My new sounds:
our!Ciel is the Ciel we know, real!Ciel is (according to the theory) the twin/look-alike of our!Ciel.
Let’s start with the
1.Memories of Baron Kelvin
We see Vincent looking to his right side. There is a child on his left side, but we can’t wee what is on his right.
A similar situation, we don’t see his right side.
There is still a kid, hiding behind Vincent. The kid is on the left side. We don’t see Vincent’s right side again, but when he asks Ciel to introduce himself first, he is touching his head with his right hand, so we can assume he is on Vincent’s right side.
While real!Ciel introduces himself, our!Ciel keeps on hiding behind Vincent. His health is poor (asthma).
According to this great person, the next panel says “Is that you, Ciel??” instead of “Oh Ciel!!!”
According to them, it doesn’t say “Ciel asked to come along.” but “This child wanted to come along”
Also, they made this great picture.
This panel says “those three”, but it’s hard to believe, that the Baron meant Klaus. Also, Klaus is faded out and Vincent is looking and reaching his hand to his left side.
To summarize, the prevailing theory is: Vincent had two sons—the real Ciel Phantomhive, and his twin. Our!Ciel is not the true Ciel, as foreshadowed and hinted at heavily throughout the series. The true Ciel was sacrificed to Sebastian, and the one who summoned Sebastian was our!Ciel, who then took true!Ciel’s place.
(From here, I don’t know if it’s the prevailing theory, but what I’m going with, with the addition of the information from c93)
To cope with the loss of his brother, the true Ciel, our!Ciel likely took in true!Ciel’s personality and name into his own to form a split personality. This is a trope seen in stuff like Tsubasa (Fai and Yuui—name only, really), Bate’s Motel (Norman and his mother), etc.
Two alternative ideas:
a) The true Ciel is the current one, and the one that died was our!Ciel. To cope, the true Ciel took in our!Ciel, and the active personality for most of the series was our!Ciel, which may be just an imitation. Or…
b) There was only ever one Ciel, and the hints were just red herrings. Ciel created another, stronger, darker personality inside him to live by, and that’s our!Ciel.
Sometimes, like in G-Senjou no Neko (another series with multiple personalities and supposed brothers), this type of trope is resolved when the personalities merge into one. It’s possible the resulting Ciel will be the merge between the personality of true!Ciel and our!Ciel. Another personality is that true!Ciel fades.
Also, this theory is a rather radical and only my own (so far as I know of), but what if our!Ciel’s absorbtion of true!Ciel’s personality into his own isn’t a result of psychological trauma, but because of the contract embedded into his eye? What I’m saying is, what if the contract carried over true!Ciel? We’re not very well informed of how Faustian contracts work in this manga, and it may only be an exception in their case. I’m not very serious about this theory, especially since true!Ciel was most likely consumed, but it’d be interesting.
I believe that Ciel isn’t currently afraid of Sebastian, so much as being terrified of the reminder of his sins. So it’s not because of being traumatized by the mass killing or because Sebastian did something awful to him.
(At first when Senapii showed me that thread, I didn’t buy it because most of them were so far-fetched, but it got more difficult to deny as the story progressed.)
(Under the cut is more evidence that the OP carried on over from the thread.)
The Free! fandom is going all crazy about the fact that there were Reigisa, but I think we should take a moment and acknowledge the real importance of this episode. Gou’s friend actually has a name.
Sebastian showing off his skills