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Femto (フェムト Femuto?)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (Anime)
White; as Femto: None
Blue; as Femto: Red (Movies)
Ruler of Falconia
Griffith is the main antagonist of Berserk. He is the founder and leader of the mercenary groups Band of the Hawk and Neo Band of the Hawk, the ruler of the city of Falconia and the fifth member of the God Hand; known as Femto.
Griffith is of average height and an athletic muscular build, with a somewhat pale skin tone. He has long curly white hair (often seen straight in the anime) and blue eyes. He is noted to be a very beautiful man, and has feminine features that many have commented surpass that of women's, while some can hardly tell he is a man.
Femto appears with exposed scale-like muscles, cape-like wings on his back, with his torture mask (previously the iconic hawk-beak helmet) fused to his head. The entirety of his body is black (dark red in the TV anime).
Griffith has continually focused on his goal of achieving his dream of obtaining his own kingdom, willing to sacrifice anything and everything to achieve it. From birth he had always "known the way up", allowing him to command several soldiers with his charismatic ability. He strongly identifies with his dream, so much so that he built his entire identity around it. His egotism was exacerbated by his own charisma, and the fact that everybody he met was enthralled by him, either as a divine leader or a powerful enemy, made him isolate himself from others and from his own feelings. Griffith was so enthralled by his idealized personality that he could not cope with loss well. In fact, one of Griffith’s greatest burdens was the guilt inflicted on him by the comrades that died for him. In the early days of the Hawk, he encountered the corpse of a child soldier who had served him, and he was so deeply affected by it that he prostituted himself to a perverted Baron for quick funding in order to avoid risking further needless casualties in other battles. The experience deeply traumatized him, so he isolated himself from his comrades.
Though he denied it, having never considered his allies as friends, he considered Guts to be his dear friend rather than a pawn in his goals. These feelings border on passion to the point that Griffith would lay his own life to protect Guts while entrusting him to be his assassin with the option to decline. But when Guts left the Hawks, deeply distressed by Guts's acting on his own dream, it broke Griffith as he fell into a depression and led to a downward spiral.
After his transformation into Femto, Griffith completely discarded his moralities while now solely existing to fulfill his dream along with humanity's collective will. Griffith displayed great cruelty once becoming Femto, his first act after becoming a God Hand being to sexually violate Casca and mutate her unborn child with his seed as an act of revenge agaimst Guts for leaving him. While now aloof and viewing humanity from a deterministic perspective with neither fear or bewilderment, Griffith's ability to empathy since his God Hand status is debatable; when he sees Guts on the hill of swords, he does so in order to determine whether or not anything will "sway his heart" something that he would not consider doing if he knew for sure that he no longer felt anything for Guts. During Guts' second battle with Zodd, Griffith, his heart racing, shields Casca from a cascade of boulders; he justifies the act by claiming it was the feelings of Guts' demon child infused into his body affecting him, though this could be interpreted as denial.
One of his main abilities after being reborn is the power to induce submission in others just by being around them. The sight of him and the sound of his voice are enough to bend anyone's will and turn them into loyal servants, ready to die at his command. Ganishka had his ambition almost shattered when confronted by Griffith, feeling that he would "sacrifice everything" if he allowed himself to be touched by him.
As a member of the God Hand, Femto is one of the strongest entities in the series. Every Apostle worships him along with the other members of the God Hand as their gods.
He is present along with the other members of the God Hand when they are summoned by a Behelit in order to create new apostles.
By the end of incarnation Ceremony Femto used the Demon Child as an infant for his reincarnation. This even had an effect on him. When he had his reunion with Guts & Casca on the hill of sword Femto was able to feel the emotions of the demon Child.
He is a gravity/space warper. He is able to create a barrier that deflects physical attacks, and a space-warping ability that either sucks or expels everything within its radius or traps a supernatural attack, allowing him to manipulate it to his wishes. The extent to which these powers have been passed on to his human form is now determined to be the same as at the Eclipse when, atop Ganishka in his second form, Griffith reverted to Femto.
On top of Ganishka when the Skull Knight attacked him, Femto warped space to use his splash from the Behelit sword for cutting Ganishka. Due to the sword's ability Ganishka was cut on an astral Level.
As a child of humble-birth meant to someday rule a kingdom of his own, receiving a crimson behelit, Griffith created the Band of Hawks with a miner named Pippin, a former bandit named Corkus, a tumbler named Judeau, and a 12-year old Casca whom he saved from her would-be rapists. Griffith's big break first came when he and his group were brought in the service of Lord Gennon, who offered extra pay for the youth to sleep with him. Two years later, Griffith encountered Guts and defeated him twice to win his servitude in among the Hawks alongside Rickert.
Once the Band of Hawks defeated the Black Sheep Iron Spears Heavy Knights of Tudor, they are recruited by Midland for its war against Chuder. During one siege, Guts and Griffith encounter the demon Nosferatu Zodd the Immortal, who notices Griffith's behelit and cryptically warns Guts of its significance in his doom. In time, Griffith's gradually rise in status is ill received by the noblemen with Julius sending an assassin. But the assassination attempt failed and Griffith retaliates by sending Guts to kill Julius and instructions to leave no witnesses in case he is seen. The fact that Guts was forced to murder Julius's son Adonis as a result, along with overhearing Griffith discussing his ideals with the Midland princess Charlotte, causes a rift between the two that forces Guts to leave become strong enough to be seen as Griffith's equal. But Griffith did not take Gut's departure well, going through a downward spiral that accumulated in him being imprisoned in the Tower of Rebirth after being caught sleeping with Charlotte in a lapse of judgment.
By the time Guts and the adult members of the Band of Hawks come to rescue him, Griffith has been rendered mute and crippled from a year of torture. When Griffith tries to end his life upon realizing what he has reduced to, a drop of blood his behelit to activate and triggers the Eclipse. Griffith, Guts, Casca, Pippin, Corkus, Judeau, and the gathered Apostles are transported to an Interstice where the God Head manifest to welcome Griffith. Griffith is given a choice to be reborn as the last of the God Hand while knowing his transition would mean his allies would be sacrificed to the Apostles. Griffith accepts the offer for the sake of his dream and, as Pippin, Corkus, and Judeau are slaughtered, appears before the power behind the God Hand. Told everything he went through has been leading to this moment, Griffith accepts his fate to become a king as he begins to create his ideal body.
By the time only a restrained Guts and an unconscious Casca are last ones alive, Griffith emerges from his metamorphosis as Femto and proceeds to sexually violate Casca while Guts watches while attempting to free himself at the cost of his arm and eye. Though the Skull Knight saves Guts and Casca from their fate, the damage from their hellish ordeal rain its course with Casca reduced to a child-like state of mind while Griffith's act of rape mutated the unborn child she gained from her night with Guts into a deformed creature. Guts sworn revenge on Griffith since, though he was warned that his death would come the moment he ended Griffith's dream.
Because of Griffith's status as one of the God Hand, he was no longer of the physical realm and originally could only temporary manifest through mediums such as corpses or when a behelit is activated. But that changed when an Egg-Shaped Apostle was chosen to invoke an Incarnation Ceremony as the Tower of Conviction, ingesting Casca's dying child before offering himself as a vessel for Griffith to fully regain his physical presence. From there, after meeting with Rickert and revealing to the youth how their Hawk comrades died, Griffith created a new Band of the Hawks with Zodd, Grunbeld, Locus, Rakshas, Irvine and a human psychic named Sonia. While many of the Apostles swore to follow Griffith, only Ganishka refused as he sought world conquests with Griffith becoming a champion to the Holy See Religious Order. Their battle ultimately accumulated with Ganishka entering his Man-Made Behelit to suck the life from everything in the conquered Windham to transcend into a god-like being to fight Griffith, whose assumed his Femto form to defeat the evolved Apostle while creating Falconia as the center of a terraformed Midland with creatures from other realms are brought into this reality.
From there, Griffith created an utopian society by curbing the Apostles' bloodlust with gladiatorial combat so they can serve as humanity's protectors from the monsters now lurking outside Falconia's walls.
- "Griffith" is an Anglicized form of the Welsh name "Gruffudd". A variation of the name is "Griffin", playing in Griffith's avian theme.