Just some thoughts
I think what I like about the Two Ciel’s Theory is that
when if it
is canon Ciel will still be Ciel, even if he isn’t Ciel, which I know sounds
super weird but let me explain.
Most identical twins in the media are, above all else,
twins. For example: Fred and George, Hikaru and Kaworu, even if they have
individual differences, their primary identity is just twins. Usually they’re
characterised with mischief and
stupid role switch tropes. If they
aren’t characterised as a two-person unit then they weren’t raised together.
Usually this is the factor in ‘secret twin’ reveals and the classic ‘evil twin’
trope. And don’t get me started on the fetishisation of identical twins but
that’s a rant for another day.
The only fictional twins I can think of who don’t conform to these divisions are always canonically confirmed fraternal twins.
I’m trying to say here is that a large number of other people reduce identical
twins to being two halves of a whole. It translates into real life too. I
cannot count the number of times people have called my sister and I simply
“twins” or even worse “twinnies.” I understand that it can be difficult to tell
twins apart, but the connotations between calling us “twins” and calling us
“Alex and Lily,” are entirely different. “Twins” reduces us to a unit, whereas
using our names actually acknowledges the fact that we are individuals. This
isn’t just something that happens as a child, hell it even happens when you’re
living in a different city or even country as your twin. Every birthday I have
had people send us stuff to share. That’s fine, when material items are expensive, but Facebook messages are free.
Honestly I don’t care if people don’t write on my wall on my birthday, in fact
for most people I’d rather they didn’t, but tagging me as an afterthought on a
heartfelt post written to my sister – that’s not okay.)
This sort of behaviour is totally normailsed because that myth of twins being a unit is so frequently fantasised in the media. Yes that’s an important part of my identity and I love my sister to bits but before I’m a twin, I’m Lily. I know Ouran High School Host Club touched on this issue like super briefly but frankly Hikaru and Kaworu were too stereotyped and fetishized in the rest of the show for it to really be taken seriously.
So what the hell does this rant have to do with the 2CT you may ask? Good question. From here I’m just going to assume Ciel does have a twin – I’m happy to clarify if you need me to provide evidence for any part that’s unclear. (For convenience sake I’m going to call real!Ciel ‘his brother’ simply because that’s the part of the theory that’s most speculative at this point).
Most of this is entirely speculation, but from what I’ve gathered Ciel and his brother were incredibly close, yet still grew up with different personalities and experiences. In the flashback during the Circus Arc we can see exactly how different the two boys act. One is clearly more outgoing and eager to introduce himself, the other is shy and hides behind his father. We know that one was sickly, so his own experiences were limited compared with his brother’s. This of course, led to a difference in personality development. Nevertheless, they were still close. His Butler, Nursing shows how despite our!Ciel was sick, his brother still eagerly played with him and they ate together on the floor when he could have just as easily spent the whole day with Diedrich and Vincent. In Lizzie’s Campania flashback we can see how our!Ciel sits in on his brother’s fencing lessons, even if he himself cannot participate. Even in our!Ciel’s dreams in the Green Witch arc their personalities are clearly pronounced and it’s clear how much they care for each other.
If/When it is revealed that Ciel has a twin and IF that twin is alive, even though they were raised together they wont simply be ‘the twins,’ and because they were raised together the brother certainly will be more than just the ‘evil twin’ trope. This is primarily because Ciel has had so much character development. Whether he is a twin or not, this will not suddenly vanish. He will still be the same character as before, and he will still be an individual. If anything I feel like a confirmed canon twin will enrich his character rather than reduce it to a series of tropes.
Which brings me back to what I said at the start: Ciel will still be Ciel even if it’s revealed that he is not actually Ciel. As a twin I absolutely adore the idea because it’s the sort of representation I’ve always wanted to see; yes, he’s a twin but he is still, above all else, Ciel Phantomhive.