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Grell Sutcliff

For the fans of the redheaded shinigami from Black Butler.
by

C Bush

on 28 August 2011

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Transcript of Grell Sutcliff

"Oh, Little Sebas-chan, I do love red the most. It's great for hair, clothes, lipstick, I love them to be red. "Lately, I've only been encountering unsophisticated prey. My scythe and I are unsatisfied." "This is great! I'm getting goosebumps all over my body, Little Sebas-chan! If I have your child, I will definitely give birth to it!" "I'm a butler to die for!" "Ah, I can finally appear before you in my real form! Because isn't it embarrassing to appear before a handsome guy without makeup?" Shinigami ( "death god" or "death spirit") is the personification of death in Japan. It's unclear when the concept entered Japanese culture; it may have been imported from China (where there are several psychopomp deities), or possibly been imported from Europe during the Sengoku era—that period in European history featured a common motif of the Grim Reaper gathering souls. Grell initially appears as a meek, slender man with long, brown hair tied back with a red ribbon, golden yellow eyes like most Shinigami, and round glasses. He dresses in simple, mostly brown clothes to match his seemingly shy personality. However, it is later revealed that this is not his true appearance, as he is actually a Shinigami. In his Shinigami form, he has long, red hair, golden yellow eyes, false eyelashes, shark-like teeth, and red-framed glasses, which are accessorized with a neck chain adorned with skulls. He also wears a suit like other Shinigami that includes gloves and a tie, high-heeled ankle boots, and a red coat he took from Angelina's corpse, which he slings off his shoulders and wears around his elbows. Occasionally, his tie is replaced with a red-striped bow. Grell has a tendency to use female nouns and pronouns when referring to himself (called onee kotoba, "big sister speech", this is a common affectation of gay and MTF transgendered people in Japan.) Grell refers to himself with female terms many times in both the anime and manga, and in the manga and character guide (written by the author) has expressed a desire to have a female body. In the musical, he explicitly asks to be referred to as 'she', not 'he'. It is often speculated that Grell might suffer from a form of "GID", which is an identity disorder in which the sufferer does not percieve one's self as one's own gender. JULIET
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself. Grell also has a tendency to put things in terms of theater, referring to Angelina's death as the falling of curtains on a theater act, and comparing his relationship with Sebastian to the famous play, Romeo and Juliet, despite Sebastian's obvious disgust towards him. Grell's affections are not limited to Sebastian, as he seems to find men, in general, attractive. For example, with William Spears, while he calls him a sadist, he seems enamored by his eyes, saying they send chills up his spine. In the anime, after seeing Undertaker's eyes, he immediately says: "Hold me" (Also a double-entendre in Japanese for a sexual proposal), indicating he finds him attractive. He also hunts down Pluto, saying he made his hunk radar go off. In particular, he seems to favor those he deems immoral. This OVA begins as William and Grell are assigned to mentor a group of students training to become Shinigami. One of the students asks about what the final exam will entail. The final exam involves two students being paired together and assigned a human soul scheduled to die. Together, the students must judge the human's life and determine whether to allow that human to live, or if the death should proceed as scheduled. Grell declares his nostalgia for the time, revealing that he and Will were exam partners, suggestively referring to the incident as their "First night". This prompts a flashback to the time of the exam in the late 18th century.
Grell is shown as a very strong proud student who is upset at being paired with a boring student like William, whose scores are average. The reason is because while Grell had high scores in the technique portion of primary exams, his score on the written portion and ethics were considerably lower, bringing his average down. Will and Grell are assigned to reap the soul of a young aspiring novelist. Grell initially shows no hesitation in the decision to let him die, but Will insists that they observe him for longer before they make a judgement, as they have a month. Grell is indignant about this decision, fights with Will over it, beating him easily. They continue observing the author, and Grell changes his mind about his death when he calls him beautiful and he reads his newest book. When Will changes his mind, they fight once again. When Will wins, Grell is enamored with his strength. Grell saves Will's life after he encounters trouble attempting to reap their human target by himself, and they successfully collect the soul together. "The Tale of Will the Shinigami" This Butler: Hopeless This Butler: Passionate This Butler: Confused This Butler: Human This Butler: God LDN by Lily Allen
Red by Daniel Merriweather
Lady in Red by Chris De Brugh
Strangers by William Control
Angel of Darkness by Alex C
If I Had Your Love by Selene
Somebody Told Me by The Killers
Evil Angel by Rufus Wainwright
Undisclosed Desires by Muse
Dustbowl Dance by Mumford and Sons
Nobody Says I Love You Anymore by Rhett Miller
40 Dogs by Bob Schneider
Accidentally in Love by Counting Crows
Between Two Lungs by Florence and the Machine
Cars and Trains by George Michael
Red Eyes and Tears by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Dumbing Down of Love by Frou Frou
Coin Operated Boy by Dresden Dolls
Black Cat by Mayday Parade
Suicide is Painless by Lady & Bird
Let the Right One Slip In by Morrissey
Vivez! By ChristineAndreas
Fuckin’ Perfect by P!nk
What is a Youth by Glen Weston
Blood Roses by Tori Amos
Where the Wild Roses Grow by Nick Cave
Calling All Angels by Train
Compensating by School Boy Humor
Ur So Gay by Katy Perry
The Crying Game by Dave Berry
Bloody Mary by Lady Gaga
Death is In Love With Me by Kerli His Butler, Fated Meeting
His Butler, At the Funeral
His Butler, Whatever Needs Be
His Butler, Dedicated
His Butler, Redirected
Ciel in Wonderland
The Tale of Will the Shinigami • "Ally? What's with that cliched word? Supreme love is always a battle to death!"
• "Such an ice king you are! A beautiful tyrant! An angelic devil! A raven with the wings of a dove! My little lamb with the appetites of a wolf...My very own Sebastian DARLING!!!"
• "You would dare hit a lady in the face! Where are manners sir?!"
• "I'll send you both to heaven!"
• "I'm a deadly efficient butler!"
• "Red is the colour of fiery passion and I. Am. Flaming~"
• "If it's your child I have the urge to bear it!"
• "No matter how much love I put in, it won't bear fruit... It's like... The tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet!"
• "There's actually quite a lot of "impossible" things happening here"
• "Found you... Hottie"
• "No matter how hot you might be, I can't forgive you for that!"
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