|Rider of "Red"|
|Character type:||Servant (Master: Shirou Kotomine)|
|Hair color:||Pale Blonde|
"You're a surly bastard, aren't you? Men who don't laugh on the field of battle, may forget how to by the time they reach Elysium. This world is enough of a gloomy, festering pus as it is - you should at least try to get a laugh in... before you die. You know?"
Rider of "Red" ("赤"のライダー, "Aka" no Raidā?) is the Rider-class Servant of Shirou Kotomine of the Red Faction in the Great Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha. Originally summoned by one of the five puppet Masters of the Red Faction, he later becomes one of the Servants of Shirou.
Rider appears to be a great hero just from his appearance, one who would be admired by any man or woman, young or old. While his face is pleasing to the eyes, it is not like the knights of old whose courteousness softened the hearts of noble ladies. He has the eyes of a raptor, a strong and firm build, and the lack of any appearance of crudeness.
Rider is described as being broad-minded and audacious, while thinking little of kings which makes him terribly incompatible with Assassin of Red. He once ignored the requests of a King he disliked, only setting out and taking up arms for a fallen comrade. He was one who stood out alongside other heroes, displaying confidence in any battle and a great will to fight. His thirst for blood is such that normal humans will have their spirits utterly crumble before him. He wishes to fulfill the vow he made with his mother, "live like a hero and die like a hero".
He often displays a carefree smile on his face. Due to he and Archer being from the same lands, Assassin believes that he will no doubt make advances on her. While his charm and demeanor are enough to fluster even a "virtuous wife" with his words, though they are not effective due to her time in the wild.
He has striven to live his life in such a way that he is constantly the target of killing intent and hateful animosity, and he has become accustomed to it. He freely boasts before his opponents and mocks them severely, even while outnumbered and not fighting at full power. He was one whose one true friend and the women who loved him meant all the world, so such things are nothing to him. For the opponents of the war whose scornful glares are directed at him, the only difference compared to those who directed animosity towards him in his life are the time in which they existed and the weapons they wielded. He views them as all the same, and plans to cut them down like they are nothing.
Rider is sent to support Archer of Red as she follows the marching Berserker of Red to the Black Faction's base in Trifas. He attempts to make an advance on her when she asks his reason for being there, but her lack of any reaction leaves him only able to cough and get back to his mission. He relays that they are to support Berserker in his actions as much as possible to obtain information, but he will not fight with his chariot to avoid giving the enemy any information about himself. Curious about only having interacted with Shirou Kotomine instead of his Master, he asks Archer if it has been the same for her, which she affirms. As they speculate on the reasoning for them not showing themselves, they think it to be a possible magi eccentricity or plan for future battle, but find Shirou and Assassin of Red to be suspicious.
Berserker soon encounters his first enemy resistance from the Black Faction, but the two observe the battle because they are not enemy Servants. Unnerved by Berserker's constant smiling throughout the battle, they speak of his battle potential before Archer senses the coming of enemies, and they prepare a battle strategy. Unwilling to show his true power to the enemy, Rider only takes up his spear rather than his rightful weapon, his mount, and Archer takes to the woods to provide support from the rear. Preparing for battle, he engages Berserker of Black and Saber of Black, taunting the other side in underestimating him with just two Servants and that their entire force would be needed against him.
After introducing himself and taunting them once again that they are not worth bringing out his mount, his opponents are both angered, but he takes their killing intent while smirking. Believing his weapon to be greater than any other in its thrust and with the support of Archer, he feels no disadvantage against them as they come to blows.
Rider of Red is seen as one of two Servants of the Red Team to have unparalleled strength, the other being Lancer of Red, and Shirou believes him to be the only one capable of matching Lancer. His strength is even comparable to Vlad the Impaler, even in Romania, as he is a genuine Hero of the World. Rider has been blessed by the Olympus gods with the curse of invulnerability, Andres Amarantos, which has the ability to disable attacks from anyone who is not a holder of a higher Divinity ranking or the act from a friendly actions. His other Noble Phantasms are Diatrecon Aster Logche, Troias Tragoidia, and Dromeus Cometes.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3
Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 2: Rider of "Red" English | JapaneseRider of "Red"
Blood type: unknown