One of my all-time favorite characters is Leo Baskerville from Pandora Hearts. Leo appears as a quite sensible attendant to Elliot Nightray, his best friend. Leo wears big oval glasses and his hair covers his face. Towards the end of the series, Leo goes somewhat crazy as the result of Elliot’s death. They had met at an orphanage and Elliot chose him to be his attendant. Though he rejected Elliot at first, Leo began to take interest in him and they bonded over piano and their love of music.
Leo had secretly signed a contract for Elliot to be bound to a Chain (a monster that lives in the Abyss) who erases bad memories. Leo thought he was doing the right thing, but when a headhunter goes after the Nightray family, Elliot ends up being the culprit. The Chain had convinced Elliot to murder his family because of the hateful comments they had towards Leo. The Chain erased his memories. Elliot decides to disobey the Chain and he ends up being killed.
While Leo is vulnerable and crazy, the Baskervilles manipulate him into becoming the heir of the family. It is revealed that he is the reincarnation of Oswald Baskerville, the past head of the Baskervilles. As a result, Leo was born with a connection to the Abyss, being his black eyes flecked with gold (the colors of the Abyss.) In the end, Leo remembers who he is.
Leo and Elliot’s characters are the most tragic in this series in my opinion. Neither of them had particularly satisfying lives and they were both lonely people. Elliot and Leo were the perfect duo and they respected each other so much. The author Jun Mochizuki played the characters out as not being able to live without each other. I love Leo and even though the series is fantasy, the characters still seem so human.
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