Grell Sutcliff
Name Grell Sutcliff
Canon Kuroshitsuji
Age N/A
Residence N/A
Journal Such a Fabulous Actress~
Played By Kelly


His journey with a beautiful woman by the name of Madam Red began when he saw her covered in head to toe, her hands stained in a beautiful shade of red. Madam Red, a respected doctor in the community, had spent her time taking out her anger held deep within her heart on prostitutes that had approached her concerning an abortion. As she was killing a prostitute one night, a Death God covered in red smiled down at her and praised her for the excellent job she had been doing. He had been observing her night after night as she covered herself in red. The immediately bonded over her actions – Grell feeling the same way toward the hideous prostitutes and Madam Red’s want for a child she would never be able to have. He made a proposition for her, "Allow me to assist you."

Grell Sutcliff put on a disguise from then on, becoming the timid and rather lousy butler of the Barnett household. His skills were lacking, his tea was terrible, and he was no match compared to the butler of the Phantomhive household. However, under the cover of the night, he would show his true identity as a Death God and, together with Madam Red, become Jack the Ripper. When asked why he was a butler by Sebastian Michaelis (butler of the Phantomhive estate), he declared that he was "captivated by a woman." He loved everything about this woman – her attitude, her actions, her beautiful hair, her gorgeous lips, and her exquisite taste in clothing. He loved all of this until she showed weakness and became nothing more than a pathetic, barren woman. Grell threatened Madam Red, telling her that it was either Ciel Phantomhive or herself that would die that night, but she would not kill her nephew. He revved his chainsaw and, without a second thought, cut right through her chest. Her "Cinematic Record" played and her life ended. Grell smiled fiendishly as he sliced through her and declared, "I love the way that you are being dyed by the red blood spurting out, Madam Red!! I am not interested in the you who got carried away by meaningless emotions!" He went to extremes to help her, even going so far as to break the rules of the Death Gods and kill women who were not on his list to die.

As Grell Sutcliff turned to walk away, Ciel Phantomhive ordered his hell of a butler to kill "Jack the Ripper." Grell and Sebastian engaged in combat – a death god versus a demon. The Death’s Scythe versus the powers of a demon, each man tried their hardest to take the other one down. Grell eventually gets the upper hand in the battle and slices Sebastian across the chest, displaying his (very mundane) Cinematic Record. Sebastian, being a demon, was able to easily recover from such an injury and continue in his attempts to do away with Grell Sutcliff. He eventually gained control of the chainsaw and was about to end Grell’s life using his own Death’s Scythe when he was abruptly stopped by William T. Spears of the Dispatch Management Division of the Death Gods. He had come to collect Grell and take him back to headquarters, citing two rules that Grell had broken – he modified his scythe without using proper procedure and used it without permission and he also killed people who were not on his list. Grell is dragged away by William T. Spears and that is the last (for now) that we see of this butler to die for.


A faithful butler, apparently harmless. His act is very convincing. His skills as a butler, however, are a far cry from perfect. He is timid, nervous, and flighty, often spilling his trays and completely disturbing the perfect peace that Sebastian has effortlessly created. His skill as an actress is seen when comparing his personality as the useless butler to his personality when he dons his true colors and shows his real self. He is a flirtatious, insane, and rather dangerous Death God who wields a destructive chainsaw. This man makes his job as a Death God as enjoyable as possible, loving the game of hide-and-seek he plays with those he’s about to kill. The thrill of the chase and the Cinematic Record are both two things that Grell looks forward to when slicing his victim with his chainsaw.

He flirts relentlessly with Sebastian at the same time he is trying to kill the man, telling him that he would look much more handsome when covered with red. He makes lewd comments toward the butler, compares the two to Romeo and Juliet in a heated battle of love, and looks at him longingly (as both the butler and the death god). Grell, though he does not show this side of himself as a butler, is VERY vain. While in the midst of combat, he is concerned that the Black Butler will step on or hit his beautiful face. His vanity is shown when he first reveals his true identity to Sebastian and Ciel, as he makes note that he hated going so long without his makeup on. With a flick of the wrist, he brushes out the brown to reveal striking red locks, puts on his fake eyelashes and red glasses, and becomes the true Grell Sutcliff.


Grell is a Death God and, therefore, has a rather impressive power. In order to capture souls, all Death Gods have their own tool – a Death God’s scythe. Grell believed a regular scythe to be old fashioned and took it upon himself to modify his scythe into something that would better suit him. Guaranteeing that it is first rate and that it will "play a duet with the soul’s last moments," he cranks up his chainsaw. It is, as he claims, able to slice through anything. If anybody gets struck by his scythe, they become victim to "Cinematic Record." Filled with dramatic pain, the death gods can use "Cinematic Record" to re-live the memories of those about to die as a form of an assessment. With this ability, Grell is able to tell what kind of person they were, what kind of life they led, and whether or not to let them live or die. If he feels that their death is necessary, the scythe severs the link between the memories and the soul, thus ending their life. Grell tells Sebastian that a good man’s past makes him curious, but a bad man makes him want to see it even more. At this point, it becomes apparent that Grell uses his scythe inappropriately.


He is an actress and a top rate one, at that. His main role is as a misfit butler (who lacks most skills essential to a butler). Aside from that, it is important to know that he LOVES the color red. His hair is red, his coat is red, his glasses are red, and his shoes are red. Grell loves this fabulous color. He takes his love of the color red quite seriously, going so far as to tell Madam Red (after learning how weak she truly was) that she was not fit to wear such a wonderful color.

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