Ciel's current goofy staff are ghosts.We know that Tanaka was stabbed by cultists right before the fire. It's possible they were all killed and Sebastian's keeping up their images to keep his contractee sane until he can fulfill his contract.
Grell is the bastard son of Suigetsu and KarinI mean look at them. He gets his teeth, sense of humor, and his love of giant swords from his dad and his hair and his taste in "friends" from his mom◊. The resemblance is hard to deny even if you don't ship it.
Ciel's current staff is/was his personal army(note: I'm going from the manga) Ciel picked this Power Trio for their usefulness in combat but they haven't been needed because of Sebastian. With nothing else to do Ciel made them his house staff, much to his eternal regret.
Sebastian slaughtered Ciel's familyHe wanted Ciel's sweet, delicious young soul (after a bit of "tenderizing"). One day Butler Tanaka's going to snap and go "It's HIM!!!" and attack Sebastian with his own pastry.
The Noah's Ark circus' performers prosthetic limbsAre made of PEOPLE!!!
Sebastian is not in his real form.He is actually assuming the shape of Ciel's father, as per his request.. I thought they looked uncannily similar.
Sebastian's feline friend is a supernatural of some kind.
Sebastian does not eat Ciel's soul.Instead, he forces Ciel into becoming his Battle Butler, and they have even zanier adventures in Hell.
Sebastian, in his true form, is female.Either that, or a crossdresser. All we know is that he wears a pair of dominatrix boots.
The Cultists were trying to summon Sebastian.In the manga, if you look closely, his symbol is on the floor of the room where they were torturing Ciel. Maybe they were trying to summon him using the children's souls as payment instead of their own? Furthered by the fact that Ciel seemingly manages to summon him 'accidentally'... by renouncing God and calling for "someone, anyone" to come save him, "It doesn't matter who, it doesn't matter how". If the link was already open by the cultists' attempts, that seems much more likely to work.
Sebastian doesn't really have sex with either of the girls.He just fingers them. Note how in both scenes Sebastian seems to be fully clothed and not moving very much, and after he comes back to Ciel in the manga he isn't wearing his gloves because "They got dirty".
Sebastian in his true form is... Uryu Ishida.They do look similar. A lot, if you ask me. The events in Black Butler happen after Bleach, and Ishida could have become Sebastian in an arc we have yet to see. And since he's a powerful demon of sorts, he doesn't need his glasses anymore. Also, it'd be hilarious to see Ishida as a Memetic Sex God. Not that he isn't really near of one in the original series, though. He just needed to lose his awkwardness, which happened majestically. Also, he changed his name so Ichigo and the others won't mess up with his current mission/forms. He'd be at disadvantage if they decide to "cure" him. If you still doubt that, compare◊ them◊.
...Alternatively, Rokudo Mukuro is one of his reincarnation (or getting possessed by Sebestian).They look ''extremely'' similar◊, have the same suave attitude and have supernatural powers. Plus, their closest partner both wear eyepatches signifying the bond between them.
Sebastianis not dead. While this is probably not very wild, by looking at what happened in the newest chapter we have Sebastian giving Ciel his 'comfort pillow.' My guess is that this is BS and really Sebastian slipped a note in said pillow, outlining the plan of the 'fake death.' Finny was ordered to clean out all the fireplaces; Ciel probably burned said note- that chain is pretty long so it's possible- and Finny unwittingly disposed of the evidence. Ciel was awake before Arthur, giving him plenty of time to do this. My guess is that the servants are not in on this plan and their reactions are genuine. Ciel, however, is acting albeit extremely convincingly. During his seeming hysterical fit, he manages to pull something off of Sebastian's clothing, which will help Ciel determine the identity of the true murderer or confirm his suspicions. It also is likely to be whatever was found in the fireplace.
The killer in the mansion is a shinigami, likely Grell.Therefore making the 'needle and string' theory unnecessary. In earlier chapters, William and newcomer Ronald mention that Grell is somewhere on the premises... What if he NEVER LEFT and is hiding out somewhere in the mansion?
Combining the above two theories...Sebastian's 'death' is an attempt to make Grell SO DAMN UPSET that he comes out of hiding, either in front of everyone, where he would be revealed as an obvious suspect or alone, where Sebastian could incapacitate him without breaking character. He is pretending to be dead after all.
Ciel planned the murdersFor unknown reasons, Ciel planned a string of murders with Sebastian as his accomplice. Ciel invited Arthur Conan Doyle to the party so that there would be someone smart enough to "solve" the case based on the subtle hints arranged by Ciel, confident that Arthur wouldn't discover the real truth since he wouldn't know that Sebastian was a demon and what he was capable of. Ciel shot von Siemens and then did the trick with the thread and needle, which he had practiced earlier. He told how he did it to Arthur since Arthur would be intelligent enough to be suspicious of what would have been such apparent stupidity had Ciel been the murderer. Ciel also made a point to act like a nice child around Arthur in order to evoke his sympathies. Sebastian brought Ciel a means of opening the lock of the chain inside the pillow. Ciel faked sleep until Arthur was soundly asleep and then opened the chain and slipped out to "murder" Sebastian. With Sebastian playing dead on Ciel's previous orders, the both of them now had good alibis: Sebastian due to supposedly being dead and Ciel due to having been under guard. Moreover, Sebastian was now free to move about stealthily and murder additional people without himself or his master being suspected. It's possible that Sebastian even made the weather to suit the plan.
Sebastian is Ciel's grandfatherCiel's father Vincent looks suspiciously like Sebastian, but the reason for that is not that Sebastian based his current appearance on him but that Vincent is Sebastian's son. The Phantomhive family's reputation for evil goes back for generations, and Sebastian was the demon they dealt with. During this time Sebastian became an expert in the ways of English noble households and learned to cook all of those fancy dishes while remaining ignorant of things like curry. Sebastian took different shapes during the years. He served as Vincent's familiar in the form of a black dog.
Sebastian is Malphas from real-world demonologyI saw this basic Sebastian = Malphas suggestion elsewhere on the Internet; here is a version with more detail. I shall compare text from the rather terse article from The Other Wiki with how Sebastian has appeared in Black Butler. He builds houses, high towers and strongholds, - Sebastian has shown the power to restore the Phantomhive manor when it gets wholly or partially destroyed. This is especially apparent as supernatural in the manga chapter 37. throws down the buildings of the enemies, - The end of the Circus Arc shows him doing that. can destroy the enemies' desires or thoughts (and/or make them known to the conjurer) and all what they have done, - This one doesn't have much in the way of solid proof, but Sebastian has shown insight into human behavior. However, Sebastian could be based on the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum description of Malphas which differs here from Ars Goetia. gives good familiars, - Or rather, is a good familiar. and can bring quickly artificers together from all places of the world. - If you expand the definition of artificers to include all manner of experts, the servants qualify here. Malphas accepts willingly and kindly any sacrifice offered to him, but then he will deceive the conjurer. - Perhaps this was what happened with the black magic ceremony that led to Ciel getting the contract. He is depicted as a crow that after a while or under request changes shape into a man, - The beginning of episode 1 of the anime shows this very thing. and speaks with a hoarse voice. - The black speech bubbles in the manga suggest a voice different from his human one, but his voice in the anime isn't really that hoarse. Overall, I'd say that's a pretty good fit.
Alois from Season 2 of the anime is on the side of HeavenClaude Faustus the chartreuse-eyed butler is a shinigami with the most misleading name ever. Hannah the super-blonde, violet-eyed maid is an angel. Alois himself is a key player in some plan to "purify" the world, possibly even being the Antichrist. They will be the main adversaries of Ciel and Sebastian in Season 2.
Or, Faustus and Alois are related to TheFairFolkIn episode 1, we had Alois referred to as a "changeling" (at least in the English subs) and his trickster-like behaviour is similar to how traditional fairies are depicted. The fact that the contract involved a spider also seem more attuned to nature than either heaven or hell. Plus, Faustus is a great tap dancer - what more evidence do we need?
Grell is the 13th guestOh come on. We all want him back.
The killer from the recent arc is Beatrice.The recent arc is starting to play out a lot like the first game in particular, though like the following games as well- Sebastian being a demon, who knows, there could be some sort of connection between them. Plus Beatrice would have absolutely no trouble committing those murders, being a witch and all. Basically, Beatrice is trolling him out of boredom. Works particularly well with the above theory that he is originally Malphas, which means he may be one of the 72 demons mentioned in Umineko (similarly to Gaap and Zepar and Furfur).
A snake is used as a weapon in the recent murder mystery arc.Because since they are parodying Sherlock Holmes, they might as well run with it. ...Actually, might as well say the whole arc is a condensed version of A LOT of Sherlock Holmes stories.
Jeremy is really Sebastian in another body.Considering Jeremy's extensive knowledge about dead bodies, criminology, the Phantomhive estate, and cooking, it's not that far out there to think that Sebastian may have just switched bodies since we all know he can't be killed for real due to Plot Armor. Maybe he switched bodies on purpose under Ciel's orders in case they actually did murder the guests or maybe the killer got the upper hand and he didn't want to resurrect himself in front of them so he was forced to come back as another person. In addition, in Chapter 45 Finny says he has the odd feeling that he can trust Jeremy. There's also Jeremy's creepy smile and impeccable manners that are far too similar to Sebastian's to be a coincidence. Although this troper will be very upset if her theory is true and we will no longer get to stare at Sebastian's gorgeous former body.
Sebastian and Claude are Non-Identical TwinsSelf-explanatory, really.
Series 2 Sebastian got his new arm from Noah's Arc CircusHe lost an arm in the final episode of the first series, remember? So unless it grew back, this is the only way he could have obtained such an advanced prosthetic.
Series 2 Sebastian made a deal with Undertaker...to bring back Lau and Abberline, who had clearly been offed in the first season, before bringing Ciel back around. He then modified Ciel's memory to remove the more traumatic events of the past season, which would explain why he has no memory of Grelle and thinks Madame Red is still alive, when it is hinted by Sebastian that she, in fact, stayed dead.
Sebastian has been poisoning Ciel's teaThe story puts a lot of emphasis on Sebastian serving tea to Ciel. What if that's actually plot relevant? In the anime Sebastian has shown the ability to make supernatural kind curry, and several things that have first appeared in the anime have later appeared in some form in the manga, such as the backstories of the servants, suggesting that the makers of the anime have had access to spoilery information. My theory is that Sebastian has been using his culinary demon powers to make Ciel's tea suffused with evil. That tea has been gradually poisoning Ciel's soul throughout the manga and is in large part responsible for the direction of Ciel's character development. In the manga Ciel is not aware that Sebastian can do that kind of thing, which is why Ciel has given no orders to forbid it.
Alois's sense of taste is screwed up.Ciel's magic-demon-pentagram eye screws up his vision. Alois's demon-summoning symbol is on his tongue. Therefore it only follows that Alois's sense of taste would be off. Everything Alois eats tastes like crap, and this is why he is such an evil prick.
Alois wasn't abused by his father in the first sceneNaked and bruised Alois in bed with his father wasn't anything like it might seem. Firstly, I think Alois was so thoroughly messed up that he tried to seduce and manipulate his father by appealing to his sense of sympathy just like he would later accuse Hannah of doing. It didn't work, because his father wasn't a pedophile. Secondly, Alois's father wasn't his biological father at all. The hair color of the abducted baby doesn't fit Alois. My guess is that the old Lord Trancy found himself a son not for any sleazy purpose but simply because he knew his younger brother would bring dishonor to the title and bring the estate to ruin.
Claude is only pretending to be a demonClaude is not really demon. It's just an act. He gives himself glowy eyes and fangs with the same supernatural method he used to redecorate the Trancy manor dining hall in the first episode. (Fairy glamour? Although he might not be a fairy either, but for example a shinigami...) Claude's long-term plan has something to do with Ciel, and Claude needs to manipulate and deceive Sebastian to ensure that the plan stays on track. As for Sebastian, he is likely not fooled at all, but as a sneaky demon is hiding that fact from Claude. I think it's noteworthy that Claude has a spider form while in the story of the Spider's Thread, which gets referenced several times in Black Butler, the spider is a saint who interferes to save a damned soul from Hell.
Alois Trancy is Count Waltz in another universe.Look into your heart. You know it to be true.
Hannah made a contract with ...Luca. To keep Alois safe and alive. Which is part of the reason why she went against Claude to take Alois to Ciel in episode 8, and fought Grell to keep him safe. She could've easily left him there, as he was about to die anyway.
Aloisis going to come back to life. Somehow. If Ciel and Lau could die and come back in the anime, it's not much of a stretch that Alois could come back too. Especially as both Ciel and Alois had their contract mark appear under them in their blood as they were dying/dead, and both of them had their rings stolen (both of which are implied to contain their souls), it's possible that Alois could come back, albeit in a pretty messed-up body.
Hannah worked for the previous Trancy earl before his death as well as Alois.Think about it. She has the same uniform as the maids in Alois' flashbacks in episode 8, and she would have known about the earl abusing all those boys and done nothing about it, explaining why Alois' hates her so much, even in comparison to other demons (for example the triplets.)
The entire second season of the anime is secretly promoting PS Company (a visual kei label).The Gazette does the opening theme, and the whole spider/tongue thing ties in with a pun in an old alice nine. song. If you try really hard, it's possible to interpret the entire storyline as an expansion of the song.
Finny is the real heir to TrancyBlond hair, blue eyes and probably kidnapped at a young age... Hmmmm...
Alois is the alternate of Oz from Pandora HeartsWhat do you meanthat's not Alois?
Snake will turn out to be as 'incompetent' as the other three.It's Black Butler, what do you expect?
Claudia P. is related to Ciel. A PhantomhiveRemember that pendent that Undertaker had at the end of the Circus Arc? The name Claudia P was scribbled on it. My guess is Undertaker might be a demon too, hence the black nails. He's destined to never be human, like the anime. Claudia Phantomhive might have been one of his contractors. Heck, Claude from the anime might have been named after her, for teh lulz or to show that the manga name might have importance....
Claudia P. WAS Ciel.As opposed to the above WMG, I'm subscribing to the reincarnation theory. Hold on a sec, here. ~cracks knuckles~ Undertaker When he was still a Shinigami. fell in love with a human, possibly Ciel's original incarnation (bonus points if Ciel's original name was in fact Ciel). Over the lifetimes, Undertaker was always the one to oversee Ciel's death i.e. collect his/her soul, or what have you and faithfully wait for his/her next incarnation, making funeral lockets of each incarnation as keepsakes. Along comes Claudia P., Ciel's most recent incarnation. Something was different about this one; maybe Claudia's life was filled with misfortune that took away her beautiful smile he'd fallen in love with, maybe she died in a truly horrific way, maybe she fell in love with another man, or maybe she refused to acknowledge her past with Undertaker, etc. Either way, Undertaker chose to join the human world during this time. He did say he hadn't been called a shinigami in roughly fifty or so years. It's also possibly when he stopped giving a damn about practically everything, and I'm sure there's a deeper meaning behind his fascination with resurrection than just "curiosity". This is supported by Undertaker's soft spot for Ciel, his potential obsession with his happiness (and happiness in general), his readily apparent distaste for the Queen forcing Ciel to do unsavory things for her, and the mere fact that he had no problem with him holding on to his "treasure", almost acting as if it was only appropriate that Ciel held onto it for him. P.S. The kicker about if this were all true and Ciel's first name WAS Ciel is that the Undertaker avoids ever saying Ciel's actual name, referring to him almost exclusively by his title.
Springboarding off the above theory, what if Ciel used to be an ANGEL?(Heads up, this one's pretty far-reaching.) Firstly, let's ignore the anime's version of angels (as the anime and manga are practically In Name Only ). Now, let's take into account that Ciel is considered beautiful by practically everyone, an almost "otherworldly" beauty about him; the only others with this particular trait are, in fact, otherworldly. Then, there's the matter of Ciel's soul, which apparently has enough strength to it to summon a goddamn higher demon at the age of ten, not to mention how it is of a higher level in terms of taste (though that one might in fact just be all the negative energy the kid's soaked up). And the name Ciel does end in "-el" which is commonly the ending of an angelic name, I think meaning "of God"(?). Moving on, let's assume Undertaker was acquaintances with Ciel during Ciel's time as an angel. And that following orders from higher ups (or, hell, GOD) has taken its toll on Ciel, which earns Undertaker's sympathies and causes him to turn Ciel into a human to escape the misery of being an angel. Only misery seems to follow Ciel around even as a human, and due to not actually having a human soul, he/she just repeats the cycle, living one life after another. Eventually, Ciel gets tired and, as Claudia, makes a vow to Undertaker that in this life or the next, to finally be free of this constant hell. Wanting to give him/her the best last life possible (and also not actually wanting to lose Ciel), Undertaker decides to stick around in the human world this time. Hence why he clearly does not like Sebastian all that much, or at least the effect Sebastian presence has on Ciel, considering he only causes Ciel more misery (and is going to eat Ciel's soul, effectively killing him for real). And why he's dislikes Ciel's loyalty/near slavery to the Queen (as it reminds him of Ciel's miserable time as an angel).
Ciel ate Lizzy at the end of the anime.Which is why Sebastian never had to send her a farewell card, why Ciel's not so hungry-acting, and why his eyes flashed red at her while they're dancing. Know it in your heart to be true that Mary Sues will always die.
Ciel is the alternate-universe version of Batman.Both run their own companies and are the children of wealthy families. They are both pessimistic cynics, very intelligent, fond of dark colours and sometimes have to mask their true natures. They wage war on the criminal underworld, driven by the need to avenge their parents' deaths. And has anyone else noticed that Tanaka and Alfred look awfully alike? The manga even has a character named Joker, who happens to be a circus performer! So either Bruce Wayne is the reincarnation of Ciel Phantomhive or the both come from alternate dimensions.
The Noah's Ark Circus is Coming BackThe mangaka could have killed him off arbitrarily, but didn't. Instead, he was spared and put to work as a footman with the promise that they would find the rest of the circus. There's no other reason to keep Snake alive unless he's going to sacrifice himself during this chapter or he's going to find his buddies in the circus and they'll ALL work for Ciel.
Lizzy knows everythingShe's just pretending to be oblivious because she doesn't want Ciel to feel guilty.
Ciel isn't the real Ciel Phantomhive.He just another kid that looks a lot like him, or somehow he was able to transfer his looks to another body after being sacrificed by the cultists. Would explain how in chapter 54, he can't seem to tell whether he was in the cage, or dying on the sacrificial altar. Or alternatively....
Ciel has an identical twin.And they had some memory melding like process and can't tell whose memory is whose anymore.
Ran-Mao is a demon.When the story Lau tells Ran-Mao is true and he actually is that Zhou he is talking about, then it could be possible that like Ciel he had sold his soul to a devil, just with the twist that he could get a little (super-strong)sister that would do anything for him and follow him everywhere he goes.
Lau's gang is (or is affiliated with) the cult that captured CielHe got Ranmao in a ceremony like the one where Sebastian was summoned. Sebastian rejected the cult leader and chose Ciel. Ran-Mao went to Lau, as planned.
In the anime, Fred Abberline became an angel in the afterlife.He wants to make the world a better place. Ciel called him a man in the light. Sebastian said he had special abilities and he was glaring at him while saying so. And in episode 20, he actually acts more heroically than Ash/Angela ever did.
Ash and Angela were originally two distinct beings.One day they decided to fuse their two bodies into one and they enjoyed it so much that they did the same thing with other happy couples, like Vincent and Rachel or Victoria and Albert.
In season 1, Undertaker had been on Angela's side all along.In episode 17, he helps Ciel without asking for a laugh in return, as if someone had told him to bring Ciel and Sebastian to her. Next episode, he distracts Spears and Sebastian in the library, which allows Angela to escape. And the scars on his face look very much like the ones on Ciel's dead parents. Did she fuse him with a loved one?
The whole season 2 is Ciel's Dying Dream.The way everyone wants his soul and his feeling of relief in the last episode looks like Wish Fulfillment.
Kazuki from Glamorous Lip is Ciel as a demon in the 21st Century.They look and act very, very similar sometimes. If you disregard the whole yaoi thing. Considering that both series are written by Yana Toboso... Maybe when Kou-chan saved Kazuki that was Ciel the demon's way of making a contract.
Sebastian's true form is that of Dr. Frank-N-FurterThat or Catwoman.
Ciel and his staff are 19th century ShadowrunnersCiel is a noble who secretly works for the Queen clearing out the worst of London’s society (usually under the cover of night). He is a Face, the one who speaks for the group and accepts jobs from the Johnson (the Queen, usually). His day job (negative quality) is running the company, being an earl and doing noble things. When he gets a job, he rallies Sebastian - while classified as a demon, is a force (insert obscene number here) spirit summoned by Ciel under dire circumstances and is thus bound to him (Ciel must have drained something fierce to not have instantly killed himself). They go, they do their job (usually standard Shadowrunner fare - missing children, drugs, information) and they get paid handsomely.
The Black Heart is piloted by Grell and Sebastian.The Black Heart is black with red trim. Sebastian is the titular butler in black. Hearts are red. And Grell loves her red.
Soma Asman Kadar had an ancestor or relative who died and became Yoruichi Shihouin.They both are rich kids with purple hair, golden eyes, a somewhat excentric yet nice personality and a very special relationship with their bodyguard.
In episode 17, Sebastian had sensed Angela's presence from the beginning.That's one of the reasons why he made Matilda dirty. He wanted to taunt Angela by showing her that he could do whatever he wanted on her territory.
Trauma, and not any of the things that most real-life Western churches consider "unclean", are the only things that the purification church in the anime considers an impurity.Mathilda smelled like a demon because she had demon on her, both metaphorically and literally. She was still pretty "pure" or would have been if it and her boss's reaction wasn't traumatic. It's kind of like them getting the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil pumped from their stomach, only in this case it's the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Life's Suckiness.
Every time Ciel says, "Sebastian, this is an order," he owes Sebastian a little bit more.He does tend to restrict that phrase to important times.
Ciel told Sebastian to treat most of his orders as requests in order to keep Sebastian from having as many opportunities to be a Jerkass Genie."Sebastian, this is an order" means "Now, exactly as I say". They have a standing deal that any other orders he gives are to be treated as requests from a boss, and for Sebastian to take his time and use common sense to try to interpret them as Ciel most likely means rather than as might benefit Sebastian the most.
Sebastian wasn't always a demon.Why Not? It's possible that he was wished into being/ wished himself to become a demon, much like Ciel in the anime. Another possibility is that he was (most likely unwillingly) turned into a demon by another cult. His Extreme loyalty to Ciel could be a parallel to a strong devotion he had to someone while he was human and/or the last empty remnants of his personality after a horrifying dose of Break the Cutie. As for the reference to the black death, he has either been a demon for hundreds of years (This would explain his Antiquated Linguistics) or is straight up lying. Demons aren't the most honest creatures in the world. I'm rather new to the series, so let me know if this is Jossed already, and please don't get angry if it is! >__<
Elizabeth is going to find out that Sebastian is after Ciel's soul and then she'll try to fight him.We can all see where that's going to go...
Shinigami can see in more dimensions than humans.Cinematic records are only visible in a dimension that humans are generally unable to see. Shinigami eyes are configured to be able to see this additional dimension, but it throws off their sight in regular dimensions. Hence the reason all shinigami are nearsighted. Their glasses are constructed in such a way that they correct vision problems without making the shinigami unable to see the extra dimension.
Grell Sutcliff is related to Death the Kid from Soul EaterThink about it. Death the Kid is a grim reaper. Grell is a grim reaper. Kid is trying to turn his weapons into death scythes. Grell already has a death scythe. Coincidence? I think not!
Sebastian's actual demon form in the manga is female.All the hints of of Sebastian's demonic appearance seem to be leading up to more of a Fashion-Victim Villain than an Eldritch Abomination (seriously, heels, what might be mascara, and Femme Fatalons?) but is actually playing on the assumption of the readers who have gotten used to all the Ho Yay that gender means anything to Sebastian; unlike Grelle, who's transsexual and actually is mentally female, Sebastian elected to Gender Bender herself a) For the Lulz (guys still want her even as a man, something that amuses her to no end, and now women are swooning over her) and b) Ceil saw what she used to look like and seeing her in a male form possibly modeled after his father is meant to make him uncomfortable; Sebastian's not going to be a servant for god knows how long without SOMETHING to make that less pleasant for the one giving orders, after all.
Sebastian hates being naked (especially in front of humans) because his true form has built-in clothing.We see that it has something resembling stiletto winklepickers when he transforms in the anime. Perhaps he feels that humans are naturally vulnerable as well as weak, using clothes as prosthetic scales/feathers/whatever in the way that a hermit crab finds a shell, and that he feels less like a naked human and more like a plucked bird when stripped of clothing in his human form.
Sebastian's true form is an Eldritch Abomination with Alien Geometries, a Brown Note for Man, who was not meant to know such things.We only saw flashes of his intermediate stages of transformation in the anime, not bits of the final structure. The feathers are not a direct result of his transformation, but a screen he creates so that the people of London don't get an eyeful of madness if they happen to look up at the wrong time and have particularly good eyesight. Ciel was close enough (both spatially and socially) that Sebastian didn't want to risk him seeing at all, and thus told him to close his eyes.
Sebastian is The Guide, Mk. 2.With all the raven symbolism, the interpretation that he is meant to be Malphas (a black bird...thing), and the guess directly above (that Sebastian's true form is an Eldritch Abomination with Alien Geometries), this is the logical conclusion.
The killer of Ciel's parents...Is the Viscount of Druitt. Why? Because he just won't go away, he seems to have really shady connections to damn near everything (selling unsuspecting women into slavery, naming himself Caesar of an immortal society...) and this manga has a habit of turning its Joke Characters into Lethal Joke Characters. And you don't get more "Joke" than the Viscount.
The Undertaker loved a human woman who lied to him.Manga continuity. She was either in a deeply committed relationship with him or they were actually married, if shinigami can marry humans. She possibly betrayed and/or left him, but he never stopped loving her. Eventually she died, whether by natural causes or as a consequence of the betrayal—it's possible that he even killed her, given his recently-revealed willingness to slaughter innocents for a selfish whim. This is why he says that the dead are more beautiful because they can lie no longer, like the living always do—because he was lied to before, and found his lover the liar to be more beautiful after her death. It also accounts for the momento mori that he keeps around his waist and calls his "treasure," since (though I'm no expert) lovers and married couples often had them made as mourning pieces, out of locks of the dead person's hair. It's quite possible that this grief and love had to do with him giving up life as a shinigami to work as an undertaker instead. He probably kept her body and "played" with it. (Ew.)
Grell will finally get that sex-change operation that she's apparently always wanted.Sebastian will be squicked. Or maybe he'll like it. Who even knows with this series sometimes.
In episode 17, even if just momentarily, Sebastian was aware of the Fourth Wall.And when he slammed his hand against the wall, he was really trying create a loud enough noise to get your attention and warn you that you should probably not watch this next part if your mom is anywhere in the immediate area.
The "Ciel" we are seeing is not the real Ciel Phantomhive.When the real Ciel was in captivity, he befriended another prisoner who looked almost exactly like him, a la The Prince and the Pauper. The real Ciel was killed by the cultists, and his doppelganger took his place as Ciel Phantomhive. We see "Ciel" get quite brutally stabbed on the altar in several flashbacks (at the time that the contract is made, the real Ciel looks like this◊, and the text even says "Ciel isn't here anymore."), but the Ciel who contracts with Sebastian is not wounded in any way, and even if it had been long enough for the wound to have healed 'and' the wound was survivable in the first place, there's no sign of blood. Not to mention when the contract scene is taking place there's a bloody hand on the altar still. And in Baron Kelvin's recreation of the scene, there's the dead "Ciel" on the altar, and another boy in the cage who looks just like him. When introducing himself to Sebastian, "Ciel" hesitates before referring to himself as the Earl of Phantomhive. Sebastian even seems quite amused that this is what his new master is calling himself, though that may just be because of "Ciel"'s age. "Ciel" has no knowledge of things that a young nobleman would have already begun to learn, which is why Sebastian has to start tutoring him from scratch. "Ciel" also seems to have a very impersonal connection to his family after his return, as though he knows who they are and knows who they are meant to be to him but lacks the familiar love of a whole childhood spent with them (he even exclusively refers to Vincent as his "predecessor", not his father). He warms up to Lizzie and Madam Red as time goes on, because they show him love and he begins to love them back. Though "Ciel" has the goal of avenging Vincent and Rachel, perhaps he's doing it to avenge his dead friend and put his spirit to rest. Not unreasonable, but remember when Sebastian brought the boy at the mansion, Ciel had very discerning tastes regarding tea and food, which indicates that he is a spoiled rich boy used to having everything perfect, at the very least. As for him not knowing to ride and shoot is because he is a frail child with asthma and his parents would have been loath to strain him too much while still delicate.
The Ciel we are following is a soul-jar for the real Ciel PhantomhiveThe real Ciel was killed by the cultists and his 'sacrifice' was what called Sebastian. However Ciel's soul latched onto Not-Ciel's body and they now share a single body. Thus Sebastian is only after one of Ciel's souls. This may be supported by the two Ciel's interaction in Chapter 90(?).
In conjunction with the above, the Ciel we are following in the series is biologically female.This is rather more on the "Wild" side of Wild Mass Guessing, however, This Troper's guess stands. Whether he truly identifies as male or is living as male in order to take the real Ciel Phantomhive's place, as mentioned above (it's highly unlikely that this theory holds water if the Ciel we're seeing is the real Ciel, because it's Victorian England, and he's engaged to a girl he's known since birth.) there are a handful of signs suggesting this- and it's even lampshaded a few times. Ciel is very feminine in appearance (as proven by how exceptionally well he passed in drag) and he's been getting progressively more feminine as the series has gone on.(Contrast this picture◊ to this one◊.) Beginning to go through puberty, perhaps? In chapter 37, Nina Hopkins comments that his measurements have stayed the same, with the exception of his waist being slimmer, implying he's getting somewhat of an hourglass figure. Frances comments that he's built more like a girl. And this is, perhaps, slight nitpick, but in Noah's Ark Circus, considering the backgrounds of most of the performers, he seems resistant to removing his clothes in front of other males beyond what one would expect for just the brand on his back. And even when he knows that Freckles/Doll is able to lift up his shirt at the back and see the brand, he determinedly holds his shirt down over his chest. Sebastian would obviously be aware of this (and most likely Tanaka as well, though Tanaka most likely knows EVERYTHING) as he's the one who dresses and bathes Ciel, but he would have undoubtedly been ordered not to breathe a word of it to anyone immediately. Just putting the W back in WMG, don't mind me.
Ciel's contract with Sebastian feeds off his energyIt's the only explanation I can think of for how someone that spends most of his days sitting around or being carried by his butler — while eating a diet predominantly made up of sweets and cakes — can stay so skinny. It may also have something to do with why his asthma suddenly came back after years of health.
Yana Toboso is a Bleach fan.Compare Prince Soma with Yoruichi, Undertaker with Urahara, and William with Uryu Ishida. Also William and Ishida have the same Japanese voice, Noriaki Sugiyama.
William was once in love with a human woman who died.This is based off of the "Shinigami OVA." Since the Toboso has been known to utilize plot devices from the anime, this doesn't at all seem farfetched. My theory is that William fell in love with a human woman who died, but he somehow got her to be reincarnated...only to have her completely forget about him in return. It's the reason he's so stoic and cold, and why he tells Ronald that "bringing your emotions into your job is a waste of time." The entire ordeal left him rather emotionless and bothered. Bonus points if the reason he hates being called "Will" is because the woman he once loved used to call him that.
Ciel, Batman, and Barnaby are alternate dimension versions of eachother.Think about it. A rich kid see's his parents killed. He then becomes obsessed with avenging them. All three of them are the same.
Mei-Rin's likes wearing her glasses because they impair her vision.In the beginning of her backstory, there's a man that says that her eyes are special and that she was born to be an assassin. Maybe she loves wearing her glasses so much because they keep her from seeing everything as a target, and that's why she only removes them when she's shooting. Even if they do make her a clutz, she won't take them off because she'd run the risk of killing everyone.
Doll survives.And then she kills everyone. Including Ciel, that heartless son of a bitch. The end.
Ciel will become a ShinigamiI mean, come on, the Undertaker loves the guy.He'd totally take him for an apprentice. Plus, it's possible that his soul will no longer be 'human' after said event occurs, allowing him to loophole his way out of the contract.
Agni is actually AgniThat is, Soma's servant is an avatar of the Hindu God of Fire. Sebastian sees him as human because he is human, that's the form he's chosen to take, but he's also a god.
Sebastian will deliberately break the contractWhether it's due to a slowly-built affection for his charge, or merely a requirement for one of his plots, Sebastian can end the contract at any time by betraying Ciel, disobeying one of his commands, or lying.
Angels will play a part in the manga continuityThere are a lot of differences between the two continuities in both plot and characterization. And sure, Ash and Angela were a Filler Villain thrown in for the sake of the anime's first season Gecko Ending. And no, their presence didn't make much sense, nor was their goal clarified much beyond standard antagonism labeled as "purity". But the anime was also spot on about a few things, like Undertaker being a Shinigami (though he's much friendlier there than in the manga). The presence of angels in the manga!verse is entirely reasonable, though whether they'll be Knight Templars or Hero Antagonists is anyone's guess.
Mei-rin is going to be a Reaper.Her "special eyes" which are perfect for an assassin aren't just good for sniping- they can see exactly how to kill someone with a metaphorical gardening tool, let alone literal "real" weapons, and after becoming a full-fledged reaper can see the kinematic records. If true, this will lead to a hilarious scene (at the very least, an Imagine Spot) where she has to be taught by Finny how to use pruning shears or a sickle.
Elizabeth has some supernatural abilities.In vol. 13 of the manga, right at the end of Lizzie's zombie-killing moment, after she finishes with the zombies, she points her sword at Grell. Sebastian moves it out of the way, and she stops trying to attack when she sees that it's him. But why did she point it at Grell? It could be that she has some innate sense for detecting supernatural beings. We've seen before that other characters have this; Grell and Sebastian recognize each other for what they are from the beginning. Sebastian can detect Grim Reapers from Demons from zombies from whatever else, but considering that he's been doing so for many centuries (and is insanely powerful regardless), it stands to reason that Lizzie's sense would not be as precise. But it does seem that she could detect some similarity between Grim Reapers and zombies, that humans don't have. Either that or reapers carry the same aura of death as an actual corpse, but the Circus group's acceptance of William would seem to disprove that idea.
Grell will show up in a scene involving Soma and he will think she is Kali.This will end up with William as Shiva (i.e. under her foot by accident).
Something major will be revealed about Somain the Weston Arc. And his section on the character page will expand with white spoilers, just like Lizzie's and Undertaker's did in the Campania arc.
Sebastian is an incubus.
Sebastian's true form looks like Ulquiorra's Segunda Etapa form. It looks demonish, minus the hooker boots◊
Violet is a seer and can see the future
Tanaka was Vincent Phantomhive's demon butler/servant
Agares is a demon
Grell is wearing a red wig.
Based on the WMG above where Violet is a seer, he actually has foreseen Blue house's victory due to both Ciel and Sebastian's underhanded efforts.
The Principal of Weston is a Demon or a Reaper
Undertaker IS Grell... from the future
Lau was blackmailing Madame Red
More demons will appear in the manga, and Sebastian is actually a lower ranked demon than they are
Lin in the film is a composite expy of Meyrin and Grell
Gregory Violet is a Sweet Polly Oliver
The reason Earl Grey is so eager to mess with Ciel is that he's in love with Elizabeth.
The experimentation Finnian underwent took place in Germany.
Wolfram will become the manga's expy of Pluto.Ambiguously Human ,introduced in a wolf-themed arc, and called a "guard dog." Now for him to reveal he is actually a canine and join the Phantomhive manor.
Wolfram is the werewolf.In addition to the above, if the historical-style illustrations accompanying Sieglinde's story are any indication, the "Great Werewolf" is shown holding the first Green Witch much like Wolfram carries Sieglinde. ITTRC, they never share a scene, either. Note that the attack on the other witch happened while Wolfram was taking a suspiciously long time to prepare food. Also, he is very adamant about not letting anyone go into the forest, and to point out that the village does not tolerate outsiders; when Ciel and Sebastian fall prey to the curse, he positively lashes out and says, among other things, "Werewolves do not simply want to hurt people, do you understand?!" Maybe the werewolf is only dangerous when in wolf form and the Green Witch's task is to keep him human, busy, and in control. He does seem to obey Sieglinde personally, moreso than the village women. Ciel and Sebastian get cursed either because they left earlier than Wolfram told them to (they would have been able to avoid him otherwise), or, being asleep, Sieglinde has no hold over him and he decides/is compelled to curse them anyway. He may suffer from Alternate Identity Amnesia, hence acting like he had nothing to do with both incidents in their aftermath. Heck, being a werewolf might even explain why he does have trouble doing "human" things, such as cooking. This raises the question why that woman who took off her talisman was wounded rather than cursed. Maybe the villagers, being witches, have some kind of immunity or defense against the curse other than the pendants, but she was too close and he couldn't help assaulting a talisman-less person?
Ciel and Alois are just delusional orphans
Lau made a contract with Ran-MaoShe follows him everywhere, is a powerful fighter, and obeys his orders without question. It should also be noted that Lau commented on how Sebastian follows Ciel everywhere, so perhaps he knew/suspected that Ciel had made a contract with Sebastian.
Demons are not the only beings capable of making contractsThe Green Witch has a contract with the werewolves, who are not demons.
Contracts can be broken by humans or the supernaturalIn chapter 63, Sebastian begins asking Ciel if he's going to give up on revenge. Ciel considers it, and while he does Sebastian reaches for him with demonic hands- seemingly to devour his soul. Ciel didn't know the full terms of the contract- he has to have a goal in mind when he makes it (revenge), and if he gives up on that goal before he reaches it he breaks the contract. If he broke the contract and gave up on revenge, Sebastian would be free to devour his soul.
Pluto is Clifford's ancestor.Over the years though, the demon bloodline waned, leaving descendants without the ability to become human and breathe fire, leaving only the immense size.
Undertaker is Ciel's grandfatherWe know he has some connection to Ciel's grandmother, he knew and helped out Vincent for no real reason, and he cares deeply about Ciel for some unknown reason. At some point in his life fifty years ago, Undertaker spent a lot of time on Earth as a human. Those lockets? They're all humans Undertaker either fell in love with (as a more caring and empathic option) or just screwed (as a more shallow option.) Yes, some of the names are male, but considering the genre, it's possible Undertaker is bi (or some other sexual orientation besides heterosexual and homosexual), and in the Victorian Era homosexual relationships did happen, they were just kept secret. Claudia happened to get pregnant by him, so Undertaker watched over his offspring. It's possible, depending on how "adventurous" the younger Undertaker was, that Claudia was actually married when Vincent was conceived, but they were able to convince her husband that the baby was his (Undertaker could have had some supernatural method of confirming that the kid was his). Also, the reason why Sebastian considers Ciel a "high quality" soul? Because he knows that Ciel has some non-human ancestry. It's possible that interbreeding between species is rare, and the chance to devour the soul of a half-human hybrid comes across once in a demon's lifetime. It may not be that Ciel has some unknown trait that makes his soul "delicious"- just rare.
The Manga series will conclude with a massive battle for Ciel's soulBecause it would be awesome to see the whole cast of badasses; Sebastian, Finny, Mey-Rin, Bard, Tanaka, Snake, Elizabeth, Edward, Double Charles, Agni, Grell, William, Ronald, Lau, Ran-Mao, and of course Undertaker (assuming they all survive that long) fight each other. Sebastian will be forced to fight through a whole bunch of people who are all desperate to save Ciel's soul, and it will be epic.