Characters: Berserk Antagonists
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The Big Bad Duumvirate
of the story.
All of them used to be humans before becoming Godhands and are all unbelievably ancient
, with the exception of their fifth and newest member Femto, who is born when the Eclipse goes down during the manga. Their powers are of course of godlike level. All Apostles refer to them as their masters.
Actually they all serve the Idea of Evil and manipulate reality in order to further its goal
. Each one stands for a negative aspect of reality but none of them can actually appear in the mortal realm. They have to use the best material at hand, more often than not the most gruesome they can find.
They all seem to have reappeared somehow in the Material World thanks to the Skull Knight accidentally assisting Femto's dimension warping attack on Ganishka.
Since the creator Kentaro Miura is a huge sci-fi fan, all of them (except Femto) are named after classic sci-fi books.Tropes that most God Hand have in common:
- Big Bad Duumvirate: mostly to the story
- Co-Dragons: Until its revealed that they are led by a being known as The Idea of Evil
- The Corrupter: All of them exist solely to corrupt people by offering them a "better life" through evildoing and selfishness.
- Deal with the Devil: Much like Apostles, every Godhand is born by making one of these with the previous Godhand and the Idea of Evil itself.
- Demon Lords and Archdevils: The Godhand are the five most powerful demons in the Berserk universe, and are the rulers of all demonkind.
- Devil but No God: Subverted: The Godhand are devils that serve a powerful and evil God.
- Evil Wears Black: All of them wear black.
- Our Demons Are Different: Much the same thing that applies to Apostles applies to the Godhand as well, except the Godhand are very powerful indeed.
- Power of the God Hand: A dark example, as they represent the power of an evil God.
- Powers That Be: The ones who are responsible for pulling the strings of Causality upon the world, and thus the cause of so much of the utter misery that happens in that world.
- Self-Constructed Being: Since they are not part of the physical plane, the Godhand do not have physical bodies, and must manifest themselves by possessing some material (e.g. Slan possessing troll guts in order to manifest in Qliphoth). Otherwise, they have the opportunity to gain a new physical body every 1000 year during the Incarnation Ceremony (e.g. how Griffith re-entered the human world via his reincarnation during the mock Eclipse).
- Vicious Cycle: The Eclipse, which happens once every 216 years, marks the birth of a new member of the Godhand.
- Was Once a Man: Much like Apostles, all members of the Godhand were once human.
Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese, series), Shinji Ogawa (Japanese, Movies), John Avner (English)
"If fate is a principle beyond human comprehension which capriciously torments man, then it is karma that man confront fate by embracing sorcery."
The leader of the group, he also seems to be the Skull Knight's Arch-Nemesis
. Able to control dimensions and void (as his name implies
), he presides every ritual involving the instatement of a new Apostle and is the one who places the cursed Brand on those slated to be sacrificed.
The most philosophical of all Godhand members, he's also the most cynical and scornful. He appears as a nightmarish version of the aliens from Mars Attacks!
with his exposed, grotesquely oversized
brain, his eyes sewn shut and his lips peeled back, displaying teeth and gums.
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese, series), Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese, movies), C.L. Jones (English)
"Love, hate, pleasure, pain, life, death. Everything is here! The true nature of Man. The true nature of Evil."
, Slan is lascivious
and Too Kinky to Torture
. Similar to a succubus demon and a sado-masochist, she is the most seen of all Godhands and takes particular pleasure in tormenting Guts personally. She also owns a splinter cult of worshippers under the moniker "The Goddess of Blazes."
She appears as a practically nude woman with snake-like ropy green hair, a corset with an attached choker
, a pair of large bat-like wings and the mandatory Femme Fatalons
- Badass: Anyone able to withstand a point blank thrust from Guts's BFS and a blast from his cannon arm owns the title, especially if they're female, yes!
- Bloody Bowels of Hell: When she manifests in the real world (not the Eclipse or weird dimensions) while in Qlippoth using troll intestines.
- Boobs of Steel: One of five demonic beings that warp reality by their mere presence, so she is probably the strongest female character of The Verse.
- Combat Sadomasochist: She loves inflicting pain and receiving pain during battle.
- Dark Action Girl
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted. The way she molests and forces herself on Guts in the Qliphoth isn't depicted as sexy, normal or acceptable but rather as another testimony of how utterly twisted and horrible she is.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Especially in the movies where her voice is sexy but also quite dismissive.
- Horny Devils: She personifies Lust among other things...
- Femme Fatalons: Has them, but doesn't really need them as she is one of five Physical God Big Bads.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Without the petrifying vision as far we know so far.
- Homage: Her name comes from A.E. van Vogt's Slan.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: The rare Gender Flipped version. She took intense sexual pleasure in molesting, dominating and torturing Guts while he stood helpless in her clutches during their encounter in the Qliphoth and made it all seem like they were having sex.
- The Immodest Orgasm: Yeeeeeeeeeep.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Of all the Godhand, she is the one with the most personal interest in Guts, being quite enamored with the violence he is singularly capable of inflicting.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She loves receiving pain, inflicting pain, and sees rape as a beautiful act.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Not only an underbust corset does she wear, but a NECK corset too. Amp the sadomasochist look to eleven!
- Orgasmic Combat: When Guts impales her, this is the only effect it has.
- Red Baron: The Skull Knight calls her "Courtesan of the Amniotic Sea"....
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Being literally almost naked except for an armor/scale like corset and doesn't mind. However unlike most examples, this is not a fun person to be around.
- Tender Tears: In a very twisted way, she found beauty in the brutal rape of Casca at Femto's hands while Guts was forced to watch helplessly. She found the scene magnificent.
- Too Kinky to Torture: You can cut her to pieces, blow off half her torso or impale her with a giant steel slab, but the only thing you'll succeed in doing is giving her an orgasm...
- The Vamp: She may appear beautiful and enticing but her only purpose is doom.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Subverted. She desires Guts as her personal sex-toy but she has absolutely NO romantic interest in him.
- We Will Meet Again: What she says to Guts after he destroys her physical manifestation in the Qliphoth.
Voiced by: Chafurin (Japanese, series & movies), Christian Collingwood (English)
"When you sacrifice, you must cut yourself from Humanity..."
Ubik looks like a floating bluish face with atrophied tentacles. He is smaller thant Conrad but pretty similar in appearance and stance.
Ubik's main role among the Godhands is to play Mister Exposition
in order to convince the applicant to accept their deal by deconstructing them
and putting them face-to-face with their past, their desires and their darkest deeds. Since he never lies
, his speeches are often all the applicant needs to be pushed over the edge and accept to sell his soul and offer their loved ones as a sacrifice.
Voiced by: Toku Nishio (Japanese, series), Rikiya Koyama (Japanese, movies), Sean Schemmel (English)
"...so Causality can ruin your heart and possess your mind."
Conrad looks like a giant fat woodlouse with a puckered human face. He and Ubik are pretty similar in appearance and stance, but Conrad rarely speaks.
The least seen of all the Godhands, Conrad's concerns is spreading diseases, outbreaks and pestilence in the mortal realm
by using his plague-carrying rats and other vermin, which he can use to take a physical form in the real world.
See Griffith's entry
The Idea of Evil
"Do what you will."
The Idea of Evil is a semi-decanonised character that only appears in the Lost Chapter
at the end of tome 13. It is the true Big Bad
and a Monster Progenitor
that manipulates reality itself. It rules the whole Berserk
world through Causality but no one, save for the Godhand themselves, is aware of its existence. Only exception (apparently) is Schierke who mentioned its name once, hinting that we might eventually get to see it in the main work.
It is a huge Heartless
who exists due to humanity's need for a reason for all their suffering. Its purpose is being responsible for Midland's crapsackiness
and, to that end, it knows exactly what it has to do, which is offering the world what it desires in the person of a Dark Messiah
: Griffith. It is the creator of the all five Godhand and they obey its orders. It appears as a giant Squick
human heart living in a faraway realm in the Astral Plane.
- As Long as There Is Evil: As its name implies, its existenece is intrinsically linked to the existence of Evil in humanity's consciousness.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Especially now that the Astral realm and the material realm have merged. The Idea isn't about making people happy, it's about being responsible for their suffering and thus giving them EXACTLY what they wish for, regardless if it benefits the querent or not.
- Because Destiny Says So: Because the Idea of Evil says so.
- Bigger Bad: Higher than the whole of the Godhand, but has no direct interaction with Guts.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The reason we know its name is because that's what it calls itself.
- Cosmic Horror Story: It can do whatever it wants out of Reality.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The whole reason why it exists.
- Deal with the Devil: The Godhand were all instated by the Idea of Evil upon the Eclipse that happens every 216 years. If they accept the deal of the previous Godhands, the applicant get to meet the story's Bigger Bad and to hear its goals.
- Deity of Human Origin: It even calls itself "the ungodly God born of Man."
- Eldritch Abomination: Subverted. Despite its gruesome appearance and its otherworldly goals that even the Godhand don't completely fathom, it is actually human beings' desire for there to be such a creature that made it appear.
- Evil Is Visceral: It presents itself as a horribly deformed human heart.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: There is no better way to describe this being's nature than its very name.
- God Is Evil: Inverted. It's more Evil Is God.
- God of Evil: Not literally. People unwittingly worship it simply by wanting a cause for their suffering but it has no formal cult.
- The Heartless: It was born from the human beings' desire for a cause for their suffering. As long as humanity exists and believes that all pain has a reason, it will live on.
- Made of Evil: It is literally the incarnation of all that is evil.
- Missing Episode: Appeared in one of those and never again.
- Monster Progenitor: It is the creator of all the Godhands and, through them, the creator of Apostles as well. It is hinted throughout the story that it also has a connection to Beherits. Whether or not it has a role in their creation and attribution is still unknown.
- Orcus on His Throne: Doesn't act directly to stop Guts and his group, nor does it seem to really care about them at all. At least at the moment.
- Satanic Archetype: Played with. The Idea of Evil, despite its name, doesn't want to bring humanity to its doom by actively plotting against humans. It only gives people what they desire the most, especially if there's a chance for said desire to completely blow up in the person's face.
- Ultimate Evil: We only catch a brief, unclear glimpse of it in the main work.
- Walking Spoiler: You can't know about it without purposedly looking for the chapter it happened in. And indeed, said chapter explains just how the Berserk-verse works.
Former human beings who have met the Godhand and accepted their offer
, all Apostles are One-Winged Angels
. They are The Legions of Hell
and follow the orders of the Godhand. Frequently, their human form has been modified slightly after they become apostles and their real form is an Eldritch Abomination
. However, the most powerful (Zodd, Grunbeld, Rosine...) look scary but not as hideous in their Apostle forms. Many of them were present upon the Eclipse and have participated in the massacre of the original Band of the Hawks. All Apostles revert to their original form upon dying.Tropes that most Apostles have in common:
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Apostles were a major threat early in the series, with Guts needing to fight with everything he had to kill one, and Guts probably would have died fighting the Count if the Count's daughter hadn't conveniently burst into the room for Guts to use as a hostage. Now that all the Apostles in the world are serving Griffith, they've been demoted to Elite Mooks. Justified, since Guts has the Berserker Armor, which makes him much stronger and brings out his Superpowered Evil Side.
- Deal with the Devil: Every Apostle is born by making one of these with the Godhand.
- Despair Event Horizon: In order to become an Apostle, you have to have reached the lowest point of your life in order to activate that neato Behelit.
- Dragged Off to Hell: This is what happens to any Apostle who dies in the series. It's the price you pay for dealing with demons.
- Humanoid Abomination: Each one has a form that's generally more human-like in appearance, but there's often something very off about it.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Many Apostles are not above chowing down on their former species.
- Immortality: Largely implied to be Type II, but even then it's a bit blurry, such as the case of Zodd who is in Type III territory.
- The Juggernaut: Every Apostle is many times tougher than your average human, meaning that they are all quite hard to kill.
- Never Be Hurt Again: Invoked. Since the Behelits will appear to chosen people in their most desperate hour, it's only natural that most willingly sacrifice their loved ones in order to never succumb to physical vulnerability and/or emotional vulnerability.
- One-Winged Angel: When an Apostle wants to eat someone, horrify someone before eating them, or take the gloves off when their regular form isn't enough, they'll take on their true monstrous demonic form.
- Our Demons Are Different: Every Apostle is different, owing to the fact that every one of them was once human and the circumstances surrounding their Despair Event Horizon are all different. They are not in the business of punishing sinners like many demons, but in doing whatever they please at the behest of the Godhand and their master. It is possible to kill them with physical weapons, but we wish you the best of luck on that.
- This Was His True Form: Whenever an Apostle dies, in addition to their soul being Dragged Off to Hell, the body reverts to what he or she looked like when he or she was still human. This also applies to any Apostle spawns that they create, which has gotten Guts into trouble in the past.
- Tragic Villain: One of the scariest things about them is that they couldn't have been pure evil as humans, since the only way to become an Apostle is to sacrifice someone you genuinely care about, and therefore, someone who doesn't care about anyone couldn't become one.
- Was Once a Man: Every single Apostle (and every single Godhand) was once human.
"Stand against me! We're gonna have FUN!!!"
Sent by the King of Midland after the Hawks after the Bakirakas'
failure at preventing Griffith's escape, this grotesque Apostle looks like a humanized ape. Not much is known about him except that he is the leader of the Black Dog Knights, the most savage and brutal force in Midland. They consist of murderers and rapists who have been banished from the land but spared on the condition that they fight for Midland's King.
, evil to the point of stupidity
and a bit of a Leeroy Jenkins
, his motto is "Excitement and Enjoyment". He rules over his troops through terror, threatening to kill anyone who doesn't charge blindly into the battle just like he does, regardless of the danger. Believing himself invincible, he is extremely surprised to find his match in Guts and the Band of the Hawk.
His Apostle form is that of an enormous three-eyed ape monster with a second large mouth at the level of his shoulders. Ironically, his human form is that of a frail old man, as shown after Zodd comes personally to rip him in half in order to stop him from interfering with the imminence of the Eclipse.
- Adapted Out: Was replaced with a generic human knight in the anime who was given some of his lines in order to show how Griffith was beyond crippled. He was left out entirely in the third movie, probably due to time constraints. It's seen as about the only major complaint about the film itself (story-wise, anyway).
- Asshole Victim: His utterly contemptible behaviour and personality don't elicit much pity from anyone when Zodd unceremoniously dispatches him.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
- Bad Boss: Taken to outright retarded extremes and the reason why the Black Dog Knights are so evil. Wyald's minions fear their boss so much they prefer to throw themselves head first on Guts' sword.
- Belly Mouth: His Apostle form has one, but it's not used for eating people.
- The Brute: Though not a force to be taken lightly, Wyald certainly is one of the dumbest apostles on the scale.
- Calling Your Attacks: WYAAAAALLD JUMP! WYAAAAALD BACKFIST!
- Card-Carrying Villain: He's evil and he LOOOOVES it
- Carry a Big Stick: Favours a club in both his forms.
- Catch Phrase: "Excitement! Enjoyment!"
- Dead Guy on Display: Not only does he rape and murder a woman who helped the Hawks, but he also kills every one of the innocents with her, and then carries their naked dismembered bodies on poles into battle with the Hawks.
- Dirty Coward: Despite killing countless people, and forcing his own subordinates to ride into battle without any concern for their own survival, he ultimately shows himself to be this.
- Due to the Dead: See above. Very much the evil version.
- Establishing Character Moment: Wyald is introduced at an orgy with dozens of women. As he finishes with each girl he snaps her neck and throws her corpse onto a pile of bodies. This sets the tone for the rest of his appearance.
- Evil Old Folks: Before becoming an apostle, Wyald was an old man. After Zodd kills him, he turns back to his original form, much to everyone's surprise.
- For the Evulz: Why is he such an utterly revolting piece of shit? Because he likes it!
- Half the Man He Used to Be: What ultimately happens to him at the hands of Zodd.
- Groin Attack: At the end of his second fight with Wyald, Guts "takes his weapon away from him" in order to stop him from having his way with Casca and put an end to Wyald's raping days for good. It is very satisfying.
- The Hedonist: A very depraved one. His motto is "Enjoyment and Excitement!" And doesn't much care how he gets it.
- Horny Devils: When he's not fighting, he is having sex with women at random. Willing or not.
- Hypocrite: Despite constantly telling his men that death does not matter as long as they lead an exciting life, he is last seen begging for mercy when Zodd kills him.
- I Control My Minions Through...: Fear.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Oddly enough, it sorta plays out as a way more disturbing King Kong scene if King Kong were to do what he usually did with the dark-skinned native girls used as sacrifices. When Wyald knocks the shit out of Guts while in his apostle form - which is a giant ape-like monster - Wyald takes some time aside from his murdering rampage in order to give Casca the "privilege" of feeling like a virgin again with his squicky large penis, since she was "just the right size" (after tearing off her clothes, of course).
- Killer Gorilla: He looks rather like an ape even in his human form, and transforms into a vast, King Kong sized gorilla in his Apostle form.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His utter disregard for his men's lives,going so far as to set them up to get killed so he can laugh about their deaths would be horrifying, if it weren't for the fact that they're the worst murderers, rapists and all-round scum in Midland.
- Large Ham
- Large and in Charge: Through his stupid nature, he still imposes fear among his much smaller subordinates.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Plan? What Plan? Screw the Plan! I WANT TO KIIILLL!
- Oh Crap: He has a very abrupt and extremely satisfying one when Guts pulls off the mother of all cockblocks on him to save Casca. It's hysterical.
- He also has two in such quick succession they count as one when he realizes that (A) Griffith does not have the Behelit on him, and so there is no way to summon the Godhand and save himself from the wounds Guts gave him and (B) Nosferatu Zodd has just landed right behind him, and he is not happy. See it here, it's very enjoyable.
- Primal Stance: Seeing that his apostle form is a mutant ape, it's only practical that Wyald's reborn human form has ape-like characteristics, including his posture and gait.
- Psycho for Hire: Loyal to the King of Midland only because it gives him the chance to kill people.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: His modus operandi of choice.
- Serial Rapist: The most extreme one in the series.
- Straw Misogynist: Thinks "all bitches should be naked" and generally acts as though the only reason women exist is to be raped. He's introduced raping and killing a large number of them.
- The Unfettered
- Weapon of Choice: A very crude block of wood.
"It is a fairy tale. Yes. This is a fairy tale for children."
This female Apostle is also the youngest one shown thus far and a clear example of a Killer Rabbit
. Appearing as a cute cross between a young female elf and a Luna Moth, she certainly doesn't seem as threatening or disgusting as the other Apostles. Even when she reveals her true monstrous form, a Bad Ass
, demoniac luna moth capable of supersonic speed, she is still prettier than any other male Apostle in the same form
. Formerly a peasant girl with huge dreams and an horrible luck, she became an Apostle upon sacrificing her parents to fulfil her Changeling Fantasy
of becoming an elf.She is first seen
along with the Count leading the expedition that wiped out the entire camp of the wounded hawks, except for Rickert, before being driven away by the Skull Knight.
Practically insane when Guts meets her, Rosine used her new powers to create her own race of demonic elves out of kidnapped children. She then used them to terrorize and massacre the people and livestock of nearby villages, in retaliation of her abused childhood
. Against Guts, she proves being a particularly tenacious opponent, so much indeed that Guts is too worn out to fight off the subsequent attack of the Holy Iron Chain Knights - which are regular humans - and ends up captured by Farnese. Rosine is then seen flying away, heavily wounded and delusional, before eventually falling to her death from the sky
- Abusive Parents: Her mom was okay. Her dad was an asshole. Who eventually paid for it the hard way!
- Alas, Poor Villain: Her final moments has her realizing she feels hungry for the first time since she became an apostle, falling from the sky while wondering "what's for supper..."
- Be Careful What You Wish For
- Break the Cutie: Of course required to use a behelith, but eventually it goes much MUCH further since Rosine will be dragged to hell together with all the children she had kidnapped.
- Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Yeah, she's a moth, but it can still be applied to Rosine's story, as she sacrificed her parents to the Godhand in order to be reborn into her dream life: a beautiful luna moth who is the queen over her elves. And then of course, she dies after realizing that she misinterpreted the existence of elves and regretted sacrificing her parents, and she dies in a more graceful manner than other Apostles have.
- Changeling Fantasy: Believes she is the centre of one due to parental abuse.
- Child by Rape: Her mother was raped when their home village was attacked, and it was strongly implied that Rosine was conceived through this union. This accounted for the abuse she received from her father (figure?).
- Childhood Friends: With Jill.
- Children Are Innocent: "Played with" people would disagree.
- Crapsaccharine World: The Misty Valley is filled with flowers, fruits, chirping birds, elves playing by skewering one another in the ass...Wait, what? Yes...
- Cool Big Sis: Rosine was this to Jill, who even referred to her as "sister" ("Rosine-oneechan", in the Japanese original).
- Corruption by a Minor: Not only does she corrupts other children into evildoing and an eternity to suffer in Hell, she also convinced a bunch of captured adult men to protect the entry to the Misty Valley by making them Apostle Spawns.
- Cute and Psycho
- Cute Is Evil: Despite her fairy-like appearance, she still radiates an ominous aura when in her elf-queen form. That impression disappears when she takes her "human" form - the ones with translucent wings.
- Cute Monster Girl
- Dark Magical Girl: The abuse she went through made her wish for powers and happiness. Look where it got her.
- Demoted to Extra: She has a minor role in the first anime, where she is responsible for the massacre of Rickert's unit.
- Dying as Yourself: Upon dying, Rosine meets a true elf for the first time in the person of Puck, realizing that neither her nor her "children" are elves, that they never were and never will be. As she soars for the last time, she acts like a young girl again, wishing to return to being what she originally was, but her wounds are too serious and she eventually plummets from the sky to her death.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She makes a brief appearance in the Golden Age arc before the chapter centering around her rolls around.
- Enfante Terrible: She and her pseudo-elves qualify big time. One should remember that she's the one to have ordered Rickert's execution pre-Eclipse, which would have happened hadn't the Skull Knight pulled a Big Damn Heroes on her and the Count.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Behelits: Keep away from minors!
- The Fair Folk: Rosine and her elves may look okay... but they're NOTHING like the true elves of the series.
- Full-Frontal Assault
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Pretty. Evil. But pretty.
- Hair Wings
- Kids Are Cruel: Her elves have a very... interesting way of playing together.
- Killer Rabbit: She looks like a cute green fairy with moth wings, antennae and a furry collar...but her forehead proboscis is actually a Whip Sword and the dust of her wings is highly poisonous.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Her mother was raped when their home village was attacked. Although it wasn't confirmed that Rosine was conceived through this union, her father (figure?) abused her due to this.
- Onee-sama: Rosine is this to Jill, since Jill regarded her more of an older sister since she was four years her senior.
- Outdoorsy Gal: Rosine loved to go exploring in the woods from dawn till dusk, often taking Jill with her. Fond memories found in escapism from her abusive home life.
- Pet the Dog: She saves Jill from being sliced in half by Guts (who was trying to kill Rosine). She also saved Jill from a forest fire...started by Guts (who was trying to kill Rosine).
- Pretty Butterflies <-> Macabre Moth Motif: Rosine's apostle form takes on a that of a luna moth, which makes her one of the more pleasant-looking apostles... yet still an apostle.
- Redemption Equals Death / Death Equals Redemption: Kind of a tricky one, but either of these might be seen as interpretations of her death. As she's dying she realizes there are no elves...only to be shown that there are, she's just not one of them. Then she flashes back to her parents, and deeply regrets sacrificing them, and tries to go home...only to crash and die. It's absolutely heartbreaking.
- The Runaway: She's the abused runaway case.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Since becoming an Apostle, she eschewed clothing.
- Spell My Name with an S: Sometimes rendered in English as Roshinu.
- Sugar Apocalypse: Guts set her cocoon chamber on fire, burning down the entire Misty Valley.
- The Swarm: The modus operendi of Rosine's bee minions, who swarm into the village and tear apart any living thing in their path.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: As a human, she had these dynamics with her best friend Jill with Jill as the girly girl.
- Troubling Unchildhood Behavior: Her fairies are kids.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers this to poor Jill, who refuses. She then tries to make her one of her elves.
- We Have Reserves: Although she called her apostle spawn elves her "children", when pushed by Guts, who was destroying her "paradise" with fire, Rosine was willing to dump the place and start over again hopefully with Jill, letting all of her elves die.
- This is also the essence of her reply when Jill points out that her "friends" so-called games are actually killing them. Rosine cheerfully replies that it's all OK, because all she needs to do is transform more kids, and she'll have new friends to play with. Completely Missing the Point at it's most chilling.
- Yandere: Platonic or not, she has a very strong obsession with having Jill stay with her after being separated for so long. Which she demonstrates by telling Guts that Jill is "hers" after realizing that Jill has somewhat of a crush on him. While attempting to kill him.
"Well you're a formidable opponent. But you're still just a human."
The second Apostle to appear in the series, is a very complex character with a much more developed Backstory
He used to be a happy family man who crusaded for the Vatican, but everything goes down the drain once he realizes his wife is addicted to orgies and pagan celebrations of demons. Mad with grief, he sacrifices his beloved wife and becomes a cruel and greedy Dark Lord
who uses his subjects as guinea pigs for his experiments
. He also becomes cannibalistic. His human form is that of a morbidly obese man while his true form is that of a disgusting, bloated, obscene slug with a human face. During the Eclipse, he attempts to trick Guts with Pippin's corpse and is seen eating it afterward.
The Count is one of the few Apostles shown to have Pet the Dog
moments, especially towards his daughter, Theresia. Guts has a hard time dealing with him. Not to mention that, on the brink of death, the Count summons the Godhand which triggers Guts's Berserk Button. Yet, when Guts rushes at them, he can hardly make an impression on any of them. The Count is asked to offer his daughter as a sacrifice so he can live on, but due to his love for her, he refuses, which prompts Femto to condemn him to Hell.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Possibly before becoming an Apostle (in-story accounts differ). Definitely after.
- Bald of Evil
- Church Militant: When he was a human he led crusades against pagans and heretics, which is why the discovery that his wife engaged in pagan orgies hit him so hard.
- Completely Missing the Point: He must not have been paying close attention during his ascension to apostlehood. He appears to believe that sacrifices are chosen because of their importance to the God Hand, by which measure Guts would have been a prime choice. It turns out that what's important is how big a sacrifice it will be to you. Sorry, Theresia.
- Demoted to Extra: He has a minor role in the first anime.
- Dragged Off to Hell: And done so with the help of the man whose life he ruined.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely loves his daughter, Therisia.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: He's only ever called by his title. We never do learn his name.
- Evil Overlord: He becomes this after accepting the Godhands offer.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: He takes some extreme measures to guard Theresia from the evils of the world.
- Fat Bastard
- Fool for Love: Sometimes, you really can't help but feel sorry for this poor, sadistic asshole. He was a militant Knight Templar, but he truly did love his wife, and when he found out about her little "secret" his world understandably came crashing down. It even makes you wonder if she really loved him back.
- From Bad to Worse: Upon finding his wife wallowing in an orgy.
- Hidden Depths: Your first impression of the Count gets an unexpected twist when he visits Theresia.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He eats those unable to withstand his "experiments".
- Knight Templar: Implied to have been this before becoming an Apostle, as he often led hunts for pagans and heretics. After, he mostly just kills and tortures for kicks.
- Knight Templar Parent: And he becomes this after becoming an Apostle, partially to protect Theresia from the evils of the world, and partially to protect Theresia from the truth.
- Mad Scientist: He used his subjects as guinea pigs for "experimentation".
- Pet the Dog: He refused to sacrifice his daughter in order to escape death, causing Femto to condemn him to Hell.
- Redemption Equals Death: Refusing to sacrifice his daughter, he was dragged to the underworld.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Okay. We'll throw the poor bastard a bone: he was slightly less obese before he became an Apostle, as Ubrik mentioned.
He tracks down Guts to Godo's place, by following his scent over a long distance. Guts breaks his new sword trying to wound the tough creature, and the fight would have gone badly for him if he had not discovered the two weapons which were to become his trademarks: the cannon arm and the Dragonslayer. By using these two new weapons, Guts manages to defeat the Swine Apostle rather easily.
Unnamed Female Apostle
"I've got you noww, boyy! It is fitting that you should fall to hell while tasting heaven!!"
The very first Apostle that Guts kills in the manga, the unnamed female Apostle appears as a beautiful naked blonde human woman who entices men to enter into her embrace before assuming her monstrous Apostle form and devouring them alive. During the Eclipse, she is the Apostle responsible for eating Corkus, but when she tries the same thing with Guts in the very first scene of the manga when he's having sex with her, Guts sticks his Arm Cannon
into her mouth before unceremoniously blowing her brains out the back of her head with one blast.
The Baron of Koka Castle
Voiced by: Kan Tokumaru (Japanese), Lex Wutas (English)
"Money...hostages...I don't care about such things. However...I would like to see humans running around in the midst of great flames...I would like to hear the sound of bones being crushed beneath the hooves of horses...I don't need a reason...such things don't matter to me..."
The first Apostle introduced in the anime and the manga is the Baron, the leader of an outlaw band of soldiers who were oppressing the local population. He wears golden snake-like scale armor and his true Apostle form is that of a huge humanoid cobra. Guts makes relatively quick work of him compared to other Apostles.
The Egg Of The Perfect World (a.k.a. The Egg-Shaped Apostle, the Behelit-Apostle, the Nameless Apostle)
"But those threatened by the dark can by no means ever let go of a torch. All they can do is stare in blank surprise at their illuminated, disgustingly cruel selves and continue to suffer it."
A horrifying version of Humpty Dumpty
with his mouth on the side of his deformed face, this former outcast, shunned for his appearance
, has been turned into a giant Behelit with tentacles. After giving demonic powers to Father Mozgus and his mooks
, he remained in the shadows of the Tower of Conviction for a long time and contemplated
the pain humans were willing to inflict themselves in the name of God. His wish was to give birth to a perfect world. Which he eventually achieves by giving birth to Griffith, after devouring the deformed child of Guts and Casca who was lying in the debris of the Tower after using all of its energy to protect his mother from the ghosts. The Nameless Apostle did this as an act of pity for the dying child, and both him and the child died in the process.
He conveys his story and purpose to Luca, a prostitute who will be the only one to know about his existence.
He is the only Apostle so far whose death has not been brutal (mainly due to Guts not killing him), and one of the rare sympathetic Apostles along with Rosine, Locus and Irvine.
- Anti-Villain: Due to his passive and solitary behaviour, he doesn't cause much harm aside from infusing Mozgus and his torturers with some of his powers.
- The Collector of the Strange: What he calls his "garden" is actually the well aligned decaying corpses of the tortured from the Tower of Conviction.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Probably the least straight example, but his wish for the creation of a perfect world as well as a far less malign personality than the vast majority of the apostles probably make him at least much less evil than other dark based supernatural creatures in the series (sans perhaps the Skull Knight).
- Egg MacGuffin: A literal one.
- The Grotesque: Was born with a hideously deformed face.
- Go Out with a Smile: Upon hatching to give birth to Neo-Griffith, we see him smiling in contentment.
- Loners Are Freaks: As a human, he used to lurk in a collective ossuary and got shooed off viciously for his hideous appearance the only time he showed up. He even wonders what his life might've been like if Mozgus had found him before his transformation.
- Man Behind the Man: He is the man behind Mozgus and his Mooks gaining powers.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: His death was the condition for Griffith's resurrection...
- The Watcher: He used to remain in the shadows of the Tower and watch the events unfold without interfering.
Many Apostles have the ability to taint other life with their demonic powers.
Some have even been known to raise the dead. While the typical transformation process gives the entity more strength, other methods are also known.
"How dare you stand in the way of God's will!!"
An Apostle Spawn Knight Templar
, preacher of a Religion of Evil
and a bishop in a Corrupt Church
. Also, he takes in and cares for deformed orphans, treating them as his family
when others did not even consider them human.
Guts meets Mozgus upon trying to retrieve Casca who had run away from the magical cave he had confined her in before going on his Roaring Rampage of Revenge
. Believed to be "unnatural" due to her speech impairment
, unwillingness to curse at other supposed heretics
, and more importantly, her identification by various heretics as a witch, Mozgus had her tortured in the Tower of Conviction but her Fetus Terrible
of a child summoned several ghosts to save his mother, draining itself out and convicting poor Casca of witchcraft in the bargain, for which she almost got burnt at the stake
. Mozgus and his torturers died in the ensuing battle against Guts.
Appearing as a square-jawed hulking priest in white robes, he eventually gains the ability to transform himself into a stone angel
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Mozgus's worldview, what's even worse than murder, rape and robbery? HERESY! Unfortunately for the people of St. Albion, the charge of heresy could be as minute as refusing to shun other people charged with heresy. It didn't help his worldview that, on his first day at the refugee camp, he saw the flayed skin of a murdered priest.
- Bald of Evil
- Calling Your Attacks: Once he becomes an Apostle Spawn, he starts doing this.
- Church Militant
- The Dreaded: Everyone knows him. If you want to live, make sure he never even notices you.
- Exalted Torturer: Torture is GOOD! Especially as a way of purifying sins! It's Mozgus' notion that torture cleanses the soul of the tortured that makes him particularly terrifying.
- Gonk: In human form.
- Gag Nose: It is square and flat, speculated by Serpico to be because he keeps banging his head against the floor repeatedly in ritualistic prayer.
- Hot-Blooded: When he turns into a stone angel, Mozgus rivals any mech pilot when it comes to passion for battle. He even spits fire and bursts into flames when he dies.
- Knight Templar
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: What? You dare accuse me of blasphemy?! HERETIC!
- Large Ham
- Light Is Not Good: His status as a church militant and his apostle spawn form - he even describes it as "a gift from God"!
- Non-Standard Character Design: Mozgus is just plain odd looking in his human form.
- Now That's Using Your Teeth: He manages to pull this trick on Guts. By biting the freaking Dragon Slayer!
- One-Winged Angel: His apostle spawn form.
- Pet the Dog: Horrific as he is, he actually picked his followers from people who needed a second chance,although it should be noted that he would most likely torture them to death without a second thought if they showed any reluctance to carry out his will.
- Religion of Evil: He ruled over his people through inquisition and threat of torture if they showed the slightest sign of heresy, apostasy, witchcraft etc... In fact, just existing was enough a crime for them to be shoved into the torture chamber.
- Taking You with Me: What he planned to do to Guts when he landed the blow to his vital part - but not if Guts' snarky Pre-Mortem One-Liner has anything to do with it! BAM!
- Throw the Book at Them: The picture of him smashing some poor fool's head in with his iron-bound tome and screaming "HERETIC!!" has almost reached Memetic Mutation levels.
- Torture Technician: Came with the job. Mozgus just took it and ran with it.
- Villain Has a Point: He's a cruel Knight Templar and an absolute zealot, but the heretics he's hunting down are very real and completely depraved.
"Neither can I come to enjoy hurting people. I feel as if I really have become a monster."
Bishop Mozgus' personal body guards and tortuers. All of them are deformed or suffer ailments that make them appear monstrous. Saved and given a purpose by Mozgus they serve him loyally even though they dislike their dirty work.
- Anti-Villains: They're not exactly torturers because they want to be. They were all outcasts due to their assorted deformities, and only Mozgus saw them as human. Bird in particular stands out: he looks indistinguishable from a normal person, but his skin immediately burns upon contact with sun.
- Beam Spam: Of a feather variety for Bird.
- Bishōnen: Bird is actually quite handsome under his mask. Serpico even notes this.
- The Brute: Big, a mass of muscles.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Small calls out Nina when she won't stick up for Casca.
- Evil Albino: Bird, but a punch clock variety.
- Expressive Mask: Bird's mask gets a lot more expressive...when it becomes his face briefly.
- Eye Scream: The Small one tends to pluck out eyes with his pliers.
- Determinator: Big and Tall take the most damage but keep fighting Guts.
- Flight: After being tranformed.
- Fragile Speedster: The small one is incredibly swift but as frail as he looks.
- The Grotesque: Played with. They're all Torture Technicians who have enacted many cruel atrocities in life, but they never had any other choice thanks to their deformities.
- I Am a Monster: Quoted above. Bird makes no justifications for his actions.
- Improbable Weapon User: All of them, Bird's collar-staff, Big's crushing wheel, Twin's saws ect.
- Light Is Not Good: Like Mozgus, they take on the appearances of angels when transformed into Apostle spawn.
- Lightning Bruiser: Big is quite agile for being so large.
- Off with His Head!: The Twins' demise.
- One-Winged Angel: Courtesy of the Nameless Apostle (though they all have two wings).
- Pet the Dog: Bird admitting they are monsters and the Twins playing with crows.
- Punch Clock Villain: All of them, they see themselves as monsters but they owe their lives to Mozgus.
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad
- Team Spirit: One of the few times Apostles actually work together.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Small calls out Nina twice, the second when she spills the beans on Casca's 'powers' after not even losing a finger nail.
- Torture Technician: All of them.
- Undying Loyalty: To Mozgus.
- Variable-Length Chain: Tall's weapon of choice with spiked clamps at the end.
- Winged Humanoid: They all acquire angel wings after being tainted by the Nameless Apostle.
The Great Goat Head
The Great Goat Head was the leader of Slan's depraved cult near St. Albion. He was a tall human with a great goat mask on his head. He became an Apostle-spawn by the Egg-Shaped Apostle. His worshippers brought him Casca as a bride but Guts and Isidro rescued her just in time from an unholy mating ceremony. The Great Goat Head died in the ensuing battle, along with a good numbers of his worshippers.
He bears resemblance to the Templar Knights idol Baphomet.
One of The Count's Elite Mooks
, who was gravely injured after a battle with Guts and wanted to exact revenge. The Count agreed and gave him some of his powers... in a way you really don't want to know about
When first shown, he is wearing large plated armor with a personalized faceguard in the shape of a male face complete with detailed nose, mouth, bone structure and eyes. His actual face is somewhat brutish with short, scraggly black hair. After becoming an Apostle-Spawn, his appearance alters to show sharp, demonic teeth and snake-like eyes...in addition to the multiple changes his body goes through as Guts damages him.
Guts might have taken much longer getting rid of him if Zondark hadn't told him how to destroy him
Guts' Youth Arc
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese, TV series), Yasunobu Iwata (Japanese, Movies), Robert Krakovski (English, TV series), Russell Nash (English, Movies)
"You killed me. Don't you remember? It hurt so much..."
Guts' adoptive father. He headed the mercenary band Guts grew up in before joining the original Band of the Hawks. Before finding Guts, Gambino's lover Sys miscarried and he agreed to take Guts along since it seemed to be the only thing that prevented her from going mad with grief.
Gambino then trained Guts and taught him swordsmanship. But while he was good at his job of teaching the boy how to fight, he had no love for Guts as a father, and hated him enough to sell him as a child prostitute for three silver coins and allow Donovan, one of his men, to have his way with him. He would only get worse after losing his leg to a cannonball during a battle, ending his career on the battlefield, and causing him to take to drinking
and to put the blame of everything on Guts. One night when massively drunk, Gambino came into Guts's tent one night and tried to murder him
, telling him that Sys should never have picked up Guts from his dead mother. He admitted to having sold Guts to Donovan, and when asked why, he called Guts disgusting, blaming him for Sys's death and telling him that the one who killed her could not be raised to be loyal like a dog. Guts killed Gambino in self-defense and fled the mercenary camp to escape the wrath of the other mercenaries.
The traumatic childhood Guts experienced scarred him for life and for that reason, Guts Hates Being Touched
and is generally mistrustful of strangers.
- Abusive Dad: One really nasty example.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Or they're just really, really, really, really awful individuals. At least as far as father-figures go.
- Bury Your Disabled: Gambino was handicapped during a battle when his leg was blown off by a canon. He wasn't killed off because he was disabled, but his disability probably did play a role in Guts being able to overpower him.
- Career-Ending Injury: He has to retire as an active mercenary after a messy leg injury.
- Cynical Mentor: Was this to Guts.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Gambino was depicted as this in the anime.
- Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: If anything, having his leg blown off just made Gambino hate Guts even more.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Gambino tried to get away from his derisory condition through alcohol.
- Gone Horribly Right: Gambino put Guts trough relentless combat training practically from the moment he could walk so he would be profitable to him as a mercenary. When he eventually tries to kill Guts, it all explodes in his face since the twelve year old boy is allready a far better fighter then he ever was and Guts kills him in a reflex action.
- Hypocrite: While training Guts, Gambino has absolutely no qualms against hitting and slicing the kid. When Guts actually succeeds in cutting him, however, he reacts angrily with a nasty slash across the nose.
- Kick the Dog / Pet the Dog: Gambino, guys: the only guy who managed to kick the dog while petting the damn dog! On a more sympathetic example, despite Gambino's gruff attitude and abusive behavior, it should be noted that he genuinely loved Sys. Of course, it doesn't excuse said behavior, but even douchebags have loved ones!
- Also, there was one time that Gambino gave some ointment to Guts after he slashed him across the nose... Those moments were VERY far and in between.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: When Gambino got cut across the cheek while training Guts, he got so pissed that he slashed Guts across the bridge of his nose, incapacitating him for quite a while and giving him the first of the many scars that he would carry as an adult.
- My Greatest Failure: Nope. Not kidding. Way at the beginning of the Golden Age arc, Sys lay dying of tuberculosis with Guts at her side. The other women who were attending her were shocked and ashamed that Gambino went off to fight in a battle rather than be by Sys' side at her time of need. As Guts grew up, Gambino brushed off Sys' absence; however, Gambino later revealed in his delirious sleep that he did try to get back to Sys in time, but he was too late. It's safe to say that after this happened to Gambino, he began wallowing in guilt at not being able to get back to Sys before her death, and took out his feelings on the only person nearby: his adopted son Guts. His hatred toward Guts would eventually lead to his downfall.
- Offing the Offspring: Gambino tried this on Guts and failed.
- Ungrateful Bastard: After he was crippled, Gambino was largely fed and cared for by Guts since he could no longer fight. Guts in turn did it with more eagerness for Gambino than Gambino ever did for Guts. He didn't care. He was still abusive and eventually attempted to kill Guts, blaming him for everything.
- We Have Reserves: A favorite tactic of his on the battlefield was to send the rookies and fresh recruits in first to trigger the enemy archers. Including his adopted son.
- What the Hell, Dad?: Fully expected a four year old to hold his own on a battlefield - when he didn't even start training. Nice parenting there, pop!
- You Should Have Died Instead: Gambino says this to Guts as he tries to murder him.
Donovan was a mercenary in Gambino's band to whom Gambino sold an eight-year-old Guts as a child prostitute for one night for three silver coins. Despite Guts' best efforts to fight the big man off, Donovan overpowered and raped him, resulting in serious issues later on in Guts' life. During the next battle, Guts took violent revenge upon him, shooting him with a crossbow before using his sword to finish him off.
Bazuso is one of the earliest named adversaries faced by a young Guts at the beginnings of the Golden Age story arc. He's a rotund knight with an equally round helmet, which makes Guts call him a "teapot".
He is supposedly invincible but Guts makes a quick business of him. Watching him getting defeated by Guts is what made Griffith want Guts to join the band of the Hawks.
Battle Of Doldrey Arc
Voiced by: Shoji Oki (Japanese, TV series), Kazuki Yao (Japanese, movies), Fred Velde (English, Episode 5), Rick Mann (English, Episodes 15 and 16)
Lord Gennon is a high-ranking noble of the Tudor kingdom. During the early days of the Band of the Hawk, he hired them for a number of jobs.
A homosexual and notorious paedophile, he developed an attraction for Griffith, which culminated when Griffith agreed to sleep with him in exchange for funds to support the growing Band
. He is often seen to be attended by many very young male servants, no older than being in their teens.
He is dispatched upon the taking of his fortress.
- All Gays Are Pedophiles
- Beard of Evil
- Bury Your Gays
- Depraved Homosexual: To Griffith.
- Eye Scream: Griffith disposes of him by thrusting his sword through his eye.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Due to his lustful feelings for Griffith, he did everything he could to prevent the Purple Rhinos from using their full might on the Hawks, going so far as to take command during the battle despite Boscone being a much more competent leader. Griffith himself banked on this trope as part of his battle plan.
- Old Shame: Griffith did sleep with him but isn't that proud of it.
- Pædo Hunt: Except everybody knows what he does to his servants but no one seems to really care.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Promoted himself to the status of Supreme Commander of the front lines of Tudor through his financial assets - not that that means he actually knows what he's doing.
- Unwitting Pawn: Doldrey was captured only because this moron honestly saw Griffith as the love of his life and he tought the feeling was mutual. Something Griffith was completely aware off and didn't hesitate to take advantage off. When you think of it, that does come off as a little sad. (but not too much)
General Adon Corbowitz
The leader of Tudor
's Blue Whale Knights. Though a fairly competent warrior, he's an inept general. Mostly all talk, he constantly brags about the secret tactics and techniques passed over through his family over the generations.
- Ascended Extra: He got a couple of extra appearances as a recurring minor antagonist in the 1997 anime.
- Calling Your Attacks: He feels the need to do this when facing off against Guts. It...doesn't work too well.
- Clingy Comedy Villain: Especially in the 1997 anime.
- Combat Pragmatist: A cowardly villainous example.
- Dirty Coward: Prefers taking on opponents he perceives as much weaker than him.
- I Was Beaten By A Girl: Gawks in disbelief as Casca finishes him off.
- Large Ham: Often overplays his antics to the point of looking outright buffoonish.
- Little Big Brother: Adon is the little big brother of Samson.
- The Matchmaker / Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: As crazy as it sounds, had Adon never pulled that dirty stunt on the cliff, and later brought 100 men to track and kill them, Guts and Casca might not have ever have reconciled with each other.
- Miles Gloriosus: Presents himself boisterously as the winner of many battles but is quick to retreat when he meets an opponent strong enough to stand against him.
- Prongs of Poseidon: The trident is his weapon of choice.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: He was told to stay in the fort during the Battle of Doldrey so he wouldn't screw anything up anymore than he already did.
- Running Gag: His various battle techniques that have been passed through the Corbowitz family in greater increments of years. And how none of them actually do him any favors.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Constantly pulls this on Casca. She eventually shows him up.
- Straw Misogynist: Always brings up Casca's vagina as for why she shouldn't be involved in battle at all.
- Talking Is a Free Action: He acts as if this is true, but this trope is strongly averted whenever he opens his mouth to boast to Casca or Guts about how awesome he is and how each of his attacks was passed down through the Corbowitz line for however many years, they use it as an opportunity to attack him when he's not paying attention.
- Threatening Shark: When Casca's team secretly invades Doldrey under the main army's nose, he and his men ambush her, with him clad in shark-based armor. Ultimately averted, he is of absolutely no threat to her.
- Villain Decay: As far as the manga imagery goes, Adon's first appearance is actually pretty intimidating, as he kills a few of the Hawks and manages to get Casca in a vulnerable position. After his first defeat by Guts, well, the rest is history.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: Had successfully evaded death in situations that he blatantly put he and his men in, usually by playing dead.
- Weapon of Choice: As stated above, a trident... when he actually has the wits to do battle himself. His younger brother, Samson, uses a flail... when it's not broken in half by a BFS.
- We Have Reserves: Sends wave after after wave of mercenaries (numbering about a hundred in total) on Guts. There are no survivors.
Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki (Japanese, TV series), Takayuki Sugo (Japanese, movies), Richard Springle (English)
The highest ranking general in Tudor, and commander of the empire’s most powerful army, the Purple Rhinos. He leads the defense force at Doldrey, and is one of several reasons why the fortress remains impregnable
"I am the King of Kings! In this world, I am the one absolute principle!"
The Kushan Emperor is a rogue
Apostle, the only one refusing to submit to the Godhand.
Extremely powerful, he began his campaign by holding Charlotte as his prisoner so he could marry her against her will and claim the crown of Midland, since only a pureblood royal could contend for it. Ganishka then launched a genocidal war against Midland so the Godhand would be forced to confront him. Helped by his legions of Mooks
, he has already personally fought Zodd and Guts in one of his many Apostle forms (that of a humanoid mist). After failing to defeat Griffith in this form, he eventually resorted to changing himself into a gigantic tentacled monster (to the point of being too tall for anyone to see his face) made of demonic flesh known as Shiva and engaged the whole new Band of the Hawk and Midland's army into a massive Final Battle, which results in his demise as he opens the breach that may fuse the Astral and Natural worlds.
He appears as an overweight
, bearded, turban-wearing Kushan ruler in human form with an unusually wide mouth and sharp teeth (though normally these are hidden by his moustache).
- Adipose Rex
- A God Am I: Played with. Ganishka is fully aware that he isn't god. At the same time, he believes that his position as Emperor of Kushan makes him superior to the "gods" like Griffith and the Godhand.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: As of the latest chapters, it seems Ganishka's body has now been transformed into the proverbial Tree of Life whose branches spread all over the world.
- Attack of the 1000 Foot Tentacle Apostle Emperor!
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the emperor of Kushan, and quite probably the single most powerful Apostle seen in the series, being more than a match for all of Griffith's new Band of the Hawk's strongest Apostles..
- Beard of Evil: Look at the picture...
- The Caligula; Pointlessly cruel, sadistic and extremely wayward.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: Wants to Take Over the World, and will use any means, however awful, to this end.
- Devour the Dragon: All the mooks left in his capital city
- Disappears into Light Upon being given the Coup de Grâce by Femto, he simply dissolves into a dazzling breach into the fabric of reality.
- Eldritch Abomination: His final form, Shiva, is essentially this.
- The Emperor: Literally
- Evil Overlord: He rules his endless legions ruthlessly and cares nothing for them.
- Evil Sorcerer: Him and Daiba, his elderly henchman, are particularly profuse with Kushan black magic.
- Eviler than Thou: His goals are just as grisly as those of the Godhand but he still believes his are better than theirs.
- Fat Bastard: Fat and evil.
- Humanoid Abomination: As most Apostles are.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Does this to Charlotte, noting that if her child is also his it will make holding Midland all the easier.
- Incoming Ham: "DAAAAIBAAAA...I HAAAVE OBTAAAINED IT.......POOOOOWEEEERRRRR!!!!" Better run...
- Large and in Charge: Ganishka is both wide and tall.
- Large Ham: "I am the King of Kings! In this world, I am the one absolute principle!"
- Ominous Fog: Whenever this appears, you know Ganishka's up to no good. He can take the form of a giant humanoid mist cloud with lightning powers, and he can also sense anything that happens within his fog, making it very difficult to surprise him.
- Rage Against the Heavens: How he views his rebellion against Griffith and the Godhand.
- Rebellious Rebel: He is the only Apostle who stands up to Griffith and refuses his authority. However, he is far, far from good.
- Red Right Hand: He appears mostly human...until you get a good look at the large, toothy maw hidden within that beard.
- Refusal of the Call: Due to the above.
- Royally Screwed Up His backstory. As a youth, he was The Unfavorite, and his mom tried to kill him so his half-brother would rule Kushan. She used poison as her weapon, which horribly messed up with the already unstable Ganishka, therefore "dealing" with these two was just the beginning of his atrocities.
- Super Smoke: The crux of his powers as an Apostle but his true form is a thousand times more powerful indeed.
- Unwitting Pawn: His attempts to rebel against the Godhand only brought their agenda to fruition. May also double as You Can't Fight Fate, since the Godhand have vast power over causality.
- We Can Rule Together: Not necessarily "rule," but he tries recruiting Guts to his cause, knowing they have a common enemy in Griffith. Guts adamantly refuses, as he sees him as just as much of a monster as Griffith.
- We Have Reserves: Ganishka almost always uses this tactic.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: In order to empower himself against the Godhand, he throws himself into the pit he used to create his army. He emerges far, far larger and more powerful, but his mind completely dissolves, leaving him the Berserk universe's equivalent to Azathoth.
A Kushan sorcerer under the employ of Emperor Ganishka, and the one behind most of the Kushan military's sorcery. Extremely knowledgeable about the inner workings of the world, he knows much about Apostles and Behelits, going so far as to create the Reincarnator, a "man-made" Behelit of sorts that can make demon soldiers. He is also responsible for giving Ganishka the Behelit that would turn him into an Apostle.
"Is it really a good thing to entrust oneself to what is beyond human comprehension?"
A Kushan prince, chief of the Bakirakas
, that Guts met at a fighting tournament during his time out of the Hawks, pre-Eclipse. Using an array of exotic weapons
, he still ends up defeated by Guts twice: once in a tournament and one more time upon the failed attempt to take down the Hawks by Midland's Army.
He is then seen after the time skip pose-Eclipse where he is seen watching Guts's moves from afar and also witnessed the rebirth of Griffith. After reuniting with the Kushan army and Ganishka. he gets berated for his inefficiency in stopping the growing influence of the new Band of the Hawk. He thus far has stayed in the background, watching the events unfold without interfering
and has been seen briefly chasing after Rakshas, with whom he has some bad history. Despite his position in the Kushan army, he does not seem especially loyal to Ganishka.
At the onset of the Final Battle
between Griffith and Ganishka, he clearly questioned Griffith's legitimacy as a messiah and told his fellow Kushans who allied themselves to him that he despises those who blindly follow so-called demigods
His motives thus far, apart from returning his clan to its previous glory, are pretty unclear just like his allegiances, making him a Wild Card
He appears as a dark-skinned Bishōnen
with long hair and is always surrounded by his disfigured bodyguards
The Bakiraka Mercenaries
A Five-Bad Band
of Elite Mooks
under the Employ of the King of Midland that he sends after the Guts, Casca, Pippin & Judeau during the Griffith Rescue Arc.
After freeing Griffith from his cell, Guts & Co try to escape the Wyndham castle through its sewers with Princess Charlotte and her maid in tow. They encounter the Bakiraka Mercenaries and have a hard time fighting them due to the ambient darkness that helps their enemies conceal their presence. Notably, Judeau gets to display his major strategic skills against them.
All of them are dispatched by the Hawks during the battle, except for the female one who gets executed after bringing an injured Charlotte to the King and reporting the failure at stopping the Hawks from fleeing.
- The Brute: The tallest one is indeed a very bulky man but, unlike most brutes, he uses long-ranged weapons instead of going head on against his foes.
- Dark Chick: The female doesn't fight physically like her teammates, rather relying on her inflammable powder, see below.
- Down the Drain: Where the battle takes place.
- Femme Fatalons: The female one has these.
- Five-Bad Band: All 5 of them fit an archetype.
- Innate Night Vision: All of them seem to have this to an extent.
- Javelin Thrower: The big one mostly uses this as a weapon and aims very well, even in dimly lit places.
- Lean and Mean: The group's leader is a lanky, emasciated man with oversized limbs.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Most of them look very weird, even compared to other Kushans.
- Playing with Fire: The female uses a special inflammable dust that ignites at the slightest spark.
- Poisoned Weapons: The tiny one uses a blowpipe with poisoned darts.
- Pragmatic Villainy: After involuntarily shooting Charlotte with a poison dart aimed at Griffith, the leader calls for a truce, explaining that they own the antidote and that it would also cause them trouble if Charlotte were to die. Therefore, he offers to give the princess the antidote in exchange of bringing her back to her father.
- Prongs of Poseidon: The short, fat one uses this as a weapon.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad
- Underwear of Power: With the exception of the tall one, the only thing they wear are flimsy briefs or a piece of cloth.
The demonic army of Emperor Ganishka.
Captain of the Skeletal Beard
, Sharkrider was a pirate-turned-slave trader (turned pirate again) who attacked Schierke and Sonia before being driven off by Isidro. He reappears, having returned to piracy, and attacks Captain Roderick's ship only to have two of his three ships sunk and his flagship badly damaged. When World Transformation occurs, Sharkrider and his crew are attacked by evil spirits and devoured by the Sea God, who transforms them into sentient tentacles. He retains his personality up until the Sea God awakens, and then he and his crew lose their humanoid forms and presumably perish alongside the Sea God.
A very ancient deity that Guts and Co meet when they stop by its island.
It's a formidably powerful Eldritch Abomination
that remained dormant for a very
long time, until Femto's wave of Pure Energy
awakened it. Its "resurrection" is one of the first known effects of the fusion of the Astral and the Material World. A very tough opponent, Guts is beaten to an inch of his life while battling him and is eventually saved by the mermaids who helped him defeat the Sea God and pulled him out of its belly