Trivia / Berserk

The manga and anime:
Eatin' burgers and takin' names.

  • Actor Allusion: In a dub outtake, Guts asks a group of soldiers, "So, which one of you is Goku (Sean Schemmel)?"
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Berserk has made it a long way for what many used to consider a niche Dark Fantasy seinen franchise, with a manga that's been ongoing since 1990 with 38+ volumes and finally hit 40 million volumes in circulation in February 2016. Adaptations include Berserk 1997 by OLM Incorporated; two videogame adaptations by Yuke's, Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage (Dreamcast, 1999) and Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Shō (PS2, 2004); The Berserk: The Golden Age Arc theatrical anime film trilogy (2012-2013) by Studio 4°C, which produced this amusing fast food cross-promotion; Berserk (2016), a TV anime by GEMBA and Millepensee which picks up after the movies; and the videogame Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (Fall 2016) developed by Omega Force. Fans are invited to buy $200 limited edition figurines of Guts, Griffith, or Casca, and all the animated versions are available in deluxe Blu-ray box sets.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the 2012-2013 Golden Age film trilogy and the 2016 TV series, Guts is played by actor and model Hiroaki Iwanaga.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Guts and Casca's child isn't yet named in the story and is usually called simply "The Child" or "The Moonchild" since he only appears in human form when the moon is full. Others call him "Gusca" since he looks like a perfect cross between them.
    • The Beast of Darkness is also known as "Hellhound" for its appearance.
    • "Skully" is a popular nickname for the Skull Knight.
    • Farnese is known as "Farnie" to some fans. This is also what Puck calls her.
    • Serpico is also affectionately known as "Serp" or "Serpie".
    • "Rape Horse" for the demonically powered horse that tries to rape Farnese. It's often used as a symbol for how excessively bleak the story is.
    • "Schnoz" is the nickname fans have bestowed upon the creature from Qliphoth who's basically a Gag Nose with legs.
    • Roderick is called "Broderick" for being a "bro", i.e. a chill and selfless wingman for Guts in the vein of Good Guy Greg.
    • Judeau is "Jubro" for the same reason.
  • The Other Darrin: See Berserk: The Golden Age Arc Trivia for how Berserk (2016) got new voice actors for all of the characters who had been in Berserk (2016)
  • Fountain of Expies: Berserk has been extremely influential in Japanese fiction, to the point where almost any hardcore brooding badass owes his dues to the original hundred-man slayer (excluding the personality aspect; you won't find that very often in general).
    • Caim from Drakengard, Artorias from Dark Souls, and Arngrim from Valkyrie Profile are just some of the most blatant examples.
    • Auron is the clearest example from Final Fantasy and to an extent, Final Fantasy VII's main hero, Cloud. While Cloud is a mercenary who also happens to be seeking revenge against a silver-haired guy, he is more upbeat than Guts and doesn't indulge in the carnage. Far lesser example is the prequel hero Zack, who apart from sharing a familiar BFS bears no similarity to Guts in terms of life circumstances and personality. Of course, the settings are much more different — they come from a Cyberpunk world after all.
    • Even females aren't safe: Cattleya is a good example of this.note 
    • Dragon's Dogma's Mercedes Marten: expert swordswoman, leader among her men, badass attitude, dusky complexion...almost sounds like Casca.
      • Dragon's Dogma expies don't stop at Mercedes and Casca. There's also a Schierke-expy in Selene, a girl-witch who lives in the enchanted woods under the tutelage of an old grandmother figure whose hut is also guarded by rock monsters.
  • Image Source: Berserk provides images for the following pages:
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Kevin T. Collins, Griffith's English voice actor, is quite honestly a gem when you hear how fun-loving he is in the bloopers. It's astonishing how the guy who drops the script in order to sing improvised musical scores is the same person who is playing the voice of Griffith and his much more horrendous alter ego Femto (which is really saying something since Femto technically has no speaking role during the Eclipse: it's the principle really).
  • Missing Episode: One chapter of the manga (where during his transformation into a Godhand, Griffith meets the Idea of Evil (A.K.A God) who explains its origins and its goals) that should have been in volume 13 was supposedly pulled by Miura because he felt that it revealed too much about the setting at the time; it was later released as supplemental material.
  • No Export for You: The 2004 Playstation 2 game Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Sho has only been released in Japan and Korea.
  • Referenced by...: See Berserk.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: This was the beginning for both Nobutoshi Canna (Guts) and Toshiyuki Morikawa (Griffith).
  • Schedule Slip: When Miura is on a roll, chapters come out once a month and new tankobon volumes once or twice a year, but he is notorious for frequently putting the manga on hiatus, which delays the release schedule by months. Most egregiously, he ended one hiatus to start another one just two months later. These breaks are likely necessary to stave off breakdowns. Still, just look at this chart for how much his releases have slowed down since 2000.
  • Series Hiatus: Kentaro Miura is about as infamous as Yoshihiro Togashi for his long breaks in the publishing of Berserk (so much that the fact that Guts and his companions were on a boat for years in real time became a meme). There are all sorts of rumors as to why, but no one really knows the reason.
  • Similarly Named Works: This manga coincidentally shares its title with numerous unrelated works, such as a zombie novel by Tim Lebbon, a 1967 B horror movie with Joan Crawford, and a classic arcade game (spelled Berzerk).
  • Unrated Edition: In the case of the the third movie, Descent, some scenes were considered too explicit for a regular theater audience, so two edits were made: the theatrical release that obscures some details and then the Blu-ray release which has ALL of the details.
  • What Could Have Been: As mentioned on previous pages, Berserk could have ended up being a Shōnen manga where Guts is a more light-hearted vagabond on a quest to avenge the death of his mother and possibly fight the not-so-ambiguous Ultimate Evil, Varna, had Miura stuck to his plans in The Prototype. For more info, go to the The Prototype stub here.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Miura said he hadn't even come up with the Band of the Hawk or Casca when he drew Guts' confrontation with the God Hand in volume 3, and there were a lot of details that he made up as he went along but which fell into place later. In fact, it fits together so well that it's surprising to learn he didn't plan everything ahead in great detail. A prime example is that the creepy fetus Guts sees in the first three volumes wasn't originally supposed to be Guts and Casca's child, but Miura later realized that this would work really well and made it into an important Recurring Character.
  • Write Who You Know: The author partly based the characters in the Band of the Hawk on his friends in college, and feels like he has a bit of both Guts and Griffith inside himself.

The 1967 British film: