- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Development
- 5 References
Thomas Edison was the King of Inventors (発明王, Hatsumei-Ō?) and lifelong rival and nemesis of Nikola Tesla. Born in the 19th century, he was an American inventor whose vast number of achievements are such that they need not be said. He was one who, rather than coming up with inventions on his own, was "extremely proficient at reconstructing the work of other pioneers into easily proliferated forms." He was extremely dedicated to his work, sleeping only three to four hours per day and otherwise fully exerting himself in work at all times. He held cordial relationships with many other inventors, such as Alexander Graham Bell and Charles Babbage, but his rivalry with Tesla was the one exception.
Due to his unique summoning, Caster's body is different from how he was in life, and his proportions differ from historical records.
Although granted a lion's head due to the summoning, Caster's intellect is undiminished, allowing those familiar with him to realize "ah, this is indeed Edison" after a bit of conversation. He has a very straightforward personality, and it is said there are not many points of caution for the Master when dealing with him as a Servant. He does unconsciously repeat the work habits he had in life, so careful attention is recommended to the Master so as to keep him from sleep deprivation or overwork.
Due to his rivalry in life with Tesla, they will have all relations inevitably break down into a fistfight upon both manifesting as Servants.
Fifth Singularity: E Pluribus Unum
Edison took control of the American forces left broken by the Celtic Army, founding the United Western States, anointing himself its President-King. He created the Mechanized Infantry, robots based on Charles Babbage's design, albeit powered by electricity. He also recruited Helena Blavatsky and Karna, with the former being an old friend. With their help and his robots, the Americans were able to even odds against the Celts, yet they were still unable to completely defeat them. Edison, affected by the accumulated thoughts of the presidents, so obsessed with winning the war that he turned into a despot. He had the army force civilians to work in his robot factories.
He meets Ritsuka’s party when Helena and Karna bring them to his castle in Denver. After congratulating Ritsuka on resolving four Singularities, having been told by Nikola Tesla, Edison details how he helped the Americans even the odds against the Celts. They lack the Servants to turn the tide though. Edison then declares he’ll have 20 hour work days to keep the mass production of his robots going, seemingly unaware of physical limitations. He calls it unnecessary to correct the era, instead he’ll use the Holy Grail to create his ideal America on a different timeline. This act could destroy the other eras. Florence Nightingale tries to attack Edison, but Karna restrains her. Edison then gives Ristuka three minutes to decide. Ritsuka refuses to join, so Edison has his robots subdue the group. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of robots, the group is sent to the underground prison.
When the group return to Denver, Edison hacks Romani Archaman‘s communications. He accuses them of joining the Celts until he’s corrected that they were merely defeated. He wonders if he came for his protection. After refuting Nightingale’s claims that he’s sick, Edison’s hacking end. While Karna is fighting the group, Edison calls him to the throne room. There he fights the group alongside Karna and Helena. They’re defeated, but Edison refuses to give up and tries to drink an elixir to transform himself. Karna throws it on the floor however. Nightingale informs him the Celtic army is infinite while his is limited. The reason for his tyranny is then revealed. Nightingale tells Edison that America is equivalent to the children of many nations, so it is his duty to protect the world. Instead, he focused only on protecting his own nation, which is why he suffers and lost against Nikola Tesla. After recovering from the resulting backlash, Edison admits his mistakes. He struggles what to do now though, but Helena and Karna encourage him to continue like always. He apologizes to them for his behavior and joins the group.
Later, the group strategize on how to defeat the Celts. The Celts will be invading Denver via the northern and southern routes. If they conquer any more of America, the era will no long withstand its separation from reality and collapse. The group eventually decides with a two prong attack with two armies to attack along the northern and southern routes. One army will hold its ground against the Celts while the other will breakthrough to the White House. The group leave the decision of what Servants will go with what army to Ritsuka.
Ritsuka announces their decision the next day. The north army will have Elizabeth Báthory, Robin Hood, Edison, and Helena, while the south army will have the others. Edison says he’ll equip boosters on the south army’s robots so they can keep up with the Servants. The north army then departs to await the battle three days from now at dusk. Before leaving though, Edison thanks Karna for accepting his request. Ritsuka calls him a role model, which invigorates him to accomplish his mission.
On the northern front, the north army continues to fight the Celts. They soon encounter Beowulf, who proceeds to fight Elizabeth and Robin Hood. Edison asks Helena to help them, but she’s busy holding the Celts back. Eventually though Li Shuwen arrives to fight Beowulf himself. Soon however Medb uses the Holy Grail to summon Clan Calatin to attack the north army before she perished. Edison becomes extremely discourage by the overwhelming odds. Helena encourages him to continue fighting, reminding him that his greatest merit was to reject the unknown and dream of the future. Edison returns to the fight to save Elizabeth from being killed. He eventually attempts to self-destruct himself by overloading his Noble Phantasm to protect the others. He’s stopped though by the sudden appearance of Tesla, who arrived to save the era to repent for his actions in London. Realizing their attacks are effective, Tesla and Edison unleash their Noble Phantasms simultaneously to seal Clan Calatin off. Arjuna then arrives and sacrifices himself to launch a restricted Pashupata to destroy Clan Calatin. Afterwards, Edison and Tesla fight each other.
After the Singularity is resolved, Edison realizes that not even America can stand alone. He admits he gave into despair, and only thought of protecting America. Helena reminds him though that his patriotism kept America safe before Chaldea arrived despite his mistakes. Tesla tells him he encounters needless troubles because he blindly rushes toward challenges without understanding theories. Edison refutes this by calling out Tesla's empty theories. After Helena disappears, Edison and Tesla express their surprise at them joining forces. Edison declares he'll be summoned again as a Servant of Ritsuka, alongside Helena and Karna, and disappears.
Summer Event: Chaldea Heat Odyssey
A hundred years before the event, Edison provided the boar piglets with electricity, advancing their civilization to the modern age. He then predicted the Nine Sisters (the female Servants who accompanied Ritsuka to the island and granted the piglets civilization) would return in a hundred years. Knowing they would need his help escaping the island, he created a cryosleep device and a gramophone alarm clock. He then found a cave, set the clock to go off at the precise time, and placed himself in cryosleep.
A century passes, and Edison awakens from cryosleep, letting out a laugh that sounds like he perfected it for this exact moment. He then fights Ritsuka, Mash, Scáthach, Artoria Pendragon, and Mordred to confirm if they're the ones he's waited for. After being bested, he properly introduces himself to the group. He then asks for the current status of the boar piglet civilization he helped create. Scáthach tells him it’s currently in ruins, prompting the inventor to run out to check if that is true.
Seeing the ruins, Edison declares he will send the demon boars to the meatpacking factory and end world hunger. He then explains why he placed himself in cryosleep. Artoria, however, finds it difficult to believe that he is Edison as his appearance doesn't match any historical photo. Edison assures he is but allows Artoria to confirm it herself. Unfortunately for him, she checks by painfully pulling on his face.
Afterward, he returns to the city with the others. There he tells everyone that he requires the Holy Grail to build an escape device.
Eventually, the group goes to the demon boars’ lair as they likely have the Grail. As they near their destination, they notice many demon boars guarding the cave. Since the demon boars outnumber them, the group goes with Mordred’s plan to break through the enemy line and hold them off so Ritsuka, Mash, Scáthach, and Edison can enter the cave.
The group finds a factory and another Artoria inside the cave. However, Edison notes she is a fake by the smell of oil and metal she exudes. Artoria states she’ll destroy the piglets as they accept their own destruction with joy. Scáthach realizes Artoria is the same giant demon boar they defeated 2,000 years when the latter mentions waiting 2,000 years to exact vengeance. Artoria reveals she reached the realm of a divine beast, which Scáthach notes is thanks to using the Grail. She then reveals Artoria is Twrch Trwyth, having taken the real Artoria’s form in retaliation for her defeating him centuries ago. Twrch Trwyth recalls his defeat by Artoria. Unable to forget the humiliation he faced, Twrch Trwyth wandered for 3,000 years until he found the Grail on the island, using it to become a divine beast. He then transforms into a giant mechanized boar, making Edison realize the former used the Grail and mechanized himself to survive for 2,000 years, even though he should be dead. The group defeat Twrch Trwyth, who questions why he’s defeated again. Scáthach tells him it was his fate from the moment he decided to steal. She tells him not to hate them as it would be a pathetic end for a divine beast, which makes Twrch Trwyth finally accept his end. After he dies, the group retrieves the Grail and returns to the city.
Edison completes the escape device and tells everyone to finish up what leftover business they may have before they leave. The next day, the group leaves the island. As they do, they're contacted by Romani. They learn they were only gone for an hour before rayshifting back to Chaldea.
Final Singularity: Solomon
Edison is one of the "E Pluribus Unum" Singularity Servants that aid Chaldea against the Demon Gods of the Armory.
GUDAGUDA Meiji Restoration
Meeting with Nobukatsu at Ikedaya Inn at night, Edimori and Tesla argue about whose company is better for mass production. Nobukatsu convinces them to join forces for the sake of their common goal, forming the SatChou Alliance. Okita Souji and Ritsuka then burst into the room, prompting Nobukatsu to escape. Okita tries to give chase, but Edimori's Mecha Nobbus block her. She and Ritsuka breakthrough them, only for more to appear. Fortunately, Hijikata Toshizou arrives and helps destroy the Mecha Nobbus. Edimori surrenders afterward, and he is captured for interrogation. Oda Nobunaga and Chacha then arrive with a captured Tesla, who surrendered after the Nobbu UFOs were destroyed. However, the two inventors flashbang the group, and escape while Nobunaga and Hijikata argue. While escaping, Edimori reveals his factory in Toba is producing tens of thousands of Mecha Nobbu, and Tesla reveals his company in Fushimi is testing a powerful weapon.
The next day at Tobi-Fushimi, Edimori and Tesla has amassed an army of Mecha Nobbus and Nobbu UFOS. Ritsuka's party destroys their army and defeats the two inventors. Edison regrets he wasn't productive enough and disappears, saying he'll try for 36-hour workdays next time.
Event: Al the Statesmen!
Edison invented the Spiritual World Communicator. While experimenting with it, he and Leonardo da Vinci discovered a Singularity in North America. But that left Chaldea vulnerable to invasion from another world. Observing everyone's strange behavior, Edison hypothesizes it is the result of his Spiritual World Communicator making contact with the Singularity. He, therefore, decides it's best to investigate the Singularity to determine if his hypothesis is correct. Da Vinci agrees and sends Ritsuka and the others.
Unfortunately, upon arriving in the Singularity, Ritsuka's party loses contact with Chaldea. Edison informs Ritsuka of this when they wake up, adding that they're currently trying to repair the Spiritual World Communicator and restore communications. Geronimo returns from scouting and reports they're definitely in North America, though there isn't any technology beyond the 19th century. The group are then attacked by Wendigos, which they struggle against until Paul Bunyan helps with her giant strength. Afterward, Bunyan walks away as she is unable to hear the group's voices. The group decides to follow after her.
Ritsuka's party eventually runs into Bunyan again, albeit in a more regular size. Edison asks her what she is. Bunyan answers she is a lumberjack who got summoned by someone and ended up alone in the forest. She agrees with Mash's assumption that she is a Servant and Heroic Spirit since she was summoned. Ritsuka notices her magical energy is low and decides to become her Master. Edison asks Bunyan where in North America they are, to which she answers North Dakota. This distresses Edison since the state's low population means it may be a while before they reach civilization.
As the group treks through the forest in the hopes of reaching civilization, Bunyan says it'd be easier if she had her favorite axe. Her summoner took it away, though, because it was dangerous. She is unable to remember what they're like, only recalling they went far east. Edison and Geronimo then encourage her to build a new version of her favorite axe.
After Bunyan makes her new axe, the group watch as she cuts the forest down. Eventually, nothing is left of the forest but a neatly stacked pile of lumber. Edison finally realizes who Bunyan is, recalling the newspaper stories that essentially depict her as the creator of America. Assuming Bunyan's summoner possesses the Grail, thereby, the one who created the Singularity, Geronimo tries to ask her something. Bunyan interrupts him, however, as she sensed something approaching. A light crashes down, from which Billy the Kid and Altera (calling herself Wyatt Earp) emerge ready to punish the group for illegal deforestation.
After Altera retreats following the fight, Billy reveals he, Altera, and Bunyan were summoned by the same person. That person controls everything from Chicago, which is the same direction Altera went. After Billy disappears, the group makes their way to Chicago.
On their way to Chicago, the group comes across a decrepit house. There, they encounter Jack the Ripper and Nursery Rhyme. They are waiting for their summoner, who went to Chicago. A stampede of rampaging buffalo then hits the house, so the group goes out to take care of them. While eating the buffalo they killed and cooked, the group encounter Altera (now calling herself Buffalo Bill) again. She decides to punish them for killing the endangered buffalo, ignoring Geronimo's statement that the herd was berserk and none of their parts were wasted. After being defeated, she retreats, warning the group not to go any further. Now joined by Jack and Nursery Rhyme, the group continue onwards to Chicago.
Eventually reaching Chicago, the group split off in search of clues. But rendezvousing later that night, only Geronimo has useful information. He informs them of a shop called the "Club High Society", a place he assumes is backed by the Mage's Association. Edison bribes a bouncer to let them in; Jack and Nursery Rhyme aren't allowed since they're children. There they encounter Mata Hari, who proceeds to use her Noble Phantasm on them. However, it is disabled thanks to the barrier that Geronimo, Edison, and Nursery Rhyme made around the club beforehand. The group then fights her and the bouncers. Mata Hari s defeated and disappears, telling the group that Bunyan's summoner is at World's Columbian Exposition.
Arriving at the Columbian Exposition, Edison is disgusted by its use of AC. Altera (now calling herself Davy Crockett) arrives with Tesla and sends Edison into a rage by calling DC bad civilization. Following the battle, Edison gets frustrated at Tesla for disappearing like he won. He quietly admits though that his own technology isn't used much in the modern-day. Altera leaves, warning Ritsuka and Bunya they'll encounter their worst nightmare if they go any further.
At the center of the fair, the group finds a poorly constructed Japanese Pavillion. There they encounter a bizarre girl who is introduced as the Nameless Master, one from a parallel Chaldea. She reveals herself as the one who summoned every Servant the group encountered, except for Bunyan. Bunyan is a Phantom born from a joke between North American settlers with no basis in myth or belief in her existence. The Nameless Master allowed her to possess udon dough and hoped to shape her into a powerful welfare Servant for the game's second anniversary. But considering her a useless low-rank Servant, she trapped Bunyan in the Singularity. She then decides to eradicate the group for bringing Bunyan, whom she wanted her to disappear in the forest. Despite them being all high-ranking Servants, the Nameless Master's Servants were underleveled and easily defeated. After she disappears, the group heads back home.
Later, as Bunyan expands Chicago to cover much of the globe, Edison and Geronimo investigate the truth behind the Singularity and Bunyan. They were able to determine Edison's Spiritual World Communicator opened the way to the Singularity and Bunyan is its core. But that is when the lab is blown up by Goddess Columbia.
Faking his death, he later stops Geronimo from sacrificing himself to open a way out of Bunyan's unconsciousness. He then uses his Noble Phantasm to reveal the truth that Bunyan pursued: the scene of a peaceful city. To maintain this scenery, Edison will continue to use his Noble Phantasm. He then leaves the matter of Bunyan to Ritsuka, suspecting she is at the edge of the city.
After everything is resolved, everyone returns to Chaldea and eat hamburger steaks with Bumyan, who's been registered to the Throne of Heroes.
Subspecies Singularity IV: Salem
Edison calls the Salem Singularity a barren land of darkness that doesn’t suffer even a single watt to pass. When shown the sketches made by the medieval automata that successfully returned, he is surprised they’re of 17th century Salem instead of modern day. Calling the situation an invasion, Edison asks about the condition of 50, 000 living there. He lets Geronimo tell the founding of Massachusett, accepting that the atrocities committed against the natives are still part of American history. He is surprised that the people inside the Singularity are leading normal lives, expecting they would be panicking instead. He decides he’ll be the first to investigate the Singularity, only for Hans Christian Andersen to tell him he can’t. William Shakespeare then explains the scenario they wrote. Edison shares Mash’s concern about sending Medea into Salem, given that it’s famed for witch hunts. He dismisses Andersen, Sherlock Holmes, and Shakespeare’s mocking his concerns as unamusing, saying the lives of the people trapped in Salem are more important. After Ritsuka’s party rayshifts to Salem, Edison is concerned that the Medea who accompanied them is an impostor.
When Raum transforms into his true self and the Mist surrounding Salem dissipates, Edison gets excited that the U.S. Army is ready to move in. However, Ritsuka and Geronimo both agree that would inadvisable. Geronimo reveals magical energy is being rapidly consumed across the continent, primarily in heavily populated areas. Because this phenomenon seems to ignore the old Bounded Fields, he believes the very basis of magecraft itself is becoming fractured. Edison takes this mean to there are casualties among normal humans as well. Therefore, he believes winning against Raum is paramount.
As a person born in the 19th Century, Edison boasts worldwide fame, however, his capacity as a Servant is somewhat inferior due to being one of the most recent Heroic Spirits. In order to compensate for that in this summoning, all the Presidents of the United States of America throughout history granted him a Mystic Code that "would reinforce the concept of 'Edison'." With the exception of luck, all of his abilities have been augmented, making for a strange distribution of his parameters and Class Skills where they are either E or EX. Caster also has a superhuman elixir that, if imbibed, can turn him into Thomas Mazda Edison; however, in exchange, Caster will lose his humanity.
- Territory Creation (EX (D) Rank): Creates the lab of the great Edison, king of inventors. Those who work under Edison as a servant are forced to work non-stop 24 hours a day.
- Item Construction (EX (D) Rank): Edison is famous for the invention of many items that remain used today. Some say he only improved on the inventions of others, but his achievements still remain undeniable. As a servant, Edison can upgrade the weapons and NPs of other servants. The success rises the lower the divine mystery level of the target is. However, NPs that are derived from achievements (like God Hand) cannot be upgraded.
- Single-Mindedness (B Rank): The ability to immerse oneself in something, exhibiting a superhuman degree of focus. It was said that Edison slept for an average of only three hours.
- Mass Production (A Rank): The ideal form of the world (America) that Edison's inventions led to. He can mass produce a nearly infinite number of soldiers to act as his subordinates. There seems to be some sort of balance being kept, but its being done by someone or something that is not around him. The resources being consumed are from a place unrelated to America, so he has no qualms with exploiting it fully.
- Concept Improvement (A+ Rank): The special right and unfair advantage of improving any tool, from any given time or place. A bow becomes stronger, a sword becomes sharper, an axe becomes heavier. By combining this skill with Mass Production, he is even capable of mass-producing weapons that demonstrate the same destructive power of a low grade Noble Phantasm. The amount by which something can be improved depends on the rank of the skill. At A+, he is able to bestow conceptual improvements on almost anything outside of Divine Constructs.
- Shapeshift (C Rank): Though he has transformed to have the head of a lion, his intelligence and charisma remain unaffected. However, due to his body being filled to the edge of bursting, he is unable to control it well, causing his parameters themselves to be quite low.
Edison's Noble Phantasm is World Faith Domination. Although its power output is lower than Nikola Tesla's System Keraunos, by slowly but continuously overloading it, he is able to sync it with Tesla's in order to momentarily seal Clan Calatin. If he completely overload's it, its power would be greatly increased, however, doing so would result in his death.
pako is the character designer for Thomas Edison.
- E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 4: King of Presidents
- E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 15: The King in the High Castle
- E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 7: Young Guns
- E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 16: The Fellowship
- E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 21: North American Myth War (Ending)
- E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 22: Shielder, Master, Soldier, Nurse
- Fate/Grand Order - Solomon: The Grand Time Temple, Section 6: V/Halphas, the Armory
- Fate/Grand Order - GUDAGUDA Meiji Restoration, Section 3: GUDAGUDA Idekaya Tumble
- Fate/Grand Order - GUDAGUDA Meiji Restoration, Section 4: Universal Battle of Toba-Fushimi
- Fate/Grand Order - GUDAGUDA Meiji Restoration, End Section: We Won! The The Oda Shogunate Finishes!/Key to Victory is Shinsengumi!
- Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remant - Salem: The Forbidden Advent Garden, Prologue
- Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Salem: The Forbidden Advent Garden, Section 8: Final Knot
- Fate/Grand Order Profile of Thomas Edison, translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.
- Fate/Grand Order material III: translated section on Thomas Edison's Skills.
- Fate/Grand Order material III: section on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Thomas Edison, Charles Babbage and Paracelsus von Hohenheim Personal Skills, translated by TwilightsCall at Beast's Lair.
- Fate/Grand Order - E Pluribus Unum: Section 21 North American Myth War (Ending)