Richard Springle (1997 anime)
In the 1997 anime, he had brown hair and beard. His movement was reliant on the use of a cane. He wore a brown attire with a zucchetto and yellow shoes.
In the manga, he was a peaceful, religious man with a generous heart. He was also a caring father. He was disappointed with his nephew's decision of going to the battlefield, as he wished for him to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and have a family.
In the 1997 anime, he was shown to be a kind man who only wanted the best for his granddaughter and attempted to stop the bandits, though he failed due to being feeble.
Black Swordsman Arc Edit
En route under heavy rain, Guts a horse carriage pulls up. When the person manning him asks Guts if he'd like a ride, Guts replies that "he's no good with priests" and mentions being pursued by evil spirits. Eventually, the swordsman accepts after multiple declines. Guts begins to settle down, meets his daughter and has some wine. Noticing his wound and sword, he asks Guts whether he's a mercenary, to which Guts replies that he is one, of a sort. The old man then says he doesn't have much respect for someone who lives by the sword and dies by the sword, killing other people in that manner. Guts says that's why he can't really stand priests.
The old man goes on to tell a story of his nephew, who chose to become a soldier and died five years earlier. He considered his nephew foolish for trying to live by the sword and ending up a nameless soldier rather than the family man he could have been. Guts feels that the nephew got what he wanted in life and he was happy with it. Shortly thereafter, Guts falls asleep and experiences a nightmare brought on by an incubus. Guts manages to kill it and it frightens both Collette and her father to see such a creature. At this moment, his Brand begins to bleed and he orders them to stay inside while he goes outside to handle the spirits that are pursuing him.
The sudden appearance of the dead frightens the horses drawing the carriage, which forces Collette to fall out and onto the ground. Within seconds, she is impaled on a spear of a skeleton, who rises from the ground beneath her. She is tossed from the spear and left in a pool of her own blood, causing the old man to cry out her name and wait for the end to come as Guts continues slaying enemy after enemy. However, the man is killed when a spirit-possessed Collette decapitates him.
- Though he appears to be younger in the 1997 anime, he is said to be Collette's grandfather.
- In the 2016 anime, his name is Adolf.
- He seems to be able to sense Puck, deeming the elf as "a lucky spirit".