"A noble knight-errant, a grand hero. He gallantly departs along his trusty Sancho to spread stories of the lovely Princess Dulcinea! The aged knight made a grand name for himself after many battles against giants and knights."
How good did that sound, milord?
His real name is Alonso Quijano (アロンソ・キハー?), an old man from 17th century Spain who wants to be a heroic knight like the kind he's read about in stories.
The woman accompanying him, Sancho Panza (サンチョ・パンサ?), is a fusion of his "squire" Sancho PanzaWP, his horse RocinanteWP, Altisidora the prankster girl, and his imaginary princess Dulcinea del TobosoWP.
In the 17th century, the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes wrote the best-sold novel in the world.
In 2002, it was elected the best work in the history of literature, influencing multiple pieces of music, painting, and other arts. Don Quixote's name became known around the world as a form of criticism for dreamers.
In his story, Don Quixote is a poor hidalgo of 50 years old that got so immersed in knightly romances that he sold his fields. His madness gradually convinced him he was a knight-errant, throwing him on an adventure accompanied by his skinny and aged horse Rocinante and his squire Sancho.
He dared charge against windmills he assumed to be giants. He was banned from farms for treating the farmhands' daughters like princesses. He defeated Sanson Carrasco when the bachiller disguised himself as a knight in an attempt to bring Quixote back to reality.
And then, when Sanson Carrasco recovered from his wounds, he disguised himself as a different knight and defeated Don Quixote in another duel, making the old man promise to live a quiet year in his home village.
As Carrasco predicted, Don Quixote tottered back to the village, but what actually healed his madness was a nearly fatal fever.
After 6 days of suffering, Don Quixote was once again Alonso Quijano. Despite lamenting the silliness of his knightly tales, he preserved his human virtue until the day he died. And that was the most precious thing Don Quixote had hoped for since the day he became a knight. That's exactly what makes the story of the old knight so beloved all over the world to this day.
"Can we fudge the number by some 20 cm?"
"That would be ill-advised, milord."
He's not the type to listen to what others have to say, but that doesn't make him any less of the archetypical kind and loyal knight, always courteous to women, always protecting the weak and challenging the strong.
In the 1st and 2nd Ascensions, he can appear as the knight of his dreams. An ideal knight, in a sense. With a commanding bearing and vigorous dedication to the princess he loves.
When in his 3rd Ascension, his aspect flips into that of a frail elder. He faces the enemies as the frail knight who understood reality. But unlike the true reality, a Servant's reality is a world of dreams. With Sancho's encouraging cheers, the aged man found the courage to face the giant named reality.
As for Sancho, she always follows Don Quixote around with a smile, as an all-purpose maid granting his every wish. That said, she has this mighty graceful way of turning down her lord, which does wonders to prevent situations. Don Quixote swears loyalty to his Master and conducts himself as their knight, but Sancho's only lord is Quixote.
Sancho Panza is, in precise terms, close to a Phantom, formed as an amalgamation of the horse, squire, princess, among many other characters in Don Quixote's story. When accompanying Don Quixote as his squire, she takes the character of the country farmer or the horse, and on all other occasions, she takes the character noble and advising Princess Dulcinea, and the maid Altsidora, a girl who expresses her love for Don Quixote (by her Duke's orders).
Atlantis: Ancient Ocean of the Dreadnought Gods
Don Quixote was a part of Nikola Tesla's Servant army fighting the Olympians before Chaldea arrived. He was excited to be among heroes like the kind he had always wanted to be. However when Heracles was killed by Artemis, Don Quixote lost the will to fight. He and Sancho escaped the Lostbelt using Triste Suave Alonso Quijano.
Traum: Life and Death of a Certain Fantasy
Don Quixote pretends to be Karl der Große as one of the warring three kings of the Traum Singularity. He is supposed to only hold the position until the real Karl appears, but Karl has yet to show up. Astolfo and Roland are in on his charade, though the army thinks he's the real Karl.
Haunted by guilt for what he did in Atlantis, Don Quixote chooses to stay and fight this time and battles Constantine XI. He is easily overpowered, but even so does not give up. When he is about to die Charlemagne arrives to save him.
- Magic Resistance (Rank E)
- Riding (Rank E)
- Travelling Attendant (Rank B): A special form of two-in-one Servant. Sancho will disappear if Don Quixote is defeated, but Sancho can disappear without Don Quixote disappearing.
- The Great Adventure of the Travelling Knight (Rank EX): Don Quixote's great adventure. Sancho narrates the anecdotes of good and justice in his adventure to spread the word of his dear Princess Dulcinea's beauty.
- Opening the Door of Fantasy (Rank EX): Open the gate and you have the knight of reverie. Close the gate and you have reality. The boundary to reality becomes unclear. Despite being a subspecies of Mad Enhancement, it doesn't turn him savage, only gives him the bravery of a knight... but it does make him foolhardy, specifically to the point he would charge against a windmill without a second thought.
- Closing the Curtain of Reality (Rank E): He returns to reality. Needless to say, this means returning to being a powerless elder and abandoning his dreams. But even then, the elder must fight against reality.
Don Quixote is illustrated by Ryota Murayama.
- Fate/Grand Order - Don Quixote Profile - Translated by Comun
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Lostbelt 6.5: Traum - A Certain Phantasmal Life and Death - Chapter 7: No, I Don't Want Your Head
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Lostbelt 6.5: Traum - A Certain Phantasmal Life and Death - Chapter 1: The Coffinmaker is My Only Friend
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Traum: Life and Death of a Certain Fantasy - Section 16: The King Arrived for His Gallant Knights