Quotation1 We Grim Reapers were once human too and all. Humans who have committed suicide become 'Grim Reapers' as punishment. We're worked to the bone until the day we're forgiven, a captive audience to the deaths of man. For us, who've committed suicide, to have to bear witness to their earthly regrets and lust for life day in and day out is a depressing state of affairs indeed. Quotation2
Sascha in Chapter 105

A Grim Reaper (死神, Shinigami) is a neutral supernatural being, whose primary duty is to review and collect souls.



Humans who committed suicide become Grim Reapers as punishment. Until the day they are forgiven, they are to work hard and continuously observe people's deaths.[1]

General Information

Grim Reapers must remain neutral between God and humans;[2] they are strictly forbidden from to intervening in or influencing human affairs. Grim Reapers receive a soul retrieval list of those scheduled to die from their higher-ups.[3][4] The list contains substantial information on the human, including the person's name, parents, birth date, death date, cause of death, and any additional notes.[5] Their principal job is to check each dying soul's kaleidoscope of memories—its Cinematic Record—one by one, to determine whether they deserve to die or not. For the human who receives the judgment, "this human should die," the Grim Reapers use their Death Scythes to sever his or her memories and souls from his or her bodies, resulting in the human's death.[6] Afterward, they would promptly stamp "Completed" on the individual's file on the list.[4] The human can be removed from the list only when they are judged to have been one "who has potential to be beneficial for this world"—notwithstanding, the number of humans who have that sort of value is few to none, according to William T. Spears.[4] The Grim Reapers fundamentally work to confirm that the rare possibility of a "valuable" human is not the case each time, and they must do so as indifferently and level-headedly as they can.[4]

If a Grim Reaper makes a mistake or breaks a rule during their mission, they must return to headquarters and submit a written apology and report.[7] The details of their punishment are unknown, though if the crime is severe, they may be suspended for some time.[8] On the other hand, if a Grim Reaper quits or retires, they would no longer have their soul retrieval list,[9] and their Death Scythe would be confiscated, unconditionally.[10]

Ch60 Life and death

The Cinematic Record of a human, from beginning to end.


Grim Reapers typically intend to eliminate anything that gets in their way.[11] They and demons have a long-standing and mutual distaste for one another. They consider demons vulgar and a nuisance; demons disrupt their structured, meticulous work of reaping souls, due to their tendency to devour souls indiscriminately and in great quantities.[12]

Grim Reapers are similar to humans in strength and hearing.[13] Unlike demons, Grim Reapers require sleep.[14][15] They also need to eat.[15] All Grim Reapers have chartreuse phosphorescent eyes,[16][13] and wear glasses because they are extremely nearsighted.[17][13] Grim Reapers without their glasses are normally presumed to be "deserters."[18] Moreover, all Grim Reapers dress in black.[13]


  • Enhanced agility: Grim Reapers are considerably more agile than humans; it is as though they are "defying gravity."[19]
  • Enhanced endurance: Grim Reapers are appreciably tough, for they are able to endure attacks that could have killed a human.[20]
  • Soul review and collection: By using their Death Scythes, Grim Reapers can review a dying soul's memories, via its Cinematic Record, and retrieve the soul, once the formal assessment is finished.

Grim Reaper Dispatch

The community of Grim Reapers is referred to as the Grim Reaper Dispatch. The organization is divided into administrative departments or districts; each section is charged with a specific duty. The Management Division is responsible for overseeing the dispatch members, and ensuring that their conduct is proper and acceptable. They will apprehend whichever Grim Reaper violated their ordinances.[21] The Retrieval Division consists of members dispatched into the field to retrieve souls.[22] The Personnel Division sends out reinforcements to the field, when necessary.[23] The Administrative Division controls the use of Death Scythes; Grim Reapers must obtain permission to use their Death Scythes, and to modify them.[24] There is also a division that deals with forensics.[25]

There are different branches of the Grim Reaper Dispatch, separated by geographical regions. According to William, the London District, or the British Branch, is "perpetually understaffed."[26] Occasionally, the branches cooperate by sharing information or important documents, as did the British Branch with the German Branch during the events at Wolfsschlucht.[27]

Identified Grim Reapers

British Branch

German Branch

Identified Divisions

  • Headquarters
  • Management Division
  • Retrieval Division
  • Personnel Division
  • Administrative Division
  • Forensics Division

Known Rules

  • Killing those not on the list of the dead is prohibited.[21]
  • Using a Death Scythe without submitting an application for said use is prohibited.[21]
  • Interfering with life and death in the human world is prohibited.[28]


  • Even though only male Grim Reapers have appeared so far in the series, female ones also exist.[13][29]

Out of Universe

  • Yana Toboso made the Grim Reapers have chartreuse phosphorescent eyes in references to onibi, a mysterious light born from corpses. It is said that the chartreuse glowing phosphorus from dead bodies and animals turn into onibi.[31][32]
  • One of Yana Toboso's old, scrapped mangas, "Hell-O", inspired the Grim Reaper Dispatch.[33]

  • In the first season of the anime, Grim Reapers are not immune to human ailments, such as hunger and exhaustion. However, they are able to sleep without breathing.[34]
  • In the first season, Grim Reapers possess a unique and powerful item called the Death Bookmark, that when placed into the book, is able to stop the events of someone's Cinematic Record.[35]


  1. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 105, page 12
  2. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 9, page 9
  3. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 26, page 30
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 35, page 16
  5. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 35, pages 11-12
  6. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 10, pages 9-10
  7. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 35, page 17
  8. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 35, page 15
  9. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 60, page 17
  10. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 61, page 14
  11. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 26, page 33
  12. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 26, page 30
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Kuroshitsuji Character Guide, Page 143
  14. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 27, page 3
  15. 15.0 15.1 Kuroshitsuji Character Guide, Page 47
  16. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 60, page 2
  17. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 61, page 2
  18. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 60, page 18
  19. Kuroshitsuji Character Guide, pages 143-144
  20. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 12, page 14
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 12, page 11
  22. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 26, page 26
  23. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 35, page 13
  24. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 35, page 18
  25. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 114, page 29
  26. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 26, page 26
  27. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 102, page 29
  28. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 60, page 18
  29. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 35, page 18
  30. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 52, page 28
  33. Downstairs with Kuroshitsuji, Volume 6
  34. Kuroshitsuji anime; Episode 17
  35. Kuroshitsuji anime; Episode 18
  36. Kuroshitsuji OVA; The Tales of Will the Grim Reaper
  37. Kuroshitsuji musical; The Most Beautiful DEATH in the World


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