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|“||The coliseum's a place of honor, after all. It's my duty as a public servant to make sure the crowd stays entertained.||”|
—Harry Stuart, explaining his role as Ninja Master.
|Affiliation|| Leazas Coliseum, Leazas|
|Appeared in||Rance 01, Rance 03|
Harry Stuart (ハリー・スチュワート, harī suchuwāto), better known by his stage name Ninja Master, is a member of the Leazas City Garrison who moonlights as a fighter in the Leazas Coliseum during his free time.
Ordinarily a plain and unassuming man, Harry utilizes an item known as a personality reversing scroll, which transforms its user's personality into the exact opposite of what it normally is for 30 minutes, while competing in the coliseum in order to make his fights more interesting for spectators. When under the effects of the scroll, Harry transforms into a flashy and flamboyant warrior styled after the Ninja of the eastern nation of JAPAN, giving him a unique and extravagant stage persona that makes him a favorite among coliseum goers.
During the events of Rance 01, the adventurer Rance arrived at the Leazas Coliseum while investigating the disappearance of Hikari Mi Blanc. Upon seeing Ninja Master's name among the coliseum's rankings, Rance became convinced that he was none other than Kentou Kanami, who had earlier attempted to assassinate him in order to prevent him from investigating Hikari's disappearance further. In the hopes of obtaining more information about Hikari's location from Kanami, Rance participated in the coliseum to face off against Ninja Master, who was ranked 4th among its competitors.
Upon facing off against Ninja Master, Rance was shocked and angered that he was not only not the ninja that he was seeking, but also a man rather than the cute girl that he was expecting, causing him to fly into a rage that allowed him to defeat Harry easily. Rance's impressive performance during the match was observed by Maris Amaryllis, the attendant of Leazas' Princess Lia Parapara Leazas, who approached him afterward to recruit his help in exterminating a group of Ghosts that had been haunting a villa along the outskirts of the town.
After his defeat in the coliseum, Harry once again encountered Rance, who had continued competing in the coliseum in order to defeat its champion Yulang Mirage and win her approval as a man. While Harry congratulated Rance for his victory, as he was outside of his Ninja Master persona, Rance did not recognize him at all, prompting Harry to explain the nature of the personality changing scroll to him. Intrigued by the scroll, Rance commanded Harry to give it to him, to which Harry agreed, stating that he had others that he could use. Rance later used this scroll on his slave Sill Plain to temporarily transform her into a much more seductive, confident and domineering partner.
During the events of Rance 03, Harry, along with the rest of the Leazas City Garrison, was instructed to evacuate the citizens of Leazas Castle Town to the city of South in order to protect them from the invading Helman Army. Upon reaching South, Harry was briefly reunited with Rance, who had been leading the Leazas Liberation Army in opposition of Helman. Harry attempted to engage in conversation with Rance and approached him happily, but was not recognized by the other man, who quickly kicked him away before he was able to speak with him.
Personality and Appearance EditWhile acting as a member of the Leazas City Garrison, Harry has a largely uninteresting appearance, being a square-jawed man wearing the standard uniform of a soldier of the City Garrison. When acting as Ninja Master, Harry adopts a much more unique appearance, wearing a long-haired purple-colored wig, matching purple samurai armor, kumadori face makeup, yellow eye contacts, a camouflage-print underclothes, a spiked black headband and a tall pair of geta.
An entirely unremarkable man completing lacking in any presence, Harry rarely ever manages to leave an impact on anyone he meets. He is aware of this, and takes on a self-deprecating approach when discussing himself, referring to himself as "boring" and "timid" and recognizing that very few people would have any interest in watching him compete in the coliseum unless he possessed an entirely different personality. Despite this, he is also a friendly and good-natured man who enjoys entertaining others and does not think of his role within the coliseum as anything more than a performance.
When under the effects of the personality reversing scroll, Harry becomes Ninja Master, an exceedingly flamboyant and theatrical warrior inspired heavily by JAPANese kabuki theater. Ninja Master speaks in a very ornate way, and tends to draw out syllables and repeat words in order to emphasize them. While fighting in the coliseum, Ninja Master relies heavily on spectacle in order to entertain audiences, such as by launching an elaborate fireworks display and reciting a convoluted haiku before every match. As Ninja Master, Harry becomes far more confident in himself, allowing him to boldly challenge opponents in the coliseum in a way that he otherwise never could. Despite this, Harry considers Ninja Master to be a character entirely different from himself, and only transforms into him for the sake of entertaining coliseum patrons.
Harry is shown to be on good terms with his fellow garrison member Menad Shisei in Rance 01: Hikari wo Motemote The Animation, with the two casually joking around with each other while on duty during the series’ ending sequence. Despite this, however, as the two are never shown interacting within the games themselves, it is unclear if they share this relationship in canon.
Abilities EditWhile neither his Level Cap or Skill Levels are known, Harry appears to be an ordinary man of unremarkable ability. While he is presumed to possess some level of combat prowess as a member of the Leazas City Garrison, he admits to being rather clumsy, and claims to spend most of his time while on-duty filing paperwork rather than patrolling.
When transformed into Ninja Master, Harry becomes a much more competent fighter, allowing him to reach 4th in the Leazas Coliseum rankings. Ninja Master’s fighting style appears to rely primarily on strong kicks, with his weapon of choice being a pair of extremely high-based geta known as the “Ekizochikkutsuin”. Contrary to his name, Ninja Master is not suggested to possess any of the skills of an actual ninja, and rather simply uses the title in order to intrigue audiences. While a more effective fighter, Harry is still not made out to be particularly strong when acting as Ninja Master, and was defeated quite easily by Rance when the two fought in the coliseum.
- While fighting in the coliseum, Ninja Master goes by the nickname of "The Phantasmic Kabuki"
- Harry is similar to the character of Maeda Toshiie, as both are ordinarily timid and mediocre warriors who become more bold and effective through the power of kabuki.
- Harry has a slightly expanded role in Rance 01: Hikari wo Motemote The Animation, where he, along with the rest of the coliseum fighters, assists Rance in fighting off several Monsters during his final pursuit of Lia.
- The concept of Harry donning a false and exaggeratedly foreign persona while fighting in the coliseum in order to entertain audiences is reminiscent of the techniques employed by a heel in Professional Wrestling.