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- "It's useless, it's all useless!"
- — Battler's notable quote when in a difficult situation
Battler Ushiromiya (右代宮 戦人 Ushiromiya Batora ) is the protagonist of the Umineko no Naku Koro ni series. Much of the series follows his battle with Beatrice in which he attempts to prove that the murders on Rokkenjima, of which he himself is a victim, could be committed by humans.
Battler is stubborn and doesn't believe in magic, preventing everyone from entering the Golden Land, during the events of Legend of the Golden Witch. While Beatrice vows to show Battler the errors of his ways, Battler vows to crush her; thus, beginning the fight between them. Along the way, new foes and allies enter the fray, and Battler soon finds himself fighting over something even more precious: the truth behind Beatrice herself and the world she created.
The son of Rudolf and his first wife, Asumu.
When his father married a second wife shortly after Asumu's death, Battler rebelled and went to live with his grandparents on his mother's side. However, both of these grandparents passed away, and he has now returned to the Ushiromiya family after six years.
This family conference is a chance for him to renew his friendship with his cousins after a six year gap.
Battler appears as a young man with short, spiky, auburn hair parted to the side. He has a light skin complexion and has brown eyes. Various adaptations give him blue eyes instead. Battler has a slim body and is rather tall, having a height of over 180 cm (roughly 5 ft 11 inches).
He wears a khaki suit with the Ushiromiya crest. Underneath this suit, he wears a black vest with a red long sleeved shirt with a black tie. After becoming the Endless and Golden Sorcerer, he appears with a black cape (similar to the cape Kinzo wears), symbolizing his position as the Game Master.
In a flashback in Umineko: Majo to Suiri no Rondo, Battler's casual clothing consists of what seems to be a white jacket with a dark colored shirt underneath. In the anime, his casual clothing consists of a short-sleeved white shirt with a long-sleeved dark blue shirt underneath. In the manga, his casual clothing consists of a jacket, with a black shirt underneath with a metallic necklace. He also wears jeans with a chain on his left pocket. He also wears a typical Japanese highschool uniform. In Pachi-Slot Umineko no Naku Koro ni, he wears a white collared long sleeved shirt as casual attire as seen in a flashback with Ange.
Although stubborn and hotheaded with the habit of flirting with young women, Battler is a very compassionate young man. However, he is also very emotional which is both his greatest strength and weakness, as while he refuses to acknowledge a witch to be the culprit, he also refuses to accept the fact the culprit is among the people he loves and mostly when he gets caught up in disproving Beatrice's magic, he forgets the most important question about the game: Why did Beatrice commit the murders?
Battler also has a perpetual fear of 'shaky' transportation, thinking he might fall out. He is also shown to be intuitive and intelligent in certain situations, as he uses Kyrie's "flip the chessboard" mindset to predict his enemy's thoughts based on the situation at hand. Though he doesn't look like it, Battler also enjoys reading mystery novels, which explains his extensive knowledge on the subject.
By Dawn of the Golden Witch, Battler’s personality makes an exceptionally drastic change compared to his former cheerful self. Battler is shown to be very serious, discarding all signs of his once goofy habits and quirks, and becomes easily angered with anything that involves Beatrice such as how he became furious with Erika wearing the ring meant for Beatrice.
Skills and Abilities Edit
Battler typically relies on his intellect, the Devil's Proof and chessboard thinking to make theories, later obtaining the ability to use Blue Truth. While Battler initially doesn't have powers of his own, his staunch refusal to accept magic gives him magical defense of Endless Nine, which nullifies any magic attacks used on him.
In End of the Golden Witch, Battler reaches the truth of Beatrice's game and ascends to Game Master, receiving a golden longsword which he uses to spin blue and red truths at will. Battler also obtains the power of Gold Truth, enabling him to guarantee certain aspects that would be impossible to prove prior. Taking on the name Lord BATTLER (バトラ卿 Batora Kyō ) and the title of Golden Sorcerer, he is able to create gameboards of his own and manipulate the pieces within.
Growing up, he and his family attended the family conference once every year and befriended his cousins Jessica and George and the servant Shannon. The four of them often played together, but he became the most closest to Shannon, due to their mutual interest in mystery novels. The two of them became close enough that talking about mystery novels became an excuse for their secret meetings. At some point Battler may have developed an interest in Shannon and promised her that when he returns in the next family conference, he will take her away from the island while riding a white horse.
However, when Battler's mother Asumu died, Rudolf immediately married Kyrie, who was pregnant with her own child. Battler, in his grieving process, fought with his father and says to him that Asumu's death benefited Rudolf so that he can be with Kyrie. He also tells Rudolf that since the unborn child is innocent, he won't hate him or her, but will hate Rudolf in his mother's place, since Asumu is dead. He later on left the Ushiromiya family and lived with his supposed maternal grandparents for six years.
Though still on bad terms with his father, he would once in a while visit his younger sister Ange during her birthdays and on one occasion, got her hair ornaments from a crane game in an amusement park. Eventually he grew to appreciate his step-mother Kyrie, but considers her more of an older sister than a mother. In 1984, Kyrie asked him to write letters to his cousins (including Maria, who he was not close enough with) which she delivers that year's family conference. In the same conference, Kyrie has stated that Battler has became very popular in school. When Asumu's parents passed away, he returned to the Ushiromiya family after six years. In 1986, it is his first time back in Rokkenjima to attend that year's family conference, which gives him a chance to renew his friendship with his cousins after a six year gap.
- Ushiromiya Family
- Beatrice (opponent, wife)
- EVA-Beatrice (opponent)
- Lambdadelta (ally, sorcerer guardian)
- Bernkastel (acquaintance, rival)
- Erika Furudo (rival)
- Dlanor A. Knox (acquaintance, opponent)
- The Seven Stakes of Purgatory (furniture)
- Ronove (acquaintance, furniture)
- Virgilia (ally, furniture)
- Gaap (acquaintance)
- Tohya Hachijo (future self)
- Black Battler (culprit form)
Role in the StoryEdit
As the protagonist, most of the episode is told through Battler's point of view. In the beginning, he meets his cousins George and Maria (which is pretty much a first meeting between the two for when Battler and Maria last met, she had been three years old) at the airport. It had been six years since he has seen the rest of the Ushiromiya family and been to Rokkenjima after living with his mother's parents. He is very playful and jokes around with his cousins while at the mansion on Rokkenjima. He indulges in Maria's occult knowledge but is surprised when she suddenly takes on a creepy disposition and receives her wrath for not taking Beatrice seriously.
In the end, because he does not believe in Beatrice and does not admit that her and her magic is real, the door to the Golden Land is closed, costing everyone their paradise.
This fool made the world where everyone could be happy all come to nothing.
Though Beatrice is extremely angry, she also seems to be enjoying herself immensely. It's almost as though she's waited a thousand years to get her hands on a toy as fun as this one.
Hopefully, even this fool will be able to see you before too long...
In the Tea Party, Battler thanks the readers for reading Umineko no Naku Koro ni and engages in a discussion with the cousins and servants about their brutal deaths and the mystery. Everyone seems to think that Beatrice was responsible for the murders, but Battler claims that she doesn't exist and that humans could have done them. The Golden Witch herself appears in response to Battler's insinuation, and after re-killing the cousins and servants, Beatrice challenges Battler to deny her.
Battler begins his debate with Beatrice in a realm known as the Meta-World. Meta-Battler observes the events on the island alongside Beatrice while his piece version exists on the island and acts like Battler ordinarily would. During the first half of the episode, Meta-Battler only appears in little interjections made by him and Beatrice when events turn dissatisfying in the world they are observing.
After the first twilight, Battler begins making theories to challenge Beatrice's claim that the murders were committed with magic, responding to her declarations made in red. However, Battler refuses to believe that any of the 18 people on the island could be the culprit, instead blaming it on a hidden 19th person. Battler is crushed by the weight of Beatrice's red truths and he eventually gives up.On the gameboard, Battler is also crushed by Rosa's insistence that the servants were responsible for the murders, and Battler gives up in trying to find the culprit.
At 23:30 PM, Battler gets drunk in the dining hall when Genji comes to bring him to meet Beatrice and Kinzo. Faced with Beatrice's presence, Battler gives in completely to magic and learns the answers behind the murders. Battler is then stripped naked and humiliated by Beatrice, who guides him around like a dog. He's then torn apart by goat demons with the other survivors.
In the Tea Party, Battler regains his will to fight and saves Rosa from being tortured by Beatrice. He announces that the game is still on.
In the ????, Bernkastel's words of encouragement are what enable Battler to regain faith in himself. Even if Battler were to lose the game once more, Beatrice will continue endlessly with the objective of torturing him.
He did surrender to the witch at one point, but he pulled himself together and regained his will to fight.
I see...So, to witches, Battler makes a great toy for smashing.
That explains why she's always breaking him, fixing him, and breaking him again.
Torture is meaningless if you kill the subject. You've gotta alternate between causing pain and letting them rest.
The Battler on Rokkenjima spends much of this episode holed up in the Guest House, making only brief forays outside with armed family members to search for people who go missing.
In the meta-world, Battler becomes allies with the witch Virgilia in denying Beatrice's existence. However, Battler's disgust with Beatrice grows as she cackles at the sight of the newly-ascended EVA-Beatrice killing his family over and over again. Battler declares that Beatrice is unfit to be his opponent and would rather debate with Ronove.
Beatrice attempts to become a good witch and earn Battler's favor once more, and Battler comes to accept her after seeing how much she changed. The two are able to defeat EVA-Beatrice in a fierce debate, ending with Beatrice denying witches with red. Afterwards, Piece-Battler determines that Eva is the culprit and is murdered by her.
Shot to death by Ushiromiya Eva inside the mansion.
The weapon was a Winchester from Kinzo's collection.
Jessica had lost her eyesight. Alone with Battler.
Wolves and sheep puzzle.
Meta-Battler and Beatrice are suddenly reunited in the Golden Land, where Battler is asked to sign a document recognizing Beato as a true witch. However, Battler comes to realize that Beatrice becoming a good witch was all an act.
Much of this episode is told from the perspective of Battler's sister Ange, which leads to a reduced role for Battler himself. Meanwhile, the Battler on Rokkenjima barricades himself in the Guest House with his cousins while reports of bizarre murders filter in.
After hearing about Kinzo's trial, Battler is called out in front of the mansion where he meets Beatrice in person on the gameboard, who asks him to remember his sin; Battler is unable to remember, and Beatrice leaves dejected. In the metaworld, Beatrice asks Battler to repeat several things in red, where it's revealed that Asumu is not his real mother.
Because Battler cannot prove his own parentage or identity, he falls into a state of despair, and Beatrice leaves the gameboard. She's eventually convinced to come back by Ange, who also brings Battler back by telling him that even if Asumu isn't his biological mother, she still acted like one to him. Renewed with energy, Battler challenges Beato to a final debate.
In the Tea Party, Battler does an investigation of the entire island and discovers that he is only one seemingly left alive. Meta-Battler then begins his debate with Beatrice, providing theories to every murder shown thus far. At the very end, Beatrice presents him with a final riddle: "who am I?" The Tea Party ends with Beatrice embracing Battler, who promises that he will definitely kill her.
Went to hell embraced by the witch.
But to the witch, that hell was the Golden Land.
At the end of he episode Battler is stabbed to death by the Red Truth. However, Meta creatures do not actually die; they just lose the concept of themselves in the sea of nothingness. Battler takes a hold of himself and, in that dimension out of time and space, he discovers the truth behind everything. Since the rule established by the first Game Master entails that whoever discovers the truth and the gold will succeed Beatrice, Battler is recognized by Lambdadelta, who becomes his guardian, as the Endless and Golden Sorcerer, BATTLER, and inherits from the dead Beatrice the world of the game board, making him it's new Territory Lord.
Battler grows increasingly obsessed with reviving Beatrice; his attempts were successful, but this Beatrice did not have the memories she had as a witch before she died, resulting in her being both childish and naïve.
Battler attempts to demonstrate his understanding of Beatrice's game and challenges Erika. He also partakes in a love trial held by Zepar and Furfur, with the victims of the love trial becoming murder victims.
On the gameboard, Battler and several others are found dead and locked inside of guestrooms.
His corpse was found in a guest room.
Furudo Erika didn't perform a proper investigation, so the details of the cause of death are unknown.
As part of Battler's game, he and the murder victims were actually playing dead, and Battler planned to escape from his room. However, Battler accidentally produces a Logic Error that Erika takes advantage of, and he becomes comatose as Erika attempts to marry him and become the Territory Lord.
Battler is saved when Beatrice fully reawakens and Kanon saves Battler from his logic error. Battler and Beatrice ultimately defeat Erika and win the game.
In the Tea Party, Battler and Beatrice are able to get married.
Battler only appears at the very beginning of the episode, the Tea Party and in the epilogue.
In the prologue, Battler attends a funeral with Virgilia in the Chapel. Virgilia says a prayer and Battler places a book inside a coffin. The book is a tale he dedicated to the Beatrice he could not reach in time: "Dawn of the Golden Witch". This is the most beautiful tale he could weave and is a secret between them that no one will ever defile. After a few glances at the coffin, Battler leaves the Chapel with Virgilia.
In the Tea Party, Battler finally returns to Rokkenjima after six years and goes about normal interactions with the cousins until Kyrie and Rudolf's murders begin. The two originally intended to pull Battler into their plan but both are killed by Eva before Battler could ever speak to them. What exactly occurs after Rudolf called Battler out to the Chapel is shrouded in mystery as he is never shown afterwards.
In the epilogue, Battler consoles a crying Ange by telling her of tale with a happy ending taking place on October 5th, 1986. That way, it is not really clear if the last game has Bernkastel or Battler as Game Master.
As the Game Master, he invites his sister Ange to the 8th game. However, Ange eventually found out that it was just a farce. Later on he was challenged by Bernkastel to solve her game. Together with Beatrice, he eventually found out that his game incarnation was the culprit along with his parents Kyrie and Rudolf.
At the end of the chapter, on the morning of October 6th, he and Beatrice escape the island on a boat. Beatrice then attempted suicide and was followed into the ocean by Battler. However, he floated back up and away from Beatrice's sight only to later be seen embracing Beatrice as they fall down together in the bottom of the ocean. Battler winds up surviving and washes up on the shores of Nijima with severe memory loss; he's later found on the road by Ikuko Hachijo and begins living a new life as Tohya Hachijo.
Several decades later, Ange, now known as Yukari Kotobuki, reunites with her brother and invites Tohya to the Fukuin House, which has been remodeled to look like the Ushiromiya Mansion interior. The sight of this prompts a dream sequence where Battler takes Beatrice's hand and stands up from his wheelchair, separating from Tohya. After the credits, a silhouette of both him and Beatrice can be seen in the Golden Land.
Other Appearances Edit
He has appeared in every adaptation of the sound novels due to being the main character. He has also appeared in the game Ougon Musou Kyoku and manga exclusive series Forgery of the Purple Logic and the Higurashi and Umineko crossover manga.
- In Dawn of the Golden Witch, it is stated by Lambdadelta and later confirmed in Twilight of the Golden Witch, that Battler has a third title, "Lord BATTLER, Golden Endless Sorcerer of Miracles", a title on par with Bernkastel's. Bernkastel is the witch who knows the true form of miracles and knows that they do not occur. She can only wait for one endlessly, whereas Battler is the sorcerer, who knows that miracles exist and can create one. This is why Bernkastel can't stand him and wants revenge. This affinity (and others) might also be the reason Bernkastel became interested in him in the first place.
- Ryukishi07's later work, Rose Guns Days, features the character Philip U. Butler who is very similar to Battler in terms of appearance and personality.
- Battler wears his cape much earlier in the manga. It materialized the moment he became a sorcerer in End of the Golden Witch.
- His birthday is 7/15.
- He likes mystery novels and books but dislikes high places and vehicles.
- According to one of Ryukishi07's twitter posts, his favorite sport is dodgeball.