Characters: Berserk Antagonists
This page is for the antagonists of Berserk.For the main characters, go to Berserk Main Characters
For The Band of the Hawk, check out Berserk Band Of The Hawk
For The Kingdom of Midland, check out Berserk Kingdom Of Midland
For everyone else, go to Berserk OtherThere is a spoiler character in this list who originally appeared in chapter 83. This chapter and the character have both been omitted from subsequent printings of volume 13 at the request of the author. All spoilers are unmarked in that folder to prevent a wall of white. Read at your own risk.
For The Band of the Hawk, check out Berserk Band Of The Hawk
For The Kingdom of Midland, check out Berserk Kingdom Of Midland
For everyone else, go to Berserk OtherThere is a spoiler character in this list who originally appeared in chapter 83. This chapter and the character have both been omitted from subsequent printings of volume 13 at the request of the author. All spoilers are unmarked in that folder to prevent a wall of white. Read at your own risk.
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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 it's 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.
- Eldritch Abomination: They are entities that play around with reality at will, possess things to affect the human realm, have Blue and Orange Morality (if they even have a morality) and are incomprehensibly powerful, to a degree that if the Idea Of Evil wasn't around, they would be the most powerful creatures to exist.
- Humanoid Abomination: The more human-looking ones fall under this. Or on occasions where they do get a physical body of their own.
- 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.
- Our Angels Are Different: Despite looking demonic they are referred to as Five Angels.
- 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: Unshou 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.
- Arch-Nemesis: To the Skull Knight.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Barring maybe Femto, he is the most powerful of the Godhand.
- Big Bad: He is the first Godhand and their leader.
- Black All-Encompassing Mantle: A creepy one at that.
- Creepily Long Arms: Normally you can't see them thanks to his cloak, but they go all the way down to his feet.
- The Dragon: However he turns out to be The Dragon to The Idea of Evil
- Evil Former Friend: He and the Skull Knight are implied to be this.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In all live media but especially in the series.
- Eye Scream: His eyes are stitched shut.
- High Collar of Doom
- Homage: Like all Godhand members, his name is a homage to sci-fi book: in his case, Frank Herbert's Destination: Void.
- It's Personal: With the Skull Knight
- The Leader: Is the oldest of the Godhand and first among equals.
- Meaningful Name
- My Brain Is Big
- Narrator All Along: In the anime.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: It is almost impossible to hurt him since he can send any physical aggression right back at the opponent using his power over dimensions and nothingness.
- Nightmare Face: Eeep! And the more you look at his face, the more ou notice that, in addition to all his other "pleasant" features, he also got his nose cut off.
- The Older Immortal: Eldest member of the Godhand, and alongside the Skull Knight, the oldest being yet encountered in the series.
- The Philosopher
- The Power of the Void: Controls dimensions and nothingness.
- Skull for a Head: Albeit with the top removed and the brain exposed.
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."A Vamp, 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.
- Abhorrent Admirer: She makes it quite clear she sees Guts as attractive every time they meet, mostly for his strength as a warrior. Needless to say Guts isn't interested.
- 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.
- Bald of Evil
- Breaking Speech: He is a master at this.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: His constant expression, except when he saw that Guts was strong enough to break through Femto's telekinetic powers in the movies.
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Subverted. While his intentions are deceptive, just like all the others of his kind, he only uses the truth to get to that end.
- Evil Genius: Implied to be the most knowledgeable and intelligent of the 5.
- Homage: His name comes from Ubik by Philip K Dick.
- He bears a strong resemblance to the Butterball Cenobite.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mind Rape: What he did to Griffith to convince him to accept the deal.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Conrad's Red.
- Sinister Shades
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Conrad.
- What You Are in the Dark: Invokes this during his breaking speeches to convince the applicant.
- Villains Never Lie: During his expositions, Ubik simply states the truth...
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.
- Aerith and Bob: Compared to the rest of the Godhand, he has a comparatively more mundane name.
- Animal Motifs: Rats, as a medium of causing outbreaks.
- Bald of Evil
- Eyes Always Shut: Opens them solely when he speaks. Which can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
- Four-Fingered Hands: A rare variant that is neither cartoony nor comical, but for one who spreads death on a wide scale via pestilence, it's very fitting.
- Homage: His name come from ...And Call Me Conrad by Roger Zelazny.
- His appearance is also very similar to several H. R. Giger works, a trait the rest of the Godhand share much less obviously.
- Large Ham: When Conrad finally does speak, he makes it count.
- No Indoor Voice: All (or rather 'both') of his lines are delivered quite loudly.
- Plague Master: Conrad's concern includes spreading diseases.
- The Quiet One
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Ubik's Blue.
- Satellite Character: The least seen of the Godhands.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Ubik.
FemtoSee 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 volume 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) are the witches Flora and Schierke, the former having vaguely alluded to something beyond the Godhand existing in the deepest part of the Astral Plane in volume 24, hinting at the possibility that the character is not completely excised from canon. Kentaro Miura stated in 2009 that the reason the chapter was left out of the collected volume 13 was because he "wanted Berserk's world to be revealed just that far, not any more than that. The appearance of God in the manga conclusively determines its range. [He] thought that might limit the freedom of the story development. [Miura himself doesn't] know if the Idea of Evil will show up again in the manga or not."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.
- 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 Greater Scope Villain 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.
- Greater Scope Villain: Higher than the whole of the Godhand, but has no direct interaction with Guts.
- 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.
- 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.Perverted, hedonistic, 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.
- 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.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Gives Guts an Oh Crap! moment by catching his sword hand in mid-swing and almost crushing it with his grip.
- Belly Mouth: His Apostle form has one, which he uses to snack on someone's unfortunate horse. It also houses his hideous 'tongue'.
- 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 young 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 one of these.
- 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.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Throws his spear at Guts with the young woman he killed earlier still impaled on it.
- 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!
- Meaningful Name: Wyald is wild. He has absolutely no inhibitions.
- Now That's Using Your Teeth: As if the sword catch wasn't enough, Wyald manages to stop Guts' huge sword by biting it, and then knocks out Guts' horse with a punch.
- 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, and what he lives for.
- 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: He is completely driven by impulse and acts with no morals, reason, or common sense.
- Unskilled, but Strong: As they swordfight, Guts determines that Wyald isn't even using any technique; it's just that his reflexes are so inhuman that he's still managing to match blows with Guts, a Master Swordsman. Moreover even in his human form he's much stronger than Guts, being able to tear down a tree with his bare hands.
- Weapon of Choice: A very crude wooden club.
"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 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 Behelit, 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In her own twisted way, Rosine genuinely cared for Jill, and broke away from her fight with Guts to save her from a falling branch. Unfortunately, Guts kiboshed any potential chance for a Heel-Face Turn by impaling her, rekindling her rage. Puck considers trying to heal her for Jill's sake, but her injuries are too severe.
- 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.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Perhaps a little too amoral to be an Anti-Villain, but she's very much this trope.
- 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 ruler of a county centered around a castle town and the father of Theresia, the Count is the third Apostle to appear in the manga. In contrast to the barely introduced Female Apostle and the flatly depicted Baron of Koka Castle, he is a complex villain with a developed Backstory.Before his transformation, he was a pious warrior who crusaded against heretics for the Vatican. He had a beautiful wife, who together with their precious daughter Theresa was dearer to him than life itself. Accounts differ about what he was really like as a ruler. His former physician Vargas recounts that he was cruel but at least human, while Theresia claims that he was harsh but fair, and that he was loved and respected by his people. Whatever the case, he truly believed in his holy cause and loved his happy family. However, Theresia's mother was killed—according to Theresia, by Heretics who were attempting to blackmail the Count—and he was never the same again. Reborn a cruel and greedy Dark Lord with an obese human form and the true form of a giant, hideous slug with a human face, he uses heretic hunting as a mere excuse to imprison, torture, and execute people regardless of guilt or innocence. Despite his underling Dahl's concern that this campaign of torture and execution will attract the condemnation of the Pope, he orders it to continue. He performs sick experiments on captives, dismembering and devouring their flesh. Among his victims were Vargas and his family. During the Golden Age arc he appears before Rickert as one of the Apostles feasting on the members of the Band of the Hawk who stayed behind during the rescue operation, and during the Eclipse he attempts to set a trap for Guts with Pippin's corpse and is seen eating it afterward.Meanwhile, the Count has not allowed Theresia to leave her room in the past seven years since her mother died. He provides for her comfort as much as he can, but tells her that the world outside is full of dangerous heretics and refuses to let anyone even connected with the city see her. Despite the loss of most of his humanity he still loves her as much as ever, and is deeply hurt by her fear of him. He wants to protect her from the truth of what he has become and what happened to her mother at all costs.Guts has a difficult time dealing with the Count and his minions. By giving his Guard Captain, Zondark, a parasite that enables him to use the Count's powers and regenerate himself, he delays Guts considerably before he figures out how to defeat the parasite. When Guts finally reaches him in the audience chamber he turns into his horrible slug form, and almost destroys Guts. However, Theresia's sudden appearance distracts the Count and allows Guts to use her as a human shield, blasting the Count with his Arm Cannon and slicing his human face from his giant slug body. Guts sadistically tortures the Count in front of Theresea with his dagger, but the Count's blood touches the Behelit and they are all transported to the dimension where the five members of the Godhand dwell. The Godhand offers the Count a choice that will allow him to keep living: to make another sacrifice, who will be doomed to suffering in the sea of souls in his place. Immediately he volunteers Guts, but he is informed that besides having already been branded Guts is nothing but an enemy to the Count. They want him to sacrifice his precious Theresia to them, and in order to convince him Ubik opens up the past so both the Count and Theresia can see exactly what happened seven years ago. In truth, the Count came home early from a campaign one day to find his wife in the middle of a pagan orgy with the figure of a heretical demon. Enraged, he killed the heretics and tried to kill his wife, but found that he could not bring himself to do it. The Godhand appeared before him to offer him a form in which he could feel no pain or despair, and in exchange he sacrificed his beloved wife to them. Femto and the others urge him offer his daughter as a sacrifice so he can live on, reminding him that his fate is eternal suffering if he refuses. Even so, the Count allows his love of Theresia to overcome his fear of dying. As soon as the sacrifice is refused he is dragged into the vortex of souls by the vengeful spirits of all his victims, including Vargas, and when Guts, Puck, and Theresia return to reality there is nothing left of him but part of his mangled corpse.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Possibly before becoming an Apostle—depending on who you ask, but definitely after.
- Bald of Evil: One of his attributes, although he was totally bald even before he became an Apostle.
- 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. Instead it turns out that what's important is how great of a sacrifice it will be to you.
- Demoted to Extra: He appears briefly in a non-speaking role in the anime during the Golden Age Arc, whereas in the original manga he gets the greater part of three volumes devoted to his story.
- Despair Event Horizon: The exact moment that he despaired was when he tried to kill his wife for betraying him but found he could not bring himself to do it, and saw her smile knowingly in triumph.
- Dragged Off to Hell: With the help off the victims whose lives he destroyed, including the vengeful spirit of Vargas himself.
- Establishing Character Moment: We first see him presiding over the execution of a young woman who tearfully protests her innocence, sitting on his throne enjoying the spectacle with a cup of wine. When asked by Dahl whether the number of executions might be excessive, he replies that he wants anyone suspicious arrested as a heretic and punished. This establishes him as a corrupt and greedy Evil Overlord who oppresses his subjects under the hypocritical excuse of religion and justice, and whose own minions are afraid of him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely loves his daughter, Therisia, which is his only saving grace.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: His subjects call him "the Count" and his daughter calls him "father". We never do learn his name.
- Evil Overlord: He becomes one after accepting the Godhand's offer.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: He takes extreme measures to guard Theresia from the evils of the world, keeping her inside so that she won't be exposed to heretics or find out the truth about him and her mother.
- Fat Bastard: His morbid obesity is a sign of his greed and depravity after his transformation. Before that he was still fat but less so, and also more sympathetic.
- Feudal Overlord: Since he pretty much rules the place, and neither the Pope or any other authority has much jurisdiction there, he oppresses his subjects with impunity.
- 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 ever really loved him back.
- A Glass of Chianti: He enjoys a cup of wine while watching a young woman's execution.
- Hidden Depths: Your first impression of the Count gets an unexpected twist when he visits Theresia, showing that he has someone he cares about.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He eats those unable to withstand his "experiments".
- Hypocrite: During his reign of terror as an Apostle, he publicly claims to be conducting his executions for the sake of his people's safety and religious purity. While he once believed in this motivation a long time ago, he has since stopped caring about anything except his own pleasure in torture and cannibalism, and is just as religiously deviant as the heretics since he sold his soul to the closest thing the Berserk verse has to the Devil.
- Interrupted Suicide: He was about to fatally thrust his own sword into his throat when the Godhand appeared and offered to take away his despair.
- Knight Templar: He is implied to have been this before becoming an Apostle, as he often led hunts for pagans and heretics and believed he was doing the right thing. After his transformation though he he started torturing and killing for kicks, not even caring whether his victims were heretics or innocent.
- 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 her from the Awful Truth.
- Mad Scientist: He used his subjects as guinea pigs for "experimentation".
- Pet the Dog: Even as he continues to kill and devour his people, he earnestly wants to protect the safety and innocence of his daughter, and brings her Puck as a present to ease her loneliness. He eventually refuses to sacrifice his daughter in order to escape death, even though this means his eternal damnation.
- Redemption Equals Death: Refusing to sacrifice his daughter, he was dragged to the underworld.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Before his transformation he was overweight and unattractive, but had a famously beautiful wife. At least he was considerably more handsome and less morbidly obese than after he became as an Apostle, as Ubrik mentioned.
"I followed the scent of evil. My nose...is really good."A minor Apostle who tracks Guts' scent over a long distance shortly after the Eclipse and finds him living with Godo. 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-equipped false arm and the Dragonslayer. By using these two new weapons, Guts manages to defeat the Swine Apostle with relative ease.
- Bald of Evil
- Dumb Muscle: He can barely speak and just wants to eat people.
- Fat Bastard
- Messy Pig
- Pig Man: as the name suggested and in his apostle form
- Scarily Competent Tracker: He smells a branded sacrifice miles away.
- Villainous Glutton
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. 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.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is bluish-grey in the original anime, but is blonde in the third movie.
- Boom, Headshot: How Guts disposes of this Apostle.
- Death by Sex
- Early Installment Weirdness: Some fans feel that Guts' having sex with her is out-of-character, since he is otherwise incredibly faithful to Casca. Others speculate that he might have been influenced by the Beast of Darkness.
- Horny Devils: Very much so, as this is what she uses to lure men into her clutches.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Even lower than the Baron on the demonic totem-pole. She's practically a mook to Guts.
- The Vamp: Lures men into her clutches and then eats them alive.
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 second to be seen in the manga, The Baron leads a wicked band of soldiers headquartered in Koka castle who oppress the population of the outlying city. The mayor pays him tribute in gold and sacrificial prisoners—including women and children—in exchange for restraining his men from attacking. The gold presumably goes to pay his men, while the prisoners are served at his dinner table as meals. He makes no attempt to justify his actions, saying that he simply revels in death and destruction, and his backstory is never revealed. He wears snake-themed full plate armor when he goes rampaging, and his true Apostle form is that of a huge humanoid cobra with a human face inside its mouth. Having heard of a Black Swordsman who wanders the earth killing Apostles, the Baron's interest is piqued when Guts comes into town and he rides with his men to burn the town and provoke him into battle. Guts makes short work of the Baron's men and at first seems to have defeated him with his repeating crossbow, but the Baron emerges from a building transformed into his true form. He very nearly kills Guts with his powerful tail, and is about to eat him while gloating about how weak humans are, when Guts fires his Arm Cannon at the Baron's head and immediately cuts the Baron in half with his sword. Guts tortures the dying Baron with his crossbow, demanding to know where the Godhand are, but the Baron pleads that he does not know. Guts leaves the Baron as a burning building collapses on him, and his dying shrieks of agony pierce the air.
- Battle Amongst the Flames: The Baron's evil rampage through the village turns into this when Guts shows up.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Receives it at Guts' hands after he gets cut in half. Guts questions him about the Godhand, but the Baron claims he doesn't know. In any case, Guts wanted to show him how his victims felt: helpless and in unbearable pain, but still afraid of death and desperately wanting to survive.
- Dirty Coward: As long as he was convinced he was invulnerable, he killed and terrorized without fearing any consequences. When Guts proves to him that he can be killed after all, he pleads for mercy that he would have never granted to his victims.
- Evil Gloating: Before eating Guts, he simply cannot resist rubbing his superiority in Guts' face. This gives Guts exactly the chance he needed to shoot the Baron at a range where he couldn't miss.
- Fangs Are Evil: Obligatory for a snake villain.
- For the Evulz: He enjoys the suffering of humans and does not pretend to have any other reason for his actions.
- I'm a Humanitarian Like most Apostles, the Baron eats humans.
- Eats Babies: He even snacks on a child at one point during the evil rampage through the village.
- Flat Character: His whole personality is that he is unapologetically sadistic and evil.
- Karmic Death: Guts blows him to pieces, tortures him, and leaves him to burn to death in the flames of his own evil rampage. The Apostle who loved the sound of his victims' screaming gives the same satisfaction to his own killer, and dies shrieking in agony.
- Lean and Mean
- Looks Like Orlok: Exactly What It Says on the Tin, only he has more snake traits than vampire or rat traits.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: His quote tells you all you need to know about him.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Falls victim to this at the hands of Guts. Guts intentionally made his death as drawn out and painful as possible, but if anyone ever deserved to die in such a way it was the Baron.
- Pointy Ears
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: With an emphasis on burn. Rape isn't explicitly shown and he doesn't particularly care about loot, but eating people is a bonus.
- Scaled Up: His One-Winged Angel form is that of a gigantic humanoid snake. In this shape he comes close to killing the Black Swordsman, up until Guts unloads his cannon-arm right in his face at point blank range.
- Smug Snake: Quite literally, as his true form is also a giant snake. He did not consider Guts to be a real threat even though he was rumored to have killed multiple Apostles, and this overconfidence causes his downfall.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: As demons go, he's one of the weaker ones compared to some of Guts's other enemies.
- Spikes of Villainy: His armor's gauntlets, knees, and elbows end in spikes, as if he wasn't Obviously Evil enough already.
- Starter Villain: The first major Apostle that Guts fights in the manga.
- Tin Tyrant: Wears extravagantly evil full armor, complete with villainous spikes and a cobra-shaped helmet that puts his face in shadow except for his terrifying eyes and fanged mouth.
- Tail Slap: In snake form he wrecks Guts with his powerful tail. His mistake was not finishing him right then.
- Villainous Breakdown: Once Guts fells him to the ground and begins to torture him with his crossbow, he wretchedly wails in pain and begs for mercy.
- Weapon of Choice: A large halberd when he's in human form.
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.
- 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...
- Punch Clock Villain: Due to his passive and solitary behaviour, he doesn't cause a whole lot aside from infusing Mozgus and his torturers with some of his powers.
- 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!!"Bishop Mozgus is a fanatically religious Knight Templar who hunts heretics on behalf of the Holy See's Inquisition. He is infamous for having no reason or mercy in his judgements and punishing accused sinners with horrific tortures and cruel forms of execution. Helping him to carry out his will is a group of physically deformed professional torturers, whom he rescued from lives of prejudice and abuse when they were young and who are consequently unwaveringly loyal to him. Through the influence of the egg-shaped Apostle he eventually becomes an Apostle Spawn with supernatural powers.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.
- All Crimes Are Equal: Mozgus does not acknowledge any difference in severity between criticizing the Church for not providing enough humanitarian aid and being a part of a demon-worshiping cult that practices cannibalism. As far as he's concerned, anyone who questions him is a heretic who must be tortured until they confess to heresy or put to death if they refuse.
- Bald of Evil: He's got a bald head, and is Obliviously Evil.
- Breath Weapon: The Unnamed Apostle gives him the ability to incinerate demons by breathing fire from his mouth.
- Calling Your Attacks: Once he becomes an Apostle Spawn, he starts shouting the names of his attacks while he's pummeling Guts.
- Church Militant: Views his struggle against sin as a battle that must be waged with force, for which he employs his torturers and the Holy Iron Chain Knights.
- Death by Irony: Mozgus' book of scripture saves him by acting as a Pocket Protector, and when he becomes a stone angel he absorbs it into his chest to represent his confidence that his faith will make him invincible. However, Guts realizes that the hole he tore in the book earlier is the only weak point in Mozgus' impenetrable carapace, and Mozgus is defeated when Guts sets off bombs inside it, creating a gap into which he can thrust the Dragon Slayer.
- Disproportionate Retribution: This is his calling card. He once burned down an entire village, killing all its women and children in the process, just because the inhabitants petitioned for relief from the Church's taxes during a famine.
- The Dreaded: Everyone knows him. If you want to live, make sure he never even notices you.
- Flowery Elizabethan English: In the Dark Horse English version his speech is rendered like the King James Bible, with statements like "Thou shalt not avert thine eyes!"
- Gonk: His character design is totally different from most humans in the series, and while he isn't hideously ugly he looks menacingly unnatural and creepy.
- Gag Nose: It is square and flat, which Serpico suggests to be because he repeatedly slams his face against the floor in ritualistic prayer. Interestingly his nose is not that different Azan's.
- Hot-Blooded: Mozgus in his stone angel form can rival any mecha pilot's passion for battle, making him a notable villainous example. He even spits fire and bursts into flames when he dies.
- Knight Templar: Mozgus is convinced that his mission is just and righteous, and in fact the pagan cult lurking in Albion is just as wicked as he says. What makes him an unwitting villain is that he sees people who only want justice and help from the Church in a time of famine as heretics who are going against God's will, and applies the same horrific punishments no matter how small the 'crime'.
- Large Ham: His facial expressions and oratory are exaggerated to the point of straddling the line between hilarious and horrifying.
- 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.
- Definitely done to remind you that you should not take him THAT seriously.
- Now That's Using Your Teeth: He manages to pull this trick on Guts. By biting the freaking Dragon Slayer!
- Obliviously Evil: He honestly believes that his methods are for the good of his flock, which only makes him more determined to arrest and torture any who seem like heretics.
- One-Winged Angel: When it becomes clear to him that he'll have to unleash his full might in order to beat down Guts, he takes on his final form resembling an angel covered with stone feathers.
- Pet the Dog:
- Horrific as he is, he actually picked his followers from people who needed a second chance and told them that their deformities did not make them monsters, but rather meant that God created them with a special purpose. The scary thing is that he might have tortured them to death without hesitation if they refused to carry out his will, but he still loves them as if they were his children.
- After a group of starving refugees are captured for trying to break into a supply cart bound for the tower, he saves the malnourished infant of a woman who had the courage to address him directly, and even says that he's opened negotiations for more aid from the church for the refugees. These moments are shown mere seconds before he escorts the aforementioned mother off to torture for blaspheming during her impassioned plea, with Mozgus justifying himself by saying he wants her to come out a better person. She didn't.
- Pocket Protector: While Mozgus is in winged human form, Guts thrusts him in the chest and thinks that he has killed him. However, Mozgus turns into a stone angel and produces his book of scripture with a large hole in it, crediting his faith with protecting him.
- Red Baron: He is known and feared by the people as "Bloody Scripture Mozgus". His use of his scripture book as a lethal bludgeon makes this fearsome name well deserved.
- 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!
- Tender Tears: An extremely twisted example that shows how warped his mind is. When he sends the mother of the malnourished baby to her torture he is moved to tears as he exclaims "You posses such courage!! I do so want you to overcome this trial provided by God!!"
- Throw the Book at Them: The picture of him smashing some poor sap'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.
"I do not enjoy this work. I am shunned, hated, and feared. Neither can I come to enjoy hurting people. I feel as if I really have become a monster. Perhaps I could not do these things to people if I were not such. However, even so, I do have pride, because this is the holy post granted to me by God and recorded by the Holy See in scripture."Bishop Mozgus' personal body guards and torturers. 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 one of them, Bird, admits that he dislikes their dirty work.
- Beam Spam: Bird unleashes a storm of sharp feathers against Guts after turning into an Apostle spawn.
- Bishōnen: Bird is actually quite handsome under his mask. Serpico even notes this.
- The Brute: Big, a mass of muscles who fights using his strength.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Small criticizes Nina when she won't stick up for Casca.
- Evil Albino: Bird, but he's a punch clock villain.
- 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.
- Famous Last Words: Bird's last words on behalf of all of them as he is killed by Guts are, "Dear Lord, I thank thee, that in the last moments of our lives burdened by grotesque form and harsh destiny, you saw fit to prepare for us a miracle such as this. And more than anything, for the miracle that we chanced to meet Father Mozgus."
- Flight: They all gain this ability after being transformed into angels.
- 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 performed many cruel atrocities in life, but they never had any other choice because of how they were treated for their deformities.
- I Am a Monster: Quoted above. Bird admits that perhaps he wouldn't be able to inflict such pain on people if he didn't already see himself as one.
- Improbable Weapon User: All of them use what are more properly called tools or torture instruments rather than weapons. Bird uses a catch pole, Big an iron-shod breaking wheel, the Twins a pair of saws, Small a pair of pliers, and Tall a chain with spiked claws on the end.
- 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.
- No Name Given: They are only referred to by what they look like, such as Big and Tall. We never learn their names, and perhaps some of them were abandoned by their parents before they even received one.
- Off with His Head!: The Twins get their heads chopped off by Jerome after being stunned out of the sky by Puck.
- One-Winged Angel: Courtesy of the Nameless Apostle (though they all have two wings).
- Pet the Dog: When the Twins are seen playing with some crows and Bird explains that he does not enjoy causing pain, the torturers are shown to have kindness and humanity hidden beneath their monstrous appearance and actions. They also wholeheartedly love their master, and put their lives on the line to defend him.
- Punch Clock Villain: All of them, their defining trait in fact. They see themselves as monsters but they owe their lives to Mozgus.
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad: A team of Elite Mooks who each have a unique strength or gimmick.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Small calls out Nina on her cowardice twice, the second time being when she confesses about Casca's 'powers' after not even losing a finger nail.
- Torture Technician: All of them have a lifetime of experience in inflicting pain and mutilation and do so on a continuous basis. It is not so much their job as the only thing they've ever known.
- Undying Loyalty: Because Mozgus saved all of them from lives of being treated worse than animals, they would go to any lengths or sacrifice their lives for him.
- Variable-Length Chain: Tall's weapon of choice is a chain with spiked claws at the end.
- Winged Humanoid: They all acquire angel wings after being tainted by the Nameless Apostle.
- You Shall Not Pass: When Guts finally catches up to Mozgus, the torturers stay behind to defeat or at least delay Guts while Mozgus goes ahead with the Twins to burn Casca at the stake.
The Great Goat HeadThe 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 power of the Egg-Shaped Apostle. His worshipers 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 cultists.He bears resemblance to the idol Baphomet, whom the Knights Templar were accused of worshiping.
- Animal Motifs: The Goat
- A Party Also Known as an Orgy: What the rituals he presides are.
- Eats Babies: His cult brews a tasty mixture containing human body parts, including babies. Understandably, Joachim freaked out when he discovered this.
- Expy: Of Baphomet. Also a case of What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?.
- Fan Disservice: The orgies that he presides are anything BUT sexually appealing. Among other things, the worshippers eat babies during these celebrations. That's not even mentioning his snake penis...
- Lightning Bruiser: There aren't many creatures in the Berserk-verse fast enough to dodge Guts' attacks. The Great Goat Head combines this with enough strength to land a blow that Guts himself says would have been fatal without his armour.
- Male Frontal Nudity: His penis is like a living snake, and we get to see it uncensored and erect. You may faint now, Moral Guardians.
- Religion of Evil: The cult that worships him is the sort that has drug-fueled sex orgies, flays the skin off priests, and consumes brew containing human babies. Mozgus may be a Knight Templar, but these guys are just as bad in their own way.
"Kill...Kill!"One of The Count's Elite Mooks, who was gravely injured after a fight 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 full plate armor with a personalized mask visor complete with a detailed human nose, mouth, bone structure and eyes. His actual face is somewhat brutish and he has 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.
- Body Horror: At first is his arm◊ and later he goes to this Horrific Form◊
- Blade on a Stick: Uses a halberd to attack Guts after he receives the Count's 'power'.
- Combat Tentacles: Grows two where his arms used to be.
- The Dragon: To the Count. Before facing the Count, Guts has to defeat Zondark first.
- Demonic Possession: How the Count gives him his powers.
- Drop the Hammer: Wields a war hammer against Guts in their first fight, attacking mainly with the beaked end.
- Elite Mook
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: He is stupid enough to tell Guts the only way to kill him, which Guts immediately capitalizes on.
- Mauve Shirt
- Mouth of Sauron: After possessing Zondark, the Count speaks to Guts through the slug sticking out of Zondark's head.
- Starter Villain: Although tougher than usual.
Guts' Youth Arc
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese, TV series), Yasunobu Iwata (Japanese, Movies), Robert Krakovski (English, TV series), Russell Nash (English, Movies)
"Listen, Guts. If you want to survive on the battlefield, Get by with your own brain and skills. Don't depend on others. People will do despicable things for their own ambition, or to survive. That's what it boils down to on the battlefield. Those who blindly follow others out here just get chewed up, spat out, and killed. Take it as fatherly advice. Don't even trust your own father out here."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.
- Asshole Victim: Despite all the genuine guilt Guts has for killing him in self-defense, this guy was such an asshole that even if he didn't abuse Guts, his ruthlessness as a mercenary leader and on the battlefield was such that you'd wouldn't feel sorry for him at all when Guts killed him. He was that much of a General Ripper.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: While not pure evil, as he loved Sys, he did not care about the lives of his soldiers at all and did things to Guts that no father should be forgiven for.
- 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: His page quote pretty much sums up the philosophy that he taught 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 career-ending and humiliating condition through alcohol.
- Famous Last Words: "You killed...Sys."
- The Farmer and the Viper: Saw himself as the farmer and Guts as the viper, saying that Guts gave him nothing but evil for good after he took him in. Although blatantly untrue, the other mercenaries were convinced of it when they discovered that Guts had killed Gambino.
- 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: Commits several memorable acts of cruelty against Guts, such as the incident where he cut Guts across the bridge of his nose during sword practice. The worst might have been when he sold Guts to Donovan for three silver coins.
- Pet the Dog:
- Shortly after the practice where he lost his temper and cut Guts on the nose, he gave Guts a seashell containing medicine to rub on his wound. Even if it was only to ease his guilty conscience, it was one of the only nice things that he ever did for Guts, who remembers it during his first time with Casca.
- Another was when Gambino revealed in his sleep that he tried to come back to Sys when she was dying but arrived too late, showing that he really loved her after all and misses her terribly.
- Jerkass: Gambino was never nice to anybody, especially not to his adopted son and even to Sys, who was probably the only person he ever loved. Unfortunately he only got meaner as the years went by, especially after he lost his leg.
- 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: When he tries to murder Guts, Gambino says that Sys' death and the loss of his leg were caused by Gut's cursed luck, and that he should have left him to die beneath his mother's corpse eleven years ago.
"Quit strugglin'! I ain't here to eat ya. C'mon, relax and it'll all be over soon."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.
- Asshole Victim: As a child-rapist who is killed in an undignified way.
- Bald of Evil
- Et Tu, Brute?: He seemed honestly shocked when Guts ambushed and killed him. Believe it or not, this is not unlike many real life pedophiles who never even comprehend how much misery their "games" cause.
- Pædo Hunt: Liked little boys in all the wrong ways.
- Rape and Revenge: Was the eventual recipient of this.
- Scary Black Man
- Unfriendly Fire: Guts shoots him in the back during a woodland battle before finishing him off.
"No one's gonna get past me! Anyone who wants their head smashed in, step right up!"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.
- An Axe to Grind: His favored weapon is a heavy battleaxe.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: What Guts does by going against him.
- Giant Mook: He's a good head or two taller than the other mooks, and much heavier besides.
- Heavily Armored Mook: He's got some impressive full plate armor, although it doesn't protect him from Guts' BFS.
- Red Baron: He was known as the "Grey Knight." for his grey armor, "The Bear Slaughterer." for killing a bear with his bare hands, and the "Thirty-man Slayer" for exactly what it sounds like.
- Starter Villain: He is the first enemy of note that Guts fights after leaving Gambino's mercenary company. Certainly nothing compared to an apostle or some famous warriors such as Boscone, but he's way tougher than your average mook.
- Stout Strength: He's big, round, and strong enough to send men flying with his axe. Supposedly he killed a bear using his bare hands.
"Fight well, son! Now, there's no need to get too worked up. Slaying a man is the same as hunting. Just deal with him as you would some wild boar."A nobleman with a loutish, violent son whom he is overly proud of, the Viscount is nothing if not a doting father. Guts ends up imprisoned by him in a story from before he met the Band of the Hawk. Believing that his son should get some practice before going into actual warfare, the Viscount places Guts in a dungeon cell and informs him that he will be dueling his son in a foot combat to the death—Guts' death that is. At first he enjoys the spectacle in the courtyard, but things do not go according to his plan.
- Adipose Rex: If not royalty he is at least high nobility, and is rather fat. Judging by his son it runs in the family, although the boy posesses Stout Strength.
- Affably Evil: He is unflappably jolly, and even when Guts spits in his face he takes it as a good sign that he's full of vigor instead of getting offended.
- Blue Blood: He is very rich and presumably of an old and noble bloodline.
- Doting Parent: He think his son is the best, most talented boy in the universe and cannot be convinced otherwise. As a result he has spoiled the boy and failed to curb his violent tendencies. This is Lampshaded when Guts calls him a "Dottard Daddy", which he mishears as "Doting Daddy".
- Pragmatic Villainy: The Viscount rubs medicine on Guts' wounds and tells his guards to stop hitting the prisoner because he needs Guts strong enough for the fight. Since he can't be too strong, however, he does not give him food or water and leaves him in a cold cell with only straw for bedding.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: He subscribes to this idea, and it's the reason he has arranged for his son to kill Guts as a warm-up for battle.
- Villainous Breakdown: He becomes desperately alarmed when Guts puts out his son's eye and takes him hostage, and outright faints when his son gets hit with a crossbow bolt aimed at Guts.
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)
"The White Hawk...To think that I would live to meet him by chance once more, what splendid fortune. That one night...even now I can't forget. He is fine wine, worth the value of his weight in gold, an intoxicating phantom. The burns of that night still do not heal. I swear I will have you once more, lover."Lord Gennon is an extremely wealthy high-ranking noble of the Tudor kingdom. A homosexual and notorious pederast, he keeps many young male servants no older than being in their teens, who as Casca observes are actually his unwilling pleasure slaves. During the early days of the Band of the Hawk he hired them for a number of jobs, during which he developed an attraction for Griffith that culminated when Griffith agreed to sleep with him for a night in exchange for funds to support the growing Band.Some years later, Gennon manages to rise through bribery rather than merit to the position of Governor-general and Supreme Commander of the Tudor army's Northern battlefront, placing him in charge of the defense of Doldrey and Boscone's Purple Rhino Knights. He is intrigued when spies inform him that the Band of the Hawk will be attacking Doldrey, and sees this as an opportunity to win the prize he has lusted for ever since their parting. Gennon orders Boscone to take Griffith alive, but during the battle he fears that Boscone will disobey his orders and personally takes command. Griffith's plan all along was to use Gennon's predictability to lure the army away from Doldrey so that Casca's force could take it by storm, and after his armies are routed Gennon is killed by Griffith so that he cannot tell anyone of the night that Griffith sold his body to him.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: While he has black hair in the manga and anime, he's depicted white hair in the second film.
- All Gays Are Pedophiles: Like most villainous gay characters in the story, he is only attracted to young boys and adolescents.
- Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: This is what he intents to do when he gets his hands on Griffith in the Battle of Doldrey, except he never gets the chance.
- Bald of Evil: Being bald and having a large beard are played for sinister unattractiveness.
- Beard of Evil: See above.
- Blue Blood: He's high nobility and obscenely wealthy, which is probably what allows him to get away with things like bribery and pedophilia.
- Bury Your Gays: In Gennon's case, he had it coming.
- Depraved Homosexual: He keeps boys from nearby villages in sexual slavery, and hopes to capture Griffith and make him his by any means.
- Dirty Old Man: Despite his advanced age his sexual appetite is insatiable. Unlike most examples he is only attracted to boys, and is definitely villainous.
- Evil Old Folks: An old man whose evil deeds only multiply with age.
- Eye Scream: Griffith disposes of him by thrusting his sword through his eye.
- General Failure: No military credentials, but he insists on ignoring the instincts of his world famous general and orders a disorganized pursuit. Since he has both civilian and military authority this overlaps with Pointy-Haired Boss.
- A Glass of Chianti: Sips lecherously from a wine goblet as he gives Boscone his orders.
- The Hedonist: What he cares about most is his own pleasure, and especially sex. This is emphasized more in the film version where he has an enormous hot springs installed on top of the fortress, and frolics there with large numbers of frisky, attractive young men.
- He Knows Too Much: Griffith kills Gennon partly because he doesn't want him blabbing about their night together.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Due to his lustful feelings for Griffith, he does everything he can 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 counted on this trope as part of his battle plan.
- Paid Harem: The film depicts him with what looks like one of these; While the manga portrays him with boys in their early teens or below who are obviously being raped by him, his companions in the movie are Griffith look-alikes in at least their late teens who seem to be enjoying the life of luxury that Gennon offers them. They all end up dead by the time the battle's over.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: As a governor, Gennon is as incompetent as he is evil. He would probably be an Upper-Class Twit except for the fact that he has actual responsibilities, unfortunately for his underlings.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He 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.
- Serial Rapist: Most of his servant boys have been raped by him so many times that they've become numb with resignation.
- Smug Snake: He thinks that he's unassailable because he has the strongest fortress, the strongest army, and he's super rich, but he didn't earn any of these things himself and he ends up losing them because of his inflated view of his abilities.
- Tin Tyrant: He goes into battle wearing some fancy armor patterned after fashionable clothes, but this does him little good besides showing his vanity.
- 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)
- I Want Them Alive: His number one order to Boscone is to capture Griffith alive, since Griffith is his Lust Object.
General Adon Corbowitz
Voiced by: Tesshō Genda (Japanese, TV series), Rikiya Koyama (Japanese, movies), Mike Pollock (English)
"The battlefield is a sacred ground of men! I, Adon, head of the Blue Whale Ultra-Heavy Armored Fierce Assault Annihilation Knight Corps, shall teach you the folly of your frivolity in setting foot upon it!!"Adon Corbowitz is the large, boastful, and misogynistic leader of the Tudor Empire's Blue Whale Knights. Despite being a formidable opponent one-on-one, he's an inept commander and gets progressively reduced to an ineffective comedic villain on account of his foolishness and arrogance. Mostly all talk, he constantly brags about the secret tactics and techniques passed over through his family over the generations. He is also the older brother of the enormous knight Samson, who wears anglerfish-decorated armor and wields an enormous flail.
- 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, and all of his techniques have fancy names like "Rock-Cutting Whirlwind" or "Furious Attack Thunderclap Burst". It...doesn't work too well.
- Clingy Comedy Villain: Gets easily defeated by the heroes each time but keeps surviving like a cockroach and coming back for more, especially in the 1997 anime where his comedic role is expanded.
- Combat Pragmatist: A cowardly and villainous example who keeps a crossbow on his person for cheap shots, and isn't too proud to play dead or make a perfidious surrender.
- Dirty Coward: Prefers to attack targets who are at a disadvantage, and when the tables turn he invariably uses dirty tricks or abandons his men in order to save his life.
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: Gawks in disbelief as Casca finishes him off.
- Karmic Death: Yeah, what was all that about Casca being weaker because she's a woman?
- 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.
- Ranged Emergency Weapon: While he mainly uses his trident, he keeps a crossbow handy for cheap shots. Ironically he does more damage to Guts and Casca this way.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: He was commanded by General Boscone to stay in the castle during the Battle of Doldrey so he wouldn't screw anything up anymore than he already did. However, Adon's capacity for failure made even that a fiasco.
- Running Gag: His bragging about the various "secret" battle techniques that have been passed down to him through the Corbowitz family, in increments that keep getting bigger from 140 to 200, 700, and eventually 1,000 years. And how none of them actually do him any good.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Constantly tells Casca that women are unfit for battle. She eventually shows him up.
- Straw Misogynist: Always brings up Casca's sex as a reason why she shouldn't be involved in battle at all.
- I Surrender, Suckers: While fighting Casca inside the castle and finding himself outmatched, he suddenly kneels in front of Casca and begs to be spared. Casca and even Adon's own men are scandalized at this pathetic display, but it distracts Casca enough for him to shoot her with a poisoned crossbow bolt that will quickly paralyze her.
- Talking Is a Free Action: He acts as if this is true, but it bites him in the butt 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, as 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 elaborately embossed shark-themed armor. Ultimately subverted, as 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: He successfully escaped death in situations that he blatantly got himself and his men into, usually by playing dead.
- Weapon of Choice: As stated above, a trident that harmonizes with his knight division's whale/shark theme.
- We Have Reserves: Sends wave after after wave of mercenaries (numbering about a hundred in total) on Guts. There are no survivors except Adon himself.
Voiced by: Ikuya Sawaki (Japanese, TV series), Takayuki Sugo (Japanese, movies), Richard Springle (English)
"I haven't the time to deal with the Governor's petty, vulgar tastes. I am no more than a man of arms, and my mission is simply to defeat the enemy!!"The highest ranking general in Tudor, and commander of the empire’s most powerful army, the Purple Rhino Knights, Boscone is both an expert battlefield commander and a One-Man Army in his own right. He leads the defense force at Doldrey, and is one of several reasons why the fortress remains impregnable. He is first seen confronting Adon about the fiasco in which he lost a hundred men to Guts, displaying his intolerance of irresponsibility and cowardice. Placed under the authority of Lord Gennon, Boscone treats the Governor with polite deference but is privately disgusted by Gennon's sexual tastes and frustrated by his master's ill-advised interference with strategy. He wonders what kind of connection Griffith must have had with Gennon for him to be ordered to take Griffith alive, but he dismisses this and resolves that whether the Hawks' commander lives or dies will be decided by chance.During the Battle of Doldrey, Boscone suspects from the start that Griffith is up to something. Noting that even a complete amateur wouldn't make the mistake of attacking with such a small number of troops on terrain where they can't retreat, and what's more divide his already small force in two with the leader at the front, he cannot understand what Griffith is planning but intends to meet such foolishness with force. When Guts appears cutting his men left and right, with the Hawks surprisingly forcing the Purple Rhinos back, Boscone figures that Griffith's strategy must be to take out the enemy leader with one push and rallies his men for a counter-charge. No sooner has he done this, then Griffith orders the Hawks to retreat. He is perplexed that such a renowned opponent would put up such a poor fight, and hesitates to pursue out of caution, but his subordinate's impatience and Gennon's personal intervention forces him to give chase. In the meantime, Casca's cavalry rushes in the undefended entrance of the castle and fights the defenders inside. Boscone confonts Guts in a climactic duel in which he manages to unhorse the Hundred Man Slayer and sunder his weapon, but just as Boscone is about to give the finishing blow, Nosferatu Zodd throws Guts a giant sword out of the blue with which Guts decapitates Boscone and his horse in one stroke. Without their general, and seeing that the castle has been taken, the Tudor forces scatter and are driven from the field.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He’s the most skilled and esteemed general in Tudor, and is easily a match for Guts!
- Bald of Evil: His shiny pate signifies that, while not pointlessly evil, he is a big scary person on the bad guy team.
- Consummate Professional: He believes that a soldier should never let personal feelings impede their duties, and refuses to let Adon's irresponsible actions go unpunished. He is also frustrated with Gennon's tendency to let his own private whims dictate strategy.
- Cool Helmet: His elaborate helmet is shaped like a cross between a rhinoceros and a triceratops.
- Da Chief: He revokes Adon's command privileges and reassigns him to the Garrison as punishment for his recklessness.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: When Guts beheads Boscone, Tudor's soldiers gawk in disbelief that the undefeated Boscone met his end. Afterwards, Guts is hailed as a hero for defeating Tudor's strongest general.
- The Dragon: Gennon is the Big Bad, and Boscone his second-in-command. In order to topple Gennon, the heroes have to defeat Boscone first.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Everyone knows that Boscone is the most formidable fighter and tactician in Doldrey, while Lord Gennon is clearly out of his depth. Even though he has no choice but to acquiesce when Gennon takes over personal command of the battle, it is his death that crushes the morale of the army and wins the battle for the Hawks.
- The Dreaded: The whole Midland army fears him as an unbeatable opponent, and even Guts gets scared while fighting him.
- Establishing Character Moment: When we first see him, he calls Adon a disgrace for getting one hundred mercenaries and his own brother killed in pursuit of a personal grudge and coming back alone. He practically scares the pants off Adon with his axe and angrily reassigns him to Antarctica before apologizing to Gennon for making a scene. This establishes that he is both a scary guy and a consummate professional devoted to honor and discipline.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While he doesn't have a problem following Gennon's orders, he is privately disgusted by Gennon's pederasty.
- Four-Star Badass: He is both the highest ranking general and one of Tudor's strongest warriors.
- Genius Bruiser: Colossal and mighty, he is also Tudor's military mastermind.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: His loyalty to his country and his duty is what motivates him, and he merely obeys Gennon because despite his incompetence he still represents that authority.
- Off with His Head!: Guts spectacularly decapitates both Boscone and his horse in one swing.
- One-Man Army: During the Battle of Doldrey, Guts has to admit that fighting Boscone by himself feels worse than facing Adon's hundred mercs, and that there is a very real possibility that he will die this time.
- Punch Clock Villain: There doesn't appear to be any fault in his personal moral character, and he is simply fighting for his country’s interests.
- Purple Is Powerful: He and his Purple Rhino Knights are Tudor's most powerful warriors.
- Rhino Rampage: The theme of his armor and army.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is variously spelled Boscone or Boscogn.
- Spikes of Villainy: His pauldrons and couters end in points much like the horns of a rhino.
- This Is Unforgivable!: He calls Adon's behavior in the 100 man fight inexcusable, and swings down his axe as if to kill Adon before stopping short and revoking his command authority.
- Tin Tyrant: He's the chief antagonist in the battle and wears the heaviest, scariest-looking suit of armor in the Tudor forces. Justified because in a medieval battle that's what you'd expect the commander to be wearing.
- Weapon of Choice: A long-hafted berdiche, with which he is capable of cutting men in half.
- Worthy Opponent: When he encounters Guts on the battlefield he is forced to admit that the rumors of his prowess might not have been far from the truth, and recognizes that he will be a worthy challenge.
"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. In his human form he is an overweight, bearded, turban-wearing ruler whose mustache conceals an unusually wide mouth full of fangs. 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 that the Godhand would be forced to confront him.Helped by his legions of Mooks, he has already personally fought Zodd and Guts in his Apostle form of a towering cloud of 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 in a massive Final Battle, which results in his demise as he opens the breach that fuses the Astral and Natural worlds.
- Adipose Rex
- 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: His evil beard is nothing to sneeze at.
- The Caligula: He is pointlessly cruel, doing things such as feeding prisoners to crocodiles, and is prone to violent moods that make it dangerous for his subordinates to be around him. It's downplayed in that he conducts his Empire's wars ruthlessly but effectively, but even this qualifier goes out the window when he turns into Shiva and stomps on his own army.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: Wants to Take Over the World, and will use any means, however awful, to this end.
- Disappears into Light: Upon being given the Coup de Grâce by Femto, he dissolves into a dazzling breach into the fabric of reality.
- Eldritch Abomination: His final form, Shiva, is a many-tentacled giant that towers over Windham and has his face endlessly reproduced on all its surfaces.
- The Emperor: A particularly nasty one at that.
- Evil Overlord: He rules his endless legions ruthlessly and cares nothing for them.
- Evil Sorcerer: He and Daiba, his elderly wizard general, 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.
- 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.
- Humanoid Abomination: Even in his most monstrous form he retains a bipedal humanoid shape.
- 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.
- 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: He is the only Apostle who stands up to Griffith and refuses his authority.
- Royally Screwed Up His backstory implies that backstabbing, madness, and paranoia run in the family. As a youth, he was The Unfavorite, and his mom tried to kill him so his half-brother would rule the Empire. In retaliation he stabbed his brother, causing her to commit suicide. His father was constantly terrified of being assassinated, and sure enough Ganishka arranged his father's accidental death riding an elephant.
- Scary Teeth: His mouth is adorned by a lovely set of shark-like teeth.
- Self-Made Orphan: After his mother tried to poison him, he murdered his brother thereby driving her to commit suicide. He went on to kill his father by having an assassin shoot a dart at the elephant he was riding, causing the animal to go wild and kill him.
- Sim Sim Salabim: Like all Kushans he is a pastiche of Indian stereotypes.
- Sorcerous Overlord: It is established that at least some of his powers are of sorcerous nature, and not just demonic abilities gained from his status as an Apostle.
- 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's military machine is based on sheer manpower, and his commanders will typically first send in the war slaves as Cannon Fodder before the regulars overwhelm the enemy with discipline and numbers. His regular soldiers are treated better than the war slaves, but ultimately he does not care about their lives at all.
- 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, causing him to forget who he is and begin crushing his own army underfoot.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Slits the throat of the assassin he hired to kill his father because dead men tell no tales.
"This system of magic differs from ours. Utterly intriguing, that is. I, Paramarisha Sen'an'i Daiba, Kushan Pishaca Gana leader, submit my own spells for the sake of ascertaining what incantations you savages can perform."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.
- Beard of Evil
- The Beast Master: Most of his magic comes from the array of creatures, both normal and spiritual, he has at his command.
- Black Eyes of Evil: He has these very weird, almost completely pitch black eyes.
- Black Mage
- Bring It: Performs this gesture to Guts and his companions, urging them to throw everything they've got at him so he can judge how strong they are.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns in Falconia arc, and is seen working in horse stable.
- Call to Agriculture: He uses his animal control talents to take care of a barn in Falconia, following Ganishka's destruction. He doesn't seem to mind.
- Common Tongue: Averted. When he speaks, neither Guts nor Serpico understand his language.
- The Dragon: Ganishka's second-in command, and probably second only to Ganishka in terms of power.
- Evil Old Folks
- Evil Sorcerer: He controls magic of a forbidden and unholy nature, and is a very serious antagonist for the heroes in Vritannis.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: His first appearance depicts him breathing breathing out very thick clouds of smoke from a hookah.
- Grumpy Old Man: When he's not out using his sorcery to further any sort of war effort, he comes across as a cantankerous elder with achy joints and an annoyance towards disrespectful children.
- Odd Friendship: With Luca, who treats him like a stubborn grandfather, and Erica, who gives him a leg brace.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: After the inevitable defeat of Ganishka, he has apparently relocated in Falconia as a barnyard warden. That's quite a fall from grace indeed.
- Sim Sim Salabim: He's Kushan after all.
- Squishy Wizard: He relies entirely on his magic to fight. While he's in great physical shape considering his advanced age thanks to his practice of yoga, he wouldn't last a second against Guts or Serpico in a hand-to-hand battle.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He's still a crotchety old man, but he's hardly the remorseless Evil Sorceror he was when he faced Guts.
- Toothy Issue: He’s missing a lot of teeth.
Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura (Japanese)
"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, trying to capture Guts and Co right after the end of the mock Eclipse but got interrupted by the resurrection of Griffith and had to retreat. 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 Biseinen with long hair and is always surrounded by his grotesquely muscled bodyguards, the Tapasa.
- Agent Peacock: He uses graceful weapons such as his urumis, likes to perform and fights hand-to-hand in She-Fu style. So yeah, he appears a tad fruity... but Silat is just another proof that judging a book by its cover is a very bad idea in the Berserk-verse.
- Badass: Even if it happened pre-Eclipse, anyone who survives an encounter with Guts twice and who isn't an Apostle owns the title.
- Biseinen: A slim, long-haired, and androgynous man.
- Deadly Disc: His "war wheels" or chakram are small discs of metal sharpened on the outside, which he uses with deadly effectiveness. They also act as a Precision-Guided Boomerang and can be made to follow improbable trajectories.
- Crazy-Prepared: Judging by the variety of weapons he's carrying, Silat wants to be ready for anything.
- Exotic Weapon Supremacy: Subverted. Despite giving Guts a hard time with his weapons, he still ends up defeated albeit alive.
- Fragile Speedster: So speedy he survived Guts' sword strike by dropping his urumis, switching to his katars to block it, realizing they would break anyway and finally jumping away to dodge it. It all happened in less then a second. But tripping him is all it takes to defeat him.
- Funny Foreigner: Guts doesn't really regard Silat as anything more than foreign circus performer.
- Guyliner: He wears eyeliner despite being a male, adding to his androgynous appearance.
- Large Ham: Surprisingly enjoys dramatic effect during battles to the point that Guts calls him a "circus performer".Guts: "What are you up to?"Silat: "Your DOOM!!"
- Mask Power: Even though he can frequently be seen without it.
- Mysterious Watcher: Doesn't interfere with the course of events and clearly waits for the right moment to act.
- Razor Floss: The ability of his urumis.
- She-Fu: Rare Male Example. Yet it doesn't make him any less Badass.
- Sim Sim Salabim: The Indian stereotype tropes are strong with this one.
- Villainous Rescue: Saves Rickert from being killed by Rakshas, apparently because he wants to find out what he knows about Griffith.
- Walking Armory: Silat carries two katars, two urimis, several chakram, and has concealed blades in his shoes.
- Weapon of Choice: He has a lot of exotic and weird - but nonetheless cool - weapons that deem him a circus freak. Warriors from the Kushan empire and the Bakiraka especially are notorious for using these types of weapons.
- Weapon Twirling: He intimidatingly twirls his "war wheels" around his fingers before throwing them.
- We Wait: His default strategy is to bide his time while gathering more information.
- Wild Card: Where his loyalties lie is still pretty unclear.
The Bakiraka MercenariesA 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 accidentally 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 for letting them bring 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.
DakaThe demonic soldiers of Emperor Ganishka, created through a forbidden sorcery that Daiba has spent his whole life perfecting. This involves fusing together multiple chained-up apostles into a "demon womb" filled with amniotic fluid that acts as a kind of reincarnation vessel or artificial Behelit. Captive pregnant women are lowered into the vessel, where their unborn babies become infused with evil and tear their way out of their mother's bodies. The monstrous babies are promptly collected in cages and raised to kill. Although they are shown to be inhumanly ferocious, their actual battlefield record is surprisingly abysmal.
- Chest Burster: Once corrupted in the womb they violently burst out of the abdomen, killing their mothers in the process.
- Elite Mooks: These things are sent in when human mooks fail to slow down Locus' lancers, but they fare little better; See "Worf Effect" below.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Being monsters raised from unborn humans that were corrupted at birth.
- Horned Humanoid: Their bald heads are covered in small horns.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Daka have mouths full of bristling tusks and fangs, much like the monstrous tigers they sometimes ride.
- Weapon of Choice: The maduvu or maru, a real-life Indian weapon made of two metal-tipped horns facing in opposite directions connected by two hand grips and sometimes fitted with a shield. This appropriately complements their own horns and emphasizes their beastly nature.
- The Worf Effect: Although introduced as a step above the Empire's human soldiers, they still get mowed down in droves to show how strong Griffith's apostles and Gut's companions are while getting even fewer chances to show that they can be effective troops.
"This is why I hate kids. They don't know their place when dealin' with adults."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.
- Armed Legs: Has a knife blade concealed in his peg leg, with which he attempts to surprise Isidro during their first sword fight.
- Bad Boss: He's quick to whack, or even bite, his subordinates if they annoy him even slightly. He'll also ditch his men if the ships they're on are too damaged to keep up with his.
- Child Hater: Claims that he hates kids because they have no respect for their elders or the rules of adult society. He certainly Would Hurt a Child, and is first seen preparing to sell Kushan orphans into slavery.
- Combat Pragmatist: Uses the rocking motion of a boat to make Mule loose his footing, and twice tries to kill Isidro with concealed weapons.
- Combat Tentacles: He and his crew become them after being eaten by the Sea God.
- Dressed to Plunder: Ticks most of the boxes. All he's missing is a parrot and a hook.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Handicapped Badass: Is a surprisingly capable swordsman despite having a peg leg and using a crutch. He's even turned them into weapons!
- Humanoid Abomination: After being assimilated by the Sea God.
- I Am A Humanitarian: After being assimilated by the Sea God.
- Joke Character: After his initial defeat. Doesn't become a threat again until he is assimilated by the Sea God and even then he is still a joke.
- Large Ham
- Leg Cannon: Also has a miniature crossbow hidden in his crutch, which he uses to fight with even after he becomes a tentacle and no longer needs it to walk.
- Man Bites Man: Has a habit of biting his first mate's face when panicking.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: After losing his humanoid form.
- Mouth of Sauron: He speaks on behalf of the Sea God after he is assimilated.
- Nice Hat: A big, tricornered one.
- Pirate: Stereotypically so, as lampshaded by Sonia.
- Ghost Pirate: Of a sort after being eaten by the Sea God.
- Resistance Is Futile: After becoming a tentacle, he tends to gloat and prattle on about how the Seahorse's passengers should just give up and let the Sea God turn them into tentacles too.
- Seadog Beard: Doubles as a Beard of Evil
- Talk Like a Pirate
- We Can Rule Together: Invites Isidro to join his crew after seeing potential in him, but insults him as an inexperienced brat when he refuses.
- Worthy Opponent: He tries to treat Guts as one, but the latter isn't particularly impressed.
Sea GodA 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.
- The Assimilator: Transforms anyone it eats into a tentacle.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: It's the size of a freaking island!
- Belly of the Whale: Its stomach looks very much like that of the evil sperm whale of Pinocchio.
- Combat Tentacles: Its main form of attack. The combat tentacles of its combat tentacles have combat tentacles.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: There are eyes on its heart.
- This makes it's heart look a lot like the true form of the idea of evil
- Hive Mind: Its body houses a myriad of sea creatures that act as its immune system.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: The main body is effectively a giant mollusk with teeth. It has a "beard" of tentacles, all of which are in fact giant sea slugs. The slugs in turn spew out tentacles of their own which take the form of giant sea cucumbers, which in turn have their own lamprey-like tentacles formed from the Sea God's victims. And its innards are guarded by all manner of deep sea creatures that are under its command, if they're not a part of its body to begin with, including goblin sharks, lampreys, gulper eels, and hagfish.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family
- Sealed Evil in a Can: It was sealed within the island by the merrows and was reawakened sometime after the Layered World was merged.
- Sea Monster
- Swallowed Whole: Most of the ships it sank ended up that way so its belly looks like a shipwreck cemetary.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Its lamprey-like tentacles can take on humanoid form and retain elements of their old personalities.