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Vessalius Household

    In General 
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Oh, where to begin...
  • Feuding Families: With the Nightrays. However, it's doubted they'll stay this way, as the remaining heirs at the end of the manga are Oz Vessalius and Gilbert Nightray, who adore each other.
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    Jack Vessalius 

Jack Vessalius

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono
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"I deceived not only the people around me, but my very own emotions...so much so that I couldn't perceive my true self anymore."

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 obsession with 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.

  • 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 not until much later that he reveals himself as a twisted, manipulative sociopath who intents to bring the world down to the Abyss.
  • Blood-Splattered 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 wish come true, and yet you...
    Glen: In order to do something as trivial as that, you wouldn't mind destroying the whole world, you bastard?!
    Jack: Not at all.
  • 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 Intention 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.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Once he lost Lacie forever, Jack felt he had no reason to live anymore. There's only one thing that keeps him going: fulfill Lacie's "wish" to send the world down into the Abyss.
  • 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: It turns out that, despite all the stories and memoirs that stated otherwise (of which were lies he had others tell or fabricated himself), Jack was 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.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Jack is quite attractive in a deceptively innocent, beautiful way. He knows, and uses it like hell in order to deceive other people.
  • 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Jack is suave, gracious, polite, and usually gentle in speech—even when threatening to kill someone, or asking them to help him destroy the world. A true sociopath, he's learned that it's important to pretend he feels the appropriate emotions necessary to connect with others, and so it's a rare moment that he breaks out of his gentle, manipulative smile.
  • Foil: To Oz. Much of the first half of the manga works to develop how superficially similar Oz and Jack are, both being Gadfly Keets initially presented as Messianic Archetypes. Many scenes are specifically constructed to parallel events, moments, conflicts, and dialogue choices in their lives. However, the second half works to show how different they truly are in their motivations and emotional capacity by taking these previous parallels and inverting the choices made afterwards to highlight Oz's emotional sensitivity in contrast with Jack's sociopathy, showing that their similar actions had opposite motivations. Even their former Keet ways, which were both used as identical masks to hide their interior thoughts and feelings, become contrasting opposites: Oz used this act to hide his pain and try to prevent those he loved from worrying about him; Jack used it to hide the fact that he perceived himself as absolutely empty inside, and realized this was abnormal. Even their endings invert their characters: Jack began as the only normal human main character of the Sablier cast and ended a shattered, sociopathic shade, while Oz began as only a bit of energy recording memories inside a doll and developed into one of the most psychologically human characters.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He started his life as an illegitimate child living on the streets. Then he became obsessed with Lacie and eventually became the mastermind behind the Tragedy of Sablier, who even after death tries to fulfill his goal to destroy the world.
  • 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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: There is the unsaid but ever-present implication towards the end of the manga that Jack is so abusive towards Oz and so persistent in reminding Oz that he is, from Jack's perspective, not "real" and thus unable to achieve anything real or meaningful... because Jack's greatest insecurity is that he himself doesn't know what parts of him, if any, are real anymore, and is deeply envious that a formerly inanimate creature like Oz could ever become more real than Jack himself.
  • 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 Intention 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.
  • 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.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: He's very insistent that he's not a hero. At first, this appears to be him being humble. Then it turns out he wasn't lying...
  • 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.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Played with. It was believed Jack had to kill his best friend, Glen/Oswald Baskerville, when the latter went crazy and tried to send the world into the Abyss, something Jack never forgave himself for. However, it's later revealed the friendship between Jack and Oswald had became strained since Oswald refused to help Jack revive Lacie. And it was Jack who tried to destroy the world and he killed Oswald when he got in the way. Despite all this, Jack truly seemed to be fond of Oswald and considered him his best friend, even though his major sense of identity issues kept him from being sure how much of that feeling was real.
  • 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 embraced the lies because they were Lacie's words. He's frighteningly pure...and equally 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. Furthermore, the Volume 18.5 evidence guidebook claims he's "obsessed" with Lacie, not in love with her. The final chapters ultimately reveal that Jack actually hates Lacie once he realizes how far he has sunk. That being said, it doesn't make his feelings any less evil.
  • Mad Love: Subverted. 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 that he actually doesn't love her at all—he hates her and is obsessed with being by her side because this incredible resentment is the only thing that reminds him of who he really is.
  • Madness Mantra: After Glen says that Lacie can't be brought back.
    Jack: I refuse to accept it! I refuse to accept it! I refuse to accept it! I refuse to accept it! I refuse to accept it! I refuse to accept it! I refuse to accept it! I refuse to accept it!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Not that obvious and not Played for Laughs. For some reason Jack really likes caressing various parts of Oz's body. The way this is portrayed, even the Yaoi Fangirls of the fandom have no other reaction besides being incredibly disturbed.
  • 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 over his actions, he manipulates others in cruel ways and pretends to care about them to get what he wants and he doesn't care to destroy the world to do what he thinks will make Lacie happy. The only person he seems to care about is Lacie, but it's eventually revealed that his feelings for her come from deep hatred instead of any sort of love or compassion. The only thing he truly wants is to feel alive and be himself, it just happens that doing something for Lacie is the only way Jack can achieve that.
  • Soul Fragment: Every one of his appearances outside of flashbacks are merely the remnants of his soul, which shattered during the Tragedy.
  • Spirit Advisor: Acts as one to Oz in the first half. He appears as the spirit residing in Oz's body who is there to guide him and help him stop the Baskervilles. That is until it's revealed he had been deceiving Oz's group the entire time.
  • 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!"
  • Tragic Hero: Subverted. During the first part of the story, Jack is presented as the hero who saved the world, but remained tormented by not having been able to save Sablier and having been forced to kill his crazed best friend. Turns out the truth is quite a bit different.
  • Tragic Keepsake: 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.
  • Treacherous Advisor: He acts as Oz's spiritual advisor and guide in the first part of the story, appearing to give hints of what happened in Sablier and help stop the Baskervilles. Then it's revealed he had been manipulating everyone the entire time, taking advantage that Oz, Alice and Gilbert couldn't remember Jack was the real villain behind 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.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Pretty much everything he tells Oz and the reader about the Tragedy of Sablier throughout the first part of the story turns out to be a straight-up lie.
  • 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.
  • Yandere: Subverted. Jack went mad over Lacie soon after he met her and he wants to bring the world into the Abyss because he wrongly believes that was Lacie's wish. However, while there's surely some twisted idolization involved, it's eventually made clear Jack is obsessed with Lacie not because he loves her, but because he hates her so much that his spite for her is the only thing that can successfully make him feel alive and give him any semblance of identity.

    Xai Vessalius 

Xai Vessalius

Voiced by: Toru Okawa
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"A child like that should never have been born."

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, Xai 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 Xai's actions, Jack had all he needed for Tragedy Part 2. If Xai 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 Xai 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: Xai 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. After the death of his sister-in-law, Sarah, in childbirth, and his wife, Rachelle, in an unrelated coach crash shortly after Ada's birth, Xai came to hate Oz and Jack even more, thinking that Jack had planned all of it. That this is an excuse for his actions is subverted, though, in that the manga makes very clear that none of this actually justifies his decisions; other characters also call into question the validity of Xai's paranoid assumption that Jack could have controlled so much of everyone's lives.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Oz can neither remember his face nor stand to look at him, due to his abuse at Xai'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 Xai 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, which serves to highlight his Abusive Parent status. It's played with later, as Oz indeed isn't human and Xai was the only character to be aware of it, but since one of the main arcs of the manga is exploring the depths of Oz's psychological and emotional humanity which Xai went out of his way not to recognize, 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. Xai 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: Xai blames and resents Oz for about everything that has gone wrong in his life. Even upon his death, Xai 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 Xai helping him sound heroic. Then when Xai inevitably found out about Jack's true nature, Jack deliberately left a trail leading to a relatively easy, false solution knowing that Xai wouldn't be able resist 'fixing' the problem and simultaneously getting revenge. Xai 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 Xai's hands, made it difficult for Oz to fight back against Jack's control.

    Ada Vessalius 

Ada Vessalius

Voiced by: Kaori Fukuhara
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"What is really cruel is judging someone without even trying to understand them!"

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.
  • Nice Girl: Extremely kind, sweet and forgiving.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Her hobby is practicing the occult. She has 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 nervous of meeting her big brother, now that she's technically older than him.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: The reason why Vincent wants to taint her.
  • Sole Survivor: The only Vessalius to survive after the events in Sablier.
  • Uptown Girl: Played with. Ada was born in a noble family while Vincent suffered a past in a freakshow and then the streets before getting adopted by the Baskervilles and later the Nightrays. Noise is upset that Vincent seems to start falling for Ada when she is too different from him, in contrast of Noise herself and tries to torture Ada psychologically, saying that she'll never be able to understand him. Ada knows that she and him are from different worlds, but she doesn't care and the lecture only fuels her wish getting to know the good and bad of him.
  • White Sheep: The only Vessalius that doesn't have anything to do with Pandora and doesn't have any psychological issues whatsoever.

    Oscar Vessalius 

Oscar Vessalius

Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu
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"I really am always being protected by these children."

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 Oscar's camera.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Oscar is large, well-built, barrel-chested, and likes to arm-wrestle while slumming it on the streets. He also is highly energetic, loud, and prone to ridiculous stunts for the sake of his loved ones' entertainment.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to his brother's Cain, ending with Xai shooting him.
  • Cool Uncle: Oscar is an ultra-affectionate Boisterous Bruiser who loves Ada, Oz, and Gilbert like his own children and prioritizes their happiness above all else. He's not above acting ridiculous to achieve this, so most of his attempts to cheer the cast up involve hilarious and crazy antics.
  • 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.
  • The Dandy: He amusingly attempts to invoke this at his visit to Lutwidge while trying to pull off a student uniform.
  • 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 Xai.
  • 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.

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Nightray Household

    In General 
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: By the present time, there are exactly zero mentally stable members of the Nightray family.
  • 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. They probably won't stay this way, though (see this trope in the Vessalius folder).
  • 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 

Vincent Nightray / Vincent Baskerville

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama
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"I have always lived so that nothing of me would remain."

The younger brother of Gilbert Nightray. Debatably the most screwed up character in the series. His Chains are Dormouse, which induces sleep, and Demios, 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 Ill Omen. Also like Lacie, he's a subversion, because the Jury lied.
  • The Atoner: In a way, for causing the Tragedy of Sabliér.
  • Bad Boss: Towards Echo.
  • Battle Butler: Has chosen to become this for Leo.
  • Becoming the Mask: His fake-love towards Ada becomes real as the series goes on.
  • Berserk Button: Don't make fun of his red eye, Vincent will make you regret it. The Intention of the Abyss found out the hard way.
  • 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. Apparently, he's slept with many noblewomen as well...
  • Child Prodigy: He's more skilled with his gun than his brother at the age of thirteen. Gilbert once mentioned this in an omake, unable to choose between ardent admiration for or jealousy over 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 Ill Omen, 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 Intention 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 Ill Omen 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.
  • 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.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In general. He selfishly uses other people and exploits their weaknesses in order to easily get what he wants. An uncommon example that isn't mentioned very much in-series is how he says he's perfectly willing to sleep with noblewomen to convince them to tell him information about their families.
  • 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. He tries to get rid of anybody who poses even a minor threat to his older brother. Murder and torture are two methods that are not below him.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother sold him and Gilbert to a freak show.
    Noblewoman: "Vincent-sama and Gilbert-sama share the same eyes. Do you get them from your mother or your father?"
    Vincent: [thinking] "How should I know...? I don't even remember our father, and our mother sold us to a freak show when we were very young."
  • 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.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Notable examples include that time he blackmailed Break by poisoning Sharon, and later on when he tortured one of Yura's cultists for information, all with a gentle smile on his face.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type C. Also fits the other two types once his motivation is revealed.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Children of Ill Omen born as siblings of a future Glen seem to be especially powerful.
  • Torture Technician: If the man he tortured for information in Yura's mansion is any indication.
  • Trash of the Titans: His room is a disaster and according to Echo, the maids say Vincent's room is "prohibited land".
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: His habit of cutting up dolls with a pair of scissors, which still happens in his adulthood.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Flashbacks reveal that while he and Gilbert were homeless, Vincent was a nervous, innocent young boy who was endlessly grateful to his older brother for defending him from the abuse they received while living on the streets. Nobody knows quite when things went bad, but it seems that after being taken in by the Baskervilles and Jack, Vincent gained two extremely brutal Berserk Buttons, of which were threatening Gilbert's safety/saying Gilbert was going to die and making fun of his red eye. The first sign Vincent showed of something being incredibly wrong with him was when the Intention of the Abyss triggered both of these, and in response, he stabbed out her cat's eyes. Keep in mind he was likely around eight years old at that point. Things...proceed to go downhill from there. By the time he's an adult, he's willing to murder his family if they so much as say something to Gilbert he doesn't like.
  • The Unfettered: Hovers between Type I and Type V. Since his goal is to be erased from existence, he tortures and hurts whoever he pleases since once he's erased from time none of it will have happened. Of course, this still begs the question how many of his actions were genuine and how many of them were committed because he thought they wouldn't count for anything.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Jack and Miranda.
  • Yandere: For his older brother, Gilbert. He has killed people simply because they might prove to be a threat to Gilbert in the future.

    Echo 

Echo Baskerville

Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi
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"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."

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. Later on, she's revealed to be a split personality created by Noise's Chain Duldee 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 Duldum, 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 Duldee. 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 whacks Oz repeatedly with her stuffed bear doll in the dream world sequence. It's an ambiguous example because it takes place in a realm of unclear reality, in which the scene is either a different world or simply Oz's dream, and unlike nearly all of the other female leads, it is the only time in the series that Echo acts like this to someone she cares for.
  • 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 Duldum.
  • People Puppets: Duldum's specialty. When the victim doesn't struggle against Duldum'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.

    Elliot Nightray 

Elliot Nightray

Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima
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"Someone who cares so little for their own life has no right to protect anyone!"

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.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: In the Caucus Race side novels, Elliot is completely oblivious towards the massive amount of female attention he receives until he finds out about his fan club, which is essentially an Unwanted Harem.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    Leo 

Leo Baskerville

Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe
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"I'm not trying to hide anything. It's just that I don't want to see."

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 Intention 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".
  • 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: When speaking to Oz, he mentioned, with a smile, that Elliot means so much to him he would kill anybody that could prove harmful to him, including Oz...or himself.
  • 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 

Sharon Rainsworth

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
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"It is alright to cry once in a while."

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 BSoD: Having your elder brother figure die in you arms does no good for anyone.
  • Heroic Vow: Hers bookends the series, in a way. Sharon tells Oz at his first Coming of Age Ceremony that even if he is "a fallen angel that will bring about destruction," she will stand by him. She reminds him of this promise at the end of the series through Eques, who'd hidden in Lottie's shadow after the group got separated in Sablier; it's her last conversation with Oz, as he goes to enact his plan to stop the world from collapsing soon after and dies while doing so.
  • 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.
  • Ma'am Shock: 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.

    Xerxes Break 

Xerxes Break / Kevin Regnard

Voiced by: Akira Ishida
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"Use everything and everyone around you to your advantage."

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 Ill Omen. 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 Intention 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.Though, this usually results in his lady beating him half to death.
  • Deal with the Devil: At least twice, first when he made an illegal contract with Albus and again when he offered the Intention 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.Oh, the possibilities...
  • The Dreaded: The Baskervilles' fear of this man is only matched by their hatred of him and his Chain, the Mad Hatter. Given how the Mad Hatter is the only Chain that can reliably kill other Chains, and Break is more than capable of using this power to One-Man Army levels, there's a good reason for this.
  • Eccentric Mentor: To Gilbert, and to a lesser degree, Oz.
  • Evil Albino: During his time as the Red-eyed Ghost.
  • Eye Scream: The Intention of the Abyss ripped his left eye out so she could give it to her blinded cat Cheshire.
  • 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. Break himself can also be lethal when the situation calls for it.
  • 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 RRoD: 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 off 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 in Sharon's arms.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He's entirely self-deprecating about his past actions, declaring in a "I'm complete scum" manner that he killed the youngest daughter of the Sinclair Family.
  • Hurting Hero: You can't blame him, really. And he hides his remorse like nobody's business.
  • I Gave My Word: Break claims that his primary motivation is fulfill his promise to grant the Intention's wish, even though she didn't comply her part of the deal like Break would have liked. In his final moments, one of Break's major regrets is not having been able to live up to his promise.
  • 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.
  • It's All My Fault: He initially loathed Alyss for what she did to the Sinclair family. By the main storyline, he firmly believes that it wasn't her fault but his.
  • I Work Alone: He says this (Sharon calls him "Mister One-Man Show" for a reason), but part of his Character Development is learning to rely on others.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Not quite as extreme as others can be, but he vows to make the Baskervilles pay for hitting Sharon, then proceeds to leap into battle despite his withering body.
  • 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.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He will play you like a fiddle if it benefits his goals.
  • 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.
  • Never My Fault: Subverted. He initially blamed the Intention of the Abyss for the fate of the Sinclair family, though in all technicality he might have done well to make his entreaty more specific.
  • Nice Hat: His top hat is quite fetching.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Kevin Regnard and the Sinclair family. Whoopsies.
  • Nominal Hero: Arguably subverted. Break claims that his goal is to grant the wish of the Intention of the Abyss, and he does seem to genuinely want to do so, given his reaction to his near death at the hands of Fang and Lily ("I couldn't grant your wish either...please forgive me."), and then his actual death ("I'm sorry, Alice (Alyss)...I have no more strength in me to grant your wish."). He also tends to insist that he does everything for his own sake. Despite this, his genuine care for others, (i.e. Oz, Gilbert, Alice, Sheryl, Reim, Sharon, Shelly) is quite obvious.
  • 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 Intention 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!: Sharon calls him 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. Like Sharon, he loves teasing Gilbert about his rather suspicious feelings for Oz. He also has a detector for the Rufus/Sheryl thing going on as when Rufus fatally wounds Sheryl to get the the sealing stone, Break surprises him by calling him out for attacking Sheryl rather than for joining the Baskervilles.
  • Slasher Smile: I'm sorry, have you seen his grin? [1]
  • The Smart Guy: As The 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 

Sheryl Rainsworth

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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 

Shelly Rainsworth

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"As long as you continue to struggle and fight, you will be able to keep living."

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

  • Blinding Bangs: Almost 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 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.
  • The Lost Lenore: It's been officially confirmed that Break was in love with Shelly and she was the one who shaped him into who he is today.
  • Missing Mom: She's Sharon's 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.
  • Uptown Girl: Word of God confirmed that Break was in love with Shelly. Her feelings on the matter are unknown, but she clearly cared a lot about him. Unfortunately, for Break (and perhaps Shelly as well), Shelly was a noblewoman in line to be the next Duchess Rainsworth, while Break was essentially an unknown man who literally appeared out of nowhere as far as everyone else knows. A romantic relationship between the two would have been impossible.

Barma Household

    Rufus Barma 

Rufus Barma

Voiced by: Yuya Uchida
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"This thing I believe in...it is called love!"

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.
  • 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.
  • Manchild: 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.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: He and Oz often do a very subtle kind of this, not during their first meeting but generally when interacting thereafter; they both respect each other's intelligence and cleverness but their dispositions conflict.
  • 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.
  • Wild Card: Nobody except for Sheryl could ever predict what he was planning. Mostly because nobody could expect that all of his plans still revolve around hooking up with Sheryl despite decades of rejection. He's one of the few characters to almost Out Gambit Glen.

    Reim Lunettes 

Reim Lunettes

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe
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"I do not intend to fight you! In fact, I have absolutely no combat skills whatsoever!"

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 

Miranda Barma

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"Only when I have his head will he truly be mine!"

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 crazy as Jack himself (although it's impossible to say this for sure because we only saw her in action a couple of times), so it's probably no wonder that they quickly became such close allies and friends.

    Arthur Barma 

Arthur Barma

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"I was always plain and ill-spoken."

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.

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