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Did it not sound strange when Griffith told Guts that he owned him? Then in the It was a symbol of brotherhood, if anything, and a sign of trust. Sep 8, If that sounds like it'll piss you off but you still want more Guts/Griffith .. post- Eclipse, Guts' relationship with Casca largely revolves around his. Indeed, Griffith shows an amount of trust and familiarity with Guts that he never allowed anyone else to have, going so far as to risk his life for him on more than.
The upper class saw this as a threat to their own power. In pursuit of his dream of obtaining his own kingdom, Griffith has sacrificed the original Band of the Hawk, raped Casca to insanity while making Guts watch, and become a powerful demon, among other things.
According to Guts, he won't stop at a country which is why he opened the astral plane — he will always crave higher goals. A particularly complex example. He could be bisexual, gay and deeply closeted, heterosexual but pragmatic, or even wholly asexual. Guts also likens Griffith to a Hawk flying overhead while everyone else is on the ground as a comment on how he always looks down on other people.
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After his fortunes turn he is like a hawk that fell to earth, but he revives like a phoenix after seeming to appear to people throughout the land as a falcon of light in a mass dream. The Band of the Hawk's emblem of a sword with wings uses this symbolism, and he wears a helmet resembling the head of a bird of prey. His later armor and sword guard are shaped to simulate wings and feathers.
His form of Femto is a dark version of this symbolism, with Cape Wingstalons, and a cowl shaped like his hawk helmet. Griffith's defining characteristic, in the Golden Age arc.
As a human, he would acknowledge life's fleetingness and sought to make a name and a purpose for himself, rather than become a nameless corpse on the battlefield.
His drive to obtain a kingdom was such that he could easily disregard the morals of society if doing so would help his goals, and his charisma coupled with his quasi-divine aura easily drew other people to his cause, especially Guts. But in throwing his humanity away to fulfill his destiny and becoming a demonic overlord over causality, Griffith essentially became his own antithesis in pursuit of his goals.
The Holy See believes in a prophecy wherein a Hawk of Darkness will create discord upon the world, and upon seeing one of the heralding signs of the prophecy: Upon returning to the mortal realm, Femto acts as a Messianic Archetype and does a very good job of it, even managing to establish his own kingdom, a proposed safe haven for all of humanity.
However, in doing so he crosses over the material and astral layers of reality, allowing for creatures of humanity's imagination to thrive in the mortal realm, effectively making everything worse for everyone outside of Falconia. And that's not even getting into how his actions have also caused all of reality to bend inward on itself and "revive the chaos of ancient times.
Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: He became an Eldritch Abomination of evil. Half of the Hawks joined under Griffith because his mere image put them in a state of awe. The other half joined under Griffith because they saw him a strong leader that they wanted to follow - meaning that most of them got their asses kicked by him when they tried to confront him.
Same with the new Band of Hawks, with added prophecy bonus. When he sees how close Guts and Casca have become, Griffith tries to rape Casca in a fit of jealousy and despair when she comes to check on his wounds. Being in a crippled state he isn't capable of doing much more than flopping ineffectually on top of her, and rather than being disgusted Casca just feels sorry for him. Doubles as foreshadowing for what happens in the Eclipse.
Cuts a dashing figure in battle with his white cape fluttering behind him. As Femto he has bat-like Cape Wings. Before the Eclipse he's just a mortal human, but so agile and skilled with his sword you'd be forgiven for thinking he was a god of the battlefield.
Griffith in the Golden Age Arc comes across as the most cool, likeable, and admirable person you've ever met, especially as seen through the eyes of the protagonist Guts, so that it really hits you for a curveball when you're occasionally reminded how ruthless and scary he can be.
He's a brilliant battlefield commander and swordfighter, he makes Guts feel right at home with the Hawks in no time, he risks his life to save Guts twice, all of his followers practically worship him, and he's a hit with the ladies including Princess Charlotte whom he woos in a courtly manner. Then he asks Guts to assassinate Count Julius, the King's brother who had just made a failed attempt on Griffith's life, in which Guts also accidentally kills Julius' young son Adonis.
When Griffith hears the news from Charlotte's maid Anna he briefly flashes a wicked grin, indicating that he isn't bothered by a child's innocent blood on his hands, that he assassinated Charlotte's uncle, or the fact that he used Guts for such a dirty mission. The way he deals with the Queen's conspiracy against him is similarly chilling, as he uses Minister Foss' daughter as a hostage to make him betray the conspirators, kills the Queen and her plotters by trapping them in a burning building, and then has Guts kill the men he hired to kidnap Foss' daughter so the evidence won't lead back to him.
And that is before the Eclipse goes down. Unlike Guts, most of Griffith's naked scenes have him drawn like a ken doll; although this does get averted during the Eclipse, where his anatomy is shown in more graphic detail as he rapes Casca. We also see his anatomy when he's being tortured. Takes advantage of the fact that people believe this is true in order to win their trust and loyalty. Beauty Is Never Tarnished: That is, until he was horribly tortured for a year, to the point that his face was so horrifically scarred that, in this seriesthe aftereffects to his face are given a Take Our Word for It treatment.
Became Their Own Antithesis: Griffith from before the eclipse and Femto are almost like inverted reflections of each other. Griffith was just a common nobody with no power or resources in the beginning while Femto is a demon god with power over reality, cosmic awareness, and the loyalty of an army of monstrous abominations.
Griffith rose up using nothing but his own wit, will, and natural born human talents to bring together his own army, train them, and lead them to victory by being a tactical genius and strategist. Femto already had his army granted to him with soldiers so powerful no human forces can hope to match them with each of them already being a skilled warrior in their own right with a psychic girl using telepathy to allow Femto to essentially control the battle with almost no effort.
Lastly, Griffith is beholden to no one and holds nothing and to be above him in pursuit of his ambition to clame a kingdom and make his mark in history before his inevitable end while Femto is an Immortal servant of causality and the forces that empower him, sees gaining a kingdom as nothing more than a stepping stone to other things and doesn't seem at all invested in anything he does as though he's merely playing his role.Griffith and Gatts: the Untold Love story?
Lastly, Griffith seems to be a representation of human ambition and drive while Femto is a representation of the grand forces that indifferently manipulate humanity as part of a role or duty. Being Tortured Makes You Evil: The torture just got the ball rolling; it was the aftereffects that sent him over the edge. While Griffith is the primary antagonist of the series, he's not the only one.
The others are his cohorts in the Godhand: VoidSlanUbikand Conrad. The original Band of the Hawk saw him as their caring and benevolent leader, which isn't entirely wrong; as while he may have used underhanded methods to advance himself, he also allowed each of his subordinates to attain higher social standing and privilege while also genuinely being a kind and courteous leader.
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He is still seen as this by Midland. Constantly described as beautiful and is drawn with the same facial features as all of the attractive women are. Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Even before his torture, he kept a good image while having no problem with innocent people being hurt and killed in the pursuit of his ambitions. Afterwards, he had little compunctions about disposing of the companions who had just risked all to rescue him, yet continues acting like a caring and well-intentioned leader.
Part of his final descent into becoming a Godhand was to sacrifice the entire Band of the Hawk. You've worked your way up the social ladder, finally established yourself and your Ragtag Bunch of Misfits as a powerful army capable of defending the land, and successfully manipulated the princess herself into loving you. Nothing could possibly go wrong from here, right? And then your best friend leaves you to pursue his own dreams in a humiliating Curb-Stomp Battle that only manages to last as long as one swing of your sword.
Pretty good reason for you to Break the Haughty. Griffith is a brilliant and charismatic leader, capable of getting everyone to focus on those qualities. Despite this, he's dangerously focused on achieving his own grand ambition, to the point where he is willing to stoop to any depths he deems necessary in order to do so—mostly for his own sake, partially for the sake of those who've died in the name of it.
If that weren't enough, he's also psychotically obsessive over his favored within his mercenary band, whom he feels he "owns", to the point where he actually believes their fates are his alone to choose. When Guts leaves, the realization that his "infallible hold" over people might not be so infallible after all drives him over the edge, causing him to act irrationally in his "desperate" haste to gather all the adoration about himself that he can.
To all the Hawks because of his betrayal, but especially to Guts who considered him his best friend and Casca who was one of his most devoted worshipers. After becoming Femto and returning to Midland, one of Griffith's first displays of his divine power occurs when numerous Kushan archers all fire at him simultaneously After giving into despair following his crippling, Griffith tries to kill himself via Impromptu Tracheotomy on a sharp piece of driftwood.
While he can't go through with it, the blood from the cut on his neck touches the Crimson Behelet and triggers the Eclipse. But for Me, It Was Tuesday: His actions during the Eclipse, including sacrificing the entire Band of the Hawk to Apostles and raping Casca to insanity while making Guts watchset Guts off on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for two years, but Griffith, for his part, considers said actions very inconsequential on his end.
Upon being reincarnated into the physical world, he goes to the Hill of Swords, a memorial for the fallen Hawks, and arranges another meeting with Guts all to see whether or not anything could "sway his heart.
His defining character trait. Extremely passionate about his dreams? His dreams are the only things he's passionate about. Well, he was a Wide-Eyed Idealistbut wasn't afraid to play the game of thrones if he had to. Intensely dedicated to his own philosophy, without any concern for any established standards set by society?
He could also be a deconstruction of one, as he is ultimately genuinely evil and dangerous. As the ruler of Falconia, the Hawk of Light makes for a very dangerous ruler, as his reign is based entirely on a personality cult dedicated to someone who in the past is more than willing to betray those closest to him and even subject them to a cruel and horrifying fate of torture, rape and death to perpetuate his own power, and has turned the already harsh world into a Hell on Earth and manipulates people into kowtowing to his will by forcing them to seek refuge inside one of the last remaining "safe" zones — his very own Egopolis —, just to advance his ego.
Those who disagree or stand in the way won't live any longer.
As Femto, he has a pair of dark bat-like wings that fall around him like a cape. The Chains of Commanding: Griffith couldn't really let himself get particularly close to anyone in his mercenary band—partly out of his own narcissistic tendencies, but also largely because he had to distance himself from the Hawks in order not to waver in his goals to achieve a kingdom. That, and the fact that a great many have died in the name of his ambition, led Griffith to almost sociopathic levels of disconnect from the rest of society and helped him become a successful manipulator—to make sure that all the sacrifices he'd made wouldn't have been for nothing.
He was this to Casca for the longest time, since he saved her from a life of sexual slavery and prostitution and gave her a new one, and she was indebted to him to the point that it was practically hero worship. According to Judeau, she took his word as gospel and was prepared to sacrifice her life for his dream. Femto, during his very first appearance in volume 3, was remarkably haughty and sneering towards Guts, which contrasts his later appearances as an Emotionless Boy in the form of a reincarnated Griffith.
Handsome, has pretty hair, a powerful warrior, possibly abandoned by his parents, treats everyone around him as pawns, and at one point wore a mask. Possesses amazing skill at manipulating events using gambits and misdirection. Lord Gennon, Minister Foss, and the Queen all play right into his schemes. He was chosen by the Crimson Behelit to become the fifth member of the Godhand during the Eclipse, and as the instigator for a prophesied Age of Darkness hellbound for Midland's people.
However, he now has the people of Midland and even the Pope convinced that he's the savior who was promised to them. What he does to Guts and Casca during the Eclipse.
Not only does he rape Casca right in front of the man she loves which is traumatic enough alreadybut because she has the Brand of Sacrifice and is as close as anyone can possibly get to a member of the Godhand which is closer than Guts himself was able to get to him in the Guardians of Desire arc because of the pain his own Brand was causing himshe is in utterly excruciating agony all the while he's doing this to her.
And it's made all the worse by the effect of this horrible act on Guts himself, who is pinned down and completely at his mercy, a situation that is all too familiar to his first traumatic experience, which he's only told Casca about — and the possibility that Griffith may have gleaned this from either or both of them with his newfound powers as a Godhand and is deliberately using this to torture them both.
That's not even mentioning the sort of things that Griffith is doing to Casca as he is raping her It can only be described as pure sexual sadism, no more, no less. Griffith obviously believes that he can use his comrades whenever and however he feels like. Berserk begins in medias res for several reasons, which are important to "appreciating" the events of the Eclipse. Beginning the story with the Black Swordsman Arc hammers home the inescapability of fate that comes up incessantly throughout Golden Age.
We already know that Guts and Griffith are doomed, and because of that knowledge, we can spend the Golden Age focusing on the question of if they are doomed no matter what they do. While the anime series shows us the inevitable outcome, it withholds the crucial human aspect behind the bounds of fate. Fate is a deeply depressing concept because we feel ourselves to be free, our future to be open, and our will to be in control.
We need to believe in free will, because if there were no such thing, how could anyone ever take responsibility for their actions? So Berserk gives us the Count, a disgusting excuse for a former human being, who makes the choice to go to hell instead of sacrificing what he loves the most at a crucial juncture, erasing any doubt about Griffith's culpability in the Eclipse.
While Griffith is no mere Apostle, truly ordained for bigger things by the God Hand, he is still a man. Even if man is doomed to fate because he doesn't have full control over his own will, embracing evil because you can't handle fate's cruelty is still a choice itself. But it is the children of men who choose it. Determinism doesn't exist on such a micro level in Berserkas the God Hand themselves confirm not knowing every link in the chain of causality.
The thematic conflict between fate and free will isn't the only one weakened by omitting the Count's story from adaptations.
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Griffith's own human conflict is so central to the plot that it saddens me to read fans say that he was always evil, that he could sacrifice the Band of the Hawk as cobblestones to pave the road to his dream because he never truly cared about anyone. It's telling that the God Hand appeal to Griffith's aptitude for compartmentalization by making him believe that the Hawks would approve of being sacrificed; it's the kind of justification that resonates with him because those are the lies he's always told himself.
But even that is not the reason for the final words Griffith speaks as a human being. It must be someone important to you, part of your soul Someone so close to you that it's almost like giving up a part of you. By making such a sacrifice to demonkind His story exists for the sole purpose of establishing the rules and gravity of what happened to Griffith.
Griffith can and will sacrifice Guts because he cares about him, not because he doesn't. Just as the God Hand tell the Count to bury his fragile human heart and transcend humanity so he will no longer know sorrow and despair, Miura cuts to Griffith pondering his destiny in the Golden Age. Even if his fate is already preordained, the reason for his inhumane choice is an utterly human one. He must sever this bond for the God Hand's rationalization to work on his mind; he must choose to rid himself of pain.
When Guts once again comes running to the rescue, Griffith finally reaches his moment of anagnorisiscompleting the thought that initiated the Eclipse. He will be reborn as Femto in a crowning, vicious, and deeply human moment of gut-wrenching sadness.
The chain of causality that led him to this point wasn't the hand of God hovering above, but Miura's brilliant character writing. He put his characters through hell, but he never betrayed their integrity as they formed friendships, animosities, and co-dependencies to reflect all the raw, beautiful, and terrifying aspects of human relationships.
Griffith doesn't sacrifice Guts because it was foretold by fate, but because he sees it as the necessary choice to preserve the meaning of every action he'd taken in the past. It wasn't excusable for anyone, but it was inevitable for him.
Truly great villains aren't caricatures of evil, but complex human beings, and being able to see their humanity within unspeakable and unforgivable crimes makes them all the more poignant — and scary. Finally free from his humanity, Griffith should be in control of his will at last, yet his first act as a supernatural being is to take away everything he claims to have given Guts and Casca, choosing to break them without any discernible necessity.
Clearly, this newborn member of the God Hand isn't quite as detached from his twisted human heart as he might have thought. It's abundantly clear that this is as personal for Griffith as it is for Guts. To run away from yourself! You threw away your humanity! If anyone's a fragile human, it's you! The crueler the darkness, the bigger the dream of a better world, but it's not just this dream and its dreamer's sacrifice that provides the vessel for Griffith to be reborn.
On a thematic level, Griffith has now become the fate that Berserk 's real hero, Guts, must fight. On a human level, this fight is still deeply personal, because no matter if fate or causality is to blame, Griffith's dream of a Perfect World has now been twisted by the spirit of Guts and Casca's demon child, whose body was disfigured by Griffith's betrayal of their love.
A day later, the Falcons catch sight of Guts walking on a trail near their encampment, a few of which decide to pursue him in hopes of taking his recently acquired reward. One after another, they fall victim to Guts' dominance. Eventually, Casca, too, finds herself at the mercy of the mercenary; with his then closest confidant in danger, Griffith finally dons his armor and arrives to the scene, intercepting Guts' attack with a spear.
He attempts to reason with Guts, but to no avail, left only with the option of dismantling and incapacitating the swordsman. With his interest piqued, Griffith has Guts taken to the Falcons' nearby encampment and orders Casca to lie with the injured mercenary to provide him with warmth.
When Guts finally awakens, Griffith attempts to enlist him, an offer which Guts firmly refuses. Lustful for vengeance, Guts gives Griffith a choice: Not one to avoid the forceful acquisition of things he desires, Griffith agrees to Guts' terms and engages him in combat.
Ultimately outmaneuvering his opponent, Griffith dislocates Guts' arm and claims the swordsman for himself as a newly enlisted member of his mercenary band. Three years later, when the Band of the Falcon successfully defends the Midland army against the Black Ram Iron Lance heavy cavalry's attack, they are enlisted by the kingdom full-time in its century-spanning war against Tudor.
As a reward for his valiant defensive efforts, Griffith is knighted by the King of Midland and granted the title of viscount, at long last obtaining a peerage among the Midland nobility and taking one step closer to realizing his dream. In the midst of seizing a Tudor stronghold, Griffith is informed of a powerful enemy leader holding back the final push into the inner citadel. He and his forces venture towards the fortress to inspect the situation, narrowly arriving in time to free Guts from the clutches of the apostle Zodd.
Ordering his men to fall back as Zodd slaughters the Falcons for their interference, Griffith slyly makes his way to Guts to carry him to safety. An enraged Zodd retaliates by tail whipping Griffith into a nearby pillar, knocking the White Falcon unconscious.
As the demon goes in for the kill, he spots Griffith's dangling beherit, shocked to see that someone such as Griffith possesses the fabled "Egg of the King". Consequently, Zodd stays his hand and departs, leaving Guts with a cryptic prophecy warning of an inescapable doom which will befall him should Griffith's dream ever collapse.
Taken back to Wyndham to have his wounds tended to, having made allies and enemies alike within the Midland aristocracy, Griffith recuperates and visits Guts on a castle terrace where the latter is training. He begins to muse over their encounter with Zodd, using it as evidence of things beyond human understanding. Following Griffith's reflection, Guts asks why he would risk his life on a mere soldier's behalf; amused by the question, Griffith responds with one of his own, asking if he's truly obliged to provide a reason every time he risks his life for Guts.
Griffith is soon after introduced to the king's timid daughter, Princess Charlottecatching her as she trips walking down the terrace steps. Upon breaking her fall, Griffith is slapped by Julius for making contact with the princess, to which Griffith apologizes for his actions with utmost insincerity.
During the Autumn Hunt, in which the Falcons act as the king's guard, Griffith discusses with Charlotte the depravity of men and teaches her how to use a leaf as a reed. A wild boar then springs out from the nearby foliage, startling Charlotte's horse as she and Griffith are separated from the hunting party. Upon saving Charlotte and calming her horse, Griffith is shot with a crossbow from the distant undergrowth.