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Lancer

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Japanese name: ランサー
Also known as: Hector of the Gleaming Helmet
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Kunihiko Yasui
Character type: Servant (Master: Protagonist)
Servant classes: FGO Lancer FGO Saber
Gender: Male[1]
Height: 180cm[1]
Weight: 82kg[1]
Place of Origin: Greece[1]

Lancer (ランサー, Ransā?) is a Lancer-class Servant able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

ProfileEdit

IdentityEdit

Lancer's True Name is Hector (ヘクトール, Hekutōru?), the greatest and strongest hero on the side of Troy during the "Trojan War".[2][3][4] He was called and admired as "Hector of the Gleaming Helmet" (兜輝くヘクトール, Kabuto Kagayaku Hekutōru?).[4][1] He is the older brother of Paris, the perpetrator that caused the Trojan War to happen, and the greatest rival to Achilles during his lifetime.[2]

In order to challenge the Achaeans, who boasted an overwhelming military force, Hector scolded the Trojans who were at a disadvantage in regards to numbers, took over for his aged father, the king, consolidated the army, and waged war against them.[4][1] In face of the overwhelming difference of soldiers, he maintained the siege by all means.[1] After his defeat to Achilles, who was still the strongest even after losing his immortality, the Trojan side began to rapidly collapse.[4][1] If he was there, they might have won without being deceived by the Trojan Horse. Some even regard that, if it wasn't for Achilles, the war could have ended with the victory of the Trojans.[1]

Legend Edit

Originally, the impetus of the Trojan War rose forth from the beginning where Paris, the younger brother of Hector, snatched away Helen of Troy, Queen of the Achaeans. Helen received mistreatment from her husband Menelaus, and as far as Paris is concerned, it was a justified reason for him to rescue her. (In the first place, Menelaus married Helen for the purpose of reaching Elysium after death. Helen was a shrine maiden of the Goddess of the Moon, and it was a condition to marry her in order to reach Elysium.)[4]

Hector, by all means, could not grow to dislike his younger brother who is not able to look at the whole picture and made the situation worse by saving Helen just before his own eyes. "My older brother. I cannot get used to becoming a king. I cannot abandon a crying woman in front of me, no matter what." If Hector returned Helen, it will result in reparations in some way or another, such as cession of territories and even the decapitation of Paris, of which they might not come to light. However, Hector refused these options and decided to fight.[4]

"If there is no justice in this conflict, then it is about the resentment harboured in Helen towards Paris."[4]

And as he recited this, Hector decided to fight to the bitter end his opponents, the Greek heroes who gathered in the Achaean army, for ten years thereafter.[4] Hector was the strongest warrior of the Trojan army as well as its high-commander, and on top of that, even a politician. He easily betrayed the expectations of the gods and cornered the Achaean army to the brink of retreating for a time.[4][1]

However, the progress was gradually being upset by the hero Achilles, a hero loved by the gods.[4][1] Although Hector, in one way or another, held out by at times by running away and at times by fighting, all while repeatedly making provocations.[4] Hector even killed Achilles' close friend, Patroclus. Achilles, enraged with his friend's death, kept repeatedly making provocations towards Hector, although Hector held out at times by running away.[2]

In order to settle things once and for all with him, Achilles challenged him to a sink-or-swim duel, where he temporarily gave up his immortality. When Achilles abandoned his immortality with the power of his spear and called out for the one-on-one duel, Hector was compelled to engage in it in a semi-compulsory manner due to Achilles' spear Noble Phantasm and ended up accepting it.[4][1]

Hector already resigned to his fateful end.[4] On the other hand, having not cast away his temptation for victory, and unable to resist the temptation of getting the chance to take Achilles' life, he accepted the one-on-one duel, ending in his defeat by a paper-thin difference in skill.[2][4] However, just before his death, he realized the secret behind Achilles' body, and carved a dying message on his body.[4] Even after killing Hector, the way Achilles insulted him by dragging his corpse around with his chariot was considered to be a foolish and intolerable act.[5] Hector's body was later returned to the Trojans, and Paris became aware of the message. Later on in the war, he splendidly shoots through Achilles' heel by borrowing assistance from the Sun God Apollo.[4]

AppearanceEdit

PersonalityEdit

Hector is the exact opposite of Achilles as a hero, a bearded middle-age man who likes to play the fool.[1] He calls himself an "old man" and always fights on the battlefield with an easygoing attitude.[1][2] He’s ruthless, but not cruel.[2] He attends to things with a slacken mood from beginning to end. One might misunderstand him as lacking in seriousness, but he is always serious. It is just that, he avoids to let such emotion called seriousness show on his face to the best of his abilities. After all, he was also a politician.[1]

A general of the "capable yet lazy persona" type, so to speak, that uses frivolous talk and displays an attitude of low motivation. Hector's attitude can be openly seen as a little playful rather than as something said to be calm, but he has a sharp-eyed analysis. In the case where he judged his Master's orders to be a mistake, he will go against it and calmly speak in a way that can be comprehended. "It seems it won't be a problem if it eventually goes well." Saying this, he is in a carefree mood from beginning to end. He is the type of person to not unite with someone deadly like professor Kayneth.[4]

However, it can be concluded that Hector is not an irresponsible person or a playboy that stemmed from the depths of his foundation, for he has a tempered resourcefulness that was being used for the sake of winning through the Trojan War, even if this conflict has become these hopeless siege battles for the Trojans. Because he was surely joking, he was able to prolong that hopeless conflict for as long as he can. Even though he was eventually defeated—it was not only his individual military prowess but also the fearless smile worn on Hector himself that made the Achaean army thoroughly suffer. Also, he was talented in provoking his opponents. From the way it seems, the impulsive-like Achilles was thoroughly harrassed by Hector whether it seems to be in the middle of battle or during a break.[4]

To the Master, the relationship is somewhat too familiar for Hector, bordering on an impression called more or less a relationship between lord and retainer. Contrary to that impression of lord and retainer, it can be said that the relationship is more like Hector being a sergeant-like veteran towards a second lieutenant who is a stranger to the battlefield. In the case where his Master is sort of unjust, he will go against his Master's intentions and limit his wisdom even while outwardly appearing subordinate towards him or her.[4]

Achilles

As a Servant, he has not yet appeared in the Grand Orders. For the old man, if he is aware of his appearance, Hector intends to run away immediately on a business trip![4]

Leonidas

As a Servant of the same defensive type, they occassionally talk together about "how to be able to hold onto these things in these situations", among other difficulties, and among other things in a completely opposite direction, the talk would be about the foundation of muscles. That being the case, it doesn't help as it is not much of a consultation then.[4]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Okeanos: The Four Sealed Seas of the End Edit

Hector first appears in the Okeanos Singularity. He is seen allying with Edward Teach, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

Other appearancesEdit

In the Unlimited Blade Works scenario of Fate/stay night, Hector was indirectly mentioned when Archer deployed Rho Aias against Lancer's Gáe Bolg.[6]

In Fate/Apocrypha, Hector was mentioned in Rider of Red's narration.[5] He is noted to be one of the top three foes Achilles never wants to fight against ever again.[2]

AbilitiesEdit

Hector is known as the greatest and strongest hero of the Trojans.[2][3] The strongest warrior of the Trojan army, his skill level is only but a paper-thin difference to Achilles'. He easily betrays the expectations of the Greek gods, possesses sharp levels of analysis that can potentially see through the deception of the Trojan Horse, and fought against the numerous and famous Greek heroes in the Trojan War.[2][4][1]

A superior general who excels in everything.[1] Hector is skilled, yet not gifted. He faced other famous heroes besides Achilles, without retreating a single step. Or rather, he would often retreat two or three steps and then strike the enemy when their guard's down, before running away again, and just when they think he's far away, he throws mud at them.[2] His Disengage Skill represents this particular tactic he commonly displayed during the Trojan War.

Hector prided himself at being the strongest when it comes to siege battles.[2] His Military Tactics Skill exemplifes his strengths in siege battles. Particularly when waging a war of attrition, Hector gains a high battle tactics bonus.[4]

Proof of Friendship (友誼の証明, Yūgi no Shōmei?) is a Skill to suppress an enemy Servant's fighting spirit to a certain extent, where then a dialogue can begin. However, the enemy Servant must not possess a Mental Pollution Skill. In regard to a Holy Grail War, an advantageous check can be obtained when constructing temporary alliances.[4]

Durindana is his Noble Phantasm. It is a golden bladed sword/spear able to change its form by controlling the length of its hilt, though Hector prefers to use it as a throwing spear. The spear was praised throughout the world; said spear was extolled as piercing through anything in the world.[1] In the Trojan War, Hector's spear only ever had its throws stopped by Aias the Great's shield. Durindana managed to penetrate Rho Aias' sixth layer of ox hide and the seventh layer remained unbroken.[2][3] Anything with defensive capabilities short of Rho Aias stands no chance against it. While Hector can't use both sword and spear forms at the same time, he constantly carries both forms of the weapon, no matter if he is summoned as a Saber or as a Lancer.[4]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

BLACK is the character illustrator for Hector.[1] Yuuichirou Higashide is the scenario writer for his character.[4]

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
  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
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2
  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 4.23 4.24 4.25 Fate/Grand Order Material Book II, translated by You at Beast's Lair.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 2, Chapter 2, p.274
  6. Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works: Day 14 - Knight stay night