« Oh, I see, I see! Then let’s have her meet the man she both dearly loves and hates! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player. That struts and frets his hour upon the stage. »
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He possesses the ability to use his "theatrical troupe" in Fate/Apocrypha, but it isn't shown to be classified as either a skill or a Noble Phantasm listed on his status sheet. Summoning a simple wooden puppet by speaking a command, he is able to accurately overlay it with the image of Victor Frankenstein, bringing about an "impossible miracle", commanding it to act in a way to bring about great confusion to the mind of Berserker of Black while he leaves the area. Showing her a smile he had never shown in life, attempting to have her stop fighting, and about to grant her wish of being shown the love of a parent, she suffers great mental anguish and attacks it in fury, understanding that it is some kind of fake. Although it initially reacts surprised to the attack and takes damage and bleeds like a regular human, the corpse eventually fades away and is shown to have been shattered into woodchips.
 Fate/complete material IV: Extra material - Fate/Apocrypha - Shakespeare, p.322-323
Shakespeare, the Playwright
He is a legendary playwright of England -- gentlemanly and soft-spoken. Placing the importance of the Story above all else, he will lie and cheat and by any means conduct himself that he might witness the unfolding of a grand tale, beautiful beyond compare. Consequently, he tends to distance himself from mentality of the "participant," taking instead the perspective of an abstract, "Authorial" third person. His regard for others differs by individual, dependent on their qualification as a special existence, or "protagonist" -- he interacts with "normal humans" only in a shallow, dismissive manner; and expresses an extreme interest in "protagonists." In slight narcissism, he frequently drops such self-authored quotes as, "Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill." He's taken a liking to certain terminology from modern fiction, such as "Death-Flagging." Incidentally, there was an undocumented period of seven years in Shakespeare's lifetime ...
- Class: Caster
- Source: Historical fact
- Region: United Kingdom
- Alignment: True Neutral
- Sex: Male
- Height: 180cm
- Weight: 75kg
- Armament: Book
Illustrations: Chinatsu Kurahana
Creator: Shoji Gatoh
He is a poet and playwright (1564-1616) from the Elizabethan England. He is representative of authors of the western world, and still has a large influence over modern literature. He wrote too many masterpieces to list, but his four greatest tragedies rising above all others are "Othello", "Macbeth", "Hamlet" and "King Lear". His father was an affluent man in Stratford, but it is uncertain if Shakespeare received a higher education. There are many mysteries in his career, such as a gap of seven years. In his early days as a playwright, his productions revolved around comedy, then historical drama, before he changed his style for magnificent tragedy. At the same time, he also played as an actor in the underground, and he was the target of slander and derision from influential people.
- STR: E
- CON: E
- AGI: D
- MGI: C++
- LCK: B
- Noble Phantasm: C+
The appendage of improved attributes and functionality to others their precious articles. Typically used to reinforce the battle capabilities of the Servant's Master, such that the Servant may act as an impartial observer and carefully document the Master's psychological state.
Though he possesses no combat capabilities, so long as he preserves his Master's safety to the lowest possible degree, he maintains the skill to escape from nearly all harm -- meaning that he never engages any opponents himself. The Servant favours a "high risk, high return" tactic, where "returns" is related to the fruits of his observation.
- The Globe: King's Men - Strength: Weak
Shakespeare's theatrical company, which was patronized by King James I. A Noble Phantasm that permits the Servant to accurately assume the aspect of another individual -- passing scrutiny while disguised even if he interacts with those to whom the personage he portrays is well-known. Used for purposes of social engineering.
- First Folio: When the Curtain Rises, the Applause Shall Be As Ten Thousand Thunders - Strength: Strong
A tome that may -- for a limited number of instances -- alter or falsify the outcome of a phenomenon occurring within sight. Though this Noble Phantasm is functionally useless in the face of an enemy that outclasses the Servant in every attribute, with skillful deployment, it has a chance of inflicting death upon otherwise defeatable opponents. Activated with the incantation "NON SANZ DROICT" ("Not Without Right" -- the motto on Shakespeare's coat of arms.
- 国王一座(The Globe) - 威力：小
- 開演の刻は来たれり、此処に万雷の喝采を(First Folio) - 威力：大
結果を改ざんする本。目の前で起きた事象を、一定回数までやり直せる。何度戦っても敵わない相手には無力だが、倒せる可能性がある相手には有効。「NON SANZ DROICT(無権に非ず)」の詠唱がいる。
- Class: Caster