The protagonists of Spell The series dwells on the trauma and anguish that emerges from seeing the underside of society. They ponder how to salvage their reality without further sacrificing their respective characters. The torrential darkness in this reality may have rendered many individuals numb and driven, with the exception of Servant Rider of FateZero. However, Rider optimistically approaches darkness and conflict as a beautiful and exhilarating challenge to overcome.
Many brooding protagonists need a more upbeat supporting cast to balance the tone of a story. Unfortunately, although the actors add the necessary elements, they don’t often step in as secondary heroes, especially those with unwavering morals and optimism. Nonetheless, Rider manages to steal the stage and show through his specific attitude and actions that he is the bright light of a dark tale.
From his first appearance, it’s evident that Rider is an explosive force of nature whose impact will ripple through everyone he meets. Pairing a loquacious behemoth of a man with the tiny, timid Waver Velvet greatly magnifies his presence, adding more weight to his heroic appearance. Establishing Rider larger than life from his first scene carries over to the show as he wows both heroes and magic users alike.
Fearless and always curious, Rider immediately jumps into his new setting with enthusiasm. The contagious nature of her excitement brightens the macabre spirit of FateZero spectacularly. Watching the legendary Alexander the Great revel in video games, new world maps, and modern conveniences while wearing a microscopic t-shirt is both surreal and unforgettable.
Implementing his boundless optimism in every interaction, Rider mentally challenges the main protagonists and antagonists, cementing his place among the true heroics. While Alexander’s standing as a Rider in the Holy Grail Tournament is lesser compared to Saber, he exceeds expectations to dwell among the upper echelon. This greatness is exemplified when he verbally fights with the other Legendary Kings in the tournament.
Saber and Archer, or King Arthur and Gilgamesh, are seen as the ideal heroes to win the tournament, but Rider firmly believes that victory could come to whoever tries hardest. Although he shares nobility and love of battle with Archer, his desire to lessen the bloodshed by bonding and earning the devotion of others makes Rider a truly good person. While he and Saber both seek to improve the world, Rider’s commitment to a better future without worrying too much about the past makes him a more hopeful hero.
Much to Waver’s chagrin, Rider is most willing to come into conflict with a blatant disregard for his safety. These heroic tendencies are not always fruitful. Yet they constantly inspire attentive viewers who display an unparalleled sense of duty and bravery. Rider’s impact goes far beyond his role and his magnetic presence forever changes Saber, Waver and the others.
In a fitting heroic sacrifice, Rider challenges Gilgamesh. While Rider may be an underdog in the tournament, his clash with Gilgamesh is majestic and impressive. Their struggles go beyond physical conflicts, as they are also waging a philosophical struggle. As Gilgamesh scores a victory, Rider indirectly sees success through his inspiration for other characters.
There’s no better proof of Rider’s existence as a charismatic hero than his absurd ability. In the heat of battle, Rider transports his opponents to an alternate realm where his allies and converted enemies assist him in a feat of strength against any foe. The number of fervent supporters Rider has acquired speaks volumes about his presence.
Rider expresses it best when he says, “His will is equal to that of all his followers combined!” Impressing everyone he meets and constantly creating new alliances allows Rider to present himself as a powerful and charismatic hero. He is a true light in the darkness of FateZero with unwavering will and boundless optimism.