YMMV / Black Butler

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Finny's backstory includes him being locked in a stone room and experimented on for an undetermined amount of time. The amount of times he complains about this? ZERO. This may be because he has come to terms with the fact that it's all in the past now, and can't hurt him any longer. Why do you think he fights so hard to be the very best gardener he can be for the Phantomhive family? He will do anything to keep experiencing the glorious outdoors he was denied for so many years.
    • Every character with a Dark and Troubled Past is subjected to this except for Ciel. Ciel's other servants are a mild example, as well as Madam Red were it not for the fact that her past drove her to become a serial killer and the circus kids.
    • Grell as well, to some. She's a MtF transsexual and everyone in the series is rude towards her (including using male pronouns constantly). She doesn't seem to care at all, though. Though you have to wonder if she'll ever give up on her "true love", Sebastian (who repeatedly and often violently turns down her affections).
    • Actually, given the reveal that all the Shinigami were humans that were driven to suicide and are being punished by constantly being exposed to and working with death, every Shinigami could now fall into this.
  • Arc Fatigue: The manga's arcs just seem to get longer as the time goes on, with the two initial arcs of Jack the Ripper and the Book of Circus ranging from short to decently long without getting annoying. The problem began later on:
    • The Campagnia Ship Arc was long, it but revealed some twists, important characters and their development, and began a potential long-running background plot so the length could be excused.
    • The Weston College Arc was the beginning of a downfall. The arc was long and took place in a school, bringing a lot of boring chores that generally were not found in the manga before, and involved a sub-plot to reveal a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing which many fans think could've been cut without impacting the important mission Ciel had been given upon infiltrating the school. The kicker came when the mission was stalled to involve a Tournament Arc in the middle of it; it was necessary to advance the plot, but it prolonged the arc to the point of the reader getting exhausted.
    • The Werewolf Arc in Germany was a mixture. While the arc lasted about twenty chapters and brought forth some interesting aspects, the slow pacing not only made it feel like it was much longer but also feel like nobody got closer to anything.
  • Author's Saving Throw: For the fans of the manga who had low opinions of the entire second season of the anime and the latter half of the first for not actually being an adaption of its source material - the third season "Book of Circus" is definitely this. It is completely ignoring all the anime original elements of the previous seasons (thus acting as though the second season never happened) and is a very faithful adaptation of the fan-favorite "Noah's Arc Circus" storyline. It was then followed by an adaptation of the Murder Mystery Arc called "Book of Murder" which was also well received by the fans.
  • Awesome Art: How about all of it? Yana Toboso's attention to detail does not go unnoticed by fans.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Maurice Cole, and his storyline in the manga. On one side it's seen as a humorous little break from the story, especially because the previous arc was action-packed. People on this side tend to believe Maurice is an interesting, good looking character that you're meant to Love to Hate, who's unique and complex in his own right. On the other hand, people view his storyline as a complete waste of time that provided absolutely nothing to an already slow plot, view the whole "unmasking the beautiful, popular student as a hideous, make-up wearing bully" as trite, overdone Wish Fulfillment, consider the character a Complete Monster for what seemed like the orchestration of an Attempted Rape, and would prefer to ignore his entire existence.
    • Episode seven of season 2 seems to have caused this for Ciel. Fans are divided between those who approve of his murder of Alois, like him better for it, and feel it was perfectly in line with his character and those who feel he went past the Moral Event Horizon and either actively dislike him or can't decide how they feel.
    • Is Elizabeth's reveal as a Badass a good character saving moment? People are either welcoming of the Character Development to downright ecstatic. However there are also SEVERAL tl;dr paragraphs on how stupid/what a Flat Character Lizzie is. Lizzie herself has had flak for this from the beginning, though, with people either viewing her as a Shallow Love Interest who's annoying and has no redeeming qualities, or fans of her who think she's cute, provides refreshing comedy, and is necessary to Ciel's character. Of course, it does seem as though a lot of her detractors are Seba/Ciel shippers...
    • Sebastian and Ciel, the main characters, are also both notorious base breakers now, particularly for those who are reading the manga and have gone through now 100 chapters and counting of little to no character development.
    • The live action movie. It split fans who wanted it to be about Ciel and Sebastian in Victorian times and fans who were fine with being introduced to Ciel and Elizabeth's relative in the future.
  • Broken Base:
    • Team Phantomhive and Team Trancy. The manga lovers and anime lovers.
    • The Weston High Arc. The fanbase seems to be fractured on this arc, with people proclaiming that this arc was predictable, boring, and incredibly awkward, what with the Attempted Rape that's never spoken of again, and the unnecessary Alpha Bitch storyline that some deemed was pulled right out of a 90's high school TV drama...needless to say, it's unpopular with many.
    • The length and arc-based nature of the manga has become a problem as well. Some fans love it and want more, others find it more tiresome than Naruto and want the plot to develop already, etc.
    • The complex moral ambiguity- or lack thereof- is a little too complex for some readers, who dropped the entire series after Ciel murders a group of innocent children who he was supposed to rescue from the man who kidnapped and tortured them. Some fans think this makes the series even darker and more interesting, some fans prefer protagonists who aren't as willing to commit atrocities.
    • People who ship Sebastian x Ciel versus those who don't is something of an ongoing battle among fans. While there is undeniably a lot of Ship Tease between the two main characters, some fans enjoy this immensely and support both the two as a couple and the series as a whole as yaoi in all but name, while others argue that the their relationship is nonexistent and that the two are Vitriolic Best Buds at best and outright hate each other at worst. The fact that the ship is rumored to be canon and Yana herself is a rumored supporter of it does not help matters, and detractors often point out that there is a lack of evidence from Wordof God to support this. Merely mentioning one's opinion of the ship can often lead to name-calling and insults from both sides and is a pretty good way to ignite entire sections of the fandom into flames.
  • Complete Monster: Dark and twisted as the world Ciel and Sebastian inhabit may be (themselves included), some inhabitants can manage to disgust even a demon.
    • From the manga: Baron Kelvin, once a kindly philanthropist, became obsessed with young Ciel Phantomhive and steadily went deeper into darkness. Founding his own circus known as the Noah's Ark, Kelvin would recruit children from orphanages to serve as performers, with many killed performing dangerous stunts, to Kelvin's amusement. Those injured or killed were sacrificed for the experiments of "The Doctor," Kelvin's right-hand man. Worse still, Kelvin used the performers of the Noah's Ark Circus as his personal army and kidnappers by threatening the safety of the children from the work houses they came from. After meeting Ciel, Kelvin revealed he had constructed a replica of the day Ciel was sacrificed, with multiple children tortured into empty shells of their former selves. It was soon revealed that Kelvin had long since broken his word to his subordinates: the work house they came from was long since burnt and abandoned, with the children having been dead for years.
    • Also from the manga: The Doctor, Kelvin's number two, is a man who only cares for his experiments in prosthetic limbs. Fashioning new limbs from the bones of children, the Doctor takes those who are injured or killed by the circus and harvests them for "spare parts," with Ciel surmising that he had long ago killed the work house children. After Ciel kills Kelvin, the Doctor seems entirely unconcerned with anything but continuing his work and attempts to sacrifice a child on the makeshift altar to prove to Ciel why Ciel should hire him.
    • From the anime: Angela Blanc/Ash Landers in the latter half of the first season try to present themselves as well-intentioned, but in reality they're nothing more than Holier Than Thou hypocrites who enjoy the suffering of those they view inferior to themselves. Angela, being a dominatrix, goes after everything that can move including a transforming dog, fusing Ciel's parent's together as an abomination they'd later use to try and murder him, toss their loyal doll minion like trash and faithfully turn little girls into dolls, try to kill the cultists who had been loyal to them once they served their purpose, manipulate the queen into planning a world war, only to leave her to die and sacrificing the population of London to create a barrier bridge against demons and empowering themselves.
    • Also from the anime: Lord Trancy, the former head of House Trancy, has a creepy taste for little boys. He refers to his boys as "dolls" and subjects them to beatings and abuse while holding them as sex slaves for his pleasure. We see Lord Trancy have multiple boys brought to him at one point, his intention to pick the "best" out so he can sexually abuse them. In the first episode of Season 2, we see Alois Trancy, his adopted son, naked near Lord Trancy sleeping in bed, with a cold, vacant look in his eyes.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Sebastian is frequently compared with Gilbert from Pandora Hearts, as both are Tall, Dark and Handsome Battle Butlers who are completely devoted to their masters and having a special relationship with cats (the former loves them, the latter fears them).
  • Cross Over Shipping:
  • Damsel Scrappy: To many fans, Elizabeth only exists for Ciel to save. The reveal that she was doing this on purpose to protect Ciel, has caused some different reactions at best.
  • Developers' Foresight: In the Image Song sets, Soma and Agni both have the same song on their albums, "Futari no Harmony". Although both very good songs in their own right, something seems… off about the solo versions, such as Soma singing high and Agni singing low along with strange periods of instrumentals and both characters seeming to provide backup vocals, but this is all cleared up when you realize that they're actually supposed to be played side-by-side to form a duet, therefore balancing each other out and filling the gaps.
  • Die for Our Ship: When it comes to pairing up Ciel, you either go with Sebastian or Elizabeth.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Sebastian and Ciel are sometimes downright glorified in fanon for their dastardly deeds. Most people seem to have forgotten the crap that Druitt pulled upon his first appearance (though it's probably because he's become nothing much more than comic relief by this point). We can also now add Undertaker and Claude to the list.
    • Madame Red often goes through this treatment. While she has a rather sad backstory, most fans tend to ignore her rather brutal murders as Jack the Ripper and view her in an oddly positive light.
    • Grell. Many people seem to forget and forgive that she was one half of Jack the Ripper, and that she murdered Madam Red.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Grell. Her popularity is hugely disproportionate to her screentime in the manga.
    • Ronald Knox can now be this.
    • Undertaker as well.
    • The seaweed in the Hamlet OAV is an in-universe example.
    • Cosplaying as Madame Red can catch a ton of eyes in public, so it's very off-putting when one watches the anime to see that the humorous, cheerful, strong-willed, attractive and motherly aunt is revealed to be one of the villains and dies within that same episode very early.
    • Drocell Keinz, the living puppet from the anime.
    • Snake was welcomed into fan's hearts the same time Ciel welcomed him into his service.
    • Ciel's late DILF of a father Vincent Phantomhive, who, despite appearing exclusively in scarce flashbacks, came 5th in a popularity poll.
  • Epileptic Trees: In some of the flashbacks, especially in Baron Kelvin's meeting with Ciel, there appears to what looks like two Ciel's (Ciel originally looked nervous when Baron Kelvin approached him and Vincent). Also, when Ciel was reliving some of the memories of his torture before meeting Sebastian there appears to be a happier looking Ciel attempting to comfort him, not to mention it appears that one Ciel is being sacrificed while another is still in the cage accepting the contract. This is also furthered with the fact that Sebastian called Ciel a liar when Ciel declared himself heir, and when Ciel simply took Elizabeth's easter egg without saying much, not knowing that the easter egg she gave him is the first that she had made. Implying that the Ciel Elizabeth remembered can possibly be a different one, and gives theories of the possibility that Ciel is born a twin.
  • Escapist Character: Ciel is an incredibly rich Teen Genius that nearly everyone loves and respects who has an almighty Bishōnen Battle Butler that can grant his every wish and can be extremely close to him at times. The few characters who don't seem to like him in any regard are portrayed as villainous and look ugly. Plus his Dark and Troubled Past (which he was 'rescued from' by the aforementioned butler), Even the Guys Want Him, he works for the queen, not to mention him owning one of the largest toy companies in Britain.
  • Evil Is Cool: Sebastian may be an amoral demon, but he is extremely Badass and the stunts he pulls off to demonstrate this is awesome.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Again, Sebastian. Because who doesn't love a bishonen Battle Butler who never fails to look suave even after violently murdering his enemies?
    • Claude as well, especially since he's essentially Sebastian's expy.
    • Hannah.
  • Fan Nickname:
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • How some fans are treating Kuroshitsuji II due to its writing problems.
    • Many fans, particularly those who are big on yaoi and pairings, seem to treat Grell as a male, although this is possibly more due to the fact that Grell's status as male-to-female is only confirmed by Word of God.
    • Other fans consider the entire anime to be discontinuity, due to it deterring so much from the manga.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Grell attempts to have this with Sebastian in her first appearance in the anime and only (so far) appearance in the manga. Sebastian appears torn between being sick or requesting a restraining order.
    • Also between Sebastian and Angela/Ash.
    • And, as of Season 2, Alois Trancy to Ciel. Ciel is not entirely sure how to react to the former. Episode 6 of Season 2 shows enough between Claude and Sebastian to match up with the two.
  • Freud Was Right: Not as prominent in the manga, but the anime version of Ciel's subconscious definitely had some choice words for Vincent.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With, of all anime ever made, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. The Cross Over Shipping (shown above) might definitely help matters.
    • Also with Soul Eater, mostly due to both hitting it big in America around the same time.
    • With Loveless, due to both of them having similar relationship dynamics and tragedies, and including plenty of Ho Yay.
  • Genius Bonus: In the Werewolf/Green Witch arc there are multiple references to the early history of chemical warfare. The "beloved" of the village crone has a very close resemblance to Fritz Haber, the Father of Chemical Warfare and co-creator of the Haber-Bosch reaction [1]. Compare: [2] and [3]. Furthermore, Ciel's remark to Sullivan that she can "create magic medicine" that could feed thousands of lives summarizes Haber's two most notable contributions: his Nobel Prize for coming up with a way to mass-produce fertilizer cheaply, thus maximizing crop yields, and his suggestion to deploy caustic chlorine gas in warfare, adding an additional dimension of horror to warfare.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series has quite a sizable fanbase in Italy. It doesn't nearly go to, say, Lupin III levels, but it's definitely quite popular there.
  • Growing the Beard: The manga was very episodic until the circus arc, during which the story drastically improves.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In episode 9, Finny mentions the fact he accidentally killed his pet bird when he was younger. It becomes even harsher when we realise the bird was probably his only friend when he was used as a guinea-pig.
    • In the Japanese version of the kidnapping arc, the mafia boss has a line where he threatens to sell Ciel to a brothel. Guess what Ciel’s Dark and Troubled Past included? Being sold into slavery. Same thing applies when the Viscount Von Druitt tries to auction off Ciel and he even mentions that some of the prospective buyers are interested in occult sacrifice.
    • In chapter 96 Sieglinde asks Wolfram if he thinks her mother would be proud of her for completing "the ultimate magic". It turns out that she is ... but the reason is the polar opposite of what Sieglinde had thought.
    • As of chapter 105, Grelle's Running Gag of hanging herself early in the anime becomes this, seeing as Grelle was Driven to Suicide before the series began.
  • Het Is Ew: A large portion of the fanbase. Unsurprising, considering all the Ho Yay in the series. This is part of why some of the fanbase refuse to believe that Grell is a transwoman.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • I Knew It: A vocal minority of fans spent much time attempting to reassure the rest of the fandom that A-1 were trolling the fanbase and that Ciel and Sebastian would return in full capacity, despite the announcement of the new master and butler. Guess what happened when episode 1 aired?
    • Some fans were guessing that Alois was cross-dressing to meet Ciel after a preview for episode five. They were right.
    • In the murder mystery arc in the manga, a lot of people speculated that Sebastian was not really dead; they were right. Some others also speculated that a snake would be used to commit one or more of the murders; they were also right.
    • One person on this site's WMG page predicted that if Ciel gave up on revenge, he'd be breaking the contract, and Sebastian would be free to devour his soul.
    • One fan theory speculated that the Shinigami were all once humans who committed suicide and now must atone for it. This is confirmed in chapter 105.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: The second season, after it was revealed that Ciel and Sebastian will return. A few fans would have liked it to be independent from the original duo.
  • Jerkass Dissonance: Most fans seem to completely ignore Grell's ruthless and sadistic streak and tend to portray her as something completely different.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Ciel can be seen as this, since he doesn't mind killing or hurting anyone who gets in the way of his plans, but at the same time, he is portrayed very sympathetically, usually because of his horrible past.
    • Alois. He has a horrible past, and as a result, the only person he depends on for happiness is Claude, who openly admits that he honestly does not care about Alois at all, and just stays by his side so that he can use him to obtain Ciel's soul, despite the fact that most of the horrible things Alois does to people is mainly just because he wants Claude to pay attention to and care for him. "Hey... you look like you're seeing maggots squirming in a dung heap..." God knows what he's going to do now that Claude doesn't even pretend to care about him any more. And in episode 8, Claude says "A soul such as that...is certainly unfit to sustain me," referring to the fact that Alois actually feels love for him and Claude finds that disgusting.
    • At the end of season II, even Sebastian can count as this. That look on his face when he realized that he'd have to serve Ciel for all eternity and will never be able to eat his soul was absolutely disheartening for some fans.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • As if a poker to the chest and a shovel to the head would actually kill Sebastian. Guess what, it didn't.
    • Also, did anyone actually believe Sebastian was really going to devour Ciel's soul at the end of Chapter 94? Even Sebastian said that would have been too boring of an ending.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • In the anime, Lau.
    • By the end of Season 2 Hannah qualifies as well.
    • Alois: Although he spends most of the series as The Chessmaster mostly because of his immature mannerisms, he graduates to this level when he makes a contract with Hanna detailing that she gets Sebastian and Claude to fight for the ownership for Ciel's soul. And the winner... will be screwed over when they find out that Ciel's soul can't be consumed because Ciel has become a demon.
  • Memetic Badass: Sebastian.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Claude having an orgasm over Ciel's blood in season 2, episode 7. Also known as: Claude jizzed in his pants.
    • Deer-head Sebastian.
    • Sebastian's hooker boots.
    • Ciel In a Box/Boxchan.
    • As of chapter 57, Elizabeth Middleford, zombie slayer is fast becoming this, along with a healthy dash of Memetic Badass.
    • Most cosplays of Ciel are of that pink dress he wore as "Robin".
    • Alois' outfit has more or less reached this status by now.
  • Misaimed Fandom: There are a lot of people in the fandom who ship Sebastian and Ciel and want them to live Happily Ever After. This is despite how Word of God has emphasized that Sebastian is a demon who only wants to eat Ciel and that Ciel does not trust him. Still, with all the Ho Yay going on between those two, it's hard to blame the fans. Some people took the infamous scene in which Ciel vomits and Sebastian lovingly cradles his head while smirking as a sign of love and affection on Sebastian's part and still rejoice in it to this day despite how utterly devastated Ciel was at that time. Because of all of the Fanservice piled onto this series, a lot of fans tend to not realize how pivotal some scenes really are simply because of the sexy factor.
  • Moe: A lot of characters, in both male and female varieties.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • As of episode 8 of the second season, Claude has crossed it, for many people.
    • A minority of fans believe that Ciel crossed it when he ordered Sebastian to burn down a building full of children, and then ordered him to kill Doll.
    • Baron Kelvin dismembering children's body parts for the purpose of being beautiful like Ciel.
  • Narm: The line from episode 15 "This is not your fault. She is possessed by the evil spice" is impossible to take seriously even in context. The same is true for much of the episode.
  • No Yay:
    • Baron Kelvin's unhealthy obsession with Ciel.
    • The sex scene between Sebastian and Beast may be considered this, since most people would prefer him with Ciel. There's Serious No Yay for some non-shippers as well, due to the stilted and unfeeling nature of the scene. Same goes for the similar scene in the anime between Sebastian and the nun.
    • And the strongly implied sex scene between Alois/Jim and his "father" the Earl Trancy.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: A lot of fans didn't like Elizabeth for being a Satellite Love Interest. Then it turns out that she was Little Miss Badass all along.... Only to be thrown right back in; she's still the most hated character, and after the manga revealed that their relationship implied first-cousin-incest, they saw her character as all the more pointless, especially when Ciel is not expected to live long enough to marry her. A character popularity poll placed Lizzie in the top 10, at number 8, thereby confirming that she is no longer an unpopular character (with the Japanese fans at least).
  • Ship Sinking:
    • Done in episode 7 of the second season in regards to the Ciel/Alois and Claude/Alois ships when Ciel stabs Alois in the stomach and tries to stab him in the head but is stopped by Claude (though he struggles with Claude and Sebastian in an attempt to get back to Alois's side so he can kill him) and when Claude proceeds to completely ignore Alois's pleas for help after getting a taste of Ciel's blood. And in episode 8 Alois practically confesses his love for Claude who smiles and holds his face tenderly before crushing his skull.
    • Though, the Claude/Alois ship seems to be at least partially restored in episode 12.
    • The anime showed Grell getting a crush on Undertaker. Shortly after, they met in the manga and developed an instant dislike for each other after Undertaker scratched Grell's face.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Lizzie and Snake.
  • So Bad, It's Good: What many fans think about the anime's near-complete mess of a second season.
  • Stoic Woobie:
    • Ciel. Overlaps with Jerkass Woobie. Despite the things he has been put through, he usually doesn't complain about them and always tries to keep moving forward. Though, there was one time in chapter 34 where he appeared to snap.
    • Snake. He spent most of his life in a cage as a part of some freak show, and when he thought he'd found a home in the Noah's Ark circus, they disappear. Despite all of this, he rarely expresses this, and won't even speak without his snakes.
  • Squick:
    • Lord Kelvin, Grell, and Ciel's tailor aside; it should be mentioned that the writers sometimes seem to go out of their way to add as much Ho Yay as possible between Sebastian and Ciel, especially in the anime.
    • For some, finding out that Lizzy is the daughter of Ciel's aunt.
    • The moment between Beast (manga or the Nun (anime) and Sebastian evokes "Het is Eww" with many fans. Alternatively, it's creepy because he's manipulating them so well- the manga even has nondiegetic lines about how demons seduce people into darkness by playing with their weaknesses.
    • Alois and Claude are heavily implied to have a sexual relationship. Alois /Jim has a rather squicktastic way of relating to the men in his life.
    • Claude kissing Ciel /Alois's foot. Even Ciel /Alois was creeped out.
    • Every single scene involving the Earl Trancy in season 2. "Another doll broke?"
    • Baron Kelvin, too.
    • There are also way too many loving pans of Ciel's prepubescent body for some readers' comfort. Particularly in chapter 62, dear LORD... note 
      • In the anime, there's one scene where Ciel is taking a bath. He stands up to read something Sebastian handed him, and the camera pans down for no reason. The scene changes before anything explicit can be shown, but still.
    • Anytime someone shoves their arm down Hannah's throat. Those sounds...
    • The heavily implied "Parental Incest" Alois endured. It turns out the man really wasn't his father, but it's still extremely gross.
    • Angela Blanc is heavily implied to have slept with a Hell Hound. The fact that it was in human form at the time does not make this any less gross. This is one of the first signs they are not the innocent, harmless person they pretend to be.
    • Flashbacks to Ciel's Dark and Troubled Past are never fun, and they're clearly supposed to be horrifying. In the anime the flashbacks are worse because in them Ciel is always naked (even when making the contract with Sebastian he's only covered with a blanket). It gets worse- when one (anime-only) character who happens to be an angel calls Ciel "unclean" we get a flashback to him naked, being held by several people in a kneeling/bent over position, and then Ciel reacts to the accusation with shock and horror.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: When the second season was announced, many fans were not happy. Not to mention after seeing it for themselves. See below for more on that.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Season 2 seemed to be set up as a big battle between the two butlers and their masters. That lasted all of two episodes before Claude decided to go solo and off Alois - thereby making Claude cross the Moral Event Horizon and Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, removing the rather ambiguous Evil Versus Evil approach it first seemed to have. Especially since it descended into Claude making Sebastian jealous For the Evulz, because he now has Ciel.
  • Toy Ship: CielxElizabeth is a bordeline canon one, considering the fact that they're engaged. It also seems to be gaining more credibility among fans lately thanks to some much needed Character Development.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Grell. See Draco in Leather Pants above for more.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Finny. Grell as well, in both butler and reaper form. Alois is also fairly common, and Ciel for some, as well.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The series has Seinen or Josei written all over it, but is published in a Shonen magazine. It includes violence and gore, murder, child abuse, sex, a few instances of heavily implied attempted rape (and in the anime, rape), pedophilia, and questionable dialogue. If you're looking for more lighthearted stories about them living in the mansion and solving basic mysteries, like the first part of the first season, you are in the wrong place.
  • Wish Fulfillment: The Weston Arc reeked of this, particularly with Maurice's mini-arc due to his treatment. He's an Alpha Bitch in sheep's clothing, and the typical "popular bully who has it all" archetype. He bullies Ciel out of jealousy and seems to try to orchestrate an Attempted Rape...then gets exposed as a completely hideous Gonk who just wears a lot of makeup to the entire school in the most brutal of ways. The Wish Fulfillment comes into play here because it just seems like it was written as a Revenge Fic from the point of view of the person who was bullied, since afterwards Ciel becomes extremely popular at school and loved by everyone. It should be noted that this is one of the most polarizing arcs of the series, and the moment when many fans' interest in it began to wane.
  • The Woobie: Hannah could be considered this, due to Alois's treatment of her. Subverted when she is revealed to be a demon, and could easily fight back if she wanted to. It's implied she actually enjoys the attention.
    • Madame Red fits this trope to a T at first; her horrific deeds as Jack the Ripper kind of nullify her Woobie status. At the very least, they push her into Jerkass Woobie territory.
    • Soma, to some.
    • Almost all of the circus performers.
    • Even Lizzie to some, especially with how much hate she gets.
    • Whether or not Ciel truly qualifies as a Jerkass Woobie, due to his decisions and how he acts is a HUGE topic of debate...and of flame wars.
    • Sieglinde and (to a few) Wolfram, being that they were both used and betrayed by their country.
    • All the reapers after finding out that they were all humans who were Driven to Suicide.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Sebastian—In his demon form, he wears tight leather pants and high heels. Although to some he looks sexy/badass.

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