Phantomhive is the name of an infamous family that is directly controlled by Queen Victoria. It is a secret and strictly confidential executive agency of England. Often called the "Queen's Watchdogs" or the "Evil Noblemen," they have served the Royal Family for generations.
As said by Arthur Randall, the Phantomhive's task is not easy and explains that every country has a surface world but there is always an underworld as well; Great Britain is no exception. The Phantomhive is a dark agency that conceals all of the Royal Family's wrongdoings and eliminates every thread linking to the Royal Family's involvement, no matter how dirty the method.
The Phantomhive family has the power to control and manage everything in the underworld of Britain, and it maintains the division between the underworld and surface world. An interference with the "regular" and "respectable" society usually opts the Queen to rely on the Phantomhives to annihilate it, as shown when the Queen orders Ciel Phantomhive to get rid of Jack the Ripper, solve a case of Anglo-Indians being harassed, recover missing children, and discover the reason behind the illegal human experimentation.
In general, the Phantomhive family is a secret committee that carries out special duties. Because of that, the funds for their activities and their rewards cannot be included in the nation budget. Thus, the Scotland Yard members personally deliver the bribe money to the existing head of the Phantomhive family.
- Main article: Phantomhive Manor
Identified Members of the Phantomhive FamilyEdit
- Earl Ciel Phantomhive
- Former Earl Vincent Phantomhive
- Former Countess Rachel Phantomhive
- Lady Frances Phantomhive (later married into Midford family and became Marchioness Midford)
- Claudia Phantomhive
- Ciel Phantomhive (head)
- Sebastian Michaelis (butler)
- Finnian (gardener)
- Baldroy (chef)
- Mey-Rin (maid)
- Tanaka (house steward)
- Snake (footman)
- Pluto (guard dog, anime only)
- Sebastian, the dog (manga only, glimpse in the anime)
- Randall refers to the name "Phantomhive," noting that a "phantom" is something a Royal Family normally should not have.
- Fred Abberline sums up the Phantomhives, saying that in other words, they are the opposite of the police as they use evil powers to carry out the wishes of the Queen.