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Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:17 pm
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Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:13 pm
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Endgame App

Feb. 1st, 2013 12:32 am
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Player Information

Name: Allison-Marie
Age: Over 21
AIM SN: TheDerelictAngel
Plurk:
Have you played in an LJ based game before?Yes
Currrently Played Characters: Enjolras, Warren Worthington III, Eric Slingby (to be dropped) Agni, Dorian Gray
Conditional: Activity Check Link: Here
Conditional: Official Reserve Link: Here

Character Information

General

Canon Source:Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)
Canon Format: Anime (with supplementary information about the reapers and reaper world being taken from both the Manga and the stage shows.)
Character's Name: Grell Sutcliff
Character's Age:Approximately 100 years old (Reapers mature to full adulthood but do not age. Apparent age about early-mid 30s)
Conditional: If your character is 13 years of age or under, please clarify how they will be played.N/A

What form will your character's NV take?A red Swiss Army Knife with a screen in the middle where some have the mini mirror, and lots of little blades and grooming tools.

Abilities
Character's Canon Abilities:Grell has all the powers and abilities associated with Shinigami in his canon universe. They don't age, and the only way to kill a shinigami is with a death scythe. The death scythes cut the soul away from the body at death and, in Grell's canon, are the only weapon that can kill a shinigami.

Grell has stamina, durability/constitution, and speed and agility that are much greater than a human of his same age and physical fitness level. In his canon, he's even considered to be strong and skilled even by the standards of his race. He can feel pain and responds to injury the way a human would, but he heals almost instantaneously and injury does not seem to affect his energy levels or ability to respond in any way for the brief time he has them.

Grell's death scythe is in the form of a chainsaw and has all the destructive power such an item would normally have. However, it also has the power to reveal a person's "Cinematic Record " when wielded, giving him access to all the memories that person has obtained throughout their life.
It also cuts the soul from the body, sending a person's soul into the afterlife.

There are other items that allow shinigami to alter that record, but Grell is not in possession of those items, nor would he be allowed to be.

Grell is also able to tell humans from non-humans, sense magic, and sense when people have magical/supernatural abilities. Hearts and stars and other symbols seems to appear around him in response to his rather flamboyant emotions.

He also possesses the ability to conceal his large chainsaw death scythe about his person with absolute discretion. It's impossible to tell where he pulls it from when he decides to wield it.

He can sing well if motivated to do so. And, if he so chooses, he can sometimes alter his physical appearances for a disguise.
Conditional: If your character has no superhuman canon abilities, what dormant ability will you give them?N/A
Weapons:All shinigami carry death scythes. The scythes can take the form of any cutting tool from a knife to a chainsaw to a lawnmower. Grell’s is an enormous red chainsaw. The death scythe separates the soul from the body, killing any living being instantly and without apparent injury. Of course, the scythes will also function as whatever item they take. They work on all living beings, even on beings deemed immortal. The only thing that can cut a death scythe is another death scythe.
When a soul is reaped with a scythe, it gives the reaper access to that person’s “cinematic record”; the record of life and memories imprinted on a person’s soul. These are reviewed at the time of death by the shinigami and the person’s fate in the afterlife is determined. In extreme cases, namely where the person’s life will have a major positive impact on the entire world they live in, the shinigami can save a person from death. However, they always err on the side of caution and this almost never happens. (Note: There are tools that allow them to rewrite lives and change history and alter the future, but Grell does not have access to those items. He would, however, know about them.)
Most death scythes are very large, but can be stored about a shinigami’s person. The can simply ‘wield’ them when they need them, and then they don’t seem to exist the rest of the time. They just seem to pull them out of thin air.
A null or a void would definitely prevent Grell from wielding his scythe. If it were already in hand, it would be rendered the same as a plain large chainsaw, as Grell would not be able to use its power.

History/Personality/Plans/etc.
Character History:Grell Stucliff became a shinigami in the late 1700s. As a young shinigami, Grell was known for his vicious temper, unpredictable personality, and brutal violence. However, he was also known for his technical skill at collecting human souls and working with the cinematic records, the recording of a person’s life that plays out upon their death. This is dangerous work, and his gifts at handling it forces the shinigami HR to deal with him. On purely technical achievement, he holds one of the few AAA scores on record at Dispatch where he was trained and works. However, in spite of his impressive talent, his mental instability, emotional outbursts and brutality kept him from any kind of promotion. He stayed a rather low-level reaper. His original partner, the young shinigami who took the original exams with him, is William T. Spears. William is now a supervisor at dispatch. This doesn’t seem to bother Grell, who’s short attention span causes him to despise office work and paperwork, which he is almost always behind on.

As a young shinigami, Grell’s feminine affectations, while there, were dramatically less. It wasn’t until he got into a fight with William that he realized that he enjoyed being dominated. When he realized he enjoyed being beaten, he adopted more and more exaggerated feminine affectations to go with this new found desire.

Grell appears to have mellowed somewhat through the years. While still unstable and violent, his more flamboyant and effeminate personality seems to have been cultivated over time. After the incident with "Madame Red" (Where he willingly became an accomplice and participant in the “Jack the Ripper” murders) he appears to have been professionally reprimanded and even demoted multiple times. William replaced his chainsaw scythe with scissors, something Grell greatly lamented. However, his originally modified scythe has been recovered.

Point in Canon: Grell’s canon point is immediately after his first fight with Sebastian in season 1. He’s just been rescued by William and dragged off by the hair for punishment after almost getting himself killed and breaking several rules.

Conditional: Brief summary of previous RP history:N/A

Character Personality: First and foremost, Grell is insane. His default personality is amiable, cheerful and flirtatious. However, he scrolls through emotions rapidly, and is quick to intense and frightening fits of rage, violence, lust, sorrow, and affection. Always fancying himself an actor, emotions to him are more like an opportunity to make a dramatic spectacle of himself, rather than something he actually feels. Therefore, his over-reacting is legendary. He genuinely enjoys throwing tantrums, making scenes, and generally using his emotional outbursts to make himself the center of attention.

Grell is quick to declare his love for anyone he deems worthy. Masochistic in nature, abuse and physical violence from the targets of his intense passion usually just encourages him. It's frequently unclear in his fits of passion if he is truly proclaiming affection or merely wants to antagonize, even to Grell himself. He likes to act as though his feelings are returned. Part of this is because he is a masochist, and he does genuinely get off being fought off and generally abused. The other part is because acting as though the fight is a love affair, Grell encourages further attention and abuse. Sexually, Grell can be ironically naive for all of his talk. When offered a night with Sebastian to do anything with him he wants, Grell imagines only the two of them kissing. Even a request for “a little bit of tongue” comes later. Grell’s romantic attentions seem to be for either enemies, or men who are emotionally unavailable to him. In a way, Grell seems to prefer to chase to actual romance, and can be assumed to be romantically and sexually inexperienced in spite of the way he carries on.

Grell feeds on attention, and will stop at nothing to get it. To him, attention is good no matter how negative a form it takes. In fact, he seems to prefer provoking negative reactions and even physical attacks from the people around him to any other form of interaction. He dearly loves to frighten people and make them uncomfortable. He's also capable of and even revels in gruesome acts of violence. He dearly loves all things red, especially blood.

Grell likes children, but they also make him uncomfortable. One reason for this could be because, as his job is a reaper in a time period when infant mortality and child deaths were common, the task of reaping children would be a common one. This discomfort combined with his short temper and tendency toward wild outbursts make him particularly bad with them.

Most of the targets for his wild romantic attentions are men, but he's flexible in the matter and can harbor romantic and sexual feelings for women. This, however, is rare. Most women he treats with jealousy and disdain. When he does, it’s usually because he’s enjoying playing out some drama he’s concocted, and the woman is a part of the drama and has less to do with her personally.

Loyalty isn't something Grell is overly concerned with. He'll look out for number one. However, he is very vain, and is susceptible to flattery and tokens of affection, no matter how minor or insincere. In fact, even the smallest sign of approval seems to delight him. He seems to have no real qualms with letting himself be manipulated quite readily. Once motivated, Grell can be easily be made into a powerful, but ultimately unreliable ally.

Grell is not as insane as he appears, however, and he can be quite cunning and intelligent when he wants to be. He just doesn’t want to be. Generally, he’s not so mentally broken that he cannot function; he’s just broken enough so that he doesn’t care if he functions or not, and frequently doesn’t want to. He’s a bit like the child who drops the plate and breaks it so he doesn’t have to do the dishes anymore. It is known that much of his insane persona is an act, it’s just never quite clear how much of his wild, mad persona is real insanity, and how much of it is acted for the benefit, or rather determent, of those around him. Notoriously self-absorbed, he can often be brutal or cruel even when he doesn’t intend to be.
Grell is a very powerful individual. It is well established in canon that Grell is very formidable, even by the standards of his rather powerful race. And, since Shinigami are well-matched with demons and angels, it’s safe to assume that Grell does not meet creatures stronger than him very often. Ironically, when this does happen, Grell is often shown to be something of a coward when he realizes he might actually be defeated or killed.

It is the job of a shinigami to kill people when they are scheduled to die and harvest their souls. Therefore, Grell’s relationship with death is fairly skewed. For Grell, to kill a human would only be to reap them early. It wouldn’t have much significance. He sees human life as dirty and boring anyway, so he has no real respect for it.

His other interests include playing games, acting, theater, music, and the arts. He also enjoys photography. Grell does have an incredibly short attention span. So, his interests and hobbies tend to be passionate, but short lived.
Grell's gender identity is a source of debate among Kuroshitsuji fans. Some people play Grell as a transwoman, and some don't. I personally do not. In the English translation, Grell does refer to himself as a female and uses female pronouns. Yes. However, in the original Japanese Grell speaks a dialect common among effeminate gay men and drag queens, but never spoken by women in Japan. Grell seems to want to be a woman largely out of a desire to get more attention from men. This is a common stereotype in Japan.
Also, Grell flaunts his male body in people’s faces while calling himself “She” and referring to himself as woman in order to provoke disgust and negative reactions from other people. This is not something a trans person would do.
He’s very vain, and shows no outward discontent with his male body. While he adores his long hair, makeup, and the occasional dressing up, Grell really makes no serious effort to pass as female at any point. In fact, demanding people call him a woman and throwing tantrums when he's identified as a man seems to be something he enjoys. He uses it to his advantage to provoke negative attention, and to make people uncomfortable regularly throughout the series. This is most apparent in his interactions with Sebastian. Ironically, his view of "womanhood" and femininity is surprisingly misogynistic. To him, being a woman involves wearing dresses, makeup, looking pretty and receiving sexual attention from handsome men. Nothing more. When Madame Red will no longer do his bidding, he kills her declaring he has no use for her if she's "just another woman." While there are exceptions, he regards most women with a certain amount of catty judgment and jealousy for their ability to attract men.
Conditional: Personality development in previous game:N/A
Character Plans:Grell will be meeting William. Grell loves William in canon, but has no relationship with him. Their relationship developed in the Port, but my Grell will have no knowledge of this, making for an interesting scene where he has what he wanted but doesn't know he's had it. Grell will also be active in the endgame, whatever that entails.

Appearance/PB:Grell is considered by most to be very beautiful. He has handsome features, white skin and a long slim body with long arms and legs. His hair reaches down to the backs of his knees and is bright red. No, not red like human hair is red, the primary color. His eyes are a bright yellow-green and he wears red-rimmed glasses. He does like to wear makeup, and a man’s suit in brown’s and reds with a red woman’s coat that is too small for him. It hangs off his elbows. His beauty is spoiled when he smiles, revealing a row of pointed, shark-like teeth.



Writing Samples

First Person Sample[Grell mutters to himself as he tries to get the communicator to work for his first video post]

Red… Red… Red…

If I have to find myself in a strange new place, is a little RED too much to ask for? Nothing at all here is red.

[He satisfies himself that it is working.]

Listen! Whoever is out there! I’ll have you know that you’ve kidnapped a REAPER! Now, what do you think of that? I know you’re all just DYING to correct your horrible, horrible mistake. So, I would say it’s to your advantage to fix this bloody mess, unless you want to find yourself AN ACTUAL BLOODY MESS!

Whatever you do to me, just know that my handsome William and my beloved Sebas-Chan will do ANYTHING to get me back. Do you hear me? Anything. I will be rescued. And when I am?

[He goes into a sing-song voice.] You’ll be sooo-ooo-ooo-rryyy!

Ah-ahn! Those handsome men, fighting against all odds to rescue their beautiful beloved! It’s too… too wonderful! Coming to snatch me from the arms of my cruel… inhuman… brutal… strong… dominating… masterful captors! Who without mercy even at this very moment are Ahh-ahn!! [Swooning in a fit of ecstasy, he falls onto the ground, out of frame.]

Um…

[His head pops up again, and he peers into the camera.]

Hey! Where are my brutal strong captors? What kind of a kiddy operation are you running here?



I hate this place already.


Third Person Sample“They buried William in the old church yard,
And Barbara there anigh him,
And out of his grave grew a red, red rose,
And out of hers, a briar.”

Grell sang pleasantly to himself. He didn’t remember where he’d heard the song, but it had love, death, and a red rose and a William in it. So, he liked it. He hopped lightly across a hopscotch court that only existed in his mind.

Grell was bored.

And that wasn’t altogether safe.

A tall, handsome man with dark hair and blue eyes walked past. He tucked his nose down, avoiding eye contact with the redhead. This might have deterred a normal person, but not Grell.

“Hey there! You! The HANDSOME one! The entire city looks like DEATH warmed over! Do you think you could help a poor maiden to safety? Once we’re settled by a nice red fire, I could show you how warm I can…”

The man began to walk faster, away from the red reaper.

“You! Come back here! Can’t you see that I’m in DISTRESS? I’m in need of assistance!”

Grell lay chase, and the man broke into a run. Shark-like teeth grind together, and the scream of an active chainsaw rips through the decaying street.

“HOW DARE YOU LEAVE ME HERE, WEAK AND INNOCENT AND HELPLESS! GET BACK HERE! I’M IN NEED OF A MAN TO SAVE ME NOW GET BACK HERE!”
kissthegrell: (Sad Frown)
Since SOMEONE FINALLY decided to tell me it would be all right, if I set up camp, I did. Apparently there was a notice somewhere. Well, how's a girl supposed to see a little sign at a train station?

I tell you, you'd think my HR ran this place, it's so bad!

I found an apartment. It's not too bad. I chased a family of raccoon out. Stupid things.

So, I've got my flat but I still haven't gotten my gown for the ball, and the person who's holding the ball says he doesn't know he's holding it.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!? I need my gown and my ball.

Why is it raining all the time?

I want to go home.
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First and foremost, Grell is insane. His default personality is amiable, cheerful and flirtatious. However, he scrolls through emotions rapidly, and is quick to intense and frightening fits of rage, violence, lust, sorrow, and affection. The reason for this is, as a shinigami, Grell is responsible for taking the lives of humans when it is their time to die. Different shinigami deal with the emotions behind this differently. Alan Humphries tries to comfort them so they don’t die alone, Eric Slingby keeps his distance and shows no mercy, William T. Spears shuts his feeling off entirely. Grell has taken another route.

He relishes and revels in the life-and-death drama of human tragedy. He is contemptuous of human life, finding it dull and dirty. But the drama of death is something that excites and fascinates him. By simply embracing and relishing the tragedy as one would in a play or an opera, Grell manages to sustain himself through the reaper’s existence of an eternity of watching people die. However, the high drama of the stage is much more dramatic and romantic. So, the cinematic records who don't live up to his sense of drama, and that's most of them, leave him frustrated and disappointed.

This carries over to his everyday life. Shinigami live a very long time. While they can die and there are ways to kill them, this is rare. It’s a very dull life, set in a never-ending bureaucracy. Due to the nature of this existence, Grell decides to pack as much of the drama he disparages human lives for not having into his own life. Grell fancies himself an actress. His emotions are not something he feels, as much as they are something that he uses to create his own personal melodrama with himself as the beautiful leading lady. Since to Grell, drama is better than the real life cinematic records, Grell prefers acting out dramatic emotions to experiencing real ones.

There are many reasons why Grell greatly prefers theatrics over his real life emotions. He’d much rather emotions be like they are on the stage. Besides, stage emotions are fun, but real ones are painful. When faced with emotions that Grell can’t turn into melodrama and play-acting, ones that he has to actually feel, Grell can suddenly seem very fragile. So, Grell’s objects of affection tend to be people who are either aloof (William) or who want nothing but to kill him (Sebastian.) That way, he can enjoy acting out a passionate drama without any danger of the real, dirty, boring, undramatic emotions form the less-exciting cinematic records. In addition to this, Grell knows the reality of love would not compare to the drama of imaginary love. For that reason, Grell tends to love men who will spurn and respond to his advances with violence. He likes to act as though his feelings are returned. Part of this is because since he is a masochist, he does genuinely get off being fought off and generally abused. The other part is because acting as though the fight is a love affair, Grell encourages further attention and abuse.

Grell is a masochist by nature. He likes being treated roughly. And, as reapers go, he holds one of the only AAA scores on technical skill with a shinigami death-scythe, and he loves to show off. He’s very proud of his ability. So, both fighting and being beaten and dominated are things that excite him.

Most of the targets for his wild romantic attentions are men, but he's flexible in the matter and can harbor romantic and sexual feelings for women. This, however, is rare. Most women he treats with jealousy and disdain. When he does, it’s usually because he’s enjoying playing out some drama he’s concocted, and the woman is a part of the drama and has less to do with her personally.

Grell feeds on attention, and will stop at nothing to get it. He wants to be an actress, so he will always force those around to be his audience to his performances. To him, attention is good no matter how negative a form it takes. He dearly loves to frighten people and make them uncomfortable. The main reason for this is because it’s the best way to make himself the center of attention.

Another dimension to this is the fact that Grell is a very powerful individual, even by shinigami standards. There is a duality to this, in that he enjoys both wielding his power over others in the form of intimidation, and meeting the rare person who can match him and wield power over him, dominating him. It’s the same duality that exists in children, where they constantly both push boundaries and look for them to be enforced that the same time.

Grell’s opinion of himself is very high. He’s powerful and beautiful and he is very aware of this. Even as a young shinigami, he feels like his skill entitles him to preferred treatment, even though he didn’t do exceptionally well on the written exams. Grell also feels very entitled to the kind of dramatic life he craves. This causes a degree of cognitive dissonance, or sometimes just plain anger when he does not get what he feels he is entitled to. When this happens, he cycles back to his extreme behavior to get more attention on himself, or express more of his dramatic outrage. But, while his dramatic personality does get him the attention he craves, it does not really leave him emotionally fulfilled. He can be left lonely and frustrated by only receiving negative attention. However, these emotions channel right back into his resorting to extreme behavior. Grell’s aware of the fact that he behaves badly. Therefore, he can sometimes become confused when he receives positive attention when he thinks it's sincere, and not done to manipulate him.

He does have moments of lucidity, and he can be quite cunning and intelligent when he wants to be. He just doesn’t want to be. Generally, he’s not so mentally broken that he cannot function; he’s just broken enough so that he doesn’t care to. He’s a bit like the child who drops the plate and breaks it so he doesn’t have to do the dishes anymore. The shinigami life is long and tedious, and Grell’s nature is to make it as dramatic and exciting as possible. That also means getting out of work as much as possible, and avoiding paperwork as much as he can.

Grell likes children, but they also make him uncomfortable. One reason for this could be because, as his job is a reaper in a time period when infant mortality and child deaths were common, the task of reaping children would be a common and distressing one. This discomfort combined with his short temper and tendency toward wild outbursts make him particularly bad with them.

Loyalty isn't something Grell is overly concerned with. He'll look out for number one. However, as vain as he is, and is susceptible to flattery and tokens of affection, no matter how minor or insincere. He lives his life in a way that provokes negative reactions, for the reasons stated above. Even though he enjoys it, it can leave him unsatisfied. Therefore, even the smallest sign of approval will delight him, as long as it doesn't come too close to a real emotion. He seems to have no real qualms with letting himself be manipulated quite readily. Once motivated, Grell can be easily be made into a powerful, but ultimately unreliable ally.

Given Grell's job and his feelings towards human lives, Grell’s relationship with death is fairly skewed. For Grell, to kill a human would only be to reap them early. It wouldn't have much significance. He sees human life as dirty and boring anyway, so he has no real respect for it.

His other interests include playing games, acting, theater, music, and the arts. He also enjoys photography. Grell does have an incredibly short attention span. So, his interests and hobbies tend to be passionate, but short lived.

Grell's gender identity is a source of debate among Kuroshitsuji fans. Some people play Grell as a transwoman, and some don't. While there is legitimate canon evidence for the transwoman interpretation, I personally don't see him that way. I play him as a gay male with a cross dressing fetish and a female persona that he indulges in. This is how I enjoy playing him, and while I don't believe that playing him as a transwoman is wrong, I believe there is equal evidence to support the other interpretation.

Grell speaks in "Onee kotoba" which is a common affectation common among "flaming" gay men and drag queens during peformances, which translates to female pronouns when translated to English. It is an innuendo-laced dirty parody of how little girls speak. While it would be common for drag queens, it would not be used by Japanese women. Yana Toboso has mentioned the issue in supplementary materials, and in one she does say Grell wants a sex change operation. This is, however, a common stereotype in Japan, the myth that all gay men really just want to be women. She typically describes him as "okama" (cross dressing gay man) in other materials.

He’s very vain, and shows no outward discontent with his male body. While he adores his long hair, makeup, and the occasional dressing up, Grell really makes no serious effort to pass as female. In fact, demanding people call him a woman and throwing tantrums when he's identified as a man seems to be something he enjoys. He uses it to his advantage to provoke negative attention, and to make people uncomfortable regularly throughout the series. This is most apparent in his interactions with Sebastian. Ironically, his view of "womanhood" and femininity is surprisingly misogynistic. To him, being a woman involves wearing dresses, makeup, looking pretty and receiving sexual attention from handsome men. When Madame Red will no longer do his bidding, he kills her declaring he has no use for her if she's "just another woman."

Therefore, while I don't think there's anything wrong with playing Grell as a transwoman, I also think this interpretation is valid.

APP WIP

May. 17th, 2012 06:38 pm
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Name: Allison-Marie
Personal Journal: CrowWitch
Contact: CrowWitch on Plurk, TheDerelictAngel on AIM
Other Characters Played: N/A
Are you 18 or over? Yes

Canon: Kuroshitsuji (Anime version. But, the reaper world is more developed in the Manga, so the Manga will supplement.)
Character: Grell Sutcliff
Timeline: Season 1 Episode 6 Sebastian has defeated Grell by jamming his chainsaw scythe. Right before Sebastian can kill him, William T. Spears appears and drags him by the hair to be disciplined for his crimes. The canon point is right after they return to the reaper world.

Personality: Grell's gender identity is a source of debate among Kuroshitsuji fans. Some people play Grell as a transwoman, and some don't. While there is legitimate canon evidence for the transwoman interpretation, I personally don't see him that way. I play him as a gay male with a cross dressing fetish and a female persona that he indulges in. This is how I enjoy playing him, and while I don't believe that playing him as a transwoman is wrong, I believe there is equal evidence to support the other interpretation.

Grell speaks in "Onee kotoba" which is a common affectation common among "flaming" gay men and drag queens during peformances, which translates to female pronouns when translated to English. It is an innuendo-laced dirty parody of how little girls speak. While it would be common for drag queens, it would not be used by Japanese women. Yana Toboso has mentioned the issue in supplementary materials, and in one she does say Grell wants a sex change operation. This is, however, a common stereotype in Japan, the myth that all gay men really just want to be women. She typically describes him as "okama" (cross dressing gay man) in other materials.

He’s very vain, and shows no outward discontent with his male body. While he adores his long hair, makeup, and the occasional dressing up, Grell really makes no serious effort to pass as female. In fact, demanding people call him a woman and throwing tantrums when he's identified as a man seems to be something he enjoys. He uses it to his advantage to provoke negative attention, and to make people uncomfortable regularly throughout the series. This is most apparent in his interactions with Sebastian. Ironically, his view of "womanhood" and femininity is surprisingly misogynistic. To him, being a woman involves wearing dresses, makeup, looking pretty and receiving sexual attention from handsome men. When Madame Red will no longer do his bidding, he kills her declaring he has no use for her if she's "just another woman."

First and foremost, Grell is insane. His default personality is amiable, cheerful and flirtatious. However, he scrolls through emotions rapidly, and is quick to intense and frightening fits of rage, violence, lust, sorrow, and affection. Always fancying himself an actor, emotions to him are more like an opportunity to make a dramatic spectacle of himself, rather than something he actually feels. Therefore, his over-reacting is legendary. He genuinely enjoys throwing tantrums, making scenes, and generally using his emotional outbursts to make himself the center of attention.

Grell is quick to declare his love for anyone he deems worthy. Masochistic in nature, abuse and physical violence from the targets of his intense passion usually just encourages him. It's frequently unclear in his fits of passion if he is truly proclaiming affection or merely wants to antagonize, even to Grell himself. He likes to act as though his feelings are returned. Part of this is because he is a masochist, and he does genuinely get off being fought off and generally abused. The other part is because acting as though the fight is a love affair, Grell encourages further attention and abuse.

Grell feeds on attention, and will stop at nothing to get it. To him, attention is good no matter how negative a form it takes. In fact, he seems to prefer provoking negative reactions and even physical attacks from the people around him to any other form of interaction. He dearly loves to frighten people and make them uncomfortable. He's also capable of and even revels in gruesome acts of violence. He dearly loves all things red, especially blood.

Grell likes children, but they also make him uncomfortable. One reason for this could be because, as his job is a reaper in a time period when infant mortality and child deaths were common, the task of reaping children would be a common and distressing one. This discomfort combined with his short temper and tendency toward wild outbursts make him particularly bad with them.

Most of the targets for his wild romantic attentions are men, but he's flexible in the matter and can harbor romantic and sexual feelings for women. This, however, is rare. Most women he treats with jealousy and disdain. When he does, it’s usually because he’s enjoying playing out some drama he’s concocted, and the woman is a part of the drama and has less to do with her personally.

Loyalty isn't something Grell is overly concerned with. He'll look out for number one. However, he is very vain, and is susceptible to flattery and tokens of affection, no matter how minor or insincere. In fact, even the smallest sign of approval seems to delight him. He seems to have no real qualms with letting himself be manipulated quite readily. Once motivated, Grell can be easily be made into a powerful, but ultimately unreliable ally.

He does have moments of lucidity, and he can be quite cunning and intelligent when he wants to be. He just doesn’t want to be. Generally, he’s not so mentally broken that he cannot function; he’s just broken enough so that he doesn’t care to. He’s a bit like the child who drops the plate and breaks it so he doesn’t have to do the dishes anymore. Therefore, it is never quite clear how much of his wild, mad persona is real insanity, and how much of it is acted for the benefit, or rather determent, of those around him. Notoriously self-absorbed, he can often be brutal or cruel even when he doesn’t intend to be.

It is the job of a shinigami to kill people when they are scheduled to die and harvest their souls. Therefore, Grell’s relationship with death is fairly skewed. For Grell, to kill a human would only be to reap them early. It wouldn’t have much significance. He sees human life as dirty and boring anyway, so he has no real respect for it.

His other interests include playing games, acting, theater, music, and the arts. He also enjoys photography. Grell does have an incredibly short attention span. So, his interests and hobbies tend to be passionate, but short lived.

Background: Grell Stucliff became a shinigami in the late 1700s. As a young shinigami, Grell was known for his vicious temper, unpredictable personality, and brutal violence. However, he was also known for his technical skill at collecting human souls and working with the cinematic records, the recording of a person’s life that plays out upon their death. This is dangerous work, and his gifts at handling it forces the shinigami HR to deal with him. On purely technical achievement, he holds one of the few AAA scores on record at Dispatch where he was trained and works. However, in spite of his impressive talent, his mental instability, emotional outbursts and brutality kept him from any kind of promotion. He stayed a rather low-level reaper. His original partner, the young shinigami who took the original exams with him, is William T. Spears. William is now a supervisor at dispatch. This doesn’t seem to bother Grell, who’s short attention span causes him to despise office work and paperwork, which he is almost always behind on.

As a young shinigami, Grell’s feminine affectations, while there, were dramatically less. It wasn’t until he got into a fight with William that he realized that he enjoyed being dominated. When he realized he enjoyed being beaten, he adopted more and more exaggerated feminine affectations to go with this new found desire.

Grell appears to have mellowed somewhat through the years. While still unstable and violent, his more flamboyant and effeminate personality seems to have been cultivated over time. After the incident with "Madame Red" (Where he willingly became an accomplice and participant in the “Jack the Ripper” murders) he appears to have been professionally reprimanded and even demoted multiple times. William replaced his chainsaw scythe with scissors, something Grell greatly lamented. However, his originally modified scythe has been recovered.

If asked who the love of his life is, he will answer that it is Sebastian Michaelis. He became infatuated when Sebastian nearly killed him. The correct answer is his supervisor William. Grell lusts after Sebastian, but loves William. He loves to lust after Sebastian in front of William, to provoke negative reactions from both.

Abilities/Additional Notes: Grell has all the powers and abilities associated with Shinigami in his canon universe. They don't age, and the only way to kill a shinigami is with a death scythe. The death scythes cut the soul away from the body at death and, in Grell's canon, are the only weapon that can kill a shinigami.

Grell has stamina, durability/constitution, and speed and agility that are much greater than a human of his same age and physical fitness level. In his canon, he's even considered to be strong and skilled even by the standards of his race. He can feel pain and responds to injury the way a human would, but he heals almost instantaneously and injury does not seem to affect his energy levels or ability to respond in any way for the brief time he has them.

Grell's death scythe is in the form of a chainsaw and has all the destructive power such an item would normally have. However, it also has the power to reveal a person's "Cinematic Record " when wielded, giving him access to all the memories that person has obtained throughout their life.
It also cuts the soul from the body, sending a person's soul into the afterlife.

There are other items that allow shinigami to alter that record, but Grell is not in possession of those items, nor would he be allowed to be.

Grell is also able to tell humans from non-humans, sense magic, and sense when people have magical/supernatural abilities. Hearts and stars and other symbols seems to appear around him in response to his rather flamboyant emotions.

He also possesses the ability to conceal his large chainsaw death scythe about his person with absolute discretion. It's impossible to tell where he pulls it from when he decides to wield it.

He can sing well if motivated to do so. And, if he so chooses, he can sometimes alter his physical appearances for a disguise.

Sample Journal Post:

[Grell mutters to himself as he tries to get the communicator to work for his first video post]

Red… Red… Red…

If I have to find myself in a strange new place, is a little RED too much to ask for? Nothing at all here is red.

[He satisfies himself that it is working.]

Listen! Whoever is out there! I’ll have you know that you’ve kidnapped a REAPER! Now, what do you think of that? I know you’re all just DYING to correct your horrible, horrible mistake. So, I would say it’s to your advantage to fix this bloody mess, unless you want to find yourself AN ACTUAL BLOODY MESS!

Whatever you do to me, just know that my handsome William and my beloved Sebas-Chan will do ANYTHING to get me back. Do you hear me? Anything. I will be rescued. And when I am?

[He goes into a sing-song voice.] You’ll be sooo-ooo-ooo-rryyy!

Ah-ahn! Those handsome men, fighting against all odds to rescue their beautiful beloved! It’s too… too wonderful! Coming to snatch me from the arms of my cruel… inhuman… brutal… strong… dominating… masterful captors! Who without mercy even at this very moment are Ahh-ahn!! [Swooning in a fit of ecstasy, he falls onto the ground, out of frame.]

Um…

[His head pops up again, and he peers into the camera.]

Hey! Where are my brutal strong captors? What kind of a kiddy operation are you running here?



I hate this place already.

Sample RP:

“They buried William in the old church yard,
And Barbara there anigh him,
And out of his grave grew a red, red rose,
And out of hers, a briar.”

Grell sang pleasantly to himself. He didn’t remember where he’d heard the song, but it had love, death, and a red rose and a William in it. So, he liked it. He hopped lightly across a hopscotch court that only existed in his mind.

Grell was bored.

And that wasn’t altogether safe.

A tall, handsome man with dark hair and blue eyes walked past. He tucked his nose down, avoiding eye contact with the redhead. This might have deterred a normal person, but not Grell.

“Hey there! You! The HANDSOME one! The entire city looks like DEATH warmed over! Do you think you could help a poor maiden to safety? Once we’re settled by a nice red fire, I could show you how warm I can…”

The man began to walk faster, away from the red reaper.

“You! Come back here! Can’t you see that I’m in DISTRESS? I’m in need of assistance!”

Grell lay chase, and the man broke into a run. Shark-like teeth grind together, and the scream of an active chainsaw rips through the decaying street.

“HOW DARE YOU LEAVE ME HERE, WEAK AND INNOCENT AND HELPLESS! GET BACK HERE! I’M IN NEED OF A MAN TO SAVE ME NOW GET BACK HERE!”
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After 100 years of service, Shinigami are allowed to apply to view the cinematic record of their lives before they died and were brought on as reapers. Most reapers are approved. Grell never has been.

file under lock and key at dispatch )

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