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* WorthyOpponent: Zodd has this going on with the Skull Knight. The two of them have had this sort of dynamic going for centuries, and he even refers to Skull Knight as "My beloved opponent" at one point. Yes, ''beloved''. Also, Despite his denial, Zodd deeply respects Guts and is extremely fond of fighting with or against him. Zodd has two and interestingly different reasons for his respect towards both. With the Skull Knight it's because Zodd has never beaten him and the Skull Knight has proven time and again that he is the better fighter and more powerful than Zod. With Guts it's because he was able gain enough strength and skill to challenge both Zodd and the apostles while still remaining human (barring the the use of the Dragon Slayer sword and the Berserk armor). More than that, Guts was able to survive the eclipse and having monsters hunt him every night while never giving into despair or giving up. It's implied Zodd admires his spiritual strength along with his martial prowess. Given [[DespairEventHorizon how apostles become apostles]] in the first place, this makes sense.

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* WorthyOpponent: Zodd has this going on with the Skull Knight. The two of them have had this sort of dynamic going for centuries, and he even refers to Skull Knight as "My beloved opponent" at one point. Yes, ''beloved''. Also, Despite his denial, Zodd deeply respects Guts and is extremely fond of fighting with or against him. Zodd has two and interestingly different reasons for his respect towards both. With the Skull Knight it's because Zodd has never beaten him and the Skull Knight has proven time and again that he is the better fighter and more powerful than Zod.Zodd. With Guts it's because he was able gain enough strength and skill to challenge both Zodd and the apostles while still remaining human (barring the the use of the Dragon Slayer sword and the Berserk armor). More than that, Guts was able to survive the eclipse and having monsters hunt him every night while never giving into despair or giving up. It's implied Zodd admires his spiritual strength along with his martial prowess. Given [[DespairEventHorizon how apostles become apostles]] in the first place, this makes sense.


* WorthyOpponent: Zodd has this going on with the Skull Knight. The two of them have had this sort of dynamic going for centuries, and he even refers to Skull Knight as "My beloved opponent" at one point. Yes, ''beloved''. Also, Despite his denial, Zodd deeply respects Guts and is extremely fond of fighting with or against him. Zodd has two and interestingly for different reasons for his respect towards both. With the Skull Knight it's because Zodd has never beaten him and the Skull Knight has proven time and again that he is the better fighter and more powerful than Zod. With Guts it's because he was able gain enough strength and skill to challenge both Zodd and the apostles while still remaining human (barring the the use of the Dragon Slayer sword and the Berserk armor). More than that, Guts was able to survive the eclipse and having monsters hunt him every night while never giving into despair or giving up. It's implied Zodd admires his spiritual strength along with his martial prowess. Given [[DespairEventHorizon how apostles become apostles]] in the first place, this makes sense.

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* WorthyOpponent: Zodd has this going on with the Skull Knight. The two of them have had this sort of dynamic going for centuries, and he even refers to Skull Knight as "My beloved opponent" at one point. Yes, ''beloved''. Also, Despite his denial, Zodd deeply respects Guts and is extremely fond of fighting with or against him. Zodd has two and interestingly for different reasons for his respect towards both. With the Skull Knight it's because Zodd has never beaten him and the Skull Knight has proven time and again that he is the better fighter and more powerful than Zod. With Guts it's because he was able gain enough strength and skill to challenge both Zodd and the apostles while still remaining human (barring the the use of the Dragon Slayer sword and the Berserk armor). More than that, Guts was able to survive the eclipse and having monsters hunt him every night while never giving into despair or giving up. It's implied Zodd admires his spiritual strength along with his martial prowess. Given [[DespairEventHorizon how apostles become apostles]] in the first place, this makes sense.


* WorthyOpponent: Zod has this going on with the Skull Knight. The two of them have had this sort of dynamic going for centuries, and he even refers to Skull Knight as "My beloved opponent" at one point. Yes, ''beloved''. Also, Despite his denial, Zodd deeply respects Guts and is extremely fond of fighting with or against him. Zod has two and interestingly for different reasons for his respect towards both. With the Skull Knight it's because Zod has never beaten him and the Skull Knight has proven time and again that he is the better fighter and more powerful than Zod. With Guts it's because he was able gain enough strength and skill to challenge both Zod and the apostles while still remaining human (barring the the use of the Dragon Slayer sword and the Berserk armor). More than that, Guts was able to survive the eclipse and having monsters hunt him every night while never giving into despair or giving up. It's implied Zod admires his spiritual strength along with his martial prowess. Given [[DespairEventHorizon how apostles become apostles]] in the first place, this makes sense.

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* WorthyOpponent: Zod Zodd has this going on with the Skull Knight. The two of them have had this sort of dynamic going for centuries, and he even refers to Skull Knight as "My beloved opponent" at one point. Yes, ''beloved''. Also, Despite his denial, Zodd deeply respects Guts and is extremely fond of fighting with or against him. Zod Zodd has two and interestingly for different reasons for his respect towards both. With the Skull Knight it's because Zod Zodd has never beaten him and the Skull Knight has proven time and again that he is the better fighter and more powerful than Zod. With Guts it's because he was able gain enough strength and skill to challenge both Zod Zodd and the apostles while still remaining human (barring the the use of the Dragon Slayer sword and the Berserk armor). More than that, Guts was able to survive the eclipse and having monsters hunt him every night while never giving into despair or giving up. It's implied Zod Zodd admires his spiritual strength along with his martial prowess. Given [[DespairEventHorizon how apostles become apostles]] in the first place, this makes sense.


A massively-built red-haired giant in full plate armor, wielding a war hammer and a shield with a built-in cannon, Grunbeld is an [[TheJuggernaut unstoppable juggernaut]] of the battlefield who is famous in many lands for his fearsome prowess and devotion to war. His Apostle form is a colossal fire-breathing dragon armored in the ultra-hard mineral corundum. While his knightly sense of honor makes him more noble than most Apostles, he gives his enemies no quarter and obeys Griffith without question. At the mansion of the spirit tree he challenges Guts to battle in the hope of savoring a WorthyOpponent, and at first finds him disappointingly easy to beat down, but when Guts arms himself with the Berserker Armor, Grunbeld is shocked to have his attacks stopped and his defenses damaged by a mere human. Guts is unable to defeat his fire dragon form, despite cracking the armor on his face, but Flora summons a wall of fire to cover the party's escape.

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A massively-built red-haired giant in full plate armor, wielding a war hammer and a shield with a built-in cannon, Grunbeld is an [[TheJuggernaut unstoppable juggernaut]] of the battlefield who is famous in many lands for his fearsome prowess and devotion to war. His Apostle form is a colossal fire-breathing dragon armored in the ultra-hard mineral corundum.corundum (better known as the stuff rubies and sapphires are made of). While his knightly sense of honor makes him more noble than most Apostles, he gives his enemies no quarter and obeys Griffith without question. At the mansion of the spirit tree he challenges Guts to battle in the hope of savoring a WorthyOpponent, and at first finds him disappointingly easy to beat down, but when Guts arms himself with the Berserker Armor, Grunbeld is shocked to have his attacks stopped and his defenses damaged by a mere human. Guts is unable to defeat his fire dragon form, despite cracking the armor on his face, but Flora summons a wall of fire to cover the party's escape.


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* BlingOfWar: His dragon form's scales are usually depicted as being a bright, glowing orange in versions of the story with colour. That's because ''they're literally made of padparadscha sapphire''. His hide would be worth a king's ransom... if anyone were capable of taking it from him.


Grunbeld serves as the FinalBoss of the 2004 video game ''VideoGame/BerserkMillenniumFalconHenSeimaSenkiNoSho'', and is a boss in ''VideoGame/BerserkAndTheBandOfTheHawk''. He is also the main character of a light novel, ''The Flame Dragon Knight'', which tells his origin story and how he became an Apostle.

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Grunbeld serves as the FinalBoss of the 2004 video game ''VideoGame/BerserkMillenniumFalconHenSeimaSenkiNoSho'', and is a boss in ''VideoGame/BerserkAndTheBandOfTheHawk''. He is also the main character of a light novel, ''The Flame Dragon Knight'', ''LightNovel/BerserkTheFlameDragonKnight'', which tells his origin story and how he became an Apostle.


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* OlderThanTheyLook: When Grunbeld is fourteen in ''Flame Dragon Knight'', he's already taller and brawnier than most adult men. Edvard and Sigurd are shocked upon first meeting him and learning that he's not older than them, but younger!


* DespairEventHorizon: A given, considering that the only way he could have become an Apostle in the first place is to reach that point. Exactly what happened is revealed in ''Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight'': At the end of the book, [[he's kneeling defeated after being overwhelmed by both invading Tudor forces and troops of his own side. His beloved Benedikte is dying in his arms, and he too is dying after being bombarded with cannons and then lanced through the chest by Edvard, the once loyal friend who was corrupted by envy into betraying him. His other best friend, Sigur, is also critically wounded and she's about to be raped by Edvard. And since Edvard's father the Grand Duke has decided to sell out his people to Tudor, the homeland that Grunbeld fought for is going to fall under tyrrany. Grunbeld curses himself for failing to protect his loved ones, wishing he could just keep fighting forever and wash away his grief with the blood of his enemies... and then his blood falls upon his behelit, summoning the Godhand to offer the answer to his prayers. ]]

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* DespairEventHorizon: A given, considering that the only way he could have become an Apostle in the first place is to reach that point. Exactly what happened is revealed in ''Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight'': At the end of the book, [[he's [[spoiler:he's kneeling defeated after being overwhelmed by both invading Tudor forces and troops of his own side. His beloved Benedikte is dying in his arms, and he too is dying after being bombarded with cannons and then lanced through the chest by Edvard, the once loyal friend who was corrupted by envy into betraying him. His other best friend, Sigur, is also critically wounded and she's about to be raped by Edvard. And since Edvard's father the Grand Duke has decided to sell out his people to Tudor, the homeland that Grunbeld fought for is going to fall under tyrrany. Grunbeld curses himself for failing to protect his loved ones, wishing he could just keep fighting forever and wash away his grief with the blood of his enemies... and then his blood falls upon his behelit, summoning the Godhand to offer the answer to his prayers. ]]


* DespairEventHorizon: A given, considering that the only way he could have become an Apostle in the first place is to reach that point. Exactly what happened is revealed in ''Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight''.

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* DespairEventHorizon: A given, considering that the only way he could have become an Apostle in the first place is to reach that point. Exactly what happened is revealed in ''Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight''. Knight'': At the end of the book, [[he's kneeling defeated after being overwhelmed by both invading Tudor forces and troops of his own side. His beloved Benedikte is dying in his arms, and he too is dying after being bombarded with cannons and then lanced through the chest by Edvard, the once loyal friend who was corrupted by envy into betraying him. His other best friend, Sigur, is also critically wounded and she's about to be raped by Edvard. And since Edvard's father the Grand Duke has decided to sell out his people to Tudor, the homeland that Grunbeld fought for is going to fall under tyrrany. Grunbeld curses himself for failing to protect his loved ones, wishing he could just keep fighting forever and wash away his grief with the blood of his enemies... and then his blood falls upon his behelit, summoning the Godhand to offer the answer to his prayers. ]]


** {{Visionary Villain}}s: Likewise, they all think that Griffith is going to make the world a better place and are behind him 100%.

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** {{Visionary Villain}}s: Likewise, they * VisionaryVillain: They all think that Griffith is going to make the world a better place and are behind him 100%.


* DarkAndTroubledPast: As revealed in ''The Flame Dragon Knight'', Grunbeld was born to an ImpoverishedPatrician family in a northern island state, the Grand Duchy of Grant. His father died in battle when he was a child, he got into a lot of fights with bullies, and when he was fourteen he was forced to watch the rape and murder of his mother at the hands of invading Tudor Empire soldiers. Then he and about 200 other children of nobles or knights were imprisoned in a barbaric concentration camp for forced religious conversion and military training to mold them into loyal soldiers for Tudor; after four years in the camp, only half of the original number were still alive.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: As revealed in ''The Flame Dragon Knight'', Grunbeld was born to an ImpoverishedPatrician family in a northern island state, the Grand Duchy of Grant. His father died in battle when he was a child, he got into a lot of fights with bullies, and when he was fourteen he was forced to watch the rape and murder of his mother at the hands of invading Tudor Empire soldiers. Then he and about 200 other children of nobles or knights were imprisoned in a barbaric concentration prison camp called Fort Chester for forced religious conversion and military training to mold them into loyal soldiers for Tudor; after it was four years in the camp, until they were rescued, by which time only half a hundred of the original number them were still alive.alive.
* DefiantCaptive: Through all four years he spent as a captive in Fort Chester, he rejected the "Conversion Education" forced upon the children by Sir Abecassis and preferred punishment or even death to the idea of submitting to the enemy. He thus became an inspiration to other children, which is why Abecassis tried so hard to break his spirit instead of just killing him.


* HellishPupils: Has vertical slit pupils like a reptile, reflecting his dragon-like nature.

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* HappilyAdopted: The famous General Kirsten adopted Grunbeld after rescuing him and the others from captivity.
* HellishPupils: Has vertical slit pupils like a reptile, indicating that he's an Apostle and reflecting his dragon-like nature.

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* NeverGetsDrunk: Grunbeld finds alcohol rather pointless, because his great constitution makes getting drunk practically impossible.


* DropTheHammer: Wields a giant war hammer that's four feet long and weighs 200 pounds. The story is that when Grunbeld was an eighteen-year-old inmate of Tudor's reeducation camp for Grantian youths, the sadistic warden Sir Abecassis put him and two friends in an arena against a man-eating Kushan tiger, giving them only wooden weapons. Abecassis also put this giant hammer, which had sat in a temple as a non-functional work of art or votive offering, in the arena as a HopeSpot which would prove too heavy to use. To everybody's shock, young Grunbeld managed to take up the hammer and crush the tiger. As he grew even bigger in the following years, the hammer went from being so big that only Grunbeld could use it, to being the only weapon that could survive being used by Grunbeld.

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* DropTheHammer: Wields a giant war hammer that's four feet long and weighs 200 pounds. The story is that when Grunbeld was an eighteen-year-old inmate of Tudor's reeducation camp for Grantian youths, the sadistic warden Sir Abecassis put him and his two friends in an arena against a man-eating Kushan tiger, giving them only wooden weapons. Abecassis also put this giant hammer, which had sat in a temple as a non-functional work of art or votive offering, in the arena as a HopeSpot which would prove too heavy to use. To everybody's shock, young Grunbeld managed to take up the hammer and crush smash the tiger. tiger's head like a pumpkin. As he grew even bigger in the following years, the hammer went from being something so big heavy that only Grunbeld could use it, to merely being the only weapon that could survive being used by Grunbeld.sturdy enough to ''survive'' Grunbeld using it. The effect on the enemy can only be described as "pulverizing".


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* HugeRiderTinyMount: Averted. Grunbeld is too heavy to ride even the biggest horse, and one Tudor commander assumes that Grunbeld cannot lead a cavalry charge personally for this reason. He gets a nasty surprise when he sees Grunbeld riding out on a heavy chariot pulled by eight strong horses.


* DropTheHammer: Wields a giant war hammer that reflects his reliance on strength.

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* DropTheHammer: Wields a giant war hammer that's four feet long and weighs 200 pounds. The story is that reflects his reliance on strength.when Grunbeld was an eighteen-year-old inmate of Tudor's reeducation camp for Grantian youths, the sadistic warden Sir Abecassis put him and two friends in an arena against a man-eating Kushan tiger, giving them only wooden weapons. Abecassis also put this giant hammer, which had sat in a temple as a non-functional work of art or votive offering, in the arena as a HopeSpot which would prove too heavy to use. To everybody's shock, young Grunbeld managed to take up the hammer and crush the tiger. As he grew even bigger in the following years, the hammer went from being so big that only Grunbeld could use it, to being the only weapon that could survive being used by Grunbeld.


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* RedBaron: Came to be known as the Flame Dragon Knight in the years when he was the fortress commander of the Fire Dragon's Lair. With his red hair, dragon-decorated armor, and superhuman size and strength, he struck terror into the enemy. All of this ''before'' he could transform into a dragon.


* AnimalMotifs: His abilities and personality are represented by the dragon, a fire-breathing monster that signifies strength, nobility, and aggression. When he first meets Benedikte in ''The Flame Dragon Knight'' she recognizes him as a fiery dragon, explaining that although she is blind she can see spirits and the flow of energy.

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* AnimalMotifs: His abilities and personality are represented by the dragon, a fire-breathing monster that signifies strength, nobility, and aggression. When he first meets Benedikte in In ''The Flame Dragon Knight'' Benedikte tells him he looks like a fire dragon to her, because in exchange for blindness she recognizes him as a fiery dragon, explaining that although she is blind she can was granted the power to see spirits and the flow color of energy.a person's heart.


* AnimalMotifs: His abilities and personality are represented by the dragon, a fire-breathing monster that signifies strength, nobility, and aggression.

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* AnimalMotifs: His abilities and personality are represented by the dragon, a fire-breathing monster that signifies strength, nobility, and aggression. When he first meets Benedikte in ''The Flame Dragon Knight'' she recognizes him as a fiery dragon, explaining that although she is blind she can see spirits and the flow of energy.

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