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Assassin (アサシン, Asashin?) is an Assassin-class Servant able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

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IdentityEdit

Assassin's True Name is Cleopatra (クレオパトラ, Kureopatora?). Cleopatra VII, a tragic queen who left her beauty in history.[1][2] A person of 1st Century BC.[2] The last queen of Egypt’s Ptolemaic Dynasty, and essentially known as the Last Pharaoh of ancient Egypt.[1][2] In many literary works, she is told as a bewitching beauty who indulged in love and misappropriated her country, but the truth is the exact opposite.[1] She called herself the incarnation of the Goddess Isis and excelled in many groundings, having spent her whole life to protect Egypt’s Ptolemaic Dynasty to the end… but she was not able to oppose the raging era whirling in the Mediterranean World, and in the end, she gave up her own life; thus, the dynasty reached its demise.[2]

Although Cleopatra has a certain image of reigning over Egypt according to her beauty, it is in fact the exact opposite.[2] She was deeply intelligent, manipulated multiple languages, and regarding especially her gifted economic skills, it was by far, absurd. It was said that she raised Egypt’s Ptolemaic Dynasty, a country inferior in military strength, to a world-leading economic state according to the directions of this top lady.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

The Great Top Lady Pharaoh. Being self-conscious of her charm, Cleopatra turned it into her greatest weapon of seduction, and if she is able to tempt a partner, a lovely man would be nice. And “lovely” here is not necessarily about the appearance, but what’s inside is the most important. If one cuddles close together, it is good to devote one’s life. Marriage is something neat. To ascertain love peacefully, birth children, and wish for proper acknowledgement. One among the two people who consecrated their greatest love to her in her lifetime, the general Caesar of the Roman Empire, fell in love with her lurid intellect and ambitions, but Cleopatra herself thought he was a fine figure of a man and “lost it…![2]

Cleopatra got close with two men in her lifetime. First, Caesar. Towards him, she clearly fell in love. The state of their affections and passions made even the wind fluttering in the Mediterranean Sea appear to be sparkling. But he died. Although the unification of the Mediterranean World was right before his very eyes, he was assassinated. He left their son Caesarion. And then, there was a person who appeared before Cleopatra while she was lost in tears. The man who told her that he will protect Egypt’s Ptolemaic Dynasty and Cleopatra, the general Antonius of Rome. Her country and people, and two men——the lovely Antonius and Caesar of Rome; in the end, she suicided.[1][2]

She got close to two men, and died.[1][2]

Cleopatra was in love. It was the result of her feelings. Was this something like the product of her self-interest?————However, posterity unanimously whispered that “this devilish woman seduced the Roman generals”, not to mention even in those days, and as a result, becoming a Heroic Spirit later on and materializing as a Servant nowadays, she acquired an existence as a “woman of seduction endowed with a devilish beauty.” Even so, as per her dignity————she only gets close to lovely gentlemen. A figure who is endowed with sincerity inside and who believes in having no regrets dying together, only this partner similar to the men she loved before can, utterly, seduce her.[1][2]

Strictly, the “Last Pharaoh” is proven to be her own child Caesarion who was chosen as a joint ruler with Cleopatra in the latter’s last several years. This is because after Cleopatra’s death, Caesarion lived longer for at least a few days. However, Caesarion was only aged nine during the time he lost his life. So as a matter of fact, the “Last Pharaoh” who fought against fate and ruled the country was Cleopatra.[1][2]

AppearanceEdit

In Fate/Grand Order, Cleopatra appears in modern garments such as in leather trousers and a jacket, but this is the embodiment of her maiden power in “displaying her true self in a generally simple way.” When the time comes where she trusts her Master and has deepened their bonds, she will probably display “her appearance in accordance with historical fact” for the first time.[2]

PersonalityEdit

Domineering – Extremely S – Kind

Cleopatra's words, deeds and actions are all together unprecedented for a queen. Dashingly, a top lady who lives on coolness. With her utmost nice nature, there are also traits from her that are seen as foolish because of her speeches and conducts further exaggerating it. Recognizing nothing but heavenly beauty. With the exception of that, everything else is to be ruthlessly used. Nevertheless, she does things such as receptions, looking after others, and advising others on their health and anxieties for the future. She loves receptions. She holds self-confidence in her beauty, and declares loudly that almost all things are “beneath me”, but she is also a hard worker who devotes her present self to her studies day after day, just under the point of it being tiresome. Although she usually abuses others, it is not “to act as a fool to others.” It is obvious she is beautiful. It is obvious that except for herself, the others are not beautiful. That being the case, the person herself simply talks about what seems to be obvious, to be an obvious reality, and in her words, she does not contain “unpleasant feelings to the others.[2]

In a public place, Cleopatra behaves arrogantly as a queen, but when it is the individual Cleopatra, that unprecedented style becomes reserved, well-bred and often prudent, and she becomes a cool high-class lady. To say it in a few words, her attributes are domineering, extremely S, and kind. She is kind, despite having sadistic tastes. And although she has sadistic tastes and is extremely sadistic, one cannot conclude that she gets a pleasant feeling in tormenting another person. She does not disparage others for the sake of making herself feel good, but her disposition is merely like that.[1][2]

While she behaves as a queen, Cleopatra's true character is one who discerns decorum, pays attention to the surroundings, and keeps the peace. Even when the delegates of foreign countries arrived, she abuses them first before showing consideration for their health:

“In my country, I am the absolute standard, and those unattractive are no different from those who are slaves. Hah, you ugly men who are third-rate and inferior, prepare yourself! Do make yourself at home to your heart’s content here!”

—Cleopatra

Usually then she does things such as thanking the delegates with the highest quality of hospitality, etc.[1][2] Maybe because of that, countless were the delegates who requested audiences, just to be disparaged by Cleopatra, or something.[1]

Cleopatra has a bad habit of catching every hardship given that she takes into consideration of performing anything perfectly, her perfectionist temperament being a misfortune. “… Troublesome…” She speaks to herself.[2]

Cleopatra comes into contact with the Master with a condescending attitude in a straightforward manner. However, her “attentive attribute” that is the basis of her is fully displayed, paying attention and appearing to spend time with her Master so that he or she is healthy.[2]

The wish Cleopatra wants to make on the Holy Grail is to “acknowledge Caesar and their son Caesarion.” Towards the world far and wide, she wants to vigorously announce that her child Caesarion is a child spun from the result of the love between the couple.[2]

Cleopatra loves Alexandria, the capital where she was born and raised in, and she deeply respects and adores the great king Iskandar of Macedonia who in addition, became the origin of the Ptolemaic Dynasty and the name of Alexandria.[2]

Given that the person herself does not intend to be in low spirits and seriously get mad, Cleopatra is called a “beautiful siren”. As for the person herself, she will only consecrate her love, similar to getting fired up, towards men who will surely protect her country for her, while simultaneously, endeavouring himself for the sake of defending the city of Alexander and her beloved native land of Egypt; with that sort of intention, she is by no means a siren.[2]

RelationshipsEdit

Boudica
"Unlike me, you chose to be hostile to Rome. That is also a splendid choice. So, I wonder if we can get along with each other? Well, since we’re here, let’s become friends!"[2]
Ozymandias / Nitocris
"Compared to the ancient Pharaohs who boasted the influence to construct temple complexes and pyramids, I also excessively… eh? Is Miss Nitocris assuming worries? No, that, concerning the demise of the Ptolemaic Dynasty… I always say it’s not my fault, but in fact, it is——"[2]
Iskandar
"S-Sign… please kindly sign one for me! Please sign for me!"[2]
Caesar
"It is an impossible contradiction when I think about how! He became plump to that extent, and yet, to feel what is lovelyyy...
...No noo. There is no use for a man who did not acknowledge my Caesarion! Daily calorie intake should be dropped to 1500!"[2]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

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Other appearancesEdit

In Fate/strange fake, Cleopatra was mentioned as one of Alexandre Dumas's ostentatious lies to his Master by saying he slept with her.[3]

AbilitiesEdit

During moments of combat, Cleopatra is soon in high spirits. She ridicules loudly to some extent during those moments. She also has a wild temperament while alive, having studied hand-to-hand fighting and fencing techniques in jest, but now that she has transformed into a Servant, she attained and displays genuine hand-to-hand fighting skills because of her Imperial Privilege Skill. Although she is an Assassin that mainly does surprise attacks as per typical of the Class, if the opponent is a Lancer or a Saber with average abilities, it becomes possible for her to endure and even exchange blows with them right in front of her.[2] Her Noble Phantasm is Uraeus Astrape.

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

Rui Komatsuzaki is the character illustrator for Cleopatra.[1][2] Hikaru Sakurai and Kinoko Nasu are the scenario writers for her character.[2]

Comment from IllustratorEdit

"I was conscious of the balance between putting in various symbols based on the historical Cleopatra and on how to remove from the image the ones that are more common in the world."[2]

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
  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 Fate/Grand Order material IV - Cleopatra, p.266-279, translated by Clyton at Beast's Lair.
  3. Fate/strange fake - Volume 1: Prologue IV - "Caster", p.121