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Rider (ライダー, Raidā?) is a Rider-class Servant summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

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IdentityEdit

Rider's True Name is Alexander the Great, the King of Conquerors (征服王, Seifuku-Ō?), summoned as the child aspect known by the name Alexander (アレキサンダ, Arekisanda?) rather than the adult aspect known as Iskandar.

Known by many names, Alexander, Iskandar, and Alexandros, he was the young prince of the small kingdom of Macedonia in the 4th Century BC, said to have been the son of Zeus in many stories despite absence of clear evidence.[3][2][4] He was known as a "peerless pretty boy" who was noticed by many sages, such as Aristotle, as a prodigy. During this period of his life, he spent much of his time training as a soldier, studying philosophy and political sciences, and reading great legends. While he bloomed with many talents, he approved of every and all possibilities, able to be called the "personification of possibilities" itself.[2] He possessed a close friend, an "amazing man" who truly began to show his talents after Alexander's death, who would often drag him around rambunctiously in a manner to his later encounter with Taiga Fujimura, expanding Alexander's horizons thanks to his actions.[5] Though considered beautiful, his self-recognition in being the child of Zeus granted him strength, reducing his boyish looks over time.[2] He later encountered the Gordian Knot, cleaving the rope with his sword and taking the divine bulls offered to Zeus by King Gordius as his own for use with his chariot.[4]

Starting with succeeding the throne of Macedonia in Greece at the age of twenty, his conquest quickly subdued the neighboring countries and became the leader of Corinth. His eventually eyed his ambitions towards the straits, seeking to extend his reign into Persia. Sweeping through from the far west with his army, none underestimated it, rumors of its might spreading through countries long before the army's arrival. As his army's great morale overwhelmed even the most devoted of warriors, they were even more shocked when he spared them, told them of his goal, and returned dominion of the lands to the nobles. He exclaimed to them that: "My goal is the end of the world. My destination is the furthest border of the East. I want to behold Oceanus with my own two eyes. I want leave my footprints at the beach beside that endless sea.” Though they thought his words folly, many were rekindled to the dreams of their youth, setting off after Alexander to join his conquest.[6] During the conquest of Persia, Alexander came to view Darius III and his Athanaton Ten Thousand as a worthy rival, blocking Alexander's path numerous times.[7] The name Iskandar was given to him by the Arabs and the Persians.[8] Due to Darius' immense height, after finally conquering the Persian Empire, Alexander required the footstool of Darius' throne to be swapped with a table to properly sit on it despite his own great height. This played a part in history recording Alexander as being short.[6]

Rider

Alexander with his soldiers. (Entry of Alexander into Babylon)

After Persia and with a goal of the most extreme eastern edge of Asia, they marched through Egypt and through western India during the "great eastern campaigns."[4][9] Marching without end, they crossed boiling deserts, passed over chilling, snow-capped mountains, and forded billowing rivers. They fought savage beasts and fought for their lives through numerous unknown foreign tribes displaying alien weapons and battle strategies. Although an innumerable number of soldiers died, they kept their great morale to the end, holding proud smiles and listening to the sounds of the ocean they sought in their hearts, despite never reaching it.[6] In the end, he brought about the largest empire in history to date and became the "great king who built the era known as the Hellenistic civilization." He reached the success of a great hero in just ten years after beginning his conquest, but soon died after living only a period of thirty three years.[4][6] His dying words, "Leave everything to the strongest." ended up splitting it apart instead.[8] His campaign to the East went as far as India. There, his troops and generals complained of fatigue, and so he turned back to Babylon, where he suddenly passed away. Following his death, the empire split into four warring factions that "quickly disappeared into the sands of history."[9]

AppearanceEdit

Rider is summoned in his form as a child as his time as the young prince of Macedonia in the 4th Century BC. He was known as a "peerless pretty boy" who was noticed by many sages, such as Aristotle, as a prodigy.[2]


PersonalityEdit

Rider is an "innocent child who loves the epic poem 'Iliad' from the bottom of his heart." Summoned in this form, both his figure and mentality are that of his youth, but he has not lost his memories of his life. Those from after his adolescence are "somewhat lacking a sense of reality". As he is the "embodiment of the mentality of one who attempts to take his very first steps", he can be said to assist his Master's own steps, but he will not be pleased when he notices that the "demise of human history means nothing but the closing of even his own possibilities."[2]

RoleEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Septem: The Eternal Madness EmpireEdit

Alexander is summoned by Lev Lainur Flauros for the purposes of destroying the era. Romulus lends him his troops.[10] Lord El-Melloi II serves as his strategist. El-Melloi II advises they lure Lu Bu and Spartacus away from Nero Claudius' army, finding it lucky they didn't materialize as other classes. Alexander wonders if his luck parameters were high, but El-Melloi II replies it just means reality is playing in their favor. He then expresses his wish to see Nero to discover what sort of ruler she is. El-Melloi II decides to grant that wish to Alexander's embarrassment. Later, Alexander uses chained summoning to summon Darius III. He orders they attack the enemy's rearguard while their vanguard is distracted by Darius. He knows Darius is his future rival, but postpones fighting him to meet Nero. His army then attacks Nero's rearguard and captures Boudica.[11]

At their fortress, Alexander and El-Melloi II are confronted by Ritsuka, Mash, and Nero when they come to rescue Boudica. Alexander ensures Boudica is safe and asleep thanks to El-Melloi II's restraining spell. He introduces himself, and claims he only wants to talk. However, as Alexander speaks with the group, United Empire soldiers launch a pincer attack on them. After the enemy is defeated, Alexander continues to insist he merely wants to talk with Nero as their armies kill each other. He asks her why she is fighting the United Empire instead showing her allegiance to it. He continues that if she chose to be one of the "emperors", she could have avoided many unnecessary conflicts. However, Nero responds with her resolve to continue fighting the United Empire, asking for Ritsuka and Mash's aid to fight Alexander and El-Melloi. Before disappearing, he warns Nero that her pride can be dangerous.[12]

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

Alexander is amongst the "Septem" Singularity Servant to aid Chaldea against Demon Gods Pillar.[13]

InterludeEdit

In his interlude, The Beginning of a Trampling Conquest, Alexander requests to meet Achilles. Romani Archaman tells him though that they were unable to summon Achilles, but Alexander decides to search for him. He suggests searching Okeanos for him since the Argo was there. Mash then recalls how Alexander during Rome was able to trigger a chained dummoning of Darius III. Alexander, Ritsuka, and Mash then rayshift to Okeanos. Alexander is shocked at the sight of the sea when the group are ambushed by pirates. After the pirates retreat, Achilles confronts the group. Alexander challenges him to a fight, but he rejects it since he is mentoring the pirates now. Achilles then rallies the pirates to fight the group again. After defeating the pirates, Alexander praises Achilles' talents as a general. He finds a fight between two armies led by great commanders is more invigorating that a one-on-one battle. He then fall asleep from exhaustation.

AbilitiesEdit

  • Rider's sword

He wields a short sword with a small blade on the pommel, rather than the Spatha of his Adult Aspect. His Noble Phantasms are Bucephalus and Zeus Funder. As of his animation update, he is also shown able to imbue his sword and hands with lightning.

Rosy-cheeked Youth is a skill that the disposition as a pretty boy who attracts people. It works as a fascination magecraft-like effect regardless of gender, but it will be abated so long there is a will to resist. Complete evasion by means of Magic Resistance Skill is possible.[1][2]

His personal skill is Omen of the Supreme Ruler (覇王の兆し?), a portion of the spirit he will eventually have as the Conqueror King Iskandar. By stimulating his spirit, he obtains a plus modifier for every kind of check.[1]

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

BUNBUN is the character illustrator for Rider.[1][2] Hikaru Sakurai is the scenario writer for Alexander in Fate/Grand Order.[1]

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 Fate/Grand Order material I - Alexander, Translation by Mazyrian & caster212, p.254-261
  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 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28
  3. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Fate/Zero - Volume 1
  4. The Outsiders’ Performance
  5. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Fate/Zero - Volume 3
  6. 8.0 8.1
  7. 9.0 9.1 Fate/Zero - Volume 2
  8. Fate/Grand Order - Septem: The Eternal Madness Empire, Section 10: Triumph
  9. Fate/Grand Order - Septem: The Eternal Madness Empire, Section 11: Attack the United Empire
  10. Fate/Grand Order - Septem: The Eternal Madness Empire, Section 12: Rescue Boudica
  11. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 03: II / Intelligence Room Flauros
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