The BEST Episodes of Black Butler
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2020
One of the noble families of England - Phantomhive, has a butler, Sebastian Michaels. He has unquestionably perfect knowledge, manners, talent with materials. martial arts and much more. But for some reason, he serves a 12 year old master...
#1 - His Butler, Sneering
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 29, 2014
Lord Kelvin invites Ciel to replay a certain night from his past, and Ciel's servants receive some unexpected visitors at the mansion.
#2 - His Butler, Serene
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 5, 2014
The world is never kind to anyone.
#3 - His Butler, Fulfilling His Duty
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 12, 2014
Sebastian carries out his remaining orders, and as usual, Will is left to clean up the mess.
#4 - His Butler, Careful Tending
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 22, 2014
Before they pay the baron a visit, Sebastian decides to take some advice from Soma.
#5 - His Butler, Taking Flight
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 8, 2014
Sebastian and Will may well be the most awkward duo in circus history, but Ciel currently has bigger problems.
#6 - Black Butler
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 17, 2010
Sebastian, Claude, and Hannah row a boat with Ciel's body to a remote island. Hannah says that both Sebastian and Claude will fight a true Demon's Duel for the right to claim Ciel's soul. After removing the Demon Blade from her body, Hannah places the sword in a cave and the two demon butlers begin their duel. Both butlers take the sword back and forth between them but neither manages to make a fatal blow. Sebastian, feeling confined by the cave, uses the sword to split the island in half creating a large fissure in the ground. In limbo, Ciel and Alois comment on the fight, with Ciel saying Alois doesn't understand Sebastian's motivations. Alois concedes the point, and apologizes for using Ciel for his own purposes. The battle appears to be a stalemate until Claude lands on a rock that gives way under him, causing him to lose his balance. The momentary distraction allows Sebastian to plunge the Demon Blade through Claude's body. Sebastian comments that Alois has been 'playing' with Claude all this time and he never realized it. As he dies, Claude comments that Alois managed to make a 'small ripple' in the long, boring life of a demon, so perhaps Alois's soul was more precious than he thought. Hannah sheds tears of joy and reveals that the contract Alois made with Hannah was to get Claude to acknowledge him. Sebastian comes for Ciel, but Hannah falls to the ocean below with him speaking unheard words that shock Sebastian. He dives in after Ciel and after reaching him, he kills Ciel just as he awakens. Back on the island, Hannah lies down with Claude's body, saying that she, Claude, Alois, and his brother can now all be together. Some time later, Ciel awakens in bed with Sebastian preparing him tea. As Ciel is dressed by Sebastian, his eye takes on a demon glow. It is revealed that as a condition of Alois's wish being fulfilled, Alois asked that Hannah makes Ciel's soul unattainable by either Sebastain or Claude. She did this by causing Ciel to be reborn as a demon. A
#7 - His Butler, Taking the Stage
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 18, 2014
After a letter from Queen Victoria, some breaking and entering, and a trip to Undertaker, Sebastian and Ciel go to the circus. The mission: find a large group of missing children. The obstacle: Sebastian loses it a little when he's around cats...
#8 - His Butler, Hired
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 25, 2014
The air is thick with trapezes, knives, and pointed jibes as Sebastian and Ciel audition for the circus. Then after the excitement dies down, they see an unexpected familiar face in the rehearsal tent...
#9 - His Butler, Liaison
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 15, 2014
Sometimes Sebastian's revisions to a plan can be dangerous.
#10 - His Butler, Fluent
Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 27, 2009
Ciel heads to the Tower Bridge that is still in mid-construction with Sebastian, where he finds the angel Ash. Ciel commands Sebastian to kill the angel. Ciel's servants have taken down Pluto, the Shinigami cut off the supply of souls that fuel Ash's strength, and Sebastian reverts to his true demonic form to defeat Ash. In the aftermath, a fake Queen Victoria emerges and urges London to begin rebuilding. Ciel wakes up being ferried by Sebastian on an ominous river to an unknown location. Sebastian hands Ciel Tanaka's diary, in which Tanaka details the former Lord Phantomhive's knowledge of his impending death. Sebastian and Ciel land at the rubble of a mansion, where Ciel calmly waits for Sebastian to take his soul. Ciel's final order to Sebastian is to make the process as painful as possible, so as to carve the pain of his life into his soul, to which Sebastian agrees. It is not known what happens to Ciel.
#11 - His Butler, Engaging Servants
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 6, 2009
Ciel's servants show off their hidden talents in an effort to cheer up their master and protect the Phantomhive Estate. Within the mansion, Ciel teaches Elizabeth about chess until sundown. The backgrounds of Maylene, Bard, and Finian are revealed in a series of flashbacks.
#12 - His Butler, Up in Flames
Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 20, 2009
The Phantomhive mansion is burnt to the ground and Tanaka is seen writing in his diary alone in the debris. Ciel stows away in the cargo hold of a London-bound steamship, where he meets the Undertaker, who informs Ciel that he is about to die. The great fire in London has taken many lives yet it remains unabated, turning the once-beautiful city into Hell on Earth. Ciel wanders through the streets and eventually finds his servants trying to tranquilize a rampaging Pluto. He comes to a decision about his existence and gives the servants the order to kill Pluto. Ciel then makes his way to Windsor Castle, where he discovers Queen Victoria dead. The palace guards believe that Ciel murdered the Queen and shoot him. When the guards try to shoot him again, Sebastian appears and saves Ciel. The pair takes off toward the heart of London.
#13 - Crossroads Butler
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 10, 2010
Ciel's soul awakens inside his body to see himself looking down from the clock tower. Hannah explains that Ciel's body has been taken over by Alois, and that she will have them journey through the maze made by Alois. Ciel realizes he has been taken over and sifts through the memories in his head to decide which ones are his. The butlers begin their journey through the maze, and soon realize that the answers to the questions are being altered by Alois(and that he has given Claude a handicap). Grell arrives to help Sebastian after he gets a wrong answer, while Alois scratches frantically at Ciel's body. Ciel begins to remember some events of last season, and Alois notes that Ciel is struggling to get back control of his body. As Ciel remembers that his revenge is complete, the maze begins to shift. Ciel begins to question why Sebastian did not eat his soul, so it appears as a question in the maze. Sebastian was unable to eat Ciel's because he lost the arm with the seal of the contract on it, which provided a window of opportunity for Claude to steal Ciel's soul. Claude reaches the place of the final question: why did Claude kill Alois? Claude answers that he killed him because he could ultimately be used as a tool to obtain Ciel. That isn't the answer Alois wants to hear, so he drops Claude down a chute. Alois begins to cry but Hannah tells him that he shouldn't cry, and that Big Brother is always the best, something Luca used to say. Claude reveals in his answer to a question that it was actually Hannah who contracted with Luca. Hannah confirms it and said she had grown tired of eating human souls, as they had become boring. She tells him that Luca was different, and that when she fulfilled his wish, he thanked her for killing the townspeople, something no one had ever done. Hannah, very attached to Luca and Alois, asks Alois to make a new contract with her, to be reunited with Luca. Claude and Sebastian reunite at the place of the final question, and Ciel takes over
#14 - His Butler, Colleague
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 1, 2014
Sebastian and Ciel have done undercover work before, but this particular job presents some unique challenges.
#15 - His Butler, Offering
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 5, 2009
Queen Victoria's butler informs Ciel that an abandoned monastery in rural Preston has been taken over by a cult that is possibly planning to overthrow the government, so Ciel and Sebastian head there to investigate with the Undertaker and Grell. They find that the cult uses a strange book known as the Doomsday Book to recruit new members and expose their pasts. Ciel is summoned one night and gets taken away by Angela, who reveals herself to be an angel.
#16 - His Butler, Transmitted
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 13, 2009
Angela uses Cinematic Record to force Ciel recall his painful past, including the events surrounding his parents' murder, but Ciel eventually rejects her attempt to rewrite his past. She then attempts to purify the members of the cult, but Sebastian, Grell, and William incapacitate her. Angela destroys the monastery and escapes.
#17 - His Butler, However You Please
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 11, 2008
Elizabeth becomes distraught and goes missing and Ciel and Sebastian head into the heart of London to search for her.
#18 - His Butler, Freeloader
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 25, 2008
Ciel begrudgingly lets Prince Soma and his butler, Agni, who arrived from India in search of someone, take up temporary residence at the Phantomhive Estate.
#19 - His Butler, Presenting
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 11, 2014
Our favorite butler and master are back with more tea and cakes, more cutlery-based warfare, and more evil to rout from the London underworld.
#20 - Hollow Butler
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 27, 2010
Claude has gathered his fellow household demons and informs them that his plan is in motion. He explains that Ciel and Alois are more alike than they appear, which he plans to use to his advantage. At the Phantomhive estate, Sebastian receives an order from the Queen, in which Ciel must solve another case. During the carriage ride to the victim's house, Ciel recalls his battle with Alois and how he said both of them are alike - this memory seems to disturb him. Ciel asks Sebastian if he's hiding anything from him regarding Alois Trancy, but Sebastian insists that he has not. The victim, a poor boy, states that a strange, rich boy had gouged out his eyes. Sebastian and Ciel are attacked before they can return to the carriage, so Sebastian asks Ciel to remain concealed in a crate. Ciel feels that he has forgotten things and slowly begins to recollect the time Sebastian had put him in a trunk and told him to stay there. This bothers him so much, he bursts from the crate and flees the scene. Meanwhile, Sebastian battles William Spears and Ronald Knox, who are still investigating Alois's soul. Sebastian eventually escapes. In another part of town, Ciel is framed for the crime he's investigating as Hannah tells the police he is a mentally ill, hostile Alois Trancy. Despite Ciel's protests, he is taken to psychiatric doctors who try to rid him of his "confusion" through torture. These doctors are later killed by Claude, who steps in as Ciel's psychiatrist. Using the shock induced by torture, hypnosis, and Alois's ring that contains his soul, Claude reveals that Luca had made a contract with Sebastian to burn the village and combines the memories of Alois and Ciel. They resemble each other so well ("deep blue to midnight blue"), Ciel believes it was Sebastian who killed his parents. After Sebastian defeats Hannah, who served as a diversion, he arrives to discover an enraged Ciel. Upon Claude's intervention, Ciel commands Sebastian to disappear from his sight. Claude then ta
#21 - His Butler, Dissolution
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 13, 2009
Ciel and Sebastian head off to the Exposition Universelle in Paris to meet Queen Victoria and become wrapped up in the festivities of the Expo. A taxidermy monkey suddenly springs to life and destroys the lighting equipment, so Sebastian makes Ciel escape ahead to an elevator in the Eiffel Tower. Inside he finds Queen Victoria waiting for him. The two arrive at the top of the tower, where the Queen reveals that Ash granted her youth. Sebastian and Ash engage in a duel, raining debris down onto people below, so Ciel calls Sebastian off to prevent hurting them, which angers Sebastian. The next morning Ciel realizes that Sebastian has left him alone at the hotel and is non-responsive to his summoning, so Ciel attempts to make his way back to London on his own. He barely makes it to the port, where he spends the night sleeping cold and hungry on the docks. Meanwhile at the Phantomhive Estate, Ash takes control of Pluto and sets the property around the mansion on fire.
#22 - His Butler, Forlorn
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 18, 2008
Ciel finds Elizabeth in a tower and rescues her after a brief battle against Drocell. Sebastian does not pursue a strange puppet that seems to have controlled Drocell as its master is far away. Later, Elizabeth celebrates Ciel's 13th birthday with a party at the Phantomhive Estate.
#23 - His Butler, Phantom Image
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 27, 2008
Ciel assigns his servants to take a photo of Sebastian with a camera that reveals what is most precious to the subject that is not of this world (e.g., dead things). Sebastian evades their efforts over and over again effortlessly. In the end, Sebastian takes a photo of Ciel, who had fallen asleep at his desk, with Pluto behind him at the back window which leads to an amusing photograph that confuses the rest of the servants at the mansion. Sebastian later comments that it was an honor to learn that the thing Ciel most treasures that is not of this world is Sebastian himself. (Sebastian is a demon, therefore he is able to show up in the photo because he is not someone of the normal world). Later, Finny wonders how Sebastian can show up as he thinks that Sebastian is someone of this world.
#24 - Divulging Butler
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 20, 2010
Alois has survived the stabbing from the last episode, but still suffers from the horrible injury. When Alois refuses to let Hannah change his bandages, Claude comes in to do so. Alois asks Claude if he is enticed by the blood and Claude admits his desire to devour Alois and smiles for the first time, which disturbs Alois. Later, Alois interrupts Hannah as she is cleaning, crying on top of her and ordering her to take him to Ciel Phantomhive. In a separate room, Claude neatly folds a document into a ring after the triplet servants whisper something into his ear. The scene shifts to Hannah driving a carriage with a bleeding Alois inside. In his flashback, it appears Alois's real name is Jim McCain and the red-haired boy (shown in the first episode) is his little brother, Luca. Alois confesses to his younger brother that he wishes the villagers would die because of how they were treated after becoming orphans. Believing his brother has the power to accomplish such a thing, Luca declares, "Yes, Your Highness." That night, they discover all the inhabitants of the village are dead, which causes Alois to erupt in a delirious joy. Luca is initially happy with him, but seems concerned. Together, they raid the dead for their personal belongings. After a while, Alois feels a chill and decides it's time to leave. He goes on a search for his brother only to find him dead. He then screams with anguish saying that he doesn't want to be alone. Years later, Alois and some other boys are brought to Lord Trancy, a pedophile. After being rejected by Trancy, Alois overhears a method to summon a wish-granting fairy, but instead of a fairy, Alois encounters Claude, but is unable to think of a wish. Alois uses his sex appeal to win over Trancy, and presumably some time after that, he makes a contract with Claude. In the present, the carriage crashes and Grell arrives to take Alois' soul. Alois starts crawling away as Hannah fends off Grell. More flashbacks of encounters between Alois and
#25 - His Butler, Escaping
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 27, 2009
Sebastian is tortured in the Tower of London by guardsmen and Angela. Ciel continues to pursue Stanley's case on his own, though Abberline declares his allegiance with Ciel. Ciel frees Sebastian by summoning him through their contract, and together they manage to get onto Lau's junk. Sebastian duels against Ranmao as Ciel confronts Lau, who turns his dao on Ciel. Abberline intercepts in time to take a fatal blow for Ciel and subsequently dies from the wound before Ciel's eyes. Sebastian strikes a blow at Lau to prevent him from continuing to fight, and escapes from the sinking junk with his master.