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Nasuverse character
Caster of "Red"

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Japanese name: "赤"のキャスター
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Chibichuki!
Fate/Apocrypha
Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Tetsu Inada
Character type: Human Heroic Spirit
Servant (Master: Shirou Kotomine)

Servant (Master: Protagonist)

Servant (Master: N/A (Original Desgn))

Servant classes: FGO Caster
Gender: Male[1][2][3][4]
Birthday: Unknown[5]
Height: 180cm[1][2][3][4][5]
Weight: 75kg[1][2][3][4][5]
Blood type: Unknown[5]
Place of Origin: United Kingdom, England[4][3]
Armament: Book[4]
Likes: Extra-ordinary, Deviation, Sticking out, Cheering and Applause[5]
Dislikes: Mediocre, Tranquil, Pedestrian, Booing[5]
Talents: Writing classic best sellers[5]
Natural enemy: Slump[5]
Image Color: Golden yellow[5]

Caster of "Red" ("赤"のキャスター, "Aka" no Kyasutā?) is the Caster-class Servant of Jean Rum of the Red Faction in the Great Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha. He later becomes one of the Servants of Shirou Kotomine after his Master is coerced into giving up her Command Spells. He is one of the Servants able to be summoned by the Protagonist of the Grand Order conflicts of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Caster's True Name is William Shakespeare (ウィリアム・シェイクスピア, Wiriamu Sheikusupia?) (1564-1616), a poet and playwright from the Elizabethan England.

His father was an affluent man in Stratford, but it is uncertain if Shakespeare received a higher education.[4] Half of his life is shrouded in mystery and there are many mysteries in his career, such as an undocumented gap of seven years.[3][4] In his early days as a playwright, his productions revolved around comedy, then historical drama, before he changed his style for magnificent tragedy. At the same time, he also played as an actor in the underground, and he was the target of slander and derision from influential people.[4] In any case, he just had to write a few works and his reputation didn't know where to stop. Considering how he was belittled by a senior playwright as a "upstart Crow" at the time, it seems that he was quite envied.[3]

He is the only playwright whose fame has reached around the world, he is representative of authors of the western world.[3][4] His name shines brilliantly on the history of English literature, his popularity as a great man from England is the highest possible.[3] Still having a large influence over modern literature, it can be said that those with no knowledge of his works are to be disparaged as ignorant. It is also said that those looking to trace the source of any piece of modern literature will always find a Shakespearean creation. Having written too many masterpieces to list, his four greatest tragedies rising above all others are "Othello", "Macbeth", "Hamlet" and "King Lear".[4]

AppearanceEdit

Caster is described as being foppishly dressed in refined, Medieval-esque clothing.

PersonalityEdit

Shakespeare is a legendary playwright of England, gentlemanly and soft-spoken. Placing the importance of the Story above all else, he will lie and cheat and by any means conduct himself that he might witness the unfolding of a grand tale, beautiful beyond compare. Consequently, he tends to distance himself from mentality of the "participant," taking instead the perspective of an abstract, "Authorial" third person. His regard for others differs by individual, dependent on their qualification as a special existence, or "protagonist." He interacts with "normal humans" only in a shallow, dismissive manner, and expresses an extreme interest in "protagonists." In slight narcissism, he frequently drops such self-authored quotes as, "Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill." He's taken a liking to certain terminology from modern fiction, such as "Death-Flagging."[4] With short and effective words, Shakespeare brings to light that what humans usually keep hidden. This is like suddenly being poked by rambling, incongruous words, so one would probably feel shocked.[3]

In the Holy Grail War, the foremost Servant who "doesn't fight". The more interesting your choices are, more his writing brush freezes over and, conversely, he will probably toss about without showing any motivation the more mediocre things are. Even in the present condition, seems this has not changed.[3]

Shakespeare clearly has a love for his own written works, and likes to be up to date on their status in the modern era, so much that he went to a local bookstore to simply buy a modern printed copy of his stories; from time to time, he would quote from his works, especially when he has the habit of doing so when making a grand entrance. It seems Caster has also taken great concerns over the popularity of his legacy, so much that he became depressed when Shirou Kotomine, a person who had lived in the modern era, had never read any of his works. Caster, after listening to Assassin of Red, becomes even more depressed as he learns that servants, as they are summoned into the modern world, receive very minimum info about him from the Grail, and nothing about his works.

As the world is the greatest story ever told to him, or so it ought to be in his eyes, he will willingly employ deception, provocation, or anything else for the sake of spinning the story. He greatly loves those who are out of the ordinary from the bottom of his heart, perusing the tales they spin. With greatly exaggerated outbursts of emotion, he acts as he wishes, gracefully admitting that it is suitable to call him a trickster.

RoleEdit

Fate/ApocryphaEdit

  • Assassin, Caster and Shirou conversation
  • The Red Faction on top of Hanging Garden of Babylon.

Caster betrayed his Master after saying "Hmm, this Master seems still and uninteresting. Eh? Saving the entire world? My, that seems fun. I'll help, I'll help!" is essentially the impulsive and unpredictable action of a young man.[6] Unlike the other Red Faction Servants who do not know the extent of Shirou what Shirou has done with the other Masters, he has taken to calling Shirou Kotomine his Master along with Assassin of Red. Normally dealing with Berserker of Red's rampages in searching for an oppressor to fight, he has annoyed Assassin quite a bit with his actions. After the meeting with Kairi Sisigou and Saber of Red, he makes an exaggerated entrance, quoting "A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!" from Richard III. Keeping up the tone, he acts shocked when Shirou is unable to identify it, that someone from the current age would be unfamiliar with one of his greatest works. Having visited a bookshop searching for his own works, he hands Shirou "The Works of William Shakespeare."

Assassin too is ignorant of the quote, having only gained enough knowledge from the Grail to identify him as "a famous writer of history." Although he continues with his exaggerated manner citing that every line she speaks is a "refusal of my very individuality", Assassin's blunt question of his reason for being there stops his grievings. Telling of Berserker beginning to march on the Black Faction, Shirou plans to take action, while Caster only displays jovialness at the situation. This causes Shirou to realize that Caster is the one who spurred Berserker into action, but he only happily replies to Assassin's anger. He feels that Berserker is pitiful in his search for an adversary, so there would be no way for him to have stood by while he was in anguish. As he seems disheartened when Shirou asks him to stay out of trouble, Shirou tells him that the greatest of Holy Grail Wars will satisfy his love of stories.

The final words he said at the moment of his death are one of the few true and honest words said by this man who normally glosses everything over with beautiful lines of literary. Shakespeare actively worked as an actor alongside his career as a playwright. So he probably couldn't help but burn with the desire to act as the leading actor on the grand stage of the Great Holy Grail War.[6]

AbilitiesEdit

Although he is a Caster, he can use almost no Magecraft.[7] He has absolutely no fighting power. However, his fame has spread across almost the entire world, and the illusions created by the "theatrical troupe" are a form of magecraft. Though incapable of dealing direct damage, it is perfect for wreaking chaos and confusion, but he also sometimes sends his own allies into disorder. He's the best when it comes to powering up his Master. The more of a character that his Master is, the more his writing excels, or so he says. In other words, strengthening his Master and having him fight as an Assassin is Shakespeare’s style of fighting in a Holy Grail War. Naturally, no matter how much he strengthens his Master, the chances of them beating a Servant is extremely low—but it's said that he managed to bring about that unlikely possibility just once in one of the subspecies Holy Grail Wars.[6]

Self-Preservation (自己保存, Jiko Hozon?): B
Though he possesses no combat capabilities, so long as he preserves his Master's safety to the lowest possible degree, he maintains the skill to escape from nearly all harm—meaning that he never engages any opponents himself. The Servant favors a "high risk, high return" tactic, where "returns" is related to the fruits of his observation.[1][4]

The King's Men (国王一座, Kokuō Ichiza?): C The Globe. A miniature magecraft version of Shakespeare Noble Phantasm, First Folio. Unlike his Noble Phantasm, it does not consume a particularly big amount of mana. It summons and controls at will shadow actors without any combat capabilities. Shakespeare decides the phrases these shadow actors will say, but they automatically follow the target they are mimicking for all the details (like the normal intonation and addresses), so they will not be exposed with respect to that point. Even if you theoretically understand that they are impostors, it is needed a very strong will to break out from this magecraft.[2]

EnchantEdit

Enchant (エンチャント, Enchanto?) is a skill that causes concept endowment towards weapons.[1][3] It could also be called "Literary Masterpiece Endowment". For writers who have left their names in history, there is a good chance that they will possess such a skill or Noble Phantasm.[8] Originally this indicate a magical concept endowment deed, but in Shakespeare this is carried out by drawing a composition. It drags out a power surpassing the limits of said weapon.[3]

Able to add powerful functions to other's important items. Basically an ability which strengths the Master's fighting abilities. He himself is the audience, spectating the battle, irritating his master by inquiring about the master's every state of mind.[1][4] It consists of making a passionate poem that begins with the following preface: "I will now explain this person's amazingness in minute detail, so please listen without thinking it tedious, everyone."[8]

For Shakespeare with his extraordinary fame, he can produce even Noble Phantasms of C~E rank. For making an E rank Noble Phantasm, it would be at the level of turning a pebble lying anywhere on the road into a Noble Phantasm. For D rank, it would be a mass-producible manufactured item like a modern weapon. To reach C rank, it needs to be weapon with sufficient spiritual status for a literary master like him to express.[8]

It can raise the sharpness of a blade by saying "it can cut all things" and increase the sturdiness of the blade by saying "it can receive all attacks", but either way, it requires literary expression great enough to move the readers in order for it to take effect. In this war, he used Enchant on "Miike Tenta Mitsuyo", it became a C rank Noble Phantasm.[8]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

He was designed by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Chinatsu Kurahana for the original canceled online game project.[4]

Yuuichirou Higashide says he has the lowest position among the masterminds. During the initial plot when Shakespeare was supposed to be an ally, there was a scenario where "just as the protagonist is about to die, his Servant Shakespeare activates his Noble Phantasm and somehow manages to find a way to survive", but the idea was quickly discarded.[6]

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
  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 Fate/Grand Order material - Shakespeare, Translation by Mazyrian
  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 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3
  7. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3

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