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Nasuverse character
Archer

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Japanese name: アーチャー
Also known as: The Awarded Hero
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Nobunaga Shimazaki
Character type: Servant, Heroic Spirit, Human
Gender: Male[1][2]
Height: 177cm[1][2]
Weight: 72kg[1][2]
Addresses self as: Watashi (, ?)[1]

Archer (アーチャー, Āchā?) is an Archer-class Servant able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Archer's True Name is Arjuna (アルジュナ, Arujuna?), the great hero of Hindu Mythology from the ancient Indian epic poem, "Mahabharata", and the rival of Karna. The Mahabharata is a dazzling story that gathers all heroes from India, but it is no exaggeration to say that Arjuna is an existence placed at the center of it all, the one who is in the position of the protagonist.[2][3]

LegendEdit

  • An Arrow to Karna (カルナへの一矢, Karuna e no Isshi?)

If Karna is the "Hero of Charity", Arjuna is indeed the "Awarded Hero" (授かりの英雄, Sasugari no Eiyū?). He was born as the son of the King of Kuru, the third of the five Pandava brothers, and was also simultaneously the son of the Thunder God Indra.[2]

And his fateful rival was Karna, his older brother from a different father, but it was impossible to determine if Arjuna knew the truth that Karna was his older brother.[3][1] Arjuna, who was truly a hero without any faults to point at - from his caliber to his personality - was driven out of the country as a result of his older brother losing in a gamble. At that time, he already had a premonition that a confrontation with Karna was unavoidable. After all, Karna revered Duryodhana, who regarded the five Pandava brothers as archenemies, like a father.[2] Every time Arjuna thinks of Karna, he shudders as if it appears that he was seeing himself reflected in a mirror. And then, with that being plain to see—————he became frightened; furthermore, the reflected expression might have been similar to one seeing through everything about him completely.[1]

"In my heart, resides 'Black (Krishna).'"[1]

He loved his brothers, and was loved in return. He loved both his father and mother, and was loved in return. He loved the people, and was loved in return.[2] And despite this, Arjuna set the gaze of those eyes that grew cold towards some place.[2][1]

How terrifying.[1]

"My darkness is terrifying. I differ from Karna. He, while cool-headed, is the warmth that believes in the people. I, while quiet, has a resignation that is so far as desperate."[1]

When was it that Arjuna resolved himself to kill Karna no matter what? Probably, it was when they had first met each other.[2] The Kuru family held a conference. At this conference, the five Pandava brothers indulged themselves in the martial arts they were so proud of and so famous for. The third son Arjuna's skill at the bow was especially magnificent, to the point that he was praised as having no equal. When the grounds were united as one voice looking for someone to equal the Pandavas, Karna leapt up to participate and displayed martial arts of the same rank as Arjuna's. Karna challenged Arjuna to determine which of them was superior. But to challenge Arjuna, a member of the royal family, one must be higher than a Kshatriya. However, Karna seemed to be a lower caste Vaishya (merchant class) or Shudra (a slave). Karna, whose challenge was refused due to the difference in status, was made a laughingstock.[4] The Pandava brothers (except for Arjuna) further ridiculed Karna, who displayed martial arts superior to their own, saying, "The son of a charioteer should have a sense of shame."[1][4]

That time, why did Arjuna not remonstrate by even expressing a single word when his brothers were speaking ill will of Karna in their loud voices? Was it not because he envied Karna who displayed martial arts that actually surpasses his? What an ugly, petty emotion. This Arjuna must not harbor such a thing, for that is supposed to be the way he is. Thus, Karna must not become aware of that reason.[1]

"That discernment, exposing myself—————Surely I would die in shame, without a doubt. I regulated myself. Thoroughly, I continued to regulate, regulate, regulate. Therefore, the gods, my father, my mother, my wife, my brothers, they all love Arjuna. If I am not loved, I am not worth anything."[1]

The antagonism between the Kauravas whom Karna entrusted his bow as a soldier and the Pandavas that Arjuna led intensified and finally became a war with their territory in the balance. That war is called the Kurukshetra War. Karna continued to wield his strength so that the one hundred Kaurava princes, and consequently Duryodhana, would be victorious. On the Pandava side, the only one who could oppose Karna was Arjuna, but even Arjuna could only be resigned to the fact that facing Karna directly meant death. Through several conflicts, pretexts, and mutual hatred, the war between these two camps arrived at Kurukshetra.[4]

In Arjuna's final battle with Karna, Karna fell from his chariot by the hands of his charioteer, who was his betrayer.[1][4] Due to Karna's curse, the wheel of Karna's chariot was stuck in a rut. The string of Arjuna's bow was drawn back to its limits. These brothers who, for a long time, were manipulated by an unseen destiny to compete for supremacy, could only in this moment strike one another with all their might.[4] Arjuna pierced through him while he was struggling to budge the wheels of his chariot, and that is a deed that should not be done in the way of a warrior. Cowardly, heretical, it is a conduct not unusual to others and even really spoken ill of.[1]

However. Opportunities, they aren't allowed to be restricted. And above all, Karna, who was nocking arrows to his bow—————was smiling. Of course, it was not a sneer to Arjuna. Although it was a smile of various emotions and reasons, to Arjuna however, that could not be seen as such. At that moment, Arjuna abandoned being a warrior (Kshatriya) and held great joy in battle, but that became a mechanism with the purpose of finishing the war.[1] That was no fate decided by the gods. The karma Arjuna chose together with sheer enmity. Even if it was not righteous, Arjuna had to accomplish that no matter what.[2]

Sure enough, Arjuna's bow shot down the sun.[1]

Thus, the role of Arjuna also came to an end. Heroes behaved as heroes until the end; they were heroes until the moment they died out. Brilliant heroic tales finished in brilliance until the conclusion. Afterwards, Arjuna as a holy man that perceived everything is still Arjuna, but his heart as a warrior was in a state of disorderly pieces.[1]

—————"Sure enough, that one arrow shot down the sun."[1]

—————"Am I probably going to shoot it at him once more?"[1]

AppearanceEdit


PersonalityEdit

Extremely diligent, integrous, just and upright, Arjuna has a flawless personality with no faults to point out and hit on.[1] He has an honest and faithful personality that seems to embody justice itself. At the very least, the people around him, including Karna, perceived him that way.[3] The perfect person in the manner of a superman, he is on a standard that is said to be him being compelled to "having come" to the aid of others like a certain Knight of the Sun. He has no interest in wealth, whether the battle is an honorable one or not. And that is whether it is all in accordance with his sense of values (by the ancient Indian customs) as a warrior.[1] He is self-indulgent with the prestige of the battlefield.

... However, when the opportunity has come, Arjuna will wonder and carry out all kinds of cowardly schemes. Although he is extremely hesitant in the preliminary stages, when he wonders if he can carry them out at that time, he lets a wicked smile show. That should not be seen by anyone——suppose someone sees it, he warns himself that he has no choice but to kill that person.[1]

Inside his heart, Arjuna carries another personality that can be called "Black". A wicked one that hates, scorns and plots evil designs against someone. Not being able to accept that fact, he behaved as if it was an attendant by his side... This is a digression, but Krishna - the reincarnation and eighth avatar of Vishnu - was a hero that exists separately from Arjuna's other personality.[2]

Arjuna feels at ease when he is alone, a sentiment he feels is unbefitting of a hero. He doesn't like it very much when people try to intrude into his heart, and he cannot bear to expose his shame. Thus, bonds are somewhat annoying to him, but he states that this is also the fate of a Servant. His wish for the Holy Grail is eternal solitude.[5]

Fundamentally quiet, Arjuna openly follows his Master like a butler, and most Masters would view him as someone without the slightest display of pride and the likes when he was actually of royalty.[1] When it comes to him and his Master, having his greatness be recognized is irrelevant to the fact that he highly regards his partner as his Master.[5] However, if the Master tries to take a grip to the point of attaining the Servant's true nature like a certain ordinary Master for instance, there is a likelihood where Arjuna is willing to murder his Master as well. Alternatively, for the Master who seems to have seen his true face, he becomes terribly sad, and impores his Master to keep it a secret.[5] "Trust" is not the only thing gained when grasping the true nature of a partner. There is also a possibility of losing "trust" surely from "grasping the true nature of a partner." For example, even if the partner accepts that darkness, the way Arjuna carries that dark side is all the more something he feels ashamed of.[1]

RelationshipsEdit

Karna
The real life of the one already in history. As already explained in the passage of the character's figure. No doubt a fateful rival.[1] Like Karna, Arjuna felt an obsession towards Karna.[3] While Arjuna won't initially fight Karna if they are in the same camp, who knows what will happen if Karna shows his face the next time?[5]
Rama
The protagonist of the Ramayana. The manner of that refreshing boy is dazzling. "Though unpleasant, can you not touch on the subject regarding my wife? Because there was various circumstances too!"[1]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Arjuna's & Karna's Trial QuestEdit

E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North AmericaEdit

Arjuna is a part of the Celtic army, serving under Medb. He appears along with Cú Chulainn Alter to defend Medb from Geronimo, Robin Hood, Billy the Kid and Nero. While Robin escapes, the others stay behind to stall Arjuna and Cú Chulainn. Arjuna kills Billy the Kid by reflecting Geronimo's Noble Phantasm, Tsago Degi Naleya, at him. Medb sends him after Robin Hood, but he is able to escape with Scáthach's help.

Arjuna later leads a force of Celtic warriors against one of the armies of the United American and Resistance Army, facing Karna in combat. However, during their battle, Karna is backstabbed by Cú Chulainn Alter. Arjuna faces the Protagonist's party, who are also a part of the army, ending up being defeated by them. He later appears again along with Nikola Tesla to destroy the Demon Gods summoned by Medb, Clan Calatin, with his Pashupata, sacrificing himself in the process.

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

Arjuna is amongst the "E Pluribus Unum" Singularity Servants to aid Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillars.[6]

InterludeEdit

Other appearancesEdit

Arjuna was indirectly mentioned in the duel between Lancer of Red and Saber of Black in Fate/Apocrypha as the legendary bowman Karna fought in his past. Karna saw the similarities between Siegfried and Arjuna, the face of a pure warrior trying to carry out his duty even while feeling anguished by something.[7]

Arjuna is given the nickname Nobunaga Archer (信長アーチャー, Nobunaga Āchā?) in Fate/GUDAGUDA Order because his voice actor is Nobunaga Shimazaki.

AbilitiesEdit

As appropriate for the name of the Archer Class, Arjuna is an expert of the bow who holds a longbow. Arjuna's general weapon is his favorite bow, which is usually "Gandiva", a divine bow granted by the Flame God Agni.[2][1] It is also the bow that brought down Karna.[1]

Arjuna's Personal Skill is The Awarded Hero (授かりの英雄, Sasugari no Eiyū?), a Skill representing the great hero Arjuna, where he was always loved the moment he was born. Anyone would occasionally give Arjuna the thing he needed at the moment. He will not lack in anything, as long as he doesn't have an active cause, like a curse.[1]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

pako is the character illustrator for Arjuna.[2] Yuuichirou Higashide is the scenario writer for his character, and he wishes Arjuna's and Karna's story to be told in another Type-Moon work someday.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.43 1.44 1.45 1.46 1.47 1.48 Fate/Grand Order material III - Arjuna, p.092-103
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 Fate/Grand Order Profile of Arjuna, translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Fate/Grand Order - Arjuna's My Room Lines
  6. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 06: V / Arsenal Halphas