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|“||Ha, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I've decided to ally with King Garon. I've been waiting for this for a long time, honestly. Once Hoshido has been defeated, Mokushu will rise up to replace it. I'll finally become a true king!||”|
— Kotaro, to Kagero, in Revelation
Kotaro (Japanese: コタロウ Kotaro) is a recurring boss character in all three routes of Fire Emblem Fates. Kotaro is the daimyo of Mokushu, famed for its ninja, and schemes to expand his holdings, resulting in his siding with Garon of Nohr.
Kotaro is seen leading an army of Mokushujin ninjas against Corrin and the Hoshidians, where he explains that Mokushu has made an arrangement with Nohr and has capture Kagero pior to their arrival. He then fights the Hoshidians, stating that once Hoshido is defeated, Garon will grant them considerable new territory, but fails and is killed in battle.
Kotaro appears when Corrin and the Nohrians arrive at Mokushu. He greets Corrin and states that he's been waiting for him/her, before introducing himself as the daimyo of Mokushu. He states that Mokushu lies in Hoshidan territory and asks Kotaro if he's certain he wants to ally his people with Nohr, to which Kotaro confirms, revealing that Mokushu's people have long been on good terms with Nohr and always knew they'd take the Nohrian side when the war broke out. Corrin thanks Kotaro for his loyalty, after which Kotaro states that he'll be showing Corrin the path the army will be using to sneak into Hoshido proper. Kotaro reveals the route ahead of Corrin being the quickest and safest he/she can take, then reveals he'd normally invite the army to his castle for rest if the army weren't in a hurry, as Corrin thanks Kotaro, a Mokushujin arrives with an urgent report for Kotaro, revealing that Hoshidan ninja have marched into Mokushu and that their forces are fighting off the Hoshidans in the forest cave, but it's not going well, asking for reinforcements. Corrin asks Kotaro why the Hoshidans are attacking Mokushu, to which Kotaro states that Hoshidans have been invading the area with increasing frequency ever since the war escalated yet Mokushu has never instigated an attack on the Hoshidans; Corrin deduces that Hoshido is punishing Mokushu for being loyal to Nohr, to which Kotaro reveals that the attacks have been going on for weeks and that their reserves are nearly depleted, asking Corrin's army to lend them a hand, to which Corrin agrees.
After the Nohrian army clears the nearby area of Hoshidan troops, Kotaro is surprised to see Saizo and praises Corrin's skill for capturing him. Saizo tells Corrin that Kotaro had captured a ninja called Kagero and is using her as leverage to force the Hoshidans to surrender. Corrin then asks Kotaro if he had taken her hostage, to which he is forced to confess after much pressure. He is surprised that a Nohrian noble would want to fight a honest war, and decides to kill them all in a "tragic accident" so that he can continue to do what he pleases. He then summons a large group of Mokushujin to kill them, but they fail and he is eventually killed in battle.
Kotaro appears in this route, where he forms an alliance with King Garon to advance his ambitions to take over Hoshido. He has also taken Kagero as a hostage while she was on a mission delivering a message sent by Ryoma, and is pursued by Saizo, Orochi and Reina. When Corrin's army arrive, Kotaro states that Corrin's army has walked right into his trap in the same fashion Kagero did, where she insults Kotaro's ninja skills and asks why he took her hostage given Mokushu is allied with Hoshido, to which Kotaro states he actually allied with Garon, and has been waiting for an opportunity to do so for a long time, with Mokushu rising up to replace a fallen Hoshido and himself as its king. Kotaro fights against Corrin's group, but fails and dies in battle.
Enemy - Birthright Chapter 10
Normal Hard Lunatic
Enemy - Conquest Chapter 17
Enemy - Revelation Chapter 11
Normal Hard Lunatic
Personality and character
Kotaro is a cunning and ambitious opportunist, allying himself and the Mokushujin to Nohr so that King Garon can grant them considerable Hoshidan territory. He is not above using underhanded tactics. During Conquest Chapter 17, he took Kagero as a hostage in order to make the Hoshidan army surrender and tricked Corrin and the Nohrian army into a deadly trap under the pretext of his army being depleted fighting the Hoshidans.
Despite his underhanded nature, Kotaro is an extremely skilled fighter, allegedly killing Saizo's father with ease and taking on the whole of Kohga's ninja.
|“||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, as the boss of Birthright Chapter 10.
|“||The new kingdom of Mokushu will be built on your graves! Not even King Garon can stop me now, bwaaahahaha!!||”|
— Kotaro, as the boss of Conquest Chapter 17.
|“||You stand in my way to becoming king of Mokushu! I'll prove my right to rule by wiping you out!||”|
— Kotaro, as the boss of Revelation Chapter 11.
|“||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!
— Kotaro, when fighting Saizo in any of his appearances.
|“||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!
— Kotaro, when fighting Shura in Conquest Chapter 17.
|“||No! Mokushu must not fall!||”|
— Kotaro, in Birthright chapter 10.
|“||Saizo: How's that? Did I land a single blow?
Kotaro: Ugh... *cough* *cough* *gurgle*
Saizo: Fitting. Father, you are avenged.
— Kotaro, if defeated by Saizo in Birthright Chapter 10 or Revelation Chapter 11.
|“||No! My ambition... Mokushu's...future...||”|
— Kotaro, in Conquest Chapter 17.
|“||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.
— Kotaro, if defeated by Saizo in Conquest Chapter 17.
|“||This...this can't be! I'm going to be king...of Mokushu...||”|
— Kotaro, in Revelation chapter 11.
- Despite being a Master Ninja, Kotaro uses the critical hit and kill animations for a standard Ninja.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
From Fūma Kotarō, the leader of the ninja Fūma clan during the Sengoku era of feudal Japan.
Kotaro, as above.
Kotaro's portrait in Fire Emblem Fates.
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|