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You just walk the path you believe in. And don't forget, you're the main character in your own life story!
— Glenn to Sistine in "Gold Digger!?"
Glenn Radars (グレン＝レーダス, Guren Rēdasu) is one of the Protagonists in the Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor Light Novel and Memory Records of Bastard Magic Instructor series.
He is Former Operative Number 0 "The Fool" of the Imperial Court Mage Corps, and is the homeroom Professor for Class 2 at the Alzano Imperial Magic Academy. He is also the adopted son of Celica Arfonia.
Glenn is a young man of average height with a muscular physique.
He has long black hair that is tied back into a low ponytail with a red hair tie, with a messy fringe that covers his forehead. Generally, he wears a white half-sleeved shirt with a red tie tied loosely, black pants with gold trim at the seems, accompanied with matching black dress shoes and black laced gloves.
On rare occasions, he wears the standard instructor's uniform which consists of a black cloak and a pair of glasses.
He is very lazy and constantly bored by everything, with his primary focus being sleeping or eating. Not surprisingly he has an immature, dirty, and mischievous side, which has caused some to become greatly annoyed with his actions. He doesn't show respect to most people even giving some of them nicknames such as with Sistine who he calls "White Cat" or Halley Astry whose name he intentionally messes up. However, he did bow and show respect to the Queen.
Previously, Glenn was very outgoing and had aspired to be a mage of justice though he was ridiculed in school for his unimpressive skill, though he was still a rather determined soul who refuses to give up when his sense of justice kicks in and will use up everything he has in order to complete his goals. However, his time in the army, and the death of his partner Sara, has caused him to become jaded and give up such goals. This was best seen when he denounced magic as nothing but a killing tool to Sistine Fibel to which he earned a slap to the face.
When he actually puts his heart into it, he can regain his old passion as he showed his class new ways to use magic, which in turn somewhat changed his own perspective as he comforted Sistine once she realized his previous statement about magic was correct. His old drive to use magic came out when trying to rescue Rumia from Huey's magic circles that he was more than willing to use up all of his magic and put himself in harm's way in order to save her.
On top of this, Glenn happens to be a bit of a strategist, showing his skills in monologues in order to help him gain the upper hand in combat. In battle, he goes at with indifference which causes his opponents to not take him seriously but he happens to be quite stronger than he leaves off. Once he shows his true strength, his enemies realized too late of how they underestimated his abilities before they are overwhelmed.
When his past is brought up, he seems to dislike talking about it as he is ashamed that he couldn't be more useful and ended up wasting his life in bloodshed than actually doing the greater good he originally intended to perform.
It is shown that when the situation comes to it, he shows he possesses a good heart as in his time as a an assassin he quickly rescued Rumia from danger and promised to support her. When he learned it connected her to late grandfather, he apologized to Sistine for his cruel words about magic after much to her and the class' shock.
Although he originally hated being a teacher, Glenn has become very attached to the role and acts like that of a caring instructor for his students as the series goes on. He enjoys helping his students; wanting to put them out of danger's way as seen when he rushed to the academy and saved Sistine from Jin Ganis. A prominent example of his care for his students was when he saved them from death at the hands of their old teacher Huey Lysen, despite being severely wounded. He even gave Huey a well-deserved punch to the face for putting his students in danger, which showed how attached he had become to them. He has taken to observing and memorizing their talents, this was very surprising considering his lazy attitude towards most things. Due to being treated and called a hindrance when he was in school, Glenn doesn't tolerate his class being insulted as he defended them from Halley Astry and even risked starving himself on his class winning the magic games. Later on, he begged to keep his position until his students graduate, but another reason is because he needed to pay off a loan.
Despite his laidback and easygoing nature, he is shown to have a darker side that only a few know. After encountering several angel dust addicts, he became engulfed with rage, causing him to kill most of them ruthlessly, something which disturbed Sistine. He also wanted to kill his old rival Jatice Lowfan for killing Sara and for manipulating Sistine.
Several years before the series, an unnamed amnesiac boy was rescued by Celica Arfonia during her mission to exterminate the Lich, Henrietta Dool. She found and named the boy Glenn Radars, after the Glenn Radars (First) she had met earlier that mission. Following the mission, Celica adopted Glenn and raised him as one of her own. She also spent years attempting to restore Glenn's memories, but to no avail.
- Spells. (Such as Extinction Ray)
- Methods of synthesizing red crystals.
- Physical combat. (Boxing)
At the age of 11, Glenn would enroll at the Alzano Imperial Magic Academy as a Student. Due to his poor sense of mana manipulation and chant reduction, he was often treated as a hinderance, causing him to miss out on events such as The Magic Competition.
- Nina Venus, an orphan who saves Glenn from several thugs.
- Rosalie Detert, the 2nd daughter of Viscount Detert, and Glenn's junior at the Alzano Imperial Magic Academy.
Following the creation of his Original Magic, Fool's World, the Imperial Court Mage Corps took an interest in Glenn. After graduating, he would be recruited by Bernard Jester, as Operative Number 0 "The Fool".
Operative Number 0 "The Fool"
During Glenn's 3 years in the Imperial Court Mage Corps, he was regarded as an outstanding mage assassin. When Glenn was first recruited, he was joyful at being able to fulfil his dream of becoming a mage of justice. But shortly after his first few kills, he soon realized he was not cut out to be this 'hero' people regarded him as, due to the impact it left on him.
Glenn's reputation attracted the attention of Alicia VII, who begged him to protect her biological daughter Rumia Tingel. This led to him rescuing Rumia from kidnappers who had mistaken her for someone else, while promising the young Rumia Tingel that he would be by her side even if the whole world was against her.
Despite not having any involvement with the Alzano Imperial Magic Academy yet, Glenn at one point chose to visit Celica at the academy to ask for an allowance. It was during this visit he unknowingly assisted Sistine Fibel during her duel with her seniors.
- Operative Number 17 "The Star" Albert Frazer.
- Operative Number 7 "The Chariot" Re=L Rayford.
- Operative Number 3 "The Empress" Sara Silvers.
- One of Glenn's other partners for joint missions, who claims she likes his dream.
- Sara and Albert would go on to find Glenn for an unspecified joint mission.
- Sara has interactions with Glenn beyond just being a partner, but also a teacher in teaching him a form of waltz.
- The pair were part of a joint mission to save Camilla.
- Operative Number 9 "The Hermit" Bernard Jester, Glenn's recruiter and combat instructor.
- Operative Number 5 "The Hierophant" Christoph Flowel. a new recruit who regards Glenn as his senior.
- Operative Number 11 "The Justice" Jatice Lowfan.
- Glenn's unofficial rival, who develops an interest in him for surviving missions that no normal person should be able to. The pair were part of a joint mission to save Neige Dilek.
- Jatice was responsible for the Angel Dust incident and killing Sara Silvers during his confrontation with the pair. This led to Glenn supposedly killing Jatice and deserting the Imperial Court Mage Corps as a result.
- Operative Number 1 "The Magician" Eve Ignite.
Following the Angel Dust incident, Glenn returned to Celica Arfonia to live under her for an unknown duration. Around the same time, Glenn's perspective towards Magic became one of disgust, to the point where he wanted nothing to do with it.
During his time working for the Imperial Court Mage Corps, Glenn has acquired an astounding amount of military hand-to-hand combat skills, which is especially useful when he is unable to use spells because of his original magic currently still activating. He could perform "magic" Magical Punch, an overpowered version of a typical punch where Glenn tricks opponent, spins his fist around as a distraction only to kick his enemy.
Although he had no further use for it, Glenn retains a degree of knowledge in the arts as he used it to overpower Carrel Mardos and Jin Ganis without earning as much as a scratch but his skill has gotten rusty over time.
Along with his great skill, Glenn has excellent durability and has endured several arduous battles in the past as an assassin. His endurance has helped him become capable of withstanding multiple wounds and attacks without losing the motivation to fight. Even while seriously wounded from multiple sword wounds, he successfully killed Reik Fohenheim who was amazed by Glenn's strength. Even while wounded and drained after saving Rumia, he knocked out Huey Lysen with a single punch.
Even though he is seen as a third rate mage, that does not change the fact he is exceptionally strong compared to other mages of the same rank.
Having been taught magic by Celica Arfonia, Glenn has amazing knowledge about magic spells. While Glenn lost in a duel to Sistine, it is heavily implied that this was intentional as Sistine noted in his later lectures and battle that he tricked her by acting like a slacker.
He is a capable teacher, as he taught his class new ways of learning magic and in the magic festival, his class won the games because of his teachings before the events.
He knows what will happen to spells if you modify their spell chants in a certain way. He can proficiently use many different spells and can use them with unofficial chants in which he used "Shock Bolt" saying "Well, anyway, paralyze" instead of the original chant. He can use a deadly spell called Extinction Ray, a devastating ray that can destroy everything in its way, but it significantly drains his mana. As shown, when he got mana deficiency after using it and became grey-skinned and sick.
"The Fool" Arcana
Glenn is capable of using Original Magic by activating a card called "The Fool's World", which nullifies all spells in a specified area, with the exception of spells that are already activated. The downside of its use is that Glenn Radars also cannot use any magic since he too is in the specified area. While initially thought by his peers to be a worthless spell, Glenn was able to prove them wrong since it gives him the chance to overwhelm his opponents with his hand to hand combat skills.
Though typically seen as lazy, Glenn has proven to be very intelligent as he graduated from the magic academy at the age of fifteen which is notable as most had to finish the whole course of school. However, his attitude belays his skills as by putting up his acts his foes tend to drop their guards allowing him to gain victory.
He also has shown to have an exceeding amount of strategic knowledge, which was shown when he takes control in his class after he memorized their talents for events at the magic games festival they'd be best suited for.
- In the afterword for Volume 6, series artist Kurone Mishima commented that the ponytail was meant to make Glenn more recognizable.
- The Fool tarot presents unpredictability which fits Glenn's personality as the 'wild card' which disrupts the plan his enemies set up.
- 'Glenn Radars' is not his original name, but one given to him by Celica after he lost his original memories due to Henrietta Dool's experiments. The reason she gave him that name was due to the grief she had once the original Glenn Radars turned out to be a thrall under Henrietta's control.
- According to Nameless, Glenn is the one who shall become her master.
- <To be added>
|Glenn Radars • Sistine Fibel • Rumia Tingel • Celica Arfonia|
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