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Archer
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Japanese name: アーチャー
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Extra
Fate/Extra CCC
Japanese VA: Toriumi Kousuke
Character type: Servant (Master: Dan Blackmore)
Gender: Male[1]
Birthday: Unknown[2]
Height: 175cm[1][2]
Weight: 65kg[1][2]
Blood type: Unknown[2]
Hair color: Orange
Eye color: Green
Likes: Pickup[2]
Dislikes: Chivalry, Architectural beams, Stunted Girls[2]
Talents: Farming, Cooking[2]
Natural enemy: Cas-ko[2]
Image Color: Grass green[2]

Archer (アーチャー, ?) is the Archer-class Servant of Dan Blackmore in the Holy Grail War of the Moon Cell in Fate/Extra.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

The foundation of the legend comes from chivalrous thief who lurked in the Sherwood Forest. The original Robin Hood was said to have resisted against the tyrant John Lackland, but died from excessive bleeding at the Kirklees Priory due a conspiracy of the abbot.[3]

A chivalrous thief created from a fusion of the Orion from the Greek mythology, the fairies from Celtic mythology and Druidic beliefs. There is an person who served as a base, but it seems that this is the result of several mixtures.

From the beginning, Robin Hood was a faceless hero that was born from the "prayers" of the British people who frequentely received invasions from foreign countries. Thought to be a personification of the Green Man, a person of the forest that appeared in ancient Europe, indicating that he was a "desire" given birth by the masses. A small hero that existed in that era, but upon receiving the wishes of people, he assumed the name of a certain hero - Robin Hood. This Archer too is one of those nameless snipers who "assumed the hero's name".

Someone virtuous and a little cowardly.
In order to conceal his immature self who fusses over justice, he puts up a frivolous attitude. Values life over death and seems to believe that something warm should remain at the end of surviving. But then again, all these are things that he never obtained, so he can only but shrug his shoulders while saying "such things are like empty dreams".

Like the original Robin Hood, he possesses Protection of the Fairies and holds the knowledge of a Druid. The fact this Archer is versed in the poisons of the natural realm is a proof that he is an excellent "defender of the forest".[4]

Robin HoodEdit

This Robin Hood is merely one of the many "Robin Hood"s. Originally the black sheep of the village, a young man without relatives who lived in the village's outskirts. By chance, he got involved with the army of the feudal lord and ended repelling them in the course of events. Since he concealed his identity, during the fight he ended up being treated as the "Green Man" afterwards.

Originally the child of a wandering Druid, an orphan who lost his father when very young. He received knowledge of the forest from his Druid father, was proficient at survival in the forest, and also was friends with the forest fairies that the villagers could not see (although because of that, he received the persecution of the villagers for being possessed by fairies). The villagers did not accepted an orphan such as him and he too did not compromise with the villagers. But, even still, it seems that he felt obligation in taking care of his father at his last moments.

...he held no love for the villagers, but also did not hate them to point of abandoning them.

In the middle of all that, unable to forsake the village that was increasingly suffering under the feudal lord's tyrannical rule, he picked up his bow with the vigor of youth. In the first time, he saved them and repelled the feudal lord's troops by chance. From the second time on, it became a good fight while feeling the hopes and wishes of the villagers in his back.

...However, his face and figure remained concealed under the green clothing. With that little information, he is merely an ordinary person. Even if a fake one, he had deceived anything and everything in order to function as a hero.

He - who was an outsider in the village - turned into the village's hero by becoming Robin Hood, but, at the same time, was forced into harsh battles day and night. Setting traps on the forest, hiding his true face with a hood across his career, and not revealing his identity even to the villagers.

"Since it is for the sake of justice, I will kill my fraction as a human."

He too was one of such heroes without a signature.

While still opposing the king, the villagers gave excuses to the king for the sake of self-protection.
"Robin Hood is not a person from the village."
"Unrelated to us, he attack those who go through the forest."
"All responsibility lies with that hunter..."
And just like this, as if Robin Hood was a common enemy of both the village and the feudal lord, the villagers were not held accountable for any sins. Even still, he continued to fight for the sake of the village.

Though he continued to protect the village, it is not possible for a single young man to pretend to be a hero all alone, and his activities as Robin Hood lasted little less than two years before he was defeated by an assassination plot of the enemy. This young man is the figure that become an Heroic Spirit as Robin Hood by means of such death.

With a hidden identity and a career that ran completely on surprise attacks and clever schemes, he was slandered as a coward. At any rate, it was a battle of one against an army. Ambushing traps and putting poison in meals were everyday occurrences. He trampled even with the wishes of "at least I want to die in battle" of the killed soldiers.

He concealed his weapons, concealed his pride and even concealed his own real face.
If that was not so, he wouldn't have been able to keep winning.
If that was not so, he wouldn't have been able to preserve the "hero" the villagers desired.

He carried out a thorough vulgar battle.
He kept choosing the peace of the village over his own pride.
In the end, he fell on the ground anonymous and without being re-compensated.

...one young man who continued to hide his face. One who held no love for the villagers, but loved the villagers' quiet life-style. He never fought as hero not even once, but what he truly wished for in his deathbed was...[4]

Sherwood ForestEdit

In the past, the forest where a certain chivalrous thief that resisted against the tyrant John Lackland was active. A forest full of Druidic beliefs and where fairies dwell.

During a encounter, Archer mentions that he would like to see how long your Servant would have lasted in the Forest of Sherwood, inadvertently revealing to a clue to his identity.

AppearanceEdit

Archer has the appearance of a tall and lean young man with grey-green eyes and messy spiky orange hair that partially covers his right eye. His attire consists of lincoln green clothing and a dark green cloak, along with bandages on his left arm, and brown boots.

While designing Archer, the creator noted that his appearance is a balance between looking delicate at first but proving to be quite strong in emergency situations. Furthermore, the design is "unorthodox but strongly fantasy." While Archer's initial design followed the concept of a soldier, his final design is closer to that of a ranger or woodkeeper.[5]

PersonalityEdit

Archer prefers to fight from the shadows, as he is a pragmatist that utilizes methods such as ambushes and poison to ensure killing the opponent without a fight. He doesn't mind using advantageous but dishonorable tactics to win early before the actual fight, but Dan finds that vultures that feast upon carrion have more dignity. Dan thinks he lacks pride, the most important of traits, but Archer cares little for the idea. He thinks it would be fine if it would help them achieve victory, but mocks it by saying the best outcome would be for the enemies to kill themselves in the face of their pride.

He will make use of violations of trust, ambushes, and betrayal in battle. This goes against Dan's ideal of chivalry and fair battle, putting the two at odds. Dan goes as far as utilizing a Command Spell to stop his underhanded methods. Archer abhors this side of him, and he complains about it frequently. Although he was forced to fight in a fair battle by Dan, he felt it was a good change of pace to fight like a knight something he couldn't do in his lifetime. Upon his defeat Archer claims he has a wish for the Holy Grail but he was more interested in having a good time.

RoleEdit

Fate/ExtraEdit

Archer is the enemy Servant Hakuno Kishinami faces in second week of the Holy Grail War. He is first seen arguing with Dan outside of the arena, where he is chided for acting on his "gut feelings" during the first round. Dan tells him to remain on his guard, and that Archer needs to listen to his commands rather than acting on his own like before. He immediately attacks Hakuno by infusing the area with poison without Dan's order, which causes disagreement between them. He is allowed to keep the barrier up, but is threatened with punishment for disobeying him again.

In the second floor, Archer poisons Hakuno, though Dan cures the poison and uses his command seal to force Archer to fight fair.

After the battle, Archer apologizes to Dan for failing him and expresses the belief that another servant would of been better match with him. However Dan apologizes to Archer for restricting his fight, and Archer and Dan made peace with each other. Before fading away, he expresses joy at being able to have a fair fight, something he didn't have the chance of doing in life.

Fate/Extra CCCEdit

Archer was among the servants who were devoured by the shadows in the prologue. When BB runs her BB channel, her special guest is Archer. Hakuno Kishinami encounters Archer with BB on the 6th floor. Upon his defeat by Hakuno's servant, BB complains about Archer's abilities, though Archer replies that he couldn't do much as BB sealed his Noble Phantasm.

AbilitiesEdit

Archer is an expert in the use of traps and poisons. He also specializes in combat in forest-like environments. These two talents come together during the game when he creates a tree that constantly spews poison, forcing the player to destroy it to cleanse the area. He also has been mentioned to possess Druidic knowledge and supernatural protection derived from fairies.

The crossbow attached to his arm is his Noble Phantasm and weapon-of-choice Yew Bow (イー・バウ, ?). Archer employs it to shoot poisonous arrows. Once the opponent is poisoned, the crossbow's power Holy Bow of Supplication (祈りの弓, Inori no Yumi?, lit. Bow of Prayer) can be activated to stack multiple times onto the poison to drastically enhance the effect of the poison.

The Faceless KingEdit

A transparent king who, according to the Celtic custom, appears in the May Festival (May Day) that takes over from the Beltane Festival. A person of the forest. A personification of nature that added brown accents to his green clothing so that his figure is not seen.

In the game, Archer has a technique with this name which reverses the relationship between the GUARD, BREAK and ATTACK options.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8
  3. 4.0 4.1

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