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Servant (Master: Greater Grail)
"Let me introduce myself, I'm Shirou Kotomine. This time, the grail... This wish is certainly right. That's why I have to make it happen. No matter how many lives will be trampled by it."
Shirou's real identity is Amakusa Shirou Tokisada (天草四郎時貞, ?), the teenage leader of the Shimabara Rebellion. After his rebellion ultimately failed, Shirou was sentenced to execution by decapitation. His final words were: "I shall return after 100 years and take my revenge.
In the Apocrypha parallel world, the Einzbern summoned Shirou as the Ruler-class Servant for the Third Holy Grail War instead of Angra Mainyu of the Avenger-class Servant. With Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia successfully stealing the Greater Grail, the only survivors in Fuyuki City were Shirou and Risei Kotomine in the Third grail war. He remained materialized afterward and joined with the Church. He adopted his foster father surname, though he remained distant from his foster brother.
As the Mage's Association decided to seek one Master from the Church in order to have their involvement prove the legitimacy of their cause. Shirou was dispatched by the Church's Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament as one of the Masters of the Red Faction.
Shirou wears simple vestments and a golden cross around his neck during the war. He is generally very youthful looking, which is expected since he died when he was only 17 years old.
Shirou appears to be a benign man with an innocent smile; he is in actuality a manipulator who would destroy his adversary with no hesitation in order to fulfill his own ambition. He desires to make use of the Holy Grail War to fulfil his own ambition, he wishes for humankind's salvation.
Before Nasu wrote Fate/stay night, he claims he was a big fan of Samurai Resurrection (魔界転生, Makai Tensho?) manga, which involved battles between dead historical figures from around Japan. Amakusa Shirou Tokisada was the major antagonist in Samurai Resurrection who commands the historic dead.
The character Shirou Kotomine was planned by Nasu, Takeuchi & Higashide but the character development was written by Nasu. Nasu gave a detailed description about Shirou, he is basically a character who look “light outside and darker inside” personality. Uncanny different trait from Kirei.
He is sent by the Church to observe the Holy Grail War and to participate as one of the Masters of the Red Faction. He arranged to meet Kairi Sisigou in the church in Sighisoara. Shirou asked Kairi to materialize his servant and Saber of Red senses something was wrong, instantly manifests to protect her master. Shirou revealed Assassin of Red to Kairi and Saber. Shirou informed them about the Black faction's servants and the identity of Lancer of Black. Shirou tries to convince Kairi to reveal Saber's true identity but both Kairi and Saber refuse to trust Shirou. Shirou reveals to Kairi that he will lead the Red Faction for a unified frontal offense, Kairi was the only one to reject this. When Kairi left with Saber, Assassin insisted on sending an agent to assassinate them but Shirou replied that fighting amongst allies is too early. As Shirou talks about Assassin's preparation for her Noble Phantasm, Caster of Red arrives and reveals that he told Berserker of Red the location of the enemy base and he is on a rampage towards the fortress. Shirou orders Archer of Red to support Berserker.
Shirou controls both the Masters and Servants of the Red faction. He manipulates the Red faction Masters by giving them luxurious throne room and making them believe themselves are in control. Shirou reported to them false information about the events of the ritual, he made them believe that they are winning the Greater Grail War. Shirou unsuccessfully obtained the Command Spells from the Masters but he believes he needs to push them one more time to obtain them all. He considers the servant Ruler as the biggest obstacle and plans for her elimination by ordering Lancer of Red to kill her or detain her.
As a Ruler class, he has the abilities to track down any Servants and learn their identity, skills and parameters. However there are certain limits, for example Saber of Red's Noble Phantasm Secret of Pedigree can mask out the details of her identity.
He possesses two Noble Phantasm:
- Right Hand - Evil Eater: Right Arm - Wickedness Predation (右腕・悪逆捕食, Migiude akugyaku hoshoku?)
- Left Hand - Xanadu Matrix: Left Arm - Foundation of Heaven's Blessing (左腕・天恵基盤, Hidariude tenkei kiban?)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3
Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 1: Shirou Profile English | JapaneseShirou
Blood type: unknown
One of the master of the "red" faction, he was sent from Cathedral Church.
Master of Assassin of "Red".
By using the Holy Grail War, himself tries to fulfil the ambition.
- ↑ TYPE-MOON History