"The thing about hatred... It's the place where people who can't look sorrow in the eye without waverin' run off to."
– Godot[3]

Godot (pronounced /ˈɡɒdoʊ/ GOD-oh) is a blacksmith who lives in a remote mountainous area near Midland.

He has made countless weapons and sets of armor over the course of decades for many mercenaries,[2] including the infamous Dragon Slayer, an oversized sword of impossible weight which requires inhuman strength to wield and serves as Guts' primary weapon after the Eclipse.

Personality Edit

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Godot finds Erica amidst the ruins of her village.

Godot is gruff, standoffish and rather rude. However, he is kindhearted despite his grumpy exterior, his sense of responsibility compelling him to take in an orphaned Erica and raise her as his own daughter.[4] Later, Godot takes Rickert under his tutelage when the boy has nowhere else to go following the Eclipse.[2]

Godot is also moralistic; he lectures Guts about his dubious decision to leave a helpless Casca behind in favor of waging a vengeful war against the apostles. Believing revenge to be a fruitless endeavor that only results in breaking the pursuer, Godot tells Guts that it is better to immerse oneself in sorrow with others than to die alone.[3] Godot greatly values relationships with others; despite dedicating his entire life to his trade, Godot's single-minded dedication to his craft at the expense of everything else is not seen by the blacksmith as an example to be followed. Recognizing Guts' own commitments to both the sword and to revenge, he presents his life as a cautionary tale to the swordsman, succinctly relaying his admonition through Rickert: "Don't turn out like me."[4]

Being a passionate blacksmith to the very end, Godot chooses to repair Guts' equipment one last time before succumbing to old age.[4]

Story Edit

Early Years Edit

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Godot creates a sword fit to slay a dragon.

As a young man, Godot lived in a castle town far from the hut he would one day call home. When the castle town's sovereign, a king, sends out a proclamation to all of his vassals to forge a sword that would be capable of killing a dragon, Godot's liege lord entrusts him with the task of doing so. Tired of crafting ornate weapons for nobles who seek elegance in their armaments, Godot takes the task seriously, creating the huge, but unusable, Dragon Slayer. Offended at how crude and impractical the Dragon Slayer is, Godot's liege lord threatens the blacksmith's life, forcing Godot to flee the castle town and settle down at his mine.[2] Godot would keep the Dragon Slayer in storage for many years to come.

As the Hundred-Year War continues with no end in sight, Godot finds new clients in the form of mercenary bands and small armies, which allows him to earn a modest living. A small hamlet close to Godot's mine is destroyed during the war, with Godot happening to be in town shortly after the destruction occurs. Paying no mind to the carnage, he encounters a distraught Erica. Godot's hardened heart softens at the sight of the girl, now orphaned after the attack. Taking it upon himself to care for her, Godot brings Erica back to his hut, where he nurses her back to health and later adopts her.[4]

Golden Age Arc Edit

After the Hundred-Year War, Godot continues to live peacefully with his daughter. He first meets Guts after his departure from the Band of the Falcon, nursing him back to health and forging him a new sword after Erica injures the swordsman by sending logs down the nearby waterfall. Curious, Guts asks the blacksmith why he chose his profession, to which Godot replies that his family has always been of the trade since his great-grandfather's days. Guts spends the next year at Godot's homestead, before returning to the Falcons.[5]

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The Dragon Slayer is kept in storage and not initially given to Guts.

Later, during a solar eclipse, Erica happens upon the unconscious bodies of Guts and Casca. She takes them back to Godot's hut, where she cares for them with the help of Rickert.[6] During this short period before Guts regains consciousness, Rickert begins to show an interest in Godot's skill as a blacksmith.

Once Guts awakens from his ordeal after the Eclipse, Godot converses with him and decides that helping the man is the best thing he can do in his old age. He proceeds to forge Guts a set of black-iron armor to aid the swordsman fighting in the darkness. Rickert, now an apprentice under Godot, tinkers with a prosthetic arm in his master's storehouse, weaponizing it by integrating a crossbow and cannon.[2] After the initial sword Godot gives to Guts breaks during a fight against the Keeper of the Hounds, Guts is thrown into Godot's storage shed and happens upon the Dragon Slayer, which he uses to slice the apostle apart in a single swing. Realizing that Guts is the only man capable of wielding such a colossal weapon, Godot allows him to take the greatest sword he has forged in his entire career along on his journey to look for any leads on the God Hand and Griffith's whereabouts.[7]

During this short lapse of roughly two years, Godot trains Rickert in the art of smithing while his daughter watches over Casca, bonding with the woman. Around this time, Godot begins to feel his age catching up with him and suffers from illness and fatigue.

Conviction Arc Edit

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Godot urges Guts to abandon revenge.

Upon Guts' return two years later, Godot is fully bedridden due to his illness, with Rickert taking over his business. Guts enters Godot's room to greet his old friend, and Godot inspects the swordsman's prosthetic arm, now damaged and rusted from constant use. Godot chides Guts for abandoning the now missing Casca along with Rickert, and warns him that his quest for revenge will only lead to him becoming consumed with madness and despair.[3]

Despite this, the old blacksmith comforts Guts and decides to personally reforge and temper the Dragon Slayer, and to create a stronger set of armor for the swordsman. After a full night of working non-stop with Rickert, Godot finishes the last of Guts' upgrades and bids him farewell for the final time.[4] After Guts' departure, Erica spends most of her time tending to Godot, who is glad that Guts is not present to see him at his weakest. Shortly afterwards, Godot passes away peacefully and is buried outside his hut.

Millennium Falcon Arc Edit

After Griffith's reincarnation, Guts returns to Godot's mine, where he is surprised to find Godot's headstone. Guts briefly mourns for his armorer and friend shortly before Erica informs him of Godot's last words.[8]

Abilities Edit

Godot possesses no supernatural abilities or physical prowess, but rather a near-legendary ability in the field of smithing, armoring and engineering. Regarded as one of, if not the greatest blacksmith in Midland during his prime, Godot forged several weapons for royalty before creating his life's work: the Dragon Slayer. Godot also crafts Guts' mechanical prosthetic arm, proving that he has some degree of medical knowledge, which is necessary to make the prosthetic functional.[2] He later imparts this knowledge to his daughter Erica, which allows her to tend to the injured.[9]

Notes Edit

References Edit

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