lead character in the series. A survivor in the truest sense of the
word, he has managed to continue living despite horrific misfortunes
that have followed him since the day he was born, literally. A solitary
mercenary for most of his early adult life, he later joined the Hawks
and became its raider commander and was instrumental in bringing
Griffith and the Hawks fame and glory. (VA: Hayashi Nobutoshi)
charismatic leader of the Hawks, a mercenary band. Despite his
youthful and attractive appearance, he has proven to be a very
ruthless and cunning man who will stop at nothing to achieve
his goal: to get his own kingdom. Although highly skilled with
the sword and battle strategies, his greatest asset is his uncanny
ability to size up his opponents and anticipate their next move.
(VA: Morikawa Yoshiyuki)
only female Hawk mercenary. After being rescued from a lecherous
nobleman, Casca joined Griffith and the Hawks where soon, her fighting
skills helped her move up the ranks to become a commander second only
to Griffith. She is highly regarded by her fellow mercenaries, as well
as those from the Chudan Empire. (VA: Miyamura Yuko)
of Griffith's inner circle, he is also the commander of the reconnaissance
troops which gathers intelligence reports on the enemy. An eloquent
man even for a mercenary, his smooth and laidback attitude allows
him to break the tensions that sometimes arise between other
men. Unlike other soldiers, he prefers using daggers and scimitars
to swords in battle. He is especially deadly with throwing knives.
(VA: Ishida Akira)
member of the inner circle, he is one of the longest serving mercenary
among the Hawks. Although he resents Guts a lot, he also has a grudging
respect for his fighting skills. As for his own skills, he too is a
capable fighter but when the going gets tough, he starts looking for an
excuse for others to do the job for him. (VA: Nishimura Hoko)
member of the Hawks and a close adviser to Griffith. Although
a falconer, he also joins the rest of the mercenaries in battle
when the opportunity arises. He usually uses a crossbow but also
adept at using a sword against opponents several times his size.
(VA: Yajima Akiko)
man" among the Hawks and one of the close advisers to Griffith.
He very rarely talks and always seem to look after Rickert. His
favorite weapon is a spiked mace. (VA: Amada Masuo)
is a member of the Raiders and functions as their spokesman. He is
fiercely loyal to Guts and Griffith and stayed with them until the very
||King of Midland
has been one of Griffith's few staunch supporters outside the
Hawks' ranks. However, he turned against Griffith when he found
out about his affair with his daughter Charlotte.
the King's only daughter. After her affair with Griffith was
discovered, she secretly made arrangements with the remaining
members of the Hawks to have Griffith rescued from the dungeon.
(VA: Shiratori Yuri)
the knights and generals serving Midland. Unlike the other members
of the nobility and the military, Raban recognizes Griffith's
talents and is openly supportive of him especially in the events
leading to the decisive battle for Doldrey Castle.
knight in the service of Midland and a close associate of Raban.
Like Raban, Owen has no grudge against Griffith and supports
sword smith friend. He briefly appeared in the Ep. 1 prologue but did
not appear again until Episode 20. His home has become Gatt's refuge
after he left the Hawks and also where he recuperated after their
encounter with God Hand. He is the one who forged the "Dragon Killer",
a massive sword that Guts used in Episode 1 and has become his
trademark throughout the manga series.
is Godo's granddaughter. During Guts's stay at Godo's house, Erika
stayed with him as his assistant as he trained with his sword. She also
tends to him whenever he gets injured. She gets to do the same same
duty again after Guts's near fatal encounter with God Hand.
Yurius and nephew of the king of Midland. It was Yurius's dream
for Adonis to succeed him as the commander of the White Dragon
Knights and eventually marry Charlotte to become the future king
Adonis's tutor and guardian. He is the only one who looks after
Adonis after each cruel training sessions with his father.
is Guts's guardian when he was growing up. It was his wife Shizu who
adapted Guts as a baby but died three years later. A mercenary by
trade, he suffered a serious injury during one of the battles which
left him invalid. Maddened by his frustration caused by his injury and
years of resentment, he tried to kill Guts one night but got killed
the King's younger brother and next in line to the throne of
Midland. He also commanded the best knights at the time, the
White Dragons. He has despised Griffith right from the beginning,
dismissing him as an upstart social climber. Alarmed by Griffith's
ever increasing fame and influence, he hatched a plot to assassinate
him during the Hunt. His involvement eventually cost him his
is a minister in the royal court and seems to be always involved in
political intrigues inside the castle. Like Yurius, he is not fond of
Griffith and is involved in several plans to eliminate him. He is later
"blackmailed" by Griffith into revealing their plans when he found out
about his involvement.
||Queen of Midland
actually the King's second wife and Charlotte's stepmother. Her
issue with Griffith is that he is a commoner and not of noble
birth. She later became personally involved in a plot to assassinate
him when she found out that Charlotte and Griffith have grown
very fond of each other.
rather capable leader and fighter for the Chudan Empire whose talents
are overshadowed by his pompousness and over-inflated sense of
self-worth. His disdain for women in the battlefield becomes evident
every time he confronts Casca yet he is intrigued by the thought of
capturing her to be his slave. He fights Casca for the last time during
the siege of Doldrey Castle. (VA: Genda Tesshou)
is unquestionably the best and strongest knight on the Chudan Empire's
side. He and his knights, the Purple Rhinos, are at the forefront of
the defense of the Doldrey Castle which is besieged by Midland's
armies. It is fated in the end that the strongest of Midland's soldiers
(Guts) engages Chuda's best on a one-on-one battle.
is the governor of the Empire's northern sector whose headquarters are
based in Doldrey Castle. His unsavory taste towards pedophilia led to
an encounter with Griffith years earlier and later became the cause of
his downfall during the siege.
is known among other mercenaries as "Zodd the Immortal" because of his
"habit" of returning to battle after reportedly being killed in the
previous one. While he looks like a human, he is actually a monster
similar to the Minotaur in the Greek myths. He is the only one that
Guts ever feared. His nickname is accurate: he's been around since the
early days of Midland itself!
||The Snake Baron
is the lord of the Koka castle seen in the first episode of the TV
series. A servant of God Hand, he ordered the destruction of the
village outside his castle, during which Guts finally confronts him.
Soon afterward, he reveals his true self but Guts proves to be too
strong even for him. His Behelit pendant is the only hint of his
allegiance to God Hand.
fairy that looks like a luna moth, Lucine is a follower of God Hand and
she briefly appears in Episode 22 when she leads a surprise night
attack against the Hawks. However, she takes on a bigger role in the
manga starting with Vol.14 under the story "Chapter of the Lost
Children". She is the queen of the fairy kingdom located in the Valley
of the Mist.
needed to describe them here is limited but if you like to know
more about them, click on the image.
||The following characters only appeared in the manga
but nevertheless vital to the storyline.
is one of Farneze's lieutenants. Stocky and heavily-built, he is one of
the strongest among the Holy Chain Knights and he is especially
proficient in fighting with an iron staff.
Once a model of an ideal knight and feudal lord, the Count's
personality mysteriously changed seven years before and turned
against his subjects and formed a council similar to the Inquisition
bent on hunting down and executing what he called "heretics".
Click on the image to see what he is really is.
is the commander of the Iron Chain Knights. She almost lost her life
when they tried to arrest Guts but by sheer luck, she managed to wound
him, enabling her knights to finally capture him.
petty thief and street hustler first met Guts while trying to get away
from the Kushan assassins. He tried to steal the Dragonslayer but Puck
caught him red-handed. Guts grudgingly allowed Isidro to join him as
some kind of a sidekick.
appeared in the "Chapter of the Lost Children" storyline. Like her
childhood friend Lucine, she experienced horrific abuse at the hands of
her family members. Guts rescued her from Lucine's attempt to turn her
into a wasp creature.
is a prostitute living in a poor village near Midland. She also serves
as a den mother of sorts to a group of orphan girls. She later teams up
with Skull Knight and discovers the fate that awaits Midland.
is the head of the dominant religious sect in Midland. So much is his
devotion that he also leads an inquisition against those he calls
"heretics", complete with all the intruments of torture. Note that
accompanying picture shows his real face and he is not wearing a mask.
This is the result of a very brutal form of penance that he performs
every day, giving his face a leathery and mask-like appearance.
is one of the orphan girls being looked after by Luca. The most wayward
of the orphans, her insecurity has often led the others to risks and
of our favorite characters, Puck is Guts's fairy sidekick during his
solitary travels. Guts rescued him very early on in the manga series
and Puck has stayed with him since. While he has no physical strength
to speak of, he is capable of defending himself as well as attacking
using his favorite weapon, the "Bloody Needle". It is similar to a
thistle which he launches at his enemies with a pair of forked twigs.
is one of Farneze's lieutenants among the Holy Chain Knights. This
lanky and agile knight has fought against Guts to a draw in a couple of
situations. Known for his fierce loyalty and devotion to Farneze, a
tragic event his recent past hints at his motives.
leads a band of assassins aligned with the Kushan Empire, whose army is
poised to attack Midland. At one point in the past, Silatt fought
against Guts in a tournament where he proved to be a very formidable
|| Skull Knight
the coolest character in the series. He suddenly appeared during the
solar eclipse massacre and attempted to kill Void, the leader of God
Hand. He retreated, taking along Guts and Casca with him. Like Guts in
the aftermath of the massacre, the mysterious Skull Knight is on a
mission to destroy God Hand.
She is the
Count's only daughter. She has become increasingly distant from
her father ever since her mother died under suspicious circumstances.
Later, she finds out her father's secret and the real fate that
has befallen her mother.
He used to
be the doctor at the Count's castle until he became a target
of the Inquisition. Tortured and grotesquely disfigured by the
Count himself, Vargas is the only one who knows the monstrosity
that the Count is capable of and lived to tell about it.
the leader of the barbaric Black Dog Knights ordered by the King
of Midland to chase the Hawks after they broke Griffith out of
prison. In the manga, he nearly broke the morale of the Hawks
after he revealed Griffith's physical condition to them during
a fight. But Nosferatu Zodd suddenly appears out of nowhere to
confront him when he threatened to kill Griffith as an offering
to God Hand.