The King of Midland thinks Griffith is his ultimate weapon in Berserk, but it’s all a hoax.
The Berserk series is known for its dark and violent fantasy settings and settings, but there’s so much more to it. The late Kentaro Miura’s character design and thinking also draws heavily from the shojo world to deepen its characters and balance the lighter side of the series with its heavier side. This includes the remarkable depth of each character’s relationships.
Griffith was the leader of the mercenary group Hawk during the famous Golden Age of the manga and anime series in 1997. Outwardly, he is a charismatic, friendly, and outgoing person, always ready to accept any challenge and end up with a happy ending. friends with anyone he meets. He and the king of the Midland kingdom appear to be close allies, but the truth is much worse.
Griffith & The Midland King: Master and Servant
Griffith maintains close relationships with the other members of his mercenary gang. On the surface, he was a friend, a brilliant commander, who kept them all close and dear in his heart. And when Griffith allied with the kingdom of Midland, he forged a similar relationship with the king (whose name was never revealed). Griffith’s tactical acumen and the strength of his army impressed the king and led to numerous victories over Midland’s enemy, the kingdom of Tudor.
At first, the king of Midland only appreciated Griffith as a hired sword, but as his mercenaries won battle after battle, his opinion of the young man grew more and more widespread. Out of sheer gratitude, the king made Griffith his favorite. In his eyes, the kingdom of Midland had no greater fortune than Griffith and the Band of the Hawk.
The king felt comfortable maintaining this status quo, endowing Griffith with the title of nobility and certainly endless wealth and favor among the royal family. Griffith appeared humble and grateful on the surface, staying in the king’s good care without having to grow up. However, their real relationship is one of interests and ambitions, traits that define Griffith’s entire character arc. It was all a hoax, and the king never saw it coming.
Griffith’s ambition to become king
Around this time in Berserk, the mercenary Guts declared that he had nothing left to gain from fighting the Band of the Hawk, parting ways with Griffith to find his own destiny. Griffith was heartbroken, seeing Guts as his only true friend and rival, and had also obtained all he could from the king of Midland. To reflect Guts’ departure from the party, Griffith bounced the king back, finally revealing his true colors. His ruthless ambition demands more, and he defies the king by visiting Princess Charlotte and seducing her. Charlotte had been an admirer of Griffith, and as she hugged him, she appreciated her father. The alliance of the king and Griffith was broken overnight, and they became enemies outside as well as within.
The mercenary only uses the king to amass money, power, and status for himself and the mercenary group, and an earlier flashback makes it clear that Griffith will do anything to finance the mercenary. group development – including going to bed with older men. He, Griffith still has so much to gain, while the king of Midland has everything to lose, mainly his relationship with his beloved daughter Charlotte.
Griffith is on the rise, ready to step through all kings to achieve her true destiny. The brave king could do nothing but imprison and torture him for his betrayal, a rather typical response, but it wasn’t good. No torture or isolation could break Griffith, and even in his dungeon cell he faintly heard Godhand’s call, his true destiny beckoning. The King didn’t see this coming either, and in that regard, neither did Guts and the other Band of the Hawk members.
In the end, his relationship with the king of Midland is similar to his relationship with the mercenary group. On the surface they were comrades and colleagues, but in reality, Griffith was just fodder for his grand ambitions. He vacated, using everyone in his way, from the king to the Guts to the entire Band of the Hawk. No friend, king, or torturer in Berserk could hold Griffith back.