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You are our prodigy, our newest kingsman, our wing of darkness, arise Femto.
~ Void on the birth of Femto.
I'll not... betray my dream. That is all.
~ Femto upon being confronted from his feelings for his deeds.

Griffith is the central antagonist of the manga series Berserk and its anime adaptations, serving as the deuteragonist-turned-final antagonist of the Golden Age arc, the overarching antagonist of the Black Swordsman arc and Conviction arc, and a pivotal character in both the Millennium Falcon arc and the Fantasia arc.

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, who had also voiced Naraku as well as Takahiro Sakurai who also voiced Shogo Makishima, as well as In the English version, he was voiced by Kevin T. Collins.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

In General

  • Whilst it has been claimed that when someone becomes a God Hand they lose empathy entirely, this does not validate Femto lacking any moral agency as it was his decision to bring this upon himself knowing there would be a dark turn of a payment when going down this path. Furthermore, the behavior of other apostles provide evidence to disprove this: as the Count willingly sacrificed himself to eternal damnation rather than exchange his beloved daughter for being fully healed. Although the God Hand are on a whole other league of evil in comparison to the apostles as their change was more drastic and required more sacrifices than regular apostles.
  • While his torture was horrible, he knew the risks in having sex with Princess Charlotte before marriage would get him in serious trouble and went along with it anyways. Furthermore, he himself worsened his punishment by openly mocking the king and exposing his secret lust for his daughter.
  • Another inexcusable backstory is when he was shown to be in poverty as a child which fueled his desire to have a kingdom, but the issues with this making him tragic is how he managed to get wealth and be fond of many who idolize him, which takes away the validation of this motivational tragedy by a wide margin. Furthermore, even without all the glorification he was getting, his past on its own doesn't stand out as well as many other characters, with Guts serving as a prime example of going through a much worse childhood than his and so far hasn't gone down the dark path that he took.
  • His true feelings for Charlotte is not real love, making her just as expendable as how he views the Band of the Hawk involving Guts, who in some ways was seen on a more personal level of possessive sacrifice than her. By Femto's own words, he would never betray his dream, meaning if he had to get rid of Charlotte in order to pursue his dream he would do it.
  • Even though he is considered to be a complex Pure Evil, it doesn't mean he's morally ambiguous, as all of his desires are above even the most personal people in his life, meaning he has no correlation of any admirable values to be mixed with heinous qualities.

As Griffith

Golden Age

  • He was rather possessive of Guts, openly saying Guts was his and having him join his mercenary group through a duel.
  • When conversing with Charlotte, he reveals that he doesn't really see any of the Band of Hawk members as his friends nor does he regard any of them as equals, but instead as subordinates. This demonstrates a degree of arrogance and desire for control.
  • Upon hearing that both Julius and his son Adonis had been killed, Griffith devilishly smiles, pleased to know that a potential suitor for Charlotte had been eliminated despite Adonis only being a child.
  • He has the child of Minister Foss kidnapped to force him to cooperate with Griffith and assassinate the Queen of Midland and all her conspirators. He then has Guts murder the thieves who'd kidnapped the daughter to tie up all the loose ends.
  • When Guts decided to leave the Band of Hawk, Griffith attempted to force Guts to stay for his own desires, even though he's said before that he only viewed people as friends if they followed their own dreams, showing his massive hypocrisy. During their duel, Griffith was even prepared to kill him if necessary, believing if he couldn't have Guts, then no one could.
  • His selfish actions of having sex with the princess ended up getting the Band of the Hawk turned into criminals and more than half of them killed.
    • It's heavily implied from Griffith's behavior he would have had sex with her even if she resisted him.
  • After being rescued, he forces himself onto Casca after seeing how she started a relationship with Guts and simply because he wanted to feel dominant again.
  • Griffith gets hundreds of the Band of the Hawk members on a sacrificial death brand, having them all devoured by Apostles and having their souls sent to the Abyss.

As Femto

  • Rapes Casca out of revenge on Guts for leaving him and obscuring his dream, which horrified Guts and psychologically broke Casca for years, and even when she recovered, she was still horribly traumatized to the point that even seeing Guts caused her to pass out from the horrors of the Eclipse. What's more, while the sacrifice of the Hawks members was necessary for his transformation, there was no reason to rape Casca beyond sheer sadism and spite towards Guts and to assert his dominance.
    • Also worth noting the utterly horrifying things he does to Casca while raping her, which can only be described as pure sexual sadism.
    • What makes this even more horrific is anyone with the marked brand experiences intense pain whenever in the vicinity of the God Hand, meaning Casca was put through horrendous physical pain throughout the entire ordeal.
  • He makes Guts and Casca's Eclipse survival a fate worse than death due to how their marked brand attracts demons to attack them at night, placing their lives in a cursed danger every night until they die.
  • He corrupts Guts and Casca's conceived child, who is then made as part of his vessel to be reborn into the physical plane.

Black Swordsman and Convinction Arcs

  • Upon reuniting with Guts, he mocks him as beneath the God Hand's notice and callously dismisses his presence, genuinely hurting then enraging the swordsman. He then attempts to convince The Count to sacrifice his daughter to rejuvenate himself after the battle with Guts.
  • He reincarnates into the physical world using thousands of people as sacrifices for the Reincarnation Ceremony.
  • When Guts confronts him over his feelings for the atrocious crimes and betrayals he committed, he merely replies that he won't ever betray his dream, remarking that he is free from all moral restraints and showing no remorse whatsoever for any of his evil deeds.
  • While he did save Casca from falling rocks and has not made any attempts to kill either her or Guts despite the swordsman opposing Femto, it is heavily implied this is due to the influence of the demon child, who holds a strong bond with both of its parents.

Millennium Falcon Arc

  • He sends his apostles to kill Flora due to seeing her magic power as a threat to his future plans.
  • He triggers the Great Roar of the Astral World, unleashing several astral creatures onto the world which kill countless people and forces all of humanity into Falconia under his rule.
  • Despite defeating the Kushans and liberating the people of Midland from the evil Emperor Ganishka, this was done out of pragmatic reasons as his conflict with the apostle was little more than a means to achieve his own kingdom and ensure the loyalty of the human race. Additionally, it is somewhat implied that he, alongside the other members of the God Hand, were responsible for the Kushan invasions to begin with as a means of achieving their evil agenda.

Fantasia Arc

  • On the last panel of the manga, he is shown to be shedding tears when speaking to Guts showing that he may have some deep emotional value for him. The problem with this is how it's never fully stated if he was crying on his own accord or if the Moonlight Child was causing this, although the latter is most likely, because he is considered as the ghost of Casca's unborn child with Guts who resides within Femto's body and possesses his consciousness during a full moon.
  • Upon regaining control of his body, he mockingly smiles at Guts while he dodges the attempts to kill Femto with the Dragonslayer.
  • He caused more danger to Gut's band, sending Zodd to attack Guts.

Trivia

  • So far, despite his complexity, there hasn't been any prevention for Femto fitting in the criteria. However, it is still possible that he may get one, as the narrative from at least what the author intended to be for the relationship of Guts and him may have been somewhat a tragedy, given how he didn't know Guts heard his speech about a true friend not wanting to be a part of his dream. This means that if he knew Guts was aware of his statement during their second fight, he might have understood why Guts was willing to leave the Band of Hawk in the first place. This could've led to a possible conclusion of sympathy surrounding the ending of the series after learning Guts only left to be his true and only friend. However, the series doesn't seem to give away much of an idea of this event happening due to Femto's descent into evil, meaning that the chances for this sympathetic revelation happening to him is a long shot.
    • Furthermore, because of his crimes (especially his rape of Casca), he's infamous on this wiki for the fact that he would have easily been a Hate Sink if not for Word-Of-God declaring him as 3-dimensional and tragic. Other cases like this include Koba, Starscream (Cyberverse) and Judge Claude Frollo.
      • He also has a Tumblr blog solely dedicated to hating him called "The Griffith Hate Blog".
  • The reason why he's called by his God Hand name on this wiki instead of his human name is because Femto serves as Griffith's evilest self, being an identity that he chose to become, devoid of any humane respect for even the ones closest to him. Even though during post-eclipse he has mostly been called as Griffith, that is only because many of the people in the story only see who he is on the surface and none of them have any knowledge on who he really is on the inside.
  • Though Femto apparently allows Rickert to slap him and let him go peacefully, it's unclear whether it is because he thought Rickert's existence to be too insignificant or if he believed killing Rickert in the open would damage his reputation. If he let Rickert go out of genuine affection for their past bond, then he would stop being Pure Evil.
  • Some say that Femto never had any redeeming qualities to shed, which disqualifies him as wholly debased. However, he did have redeeming qualities in the past, as he saved Casca from being raped, once felt remorse for the soldiers who died under his command, showing deep dread over what happened to them, showed honor over a young boy's death, had respect for the Band of the Hawk members, openly asked Guts if he viewed Griffith as a bad person, questioning if his decisions were morally right, and tried to save Guts from falling during the Eclipse right before his sacrifice, only to get rid of all these qualities down the drain. It's important to note that both the God Hand and Apostles have to be debased in order to obtain their powers, meaning they had to have a redeeming quality at one point.

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