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Puck Manga
Puck
Kanji

パック

Rōmaji

Pakku

Debut
Manga

The Black Swordsman

Anime

Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey

Portrayal
Japanese voice

Yuriko Fuchikuzi (Video game)

English voice

Cam Clarke (Video game)

Profile
Gender

Male

Hair color

Blue

Eye color

Blue

Status

Alive

Affiliation

Guts' New Party

Previous affiliation

Group of traveling performers

Occupation

Guide

Previous occupation

Performer

Image Gallery

Puck (パック Pakku) is one of the earliest companions that Guts makes during the latter's days as the Black Swordsman. Puck is an elf of the pisky race, descendants from the ancient spirits of wind. A former denizen of Elfhelm, the idyllic elven realm of King Hanafubuku, he went away out of sheer boredom prior to the events told in the Golden Age story arc. Puck provides much of the comic relief in the series.

Appearance

As an elf, Puck is, at first glance, similar to a miniature naked human. Upon closer inspection, Puck's features as an elf become more distinct; his ears are elongated and pointed, he has bug-like wings on his back, and he lacks any kind of visible genitals. Puck sports blue hair that grows out in all directions in front (similar to the stem of a tomato) but uniformly points backward in the back. Puck's eyes are the same color as his hair.

Personality

Puck is a whimsical and lighthearted presence that stands out in the dark and unforgiving world he lives in. Not one to take people's behavior at face value, Puck prefers to find the inherent good in those he meets rather than dismiss them for what he initially sees. As such, Puck displays a great deal of patience when dealing with less-than-reputable characters, and in some cases (like with Guts) Puck does eventually come to find that they do possess some manner of morality and a reason for their acting so brashly.

However, this does not mean that Puck's patience is infinite. On numerous occasions, Puck and Guts have parted ways due to Puck's annoyance and inability to continue tolerating the Black Swordsman's apparent cruelty and brazenness.

Puck can be quite stubborn at times, as seen when he refused to return Guts' Behelit while aboard the Sea Horse due to Puck wanting to use it as bait to catch fish. This trait of Puck's, however, is mainly used for comedic effect.

Despite Puck's role largely being that of comic relief, he is quite capable of remaining serious when the situation calls for it. He easily befriends the more "innocent" people of the world, like Jill, and listens and empathizes wholeheartedly upon hearing their tragic histories.

Abilities

Puck is able to use several abilities that are specific to his species, the most notable of which is flight, his main form of transportation. Due to his own miniature size and the human-sized company he keeps, Puck is forced to rely on his wings in order to keep up with his traveling companions, though he sometimes is seen sitting on his companions' persons or else in Guts' satchel, where Puck has made an improvised home.

Another of Puck's more notable abilities is his status as an empath - Puck is able to feel people's emotions, and this translates directly to his own well-being; Puck feels pain proportionate to the amount of negative feelings the people around him feel, and he is put physically at ease by good thoughts.

One of Puck's more useful abilities where other people are concerned is his ability to produce elf dust, which naturally sloughs off his wings. Elf dust has healing properties, greatly accelerating the average human's healing process and soothing pain almost immediately. He also possesses the ability to emanate light, which he has repurposed into a diversionary attack called "Puck Spark" that briefly blinds his opponents.

History

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Characteristics

  • He has a rivalry with Ivalera, as the female elf tends to be more serious and less bubbly than the average pisky. Puck attempts to show Ivalera how similar they really are.
  • Puck shows sometimes the ability to breach the fourth wall at will, acting like he's aware of his status as a fictional character. So far, he has multiple times compared his friendship with Isidro to the relationship between Yoda and Luke Skywalker, Tange Danpei and Joe Yabuki, proposed Rickert to add a cartoonish pincer to Guts' left arm, described the ghosts of people dead from torture by wheel as "bikers", described the telepathic communication employed by Schierke to the newtype powers in Gundam, appearing himself disguised as the titular mecha, and even likened the Berserker Armour to the mystical cloths shown in the anime series Saint Seiya.However, that has to be intended as an intentional easter egg from Miura, as the other characters simply seem to acknowledge what Puck means to say without any other explanation.
  • The origin of Puck's name comes from the famous play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" where a fairy is a comic relief in the Shakespeare play.

References

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