Bardiche Hornet
Bardiche Assault in Assault Form
Bardiche Assault in Assault Form
Device profile
Other namesBardiche
Bardiche Assault
Bardiche Hornet
Battleaxe of Flash
MasterFate Testarossa
Magic systemMidchilda
Japanese nameバルディッシュ・ホーネット
(Barudisshu Hōnetto)
First app.Nanoha (ep.4)
Voiced byKevin J. England
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Bardiche (バルディッシュ Barudisshu) is an Intelligent Device created for Fate Testarossa by Rynith. He receives a number of upgrades in the series.

He refers to Fate as "sir" despite her gender, signifying that he may be as old-fashioned as his namesake.

Name[edit | edit source]

Historically, a bardiche is a type of polearm that was used in medieval and renaissance Europe, especially in Eastern Europe and Russia.

He is officially renamed as Bardiche Assault (バルディッシュ・アサルト Barudisshu Asaruto) after the upgrade in A's, but similar to Raising Heart Exelion's case, most of the time Fate simply calls him Bardiche like before. Notably, Fate also calls him Bardiche Zanber (バルディッシュ・ザンバー Barudisshu Zanbā) when he is in Zanber Form.

In the movie continuity, he is further renamed from Bardiche Assault to Bardiche Hornet (バルディッシュ・ホーネット Barudisshu Hōnetto) after the upgrade in Reflection. It is presumably named after the program cartridge "Hornisse" (Ger. "Hornet") loaded by himself in the final battle in The Gears of Destiny.

Bardiche is also titled the "Battleaxe of Flash" (閃光の戦斧 Senkō no Senpu),[1] which is originated from Rynith's description when she is creating Bardiche in Nanoha Sound Stage 02.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Bardiche Assault as a 5th Generation Device in Force

Bardiche appears primarily alongside Fate in TOS, A's manga, A's, StrikerS manga, StrikerS, ViVid and Force.

After being badly damaged in the first fight with Signum's Laevatein in A's, he is upgraded into Bardiche Assault by Mariel Atenza with a revolver-type Belkan cartridge system due to his keen request.

By the time of Force, he is further upgraded to an experimental "5th Generation Device", which could turn mana into physical energy to confront anti-magic effects.

Alternate continuities[edit | edit source]

In the movie continuity, no significant change is noted in The MOVIE 1st and The MOVIE 2nd A's except for the minor changes in designs. In Reflection, Bardiche Assault is further upgraded by Mariel into Bardiche Hornet, with only two active forms due to urgency.

In the Brave Duel continuity, certain forms of Bardiche and Bardiche Assault are adapted as Fate's Brave Duel Device (see Bardiche). It mainly includes Bardiche's Axe Form in The MOVIE 1st, Bardiche Assault's three active forms in The MOVIE 2nd A's and Riot Blade Stinger in StrikerS (connected by spark instead of mana string).

Forms[edit | edit source]

Forms Primary continuity Movie continuity
Bardiche (バルディッシュ Barudisshu)
Standby Form
Sutanbai Fōmu)
Takes the form of a golden triangular gem on a triangular pedestal. All the six corners are slightly truncated.

First seen in Nanoha (ep.4).

Similar to the original series, but the gem and pedestal are not truncated, like Bardiche Assault's Standby Form post-A's. In addition, its isosceles triangular shape is a bit shorter/thicker.
Device Form
Debaisu Fōmu)
Takes the form of a bearded axe with angular blade. In addition to melee use, it is also the "staff" form for casting ranged spells like Photon Lancer and Thunder Smasher.

First seen in Nanoha (ep.4); succeeded by Bardiche Assault's Assault Form in A's.

Redesigned as Axe Form (アックスフォーム Akkusu Fōmu), it takes the form of a bardiche with rounded blade rather than angular. A second set of spikes are added to its top, while the original spikes have become longer and curved.
Scythe Form
Saizu Fōmu)
Bardiche's axe head flips up 90 degrees and a golden curved mana blade springs from the gap, causing the Device to resemble a scythe. In addition to melee use, the mana blade can also be launched as Arc Saber.

First seen in Nanoha (ep.5); succeeded by Bardiche Assault's Haken Form in A's.

Similar to the original series without notable changes other than those in Axe Form.
Sealing Form
Shīringu Fōmu)
Bardiche's axe head flips up 180 degrees and extends away from the handle, releasing four mana fins/blades (in an X-shape) at the neck, looking like a spear. It is mainly used for Sealing and Thunder Rage.

First seen in Nanoha (ep.5); not succeeded by Bardiche Assault in A's.

Redesigned as Glaive Form (グレイヴフォーム Gureivu Fōmu) with only three mana fins/blades in addition to the changes in Axe Form. In addition, it is also used for Photon Lancer Phalanx Shift and melee attacks like Piercing Lancer.

Not succeeded by Bardiche Assault in The MOVIE 2nd A's but somehow readapted by Bardiche Hornet's Javelin in Reflection.

Bardiche Assault (バルディッシュ・アサルト Barudisshu Asaruto)
Standby Form
Sutanbai Fōmu)
Basically unchanged from the original Standby Form. The six triangle corners are more truncated and apparently pentagonal in A's, but the truncation design is totally removed in the subsequent series, making all corners sharp.

First seen in A's (ep.4).

While the gem remains unchanged (triangular and not truncated) from above, the pedestal's three corners become arrowhead-shaped, resulting in a more stylish design.
Assault Form
Asaruto Fōmu)
Identical to the Device Form, except for the addition of a cartridge system below the head.

First seen in A's (ep.4).

Redesigned as Bullova Form (ブローヴァフォーム Burōva Fōmu) without notable changes other than those in Axe Form.

Yet to be succeeded by Bardiche Hornet in Reflection due to urgency.

Haken Form
Hāken Fōmu)
Enhanced version of Scythe Form, with three more smaller fin blades which give Bardiche a forked appearance.

First seen in A's (ep.5); aka Second Form in Riot Force 6.

Redesigned as Crescent Form (クレッセントフォーム Kuressento Fōmu) without notable changes other than those in Axe Form.

Yet to be succeeded by Bardiche Hornet in Reflection due to urgency.

Zanber Form
Zanbā Fōmu)
Being the Full Drive of Bardiche Assault, the spikes emerge from the top of the head and form a trident shape which becomes the hilt of an enormous mana blade, causing the Device to resemble a claymore. It is used for various powerful attacks like Jet Zanber and Plasma Zanber.

First seen in A's (ep.11); aka Third Form in Riot Force 6.

Similar to the original series without notable changes other than those in Axe Form.

Replaced by Bardiche Hornet's Straight Saber in Reflection.

Riot Blade
Raiotto Burēdo)
Compressed version of the Zanber Form in the size of a normal saber. It appears to have enhanced its cutting power as it destroys Thread Cage with ease.

First seen in StrikerS (ep.24); aka Fourth Form in Riot Force 6; replaced by Riot Blade II in Force.

Riot Zanber
Raiotto Zanbā)
Has only been used by Fate in conjunction with Sonic Drive. It can be switched between two sub-forms by physically joining or separating its components: N/A
Riot Zanber Stinger (ライオットザンバー・スティンガー Raiotto Zanbā Sutingā) takes the form of two Riot Blades connected by a mana string at their pommels.

First seen in StrikerS (ep.24); replaced by Riot Blade II in Force.

Riot Zanber Calamity (ライオットザンバー・カラミティ Raiotto Zanbā Karamiti) is the combination of the two Riot Blades, resembling a larger Zanber Form.

First seen in StrikerS (ep.24); replaced by Riot Zanber II in Force.

Riot Blade II
Raiotto Burēdo Tsū)
Enhanced version of Riot Blade and Riot Zanber Stinger with a different appearance. It has three sub-forms: a single Riot Blade, a pair of Riot Blades (without mana string at pommels), or a pair of Riot Blades connected at their pommels (like a double-headed spear).

First seen in Force (ch.9).

Riot Zanber II
Raiotto Zanbā Tsū)
Enhanced version of Riot Zanber Calamity. It is expected to have an over-spec warship/aerial-suppressing level of power.

First seen in Force (ch.14).

Bardiche Hornet (バルディッシュ・ホーネット Barudisshu Hōnetto)
Standby Form N/A In Reflection, presumably due to urgency, Bardiche Hornet's Standby Form is the hilt part of its Straight Saber Form instead of a gem. It is therefore carried in a briefcase.
Straight Saber Form
Sutorēto Seibā Fōmu)
N/A Enhanced version of Zanber Form. The design is partly similar to Riot Zanber II in Force, with wider hilt but without any slot at the tip.
Javelin Form
Jaberin Fōmu)
N/A Optimised for bombardment battles, it takes the form of a pole weapon (similar to Raising Heart Exelion's Bustercanon Mode), resembling a spear rather than a javelin.
Blitz Saber Form
Burittsu Seibā Fōmu)
N/A Derived version of Straight Saber Form in Detonation which is suitable for wielding with either one or both hand(s).

Bardiche's Zanber Form is almost identical to the "Zankantou" (Colossal Blade in the Atlus translation) wielded by Sanger Zonvolt's Thrudgelmir in Super Robot Wars. As a result, fans sometimes jokingly claim that Sanger is Fate's father. In the present SRW continuity Sanger never piloted the Thrudgelmir, and it is instead piloted by a cyborg clone of him with identity issues, similar to how Fate is an enhanced clone of Alicia Testarossa (this version of the Thrudgelmir was introduced after the airing of A's).

Functions[edit | edit source]

Upgrades Description
Auto Guard Fate's Auto Guard spell set by Bardiche is Defenser.
Cartridge System Belkan Cartridge System CVK792-R (six-cylinder revolver type). Cartridges are set in speedloaders (スピードローダー Supīdo Rōdā), i.e. the reloading cylinders.

In The Gears of Destiny, a special program cartridge named Hornisse (ホルニッセ Horunisse, Ger. "Hornet") is used. Its name is presumably a reference to the tank destroyer Hornisse.

AED First seen in Force (ch.9), Bardiche seems to have a built-in defibrillation function for the unlikely event that Fate's heart stops.

Notably, Bardiche is one of two Devices in the series (the other being Graf Eisen) that have been subjected to Recovery on screen.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, official website.
  2. ^ Haken is German for "hook".
  3. ^ Zanber is a portmanteau of zan (Japanese for slash or chop) and "saber", frequently used for the names of Super Robot swords.
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