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    Oz Vessalius 
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa

Our protagonist. Though apparently cheerful and harmless, on his fifteenth birthday he is cast into the prison-like Abyss for committing a grievous sin—existing. While there he formed a Contract with the Chain B-Rabbit, apparently short for Blood-Stained Black Rabbit, though she prefers to go by "Alice." In terms of inspiration, Oz could be based off Alice or the White Rabbit from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but seems to more strongly reference two other characters from children's books, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the The Velveteen Rabbit.

  • Adorkable: At times.
  • Alice Allusion: A possible male variation. He shares more traits with Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland than Pandora Hearts' own two Alices.
  • Always Save the Girl: He considers nothing to be more important than Alice's safety, whether she agrees with him or not. Part of his Character Development is to actually listen to her and learn to value what she wants, as well as learn to ground himself among others as well.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Pandora Hearts is primarily a mystery series, and it's Oz's (and his companions') goal to solve that mystery.
  • Amnesiac Hero: He seems to have forgotten his time as B-Rabbit until Jack showed him the truth.
  • And I Must Scream: His backstory, Up to Eleven. Oz was tricked into contracting with an Omnicidal Maniac thinking he was simply going to guide the man to visit his lonely friend. He was subsequently stripped of free will and forced to slaughter and destroy the human city he had lived in as a plush rabbit, including people he recognized and loved, while still being mentally himself and all too aware of what was happening around him. Then his owner and Platonic Life Partner committed suicide in front of him to stop this. Remembering this was the Break the Cutie moment that almost destroyed him.
  • Animal Motif: His true identity is the Black Rabbit, or B-Rabbit for short. True to form, many of his clothes and belongings in the Official Art have depictions of rabbits on them in some way.
  • Anti-Antichrist: The Will of the Abyss, someone who basically amounts to a vessel of their god, still didn't have enough power to fulfill her and Jack's wish to destroy the world. So she created Oz to do it instead, though he goes out of his way to subvert this role.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When he dresses up as a maid, Gil says he looks "gorgeous" and a male servant of the Barma household seems to approve as well.
  • Badass Adorable: Especially when playing around with that scythe. And also especially since he's B-Rabbit.
  • Beast of the Apocalypse: During the near-apocalyptic Tragedy of Sablier as B-Rabbit, giving him a reputation for bloodshed and destruction that lasts his hundred-year absence and still terrifies Pandora. He subverts this in the second near-apocalypse with his role as a Messianic Figure and Anti-Antichrist.
  • Berserk Button: Just try doing anything to Alice.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Cute, innocent-looking, and friendly, but you do not want to piss off this rabbit. The childish facade hides a strategists' mind and he's considered the most powerful chain for a reason.
  • Bishōnen: He's part of a Cast Full of Pretty Boys, so it's a given. While the other male members of the cast are often described as "hot" by fans, Oz is more often called "beautiful."
  • Body Surf: From his original plush rabbit forms to his formal Chain form to Jack's body. His comments in Retrace LXXVII imply that this could have happened again if Jack's body died and he got another Contractor. But since he dies, he's eventually reborn in a new one all his own.
  • Break the Cutie:
  • Broken Ace: According to the guide books, Oz is highly skilled with drawing, painting, writing both prose and poetry, recitation, singing, playing both the violin and piano, dancing, studying, horse back riding, mathematics, firearms, and swordsmanship (though he's noted to have little actual combat experience). In-story he proves himself to be extremely intelligent, with an impressive memory and quick analytical and deductive thinking. Unfortunately, though Oz is extremely talented and admired by many, he still has a lot of issues.
  • Broken Hero: Oz is pretty much a textbook example of this. He was completely shunned by his father at a young age, despite wanting desperately to impress him. Nonetheless, he tries to act like he's fine and smiles to everyone. As of Retrace LXX, already pretty shaken up, he realizes that he is actually a freaking stuffed bunny, the chain B-Rabbit who, one hundred years ago, was forced to murder countless innocent people. By the end of Retrace LXXIV, he is almost completely mentally and emotionally broken thanks to his memories resurfacing as well as interference by Jack.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Played as the White Rabbit in Gilbert in Wonderland, and is noted by both Gils to be quite cute. Storywise, he was a pair of cute plush rabbits (before everything went to hell), and is still cute as a human. Subverted when he's destroying everything as B-Rabbit.
  • Changeling Tale: Part of his backstory. On the day he was "born," Jack's allies (with Zai Vessalius' cooperation) secretly switched Zai's newborn son with the infant Oz. Played with in that the child Oz replaced was stillborn, not kidnapped.
  • Character Development: Possibly the most prominent example. Like his possible inspiration Alice, Oz is noted by many people to be constantly changing throughout the series. At one point, Duke Barma even mentions that Oz had completely changed around his personality in the few days between visits to his house. In general, though, Oz starts the series as a traumatized, depressed individual hiding behind his own self-delusions and masks to protect himself, and ends the series with far more self-awareness, peace of mind, and self-worth.
  • Color Motif: He's associated with green and yellow, in contrast to Gilbert's black and blue and Alice's red and white.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Exiled to a strange dimension you've been raised to consider Nightmare Fuel after maybe killing your best friend? Sit down and eat cookies! Oz was so mentally screwed up by Zai's emotional abuse that he essentially did this to himself so he could never be hurt again. He grows out of it once he learns that all he's done is deprive himself of happiness and worry the people who care for him.
  • Creepy Child: Break even points it out. Oz starts out so cheerful in the face of misery and so well hidden behind his many masks that even Break (a creepy fellow himself) finds him unnerving. However, he grows much more human (pardon the pun) as the story goes along, and ironically is shown at his most human just when we find out he isn't. As he gets the courage to evaluate who he is for himself, this fades from his character completely.
  • Cry Cute: As the series progresses, he shows his emotions more openly, which eventually leads to this.
  • Cute and Psycho: As the first half of the manga goes on, it becomes more obvious that Break is right - Oz is definitely not entirely "there." The second half has Oz working to repair that.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was initially a kind of stuffed animal spirit guardian for the Alice twins left behind by their mother, and he loved them both dearly. But one of them - the justifiably lonely, miserable, and mentally unstable Will of the Abyss - turned him into a Living Weapon at the request of Jack Vessalius, in order to destroy the world. What followed was the Trauma Conga Line to end all Trauma Conga Lines for everyone involved.
  • Declaration of Protection: As a plush toy he swore to protect Alice when she was still alive, which carried through even after just meeting her in the abyss. He also declared to Gilbert that "protecting servants is a master's job."
  • Demonic Possession: Since Oz is a world-wrecking Chain who took control of his body, Oz has technically been doing this to Jack for almost the entirety of the story. It's ultimately inverted, though, since Jack is the malicious one of the two and can take control (for the most part) when he wishes.
  • Determinator: Despite all of his hardship (or perhaps because of it), Oz came to accept and love the world the way it was, and so fought to stop Glen's plan to alter time even though it would have prevented a great deal of pain. His determination cost him a great deal, as his own decisions kill him in the final chapter—but despite his mourning that it had to come to that, it's clear from his actions that he doesn't regret it.
  • Devoted to You: Oz is this to Alice. Oz calls her his "sun" and it's especially apparent in the Caucus Race side novels where Oz stresses over and over how he must and will do anything for her.
  • Disappears into Light: In the final chapter, Oz joins with the other lights of the Abyss along with Alice after having final words with Gilbert.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Once you know the true events of Sablier, Oz's psychotic Freak Outs in the first half of the manga begin to look a lot like PTSD.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Just shortly after meeting Alice, Oz finds himself willing to do anything to protect her and make her happy, without knowing why himself. Justified since Oz was initially her stuffed rabbit, and one of the first conscious decisions he made in his life was that he wanted to make sure Alice was happy.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Gil appears to do so.
  • Famous Last Words: "See you later, Gilbert!"
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: He spent ten years in the Abyss, but since time flows differently there Oz doesn't notice it when he comes back. Once he finds out, he has to adjust to things such as how his best friend and his little sister have grown while he's still the same.
  • Freak Out: Has them occasionally throughout the first half of the manga, whenever he's under stress enough to almost make him remember the events of Sablier. Notably occurs in Cheshire's dimension, the sorcerer Rytas' house, the Second Coming of Age Ceremony and especially at the Hole at Sablier.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was originally a children's comfort toy owned by the Core and Lacie and later the Alice twins, and possibly the single least-threatening thing in the story. Jack and Alyss (in one of her more psychotic moments) decided that made him the ideal tool to end the world, which resulted in Oz being a direct cause of the Tragedy of Sablier completely against his will.
  • The Gadfly: He has a tendency to set people off for fun, all in good teasing though. Gilbert and Elliot are his usual targets.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Heartbreakingly done. Oz initially dissolves into tears, mourning that he'll never be able to attend another tea party with everyone or learn to use a camera. Gilbert promises him, however, that he'll wait however long it takes for Oz and Alice to return to the world of the living. This calms Oz enough that both he and Alice are able to smile as their lives end and they join with the other lights of the Abyss.
  • 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. At the end of the story, Jack's vacant body is left empty of both him and Oz, and so the Core takes it instead.
  • Green Eyes: Which occasionally become Red Eyes, Take Warning, showing his hidden underlying nature.
  • Guile Hero: Throughout the series we get glimpses of Oz's perceptive and deductive nature, though he usually hides it behind a childish facade. It really stands out towards the end, when Oz manages to correctly predict the thoughts and actions of Oswald, the Baskervilles, Jack, Alyss, and the Core, and make a plan to save the world based on manipulating and utilizing all of them (along with a Chekhov's Gun briefly mentioned in a single throwaway sentence dozens of chapters ago) during just those few hours spent recovering at Lutwidge.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He might have several issues, but Oz is ultimately a nice, cheerful person who would do anything for those he cares about.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: As B-Rabbit, Oz came to be known as the monster responsible for the Tragedy of Sablier. However, he's really a subversion because Oz never wanted to do any of that; Jack had the Will of the Abyss turn him into a world-destroying weapon and forced him to help him sink Sablier into the Abyss. Poor Oz was screaming and crying in horror the entire time Jack used him to kill people.
  • Hellish Pupils: When he uses the power of B-Rabbit, he gains red irises and white, slitted pupils.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Several times:
    • 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gilbert, though the "heterosexual" part is questionable on Gilbert's end.
  • Humanity Ensues: He was once a small stuffed animal rabbit that gained sentience through the power of the Abyss and exposure to human emotions, but through a series of increasingly horrifying events, ended up inhabiting a human body. True to his thematic inspiration (though it isn't obvious at first), much of his story is actually about dealing with the emotional baggage left from how he was created and understanding and accepting what it means to be 'himself' and 'real.'
  • Humanoid Abomination: Looks human. Isn't.
  • I Am Who?: Revealed to be the true B-Rabbit.
  • Identical Grandson: To the point that he looks like a near-exact copy of young Jack. Subverted since he isn't actually Jack's descendant. The reason he looks identical to him is that "his" body is actually Jack's.
  • Immortality: Through Body Surf and a back-and-forth case of Merlin Sickness. 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.
    • There are still ways to kill him, though. Tossing him into the Abyss, if using all five Black-Winged Chains, could have dragged him right into the Darkness of the Abyss and theoretically done the job. And of course by pointing his destructive powers at himself and killing his own Contractor, which is actually what happens when he forms a Contract with the Will of the Abyss to free her from her imprisonment and re-stabilize the Abyss.
  • Implied Love Interest: For Gilbert and Echo. The latter's crush is implied in the manga, expanded on in the bonus material, and potentially reciprocated. The former is... well, Gilbert.
  • I Owe You My Life: His devotion to Alice is revealed to come from his crediting her and her mother with giving him life. Lacie gave him sentience by giving his original body to the Core of the Abyss and Alice gave him "life" via love and care when he was just a stuffed animal.
  • 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.
  • Irony: Used deliberately in his character development. Arguably the main story line in Pandora Hearts is showing how Oz, the least human character sans the Core, develops into one of the most human characters psychologically.
  • It Amused Me: Occasionally.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the beginning. He loses his jerk edge as the story goes on, though he still loves to tease Gilbert.
  • Keet: A subversion. He seems incredibly cheerful and upbeat, but this is because, due to his father's abuse, he doesn't believe he has the right to trouble his friends with his darker emotions, and so pretends to be unaffected by the horrifying events that happen around him. He slowly relearns how to show genuine emotions over the course of the story.
  • Kid-anova: He flirts with many younger girls in the beginning, although it appears this trait is mostly an act to go along with his Keet attitude; like his Stepford Smiles, he eventually grows out of this.
  • Kid Hero: He's 15 at the start of the story. Although his real age is actually over a hundred thanks to Jack being rejected by the abyss.
  • Kid with the Leash: Even though Alice treats him like he's the servant, Oz is the one in control.
  • Killer Rabbit: Considering he is actually B-Rabbit.
  • The Kirk: Calm, but upbeat and somewhat unstable at times, Oz forms the center that balances out the hot-tempered Alice and the serious Gilbert.
  • The Leader: Type Charismatic with shades of Levelheaded. He leads the group's investigations and makes most of their major decisions.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Gil, in a major way. This doesn't seem to have improved by the end, even when the living bit is no longer applicable.
  • Living Toys: He was originally a pair of stuffed rabbit dolls owned by Lacie. The Abyss gave him sentience, allowing him to exist as a single consciousness between both bodies.
  • 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. This softens towards the end of the story, as Oz normalizes and deepens his relationships with other people and learns to listen to what Alice truly wants.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Oz repeatedly puts himself in harm's way to protect others because he doesn't care what happens to himself. Elliot calls him out on this and tells Oz that if he keeps doing it he will only worry and hurt those who care about him and he is only trying to protect himself.
  • Mellow Fellow: Oz rarely changes his carefree and positive attitude, even in the most horrifying situations. It can be a bit disturbing at times.
  • Mercy Kill: He forms a contract with the Will of the Abyss and kills her from the inside because being the host of the Core has caused Possession Burnout to the point where her very being—body, mind, and soul—was about to cease existing altogether.
  • Messianic Archetype: A double subversion. Initially he was believed to be the reincarnation of Jack Vessalius, foretold by Prophecy and destined to save the world. Then it turned out that he was actually more of an Antichrist, a parasitic Chain born out of Jack Vessalius' desire to cut the previously untouchable chains supporting their world and sink it into the Abyss and currently living inside Jack's own cursed body. Then in a final twist, Oz knowingly goes to his death repairing the horrible effects the casts' mistakes have had on the Abyss, restoring it to its former beauty and giving the surviving cast and the world a second chance. His role as this is emphasized by the subtle Biblical illusions that pop up around him in the story.
  • Mind Hive: 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.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He isn't happy when he thinks Gilbert is the guy Ada likes.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He's the real Bloodstained Black Rabbit. Though what the first 'B' truly stands for can be debated, as the Alice twins use 'Beloved' instead of 'Bloodstained' when calling his name, the adjective 'Bloodstained' was still unfortunately well-earned.
  • Nephewism: Oz's mother died when he was young and his father hated him and never came to see him, so his Uncle Oscar took it upon himself to look after Oz as if he was his own.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He gave out a fragment of Lacie's memories to Jack after her death as repayment for the love she gave to Oz as a plush Rabbit at the cost of his body. Jack later repays him by forcing him to slaughter people while being aware of it all.
  • Older Than He Looks: Oz is mentally fifteen, believed for most of the story to be 25, and is in reality a century-old Chain contained inside a century-old body with a bizarre case of Merlin Sickness. He didn't know about that last one, though.
  • Parental Abandonment: Oz's adoptive mother died when he was young and his adoptive father Zai rejected him after coming to associate Oz with Jack's manipulations. His Uncle Oscar was the closest thing to a stable parental figure Oz had as a boy, but even that relationship was complicated since Oscar initially treated Oz as a Replacement Goldfish for his own deceased child and both loved and resented Oz for living when his child did not. Unsurprisingly, all of this built up enormous emotional tensions within the family.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: As B-Rabbit while he has his powers. He stands above all other Chains for this, as even the next five most powerful Chains working together could only (barely) contain a portion of the damage he wrought during the Tragedy of Sablier and were still unable to save the doomed city. In the hierarchy of power B-Rabbit seems to be only topped by the Core of the Abyss itself
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Alice. While not necessarily in a romantic relationship, Oz absolutely adores her and she has been his most precious person ever since he was her stuffed rabbit. She will most likely always be his most precious person as long as they exist as Oz and Alice.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Alice during his Freak Outs, especially in the Cheshire Arc. When in this state of mind, Oz would do anything to keep his dear Alice happy, including destroy anything that hurts her or causes her fear, even if that means killing Alice herself. Like many of his other issues, he gets better eventually.
  • Powers via Possession: Oz gets these through Alice, except it actually turns out to be the opposite as Alice borrowed all of her powers from Oz. Jack also gets these through Oz in later chapters.
  • Princely Young Man: And how. He shuffles his residency between mansions, is deferred to by Pandora and most of the government, has a highly cultured taste despite his at times eccentric personality, styles frequently in Gorgeous Period Clothes, and is the heir to one of the most powerful families in the country.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Occasionally pops up either when he's really pissed off or trying to freak people out.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Unlike other characters, he really lived through those hundred years although he has no recollection over it.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes turn red whenever using B-Rabbit's power. He's also a lot more violent like this and can easily kill people.
  • Reincarnation:
    • Subverted. It's initially believed that Oz is the reincarnation of the hero Jack Vessalius. The truth turns out to be far more complex.
    • Played straight at the end of the series. He and Alice knowingly go to their deaths in the final chapter in order to repair the damage done to the Abyss by human hands, but are reincarnated 100 years later and eventually reunite with Gilbert.
  • Replacement Goldfish: His entire relationship with his Uncle Oscar is a deconstruction of this trope. After Oscar's son died, Oscar pretty much raised Oz himself, since Zai refused to have a hand in doing so. But while Oscar grew to love Oz as the son he never had, he also grew to hate him for seemingly replacing his child.
  • The Reveal: He's really B-Rabbit and his "body" is actually Jack's. The reveal of this shortly after the reveal of Jack's true moral alignment threw the fandom into utter chaos.
  • Righteous Rabbit: Oz was originally a stuffed rabbit toy that wanted nothing more than to make his owner Alice happy. He was made into a Hair-Raising Hare against his will by Jack and the Will of the Abyss and he was forced to help in Jack's plan to destroy the world. Despite all this, Oz remains a good-natured and heroic character and at the end of the story, he restablizes the world from the damage it received due to Jack's actions and returns the Abyss to the golden paradise it once was, at the cost of his own life.
  • The Scapegoat: Played with. He's this to Pandora and the Baskervilles after escaping execution, as they make a public announcement that he's the cause of the earthquakes and even put a bounty on his head. Of course, because the last fragment of Jack's soul exists in the same body as Oz, this is both true and untrue. Oswald even admits fairly early in the manga that Oz is just an unfortunate existence he must oppose and destroy For The Greater Good.
    • Played straight with his adoptive father Zai, who blamed Oz for his own mistakes since he had to much pride to simply accept his misfortunes and move on.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He uses his connection to Jack as this, though it later comes back to haunt him when Jack (and by association, Oz) is identified as a threat that must be destroyed by the Baskervilles and much of Pandora.
  • Sinister Scythe: B-Rabbit's—and therefore Oz's own—signature weapon, and one of the more destructive physical manifestations of his powers. Its primary purpose is revealed to be cutting the chains that hold up the world and causing the Apocalypse, but it also has the added ability of turning all it comes into contact with - mortal and 'immortal' alike - into sand.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Despite being raised as part of an elite noble family and having multiple 'masks', Oz is quite the sweetheart underneath it all.
  • Stepford Smiler: Oz seems to be unnaturally cheerful in the face of horror, but then we find out that he's so impossibly broken on the inside he no longer processes fear in the same way because he hasn't valued his own life in years, and even if he does feel disturbed by something, he doesn't feel he has the right to worry others because of it. And let's face it: with that kind of past, it's not strange that he's like this. However, the more open his personality becomes, the more natural and genuine his cheerful and bubbly displays are.
  • Switched at Birth: Oz is actually the chain Oz the B-rabbit inhabiting the cursed body of Jack Vessalius. He was switched with Zai Vessalius's real, stillborn child at birth as part of Jack's plan to reunite Alice and the B-rabbit.
  • Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: Oz's true backstory and connection to the Tragedy of Sablier: he was the Chain that, under the control of an Omnicidal Maniac, slaughtered and sank the city into the Abyss. Entirely against his will.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Retrace LXX reveals that Oz is actually the Apocalyptic Chain known as B-Rabbit. His host body was actually his former contractor's, which was left vacant after the remaining fragments in his soul whittled away to nothing. Unfortunately for everyone, Oz ran into another piece of his soul somewhere (likely when he found that pocket watch), kicking off the story in present-day.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He starts becoming this after the events in Sablier, where he first manifested his powers but took him a while to control it. He took another level in badassery when he remembers his past as B-Rabbit, to the point where he can fight Glen/Leo evenly. Compare it to the earlier events in the manga where he can barely defend himself without the help of Alice or Gilbert.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He keeps Echo/Noise's cloak after their deaths, and from then on is never seen without it until his own death.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: A case of bait and switch between this and Limited Wardrobe. Early on in the series, Oz's survival after the Coming of Age ceremony is supposed to be secret, so he is given some commoners' clothing and this becomes his signature outfit for the early manga. After the rest of the nobility find out about his survival, though, he's integrated back in with high society and begins wearing a larger variety of clothes. The last time his commoner outfit is really seen is during the incident at the Hole at Sablier; after that, Oz usually styles a range of effeminate knickerbocker suits and fancy frock coats.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had he not given Lacie's memory fragment, Jack would have accepted Lacie's death and the tragedy would not have happened.
  • Victim Blaming: Those who know the truth of Oz's existence typically blame him for the Tragedy just as much as Jack, despite Oz being one of the ones who suffered most at Jack's hands. Even Pandora, a group who'd previously treated Oz with reverence and respect, sent out an execution warrant to the public for Oz's head once they found out. To be fair, at least a portion of Pandora was unwilling to do this, but they were slaughtered by Oswald for rebelling. Zai is the most notorious example, blaming Oz for deaths he couldn't have any possible connection to; at least Oswald admits that Oz was just an unfortunate existence.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He has always wished to gain the praise and recognition of his father Zai Vessalius. He concludes eventually that he likely never will, but realizes that it's not his fault and he has the right to exist just as much as anyone else, no matter what his father thinks.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Alice named him after her Uncle Oswald.
  • When He Smiles: Gil returns with obvious adoration, and Alice usually cheers up herself.
  • 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.
  • With Friends Like These...: He says Gilbert has been his most precious friend ever since he became his servant. Flashbacks of their childhood are mostly about Oz bullying him, though.
  • Yandere: He is this for Alice.
    Oz: "Alice, don't cry. Whoever makes you sad, whoever hurts you, I will destroy them. All of them... With my own hands!"
    • Oz's unhealthy emotional dependency and Yandere tendencies die down as his Character Development progresses and he learns to form mature bonds with Alice and with other people.

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi

Supposedly the Bloodstained Black Rabbit (or B-Rabbit, for short), a Chain whom Oz meets in the Abyss. She reveals she has no memories of who she truly is, and offers Oz a way of escape from the Abyss if he will take her with him so she can find her memories on the surface. In reality, she is the daughter of Lacie and twin sister of the Will of the Abyss. Based on Alice from Alice in Wonderland, with some elements of the Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass.

  • Action Girl: Though her fighting moments slow down by the end, she is notably as expert at unarmed fighting, managing to dodge and finally kick Echo away while said "trained bodyguard" is swinging knives at her.
  • Alice Allusion: Well, obviously. Played with, though, as she doesn't seem to be a straight allusion - the different traits typically associated with the character of Alice are split between her and Oz.
  • Amnesiac Hero: She's the most powerful chain in the Abyss who knows only her name, and she inevitably goes on a quest to find her lost memories, though she soon discovers that she may have forgotten them for a good reason. Then she discovers that the painful memories she found were actually those of her twin sister's, and that she once tried to destroy them. Too bad her attempts caused her to forget, too.
  • Badass Adorable: Her body is roughly 13 years old, but she doesn't hesitate to get in a fight.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the end of Retrace LXXII, she dropkicks Jack (who is possessing Oz), rescuing Oz.
  • Big Eater: Whenever possible, she'll be eating or mooching food.
  • The Big Girl: Class 4. She's the quickest to jump to intimidation and often eager to battle.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards her twin sister, the Will of the 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 the Abyss rationalizes that this will be the most effective way to keep herself from away Jack, who seems to have polluted her mind.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: She's a really childlike, arrogant girl. She gets better thanks to Character Development.
  • Broken Bird: She may be rude, impulsive and arrogant, but it's understandable to develop that attitude after having to survive on her own within the Abyss with no memories of who she is.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: When not playing up her Hair-Raising Hare qualities, she counts as this.
  • Character Development: She starts out as an arrogant girl who will have her way no matter what, then evolves into generally a much nicer girl as the series goes on. Not to mention her When She Smiles moments.
  • Chaste Heroine: She's quite oblivious to things related to romance and shame. This is later lampshaded by Sharon who, believing Oz took advantage of Alice (who didn't really know what a kiss was), attacks him with her Paper Fan of Doom.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She doesn't like to see Oz getting too friendly with other people, even his own sister and usually gets into fights with Gilbert for Oz's attention.
  • Color Motif: Red and White, as a reference to Alice in Wonderland's Red Queen. Contrast this to Gilbert's black and blue and Oz's green and yellow
  • Cool Big Sis: Although they are twins, Alice is this persona to the Will of Abyss.
  • Cry Cute: When this tyrannical little brat breaks down in tears, it's hard to believe she and that cutie are the same person.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: She isn't really a Chain, rather a ghost possessing Oz's Chain form. As Oz begins to reabsorb his old self through the contract, she begins to lose her solid form.
  • Dark is Not Evil: So much.
  • Dead to Begin With: In order to save Oz the B-Rabbit from Jack's control during the Tragedy of Sablier, she killed herself.
  • Declaration of Protection: Before her Heroic Sacrifice, she told Oz the B-Rabbit he was hers and she wouldn't allow anyone to take him away from her. She would protect him with her own hands.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: She pretends to be in trouble with the Chain Mad Baby to get Oz's sympathy and make him accept forming a contract with her.
  • Dies Wide Open: She died with her eyes open after killing herself.
  • Disappears into Light: With Oz in the final chapter, after freeing her sister and returning stability to the Abyss.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Oz was originally her sentient stuffed animal and she thought of him as her absolute best friend. Justified, as he was pretty much the only other sentient thing with her in the tower.
  • Go Through Me: She defends Oz from Glen's sword. What saves her is her great resemblance with Lacie, which makes Glen incapable of killing her.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Knowing that Gilbert will be waiting for them to return, Alice and Oz are able to smile as they join with the other lights of the Abyss in the final chapter.
  • Grand Theft Me: Her disembodied soul pulled this on Oz's chain body after she died, allowing her to (kind of) become the B-Rabbit.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She's prone to losing her temper with anyone but especially with Gilbert, who she constantly fights, particularly when it concerns Oz.
  • Heroic Suicide: One of the major mysteries in the series was exactly who killed her during the Tragedy of Sablier. After many a Red Herring, it turns out she killed herself in order to protect Oz and her sister from Jack's control.
  • Horned Hairdo: Her hairstyle includes two cute little "horns".
  • Hot-Blooded: It doesn't matter who you are—foreign dignitary, friend, or only chance of getting out of an awful hellish dimension—if you make her angry, she will hit you.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Even before the Tragedy, she was technically a Chain and clearly possessed supernatural abilities.
  • Is It Something You Eat?: When she first hears about Ada, she asks if that's something to eat. She also thinks that romance and jealousy are some kind of food.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's rude, but she's still a good person at heart, which becomes much more obvious thanks to Character Development.
  • Large Ham: Aside from the Incredibly Lame Pun, in the manga she's very prone to shouting whatever the hell she wants.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Accidentally did this to herself during the Tragedy of Sabier.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Will go toe to toe verbally with Gilbert, Break or Rufus, even if she finds all the subtleties in the way they talk pointless.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Oz. He adores her so much that he goes completely crazy when he thinks she died and when she's feeling pain. This, however, is recognized as not a good thing and part of Oz's Character Development is to grow out of his unhealthy emotional dependency on Alice.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Daughter of Levi Baskerville. She was his experiment. Too bad he got a bit more than he asked for with twins.
  • The McCoy: Out of the main trio, Alice is the most emotional, hot-headed and impulsive one.
  • Meido: When she and Oz disguise themselves.
  • Memory-Wiping Crew: She tried to erase her twin sister's memories at Alyss' request to put a stop to her Yandere tendencies. Unfortunately, the Core got in the way and Alice only partially succeeded at it.
  • Morality Pet: Alice is this to Alyss when the latter remembers they're sisters. Alice is the only one that can make Alyss get a hold of herself and her obsession with Jack even for a moment. The reason Alyss realized just how far she had gone and wanted to forget about Jack was because Alice killed herself to keep Alyss from talking to Jack anymore.
  • My Parents Are Dead: Lacie died before she was born, and she never met her father, who died shortly afterwards.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Blood-Stained Black Rabbit. Subverted as that's not Alice's name, it's Oz's.
  • Nephewism: After both Levi and Lacie are dead, Uncle Glen!Oswald has to take care of Alice on his own.
  • The Nicknamer: She tends to nickname the people she meets, with Oz being one of the few exceptions.
  • No Social Skills: In her past, Alice then either lived alone in a tower save for her sentient stuffed animal or in the Abyss among man-eating Chains without any clue who she was. Despite at times being arrogant, bratty and brash, Alice is actually quite innocent and unaccustomed to human conventions.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Alice pretty much fulfills every aspect that would make her seem as Oz's love interest. Oz adores her to no end and has some dangerous Yandere tendencies for her early in the series, while Alice is his Tsundere who fights with Gilbert for his attention. However, it's confirmed by Word of God that their feelings for each other aren't romantic; their relationship is described as "on a different level" and thus, while they are each other's most precious person, they didn't fall in love with each other within the series.
  • Parental Abandonment: 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 the Abyss probably wouldn't be taking matters concerning the balance of the world and such into their own hands, anyway... but with their parents, there's no way be sure.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: A subversion. She was initially believed to be B-Rabbit, the most powerful and dangerous Chain in existence. Gil even puts a Power Limiter on her, because—theoretically—B-Rabbit's powers should have been too much of a strain for Oz, her Contractor, to handle. But as it turns out, the powers aren't hers in the first place and the Limiter proves useless in limiting the being they truly belong to (who is, ironically, the same "Contractor" they were trying to protect).
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Oz. Word of God states their relationship isn't romantic, but they clearly consider each other their most important person and love each other beyond measure.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With the Will of the Abyss.
  • Property of Love: Alice always calls Oz her property and says he belongs to her only. Given the reveal of Oz originally being her stuffed rabbit, her claims that he is her property aren't entirely unfounded.
  • Purple Eyes: Her purple eyes highlight her supernatural nature as a Chain and her mysterious past.
  • Quest for Identity: She formed a contract with Oz and came to the human world because she wanted to find her lost memories and discover who she really is. It gets complicated as the memories she ends up finding aren't hers in the first place.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Hair hair is about as long as her body.
  • Reincarnation: She and Oz die in the final chapter in order to repair the damage done to the Abyss by human hands, but they are reincarnated 100 years later and eventually reunite with Gilbert.
  • Shana Clone: Not a blatant example, but the traits are all there. She's a small Type A Tsundere with Rapunzel Hair who refers to Oz as her manservant and property. However, having to survive on her own within the Abyss as well as her lack of memories and knowledge about the outside world seem to have contributed to her brash personality, and as she becomes more confident in herself and others, her Tsundere tendencies start to relax. She is also rarely physically violent toward Oz and is more often than not quite affectionate to him, which he perceives as her being honest with her emotions.
  • Sinister Scythe: Before Oz begins to reclaim her powers, she's the one who uses B-Rabbit's scythe in battle.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Her rude and brash personality is a defense mechanism she developed to deal with her difficult life in the Abyss and lack of memories.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks nearly identical to her mother Lacie.
  • Theme Twin Naming: She and her twin sister are both named Alice.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Tiny, bossy and treats Oz as her manservant.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to the Will of the Abyss' Girly Girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's tough and wild, but despite her tomboyish demeanor, she adores stuffed animals and does not mind wearing elaborate dresses much.
  • Tomboyish Voice: She speaks in a low, gruff voice, which emphasizes her tough, tomboyish demeanor. Her twin sister, who has the same seiyuu, uses a more gentle voice.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Meat.
  • Tsundere: She's abrasive, arrogant, bratty, violent and treats Oz as a servant, yet she can show a vulnerable and affectionate side when she wants to.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ended up telling Vincent that the Baskervilles were planning to kill his brother thanks to false information given to her by Jack.
  • Vague Age: Determining her true age is impossible. She was born in the Abyss, which is known for its time-warping properties. She first appeared to the Baskervilles as a small child mere weeks after her (not obviously pregnant) mother's death, and appeared to be physically somewhere in her early teens (at most) when she died. This isn't even including the time she spent as B-Rabbit!
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gil. She insults him frequently and usually forces him to buy her meat, but on several occasions it's clear that she sees him as a close friend.
  • Was Once a Man: She used to be human. Or, rather, she used to be a living human, and is actually a subversion of this trope. She ended up impersonating a Chain for 100 years by possessing her best friend Oz's nonhuman body, but started revealing herself to be a relatively normal human soul when Oz began reabsorbing his Chain self, to the point where she loses the powers she borrowed and can only exist on the physical plane with Oz's permission.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: She asks Sharon if romance is something to eat. Also, Alice doesn't really know the meaning of a kiss.
  • When She Smiles: Oz blushes. Or, if she's being her obliviously adorable self, Oz laughs in endearment.
  • Younger than She Looks: Alice looked 14 at most before she died. She's actually implied to be far younger, because the flow of time in the Abyss is different and so actually worked to age her faster than normal immediately after she was born. Every fan attempt to put the pre-Sablier events into some sort of chronology conclude that Alice was likely thirteen at the oldest at her time of death, since she came from the Abyss days after being born already appearing to be around five-eleven years of age.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: In the Lutwidge uniform.

    Gilbert "Raven" Nightray 
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi, Azuma Sakamoto (as a child)

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. His Chain is based on the Monstrous Crow. Based on Bill the Lizard from Alice in Wonderland.

  • Absurd Phobia: He completely freezes at the sight of cats.
  • Adorkable: He's very affectionate to his friends, but he's socially awkward and easily bullyed.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He shows little to no attraction to any of the females who constantly fawn over him at parties, instead preferring to spend his time fawning himself - over Oz. Break and Sharon love to tease Gilbert about this, especially earlier in the series.
  • Aloof Big Brother: He's like this to Vincent after the two are reunited since the tragedy of Sablier, one because he doesn't remember him and the fact that Vincent creeps him out doesn't help. Vincent is fine with this and in fact wants it to stay this way.
  • Amnesiac Hero: While he was at the Tragedy of Sabier, he cannot recall what happened for most of the series.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He burns off his own arm to break free from Oswald/Glen's control and prevent himself from hurting Oz again.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: The author will do nothing but to demonstrate this, repeatedly.
  • Badass Longcoat: He prefers to wear long black coats and seems uncomfortable in anything else.
  • Battle Butler: To Oz.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He doesn't take it well when someone insults his master in front of his face. He will flip out when people use his master as bait or do anything that threatens his master safely.
    • On a lighter note, we learn that he actually doesn't like being called "Seaweed Head" by Alice when he was drunk.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Vincent, his foster brother Elliot, and to a lesser extent Alice. An unnamed merchant mistook the two for actual siblings in Retrace X. Gilbert wasn't amused.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He did this twice, first by appearing when Break tried to give his life to try to kill the Baskervilles attacking in Yura's mansion. The second time is him stopping Oswald from killing Oz after the latter loses his will to live.
  • Bishounen: As the female students in Lutwidge and the female nobles in the Isla Yura's party can attest to. He's uncomfortable with it.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On Oz.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: He's been controlled twice by Doldum's strings, once at the coming of age ceremony and the second time at the same place just after rescuing Oz.
  • Break the Cutie: Childhood was awful. Adulthood isn't that much better.
  • Butt Monkey: He gets bullied by just about everyone but his brother.
  • The Champion: There's nothing Gilbert wouldn't do out of loyalty to Oz. He even goes as far as to burn his own arm off to prove that Oz is the only person he wants to follow and protect.
  • The Chew Toy: He's usually on the short end of the stick of everyone's abuse, particularly Break and Oz. Even the mangaka gets in on the fun. Again, there's a reason for it.
  • Chick Magnet: In the anime, a group of schoolgirls fawn over him. In the manga, noblewomen are seen admiring him at Oz's second coming of age ceremony. Not that either group has much of a chance.
  • Childhood Friends: With Oz and Ada, the latter of whom managed to keep contact with him even after he was adopted into the Nightray family and gave him his Nice Hat.
  • Color Motif: He's always seen wearing the color black, which is the color of the Nightray Family. Blue seems to be his secondary color, especially in artworks.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He had a short one after he regained his memories, stuck between his natural loyalty to Oz and Glen's artificial one. But he decided to stick with Oz and cut of his left arm binding him to Glen, much to Oswald's consternation.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The universe seems to be against him. There's a reason for it...
  • Cowardly Lion: Faced the Cheshire Cat to protect Oz and screamed the entire way.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed, but he sure spends a lot of time fighting with Alice over Oz's attention. Takes a darker turn when Vincent triggered his urge to kill everything that snatches his master away from him. Thankfully, he gets over this
  • Dark is Not Evil: Wears black all over, has one of the black feathered chains and is a part of the Nightray Family. Yet underneath it all he's a sweet and gentle guy. Just don't hurt his master or anyone else that he cares about.
  • Determinator: Spent 10 years preparing himself to contract Raven to rescue Oz out of the Abyss. Even if he's injured, he'll just shrug it off and will try his hardest to protect his master from harm. And waiting for 100 years besides that 10 year gap for someone takes determination to follow through.
  • Declaration of Protection: Swore when he was a child that he would protect Oz. And again after saving Oz from being killed by Oswald.
  • Devoted to You: It's hard to find words that could do justice to Gilbert's undying devotion to Oz. 'Obsession' seems too harsh, but mere 'devotion' seems too weak. Gilbert devoted ten years of his life - which he spent killing people and living among mostly people he hated - just for a chance to get Oz back. Later, Gilbert burned his own arm off so he could be sure he would never lift a finger against Oz again.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: His brother Vincent has a bit of an unhealthy obsession with him, and Oz gets possessive of him, too.
  • Future Badass: Who would believe that the shy and timid Gilbert would grow up into a cool and handsome adult and contracting one of the 5 black chains to boot?
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: He literally slaps some sense into Oz when the latter goes into Yandere mode after witnessing the memory of Alice's death.
  • The Gunslinger: Since Raven is exhausting to use, his main weapons are his guns.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He snaps very easily when it concerns Alice. Then again it goes both ways especially when they fight over Oz.
  • Handicapped Badass: Reveals he burned off his own left arm during a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Of Oscar.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Once after Oz was dragged to the abyss but he pulled through and made the effort to try to save Oz. And he had another one later after he unwillingly shot Oz.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He looks so little of himself that just a little praise will make him sputter and give a long laundry list of reasons why he's not a cool person.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Oz, although the "heterosexual" part is debatable on Gilbert's end.
  • Hitman with a Heart: In flashbacks, he is seen throwing up and crying after killing someone, and still feels awful about the murders the Nightrays had him commit, even if he knew most of his targets (illegal contractors) were as good as dead and condemned to a Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Hot for Student: In the third anime omake, Gilbert is a teacher at the Pandora Academy and Oz is his student whom he has a blatant crush on.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: When drunk.
  • In the Back: As a child, by Jack.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He's an emotional and sensitive person underneath his jerkass facade, noted to be a good cook, can clean up messes caused by Alice or Break in no time and is good at handicrafts, which Break and Sharon lampshades that those skills are useless for his peerage.
  • It Gets Easier: His first kill leaves him on his knees shaken and feeling regretful. Ten years later he's willing to kill a little girl in order to free his master from getting dragged by the abyss and he shot his comrades controlled by Zwei without remorse.
  • It Was a Gift: His hat was a gift from Oz's little sister Ada, which is why he treasures it so much.
  • I Will Find You: Spent ten years training to contract Raven and bring Oz back from the Abyss.
  • I Will Wait for You: In the final chapter, right before Oz and Alice disappear, he promises he will be waiting for them to return, even if he has to wait 100 years. They eventually do come back to him.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Used "boku" as a kid before settling with "ore", per Break's suggestion. One time he got drunk, he was confused whether to use "ore" or "boku" as his first-person pronoun. Of course, this is Lost in Translation in English.
  • Jerkass Façade: Initially when introduced as Raven. It falls apart quickly.
  • The Lancer: He backs up Oz in all situations, but contrasts heavily with him in personality and outlook.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Raven is Gilbert post-Time Skip.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He's this to Vincent.
  • Luminescent Blush: Just a little praise from Oz can cause this. Embarrassment works well too.
  • Made of Iron: He's been slashed twice in his chest and once in the back and he can stand up after a few moments. It's a sign of him being a Baskerville.
  • More Than Mind Control: Gilbert's utter devotion to Oz is in part due to getting brainwashed into being completely loyal to whatever master he serves and the resulting compulsion to protect his master at all costs. After the reveal that Glen was Gilbert's real master all along, not Jack and that Oz is actually a Chain possessing Jack's body, Oz believes Gilbert must hate him now and their friendship is over. However, Gilbert shows that his loyalty to Oz is real by burning off his own arm to break free from Glen's control and reaffirming that he doesn't care that Oz is a Chain or that he's possessing the body of the man he hates the most, Gilbert wants to be by Oz's side no matter what.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After shooting Oz, albeit unwillingly.
  • Not So Different: With Break, of all people. Break warns him many times to not do something despicable for someone else else or he will regret it in the end. And knowing Break's past, it's implied that Break doesn't want Gilbert to follow in his footsteps.
  • Narrator All Along: The epilogue implies that the "retraces" might have been Gilbert recalling the events of the story.
  • Nice Hat: It Was a Gift from Ada.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Subverted. It's just a façade and he actually gets flustered very easily.
  • Poisonous Friend: He's not a very good one in the "poisonous" section, mind you. However, it's noted that he has a hard time holding the urge to kill Alice to free Oz from the contract. He almost tried to kill Zai Vessalius for sending Oz to the abyss but used his hope that Oz will return to stop killing said man.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: He has black hair and pale skin, and he is considered handsome by noblewomen.
  • Real Men Cook: Noted to be a good cook by Alice.
  • Really 700 Years Old: It is revealed that he and Vincent are more than a hundred years old. By the end of the series, he's a decade older thanks to his promise of waiting for Oz and Alice to be reincarnated which makes him around 224 years old.
  • Scars Are Forever: He has a scar across the chest from the time Oz slashed him with a sword.
  • Smoking Is Glamorous: He certainly looks so while doing it.
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: He's trying to quit smoking and gives a laundry list of reasons why Oz shouldn't imitate him.
  • Sole Survivor: He outlives all of the original incarnations of his friends, and even his brother. Also the last one to carry the Nightray name aside from his brother.
  • The Spock: The most serious, brooding and logical member of the main trio.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Even after becoming a nobleman, he still wants to be Oz's servant and be by his side. Oz mostly encourages the idea.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: He acts as a brooding, serious man, but he's still the sweet, sensitive person he used to be as child. He's just had to put up a front in order to protect himself.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has yellow eyes and he's later revealed to be a Baskerville.
  • 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.
  • Taking the Bullet: For Vincent.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: By appearance but not by personality.
  • Tender Tears: He's very prone to these.
  • The So-Called Coward: Will freak out if there's a cat nearby, and sometimes gets easily scared. But if Oz or someone he cares about is in danger, he holds pretty well together and is actually an effective bodyguard to Oz.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: In the past, he was actually Glen's servant and Jack attacked him when he came upon Glen and Jack fighting. Furthermore, he was intended to be the next Glen after Oswald.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Once after Oz disappeared for 10 years and again after he regained his memories.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: In the omake "Me, the Baskerville, and My Master, The B-Rabbit," Gilbert's reaction to being told Oz was one of the only beings in existence that could permanently injure or kill him was to blush fondly about the fact that the only lasting mark on his body had been put there by Oz. Break lampshades this by calling Gil a pervert.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Thanks to his brother's eye, he and Vincent have to live in the streets until Jack found them. And when their life was about to get better, the Tragedy of Sablier happened, Gil was backstabbed by Jack and both are sent 100 years to the future. After which his new master was sent to the abyss and he spent 10 years doing everything he can just to get him back. Poor guy can't catch a break.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: He couldn't recall the Tragedy of Sabier for most of the manga despite having been there.

The Abyss

    Will of The Abyss 
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi

The existence that governs the Abyss and Alice's twin sister. The memories Alice found in the first half of the series are actually hers and her shattered memories have made her a little.... unstable. She's obsessed with Jack Vessalius. Based on the White Queen from Through the Looking-Glass.

  • Alice Allusion: Her real name is Alice.
  • Ax-Crazy: Thanks to her messed-up memories, the Will is very mentally unstable and can suddenly turn violent.
  • Animal Motif: White rabbit.
  • Berserk Button: Don't interrupt her when she is talking or prepare to face a Family-Unfriendly Death.
  • Broken Bird: She is not a bad person, just a lonely, miserable and unstable girl as a result of spending her entire life alone in the Abyss and getting her memories messed up.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In the past, she made the mistake of mocking Vincent's red eye. And her dear pet cat Cheshire had to suffer because of it.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She initially antagonizes Alice and Oz because she mistook Oz with Jack and she couldn't stand that he would choose Alice over her.
  • Creepy Child: What's creepier than a young girl calmly ripping someone's eye out?
  • Cute and Psycho: She can seem cute, gentle and kind, but is actually quite mentally unstable and dangerous. On the other hand, the fact that she reverts back to her gentle personality when she makes her Contract with Oz (tearfully worrying over him, happily reuniting with Cheshire, and even accepting Jack and what had gone wrong with grace) implies that that gentleness was her true personality.
  • Dark Magical Girl: She's the host of the Core of the Abyss who suffers from extreme loneliness as a result of being trapped in the Abyss since her birth. She initially antagonizes the group not out of malice, but rather jealousy that Alice would have friends and who Alyss thought was her beloved Jack at her side while she had to be alone. And in the past, Jack took advantage of her loneliness to manipulate her and have her help him in his plans to make the world fall into the Abyss, by having her believe that he would stay together with her in the Abyss if she did it.
  • Demonic Possession: She became the host of the Core of the Abyss when she stayed in the Abyss after her birth.
  • Disappears into Light: In the final chapter, her body dissolves into a whirlwind of flower petals after Oz Mercy Kills her.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She doesn't wear any shoes.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": She's known by almost everyone as "Will of The Abyss", referring to her position as the governess of the Abyss. Her real name is Alice, just like her twin sister. Fans like to call her Alyss to avoid confusion.
  • Evil Albino: Subverted. She's not evil, just a mentally unstable girl who wants to meet the guy she likes.
  • Evil Brunette Twin: Inverted. She has white hair and she shows herself as a malicious and twisted antagonist while her brunette twin sister is the heroic one. Then it gets subverted later on, as Alyss is not evil, just mentally unstable as a result of her shattered memories.
  • Evil Twin: Subverted. She at first seems to be this to Alice, antagonizing her and her friends because she blames her for stealing Jack away. This was actually because she couldn't remember Alice is her twin sister and once she remembers the truth, it's revealed Alice really does love her sister and deeply regrets being the cause of her suicide.
  • Generation Xerox: She got the psychotic tendencies of her mother, such as dancing in the raining blood of their victims. She also has feelings for Jack like Lacie, but the Will of the Abyss takes it to dangerous extremes.
  • Heel Realization: After Alice killed herself to keep Jack from talking with Alyss anymore, Alyss got to realize just how twisted she had become because of her love for Jack. She then asked Alice to erase her memories in order to prevent her from causing any more chaos.
  • Horned Hairdo: Like Alice, her hairstyle has two little "horns".
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: As Retrace LXIII shows, she really doesn't want to be the Will of the Abyss.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: She is the Alice that loved and was loved by Cheshire.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Tries this on herself thanks to Love Makes You Evil with B-Rabbit!Alice's help. It... only partially succeeds, and it does a real number on the poor girl's psyche.
  • Light is Not Good: Her dress and hair are all white and she's introduced as a twisted and dangerous antagonist. Then it gets subverted when it's revealed she's merely unstable because of her damaged memories.
  • Literal Genie: When Break was sent to the Abyss, he asked the The Will of the Abyss to change the past and prevent the death of the Sinclair family he was serving. The Will of the Abyss listened to his request and changed the past. The massacre Break wanted to erase indeed never happened, but the family was murdered a few years later anyway and the youngest daughter that survived the first time around died as well. Break resents the Will because of this, but he admits she only did what he asked; it's not her fault things didn't turn out like he wanted.
  • Lonely Doll Girl: Her lair is filled with doll Chains, sometimes having tea parties with them.
  • Long-Lost Relative: She's actually Alice's twin sister, though Alice found it out via a diary, not by her.
  • 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.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: Break says Pandora's goal is to obtain the Will of the Abyss.
  • Mad Love: Jack saw her as nothing more than a tool for his plans to bring the world to the Abyss, and even after that became obvious she would blindly obey him and lose all her rationale when she heard his voice. She even asked Alice to erase her memories because even if she couldn't talk to him anymore, she would eventually lose her mind once again and go look for him.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Levi basically had her as an experiment.
  • Magical Barefooter: She's always barefoot. After all, she can just float around.
  • Mood-Swinger: She often drastically switches personality traits between seconds. When Break met her, her mood quickly switched from being angry, then suddenly crying, then just as suddenly cheering up when she noticed it's time for tea.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She had this reaction when her Yandere tendencies resulted in Alice killing herself so that Jack couldn't communicate with the Will of the Abyss anymore.
  • Mystical White Hair: She has long white hair. She's also the entity that governs the Abyss and essentially the vessel of God.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: At first, she was antagonized thanks to Alice believing she wanted to destroy her and Alyss believing she stole Oz (who she believed to be Jack) from her. But turns out that she wasn't really right on her mind and once she's in her senses it's revealed that she cares for her sister and asks her help to be saved.
  • Not Good with Rejection: She doesn't take it well when Oz (who she mistook with Jack) rejects her and chooses Alice over her.
  • The Ophelia: She moves slowly and ethereally, and speaks smooth and sweetly, but she's mentally unstable thanks to her messed up memories and the toil of being host of the Core for so long.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With Alice.
  • Possession Burnout: Heavily implied towards the end of the manga. Her sanity and eventually her very existence were being slowly degraded from being the Will for too long. Comments made by her and her sister imply that if she had been left in that state any longer, she probably would have ceased to exist completely.
  • Precocious Crush: On Jack, with really dark consequences.
  • Purple Eyes: The purple eyes she got from her father befit her position as the existence that governs the Abyss and the host of the Core of the Abyss.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Like her sister, the Will's hair is nearly as long as her body.
  • 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.
  • Slasher Smile: She usually has a crazy grin on her face in her early appearances.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like her mother, with the hair and eyes of her father.
  • Theme Twin Naming: She and her twin sister are both named Alice. Fans usually call the Will Alyss to differentiate her from her sister.
  • Together in Death: After Oz kills her, she embraces her Cheshire and they disappear together.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Alice's Tomboy.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She is this to the Core of the Abyss. She's the body Lacie left behind for the Core to make a new "friend" (i.e. get a host).
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She got the white hair of her father and she's really dangerous and mentally unstable.
  • Wild Card: Depending on the moment and the state of her mind, she can be an enemy, a bystander or a sort of ally.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The final chapters suggest that having the Core of the Abyss inside her hasn't done her any good really...
  • Woman in White: She always wears an entirely white dress.
  • Yandere: For Jack. She just doesn't show most of the tendency during her life outside the Abyss. When Jack nearly destroyed the world and Alice died, she shows awareness of this and tries to erase her memories of Jack to stop this tendency, but thanks to the Nucleus of the Abyss, this fails badly and she ends up becoming the insane Yandere we know.


Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi

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. He originally was a normal cat bought by Oswald in order to give Alice company in her tower. He became really close to the Will of the Abyss, but hated Alice. After he was blinded and killed by Vincent, the Will of the Abyss turned him into a Chain and gave him Break's eye. Based on the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.

  • The Bus Came Back: Thought dead at the end of his introductory arc, he returns during the climax arc.
  • Cat Boy: The appearance he takes on during most of his screentime is that of a rugged young boy with cat ears and a tail. It's later shown that he used to be a normal cat, the same black cat owned by Alice before the Tragedy of Sablier.
  • Cats Are Mean: He makes clear that he doesn't give a crap about anyone besides his Alice.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: One of his forms is that of a twisted grin in a dark background.
  • Enemy Mine: He saves Alice from Glen. He then states it was because if she died, the Will of the Abyss will be sad.
  • Eye Scream: During his time as an ordinary cat, Vincent sheared his eyes out as retaliation to Alice's (who was possessed by the Will of the Abyss at the time) treatment of him and his brother Gilbert. 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.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: To The Will of The Abyss (aka Ax-Crazy White Alice). He became attached to her back when he was a normal cat and ever since she brought him back as a Chain, he has remained by her side to protect her.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Chesire makes big changes on Glen's plans not because he wants to help the heroes, but because killing Lacie will erase his Alice from existence.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: He has a single eye exposed, while the other half of his face is covered by his hair.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has a single red eye. It turns out it's the one The Will took from Break. It's a replacement for his own eyes, which got gouged by Vincent.
  • Right-Hand Cat: The Will of the Abyss' loyal cat minion. Subverted in that while they initially present themselves as antagonists that want to destroy Alice, neither of them is really evil. The Will simply wasn't right on her mind at the time and Cheshire was only obeying his master's wishes. Cheshire is still not a nice fellow, though.
  • Satellite Character: His entire character is defined by his devotion to his Alice and he only takes action for her sake.
  • Shadow Archetype: He can be seen as this for Oz, in a way. Just like Oz was originally an ordinary stuffed rabbit owned by Alice, Cheshire was originally a normal pet cat that grew attached to Alice's twin sister more than anyone. Like Oz, Cheshire was turned into a Chain and he also developed a Yandere devotion for his Alice. The difference is that Oz eventually did grew out of his Yandere tendencies, formed bonds with other people, while Cheshire always only cared about his Alice. This is reflected in the final chapter, when both he and Oz are reduced to little more than spirits before their deaths—Cheshire's spirit appears as his original cat form, while Oz's takes on his human form, reflecting how Oz has fundamentally changed and Cheshire hasn't.
  • Spanner in the Works: Becomes a big one to Glen Baskerville in Retrace XCIV, dragging him and Vincent back in time to the Tragedy of Sablier instead of Glen's desired time.
  • Third-Person Person: He refers to himself in third person.
  • Together in Death: With his Alice.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his Alice.
  • Yandere: He is this for Alyss in pretty much the same way Oz is for Alice.

    Core of the Abyss 

The consciousness that governed the Abyss while it was still a paradise bathed in golden light. As a result of Levi's "experiment" with Lacie, it then fused with a human and became the Intention of the Abyss, which governed the chaotic prison the Abyss became.

  • Blue and Orange Morality: The end of the world is okay if it makes its host happy, but its host leaving is forbidden!
  • Body Surf: Originally appearing as a simple ball of light, it took one of the Alice twins as its host. Later, after learning to let Alice go, Jack gives it his body to use as a host since Oz is gone, meaning the body will be empty as soon as Jack fades away anyways.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: This is the being that created the consciousness known as Oz, who became the very first friend to stay with it in the Abyss, though he was neglected in favor of Alyss after she became the Will. Oz eventually remembers, though the Core doesn't appear to recognize him as he is now.
  • God Is Flawed: And unable to comprehend emotions or the complexities of humans, since it's so isolated.
  • Hates Being Alone: Until it made friends with Lacie, the Core had to be all alone in the Abyss, which is why Lacie gave her black rabbits to the Core and wanted her child to become its host. When Alice tells it that her sister's body and mind are on their limit as a result of the Core's power and they need to separate them, the Core completely loses it.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Despite being sentient and as old as the world itself, it's still entirely primitive and undeveloped emotionally, acting like a selfish toddler and only understanding basic emotions like loneliness and anger. The first step to a better relationship between it and humanity comes from the Core finally deciding to put someone else's wellbeing before its own.
  • No Name Given: It doesn't have a real name. At the end of the series, Leo decides they should give the Core a name to form a more friendly relationship with it.
  • Sentient Cosmic Force: The force commanding the Abyss and whose dreams upon which reality and life is founded. It's basically the god of the world in Pandora Hearts, with the resulting Chains alternating between Our Angels Are Different and Our Demons Are Different.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Core was the one who asked Oz to bring the fragment of Lacie's final memories and feelings to Jack, believing Lacie would want Jack to see it. Unfortunately, after seeing how much Lacie loved the world, Jack decided 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.

Vessalius Household

    Jack Vessalius 
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono

The hero of the Tragedy of Sablier who currently resides within Oz's body, having used his own in a gruesome sacrifice to seal away Glen Baskerville's soul. As it turns out, he was Evil All Along and revealed to be extremely broken and violently insane in his obsessive love for Lacie, eventually resolving to drop the entire world into the Abyss for her sake because she loved it so much. Like Oz, he shares many traits with the White Rabbit.

  • All-Loving Hero: Subverted. He at first seems like the ideal hero who wants to save everyone and make everyone happy. Then he reveals his true colors...
  • 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.
  • Bastard Angst: Jack was born as a result of a nobleman's affair. His mother was driven insane by being abandoned by his father and she would abuse Jack until he ran away.
  • Bastard Bastard: He was the son of a concubine and a nobleman from the Vessalius household. And he basically wants to send the world into the Abyss.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Lacie was the first person to show him kindness in his entire life. This made him want to see her again no matter what and seek her for eight years. Deconstructed as Jack came to hate Lacie's acts of kindness over the years it took him to find her, as they gave him a purpose to live on when he didn't want to and tied him down with the desire to meet Lacie again.
  • 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.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Jack at first seems like a saint. It's until much later on that he reveals himself as a twisted, manipulative Yandere who intents to bring the world down to the Abyss.
  • Blood Spattered Innocents: Gets one courtesy of Lacie and some thugs.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Maybe? While it's hard to tell anything about Jack, one of his last conversations with Glen suggest he really doesn't see destroying the world as something wrong. After all, it's for Lacie's wish.
    Jack: I just wanted to make Lacie's wih come true, and yet you...
    Glen: In order to do something as trivial as that, you wouldn't mind destroying the whole world?!
    Jack: Exactly.
  • 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).
  • The Chessmaster: He has been manipulating the events of the series for the past century in order to try and finish what he started at the Tragedy of Sablier and bring the world down to the Abyss.
  • 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.
  • Demonic Possession: Inverted. Oz is a Chain inhabiting his body and slowly making it less human the more power he gets back, but Jack is the malicious one of this duo and able to usurp Oz from control, at least until he starts fighting back.
  • 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.
  • Devoted to You: He's utterly devoted to Lacie in such a twisted and disturbing way that he's willing to destroy the world because he believes that's what she wanted. It gets darker when it's revealed his devotion to Lacie doesn't come from love, but from obsessive hatred combined with extreme dependency.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Subverted. He seemed to be this to Lacie, but 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 Jack doesn't love her and can't love anyone, something Jack himself eventually admits near the end of the manga.
  • 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.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Towards Lacie. He only briefly meets her before his obsession kicks in, all because she was nice to him.
  • 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.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Up until his formal introduction.
  • The Faceless: Up until he formally introduces himself to Pandora and Oz's gang.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Jack is adored by everyone as the hero of the Tragedy of Sablier, until it's revealed he was the mastermind behind the Tragedy all along.
  • False Friend: To Glen/Oswald, Alyss, 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 Alyss 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.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He smiles one last time before the last remnant of his soul leaves his body.
  • 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.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sort of. At the end of the series, Oz finally gets Jack to realize Lacie's true wishes and he stops the Will of the Abyss' rampage by confessing his true intentions. He also tells the Core to use his body once his soul disappears so it can communicate with the Baskervilles and form a more friendly relationship with them.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Up until he reveals himself after the Cheshire arc.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Twice. First when he learns that Lacie has died and again after he sees Lacie's last memory.
  • Hidden Depths: Turns out he isn't the princely hero everyone makes him out to be, or, indeed, a hero at all.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: Turns out he doesn't love Lacie. He actually grew to hate Lacie during his eight years of doing whatever it took to find her, blaming and resenting Lacie for saving him and giving him a purpose to life as wearing so many masks and playing so many roles made him lose sight of his identity, an idea that terrified him. Despite this, he realizes that his hatred for Lacie is real; everything he feels when he is with Lacie is real and his true self and he can find peace in that, and it is only when she is gone that he cannot remember who he is anymore.
  • Hypocrite: 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.
  • 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. Subverted since he actually doesn't love her.
  • I'm Crying, but I Don't Know Why: When Oswald's soul vanishes, Oz asks Jack if he's sad about what's happened to Oswald. Jack says he's unsure how he feels, but he realizes that his eyes won't stop welling up with tears anyway.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • He prefers not to be called the Hero of Sablier. Because he isn't.
    • 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. Horribly deconstructed when it turns out he began resenting the girl who saved him a long time and her existence is the only way he can remember who he truly is and continue to go on living.
  • It Meant Something to Me: For Jack, the day he met Lacie changed his life forever and gave him the will to live on in order to see her again. Meanwhile, Lacie just saw it as a way to kill time and didn't even remember him by the time he found her. Levi even said Lacie would usually run away from home and typically dotes on "pets" only to promptly forget about them, and Jack was no different. Interestingly, Jack knows Lacie is the kind of girl who would do that and is fine with it since he likes how free-spirited she is.
  • I Will Find You: He spends eight years searching for Lacie. He eventually finds her... and then she dies.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Watashi.
  • 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."
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's a very pretty-looking man with a long braid.
  • Loss of Identity: He states that after years of wearing many faces and manipulating people in order to see Lacie again, he couldn't tell who he really was anymore. The only thing he can be sure about himself is that he hates Lacie for making him that way, which is why he's so obsessed with being by her side.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Subverted. His motivation to try and bring the world down to the Abyss is to fulfill his dear Lacie's "wish". But 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 evil. What's more, it's later revealed that he actually hates Lacie once he realizes how far he has sunk. Makes you question how he felt when she got touchy feely with him.
  • Mad Love: Since the beginning of the Flashback Arc his feelings towards Lacie have been ambiguous. The readers are lead to believe he truly loves her and idolizes her to extreme limits. Later chapters reveal it isn't love he feels towards her but scary obsession as he both 'loves' and 'hates' her. He claims that his hatred of Lacie for, in his belief, causing him to sink further into despair is what is motivating him to live. He begins to claim she belongs to him and practically objectifies Lacie. Boy is the poster child of a mix-up between Stalker with a Crush and crazily obsessed ex.
  • Madness Mantra: After Glen says that Lacie can't be brought back.
    Jack: Unacceptable! Unacceptable! Unacceptable! Unacceptable! Unacceptable! Unacceptable! Unacceptable! Unacceptable!
  • Manipulative Bastard: He emotionally and mentally manipulates others to get them to do what he wants.
  • Mask of Sanity: He is good at faking the wise hero, or the happy-go-lucky friend, but in the end he's so messed up he can't even tell who he is anymore.
  • 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. Later, it's confirmed he doesn't love her at all, in fact, his adoration has changed to detestation after realizing how far he has fallen in his desire to meet her again.
  • 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.
  • Merlin Sickness: Jack is afflicted with this as a result of the Abyss rejecting his corrupted soul and excluding him from the hundred-year cycle of rebirth. His body is cursed to perpetually age up to twenty-four years, his age at the Tragedy of Sablier, when his soul was rejected, and then regress back to infancy. Additionally, each time he completes this cycle, a piece of what's left of his soul is destroyed.
  • Motive Rant: He eventually reveals that he doesn't love Lacie, he hates her for tying him down with the desire to meet her again. However, that same hatred makes him feel alive and lets him know who he really is. So despite whatever "noble" intentions he might have led himself to believe with bringing Lacie back to life or bringing the world Lacie loves back to her, his reasons for reuniting with Lacie are purely his own: he needs Lacie to live.
  • Mysterious Protector: To everyone in general. Specifically, towards Oz and Alice. Or so it seemed.
  • Only Friend: He was Alice's first friend after he discovered her in her lonely prison of a tower. Though, it turns out it was just Alyss that was fond of Jack, and not Alice herself. Also, Jack was only using her.
  • 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 remnants 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 Power of Hate: The real source of his obsession with Lacie. He hates her so much that being with her is the only way he feels alive.
  • Powers via Possession: He takes over Oz when the situation calls for him to step in and/or speak.
  • Prince Charmless: He at first seems like a princely hero from a fairy tale. His true self is far from that, as he's a psychotic Yandere and the real mastermind behind the Tragedy of Sablier.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: If he can't bring Lacie back into the world, then he'll just bring the world to Lacie. In the Abyss.
  • Rapunzel Hair: His braid reaches down to his knees.
  • The Resenter: It's eventually revealed that Jack actually resents Lacie, blaming her for forcing him to live on when he wanted to die and tying him down with the desire to see her again.
  • The Reveal: He was the one who caused the Tragedy of Sablier and had an obsession with Lacie, not Glen.
  • The Runaway: His mother was driven insane by being abandoned by his father, and would often beat and yell at Jack. Not wanting to have to deal with the abuse any longer, Jack ran away from home.
  • Satellite Character: Deconstructed. Jack has literally no personality outside of his obsession with Lacie and he admits that he only feels alive when he's with her. Oswald, Oscar and Lacie herself remarked just how disturbingly empty he is.
  • Shipper on Deck: 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. Makes sense since he isn't in love with her, so he's okay with her falling in love with anyone else as long as he can still be by her side.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Subverted. While he's hopelessly devoted to Lacie, he does not cross the line in their relationship when given a chance, a line that Lacie believes he put there himself and it's later confirmed that he actually doesn't love her.
  • Social Climber: He originally was the bastard son of a noble man who grew up in the streets. He had to climb the social ranks in order to meet Lacie again.
  • The Sociopath: He never shows empathy towards anyone or regret about his actions, he manipulates others in cruel ways and pretends to care about them to get what he wants. He may seem to love Lacie, but Lacie herself could tell Jack can't love anyone. His entire motivation for everything that he does is getting to feel alive and be himself, and it just happens that seeing Lacie and doing something for her is the only way Jack can do that.
  • Soul Fragment: Every one of his appearances outside of flashbacks are merely the remnants of his soul, which shattered during the Tragedy.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: He spends eight years searching for Lacie after they first met. The "crush" part was debatable for a long time, but it's later confirmed that his feelings towards Lacie aren't romantic or sexual. He resents Lacie but can only be his true self around her and ultimately views her existence as what allows him to be who he truly is.
  • Stalking Is Love: Levi deduces that Lacie is growing attached to Jack due to his unrelenting search for her. He's not exactly far from the truth.
  • 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: 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.
    His sudden smile concealed a violent passion.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Oz in Retrace LXX.
    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!"
  • Undying Loyalty: To Lacie. Or perhaps more accurately, what Lacie represents to him.
  • 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, he's one of the reasons this page needed unmarked spoilers.
  • 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.
  • Yandere: He is to Lacie as Oz is to Alice... except about a hundred times worse.
    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!"

    Zai Vessalius 
Voiced by: Toru Okawa

Oz's emotionally abusive father and the one who sent him to the Abyss at beginning of the series.

  • Abusive Dad: He treats Oz like dirt, but he's a terrible family member in general, really. Turns out Oz is adopted, but that doesn't change this trope.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: As he dies, Oz cries and mourns the fact that he never really got to know him.
  • Anti-Villain: He wants revenge on the man who he thinks murdered his son and wife, and to stop the Tragedy of Sablier from repeating itself. However he long ago mixed his initially noble motivations in with prideful grudges and crossed the Moral Event Horizon with his treatment of Oz and Oscar.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Oscar's Abel. He even murdered his brother in cold blood.
  • The Chessmaster: He tries to be this, but Jack uses his pride and hatred against him, turning him into an Unwitting Pawn.
    • Specifically, Zai realized too late that Jack placed Oz in his family so that Oz might further Jack's goals somehow, and attempted to rectify this by following the only information he had—that is, that if the Black Rabbit is thrown into the Abyss, he will die. Unfortunately this information was planted by Jack—he wanted Oz tossed into the Abyss, because it would likely result in Oz getting his powers back. And so due to Zai's actions, Jack had all he needed for Tragedy Part 2. If Zai had let go of his irrational grudge against Oz and hadn't been so eager to bite the bait, it's possible none of the deaths in the present would have happened, and the truth of the Tragedy of Sablier may have remained buried for years or decades longer than it was, if it ever came out at all.
  • The Faceless: Subverted in Retrace XCII where his face (specifically, his eyes) is finally revealed. This is justified in that, until that moment, Oz was afraid to look at him.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. He's unable to let go of Jack's slights against him and unable to self-reflect or move forwards, which only makes him more predictable for Jack to use and manipulate. See Unwitting Pawn for how this flaw effected the plot. In essence, though, if Zai had been less prideful and tried to move forward like the rest of the cast, most of the tragedy that occurs during the manga wouldn't have happened.
  • Freudian Excuse: He blames Oz for the death of his biological son, which was either foreseen by Jack and taken advantage of or arranged by him. 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. Subverted, though, in that the manga makes very clear that none of this justifies his actions.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Oz can neither remember his face nor stand to look at him, due to his abuse at Zai's hands as a child. Eventually Oz gains the self-worth enough to realize that no matter how he came to be he still deserves to exist, and this new realization allows him to look at Zai directly for the first time in years.
  • Hidden Depths: His abusive actions towards Oz have a lot more reason behind them than you'd think, though they're still misguided and terrible. Also, while he may have been a horrid family member to Oz and Oscar, he truly loved his wife and daughter.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: From his perspective, he sacrificed a great deal to prevent the Baskervilles from rising again, only to be manipulated by Jack. His attempts to stop Jack only made things worse.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: He refers to Oz as a thing. Makes his Abusive Parent status all the more apparent. Played with, as Oz indeed isn't human and Zai was the only character to be aware of it, but the manga makes clear that this in no way justifies his actions.
  • Jerkass: He has too much pride and is unable to accept his mistakes, and so pushes the blame for them on the one person in his family more a victim than he is.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A subtle deconstruction. Zai realizes the mistake he made in helping Jack, but the same flaws that led to the initial mistake prevent him from fixing it and only make things worse, because his harping over his past mistakes makes him unable to cut his losses and grow as a person. This makes him an antagonist to everyone who is actually trying to move on.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite the horrible way he treated Oz and Oscar (abusing one and murdering the other), he truly loves his daughter and is unwilling to see her hurt.
  • The Resenter: Zai blames and resents Oz for about everything that has gone wrong in his life. Even upon his death, Zai still blames Oz for all of his own regrets and mistakes.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only has a few scenes in the manga, but the psychological damage he inflicted on Oz subtly dominates the emotional arc of the series. Not to mention that his inability to let go of his grudge against Jack (and thus Oz) set off the series' plot.
  • Tragic Villain: The guy just really misses his wife and he let that consume him. There's no doubt that he's a prick, but it's easy to see how he got there, and even feel sorry for him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Jack manipulated him first by making Zai helping him sound heroic. Then when Zai inevitably found out about Jack's true nature, Jack deliberately left a trail leading to a relatively easy, false solution knowing that Zai wouldn't be able resist 'fixing' the problem and simultaneously getting revenge. Zai spent years setting up this solution and abusing Oz as a proxy for his revenge on Jack, only to use the solution and find out that all he'd done was reunite B-Rabbit with "its" powers and return a fragment of Jack's soul back to his body, thereby setting up the world for more Tragedy. Then, as a cherry on the top, Oz's lack of self-worth, which stemmed directly from the years of abuse suffered at Zai's hands, made it difficult for Oz to fight back against Jack's control.

    Ada Vessalius 
Voiced by: Kaori Fukuhara

Oz's little sister. As a child she usually tagged along with whatever mischief Oz is up to with Gilbert. Has a cat named Dinah and later Snowdrop.

  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: States in a drama cd that she wants to marry Oz and Gil at different points without knowing what it means.
  • Forgiveness: Ada declares that no matter what Vincent did before, she forgives him. Vincent realizes he only wanted forgiveness for everything he has done or others have done.
  • Hair Intakes: The two "cat ears" in her hair.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Aside from her obsession with the occult, Ada is a really sweet, cheerful and innocent young girl.
  • Important Haircut: Not really a haircut, but a close one after Vincent tried to cut her head off and stopping himself after hearing her say she'll forgive him, cutting half her hair off.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Implied.
  • Love Martyr: She slowly realizes Vincent is not the nice and charming guy he pretends to be and finds out about his past crimes such as his role in the Tragedy of Sablier, but she says no matter what happens, she wants to get to know his real self and will forgive everything he did. Her feelings manage to reach him, but they don't end up together because of his longer lifespan as a Baskerville.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Vincent, since the Baskervilles have a longer lifespan than normal humans. This is the reason why they don't end up together, despite him developing genuine feelings for her.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Her hobby is practicing the occult. She has freakin' torture devices and voodoo books that she messes around with in her basement.
  • Ojou
  • Satellite Love Interest: Despite having implied deep relationships with other members of the cast, from the moment she's introduced as an adult she's never really given any purpose in the story other than to help give depth and character development to Vincent. While her reaction to something going on with people who are not Vincent will occasionally be shown, her other relationships aren't given much attention and always take a back seat to her drama with him.
  • 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.

    Oscar Vessalius 
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu

Oz and Ada's Uncle. Like Oz, his name references The Wizard of Oz.

  • Anger Born of Worry: The one time he got really angry with Oz, to the point of slapping him, was when Oz put himself in danger for the sake of his camera.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to his brother's Cain, ending with Zai shooting him.
  • Cool Uncle: You can't deny you want an uncle like Oscar.
  • A Death in the Limelight: The chapters leading up to his death elaborate on his relationship with Oz and how he deals with his emotional conflict.
  • 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.
  • Died Happily Ever After: His late wife greets him, holding their child that died along with her. He happily offers to finally take a picture of them as a family.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After being wounded by Noise, Oscar tosses the others (Oz, Gilbert, and Alice) into the secret passage and blocks it behind him. He's then finished off by Zai.
  • Like a Son to Me: To Oz, Gilbert, and Ada. Oz, torturously so.
  • The Mourning After: He lost his wife in childbirth and never remarried.
  • Nice Guy: He's one of the kindest and well-adjusted characters in the setting, not that there's much competition.
  • Overprotective Dad: The reason why he trespassed in Lutwidge was because Ada was in love with somebody. It turns out to just be an excuse to make things more fun for Oz and friends.
  • Parental Substitute: For Oz, Gilbert, and Ada.
  • Replacement Goldfish: He admits to himself that he tends to see Oz as a substitute for his stillborn child and that he really shouldn't. But, he's able to see Oz as his own person.
  • The Resenter: He both hated and loved Oz for surviving when his child had died. However, he never took it out on Oz and treated him with kindness and compassion to the moment he died.
  • Together in Death: He reunites with his late wife and their child in the afterlife.
  • Uptown Guy: He was this to his wife, Sara. She was from a commoner family and their marriage was frowned upon by the Vessalius family, but Oscar and Sara loved each other and were happy together.

Nightray Household

  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: By the present time.
  • Cassandra Truth: Raymond Nightray from 100 years ago had a feeling something bad would happen if they didn't keep the Barmas and Vessalius away from the Baskervilles. He was right.
  • Feuding Families: With the Vessalius household thanks to what happened 100 years ago.
  • Kill 'em All: Not counting the servants, only the adoptive children survive.
  • Off with His Head!: The only Nightray by blood who doesn't leave this way is Elliot Nightray, who unknowingly contributed to the headcount.

    Vincent Nightray 
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama

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.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: He was made fun of by everyone due to his red eye.
  • Anti-Villain: 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.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Male variant. Like Lacie, he's a Child of Misfortune. Also like Lacie, he's a subversion, because the Jury lied.
  • The Atoner: In a way, for causing the Tragedy of Sabliér.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: Before following Oz to the depths of the Abyss, Vincent decides it's too dangerous for Ada to come with them and asks Lottie to send her back to the present through Equus. When Ada tries to protest that she'd be fine, Vincent embraces her and tells Ada that he doesn't like her and that she's always been an eyesore that he wanted to disappear. Vincent's cold statement is enough to stun Ada long enough to allow him to push her back into Equus' portal. In the epilogue, he has Gil tell her he died so she can move on and find someone else.
  • Break the Cutie: His backstory.
  • 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. He eventually winds up falling for her for real.
  • The Chessmaster: Both literally and figuratively.
  • Chick Magnet: At the beginning of the Second Coming of Age Ceremony, women fawn over him and Gil.
  • Child Prodigy: He's more skilled with his gun than his brother at the age of thirteen. Gilbert once moaned about this.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: He becomes Ada's boyfriend in order to "taint her" as well as make her a pawn.
  • Creepy Child: Even before the Tragedy of Sabier, he gouged out a cat's eyes in revenge and was fond of cutting up dolls.
  • Cruella to Animals: The reason Cheshire died and became blind? Vincent carved out his eyes with a pair of scissors because he wanted to make Alyss pay for insulting his red eye.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Because Vincent was a Child of Misfortune, Vincent's mother sold both him and Gilbert to a freak show where they were beaten often by their masters and forced to live out their lives in a cage. Vincent developed an unyielding sense of guilt as he felt that Gil didn't deserve such hardships, always questioning why their mother would sell Gilbert to the freak show too. After escaping from there, Gilbert and Vincent lived on the streets where people would attack them whenever Vincent's eye was revealed. This continued until they were found by Jack Vessalius and selected as Baskervilles.
  • Death Seeker: His motive for everything he does is to get the Will of the Abyss to make it so he never existed.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Had one as a child that he recovered (somewhat) from, but fell back into it again in Retrace LXXXVII.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the final chapter, he dies in Gilbert's arms.
  • Faking Amnesia: To keep Gil from remembering anything through asking him, he pretends he has amnesia like his brother.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The guy sure enjoys inflicting psychological and physical torture on others, friend or foe.
  • Freakiness Shame: He hates his red eye because of all the pain it has caused for him and his brother. He only became comfortable about it after Jack Vessalius claimed to love it.
  • Freudian Excuse: He spent his childhood being abused and ridiculed because of his red eye. It might not justify it, but it gives an explanation for the cruel, sadistic and manipulative Yandere he is now.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies with a smile on his face, happy that he was born and by his brother's side.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: He says he finds women hateful, pitiful and disgusting. His past experiences with his mother and Miranda Barma probably have something to do with it.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: The Dormouse is not his only Chain.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He hates being a Child of Misfortune because of all the troubles it caused for him and Gilbert.
  • I Lied: He blackmails Break into destroying Cheshire's bell in exchange of an antidote for a poisoned Sharon. When Break destroys the bell, Vincent throws the antidote off a balcony. Luckily, Echo catches the antidote and gives it to Break.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • Everything he does is for the sake of making his brother happy. This extends to erasing himself from existence to make Gil's life better.
    • In the epilogue, it's revealed Vincent asked Gil to tell Ada he died because he wants her to move on, find someone else and be happy.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Tends to switch between "boku" and "ore".
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Inverted. He will do anything for his dear big brother Gil, even he has to get rid of anyone, including himself to do what he thinks will make his brother happy.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's very attractive and has long hair that goes past his shoulders.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: One of his mismatched eyes is red as the other one is gold. Red eyed people have an unusually strong connection with the Core of the Abyss.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Despite developing genuine feelings for Ada, they don't end up together since as a Baskerville, he can't grow old with her.
  • Never My Fault: He refuses to accept what happened in the Tradegy of Sablier after he opened the Door to the Abyss is his 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.
  • No Body Left Behind: In the final chapter, his body reaches its limit and gets reduced to ashes in his brother's arms.
  • Only Friend: To Noise. He was the only one to not be scared of her because of her Split Personality and he became her friend because that way they could be normal in each other's eyes.
  • Poisonous Friend: Towards Gilbert.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother sold him to a freakshow.
  • Psychotic Man Child: Falls asleep in random inappropriate places, his room is a pigsty, and he makes a habit of cutting up dolls, curtains, cats and people. He is also prone to taking his anger out on innocent bystanders and claim it's not his fault.
  • Really Gets Around: He says he has "shared the beds" of several high-class women.
  • Red Right Hand: His red eye, which is his Freudian Excuse.
  • Secret Keeper: He's the only one that Ada have told she's a Nightmare Fetishist as a sign of trust. Vincent finds this side of her really creepy.
  • Sleepyhead: Dormouse makes him sleepy, leading him to fall asleep in inappropriate places.

Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi

The servant of Vincent. Echo is usually stoic, silent and completely obedient towards her Master despite not being really fond of him. She becomes friends with Oz.

She's later revealed to be a split personality created by 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 from Alice in Wonderland's Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

  • Adorkable: Just look at the way she tries to cheer up an imprisoned Oz by reading him a story and then gets distressed over the punch line being missing.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Vincent. She admits to Oz it's pretty damn annoying to always have to put up with her master's antics and clean up his mess.
  • 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.
  • The Comically Serious: She keeps the same deadpan look on her face during comedic situations.
  • Declaration of Protection: 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.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She eventually warms up and becomes more emotional and caring as Oz gets her to open up.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Echo's body disintegrates in Oz's arms.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She acts abusive towards Oz, hitting him repeatedly, in the dream world sequence.
  • 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.
  • Empty Eyes: Her eyes lack shine, appearing empty and almost soulless.
  • Extreme Doormat: She's completely obedient towards her Master, and even regards herself as nothing but a tool for Vincent.
    Echo: "Echo is nothing else except Echo. No matter what kind of treatment, even if Echo is to be tortured, to be mistreated, to be humiliated, Echo doesn't have the right to fight against it."
  • Go Out with a Smile: She dies smiling at Oz.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: She wears a dress with long bell-shaped sleeves that cover her hands. She keeps her blades hidden in them.
  • Heroic Albino: She has white hair and very pale skin. Despite her master, she's a good person and helps the heroes several times.
  • Implied Love Interest: She and Oz have some well-timed moments throughout the story. Echo's crush is made pretty obvious in the bonus materials, but Oz's feelings for her (as always) are more ambiguous. However, it's worth noting that Oz had stopped flirting with every girl but her by the end of the series. According to Word of God, out of Oz's potential love interests, Echo was the one with the most chances of dating with him if they hadn't died.
  • Insistent Terminology: Every time Oz calls her "Echo-chan", she tells him to only call her Echo. He finally calls her only Echo before she dies, which makes her happy.
  • Intimate Healing: He gives Echo the antidote of a poison he tested on her through his mouth via a kiss.
  • Meaningful Name: Echo is, well, an echo. You know, she doesn't have a high regard of herself.
  • Modesty Shorts: She wears a pair of shorts under her mini-dress.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Echo will obey her master Vincent, no matter how badly he treats her or how much she hates to do his dirty work for him. She will still do what she can to stop unnecessary cruelty from her master, such as the time she caught the antidote for Sharon while Vincent didn't intend to keep his word to Break.
  • No Body Left Behind: In Retrace XCVIII, her body begins to shatter and finally gets reduced to ashes in Oz's arms.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: Echo fights with blades that come out of her long sleeves.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Echo" is how Noise decided to call her, as Noise viewed her split personality as a reverberation of her original self. Echo's real name is Doldum.
  • People Puppets: Doldum's specialty. When the victim doesn't struggle against Doldum's strings, she can't control the mind.
  • The Quiet One: She doesn't talk much.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Echo is the Blue Oni to Noise's Red Oni. Echo is quiet, submissive and stoic, while Noise is loud, outspoken and bloodthirsty. This is reflected by their clothes; Echo wears a blue dress and Noise wears a blood-red cape.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: A young pale-skinned girl with short silver hair and a mysterious emotionless personality who serves as the obedient minion of a villain and develops a soft spot for the protagonist.
  • Split Personality: This is another connection to the characters Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
  • The Stoic: The expression on her face rarely changes.
  • 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.
  • Third-Person Person: She always refers to herself in third person.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: She started out as Vincent's impassive Extreme Doormat servant. Then, meeting Oz gave her the courage to defy her master and vent about how annoying he is at different intervals, and as more time passed, she eventually developed a Sugar and Ice Personality and generally started emoting more often.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her outfit includes a pair of white thigh-high boots.

Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi

Echo's psychotic and murderous Split Personality. Unlike Echo, she's obsessed with Vincent. She's later revealed to be the original owner of the body and she became insane as a result of the influence of her Chain Doldee.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was initially unable to control her Chain, Doldee, forcing the Chain to create a Split Personality just to keep her sane. This made her an aberration in the eyes of her fellow Baskervilles, who then confined her in a cell.
  • Ax-Crazy: Doldee's influence has made her batshit insane.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She loves Vincent because he was the only one to get close to her and don't treat her like a freak because of her Split Personality.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Shortly before dying, Noise finally remembers what she really wanted was to protect Vincent and be there for him as a big sister.
  • Bokukko: Uses the male pronoun Boku to refer to herself, in order to imitate Vincent. She goes back to using Watashi once she remembers her true wish to protect Vincent.
  • Broken Bird: When Vincent met her, Noise was a sad and lonely girl who was forced to live in a cell due to being unable to control her Chain and developing a Split Personality as a result.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Noise kidnapped and seems to have being stabbing Ada for start being so close to Vincent.
  • Commonality Connection: With Vincent. They sympathized with each other because both were treated like aberrations by other people. Noise came to share Vincent's idea that if two "weird" people are together, then they wouldn't be "weird" anymore.
  • Cool Big Sis: What the original Noise was for Vincent. She wanted to care for him and protect him as a big sister. Doldee's influence, however, turned those feelings into a twisted obsession and Noise became the Yandere she's now.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When the Baskervilles realized she couldn't control her Chain, instead of breaking her contract, they locked her up and threw away the key. In all likelihood, this probably made things worse. She's only out now because the Abyss swallowed Sablier and everything in it, and the Baskervilles need her too much to lock her away again.
  • Demonic Possession: The real Noise is actually possessed by Doldee. Echo frees Noise from Doldee shortly before both die.
  • Dying as Yourself: Echo finally releases Noise from Doldee's control and she gets to remember her original wish to protect Vincent. Almost immediately afterwards, Noise's body disintegrates.
  • Evil Albino: Subverted. Noise turns out to not be evil; she's just possessed by Doldee.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Due to Doldee's influence, Noise tries to kill Vincent so he can't belong to anyone else. Fortunately, Echo stops her and releases her from Doldee's control.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Echo severs Doldee's influence over her, Noise realizes 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, allowing Noise to pass on in peace.
  • Mad Love: She's obsessed with Vincent and will do anything to have him for herself. Vincent, for his part, doesn't seem to care that much about Noise and takes advantage of her feelings to manipulate her.
  • Meaningful Name: Noise, a sound louder than an echo, meaning that she's the dominant one.
  • Older Than She Looks: She was alive before the Tragedy of Sablier, making her over 100 years old. She still looks like a young girl because the Baskervilles have a much longer lifespan.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: She can't remember her real name, "Noise" is the name Vincent chose for her as her other personality was named Echo.
  • Power Incontinence: Noise was unable to control her Chain Doldee, and was often possessed by her and forced to go off on violent rampages. This resulted in Noise's confinement from the outside world prior to the Tragedy of Sablier and Doldee creating the artificial personality Doldum/Echo to keep Noise sane.
  • Pre-Insanity Reveal: Noise wasn't always a murderous maniac. Before the Tragedy of Sablier, she was just a meek and fragile girl who was scared of completely losing her mind because of the influence of her Chain.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Echo's Blue Oni. Noise is loud, outspoken and bloodthirsty, while Echo is quiet, submissive and stoic. This is reflected by their clothes; Noise wears a blood-red cape and Echo wears a blue dress.
  • Sadist: Her favourite thing is the pain of other people.
  • Slasher Smile: She usually sports a psychotic, bloodthirsty grin on her face.
  • Split-Personality Makeover: Echo has dead eyes, free flowing hair, dresses in uniform, has a calm/stale posture and a voice that is generally gentle/weak, though devoid of emotion. When turning into Noise her eyes go wild with ecstasy, she braids her hair with an ornament, strips of all clothing (dressing up in a nightgown and blood-red cape), moves as if she was the star of a play and shouts/screams her words.
  • Split Personality Take Over: Retrace LXXXV shows Noise throwing Echo into the depths of her mind. Although Retrace LXXXIX reveals that Echo is in fact the split personality while Noise is the original owner of the body. So until Vincent ordered her to swap with Noise, Echo was the one taking over.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Long ago, she was a meek and lonely girl who wanted to protect her Only Friend Vincent as a big sister. Then Doldee corrupted her mind and Noise turned into the batshit crazy Yandere we know.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Unlike Echo, Noise is violent, sadistic and psychotic. Then it gets subverted when it's revealed Noise is merely under Doldee's influence.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Doldee is the main source of her power and psychotic behavior.
  • Yandere: She will kill anyone who gets in her way of having Vincent for herself, be it Ada or Vincent himself. Subverted because Noise was only acting like that because of Doldee's influence.

    Elliot Nightray 
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima

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.

  • Adorkable: Most notably when gushing over Xerxes Break and Holy Knight.
  • Anime Hair: Not to the silly extent of the usual, but it's still there. A few manga recaps lampshade this.
  • 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.
  • Bad Dreams: He suffers from recurring nightmares of him standing in a burning building surrounded by corpses of people he murdered.
  • Beauty Mark: He has a mole under his left eye.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Elliot gets stuck in the no-win situation of either rejecting Humpt Dumpty himself and dying or waiting until Oz finishes killing Humpty Dumpty and dying. Elliot chooses the former for two reasons: 1). He didn't want to burden Oz with the knowledge that he'd killed Elliot when he eventually found out who Humpty Dumpty's contractor was, and more importantly, 2). Even if it meant dying, he wanted to go out with his real memories, as himself and on his own terms.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Has killed more than half his family under the influence of Humpty Dumpty, who, by instinct, protects the current vessel of Glen Baskerville's soul.
  • Break the Cutie: The Yura arc wasn't very kind to him.
  • Dying as Yourself: He got to die with his real memories, as himself and on his own terms.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: According to the guidebook -Evidence-, there were a lot of boys outside of his class that seem to admire him, but it's not very obvious.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He smiles as he says the words that seal his fate.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Nobody's sure whether his hair is supposed to be blond or a really light brown.
  • 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With his servant Leo.
  • Impaled Palm: Stabs his hand with his sword to keep himself from giving into Humpty Dumpty's influence.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Happens to him the first time he encountered Humpty Dumpty. His Illegal Contract with the thing ensures that by forgetting that injury, the wound stays sealed.
  • Ironic Echo: Lampshaded in Retrace LIX. In Retrace XXV, he'd scoffed at the concept of a Heroic Sacrifice and ended up committing one himself.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Ore.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Retrace LIX.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Much to his chagrin, the rest of the Nightray household prefers dogs to cats.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Due to his contract with Humpty Dumpty. The memories Humpty Dumpty removes or changes around are usually those more painful for him.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: It's not very obvious, but he is actually this for Leo. Leo by far appears to take Elliot's death the hardest, blaming himself entirely for Elliot's death and losing his sanity in the days that follow.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: When throwing off the influence of Humpty Dumpty.
  • No Badass to His Valet: He and Leo are Vitriolic Best Buds despite being master and servant. And that's the way Elliot wants it to be.
  • Opposites Attract: Elliot chose Leo to be his valet specifically because the latter's personality irritates the former.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Oz about his Martyr Without a Cause complex.
    Elliot: "All your 'self sacrifice' only pleases yourself! Have you ever saved anyone that way? All you want is protect yourself!"
  • Red Herring: We're initially lead to believe Elliot is Glen Baskerville's vessel. The truth is that Leo is the real vessel.

Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe

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.

  • A Death in the Limelight: Subverted, as he survives getting impaled by a Chain, since he is a Baskerville.
  • 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.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: 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 him being taken away by authorities.
  • 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...
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Helps that it's his default outfit. Especially so after he becomes a Baskerville.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lashes out on Elliot in Retrace L, 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..."
  • Bishōnen: Well, he does clean up nicely...
  • Blinding Bangs: Wears his hair like this when not wearing his Opaque Nerd Glasses. Turns out to be invoked, as it was mentioned his mother let him grow his hair that way to help him stop seeing and hearing things. He has abandoned this look after the Important Haircut in Retrace LXI, though.
  • 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.
  • Broken Bird: A male example. Meeting Elliot helped him out of this, but Elliot's death broke him worse.
  • Covert Pervert: His interest in books even reaches rather devious territories, if one of the recaps and the Retrace 42.5 Drama CD omake are to be believed.
  • Creepy Child: Doesn't seem to have any qualms against causing another tragedy if it meant killing the Will of the Abyss, for one. There are also his statements about "a game of tag" with Oz.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Black eyes to match black hair. Specks of golden light in his eyes aside.
  • Cute and Psycho: After siding with the Baskervilles.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Face–Heel Turn: As of siding with the Baskervilles. Except the Baskervilles were never really evil in the first place.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hearing Voices: Hearing the voices of the previous Glens comes with being Glen's reincarnation. Understandably, he doesn't appreciate it.
  • Hellish Pupils: The same kind as Lottie's.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With his master Elliot.
  • 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?: 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 LXI.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Grew his Blinding Bangs just so he wouldn't have to see and hear things, thus not having to be "the weird one" anymore.
  • Immortality: A given with being Glen Baskerville. See Oswald's and Levi's respective entries below.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Retrace LXV, courtesy of Jack. Being a Baskerville, he lives, but he was still knocked out for a moment.
  • Important Haircut: Gets one in Retrace LXI. 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's All My Fault: : He really blames himself for Elliot's misfortune and eventual death. And it's certainly not getting any better for him.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: 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".
  • Japanese Pronouns: Boku.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Not even the author is consistent in coloring his eyes. Notable eye colors Leo gets in official art include purple and blue.
  • Likes Older Women: According to an omake that came with the Retrace 42.5 Drama CD. Though, from another omake, Vincent mentions hearing that Leo seems to view "real women and the like to be pigs, absolute pigs", implying the above to be a joke.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Even after his Important Haircut, he still keeps his hair shoulder-length.
  • 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.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: He has knocked away a little girl for trying to touch his bangs. Turns out said hair helped him hide the Abyss lights from his vision.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Not like he needs them, he's only trying to hide his eyes. He stops wearing them later.
  • Opposites Attract: Leo has stated that he and Elliot are complete opposites, but that's precisely why Elliot is so important to him.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Tells Oz with a smile on his face to kill him if he ever causes Elliot serious harm.
  • Poisonous Friend: He says that he'll kill anyone who's a threat to Elliot, including himself, with a smile.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: He wears those Opaque Nerd Glasses not because he needs them, but because they help to hide his eyes.
  • 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.
  • Reflective Eyes: A variation in that it happens all the time with the gold specks of light he sees, very well becoming a main part of his eyes.
  • 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.
  • Resigned to the Call: Eventually becomes this with being Glen.
  • 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.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: To Elliot.
  • Servile Snarker: To Elliot.
  • Slasher Smile: Tends to flash these as of late, though he's already done one earlier.
  • Super Toughness: Recovers pretty quickly from falling down a set of stairs. This is because he's really a Baskerville. He is also only knocked out momentarily from being impaled by a chain.
  • Technicolor Eyes: He has pitch black eyes that reflect the Abyss lights he sees.
  • 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: All things considered, Leo is extremely devoted to Elliot. Until becoming a Baskerville, that is, though he still thinks highly of Elliot.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Elliot.
  • Walking Spoiler: As Leo Baskerville, especially since him being Glen Baskerville can be a dead give-away for Glen's true nature.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: As Elliot and Vincent can attest to. Even the author seems to enjoy drawing his eyes whenever she can, and has even stated her desire to draw a big picture with them!
  • Young and In Charge: Ends up becoming Duke Baskerville at age 16.

Rainsworth Household

    Sharon Rainsworth 
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa

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.

  • A-Cup Angst: Hits Break with her paper fan after a misunderstanding with him that flat chests disqualifies one as a woman in a drama cd.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a sweet and gentle lady, but secretly a very scary person.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Springs one of these on Duke Rufus Barma when he insults Break. She also gives Break one every time he comes within an inch of his life.
  • The Chick: She's the peacekeeper and emotional support of the group.
  • Childhood Friends: She has been good friends with Reim since childhood. According to the epilogue, their relationship eventually evolved into Childhood Friend Romance and they got married.
  • Cool Big Sis: Considers herself this to Alice. Alice sometimes agrees if she's in a good mood.
  • Cool Horse: Her Chain, Equus.
  • Death Wail: The first page of the chapter following Break's death has Sharon screaming in anguish as she clutches his body to her chest.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Her targets include, but are not limited to, Break, Oz, and possibly Gilbert.
  • Genki Girl: Especially in her Girly Mode.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: Her entire wardrobe.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Having your elder brother figure die in you arms does no good for anyone.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Watashi, sometimes watakushi.
  • Lady of War: Dignified, princess-like and utilizes her chain with grace.
  • Love Freak: 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.
  • Oba-san: Break often jokes that, despite looking younger, she's actually a middle-aged auntie that loves to mess with the youngsters. He more often than not gets a smack on the head capable of make him bleed in return.
  • Ojou: Break addresses her as Ojou-sama. Lampshaded during the drunken party, where it's shown that she develops a queen complex when drunk.
  • Older Than She Looks: Trapped in the body of a 14 year old girl, as a result of her contract. She's actually 23. According to the epilogue, her body began aging again after the events of the series.
  • Onee-sama: Likes to act like this towards Alice. In fact, she pressures Alice into calling her "sister".
  • Morality Chain: She holds Break's, and whacks him with her Paper Fan of Doom whenever he yanks it too hard.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: One of her favorite ways of scolding Break.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her waist.
  • Shipper on Deck: Loves romance and may ship Alice with Oz, but clearly thinks they should take it slow and traditional, as we see in the moments leading up to the drunken party.
  • Shotacon: Break often teases her about this.

    Xerxes Break 
Voiced by: Akira Ishida

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, later revealed to be a subversion like all other Children of Misfortune. It is hinted being 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.
  • The Atoner: Though he denies it, he wants to atone for his past crimes as "The Red-Eyed Ghost" and his failures to protect the Sinclair family.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When subjected to the whims of the Rainsworth women.
  • Battle Butler: To the Rainsworth women, primarily Sharon.
  • 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.
  • Buxom Is Better: In one drama CD, he declares that he can never get along with a man that doesn't like big boobs. Hilarity Ensues when Sharon overhears this...
  • Byronic Hero: Morally neutral? Check. Largely concerned with personal interests? He's always remarking he does everything for his own sake. Tragic past that still haunts him? Oh yeah. Guilty of crimes? He was once an illegal contractor who murdered 116 people. Physically attractive? Check. Charming, intelligent and charismatic, but also intensely self-critical, jaded and emotionally conflicted? Defined with it.
  • 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.
  • Cool Old Guy: Don't let his looks fool you, he is much older than he looks.
  • Creepy Doll: Emily
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Kevin Regnard was the member of a family of knights serving under Lord Roman Sinclair. While Kevin went out for the day with Roman's youngest daughter, the entirety of the Sinclair Family had been slaughtered in their absence. Kevin became filled with guilt and regret over his failure to protect his master. This lead him to form a contract with the Chain Albus the White Knight in order to change the past. Every night, Kevin and Albus would skulk through the streets of Reveil, attacking anyone they came across so that Albus could consume them and generate more power. Soon, Kevin and Albus would come to be known collectively as "The Red-Eyed Ghost". The instant the Incuse was completed, Kevin was forcibly dragged with Albus into the depths of the Abyss, where he met the Will of the Abyss. After a series of confusing and bloody events such as the Will ripping Kevin's left eye off, Kevin begged the Will to grant his wish and change the past in exchange of granting her wish. After this, Kevin was ejected from the Abyss through the Rainsworth Dukedom's Door to the Abyss, where he was found by Sharon and Reim. Then, Kevin found out his wish did change the past, but the Sinclair Family was wiped out a few years later anyway, and to make it worse Roman's youngest daughter became an illegal contractor and was dragged into the Abyss.
  • 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.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He uses his last strength to give Reim and Sharon a big (depressing) hug.
  • 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.
  • Eccentric Mentor: To Gilbert, and to a lesser degree, Oz.
  • Evil Albino: During his time as the Red-eyed Ghost.
  • Eye Scream: Why do you think he hides his left eyes with his bangs?
  • Faceless Eye: His Chain, the Mad hatter, is a tattered cape, a pimped out top hat, and a single giant eye.
  • Failure Knight: In the past, Break was a knight assigned to protect the Sinclair family. One day, the entire family except for the youngest daughter was murdered in his absence. Break felt so guilty that he became an illegal contractor in a desperate attempt to change the past.
  • Famous Last Words: As he dies in Sharon and Reim's arms:
    Break: I... I... Don't want to die. I want to stay here. How cruel of you... Just when I thought... I could exit this stage by myself. ...Yes, Shelly-sama.
  • 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: Over the course of the series, he goes blind. It barely hinders him.
  • Heroic Albino: One of the main heroes, coming with white hair and red eyes.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: He lost his eyesight after using his power after the events in Sablier. Then he was bedridden for nearly a week after pushing his body trying to fight the Baskervilles in Yura's mansion. His body didn't even have the chance to properly heal before he was chained and beaten by Vincent. Finally, he pushed his body to the limit fighting of Glen, Vincent and the Juries at the same time, giving the last of his powers to pull Oz and company for them to follow Glen before dying at Sharon's arms.
  • Hurting Hero: You can't blame him, really. And he covers up the angst pretty well most of the time.
  • I Hate Past Me: For understandable reasons...
  • I Owe You My Life: Feels this way towards Shelly, and the other Rainsworths to a lesser extent.
  • In-Series Nickname: Alice refers to him as "Pierrot", referencing a type of clown from French pantomime.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He's substantially older than the rest of the main cast. This fact hardly matters as he rarely acts it.
  • I Work Alone: He says this, but part of his Character Development is learning to rely on others.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Watashi.
  • Legacy of Service: His family had been dedicated to serving the Sinclair Family for centuries.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He's usually quite easy-going in an eccentric manner. But put him in a fight...
  • Mad Hatter: Based on this and even has a chain called Mad Hatter.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: He goes from attacking Lottie to asking if she'd be his friend. Needless to say, the poor woman is slightly flabbergasted.
  • Morality Chain: Whenever the Rainsworth women (mainly Sharon) yank, Break is sincerely sorry for whatever bad deed he happened to commit. No yank, no guilt (in most cases).
  • Never Gets Drunk: A Type 2 variant, though he credits Heroic Willpower.
  • Nice Hat: His top hat is quite fetching.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Kevin Regnard and the Sinclair family. Whoopsies.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Lottie gets the worst of this during their first impressions...
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Far more cunning and dangerous than his bizarre antics would suggest.
  • Older Than He Looks: 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.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His birth name is Kevin Regnard.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: He only has one eye, so he covers the empty socket with his hair.
  • The Promise: The Will of the Abyss has charged him with granting her wish. He takes it quite seriously.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Especially when he was Kevin Regnard, AKA the Red-Eyed Ghost.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He is Mister One-Man-Show for a REASON. He does his own thing and he does it his own way.
  • 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.
  • The Smart Guy: Type Trickster. He starts out knowing more than anyone else about the situation and easily manipulating both friends and enemies.
  • Spot of Tea: Well, he is based on the Hatter.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Seems to teleport a la Narnia, as he inexplicably enters and exits rooms via high-storied windows, otherwise empty wardrobes, and the underside of your bed. How he does so is never explained.
  • Stepford Smiler: His entire backstory messed him up very bad. Now he's just all smiles.
  • Survivor Guilt: He felt so guilty for surviving while the family he was supposed to protect was murdered that he became and
  • Sweet Tooth: He seems to carry candy with him everywhere, even into battle.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite his laconic insistence of only looking out for himself, he has sworn absolute loyalty to Sharon and her mother Shelly.
  • Ventriloquism: The puppet, Emily, that usually resides on his shoulder.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When he stabs Noise in the stomach and hand. She gets better. Break explains that he shouldn't have done it, but he's not exactly sorry.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: During his time as the Red-eyed Ghost.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Due to the strain two contracts have put on his body. As of Retrace XCII, his days are finally up.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Reim. Gil's beginning to faction in there as well, though.
  • 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.

    Sheryl Rainsworth 
Sharon's crippled grandmother and the mother of Shelly Rainsworth. Her chain is the Owl. Is the childhood friend of Rufus Barma.

  • 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.
  • Childhood Friends: She has been friends with Rufus Barma since they were children. He wants a Childhood Friend Romance, but she has made clear it won't happen.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's become far warmer than she was in her youth if Rufus' flashback is anything to go by, although she still doesn't mince her words.

    Shelly Rainsworth 
Sharon's mother, a woman legendary for her beauty and gentle personality.

  • Blinding Bangs: Every time she's been shown, her eyes are concealed behind her bangs.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: She was the Gentle Girl to Break's Brooding Boy.
  • Buxom Is Better: Admired by Break and Reim for being very well-endowed.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Nursed a post-Abyss Kevin back to health, and is credited with helping shape him into the present-day Xerxes Break.
  • Ill Girl: Sharon mentions her mother's ill health as the reason for attending Oz's coming-of-age ceremony in Shelly's stead.
  • Missing Mom: She's Sharon mother who died long before Oz returned from the Abyss.
  • Posthumous Character: While she was alive at the very beginning of the series, she died long before Oz returned from the Abyss.

Barma Household

    Rufus Barma 
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 Sheryl 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.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Even in the localizations, where it is translated to Flowery Elizabethan English.
  • Butt Monkey: When the guy isn't busy being a Magnificent Bastard, he gets abused by everybody. The series in general enjoys mocking his love for Sheryl.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: First introduced as the Bishōnen servant who pushes Duchess Rainsworth's wheelchair.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He has loved his childhood friend Sheryl Rainsworth his entire life. Unfortunately for him, she doesn't feel the same way.
  • Childhood Friends: With Duchess Rainsworth. They've known each other for the vast majority of their lives, and not even his well known unrequited love has gotten in the way of their friendship.
  • The Dandy: Have you seen his hair? How many bottles of L'Oreal do you think he uses per week? Also, he wears high-heels.
  • Death Glare: Can give a pretty good one. It makes Isla Yura shut up and get to the point.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: While it would be a bit of a stretch to call him a "nice guy," he is this to Sheryl as he never gave up on trying to get her to marry him, even after fifty years of failure, and he's always nice to her.
  • Evil Redhead: He's not as much as evil as he is a Magnificent Bastard.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He's spent the last fifty years trying to get a married woman to marry him. He's sent more than 100 love letters to Duchess Rainsworth, only to have them burned in the fire. According to the epilogue, she never reciprocated his feelings, but Gilbert thinks Rufus actually enjoyed their relationship the way it was until the end.
  • Idiot Hair: Break and Alice even lampshade it.
  • 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 Sheryl, and it's been his lifelong dream to marry her.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Ware.
  • Jerkass: He really is. Luckily, Sheryl holds his Morality Chain, but that doesn't stop him from trying to smite her granddaughter for mouthing off to her 'elders'.
  • Knowledge Broker: He's spent his long life accumulating information on everything, so whenever the protagonists need intel, they go to him. And they don't enjoy it one bit.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Most girls would kill for that hair.
  • Man Child: He (or at least, his 'meatball' form) throws a tantrum whenever events don't go along with what he has predicted. And he's well aware of this.
  • 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.
  • Master of Illusion: Via his chain.
  • Mr. Exposition: Is leaning towards this. Whenever the cast meets him, cue chapter-long talking and trading information.
  • Older Than He Looks: Supposedly 67 years old, but from contracting so early, he doesn't look it.
  • Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: He refuses to give up on Sheryl even though she has never reciprocated his feelings and is already a married woman with grandchildren.

    Reim Lunettes 
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe

A servant of the Barma dukedom. Doesn't stand out in crowds. His Chain is March Hare.

  • Only Friend: He's Break's only friend among the men of Pandora, not counting the main characters.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to everyone else around him.
  • The Reliable One: An extra chapter shows that he is trusted by nearly everyone on Pandora due to his good work habits and harmlessness, which Vincent lampshades that its easy to collect information because of it.

    Miranda Barma 

A noblewoman who lived in Sablier a hundred years ago. She played a key role in the Tragedy of Sablier, by telling Vincent Nightray of how to open the Door to the Abyss. Based on the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.

  • Ax-Crazy: She even had a axe which she used to behead her victims.
  • Collector of the Strange: Collected the heads/skulls of people.
  • 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.
  • Off with His Head!: To get other people's heads.
  • Posthumous Character: She's currently dead, thankfully.
  • Was Once a Man: Following the Tragedy of Sablier; she fell into the Abyss and became the Chain known as Demios, the Head-Hunter.
  • Villainous Friendship: Had one with Jack Vessalius, and the two of them ultimately planned the Tragedy of Sablier together.
  • Yandere: For Oswald, and specifically, his lovely head. She was arguably as much of a yandere as Jack himself, so it's probably no wonder that they quickly became such close allies and friends.

    Arthur Barma 

Rufus' ancestor, a foreign nobleman who came to Sablier a hundred years ago. He is also Miranda's brother and was manipulated by Jack Vessalius into writing records of the Tragedy of Sablier, and portraying the Baskervilles as the main instigators.

Baskerville Household

    The Baskervilles in General 

  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Even during their peaceful golden years their required Lawful Neutral position lead them to do some pretty messed up things for the sake of keeping the world balanced and orderly, including locking up and killing their own family members because an old lady Eldritch Abomination who lived in their basement told them to.
  • 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, later revealed to be sent by the Jury.
  • 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 didn't serve the the Big Bad, but were each a Hero Antagonist all along.
    • Moreso morally gray antagonist. Though some of their early actions can be sympathized with, many of them get to a point where their actions are hardly anymore justifiable than Jack's.
  • Five-Bad Band: The five named Baskervilles (sans Lacie) form one of these, although there are more Baskervilles than just the five of them.
    • Big Bad: Glen Oswald Baskerville. Zigzagged later and ultimately averted; Oswald was not the one who started the Tragedy but had jumped so far off the Slippery Slope anyways that he stays an antagonist up until his final chapter (just a more sympathetic one).
    • 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 Evil Genius: Fang — Though more of a Genius Bruiser than a Mad Scientist, he seems to be the most intelligent one of his companions, and from what little we've seen of him, he's a capable tactician.
    • 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.
    • The Dark Chick: Lily
  • Hero Antagonist: Zigzagged. They start out the story as menacing assassins, but their actions are given more sympathetic explanations halfway through the story. However, despite their initially noble cause, they're willing to do some seriously shady things to get what they want and don't often care for the human lives it will cost. This becomes important in the climax, where when choosing between Jack's and Oswald's options of how to deal with The End of the World as We Know It, the protagonists Take a Third Option, as both Jack's and Oswald's are equally unacceptable to them.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: At first. But they lose their moral high ground pretty quickly in the current era, slipping into Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • 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. There's a lot of downsides about it not even Baskervilles knew of, too, like the fact that they weren't actually chosen by the Abyss, but by the Juries to act as their personal enforcement squad to kill anything the Jury couldn't control, including members of their own families.
  • Kick the Dog: After Glen left for Sablier, all of the Baskervilles besides Lottie and Doug began to beat the captive Break, and even Sharon.
  • Super Toughness: Being more Chain than human, the only powers related to the Abyss can mortally wound them.

    Glen Baskerville 
Voiced by: Kissho Taniyama

The enigmatic leader of the Baskervilles and the one who caused the Tragedy of Sabliér. Or so we thought. Based on the Red King from Through the Looking-Glass.

  • Adorkable: Just look at him at that time when he squeezes his cheeks bemusedly after Jack says that he's looking sterner than normal.
  • Aloof Big Brother: To Lacie.
  • The Atoner: He attempted 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.
  • Battle Butler: To Levi, the previous Glen.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He does not react well when Jack suggests bringing Lacie back from the dead.
    • He totally loses it when he finds out that Jack tried to plunge the world into the Abyss and ruin his party. At one point he straight up slaughters a couple dozen people for saying Jack's name.
  • Big Bad: It was assumed that he was the one behind the Tragedy of Sabliér until it was revealed Jack was the one who did it, and Glen wasn't all that bad.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He cared a lot about his sister Lacie. Later subverted when he plans to go back to the past and kill her in order to prevent the Tragedy of Sabliér and then Double Subverted since at the end he realizes he can't bring himself to kill Lacie.
  • Break the Cutie: The days when he and Lacie could be found racketeering all over the Baskerville mansion are long gone.
  • The Comically Serious: Consider how often he keeps his poker face in otherwise hilarious scenes.
  • Cool Uncle: While he didn't get along with Alyss, his niece Alice adored him so much that she named her beloved stuffed rabbit after him.
  • Feather Motif: Black feathers, like the Five Black-Feathered Chains he controls.
  • Grand Theft Me: As of Retrace LXXVIII, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Immortality: A mix of Body Surf, Legacy Immortality and From a Single Cell, though the latter doesn't work with Abyss-related powers. Interrupting the ceremony also triggered Resurrective Immortality, and subsequently, Grand Theft Me on Leo.
  • 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's All My Fault: He blames himself for Lacie being a Child of Misfortune.
  • 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. Of course, with the revelation that the Baskervilles were created to kill spanners like the Children of Misfortune, it may well be the other way around.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Watashi.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: As part of his role as Glen, he had to send his beloved sister Lacie to the Abyss. Later, he plans to travel back in time and kill her younger self so that the Tragedy of Sabliér never happens, but in the end he realizes he can't do it.
  • Love Makes You Evil: It is believed he caused the Tragedy of Sabliér when he lost his love Lacie to the Abyss. Subverted as it turns out that everything that happened to "him" actually happened to Jack instead.
  • Meaningful Name: Think of how it's pronounced: Ozwald. It turns out Oz was named after him. Plus, Oswald, broken down into its two elements, means 'os' (god) and wald (rule). Oswald has been described as king of the emissaries of the Abyss on occasion and his character is based upon the Red King from Alice in Wonderland.
  • 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.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Mentions that he finds Jack fascinating. An amused Levi thought he meant this in a romantic sense.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He knocks Jack out seconds after the latter reunites with and embraces Lacie. In the Pandora Hearts Volume 22 Drama CD, he disapproves of Levi being in love with Lacie.
  • Oblivious to Love: Oswald is a little too clueless about Miranda Barma's and Lottie's attentions...
  • Parental Substitute: To Alice and Gil.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Has this effect with the red Baskerville robe and his black outfit. Then it's subverted, since he wasn't a villain in the true backstory and during his time as an antagonist in the modern era he wears only black.
  • Sanity Slippage: The Tragedy of Sablier screwed him up. Unlike other survivors, though, he dealt with it by getting hung up over revenge.
  • The Scapegoat: He is believed to be the evil mastermind that sent Sablier into the Abyss and was stopped by the hero Jack. Then it's revealed Jack was the one who tried to send the world into the Abyss and Oswald was merely framed for it after the Tragedy.
  • 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. Subverted, though, as Rufus points out that he's only claiming to be trying to right wrongs, and in reality is motivated by revenge. In the end, he manages to go back in time, but can't bring himself to kill his sister.
  • 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. And to prevent the next tragedy, he tries to execute Oz, someone he admitted earlier was just an unfortunate, pitiful existence.
  • 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He was this in the past but ultimately subverts the "well-intentioned" part in the present. He managed to avert the end of the world all those years ago, (even if averting it involved murdering everyone in the city), but despite his initially noble intentions for this horrible act, it's revealed his actions in the modern era (having Gilbert shoot Oz during his Heroic B.S.O.D., slaughtering scores of people for saying Jack's name, going back in time to stop Jack from meeting Lacie by killing his sister) are motivated by revenge.

    Levi Baskerville

The former Glen Baskerville, preceding Oswald. He impregnated Lacie as part of an experiment and is the father of both Alice and the Will of the Abyss. When he died, he became the chain Humpty Dumpty.

  • Disappeared Dad: He died shortly after the birth of his daughters, the Alice twins.
  • Dissonant Serenity
    • He frequently does this, such as when warning Jack Vessalius that he could have him killed and nobody would notice.
    • Another example is when he explains to a young Lacie about her fate without having the smile on his face waver.
  • For Science!: He impregnated Lacie as part of an experiment: to see if her child could become a host for the Core of the Abyss and how this factor would affect the immortal Baskervilles.
  • Hellish Pupils: Oh yes. There have been hints here and there that indicate they weren't always that way, though.
  • It Amused Me: He tells Leo he doesn't care about the consequences his actions have as long as they keep him entertained.
  • Purple Eyes: He controls five incredibly powerful Chains and is in charge of protecting the Abyss. Naturally, Alice and Will of the Abyss inherited their eye color from him.
  • Spirit Advisor: See Oswald above.
  • Walking Spoiler: His existence is an indication of the fact that Glen Baskerville is not a normal human.
  • Was Once a Man: Then he rotted into what we now know as Humpty Dumpty.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Not exactly evil, but definitely not portrayed as a nice person.
  • 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.

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi

A Baskerville who initially appears to interrogate Oz with Fang and Doug, who appear to follow her lead. She's a bit unhinged, and placed very high in the Baskervilles' internal hierarchy.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Not always, but most of the time, usually in conjunction with an Impossibly-Low Neckline. The outfit she's wearing in her picture is typically her default.
  • Affably Evil: After a good bit of character development.
  • Anti-Villain: She holds herself to certain standards and has good intentions, like all Baskervilles.
  • Ax-Crazy: Especially in her first appearance. Even though she gets better, there's still something a little out of whack when it comes to her and violence
  • Bi the Way: Anime only, she was waaaay too comfortable with poisoning Ada.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On her master Glen. See Stalker with a Crush.
  • Boobs of Steel: Though they're often hidden by her cloak, she's got huge tits. She's also quite the badass and one of the highest ranking Baskervilles, if not actually Glen's Number Two.
  • Brains and Bondage: She's scarily intelligent when she isn't acting like a sex-crazed maniac.
  • Catch Phrase: She refers to herself as "big sister". She also tends to refer to men younger than her, such as Oz, Vincent, and Elliot, as "my boy" or "little boy."
  • Character Development: Before the series began, she went from being a charming and shy control-freak of a girl to being a peppy, psychotic wreck. Once again, it all comes down to The Tragedy of Sablier. In the series proper, she's gone from being a Faux Affably Evil psycho who only cared about finding Glen and who enjoyed inflicting pain to being someone who expresses distaste for unnecessary cruelty, and then to being an Anti-Villain who genuinely feels sorry for Oz because he lost his two best friends and is willing to reinterpret her orders for the sake of others.
  • Characterization Marches On: Compare her personality during her first major appearance (Faux Affably Evil Ax-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.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Lily. She also refers to herself as 'big sister'. See Third-Person Person below.
  • Curtains Match the Window: A downplayed example in that she has light pink hair and dark pink eyes.
  • Cute and Psycho: At first, at least. While she's calmed down some, in her first appearance she was an attractive young woman who acted a bit ditzy... and who also enjoyed tormenting Oz.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: The only times she's been seen without one was in the past or when she wore a ball gown to Isla Yura's mansion.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She is devoted to her master Glen and cares about her Baskerville comrades. She's also like a nurturing older sister to Lily, and she was shocked and saddened by Fang's death.
  • 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When she's first introduced. She later shifts toward Affably Evil.
  • Genki Girl: A subdued example, but throughout the entire series, she's remained constantly lively and full of energy.
  • Hair Decorations : Before the Tragedy of Sablier, she wore a ribbon tying her hair back. In the present, she sometimes wears a flower in her hair.


A skilled Baskerville who works for Lottie. Something of a Token Good Teammate and, when we actually see him, a tactician of sorts.


A stoic giant who seems to be Lottie's bodyguard. Despite his size, he's quite fast and an extremely skilled fighter.

  • Carry a Big Stick: His weapon of choice is a massive morning star (spiked mace).
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: A recap shows that he can actually draw well.
  • 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.
  • Noble Demon: He'll follow orders to the letter, but he himself is not at all evil. Case in point: aside from Lottie, he was the only Baskerville who didn't beat Break in retaliation for killing Baskervilles earlier.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards Fang, Lottie, and Lily.
  • The Quiet One: Doug rarely says a word, preferring to let Fang or Lottie talk for him, and when he does speak, it's usually only a word at a time.
  • The Stoic: One wonders if he even has emotions.
  • Submissive Badass: He may well be the most dangerous Baskerville aside from Glen, yet he always looks to Lottie for his cues.


  • Bratty Half-Pint: When she doesn't get her way.
  • Break the Cutie: Her backstory, along with the fact that she was forced to participate in the Tragedy of Sablier at the age of 12, has messed her up REALLY badly.
  • Creepy Child: She's a cheery young girl who's far too comfortable with violence.
  • Cute and Psycho: She's a cute little girl that cheerfully orders her Chain to maul and kill people.


A Child of Misfortune of the Baskerville Household. She was believed to be Glen/Oswald's lost love and the reason he went mad and caused the Tragedy of Sablier. Actually she was Oswald's little sister, as well as the mother of the Alice twins. Jack was the one who was obsessed with her and caused the Tragedy of Sablier out of his twisted devotion for her. Based on the Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Because she was a Child of Misfortune, she was forced to live in a tower isolated from everyone.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: 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. She mellowed out as an adult.
  • 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. She's actually a subversion, as the Jury, who feared and hated the Children of Misfortune's Immunity to Fate, made it up so the Baskervilles would kill them.
  • 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.
  • Broken Bird: 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.
  • Cessation of Existence: Her fate in the Abyss. Lacie's body and soul immediately were torn apart by the darkness of the Abyss.
  • Cute and Psycho: She's cute, cheerful and enjoys dancing in the raining blood of the men she killed. She grows out of it as an adult.
  • Dissonant Laughter: After killing the two men that had attacked Jack and her.
  • Living Emotional Crutch:
    • She was this to Jack, in a twisted way. She's the one thing that gave Jack the will to live on and being with Lacie is the only way he can feel alive. However, his feelings for Lacie don't come from love, but from pure obsessive hatred and resentment; he has grown to hate her so much that he needs her by his side to live and know who he is.
    • She was also this to the Core of the Abyss. Lacie was its only friend and when she died, the Core became more lonely than ever and tried to take care of the body Lacie left for it (the Intention).
  • The Lost Lenore: To Jack. Losing her finally drove him over the edge and he caused the Tragedy of Sablier in an attempt to bring the world she loved to her in the Abyss. Later subverted in that his feelings for Lacie are not romantic.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She's revealed to be the mother of the Alice twins.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Deconstructed. Lacie brought light to Jack's life with her charm and quirkiness. Jack wanted to live so he could see Lacie again, but over the years it took him to find her, Jack grew to hate her and resent her for tying him down with the desire to meet her again and making him so dependant of her.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Her feelings for Jack were as ambiguous as his feelings for her. She claimed that she only saw him as a toy, but there were hints that she cared about him as more than that. When Jack gets to see the fragment of her final feelings and memories, it's confirmed she did have some feelings for him, but she could also tell that what Jack felt for her wasn't love which made her distance herself from him.
  • Meet Cute: With Jack.
  • Missing Mom: She died in the Abyss while pregnant with the Alice twins. Therefore her daughters were born in the Abyss and never met her.
  • Morality Chain: To Jack. When she died, he didn't care about anything anymore and decided to throw the world into the Abyss, believing it would make Lacie happy.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: No one knew of her "experiment" with Levi while she was alive. Jack only learned about it through Levi.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Lacie fulfills nearly perfectly the role of a dead love interest for Jack and he's clearly very obsessed with her, but the exact nature of his feelings remained very ambiguous since the beginning. While he did restlessly search for her for eight years and he wanted to spend as much time with her as possible once he found her, Jack never actively pursued a romantic relationship with Lacie, being satisfied with merely being by her side. Near the end of the series, it's revealed that Jack actually hates Lacie and only wants to be with her because his hatred towards her makes him feel alive.
  • Only Friend: To the Core of the Abyss. To try to alleviate this, she had Levi sew the two rabbits that would become Oz, and left both him and her children to the Core to keep it company after her death. It didn't work out well.
  • Peerless Love Interest: To Jack, who pretty much fell for her because she was way out of his league both in social status and personality. 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. Makes sense since turns out he doesn't have any romantic or sexual feelings for Lacie.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Her death was the trigger for the events that started the entire main plot.
  • Posthumous Character: She was cast into the Abyss because she was a Child of Ill Omen and died long before the start of the series. We only get to know her through flashbacks.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She had waist-length hair.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As a Child of Misfortune, Lacie has red eyes.
  • The Runaway: She meets Jack after running away from the Baskervilles. It is implied that that wasn't the first time she's done that.
  • Significant Anagram: Lacie is an anagram of Alice.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: 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.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Played with. She was a young woman doomed to die from a young age, but she didn't resent her fate. She loved the world immensely, the good and the bad, and was thankful she had the chance to experience it. She cared for the Core and made sure it wouldn't be alone after her death. She also liked killing those slavers a bit too much and had a strange world view.
  • 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.
  • Uptown Girl: She was a member of the high-ranked Baskerville family, while Jack was the bastard son of a noble man who grew up in the streets. Jack had to climb the social ranks in order to meet her again. It's subverted when it's revealed Jack isn't in love with her.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about Lacie gives away very big reveals involving Jack and Glen/Oswald, as well as the fact that she's the mother of the Alice twins.
  • Woman in White: When she met Jack, she was wearing a white sundress.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Since she was a child, she was told she must be cast to the Abyss by the black-feathered chains and be killed Deader Than Dead.


Zwei's chain, known for being one of the more 'troublesome' in the series as she is constantly out to disobey and manipulate her master.

  • Ambiguously Evil: She commits her atrocities in Noise's' body, but it has however been implied that she means no harm. Her way of helping is just very far off the moral charts.

    Demios / Queen of Hearts 
Vincent's second chain and the reincarnation of Miranda Barma. She was responsible for a majority of the causalities in the Headhunting Arc.


    Philippe West 

    Isla Yura 

Light Novel

     Dahlia Garland 
A woman from the Garland Family. The Garlands were not very well known in the world of the nobles, but were still highly established. She was the thirtieth young woman to petition for a proposal for Gilbert after he'd become a Nightray. Bernard Nightray approved of Dahlia and Gilbert's courtship after looking into Dahlia's background to determine if pairing the two families would be within the Nightrays' best interest.

     The Great Mother 
The leader of the cult that Dahlia joined in.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: she believed that she was chosen by the gods after she was given a book. Ada was able to prove it to her that the book she has was actually a fake.
  • Evil Matriach: Acts this was towards Dahlia after her father died.