List of Black Butler characters

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The original residents of the Phantomhive manor as they appear in the first volume of the manga. Clockwise from center: Ciel Phantomhive, Finnian, Mey-Rin, Baldroy, Sebastian Michaelis, and Tanaka.

The manga and anime series Black Butler features an extensive cast of characters created by Yana Toboso. The series takes place in England during the reign of Queen Victoria. It follows Sebastian Michaelis, a demonic butler obliged to serve twelve-year-old (later thirteen-year-old) Earl Ciel Phantomhive due to a contract he made with Ciel. In exchange for binding Sebastian to his will, Ciel offers his soul to him. The series' storyline follows Ciel and Sebastian solving the problems plaguing England while waiting for the day Ciel gets his wish: To make the people that humiliated him and ruined his life feel the same pain.

Main characters[edit]

Sebastian Michaelis[edit]

Sebastian Michaelis (セバスチャン・ミカエリス Sebasuchan Mikaerisu?) is the demon butler of the Phantomhive household and acts as Ciel's bodyguard. Being a butler is a job he is completely devoted to, following Ciel's orders with great loyalty and swiftness. He enjoys challenging Ciel and doesn't seem to be truly concerned about his well-being at times, insulting and irritating him to see his reaction. However, there are times that he displays concern about Ciel's life, such as when he was worried when Ciel had an asthma attack, and again later on when he had a panic attack. Sebastian has a fondness for felines in general, stating he cannot foresee or control his own reactions and feelings when in presence of one. As a demon, he has also shown to be extremely ruthless, sadistic, and manipulative to his opponents and is intrigued with humans' behaviors and attitudes, as he finds them interesting because of their insatiable greed.

He is highly skilled at practically everything and handles every task, no matter how impossible it is, as well as any problem that arises from the errors of the other staff, with ease. Due to the fact he is a demon who is bound by a Faustian contract, he must abide by Ciel's will and his contract mark is located on his left hand, allowing Sebastian to find Ciel wherever he is whenever Ciel's contract mark is exposed. In return, Ciel is able to summon and give orders to Sebastian.

He is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa on the first drama CD, Daisuke Ono in the anime adaption and on the second drama CD, and J. Michael Tatum in the English dub.[1][2][3] In the upcoming film adaptation, Michaelis will be portrayed by Hiro Mizushima.

Ciel Phantomhive[edit]

Earl Ciel Phantomhive (シエル・ファントムハイヴ Shieru Fantomuhaivu?) is the business-savvy, egotistical thirteen-year-old (as of chapter 14) and the head of the Phantomhive family after the deaths of his parents, Vincent and Rachel Phantomhive. He runs the Funtom Company, which manufactures toys and sweets, with the later addition of a food branch after winning a Royal Warrant. His right eye, which is usually covered with a black eye patch, bears a pentagram, the sign of the Faustian contract he made with the demon Sebastian. Like the previous earls in his family, Ciel is currently known as the Queen's Watchdog (also translated as Guard Dog), tasked with eliminating criminals and solving cases in the underworld for Queen Victoria.

After his parents' deaths and prior to meeting Sebastian, he was a slave and a sacrifice in a cult ritual. During one particular instance where Ciel was being tortured, his hatred for his torturers summoned Sebastian. He then commanded the demon to kill all the people in the room and from that day forward, Ciel devoted his life to find the people responsible for the humiliation and suffering he had to endure. During his time as a slave, a brand was burned into his back, which he does not want anyone to see. As a nobleman, Ciel presents himself as a proud, solemn, and mature boy. Due to his past misfortunes, he rarely smiles and is merciless when dealing with enemies. However, Ciel has occasionally expressed concern for the well-being of the few close to him. Despite his stoic demeanor, Ciel exhibits traits befitting a child for his age, such as his fondness for sweets and games. As such, Ciel is clever, mischievous and competitive, doing whatever it takes to win a match. Although physically weak, Ciel is proficient with the use of guns, and always carries one in order to protect himself. He is allergic to cats and had inherited asthma from his mother.

He is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro on the first drama CD, Maaya Sakamoto in the anime adaption and second drama CD, and Brina Palencia in the English dub.[1][2][3]

Supporting characters[edit]

Phantomhive household[edit]

The Phantomhive manor belongs to the Phantomhive family and is located outside the city of London. The Phantomhive family is a secret executive agency controlled directly by Queen Victoria and is often referred to as the "Aristocrats of Evil" and the "Queen's Watchdogs". They are tasked with eliminating anything that worries the Queen by any means necessary. They are able to control and manage the underworld of the United Kingdom to avoid any information of its existence from reaching the general public. As such, the Phantomhive family's position as the Queen's Watchdogs is only known by selected individuals in polite society. The current head of the family is Ciel Phantomhive, son of Earl Vincent and Countess Rachel Phantomhive, who were murdered and their original estate burned (the manor in which Ciel currently resides with his servants is an exact replica of the original manor). In addition to the services they provide for the Queen, the Phantomhive family runs a famous toy and confectionery corporation called Funtom Company.

The estate currently has five servants, but their positions as servants are a front for their real jobs of protecting the Phantomhive estate as well as protecting Ciel, to whom they are deeply devoted. Baldroy serves as the cook, Finnian is the gardener, and Mey-Rin is the maid. The three were personally chosen and trained by Sebastian for their duties. Tanaka has served under Earl Vincent and Lady Rachel as their butler, but has not been seen doing any work during his service under Ciel, in which his job is the house steward. Sebastian Michaelis, a demon, acts as the butler after Tanaka. Snake is the newest addition, and acts as the footman. Lady Rachel and Earl Phantomhive each have one sister; both married and became a part of other noble families before the start of the series. Rachel's sister, Angelina Dalles (nicknamed as Madam Red), married into the Burnett family. She committed the Jack the Ripper's murders and was killed by her accomplice, Grell Sutcliff, after her exposure. Vincent's sister, Marchioness Francis Midford, married Marquess Midford, and their daughter, Elizabeth, is engaged to Ciel.

Baldroy (バルドロイ Barudoroi?)
Baldroy (also spelled as Bardroy), usually referred to as Baldo or Bard, is the household cook of American descent. He rarely produces anything edible as he uses weaponry such as flamethrowers to cook, believing that cooking is an art requiring explosions. Sebastian believes anything he creates is made up of charcoal and carcinogens. Baldroy pursues cooking to learn how to slow down, as he states cooking takes patience to master, which was something he was not used to during his years in the military. When he was a soldier, his entire platoon was wiped out, leaving him as the only survivor. Sebastian discovered Baldroy on the battlefield after his comrades had fallen and offered him employment. While terrible at cooking, he is shown to be capable of taking advantage of his surroundings, such as using fine flour to create an explosion. Due to his experience as a soldier, he takes command over the servants when Ciel and Sebastian are away from the manor. Like Finnian and Mey-Rin, he provides much of the comic relief in the series. He is voiced by Hiroki Touchi in the anime adaption and Rikiya Koyama on the drama CD, and Ian Sinclair in the English dub.[1][2]
Finnian (フィニアン Finian?)
Finnian, usually referred to as Finny, is the household gardener. However, it seems every time he tends to the garden, it is destroyed through an accident caused by his clumsiness. He is portrayed as an innocent, optimistic character who loves his work, but is dubbed an idiot by Sebastian for destroying everything he touches in spite of being warned to take caution beforehand. Finnian displays feats of superhuman strength, which he tries to suppress for fear of hurting others and risk of sabotaging his work. The sequence, S-012, is tattooed on the nape of his neck and is usually covered by his straw hat, which was given to him by Ciel. In addition, Ciel bestowed Finny's name by naming him after Fionn mac Cumhaill from Fenian Cycle when he came into his employment. He works as a gardener to spend as much time as possible outside, because prior for working for Ciel, he was an experiment subject that was kept locked up and forced to kill his friends. Like Baldroy and Mey-Rin, he provides much of the comic relief in the series. He is voiced by Yūki Kaji in the anime adaption and Motoki Takagi on the drama CD, and Jason Liebrecht in the English dub.[1][2]
Mey-Rin (メイリン Meirin?)
Mey-Rin is the household maid. Mey-Rin has extreme binocular acuity and was given a pair of round glasses by Ciel, which she cherishes and refuses to give up. The glasses limit Mey-Rin's eyesight and prevent her from viewing objects correctly at close-range, which causes her to be clumsy when doing her chores; however, Sebastian believes her main problem is her intelligence and not her eyesight. She has a crush on Sebastian as she blushes whenever she is in his presence and is even clumsier when Sebastian is watching. She is rather superstitious, but admits to having a soft spot for scary stories. Mey-Rin is a professional sniper and due to her sharp binocular vision, she does not require a scope to aid her. She is also physically fit as she can use a sniper rifle like a handgun and keeps hundreds loaded at once to decrease reload time. Like Baldroy and Finnian she provides much of the comic relief. She is voiced by Emiri Katou in the anime adaption and Fumiko Orikasa on the drama CD, and Monica Rial in the English dub.[1][2]
Tanaka (タナカ?)
Tanaka is the house steward of Japanese descent. He was present when Ciel's parents were killed and was stabbed in the back trying to protect Ciel. As a result, he rarely talks or does any work, but is always seen participating in the other servants' antics. Sebastian seems to respect him the most out of all the staff. He is usually seen drinking from a Japanese tea cup and commonly seen in a super deformed form. Despite his appearance, Tanaka is capable of killing intruders effortlessly. Prior to Sebastian's appointment as Ciel's butler, Tanaka served as the head butler of the Phantomhive household for Ciel's father. He is very loyal and kind to Ciel, and is strict when it comes to his duties. Unlike the other servants, Tanaka is perceptive in Sebastian's actions, as well for the reasons behind them. When Sebastian is apparently murdered, Ciel appoints Tanaka as the head butler again, a position he fulfills nearly as well as Sebastian. As the series progresses, he is seen less often in a super deformed form. He is voiced by Shunji Fujimura in the anime adaption and Mugihito on the drama CD and R Bruce Elliott in the English dub.[1][2]
Snake (スネーク Sunēku?)
Snake was the latest first string member to the Noah's Ark Circus and its snake charmer. He is always seen with at least one snake draped around his shoulders and has distinct snake skin patterns covering various patches all over his body. His sentences always end with a name of one of his many snakes, indicating he is uncomfortable when communicating with others unless through his pets. Snake was taken in as a family member after the first string members when they freed him from a traveling freak show. He had vowed to avenge his dead comrades after Ciel and Sebastian had disposed of them all, leaving him alone again. Snake tracked down the Phantomhive manor using the clothes Ciel left behind and a little unexpected help from Prince Soma. After the murder cases within the mansion were solved, Snake was revealed as the thirteenth guest caught by Sebastian while hiding on the mansion grounds in an attempt to take Ciel's life. Instead of killing him, Ciel welcomes him as an addition to his servants, making him the footman of the Phantomhive household. He still refers to Ciel and Sebastian as Smile and Black (their stage names when infiltrating the Noah's Ark Circus), respectively. He is voiced by Takuma Terashima.[4]

Former Phantomhive Members[edit]

Vincent Phantomhive (ヴィンセント・ファントムハイヴ Vinsento Fantomuhaivu?)
Vincent was the late Earl Phantomhive and Ciel's father. He was once the Prefect of Sapphire Owl Dorm at Weston College. According to Tanaka, Vincent would never lose his composure, even if one of his servants died, and Diedrich notes Ciel has also started to display some of Vincent's more disagreeable traits. He is voiced by Kazuyuki Okitsu in Japanese, and Robert McCollum in the English dub.
Rachel Phantomhive (レイチェル・ファントムハイヴ Reicheru Fantomuhaivu?)
Countess Rachel was Vincent's wife and Ciel's late mother, who he greatly resembles. According to her sister Angelina, she was a kind, cheerful and beautiful woman, despite her poor health. Ciel inherited asthma from her. She is voiced by Kane Uetake in Japanese, and Brina Palencia in the English dub.

Nobles[edit]

Madam Red (マダム・レッド Madamu Reddo?)
Madam Red, born Angelina Dalles (アンジェリーナ・ダレス Anjerīna Daresu?), was Ciel's aunt. As her title suggests, she was known for her red appearance and clothing. Initially, she hated her red hair, which she inherited from her father, until Ciel's father, Vincent, said he liked it. Angelina fell in love with him, but became distraught when she found out her sister was marrying him. Madam Red later married Baron Burnett, who treated her lovingly and gently, stating that he does not mind that she harbors feelings for another. She obtained a medical license against her parents' wishes and practiced at the Royal London Hospital. After a carriage accident in which her husband was killed, her womb and unborn child had to be removed. This caused her great strife as a doctor because she regularly performed abortions on prostitutes since they believed having a child was troublesome. Unable to bear her misery at ending so many pregnancies when she herself wanted one so badly, she began to kill her patients with Grell Sutcliff and the two become known as Jack the Ripper. However, she couldn't kill Ciel because she sees him as her own son, causing Grell to turn on her and kill her. She is voiced by Romi Park in Japanese, Masako Katsuki on the drama CD and Lydia Mackay in the English dub.[1]
Lau ( Rau?, pinyin: Liú) and Ran-Mao (藍猫 Ranmao?, pinyin: Lán-Māo, lit. "blue cat")
Lau is a Chinese nobleman, president of the British Branch of a Chinese trading company known as Kong-Rong, and friend to the Phantomhive family. He is actually the head of the Shanghai Mafia Qing Bang (Green Gang in Chinese) and runs an opium den. He is always smiling and his eyes are always closed except for brief moments. Lau often agrees to do things before learning what is happening and jumps into conversations with helpful information only to later state he was clueless on the topic. Although he acts carefree, comical, and easy-going, he can be very coldblooded and cryptic, willing to go further than Ciel would, such as having Harold West and his wife Mina killed because they cheated in a curry competition. He is always seen with his personal assassin, Ran-Mao, a Chinese, doll-like girl referred to as his sister, although not by blood. Although she very rarely speaks and is portrayed as emotionless, she is very loyal to him. Lau is voiced by Koji Yusa in Japanese and Jerry Jewell in the English dub. Ran-Mao is voiced by Sayuri Yahagi in Japanese and Trina Nishimura in the English dub in English.[2]
Soma Asman Kadar (ソーマ・アスマン・カダール Sōma Asuman Kadāru?)
Soma is a seventeen-year-old Indian prince, and the twenty-sixth child of the Raja of Bengal. Unlike Ciel, he is spoiled and uses his parents' fortune for his personal needs and blames all of his problems on others. During the course of his time in England, Soma begins to mature, although he still possesses childish traits. After learning that his servant Mina hated him for his ignorance and self-absorbed personality, Soma decided to stay with Ciel and learn how to act as a gentleman and even proclaims to be Ciel's best friend. Shortly after, Ciel has him and Agni manage his townhouse in London, but they occasionally return to the Phantomhive manor for visits. Soma is constantly worrying about Ciel and becomes very pleased whenever he can be of assistance to him. Soma is frequently frightened by Sebastian, as he hides behind others whenever he is speaking to him. He is voiced by Shinnosuke Tachibana in Japanese and Christopher Ayres in the English dub.[2]
Agni (アグニ Aguni?)
Agni is the servant of Prince Soma, whom he sees and worships as a god. Agni was once a nobleman named Arshad born into the Brahman Clan, one of the highest clans in India which was allowed to serve God. Agni (Arshad) used his powers and wealth for his own desires to the point that he was to be hanged for his crimes. Before he was to die, Prince Soma offered him a new life and name, shedding his former self. He is able to fight on a par with Sebastian while using a fencing foil, a feat which briefly makes Ciel wonder if he is a Grim Reaper until Sebastian confirms he is a human. The source of his prowess comes from his devotion to Soma, and Agni cares for him deeply. Unlike Sebastian, he is able to see the good in the Phantomhive manor staff and assign them tasks where their skills will be of use. He considers Sebastian his friend, something that surprises Sebastian as no one has ever called him that before, though this does not stop him from ignoring Sebastian's attempts to prevent him from turning himself in for his crimes. Sebastian also holds Agni in high regards, although Agni displays modesty when complimented on his capabilities. Currently, he resides with Soma at Ciel's townhouse and manages it. He is voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto in Japanese and Patrick Seitz in the English dub.
Elizabeth Ethel Cordelia Midford (エリザベス・ミッドフォード Erizabesu Middofōdo?)
Elizabeth is the daughter of Francis and Alexis Leon Midford, Edward's younger sister, and Ciel's fiancée and cousin. Elizabeth is often called "Lizzie" for short. Elizabeth is extremely girly, energetic, and deeply devoted to Ciel, who she loves with all her heart and wishes to see him smile again. She tries to only look cute in front of Ciel because of a comment he made about not wanting a strong and scary girl to be his wife when they were children. While it looks as though she can not hold her own in combat, it was revealed later that she is a fencing prodigy when she was about to be killed by Bizarre Dolls, much to Ciel's and Sebastian's surprise. It is subsequently revealed that though many, including a younger Earl Charles Grey, had believed that Elizabeth's older brother Edward was the rumored "Genius with a Sword," the true genius had been Elizabeth all along and she had concealed her abilities for Ciel's sake. Elizabeth Midford is voiced by Yukari Tamura in Japanese and Cherami Leigh in the English dub.[2]
Francis Midford (フランシス・ミッドフォード Furanshisu Middofōdo?)
Born Francis Phantomhive, she is Ciel's aunt and Vincent's younger sister. She is married to Alexis Leon Midford and is Elizabeth and Edward's mother. Although she is strict, critical, and sometimes intimidating to Ciel (and Sebastian, who even fears her and is impressed by her capabilities), she cares deeply for Ciel and her family. Francis is against males having long bangs, so she usually forces Ciel and Sebastian (and later Snake) to adopt a straight-back hairstyle. Like the rest of the Midford family, she is an expert swordswoman.
Alexis Leon Midford (アレクシス・レオン・ミッドフォード Arekushisu Reon Middofōdo?)
Alexis Leon Midford is the leader of the British Knights and Ciel's uncle-by-marriage, as well as Elizabeth and Edward's father. Unlike his wife, he is light-hearted and slightly oblivious, although he puts on a façade of a calm, silent and stern individual. He once attended to Weston College with Vincent and Diedrich, where he was the fag for the latter. As head of the British Knights and like the rest of the Midford family, he is an expert swordsman.
Chlaus (クラウス Kurausu?)
Chlaus is a nobleman and an old friend of Vincent. Although he lives in Italy, Chlaus enjoys traveling a lot and visits London occasionally whenever he is called on. As part of the Phantomhive family's network of informants in the underworld, he works closely with Ciel, who he has known since the latter's childhood. As such, Ciel looks up to him as an uncle and is kind and polite to him. In return, Chlaus is very light-hearted and cordial in Ciel's presence, and he is always willing to do favors for him.
Diedrich (ディーデリヒ Dīdorihhi?)
Diedrich is a German noble and a childhood friend of Vincent since their schooldays at Weston College, where he was made Vincent's permanent fag after losing a bet to him, therefore establishing their lifelong affiliation to each other. After Vincent's death, he continues to be part of the Phantomhive family's network of informants in the underworld. Even since his schooldays, Diedrich has always been a strict, dignified, and honorable man. However, he has also shown to be short-tempered when provoked, easily irritable, and impatient.

Grim Reapers[edit]

Grim Reapers are supernatural, divine beings that are in charge of deciding whether a soul is to live on or to die. So far, four Reapers have been introduced: Grell Sutcliff, Ronald Knox, William T. Spears, and a rogue reaper, the Undertaker. Each reaper wields a scythe (some of which should not even have existed during that time period, such as a chainsaw or lawnmower). All Grim Reapers wear glasses, for they all are horribly nearsighted. A common trait among Grim Reapers are their chartreuse phosphorescence eyes.

Grell Sutcliff (グレル-サトクリフ Gureru Satokurifu?)
Grell (also spelled as Grelle) Sutcliff is a Grim Reaper who initially worked as Madam Red's butler. Grell and Madam Red formed a partnership in which they killed prostitutes. Grell wields a Death Scythe in the form of a chainsaw. After killing Madam Red when she refused to kill Ciel, Grell dons her red coat for the rest of the series. Grell is attracted to Sebastian (much to Sebastian's dismay) and other men within the series, such as his coworker William T. Spears. Grell is rather cunning, flamboyant, ruthless, bloodthirsty, and somewhat sadistic. As a Grim Reaper, he is a capable fighter and can hold his own against Sebastian. He is voiced by Jun Fukuyama in the anime and drama CD and by Daniel Fredrick in the English dub.
Undertaker (葬儀屋(アンダーテイカー) Andāteikā?)
The Undertaker is a former Grim Reaper and funeral director in London. His identity as a rogue Grim Reaper was not revealed until the Campania Arc, where he admitted that he was behind the resurrection of corpses known as the Bizarre Dolls. Upon having his true nature exposed, Undertaker takes a more antagonistic role within the series. Prior to this, he acted as an informant to the Phantomhive family for many years. Like Sebastian, Undertaker has a fixation on humans, as well as the fundamentals of life. Despite his eccentric and comical personality, Undertaker is a manipulative, ruthless, and enigmatic individual. However, he has shown to care for Ciel deeply, as he was willing to kill Sebastian because he believes that Sebastian is making Ciel miserable. He is voiced by Junichi Suwabe in Japanese and John Swasey in the English dub.
William T. Spears (ウィリアム・T・スピアーズ Wiriamu Ti Supiāzu?)
William T. Spears is part of the management ward of the Grim Reaper Dispatch. Unlike his coworkers, William is strict and dutiful and despises when he is forced to work "overtime" repeatedly due to Grell's or Ronald's mishaps or calamities. William has a hatred for demons, especially Sebastian, who seems to be his rival whenever they meet. He gets special attention from Grell Sutcliff, who, in fact, is attracted to William and always tries to get close to him whenever he can. William's Death Scythe is a pair of garden trimmers in which he relies to straighten his glasses and hit Grell on the head with. William always comes prepared and seems to be always watching and/or observing the things around him, as this reflects on his pure cold logic about the events concerning his career. He is voiced by Noriaki Sugiyama in Japanese and Barry Yandell in the English dub.
Ronald Knox (ロナルド・ノックス Ronarudo Nokkusu?)
Ronald Knox is a subordinate under Grell Sutcliff. Like Grell, he is rather laid-back and easy-going, although he takes his responsibilities as a Grim Reaper more seriously than Grell does. He apparently has problems with arriving on time, yet he seems interested in finding a way to accomplish his job quickly. His Death Scythe has been modified to look like a lawnmower, which he states was done on the principle of avoiding overtime work. He appears briefly during the Noah's Ark Circus Arc to assist William T. Spears in collecting souls and later appears on the Campania alongside Grell to investigate reports of moving corpses. He is voiced by Kenn in Japanese and Joel McDonald in the English dub.

Noah's Ark Circus[edit]

Kelvin (ケルヴィン Keruvin?)
Baron Kelvin was the creator of the Noah's Ark Circus and was referred to as "Father" by the first string performers. Except for his left eye, his entire face was covered by bandages after hiring the Doctor to perform surgery as way to make himself more appealing for Ciel, only to believe it was all a waste when he heard the Phantomhives had been murdered. He seemed to have an obsession with children and used his circus as a way to kidnap them. He then brainwashed them and had them act as his servants and as performers for his private circus. However, he did not care for their well-being and even found it entertaining when they die gruesomely while performing dangerous stunts in the show without any training. Originally, he had been a kind philanthropist, but infatuated with Ciel after meeting him and was involved somehow with the mysterious organization that captured Ciel after his parents' deaths. Kelvin also funded the Doctor's prosthetic limb research and upon discovering that Ciel was still alive, recreated the room where the organization caged and tortured Ciel before trying to sacrifice him in a cruel ritual. After learning this, Ciel killed him and ordered Sebastian to burn his mansion.
Joker (ジョーカー Jōkā?)
Joker was the ring leader of the Noah's Ark Circus when it is traveling and served Baron Kelvin as a butler when he is at the manor. He was recognized by his prosthetic skeleton arm and was initially portrayed as a very goofy person. However, he was actually strict and serious when it comes to his duties. Although he did not agree with some of Baron Kelvin's decisions, he followed every order given to him because he wanted to protect his "brothers and sisters" in the workhouse, whom Kelvin claimed he looks after if they all do what they are told. Joker was unaware of the fact that the bones of the kidnapped children are used by Doctor as material for the prosthetic limbs, nor did he know that the workhouse never existed. He, like every first string performer, referred to Baron Kelvin as "Father", because Baron Kelvin took him off the streets of the East End as a child and raised him in addition to providing artificial limbs. He died from extensive hemorrhaging, having Sebastian severed his other arm, as he attempted to defend Baron Kelvin from Ciel. He will be voiced by Mamoru Miyano.[4]
Doctor (先生 Sensei?)
Doctor was the kind, wheelchair-bound doctor who cared for the performers of the circus. However, this was later revealed to be a ruse as he really can walk and is quite sadistic. He hand-carved the prosthetic limbs used by some of the first string performers from an unknown strong material that he is developing through his research, funded by Baron Kelvin. This material is later revealed to be a special bone china made from the bones of the kidnapped children. He had Kelvin use his power and money to provide him with the resources he needs to perfect his craft and has him kidnap children that he uses. He was killed by Sebastian under Ciel's orders.
Beast (ビースト Bīsuto?)
Beast was one of the first string members of Noah's Ark Circus and its animal trainer. Beast grew up alongside the other first string members in the East End until Baron Kelvin found them and picked them off the streets. Beast is missing her right leg, which was replaced by prosthetic limb. However, her dedication to Kelvin isn't as deep as Joker's was, and she was willing to leave him behind to live a life with Joker, who she loved, although it was unrequited. On one of the nights that Sebastian had sneaked out, he seduced Beast to use her as a last resort on obtaining the information on Kelvin. She was later killed by Baldroy when she and the other first string members of the circus (except for Doll and Snake) invaded the Phantomhive manor to kidnap Ciel (unaware that he wasn't there at the time). She will be voiced by Yūko Kaida.[4]
Dagger (ダガー Dagā?)
Dagger was the Noah's Ark Circus knife thrower. Dagger was missing his right leg, and has an artificial one made by Doctor that he wore instead. Dagger was a flamboyant, dramatic, energetic boy who was nearly constantly smiling. He seemed to have a great love, bordering on obsession, for Beast, whom he always referred to as "Sis" or "Big Sis", and was always willing to expressed his feelings for her, frequently serenading her or offering her gifts. He continued these acts, even when Beast is not around and despite no indication of interest from her. Like the other first string members, he lived in an alley in the East End. He had been missing his right leg since birth, a commonality that linked him with the others. One day, Baron Kelvin found them in the alley, and invited them to come live at his mansion. After some time there, they decided to start a circus, and Joker gave him the stage name Dagger, which he didn't initially appear to be very excited about. He was later killed by Baldroy when he and the other first string members of the circus (except for Doll and Snake) invaded the Phantomhive manor to kidnap Ciel (unaware that he wasn't there at the time). He is voiced by Nobuhiko Okamoto.[4]
Peter (ピーター Pītā?)
Peter worked with Wendy as a trapeze artist in the Noah's Ark Circus. He cared deeply about Wendy, as he was shown to be always by her side. Peter was prone to violence, angers easily and frequently makes rude, sarcastic remarks. Despite his tendency to anger easily, he shown to intelligent, such as when he abandoned attacking Finnian to take out a more serious threat. Like Wendy, Peter's growth was stunted, forcing them to be trapped in children's bodies. Peter grew up with the other first string members in an alley in the East End. After some time, they decided to start a circus, and Wendy and Peter formed the trapeze act. He was later killed by Mey-Rin when he and the other first string members of the circus (except for Doll and Snake) invaded the Phantomhive manor to kidnap Ciel (unaware that he wasn't there at the time). He is voiced by Yūki Tai.
Wendy (ウエンディ Uendi?)
Wendy worked with Peter as a trapeze artist in the Noah's Ark Circus. She initially seemed soft-spoken, and usually deferred to Peter to do most of the talking. However, when she did speak, she presented herself in a mature manner, such as when she comforted Beast. She cared deeply about the other first string circus members, perhaps more than she cared about Baron Kelvin, and seems to be most attached to Peter, as she is almost always in his presence. Wendy grew up in an alley in the East End with the other first string circus members and were picked up by Baron Kelvin to live at his manor. Like Peter, Wendy's growth was stunted, forcing them to be trapped in a children's bodies. After some time, they decided to start a circus, and Wendy and Peter formed the trapeze act. She was later killed by Mey-Rin when she and the other first string members of the circus (except for Doll and Snake) invaded the Phantomhive manor to kidnap Ciel (unaware that he wasn't there at the time). She is by Mayumi Shintani.
Jumbo (ジャンボ Janbo?)
Jumbo was the Noah's Ark Circus fire eater. Jumbo, as name indicated, was an extremely large man, who seems to have a slight hunch. Jumbo seemed to be the voice of reason among the circus members, as he was very level-headed and is not prone to giving into his emotions. Nonetheless, he was extremely kind and generous, once stopping his work to help Dagger play with the other children in the past. Even though he was willing to kill people in order to carry out his orders, he seemed to be genuinely unhappy about having to do so. It is stated that his problem was his abnormal growth. Like the others, he was picked up by Baron Kelvin and came to live in his manor. When the others decided to start a circus, he became the fire eater. He was later killed by Finnian when he and the other first string members of the circus (except for Doll and Snake) invaded the Phantomhive manor to kidnap Ciel (unaware that he wasn't there at the time). He is voiced by Ryokan Koyanagi.
Doll (ドール Dōru?)
Doll was a first string member of the Noah's Ark Circus, and held the position of tightrope walker. When she wasn't performing, she pretended to be a new, male, second string member named Freckles (そばかす Sobakasu?), because she slept better when she is sharing a room with someone else, something the first string performers do not have to do. Doll was friendly and welcoming, making conversation with Ciel after they were named tent mates. She was a bit naive, though, easily believing Ciel's lies, something that the other circus performers have reprimanded her for. She was exceedingly loyal to the other first string circus performers and viewed all of them as family. It is said that the reason for the loss of her left eye is because her parents raised her too harshly and deformed her. One day, Baron Kelvin found them in the alley and allowed them to come live at his estate. Sometime thereafter, they decided to create a circus and Joker gave them all stage names, including Doll, who initially tried to refuse the name. She was later killed by Sebastian under Ciel's orders. She is voiced by Ayahi Takagaki.[4]

Other characters[edit]

Azzurro Vanel (アズーロ バネル Azūro Baneru?)
Azzurro Vanel was an Italian Mafia drug trafficker of the Ferro family, which operates under the guise of the trading company known as Ferro Company. In order to confirm whether or not Azzurro was the drug dealer Ciel was searching for, he invited the former to his manor for a game of pool along with several others. During the engagement, Ciel stated that he had obtained drugs that Chlaus has procured for him in Italy, prompting Azzurro to kidnap Ciel later that day. Sebastian was able to discover Azzurro's mansion and effortlessly made his way to rescue Ciel through Azzurro's guards. After Azzurro frantically attempted to persuade Sebastian to come work for him, he was then killed by the latter. He is voiced by Kousuke Toriumi in Japanese and Brian Mathis in the English dub.
Aleister Chamber (アレイスト・チェンバー Areisuto Chenbā?)
The Viscount of Druitt (ドルイット子爵 Doruitto Shishaku?), Aleister Chamber is a noble who is known for his taste in fine art, wine and food and his popularity with women. However, he is involved with many secret and occult societies and illegal business, such as human trafficking. He once attended Weston College in the Scarlet Fox Dorm. Although he does not engage in any medical profession, he has a doctor's license. Since Edgar Redmond is his nephew, it is implied that Aleister has at least one sibling. He often appears as comic relief. He is voiced by Tatsuhisa Suzuki in Japanese and Todd Haberkorn in the English dub.[2]
Paula (ポーラ Pōra?)
Paula is Elizabeth's maid who accompanies her wherever she goes. Elizabeth and Paula have a close relationship, as Paula gives her advice and cares for her. After a snow festival in the anime, Paula became obsessed with jingling bells throughout the rest of the series. She is voiced by Yui Itsuki in Japanese and by Jessica Cavanagh in the English dub.[2]
Nina Hopkins (ニナ・ホプキンス Nina Hopukinsu?)
Nina Hopkins is a tailor who designs clothes for Ciel, Elizabeth, and Ciel's servants. Although she does not care for Ciel's male servants, she is extremely fond of Mey-Rin (much to her dismay). Despite her dramatic and noisy personality, she is skilled in her profession and has a radical perspective on fashion.
Arthur Randall (アーサー・ランドル Āsā Randoru?)
Arthur Randall is the police commissioner of the Scotland Yard. As the leader of Scotland Yard, he is aware of Ciel's role as the Queen's Watchdog and despises whenever his cases are taken over by him. Although he is loyal to the Queen and trusts her decisions, he loathes Ciel as he sees him as nothing more than a brat and considers the Phamtomhive family to be iniquitous when dealing with cases. He is voiced by Yutaka Aoyama in Japanese and John Gremillion in the English dub.
Fred Abberline (フレッド・アバーライン Fureddo Abārain?)
Fred Abberline (named after the real Frederick Abberline) is the chief inspector of Scotland Yard. He works under Arthur Randall, and is the only officer in Scotland Yard besides the commissioner that is aware of Ciel's identity as the Queen's Watchdog. He is a curious, righteous, and somewhat meek individual. While he may not despise Ciel as Randall does, he is appalled by the fact that Queen Victoria and Ciel have an arrangement that allows Ciel to solve cases in a dishonorable manner, noting that it is the opposite how Scotland Yard operates. In the anime adaption, he is portrayed differently (in both appearance and personality) and as one who truly believes in the justice system. He wishes to make London a place where it is safe to have a family and plans to marry his pregnant fiancée. Like Ciel, he had to go through hard times to reach his current situation. Despite this, Ciel describes him as someone who walks in the light, whereas Ciel walks in the darkness. At first, Abberline does not trust Ciel and his position as the Queen's Watchdog, but later joins him as an ally. He is killed by Lau by using his body as a human shield to protect Ciel.[5] He is voiced by Hisayoshi Suganuma in Japanese and Jonathan Brooks in the English dub.[2]
Harold West Jeb (ハロルド・ウエストジェブ Harorudo Uesuto Jebu?)
Harold West Jeb, commonly known as simply Harold West, was a well-known businessman who dealt with trading spices and tea leaves in India, and Mina's husband. He own a general store named "Harold Trading" and a Hindustani coffeehouse called "Harold West". Ciel met him at a party during the London's Season, an exchange that the former found unpleasant. West was an arrogant, conniving, and unethical man, and Ciel described him as someone who was "disgustingly obsessed with status". In an attempt to win at a curry competition to obtain a Royal Warrant, West recruited Agni to be his chef and in return, he and Mina will prevent Soma from learning the truth about Mina's relationship with West, because Soma assumed that West kidnapped her, when she actually willingly went with him to London to escape her low social status. After losing the curry competition to Ciel's Funtom Company, West and Mina were then presumably killed by Ran-Mao under Lau's orders. He is voiced by Yoshimitsu Shimoyama in Japanese and Newton Pittman in the English dub.
Mina (ミーナ Mīna?)
Mina was Harold West Jeb's wife and previously Soma's servant who he known since childhood. Soma adored her like an older sister, describing her as a beautiful, cheerful, and kind woman. However, Mina secretly hated Soma, as she saw him nothing more than a selfish brat, and desired to escape her life as a servant. When West came to India, Mina married him and went back with him to London. When Soma and Agni followed (under the impression that she was kidnapped), West and Mina set up an agreement with Agni in exchange for "putting on an act" in front of Soma to prevent from learning the truth of her relationship with West. Mina appeared at the curry fair being held at the Crystal Palace after West lost the Royal Warrant to Ciel's Funtom Company, where she revealed her self-centered personality and hatred to Soma. In spite of this, Soma understood her reasons, and genuinely apologized and thanked her for everything she had done for him. Afterwards, Mina and West were then presumably killed by Ran-Mao under Lau's orders. She is voiced by Yūko Gotō in Japanese and Emily Gray in the English dub.
Queen Victoria (ヴィクトリア女王 Vikutoria Joō?)
Victoria is the Queen of the United Kingdom and has been described as having great beauty and grace. She is also very fond of Ciel, as she calls him 'dear boy' and says he should visit her more often. After the death of her husband and consort Prince Albert, she does not appear in public often and begins to cry hysterically whenever he is mentioned. She also has a stuffed puppet of Albert, of whom she talks to whenever she is troubled and misses him. In the anime adaption, she plays a villainous role, as she is the one who ordered the destruction of the Phantomhive family. In addition, she nearly attempted suicide because of the grief until Ash approached her. Ash gave her youth and attached part of her husband's body from her neck to her clavicle area. Because the skin continues to rot, it causes her great pain. When Ash tries to fix the problem, she refuses. She later dies and a look-alike is placed on the throne. She is voiced by Ayako Kawasumi in Japanese and Alexis Tipton in the English dub.[2]
John Brown (ジョン・ブラウン Jon Buraun?)
John is Queen Victoria's servant and personal bodyguard. He is a stern, quiet, and impassive individual, and he is deeply loyal to Queen Victoria. He spends most of his time trying to console her hysterical fits of tears when she becomes depressed over her late husband's death.
Double Charles (Wチャールズ Daburu Chāruzu?)
The "Double Charles" are two of the Queen's private secretaries and butlers. They seem to have mysterious jobs pertaining to the Queen's wishes.
Charles Grey (チャールズ・グレイ Chāruzu Gurei?)
Earl Grey appears as guest at Ciel's private party, where he is later revealed to be the murderer of Georg von Siemens by the order of the Queen. He appears quite carefree and comical on most occasions, however, he is short-tempered and prone to using violence whenever he gets the chance, such as when he uses his sword to slice open the doors in the Phantomhive manor. Possessing a great love of food and a ravenous appetite, he enjoys combat and sees it much like a game. He also seem to possess a dislike to Ciel, referring to him as a "brat". Despite this, he is afraid of ghosts and snakes. He hails from a distinguished line of earls, which was famous enough to have a tea named after them. He is voiced by Ryōhei Kimura.
Charles Phipps (チャールズ・フィップス Chāruzu Fippusu?)
In contrast to his partner Charles Grey, Phipps is much more mature, disciplined, and down-to-earth man. He always carries his sword, but he is less inclined to use it. He is strict with his duties to the Queen and dislikes disorder in anything, such as clothes. Unexpectedly, he also carries a sewing kit which he can use at lightning speed, demonstrated when he uses it to fix Finny's hat. He is voiced by Tomoaki Maeno.
Arthur Conan Doyle (アーサー·コナン·ドイル Āsā· Konan· Doiru?)
Arthur is an oculist and aspiring author who serves as the narrator during the Phantomhive Manor Murders Arc. He is one of ten children and a very observant and righteous individual. Being a fan of his stories, Ciel invites him to attend a banquet being held at his manor for Georg von Siemens, where he becomes an prominent figure in assisting with solving the murders that took place there. After the truth of the events were revealed by Ciel and Sebastian, Sebastian threatens him to keep the true murderer's identity (Charles Grey), Ciel's status as the Queen's Watchdog, and Sebastian's true demonic nature in secrecy.
Georg von Siemens (ゲオルクフォンジーメンス Georuku fon Jīmensu?)
Georg von Siemens (based off the real Georg von Siemens) was a German banker and a distant relative of Queen Victoria. He was somewhat of an alcoholic and perverted man, but was a prominent figure in the industrial development for Germany. As a request from the Queen, Ciel agreed to host a banquet in Georg's honor during his visit to London to assets the growth of the its businesses. However, in actuality, this was a plot set by the Queen to dispose of him in order to weaken Germany's political power. After pretending to be dead initially as part of a "prank" he and Charles Grey performed at the Phantomhive manor, he was subsequently killed by Grey as per the Queen's command.
Karl Woodley (カールウードレー Kāru Uudoree?)
Karl Woodley was the president of diamond-polishing Woodley Company. Beneath his façade of being a genial and boisterous man to the public, he was secretly an arms dealer that sold illegal weapons obtained by his wealth in warring countries and the murderer of Steiger Roze, a president of a company that mines diamonds. Being involved in the underworld in London, he knew of Ciel's position as the Queen's Watchdog. As Ciel was planning to exterminate him for his crimes, he invited Woodley to the banquet he was holding at his manor in order to use Woodley as a scapegoat for the murder of Georg von Siemens. After being arrested by the Double Charles, he was killed by Charles Grey when the latter was in a fit of rage.
Patrick Phelps (パトリックフェルプス Patorikku Ferupusu?)
Patrick Phelps was the son of the distinguished shipbuilding magnate known as the Blue Star Line and a board member of its trading division. Although timid and easily frightened, he was described as a capable businessman. For the banquet Ciel was hosting in the honor of Georg von Siemens, Phelps was invited as guest. After discovering Siemens's "corpse" on the first night at the Phantomhive manor, he was moved into Ciel's bedroom (he was afraid to sleep in his room, which was located next to Siemens's) and was unintentionally murdered by Snake's one of serpents, due the fact Ciel's scent was masked over his. Although Sebastian was able to get to him shortly after being bitten, he ignored Phelps's cries for help and left him to die.
Grimsby Keane (グリムスビーキーン Gurimusubī Kīn?)
Grimsby Keane is a stage director and the former lover of Irene Diaz, who was twelve years older than him. He is passionate about his job as a director, and is famed for the craftsmanship of his productions. He is generally a mild-tempered man and was protective over Irene during their relationship. He was one of the guests at Ciel's banquet for Georg von Siemens. Sometime after leaving the Phantomhive manor once the murders were solved, he and Irene broke off their relationship.
Irene Diaz (アイリーンディアス Airīn Deiasu?)
Irene Diaz is a beautiful and famous opera singer (a reference to Irene Adler, who was also an opera singer in the Arthur Conan Doyle's stories focusing on Sherlock Holmes) and was one of Ciel's guests at his banquet for Georg von Siemens. She is a kind-hearted and well-mannered woman. Previously, she was in a romantic relationship with Grimsby Keane, a man twelve years younger than her. However, she maintains a youthful appearance by drinking a red substance extracted from a red perilla. Sometime after leaving the Phantomhive manor once the murders were solved, Irene and Grimsby broke off their relationship. She is dating (albeit secretly) an actor from a rivaling theater company.

Weston College[edit]

Green Lion Dorm[edit]

Edward Midford (エドワード・ミッドフォード Edowādo Middofōdo?)
Edward is the only son of the Midford family, Elizabeth's older brother, and Ciel's cousin. Edward is extremely overprotective and possessive of Elizabeth, and dislikes the fact that she is engaged to Ciel. Similarly to his mother, he is a dignified, hardworking, and determined individual, as well as honorable and stern. Although he is strict with Ciel, he cares and respects him. Like the rest of the Midford family, he is an expert swordsman, although he views himself as an ordinary person and not a prodigy like Elizabeth. However, according to Herman Greenhill, Edward is a genius in his own right, as he genuinely respects the skills of others and perseveres to be more like his role models. At Weston College, he was Herman Greenhill's fag and later replaced him as prefect of the Green Lion Dorm after he was expelled for the murder of Derrick Arden.
Herman Greenhill (ハーマン・グリーンヒル Hāman Gurīnhiru?)
Prefect of the Green Lion Dorm (翡翠の獅子(グリーン・ライオン)寮 Gurīn Raion Ryō?), Herman Greenhill is a serious young man who excels at sports, particularly cricket. He is respectful and honorable, but far too trusting and short-tempered. Like the other prefects, he values tradition above anything else. He was later expelled from the school for the murder of Derrick Arden.

Sapphire Owl Dorm[edit]

Lawrence Bluewer (ロレンス・ブルーアー Rorensu Burūā?)
Prefect of the Sapphire Owl Dorm (紺碧の梟(サファイア・オウル)寮 Safaia Ōru Ryō?), Lawrence Bluewer is a quiet, polite, intelligent, and studious young man. Like the other prefects, he values tradition above anything else and is always enforcing the rules to students at the school. He respects Ciel, having been inspired to give his all in the tournament after seeing the boy practicing late at night. He is the only son in his family, and has seven sisters. He is later expelled from the school for the murder of Derrick Arden.
Clayton (クレイトン Kureiton?)
Clayton is a member of the Sapphire Owl Dorm. Although he is condescending and slightly devious, he is dutiful to his fag responsibilities, and grants praise to those who deserves it. He was Bluewer's fag and later replaced him as prefect of the Sapphire Owl Dorm after he got expelled from school for the murder of Derrick Arden.
McMillan (マクラミン Makuramin?)
McMillan is a kind and friendly first-year student in the Sapphire Owl Dorm and the first person to befriend Ciel. He acts like an informant to Ciel about the school's activities and its students.

Scarlet Fox Dorm[edit]

Edgar Redmond (エドガー・レドモンド Edogā Redomondo?)
Prefect of the Scarlet Fox Dorm (深紅の狐(スカーレット・フォックス)寮 Sukāretto Fokkusu Ryō?) and nephew of Aleister Chamber, Edgar Redmond is an amicable and laid-back young man who is skilled in poetry. Although he has a leniency for the rules, he, like the other prefects, values tradition above anything else. Despite being a genial person, he is a horrible judge of character, a flaw that he even acknowledges, as he unable to notice Derrick's and Cole's bullying of other students. He seems to truly care for his dorm-mates, especially for Joanne Harcourt, his fag. He is later expelled from school for the murder of Derrick Arden.
Maurice Cole (モーリス・コール Mōrisu Kōru?)
Maurice Cole is the previous fag of Redmond. He is a manipulative, sneaky, and incredibly vain individual that enjoys bullying others. He tricked Ciel, who he saw a rival for Redmond's attention, and received punishment for his bullying and cheating after Ciel was able to find evidence of it.
Joanne Harcourt (ジョアンハーコート Joan Hākōto?)
Joanne Harcourt is a very feminine and kind young man who later replaced Maurice Cole as Redmond's fag. He looks up to and respects Redmond, wanting to support him in any way. He is also talented in cricket.
Derrick Arden (デリック・アーデン Derikku Āden?)
Derrick was the son of Queen Victoria's cousin, Duke Clemens, and a fifth-year student at Weston College. Prior to the Weston College Arc, he was Redmond's fag and was praised for being an admirable student and his multiple talents in various subjects, such as poetry, cricket, and crafts. However, it was revealed that he was secretly bullying students and stealing their work for his own. He was truly a selfish, disgraceful, despicable young man and upon discovering his true nature, the prefects murdered him and then set up a contract with Undertaker to resurrect him as a Bizarre Doll, along with four of his friends. After learning the truth of the incident, Ciel reported his findings to the Queen, who covered the truth behind their deaths to avoid a huge scandal.

Violet Wolf Dorm[edit]

Gregory Violet (グレゴリー・バイオレット Guregorī Baioretto?)
Prefect of Violet Wolf Dorm (紫黒の狼(ヴァイオレット・ウルフ)寮 Vaioretto Urufu Ryō?), Gregory Violet is a reserved, gloomy, and highly eccentric young man, as well as an excellent artist. He is very mysterious and shows little interest in anything. He, like the other prefects, values tradition above anything else. He is later expelled from school for the murder of Derrick Arden.
Cheslock (チェスロック Chesurokku?)
Cheslock is a competitive, prideful, and snide young man from the Violet Wolf Dorm. Cheslock is a musical genius who can play any instrument instantly, and he looks down on students in the other dormitories. However, he cares for the students in his dorm and is shown to be honorable, claiming that he will repay Edward and the other prefects' fags in some way after they helped put out the fire that Ciel secretly set to his dorm. He was Violet's fag and later replaced him as prefect of the Violet Wolf Dorm after he got expelled from school for the murder of Derrick Arden.

Staff[edit]

Johann Agares (ヨハン・アガレス Yohan Agaresu?)
Johann Agares was the former vice-principal of Weston College. He was a stoic and apathetic man who dutifully performs his responsibility as the vice principal; however, it was revealed that he did not care for the school rules and was bribed with alcohol by Derrick Arden to cover up his and his friends' misconducts to other students. After being killed by the prefects Edgar Redmond, Lawrence Bluewer, Herman Greenhill, and Gregory Violet, he was resurrected and turned into a Bizarre Doll by Undertaker, who was acting as the headmaster at the school until his identity was discovered by Ciel and Sebastian. According to Undertaker, Agares was his most advanced Bizarre Doll thus far and was able to easily pass as a living human.

Anime-only characters[edit]

Pluto (プルートゥ Purūtu?)
Pluto was a large demon hound that terrorizes the town of Houndsworth until Sebastian tamed him and brought him to the Phantomhive estate. He was able to breathe fire, walked through barriers and shape-shifted into a human. As a human, he retained his dog-like behavior. Although Sebastian hates dogs, Pluto taken a liking to him and only listened to Sebastian's orders. When Ash used him to set fire to the estate and burn London, Ciel ordered his staff to kill Pluto. He is voiced by Takafumi Yamaguchi in Japanese and Z. Charles Bolton in the English dub.[2]
Angela Blanc (アンジェラ・ブラン Anjera Buran?) and Ash Landers (アッシュ・ランダース Asshu Randāsu?)
Angela/Ash was a hermaphrodite angel with two personalities, initially introduced as two people named Angela and Ash. Angela was introduced as a maid who is treated poorly in public by her master the Lord Henry Barrymore of Houndsworth. Finnian was infatuated with her beauty and seeming kindness, until he learned of her dominatrix personality. She seemed to have the desire to be with Sebastian. When the Angela persona is in control, she wanted him to recognize her as a woman and had a place beside her in her bid for world domination. Ash was introduced as Queen Victoria's butler who delivered all of her requests to the Ciel. He was connected to the organization that killed Ciel's parents and he had an obsession of purifying souls "unclean" with negative emotions. Eventually, he fell into insanity, leading Sebastian to comment he might be a fallen angel. He was killed by Sebastian's true form. He fought with a sword that resembles a fencing foil, which was strong enough to cut through steel. Angela and Ash are voiced by Akiko Yajima and Satoshi Hino respectively in Japanese and by Colleen Clinkenbeard and Chuck Huber in the English dub, respectively.[2]
Alois Trancy (アロイス・トランシー Aroisu Toranshī?)
Earl Alois Trancy, born Jim Macken (ジム・マッケン Jimu Makken?), was the head of the Trancy family. Despite acting like a carefree child, Alois was actually very morbid, cruel, eccentric, dramatic, manipulative, and foul-mouthed. Like Ciel, he suffered from a tragic past as a slave and formed a contract with the demon Claude Faustus in order to avenge the death of his younger brother Luka and the destruction of his village. Alois's contract mark was located on his tongue. Deceived by the lie that Sebastian was the one who killed his brother and destroyed his village, he spent the entire second season seeking Ciel in order to make Sebastian suffer. However, after learning the truth about what happened to Luka from his demon maid Hannah, he directed his affections to her and stopped trying to win Claude's approval. Afterwards, he formed a new contract with Hannah and his soul was consumed by her after his wish was fulfilled to change Ciel into a demon to prevent Sebastian or Claude from devouring his soul. Once Sebastian's duel with Claude was over, Hannah approached Claude's dead body and proclaimed that Alois and Luka would live happily in the afterlife with her and Claude. He is voiced by Nana Mizuki in Japanese and by Luci Christian in English dub.
Luka Macken (ルカマッケン Ruka Makken?)
Luka was Jim Macken's (Alois Trancy's) younger brother. When Alois and Luka were very young, their parents died and they were ostracized by their village, forcing them to steal in order to survive. Luka adored Alois and cared for him deeply, wishing for nothing but his happiness. In spite of their hardships, Luka was cheerful and kind to those that were kind to him in return. When his brother expressed his passionate desire to punish those who had wronged them, Luka met the demon Hannah Annafellows and formed a contract with her to destroy the village and its inhabitants to fulfill his brother's wish, sparing a single woman that showed concern for him when was being bullied. After the village was burned down, Jim and Luka split to collect the deceased citizens' valuables. However, Luka actually went to see Hannah and gave his soul to her, thanking her for granting his wish. Jim was never aware of Luka's contract to Hannah until years later when Hannah revealed the truth to him. He is voiced by Marina Inoue in Japanese and Lindsay Seidel in the English dub.
Claude Faustus (クロード・フォースタス Kurōdo Fōsutasu?)
Claude Faustus was the demon butler of the Trancy household. Like Sebastian, he did things perfectly and with ease, although in a more eccentric manner. Despite the fact that his master, Alois Trancy, possessed a rare soul similar to Ciel's, Claude became obsessed with Ciel's soul and subsequently killed Alois to be free to pursue Ciel. After a fierce duel with Sebastian over Ciel's soul, he is killed, but acknowledged that Alois's soul was truly worthy. Hannah approached Claude's dead body and proclaimed that Alois and Luka would live happily in the afterlife with her and Claude. He is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai in Japanese and by Jason Douglas in English dub.
Hannah Annafellows (ハンナ・アナフェローズ Hanna Anaferōzu?)
Hannah was Alois's demon maid and servant. In the first episode of the second season, Hannah's left eye was gouged out by Alois on the account that she stared at him directly. She was quiet and seemed to be very fearful of Alois as he often harmed and humiliated her. She was very skilled with combat and able to pull weapons out of nowhere and she was the sheath of the legendary sword Lævateinn. Despite Alois's abusive treatment of her, Hannah was deeply loyal to Alois and cared for him. Near the end of the second season, Hannah revealed that she previously formed a contract with Alois's younger brother Luka (who she had grown to love during their short time together) and upon discovering that, Alois accepted Hannah's love and stopped trying to receive acknowledgement from Claude. Once Sebastian's duel with Claude was over, Hannah approached Claude's dead body and proclaimed that Alois and Luka would live happily in the afterlife with her and Claude. She is voiced by Aya Hirano in Japanese and by Caitlin Glass in English dub.
Thompson (トンプソン Tonpuson?) , Timber (ティンバー Tinbā?) and Canterbury (カンタベリー Kantaberī?)
Thompson (his fringes fall directly to the center), Timber (his fringe is swept to the right), and Canterbury (his fringe is swept to the left) are demon triplets and Alois's servants. Like Hannah, they appear to be terrified of Alois. Unlike the Phantomhive servants, they are very skilled in household work. Although they obey Claude, the triplets are actually Hannah's subordinates. Throughout the series, the triplets remain quiet, conversing to others by gestures and pictures, and to each other in whispers. When they are given permission to speak, they have shown to be extremely rude and garrulous. All three are voiced by Kenichi Suzumura in Japanese and by Scott Freeman in the English dub.

Merchandise[edit]

Characters of the series have various pieces of merchandise created in their likeness. Jun Planning planned to release dolls of Sebastian, Ciel, and Grell in March 2009.[6][7][8] However, on April 20, 2009, the company suspended all operations in Japan and prepared to file for bankruptcy.[9] The company was later able to release a Ciel doll in September 2010.[10] They also released two versions of a Taeyang Sebastian, the regular one in April 2009 and Taeyang Sebastian Private Teacher Version in September 2009. Good Smile Company released a figurine of Sebastian Michaelis in July 2009.[11] Retail clothing chain Hot Topic added t-shirts featuring Sebastian to its merchandise.[12]

Reception[edit]

The characters of Black Butler were well received. Casey Brienza of Anime News Network felt that the butler was "gimmicky, [but] proves to be [an] effective character type".[13] The servants of the Phantomhive household were described as "charming incompetents" by Carl Kimlinger, also from Anime News Network.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Amazon.co.jp: ドラマCD 黒執事: イメージ・アルバム, セバスチャン・ミカエリス(森川智之), シエル・ファントムハイヴ(沢城みゆき), タナカ(麦人), バルド(小山力也), メイリン(折笠富美子), フィニ(高城元気), エリザベス(斎藤千和), アズーロ(平田広明), クラウス(染田清之), マダム・レッド(勝生真沙子), 森川智之, 沢城みゆき, 勝生真沙子, 遊佐浩二, 麦人: 音楽" (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
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