Characters: Berserk Band Of The Hawk
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Band of the Hawk - Original
The original True Companions of Guts with whom he spent the whole Golden Age arc. After taking a break from their company to find out his true purpose, Guts returns to them 1 year later but finds out that the Band has almost fallen apart from losing its leader, which leads to the whole Griffith Rescue arc.With the exception of Rickert, all of the original Hawks were victims of Griffith's Transhuman Treachery, and ended up as Sacrificial Lions to the Godhand in order to fulfill Griffith's destiny. Only Guts and Casca survived the nightmare, but as mentioned above, they did not come out of it unscathed.
- Five-Man Band
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese, TV series), Yuuki Kaji (Japanese, movies), Christopher Kromer (English, TV series and movies)
"Whether it's good or bad, it's always unfortunate to wake up in the middle of a dream."The Smart Guy of the Band was a perceptive, genuinely kind guy with an unrequited crush on Casca. Yet he held no grudge towards Guts for having won Casca's affections and even helps them get together.Exceptionally good at throwing weapons, he had a very good aim and was also a notable strategist, as seen during the Griffith Rescue Arc upon the fight with the Bakirakas. He is mortally wounded protecting Casca during the Eclipse, and dies without telling her his true feelings.
- Badass: Even though he was weaker than Guts and Pippin, he was still able to hold his own pretty well at their side.
- Cassandra Truth / The Cuckoolander Was Right: Not a harsh example, but Casca was surprised when Judeau admitted that he believed in elves. And it turned out that he was right.
- Dual Wielding: His secondary weapon on the battle field are two daggers.
- Dying Declaration of Love: Subverted, (see below).
- Famous Last Words: Some of the most heartbreaking ever written. He tries to tell Casca how he feels with his last breath, but he only manages a comment on how she's crying. His last thoughts are "That's it!? Those are my last words!?" Cue bawling from readers everywhere.
- Go Out with a Smile / Peaceful in Death: Dammit, Judeau. Stop making this harder for us to watch!
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Heroic Sacrifice: To save Casca during the Eclipse
- His Quirk Lives On: The throwing knives strap that Guts wears at all time post-Eclipse is a Homage to Judeau, whom he considered a friend.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
- Knife Nut: His specialty is throwing knives.
- The Matchmaker: For Guts and Casca. In the end, he only had the two's best intentions in mind, despite his own feelings.
- Nice Guy: A Bad Ass one at that but still truly kind and generous.
- Obi-Wan Moment: Goes out less horrifically than his comrades, instead spending his last moments comforting Casca.
- Only Sane Man: He was certainly one of the most level-headed members of the original Hawks.
- He is also one of the only Hawks who keeps acting somewhat rationally during the Eclipse while everyone else is losing it.
- Romantic Runner-Up: He was secretly in love with Casca but never acted on his feelings out of respect for the reciprocated bond her and Guts had formed.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Shorter Means Smarter: He was as tall as Casca, hence shorter than most males of the original Hawks, and was incredibly perceptive and shrewd. He even guessed out Guts and Casca before any of them could actually realize they were falling for each other.
- The Smart Guy
- Taking the Bullet: Judeau protects Casca from the whiplike tentacles of a demon during the Eclipse, taking several fatal wounds but putting out one of its eyes with his last throwing knife and allowing Casca to finish it off.
- Weapon of Choice: Said throwing knives above.
Voiced by: Masuo Amada (Japanese, TV series), Takahiro Fujiwara (Japanese, movies), Jeff Ward (English, TV series), Patrick Seitz (English, Movies)The stoic, taciturn, muscle guy of the Hawk, was a former miner who used to go alongside Guts on the battlefield and wielded a war hammer or a war axe. Despite his brutish appearance, Pippin was actually quite smart and only spoke up to say something important.During the Eclipse, Pippin sacrifices himself so Judeau can attempt to get Casca to safety, and is slowly but surely overwhelmed by the Apostles he's fighting. Guts later finds his eviscerated corpse still standing upright, before it's torn in half and eaten by the Count.
- Ambiguously Brown: His ethnicity is never mentioned but he's probably a mulatto.
- Badass: When one is strong enough to wield a giant war hammer and crush skulls without blinking, one owns the title.
- The Big Guy: Taller, bigger and more massively built than Guts himself!
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He was the tallest, biggest and strongest member of the original Hawks, perhaps even stronger than Guts himself. He was the first named Hawk seen dying.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: With Rickert.
- Black Dude Dies First: He's the first named character to die during the Eclipse.
- Died Standing Up: Though it is somewhat unclear whether the Count just stood his body up to lure in the delirious Guts.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Genius Bruiser: He tended to be much smarter than one would give him credit for.
- Gentle Giant: He only used violence on the battlefield, and was pretty soft-spoken and patient otherwise.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: After getting his entrails sucked out by the various apostles who overwhelmed him, he was torn in half and eaten by the Count.
- Mighty Glacier: A good example of this.
- The Quiet One: Never a man of many words, Pippin spoke only when necessary.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Scary Black Man: Subverted - he's a hulking, muscular black guy, but he's really a cool-headed nice guy.
- The Stoic: He was hardly ever shown smiling or mad.
- Stout Strength: Subverted. He may look fat but he's just solid.
- Weapon of Choice: A big 'ol battle axe.
Voiced by: Tomohiro Nishimura (Japanese, TV series), Yoshiro Matsumoto (Japanese, movies), Marc Sebastian (English, TV series), Doug Erholtz (English, movies)
"You have nothing special! You can never be like Griffith!"A Jerkass with an inflated opinion of himself, Corkus was the leader of a band of thieves before joining the Band of the Hawk. He and his friends attacked Guts in order to rob him of the reward for defeating Bazuso, but Guts made short work of them and Corkus would have died if not for Casca and Griffith's intervention. Afterwards, Casca prevents him and his accomplices from trying to kill Guts out of revenge while Guts was recovering from his wounds, but Corkus keeps his hatred of Guts and never accepts him as a real member of the Band of the Hawk. He often provides a counterpoint to Rickert's innocence with his cynical comments. Despite his abrasive personality he is one of the Hawks' commanders. During the Eclipse he convinces himself that his time with the Band of the Hawk must have been a dream because it was too good to be true, and that the Eclipse itself is just a bad dream as well. In his last moments he encounters the Unnamed Female Apostle disguised as a beautiful naked woman and, embracing her, is eaten alive.
- All Just a Dream: During the Eclipse he decides that not only the Eclipse itself but his entire time with the Hawks must have been a dream, because it was too good to be true. Can't say we blame the guy.
- Bad Ass: Whatever else he is he's still a commander of the Band of the Hawk.
- Bullying a Dragon: The first time he saw Guts, he tried to kill him after witnessing his kill of a massive warrior. Since then, he kept provoking Guts, who was shown lots of times as far stronger than him.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He was the leader of a group of bandits until Griffith defeated and recruited him. He is one of Griffith's most loyal and outspoken supporters afterward.
- Death by Sex: He dies in the Unnamed Female Apostle's embrace.
- Glory Seeker: Attached himself to Griffith to improve his station because he couldn't make it on his own. He is extremely pleased when the crowd cheers for him in the victory parade after Doldrey.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He can't stand the fact that Guts is willing to give up opportunities that Corkus himself would kill for.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Never passes up a chance to draw attention to himself, but at the mention of having an actual dream, his mouth falls shut.
- Jerkass: Deliberately obnoxious and offensive to everyone, especially to Guts.
- Pet the Dog: After the Hawks were outlawed and hunted, he didn't leave with the other deserters when he could have.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Smug Snake
- The Sneaky Guy: His disloyal, underhanded ways as well as his rather questionable moral compass make him one of these.
- True Companions: His hatred for Guts began when Guts killed one of his comrades (in a confrontation that he provoked).
- Yes-Man: He failed in his dream so he decided to attach himself to Griffith to improve his station in life.
Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (Japanese, TV series), Minako Kotobuki (Japanese, movies), Michelle Newman (English, TV series and movies)
"The Band of the Hawk is your family! Why would you want to leave?"The youngest one of the group, is often seen with Pippin. He is the only one not to be involved in the Eclipse since he wasn't with the Hawks when it all went down and is taken to Godo's place by the Skull Knight along with Guts and Casca. He then cares for Casca with Godo's daughter, Erica, while Guts sets off to exact revenge on the Apostles.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: On Griffith of all people, in front of all his cronies!
- Big Guy, Little Guy: He was often seen hanging out with Pippin who was easily 3 times his size.
- Bishōnen: What he evolves into when Guts comes back with Casca after the Conviction Arc.
- The Blacksmith: A little while after being taken to Godo's place by the Skull Knight with Guts and Casca, he learns blacksmithing from Godo and helps Guts by putting together his new armor and his Arm Cannon
- Cheerful Child
- Child Soldier: By far the youngest member of the Hawks.
- Defector from Decadence: As Griffith offers him to join his utopia, Rickert remembers what he did in memory of his former comrades. He dismisses his proposal and walks away with a simple "Farewell", but not before giving Griffith a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: See Armor-Piercing Slap. He has the distinct honor of being the first person to ever strike a physical blow on the reincarnated Griffith and tells him off in the process.
- Due to the Dead: We eventually learn that he was the one to build the Hawk's memorial in honour of his former comrades who died in the Eclipse.
- Gadgeteer Genius: About as much as one can get in a Medieval setting. He was able to fashion a prosthetic arm for Guts using spare parts he found around Godo's workshop. An arm that also doubled as an Arm Cannon and which could be used to mount a Repeating Crossbow. He later fashioned a larger version of the crossbow that could be mounted on the back of a horse-drawn cart. This in a world where the only other crossbows are large unwieldy crank-powered ones and small, underpowered hand crossbows that take too long to reload to be good for more than one shot.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Promotion to Parent: Since Godo fell ill and eventually died, he's taken it upon himself to raise Erica.
- Put on a Bus: Went his own path with Erica to a yet unknown fate after Guts and Casca set out.
- The Bus Came Back: Returned early in the Fantasia arc alongside Erica where they've finally encountered the new Band of the Hawk.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The rare noble version. When he gets to meet Griffith for the first time after the instatement of Falconia, Griffith offers him to join again. And even though Rickert recognizes the tremendous powers of Neo-Griffith, he remembers that he was the one to forge the countless swords of the Hawks' memorial and that, even though he's nowhere near as Badass as Guts, he just won't kneel in front of the man who betrayed and murdered the former Band of the Hawk. In answer, Rickert bitchslaps Griffith across the face in front of everyone present and shows him that his former insignia isn't the same as that of Neo-Griffith, thus Neo-Griffith isn't his commander. Rickert then walks away calmly, dismissing Griffith altogether.
- Sole Survivor: Due to not being involved in the Eclipse but also thanks to the Skull Knight's intervention at the wounded Hawks' camp who prevented the Count and Rosine from killing him along with his buddies.
- Tagalong Kid
- Weapon of Choice: Little guy could wield a crossbow pretty good.
- Why Did It Have To Be Elves?: Since his encounter with Rosine, Rickert developed a bit of a phobia towards Elves. Puck, of all things, can make him uneasy.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: The most optimistic of the Hawks, almost taken to an annoying level since he sees the Hawks as more of a family unit than a company of Hired Guns. Even after seeing half of his comrades get eaten, being told that the rest had died, seeing Casca insane, and seeing Guts take a dark shift in character, he still remained hopeful that Griffith would return and didn't really think to pressure Guts for the truth of what really happened for everything to come to that because he was too scared to ask.
Voiced by: Masato Kawanakako (Japanese, TV series), Kazuki Yao (Japanese, movies), Sean Schemmel (English, TV series and movies)
"It doesn't feel real, does it? Like we're in someone else's dream..."An average guy who joined the Hawks so he could live the life he wanted afterwards and open his own shop. He had a fiancée back in Wyndham but she eventually left him, and he ended up with nowhere to go other than helping Griffith fulfilling his dream.Loyal to Guts before anybody else, he is the last Hawk shown to die during the Eclipse, his head exploding in Guts' arms from the pressure of a parasite demon.
- All Just a Dream: Like anybody else, he has a hard time to really believe what is happening to him and his buddies.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Guts', upon telling him about what happened to the rest of the Raid Party.
- The Everyman: Dude just wanted to open a clothes shop with what he would have collected with the Hawks...
- Hidden Depths: Gaston was hoping to save up his wartime earnings to open up a clothing shop.
- Number Two: To Guts.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Satellite Character: Mostly a background character but he shows up consistently.
- Undying Loyalty: Completely devoted to Guts, even before Griffith, and would have preferred to follow him if the band were to fall apart.
- Your Head A Splode: What ultimately happens to him during the Eclipse.
Griffith's New Band of the Hawk
The new Band of the Hawk is a force of humans much like the first one, but led by greater Apostles that all gathered around Griffith and consider him as their leader. As said above, said Apostles appear much less monstrous than their weaker peers. Not much is known about their respective back stories so far.Tropes that Griffith's New Band of the Hawk's members have in common:
- Bishonen Line: The appearance of their apostle forms falls into the "awesomely badass" category, rather than the "freaky hideous Eldritch Abomination" category to which many apostles belong, demonstrating their great power.
- Four-Star Badass: Each of the Apostles is seen leading a contingent of similar Apostles — Irvine has a squad of archers, Grunbeld commands a bunch of armored giants, Locus leads the cavalry, and Zodd heads a number of equally savage warriors. Only Raksas doesn't (though whether he is even an apostle or not is up in the air).
- Humanoid Abomination: All of them are Apostles aside from Griffith, who is a Godhand, Raksas (who is just plain wrong), and Mule, who is the Token Human of the group.
- Likable Villains: All of them have some likeable qualities to their personalities - even Zodd. Debate is up for Raksas, though.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Aside from Raksas (who doesn't seem to be either human or apostle), the human and apostle members of the New Band of the Hawk seem to be the former ones' counterparts:
- Zodd is Guts, both of them are fiercely loyal to Griffith and live mostly for the battle, as well as having lost a part of them in battle (horn for Zodd, arm and eye for Guts). His reason for joining the band of Hawk is much like Guts as well, because he was defeated by Griffith.
- Grunbeld is Pippin, being the tallest one, wielding a war hammer, and unappreciative of unnecessary violence.
- Sonia is Casca, infatuated with Griffith and the only female of note, except she's more harmonic and not an Action Girl.
- Locus is Corkus, noble, chivalrous and daring in battle, he thus could be a reversed counterpart of Corkus (or an idealized version of what Corkus wished he could be like), as it would also be suggested by the inversion of the first syllable ("l" and "r" being the same in Japanese)
- Mule is Rickert, a naive kid who has no clue about who he's actually serving. At the same time his outfit resembles Casca's, with a feathered burgonet helmet, half-armor, a short cape, and knee-high boots.
- Irvine is Judeau, with his calm demeanor and his affinity for ranged weapons, playing the lute, and his close bond with the female member of the band, Sonia.
- Villainy Discretion Shot: All of the apostles who head Griffith's neo-Hawks seem decent enough, some even noble, but they are still apostles, meaning that they must have crossed the Moral Event Horizon at some point in order to get to that point...
- Visionary Villains: Likewise, they all think that Griffith is going to make the world a better place and are behind him 100%.
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (Japanese, TV series), Kenta Miyake (Japanese, movies), J. David Brimmer (English, TV series and movies), Peter Lurie (English, Sword of the Berserk)
"If this man is a true friend to you, be prepared! For when this man's dreams come crashing down, you shall meet your death! A death that you shall not escape!"A centuries-old Blood Knight, Nosferatu Zodd (his full name) is a hulking and humanoid feline giant of tremendous strength. He is the first Apostle that Guts meets in the timeline and Zodd almost kills him along with Griffith until he realizes Griffith wears the Crimson Behelit. Upon flying away, he predicts the Hawks' unfortunate fate. His Apostle form is that of an enormous black humanoid tiger-like beast with horns and wings.After the Eclipse, he is defeated by Griffith, losing one of his horns, and out of respect for Griffith's strength he joins the new Band of the Hawk as a demon commander. Extremely fond of battles and bloodshed, he seems to have a strange form of respect for Guts and considers him a Worthy Opponent, who only he should defeat. Not to mention that both cooperated once upon battling Ganishka after the great fight in Vritanis. His strange relationship with Guts was lampshaded by Sonia a little before he sets off for Vritanis.
- Animal Motifs: The lion, in normal form.
- Appendage Assimilation: Did somebody chop off your arm, Zodd? Well, no worry, because you can just reattach it! Not before smacking the shit out of the person who severed your arm - WITH said arm - in the first place though! It's all good.
- A Load of Bull/Panthera Awesome: His apostle form resembles a bat-winged, furred Minotaur with a lion's face.
- Always a Bigger Fish: To Wyald, whom he dwarves and kills in a single move.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: The name of a vampire and an alien conquerer. Not bad.
- Badass: He fights equally with GUTS himself. Actually, it's more like Guts fights equally with HIM.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: in Apostle form.
- Berserk Button: His sense of honor lends itself to furious reactions when a fight is interrupted or fought unfairly, to the point of using the This Is Unforgivable! line when this happens (which is very strong in Japanese culture). This even extends to fights he doesn't directly participate in, such as Guts' duel with the general of the Purple Rhinos: noticing Guts was unarmed, he tossed him a sword.
- BFS: His sword is bigger than Guts' first zweihander was.
- Big Red Devil: In his apostle form, which is a change from his Eldritch Abomination brethren.
- Blood Knight: He loves fighting and killing above all else, and it is most likely this that has made him seek immortality as an apostle. This trait also gives him a sense of honor, as he respects strong opponents and gets very angry if a duel is interfered with (see Berserk Button above).
- The Dragon: To Griffith post-Eclipse.
- The Dreaded: He never made his existence a secret and is quite notorious.
- Enemy Mine: How him and Guts defeated Ganishka in Vritannis. And it was awesome. He also indirectly helped Guts beat the commander of he Purple Rhino Knights.
- Evil Counterpart: To Guts, so much so that he's probably what Guts would be like if he were an Apostle. Though he's not particularly evil, at least in comparison to most other Apostles.
- Fangs Are Evil
- Foreshadowing: Anyone who looks at him closely can see that he sports the exact same hair and ears as Guts. Guts' genetic father being the only being whose fate remains unknown, there are quite some speculations that he might be Guts' father.
- Full-Frontal Assault: The first time Guts meets him. Very hopefully tuned down with Barbie Doll Anatomy. His Apostle form lacks any clothing though.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Has large bat wings to confirm his demonic heritage.
- Hellish Pupils: Don't always show. In his humanoid form he has-
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: It is deeply satisfying to see him rip Wyald, one of the vilest antagonists in the series, into half and litter the forest with his guts.
- Lightning Bruiser: Very fast and reactive despite his massive appearance. However, his Apostle form seems to trade some of his speed for flight and even greater strength.
- Master Swordsman: Unlike a lot of Apostles Zodd is very proficient with mundane weapons, particularly swords. He is without a doubt one of the most skilled swordsmen in the series and enjoys crossing blades with those of equal skill.
- Monster Knight: The first one we meet in the series.
- Morphic Resonance: His human form has a broad, flat nose that makes his face resemble a cat's. He turns into a cat-faced demon.
- Noble Demon: He IS a bloodthirsty warrior that only lives for killing and battle, but he never engages in the sort of cruel debauchery the majority of other Apostles do (he has never been shown killing anything else than soldiers), and genuinely respects Guts and Griffith as warriors.
- Off Model: The size of his horns changes between his first appearance and the scene where he bows down to Griffith, which is noticeable in that his remaining horn has a far wider diameter than the stump of his amputated one. The angle of his horns and the shape of his teeth also tend to vary.
- One-Man Army: This is a guy who's been roaming battlefields for centuries without ever finding an equal until he met Guts.
- Pointy Ears
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To the Skull Knight and to Guts.
- Really 700 Years Old: He has known the Skull Knight for centuries. He's been an Apostle for at least three hundred years, from what he says to Guts.
- Red Baron: Known as "Zodd The Immortal".
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the anime and movies.
- Sinister Scimitar: His Weapon of Choice when he isn't in Apostle form.
- A Villain Named Zrg: Averted since Zodd is not a sci-fi villain and there isn't an "r" or a "g" in his name, but it still sounds like the typical trope. Zooooooooooooooodddd.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: It's not like he needs armor.
- Weapon of Choice: Scimitars and two-handed swords.
- Worthy Opponent: Despite his denial, Zodd deeply respects Guts and is extremely fond of fighting with him. And then there's the Skull Knight. The two of them have had this sort of dynamic going for centuries.
- He even refers to the Skull Knight as "My beloved opponent" at one point. Yes, beloved.
Voiced by: Tesshō Genda
"To warriors, the battlefield should be a holy place. Our greater desire is to die amidst blood and carnage."Towering above all the other members of the new Band, his Apostle form is that of a crystalline dragon. He desired to battle Guts after their return from the Qliphoth and is very surprised to find himself reduced to his knees when Guts puts on the Berserker Armor.He appears as a red-haired, massively built giant who wields a warhammer and a shield that doubles as a cannon similar to the one Guts has.
- Animal Motifs: The Dragon.
- Arm Cannon: Grunbeld's shield has a cannon built into it.
- Bad Ass: From his height to his fangs and his build to his fighting ability, there is virtually nothing depriving him of the title.
- Blood Knight: Same deal as Zodd and prefers battling against opponents that pose a real challenge.
- Breath Weapon: In his dragon form.
- The Brute: An immense giant, armoured in impenetrable armour, and armed with a hammer. He's a pretty archetypal example.
- Drop the Hammer: Grunbeld uses a warhammer in order to fight Guts.
- Even Evil Has Standards: At the Spirit Tree, he would question Griffith's orders, telling Guts and his fellow Apostles that it isn't honorable to attack an old woman with so many troops.
- Evil Redhead
- Famed In-Story: Renowned for single-handedly holding off three thousand soldiers for ten days during the invasion of Chuder. That and his burning red hair gave him the nickname "Sragon's blaze".
- Giant Mook: Leads a squad of Apostles who are of near equal height with himself.
- Hellish Pupils
- The Juggernaut: Oh yeah!
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Makes extensive use of his shield, as a defence, a cannon, and a blunt instrument.
- Made Of Diamond: Or more accurately, made of corundum. Both his armour, and his skin in his Apostle form are composed of this incredibly tough mineral.
- Mighty Glacier: Slow, and an enormous target, but nearly unstoppable.
- Monster Knight: Not to the same degree as Locus, but Grunbeld clearly has some standards, enjoys facing a Worthy Opponent, and generally respects the rules of warfare.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Although he's separate from the dragons as a species that we see also exist in the Berserk world.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: He is even taller than the towering Zodd, and is almost twice as tall as Guts (who is far taller than average for a human). This means Grunbeld is probably around ten to twelve feet tall, and that's without shifting into his dragon form.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In his human form.
- Scary Teeth: His mouth is full of fangs.
- Spikes of Villainy: His shoulder spikes, and the horns on his helmet.
- Weapon of Choice: A war hammer and his cannon-shield.
- Worthy Opponent: Seeks them out and dislikes taking on anyone too weak to pose a challenge.
"I'm a hunter. I'm more relaxed when I'm alone."An aloof, solitary and quiet Warrior Poet who enjoys playing the lute. He rarely speaks to anyone in the Band yet has formed a close relationship with Sonia. He uses a demonic, sentient bow in battle and is able to fire several arrows at a time.He appears as a blank-eyed, Darker and Edgier version of Robin Hood. His Apostle form is that of a shaggy, Hell Hound-like beast from the waist down while his upper body is similar to a Werewolf. He can use his hair as a weapon and lower-body beast sports two horns that he can use as a bow.
- Archer Archetype
- Beast Man: He defines himself as one, and ultimately appears as one.
- Bishōnen: As of the latest chapter, we can see why Sonia has the hots for him...
- Cold Sniper: His main role among the Neo-Hawks is this.
- The Hunter: Also defines himself as this and justifies his need for solitude because of this.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He can shoot off the enemy's ear drums, or both their eyeballs from the side of their face. From roughly a kilometre away.
- Loners Are Freaks: A strange case. He isn't seen talking to anyone in the Neo-Hawks except Sonia, but he is one of the most sympathetic Apostles shown so far, along with Rosine and the Nameless Apostle.
- Monster Knight: Played with. Aside from his Prophet Eyes, there is nothing unsettling about him in his human form. However, his Apostle form is indeed scary but, being one of the highest ranking ones, he doesn't look quite a disgusting as lower-ranking ones.
- Multishot: He has the ability to knock and loose multiple arrows at once, and have them all hit with pinpoint accuracy.
- Nerves of Steel: Invoked. His solitary, dispassionate deameanour attests to this.
- Nice Hat: Robin Hood style, with a feather in it.
- Our Werewolves Are Different
- Pet the Dog: His relationship with Sonia counts as this.
- Prophet Eyes
- The Quiet One: Aloof to everyone in the Band with the notable exception of Sonia.
- Razor Floss: His hair, while in Apostle form, seem to have this effect.
- Warrior Poet: He likes playing the lute when he is not fighting.
- Weapon of Choice: Bows and arrows.
"One day, I'll get your pretty head."The most mysterious of all the Hawks seems to have no form other than that of a swirling black phantom wearing a tribal mask. Apparently a Kushan, he is an exiled former member of the Bakiraka. He claims that he joined Griffith's army so he could take his head, and that until that time he will not allow anyone else to harm him. That's all we know at the moment — we haven't even seen his full Apostle form (or even know if he is an Apostle), unlike the rest of the Neo-Hawks.
- Bedsheet Ghost: Looks very much like this except the sheet is black and there's something truly unnerving about him.
- Cool Mask: The Bakiraka recognize him because of it.
- Enigmatic Minion: Virtually nothing is known about him.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the Rakshasa, a type of demon in Hindu mythology.
- Mysterious Watcher: For the most part, he seems content to watch things from the shadows.
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Out of Focus: The least seen of all the Neo-Hawks.
- Psycho for Hire: He is quite sadistic and there is also the fact that he joined Griffith to kill him.
- Sim Sim Salabim: Notably averted in comparison to all other Kushans.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: He just loves showing up out of nowhere.
- Wild Card: His goals and desires are pretty much unknown. In fact, he doesn't appear often enough for that.
"In this war, the physical world's trivialities will soon become meaningless. Dawn is drawing near. And a true sun will shine over us all."The Moonlight Knight is a Noble Demon with very strict principles and who firmly believes Griffith will bring about a much better world. In his human form, he appears as a dark-haired Biseinen with ten liters of testosterone and badassery. His Apostle form is that of a shining, metallic Centaur-like creature wielding a heavy lance.Also notable for being among the least mean-spirited of all Apostles thus far and usually speaks normally with humans and has never been shown to be in need of human flesh for sustenance.
- Anti-Villain: He's an Apostle, but he's also got a strict code of morals.
- Badass: His centaur form.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He is normally courteous and polite, but when Rickert slaps Griffith across the face he becomes livid and would have demanded satisfaction if not for the White Hawk's orders.
- Biseinen: Less androgynous than the usual standard but he still qualifies.
- Famed In-Story: As the Moonlight Knight Locus, he's a living legend. Anyone who grew up as a warrior's son has heard of his exploits. Interestingly, he's described as a heroic figure despite being an Apostle.
- The Fettered: Because of the above, he is also the Apostle with the strictest moral standards.
- Hellish Pupils: The only sign that betray his non-human nature in his human form, something Rickert quickly catches on.
- Knight Errant: What he was before joining Griffith.
- Knight in Shining Armor: At least in appearance.
- Knight Templar: Although he is clearly on the side of evil, he believes that all what the Neo-Hawks do is for greater good.
- The Lancer: Literally.
- Monster Knight: Also literally.
- Noble Demon: Interacts kindly with humans in general, even though he's in the service of Griffith.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: He's made of metal, for one thing.
- Spikes of Villainy: Quite ironically, since his apparent benevolence speak otherwise.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Weapon of Choice: A heavy lance.
"That night I had a dream. A dream in which a kite and an owl were playing by the moonlight."Appearing as a young, cute, blonde girl, Sonia is an Anti-Villain. Born with the gift of clairvoyance, she has a generally friendly disposition and is infatuated with Griffith. She doesn't fear the Apostles, and has even bonded with the distant Irvine. She highly resents Charlotte for being Griffith Love Interest since she considers herself the only being able to understand his true nature and feelings.She has also struck a friendly relationship with Schierke upon meeting her in Vritannis and relates to her feeling of inadequateness among humans. She doesn't fight physically but often acts as the hub of thought of all the Hawks, relaying Griffith's orders to his subordinates and giving him instant information about any situation.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Be it Griffith or Irvine, she does have a thing for morally questionable guys.
- Animal Motifs: She likes comparing people to birds: She's a kite, Griffith's a hawk, Schierke's an owl and Mule almost got his own specie as well at one point. Other than that, Midlanders are ducks and Apostles are dragons.
- Creepy Child: She seems a little too easy around Obviously Evil Apostles. At one point, she even offers to sneak a corpse to one that moments ago was considering eating her.
- Dark Chick
- Entitled to Have You: The very Rare Female Example and a strange variation at the same time. Due to being a psychic and having telepathic abilities, she believes herself the only female worthy of Griffith, hence her grudge towards Charlotte who she considers useless and stupid.
- Forehead of Doom
- Green-Eyed Monster: She is very jealous of Charlotte's relationship with Griffith.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold <-> Blondes Are Evil: Her moral neutrality and her otherworldliness make her swing between the two.
- The Ingenue: Subverted. She only looks like one but there's hardly any ounce of naïveté in her, with the exception of how she relates to Griffith whose goals and past she hardly knows. Or cares about.
- Irony/Foreshadowing: Despite believing herself superior to regular humans and thinking that she has found a soulmate in Griffith (at least until Irvine came into the picture), her helmet is shaped like a duck's bill...
- Lady and Knight: With Mule.
- Mission Control: Having no fighting skills to speak of, Sonia mostly uses her telepathy to help out in battle.
- Mystical Waif
- The Nicknamer
- Nightmare Fetishist: She is in no way even remotely unnerved by the demonic Apostles, their appetite for human flesh, or even the threatening (or lewd) intent they display to her.
- Occult Blue Eyes: She's called "Lady Sorceress" after all.
- Oracular Urchin: She often gives cryptic predictions to people she likes.
- Perky Female Minion: She is always smiling and welcoming to everyone even though she looks down on regular humans and calls them "ducks".
- The Pollyanna: Always looks on the bright side of everything and never once angers, except at the onset of the battle against Ganishka.
- Precocious Crush: On Griffth.
- Rank Up: In Falconia, she seems to have attained a very high ecclesiastic position.
- Rescue Romance: There seems to be shades of this as Irvine rescued her from a crushing blow of Ganishka.
- The Resenter: Towards Charlotte.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Same deal as Charlotte, but in an even more immature way.
- Support Party Member: Her main role in the Hawks, aside from being a Mission Control, is being Griffith's PR and spreading his influence.
- Wounded Gazelle Warcry: Charges blindly onto the battlefield to fight with Ganishka's Apostle form, despite being by far the weakest of the Neo-Hawks, and is rescued in extremis by Irvine. Turns out she did so to motivate Midland's troops to help Griffith's army defeating Ganishka.
"This isn't about royal devotion, or my honor as a noble...All of you follow me! Rescue our subjects!!"Mule is a teenage member of minor Midland nobility, whose father was lord of the small fiefdom of Lumias. Left as the last of his bloodline after his father and brothers died defending their castle against the Kushan invasion, Mule and his small force of retainers escaped and laid low. Mule was about to be destroyed along with his retainers in a brave but hopeless attack against a Kushan army of 5,000 when Griffith and his new Band of the Hawk appeared and saved them. Moved by gratitude, Mule pledged his sword to Griffith and received his knighthood on that same night. As a member of the new Band of the Hawk, Mule's main concern is the protection of the young seeress Sonia.
- Anti-Villain: He doesn't even know that he's working for the bad guys, and has nothing but heroic intentions.
- Big Damn Heroes: Mule has a tendency to attempt to pull this off to save someone else, only to find himself in over his head and need rescuing himself. At least he puts up a pretty good fight at first, and may have even bought time for the bigger heroes to arrive.
- Bishōnen: He's quite the good-looking pretty boy. When Captain Sharkrider gets him in his clutches in Vritannis, he remarks that he could sell Mule as a Sex Slave for a hefty price.
- Blue Blood: He's from a proud old noble house and comports himself as an aristocrat, but it's somewhat downplayed in that his is a minor family who didn't even have the privilege of entering the royal palace.
- Distressed Dude: He was in dire straights against a Kushan army when the new Band of the Hawk intervened, and might have fared badly against Captain Sharkrider if Isidro had not jumped back into the fray.
- Dork Knight: He's skilled, noble, good-looking, idealistic... and yet Sonia walks all over him.
- Establishing Character Moment: When we first see him he is about to attack a vastly superior Kushan army because he can't stand to see his family's honor being trampled, even though Saritus begs him to preserve his forces to fight another day. When told that there is an army resisting the Kushan rumored to be led by Griffith he seriously begins to consider it, but as soon as he sees a group of refugees being attacked by the Kushan he is determined to protect them despite overwhelming odds. This establishes that despite his devotion to the royal family and his own family honor, his subjects' lives are what's really most important to him.
- Generation Xerox: He is a clear-cut counterpart to Rickert in the Neo-Hawks and is just as clueless about Griffith's true nature.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Hero Antagonist: What he tries to be, but he's still a teenager and is quite inexperienced.
- Honor Before Reason: In his establishing character moment he is biting at the bit to attack the Kushan even though he will almost certainly be destroyed, and ultimately does so when he sees innocent lives in danger.
- I Am X, Son of Y: He introduces himself to Griffith as Mule Wolflame, son of Valagar Wolflame.
- Impoverished Patrician: Implied by his circumstances. His noble family was small and unimportant to begin with, and since his lands were occupied by the Kushan Empire he presumably has nothing except what he could carry.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- I Owe You My Life: Mule is deeply grateful to Griffith for rescuing him, and perhaps more importantly his retainers and the civilians. As a result he pledges his sword to Griffith and puts up with the duty of protecting Sonia.
- Knighting: When he kneels and offers his sword to Griffith, he receives the tap on the shoulder from the White Hawk himself. It's so awesome that when a group of Kushan assassins take aim from the bushes to shoot Griffith, Rakshas appears behind them and admonishes them not to spoil the moment.
- Knight in Shining Armor: One in training.
- Lady and Knight: His job is protecting Sonia, even though she clearly has as much contempt for him as she does other humans. At one point, she said that, if he actually took part in a battle, he could at best be a "Wild Duck".
- Last of His Kind: With the death of his father and brothers, he is the last of his noble bloodline.
- Manly Tears: When he first comes face to face with Griffith, Mule is surprised to find himself moved to tears at the sight of such a splendid hero.
- Master Swordsman: Downplayed. His fight with Captain Sharkrider demonstrates that he has good orthodox technique, but also that his lack of rough and tumble experience makes him vulnerable against a Combat Pragmatist.
- Meaningful Name: Besides being a possible Homage to the character from the Foundation novels by Isaac Asimov, he is both loyal and stubborn like a mule and tends to get metaphorically used by Sonia as a beast of burden.
- Naïve Newcomer
- Old Retainer: Saritus serves as one for Mule, having served his father before him and remained at Mule's side even in bad times. He isn't afraid to speak up and question Mule's plan, but he does it all out of loyalty.
- Princely Young Man: In training.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a scathing one to Isidro while fist-fighting with him in Vritannis, although Isidro fires some barbs in return. He also receives a short one from Captain Sharkrider during their fight on the docks, who tells him that the experience gap between them made his loss a foregone conclusion.
- Satellite Character: There isn't much use for him aside from being Sonia's bodyguard for now.
- Unwitting Pawn: Serves Griffith loyally but, unlike any other big name of the Hawks, he doesn't know his true nature.
- Weapon of Choice: Short swords.