In the Berserk manga, after the carnage at Eclipse, the protagonist Guts repeatedly came to be called as the Black Swordsman by everyone, other than his new friends-cum-comrades. I've read the manga but I couldn't figure out the possible reason for it.

However, I do have some following clues but cannot account them as the primary reason for such.

1. In the first and the last episode (scene before the ending) of the Berserk anime, Guts skin color was neither white nor dark (like of Casca) but something different.

2. The color of Guts's outfit excluding the armor was almost black. After the addition of Berserker Armor, everything he wore was black.

As you can see, these reasons are not very convincing. Therefore, I ask the question again:

Why was Guts called the Black Swordsman?

Note: No racial discrimination or apartheid is intended in 1.


Guts was known as the "Swordsman clad in black", which was eventually shortened to "Black Swordsman".

enter image description here Guts before he got his Berserk Armor.

enter image description here Guts with his Berserk Armor.

His armor was always black, but the most relevant item was his black cape, which always covered his whole body in black when he wasn't fighting.

  • Guts was known as the "Swordsman clad in black" -- I don't remember this in manga. Can you confirm the source?
    – Firelord
    Apr 17 '15 at 21:58
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    @Firelord. I'll see what I can find. So far, I haven't had any luck finding a source for my claim. I do remember him being called that once, although it might've been an inofficial fan translation.
    – Nolonar
    Apr 17 '15 at 22:03

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