| Battler Ushiromiya|
|Name|| Battler Ushiromiya|
|First Appearance||Legend of the Golden Witch|
|Voiced By||Daisuke Ono|
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.
He takes on the pen name, (after 12 years since he got an amnesia) Toya Hachijo, which he shares with Ikuko Hachijo.
Battler is one of the cousins that arrive at Rokkenjima. He lived with his maternal grandparents for six years after his mother, Asumu, died. During the events of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, it is his first time back to Rokkenjima and his first time seeing his cousins again. Though on bad terms with his father, Rudolf, he appreciates his step-mother, Kyrie, but considers her more of an older sister than a mother. He also has a younger sister, Ange.
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, soon, Battler finds himself fighting over something even more precious: the truth behind Beatrice herself and the world she created.
- Beatrice - opponent, wife, and step-cousin
- Ange Ushiromiya - sister
- Rudolf Ushiromiya - father
- Kyrie Ushiromiya - biological mother
- Asumu Ushiromiya - "mother"
- Kinzo Ushiromiya - grandfather
- Krauss Ushiromiya - uncle
- Natsuhi Ushiromiya - aunt
- Jessica Ushiromiya - cousin
- Eva Ushiromiya - aunt
- Hideyoshi Ushiromiya - uncle
- George Ushiromiya - cousin
- Rosa Ushiromiya - aunt
- Maria Ushiromiya - cousin
- Lion Ushiromiya - step-cousin, step-aunt/uncle
- Lambdadelta - sorcerer guardian
- Bernkastel - opponent
- Erika Furudo - opponent
- Stakes of Purgatory - furniture
- Dlanor - friend, opponent, ally
- Tohya Hachijo - new self (during 1998)
Battler appears as a young man with spiky, auburn hair. He has either blue (as seen in the anime, Umineko: Majo to Suiri no Rondo and the portrait in Twilight of the Golden Witch) or brown eyes (as seen in the original novel and in his portrait in "Dawn"/Symphony of Golden Dreams) and is described as very tall and muscular and appears to be a quite fascinating man. He wears a khaki suit with the Ushiromiya crest.
In Dawn of the Golden Witch, he appears with a black cape (similar to the cape Kinzo, or "Goldsmith", wears), symbolizing his position as the Game Master.
In Twilight of the Golden Witch, he ages and assumes white hair, less spikier than his original red hairdo and greatly resembles Kinzo when Kinzo was younger.
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 cares and loves and mostly when he got caught up with disapproving Beatrice's magic, he forgotton the most important question about the game:'Why Beatrice commited 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 at certain situation, as he uses Kyrie's "flip the chessboard" mindset to predict his enemie's thoughts based on the situation at hand. Though he doesn't look like it, Battler also enjoys reading, mostly mystery, which explains his extensive knowledge on the subject.
As a HumanEdit
Battler is the rival Beatrice chose and the reason she created her game board. Battler fights on the white part of the chess board and is the representative of the human side, along with the first detective. He doesn't know the truth behind Beatrice's tale and views himself as a traveler on his way to find it, guided by Virgilia. He makes crushing the illusion of the witch his goal. His determination and rejection of magic provide him with a powerful anti-magic barrier. He is a worthy opponent; at times, even brilliant, thanks to the knowledge he's built up as an avid reader and his own talent.
His piece on the game board is human and unaware of the Meta dimension, so it acts as an ordinary human of his age would. This piece is moved by Battler himself on the upper plane, with exception of most of episode 5, in which it was moved by Bernkastel.
As one of the pieces inside the cat box, Battler has access to the truth of the tale.
The Battler that survived the accident, Tohya Hachijo, is the actual forger of the tales of Rokkenjima.
As the Golden SorcererEdit
At the end of Episode 5, 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 Sorcerer, BATTLER, and inherits from the dead Beatrice the world of the game board, making him it's new Territory Lord. But in order to win the game, he has to prove that he understands everything by weaving and winning a new tale against Erika and Bernkastel. Battler weaves three tales:
- Dawn of the Golden Witch: The first of his tales is dedicated to Beatrice and her resurrection. It was challenged by Erika and was interrupted at the first twilight.
- Requiem Of The Golden Witch: The second tale is dedicated to the Beatrice he could not reach in time. This is the most beautiful tale he could weave and is a secret between them that no one will ever defile. It is buried along with Beatrice.
- Twilight Of The Golden Witch: He dedicates this last tale to his sister, Ange. He invites Ange to the final party, hoping to end her turmoil, as well as inspire her to live on in the future as the final witch. Ange, EVA-Beatrice, Bernkastel, and Erika challenge this final tale.
Role in the GamesEdit
In Legend of the Golden Witch, most of the story is told through his 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 has 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 goes into her creepy mode and receives his 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. He costs everyone their paradise.Missing
He is the fool who made the world where everyone could be happy come to nothing.
Even though Beatrice is infuriated, for some reason she is enjoying herself immensely. It's as if he is an amusing toy she has obtained after one thousand years.
I hope that you too can see this amusing fool soon.
In Turn of the Golden Witch, Battler is less prominent in the story itself, as he is observing the events along side Beatrice, whilst continuing to deny her. Although he is still part of the world taking place, it could be said the real him is with Beatrice. During the first half of the story, Battler is only significant through little interjections made by him and Beatrice, when events turn dissatisfying in the world they are observing. Eventually he plays a prominent role, when presented with a situation that occurs during the game and attempts to explain as possible by "human tricks." This is the point where he begins stating his famous line "Repeat it in Red." He is successful in disproving the need for magic in that mystery, which seems to stir Beatrice's arrogance. Unfortunately for Battler, it's the only one of many mysteries that take place during the game world that he is able to solve. This causes Battler to accept the witch and magic and become Beatrice's furniture for a while until he's ultimately killed at her banquet. At the end, Bernkastel's words cause him to become willing to fight Beatrice once again, knowing that even if he loses the game once more, it will continue endlessly with the objective of torturing him.
In this arc, Battler winds up missing once more, after surviving October 5th. However, the description here shows not the broken body, but his determined stance to fight again. It's more focused on Meta-Battler as well. It is possible he survived and went on to become Tohya Hachijo.
For a moment, he surrendered to the Witch but he had the determination to regain his willpower and fight again.
Is Battler indeed a toy that's worth breaking to the Witch? That being the case, it is possible she will break him in moderation, fix him, then break him again.
Her torture is meaningless if she kills him. She must alternate in tormenting him and letting him rest.
In his third match with Beatrice, Battler's disgust with his opponent grows increasingly apparent and eventually leads to an interruption of the game proceedings. Meanwhile, the Battler on Rokkenjima spends much of this episode holed up in the guesthouse, making only brief forays outside with armed family members to search for people who go missing.
Was shot to death by Ushiromiya Eva inside the mansion.
The weapon was a Winchester from Kinzo's collection.
Jessica lost her eyesight. Battler was with her.
Wolf and sheep puzzle.
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 guesthouse with his cousins while reports of bizarre murders filter in. It is revealed in this episode that Asumu is not his real mother.
As he was held by the witch, he went to hell.
But to the witch, that hell was the Golden Land
With assistance from Beatrice's furniture, he uses the standpoint that he himself is the mastermind behind the game's murders to battle Erika's theory that Natsuhi is the culprit. His weapon is a golden longsword, which grants him the power to wield the red and blue truth in battle. Because he knows the truth behind the game board, he is allowed to use the Golden Truth.
In Dawn of the Golden Witch, he grows increasingly obsessed with reviving Beatrice, his attempts were successful as he had revived Beatrice, but she did not have the memories she had as a witch before she died, resulting her to be both childish and naïve, frustrating Battler. He attempts to demonstrate his understanding of the game but ends up inadvertently producing a Logic Error that Erika takes advantage of, and forfeits himself to her entirely.
However, alongside the newly awakened Beatrice, he manages to ultimately defeat Erika and win the game.
It is possible that he had purposely set himself up to enter the Logic Error in order to revive Beatrice's original personality.
Battler only appears at the very beginning of Episode 7, in the Tea Party and in the epilogue.
The Tea Party shows him to walking to a supposed trial created by Kinzo. In reality, Rudolf should convince him to escape from the island knowing every other member and servant has been killed. An interaction between Rudolf and Battler hasn't been shown. Battler is last shown walking to the Chapel, but he is never shown to arrive. Rudolf was killed by Eva while waiting for Battler to show up, therefore Rudolf did not kill him. His fate is unknown at the end of Episode 7.
In the epilogue his meta-world character, the Endless Sorcerer, consoles Ange by telling her a happy ending tale of the 5th October 1986. That way, it is not really clear if the last game has Bernkastel or Battler as Game Master.
Was the culprit of Bernkastel's game along with his parents Rudolf and Kyrie.
Very little is known about Rokkenjima Prime Battler since all representations of him are from others point of view. The only thing known about him is that he survived the tragedy of Rokkenjima and suffered amnesia. He then became a writer known as Tohya Hachijo.
- 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.
- In the manga, Battler spotted Rudolf and Kyrie's clothing in the shed on the first night and tried to get a better look. In the anime, it was Jessica.
- A character in Ryukishi07's newest work, "Rose Guns Days" (Philip Butler), is a shout-out to Battler, though the two have no relations to one another.