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Quotation1 I did not return to Phantomhive for the sake of the previous head. I returned for myself. All I want is to give those who betrayed and defiled the name of Phantomhive a taste of the humiliation and pain . . . that I suffered. Checkmate. Quotation2
Ciel Phantomhive[1]
Ciel Phantomhive
Ciel Phantomhive
Kanji シエル ファントムハイヴ
Romaji Shieru Fantomuhaivu
Race Human
Demon (anime only)[2]
Birthday December 14, 1875[3]
Age 13 (12, Chapter 1 - 14)
Gender Male
Height 152 cm (5')
158 cm (5'2") (Kuroshitsuji II)
Professional Status
Affiliation Faustian Contract
Funtom Company
Previous Affiliation Noah's Ark Circus
Occupation Earl of Phantomhive
Watchdog of the Queen
Previous Occupation Second-tier member of Noah's Ark Circus
Base of Operations Phantomhive manor
Personal Status
Status Alive
Relatives Vincent Phantomhive (father, deceased)
Rachel Phantomhive (mother, deceased)
Claudia Phantomhive (grandmother, deceased at age 36)[4]
Angelina Dalles (aunt, deceased)
Francis Midford (aunt)
Edward Midford (cousin)
Elizabeth Midford (cousin, fiancée)
Chlaus (uncle)
First Appearance
Manga Debut Volume 1, Chapter 1
Anime Debut Episode 1
Video Game Debut Kuroshitsuji: Phantom & Ghost
Japanese Voice Maaya Sakamoto
English Voice Brina Palencia

Earl Ciel Phantomhive (シエル ファントムハイヴ, Shieru Fantomuhaivu) is the main character of the Kuroshitsuji series. Notoriously known as the Queen's Watchdog, he is the head of the Phantomhive noble family and the owner of Funtom Company. Ciel is the son of Vincent and Rachel Phantomhive.


Ciel's right eye
Ciel's Faustian contract displayed on his right eye.
TwocentsAdded by Twocents

Ciel is a rather short teenage boy with navy blue hair and eyes and body dimensions that are described by Nina Hopkins as "slim" and "delicate." [5] Ciel typically dresses in a way that suits his noble standing, and has a very extensive and elegant wardrobe. 

Ciel nearly always wears a black eyepatch with a single cord over his right eye; this is to hide the location of his Faustian Contract with Sebastian Michaelis. However while in disguise, he wears a medical-looking white patch that fastens over his ear with two cords.[6][7] Ciel also has a brand on the left side of his body from his time as a slave in a cult.[8] In the manga, the mark is on his back; in the anime, it is on his chest.

Signet Ring
Phantomhive signet ring.
C. PhantomAdded by C. Phantom

Ciel sports two rings: one, which he wears on his left thumb, is an ornate silver piece that holds an emerald-cut deep-blue stone. It is a one-of-a-kind family heirloom that had been passed down for generations.[9] The other is a gold signet ring in the form of the Phantomhive crest. Ciel wears this on his right hand, and uses it to stamp the wax seal on documents. The seal was given to him by Angelina Dalles upon his return, who told him that it was the only ring that had not been destroyed in the fire that killed his parents.[10]

Phantomhive blue ring.
Sir WatsonAdded by Sir Watson


Ciel is an arrogant, shrewd and sagacious thirteen-year-old boy, who holds numerous exalted positions: the head of the Phantomhive household, the chief manager of a chain of Funtom Companies, and the Queen's Watchdog.

As the Earl of the Phantomhive family and a distinguished nobleman, Ciel is very strict and proud, accustomed to the luxurious lifestyle. He refuses to abase himself by dwelling in a meager environment for long.[11] Thus, he has considerable difficulty dressing himself and doing household chores if left on his own.[12] He is stern on his orders, especially in the assertion of his authority, and he expects his butler, Sebastian Michaelis, to complete them without any shortcomings. Ciel often finds it entertaining to challenge Sebastian in the areas of both strength and skill.[13] He and Sebastian frequently work together, and only the latter seems to be fully aware of Ciel's schemes. Furthermore, Ciel has a relatively cold outlook on life; his principal goal is for those who have betrayed the Phantomhive family to experience the same level of humiliation and suffering he did.[14] During his time as a slave to cultists who subjected him to atrocious cruelties, he was branded with a mark he absolutely does not want other people to see.[15] In addition, Ciel possesses unwavering determination; instead of moping around hopelessly, Ciel chooses to die without regrets by working hard to fulfill his revenge, despite his aunt's insistence that he should lead a happier life. He often compares predicaments to games, such as chess, willing to gamble with his life on the line to win them.[16]

As the executive chairman of the Funtom Company, Ciel exhibits business acumen and impressive keenness in management affairs. Cunning and artful, he successfully administers sister Funtom Companies simultaneously;[17] his greed is described as "knowing no boundaries" for when he learns that a performer could double the sales of his new product, he immediately puts up advertisments of her for promotion.[18]

As the Queen's Watchdog, Ciel demonstrates great loyalty to Queen Victoria and aims to accomplish all tasks she assigns to him. He is undaunted by dense mysteries and macabre cases, as he is confident that he will be able to solve them all.[19] He is readily prepared to resort to dishonest measures such as bribery, provided that he can gather more information and finish his job swiftly and efficiently—though, he claims it is simply flexibility on his part.[20] As his duty sometimes obligates him to disguise himself, he is quite a versed actor; unscrupulous, he has no qualms about lying and has faith that neither do humans in general.[21] He is merciless with his enemies, and does not hesitate to command for the utter eradication of them.[22]

Ciel displays signs of posttraumatic stress disorder due to his savage mistreatment as a slave to a perverse cult. He occasionally has flashbacks of the traumatic event and becomes completely unaware of his surroundings while suspended in the disturbing, vivid memory.[23][24] Due to this horrific past, Ciel seldom smiles; he had once admitted that he has forgotten how to smile happily.[25]  Ciel does show genuine concern for the well-being of those close to him; for instance, he jumped in front of a bear to guard Elizabeth Midford,[26] and had sworn to protect her from a horde of violent Bizarre Dolls.[27] He would also pay ample attention to the needs of his servants, for when he had heard that they desired new items, he went shopping with them and provided them with necessities.[28]

Although he usually presents a solemn demeanor, Ciel can be rather childish at times. He is exceedingly competitive, which he acknowledges himself. He is unsatisfied with draws, and will refuse to quit until a victor is declared.[29] Sebastian has noted that because of Ciel's talent in competition, Ciel overestimates his skills to the point that he thinks he can never lose. This is why Sebastian is careful to make sure that Ciel will be gradually humbled by a decisive defeat and the guidance of an adult he respects.[30] Despite his weak physical constitution, Ciel is competent with shooting; he always carries a gun in order to defend himself and has one under his pillow when sleeping.[31][32] Ciel is very fond of sweets,[33] and is allergic to cats.[34] He had inherited asthma from his mother.[35]



  1. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 8, pages 23-24
  2. Kuroshitsuji II anime, Episode 12
  3. Kuroshitsuji manga, chapter 27 page 41
  4. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 85, page 22
  5. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 37, pages 12-13
  6. Kuroshitsuji anime, Episode 5
  7. Kuroshitsuji anime, Episode 6
  8. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 27, page 15
  9. Kuroshitsuji anime, Episode 3
  10. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 62, page 15
  11. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 27, page 18
  12. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 27, pages 6-9
  13. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 1, page 11
  14. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 19, page 13
  15. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 27, page 15
  16. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 19, pages 14-15
  17. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 5, page 8
  18. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 85, page 39
  19. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 6, page 27
  20. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 24, pages 3-4
  21. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 28, pages 10-11
  22. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 34, pages 18-22
  23. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 34, pages 14-17
  24. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 54, pages 20-24
  25. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 2, page 23
  26. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 14, page 27
  27. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 54, page 16
  28. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 85, page 5
  29. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 14, pages 23-31
  30. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 14, pages 32
  31. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 13, page 24
  32. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 14, page 4
  33. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 1, pages 38-39
  34. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 24, page 31
  35. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 28, pages 17-18

Start a Discussion Discussions about Ciel Phantomhive

  • Ciel is cute

    3 messages
    • Ciel is very cute; however, as the series goes on, he tends to act like a brat; this can't be denied. Sebastian is at fault, too: he is usin...
    • Personality wise, I act a LOT like Ciel because I've been going through a tough time. Before that I was really happy...sigh. So I kind...
  • plz don't judge me

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    • Umm... in episode 15 from 11:50 - 11:56 doesn't Ciel say "... butler or not you owe him something"  to Agni, well in the dub version.   *caut...
    • No, you are right. Ciel, though, has proven to be a brat, and a bit of a sadist. Not to Sebastian's level, of course, but he honestly doesn't c...
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