Berserk, being a cesspool of gloom, doom, and utter suckiness, doesn't have fun-filled adventuring with joyous laughter as you may have guessed. But when laughter does happen (which is usually in the form of deadpan humor used as a coping mechanism for living in this world), you had better take advantage of it while it lasts. So laugh, damn you - LAUGH!Anime examples:
It says a lot about Berserk that some of the most amusing moments are courtesy of a thoroughly broken, traumatized and insaneCute Mute Casca. A case in point: Isidro, Wrong Genre Savvy kid, is attempting to save Casca and a prostitute named Nina from a cult of pagans planning to sacrifice Nina and rape Casca. He drives the cultists off with rocks, jumps down... and botches the landing. Casca's response is to wave, at which point he sheepishly waves back.
Casca had the tendency to fall off cliffs a lot during the Golden Age arc, either deliberately or by accident. When Casca dropped from a cliff telling Guts to take care of the Band of the Hawk, Guts' response after grabbing her and hoisting her back up was "Look, you! Don't you EVER go near a cliff again!"
There was quite a bit of humor in the Band Of Hawks arc before it goes wrong. Like Judeau throwing a knife nonchalantly and breaking a bathing merc's bucket and getting that knife thrown right back at him.
You know, When he did that, Judeau was actually venting some steam out of jealousy because Casca had been cuddling with Guts for a few nights.Details.
Pippin, The Big Guy of the Hawks, gets one after Guts is instrumental in the Hawks' victory in an early battle. The rest of the Hawks are celebrating, but Guts is in his usual spot between one of Wyndham's battlements. Pippin wants Guts to join the others in the festivities, but Guts says that he's happy right where he is, thank you very much. So Pippin picks Guts right up and hauls him over his shoulder before carrying him kicking and screaming back to the rest of the crew in perhaps the only time Guts's aversion to being touched is Played for Laughs.
The next day, Guts gets thrown into the moat by Rickert who opened the door right behind him. Rickert tried to help him up, and enter Pippin through that very same door...
He also gets into a very childish water-fight with Griffith earlier for no reason.
Casca and Guts fell down a cliff, into a river. Casca is having her period and has a fever. Cut to Guts looking absolutely pissed while holding a naked Casca.
YouTube commenter: Never has a man looked so unhappy holding a naked woman
Adon deserves a mention for being spectacularly useless and hammy about it in every appearance he got.
Adon: WHAT?! YOU WERE HAVING 'THAT' WHEN WE FOUGHT?!
Casca: Not so loud, you idiot!
Mercenary: Well, that explains it...
I remember one particular scene that was not in the manga, where after the Hawks successfully take over a Tudor-controlled fort, Adon makes his escape on a raft in a moat... only for some of his surviving soldiers to try and get on the escape raft as well!
How Serpico realized who his father was in his flashback: he mentioned his mother to Farnese's father, the man briefly reminisced about her, and Serpico thought, "Oh... it's him." Serpico: Deadpan Snarker from childhood.
Being a Deadpan Snarker, just about every other thing that comes out of his mouth is funny. Take for instance in volume 32, after an exhausting but kickass fight with Emperor Ganishka while teaming up with Zodd, Guts collapses flat, face first, onto the pavement (which is sorta funny in itself). Serpico's commentary?
"Goodness, he seems to have gotten up solely for the sake of trash-talking."
And Puck - how can we forget about the little elf whose sole purpose is to bring SOME amount of comedy into Guts's life and our reading experience, and to break the fourth wall every step of the way? One crowning moment was when Guts was held prisoner by the Holy Iron Chain Knights and was locked in a cage, right when the demons were coming out to play with him for the night. Luckily, Puck comes in time with the keys - but will only unlock the cage if Guts says, "Pretty please with sugar on top."And Guts actually complies. But swears revenge later. Does this guy really need anymore reasons to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge?
Before that, when Guts sees the demons emerging around his cage, he asks how things could get worse. Then Puck arrives. His response?
"That's a good answer."
This troper's favorite moment with Puck actually involved his first meeting with the deadly-serious Skull Knight. "Who'd have though Guts would be friends with a monster? Er-no offense! This guy's so terribly lonely, please be his friend!"
Puck, finding Guts passed out and being mobbed by ghosts, does a quick bit of mental arithmetic in his head before beating on ghosts with a pair of spiked flowers.
Ghosts>Guts -> Puck>Ghosts -> Puck>Guts
While staying at Wyndham Castle, Griffith invites Guts to his study, and talks about all of the lengthy books that he engaged himself in, to which Guts finds absolutely no interest in. Then Griffith pulls out a book depicting pornographic images - to which Guts does find interest in - and asks if Guts wants to borrow it. And that's how Guts became a dedicated bookworm.
Moments later, Griffith nonchalantly tells Guts to assassinate the king's brother. Griffith sure does have his ways of convincing his teammates to do his dirty work.
Every time the pirate captain makes an appearance.
When Guts encounters the Holy Iron Chain Knights for the first time and they are about to apprehend him, Guts says this in his defense:
"Look, I don't remember doing anything to any priest... not without reason. Very often."
Persuasive Ability = ZERO.
Magnifico's epic fail moment upon trying to announce Roderick and Farnese's marriage to a huge assembly of nobles, including his father complete with Roderick facepalming.
Chapter 252 of the manga has all sorts of hilarity ensuing. First, Schierke struggles to bathe Casca while Isidro is tied to a chair to prevent him from peeping in. When she fails and Casca starts running around the room naked, Schierke then tries to wrap her in a towel...only for Casca to take off Schierke's towel and send her toppling, butt naked...onto a bed-ridden Guts, who she sets on fire and demands he forget what he saw. A still smoking Guts' response to this is to glance out the window and simply think Serpico and Farnese are taking too long.
Laughter doesn't just stop with the content within the volumes, but on the outside as well. The summaries on the back of each volume (in the English editions, at least), are hilarious. You might not think much after reading the description on the back of volume one's cover, but they get funnier as they progress - and you have over thirty-five volumes to choose from. My personal favorite is the back of volume six:
Griffith rescuing Charlotte and her attendant Annie via flying bed. Annie's reaction? Go back to sleep.
"...oh, that's it. I must be dreaming. Well, take me home, Sir Bed!"
Before joining the party, Isidro tries to steal the Dragon slayer from Guts. Of course since the sword is probably twice as heavy as Isidro himself he gets stuck underneath it. Then Guts wakes up and casually puts the sword away...
After fighting each other which ends in Isidro's face getting revamped into a ball:
Puck takes advantage of his Invisible to Normals status to play pranks to Farnese, pulling her lip among other things. When he does it again to a random soldier later after Farnese was able to see him:
Farnese: ...Why does that seem familiar?
Isidro stating that he chose to be what he is now because of the Band of Hawk's raiding commander whose name he can't remember...who's Guts...who's standing right behind him.
Guts: *While Isidro lists his deeds* It's been embellished...
Isma's Cry Cutemoment is surprisingly funny, since it felt like it came right outta nowhere. There's also the many, many, manyMale Gaze moments she gave Isidro, which prompted Schierke to go "Guh?" when she tried to contact him via telepathy and saw her assets.
Puck attempted to use Becchi a.k.a. Mr. Behelit as fish bait. "Do you best not to get eaten".
In chapter 312 Isidro meets the enthusiastic Isma. Who leans over to talk to him. With her chest standing on the height of his eyes. There's even an arrow pointing from his eyes to her breasts.
Princess Charlotte has quite a uncharacteristic temper tantrum at the thought of not going with the now-exiled Band of the Hawk in order to stay with Griffith. To shut her trap, Casca, Guts, Judeau, and her maid Anna all put their hands over Charlotte's mouth.
Volume 10 is an odd instance where at least 1/3rd of the content constitutes as laughable material:
First when Guts tells Casca his plans of leaving the Hawks again, she yells at Guts and starts swinging some punches at Guts. Unlike in the anime, Guts' response is to not calmly hold Casca, but to grab one of her boobs. She immediately stops but then threatens to throw Guts over the waterfall before he has a chance to get himself killed in battle.
When the Hawks prepare to execute Operation Rescue Griffith, Casca professionally mantles her horse... until she mounts it a bit too roughly (especially after a morning of semi-rough lovemaking) and she winces with a most comical face. Guts comes by asking her what was the matter, only to be greeted with a glare.
When the Hawks make it to the old graveyard, Guts comments that if it were that easy to find a supposed secret passage in a graveyard, all mercenaries would be out of business. Seconds later, Casca finds the entrance. Judeau's response:
Griffith eating Charlottes home baked cake. Here we have FEMTO, conqueror of worlds, betrayer of friends, breaker of cuties, most haughty monster in manga history and deceiver of humanity eating cake...