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    Oz Vessalius 

Oz Vessalius / Oz the Bloodstained Black Rabbit

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa
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"I don't really like throwing around the word 'justice'...although I do admire the concept. I believe there is no black and white, no good or evil. In this world, there are only people's intentions."

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

  • Adorkable: At times.
  • Alice Allusion: A possible male variation. He shares more traits with Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland than Pandora Hearts' own two Alices.
  • Always Save the Girl: He considers nothing to be more important than Alice's safety, whether she agrees with him or not. It's heavily implied this Poisonous Friend desperation with keeping her safe is a manifestation of his trauma from the Tragedy of Sablier (during which Alice chose to commit suicide to protect him). Part of his Character Development is to overcome this traumatic complex and re-learn how to prioritize Alice's will vs. Alice's safety, and further, to re-learn how to allow himself to trust and emotionally invest in other people.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Pandora Hearts is primarily a mystery series, and it's Oz's (and his companions') goal to solve that mystery.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Possibly. An omake has him enthusiastically entertaining the idea of having lovestruck fans "regardless of gender" as well as stating he feels "slightly attracted" to a cross-dressing Break. In one of the Caucus Race novels, he gets heavily disturbed by the idea of Gilbert getting married. However, there's very little to suggest Oz is bisexual in the main series other than his possessiveness of Gilbert; otherwise, he appears very much heterosexual.
  • Amnesiac Hero: He seems to have forgotten his time as B-Rabbit until Jack showed him the truth.
  • Animal Motif: His true identity is the Black Rabbit, or B-Rabbit for short. True to form, many of his clothes and belongings in the Official Art have depictions of rabbits on them in some way.
  • Anti-Antichrist: The Intention of the Abyss, in spite of being incredibly powerful, still did not have enough power to fulfill Jack's wish to drag the world into the Abyss because her vessel (Alice) would be destroyed from the pressure it would place on her body. Oz was created to serve this purpose instead and has enough power to destroy the world, but he has absolutely no intention to do so, and he is the main positive participant in the "Save the World" Climax.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When he dresses up as a maid, Gil says he looks "gorgeous" and a male servant of the Barma household seems to approve as well.
  • Badass Adorable: Especially when playing around with that scythe. And also especially since he's B-Rabbit.
  • Beast of the Apocalypse: During the near-apocalyptic Tragedy of Sablier as B-Rabbit, giving him a reputation for bloodshed and destruction that lasts his hundred-year absence and still terrifies Pandora. He subverts this in the second near-apocalypse with his role as a Messianic Figure and Anti-Antichrist.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Oz begins the series as a depressed cynic Stepford Smiler unwilling to have sincere faith in anything for fear of suffering more emotional damage at perceived inevitable letdowns, causing everyone who loves him deep stress and worry for his wellbeing. By the end of the series, Oz is acknowledged as having become a character who embodies hope and faith, and is the leader of the group counteracting Oswald's and Jack's efforts to write off the present world as worthless. For double points, Oz 100 years ago was intended to be the tool that would end that world.
  • Berserk Button: Anyone threatening or hurting Alice, until his reactions to this become less extreme and violent due to Character Development. In spite of this, he obviously still desires to protect her with everything he has.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Cute, innocent-looking, and friendly, but you do not want to piss off this rabbit. The childish facade hides a strategist's mind and his destructive potential is second only to the Core itself; he's considered the most powerful Chain for a reason.
  • Bishōnen: He's part of a Cast Full of Pretty Boys, so it's a given. While the other male members of the cast are often described as "hot" by fans, Oz is more often called "beautiful."
  • Body Surf: From his original plush rabbit forms to his formal Chain form to Jack's body. His comments in Retrace LXXVII imply that this could have happened again if Jack's body died and he got another Contractor. But since he dies, he's eventually reborn in a new one all his own.
  • Break the Cutie:
  • Broken Ace: According to the guide books, Oz is highly skilled with drawing, painting, writing both prose and poetry, recitation, singing, playing both the violin and piano, dancing, studying, horse back riding, mathematics, firearms, and swordsmanship (though he's noted to have little actual combat experience). In-story he proves himself to be extremely intelligent, with an impressive memory and quick analytical and deductive thinking. Unfortunately, though Oz is extremely talented and admired by many, he still has a lot of issues.
  • Broken Hero: Oz is pretty much a textbook example of this. He was completely shunned by his father at a young age, despite wanting desperately to impress him, and repressed the emotional damage this did so those he cared for wouldn't worry about him. Further, throughout the first half of the series, he clearly suffers from a mysterious case of undiagnosed PTSD relating to the events of Sablier that causes him to have fits of psychosis in which his mental state goes back to a place he does not consciously remember, the concern of which he internalizes and rarely shows. As of Retrace LXX, already pretty shaken up, he then realizes that he is actually the Chain B-Rabbit, created from one of Alice's stuffed animals, who one hundred years ago was forced to murder many innocent people and nearly end the world - and this is the source of his traumatic, violent, and mysterious fits. Then his best friend, via a single order from their enemies, shoots him. By the end of Retrace LXXIV, he was almost completely mentally and emotionally broken thanks to the re-emergence of these scarring memories and Jack's additional abusive attempts to convince Oz that his existence is invalid and worthless. However, with the support of the people who love him regardless, he's eventually able to pull himself together again to take action and become the real hero of the subsequent disaster.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Played as the White Rabbit in Gilbert in Wonderland, and is noted by both Gils to be quite cute. Storywise, he was a pair of cute plush rabbits (before everything went to hell), and is still cute as a human. Subverted when he's destroying everything as B-Rabbit.
  • Changeling Tale: Part of his backstory. On the day he was "born," Jack's allies (with Xai Vessalius' cooperation) secretly switched Xai's newborn son with the infant Oz. Played with in that the child Oz replaced was stillborn, not kidnapped.
  • Character Development: Possibly the most prominent example. Like his possible inspiration Alice, Oz is noted by many people to be constantly changing throughout the series. At one point, Duke Barma even mentions that Oz had completely changed around his personality in the few days between visits to his house. In general, though, Oz starts the series as a traumatized, depressed individual hiding behind his own self-delusions and masks to protect himself, and ends the series with far more self-awareness, peace of mind, and self-worth.
  • Color Motif: An interesting example of almost a Red Herring color motif, to parallel the twist on his identity. He's initially surrounded by green and yellow, a color pairing also strongly associated with Jack and in contrast with Gilbert's black and blue and Alice's red and white. As the story progresses, Oz becomes visually distanced from Jack's green and more associated with red and gold, affiliating him with the golden paradise of the Abyss in contrast with Jack's watery darkness. This is implied in official art all the way in the beginning: his Character Chair, for example, is a golden and red throne, with the green gem in the Vessalius crest on top missing. And when rabbits are meant to represent the current him in official art, they often wear Oz's red tie.
  • Creepy Child: Break even points it out. Oz starts out so cheerful in the face of misery and so well hidden behind his many masks that even Break (a creepy fellow himself) finds him unnerving. However, he grows much more human (pardon the pun) as the story goes along, and ironically is shown at his most human just when we find out he isn't. As he gets the courage to evaluate who he is for himself, this fades from his character completely.
  • Cry Cute: As the series progresses, he shows his emotions more openly, which eventually leads to this.
  • Cute and Psycho: As the first half of the manga goes on, it becomes more obvious that Break is right—Oz is definitely not entirely "there." The second half has Oz working to repair that.
  • The Cynic: What Oz actually was at the beginning of the series underneath his 100% fake Stepford Smile, having had his faith in pretty much everything destroyed from very early in his life. He has no real hope that anything can get better for him. This is largely the result of Xai's emotional abuse on Oz throughout his childhood, which disillusioned him to the concepts of permanence and self-worth and subsequently left him unable to trust in the worth of temporary things like friendship, love, or his own feelings, resulting in him creating a shallow personality mask and conditioning himself to cheerfully accept misery. As Oz told Gilbert upon Gilbert's proclamation that he wants to be loyally at Oz's side forever: "I don't believe in forever." As Oz experiences Character Development, he slowly begins to subvert this trope: while the impermanence of life is a consistent theme throughout the series, Oz's eventual decision to have faith that those who care about him do actually care about him and do not wish to abandon him, and to actually trust in the worth and reality of that rather than continue his self-destructive nonchalance at his own fate while those who love him worry, enables him to begin to have faith in the worth of the present when the conflicting parties against him are seeking to discard it as worthless. Through this change, Oz transforms from a depressed cynic to an in-universe symbol of hope.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Oz's abuse at his father's hands pretty much destroyed his ability to have faith in anything, especially his own self-worth.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was initially a kind of stuffed animal spirit guardian for the Alice twins left behind by their mother, and he loved them both dearly. But one of them—the justifiably lonely, miserable, and mentally unstable Intention of the Abyss—turned him into a Living Weapon at the request of Jack Vessalius, in order to destroy the world. What followed was the Trauma Conga Line to end all Trauma Conga Lines for everyone involved: Oz was tricked into contracting with an Omnicidal Maniac thinking he was simply going to guide the man to visit his lonely friend. He was subsequently stripped of free will and forced to slaughter and destroy the human city he had lived in as a plush rabbit, including people he recognized and loved, while still being mentally himself and all too aware of what was happening around him. Then his beloved owner Alice committed suicide in front of him to stop this. Remembering this was the Break the Cutie moment that almost destroyed him.
  • Declaration of Protection: As a plush toy he swore to protect Alice when she was still alive, which carried through even after just meeting her in the Abyss. He also declared to Gilbert that "protecting servants is a master's job."
  • Demonic Possession: Since Oz is a world-wrecking Chain who took control of his body, Oz has technically been doing this to Jack for almost the entirety of the story. It's ultimately inverted, though, since Jack is the malicious one of the two and can take control (for the most part) when he wishes.
  • Determinator: Despite all of his hardship (or perhaps because of it), Oz came to accept and love the world the way it was, and so fought to stop Glen's plan to alter time even though it would have prevented a great deal of pain. His determination cost him a great deal, as his own decisions kill him in the final chapter—but despite his mourning that it had to come to that, it's clear from his actions that he doesn't regret it.
  • Devoted to You: Oz is this to Alice. Oz calls her his "sun" and it's especially apparent in the Caucus Race side novels where Oz stresses over and over how he must and will do anything for her. While the deep platonic love is real and remains, Oz eventually develops out of the unhealthily obsessive aspects of this devotion, which are heavily implied to be a lingering imprint from his time as her stuffed animal further warped by the trauma of what he witnessed happened to her during Tragedy of Sablier.
  • Disappears into Light: In the final chapter, Oz joins with the other lights of the Abyss along with Alice after having final words with Gilbert.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Exiled to a strange dimension you've been raised to consider Nightmare Fuel after maybe killing your best friend? Sit down and eat cookies!
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Once you know the true events of Sablier, Oz's psychotic Freak Outs in the first half of the manga begin to look a lot like PTSD.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Just shortly after meeting Alice, Oz finds himself willing to do anything to protect her and make her happy, without knowing why himself. Justified since Oz was initially her stuffed rabbit, and one of the first conscious decisions he made in his life was that he wanted to make sure Alice was happy.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Well, Gilbert certainly appears to, at least.
  • Famous Last Words: Oz's last words, "See you later, Gilbert!" are a reaffirmation of Gilbert's promise to meet each other again in Oz's next life. They reflect the resolution of one of Oz's many emotional issues as a character, demonstrating that he's overcome his abuse-originating inability to trust in "forever" when it comes to personal relationships.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: He spent ten years in the Abyss, but since time flows differently there Oz doesn't notice it when he comes back. Once he finds out, he has to adjust to things such as how his best friend and his little sister have grown while he's still the same.
  • Foil: To Jack. 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, being "heartbreakingly sensitive" as Oscar called him, used this act to hide his emotional turbulence and try to prevent those he loved from worrying about him; Jack used it to hide the fact that he felt he was actually empty inside, which he knew wasn't normal. 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 in the cast.
  • Freak Out!: Has them occasionally throughout the first half of the manga, whenever he's under stress enough to almost make him remember the events of Sablier. Notably occurs in Cheshire's dimension, the sorcerer Rytas' house, the Second Coming of Age Ceremony and especially at the Hole at Sablier.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was originally a children's comfort toy owned by the Core and Lacie and later the Alice twins, and possibly the single least-threatening thing in the story. Jack and Alyss (in one of her more psychotic moments) decided that made him the ideal tool to end the world, which resulted in Oz being a direct cause of the Tragedy of Sablier completely against his will.
  • The Gadfly: He has a tendency to set people off for fun, all in good teasing though. Gilbert and Elliot are his usual targets.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Heartbreakingly done. Oz initially dissolves into tears, mourning that he'll never be able to attend another tea party with everyone or learn to use a camera. Gilbert promises him, however, that he'll wait however long it takes for Oz and Alice to return to the world of the living. This calms Oz enough that both he and Alice are able to smile as their lives end and they join with the other lights of the Abyss.
  • Grand Theft Me: Strangely enough, this is a two-way street. Oz eventually ended up doing this to Jack as his soul gradually broke down as his body aged and de-aged, but after picking up some of Jack's scattered soul pieces, he also becomes able to do this to Oz, until Oz (apparently) destroys him for good. At the end of the story, Jack's vacant body is left empty of both him and Oz, and so the Core takes it instead.
  • Guile Hero: Throughout the series we get glimpses of Oz's perceptive and deductive nature, though he usually hides it behind a childish facade. It really stands out towards the end, when Oz manages to correctly predict the thoughts and actions of Oswald, the Baskervilles, Jack, Alyss, and the Core, and make a plan to save the world based on manipulating and utilizing all of them (along with a Chekhov's Gun briefly mentioned in a single throwaway sentence dozens of chapters ago) during just those few hours spent recovering at Lutwidge.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He might have several issues, but Oz is ultimately a nice, cheerful person who would do anything for those he cares about.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: As B-Rabbit, Oz came to be known as the monster responsible for the Tragedy of Sablier. However, he's really a subversion because Oz never wanted to do any of that; Jack had the Intention of the Abyss turn him into a world-destroying weapon and forced him to help him sink Sablier into the Abyss. Poor Oz was screaming and crying in horror the entire time Jack used him to kill people.
  • The Heart: Oz isn't easy to recognize as this at first due to his hiding his emotions under an enormous load of emotional baggage, but Oz, first and foremost, deals with adversaries through emotional understanding and a subtle but unending amount of empathy and compassion, even when things come to blows. He rejects the cold, simple judgements of "good" and "evil" to justify cruelty in favor of a more nuanced, grey, humanistic compassion. Though Oz suppresses concern, worry, pain, and sorrow under a veneer of cheerfulness (and occasionally, trolling) for the first half of the series, we see throughout the manga reoccurring instances of his underlying empathy: he tries to protect a murderer from execution at the hands of Oz's own friend for the sake of the murderer's young son, he's instantly understanding and empathetic towards Leo's emotions even while Leo's hunting him down like a psycho, and he's even horrified at Jack's murder of Isla Yura, whom even Jack was disgusted with. In the latter half of the manga this is emphasized further, with Oz even expressing the belief that things could have ended better for Xai and Jack, and after struggling for chapters upon chapters to stop Oswald, choosing to not intervene after all through an implied trust that Oswald will not actually kill his sister and an understanding that Oswald emotionally still needs to confront Lacie himself (and, after he collapses, Oz joins Lottie in rushing to his side). This quality combined with Oz's leadership skills motivates those around him to place their faith in his values; Gilbert, for example, has the chance to shoot Xai twice for all he has done but ultimately chooses not to because he knows Oz still would not want him to, and the conclusion of the series comes from Oz's ability to unify all of the remaining opposing forces within the cast for the sake of his faith in the future. Oz's status as The Heart is the main point of contrast highlighted between him and Jack.
    • Oz's deep, inherent empathy is highlighted further in Oscar's flashback of the time when Oz stole his camera, which Oscar had purchased to take the very first picture of his wife with their newborn child. Oz was almost hurt falling out of the window while stealing it, but still stole it because his Uncle was severely depressed after the death of his wife and child and was on the verge of throwing the camera out. Oz sobbed during his Uncle's scolding that he couldn't let Oscar throw it out because it was full of his Uncle's precious feelings—afterwhich Oscar is grateful and deeply regretful of his outburst of anger at Oz, privately calling Oz "heartbreakingly sensitive" and "the weight that kept him grounded" through his mourning. It's worth mentioning that this scene's opening shots of Oz climbing in the window is a direct shot-by-shot parallel to Jack climbing into Lacie's tower to see Alice for the first time, again emphasizing Oz's nature as Jack's Foil.
  • Hellish Pupils: When he uses the power of B-Rabbit, he gains red irises and white, slitted pupils.
  • Heroic BSoD: Several times:
    • A brief one when he accidentally slashes Gilbert at the start of the series.
    • A big one after Elliot dies.
    • The biggest one in the series after The Reveal of what he really is, and the events following in reality.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gilbert, though the "heterosexual" part is questionable on Gilbert's end.
  • Hope Is Scary: Why Oz conditioned himself to accept horror and misery with a smile. Ironically, he comes to embody hope and faith in the present by the end.
  • Humanity Ensues: He was once a small stuffed animal rabbit that gained sentience through the power of the Abyss and exposure to human emotions, but through a series of increasingly horrifying events, ended up inhabiting a human body. True to his thematic inspiration (though it isn't obvious at first), much of his story is actually about dealing with the emotional baggage left from how he was created and understanding and accepting what it means to be 'himself' and 'real.'
  • Humanoid Abomination: Looks human. Isn't.
  • I Am Who?: Revealed to be the true B-Rabbit.
  • Identical Grandson: To the point that he looks like a near-exact copy of young Jack. Subverted since he isn't actually Jack's descendant. The reason he looks identical to him is that "his" body is actually Jack's.
  • Immortality: Through Body Surf and a back-and-forth case of Merlin Sickness. Jack's soul gradually broke because of this process, whilst Oz, being a natural-borne Chain and not rejected by the Abyss, did not share his fate. The only reason Jack could keep taking his body back was because one of his soul pieces ended up back in his body, probably during the fiasco at Cheshire's dimension.
    • There are still ways to kill him, though. Tossing him into the Abyss, if using all five Black-Winged Chains, could have dragged him right into the Darkness of the Abyss and theoretically done the job. And of course by pointing his destructive powers at himself and killing his own Contractor, which is actually what happens when he forms a Contract with the Intention of the Abyss to free her from her imprisonment and re-stabilize the Abyss.
  • Implied Love Interest: For Gilbert and Echo. The latter's crush is implied in the manga, expanded on in the bonus material, and potentially reciprocated. The former is... well, Gilbert.
  • I Owe You My Life: His devotion to Alice is revealed to come from his crediting her and her mother with giving him life. Lacie gave him sentience by giving his original body to the Core of the Abyss and Alice gave him "life" via love and care when he was just a stuffed animal.
  • Irony: Used deliberately in his character development. Arguably the main story line in Pandora Hearts is showing how Oz, the least human character sans the Core, develops into one of the most human characters psychologically.
  • It Amused Me: Occasionally.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the beginning. He loses his jerk edge as the story goes on, though he still loves to tease Gilbert.
  • Hive Mind: Back when he was an Animate Inanimate Object he split his consciousness between the stuffed rabbit in the Abyss and the other rabbit outside of it. This ended when he transferred Lacie's last memory to Jack, destroying his rabbit body in the real world. His other body became the chain B-Rabbit.
  • Keet: A subversion. He seems incredibly cheerful and upbeat, but this is because, due to his father's abuse, he doesn't believe he has the right to trouble his friends with his darker emotions, and so pretends to be unaffected by the horrifying events that happen around him. He slowly relearns how to show genuine emotions over the course of the story.
  • Kid-anova: He flirts with many younger girls in the beginning, although it appears this trait is mostly an act to go along with his Keet attitude; like his Stepford Smiles, he eventually grows out of this.
  • Kid Hero: He's 15 at the start of the story. Although his real age is actually over a hundred thanks to Jack being rejected by the Abyss.
  • Kid with the Leash: Even though Alice treats him like he's the servant, Oz is the one in control.
  • Killer Rabbit: Considering he is actually B-Rabbit.
  • The Kirk: Calm, but upbeat and somewhat unstable at times, Oz forms the center that balances out the hot-tempered Alice and the serious Gilbert.
  • The Leader: Type Charismatic with shades of Levelheaded. He leads the group's investigations and makes most of their major decisions.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Gil, in a major way. This doesn't seem to have improved by the end, even when the living bit is no longer applicable. We can say, however, that any dangerous tendencies Gilbert had due to this were successfully stabilized.
  • Living Lie Detector: It is brought up several times that Oz knows when people are lying. Interestingly, he almost never calls them out on it and plays along. Then he acts based on the truth instead of what he pretended to believe.
  • Living Toys: Before he was made into a Sympathetic Sentient Weapon or became a Humanoid Abomination, Oz was originally a pair of stuffed rabbit dolls owned by Lacie, and later, her daughters. The Core gave him sentience, allowing him to exist as a single consciousness between both bodies and give those in the Abyss and those in the human world connection and companionship.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: He'll do anything for Alice. Will go temporarily insane after witnessing human!Alice's death. Will tear apart the Abyss and almost Alice herself to get rid of anything that hurts her. This softens towards the end of the story, as Oz normalizes and deepens his relationships with other people and learns to listen to what Alice truly wants. Also, this trope might not exactly apply, considering Word of God confirmed Oz and Alice don't have any romantic feelings towards each other.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Oz repeatedly puts himself in harm's way to protect others because he doesn't care what happens to himself. Elliot calls him out on this, telling Oz that if he keeps doing it he will only worry and hurt those who care about him and he is only trying to protect himself that way.
  • Mellow Fellow: Oz rarely changes his carefree and positive attitude, even in the most horrifying situations. It can be a bit disturbing at times. Internally, though, as we find out, he's heavily disturbed and severely depressed.
  • Mercy Kill: He forms a contract with the Intention of the Abyss and kills her from the inside because being the host of the Core has caused Possession Burnout to the point where her very being—body, mind, and soul—was about to cease existing altogether.
  • Messianic Archetype: A double subversion. Initially he was believed to be the reincarnation of Jack Vessalius, foretold by Prophecy and destined to save the world. Then it turned out that he was actually more of an Antichrist, a parasitic Chain born out of Jack Vessalius' desire to cut the previously untouchable chains supporting their world and sink it into the Abyss and currently living inside Jack's own cursed body. Then in a final twist, Oz knowingly goes to his death repairing the horrible effects the casts' mistakes have had on the Abyss, restoring it to its former beauty and giving the surviving cast and the world a second chance. His role as this is emphasized by the subtle Biblical allusions that pop up around him in the story.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He isn't happy when he thinks Gilbert is the guy Ada likes.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He's the real Bloodstained Black Rabbit. Though what the first "B" truly stands for can be debated, as the Alice twins use "Beloved" instead of "Bloodstained" when calling his name, the adjective 'Bloodstained' was still unfortunately well-earned.
  • Nephewism: Oz's mother died when he was young and his father hated him and never came to see him, so his Uncle Oscar took it upon himself to look after Oz as if he was his own.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: Oz was so mentally screwed up by Xai's emotional abuse that he essentially removed any emotional attachment from anything and deliberately stopped caring about his own well-being so he could never be hurt again. He grows out of it once he learns that all he's done is deprive himself of happiness and worry the people who care for him.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He gave out a fragment of Lacie's memories to Jack after her death as repayment for the love she gave to Oz as a plush Rabbit at the cost of his body. Jack later repays him by forcing him to slaughter people while being aware of it all.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Often acts dumb (but still charming) in order to convince people to tell him more about something.
  • Older Than He Looks: Oz is mentally 15, believed for most of the story to be 25, and is in reality a century-old Chain contained inside a century-old body with a bizarre case of Merlin Sickness. He didn't know about that last one, though.
  • Parental Abandonment: Oz's adoptive mother died when he was young and his adoptive father Xai rejected him after coming to associate Oz with Jack's manipulations. His Uncle Oscar was the closest thing to a stable parental figure Oz had as a boy, but even that relationship was complicated since Oscar initially treated Oz as a Replacement Goldfish for his own deceased child and both loved and resented Oz for living when his child did not. Unsurprisingly, all of this built up enormous emotional tensions within the family.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: As B-Rabbit while he has his powers. He stands above all other Chains for this, as even the next five most powerful Chains working together could only (barely) contain a portion of the damage he wrought during the Tragedy of Sablier and were still unable to save the doomed city. In the hierarchy of power B-Rabbit seems to be only topped by the Core of the Abyss itself
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Alice. Word of God has expressly stated that Oz and Alice were not and would not be romantically attracted or involved with one another because their relationship is "on a different level." However, the two absolutely adore each other and they've been dear to one another since Oz was Alice's stuffed rabbit.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Alice during his Freak Outs, especially in the Cheshire Arc. When in this state of mind, Oz would do anything to keep his dear Alice happy, including destroy anything that hurts her or causes her fear, even if that means killing Alice herself. Like many of his other issues, he gets better eventually.
  • Powers via Possession: Oz gets these through Alice, except it actually turns out to be the opposite as Alice borrowed all of her powers from Oz. Jack also gets these through Oz in later chapters.
  • Princely Young Man: And how. He shuffles his residency between mansions, is deferred to by Pandora and most of the government, has a highly cultured taste despite his at times eccentric personality, styles frequently in Gorgeous Period Clothes, and is the heir to one of the most powerful families in the country.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Occasionally pops up either when he's really pissed off or trying to freak people out.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Unlike other characters, he really lived through those hundred years although he has no recollection over it.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes turn red whenever using B-Rabbit's power. He's also a lot more violent like this and can easily kill people.
  • Reincarnation:
    • Subverted. It's initially believed that Oz is the reincarnation of the hero Jack Vessalius. The truth turns out to be far more complex.
    • Played straight at the end of the series. He and Alice knowingly go to their deaths in the final chapter in order to repair the damage done to the Abyss by human hands, but are reincarnated 100 years later and eventually reunite with Gilbert.
  • Replacement Goldfish: His entire relationship with his Uncle Oscar is a deconstruction of this trope. After Oscar's son died, Oscar pretty much raised Oz himself, since Xai refused to have a hand in doing so. But while Oscar grew to love Oz as the son he never had, he also grew to hate him for seemingly replacing his child.
  • The Reveal: He's really B-Rabbit and his "body" is actually Jack's. The reveal of this shortly after the reveal of Jack's true moral alignment threw the fandom into utter chaos.
  • Righteous Rabbit: Oz was originally a stuffed rabbit toy that wanted nothing more than to make his owner Alice happy. He was made into a Hair-Raising Hare against his will by Jack and the Intention of the Abyss and he was forced to help in Jack's plan to destroy the world. Despite all this, Oz remains a good-natured and heroic character and at the end of the story, he restablizes the world from the damage it received due to Jack's actions and returns the Abyss to the golden paradise it once was, at the cost of his own life.
  • The Scapegoat: Played with. He's this to Pandora and the Baskervilles after escaping execution, as they make a public announcement that he's the cause of the earthquakes and even put a bounty on his head. Of course, because the last fragment of Jack's soul exists in the same body as Oz, this is both true and untrue. Oswald even admits fairly early in the manga that Oz is just an unfortunate existence he must oppose and destroy For The Greater Good.
    • Played straight with his adoptive father Xai, who blamed Oz for his own mistakes since he had too much pride to simply accept his misfortune and move on.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He uses his connection to Jack as this, though it later comes back to haunt him when Jack (and by association, Oz) is identified as a threat that must be destroyed by the Baskervilles and much of Pandora.
  • Sinister Scythe: B-Rabbit's—and therefore Oz's own—signature weapon, and one of the more destructive physical manifestations of his powers. Its primary purpose is revealed to be cutting the chains that hold up the world and causing the Apocalypse, but it also has the added ability of turning all it comes into contact with—mortal and "immortal" alike—into sand.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Despite being raised as part of an elite noble family and having multiple 'masks', Oz is quite the sweetheart underneath it all.
  • Stepford Smiler: Oz seems to be unnaturally cheerful in the face of horror, but then we find out that he's so impossibly broken on the inside he no longer processes fear in the same way because he hasn't valued his own life in years, and even if he does feel disturbed by something, he doesn't feel he has the right to worry others because of it. And let's face it: with that kind of past, it's not strange that he's like this. However, the more open his personality becomes, the more natural and genuine his cheerful and bubbly displays are.
  • Switched at Birth: Oz is actually the chain Oz the B-rabbit inhabiting the cursed body of Jack Vessalius. He was switched with Xai Vessalius's real, stillborn child at birth as part of Jack's plan to reunite Alice and the B-rabbit.
  • Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: Oz's true backstory and connection to the Tragedy of Sablier: he was the Chain that, under the control of an Omnicidal Maniac, slaughtered and sank the city into the Abyss. Entirely against his will.
  • Teen Genius: Since it's not a plot point like a Teen Genius would be in, say, Death Note and Oz is Obfuscating Stupidity, many people don't notice this until quite far into the manga. However, by the end of the manga, everybody has realized Oz is incredibly smart, especially psychologically.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Retrace LXX reveals that Oz is actually the Apocalyptic Chain known as B-Rabbit. His host body was actually his former contractor's, which was left vacant after the remaining fragments in his soul whittled away to nothing. Unfortunately for everyone, Oz ran into another piece of his soul somewhere (likely when he found that pocket watch), kicking off the story in present-day.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He starts becoming this after the events in Sablier, where he first manifested his powers but took him a while to control it. He took another level in badassery when he remembers his past as B-Rabbit, to the point where he can fight Glen/Leo evenly. Compare it to the earlier events in the manga where he can barely defend himself without the help of Alice or Gilbert.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He keeps Echo/Noise's cloak after their deaths, and from then on is never seen without it until his own death.
  • Tranquil Fury: During his Second Coming of Age ceremony, he flips between this and loud, aggressive anger, all directed at Isla Yura. Notably, the second startles Vincent and the first deeply unsettles Elliot.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Stands out amongst a series of trauma conga lines. Oz was originally a sentient child's comfort toy created from the wish of a doomed woman, Lacie, to provide her lonely friend the Core of the Abyss company. After her death, Oz ended up in the possession of her daughters, one of whom turned him into a monsterous weapon and gave control of him to a psychopath, Jack, who forced Oz to slaughter countless lives against his will, ending with the other daughter, Alice, committing suicide in front of Oz to prevent Jack from using Oz for further destruction. This gave Oz a severe case of PTSD and amnesia as well as trapped him with Jack, his abuser, after which his consciousness went dormant for around 85 years. Once active again, Oz was adopted into an emotionally abusive and neglectful family and experienced isolation from the outside world, complete rejection and dehumanization at the hands of his adoptive father, inconsistent love and support from his loving but damaged uncle, and the death of his adoptive mother, all while still a young child. And these are just the traumatic events that took place before the actual series started. From Oz's creation to his death, there were very few moments when he was able to be genuinely happy.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: A case of bait and switch between this and Limited Wardrobe. Early on in the series, Oz's survival after the Coming of Age ceremony is supposed to be secret, so he is given some commoners' clothing and this becomes his signature outfit for the early manga. After the rest of the nobility find out about his survival, though, he's integrated back in with high society and begins wearing a larger variety of clothes. The last time his commoner outfit is really seen is during the incident at the Hole at Sablier; after that, Oz usually styles a range of effeminate knickerbocker suits and fancy frock coats.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had he not given Lacie's memory fragment, Jack would have accepted Lacie's death and the tragedy would not have happened.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He has always wished to gain the praise and recognition of his father Xai Vessalius. He concludes eventually that he likely never will, but realizes that it's not his fault and he has the right to exist just as much as anyone else, no matter what his father thinks.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Alice named him after her Uncle Oswald.
  • When He Smiles: Gilbert returns the expression with obvious adoration, and Alice usually cheers up.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Probably due to the Parental Abandonment, his bookworm tendencies, and being raised as the heir of Vessalius House. He's actually been alive since before the Tragedy of Sablier, though he doesn't remember it until Jack triggers his memories.
  • With Friends Like These...: He says Gilbert has been his most precious friend ever since he became his servant. Flashbacks of their childhood are mostly about Oz bullying him, though.
    • It should be noted that Oz still cares for Gilbert very much in spite of this...and that Gilbert is a masochist.
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    Alice 

Alice Baskerville

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi
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"I won't allow anyone to take what's mine!"

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

  • Action Girl: Though her fighting moments slow down by the end, she is notably as expert at unarmed fighting, managing to dodge and finally kick Echo away while said "trained bodyguard" is swinging knives at her.
  • Alice Allusion: Well, obviously. Played with, though, as she doesn't seem to be a straight allusion—the different traits typically associated with the character of Alice are split between her and Oz.
    • She and her sister could also be an allusion to the Red and White Queens from Through the Looking Glass, the second Alice in Wonderland book.
  • Amnesiac Hero: At the beginning of the series, her earliest accessible memory is waking up in the Abyss with the knowledge that her name is "Alice the Black Rabbit"; much of the story follows her attempts to recover her lost memories, which seem to be found scattered around places important to her past. It's revealed that these memories belonged not to Alice, but to her mentally ill twin sister, the Will of the Abyss. They had once worked together to try to destroy the Will's memory in order to remove the taint of Jack Vessalius' manipulative influence on her already unstable mind. Unfortunately, the twins' attempt at giving the Will Laser-Guided Amnesia backfired, shattering the Will's memories into mixed-up pieces and causing Alice to forget, too.
  • Asexual: Very ambiguously. She's undoubtedly a Chaste Heroine, as is mentioned below, but it's unclear if she's genuinely asexual or if she's this way simply because she's oblivious. It's worth noting that even as Sharon teaches her more about romance, she remains indifferent to it.
  • Badass Adorable: Her body is roughly fourteen years old, but she doesn't hesitate to get in a fight.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the end of Retrace LXXII, she dropkicks Jack (who is possessing Oz), rescuing Oz.
  • Big Eater: Whenever possible, she'll be eating or mooching food.
  • The Big Girl: Class 4. She's the quickest to jump to intimidation and often eager to battle.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards her twin sister, the Intention of the Abyss. She thwarts Jack not only to save Oz, but to help her sister as well. She also becomes B-Rabbit to destroy her sister's memories, as the Intention of the Abyss rationalizes that this will be the most effective way to keep herself from away Jack, who seems to have polluted her mind.
    • One argue this instinct is directed towards Oz as well. The three of them—Oz and the Alices—share their origins in the same woman and spent their "childhoods" being of the select few that each other could interact with (the Alice twins were locked away, and were seemingly the only ones capable of hearing Oz at this time), forming what we see in the flashbacks to be a very small and isolated social circle. Their relationship is confirmed to be entirely non-romantic, and throughout the story Alice is both rather bratty towards Oz, yet just as protective of him as she is of her sister—she proves quite literally that she'd rather die than see either come to harm.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: She's a really childlike, arrogant girl. She gets better thanks to Character Development.
  • Broken Bird: She may be rude, impulsive and arrogant, but it's understandable to develop that attitude after having to survive on her own within the Abyss with no memories of who she is.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: When not playing up her Hair-Raising Hare qualities, she counts as this.
  • Character Development: She starts out as an arrogant girl who will have her way no matter what, then evolves into generally a much nicer girl as the series goes on. Not to mention her When She Smiles moments.
  • Chaste Heroine: She's quite oblivious to things related to romance and shame. This is later lampshaded by Sharon who, believing Oz took advantage of Alice (who didn't really know what a kiss was), attacks him with her Paper Fan of Doom.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She doesn't like to see Oz getting too friendly with other people, even his own sister and usually gets into fights with Gilbert for Oz's attention.
  • Color Motif: Alice's is Red and White, a reference to Alice in Wonderland's Red Queen, although in the past she was more associated with black, a contrast to her sister's white.
  • Cool Big Sis: Although they are twins, Alice is this persona to the Intention of Abyss.
  • Cry Cute: When this tyrannical little brat breaks down in tears, it's hard to believe she and that cutie are the same person.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: She isn't really a Chain, rather a ghost possessing Oz's Chain form. As Oz begins to reabsorb his old self through the contract, she begins to lose her solid form.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: So much.
  • Dead to Begin With: In order to save Oz the B-Rabbit from Jack's control during the Tragedy of Sablier, she killed herself.
  • Declaration of Protection: Before her Heroic Sacrifice, she told Oz the B-Rabbit he was hers and she wouldn't allow anyone to take him away from her. She would protect him with her own hands.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: She pretends to be in trouble with the Chain Mad Baby to get Oz's sympathy and make him accept forming a contract with her.
  • Dies Wide Open: She died with her eyes open after killing herself.
  • Disappears into Light: With Oz in the final chapter, after freeing her sister and returning stability to the Abyss.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Alice has a tendency to whack, hit, and kick Oz around in order to keep up some of her false bravado. Her violent tendencies soften towards the end of the series.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Oz was originally her sentient stuffed animal and she thought of him as her absolute best friend. Justified, as he was pretty much the only other sentient thing with her in the tower.
  • Go Through Me: She defends Oz from Glen's sword. What saves her is her great resemblance with Lacie, which makes Glen incapable of killing her.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Knowing that Gilbert will be waiting for them to return, Alice and Oz are able to smile as they join with the other lights of the Abyss in the final chapter.
  • Grand Theft Me: Her disembodied soul pulled this on Oz's chain body after she died, allowing her to (kind of) become the B-Rabbit.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She's prone to losing her temper with anyone but especially with Gilbert, who she constantly fights, particularly when it concerns Oz.
  • Heroic Suicide: One of the major mysteries in the series was exactly who killed her during the Tragedy of Sablier. After many a Red Herring, it turns out she killed herself in order to protect Oz and her sister from Jack's control.
  • Horned Hairdo: Her hairstyle includes two cute little "horns".
  • Hot-Blooded: It doesn't matter who you are—foreign dignitary, friend, or only chance of getting out of an awful hellish dimension—if you make her angry, she will hit you.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Even before the Tragedy, she was technically a Chain and clearly possessed supernatural abilities.
  • Is It Something You Eat?: When she first hears about Ada, she asks if that's something to eat. She also thinks that romance and jealousy are some kind of food.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's rude, but she's still a good person at heart, which becomes much more obvious thanks to Character Development.
  • Large Ham: Aside from the Incredibly Lame Pun, in the manga she's very prone to shouting whatever the hell she wants.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Accidentally did this to herself during the Tragedy of Sablier.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Will go toe to toe verbally with Gilbert, Break or Rufus, even if she finds all the subtleties in the way they talk pointless.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Oz. He adores her so much that he goes completely crazy when he thinks she died and when she's feeling pain. This, however, is recognized as not a good thing and part of Oz's Character Development is to grow out of his unhealthy emotional dependency on Alice.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Daughter of Levi Baskerville. She was his experiment. Too bad he got a bit more than he asked for with twins.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The masculine girl to Gilbert's feminine boy. More information on this is included on the main page.
  • The McCoy: Out of the main trio, Alice is the most emotional, hot-headed and impulsive one.
  • Meido: When she and Oz disguise themselves.
  • Memory-Wiping Crew: She tried to erase her twin sister's memories at Alyss' request to put a stop to her Yandere tendencies. Unfortunately, the Core got in the way and Alice only partially succeeded at it.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Due to a complicated incident involving a yuri romance novel, a confused and shocked Sharon thought Alice was a "Sapphist" (a dated term for a lesbian). After the Ship Sinking with Alice x Oz occurred (see Ship Sinking on the main page), much of the fandom guessed that Alice may have been gay after all, and others generally say she was asexual.
  • Morality Pet: Alice is this to Alyss when the latter remembers they're sisters. Alice is the only one that can make Alyss get a hold of herself and her obsession with Jack even for a moment. The reason Alyss realized just how far she had gone and wanted to forget about Jack was because Alice killed herself to keep Alyss from talking to Jack anymore.
  • My Parents Are Dead: Lacie died before she was born, and she never met her father, who died shortly afterwards.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Bloodstained Black Rabbit. Subverted as that's not Alice's name, it's Oz's.
  • Nephewism: After both Levi and Lacie are dead, Uncle Glen!Oswald has to take care of Alice on his own.
  • The Nicknamer: She tends to nickname the people she meets, with Oz being one of the few exceptions.
  • No Social Skills: In her past, Alice then either lived alone in a tower save for her sentient stuffed animal or in the Abyss among man-eating Chains without any clue who she was. Despite at times being arrogant, bratty and brash, Alice is actually quite innocent and unaccustomed to human conventions.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Alice pretty much fulfills every aspect that would make her seem as Oz's love interest. Oz adores her to no end and has some dangerous Yandere tendencies for her early in the series, while Alice is his Tsundere who fights with Gilbert for his attention. However, it's confirmed by Word of God that their feelings for each other aren't romantic; their relationship is described as "on a different level" and thus, while they are each other's most precious person and adore each other immeasurably, they never get together as a couple, nor ever indicate a desire to do so.
  • Parental Abandonment: It fuels the plot, in a way. If Levi and Lacie had kids the traditional way and neither trifled with the Abyss, things in the Pandora Hearts 'Verse would be very different. Alice and the Intention of the Abyss probably wouldn't be taking matters concerning the balance of the world and such into their own hands, anyway... but with their parents, there's no way be sure.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: A subversion. She was initially believed to be B-Rabbit, the most powerful and dangerous Chain in existence. Gil even puts a Power Limiter on her, because—theoretically—B-Rabbit's powers should have been too much of a strain for Oz, her Contractor, to handle. But as it turns out, the powers aren't hers in the first place and the Limiter proves useless in limiting the being they truly belong to (who is, ironically, the same "Contractor" they were trying to protect).
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Oz. Word of God states their relationship isn't romantic, but they clearly consider each other their most important person and love each other beyond measure.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With the Intention of the Abyss.
  • Property of Love: Alice always calls Oz her property and says he belongs to her only. Given the reveal of Oz originally being her stuffed rabbit, her claims that he is her property aren't entirely unfounded.
  • Purple Eyes: Her purple eyes highlight her supernatural nature as a Chain and her mysterious past.
  • Quest for Identity: She formed a contract with Oz and came to the human world because she wanted to find her lost memories and discover who she really is. It gets complicated as the memories she ends up finding aren't hers in the first place.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Hair hair is about as long as her body.
  • Reincarnation: She and Oz die in the final chapter in order to repair the damage done to the Abyss by human hands, but they are reincarnated 100 years later and eventually reunite with Gilbert.
  • Shana Clone: Not a blatant example, but the traits are all there. She's a small Type A Tsundere with Rapunzel Hair who refers to Oz as her manservant and property. However, having to survive on her own within the Abyss as well as her lack of memories and knowledge about the outside world seem to have contributed to her brash personality, and as she becomes more confident in herself and others, her Tsundere tendencies start to relax. She is also rarely physically violent toward Oz and is more often than not quite affectionate to him, which he perceives as her being honest with her emotions.
  • Sinister Scythe: Before Oz begins to reclaim her powers, she's the one who uses B-Rabbit's scythe in battle.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Her rude and brash personality is a defense mechanism she developed to deal with her difficult life in the Abyss and lack of memories.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks nearly identical to her mother Lacie.
  • Theme Twin Naming: She and her twin sister are both named Alice.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Tiny, bossy and treats Oz as her manservant.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to the Intention of the Abyss' Girly Girl.
    • Also the tomboy to Sharon's girly girl. More detail on this is included on the main page.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's tough and wild, but despite her tomboyish demeanor, she adores stuffed animals and does not mind wearing elaborate dresses much.
  • Tomboyish Voice: She speaks in a low, gruff voice, which emphasizes her tough, tomboyish demeanor. Her twin sister, who has the same seiyuu, uses a more gentle voice.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Meat.
  • Tsundere: She's abrasive, arrogant, bratty, violent and treats Oz as a servant, yet she can show a vulnerable and affectionate side when she wants to.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ended up telling Vincent that the Baskervilles were planning to kill his brother thanks to false information given to her by Jack.
  • Vague Age: Determining her true age is impossible. She was born in the Abyss, which is known for its time-warping properties. She first appeared to the Baskervilles as a small child mere weeks after her (not obviously pregnant) mother's death, and appeared to be physically somewhere in her early teens (at most) when she died. This isn't even including the time she spent as B-Rabbit!
    • Timeline analysis concludes that she couldn't have been more than three years old tops when she committed suicide, putting her between 100-103 years old chronologically at the time of the story. See Younger than She Looks.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gil. She insults him frequently and usually forces him to buy her meat, but on several occasions it's clear that she sees him as a close friend.
  • Was Once a Man: She used to be human. Or, rather, she used to be a living human, and is actually a subversion of this trope. She ended up impersonating a Chain for 100 years by possessing her best friend Oz's nonhuman body, but started revealing herself to be a relatively normal human soul when Oz began reabsorbing his Chain self, to the point where she loses the powers she borrowed and can only exist on the physical plane with Oz's permission.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: She asks Sharon if romance is something to eat. Also, Alice doesn't really know the meaning of a kiss.
  • When She Smiles: Oz blushes and smiles. Or, if she's being her obliviously adorable self, Oz laughs in endearment.
  • Younger than She Looks: Alice looked 14 at most before she died. She's actually implied to be far younger, because the flow of time in the Abyss is different and so actually worked to age her faster than normal immediately after she was born. Every fan attempt to put the pre-Sablier events into some sort of chronology conclude that Alice was likely thirteen at the oldest at her time of death, since she came from the Abyss days after being born already appearing to be around five-eleven years of age.
    • Actually, given the time frame between Jack meeting Lacie, Lacie being sacrificed, and Jack collapsing Sablier, Alice couldn't have been older than two or three years old. Jack was around Oz's physical "age" when he met Lacie and it took eight years to find her again, putting their reunion around when Jack was between 22-24, 21 if we're being very generous. The Tragedy happened when he was 24, and Lacie wasn't sacrificed until sometime after she and Jack met, meaning that Alice must have been aged three years or younger when she committed suicide. Conceivably, with this timeline, she could even have been younger than a year old at the time of her death.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: In the Lutwidge uniform.

    Gilbert Nightray 

Gilbert Nightray / Gilbert Baskerville

Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi, Azuma Sakamoto (as a child)
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"A wound like this is not enough to kill me."

The mysterious man who shows up along with Sharon and Break after Oz escapes from the Abyss. Turns out Raven is in fact the name of his Chain and what everyone calls him within Pandora, and he's actually Oz's most trusted servant and best friend, aged ten years during Oz's time in the Abyss. His Chain is based on the Monstrous Crow. Based on Bill the Lizard from Alice in Wonderland.

  • Absurd Phobia: He completely freezes at the sight of cats. Word of God says the reason for the fear, however, is not a laughing matter.
  • Adorkable: He's very affectionate to his friends, but he's socially awkward and easily bullied.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He shows absolutely no attraction towards any of the females who constantly fawn over him at parties, instead preferring to spend his time fawning himself—over Oz. Break and Sharon love to tease Gilbert about this, especially earlier in the series.
  • Aloof Big Brother: He's been like this to Vincent ever since their reunion many years after escaping the Abyss. The first reason for this is because Gilbert doesn't remember him (he only remembers this part of his life very late into the manga), while the second is that Vincent creeps him out. Vincent himself is fine with this and in fact wants it to stay this way.
  • Amnesiac Hero: While he was at the Tragedy of Sablier, he cannot recall what happened for most of the series.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He burns off his own arm to break free from Oswald/Glen's control and prevent himself from hurting Oz again.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: The author will do nothing but to demonstrate this, repeatedly.
  • Badass Longcoat: He prefers to wear long black coats and seems uncomfortable in anything else.
  • Battle Butler: He's Oz's servant and he happens to be very efficient at protecting his master.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not insult, injure, or threaten Oz in front of him. Ever.
    • On a lighter note, we learn that he actually doesn't like being called "Seaweed Head" by Alice when he was drunk.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Vincent, his foster brother Elliot, and to a lesser extent Alice. An unnamed merchant mistook the two for actual siblings in Retrace X. Gilbert wasn't amused.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He did this twice, first by appearing when Break tried to give his life to try to kill the Baskervilles attacking in Yura's mansion. The second time is him stopping Oswald from killing Oz after the latter loses his will to live.
  • Bishounen: As the female students in Lutwidge and the female nobles in the Isla Yura's party can attest to. He's uncomfortable with it.
  • Bodyguard Crush: He has the personal mission of protecting his master Oz, who he loves dearly and, arguably, a little more than platonically.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: He's been controlled twice by Duldum's strings, once at the coming of age ceremony and the second time at the same place just after rescuing Oz.
  • Break the Cutie: Childhood was awful. Adulthood isn't that much better.
  • Butt-Monkey: He gets bullied by just about everyone but his brother.
  • The Champion: There's nothing Gilbert wouldn't do out of loyalty to Oz. He even goes as far as to burn his own arm off to prove that Oz is the only person he wants to follow and protect.
  • The Chew Toy: He's usually on the short end of the stick of everyone's abuse, particularly Break and Oz. Even the mangaka gets in on the fun. Again, there's a reason for it.
  • Chick Magnet: In the anime, a group of schoolgirls fawn over him. In the manga, noblewomen are seen swooning over him at Oz's second coming of age ceremony. It's mentioned in the Caucus Race novels that an astronomical amount of women have tried to get together with him. But in any case, it's not like any of these women actually have a chance...
  • Childhood Friends: With Oz and Ada, the latter of whom managed to keep contact with him even after he was adopted into the Nightray family and gave him his Nice Hat.
  • Color Motif: He's always seen wearing the color black, which is the color of the Nightray Family. Blue seems to be his secondary color, especially in artworks.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He had a short one after he regained his memories, stuck between his natural loyalty to Oz and Glen's artificial one. But he decided to stick with Oz and cut of his left arm binding him to Glen, much to Oswald's consternation.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The universe seems to be against him. There's a reason for it...
  • Cowardly Lion: He gets scared easily and cries a lot when in anxiety-provoking or frightening situations, however minor. But if you try hurting his master Oz, he might be screeching in fear but he will fight you and, if necessary, to the death. For a specific in-series example of the Cowardly Lion trope, he faced the Cheshire Cat to protect Oz and screamed the entire way.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed, but he sure spends a lot of time fighting with Alice over Oz's attention. Takes a darker turn when Vincent triggered his urge to kill everything that snatches his master away from him. Thankfully, he gets over this.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Wears black all over, has one of the black feathered chains and is a part of the Nightray Family. Yet underneath it all he's a sweet and gentle guy. Just don't hurt his master or anyone else that he cares about.
  • Determinator: Spent 10 years preparing himself to contract Raven to rescue Oz out of the Abyss. Even if he's injured, he'll just shrug it off and will try his hardest to protect his master from harm. And waiting for 100 years besides that 10 year gap for someone takes determination to follow through.
  • Declaration of Protection: Swore when he was a child that he would protect Oz. And again after saving Oz from being killed by Oswald.
  • Devoted to You: It's hard to find words that could do justice to Gilbert's undying devotion to Oz. 'Obsession' seems too harsh, but mere 'devotion' seems too weak. Gilbert devoted ten years of his life—which he spent killing people and living among mostly people he hated—just for a chance to get Oz back. Later, Gilbert burned his own arm off so he could be sure he would never lift a finger against Oz again.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: His brother Vincent has a bit of an unhealthy obsession with him, and Oz gets possessive of him, too.
  • Future Badass: Who would believe that shy and timid Gilbert would grow up into a cool and handsome adult, contracting with one of the Five Black-Winged Chains to boot?
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: He literally slaps some sense into Oz when the latter goes into Yandere mode after witnessing the memory of Alice's death.
  • The Gunslinger: Since Raven is exhausting to use, his main weapons are his guns.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He snaps very easily when it concerns Alice. Then again it goes both ways especially when they fight over Oz.
  • Handicapped Badass: Reveals he burned off his own left arm during a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Of Oscar.
  • Heroic BSoD: Once after Oz was dragged to the Abyss, although he pulled through and made an effort to try and save Oz. He had another one later after he unwillingly shot Oz.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He looks so little of himself that just a little praise will make him sputter and give a long laundry list of reasons why he's not a cool person.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Oz, although the "heterosexual" part is debatable on Gilbert's end.
  • Hitman with a Heart: In flashbacks, he is seen throwing up and crying after killing someone, and still feels awful about the murders the Nightrays had him commit, even if he knew most of his targets (illegal contractors) were as good as dead and condemned to a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Hot for Student: In the third anime omake, Gilbert is a teacher at the Pandora Academy and Oz is his student whom he has a blatant crush on.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: When drunk.
  • In the Back: As a child, by Jack.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He's an emotional and sensitive person underneath his facade, noted to be excellent at cooking, sewing, cleaning, and other household chores, as well as having a knack for handicrafts. Break and Sharon lampshade that none of these skills are actually useful since Gilbert is a noble...
  • It Gets Easier: His first kill leaves him on his knees shaken and feeling regretful. Ten years later he's willing to kill a little girl in order to free his master from getting dragged by the Abyss and he shot his comrades controlled by Zwei without remorse.
  • It Was a Gift: His hat was a gift from Oz's little sister Ada, which is why he treasures it so much.
  • I Will Find You: Spent ten years training to contract Raven and bring Oz back from the Abyss.
  • I Will Wait for You: In the final chapter, right before Oz and Alice disappear, he promises he will be waiting for them to return, even if he has to wait 100 years. They eventually do come back to him.
  • The Lancer: He backs up Oz in all situations, but contrasts heavily with him in personality and outlook.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Raven is Gilbert post-Time Skip.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He's this to Vincent.
  • Luminescent Blush: Just a little praise from Oz can cause this. Embarrassment works well too.
  • Made of Iron: He's been slashed twice in his chest and once in the back and he can stand up after a few moments. It's a sign of him being a Baskerville.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The feminine boy to Alice's masculine girl. More information on this is included on the main page.
  • More Than Mind Control: Gilbert's utter devotion to Oz is in part due to getting brainwashed into being completely loyal to whatever master he serves and the resulting compulsion to protect his master at all costs. After the reveal that Glen was Gilbert's real master all along, not Jack and that Oz is actually a Chain possessing Jack's body, Oz believes Gilbert must hate him now and their friendship is over. However, Gilbert shows that his loyalty to Oz is real by burning off his own arm to break free from Glen's control and reaffirming that he doesn't care that Oz is a Chain or that he's possessing the body of the man he hates the most, Gilbert wants to be by Oz's side no matter what.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After shooting Oz, albeit unwillingly.
  • Not So Different: With Break, of all people. Break warns him many times to not do something despicable for someone else else or he will regret it in the end. And knowing Break's past, it's implied that Break doesn't want Gilbert to follow in his footsteps.
  • Narrator All Along: The epilogue implies that the "retraces" might have been Gilbert recalling the events of the story.
  • Nice Hat: It Was a Gift from Ada.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Subverted. It's just a façade and he actually gets flustered very easily.
  • Poisonous Friend: At one point Vincent exploits Gilbert's Crazy Jealous Guy side to the fullest and cultivates it to the point where Gilbert expresses a desire to murder anyone who could possibly get closer to Oz than him. This is especially accented in regards to Alice, who he actually did almost kill before deciding otherwise. Gilbert has also tried to kill Xai Vessalius several times but has stopped himself repeatedly because he knows Oz wouldn't want his father dead, no matter how terrible a father Xai was. Eventually Gilbert grows out of his "poisonous" side.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: He has black hair and pale skin, and he is considered handsome by noblewomen.
  • Real Men Cook: Noted to be a good cook by Alice.
  • Really 700 Years Old: It is revealed that he and Vincent are more than a hundred years old. By the end of the series, he's a century older thanks to his promise of waiting for Oz and Alice to be reincarnated which makes him around 224 years old.
  • Scars Are Forever: He has a scar across the chest from the time Oz slashed him with a sword.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Seemingly towards Oz. While pretty much the entire fandom generally agrees Gilbert is gay, it is also worth noting that his attraction to Oz has been the only sign of attraction he's shown at all.
  • Smoking Is Glamorous: He certainly looks so while doing it.
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: He's trying to quit smoking and gives a laundry list of reasons why Oz shouldn't imitate him.
  • Sole Survivor: He outlives all of the original incarnations of his friends, and even his brother. Also the last one to carry the Nightray name aside from his brother.
  • The Spock: The most serious, brooding and logical member of the main trio.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Even after becoming a nobleman, he still wants to be Oz's servant and be by his side. Oz mostly encourages the idea.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He acts as a brooding, serious man, but he's still the sweet, sensitive person he used to be as child. He's just had to put up a front in order to protect himself.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has yellow eyes and he's later revealed to be a Baskerville.
  • Super Toughness: Survives both Oz slashing him during the coming of age ceremony and later a direct attack from Cheshire. The first two times, his survival appears to have been luck and from non-fatal attacks. It's really a sign of him being a Baskerville.
  • Taking the Bullet: For Vincent.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: By appearance but not by personality.
  • Tender Tears: He's very prone to these.
  • The So-Called Coward: Will freak out if there's a cat nearby, and sometimes gets easily scared. But if Oz or someone he cares about is in danger, he holds pretty well together and is actually an effective bodyguard to Oz.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: In the past, he was actually Glen's servant and Jack attacked him when he came upon Glen and Jack fighting. Furthermore, he was intended to be the next Glen after Oswald.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Once after Oz disappeared for 10 years and again after he regained his memories.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: Starts out cynical, depressed, and essentially believing his entire life is hopeless. By the end of the series, he literally represents hope and resilience.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: In the omake "Me, the Baskerville, and My Master, The B-Rabbit," Gilbert's reaction to being told Oz was one of the only beings in existence that could permanently injure or kill him was to blush fondly about the fact that the only lasting mark on his body had been put there by Oz. Break lampshades this by calling Gil a pervert.
  • Transparent Closet: Pretty much. Gilbert canonically has never shown any romantic or sexual attraction to a woman, and Vincent backs this up during an omake. Other characters like to bring this up in-universe, obviously implying Gilbert is gay. Even naive Alice seems to agree with this. The closest thing to romantic or sexual attraction Gilbert has ever shown is aimed at Oz. Note that other characters especially like teasing him about his relationship with Oz. Many believe Gilbert is closer to Single-Target Sexuality towards Oz than being in the Transparent Closet.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Thanks to his brother's eye, he and Vincent have to live in the streets until Jack found them. And when their life was about to get better, the Tragedy of Sablier happened, Gil was backstabbed by Jack and both are sent 100 years to the future. After which his new master was sent to the Abyss and he spent 10 years doing everything he can just to get him back. Poor guy can't catch a break.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: He couldn't recall the Tragedy of Sablier for most of the manga despite having been there.
  • Undying Loyalty: Gilbert reacts to Xai's abuse of Oz and Oz's subsequent fears of abandonment by swearing that he will forever loyally be by Oz's side. Oz doesn't believe him, claiming that he doesn't believe in "forever," but Gilbert manages to convince Oz to have faith in this kind of permanence by the end of the series as shown by Oz's Famous Last Words being a reaffirmation of Gilbert's promise to see each other again. Throughout the series Gilbert wavers back and forwards in his ability to show this loyalty in a healthy manner, both because he was subjected to enforced magical obedience as a servant of Glen Baskerville and because his greatest fear was that knowledge of his Mysterious Past would change him as a person and invalidate his oath to Oz. After learning of his past, he discards that fear, going so far as to burn off the arm that binds him to Glen's orders and launch a rescue attack against his former master to save Oz.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Alice. He frequently expresses displeasure in her company, and at one point even tries to kill her. However, he also displays Big Brother Instinct tendencies towards her and ultimately regards her as a friend.
  • When He Smiles: Just look at this.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's terrified of cats.
  • With Friends Like These...: Look at this trope in Oz's folder.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    They are not children, they are illegal contractors!
  • Yandere: For Oz in the earlier parts of the manga. He gets jealous very easily, and Vincent exploits this to the extreme, so much so that at one point Gilbert concludes that he has to murder anyone who gets close to Oz. Luckily, just as he's about to kill Alice, he realizes his current state of mind is batshit insane. Part of his Character Development is learning to adore Oz without feeling the compulsion to hurt anyone else Oz loves.
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