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Guts
Guts Post-Eclipse Manga
Biographical Information
Japanese Name ガッツ
Rōmaji Name Gattsu
Physical Description
Gender Male
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Status
Family Gambino (Adoptive Father)

Shisu (Adoptive Mother)

Status Alive
Occupation Mercenary
Affiliation Guts' New Party

Band of the Hawk (Formerly)

First Appearance
Debut The Black Swordsman
Japanese
English
Image Gallery


Guts[1] is the main protagonist of Berserk. He was the former raid unit leader of a mercenary group known as the Band of the Hawk.

Appearance

Guts Portrait
Guts has black hair fitted with constant, short pointy spikes already built from short hair itself. At the base of his hairline, he allows a few strands to hang just above his forehead.

He wears bandages over his right hand (a style he has used since the beginning, most likely to assist in handling a sword) and wears a sleeveless white under shirt beneath it, allowing him to move his arms freely.

On his pants there is also a set of armour featured in the groin area most likely for protective purposes.

Golden Age Saga

Guts wears a tan-to-brown coloured set of armour that transitions from leather to a harder material. In addition to this equipment, he is mostly seen in battle wearing a uniquely shaped head-guard that protects all but his mouth. He later discards the helmet upon leaving the Hawks (along with the sword he was using up to that point, due to having been broken in battle by Boscogn).

Retribution Saga

Guts is shown to be a man wearing a long black cape with a hood strewn over his head. He is shown to be a rather tall man at 6'3" (190 cm) with a strong, heavily scarred muscular frame. In one scene, he is shown to slaughter 69 men (more if you include the background screams. One soldier comments there "must be more than 100 corpses."). While he appears to be in his thirties at first glance, he's actually only in his twenties at this point and has been hardened by a lifetime of war.

Without his hood, he is shown to be a man with a young, wrinkle-less face with a scar crossing the bridge of his nose. His right eye remains closed indefinitely, as it is later revealed that it was taken from him by an Apostle some time before. Guts was forced to sever his arm off because he could not get his arm free from its teeth. His left arm has been severed from just below the elbow, having been replaced by the Cannon Arm fitted with an arm cannon and has a magnet in the palm portion capable of grasping the rather large blade he carries with him. His outfit consists of a long black cape featured over black-plated armour complete with dark pants and armoured boots.

Millenium Falcon Saga

Guts' armour is updated by Rickert, causing its plates to bear great resemblance to the Berserker Armour that he would wear later on. Shortly following the battle against Slan and later, against Grunbeld, Guts switches the regular plates of his armour for the Berserker Armour. The first use of the armour causes the Hellhound to shape the armour, turning a portion of his black hair white.

Armours

Blackswordsman v1
Blackswordsman Armour - The very first armor, Godo's crafts modified by Rickert.
Another view of leather improvements
Blackswordsman Armour - Additional steel & leather armor of the leggings.
Leather improvements
Blackswordsman Armour - Another view of the armor explicitly showing the steel protection on the knees and hips also the leather padding on the thighs and crotch.
Blackswordsman 2nd armour
Blackswordsman Armour - Godo prepared a new set in case Guts comes back.
Berserker Armour Version 1
Berserker Armour - Guts first use but the form is still Skull Knight's inner darkness.
Berserker Armour Version 2
Berserker Armour - Guts' inner darkness replaces the skeletal figure w/ a hound.
Normal state armour
Berserker Armour - Natural state of the armor when the user is not going berserk.
In control
Berserker Armour - With the help of Schierke, Guts can control the berserk within.

Notes

  • Guts also bears a likeness to two Norse war gods, Odin and Týr. Týr lost his hand to Fenrir, a giant demon wolf, and Odin gave up his eye for ultimate wisdom. Odin is destined to be killed by Fenrir at Ragnarok, the end of the world. Guts is also reminiscent of berserkers (this is where the title comes from), a group of warriors who idolized Odin and went into furious trances during battle which were believed to be caused by the eating of certain herbs and mushrooms but now is considered to have been caused by post-traumatic stress. Note that "Odin" means "the furious one".
  • Guts carries the Behelit that used to be owned by the Count. It is hinted that the ownership of the Behelit has passed onto him, as a horde of ghosts suggested he use it to gain power to fight Griffith, and Slan of the God Hand's presence in Quiploth activates it and she attempts to torture him into using it before the Skull Knight intervenes.
  • Guts is very similar in certain ways to iterations of Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion. At least one version of the Eternal Champion (Corum Jhaelen Irsei) is missing an eye and a hand, that is replaced with a mechanical construct while wielding a sword of immense power. The Eternal Champion similarly battles beings of enormous power and extreme destructive capability who are bent upon achieving absolute control over the realms of the multi verse through supernatural means.
  • Most of the threatening enemies (apart from random lackies) that challenge Guts are at least twice his size, this has been the case since the first chapter with the Snake Baron, though the first incident in his life is Donovan. It could be said that he was trained to fight larger enemies as seen in his sword practices with Gambino, in which he uses a sword made for an adult that would become the basis for other large swords he would wield in his life.
  • Though much of Guts' survival is due to his determination and willpower, much of his life has also been littered with instances where his survival was largely coincidental, and as noted by Griffith in their first meeting, borderline miraculous. Such instances include, but are not limited to:
    • His survival as a decoy in one of Gambino's mercenary operations, when the taller adults who fought with him were killed by arrows.
    • His fall from the cliff after his escape from said mercenaries, in which none of the mercenaries expected him to survive. He subsequently loses the will to live and gives in to the wolves attacking him, but his body reacts and he ends up defending himself from the wolves anyway.
    • Following his duel with the son of a noble, the flower he was holding onto suddenly slips from his clothes, causing the archer behind him to miss the shot and hit the noble's son instead.
    • His duel with Bazuso, with his survival dependent on the fact that Bazuso's ax cracked.
    • During an unspecified time between his meeting Griffith and the Hawks and reappearing as the Raiders Captain, he battled many soldiers and managed to be the sole survivor, leading Griffith to marvel at his sheer luck.

Trivia

  • In the anime series, Guts is voiced by Nobutoshi Canna in Japanese, and by Marc Diraison in the English version.
  • As a child in the anime series, Guts is voiced by Orine Fukushima in Japanese, and by Maria Dente in English.
  • In the Berserk film trilogy, he was voiced by Hiroaki Iwanaga in Japanese.
  • As a child in the Berserk film trilogy he is voiced by Jun Inoue in Japanese, and by Colin DePaula in English.
  • His Set Armor from the Golden Age Arc is available in the 2012 video game Dragon's Dogma, as well as his former sword.
  • Guts may have served as inspiration for the character Knight Artorias from Dark Souls, due to Artorias' armour bearing great likeness and also having a crippled arm. 

References

  1. confirmed by Kentaro Miura

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