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* [[Characters/BerserkBandOfTheHawk Band of the Hawk]][[labelnote:Character List]]''Original Band of the Hawk'': Judeau, Pippin, Corkus, Rickert, Gaston. ''New Band of the Hawk'': Nosferatu Zodd, Grunbeld, Irvine, Rakshas, Sir Locus, Sonia, Mule Wolflame[[/labelnote]]
* [[Characters/BerserkKingdomOfMidland Kingdom of Midland]][[labelnote:Character List]]Princess Charlotte, The King of Midland, The Queen of Midland, Count Julius, Adonis, Minister Foss, Laban and Owen, Anna, The Unnamed Torturer[[/labelnote]]
* [[Characters/BerserkAntagonists Antagonists]][[labelnote:Character List]]Void, Slan, Ubik, Condrad, Spoiler Character, Wyald, Rosine, The Count, The Swine Apostle, The Unnamed Female Apostle, The Baron of Koka Castle, The Egg of the Perfect World, Bishop Mozgus, Bishop Mozgus' Torturers, The Great Goat Head, Captain Zondark, Gambino, Donovan, Bazuso, The Viscount, General Adon Coborlwitz, General Boscogn, Lord Gennon, Emperor Ganishka, Daiba, Silat and the Tapasa, The Bakiraka Mercenaries, The Daka, Captain Bonebeard, The Sea God[[/labelnote]]
* [[Characters/BerserkOther Other Characters]][[labelnote:Character List]]The Skull Knight, Guts and Casca's Child, The Beast of Darkness, Vargas, Theresia, Sys, Chitch, Martino, Godo, Erica, Jill, Mr. Zepek, Luca, Nina, Joachim, Jerome, Flora, Morgan, The Enoch Village Priest, Federico do Vandimion, Lady Vandimion, The Pope, Isma's Mother, Fricka, Vlad Tepes[[/labelnote]]
* Characters/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage[[labelnote:Character List]]Rita, Balzac, Annette, Gyove, Dunteth, Eriza, Nico[[/labelnote]]

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* [[Characters/BerserkGutsCompanions Guts' companions]]companions]][[labelnote:Character List]]Farnese do Vandimion, Serpico, Isidro, Schierke, Puck and Ivalera, Sir Azan, Roderick of Schtauffen, Magnifico do Vandimion, Isma[[/labelnote]]


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* [[Characters/BerserkBandOfTheHawk Band of the Hawk]][[labelnote:Character List]]''Original Band of the Hawk'': Judeau, Pippin, Corkus, Rickert, Gaston. ''New Band of the Hawk'': Nosferatu Zodd, Grunbeld, Irvine, Rakshas, Sir Locus, Sonia, Mule Wolflame[[/labelnote]]
* [[Characters/BerserkKingdomOfMidland Kingdom of Midland]][[labelnote:Character List]]Princess Charlotte, The King of Midland, The Queen of Midland, Count Julius, Adonis, Minister Foss, Laban and Owen, Anna, The Unnamed Torturer[[/labelnote]]
* [[Characters/BerserkAntagonists Antagonists]][[labelnote:Character List]]Void, Slan, Ubik, Condrad, Spoiler Character, Wyald, Rosine, The Count, The Swine Apostle, The Unnamed Female Apostle, The Baron of Koka Castle, The Egg of the Perfect World, Bishop Mozgus, Bishop Mozgus' Torturers, The Great Goat Head, Captain Zondark, Gambino, Donovan, Bazuso, The Viscount, General Adon Coborlwitz, General Boscogn, Lord Gennon, Emperor Ganishka, Daiba, Silat and the Tapasa, The Bakiraka Mercenaries, The Daka, Captain Bonebeard, The Sea God[[/labelnote]]
* [[Characters/BerserkOther Other Characters]][[labelnote:Character List]]The Skull Knight, Guts and Casca's Child, The Beast of Darkness, Vargas, Theresia, Sys, Chitch, Martino, Godo, Erica, Jill, Mr. Zepek, Luca, Nina, Joachim, Jerome, Flora, Morgan, The Enoch Village Priest, Federico do Vandimion, Lady Vandimion, The Pope, Isma's Mother, Fricka, Vlad Tepes[[/labelnote]]
* Characters/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage[[labelnote:Character List]]Rita, Balzac, Annette, Gyove, Dunteth, Eriza, Nico[[/labelnote]]

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[[folder: Guts]]
!!! Voiced by: Creator/NobutoshiCanna (adult) and Orine Fukushima (child) (Japanese, TV series), Hiroaki Iwanaga (Japanese, movies), Creator/MarcDiraison (English, TV series and Movies), Maria Dente (English, child), Creator/MichaelBell (Sword of the Berserk English)

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-> ''"When you meet your God, tell Him to LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE."''

-> ''"Humans are weak. But we want to live. Even if we're wounded or tortured, we feel the pain."''

Also called the Black Swordsman, the main protagonist is a [[BadassNormal naturally badass]] AntiHero with a round ton of DarkAndTroubledPast. Born from a deceased mother ([[spoiler: not DeathByChildbirth, she was already dead]]), he was raised amongst mercenaries by an [[AbusiveParents abusive foster father]] and was later [[spoiler:[[RapeAsDrama the victim of rape]] by one of his adoptive father's men]]. Guts is also a survivor of the demonic sabbath known as the Eclipse, during which he lost his right eye and part of his left arm. His injuries are not the only marks he bears from this event; Guts is also marked with the Brand of Sacrifice, a supernatural emblem that draws the attention of demons and the restless dead. Both groups are eager to finish the job left undone when Guts survived the Eclipse.

He is introduced as a [[WalkingTheEarth wanderer with a grudge]], bent on hunting down and slaying the beings known as Apostles with a [[{{BFS}} gigantic sword]] known as the Dragon Slayer. Said beings are responsible, along with [[BigBad the Godhand]], for the trauma he suffered in the Eclipse. Additionally, Guts later gets his hands on the [[ArtifactOfDoom Berserker Armor]] which makes him immune to physical pain, yet overexerts and further injures his body at the same time.

Although he claims to be a complete asshole, Guts is actually a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who simply acts aloof and unreasonable towards anyone he meets, including his TrueCompanions. He does truly care for his companions, but since the Brand attracts astral demons, and his HellHound SuperpoweredEvilSide, the Beast, tends to make him [[UnstoppableRage go berserk and thus dangerous even to his companions]], he prefers [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies to keep them at a respectful distance]].

Guts's fate is tied to [[{{Bishonen}} Griffith]], his former best friend, and [[ActionGirl Casca]], his love interest and fellow bearer of the Brand of Sacrifice. His relationships with both are currently strained - Guts wants to kill Griffith because of that whole "brutal treachery" thing, and Guts being slowly overtaken by rage/revenge [[spoiler:has led to his {{attempted rape}} of Casca]]. Guts' entire struggle of fighting monsters and his fate, as well as his internal struggle between [[ThePowerOfHate choosing to hunt the man he hates]] and [[ThePowerOfLove choosing to protect the woman he loves]] can only be described as "heroic."

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* AchillesHeel: An emotional one. [[spoiler: His childhood rape ordeal]] has been shown to be the one time that Guts showed a truly emotionally vulnerable side to his personality. Luckily, he had Casca to help heal his mental wounds, and he was genuinely getting better... until this side to his past was [[MindRape cruelly exploited during the Eclipse.]]
* ActionDad: An ultimate {{Badass}} and father to a weird, supernatural offspring that [[ThatThingIsNotMyChild he refuses to acknowledge as his child]].
* ActionHero
* AllergicToEvil: Guts' accursed brand will bleed or hurt whenever an Apostle is nearby. It only gets worse if a Godhand is near, and may even kill him. Casca shares the same reaction with her own brand.
* AllMenArePerverts: Notably averted. Out of all the male characters in the series, he is among the very few for whom sex is only a tertiary motivation at best, and he remains staunchly faithful to his LoveInterest. He also scolds himself when he briefly thinks about having his way with Casca while she laid unconscious during one of their early missions.
** It's worth noting that the one time we've seen Guts having any sort of sexual contact with someone besides Casca (or [[spoiler: his childhood rapist]]) is actually with the same Female Apostle that [[spoiler:eats Corkus]], right before he blows her head off. Considering who it was, it could be he simply wanted to give her an IronicDeath.
*** This did happen at the very beggining of the first chapter, so EarlyInstallmentWeirdness is another possible explanation.
*** The opening scene also makes a lot more sense if you [[spoiler: replace Guts with the beast of darkness.]] Then it's suddenly completely in character.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: What? Did you say that [[TheNeedsOfTheMany sacrificing one girl will save hundreds of souls from the damnation of demons]], [[SinisterMinister Mozgus]]? Well, you and your followers had better sucker up, because Guts ''really'' doesn't give a fuck so long as Casca is safe...
* AmazonChaser: Guts chose Casca as his lover because she was able to fight on par with him.
** Deconstructed later on by the Beast of Darkness during a DreamSequence. The Beast capitalized on Guts' penchant for {{Action Girl}}s to contend that, since Casca is now helpless, there's no point in keeping her near. Guts won't be able to love her the way she is now and she can't even love him back. So he'd better get rid of her to focus on getting revenge.
* AnimalMotifs: Canids.
** A rabid dog, according to Casca, back when they would bicker in their younger years;
** A HellHound, according to the form of his EnemyWithin;
** A wolf for his wolfish looks, his wolf-like armor and his wolfish personality and attitude, since he relates to his companions quite the same way a wolf leader relates to its pack;
** A regular guard dog due to his unswerving loyalty and protectiveness towards his lover and the ones he considers a part of his "pack".
* AnimeHair: Averted. Guts has the spikiest hair in the series, but when it gets wet, it noticeably droops down until it's dry again (which doesn't happen in the next panel).
* AntiHero: In addition to {{Badass}}, he has AntiHero tropes covered all over him.
** Though mainly a NominalHero, Guts has had shades of, in chronological order of his life:
** UnscrupulousHero: Initially, Guts, during his days as a member of the Band of Hawks. While not really a "good" guy, he cared for his comrades and genuinely wanted to help them in their goals, and only reserved his ruthlessness for his enemies.
** NominalHero: After Griffith's betrayal, he's even more of this especially during his vengeance-driven Black Swordsman days, in which he fought due to his extreme hatred toward apostles. Even before that, the primary reason that Guts joined the Hawks was because [[DefeatMeansFriendship he lost his bid]] and [[DefaultToGood he was doing his job as a mercenary]], though it did not mean that he didn't care for his comrades or their personal goals and achievements.
** BarbarianHero: Guts might not be a straight historic example of a barbarian, [[TheBerserker but he sure fights like one.]] He has the [[{{BFS}} big, crude sword]], [[HeroicBuild muscled]], can defeat magical enemies and monsters [[BadassNormal with zero magic]], and is a LightningBruiser. Also insinuated by Guts himself that although he is not the most morally upstanding guy, he had more standards than the other mercenary crews that he hung around, making him that white sheep in a bad barbarian band. To end, WordOfGod said that part of Guts's character was based off of Rutger Hauger's character in the movie ''Flesh And Blood.''
** Other anti-hero traits (not necessarily related to the sliding scale of morality) Guts possesses are:
** ByronicHero: Is the best example of this sub-type in anime. Morally neutral? Check. Largely concerned with personal interests? Yes, indeed. Disrespect of common authority? Oh, yeah. Defined by conflict, inner and outer? Definitely. Introspective loner? Affirmative. Guilty of horrible crimes? ''Yyyyep.'' Intelligent? He may not be educated, but he is NOT stupid. An exile? From more than one place. Cynical and self destructive? Uh-huh. Not such a good idea to hang around him? [[DoomMagnet Oh, boy...]]
** NinetiesAntiHero: Guts is a card-carrying example of this too. He has a [[DarkAgeOfSupernames gritty but simple name]], [[ImplacableMan doesn't care about hurting people who get in his way]], [[HeroicBuild is ridiculously muscle-toned]], [[BadassBandolier has too many bags on his person]], a {{Badass}} with angst and [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]] to boot, has a ludicrous {{BFS}}, and to top it, he was born in the nineties.
** SociopathicHero: Yeahhh... It's a bit foolish to say that Guts doesn't get a ''teensy'' bit of satisfaction from smashing the skulls of his enemies in half. He has also engaged in some ColdBloodedTorture of some particularly horrible enemies before killing them, with no purpose beyond making them suffer...[[KickTheSonOfABitch and we probably cheer him for that.]]
*** This trait is [[PlayedForLaughs played up]] in the abridged series.
* ArmCannon: His prosthetic limb is a literal case. It can also mount a crossbow.
* ArtifactOfDoom: He's been carrying around the Count's Behelit ever since Volume 2, and comments made by a horde of ghosts and Slan of the Godhand imply ownership of it has somehow transferred to him.
* ArtificialLimbs: After losing his left arm, Guts replaced it with a [[SwissArmyAppendage multi-purpose prosthetic]]. It has [[HollywoodMagnetism a built-in magnet]] that allows it to grip a sword, it can be used to mount a repeating crossbow, and it has a [[ArmCannon miniature gunpowder cannon built into it]]. It's also handy for punching people. Hard.
* AsideGlance: Guts does a silent one to the audience after killing the succubus in chapter one. It's a final warning before the story truely begins.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: His name is ''Guts''. You simply ''have'' to be {{Badass}} to live up to a name like that.
* AxCrazy: When his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide inner beast takes over]], no-one is safe.
* {{Badass}}: Everything in Guts just '''screams''' ultimate badassery.
** BadassAdorable: Guts was a pretty cute kid when he was a ChildSoldier who could hold his own pretty well on the battle field.
** BadassBandolier: So many straps around his chest, iconic of a NinetiesAntiHero.
** BadassBaritone: Damn - even his voice is badass! And it was shown (or rather, heard) in the anime that Guts went through some ''major'' puberty at around age 14 or 15 since he has a deep voice then. It just adds to [[TallDarkAndHandsome teh sexiness.]]
** BadassCape: For all purposes. Dramatic effect, blanket, protecting Casca from the cold, deflecting arrows (yes)...
** BadassCreed: His sword's description counts, as it's oft-repeated by people who can't believe he can actually USE the damn thing. "A giant hunk of raw iron" indeed...
** BadassInDistress: Happens surprisingly often over the course of the series. Sometimes even the ultimate badass gets in a position he just can't escape from on his own. It's usually Puck who needs to come to the rescue with his healing dust, even a couple of times before they actually meet.
** BadassNormal: Points added when said badassery is natural!
** BadassTransplant: Not only does his magnetic arm have a crossbow in it, [[SwissArmyAppendage it can change into]] a fucking arm cannon!
** BreakTheBadass: Again, something that Guts isn't immune to. Introducing, [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/004/4 the horror]] [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/004/2 that is Nosferatu Zodd.]]
** HandicappedBadass: Missing lower arm and an eye, but ''goddamn'' if it has done anything to his badassery. If anything, it's enhanced it.
** HeartbrokenBadass: Casca's [[TheOphelia unfortunate condition]] has completely deprived Guts from the affection he wants from her so bad. And ever since [[spoiler: the Beast almost got him to rape her]], she just no longer wants him which frustrates Guts even more. Still, this ''might'' change if the quest to Elfhelm is successful.
** TookALevelInBadass: His entire life has been spent doing this.
* BattleCouple: With Casca pre-Eclipse.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: It isn't really as hard as you would imagine to get on his good side. All you have to do is treat him like a normal human being. It doesn't happen very often.
* BelligerentSexualTension: The usual dynamics between him and Casca pre-Eclipse.
* BerserkButton: Guts has several of them:
** In general:
*** [[HatesBeingTouched Don't touch him]]. Only Casca is allowed to do that, see below. And pre-Eclipse Griffith, which is only one part of the massive HoYay between them.
*** If you try to hurt Casca in any way, shape or form, your fate is sealed.
*** Don't hurt his other friends, either. He doesn't have very many, and is quite... protective of the ones he has.
** Pre-Eclipse:
*** Messing with either Griffith or Casca (see above) pre-Eclipse was an excellent way to piss him off.
** Post-Eclipse
*** Being faced with any member of the Godhand will set him off big-time. ESPECIALLY GRIFFITH.
*** In fact, [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/122.132/50 don't]] [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/122.132/51 even]] [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/122.132/53 remind]] [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/122.132/55 Guts]] [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/122.132/56 of]] [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]].
* TheBerserker: Takes on this role, acknowledging that he realizes that his battle-crazed moments make people close to him fear him. This state is now "magically" enhanced by the use of his Berserker Armor that facilitates such fighting mode.
* BerserkerTears[=/=]ManlyTears: Twice. Once upon seeing what Griffith has been turned into upon his imprisonment. [[spoiler:The other one when being unable to save Casca from her demon rape at Femto's hands.]]
* {{BFS}}: [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100214211112/berserk/images/1/1b/Dragonslayercolour.jpg The Dragon Slayer]], Guts's primary weapon against the Apostles and the Godhand, is more of a metal slab than a true sword and he can swing it like a mere knife
* BigDamnHeroes: He pulls this off many times.
* TheBigGuy: Class 1. Guts towers over most of the people he fights alongside and most people he meets. Only Pippin was taller than him back in his younger days. Now, he is probably somewhere around the 6'8-6'9 zone (roughly between 2m and 2m05). Aside from wielding a very large weapon, Guts does not depend on his physical strength much, (since he's not seen punching boulders in half,) [[LightningBruiser and prefers to use his ridiculous speed and agility to get within attacking distance, while dodging or enduring whatever the giant demons throw at him in the meantime]].
* BigOlEyebrows: Oh yeah!
* BlackBugRoom: This is where every single bad emotion and memory is stored in Guts' mind. Puck and Schierke ventured into his inner mind only to be bombarded with [[NightmareSequence horrific images]] of the Eclipse. After going there, they both understand why Guts is so pissed off. [[EnemyWithin The Beast]] also hangs out in the same district.
* BlackKnight: Played with. He's the Black Swordsman and dons an all-black armor post-Eclipse but he's TheHero and has a bone to pick with a knight who wears all-white, Griffith.
* BlindWeaponmaster: Subverted. He lost only one of his eyes, but now Guts must face having no right visual field AND the matter of depth perception... But he seems to have taken care of that [[http://www.mangareader.net/96-1134-38/berserk/chapter-14.html through hearing.]] Nice compensation.
* BookDumb: Needless to say, Guts might not be prim and proper, tends [[TheBerserker leaps before]] [[AttackAttackAttack he looks]], and may not be as well-learned in the arts and literature as Griffith (given the medieval setting and the fact that he spent his entire life in mercenary companies, it is doubtful he even knows ''how'' to read), but the guy is ''far'' from dumb, being quite [[CombatPragmatist cunning, strategic,]] quick-witted, and yes, [[WarriorPoet even poetic.]]
* BreakTheCutie: His childhood was one big BreakTheCutie ordeal for him. By all accounts, he was a fairly nice kid who [[WellDoneSonGuy wanted to please his surrogate father]]. It did not end well. At all.
* BridalCarry: Despite having had many opportunities to do this to the many women who harbor feelings for him, only one of them got this treatment from Guts. Take a wild guess who...
* BrokenBird: Textbook case during the Golden Age Arc -- right down to lashing out physically during his breakdown -- and [[AlwaysFemale Only. Male. Example. Ever.]] Does ''not'' make him any less badass.
* CharlesAtlasSuperPower: More powerful than any human, Guts seems to have learned it due to his TrainingFromHell and from his horrific experiences during the Eclipse.
* TheComicallySerious: Guts usually remains straight-faced and serious, even while putting up with the humorous antics of his companions.
* TheCorruptible: Whenever he is under the influence of his EnemyWithin, the Beast, his very soul is in grave danger, not just the people around him.
* CosmicPlaything
* CoveredWithScars: With the amount of punishment that Guts regularly takes at the hands of his demonic enemies, he's accumulated quite a few scars over his career. Including a missing eye and forearm.
** However, those are the only permanent injuries that have any noticeable effect on him, as all the broken bones he must have received ([[spoiler: before he got the Berserker Armour to hold his body together]]) healed quickly and don't impede his physical abilities in the slightest.
** His ''entire'' body is covered completely in scars because of [[spoiler: the Berserker armor. There is a reason he is only still alive thanks to his teammate's healing magic.]] His scarring is so extensive that when he gets a fever he is in agony as his scars prevent his body from sweating out the excess heat
* CrusadingWidower: Guts fits this role since the Hawks were the closest thing to a family he ever had and he and Casca were life partners.
* CynicismCatalyst: Guts UsedToBeASweetKid. After [[spoiler:Gambino sold him to child prostitution and Donovan raped him]], Guts started to lose his innocence (as if living day to day by killing people wasn't enough of a stressor), this loss of innocence finally solidified when [[spoiler:Gambino, having lost his leg in battle and no longer able to fight or lead his men on the battlefield, got massively drunk and attempted to murder him and Guts was forced to kill him out of self-defense]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Such a shitload of this it's no wonder he's so fucked up.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Sort of; he is known as "Black Swordsman," is the hero, and can't really be called evil, but his EnemyWithin is not so benevolent.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathGlare: Most visible expression after his [[PerpetualFrowner perpetual frown.]] Still, you'd much rather want to see this than his SlasherSmile.
* DeclarationOfProtection: After Guts puts his RoaringRampageOfRevenge on hold, his top priority is to protect Casca above all else.
* DefaultToGood: Remember that when Guts was introduced as a lone teen mercenary, he was hired by the army that was aiming to bring down the fort that the Hawks were defending, and they actually lost because Guts was on the enemy side. Fortunately for Griffith and his gang, Guts was not aligned to either Midland or Tudor and just went where the money was. So when Guts lost his first fight against Griffith, swearing him over to the Hawks and their cause, Midland gained a big advantage, as having Guts fighting with the BigGood turned to tide of the war.
* [[spoiler: DefiledForever]]: Guts serves as a RareMaleExample for yet another part of his traumatic and shitty childhood.
** Debatable, as his relationship with Casca seems to have helped him overcome some of the trauma.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: He and Griffith became friends after Griffith defeated him in battle.
* DemonSlayer: TheLegionsOfHell are his quarry.
* DestructiveSavior: He's an overlap with WalkingDisasterArea and is a huge deconstruction. Until recently.
* {{Determinator}}: The absolute pinnacle of this trope. If he's not dead, whatever he's fighting is going to be, even if he's only got his teeth left to do the deed.
* DisappearedDad: We know what happened to [[{{Squick}} his birth mother,]] [[ThePlague his adoptive mother,]] and [[AccidentalMurder his adoptive father]]... so where is Guts's real daddy at??
** [[GallowsHumor If we had to guess,]] [[spoiler: probably on the next branch over.]]
* DoorstopBaby: A rather dark version of this trope. A newborn Guts was found under the hung corpse of his mother, umbilical cord still attached. For a moment his discoverers (a band of mercenaries) thought he was a stillbirth... until their leader knocked him out of the arms of his girlfriend who went and picked him up, knocking baby Guts into a puddle and making him cry. It only gets worse for him after that.
* TheDreaded: Typical pre-Eclipse reaction: "It's Guts: [[OneManArmy the Hundred-Man Slayer!]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Run!!]]" Typical post-Eclipse reaction: "What? [[BlackKnight The Black Swordsman]] is ''here?'' Oh god, [[BigNo NO!]]"
** Puck and Isidro poked fun at this [[spoiler: after part of his hair turned white after he dons the Berserker Armor]] by calling him the Almost-Black Swordsman and Slightly White Swordman.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Zigzagged since it was more of an internal conflict than an external one, as Guts had [[EarnYourTitle made a name for himself]] [[OneManArmy through his exploits with the Hawks.]] The conflict came from the fact that no matter what he did, Guts always felt that he was beneath Griffith, especially after overhearing Griffith's speech about what he deemed as a true friend: someone who goes after their dreams and doesn't blindly follow the dreams of others, someone who is equal to him. What Guts really wanted to gain out of leaving the Hawks was to someday reach a level that was the same as Griffith's so that they could then be true friends. It's really sad when you think about it that way, since [[FromBadToWorse none of that came true after he left]].
* EarnYourTitle: He's called the Hundred Man Slayer [[CaptainObvious after slaying a hundred men]].
* EnemyWithin: Guts' intense hatred and bloodlust coalesce in the shape of the Beast, a monstrous [[{{Hellhound}} dog-like creature]] with zigzag-shaped eyes and MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily, which attempt to persuade him to cast aside his newfound happiness and dedicate himself to vengeance.
* EpicBattleBoredom: Killing fifty mooks was ''nothing'' to him - [[OneManArmy he had to take it up a notch!]] And we're not necessarily talking about humans here...
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Griffith acted a lot like a {{Yandere}} towards him in the past.
* ExpressiveMask: The helmet of his Berserker Armor elongates and functions like a mouth when the Beast takes over.
* EyeRemember: Guts will ''never'' forget the last sight of his right eye. '''''[[BerserkButton Never.]]'''''
* FaceOfAThug
* FatalFlaw --> [[UnstoppableRage Wrath]]: As much as his raw rage and power has aided him on many occasions, it has probably caused more problems than solved. Not only has wrath taken a physical toll on Guts [[spoiler: remember that Guts has gotten to the point of being so very enraged that he resorted to self-mutilation, albeit for a heroic cause]], but also an emotional and spiritual toll. Through his desire for revenge, [[RevengeBeforeReason he left Casca behind]] and [[ThePowerOfHate let himself be devoured by anger and hate.]] This not only warped Guts into a dark man for a time, but it went as far as manifesting the beast, which embodies all of his wrath and [[TheCorrupter constantly goads]] Guts to go deeper into a pit of raw anger and hate. Even though Guts has found a [[WorthLivingFor greater reason to live]] in finding a cure for Casca and is [[TurnTheOtherCheek trying to turn a new leaf,]] he still has that deep seated desire to exact revenge on Griffith and [[BerserkButton will burst at the very sight or mention of him.]] These emotions within Guts will probably never go away completely. Another flaw that can be associated with Guts that goes hand-in-hand with his wrath would be his [[{{Jerkass}} cruelty]] [[ImplacableMan toward anyone who gets in the way of his revenge.]]
** A case could be made that a lot of Guts' issue stem from his blood lust: several of the above examples overlap, he caused huge amounts of friction with Casca because in battle he would ignore orders for the sake of the fight, he has shown some serious BloodKnight tendencies, and admits that he only feels alive when he's swinging his sword. Then he puts on the Berserker armour and the only thing that matters to him is spilling as much blood as he can.
* AFatherToHisMen
* {{Foil}}: To Griffith.
* FoolForLove: Not quite a "fool", but everything Guts is doing is for his lady love. That, and he has shown to be quite poetic around Casca.
* ForcedToWatch: Dogpiled by a bunch of Apostles, Guts could only watch [[spoiler: Femto molesting and raping Casca to insanity right in front of him]], unable to do a fucking thing about it, [[ScreamingWarrior screaming in rage and pain]]. It was also [[EyeRemember the last scene his right eye could see before it got clawed out.]]
* FountainOfExpies: Any hardcore, brooding badass from the east owes his dues to the original BFS-owning hundred-man slayer. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Auron]] is the best example, while VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII's main heroes Zack and Cloud... [[SubvertedTrope they'd wish]].
* FreakOut: [[spoiler: When Guts wakes up after [[WhamEpisode the Eclipse]] and finally has some time to fully realize the horrible results of the event he spends a chapter blindly running through the woods in extreme mental agony, having meaningful flashbacks about his fallen friends, [[ItsAllMyFault and clearly blaming himself for everything that happened.]] He only cools down when he remembers [[FaceHeelturn Griffith]] was the real cause of the whole nightmare. Guts promptly [[TookALevelInBadass re-invents]] himself as the [[TookALevelInJerkass Black Swordsman.]]]]
* FriendToAllChildren: Zigzagged. Guts is not the softest man to be around, and he has rough methods of dealing with people, including children. Despite everything he dishes out to them, kids genuinely seem to like Guts, and he doesn't ''really'' seem that bugged by them being around all of the time, so long as they don't get in the way. Just the fact that most of his TrueCompanions are half his age just brings the point home. Relate to WouldHurtAChild below.
* FullPotentialUpgrade: Guts needed to upgrade to the Dragon Slayer to fight Apostles without breaking his sword (which is only possible because he has the inhuman strength to cut through said enemies in the first place.)
* GeniusBruiser: He may not look it but Guts is not in the slightest what you would call dumb muscle. One noticeable example is against [[TheHedonist Wyald]] where he put a log in his torso armor and threw it at Wyald and also tied a helmeted corpse against a tree to dupe him out. He's much more of a CombatPragmatist than TheBerserker.
* GiveMyRegardsInTheNextWorld: Guts' variant:
--> "[[PreMortemOneLiner When you meet your god, tell him to leave me the FUCK alone!]]"
* GoodIsNotNice: Embodies this after finding his new FiveManBand. But he's still ''a lot'' nicer than when he was still travelling alone.
* TheGruntingOrgasm: In the third film, [[spoiler: Guts has one of these when he finishes inside of Casca.]]
* GutturalGrowler: His voice as done by Creator/NobutoshiCanna.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The fact that Guts' ears and teeth are slightly, though noticeably, more pointed than most of the human characters has been interpreted by some as implying that he is part-demon, which would explain a lot of his phenomenal abilities even before magic got involved.
* HandwrapsOfAwesome
* HannibalLecture: Guts has been captured and imprisoned twice, and both times he gets the better of his captors with his words alone.
* HatesBeingTouched: "Don't touch me. Don't '''ever''' touch me." I
** If it's Casca who does it, it's okay, as he told her himself.
** Back in the Golden Age Griffith also had a free pass, but that was a long time ago.
** He's gotten better after teaming up with Farnese, Serpico, and Schierke.
* TheHeartless: The Beast was born from Guts's negative emotions and his need for revenge for what happened during the Eclipse. Which rather disturbingly links him to [[spoiler: The Idea of Evil]], which [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve was spawned in a similar way by humanity as a whole.]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: While Griffith is the VillainWithGoodPublicity in this story, Guts is the ([[AntiHero anti]]) hero with bad publicity. There's no doubt that he has ended up saving lives by killing apostles, but because of his [[HeWhoFightsMonsters HIGHLY]] [[GoodIsNotNice morally]] [[WhatTheHellHero questionable]] [[DestructiveSavior actions,]] he's not well liked by the towns' folk that he encounters. This is most especially seen when Guts is WanderingTheEarth alone, but when he stops being [[LonersAreFreaks a loner,]] [[TookALevelInKindness makes a mood shift,]] and gets an audience because of it, a lot more people are appreciative of his actions. Still, so long as [[MessianicArchetype Griffith]] is walking the earth, Guts' presence will always be seen in a [[AntiChrist negative light.]]
* HeroesPreferSwords: Guts turned down a magic axe from Flora in favor for his trusty ol' dragonslayer.
* HeroicBSOD: He began to slip into this when Adonis died, being reminded of himself as a child, but [[HeroicSafeMode Guts snaps out of it when the guards come]]. The blue screen of death was "rebooted" when he fell into the sewers and eventually stumbled back to the tavern where the Hawks were.
* HeroicBuild: The guy is seriously ripped.
* HeroicNeutral: This is how Guts currently acts, more or less (and how he wanted to act when he left the Hawks). Doesn't want to be recruited by the dark side; doesn't want to be recruited by the (supposedly) good side. Just wants to get his girl to Elfhelm and take care of his friends. But unfortunately for him, Guts might fall out of this over time due to a case of the MessiahCreep.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The poster boy, particularly as the Black Swordsman.
* HiddenDepths: Like you wouldn't believe. See all the tropes under his name? Don't think ''any one of them alone'' completely defines him.
** [[FridgeLogic Including Hidden Depths?]]
* HitmanWithAHeart: He didn't feel very good about himself after he assassinated the Duke's son.
* HowToBeBadass: [[BadassCape Has a garment]] that billows in the wind frequently? Check. [[AwesomeMcCoolName Sweet-ass name?]] Check. [[TheDeterminator Hardly anything fazes him]] [[ImplacableMan enough to stop him in his tracks?]] Nuh uh. [[ManOnFire Gets set on fire]] frequently but thinks nothing of it? CHECK. [[WarriorPoet Comes up with dramatic lines]] at the top of his head in the heat of the moment? Yes, yes. [[HeartbrokenBadass Is angsty,]] but tends to keep it at a minimum? Yes. [[BadassNormal Remained relatively normal]] throughout all of his ordeals? How is that possible?!
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Guts is the Huge Guy to Casca's Tiny Girl, even though since [[AmazonianBeauty Casca]] is not exactly small (she and Farnese are about the same height), this is more of a ''really'' Huge Guy and Above Average Girl.
** Also, he always seems to have at least one little girl hanging around with him. Not in a weird way, they just seem to like him. He tends to treat them like an AloofOlderBrother, when he's not trying to chase them off (for their own good) with his JerkAssFacade, but every now and then he can be [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming surprisingly]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/4-16_BNFHC-142-copy-jpg_8038.jpeg sweet to them]].
* {{Hunk}}: Hubba hubba.
* TheHunter: At first he just killed things because it was his job. Now he does it because ItsPersonal.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: States this to Casca in terms of letting anyone touch him.
* IHaveYourWife: Big fan of this in his most {{Jerkass}} times. [[spoiler: Just ask Theresia and Jill.]]
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Guts ''desperately'' wants Casca to love him back once again. The mere possibility of accomplishing this is his main motivation to try to regain her sanity.
* ImmuneToFate: Believed to be this by the Skull Knight. Interesting in that the universe itself is actively trying to subvert this, as the Brand of the Sacrifice is trying to "correct the mistake" made during the Eclipse by drawing demons and ghosts to Guts in order to get him killed.
* ImplacableMan: Guts wants Griffith and the Godhands dead and nothing, not even the LegionsOfHell, will stop him.
* IneffectualLoner: Was this before running into and joining the Band of the Hawk. [[DarkAndTroubledPast Because of his past,]] Guts preferred to move around from battlefield to battlefield, never sticking around to make friends or get connections, since frankly, [[HatesBeingTouched he didn't want any.]] Then he earned the PowerOfFriendship and the PowerOfTrust as he began to value the importance of teamwork and camaraderie while with the Hawks. And then ''it'' happened ([[TotalEclipseOfThePlot you know the drill]]). And with that, Guts returned to IneffectualLoner status (in fact, [[LonersAreFreaks worse]]), [[ImplacableMan among]] [[TookALevelInJerkAss other]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters things...]])
* InsultFriendlyFire: When Guts and Casca were up against Adon and his hundred men, Adon said that they were going to capture Guts to torture him and capture Casca to use her as their "[[SexSlave toy]]." Guts, in response, said that Adon wouldn't want a woman like Casca, since she was a total bitch and that she would "[[FreudianThreat bite it right off.]]" Casca promptly elbows Guts in the head.
* InvincibleHero: Averted. For being so {{Badass}} it hurts, Guts still remains a human and there ''are'' times when his body is just too worn out to match his will and when [[BadassInDistress he may get captured]]. Additionally, be it Slan, Grunbeld or Daiba, Miura make it a point to show that even Guts wouldn't be able to make it on his own against some opponents who are out of his league.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: The reason why he is so reluctant to show more concern for his current companions. Also, it can be said that, even though he may be implacable, Guts would rather not see others get hurt as a direct result of his actions - so long as they didn't get on his bad side before hand. The clearest example of this is when he turned down Jill's request to join him in his journey.
* ItsPersonal: The reason why Guts fights apostles, especially after the Eclipse. He may be a hero of sorts, but his primary goal isn't helping people or riding the world of evil, even though most apostles are a very real threat to normal people. He just wants to [[PayEvilUntoEvil eradicate those who have caused him pain and suffering in the past]] and [[ImplacableMan will beat down anyone who gets in his way]], be they {{Mook}} or InnocentBystander.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Convinced that Casca was in love with Griffith, Guts wished the both of them happiness before leaving the Hawks even though he himself had a growing attraction to Casca at the time. It didn't end well.
* {{Jerkass}}: Like his badass-ness, Guts has several layers of jerkass-ness that seem to evolve throughout the series.
** JerkassFacade: Despite his frequent denial, Guts has definitely noble intentions but doesn't want to appear "soft" or get even more people he likes killed.
** JerkJustifications: Usually went by explanation type 1 when his jerkass-ness was at its peak: [[TheSocialDarwinist the weak are prey to the ruthless, so you have to be just like that in order to survive.]]
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Guts may be a blunt asshole a majority of the time and his goals and priorities come first - which are often at the expense of others - but just look at what one of his "selfish" goals is: taking care of Casca, the most important person in his life. Later, he also ensures the well-being of his present TrueCompanions.
** TookALevelInJerkass: After experiencing the Eclipse, Guts went from a defrosting Jerkass to a TOTAL Jerkass that almost border-lined VillainProtagonist and almost verged into a FaceHeelTurn, had he not already reached ByronicHero status by the time the series began (which is really just a special kind of jerkass if you think about). Then again, [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/000.008/59 maybe all is not lost]].
* TheJinx: Guts had the really BIG misfortune of being born from a hanged corpse. When Gambino and Sys's mercenary band came across him, the other mercenaries warned Gambino to not pick up the baby, since someone born of that nature was a bad omen. Still, Gambino allowed Sys to take the baby.... much to [[AbusiveParents Gambino's chagrin.]] After that, when bad things started to happen to Gambino and his mercenaries, [[TheScapegoat it was Guts' fault.]]
* KnightErrant: Subverted. Guts is known as the "Black Swordsman" but he isn't about helping or saving people. He has his own goals and might help along the way if it serves his agenda. Yet [[ButNowIMustGo he never settles anywhere]] and goes from town to town, seeking to kill all the Apostles who cross his path, indirectly liberating the city or people around from servitude.
** Except in those cases where the town Guts passed through ends up [[WalkingDisasterArea burned down and completely purged of human life.]] Naturally, the authorities come after him eventually.
* KnightInSourArmor: If we were to replace "knight" with "mercenary", Guts acted very much like this in beginning. He acts like a jerk who doesn't care about anyone who is near him, but he reveals that he does care about his comrades, and he tries to make the most of a bad situation when it turns worst. However, [[TookALevelInJerkass we don't need]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters to remind you]] [[ByronicHero how Guts']] [[TheSocialDarwinist worldviews changed]] [[GoodIsNotNice after the Eclipse]]. After awhile, he kinda goes back to how he was in the beginning, now that he is looking after his TrueCompanions, but Guts isn't exactly on a mission to save the world and to protect the weak: he just fights monsters to a) get closer to Griffith and the Godhand and b) to protect Casca, and he ''sometimes'' just happens to [[IWasJustPassingThrough save a bystander or two on the way]].
* LaughingMad: Does this a lot...
* LifeOrLimbDecision: Makes this harrowing decision with little hesistation in order to [[spoiler: save Casca from being raped]]. The PowerOfLove will do that to a guy.
* LightningBruiser: Is often shown to be incredibly agile despite wielding a giant sword and having [[HeroicBuild a physique more]] [[TheBigGuy suited to]] [[MightyGlacier brute strength]].
** And said sword is made that much more deadly with said speed.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: With Casca after they affirm their relationship.
* LimpAndLivid: When Guts takes too much abuse to function but keeps going anyway, he gets like this. At the end of the fight with [[spoiler: Rosine]] he does this in a way that looks a lot like the iconic "''Film/TheTerminator'' rising from the flames" scene.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: He wasn't aware of it, but he was ''very'' much this for Griffith during his days with the Hawks.
* LockedIntoStrangeness: When Guts used the berserker armor for the first time, the stress caused a [[SkunkStripe fringe of his hair to turn white.]]
* LonerTurnedFriend: Starts off as a mercenary loner struggling with his inner demons of anger and has no interest in making connections with others. Throughout the series, though, he finally begins to accept his new friends in the form of the Band of the Hawk.
** It happens again with his new TrueCompanions.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: He first met Casca in a sword fight to the death.
* MadeOfIron: Even beaten to a pulp by a much stronger foe, he still can hold his own the next day.
** His ArmCannon makes him (if only partially) MadeOfIron.
* MaleFrontalNudity: *Drools* ... What? [[BlatantLies I wasn't staring.]]
** In fact, the manga starts with a good helping of this trope, [[{{RRatedOpening}} as to inform newcomers of what's to come]].
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Despite being rather [[CelibateHero decent]] compared to [[AllMenArePerverts most other male characters]] in the series, Guts is much less nervous than Casca when both prepare to make love together. Plus, he enjoyed it ''so much'' that he then tells her straight that he wants to do that with her again ''at least'' a thousand more times.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: When Casca begins talking about the strange ([[SexIsGood but wonderful]]) feelings that she has upon losing her virginity, and then turns to Guts and tells him that she knew that it was his first time too. Guts just gives this expression that says, "man, I don't want to talk about it," and faces the other direction. However, Casca does understand why he never had sex with a woman before [[spoiler: because of his childhood rape.]]
* MasterSwordsman: Though his style crude and often barbaric, Guts is nonetheless consider this, especially since he's wielding a sword not many others can.
** Not only that but Guts is usually able to use the terrain to his advantage (only Serpico can use the terrain better though he always picks the field to maximise his advantage) and is able to read an analyse his opponents strengths and plans with ease
* MenAreUncultured: The only way for Guts to get into books and [[DancesAndBalls pimped-out balls]] is if some sort of woman is involved. [[spoiler: With the former, it has to be pornographic]]. To be fair, that [[spoiler: pornographic]] book was the only one (eagerly) offered to him by Griffith, and he did read it, but focused on what Griffith was saying. And the reason for going to the ball was to see all his friends enjoying their hard earned social success [[spoiler: and be ready to follow the blackmailing/murdering plans of Griffith.]]
* MenDontCry: Subverted. Apart from ManlyTears, Guts truly cried once in front of Casca [[spoiler:upon making love to her and almost choking her when he recalled his rape experience]]. This doesn't deprive him from being a total {{Badass}}... Even when Guts had become the badass Black Swordsman, Guts cried some (for a brief moment). After narrowly escaping an encounter with his mortal enemies, the God Hand, Guts encouraged the Count's daughter Theresia to hate him in order to prevent her from committing suicide.
* MessiahCreep: Guts doesn't care about saving the world very much, but he gradually moves in this direction as he gains more followers and beats bigger and badder monsters. Who else is going to do it anyway?
* MindRape: "Mundane" torture scenario. What Femto did to Guts during the eclipse was rape in every form. It's especially vile since [[spoiler: Femto mind raped Guts by physically raping Casca in front of him, [[FridgeHorror which he probably did]] to invoke Guts' memories of being raped as a child.]]
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: [[AfraidOfNeedles Needles!]] Guts really can't bear these and cries like a baby whenever he gets his wounds stitched. [[{{Badass}} Yes]], we can see the [[{{MadeOfIron}} irony.]]
* MissingMom: This overused shonen trope is taken to the extreme since Guts' real mother was dead before he even fell out of her and his adoptive mother died from the plague when Guts was three. There is a chance Guts might have never even [[RaisedByDudes talked to a woman]] before he met Casca...
* MrFanservice: Maybe not intentional but the guy is ''very'' [[TallDarkAndHandsome tall]], ''very'' [[HeroicBuild ripped]], ruggedly handsome, appears [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] or even [[MaleFrontalNudity completely naked]] several times, so it only comes with the territory that he garnered a devoted female fandom.
* MustMakeHerLaugh: After all of the crap that they had gone through since the Eclipse, all that Guts wants to do is to make Casca smile.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Happens two prominent times. First was when he accidentally [[spoiler: killed the Count's son]] leading him to go into HeroicBSOD mode. The second was when he almost [[spoiler: [[NearRapeExperience raped Casca]] when the Beast got the best of him.]] After that, Guts began to keep his distance from her, fearing that he might hurt her again - [[MurderTheHypotenuse or worse.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: Guts' greatest failure is not only [[spoiler:being unable to save Casca from being raped by Femto during the Eclipse]], but also [[spoiler:leaving her to deal with her trauma alone for two years to pursue revenge against Griffith and deal with his own trauma alone]].
** Guts is also painfully aware of the fact that his abandoning of the Hawks is the root cause of everything bad that went down. Made extra painfull by the fact that [[spoiler:Guts ended his one year pilgrimage by concluding that his place was with the Hawks after all]].
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: It can't be a coincidence his name sounds like that of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Götz_von_Berlichingen Gotz Von Berlichingen]], a real-life mercenary with an iron hand? (WordOfGod says it ''is'' a coincidence. [[UnreliableExpositor It's up to you]] [[ContrivedCoincidence if you]] [[BlatantLies believe him]].)
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[InvertedTrope If you're a bad guy]], try not to come across a guy named "Guts" - he'll be sure to [[LudicrousGibs splatter yours]].
* NearRapeExperience: [[spoiler:During the Millennium Falcon arc, Casca almost gets raped by Guts when he succumbs to the Beast.]]
* NeverMyFault: When he returned to Godo's house to find Casca was missing, Guts immediately went to blaming Rickert instead of looking how he played a role in Casca's condition.
* NeverSleepAgain: Ever since he got the brand, Guts can only get some shut eye when he finds a spot in full sunlight. Eventually he gets so conditioned to this he can't fall asleep at nighttime anymore even when he knows he is in a safe spot.
* NiceHat: Usually not his thing exept that one time when [[spoiler: Guts was scheming with Griffith against the queen.]] The hat seemed so out of character some viewers at first didn't even recognize the mysterious assassin even tough he was using a big sword. After that, we realise how good he looks with it.
* NoBadassToHisValet: Yeah. Yelling and [[DeathGlare death glaring]] might work to intimidate the other people present, Guts, but that ain't gonna work on Godo. Now sit down, shut up, and receive your WhatTheHellHero lecture like a man.
* NobleDemon: A seriously pissed off Guts will become much like a demon himself, but his staunch resolve to remain human and the presence of his MoralityChain (read: Casca) prevents him from completely delving into full-blown "demonhood."
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Roguish Male to Griffith's, and later Serpico's Noble Male.
* NoSocialSkills
* ObliviousToLove: He never really bothered to realize that Casca wanted him to stay with the Hawks because she was falling in love with him. He also completely and utterly failed to notice how obsessed Griffith was with him, to the point of assuming that his utterly crushed stance when Guts is leaving has to do with Griffith being unable to deal with being defeated.
* OfficialCouple: With Casca.
* OneManArmy: He got the moniker Hundred Man Slayer ''before'' becoming the monster-killer he is today.
* PapaWolf: Surprisingly, he's more of this to Schierke than to the Child, but probably because [[MamaBear Casca won't let Guts near him]]. They also don't get to spend much time together so far, since he's always battling monsters whenever he shows up. Then again, this is usually a cue in [[ParentsInDistress for their own little relationship.]]
* PermaShave: It's a given that [[{{Bishonen}} Griffith]] doesn't have a beard, but Mr. Manly-Man Guts doesn't have any facial hair either. The scars will do.
* PerpetualFrowner: When Guts isn't wearing a SlasherSmile or some sardonic and smug one, he's wearing this. Seen especially after the Eclipse.
** Corkus berates Guts for this claiming that Gut's constant frown and general [[LoadBearingHero load bearing]] demeanour piss him off (but then again this is Corkus)
* PetTheDog: Just when you're ready to write him down as a simple VillainProtagonist, he up and does one of these when you least expect it. It usually happens to children... even the very children he was using as bait or shields against monsters not one chapter ago.
* PlotArmor: Due to having been branded and sacrificed by Griffith upon the Eclipse, Guts cannot be sacrificed again by anyone, as was exposed during his run-in with the Count. But that's cold comfort when you still have the LegionsOfHell at your back 24/7. By extension, Casca shares this "protection".
* PlotMagnet: In several ways, mostly due to his Brand.
** ChickMagnet: After the Golden Age arc he seems to develop a talent for getting younger girls to fall for him. Not that he's even trying.
*** Actually, he gets a young admirer right after the first apostle fight. Too bad she died.
*** CluelessChickMagnet: Due in part to his SingleTargetSexuality, Guts really doesn't care to acknowledge the effects he has on girls.
** DoomMagnet: There's an 8.5 out of 10 chance that any place that Guts steps in will be brought down to rubble and gore.
** FightMagnet: Be they monster or mook, things just want to fight with Guts. And they usually lose terribly.
** WeirdnessMagnet: Even when he's not fighting for his life, Guts just runs into weird-ass shit all the time.
* PointyEars: Not ''nearly'' as pointy as many of the supernatural entities in the series, but his ears are still noticeably so when compared to other humans. They also get decidedly pointy whenever he dons his Berserker armour and Schierke exposes his astral visage, which clearly sports a pair of black, elungated PointyEars. (See DisappearedDad above for what this might mean.)
* ThePowerOfLove: No matter how you look at it, his current driving force is his love for Casca. Nothing un-{{Badass}} here. He just doesn't want to lose the last being on Earth able to actually warm up his heart. Sure his new TrueCompanions are important and all, but Casca is on a ''completely'' different level.
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: ... a little ''too'' much...
* RaisedByDudes: And abusive dudes at that, hence his maladjusted behaviour around people in general. When it came to interacting and understanding women, especially with [[SugarAndIcePersonality Casca]], Guts was a typical clueless guy and his behavior was [[HeManWomanHater straight-up]] [[StayInTheKitchen sexist.]] He eventually gets over his initial ignorance and ill-manners toward women (well, [[SingleTargetSexuality at least in the case of Casca]]), but now he had to tackle a little feeling known as "[[ObliviousToLove love.]]"
* RatedMForManly
* [[spoiler:RapeAsBackstory: After Gambino sold him to child prostitution, Guts couldn't avoid getting what was coming to him, no matter how hard he fought it. Even though [[RapeAndRevenge he managed to exact revenge sometime later]].]]
* ARealManIsAKiller: Guts became a real man when he was just nine years old...
* RealMenEatMeat: [[NeverLiveItDown ESPECIALLY rat meat]] - and wash it down with blood.
* RealMenHateAffection: Zigzagged all along the story. He is gruff, blunt, aloof, dismissive and HatesBeingTouched but there ''are'' times where he shows a warmer side of himself. For instance, he is quite surprised to find himself appreciating the company of his new TrueCompanions and he ''really'', '''''really''''' wants Casca to love him again.
* RealMenWearPink: The first traveling companion of this [[TallDarkAndHandsome dark, towering, wayward swordsman]] is none other than - a ''faerie''... So why does this man continue to strike fear into my heart despite this?
** The fact that he can cleave you in twain in the blink of an eye very splattertastically?
** ... Yeah, that ought to do it.
* RedBaron: His moniker is, all together now... The Black Swordsman. (In case you forgot...)
** Before he became The Black Swordsman he was "The Hundred man slayer" and "The Hawk Raid Leader" based, [[ShapedLikeItself you guessed it]], killing over a hundred men in a single sitting and leading the hawks raiding party. Both of these titles struck fear into people who were facing him down.
* RedIsHeroic: Subverted. In the Golden Age Arc movies, Guts wore a [[RedOniBlueOni red cape to contrast with Griffith's blue-lined cape.]] Of course, he's only a NominalHero and isn't even [[TheHero THE hero]] in the Golden Age Arc (that went to Griffith - [[VillainProtagonist for a time]]). Guts is, however, TheProtagonist of the story.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red Oni to Griffith's Blue Oni.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The very reason why he wants to take on Griffith and the Apostles.
** Until the Tower of Conviction arc this sums up the series. The Black Dog keeps trying to tempt him back into this, telling him to just kill Casca and go back to trying to kill Griffith and anything in his way is just practice.
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Since childhood, [[ChildSoldier Guts has been trained as a warrior]]. Now, he can wield an [[{{BFS}} impossible weapon]] with [[OneHandedZweihander one hand]] and can [[OneManArmy take out scores of enemies all by himself. Sometimes ''in one swing''.]] ... It's just too bad that he has [[NoSocialSkills crummy social skills]] because of [[RaisedByDudes his upbringing]] ([[RapeAsBackstory along with his traumatic backstory]]).
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Before the [[BadassCape cape]], Guts had the scarf - and it kicked so much ass.
* ScarsAreForever: Though he's CoveredWithScars and the [[MarkOfTheBeast Brand of Sacrifice]] takes up a lot of attention, Guts' signature scar is the one that's on the bridge of his nose, [[TrainingFromHell given to him by Gambino when Guts was training as a child.]] Yeah. It's still there, guys.
* ScaryTeeth: As much as we all look forward to [[WhenSheSmiles seeing Guts smile,]] whenever he does so, it's never with teeth... maybe because every time he bears his teeth, we see huge pearly gnashers with rather intimidating canines. Still pretty impressive in an age with no orthodontists. And to add...
** TechnicallyASmile: This behavior does trace along FridgeBrilliance, as Guts only bears his teeth when he's pissed off, or at the very least, trying to intimidate someone.
* ScreamingWarrior: When Guts gets ''really'' pissed, he'll often start yelling at the top of his lungs as he starts laying about with his {{BFS}}.
* SecondLove: For Casca, once she realizes there is no place in Griffith's heart for her.
* SelfDestructiveCharge: Guts does this often, but the best example comes during the Eclipse, [[spoiler:when he is trying to save Casca. First he rushes through a wall of demons and almost gets ripped to shreds, then he has to hack off his arm to continue the fight and he wouldn't have lost his eye if he wasn't trying so hard to push himself up wile pinned down.]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: Subverted in that Gambino wasn't actually his father, and [[AccidentalMurder it was an accident.]]
* ShirtlessScene: Much to the {{Fangirl}}s' joy and, strangely, him being CoveredWithScars doesn't make him any less attractive.
* ShroudedInMyth: According to Isidro, Guts didn't kill 100 soldiers, but 1,000. Guts refused to elaborate.
* SingleTargetSexuality: As mentioned above, Guts is one of the least sex-motivated male characters in the series, and has [[ChickMagnet attracted]], been [[PrecociousCrush fawned over]], been [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty molested by]], and has seen numerous women naked. But at the end of the day, he only has eyes for one woman: Casca. [[spoiler: Aside from that one time where he had sex with a she-apostle - whose intent was to eat him alive during intercourse - but he knew it all along in order to slay it]], Guts has only had [[spoiler: consensual]] sex once in his life, and it was with her [[spoiler: after getting through some post-traumatic stress from being anally raped when he was a kid]] and only [[AManIsAlwaysEager looked forward to doing it more with Casca]]. Even after all of the horrible events that the two of them have been through, Guts is still strongly devoted to Casca.
** Also, though his monogamy toward Casca is hardly a bad thing, [[ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere it's also deconstructed]], as Guts' attraction toward Casca has been the only time that Guts has played the AllMenArePerverts trope straight, some instances being a bit more disturbing, such as when [[spoiler: Guts came close to forcing himself on Casca after the Eclipse when he accidentally ripped her clothes]] or when [[spoiler: Guts almost raped Casca in volume 23.]]
* SirSwearsALot: He's a goddamn fucking knight in black fucking armor.
* SkunkStripe: The first time Guts puts on the Berserker Armor, he gains a streak of white in his hair.
* SlasherSmile: The only type of smile Guts is ever shown to have with few exceptions during the Golden Age Arc.
** He does give a genuine smile when he learns there's a possibility of Casca being cured. So that's one non-slasher smile in a good two years.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Well, he's got pauldrons, so there's that...
* TheSocialDarwinist: Back when he was [[TookALevelInJerkass a bigger jerk than normal]], Guts adopted the "only the strong deserve to live" motto as his own. The irony in this is that [[spoiler: he verbally condemned Casca, who is currently defenseless and can't take care of herself, to the same fate as those who couldn't fight against the strong]]. Alas, [[WhatTheHellHero Guts cleaned up his act after awhile]] and seems to have dropped this ideology upon re-realizing [[DeclarationOfProtection what he wanted to protect the most]].
* StarCrossedLovers: He and Casca are two of a kind and paid dearly for this...
* StayInTheKitchen: Once tried this on Casca after her first battle against Adon, when she got incapacitated by her period and both fell off a cliff due to her fainting from exhaustion. Subverted in that it had the effect of a RousingSpeech rather than a demotivator, which was his intent all along.
* TheStoic: He tends to keep his emotions at a minimum, [[RealMenHateAffection and really only opens up toward people whom he trusts.]] Corkus once claimed that this was the reason why he hated him so much.
** NotSoStoic: Well, Guts isn't completely devoid of emotions, since he does have the capability of showing one most of the time: [[UnstoppableRage anger.]] Also, there were times that just proved too much for Guts [[spoiler:such as recanting his abusive childhood to Casca.]]
* StupidSexyFlanders: Overloaded with testosterone, chiselled physique, dark, rugged, [[TallDarkAndHandsome handsome]]... Need we say more?
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: The Beast, his EnemyWithin, one of the most evil entities of the series (and in a series that includes Griffith / Femto and [[spoiler: [[GodOfEvil the Idea of Evil]]]], that's saying something). [[spoiler:It used to live in harmony with Guts during the Retribution Arc but, now that he decided not to lose Casca to anyone or anything, the Beast constantly tries to goad Guts into killing Casca so it could take over his body again,]] and when Guts wears the Berserker Armor, [[SplitPersonalityTakeover he opens himself wide open to its influence.]]
* SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder: As stated in the recent chapter 328, Gambino would send his front lines in as decoys in order to get shot at by the enemy archers - including Guts. Apparently, it wasn't enough to get Guts killed, even if Gambino passed it off as a "life lesson" and we can only assume that's he's tried this before. Jerk.
* SurvivorGuilt: Interestingly enough, most of this comes not from his horrible experience during the Eclipse, but from his horrible childhood experience of [[spoiler: being raped by Donovan.]] As with most survivors of [[spoiler: sexual abuse and assault]], Guts blamed himself for not being able to defend himself against Donovan, even though he shouldn't because Guts - who was only about six or seven at the time - couldn't have put up a fight against a guy who was easily ten times bigger than he, and that it wasn't his fault to begin with: it was [[spoiler: his crummy adoptive father who was to blame, since he fucking '''sold him for three silver coins'''.]]
* SwissArmyAppendage: As noted multiple times, Guts's ArtificialArm can switch between being a repeating crossbow and a cannon.
* SympatheticMurderBackstory: He had to kill two major people in his pre-Hawks backstory apart from those he killed in battle as a child mercenary. [[spoiler:The first was Donovan, a pederast soldier in his adoptive father Gambino's band, who Guts killed in revenge for having raped him. The other was Gambino himself, who Guts had to kill in self-defense after Gambino lost his leg, got drunk one night and tried to murder him because he blamed the poor kid for the death of his lover from the plague. The latter killing affected him quite more strongly than the former, though he still has the aversion to being touched which came from Donovan's attack on him.]]
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TechnicalVirgin: Although he was [[spoiler: anally raped by Donovan as a child]], Guts never had consensual intercourse until his time with Casca.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: [[BerserkButton And lots of things do,]] so don't rub him the wrong way for your own sake.
* ThatThingIsNotMyChild: This seems to be much how Guts reacts to his FetusTerrible child. Unfortunately for him, the horribly marred fetus ''IS'' his child.
* TookALevelInKindness: After having gained so many [[TookALevelInJerkass jerkass levels]], Guts gets progressively nicer after a resounding WhatTheHellHero from Godo, and especially after forming a group of TrueCompanions.
* TragicKeepsake: Casca is this to him since she is the last remnant of the original Band of the Hawk aside of him. Additionally, the throwing knives and strap that he kept from Judeau.
* TrashTalk: It's a male pride thing. When he has no strength left to fight anymore, Guts will still stand up to his opponents and trash talk them until he drops. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Serpico upon his EnemyMine moment with Zodd against Ganishka.
---> '''Serpico''': "Don't tell me he got up only for the sake of trash-talking Zodd..."
* TwentyFourHourArmor: Considering that his ass is constantly swarmed with evil spirits attracted to his brand, [[JustifiedTrope it's best to be prepared.]]
* UhOhEyes: Take heed in this warning, children, as the windows to Guts' soul also signify how much immediate danger you are in:
** HellishPupils: Be prepared to lose a limb or two.
** WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: If you value your life, stop moving and play dead.
** BlankWhiteEyes: You will not survive to read the end of this [[KilledMidSentence sen -]]
* TheUnfettered: Not so much right now, but during his Black Swordsman days, Guts would let ''nothing'' get in the way of killing an Apostle.
* UnskilledButStrong: Strongly averted. In the first chapters, we think that he only has strong, but later, when he fights without being in ''Rage-mode'', i.e. in the Golden Age arc, he displays true talent in swordsmanship. In fact, he is probably one of the most skilled swordsmen in-universe.
* UnstoppableRage: Guts runs on this. Especially when he has the Berserker Armor.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Up until [[spoiler: Gambino sold him to Donovan for a night and Guts killed Gambino in self-defense two years later.]]
* WalkingDisasterArea: Everywhere this guy goes, calamity happens, mainly due to him being a complete WeirdnessMagnet thanks to the Brand.
* WalkingTheEarth: Especially during the first 3 volumes where he was the Black Swordsman.
* WarriorPoet: Guts eventually becomes an aloof, melancholic one after finding his new TrueCompanions.
** He had his moments even before that: following the 100-man slaying incident, he has a surprisingly [[http://www.mangareader.net/96-1127-122/berserk/chapter-7.html poetic conversation with Casca,]] and she is just as surprised as the reader to see that he has these sorts of HiddenDepths.
** During his not-very-nice rampaging Black Swordsman days, he gave a "ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies" explanation to Jill that was a tearjerker, an awesome, and a heartwarming moment all in one.
* WeaponOfChoice[=/=]ChoiceOfTwoWeapons: His [[{{BFS}} big fucking swords]], primarily the [[NamedWeapon Dragon Slayer]]. Later, his ArmCannon/[[BowAndSwordInAccord repeating crossbow]] is added to his arsenal.
** Schrieke tries to offer him an enchanted axe to use against the apostles and other monsters, which Guts refuses, saying that he'd rather a simple weapon he knows than a magical one he doesn't.
* WellDoneSonGuy: As a kid, Guts's primary motivation was to make his adoptive father Gambino proud. It ended badly.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Griffith.
* WhenHeSmiles: In volume 28, Guts briefly gives a true smile upon hearing from the Skull Knight that Casca might be cured of her insanity once and for all if he gets her to Elfhelm. Schierke, who is present, gives a soft reaction of happiness that she was able to see Guts smile like this.
* WholeCostumeReference: His [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gutsbatman.jpg Berserker Armor]] looks kinda similar to Franchise/{{Batman}}
* WifeBasherBasher: Hey, Guts might be gruff and uncaring at times, but he's not about to stand idly by while a grown ass man beats a woman senseless. He at least gets Puck to take care of it if he doesn't do it himself.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Casca throughout the Golden Age arc.
** TheyDo: Before Griffith's rescue, they had a RelationshipUpgrade. Unfortunately, [[StarCrossedLovers they couldn't enjoy their relationship for long.]]
* WonderChild: He gave a grieving childless woman the gift of motherhood by being another woman's orphaned newborn.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: He doesn't exactly want to destroy the world...but he is willing to [[WalkingDisasterArea walk a path of destruction]] to get to where he wants to be, [[ImplacableMan and he doesn't care who gets in his way]]. Some say that his quest to destroying the Godhand [[DeathSeeker is suicidal]] and his seething hatred for the Apostles [[HeWhoFightsMonsters is just as horrific]], and there ''might'' have been some truth to that before [[WhatTheHellHero he got a call back]] to what was most important to him: protecting the woman that he loves, Casca. That's right. [[StarCrossedLovers These two]] were unfortunate enough to have gone through the worse shit imaginable, and it will all end with both of them [[spoiler:spending an eternity in hell]] thanks to their former friend making an epic FaceHeelTurn. The only way to spare he and his lover of this horrible fate in the ''smallest'' way possible? Kill the LegionsOfHell by himself!
* WorthLivingFor: For Casca's sake.
* WouldHitAGirl: Justified. Holding back against women like Rosine, Slan or the Female Apostle who are ANYTHING but weak and harmless would be plain ''suicidal''.
* WouldHurtAChild: He isn't a ByronicHero for nothing you know...
** ... But it should be mentioned that because of his status as an AntiHero, Guts doesn't enjoy killing or hurting children, and so far, he has only killed kids who became monsters, and therefore, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Guts sees them as fair game]] (that, [[JustifiedTrope and they were trying to kill him]]), and by accident; in both situations, he didn't take it too well. In truth, most kids actually LIKE Guts - a lot more [[AdultsAreUseless than the adults]] - and Guts is okay with them being around him [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold more or less.]]
*** Also, while he has used children as human shields before, the enemy in question has backed down rather than let the child get hurt. Consequently we don't know what Guts' reaction would be if the child had actually died because of him.
*** There ''was'' that time where he used a kid as a bait, [[PetTheDog but he apologized for it afterwards after making sure he's ok,]] after [[ShamingTheMob chastising the villagers for being cowards who do nothing to help the kid and chose to cower in their homes.]]
*** The one exception was with Adonis. However, Guts' attack was one of pure reaction, and after he'd realized what he'd done, was visibly horrified by it.
* YoungerThanHeLooks: If we keep track of these dozens of {{Time Skip}}s, Guts should still only be in his early twenties, but with all of the stress of fighting throughout his life (and other traumatic ordeals), he looks to be in his thirties.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Guts taunts Theresa after he just killed her monstrous Apostle father the Count. Theresa furiously swears that she'll kill Guts someday, somehow. Guts sneers at this, but the moment he turns his head away he looks like he's on the brink of tears. After his own painful daddy issues are revealed, it's clear in hindsight that Guts was just trying to give Theresa something to help her deal with her grief.
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[[folder: Griffith/Femto]]
!!! Voiced by: Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (adult) and MinamiTakayama (child) (Japanese, TV series), Creator/TakahiroSakurai (Japanese, movies), Kevin T. Collins (English, TV series and movies), Creator/VeronicaTaylor (English, child)

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-> ''"I did not betray my dream. That is all."''

-> ''"The Black Swordsman, you say? His petty existence is beneath our notice."''

A stock [[WhiteHairBlackHeart white-haired pretty boy]] and leader of the mercenaries known as the Band of the Hawk, he is also Guts's closest friend until the Eclipse. Griffith recruits Guts to his band [[DefeatMeansFriendship after defeating him in battle,]] and Guts quickly becomes his right-hand man. There are also many hints that his friendship with Guts [[HoYay might not be completely platonic...]]

Griffith is driven by his dream of obtaining his own kingdom, and stops at nothing to obtain it. He is in a good position to do so, being a cunning strategist, an unusually skilled swordsman, extremely charismatic, and a shrewd politician. It also helps that he possesses the Crimson Behelit, an ArtifactOfDoom that protects him from death several times. Griffith lacks any real scruples in his efforts to get what he wants - kidnapping, assassination, and self-abasement, [[spoiler:even to the point of prostituting himself once so he could finance the Hawks,]] are all considered acceptable, even necessary steps towards his ultimate goal.

Upon nearly achieving his dream, however, [[EtTuBrute he falls apart when Guts chooses to leave the Hawks]], an action born from Griffith's own philosophies of independence and the tireless pursuit of one's dream. Devastated, he seeks temporary solace by sleeping with Princess Charlotte, an act that sets off the inevitable countdown to the Eclipse. Crippled for life after a full year of torture on the King's orders for having deflowered the Princess, Griffith is later freed by his companions. After overhearing Casca convince Guts to leave ''again'', Griffith crosses the DespairEventHorizon and uses the Crimson Behelit to summon the Godhand, albeit unknowingly.

After betraying and sacrificing his whole party to the Godhand and [[spoiler: the Idea of Evil]], Griffith becomes Femto, the fifth member of the Godhand, earning Guts's undying hatred both for throwing him and his comrades to the wolves in order to become a Godhand and for [[spoiler:raping Casca to insanity right in front of him in his first act as Femto]]. Griffith is later reincarnated into a human form after the mock Eclipse at the Tower of Punishment. Having gathered a new Band of the Hawk, one primarily composed of Apostles, he sets off to follow his dream once more. He is currently [[spoiler: claiming ownership of his freshly conquered kingdom, Falconia, after defeating Ganishka in a massive FinalBattle and fusing the physical and astral realms]].

As Femto he appears as a dark, massively muscled figure with taloned feet like a hawk, clawed hands, large bat-like CapeWings, and a hood that is modelled on the hawk-helmet Griffith wore back when he commanded the Band of the Hawk.

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* AffablyEvil: Pre-Eclipse, there wasn't much he wouldn't stoop to if it would help achieve his goals, but he wouldn't go out of his way to be cruel and had several PetTheDog moments. Post-Eclipse he may be closer to FauxAffablyEvil territory, although this is a point of contention among the fandom.
* AgentPeacock
* AlmightyJanitor: Subverted. Not only were people surprised at the charisma and military knowledge that Griffith carried, but they were most surprised at the fact that he is not even of noble birth, climbing up in rank in the Midland army from a street kid with a ragtag bunch of misfits to a knight general. [[AristocratsAreEvil The upper class saw this as a threat to their own power.]]
* AmbitionIsEvil: In pursuit of his dream of obtaining his own kingdom, Griffith has sacrificed the original Band of the Hawk, [[spoiler: [[RapeLeadsToInsanity raped Casca to insanity]] while [[ForcedToWatch making Guts watch]]]], and become a powerful demon, among other things.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Sure, his sleeping with Princess Charlotte becomes a major plot-point, but the sheer amount of HoYay he throws in Guts' direction coupled with his reaction once Guts leaves suggests an obsession beyond mere friendship.
* AndIMustScream: Suffers a purely physical and realistic form of this after being tortured for a year by the Midland King's orders. [[BodyHorror His body is emaciated almost to the bone]], [[TongueTrauma his tongue is cut out]] and his tendons are removed. He's been reduced to an immobile cripple, and things [[DespairEventHorizon only get worse]] [[MoralEventHorizon from there.]]
* AnimalMotifs: The white hawk, quite appropriately. As well as a Griffin for both his bird like motif and the fact that [[MeaningfulName the name Griffith sounds similar to Griffin.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: His Crimson Behelit.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: To the worst plane imaginable.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Half of the Hawks joined under Griffith because [[LikeAGodToMe his mere image put them in a state of awe.]] The other half joined under Griffith because they saw him a strong leader that they wanted to follow - meaning that most of them got their asses kicked by him when they tried to confront him. [[spoiler: Same with the new Band of Hawks, with added prophecy bonus.]]
* AttemptedRape: When he sees how close Guts and Casca have become, Griffith tries to rape Casca in a fit of jealousy and despair when she comes to check on his wounds. Being in a crippled state he isn't capable of doing much and rather than being disgusted Casca just feels sorry for him. Doubles as foreshadowing for what happens in the Eclipse.
* AxCrazy: As Femto.
* {{Badass}}: Just as Badass as Guts in his own way.
** BadassCape
** BadassNormal: Pre-Eclipse.
*** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Afterwards, things are different.
** CulturedBadass
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Unlike Guts, Griffith is shown as a Ken doll. [[AvertedTrope Femto]], [[{{Squick}} however...]]
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Heavily implied to be a huge factor in how he wins people over.
** BeautyIsBad: And now, it ain't such a good thing anymore.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: RareMaleExample. Well, except for that one time where he was HORRIBLY TORTURED FOR A YEAR.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: A marginal example. The torture just got the ball rolling; it was the ''aftereffects'' that sent him over the edge.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Griffith is very courteous and mannerly. But stand in his way and you shall see hell. [[spoiler: Now literally.]]
* BigBad: Debatable, even though he currently provides the primary motivation for the story.
** BigBadDuumvirate: With the other four members of The God Hand.
* BigGood: In the past.
* BigRedDevil: When he's his Godhand ego Femto. Bonus fact is that instead of cloven hooves, he has ''hawk talons.''
* {{Bishonen}}
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Had little compunctions about disposing of his companions yet acted as a caring and well-intentioned leader.
* BreakTheHaughty: Taken to [[UpToEleven level 11]].
* BrokenAce: [[TheChessmaster Brilliant]], [[DarkMessiah charismatic]]...and completely [[{{Yandere}} fucked up]].
* BrokenPedestal: To all the Hawks because of his betrayal, but especially to Guts who considered him his best friend and Casca who was one of his most devoted worshippers.
* BungledSuicide: With his dream in tatters and his body mutilated, Griffith couldn't even end his misery.
* CapeWings: As Femto, he sports a pair of dark, menacing ones.
* TheChampion: He was this to Casca for the longest time, since he saved her from a life of sexual slavery and prostitution and gave her a new one, and she was [[IOweYouMyLife indebted to him]] to the point that it was practically [[HeroWorshipper hero worship]]. According to Judeau, she took his word as gospel and was prepared to sacrifice her life for his dream.
* CharClone: Handsome, has pretty hair, a powerful warrior, possibly abandoned by his parents, treats everyone around him as pawns, wore a mask.
* TheChessmaster
* TheChosenOne: A villainous example. He was chosen by the Crimson Behelit to become the fifth member of the Godhand during the Eclipse.
* ControlFreak: Griffith obviously believes that he can use his comrades to his disposal whenever and however he feels like. But when Guts and Casca have plans outside of his control? [[{{Yandere}} NO]] - [[IfICantHaveYou that will NOT be permitted!]]
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: The details of his back story are a bit blurry, but Griffith's parents are never mentioned and he never talked about up and leaving them like Isidro did his, so we can only assume that he lived with the street children and decided that one day, he was going to become king - and it wasn't like he had [[ParentalAbandonment parents to stop him.]]
* TheCorruptible: [[FaceHeelTurn And the process completed.]]
* CourtlyLove: Griffith [[InvokedTrope toyed with this concept]] concerning his relationship with Princess Charlotte, who was the quickest way to the throne of Midland if he were to succeed in wooing and earning her hand in marriage. The guy was doing a damn good job at it too, until he messed it all up in a moment of despair.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Towards Guts and Casca.
* DarkIsEvil: As Femto. Though it's more appearance wise than anything, as his powers so far follow the light motif.
* DarkMessiah: What he becomes after his reincarnation.
* [[spoiler:DealWithTheDevil: Like all the other Godhands before him, Griffith met the Idea of Evil and accepted its offer.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: His recruiting M.O. Besides famously winning Guts' allegiance in a duel, it's mentioned in passing that Corkus was the leader of a group of bandits before Griffith defeated him and earned his loyalty. It's never spelled out, but considering that Judeau has a shady past and is known to have run with thieves and bandits, it's likely he was recruited in a similar fashion. Post-Eclipse, this is how Zodd joins the new Band of the Hawk.
* DeflectorShields: Personal kind. One of powers that Griffith's Godhand form of Femto reveals to have during the movie, in which [[spoiler: he puts one up between he and Guts to prevent the latter from stabbing him in order to save Casca from his clutches.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: It is Griffith's crossing of this that activates his Crimson Behelit.
** Probably the visit at Charlotte's bedroom as well. Given, that he'd guessed the king's obsession with his own daughter (and thus could see how it'd probably turn out) and delivering an IShallTauntYou speech to the man, who was keeping him in his dungeons, we can assume that Griffith gave up on everything... or it would be QUITE a TooDumbToLive moment for a MagnificentBastard.
* {{Determinator}}: No matter how many people have to die and no matter what sacrifices he has to make, he ''will'' achieve his dream.
* {{Deuteragonist}}
* DevilInPlainSight: Even at the best of times, Griffith casually uttered lines like ''" You belong to me. And I will decide when and how you die."'' The only reason Guts didn't just pack up and leave right there is because he was used to being treated [[{{CrapsackWorld}} FAR WORSE]] and Grifith still managed to look idealistic.
** Also Griffith never said anything about making the world better for the little guy. He was always after power [[AmbitionIsEvil for the sake of power.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady
* EmotionlessBoy: After his [[spoiler: reincarnation]]. He conveys little to no emotion, and it goes hand in hand with the fact that he has no empathy. Shows signs of it before the Eclipse as well, especially Casca's flashback of him after his "encounter" with Governor Gennon. That calm, compassionate smile starts to look more like a [[StepfordSmiler Stepford Smile]] after you know what it's hiding.
* EtTuBrute: Seeing Guts leaving him and then Casca choosing Guts over him made Griffith completely lose it.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Even males in the series tend to find him attractive, or at least handsome.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: As Femto, Griffith's outfit is a darker, more sinister (and skin-tight) version of his warrior armor that he wears as Griffith.
** Femto technically [[FullFrontalAssault wears no costume at all]]. It's just what he looks like.
* EvilFormerFriend: To Guts.
* {{Expy}}: Similar in many ways to [[spoiler: Ryo]] from ''{{Devilman}}'', being the tough protagonist's {{Bishounen}} best friend who has strong feelings for him and turns out to be a villain. In an interesting sort of cyclical example, in the spinoff manga ''AMON,'' the character mentioned ends up looking and acting a lot like Griffith.
* FaceHeelTurn
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon
* FacialHorror: Implied to have happened to his face after his torture... [[TakeOurWordForIt but we're never allowed to see it.]] Given how grotesque the series usually is, this stands out a lot.
* FakingTheDead: Once he learns that the Queen of Midland and her nobles want him dead, Griffith blackmails Foss, the head of the conspiracy, into helping him set up a BatmanGambit that involved faking his own death. It ultimately leads to the Queen and her nobles being locked into a burning castle to die.
* FallenHero
* FatalFlaw --> {{Pride}}: Face it: this is Griffith's major fatal flaw and it's pretty hard to edge around (it's even implied in his [[MeaningfulName namesake]]). Most of his actions revolve around the fact that he believes that he's destined to become a ruler and that [[TheUbermensch no one can]] ''[[TheUbermensch quite]]'' [[TheUbermensch reach his standards.]] Everybody he encounters loves him, and he's fine with that, [[TheChessmaster especially if it gets him closer]] [[ManipulativeBastard to his goal.]] Griffith is a hard worker, but failure isn't an option for him and he rarely does, which sets himself higher on his own pedestal. But when he loses ''one'' battle against Guts, just ONE... ''Everything'' comes crashing down for him, [[BreakTheHaughty and he just goes on a downward spiral of self-destruction]] (you can also interpret his reaction in that Guts was his [[LivingEmotionalCrutch emotional crutch]] or that he [[HoYay had feelings for him]]). Again, we see this from a more sympathetic light, since Griffith genuinely wasn't a bad person to begin with. But again, this all changes when the Eclipse happens. Other flaws that can be associated with Griffith can be his [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]], [[ItsAllAboutMe his selfishness]], and quite possibly his [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocrisy.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in the Golden Age. Yes, he ''did'' legitimately care about the people in his army, but in order to cope with the inevitable death that would happen, he had to distance himself emotionally from them to the point where he had to see them more as tools than as people.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Post-resurrection into the physical realm, it's unclear whether he actually cares for the people he's saving or if it's just [[VillainWithGoodPublicity for PR]] as he grabs power.
* {{Foil}}: To Guts.
* ForTheEvulz: He is possibly the most despised character in the series for what he has done ([[DracoInLeatherPants at least as Femto]]).
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He started out as a normal commoner. Over time, he formed a gang of highwaymen, built them up into an army, became a successful general...and after the Eclipse, took his place in the Godhand as one of five demon kings.
* GoalInLife: ... To get a castle (i.e. his own kingdom). [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope At]] [[AmbitionIsEvil any]] [[FaceHeelTurn means]] [[DealWithTheDevil necessary.]]
* AGodAmI: Griffith was dying to be worshipped and got what he wanted.
* GodModeSue / InvincibleVillain: A deliberate in-universe example. Since his reincarnation, Griffith is [[NighInvulnerable nigh untouchable]] and his charisma is gravitational. It's described that opposing him "would be akin to someone in a story challenging the one who wrote it." He might as well just be called "[[StealthPun Godhand Sue.]]"
* GoldDigger: He's only interested in [[MealTicket Charlotte]] because he'll gain a kingdom by marrying her.
* TheHeavy: Griffith is not the only BigBad in ''Berserk'', nor is he [[BiggerBad the biggest one]], but he has the most direct involvement with the plot and is the source for Guts' motivation.
* HellishPupils: Clearly seen having this type of eyes after his reincarnation.
** OccultBlueEyes: Certainly crosses into this terrain since he originally had blue eyes.
* HeroicBSOD: In the past, he suffered one upon seeing a young boy in his army die in battle.
** He suffered another one after being tortured that sent him past the DespairEventHorizon, and was "rebooted" in the most horrific way possible.
* HumanoidAbomination: Since being reincarnated into a corporeal body. Griffith looks human ([[HellishPupils mostly]]), but he is most assuredly not.
* {{Hypocrite}}: He said that a true friend to him was somebody who went after their own dreams ''no matter what.'' And ''what'' [[IfICantHaveYou does he go and do]] when Guts tries to go after his own dream???
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: His reasoning behind his FaceHeelTurn, not that the audience has much sympathy.
* IfICantHaveYou: When Guts tries to leave, Griffith is willing to kill him rather than not have the man wrapped around his finger.
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler: Sacrificing the Hawks]] was just a part of the bargain with the God Hand, same as anyone else destined with a behelit. [[spoiler: Raping Casca to insanity, on the other hand, was something Griffith did specifically to hurt Guts.]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Guts is returning the favor.]]
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: [[spoiler:Casca...]] will never be the same after what he did to her.
* IHaveYourWife: Griffith gets some hired goons to kidnap Minister Foss's daughter in order to get him to thwart the Queen of Midland who was planning to poison him during a ceremony honoring him and the Hawks.
* ImpliedDeathThreat: Griffith hands these out a la his DeathGlare.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Oh Griffith, you selfish bastard. Although he did seem to care at least a bit about his group of mercenaries, particularly Casca and Guts, achieving his dream is ultimately more important to him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: His rescue of Princess Charlotte from [[spoiler:Ganishka's captivity]] could just be seen as him returning to a modified Plan A. Become a hero to the country, marry the princess, be king and rule. He's been playing Princess Charlotte's fairytale prince from the begining and it's pretty clear that he was just manipulating her in order to get the crown.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Griffith's goal seemed harmless and noble enough in the beginning, even making other characters look at their own lives in perspective, but most of his choices in order to achieve his goal are clearly in the morally gray territory (ya know, plotting assassinations, kidnapping kids, and making his second-to-the-right hand man [[DirtyBusiness do most of it]] so that he wouldn't smear his good image. Ya know, that sort of stuff.). And then [[BrokenAce Griffith's very personality begins to unravel like a sweater caught on a nail]], just to add. After all of the hideous things that happened to him over the course of the one year time-skip, we still look at him from a sympathetic light, and feel badly for him that he was unable to achieve a dream that seems so simple and pure. Until the Eclipse happened, and then - [[FaceHeelTurn uh]] [[MoralEventHorizon oh.]]
* KaleidoscopeEyes: They vary in look depending on Griffith's temperament and motive:
** CreepyBlueEyes: When he is plotting your demise.
** IcyBlueEyes: The standard look, representing Griffith's rather fluctuating and cunning personality.
** InnocentBlueEyes: When he wants to appear acceptable and trustworthy.
* KickTheDog: This trope isn't enough to explain the magnitude of what Griffith did during the Eclipse.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Does this to the Midland nobles who cross his path. Although he does it for selfish reasons, he comes off as something of a hero simply because said nobles were... not the nicest people.
* {{Knighting}}: After an important battle in the Golden Age arc, Griffith is knighted by the King of Midland. Shortly after that, his knighthood is stripped from him for deflowering the princess.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Fits this perfectly during the Golden Age arc, making for a nice, juicy {{Deconstruction}}.
* KnightOfCerebus: We knew this bastard was playing for keeps after what he did at the Eclipse.
* KubrickStare: Not only was he [[spoiler: brutally raping Casca]] during the climax of the Eclipse, [[FoeYay he was staring directly into Guts' eyes the entire time.]]
* LackOfEmpathy: Highly suggested that he feels no remorse upon becoming a Godhand. Actually, it's not even suggested. Griffith himself confirmed this when [[spoiler:he went to the Hill of Swords after his reincarnation, telling Guts that he came just to see if he could "feel" anything after what he did to the Hawks]]. And do you know what he said?
--> '''Griffith''': [[spoiler:"It appears that I am free."]]
** Not even mentioning that [[PowerPerversionPotential his very first act as a Godhand]] solidified the fact that he didn't give a shit about his actions.
* LadyAndKnight: He [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this in his relationship with Charlotte. Charlotte is the bright lady character type and he's the knight who looks bright, but has dark intentions.
* LightIsGood: Before his FaceHeelTurn.
** LightIsNotGood: He oozes this after his reincarnation in the mortal world as Griffith again.
* LikeAGodToMe: The typical first impression that people get upon seeing Griffith for the first time. Played straight pre-Eclipse. Horribly subverted after the fact.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* LoveMakesYouEvil: While he was ostensibly sociopathic before, his perceived rejection from Guts started his spiralling descent.
* [[MagneticHero Magnetic Villain]]: See DefeatMeansFriendship above.
* MakeupIsEvil: He as his Femto persona and Slan are the only God Hand member to wear make-up.
* ManChild: Before the Eclipse, many characters comment that he has an almost childlike innocence about him (though since he would sometimes display this at inappropriate times certain people would find it creepy rather than endearing). Indeed, one could interpret his dream as a boyish fantasy he never did quite let go.
* ManInTheIronMask: Turned into this during his year of being put to the torture.
* ManInWhite: Griffith may look benevolent in his ever-so-shining white armor, but ''is'' he really?
* ManipulativeBastard: A very good example, at least before the Eclipse. Probably even more so afterwards (just look at how he treats Charlotte).
* MeaningfulName: See AnimalMotifs.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: After he was reincarnated into a humanoid body, Griffith arranged for an encounter with Guts just to see if this trope was in effect and if he would feel anything from the meeting. [[AvertedTrope He didn't]].
* MindRape: Psychic assault scenario. What Ubik does to Griffith, which results in him carrying out the sacrifices for the Eclipse and turning into the demonic Femto.
* MrFanservice: Much like Guts, he also has a large female fandom, but for [[{{Bishonen}} completely]] [[DracoInLeatherPants different]] [[WhiteHairBlackHeart reasons]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: When Griffith is being transformed into Femto, he has a moment of this...only to realize that he can no longer feel remorse. In the anime his inner voice suddenly becomes colder after the "last tear you ever shed" moment making it sound like Femto is [[BreakingSpeech breaking down]] Griffith.]] No more going back from here.
** IgnoredEpiphany: The result.
* NakedOnRevival: [[spoiler: When Griffith is reincarnated into the physical world as an [[HumanoidAbomination almost-human]], he's understandably naked, since he used the body of the Child to do so.]]
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Noble Male to Guts' Roguish Male.
* NominalHero: In the past. Now he's a straight up villain.
* NotGoodWithRejection: He didn't respond very well to Guts leaving him and the discovery of Guts and Casca's relationship.
* TheOmniscient: Widely speculated that [[spoiler: as Femto, he found out about [[RapeAsBackstory Guts' traumatic backstory]] and [[AchillesHeel used this knowledge]] [[MindRape to torture him]] during the Eclipse]], and/or that he knew that [[spoiler: raping Casca]] would allow him to one day manifest in the physical realm again.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: Related to the above, if he DID know, it's the only possible justification for why [[spoiler: raping Casca]] could still be ForTheGreaterGood. Still doesn't explain why he [[ForcedToWatch made Guts watch]], though.
* TheParagon: Subverted. He starts out like this, as he gave Casca the sword and the courage to defeat her would-be rapist, he transformed Guts from a wandering brute-for-hire into a soldier who cares about his comrades, and the entire Band of the Hawk is made up of [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits rehabilitated social outcasts.]] However, Griffith only sees his comrades as a means to an end, and although he does care for them, [[spoiler: that was all that was needed in order for them to be made sacrifices.]]
* PetTheDog:
** His conversation with Casca after [[spoiler: prostituting himself for funds]], where he talks about how the only thing he can do for those who have died is to make sure their deaths weren't in vain, suggests some level of genuine care for his troops. It has been suggested that [[spoiler: his reincarnation as the demonic Femto has actually removed his ability to feel remorse (and maybe some other emotions),]] and thus regardless of what he may be now, his affection in the past was probably genuine.
** Saves [[spoiler: insane Casca]] from some falling rocks, though it is debatable on whether or not he truly did this out of remorse for the horrific things he had done to her in the past, or because [[spoiler: he was being manipulated by the Child, whose body he used in order to reincarnate himself back into the physical world]]. Speculations highly suggest that it was more due to the latter reason, so this would be a subversion.
** There's also the time he hesitates to destroy Guts. [[spoiler: Perhaps this was to preserve Casca's unborn child; or was there another motive?]]
** He also saved Princess Charlotte from [[spoiler:Ganishka's captivity]] in a very romantic, fairytale-esque way that ''almost'' makes up for his past actions... But, again, "[[FaceHeelTurn Eclipse!]] [[KickTheDog Eclipse!]] [[MoralEventHorizon Eclipse!]]"
* PitifulWorms:
--> '''As Femto''': "Still squirming around in your pitiful existence, I see."
* PowerPerversionPotential: Taken to the MOST extreme level of {{squick}} when he's Femto. He garners the extraordinary powers of a demon lord, and is able to [[RealityWarper bend reality at his very will.]] And what is the '''very first thing''' that he goes and does??? God, {{you bastard}}!
* PrinceCharmless
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: He went from a WideEyedIdealist to a demon lord all in the name of pursuing his dream.
* PsychopathicManchild: The events of the Eclipse and his actions afterwards definitely solidify his status as this.
* PsychoticSmirk: It's seen in episode 10 when he hears of Lord Yurius's death. It's as disturbing as Guts' [[WhenSheSmiles smile]] is heartwarming.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil
* RealityWarper: As Femto.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: As Femto he is black with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes.]]
* RedBaron: The Hawk Of Light.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Femto in the movie adaptation has these.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue Oni to Guts' Red Oni.
* RedRightHand: Even though he is [[HumanoidAbomination the most human-looking]] of the apostles when in his human form, Griffith still retains [[HellishPupils the terrifying eyes]] of his Godhand form. Now it looks as if he's ''always'' giving you the KubrickStare. *shudder*
* SanitySlippage: One can definitely argue that the moment Guts decided to leave the Hawks, Griffith slowly began to lose it, bit by bit, over the course of a year. And he was already a [[{{Yandere}} yanderic]] BrokenAce to begin with.
* SatanicArchetype: He is more of an equivalent of Satan.
* SexForSolace: With Charlotte. And he pays for this dearly.
* ShamelessFanserviceGuy: He displays little shame in being nude before others.
* ShowerOfAngst: Complete with a wonderfully disturbing scene of him angsting while clawing at his arms until they bleed when washing himself after [[spoiler:he becomes a prostitute to make money]].
* [[spoiler:SingleMomStripper: [[BlatantLies No, this is not funny.]] But actually, he portrays sleeping with Gennon to Casca exactly this way.]]
* SmugSuper: Although we haven't heard Griffith speak as Femto many times, every time he does he is a snide and egotistical prick who loves nothing more than to laugh at the pain that he has caused Guts and how much more powerful he is than Guts or anyone around him. If he weren't already a vile, evil villain, Femto would be straight up in [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkass Avenue.]]
* SocialClimber: His goal is to become the king of Midland despite being a commoner. He starts out the leader of a band of mercenaries and rises to fame through military victories. He plans to marry Princess Charlotte to secure the throne. [[spoiler: In the end, the fact how close to succeeding Griffith gets only serves to make his fate that much more tragic. Griffith loses all that he has gained and sacrifices his men in a desperate attempt to salvage what has been lost.]]
* TheSociopath: Even before the events of the Eclipse. He is shown to be manipulative to his troops, having Guts doing his dirty work and keeping it secret from the others so he stays perfect in their eyes. Several characters note how his expressions are off, smiling childishly one second and giving the evil eye the next. And when Guts tries to leave, once Griffith is within a couple of easy steps to achieving his dream, he is willing to [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/027.036/207 kill]] [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/027.036/208 Guts]] rather than not have the man wrapped around his finger.
** More likely subverted (before he became Femto, that is). He *is* shown to be capable of feeling for others - the scenes with the dead boy, and the scene where he self-harms while talking to Casca confirm this. He then figures that the only way he can deal with this is to completely suppress any emotions he feels for others. This conflict is only resolved after he accepts his DealWithTheDevil.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: While he is widely known as Femto, it is highly probable that the actual spelling of his name is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHEMT "Phemt"]], the technical concept after which he is named.
** It could also be a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femto the prefix Femto]], which is equal to one quadrillionth.
* StartOfDarkness: Related to ProtagonistJourneyToVillain, the Golden Age arc, being Guts' back story, serves as this for Griffith.
* StepfordSmiler: ... Oh no. Not that smile. [[HellishPupils With the eyes.]] ''[[KubrickStare And the stare.]]'' Is there any feeling behind reborn Griffith's smile? I think not.
* StreetUrchin: While having an inner monologue to himself while imprisoned, Griffith mentioned that he spent his early years on the streets with other kids. [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan His parents are still never mentioned.]]
* StupidSexyFlanders: Even Guts experiences this upon seeing him naked.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Dear GOD! ''What happened to his face??!!''
* ThisIsSomethingShesGotToDoHerself: Instead of saving Casca from rape himself, he threw her a weapon and told her to defend herself, then just watched to see what the outcome would be.
* ThresholdGuardian: From [[TheHerosJourney the Joseph Campbell perspective.]] When Guts decided to leave the Hawks at the end of volume 8, Griffith was ultimately the one thing keeping Guts from pursuing his dream, and when Guts decided to go through with his decision - [[WinYourFreedom he had to fight for his freedom.]] Unfortunately, this particular encounter was not as fruitful for the participants as the trope often implies.
* TongueTrauma: Not only was Griffith's tongue removed, but that son-of-a-bitch torturer ''turned it into a necklace.'' But at least the torturer [[KarmicDeath got what was coming to him.]]
* TranshumanTreachery: [[spoiler:Upon the Eclipse the Idea of Evil reveals to Griffith that it is responsible for all the unfortunate events that turned him into a helpless cripple. Instead of being mad at it, Griffith decides to ally himself to the Idea and the Godhand.]]
* {{Ubermensch}}: He believes no one is able to understand his views and dreams.
* TheUnfettered: He'll doing anything to achieve his dreams, even [[spoiler: sacrificing the lives of his TrueCompanions to demons to do it.]]
* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler: Seriously, dude: After everything Casca did for you, you treat her like THAT?]]
* VillainProtagonist: After returning to the human world. Occasionally, events are shown from Griffith's point of view when he's [[EvilVersusEvil fighting other Apostles]].
* VillainWithGoodPublicity
* WeaponOfChoice: Rapiers.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Guts.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Fits the physical description. Even when he was officially a "hero", he was manipulative and out for his own purposes.
* WhiteMagic: After return as the Falcon of Light, he can perform miracles, like summoning the souls of the recently departed to say goodbye to their loved ones. This doesn't make him morally decent in the least...
* WickedCultured
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman World's Most Beautiful]][[RareMaleExample ... Man?]]
* WouldHurtAChild: Griffith saw no qualms about [[spoiler: raping a pregnant woman, tainting her child in the process, and then using it in order to reincarnate himself in the real world later on.]] ''[[MoralEventHorizon Low.]]''
* {{Yandere}}: Griffith seems to have some kind of obsession in regards to Guts, judging by how he acts when he tries to leave the Hawks, though whether or not it's romantic in nature depends on your perspective. He also started harboring this toward Casca as well, and the discovery that both of them were in a relationship would cause him to snap, leading to everything going to hell.
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[[folder: Casca]]
!!! Voiced by: Creator/YukoMiyamura (Japanese, TV series), Toa Yukinari (Japanese, movies), CarrieKeranen (English, TV series and movies), Creator/BJWard (Sword of the Berserk English)

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-> ''"Maybe there is a place for me within this man. And not only can he give to me. Maybe this time I can also give something of worth in return."''

-> ''"Forget about what you can't understand. Focus on what you can do."''


The female lead of the series, Casca first appears as a [[AmbiguouslyBrown dark-skinned]], [[{{Tomboy}} tomboyish]], extremely capable ActionGirl in charge of her own platoon of soldiers. Second only to Guts and Griffith at swordsmanship, she is highly respected by her fellows among the Hawks. She initially despises Guts out of jealousy over his rapid rise in the Hawks and Griffith's immediate affection towards him, but later grows to respect and become attracted to him. She was recruited into the Hawks after being saved by Griffith from a [[AttemptedRape rape attempt,]] and idolizes Griffith as a result. [[TriangRelations The relationship between the three]] is... [[TwoGuysAndAGirl very complicated]].

She temporarily commands the Hawks during Griffith's imprisonment and eventually becomes Guts' LoveInterest, after she realizes Griffith has no place in his heart for her, while Guts always had a HUGE soft spot for her.

Like all her comrades of the Hawks, Casca was branded as a sacrifice during the Eclipse, [[spoiler: in addition to getting brutally raped by Femto]]. Like Guts, she survives. Unlike Guts, she becomes [[GoMadFromTheRevelation insane]] and [[CuteMute mute]] after her horrific ordeal and behaves as a small child, with no recollection of her surroundings [[AmnesiacLover or her past with Guts]]. She also gives birth to a FetusTerrible, the son she and Guts would have had were it not tainted [[spoiler:by Femto's rape]]. Despite all that happened to her, she still sometimes shows glimpses of her former self, especially when put in mortal danger.

After the Eclipse, she is left in the care of fellow survivor Rickert while Guts [[WalkingTheEarth hunts for Griffith]]. The two are reunited two years later during the mock Eclipse at the Tower of Punishment, after which Guts decides to care for her himself. This turns out to be more difficult than he expects, and his frustration at the trouble he has protecting her, along with the urgings of his SuperPoweredEvilSide, leads him to [[spoiler: nearly rape Casca.]] Casca now fears Guts and wants nothing to do with him, made even more painful for him since she is [[MoralityChain the only reason why he decided to change his ways]]. She is instead looked after by Farnese and [[FindTheCure finding the cure]] to her state is the reason for Guts and his party's are current journey to Elfhelm.

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* ActionGirl: Used to be one until the Eclipse.
* AffectionateNickname: After they become a couple, Guts sometimes referred to Casca as "boss." Aww.
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Played with. Both the men she was attracted to were clearly stronger than her while she never thought of the local NiceGuy as anything more than a dear friend. But then again, it's not said men's ''brawn'' she was attracted to. [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan It's more their morality, strength of character, determination and righteousness]]. The trope is then brutally deconstructed with Griffith during [[FromBadToWorse the Eclipse]]; and then with Guts, [[EnemyWithin for completely]] [[TheHeartless different reasons]].
* AllergicToEvil: She owns the same brand as Guts and reacts just the same whenever an Apostle, Godhand or any other evil-aligned entity is nearby.
* AllWomenAreLustful / AllWomenArePrudes: Averts both of these. While she's no prude, much like Guts, sex is really not a priority to her. In a setting where most adult females are either complete sluts or, at least, connected to sex, she stands out as a notable exception. She becomes very nervous when Guts is about to make love to her. However, [[AttemptedRape seeing just how many guys tried to have their way with her without her consent]], it's understandable that she might not feel completely at ease with the idea of lovemaking. However, she wasn't shy to admit that she very much enjoyed losing her virginity to Guts.
* AmazonianBeauty: She comments on how she is embarrassed to wear a revealing dress because of how unusually muscled she is for a woman, but we don't see her well-toned build until volume 9 when [[spoiler: she and Guts make love]]. In both situations, [[BeautifulAllAlong Guts wasn't unhappy with this IN THE LEAST]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: She looks strangely like a Kushan...
** ButNotTooBlack: Casca is another dark-skinned character who went through this, unfortunately. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGMOS3YDCSE new]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QujYhK816yo anime's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p286WtHoK2g trailers]] show her doubtlessly lighter-skinned than the manga or even the first animated series derived from the manga. And this time, the InternetBackdraft was unanimous about this.
* AmIJustAToyToYou: She accuses Guts of this when he announced that he was going to leave the Hawks again after having slept with her.
* AmnesiacLover: Ever since she was driven insane as a result of the horrible events of the Eclipse, Casca is unable to remember her past, including her relationship with Guts.
* [[ApatheticCitizens Apathetic Citizen]]: Was this before she met Griffith.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: More like an [[MegatonPunch armor piercing punch]], though the words that followed stung Guts more than the actual physical punch.
* AttemptedRape: She NEVER catches a break from this even though she could fight off most sexual assaults.
* AxCrazy: Even Casca has a bit of AxCrazy in her - justifiably when she is [[TheOphelia actually insane.]] When [[spoiler: three bandits tried to gang rape her, Casca's response was to pick up one of their swords and slash all of their throats, covering herself in their blood in an almost sexualized display.]] When Guts reaches the scene, she spots her next target.
* {{Badass}}: Not as much as Guts or Griffith, but it still takes some serious ovarian {{badass}}ery to be the only woman in a troop of fight-happy mercenaries, lead one's own platoon, take direct physical action during battles and assuming command when the leader of the whole band is away.
** During Guts and Casca's first fight, the Hawks do note that in terms of actual swordfighting skill, Casca is second only to Griffith.
** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Post-Eclipse, she mostly acts like an infant barely aware of her surroundings. At times, however, some of her previously {{Badass}} traits briefly bubble to the surface.
** PregnantBadass: Unbeknownst to the parents, Casca was technically pregnant with Guts's child during the Griffith rescue operation which she led and kicked some ass in.
** TookALevelInBadass: As cruel as Griffith's "ThisIsSomethingShesGotToDoHerself" appeared to be at first, making Casca kill her attempted rapist was her first step in badass, as she was just going to allow the guy to rape her before Griffith showed up.
* BandagedFace: Coinciding with her SoBeautifulItsACurse status during the Conviction Arc, her face is bandaged up as a syphilis victim in order to draw male attention away from her.
* BattleCouple: With Guts pre-Eclipse.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Guts, we'll [[NeverLiveItDown never let you live it down]] about how you took Casca's attractiveness during that ball. You made note of it twice!
* BelligerentSexualTension: The usual dynamics between her and Guts pre-Eclipse.
* BerserkerTears: During [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome her last stand]] against the Apostles during the Eclipse.
* BigNo: When Wyald brings out his...eeeeh...[[GagPenis tongue]]?
* BlankWhiteEyes: Casca has a badass yet disturbing scene where she has these after slaying three men who tried to gang rape her in a moment of AxCrazy brought on by her [[FlashbackEcho traumatic memories.]]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The brunette to Luca's redhead and Nina's blonde during their time together.
* BoyishShortHair: Pre-Eclipse.
* BreakTheCutie: In a very heinous way during the Eclipse. She is branded for sacrifice, loses everyone in the Hawks to a whole mess of demons summoned by the evil Godhand, [[spoiler:[[ShamefulStrip gets stripped naked]] and almost tentacle raped by demons, and then gets brutally raped by her former commander turned demon king (and who, because of said newly-born demon king status, is inflicting ''utterly excruciating agony'' on her through her Brand all the while that he's doing this to her), right in front of the man she loves.]]
* BrokenBird: Oh yes. Casca had shades of this before the eclipse and will most likely become a [[{{Pun}} fully-fledged bird]] in the event that she regains her sanity.
* BrokenHeel: Happens a lot when she becomes a damsel. Even before that, this deconstructs her [[SheFu combat style]] as a FragileSpeedster, since one trip and Casca goes down.
* BurnTheWitch: [[spoiler:Narrowly escaped this during the Conviction Arc thanks to Isidro's IndyPloy.]]
* ChastityDagger: Well, it was actually a stick, but she used it to a ''[[EyeScream very]]'' [[EyeScream efficient effect]] on a Tudor mercenary.
* TheChick: Averted. She is this to the Band of the Hawk only in the sense of being the sole female and dearly loved by her male teammates. She mainly serves as Griffith's NumberTwo, is very capable in battle and a rare case of non-flat, realistic female character.
** Played more straight in Guts' new FiveManBand. Due to her insanity, Casca isn't the combatant that she used to be and needs constant protection from her teammates who deeply care about her, serving as the TheHeart of the team.
* ClothingDamage: Too many times to keep score...
* CosmicPlaything: Literally, and not funny. Seriously, you begin to believe Casca has an invisible "Rape me!"-sign glued to her forehead.
* CoveredWithScars: Though not to the degree of Guts, Casca has her share of battle scars, the most prominent being the five arrow wounds that she got when she led the Band of the Hawk away from the Midland army during her CrowningMomentOfAwesome. Although she is embarrassed to show them [[spoiler: during her and Guts' love scene]], it's implied that [[AmazonChaser Guts finds them attractive.]]
* CradleOfLoneliness: After Guts' departure, Casca is seen holding the remains of Guts' previously broken sword.
* CuteMute: As part of her status as TheOphelia. Now, she can only convey her emotions (which are really only limited to fear, anger, and happiness) through babbling and screaming like a two year old.
* DamselInDistress: After the Eclipse and she is reduced to the mindstead of a two year old, Casca needs constant babysitting so she won't get into trouble. Most prominent instance was when [[RescueArc Guts had to save her]] from being burned at the stake as a witch in St. Albion, but usually it's from lecherous men who want to rape her.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Despite constantly putting herself in danger because of her unfortunate post-Eclipse condition, Casca still has her moments. Like when she showed her former self by [[spoiler: killing three would-be rapists]]. [[http://manga.animea.net/berserk-chapter-19-page-139.html She's still got it!]]
* DeerInTheHeadlights: After [[spoiler: Judeau dies protecting her]] Casca makes one final stand against the apostles who have surrounded her, [[ScreamingWarrior screaming in a fit of rage]] with a sword in hand. However, the apostles easily broke her sword, leaving Casca utterly defenseless against them as they discussed that they were [[FateWorseThanDeath planning on doing more to her than just eat her.]] All Casca can do at this point is stand petrified [[TearsOfFear and cry]] as she hoped against hope that Guts would come and save her as the apostles [[ShamefulStrip grab and assault her.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: The beginning of the series presents Casca as a distant, always serious, aloof, even cold young woman who seems to utterly hate Guts, and only shows genuine affection toward Griffith. After she and Guts's time being stranded together and learning that they [[NotSoDifferent weren't so different]] - with the big bonus of Guts [[RescueRomance saving her life twice]] - Casca finally begins to warm up to Guts, which leads to her acting a bit more [[SugarAndIcePersonality girlish, open, and sensitive to others]] (Judeau even remarks happily how Casca started acting like "a real girl" after she was stranded with Guts, since her profession [[OneOfTheBoys really doesn't allow her to]]), and eventually, [[LoveEpiphany she falls in love with Guts.]]
* DoesNotLikeMen: Especially so right after the Eclipse, and for obviously understandable reason. Casca reacted very badly when Guts tried to touch her after waking up, and was implied that she acted the same way toward Rickert. After the time skip, like a lot of her [[TroubledFetalPosition trauma-induced reactions]], Casca tends to react violently towards men who want to have sex with her, like the unfortunate case with she and Guts at the time.
* DudeMagnet: Casca, [[ChickMagnet like Guts,]] has no problem with attracting members of the opposite sex (just look at her work at that ball!). However, she has this unfortunate habit of attracting the ''wrong sort of guy'' most of the time.
* DumbStruck: Although she survives the Eclipse, what she witnessed back then [[spoiler:and her brutal rape at Femto's hands]] made her lose her ability to speak.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Casca is implied to have some of these sentiments with shades of AmIJustAToyToYou when Guts talks about leaving the Hawks ''again'', saying that Guts and Griffith aren't that different when it comes to their goals and dreams at the expense of her feelings and wellbeing. Her feelings of mistreatment are pretty understandable considering that she had been suffering from major HeroicFatigue for the last year, trying to keep the Hawks together during Guts' and Griffith's absence. She asks for very little in return, only [[IJustWantToBeLoved some emotional reassurance from the two men that she holds dearest to her.]]
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: She has many {{fangirl}}s in the victory parade after the battle for Doldrey.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Once had short, tomboyish hair. Now has long flowing tresses.
* FamousLastWords: Again, Casca doesn't die during the Eclipse, but before she loses consciousness after being [[spoiler: horrifically raped]] and loses her sanity and speech as a result of the trauma, she utters, "[[DontLookAtMe ... don't watch...]]" to Guts. [[TearJerker Truly heartbreaking.]]
* FanDisservice: Guys, it's okay to find Casca attractive to look at... Just ''please'' look at her from the right places and not the - others.
* FemininityFailure: Our dear Casca, proper young ladies do not use their elbows to punch their male escorts in the face, no matter how much they're gawking at you.
* ForcedToWatch: Doesn't only happen to Guts during the Eclipse, but Femto humiliates Casca to a very savage degree by [[spoiler: turning her around to rape her from behind so that she now has to face Guts while having all of this done to her.]] One could argue that being forced to stare at the man she loved while being humiliated in such a cruel and dehumanizing way is what pushed Casca over [[GoMadFromTheRevelation her psychological threshold.]]
** The fact that she was forced to watch Guts being physically tortured as well probably didn't help; by this point Guts had already lost his arm and was in the process of having his eye clawed out.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: She was this to Guts during his raging revenge years, but more of on the emotionally forgotten level.
* FragileSpeedster: Not the most powerful among the Hawks, physically speaking, but still light and fast enough to kick some serious butt!
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Played with in the movie. She seems rather affectionate toward the horses. She even gut punched Guts ''twice'' for inadvertently killing her horse by chopping off its leg during their first encounter.
** She's also seen playing with animals a lot more after she became insane.
* FromDressToDressing: Used this on Guts right before he went onto finding Griffith to give him the results of the assassination task he had entrusted him with. This is when Guts found out that Casca is not quite the bitch she wants people to think she is.
* FullFrontalAssault: Casca has gotten a lot of ClothingDamage from enemies who had wanted to rape her... But it's been shown that she still won't back down given the conditions. One instance was when Guts saved Casca from Wyald after he ripped her clothes off, but she still assumed fighting position after the fact and was actually told by Guts to get out of there. Another one came when [[spoiler: some bandits attempted to rape her and stripped her, but she killed them all single-handed]].
** [[NakedPeopleAreFunny A more comical moment]] came when Casca began fighting Guts outside of the cave that they were sequestered in, even after the cape she was using to cover her self [[DressHitsFloor slipped off of her.]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: One time. [[FanDisservice Guess when...]] Another trope destroyed.
* GaussianGirl: Used on her briefly during she and Guts' love scene, soft romantic music and all.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: As a result of the horrible events of the Eclipse, her mind is now reduced to little more than a two-year old child's.
* GoOutWithASmile: Used during the Eclipse in the third film. Similar to FamousLastWords in that Casca didn't die, but she manages to muster up one last smile for Guts [[spoiler: [[TearfulSmile as she tells him not to watch Femto rape her.]]]]
* GreenEyedMonster: Towards Princess Charlotte.
* HairDecorations / FlowerInHerHair: She looked so purty with that flower-headband in her hair at Griffith's gala.
* TheHeart: In Guts' new FiveManBand, Casca is the one that everyone in the group is willing to protect. The whole reason why Guts formed the group in the first place was so he could have more people to watch over her and to get her safely to Elfheim.
* HeroicFatigue: A year's worth of evading capture and trying to keep the Hawks alive while also coming to terms with the fact that she had no place by Griffith's side began to eat away at Casca's sense of self-worth, and she almost attempted suicide because of it.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Casca is perfectly capable of commanding an army by herself. She has proven it time and time again. But due to seeing herself as NeverASelfMadeWoman, she is so modest and loyal she doesn't even realize it.
* HerosMuse: If we looked at this from [[TheHerosJourney a Joseph Campbell perspective,]] Casca is this to Guts, as she is the one that he loves the most and is the drive of his adventure. Due to the nature of her predicament, he can't be with her until he has completed his current quest (getting to Elfhelm to find a cure to a her insanity), but she is at his side throughout his journey. And although they might not have the best relationship right now, Casca's presence serves as a reminder to Guts of what he has to gain if he completes his quest and what he doesn't want to lose.
* HeroWorshipper: According to Judeau, she took Griffith's word as gospel and was prepared to sacrifice her life for his dream.
* HowToBecomeALoveInterest: Walks religiously that path to completion. Let's review how Guts and her interact: [[SamusIsAGirl Undisclosed gender first impression]]? Check. Awkward nude moments? Double check. VolleyingInsults? Check. BelligerentSexualTension? ''Oh yeah!'' RescueRomance-like moments? Sure! [[BeautifulAllAlong Revelation of actual beauty]]? Guts still can't get over it. BridalCarry treatment after being injured in a fight? Sure! [[CannotSpitItOut Difficulty to admit mutual feelings]]? Exactly. Symbolic swordfight to convey said feelings to one another? You bet!
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Casca is the Tiny Girl to Guts's Huge Guy, even though she is [[AmazonianBeauty not actually that tiny]]. Guts is just ''really'' big.
* HystericalWoman: More justified/deconstructions on part of her GoMadFromTheRevelation. When you really look at it, the trauma that Casca sustained has reduced her to even less than a child-like state. Casca has no logical drive and relies mainly on her instincts to protect her. ''Sometimes'', when things get really bad, she'll have [[FlashbackEcho flashbacks]] of the Eclipse, and it can go in [[DamselOutOfDistress either]] [[DamselInDistress direction.]] Sadly, [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses some fans]] and characters ([[GreenEyedMonster like Farnese]]) hold her current behavior around Guts against her without fully understanding her situation.
* ICantDance: During the ball, Guts makes the suggestion that Casca ask Griffith to dance with her, but she shyly declines, insisting that she would step on his feet. Averted in the new movie, where they share a beautifully-animated dance scene.
* IJustWantToBeLoved: At the end of volume 9, Casca resolved within herself that her purpose was to love Guts and to be within his heart, and that he too would love her in return. Excuse me - [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming I think I have something in my eye.]]
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Played for FanDisservice [[spoiler:during the Eclipse, where it's unclear whether she's crying out from this or in pain]].
** Played more fair during her love scene with Guts, when it's made clear she enjoyed it immensely.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Yeah. At first glance [[ZettaiRyouiki thigh-high leather boots]] don't seem too inconvenient to wear... 'cept when you actually want to run away from your enemies or [[SheFu do cool flips and stuff.]] Basically, they're just there [[MsFanservice to make Casca]] [[SheGotLeg look good.]]
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Deconstructed. Casca's post-Eclipse behavior has become an issue for Guts, who is still sexually attracted to Casca and he '''really''' wants her emotional and physical love. Guts has had to restrain himself whenever he saw Casca partially or entirely nude. But one time, [[NearRapeExperience it went too far.]]
* TheInsomniac: Another deconstructed trope used to tell us just how severe her trauma was after the Eclipse. Casca [[ImpliedTrope showed some signs]] of sleep deprivation after the Eclipse, namely [[ExhaustedEyeBags the dark bags under her eyes.]] Even two years later, Erika remarked that Casca had trouble sleeping (though [[MadWomanInTheAttic her confinement]] could have also played a role) and that was why she took Casca out of the elf mine in the first place. This is the [[TruthInTelevision realistic insomniac example]], since many [[spoiler: rape survivors]] have trouble sleeping after their attack.
* InterruptedSuicide: Believing herself to be of no use to the Hawks any longer, Casca tried to end it all by taking a step off of a cliff. Guts was there to save her, though.
* IntimateHealing: Casca was forced by Griffith to lay with Guts for two days after he fell ill, which leads to a great deal of resentment on her part for much of the series.
* IOweYouMyLife: Explains Casca's radical commitment to [[TheChampion Griffith,]] since he saved her from a life of servitude and prostitution and gave her a new one, transforming her into a woman who could fend for herself and didn't need a man to define her. Well, [[NeverASelfMadeWoman initially.]]
* LadyOfWar: While she was known to be a fierce fighter and a strong commanding female officer, Casca was also known for her beauty. Carrying a light sword [[WeaponOfChoice as her weapon]], [[SheFu her fighting]] [[FragileSpeedster styling]] is much more graceful. Although she dressed as a man and was the sole female member of the Hawks, Casca could still [[SheCleansUpNicely dress up when the occasion called for it]] and she still acknowledged herself to being a woman.
* LawOfInverseFertility: She didn't even think about the possibility of getting knocked up when she had sex with Guts just once. The pregnancy was not coincidental at all and influenced the fate of the universe.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: She and Guts begin acting like this toward one another throughout the Griffith rescue operation.
* LittleNo: She tries to scream a BigNo during the Eclipse, but by then she no longer has enough strength in her to raise the volume above a soft whimpering.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: She becomes this to Guts after [[spoiler: he told her of his traumatic childhood]]. She becomes Guts' full-blown MoralityChain post-Eclipse. She had shades of this when it came to her relationship with Griffith as well.
* LivingMacGuffin: Hard to believe that Casca was this in the Retribution arc. Throughout the entire storyline, Guts is running all over the place trying to rescue her, but each time [[HopeSpot he almost reaches her,]] she either wanders off or somebody takes her. Guts is finally reunited with Casca at the end of the arc.
* TheLostLenore: She is this to Guts big time. Casca did not die but was "lost" via a brutal StuffedIntoTheFridge scenario that ended with her being psychologically gone, [[StarCrossedLovers unable to remember Guts or have an actual loving relationship with him.]] Though Casca serves as Guts' primary source of [[HeartbrokenBadass anguish]] and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge vengeance,]] she is also his one sign of hope since Guts' central drive in the story since the Retribution Arc has been to protect Casca and find a cure for her insanity.
* LoveEpiphany: She realized that she was in love with Guts after he left the Band of the Hawk, but still didn't want to accept her feelings due to her pride as a soldier under Griffith.
* LuminescentBlush: When she and Guts have a RelationshipUpgrade after their encounter with Adon, she gets these more and more around Guts... They reach their full luminance in volumes 9 and 10, if you know what I mean.
* MadwomanInTheAttic: For her own safety, Casca is locked in a mine that was once inhabited by elves in order to protect her from those who want to harm her while Guts is off seeking {{Revenge}}.
* MagneticHero: Something about Casca just inspires loyalty. She's almost Griffith's equal when it comes to charisma, even though she never was the type to take advantage of it.
* MaleGaze: Many, ''many'' panels seem to be focused on Casca's backside, [[FormFittingWardrobe clothed]] or bare. Like you haven't noticed.
* MamaBear: Although her insanity causes her to act like a child herself, Casca does act fiercely protective of the Child, first acting out against his own father when Guts [[OffingTheOffspring tried to off him]].
* MaternallyChallenged: Averted. Given her current state AND the fact that she probably never had to take care of kids in her pre-Eclipse life, Casca carries herself very well when taking care of the Child. She even mimics Farnese's feeding routine in order to feed the little boy.
* MeaningfulName: Casca means "shell" in Portuguese, either referencing how she [[SugarAndIcePersonality shelled her fragile side away behind an icy persona]], how she might have purposefully hid her true self after the trauma she sustained from the Eclipse, or generally how her present form is but a hollow shell of her former self.
* MessyHair: Casca's long locks are often disheveled - since she can't exactly take care of it herself - but it only adds to her [[TheOphelia post-Eclipse beauty]].
** This was not unfamiliar to Casca before the Eclipse, as she clearly [[SheCleansUpNicely combed her hair]] for the ball. Understandable for an ActionGirl's [[BoyishShortHair short hair]] to get messy with the job.
* TheModestOrgasm: In the third film [[spoiler: Casca sheds tears when she and [[GruntingOrgasm Guts]] climax.]] She's much more modest than [[spoiler: Charlotte was in the previous film.]]
** That's only in the Japanese dub, to be honest. In the English dub, Casca is much more vocal [[spoiler: in that you can actually hear her sigh in pleasure with Guts when they climax, which serves to make the scene a lot more emotional]], though still keeping it on a toned-down level when compared to [[spoiler: Charlotte]].
* MoralityChain: What she is to Guts, especially when it comes to fighting off his SuperPoweredEvilSide.
* AMotherToHerMen: Plays this straight after she became the head of the Hawks after Griffith's arrest. Her main goal was keeping the Hawks alive and to save Griffith from prison.
* MsFanservice
* MuscleAngst: Too much muscle scenario. Casca was embarrassed by the gown that she was wearing at Griffith's gala and was afraid that she was seen as unattractive because of her muscle gain. However, seeing the reaction of the many guys present at the ball - [[AmazonChaser especially Guts himself]] - this was definitely NOT true.
* NeutralFemale: Justified and played for drama at the end of volume 8, when Casca tries to intervene between the impending fight between Guts and Griffith, but Judeau and Pippin pull her away, telling her that [[ThisIsSomeThingHesGotToDoHimself this is something that the two men have to]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy settle as mercenaries.]]
** In fact, this trope was played when the three of them meet together for the second time, but Casca was much more willing to let them settle the score (she was rooting for Griffith back then). It's anything but [[HistoryRepeats ironic.]]
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Lampshaded by Casca herself. She got where she is now because she met Griffith and was loved by Guts. Without either of them, her life is purposeless and she is nothing by herself, something she acknowledges during her heart-to-heart with Guts after he comes back from his time out.
** And yet it is also averted, because after Griffith got imprisoned and Guts left she lead and kept the Band of the Hawk completely on her own and was uninamously accepted as the rightful leader. Neither men helped one bit in this. If she doesn't have Griffith's leadership skills or Guts' inhuman battle progress she won several victories for the Hawks on the Golden Age arc. If anything she was OvershadowedByAwesome at that point, and she still had her merits. How capable she was only works for making her state post-Eclipse sadder.
* NominalHero: Regarding the countless atrocities not related to the Hawks (like [[CrapsackWorld nearly the rest of the cast]]).
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Subverted. She once tried to fight during her period and had a very hard time keeping it up because of this and a developing fever.
* NumberTwo: Took over leadership over the Hawks when Griffith got arrested.
* OfficialCouple: With Guts.
* OlderThanSheLooks: Around the same age as Guts, though after the Eclipse and she gains the mindset of a child, Casca does appear much younger, especially with the hairdo.
* OneeSama: Outside of the main commanders, the Hawks refer to Casca as their "sister."
** It's actually a ShoutOut to typical {{Samurai}} speech since ''Onee-sama'' or ''nee-sama'' is the title used to refer to a female Samurai leader, as opposed to ''nee-san'' which is the title that refers to a Samurai lord's consort.
* OneOfTheBoys: Was mostly treated as such amongst the original Hawks.
* TheOphelia: After the Eclipse, she has become quite the beauty but can only blabber incoherently or scream when she wants to express herself.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Casca has top-notch swordplay, tactical skills, and is an inspiring leader, with or without the two leading men being present. Alas, her swordplay and charisma are still overshadowed by Guts' and Griffith's. Sadly, she seems to be overshadowed in some circles of the fanbase as well despite her character growth and development, while other fans believe that she [[CantCatchUp won't be able to catch up]] to either of Guts or Griffith now that they're both basically [[BadassAbnormal superhumans]] and she's been on "hiatus" for most of the story.
* PervertRevengeMode: Casca was NOT happy after waking up naked because of Guts' IntimateHealing.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Whether she's in her armor or in a pretty ball gown, Casca seems to always be wearing some trace of pink in her wardrobe.
* PlotArmor: Granted that all of the main characters have flimsy plastic plot armor, Casca has the most fortunate case, because seriously folks: had she been any other woman [[spoiler: impregnated with a demon hell spawn]] she would have died [[spoiler: when it rapidly developed in the womb and [[ChestBurster clawed its way out]]]], [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow but by the grace of God,]] she's allowed to live [[spoiler: when she miscarries her baby while it was still in the fetal stage, where it continued to grow outside of the womb.]] Perhaps [[spoiler: having her be [[RapeLeadsToInsanity raped to insanity]] by the Berserk [[SatanicArchetype equivalent of Satan]]]] in the previous volume was a bit much even for Miura to handle.
** Her brand shields her from being sacrificed another time. See Guts' entry for more details.
* PluckyGirl: Has shades of this pre-Eclipse. Double subverted one time, after a StayInTheKitchen RousingSpeech from Guts, because she ''was'' collapsing from exhaustion due to her period and a fever. Instead of being demotivated by his patronizing, she got back on her feet and went forward.
* {{Protectorate}}: Touch her, you die. We can't stress this enough.
** And not only from Guts since Judeau and Pippin [[spoiler:were perfectly willing to sacrifice themselves for her during the eclipse.]]
** Post-Eclipse Casca is one of the straightest examples of this as TheChick and TheHeart among Guts's new companions: she keeps them all together by being the one person everybody unanimously likes and wants to protect.
* PurityPersonified: In a twisted deconstruction, post-Eclipse Casca. Although she is insane, Casca has this innocent and sweet nature that attracts people to her. People [[TheHeart whom she has managed to endear]] [[{{Protectorate}} will go out of their way to protect her]], while others try take advantage and violate her. It's definitely twisted in that Casca became so pure as a result of [[TheOphelia her insanity]], which was caused by [[spoiler:her getting [[BreakTheCutie brutally]] [[RapeLeadsToInsanity raped]]]]. That, and in her insane defenseless state, Casca has [[AxCrazy a threshold.]]
* QuicklyDemotedWoman: Averted. Even after Guts joined the Hawks and was given some pretty important duties off the bat, Casca still retained her rank as Griffith's [[NumberTwo second-in-command.]] However, she did feel [[GreenEyedMonster emotionally demoted]] due to the [[TheLancer attention that Griffith gave to Guts.]]
* [[spoiler: RapeAsDrama: Seriously, her rape at the hands of Femto right in front of Guts just keeps going and going for almost two chapters...in intricate detail...you will feel like you got raped yourself.]]
* [[spoiler:RapeLeadsToInsanity: Getting brutally raped right in front of the man she loved while being in ''utterly excruciating agony'' because of her brand is what pushed Casca over her psychological threshold.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Back when she was a commander among the Hawks, she was notably much more level-headed, responsible and considerate towards her comrades than Guts.
* RescueRomance: She began to warm up to Guts after he single handedly killed 100 mercenaries to give her a chance to escape.
* TheResenter: Towards Guts at first.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Like the rest of the Hawks,]] Casca can count as this trope, but [[ZigzaggedTrope is a living example]] since she didn't die. What [[spoiler:Griffith]] did to her during the Eclipse is suppose to serve as a chilling reminder to the audience that he is '''not''' a good guy, since what he did was truly heinous and nearly all possible explanations for the act fall as flat as the Berlin Wall.
* SamaritanSyndrome: Related to her HeroicSelfDeprecation and TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask. Next to Judeau, Casca is the most selfless individual in the Hawks and will put the needs and ambitions of others before her own, [[HeroicFatigue even at a great emotional cost.]] Even after sharing a touching epitome in her new found love with Guts, Casca was still willing to put her happiness aside in order to take care of Griffith and the rest of the Hawks.
* SamusIsAGirl: Several times. The first time her and Guts cross swords, he doesn't notice she's female until he swings at her helmet and effectively exposes her face. [[HowToBecomeALoveInterest The rule of such a reveal applies, as usual]].
** A second time, from Charlotte, who said she never noticed she was a woman before. Cue Judeau and Guts wisecracking about it right after.
* ScreamingWarrior: Casca does this during [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome her last stand]] against the Apostles during the Eclipse.
* ShamefulStrip: During the Eclipse, [[spoiler:Casca is captured and stripped naked by demons, a prelude of worse things to come for her]].
* SheCleansUpNicely: Cue Guts' [[http://www.mangareader.net/96-1128-163/berserk/chapter-8.html priceless reaction]] upon seeing her all dressed-up and pampered at Griffith's gala!
* SheFu: And she does this all while wearing armor.
* ShesGotLegs: Not only does a lot of the art focus on Casca's backside, but also on her legs, and her tall riding boots and almost-ZettaiRyouiki really emphasize them.
* ShowerOfAngst: Right after the Eclipse, we see her bathing in a cascade.
* {{Sideboob}}: More accurately portrayed in the anime, where the censorship meter is increased by a whooping 1%!
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan:
** Brutally deconstructed with Griffith. Casca was attracted to him because she thought he was a formidable man after he saved her from living her life as a SexSlave and he eventually [[spoiler: raped her, turned her insane and tainted her unborn child]].
** Played straight with Guts though, since she isn't attracted to him due to his ultra-manliness and his {{Badass}}ery, she loves him for his righteousness and his kindness and consideration towards her.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only woman in the Band of the Hawk.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Casca is one of the two most attractive female characters in Berserk (the other being [[GorgeousGorgon Slan]]). Many men have complimented Casca on her beauty - that is, while [[AllMenAreRapists most of them are attempting to rape her]]. Her situation only gets worse [[TheOphelia post-Eclipse]]. While in her care, Luca states how Casca's beauty, in conjunction with her innocent and helpless nature, will land her into trouble with these sort of men. [[DefiedTrope To avoid this]], Luca [[BandagedFace wraps Casca's face in bandages]] and passes her off as her syphilis stricken sister. It works for awhile with some [[AllMenArePerverts sex-crazed]] pagan worshippers - until they rip off her bandages.
* StarCrossedLovers: She and Guts are bound together for life, but at what price?
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Averted. She and all the other warrioresses of the series dress reasonably and wear effectively protective armour on the battlefield.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Rather than {{Chickification}}, as her current condition does NOT come from a mere invisible shift in the story but from a BRUTAL BreakTheCutie process that happened on screen. One of the rare cases where the target ''survives''.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: In addition to being [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask a woman in a man's world]], Casca's also second in command of the Hawks, a position that has taken its toll on her emotional well-being, especially after Guts's departure and Griffith's arrest. Always trying to keep her cool in order to be a successful leader to the Hawks, Casca admits to Guts that she believes that she is at the end of her rope and that what she was truly afraid of was to be forgotten and dwindle to nothing if she didn't cling onto another's dreams (Griffith's). The self-realization that she was of no use to Griffith as a warrior or a woman [[DrivenToSuicide nearly drove Casca to suicide]], [[InterruptedSuicide had Guts not interfered]] and given her some [[IntimatePsychotherapy emotion strength later]].
* SupportingProtagonist: Though she doubles as '''the {{tritagonist}}'''. Casca's not ''as'' important as [[TheProtagonist Guts]] or [[{{Deuteragonist}} Griffith]], but she is still a central character, since the whole drive of the story was created through the three's relationship to one another. Lately though, Casca has been demoted to being a MinorMajorCharacter due to the [[CuteMute nature of her insanity]], in which she is an important plot device in the story, [[DumbStruck but adds nothing to narrative.]]
* TearfulSmile / TearsOfJoy: The TearfulSmile to Casca is the SlasherSmile to Guts and the PsychoticSmirk to Griffith. I'd hate to see how a group picture of them would turn out.
* TearsOfFear: Gets turned completely to horror and sadness during the Eclipse, first when Casca is faced with Apostles who want to do [[FateWorseThanDeath far more than just eat her]], and all she can do is stand petrified as she hopelessly wishes for Guts to save her. Then, she begins crying (though not profusely), when [[spoiler:Griffith begins raping her in front of Guts, probably out of fear AND [[ColdBloodedTorture pain.]]]]
* ThighHighBoots
* ThousandYardStare: Another post-Eclipse deconstruction. Like most victims of [[spoiler: rape]], Casca went through these spells were she would zone out and stare at nothing (such as on the hill top). The DullEyesOfUnhappiness were added for more traumatic effect. After the time skip, the shine has returned to her eyes, but Casca still has this vacant stare from time to time, since she is psychologically gone.
** Before she became insane, during the first horrifying moments of the feast of the Eclipse, all Casca could do was just stare as [[spoiler: her comrades were devoured right in front of her]].
* {{Tomboy}}
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Played with from Griffith's gala to Guts' departure, when the Hawks were recognized as nobles. Casca was seen wearing a lot more luxurious and feminine garments such as ball gowns, night dresses, and furs and she admitted to Guts that though she wasn't use to wearing dresses she wasn't finding it un-enjoyable. [[NeutralFemale When Casca tried to intervene]] between Guts and Griffith's confrontation, Judeau pointed out that the cushy lifestyle of nobility made her forget that they were still mercenaries who didn't play by upper society's rules.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Aside from some [[FlashbackEcho flashbacks that are induced when she is about to be put through the same trauma,]] Casca has no recollection of her life before the Eclipse. One also has to wonder [[FridgeHorror if she is even aware of herself in her insanity.]]
* {{Tritagonist}}
* {{Tsundere}}: She becomes this to Guts when their relationship is established. Guts said that he liked that about her personality.
-->'''Guts''': "You get all jealous, you get mad fast, and you're quick to hit! You're ''plenty'' womanly."
* UndyingLoyalty: Toward Griffith. Given Casca's CharacterDevelopment during the Golden Age arc and looking at her state post-Eclipse, one could interpret Casca's intense dedication toward Griffith as [[FatalFlaw a flaw.]]
* UnkemptBeauty: How Casca's overall beauty is described in a nutshell.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Zigzagged, since those were Casca's intentions when she and Guts became an official BattleCouple after their RelationshipUpgrade. She knew very well that Guts could handle his own weight, but she still wanted to watch his back when he was in trouble. This was put to the test in the battle against Wyald, where Casca rushed to Guts' aid when he got pummeled and was ready to defend him against Wyald, though the roles ended up being reversed when [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty Wyald got his hands on her.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Light swords. She's also been seen handling a crossbow pretty well.
* WeirdnessMagnet: So weird that she gets accused of being a witch. As if being insane wasn't enough trouble.
* WetSariScene: During her ShowerOfAngst after the Eclipse.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: The first thing that Guts ever distinguishes about Casca were her black eyes.
* WhyCantIHateYou: Casca admitted to herself that she felt bad for getting jealous over Charlotte because of her relationship with Griffith since Charlotte treated her with kindness despite her being a commoner AND a warrioress.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Guts throughout the Golden Age arc.
** TheyDo: Before Griffith's rescue, they had a RelationshipUpgrade. Unfortunately, [[StarCrossedLovers they couldn't enjoy their relationship for long.]]
* WomanChild: Deconstructed. You should know why by now.
* WomanInWhite: Deconstructed in the Retribution Arc. Casca was always seen in a white gown during this arc, and although she is not evil, [[TheOphelia the nature of her insanity]] as well as the brand that [[WeirdnessMagnet attracts ghosts and demons to her]] drew suspicious attention to her that accumulated to accusations of her being a witch. This led to an all out witch hunt coming from the pagans who wanted to claim her AND the church who wanted to [[BurnTheWitch burn her.]] Luckily, her [[BlackKnight knight in shining black armor]] came to her rescue.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Surprisingly, pre-Eclipse Casca fits this role more than the noblewomen presented in the story, especially when she had to lead the Hawks for a year. Casca became physically and emotionally drained during this time, not only because two men that she respected and loved were not by her side, but because she was in charge with keeping the Band of the Hawk together AND alive. She was able to keep her cool for the most part... but when Guts comes back after a year, Casca just lets it all spill out, and [[InterruptedSuicide almost attempted suicide.]]
* WomenAreWiser: Averted. While Casca may apply at first, being the sole female among a band of mercenaries and being among the most level-headed of the group, she quickly grows morally conflicted and develops a more realistic persona by the end of the Golden Age arc, [[TropesAreNotBad making Casca one of the more relatable characters of the series.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Averted since she wears leggings under her boots and tunic.
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[[folder: Guts' Companions]]

Guts's current TrueCompanions who joined him gradually during his quest. After believing that he could handle it all alone, Guts realizes that he can't protect Casca unaided, due to her mental state and their [[StarCrossedLovers mutual curse]]. He then warms up to his haphazard companions and learns to trust them.

!!Serpico
!!! Voiced by: Creator/TakahiroMizushima

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-> ''"In meeting you and travelling with you, we've been changed. Not only Lady Farnese, but myself as well."''

TheLancer of the party is a [[TheSmartGuy canny]] FragileSpeedster who starts off as Farnese's servant. [[spoiler:He is actually her half-brother but she doesn't know it.]] He is completely devoted to her and seldom questions her decisions.

Wary of Guts's SuperpoweredEvilSide and distrustful of Guts's ability to control it, he confronted him about this quite a few times, all of which ended up in a duel between the two in Vritannis, where he showed once more [[AwesomenessByAnalysis his superior strategy skills]]. [[DefeatMeansFriendship After being defeated]], Serpico has stopped acting hostile towards Guts and has grown to respect and appreciate him, [[spoiler:as shown when both worked together in synch to defeat [[TheEmperor Ganishka]]'s elderly henchman, Daiba]].

In battle, he uses a rapier blessed by the Wind spirits, donated by Schierke, which can [[DiagonalCut bisect his opponents clean]], in sharp contrast to Guts's {{BFS}}, as well a magical cloak that grants him the power of flight.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Quite so given his klutzy behavior ([[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass though a charade]]), his [[ExtremeDoormat doormat-ish demeanor,]] and {{Bishonen}} good looks. Aw, [[FanNickname Serpie!]]
* AnimalMotifs: The fox, according to Guts whenever they spar or fight with each other.
** During his time with the Holy Iron Chain Knights, he had a [[CoolHelmet helmet]] shaped like a kitsune mask, a mythological fox spirit known for being tricksters.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: He could fight with Guts ''twice'' on an almost even footing thanks to this.
* {{Badass}}: Despite his lesser stature, he doesn't fear to take on much stronger enemies, often using his superior intelligence to gain advantage of his surroundings.
** BadassNormal: Before getting his wind powers.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Farnese. [[spoiler:Literally. If you don't favor [[BrotherSisterIncest the other interpretation]].]] Her wishes don't have to be reasonable, but if you go against them, you're in trouble, even if you are Guts. He also has traces of this behavior toward the younger Isidro and Schierke.
* {{Bishonen}}: For sure! And the fangirls approve.
* BlowYouAway: Cue that awesome cloak and sword.
* BodyguardCrush: To Farnese.
* [[spoiler:BrotherSisterIncest: Likewise subverted. When he finds out Farnese is his half-sister, his feelings for her become more brotherly. He even resisted when she made a very emotionally charged advance on him.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Mainly in his fight against Guts [[spoiler:both of them]], but again, it was against ''freakin [[BadAss G]][[{{BFS}} u]][[CharlesAtlasSuperPower t]][[OneManArmy s]]'' if you aren't an Apostle, you need ''everything'' in your side to last a few minutes against him.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: His facade when he was a member of the Knights of the Holy Iron Chain.
* DeadpanSnarker: Never out of sarcastic quips!
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After Guts definitely defeats him in Vritannis, all their differences seem settled.
* DiagonalCut: The wind-blessed sword he uses in battle has this effect.
* EnigmaticMinion: How he started out.
* EyesAlwaysShut: At least always when he is playing nice, when Serpico happens to open his eyes both his expresion and the situation are turning nasty.
* FragileSpeedster
* HeroicBastard
* HeroicBuild: A variation. Despite not being as massively built as Guts or Roderick, during his ShirtlessScene, Serpico is shown being healthily athletic but spare, as would be fitting for a FragileSpeedster.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Towards Farnese at first (like most of her underlings), and then to Guts himself.
* InASingleBound: Thanks to his cloak
* InSeriesNickname: Puck calls him "Picolin".
* TheLancer: What he is to Guts even though he doesn't always approve of his "leader's" ways.
* LeanAndMean: At first. Subverted after he joins Guts companions with Farnese.
* LetsGetDangerous: You wouldn't notice at first, due to his mannerly, humble self. But, just in case you forgot, Serpico is among the few humans to have survived a battle with Guts ''twice''...
* [[spoiler:LongLostRelative: Farnese's half-brother.]]
* MistressAndServantBoy: His (apparent) relationship with Farnese.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Noble Male to Guts' Roguish Male.
* RazorWind: The effect of his rapier
* TheRival
* SarcasticDevotee: Probably the most cynical member on the team (next to Guts anyway) but wrapped in a snarky layer of goodness that prevents him from being a deserter, mainly for Farnese's sake.
* ShirtlessScene: Much to the fangirls' joy!
* TheSmartGuy
* TheStoic: He never loses his cool, even in battles.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: A {{stoic}} pretty boy {{lancer}} who fights with a rapier and has a rivalry with Guts? On the surface, he's Griffith without the sociopathy, though in practise the two characters are quite different.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Was willing to attack Guts for shaming Farnese, knowing full well it would in all likely hood mean his death.
* TeamChef: He's the most competent cook in the group.
* WeaponOfChoice: His first was a rapier and then a fan sword.


!!Farnese de Vandimion
!!! Voiced by: Creator/YukoGoto

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-> ''"I want to know what transcends the order I clung to. The truth. And I want to learn a way to live in the darkness where the light of that order does not reach."''

Introduced as the figurehead of the Holy Iron Chain Knights, she was supposedly a LadyOfWar, except that [[FauxActionGirl she can't fight]]. She first meets Guts after his exhausting battle against Rosine and captures him.

A [[StepfordSmiler frustrated]] RebelliousPrincess with pyrophiliac tendencies, she gets thoroughly broken by Guts upon trying to [[WhipItGood whip him into submission with her barbed scourge]]. Seeing in him the epitome of heresy, she pledges to have him executed once he confesses.

Yet, after witnessing the horrible events of the mock Eclipse at the Tower of Punishments, all her convictions are destroyed and she stands corrected before Guts's survivability and his unwillingness to submit to Mozgus who she respected deeply. She eventually joins him, wanting to learn how to survive unaided in the world.

She is not much of a combatant but is currently learning magic from Schierke and sometimes uses her silver dagger for defense. She is also very protective of Casca, even though she has a crush on Guts. She recently TookALevelInBadass and is much more combative than what she used to be.

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* AdrenalineMakeover: Played with: When Farnese gradually becomes much stronger as a person she acts more introverted and modest.
* AnimalMotifs: The stoat. A noblewoman but rather weak in comparison to her comrades (physically stronger than Schierke though). Yet she's not helpless and isn't afraid to stab her assailants to defend herself.
* ArrangedMarriage: With Roderick, technically it's her second.
* TheAtoner: She wishes to expiate the atrocities she used to advocate before joining Guts.
* BlondesAreEvil: Not really, but she maintained the impression quite some time after she'd been introduced.
* BlueBlood
* [[spoiler:BrotherSisterIncest: Serpico is her half-brother, but she isn't aware of this and developed feelings for him in their teenage years. She even made a very emotionally charged advance on him. Serpico being in the know, he resisted.]]
* TheCaretaker: She ends up taking up this role for Casca when she joins Guts' group.
* CherryTapping: A scared senseless Farnese takes down Guts this way, but he was beaten to a pulp allready and he really just tripped and fell on her sword, leaving her stunned in disbelief. [[spoiler: Nice throw, Serpico!]]
* ChewToy: Guts definitely got a few chuckles out of [[MindScrew messing with this kinky little bugger's head]] early on.
* TheChick
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: She and Serpico have been together most of their lives with him as her [[MistressAndServantBoy servant boy]] and she developed feelings for him in their teenage years, [[spoiler:unaware that he is actually her [[BrotherSisterIncest half-brother]]]].
* ChronicPetKiller: That poor bird. [[KillItWithFire Gone the way]] as the last one... and the one before that... (and the dog too...)
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Turned on by people burning alive to the point where she spends some "alone time" thinking very hard about that.
* DemonicPossession: Was possessed by a ghost, which mocked her for her insecurities and [[ADateWithRosiePalms suppressed urges]].
* EnfanteTerrible: Widely known as "the devil child of the Vandimion". Ask the servants of the household for more details.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Knight Templars Have Standards]]: Though she was quite a sadist during her KnightTemplar days in the Holy Iron Chain Knights, Farnese was notably disturbed and horrified by the torture techniques employed by Mozgus.
* FanDisservice: The second moment of her [[ADateWithRosiePalms sexual turn]] on in the series was riding Guts' sword while possessed by a ghost, no less.
* FauxActionGirl: An in-universe example. Farnese leads the Holy Iron Chain Knights, but they never expect her to actually fight. The Knights are traditionally led by a maiden, so she is entirely there for looks and because she comes from a noble family.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: How she and Serpico met. After he was beat up by some local bullies and left in the snow, Farnese finds Serpico and brings him back to her family's mansion. She begins to nurse him back to health, but says that he has to be her [[MistressAndServantBoy servant boy]] from then on.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Her stuffed rabbit mentioned below.
* GreenThumb: [[spoiler: Can now control familiars made out of thorns, thanks to Schierke.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Started off as mentally unhinged KnightTemplar largely antagonistic to Guts. Since joining him, she's mellowed out considerably, become more grounded, and much more [[TookALevelInKindness kind in general.]]
* HeroWorshipper: Any kind word from Guts is bound to make her cry TearsOfJoy.
* HotWitch: She's shaping up to be one with lessons from Schierke.
* HystericalWoman: During her KnightTemplar phase.
* ImportantHaircut: Upon choosing to follow Guts.
* JeanneDArchetype: Subverted. The figurehead of the Holy Iron Chain Knights is always a woman, so she appears to be this trope, only she doesn't have any actual fighting skills and the voices she hears in her head are actual demons.
* KnifeNut: Wields a silver dagger, which is super-effective against supernatural creatures. Later on she also uses it to perform magic rituals.
* KnightTemplar: What she was during her time as the Holy See's figurehead.
* LadyOfWar: Subverted. She is dressed as one but can hardly fight.
* TheLoad: Was initially one among Guts' party and realized it. It made her want to learn sorcery from Schierke.
* LonelyDollGirl: She use to have a stuffed rabbit that her father bought for her on a family outing that was her SecurityBlanket, but then her father told her to dispose of it because she was getting to old for it. [[KillItWithFire Judging by the way that she did get rid of it,]] it probably didn't improve her troubled mindset.
* LonelyRichKid: Her past.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: During her KnightTemplar ChurchMilitant days she enjoyed burning people alive, and though she is TheAtoner now and ashamed of what she did, her sadism is presented somewhat sympathetically. See Pyromaniac, below, for details.
* AMatchMadeInStockholm: Guts and Farnese first meet in this sort of fashion. She is assigned to capture and kill Guts and Guts ends up kidnapping and holding her hostage ''twice''. During this time period, her future infatuation and admiration of him is foreshadowed and hinted at.
* MistressAndServantBoy: Her (apparent) relationship with Serpico.
* PyroManiac: Formerly this. However, in contrast to the crazy pyromaniac archetype, Farnese is deeply ashamed, and frightened, by her obsession. After the Date with Rosie Palms (see above) she is shown huddling on her bed and tearfully trying to convince herself "I am not wrong". Also, the pyromania, along with [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming her sadism]] is traced to her [[LonelyRichKid spoilt but lonely childhood,]] where the sounds of other people's screaming would make her forget her own loneliness and depression.
* RebelliousPrincess: Deconstructed. She becomes one because of her parenting (or lack thereof), and this earns her the social isolation it would earn her in real life medieval Europe.
* TheResenter: Toward Casca for holding Guts' affection. She is ashamed of this, though, and nevertheless cares for and protects Casca in the hopes doing so will help her atone for her sins.
* SecurityBlanket: Said stuffed rabbit mentioned above.
* ShirtlessScene: A RareFemaleExample.
* SilverHasMysticPowers: Her dagger is made of silver, as well as the chainmail she and Casca wear under their garments.
* StepfordSmiler: Used to act as one of those and used to take out her rage on Serpico and other servants, or on the so-called heretics she sent burning at the stake.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Much like pre-Eclipse Casca, she averts this.
* ATasteOfTheLash: Practices that at herself, Guts and Serpico in the three different occasions.
* TeamMom: Due to her role as Casca's [[TheCaretaker caretaker]] and her willingness to take care of everyone's basic needs, she qualifies as one of these.
* TinyTyrannicalGirl: In spades when she was younger, especially with her TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior.
* TookALevelInBadass: She is not the most violent of the bunch but has shown to be willing to take a more active part in battle, as seen [[spoiler:during the attack of the Kushan tigers in Vritannis in which she could effectively ward off two of them]]. She took another level recently, acting as a BarrierMaiden to keep the crew of the ''Seahorse'' safe while Schierke (on whom the duty would normally fall) was held up elsewhere.
* TookALevelInKindness: Joining Guts and caring for Casca really brought out the nicer sides in her.
* WeaponOfChoice: Daggers. Whips during her crazed KnightTemplar days.


!!Isidro
!!! Voiced by: Creator/HiroyukiYoshino

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-> ''"I'm going to be the strongest swordsman in the world!!"''

The young runaway is an AffectionateParody of a KidSamurai, Isidro is primarily a PluckyComicRelief, regularly subject to ArtShift.

Also WrongGenreSavvy, he believes himself the main character of a {{Shonen}} series and wants to become the greatest warrior. He [[HeroWorshipper worships and admires]] Guts but never openly admits it and wants to "steal" his technique for himself after watching him dealing with a whole group of Kushans.

Despite trying his best, he is not very effective in combat due to his undeveloped body (he is still a kid) but learns gradually to develop his own style thanks to Guts's tutelage and training. Although he hates to admit it, Guts has found an apprentice in Isidro. He used to carry a regular sword but it was too heavy for him and couldn't use it properly. He later receives a [[PlayingWithFire fire-blessed]] dagger from Schierke as well as a cutlass from an old man who saved him from the Troll attack right before Guts and his party depart for the Qliphoth.

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* AccidentalPervert: Many times he just happens upon indecently dressed women, like Nina and Isma. He also accidentally gropes Schierke when they first meet.
* ActionSurvivor: Before meeting Guts.
* AnimalMotifs: The monkey, by way of what Schierke calls him when he's being a dick.
* TheArtfulDodger: After he ran away from home, Isidro became one of these more or less. Even after joining Guts' new group and gaining some stability, he still occasionally pickpockets people.
* BratsWithSlingshots: Subverted. He doesn't need slingshots, only his bare hands. And the things he throws (stones, bombs...) cause serious harm instead of a comedic effect.
* BrattyHalfPint: Rude, ill-mannered, he is a master at the art of provoking and pissing people off.
* ButtMonkey: Whenever there's some slapstick comedy to be had, he's often on the receiving end.
* CasanovaWannabe: He believes himself to be a KidANova. [[BandOfBrothels Luca and her girls]] weren't too impressed by him, though.
* ChivalrousPervert: Isidro's a good kid, as he won't hesitate to help people, especially girls. However, he does have his pervy side, as he's tried to peek at Casca bathing on more than one occasion (though he's thwarted each time).
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: His usual tactic to bail himself out of situations or to trick people into trusting him so he can con them.
* DirtyKid: He has frequently displayed incredibly lewd behavior, at one point even fantasizing about having sex with five prostitutes at once.
* DisasterScavengers: Was one of those before meeting Guts and would survive by stealing food and valuables.
* DualWielding: He usually uses both his cutlass and his dagger in battle.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: His fighting style when fighting groups in close quarters is to spin and roll around at high speeds, attacking weak points and dodging attacks.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[RurouniKenshin Myojin Yahiko]], fitting the KidSamurai image.
* FieryRedhead: Made all the more evident when his magical weapon is a ''fire dagger''.
* HeroWorshipper: Although he'll never admit it, he deeply admires Guts.
* HotBlooded: A lot.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: {{Deconstructed}}. Because he emulates [[LightningBruiser Guts]] and his {{BFS}}, he tries to fight like him while being oblivious to his own fighting style: [[FragileSpeedster he's fast and pretty handy with thrown weapons and short blades, but he's as fragile as he looks]]. Because he insists on ignoring his true strengths, his wish to become a {{badass}} like Guts often makes him a liability.
* ImprovFu: His fighting style of choice. He makes up his moves as he goes along, uses anything at hand to confuse his foes and usually goes about skipping and evading blows thanks to his agility and his small size.
* IndyPloy: His rescue of [[spoiler: Casca]] from a witches' execution is a definite winner!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* JumpedAtTheCall: He just up and left his home one day with a sword in hand to seek his own personal fortune, and has been following Guts ever since first seeing him.
* KidAppealCharacter: Sort of. He certainly wasn't designed for demographic appeal - it's a {{Seinen}}, remember? - but he fits most of the classical traits.
* KidSamurai: Deconstructed. Due to the cynical tendencies of the series, it is clearly implied that Isidro would make little impression on the battlefield due to his size and lack of skills. To be fair, Guts' tutelage is beginning to pay off.
* KnifeNut: Has a dagger made of lava.
* MouthyKid: At first towards everyone in the party. But after some tutelage from Guts and more exposition to the reality of battle, he gets much more respectful of Guts' advice and commands. But he still mouthes off to people he doesn't know.
* NoIndoorVoice: The kid with the mouth has a very loud one at that. Was lampshaded [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/290/8 here.]]
* OvershadowedByAwesome: He felt like this when Schierke entered the party.
* PlayingWithFire: Cue the fire dagger.
* PluckyComicRelief: Alongside [[ThoseTwoGuys Puck]].
* RedOni: To Schierke's Blue Oni.
* TheRunaway: His backstory isn't clear, but he seems to be the circus runaway case.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: In terms of ability only. He's a great with thrown weapons and has taken up DualWielding, which makes his skill set very similar to Judeau.
* TagalongKid
* ToBeAMaster: Isidro's whole reasoning behind following Guts around, even if his plan doesn't seem that practical at times.
* TookALevelInBadass: His breakthrough in swordmanship happens when he defeats the troll leader.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Schierke.
* VocalDissonance
* VolleyingInsults: Often with Schierke.
* WeaponOfChoice: Tried to use a regular sized sword but it didn't work in his favor since it was too big. He was then given a dagger blessed by the fire spirits, but at the time he didn't fully recognize its potential. He finally got a short sword from an old man who thought it would coincide with his stature and speed. This works out a lot better. He's since [[ChoiceOfTwoWeapons been able to use the fire dagger more aptly]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: He believes himself the main protagonist of a {{Shonen}} series.

!!Schierke
!!! Voiced by: Creator/{{Yukana}}

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-> ''"No matter their strength, for a human, to fight a monster means to let go of their humanity and become an even bigger monster."''

[[NoSocialSkills Socially inept]] initially and a good example of a DarkMagicalGirl, Schierke joined Guts' party late in the story. A witch-in-training, she joined only begrudgingly at the call of her mistress, the witch Flora. After Flora's death, she eventually sets off with Guts and his companions. She and Guts share a father-daughter relationship and comprehend each other instinctively. Like many other females of the series, she has a crush on Guts, albeit a childish one.

Schierke is also a SquishyWizard and isn't much of a frontline fighter. However, when she's given enough time to cast her spells: '''KAPOW!!!''' She can wipe out an entire army of trolls or wash out a whole village with a tidal wave...

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* AnimalMotifs: The owl, according to Sonia.
* AstralProjection: One of her powers.
* BadassAdorable: Very cute. Will tear you apart with her magic powers.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Averted; unlike ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'', being a child doesn't exempt her from being drawn anatomically correct. Since ''everyone'' gets naked in this series, it doesn't come off creepy.
* BlueOni: To Isidro's Red Oni.
* ChildMage
* CuteWitch
* DarkMagicalGirl: She was pretty anti-social until she met Guts and his companions.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: While applying a protective seal over the Brand while Guts' shirtless, Schierke notes how large and strong his back is... and begins blushing.
* GlassCannon: Hits hard with her magic, but is still a child.
* JediMindTrick: Very skilled at this.
* KidWithTheLeash: Is the only one capable of bringing Berserker Guts back to his senses other than the Child.
* KillItWithFire and KillItWithWater: Due to her control over elemental forces, she can either torch her foes alive or drown them in a tidal wave if she's given enough time to cast her spells.
* LittleMissBadass
* LittleMissSnarker
* LonerTurnedFriend: Lived alone except for her master, but has since become TrueCompanions with Guts and the others.
* MagicHair: Uses her hair in some of her spells.
* MagicWand: Focuses her magic through her staff.
* MeaningfulName: Her name is the one of a mountain village in Germany, which is right next to the Brocken - the ''mountain of witches''.
* {{Meganekko}}: When she isn't in battle, that is.
* TheMentor: Schierke is mentoring Farnese in magic.
* MissionControl: Much like Sonia, her telepathic abilities make her one of these.
* NoSocialSkills: She has been isolated all her childhood long from the rest of the world and is a bit awkward in social situations because of this; however it is highly compensated in the refined etiquette Flora, her mistress, taught her.
* PrecociousCrush: On Guts.
* RobeAndWizardHat: Her most common attire.
* SheCleansUpNicely: When she wears normal clothing.
* [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Shy Bluish-Green Haired Girl]]
* SimpleStaff: She channels her powers through her staff.
* SkilledButNaive: Rather than having a straight up FatalFlaw. Schierke is young and incredibly skilled at what she does. Unfortunately, due to her lack of experience in the outside world, both in social and magical terms, she sometimes lets her immense power go over her head, with some consequences. She's learning from her mistakes, though.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Schierke, Silke
* SquishyWizard: Despite her tremendous spiritual strength and advanced spellcasting skills, she is probably the physically weakest of the party.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Isidro.
* VolleyingInsults: Often with Isidro.
* WeaponOfChoice: [[SimpleStaff Staves]].
* WiseBeyondHerYears: She is one of the most level-headed member of the current TrueCompanions, although she remains somewhat naive sometimes.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]: So far, the only ''human'' character in the whole story to have a non-generic hair colour.


!!Puck and Evarella
!!! Voiced by: YurikoFuchizaki and Creator/YukariTamura

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-> ''"Aw, c'mon! You know this story would be too dark if I weren't around!"''

-> ''"For crying out loud! Right when I think he's healed and his wounds haven't opened for 3 days, he's already ragged and torn all over! I'm gonna shrivel up! My maidenly skin is gonna dry up!"''


[[SmallAnnoyingCreature Small annoying creatures]] and PluckyComicRelief, the two elves that accompany Guts' companions can sometime give valuable guidance in the midst of the battle. They also offer their [[HealingHands healing touch]] when needed.

Puck is the very first to join Guts in his quest, being rescued from Koka Castle's bandits in the very first chapter and trying his hardest to be Guts' MoralityPet. He can also act as a DeadpanSnarker and occasionally [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall.]] He usually travels in Guts' pouch and [[spoiler: shows a strange attachment to the Behelit Guts is carrying with him - which they took from the Count - and prevented him several times from getting rid of it.]]

Evarella used to act as Schierke's MoralityPet and is now Puck's DistaffCounterpart.

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* ArmorPiercingSlap: Guts usually treats Puck's tantrums with about as much concern as he would a mosquito, but every now and then when Puck is genuinely mad, he'll manage to land a blow that Guts actually feels. They usually just make his eyes water, but for a little guy, that's not bad.
** Those weird dandelion blades Puck produces actually seem pretty potent against the ghosts. He'll usually let loose on the off chance that Guts is knocked out and at the mercy of any kind of bottom rung mook.
* ArtShift: Puck spends most of his time as a chibi, which is his default state when he's being funny. He only gets to look real when he's being serious(ish).
* AudienceSurrogate: Puck more or less served this role during the Black Swordsman StoryArc.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Despite being obviously naked, Puck appears as a miniature Ken doll. This actually became a plot point in the Lost Children arc. We've never seen Evarella without her dress, so we don't know if it applies to her.
* BigEater: They can both eat many times their own weight in food, including ''entire'' giant tables of food.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: They sometimes do this. Mostly with a random ShoutOut to another anime show in the midst of a heated battle.
* ChekhovsGunman: Zigzagged a bit since the story starts [[InMediasRes in the middle]], but Puck is briefly mentioned during the Golden Age arc by Judeau, but later becomes Guts' first travel companion when he's the Black Swordsman. Puck actually makes reference to the manner in which they became companions.
* TheConscience: Puck ''tries'' to be this to Guts. He's not too successful, mainly because most of the time, Guts doesn't give a damn about the morality of his actions.
* DeadpanSnarker: Both of them constantly snark at the events that occur around them.
-->Puck (to Guts): I thought you didn't have any friends. Who knew you were friends with a monster?
-->(to the Skull Knight): Ah, not to be racist to monsters. This guy is so lonely, please be friends with him. My name is Puck!
* {{Determinator}}: It takes Puck a looong time, but eventually all the free healing he keeps providing pays off and Guts becomes more friendly to him. The pivotal moment comes in volume 16 when Guts finally calls Puck by his name. After that, they become VitriolicBestBuds. It's a big step forward since back in the early manga Guts came close to flat out offing Puck a few times. Rickert eventually points out that Puck was the only thing keeping Guts human during his two-year demon hunt.
* DistaffCounterpart: Evarella is this to Puck.
* TheEmpath: Both can sense the inner emotions of others, which makes Puck a RareMaleExample of this. Due to this, Puck is often overwhelmed by Guts' intensely hostile emotions during the whole Conviction Arc, especially when both were WalkingTheEarth.
* FairyCompanion: Duh.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Ever since Guts took [[spoiler: the Count's beherit from Vargas, Puck has grown strangely attached to it and prevented Guts from disposing of it several times.]] Even though it is not known whether or not [[spoiler:astral creatures can use it]], one still has to remember that ''nothing'' is incidental in the Berserkverse. Nothing.
* HealingHands: Both of them can heal wounds with their magic powder.
* LightEmUp: Puck is able to cast a dazzling spark and can sometime help in battle with this power.
* MoralityPet: Puck often acts as the voice of morality when Guts loses it.
* [[MrExposition Mrs. Exposition]]: Evarella has taken this role for the team a few times when Schierke was out. [[spoiler: She instructed Farnese in how to call Schierke back when she was "mixed" with the river spirit and told Isma about true names.]]
* NonActionSnarker: Evarella, a RareFemaleExample. She talks shit, yet she doesn't ''do'' shit.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Being surrounded by [[{{Muggles}} people]] [[InvisibleToNormals who can't see the supernatural]] (at least the non-aggressors), including Puck, a lot of people who encounter Guts wonder what he is talking to.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Granted, they're called Elves, but they apply more to this trope.
* ParrotPetPosition: Both of them are usually perched on others shoulders, though Evarella likes to sit on the brim of Schierke's hat.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy
* PluckyComicRelief: Puck mostly.
* ShipperOnDeck: When Evarella tries to push Schierke to Guts she usually gets stuffed in a hat. In general, she has a weak spot for romance.
* ShoutOut: Puck frequently appears as characters from other stories. Notable appearances are as Yoda, Doraemon, and the trainer from AshitaNoJoe.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Guts' opinion of Puck early on, and he came very close to killing him. It was only when Puck proved useful in his constant healings and driving away ghosts that Guts warmed up to him.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Evarella.
* TheReveal: Puck is... *Drum Roll*
--> ''I'm a spirit of the wind??? The shocking truth revealed now! I wasn't a chestnut!!?''
* TeamPet: Both.
* VitriolicBestBuds: To each other. For a time, one could say Puck and Guts had this relationship going as well.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Evarella definitely considers Puck a lesser being.
* WomenAreWiser: Evarella ''thinks'' she's this compared to Puck, but she's really NotSoAboveItAll.

!!Azan

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-> ''"Don't give up, knights are here to protect those in need! A knight's duty is to protect the weak!"''

Azan is the second in command of the Holy Iron Chains Knights. An old-fashioned knight who has turned to the cloth, he always speaks of honor and loyalty. When the Holy Iron Chains Knights catch up to Guts, he challenges Guts to a duel, matching the injured Guts in combat. Azan manages to survive the events of the Tower of Conviction and decides to report the events to the Holy See, while Farnese and Serpico follow Guts.

He later reappears in Vritannis, living on the streets after having been kicked out of the Holy See and sleeping on boats. The pirate captain fighting Isidro steps on him, which prompts Azan to throw him into the water and beat up the rest of the pirates. Guts and his companions later end up sailing off with the boat he is sleeping on to Roderick's ship. As such, he is currently accompanying Guts towards Elfhelm.
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* TwentyFourHourArmor: Since he was kicked out of the Holy See, he's been running around clad in full plate, taking not even his helmet off to sleep. Since he's been pulled along on Roderick's ship he's been seen in and out of his armor, but ''never'' takes off his helmet.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Though he's certainly more stout and stocky than actually fat, he still fits.
* AFatherToHisMen: Very much acts like a father to the young men who makes up the Holy Iron Chains Knights.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Somewhat subverted in that he is second-in-command, not the leader of the Holy Iron Chains Knights, but he still has authority and he kicks ass.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassCape
** BadassGrandpa: Well out of his prime, Azan is still quite capable of kicking ass and managed to be a match for an injured Guts.
** BadassMustache: His helmet has one too. Even his horse's armor mask has mustache!
** BadassNormal
* BaldOfAwesome
* BigDamnHeroes: Twice. First he pops out of nowhere at the end of the Conviction arc and saves the women from the Bakirakas, then in Vritannis he saves Isidro and a group of kushan children from pirates.
* BigOlEyebrows
* CallingYourAttacks: One of the few characters to do this.
* CarryABigStick: Wields a metal quarterstaff in combat, with spikes at each end.
* ChurchMilitant
* TheComicallySerious
* CoolHelmet
* CoolOldGuy
* EnemyMine: Allies with Guts at the end of the Conviction arc to fight the Bakirakas.
* TheFaceless: Has not taken off his helmet ever since his reintroduction in Vritannis. He even cleans a ship's deck wearing nothing but pants and the helmet.
* GoodIsOldFashioned
* HeavySleeper: Somehow managed to sleep through a raging battle throughtout a city, magical lightning and people sailing off with the boat he's sleeping on. Add to this that he managed to sleep through all of this while wearing full plate and it gets ridiculous.
* HeroAntagonist: He's definitely one of the very few good ''and'' heroic people in Midland at the time, he just happens to be opposing Guts until the end of the Conviction arc.
* HonorBeforeReason
* HyperCompetentSidekick: A whole lot more competent than Farnese.
* KnightErrant: What he became after being kicked out of the Holy See.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Probably the straightest example in Berserk, despite his advanced age.
* LargeHam
* LightningBruiser: Packs quite a punch with his iron staff and quite fast despite his size and girth. Guts even notes that the rumors of his speed were understated.
* NumberTwo: To Farnese in the Holy Iron Chains Knights.
* OldSoldier
* OneManArmy: Stood against and prevented about a hundred men from crossing a bridge to protect the old man guarding it.
* PaperThinDisguise: He hasn't taken off his helmet since getting dragged onto Roderick's ship because he would rather not be recognized by his old cohorts. They aren't fooled at all.
* RedBaron: Renowned as the Bridge Knight for his OneManArmy feat. Even Guts had heard of his story.
* SixthRanger: For Guts' new companions, having unwittingly become a stowaway on Roderick's ship.
* StoutStrength
* StraightMan: To Serpico in the Holy Iron Chains Knights.
* WeaponOfChoice: He wields a [[CarryABigStick a double-headed staff]] to bludgeon people with.
* WorthyOpponent: Initially sees Guts as this when he sees what he is capable of.

!!Roderick of Stauffen

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-> ''"It looks bad when a princess protects a knight."''

A [[PrincelyYoungMan noble prince]] that is also Farnese's brother's best friend, he has accepted to an ArrangedMarriage with Farnese, in order to [[MarriageOfAlliance further cement the alliance between Vritannis and Eath]].

Rash, daring but mild-mannered and [[TallDarkAndHandsome very handsome]], he seems to show some personal interest in Farnese due to her [[RebelliousPrincess rebellious]] attitude and her reputation, despite his obvious ulterior motives.

He joined Guts and his party late in the story line, making him TheSixthRanger, upon proposing to ship them to Skellig. He also wants to use this opportunity to spend some time with his wife-to-be. He was very impressed to see the skills of Guts against the Kushan's familiars in Vritannis and immediately accepted him as a leader.

In battle, Roderick uses a straight sword and seems to be [[WarriorPrince a decently skilled fighter]], though his true talent is commanding ships in naval battles.

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* ArrangedMarriage: With Farnese, although he might be interested in her as a person...
* BadassNormal: A regular human but he can still stand toe-to-toe with familiars or minor demons and is a highly effective admiral in command of his own ship.
* BigOlEyebrows: Very similar to Guts.
* TheCaptain
* CoolBoat: The Seahorse.
* CourtlyLove: How he manifests his interest for Farnese, as could be expected from a nobleman of his time.
* HeroicBuild: Guy is seriously ripped, although not as much as Guts.
* {{Hunk}}: Between the massive, [[FaceOfAThug scary-looking]] Guts and [[{{Bishounen}} good looking, but rather lanky]] Serpico, Roderick provides us ([[ThirdOptionLoveInterest and Farnese]]) with some eye pleasing, well balanced manliness.
* IKissYourHand: "And I kiss it so tenderly, my dear Farnese."
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Roderick seems to be very sympathetic about Farnese's crush on Guts.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Only took one meeting for him to decide that he was in love with Farnese.
* NiceGuy: And it's really refreshing in this setting.
* PrincelyYoungMan
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Very experienced and level-headed, he is highly respected by his men for this.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* ShirtlessScene: We finally got one in chapter 327. [[FemaleGaze Yea-uh!]]
* TheSixthRanger
* SlipknotPonytail: Wore his hair loose once after he rescued Guts from sinking into the ocean because of his steel hand. Turns out he's even more good-looking that way.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: To Farnese, after she decides to give up on Guts.
* UnderstandingBoyfriend: Even though they aren't seen much together, Roderick seems to be very supportive of Farnese.
* WeaponOfChoice: Straight swords and rapiers.
** Though given a choice between hand-to-hand and ship-to-ship combat, he'll take the latter, and for ''very'' good reason; he's a competent swordsman, but a bloody brilliant naval commander.
* WarriorPrince

!!Magnifico de Vandimion

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-> ''"Where can I be safe?"''

Farnese's slippery and underachieving older brother is a sad case of TheUnfavourite. His father, knowing of his incompetence, has preferred to give the more important responsibilities to his other brothers, leaving him only with minor tasks.

Ready to do ''anything'' [[WellDoneSonGuy to gain his father's attention and recognition]], he schemed to have [[ArrangedMarriage his sister marry his best friend]], Roderick, in order to unite both their families. [[spoiler: But he utterly [[EpicFail failed]] and thus, fearing his father's wrath, fled with Guts's Companions in order to escape punishment.]]

[[DirtyCoward Cowardly]] and unusually awkward, [[NonActionGuy he never takes part in physical fights]] and reacts rather comically to the supernatural happenings he witnesses.

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* ArtShift: Among the few human characters to be given this treatment.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Of the PokeThePoodle variety, though...
* ButtMonkey: Suffers all sorts of humiliations, and it's ''always'' played for laugh.
* DirtyCoward: VERY MUCH. Whenever something remotely dangerous happens he immediately runs and hides.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His character design has changed drastically from his first introduction. He looked rather handsome and dignified when we first meet him but he looks like an emasciated buffoon, probably because he developped an illness before the Sea God Arc that made him lose a lot of weight.
* EpicFail: Upon [[spoiler: trying to announce Roderick and Farnese's marriage to a huge assembly of nobles, including his father. Farnese has disappeared.]] Also a CrowningMomentOfFunny, complete with Roderick [[{{Facepalm}} facepalming]]. Thankfully [[spoiler: the awkwardness is broken up by the GIANT DEMON TIGER.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Tries to gain parental attention.
* TheLoad: Much like Farnese in the beginning. But, unlike his sister, he has no intentions to work on his lack of skills and become useful to the group.
* TheMagnificent: ''Magnifico'' means ''magnificent'' or ''splendid'' in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Quite ironic as it's, unfortunally, ''not'' a MeaningfulName.
* NervousWreck: Always, ''always'' panicking for his life when the situation turns even ''slightly'' against his favor. Made worse for his case since he's the...
* NonActionGuy: Only character of the party to never partake in the action. Even his sister, who is hardly as much of a trained fighter, is more willing to put up a fight than him.
* PetTheDog: He ''does'' seem to actually care for Farnese.
* SatelliteCharacter: There isn't much use for Magnifico as of now but he still shows up consistently, mostly for comic relief.
* SmugSnake: Sometimes.
* TheStarscream: Wishes to overtake his brothers' position.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Tries to be this but he is so incompetent he only manages to be a HarmlessVillain.
* TheUnfavourite: His father understandably prefers his far more competent brothers.
* WellDoneSonGuy: His motivation.
* ZanyScheme: Strikes a deal with Puck to start a business by selling elves...

!!Isma

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A teenage girl living a solitary existence on an island. She's a pariah among the supersticious inhabitants, due to her rather interesting family history. Namely, in that her mother was a merrow, and that she is believed to be one too. Following the Sea God arc, she joins Guts' team.

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* AllTheOtherReindeer: Was a victim of this, due to the islanders believing her to be a merrow.
* [[spoiler: ApparentlyHumanMerfolk: Appears human, but transforms into a merrow to save Ishidro from drowning]]
* BarbieDollAnatomy: When we see her swimming early on, she possesses this.
* BlindingBangs: The first time we see her and then...
** PeekABangs: Until Schierke and Isidro get to know her better and we see both her eyes much more often.
* GenkiGirl: Is quite cheerful most of the time, though she has a HeroicBSOD when she realizes she is the SoleSurvivor of the island.
* HalfHumanHybrid: She claims that her father was human, and her mother was a merrow, but otherwise looks human (barring the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair aqua-colored hair)]] and has no special powers. [[spoiler: Turns out, she ''is'' a merrow after all.]]
** [[HumanMomNonhumanDad Human Dad, Non-human Mom]]: Her mother was a merrow.
* [[spoiler: IChooseToStay: She could have gone away with her mother but she chose to stick around Isidro and Schierke, her newfound friends.]]
* IKnowYourTrueName: [[spoiler: She has one, and speaking it is what turned her into a merrow. In fact, ''all'' spiritual beings have one.]]
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: She has absolutely zero qualms about being in the nude in front of others, much to Isidro’s delight, though he [[ChivalrousPervert tries to restrain himself]].
* MakeMeWannaShout: As a merrow her voice is a potent weapon.
* NoSocialSkills: Due to living alone.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler: The Sea God ate all the other inhabitants of the island.]]
* [[spoiler: OurMermaidsAreDifferent: She appears completely human, for one.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Her father died years ago, and mother disappeared mysteriously. [[spoiler:They eventually reunite.]]
* ShipTease: With Isidro, much to Schierke's annoyance.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: [[spoiler: Justified in that she's not human.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: She doesn't actually use them as a weapon, but she uses [[BladeOnAStick spears]] during her daily fishing routine.

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* [[Characters/BerserkGuts
Guts]]
!!! Voiced by: Creator/NobutoshiCanna (adult) and Orine Fukushima (child) (Japanese, TV series), Hiroaki Iwanaga (Japanese, movies), Creator/MarcDiraison (English, TV series and Movies), Maria Dente (English, child), Creator/MichaelBell (Sword of the Berserk English)

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-> ''"When you meet your God, tell Him to LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE."''

-> ''"Humans are weak. But we want to live. Even if we're wounded or tortured, we feel the pain."''

Also called the Black Swordsman, the main protagonist is a [[BadassNormal naturally badass]] AntiHero with a round ton of DarkAndTroubledPast. Born from a deceased mother ([[spoiler: not DeathByChildbirth, she was already dead]]), he was raised amongst mercenaries by an [[AbusiveParents abusive foster father]] and was later [[spoiler:[[RapeAsDrama the victim of rape]] by one of his adoptive father's men]]. Guts is also a survivor of the demonic sabbath known as the Eclipse, during which he lost his right eye and part of his left arm. His injuries are not the only marks he bears from this event; Guts is also marked with the Brand of Sacrifice, a supernatural emblem that draws the attention of demons and the restless dead. Both groups are eager to finish the job left undone when Guts survived the Eclipse.

He is introduced as a [[WalkingTheEarth wanderer with a grudge]], bent on hunting down and slaying the beings known as Apostles with a [[{{BFS}} gigantic sword]] known as the Dragon Slayer. Said beings are responsible, along with [[BigBad the Godhand]], for the trauma he suffered in the Eclipse. Additionally, Guts later gets his hands on the [[ArtifactOfDoom Berserker Armor]] which makes him immune to physical pain, yet overexerts and further injures his body at the same time.

Although he claims to be a complete asshole, Guts is actually a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who simply acts aloof and unreasonable towards anyone he meets, including his TrueCompanions. He does truly care for his companions, but since the Brand attracts astral demons, and his HellHound SuperpoweredEvilSide, the Beast, tends to make him [[UnstoppableRage go berserk and thus dangerous even to his companions]], he prefers [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies to keep them at a respectful distance]].

Guts's fate is tied to [[{{Bishonen}} Griffith]], his former best friend, and [[ActionGirl Casca]], his love interest and fellow bearer of the Brand of Sacrifice. His relationships with both are currently strained - Guts wants to kill Griffith because of that whole "brutal treachery" thing, and Guts being slowly overtaken by rage/revenge [[spoiler:has led to his {{attempted rape}} of Casca]]. Guts' entire struggle of fighting monsters and his fate, as well as his internal struggle between [[ThePowerOfHate choosing to hunt the man he hates]] and [[ThePowerOfLove choosing to protect the woman he loves]] can only be described as "heroic."

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* AchillesHeel: An emotional one. [[spoiler: His childhood rape ordeal]] has been shown to be the one time that Guts showed a truly emotionally vulnerable side to his personality. Luckily, he had Casca to help heal his mental wounds, and he was genuinely getting better... until this side to his past was [[MindRape cruelly exploited during the Eclipse.]]
* ActionDad: An ultimate {{Badass}} and father to a weird, supernatural offspring that [[ThatThingIsNotMyChild he refuses to acknowledge as his child]].
* ActionHero
* AllergicToEvil: Guts' accursed brand will bleed or hurt whenever an Apostle is nearby. It only gets worse if a Godhand is near, and may even kill him. Casca shares the same reaction with her own brand.
* AllMenArePerverts: Notably averted. Out of all the male characters in the series, he is among the very few for whom sex is only a tertiary motivation at best, and he remains staunchly faithful to his LoveInterest. He also scolds himself when he briefly thinks about having his way with Casca while she laid unconscious during one of their early missions.
** It's worth noting that the one time we've seen Guts having any sort of sexual contact with someone besides Casca (or [[spoiler: his childhood rapist]]) is actually with the same Female Apostle that [[spoiler:eats Corkus]], right before he blows her head off. Considering who it was, it could be he simply wanted to give her an IronicDeath.
*** This did happen at the very beggining of the first chapter, so EarlyInstallmentWeirdness is another possible explanation.
*** The opening scene also makes a lot more sense if you [[spoiler: replace Guts with the beast of darkness.]] Then it's suddenly completely in character.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: What? Did you say that [[TheNeedsOfTheMany sacrificing one girl will save hundreds of souls from the damnation of demons]], [[SinisterMinister Mozgus]]? Well, you and your followers had better sucker up, because Guts ''really'' doesn't give a fuck so long as Casca is safe...
* AmazonChaser: Guts chose Casca as his lover because she was able to fight on par with him.
** Deconstructed later on by the Beast of Darkness during a DreamSequence. The Beast capitalized on Guts' penchant for {{Action Girl}}s to contend that, since Casca is now helpless, there's no point in keeping her near. Guts won't be able to love her the way she is now and she can't even love him back. So he'd better get rid of her to focus on getting revenge.
* AnimalMotifs: Canids.
** A rabid dog, according to Casca, back when they would bicker in their younger years;
** A HellHound, according to the form of his EnemyWithin;
** A wolf for his wolfish looks, his wolf-like armor and his wolfish personality and attitude, since he relates to his companions quite the same way a wolf leader relates to its pack;
** A regular guard dog due to his unswerving loyalty and protectiveness towards his lover and the ones he considers a part of his "pack".
* AnimeHair: Averted. Guts has the spikiest hair in the series, but when it gets wet, it noticeably droops down until it's dry again (which doesn't happen in the next panel).
* AntiHero: In addition to {{Badass}}, he has AntiHero tropes covered all over him.
** Though mainly a NominalHero, Guts has had shades of, in chronological order of his life:
** UnscrupulousHero: Initially, Guts, during his days as a member of the Band of Hawks. While not really a "good" guy, he cared for his comrades and genuinely wanted to help them in their goals, and only reserved his ruthlessness for his enemies.
** NominalHero: After Griffith's betrayal, he's even more of this especially during his vengeance-driven Black Swordsman days, in which he fought due to his extreme hatred toward apostles. Even before that, the primary reason that Guts joined the Hawks was because [[DefeatMeansFriendship he lost his bid]] and [[DefaultToGood he was doing his job as a mercenary]], though it did not mean that he didn't care for his comrades or their personal goals and achievements.
** BarbarianHero: Guts might not be a straight historic example of a barbarian, [[TheBerserker but he sure fights like one.]] He has the [[{{BFS}} big, crude sword]], [[HeroicBuild muscled]], can defeat magical enemies and monsters [[BadassNormal with zero magic]], and is a LightningBruiser. Also insinuated by Guts himself that although he is not the most morally upstanding guy, he had more standards than the other mercenary crews that he hung around, making him that white sheep in a bad barbarian band. To end, WordOfGod said that part of Guts's character was based off of Rutger Hauger's character in the movie ''Flesh And Blood.''
** Other anti-hero traits (not necessarily related to the sliding scale of morality) Guts possesses are:
** ByronicHero: Is the best example of this sub-type in anime. Morally neutral? Check. Largely concerned with personal interests? Yes, indeed. Disrespect of common authority? Oh, yeah. Defined by conflict, inner and outer? Definitely. Introspective loner? Affirmative. Guilty of horrible crimes? ''Yyyyep.'' Intelligent? He may not be educated, but he is NOT stupid. An exile? From more than one place. Cynical and self destructive? Uh-huh. Not such a good idea to hang around him? [[DoomMagnet Oh, boy...]]
** NinetiesAntiHero: Guts is a card-carrying example of this too. He has a [[DarkAgeOfSupernames gritty but simple name]], [[ImplacableMan doesn't care about hurting people who get in his way]], [[HeroicBuild is ridiculously muscle-toned]], [[BadassBandolier has too many bags on his person]], a {{Badass}} with angst and [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]] to boot, has a ludicrous {{BFS}}, and to top it, he was born in the nineties.
** SociopathicHero: Yeahhh... It's a bit foolish to say that Guts doesn't get a ''teensy'' bit of satisfaction from smashing the skulls of his enemies in half. He has also engaged in some ColdBloodedTorture of some particularly horrible enemies before killing them, with no purpose beyond making them suffer...[[KickTheSonOfABitch and we probably cheer him for that.]]
*** This trait is [[PlayedForLaughs played up]] in the abridged series.
* ArmCannon: His prosthetic limb is a literal case. It can also mount a crossbow.
* ArtifactOfDoom: He's been carrying around the Count's Behelit ever since Volume 2, and comments made by a horde of ghosts and Slan of the Godhand imply ownership of it has somehow transferred to him.
* ArtificialLimbs: After losing his left arm, Guts replaced it with a [[SwissArmyAppendage multi-purpose prosthetic]]. It has [[HollywoodMagnetism a built-in magnet]] that allows it to grip a sword, it can be used to mount a repeating crossbow, and it has a [[ArmCannon miniature gunpowder cannon built into it]]. It's also handy for punching people. Hard.
* AsideGlance: Guts does a silent one to the audience after killing the succubus in chapter one. It's a final warning before the story truely begins.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: His name is ''Guts''. You simply ''have'' to be {{Badass}} to live up to a name like that.
* AxCrazy: When his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide inner beast takes over]], no-one is safe.
* {{Badass}}: Everything in Guts just '''screams''' ultimate badassery.
** BadassAdorable: Guts was a pretty cute kid when he was a ChildSoldier who could hold his own pretty well on the battle field.
** BadassBandolier: So many straps around his chest, iconic of a NinetiesAntiHero.
** BadassBaritone: Damn - even his voice is badass! And it was shown (or rather, heard) in the anime that Guts went through some ''major'' puberty at around age 14 or 15 since he has a deep voice then. It just adds to [[TallDarkAndHandsome teh sexiness.]]
** BadassCape: For all purposes. Dramatic effect, blanket, protecting Casca from the cold, deflecting arrows (yes)...
** BadassCreed: His sword's description counts, as it's oft-repeated by people who can't believe he can actually USE the damn thing. "A giant hunk of raw iron" indeed...
** BadassInDistress: Happens surprisingly often over the course of the series. Sometimes even the ultimate badass gets in a position he just can't escape from on his own. It's usually Puck who needs to come to the rescue with his healing dust, even a couple of times before they actually meet.
** BadassNormal: Points added when said badassery is natural!
** BadassTransplant: Not only does his magnetic arm have a crossbow in it, [[SwissArmyAppendage it can change into]] a fucking arm cannon!
** BreakTheBadass: Again, something that Guts isn't immune to. Introducing, [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/004/4 the horror]] [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/004/2 that is Nosferatu Zodd.]]
** HandicappedBadass: Missing lower arm and an eye, but ''goddamn'' if it has done anything to his badassery. If anything, it's enhanced it.
** HeartbrokenBadass: Casca's [[TheOphelia unfortunate condition]] has completely deprived Guts from the affection he wants from her so bad. And ever since [[spoiler: the Beast almost got him to rape her]], she just no longer wants him which frustrates Guts even more. Still, this ''might'' change if the quest to Elfhelm is successful.
** TookALevelInBadass: His entire life has been spent doing this.
* BattleCouple: With Casca pre-Eclipse.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: It isn't really as hard as you would imagine to get on his good side. All you have to do is treat him like a normal human being. It doesn't happen very often.
* BelligerentSexualTension: The usual dynamics between him and Casca pre-Eclipse.
* BerserkButton: Guts has several of them:
** In general:
*** [[HatesBeingTouched Don't touch him]]. Only Casca is allowed to do that, see below. And pre-Eclipse Griffith, which is only one part of the massive HoYay between them.
*** If you try to hurt Casca in any way, shape or form, your fate is sealed.
*** Don't hurt his other friends, either. He doesn't have very many, and is quite... protective of the ones he has.
** Pre-Eclipse:
*** Messing with either Griffith or Casca (see above) pre-Eclipse was an excellent way to piss him off.
** Post-Eclipse
*** Being faced with any member of the Godhand will set him off big-time. ESPECIALLY GRIFFITH.
*** In fact, [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/122.132/50 don't]] [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/122.132/51 even]] [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/122.132/53 remind]] [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/122.132/55 Guts]] [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/122.132/56 of]] [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]].
* TheBerserker: Takes on this role, acknowledging that he realizes that his battle-crazed moments make people close to him fear him. This state is now "magically" enhanced by the use of his Berserker Armor that facilitates such fighting mode.
* BerserkerTears[=/=]ManlyTears: Twice. Once upon seeing what Griffith has been turned into upon his imprisonment. [[spoiler:The other one when being unable to save Casca from her demon rape at Femto's hands.]]
* {{BFS}}: [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100214211112/berserk/images/1/1b/Dragonslayercolour.jpg The Dragon Slayer]], Guts's primary weapon against the Apostles and the Godhand, is more of a metal slab than a true sword and he can swing it like a mere knife
* BigDamnHeroes: He pulls this off many times.
* TheBigGuy: Class 1. Guts towers over most of the people he fights alongside and most people he meets. Only Pippin was taller than him back in his younger days. Now, he is probably somewhere around the 6'8-6'9 zone (roughly between 2m and 2m05). Aside from wielding a very large weapon, Guts does not depend on his physical strength much, (since he's not seen punching boulders in half,) [[LightningBruiser and prefers to use his ridiculous speed and agility to get within attacking distance, while dodging or enduring whatever the giant demons throw at him in the meantime]].
* BigOlEyebrows: Oh yeah!
* BlackBugRoom: This is where every single bad emotion and memory is stored in Guts' mind. Puck and Schierke ventured into his inner mind only to be bombarded with [[NightmareSequence horrific images]] of the Eclipse. After going there, they both understand why Guts is so pissed off. [[EnemyWithin The Beast]] also hangs out in the same district.
* BlackKnight: Played with. He's the Black Swordsman and dons an all-black armor post-Eclipse but he's TheHero and has a bone to pick with a knight who wears all-white, Griffith.
* BlindWeaponmaster: Subverted. He lost only one of his eyes, but now Guts must face having no right visual field AND the matter of depth perception... But he seems to have taken care of that [[http://www.mangareader.net/96-1134-38/berserk/chapter-14.html through hearing.]] Nice compensation.
* BookDumb: Needless to say, Guts might not be prim and proper, tends [[TheBerserker leaps before]] [[AttackAttackAttack he looks]], and may not be as well-learned in the arts and literature as Griffith (given the medieval setting and the fact that he spent his entire life in mercenary companies, it is doubtful he even knows ''how'' to read), but the guy is ''far'' from dumb, being quite [[CombatPragmatist cunning, strategic,]] quick-witted, and yes, [[WarriorPoet even poetic.]]
* BreakTheCutie: His childhood was one big BreakTheCutie ordeal for him. By all accounts, he was a fairly nice kid who [[WellDoneSonGuy wanted to please his surrogate father]]. It did not end well. At all.
* BridalCarry: Despite having had many opportunities to do this to the many women who harbor feelings for him, only one of them got this treatment from Guts. Take a wild guess who...
* BrokenBird: Textbook case during the Golden Age Arc -- right down to lashing out physically during his breakdown -- and [[AlwaysFemale Only. Male. Example. Ever.]] Does ''not'' make him any less badass.
* CharlesAtlasSuperPower: More powerful than any human, Guts seems to have learned it due to his TrainingFromHell and from his horrific experiences during the Eclipse.
* TheComicallySerious: Guts usually remains straight-faced and serious, even while putting up with the humorous antics of his companions.
* TheCorruptible: Whenever he is under the influence of his EnemyWithin, the Beast, his very soul is in grave danger, not just the people around him.
* CosmicPlaything
* CoveredWithScars: With the amount of punishment that Guts regularly takes at the hands of his demonic enemies, he's accumulated quite a few scars over his career. Including a missing eye and forearm.
** However, those are the only permanent injuries that have any noticeable effect on him, as all the broken bones he must have received ([[spoiler: before he got the Berserker Armour to hold his body together]]) healed quickly and don't impede his physical abilities in the slightest.
** His ''entire'' body is covered completely in scars because of [[spoiler: the Berserker armor. There is a reason he is only still alive thanks to his teammate's healing magic.]] His scarring is so extensive that when he gets a fever he is in agony as his scars prevent his body from sweating out the excess heat
* CrusadingWidower: Guts fits this role since the Hawks were the closest thing to a family he ever had and he and Casca were life partners.
* CynicismCatalyst: Guts UsedToBeASweetKid. After [[spoiler:Gambino sold him to child prostitution and Donovan raped him]], Guts started to lose his innocence (as if living day to day by killing people wasn't enough of a stressor), this loss of innocence finally solidified when [[spoiler:Gambino, having lost his leg in battle and no longer able to fight or lead his men on the battlefield, got massively drunk and attempted to murder him and Guts was forced to kill him out of self-defense]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Such a shitload of this it's no wonder he's so fucked up.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Sort of; he is known as "Black Swordsman," is the hero, and can't really be called evil, but his EnemyWithin is not so benevolent.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathGlare: Most visible expression after his [[PerpetualFrowner perpetual frown.]] Still, you'd much rather want to see this than his SlasherSmile.
* DeclarationOfProtection: After Guts puts his RoaringRampageOfRevenge on hold, his top priority is to protect Casca above all else.
* DefaultToGood: Remember that when Guts was introduced as a lone teen mercenary, he was hired by the army that was aiming to bring down the fort that the Hawks were defending, and they actually lost because Guts was on the enemy side. Fortunately for Griffith and his gang, Guts was not aligned to either Midland or Tudor and just went where the money was. So when Guts lost his first fight against Griffith, swearing him over to the Hawks and their cause, Midland gained a big advantage, as having Guts fighting with the BigGood turned to tide of the war.
* [[spoiler: DefiledForever]]: Guts serves as a RareMaleExample for yet another part of his traumatic and shitty childhood.
** Debatable, as his relationship with Casca seems to have helped him overcome some of the trauma.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: He and Griffith became friends after Griffith defeated him in battle.
* DemonSlayer: TheLegionsOfHell are his quarry.
* DestructiveSavior: He's an overlap with WalkingDisasterArea and is a huge deconstruction. Until recently.
* {{Determinator}}: The absolute pinnacle of this trope. If he's not dead, whatever he's fighting is going to be, even if he's only got his teeth left to do the deed.
* DisappearedDad: We know what happened to [[{{Squick}} his birth mother,]] [[ThePlague his adoptive mother,]] and [[AccidentalMurder his adoptive father]]... so where is Guts's real daddy at??
** [[GallowsHumor If we had to guess,]] [[spoiler: probably on the next branch over.]]
* DoorstopBaby: A rather dark version of this trope. A newborn Guts was found under the hung corpse of his mother, umbilical cord still attached. For a moment his discoverers (a band of mercenaries) thought he was a stillbirth... until their leader knocked him out of the arms of his girlfriend who went and picked him up, knocking baby Guts into a puddle and making him cry. It only gets worse for him after that.
* TheDreaded: Typical pre-Eclipse reaction: "It's Guts: [[OneManArmy the Hundred-Man Slayer!]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Run!!]]" Typical post-Eclipse reaction: "What? [[BlackKnight The Black Swordsman]] is ''here?'' Oh god, [[BigNo NO!]]"
** Puck and Isidro poked fun at this [[spoiler: after part of his hair turned white after he dons the Berserker Armor]] by calling him the Almost-Black Swordsman and Slightly White Swordman.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Zigzagged since it was more of an internal conflict than an external one, as Guts had [[EarnYourTitle made a name for himself]] [[OneManArmy through his exploits with the Hawks.]] The conflict came from the fact that no matter what he did, Guts always felt that he was beneath Griffith, especially after overhearing Griffith's speech about what he deemed as a true friend: someone who goes after their dreams and doesn't blindly follow the dreams of others, someone who is equal to him. What Guts really wanted to gain out of leaving the Hawks was to someday reach a level that was the same as Griffith's so that they could then be true friends. It's really sad when you think about it that way, since [[FromBadToWorse none of that came true after he left]].
* EarnYourTitle: He's called the Hundred Man Slayer [[CaptainObvious after slaying a hundred men]].
* EnemyWithin: Guts' intense hatred and bloodlust coalesce in the shape of the Beast, a monstrous [[{{Hellhound}} dog-like creature]] with zigzag-shaped eyes and MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily, which attempt to persuade him to cast aside his newfound happiness and dedicate himself to vengeance.
* EpicBattleBoredom: Killing fifty mooks was ''nothing'' to him - [[OneManArmy he had to take it up a notch!]] And we're not necessarily talking about humans here...
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Griffith acted a lot like a {{Yandere}} towards him in the past.
* ExpressiveMask: The helmet of his Berserker Armor elongates and functions like a mouth when the Beast takes over.
* EyeRemember: Guts will ''never'' forget the last sight of his right eye. '''''[[BerserkButton Never.]]'''''
* FaceOfAThug
* FatalFlaw --> [[UnstoppableRage Wrath]]: As much as his raw rage and power has aided him on many occasions, it has probably caused more problems than solved. Not only has wrath taken a physical toll on Guts [[spoiler: remember that Guts has gotten to the point of being so very enraged that he resorted to self-mutilation, albeit for a heroic cause]], but also an emotional and spiritual toll. Through his desire for revenge, [[RevengeBeforeReason he left Casca behind]] and [[ThePowerOfHate let himself be devoured by anger and hate.]] This not only warped Guts into a dark man for a time, but it went as far as manifesting the beast, which embodies all of his wrath and [[TheCorrupter constantly goads]] Guts to go deeper into a pit of raw anger and hate. Even though Guts has found a [[WorthLivingFor greater reason to live]] in finding a cure for Casca and is [[TurnTheOtherCheek trying to turn a new leaf,]] he still has that deep seated desire to exact revenge on Griffith and [[BerserkButton will burst at the very sight or mention of him.]] These emotions within Guts will probably never go away completely. Another flaw that can be associated with Guts that goes hand-in-hand with his wrath would be his [[{{Jerkass}} cruelty]] [[ImplacableMan toward anyone who gets in the way of his revenge.]]
** A case could be made that a lot of Guts' issue stem from his blood lust: several of the above examples overlap, he caused huge amounts of friction with Casca because in battle he would ignore orders for the sake of the fight, he has shown some serious BloodKnight tendencies, and admits that he only feels alive when he's swinging his sword. Then he puts on the Berserker armour and the only thing that matters to him is spilling as much blood as he can.
* AFatherToHisMen
* {{Foil}}: To Griffith.
* FoolForLove: Not quite a "fool", but everything Guts is doing is for his lady love. That, and he has shown to be quite poetic around Casca.
* ForcedToWatch: Dogpiled by a bunch of Apostles, Guts could only watch [[spoiler: Femto molesting and raping Casca to insanity right in front of him]], unable to do a fucking thing about it, [[ScreamingWarrior screaming in rage and pain]]. It was also [[EyeRemember the last scene his right eye could see before it got clawed out.]]
* FountainOfExpies: Any hardcore, brooding badass from the east owes his dues to the original BFS-owning hundred-man slayer. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Auron]] is the best example, while VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII's main heroes Zack and Cloud... [[SubvertedTrope they'd wish]].
* FreakOut: [[spoiler: When Guts wakes up after [[WhamEpisode the Eclipse]] and finally has some time to fully realize the horrible results of the event he spends a chapter blindly running through the woods in extreme mental agony, having meaningful flashbacks about his fallen friends, [[ItsAllMyFault and clearly blaming himself for everything that happened.]] He only cools down when he remembers [[FaceHeelturn Griffith]] was the real cause of the whole nightmare. Guts promptly [[TookALevelInBadass re-invents]] himself as the [[TookALevelInJerkass Black Swordsman.]]]]
* FriendToAllChildren: Zigzagged. Guts is not the softest man to be around, and he has rough methods of dealing with people, including children. Despite everything he dishes out to them, kids genuinely seem to like Guts, and he doesn't ''really'' seem that bugged by them being around all of the time, so long as they don't get in the way. Just the fact that most of his TrueCompanions are half his age just brings the point home. Relate to WouldHurtAChild below.
* FullPotentialUpgrade: Guts needed to upgrade to the Dragon Slayer to fight Apostles without breaking his sword (which is only possible because he has the inhuman strength to cut through said enemies in the first place.)
* GeniusBruiser: He may not look it but Guts is not in the slightest what you would call dumb muscle. One noticeable example is against [[TheHedonist Wyald]] where he put a log in his torso armor and threw it at Wyald and also tied a helmeted corpse against a tree to dupe him out. He's much more of a CombatPragmatist than TheBerserker.
* GiveMyRegardsInTheNextWorld: Guts' variant:
--> "[[PreMortemOneLiner When you meet your god, tell him to leave me the FUCK alone!]]"
* GoodIsNotNice: Embodies this after finding his new FiveManBand. But he's still ''a lot'' nicer than when he was still travelling alone.
* TheGruntingOrgasm: In the third film, [[spoiler: Guts has one of these when he finishes inside of Casca.]]
* GutturalGrowler: His voice as done by Creator/NobutoshiCanna.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The fact that Guts' ears and teeth are slightly, though noticeably, more pointed than most of the human characters has been interpreted by some as implying that he is part-demon, which would explain a lot of his phenomenal abilities even before magic got involved.
* HandwrapsOfAwesome
* HannibalLecture: Guts has been captured and imprisoned twice, and both times he gets the better of his captors with his words alone.
* HatesBeingTouched: "Don't touch me. Don't '''ever''' touch me." I
** If it's Casca who does it, it's okay, as he told her himself.
** Back in the Golden Age Griffith also had a free pass, but that was a long time ago.
** He's gotten better after teaming up with Farnese, Serpico, and Schierke.
* TheHeartless: The Beast was born from Guts's negative emotions and his need for revenge for what happened during the Eclipse. Which rather disturbingly links him to [[spoiler: The Idea of Evil]], which [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve was spawned in a similar way by humanity as a whole.]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: While Griffith is the VillainWithGoodPublicity in this story, Guts is the ([[AntiHero anti]]) hero with bad publicity. There's no doubt that he has ended up saving lives by killing apostles, but because of his [[HeWhoFightsMonsters HIGHLY]] [[GoodIsNotNice morally]] [[WhatTheHellHero questionable]] [[DestructiveSavior actions,]] he's not well liked by the towns' folk that he encounters. This is most especially seen when Guts is WanderingTheEarth alone, but when he stops being [[LonersAreFreaks a loner,]] [[TookALevelInKindness makes a mood shift,]] and gets an audience because of it, a lot more people are appreciative of his actions. Still, so long as [[MessianicArchetype Griffith]] is walking the earth, Guts' presence will always be seen in a [[AntiChrist negative light.]]
* HeroesPreferSwords: Guts turned down a magic axe from Flora in favor for his trusty ol' dragonslayer.
* HeroicBSOD: He began to slip into this when Adonis died, being reminded of himself as a child, but [[HeroicSafeMode Guts snaps out of it when the guards come]]. The blue screen of death was "rebooted" when he fell into the sewers and eventually stumbled back to the tavern where the Hawks were.
* HeroicBuild: The guy is seriously ripped.
* HeroicNeutral: This is how Guts currently acts, more or less (and how he wanted to act when he left the Hawks). Doesn't want to be recruited by the dark side; doesn't want to be recruited by the (supposedly) good side. Just wants to get his girl to Elfhelm and take care of his friends. But unfortunately for him, Guts might fall out of this over time due to a case of the MessiahCreep.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The poster boy, particularly as the Black Swordsman.
* HiddenDepths: Like you wouldn't believe. See all the tropes under his name? Don't think ''any one of them alone'' completely defines him.
** [[FridgeLogic Including Hidden Depths?]]
* HitmanWithAHeart: He didn't feel very good about himself after he assassinated the Duke's son.
* HowToBeBadass: [[BadassCape Has a garment]] that billows in the wind frequently? Check. [[AwesomeMcCoolName Sweet-ass name?]] Check. [[TheDeterminator Hardly anything fazes him]] [[ImplacableMan enough to stop him in his tracks?]] Nuh uh. [[ManOnFire Gets set on fire]] frequently but thinks nothing of it? CHECK. [[WarriorPoet Comes up with dramatic lines]] at the top of his head in the heat of the moment? Yes, yes. [[HeartbrokenBadass Is angsty,]] but tends to keep it at a minimum? Yes. [[BadassNormal Remained relatively normal]] throughout all of his ordeals? How is that possible?!
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Guts is the Huge Guy to Casca's Tiny Girl, even though since [[AmazonianBeauty Casca]] is not exactly small (she and Farnese are about the same height), this is more of a ''really'' Huge Guy and Above Average Girl.
** Also, he always seems to have at least one little girl hanging around with him. Not in a weird way, they just seem to like him. He tends to treat them like an AloofOlderBrother, when he's not trying to chase them off (for their own good) with his JerkAssFacade, but every now and then he can be [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming surprisingly]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/4-16_BNFHC-142-copy-jpg_8038.jpeg sweet to them]].
* {{Hunk}}: Hubba hubba.
* TheHunter: At first he just killed things because it was his job. Now he does it because ItsPersonal.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: States this to Casca in terms of letting anyone touch him.
* IHaveYourWife: Big fan of this in his most {{Jerkass}} times. [[spoiler: Just ask Theresia and Jill.]]
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Guts ''desperately'' wants Casca to love him back once again. The mere possibility of accomplishing this is his main motivation to try to regain her sanity.
* ImmuneToFate: Believed to be this by the Skull Knight. Interesting in that the universe itself is actively trying to subvert this, as the Brand of the Sacrifice is trying to "correct the mistake" made during the Eclipse by drawing demons and ghosts to Guts in order to get him killed.
* ImplacableMan: Guts wants Griffith and the Godhands dead and nothing, not even the LegionsOfHell, will stop him.
* IneffectualLoner: Was this before running into and joining the Band of the Hawk. [[DarkAndTroubledPast Because of his past,]] Guts preferred to move around from battlefield to battlefield, never sticking around to make friends or get connections, since frankly, [[HatesBeingTouched he didn't want any.]] Then he earned the PowerOfFriendship and the PowerOfTrust as he began to value the importance of teamwork and camaraderie while with the Hawks. And then ''it'' happened ([[TotalEclipseOfThePlot you know the drill]]). And with that, Guts returned to IneffectualLoner status (in fact, [[LonersAreFreaks worse]]), [[ImplacableMan among]] [[TookALevelInJerkAss other]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters things...]])
* InsultFriendlyFire: When Guts and Casca were up against Adon and his hundred men, Adon said that they were going to capture Guts to torture him and capture Casca to use her as their "[[SexSlave toy]]." Guts, in response, said that Adon wouldn't want a woman like Casca, since she was a total bitch and that she would "[[FreudianThreat bite it right off.]]" Casca promptly elbows Guts in the head.
* InvincibleHero: Averted. For being so {{Badass}} it hurts, Guts still remains a human and there ''are'' times when his body is just too worn out to match his will and when [[BadassInDistress he may get captured]]. Additionally, be it Slan, Grunbeld or Daiba, Miura make it a point to show that even Guts wouldn't be able to make it on his own against some opponents who are out of his league.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: The reason why he is so reluctant to show more concern for his current companions. Also, it can be said that, even though he may be implacable, Guts would rather not see others get hurt as a direct result of his actions - so long as they didn't get on his bad side before hand. The clearest example of this is when he turned down Jill's request to join him in his journey.
* ItsPersonal: The reason why Guts fights apostles, especially after the Eclipse. He may be a hero of sorts, but his primary goal isn't helping people or riding the world of evil, even though most apostles are a very real threat to normal people. He just wants to [[PayEvilUntoEvil eradicate those who have caused him pain and suffering in the past]] and [[ImplacableMan will beat down anyone who gets in his way]], be they {{Mook}} or InnocentBystander.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Convinced that Casca was in love with Griffith, Guts wished the both of them happiness before leaving the Hawks even though he himself had a growing attraction to Casca at the time. It didn't end well.
* {{Jerkass}}: Like his badass-ness, Guts has several layers of jerkass-ness that seem to evolve throughout the series.
** JerkassFacade: Despite his frequent denial, Guts has definitely noble intentions but doesn't want to appear "soft" or get even more people he likes killed.
** JerkJustifications: Usually went by explanation type 1 when his jerkass-ness was at its peak: [[TheSocialDarwinist the weak are prey to the ruthless, so you have to be just like that in order to survive.]]
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Guts may be a blunt asshole a majority of the time and his goals and priorities come first - which are often at the expense of others - but just look at what one of his "selfish" goals is: taking care of Casca, the most important person in his life. Later, he also ensures the well-being of his present TrueCompanions.
** TookALevelInJerkass: After experiencing the Eclipse, Guts went from a defrosting Jerkass to a TOTAL Jerkass that almost border-lined VillainProtagonist and almost verged into a FaceHeelTurn, had he not already reached ByronicHero status by the time the series began (which is really just a special kind of jerkass if you think about). Then again, [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/000.008/59 maybe all is not lost]].
* TheJinx: Guts had the really BIG misfortune of being born from a hanged corpse. When Gambino and Sys's mercenary band came across him, the other mercenaries warned Gambino to not pick up the baby, since someone born of that nature was a bad omen. Still, Gambino allowed Sys to take the baby.... much to [[AbusiveParents Gambino's chagrin.]] After that, when bad things started to happen to Gambino and his mercenaries, [[TheScapegoat it was Guts' fault.]]
* KnightErrant: Subverted. Guts is known as the "Black Swordsman" but he isn't about helping or saving people. He has his own goals and might help along the way if it serves his agenda. Yet [[ButNowIMustGo he never settles anywhere]] and goes from town to town, seeking to kill all the Apostles who cross his path, indirectly liberating the city or people around from servitude.
** Except in those cases where the town Guts passed through ends up [[WalkingDisasterArea burned down and completely purged of human life.]] Naturally, the authorities come after him eventually.
* KnightInSourArmor: If we were to replace "knight" with "mercenary", Guts acted very much like this in beginning. He acts like a jerk who doesn't care about anyone who is near him, but he reveals that he does care about his comrades, and he tries to make the most of a bad situation when it turns worst. However, [[TookALevelInJerkass we don't need]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters to remind you]] [[ByronicHero how Guts']] [[TheSocialDarwinist worldviews changed]] [[GoodIsNotNice after the Eclipse]]. After awhile, he kinda goes back to how he was in the beginning, now that he is looking after his TrueCompanions, but Guts isn't exactly on a mission to save the world and to protect the weak: he just fights monsters to a) get closer to Griffith and the Godhand and b) to protect Casca, and he ''sometimes'' just happens to [[IWasJustPassingThrough save a bystander or two on the way]].
* LaughingMad: Does this a lot...
* LifeOrLimbDecision: Makes this harrowing decision with little hesistation in order to [[spoiler: save Casca from being raped]]. The PowerOfLove will do that to a guy.
* LightningBruiser: Is often shown to be incredibly agile despite wielding a giant sword and having [[HeroicBuild a physique more]] [[TheBigGuy suited to]] [[MightyGlacier brute strength]].
** And said sword is made that much more deadly with said speed.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: With Casca after they affirm their relationship.
* LimpAndLivid: When Guts takes too much abuse to function but keeps going anyway, he gets like this. At the end of the fight with [[spoiler: Rosine]] he does this in a way that looks a lot like the iconic "''Film/TheTerminator'' rising from the flames" scene.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: He wasn't aware of it, but he was ''very'' much this for Griffith during his days with the Hawks.
* LockedIntoStrangeness: When Guts used the berserker armor for the first time, the stress caused a [[SkunkStripe fringe of his hair to turn white.]]
* LonerTurnedFriend: Starts off as a mercenary loner struggling with his inner demons of anger and has no interest in making connections with others. Throughout the series, though, he finally begins to accept his new friends in the form of the Band of the Hawk.
** It happens again with his new TrueCompanions.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: He first met Casca in a sword fight to the death.
* MadeOfIron: Even beaten to a pulp by a much stronger foe, he still can hold his own the next day.
** His ArmCannon makes him (if only partially) MadeOfIron.
* MaleFrontalNudity: *Drools* ... What? [[BlatantLies I wasn't staring.]]
** In fact, the manga starts with a good helping of this trope, [[{{RRatedOpening}} as to inform newcomers of what's to come]].
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Despite being rather [[CelibateHero decent]] compared to [[AllMenArePerverts most other male characters]] in the series, Guts is much less nervous than Casca when both prepare to make love together. Plus, he enjoyed it ''so much'' that he then tells her straight that he wants to do that with her again ''at least'' a thousand more times.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: When Casca begins talking about the strange ([[SexIsGood but wonderful]]) feelings that she has upon losing her virginity, and then turns to Guts and tells him that she knew that it was his first time too. Guts just gives this expression that says, "man, I don't want to talk about it," and faces the other direction. However, Casca does understand why he never had sex with a woman before [[spoiler: because of his childhood rape.]]
* MasterSwordsman: Though his style crude and often barbaric, Guts is nonetheless consider this, especially since he's wielding a sword not many others can.
** Not only that but Guts is usually able to use the terrain to his advantage (only Serpico can use the terrain better though he always picks the field to maximise his advantage) and is able to read an analyse his opponents strengths and plans with ease
* MenAreUncultured: The only way for Guts to get into books and [[DancesAndBalls pimped-out balls]] is if some sort of woman is involved. [[spoiler: With the former, it has to be pornographic]]. To be fair, that [[spoiler: pornographic]] book was the only one (eagerly) offered to him by Griffith, and he did read it, but focused on what Griffith was saying. And the reason for going to the ball was to see all his friends enjoying their hard earned social success [[spoiler: and be ready to follow the blackmailing/murdering plans of Griffith.]]
* MenDontCry: Subverted. Apart from ManlyTears, Guts truly cried once in front of Casca [[spoiler:upon making love to her and almost choking her when he recalled his rape experience]]. This doesn't deprive him from being a total {{Badass}}... Even when Guts had become the badass Black Swordsman, Guts cried some (for a brief moment). After narrowly escaping an encounter with his mortal enemies, the God Hand, Guts encouraged the Count's daughter Theresia to hate him in order to prevent her from committing suicide.
* MessiahCreep: Guts doesn't care about saving the world very much, but he gradually moves in this direction as he gains more followers and beats bigger and badder monsters. Who else is going to do it anyway?
* MindRape: "Mundane" torture scenario. What Femto did to Guts during the eclipse was rape in every form. It's especially vile since [[spoiler: Femto mind raped Guts by physically raping Casca in front of him, [[FridgeHorror which he probably did]] to invoke Guts' memories of being raped as a child.]]
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: [[AfraidOfNeedles Needles!]] Guts really can't bear these and cries like a baby whenever he gets his wounds stitched. [[{{Badass}} Yes]], we can see the [[{{MadeOfIron}} irony.]]
* MissingMom: This overused shonen trope is taken to the extreme since Guts' real mother was dead before he even fell out of her and his adoptive mother died from the plague when Guts was three. There is a chance Guts might have never even [[RaisedByDudes talked to a woman]] before he met Casca...
* MrFanservice: Maybe not intentional but the guy is ''very'' [[TallDarkAndHandsome tall]], ''very'' [[HeroicBuild ripped]], ruggedly handsome, appears [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] or even [[MaleFrontalNudity completely naked]] several times, so it only comes with the territory that he garnered a devoted female fandom.
* MustMakeHerLaugh: After all of the crap that they had gone through since the Eclipse, all that Guts wants to do is to make Casca smile.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Happens two prominent times. First was when he accidentally [[spoiler: killed the Count's son]] leading him to go into HeroicBSOD mode. The second was when he almost [[spoiler: [[NearRapeExperience raped Casca]] when the Beast got the best of him.]] After that, Guts began to keep his distance from her, fearing that he might hurt her again - [[MurderTheHypotenuse or worse.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: Guts' greatest failure is not only [[spoiler:being unable to save Casca from being raped by Femto during the Eclipse]], but also [[spoiler:leaving her to deal with her trauma alone for two years to pursue revenge against Griffith and deal with his own trauma alone]].
** Guts is also painfully aware of the fact that his abandoning of the Hawks is the root cause of everything bad that went down. Made extra painfull by the fact that [[spoiler:Guts ended his one year pilgrimage by concluding that his place was with the Hawks after all]].
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: It can't be a coincidence his name sounds like that of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Götz_von_Berlichingen Gotz Von Berlichingen]], a real-life mercenary with an iron hand? (WordOfGod says it ''is'' a coincidence. [[UnreliableExpositor It's up to you]] [[ContrivedCoincidence if you]] [[BlatantLies believe him]].)
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[InvertedTrope If you're a bad guy]], try not to come across a guy named "Guts" - he'll be sure to [[LudicrousGibs splatter yours]].
* NearRapeExperience: [[spoiler:During the Millennium Falcon arc, Casca almost gets raped by Guts when he succumbs to the Beast.]]
* NeverMyFault: When he returned to Godo's house to find Casca was missing, Guts immediately went to blaming Rickert instead of looking how he played a role in Casca's condition.
* NeverSleepAgain: Ever since he got the brand, Guts can only get some shut eye when he finds a spot in full sunlight. Eventually he gets so conditioned to this he can't fall asleep at nighttime anymore even when he knows he is in a safe spot.
* NiceHat: Usually not his thing exept that one time when [[spoiler: Guts was scheming with Griffith against the queen.]] The hat seemed so out of character some viewers at first didn't even recognize the mysterious assassin even tough he was using a big sword. After that, we realise how good he looks with it.
* NoBadassToHisValet: Yeah. Yelling and [[DeathGlare death glaring]] might work to intimidate the other people present, Guts, but that ain't gonna work on Godo. Now sit down, shut up, and receive your WhatTheHellHero lecture like a man.
* NobleDemon: A seriously pissed off Guts will become much like a demon himself, but his staunch resolve to remain human and the presence of his MoralityChain (read: Casca) prevents him from completely delving into full-blown "demonhood."
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Roguish Male to Griffith's, and later Serpico's Noble Male.
* NoSocialSkills
* ObliviousToLove: He never really bothered to realize that Casca wanted him to stay with the Hawks because she was falling in love with him. He also completely and utterly failed to notice how obsessed Griffith was with him, to the point of assuming that his utterly crushed stance when Guts is leaving has to do with Griffith being unable to deal with being defeated.
* OfficialCouple: With Casca.
* OneManArmy: He got the moniker Hundred Man Slayer ''before'' becoming the monster-killer he is today.
* PapaWolf: Surprisingly, he's more of this to Schierke than to the Child, but probably because [[MamaBear Casca won't let Guts near him]]. They also don't get to spend much time together so far, since he's always battling monsters whenever he shows up. Then again, this is usually a cue in [[ParentsInDistress for their own little relationship.]]
* PermaShave: It's a given that [[{{Bishonen}} Griffith]] doesn't have a beard, but Mr. Manly-Man Guts doesn't have any facial hair either. The scars will do.
* PerpetualFrowner: When Guts isn't wearing a SlasherSmile or some sardonic and smug one, he's wearing this. Seen especially after the Eclipse.
** Corkus berates Guts for this claiming that Gut's constant frown and general [[LoadBearingHero load bearing]] demeanour piss him off (but then again this is Corkus)
* PetTheDog: Just when you're ready to write him down as a simple VillainProtagonist, he up and does one of these when you least expect it. It usually happens to children... even the very children he was using as bait or shields against monsters not one chapter ago.
* PlotArmor: Due to having been branded and sacrificed by Griffith upon the Eclipse, Guts cannot be sacrificed again by anyone, as was exposed during his run-in with the Count. But that's cold comfort when you still have the LegionsOfHell at your back 24/7. By extension, Casca shares this "protection".
* PlotMagnet: In several ways, mostly due to his Brand.
** ChickMagnet: After the Golden Age arc he seems to develop a talent for getting younger girls to fall for him. Not that he's even trying.
*** Actually, he gets a young admirer right after the first apostle fight. Too bad she died.
*** CluelessChickMagnet: Due in part to his SingleTargetSexuality, Guts really doesn't care to acknowledge the effects he has on girls.
** DoomMagnet: There's an 8.5 out of 10 chance that any place that Guts steps in will be brought down to rubble and gore.
** FightMagnet: Be they monster or mook, things just want to fight with Guts. And they usually lose terribly.
** WeirdnessMagnet: Even when he's not fighting for his life, Guts just runs into weird-ass shit all the time.
* PointyEars: Not ''nearly'' as pointy as many of the supernatural entities in the series, but his ears are still noticeably so when compared to other humans. They also get decidedly pointy whenever he dons his Berserker armour and Schierke exposes his astral visage, which clearly sports a pair of black, elungated PointyEars. (See DisappearedDad above for what this might mean.)
* ThePowerOfLove: No matter how you look at it, his current driving force is his love for Casca. Nothing un-{{Badass}} here. He just doesn't want to lose the last being on Earth able to actually warm up his heart. Sure his new TrueCompanions are important and all, but Casca is on a ''completely'' different level.
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: ... a little ''too'' much...
* RaisedByDudes: And abusive dudes at that, hence his maladjusted behaviour around people in general. When it came to interacting and understanding women, especially with [[SugarAndIcePersonality Casca]], Guts was a typical clueless guy and his behavior was [[HeManWomanHater straight-up]] [[StayInTheKitchen sexist.]] He eventually gets over his initial ignorance and ill-manners toward women (well, [[SingleTargetSexuality at least in the case of Casca]]), but now he had to tackle a little feeling known as "[[ObliviousToLove love.]]"
* RatedMForManly
* [[spoiler:RapeAsBackstory: After Gambino sold him to child prostitution, Guts couldn't avoid getting what was coming to him, no matter how hard he fought it. Even though [[RapeAndRevenge he managed to exact revenge sometime later]].]]
* ARealManIsAKiller: Guts became a real man when he was just nine years old...
* RealMenEatMeat: [[NeverLiveItDown ESPECIALLY rat meat]] - and wash it down with blood.
* RealMenHateAffection: Zigzagged all along the story. He is gruff, blunt, aloof, dismissive and HatesBeingTouched but there ''are'' times where he shows a warmer side of himself. For instance, he is quite surprised to find himself appreciating the company of his new TrueCompanions and he ''really'', '''''really''''' wants Casca to love him again.
* RealMenWearPink: The first traveling companion of this [[TallDarkAndHandsome dark, towering, wayward swordsman]] is none other than - a ''faerie''... So why does this man continue to strike fear into my heart despite this?
** The fact that he can cleave you in twain in the blink of an eye very splattertastically?
** ... Yeah, that ought to do it.
* RedBaron: His moniker is, all together now... The Black Swordsman. (In case you forgot...)
** Before he became The Black Swordsman he was "The Hundred man slayer" and "The Hawk Raid Leader" based, [[ShapedLikeItself you guessed it]], killing over a hundred men in a single sitting and leading the hawks raiding party. Both of these titles struck fear into people who were facing him down.
* RedIsHeroic: Subverted. In the Golden Age Arc movies, Guts wore a [[RedOniBlueOni red cape to contrast with Griffith's blue-lined cape.]] Of course, he's only a NominalHero and isn't even [[TheHero THE hero]] in the Golden Age Arc (that went to Griffith - [[VillainProtagonist for a time]]). Guts is, however, TheProtagonist of the story.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red Oni to Griffith's Blue Oni.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The very reason why he wants to take on Griffith and the Apostles.
** Until the Tower of Conviction arc this sums up the series. The Black Dog keeps trying to tempt him back into this, telling him to just kill Casca and go back to trying to kill Griffith and anything in his way is just practice.
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Since childhood, [[ChildSoldier Guts has been trained as a warrior]]. Now, he can wield an [[{{BFS}} impossible weapon]] with [[OneHandedZweihander one hand]] and can [[OneManArmy take out scores of enemies all by himself. Sometimes ''in one swing''.]] ... It's just too bad that he has [[NoSocialSkills crummy social skills]] because of [[RaisedByDudes his upbringing]] ([[RapeAsBackstory along with his traumatic backstory]]).
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Before the [[BadassCape cape]], Guts had the scarf - and it kicked so much ass.
* ScarsAreForever: Though he's CoveredWithScars and the [[MarkOfTheBeast Brand of Sacrifice]] takes up a lot of attention, Guts' signature scar is the one that's on the bridge of his nose, [[TrainingFromHell given to him by Gambino when Guts was training as a child.]] Yeah. It's still there, guys.
* ScaryTeeth: As much as we all look forward to [[WhenSheSmiles seeing Guts smile,]] whenever he does so, it's never with teeth... maybe because every time he bears his teeth, we see huge pearly gnashers with rather intimidating canines. Still pretty impressive in an age with no orthodontists. And to add...
** TechnicallyASmile: This behavior does trace along FridgeBrilliance, as Guts only bears his teeth when he's pissed off, or at the very least, trying to intimidate someone.
* ScreamingWarrior: When Guts gets ''really'' pissed, he'll often start yelling at the top of his lungs as he starts laying about with his {{BFS}}.
* SecondLove: For Casca, once she realizes there is no place in Griffith's heart for her.
* SelfDestructiveCharge: Guts does this often, but the best example comes during the Eclipse, [[spoiler:when he is trying to save Casca. First he rushes through a wall of demons and almost gets ripped to shreds, then he has to hack off his arm to continue the fight and he wouldn't have lost his eye if he wasn't trying so hard to push himself up wile pinned down.]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: Subverted in that Gambino wasn't actually his father, and [[AccidentalMurder it was an accident.]]
* ShirtlessScene: Much to the {{Fangirl}}s' joy and, strangely, him being CoveredWithScars doesn't make him any less attractive.
* ShroudedInMyth: According to Isidro, Guts didn't kill 100 soldiers, but 1,000. Guts refused to elaborate.
* SingleTargetSexuality: As mentioned above, Guts is one of the least sex-motivated male characters in the series, and has [[ChickMagnet attracted]], been [[PrecociousCrush fawned over]], been [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty molested by]], and has seen numerous women naked. But at the end of the day, he only has eyes for one woman: Casca. [[spoiler: Aside from that one time where he had sex with a she-apostle - whose intent was to eat him alive during intercourse - but he knew it all along in order to slay it]], Guts has only had [[spoiler: consensual]] sex once in his life, and it was with her [[spoiler: after getting through some post-traumatic stress from being anally raped when he was a kid]] and only [[AManIsAlwaysEager looked forward to doing it more with Casca]]. Even after all of the horrible events that the two of them have been through, Guts is still strongly devoted to Casca.
** Also, though his monogamy toward Casca is hardly a bad thing, [[ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere it's also deconstructed]], as Guts' attraction toward Casca has been the only time that Guts has played the AllMenArePerverts trope straight, some instances being a bit more disturbing, such as when [[spoiler: Guts came close to forcing himself on Casca after the Eclipse when he accidentally ripped her clothes]] or when [[spoiler: Guts almost raped Casca in volume 23.]]
* SirSwearsALot: He's a goddamn fucking knight in black fucking armor.
* SkunkStripe: The first time Guts puts on the Berserker Armor, he gains a streak of white in his hair.
* SlasherSmile: The only type of smile Guts is ever shown to have with few exceptions during the Golden Age Arc.
** He does give a genuine smile when he learns there's a possibility of Casca being cured. So that's one non-slasher smile in a good two years.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Well, he's got pauldrons, so there's that...
* TheSocialDarwinist: Back when he was [[TookALevelInJerkass a bigger jerk than normal]], Guts adopted the "only the strong deserve to live" motto as his own. The irony in this is that [[spoiler: he verbally condemned Casca, who is currently defenseless and can't take care of herself, to the same fate as those who couldn't fight against the strong]]. Alas, [[WhatTheHellHero Guts cleaned up his act after awhile]] and seems to have dropped this ideology upon re-realizing [[DeclarationOfProtection what he wanted to protect the most]].
* StarCrossedLovers: He and Casca are two of a kind and paid dearly for this...
* StayInTheKitchen: Once tried this on Casca after her first battle against Adon, when she got incapacitated by her period and both fell off a cliff due to her fainting from exhaustion. Subverted in that it had the effect of a RousingSpeech rather than a demotivator, which was his intent all along.
* TheStoic: He tends to keep his emotions at a minimum, [[RealMenHateAffection and really only opens up toward people whom he trusts.]] Corkus once claimed that this was the reason why he hated him so much.
** NotSoStoic: Well, Guts isn't completely devoid of emotions, since he does have the capability of showing one most of the time: [[UnstoppableRage anger.]] Also, there were times that just proved too much for Guts [[spoiler:such as recanting his abusive childhood to Casca.]]
* StupidSexyFlanders: Overloaded with testosterone, chiselled physique, dark, rugged, [[TallDarkAndHandsome handsome]]... Need we say more?
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: The Beast, his EnemyWithin, one of the most evil entities of the series (and in a series that includes Griffith / Femto and [[spoiler: [[GodOfEvil the Idea of Evil]]]], that's saying something). [[spoiler:It used to live in harmony with Guts during the Retribution Arc but, now that he decided not to lose Casca to anyone or anything, the Beast constantly tries to goad Guts into killing Casca so it could take over his body again,]] and when Guts wears the Berserker Armor, [[SplitPersonalityTakeover he opens himself wide open to its influence.]]
* SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder: As stated in the recent chapter 328, Gambino would send his front lines in as decoys in order to get shot at by the enemy archers - including Guts. Apparently, it wasn't enough to get Guts killed, even if Gambino passed it off as a "life lesson" and we can only assume that's he's tried this before. Jerk.
* SurvivorGuilt: Interestingly enough, most of this comes not from his horrible experience during the Eclipse, but from his horrible childhood experience of [[spoiler: being raped by Donovan.]] As with most survivors of [[spoiler: sexual abuse and assault]], Guts blamed himself for not being able to defend himself against Donovan, even though he shouldn't because Guts - who was only about six or seven at the time - couldn't have put up a fight against a guy who was easily ten times bigger than he, and that it wasn't his fault to begin with: it was [[spoiler: his crummy adoptive father who was to blame, since he fucking '''sold him for three silver coins'''.]]
* SwissArmyAppendage: As noted multiple times, Guts's ArtificialArm can switch between being a repeating crossbow and a cannon.
* SympatheticMurderBackstory: He had to kill two major people in his pre-Hawks backstory apart from those he killed in battle as a child mercenary. [[spoiler:The first was Donovan, a pederast soldier in his adoptive father Gambino's band, who Guts killed in revenge for having raped him. The other was Gambino himself, who Guts had to kill in self-defense after Gambino lost his leg, got drunk one night and tried to murder him because he blamed the poor kid for the death of his lover from the plague. The latter killing affected him quite more strongly than the former, though he still has the aversion to being touched which came from Donovan's attack on him.]]
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TechnicalVirgin: Although he was [[spoiler: anally raped by Donovan as a child]], Guts never had consensual intercourse until his time with Casca.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: [[BerserkButton And lots of things do,]] so don't rub him the wrong way for your own sake.
* ThatThingIsNotMyChild: This seems to be much how Guts reacts to his FetusTerrible child. Unfortunately for him, the horribly marred fetus ''IS'' his child.
* TookALevelInKindness: After having gained so many [[TookALevelInJerkass jerkass levels]], Guts gets progressively nicer after a resounding WhatTheHellHero from Godo, and especially after forming a group of TrueCompanions.
* TragicKeepsake: Casca is this to him since she is the last remnant of the original Band of the Hawk aside of him. Additionally, the throwing knives and strap that he kept from Judeau.
* TrashTalk: It's a male pride thing. When he has no strength left to fight anymore, Guts will still stand up to his opponents and trash talk them until he drops. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Serpico upon his EnemyMine moment with Zodd against Ganishka.
---> '''Serpico''': "Don't tell me he got up only for the sake of trash-talking Zodd..."
* TwentyFourHourArmor: Considering that his ass is constantly swarmed with evil spirits attracted to his brand, [[JustifiedTrope it's best to be prepared.]]
* UhOhEyes: Take heed in this warning, children, as the windows to Guts' soul also signify how much immediate danger you are in:
** HellishPupils: Be prepared to lose a limb or two.
** WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: If you value your life, stop moving and play dead.
** BlankWhiteEyes: You will not survive to read the end of this [[KilledMidSentence sen -]]
* TheUnfettered: Not so much right now, but during his Black Swordsman days, Guts would let ''nothing'' get in the way of killing an Apostle.
* UnskilledButStrong: Strongly averted. In the first chapters, we think that he only has strong, but later, when he fights without being in ''Rage-mode'', i.e. in the Golden Age arc, he displays true talent in swordsmanship. In fact, he is probably one of the most skilled swordsmen in-universe.
* UnstoppableRage: Guts runs on this. Especially when he has the Berserker Armor.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Up until [[spoiler: Gambino sold him to Donovan for a night and Guts killed Gambino in self-defense two years later.]]
* WalkingDisasterArea: Everywhere this guy goes, calamity happens, mainly due to him being a complete WeirdnessMagnet thanks to the Brand.
* WalkingTheEarth: Especially during the first 3 volumes where he was the Black Swordsman.
* WarriorPoet: Guts eventually becomes an aloof, melancholic one after finding his new TrueCompanions.
** He had his moments even before that: following the 100-man slaying incident, he has a surprisingly [[http://www.mangareader.net/96-1127-122/berserk/chapter-7.html poetic conversation with Casca,]] and she is just as surprised as the reader to see that he has these sorts of HiddenDepths.
** During his not-very-nice rampaging Black Swordsman days, he gave a "ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies" explanation to Jill that was a tearjerker, an awesome, and a heartwarming moment all in one.
* WeaponOfChoice[=/=]ChoiceOfTwoWeapons: His [[{{BFS}} big fucking swords]], primarily the [[NamedWeapon Dragon Slayer]]. Later, his ArmCannon/[[BowAndSwordInAccord repeating crossbow]] is added to his arsenal.
** Schrieke tries to offer him an enchanted axe to use against the apostles and other monsters, which Guts refuses, saying that he'd rather a simple weapon he knows than a magical one he doesn't.
* WellDoneSonGuy: As a kid, Guts's primary motivation was to make his adoptive father Gambino proud. It ended badly.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Griffith.
* WhenHeSmiles: In volume 28, Guts briefly gives a true smile upon hearing from the Skull Knight that Casca might be cured of her insanity once and for all if he gets her to Elfhelm. Schierke, who is present, gives a soft reaction of happiness that she was able to see Guts smile like this.
* WholeCostumeReference: His [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gutsbatman.jpg Berserker Armor]] looks kinda similar to Franchise/{{Batman}}
* WifeBasherBasher: Hey, Guts might be gruff and uncaring at times, but he's not about to stand idly by while a grown ass man beats a woman senseless. He at least gets Puck to take care of it if he doesn't do it himself.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Casca throughout the Golden Age arc.
** TheyDo: Before Griffith's rescue, they had a RelationshipUpgrade. Unfortunately, [[StarCrossedLovers they couldn't enjoy their relationship for long.]]
* WonderChild: He gave a grieving childless woman the gift of motherhood by being another woman's orphaned newborn.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: He doesn't exactly want to destroy the world...but he is willing to [[WalkingDisasterArea walk a path of destruction]] to get to where he wants to be, [[ImplacableMan and he doesn't care who gets in his way]]. Some say that his quest to destroying the Godhand [[DeathSeeker is suicidal]] and his seething hatred for the Apostles [[HeWhoFightsMonsters is just as horrific]], and there ''might'' have been some truth to that before [[WhatTheHellHero he got a call back]] to what was most important to him: protecting the woman that he loves, Casca. That's right. [[StarCrossedLovers These two]] were unfortunate enough to have gone through the worse shit imaginable, and it will all end with both of them [[spoiler:spending an eternity in hell]] thanks to their former friend making an epic FaceHeelTurn. The only way to spare he and his lover of this horrible fate in the ''smallest'' way possible? Kill the LegionsOfHell by himself!
* WorthLivingFor: For Casca's sake.
* WouldHitAGirl: Justified. Holding back against women like Rosine, Slan or the Female Apostle who are ANYTHING but weak and harmless would be plain ''suicidal''.
* WouldHurtAChild: He isn't a ByronicHero for nothing you know...
** ... But it should be mentioned that because of his status as an AntiHero, Guts doesn't enjoy killing or hurting children, and so far, he has only killed kids who became monsters, and therefore, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Guts sees them as fair game]] (that, [[JustifiedTrope and they were trying to kill him]]), and by accident; in both situations, he didn't take it too well. In truth, most kids actually LIKE Guts - a lot more [[AdultsAreUseless than the adults]] - and Guts is okay with them being around him [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold more or less.]]
*** Also, while he has used children as human shields before, the enemy in question has backed down rather than let the child get hurt. Consequently we don't know what Guts' reaction would be if the child had actually died because of him.
*** There ''was'' that time where he used a kid as a bait, [[PetTheDog but he apologized for it afterwards after making sure he's ok,]] after [[ShamingTheMob chastising the villagers for being cowards who do nothing to help the kid and chose to cower in their homes.]]
*** The one exception was with Adonis. However, Guts' attack was one of pure reaction, and after he'd realized what he'd done, was visibly horrified by it.
* YoungerThanHeLooks: If we keep track of these dozens of {{Time Skip}}s, Guts should still only be in his early twenties, but with all of the stress of fighting throughout his life (and other traumatic ordeals), he looks to be in his thirties.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Guts taunts Theresa after he just killed her monstrous Apostle father the Count. Theresa furiously swears that she'll kill Guts someday, somehow. Guts sneers at this, but the moment he turns his head away he looks like he's on the brink of tears. After his own painful daddy issues are revealed, it's clear in hindsight that Guts was just trying to give Theresa something to help her deal with her grief.
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[[Characters/BerserkGriffithFemto Griffith/Femto]]
!!! Voiced by: Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (adult) and MinamiTakayama (child) (Japanese, TV series), Creator/TakahiroSakurai (Japanese, movies), Kevin T. Collins (English, TV series and movies), Creator/VeronicaTaylor (English, child)

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-> ''"I did not betray my dream. That is all."''

-> ''"The Black Swordsman, you say? His petty existence is beneath our notice."''

A stock [[WhiteHairBlackHeart white-haired pretty boy]] and leader of the mercenaries known as the Band of the Hawk, he is also Guts's closest friend until the Eclipse. Griffith recruits Guts to his band [[DefeatMeansFriendship after defeating him in battle,]] and Guts quickly becomes his right-hand man. There are also many hints that his friendship with Guts [[HoYay might not be completely platonic...]]

Griffith is driven by his dream of obtaining his own kingdom, and stops at nothing to obtain it. He is in a good position to do so, being a cunning strategist, an unusually skilled swordsman, extremely charismatic, and a shrewd politician. It also helps that he possesses the Crimson Behelit, an ArtifactOfDoom that protects him from death several times. Griffith lacks any real scruples in his efforts to get what he wants - kidnapping, assassination, and self-abasement, [[spoiler:even to the point of prostituting himself once so he could finance the Hawks,]] are all considered acceptable, even necessary steps towards his ultimate goal.

Upon nearly achieving his dream, however, [[EtTuBrute he falls apart when Guts chooses to leave the Hawks]], an action born from Griffith's own philosophies of independence and the tireless pursuit of one's dream. Devastated, he seeks temporary solace by sleeping with Princess Charlotte, an act that sets off the inevitable countdown to the Eclipse. Crippled for life after a full year of torture on the King's orders for having deflowered the Princess, Griffith is later freed by his companions. After overhearing Casca convince Guts to leave ''again'', Griffith crosses the DespairEventHorizon and uses the Crimson Behelit to summon the Godhand, albeit unknowingly.

After betraying and sacrificing his whole party to the Godhand and [[spoiler: the Idea of Evil]], Griffith becomes Femto, the fifth member of the Godhand, earning Guts's undying hatred both for throwing him and his comrades to the wolves in order to become a Godhand and for [[spoiler:raping Casca to insanity right in front of him in his first act as Femto]]. Griffith is later reincarnated into a human form after the mock Eclipse at the Tower of Punishment. Having gathered a new Band of the Hawk, one primarily composed of Apostles, he sets off to follow his dream once more. He is currently [[spoiler: claiming ownership of his freshly conquered kingdom, Falconia, after defeating Ganishka in a massive FinalBattle and fusing the physical and astral realms]].

As Femto he appears as a dark, massively muscled figure with taloned feet like a hawk, clawed hands, large bat-like CapeWings, and a hood that is modelled on the hawk-helmet Griffith wore back when he commanded the Band of the Hawk.

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* AffablyEvil: Pre-Eclipse, there wasn't much he wouldn't stoop to if it would help achieve his goals, but he wouldn't go out of his way to be cruel and had several PetTheDog moments. Post-Eclipse he may be closer to FauxAffablyEvil territory, although this is a point of contention among the fandom.
[[Characters/BerserkCasca Casca]]
* AgentPeacock
* AlmightyJanitor: Subverted. Not only were people surprised at the charisma and military knowledge that Griffith carried, but they were most surprised at the fact that he is not even of noble birth, climbing up in rank in the Midland army from a street kid with a ragtag bunch of misfits to a knight general. [[AristocratsAreEvil The upper class saw this as a threat to their own power.]]
* AmbitionIsEvil: In pursuit of his dream of obtaining his own kingdom, Griffith has sacrificed the original Band of the Hawk, [[spoiler: [[RapeLeadsToInsanity raped Casca to insanity]] while [[ForcedToWatch making Guts watch]]]], and become a powerful demon, among other things.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Sure, his sleeping with Princess Charlotte becomes a major plot-point, but the sheer amount of HoYay he throws in
[[Characters/BerserkGutsCompanions Guts' direction coupled with his reaction once Guts leaves suggests an obsession beyond mere friendship.
* AndIMustScream: Suffers a purely physical and realistic form of this after being tortured for a year by the Midland King's orders. [[BodyHorror His body is emaciated almost to the bone]], [[TongueTrauma his tongue is cut out]] and his tendons are removed. He's been reduced to an immobile cripple, and things [[DespairEventHorizon only get worse]] [[MoralEventHorizon from there.]]
* AnimalMotifs: The white hawk, quite appropriately. As well as a Griffin for both his bird like motif and the fact that [[MeaningfulName the name Griffith sounds similar to Griffin.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: His Crimson Behelit.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: To the worst plane imaginable.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Half of the Hawks joined under Griffith because [[LikeAGodToMe his mere image put them in a state of awe.]] The other half joined under Griffith because they saw him a strong leader that they wanted to follow - meaning that most of them got their asses kicked by him when they tried to confront him. [[spoiler: Same with the new Band of Hawks, with added prophecy bonus.]]
* AttemptedRape: When he sees how close Guts and Casca have become, Griffith tries to rape Casca in a fit of jealousy and despair when she comes to check on his wounds. Being in a crippled state he isn't capable of doing much and rather than being disgusted Casca just feels sorry for him. Doubles as foreshadowing for what happens in the Eclipse.
* AxCrazy: As Femto.
* {{Badass}}: Just as Badass as Guts in his own way.
** BadassCape
** BadassNormal: Pre-Eclipse.
*** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Afterwards, things are different.
** CulturedBadass
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Unlike Guts, Griffith is shown as a Ken doll. [[AvertedTrope Femto]], [[{{Squick}} however...]]
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Heavily implied to be a huge factor in how he wins people over.
** BeautyIsBad: And now, it ain't such a good thing anymore.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: RareMaleExample. Well, except for that one time where he was HORRIBLY TORTURED FOR A YEAR.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: A marginal example. The torture just got the ball rolling; it was the ''aftereffects'' that sent him over the edge.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Griffith is very courteous and mannerly. But stand in his way and you shall see hell. [[spoiler: Now literally.]]
* BigBad: Debatable, even though he currently provides the primary motivation for the story.
** BigBadDuumvirate: With the other four members of The God Hand.
* BigGood: In the past.
* BigRedDevil: When he's his Godhand ego Femto. Bonus fact is that instead of cloven hooves, he has ''hawk talons.''
* {{Bishonen}}
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Had little compunctions about disposing of his companions yet acted as a caring and well-intentioned leader.
* BreakTheHaughty: Taken to [[UpToEleven level 11]].
* BrokenAce: [[TheChessmaster Brilliant]], [[DarkMessiah charismatic]]...and completely [[{{Yandere}} fucked up]].
* BrokenPedestal: To all the Hawks because of his betrayal, but especially to Guts who considered him his best friend and Casca who was one of his most devoted worshippers.
* BungledSuicide: With his dream in tatters and his body mutilated, Griffith couldn't even end his misery.
* CapeWings: As Femto, he sports a pair of dark, menacing ones.
* TheChampion: He was this to Casca for the longest time, since he saved her from a life of sexual slavery and prostitution and gave her a new one, and she was [[IOweYouMyLife indebted to him]] to the point that it was practically [[HeroWorshipper hero worship]]. According to Judeau, she took his word as gospel and was prepared to sacrifice her life for his dream.
* CharClone: Handsome, has pretty hair, a powerful warrior, possibly abandoned by his parents, treats everyone around him as pawns, wore a mask.
* TheChessmaster
* TheChosenOne: A villainous example. He was chosen by the Crimson Behelit to become the fifth member of the Godhand during the Eclipse.
* ControlFreak: Griffith obviously believes that he can use his comrades to his disposal whenever and however he feels like. But when Guts and Casca have plans outside of his control? [[{{Yandere}} NO]] - [[IfICantHaveYou that will NOT be permitted!]]
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: The details of his back story are a bit blurry, but Griffith's parents are never mentioned and he never talked about up and leaving them like Isidro did his, so we can only assume that he lived with the street children and decided that one day, he was going to become king - and it wasn't like he had [[ParentalAbandonment parents to stop him.]]
* TheCorruptible: [[FaceHeelTurn And the process completed.]]
* CourtlyLove: Griffith [[InvokedTrope toyed with this concept]] concerning his relationship with Princess Charlotte, who was the quickest way to the throne of Midland if he were to succeed in wooing and earning her hand in marriage. The guy was doing a damn good job at it too, until he messed it all up in a moment of despair.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Towards Guts and Casca.
* DarkIsEvil: As Femto. Though it's more appearance wise than anything, as his powers so far follow the light motif.
* DarkMessiah: What he becomes after his reincarnation.
* [[spoiler:DealWithTheDevil: Like all the other Godhands before him, Griffith met the Idea of Evil and accepted its offer.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: His recruiting M.O. Besides famously winning Guts' allegiance in a duel, it's mentioned in passing that Corkus was the leader of a group of bandits before Griffith defeated him and earned his loyalty. It's never spelled out, but considering that Judeau has a shady past and is known to have run with thieves and bandits, it's likely he was recruited in a similar fashion. Post-Eclipse, this is how Zodd joins the new Band of the Hawk.
* DeflectorShields: Personal kind. One of powers that Griffith's Godhand form of Femto reveals to have during the movie, in which [[spoiler: he puts one up between he and Guts to prevent the latter from stabbing him in order to save Casca from his clutches.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: It is Griffith's crossing of this that activates his Crimson Behelit.
** Probably the visit at Charlotte's bedroom as well. Given, that he'd guessed the king's obsession with his own daughter (and thus could see how it'd probably turn out) and delivering an IShallTauntYou speech to the man, who was keeping him in his dungeons, we can assume that Griffith gave up on everything... or it would be QUITE a TooDumbToLive moment for a MagnificentBastard.
* {{Determinator}}: No matter how many people have to die and no matter what sacrifices he has to make, he ''will'' achieve his dream.
* {{Deuteragonist}}
* DevilInPlainSight: Even at the best of times, Griffith casually uttered lines like ''" You belong to me. And I will decide when and how you die."'' The only reason Guts didn't just pack up and leave right there is because he was used to being treated [[{{CrapsackWorld}} FAR WORSE]] and Grifith still managed to look idealistic.
** Also Griffith never said anything about making the world better for the little guy. He was always after power [[AmbitionIsEvil for the sake of power.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady
* EmotionlessBoy: After his [[spoiler: reincarnation]]. He conveys little to no emotion, and it goes hand in hand with the fact that he has no empathy. Shows signs of it before the Eclipse as well, especially Casca's flashback of him after his "encounter" with Governor Gennon. That calm, compassionate smile starts to look more like a [[StepfordSmiler Stepford Smile]] after you know what it's hiding.
* EtTuBrute: Seeing Guts leaving him and then Casca choosing Guts over him made Griffith completely lose it.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Even males in the series tend to find him attractive, or at least handsome.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: As Femto, Griffith's outfit is a darker, more sinister (and skin-tight) version of his warrior armor that he wears as Griffith.
** Femto technically [[FullFrontalAssault wears no costume at all]]. It's just what he looks like.
* EvilFormerFriend: To Guts.
* {{Expy}}: Similar in many ways to [[spoiler: Ryo]] from ''{{Devilman}}'', being the tough protagonist's {{Bishounen}} best friend who has strong feelings for him and turns out to be a villain. In an interesting sort of cyclical example, in the spinoff manga ''AMON,'' the character mentioned ends up looking and acting a lot like Griffith.
* FaceHeelTurn
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon
* FacialHorror: Implied to have happened to his face after his torture... [[TakeOurWordForIt but we're never allowed to see it.]] Given how grotesque the series usually is, this stands out a lot.
* FakingTheDead: Once he learns that the Queen of Midland and her nobles want him dead, Griffith blackmails Foss, the head of the conspiracy, into helping him set up a BatmanGambit that involved faking his own death. It ultimately leads to the Queen and her nobles being locked into a burning castle to die.
* FallenHero
* FatalFlaw --> {{Pride}}: Face it: this is Griffith's major fatal flaw and it's pretty hard to edge around (it's even implied in his [[MeaningfulName namesake]]). Most of his actions revolve around the fact that he believes that he's destined to become a ruler and that [[TheUbermensch no one can]] ''[[TheUbermensch quite]]'' [[TheUbermensch reach his standards.]] Everybody he encounters loves him, and he's fine with that, [[TheChessmaster especially if it gets him closer]] [[ManipulativeBastard to his goal.]] Griffith is a hard worker, but failure isn't an option for him and he rarely does, which sets himself higher on his own pedestal. But when he loses ''one'' battle against Guts, just ONE... ''Everything'' comes crashing down for him, [[BreakTheHaughty and he just goes on a downward spiral of self-destruction]] (you can also interpret his reaction in that Guts was his [[LivingEmotionalCrutch emotional crutch]] or that he [[HoYay had feelings for him]]). Again, we see this from a more sympathetic light, since Griffith genuinely wasn't a bad person to begin with. But again, this all changes when the Eclipse happens. Other flaws that can be associated with Griffith can be his [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]], [[ItsAllAboutMe his selfishness]], and quite possibly his [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocrisy.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in the Golden Age. Yes, he ''did'' legitimately care about the people in his army, but in order to cope with the inevitable death that would happen, he had to distance himself emotionally from them to the point where he had to see them more as tools than as people.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Post-resurrection into the physical realm, it's unclear whether he actually cares for the people he's saving or if it's just [[VillainWithGoodPublicity for PR]] as he grabs power.
* {{Foil}}: To Guts.
* ForTheEvulz: He is possibly the most despised character in the series for what he has done ([[DracoInLeatherPants at least as Femto]]).
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He started out as a normal commoner. Over time, he formed a gang of highwaymen, built them up into an army, became a successful general...and after the Eclipse, took his place in the Godhand as one of five demon kings.
* GoalInLife: ... To get a castle (i.e. his own kingdom). [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope At]] [[AmbitionIsEvil any]] [[FaceHeelTurn means]] [[DealWithTheDevil necessary.]]
* AGodAmI: Griffith was dying to be worshipped and got what he wanted.
* GodModeSue / InvincibleVillain: A deliberate in-universe example. Since his reincarnation, Griffith is [[NighInvulnerable nigh untouchable]] and his charisma is gravitational. It's described that opposing him "would be akin to someone in a story challenging the one who wrote it." He might as well just be called "[[StealthPun Godhand Sue.]]"
* GoldDigger: He's only interested in [[MealTicket Charlotte]] because he'll gain a kingdom by marrying her.
* TheHeavy: Griffith is not the only BigBad in ''Berserk'', nor is he [[BiggerBad the biggest one]], but he has the most direct involvement with the plot and is the source for Guts' motivation.
* HellishPupils: Clearly seen having this type of eyes after his reincarnation.
** OccultBlueEyes: Certainly crosses into this terrain since he originally had blue eyes.
* HeroicBSOD: In the past, he suffered one upon seeing a young boy in his army die in battle.
** He suffered another one after being tortured that sent him past the DespairEventHorizon, and was "rebooted" in the most horrific way possible.
* HumanoidAbomination: Since being reincarnated into a corporeal body. Griffith looks human ([[HellishPupils mostly]]), but he is most assuredly not.
* {{Hypocrite}}: He said that a true friend to him was somebody who went after their own dreams ''no matter what.'' And ''what'' [[IfICantHaveYou does he go and do]] when Guts tries to go after his own dream???
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: His reasoning behind his FaceHeelTurn, not that the audience has much sympathy.
* IfICantHaveYou: When Guts tries to leave, Griffith is willing to kill him rather than not have the man wrapped around his finger.
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler: Sacrificing the Hawks]] was just a part of the bargain with the God Hand, same as anyone else destined with a behelit. [[spoiler: Raping Casca to insanity, on the other hand, was something Griffith did specifically to hurt Guts.]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Guts is returning the favor.]]
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: [[spoiler:Casca...]] will never be the same after what he did to her.
* IHaveYourWife: Griffith gets some hired goons to kidnap Minister Foss's daughter in order to get him to thwart the Queen of Midland who was planning to poison him during a ceremony honoring him and the Hawks.
* ImpliedDeathThreat: Griffith hands these out a la his DeathGlare.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Oh Griffith, you selfish bastard. Although he did seem to care at least a bit about his group of mercenaries, particularly Casca and Guts, achieving his dream is ultimately more important to him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: His rescue of Princess Charlotte from [[spoiler:Ganishka's captivity]] could just be seen as him returning to a modified Plan A. Become a hero to the country, marry the princess, be king and rule. He's been playing Princess Charlotte's fairytale prince from the begining and it's pretty clear that he was just manipulating her in order to get the crown.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Griffith's goal seemed harmless and noble enough in the beginning, even making other characters look at their own lives in perspective, but most of his choices in order to achieve his goal are clearly in the morally gray territory (ya know, plotting assassinations, kidnapping kids, and making his second-to-the-right hand man [[DirtyBusiness do most of it]] so that he wouldn't smear his good image. Ya know, that sort of stuff.). And then [[BrokenAce Griffith's very personality begins to unravel like a sweater caught on a nail]], just to add. After all of the hideous things that happened to him over the course of the one year time-skip, we still look at him from a sympathetic light, and feel badly for him that he was unable to achieve a dream that seems so simple and pure. Until the Eclipse happened, and then - [[FaceHeelTurn uh]] [[MoralEventHorizon oh.]]
* KaleidoscopeEyes: They vary in look depending on Griffith's temperament and motive:
** CreepyBlueEyes: When he is plotting your demise.
** IcyBlueEyes: The standard look, representing Griffith's rather fluctuating and cunning personality.
** InnocentBlueEyes: When he wants to appear acceptable and trustworthy.
* KickTheDog: This trope isn't enough to explain the magnitude of what Griffith did during the Eclipse.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Does this to the Midland nobles who cross his path. Although he does it for selfish reasons, he comes off as something of a hero simply because said nobles were... not the nicest people.
* {{Knighting}}: After an important battle in the Golden Age arc, Griffith is knighted by the King of Midland. Shortly after that, his knighthood is stripped from him for deflowering the princess.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Fits this perfectly during the Golden Age arc, making for a nice, juicy {{Deconstruction}}.
* KnightOfCerebus: We knew this bastard was playing for keeps after what he did at the Eclipse.
* KubrickStare: Not only was he [[spoiler: brutally raping Casca]] during the climax of the Eclipse, [[FoeYay he was staring directly into Guts' eyes the entire time.]]
* LackOfEmpathy: Highly suggested that he feels no remorse upon becoming a Godhand. Actually, it's not even suggested. Griffith himself confirmed this when [[spoiler:he went to the Hill of Swords after his reincarnation, telling Guts that he came just to see if he could "feel" anything after what he did to the Hawks]]. And do you know what he said?
--> '''Griffith''': [[spoiler:"It appears that I am free."]]
** Not even mentioning that [[PowerPerversionPotential his very first act as a Godhand]] solidified the fact that he didn't give a shit about his actions.
* LadyAndKnight: He [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this in his relationship with Charlotte. Charlotte is the bright lady character type and he's the knight who looks bright, but has dark intentions.
* LightIsGood: Before his FaceHeelTurn.
** LightIsNotGood: He oozes this after his reincarnation in the mortal world as Griffith again.
* LikeAGodToMe: The typical first impression that people get upon seeing Griffith for the first time. Played straight pre-Eclipse. Horribly subverted after the fact.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* LoveMakesYouEvil: While he was ostensibly sociopathic before, his perceived rejection from Guts started his spiralling descent.
* [[MagneticHero Magnetic Villain]]: See DefeatMeansFriendship above.
* MakeupIsEvil: He as his Femto persona and Slan are the only God Hand member to wear make-up.
* ManChild: Before the Eclipse, many characters comment that he has an almost childlike innocence about him (though since he would sometimes display this at inappropriate times certain people would find it creepy rather than endearing). Indeed, one could interpret his dream as a boyish fantasy he never did quite let go.
* ManInTheIronMask: Turned into this during his year of being put to the torture.
* ManInWhite: Griffith may look benevolent in his ever-so-shining white armor, but ''is'' he really?
* ManipulativeBastard: A very good example, at least before the Eclipse. Probably even more so afterwards (just look at how he treats Charlotte).
* MeaningfulName: See AnimalMotifs.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: After he was reincarnated into a humanoid body, Griffith arranged for an encounter with Guts just to see if this trope was in effect and if he would feel anything from the meeting. [[AvertedTrope He didn't]].
* MindRape: Psychic assault scenario. What Ubik does to Griffith, which results in him carrying out the sacrifices for the Eclipse and turning into the demonic Femto.
* MrFanservice: Much like Guts, he also has a large female fandom, but for [[{{Bishonen}} completely]] [[DracoInLeatherPants different]] [[WhiteHairBlackHeart reasons]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: When Griffith is being transformed into Femto, he has a moment of this...only to realize that he can no longer feel remorse. In the anime his inner voice suddenly becomes colder after the "last tear you ever shed" moment making it sound like Femto is [[BreakingSpeech breaking down]] Griffith.]] No more going back from here.
** IgnoredEpiphany: The result.
* NakedOnRevival: [[spoiler: When Griffith is reincarnated into the physical world as an [[HumanoidAbomination almost-human]], he's understandably naked, since he used the body of the Child to do so.]]
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Noble Male to Guts' Roguish Male.
* NominalHero: In the past. Now he's a straight up villain.
* NotGoodWithRejection: He didn't respond very well to Guts leaving him and the discovery of Guts and Casca's relationship.
* TheOmniscient: Widely speculated that [[spoiler: as Femto, he found out about [[RapeAsBackstory Guts' traumatic backstory]] and [[AchillesHeel used this knowledge]] [[MindRape to torture him]] during the Eclipse]], and/or that he knew that [[spoiler: raping Casca]] would allow him to one day manifest in the physical realm again.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: Related to the above, if he DID know, it's the only possible justification for why [[spoiler: raping Casca]] could still be ForTheGreaterGood. Still doesn't explain why he [[ForcedToWatch made Guts watch]], though.
* TheParagon: Subverted. He starts out like this, as he gave Casca the sword and the courage to defeat her would-be rapist, he transformed Guts from a wandering brute-for-hire into a soldier who cares about his comrades, and the entire Band of the Hawk is made up of [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits rehabilitated social outcasts.]] However, Griffith only sees his comrades as a means to an end, and although he does care for them, [[spoiler: that was all that was needed in order for them to be made sacrifices.]]
* PetTheDog:
** His conversation with Casca after [[spoiler: prostituting himself for funds]], where he talks about how the only thing he can do for those who have died is to make sure their deaths weren't in vain, suggests some level of genuine care for his troops. It has been suggested that [[spoiler: his reincarnation as the demonic Femto has actually removed his ability to feel remorse (and maybe some other emotions),]] and thus regardless of what he may be now, his affection in the past was probably genuine.
** Saves [[spoiler: insane Casca]] from some falling rocks, though it is debatable on whether or not he truly did this out of remorse for the horrific things he had done to her in the past, or because [[spoiler: he was being manipulated by the Child, whose body he used in order to reincarnate himself back into the physical world]]. Speculations highly suggest that it was more due to the latter reason, so this would be a subversion.
** There's also the time he hesitates to destroy Guts. [[spoiler: Perhaps this was to preserve Casca's unborn child; or was there another motive?]]
** He also saved Princess Charlotte from [[spoiler:Ganishka's captivity]] in a very romantic, fairytale-esque way that ''almost'' makes up for his past actions... But, again, "[[FaceHeelTurn Eclipse!]] [[KickTheDog Eclipse!]] [[MoralEventHorizon Eclipse!]]"
* PitifulWorms:
--> '''As Femto''': "Still squirming around in your pitiful existence, I see."
* PowerPerversionPotential: Taken to the MOST extreme level of {{squick}} when he's Femto. He garners the extraordinary powers of a demon lord, and is able to [[RealityWarper bend reality at his very will.]] And what is the '''very first thing''' that he goes and does??? God, {{you bastard}}!
* PrinceCharmless
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: He went from a WideEyedIdealist to a demon lord all in the name of pursuing his dream.
* PsychopathicManchild: The events of the Eclipse and his actions afterwards definitely solidify his status as this.
* PsychoticSmirk: It's seen in episode 10 when he hears of Lord Yurius's death. It's as disturbing as Guts' [[WhenSheSmiles smile]] is heartwarming.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil
* RealityWarper: As Femto.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: As Femto he is black with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes.]]
* RedBaron: The Hawk Of Light.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Femto in the movie adaptation has these.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue Oni to Guts' Red Oni.
* RedRightHand: Even though he is [[HumanoidAbomination the most human-looking]] of the apostles when in his human form, Griffith still retains [[HellishPupils the terrifying eyes]] of his Godhand form. Now it looks as if he's ''always'' giving you the KubrickStare. *shudder*
* SanitySlippage: One can definitely argue that the moment Guts decided to leave the Hawks, Griffith slowly began to lose it, bit by bit, over the course of a year. And he was already a [[{{Yandere}} yanderic]] BrokenAce to begin with.
* SatanicArchetype: He is more of an equivalent of Satan.
* SexForSolace: With Charlotte. And he pays for this dearly.
* ShamelessFanserviceGuy: He displays little shame in being nude before others.
* ShowerOfAngst: Complete with a wonderfully disturbing scene of him angsting while clawing at his arms until they bleed when washing himself after [[spoiler:he becomes a prostitute to make money]].
* [[spoiler:SingleMomStripper: [[BlatantLies No, this is not funny.]] But actually, he portrays sleeping with Gennon to Casca exactly this way.]]
* SmugSuper: Although we haven't heard Griffith speak as Femto many times, every time he does he is a snide and egotistical prick who loves nothing more than to laugh at the pain that he has caused Guts and how much more powerful he is than Guts or anyone around him. If he weren't already a vile, evil villain, Femto would be straight up in [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkass Avenue.]]
* SocialClimber: His goal is to become the king of Midland despite being a commoner. He starts out the leader of a band of mercenaries and rises to fame through military victories. He plans to marry Princess Charlotte to secure the throne. [[spoiler: In the end, the fact how close to succeeding Griffith gets only serves to make his fate that much more tragic. Griffith loses all that he has gained and sacrifices his men in a desperate attempt to salvage what has been lost.]]
* TheSociopath: Even before the events of the Eclipse. He is shown to be manipulative to his troops, having Guts doing his dirty work and keeping it secret from the others so he stays perfect in their eyes. Several characters note how his expressions are off, smiling childishly one second and giving the evil eye the next. And when Guts tries to leave, once Griffith is within a couple of easy steps to achieving his dream, he is willing to [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/027.036/207 kill]] [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/027.036/208 Guts]] rather than not have the man wrapped around his finger.
** More likely subverted (before he became Femto, that is). He *is* shown to be capable of feeling for others - the scenes with the dead boy, and the scene where he self-harms while talking to Casca confirm this. He then figures that the only way he can deal with this is to completely suppress any emotions he feels for others. This conflict is only resolved after he accepts his DealWithTheDevil.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: While he is widely known as Femto, it is highly probable that the actual spelling of his name is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHEMT "Phemt"]], the technical concept after which he is named.
** It could also be a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femto the prefix Femto]], which is equal to one quadrillionth.
* StartOfDarkness: Related to ProtagonistJourneyToVillain, the Golden Age arc, being Guts' back story, serves as this for Griffith.
* StepfordSmiler: ... Oh no. Not that smile. [[HellishPupils With the eyes.]] ''[[KubrickStare And the stare.]]'' Is there any feeling behind reborn Griffith's smile? I think not.
* StreetUrchin: While having an inner monologue to himself while imprisoned, Griffith mentioned that he spent his early years on the streets with other kids. [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan His parents are still never mentioned.]]
* StupidSexyFlanders: Even Guts experiences this upon seeing him naked.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Dear GOD! ''What happened to his face??!!''
* ThisIsSomethingShesGotToDoHerself: Instead of saving Casca from rape himself, he threw her a weapon and told her to defend herself, then just watched to see what the outcome would be.
* ThresholdGuardian: From [[TheHerosJourney the Joseph Campbell perspective.]] When Guts decided to leave the Hawks at the end of volume 8, Griffith was ultimately the one thing keeping Guts from pursuing his dream, and when Guts decided to go through with his decision - [[WinYourFreedom he had to fight for his freedom.]] Unfortunately, this particular encounter was not as fruitful for the participants as the trope often implies.
* TongueTrauma: Not only was Griffith's tongue removed, but that son-of-a-bitch torturer ''turned it into a necklace.'' But at least the torturer [[KarmicDeath got what was coming to him.]]
* TranshumanTreachery: [[spoiler:Upon the Eclipse the Idea of Evil reveals to Griffith that it is responsible for all the unfortunate events that turned him into a helpless cripple. Instead of being mad at it, Griffith decides to ally himself to the Idea and the Godhand.]]
* {{Ubermensch}}: He believes no one is able to understand his views and dreams.
* TheUnfettered: He'll doing anything to achieve his dreams, even [[spoiler: sacrificing the lives of his TrueCompanions to demons to do it.]]
* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler: Seriously, dude: After everything Casca did for you, you treat her like THAT?]]
* VillainProtagonist: After returning to the human world. Occasionally, events are shown from Griffith's point of view when he's [[EvilVersusEvil fighting other Apostles]].
* VillainWithGoodPublicity
* WeaponOfChoice: Rapiers.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Guts.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Fits the physical description. Even when he was officially a "hero", he was manipulative and out for his own purposes.
* WhiteMagic: After return as the Falcon of Light, he can perform miracles, like summoning the souls of the recently departed to say goodbye to their loved ones. This doesn't make him morally decent in the least...
* WickedCultured
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman World's Most Beautiful]][[RareMaleExample ... Man?]]
* WouldHurtAChild: Griffith saw no qualms about [[spoiler: raping a pregnant woman, tainting her child in the process, and then using it in order to reincarnate himself in the real world later on.]] ''[[MoralEventHorizon Low.]]''
* {{Yandere}}: Griffith seems to have some kind of obsession in regards to Guts, judging by how he acts when he tries to leave the Hawks, though whether or not it's romantic in nature depends on your perspective. He also started harboring this toward Casca as well, and the discovery that both of them were in a relationship would cause him to snap, leading to everything going to hell.
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[[folder: Casca]]
!!! Voiced by: Creator/YukoMiyamura (Japanese, TV series), Toa Yukinari (Japanese, movies), CarrieKeranen (English, TV series and movies), Creator/BJWard (Sword of the Berserk English)

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-> ''"Maybe there is a place for me within this man. And not only can he give to me. Maybe this time I can also give something of worth in return."''

-> ''"Forget about what you can't understand. Focus on what you can do."''


The female lead of the series, Casca first appears as a [[AmbiguouslyBrown dark-skinned]], [[{{Tomboy}} tomboyish]], extremely capable ActionGirl in charge of her own platoon of soldiers. Second only to Guts and Griffith at swordsmanship, she is highly respected by her fellows among the Hawks. She initially despises Guts out of jealousy over his rapid rise in the Hawks and Griffith's immediate affection towards him, but later grows to respect and become attracted to him. She was recruited into the Hawks after being saved by Griffith from a [[AttemptedRape rape attempt,]] and idolizes Griffith as a result. [[TriangRelations The relationship between the three]] is... [[TwoGuysAndAGirl very complicated]].

She temporarily commands the Hawks during Griffith's imprisonment and eventually becomes Guts' LoveInterest, after she realizes Griffith has no place in his heart for her, while Guts always had a HUGE soft spot for her.

Like all her comrades of the Hawks, Casca was branded as a sacrifice during the Eclipse, [[spoiler: in addition to getting brutally raped by Femto]]. Like Guts, she survives. Unlike Guts, she becomes [[GoMadFromTheRevelation insane]] and [[CuteMute mute]] after her horrific ordeal and behaves as a small child, with no recollection of her surroundings [[AmnesiacLover or her past with Guts]]. She also gives birth to a FetusTerrible, the son she and Guts would have had were it not tainted [[spoiler:by Femto's rape]]. Despite all that happened to her, she still sometimes shows glimpses of her former self, especially when put in mortal danger.

After the Eclipse, she is left in the care of fellow survivor Rickert while Guts [[WalkingTheEarth hunts for Griffith]]. The two are reunited two years later during the mock Eclipse at the Tower of Punishment, after which Guts decides to care for her himself. This turns out to be more difficult than he expects, and his frustration at the trouble he has protecting her, along with the urgings of his SuperPoweredEvilSide, leads him to [[spoiler: nearly rape Casca.]] Casca now fears Guts and wants nothing to do with him, made even more painful for him since she is [[MoralityChain the only reason why he decided to change his ways]]. She is instead looked after by Farnese and [[FindTheCure finding the cure]] to her state is the reason for Guts and his party's are current journey to Elfhelm.

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* ActionGirl: Used to be one until the Eclipse.
* AffectionateNickname: After they become a couple, Guts sometimes referred to Casca as "boss." Aww.
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Played with. Both the men she was attracted to were clearly stronger than her while she never thought of the local NiceGuy as anything more than a dear friend. But then again, it's not said men's ''brawn'' she was attracted to. [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan It's more their morality, strength of character, determination and righteousness]]. The trope is then brutally deconstructed with Griffith during [[FromBadToWorse the Eclipse]]; and then with Guts, [[EnemyWithin for completely]] [[TheHeartless different reasons]].
* AllergicToEvil: She owns the same brand as Guts and reacts just the same whenever an Apostle, Godhand or any other evil-aligned entity is nearby.
* AllWomenAreLustful / AllWomenArePrudes: Averts both of these. While she's no prude, much like Guts, sex is really not a priority to her. In a setting where most adult females are either complete sluts or, at least, connected to sex, she stands out as a notable exception. She becomes very nervous when Guts is about to make love to her. However, [[AttemptedRape seeing just how many guys tried to have their way with her without her consent]], it's understandable that she might not feel completely at ease with the idea of lovemaking. However, she wasn't shy to admit that she very much enjoyed losing her virginity to Guts.
* AmazonianBeauty: She comments on how she is embarrassed to wear a revealing dress because of how unusually muscled she is for a woman, but we don't see her well-toned build until volume 9 when [[spoiler: she and Guts make love]]. In both situations, [[BeautifulAllAlong Guts wasn't unhappy with this IN THE LEAST]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: She looks strangely like a Kushan...
** ButNotTooBlack: Casca is another dark-skinned character who went through this, unfortunately. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGMOS3YDCSE new]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QujYhK816yo anime's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p286WtHoK2g trailers]] show her doubtlessly lighter-skinned than the manga or even the first animated series derived from the manga. And this time, the InternetBackdraft was unanimous about this.
* AmIJustAToyToYou: She accuses Guts of this when he announced that he was going to leave the Hawks again after having slept with her.
* AmnesiacLover: Ever since she was driven insane as a result of the horrible events of the Eclipse, Casca is unable to remember her past, including her relationship with Guts.
* [[ApatheticCitizens Apathetic Citizen]]: Was this before she met Griffith.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: More like an [[MegatonPunch armor piercing punch]], though the words that followed stung Guts more than the actual physical punch.
* AttemptedRape: She NEVER catches a break from this even though she could fight off most sexual assaults.
* AxCrazy: Even Casca has a bit of AxCrazy in her - justifiably when she is [[TheOphelia actually insane.]] When [[spoiler: three bandits tried to gang rape her, Casca's response was to pick up one of their swords and slash all of their throats, covering herself in their blood in an almost sexualized display.]] When Guts reaches the scene, she spots her next target.
* {{Badass}}: Not as much as Guts or Griffith, but it still takes some serious ovarian {{badass}}ery to be the only woman in a troop of fight-happy mercenaries, lead one's own platoon, take direct physical action during battles and assuming command when the leader of the whole band is away.
** During Guts and Casca's first fight, the Hawks do note that in terms of actual swordfighting skill, Casca is second only to Griffith.
** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Post-Eclipse, she mostly acts like an infant barely aware of her surroundings. At times, however, some of her previously {{Badass}} traits briefly bubble to the surface.
** PregnantBadass: Unbeknownst to the parents, Casca was technically pregnant with Guts's child during the Griffith rescue operation which she led and kicked some ass in.
** TookALevelInBadass: As cruel as Griffith's "ThisIsSomethingShesGotToDoHerself" appeared to be at first, making Casca kill her attempted rapist was her first step in badass, as she was just going to allow the guy to rape her before Griffith showed up.
* BandagedFace: Coinciding with her SoBeautifulItsACurse status during the Conviction Arc, her face is bandaged up as a syphilis victim in order to draw male attention away from her.
* BattleCouple: With Guts pre-Eclipse.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Guts, we'll [[NeverLiveItDown never let you live it down]] about how you took Casca's attractiveness during that ball. You made note of it twice!
* BelligerentSexualTension: The usual dynamics between her and Guts pre-Eclipse.
* BerserkerTears: During [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome her last stand]] against the Apostles during the Eclipse.
* BigNo: When Wyald brings out his...eeeeh...[[GagPenis tongue]]?
* BlankWhiteEyes: Casca has a badass yet disturbing scene where she has these after slaying three men who tried to gang rape her in a moment of AxCrazy brought on by her [[FlashbackEcho traumatic memories.]]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The brunette to Luca's redhead and Nina's blonde during their time together.
* BoyishShortHair: Pre-Eclipse.
* BreakTheCutie: In a very heinous way during the Eclipse. She is branded for sacrifice, loses everyone in the Hawks to a whole mess of demons summoned by the evil Godhand, [[spoiler:[[ShamefulStrip gets stripped naked]] and almost tentacle raped by demons, and then gets brutally raped by her former commander turned demon king (and who, because of said newly-born demon king status, is inflicting ''utterly excruciating agony'' on her through her Brand all the while that he's doing this to her), right in front of the man she loves.]]
* BrokenBird: Oh yes. Casca had shades of this before the eclipse and will most likely become a [[{{Pun}} fully-fledged bird]] in the event that she regains her sanity.
* BrokenHeel: Happens a lot when she becomes a damsel. Even before that, this deconstructs her [[SheFu combat style]] as a FragileSpeedster, since one trip and Casca goes down.
* BurnTheWitch: [[spoiler:Narrowly escaped this during the Conviction Arc thanks to Isidro's IndyPloy.]]
* ChastityDagger: Well, it was actually a stick, but she used it to a ''[[EyeScream very]]'' [[EyeScream efficient effect]] on a Tudor mercenary.
* TheChick: Averted. She is this to the Band of the Hawk only in the sense of being the sole female and dearly loved by her male teammates. She mainly serves as Griffith's NumberTwo, is very capable in battle and a rare case of non-flat, realistic female character.
** Played more straight in Guts' new FiveManBand. Due to her insanity, Casca isn't the combatant that she used to be and needs constant protection from her teammates who deeply care about her, serving as the TheHeart of the team.
* ClothingDamage: Too many times to keep score...
* CosmicPlaything: Literally, and not funny. Seriously, you begin to believe Casca has an invisible "Rape me!"-sign glued to her forehead.
* CoveredWithScars: Though not to the degree of Guts, Casca has her share of battle scars, the most prominent being the five arrow wounds that she got when she led the Band of the Hawk away from the Midland army during her CrowningMomentOfAwesome. Although she is embarrassed to show them [[spoiler: during her and Guts' love scene]], it's implied that [[AmazonChaser Guts finds them attractive.]]
* CradleOfLoneliness: After Guts' departure, Casca is seen holding the remains of Guts' previously broken sword.
* CuteMute: As part of her status as TheOphelia. Now, she can only convey her emotions (which are really only limited to fear, anger, and happiness) through babbling and screaming like a two year old.
* DamselInDistress: After the Eclipse and she is reduced to the mindstead of a two year old, Casca needs constant babysitting so she won't get into trouble. Most prominent instance was when [[RescueArc Guts had to save her]] from being burned at the stake as a witch in St. Albion, but usually it's from lecherous men who want to rape her.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Despite constantly putting herself in danger because of her unfortunate post-Eclipse condition, Casca still has her moments. Like when she showed her former self by [[spoiler: killing three would-be rapists]]. [[http://manga.animea.net/berserk-chapter-19-page-139.html She's still got it!]]
* DeerInTheHeadlights: After [[spoiler: Judeau dies protecting her]] Casca makes one final stand against the apostles who have surrounded her, [[ScreamingWarrior screaming in a fit of rage]] with a sword in hand. However, the apostles easily broke her sword, leaving Casca utterly defenseless against them as they discussed that they were [[FateWorseThanDeath planning on doing more to her than just eat her.]] All Casca can do at this point is stand petrified [[TearsOfFear and cry]] as she hoped against hope that Guts would come and save her as the apostles [[ShamefulStrip grab and assault her.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: The beginning of the series presents Casca as a distant, always serious, aloof, even cold young woman who seems to utterly hate Guts, and only shows genuine affection toward Griffith. After she and Guts's time being stranded together and learning that they [[NotSoDifferent weren't so different]] - with the big bonus of Guts [[RescueRomance saving her life twice]] - Casca finally begins to warm up to Guts, which leads to her acting a bit more [[SugarAndIcePersonality girlish, open, and sensitive to others]] (Judeau even remarks happily how Casca started acting like "a real girl" after she was stranded with Guts, since her profession [[OneOfTheBoys really doesn't allow her to]]), and eventually, [[LoveEpiphany she falls in love with Guts.]]
* DoesNotLikeMen: Especially so right after the Eclipse, and for obviously understandable reason. Casca reacted very badly when Guts tried to touch her after waking up, and was implied that she acted the same way toward Rickert. After the time skip, like a lot of her [[TroubledFetalPosition trauma-induced reactions]], Casca tends to react violently towards men who want to have sex with her, like the unfortunate case with she and Guts at the time.
* DudeMagnet: Casca, [[ChickMagnet like Guts,]] has no problem with attracting members of the opposite sex (just look at her work at that ball!). However, she has this unfortunate habit of attracting the ''wrong sort of guy'' most of the time.
* DumbStruck: Although she survives the Eclipse, what she witnessed back then [[spoiler:and her brutal rape at Femto's hands]] made her lose her ability to speak.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Casca is implied to have some of these sentiments with shades of AmIJustAToyToYou when Guts talks about leaving the Hawks ''again'', saying that Guts and Griffith aren't that different when it comes to their goals and dreams at the expense of her feelings and wellbeing. Her feelings of mistreatment are pretty understandable considering that she had been suffering from major HeroicFatigue for the last year, trying to keep the Hawks together during Guts' and Griffith's absence. She asks for very little in return, only [[IJustWantToBeLoved some emotional reassurance from the two men that she holds dearest to her.]]
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: She has many {{fangirl}}s in the victory parade after the battle for Doldrey.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Once had short, tomboyish hair. Now has long flowing tresses.
* FamousLastWords: Again, Casca doesn't die during the Eclipse, but before she loses consciousness after being [[spoiler: horrifically raped]] and loses her sanity and speech as a result of the trauma, she utters, "[[DontLookAtMe ... don't watch...]]" to Guts. [[TearJerker Truly heartbreaking.]]
* FanDisservice: Guys, it's okay to find Casca attractive to look at... Just ''please'' look at her from the right places and not the - others.
* FemininityFailure: Our dear Casca, proper young ladies do not use their elbows to punch their male escorts in the face, no matter how much they're gawking at you.
* ForcedToWatch: Doesn't only happen to Guts during the Eclipse, but Femto humiliates Casca to a very savage degree by [[spoiler: turning her around to rape her from behind so that she now has to face Guts while having all of this done to her.]] One could argue that being forced to stare at the man she loved while being humiliated in such a cruel and dehumanizing way is what pushed Casca over [[GoMadFromTheRevelation her psychological threshold.]]
** The fact that she was forced to watch Guts being physically tortured as well probably didn't help; by this point Guts had already lost his arm and was in the process of having his eye clawed out.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: She was this to Guts during his raging revenge years, but more of on the emotionally forgotten level.
* FragileSpeedster: Not the most powerful among the Hawks, physically speaking, but still light and fast enough to kick some serious butt!
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Played with in the movie. She seems rather affectionate toward the horses. She even gut punched Guts ''twice'' for inadvertently killing her horse by chopping off its leg during their first encounter.
** She's also seen playing with animals a lot more after she became insane.
* FromDressToDressing: Used this on Guts right before he went onto finding Griffith to give him the results of the assassination task he had entrusted him with. This is when Guts found out that Casca is not quite the bitch she wants people to think she is.
* FullFrontalAssault: Casca has gotten a lot of ClothingDamage from enemies who had wanted to rape her... But it's been shown that she still won't back down given the conditions. One instance was when Guts saved Casca from Wyald after he ripped her clothes off, but she still assumed fighting position after the fact and was actually told by Guts to get out of there. Another one came when [[spoiler: some bandits attempted to rape her and stripped her, but she killed them all single-handed]].
** [[NakedPeopleAreFunny A more comical moment]] came when Casca began fighting Guts outside of the cave that they were sequestered in, even after the cape she was using to cover her self [[DressHitsFloor slipped off of her.]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: One time. [[FanDisservice Guess when...]] Another trope destroyed.
* GaussianGirl: Used on her briefly during she and Guts' love scene, soft romantic music and all.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: As a result of the horrible events of the Eclipse, her mind is now reduced to little more than a two-year old child's.
* GoOutWithASmile: Used during the Eclipse in the third film. Similar to FamousLastWords in that Casca didn't die, but she manages to muster up one last smile for Guts [[spoiler: [[TearfulSmile as she tells him not to watch Femto rape her.]]]]
* GreenEyedMonster: Towards Princess Charlotte.
* HairDecorations / FlowerInHerHair: She looked so purty with that flower-headband in her hair at Griffith's gala.
* TheHeart: In Guts' new FiveManBand, Casca is the one that everyone in the group is willing to protect. The whole reason why Guts formed the group in the first place was so he could have more people to watch over her and to get her safely to Elfheim.
* HeroicFatigue: A year's worth of evading capture and trying to keep the Hawks alive while also coming to terms with the fact that she had no place by Griffith's side began to eat away at Casca's sense of self-worth, and she almost attempted suicide because of it.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Casca is perfectly capable of commanding an army by herself. She has proven it time and time again. But due to seeing herself as NeverASelfMadeWoman, she is so modest and loyal she doesn't even realize it.
* HerosMuse: If we looked at this from [[TheHerosJourney a Joseph Campbell perspective,]] Casca is this to Guts, as she is the one that he loves the most and is the drive of his adventure. Due to the nature of her predicament, he can't be with her until he has completed his current quest (getting to Elfhelm to find a cure to a her insanity), but she is at his side throughout his journey. And although they might not have the best relationship right now, Casca's presence serves as a reminder to Guts of what he has to gain if he completes his quest and what he doesn't want to lose.
* HeroWorshipper: According to Judeau, she took Griffith's word as gospel and was prepared to sacrifice her life for his dream.
* HowToBecomeALoveInterest: Walks religiously that path to completion. Let's review how Guts and her interact: [[SamusIsAGirl Undisclosed gender first impression]]? Check. Awkward nude moments? Double check. VolleyingInsults? Check. BelligerentSexualTension? ''Oh yeah!'' RescueRomance-like moments? Sure! [[BeautifulAllAlong Revelation of actual beauty]]? Guts still can't get over it. BridalCarry treatment after being injured in a fight? Sure! [[CannotSpitItOut Difficulty to admit mutual feelings]]? Exactly. Symbolic swordfight to convey said feelings to one another? You bet!
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Casca is the Tiny Girl to Guts's Huge Guy, even though she is [[AmazonianBeauty not actually that tiny]]. Guts is just ''really'' big.
* HystericalWoman: More justified/deconstructions on part of her GoMadFromTheRevelation. When you really look at it, the trauma that Casca sustained has reduced her to even less than a child-like state. Casca has no logical drive and relies mainly on her instincts to protect her. ''Sometimes'', when things get really bad, she'll have [[FlashbackEcho flashbacks]] of the Eclipse, and it can go in [[DamselOutOfDistress either]] [[DamselInDistress direction.]] Sadly, [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses some fans]] and characters ([[GreenEyedMonster like Farnese]]) hold her current behavior around Guts against her without fully understanding her situation.
* ICantDance: During the ball, Guts makes the suggestion that Casca ask Griffith to dance with her, but she shyly declines, insisting that she would step on his feet. Averted in the new movie, where they share a beautifully-animated dance scene.
* IJustWantToBeLoved: At the end of volume 9, Casca resolved within herself that her purpose was to love Guts and to be within his heart, and that he too would love her in return. Excuse me - [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming I think I have something in my eye.]]
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Played for FanDisservice [[spoiler:during the Eclipse, where it's unclear whether she's crying out from this or in pain]].
** Played more fair during her love scene with Guts, when it's made clear she enjoyed it immensely.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Yeah. At first glance [[ZettaiRyouiki thigh-high leather boots]] don't seem too inconvenient to wear... 'cept when you actually want to run away from your enemies or [[SheFu do cool flips and stuff.]] Basically, they're just there [[MsFanservice to make Casca]] [[SheGotLeg look good.]]
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Deconstructed. Casca's post-Eclipse behavior has become an issue for Guts, who is still sexually attracted to Casca and he '''really''' wants her emotional and physical love. Guts has had to restrain himself whenever he saw Casca partially or entirely nude. But one time, [[NearRapeExperience it went too far.]]
* TheInsomniac: Another deconstructed trope used to tell us just how severe her trauma was after the Eclipse. Casca [[ImpliedTrope showed some signs]] of sleep deprivation after the Eclipse, namely [[ExhaustedEyeBags the dark bags under her eyes.]] Even two years later, Erika remarked that Casca had trouble sleeping (though [[MadWomanInTheAttic her confinement]] could have also played a role) and that was why she took Casca out of the elf mine in the first place. This is the [[TruthInTelevision realistic insomniac example]], since many [[spoiler: rape survivors]] have trouble sleeping after their attack.
* InterruptedSuicide: Believing herself to be of no use to the Hawks any longer, Casca tried to end it all by taking a step off of a cliff. Guts was there to save her, though.
* IntimateHealing: Casca was forced by Griffith to lay with Guts for two days after he fell ill, which leads to a great deal of resentment on her part for much of the series.
* IOweYouMyLife: Explains Casca's radical commitment to [[TheChampion Griffith,]] since he saved her from a life of servitude and prostitution and gave her a new one, transforming her into a woman who could fend for herself and didn't need a man to define her. Well, [[NeverASelfMadeWoman initially.]]
* LadyOfWar: While she was known to be a fierce fighter and a strong commanding female officer, Casca was also known for her beauty. Carrying a light sword [[WeaponOfChoice as her weapon]], [[SheFu her fighting]] [[FragileSpeedster styling]] is much more graceful. Although she dressed as a man and was the sole female member of the Hawks, Casca could still [[SheCleansUpNicely dress up when the occasion called for it]] and she still acknowledged herself to being a woman.
* LawOfInverseFertility: She didn't even think about the possibility of getting knocked up when she had sex with Guts just once. The pregnancy was not coincidental at all and influenced the fate of the universe.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: She and Guts begin acting like this toward one another throughout the Griffith rescue operation.
* LittleNo: She tries to scream a BigNo during the Eclipse, but by then she no longer has enough strength in her to raise the volume above a soft whimpering.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: She becomes this to Guts after [[spoiler: he told her of his traumatic childhood]]. She becomes Guts' full-blown MoralityChain post-Eclipse. She had shades of this when it came to her relationship with Griffith as well.
* LivingMacGuffin: Hard to believe that Casca was this in the Retribution arc. Throughout the entire storyline, Guts is running all over the place trying to rescue her, but each time [[HopeSpot he almost reaches her,]] she either wanders off or somebody takes her. Guts is finally reunited with Casca at the end of the arc.
* TheLostLenore: She is this to Guts big time. Casca did not die but was "lost" via a brutal StuffedIntoTheFridge scenario that ended with her being psychologically gone, [[StarCrossedLovers unable to remember Guts or have an actual loving relationship with him.]] Though Casca serves as Guts' primary source of [[HeartbrokenBadass anguish]] and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge vengeance,]] she is also his one sign of hope since Guts' central drive in the story since the Retribution Arc has been to protect Casca and find a cure for her insanity.
* LoveEpiphany: She realized that she was in love with Guts after he left the Band of the Hawk, but still didn't want to accept her feelings due to her pride as a soldier under Griffith.
* LuminescentBlush: When she and Guts have a RelationshipUpgrade after their encounter with Adon, she gets these more and more around Guts... They reach their full luminance in volumes 9 and 10, if you know what I mean.
* MadwomanInTheAttic: For her own safety, Casca is locked in a mine that was once inhabited by elves in order to protect her from those who want to harm her while Guts is off seeking {{Revenge}}.
* MagneticHero: Something about Casca just inspires loyalty. She's almost Griffith's equal when it comes to charisma, even though she never was the type to take advantage of it.
* MaleGaze: Many, ''many'' panels seem to be focused on Casca's backside, [[FormFittingWardrobe clothed]] or bare. Like you haven't noticed.
* MamaBear: Although her insanity causes her to act like a child herself, Casca does act fiercely protective of the Child, first acting out against his own father when Guts [[OffingTheOffspring tried to off him]].
* MaternallyChallenged: Averted. Given her current state AND the fact that she probably never had to take care of kids in her pre-Eclipse life, Casca carries herself very well when taking care of the Child. She even mimics Farnese's feeding routine in order to feed the little boy.
* MeaningfulName: Casca means "shell" in Portuguese, either referencing how she [[SugarAndIcePersonality shelled her fragile side away behind an icy persona]], how she might have purposefully hid her true self after the trauma she sustained from the Eclipse, or generally how her present form is but a hollow shell of her former self.
* MessyHair: Casca's long locks are often disheveled - since she can't exactly take care of it herself - but it only adds to her [[TheOphelia post-Eclipse beauty]].
** This was not unfamiliar to Casca before the Eclipse, as she clearly [[SheCleansUpNicely combed her hair]] for the ball. Understandable for an ActionGirl's [[BoyishShortHair short hair]] to get messy with the job.
* TheModestOrgasm: In the third film [[spoiler: Casca sheds tears when she and [[GruntingOrgasm Guts]] climax.]] She's much more modest than [[spoiler: Charlotte was in the previous film.]]
** That's only in the Japanese dub, to be honest. In the English dub, Casca is much more vocal [[spoiler: in that you can actually hear her sigh in pleasure with Guts when they climax, which serves to make the scene a lot more emotional]], though still keeping it on a toned-down level when compared to [[spoiler: Charlotte]].
* MoralityChain: What she is to Guts, especially when it comes to fighting off his SuperPoweredEvilSide.
* AMotherToHerMen: Plays this straight after she became the head of the Hawks after Griffith's arrest. Her main goal was keeping the Hawks alive and to save Griffith from prison.
* MsFanservice
* MuscleAngst: Too much muscle scenario. Casca was embarrassed by the gown that she was wearing at Griffith's gala and was afraid that she was seen as unattractive because of her muscle gain. However, seeing the reaction of the many guys present at the ball - [[AmazonChaser especially Guts himself]] - this was definitely NOT true.
* NeutralFemale: Justified and played for drama at the end of volume 8, when Casca tries to intervene between the impending fight between Guts and Griffith, but Judeau and Pippin pull her away, telling her that [[ThisIsSomeThingHesGotToDoHimself this is something that the two men have to]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy settle as mercenaries.]]
** In fact, this trope was played when the three of them meet together for the second time, but Casca was much more willing to let them settle the score (she was rooting for Griffith back then). It's anything but [[HistoryRepeats ironic.]]
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Lampshaded by Casca herself. She got where she is now because she met Griffith and was loved by Guts. Without either of them, her life is purposeless and she is nothing by herself, something she acknowledges during her heart-to-heart with Guts after he comes back from his time out.
** And yet it is also averted, because after Griffith got imprisoned and Guts left she lead and kept the Band of the Hawk completely on her own and was uninamously accepted as the rightful leader. Neither men helped one bit in this. If she doesn't have Griffith's leadership skills or Guts' inhuman battle progress she won several victories for the Hawks on the Golden Age arc. If anything she was OvershadowedByAwesome at that point, and she still had her merits. How capable she was only works for making her state post-Eclipse sadder.
* NominalHero: Regarding the countless atrocities not related to the Hawks (like [[CrapsackWorld nearly the rest of the cast]]).
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Subverted. She once tried to fight during her period and had a very hard time keeping it up because of this and a developing fever.
* NumberTwo: Took over leadership over the Hawks when Griffith got arrested.
* OfficialCouple: With Guts.
* OlderThanSheLooks: Around the same age as Guts, though after the Eclipse and she gains the mindset of a child, Casca does appear much younger, especially with the hairdo.
* OneeSama: Outside of the main commanders, the Hawks refer to Casca as their "sister."
** It's actually a ShoutOut to typical {{Samurai}} speech since ''Onee-sama'' or ''nee-sama'' is the title used to refer to a female Samurai leader, as opposed to ''nee-san'' which is the title that refers to a Samurai lord's consort.
* OneOfTheBoys: Was mostly treated as such amongst the original Hawks.
* TheOphelia: After the Eclipse, she has become quite the beauty but can only blabber incoherently or scream when she wants to express herself.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Casca has top-notch swordplay, tactical skills, and is an inspiring leader, with or without the two leading men being present. Alas, her swordplay and charisma are still overshadowed by Guts' and Griffith's. Sadly, she seems to be overshadowed in some circles of the fanbase as well despite her character growth and development, while other fans believe that she [[CantCatchUp won't be able to catch up]] to either of Guts or Griffith now that they're both basically [[BadassAbnormal superhumans]] and she's been on "hiatus" for most of the story.
* PervertRevengeMode: Casca was NOT happy after waking up naked because of Guts' IntimateHealing.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Whether she's in her armor or in a pretty ball gown, Casca seems to always be wearing some trace of pink in her wardrobe.
* PlotArmor: Granted that all of the main characters have flimsy plastic plot armor, Casca has the most fortunate case, because seriously folks: had she been any other woman [[spoiler: impregnated with a demon hell spawn]] she would have died [[spoiler: when it rapidly developed in the womb and [[ChestBurster clawed its way out]]]], [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow but by the grace of God,]] she's allowed to live [[spoiler: when she miscarries her baby while it was still in the fetal stage, where it continued to grow outside of the womb.]] Perhaps [[spoiler: having her be [[RapeLeadsToInsanity raped to insanity]] by the Berserk [[SatanicArchetype equivalent of Satan]]]] in the previous volume was a bit much even for Miura to handle.
** Her brand shields her from being sacrificed another time. See Guts' entry for more details.
* PluckyGirl: Has shades of this pre-Eclipse. Double subverted one time, after a StayInTheKitchen RousingSpeech from Guts, because she ''was'' collapsing from exhaustion due to her period and a fever. Instead of being demotivated by his patronizing, she got back on her feet and went forward.
* {{Protectorate}}: Touch her, you die. We can't stress this enough.
** And not only from Guts since Judeau and Pippin [[spoiler:were perfectly willing to sacrifice themselves for her during the eclipse.]]
** Post-Eclipse Casca is one of the straightest examples of this as TheChick and TheHeart among Guts's new companions: she keeps them all together by being the one person everybody unanimously likes and wants to protect.
* PurityPersonified: In a twisted deconstruction, post-Eclipse Casca. Although she is insane, Casca has this innocent and sweet nature that attracts people to her. People [[TheHeart whom she has managed to endear]] [[{{Protectorate}} will go out of their way to protect her]], while others try take advantage and violate her. It's definitely twisted in that Casca became so pure as a result of [[TheOphelia her insanity]], which was caused by [[spoiler:her getting [[BreakTheCutie brutally]] [[RapeLeadsToInsanity raped]]]]. That, and in her insane defenseless state, Casca has [[AxCrazy a threshold.]]
* QuicklyDemotedWoman: Averted. Even after Guts joined the Hawks and was given some pretty important duties off the bat, Casca still retained her rank as Griffith's [[NumberTwo second-in-command.]] However, she did feel [[GreenEyedMonster emotionally demoted]] due to the [[TheLancer attention that Griffith gave to Guts.]]
* [[spoiler: RapeAsDrama: Seriously, her rape at the hands of Femto right in front of Guts just keeps going and going for almost two chapters...in intricate detail...you will feel like you got raped yourself.]]
* [[spoiler:RapeLeadsToInsanity: Getting brutally raped right in front of the man she loved while being in ''utterly excruciating agony'' because of her brand is what pushed Casca over her psychological threshold.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Back when she was a commander among the Hawks, she was notably much more level-headed, responsible and considerate towards her comrades than Guts.
* RescueRomance: She began to warm up to Guts after he single handedly killed 100 mercenaries to give her a chance to escape.
* TheResenter: Towards Guts at first.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Like the rest of the Hawks,]] Casca can count as this trope, but [[ZigzaggedTrope is a living example]] since she didn't die. What [[spoiler:Griffith]] did to her during the Eclipse is suppose to serve as a chilling reminder to the audience that he is '''not''' a good guy, since what he did was truly heinous and nearly all possible explanations for the act fall as flat as the Berlin Wall.
* SamaritanSyndrome: Related to her HeroicSelfDeprecation and TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask. Next to Judeau, Casca is the most selfless individual in the Hawks and will put the needs and ambitions of others before her own, [[HeroicFatigue even at a great emotional cost.]] Even after sharing a touching epitome in her new found love with Guts, Casca was still willing to put her happiness aside in order to take care of Griffith and the rest of the Hawks.
* SamusIsAGirl: Several times. The first time her and Guts cross swords, he doesn't notice she's female until he swings at her helmet and effectively exposes her face. [[HowToBecomeALoveInterest The rule of such a reveal applies, as usual]].
** A second time, from Charlotte, who said she never noticed she was a woman before. Cue Judeau and Guts wisecracking about it right after.
* ScreamingWarrior: Casca does this during [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome her last stand]] against the Apostles during the Eclipse.
* ShamefulStrip: During the Eclipse, [[spoiler:Casca is captured and stripped naked by demons, a prelude of worse things to come for her]].
* SheCleansUpNicely: Cue Guts' [[http://www.mangareader.net/96-1128-163/berserk/chapter-8.html priceless reaction]] upon seeing her all dressed-up and pampered at Griffith's gala!
* SheFu: And she does this all while wearing armor.
* ShesGotLegs: Not only does a lot of the art focus on Casca's backside, but also on her legs, and her tall riding boots and almost-ZettaiRyouiki really emphasize them.
* ShowerOfAngst: Right after the Eclipse, we see her bathing in a cascade.
* {{Sideboob}}: More accurately portrayed in the anime, where the censorship meter is increased by a whooping 1%!
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan:
** Brutally deconstructed with Griffith. Casca was attracted to him because she thought he was a formidable man after he saved her from living her life as a SexSlave and he eventually [[spoiler: raped her, turned her insane and tainted her unborn child]].
** Played straight with Guts though, since she isn't attracted to him due to his ultra-manliness and his {{Badass}}ery, she loves him for his righteousness and his kindness and consideration towards her.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only woman in the Band of the Hawk.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Casca is one of the two most attractive female characters in Berserk (the other being [[GorgeousGorgon Slan]]). Many men have complimented Casca on her beauty - that is, while [[AllMenAreRapists most of them are attempting to rape her]]. Her situation only gets worse [[TheOphelia post-Eclipse]]. While in her care, Luca states how Casca's beauty, in conjunction with her innocent and helpless nature, will land her into trouble with these sort of men. [[DefiedTrope To avoid this]], Luca [[BandagedFace wraps Casca's face in bandages]] and passes her off as her syphilis stricken sister. It works for awhile with some [[AllMenArePerverts sex-crazed]] pagan worshippers - until they rip off her bandages.
* StarCrossedLovers: She and Guts are bound together for life, but at what price?
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Averted. She and all the other warrioresses of the series dress reasonably and wear effectively protective armour on the battlefield.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Rather than {{Chickification}}, as her current condition does NOT come from a mere invisible shift in the story but from a BRUTAL BreakTheCutie process that happened on screen. One of the rare cases where the target ''survives''.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: In addition to being [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask a woman in a man's world]], Casca's also second in command of the Hawks, a position that has taken its toll on her emotional well-being, especially after Guts's departure and Griffith's arrest. Always trying to keep her cool in order to be a successful leader to the Hawks, Casca admits to Guts that she believes that she is at the end of her rope and that what she was truly afraid of was to be forgotten and dwindle to nothing if she didn't cling onto another's dreams (Griffith's). The self-realization that she was of no use to Griffith as a warrior or a woman [[DrivenToSuicide nearly drove Casca to suicide]], [[InterruptedSuicide had Guts not interfered]] and given her some [[IntimatePsychotherapy emotion strength later]].
* SupportingProtagonist: Though she doubles as '''the {{tritagonist}}'''. Casca's not ''as'' important as [[TheProtagonist Guts]] or [[{{Deuteragonist}} Griffith]], but she is still a central character, since the whole drive of the story was created through the three's relationship to one another. Lately though, Casca has been demoted to being a MinorMajorCharacter due to the [[CuteMute nature of her insanity]], in which she is an important plot device in the story, [[DumbStruck but adds nothing to narrative.]]
* TearfulSmile / TearsOfJoy: The TearfulSmile to Casca is the SlasherSmile to Guts and the PsychoticSmirk to Griffith. I'd hate to see how a group picture of them would turn out.
* TearsOfFear: Gets turned completely to horror and sadness during the Eclipse, first when Casca is faced with Apostles who want to do [[FateWorseThanDeath far more than just eat her]], and all she can do is stand petrified as she hopelessly wishes for Guts to save her. Then, she begins crying (though not profusely), when [[spoiler:Griffith begins raping her in front of Guts, probably out of fear AND [[ColdBloodedTorture pain.]]]]
* ThighHighBoots
* ThousandYardStare: Another post-Eclipse deconstruction. Like most victims of [[spoiler: rape]], Casca went through these spells were she would zone out and stare at nothing (such as on the hill top). The DullEyesOfUnhappiness were added for more traumatic effect. After the time skip, the shine has returned to her eyes, but Casca still has this vacant stare from time to time, since she is psychologically gone.
** Before she became insane, during the first horrifying moments of the feast of the Eclipse, all Casca could do was just stare as [[spoiler: her comrades were devoured right in front of her]].
* {{Tomboy}}
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Played with from Griffith's gala to Guts' departure, when the Hawks were recognized as nobles. Casca was seen wearing a lot more luxurious and feminine garments such as ball gowns, night dresses, and furs and she admitted to Guts that though she wasn't use to wearing dresses she wasn't finding it un-enjoyable. [[NeutralFemale When Casca tried to intervene]] between Guts and Griffith's confrontation, Judeau pointed out that the cushy lifestyle of nobility made her forget that they were still mercenaries who didn't play by upper society's rules.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Aside from some [[FlashbackEcho flashbacks that are induced when she is about to be put through the same trauma,]] Casca has no recollection of her life before the Eclipse. One also has to wonder [[FridgeHorror if she is even aware of herself in her insanity.]]
* {{Tritagonist}}
* {{Tsundere}}: She becomes this to Guts when their relationship is established. Guts said that he liked that about her personality.
-->'''Guts''': "You get all jealous, you get mad fast, and you're quick to hit! You're ''plenty'' womanly."
* UndyingLoyalty: Toward Griffith. Given Casca's CharacterDevelopment during the Golden Age arc and looking at her state post-Eclipse, one could interpret Casca's intense dedication toward Griffith as [[FatalFlaw a flaw.]]
* UnkemptBeauty: How Casca's overall beauty is described in a nutshell.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Zigzagged, since those were Casca's intentions when she and Guts became an official BattleCouple after their RelationshipUpgrade. She knew very well that Guts could handle his own weight, but she still wanted to watch his back when he was in trouble. This was put to the test in the battle against Wyald, where Casca rushed to Guts' aid when he got pummeled and was ready to defend him against Wyald, though the roles ended up being reversed when [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty Wyald got his hands on her.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Light swords. She's also been seen handling a crossbow pretty well.
* WeirdnessMagnet: So weird that she gets accused of being a witch. As if being insane wasn't enough trouble.
* WetSariScene: During her ShowerOfAngst after the Eclipse.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: The first thing that Guts ever distinguishes about Casca were her black eyes.
* WhyCantIHateYou: Casca admitted to herself that she felt bad for getting jealous over Charlotte because of her relationship with Griffith since Charlotte treated her with kindness despite her being a commoner AND a warrioress.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Guts throughout the Golden Age arc.
** TheyDo: Before Griffith's rescue, they had a RelationshipUpgrade. Unfortunately, [[StarCrossedLovers they couldn't enjoy their relationship for long.]]
* WomanChild: Deconstructed. You should know why by now.
* WomanInWhite: Deconstructed in the Retribution Arc. Casca was always seen in a white gown during this arc, and although she is not evil, [[TheOphelia the nature of her insanity]] as well as the brand that [[WeirdnessMagnet attracts ghosts and demons to her]] drew suspicious attention to her that accumulated to accusations of her being a witch. This led to an all out witch hunt coming from the pagans who wanted to claim her AND the church who wanted to [[BurnTheWitch burn her.]] Luckily, her [[BlackKnight knight in shining black armor]] came to her rescue.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Surprisingly, pre-Eclipse Casca fits this role more than the noblewomen presented in the story, especially when she had to lead the Hawks for a year. Casca became physically and emotionally drained during this time, not only because two men that she respected and loved were not by her side, but because she was in charge with keeping the Band of the Hawk together AND alive. She was able to keep her cool for the most part... but when Guts comes back after a year, Casca just lets it all spill out, and [[InterruptedSuicide almost attempted suicide.]]
* WomenAreWiser: Averted. While Casca may apply at first, being the sole female among a band of mercenaries and being among the most level-headed of the group, she quickly grows morally conflicted and develops a more realistic persona by the end of the Golden Age arc, [[TropesAreNotBad making Casca one of the more relatable characters of the series.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Averted since she wears leggings under her boots and tunic.
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[[folder: Guts' Companions]]

Guts's current TrueCompanions who joined him gradually during his quest. After believing that he could handle it all alone, Guts realizes that he can't protect Casca unaided, due to her mental state and their [[StarCrossedLovers mutual curse]]. He then warms up to his haphazard companions and learns to trust them.

!!Serpico
!!! Voiced by: Creator/TakahiroMizushima

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-> ''"In meeting you and travelling with you, we've been changed. Not only Lady Farnese, but myself as well."''

TheLancer of the party is a [[TheSmartGuy canny]] FragileSpeedster who starts off as Farnese's servant. [[spoiler:He is actually her half-brother but she doesn't know it.]] He is completely devoted to her and seldom questions her decisions.

Wary of Guts's SuperpoweredEvilSide and distrustful of Guts's ability to control it, he confronted him about this quite a few times, all of which ended up in a duel between the two in Vritannis, where he showed once more [[AwesomenessByAnalysis his superior strategy skills]]. [[DefeatMeansFriendship After being defeated]], Serpico has stopped acting hostile towards Guts and has grown to respect and appreciate him, [[spoiler:as shown when both worked together in synch to defeat [[TheEmperor Ganishka]]'s elderly henchman, Daiba]].

In battle, he uses a rapier blessed by the Wind spirits, donated by Schierke, which can [[DiagonalCut bisect his opponents clean]], in sharp contrast to Guts's {{BFS}}, as well a magical cloak that grants him the power of flight.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Quite so given his klutzy behavior ([[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass though a charade]]), his [[ExtremeDoormat doormat-ish demeanor,]] and {{Bishonen}} good looks. Aw, [[FanNickname Serpie!]]
* AnimalMotifs: The fox, according to Guts whenever they spar or fight with each other.
** During his time with the Holy Iron Chain Knights, he had a [[CoolHelmet helmet]] shaped like a kitsune mask, a mythological fox spirit known for being tricksters.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: He could fight with Guts ''twice'' on an almost even footing thanks to this.
* {{Badass}}: Despite his lesser stature, he doesn't fear to take on much stronger enemies, often using his superior intelligence to gain advantage of his surroundings.
** BadassNormal: Before getting his wind powers.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Farnese. [[spoiler:Literally. If you don't favor [[BrotherSisterIncest the other interpretation]].]] Her wishes don't have to be reasonable, but if you go against them, you're in trouble, even if you are Guts. He also has traces of this behavior toward the younger Isidro and Schierke.
* {{Bishonen}}: For sure! And the fangirls approve.
* BlowYouAway: Cue that awesome cloak and sword.
* BodyguardCrush: To Farnese.
* [[spoiler:BrotherSisterIncest: Likewise subverted. When he finds out Farnese is his half-sister, his feelings for her become more brotherly. He even resisted when she made a very emotionally charged advance on him.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Mainly in his fight against Guts [[spoiler:both of them]], but again, it was against ''freakin [[BadAss G]][[{{BFS}} u]][[CharlesAtlasSuperPower t]][[OneManArmy s]]'' if you aren't an Apostle, you need ''everything'' in your side to last a few minutes against him.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: His facade when he was a member of the Knights of the Holy Iron Chain.
* DeadpanSnarker: Never out of sarcastic quips!
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After Guts definitely defeats him in Vritannis, all their differences seem settled.
* DiagonalCut: The wind-blessed sword he uses in battle has this effect.
* EnigmaticMinion: How he started out.
* EyesAlwaysShut: At least always when he is playing nice, when Serpico happens to open his eyes both his expresion and the situation are turning nasty.
* FragileSpeedster
* HeroicBastard
* HeroicBuild: A variation. Despite not being as massively built as Guts or Roderick, during his ShirtlessScene, Serpico is shown being healthily athletic but spare, as would be fitting for a FragileSpeedster.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Towards Farnese at first (like most of her underlings), and then to Guts himself.
* InASingleBound: Thanks to his cloak
* InSeriesNickname: Puck calls him "Picolin".
* TheLancer: What he is to Guts even though he doesn't always approve of his "leader's" ways.
* LeanAndMean: At first. Subverted after he joins Guts companions with Farnese.
* LetsGetDangerous: You wouldn't notice at first, due to his mannerly, humble self. But, just in case you forgot, Serpico is among the few humans to have survived a battle with Guts ''twice''...
* [[spoiler:LongLostRelative: Farnese's half-brother.]]
* MistressAndServantBoy: His (apparent) relationship with Farnese.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Noble Male to Guts' Roguish Male.
* RazorWind: The effect of his rapier
* TheRival
* SarcasticDevotee: Probably the most cynical member on the team (next to Guts anyway) but wrapped in a snarky layer of goodness that prevents him from being a deserter, mainly for Farnese's sake.
* ShirtlessScene: Much to the fangirls' joy!
* TheSmartGuy
* TheStoic: He never loses his cool, even in battles.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: A {{stoic}} pretty boy {{lancer}} who fights with a rapier and has a rivalry with Guts? On the surface, he's Griffith without the sociopathy, though in practise the two characters are quite different.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Was willing to attack Guts for shaming Farnese, knowing full well it would in all likely hood mean his death.
* TeamChef: He's the most competent cook in the group.
* WeaponOfChoice: His first was a rapier and then a fan sword.


!!Farnese de Vandimion
!!! Voiced by: Creator/YukoGoto

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-> ''"I want to know what transcends the order I clung to. The truth. And I want to learn a way to live in the darkness where the light of that order does not reach."''

Introduced as the figurehead of the Holy Iron Chain Knights, she was supposedly a LadyOfWar, except that [[FauxActionGirl she can't fight]]. She first meets Guts after his exhausting battle against Rosine and captures him.

A [[StepfordSmiler frustrated]] RebelliousPrincess with pyrophiliac tendencies, she gets thoroughly broken by Guts upon trying to [[WhipItGood whip him into submission with her barbed scourge]]. Seeing in him the epitome of heresy, she pledges to have him executed once he confesses.

Yet, after witnessing the horrible events of the mock Eclipse at the Tower of Punishments, all her convictions are destroyed and she stands corrected before Guts's survivability and his unwillingness to submit to Mozgus who she respected deeply. She eventually joins him, wanting to learn how to survive unaided in the world.

She is not much of a combatant but is currently learning magic from Schierke and sometimes uses her silver dagger for defense. She is also very protective of Casca, even though she has a crush on Guts. She recently TookALevelInBadass and is much more combative than what she used to be.

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* AdrenalineMakeover: Played with: When Farnese gradually becomes much stronger as a person she acts more introverted and modest.
* AnimalMotifs: The stoat. A noblewoman but rather weak in comparison to her comrades (physically stronger than Schierke though). Yet she's not helpless and isn't afraid to stab her assailants to defend herself.
* ArrangedMarriage: With Roderick, technically it's her second.
* TheAtoner: She wishes to expiate the atrocities she used to advocate before joining Guts.
* BlondesAreEvil: Not really, but she maintained the impression quite some time after she'd been introduced.
* BlueBlood
* [[spoiler:BrotherSisterIncest: Serpico is her half-brother, but she isn't aware of this and developed feelings for him in their teenage years. She even made a very emotionally charged advance on him. Serpico being in the know, he resisted.]]
* TheCaretaker: She ends up taking up this role for Casca when she joins Guts' group.
* CherryTapping: A scared senseless Farnese takes down Guts this way, but he was beaten to a pulp allready and he really just tripped and fell on her sword, leaving her stunned in disbelief. [[spoiler: Nice throw, Serpico!]]
* ChewToy: Guts definitely got a few chuckles out of [[MindScrew messing with this kinky little bugger's head]] early on.
* TheChick
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: She and Serpico have been together most of their lives with him as her [[MistressAndServantBoy servant boy]] and she developed feelings for him in their teenage years, [[spoiler:unaware that he is actually her [[BrotherSisterIncest half-brother]]]].
* ChronicPetKiller: That poor bird. [[KillItWithFire Gone the way]] as the last one... and the one before that... (and the dog too...)
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Turned on by people burning alive to the point where she spends some "alone time" thinking very hard about that.
* DemonicPossession: Was possessed by a ghost, which mocked her for her insecurities and [[ADateWithRosiePalms suppressed urges]].
* EnfanteTerrible: Widely known as "the devil child of the Vandimion". Ask the servants of the household for more details.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Knight Templars Have Standards]]: Though she was quite a sadist during her KnightTemplar days in the Holy Iron Chain Knights, Farnese was notably disturbed and horrified by the torture techniques employed by Mozgus.
* FanDisservice: The second moment of her [[ADateWithRosiePalms sexual turn]] on in the series was riding Guts' sword while possessed by a ghost, no less.
* FauxActionGirl: An in-universe example. Farnese leads the Holy Iron Chain Knights, but they never expect her to actually fight. The Knights are traditionally led by a maiden, so she is entirely there for looks and because she comes from a noble family.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: How she and Serpico met. After he was beat up by some local bullies and left in the snow, Farnese finds Serpico and brings him back to her family's mansion. She begins to nurse him back to health, but says that he has to be her [[MistressAndServantBoy servant boy]] from then on.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Her stuffed rabbit mentioned below.
* GreenThumb: [[spoiler: Can now control familiars made out of thorns, thanks to Schierke.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Started off as mentally unhinged KnightTemplar largely antagonistic to Guts. Since joining him, she's mellowed out considerably, become more grounded, and much more [[TookALevelInKindness kind in general.]]
* HeroWorshipper: Any kind word from Guts is bound to make her cry TearsOfJoy.
* HotWitch: She's shaping up to be one with lessons from Schierke.
* HystericalWoman: During her KnightTemplar phase.
* ImportantHaircut: Upon choosing to follow Guts.
* JeanneDArchetype: Subverted. The figurehead of the Holy Iron Chain Knights is always a woman, so she appears to be this trope, only she doesn't have any actual fighting skills and the voices she hears in her head are actual demons.
* KnifeNut: Wields a silver dagger, which is super-effective against supernatural creatures. Later on she also uses it to perform magic rituals.
* KnightTemplar: What she was during her time as the Holy See's figurehead.
* LadyOfWar: Subverted. She is dressed as one but can hardly fight.
* TheLoad: Was initially one among Guts' party and realized it. It made her want to learn sorcery from Schierke.
* LonelyDollGirl: She use to have a stuffed rabbit that her father bought for her on a family outing that was her SecurityBlanket, but then her father told her to dispose of it because she was getting to old for it. [[KillItWithFire Judging by the way that she did get rid of it,]] it probably didn't improve her troubled mindset.
* LonelyRichKid: Her past.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: During her KnightTemplar ChurchMilitant days she enjoyed burning people alive, and though she is TheAtoner now and ashamed of what she did, her sadism is presented somewhat sympathetically. See Pyromaniac, below, for details.
* AMatchMadeInStockholm: Guts and Farnese first meet in this sort of fashion. She is assigned to capture and kill Guts and Guts ends up kidnapping and holding her hostage ''twice''. During this time period, her future infatuation and admiration of him is foreshadowed and hinted at.
* MistressAndServantBoy: Her (apparent) relationship with Serpico.
* PyroManiac: Formerly this. However, in contrast to the crazy pyromaniac archetype, Farnese is deeply ashamed, and frightened, by her obsession. After the Date with Rosie Palms (see above) she is shown huddling on her bed and tearfully trying to convince herself "I am not wrong". Also, the pyromania, along with [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming her sadism]] is traced to her [[LonelyRichKid spoilt but lonely childhood,]] where the sounds of other people's screaming would make her forget her own loneliness and depression.
* RebelliousPrincess: Deconstructed. She becomes one because of her parenting (or lack thereof), and this earns her the social isolation it would earn her in real life medieval Europe.
* TheResenter: Toward Casca for holding Guts' affection. She is ashamed of this, though, and nevertheless cares for and protects Casca in the hopes doing so will help her atone for her sins.
* SecurityBlanket: Said stuffed rabbit mentioned above.
* ShirtlessScene: A RareFemaleExample.
* SilverHasMysticPowers: Her dagger is made of silver, as well as the chainmail she and Casca wear under their garments.
* StepfordSmiler: Used to act as one of those and used to take out her rage on Serpico and other servants, or on the so-called heretics she sent burning at the stake.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Much like pre-Eclipse Casca, she averts this.
* ATasteOfTheLash: Practices that at herself, Guts and Serpico in the three different occasions.
* TeamMom: Due to her role as Casca's [[TheCaretaker caretaker]] and her willingness to take care of everyone's basic needs, she qualifies as one of these.
* TinyTyrannicalGirl: In spades when she was younger, especially with her TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior.
* TookALevelInBadass: She is not the most violent of the bunch but has shown to be willing to take a more active part in battle, as seen [[spoiler:during the attack of the Kushan tigers in Vritannis in which she could effectively ward off two of them]]. She took another level recently, acting as a BarrierMaiden to keep the crew of the ''Seahorse'' safe while Schierke (on whom the duty would normally fall) was held up elsewhere.
* TookALevelInKindness: Joining Guts and caring for Casca really brought out the nicer sides in her.
* WeaponOfChoice: Daggers. Whips during her crazed KnightTemplar days.


!!Isidro
!!! Voiced by: Creator/HiroyukiYoshino

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-> ''"I'm going to be the strongest swordsman in the world!!"''

The young runaway is an AffectionateParody of a KidSamurai, Isidro is primarily a PluckyComicRelief, regularly subject to ArtShift.

Also WrongGenreSavvy, he believes himself the main character of a {{Shonen}} series and wants to become the greatest warrior. He [[HeroWorshipper worships and admires]] Guts but never openly admits it and wants to "steal" his technique for himself after watching him dealing with a whole group of Kushans.

Despite trying his best, he is not very effective in combat due to his undeveloped body (he is still a kid) but learns gradually to develop his own style thanks to Guts's tutelage and training. Although he hates to admit it, Guts has found an apprentice in Isidro. He used to carry a regular sword but it was too heavy for him and couldn't use it properly. He later receives a [[PlayingWithFire fire-blessed]] dagger from Schierke as well as a cutlass from an old man who saved him from the Troll attack right before Guts and his party depart for the Qliphoth.

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* AccidentalPervert: Many times he just happens upon indecently dressed women, like Nina and Isma. He also accidentally gropes Schierke when they first meet.
* ActionSurvivor: Before meeting Guts.
* AnimalMotifs: The monkey, by way of what Schierke calls him when he's being a dick.
* TheArtfulDodger: After he ran away from home, Isidro became one of these more or less. Even after joining Guts' new group and gaining some stability, he still occasionally pickpockets people.
* BratsWithSlingshots: Subverted. He doesn't need slingshots, only his bare hands. And the things he throws (stones, bombs...) cause serious harm instead of a comedic effect.
* BrattyHalfPint: Rude, ill-mannered, he is a master at the art of provoking and pissing people off.
* ButtMonkey: Whenever there's some slapstick comedy to be had, he's often on the receiving end.
* CasanovaWannabe: He believes himself to be a KidANova. [[BandOfBrothels Luca and her girls]] weren't too impressed by him, though.
* ChivalrousPervert: Isidro's a good kid, as he won't hesitate to help people, especially girls. However, he does have his pervy side, as he's tried to peek at Casca bathing on more than one occasion (though he's thwarted each time).
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: His usual tactic to bail himself out of situations or to trick people into trusting him so he can con them.
* DirtyKid: He has frequently displayed incredibly lewd behavior, at one point even fantasizing about having sex with five prostitutes at once.
* DisasterScavengers: Was one of those before meeting Guts and would survive by stealing food and valuables.
* DualWielding: He usually uses both his cutlass and his dagger in battle.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: His fighting style when fighting groups in close quarters is to spin and roll around at high speeds, attacking weak points and dodging attacks.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[RurouniKenshin Myojin Yahiko]], fitting the KidSamurai image.
* FieryRedhead: Made all the more evident when his magical weapon is a ''fire dagger''.
* HeroWorshipper: Although he'll never admit it, he deeply admires Guts.
* HotBlooded: A lot.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: {{Deconstructed}}. Because he emulates [[LightningBruiser Guts]] and his {{BFS}}, he tries to fight like him while being oblivious to his own fighting style: [[FragileSpeedster he's fast and pretty handy with thrown weapons and short blades, but he's as fragile as he looks]]. Because he insists on ignoring his true strengths, his wish to become a {{badass}} like Guts often makes him a liability.
* ImprovFu: His fighting style of choice. He makes up his moves as he goes along, uses anything at hand to confuse his foes and usually goes about skipping and evading blows thanks to his agility and his small size.
* IndyPloy: His rescue of [[spoiler: Casca]] from a witches' execution is a definite winner!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* JumpedAtTheCall: He just up and left his home one day with a sword in hand to seek his own personal fortune, and has been following Guts ever since first seeing him.
* KidAppealCharacter: Sort of. He certainly wasn't designed for demographic appeal - it's a {{Seinen}}, remember? - but he fits most of the classical traits.
* KidSamurai: Deconstructed. Due to the cynical tendencies of the series, it is clearly implied that Isidro would make little impression on the battlefield due to his size and lack of skills. To be fair, Guts' tutelage is beginning to pay off.
* KnifeNut: Has a dagger made of lava.
* MouthyKid: At first towards everyone in the party. But after some tutelage from Guts and more exposition to the reality of battle, he gets much more respectful of Guts' advice and commands. But he still mouthes off to people he doesn't know.
* NoIndoorVoice: The kid with the mouth has a very loud one at that. Was lampshaded [[http://www.mrsmanga.com/Berserk/290/8 here.]]
* OvershadowedByAwesome: He felt like this when Schierke entered the party.
* PlayingWithFire: Cue the fire dagger.
* PluckyComicRelief: Alongside [[ThoseTwoGuys Puck]].
* RedOni: To Schierke's Blue Oni.
* TheRunaway: His backstory isn't clear, but he seems to be the circus runaway case.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: In terms of ability only. He's a great with thrown weapons and has taken up DualWielding, which makes his skill set very similar to Judeau.
* TagalongKid
* ToBeAMaster: Isidro's whole reasoning behind following Guts around, even if his plan doesn't seem that practical at times.
* TookALevelInBadass: His breakthrough in swordmanship happens when he defeats the troll leader.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Schierke.
* VocalDissonance
* VolleyingInsults: Often with Schierke.
* WeaponOfChoice: Tried to use a regular sized sword but it didn't work in his favor since it was too big. He was then given a dagger blessed by the fire spirits, but at the time he didn't fully recognize its potential. He finally got a short sword from an old man who thought it would coincide with his stature and speed. This works out a lot better. He's since [[ChoiceOfTwoWeapons been able to use the fire dagger more aptly]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: He believes himself the main protagonist of a {{Shonen}} series.

!!Schierke
!!! Voiced by: Creator/{{Yukana}}

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-> ''"No matter their strength, for a human, to fight a monster means to let go of their humanity and become an even bigger monster."''

[[NoSocialSkills Socially inept]] initially and a good example of a DarkMagicalGirl, Schierke joined Guts' party late in the story. A witch-in-training, she joined only begrudgingly at the call of her mistress, the witch Flora. After Flora's death, she eventually sets off with Guts and his companions. She and Guts share a father-daughter relationship and comprehend each other instinctively. Like many other females of the series, she has a crush on Guts, albeit a childish one.

Schierke is also a SquishyWizard and isn't much of a frontline fighter. However, when she's given enough time to cast her spells: '''KAPOW!!!''' She can wipe out an entire army of trolls or wash out a whole village with a tidal wave...

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* AnimalMotifs: The owl, according to Sonia.
* AstralProjection: One of her powers.
* BadassAdorable: Very cute. Will tear you apart with her magic powers.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Averted; unlike ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'', being a child doesn't exempt her from being drawn anatomically correct. Since ''everyone'' gets naked in this series, it doesn't come off creepy.
* BlueOni: To Isidro's Red Oni.
* ChildMage
* CuteWitch
* DarkMagicalGirl: She was pretty anti-social until she met Guts and his companions.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: While applying a protective seal over the Brand while Guts' shirtless, Schierke notes how large and strong his back is... and begins blushing.
* GlassCannon: Hits hard with her magic, but is still a child.
* JediMindTrick: Very skilled at this.
* KidWithTheLeash: Is the only one capable of bringing Berserker Guts back to his senses other than the Child.
* KillItWithFire and KillItWithWater: Due to her control over elemental forces, she can either torch her foes alive or drown them in a tidal wave if she's given enough time to cast her spells.
* LittleMissBadass
* LittleMissSnarker
* LonerTurnedFriend: Lived alone except for her master, but has since become TrueCompanions with Guts and the others.
* MagicHair: Uses her hair in some of her spells.
* MagicWand: Focuses her magic through her staff.
* MeaningfulName: Her name is the one of a mountain village in Germany, which is right next to the Brocken - the ''mountain of witches''.
* {{Meganekko}}: When she isn't in battle, that is.
* TheMentor: Schierke is mentoring Farnese in magic.
* MissionControl: Much like Sonia, her telepathic abilities make her one of these.
* NoSocialSkills: She has been isolated all her childhood long from the rest of the world and is a bit awkward in social situations because of this; however it is highly compensated in the refined etiquette Flora, her mistress, taught her.
* PrecociousCrush: On Guts.
* RobeAndWizardHat: Her most common attire.
* SheCleansUpNicely: When she wears normal clothing.
* [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Shy Bluish-Green Haired Girl]]
* SimpleStaff: She channels her powers through her staff.
* SkilledButNaive: Rather than having a straight up FatalFlaw. Schierke is young and incredibly skilled at what she does. Unfortunately, due to her lack of experience in the outside world, both in social and magical terms, she sometimes lets her immense power go over her head, with some consequences. She's learning from her mistakes, though.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Schierke, Silke
* SquishyWizard: Despite her tremendous spiritual strength and advanced spellcasting skills, she is probably the physically weakest of the party.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Isidro.
* VolleyingInsults: Often with Isidro.
* WeaponOfChoice: [[SimpleStaff Staves]].
* WiseBeyondHerYears: She is one of the most level-headed member of the current TrueCompanions, although she remains somewhat naive sometimes.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]: So far, the only ''human'' character in the whole story to have a non-generic hair colour.


!!Puck and Evarella
!!! Voiced by: YurikoFuchizaki and Creator/YukariTamura

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-> ''"Aw, c'mon! You know this story would be too dark if I weren't around!"''

-> ''"For crying out loud! Right when I think he's healed and his wounds haven't opened for 3 days, he's already ragged and torn all over! I'm gonna shrivel up! My maidenly skin is gonna dry up!"''


[[SmallAnnoyingCreature Small annoying creatures]] and PluckyComicRelief, the two elves that accompany Guts' companions can sometime give valuable guidance in the midst of the battle. They also offer their [[HealingHands healing touch]] when needed.

Puck is the very first to join Guts in his quest, being rescued from Koka Castle's bandits in the very first chapter and trying his hardest to be Guts' MoralityPet. He can also act as a DeadpanSnarker and occasionally [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall.]] He usually travels in Guts' pouch and [[spoiler: shows a strange attachment to the Behelit Guts is carrying with him - which they took from the Count - and prevented him several times from getting rid of it.]]

Evarella used to act as Schierke's MoralityPet and is now Puck's DistaffCounterpart.

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* ArmorPiercingSlap: Guts usually treats Puck's tantrums with about as much concern as he would a mosquito, but every now and then when Puck is genuinely mad, he'll manage to land a blow that Guts actually feels. They usually just make his eyes water, but for a little guy, that's not bad.
** Those weird dandelion blades Puck produces actually seem pretty potent against the ghosts. He'll usually let loose on the off chance that Guts is knocked out and at the mercy of any kind of bottom rung mook.
* ArtShift: Puck spends most of his time as a chibi, which is his default state when he's being funny. He only gets to look real when he's being serious(ish).
* AudienceSurrogate: Puck more or less served this role during the Black Swordsman StoryArc.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Despite being obviously naked, Puck appears as a miniature Ken doll. This actually became a plot point in the Lost Children arc. We've never seen Evarella without her dress, so we don't know if it applies to her.
* BigEater: They can both eat many times their own weight in food, including ''entire'' giant tables of food.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: They sometimes do this. Mostly with a random ShoutOut to another anime show in the midst of a heated battle.
* ChekhovsGunman: Zigzagged a bit since the story starts [[InMediasRes in the middle]], but Puck is briefly mentioned during the Golden Age arc by Judeau, but later becomes Guts' first travel companion when he's the Black Swordsman. Puck actually makes reference to the manner in which they became companions.
* TheConscience: Puck ''tries'' to be this to Guts. He's not too successful, mainly because most of the time, Guts doesn't give a damn about the morality of his actions.
* DeadpanSnarker: Both of them constantly snark at the events that occur around them.
-->Puck (to Guts): I thought you didn't have any friends. Who knew you were friends with a monster?
-->(to the Skull Knight): Ah, not to be racist to monsters. This guy is so lonely, please be friends with him. My name is Puck!
* {{Determinator}}: It takes Puck a looong time, but eventually all the free healing he keeps providing pays off and Guts becomes more friendly to him. The pivotal moment comes in volume 16 when Guts finally calls Puck by his name. After that, they become VitriolicBestBuds. It's a big step forward since back in the early manga Guts came close to flat out offing Puck a few times. Rickert eventually points out that Puck was the only thing keeping Guts human during his two-year demon hunt.
* DistaffCounterpart: Evarella is this to Puck.
* TheEmpath: Both can sense the inner emotions of others, which makes Puck a RareMaleExample of this. Due to this, Puck is often overwhelmed by Guts' intensely hostile emotions during the whole Conviction Arc, especially when both were WalkingTheEarth.
* FairyCompanion: Duh.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Ever since Guts took [[spoiler: the Count's beherit from Vargas, Puck has grown strangely attached to it and prevented Guts from disposing of it several times.]] Even though it is not known whether or not [[spoiler:astral creatures can use it]], one still has to remember that ''nothing'' is incidental in the Berserkverse. Nothing.
* HealingHands: Both of them can heal wounds with their magic powder.
* LightEmUp: Puck is able to cast a dazzling spark and can sometime help in battle with this power.
* MoralityPet: Puck often acts as the voice of morality when Guts loses it.
* [[MrExposition Mrs. Exposition]]: Evarella has taken this role for the team a few times when Schierke was out. [[spoiler: She instructed Farnese in how to call Schierke back when she was "mixed" with the river spirit and told Isma about true names.]]
* NonActionSnarker: Evarella, a RareFemaleExample. She talks shit, yet she doesn't ''do'' shit.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Being surrounded by [[{{Muggles}} people]] [[InvisibleToNormals who can't see the supernatural]] (at least the non-aggressors), including Puck, a lot of people who encounter Guts wonder what he is talking to.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Granted, they're called Elves, but they apply more to this trope.
* ParrotPetPosition: Both of them are usually perched on others shoulders, though Evarella likes to sit on the brim of Schierke's hat.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy
* PluckyComicRelief: Puck mostly.
* ShipperOnDeck: When Evarella tries to push Schierke to Guts she usually gets stuffed in a hat. In general, she has a weak spot for romance.
* ShoutOut: Puck frequently appears as characters from other stories. Notable appearances are as Yoda, Doraemon, and the trainer from AshitaNoJoe.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Guts' opinion of Puck early on, and he came very close to killing him. It was only when Puck proved useful in his constant healings and driving away ghosts that Guts warmed up to him.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Evarella.
* TheReveal: Puck is... *Drum Roll*
--> ''I'm a spirit of the wind??? The shocking truth revealed now! I wasn't a chestnut!!?''
* TeamPet: Both.
* VitriolicBestBuds: To each other. For a time, one could say Puck and Guts had this relationship going as well.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Evarella definitely considers Puck a lesser being.
* WomenAreWiser: Evarella ''thinks'' she's this compared to Puck, but she's really NotSoAboveItAll.

!!Azan

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-> ''"Don't give up, knights are here to protect those in need! A knight's duty is to protect the weak!"''

Azan is the second in command of the Holy Iron Chains Knights. An old-fashioned knight who has turned to the cloth, he always speaks of honor and loyalty. When the Holy Iron Chains Knights catch up to Guts, he challenges Guts to a duel, matching the injured Guts in combat. Azan manages to survive the events of the Tower of Conviction and decides to report the events to the Holy See, while Farnese and Serpico follow Guts.

He later reappears in Vritannis, living on the streets after having been kicked out of the Holy See and sleeping on boats. The pirate captain fighting Isidro steps on him, which prompts Azan to throw him into the water and beat up the rest of the pirates. Guts and his companions later end up sailing off with the boat he is sleeping on to Roderick's ship. As such, he is currently accompanying Guts towards Elfhelm.
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* TwentyFourHourArmor: Since he was kicked out of the Holy See, he's been running around clad in full plate, taking not even his helmet off to sleep. Since he's been pulled along on Roderick's ship he's been seen in and out of his armor, but ''never'' takes off his helmet.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Though he's certainly more stout and stocky than actually fat, he still fits.
* AFatherToHisMen: Very much acts like a father to the young men who makes up the Holy Iron Chains Knights.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Somewhat subverted in that he is second-in-command, not the leader of the Holy Iron Chains Knights, but he still has authority and he kicks ass.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassCape
** BadassGrandpa: Well out of his prime, Azan is still quite capable of kicking ass and managed to be a match for an injured Guts.
** BadassMustache: His helmet has one too. Even his horse's armor mask has mustache!
** BadassNormal
* BaldOfAwesome
* BigDamnHeroes: Twice. First he pops out of nowhere at the end of the Conviction arc and saves the women from the Bakirakas, then in Vritannis he saves Isidro and a group of kushan children from pirates.
* BigOlEyebrows
* CallingYourAttacks: One of the few characters to do this.
* CarryABigStick: Wields a metal quarterstaff in combat, with spikes at each end.
* ChurchMilitant
* TheComicallySerious
* CoolHelmet
* CoolOldGuy
* EnemyMine: Allies with Guts at the end of the Conviction arc to fight the Bakirakas.
* TheFaceless: Has not taken off his helmet ever since his reintroduction in Vritannis. He even cleans a ship's deck wearing nothing but pants and the helmet.
* GoodIsOldFashioned
* HeavySleeper: Somehow managed to sleep through a raging battle throughtout a city, magical lightning and people sailing off with the boat he's sleeping on. Add to this that he managed to sleep through all of this while wearing full plate and it gets ridiculous.
* HeroAntagonist: He's definitely one of the very few good ''and'' heroic people in Midland at the time, he just happens to be opposing Guts until the end of the Conviction arc.
* HonorBeforeReason
* HyperCompetentSidekick: A whole lot more competent than Farnese.
* KnightErrant: What he became after being kicked out of the Holy See.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Probably the straightest example in Berserk, despite his advanced age.
* LargeHam
* LightningBruiser: Packs quite a punch with his iron staff and quite fast despite his size and girth. Guts even notes that the rumors of his speed were understated.
* NumberTwo: To Farnese in the Holy Iron Chains Knights.
* OldSoldier
* OneManArmy: Stood against and prevented about a hundred men from crossing a bridge to protect the old man guarding it.
* PaperThinDisguise: He hasn't taken off his helmet since getting dragged onto Roderick's ship because he would rather not be recognized by his old cohorts. They aren't fooled at all.
* RedBaron: Renowned as the Bridge Knight for his OneManArmy feat. Even Guts had heard of his story.
* SixthRanger: For Guts' new companions, having unwittingly become a stowaway on Roderick's ship.
* StoutStrength
* StraightMan: To Serpico in the Holy Iron Chains Knights.
* WeaponOfChoice: He wields a [[CarryABigStick a double-headed staff]] to bludgeon people with.
* WorthyOpponent: Initially sees Guts as this when he sees what he is capable of.

!!Roderick of Stauffen

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-> ''"It looks bad when a princess protects a knight."''

A [[PrincelyYoungMan noble prince]] that is also Farnese's brother's best friend, he has accepted to an ArrangedMarriage with Farnese, in order to [[MarriageOfAlliance further cement the alliance between Vritannis and Eath]].

Rash, daring but mild-mannered and [[TallDarkAndHandsome very handsome]], he seems to show some personal interest in Farnese due to her [[RebelliousPrincess rebellious]] attitude and her reputation, despite his obvious ulterior motives.

He joined Guts and his party late in the story line, making him TheSixthRanger, upon proposing to ship them to Skellig. He also wants to use this opportunity to spend some time with his wife-to-be. He was very impressed to see the skills of Guts against the Kushan's familiars in Vritannis and immediately accepted him as a leader.

In battle, Roderick uses a straight sword and seems to be [[WarriorPrince a decently skilled fighter]], though his true talent is commanding ships in naval battles.

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* ArrangedMarriage: With Farnese, although he might be interested in her as a person...
* BadassNormal: A regular human but he can still stand toe-to-toe with familiars or minor demons and is a highly effective admiral in command of his own ship.
* BigOlEyebrows: Very similar to Guts.
* TheCaptain
* CoolBoat: The Seahorse.
* CourtlyLove: How he manifests his interest for Farnese, as could be expected from a nobleman of his time.
* HeroicBuild: Guy is seriously ripped, although not as much as Guts.
* {{Hunk}}: Between the massive, [[FaceOfAThug scary-looking]] Guts and [[{{Bishounen}} good looking, but rather lanky]] Serpico, Roderick provides us ([[ThirdOptionLoveInterest and Farnese]]) with some eye pleasing, well balanced manliness.
* IKissYourHand: "And I kiss it so tenderly, my dear Farnese."
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Roderick seems to be very sympathetic about Farnese's crush on Guts.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Only took one meeting for him to decide that he was in love with Farnese.
* NiceGuy: And it's really refreshing in this setting.
* PrincelyYoungMan
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Very experienced and level-headed, he is highly respected by his men for this.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* ShirtlessScene: We finally got one in chapter 327. [[FemaleGaze Yea-uh!]]
* TheSixthRanger
* SlipknotPonytail: Wore his hair loose once after he rescued Guts from sinking into the ocean because of his steel hand. Turns out he's even more good-looking that way.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: To Farnese, after she decides to give up on Guts.
* UnderstandingBoyfriend: Even though they aren't seen much together, Roderick seems to be very supportive of Farnese.
* WeaponOfChoice: Straight swords and rapiers.
** Though given a choice between hand-to-hand and ship-to-ship combat, he'll take the latter, and for ''very'' good reason; he's a competent swordsman, but a bloody brilliant naval commander.
* WarriorPrince

!!Magnifico de Vandimion

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-> ''"Where can I be safe?"''

Farnese's slippery and underachieving older brother is a sad case of TheUnfavourite. His father, knowing of his incompetence, has preferred to give the more important responsibilities to his other brothers, leaving him only with minor tasks.

Ready to do ''anything'' [[WellDoneSonGuy to gain his father's attention and recognition]], he schemed to have [[ArrangedMarriage his sister marry his best friend]], Roderick, in order to unite both their families. [[spoiler: But he utterly [[EpicFail failed]] and thus, fearing his father's wrath, fled with Guts's Companions in order to escape punishment.]]

[[DirtyCoward Cowardly]] and unusually awkward, [[NonActionGuy he never takes part in physical fights]] and reacts rather comically to the supernatural happenings he witnesses.

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* ArtShift: Among the few human characters to be given this treatment.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Of the PokeThePoodle variety, though...
* ButtMonkey: Suffers all sorts of humiliations, and it's ''always'' played for laugh.
* DirtyCoward: VERY MUCH. Whenever something remotely dangerous happens he immediately runs and hides.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His character design has changed drastically from his first introduction. He looked rather handsome and dignified when we first meet him but he looks like an emasciated buffoon, probably because he developped an illness before the Sea God Arc that made him lose a lot of weight.
* EpicFail: Upon [[spoiler: trying to announce Roderick and Farnese's marriage to a huge assembly of nobles, including his father. Farnese has disappeared.]] Also a CrowningMomentOfFunny, complete with Roderick [[{{Facepalm}} facepalming]]. Thankfully [[spoiler: the awkwardness is broken up by the GIANT DEMON TIGER.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Tries to gain parental attention.
* TheLoad: Much like Farnese in the beginning. But, unlike his sister, he has no intentions to work on his lack of skills and become useful to the group.
* TheMagnificent: ''Magnifico'' means ''magnificent'' or ''splendid'' in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Quite ironic as it's, unfortunally, ''not'' a MeaningfulName.
* NervousWreck: Always, ''always'' panicking for his life when the situation turns even ''slightly'' against his favor. Made worse for his case since he's the...
* NonActionGuy: Only character of the party to never partake in the action. Even his sister, who is hardly as much of a trained fighter, is more willing to put up a fight than him.
* PetTheDog: He ''does'' seem to actually care for Farnese.
* SatelliteCharacter: There isn't much use for Magnifico as of now but he still shows up consistently, mostly for comic relief.
* SmugSnake: Sometimes.
* TheStarscream: Wishes to overtake his brothers' position.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Tries to be this but he is so incompetent he only manages to be a HarmlessVillain.
* TheUnfavourite: His father understandably prefers his far more competent brothers.
* WellDoneSonGuy: His motivation.
* ZanyScheme: Strikes a deal with Puck to start a business by selling elves...

!!Isma

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A teenage girl living a solitary existence on an island. She's a pariah among the supersticious inhabitants, due to her rather interesting family history. Namely, in that her mother was a merrow, and that she is believed to be one too. Following the Sea God arc, she joins Guts' team.

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* AllTheOtherReindeer: Was a victim of this, due to the islanders believing her to be a merrow.
* [[spoiler: ApparentlyHumanMerfolk: Appears human, but transforms into a merrow to save Ishidro from drowning]]
* BarbieDollAnatomy: When we see her swimming early on, she possesses this.
* BlindingBangs: The first time we see her and then...
** PeekABangs: Until Schierke and Isidro get to know her better and we see both her eyes much more often.
* GenkiGirl: Is quite cheerful most of the time, though she has a HeroicBSOD when she realizes she is the SoleSurvivor of the island.
* HalfHumanHybrid: She claims that her father was human, and her mother was a merrow, but otherwise looks human (barring the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair aqua-colored hair)]] and has no special powers. [[spoiler: Turns out, she ''is'' a merrow after all.]]
** [[HumanMomNonhumanDad Human Dad, Non-human Mom]]: Her mother was a merrow.
* [[spoiler: IChooseToStay: She could have gone away with her mother but she chose to stick around Isidro and Schierke, her newfound friends.]]
* IKnowYourTrueName: [[spoiler: She has one, and speaking it is what turned her into a merrow. In fact, ''all'' spiritual beings have one.]]
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: She has absolutely zero qualms about being in the nude in front of others, much to Isidro’s delight, though he [[ChivalrousPervert tries to restrain himself]].
* MakeMeWannaShout: As a merrow her voice is a potent weapon.
* NoSocialSkills: Due to living alone.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler: The Sea God ate all the other inhabitants of the island.]]
* [[spoiler: OurMermaidsAreDifferent: She appears completely human, for one.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Her father died years ago, and mother disappeared mysteriously. [[spoiler:They eventually reunite.]]
* ShipTease: With Isidro, much to Schierke's annoyance.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: [[spoiler: Justified in that she's not human.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: She doesn't actually use them as a weapon, but she uses [[BladeOnAStick spears]] during her daily fishing routine.

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4th Jun '14 9:59:18 AM StormKnight
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* TwentyFourHourArmor: Since he was kicked out of the Holy See, he's been running around clad in full plate, taking not even his helmet off to sleep. Since he's been pulled along on Roderick's ship he's been seen in and out of his armor, but ''never'' takes off his helmet.



* TwentyFourHourArmor: Since he was kicked out of the Holy See, he's been running around clad in full plate, taking not even his helmet off to sleep. Since he's been pulled along on Roderick's ship he's been seen in and out of his armor, but ''never'' takes off his helmet.
19th May '14 4:52:07 PM AetherMaster
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* AnimalMotifs: The fox, according to Guts whenever they spar or fight with each other.

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* AnimalMotifs: The fox, according to Guts whenever they spar or fight with each other. other.
** During his time with the Holy Iron Chain Knights, he had a [[CoolHelmet helmet]] shaped like a kitsune mask, a mythological fox spirit known for being tricksters.
14th May '14 8:49:43 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* HatesBeingTouched: "Don't touch me. Don't '''ever''' touch me."
** ... but if it's Casca who does it, it's okay, as he told her himself.
** Back in the Golden Age Griffith also had a free pass. But that was a long time ago.

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* HatesBeingTouched: "Don't touch me. Don't '''ever''' touch me."
** ... but if
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**If
it's Casca who does it, it's okay, as he told her himself.
** Back in the Golden Age Griffith also had a free pass. But pass, but that was a long time ago.
9th May '14 6:29:00 PM Nintendoman01
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Also called the Black Swordsman, the main protagonist is a [[BadassNormal naturally badass]] AntiHero with a round ton of DarkAndTroubledPast. Born from a deceased mother [[spoiler: not DeathByChildbirth, she was already dead]], he was raised amongst mercenaries by an [[AbusiveParents abusive foster father]] and was later [[spoiler:[[RapeAsDrama the victim of rape]] by one of his adoptive father's men]]. Guts is also a survivor of the demonic sabbath known as the Eclipse, during which he lost his right eye and part of his left arm. His injuries are not the only marks he bears from this event; Guts is also marked with the Brand of Sacrifice, a supernatural emblem that draws the attention of demons and the restless dead. Both groups are eager to finish the job left undone when Guts survived the Eclipse

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Also called the Black Swordsman, the main protagonist is a [[BadassNormal naturally badass]] AntiHero with a round ton of DarkAndTroubledPast. Born from a deceased mother [[spoiler: ([[spoiler: not DeathByChildbirth, she was already dead]], dead]]), he was raised amongst mercenaries by an [[AbusiveParents abusive foster father]] and was later [[spoiler:[[RapeAsDrama the victim of rape]] by one of his adoptive father's men]]. Guts is also a survivor of the demonic sabbath known as the Eclipse, during which he lost his right eye and part of his left arm. His injuries are not the only marks he bears from this event; Guts is also marked with the Brand of Sacrifice, a supernatural emblem that draws the attention of demons and the restless dead. Both groups are eager to finish the job left undone when Guts survived the Eclipse
Eclipse.



* GeniusBruiser: He may not look it but Guts is not in the slightest what you would call dumb muscle. One noticeable example is against [[TheHedonist Wyald]] where h put a log in his torso armor and threw it at Wyald and also tied a helmeted corpse against a tree to dupe him out. He's much more of a CombatPragmatist than TheBerserker.

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* GeniusBruiser: He may not look it but Guts is not in the slightest what you would call dumb muscle. One noticeable example is against [[TheHedonist Wyald]] where h he put a log in his torso armor and threw it at Wyald and also tied a helmeted corpse against a tree to dupe him out. He's much more of a CombatPragmatist than TheBerserker.



* ImmuneToFate: Believed to be this by the Skull Knight. Interesting in that the universe itself is actively trying to subvert this, as the Brand of the Sacrifice is trying to "correct the mistake" made during the eclipse by drawing demons and ghosts to Guts in order to get him killed.

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* ImmuneToFate: Believed to be this by the Skull Knight. Interesting in that the universe itself is actively trying to subvert this, as the Brand of the Sacrifice is trying to "correct the mistake" made during the eclipse Eclipse by drawing demons and ghosts to Guts in order to get him killed.



* MinorInjuryOverreaction: [[AfraidOfNeedles Needles!]] Guts really can't bear these and cries like a baby whenever he gets his wounds stiched. [[{{Badass}} Yes]], we can see the [[{{MadeOfIron}} irony.]]

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* MinorInjuryOverreaction: [[AfraidOfNeedles Needles!]] Guts really can't bear these and cries like a baby whenever he gets his wounds stiched.stitched. [[{{Badass}} Yes]], we can see the [[{{MadeOfIron}} irony.]]






* AmbitionIsEvil: And how!

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* AmbitionIsEvil: And how!In pursuit of his dream of obtaining his own kingdom, Griffith has sacrificed the original Band of the Hawk, [[spoiler: [[RapeLeadsToInsanity raped Casca to insanity]] while [[ForcedToWatch making Guts watch]]]], and become a powerful demon, among other things.



* AndIMustScream: Suffers a purely physical and realistic form of this after being tortured for a year by the Midland King's orders. [[BodyHorror His body is emaciated almost to the bone]], [[TongueTrauma his tounge is cut out]] and his tendons are removed. He's been reduced to an immobile cripple, and things [[DespairEventHorizon only get worse]] [[MoralEventHorizon from there.]]

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* AndIMustScream: Suffers a purely physical and realistic form of this after being tortured for a year by the Midland King's orders. [[BodyHorror His body is emaciated almost to the bone]], [[TongueTrauma his tounge tongue is cut out]] and his tendons are removed. He's been reduced to an immobile cripple, and things [[DespairEventHorizon only get worse]] [[MoralEventHorizon from there.]]



* AttemptedRape‎: When he sees how close Guts and Casca have become, Griffith tries to rape Casca in a fit of jealousy and despair when she comes to check on his wounds. Being in a crippled state he isn't capable of doing much and rather than being disgusted Casca just feels sorry for him. Doubles as foreshadowing for what happens in the Eclipse.

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* AttemptedRape‎: AttemptedRape: When he sees how close Guts and Casca have become, Griffith tries to rape Casca in a fit of jealousy and despair when she comes to check on his wounds. Being in a crippled state he isn't capable of doing much and rather than being disgusted Casca just feels sorry for him. Doubles as foreshadowing for what happens in the Eclipse.



* DarkIsEvil: As Femto. Though it's more appearence wise than anything, as his powers so far follow the light motif.

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* DarkIsEvil: As Femto. Though it's more appearence appearance wise than anything, as his powers so far follow the light motif.
7th May '14 8:02:17 AM NoxArtemis
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* OvershadowedByAwesome: Casca has top-notch swordplay, tactical skills, and is an inspiring leader, with or without the two leading men being present. Alas, her swordplay and charisma are still overshadowed by Guts' and Griffith's. Sadly, she seems to be overshadowed in some circles of the fanbase as well despite her character growth and development, while other fans believe that she [[CantCatchUp won't be able to catch up]] to either of Guts or Griffith now that they're both basically [[BadassAbnormal superhumans]] and she's been on "hiatus" for most of the story.
5th May '14 8:46:54 AM hbi2k
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* DudeWheresMyRespect: Casca is implied to have some of these sentiments when Guts talks about leaving the Hawks ''again'', saying that Guts and Griffith aren't that different when it comes to their goals and dreams at the expense of her feelings and wellbeing. Her feelings of mistreatment are pretty understandable considering that she had been suffering from major HeroicFatigue for the last year, trying to keep the Hawks together during Guts' and Griffith's absence. She asks for very little in return, only [[IJustWantToBeLoved some emotional reassurance from the two men that she holds dearest to her.]]

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* DudeWheresMyRespect: Casca is implied to have some of these sentiments with shades of AmIJustAToyToYou when Guts talks about leaving the Hawks ''again'', saying that Guts and Griffith aren't that different when it comes to their goals and dreams at the expense of her feelings and wellbeing. Her feelings of mistreatment are pretty understandable considering that she had been suffering from major HeroicFatigue for the last year, trying to keep the Hawks together during Guts' and Griffith's absence. She asks for very little in return, only [[IJustWantToBeLoved some emotional reassurance from the two men that she holds dearest to her.]] ]]
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