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    Spearman 

Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese), Kyle Igneczi (English)

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I don't need some motto, some rallying cry.

A Silver-ranked, spear-wielding Adventurer who is known as "the Frontier's Strongest", and is partners with Witch. He has difficulty tolerating Goblin Slayer's presence.


  • The Ace: He is considered to be "the Frontier's Strongest".
    • In Year One, he was the one to deliver the killing blow to the rock eater, one of the most dangerous monsters in the frontier.
    • In the anime, he is the only member of the Adventurer's Guild that can fight and defeat a goblin champion in a one-on-one battle. Remember only 3 goblin champions were introduced in the anime. It took the efforts of Goblin Slayer's entire party to defeat the Water Town champion, and Heavy Warrior and Female Knight had to work together to defeat the second champion during the Raid on the Farm arc.
    • During the Evil Wizard mission in Volume 4, he was able to rack up the highest kill count between Goblin Slayer and Heavy Warrior, something that he could not help but brag about at the end of the adventure and declared himself the "winner". He was also the one how ultimately subdued Evil Wizard, granted with the help of Goblin Slayer's tear gas.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime expands a bit on his role during the Raid on the Farm arc and he fights a goblin champion single-handedly, which wasn't shown in the light novel or manga.
    • The fight against the Rock Eater from Year One, which was cut away from after Newbie Swordsman was knocked out in the light novel, gets shown in full in the manga, including Spearman getting the final blow.
  • Batman Gambit: During the Raid on the Farm arc, it's subtly implied that he made Goblin Slayer word his request to the adventurers to help combat the Goblin Lord as an "official quest" so that Guild Girl can get the necessary compensation needed to convince the other adventurers to join, something that Witch, Dwarf Shaman, and Lizard Priest seem to have picked up on.
  • Blade on a Stick: It's in the name, and his skill and strength with it earns him the label "the Frontier's Strongest".
  • Buxom Is Better: He's attracted to women with large busts. He's in love with Guild Girl, flirts with Cow Girl, and is close friends with Witch.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: In Episode 12 of the anime. Funny enough, he sobers up when he hears Goblin Slayer had taken off his helmet.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Tries to present himself as ladies' man, but has very limited success in winning over Guide Girl's affection and fails to notices Witch's feelings for him. Although this makes his advice for Goblin Slayer about women all the more funnier, like this gem in Volume 4:
    Spearman: Don't you have anything else? Women's bodies are supposed to be praised! Busts! Hips! Butts!
    Goblin Slayer: What is the point of praising them?
    Spearman: They love you for it, and you get to be popular with the ladies!
    Goblin Slayer: I see.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: The guy can't shut up about women and is an incessant flirt, but is otherwise completely respectful and hands-off in proper conversations. This, if anything, only seems to frustrate Witch even further.
  • Counterspell: Knows this spell, but unfortunately fumbled at casting it in the fight against Evil Wizard.
  • Coup de Grâce: Gets the final blow on the Rock Eater by stabbing it through the eye after its shot with a ballista, kickstarting his reputation as the strongest fighter on the western frontier.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He acts like an egotistical goofball or a failing Casanova most of the time. However when facing a deadly opponent in combat, he suddenly becomes serious and lethal. Heavy Warrior comments this is the side of Spearman he wouldn't want to be on the bad side of, and Witch's attraction to Spearman gets bolstered whenever she sees it.
  • Curtains Match the Window: As seen in his profile pic, the full-color light novel illustrations give his hair and eyes the same peachy-ginger hue.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Towards Goblin Slayer specifically. Spearman had a natural animosity towards him from day one, and it only got worse over time as Goblin Slayer repeatedly put his foot in his mouth every time they talked and Guild Girl came to have a crush on him. Spearman's grudge passed its peak at the beginning of the main story, and after the defense of the farm he has become mostly friendly with Goblin Slayer.
  • Expy: His facial appearance, spiky hair-style, demeanor, and Weapon of Choice are all lifted from Lancer Cú Chulainn of Fate/stay night, especially in the manga. While he hasn't shown any Born Unlucky tendencies yet, Spearman's poor luck with women is a nod to Cú Chulainn's characteristic.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: During their team up in Volume 4, being a Magic Knight he is the mage to Heavy Swordsman's fighter and Goblin Slayer's thief.
  • Flaming Sword: Well, spear, but he does get this enchantment placed on his weapon by Witch in the fight against the Rock Eater.
  • Foil: Contrasts quite nicely against Goblin Slayer:
    • Both registered at the Guild on the same day and achieved Silver-rank, but Spearman rose to the top through completing increasingly high-profile quests. Goblin Slayer just slew goblins endlessly for five years, earning his rank as a specialized goblin exterminator.
    • Spearman's behavior is more representative of typical adventurers, compared to Goblin Slayer's unique personality and single-minded determination.
    • Both are handsome young men, but Goblin Slayer's looks are concealed behind a fearsome-looking helmet.
    • Spearman's armor and equipment is well-maintained and fashionable, as befitting of an elite adventurer. Goblin Slayer looks like a walking corpse that'd been fished out of a river, much less an adventurer.
    • Spearman is driven by his career and romance, although his love life is not very successful. Goblin Slayer is powered by sheer hatred of Goblins alone, and yet he unintentionally wins the affection of several girls, including Spearman's crush.
    • His techniques rely on fighting opponents at beyond arm's length with his spear, and he's confident enough in his own strength to attack head-on; Goblin Slayer switches up tactics and weapons, but more often than not gets really up close and personal while blindsiding for cheap hits. Furthermore, Goblin Slayer notes to himself that he's not too fond of wielding two-handed weapons.
  • Friendly Rivalry: By volume 4 he has lightened up around Goblin Slayer enough to agree to a quest alongside him without issue, freely joking around and giving him advice the whole while, his desire to one-up him flaring up no worse than a small bragging session over getting more kills, though he still gets frustrated with Goblin Slayer’s bluntness and single-minded obsession over goblins. Goblin Slayer himself, for his part, treats him the same as ever; gruffly amicable yet coolly distant, like everyone else not among his True Companions.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He's imposing, overconfident, and a braggart. These qualities make it difficult for others to get along with him after a length of time in his company, but he's otherwise an outstanding adventurer and combatant. Veterans like Heavy Warrior grudgingly respect him, while juniors like Rookie Warrior seek to be like him. This is better reflected in how Spearman's female associates treat him; Guild Girl tries to politely ignore him, and even his partner Witch disciplines him whenever he goes too far or acts more annoying than usual.
  • Hate at First Sight: While "hate" is a bit strong, the first time Spearman, unknowingly, saw Goblin Slayer he thought he "looked like a real prick".
  • Hero of Another Story: His progress as an adventurer runs parallel to Goblin Slayer's, and there's definitely a backstory attached to how he earned his title as "The Frontier's Strongest". In the beginning of Volume 3, he just returned from teaming up with Goblin Slayer's nonhuman party members to infiltrate cults and fight demons. The quest didn't involve goblins though, so Goblin Slayer declined.
    • In Year One he was the one who ultimately killed the Rock Eater, which was the start of his legacy.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He's completely smitten with Guild Girl, and every time he comes back from questing he goes straight to her and boasts about his exploits. While she respects him, her obvious preferential treatment and affection for Goblin Slayer leaves him frustrated and jealous.
    • Guild Girl prefers men who are stoic, humble, and don't hit on her. Spearman is rambunctious, boisterous, and a flirt. Other than his looks and alignment, she doesn't find anything else attractive about him.
  • Ignore The Fanservice: A few characters have wondered why he continuously pursues Guild Girl, when he is always with a Hot Witch that is clearly interested in him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite resenting Goblin Slayer for a number of reasons, he has never gone as far as to directly insult him, and proves later on to actually be a decent guy:
    • After initially testing his resolve with some needling, he is the first to accept Goblin Slayer's request to defend against the Goblin Lord's army without much incentive. In fact, all he asks is for Goblin Slayer to buy him a drink in return, agreeing to help him even before Goblin Slayer's own party members.
    • He makes an appearance in Volume 2, grumbling at Goblin Slayer for using him as a delivery boy. Regardless, he becomes embarrassed when Goblin Slayer thanks him and admits Spearman is someone he trusts, and offers to lend a hand with purging Water Town's goblin infestation (for a fee of course).
    • He was the one who brought Goblin Slayer to the Earth Mother temple in Year One after he passed out from his injuries on the edge of town.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Most especially in the Brand New Day manga, where his mullet inexplicably becomes waist-length and he has far more delicate facial features than in any other depiction of him.
  • Magic Focus Object: His earring is the channel for his spellcasting.
  • Magic Knight: He learned rudimentary spellcraft from Witch to increase his effectiveness as an adventurer. He can cast up to two spells per day, which include Counterspell, Slow, and Web.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. For all that he's widely regarded as the most powerful adventurer in the western frontier, he's acknowledged by his peers only for his constant failures at wooing Guild Girl. Wizard Boy starts getting in on the jokes before he's even spent a full week in town.
  • No Badass to His Valet: He may be the best and most decorated fighter the Frontier has to offer, but that doesn't stop his friends from seeing him as the loudmouth and goof he really is.
  • Oblivious to Love: Styling himself as a ladies man and struggling to gain Guild Girl's affection, he fails to notice Witch has loyally remained his adventuring partner for several years.
  • Offhand Backhand: In the manga he fights two goblin champions at once in the farm battle, neatly disemboweling the one behind him with one swing of his polearm while parrying the one in front.
  • Only in It for the Money: Subverted; while he's like most adventurers in that he likes being compensated for his efforts, in an atypically amicable conversation with Goblin Slayer (probably because he wasn't wearing his armor at the time), he remarks on the money and fame one can earn from saving the capital and the world from demons. When Goblin Slayer asked if Spearman was interested, he declines, saying he's just looking out for himself. He also nods towards Guild Girl, making it clear that he also just really wants to impress her. He's one of the few adventurers to agree to fight for Goblin Slayer's sake when an impending goblin horde arrives without definitive payment.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Forms a pair with Witch, being the hotblooded and often aggressive Red, especially around Goblin Slayer, as opposed to his more relaxed and mindful companion.
  • The Resenter: Has an almost instinctive dislike of Goblin Slayer literally since the day they met, exacerbated by the object of his affections constantly spurning him in favor of the grungy warrior and the way just about everyone seems fascinated by the man despite, if not because of, his hang-ups, while he at most gets his peers grudgingly acknowledging his strength. Fortunately he doesn’t let his bitterness drive him to unwarranted aggression, and he’s starting to just let it all go.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Half his interactions with Goblin Slayer consisted of seething over Guild Girl fawning over him, or getting offended by his clumsy attempts at small-talk. This negativity started the first time they ran into each other, before Guild Girl got her crush or the two of them had spoken. To his credit, he mellows out drastically over the course of the first four volumes of the series, but by that time he had been nursing his grudge for five years.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Goblin Slayer, in his own roundabout way. Spearman has complained to him at least twice about the girls who'd willingly associate with such a dour nutcase, with the subtle implication of wanting Goblin Slayer to pick one already and stick with her. It appears that much like his partner, he believes Goblin Slayer needs to get laid.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Is the sword (or rather spear) to Witch's Sorcerer, though she's also teaching him magic to up his versatility.
  • Time Master: Knows the spell 'Slow', which he utilized on three gargoyles to decrease their ability to stay aloft in the air.
  • Tsundere: Platonic example towards Goblin Slayer after volume 1; Spearman still harbors a few sore spots about him, but also acknowledges that he's a good person who doesn't mean any ill will, and accepts him as a comrade. When Goblin Slayer requests him by name to handle a delivery, he grouses about doing grunt-work, then gets flustered when Goblin Slayer calls him the most trustworthy adventurer he knows and offers his assistance with Goblin Slayer's current quest (but only for a cut of the reward!)
  • Unknown Rival: He sports a grudge against Goblin Slayer for managing to make it to Silver-rank on goblin missions alone, and for being Guild Girl's favorite. Goblin Slayer on his part is completely unaware of this sentiment.
  • Wall of Weapons: Though not shown, in the beginning of volume 4 he mentions to Rookie Warrior that he has a sizable collection of enchanted spears he’s picked up from dungeon-delving.
  • Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: In his temporary team-up with Heavy Warrior and Goblin Slayer he complains about being bottom of the line climbing the Devil Tower, but when Goblin Slayer offers to let him go first he insists that the spellcaster has to stay in the back and he just wants an excuse to grouse.
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    Witch 

Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa (Japanese), Amanda Gish (English)

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Accompany, eh? It must be quite difficult. He doesn't notice much, does he...?

A Silver-ranked spellcaster who makes up the other half of Spearman's party. A sultry woman, and one of the few adventurers who acknowledge and respect Goblin Slayer's ways.


  • Attractiveness Isolation: Though she is desired by many, not many men can muster the bravery to speak with her. Spearman was one of these few. His ability to do so, in addition to a Rescue Romance, caused her to desire forming a team with him.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Because she's so passive-aggressive in her relationship with Spearman, he is completely oblivious of her feelings for him... despite the two closely working together for several years. It seems she won't admit her love for him, until he gives up on Guild Girl.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She tends to chide Spearman with passive-aggressive comments when he flirts with other women. She seems to enjoy pointing out the flaws of his pickup lines, and always keeps track of him when socializing. And while she does know that Guild Girl is enamoured with Goblin Slayer, and supports it, there are times where Spearman's open affection for Guild Girl causes Witch to act distant and cold to her, something Guild Girl worries is her seeing a rival despite the disinterest.
  • Cool Big Sis: She is admired by other adventurers for her looks and magical prowess, and behaves as a cool-headed minder for Spearman's pricklier tendencies. She also defends a lone Priestess from two rookie adventurers who were prying into her relationship with Goblin Slayer, before sitting with her and providing some support and advice for the future.
  • Couldn't Find a Lighter: She casts a magic spell to light her pipe and notes the fact that she's using a powerful spell for such Mundane Utility.
  • Counterspell: Uses this spell in Volume 6 to neutralize a goblin shaman's Magic Arrow.
  • Deflector Shields: Her spell 'Deflect Missile' creates an invisible bubble in a small area around her that causes enemy projectiles to bounce or widely veer away from her and her allies.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: While most of the younger girls view her as a "Cool Big Sis" they can't help but be enamored by her.
  • Expy: Who else could it possibly be besides the Sorceress from Dragon's Crown, a Fanservice-inducing Lady of Black Magic?
  • Foil: To Priestess. Both are female spellcasters far more personable than their main respective partners, Spearman and Goblin Slayer. Aside from that though, they are like night and day - Witch is a veteran adventurer specializing in sorcery, her dark-clad figure emanating a seductive, mature appeal. Her manner of speech, while oddly-paced, is nevertheless deliberate and confident. By contrast, Priestess hasn't even completed her first year of adventuring yet. Her magic and white clothing are faith-based, her words are peppered with anxious stammering, and her cute, petite frame radiates innocence instead.
  • Gag Boobs: Her bust does get a lot of focus and her Victoria's Secret Compartment almost crosses into Hammerspace territory. During hunt for the Evil Wizard in Volume 4, Spearman cracks a joke about how he is glad that Witch didn't have to scale the tower, as she would have been "too top-heavy" to make the climb.
  • Gainaxing:Her first proper introduction in the anime puts heavy emphasis on her impressive bust, before revealing her face.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Smokes a long metal pipe, and is one of the more graceful and pleasant characters of the series.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She's been Spearman's sole partner for five years and throughout that entire time he's only had eyes for Guild Girl. It's not entirely certain how he frames their personal relationship, but her Stripperiffic outfit and sultry personality hasn't nudged him to see her in the way she wants him to.
  • Hot Witch: In every sense of the word.
  • Just Friends: Much to her frustration, Spearman only considers her a friend. He even jokingly calls their adventures together "dates," when she secretly desires a real one.
  • Lady of Black Magic: An elegant, seductive female witch with a mature air as well as a powerful spellcaster and veteran adventurer, especially given whom she's an Expy of.
  • Magic Staff: Carries one into combat, though she stows it somewhere when off-duty.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Let's see here... Always described as sensuous? An elegant smoker? Mature appeal? Long legs? Beauty Mark? Hot Witch? Impossibly-Low Neckline? All checked. Her anime introductory scene take it Up to Eleven with Male Gaze by focusing on her breasts, legs, and everything in between more than her face!
  • Mundane Utility:
    • She casually uses a spell to ignite her pipe on two occasions. This is especially curious, given that the world runs on Vancian Magic, meaning she did the equivalent of firing a gun when a simple match would do. This is something Witch lampshades herself.
    • She apparently has a habit of this, as in Volume 3 she burns a spell slot to Silence her partner Spearman when he’s being obnoxious towards Guild Girl. It remains to be seen if her spell reserves are big enough to justify her casual use of them, but she certainly acts confident about being able to liberally use magic even when she’s expected on the field later that same day.
  • Nice Girl: Does not carry the usual pride that has other adventurers look down on Goblin Slayer and the like, and recognizes the worth of his crusade. She's also one of the very few people outside of Goblin Slayer's party to offer their support against an incoming goblin horde without needing appropriate compensation.
  • Noodle Incident: She and Spearman were involved in a slime hunting mission. Though victorious, the entire affair left Spearman with a rather angry opinion about them. When Witch chided him for being childish about the adventure, he was about to mention how the slimes did something embarrassing to Witch, but she silenced him before he could go into detail.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Witch is sexy and she knows it. She's confident, powerful, and not afraid to voice her opinion. Except when it comes to Spearman. She is so enamored in him, she hasn't revealed her true feelings. When she asked Guild Girl to make a party with him, Witch blushed as her true feelings leaked out and tried to hide it behind her hat.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm and thoughtful Blue to the Spearman's hotblooded and aggressive Red, and often needing to rein in on her partner's more tactless moments.
  • The Reliable One: She's basically the only adventurer outside of Goblin Slayer's party who afforded him any active respect before the Raid of the Farm, and the two of them have apparently helped each other gather information and collect/prepare magic equipment behind the scenes for a long while. Also, she offers plenty of relationship and self-image advice to the other female characters and gives handouts to the rookies.
  • Rescue Romance: The start of her infatuation with the Spearman is when he saved her from being eaten by the Rock Eater back when they were Porcelain-ranked.
  • Secret Keeper: Though not exactly a secret, she was the only person who knew what Goblin Slayer looked like under his armor before he took off his helmet for Priestess at the end of Volume 1, recognizing him without his gear while recovering from the fight with the ogre and not revealing him to Spearman.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships nearly every ship that Goblin Slayer is in because she believes Goblin Slayer needs to get laid.
    • In her conversation with Priestess, she implies heavily that she knows the young girl is vying for Goblin Slayer's affection. Witch notes that he is a tough and eccentric person to deal with, and lets Priestess know just what she is getting herself into by continuing to be "with" him.
    • She's not above poking at Guild Girl to make a move on her romantic interest. Witch teases her in Volume 3 about "love rivals" while they were having dinner together, and it's implied her words spurred Guild Girl into asking Goblin Slayer to spend time together during the Festival. Because Guild Girl has Spearman's romantic attention, her becoming unavailable would clear the playing field for Witch to win his heart, so it's something of a win-win situation for both of them.
    • In "Year One" she's pretty chummy and supportive of Cow Girl as well, even suggesting that she get a make-over.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Witch has an odd way of speaking in that she talks very, very slowly, full of pauses, interruptions, emphasis, and long drawls. She seems to add commas every couple of words or so without explanation. The manga adaption achieves this by splitting her sentences apart into separate text bubbles. In the anime adaptation, they put in the actual pause.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Goblin Slayer noted, as she dragged off an unwilling Spearman in full armor, that she has a higher Strength score than the typical spell caster.
  • Subordinate Excuse:
    • It is not outright stated, but the glances she makes towards Spearman while expressing her sympathies with Guild Girl in Volume 3 would add another detail as to why she is partners with him (and add another facet to the already-existing Love Triangle). She also identifies her adventures with Spearman as dating.
    • In Volume 5 Guild Girl shows concern about interacting with Spearman whenever Witch is present in the room, as she's now aware Witch wants him.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: She has bright topaz eyes to advertise her as a sorceress of considerable magical potency.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Is the Sorcerer to Spearman's sword (or spear), though she is noted to be deceptively strong.
  • Team Mom: Fills this role for the Adventure's Guild being The Reliable One and arguably the maturest of the adventurers. She is usually giving out advice to other characters like explaining to Priestess that she has many options as an adventurer when the young girl started partying herself with Goblin Slayer, encouraging Cow Girl to come out of her shell in Year One, and convinces Guild Girl to be more active in her romantic pursuit for Goblin Slayer. Additionally, out of all the silver-ranked adventurers, Witch is the most willing to help out others in exchange for little or nothing in return. In Year One, she agreed to appraise (a service that normally cost a lot of money) the ring Goblin Slayer found in exchange for the modest request of Guild Girl registering her and Spearman as an official party. During the Raid on the Farm arc, Witch is the only adventurer that volunteers to help fight the Goblin Lord's army without asking for proper compensation, or even a mundane favor in return from Goblin Slayer.
  • The Tease: Her jostling of her assets when speaking to people and pulling items out of her cleavage is very deliberate and it brings a self-satisfied smile to her face when she catches out people with straying eyes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Apples. Aside from the fruit's traditional connection to fairy tale witches, there appears to be a romantic connection to Spearman. She slightly blushes when he orders baked apples for the both of them.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: To add to her already massive fanservice traits, she hides items in her cleavage.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Most guild adventurers have realized she stays with Spearman because she's in love with him, but no one really knows the exact event or personality trait that earned her unrequited devotion. The prequel light novels indicate they were together before joining the guild; the anime hints she's attracted to his serious demeanor that shows during battle.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Flowing, deep-violet tresses, which carry connotations of Supernatural Is Purple and Purple Is Powerful
  • You Need to Get Laid: Believes this about Goblin Slayer adamantly, to the point of encouraging more and more members of his Unwanted Harem to pursue him more assertively with increasingly blunt advice.

Heavy Warrior Party

    Heavy Warrior 

Voiced by: Daiki Hamano (Japanese), Chad Halbrook (English)

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A Silver-ranked, giant sword-wielding adventurer who is frequently partnered with Female Knight.


  • Adaptation Expansion: The manga devotes half an entire chapter to his party during the Raid on the Farm, featuring his teamwork with Female Knight as they take down a goblin champion.
    • The fight against the Rock Eater from Year One, which was cut away from after Newbie Swordsman was knocked out in the light novel, gets shown in full in the manga, including Heavy Warrior rallying all the other adventurers alongside Commander.
  • Battle Couple: Forms one with Female Knight, both being front-line fighters that cover each others' blind spots.
  • BFS: His weapon, which bears a suspicious resemblance to the Dragonslayer.
  • Book Dumb: Writes himself off as not having the smarts to handle an aristocratic or command position. When Goblin Slayer points out he's clearly not stupid and has the money to afford supplementary education, he admits he doesn't have the time or inclination for it while still adventuring.
  • Covert Pervert: Normally focused and job-oriented, he checks out a centaur waitress' rear end in Vol. 6 and admits he finds bigger butts more important than breasts.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gets a number of scathing one-liners in on Spearman’s expense.
    Goblin Slayer: There is much I could learn from him.
    Heavy Warrior: I can never tell when you’re joking.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Had a crush on a girl in his village as a boy. Her getting with his best friend before he worked up the courage to approach her drove him to leave and become an adventurer to get away from the embarrassment.
  • Expy: Everything about him screams Guts, from facial features, Weapon of Choice and fighting style - the finishing swing on a goblin champion at the Raid on the Farm can't be anything else but homages to the Black Swordsman himself.
  • A Father to His Men: The other members of his party are all noted to be rookies outside of Female Knight. Even then, he's the oldest of the group, and while he treats them in a stern manner, it's clear his party members regard him highly.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: During their team up in Volume 4, he is the fighter to Spearman's mage and Goblin Slayer's thief.
  • Flaming Sword: Has his greatsword made one in Year One, courtesy of Druid Girl's buffs.
  • Foil: To Spearman. Both are among the top adventurers that the guild has to offer that specializes in using two handed weapons and have Hidden Heart of Gold. However, Heavy Warrior is buffer and rely more on physical strength, while Spearman is lean and nimble, and rely more on speed. Additionally, Heavy Warrior is the better leader and team player of the two, while Spearman is the stronger individual fighter. Their contrasting fighting styles are best emphasized during the fights with the goblin champions and the rock eater, with Heavy Warrior working together others while Spearman charges in on his own.
  • Hidden Depths: Subtle, but while he's never shown to be exactly fond of Goblin Slayer, he never insults the guy either, preferring to keep matters to themselves. He even admonishes Female Knight for questioning Goblin Slayer's credentials in contrast to nearly every other adventurer in the Guild. It's implied in a conversation with Female Knight that he secretly holds a great deal of respect for Goblin Slayer after he helped save Heavy Warrior's village from a goblin attack.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Heavy Warrior's the strong, silent type who tries to hide that he's a good person behind a mercenary front. In the Farm Raid quest, as soon as he heard of the bounty - he's the quickest to join (Spearman had already joined for a beer from Goblin Slayer and his other Silver-rank friends had joined for other trivial rewards) and proclaim it's a great payment. Female Knight notes that it's really an excuse, he has a great deal of respect for Goblin Slayer and wants to help from the start but wanted an excuse. Also when Guild Girl wants to get experienced adventurers to train newbies to improve their survival rate, Heavy Warrior was one of the ones to take the job.
  • The Leader: Besides being the leader of his party, he's probably the most "take charge" adventurer so far. In their Porcelain-ranked days, when a Steel-ranked scout leading the Rock Eater quest gets eaten, it was Heavy Warrior that rallied the adventurers and got them into a good defensive formation. He was also the leader for Goblin Slayer's "Defend the Farm" quest, good thing he's a very capable commander. Later he was designated as the official leader during the Evil Wizard mission with Spearman and Goblin Slayer.
  • Magic Enhancement: Owns a plethora of buffing potions, stat-boosting armor pieces, and even an enchanted shortsword he keeps on hand just for the passive bonus. They mostly just give him more skill in handling his main blade, but in Chapter 6 of Volume 4 he swaps them out for pure Super Strength to more easily climb the Devil's Tower.
  • Never Live It Down: Spearman will not let him forget how in his first quest he entered a goblin cave and ended up not being able to use his greatsword properly to help his party fight their way through.
  • Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date: Spends most of the town's Harvest Festival on a gondola ride with Female Knight. Guild Girl notes he looks confused about how he even got there.
  • Only in It for the Money: Like many adventurers, he isn't one to work pro bono.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His angled features and brows form a distinct scowl that never leaves his eyes, and even during his rendezvous with Female Knight during the Harvest Festival he looks more nonplussed than outwardly showing any happy emotions.
  • Pet the Dog: During the quest to kill the Rock Eater, Heavy Warrior took in the broken-hearted adventurer as a temporary member of his party. This allowed that adventurer to go and avenge the girl that he had a crush on.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Gets a particularly sardonic one as he, Goblin Slayer, and Spearman charge Evil Wizard.
    Heavy Warrior: He said he can’t be killed. He didn’t say he can’t die.
    Goblin Slayer: Only one thing to do then.
    Heavy Warrior: Gotta ask you to die!
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Female Knight by the end of the fifth volume.
  • Remembered Too Late: His party's first mission was a goblin clearing quest, and as they prepared to delve in he was wracked with anxiety and second guessing. He had a ready formation and battle plan, everyone had solid equipment and healing items, what was he missing? The answer came when the fighting started; his greatsword was far too big to use effectively in the small cave.
  • Rugged Scar: Has two well-defined lines on his cheek.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: The cape he dons on his armor is heavy enough to shroud the lower half of his face, giving this effect. He even pulls the fold over his face when embarrassed in Chapter 14 of the manga, like one would with an actual scarf.
  • Slasher Smile: The light novels frequently describe him having a "shark-like grin" during battle.
  • The Strategist:
    • In the battle against the rock eater, when the warband lost its leader, he quickly took over despite being Porcelain-ranked and noted how ineffective low-end combat magic was. So he tells the team heavies to move to the front, while poorly-armoured adventurers take the back and use missile weapons or run messages back to town while mages provide support magic to the heavies. When a corrosive blob falls on a poor archer's head, he quickly notes it's an ambush from above and the group would need lights above immediately to cue Female Knight's Light spell.
    • He also agrees with Goblin Slayer's Dungeon Bypass idea, being able to acknowledge it's the safer and more efficient option due to them lacking spellcasters or manpower to fight their way through the floors.
  • Sword and Fist: A single swing of his greatsword can split a musclebound brute of a goblin champion clean from the torso, but even his knuckles are powerful enough to cave goblin skulls in with a punch.
  • Team Dad: To both his party and the Adventurer's Guild as a whole.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Relatively thick brows that flare out at the ends in upward strokes. It certainly adds to his standard glare.

    Female Knight 

Voiced by: Yukiyo Fujii (Japanese), Rachel Michelle Thompson (English)

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A Silver-ranked Knight who is usually seen accompanying Heavy Warrior.


  • Adaptation Expansion: Her role in the Raid on the Farm is given more of a focus along with Heavy Warrior than in the light novel, featuring a moment where she saves his life and opens their target up for a critical hit.
  • Adorkable: Although she tries to present herself as a professional, elegant, and graceful Lady of War, she does have her moments, like when she contemplates buying a Chainmail Bikini to get Heavy Warrior's attention, but gets too embarrassed by the idea, and then has a hilariously awkward conversation with Goblin Slayer about love and relationships (keep in mind she is one asking him for advice).
  • Battle Couple: She makes up half of a tag-team duo with Heavy Warrior, and quite an efficient one at that.
  • Big Eater: She is noted in volume 4 to have the biggest appetite of her party, only matched in feasting gusto by Scout Boy.
  • Bling of War: According to Guild Girl, her usual suit of armor is gold plated.
  • Blood Knight: According to Heavy Warrior, she always has a hand over her sword and is spoiling for a fight.
  • Braids of Action: Her long hair is tied into a single large braid, and fits among other examples of the trope by specializing in close combat and tanking.
  • Brought Down to Badass: She used to be a straight-up Paladin, as seen when she freely uses miracles in Year One and Heavy Warrior's accounts of their early adventures, but has since apparently stopped receiving miracles from the gods in recent days. She remains an exceptionally powerful melee fighter, but her loss of divine power remains a sore spot for her and ammunition for teasing by her teammates.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Is heavily interested in Heavy Warrior romantically, but couldn't bring herself to tell the man outright for years.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Thought of buying one to attract Heavy Swordsman. Of course, she knew even as she contemplated it that it was a ridiculous plan, and quickly proved far too embarrassed to go through with the idea.
  • Cool Big Sis: The younger Adventurers look up to her, but the rookies on her team view her as this especially.
  • Counter Attack: She shows why she's Silver-ranked in a fight against a goblin champion. She parries his uprooted tree in such a way that he becomes off-balanced, then slashes his hands gripping his club, cutting off several fingers and sending the weapon flying to come down on another downed goblin.
  • Drink Order: She's very eager for an ale after every adventure.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: She is of the veneered Silver-rank, and even among them she stands out as the most stylish and opulent adventurer stationed on the frontier.
  • Everyone Can See It: Her feelings for Heavy Swordsman were so obvious, even Goblin Slayer of all people knew.
  • Expy: Alter the shape of her armor with a touch of blue and Female Knight looks like a dead ringer for Agrias Oakes. Her oversized shield and focus on defense also make her one for Raquna Sheldon from Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl.
  • The Fashionista: In the manga her internal debate over whether to go through with buying the Chainmail Bikini leads to her speculating on how to best accessorize it if she did, which further derails into an Imagine Spot of herself modeling a gambeson before Goblin Slayer walks by and gets her back on track.
  • Foil:
    • To Priestess. Both are the main female companions to a silver-ranked adventurer, were the primary support casters of their parties when they were first formed, shared similar Light 'em Up abilities, and have a Stone Wall approach when it comes to combat. The obvious difference being that Knight is a skilled melee fighter, while Priestess is a tiny Squishy Wizard that can at most put up a token resistance with her staff and occasionally Suffer the Slings for harder hits in later volumes. Knight is also a long-term mature veteran mostly treated as an equal partner to Heavy Swordsman, while Priestess is perpetually The Baby of the Bunch for her party and her relationship with Goblin Slayer is largely predicated on his mentorship of her. As the story progress, Priestess goes from being an easily overwhelmed meek girl to a subtly hardened and assertive operative, while Knight is introduced as a Lady of War that is shown to hide an Adorkable side to her, and whereas Female Knight has seemingly been deprived of the ability to use miracles by the events of Volume 4, Priestess gets castigated by the Earth Mother and threatened with abandonment for misusing her magic in Volume 7.
    • To Witch. Both being the female silvered-ranked adventurers that are seen as the Cool Big Sis to the younger adventurers of the guild, and have feelings for their male partners in their parties. Differences include Knight being a melee fighter that wears concealing light clothing, while Witch is a Lady of Black Magic that wears revealing dark clothing. Knight was initially the rudest silvered-ranked adventurer to Goblin Slayer, while Witch was one of the friendliest to him at the start of the story. Witch is the guild's Team Mom that helps out others while asking little in return and freely gives out friendly life advice to others, while Knight is Only in It for the Money and finds herself asking love advice from Goblin Slayer, of all people.
  • Glacier Waif: Downplayed as she's a fairly tall adult woman with full-plate armor, but she's still quite willowy for a girl that carries a giant shield everywhere and can block a 7-foot tall Bugbear swinging a great-club dead in its tracks.
  • God Is Displeased: During the events of Volume 4 it is implied that she has lost the favor of her patron god, as she has not received miracles as of late. While it's possible this is due to her Nun Too Holy traits, the exact reasoning has not been made explicit.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: During her party's ritual dinners together to celebrate each successful mission, she goes straight for the ale and drinks deep and quickly, to Heavy Warrior's chagrin and amusement.
  • Healing Hands: Brags about having a recovery miracle in Year One, but never has to use it.
  • Hidden Buxom: Depending on the Artist. A shot of her training out of her knight armor in the first chapter of Brand New Day reveals a bosom that rivals Sword Maiden’s. However, in Chapter 34 in the main manga series, Knight in civilian clothing is given a more modest bust size that is comparable to Guild Girl's.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She notes glumly that workplace dating can sour team relationships, often to the point where adventuring parties fall apart in spectacular fashion. When Goblin Slayer points out her infatuation with Heavy Warrior, she defensively exclaims exceptions exist to every rule.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Before her relationship upgrade, she always had doubts about the progression of her and Heavy Swordsman's "relationship".
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She questions if Goblin Slayer even knows how to fight anything other than goblins, and it's later shown that unlike most adventurers of his rank, he indeed has trouble fighting larger, more powerful monsters head-on without taking major injuries, surviving only through cheap tactics and healing magic/potions.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • She was downright unpleasant towards Goblin Slayer at the beginning of the story, and her open criticism served as part of an Establishing Character Moment for most adventurers' overall opinion of him. Once she takes part in protecting Cow Girl's farm from a goblin horde though, she ends up admitting that Goblin Slayer really did earn his rank after all, and accepts him.
    • Upon encountering each other in Volume 3, she goes as far as to approach him for help. The ensuing conversation is arguably one of the most touching/amusing exchanges of the entire series.
  • Lady of War: Elegant and graceful, even when she's parrying or striking down enemies.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Wields a large, ornate shield alongside her sword. She averts Shields Are Useless hard against a goblin champion, using it like a fulcrum to parry the champion's giant club mid-swing instead of just tanking it head-on.
  • Magic Enhancement: She could cast a Blessing on her sword in Year One, on top of her Holy Light spell.
  • Magic Knight: In Year One she demonstrated the ability to use miracles such as "Holy Light", though in volume 4 Druid Girl notes that she has not used any magic in any of their recent quests for some reason.
    Female Knight: "You watch yourself. See if I don't Holy Smite you one of these days..."
    Druid Girl: "Sure. It's been nothing but Shield Bash with you lately."
  • Never My Fault: Holds the gods at fault for her no longer receiving miracles, never stopping to consider if maybe she did something to take herself out of their good graces.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Is of this opinion, which she expresses to Goblin Slayer to detail her relationship problems. Of course, the guy doesn't follow her rhetoric:
    Female Knight: What guy would want a girl who can take down a troll or a dragon with one swipe of her sword?
    Goblin Slayer: Surely someone?
    Female Knight: What would you call a girl like that?
    Goblin Slayer: Reliable.
    Female Knight: Forget I asked.
  • No Periods, Period: Invoked, she has to sit out on a mission from The King because "she wasn't feeling well".
  • Not So Stoic: Is almost always the picture of a prim and proper Lady of War, which is why moments like her comical outburst at a pithy bounty, and her lovesick desperation prior to the Harvest Festival stand out quite prominently.
  • Nun Too Holy: Downplayed, but she is shockingly elitist, hedonistic, and materialistic for someone who claims to want to be a paladin, which her teammates all enjoy chastising her for. Those aspects of her character might have something to do with the gods not granting her miracles anymore in recent days.
    Scout Boy: I dunno, you really think you can call yourself a paladin with a mouth like that?
  • Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date: Spends most of the town's Harvest Festival on a gondola ride with Heavy Warrior. Guild Girl notes he looks confused about how he even got there.
  • Only in It for the Money: Even more-so than some other prominent adventurers - She's outright horrified upon learning the goblin champion she and Heavy Warrior took down paid no more than that of a goblin grunt, and mopes about the earnings afterwards.
  • The Paladin: Her aspiration is to be a Paladin, a holy knight. It's noted in Year One that its usually easier to earn knighthood through serving the Church, but she's chosen to strive for the title as a questing Adventurer instead.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Heavy Warrior by the end of the fifth volume.
  • Sadist Teacher: Relishes in the chance to lay into newbies at the training camp, and pulls no punches when sparring. But it's all for the sake of instructing them of course.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She of all people is the only female who Goblin Slayer has mentally acknowledged as pretty so far, and he muses that she could pass for a noble's daughter if she dressed the part. When she finally takes his advice of wearing civilian clothes and puts on a beautiful dress, Heavy Warrior is significantly affected by her new appearance.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: The Snob to Goblin Slayer's indifferent Slob; she's probably the most well-appointed adventurer in the frontier town, and the most prominent of the side characters who look down on Goblin Slayer expressly for his shabby gear, an attitude she maintains even after participating in the farm battle and having him help with her relationship issues at the harvest festival, though admittedly with much less genuine scorn. The fact that Goblin Slayer looks like a Black Knight, while she has most the traditional Knight in Shining Armor look among the silver-rank adventurers, is likely done the emphasize this.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: She puts up a good front, but when it comes to her affections towards her partner, she's as giddy and insecure as any girl in love.
  • Stone Wall: In Chapter 14 of the manga she readily acknowledges that she can't cut the goblin champion deeply enough to do mortal damage, so she takes position to defend Heavy Warrior's front as he lines up a critical strike.
  • Subordinate Excuse: She's Heavy Warrior's main partner on the battlefield, although Female Knight is more than a little hoping to extend "partner" to further definitions of the word... something she finally starts actively pursuing in Volume 3, and achieves by the end of Volume 5.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Normally a cool and collected person, but when she's not putting on airs she can be quite sweet, even to Goblin Slayer.
  • Tsundere: Non-romantic example towards Goblin Slayer; after she mellows out and gets to see how he achieved the rank despite only defeating Goblins, she still calls him weird, but lacks the earlier hostility and disdain. They can now have friendly conversations, even if he gets on her nerves, and generally consider each other comrades.
  • Younger Than They Look: It's hard to tell given her elite rank, armor, and general poise, but she's actually like any other young woman when it comes to being insecure and confused. When she starts fidgeting in front of Goblin Slayer, he suddenly realizes Female Knight might even be younger than he is, and he's only twenty years old.

    Trainee Team 
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From left to right: Scout Boy, Druid Girl and Half-Elf Warrior

A gaggle of novice or prospective young adventurers who have joined Heavy Warrior's party to learn under him. Consists of Scout Boy, Druid Girl, and Half-Elf Warrior. They often hang out and train with Rookie Duo.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the light novel, Druid Girl has bright pink hair and purple eyes while in the anime she is a green-eyed brunette, having somehow been given Apprentice Cleric's color palette, and her dress was green instead of pink. Likewise, Half-Elf Warrior has the lightest toned hair of the three in the manga, while in the anime he is given the same black hair as Scout Boy.
  • Drink Order: Half-Elf Warrior asks for grape wine with his dinners.
  • Druid: Despite appearances, Druid Girl didn't pull her class name out of a hat.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Half-Elf Warrior, Druid Girl, and Scout Boy, respectively.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Half-Elf Warrior is between the ages and experience levels of his party's veterans and rookies. As such, while he's mentioned whenever they're preparing for or have just returned from a quest, he is almost never around any of them during their off-time (which Heavy Warrior and Female Knight spend developing their partnership, and Scout Boy and Druid Girl spend hanging out with Rookie Warrior and Apprentice Cleric.)
  • Garden Garment: A subtle case with Druid Girl, who in the light novel has two strings of white roses wrapped around the waist of her dress.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: What else would the other half of Half-Elf Warrior's parentage be?
  • Hobbits: Druid Girl is a Rhea, which are effectively halflings.
  • Identical Stranger: Funny enough, Half-Elf Warrior in the anime is drawn to look identical to Scout Boy. The only way you would be able to tell them apart is Half-Elf Warrior's pointed ears and their different clothes.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: In stark contrast to the Nature Hero trappings of most other fantasy druids, Druid Girl wears a frilly green ball gown and fluffy hat everywhere.
  • Playing with Fire: Like Dwarf Shaman, Druid Girl can invoke Salamanders to help her cast fire magic, in her case enchanting a elemental buff for Heavy Warrior.
  • Really 17 Years Old: Scout Boy and Druid Girl became adventurers several years too early, which is why they are still Obsidian-rank and are just now training to fight monsters by themselves after five years of being Heavy Warrior's squire and magic support, respectively.
  • Ship Tease: Not as much as Rookie Duo, but Scout Boy and Rhea Druid have their moments. Rhea Druid is even in charge of Scout Boy's finances as he frivolously spent his reward money, showing considerable trust between the two.
  • Suffer the Slings: Druid Girl starts training to use one in Volume 6 under Goblin Slayer's tutelage at Guild Girl's request.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The light novel colored illustrations give Druid Girl bubblegum-pink tresses.
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Rookie Party

    Rookie Duo 

Voiced by: Seiji Maeda (Rookie Warrior, Japanese), Ayase Itou (Apprentice Cleric, Japanese), Matt Shipman (Rookie Warrior, English), Sarah Wiedenheft (Apprentice Cleric, English)

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Rookie Warrior (left) & Apprentice Cleric (right)

A couple of village kids, Rookie Warrior and Apprentice Cleric, who have formed an adventuring pair-up. They often are seen alongside the Trainee Team in town, either practising together against Heavy Warrior or just hanging out.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the light novel illustrations Apprentice Cleric has beige hair and pale green eyes, but in the anime her hair is a muted auburn and her eyes are purple. Additionally, her robes were plain white with red trimming, but were changed in the anime to have gold trimmings with a red tabard underneath.
  • Battle Couple: Not quite in-sync yet, but very clearly developing in this direction.
  • Battle Harem: Invoked, When partnered with Priestess & Rabbit Ranger, they became a team of three girls and one guy so, naturally, many called the team one much to the Rookie Duo's embarrassment.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: One of them wets themselves when they have to stand and fight against an especially over-sized Giant Roach; in the light novel it's Rookie Warrior, in the manga Apprentice Cleric.
  • Broke Episode: A string of abandoned quests leaves them barely scraping by and missing a lot of equipment by the time of their focus chapter in Volume 4. By the end of it they've become successful enough to maintain a stable income, if still living cheaply.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: During the party at the Guild after the Farm Defense, Rookie Warrior get knocked out from taking one hit of Dwarf Shaman's "Fire Wine".
  • Carry a Big Stick: Rookie Warrior picks up a club at Goblin Slayer's suggestion. He is rather discontent with it, but quickly changes his tune when he experiences just how effective it can be. So much so, he's continued using it along with his sword, as shown in Volume 9.
  • Childhood Friends: Grew up together, decided to become adventurers together, and have made it through 9 volumes of peril and tight financial straits together.
  • Clothing Damage: Rookie Warrior rips Apprentice Cleric's entire skirt off when he grabs her lantern off her hip and throws it at the Giant Cockroach pursuing them. This however does not happen in the anime as the lantern was in her hand when he grabbed it.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • The first chapter of Goblin Slayer: Brand New Day focuses on their attempts at climbing the guild ladder and the daily struggles and concerns they (and by extension the average Porcelain-rank) go through.
    • They feature heavily in Volume 9.
  • Declaration of Protection: One of them announced their intention to leave their village and build their future as an adventurer, the other chased after them and swore to watch their back on their journeys. Which was which is a detail that oscillates depending on whose telling the recollection.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Rookie Warrior really likes Witch's Victoria's Secret Compartment, much to Apprentice Cleric's frustrations. In the anime, he was more shocked than turned on.
  • Everyone Can See It: Pretty much everyone in the Guild can see their Ship Tease and supports it.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Rookie Warrior displays these a lot in the morning after his and Apprentice Cleric’s last failed attempt at rat patrol, due to having to sleep the night before in the stable. The noisy, stinky, straw-pile-for-a-bed stable.
  • Foil: The duo serves as one to other Porcelain-ranked adventurers, who freshly start out. Unlike the Greenhorn Team, the two of them actually take Guild Girl's advice and try to clear the sewers from giant rats first, which prove to be a formidable challenge already. When they run into trouble, they turn to the advice of more experienced adventurers for help, allowing them to slowly but steadily improve as adventurers.
    • One example of this is Apprentice Priestess bringing an antidote for Rookie Warrior to take in case he was exposed to infected rat blood, showing they listened to advice and warnings about dealing with giant rats. The Greenhorn Team meanwhile did nothing to research goblin behaviors before setting out, which sealed Wizard's fate as no one brought antidotes with them to immediately treat her, and it was far too late to save her by the time Goblin Slayer arrives.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Apprentice Cleric is not happy whenever Rookie Warrior even looks at another girl suggestively. In his defense, he is very loyal to her and isn't a flirt like other adventurers.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Insensitive as Rookie Warrior was, his heart was in the right place when he and Apprentice Cleric invited Priestess into their party..
  • Harem Seeker: Averted, Chosen Heroine seems to think Rookie Warrior is one and supports, but he's surprisingly loyal to Apprentice Cleric and is actually offended when it's brought up.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted, by Volume 8, Rookie Warrior has added some kind of headgear to his gear.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Rookie Warrior wants to be a cool sword-wielding hero; luckily for him, and unlike the unfortunate first Warrior, he learns from Goblin Slayer that he can't rely on only one weapon or even one particular kind of weapon in the heat of battle all the time and begins to carry back-up weapons of different types.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Apprentice Cleric's "Holy Smite" miracle is this, forming a lance of light magic that launches at her foes.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Rookie Warrior and Apprentice Cleric try to bring Priestess into their team because they believe some of the rumors that Goblin Slayer is a weirdo. Luckily, they realize they were wrong and apologize for their assumptions.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Apprentice Cleric is never happy to see Rookie Warrior even look at another girl. TO his credit, he is very loyal to his She's Not My Girlfriend.
  • Iron Butt-Monkey: The duo often seems to be running into bad luck and have gone through a few Broke Episodes. However, considering what usually happens to newbie adventurers in this series, they are doing far better than the average Porcelain-ranked adventurers mainly because they listen to the advice of Experts.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Pretty much thier entire team dynamic.
  • Magic Staff: Apprentice Cleric has a sword-shaped staff with scales hung from the hilt, a mark of the Supreme God.
  • Named Weapons: Rookie Warrior jokes about naming his sword and club 'Chestburster' and 'Roach Slayer' respectively after killing a particularly giant Giant Roach, though after a time he more seriously decides on 'Masher' for the club.
  • Ornamental Weapon: Cleric carries a sword, but does not use it as such in combat. Despite being shaped like a sword it's essentially a magic focus that is presumably unsuited for use as a melee weapon.
  • Rat Stomp: Their entire first year as adventurers was spent clearing the sewers of giant rats before they became a plague or infestation problem, and even that was a trial for them as they often got swarmed and forced to cut and run from the quests, either by their quarry or giant roaches.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Apprentice Cleric may be a Tsundere, but she is still nice and kind to others even to strangers like Priestess when she tried to invite her into their party in an attempt to "rescue her".
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: At the end of volume 9 while waiting to report their role in the death of the Ice Witch, they actually bump into Chosen Heroine, who sees Rabbit Ranger still hanging by them and congratulates Rookie Warrior on starting to build a harem party, to his mortification.
  • Shield Bash: Rookie Warrior can take out a giant rat by slapping it with his buckler, but it jars his arm badly.
  • Ship Tease: The two of them are constantly affirming their loyalty to each other, and share a number of domestic moments, most notably the scene in volume 4 when Apprentice Cleric cuts Rookie Warrior’s hair while they discuss the viability of their adventuring ambitions.
  • Sixth Ranger: They form a team with Priestess (temporarily) & Rabbit Ranger (temporarily?)
  • Suffer the Slings: Apprentice Cleric starts training to use one in Volume 6 under Goblin Slayer's tutelage at Guild Girl's request.
  • Tsundere: Apprentice Cleric gets on Rookie Warrior's case whenever he slacks off, good-naturedly teases him when he does well by her, and relies on and looks after him all the same.
  • Vomiting Cop: Apprentice Cleric throws up during the Battle of the Farm when a goblin champion throws another adventurer against a boulder hard enough to splatter and what's left of the body drops at her feet.
  • White Magician Girl: Apprentice Cleric, though since she dedicated herself to the Supreme God instead of the Earth Mother her spell list is geared towards Light 'em Up attacks as opposed to Priestess' support and healing-focused repertoire.
  • Why Did It Have To Be: Apprentice Cleric is terrified of bugs; making fighting the giant roaches all the more horrible.
  • Women Are Wiser: Apprentice Cleric is usually the one that has to remind Rookie Warrior how dangerous goblin slaying missions are and that they should follow the advise of the Guild's staff and veteran adventurers. It's pretty clear that without her, Rookie Warrior would have suffered the same fate as the Greenhorn Team's own Warrior. The only time she relents is during the Goblin Lord mission, when they had safety in numbers and were fighting with more experienced adventurers.
    • Averted in battle, Rookie Warrior is surprisingly resourceful and clever where Apprentice Cleric freezes up sometimes. However, they two seem to be at their best when they work together.

    Rabbit Ranger 
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A young bunny-girl whose village in the northern mountains is being preyed on by the Yetis in Ice Witch's employ.


  • Does Not Like Shoes: Despite living in the Grim Up North, the only footwear she uses is some wraps that expose her toes.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Has rabbit ears.
  • Sixth Ranger: Forms a party with the Rookie Duo with Priestess in the lead. Chosen Heroine views this as Rookie Warrior growing a Battle Harem. It's currently unknown if she'll stay in a party with the Rookie Duo or not. As of Volume 10, she's still hanging out with them.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Prominently wields a crossbow.
  • You Killed My Father: Hers was killed by Ice Witch while seizing his magic silver arrows, and she has sworn to take them back and fire them through her heart in revenge.

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    Disbanded Party 
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From left to right:Newbie Swordsman, Axeman, Half-Elf Shaman and Monk

A party of Porcelain-ranked adventurers when Goblin Slayer joined the Guild that started out well, but a disastrous mission with a Rock Eater broke the party up. The members were Newbie Swordsman, Half-Elf Shaman, Monk, and Axeman.


  • Adaptation Expansion: Newbie Swordsman kind of disappears after the events of Year One in the manga and light novel. However, in the anime version, he is shown to still be an active adventurer by the time we get to the main story and takes part in the battle at the farm. He is surprising given quite a bit of screen time during the fight.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Axeman loses his arm to a Rock Eater.
  • An Axe to Grind: Axeman wielded an axe before he lost his arm.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Newbie Swordsman, he was a nice guy before Half-Elf Shaman's death broke him.
  • Captain Ersatz: Upon his introduction in Year One, New Swordsman is one to the eponymous character of the Rance series, a Sociopathic Jerk with a Heart of Gold, minus Rance's Really Gets Around attitude and The Hedonist personality.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Axeman lost his arm, effectively ending his career; The Rock Eater later severely mangled Newbie Swordsman when he critically injured it. Although this is averted in the anime in Newbie Swordsman's case, as he is still an active adventurer as shown in Episode 11, and implies he did recover to continue being an adventurer in the other continuities.
  • Continuity Nod: In the anime, Swordman stated that he became an adventurer on the same day as Goblin Slayer, which is a callback to his introduction in Year One.
  • Deuteragonist: Newbie Swordsman in the first volume of Year One; he registers as an adventurer the same day as Goblin Slayer, attempts to partner with and befriend him multiple times, his participation in the Rock Eater hunt and desire for revenge against it parallel Goblin Slayer's crusade, and he ends the story making peace with himself as Goblin Slayer affirms his purpose.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Newbie Swordsman is seen listlessly drinking himself into a stupor in the aftermath of the quest in which he lost Half-Elf Shaman.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Newbie Swordsman had these after Half-Elf Shaman's death.
  • Eaten Alive: Half-Elf Shaman's fate at the hands of a Rock Eater.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Newbie Swordsman's reason for his weapon of choice.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Seeing Rhea Druid about to suffer Death from Above like Half-Elf Shaman, Newbie Swordsman willingly risked his life to save her.
  • Kill the Cutie: Half-Elf Shaman, The Heart of the Team, is brutally torn apart and Eaten Alive by a Rock Eater.
  • The Lost Lenore: Half-Elf Shaman was this to Newbie Swordsman.
  • Making a Splash: Half-Elf Shaman used Water magic to stop a goblin from stealing a lamb.
  • Ship Tease: Newbie Swordsman clearly had a thing for Half-Elf Shaman and she appeared to be returning his feelings until...
  • Survivor Guilt: Newbie Swordsman is clearly not happy he survived while Hal-Elf Shaman died.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In the anime, Swordsman is a veteran adventurer with 5 years of experience, and acts as one of the commanding figures during the battle at the farm. However, he doesn't have the same fighting prowess like many of the other veteran adventurers, and opts to stand back when the hobgoblins and goblin champions shows up.

    Greenhorn Team 
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What bright young and ambitious travelers, all set to go on a new quest to discover their destinies, protect the helpless, battle forces of evil— AND THEY'RE GONE!

A just-registered party of New Meat that Priestess joined when she first signed up with the Guild, initially consisting of Warrior, Fighter, and Wizard. They were ill-prepared for a goblin hunt they thought would be easy and were met with horrible results.


  • Adaptational Curves: Fighter in the anime has a noticeably sized-up bust, becoming larger than Wizard when she smaller in the manga.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Wizard's Firebolt is all but a guaranteed kill on a goblin, but at her low power-level it is single-target, has a long charge-up, and she can only cast magic at all twice or maybe thrice in a fight. Abjectly unsuited to holding back a whole swarm.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Warrior had on a headband, half hidden by his messy hair. He sadly couldn't quite live up to the image it evokes.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: What Fighter's class actually is.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: When Priestess was with them. Priestess is the blonde, Fighter is the Brunette, while Wizard is the Redhead.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Fighter looked like a very happy bug when we first see her. By the time she's rescued, she's traumatized for life because of what the goblins did to her.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Her gang-rape causes Fighter to quit being an adventurer as she, understandably, is traumatized for life.
  • Childhood Friends: Fighter and Warrior, at least, come from the same village and had a cheery little Vitriolic Best Buds repartee as they set out on their first quest.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Warrior wanted to quickly clear out the goblin cave with only four fresh and inexperienced adventurers, having not sufficient equipment (no shield, helmet or potions) and no idea how goblins in groups acted. Guild Girl at least wanted them to wait until a more experienced adventurer could join them, but Warrior ignored her, stating that they were running out of time to save the kidnapped women.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: While they're eventually overwhelmed and brutally slaughtered, the team does manage to take down a fair number of goblins; it's their under-preparedness and inexperience that kills them.
  • Damsel in Distress: Fighter ends up as this after being captured by the goblins and needing Priestess and Goblin Slayer to save her.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The opening focuses on them, but...
  • Death In The Limelight: What little we know of them is explained in flashbacks in the manga... as they get torn limb from limb.
  • Decoy Protagonist: They all have the makings of being the main heroes of the story, but their sacrifice is used to show the viewer how dark the series can and will be.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: They get a page or two dedicated to their backstories showing their hopes and dreams, right before being brutally slaughtered, gang-raped or poisoned by goblins.
  • Dies Wide Open: Wizard after Goblin Slayer gives her the mercy kill, just before Priestess closes her eyes.
  • Dropped Glasses: Wizard loses them when the goblins overpower her and it's not even the least of her concerns when the glasses get stepped on...
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Wizard and Fighter are left with these after their injuries.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The party misses a side-tunnel, because they get distracted by a goblin totem. A group of goblins that was lurking in the side-tunnel then quickly comes out to ambush Wizard and surround the rest of the party.
  • Farm Boy: Warrior is a deconstruction of this. Like many fantasy heroes, Warrior grew up on a farm and was inspired by the stories of adventurers to become one himself. However, since he spent his entire life on a farm, he has little-to-no experience in fighting, no formal training, and no real knowledge of the world at large. Naturally, Reality Ensues on his very first (and last) adventure.
  • Fatal Flaw: Impatience, inexperience and overconfidence. All three were to an extent trained in combat, but vastly underestimated the number of goblins and their intelligence. Add to that that they came unprepared without any potions or even information about how goblins operate and what traps could await them. Warrior in particular wanted to quickly clear some goblin quests to rise in the ranks and fight more famous threats like dragons, thinking some goblins would be a piece of cake. Their naivety led them to horrific fates.
  • Faux Action Girl: Wizard is introduced as a graduate from a prestigious mage school in capital, but she only killed just one goblin before being overwhelmed due to having no experience at all in melee combat, something that an untrained farm girl can accomplish as shown in Year One. Fighter fairs a bit better as she was able to kill a handful of goblins before being caught off guard by a hobgoblin.
  • Foil:
    • Warrior in particular is basically young Goblin Slayer without the Dark and Troubled Past or any basic training from a veteran. Both were Farm Boys from a small village that dreamed of being adventurers and making a name for themselves. However, Goblin Slayer's traumatic experiences changed him to becoming obsessed with killing goblins and losing interest of being famous. In Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One, Goblin Slayer made the exact same mistake as Warrior by banging his long sword against a cave wall on his first adventure. However, unlike Warrior, Goblin Slayer knew not to underestimate goblins and prepared beforehand by bringing proper equipment and having proper training to kill goblins. So when Goblin Slayer made the same mistake that Warrior will make years later, he had a shield and his training to fall back on. Unlike the team in general, young Goblin Slayer had the foresight to bring an antidote with him on his first mission to treat himself immediately when he was poisoned.
    • Warrior also foils Rookie Warrior of the Rookie Duo. Both are Porcelains that joined around the same time as Priestess that do both have goals of being a high ranking adventurer. However, Rookie Warrior is willing to listen to advice of people who know more and acknowledges he has a long road ahead of him, so he appreciates the small victories and successes he gets on the way. He also is able to work with Apprentice Cleric well during quests, as seen when he has her decisively use Holy Smite to bring down the giant cockroach so he can beat it to death. Warrior meanwhile, is overeager to move on to bigger foes like dragons, and takes the goblin slaying quest partly because he wants to promote quickly, against the advice of Guild Girl. In battle, he wildly whipped his longsword around which prevented Fighter from being able to properly support him against the goblins. This ambition and overconfidence contributes to his gruesome death in the den due to being ill-prepared for fighting in a cave.
  • Glass Cannon: Wizard is one, and not a very good one, at that. Her Firebolts can toast a goblin in one hit, but have a long cast time, hit only one target, she has a very limited supply of them, and if she runs out or gets cornered by a melee fighter, she's useless. Meanwhile, Fighter and Warrior can both hack goblins to pieces with equal ease and with no limitations. Perhaps Wizard's spells could have come in useful against the hobgoblin or the shaman... had she not been incapacitated long before either showed up.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Warrior preferred a long sword in battle because it was cool. Unfortunately, it proved to be less than effective in the cramped and narrow caves of the goblins, denied Fighter the chance to effectively back him up, and ultimately led to his death when his last swing hit the cave ceiling and knocked it out of his hands.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Realizing she'd been overpowered and surrounded, knowing fully well what Fate Worse than Death awaited her, Fighter turned to Priestess and begged her to save herself.
  • Hot Witch: Wizard had the general look of one.
  • Idiot Heroes: A party of inexperienced beginners and rookies going into a goblin nest without potions or proper equipment or even a plan, with one of them bringing a long sword into a short cave and another using a one-target spell against goblins that like to swarm... Yeah, all that gives you a good idea on how stupid they must be.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Wizard in particular got downright snippy at Priestess for protesting about their refusal to even purchase some spare healing items, but she was, overall, a good person.
  • Kick Chick: Fighter is a martial artist with a focus on kick boxing.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Wizard. While Warrior and Fighter were more caught up in the excitement on being on their first adventure to pay attention to Priestess voicing her very reasonable concerns about how under-prepared they are, Wizard takes it a step further by criticizing Priestess for worrying. Naturally, things don't work out for her the moment the goblins arrive.
  • Magic Staff: Wizard took great pride in hers, as it was a graduation reward from her Wizarding School.
  • Meganekko: Wizard is pricklier than most examples, but she's still a cutie whose glasses are a charm point.
  • Mercy Kill: Wizard was badly & fatally poisoned and begs Goblin Slayer to mercy kill her to end the pain, which he obliges.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Poor Fighter gets slammed against several walls by a big hobgoblin - the first one we see in series - after he catches her kick.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: The manga gives each of them a page or so of flashbacks to their childhoods showing the events that inspired them to become adventurers, after they'd been downed by goblins and were about to receive the finishing blows.
  • Oh, Crap!: All three of them have at least one or more of these moments.
    • Warrior has one when he gets stabbed in the leg by a goblin that he stabbed, and another when the stalactites on the low ceiling cause him to drop his sword and he's about to get mauled by goblins as that happens.
    • Wizard has one when she and Priestess are ambushed by goblins while chasing after Warrior and Fighter, and another one when a goblin is about to stab her with a poisoned dagger.
    • Fighter gets one when her kick gets caught by a hobgoblin and another one when she's about to get gang-raped by surrounding goblins.
  • The One Guy: Warrior is this. It's noted in the light novel that a party set up like this tends to have suspicions and assumptions cast on the guy's intentions and character though this party didn't last long enough to encounter that issue.
  • Playing with Fire: Wizard's primary spell is Firebolt, and she uses it with extreme relish.
  • Pointless Band-Aid: Warrior had two bandage patches, one across the bridge of his nose, the other on the corner of his left cheek.
  • Punch Catch: A reflexive high kick by Fighter is grabbed by a hobgoblin to stop her struggle dead in its tracks. And from there, things go badly for her. Very badly.
  • Put on a Bus: After being sent to a convent for treatment of her trauma, Fighter has had periodic callbacks to her continued survival, most prominently in volume 8 when Priestess confesses to Wizard's gravestone that she has kept tabs on Fighter and is still searching for the courage to meet with her, hinting at a possible comeback or at least active presence in the plot.
  • Rape as Drama: Wizard was molested as she lay dying and Fighter was horribly gang-raped.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Fighter's happens to be waist-length.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Fighter hair was a lustrous black.
  • Redhead In Green: Wizard in the anime/colored spreads has dark red hair and a blue-green corset which matches her eyes.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Natch. Even moreso in the manga, where My Life Flashed Before My Eyes is in full effect for all of them to up the gut-punch.
  • Slasher Smile: Warrior in the manga and Wizard in the anime sport oddly feral grins as they manage to kill a goblin, just before they get wiped in turn.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Wizard is one of only a tiny handful of people who wear glasses in the setting, and she graduated from Wizarding School with honors.
  • Sole Survivor: Aside from Priestess, Fighter is the only one from the party to come out alive. Unlike Priestess though, she's very much dead inside from the trauma of what she went through.
  • Squishy Wizard: Wizard had the firepower, but, without support from one of her frontline comrades, was quickly physically overwhelmed. Once the goblins destroyed her staff, there was nothing she could have done.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: They (especially Warrior) simply run into the goblin nest without equipment, potions, or a plan. It's so gung-ho, even Priestess, who's literally on her first mission, realizes they are inviting calamity.
  • Tempting Fate: At the start of their adventure, Fighter cracks a joke about Warrior being sliced up into lunch meat by the goblins, and that when he fails she will be there to protect Priestess. Her joke painfully comes true shortly afterwards. To her credit, she did keep her promise to protect Priestess long enough for Goblin Slayer to show up, but at the cost of suffering a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: The Warrior admired the heroic knights in the stories who killed monsters and saved the world, inspiring him to become an adventurer and a knight too eventually. However, being the son of a farmer, he never really learned what it takes to become a knight, and his Suicidal Overconfidence was his downfall.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Fighter kept her quite long hair tied back in a simple plume to keep her arms free.
  • Too Dumb to Live: All of the rookies made almost every possible mistake someone could make in one's first quest. This led to bad consequences for all of them.
    • None of them thought to bring any healing items/sufficient armor, or even do research into goblins or their tactics. The former may have been explained by them not having enough money to afford them, but really, that's more of a reason not to go into the damned caves at all — Guild Girl even warns them that they're better off clearing the sewers and getting some experience than taking on goblins. She also wanted them to at least wait until a more experienced adventurer, like Goblin Slayer, could join them, but Warrior felt it was "urgent" and they had to act fast. Without proper equipment and supplies or guidance from experienced adventurers, things very quickly went wrong in the cave.
    • The lack of interest of what their members' abilities actually are, how their party could synergize and what their general strategy would be. Everyone just assumed Priestess could heal them if they got hurt, but none of the rookies were really interested in what exactly she can do. Even when Priestess tries to explain her abilities to them, she gets brushed off. When Priestess tells Goblin Slayer that she will fight with him, the first thing he does is asking her what her abilities are and how many times she could use her miracles, and uses 'Holy Light' to his advantage to strategically blind the goblins. A similar application of blinding the goblins with 'Holy Light' could have allowed the party to escape the ambush, had they properly planned before entering the cave.
    • Fighter and Warrior did not pay attention to their very vulnerable Wizard and Priestess who fell behind in the cavern. When Wizard was ambushed and outnumbered, she couldn't defend herself and was swiftly fatally wounded.
    • The line position the party takes on Wizard's suggestion is reasonable, but the fact the party did not consider the possibility of there being side tunnels hidden by the shadows is another reason why Priestess and Wizard are vulnerable to ambushes when they fall behind Fighter and Warrior.
    • Wizard refused to listen to Priestess's warnings, which left her open to a surprise attack, and used a single-target Firebolt spell (with a long charge time) against the goblins, who come in packs and like to swarm. When she tried to go for a second Firebolt when they started swarming her, it led to her getting her staff broken, getting pinned down, and then getting fatally wounded, poisoned, and molested.
    • Warrior took a long sword into a narrow cave, and it clanked off the walls and low ceiling, eventually being swung with enough force to knock it right out of his hand when it hit a stalactite, which gave the goblins the opening to literally tear him apart. In addition, his wild swinging of that long sword when things went straight to hell prevented Fighter from effectively backing him up.
    • Fighter, the smartest of the three, made no attempt to support Warrior as he initially chased off the goblins threatening Priestess and Wizard, leaving him more vulnerable. She then tried to give Priestess and Wizard a chance to escape but failed to notice she was surrounded or that they had bigger and stronger guys among their number who could take her kicks, which led to her getting smashed against the walls, beaten to a pulp and then horribly gang-raped.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Fighter and Warrior take time off the march to brag at the other’s expense, then get so caught up in an argument over who’s the better melee combatant that they completely leave behind Wizard and Priestess.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Such energetic faces, such earnest backstories, such a pity they never got the chance to realize their full potential.
  • You Are Already Dead: Wizard was stabbed once in the gut with a dagger by a goblin. While gut wounds could usually be healed, the dagger was poisoned, and trying to heal her without an antidote would have only prolonged her suffering. When Goblin Slayer arrived, the poison had already spread too far through her body, leaving him with no other alternative but to give her a Mercy Kill.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: To give Priestess and the badly injured Wizard a chance to escape, Fighter attempts to pull one of these but is quickly overcome. It does not end well for her.

    Female Party 
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From left to right: Rhea Ranger, Human Nun, Noble Knight and Elf Wizard

A group of four Steel-ranked female adventurers who attempt to clear a goblin nest in Chapter 4 of Volume 1, with disastrous results. Consisted of Noble Knight, Rhea Ranger, Elf Wizard, and Human Nun.


  • Adapted Out: Their story was cut short in the anime. While their corpses can still be found in the goblin nest that Goblin Slayer and Priestess invaded, how they ended up there was not shown.
  • Amazon Brigade: An all-women party and noted to be decently battle-hardened and experienced, not New Meat.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Nun wanted to bite off her tongue and commit suicide. To prevent future attempts, her comrade's entrails were stuffed into her mouth.
  • Blue Blood: Their leader and frontline fighter is stated to come from a family of knights.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The goblins had their fun with them. Ranger was used as living target practice, Wizard burned at the stake, Nun tortured and force-fed her comrade's entrails (after trying to bite off her tongue), Knight was used as a Sex Slave before dying of her wounds.
  • Damsel in Distress: Their main object was to save a captured village girl, only for they themselves to become this. Unfortunately, Goblin Slayer was not able to reach them in time.
  • Dead Guy on Display: In the light novel, Noble Knight's mangled body was thrown into a river, so that the nearby village can find her corpse.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The party actually only wanted to rescue the captive woman the goblins kept, and even went in at noon when the goblins were asleep. The reason the party was captured and killed was because Ranger, who was responsible for checking for traps, was too tired after discovering several traps already and missed one that alarmed the goblins of the party's presence.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Noble Knight is the fighter, Elf Wizard and Human Nun share the position of mage, and Rhea Ranger is the thief.
  • Fingore: One of them had a finger chopped off as a treat for one of the goblin sentries. Seems a rather mild cruelty considering everything else that was done to them.
  • Foil:
    • To the Greenhorn Team. Both teams were introduced very early in the story only to be wiped out by goblins. However, unlike the Greenhorn Team, the Female Party consisted of experienced warriors, that took the time to prepare and plan their attack on a goblin nest. The Greenhorn Team were Sacrificial Lambs that were killed for being Too Dumb to Live, whereas the Female Party were Sacrificial Lions that met their end due to a series of bad luck. The Greenhorn Team was led by Warrior, who wanted to be a knight, while this party is led by an actual knight.
    • Like Goblin Slayer, they are some of the few non-Porcelain, higher ranked adventurers that take on goblin slaying quests, although their traditional methods of handling an adventure were clearly meant to contrast Goblin Slayer's unorthodox methods. The party prioritized rescuing the captive first, while Goblin Slayer prioritized killing all the goblins first. Second, the party went adventuring into the fortress full of goblins, while Goblin Slayer opted to set the fortress on fire (though he only did so after concluding that there was no one left to be saved, and at least in light novel he was able to confirm their deaths when he saw the goblins carrying their bodies during the fire). Third, the party's decisions to attack a goblin nest at noon shows they are experienced, but they aren't experts. As Goblin Slayer and Priestess talked about just one chapter before the party's introduction, the best time to attack a goblin nest is early mornings or late evenings, because the goblins would have the most traps set up in the middle of day since that is when most of them sleep. A big factor that led to the party's defeat was all the traps they had to deal with. The manga also adds Noble Knight being knocked out due to not wearing a helmet, while Goblin Slayer, who notoriously never takes off his helmet, shrugs off the hit because of his head gear. As Goblin Slayer puts it, the party ultimately failed because they didn't use their imaginations.
  • Forced to Watch: Knight was always prepared to suffer humiliation and torture before she died, but the worst thing for her was being forced to watch her comrades die brutal deaths first. The goblins let her live the longest, before she died from mutilation.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: What does them in in the manga. Noble Knight fought bareheaded, allowing a slinger to knock her out. Once she was down, the party was overwhelmed. Averted in the light novel, as helmets were mentioned to be among the supplies that the goblins took from them. Noble Knight was defeated due to Heroic RRoD in the light novel.
  • Heroic RRoD: They fought bravely when they were discovered, but the sheer number of goblins exhausted and overwhelmed the party.
    Call it, if you will, the tyranny of the majority. Ranger’s archery skill was a divine gift, but even she couldn’t hold out when there were more enemies than she had arrows. Wizard used four of her arts, five—a great number—but eventually, her strength gave out. Nun kept up her prayers for miracles and protection until she could pray no more, and she had nothing left. Their leader fought on, her blade covered in blood, but as she tired, the goblins overpowered her, and then the hunt was over.
  • Human Pincushion: How the goblins kill Rhea Ranger - with her own arrows.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Triggered this in the goblins; their defeat and treatment show off the true extent of goblin cunning and their ability to take down even much stronger adventurers who aren't giving 100%, in much the same way that Priestess' Rookie Party was slaughtered in the very beginning to set the tone of goblin brutality.
  • Mage Marksman: Rhea Ranger is stated in the light novel to have divine magic and blessings to boost her archery abilities.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Some of the few non-Porcelain ranked adventurers that are willing to take on goblin slaying quests, and they ended up brutally killed for their good intentions. The light novel reveals that Noble Knight's final thoughts were those of regret for ever taking the job.
  • Out with a Bang: Noble Knight gets the unfortunate pleasure of dying while being gang-raped by a large group of goblins non-stop for three days and three nights. In the light novel, her body was mangled beyond recognition, while in the manga she seemingly dies from exhaustion. Either way, definitely one of the most humiliating and undignified ways to go out.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Human Nun had inky black, mid-length hair.
  • Sacrificial Lion: There deaths are meant to show that even experienced adventures can fall victim to goblins if they aren't careful enough.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The group's main object was to save a captive village girl, only to find her dead by the time they reach her. Then they are tortured and killed in cruel and humiliating ways for their troubles.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: The reason they took a goblin quest at their level was because the leader hated the idea of a girl being left captive in the hands of those monsters. The goblins for their part were so pissed at how many of their kin this team cut down that they skip straight to Cold-Blooded Torture and kill them all in a couple of days rather than keep them to breed.
  • Total Party Kill: None of them made it out alive. Due to their tenacity and the damage they had done, the goblins were so angry at the party that none of them were kept for breeding or food, and all of them suffered cruel and torturous deaths over the course of a couple of days.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The only reason the party was discovered was because Rhea Ranger was too exhausted to check for traps properly, and the only reason they didn't pull through in the pitched battle (in the manga) was because a slinger got a cheapshot in on their party front-liner.

    Doomed Party 

An up-and-coming party of Porcelain and Obsidian ranked adventurers who were hired to clear the area surrounding the training camp of goblins, only to get wiped by a troll in a mausoleum. Consisted of General, Lizardman, Acolyte, Thief, and Warrior-Priest.


  • An Axe to Grind: Warrior-Priest wielded a large battle-ax.
  • Bad with the Bone: Lizardman wielded a sword carved from the fang of a sea serpent.
  • Buxom Is Better: Acolyte had it pointed out numerous times that she was generously endowed.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Warrior-Priest was noted to wear what amount to metal underwear as armor.
  • Deer in the Headlights: Acolyte shut down hard when her friends started falling one-by-one.
  • Fingore: The goblins torture Acolyte by chopping off her fingers one by one. Mercifully they were able to be reattached by a healer.
  • A Good Way to Die: Lizardman's last thoughts and word before the troll caved in his head were exultations that he should meet his end in a high-adrenaline fight to the death, his one regret being that the troll wouldn't think to eat his heart, the proper disposal of his body.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Warrior-Priest might have made it if she ran, but instead she took a blow from the troll's club meant for Acolyte.
  • Interspecies Romance: Lizardman and Acolyte were an item. Rather physically affectionate too.
  • Lizard Folk: Lizardman obviously was one.
  • Magic Enhancement: Acolyte would put a Blessing on Lizardman's sword, Warrior-Priest would use Holy Smite on her own weapon.
  • Not Enough to Bury: When Warrior-Priest got hit with the Troll's club, her entire body except for one arm was pancaked into paste.
  • Paladin: Warrior-Priest in case you couldn't tell. She can even Smite with her axe.
  • Religious Bruiser: Lizardman isn't a cleric like Lizard Priest, but he still invokes his dinosaur ancestors to watch his battles, and is a stickler for funerary rites.
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: They did nothing wrong to cause their wipe-out. The had proper gear, a solid formation, and a reasonable plan of advance. The only reason they died was because Truth planted a troll and rigged the dungeon to trap them in a death battle.
  • Sole Survivor: Acolyte is ultimately the only one of the group to exit the mausoleum with their life.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: When the party runs into the troll, there was a split second where they could have cut and run free. General chose instead to call a charge forward, despite internally panicking at their prospects against it.
  • Tears of Remorse: Warrior-Priest ends up crying and cursing over taking this goblin-clearing in the first place after the boys of the team all bite it.
  • Token Heroic Orc: Thief is a Dark Elf, and while not the first one shown to be non-evil, he's the only one so far to be an adventurer on the side of good. Thankfully he isn't a Drizz't clone.
  • Your Head A-Splode: General's head gets split wide open by a sling from behind. Lizardman's head gets caved in so totally that his skull is in his neck.

Others

    Amazon 
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An experienced Adventurer for the Guild.


  • Adaptational Dye Job: On top of the sudden very deep tan the anime gives her, her hair is colored jet black when the manga had it only lightly shaded.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed. In both the manga and anime, Amazon saves Rookie Warrior from a goblin during the Raid of the Farm arc. However, in the manga she happily comes to his rescue and gives him some friendly advice to Double Tap the goblins next time, while in the anime she seems more annoyed they had to save him and talks down to the greenhorn.
  • Adaptation Expansion: She is only mentioned once by Goblin Slayer in Volume 3 of the light novels, while in the manga she is a semi-regular recurring character.
  • Amazon Brigade: In Volume 3 of the light novel, when talking to Female Knight about the dramas that parties having male and female members have to face, Goblin Slayer recall Amazon once telling him that teams with only female adventurers got along quite well, implying that Amazon is part of an all female party. Although in the manga and anime, she seems to be a solo adventurer.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Arms thicker around than most other characters' thighs, but retains an absolutely gorgeous face and figure regardless.
  • Ambiguously Brown: The anime give her a much darker skin complexion than in the manga.
  • An Axe to Grind: She wields a long-handled greataxe.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has assets at least as bountiful as Witch's while being the most physically powerful female seen by far.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Her adventuring outfit consists of a leather-reinforced corset with a Cleavage Window and a thong.
  • Expy: Of the Amazon from Dragon's Crown, right down to appearance, outfit and Weapon of Choice.
  • Fanservice Extra: She is a relatively minor character and has the one most revealing adventurer's outfits.
  • Gainaxing: Naturally, her scenes in the anime has these on full display.
  • Hartman Hips: The first shot of her is from behind, standing at an angle that greatly emphasized and framed the cock of her hips.
  • Living Prop: Not mentioned in the light novels (except for possibly one half-remembered conversation Goblin Slayer ruminates on in Volume 3), but in the manga is one of the most prominent, memorable, and consistently shown-off background adventurers during the Raid of the Farm.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Right up there with Witch in looks, and barely wears any armor.
  • Statuesque Stunner: The tallest woman in the series, and is no less attractive.
  • Thong of Shielding: Part of her adventurer's attire.

    Martial Artist 
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A female high-level adventurer among the veterans that gather to counter the goblin champions in the farm raid.


  • Adaptation Distillation: A rather interesting example. In the anime, Martial Artist make more appearances than in the manga as a frequent background character. She is pretty easy to identify among the crowd due to her unique design. However, her fight scenes were completely removed during the Raid on the Farm arc, when she was most prominently featured in the manga.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, her hair was a much paler, bright colour, while in the anime it was made a very dark brown.
  • Armed Legs: A set of thickly layered flanged greaves augment the striking power of her knee-checks.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Gives a glimpse of what Fighter might have been capable of as a successful adventurer the same way more prominent vets do for Warrior and Wizard.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit exposes a good portion of her stomach.
  • Kick Chick: Enough leg-strength to reach a goblin champion's face with a flying knee and lay it out with one hit.
  • Living Prop: Even more than Amazon, who at least had multiple scenes and a short conversation. The most exposure she gets is the splash page of the mass brawl against the goblin champions, but it's one of the most visually striking moments in the farm raid, and she gets front-and-center framing and a clear look of her face unlike the other bit characters. She does appear in the anime but only as a background character.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She is noticeable one of shortest veteran adventurers (granted we are comparing her to the likes of Heavy Warrior, Lizard Priest, and Amazon), but that still doesn't stop her going toe to toe with a goblin champion and win.
  • Power Fist: Wears spiked brass knuckles, so probably not a complete Extremity Extremist.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Has a tanktop-like shirt, and is the only veteran adventurer to fight hand-to-hand.

    Spearwoman 
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A female adventurer that appears in Chapter 4 of Volume 4 of the light novel and the Brand New Day manga as the captive of a small nest of goblins.


  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Compared to most other women captured by goblins shown in the series, her injuries are quite minimal. Even a bleeding cut she received after a goblin guard hit her over the head with her spear appears to be just gone after one page in the manga. The worst thing about her appearance throughout the chapter how she is completely naked and covered in "fluids".
  • Blade on a Stick: Her primary weapon. She is so attached to it that it borders on a Companion Cube.
  • Break the Cutie: Averted; the goblin viewpoint character of Chapter 4 notes with interest that she has refused to let herself become catatonic or submit to their attentions past a point when most other girls quit fighting, and after being rescued she returns to life as an adventurer by the end of the volume. Goblin Slayer himself comments on her willpower with a comparison to her retrieved spear.
    Goblin Slayer: The shaft is broken, but the point remains.
  • Breeding Slave: The goblins' intended fate for her before she gets saved by Goblin Slayer.
  • Companion Cube: Her Blade on a Stick seems to this to her as she spends most of the chapter begging the goblins to return it to her. She later cries tears of relief when Goblin Slayer gives it back to her at the end of the chapter.
  • Distressed Damsel: Functions as this in Chapter 4 of the Goblin Slayer: Brand New Day.
  • Heroic Willpower: Unlike other women held captive by goblins, Spearwoman never went into an Angst Coma despite everything she endured during her time in the goblin nest. Even after her traumatizing experience, she still chose to continue her career as an adventurer. The only other known person that continued being an adventurer after being captured by goblins is Sword Maiden.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A fairly curvy woman with large breasts and Hartman Hips that spend most of the first and only chapter she appears in completely naked. Although this fall under Fan Disservice territory seeing as she was forced to be a Sex Slave for a nest of goblins before Goblin Slayer saved her.
  • Rape as Drama: Spends several days having no less then 17 goblins and a hobgoblin pass her around.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: The epilogue chapter of Volume 4 has Guild Girl reveal that she has recovered from her experience enough to go back on duty after scant weeks of recovery, being the one to deliver the basket of corn the villagers sent Goblin Slayer as a token of gratitude.
    Guild Girl let her eyes drift to the corn with an expression that bespoke relief. It was rare that adventurers or mercenaries found themselves with a second chance when they had failed once.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B.

    Ragged Party 
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From left to right: Half-Elf Wizard, Axe Warrior and Middle-Aged Monk

A party of Steel-ranked adventurers hoping to be promoted to Sapphire-rank so they can have access to more lucrative quests. The members are Middle-Aged Monk, Half-Elf Wizard, Axe Warrior, and Rhea Scout.


  • Action Dad: Middle-Aged Monk is noted to have a family to support, which is why he is so desperate to make the cut for a promotion.
  • Adapted Out: The trio aren't shown during Rhea Scout's evaluation in the anime.
  • An Axe to Grind: Axe Warrior's Weapon of Choice, and the primary feature that distinguishes him from other side-character warriors in the light novel.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: The female Half-Elf Wizard's attire is markedly less ragged than that of her two male companions, with no major tears or dirt marks on her skin, and she can be considered a bit of an Unkempt Beauty. Then again, as the party's wizard, whereas the latter two are close-quarters fighters, she's probably less likely to get into the messy parts of fights.
  • Broke Episode: They very clearly are seeing no profit and are fraying at the seams because of it. Half-Elf Wizard's spellbook is falling apart, Axe Warrior's axe is going dull, and Middle-Aged Monk can't even afford a decent shaving kit. Only Rhea Scout is cleanly attired and unconcerned about their future prospects.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Axe Warrior is the Fighter, Middle-Aged Monk and Half-Elf Wizard are the mages, and Rhea Scout is the thief.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: As always, what the other half of the half-elf is.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: None of them realize that Rhea Scout is Ninja Looting them before he gets kicked out of town by Guild Girl, though Half-Elf Wizard does express some suspicions about how blithe he was about promotion.
  • Prayer Is a Last Resort: Middle-Aged Monk sits down and desperately beseeches the heavens for success as they wait for their interview. Half-Elf Wizard defends him when Axe Warrior snaps at him and says she's a second away from joining in.
  • Scary Teeth: Axe Warrior has his teeth filed to points.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After Rhea Scout is ousted for stealing treasure from the dungeons for himself and demoted to Porcelain-rank, Guild Girl arranges for the remaining three to be promoted to Sapphire-rank.
  • Warrior Monk: Middle-Aged Monk has the appearance of a fairly stereotypical Shaolin monk in the manga.
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