chain 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 her 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 she 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 calling her 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 
Manga
Anime

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.
  • 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!
    • 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.

     Charles Grey 

Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura

"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

"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

     Freckles/Doll 

Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki

"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.
  • 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 in order for their bones to be used for prosthetic limbs. Most of the other circus crew members do this as well.
  • 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

     Joker 

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano

"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.
  • 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
  • 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

     Beast 

Voiced by: Yuko Kaida

"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.

     Dagger 

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto

"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.

     Snake 
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima

"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.

     Jumbo 

Voiced by: Ryōkan Koyanagi

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.

     Baron Kelvin 
Voiced by: Chafurin

"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."
  • 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.
  • Shotacon: One-sided towards Ciel.
  • 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.

     Doctor 

Voiced by: Satoshi Mikami

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
  • 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.

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.

     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?!"

A Brahmin who renounced his old ways to become Soma's servant.

     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.

     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.

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

The maid and dear friend of Elizabeth.

     Arthur 

Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma

"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.