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Nasuverse character
Berserker

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Japanese name: バーサーカー
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Kazuya Nakai
Character type: Servant, Heroic Spirit, Human, King
Gender: Male[1][2]
Height: 186cm[1][2]
Weight: 81kg[1][2]

Berserker (バーサーカー, Bāsākā?) is a Berserker-class Servant able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Berserker's True Name is Beowulf (ベオウルフ, Beourufu?), the protagonist of "Beowulf", said to be the oldest epic poem of English literature. The setting of the epic poem amounts to south of modern Sweden to the vicinity of Denmark.[2]

This tale is composed in two parts; part one is the story about Beowulf proceeding to exterminate the giant Grendel together with fifteen of his subordinates, while part two portrays an aged Beowulf unfolding a mortal combat with a fire-breathing dragon, fifty years after.[2][3] He lost his fighting passion when he slew Grendel.[4]

LegendEdit

The Scylding clan’s chief, Hrothgar, built a hall named Heorot (meaning Hart, a male deer) and held a banquet every day and night to celebrate. However, the giant Grendel, irritated by the great noises of the celebrations, attacked Heorot and slaughtered the Scylding clan’s men every night.[3]

Twelve years passed, and one warrior took along with him fifteen of his subordinates to visit Hrothgar. That warrior’s name is Beowulf. Beowulf stayed at Heorot as Hrothgar evacuated, and Grendel came around late at night. He would fight his opponent unarmed and tear off one of Grendel’s arm.[3]

After a brief time of peace, Grendel’s mother came to snatch away Grendel’s torn arm and kidnapped one of Hrothgar’s men. Beowulf chased Grendel’s mother and beheaded both her and Grendel.[3]

A delighted Hrothgar gave Beowulf treasures of gold and silver, but the disinterested Beowulf returned to his own country afterwards to present the treasures to his king Hygelac and serve him just as how it was before. That disinterest is not only towards his allies, but also to king Hygelac, and he became a target of ridicule. Although, his fighting spirit have not been turned off.[3] Rather, his youthful passion has been replaced with a mere desire for peace and quiet.[4]

After five years, Beowulf became king. However, a fire dragon who was angry about its treasures being stolen attacked the country Beowulf was governing, the people falling into disorder.[3]

Reluctantly, Beowulf in his aged body spurred on in the direction of the dragon to exterminate it. Only one of his subordinates, a young man named Wiglaf, accompanied him, although this person had already lost his nerves while they have yet to reach the dragon. At the end of a fierce fight where his long-lost fighting spirit blazed anew, Beowulf killed the fire dragon, although he ceased breathing due to the dragon’s poison.[3][4] His last request to Wiglaf is to “use the treasures for the sake of the people”, the treasures buried in Earnanæs (Whale Cape).[3]

Contrary to his image, this king attained greatness, someone who was dependable in the governing of the country, and moreover, was indeed respectable as a king who reigned without his selfish desires getting in the way of his governance. Beowulf himself was truly apathetic to the monarchy, but it seems that he was best suited to the role of king. This figure doing battle while gambling his life for the sake of the people even though they said that the man was unfit to be king is no doubt worthy of a heroic figure.[3]

Regrettably, the epic poem of “Beowulf” has been lost with the exception of the episodes of Grendel’s and the dragon’s extermination, of which they still remain, but there is no doubt that these episodes became the source of numerous legends scattered throughout the world.[3]

AppearanceEdit

PersonalityEdit

That being said, since the Beowulf in Fate/Grand Order has been summoned in his golden age, he is a battle-maniac by nature. It seems that, if he were to meet Achilles or Heracles, he would end up entering a mode of "there is no choice but to talk with our fists!" He lacks most of the merits and demerits from Mad Enhancement, and even mutual understanding by means of conversation is possible. He possesses reason, and it is also possible to have a high grade conversation with him.[2]

As a king, Beowulf ruled over his people well, but his current state of mind is closer to a terrorist. He believes that creation and destruction are but two sides of a coin and destruction is only a stepping stone for creation. He might not be a suitable candidate for kingship and he shares this sentiment. He longs for destruction more than any king, and his savagery which allowed him to slay even dragons did not diminish even as he grew old. However, he is kind to the weak (such as his people and females).[1]

Beowulf basically sees his Master as an equal or approaches them with minor superiority. Depending on situations, he would either agree or disagree with the Master. However, he is hardly a rational one, so he would most likely jump onto reckless gambles and risk his life to fulfill the mission assigned. While he has no desire for the grail, he would give everything he has to obtain it for his Master simply because of their pleas.[1]

RelationshipsEdit

EMIYA

"Not only does he use other people’s Noble Phantasms as he pleases, his method of using them is also clever. I’m quite pleased, even though I’m unable to stomach such a thing! The next time I see him, I’ll fight him!"

QuotesEdit

"Well, heroes are all mostly sharp people yet messed up in the head. My work is to pulverize the worst of these lot."[1]

"As you live a life as a hero, you will definitely encounter these people. Despite having the ability to handle the problems themselves, they chose not to as they find it a bother to think and beg for help instead. My reply is this: "Shut up and do your duty.""[1]

"Kingship was not a suitable job for me. I will not hold onto it again."[1]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Brynhildr's Trial QuestEdit

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

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

Beowulf is amongst the "E Pluribus Unum" Singularity Servants to aid Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillar.[5]

AbilitiesEdit

Although the etymology of Berserker; one of the Servant Classes, is the word "berserk" from Norse Mythology, it has been told that the name "Beowulf" also has its origins in this word "berserk". However, Beowulf accomplished the feat of dragon slaying while retaining his reason even after having aged and does not display even a fragment of madness.[2]

While linked to historical berserkers, Beowulf had never lost his sanity in life. Likewise, his Mad Enhancement merely makes him become a little more rougher, but with absolutely no benefits in his stats or loss in his reasoning abilities. It is just to the degree of some ferocity being left, and there is no effect whatsoever to his Parameters.[2] With the Skill Berserk, he turns into a beast that fights with his instincts, fighting like an animal. But even then, because he is summoned as a Berserker, he may sometimes ignore his instincts.[3][6]

Even after entering old age, Beowulf particularly still had the guts to take on a fire dragon and did not breathe his last until he killed it. Thanks to this tenacity, he has the Battle Continuation Skill.[3]

The dual swords he carries, Hrunting and Naegling, are said to be demonic swords, though they aren't where Beowulf's true power lies.[2]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

“1st RULE: You do not talk about the HOLY GRAIL WAR. 2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about the HOLY GRAIL WAR.”
Yuuichirou Higashide

Shimokoshi is the character illustrator for Beowulf.[1][2] Yuuichirou Higashide is the scenario writer for his character, basing the concept of Beowulf on Tyler Durden of the film Fight Club.[1][7]

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 Fate/Grand Order material III - Beowulf, p.144-153, translated by rxrx 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 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
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Fate/Grand Order material III - Beowulf, pg. 144-153
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2
  5. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 06: V / Arsenal Halphas
  6. Fate/Grand Order material III: section on Beowulf's Skills, translated by RanonCap at Beast's Lair (only given descriptions).
  7. Yuuichirou Higashide Twitter 02/03/16 - "Right so the pickup for Brynhildr, Beowulf, and Fionn mac Cumhaill is starting. I was in charge of the setting for Beowulf. His concept was Tyler Durden. 1st RULE: You do not talk about the HOLY GRAIL WAR. 2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about the HOLY GRAIL WAR."