|Also Known As:||Silver-Eyed Lion King|
|Fate/Status:||Awakened/Dead (Killed by Clare)|
|Affiliation:|| Isley (Former)|
The Organization (Former)
|First Appearance(Manga):||Scene 56|
|First Appearance(Anime)||Episode 20|
Rigardo was Claymore No. 2 of Isley's generation. Even though he was assigned the rank number two, he simply wouldn't accept that Isley hold the position as number one, telling him he wouldn't acknowledge being referred to as No. 2, as long as he and Isley hadn't crossed swords once.
"Rigardo" (Rigald or Rigaldo in some translations) is a transliteration of the Japanese "Rigarudo" (リガルド).
"Rigardo" may have been derived from "Ricardo," a Hispanic variant of "Richard," a masculine proper name, from the Middle English Rycharde, from the Old French Richard, from the Old High German Ricohard, from the Proto-Germanic words rik meaning "ruler" and harthu meaning "hard." One of the most popular names introduced by the Normans.
His nickname is "Silver-Eyed Lion King" in most translations. in Scene 56, Isley questioned Rigardo's maturity, calling him "銀眼の獅子王," or "Gin gan no shishiō," meaning "Silver-Eyed Lion King." Rigardo disliked it for obvious reasons.
Rigardo appeared as a man in his early 20's. He had black hair and silver eyes. He could have possibly been blind as a human judging by the lifeless appearence of his eyes. As a Claymore his fate was not implicated.
His Awakened form resembled a silver-eyed, humanoid lion, about 3 m in height, similar to Priscilla.
Rigardo appears calm and composed, which combined with his raw power, allowed him to be Isley's strongest and most efficient henchman. However, Isley reveals that he has witnessed a hidden, berserker-like side to Rigardo's personality that only shows up in battle,"Once your fuse has been lit, there's no stopping you" (Anime) which also made Rigardo the most bloodthirsty of all those in his army.
Being far smaller in stature than the average Awakened Being, Rigardo relied more on his correspondingly superior speed and agility in battle. His speed easily matched that of Miria, one of the fastest Claymores of her generation, and his greater Yoki allowed him to maintain it without tiring.
For long-range and surprise attacks, Rigardo extended his claws at high speed, much the same way Yoma and other Awakened Beings hyperextended their fingers. His control over this skill was so great he could bend and change the trajectory of his elongated claws, allowing him to strike opponents above or behind him and can fire his claws at high speed. In contrast to his offensive capability, Rigardo was lacking in regenerative powers, and could not regenerate lost limbs quickly.
Past and Early LifeEditRigardo was Claymore No. 2 of his generation—a time when male warriors were still being created. After Awakening and getting defeated by Isley, he joined the latter's army to take control of the northern lands. Even after more than seventy-eight generations of being an Awakened Being, Rigardo still remembers everything about his life as a Claymore and his battle with Isley.
In Extra Scene 3 set sometime between Priscilla's Awakening and the Northern Campaign, Rigardo was sent by Isley to stop Priscilla. Isley, who underestimated Priscilla's Yoki, didn't realize how powerful she was. Rigardo fought Priscilla and was soundly defeated. Isley, then, came to battle Priscilla himself. Rigardo comments that Priscilla's Yoki seemed limitless.
Northern CampaignEditDuring the Northern Campaign, Rigardo was dispatched to kill off the twenty-four Claymores sent against Isley's army. He deduced Miria's tactic of dividing the warriors into teams, and began by eliminating the five team captains, who were also the strongest Claymores present.
Of the five (Miria, Flora, Jean, Veronica, and Undine), Miria was the only captain to survive his assault. Jean was mortally wounded, while the other three were killed instantly. He intentionally ignored the weaker members in favour of focusing solely on the captains, which led to his downfall when Clare went berserk and killed him in her partially-Awakened form.
During the Northern Campain, when he mortally wounded Jean and split Flora down the middle, Clare kept attacking him trying to avenge her friends and protect Miria, but he easily blocked all of her attacks and continued to taunt her, calling her a "weakling." When she forced her legs to awaken to prevent him from beheading Miria, he commented on her decision "If anything I have to give you credit for originality." Upon realizing she couldn't fully control her awakened legs he taunted her again by calling her weak. But he was shocked to discover that she learned to control her abnormal speed in mere minutes, and he claimed that he hasn't had to fight that hard in ages, and made it his personal mission to kill Clare. When she gained the upper hand and dealt a series of killing blows, he reflected on their fight and how she was much better then he had thought, and his last thoughts before being sliced to bits was "she's amazing!"
- ↑ Claymore Manga Scene 56