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Kotaro (コタロウ Kotarou) is a non-playable character from Fire Emblem Fates on all routes. He is voiced by Hidemitsu Shimizu in the Japanese version.

ProfileEdit

Kotaro is the daimyo of the kingdom of Mokushu, and his greatest ambition is to usurp power for his nation. Kotaro was behind both the fall of Kohga, Shura's homeland, and the death of Saizo and Kaze's father, Saizo the Fourth.

After the outbreak of hostilities between Nohr and Hoshido, King Garon promises Kotaro a large portion of Hoshidan territory once Nohr emerged victorious, provided that Mokushu allied with Nohr. Kotaro accepted the offer, and he thereafter secretly aided Nohr by capturing and imprisoning any Hoshidans who ventured into its territory under a facade of neutrality.

BirthrightEdit

Kotaro appears in Chapter 10 leading an army of Mokushujin ninjas against the Avatar. He reveals his alliance with Garon, seeking to gain his favour by capturing the Avatar and the Hoshidan royals. Although he is eventually defeated and killed, Mokushu remains hostile to Hoshido.

If Kotaro is encountered by Saizo, its is then revealed that Kotaro had, prior to the events of Fates, betrayed his father. Seeking vengeance for his father's death, Saizo will express satisfaction should he be permitted to land the finishing blow on Kotaro.

ConquestEdit

Kotaro appears in Chapter 17, aligned with Nohr.

He leads the Avatar into a secret area to allow the Nohrian army to invade Hoshido, and then proceeds to put up an innocent facade by claiming that Hoshido has consistently attacked them for having relations with Nohr. Kotaro claims that his kingdom is peaceful and that they are always unable to fend off the increasing Hoshidan attacks.

After the Nohrian army clears the nearby area of Hoshidan troops, Kotaro is surprised to see Kaze and praises the Avatar's skill for capturing him. Saizo tells the Avatar that Kotaro had captured a ninja called Kagero and is using her as leverage to intimidate the Hoshidans, preventing them from attacking. The Avatar then asks Kotaro if he had taken her hostage, to which he confesses after much pressure. He later calls for his reinforcements to kill the Avatar's army, but they ultimately fail and he is slain.

Like in Birthright and Revelation, if Saizo performs the killing blow on Kotaro, he will state that his father has been avenged.

RevelationEdit

PersonalityEdit

Crafty and cunning, Kotaro is an expert at spinning veils of lies in order to obscure his true malicious motives from the public eye. This fact is particularly prominent on the Conquest route, where he dupes the Avatar into aiding him under the pretext of his nation having been victimised by Hoshido.

Driven by a lust for power and authority, Kotaro is also known to take any measure that he deems necessary in order to achieve his ambition, regardless of whether they are dishonourable.

In-GameEdit

As an EnemyEdit

Birthright Chapter 10 - Ninja VillageEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Kotarou Master Ninja Map SpriteMaster Ninja
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
2 36 10 1 13 14+2 8 10 10 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

(None)

FE14 Sword Sword - E
FE14 Kunai Shuriken - C

FE14Shuriken Dual Shuriken
FE14Katana Kodachi (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Kotarou Master Ninja Map SpriteMaster Ninja
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
2 36 12 1 13 14+2 8 10 10 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

(None)

FE14 Sword Sword - C
FE14 Kunai Shuriken - C

FE14Shuriken Dual Shuriken
FE14Katana Kodachi (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Kotarou Master Ninja Map SpriteMaster Ninja
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
2 41 12 1 14 14+2 8 10 11 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Snake VenomPoison Strike

FE14 Sword Sword - B
FE14 Kunai Shuriken - S

FE14Shuriken Dual Shuriken
FE14Katana Kodachi (Dropped)

Conquest Chapter 17 - Den of BetrayalEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Kotarou Master Ninja Map SpriteMaster Ninja
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
3 38 18 15 21 23+2 10 13 21 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

OverbearingTrample
Picklock (FE13)Locktouch

FE14 Sword Sword - C
FE14 Kunai Shuriken - B

FE14Shuriken Flame Shuriken

Revelation Chapter 11 - Mutual EnemiesEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Kotarou Master Ninja Map SpriteMaster Ninja
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
2 36 12 1 13 14 8 10 10 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

(None)

FE14 Sword Sword - C
FE14 Kunai Shuriken - C

FE14Shuriken Steel Shuriken (Dropped)
FE14Katana Steel Katana

Starting Class
FE14 Kotarou Master Ninja Map SpriteMaster Ninja
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
2 38 14 3 15 16 10 12 12 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

(None)

FE14 Sword Sword - C
FE14 Kunai Shuriken - C

FE14Shuriken Steel Shuriken (Dropped)
FE14Katana Steel Katana

Starting Class
FE14 Kotarou Master Ninja Map SpriteMaster Ninja
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
2 42 18 3 19 20 10 14 14 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Snake VenomPoison Strike

FE14 Sword Sword - B
FE14 Kunai Shuriken - S

FE14Shuriken Steel Shuriken (Dropped)
FE14Katana Steel Katana

QuotesEdit

Help DescriptionEdit

Daimyo of Mokushu. Has ambitious plans to expand his holdings.

Chapter 10 (Birthright)Edit

Pre-Battle QuoteEdit

“Thank you SO much for walking right into my domain. Perhaps I'll name one of the latrines in my new castle in your honor.”
—Kotaro's Birthright Chapter 10 pre-battle quote.

vs. SaizoEdit
  • Saizo: Kotaro of Mokushu...you will now answer to me.
  • Kotaro: I answer to no one. Who are you to suggest otherwise?
  • Saizo: I am Saizo the Fifth, servant to the Hoshidan royal family.
  • Kotaro: Saizo...that's familiar. I believe I've murdered others of your pitiful lineage.
  • Saizo: You—! How dare you! My father was an honorable man.
  • Kotaro: Honorable? Maybe. Weak? Definitely. That balding old fool had the audacity to lecture ME! So naturally...I put an end to his life.
  • Saizo: I knew you were the one responsible for his death. Coward!
  • Kotaro: Bwahaha! Isn't this a stroke of luck? To fell both father and son with the same blade... How poetic!
  • Saizo: I'm about to rewrite your poem...
  • Kotaro: Please. If you're anything like your father, you won't land a single blow!

(If Saizo gets the kill)

  • Saizo: How's that? Did I land a single blow?
  • Kotaro: Ugh... *cough* *cough* *gurgle*
  • Saizo: Fitting. Father, you are avenged.

DefeatedEdit

“No! Mokushu must not fall!”
—Kotaro's Birthright Chapter 10 defeat quote.

Chapter 17 (Conquest)Edit

Pre-Battle QuoteEdit

“The new kingdom of Mokushu will be built on your graves! Not even King Garon can stop me now, bwaaahahaha!!”
—Kotaro's Conquest Chapter 17 pre-battle quote.

Vs. ShuraEdit
  • Shura: Heh... So you're the daimyo of Mokushu, eh? We finally meet.
  • Kotaro: Who are you? I don't know any generic pirates.
  • Shura: I am Shura, of Kohga. And you will pay for destroying my people!
  • Kotaro: Aw, so you came here to get revenge? That's precious. I've killed dozens of men like you. Lowly drifters without a home. Don't even bother. Like your pathetic kingdom, you don't stand a chance.
  • Shura: Killing you will be no bother at all. In fact, I'm looking forward to it. And one day I will rebuild Kohga and undo the damage you caused!
  • Kotaro: HA! That's rich. I killed all your people. Burned your village to the ground. All of your ninja combined weren't enough to stop me. Yet you think you alone can kill me?! HAHAHAHA!
  • Shura: We'll see how funny it is when you're begging for mercy. You took everything from me. Before I rebuild, allow me to return the favor.
  • Kotaro: Ah, a lovely dream. Let that dream comfort you in your last moments. The last remnant of Kohga ends here!
  • Shura: For my friends and family...for my honor and vengeance...FOR KOHGA!
vs. SaizoEdit
  • Saizo: Kotaro of Mokushu...you will now answer to me for your crimes.
  • Kotaro: I answer to no one. Who are you to suggest otherwise?
  • Saizo: I am Saizo the Fifth, servant to the Hoshidan royal family.
  • Kotaro: Saizo...that name sounds familiar. I believe I've murdered others of your pitiful lineage.
  • Saizo: You—! How dare you! My father was an honorable man.
  • Kotaro: Honorable? Maybe. Weak? Definitely. That balding old fool had the audacity to lecture me! So naturally...I put an end to his life.
  • Saizo: I knew you were the one responsible for his death. Coward!
  • Kotaro: Bwahaha! Isn't this a stroke of luck? To fell both father and son with the same blade... How poetic!
  • Saizo: Sorry to disappoint, but I'm about to rewrite your poem's ending...
  • Kotaro: Ha! If you're anything like your father, you won't land a single blow!

Defeated by SaizoEdit

  • Saizo: How's that for not landing a single blow?
  • Kotaro: Ugh... My dreams... My Kingdom!! *cough* *cough* How could I lose...?! *sputter* ...
  • Saizo: A fitting end. Father...you have been avenged. May you rest in peace now.

DeathEdit

“No! My ambition... Mokushu's...future...”
—Kotaro's Conquest Chapter 17 defeat quote.

Chapter 11 (Revelation)Edit

Pre-Battle QuoteEdit

“You stand in my way to becoming king of Mokushu! I'll prove my right to rule by wiping you out!”
—Kotaro's pre-battle quote.

Vs. SaizoEdit

  • Saizo: Kotaro of Mokushu...you will answer to me.
  • Kotaro: I answer to no one. Who are you to suggest otherwise?
  • Saizo: I am Saizo the Fifth, servant to the Hoshidan royal family.
  • Kotaro: Saizo...that's familiar. I believe I've murdered others of your pitiful lineage.
  • Saizo: You--! How dare you. My father was an honorable man.
  • Kotaro: Honorable? Maybe. Weak? Definitely. That balding old fool had the audacity to lecture ME! So, naturally...I put an end to his life.
  • Saizo: I knew you were the one responsible for his death. Coward!
  • Kotaro: Bwahaha! Isn't this a stroke of luck? To fell both father and son with the same blade... How poetic!
  • Saizo: I'm about to rewrite your poem...
  • Kotaro: Please. If you're anything like your father, you won't land a single blow.

Defeated by SaizoEdit

  • Saizo: How's that? Did I land a single blow?
  • Kotaro: Ugh... *cough* *cough* *gurgle*
  • Saizo: Fitting. Father, you are avenged.

DeathEdit

“This...this can't be! I'm going to be king...of Mokushu...”
—Kotaro's death quote.

EtymologyEdit

Kotarou's name may have been derived from Kotarou Fuuma, the leader of the Fuuma ninja clan of the Hojo during the Sengoku warring era.

TriviaEdit

  • Despite appearing as a Master Ninja, Kotaro uses the critical animations of a regular Ninja when equipped with Shurikens and Daggers. This animation should only apply when any Master Ninja is equipped with Swords.
  • Conquest is the only route where Kotaro can engage in a battle with Shura. In both the Birthright and Revelation routes, Shura joins the Avatar's army after Kotaro has already been killed.
  • In Revelation, Kotaro's character is muted, similar to Generic Prisoners when they're recruited. However, he does have a few voice clips present during his dialogue with Kagero at the beginning of the chapter, alongside his special battle conversation with Saizo.
  • Other than Revelation, Kotaro shares voice clips with two other Hoshidan bosses, Haitaka and Omozu.


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