Character Development: The most prominent example. She starts out as an arrogant, annoying girl who will have her way no matter what, then evolves into generally a much nicer girl as the series goes on.
Cool Big Sis: Although they are twins, Alice is this persona to the Will of Abyss. She thwarts Jack not only to save Oz, but to help her sister as well. She also becomes B-Rabbit to destroy her sister's memories, as the Will of Abyss rationalizes that this will be the most effective way to keep herself from away Jack, who seems to have polluted her mind.
Deadto Begin With: In order to save Oz the B-Rabbit from Jack's control during the Tragedy of Sablier, she killed herself.
Devoted to You: Both Oz and Jack are this towards Alice. The latter is a ruse, though. Alice herself returns the favor to Oz.
Deceased Parents Are the Best: It fuels the plot, in a way. If Levi and Lacie had kids the traditional way and neither trifled with the Abyss, things in the Pandora Hearts 'Verse would be very different. Alice and the Will of Abyss probably wouldn't be taking matters concerning the balance of the world and such into their own hands, anyway... but with their parents, we just can't be sure.
Innocent Fanservice Girl: Alice was at least 13 before she died/became a chain and looks like a 13-year old girl. Not to mention the flow of time in the Abyss is different so mentally and physically she really is thirteen. She also grew up incredibly sheltered, gullible and despite coming off arrogant, bratty and brash she is actually quite innocent and this is later Lampshaded by Sharon, who believing Oz took advantage of Alice, who didn't really know what a kisswas, attacks him with her Paper Fan of Doom.
"You are a wolf in rabbit's clothing taking advantage of a poor innocent little rabbit!".
Love Makes You Evil: And she was conscious about it, so much that she realized erasing her memories of Jack was the only way to prevent herself of destroying everything for him since he polluted her mind to the core.
Sharing a Body: Played with. The Will of the Abyss and Alice do have bodies of their own, but while Alice was spat out of the Abyss, the Will of the Abyss stayed. In order for her to explore the outside world, she had to swap souls with Alice. This ended when Alice killed herself in defiance to Alyss and Jack conspiring with each other.
An anthropomorphic cat who answers only to the Will of the Abyss and dedicates himself as her guardian, tracking down Alice in order to kill her and prevent her from stealing the memories he protects.
Bystander Syndrome: He states flatly in chapter 98 that as long as something doesn't affect the Will of the Abyss, he doesn't care.
Cat Boy: The appearance he takes on during most of his screentime is that of a rugged young boy, although it's later shown that he used to be a normal cat. The same black cat owned by Alice before the Tragedy of Sablier.
Eye Scream: During his time as an ordinary cat, Vincent sheared his eyes out as retaliation to Alice's treatment of him and his brother Vincent. While this actually killed the cat, Cheshire's soul was brought to the Abyss, where the Will of the Abyss constructed him a new body and turned him into an unique Chain. Later on, he was grafted with Break's left eye when the latter first stumbled into the Abyss.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has a single red eye, while the other half of his face is covered. It turns out it used to be Break's as replacement for his own eyes, which got sheared by Vincent.
Spanner in the Works: Becomes a big one to Glen Baskerville in chapter 94, dragging him and Vincent back in time to the Tragedy of Sablier instead of Glen's desired time.
The 15 year-old protagonist. Easy-going and generally a cheerful kid. Not. Is cast into the Abyss by the red-cloaked Baskervilles for a 'sin'—his very existence. His Chain is B-Rabbit (Alice), short for Blood-Stained Black Rabbit. In fact he is revealed to be B-Rabbit himself.
Body Surf: From his original doll rabbit bunny forms, to Jack's body. His comments in Chapter 77 implies that it could happen again if Jack's body died and he gets another Contractor.
Break the Cutie: Seems to zigzag around this trope. Getting stuck in the Abyss didn't break him as much as accidentally stabbing Gilbert before that. The series has been playing this straighter the more it progresses.
The Gadfly: He has a tendency to set people off for fun, all in good teasing though. Gilbert and Elliot are his usual targets.
Generation Xerox: To the point that he looks like a near-exact copy of young Jack. Justified in that "his" body is actually Jack's.
Grand Theft Me: Strangely enough, this is a two-way street. Oz eventually ended up doing this to Jack as his soul gradually broke down as his body aged and de-aged, but after picking up some of Jack's scattered soul pieces, he also becomes able to do this to Oz, until Oz (apparently) destroys him for good.
A brief one when he accidentally slashes Gilbert at the start of the series.
A big one after Elliot dies.
The biggest one in the series after The Reveal of what he really is, and the events following in reality.
Hive Mind: Back when he was an Animate Inanimate Object he split his consciousness between the stuffed rabbit in the Abyss and the other rabbit outside of it. This ended when he transferred Lacie's last memory to Jack, destroying his rabbit body in the real world. His other body became the chain B-Rabbit.
This only really applies to Oz. Jack's soul gradually broke because of this process, whilst Oz, being a natural-borne Chain and not rejected by the Abyss, did not share his fate. The only reason Jack could keep taking his body back was because one of his soul pieces ended up back in his body, probably during the fiasco at Cheshire's dimension.
I Owe You My Life: Retrace LXXI reveals that he felt this way towards Lacie, who gave him "life" when he was just B-Rabbit.
Japanese Pronouns: Ore. He was even doing it in his head back when he was a plush rabbit, because he thought Levi's way of speaking sounded manly.
Little Mister Badass: Made more apparent when he gets his scythe in later chapters as well as being the real B-Rabbit.
Love Makes You Crazy: He'll do anything for Alice. Will go temporarily insane after witnessing human!Alice's death. Will tear apart the Abyss and almost Alice herself to get rid of anything that hurts her.
Stands out among all other destructive Chains. He was explicitly created by the Will of the Abyss herself as the strongest Chain in existence. He's literally capable of destroying the world by breaking the chains holding it together, a power that even Glen's black-winged Chains cannot fully stand against.
Wise Beyond His Years: Probably due to the parental abandonment, his bookworm tendencies, and being raised as the heir of Vessalius House. He's actually been alive since before the Tragedy of Sablier, though he doesn't remember it until Jack triggers his memories.
Oz: Alice, don't cry. Whoever makes you sad, whoever hurts you, I will destroy them. All of them... With my own hands!
He was already yandere for her from back when he almost tore apart the Abyss in order to get rid of everything that hurts Alice and causes fear within her, including Alice herself. As listed above under Devoted to You, he even calls Alice his sun.
Always Save the Girl: It's become evidently clear that he values Lacie above everything and everyone and will stop at nothing in order to fulfill what he believes is Lacie's wish—by bringing the world to her in the Abyss.
Berserk Button: Trying to figure out his true nature or preventing his attempts to bring Lacie back and later bringing the world into the Abyss. Glen/Oswald's attempt at uncovering his true nature provokes him into throwing his drink in Oswald's face. In a flashback in Retrace LXX, he gets inwardly pushed when Glen tells him that it's impossible to bring Lacie back from the Abyss. In Retrace LXXIV, his buttons are pressed when both Glen and Alice, in their own ways, prevent him from bringing the world to Lacie in the Abyss. When Oscar so much as describes him as water in the same way that Glen/Oswald does in Retrace LXXXII, thus reminding him of Glen/Oswald, he snaps.
Big Bad: Is either directly or indirectly the cause for almost everything bad that's happened to the main cast due to his quest to send the world into the Abyss.
Broken Pedestal: To pretty much everyone who believed in him. Including those who trusted him such as Vincent.
Cartwright Curse: In the Pandora Hearts Volume 22 Drama CD, he tries to help Levi and his writing block by describing his past experiences with dating and how all the women he's dated has had tragic ends, his previous girlfriends having died, succumbed to illness, or have committed suicide. Or he might have killed them (as the character based on him in Levi's novel did).
Damaged Soul: His soul was broken to pieces in the clash between B-Rabbit and the Will of the Abyss. Some of the fragments were swept into Alice's memories, creating the "Jack Vessalius" of modern times. The rest faded away.
Determinator: He succumbed to murder, theft, and prostitution in order to rise the ranks of the Vessalius family and reunite with Lacie, and he will do whatever it takes to bring Lacie back from the dead when he learns Glen/Oswald killed her. When that doesn't work? He will do whatever it takes to fulfill what he's convinced himself into believing is Lacie's "wish"—bringing the world to Lacie in the Abyss because she loves the world so much.
Dogged Nice Guy: To Lacie. This is subverted in Retrace LXXII, as when given the chance, he never crossed the line in his relationship with her—a line, that Lacie suspects, he had drawn himself. In the Pandora Hearts Volume 22 Drama CD, Lacie admits to Oswald that he doesn't love her and can't love anyone.
He's shown to resent and be disgusted with his mother for becoming so blindly obsessed with his father after the latter abandons her. He ends up being even more obsessed with the first girl who is nice to him after she leaves him.
Combined with Dramatically Missing the Point, he is convinced that Lacie's unfulfilled wish is to be reunited with the world in the Abyss because 1) he is unable to bring her back from the dead, and 2) she is separated from the world she loves so much. In reality, Lacie ultimately accepts her death and is merely thankful that she was able to live in the world that she loved so much.
Empty Shell: In both life and as a fragment of his soul. So much as trying to figure out his true character is a Berserk Button for him.
Oswald: To me... Jack Vessalius... feels like water. [...] Yes. Like a stretch of water so silent and still, even fish avoid it. When you look into it, the only thing you see is your own reflection. You can't see his true nature. Even though he's right in front of me... I can't shake the uncomfortable feeling that no one's actually there.
Oscar: Someone once compared you to water. It was probably an accurate description. Even though this is the man behind the Tragedy, I can feel neither malice nor benevolence from him. Whenever you try to grasp him... He slips away... like water through a sieve. Then... who is this person? He... is... Nothing.
Even Evil Has Standards: He might be crazy and willing to make the entire world fall into the Abyss, but even he's disgusted by Isla Yura for wanting to do it just for fun.
Evil All Along: The "evil" part is debatable, but he was still the true instigator of the Tragedy of Sablier.
Fountain of Youth: According to Oz, the power of the Abyss turned his body back into a child.
The Faceless: Up until he formally introduces himself to Pandora and Oz's gang.
False Friend: To Glen/Oswald, Will of the Abyss, and Arthur Barma. He acts as Oswald's friend in order to be near Lacie and only sticks around the Baskervilles post-Lacie's death to learn more about the Abyss in hopes of bringing Lacie back from the dead. He befriends Alice (Will of the Abyss) and preys on her loneliness in order to use her to help him create B-Rabbit and bring the world into the Abyss. He purposely befriends Arthur in order to meet Arthur's sister Miranda, who is inevitably the person who enables him to reunite with Lacie.
Grand Theft Me: He can hijack Oz's body if the situation calls for it. Subverted in that Oz's "body" turned out to be Jack's all along.
Green-Eyed Monster: Averted. For someone who's so obsessed with Lacie, he harbors no jealousy or ill-will when he learns Levi's in love with her in the Volume 22 Drama CD. He actually thinks that the pair might suit each other well since they've known each other for so long and understand each other.
Jack: This body does not belong... to Oz Vessalius. Nothing can belong to someone like you. You can't achieve anything. You can't become anything. You can't! You just can't! Because you are nothing... You are nothingness... Because you destroy everything!
Hidden Depths: Turns out he isn't the princely hero everyone makes him out to be, or, indeed, a hero at all.
I Love You Because I Can't Control You: In spite of finding out that Lacie initially doesn't remember him, he doesn't particularly mind because he admires Lacie all the more for how free-spirited she is and how she can't be tied down by anything.
He refers to Oswald by his given name up until Oswald refuses to allow him to bring Lacie back from the dead. From that point on, he mentally disassociates Oswald as Lacie's older brother and refers to him as "Glen" from then on.
I Owe You My Life: Feels this way about Lacie to the point where Lacie's mere existence is the only thing that ties him to the world.
I Will Find You: He spends eight years searching for Lacie. He eventually finds her... and then she dies.
Living Lie Detector: He confesses to Levi that he learned how to tell when people were lying in order to survive. He knew that Lacie was lying when she told him to not visit the Baskerville mansion due to preparations for a ceremony in a week in Retrace LXVIII, but he didn't realize that it was because of her impending death until later. Levi mentally notes that this is just a ''little'' messed up.
Levi: He accepted her answer even though he knew it was a lie. This guy is as pure... as he is twisted.
Love Makes You Evil: Subverted. According to Lacie and him in the Pandora Hearts Volume 22 Drama CD, his feelings for her aren't love; Lacie tells Oswald that he can't love anyone while he finds his feelings are hard to describe when explaining himself to Levi (the Volume 18.5 evidence guidebook claims he's "obsessed" with Lacie, not in love with her). That being said, it doesn't make his feelings any less crazy/mad or evil.
Master of the Mixed Message: He may be obsessed with Lacie, but it's ambiguous whether or not his feelings are romantic. While he's explaining himself to Levi in the Volume 22 Drama CD, he can't quite express what exactly he may feel for Lacie or if it's love; he simply wants to be by her side.
Memento MacGuffin: The earring that he receives from Lacie after she leaves him to return to the Baskervilles. The earring is what tips Lacie off on who Jack is when they reunite eight years later, and he later receives Lacie's other earring from Glen/Oswald after her death.
Posthumous Character: Yes, really. He didn't reincarnate, nor has he been revived. The real Jack Vessalius died during the Tragedy of Sablier and the remnant of his soul faded over the following century. All that remains are fractured part of his soul that continue to try to accomplish his goal.
The Reveal: He was the one who caused the Tragedy of Sablier and had an obsession with Lacie, not Glen.
Single-Target Sexuality: He only has eyes for Lacie. But subverted in that while he's hopelessly devoted to her, he does not cross the line in their relationship when given a chance, a line that Lacie believes he put there himself.
Snow Means Love: Snow is often associated with his relationship with Lacie. It was snowing when he first met Lacie and when he reunited with her.
Start of Darkness: Though he wasn't completely "good" to begin with, losing Lacie and seeing her remaining feelings through Oz are what puts him on the deep end and convinces him that if Lacie can't be brought back to the world that she loves, then he'll just have to bring the world to her in the Abyss.
Stepford Smiler: Fits all three types, but most notably Type C. He puts up the friendly, smiling act and asks little questions so the Baskervilles won't keep him away from Lacie, and following Lacie's death, he continues this routine with Glen/Oswald so he can lower the latter's guard and learn more about the Abyss in order to bring Lacie back, and eventually, fulfill what he perceives to be her wish.
The Unfettered: Pre-Lacie's death, everything he does is to reunite with her. Post-Lacie's death, everything he does is to bring the world into the Abyss out of Lacie's love for the world. And he has no problems with doing anything and everything it takes to make this goal into a reality.
Xanatos Speed Chess: His plans change from being by Lacie's side to bringing her back from the dead to bringing the world to her in the Abyss.
Walking Spoiler: His existence is not, nor is the fact that he was involved in the Tragedy of Sablier. Everything that actually has to do with him personally, however... well, look up at the white space.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He genuinely wants to fulfill what he believes is Lacie's wish. Said wish involves sending the world into the Abyss.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He spent his early life on the streets because he was an illegitimate child. Lacie was the first to ever have shown him genuine kindness. It backfired horribly though.
Jack: To me... this world is like a dark night that swallows everything. But since you came into my life... and you were so kind, to find me. I don't need friends or status anymore. I only need... to have you by my side! Lacie!
Freudian Excuse: He blames Oz for the death of his biological son, which he later found out to be the result of Jack's manipulation. Oz was essentially guilty by association in his eyes. Since he knew that Oz was Jack's body, when his wife died in an unrelated coach crash shortly after Ada's birth, he blamed Oz and Jack even more, thinking that Jack was in control of his life.
Hidden Depths: Most of his horrible actions actually make a lot of sense and even become somewhat sympathetic when you find out why he's doing them.
I Did What I Had to Do: The legendary Jack comes up to him in the form of a child, explaining that his body will soon revert to that of a baby and he will lose all of his memories, and that what little of his power he can still use has shown him that Zai's unborn child will be still-born. So Jack warns him that the dreaded Baskervilles are still after him, and will use his body, which holds the power of B-Rabbit in order to reenact the events of the Tragedy of Sablier, and that he needs Zai's help to keep his body safe from them, so he asks him to raise Oz in place of his child. Naturally, he accepts. But then... it's revealed that Jack was not only the one responsible for the Tragedy, and that the Baskervilles were only trying to stop him, but that Jack also murdered his son in order to set things in place to unite the Abyss and the real world. Suddenly, his hatred for Oz and joining up with the Baskervilles makes a lot of sense...
"It" Is Dehumanizing: He refers to Oz as a thing. Makes his Abusive Parent status all the more apparent. Subverted, as Oz indeed isn't human and Zai was simply the only character to be aware of it.
Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle girl to Vincent's Brooding boy. Retrace XCI revelaed that she could see the sadness behind his smile and wants to make him smile for real.
Calling the Old Man Out: Tried to give to her father an Armor-Piercing Slap for daring to call her uncle "an idiot" for protecting Oz. When Zai reminds her that Jack (and by asossiation, Oz) are guilty of all and Oscar still protect the boy, Ada then told him that she was sure Oscar was smiling at his final moment. That argument did get Zai pissed.
She Is All Grown Up: What? Did you think the little child Ada won't grow up after 10 years? Even, this trope is slightly played for drama, because Oz only remembered her as a 8 year old and Ada was nervious of meeting her big brother, now that she's technically older than him.
The Determinator: He's stabbed in the shoulder by Jack, he's stabbed in the gut by Noise, but he still has enough in him to push Oz, Gil, and Alice through a secret passageway and block it behind them.
The mysterious man who shows up along with Sharon and Break after Oz escapes from the Abyss. Turns out Raven is in fact the name of his Chain and what everyone calls him within Pandora, and he's actually Oz's most trusted servant and best friend, aged ten years during Oz's time in the Abyss. Based on Bill the Lizard from Alice in Wonderland. His Chain is based on the Monstrous Crow.
Subordinate Excuse: Even after becoming a nobleman, he still wants to be Oz's servant. Oz mostly encourages the idea. This is in part due to Gilbert's brainwashing and the resulting compulsion to protect his master at all costs. At one point Gilbert was so afraid Oz might not need him anymore that he actively looked for an excuse to stay by his side, reasoning that if Jack was his former master, that would be all the more reason to protect Oz. Then it turned out Glen was his master all along. See Undying Loyalty for how that turned out.
Super Toughness: Survives both Oz slashing him during the coming of age ceremony and later a direct attack from Cheshire. The first two times, his survival appears to have been luck and from non-fatal attacks. It's really a sign of him being a Baskerville...
Undying Loyalty: Swears this to Oz early on. Finally gathers his resolve to actually carry it out after learning of their respective past. He will go so far as to burn off his own arm if it gets in the way.
"I have no need of the arm that hurt you!"
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Alice. He frequently expresses displeasure in her company and at one point even tries to kill her but he also displays Big Brother Instinct tendencies towards her and ultimately regards her as a friend.
Yandere: For Oz. Though a much milder, I Want My Beloved to Be Happy case. It doesn't help that he was put under a "compulsion" to kill anyone who threatened his master when he was chosen to be the next Glen.
The younger brother of Gilbert Nightray. Probably is the most screwed up character in the series. His Chain is Dormouse/Yamane, which induces sleep. And Demios, aka The Red Queen, aka the original Headhunter.
Aloof Younger Brother: He's more skilled with his gun than his brother at the age of thirteen. Gilbert once moaned about this.
Anti-Villain: Arguably. He's sided with the Baskervilles (who are actually on the side of good), to prevent the Tragedy from happening, to erase himself from existence and to make Gil happier.
Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding boy to Ada's gentle girl. She's the only normal girl in his life and the only one that has ever show him true kindness. Some chapters implied that he's falling for her for real.
Never My Fault: Because he does it all for Gil. Averted eventually, when he breaks down in the face of his guilt over all he's done and he reveals that he did a lot of it because his ultimate goal has always been to erase himself and his deeds from existence, not only so Gil could be happy but also so the Tragedy of Sablier would never have had cause to happen. The time spent in between he was probably more of The Unfettered because he thought all his actions would eventually be undone.
The Unfettered: Hovers between Type I and Type V. Since his goal is to be erased from existence, he tortures and hurts whoever he pleases since once he's erased from time none of it will have happened. Of course, this still begs the question how many of his actions were genuine and how many of them were committed because he thought they wouldn't count for anything.
The usually silent servant of Vincent. She was created by her and Noise's Chain Doldee in order to prevent the strain the chain put on the latter's mind from making her go insane (By dividing it between the two personalities). Her actual name is Doldum, derived fromAlice in Wonderland's Tweedledum and Tweedledee.Both
Although she forgot her mission after she began to develop a personality of her own, Echo eventually remembers that it's her duty to protect Noise's heart from the influence of Doldee. Once she remembers she helps Noise restore her true memories and feelings.
Noise swore to protect Vincent as a big sister.
Meaningful Name: Echo is, well, an echo. You know, she doesn't have a high regard of herself. Her Split Personality's name is Noise, a sound louder than an echo, meaning that she's the dominant one. The Baskervilles refer to them collectively as Zwei, which means "two" in German, because there are two of them in the same body.
Broken Bird: Having someone like Vincent as a master and someone like Noise to share a body with would definitely cause some damage to the emotional well-being of anyone.
Emotionless Girl: Although she took on some of Noise's original personality, she is still a very different person, and remains, for the most part, emotionless until she begins to see herself as a person.
Extreme Doormat: She's completely obedient towards her Master, and even regards herself as nothing but a tool for Vincent.
Sugar and Ice Personality: She may appear incapable of feeling any emotions with her cold and silent exterior, but she does show a sense of care time and time again for those who are close to her and develops a notable soft spot for Oz.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Echo severs Doldee's influence over her, Noise realises that she only ever wanted to protect Vincent as a sister, but failed. She sees Ada comforting him and sees he's finally found someone who can help him be happy.
Mad Love: Towards Vincent. Subverted, since the real Noise is actually possessed by Doldee.
Pronoun Trouble: Noise has been referred to as a "he", even in the Yen Press translations. This is probably because Noise uses male pronouns to refer to herself and some thought Noise identifies as male, despite residing in Echo's female body. However, turns out Noise self-identifies as female; she is just imitating Vincent.
The youngest child of the Nightray household. Thanks to the influence of his family, he hates the Vessalius household with a passion for painting them as responsible for the Tragedy of Sabliér. However, he and Oz have overcome this boundary and are aiming to repair the broken relationship between the households. He was later revealed to be the unknowing core Contractor of Humpty Dumpty.
Badass Bookworm: Elliot's introduction has him complaining at length about the actions of one of Oz's favorite characters in a book. He also runs toward a Chain with just a sword to save his friend without a moment's hesitation.
Heroic Sacrifice: Twice. The first was to save Leo from Humpty Dumpty, not knowing it was actually there to protect him in the first place, and Elliot gets stabbed in the chest for his efforts, and would have died if not for the illegal contract established. The second time, he rejected Humpty Dumpty despite his incuse having reached the point where that would fatal for him. The latter kills him off for real.
Elliot's valet. He may not take his master's side all the time, but the two are still good friends. He is later revealed to be the current vessel for the soul of Glen Baskerville, and has recently made a contract with Jabberwock.
Adorkable: The way he expressed his interest in a snake and the chasm in Sablier definitely make him this. Until he lost his glasses and got his haircut, but even after all that, he still had a few moments.
Badass Bookworm: Though, the Badass part seems to be limited to his Accidental Aiming Skills. He also survives having a bookshelf (a mini one, but still) thrown at him once. Then, there's the realization of being the current Glen Baskerville and his recent contract with Jabberwock...
Beware the Nice Ones: Lashes out on Elliot in Retrace 50, surprising even Oz and Gilbert. It was mentioned in the same chapter that he is actually a hot-head himself; it's just that Elliot tends to lose his temper before Leo even gets the chance to.
Even Vincent, of all people, lampshades this in Retrace 63.
Vincent: Despite his mild-mannered appearance, he can be pretty brutal...
Bookworm: Many characters do fit this, but he's noteworthy for explicitly stating his fondness for books. He also prides himself in his speed-reading, which allows him to read five to eight books a day.
Defrosting Ice King: It was through Elliot that Leo learned how to handle children, thus appreciating the orphans as his siblings. He was also able to learn to open up to anyone in the first place through Elliot.
Devoted to You: All things considered, he's this to Elliot. Until becoming a Baskerville, that is, though he still thinks highly of Elliot.
Disproportionate Retribution: Tried to kill someone for trying to cut his hair, and had to be restrained by Elliot. It's implied this isn't the first time something like this happened. Turns out said hair helped him hide the Abyss lights from his vision.
Failure-to-Save Murder: Even Oswald blamed him for having let Humpty Dumpty stab and make an illegal contract with Elliot, which was something poor Leo wouldn't have expected, anyway.
Freakiness Shame: Insists on hiding his eyes, which baffles Elliot because he thinks they're beautiful.
Freak Out!: His reaction to Elliot's death had a lot of sobbing and screaming. He went on with this as Pandora was interrogating him until Vincent came along.
Friendless Background: Before meeting Elliot. It has been noted that all the children in his village avoided him when he was young and when his mother died, nobody said a thing about his being taken away by authorities.
Hates Being Touched: Has knocked away a little girl for trying to touch his bangs. He also doesn't respond well to Vincent insisting on moving really close to him, and especially not to Vincent following up on his order to lick his shoes after flustering him really bad.
Healing Factor: A given for Baskervilles, especially Glen Baskerville. Especially notable when getting impaled by a Chain merely knocked him out for a little while.
Hidden Depths: He's not just Elliot's bookworm servant/friend; he's the potential vessel for Glen Baskerville, and once Elliot dies, Leo relents and becomes Glen's host. All of the Glens, that is.
I Am Who?/King Incognito: Never found out that the reason he could see and hear things was because of his status as the current vessel of Glen Baskerville until Vincent told him about this in Retrace 61.
Important Haircut: Gets one in Retrace 61. Notable because of the above example for Disproportionate Retribution, since this haircut means that Leo saw no need to hide from the Abyss lights and Glen voices anymore, which growing his hair helped him with.
It Sucks to Be the Chosen One/Blessed with Suck: On top of having to suffer the same effect of distortion as the other Glens, he ended up living with having to see Abyss lights and hear the voices of the previous Glens without anyone to understand his predicament, making him consider himself "the weird one".
Nightmare Fetishist: Elliot had to keep him from touching the corpse of a human mutated by the Abyss once. There was also an omake picture for Volume 11 wherein Leo expresses interest in seeing the insides of the author's Author Avatar, which is a black cat with a pink mustache.
Rage Breaking Point: Actually has a temper as bad, if not worse, as Elliot's. His usually acting as The Straight Man and The Tease for Elliot didn't make this obvious, though, until he snapped and threw chairs and a table at Elliot. This doesn't seem to be the first time it happened.
Refusal of the Call: Not that he even knew that the voices in his head are actually real and important, but he still refused to acknowledge them, going as far as to grow his hair just to block them out, along with the Abyss lights he sees.
Sanity Slippage: Tends to accuse himself of this since childhood due to seeing and hearing things. Not helped by the fact that his version of things happening don't match that of Elliot's, nor anybody else's for that matter. Then Elliot dies and he becomes a Baskerville and everything goes downhill from there.
They Died Because of You: According to the previous Glen (Or Oswald), Leo may have stopped Elliot from dying then and there, but that doesn't mean he has saved him. He internalizes this after Elliot's Heroic Sacrifice.
Took a Level in Badass: Granted, his recent contract with Jabberwock still puts a strain on his body. But compare being able to control Jabberwock with having to rely on the guns or swords he's not even good with.
Grand-daughter of Duchess Rainsworth. She often appears when other characters (more than often her Battle Butler, Break) need someone to talk to when things get rough. She is dignified and lady-like, notable for her number of Gorgeous Period Dress changes to date. Her Chain is Eques, a black unicorn, based on the Unicorn from Through the Looking-Glass.
Berserk Button: She will take it as a personal insult if you insult her surrogate older brother, Xerxes Break, as Rufus Barma discovers. She even goes so far to become a Mouthy Kid in his defense. Considering Sharon's usual state of mind, this is kind of scary.
Heroic BSOD : Having your elder brother figure die in you arms does no good for anyone
In Love with Love: She loves romance, though sadly she is forever going to look like a fourteen year-old. She reads volume upon volume of romance books to ease the agony, although ends up causing pain for everyone else whenever she lapses into her 'girl mode'. Break tries to help in the short story 'White Kitty', but gets it completely wrong and sets her up with Alice. He then gets into a lot of trouble.
Sharon's servant. Has a habit of slipping into the room without warning (and appears to enjoy scaring the occupants, especially if it's Reim). His Chain is Mad Hatter and his previous Chain was Albus, the White Knight.
Apocalypse Maiden: A male variant. A Child of Misfortune with the power to connect to the core of the Abyss. It is hinted this may have been the reason Albus offered him the chance to become an Illegal Contractor. Though as noted in Retrace XCII, his not being a Baskerville limits his power.
Badass: Enough to make the Baskervilles try to avoid him as much as they can. Perhaps him butchering almost all of them without letting any of them put a single scratch on him has something to do with it?
Badass in Distress: He has a lot on his plate as of late. What with trying hopelessly to get the situation with the sealing stone under control and THEN seeing Oz shot by Gilbert and also having been hospitalized, it's no wonder he's a little bit flustered during recent chapters.
Be Careful What You Wish For: He became an illegal contractor to prevent the death of the Sinclair family he was serving. The Will of the Abyss listened to his request and changed the past. This caused the last living member of the family to die as well.
Berserk Button: Doing bad things for the sake of someone else doesn't go down well with him. Neither does hurting Reim or Sharon.
Big Brother Instinct: For Sharon. in fact, The reason he refused to back down in his fight with the Baskervilles, even at the cost of his health, was because they had hit Sharon.
Big Brother Mentor: Has shades of this for Gil, especially after Oz was thrown into the Abyss at the start of the manga. He offers his help and advice, and in the present timezone of the manga he's more of a Big Brother Bully to the poor man.
Character Development: First there was the whole fiasco with Kevin Regnard. Then there was going through the grief, angst, bloodshed, and not to mention the Eye Scream. The Rainsworth household helped him to mold himself into the present-day Xerxes Break.
Deadpan Snarker: He has a habit of beating people down with his witty quips, notably Reim and Gil. Even Sharon isn't immune.
Deal with the Devil: At least twice, first when he made an illegal contract with Albus and again when he offered the Will of the Abyss ANYTHING in exchange for granting his wish. Neither turned out well.
Devoted to You: Despite his laconic insistence of only looking out for himself, he is this towards Lady Sharon and her family.
Dragged into Drag: Forced to crossdress by the others in the "Knave of Hearts" sidestory, to stunning results. Sharon lets it drop that her mother used to dress him up all the time, when he wore his hair long.
Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Sharon's responsible, although Sharon's not above dark-siding with Break when they want to mess with someone's head, ie: bets against Gil.
Fun Personified: He sure comes across at this, what with all the jumping-onto-tables-during-official-meetings and the whole trading-candy-for-friendship thing.
Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Break's coat features oversized sleeves that immediately mark him as a quirky man who is hiding something, and sure enough, he's one of the sneakier (and creepier) characters in the series. He also tries to invoke the “cute” aspect of this trope, but most people just think it's weird.
Older than They Look: He's retained his youth for the last 15 years, thanks to his contract with Mad Hatter. Word of God states he was 24 at the time, making him 39 when Oz emerged from the Abyss. When taking into account the 30 years he was lost in the Abyss, he was born around the same time as Duke Barma and Sheryl Rainsworth.
One-Man Army: He succeeded in almost completely wiping out the Baskerville Clan when all of the rest of Pandora failed. Thus far, there are only six survivors: Glen and Vincent (who weren't there), Zwei, Lottie, Lily, and Doug.
Serial Killer: And a very successful one, in that he killed 116 people without being caught, and only being dragged into the Abyss stopped the killing. Hand it to Pandora Hearts to make one that is sympathetic, driven by a desperate Deal with the Devil.
Servile Snarker: Although he barely gets away with his life once Sharon goes into beatdown mode...
Shipper on Deck: Has shipped Sharon with Gilbert and Oz, if only for five minutes each. He also has a detector for the Rufus/Cheryl thing going on as when Rufus fatally wounds Cheryl to get the the sealing stone, Break surprises him by calling him out for attacking Cheryl rather than for joining the Baskervilles.
Would Hurt a Child : He literally tortures Echo/Noise, would have killed Lily if it wasn't for Fang, and attacked the Intention of the Abyss with a dagger. He also gives Lily a couple of kicks to the face when chained in the prison, the first one being unintentional.
Sharon's crippled grandmother and the mother of Shelly Rainsworth. Her chain is the Owl. Is the childhood friend of Rufus Barma.
All Love Is Unrequited:Some of the artworks and omakes featuring Cheryl and Rufus shows that he often gives her flowers, letters and whatnot while she looks away in indifference.
Berserk Button: Never make illusions of her. Rufus learned that the hard way.
Beware the Nice Ones: Outwardly, she may appear warm, feeble and matronly, but he tongue is as sharp as any blade and have we mentioned her Chain is badass?
Brutal Honesty: While she is a rare example in that she's still as polite as she can be with this trope, she's not afraid to tell people what she thinks of them, or, in Sharon's case, what she thinks they should do/how they should behave. She's also ready to cut people (Rufus more often than not) down to size. Her "red roses are vulgar - I don't like them" line may be the most memorable.
Hidden Eyes: Every time she's been shown, her eyes are concealed behind her bangs.
Ill Girl: Sharon mentions her mother's ill health as the reason for attending Oz's coming-of-age ceremony in Shelly's stead.
Love Redeems: Nursed a post-Abyss Kevin back to health, and is credited with helping shape him into the present-day Xerxes Break. Whether this was platonic love or something more isn't elaborated on.
Post Humous Character: While she was alive at the very beginning of the series, she died long before Oz returned from the abyss.
Voiced by: Yuya Uchida
The longest-living duke out of all four dukes. Claims to be the most knowledgeable man ever, all thanks to his endless craving for more information. The master of facade and illusion with the help of his Chain Dodo.
Adorkable: While he always erects a cold, disinterested mask, his interactions with Cheryl always leave him firmly in this trope.
Agent Peacock: Just because he's well-groomed and wears high-heels, doesn't mean he can't kick your ass.
All Love Is Unrequited: He's sent more than 100 love letters to Duchess Rainsworth, only to have them burned in the fire.
It's All About Me: The only reason why he sided with Pandora over the Baskervilles is because if Glen managed to hit the Reset Button, he would never have met Cheryl, and it's been his lifelong dream to marry her.
Manipulative Bastard: His thirst for knowledge extends to the very nature of individuals of importance, so he knows, or at least can very accurately guess, what to say to any of the major characters to get them to do what he wants.
Spell My Name with an S: His official name is listed as Reim. Break has said that his family name means 'eye-glasses' in another language (see Meaningful Name above). Still doesn't stop fans from using Liam Lunettes or Liam Runnet interchangeably.
Cute and Psycho: Has the appearance of a sweet-natured high-class lady. Just don't have a nice head, lest she behead you . . .
Evil Redhead: She's obsessed with decapitating people and collecting their heads. And that's without getting into her Yandere tendencies . . .
Fate Worse than Death: When she unsuccessfully tried to murder Oswald, he chose not to simply to kill her there and then. Instead, Oswald allowed for her to fall into the Abyss alive; thus purposefully excluding her from the hundred-year cycle of rebirth, and then causing her to mutate into a monstrous Chain, which later became known as Demios the Head-Hunter.
Manipulative Bitch: Was the one who manipulated Vincent into opening the Door to the Abyss a hundred years ago.
Nightmare Fetishist: She had an obsession with the occult and the Abyss, and most notably about collecting people's heads.
The Chosen Many: The reason why they're Baskervilles is not because of blood ties but rather because of being chosen by the lights of the Abyss.
It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Their connection to the Abyss means they distort the world around them, and this is all the more true for those chosen to be Glen Baskerville's vessel.
Dark Is Not Evil: Many of them, namely Fang, Doug, and possibly Lottie, really aren't that bad, except for the fact that they're unflinchingly loyal to the Big Bad. And then it turns out that they weren't working for the Big Bad, but were Hero Antagonists all along.
Five-Bad Band: The five named Baskervilles (sans Lacie) form one of these, although there are more Baskervilles than just the five of them.
The Dragon: Lottie — Though Glen seems to place quite a bit of trust in potentially useful non-Baskervilles (namely Rufus Barma, Vincent Nightray, and Xai Vessalius), Lottie seems to be just below him in the Baskervilles' internal hierarchy.
The Brute: Doug — While he breaks the stereotype by possessing intelligence and lacking a cruel streak, he doesn't seem to have much authority in the Baskervilles and seems to be more Lottie's bodyguard than anything.
Annoying Younger Siblings: Lacie to Oswald during their teen years, it seems. Whenever they had fights, Lacie would run away from home and would only come back after Oswald apologized to her. Lacie has mellowed out since.
The Atoner: He attempts to atone for killing Lacie by taking care of her daughter, Alice.
Awesome by Analysis: It was his job to dig up dirt on everyone and anyone before he became Glen. Jack is understandably shocked when Oswald deconstructs and explains his existence to Levi when they first meet.
Feather Motif: Black feathers, like the Five Black-Feathered Chains he controls.
Grand Theft Me: As of Retrace 78, Glen's consciousness has fully taken over Leo, now that all Sealing Stones are destroyed. Glen has also remarked that Leo doesn't even have the strength to fight against his influence.
Gray and Gray Morality: He wants to undo the Tragedy of Sablier, but this means undoing all of the good that came about after it.
Heroic Sacrifice: He was the one who had to be physically separated in order to seal something away, not the other way around.
Hidden Depths: His expressions have now extended to THREE ranges: the poker face, the shocked face and the 'I've just totally lost it' face. We even get a tiny smile now and then. Plus, he genuinely cares for Alice and Gilbert. When he realizes that Sablier will be thrown into the Abyss, he immediately thinks about what he can do to save as many people as possible. Glen has clearly asserted himself as a very different character as opposed to the individual he was first introduced as.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Levi, seemingly, as Oswald was Levi's attendant before the former became Glen. Oswald also seem to feed Levi information pertaining to nobles that attended Baskerville banquets and balls. As the Glen candidate, he was always by Levi's side.
Intelligence Equals Isolation: Never directly stated, but very much implied. Levi describes him as popular, but Jack says that Glen was often found in solidarity. He composes his own melodies and it appears as though Gilbert often found him in his study whenever he couldn't sleep. Brainy but lonely, our Glen is.
It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Being the leader of the powerful Baskervilles isn't as great as it sounds. On top of distorting the world around him even more than usual for a Baskerville, poor Oswald was unlucky enough to end up making his sister Lacie a Child of Misfortune.
Mercy Kill: Ordered the massacre at Sabliér in a last, desperate attempt to save the citizens from being pulled into the Abyss. If he couldn't save them from the Tragedy, he'd at least save their souls from being cut off from the 100 year cycle of rebirth.
Set Right What Once Was Wrong: After possessing Leo, he sets his goal as travelling back to the past and killing Lacie in order to prevent the Tragedy from ever happening. He is also very willing to kill Oz (and subsequently, Jack) to stop them from interfering.
Ship Tease: He and Lottie were broached as a possible pairing. Then Miranda muscled in on the plot and that ship burned before it left the harbor.
Shoot the Dog: Upon becoming the next Glen Baskerville, he was forced to send his sister Lacie into the Abyss.
So Proud of You: He and Gil have a moment that messes up your grey cells. Gil has just shot Oz on Oswald's orders, seems to be down with a severe case of PTSD and Oswald ends up patting him on the shoulder and saying that he's happy Gil is still his servant.
Spirit Advisor: Along with the previous Glens, he was this towards Leo, though, the latter didn't really appreciate the help, considering how the voices established his status as "the weird one", and eventually was able to get them blocked out. At least for the time being.
Not So Stoic: He reacts badly when Jack suggests bringing Lacie back from the dead and for causing the Tragedy of Sabliér and stabbing Gil. Also, in Retrace LXXII, he confesses to Lacie (prior to her death) that he'll be lonely without her. And then he totally loses it when he finds out that Jack tried to plunge the world into the Abyss and ruin his party.
Wife Husbandry: Though, without the marriage. He and Lacie had a father-daughter relationship that eventually grew to something that resembled a relationship between two lovers. It is stated in the Volume 18.5 Evidence Guidebook that he "liked Lacie as a mature woman" and claims to be in love with Lacie in the Volume 22 Drama CD, though Lacie doesn't believe him and claims it was a joke to see how Oswald would react to the confession.
Anti-Villain/Anti-Hero: As an Anti-Villain, she holds herself to certain standards and has good intentions, like all Baskervilles. When it's revealed that the Baskervilles are actually on the side of good, she's an Anti-Hero because she's willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish the Baskervilles' goals, although she still has lines she doesn't like crossing.
Characterization Marches On: Compare her personality during her first major appearance (Faux Affably EvilAx-Crazy psychopath who sadistically toyed with Oz) with her personality during her second major appearance (she had calmed down considerably and was visibly disgusted when Vincent vented his frustration by beating Echo, who had nothing to do with his mood).
Control Freak: She had elements of this to her personality before the Tragedy of Sablier.
Even Evil Has Standards: Though like all Baskervilles, it's hard to really call her "evil," she was rather pissed with Vincent when she found him beating up Echo for no real reason. Later, she was clearly horrified and appalled when the recently resurrected Glen executed a wounded and defeated member of Pandora by stabbing him through the mouth (and presumably tongue) just for speaking Jack's name in front of him.
Nothing Up My Sleeve: Where she kept her knives in the past. She might keep them there in the present as well (when she's wearing an outfit that has sleeves, that is), but we've never seen where she pulls her knives from.
OOC Is Serious Business: In Chapter 86, Break, Sharon, Sheryl, and other members of Pandora are at the Baskervilles' mercy. Instead of taking pride in the Baskervilles' victory and being the peppy borderline Genki Girl that she usually is, she is instead shown brooding quietly with a frown on her face.
She Cleans Up Nicely: Even though she's attractive anyway, she looked quite fetching during the Isla Yura arc when she wore a nifty ballgown and had her hair tied up.
She's Got Legs: And Mochizuki seems to love showing off every inch of them.
Silk Hiding Steel: She is introduced as an alluring deranged lady. And then the Chain comes out, she shows off her combat skills and she has high authority within the Baskervilles. She may look like a prostitute, but watch out.
Worthy Opponent: Lottie has the utmost respect for Xerxes Break. After the latter's death, she regrets never being able to fight alongside him instead of against him, and she promises to watch over Oz on his behalf.
A skilled Baskerville who works for Lottie. Something of a Token Good Teammate and, when we actually see him, a tactician of sorts.
Affably Evil: The most polite and level-headed of the group.
Anti-Villain: On top of being the most polite and level-headed, he's the least inclined to kill, considering how he questioned Glen for the order to slaughter the people of sablier. Then again, killings aside, it has already been established that the Baskervilles aren't really villains to begin with.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Doug really cares for Lottie, Fang, and Lily, and he is more than willing to take the bullet for any one of them. Case in point, when Sheryl used Owl to blind and deafen everyone, including Break and the Baskervilles he was fighting, Doug's first instinct was to grab Lottie and Lily and shield them with his body.
Genius Bruiser: He doesn't talk much so we don't know exactly how smart he is, but Doug is not stupid. In fact, he and Vincent were once seen playing chess together, and though Vince beat Doug quite easily, the fact that such a skilled player would want to play against Doug should say something. He is also one of the most perceptive characters in the series.
In the Hood: He's the only one of the named Baskervilles who seems to insist on always wearing his hood.
Lightning Bruiser: The dude is massive and hits like a tank with his weapon of choice: a massive spiked mace. He's also ridiculously fast; Lottie and Lily often use him as a means of quick transport, and he was nimble enough to keep up with Break in a fight. And he was tough enough to take a hit from the Mad Hatter and survive.
Apocalypse Maiden: As a Child of Misfortune with the ability to interact with the Core of the Abyss, her existence is a threat to the world's stability.
Babies Make Everything Better: The only reason she seemed to agree with Levi's "experiment" was so that, through her child becoming the vessel for the Core of the Abyss, the Core of the Abyss wouldn't have to be alone anymore.
Peerless Love Interest: To Jack, who had to climb the social ranks in order to meet her again. According to Levi, she is fickle and typically dotes on "pets" only to promptly forget about them and attempts to ward Jack off by denying that he's treated any differently. Ironically enough, Jack knows this and is perfectly accepting of it, and he doesn't push their relationship even when she gives him the opportunity to do so.
The Pollyanna: Subverted. She seems to have a practical and bitter outlook on life due being told from a young age that she would die, but Retrace LXXII reveals that she genuinely loves the world because she was able to see its darkness as well as its beauty.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: As Glen pointed out, she was really the cause of the whole Tragedy Of Sablier; she met Jack and he went crazy for her, she gave to the core of Abyss the stuffed rabbits which became Oz the B-Rabbit, she's the mother of Alice, the instrument Jack used to orchestrate the tragedy, and the poor girl was just trying to live her short life at her fullest and trying to make something to made some people happy.
Walking Spoiler: The setting of Pandora Hearts would've been different had she not met Jack Vessalius and had not given birth to twins within the Abyss.