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Gilgamesh Prime (プライムギルガメッシュ Puraimu Girugamesshu,) or more commonly known as Gil Prime (プライムギル Puraimu Giru) is the main protagonist of the original manga series, Wild Hunt. He is a 17 year old human/yokai crossbreed whose ultimate goal is to become a god. Currently, little is well known about the character, as he is still a work in progress. What is known though is that his yokai father is a kirin and that his grandmother and the local satori helped to raise him since his youth and instruct him in the usage of sorcery. Gilgamesh is under the possession of the heralded "King's Dominion" (支配の王 Shihai no Ō,) a form of sorcery otherwise known as Will Sorcery which manifests and controls Gil's willpower for a variety of purposes.
Throughout the story, Gilgamesh makes many friends and enemies alike, such as befriending famed yokai hunter, Samson; runaway elf princess, Zelda Beryl; notorious city thief and marksman, Robbie; and a timid dragon girl known as Ally Saurus. He has also earned himself a powerful rival in the likes of Leo Umbral, a cat sith with the same ambitions to become divine.
At 17 years old, Gilgamesh has the standard appearance one would come to expect of a young man; he possesses average height for a man of his age, with his looks being a mix between youthfulness and maturity, which emphasize his current transition from adolescence into adulthood. Whereas he has the body and build of a young man, his face seems to still retain a quality of youth to it; expressing traits such as a bright, cheerful, playful and outgoing attitude. Additionally, Gil's complexity seems to be fair skinned, albeit with darker shades of coloring to it; possibly a tan due to his many years of being outside, playing with friends and inadvertently exposing himself to sunlight on a constant basis. On his back, Gilgamesh bares a physical sign of his status as a chimera; a small set of scaly skin resembling that of a dragon or a kirin's (an inherited trait Gilgamesh received from his father.) These scales mostly sprawl out between Gilgamesh's shoulders and over his shoulder blades.
While inheriting scales from his father, Gil sports vibrant red hair which he received from his mother's side of the family; with it mostly laying low despite its spiked and jagged locks sticking out. His hair is relatively short to mid length, as it never falls past his forehead, ears and the back of his neck. Within his hair, Gil has another trait passed down to him from his kirin heritage; that being a pair of incredibly short, white kirin antlers sticking out of the crown of his head. They are premature at the moment, and so they lack the usual branching appearance most antlers possess, and instead appear to be two tiny horns that are less than an inch tall. These antlers are therefore naturally hidden from view by Gil's hair, and can only be seen after brushing through his hair and searching them out specifically.
On his childish looking face, Gil's eyes are typically drawn looking wide and rounded to denote his innocent, idealistic mindset, with his irises colored in as black dots with no identifiable pupil; an attempt by Wyvern 0m3g4 to homage prior shounen protagonists who had the same style of eyes in the past. At odds with his mostly human appearance however, are the two rows of dagger shaped teeth Gil constantly sports within his mouth. These white triangular fangs, like his antlers and scales, seem to further indicate Gilgamesh is of yokai descent and is not fully human.
As to be expected of someone as straightforward and simple-minded as Gil, Gilgamesh seems to dress himself simply and comfortably, with fashion and accessorizing being of little concern to him (barring anything that may catch his interest at any particular moment.) Typically, Gil wears a plain, orange, short sleeved T-shirt coupled with a pair of blue pants fastened by a black leather belt with silver colored buckle. On his feet, Gil likes to wear leather tan flip-flops which expose his feet and toes.
Several years after the world shaking fight of Armageddon at Mt. Olympus, and after his ascension to godhood, Gil would finally be reintroduced into the story, albeit with slight changes to his overall appearance. The most obvious change since his departure has been an increase in height and a more mature look upon his face. Whereas it still retains the youthful expressiveness he has always had, Gil's face has become somewhat more angular, which denotes a sense of growth and maturity. Combined with his increase in height, it is clear Gil has grown up from a young man, and now into an adult god. Along with his physical maturity, Gil's kirin traits have also developed over the years; with the scaly skin on his back expanding out to encompass his shoulders, chest and the base of his neck. Likewise, Gil had returned with an unexpected change in his antlers, as they had grown to great lengths; to the point of wrapping themselves around the top of his head and growing branches that would stick up into the air, which made the antlers resemble a king's crown. Upon his friends pointing this out to him, Gilgamesh appeared surprised; implying he was oblivious to his physical growth during his stay in Heaven. Afterward, Gilgamesh begun grinding down his antlers so that he could regain his more traditional appearance from before the time skip, stating that the crown of antlers wasn't his style.
Gil also adopted a new look in the form of clothing while he was gone, albeit like his physical appearance, his tastes hadn't changed much during his absence. While he still seems to prefer wearing the same style of pants as before, he has now changed the style of shirt he wears on an average basis; now taking a liking to wearing a dark green denim jacket, left unbuttoned to reveal his bare chest and stomach underneath. He has also now foregone wearing flip-flops like he used to, and seems to be comfortable with the idea of walking barefoot wherever he goes, much to the bemusement of those around him. As far as clothing goes, Gil has remarked that he had been told by his fellow gods to wear clothing more befitting a deity, and have even at times forced him to wear godly garb. However, given Gil's dislike of the outfit he was told to wear, and his stubbornness, he has often found ways to get out of obeying orders, much to the chagrin of the pantheon. This may possibly explain why Gil is often seen wearing standard "mortal" clothing despite his newfound status. Despite Gil's usual setbacks though, the other gods have not given up so easily and will on occasion still force Gil to try and appear more divine.
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- Gilgamesh's name takes its inspiration from the name of the ancient Sumerian king of Uruk. In turn, the real life Gilgamesh was also the main protagonist of his own story, known famously as "The Epic of Gilgamesh," which is by far and wide considered the first example of great literature in human history.
- Gil's last name, Prime, is a shortened form of the base word "primate," which refers to a class of animals like monkeys and apes, as well as referring to humans. "Prime" was an attempt on Wyvern 0m3g4's part to give Gilgamesh a monkey motif, in the hopes of emulating other shounen heroes who have come before him, such as Son Goku from Dragon Ball and Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. Interestingly, primate itself can mean "prime" or "first rank," which can refer to Gil's desire to be the best.
- Gilgamesh is considered by Wyvern to be the ideal shounen hero. In summary, Gilgamesh is brave, kind, loving, compassionate, honest, hard working, determined, open minded, friendly, loyal, trusting, strong, and idiotic. Wyvern has expressed that these are traits he would like to see in an ideal hero, and he has high hopes for Gilgamesh being an inspirational and positive role model to others.
- At first, Wyvern considered basing Gilgamesh off of the Monkey King from the Chinese epic, "Journey to the West." This would have given him similar origins to that of Son Goku from Dragon Ball; and it is because of that which is why Wyvern discarded the idea later. He then considered making Gilgamesh a monkey or fox yokai (in particular, a kitsune,) in order to emphasize Gil's craftiness and cleverness. In the end, Wyvern decided upon a monkey theme after all, as he felt monkeys were more playful and friendly, and that foxes tended to be more smart and crafty in comparison. However, this too would be later scrapped, due to fears that Gilgamesh would be too similar to not only Son Goku, but to Naruto Uzumaki from the Naruto series too. After a long and tedious process, Wyvern finally opted for a subtle allusion to monkeys by way of Gil's last name, and would then make him a kirin crossbreed.
- On the subject of character design, Gil's clothing was meant to be an honorary homage to both Son Goku and Monkey D. Luffy, as Wyvern is incredibly fond of both the Dragon Ball and One Piece series, as well as Goku and Luffy themselves. Therefore, to pay tribute to Goku, Gilgamesh was given orange and blue clothes to represent Goku's orange and blue martial artist gi, and Gilgamesh was given sandals as a way to show respect towards Luffy, who is always seen wearing sandals.
Gilgamesh - Wikipedia article about Gilgamesh, who was the inspiration behind Gil's name