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Serpico
Kanji

セルピコ

Rōmaji

Serupiko

Also known as

Serpy (by Puck)

Debut
Manga

Episode 95
The Black Swordsman, Once More

Anime

(2016 Anime)
Episode 1
The Dragonslayer

Movies

Golden Age Arc II
The Battle for Doldrey

Portrayal
Japanese voice

Kazuyuki Okitsu (2016 Anime)
Takahiro Mizushima (PS2 Game)

Profile
Gender

Male

Age

20 (as of Fantasia) [1]

Height

175 cm (5'9") [1]

Weight

63 kg (139 lbs) [1]

Hair color

Blonde

Species

Human

Status

Alive

Affiliation

Guts' Travelling Party

Previous affiliation

Holy Iron Chain Knights

Occupation

Farnese's Bodyguard

Previous occupation

Herald of Arms

Relatives

Federico de Vandimion III (Father)
Farnese de Vandimion (Half-sister)
Magnifico de Vandimion (Half-brother)
Georgio de Vandimion (Half-brother)
Politiano de Vandimion (Half-brother)

I am a man usually dissociated from intense emotion. I adapt to my circumstances and fill the role I am given. That is my style.

—Serpico

Serpico (セルピコ Serupiko?) is one of the main characters of the series. He is a servant and illegitimate son of the noble Vandimion family who would join Guts' Travelling Party along with his half-sister Farnese de Vandimion.

Appearance

Serpico is a slender young man with blond hair. His most notable feature is that his eyes are closed at almost all times, except for when he is very serious. He is often compared to a fox because of this.

While a member of the Holy Iron Chain Knights, Serpico wore silvery-white armor around a green shirt with matching scarf and skirt. After leaving the Iron Chain Knights, Serpico wears traveler's garbs prior to receiving the Sylph Cloak.

Personality

Serpico is polite in manner and very loyal and protective of Farnese de Vandimion. From his terrible life on the streets, he has grown to show very little emotion, often hiding his true feelings behind a facade of incompetence or sarcasm. He is scared of fire and dislikes the sight of blood, which makes him an unlikely warrior. He learned from growing up poor that revenge only brings more revenge, and avoids creating these situations. Farnese would sometimes force him into duels with other nobles that insulted his honor, but, though he was always far better than his opponent, he chose to purposefully end it in a draw, as he was well aware that the nobles would want revenge. Serpico views Farnese as his guardian angel for saving him from his miserable life on the streets, and somehow does not hate her, even after she condemned his demented mother for being a heretic (when she, quite obviously, was not), and forced him to burn her himself but this could be explained that he doesn't want his mother to suffer anymore and that Farnese is his only family.

He's very careful when it comes to potential threats when deducing the possibility of danger towards Farnese even going as far as threatening Guts, when he's serious he tends to go back to his cold nature in thinking and speaking but after he lost his battle with Guts and accepted defeat his coldness wasn't shown anymore, he became more caring to his group and gives off replies and facts from Isidro and Puck's cocky statements, he frequently smiles, talks and worries with the group. His relationship with Farnese changed ever since his prolonged adventure with his party and the arrival of Roderick. Serpico trusts Guts as well and will even actively join him in battle similar to how Pippin used to.

Serpico has developed a dislike (bordering on jealously) of how much Farnese looks up to Guts, he also fears the Beast of Darkness will force Guts to kill Farnese sooner or later. After rejoining Guts's party and sailing to Elfhelm Serpico has gotten over this dislike somewhat and trusts Guts.

Abilities

Physical Abilities

Serpico is a deft fencer. He's very clever and cunning. Farnese states that he can defeat nobles in fencing with one hand tied behind his back. At first he doesn't seem a threat at all but when Guts heads for Farnese during the Black Swordsman hunt, it seems that Serpico is responsible for throwing a branch at Guts' arrow wound to immobilize him. Serpico is able to fight Guts evenly despite Guts overwhelming fighting style and blows, this due to his own speed which is even greater than Guts's even without the magical Sylph Cloak

Serpico is also a very good cook and Guts's Travelling Party often look forward to the meals he prepares.

Tactical Abilities

He acts fast and is a strategist, the first time he and Guts clash, he is able to survive from a direct hit, the second time he cleverly puts Guts in a tight situation and is able to escape by quickly grabbing a miniature bomb from Guts and use it to distract.

Equipment

  • Rapier: Serpico is shown to use this several times on humans, as Farnese's bodyguard he's very adept in fencing.
  • Sylph Sword: Given to him by Schierke, along with the "Wind Cloak", it can cut Trolls, Daka or any other regular sized beings easily through sending a wind. Can send more than one wave to dispose of many enemies. Even with the full moon, said to increase the power of the magic therefore giving it a boost, it was not able to cut off a main tentacle of a Sea Slug.
  • Sylph Cloak: The same origin and properties as the "Wind Sword", it makes his light body more buoyant thus increasing his jumping height that is comparable to flight, air maneuverability, mobility, etc. and can summon strong winds to deflect attacks and projectiles. It synergies very well with the wind sword as both responsibly made a wind pressure barrier able to disperse a lightning strike from Ganishka. It has the same kind of Sylph spirit and the pair of items have a somewhat strong attachment to Serpico as when Schierke offered him the items again, it jumps to him (controlled by the wind spirits).

Trivia

  • "Serpico" means "Serpent or Reptile " in Italian, fitting considering Serpico often wears green and is agile and clever in combat.
  • Serpico's fighting style of using a rapier and using wits and tactics to beat an opponent, is similar to Griffith's tactical style, before joining the God Hand and both serves as a contrast to Guts's brutal heavy two handed style.
  • Despite Fedrico being his father, Serpico is not recognized as a member of the De Vandimion family and is seen as merely a servant to Farnese.
  • Serpico bears some similarites to fallen Hawks' member Pippin, both characters keep their eyes shut nearly all the time, both Serpico and Pippin serve as a protector to a particular person, Pippin to Rickert, Serpico to Farnese. Moreover, Serpico is the first person to fight alongside Guts on the battlefield since Pippin.

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