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    Tropes U-V 
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Ciel formerly provided the page image. He's shown to have been extremely shy, cute, and incredibly sweet before his parents' murders.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: A few examples:
    • One of Snake's snakes, Webster, was born on "the Island of Queimada Grande". This island is famous for having only a single species of snake, the highly-venomous Golden Lancehead Viper.
    • Sebastian mentions that the wand Sullivan uses to write her "runes" is made of Calcite. Certain types of Calcite glow when exposed to certain types of light, and controlling the light is easiest in dark, enclosed spaces- like the underground passage where the wand is used and the concert hall where the Phantomhive 5's show uses glowsticks.
  • Villain Protagonist: In most stories, the amoral demon and his bitter, driven master would be undeniable antagonists, especially given how little they hesitate about killing people who get in their way, seducing people for information, etc. Given how sympathetically they're portrayed, chapter 34 comes as a bit of a shock.
    • Alois and Claude are much worse than Ciel and Sebastian. At least Ciel's murder rampage happened when he wasn't in his right mind...
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The titular cult of the Blue Cult arc, thanks to the power of England's first Boyband. Ciel combats them by funding a boyband of his own... who perform right across the street from the cults music hall.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Ciel and Sebastion are about as close as a boy who sold his soul to a soul-eating devil can be.
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    Tropes W 
  • Waif-Fu: Again, Elizabeth.
  • Weaker Twin Saves the Day: In Ch. 130 it was confirmed that the Two Ciels Theory is true and Our Ciel has a twin brother who is the real Ciel Phantomhive (the true heir) whilst Our Ciel is the weaker "extra" sibling who has, thinking him to be dead, taken his brother's identity without consent. The trope is subverted quite a lot but the basic principle is the same.
  • We Do Not Know Each Other: Typically happens when Ciel goes undercover, but wants Sebastian on hand.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 94. Ciel has unintentionally broken the contract, allowing Sebastian to devour his soul before he gains his revenge.
    • Chapter 60. Even if you already knew that Undertaker is a Shinigami, not a lot of people guessed he was behind the zombies/Bizarre Dolls.
    • Chapters 97 and 98: The whole "werewolf forest" is a part of a top-secret military project, made specifically so Child Prodigy Siegliende would spend her life developing a formula for a unbeatable chemical weapon. Her whole world was designed in such a way that there would be not a single thing that would distract Siegliende or make her suspect anything. And who was behind the "Green Witch" project? Her own mother!
    • Chapter 126: Someone who Soma is familiar with tries to assassinate him.
    • Chapter 129: Soma's attacker looks exactly like Ciel, and what's more, says that he's the real Ciel Phantomhive.
      • Your mileage may vary on how much the next chapter counts, since it confirms what most of the fandom guessed long ago and considered confirmed in Chapter 129. Nonetheless, for everyone else it's still a Wham Episode: "Ciel Phantomhive" as we knew him has spent the past three years pulling off a one-way Twin Switch with his older brother, the real Ciel Phantomhive. And Tanaka seems to support Ciel more than he does our demon-contracting protagonist...
  • Wham Shot:
    • For most fans, the surprise was already ruined by the anime, and, without color, it's hard to tell, but the first shot of the Undertaker's eyes in Chapter 59 counts as one for at least some of the fans, and is one in-universe for the other characters.
    • Chapter 129, near the end, which shows that the person who attacked Soma is identical to Ciel.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Ciel, described quite vividly by Viscount von Druitt during the underground auction in both the manga and anime.
    Von Druitt: [His] eyes are bright and beautiful, the color of the ocean, with a deep contrasting color of the forest. They are mismatched, but to the discerning buyer, that will only increase [his] value.
  • When She Smiles: Well, When He Smiles: Ciel.
    • He's learning to put it to good use.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Charles Grey, one of the queen's butlers seem to be this.
    • Ash as well, despite being an angel.
    • As of the Campania arc, UNDERTAKER.
  • Whole Costume Reference: The dress Ciel wears to the party is the famous dress from My Fair Lady.
  • Wicked Cultured: Ciel and Sebastian.
  • Witch Species: The village in the "Werewolf's Forest" is filled with women which ancestors were witches who ran away to avoid being executed. Sieglinde is the current "Green Witch" and lord of the village. Subverted, as Siegliende holds no real power—she isn't even a witch, she was manipulated all along into believing she was one.

    Tropes Y-Z 
  • Yandere: In the anime, the Queen, surprisingly. Of the worst sort.
    • Also: Grell. The anime seems to play it as (attempted) Black Comedy Rape, but in the manga, Grell comes off as just plain demented for Madame Red and then Sebastian.
    • Baron Kelvin for Ciel.
    • Undertaker (possibly) for Ciel. He already had considerable subtext towards Ciel and in Chapter 64 he tries to kill Sebastian because he thinks he is making Ciel miserable.
    • Sebastian displays extreme possessiveness over Ciel's soul to Claude, so he may fit the bill as well.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Mey-Rin.
  • You Didn't Ask: Ciel's reply to Sebastian in volume 8 of the manga, when Sebastian asked Ciel why he never brought up that he had asthma.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: After the fake Ciel and Sebestian arrested by Scotland Yard, Elizabeth asks his brother, Edward, if it would be better if Ciel's brother died instead of the real Ciel.
  • Young Future Famous People: Arthur the Wordsmith, a supporting character in the murder arc, is really Arthur Conan Doyle at the very beginning of his writing career.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Sebastian to Ciel, in a variant where both parties consent to this, and the soul won't be devoured just yet. Until Chapter 94.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The new Earl in Kuroshitsuji II of the anime, Alois Trancy, has some Grade A Zettai Ryouiki in the first episode. Mind you, he's wearing knickerbockers, not a skirt.


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