Ritsuka Fujimaru (藤丸 立香, Fujimaru Ritsuka?) is the protagonist of Fate/Grand Order, acting as the Master of many Servants for the purpose of solving the Grand Order conflicts. The name and gender of Ritsuka can be actively changed by the player, with the nicknames Gudao and Gudako being often used by fans for the male and female version respectively, rather than their proper name.
As a self-insert for the player, The Protagonist has absolutely no background details or connections to other people or events. They are simply "someone who just happened to see a recruitment flyer at a station, applied and got accepted into the job, and somehow ended up getting taken into the Chaldea Security Organization", effectively having joined Chaldea on a whim while being a civilian with no training or combat experience. They are acting as a newly established Master candidate of Chaldea whose only purpose is shoring up numbers.
The Protagonist is of average build, though more visibly muscular in the male version. The male version has short unkempt black hair and blue eyes, while the female version has shoulder-length red hair tied in a side-ponytail on the left side with a usually yellow hair band and a cowlick, and light orange eyes. Their Command Spells are located on their right hand and, contrarily to Hakuno Kishinami, differ in form between male and female version.
The Protagonist wears various different Mystic Codes.
- Chaldea (カルデア, Karudea?)
- Chaldea Combat Uniform (カルデア戦闘服, Karudea Sentō-fuku?)
- Mage's Association Uniform (魔術協会制服, Majutsu Kyōkai Seifuku?)
- Atlas Academy Uniform (アトラス院制服, Atorasu-in Seifuku?)
- Anniversary Blonde (アニバーサリー・ブロンド, Anibāsarī Burondo?)
- Royal Brand (ロイヤルブランド, Roiyaru Burando?)
- Brilliant Summer (ブリリアントサマー, Buririanto Samā?)
- Memory of Lunar Mare (月の海の記憶, Tsuki no Umi no Kioku?)
- Memoria of the Far Side of the Moon (月の裏側の記憶, Tsuki no Uragawa no Kioku?)
- Arctic Region Chaldea Uniform (極地用カルデア制服, Kyokuchi-yō Karudea Seifuku?)
Their alignment is Lawful-Neutral. The authoritative Chaldea Director Olga Marie Animusphere described them as “Quiet, but with some nerve.” Early in their role as a Master, when pressured by Shadow Servants during the Fuyuki Singularity, they were able to stay calm when the Director and Mash panicked. After being defeated by the protagonist's servants, Vlad III praised the protagonist's abilities as a commander and asked them to summon him in the future.
Observer on Timeless Temple
Aside from the Fate/Grand Order game, different parts of this story arc are covered in the Fate/Grand Order drama CD, the manga Fate/Grand Order ~mortalis:stella~ and Fate/Grand Order ~turas réalta~, and the movie First Order. The protagonist is always presented as male Ritsuka Fujimaru in these adaptations.
The protagonist was the last of the 48 newly induced Masters to arrive at Chaldea, and one of the 10 public applicants for the role. They didn't properly wake up from the Spiritron Dive of an introductory simulated battle and sleep-walked to the main hall of Chaldea, where they were found by Fou who guided Mash Kyrielight to wake them. When Professor Lev Lainur came to check the commotion, he recognized them as one of the Master candidates and directed them to Director Olga Marie Animusphere's orientation speech.
Still suffering from the Dive's aftereffects, the protagonist fell asleep during the speech while on the front row, angering the Director and being left out of the first mission. In their personal room, they met Doctor Romani Archaman, who used the unassigned room to slack off after having also been threw out by the Director. When an explosion erupted in the Command Room, they followed Romani to help potential survivors.
Though they found a gravely wounded Mash, they were trapped when the emergency bulkhead closed after Romani left to activate emergency power. With the procedure still ongoing and the Klein Coffins having locked themselves due to low Rayshift success rates, the protagonist were automatically registered as a Master and rayshifted to the first singularity.
Flame Contaminated City: Fuyuki
As soon as they woke up in the destroyed Fuyuki City, the protagonist were forced into establishing a contract by Mash, who had become a Demi-Servant, providing magical energy and combat orders for her before communications were established with Chaldea. While searching for a Leyline terminal to set up a summoning circle, they encountered the Director, who ordered them to investigate the reason for Fuyuki's destruction while planning to get rid of the protagonist to replace them with an experienced Master for Mash. She was unaware that her body was already dead and only her residual thoughts had been converted to spiritron.
The group eventually met the Shadow Servants born from the corrupted Holy Grail War and were nearly killed when Caster Cu Chulainn intervened and formed a contract with the protagonist in order to win the War and end the Singularity. To teach Mash how to use her Noble Phantasm, and to strengthen the bond with her Master, Caster attacked the protagonist to push Mash past her limits. Despite the great stress put on their untrained magic circuits by the contract and the revelation that Lev Lainur was an enemy of humanity, the protagonist and Mash managed to defeat Saber Altria Pendragon Alter, end the singularity and leave before the collapse of the underground cave of the Holy Grail.
When the protagonist woke up, they were warned by Caster Leonardo da Vinci that they had become a “main character” of human history. In the Command Room, Roman, acting commander of Chaldea, explained that with all other Master candidates dead or gravely wounded and cryopreserved in their coffins, and the outside world already destroyed, the protagonist was the last Master of Chaldea, and tasked them and Mash with the Grand Order of preserving humanity by means of correcting the seven singularities threatening the foundation of human history before its final collapse at the turn of 2017.[Note 1]
Hunderd Years' War of the Evil Dragons: Orleans
Shortly after the events of Fuyuki, the protagonist and Mash were deployed to the singularity of 1431 in France, this time by conventional Rayshift. Upon arriving, the protagonist noticed an unnatural band of light in the sky. The party encountered a weakened Ruler Jeanne d'Arc, and joined her efforts to retake the city of Orleans controlled by the Dragon Witch, Ruler Jeanne d'Arc Alter.
The group was confronted by the Dragon Witch and her servants while searching for intel, but Jeanne refused to flee and a fight begun against Berserker Vlad III and Berserker Assassin Carmilla. The Chaldean and Jeanne were overpowered by the Dragon Witch's servants until they were helped by stray servants Rider Marie Antoinette and Caster Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and retreated to a nearby leyline. Overnight, their base camp was attacked by Berserker Rider Saint Martha, who revealed only the dragon slayer in the city of Lyon could kill the Dragon Witch.
While searching for the dragon slayer in the destroyed Lyon, the group were warned of the arrival of the dragon Fafnir but the protagonist ignored Roman's advice to flee and stayed with Jeanne to search for the dragon slayer, who was revealed to be Saber Siegfried. Though wounded, Siegfried managed to use Balmung to repel Fafnir and give the group a chance to retreat, but the fatigued protagonist slowed the group down and they were forced to fight Berserker Lancelot and Berserker Assassin Charles-Henri Sanson.
In order to find a saint able to cure Siegfried's cursed wound, the group split up and the Chaldeans traveled with Amadeus and Siegfried. During a conversation about one's humanity, Amadeus urged Mash to view the protagonist as their professor on the matter. In Thiers, the Chaldeans met wandering servants Lancer Elizabeth Bathory and Berserker Kiyohime, the latter getting infatuated in the protagonist and insisting on forming a contract with them. With the help of saint Rider Georgios, Siegfried's curse was dispelled and the group went on to retake Orleans, where they destroyed Fafnir, the Dragon Witch, her servants and Caster Gilles de Rais, holder of the singularity's Holy Grail.
Eternal Madness Empire: Septem
Prior to being rayshifted to the second singularity of 60 AD in the Roman Empire, Mash worried that the protagonist may had shared her night's dream, a known phenomenon between Master and Servant. Upon Rayshift, they helped Nero Claudius to repel invaders of the United Roman Empire led by Berserker Caligula and were taken as allies to Rome. When the Chaldeans learned that a foreign court mage had appeared to help the United Empire, they knew it was Lev Lainur and, seeking revenge for the Director's death, embarked to the frontlines of Gaul, though they were slowed because the protagonist could not ride horses.
Gaul was eventually retaken with the defeat of Saber Gaius Julius Caesar. While travelling back to Rome, the group made a detour to investigate rumors of the appearance of a god on a nearby island, at the insistance of Nero and Roman. After a rough travel by sea, the group killed Caligula and learned the location of the United Empire's capital from Assassin Stheno.
During the battles to reach the United Empire's capital, Nero's general Rider Boudica was taken prisoner by enemy general Rider Alexander, and the protagonist decided to follow Nero to breach the capital and get Boudica back rather than waiting to regroup. When Nero was confronted by Lancer Romulus while Mash was away, the protagonist helped her regain her morale and belief that she was worthy of being a roman emperor, then followed her with a elite force to take out the emperor of the United Empire.
With Romulus killed, Lev Lainur revealed his true identity as the Demon God Flauros. Though defeated, he used the Grail to summon Saber Altera, who immediately killed her summoner and destroyed the United Empire's palace before moving toward Rome. She was then killed by Nero and the Chaldeans, who recovered the Grail and ended the singularity. Back in Chaldea, Mash offered a massage to the protagonist, but they fled when Mash mentioned that she was bad at giving them.
Sealed Ends of the Four Seas: Okeanos
Before rayshifting to the endless ocean of 1573, the protagonist shared Mash's dreams for the first time. Landing on a pirate ship, the Chaldeans were brought to Francis Drake, holder of the era's original Holy Grail, and secured the help of her powers and crew in the search of the foreign Holy Grail.
After taking on board servants Berserker Asterios and Archer Euryale from a nearby leyline island, the group was engaged by the pirates of Rider Edward Teach, tasked to recover Drake's Holy Grail. During the battle, the protagonist was targeted by Lancer Hector, who seeked to shorten the battle by taking down the enemy Master. In their next encounter, Hector betrayed Teach, took his Holy Grail and kidnapped Euryale. Drake's ship followed him to his Master Jason of the Argonauts and recovered Euryale, but they were overwhelmed by Berserker Heracles. When Jason offered to stop Heracles' rampage if the Chaldeans gave back Euryale, the protagonist refused. Heracles was eventually stopped by Asterios, who threw himself in the ocean with Heracles after thanking the protagonist for calling him by his human name and not his name as a monster.
After finding Archer David and the Ark, which Jason was told would grant him great powers if he sacrificed Euryale, the protagonist came up with a plan to defeat Heracles. Using Euryale and themselves to lure the berserker to the Ark, and the rest of the servants would force him to touch it, instantly killing him by bypassing his God Hand Noble Phantasm. After boarding the Argo and killing Hector, Caster Medea Lily extracted Jason's Grail and turned him into the Demon God Forneus. With the defeat of Forneus, the servants of the singularity vanished, but Medea and David both confirmed that the mastermind behind the Incineration of Humanity was most likely King Solomon.
The Mist City: London
On rayshifting to 1888 London, the protagonist first displayed their “Poison Resistance Skill (Temporary)” when they were unharmed by the magic-saturated Demonic Fog of the singularity. Roman theorized it originated from a high poison resistance or blessing skill from Mash's original servant. They were then introduced to Saber Mordred and Dr. Jekyll, investigating the fog. The Chaldeans first assisted the investigation of Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory, where they killed Caster Mephistopheles and rescued Fran, an artificial human.
During the investigation of a rampaging living book, Mordred, feeling uneasy about Mash's lack of confidence, suddenly declared a training fight, and the protagonist tried to interpose to no effect. When word reached the group that Scotland Yard was under attack by a servant, Mordred and the Chaldeans went to intervene, with Mash carrying the protagonist to get there in time. They killed Assassin Jack the Ripper and met Caster Paracelsus, one of the creators of the fog, which they killed during their next sortie.
The death of Paracelsus was met with a surge of activities from enemy Helter Skelters, constructs emanating from a Noble Phantasm which origin Fran could track to Caster Charles Babbage, another creator of the fog. Following Babbage's revelations, the Chaldeans and Mordred went underground to find the source of the fog and its final creator, Makiri Zolgen. Planning to use the fog's energy to catalyze the summon of a servant powerful enough to ignite the fog and destroy Britain, he turned into Demon God Barbatos, and managed to complete the invocation of Archer Nikola Tesla with a light Madness Enhancement, before being finished off by Mordred.
Made stronger by the fog, Tesla nearly reached the ignition point of the fog but was confronted by fellow lightning servant Berserker Sakata Kintoki, who used his Golden Spark to clear the fog in a large zone, giving enough time for the Chaldeans and Mordred to kill Tesla. They were then forced into one last fight when Lancer Artoria Alter was summoned from the fog.
As they went back underground to collect the grail, the group was confronted by Grand Caster Solomon, who wiped out most of the servants as a taunt to the efforts of Chaldea. As Solomon was leaving, the protagonist stepped forward to ask his reasons for incinerating humanity. Solomon scolded them for insisting on living despite being mortal before disappearing, ending the singularity.
North American Myth War: E Pluribus Unum
Prior to the rayshift to the 1783 North American singularity, the protagonist relived Mash's past in dreams for the second time and learned of her limited lifespan and secluded life. When they tried to confront Dr. Roman, Mash happened to be with him and the protagonist postponed the conversation.
On arrival, the Chaldeans were involved in a battle between the United Western States and Celts and managed to force both sides to retreat before the protagonist was put unconscious after getting caught in the blast radius of a cannonball. Brought to their camp by American forces, the protagonist closely escaped amputative treatment by Berserker Florence Nightingale when Mash intervened and healed their wounds with a Scroll of Healing. The Chaldeans enrolled the help of Nightingale by offering a mean of ending the war before they had to push back Lancers Diarmuid Ua Duibhne and Fionn Mac Cumhaill.
When the Chaldeans and Nightingale tried to leave the camp, they were captured by Caster Helena Blavatsky and Lancer Karna and transported to Washington to meet with the Presi-king of the United Western State Caster Thomas Edison. By threatening to target the protagonist with their mechanized units, they ensured the Chaldeans would not try to escape until they met the king. When he asked Chaldea for their help in order to seize the Grail and stabilize this singularity to create an eternal America, the protagonist refused, against the opinion of Roman who adviced a temporary alliance.
Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot
Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia
The Grand Temple of Time: Solomon
Epic of Remnant
Cosmos in the Lostbelt
Their skills as a magus actually isn’t much different from Lord El-Melloi II. Despite being considered an inferior mage by Olga Marie Animusphere, their untrained magic circuit were still of high enough quality to allow them to form Servant contracts and be converted into spiritrons for the purpose of Rayshift. However, the spells they can use, like the offensive Gandr, are dependent on the Mystic Code they wear.
In physical terms, the male Ritsuka seems fairly athletic where he exercises regularly and is capable of holding off against Roman soldiers.
|Fate/Grand Order - Protagonist Mystic Codes skill list|
Creation and Conception
- ↑ TYPE-MOON Ace 11 - Fate/Grand Order – Interview with Kinoko Nasu
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Solomon - Epilogue
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fate/Grand Order, Singularity F - Section 3 Investigate the Bridge
- ↑ 4.0 4.1
Fate/Grand Order website - Characters: Protagonist
The newbie in Chaldea's ranks of Master candidates, only there to shore up the numbers. By summoning Servants with the Heroic Spirit summoning system "FATE" and traversing the seven quests for the Holy Grail (Grand Orders), they seek to correct the distortions in human history.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Fate/Grand Order, Prologue
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Fate/Grand Order, Singularity F - Section 6 Shadow Servant
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, First Singularity - Section 13 Jeanne and Jeanne
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Fate/Grand Order, Singularity F - Section 2 To the Spirit Meridian
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Singularity F - Section 1 Burning City
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Singularity F - Section 4 Investigate the Port Ruin
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Fate/Grand Order, Singularity F - Section 11 Grand Order
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Singularity F - Section 8 Mash's Training
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Singularity F - Section 10 Facing the Greater Grail
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, First Singularity - Section 1 Land of the Hundred Years' War
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, First Singularity - Section 3 Jeanne's Mystery
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, First Singularity - Section 4 Information Gathering
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, First Singularity - Section 5 Dark Jeanne
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, First Singularity - Section 6 One Thing After Another
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, First Singularity - Section 7 Search for the Dragon Slayer
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, First Singularity - Section 8 Attack of the Giant Dragon
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, First Singularity - Section 9 Pause
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, First Singularity - Section 11 Baptism Rise
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, First Singularity - Section 15 The Dragon Witch
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Second Singularity - Prelude
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Second Singularity - Section 2 All Roads Lead to Rome
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Second Singularity - Section 3 Eternal City
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Second Singularity - Section 5 Onward to Gaul
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Second Singularity - Section 7 Take Back Gaul!
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Second Singularity - Section 8 The Trip Back Home
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Second Singularity - Section 9 Secret of the Ancient God
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Second Singularity - Section 11 Attack the United Empire
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Second Singularity - Section 13 Signal to the Final Battle
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Second Singularity - Section 14 The Emperor
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Second Singularity - Section 15 God's Whip
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Third Singularity - Prelude
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Third Singularity - Section 2 Pioneering Pirate Queen
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Third Singularity - Section 4 Lightning and Goddess
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Third Singularity - Section 5 Blackbeard's Misery
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Third Singularity - Section 8 Desperate Battle
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Third Singularity - Section 10 World's Oldest Pirate Ship
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Third Singularity - Section 13 Betting It All
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Third Singularity - Section 14 Pioneer of the Stars
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Fourth Singularity - Section 1 London, The City of Demonic Fog
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Fourth Singularity - Section 3 The Demonic Fog Laughs
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Fourth Singularity - Section 4 One Book, One Pen
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Fourth Singularity - Section 5 Helter Skelter
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Fourth Singularity - Section 10 At the End of Brilliant Steam
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Fourth Singularity - Section 11 Angrboda
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Fourth Singularity - Section 13 Beyond the Fog
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Fifth Singularity - Prelude
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Fifth Singularity - Section 1 Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Stars
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Fifth Singularity - Section 2 The Lady with a Lamp
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Fifth Singularity - Section 4 King of Presidents
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Zhuge Liang's 2 interlude: "Boundless Sea".
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order, Arthur Pendragon (Prototype) Trial Quest - ...Someday, to Save the Planet.
- ↑ The original Japanese version of the game uses 2017 as the date of humanity's collapse. This year changes in other versions depending on the release date (2019 for the North American version).