Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (adult) and Orine Fukushima (child) (Japanese, TV series), Hiroaki Iwanaga (Japanese, movies), Marc Diraison (English, TV series and Movies), Maria Dente (English, child), Michael Bell (Sword of the Berserk English)
"When you meet your God, tell Him to LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE."
"Humans are weak. But we want to live. Even if we're wounded or tortured, we feel the pain."
Also called the Black Swordsman, the main protagonist is a naturally badass Anti-Hero
with a round ton of Dark and Troubled Past
. Born from a deceased mother ( not Death by Childbirth, she was already dead
), he was raised amongst mercenaries by an abusive foster father
and was later the victim of rape by one of his adoptive father's men
. Guts is also a survivor of the demonic sabbath known as the Eclipse, during which he lost his right eye and part of his left arm. His injuries are not the only marks he bears from this event; Guts is also marked with the Brand of Sacrifice, a supernatural emblem that draws the attention of demons and the restless dead. Both groups are eager to finish the job left undone when Guts survived the Eclipse.
He is introduced as a wanderer with a grudge
, bent on hunting down and slaying the beings known as Apostles with a gigantic sword
known as the Dragon Slayer. Said beings are responsible, along with the Godhand
, for the trauma he suffered in the Eclipse. Additionally, Guts later gets his hands on the Berserker Armor
which makes him immune to physical pain, yet overexerts and further injures his body at the same time.
Although he claims to be a complete asshole, Guts is actually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold
who simply acts aloof and unreasonable towards anyone he meets, including his True Companions
. He does truly care for his companions, but since the Brand attracts astral demons, and his Hell Hound Superpowered Evil Side
, the Beast, tends to make him go berserk and thus dangerous even to his companions
, he prefers to keep them at a respectful distance
Guts's fate is tied to Griffith
, his former best friend, and Casca
, his love interest and fellow bearer of the Brand of Sacrifice. His relationships with both are currently strained - Guts wants to kill Griffith because of that whole "brutal treachery" thing, and Guts being slowly overtaken by rage/revenge has led to his attempted rape of Casca
. Guts' entire struggle of fighting monsters and his fate, as well as his internal struggle between choosing to hunt the man he hates
and choosing to protect the woman he loves
can only be described as "heroic."
- Achilles' Heel: An emotional one. His childhood rape ordeal has been shown to be the one time that Guts showed a truly emotionally vulnerable side to his personality. Luckily, he had Casca to help heal his mental wounds, and he was genuinely getting better... until this side to his past was cruelly exploited during the Eclipse.
- Action Dad: An ultimate Badass and father to a weird, supernatural offspring that he refuses to acknowledge as his child.
- Action Hero
- Allergic to Evil: Guts' accursed brand will bleed or hurt whenever an Apostle is nearby. It only gets worse if a Godhand is near, and may even kill him. Casca shares the same reaction with her own brand.
- All Men Are Perverts: Notably averted. Out of all the male characters in the series, he is among the very few for whom sex is only a tertiary motivation at best, and he remains staunchly faithful to his Love Interest. He also scolds himself when he briefly thinks about having his way with Casca while she laid unconscious during one of their early missions.
- It's worth noting that the one time we've seen Guts having any sort of sexual contact with someone besides Casca (or his childhood rapist) is actually with the same Female Apostle that eats Corkus, right before he blows her head off. Considering who it was, it could be he simply wanted to give her an Ironic Death.
- This did happen at the very beggining of the first chapter, so Early-Installment Weirdness is another possible explanation.
- The opening scene also makes a lot more sense if you replace Guts with the beast of darkness. Then it's suddenly completely in character.
- Always Save the Girl: What? Did you say that sacrificing one girl will save hundreds of souls from the damnation of demons, Mozgus? Well, you and your followers had better sucker up, because Guts really doesn't give a fuck so long as Casca is safe...
- Amazon Chaser: Guts chose Casca as his lover because she was able to fight on par with him.
- Deconstructed later on by the Beast of Darkness during a Dream Sequence. The Beast capitalized on Guts' penchant for Action Girls to contend that, since Casca is now helpless, there's no point in keeping her near. Guts won't be able to love her the way she is now and she can't even love him back. So he'd better get rid of her to focus on getting revenge.
- Animal Motifs: Canids.
- A rabid dog, according to Casca, back when they would bicker in their younger years;
- A Hell Hound, according to the form of his Enemy Within;
- A wolf for his wolfish looks, his wolf-like armor and his wolfish personality and attitude, since he relates to his companions quite the same way a wolf leader relates to its pack;
- A regular guard dog due to his unswerving loyalty and protectiveness towards his lover and the ones he considers a part of his "pack".
- Anime Hair: Averted. Guts has the spikiest hair in the series, but when it gets wet, it noticeably droops down until it's dry again (which doesn't happen in the next panel).
- Anti-Hero: In addition to Badass, he has Anti-Hero tropes covered all over him.
- Though mainly a Nominal Hero, Guts has had shades of, in chronological order of his life:
- Unscrupulous Hero: Initially, Guts, during his days as a member of the Band of Hawks. While not really a "good" guy, he cared for his comrades and genuinely wanted to help them in their goals, and only reserved his ruthlessness for his enemies.
- Nominal Hero: After Griffith's betrayal, he's even more of this especially during his vengeance-driven Black Swordsman days, in which he fought due to his extreme hatred toward apostles. Even before that, the primary reason that Guts joined the Hawks was because he lost his bid and he was doing his job as a mercenary, though it did not mean that he didn't care for his comrades or their personal goals and achievements.
- Deconstructed: it is strongly implied that this agressive behaviour is Guts's way of retaining his sanity after the insane emotional trauma that was the Eclipse. See his breakdown before Theresia after killing his father. This is a complete 180░ turn from the "Violent Badass" credentials most anti-heroes seek.
- Barbarian Hero: Guts might not be a straight historic example of a barbarian, but he sure fights like one. He has the big, crude sword, muscled, can defeat magical enemies and monsters with zero magic, and is a Lightning Bruiser. Also insinuated by Guts himself that although he is not the most morally upstanding guy, he had more standards than the other mercenary crews that he hung around, making him that white sheep in a bad barbarian band. To end, Word of God said that part of Guts's character was based off of Rutger Hauger's character in the movie Flesh And Blood.
- Other anti-hero traits (not necessarily related to the sliding scale of morality) Guts possesses are:
- Byronic Hero: Is the best example of this sub-type in anime. Morally neutral? Check. Largely concerned with personal interests? Yes, indeed. Disrespect of common authority? Oh, yeah. Defined by conflict, inner and outer? Definitely. Introspective loner? Affirmative. Guilty of horrible crimes? Yyyyep. Intelligent? He may not be educated, but he is NOT stupid. An exile? From more than one place. Cynical and self destructive? Uh-huh. Not such a good idea to hang around him? Oh, boy...
- Nineties Anti-Hero: Guts is a card-carrying example of this too. He has a gritty but simple name, doesn't care about hurting people who get in his way, is ridiculously muscle-toned, has too many bags on his person, a Badass with angst and sarcasm to boot, has a ludicrous BFS, and to top it, he was born in the nineties.
- Sociopathic Hero: Yeahhh... It's a bit foolish to say that Guts doesn't get a teensy bit of satisfaction from smashing the skulls of his enemies in half. He has also engaged in some Cold-Blooded Torture of some particularly horrible enemies before killing them, with no purpose beyond making them suffer...and we probably cheer him for that.
- This trait is played up in the abridged series.
- Arm Cannon: His prosthetic limb is a literal case. It can also mount a crossbow.
- Artifact of Doom: He's been carrying around the Count's Behelit ever since Volume 2, and comments made by a horde of ghosts and Slan of the Godhand imply ownership of it has somehow transferred to him.
- Artificial Limbs: After losing his left arm, Guts replaced it with a multi-purpose prosthetic. It has a built-in magnet that allows it to grip a sword, it can be used to mount a repeating crossbow, and it has a miniature gunpowder cannon built into it. It's also handy for punching people. Hard.
- Aside Glance: Guts does a silent one to the audience after killing the succubus in chapter one. It's a final warning before the story truely begins.
- Awesome McCoolname: His name is Guts. You simply have to be Badass to live up to a name like that.
- Ax-Crazy: When his inner beast takes over, no-one is safe.
- Badass: Everything in Guts just screams ultimate badassery.
- Badass Adorable: Guts was a pretty cute kid when he was a Child Soldier who could hold his own pretty well on the battle field.
- Badass Bandolier: So many straps around his chest, iconic of a Nineties Anti-Hero.
- Badass Baritone: Damn - even his voice is badass! And it was shown (or rather, heard) in the anime that Guts went through some major puberty at around age 14 or 15 since he has a deep voice then. It just adds to teh sexiness.
- Badass Cape: For all purposes. Dramatic effect, blanket, protecting Casca from the cold, deflecting arrows (yes)...
- Badass Creed: His sword's description counts, as it's oft-repeated by people who can't believe he can actually USE the damn thing. "A giant hunk of raw iron" indeed...
- Badass in Distress: Happens surprisingly often over the course of the series. Sometimes even the ultimate badass gets in a position he just can't escape from on his own. It's usually Puck who needs to come to the rescue with his healing dust, even a couple of times before they actually meet.
- Badass Normal: Points added when said badassery is natural!
- Badass Transplant: Not only does his magnetic arm have a crossbow in it, it can change into a fucking arm cannon!
- Break the Badass: Again, something that Guts isn't immune to. Introducing, the horror that is Nosferatu Zodd.
- Handicapped Badass: Missing lower arm and an eye, but goddamn if it has done anything to his badassery. If anything, it's enhanced it.
- Heartbroken Badass: Casca's unfortunate condition has completely deprived Guts from the affection he wants from her so bad. And ever since the Beast almost got him to rape her, she just no longer wants him which frustrates Guts even more. Still, this might change if the quest to Elfhelm is successful.
- Took a Level in Badass: His entire life has been spent doing this. A notable example is when he fights Griffith for the first time, the two fight evenly but Guts eventually loses, no thanks to the his unhealed wounds. When Guts and Griffith fight much later when Guts' is leaving the Hawks, he only needs one blow to defeat Griffith showing just how far he surpassed Griffith.
- Battle Couple: With Casca pre-Eclipse.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: It isn't really as hard as you would imagine to get on his good side. All you have to do is treat him like a normal human being. It doesn't happen very often.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: The usual dynamics between him and Casca pre-Eclipse.
- Berserk Button: Guts has several of them:
- In general:
- Don't touch him. Only Casca is allowed to do that, see below. And pre-Eclipse Griffith, which is only one part of the massive Ho Yay between them.
- If you try to hurt Casca in any way, shape or form, your fate is sealed.
- Don't hurt his other friends, either. He doesn't have very many, and is quite... protective of the ones he has.
- Messing with either Griffith or Casca (see above) pre-Eclipse was an excellent way to piss him off.
- The Berserker: Takes on this role, acknowledging that he realizes that his battle-crazed moments make people close to him fear him. This state is now "magically" enhanced by the use of his Berserker Armor that facilitates such fighting mode.
- Berserker Tears/Manly Tears: Twice. Once upon seeing what Griffith has been turned into upon his imprisonment. The other one when being unable to save Casca from her demon rape at Femto's hands.
- BFS: The Dragon Slayer◊, Guts's primary weapon against the Apostles and the Godhand, is more of a metal slab than a true sword and he can swing it like a mere knife
- Big Damn Heroes: He pulls this off many times.
- The Big Guy: Class 1. Guts towers over most of the people he fights alongside and most people he meets. Only Pippin was taller than him back in his younger days. Now, he is probably somewhere around the 6'8-6'9 zone (roughly between 2m and 2m05). Aside from wielding a very large weapon, Guts does not depend on his physical strength much, (since he's not seen punching boulders in half,) and prefers to use his ridiculous speed and agility to get within attacking distance, while dodging or enduring whatever the giant demons throw at him in the meantime.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Oh yeah!
- Black Bug Room: This is where every single bad emotion and memory is stored in Guts' mind. Puck and Schierke ventured into his inner mind only to be bombarded with horrific images of the Eclipse. After going there, they both understand why Guts is so pissed off. The Beast also hangs out in the same district.
- Black Knight: Played with. He's the Black Swordsman and dons an all-black armor post-Eclipse but he's The Hero and has a bone to pick with a knight who wears all-white, Griffith.
- Blind Weaponmaster: Subverted. He lost only one of his eyes, but now Guts must face having no right visual field AND the matter of depth perception... But he seems to have taken care of that through hearing. Nice compensation.
- Book Dumb: Needless to say, Guts might not be prim and proper, tends leaps before he looks, and may not be as well-learned in the arts and literature as Griffith (given the medieval setting and the fact that he spent his entire life in mercenary companies, it is doubtful he even knows ''how'' to read), but the guy is far from dumb, being quite cunning, strategic, quick-witted, and yes, even poetic.
- Break the Cutie: His childhood was one big Break the Cutie ordeal for him. By all accounts, he was a fairly nice kid who wanted to please his surrogate father. It did not end well. At all.
- Bridal Carry: Despite having had many opportunities to do this to the many women who harbor feelings for him, only one of them got this treatment from Guts. Take a wild guess who...
- Broken Bird: Textbook case during the Golden Age Arc — right down to lashing out physically during his breakdown. Does not make him any less badass.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: More powerful than any human, Guts seems to have learned it due to his Training from Hell and from his horrific experiences during the Eclipse.
- The Comically Serious: Guts usually remains straight-faced and serious, even while putting up with the humorous antics of his companions.
- The Corruptible: Whenever he is under the influence of his Enemy Within, the Beast, his very soul is in grave danger, not just the people around him.
- Cosmic Plaything
- Covered with Scars: With the amount of punishment that Guts regularly takes at the hands of his demonic enemies, he's accumulated quite a few scars over his career. Including a missing eye and forearm.
- However, those are the only permanent injuries that have any noticeable effect on him, as all the broken bones he must have received ( before he got the Berserker Armour to hold his body together) healed quickly and don't impede his physical abilities in the slightest.
- His entire body is covered completely in scars because of the Berserker armor. There is a reason he is only still alive thanks to his teammate's healing magic. His scarring is so extensive that when he gets a fever he is in agony as his scars prevent his body from sweating out the excess heat
- Crusading Widower: Guts fits this role since the Hawks were the closest thing to a family he ever had and he and Casca were life partners.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Guts Used to Be a Sweet Kid. After Gambino sold him to child prostitution and Donovan raped him, Guts started to lose his innocence (as if living day to day by killing people wasn't enough of a stressor), this loss of innocence finally solidified when Gambino, having lost his leg in battle and no longer able to fight or lead his men on the battlefield, got massively drunk and attempted to murder him and Guts was forced to kill him out of self-defense.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Such a shitload of this it's no wonder he's so fucked up.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Sort of; he is known as "Black Swordsman," is the hero, and can't really be called evil, but his Enemy Within is not so benevolent.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Glare: Most visible expression after his perpetual frown. Still, you'd much rather want to see this than his Slasher Smile.
- Declaration of Protection: After Guts puts his Roaring Rampage of Revenge on hold, his top priority is to protect Casca above all else.
- Default To Good: Remember that when Guts was introduced as a lone teen mercenary, he was hired by the army that was aiming to bring down the fort that the Hawks were defending, and they actually lost because Guts was on the enemy side. Fortunately for Griffith and his gang, Guts was not aligned to either Midland or Tudor and just went where the money was. So when Guts lost his first fight against Griffith, swearing him over to the Hawks and their cause, Midland gained a big advantage, as having Guts fighting with the Big Good turned to tide of the war.
- Defiled Forever: Guts serves as a Rare Male Example for yet another part of his traumatic and shitty childhood.
- Debatable, as his relationship with Casca seems to have helped him overcome some of the trauma.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He and Griffith became friends after Griffith defeated him in battle.
- Demon Slayer: The Legions of Hell are his quarry.
- Destructive Savior: He's an overlap with Walking Disaster Area and is a huge deconstruction. Until recently.
- Determinator: The absolute pinnacle of this trope. If he's not dead, whatever he's fighting is going to be, even if he's only got his teeth left to do the deed.
- Disappeared Dad: We know what happened to his birth mother, his adoptive mother, and his adoptive father... so where is Guts's real daddy at??
- Doorstop Baby: A rather dark version of this trope. A newborn Guts was found under the hung corpse of his mother, umbilical cord still attached. For a moment his discoverers (a band of mercenaries) thought he was a stillbirth... until their leader knocked him out of the arms of his girlfriend who went and picked him up, knocking baby Guts into a puddle and making him cry. It only gets worse for him after that.
- The Dreaded: Typical pre-Eclipse reaction: "It's Guts: the Hundred-Man Slayer! Run!!" Typical post-Eclipse reaction: "What? The Black Swordsman is here? Oh god, NO!"
- Puck and Isidro poked fun at this after part of his hair turned white after he dons the Berserker Armor by calling him the Almost-Black Swordsman and Slightly White Swordman.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Zigzagged since it was more of an internal conflict than an external one, as Guts had made a name for himself through his exploits with the Hawks. The conflict came from the fact that no matter what he did, Guts always felt that he was beneath Griffith, especially after overhearing Griffith's speech about what he deemed as a true friend: someone who goes after their dreams and doesn't blindly follow the dreams of others, someone who is equal to him. What Guts really wanted to gain out of leaving the Hawks was to someday reach a level that was the same as Griffith's so that they could then be true friends. It's really sad when you think about it that way, since none of that came true after he left.
- Earn Your Title: He's called the Hundred Man Slayer after slaying a hundred men.
- Enemy Within: Guts' intense hatred and bloodlust coalesce in the shape of the Beast, a monstrous dog-like creature with zigzag-shaped eyes and More Teeth than the Osmond Family, which attempt to persuade him to cast aside his newfound happiness and dedicate himself to vengeance.
- Epic Battle Boredom: Killing fifty mooks was nothing to him - he had to take it up a notch! And we're not necessarily talking about humans here...
- Even the Guys Want Him: Griffith acted a lot like a Yandere towards him in the past.
- Expressive Mask: The helmet of his Berserker Armor elongates and functions like a mouth when the Beast takes over.
- Eye Remember: Guts will never forget the last sight of his right eye. Never.
- Face of a Thug
- Fatal Flaw —> Wrath: As much as his raw rage and power has aided him on many occasions, it has probably caused more problems than solved. Not only has wrath taken a physical toll on Guts remember that Guts has gotten to the point of being so very enraged that he resorted to self-mutilation, albeit for a heroic cause, but also an emotional and spiritual toll. Through his desire for revenge, he left Casca behind and let himself be devoured by anger and hate. This not only warped Guts into a dark man for a time, but it went as far as manifesting the beast, which embodies all of his wrath and constantly goads Guts to go deeper into a pit of raw anger and hate. Even though Guts has found a greater reason to live in finding a cure for Casca and is trying to turn a new leaf, he still has that deep seated desire to exact revenge on Griffith and will burst at the very sight or mention of him. These emotions within Guts will probably never go away completely. Another flaw that can be associated with Guts that goes hand-in-hand with his wrath would be his cruelty toward anyone who gets in the way of his revenge.
- A case could be made that a lot of Guts' issue stem from his blood lust: several of the above examples overlap, he caused huge amounts of friction with Casca because in battle he would ignore orders for the sake of the fight, he has shown some serious Blood Knight tendencies, and admits that he only feels alive when he's swinging his sword. Then he puts on the Berserker armour and the only thing that matters to him is spilling as much blood as he can.
- A Father to His Men
- Foil: To Griffith.
- Fool for Love: Not quite a "fool", but everything Guts is doing is for his lady love. That, and he has shown to be quite poetic around Casca.
- Forced to Watch: Dogpiled by a bunch of Apostles, Guts could only watch Femto molesting and raping Casca to insanity right in front of him, unable to do a fucking thing about it, screaming in rage and pain. It was also the last scene his right eye could see before it got clawed out.
- Fountain of Expies: Any hardcore, brooding badass from the east owes his dues to the original BFS-owning hundred-man slayer. Auron is the best example, while Final Fantasy VII's main heroes Zack and Cloud... they'd wish.
- Freak Out: When Guts wakes up after the Eclipse and finally has some time to fully realize the horrible results of the event he spends a chapter blindly running through the woods in extreme mental agony, having meaningful flashbacks about his fallen friends, and clearly blaming himself for everything that happened. He only cools down when he remembers Griffith was the real cause of the whole nightmare. Guts promptly re-invents himself as the Black Swordsman.
- Friend to All Children: Zigzagged. Guts is not the softest man to be around, and he has rough methods of dealing with people, including children. Despite everything he dishes out to them, kids genuinely seem to like Guts, and he doesn't really seem that bugged by them being around all of the time, so long as they don't get in the way. Just the fact that most of his True Companions are half his age just brings the point home. Relate to Would Hurt a Child below.
- Full Potential Upgrade: Guts needed to upgrade to the Dragon Slayer to fight Apostles without breaking his sword (which is only possible because he has the inhuman strength to cut through said enemies in the first place.)
- Genius Bruiser: He may not look it but Guts is not in the slightest what you would call dumb muscle. One noticeable example is against Wyald where he put a log in his torso armor and threw it at Wyald and also tied a helmeted corpse against a tree to dupe him out. He's much more of a Combat Pragmatist than The Berserker.
- Give My Regards in the Next World: Guts' variant:
- Good Is Not Nice: Embodies this after finding his new Five-Man Band. But he's still a lot nicer than when he was still travelling alone.
- The Grunting Orgasm: In the third film, Guts has one of these when he finishes inside of Casca.
- Guttural Growler: His voice as done by Nobutoshi Canna.
- Half-Human Hybrid: The fact that Guts' ears and teeth are slightly, though noticeably, more pointed than most of the human characters has been interpreted by some as implying that he is part-demon, which would explain a lot of his phenomenal abilities even before magic got involved.
- Handwraps of Awesome
- Hannibal Lecture: Guts has been captured and imprisoned twice, and both times he gets the better of his captors with his words alone.
- Hates Being Touched: "Don't touch me. Don't ever touch me." I
- If it's Casca who does it, it's okay, as he told her himself.
- Back in the Golden Age Griffith also had a free pass, but that was a long time ago.
- He's gotten better after teaming up with Farnese, Serpico, and Schierke.
- The Heartless: The Beast was born from Guts's negative emotions and his need for revenge for what happened during the Eclipse. Which rather disturbingly links him to The Idea of Evil, which was spawned in a similar way by humanity as a whole.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: While Griffith is the Villain with Good Publicity in this story, Guts is the (anti) hero with bad publicity. There's no doubt that he has ended up saving lives by killing apostles, but because of his HIGHLY morally questionable actions, he's not well liked by the towns' folk that he encounters. This is most especially seen when Guts is Wandering the Earth alone, but when he stops being a loner, makes a mood shift, and gets an audience because of it, a lot more people are appreciative of his actions. Still, so long as Griffith is walking the earth, Guts' presence will always be seen in a negative light.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Guts turned down a magic axe from Flora in favor for his trusty ol' dragonslayer.
- Heroic BSOD: He began to slip into this when Adonis died, being reminded of himself as a child, but Guts snaps out of it when the guards come. The blue screen of death was "rebooted" when he fell into the sewers and eventually stumbled back to the tavern where the Hawks were.
- Heroic Build: The guy is seriously ripped. Although not as much as he used to be in better times since the incredibly self destructive lifestyle is visibly taking it's toll on guts.
- Heroic Neutral: This is how Guts currently acts, more or less (and how he wanted to act when he left the Hawks). Doesn't want to be recruited by the dark side; doesn't want to be recruited by the (supposedly) good side. Just wants to get his girl to Elfhelm and take care of his friends. But unfortunately for him, Guts might fall out of this over time due to a case of the Messiah Creep.
- He Who Fights Monsters: The poster boy, particularly as the Black Swordsman.
- Hidden Depths: Like you wouldn't believe. See all the tropes under his name? Don't think any one of them alone completely defines him.
- Hitman with a Heart: He didn't feel very good about himself after he assassinated the Duke's son.
- How to be Badass: Has a garment that billows in the wind frequently? Check. Sweet-ass name? Check. Hardly anything fazes him enough to stop him in his tracks? Nuh uh. Gets set on fire frequently but thinks nothing of it? CHECK. Comes up with dramatic lines at the top of his head in the heat of the moment? Yes, yes. Is angsty, but tends to keep it at a minimum? Yes. Remained relatively normal throughout all of his ordeals? How is that possible?!
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Guts is the Huge Guy to Casca's Tiny Girl, even though since Casca is not exactly small (she and Farnese are about the same height), this is more of a really Huge Guy and Above Average Girl.
- Also, he always seems to have at least one little girl hanging around with him. Not in a weird way, they just seem to like him. He tends to treat them like an Aloof Older Brother, when he's not trying to chase them off (for their own good) with his Jerk Ass Facade, but every now and then he can be surprisingly sweet to them◊.
- Hunk: Hubba hubba.
- The Hunter: At first he just killed things because it was his job. Now he does it because It's Personal.
- If It's You, It's Okay: States this to Casca in terms of letting anyone touch him.
- I Have Your Wife: Big fan of this in his most Jerkass times. Just ask Theresia and Jill.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Guts desperately wants Casca to love him back once again. The mere possibility of accomplishing this is his main motivation to try to regain her sanity.
- Immune to Fate: Believed to be this by the Skull Knight. Interesting in that the universe itself is actively trying to subvert this, as the Brand of the Sacrifice is trying to "correct the mistake" made during the Eclipse by drawing demons and ghosts to Guts in order to get him killed.
- Implacable Man: Guts wants Griffith and the Godhands dead and nothing, not even the Legions of Hell, will stop him.
- Ineffectual Loner: Was this before running into and joining the Band of the Hawk. Because of his past, Guts preferred to move around from battlefield to battlefield, never sticking around to make friends or get connections, since frankly, he didn't want any. Then he earned the Power of Friendship and the Power of Trust as he began to value the importance of teamwork and camaraderie while with the Hawks. And then it happened (you know the drill). And with that, Guts returned to Ineffectual Loner status (in fact, worse), among other things...)
- Insult Friendly Fire: When Guts and Casca were up against Adon and his hundred men, Adon said that they were going to capture Guts to torture him and capture Casca to use her as their "toy." Guts, in response, said that Adon wouldn't want a woman like Casca, since she was a total bitch and that she would "bite it right off." Casca promptly elbows Guts in the head.
- Invincible Hero: Averted. For being so Badass it hurts, Guts still remains a human and there are times when his body is just too worn out to match his will and when he may get captured. Additionally, be it Slan, Grunbeld or Daiba, Miura make it a point to show that even Guts wouldn't be able to make it on his own against some opponents who are out of his league.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: The reason why he is so reluctant to show more concern for his current companions. Also, it can be said that, even though he may be implacable, Guts would rather not see others get hurt as a direct result of his actions - so long as they didn't get on his bad side before hand. The clearest example of this is when he turned down Jill's request to join him in his journey.
- It's Personal: The reason why Guts fights apostles, especially after the Eclipse. He may be a hero of sorts, but his primary goal isn't helping people or riding the world of evil, even though most apostles are a very real threat to normal people. He just wants to eradicate those who have caused him pain and suffering in the past and will beat down anyone who gets in his way, be they Mook or Innocent Bystander.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Convinced that Casca was in love with Griffith, Guts wished the both of them happiness before leaving the Hawks even though he himself had a growing attraction to Casca at the time. It didn't end well.
- Jerkass: Like his badass-ness, Guts has several layers of jerkass-ness that seem to evolve throughout the series.
- The Jinx: Guts had the really BIG misfortune of being born from a hanged corpse. When Gambino and Sys's mercenary band came across him, the other mercenaries warned Gambino to not pick up the baby, since someone born of that nature was a bad omen. Still, Gambino allowed Sys to take the baby.... much to Gambino's chagrin. After that, when bad things started to happen to Gambino and his mercenaries, it was Guts' fault.
- Knight Errant: Subverted. Guts is known as the "Black Swordsman" but he isn't about helping or saving people. He has his own goals and might help along the way if it serves his agenda. Yet he never settles anywhere and goes from town to town, seeking to kill all the Apostles who cross his path, indirectly liberating the city or people around from servitude.
- Knight in Sour Armor: If we were to replace "knight" with "mercenary", Guts acted very much like this in beginning. He acts like a jerk who doesn't care about anyone who is near him, but he reveals that he does care about his comrades, and he tries to make the most of a bad situation when it turns worst. However, we don't need to remind you how Guts' worldviews changed after the Eclipse. After awhile, he kinda goes back to how he was in the beginning, now that he is looking after his True Companions, but Guts isn't exactly on a mission to save the world and to protect the weak: he just fights monsters to a) get closer to Griffith and the Godhand and b) to protect Casca, and he sometimes just happens to save a bystander or two on the way.
- Laughing Mad: Does this a lot...
- Life or Limb Decision: Makes this harrowing decision with little hesistation in order to save Casca from being raped. The Power of Love will do that to a guy.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is often shown to be incredibly agile despite wielding a giant sword and having a physique more suited to brute strength.
- And said sword is made that much more deadly with said speed.
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Casca after they affirm their relationship.
- Limp and Livid: When Guts takes too much abuse to function but keeps going anyway, he gets like this. At the end of the fight with Rosine he does this in a way that looks a lot like the iconic "The Terminator rising from the flames" scene.
- Living Emotional Crutch: He wasn't aware of it, but he was very much this for Griffith during his days with the Hawks.
- Locked into Strangeness: When Guts used the berserker armor for the first time, the stress caused a fringe of his hair to turn white.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: Starts off as a mercenary loner struggling with his inner demons of anger and has no interest in making connections with others. Throughout the series, though, he finally begins to accept his new friends in the form of the Band of the Hawk.
- Love at First Punch: He first met Casca in a sword fight to the death.
- Made of Iron: Even beaten to a pulp by a much stronger foe, he still can hold his own the next day.
- Male Frontal Nudity: *Drools* ... What? I wasn't staring.
- A Man Is Always Eager: Despite being rather decent compared to most other male characters in the series, Guts is much less nervous than Casca when both prepare to make love together. Plus, he enjoyed it so much that he then tells her straight that he wants to do that with her again at least a thousand more times.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: When Casca begins talking about the strange (but wonderful) feelings that she has upon losing her virginity, and then turns to Guts and tells him that she knew that it was his first time too. Guts just gives this expression that says, "man, I don't want to talk about it," and faces the other direction. However, Casca does understand why he never had sex with a woman before because of his childhood rape.
- Master Swordsman: Though his style crude and often barbaric, Guts is nonetheless consider this, especially since he's wielding a sword not many others can.
- Not only that but Guts is usually able to use the terrain to his advantage (only Serpico can use the terrain better though he always picks the field to maximise his advantage) and is able to read an analyse his opponents strengths and plans with ease
- Men Are Uncultured: The only way for Guts to get into books and pimped-out balls is if some sort of woman is involved. With the former, it has to be pornographic. To be fair, that pornographic book was the only one (eagerly) offered to him by Griffith, and he did read it, but focused on what Griffith was saying. And the reason for going to the ball was to see all his friends enjoying their hard earned social success and be ready to follow the blackmailing/murdering plans of Griffith.
- Men Don't Cry: Subverted. Apart from Manly Tears, Guts truly cried once in front of Casca upon making love to her and almost choking her when he recalled his rape experience. This doesn't deprive him from being a total Badass... Even when Guts had become the badass Black Swordsman, Guts cried some (for a brief moment). After narrowly escaping an encounter with his mortal enemies, the God Hand, Guts encouraged the Count's daughter Theresia to hate him in order to prevent her from committing suicide.
- Messiah Creep: Guts doesn't care about saving the world very much, but he gradually moves in this direction as he gains more followers and beats bigger and badder monsters. Who else is going to do it anyway?
- Mind Rape: "Mundane" torture scenario. What Femto did to Guts during the eclipse was rape in every form. It's especially vile since Femto mind raped Guts by physically raping Casca in front of him, which he probably did to invoke Guts' memories of being raped as a child.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Needles! Guts really can't bear these and cries like a baby whenever he gets his wounds stitched. Yes, we can see the irony.
- Missing Mom: This overused shonen trope is taken to the extreme since Guts' real mother was dead before he even fell out of her and his adoptive mother died from the plague when Guts was three. There is a chance Guts might have never even talked to a woman before he met Casca...
- Mr. Fanservice: Maybe not intentional but the guy is very tall, very ripped, ruggedly handsome, appears shirtless or even completely naked several times, so it only comes with the territory that he garnered a devoted female fandom.
- Must Make Her Laugh: After all of the crap that they had gone through since the Eclipse, all that Guts wants to do is to make Casca smile.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Happens two prominent times. First was when he accidentally killed the Count's son leading him to go into Heroic BSOD mode. The second was when he almost raped Casca when the Beast got the best of him. After that, Guts began to keep his distance from her, fearing that he might hurt her again - or worse.
- My Greatest Failure: Guts' greatest failure is not only being unable to save Casca from being raped by Femto during the Eclipse, but also leaving her to deal with her trauma alone for two years to pursue revenge against Griffith and deal with his own trauma alone.
- Guts is also painfully aware of the fact that his abandoning of the Hawks is the root cause of everything bad that went down. Made extra painfull by the fact that Guts ended his one year pilgrimage by concluding that his place was with the Hawks after all.
- Named After Somebody Famous: It can't be a coincidence his name sounds like that of Gotz Von Berlichingen, a real-life mercenary with an iron hand? (Word of God says it is a coincidence. It's up to you if you believe him.)
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: If you're a bad guy, try not to come across a guy named "Guts" - he'll be sure to splatter yours.
- Near-Rape Experience: During the Millennium Falcon arc, Casca almost gets raped by Guts when he succumbs to the Beast.
- Never My Fault: When he returned to Godo's house to find Casca was missing, Guts immediately went to blaming Rickert instead of looking how he played a role in Casca's condition.
- Never Sleep Again: Ever since he got the brand, Guts can only get some shut eye when he finds a spot in full sunlight. Eventually he gets so conditioned to this he can't fall asleep at nighttime anymore even when he knows he is in a safe spot.
- Nice Hat: Usually not his thing exept that one time when Guts was scheming with Griffith against the queen. The hat seemed so out of character some viewers at first didn't even recognize the mysterious assassin even tough he was using a big sword. After that, we realise how good he looks with it.
- No Badass to His Valet: Yeah. Yelling and death glaring might work to intimidate the other people present, Guts, but that ain't gonna work on Godo. Now sit down, shut up, and receive your What the Hell, Hero? lecture like a man.
- Noble Demon: A seriously pissed off Guts will become much like a demon himself, but his staunch resolve to remain human and the presence of his Morality Chain (read: Casca) prevents him from completely delving into full-blown "demonhood."
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish Male to Griffith's, and later Serpico's Noble Male.
- No Social Skills
- Oblivious to Love: He never really bothered to realize that Casca wanted him to stay with the Hawks because she was falling in love with him. He also completely and utterly failed to notice how obsessed Griffith was with him, to the point of assuming that his utterly crushed stance when Guts is leaving has to do with Griffith being unable to deal with being defeated.
- Official Couple: With Casca.
- One-Man Army: He got the moniker Hundred Man Slayer before becoming the monster-killer he is today.
- Papa Wolf: Surprisingly, he's more of this to Schierke than to the Child, but probably because Casca won't let Guts near him. They also don't get to spend much time together so far, since he's always battling monsters whenever he shows up. Then again, this is usually a cue in for their own little relationship.
- Perma Shave: It's a given that Griffith doesn't have a beard, but Mr. Manly-Man Guts doesn't have any facial hair either. The scars will do.
- Perpetual Frowner: When Guts isn't wearing a Slasher Smile or some sardonic and smug one, he's wearing this. Seen especially after the Eclipse.
- Corkus berates Guts for this claiming that Gut's constant frown and general load bearing demeanour piss him off (but then again this is Corkus)
- Pet the Dog: Just when you're ready to write him down as a simple Villain Protagonist, he up and does one of these when you least expect it. It usually happens to children... even the very children he was using as bait or shields against monsters not one chapter ago.
- Plot Armor: Due to having been branded and sacrificed by Griffith upon the Eclipse, Guts cannot be sacrificed again by anyone, as was exposed during his run-in with the Count. But that's cold comfort when you still have the Legions of Hell at your back 24/7. By extension, Casca shares this "protection".
- Plot Magnet: In several ways, mostly due to his Brand.
- Chick Magnet: After the Golden Age arc he seems to develop a talent for getting younger girls to fall for him. Not that he's even trying.
- Actually, he gets a young admirer right after the first apostle fight. Too bad she died.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Due in part to his Single-Target Sexuality, Guts really doesn't care to acknowledge the effects he has on girls.
- Doom Magnet: There's an 8.5 out of 10 chance that any place that Guts steps in will be brought down to rubble and gore.
- Fight Magnet: Be they monster or mook, things just want to fight with Guts. And they usually lose terribly.
- Weirdness Magnet: Even when he's not fighting for his life, Guts just runs into weird-ass shit all the time.
- Pointy Ears: Not nearly as pointy as many of the supernatural entities in the series, but his ears are still noticeably so when compared to other humans. They also get decidedly pointy whenever he dons his Berserker armour and Schierke exposes his astral visage, which clearly sports a pair of black, elungated Pointy Ears. (See Disappeared Dad above for what this might mean.)
- The Power of Love: No matter how you look at it, his current driving force is his love for Casca. Nothing un-Badass here. He just doesn't want to lose the last being on Earth able to actually warm up his heart. Sure his new True Companions are important and all, but Casca is on a completely different level.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": ... a little too much...
- Raised by Dudes: And abusive dudes at that, hence his maladjusted behaviour around people in general. When it came to interacting and understanding women, especially with Casca, Guts was a typical clueless guy and his behavior was straight-up sexist. He eventually gets over his initial ignorance and ill-manners toward women (well, at least in the case of Casca), but now he had to tackle a little feeling known as "love."
- Rated M for Manly
- Rape as Backstory: After Gambino sold him to child prostitution, Guts couldn't avoid getting what was coming to him, no matter how hard he fought it. Even though he managed to exact revenge sometime later.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Guts became a real man when he was just nine years old...
- Real Men Eat Meat: ESPECIALLY rat meat - and wash it down with blood.
- Real Men Hate Affection: Zigzagged all along the story. He is gruff, blunt, aloof, dismissive and Hates Being Touched but there are times where he shows a warmer side of himself. For instance, he is quite surprised to find himself appreciating the company of his new True Companions and he really, really wants Casca to love him again.
- Real Men Wear Pink: The first traveling companion of this dark, towering, wayward swordsman is none other than - a faerie... So why does this man continue to strike fear into my heart despite this?
- The fact that he can cleave you in twain in the blink of an eye very splattertastically?
- ... Yeah, that ought to do it.
- Red Baron: His moniker is, all together now... The Black Swordsman. (In case you forgot...)
- Before he became The Black Swordsman he was "The Hundred man slayer" and "The Hawk Raid Leader" based, you guessed it, killing over a hundred men in a single sitting and leading the hawks raiding party. Both of these titles struck fear into people who were facing him down.
- Red Is Heroic: Subverted. In the Golden Age Arc movies, Guts wore a red cape to contrast with Griffith's blue-lined cape. Of course, he's only a Nominal Hero and isn't even THE hero in the Golden Age Arc (that went to Griffith - for a time). Guts is, however, The Protagonist of the story.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Griffith's Blue Oni.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The very reason why he wants to take on Griffith and the Apostles.
- Until the Tower of Conviction arc this sums up the series. The Black Dog keeps trying to tempt him back into this, telling him to just kill Casca and go back to trying to kill Griffith and anything in his way is just practice.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Since childhood, Guts has been trained as a warrior. Now, he can wield an impossible weapon with one hand and can take out scores of enemies all by himself. Sometimes ''in one swing''. ... It's just too bad that he has crummy social skills because of his upbringing (along with his traumatic backstory).
- Scarf of Asskicking: Before the cape, Guts had the scarf - and it kicked so much ass.
- Scars Are Forever: Though he's Covered with Scars and the Brand of Sacrifice takes up a lot of attention, Guts' signature scar is the one that's on the bridge of his nose, given to him by Gambino when Guts was training as a child. Yeah. It's still there, guys.
- Scary Teeth: As much as we all look forward to seeing Guts smile, whenever he does so, it's never with teeth... maybe because every time he bears his teeth, we see huge pearly gnashers with rather intimidating canines. Still pretty impressive in an age with no orthodontists. And to add...
- Screaming Warrior: When Guts gets really pissed, he'll often start yelling at the top of his lungs as he starts laying about with his BFS.
- Second Love: For Casca, once she realizes there is no place in Griffith's heart for her.
- Self Destructive Charge: Guts does this often, but the best example comes during the Eclipse, when he is trying to save Casca. First he rushes through a wall of demons and almost gets ripped to shreds, then he has to hack off his arm to continue the fight and he wouldn't have lost his eye if he wasn't trying so hard to push himself up wile pinned down.
- Self-Made Orphan: Subverted in that Gambino wasn't actually his father, and it was an accident.
- Shirtless Scene: Much to the Fangirls' joy and, strangely, him being Covered with Scars doesn't make him any less attractive.
- Shrouded in Myth: According to Isidro, Guts didn't kill 100 soldiers, but 1,000. Guts refused to elaborate.
- Single-Target Sexuality: As mentioned above, Guts is one of the least sex-motivated male characters in the series, and has attracted, been fawned over, been molested by, and has seen numerous women naked. But at the end of the day, he only has eyes for one woman: Casca. Aside from that one time where he had sex with a she-apostle - whose intent was to eat him alive during intercourse - but he knew it all along in order to slay it, Guts has only had consensual sex once in his life, and it was with her after getting through some post-traumatic stress from being anally raped when he was a kid and only looked forward to doing it more with Casca. Even after all of the horrible events that the two of them have been through, Guts is still strongly devoted to Casca.
- Also, though his monogamy toward Casca is hardly a bad thing, it's also deconstructed, as Guts' attraction toward Casca has been the only time that Guts has played the All Men Are Perverts trope straight, some instances being a bit more disturbing, such as when Guts came close to forcing himself on Casca after the Eclipse when he accidentally ripped her clothes or when Guts almost raped Casca in volume 23.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He's a goddamn fucking knight in black fucking armor.
- Skunk Stripe: The first time Guts puts on the Berserker Armor, he gains a streak of white in his hair.
- Slasher Smile: The only type of smile Guts is ever shown to have with few exceptions during the Golden Age Arc.
- He does give a genuine smile when he learns there's a possibility of Casca being cured. So that's one non-slasher smile in a good two years.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Well, he's got pauldrons, so there's that...
- The Social Darwinist: Back when he was a bigger jerk than normal, Guts adopted the "only the strong deserve to live" motto as his own. The irony in this is that he verbally condemned Casca, who is currently defenseless and can't take care of herself, to the same fate as those who couldn't fight against the strong. Alas, Guts cleaned up his act after awhile and seems to have dropped this ideology upon re-realizing what he wanted to protect the most.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: He and Casca are two of a kind and paid dearly for this...
- Stay in the Kitchen: Once tried this on Casca after her first battle against Adon, when she got incapacitated by her period and both fell off a cliff due to her fainting from exhaustion. Subverted in that it had the effect of a Rousing Speech rather than a demotivator, which was his intent all along.
- The Stoic: He tends to keep his emotions at a minimum, and really only opens up toward people whom he trusts. Corkus once claimed that this was the reason why he hated him so much.
- Not So Stoic: Well, Guts isn't completely devoid of emotions, since he does have the capability of showing one most of the time: anger. Also, there were times that just proved too much for Guts such as recanting his abusive childhood to Casca.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Overloaded with testosterone, chiselled physique, dark, rugged, handsome... Need we say more?
- Super-Powered Evil Side: The Beast, his Enemy Within, one of the most evil entities of the series (and in a series that includes Griffith / Femto and the Idea of Evil, that's saying something). It used to live in harmony with Guts during the Retribution Arc but, now that he decided not to lose Casca to anyone or anything, the Beast constantly tries to goad Guts into killing Casca so it could take over his body again, and when Guts wears the Berserker Armor, he opens himself wide open to its influence.
- Surprisingly Elite Cannon Fodder: As stated in the recent chapter 328, Gambino would send his front lines in as decoys in order to get shot at by the enemy archers - including Guts. Apparently, it wasn't enough to get Guts killed, even if Gambino passed it off as a "life lesson" and we can only assume that's he's tried this before. Jerk.
- Survivor Guilt: Interestingly enough, most of this comes not from his horrible experience during the Eclipse, but from his horrible childhood experience of being raped by Donovan. As with most survivors of sexual abuse and assault, Guts blamed himself for not being able to defend himself against Donovan, even though he shouldn't because Guts - who was only about six or seven at the time - couldn't have put up a fight against a guy who was easily ten times bigger than he, and that it wasn't his fault to begin with: it was his crummy adoptive father who was to blame, since he fucking sold him for three silver coins.
- Swiss Army Appendage: As noted multiple times, Guts's Artificial Arm can switch between being a repeating crossbow and a cannon.
- Sympathetic Murder Backstory: He had to kill two major people in his pre-Hawks backstory apart from those he killed in battle as a child mercenary. The first was Donovan, a pederast soldier in his adoptive father Gambino's band, who Guts killed in revenge for having raped him. The other was Gambino himself, who Guts had to kill in self-defense after Gambino lost his leg, got drunk one night and tried to murder him because he blamed the poor kid for the death of his lover from the plague. The latter killing affected him quite more strongly than the former, though he still has the aversion to being touched which came from Donovan's attack on him.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Technical Virgin: Although he was anally raped by Donovan as a child, Guts never had consensual intercourse until his time with Casca.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: And lots of things do, so don't rub him the wrong way for your own sake.
- That Thing is Not My Child!: This seems to be much how Guts reacts to his Fetus Terrible child. Unfortunately for him, the horribly marred fetus IS his child.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After having gained so many jerkass levels, Guts gets progressively nicer after a resounding What the Hell, Hero? from Godo, and especially after forming a group of True Companions.
- Tragic Keepsake: Casca is this to him since she is the last remnant of the original Band of the Hawk aside of him. Additionally, the throwing knives and strap that he kept from Judeau.
- Trash Talk: It's a male pride thing. When he has no strength left to fight anymore, Guts will still stand up to his opponents and trash talk them until he drops. Lampshaded by Serpico upon his Enemy Mine moment with Zodd against Ganishka.
Serpico: "Don't tell me he got up only for the sake of trash-talking Zodd..."
- 24-Hour Armor: Considering that his ass is constantly swarmed with evil spirits attracted to his brand, it's best to be prepared.
- Uh-Oh Eyes: Take heed in this warning, children, as the windows to Guts' soul also signify how much immediate danger you are in:
- The Unfettered: Not so much right now, but during his Black Swordsman days, Guts would let nothing get in the way of killing an Apostle.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Strongly averted. In the first chapters, we think that he only has strong, but later, when he fights without being in Rage-mode, i.e. in the Golden Age arc, he displays true talent in swordsmanship. In fact, he is probably one of the most skilled swordsmen in-universe.
- Unstoppable Rage: Guts runs on this. Especially when he has the Berserker Armor.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Up until Gambino sold him to Donovan for a night and Guts killed Gambino in self-defense two years later.
- Walking Disaster Area: Everywhere this guy goes, calamity happens, mainly due to him being a complete Weirdness Magnet thanks to the Brand.
- Walking the Earth: Especially during the first 3 volumes where he was the Black Swordsman.
- Warrior Poet: Guts eventually becomes an aloof, melancholic one after finding his new True Companions.
- He had his moments even before that: following the 100-man slaying incident, he has a surprisingly poetic conversation with Casca, and she is just as surprised as the reader to see that he has these sorts of Hidden Depths.
- During his not-very-nice rampaging Black Swordsman days, he gave a "It's Not You, It's My Enemies" explanation to Jill that was a tearjerker, an awesome, and a heartwarming moment all in one.
- Weapon of Choice/Choice of Two Weapons: His big fucking swords, primarily the Dragon Slayer. Later, his Arm Cannon/repeating crossbow is added to his arsenal.
- Schrieke tries to offer him an enchanted axe to use against the apostles and other monsters, which Guts refuses, saying that he'd rather a simple weapon he knows than a magical one he doesn't.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: As a kid, Guts's primary motivation was to make his adoptive father Gambino proud. It ended badly.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Griffith.
- When He Smiles: In volume 28, Guts briefly gives a true smile upon hearing from the Skull Knight that Casca might be cured of her insanity once and for all if he gets her to Elfhelm. Schierke, who is present, gives a soft reaction of happiness that she was able to see Guts smile like this.
- Whole Costume Reference: His Berserker Armor◊ looks kinda similar to Batman
- Wife-Basher Basher: Hey, Guts might be gruff and uncaring at times, but he's not about to stand idly by while a grown ass man beats a woman senseless. He at least gets Puck to take care of it if he doesn't do it himself.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Casca throughout the Golden Age arc.
- Wonder Child: He gave a grieving childless woman the gift of motherhood by being another woman's orphaned newborn.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He doesn't exactly want to destroy the world...but he is willing to walk a path of destruction to get to where he wants to be, and he doesn't care who gets in his way. Some say that his quest to destroying the Godhand is suicidal and his seething hatred for the Apostles is just as horrific, and there might have been some truth to that before he got a call back to what was most important to him: protecting the woman that he loves, Casca. That's right. These two were unfortunate enough to have gone through the worse shit imaginable, and it will all end with both of them spending an eternity in hell thanks to their former friend making an epic Face-Heel Turn. The only way to spare he and his lover of this horrible fate in the smallest way possible? Kill the Legions of Hell by himself!
- Worth Living For: For Casca's sake.
- Would Hit a Girl: Justified. Holding back against women like Rosine, Slan or the Female Apostle who are ANYTHING but weak and harmless would be plain suicidal.
- Would Hurt a Child: He isn't a Byronic Hero for nothing you know...
- Younger Than He Looks: If we keep track of these dozens of Time Skips, Guts should still only be in his early twenties, but with all of the stress of fighting throughout his life (and other traumatic ordeals), he looks to be in his thirties.
- Zero Approval Gambit: Guts taunts Theresa after he just killed her monstrous Apostle father the Count. Theresa furiously swears that she'll kill Guts someday, somehow. Guts sneers at this, but the moment he turns his head away he looks like he's on the brink of tears. After his own painful daddy issues are revealed, it's clear in hindsight that Guts was just trying to give Theresa something to help her deal with her grief.