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Characters That Made My Year – Rider AKA King Iskander (Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Eight)

December 21, 2011

Keeping things going nicely, today on Day Eight is a character that became a very quick favourite.  He only needs to appear on-screen and instantly makes the show x10 better – today let us pay our dues to the King of Conquerors, Rider AKA King Iskander of Fate/Zero.

Ah BROskander!  Let me count the many ways you are fecking awesome!  Seriously Rider & Waver’s antics are the main reason I’m enjoying Fate/Zero so much – I’m nowhere near as fond of the other Master/Servant duos (although Gil is fabulous as fuck).  Fate/Zero has been pretty decent thus far – it’s really remarkable how they can take the same concept as Fate Stay/Night and make it not suck; the wonders of competent writing and pretty animation.  However it really is Rider who steals the show with his larger than life personality and absolutely unshakeable conviction – he puts the rest of the characters to shame most of the time.

The moment I’ve chosen to best demonstrate just how fuck amazing Rider is, comes in episode 11, which I’m sure will surprise absolutely no one.  Episode 11 sees the three Kings of the show – Saber, Archer and Rider, meet for a big ole chit-chat over some quality beverages.  It’s Rider who instigates this unique dialogue which is completely devoid of Masters (Waver doesn’t count, it’s not like Rider ever listens to the boy!) and all three have some interesting ideas on what it means to be a King and why they desire the Grail.  Rider is conviction incarnate – the man knows exactly what he wants and he will not compromise if the other party doesn’t give him some damn good reasons.  Unfortunately for Saber she lacks the unshakeable belief in her ideals that Rider believes a ruler should have, and thus Saber loses Rider’s respect (but oddly gains Archer’s interest).

However the best bit comes when Assassin gatecrashes the banquet and Rider decides to step up and show just how powerful and determined he is as a Servant and a King.  Rider’s Reality Marble and Nobel Phantasm of Ionian Hetairoi is a sight to behold.  As befits the King of Conquerors, his Nobel Phantasm summons an army of heroes who have remained loyal to King Iskander even in death, and together they make short work of the swarm of Assassins.  This scene just made me grin like an idiot – Rider’s force of personality is impossible to resist, he’s massively charismatic and he deserves every bit of the attention he demands.  FUCK YEAH RIDER!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2011 1:25 pm

    Episode 11 changed my view about Rider but not by much. I’m still a bit indifference when it comes to him.

    • December 22, 2011 9:22 pm

      I’ve really enjoyed Rider from his introduction……however Gil & Lancer are much easier on the eye XD

  2. December 21, 2011 5:34 pm

    It’s not often I’ll say this about a character but… not even Norio Wakamoto’s voice could make him more awesome, he’s perfect as he is!

  3. December 21, 2011 6:01 pm

    Ah yes…the scene-stealing King of Conquerers. He was my fave character in the show right from the moment he appeared too. There are a few others who are possibly more interesting and complex, but as far as entertainment value is concered Broskander wins hands-down.

    The bond between him and Waver is pretty cool as well. Although he’s strictly speaking the Servant, Rider’s kind-of adopted Waver as his apprentice, although the big guy has quite a bit of respect for him. The way their dynamic is portrayed is really well done I think.

    • December 22, 2011 9:24 pm

      Rider really is the ultimate scene-stealer, and deservedly so.

      I’m also enjoying the Rider/Waver dynamic – think Scamp said it best in his Magical Girlfriend post on the pair.

  4. December 21, 2011 7:48 pm

    Oh Iskander, I could honestly wax lyrical about him all day. I’ll keep short: He’s a boss! He’s a f**king boss!

    I’m still secretly praying that his awesomesness can somehow warp reality and tear up the Fate franchise’s canon. Screw the events of F/SN, Team Raver deserve to win! If anyone can do it, it’s Rider!

    • December 22, 2011 9:26 pm

      It’s hard to talk about Rider without lapsing into shouts of ‘Fuck Yeah Rider!’

      I’d love for Rider to crash the FS/N timeline and show those wimpy characters how things are done!

  5. December 21, 2011 10:11 pm

    BROskander and waver! The best pair ever! I can see why so many people like him due to his crazy personality and that beard of course hahaha Rider is amazing so great choice Cara!

    • December 22, 2011 9:26 pm

      The man is a force of nature – what’s not to love? XD

  6. December 23, 2011 2:40 pm

    Definitely the most interesting character from the start. 😀

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