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Guts
Guts.png
Series Berserk
Age 24
Birthday April 5
Sex Male
Species Unknown
Height 6'8" (204 cm)
Weight 253 lbs (115 kg)
Alignment Chaotic Good
Look, look around carefully. Strain your eyes. At the darkness around us... At the darkness... around me. You said, "anywhere but here". This is where. Here at the border. Gathered by the winds. Those who've met their final destiny hanging between jealousy and regret. Those who failed, swept together here. You say "It doesn't matter where". If you follow me, this is where you'll go! This is your Eden! You run from it. It is no Eden. If you follow me... to this place... the entire world... is a battlefield.
~ Guts

Guts is the main character of the anime series Berserk. Nicknamed the Black Swordsman, he was the leader of a raiding band in the mercenary group known as the Band of the Falcon.

Background

Guts was found shortly after being born of his mother's corpse, which was hanging from a gallows tree, by a group of mercenaries. His birth from a hanged woman was a bad omen and the superstitious members wanted to kill him and move on. He was adopted by Shisu, a woman close to the group leader, Gambino. A plague began spreading throughout the lands a few years after his birth and adoption, with his adopted mother dying of it and leaving Guts behind with the abusive and manipulative Gambino. Shisu’s death made Gambino even angrier and meaner than before, mostly towards Guts because he believes that Guts is cursed, and the only reason he doesn’t kill him is because Shisu begged him to take care of him. Gambino began to train Guts into a warrior at the age of 6. When he was 9, he killed his first man. Shortly after when Gambino’s abuse began to worsen, another member of the band paid Gambino to sell Guts as a sex slave for the night, resulting in Guts being raped and with the man telling Guts that it was Gambino who sold him out. Guts bided his time and when he had the chance he killed the man during a battle. After that, Guts decided to see if what he said was true and ask Gambino himself only to be shocked to find out it was. Gambino then tried to strangle him to death, but Guts got his sword and beheaded his adoptive father. The mercenary band brand med him a patricider and chased him out with the intent to kill him.

Guts escaped and set out to venture the free world as a free agent mercenary, battling in many different battles until his fight with Bazuso, where he killed the man with a lucky strike after putting a crack in the massive axe Bazuso wielded. Shortly after he was attacked by and recruited by an up-and-coming band of mercenaries, the Band of the Falcon. He declined the offer and battled Griffith, their leader for either his freedom or indentured servitude. He was beaten by Griffith after an intense fight, and forced to join. Eventually after a few years, he was able to become comfortable and to relax with them. Guts eventually becomes a major asset of Griffith, and the captain of the band’s raiders. He was often at odds with Casca, a fellow woman member who was infatuated with Griffith. She believed Guts caused Griffith to be put in unnecessary danger. During one the battles against Tudor that they fight for the Kingdom of Midland, Casca has extreme cramps and hot flashes due to her period’s ill timed arrival and falls off a cliff, with Guts grabbing her and falling with her. They land in a river and Guts finds a large hollowed out tree and takes care of her. Casca awakens and is angry at being naked, even though Guts removes her clothes because they were soaked and he didn’t want her to catch hypothermia from them. He reveals that he’s been taking care of her and angrily exclaims that “This is why women should be in battle.” This deeply hurts Casca and she reveals to Guts that she was saved from a rapist nobleman by Griffith and that she’s been fighting alongside him ever since. Eventually the enemy army begins to close in and Guts sends Casca off to get help from the Band. She returns with the band and Griffith in tow, only to find all the enemy soldiers dead. They find Guts standing and leaning against a tree propped up by his sword, and sustaining extremely heavy wounds, though still far more than okay for a human being. These moments bring Guts and Casca much closer than before, and also earn Guts his first nickname “The Hundred-Man Slayer”.

After 3.5 years of undefeated battles, the Band is set to become the Kingdom of Mindland’s standing army, renamed as "White Phoenix Knights", but Guts feels as if he has no purpose or grand dream like Griffith’s of becoming a king with his own kingdom, and sets out to find what his purpose is. Griffith attempts to stop Guts from leaving and is soundly beaten by a single swing of Guts’ sword, with Griffith having his blade sundered in two, and his head mere centimeters from being decapitated. Guts, having won his freedom sets out on his own personal journey. Griffith, in a state of depression and loss, seduces the princess and is caught the morning after. He is sentenced to life imprisonment and unlimited torture. The rest of The Band is ambushed and labeled fugitives, with Casca taking over command in the absence of Griffith and Guts. A year later, the Band is attacked by Kushan exiles, with Guts appearing shortly after the beginning of the attack and defeating the enemy leader. Casca attempts to kill Guts after asking to speak with him alone, only for Guts to shrug off her attacks. She tells him that Griffith was captured and is imprisoned because he left and caused Griffith to lose himself in his grief. She shallowly stabs Guts in his lower left quadrant, with Guts grabbing and holding her sword there as he tries to comprehend why Griffith would do such a thing due to his departure from the band. Casca eventually pulls her sword out, cutting Guts’ hand. She then attempts suicide by throwing herself off a cliff by a waterfall, with Guts once again saving her and pulling her back to flat land. They eventually have sex, both Guts and Casca’s first time. Guts first has a few flashbacks to his rape, but Casca is able to calm and help him through them. TheY have sex a few times and eventually Casca falls asleep. Guts, however, does not and comes face to face with the Skull Knight, a skeletal figure in armor astride a skeletal horse. He warns Guts of an impending doom and disappears shortly after.

Guts, Casca, and the rest of the band begin a mission to break Griffith out of jail with help from a new informant, who turns out to be Princess Charlotte. She leads them to Griffith's cell, deep in the heart of Windham’s jail. They find a very different Griffith: emaciated, no tongue, no tendons, whose most of his back has been peeled and skinned away. His once beautiful face is now marred and scarred by boiling water. Guts then brutally murders Griffith’s torturer-jailer, impaling him on his massive sword and dangling him over the pit leading to the ancient city, and cuts his tongue out before making him fall off his sword into the pit. They fight their way out of the city and begin to realize just how bad Griffith is injured. Guts decides he is going to stay with Casca and the band to help take care of Griffith, who has been having visions for the last last year. At one point, Griffith gets atop Casca and dry humps him. Casca allows him to lie on top of her out of pity. Griffith then steals his carriage away using his mouth to hold the reins and wounds up crashing into a pond where he attempts to kill himself but ultimately gives up. Guts and the rest of the Band, except Rickert, are shortly behind and arrive just in time for Griffith to find his formerly lost beherit, the Egg of the King. He then unknowingly triggers an event that only happens once on an eclipse every 216 years, prompting him to sacrifice the band in exchange to ascend as a God Hand member.

Powers & Abilities

  • Inhuman Physicality: Through years of training, Guts has shown to have impressive physicality that is beyond that of a human. He is able to lift and carry his Dragon Slayer, which weighs about 400lbs, with ease and able to shrug off punishments no other humans can survive.
  • Master Swordsmen: his swordsmanship is able to rival the likes of Griffith and Nosferatu Zodd. During the Eclipse, he is able to kill or wound many apostles with just a simple blunt weapon.
  • Incredible Will: Guts has incredible willpower to allow him to survive even the harshest thing live throws at him. His will is incredible large to the point where he can cast away evil spirits trying to possess him.

Equipment

  • Dragon Slayer: Guts' favoured weapon, was forged by the blacksmith Godo as a weapon that would be theoretically able to kill a dragon, but Guts began using it after a fight against an apostle after the Eclipse. It can easily slice through men and monsters with ease with only a few swings of it. Ever since Guts slew so many apostles, the blood from it soaked into the blade making it not only able to kill beings in the physical plane but also on the astral planes of existence as well as able to damage ethereal bodies, even if surrounded by lightning.
  • Prosthetic arm: ever since Guts lost his left arm during the Eclipse, Rickert created a mechanical hand to replace Guts' lost arm. With it, Guts has better grip with the sword and increase the power of his strikes that are able to kill humans in one hit. The prosthetic arm also contains some ranged weapons:
    • Cannon gun.
    • Repeater crossbow: One of his more useful long-ranged equipment mounted to his prosthetic arm, it can fire arrows strong enough to push apostle's human form away, and mow down hordes of soldiers and monsters with relative ease. Guts has to maintain its ammunition. 
    • Cannon arm: one of his stronger weapons, Guts mostly uses it for an attack when in a difficult situation. The power of a cannonball is enough to fatally damage or even one shot apostles. It can shoot an entire barn of cannonballs. Not only can it be used as a weapon, but can also be used as a recoil to propel Guts forward for further reach while swinging his Dragon Slayer. However, due to the force of it, it dislocates Guts' shoulders so he wouldn't be using it too much.
  • Miniature bombs: Guts' spiky-looking miniature bombs have a radius of 4.6 m and are the size of golf balls.
  • Five throwing knives. Guts learnt using them thanks to Judeau, a band member.
  • Short dagger.
  • Berserker armour: Guts wears an dwarven-crafted cursed armor. Its helm takes a canine-looking form. It gives Guts night vision and increases Guts pain tolerance, making him completely resilient. It also makes Guts able to dodge large water spouts and push the mast of a massive ship that is about to fall on him. Guts can still use his cannon arm and the armour is able to surpass his subconscious limit but costs his very own life. This armour can also reinforce his limbs when damaged and will revert them back to where they were when broken backwards. This armour cost his sanity and won't stop fighting until the last blood is shed. The only way to make him come to his senses whilst wearing it is with telepathy or astral projection.

Feats

Strength

  • Easily swing his Dragon Slayer with one arm easily, which weighs 400lbs.
    • Even carrying it with his mouth and jumping with it.
  • Easily sliced through armored men and monsters with ease.
  • Busts through steel swords and steel maces.
  • Can lift monsters that larger and heavier than him. Can lift up a giant apostle and throw him off the edge.
  • Effortlessly punch through human heads, even if armored.
  • At the age of six, he could easily wield swords larger than him in training.
  • Traded blows with Wyald's human form, who can punch a falling boulder to pieces.
  • Traded blows with Zodd, who can easily slice through stone and concrete with ease.
  • Ripped a horn off an apostle's head.
  • Can easily pierce through the skin of Zodd, which is immensely durable.
  • Pushed aside the massive Grundbeld, who weighs 3624 lbs in his apostle Form.
  • Punched a hole clean through a wall even while injured.
  • Able to shatter pillars.
  • Shattered Grundbeld's shield, which is sturdy enough to repel cannonball fire.
  • Bursts through a door that is four times thicker than the average one.
  • Generates enough air pressure to negate the centripetal force of Silat's Urumi.
  • Can smash through debris that's thrown at him.
  • Blocked a javelin that was thrown at him with enough force to ricochet around the surrounding wall.
  • Shatters an Ogre's club that was about to swing at him.
  • In his Berserker Armour, push the mast of a ship that is about to fall on him.
  • In his Berserker Armour, can cut through a water spout.

Speed

  • Can swing his Dragon Slayer like a blur.
  • Able to move faster than the eye can track.
  • Zodd couldn't keep track of Guts.
  • Casually dodge arrows fired.
  • Easily dodge sword swings from Casca.
  • Reacted and caught Serpico's sword swing with his bare hands.
  • Kept up with Wyald and blitzed him.
  • Dodged sword swings from soldiers that surrounded him.
  • Caught two discs flying at him at the same time.
  • Said to fight like a tornado.
  • Can stab his Dragon Slayer into the ground while in a crouching position before lightning can hit him.
  • In his Berserker Armour, evades lightning strikes, dodged water spouts and is able to run at supersonic speeds.

Durability

  • Stood up after Griffith dislocated his arm.
  • Survived having one of his eyes gouged out.
  • Survived falling off a cliff.
  • Withstood strikes from Wyald.
  • Jumped through a wall of fire just so he can burn an apostle-spawn that clung into him.
  • Survived getting punched a thousand times from Mozgus, which pulverise bricks the size of adults.
  • Took punches from Zodd.
  • Took stabs from Griffith.
  • Took a stab to the mouth.
  • Survived getting rammed by Rosine.
  • Survived crashing into bridges.
  • Withstood two of Ganishka's lightning, which is stated to be powerful enough to "nigh-incinerate apostles".

Skill

  • Has fought in numerous wars and manages to come unscathed.
  • Fights off soldiers and apostles in his daily routine.
  • Slew hundreds of men in one night while injured.
  • Survived an encounter with Zodd and defeated him.
  • Fend off a pack of wolves in his younger days when he was emotionally distressed and injured.
  • Defeated Bazuso, a soldier who defeated thirty men at once and a bear unarmed.
  • Got away with wounding the troll-guts body of a God Hand member.
  • Through sheer will power, cast away vengeful spirits that were trying to possess him.
  • Killed a sea god from within by stabbing across its heart.
  • Once killed an apostle disguised as a human woman while banging her.
  • During his first encounter with the legion of apostles during the Eclipse, he managed to slaughter or maim dozens with only a knife, a blunt sword, and a horn he ripped from an apostle’s head with his bare hands.

Weaknesses

  • Recklessness: He might be a formidable foe, but he always takes risk resulting in harming himself.
  • Opposed healing: His Berserker Armour merely holds him together.
  • His Berserker Armour has risks: when wearing it, not only can it surpass his subconscious limit but also the cost of his life, making him lose his senses. Also using it makes him have temporary insanity and can't stop fighting until the last bloodsheds.

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