This subject is of questionable canonicity. See #Notes.

Obeying the will of the essence of humankind, I weave every man's destiny.
– The Idea of Evil[1]

The Idea of Evil[expl 1] is a primal entity residing in the Abyss. It is responsible for the fate of humanity, acting on the species' collective desires.

Story[edit | edit source]

Conception[edit | edit source]

The Idea is the will of humanity's collective consciousness manifested, owing its origins to the species' longing for transcendental reasons regarding its existence:[1]

Reasons for pain. Reasons for sadness. Reasons for life. Reasons for death. Reasons why their lives were filled with suffering. Reasons why their deaths were absurd. [Humans] wanted reasons for the destiny that kept transcending their knowledge. And I produce those, as it is what I have been brought into existence for.

Meeting Griffith[edit | edit source]

"Do as you will, chosen one."

During Griffith's Eclipse, the Idea brings the White Falcon to its abyssal core to converse with him. The Idea reveals to Griffith that it is responsible for the man he is, having cultivated his lineage and the context which led to his audience with it. It reassures Griffith that whether his actions bring suffering or salvation, they will prove suitable for mankind regardless, as they are ultimately desired. It then allows Griffith to use the power of the emotions in the Abyss to change his form for his task, thus giving birth to the fifth God Hand angel Femto.[1]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Flora mentions that the God Hand are "executors of the will of something lurking in the distant Abyss".[2]
  • Episode 83, the "Lost Episode" in which the Idea converses with Griffith, was intentionally excluded from tankōbon format, as Miura felt the appearance of "god" would limit the story's range. Miura is undecided on whether or not he will feature the Idea in the manga again, though he has never explicitly denied its canonicity, even when asked.[3]
    • Nonetheless, the Idea, at least physically, still exists within established canon, as it makes its on-panel debut at the end of episode 82, which has in fact been published in tankōbon format.

Explanations[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Regarding the meaning of "Idea of Evil", idea comes from Ancient Greek ἰδέα (idéa, "notion, pattern; form; type") and is Platonic in nature, giving "Idea of Evil" an approximate literal meaning of "source of evil".

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b c d Berserk, Volume 13, "God of the Abyss (2)"
  2. ^ Berserk, Volume 24, "Magic Stone"
  3. ^ Walter Bennet (sender), Puella (translator). "Writing Miura". "It's because I wanted Berserk's world to be revealed just that far, not any more than that. The appearance of god in the manga conclusively determines its range. I thought that might limit the freedom of the story development. I myself don't know if the Idea of Evil will show up again in the manga or not."
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