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)
(To Griffith) "Together..Forever!"
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... ouch.
- 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 balls, 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: Subverted. While the king is quite fond of his daughter though it's debatable if his affection toward her was always a platonic father-daughter relationship, Charlotte's relationship to her father prior to Griffith's downfall was never really touched upon. This definitely went to hell 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: Somewhat subverted. Due to her role as Griffith's Love Interest / Meal Ticket, it is unlikely that she will have a positive impact on the story.
- Fragile Flower
- Friendless Background: It's implied that Charlotte never really had any friends. Anna, her maid, is likely her Only Friend.
- Girl in the Tower: Where Ganishka held Charlotte captive after he took over Wyndam.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Towards Griffith. Oh, if only she knew...
- I Will Wait for You: Used to spend her time weaving embroideries and tapestries of Griffith during her time in her Dad's castle and during her imprisonment by Ganishka, up until he came back to rescue her, spurning all courtship and marriage offers in the meantime.
- Jail Bait: Most literal example ever? Keep in mind that she was sixteen or seventeen when Griffith deflowered her.
- The King's Daughter
- 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
- Living Emotional Crutch: For her father. Things went very bad for the king's mind after their relationship was destroyed beyond repair.
- Lonely Rich Kid
- 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 completely ignores her.
- Princess Classic: REALLY classical example.
- 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 else than 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 formidable gentleman, but his true self is far from that.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Towards Griffith.
- 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 mother, which is the source of her father's lust.
- Taking the Bullet: During Griffith's rescue, one of the Bakiraka shot a poisoned dart aimed at Griffith, but Charlotte takes the dart. Luckily, since she was the princess (and they were sent by the King to kill Griffith), the Bakiraka allowed her to go in order to get treated.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter
- 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)
The king of Midland and Charlotte's father.
- Abusive Dad: He eventually tries to rape Charlotte.
- Berserk Button: You remember this series' title. The king may not be the biggest baddass here, but don't touch his little girl. No, seriously. He'll go apeshit on you.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- 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 branded all of the Hawks as criminals.
- Dying Alone
- Et Tu, Brute?: Calls out Griffith for "betraying" him despite the king's always good treatment of the Band of the Hawk.
- Fisher King: While the Kingdom of Midland wasn't perfect, Wyndam was a pretty nice place to be, and all in all, the King was a pretty okay guy. Then Griffith became public enemy #1 in the King's eyes, and everything went downhill for the kingdom from there. 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.
- 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 back at Griffith for deflowering Charlotte.
- Lonely at the Top: Described how being the king of a nation was a lonely existence.
- No Name Given
- 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 the true reason for his violent protectiveness is much squickier.
- 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.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: 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 not making it easier.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: What that relationship changed into when Griffith went too far.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Before his Sanity Slippage, is stated to be a good king. He recognizes skill from all sources, not just noble, isn't to concerned with standing on ceremony, and keeps Midland as a pretty good place to live. He's also seen out in the field commanding men, though never actually fighting himself. As a dark twist, he also takes it upon himself to torture Griffith, at least at first.
- Sanity Slippage
- 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 didn't capture Griffith.
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, she disapproved of Charlotte's interest in Griffith and plotted against him.
She plots against Griffith to have him poisoned during his own triumph party but her victory is short-lived. 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.
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!"
Brother of the king of Midland, and general of its most prominent army, the White Dragons. Unlike the king, he is against Griffith’s rising prominence and plots to assassinate Griffith. It doesn't work. Griffith finds out about it, and launches his own counter-assassination using Guts.
- 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 care about his son, but his parenting methods leave much to be desired.
- 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. Though he's not quite evil. Just a bit short of the jerkass that his predecessor Gambino was.
- Evil Uncle: To Princess Charlotte.
- 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.
- 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.
- Your Cheating Heart: Slept with his brother's second wife, possibly while his own wife was still alive.
Voiced by: Mahito Tsujimura (Japanese), Greg Miller (English)
A conniving Midland noble, he opposes Griffith despite the advances he makes in the country’s war effort. Foss plots and schemes to have Griffith killed, but it always seems like one thing or another foils them.
- 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: He's not exactly 'evil', but more or less played straight. When Griffith reveals he has Foss's daughter, Foss immediately switches sides to protect her, and he's shown to be genuinely happy and relieved 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 Kushan 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, 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.
- Morality Pet: His daughter.
- Outgambitted: Griffith suspected Foss was plotting against him, and pulled off his own plan to get him under control.
- Smug Snake: Tried killing Griffith twice. 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)
Two Midland nobles. They are notable as staunch supporters of Griffith and for being among the more humanitarian members of the court.
The Unnamed Torturer
The guy who tortures Griffith.