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John Brown
John Brown
Kanji

ジョン・ブラウン

Rōmaji

Jon Buraun

Characteristics
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Professional Status
Affiliation

The British Royal Family

Occupation

Queen Victoria's Aide and Private Secretarial Officer

Base of Operations

Buckingham Palace
London

Personal Status
Status

Alive

First Appearance
Manga Debut

Volume 5, Chapter 21

Anime Debut

Episode 46

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

N/A


John Brown (ジョン・ブラウン, Jon Buraun) is Queen Victoria's aide and a member of her Private Secretarial Officers; he often explains things on her behalf and works to cheer her up.

Appearance

John has short, shaggy hair with two noticeable cowlicks that curl upwards and to the right. He wears large sunglasses, no matter the time of day, that completely veil his eyes. He dresses in a long, double-breasted, button-down trench with a medallion attached over the left breast, lace-up knee-high boots, black gloves, and a white belt cinched at the waist; attached to the belt, on his left hip, is his whip.

Personality

John is a very straight-faced and impassive individual. At times he dons a Prince Albert puppet, whose personality he assumes when Queen Victoria is feeling particularly sad about her late husband; however, while he impersonates him, his tone is wooden and monotonous, which reflects his distinctive character. He is extremely loyal to the Queen and is especially keen in extolling her virtues—but he does not override her speech or undermine her authority in any way. He occasionally suffers physical abuse at her hands, such as when the horse she was riding on stepped on his head, but he takes this all in silently and never complains.[1]

Furthermore, one of his bizarre quirks is his devotion to his "beloved" horse, which is strong to the point that he had refused to ride it while traveling from England to Germany, and walked alongside it instead.[2]

Plot

Indian Butler Arc

John Takes the Trophy

John takes the trophy.

King Albert puppet

John uses a Prince Albert doll to cheer up Queen Victoria.

At the Curry Fair, when the host was about to present the trophy to both the Harold West Company and the Funtom Corporation, John uses his whip to confiscate the trophy. Queen Victoria follows up on a horse, trampling him in the process. From beneath the horse, John introduces the Queen, explaining who she is and why she is so well-loved, until she decides she would like to speak. Soon after, when Queen Victoria begins to cry for Prince Albert, he whips out a hand puppet of him, and pretends to be him to console her.[3]

Eventually, Queen Victoria grieves for Prince Albert again, and John comforts her with the hand puppet. Subsequently, she realizes that she has spent too much time at the event, and he assists her in climbing onto her horse and watches as she departs. Ciel Phantomhive then points out that he should be leaving with her, and he chases after her.[4] Later, Ciel discovers that John has slipped an envelope from the Queen into his pocket, which has tickets and a note to lead Ciel on a mission to investigate the Noah's Ark Circus.[5]

Circus Arc

Ep46 Charles Grey, Charles Phipps, and John Brown

John, Grey, and Phipps watch Kelvin's manor burn.

From afar, John, Charles Grey, and Charles Phipps watch Kelvin's manor burn. Phipps comments that they are there to document the goings-on and report back to Queen Victoria.[6]

Luxury Liner Arc

John and Charles Phipps have disguised themselves as the Scotland Yard members that were supposed to bring Karl Woodley to jail. Charles Grey eventually kills Karl along the way.[7]

Public School Arc

84 - John Brown

John vows to protect the Queen.

John, Charles Grey, and Charles Phipps accompany Queen Victoria on the night of June 4th to Weston College.[8]

Later at Buckingham Palace, Victoria asks John on what he would do if Bizarre Dolls attacked them. John promises that he would protect Victoria in the place of Prince Albert.[9]

Emerald Witch Arc

John Delivers the Queen's Letter

John delivers the Queen's letter.

After Charles Grey and Charles Phipps give their analysis of the plant specimens from the Werewolves' Forest to Queen Victoria, who reads their report and panics. John uses his Prince Albert puppet to soothe the Queen. After she calms down, she proceeds to write a letter instructing Ciel Phantomhive to eradicate the werewolves.[10]

Sometime later, John arrives at Wolfsschlucht—on foot, as he does not wish to exploit his horse[11]—and interrupts Sebastian and Snake's conversation to deliver the Queen's letter.[12]

When John learns that Ciel is ill, he is troubled, because the Queen has explicitly ordered for the letter to be read immediately. He, then, requests Sebastian to read the letter's contents in Ciel's stead. Subsequently, John announces his leave, and Sebastian warns him to beware of werewolves. John leaves the forest.[13]

Blue Cult Arc

In Buckingham Palace, John stands beside Queen Victoria, while she holds an audience with Sieglinde Sullivan.[14] He supports the Queen, as they move over to a table, where cakes and tea are prepared.[15] When Sieglinde makes a promise to commit herself to helping England advance, the Queen expresses her delight and compliments Ciel for his work—and in doing so, she mentions her late husband Prince Albert. At the reminder of Albert, she sobs, and John impersonates Albert with his Albert puppet, to comfort her. John comments that Ciel has become like his father, and the Queen agrees, saying that he is very reliable.[16]

Quotes

  • (About Queen Victoria) "This queen is the one who crafted the most brilliant time of Great Britain's history. Not only was she the political power behind the idea of expanding the territories of Great Britain, allowing it to become the 'empire where the sun never sets,' she also made her mark in the fields of fashion at balls and other fashionable events; she was the one leading the trends and had immense popularity amongst the people. To this day, she is still deeply in love with the deceased Prince Albert. This is off topic, but it is said that a popular show, 'The Violent Earl,' was based on her highness."[17]

Trivia

  • As the real John Brown was Scottish, Yana Toboso wanted to let him wear a kilt, but ultimately decided against it as it was too "daring."[21]

References

  1. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, pages 44-45
  2. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 94, pages 2-3
  3. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 22, pages 39-45
  4. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 22, pages 16-17
  5. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 22, pages 30-31
  6. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 35, pages 37-38
  7. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 51, pages 2-3
  8. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 81, page 8
  9. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 84, pages 42-43
  10. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 93, pages 7-8
  11. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 94, pages 2-3
  12. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 93, pages 32-33
  13. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 94, pages 3-5
  14. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 108, page 4
  15. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 108, page 6
  16. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 108, pages 18-19
  17. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 21, pages 43-44
  18. June 2015 Issue of Square Enix's GFantasy Magazine
  19. Kuroshitsuji anime; Episode 14
  20. Wikipedia:John Brown (servant)
  21. Kuroshitsuji Character Guide, page 127


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