Is cultist Ciel a sociopath? Is he a BB version of The Omen's Damian? Was he responsible for the death of Vincent and Rachael, the attack on Tanaka, and the family's mansion burning down? Was he also a part of the original cult's kidnapping? Or was he brainwashed by them?
Honestly, at this point, it’s hard to pinpoint much about real!Ciel. You have this kid who seems mostly sweet and happy and memories and flashbacks, but he was also the one who shoot Prince Soma and helped to orchestrate Agni’s death. He’s cold and evil. Could this always have been the case?
A lot of sociopaths can appear charming, so there’s a chance that real!Ciel was always evil and corrupt. Our!Ciel just never saw his brother that way or he ‘constructed’ a set of memories so that he had a loving, kind brother. I’ve seen other fans theorize he could have always been as he is now - and he might have killed his parents, attacked Tanaka, killed Sebastian (the dog not the demon), and set the manor on fire. The idea that he could be so cruel and calculating is an interesting one. It could explain why our!Ciel thought he had to act so cold. He was trying to act like his brother
The only thing I find odd is that he was part of the cult. Unless all the flashbacks are wrong, he was tortured and killed on the altar. I doubt that could have been a part of his plan. Perhaps he had been working with them and they betrayed him, or they were simply in the area when the mansion caught fire.
Call me crazy, but I like the idea that he was always a bit of a bad seed. Vincent was raising what he thought was the next Watchdog, but he was really raising his killer.
Could our!Ciel be brainwashed? Yes. We don’t know anything about where he’s been for 3 years or all that’s happened to him. By all accounts he should be dead, so maybe this is why he appears so evil and cruel.
Honestly, there’s little to go on at this point. He could have been a good, loving child and most of the memories show him at least being good to his brother. At the same time, he might have always been dark and cruel. Of the two, I sort of like the second idea better, but I’m not sure which it will turn out to be.
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