Characters: Black Butler Anime Only
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- Angelic Beauty: Looks very beautiful in both forms. Subverted horribly once you learn of his/her perverse, hypocritical obsession with cleansing.
- Angel Unaware
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Angela fornicated with Pluto, a shape-shifting dog.
- Body Horror: Of unnatural deconstruction of Fusion Dance type, as they tend to combine their prized targets into one body.
- Bondage Is Bad: To Sebastian.
- The Chessmaster: Of most of the events of the first season.
- Dominatrix: While pretending to be a submissive maid, he/she is actually very dominant in her female state, even donning an 19th century style dominatrix outfit when torturing Sebastian.
- Fallen Angel: Sebastian accuses him/her of this, and judging from his/her perverse and demented nature, he may be right.
- Faux Affably Evil: Angela acts like a kind, yet abused woman, though deep inside she's very dominating and perverse. Ash acts like a Reasonable Authority Figure driven home by Chuck Huber's voice acting driving it home, but deep down is a Blood Knight pyromaniac.
- Gender Bender: Uses a male and female identity for his/her work, though angels are supposed to be genderless in the first place.
- Holier Than Thou: Views humans as unclean and needing to cleanse, despite being very lustful and psychotic.
- Knight Templar: Destroying London to erase its filth, despite being a very lustful and horrible person.
- Kill It with Fire: Does this twice to the Phantomhive mansion, both times failed, as well as London, having it blamed on the French.
- Light Is Not Good: Despite being an angel, he/she is very perverse, going after supernatural dogs for some pleasure, sadistic, has a warped idea of injecting Body Horror into lovers by meshing them into abominations, using the power of sin to power him/her and disposes of anything that has no purpose.
- Man Behind the Man: Aside from Grell's little mishap and a few minor enemies, everything can traced back to him/her in the anime.
- Madness Mantra: During the Villainous Breakdown."Filthy. Unclean. Barren! USELESS! IMPOTENT! STAGNANT! ILLEGAL! FILTH FILTH FILTH FILTH FILARGARBHARGARHGBARGHAAAHH—"
- Meaningful Name: Blanc is French for white. Nice name for someone obsessed by purity.
- Angela being an angel.
- Meido: Pretends to be this.
- Moral Myopia: His/her goal is to cleanse London to become pure for the new age because he/she views himself/herself as the purest being in the country. Let's count the ways how bigoted they are: Angela being a dominatrix going after everything that can move including a transforming dog, fusing Ciel's parent's together as an abomination they'd later use to try and murder him, toss their loyal doll minion like trash and faithfully turning little girls into dolls, trying kill the cultists who had been loyal to them once they served their purpose, manipulating the queen into planning a world war, only to leave her to die and sacrificing the population of London to create a barrier bridge against demons and empowering themselves.
- Mystical White Hair: Is more of both, considering how transcendent or in their case, inhuman they are.
- Our Angels Are Different: For one thing, they are both genders, and another, they're monstrous and bigoted in their actions.
- Perpetual Molt: To be used...
- Feather Flechettes: as a weapon.
- Pure Is Not Good: His/her obsession with "purity" inspires most of his/her villainous actions.
- Purple Eyes: To show s/he's an angel.
- The Reveal: Is responsible for the Phantomhive destruction in the anime, as well as being able to change gender. Also, the fact that he/she is an angel.
- Retconjuration: Comes with being an angel.
- Serial Killer: Even without the whole angel thing, the way they killed Ciel's parents is very much in this trope.
- Take Our Word for It: Despite revealing everything that they're a corrupted angel that can switch genders and their overall scheme, it's never shown how they fuse the bodies of Ciel's parents and the Queen and her husband; but it's implied to be very horrific.
- Walking Spoiler: An angel, and a hermaphrodite, then again, angels are supposed to be truly genderless and possessing both features.
- Whip It Good: Does this to Sebastian during the interrogation as Angela.
- Ax-Crazy: Angela is more Dissonant Serenity while Ash is truly this once his plan's underway.
- Battle Butler: To the queen though s/he tosses her aside once she starts falling apart.
- Blood Knight: He finds fighting to be exciting, becoming almost maniacal about it, and easily becomes angry when any attention is diverted away from him during a fight.
- Cool Sword
- Gender Bender: He and Angela are one and the same.
- Meaningful Name: Ash is obsessed with burning things.
- Purple Eyes: He has them, since he and Angela are actually the same person.
Voiced by Takafumi Yamaguchi (JP) and Z. Charles Bolton (ENG)
A demonic hound who somehow wandered into the human world, encountered by Ciel and company during a visit to the city of Houndmoor. Subsequently captured and brought back to the Phantomhive estate as a new pet.
- Big Friendly Dog: In a manner of speaking.
- The Brute: Pluto is this To Ash/Angela.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After Sebastian kicks him around, he becomes a docile and obedient pet to the Phantomhive estate.
- Dogs Are Dumb: In a meta sort of way; while he seems bright for a dog, he has only a dog's mind despite the fact he is a demon who can shapeshift into human form.
- Heel-Face Turn: Pluto left the side of Ash/Angela and joined the Phantomhive family out of love towards Sebastian.
- Hell Hound: Seems like the Hunter type.
- Human Shifting: His natural form is a giant, silver-white-furred wolfdog, but he can assume a human's body. Unfortunately, his mind remains that of an ordinary dog.
- Innocent Fanservice Boy: Because he only has a dog's mind, he doesn't understand that being human means he should wear clothes.
- Killed Off for Real: Near the end of the first season Pluto was killed by Finny, Mey-Rin, and Baldroy so as to stop him from burning all of London down. Also a literal case of Shoot the Dog.
- Naked on Arrival: After changing to human form.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Double subverted, when the Phantomhives go to put on a play, he's sitting down like a human and drinking tea, then immediately goes back to his usual dog like self.
- Playing with Fire: Especially when commanded by Ash/Angela.
- Shout-Out: Take out the demon-change-to-human part, and you get the other dog named Pluto.
- They Have the Scent: Used to track Lizzie when Drocell had her.
Alois Trancy / Jim Macken
Voiced by Nana Mizuki (JP) and Luci Christian (ENG)
"Look at you! You're so filthy! You look just like a drowned rat!"
- A Boy and His X: A boy and his demon butler.
- Agent Peacock: Dangerous and camp.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Despite all the cruel acts committed by Alois, he showed himself to truly be in love with Claude. It make it all the more painful to watch as Claude murders Alois right as the young boy is confessing his love.
- Animal Motifs: Apparently the Trancy clan has been long associated with spiders, and Alois himself has had quite a few What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic? scenes with spiders and webs.
- His contract mark even looks a bit like a spiderweb.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: When he wore his maid's clothes.
- Ax-Crazy: Oh dear, was that your eye? That's what you get for... looking at me?
- His behavior/actions in general are rather Ax-Crazy.
- Bad Boss: To his servants. Regularly berates, or in Hannah's case, physically assaults them.
- Bishōnen: Being a year older than Ciel, he could qualify for either trope.
- Bodyguard Crush: Inverted, he has a (quite obvious) one on Claude.
- Cannot Spit It Out: By this point it is pretty obvious he is in love with Claude. However, even right before Claude kills him, he still never directly says that he loves him.
- Averted in episode 11.
- Changeling Fantasy: Claims that this is what happened to him as an infant, and the priest in the first episode even mentions that he claims to have been abducted by actual fairies.
- Creepy Child: Much more so than Ciel.
- Cute and Psycho: And holy goddamned shit HOW!
- Dark and Troubled Past: His whole village was killed, including the only person he cared about at the time (Luca, who supposedly was his brother, although it is unknown whether they were blood-related or not). He was then taken and used as a sex slave for the head of the Trancy manor. Then he met Claude.
- Deal with the Devil: With Claude. It doesn't end well for Alois.
- And again with Hannah.
- Decoy Protagonist: The first episode of season 2 is set up so you might think he's taken over Ciel's role, including a brand new opening sequence with him at the center. It's not until the very end of the episode that this is proved wrong.
- Depraved Homosexual: Rape and Switch, possibly.
- Desperately Craves Affection: Unfortunately for him none of the servants he has are really equipped to provide it.
- Doomed Hometown: At some point, everyone in the town where he and Luca were street urchins in died.
- Dying Alone: Even more of a Tear Jerker due to the fact that it was Claude, the only person he seemed to care about, who killed him.
- Et Tu, Brute?: At the end of episode 8, Claude offs him before their contract was even complete. Then again, the fact that he didn't save him from getting stabbed by Ciel earlier could also fit this trope.
- Evil Brit: This takes place in Britain after all.
- Eye Scream: Performed on an undeserving maid. With his fingers. To impress Claude, apparently.
- Foil: Of Ciel, along with Shadow Archetype. Lampshaded at one point when it's pointed out that Alois' story (disappears mysteriously and then reappears with an equally mysterious black butler) seems awfully familiar.
- Forgiveness: It's implied that he was able to forgive Claude that the latter killed him, as Hannah mentioned that she, Claude, Alois and Luca can all be together in nirvana.
- Freudian Excuse: He is really an orphan named Jim Macken. In his childhood, he and his younger brother Luca got by as thieves. After all the people in his village mysteriously died (including Luca), he was sent to the Trancy household to be a Sex Slave. This is where he formed a contract with Claude, and inherited the Trancy household fortune by using Claude to off old man Trancy and declaring himself heir.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: An evil variation. It gets so bad that eventually he doesn't care whether it's Claude, and sells his soul to Hannah instead because she was pretty much the first person since Luca to earnestly say "I love you".
- I Owe You My Life: Subverted. He would owe Claude his life, in a very literal sense (as with Ciel towards Sebastian), except that Claude killed him in episode 8. However, he came back to life in episode 10, but it is unclear if he still has a contract with Claude, and therefore it is also unclear if he still owes him his life.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: What he did to Earl Trancy. While you can definitely argue that the guy needed killing, after that it's just downhill for Alois.
- Leitmotif: The Slightly Chipped Full Moon and its variations.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Though he got what he wanted in the form of the Trancy estate he's incredibly lonely, and most of his acting out is a symptom of this.
- Love Makes You Evil: Poking out Hannah's eye...to impress Claude, apparently.
- Naked on Arrival: His very first scene is him naked having just gotten out of bed with Earl Trancy.
- No Sense of Personal Space: The very first time he and Ciel are in the same room together he gets way too close and starts licking him.
- Nouveau Riche: He flaunts his money and doesn't rally seem to care, as seen by the first episode when he tosses bills and bills of money down to his "uncle".
- Please Don't Leave Me: Performed on Claude. Claude still killed him.
- Rags to Riches: Started off as an orphan, but inherited the Trancy estate and became an Earl. Of course, the means by which he got it in terms of both what was done to him and what he did are hardly an inspiring story.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Claude's Blue Oni. Can also be considered the Red Oni to Ciel's Blue Oni.
- Stepford Smiler: Type C.
- Those Two Bad Guys: When partnered with Claude.
- Together in Death: He, Luca, Claude, and Hannah. Somehow.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: To say the frickin' least. Barely minutes into the first episode he gouges Hannah's eye out. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
- Villainous Crossdresser: Did this at one point to taunt Ciel
- Villainous Fashion Sense: At the costume ball he holds, wears a costume with a devil wing motif on it.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: His "Booty Shorts" have reached memetic status by now.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's an Ax-Crazy Creepy Child with a Dark and Troubled Past who only wants someone to love him in place of his dead brother (and likes to gouge out his servants' eyes.)
- Yandere: For Claude after Character Development.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
Voiced by Takahiro Sakurai (JP) and Jason Douglas (ENG)
"Passion to calm, hesitation to resolve, love to gravestones. That is the Trancy butler."
- Battle Butler: Is the Sebastian to Alois' Ciel.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: In episode 8, Claude betrays Alois.
- Cool Sword: The Demon Sword Laevatein, which he stores inside Hannah.
- Decoy Protagonist: Based on certain promotional content alone, one could incorrectly assume that Claude is the new battle butler protagonist of Black Butler II. But you know what they say about assuming.
- Demi Human: Like Sebastian, in his human form he has Cute Little Fangs. Also, his eyes are yellow/gold.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He doesn't care about fulfilling Alois's goals; he just wants Ciel's soul.
- Evil Brit: If he can count as one.
- Gratuitous English: "Yes, your highness."
- Hellish Pupils: Occasionally.
- Jerkass: Taken Up to Eleven with his behavior towards Hannah in the Trancy OVA.
- Mind Rape: After he killed Alois, Claude abducted Ciel, drugged him, practically drowned him, and overall completely screwed with his mental state to the point of semi-hypnotism to accomplish his goals.
- Meaningful Name: Claude Faustus.
- The Oathbreaker: Sorry, Alois.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He's got a real talent for crocheting, as episode 9 of the season 2 shows. Though that may be playing with the fact that he's a spider demon.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Alois's Red Oni.
- Stoic Spectacles: As mentioned, he's incredibly stoic, and is regularly seen with his glasses.
- The Stoic: A supreme one at best.
- Those Two Bad Guys: When partnered with Alois.
- The Unsmile: He smiles at the beginning of episode 8, shocking and disgusting Alois.
- Ambiguously Brown: Has dark skin and light blue hair. Justified since she's not actually human.
- Anti-Villain: Type II.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Against a freaking chainsaw, no less. Justified by the fact that she's a demon.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: One of the two reasons she becomes attached to Luka. Hannah notes that he was genuinely excited that she appeared to him to grant his wish and that, upon his death, he was the first soul to have ever expressed gratitude towards her for granting their wish. She was mournful in his death.
- Benevolent Boss: It is revealed in "Crossroads Butler" that the triplets actually serve Hannah when we see them groom her and assist her burning down Luka's and Alois' village in a flashback. In "Spider's Intentions", she is shown treating them gently, placing flowers in their hair, with the triplets seeming quite fond of her preferring her over Claude.
- Body Horror: In episode 10, she opens her mouth disgustingly wide to give Ciel a look at Alois' eye that she stole, which stares back at him from seemingly an abyss inside her.
- Butt Monkey: In her very first scene, Alois gets annoyed with her and gouges her eye out. This pretty well sets the tone for her subsequent scenes.
- Clothing Damage: A lot. Usually at Alois' hands.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Dark skin and silver hair, in her case.
- Expy: Arguably, of Angela. Both have white hair, look vulnerable at first, are actually stronger than they look and very manipulative and have crossed the limits of their own species (one is a Fallen Angel and the other is a demon with feelings).
- Eye Scream: The unfortunate(?) victim.
- Then she redirects it by swallowing Alois's eye and keeping it in the back of her mouth so his soul can use it to take over Ciel's body.
- Flower in Her Hair: Has a hair ornament that resembles one. Was also shown to have an actual flower when she contracted with Luca
- Girl With Psychoweapon: Even worse than the giant gun she keeps hidden somewhere is the massive sword she keeps literally inside her.
- Go-Go Enslavement: Several of the outfits Alois has her wear.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Shown to be jealous of Alois' love for Claude in "Spider's Intention". This is understandable considering that she has Alois' best interests at heart while Claude does not.
- Hyperspace Arsenal : She IS one.
- If You Ever Do Anything To Hurt Him: Said to Claude in "Spider's Intention" in regards to Alois since she's aware of Claude's more....devious nature. She doesn't get to finish her line though since Claude's already pinned her to a tree and starts to assault and ridicule her.
- Love Martyr: For Alois. No matter how much he hurts her, she wouldn't think of leaving him, since she absorbed Luca's love for him. And he finally reciprocates her love when he finds out that she's always loved him and nothing more but the best for him.
- Ms. Fanservice: Although to some, with the amount of eroguro that she becomes involved with, it could be Fan Disservice.
- Mystical White Hair: Her hair is silver, which hints her true identity as a demon.
- Ninja Maid: Can be a decent fighter when prompted.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: While we were all busy feeling sorry for the poor girl with one eye, she went and OutGambitted everybody in the show by having Alois' soul take over Ciel's body. Then she took both Ciel's and Alois's souls, forcing Sebastian and Claude into a duel over the former's, before making Ciel into a demon so that they both lose anyway.
- Rapunzel Hair: Usually keeps it bound in a braid, but it easily reaches her ankles.
- The Reveal: Hannah was the one who made the contract that took Luca's soul, and she came to serve him alongside Claude because she and Luca both wanted to be near Alois.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Depending on the subs, it's either "Anafeloz" or "Annafellows".
- Tears from a Stone: Demons aren't exactly emotionless but you do not make one cry easily.
- Trouser Space: Where she seems to store a... rather large machine gun.
- Undying Loyalty: To Alois/Jim Macken and his younger brother Luka.
- Your Soul Is Mine: In the end, SHE ends up with Luca AND Alois' souls. They're pleased.
Thompson, Timber and Canturbury
Voiced by Kenichi Suzumura (JP) and Scott Freeman (ENG)"None of your business."
"My cowlick spins to the left."
"My cowlick spins to the right."
- Beware the Quiet Ones: They can kick quite a bit of ass when prompted.
- Buxom Is Better: In their opinions, anyway.
- Cloudcuckoolander: To different degrees, when Claude presented the staff with Alois's soul trapped in a ring, Timber wonders if he's going to use it to propose to someone.
- Creepy Triplets: In the first opening sequence, their heads jerk unnaturally towards the camera.
- He Who Must Not Be Heard: Until the OVA, when Alois demands that they speak up.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Sebastian impales all three through the forehead with their combined spear/javelin weapon. They go about their business impaled together until removing it offscreen.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: And glow on occasion.
- Same-Sex Triplets: The main visual difference being the way their hair parts. Thompson's falls in a point to the center, Cantebury's is swept to the left, and Timber's is swept to the right.
- Theme Naming: English writers, it seems.
- Ambiguous Innocence: Between dead parents and needing to steal to live, Luca apparently never realized that, well... summoning demons to kill people is wrong.
- Also, in Spider's Intention, there was a moment where Luka was showing Hannah the swing where he and his brother regularly swung from, and telling her how amazing he is at it. While telling her, he sees two boys, presumably the two who harrassed him in the main season play on the swingset prompting him to ask if they'll be annihilated along with the village later on.
- Big Brother Worship: Adores his brother Jim.
- Big Brother Instinct: Or in his case, Little Brother Instinct. He summons Hannah for the sake of Jim.
- This also serves as the second reason Hannah becomes attached to Luka.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Shows up for a "blink and you'll miss it" moment in episode 1 during Alois' flashback. It's not until much later that we find out the story behind him.
- Children Are Innocent: One of the series' few emotionally innocent children.
- Creepy Child: Being rather pleased that your Deal with the Devil killed a village is weird.
- Deal with the Devil: He was the one who summoned Hannah.
- Death by Falling Over: As far as Jim knows.
- Go Out with a Smile: Hannah reminisces that he was the first person who had ever been genuinely HAPPY to see her.
- Meaningful Echo: "Yes, your highness."
- Morality Pet: Hannah was a typical, uncaring demon until she was summoned by Luca. His naivety and selfless reason for selling his soul shock her immensely, to the point where she became Alois's servant just to be close to him for Luca's soul.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He remains an innocent child until the end, but that causes one to wonder just how he contracted Hannah.
Voiced by Anri Katsu (JP) and Sonny Strait (ENG)An enigmatic servant to his mysterious master. Drocell runs a humble shop to the public eye, but is actually a kidnapper who targets those who end up in possession of a specific jewel ring.
"Therefore, I reason for a superior present to be given to a very dear person, the most suitable thing would be your very self."
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: His head turns at least 180 degrees. He also takes a Twisted-Knee Collapse up to eleven. Justified because he's a puppet.
- Creepy Monotone: Especially in the dub, Drocell speaks without much inflection. This is another hint that he is not really human.
- Dead All Along / Was Once a Man: Died years prior to the events of the anime and was brought back as a doll with, presumably, a "temporary soul". It is however not made clear what exactly that is or how it works.
- Evil Redhead: A kind of orange/red, and a kidnapper.
- Facial Markings: Drocell has a Fleur de Lis painted or tattooed under his right eye.
- Guy Liner: As seen in the picture, Drocell wears some heavy makeup to go with his outfit.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: He changes the lyrics in My Fair Lady, more commonly known as London Bridge Is Falling Down, to whatever he plans to use in the creation of their doll. It also controls the dolls he's already made.
- This is actually based on a longer version of the song, in which the bridge is rebuilt with the different materials he uses for dolls, but they all fail to stay up somehow
- Nice Hat: He's hardly ever seen without his top hat.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He gets rather close to Lizzy, whom he only just met.
- Organ Grinder: Which plays My Fair Lady, sometimes it plays by itself.
- People Puppets: If he doesn't just turn you into a puppet, he can still move you around like one. He used this on Lizzy to try and kill Ciel with a battle ax.
- Perverse Puppet: He makes dolls based on real people and uses them to fight. He also happens to be one himself.
- Puppet Permutation: One of his specialties.
- Purple Eyes: As seen in the picture above.
- Razor Floss: Appropriately enough for a puppeteer. Deals with someone with this.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Has it worse than any other character. The "official" spelling seems to be Drossel◊ Kainz, but he's been spelled Drocell, Drozell, Keinz, Cainz, Caines...
- Stalker With/Without A Crush: Drocell is adamant to capture Ciel and convert him into one of his puppets "made from silver and gold."
- Undying Loyalty: Drocell's devotion to his master is absolute, even when Sebastian splits his head open and spills the straw stuffing. He still gets up to report on the intruders and his own failure before collapsing dead.Sebastian: "Perhaps I judged him too hastily. He may well be one hell of a butler."
- Verbal Tic: Some variant of "I reasoned" or "I thought to myself".
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He appears in maybe two and a half episodes out of 24.
- Wicked Toymaker: In life he was the puppeteer for a rich family, but Came Back Wrong into a creepy puppeteer determined to turn those who had contact with the Shard of Hope into dolls.
Voiced by: Ao Takahashi (JP), Leah Clark (EN)
- Nun Too Holy: Though not exactly by choice.