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|~ Griffith's short two words that sealed the fate of the old Band of the Hawk.|
|“||I will never betray my dream. That is all there is to it.||„|
|~ Resurrected Griffith to enraged Guts who demands to know whether Griffith truly doesn't feel anything about crimes he committed.|
Griffith is the main antagonist of the manga series Berserk, and its anime adaptations. He is the founder and leader of the mercenary army known as the Band of the Hawk. As a mercenary, Griffith fought in the Hundred Year War and restored peace to the wartorn kingdom of Midland and was once a close friend and ally of Guts. After being tortured, however, he used the eclipse to sacrifice his entire army and later was reborn as Femto, the fifth, newest and final member of the God Hand. He is the arch-nemesis of Guts and Casca.
In the Japanese version, he was voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa and Takahiro Sakurai as an adult, and Minami Takayama and Junko Takeuchi as a child, the former whom had also voiced Naraku, Yoshikage Kira, Lord Boros, Mard Geer Tartaros and Sephiroth. In the English version, he was voiced by Kevin T. Collins and Steve Staley as an adult, and Veronica Taylor and Barbara Goodson as a child.
|“||In life, unrelated to one's social standing or class as determined by man, there are some people who, by nature, are keys that set the world in motion. They are the true elite, as dictated by the golden rule of the universe.||„|
|~ Griffith to Guts when the two men were still comrade-in-arms.|
Griffith was willing to sacrifice everything for the dream of his own kingdom, believing that he is destined for things greater than the average man.
Early in his career, he won Guts' service in a duel and Guts became his sword in both the battlefield and in his political fight with disgruntled Midland nobles. A large part of his success was due to Guts' fighting ability and Griffith grew to be dependent on Guts, although their relationship was not exactly friendly.
After the assassination of General Julius, Guts heard Griffith saying to Princess Charlotte that a friend must be someone he considers his equal. Guts reflected upon this and decided he would live his own dream rather than Griffith's so that one day they could be equal friends. After winning the war for Midland, Griffith loses to Guts in a duel which stipulates that Guts remain in his service should he lose and freed if he wins. This loss results in Guts' desertion from the Hawks.
|“||I came to know for certain... Whether anything will shake my heart. While I stand before you in this new body of flesh, it seems... I am free.||„|
|~ Reincarnated Griffith declaring to Guts at their reunion that he is totally freed from humanness.|
|“||Long silver hair. He was so pretty... I could hardly tell he was a man. More like someone out of a fairy tale...||„|
|~ Erica upon seeing Griffith.|
|“||I feel no responsibility to comrades who've lost lives under my command. Because they chose to fight in each battle.. Just as I chose this. But if there is something that... I can do for them. Something I can do for the dead... Then it is to win! I must keep winning to attain my dream. The same one they clung to, and risked their lives for!!! To realize my dream, I will perch on top of their corpses. It is a blood-smeared dream, after all. I don't regret or feel guilty about it.. But to risk thousands of lives while never getting myself dirty. It's not a dream that can be so easily realized!||„|
|~ Griffith when he was still a human.|
Powers and Abilities
- Fighting skills: Griffith was an extremely skilled swordsman, beating Guts twice when they first met and managing to cut Nosferatu Zodd's arm off while working together with Guts. Griffith has also shown to be skilled in unarmed combat, managing to easily put Guts in an arm lock and dislocate his shoulder when the latter tried to punch him.
- After joining the God Hand:
- Telekinesis: Griffith is capable of manipulating matter. Right after his rebirth as Femto, he was able to crush a group of apostles into nothingness by just closing his hand, and when Guts tried to attack him after he and the rest of the God Hand were summoned by the Count, he sent Guts flying with just a glance. He also blocked a shot from Guts' canon arm effortlessly.
- Spatial Manipulation: When the Skull Knight tried to attack Griffith with his space-cutting Sword of Actuation, Griffith was able to warp space so that the attack wouldn't hit him.
- Causality Manipulation and Perception: Being a member of the God Hand, Griffith can see the flow of causality and use it to further his goals. Because fate itself is on his side, even after regaining corporeal form, he cannot be harmed by physical means, as any physical attack headed his way is fated not to connect. However, this ability appears not to be absolute, as Rickett was able to slap him in the face and Griffith was clearly surprised by it.
- Flight: As Femto, Griffith has wings that look like a cape when unused. Being wings, they can be used to fly. However, Griffith usually relies on Nosferatu Zodd for air travel, so his ability to fly may be limited.
- Supernatural Charisma: Although he was already highly charismatic when he was human, after joining the God Hand, and after regaining his physical form, Griffith utilizes what is described as "an enormous flow of od that engulfs and charms people", making it very easy for him to charm people and rally them to his cause.
- Teleportation: Griffith also seems to possess either super-speed or teleportation, since he managed to reach Casca in time to shield her from falling boulders, even though he was standing on top of a hill a fair distance away only a moment before, and he was also able to move past Silat and the Tapasa without them even noticing he had moved.
- Reality Warping: As Femto, Griffith can become a reality warper.
- Gravity Manipulation: As Femto, Griffith has the power to control gravity.