Judeau (ジュドー Judō) was a member of the original Band of the Hawk.
Judeau is depicted as a handsome young man of average height with a slim, athletic build. He has blonde hair, usually tied in a low ponytail, and his eyes are green. He is rarely seen without a smile on his face, and has 6 knives strapped to his armor, which were originally drawn from his leggings but moved to his upper body as the Hawks continued to grow.
Judeau is depicted as an optimistic type, arguably the most out of the Band of the Hawk, as well as being a caring and loyal friend, particularly toward Casca- whom he secretly loves and whose happiness he consistently places before his own. He was also Guts' confidante and arguably his closest friend within the Hawks, alongside Griffith and Casca. He was also very patient, particularly with Guts, who, while he was still new to The Band of the Hawk, resented the entire group. In times of rest, he enjoys gathering his closest friends around a camp fire and playing his lute.
The Band of the Hawk ArcEdit
Judeau is first seen when he sees Guts awaken from his humiliating defeat at Griffith's hands and soon receives a punch to his shoulder wound from Casca. He then expounded upon the reason for this, being that it was Casca who had to sleep with him naked to keep him warm for the two nights he was unconscious and suffering from significant blood loss. After Guts' first battle as a Hawk, Judeau goes to see him with Rickert and Pippin and has Pippin to carry Guts down to the campsite to party with the other Hawks, stating that it was not only a party for victory but also Guts' welcoming party. He later meets Guts in the morning and states that he might find his reason for living in joining the Hawks, and provides some insight into Griffith's character as something that is not definite; something that cannot be nailed down.
During the three-year gap between Guts' membership and the Hawks' integration into the Midland Army, Judeau teaches Guts to throw knives, which were later incorporated into the knives throwing technique he used as the Black Swordsman. Judeau survives on the battlefield with his twin swords and frequently looks out for Casca, trying to assist her in defeating Adon Coborlwitz after she is nearly killed as a result of a high fever induced by post menstrual syndrome.. When Casca is nearly raped by one of Adon's soldiers sent to chase her, Judeau leads a division of the Hawks and kills the pursuing soldiers, stating that Casca is the "Hawks' only flower" and that he will not allow anyone to defile her. After the battle, Judeau gives the Elf Dust (given to him by Puck) to Casca to heal Guts' wounds, realizing how much Guts wanted to battle.
After the battle of Doldrey, Judeau is later seen talking to Guts about leaving the Hawks, Though he provides several reasonable answers to Guts' decision, among them to take Casca with him and suggesting that Casca loves him, all are disregarded as Guts felt he wasn't fit to have her with Griffth having her eye. He is among those who witness Griffith's defeat and Guts' leave and the survivors after the Hawks are decimated by Midland's armies.
Rescuing Griffith ArcEdit
During the year the Hawks are on the run, Judeau attempts to take care of Casca while the latter commands the Hawks in Griffith and Guts' absence and even tries to take on some of her responsibilities after she pushed herself to the limit. He is among the Hawks to welcome Guts' return and one of the few to head to the Tower of Rebirth to rescue Griffith. Guts compliments him for being "brilliant" for using sparks to temporarily find the location of the attacking Bākiraka, whom Guts and Casca are able to finish off.
When the Hawks are decimated following Griffith's arrest and subsequent rescue, he briefly considers forming a band of thieves with some of the other survivors as a means of keeping the now-crippled Griffith safe; he suggests that such a life would not suit Casca and asks Guts to take her with him. Unfortunately, Judeau is Branded on the palm of his left hand and sacrificed along with the rest of the Hawks. He dies attempting to protect Casca from sacrifice at the hands of the Apostles and even goes as far as to throw himself on top of her to shield her from attack by an Apostle with whip-like tentacles that wound him mortally after his horse is eaten alive, putting out the Apostle's eye with his last throwing knife so that Casca can finish it off. In his final moments, knowing that his end is drawing near, he attempts to tell Casca that he loves her, but does not gain the courage to do so and dies in her arms. His last words to her ended up being a seemingly sarcastic comment; enraged by her friend's tragic demise Casca furiously charged at the other Apostles who had cornered her, only to be captured and tortured, though she and Guts did survive the onslaught.
- In the Anime series he is voiced by Akira Ishida in Japanese, and by Cris Kromer in English.
- In the Berserk Film Trilogy he is voiced by Yuki Kajii.