I do love red the most. Hair, clothes, lipstick, I love them to be red.
~ Grell Sutcliff

Grell Sutcliff is a character in the anime and manga Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji. He appears as the main antagonist in the Jack the Ripper Arc. Later in the series, Grell returns as a minor antagonist and occasional ally to Ciel and Sebastian.

He was voiced by Jun Fukuyama in the Japanese version, and by Daniel Fredrick in the English dubbed version.


Jack the Ripper

During the Jack the Ripper Arc, Grell is first seen as the clumsy and shy Butler of Madam Red, who is also known as Angelina Dalles. Despite his nervous appearance, it is later revealed that he is a fully trained Grim Reaper, also known as a Shinigami or Death God. Throughout the anime and during the Arc, Grell is shown to be ineffective at his Butler job, ruining and messing up the most simple of tasks and continuously attempting to commit suicide. Sebastian Michaelis, the Demon Butler of Ciel Phantomhive, stops Grell from killing himself which allows Grell's affections for the Butler to increase. Grell later stops the acts when the servants of the Phantomhive Household in the anime hesitate from trying to stop him from killing himself, and usually tries to attract attention to be noticed by Sebastian. When Madam Red begins the Jack the Ripper murders, Grell follows her around and reveals himself after one of the murders, claiming he understood her feelings because he could not have children of his own. Grell agrees to help her in the killing of prostitutes.

As the episodes progress, Ciel and Sebastian find out that Angelina and Grell are Jack the Ripper. During a brief confrontation, Grell flirts with and attacks Sebastian with his Death Scythe and nearly slices the demon's arm off. When Angelina hesitates to kill Ciel, Grell insists she does it; when she still refuses, Grell angrily slashes at her and kills her with his scythe. Ciel then commands Sebastian to finish the job, and Sebastian agrees, attacking Grell to the point where the Reaper is faceplanted into the ground, weak and beaten after Sebastian uses his tailcoat to jam Grell's scythe. Sebastian kicks Grell and unjams the scythe by removing the tailcoat, and raises it in preparation for a killing blow, as Grell pleads to be spared. Sebastian immediately declines, and brings down the scythe; only for the whirring scythe to be stopped short by another.

William T. Spears, another Grim Reaper, arrives and states to be there to collect Grell, who is overjoyed by William's appearance. William leaps down onto Grell, smashing her face into the pavement. In the anime, he announces all the rules Grell had broken (killing those not on the To-Die list, modifying his scythe without authorization, and attempting to reveal classified information about the murderers of Ciel's parents) as he begs for Sebastian to spare his life. William, much to his disgust, then thanks Sebastian and drags Grell away by his hair. 


A couple of months later, Grell returns in the Circus arc, in which he is granted permission to possess his death scythe again after a period of punishment by the Reaper council. Grell is ecstatic and eager to begin reaping again. He is seen reaping some of the souls of Noah's Ark Circus, including that of Beast's, and getting jealous when seeing Beast and Sebastian having sex in her cinematic record. Grell goes on an angry tangent and vows that he will one day meet Sebastian again and have another blood pumping battle. 


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Grell as a butler.

As a Butler, he has long waist length brown hair tied back, green eyes, and wears a butler suit and red ribbon around his neck, along with large glasses. As a Grim Reaper, he has long red hair, green eyes, false eyelashes, sharp teeth, red-framed glasses, which are accessorized with a neck chain adorned with skulls. He wears a suit like other Grim Reapers with gloves and a tie, high-heeled ankle boots, and a red coat that he took from Angelina's corpse, which he slings off his shoulders and wears around his elbows.


Grell is shy and clumsy as a Butler in his human form, although, in his Grim Reaper form, he is hyper and flamboyant, and finds guys generally attractive, although it is been noted that he had feelings for Madam Red.

Grell is also extremely vivacious, effervescent, straightforward, over-the-top, outspoken, and cheerful, as he tells Sebastian Michaelis that he wishes to do some "vigorous exercise" with him, despite the latter's repulsion. He possesses a strong predilection for the color red and believes that substances which reflect that color, such as fresh blood, can be used to achieve beauty.

He can also be a very ruthless, dangerous, and bloodthirsty individual who is willing to kill his own comrades once he loses interest in them. He often puts things in terms of theater, referring to Angelina's death as the "falling of curtains," and comparing his conflicting Grim Reaper and demon relationship with Sebastian to the famous play, Romeo and Juliet. Grell uses feminine nouns and pronouns in his speech.


  • Death Scythe: Grell's Death Scythe had been illegally modified by Grell Herself, in order to reap souls and view Cinematic Records as any scythe would, although the scythe is a chainsaw and can cut through anything. The scythe is confiscated at the end of the Jack the Ripper Arc, but later given back to him in the Circus arc, and in season one's ending, in the final episode.
  • Scissors: In replacement for his scythe, Grell was given a pair of useless kids' scissors, although they are later shown to be nearly as sharp as his scythe.


Red is the color of fiery passion and I'm flaming!
~ Grell Sutcliff
With all these handsome men in front of me I’m not gonna just leave like Cinderella!
~ Grell Sutcliff





  • In the Durarara!! manga, a series that frequently references other anime and manga, some characters go to a manga store and Grell's image is on the elevator in one panel.
  • Grell's name bears relative resemblance to Peter Sutcliffe, who was a British serial killer responsible for the death of thirteen women and is dubbed "The Yorkshire Ripper".


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Aristocrats of Evil
Ciel Phantomhive | Ciel Phantomhive's Twin | Angelina Dalles | Undertaker | Azzurro Vanel

Other Nobles
Alois Trancy | Former Head Trancy | Aleistor Chamber | Baron Kelvin | Lau | Derrick Arden

Sebastian Michaelis | Claude Faustus | Hannah Anafeloz | Triplets

Grim Reapers
Undertaker | Grell Sutcliff | William T. Spears | Ronald Knox

Fallen Angels
Angela Blanc | Ash Landers

Noah's Ark Circus
Baron Kelvin | Joker | Jumbo | Wendy and Peter | Dagger | Beast | Doll | Snake | Doctor | Smile | Black | Suit

Queen Victoria | Major Hilde Dickhaut | Pluto

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