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The God Hand are the main antagonists of the manga and anime Berserk and are a powerful group of five reality-warping angels (or demons), each corresponding to a finger or thumb, directly below the Idea of Evil in power and authority. All of them were originally humans who were chosen by the Idea of Evil to serve its purpose of giving reason for humanity's suffering. They each possessed and used a behelit only Griffith used the Behelit (The Egg of the King) in order to transcend their humanity. It is unknown whether there are five Crimson Behelits or whether the same one came to each of them in turn.
The origins of the God Hand are mysterious and unknown, but its members are known to have once been human before using a Crimson Behelit during a Solar Eclipse that occurs once every 216 years. Once they do this, they transcend their current status and are reborn as demonic angels and emissaries of the Idea of Evil. In order to do this however, they must offer a sacrifice of their loved ones and their souls will be used to fashion a new form. The story of the God Hand was told about a legendary warrior named Gaiseric, who lost his entire kingdom to a man imprisoned in the Tower of Conviction who summoned angels to smite Gaiseric for his sins.
Since then, the God Hand has served as overseers of humanity and have shaped many events of human history, interracting with the phyiscal world while also recruiting new members into the organization and gaining servants in humans who become Apostles or establish various faiths and religions in their honor. Guts, the main protagonist of the series, first saw the God Hand when they allowed Griffith to join them and had him reborn as Femto in exchange for all of the Band of the Hawk members to be sacrificed for his rebirth.
- Most of the God Hand's names are inspired by Science-Fiction novels. It is also worth noting that the design of the God Hand characters show similarity to Cenobites from Hellraiser movie series, based on Clive Barker novella, of which Miura is believed to be a fan.
- Despite their power, the God Hand cannot completely predict the flow of fate and causality nor are they invincible. Slan herself has admitted "[they] are not God himself".
- As the name implies they are servants of God (Also known as the Idea of Evil).