|“||I couldn't fully believe in Master Julius, or in the future I had a duty to protect. My weakness brought on this fight.
— To himself in The Great Soul Tree
William Vangeance 「ウィリアム・ヴァンジャンス Wiriamu Vanjansu」 is the first captain of the Clover Kingdom's Golden Dawn squad of the Magic Knights. He is said to be the closest person to becoming the next Magic Emperor.
William is a 26-year-old man with an average height and a lean build. He has purple eyes and short white hair. William wears a helmet that also functions as a mask that obscures the upper half of his face. The mask is very elaborate, and is made up of a large gold piece covering the area around his right eye, and a smaller blue piece covering the area around his left eye. The helmet has white and red patches of fur on the back edge, and two white feathers that stick up on the left side. The right eye hole has a red border outline, with two lines sticking out on both the top and bottom halves, while the left eye hole has the same design, except white-colored with slightly longer lines. Beneath the mask, William's face features a large scar that stretches from his nose upwards and covers the entire upper half of his face, due to a curse placed on his mother's family.
William wears a double-breasted and long-sleeved shirt with a high collar. The shirt itself consists of two different colors, as it is white at the sides and blue in the center. Gold trimmings and buttons can be seen on the blue portion of the front of the shirt. The sleeves are mostly made of white fabric, except for the wrist area where they are made of a yellowish fabric. The shirt extends below William's waist and he wears a dark belt on top of it. He also wears white pants and a pair of high black boots.
William wears the Golden Dawn's signature squad robe, which covers his torso and is gold in color. It has a blue-colored fur trim around the border of the hood and a pair of red ropes, which come from the left shoulder and connect to the gold-colored button on the right shoulder. Furthermore, at the left-hand side is positioned the squad's insignia. Underneath his robe, William wears a long red cloak that reaches his ankles.
William is beloved by his men and commands extreme loyalty from them. He has a calm, friendly demeanor and nearly always wears an amiable smile when conversing with other people. He still maintains a somewhat mysterious aura due to the fact that most of his expression is covered by his mask.
He is an observant, cautious individual who quickly notices Asta's high athletic ability during the exam, and who also attempts to keep the other captains in check during Gueldre's attempted escape by pointing out that the other man may be under the influence of someone else's magic.
Despite William's difficult childhood and the pain and loneliness he went through, he is not discouraged or enraged by his miserable circumstances and is instead a truly kindhearted individual. This immense kindness is further emphasized with his relationship with the elf, Patolli. Despite them being of different races and Patolli holding immense hatred and anger towards humans, William is not once bothered by it and decides to protect him no matter what due to sensing the young elf's inner sadness and pain, even though he did not really know who or what Patolli was at first.
William was born as the illegitimate child to a noble and viewed as a cursed child due to him being born with a scar that covers half of his face. He is forced to grow up in the Forsaken Realm of the Clover Kingdom, where he is feared by those around him due to his appearance. When William is 8 years old, his father's heir dies so William is brought to live in the Noble Realm. The noble's wife, William's foster mother, loathes the boy's appearance and frequently abuses him. After turning 9 years old, William begins dreaming of Patolli's memories.
After turning 13, William meets Julius Novachrono, who is in awe of William's magic power and offers him a spot in the Magic Knights. William is hesitant because of his appearance, but Julius gives him a mask, which William thinks is tacky but still wears it to this day. Two years later, after receiving his grimoire, William chooses to join Julius's squad, the Grey Deer.
On William's 16th birthday, Patolli fully awakens and receives his own grimoire. That year, he also meets Yami Sukehiro on the battlefield and they continue to meet until they both someday become captains of new Magic Knights squads.
William attends the Magic Knights Entrance Exam that Asta and Yuno participate in. Once the exam starts, he tells the participants that he will take the lead for this test and summons a large tree in the sky to give each of the participants a broom. He then explains how the exam will work and watches as the participants take the test. When it is time for the final test, William informs the participants that they will battle with each other and go all out. During Asta's battle, William notices Asta's speed and wonders if he is using Reinforcement Magic. After the battle, he also takes note of Asta's grimoire.
When the exam is finished, William explains to the participants how they will be selected into a squad. When Yuno steps forward to be selected, all of the captains raise their hands, and William is glad when Yuno chooses the Golden Dawn squad. Afterward, when Asta steps forward, none of the captains raise their hands. After the exam is over, William heads back to the Golden Dawn headquarters.
Days later, William is confronted by Alecdora Sandler as to why he sent Yuno to the dungeon. William replies that Alecdora should trust him and assures Alecdora that Yuno is going to get stronger for them.
William is absent from a War Merits Conferment Ceremony where three of his subordinates are being honored. Later that day, during the attack on the Royal Capital, Fuegoleon Vermillion is teleported into a trap where William is waiting for him. Patolli takes advantage of the Crimson Lion's surprise to cut off Fuegoleon's arm and steal his magic stone.
Weeks later, Rhya attends a captains meeting in William's place while he is undergoing treatment for the injury Julius gave to Patolli. Fana's Phoenix Feathers Robe takes several days to heal the injured arm.
Weeks later, William heads to Kiten with thirteen members of his squad to counter the Diamond Kingdom's invasion. Atop a nearby roof, William comments on how powerful Yuno is after witnessing Tornado Fang. William then tells Langris Vaude that they are heading out and will make the Diamond Kingdom pay for stepping into the Clover Kingdom.
William spreads roots across the town, using them to absorb mana from the surrounding area. Once he has gathered enough, he creates a massive tree, which ensnares several enemies with its branches and spreads out over Kiten. Angered by the capture of his men, Broccos confronts William, who offers the general an opportunity to retreat safely, but he refuses and is easily defeated. Suddenly Lotus Whomalt appears, surprising the captain, but Yami arrives and defends his fellow. Lotus retreats and takes Broccos with him, and Yami decides to have a chat with William.
Yami compliments William's magic and requests that he remove his mask. William admits that he dislikes doing so, and realizes that Yami suspects that he is Licht. Yami recalls their history together and asks again, and William acquiesces, revealing his scarred face. Yami asks if it is from a battle, but William says that he was born with it and recounts his past. When Yami apologizes for souring the mood, however, William thanks him as he feels better having remembered about meeting Julius, which is a fond memory for him. William is then informed that the Diamond Kingdom forces are retreating, so the captains leave to gather their men.
Weeks later while the Royal Knights squad is attacking the Eye of the Midnight Sun's base, William arranges for Yami to visit the Golden Dawn base for an apology regarding the actions of Langris, which leaves the Black Bull base with only three members. However, William leaves Yami waiting and travels to the Royal Capital, where he talks to Julius. After thanking the Magic Emperor for everything, William apologizes and transforms into Patolli.
Later that night, Patolli has Asta exorcise him, freeing William, so that William and Licht can stop the still rampaging elves. William creates a gigantic shining tree, through which Asta sends Anti Magic to the elves, exorcising their spirits. After Rades Spirito resurrects Patolli in Licht's artificial body, William catches the unsteady elf and remarks that there is much he wants to say but he must apologize to Julius first. William and Yami travel to where Sol buried Julius's body but the grave is empty. They are greeted by a young Julius, which greatly shocks the two captains. William begins to apologize but Julius interrupts and requests that William help him shoulder the responsibility and backlash from the attack. Crying and saluting, William pledges his grimoire to Julius and the Clover Kingdom again.
Six months later, William is confronted by Zenon Zogratis when a group of Spade Kingdom mages attack the Golden Dawn base. Alecdora steps in to defend the captain, but Zenon's Bone Magic pierces through the Sand Magic. William creates a giant ash tree and catches his subordinate, vowing to make Zenon pay for the injuries to his squadmates. However, William is defeated and captured in a tangle of bones. After Yuno is defeated, William breaks free of the bones and fights Zenon again while pulling his subordinates to safety. This split focus leads to William being recaptured by Zenon.
After Zenon takes William away, the captain's Budding of Yggdrasil activates and heals the injured Golden Dawns, saving the half who were not already dead. Zenon carries William to the Black Bulls base near the Spade Kingdom's border. There, Zenon captures Yami and picks up Dante. The Black Bulls attempt to stop him, but Zenon successfully blocks their attacks and carries the three men through a spatial portal.
Beneath the Spade Kingdom castle, William and Yami are placed in coffins set in the middle of a large array, from which the Tree of Qliphoth grows. When a team from the Clover Kingdom infiltrates the castle, Moris Libardirt takes his place in the array and acts as an additional accelerant for the ritual, causing the first gate of the underworld to open.
After the Dark Triad are all defeated, Moris further modifies the ritual and tree so that it can continue running without them. The added strain causes William's and Yami's skin to crack. After the Black Bulls defeat Moris, Lucifero uses the last of Moris's magic and life to accelerate the ritual and open the second gate opens. Lucifero then combines the bodies of the devils from the first two levels into one giant, monstrous body, which also pulls in the coffins holding William and Yami.
When Asta slashes the monster in half, the coffins are destroyed but William and Yami are unharmed. As they both fall, Patolli flies up and catches William, who wakes up, while the Black Bulls' base catches Yami. Shortly after, Lucifero manifests his body from the monster's remains and increases gravity in the surrounding area. With Langris's help, Patolli flies William over to the remnants of the Black Bull base. William hands Yami a Mistilteinn Blade, which he filled with his World Tree Magic. Yami accepts the sword, considering it repayment for William's involvement with the elves, and suggests that they share a drink when they get back to the Clover Kingdom.
- Immense Magic Power: As a captain of a Magic Knights squad, William possesses an immense amount of magic power, being able to create a hole in the sky and summon enormous tree roots. He can also absorb the mana of nearby mages to increase his magic power to dangerous levels, which then allows him to produce a spell that can cover the entirety of Kiten. Although he is an Arcane Stage mage, his normal abilities are ranked as Stage Zero.
- Grimoire: William possesses a three-leaf clover grimoire that contains various world tree-based spells.
- Communication Device: William possesses a small device that allows him to communicate with the members of his squad. It can only transmit audio.
- William Vangeance vs. Broccos: Win
- William Vangeance vs. Zenon Zogratis: Loss
- Magic Knights Entrance Exam
- Assassination of Fuegoleon Vermillion
- Captain's Meeting: Finding the Traitor
- Invasion of Kiten
- Star Awards Festival
Upon Patolli's awakening and him slowly befriending him, William begins considering and loving him as something akin to a twin brother and supported his goal and dream of reincarnating and reuniting with his fellow elves despite the immense human deaths that would occur because of it.
William is grateful to the Magic Emperor, Julius Novachrono, for being one of the first people to accept him despite his "cursed" appearance. William greatly respects the Magic Emperor for this, and has practically devoted himself to live up to his standards of what a Magic Knight should be, working hard to make his squad, the Golden Dawn, the best among the Magic Knight squads. It is because of this respect for Julius that William could not bring himself to choose between siding with him or Patolli, ultimately deciding to let the two fight. William would come to greatly regret this decision after regaining control of his own body, tearfully apologizing to Julius after finding out he survived the battle.
William and Yami Sukehiro are both highly regarded Magic Knight captains who were recruited by the Magic Emperor, Julius Novachrono at young ages. They have known each other for years, and have even developed a friendly rivalry with one another in the process. Like Julius, William trusts Yami enough to show him his scarred face, and was glad when Yami agreed to let him see Julius after regaining control over his own body after the battle with the elves.
William is very protective of his squad, the Golden Dawn, as he has put in a lot of work and trust in its members and has pride in the squad's current role as the best Magic Knight squad in the kingdom. His protectiveness of the squads members is strong, as even after being captured by Zenon Zogratis, William activated his magic to save the lives of the remaining members and heal them.
As one of his newest recruits in the Golden Dawn, William saw a lot of potential in Yuno. In comparison to most of the Golden Dawn, William was more than accepting of Yuno despite his background as a commoner, and expected him to go on to do great things as a member of his squad. He even went out of his way to return the magic stone necklace that was taken from Yuno during the battle with the elves. With Yuno eventually making his way to the rank of vice-captain, William's earlier expectations of him have seemed to have been realized.
- "I couldn't fully believe in Master Julius, or in the future I had a duty to protect. My weakness brought on this fight." 「ユリウス様を... 守るべき未来を信じきれなかった私の弱さが招いた戦い... "Yuriusu-sama o... Mamorubeki mirai o shinji kirenakatta watashi no yowasa ga maneita tatakai..."」
- "How could I abandon them? I made them walk a path of thorns. Even so, they didn't curse me. They got back on their feet and forged ahead!! The members of the Golden Dawn are my pride and my dream!!!" 「切るわけるないだろう ...私が苦難の道を歩ませた... それでも彼らは呪うことなく... 再び立ち上がり邁進した...!!
金色の夜明けは私の誇りで 私の夢だ...!! Kiru wakeru naidarou ...Watashi ga kunan no michi o ayuma seta... Soredemo karera wa norou koto naku... Futatabi tachiagari maishin shita...!! Karera wa watashi no hokori de Watashi no yume da...!!」
- William seems to recognize Asta's grimoire.
- William's favorite things are little birds.
- Assorted Questions Brigade Rankings:
- William ranked #33 in the first popularity poll, #28 in the second, #29 in the third, #27 in the fourth, and #18 in the fifth.
- His mask ranked #43 (tied with others) in the first.
- In the VIZ popularity polls, William ranked #16 in the fifth.
|Langris Vaude • Yuno Grinberryall|
|Klaus Lunettes • Mimosa Vermillion|
|David Swallow • Letoile Becquerel|
|Hamon Caseus • Siren Tium|
|Cesc • Francis • Walter|
|Cob Portaport • Marx Francois • Morgen Faust • William Vangeance • Yami Sukehiro|
|Mistilteinn Seed • Dracaena Formation|
|Magic Tree Descent • Great Tree Mistilteinn • Magic Warding Ash • Budding of Yggdrasil • Mistilteinn Blade|
|Demon-Dweller Sword: Spirit Light Tree (Sword)|
|Cage of Infinite Hail||Heath Grice • Fluss|
|Thunder Arrow||Luck Voltia • Klaus Lunettes • Puli Angel|
+ Sandstone + Wing
|Elemental Quintet||Rhya • Rossa|
|Mirrors Slash • Mirrors Meteorite||Asta • Gauche Adlai|
|Flame-Lightning Explosive Cannon||Magna Swing • Luck Voltia|
|Sea God Slash • Sea God's Descent||Kiato • Kahono|
|Le Château de Verre|
|Storm of Light Imperial Swords of Conviction||Patolli • Drowa|
|Reflect Iris||Drowa • Eclat|
|Demon-Dweller Sword: Protecting Light||Licht • Lemiel Silvamillion Clover|
|Demon-Dweller Sword: Spirit Light Tree||Licht • William Vangeance|
|Demon Sword Dainsleif||Zenon Zogratis|
|Zora Ideale • Secre Swallowtail|
|Kids' Playground • Doppelganger||Nacht Faust • Yami Sukehiro|