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Quotation1 I am simply one hell of a butler. Quotation2
Sebastian Michaelis
Sebastian Michaelis
Sebastian Michealis
Kanji セバスチャン ミカエリス
Romaji Sebasuchan Mikaerisu
Characteristics
Race Demon
Gender Male
Height 185 cm (6'1")
Professional Status
Affiliation Faustian Contract
Occupation Butler of the Phantomhive Household
Previous Occupation Second-tier member of Noah's Ark Circus
Base of Operations Phantomhive manor
London
Personal Status
Status Alive
First Appearance
Manga Debut Volume 1, Chapter 1
Anime Debut Episode 1
Voices
Japanese Voice Daisuke Ono
English Voice J. Michael Tatum

Sebastian Michaelis (セバスチャン ミカエリス, Sebasuchan Mikaerisu) is the demon butler of the Phantomhive household.

Appearance

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Sebastian's Faustian contract seal.
Sir WatsonAdded by Sir Watson

Sebastian takes on the appearance of a tall, handsome, youthful male adult with black hair, red eyes, and pale skin that has a grayish tint. He typically dresses in an outfit that consists of black trousers, a six button double-breasted tailcoat, and a grey vest. He has the Phantomhive crest on his shirt cuffs and tie. He also sports a pocket watch with a chain and chained silver lapel pin bearing the Phantomhive Crest, traditionally worn by the house's head butler.[1]

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Sebastian in the manga.
Sir WatsonAdded by Sir Watson
His white gloves conceal the mark of his Faustian contract with Ciel Phantomhive on his left hand. He occasionally removes these, revealing black fingernails.[2]

Sebastian's demonic form has never been fully shown. Details of this form include high-heeled stiletto boots,  sharp claws, glowing fuchsia irises, slitted pupils, and longer, sharper teeth, with dark, black wings.[3][4] Prior to transforming, Sebastian said several times that his form is unpleasant to look at. Just looking at it drove Ash Landers to hysterics. [5]

Personality

Sebastian is a dedicated butler to Ciel Phantomhive; he upholds a strong sense of duty to his master and household. He follows and completes each order faithfully while always ensuring that the Phantomhive house runs smoothly. He does not sleep, for demons view it as a form of luxury, and thus frequently performs tasks for Ciel at night.[6] The manner in which he responds to Ciel's demands is quite notable; he says, "Yes, my Lord."

Despite his appearance as a courteous and excellent servant, Sebastian is actually a heartless and sadistic demon. He expresses these traits in a very passive and sarcastic manner. He is ruthless when attacking others on Ciel's orders, such as when he kicks Grell Sutcliff's face because it is the thing he most cherishes. His diabolic nature is also shown through his dark humour and inability to see good in much of anyone.[7] At times Sebastian can be indifferent, and he deliberately delays ensuring Ciel's well-being to tease him.[8] Sebastian has also put Ciel's life in mild danger for his own amusement.[9] He calls Ciel a "brat" who treats his workers rudely.[10] However, despite all the troubles he goes through on a daily basis, he says that he does not dislike the butler lifestyle.[11]

Sebastian views money as "rubbish" or "materialistic," and is more than willing to give out generous amounts of pocket money given to him.[12] He is fluent in French and Latin, enough to teach the latter.[13][14] He is also knowledgeable and proficient in Deutsch (German)[15] and East Franconian, a dialect in Southern Germany. [16] Sebastian has a strong and mutual dictate for Grim Reapers.[17] He greatly favours cats, and keeps at least thirteen hidden in his closet to prevent Ciel from finding out.[18]

Sebastian often contemplates the behaviors and attitudes of human beings. He finds humans in general to be "difficult creatures," but he adds that their struggles and lofty goals make them interesting. He is also intrigued about how insatiable they are, as they are willing to "drag others down to get what they want, even in death."[19]

References

  1. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 42, page 13
  2. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 39, page 17
  3. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 19, page 11
  4. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 10, page 17-18
  5. Kuroshitsuji anime, Episode 24
  6. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 27, page 3
  7. Kuroshitsuji Character Guide, page 10
  8. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 28, page 23
  9. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 28, page 11
  10. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 5, page 9
  11. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 5, page 30
  12. Kuroshitsuji Character Guide, page 13
  13. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 39, page 29
  14. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 63, page 6
  15. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 86, page 10
  16. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 87, page 3
  17. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 26, page 41
  18. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 44, page 13
  19. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 65, page 24


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