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Avenger

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Japanese name: アヴェンジャー
Also known as: The Count of Monte Cristo
The King of the Cavern
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Nobunaga Shimazaki
Character type: Servant (Master: Protagonist)
Servant classes: FGO Avenger
Gender: Male[1]
Height: 185cm[1]
Weight: 75kg[1]
Place of Origin: France[1]
Armament: Black Flames

Avenger (アヴェンジャー, Avenjā?) an Avenger-class Servant able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Avenger's True Name is Edmond Dantès (エドモン・ダンテス, Edomon Dantesu?), known popularly as The Count of Monte Cristo (モンテ・クリスト伯, Monte Kurisuto-haku?) and the King of the Cavern (巌窟王, Gankutsuō?). Treated as a literary creation by Alexandre Dumas, he came to be known as the individual who "possesses the world's greatest popularity as an avenger."[1]

History Edit

Living as a seaman in Marseille, Edmond was torn away from his love Mercédès after being imprisoned in the hellish Château d'If on a false charge derived from an unscrupulous conspiracy. Through possessing a mind of steel, he did not fall into despair during his imprisonment and met the similarly imprisoned Abbe Faria, who guided Edmond and was later confirmed in modern times to have really existed.[1]

  • Château d'If (シャトー・ディフ, Shatō Difu?)

After escaping his prison, Edmond obtained the treasure of the Monte Cristo island, learned that his love and covetous affection towards Mercédès had been trampled upon and snatched away from him, and began a tragic revenge plot while concealing his identity. He soon came through Paris while dragging those who deceived him, now leading figures reigning over France, into hell. At the end of his journey, he was reformed through his anguish and regret, leaving with his mistress Haydée – an Albanian princess who had been sold into slavery by Fernand de Morcerf (formerly Mondego), who had also betrayed Edmond, before Monte Cristo rescued her and eventually fell in love with her.[1]

Through his stern way of life, tragic revenge, his trampled love towards Mercédès, and his journey of reform, Edmond has been applauded by the people from not only France but worldwide, and remembered as "the most famous avenger in the world."[1]

AppearanceEdit

PersonalityEdit

“My name is the King of the CavernMonte Cristo.
Unknown to love, unknown to compassion, established as the black flame of grudge that blazes itself dazzlingly only by means of hatred and revenge; nothing but an Avenger who rages until he turns everything to ashes.
My favorite mistress, Haydée, is nowhere in this world, so this body shall remain a nemesis for eternity—”

—Avenger

While his True Name is Edmond Dantès, Avenger perceives himself to be a different person from the seaman from Marseille. While in life he had abandoned his dark nature at the end of his gruesome and tragic revenge in Paris, his powerful and vengeful Monte Cristo persona has manifested as a Servant and is still acting as the "image of a nemesis", so he claims. "In that case, I am not Edmond." His catchphrase is "Wait and Hope" (in French, "Attendre, Esperer"), which is a direct quotation from the ending of The Count of Monte Cristo in his farewell letter to his friend Maximilien Morrel.[1]

“One of my names is enough to strike terror into your heart, but I don't have to tell you what it is, do I? You've already guessed it, haven't you? Or rather, you remember it, for despite all my years of sorrow and torment, the joy of vengeance has made my face young again!”

—Monte Cristo to Fernand de Morcerf, from Chapter 54 of "The Count of Monte Cristo"

An avenger to fate and reality. Avenger always hates the irrationality and malice that is all over the world. At a first glance, it appears that his hatred is projected towards the whole world except on himself, but he is never a demon that hates innocent people. He hates and continues to deny reality itself that continues to reign while it is still full of atrocities and immoralities. Avenger defines himself as a “demon of eternal vengeance”. He is full of tyranny, releasing every kind of wounds to all people that approaches him.[2]

To the Master who do battle to rescue human history from incineration, Avenger has two forms to select from. Namely, the form as “himself that trifles with reality and vicious fate (Edmond Dantès)“ that represents his current self, and the form as “a person that is close to who he was before (King of the Cavern) as the materialized idol of hatred.”[2]

Regarding the latter form in particular, before long, it seems Avenger will surely recognize the profile of his Master who continues to struggle, seemingly at first remembering the person as the princess of a ruined country, Haydée, or his benefactor Abbe Faria.

"He is not Abbe Faria."

"She is not Haydée."

Of course, Avenger himself (in this form) does not represent his current self. The Master who walks together with him is merely one person in his past, present and future. The others should not be here. If that’s the case, the feelings embraced there is also the sole thing that must be there, and not here.[2]

Relationships Edit

Amakusa Shirou

Edmond highly appreciates his way of life. "That greed that saves the world is unquestionably the embodiment of human nature!"[2]

Jeanne d’Arc

Edmond doubts her current state of life. There is no reason to believe that she does not harbour the flames of vengeance as if she was betrayed by the world…[2]

Nightingale

Even though he cannot so as far as recognize this particular case as a Heroic Spirit, this vengeful demon caught a glimpse of her who holds to herself an unwavering conviction, something that is dazzlingly beautiful, of which the current state of her soul have reached the domain of an idol.[2]

Angra Mainyu

Edmond respects him, for it is possible to say that this person is the original Avenger.[2]

Jeanne d’Arc (Alter) / Jeanne Alter Santa Lily

Edmond is quietly observing the fate of some girls for the materialization of a new Avenger.[2]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Boundary of Emptiness: The Garden of OrderEdit

The Protagonist, Mash Kyrielight, Fou and Shiki Ryougi encounters Avenger in the woods outside Ogawa Apartment Complex, who is shrouded in darkness. He caused an unstable spiritron which caused the connection with Romani Archaman to be cut off. Shiki believes he is emitting a murderous aura; however, Avenger corrects Shiki, saying he is nothing but pure rage. Mash couldn't identify his Servant Class. Avenger was bewildered by the protagonist and Shiki's actions for killing the spirits of the dead. He believes the Ogawa Apartment Complex is a place of salvation for the spirits of the dead. His figure fades away as he says to "Wait and Hope", before something else appears, and screams.[3]

The Vengeance Demon Howls in the Prison TowerEdit

Avenger is the main protagonist in The Vengeance Demon Howls in the Prison Tower (監獄塔に復讐鬼は哭く, Kangoku-tō ni Fukushū Oni wa Naku?).

The Temple of Time at the Station of the Crown: Salomon - The Final SingularityEdit

Avenger shows up again during the Final Singularity to assist the protagonist once more, fighting the Demon Pillar Andromalius.

AbilitiesEdit

Avenger attacks by projecting his magical power by means of his hatred via Monte Cristo Mythologie. A black grudge effect occurs, giving damage to his opponent. Fundamentally, it is a poisonous system, where it primarily gives direct damage in addition to persistent damage and an abnormal status effect.[2] In addition to Monte Cristo Mythologie, he possesses the Noble Phantasms Enfer Château d'If, his mental power of steel, and Attendre, Espérer, an unbelievable recovery Noble Phantasm that is also the agglomeration of all human knowledge into the two words "Wait and Hope".

DevelopmentEdit

Rui Komatsuzaki is the character illustrator for Avenger, who also designed the characters for the Danganronpa Series.[1][2] His meta title "Super High School-tier Heroic Spirit" also referenced the Danganronpa Series, where the characters are all Super High School-Tier students. Hikaru Sakurai is the scenario writer for his character.[2]

Rather than go for the traditional image of a "cool old Count" for Dantès' character that Nasu feels was "brought to utter perfection" by Gonzo in their Gankutsuou anime, they wished to distance themselves from that characterization and instead went for a twist with a "younger count." He is a "Super High School-tier Heroic Spirit", developed with the idea of having a "cool dark hero" and out of Nasu's desire for having a Komatsuzaki-developed Servant. Nasu feels that Dantès' "true worth" is in his third stage ascension appearance, the "condensation of his chuuni essence."[4][5]

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 Fate/Grand Order - Edmond Dantès, translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Fate/Grand Order Material Book III
  3. Fate/Grand Order - Boundary of Emptiness: The Garden of Order, In the Woods
  4. Nasu Blog 3/14/16 Translation
  5. Nasu Blog 3/15/16 Translation