Characters: Berserk Kingdom Of Midland
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Midland Royal Family
Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (Japanese, TV series), Aki Toyosaki (Japanese, movies), Rachael Lillis (English, TV series and movies)
"Today is the first time I have come to the hunting grounds. My father invited me, so I felt I must accompany him. But I do not think I will grow to like hunting. It is cruel. War is the same way...why is it that men enjoy little more than shedding blood?"
"I don't care how I look. The warm fireplace, the waiting servants, I don't need them. It's alright if he can't speak. I'm sure even his wounds will heal. We'll be together. Forever...and ever."The heiress to the throne of Midland is a Princess Classic example. Not a fighter at all, meek, cute and rather capricious, she immediately falls in love with Griffith upon meeting him. She is the one who helped the Hawks enter Midland's castle so they could free Griffith. She got captured and almost raped by Ganishka not long after her father's demise.Upon his reincarnation, freeing her from Ganishka's grasp was one of Griffith's priorities, and during her captivity she would make embroideries of Griffith. Since she is the last pure royal of Midland, Griffith's plan is to marry her so he can access the throne legally.
- Action Dress Rip: A variation. As it says above, she's no Action Girl but when she tagged along Guts and Co in the Griffith retrieval arc, she ripped off her dress so as to run and move more easily.
- Action Survivor: Subverted. Even though she did shield Griffith from a poison dart and easily could have died during the encounter with the Bakirakas, she didn't survive because of any ability or luck she could have had back then. She was spared (along with her servant) only because she's the king's daughter.
- Attempted Rape: Between her dad and Ganishka...poor girl.
- Badass Princess: During the Griffith rescue operation, as she had no problem with ripping her dress and getting a little dirty and was even prepared to give up a life of luxury in order to be with Griffith on the lam. She took a poison dart for him. That took some guts, girl.
- Beware the Nice Ones: You know, for as much as some people complain she's a doormat, it's worth pointing out that she's one of the very few female characters who've unequivocally fought off someone who tried to attack them sexually, to the point where she completely wrecked her dad's face with nothing but her bare hands and feet. Granted her dad isn't quite of the same caliber as some of the other perverted monsters which populate this story, but still.
- Daddy's Girl: Not exactly. While the king is very fond of his daughter though it's debatable if his affection toward her was always a platonic father-daughter relationship, Charlotte's feelings about her father prior to Griffith's downfall are never really explored. Their relationship was definitely ruined beyond repair after the king tried to rape her.
- Dark Mistress: Rather than a Lady Macbeth, mostly because she has no clue about Griffith's real nature and is a rather sweet girl otherwise.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: For the setting and for the purposes of the plot, having a princess is as good as it gets. For the purposes of the happiness and welfare of her kingdom, on the other hand? Even though she's a Princess Classic, the fact that she falls for a Manipulative Bastard and eventual Dark Messiah means her impact on the story is unlikely to be positive in the long run..
- Fragile Flower: Has a very sensitive personality that makes her dislike soldiers and war. She is even upset by cruelty to animals, and it doesn't take much to make her cry.
- Friendless Background: It's implied that Charlotte never really had any friends. Anna, her handmaid, is likely her Only Friend.
- Girl in the Tower: Where Ganishka held Charlotte captive after he took over Wyndam.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Especially towards Griffith. Oh, if only she knew...
- I Will Wait for You: Spurns all courtship and marriage offers after Griffith's flight from Midland, and spends her imprisonment by Ganishka sewing embroideries of Griffith until he comes to rescue her.
- Jail Bait: A rather literal example. Keep in mind that she was seventeen when Griffith deflowered her.
- The King's Daughter: The reason that she is Griffith's Meal Ticket.
- Lady and Knight: She and Griffith are a zigzagged example. Charlotte fits the bright lady character type and Griffith acts as the knight who (literally) looks bright, but has dark intentions.
- The Lady's Favour: She gives Griffith a magnetic doll that belongs in a set with a lady and a knight that once belonged to her mother, hoping that Griffith would take it with him into battle. Griffith said that he couldn't take such a valuable item... so he swears to return it to her.
- Last of Her Kind: By the time she reenters the story after the Eclipse she is the last of Midland's royal line.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Charlotte's father coped with the death of her mother partly by burying himself in work, and partly by treasuring Charlotte as a reminder of her. After their relationship is destroyed beyond repair, the King loses his sanity.
- Lonely Rich Kid: She lives in luxury, but apart from Anna she has no friends and rarely goes outside.
- Love at First Sight: She immediately fell for Griffith upon seeing him.
- Meal Ticket: As far as the story would go, Griffith isn't interested in her for something else than her birthright.
- Naïve Everygirl
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Take away her birthright and Griffith and she's nothing.
- Overly Long Name: Charlotte Beatrix Marie Rhody Wyndham. Yeahhhhh. We're going to just keep calling her "Princess Charlotte".
- Parental Neglect: Not only her father the king lusts after her, her stepmother the Queen mostly ignores her apart from occasionally scolding her for being too friendly with a commoner like Griffith.
- Princess Classic: She's as beautiful, kind, and innocent as any fairy tale princess.
- Putting A Hand Over Her Mouth: Played for laughs during her uncharacteristic temper tantrum during the Griffith rescue. Everyone present excluding Pippin partake in this. Guts suggested that they gag her.
- Satellite Love Interest: Her only actual role in the series is being Griffith's Love Interest / Meal Ticket. She pretty much thinks about nothing but Griffith and how happy she is when she is around him.
- Shrinking Violet: We were first introduced to Charlotte when - hey, where is she? Oh, there she is: hiding behind that pillar. Anyway, this princess might have all of the riches in the world, but one thing that she doesn't appear to have is a lot of social experience. Squickily justified in that her father kept her close to home, commenting that big men and soldiers frighten her and even she said that she didn't like going to balls and other aristocratic gatherings much. Charlotte did seem to be coming out of her shell when she started interacting with Griffith, however.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Deconstructed with her relationship with Griffith. She sees him as a perfect gentleman, but his true self is far from that.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Falls quickly and intensely in love with Griffith, to the point where she constantly can't wait to see him and thinks of him as the only man for her.
- Spoiled Sweet: Being the princess and sole heir of an entire kingdom, Charlotte has the finer luxuries in life. Though she might be naive about the world due to her sheltered life of royalty, she is one of the few genuinely nice aristocrats presented in the series and has a sweet and kind personality. Casca even 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.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To her late mother, which is the source of her father's lust.
- Taking the Bullet: During Griffith's rescue one of the Bakiraka shoots a poisoned dart aimed at Griffith, but Charlotte takes the dart for him. Luckily, since the King told them to bring her back unharmed under pain of death, the Bakiraka pause the fight so that Anna can take her away to receive the antidote.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: While the King's unattractiveness is more from his age than being particularly ugly, Charlotte looks nothing like him. Instead she's the spitting image of her beautiful mother.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Being the sole heiress to the throne of Midland, she becomes the de facto queen of Midland but she's really not comfortable in this role and mostly relies on Griffith to give her strength. Not to mention, Falconia will be ruled by Griffith himself, not by her.
The King of Midland
Voiced by: Tamio Oki (Japanese, TV series), Nobuyuki Katsube (Japanese, movies), Jeff Swarthout (English, TV series), Christopher Corey Smith (English, Movies)
"It is true that there are statesmen who do not think favorably of such people. They say that the influence of those of common origin will reflect poorly on our army's prestige. But prestige, status, and the like do not win battles. Nor do they feed the people. These are troubled times. I anticipate that rather than noble generals who are bound to old customs, it is common soldiers such as yourself, not taken in by status, who will help form the cornerstone of this kingdom."
"Damn you...Damn you, Griffith! You should have rotted away beneath that tower long ago. You've crawled out from the depths of darkness to take my Charlotte again. So you would steal my light and run? I won't let you."The King of Midland and Charlotte's father. His entire rule has taken place during the Hundred Year War, and he fully realizes the suffering this places upon his people. Therefore, he wishes to win an honorable peace as soon as possible. Unlike his elitist brother, Julius, the King is willing to let commoners lead the war effort as long as it gets results.He was famously devoted to his first wife, Charlotte's mother, who tragically died young. He remarried for political reasons but never stopped loving his first wife, and utterly devoted himself to running the Kingdom's affairs in order to escape his sadness. This alienated him from his second queen, who secretly sought comfort in the arms of Julius. He adores Charlotte because she is all that he has left of her mother, and despite the possible advantage to be gained in marrying her off he prefers to keep her close. Admiring Griffith ever since the Band of the Hawk routed the Black Ram Iron Lance Heavy Cavalry, he bestows knighthood and a noble title upon him and begins to favor the Hawks even over Julius' White Dragon Knights. When Griffith finally succeeds in capturing the castle of Doldrey, thus enabling a negotiated end to the war, the King is so grateful that he grants the Hawks the supreme title of "White" and confers nobility upon all their leaders. When the King imprisons and tortures Griffith for deflowering Charlotte, the extent of the King's mental issues are revealed. Because he never got over the death of his first wife, he has projected his love for her onto Charlotte even to the point of subconsciously lusting for his daughter. In order to cope with the stress of running the kingdom, he has clung to Charlotte as his only joy in life, and cannot forgive Griffith for taking her from him. When Griffith forces him to realize that he would have rather taken Charlotte's virginity himself, the King begins to lose his sanity and attempts to rape Charlotte, unsuccessfully. Meanwhile, the army carries out his orders to ambush the Band of the Hawk, leading to the death and desertion of most and forcing the rest into hiding. Two years later, Griffith is broken out of imprisonment by the remaining Hawks and the King goes so far as to send Bakiraka professional killers and the Black Dog Knights led by Wyald in pursuit of him. Shortly after, with the kingdom in ruins because of his mad pursuit of Griffith, he dies in loneliness with the realization that he supported Griffith because he did not want to be king.
- Abusive Dad: He eventually tries to rape Charlotte.
- Berserk Button: The king may not be the biggest badass, but don't touch his little girl. He'll get medieval on your ass.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a pleasant guy when you stay on his good side, but you do not want to make him angry. After Griffith pushes him too far he permanently snaps.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- The Caligula: After his mind cracks, he devotes all of the kingdom's resources into searching for Griffith to the expense of everything else, ultimately leaving Midland vulnerable to the Kushan Empire.
- Disproportionate Retribution: As punishment for having sex with his daughter, the king had Griffith imprisoned in the lowest dungeon in Midland, sentenced to three years of torture, and commanded that the entire Band of the Hawk be exterminated.
- Dying Alone: Even on his deathbed, Charlotte refuses to see him.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He rebukes Griffith for "betraying" him despite the king's always good treatment of the Band of the Hawk.
- Face-Heel Turn: He starts as a benign Reasonable Authority Figure, but becomes a villain after Griffith deflowers Charlotte.
- Feeling Their Age: The King often comments on how he is no longer able to do the things he enjoyed when he was young, such as fighting in battle or taking part in the hunt. He wisely decided to acknowledge his age and let the next generation have their turn.
- Fisher King: While the Kingdom of Midland wasn't perfect, Wyndam was a pretty nice place to be, and the king was a reasonable and benevolent ruler. After Griffith's. By the time the King is on his death bed, being driven to madness, pestilence, plague, and death has taken over the kingdom.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Of Grittith and Charlotte's affair. While Griffith had to tell the king that he's lusting after his own daughter, the moment the old man realized that's true, hell went loose.
- The Good King: Deconstructed. He is initially portrayed as a very capable ruler who places little stock in tradition and ceremony, and values competence over birth. However his devotion to good rule has alienated him from his wife, and he lusts after Charlotte due to the stress of being a king. Eventually the rigors of rule cause him to snap and become The Caligula, and as he dies he realizes that he supported Griffith because he no longer wanted to be king.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: He shoves this into Griffith's face at the beginning of his imprisonment.... and then the same begins to happen to him at the same instance, thanks to Griffith.
- Ill Guy: After his mental breakdown, he suffers from rapid aging and a general decline in his health.
- King On His Death Bed: As he lay dying in his bed, the rest of the Midland court was in turmoil about how Charlotte could handle her succession - and the matter of an invasion looming due to Midland's collapsed state.
- Knight Templar Parent / Overprotective Dad: Pretty much threw the efforts of a century long war away and ruined his own kingdom just to get revenge on Griffith for deflowering Charlotte.
- Lonely at the Top: Described how being the king of a nation was a lonely existence.
- Married to the Job: After his first wife's death, he hid from his sorrows by immersing himself in the work of governing. As such he had no time for his family, which led to his second wife's infidelity with Julius.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After his attempted rape of Charlotte, he acknowledges that what he did was despicable and wishes he could take it back since it drove her further away from him. However, he still holds Griffith to blame and refuses to abandon his revenge.
- No Name Given: To Charlotte he is simply "father", and to everybody else he is "The King of Midland".
- Nothing Can Save Us Now: The King's first appearance in volume 5 has him saying, "Is there no one in Midland who can stop the black devils of Tudor?!" Cue in Band of the Hawk.
- Papa Wolf: Likes to think of himself as this, but he has ulterior motives and eventually takes it to insane extremes.
- Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: Or, near to the worst time. After Griffith is captured on the palace grounds, the king storms into Charlotte's room to confront her on the accusations. Charlotte tries her best to tell her father to go away, but when the king sees a trail of evidence left over by Griffith, it prompts him to lift up the bedsheets and - boom. Blood stains of virginity.
- Parental Incest: The poor Charlotte barely escaped her father's lewd intentions.
- The Promise: To Charlotte, of not chasing Griffith anymore. He didn't keep it.
- Rapid Aging: After his breakdown, his body deteriorates as fast as his mind and he becomes geriatric within just two years.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He was able to acknowledge Griffith and the Band Of The Hawk's achievements for his country and willing to grant them titles for it despite the corrupt aristocracy criticizing him for doing so. Unfortunately, he became anything but reasonable after Griffith pushed his Berserk Button.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: What that relationship changed into when Griffith went too far.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is pragmatic and hardworking, and before his break with Griffith he is considered an effective ruler. He recognizes talent whether common or noble, doesn't stand on ceremony, and keeps Midland as a pretty good place to live. In his younger days he led from the front of the army, and now continues to command in the field although he is too old to take part in the fighting.
- Sanity Slippage: After Griffith forces him to acknowledge his dark desires and he attempts to rape Charlotte, he becomes obsessed with destroying Griffith and acts increasingly paranoid and violent.
- A Taste of the Lash: Personally wields the whip to torture Griffith when he first visits him in prison.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His actions against Griffith and the Hawks eventually kick-starts the Eclipse and Femto's Rise into the Godhand.
- Wife Husbandry: He remarked about how much Charlotte began looking like his beloved deceased wife, and then Griffith clued in that he probably kept Charlotte at home and didn't arrange her to be married to a principality of the Tudor Empire for a reason...
- Yandere: For his daughter. Oh God. Beats even Griffith effortlessly.
- You Have Failed Me: To the Baakiraka woman, after the squad almost killed Charlotte by accident and failed to capture Griffith. He also tells the guards who know that Griffith deflowered Charlotte that he will kill them and their families if that information becomes public.
- Younger Than They Look: The king is probably in his 50s or 60s judging by his first appearance, as he has a wrinkled face and a receding hairline but has kept his black hair and good health. Two years after his breakdown he looks as if he is at least 90 years old, having become so decrepit and infirm that he needs page boys to help him walk.
Queen of Midland
Voiced by: Toshiko Sawada (Japanese), Suzanne Gilad (English)
"I will never forgive you, Griffith. Not as the Queen of Midland, but as a woman will I take my revenge!"The queen of Midland and Charlotte's stepmother. Some ten years ago she came from a foreign country to marry the King of Midland, whose first wife had died young. Finding that the King buried himself in work to escape his sadness and was unable to love or satisfy her, she entered into an affair with Count Julius. Being of like mind with Julius regarding the place of commoners, she disapproves of Charlotte's interest in Griffith and plots against him. Helped by Minister Foss and spurred to vengeance after the assassination of Julius, she assembles a noble conspiracy to have Griffith poisoned during his own triumph party. Her victory is short-lived, since Griffith only pretended to be dead and took advantage of all conspirators being together at the same place to have them die in a massive fire, including the queen herself.
- Adapted Out: Of the movie trilogy, along with the assassination conspiracy subplot.
- Avenging the Villain: She wanted to avenge Julius, her lover and Griffith main contender for the crown, who was assassinated on Griffith's orders.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Except she could only hope to succeed.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard
- Kill It with Fire
- Mauve Shirt
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Lady, a black veil really isn't enough to hide that enormous headdress...
- Parental Neglect: Other than when she's chastising her for conversing with commoners, she completely ignores Charlotte.
- Rich Bitch
- Wicked Stepmother
- Your Cheating Heart: Secretly turned to Count Julius for warmth because her marriage to the King was loveless. Although their relationship was purely physical, she realizes after his death that she was in love with him.
Voiced by: Ryuji Mizuno (Japanese, TV series), Rikiya Koyama (Japanese, movies), Dick Bunting (English, TV series), Jesse Corti (English, movies)
"A stray arrow, eh? Interesting...A fitting way for a commoner to die!"The Brother of the king of Midland, uncle of Princess Charlotte, and general of Midland's most prominent army, the White Dragon Knights. He secretly had an adulterous affair with the current Queen of Midland, and his own wife recently died, leaving him in sole care of their teenage son Adonis. Himself the product of a hard upbringing, he treats his son coldly and tries to harshly prepare him for the responsibility of taking his place as head of the White Dragon Knights. According to gossip overheard in the film he was recently captured in battle against the Tudor Kingdom and ransomed for a large sum, which may account for his being out of favor with the King.Believing adamantly in the superiority of nobles over commoners, he is outraged by Griffith’s rising prominence. Seeing Julius' anger, Minister Foss goads him into attempting to assassinate Griffith during the royal hunt. The plan would have been successful, had not Griffith's Crimson Behelit miraculously prevented the poisoned crossbow bolt from even scratching him. Griffith traces the poison back to Julius and orders Guts to infiltrate his castle. During the mission, Guts sees Julius sparring with young Adonis and is reminded of his own childhood with Gambino. Guts succeeds in killing Julius, who recognizes Guts' face as he dies, and mistakenly kills Adonis who discovers his father's corpse. Julius' councilor Hassan weeps at the sight of father and son both dead, lamenting that Adonis never had a chance to make his father smile.
- Abusive Parent: Subjects his thirteen-year-old son Adonis to brutal training from hell in order to prepare him to take his place as general of the White Dragons. He seems to genuinely want what he thinks is best for his son, but his methods remind Guts of his own abusive parent, Gambino.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Has reddish-brown hair in the anime and manga supposedly, but has blonde hair in the movie.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Refuses to allow a filthy commoner like Griffith to become the most powerful general in Midland, and will stoop to murder to prevent it.
- Blonde Guys Are Evil: In the movie.
- Evil Uncle: To Princess Charlotte. He actually wants to prepare his son for marriage to Princess Charlotte and therefore the Kingship of Midland, which is the cause for his great strictness.
- Jerkass: Between berating commoners for not knowing their place, chewing out his sharpshooter for failing, and giving his son training from hell, he seems not to have any time for being nice.
- Jerkass Realization: After Hassan tells him not to be so hard on Adonis, Julius admits that he was taking out his anger about other matters on his son and went too far.
- Mauve Shirt
- Spell My Name with an "S": The anime gave his name as "Yurius." Also, nobody seems to be able to decide whether he is he a duke, an earl, a count, or a lord.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Minister Foss, who goads Julius into trying to kill Griffith by staging a hunting accident. All to ensure there will be no evidence implicating himself.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The disciplinarian father for whom Adonis' best is never good enough. While the manga shows Adonis' resentment about this and only implies his desire to impress his father, the movie makes it more clear that Adonis wants his father's praise and approval.
- Your Cheating Heart: Slept with his brother's second wife, possibly while his own wife was still alive.
Voiced by: Mayumi Asano (Japanese, TV series), Maki Mizuma (Japanese, movies), Kathryn Kapinski (English, TV series), Colin De Paula (English, movies)
"Father! I can continue!"The son of Count Julius, nephew of the King of Midland, and a cousin to Princess Charlotte, Adoinis is a delicate and sensitive boy who struggles to measure up to his father's harsh standards. His mother the Countess recently died, and his father is determined to train him into a proper knight so that he can lead the White Dragon Knights when he grows up, and possibly marry Charlotte and become king of Midland. When Guts sneaks into Julius' castle he sees Adonis sparring with his father, reminding him of his own brutal sword practices with Gambino. Hassan, Julius' councilor who seems to have a role in raising Adonis, tries to comfort him and reassure him that his father means well, but Adonis looks hurt and resentful. After Guts kills Julius, Adonis sees his father's corpse and makes an audible sound. Attacking on reflex before he can see who it is, Guts is shocked and horrified to find that he has run through Adonis with his sword. Guts holds Adonis' hand as he cries and gasps out his life, and Undergoes a full-blown Heroic BSOD before escaping in Heroic Safe Mode. Hassan finds the bodies of both Julius and Adonis, and regrets that Adonis was never able to make his father smile.
- Bishōnen: He has angelic, feminine features and probably would have grown up to be a beautiful young man.
- Blood from the Mouth: Coughs up blood after his stabbing.
- I Can Still Fight: In the 2012 film he tells his father he can still fight, even though he received a serious cut on the arm. In the manga and anime he says nothing.
- Dies Wide Open: His eyes still wet with tears remain open after death, and Hassan sorrowfully closes them for him when he is discovered.
- Fragile Flower: Adonis is both physically and emotionally delicate, much to his father's dissatisfaction.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: While usually a bladed weapon wouldn't qualify, being stabbed with Guts' BFS takes it into this territory. Even in the film where a normal sword is used, the wound is quite large.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: In the film. The anime gives him brown eyes.
- Kill the Cutie
- Lonely Rich Kid: Implied. He was probably close to his mother, and there is no evidence that he has any friends his age.
- I Miss Mom: His mother's death has been hard on the poor boy.
Voiced by: Mahito Tsujimura (Japanese), Greg Miller (English)"Hunting is an inherently dangerous thing. One never knows what kinds of beasts may be concealed in the forests and thickets."A Midland noble, Foss is a diminutive old man whose obsequious and oily manner belies his devious mind. Recognizing that Griffith's success will only continue and therefore threaten the established order in which the nobility controls affairs, he suggests the idea of assassinating Griffith to the disgruntled Count Julius. When Julius fails and falls victim to Griffith's retaliation, Foss feels confident that there is no evidence that can implicate him but gets a disturbing premonition that Griffith sees right through him. After Griffith returns victorious from Doldrey, Foss allows the Queen to discover Griffith's responsibility for the death of Julius, knowing that she and Julius had secretly been lovers. He assists the Queen in assembling a conspiracy of nobles discontented by Griffith's royal favor, which schemes to assassinate Griffith by poison at the victory ball.At the conspirators' meeting, Foss receives a message whose contents make him lose his composure and subsequently act suspiciously ill-at-ease at the ball, despite Griffith's apparent death. This message informed him that Griffith had taken his daughter Elise as a hostage to ensure his cooperation in gathering the conspirators in one place. Once Foss had done this and excused himself, Griffith burned the structure to the ground, killing those inside. Foss was left with nothing to do but submit himself to Griffith and agree not to reveal that night's events, and Griffith allowed him a tearful reunion with Elise. After the Kushan occupation of Midland, Minister Foss is seen leading a small group of survivors who have not yet been caught, and he informs Laban and Owen of what has transpired in their absence.
- Adapted Out: Of the movie trilogy, along with the assassination conspiracy subplot. You are missed, you Varys-looking Manipulative Bastard you.
- Affably Evil: Well, evil may be too strong a word, but he is a scheming politician willing to murder or make others do his bidding to get what he wants. And he’s very polite and civil in all of his dealings.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- Bald of Evil
- Defeat Equals Friendship: Griffith invokes this after outgambitting him. When they see each other again for the first time after the Eclipse, Foss kneels down before him in reverence.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Foss appears to honestly believe that it would be bad for the country if commoners were allowed to rule. He himself appears to be of no more than low nobility and possibly completely common (he is always referred to as "minister," never "lord" or any other title), and he never attempts to climb the social ladder, merely to keep Griffith from doing so. And when Midland is invaded by the Kushan, he puts himself at considerable personal risk to resist them rather than fleeing or collaborating. He may be loyal to what a democratically-minded modern audience would consider a corrupt system, but he's a true patriot, not a hypocrite.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Griffith reveals he has taken his daughter Elise hostage, Foss immediately switches sides to protect her, and after her release he is deeply grateful to see her safe and sound.
- Heel-Face Turn: Kind of. Since getting beaten at his own game by Griffith, Foss more or less retired from politics. When the Kushan Empire invaded the country, he led a small group of survivors.
- La Résistance: Was the leader of one when the Kushan overran Windham. But it’s a resistance in name only, since all he’s really capable of doing is keeping the few survivors he’s gathered hidden and alive.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Julius into assassinating Griffith to ensure no evidence can be pinned on him, and does the same thing with the Queen of Midland when his first plan fails.
- Morality Pet: His daughter Elise.
- Outgambitted: Griffith suspected Foss was plotting against him, and pulled off his own plan to get him under control.
- Smug Snake: He twice attempted to kill Griffith, confident that even a battlefield hero wouldn't be able to outsmart his plans. Not only do both attempts fail, but the aftermath of both worked in Griffith’s favor.
- Villainous Breakdown: When he finds out Griffith kidnapped his daughter, Foss loses his cool completely.
Laban and Owen
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (Laban, Japanese, TV series), Hochu Otsuka (Laban, Japanese, movies), Sean Elias-Reyes (Laban, English, TV series), Marc Thompson (Laban, English, movies), Naoki Bando (Owen, Japanese), Jason O'Connell (Owen, English)
"The mist veils him, like some momentary passing glimpse of the sun. No, I want to believe that it's not just the past, or some illusion. That, as in that revelation, one day those wings of light will sweep away the darkness covering our kingdom" -OwenTwo Midland nobles who are usually seen together. They are notable as staunch supporters of Griffith and for being among the more humanitarian members of the court.
- Big Damn Heroes: Laban manages to pull this off when he leads a team into Kushan-controlled Windham, and rescues everyone imprisoned in there.
- Greek Chorus: Their role during the Golden Age arc is mostly to comment on Griffith's progress and discuss current events with each other from a relatively neutral perspective. Later in the story they continue to do this while taking a more active role in the action.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: There is probably a lifelong friendship between the two, and they share their thoughts with each other freely.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Both are chivalrous in both word and deed, and place protecting the innocent above all other priorities.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Like the king, they wholeheartedly support Griffith, regardless of his common status.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Those Two Guys
- Token Good Teammates: Pretty much the only members of Midland’s aristocracy who aren’t corrupt backstabbers, and whom clearly care about their people.
The Unnamed Torturer
"Hee-hee. Y-you're amazhin'. Th-thish much torture, and you haven't made a peep. I-I've never sheen shuch...Th-that'sh the leader of the Hawksh for ya. I-I'm sho moved. L-lettin me do whatever I want with shuch a beautiful, splendid one like you...Th-the King'sh sho gracious."The deformed torturer employed by the King of Midland who mutilates Griffith in the dungeons below the tower of Rebirth. Having been permitted by the King to mutilate Griffith to his heart's content as long as he kept him alive, he treats Griffith as the most valuable specimen he's ever been given. He admires both Griffith's perfect body and the stoic dignity that enables him to endure any torture without crying out even once. During one of these sessions he notices Griffith's Crimson Behelit and tries to take it for himself, but when it stares back at him he becomes alarmed and accidentally drops it down a floor grate, where the drainage current sweeps it away. When the remaining Hawks come to break Griffith out of jail, he locks them inside Griffith's cell and gloats to them about how he tortured Griffith for two years. This backfires on him by enraging Guts, who breaks down the door and brutally ends his life.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: His occupation, and his greatest joy.
- Depraved Dwarf: Stunted, hunchbacked and extremely depraved.
- Evil Laugh: A nasty little "ee-hee-hee" that lets you know he's enjoying himself.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Describes himself and Griffith as a twisted version of this, saying that having spent so much time together they were almost like a husband and wife. He even nursed him and treated his wounds to prevent him from dying so that the torture could continue. It is disturbingly ambiguous whether he did anything sexual with his prized captive.
- Karmic Death: As soon as he's finished gloating about his torture of Griffith, Guts smashes through the cell door, runs him through, cuts out his tongue, then kicks him down a pit.
- Reminiscing About Your Victims: He giddily recounts everything he did to Griffith to Guts and Casca, even proudly revealing that he cut out Griffith's tongue and turned it into a necklace.
- Speech Impediment: In the Dark Horse translation, his speech is rendered as a cross between Fang Thpeak and Porky Pig Pronunciation.
- Tempting Fate: By repeating to Guts that there was no way he could break the door down, he pretty much sealed his fate.
- Torture Technician: He considers himself an artist who truly appreciates the beauty of the human body beneath the skin.
- To the Pain: Implied. While we don't actually see him describing his torture techniques to Griffith while he's doing it, the fact that he enjoyed talking to Griffith suggests he probably did it at some point.
- Unsexy Sadist: As ugly as he is sadistic.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Appears in all of three scenes in the manga before getting killed off.