Characters: Berserk Casca

This character page is for Casca, one of the main characters of Berserk.

For the other main characters Guts, Griffith, and Guts' Companions, go to Berserk Main Characters
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For The Kingdom of Midland, check out Berserk Kingdom Of Midland
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Casca

Voiced by: Yuko Miyamura (Japanese, TV series), Toa Yukinari (Japanese, movies), Carrie Keranen (English, TV series and movies), BJ Ward (Sword of the Berserk English)

"Forget about what you can't understand. Focus on what you can do." (Click here for her post-eclipse appearance.)

"If [Griffith's] going to sacrifice everything for his dream, if his dream is to fight and cut away his own path, then I want to be his sword."

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

The female lead of the series and one third of the Power Trio that also includes Guts and Griffith, Casca first appears as a dark-skinned, tomboyish, and extremely capable Action Girl in charge of her own platoon of soldiers. Having grown up in a poor peasant family, she originally joined the Hawks when she was twelve years old after being saved by Griffith from an Attempted Rape, which caused her to idolize Griffith as a result. A Consummate Professional as a leader and second only to Griffith at swordsmanship before Guts arrived, she is highly respected by her fellows among the Hawks and affectionately called "Big Sis".

At first Casca despises Guts and opposes his acceptance into the Band of the Hawk. She stops Corkus' attempt to murder him in his sleep, but claims that she's just following Griffith's orders and hopes he'll get himself killed in battle. Jealous that Griffith shows an immediate affection and trust toward Guts that he has never shown to anyone before—not even to her—she resents his rapid rise and claims that Guts' recklessness on the battlefield puts Griffith and all of the Hawks in danger. After three years of fighting with each other like cats and dogs, Guts and Casca finally develop respect for each other through an adventure that forces them to cooperate to survive, and from that point onward mutual attraction starts to grow between them despite her longstanding infatuation towards Griffith. As she comes to recognize the nature of her feelings toward Guts and the bond between the two men turns adversarial over Guts' intention to leave the Hawks, the relationship between the three of them grows very complicated.

Casca takes temporary command of the Hawks during Griffith's imprisonment by the King of Midland, and when Guts returns after a year's absence they officially become lovers. While they succeed in freeing Griffith, his crippled body means the Band of the Hawk is forced to disband. Faced with the prospect of having only Casca's pity and of losing Guts a second time, Griffith's despair activates the Crimson Behelit and sucks them all into the demonic feast known as the Eclipse. Casca and the rest of the Hawks are branded as a sacrifices, and after her comrades have been eaten she is brutally raped by Griffith in his first act as the God Hand's fifth member, Femto. Although she and Guts survive due to the intervention of the Skull Knight, she becomes insane and mute after her horrific ordeal and behaves like a small child, with no recollection of her surroundings or her past with Guts. She also gives birth to a Fetus Terrible, the son she and Guts would have had were it not tainted by Femto's rape, which vanishes with the daylight but subsequently reappears throughout the story. Despite all that happened to her, she still sometimes shows glimpses of her former self, especially when put in mortal danger.

After the Eclipse, she is left in the care of fellow survivor Rickert at the home of the blacksmith Godo while Guts departs on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against all Apostles and the God Hand. Returning to Godo's home two years later to find that Casca has wandered off and fallen into danger, Guts saves her from being burned as a witch during the mock Eclipse at the Tower of Punishment and vows to never leave her again. However, the strain of taking care of and protecting her by himself turns out to be too much for him, and the urging of the malevolent Beast of Darkness that grew inside him during his two year rampage leads him to nearly rape her. Fearing what he might do to her if he loses control again and recognizing that he has reached his limit, he decides to accept the help of a new group of companions to accompany them on their journey to Elfhelm, where the elf king Hanafubuku may have the power to restore Casca's mind. Farneze takes on the role of Casca's caretaker, and Casca herself becomes attached to a mysterious child who shows himself only on nights when the moon is full.


  • Action Girl: Casca in her prime was acknowledged and demonstrated to be a better fighter than most men, and throughout the Golden Age arc she performs amazing feats of gymnastics, swordplay, and horsemanship. While the loss of her sanity took away her combat prowess, her old skills sometimes show through when she's in danger.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • All of her troops call her "Big Sis" because she's such A Mother to Her Men.
    • After they become a couple, Guts sometimes referred to Casca as "boss." Aww.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Played with. Both the men she was attracted to were clearly stronger than her while she never thought of the local Nice Guy as anything more than a dear friend. But then again, it's not said men's brawn she was attracted to. It's more their morality, strength of character, determination and righteousness. The trope is then deconstructed with Griffith during the Eclipse; and then with Guts, for completely different reasons.
  • Allergic to Evil: She bears the same brand of sacrifice as Guts and reacts just the same whenever an Apostle, Godhand or any other evil-aligned entity is nearby.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Averted; before her relationship with Guts, she never pursued sex actively. She was also more nervous than Guts during Their First Time. Considering just how many guys tried to have their way with her without her consent before, it's understandable that she might not feel completely at ease with the idea of lovemaking. That doesn't make her a prude, however: see below.
  • All Women Are Prudes: Averted just as much as All Women Are Lustful. She wasn't shy to admit that she enjoyed her first time with Guts, who she's in love with, and seemed like she was getting more comfortable with their physical relationship before the Eclipse traumatized her.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She comments on how she is embarrassed to wear a revealing dress because of how unusually muscled she is for a woman, and is also shy about her muscles and scars when she and Guts make love. In both situations, Guts assures her that he likes this about her and thinks she's a true beauty.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Casca has dark brown skin and black hair, but the way she's drawn makes it hard to tell what real life ethnicity she might resemble. Some fans think she's black, some think she's Kushan (which seems to be based on Middle Eastern and South Asian peoples), and still others propose some other ethnicity or a mixture of two or more. Her race is even harder to guess in the movies where she has lighter brown skin and dark brown hair.
  • Am I Just a Toy to You?: She accuses Guts of this when he announced that he was going to leave the Hawks again after having just slept with her for the first time. Really, she was angry at both Guts *and* Griffith for taking her for granted in different ways. Guts responds by clarifying that he wants her to come with him after they rescue Griffith, because he wants to do more together with her from now on.
  • Amnesiac Lover: Ever since she was driven insane as a result of the horrible events of the Eclipse, Casca is unable to remember her past, including her relationship with Guts.
  • Apathetic Citizen: She grew up in a community that was constantly hungry and oppressed with no one to protect their rights, and before she met Griffith she was as pessimistic as the rest of them and thought that she was powerless to resist her lot in life.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: More like an armor piercing punch, though the words that followed stung Guts more than the actual physical punch.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: While she is not a powerhouse fighter and relies a lot on her flexibility and maneuvering during battle, it's implied that Casca has keen-enough knowledge on the human body and strikes for vital arteries and joints in order to either incapacitate or land a fatal blow on her enemies.
  • Attempted Rape: She NEVER catches a break from this even though she could fight off most sexual assaults.
  • Ax-Crazy: Even Casca has a bit of Ax-Crazy in her - justifiably when she is actually insane. When three bandits tried to gang rape her, Casca's response was to pick up one of their swords and slash all of their throats, covering herself in their blood in an almost sexualized display. When Guts reaches the scene, she spots her next target.
  • Badass: Not as much as Guts or Griffith, but it still takes some serious ovarian badassery to be the only woman in a troop of fight-happy mercenaries, lead one's own platoon, take direct physical action during battles and assuming command when the leader of the whole band is away. During Guts and Casca's first fight, the Hawks do note that in terms of actual swordfighting skill, Casca is second only to Griffith, and she dispatches dozens of enemy goons with her sword during the Hawks' various battles.
  • Bandaged Face: Recognizing during the Conviction Arc that "Elaine" is So Beautiful, It's a Curse, Luca disguises her as a syphilis victim by wrapping her face in bandages in order to draw male attention away from her.
  • Battle Couple: Her relationship with Guts started to grow after they foughtback to back against Adon's hundred mercenaries, and they became an official couple in volume 9. During the chapters leading up to the Eclipse they cooperated to free Griffith, facing the Midland Army, Bakiraka Assasins, and the Black Dog Knights as both lovers and comrades in arms.
  • Beautiful All Along: Guts, we'll never let you forget the goofy face you made when you noticed Casca's beauty during the victory ball. Most of the time she dresses in men's clothing and doesn't have the time to make herself look feminine, but she's a first-class beauty and it really shows when she arranges her hair and wears an elegant gown and accessories.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The usual dynamics between her and Guts pre-Eclipse.
  • Berserker Tears: Cries tears of pain and rage during her last stand against the Apostles who killed her comrades during the Eclipse.
  • Big "NO!": When Wyald brings out his...eeeeh...tongue?
  • Blank White Eyes: Casca has a badass yet disturbing scene where she has these after slaying three men who tried to gang rape her in a moment of Ax-Crazy brought on by her traumatic memories.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette to Luca's redhead and Nina's blonde during their time together.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Before the Eclipse she wears her short and acts like a tomboy. After it her hair grows long, as she is no longer the Action Girl she used to be.
  • Break the Cutie: The Eclipse, no doubt, where she's branded for sacrifice, loses everyone in the Hawks to a whole mess of demons summoned by the evil Godhand, gets stripped naked and almost tentacle raped by demons, and then gets brutally raped by her former commander turned demon king (and who, because of said newly-born demon king status, is inflicting utterly excruciating agony on her through her Brand all the while that he's doing this to her), right in front of the man she loves.
  • Broken Bird: Oh yes. Casca showed signs of this before the eclipse and will definitely become a completely broken one in the event that she regains her sanity.
  • Broken Heel: Happens a lot when she becomes a damsel. Even before that, this deconstructs her combat style as a Fragile Speedster, since one trip and Casca goes down.
  • Burn the Witch!: Narrowly escaped this during the Conviction Arc thanks to Isidro's Indy Ploy.
  • But Not Too Black: Casca is another dark-skinned character who went through this, unfortunately. The new anime's trailers show her doubtlessly lighter-skinned than the manga or even the first animated series derived from the manga. And this time, the Internet Backdraft was unanimous about this.
  • Chastity Dagger: Well, it was actually a stick, but she used it to very efficient effect on a Tudor mercenary who had her pinned down and would have raped her otherwise.
  • The Chick:
    • She is this to the Band of the Hawk only in the sense of being the sole female and dearly loved by her male teammates. She mainly serves as Griffith's Number Two, is very capable in battle and a rare case of non-flat, realistic female character.
    • Played more straight in Guts' new Five-Man Band. Due to her insanity, Casca isn't the combatant that she used to be and needs constant protection from her teammates who deeply care about her, serving as the The Heart of the team.
  • Clothing Damage: Frequently the victim of attacks that tear off parts of her clothing and armor, usually the direct result of would-be rapists trying to get her naked. Perhaps the most notable example was when Wyald stripped off her armor and tore her clothing practically to rags. While her body is indeed attractive, the context of sexual assault makes it Fan Disservice and Played for Drama.
  • Commanding Coolness: In the official translation her rank in the Band of the Hawk is Commander. "Commander Casca" has such a nice ring to it.
  • Consummate Professional: Was very much this when she was first introduced. Some of her sternness melts away after she reveals her Dark and Troubled Past but still successfully avoids going into Chickification territory.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Literally, and not funny. Seriously, you begin to believe Casca has an invisible "Rape me!"-sign glued to her forehead.
  • Covered with Scars: Though not to the degree of Guts, Casca has her share of battle scars, the most prominent being the five arrow wounds that she got when she led the Band of the Hawk away from the Midland army during her Moment Of Awesome. Although she is embarrassed to show them during her and Guts' love scene, it's implied that Guts finds them attractive.
  • Cradle of Loneliness: After Guts' departure, Casca is seen holding the broken hilt of the sword that Guts used in the Battle of Doldrey.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Post-Eclipse, she mostly acts like an infant barely aware of her surroundings. At times, however, some of her previously Badass traits briefly bubble to the surface.
  • Cry Cute: While she has a tough exterior and is something of a Tsundere, those occasions when Casca cries show her sensitive, vulnerable side. This has the effect of making her more sympathetic to both Guts and the audience, and revealing previously unknown Hidden Depths to her personality.
  • Cute Mute: As part of her status as The Ophelia. Now, she can only convey her emotions (which are really only limited to fear, anger, and happiness) through babbling and screaming like a two year old.
  • Damsel in Distress: After the Eclipse and she is reduced to the mindstead of a two year old, Casca needs constant babysitting so she won't get into trouble. Most prominent instance was when Guts had to save her from being burned at the stake as a witch in St. Albion, but usually it's from lecherous men who want to rape her.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Despite constantly putting herself in danger because of her unfortunate post-Eclipse condition, Casca still has her moments. Like when she showed her former self by killing three would-be rapists. She's still got it!
  • Deer in the Headlights: After Judeau dies protecting her Casca makes one final stand against the apostles who have surrounded her, screaming in a fit of rage with a sword in hand. However, the apostles easily break her sword, leaving Casca utterly defenseless against them as they discussed how they were planning on doing more to her than just eat her. All Casca can do at this point is stand petrified and cry as she hoped against hope that Guts would come and save her as the apostles grab and assault her.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: The beginning of the series presents Casca as a distant, always serious, aloof, even cold young woman who seems to utterly hate Guts, and only shows genuine affection toward Griffith. After she and Guts's time being stranded together and learning that they weren't so different - with the big bonus of Guts saving her life twice - Casca finally begins to warm up to Guts, which leads to her acting a bit more girlish, open, and sensitive to others (Judeau even remarks happily how Casca started acting like "a real girl" after she was stranded with Guts, since her profession really doesn't allow her to), and eventually, she falls in love with Guts.
  • Does Not Like Men: Especially so right after the Eclipse, and for obviously understandable reason. Casca reacted very badly when Guts tried to touch her after waking up, and was implied that she acted the same way toward Rickert. After the time skip, like a lot of her trauma-induced reactions, Casca tends to react violently towards men who want to have sex with her, like the unfortunate case with she and Guts at the time.
  • Dude Magnet: Casca, like Guts, has no problem with attracting members of the opposite sex (just look at her work at that ball!). However, she has this unfortunate habit of attracting the wrong sort of guy most of the time.
  • Dumb Struck: Although she survives the Eclipse, what she witnessed back then and her brutal rape at Femto's hands made her lose her ability to speak.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Casca is implied to have some of these sentiments with shades of Am I Just a Toy to You? when Guts talks about leaving the Hawks again, saying that Guts and Griffith aren't that different when it comes to their goals and dreams at the expense of her feelings and well being. Her feelings of mistreatment are pretty understandable considering that she had been suffering from major Heroic Fatigue for the last year, trying to keep the Hawks together during Guts' and Griffith's absence. She asks for very little in return, only some emotional reassurance from the two men that she holds dearest to her.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She has many squeeing fangirls in the victory parade after the battle for Doldrey.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Once had short, tomboyish hair. Now has long flowing tresses that fit her status as The Ophelia.
  • Famous Last Words: Again, Casca doesn't die during the Eclipse, but before she loses consciousness after being horrifically raped and loses her sanity and speech as a result of the trauma, she utters, "... don't watch..." to Guts. Truly heartbreaking.
  • Fan Disservice: Casca is beautiful and has an attractive figure, so it's not unnatural to appreciate her in the nude. Having said that, there are many scenes of her in a naked state where she's being assaulted or is going through emotional trauma, in which the audience is supposed to be feeling sympathy for her and horror at her predicament instead of objectifying her body.
  • Femininity Failure: Our dear Casca, proper young ladies do not use their elbows to punch their male escorts in the face, no matter how much they're gawking at you.
  • Forced to Watch: Doesn't only happen to Guts during the Eclipse, but Femto humiliates Casca to a very savage degree by turning her around to rape her from behind so that she now has to face Guts while having all of this done to her. One could argue that being forced to stare at the man she loved while being humiliated in such a cruel and dehumanizing way is what pushed Casca over her psychological threshold.
    • The fact that she was forced to watch Guts being physically tortured as well probably didn't help; by this point Guts had already lost his arm and was in the process of having his eye clawed out.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: She was this to Guts during his raging revenge years, but more of on the emotionally forgotten level.
  • Fragile Speedster: Her combat style involves speed and acrobatics to keep her out of harm's way, as she is lightly armored in cuirass and leather as opposed to Guts' and Pippin's heavier armor or Griffith's three-quarter plate.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Played with in the movie. She seems rather affectionate toward the horses. She even gut punched Guts twice for inadvertently killing her horse by chopping off its leg during their first encounter.
    • She's also seen playing with animals a lot more after she became insane.
  • From Dress to Dressing: When she catches up to Guts outside Promrose hall, where he was looking for Griffith, Casca notices his arm is wounded and borrows his dagger so she can cut a bandage out of her sleeve. Casca had acted very hostile toward Guts up to this point, making this the first indication that she's kinder than she lets on. For extra symbolism, she ties it around his upper arm, where a knight would traditionally display his lady's favor.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Casca has gotten a lot of Clothing Damage from enemies who had wanted to rape her... But it's been shown that she still won't back down given the conditions. One instance was when Guts saved Casca from Wyald after he ripped her clothes off, but she still assumed fighting position after the fact and was actually told by Guts to get out of there. Another one came when some bandits attempted to rape her and stripped her, but she killed them all single-handed.
  • Gainaxing: One time. Guess when... Another trope destroyed.
  • Gaussian Girl: Used on her briefly during she and Guts' love scene in the anime, soft romantic music and all.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: As a result of the horrible events of the Eclipse, her mind is now reduced to little more than a two-year old child's.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Used during the Eclipse in the third film. Similar to Famous Last Words in that Casca didn't die, but she manages to muster up one last smile for Guts as she tells him not to watch Femto rape her.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The main source of her hostility toward Guts at first is that she thinks he doesn't deserve Griffith's preferential treatment, especially when she never got that kind of acknowledgement even after years of loyal service. At the same time, she feels jealous toward Princess Charlotte for being the object of Griffith's wooing. In the first case, she stops resenting Guts after the hundred man fight. Regarding the second, she acknowledges and feels bad about her jealousy after getting to know Charlotte better, saying that it's hard to hate someone who's so kind and considerate toward her.
  • Hair Decorations: She looked so purty with that flower-headband in her hair at Griffith's gala.
  • The Heart: In Guts' new Five-Man Band, Casca is the one that everyone in the group is willing to protect. The whole reason why Guts formed the group in the first place was so he could have more people to watch over her and to get her safely to Elfheim.
  • Heroic Fatigue: A year's worth of evading capture and trying to keep the Hawks alive while also coming to terms with the fact that she had no place by Griffith's side began to eat away at Casca's sense of self-worth, and she almost attempted suicide because of it.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Casca is perfectly capable of commanding an army by herself. She has proven it time and time again. But due to seeing herself as Never a Self-Made Woman, she has essentially zero self-esteem. And she doesn't even realize it...
  • Hero's Muse: If we looked at this from a Joseph Campbell perspective, Casca is this to Guts, as she is the one that he loves the most and is the drive of his adventure. Due to the nature of her predicament, he can't be with her until he has completed his current quest (getting to Elfheim to find a cure to a her insanity), but she is at his side throughout his journey. And although they might not have the best relationship right now, Casca's presence serves as a reminder to Guts of what he has to gain if he completes his quest and what he doesn't want to lose.
  • Hero-Worshipper: According to Judeau, she took Griffith's word as gospel and was prepared to sacrifice her life for his dream. To this very day she is picking crow out of her teeth.
  • How to Become a Love Interest: Walks religiously that path to completion. Let's review how Guts and her interact: Undisclosed gender first impression? Check. Awkward nude moments? Double check. Volleying Insults? Check. Belligerent Sexual Tension? Oh yeah! Rescue Romance-like moments? Sure! Revelation of actual beauty? Guts still can't get over it. Bridal Carry treatment after being injured in a fight? Sure! Difficulty to admit mutual feelings? Exactly. Symbolic swordfight to convey said feelings to one another? You bet!
  • Hysterical Woman: More justified/deconstructions on part of her Go Mad from the Revelation. When you really look at it, the trauma that Casca sustained has reduced her to even less than a child-like state. Casca has no logical drive and relies mainly on her instincts to protect her. Sometimes, when things get really bad, she'll have flashbacks of the Eclipse, and it can go in either direction. Sadly, some fans and characters (like Farnese) hold her current behavior around Guts against her without fully understanding her situation.
  • I Can't Dance: During the ball, Guts makes the suggestion that Casca ask Griffith to dance with her, but she shyly declines, insisting that she would step on his feet. Averted in the new movie, where they share a beautifully-animated dance scene.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: At the end of volume 9, Casca resolved within herself that her purpose was to love Guts and to be within his heart, and that he too would love her in return. Excuse me - I think I have something in my eye.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Played for Fan Disservice during the Eclipse, where it's unclear whether she's crying out from this or in pain.
    • Played more fair during her love scene with Guts, when it's made clear she was experiencing intense pleasure.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: At first glance thigh-high leather boots don't seem too inconvenient to wear... 'cept when you actually want to run away from your enemies or do cool flips and stuff. Basically, they're mostly there to make Casca look good. However, such boots were indeed used back in the days, especially for horseriding.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Deconstructed. Casca's post-Eclipse behavior has become an issue for Guts, who is still sexually attracted to Casca and he really wants her emotional and physical love. Guts has had to restrain himself whenever he saw Casca partially or entirely nude. But one time, it went too far.
  • The Insomniac: Another deconstructed trope used to tell us just how severe her trauma was after the Eclipse. Casca showed some signs of sleep deprivation after the Eclipse, namely the dark bags under her eyes. Even two years later, Erika remarked that Casca had trouble sleeping (though her confinement could have also played a role) and that was why she took Casca out of the elf mine in the first place. This is the realistic insomniac example, since many rape survivors have trouble sleeping after their attack.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Believing herself to be of no use to the Hawks any longer, Casca tried to end it all by taking a step off of a cliff. Guts was there to save her, though.
  • Intimate Healing: Casca was forced by Griffith to lay with Guts for two days after he fell ill, which leads to a great deal of resentment on her part for much of the series.
  • I Owe You My Life: Explains Casca's radical commitment to Griffith, since he saved her from a life of servitude and prostitution and gave her a new one, transforming her into a woman who could fend for herself and didn't need a man to define her. Well, initially.
  • Lady of War: A downplayed case before the Eclipse, being a Tomboy with a Girly Streak. She acts tough, has short hair, and wears male clothing, but she also uses a lighter sword and armor with subtle touches of femininity in their design, enabling her to fight more gracefully than her male comrades using nimble flips and somersaults.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: She didn't even think about the possibility of getting knocked up when she had sex with Guts just once. The pregnancy was not coincidental at all and influenced the fate of the universe.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: She and Guts begin acting like this toward one another throughout the Griffith rescue operation.
  • Little "No": She tries to scream a Big "NO!" during the Eclipse, but by then she no longer has enough strength in her to raise the volume above a soft whimpering.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She becomes this to Guts after he told her of his traumatic childhood. She becomes Guts' full-blown Morality Chain post-Eclipse. She had shades of this when it came to her relationship with Griffith as well.
  • Living MacGuffin: Hard to believe that Casca was this in the Retribution arc. Throughout the entire storyline, Guts is running all over the place trying to rescue her, but each time he almost reaches her, she either wanders off or somebody takes her. Guts is finally reunited with Casca at the end of the arc.
  • The Lost Lenore: She is this to Guts big time. Casca did not die but was "lost" via a brutal Stuffed into the Fridge scenario that ended with her being psychologically gone, unable to remember Guts or have an actual loving relationship with him. Though Casca serves as Guts' primary source of anguish and vengeance, she is also his one sign of hope since Guts' central drive in the story since the Retribution Arc has been to protect Casca and find a cure for her insanity.
  • Love Epiphany: She realized that she was in love with Guts after he left the Band of the Hawk, but still didn't want to accept her feelings due to her pride as a soldier under Griffith.
  • Luminescent Blush: When she and Guts have a Relationship Upgrade after their encounter with Adon, she gets these more and more around Guts... They reach their full luminance in volumes 9 and 10, if you know what I mean.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: For her own safety, Casca is locked in a mine that was once inhabited by elves in order to protect her from those who want to harm her while Guts is off seeking Revenge.
  • Male Gaze: Many, many panels seem to be focused on Casca's backside, clothed or bare. Like you haven't noticed.
  • Mama Bear: Although her insanity causes her to act like a child herself, Casca does act fiercely protective of the Child, first acting out against his own father when Guts tried to off him.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: As mentioned in her backstory, Casca was the youngest of six siblings. Her family upbringing actually serves as a deconstruction for a couple of reason. From an economic standpoint, her childhood wasn't really great, since her family lived in poverty and neighboring villagers often died of starvation due to her province's bouts of famine. Casca herself said that it was surprising that no one in her family died of starvation, but it begs to question how long her parents could have continued to feed their brood. Being the youngest child - and also a girl - this most likely prompted her parents to sell her to a passing nobleman as a "servant". All of this could have interplayed into her feelings of self-worth later on.
  • Master Swordswoman: Except for Guts and Griffith, Casca is the best fencer in the Band of the Hawk. Her sword technique is made even deadlier by her impressive speed and acrobatic prowess.
  • Maternally Challenged: Averted. Given her current state AND the fact that she probably never had to take care of kids in her pre-Eclipse life, Casca carries herself very well when taking care of the Child. She even mimics Farnese's feeding routine in order to feed the little boy.
  • Meaningful Name: Casca means "shell" in Portuguese, either referencing how she shelled her fragile side away behind an icy persona, how she might have purposefully hid her true self after the trauma she sustained from the Eclipse, or generally how her present form is but a hollow shell of her former self.
  • Messy Hair: Casca's long locks are often disheveled - since she can't exactly take care of it herself - but it only adds to her post-Eclipse beauty.
  • The Modest Orgasm: In the third film Casca sheds tears when she and Guts climax. She's much more modest than Charlotte was in the previous film.
    • That's only in the Japanese dub, to be honest. In the English dub, Casca is much more vocal in that you can actually hear her sigh in pleasure with Guts when they climax, which serves to make the scene a lot more emotional, though still keeping it on a toned-down level when compared to Charlotte.
  • Morality Chain: What she is to Guts, especially when it comes to fighting off his Super-Powered Evil Side.
  • A Mother to Her Men: Plays this straight after she became the head of the Hawks after Griffith's arrest. Her main goal was keeping the Hawks alive and to save Griffith from prison.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Casca is the most prominent attractive female character throughout the Golden Age Arc, and continues to be to a large extent afterwards. Although sensibly dressed, her outfit with tall boots does show off her legs, and through various situations and contrivances she is depicted naked a lot. Granted, a lot of those are rape attempts played for Fan Disservice, but the same cannot be said for her love scene with Guts or the more playful scenes of her bathing with Farnese in later chapters.
  • Muscle Angst: Too much muscle scenario. Casca was embarrassed by the gown that she was wearing at Griffith's gala and was afraid that she was seen as unattractive because of her muscle gain. However, seeing the reaction of the many guys present at the ball - especially Guts himself - this was definitely NOT true.
  • Neutral Female: Justified and played for drama at the end of volume 8, when Casca tries to intervene between the impending fight between Guts and Griffith, but Judeau and Pippin pull her away, telling her that this is something that the two men have to settle as mercenaries.
    • In fact, this trope was played when the three of them meet together for the second time, but Casca was much more willing to let them settle the score (she was rooting for Griffith back then). It's anything but ironic.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Lampshaded by Casca herself. She got where she is now because she met Griffith and was loved by Guts. Without either of them, her life is purposeless and she is nothing by herself, something she acknowledges during her heart-to-heart with Guts after he comes back from his time out.
    • And yet it is also averted, because after Griffith got imprisoned and Guts left she lead and kept the Band of the Hawk completely on her own and was uninamously accepted as the rightful leader. Neither men helped one bit in this. If she doesn't have Griffith's leadership skills or Guts' inhuman battle progress she won several victories for the Hawks on the Golden Age arc. If anything she was Overshadowed by Awesome at that point, and she still had her merits. How capable she was only works for making her state post-Eclipse sadder.
  • Nominal Hero: Well...regarding the countless atrocities not related to the Hawks during Pre-Eclipse. No different from the rest of the cast, though, of course...
  • No Periods, Period: Subverted. She once tried to fight during her period and had a very hard time keeping it up because of this and a developing fever.
  • Number Two: Second only to Griffith in the Band of the Hawk's ranks, at least before Guts arrived and gained similar status, she continued to be the main executive officer in the chain of command and took over leadership when Griffith got arrested.
  • Official Couple: Casca and Guts are the most prominent characters in a romantic relationship, and their star-crossed love is at the center of the story.
  • Older Than She Looks: Around the same age as Guts, though after the Eclipse and she regresses to the behavior of a child, Casca does appear much younger, especially with the hairdo. Guts himself has become increasingly younger than he looks through the stress of protecting her, so the difference has become more pronounced.
  • Onee-sama: Her subordinates all call her "Big Sis", or at least that's how it's officially translated.
    • It's actually a Shout-Out to typical Samurai speech since Onee-sama or nee-sama is the title used to refer to a female Samurai leader, as opposed to nee-san which is the title that refers to a Samurai lord's consort.
  • One of the Boys: Was mostly treated as such amongst the original Hawks.
  • The Ophelia: After the Eclipse, she has become a disheveled beauty but can only blabber incoherently or scream when she wants to express herself.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Casca has top-notch swordplay, tactical skills, and is an inspiring leader, with or without the two leading men being present. Alas, her swordplay and charisma are still overshadowed by Guts' and Griffith's. Sadly, she seems to be overshadowed in some circles of the fanbase as well despite her character growth and development, while other fans believe that she won't be able to catch up to either of Guts or Griffith now that they're both basically superhumans and she's been on "hiatus" for most of the story.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: When she wakes up in the cave naked from Guts' attempts to keep her from freezing, she jumps to conclusions and gets very angry. She forces him out in a partially comical fashion by throwing his armor at him and embedding his dagger in a tree a couple inches from his face!
  • Pink Means Feminine: Whether she's in her armor or in a pretty ball gown, Casca seems to always be wearing some trace of pink in her wardrobe.
  • Plot Armor: Granted that all of the main characters have flimsy plastic plot armor, Casca has the most fortunate case, because seriously folks: had she been any other woman impregnated with a demon hell spawn she would have died when it rapidly developed in the womb and clawed its way out, but by the grace of God, she's allowed to live when she miscarries her baby while it was still in the fetal stage, where it continued to grow outside of the womb. Perhaps having her be raped to insanity by the Berserk equivalent of Satan in the previous volume was a bit much even for Miura to handle.
    • Her brand shields her from being sacrificed another time. See Guts' entry for more details.
  • Plucky Girl: Has shades of this pre-Eclipse. Double subverted one time, after a Stay in the Kitchen Rousing Speech from Guts, because she was collapsing from exhaustion due to her period and a fever. Instead of being demotivated by his patronizing, she got back on her feet and went forward.
  • Pregnant Badass: Unbeknownst to the parentsnote , Casca was technically pregnant with Guts's child during the Griffith rescue operation which she led and kicked some ass in.
  • Protectorate: Touch her, you die. We can't stress this enough.
    • And not only from Guts since Judeau and Pippin were perfectly willing to sacrifice themselves for her during the eclipse.
    • Post-Eclipse Casca is one of the straightest examples of this as The Chick and The Heart among Guts's new companions: she keeps them all together by being the one person everybody unanimously likes and wants to protect.
  • Purity Personified: In a twisted deconstruction, post-Eclipse Casca. Although she is insane, Casca has this innocent and sweet nature that attracts people to her. People whom she has managed to endear will go out of their way to protect her, while others try take advantage and violate her. It's definitely twisted in that Casca became so pure as a result of her insanity, which was caused by her getting brutally raped. That, and in her insane defenseless state, Casca has a threshold.
  • Quickly Demoted Woman: Averted. Even after Guts joined the Hawks and was given some pretty important duties off the bat, Casca still retained her rank as Griffith's second-in-command. However, she did feel emotionally demoted due to the attention that Griffith gave to Guts.
  • Rape as Drama: Seriously, her rape at the hands of Femto right in front of Guts just keeps going and going for almost two chapters...in intricate detail...you will feel like you got raped yourself.
  • Rape Leads to Insanity: Getting brutally raped right in front of the man she loved while being in utterly excruciating agony because of her brand is what pushed Casca over her psychological threshold.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Back when she was a commander among the Hawks, she was notably much more level-headed, responsible and considerate towards her comrades than Guts.
  • Rescue Romance: She began to warm up to Guts after he rescued her from the river and fought 100 mercenaries single-handed to give her a chance to escape.
  • The Resenter: At first she resents Guts because she thinks he doesn't deserve Griffith's favor and is going to put everyone—especially Griffith—in danger. She is also jealous because Griffith has never shown her the kind of trust and openness that he shares with Guts.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Like the rest of the Hawks, Casca can count as this trope, but is a living example since she didn't die. What Griffith did to her during the Eclipse is suppose to serve as a chilling reminder to the audience that he is not a good guy, since what he did was truly heinous and nearly all possible explanations for the act fall as flat as the Berlin Wall.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Several times. The first time her and Guts cross swords, he doesn't notice she's female until he swings at her helmet and effectively exposes her face. The rule of such a reveal applies, as usual.
    • A second time, from Charlotte, who said she never noticed she was a woman before. Cue Judeau and Guts wisecracking about it right after.
  • Screaming Warrior: Casca gives a screaming warcry during her last stand against the Apostles during the Eclipse.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: During her Shower of Angst after the Eclipse, the wet garment she's wearing clings to her. However, it happens in a very somber context.
  • Shameful Strip: During the Eclipse, Casca is captured and stripped naked by demons, a prelude of worse things to come for her.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Cue Guts' priceless reaction upon seeing her all dressed-up and pampered at Griffith's gala!
  • She-Fu: Her fighting style shows of her gracefulness, and—it has to be said—her body, with lots of dodges, kicks, and acrobatics. It's partially justified by the fact that she's a Fragile Speedster, and it should also be noted that she's more physical in hand-to-hand combat than many other examples of this trope.
  • She's Got Legs: Not only does a lot of the art focus on Casca's backside, but also on her legs, and her tall riding boots and almost-Zettai Ryouiki really emphasize them.
  • Shower of Angst: Right after the Eclipse, we see her bathing in an underground cascade.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • Subverted with Griffith. Casca was attracted to him because she thought he was a formidable man after he saved her from living her life as a Sex Slave. However, it didn't last, and he eventually raped her, turned her insane, and tainted her unborn child.
    • Played straight with Guts though, since she isn't attracted to him due to his ultra-manliness and his Badassery, she loves him for his righteousness and his kindness and consideration towards her.
  • Sleeping with the Boss: She and Guts have a Relationship Upgrade and Their First Time after she's been promoted to leader in Griffith's absence, making theirs a boss-employee romance after a fashion. There was no coercion or ulterior motive on either part and they're in a serious relationship, but it does cause some tension during the rescue operation when they argue with each other about having to put their feelings aside for the mission.
  • Sleeping Their Way To The Top: Discussed when Adon Corbowitz falsely and maliciously accuses her of sleeping with Griffith to get her position. Averted in actual fact; her feelings toward him ping-pong between a hopeless crush and Hero Worship, but it never goes further than that.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only woman fighter in the Band of the Hawk, and she had to work hard for that position. In a sexist medieval fantasy world, this has made her and to some degree the entire Band of the Hawk famous among armies.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Casca is one of the two most attractive female characters in Berserk (the other being Slan). Many men have complimented Casca on her beauty - that is, while most of them are attempting to rape her. Her situation only gets worse post-Eclipse. While in her care, Luca states how Casca's beauty, in conjunction with her innocent and helpless nature, will land her into trouble with these sort of men. To avoid this, Luca wraps Casca's face in bandages and passes her off as her syphilis stricken sister. It works for awhile with some sex-crazed pagan worshippers - until they rip off her bandages.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: She and Guts are the love of each other's lives, but cruel circumstances that began with the Eclipse have made it impossible for them to be together no matter how short the physical distance between them. Guts is trying hard to defy this by undertaking the journey to Elfhelm with her in the hope that they may one day be lovers again, and no one knows what the outcome will be.
  • Stripperiffic: Averted. She and all the other warrioresses of the series dress reasonably and wear effectively protective armour on the battlefield.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Rather than Chickification, as her current condition does NOT come from a mere invisible shift in the story but from a BRUTAL Break the Cutie process that happened on screen. One of the rare cases where the target survives.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: In addition to being a woman in a man's world, Casca's also second in command of the Hawks, a position that has taken its toll on her emotional well-being, especially after Guts's departure and Griffith's arrest. Always trying to keep her cool in order to be a successful leader to the Hawks, Casca admits to Guts that she believes that she is at the end of her rope and that what she was truly afraid of was to be forgotten and dwindle to nothing if she didn't cling onto another's dreams (Griffith's). The self-realization that she was of no use to Griffith as a warrior or a woman nearly drove Casca to suicide, had Guts not interfered and given her some emotion strength later.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Though she doubles as the tritagonist. Casca's not as important as Guts or Griffith, but she is still a central character, since the whole drive of the story was created through the three's relationship to one another. Lately though, Casca has been demoted to being a Minor Major Character due to the nature of her insanity, in which she is an important plot device in the story, but adds nothing to the narrative.
  • Tearful Smile: Casca's tearful smile is as much her trademark as the Slasher Smile to Guts and the Psychotic Smirk to Griffith.
  • Tears of Fear: Gets turned completely to horror and sadness during the Eclipse, first when Casca is faced with Apostles who want to do far more than just eat her, and all she can do is stand petrified as she hopelessly wishes for Guts to save her. Then, she begins crying (though not profusely), when Griffith begins raping her in front of Guts, probably out of fear AND pain.
  • They Do: Shortly before Griffith's rescue, she and Guts get a Relationship Upgrade. Unfortunately, they can't enjoy their relationship for long.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Another post-Eclipse deconstruction. Like most victims of rape, Casca went through these spells were she would zone out and stare at nothing (such as on the hill top). The Dull Eyes of Unhappiness were added for more traumatic effect. After the time skip, the shine has returned to her eyes, but Casca still has this vacant stare from time to time, since she is psychologically gone.
    • Before she became insane, during the first horrifying moments of the feast of the Eclipse, all Casca could do was just stare as her comrades were devoured right in front of her.
  • Tomboy: Casca isn't a typical feminine woman of her time, and displays a lot of masculine appearance and personality traits. A large number of tropes such as Action Girl, Boyish Short Hair, and Tsundere will be found on her page.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Played with from Griffith's gala to Guts' departure, when the Hawks were recognized as nobles. Casca was seen wearing a lot more luxurious and feminine garments such as ball gowns, night dresses, and furs and she admitted to Guts that though she wasn't use to wearing dresses she wasn't finding it un-enjoyable. When Casca tried to intervene between Guts and Griffith's confrontation, Judeau pointed out that the cushy lifestyle of nobility made her forget that they were still mercenaries who didn't play by upper society's rules.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As cruel as Griffith's "This Is Something She's Got to Do Herself" appeared to be at first, making Casca kill her attempted rapist was her first step in badass, as she was just going to allow the guy to rape her before Griffith showed up.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Aside from some flashbacks that are induced when she is about to be put through the same trauma, Casca has no recollection of her life before the Eclipse. One also has to wonder if she is even aware of herself in her insanity.
  • Tritagonist: While Guts and Griffith are considered the protagonist and deuteragonist of the Golden Age arc, respectively, Casca is at least the third most important character in that part of the story.
  • Tsundere: Once she stops being constantly hostile towards Guts, she starts to alternate between being harsh and affectionate towards him as a result of her conflicted romantic feelings. Guts said that he liked that about her personality.
    Guts: "You get all jealous, you get mad fast, and you're quick to hit! You're plenty womanly."
  • Twofer Token Minority: To date, Casca is the only recurring woman who is visibly not white-European looking.
  • Undying Loyalty: Judeau says that Casca is so devoted to Griffith that she would give her life to help him achieve his dream. At first her loyalty is so unquestioning that he thinks she would have obeyed anything Griffith told her to do, even if it were to turn against one of her fellow Hawks. A major part of her Character Development is that she becomes conflicted for the first time in her life between her continuing loyalty to Griffith and her growing love for Guts. She also, without losing her regard for Griffith, increasingly sees the Band of the Hawk as her family instead of just Griffith's means to pursue his dream, and almost perishes in the Eclipse because she cannot bear to abandon them.
  • Unkempt Beauty: As a soldier she doesn't have time to spend on cultivating her appearance, but she is still considered remarkably beautiful in an untamed fashion. Not to mention, She Cleans Up Nicely on the one occasion when she does dress up.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Zigzagged, since those were Casca's intentions when she and Guts became an official Battle Couple after their Relationship Upgrade. She knew very well that Guts could handle his own weight, but she still wanted to watch his back when he was in trouble. This was put to the test in the battle against Wyald, where Casca rushed to Guts' aid when he got pummeled and was ready to defend him against Wyald, though the roles ended up being reversed when Wyald got his hands on her.
  • Weapon of Choice: Casca favors light, practical hand-and-a-half swords, which she is usually seen wielding two-handed. She's also been seen handling a crossbow pretty well.
  • Weirdness Magnet: So weird that she gets accused of being a witch. As if being insane wasn't enough trouble.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: The first thing that Guts ever distinguishes about Casca were her black eyes.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: Casca admitted to herself that she felt bad for getting jealous over Charlotte because of her relationship with Griffith since Charlotte treated her with kindness despite her being a commoner AND a warrioress.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Guts throughout the Golden Age arc.
  • Woman Child: Deconstructed. Her childlike behavior after the Eclipse is not her fault, but the result of severe psychological trauma. It also puts her in a lot of danger as she cannot take care of herself.
  • Woman in White: Deconstructed in the Retribution Arc. Casca was always seen in a white gown during this arc, and although she is not evil, the nature of her insanity as well as the brand that attracts ghosts and demons to her drew suspicious attention to her that accumulated to accusations of her being a witch. This led to an all out witch hunt coming from the pagans who wanted to claim her AND the church who wanted to burn her. Luckily, her knight in shining black armor came to her rescue.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Surprisingly, pre-Eclipse Casca fits this role more than the noblewomen presented in the story, especially when she had to lead the Hawks for a year. Casca became physically and emotionally drained during this time, not only because two men that she respected and loved were not by her side, but because she was in charge with keeping the Band of the Hawk together AND alive. She was able to keep her cool for the most part... but when Guts comes back after a year, Casca just lets it all spill out, and almost attempted suicide.
  • Women Are Wiser: Averted. While Casca may apply at first, being the sole female among a band of mercenaries and being among the most level-headed of the group, she quickly grows morally conflicted and develops a more realistic persona by the end of the Golden Age arc, making Casca one of the more relatable characters of the series.
  • Worf Had the Flu: At one point, she loses a fight with Adon because she was on her period at the time. When she's recovered and gets the opportunity for a rematch, she mops the floor with him.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Technically Averted since she wears leggings under her boots and tunic, but this outfit has a similar effect.