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This is a page about the human characters appearing in the VisualNovel turned {{Anime}} ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Contains '''''a LOT''''' of spoilers.

* For the Servants, [[Characters/FateStayNightServants see this page]].
* For their appearances in ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'', go [[Characters/FateHollowAtaraxia here.]]
* For masters which also appear in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', go [[Characters/FateZeroHumans here]] for tropes specific to that series.



! Protagonists

[[folder:Shirou Emiya]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/NoriakiSugiyama (JP), Creator/SamRiegel (EN, 2006 Anime, 2010 Movie), Creator/BrycePapenbrook (EN 2015 Anime)

->''"I don't want to regret anything. I want to make all the tragedies that happened into meaningful things by believing that my path is right."''

The protagonist of the series, Shirou is a rather untalented Magus whose only skill is basic Tracing and Reinforcement magic, which allows him to analyze the physical make-up of an object and then strengthen it. His dream is to become a "Hero of Justice", someone who can selflessly protect the lives of everyone from disaster. He inherited this dream from his adoptive father Kiritsugu Emiya, who had given up on it. He is not really sure what it takes to reach that ideal.

At the beginning of the story, he possesses a HealingFactor that makes him practically immortal, though the source of this is unknown and he did not have it before. Shirou is also an accomplished archer as a side effect of his mage training and, following some training from Saber, is mildly proficient in swordplay.

He is Saber's Master.
* AccidentalPervert: In ''Fate'', he enters the bathroom while Saber is taking a bath twice. While she thinks nothing of it the first time, the second time she feels embarrassed and asks him to leave.
* AlmightyJanitor: In the [[MultipleEndings True End]] of ''Unlimited Blade Works'', he becomes this. [[spoiler:Shirou decides to tag along with Rin to London so that he can learn magic from the [[MagicalSociety Magician's Association]]. Although enrolling as Rin's disciple means that he's exempt from tuition fees, it effectively puts him at the lowest point on the totem pole. However, this is justified as [[ForScience considering how most magi act]], he'd end up on a dissection table if he ever let the secret of his Reality Marble out.]] Extra points for actually fighting an army of familiars with a powered up broom.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: In ''Heaven's Feel'', he decides that saving Sakura is what he wants most, even though [[spoiler:he understands the dangers she might pose for the city.]]
* AntiHero: Idealistic as his goal is, it can actually push him in this direction. In ''Heaven's Feel'' he ends up here for entirely different reasons.
** He's also a ClassicalAntiHero for a good part of the stories, considering how weak he is compared to other members of the cast until near the end of the routes.
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:Loses his left arm while protecting Illya from the Shadow, although it's quickly replaced with Archer's arm.]]
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Gives a pretty epic one to Saber in ''Fate'' after [[spoiler:Gilgamesh beats down Saber and practically ''cuts him in half''. Shirou gets up and prepares for another pathetic attempt while Saber pleads for him to save himself.]]
-->'''Saber:''' What are you doing?! It is impossible! Please stop! I do not need you to save me! Why... Why do you not understand that? No, if you die because of something like this, I--\\
'''Shirou:''' SHUT UP! …just… be quiet for a second… you can rely on others… rely on…\\
'''Saber:''' You're wrong. You're more important than me, your life is more important, so you should take care--"\\
'''Shirou:''' ''I want you more than anything else!'' There's not one thing that can replace you. Sorry, I… I like you the most out of everything. So I'm not going to let a guy like ''him'' take you!
* TheAntiNihilist: He realizes the problems of his ideals in UBW, and reconciles them by saying that [[spoiler:even if his actions may not be perfect and can be ultimately meaningless, he'll still try his best]].
* AudienceSurrogate: Most notably when it comes to asking questions the audience would. Him knowing little about magic and nothing about the Grail War is reason for much of the game's exposition.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Structural Analysis only allows Shirou to scan objects and see their inner workings. [[spoiler:However, this plays a BIG part of Unlimited Blade Works. UBW is basically a glorified recording device which keeps all the weapons Shirou has seen. Using Projection, he can call upon ANY of these weapons.]] More traditionally, the battles he partakes in start out shoddily at first, but by Heaven's Feel he calculates movements and plans down to the second.
* BadassNormal: When compared to every combat-capable character, Shirou skirts the line. Remember that: 1) As he was adopted by Kiritsugu, he has no way of inheriting the Emiya Magic Crest, and he also lacks the innate talent produced through generations of magi striving to develop the best [[InstantRunes Magic Circuits]]. 2) His training was very informal, as his old man had no desire to teach him, and aside from sparse knowledge, Kiritsugu taught him ''absolutely nothing'' of conventional magecraft that would have been helpful in the war. 3) Though his body has 27 natural Magic Circuits, they pretty much have been abandoned for his nerves, which ''he made into makeshift circuits due to his misguided training methods'', and once his ''real'' circuits are opened, they can barely handle ten units of magical energy each, meaning he will inevitably hurt himself. Nobody else in the story has these kind of problems. That said, he's still MadeOfIron even after losing his HealingFactor and is a {{Determinator}} of the highest order, and eventually starts tapping into his potential as an specialist spellcaster who projects copies of legendary weapons to fight metahumans and demigods.
* BadassTransplant: [[spoiler:Archer's left arm in ''Heaven's Feel'' ends up being more a weapon than an actual arm, to the point that it's specifically referred to as an "Artificial Phantasm" in an scene's title. Due to being surgically bond to Shirou's shoulder stump while Archer was still in the corporeal world, it is part of a Heroic Spirit that has been connected to Shirou's Magic Circuits, and stays in a physical form using his own spiritual energy. It has two practical uses: While unconcious, the arm grants him knowledge on the basis of Projection, as well as Archer's battle experience and battle information. ''Passively'', the abilities of the arm allow him to run fifty kilometers per hour through the uneven terrain of the Einzbern Forest, and when fully activated, it basically acts like an overdose of strength-enhancing drugs, letting Shirou demostrate both magical and physical abilities beyond his limits... albeit at [[BodyHorror the]] [[LossOfIdentity ultimate]] [[DeadlyUpgrade price]].]]
* BewareTheHonestOnes: Shirou's a little too far on the idealistic side for even ''[[KnightInShiningArmor Saber]]'', so while his allies appreciate him somewhat, they also know [[HonorBeforeReason he'll do something stupidly reckless if it's the "right" thing to do]]. [[spoiler:Tohsaka at the very end of the last route realizes she has no right to criticize because she isn't as ruthless as she thinks she is.]]
* {{BFS}}: [[spoiler:Berserker's sword traced in ''Heaven's Feel'' definitely counts, bonus points for wielding it with a [[OneHandedZweihander single hand]].]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Illya.
* BigLittleBrother: [[spoiler:Illya's actually older than Shirou, so she's his older adoptive sister despite her childlike appearance and her calling him [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseSiblingTerminology "onii-chan"]].]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Shirou's often-forgotten semi-unknown instinctual internal reinforcement works by [[spoiler:protecting vital organs and holding normally-severed limbs together using his own magical energy, which happens to have a "sword" affinity, which means it manifests as thousands of ephemeral blades keeping him stitched together. The downside being that [[CaptainObvious it works by creating a bunch of blades inside his body]]]]. The power's track record is a mixed bag:
** In ''Fate'': It lets him survive Rider's attacks, a dagger to the chest is repelled as if it is hitting metal and a kick that would've gouged his stomach only knocks him away, but also causes him to accidentally stab himself to death when he tries to use reinforcement to survive a three story fall immediately afterwards. [[spoiler:However, it also saves him in the same route when it, along with Avalon's [[HealingFactor Healing Factor]], sutures him back together after he has been cleaved in half by Gilgamesh's Merodach.]]
** In ''Heaven's Feel'': [[spoiler:While his body is fully breaking down, overloading on mana from Archer's arm causes the blades to ''manifest permanently'', slowly skewering him from the inside, but the protruding blades also end up [[IncrediblyLamePun giving him an edge]] in his last fight against Kotomine. Of course, the magical energy coming from the arm into Shirou's body is similar to pouring 100 units of fuel into a container that can only hold 10, so Shirou is likely only gaining from less than a ''tenth'' of the utter agony he has to endure, as Archer's own Unlimited Blade Works disrupts his memories and leaves him with a large blank space after using Projection.]]
* BodyBackupDrive: [[spoiler:In the [[MultipleEndings True End]] of ''Heaven's Feel'' courtesy of [[LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai Touko Aozaki]].]]
* BodyHorror: In ''Heaven's Feel'' [[spoiler:he undoes the Shroud of Martin used to seal Archer's arm. As a consequence, first his brain begins to burn out and later this trope comes into play when the physical reinforcement of his Reality Marble causes swords to burst from his body in an attempt to hold him together.]]
* BrokenAce: On paper, Shirou should have made it. Considered the star of the archery club months after having left, technologically savvy, an awesome chef, good-looking, hardworking and thoughtful, lives in a giant Japanese-style mansion with an increasing number of beautiful women who all have a thing for him, and practically created a miracle with his own peasant blood. At the same time, he's got [[MartyrWithoutACause some horrible]] [[HeroicSelfDeprecation self-worth issues]], his beliefs are outdated and unpractical, and [[spoiler:he's such a pitiable mess on the inside that his unscrupulously cynical future self comes to show him exactly [[DarkMessiah what kind]] [[ManipulativeBastard of person]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters he will grow into]] if he doesn't drop it - and then intends to ''murder'' him.]]
* BrokenHero: Even called that in-series a few times. Much of ''Unlimited Blade Works'' is devoted to exploring it.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: In ''Heaven's Feel'' BadEnd #38, [[spoiler:drawing on Archer's arm in order to use his super move against Saber Alter]] leaves Shirou a vegetable. To be sure, he's cut her in two, but [[spoiler:she could fully regenerate in 10 minutes. And to think that he could have [[TakingYouWithMe taken her out with him]] had he managed to destroy her head or heart..]].
* BullyHunter: As a child, he adopted Kiritsugu's basic ideal of trying to help people, but unlike Kiritsugu, he picked sides. Therefore, he decided he would protect the weak. Upon meeting [[TheGadfly Tohsaka]], he thinks to himself that she's exactly the sort of person he would have fought as a kid, though they clearly hadn't really met.
* TheChampion: In ''Heaven's Feel'', Shirou gives up his ChronicHeroSyndrome and decides to become a hero of justice for Sakura and Sakura alone.
* CharacterDevelopment: All three routes take Shirou's character in different directions. In Fate he maintains his ideals and strives to become a hero of justice, while at the same time learning the importance of trusting his allies even when he'd rather protect them from conflict; in Unlimited Blade Works he faces the shortcomings of his ideals but decides they're worth upholding even if they aren't perfect; and in Heaven's Feel his ideals are completely cast aside in order to protect the people he cares about.
* ChekhovsHobby: [[spoiler:The fact that he was in the archery club foreshadowing one of his possible futures and his mastery of Projection Magic.]]
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Shirou's ability to use magic to create fake objects becomes his main combat ability.
** He's a former member of his school's Archery Club. [[spoiler:This foreshadows his class as a Servant.]]
* ChickMagnet: He starts the story with at least four named female characters crushing at or potentially interested in him to some degree or other; Sakura being the most obvious, plus Rin, Ayako, and possibly Taiga. He's none the wiser. In ''Fate'', Saber falls in love with him and she ends up living [[ThreesomeSubtext with him and Rin]] in the Good Ending of ''UBW'', and in both ''Fate'' and ''Heaven's Feel'', Illya is very clingly and possesive of him.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Shirou's inability to turn people down when they ask for help worries his friends and colleagues. He also tends to jump headfirst into any situation whenever he feels it's the 'right' thing to do.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Shirou's projection magecraft works with this; his tracings break down and vanish if he acknowledges even for an instant that they are but illusions.
* ComedicSociopathy: Shirou honestly doesn't understand why ordering his male best friend to take off his clothes would be at all strange.
* CripplingOverspecialization: He can only use Reinforcement and Structural Analysis in the beginning. This is justified, as he misunderstood his father's teachings on magic. [[spoiler:When he adds projection to that list, that's justified as well, as since his element and origin are both Sword, he is literally made for no other magic.]]
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: His own brand of Projection magic. Just using it once causes him a night of pain, and the next morning the entire left side of his body is numb from the forced opening of neglected, but otherwise natural magical circuits. Once he learns the ''true'' use of it, he lacks proper training so even the most basic projections cause him horrible pain and the majority of the swords generated shatter easily due to their low quality. [[spoiler:He eventually projects both Archer's sword technique and his reproduction ability, but it's also flawed because he doesn't understand that they actually originate from his Reality Marble. Unlimited Blade Works cannot be used without that realization, and even after coming to that conclusion, he does not have the necessary energy to utilize it on his own.]]
* DavidVersusGoliath: How do you stop a sociopath ChurchMilitant with superhuman abilities, a mad [[LadyOfBlackMagic witch of profane practices]], a centuries-old [[TheWormThatWalks immortal bug-man]], two [[SemiDivine Demi-Gods]] straight out of myth, and the [[EldritchAbomination manifestation of All The World's Evil]]? Well, there'a this high school boy with subpar magical ability and an overwhelming lack of self-knowledge...
* DeadlyUpgrade: [[spoiler:Archer's left arm. While Shirou and Archer are practically the same person with compatible magic circuits, the power of an Heroic Spirit is not something a human can handle. It is wrapped in a special cloth that seals its power, but even if left like this, it would kill Shirou from power overload within ten years unless he cut it off or became an expert mage to seal it himself. Just ''loosening'' the cloth causes excruciating pain and even gradual memory loss; taking it off completely is a guaranteed death sentence, with rapid destruction of mind and body on top of that with every use, due to Archer's arm forcing Unlimited Blade Works on him when he's no longer compatible, causing the body reinforcement to go out of control and begin forcing swords out of his body. He ''still'' manages to overcome Berserker, Saber Alter, Kotomine, and (in the 'Normal Ending") the corrupted Grail before dying.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: He tends to snark a lot [[FirstPersonSmartass in his internal monologues]], but not that often out loud, except maybe around Taiga and Rin. [[spoiler:You can think of Archer as what Shirou would sound like if he didn't hold his tongue more often.]]
* DeathSeeker: ''Maybe.'' While it's initially not clear at first, and doesn't become completely confirmed until midway through ''Unlimited Blade Works'', Shirou is a very disturbed individual. His brazen lack of self-preservation is definitely not a heroic or admirable trait, and many characters discuss how outright disturbing his suicidal pursuits are. It's possible that as a survivor of the fire, he has a lot of SurvivorGuilt, or is perhaps suffering from a form of PTSD.
* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: Of the noble, self-sacrificing hero who wants happiness for all, [[HeroicSacrifice even at his own expense]]. The VN takes a lot of steps to show how twisted those ideals are, and how mentally screwed up you'd have to be to be willing to follow them. His single minded pursuit to sacrifice himself for others is usually viewed somewhere between [[SenselessSacrifice stupid]] and [[MartyrWithoutACause horrifically]] [[BrokenHero broken]].
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: It's just what Shirou does, but most notably:
** [[spoiler:He takes down Berserker ''on his own'' with the use of Archer's arm in ''Heaven's Feel''.]]
** [[spoiler:Nearly bulldozing Gilgamesh in ''Unlimited Blade Works''.]]
* DefusingTheTykebomb: He tries to do this for Illya, [[spoiler:and in Heaven's Feel, Sakura.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Shirou has shades of this in all three routes, but ''Heaven's Feel'' deserves a special mention: [[spoiler:After having lost his servant, and discovering that the woman he loves is possessed by the avatar of all evil, Shirou decides that he's going to save Sakura, and he means it. He is supposed to drop dead after using Archer's Arm to project three times. He projects six times. He also fights both Dark Berserker and Saber Alter, both of whom are many times stronger than usual due to Sakura's increased prana, and wins. Oh, and his whole body is slowly being skewered by swords growing inside of him due to overuse of projection, he still keeps going. Then after all that, he still has a fist fight with Kotomine. In the normal ending, with only a shred of his consciousness remaining, Shirou with his final thought projects Excalibur, and pops Angra Mainyu like a zit. Shirou should have been dead five times up this point, and he STILL. KEPT. GOING.]]
-->'''Shirou''': I pour determination into my dying body.
** This is actually an important part of [[spoiler:Rin and Sakura falling in love with him. Before the game began, they once saw a boy who endlessly tried to leap over a high jump that he wasn't good enough to jump, and something about that captivated the girl who easily did everything and the girl who had no hope to try anything. This boy, of course, was Shirou]].
* DeterminedDefeatist: Even when he's fighting opponents he couldn't possibly hope to match like Lancer, Rider, Berserker or Gilgamesh, Shirou never thinks about giving up for even a second. Even if Saber doesn't come to pull him out, he usually finds a clever way out of the situation. [[spoiler:This extends to his actions in the later half of ''Heaven's Feel'', where he's repeatedly told that protecting Sakura is tantamount to betraying his prior ideals and that he'll never find peace even in the best-case scenario. He proves them all wrong in the True End of the route.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Repeatedly fights and wins against people he should have absolutely no chance against. [[spoiler:Played straight in the [[MultipleEndings Normal End]] of ''Heaven's Feel'' where he destroys Angra Mainyu, the nearly manifested Zoroastrian god representing '''[[GodOfEvil ALL evils of the world]]''', using Excalibur.]]
* DiedStandingUp: [[spoiler:[[MultipleEndings Normal End]] of ''Heaven's Feel'', and unleashing Excalibur on the Great Grail after he died.]]
** Also in [[spoiler:[[DyingMomentOfAwesome Sparks Liner High]]]].
* DistressedDude: In ''Fate'' and the {{anime}}, Shirou is kidnapped by Illyasviel and tied to a chair, in an attempt to make him her servant. He is then rescued by Saber, Rin and Archer.
* DontCallMeSir: He tells Saber not to call him "Master", and she complies [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness unless she's angry with him]].
* DualWielding: In ''Unlimited Blade Works'' and in ''Heaven's Feel'', he begins fighting with [[spoiler:Kanshou and Bakuya while copying some of Archer's technique]].
* DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp: Helping people is one thing. Helping little girls out is even better. Helping little girls [[spoiler:who were just stabbed in the chest by what is damn near a physical god, at least compared to YOU,]] is not an advisable course of action. And you HAVE to do it or you get a bad end.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Shirou has a tendency to risk his life for people he just met or barely even knows. Saber is a good example early in ''Fate'' and in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' after he pulls this with Illya, Tohsaka confronts him about his recklessness [[spoiler:especially since it was obvious that there was no way he could save Illya.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome:
** In the "Sparks Liner High" BadEnd, he takes on and ''wins'' against [[spoiler:Saber Alter]] by utilizing [[spoiler:multiple copies of Kanshou and Byakuya]] to perform a chain of simultaneous and ultimately unavoidable attacks, he then dies [[spoiler:having earned Saber's respect and acknowledgment and having been able to give her one last goodbye.]]
** In the [[spoiler:''Heaven's Feel'' [[MultipleEndings Normal End]]]], Shirou [[spoiler:survives the fight against Saber Alter (as Rider was there to help), and goes on to face Kotomine alone.]] Shirou's mind and body is steadily [[spoiler:being corrupted by his 'own' power given from Archer, turning him physically and mentally into a sword]], which causes metal creaking sounds [[spoiler:inside his own body.]] The two fight fist to fist, both running on borrowed time. [[spoiler:Kotomine finally expires before Shirou, who, having saved Sakura and done everything he set out to, just stops... but not before tracing Excalibur and destroying the Great Grail.]] By the time he [[spoiler:swings Excalibur, he was already dead, but his attacks still goes through and destroys the Grail.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding:
** Particularly in ''Heaven's Feel'', where he goes through things that would break a hundred lesser men. [[HappilyEverAfter It is so worth it all.]]
** The perfect ending to ''Realta Nua'' where he does the IMPOSSIBLE to [[spoiler:get reunited with Saber in Avalon]].
* EveryoneCanSeeIt:
** In ''Fate'', absolutely everyone can see the Saber/Shirou attraction. Even [[HeManWomanHater Issei]].
** In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', it's the same for Shirou and Rin as the route continues.
* {{Expy}}: Shirou shares a character model with [[LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai Tomoe Enjou]]. The two have similar issues regarding what is fake and what is real, as well. [[spoiler:Also, Shirou becomes an ArtificialHuman like Tomoe in the [[MultipleEndings True End]] of the ''[[MultipleEndings Heaven's Feel]]'' route]].
* ExtremeDoormat: Because of his obsession with helping others, he does whatever task his classmates ask him to do. Some even warn him that he's being taken advantage of, but he still does it.
* FateWorseThanDeath: There are a few bad ends like this, mostly involving Caster or Illya. Caster is intrigued by his Projection ability while Illya just wants her onii-chan... Well, his head anyway. Which she can keep alive with magic.
* FearfulSymmetry: In the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' route, [[spoiler:he fights Gilgamesh by copying every single one of his weapons before they can strike, whether they be delivered through a StormOfBlades or through melee. However, rather than create a stalemate, he instead gains the advantage, because his Reality Marble allows him to call on his swords faster than Gilgamesh's Gate of Babylon can.]]
* TheFettered: Shirou's ideal of wanting to save everybody forces him to make numerous highly questionable decisions, such as [[spoiler:flinging himself in front of Berserker's attack on Saber in ''Fate'' or offering his arm to Caster to save Taiga in ''Unlimtied Blade Works''/]]
* FieldOfBlades: [[spoiler:Can summon one in ''Unlimited Blade Works'', and [[StormOfBlades it's not just for show]].]]
* FirstPersonSmartass: Not very obvious. Then the realization hits that his narration is ''just as sarcastic'' as Rin's and boggling occurs. He is more of a snarker than people give him credit for, especially around Rin. [[spoiler:Archer is basically what he would be like if he wasn't so polite all the time; is it any wonder why he and Rin have such great chemistry?]]
* ForHappiness: Shirou wants ''everyone'' to be happy. Deconstructed in ''Unlimited Blade Works''. [[spoiler:To clarify, unlike normal people who can somewhat create their own happiness, Shirou, thanks to his lack of any concept or sense of self preservation always places the need of others before his own and is completely unable to create his own happiness and has to live through others.]]
-->'''Rin''': Shirou. Your way of life is really distorted.
* FullContactMagic: [[InvertedTrope An inversion of this trope]] as the ''only'' way he could initially use his magic is to reinforce his martial-arts abilities, ''not'' the other way round as this trope usually would. This is because [[EpicFail his misunderstood his dad's teachings on magic]] and thus causes himself great pain just with simple spells. [[spoiler:After finding out how magic works, particularly how HIS magic works, this changes greatly.]]
* FutureBadass: In the final bonus epilogue of the ''Realta Nua'' port (effectively the distant finale to Fate-route), you will learn that Shirou [[spoiler:takes the same path that Archer did, minus the regrets and eternal loneliness.]] As Saber says, he no longer needs her to be his sword and shield, he is more than capable of taking care of himself now.
* GenerationXerox: Shirou's primary motivation for being a hero of justice is to honor his adoptive father's own dream, and the "Mind of Steel" BadEnd sees Shirou go down the exact same route as his foster father and willingly damn himself for his ideals. Kotomine, who knew his father, even points this out.
* GoodFeelsGood: Not necessarily a good thing, because he ''only'' feels happy when he is helping others, and can't find any satisfaction in anything else.
* GroinAttack: When using [[spoiler:Nine Lives Blade Works against Berserker, Shirou's points of attack are Berserker's upper arm, collarbone, windpipe, temple, diaphragm, ribs, thighs... and testicles. That last one certainly counted as two lives, ''ouch''.]]
* HappilyAdopted: He was taken in and raised by Kiritsugu until his death.
* HateAtFirstSight: Twice, and for fairly similar reasons both times. Namely that [[spoiler:he sees too much of himself in the other person.]]
** He and Archer are instantly in opposition because Shirou recognizes that Archer embodies his ideals as a hero of justice, but absolutely despises his methods. Archer, in turn, views Shirou as a naive fool whose insistence on fair play, honor and trying to help everyone will just get even more people killed and [[spoiler:will lead him to being crushed by his ideals like Archer himself, who is Shirou's future self.]]
** He's also instantly hostile to Kotomine Kirei, though in this case Shirou doesn't really try to think about it too much and just calls him a fake priest. In truth, [[spoiler:he doesn't really dislike Kotomine, but feels he must oppose him because like Archer he is someone that is just different enough to merit his instant hostilities. He actually ''likes'' Kotomine since they're so similar.]]
* HealingFactor: Shirou being Shirou, he wouldn't survive without it. [[spoiler:It's caused by ''Avalon'', Excalibur's holy scabbard, and had been implanted into his body by Kiritsugu when Shirou was dying from the 4th Grail War's aftereffects]]. He can't use it fully without his connection to Saber, [[spoiler:so before the story it was barely noticeable, he was just a little more resistant]]. Notably, all three paths [[spoiler:see him lose it]].
* HeroicBSOD: At a certain point in ''Heaven's Feel'', [[spoiler:after finding out that not only is Sakura in lethal danger but may also be a serious threat to everyone around her, Shirou nearly gives up on everything, simply too emotionally crushed to go on and on the verge of crying. Illya gives him new hope and cheers him on, giving him the will to not give in and try to save her, though in the "Mind of Steel" bad ending, he actually rejects her words and decides to let Sakura die for the greater good]].
* HeroicSacrifice:
** There are a few bad ends where Shirou pulls one of these, but since they're bad ends that means they weren't necessary.
** [[spoiler:In the [[MultipleEndings Normal End]] of ''Heaven's Feel'' Shirou burns himself out completely to save Sakura, who spends the rest of her life waiting for him.]]
%%* TheHero
* TheHeroDies: The [[MultipleEndings Normal End]] of ''Heaven's Feel'' features [[spoiler:Shirou destroying the Grail and dying due to using Archer's arm too many times.]]
* HeroesPreferSwords: Hell, even his affinity (and Origin) is "Sword".
* HonorBeforeReason: For better or worse.
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: Justified because of his incredible HealingFactor, but [[spoiler:his beating at the hands of Rider in ''Heaven's Feel'', where his HealingFactor no longer works, is a prime example of Shirou's incredible willpower.]]
** Taken UpToEleven later in the same route where [[spoiler:his body and mind are breaking from overusing his magic, yet even though he's practically a walking vegetable the only thing that actually kills him, bad endings notwithstanding, is the destruction of the Holy Grail... And he can even survive THAT with a little help from Illya]].
** In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', his fight against [[spoiler:Archer]] is this. It's an uphill battle from the start as [[spoiler:Archer being a future Shirou is so much stronger than him that even at 1/10 of his strength, Shirou can't land a hit. Near the end of the battle, Archer makes it's clear that Shirou is just a dead man walking but he just keeps on getting up.]]
* HyperspaceArsenal: [[spoiler:Unlimited Blade Works, unique in that it not only stores weapons, but weapon techniques for Shirou [[MegaManning to use.]]. Also allows him to change the battlefield to a hill of swords ready for all of his weapons to be used immediately.]]
* ImageSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJs0IVSOZwA "Kogane no Hikari"]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: As a former member of archery club, he is said to miss his target only once- when he ''wanted'' to do so.
* InSeriesNickname: "Fake School Janitor", "In charge of mending", "Vacuum Cleaner of the Archery Club" and "Homurahara's Brownie" among others, due to his self-sacrificial nature, which includes voluntarily doing cleaning work and fixing the school's electrical appliances.
* {{Invocation}}
** "Trace... ON!" - Spoken when using his reinforcement and projection magic.
** ''Unlimited Blade Works'': [[spoiler:I am the bone of my sword. Steel is my body, and fire is my blood. I have created over a thousand blades. Unaware of loss, nor aware of gain. Withstood pain to create many weapons, waiting for one's arrival. I have no regrets. This is the only path. My whole life was [[TitleDrop Unlimited Blade Works]].]]
** ''Heaven's Feel'' BadEnd #38: [[spoiler:Divine skill, flawless and firm. Strength moves mountains. Blade cuts water. Life approaches the Imperial Villa. Two great men, shared life!]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: With a twist [[spoiler:towards the end of ''Heaven's Feel'' Shirou gets skewered from the inside out by swords slowly growing out of his body.]]
* IWillFindYou: Shirou's reaction to Saber's disappearance in Fate; in Fate's DistantFinale in ''Realta Nua'', [[spoiler:he spends the rest of his life searching for her. They're reunited in Avalon]].
* KnightInShiningArmor: His role in the ''Fate'' route.
* KnightInSourArmor: What he becomes in the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' route. [[spoiler:Hanging out with your cynical future self will do this to you.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Gets subject to this in BadEnd #16, where he's unable to escape Rin's attack on him at the school. As a result, he loses his memories of the war and goes back to his normal life none the wiser. This is the only ending in the VisualNovel where Shirou can survive the Holy Grail War without seeing it through to the end, and the Tiger Dojo segment even pokes fun at this fact by initially claiming that you've reached the True End of the route.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: To Sakura. Her love for both Shirou and [[spoiler:Rin]] are a great part of what makes her keep her sanity for so long after [[spoiler:unwittingly awakening as a Holy Grail]].
** He was also one to Kiritsugu in the past.
* LossOfIdentity: Goes through it during the last half of ''Heaven's Feel'' as a side effect of [[spoiler:using Archer's artificially attached arm.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: In ''Fate'', Shirou claims he fell in love with Saber upon first seeing. However, this is an interesting case since he doesn't comes to understand his feelings for her until two weeks later and in the other routes he never does.
* MadeOfIron: Even without his HealingFactor, Shirou is superhumanly tough and repeatedly takes injuries that would kill another man 3 times over.
* MagikarpPower: The only kind of spellcraft Shirou is consistently skilled at is largely considered to be mostly useless, that is, until it turns out he's got a twist to it that [[spoiler:allows him to materialize and use [[InfinityPlusOneSword legendary weapons]] relatively at will.]]
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Has a streak of this over all three routes, from taking one of Rider's nails straight through the hand and then ''asking Rin, whom he took it for, whether or not she's ok'' to [[spoiler:losing an arm to The Shadow while protecting Illya]].
-->'''Shirou:''' [[spoiler:I panicked too much. All I lost was my left arm. ]]
* MartyrWithoutACause: In ''Fate.''
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Has a bit of this dynamic with Saber. Saber spent her entire life playing the role of a man, has excellent swordsmanship skills, and is uncomfortable around her emotions, while Shirou has little combat ability compared to her, is much more emotional and excels at domestic tasks such as cooking.
* MentalWorld: His Reality Marble replaces the outer world with his own mental world.
* MuscleAngst: A one-off example in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' where he complains that he's a bit short and scrawny looking at [=5'6''=] (though his musculature and height are perfectly average for a Japanese high-school student). [[spoiler:The revelation of Shirou's future self as Archer means that he's becoming a [=6'2''=] muscle hunk somewhere down the line.]]
* MrFanservice: [[http://i.imgur.com/maR4QNF.jpg He's pretty ripped for a highschooler]], and definitely not sore on the eyes. In case you [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/typemoon/images/5/5b/Limited_zero_over.png/revision/latest?cb=20150912065658 needed more proof.]]. And then of course, [[spoiler:there's his future self as TallDarkAndSnarky Archer]].
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: [[spoiler:Works to his advantage. Shirou ends up siphoning skill and knowledge of fighting from his future self due to the time paradox that brought them together.]]
* NiceGuy: Shirou is considerate, thoughtful, industrious, and easily a textbook example of this.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Shirou is apparently not allowed to do anything awesome without first being reduced to a near-dead cripple. ''Ever''.
* NotSoDifferent: Shirou spends all of ''Fate'' and ''Unlimited Blade Works'' hating Kotomine's guts, though he is never able to figure out why. Then during their final confrontation in ''Heaven's Feel'' Shirou finally realizes it: he was trying to ignore the fact that the two of them are actually incredibly similar: both felt guilty over the past, and sought to follow paths of atonement knowing they could never actually be satisfied.
** He says as much to Gilgamesh during ''Unlimited Blade Works'', citing that they're both mediocre warriors who despite trying to embody heroic ideals, wind up having to use underhanded tactics to win against legitimately talented and honorable fighters.
* NotSoWeak: His classmates, Shinji in particular, look at him like he's an idiot for his willingness to do all their work. The Servants and Tohsaka look at him like an idiot for being, well, [[MartyrWithoutACause an idiot]]. [[spoiler:He has no real self identity, dreams or goals of his own and as such really views himself as worthless compared to saving anyone and everyone else that he can.]]
* ObliviousToLove:
** Shirou seems to be trying not to notice how Sakura feels about him, though a fair measure of genuine obliviousness also appears to be mixed in.
** In ''Fate'' he's surprisingly slow to catch on to the changes in Saber.
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: [[spoiler:Shirou instinctively can't get along with Archer, even long before he knows his identity.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Twice yet. Once when he was orphaned in the Fuyuki Fire, and a second time when Kiritsugu passed away.
* PossessionImpliesMastery: PlayedWith. [[spoiler:When he duplicates weapons, Shirou also duplicates the skill of the weapon's wielder. Like with the weapon itself,]] it's not as good as the original, but it works. It even allows him to [[spoiler:semi-replicate Berserker's offensive Noble Phantasm in ''Heaven's Feel''. It doesn't mean he has the muscle memory for it.]]
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Saber, when she's not a LoveInterest.
* PrinciplesZealot: He can be this in the ''Heaven's Feel'' route, should you choose. [[BadEnd It's not]] [[KnightTemplar a good idea]].
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:In ''Heaven's Feel'', choosing to persist in being a superhero instead of protecting Sakura results in Shirou allowing her to die, and subsequently winning the Holy Grail War at the cost of personally killing many of his former friends and acquaintances. The Bad End has Shirou simply recount his victory in a brief monologue.]]
* RagingStiffie: Morning Wood variety. Shirou has a bad streak of waking up with an erection, particularly when a girl is also in the room. However given the nature of futons, he always manages to hide it.
* RealMenCook: Quite the accomplished chef.
* RealMenWearPink: Shirou loves and is quite skilled at cooking, and owns a cute pink apron.
* RealityWarper: Shirou was born with the inherent ability to deploy a Reality Marble. [[spoiler:Avalon turned it into Unlimited Blade Works.]] Too bad his circuits are few and bad and he can't use it without help.
* SayMyName:
* SecondYearProtagonist: Shirou is stated to be in his second year, meaning he doesn't have the worries of a first year or a third year. This also means Sakura is younger and can go to the same school while there's another year ahead of Tohsaka ''Unlimited Blade Works'' endings.
* SelectiveObliviousness:
** Trying hard not to notice anything in regards to how Sakura feels or how he himself is starting to feel about her since he feels it's inappropriate to be attracted to his friend's sister
** It's implied (and stated by Shirou himself, even) that he knew [[spoiler:who Archer was all along[[note]]Do note that even before Archer uses the Trace On spell, Shirou recognizes him someone who embodies his ideals[[/note]]]], but couldn't possibly accept the idea.
* SempaiKohai: With Sakura.
* ShootTheDog:
** [[spoiler:He's forced to kill Saber Alter]] in ''Heaven's Feel''. Not doing so leads to a catastrophic Bad Ending.
** And again in one memorable BadEnd of the same path, where he [[spoiler:lets Rin kill Sakura [[PrinciplesZealot for the sake of his ideals]]]].
* SimultaneousBladeSpam: [[spoiler:In ''Heaven's Feel'', Shirou analyzes and projects Berserker's axe-sword, copying his skill with the weapon, SuperStrength and SuperSpeed to perform a variation of Heracles' most powerful attack, renaming it "Nine Lives Blade Works". He proceeds to attack the corrupted Berserker with a pummeling series of eight multidirectional strikes, targeting and slashing the mad warrior's upper arm, collarbone, windpipe, temple, diaphragm, ribs, testicles and thighs all at the same time, pretty much destroying an 80% of Berserker's body in an instant.]]
* SpectralWeaponCopy: [[spoiler:The ability Unlimited Blade Works allows Shirou to copy any weapon he sees and instantly understand his structure. It then allows him to project it at next to no mana cost, with the projections eventually disappearing.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Shirou, or Shirō, depending on the source.
* SpiderSense: Has a superhuman sense of danger, which repeatedly saves him and others from otherwise certain death. [[spoiler:This tranlates into having the Eye of the Mind (True) skill as Archer.]]. Aside from that, he has a small ability of smelling magic.
* StayInTheKitchen:
** During the Fate route, Shirou is worried about Saber getting hurt and constantly tells her that girls shouldn't fight. This is mainly because she was badly injured in her first fight with Berserker and spends the first half of the story recovering from it, but it's also because Saber insists on fighting to protect ''him specifically'', which triggers Shirou's SurvivorGuilt.
** When Ayako is attacked by a molester and nothing serious comes of it, Shirou says that it will teach her to be more feminine and views it as a good thing. When Rin promptly calls him out on it and threatens to tell Ayako, he tries to backtrack and begs her not to.
* SupportingProtagonist: In ''Fate''. The route is more about Saber than him.
* SupremeChef: He, Tohsaka and Sakura have a bit of a competition going on with this and each has their own specialty that they refuse to let the others match them in (specifically, his specialty is Japanese food).
* SurvivorGuilt: He has a massive case of this, shown during both ''Fate'' and ''Unlimited Blade Works'', and present but barely and far more subtle in ''Heaven's Feel''. ZigZagged a bit later, as ''Unlimited Blade Works'' is where he shows this the most, but it's also when it's revealed that it doesn't apply as much as it initially seemed to. While he does feel guilty about being the only survivor, his actual actions are mostly based on trying to find meaning through saving others.
* SwissArmySuperpower: Reinforcement. Want a weapon? Reinforce anything from a paper poster to a Noble Phantasm, and they'll get stronger. Run fast? Reinforce your legs. Super Strength? Reinforce your muscles or your hands. Sniper Sight? Reinforce your eyes.
** Later on, his perfected tracing. [[spoiler:The sheer number of weapons he has allows him a weapon for literally any situation]].
* SympathyForTheDevil: In ''Heaven's Feel'' [[spoiler:Shirou realizes that the reason he was always hostile to Kotomine is because he actually likes him. Unlike Kiritsugu, Kotomine and Shirou are in fact very similar people. This doesn't stop Shirou from doing what must be done, but it does show that Shirou feels sort of bad about it.]]
* TakingTheBullet: You could make a DrinkingGame counting how many times Shirou jumps in front of an attack meant for someone else.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: His moments of asskickery are usually signaled by "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUs8FEsDUZ4 Emiya]]" starting up in the background.
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: He has to keep his [[spoiler:Unlimited Blade Works]] ability secret because it's an extremely rare ability that appears at random--it cannot be learned or passed down through blood. People with abilities like this get [[http://typemoon.wikia.com/wiki/Sealing_Designation Sealing Designations]] from the Mage's Association. They call it the "greatest honor" a mage can get, but what it really amounts to is being incarcerated and frozen in time so their ability can be studied.
* ThousandYardStare: Lapses into this a couple of times in the [[Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks anime adaptation of UBW]], to showcase how mentally broken and disturbed he actually is on the inside.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Reunites with Saber in Avalon]] in the epilogue to the ''Realta Nua'' version of the Fate route.
* TooDumbToLive: Less out of idiocy, more out of valuing his life far below that of others. ''Everybody'' calls him out on it. Visual Novel-wise, there are 40 main [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojos]] and an awful lot of them call him out, especially [[WhatAnIdiot 11, 24, and 36]] which are NobodyCallsMeChicken {{Player Punch}}es. Most of these however, come from the player making choices that would go against his character.
* TookALevelInBadass: Considering how relatively incompetent he is at fighting compared to almost every other major character in the series at the start, Shirou makes amazing progress.
** In ''Fate'' he begins to pick up Projection magic for real, though for the most part he has to rely on Saber.
** ''Unlimited Blade Works'': Two moments cement this: [[spoiler:when using Projection for the first time at a level superior to what he accomplished in ''Fate'' as well as learning some decent sword technique and the second when he uses the actual Reality Marble itself against Gilgamesh.]]
** ''Heaven's Feel'': [[spoiler:He gets Archer's arm attached and gains a mastery of Projection on par with Archer's... but it slowly kills him. At the same time, though, it's turning his body into swords and speeds up the process, but still useful in the middle of hand to hand combat.]]
* TragicDream: His dream is to realize Kiritsugu's dream and become a superhero who can save everyone. He is continuously confronted with the fruitlessness of his endeavour and the disastrous effect it has on his own happiness, to the point where he chooses to abandon his ideals in ''Heaven's Feel''.
* TranquilFury: When Taiga is threatened, Shirou speaks in a completely flat tone that belies his anger.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia:
** Shirou lost all his memories prior to the fire ten years before from which Kiritsugu saved him.
** After [[spoiler:stabbing Saber Alter]] in ''Heaven's Feel'' [[spoiler:he erases all his memories of Saber over his crushing guilt at killing her]].
%%* {{Tsundere}}: Toward Rin in UBW.
* TheUnfettered: In the "Mind of Steel" BadEnd, [[spoiler:Shirou puts down Sakura for the sake of his ideals and has to kill off Rin and Illya as well to keep them from abusing the Grail. [[GenerationXerox He basically becomes]] [[LightNovel/FateZero like his father]]]].
* UniqueProtagonistAsset: His specialized Projection magecraft. It's completely unique to him, stemming from his [[spoiler:Reality Marble Unlimited Blade Works]], and it plays a large role in the story, varying by the route.
** In Fate, it allows him to trace Caliburn and Avalon, allowing Saber to defeat Berserker and Gilgamesh respectively.
** In Unlimited Blade Works, it allows him and Rin to fight after [[spoiler:they lose their Servants.]] Later, it allows him to [[spoiler:defeat Gilgamesh]].
** In Heaven's Feel, his Projection gets a DeadlyUpgrade from [[spoiler:Archer's arm]], allowing him to [[spoiler:kill Berserker]] and [[spoiler:stall Saber]]. In the normal ending, [[spoiler:he traces a sword uses it to destroy the Holy Grail]]. In the Sparks Liner High ending, [[spoiler:he defeats Saber at the cost of his life, giving Rin a chance to stop Sakura on her own]].
* UnusualEyebrows: Of the kinked type. [[spoiler:They're one of the few things he has in common visually with Archer.]]
* VanillaProtagonist: Subverted to the point of being notable. Shirou is set up as a generic self-insert protagonist with a relatable goal and a personality that's easy enough for the reader to project onto. Around the time of ''Unlimited Blade Works'', Shirou's personality is slowly chipped away to reveal a mentally unsound individual with no sense of self-preservation. His lack of personality is because the trauma from the fire basically reset him to zero personality-wise, and he's never fully recovered.
* WeakButSkilled: Unusually, Shirou falls under both this trope and UnskilledButStrong in regard to his magical ability:
** On one hand, he was born with almost zero talent as a mage. He was born into a family without a Magical Crest (which would make spells much easier to cast) and has received virtually no education whatsoever. Nevertheless, Shirou made up for his lack of knowledge through relentless practice: by the time of the Fifth Grail War, he was sufficiently skilled with reinforcement to allow a rolled up poster to withstand blows from Servants, if only momentarily. His relative lack of proficiency in magecraft is further compensated for by his basic training in archery and swordplay, which is sufficient to allow him to fight off Caster's puppets in the Fate route. And no matter what the route, Shirou ALWAYS has AwesomenessByAnalysis and ([[MultipleEndings depending on the player]]) excellent split-second tactical decision making.
** On the other hand, Shirou [[spoiler:possesses his own Reality Marble, Unlimited Blade Works, which very few magic users have access to. Essentially a PocketDimension which is capable of storing and reproducing any bladed weapon that Shirou analyzes in exact detail, it can be expanded into normal space for a short while, though doing so requires an enormous amount of power (more than he can normally access) because it essentially amounts to imposing the reality represented by the marble into the world. However, this ability is what enables Shirou to create successful projections of Noble Phantasms without expending too much energy, as he is actually projecting a copy of the weapon existing within his Reality Marble]].
* WideEyedIdealist: One of his defining traits. Eventually, heavily {{Deconstructed}} in both the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' and ''Heaven's Feel'' routes. Only gets {{Reconstructed}} in UBW.
* WithThisHerring: Before he really unlocks projection, this happens often. His first real fight is him against Lancer, who is wielding the legendary Gae Bolg. Shirou is using a reinforced poster. It manages to survive several hits.
* YouKilledMyFather: In ''Fate'', [[spoiler:Shirou finds out that Kotomine killed Kiritsugu, ''and'' his original parents by causing the fire. He doesn't take that well.]] He finds out the former in ''Heaven's Feel'' as well, but at that point it makes no difference to him.

[[folder:Rin Tohsaka]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/KanaUeda (JP), Creator/MelaLee (EN)

->''"The world is just another word for the things you value around you, right? That's something I've had since I was born. If you tell me to rule such a world, I already rule it."''

Tohsaka is one of the main Magi of the series. She is known in the {{fandom}} for her {{Tsundere}} traits and helping popularize the twin tail tsundere with ZettaiRyouiki look. Rin is an honor student in Shirou's school, and the talented heir of the prestigious Tohsaka magus family, one of the founders of the Holy Grail Wars. She enters the Fifth Holy Grail Wars out of a sense of responsibility as the Tohaska heir and her own competitive desire to win. She tries to summon a Saber-class Servant, which is widely considered to be the best Servant class. Thus, it is a point of much irritation when she summons Archer instead. Eventually she grows accustomed to him, and they are partners in every route of the game.

Rin is a complex person, using a honor student facade to hide her fairly abrasive nature, but this is [[{{Tsundere}} also]] a disguise for her rather good nature and the strong morals she tries to ignore. More than anything, Rin seems driven by her sense of duty to the Tohsaka lineage, though her moral values save her from being the cruel, emotionless magus her brain tells her she's supposed to be.

While she is mostly an adviser to Shirou in ''Fate'', she becomes the main heroine in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' and plays a major role in ''Heaven's Feel''.
* ActionGirl: She has a take-charge attitude by nature, and is extremely competent with her magic.
* AggressiveSubmissive: She's usually an assertive {{Tsundere}} and TheTease, but in her sex scene she becomes uncharacteristically shy.
* AloofBigSister: [[spoiler:Rin does not make it very obvious she cares for Sakura, and will retreat to her "we're just strangers" mask when around her. Though she has reasons for this, whether they are good ones, is up to the reader.]]
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Dark haired, smart, beautiful, and in a bit of an aversion for the trope, [[{{Tsundere}} rather standoffish]] instead of cold and distant.
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Rin is the POV character in the game's prologue before it switches over to Shirou once the game proper begins. She also gets the POV at several times during ''Unlimited Blade Works'', [[spoiler:and at the True End of ''Heaven's Feel'']]
* BadassAdorable: More relaxed than the stern and stoic Saber, but still more beautiful than cute.
* BadassFamily: [[LightNovel/FateZero Her father was a]] BadassBookworm who almost won the 4th War, and she's very distantly related to [[BadassGrandpa Zelretch]], who is a PhysicalGod.
* BadassInDistress: [[spoiler:Her Servant Archer]] kidnaps her in order to [[spoiler:force Shirou into a duel]] in ''Unlimited Blade Works''.
* BareFistedMonk: Kotomine taught her Bajiquan, and she makes the most of those teachings.
* BatmanGambit: During a battle against [[spoiler:Servant Caster]] in ''Unlimited Blade Works'', [[spoiler:Rin is hopelessly outmatched in sorcery, but it turns out that in case her original plan to BeamSpam Caster fails, she was fully prepared. She lulls Caster into thinking that she's given up, waits for Caster to get in range... And then shows that she knows Chinese martial arts, to the shock of everyone]].
* BeneathTheMask: Two different levels, and she's only aware of the first. Beneath her perfect student facade, she's grouchy, a {{tsundere}} and a [[TheGadfly troll]]. But only halfway acknowledged beneath that is that she's actually pretty kind and strongly values both lives and fair play.
* BiTheWay: She realizes she is bisexual in the uncensored version of the Fate route [[spoiler:when forced to take part in [[SexMagic a mana transfer ritual]] with Saber and Shirou]]. Besides this, Rin is very affectionate towards Saber both in the visual novel and official artwork. There are [[IncestSubtext some hints with Sakura as well]].
-->'''Rin:''' "I didn't know I was into girls..."
* BloodMagic: Uses blood runes for summoning. It's later shown that she gradually enhances her magic arsenal by drawing her own blood and applying it to gems.
* BornWinner: [[spoiler:At least Sakura thinks so. Being beautiful, intelligent and powerful.]]
* BrainyBrunette: She's very intelligent, an honor student to boot, and has dark brown hair.
* BrokenAce: Rin believes she has to be perfect at everything, both in school and in magic thanks to her Father's words and the pressure she feels from her duty to the Tohsaka line. She certainly does it very well though, being smart, gifted in magic, and good looking. It's when she is away from school that her [[{{Tsundere}} true]] [[AloofBigSister colors]] [[JerkassFacade are]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold shown]].
* CheshireCatGrin: Perfected this to an artform. If she's smiling at you, something bad is going to happen, to the point one of the Track Girls treat it like a SlasherSmile.
* ClingyJealousGirl: In the UBW anime, she does not take Luvia's advances on Shirou pretty well.
* CombatPragmatist: She'll use any dirty trick to win. Even [[spoiler:shooting someone in the back. Though its only for evil characters.]]
* CreepyCoolCrosses: One is displayed on her shirt when she's in her casual attire.
* CryCute:
** A great example happens during the scene where Shirou comforts Tohsaka [[spoiler:after Archer betrays her]].
--->'''Rin:''' ... I can't believe it. A guy made me cry.
** She gets another good one in the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' movie when Shirou tells her the story of how Kiritsugu saved him right after [[spoiler:Gilgamesh rips Illya's heart out]]. It's not even the story that does it, it's the fact that it twisted him so much.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: She wears a miniskirt in her casual attire, but not as part of her school uniform. This is lampshaded in Shirou's victory quote over Rin in ''Fate/unlimited codes''.
-->'''Shirou:''' Isn't that mini-skirt a bit too... mini?
* DecoyProtagonist: Subverted. You play the prologue as Rin, and it seems like Saber kills her at the end. If you play the main story, it's as Shirou, and he saves Rin at the last second. Rin is still an example of DecoyProtagonist, just not a lethal one.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: The closest thing the story has to one; she is the character with the most screentime next to Shirou, narrates both the common prologue of all the visual novel's routes, [[spoiler:and the epilogue of the ''Heaven's Feel'' [[MultipleEndings True End]]]], has the most scenes from her point of view in first person next to him, and is the only one of the heroines who has a major role in every route, even in Fate, where it's the smallest. She is a counterpart and {{Foil}} to Shirou and while he is the central focus and most of the story is his, many parts of it are also about Rin.
* EquivalentExchange: Supposedly a strong advocate of this, but it's a very poor cover for the good natured aid she gives at almost any opportunity.
* {{Expy}}:
** It's very hard not to see similarities between Rin and [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Akiha]]. They're both the young female heads of prestigious families involved in the occult with long black hair, blue eyes and essentially the same face. They even have the same {{Tsundere}} "humph!" pose, except that Akiha's lacks the flying hair that Rin has whenever she does it. Both characters are in turn partly based on [[LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai Azaka]] -- young Rin and young Azaka look exactly alike. Of course, all of them are based on [[VisualNovel/MahouTsukaiNoYoru Aoko]].
** [[WordOfGod Nasu]] said that she is also that she's a [[CompositeCharacter composite]] expy of Misaya Reiroukan from ''Anime/FatePrototype'', the original concept for ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', with some elements from Ayaka Saijou thrown in.
* {{Facepalm}}: She has several dedicated sprites for this, often because of Shirou.
* FaceRealization: She tries to behave like a typical magus, but in each route she realizes she's no good at it. [[spoiler:Most prominent in Heaven's Feel when she can't bring herself to kill Sakura, and admits she no longer has any right to berate Shirou for his StupidGood tendencies.]]
* FingerGun: The Gandr spell is fired from the index finger. It should be a curse, but Rin's variant fires ''actual energy bullets'', and at an high rate. In the 2014 anime, she uses the entire hand to fire. She reverts to the index finger in Episode 8 though, possibly for a less powerful attack [[spoiler:(In particular, she was using it to intimidate a recently defeated Shinji into telling her the identiy of the Servant who killed Rider)]].
* FirstNameBasis: At first, she addresses Shirou primarily as "Emiya", but at some point in every route, she switches to his first name when they get to know each other better. She still occasionally uses his last name; according to Shirou, it's either when she is about to [[TheGadfly mock him]] or to say something important.
* TheGadfly: Mixed with TheTease. Tohsaka doesn't limit herself when it comes to equal opportunity harassment.
* GemstoneAssault: A practitioner of Jewel Magic. Usually, the jewels are just charged up with a bit of magic everyday to supply greater amount of energy when needed, but they also make good explosives.
* GirlishPigtails: Part of her popular {{Tsundere}} image. In ''Heaven's Feel'''s [[MultipleEndings True End]], she has abandoned the tails, making her look somewhat more adult.
* GoGetterGirl: Rin's ambition and drive is very evident, although she still remains a fundamentally decent person underneath.
* GratuitousGerman: Her family's magic was largely stolen from the ''Finnish'' Edelfelts, so the German isn't coming from there. It's likely due to being from one of Zelretch's apprentice lines.
* HairDecorations: She keeps her pigtails tied up with black bows.
* HopelessWithTech: As a mage, she doesn't get technology at all. The sad thing is that she's actually better than most. Rin barely knows what a VCR is, let alone DVD or Blu-Ray. She hates technology with a passion since she can't understand it, although she is learning from Shirou. In the Type-Moon April's Fool's joke with various Nasuverse characters setting up their own Twitter accounts, Rin has Archer set up her account, and starts using that as her secret diary. Hilarity ensues.
* ImageSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWIA0i3SgD4 "Kirari" (Sparkling)]]
* InfiniteSupplies: {{Averted|Trope}}. She stores her {{mana}} into gemstones in order to use it for her big spells, but since jewelry is expensive, she only has so many shots. However, [[spoiler:she gains an InfinityPlusOneSword]] in ''Heaven's Feel'', [[spoiler:which gives her the ability to pull in Mana from '''[[AlternateUniverse alternate realities]]''', theoretically giving her an infinite supply]].
* IronicHell: In what's widely considered to be the most twisted and horrific of all the {{Bad End}}s, [[spoiler:Rin shoots her mouth off to [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Sakura]] about how she doesn't care about the abuse her sister went through. Sakura promptly summons Saber Alter, and the two subdue Rin and force her to experience Sakura's memories of her RapeAsBackstory through Sakura's eyes. When Shirou dies, he can hear Rin screaming that she's sorry over and over]].
* IUhYouToo: Rin never admits to loving Shirou despite it being very obvious in UBW and [[spoiler:Heaven's Feel]]. In UBW, [[spoiler:she declares that her life's goal is to make him thoroughly happy, which is close enough.]] In ''Fate/Hollow Ataraxia'' in a scenario that takes place post-UBW [[spoiler:she actually manages to tell Shirou she loves him repeatedly while they're in the throes of passion.]]
* ISurrenderSuckers: [[spoiler:Her plan against Caster involved pretending to surrender.]]
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Tried on Illya during the 2014 anime. Didn't work]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In ''Heaven's Feel'', she gives up on Shirou to let him be with Sakura.
%%* UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian: Implied with the cross necklace she wears and her familial relationship with Kotomine. In the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' anime [[spoiler:after she realizes Kotomine killed her father]], she flings a whole slew of insults at him expressing her hope that he'll never be able to enter hell, Purgatory, or heaven. The Purgatory part is something you'd expect to only hear from someone with a Catholic background.
* JerkassFacade: Her "uncaring magus" persona which is how she believes a magus is supposed to behave. In ''Heaven's Feel'' [[spoiler:it backfires horribly with her sister. Rin genuinely cares for Sakura but for a variety of reasons she acts exceptionally cold towards her and always retreats to her mask around her. It works ''too'' well; Sakura being so convinced that her older sister sees her as an enemy and doesn't care for her is one of the things that push Sakura towards her RoaringRampageOfRevenge, and the exceptionally horrific last BadEnd is a direct result of this behavior.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rin can be grouchy and acerbic, but she's a good person who cares for her friends.
* KungFuWizard: She was taught some basics of Baji Quan by Kirei which turns out to be a powerful trump card when combined with strengthening magic.
* LackOfEmpathy: Describes herself as this when [[spoiler:Sakura gives Rin her speech about how much her life had sucked. Rin tells Sakura that she never really cared about her situation and doesn't think that Sakura becoming a monster is a bad thing, sending Sakura nuts.]] However, Rin realizes that she is wrong when [[spoiler:she finally realizes that she can't bring herself to kill her sister after all]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Gentle Everyday", which often plays during light-hearted moments.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The dark to Sakura's light. [[spoiler:Except when Sakura's possessed, in which case it's inverted]].
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: To [[spoiler:Sakura, her emotionally and sexually abused sister]].
* LoveInterest: To Shirou in the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' route.
* MagicSkirt: Despite that S-rank ZettaiRyouiki and micro-mini skirt, she only loses the magic once, very slightly, in exactly one scene in the entire franchise.
* {{Meganekko}}: Only part-time. She states that she only wears glasses when doing work that requires extra concentration.
* MercyKill: In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', [[BadEnd if you accept Caster's proposal]] [[spoiler:Shirou; ends up as a limbless body in a jar, [[AndIMustScream but still totally conscious]]. Rin comes to kill him, saying that "the bad dream ends here".]]
* NotAMorningPerson: Rin tends to be decidedly grumpy in the mornings. It clashes with her perfect schoolgirl image so badly that even after knowing her for awhile, people are outright shocked to see her dragging about in the morning, completely at a loss for words and unsure if what they've just seen was real. [[WeirdnessCensor And then they choose to forget about it]].
* {{Ojou}}: Complete with a BigFancyHouse. Despite this, she's mocked as a bumpkin by Luviagelita, since she's from a country the Magic Association considers backwater. As it turns out, she actually ''isn't'' very rich. Jewel sorcery is expensive.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Considering all the super-powered entities at play it's easy to forget just how much Rin accomplishes on her own. With little more than a distraction from Saber she manages to [[spoiler:kill Berserker, though it doesn't stick]] and she was even winning against [[spoiler:Caster]] until Shirou's failure allowed another enemy to join the fray. It makes you wonder how the war would have gone had she not used her amulet, containing enough mana to win the war, to revive Shirou in the prologue.
* PantyShot: Shirou almost gets one of these in the anime, which distracts Rin enough to make her lose her concentration.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her father died in [[Literature/FateZero the previous Grail War]]. Her mother apparently died sometime before the Fifth War due to illness, but was presumably in a mental home before that.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Let's be serious, most Magi in the {{Franchise/Nasuverse}} are sociopaths in the name of Magic. So long as you don't draw too much attention to yourself from the mundanes, it's fine. However, Rin doesn't really want to wish for anything with the Holy Grail and she's very against the idea of innocent people being killed no matter what she says to the contrary. She's also a great believer in fair play.
* RapunzelHair: Curiously combined with GirlishPigtails.
* RedOniBlueOni: Hotheaded Rin is the Red Oni to the more stoic Saber's Blue Oni.
* SchoolIdol: She is the most popular girl in school.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Rin seems to exhibit this in regards to [[spoiler:Sakura]]. For someone who is usually very intelligent and observant, she is remarkably poor at noticing all of the things that have changed [[spoiler:about her sister, including even her hair color.]] When she goes into [[spoiler:the Matou house]] for the first time, she immediately realizes what being [[spoiler:the Matou heir]] means, and yet despite knowing that [[spoiler:Shinji has no potential as a magus, and that her sister was adopted into that family because her father couldn't train both of them,]] she fails to make the obvious logical jump to [[spoiler:figuring out Rider's true Master or her sister's situation until it is explicitly pointed out to her.]] Of course, since working it out would have meant either hand-waving the fact that [[spoiler:her sister is suffering horrific torture,]] or breaking from her duty as guardian of Fuyuki [[spoiler:in an effort to save her,]] it's perhaps understandable that she decided not to think ''too'' hard about it.
* ShesGotLegs: Her long legs are further accentuated by her Grade S ZettaiRyouiki.
* ShipperOnDeck: She's this to an extent for Shirou and Saber, near the end of ''Fate''.
* ShootTheDog: She attempts this twice with [[spoiler:Sakura]] in ''Heaven's Feel''. The first time, [[WhatTheHellHero Shirou calls her out on it]], then prevents it. The second, [[spoiler:Rin herself stops short because she can't go through with it. This is consistent with her advocating this mentality but not being able to reconcile it with her morals.]]
** An earlier instance of this occurs in ''Unlimited Blade Works'', as when [[spoiler:she attacks Shirou at school, making the wrong choice or entering the route prematurely results in Shirou getting decimated by her spell and left completely defenseless. Rin then coldly apologizes to him, claiming that what she's about to do next is akin to taking his very life. What does she do? Erase his memories of the war and return him to his normal life.]]
* SiblingYinYang: [[spoiler:With Sakura.]]
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: While she's annoyed by his martyr complex, Rin admits she finds Shirou's noble ideals and kind-hearted nature charming. According to the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' anime, she became attracted to him because of his determination and strong will.
* SituationalSexuality: In the uncensored versions, when fleeing from Illya and Berserker, Rin [[spoiler:has sex with Saber in order to arouse her enough to do the deed with Shirou, thus replenishing her prana supply]], realizing she's bisexual in the process.
* SmokingIsCool: Her SuperDeformed version which appears in the [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojos]]. Illya worships her.
* SoProudOfYou: [[spoiler:[[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Zelretch]] tells her this as he saves her from the wrath of the Mage's Association in her hearing, during the [[MultipleEndings True End]] of the ''Heaven's Feel'' route.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Sort of. Different Romanizations have spelled her surname Tohsaka, Tousaka, Tosaka, Toosaka, Tôsaka, or Tōsaka. The first three seem the most popular in that order, but it still hasn't really been standardized in any way yet.
* SpiritedCompetitor: She is very competitive in everything including cooking.
* SquishyWizard: [[spoiler:Gloriously averted. To Caster's horror.]]
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: She suddenly pulls out [[spoiler:excellent martial arts ability against Caster]] with the only foreshadowing at all her confidence before going into the fight. Considering her teacher, [[spoiler:Kirei, is an expert]] it's not so surprsing in retrospect, but at the time, Caster is understandably shocked.
* SuperiorSuccessor: She outclasses her father as a mage in every aspect. It was to be expected, as that is exactly what her mother's trait was supposed to do.
* SupremeChef: She specializes in Chinese cooking, much to the surprise of Shirou, who doesn't feel confident in his own skills with it. [[ZigZaggedTrope On the other hand, she can't even make miso soup, once again to Shirou's surprise.]]
* SweaterGirl: Part of Rin's IconicOutfit is her red turtleneck that clings to her curves and pairs well with her ZettaiRyoukai.
* TheTease: She repeatedly teases Shirou in an overly flirtatious manner after finding out that he is easily embarrassed. It's turned back on her in her route when she starts becoming embarrassed when they're about to horizontal lambada.
* TeenGenius: Considering that her family has been known as backwater bumpkins and incredibly mediocre magi compared to [[TheArchmage the "Lord"]] [[BadassFamily Families]] of the Clock Tower, Rin is basically a prodigy in comparison to her ancestors.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: While Rin is rather fiery-tempered, she is actually very feminine. The tomboy here would be Saber, who refuses to view herself as a woman.
* TownGirls: The Neither to Sakura's Femme and Saber's Butch.
* TronLines: Her mana circuits form glowing blue-green circuitry-like markings when activated.
* {{Tsundere}}: A textbook case and wildly considered the most famous example. She is [[AggressiveSubmissive even tsundere in bed]]. However, her major tsundere traits are mostly reserved for her route [[spoiler:and Sakura]].
** She even popularized the ZettaiRyouiki and twin-tails for tsunderes.
* TsurimeEyes: As befitting her rather teasing nature she has matching narrow eyes.
* WaifFu: She's fairly short and has quite the thin build, but she's surprisingly strong [[spoiler:and quite good in hand to hand combat.]]
* WaveMotionSword: Her personal use of the [[spoiler:Jeweled Sword of Zelretch.]]
* WeakButSkilled: In contrast to Illya and [[spoiler:Sakura]], who both have massive reserves of magic, Rin has much more basic skills and magic abilities. However her ability to manipulate her magic so well allows her to hold her own well, her gem based magic allows her a variety of elements to use, and her Gandr is a great weapon against familiars. That's not including her [[spoiler:knowing martial arts]].
* YouKilledMyFather: In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', Rin finds out that [[spoiler:Kotomine Kirei]] killed her father. She doesn't take it very well.
* YourHeadAsplode: One of the {{Bad End}}s in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' has her die this way [[spoiler:against Kuzuki.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: The original Grade "S". She helped popularize the combination of twin tails, tsundere and zettai ryouiki.

[[folder:Sakura Matou]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/NorikoShitaya (JP), Creator/SherryLynn (EN 2006 Anime), Creator/CristinaVee (EN 2015 Anime)

->''"No, you are strong, Senpai. It's not because of your Magic Circuit or your talent, but because your mind is pure....I knew that from the first time I met you. I knew you would never betray anyone."''

Sakura is Shirou's timid underclassman and the third and final heroine of the story. She has been friends with him since the previous summer when he was injured in an accident and she began visiting him with the excuse of taking care of him while he couldn't care for himself. Even after he recovered, she continued to visit him and attempts to do all the chores at his house due to her massive crush on him, which he attempts to ignore. Despite coming from the Matou family, Shinji claims she has been kept in the dark regarding magic as in a traditional magus household only the successor will be taught any magecraft. Though she is respectful of her brother and defends his misconduct, he is in turn an abusive ass towards her. Further, despite her upbeat attitude with Shirou, she is actually nearly silent and much gloomier when away from the Emiya household or Taiga and has no real friends apart from those two.

In ''Heaven's Feel'', Sakura becomes the love interest of the story and secrets about her life and the Matou family are slowly revealed.

* AmbiguousSituation: [[spoiler:In BadEnd #16, Shirou gets ousted from the Holy Grail War due to Rin subjecting him to LaserGuidedAmnesia. However, when he wonders aloud whether or not he's forgotten something, Sakura promptly reassures him that nothing's wrong. However, given the revelations of ''Heaven's Feel'', where she's revealed to be a Master who only avoided the war by giving her Servant to Shinji, it's left unclear whether her reassurance was genuine, or if she deliberately deceived him to ensure he wouldn't remember the war.]]
* ApocalypseMaiden: [[spoiler:Her body has been modified to be a fake Grail and absorb the souls of Servants.]]
* BeneathTheMask: Portions of ''Heaven's Feel'' are taken from her perspective and provide an alternate look at her personality. For a relatively spoiler free example, she invokes the YamatoNadeshiko image as a way of appealing to Shirou.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sakura is very calm and gentle, but as ''Heaven's Feel'' shows, [[spoiler:years of abuse make her snap, making her very powerful and dangerous.]]
* BigEater: Shirou notices that she eats quite a lot although she tries to restrain herself out of fear of looking unladylike.
* BigNo: She has two of these after she [[spoiler:accidentally stabs Shirou with a spell she, in a bout of crazy caused by Shinji, shot at Rin.]] She feels extremely guilty about it for the rest of the route.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:First, she's taken from her parents and sister and dumped into an unfamiliar but supposedly allied household, the Matou family. Her parents die soon after as well as the one decent Matou, leaving her with no advocate. She is then 'trained' in Matou magic, which involves infesting her body with maneating worms and having her brother rape her because he's envious of her status as the Matou heir. Things are looking up when Shirou enters the picture and inspires her to keep trying and gives her a resolve that Zouken cannot break, but then ''Heaven's Feel'' happens and things just keep getting worse until she finally breaks down.]]
* BrokenBird: Despite acting nice and cheerful around Shirou, Sakura actually is a lonely and sad girl who is almost completely broken inside. The extent of bad things that have happened to her is only revealed in her route; her brother, Shinji, is shown to mistreat her, [[spoiler:her biological family gave her away to [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Matou family]], she was abused emotionally, physically and sexually and her sister doesn't seem to care at all about her]].
* CainAndAbel: Shinji resents her for [[spoiler:being the true Matou heir.]]
* CastingAShadow: Her Hollow Element allows her to summon {{Living Shadow}}s.
* CherryBlossomGirl: Named Sakura, has a flower themed ending, is the final love interest and is working hard at being a YamatoNadeshiko. However, things aren't as pleasant as they seem.
* ClingyJealousGirl: She does NOT like the idea of Saber living in Shirou's house even outside of ''Heaven's Feel'' at first, doesn't like having Tohsaka around because Shirou admires her and is generally very possesive of Shirou (including when [[StatuesqueStunner Rider]] is with them). [[spoiler:In ''Heaven's Feel'' Zouken uses this and her genuine love for both Shirou and her brother to eventually cause her to snap by putting too much pressure on her.]]
* ClubPresident: In the [[MultipleEndings True End]] of ''Heaven's Feel'' it's revealed that she became the head of the archery club [[spoiler:along with the fact that she became the supervisor for Fuyuki in Rin's abscence.]]
* TheCorruptible: Throughout ''Heaven's Feel'', there's a constant fear of Sakura succumbing to the corruption. [[spoiler:She resists more than seems humanly possible, but eventually she does.]]
* CovertPervert: A very rare instance of the trope PlayedForDrama. [[spoiler:Because of the crest worm she gets sexually aroused very easily, and hates herself for that.]]
* CryCute: When Shiro and Rin learn the truth about her, Shiro finds her crying in the rain alone, in a really heartwrenching moment.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Sakura has unusual, purple-colored eyes and hair. [[spoiler:This is revealed to be because of the "conditioning" imposed upon her by Zouken in order to make her into the successor of the Matou brand of magecraft.]]
* DarkMagicalGirl: She has next to no friends or decent family and in front of people not named Taiga and Shirou and she tends to be nearly silent and very submissive.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: [[spoiler:After treating Shirou's wounds caused by True Assassin, Sakura masturbates thinking about Shirou's rather muscular chest and back. However the circumstances at the time make her feel particularly horrible about it.]]
* DCupDistress: She's quite embarrassed about her bust size (which Taiga takes great delight in revealing to Shirou).
* DealWithTheDevil: Rather involuntarily, [[spoiler:Sakura becomes outrageously powerful by virtue of drawing on the power of [[TheDevil Angra Mainyu]] due to Zouken having her make a contract with it]].
* DefiledForever: [[spoiler:Thinks of herself as a woman unworthy of Shirou due to have been repeatedly raped and violated through her life. Essentially she internalized the MadonnaWhoreComplex.]]
* DefusingTheTykeBomb: [[spoiler:The objective of ''Heaven's Feel'' is to stop the Crest Worm from going haywire and subsequently, the destruction of Angra Mainyu without killing Sakura.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Despite being one of main heroines of the visual novel, Sakura is one of the least commercial characters in the series. For example, in Anime/CarnivalPhantasm she not only rarely appears, but the jokes to be made about her are either mean spirited or even larger {{flanderization}}s than normal, portraying her as a BitchInSheepsClothing and a {{Yandere}}.
* DespairEventHorizon: An implied offscreen one. [[spoiler:In the main route, Sakura flees the church while Rin and Shirou debate whether they should kill her. But in the Superhero ending, Rin apparently kills Sakura without difficulty after Shirou agrees with her that Sakura should die, the implication being that hearing Shirou wants her dead kept Sakura from resisting.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:Her SuperpoweredEvilSide, once fully established, decides that it's not going to put up with her grandfather's abuse anymore...]]
* DoggedNiceGirl: Sakura is not the most subtle of suitors.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:She never kills herself, but she does consider it. On Day 9 of ''Heaven's Feel'' she mentions several previous attempts at suicide, though she never went through with it. After her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment, she attempts to kill herself out of remorse, only to be prevented by Angra Mainyu long enough for Shirou to free her with Rule Breaker.]]
* EatingTheEyeCandy: At one point when she has to help treat Shirou's wounds, she sits there for a good 3 minutes blushing and staring at [[HeroicBuild his muscular chest]].
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: It's obvious to everyone that she loves Shirou.
* EvilMakeover: [[spoiler:As Dark Sakura, her magic and her outfit turn black and red while her hair turns white.]]
* {{Expy}}: She is similar in appearance and personality [[spoiler:and shares some aspects of her back-story]], with Fujino Asagami from the earlier Nasu work ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai''.
* ExtremeDoormat: Before she fell in love with Shirou, she felt empty and was resigned to her fate. Meeting Shiro made her feel alive again. She's still pretty doormat when she isn't around Shirou.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: A few years back, she was even quieter and more withdrawn, but after noticing Shirou she resolved to make herself more girly and appealing and thus learned to cook from Shirou and kept practicing to the point where she's roughly as good at it as he is.
* FreakOut: [[spoiler:After killing Shinji, she finally succumbs to the corruption and willingly enters the villain camp out of despair and resentment. It takes a lot of work for the good guys to get through to her again thanks in no small part to Tohsaka's distant attitude.]]
* FriendlessBackground: Shirou notes that she doesn't really have any friends at school and didn't really hang out with anyone but Shirou in the past.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler:After her breakdown, she becomes a threat to the world itself because she contains All Evils Of This World, which can either enter the world as six billion curses or, at the end of the route, can instead come out as an evil god. She doesn't seem to mind too much - or at least not until Rin snaps her out of her self-depreciation. Good thing for her, too, because even the [[AllThereInTheManual material books]], never mind some of the [[AdaptationExpansion sequels and whatnot]], make it clear that she was otherwise on the verge of becoming a threat of such scope that ''the Earth's world-spirit and its Counter Force'' was going to intervene against her, which would have made the Fuyuki Fire look like a firecracker in comparison.]]
* GoGoEnslavement: In the anime, Caster puts Sakura in black leather after she captures her.
* GratuitousGerman: ''Heaven's Feel'' only.
* HairDecorations: Always wears a ribbon in the left side of her hair. It is a MementoMacGuffin since [[spoiler:it was the first ribbon Rin ever made, and one of the few signs of their ''true'' feelings for each other]].
* HatesBeingAlone: [[spoiler:Reveals in her confrontation with Rin that the thing she'd resented the most was how her birth family left her alone to the Matou.]] Even her time with Shirou is less about her crush (which she believes is unattainable) and simply about being in his presence.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: To say Sakura resents herself is an understatement; she sees herself as a disgusting abomination who doesn't deserve love from anyone, yet paradoxically cannot help but feel resentment at people not showing her any affection - which in turn makes her resent herself even more for said selfish feelings, creating a literal feedback loop of self-depreciation. She even flat-out confesses that the only reason she hasn't killed herself is because she's too scared of death to go through with it.
* HiddenBuxom: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Taiga says she's actually an E-cup]][[note]] DD in the west[[/note]], though her rather large bust isn't visible when she's not wearing her casual clothes or in the H-scenes.
* HopeIsScary: Sakura's capacity to repress her trauma hinges on convincing herself that her pain doesn't matter, that she has no right to expect anything better, that she can't do anything about it anyway, etc. Once she is given hope of being freed, her emotions become less easy to control and she knows it.
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Pretty much her reaction to Shirou falling for her in ''Heaven's Feel'', having long resigned herself to being the silent admirer. [[spoiler:When he decides to protect her over the world, she's initially in disbelief and [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim tries to drive him off from starting a doomed love]]. When Shirou persists in liking her even after learning about her "condition", she's left at a complete loss on whether she's happy to be with him, terrified of losing him or angry that he'll probably get himself killed because of her. Later on when Gilgamesh tries to kill her, she even comments that the surreality of having Shirou finally notice her feelings makes her even more scared to die, which in turn contributes further to her eventual breakdown]].
* IllGirl: Due to [[spoiler:the stress of the Matou family's crest worms becoming more active]] she's bedridden for a large portion of the route.
* ImageSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi02Un9mkUc "Egao Hitotsu de"]] ("With One Smile")
* InsecureLoveInterest: Due to her severe self-esteem issues, she's constantly scared that Shirou will fall for some other, "better" girl and leave her alone.
* IWillWaitForYou: In the [[MultipleEndings Normal End]] of ''Heaven's Feel''. [[spoiler:Sakura promises to wait for Shirou after his HeroicSacrifice, though it eventually becomes clear that he never returns to her and she eventually dies of old age.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Her ruthless treatment of [[TheWormThatWalks Zouken]] and [[SmugSnake Shinji]]. She herself is rather stunned at what she did to Shinji, however, since she ''did'' care about him.]]
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:When she first becomes Dark Sakura, she laughs hysterically.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[spoiler:"All the Evils in this World", a remix of Kirei's "The Church on the Hill".]]
* LighterAndSofter: In the manga, many of the horrible things from her backstory seem not to have occurred or, at least, are not mentioned.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The light to Rin's dark.
* LivingShadow: [[spoiler:Due to Zouken tampering with her, she can morph into the Shadow, a premature form of Angra Mainyu, but she initially has no control over it.]]
* LockedIntoStrangeness: [[spoiler:Sakura's purple eyes and hair are the result of the parasitic worms Zouken implanted in her body, that feed on her mana and carnal impulses, greatly boosting her magical power and sexual aggression.]]
* LoveInterest: To Shirou in the ''Heaven's Feel'' route.
* MarkedChange: [[spoiler:As Dark Sakura, red marks appear on her face.]]
* MeaningfulName: In the myth of the cherry blossom tree, Sakura, it used to have pure petals, but they were stained pink from the blood of the soldier who died at its roots (short version of the myth). It is used as both a metaphor for life, and for death. Sakura [[spoiler:made her transformation after killing Shinji, and ate people,]] similarly to how the tree roots drank blood.
* MoodSwinger: During the course of her route [[spoiler:she becomes Dark Sakura, whose emotions and personality are highly unstable.]]
* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler:Through the rest of her life in the [[MultipleEndings Normal End]] of the ''Heaven's Feel'', Sakura stays in Shirou's home constantly waiting for Shirou to come home after his HeroicSacrifice at the end of the Grail War.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:After Rin (seemingly) dies, Sakura realizes that not only had she always had people who still loved her, but that she'd destroyed them all with her own hands out of misguided despair.]]
* NecessaryEvil: While gradually progressing through much of the "Heaven's Feel" route with increasing despair, [[spoiler:Sakura kills]] Shinji and Zouken, the former was her brother [[spoiler:who raped the girl to maintain her dark side]], and the latter was her grandfather whose treatment of her [[spoiler:led to her corruption]]. Both incidents actually contributed to her post-Fifth Holy Grail War self being happier, otherwise she would die as a result of her DarkAndTroubledPast.
* NiceGirl: Subverted. While far from a bad person, she's only really friendly and bright around Shirou, while at school, she's moody and silent. [[spoiler:Thanks to Zouken, her mind is heavily fractured, and her mental and emotional instability caused by [[DarkAndTroubledPast everything that had happened to her]] causes her to occasionally behave badly towards the people she cares about, like Tohsaka and Rider, despite her best efforts.]]
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: In Heaven's Feel's true ending, [[spoiler:she retains her connection to the Holy Grail and possesses a limitless supply of Prana, allowing Rider to remain after the end of the Holy Grail War.]]
* NotSoWeak: A plot point. [[spoiler:Zouken Matou can't break her by himself, and she won't fight back. At all. It takes a great deal of manipulation of outside factors and a good deal of stupidity from the heroes to actually make her snap. Until then, she was far more resilient than you'd expect for someone that's essentially broken inside. Still mostly sane after being raped constantly by Shinji at least, plus violated by worms, plus worms living inside her, plus excruciating pain and who knows what the hell else. But the crack that breaks her is how she tries to settle things herself to keep Shirou safe. And even after she is corrupted, she ''still'' doesn't obey Zouken so much as work alongside him and ultimately leaves him fatally wounded out of spite and whimsy.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Being a Master herself, Sakura knew from the start what Saber really was and why she suddenly disappeared in ''Heaven's Feel'', but acted like she didn't for the sake of Shirou's sanity.]]
%%* PhlebotinumGirl
* PowerDyesYourHair: [[spoiler:Her hair turns white when she accepts her SuperPoweredEvilSide. It turns back to purple if she's saved by Shirou.]]
* PropertyOfLove: In her image song, she refers to someone [[note]]probably Shirou[[/note]] as her "treasure" who gave her hope.
* {{Protectorate}}: To Shirou [[spoiler:and her Servant Rider]] in ''Heaven's Feel.''
* RaisedAsAHost: [[spoiler:The whole reason Sakura was adopted was so she could host Zouken's own spirit. Following the Fourth Grail War, Zouken inserted Crest Worms imbued with Angra Mainyu's cursed black mud into her, enabling her to become its avatar in ''Heaven's Feel'']].
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler:Over the past eleven years, she has been raped on a near daily basis by Zouken's worms and Shinji. And maybe by her adoptive father Byakuya, but this is never made clear.]]
* RapunzelHair: In the ''Heaven's Feel'' [[MultipleEndings True End]], she has let her hair grow down to her hips.
* TheResenter: [[spoiler:While she does love her sister Rin, she also resents how Rin has seemingly had a much happier life and never even really bothered to find out her situation. It isn't until the very end that Sakura learns of Rin's own scars [[note]]dead parents, struggling financially, only having the likes of Kotomine to rely on, etc[[/note]] that she realizes how unfairly she'd judged Rin]].
* SempaiKohai: She is Shirou's kohai. It's notable the fact that she ''always'' refers to Shirou as "Sempai" even when in the presence of other people who are also her sempais, like Rin. In the ''Heaven's Feel'' True epilogue, she still calls him "Sempai" even though they've been in a relationship for several years and he's no longer even her Sempai.
* ShrinkingViolet: She's rather hesitant and shy, though not particularly subtle with how she feels.
* SiblingYinYang: With Shinji [[spoiler:and Rin]].
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: She loves Shirou because he's honest and hardworking.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Matou, Matô or Matō depending on the source/transliteration paradigm used.
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler:As she becomes more aware of the Shadow, she begins showing signs of this before eventually succumbing to it. One notable example is a scene that occurs should you choose to care for Sakura after Archer transplants his arm onto Shirou; she matter-of-factly points out the inadequacies of Rin's protection magic, and as Shirou leaves the room, she flat-out states that he should remain on guard against her, as if the Shadow's taken over and is warning him about their next meeting.]]
* StepfordSmiler: Played with. At school, Sakura is more or less her "true self"; [[ExtremeDoormat quiet, stoic and never smiles in front of people.]] Around Shirou, she's cheerful, happy, lively and always has a smile on her face. The latter is usually not an act, but this trope still applies to some extent because of everything she's hiding under that smile, and her efforts to downplay her problems early on in ''Heaven's Feel''.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:When Sakura accepts her bond with Angra Mainyu, she transforms into Dark Sakura. Unlike the normal Sakura, she has control over the vast mana reserves inside the Grail or at least the inclination to use them. This is more than she could ever possibly use as well as the ability to do such actions as self healing or summoning of massive shadow familiars. Her personality, on the other hand, is highly unstable and switches between near catatonia and violently lashing out at her loved ones.]]
* SuperPowerMeltdown: [[spoiler:Sakura loses the ability to control the Grail's energy, nearly resulting in the rebirth of Angra Mainyu, a potentially world destroying monster. Resolving this first requires the use of Rule Breaker to separate Sakura from the Grail and then either Shirou or Illya's HeroicSacrifice to keep from getting worse.]]
* SupremeChef: Taught by Shirou, which makes him uncomfortable when he notices that she may be becoming better than him (and he flat out considers her to be better than him at Western food).
%%* TaremeEyes
* ThroughHisStomach: She decided that if she wanted Shirou to like her she had to be more appealing, so she started reforming her personality into that of a YamatoNadeshiko. She's especially determined to outdo him at cooking.
* TownGirls: The Femme to Rin's Neither and Saber's Butch.
* {{Tykebomb}}: [[spoiler:For eleven years, Sakura has been forced to act as a host for magical worms that allow Zouken to control her at will.]]
* TheUnfavourite: Considers herself as such [[spoiler:in regards to Rin]].
* UnskilledButStrong: [[spoiler:Her direct access to the Grail means she has more raw magic then both Illya and Rin. However she lacks formal training which means a fight against her would be her loss without the Grail's corruption to aid her. It's thanks to this though both Rider and Saber Alter become so powerful.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:Big time in ''Heaven's Feel''. Zouken implanted the remnants of the last Holy Grail into her body, enabling her to unknowingly summon a Shadow that kills and maims hundreds of people in the city. Even as she grows increasingly aware of the Shadow's presence, and the fact that it's being fueled by her darker desires, she desperately tries to deny all responsibility right up until Shirou fully commits to protecting her even at the cost of all his prior ideals. After that, her GuiltComplex causes her to sneak away to the Matou household in a desperate bid to resolve the issue herself, and as a result, she plays right into Zouken's hands and fully succumbs to the Shadow's influence.]]
* WellDoneDaughterGirl: In this case, "Well Done, Sis" Girl. [[spoiler:The only thing Sakura always expected from Rin was for her to show some sororal love.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:After her breakdown she basically decides "Eh, screw it. If I'm screwed anyway the world going with me is okay." Realizing that everyone she abandoned not only had always cared for her but were still trying to the very end to save her is what ultimately helps her come to her senses and resist the Shadow's influence]].
* YamatoNadeshiko: {{Invoked}}. When she grew interested in Shirou, she resolved to reform herself to be more appealing.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: One reason she's so vehement that nobody take advantage of Shirou's good nature is that she fears she's doing the same thing herself.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: [[spoiler:She used to have black hair like her biological sister Rin Tohsaka. The purple coloration is a result of receiving the Crest Worm.]]


! Major Characters

[[folder:Illyasviel "Illya" von Einzbern]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/MaiKadowaki (JP), Creator/StephanieSheh (EN)

->''"I don't intend to kill you, Shirou. You're mine. I'll kill the other Masters, but you're special. That's why I locked you up here, so there won't be any interruptions... "''

The little noble girl Illyasviel, usually called Illya for short, was sent by the Einzbern Clan to be their champion the Holy Grail War. She is in fact a homunculus and the Master of Berserker. Due to being a homunculus, her great affinity for magic allows her to effortlessly control the otherwise rampaging Berserker class with ease. She lives in a mansion in the middle of a forest with her Servant and two maids.

Though she is indeed very innocent, this is [[AmbiguousInnocence not necessarily a good thing.]] She's cruel and occasionally vindictive in her naivety and has an odd obsession and attachment to Shirou.
* AdaptationalBadass: While she was always considered the most powerful master, that was because of her control of Berserker. In the 2014 anime, she also shows off [[spoiler:a more advanced version of her mother's magic, making her dangerous by herself. Even Rin couldn't take her.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: Several notable things, for instance [[spoiler:we only find out that she dies a year after the Holy Grail war in Archer's back-story via supplementary materials, and apparently the Dress of Heaven she wears at the end of ''Heaven's Feel'' will turn any human who touches it into gold!]]
* ArcVillain: In all the routes, she's the first opponent Shirou faces after formally entering the Holy Grail War, since she intercepts him on his way back from the church. [[spoiler:In ''Fate'', it goes on for even longer, as she entraps him after Rider's defeat and abducts him, resulting in Saber, Rin and Archer mounting a rescue effort that results in Archer's death.]]
* BeatStillMyHeart: In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', [[spoiler:Gilgamesh tears her heart out after [[EyeScream slashing her eyes in half]] so that he can use it to create an incomplete Grail with which he can unleash Angra Mainyu upon the world.]]
* BigBrotherAttraction: Played pretty darkly, especially since Shirou has no clue why she's calling him onii-chan [[spoiler:until ''Heaven's Feel.'']]
* BigSisterInstinct: [[spoiler:"You said an older brother protects his younger sister, right?... Yeah. I'm the older sister. So I have to protect my younger brother."]]
* ButNotTooForeign: Illya's [[spoiler:biological father is Emiya Kiritsugu]] and her mother is a German homunculus.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Refusing to join the Holy Grail War results in Illya ruthlessly attacking and dismembering Shirou while he's on his way home. When he pleads that he isn't a Master, she promptly replies that it doesn't matter, because she never wanted to kill him, [[AndIMustScream just enslave him.]]
* CheerfulChild[=/=]CreepyChild: Yes, she's both. [[CuteAndPsycho It's not contradictory]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: She wants Shirou to herself, is willing to kidnap him and using magic to control his mind.
* CloneDegeneration: [[spoiler:Even if she survives the war, she still has less than a year to live.]]
* CoolCrown: [[spoiler:Seen donning one along with the Dress of Heaven in ''Heaven's Feel''.]]
* CorruptTheCutie: In the 2014 anime, flashbacks show her transition from the cheerful child seen in ''Fate/Zero'' to the cold EvilAlbino seen in ''Fate/stay night''.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: The cuffs of her shirt prominently display a row of them.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: When she is [[spoiler:sacrificed to summon the Holy Grail.]]
* CuteAndPsycho: In ''Fate'', mostly; in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' she doesn't appear much and in ''Heaven's Feel'' the psycho part is absent but even without that she's a bit bipolar.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: She just doesn't ''know''. [[spoiler:More to the point, she doesn't know that he spent the next five years prior to his death ''trying'' to come back, but the Einzberns wouldn't let him see her. The fact that he told her he would be back and then never returned for no obvious reason is understandably upsetting for her. Making it worse is that the Einzberns almost certainly made it sound as bad as they possibly could, too, because it gives her more of a reason to fight. She doesn't seem to buy the cover story entirely, but she's got a major grudge against Shirou, her father's adopted son from after his supposed disappearance, to go along with some level of BigBrotherAttraction.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler:After losing in ''Fate'' she's spared by Shirou and taken into the Emiya household.The epilogue shows her still living there and helping with the chores.]]
%%* EnfanteTerrible
* EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy: Her preferred form of greeting.
%%* EvilAlbino: In much of ''Fate''.
* {{Expy}}: Of SHIKI Tohno from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. The two are sadistic albinos who were isolated from the outside world and have an obsession with a sibling. Illya also feels attached but resents the main protagonist. They also become more AffablyEvil in each route.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Suffers a brutal version of this in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' when Gilgamesh cuts her across the face in a manner that leaves anything but her now-cut-on-the-middle eyes unharmed. [[KickTheDog Before he tears her heart out with his bare hands.]].]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: [[spoiler:Ilya is actually in a rather similar situation to Assassin, in that both are literally incapable of actually winning the Holy Grail war. As the vessel for the Grail itself, her mind is destroyed when it finishes forming, leaving her unable to claim the prize even if her Servant is the last one standing.]]
* TheFakeCutie: She's genuinely quite innocent and naive, but in contrast to that she's probably the most brutal character in the story. [[spoiler:''Heaven's Feel'' makes it pretty clear that her little girl act ''is'' just an act. She's actually quite emotionally conflicted about what she should be doing and almost entirely lacks any hope for the future.]]
* FilleFatale: Exactly ''what'' she plans to do with Shirou once she gets him varies from route to route, but in ''Fate'' at least she made it pretty clear just what she was planning to do with her new "toy." You can't get much more explicit than straddling a tied-up boy and asking him if he'd like to be your slave! [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojo]] confirms [[WhatCouldHaveBeen there was originally an H scene here]] if you picked the wrong option. [[spoiler:On the other hand, she's actually older than he is]].
* FirstNameBasis: She generally prefers being called by her nickname of "Ilya".
* FreudianExcuse: ParentalAbandonment? Check. Isolated from the outside world and basically ''raised'' to be a sociopath by her mother's family? Check. Put through agonizing TrainingFromHell by said family so she could control Berserker and be their representative in the Grail War, despite the fact that she was mentally still a child? Check and ''check''.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:In ''Heaven's Feel'' [[MultipleEndings True End]].]]
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: She primarily dresses in purple and is a member of a noble family.
* GodivaHair: In the 2014 ''Unlimited Blade Works'' anime, when taking a bath after her first battle against Saber and Archer her forelocks are just long enough to cover her chest.
* {{Hallucinations}}: In the 2014 ''Unlimited Blade Works'' anime, she has visions of [[spoiler:Angra Mainyu impersonating her mother, which is part of what twists her into the EvilAlbino she debuted as.]]
* HappilyAdopted: The ending to ''Fate'' features her more or less adopted by Taiga. The two get along more like sisters than parent and child, but it's hard to dispute that Illya's having a much better time with the Fujimura than the Einzbern family.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:In ''Fate'' after Shirou and Saber defeat Berserker.]]
* HehHehYouSaidX: This gem:
-->'''Illya:''' Master, then what's the trump card this time?\\
'''Taiga:''' An ally.\\
'''Illya:''' Anally? That sounds really funny, master!
* HeroicAlbino: In ''Heaven's Feel'', to a lesser extent in ''Unlimited Blade Works''.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:In the [[MultipleEndings True End]] of ''Heaven's Feel'' she sacrifices herself to shut down the ArtifactOfDoom behind the Holy Grail War.]]
* HostileShowTakeover: She cheerfully announces her intent to do this in ''Heaven's Feel'' during a [[HaveANiceDeath Taiga Dojo]] segment in ''Unlimited Blade Works''. When it doesn't work out that way, she tries to take over the Dojo instead with a ''[[TankGoodness tank]]''.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: She just barely reaches her servant's knee.
%%* HypnoticEyes
* InSeriesNickname: In the Tiger Dojo, SD-Rin calls her "buruma", since she wears a gym uniform with bloomers in that section.
* ImageSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghWNo01BpFA "Tsuki no Namida"]]; also shares a more "fun" version with Taiga.
* ImColdSoCold: [[spoiler:When dying in ''Unlimited Blade Works,'' she mentions that it's a little cold but things will surely be okay again soon so long as Berserker is there to protect her. He's already dead.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Downplayed in ''Fate''. She's living with Shirou, he doesn't seem to care about what she did in the past if she doesn't hurt anybody. The only retribution she receives for her actions is losing Berserker, a consequence she accepts gracefully after Shirou brings her under his protection.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Her ruthless murder of [[spoiler:Shinji]] in ''Fate'' is supposed to indicate that she's a little psycho... but honestly, [[spoiler:it's Shinji. Who cares?]]
%%* KidWithTheLeash: To Berserker.
* LargeHam: In the Tiger Dojo segments.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Die Lorelei" by Phillipp Friedrich Silcher. It's a real German folk song.
* MetaGal: She becomes this during the [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojo]] segments accompanying each of the game's 40 {{Bad End}}s.
* MsExposition: She fills this role pretty often, especially in ''Heaven's Feel''.
* MysticalWhiteHair: She's a homunculus created to be the avatar of the Holy Grail, and has an albino appearance.
* NomDeMom: She uses her mother's surname instead of her father's.
* OlderThanSheLooks: She looks around ten years old, [[spoiler:but is in fact eighteen. Homunculi have strange growth patterns, but hers is nonexistent as she wasn't made to be able to live as a human.]]
* OurHomunculiAreDifferent: She was naturally conceived, but she's still a homunculus, since homunculi in this setting resemble DesignerBabies mixed with CloningBlues.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Not her within main story, but her normally upbeat Tiger Dojo persona is subjected to that after infamous "Mind of Steel" ending. Unlike other Dojo segments, she makes no jokes or puns at all. She will just sadly call Shirou "[[WhatAnIdiot Baka]]".
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:After the previous Grail War, the Einzberns wouldn't even allow Ilya and Kiritsugu to meet, and having her mother already dead, Ilya feels she has been abandoned. This distresses her so much that it is implied that the reason she keeps Berserker in an "always semi berserk" state is to deprive the only real father figure she's ever known of even the opportunity of leaving her.]]
* PowerTattoo: Her Mana Circuits and Command Seals are one and the same, and comprise 70% of her body. Because of this, whenever she generates mana her body becomes covered in intricate red TronLines.
* ProperLady: She likes to act like one; curtsying when thanking someone or saying something like "the lady of the mansion has to entertain her guests".
* RaisedAsAHost: [[spoiler:Illya's entire purpose in the War is to eventually host the Grail in her own body, meaning that even if she was the last master standing she still wouldn't technically win since she can't wish on it.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Some of the time, anyway. Generally, if the narration starts focusing on her eyes, bad things are about to happen.
* TheResenter: [[spoiler:She's got a major grudge against Shirou for being Kiritsugu's adopted son.]]
* SchoolSportUniform: Illya wears this in her NoFourthWall appearances in the [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojo]].
* TheSociopath: Until she [[HeelFaceTurn turns]] and her more sadistic tendencies seem to be put to rest.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The arrangement of her lietmotif ''Die Lorelei'' in this game sounds like a lullaby played by a music box. The first time you hear it in the very first BadEnd, Berserker is chopping your limbs off, leaving [[AndIMustScream your head kept alive as a toy for Ilya]]. The leitmotif changes to a depressing theme on subsequent appearances, but still keeps the dissonance.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: In ''Fate'', when Shirou runs into Illya at the shopping district, he is initially very apprehensive about her offer to hang out with him, and tries to talk his way out of it. Illya then loses her patience and says "So you don't like me then, Onii-chan?" with an unsettling smirk. Shirou interprets her reaction as this trope and promptly acquiesces as a result.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Even the [[InconsistentDub official manga translation]] can't seem to decide if it's "Ilyasviel" or "Illyasviel". To make matters worse, Type Moon's official website uses "Ilya", while nearly all Type Moon merchandise uses "Illya". So it seems ''both'' spellings are canon.
* StepfordSmiler: She's a lot less carefree than she looks [[spoiler:since she knows that she'll probably be dead by the end of the Grail War even if she wins, a year after that if she doesn't and the one thing she actually wants is something she feels she can't get. That one thing is for Shirou to actually care about her.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Illya starts out as a CreepyChild with a massive grudge against Shirou for stealing her father from her, but after Berserker's death in the Fate and Heaven's Feel routes, she mellows out considerably.
* TokenMiniMoe: Lampshaded and providing the page quote.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: While there are instances where she does act her apparent age, Illya is introduced trying to enslave and/or kill Shirou, and in the ''Anime/FateStayNightHeavensFeel I. presage flower'' movie tells Berserker to rape and kill Saber... not necessarily in that order.
* {{Tykebomb}}: She was raised by the Einzbern family to be the ultimate Master and not to play a great value on human life.
* UnitsNotToScale: Reversed from the normal presentation. The artwork actually exaggerates the size difference between her and Berserker. He's eight feet and three inches tall while she's four feet and three inches, but she doesn't reach much past his knee if the artwork is anything to go by.
%%* TheVonTropeFamily
* WinterRoyalLady: Not literally, but certainly she is characterized both by her princess-like looks and character and her affinity with winter.
* {{Yandere}}: Non-romantic despite her clinginess. She ''really'' seems to be dead set on having Shirou be her servant; [[AndIMustScream or worse, her doll. Heck, she'll settle for his still living head]]. [[spoiler:She just wants to be properly acknowledged and secretly believes that Shirou won't.]]
* YouAreNumberSix: Her name is "Pupil Number One" in the Tiger Dojo.
* YouLoseAtZeroTrust: From early on in ''Heaven's Feel'' Shirou is getting along with her much better than in the previous two routes. [[spoiler:However, thanks to Zouken dicking around,]] she feels she has to ignore her emotions towards him, and opts for pragmatism and kills him rather regretfully if you don't have a high enough affection score with her.

[[folder:Shinji Matou]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/HiroshiKamiya (JP), Creator/DougErholtz (EN 2006 Anime, 2010 Movie), Creator/KyleMcCarley (EN 2015 Anime)

->''"If you want me to drop the barrier, you'll have to get on your knees and beg."''

Sakura's brother and Shirou's friend from middle school, Shinji is abrasive, smug and sarcastic. While he comes from a family of magi, due to the land of Fuyuki "rejecting" the Matou family, they had lost their magical potential by the time that Shinji was born. Thus, Shinji lacks a Magic Circuit and thus, has no magical potential whatsoever. Questioning his ability is an easy way to get on his bad side and in general he seems largely unstable. At school, he's a popular ladies' man, but it's not quite clear why: He's rude, arrogant and ineptly manipulates the few friends he has.

Shinji is shown early on to be the Master of the mysterious Servant Rider, whom he controls using an artifact created from Rider's Command Spells called the ''Book of the False Attendant'', and takes up a fairly prominent role in all three routes.

* AdaptationalBadass: A very minor example, but in the manga he is a lot less pathetic and cowardly and does get a somewhat proper fight against Shirou, even managing to inflict an injury on him. Still doesn't stop Shirou from kicking the crap out of him, but it's a lot better than what happens in the same scene in the anime and the ''Fate'' route.
* AdaptationalHeroism: He does not [[spoiler:rape Sakura]] in the manga, [[spoiler:and this causes him to undergo a HeelFaceTurn]].Likewise, in the most recent Heaven's Feel movie, there have been no mentions of [[spoiler: rape inflicted on Sakura by Shinji.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: In the Character Material, Nasu explains lots of his current attitudes, like his jerkass attitude and his feelings for Sakura and Shirou across the years.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', he angrily lashes out at Gilgamesh for not protecting him from Lancer's attacks, and Gilgamesh responds by implanting Illyasviel's heart inside him and transforming him into the vessel for the Holy Grail. Given how this transforms him into an unstable, grotesque pile of flesh until he's rescued, the experience must have been rather unpleasant.]]
* AssholeVictim: In ''Fate'' [[spoiler: he tries to escape the aftermath of Saber's battle with Rider, only to run into Illya and Berserker on the way down the skyscraper.]] In ''Unlimited Blade Works'' [[spoiler:Lancer stabs him and Gilgamesh turns him into Angra Mainyu's host by stuffing Illya's heart into his chest, this being after he tried to rape Rin]]. In ''Heavens Feel'' [[spoiler: Sakura decapitates him during his latest attempt to rape her when he threatens to tell Shirou about all of it.]] All three times it's hard to feel any sympathy for the little bastard.
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:One attempt on Tohsaka, something that isn't really gone into with Ayako, and many successful attempts on Sakura in the past. That last one really comes back to bite him in the ass, as she ends up slicing his head off in ''Heaven's Feel''.]]
* AxCrazy: While he shows shades of this in all 3 routes, particularly when he's trying to melt the entire student body into magic koolaid, [[spoiler:it gets ''a lot'' worse near the end of ''Heaven's Feel'', where he's giggling while trying to rape Sakura.]]
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Inverted in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' where it's implied the suffering he went through caused him to mellow out.]]
* BeneathTheMask: Character Material reveals that he is ''much'' less of a jerk if you aren't Sakura, though the only male he could actually get along with was Shirou, before their estrangement.
* BerserkButton:
** What really sets him off is the implication that he is useless.
** According to supplemental material, when they were still friends he would socially murder anyone who took advantage of Shirou.
** In the manga, what triggers him is the fact everyone is trying to hide facts from him and making a fool of him. This has more sense after his past is revealed (with Sakura and his father trying to hide the truth about Sakura from him for years).
* BigBadWannabe: He seems aware that he's pathetic and resents the hell out of it [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex and tries to be more intimidating than he really is]]. Unfortunately for him, in all three routes he's upstaged by far more powerful and threatening individuals.
* BigBrotherBully: His friendship with Shirou largely fell apart after the latter figured out he was abusing his little sister.
* BigBrotherMentor: He tried to be this in the manga backstory, [[spoiler:after he met Sakura for the first time. Or at least he did until he found out why Sakura was adopted into the Matou family]].
* {{Bishonen}}: He's pretty good looking, though he has a tendency to make incredibly unflattering faces.
* BodyHorror: In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', [[spoiler:Gilgamesh turns Shinji into a new vessel for the Holy Grail, which results in him being forced to endure a lake-sized mass of flesh growing from his body. The resulting TransformationTrauma eventually [[BreakTheHaughty scared him straight]].]]
* BoisterousWeakling: Has some trouble getting that without Rider to protect him, he's just cannon fodder. Mostly due to his InferioritySuperiorityComplex.
* BullyingADragon: Constantly mocks and berates Rider even though she is infinitely more powerful than him. In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', he even bad mouths ''Gilgamesh'', and it's amazing he didn't get killed on the spot.
* CainAndAbel: He's the Cain to Sakura's Abel.
* CasanovaWannabe: He doesn't seem to be able to get the girl he's most interested in. He never gets anywhere with Tohsaka, but his ego doesn't seem to allow him to compute the fact that she isn't interested. This causes more conflict than you would think.
* TheChewToy: Shinji is introduced as an extremely ineffectual little slime ball. He is smacked around in confrontations with Shirou and other Servants, cannot get Rin's attention at all, [[spoiler:is bloodily killed in two of the routes, and the sole remaining route spends a good deal of time]] [[BreakTheHaughty convincing him]] that yes, Shinji, it ''really'' is not all fun and games being a magus/Master/the Holy Grail. Considering that he is a conceited little git at best [[spoiler:and a sociopathic rapist at worst]], he doesn't get too much sympathy about this.
* ChickMagnet: The main cast of girls don't like Shinji much, but he's very popular with girls at school. [[SubvertedTrope However,]] character material reveals that [[GoldDigger the girls from the school only like him because he has money]].
* ContinuityNod: Has a very small but notable one in the OVA Fate/Grand Order, verging on an IronicEcho. Whilst Medusa (this time as a Lancer, rather than a Rider) is walking through the crowd of people she has petrified, she starts stroking the cheek of the nearest one, which looks an awful lot like Shinji. She then rips his head off.
* ControlFreak: As noted by Rin, his biggest weakness is that he can't handle not being in control of everything, especially when it comes to Sakura. In ''Heaven's Feel'', when Sakura is not around for him to control and with Zouken triggering his BerserkButton he loses it and enters his VillainousBreakdown.
* DespairEventHorizon: The ''Heaven's Feel'' route hints at it, but the manga and the Character Material come right out and openly states that Shinji's came when he discovered the Matou were a clan of magi and began putting all of his heart and effort into becoming one himself... only to later find they were a ''fallen'' clan who no longer had magical power, [[spoiler:and that if anyone in his family was going to end up fulfilling ''his'' lifelong dream, it was going to be Sakura whether she liked it or not]]. Basically, he JumpedAtTheCall only to discover that there was no call, and upon learning this reacted... poorly. The final nail in the coffin was [[spoiler:Sakura's pity.]]
* DirtyCoward: When Shirou gets his hands on him after [[spoiler:being cut repeatedly and kicked out of a 3rd floor window by Rider]], he is understandably nearly pissing himself in fear. As soon as a situation is no longer in his favor, he will beg, flee and backstab to ensure his own safety.
* DisproportionateRetribution: In the manga, he bullies an archery student over minor and imagined infractions, prompting Ayako to warn him that he's on the verge of being expelled from the club. In response, he [[spoiler:orders Rider to attack her, putting her in the hospital]].
* DontYouDarePityMe: Shinji's attitude makes it impossible for him to believe that Shirou and Sakura are the only ones that actually care about him and mistakes it as pity, though Sakura does pity him somewhat. And he ''hates'' being pitied enough to turn him into the jerk he is.
* EasilyForgiven:
** Rin still manages to find it within herself to save his life in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' [[spoiler:in spite of the fact he tried to rape her while she was bound to a chair and completely helpless]]. This is probably in part because it would make Shirou happy and [[spoiler:because he's Sakura's brother and Sakura does care about him.]]
** In the manga, he gets this from [[spoiler:Ayako, whom he had Rider attack; and Sakura, who saved his life]]. It should be noted that he does not [[spoiler:rape Sakura]] in the manga, [[spoiler:and this causes him to undergo a HeelFaceTurn]].
* EntitledToHaveYou: Shinji expresses this attitude towards Rin and becomes increasingly indignant when she rejects him [[spoiler:to the extent that he is outraged when she picks Shirou in "Unlimited Blade Works" and tries to rape her]].
* EvilIsNotAToy: In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', after Rider dies, Gilgamesh volunteers to become his new Servant for shits and giggles, [[spoiler:and so that he'd be in the perfect position to turn Shinji into the substitute Grail if his initial plan failed]]. Shinji actually thinks he's in charge, and is oblivious to the fact he has no actual control over Gilgamesh until it is too late.
* EvilerThanThou: Shinji faces off against other villains in every path; Ilyasviel in ''Fate'', Gilgamesh in ''Unlimited Blade Works'', and [[spoiler:Dark Sakura]] in ''Heaven's Feel''. Too bad for him that he's the "Thou" part of the trope all three times.
* FreudianExcuse: Believing Sakura pitied and looked down on him due to her being the heir instead of him, combined with his father becoming distant to him (and later dying) after failing to hide the truths of the family to him combined with a manipulative, emotionally abusive grandfather who did encourage him to be a complete {{Jerkass}} so he'd be more useful to him that way.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: His personality took a sharp turn for the worse once he really grasped how his family worked.
%%* HandsomeLech
* HarmlessVillain: He is dubbed a "harmless gnat" by Rin in UBW because only Rider makes him in any way dangerous. Illya echoes this statement.
* HateSink: Only gets positive character traits in spin-off media. Pretty much exists to have someone that Shirou can feel perfectly okay beating up.
* HopelessSuitor: He has a thing for Tohsaka. You can tell how that one is going for him. [[spoiler:Her rejection caused him to attempt to rape her in ''Unlimited Blade Works'', but he is scared off by Lancer]].
* HumiliationConga: In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', he goes from having the strongest Servant to [[spoiler:getting his ass kicked by a dying Lancer and becoming the substitute Grail for Gilgamesh.]] The entire scene makes him look completely pathetic.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: In the manga, he still hits and generally mistreats Sakura, but defended her against last year's archery club captain's bullying (and blackmailed a couple other students into defending her too, because just doing the right thing for once is no reason for him to stop being himself).
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: The whole reason why he is the way he is, and he would likely use the Holy Grail to wish for magical power.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: It's painfully clear that Shinji is the single weakest Master in the entire Grail war, and he knows it. Despite this he acts as he's better then everyone in hopes of winning people over. [[spoiler:The fact that Sakura is way stronger then him infuriates him even more]].
* {{Jerkass}}: If Shirou and Sakura are to be believed Shinji wasn't always so bad, though he's never been good at getting along with other guys.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Apparently he was this as a child, according to the Character Material and the manga backstory, overlapping with some JerkassFacade. And well...things went to Hell and he became a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk.
* KarmaHoudini: In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', he tries to [[spoiler:harvest an entire school of people to power up his Servant, attempts to have Shirou killed numerous times mostly out of jealousy and spite, and tries to rape Rin. But everyone who knows about these things [[EasilyForgiven doesn't seem to care that much]]. He ''was'' transformed into a [[BodyHorror blob of flesh]] for a while, but Rin saved him from that.]] And that's ''before'' you find out what he's done to Sakura in ''Heaven's Feel''..
* LaughingMad: Pretty often in the later parts of ''Unlimited Blade Works'' and ''Heaven's Feel''.
* LoserSonOfLoserDad: He strongly resembles physically to his father Byakuya. Not to mention that Byakuya was a raging alcoholic [[NeverMyFault who blamed his problems on others]], [[GenerationXerox abused Sakura, didn't have magic circuits and was a general loser]].
* MetaphoricallyTrue: In all three paths he calls Rider a "weak servant" and basically [[NeverMyFault she's useless]]. What's ironic is that Shinji is right, she is a weak servant. The problem? That's because he's a piss poor Master.
* MuggleBornOfMages: While the Matou family is very old and used to be powerful, they've run out of magic-users, a fact Shinji was not very happy to learn.
* {{Narcissist}}: Shinji is extremely arrogant and egotistical, condescending towards everyone else despite being the weakest Master, and believes he's entitled to have Rin all to himself even if it means raping her. However, as revealed in ''Heaven's Feel'', Shinji's arrogance is largely a coping mechanism to cover up his shame over being born to a powerful Magus bloodline without magic circuits.
* NeverMyFault: Because of his arrogance and sense of entitlement, Shinji believes he could never do anything wrong and blames his failures on others.
* NonActionGuy: Don't think his complete lack of any magical ability is made up for with any fighting skills, as he's just as worthless at that as he is at magic. Shirou made him run away when he came out at him with a broom!
* NotSoDifferent: Tries to pull this on Tohsaka in the manga, a comparison that falls flat when you consider that she never tried to harvest souls from random people. She just punches him in the face and calls him disgusting.
* ObviouslyEvil: Not from his design, but his behavior and mannerisms quickly give away to the audience he's a villain, though ''Fate'' does play with this trope in the sense that he initially tries to avoid conflict with Shirou and promises to protect Sakura from the war.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Sakura decapitates him when he attempts raping her in ''Heaven's Feel''.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: After Shinji finds the truth about Sakura, Byakuya, who DoesNotLikeMagic and did not want his son to get involved as well, becomes distant with his son and dies shortly after. Shinji claims that he hates his father for not choosing him to be the heir and because he believes he won't end up being a failure like him. However, it is implied in ''Heaven's Feel'' that they were on a good relationship until Shinji found the AwfulTruth about Sakura. His mother is gone and implied to have been thrown into the worm pit beneath the Matou household.
* ParentalNeglect: Zouken considers Shinji to be a disgrace of a sorcerer and often neglects him when not subjecting him to withering contempt. In ''Heaven's Feel'' it is revealed that even Byakuya, after years of trying to hide the family's secrets from him and later failing, started ignoring his son.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: He seems to view the idea of consent as a quaint idea. [[spoiler:He's been raping Sakura for three years, and later tried to rape Tohsaka, though he just got stabbed for it that time.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Receives lots of these in ''Heaven's Feel'', even a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech The Reason You And Your Father Sucks Speech]] from Zouken.
-->'''Zouken:''' Fool. I didn't expect victory from a failure like you. What I expected was enough pride to challenge others in spite of your powerlessness... But you failed miserably. You disgraced the name of the Makiri. Hmph... you and your father are both disgraces to our family.
* TheResenter: Towards Sakura, after she's named the successor of the family.
* SiblingYinYang: With Sakura. [[spoiler:However, she isn't actually his sister.]]
* SmugSnake: Much like Zouken, Shinji is arrogant and extremely contemptuous towards his adversaries. However, due to lacking his grandfather's magical talent and shrewdness, these qualities combined with his sheer pettiness and [[HairTriggerTemper low impulse control]] result in him being quickly overshadowed by the story's other antagonists.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the ''Fate''-based manga, Sakura has Rider save his life.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In the ''Heaven's Feel'' route, after Zouken tells him that he is more worthless than Byakuya, it triggers his BerserkButton and becomes twice as haughty and displeasing, which is saying a lot.
* TragicVillain: For all his horrible actions, it does have roots in how messed up he is.
%%* TroubledAbuser
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: According to Zouken, in ''Heaven's Feel''.
* TheUnfavorite: Besides Sakura and Shirou, no one likes him. Not even his family.
* UnwittingPawn: ''Everything'' he does in ''Heaven's Feel'' [[spoiler:is orchestrated by Zouken in order to further his plans for Sakura, culminating in his death, which results in Sakura's FreakOut]].
** Acts as one to Gilgamesh and Kotomine in ''Unlimited Blade Works'', believing that Gilgamesh is his Servant. Really the two of them are keeping around as a [[spoiler: back up Holy Grail Vessel]]. Shinji is so blinded by his arrogance he can't even realize that for practical purposes, Gilgamesh is the one giving him orders.
* VillainousBreakdown: Shinji's state of mind gets particularly bad in the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' and ''Heaven's Feel'' routes. [[spoiler:Eventually, he gets scared straight in the former and absolutely snaps in the latter.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Kinda like a certain ''other'' [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji]]. [[spoiler:He just wants approval from Zouken.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: He had no qualms hitting a few of his female classmates, something Shirou despises about him. He even sics Rider on one for really no reason. [[spoiler:That's not counting him raping Sakura and potentially a few other female students]].
* {{Yandere}}: In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', his arrogance and self-entitlement extends to his attitude towards his crush, Rin, and he makes it clear he won't take no for an answer. When she repeatedly refuses him, he's disgusted and offended that she would pick Shirou over him, and his obsession with her grows until he tries to rape her.
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

[[folder:Kirei Kotomine]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/JojiNakata (JP), Creator/JamiesonPrice (EN 2006 Anime), Creator/CrispinFreeman (EN 2015 Anime)

->''"People cannot change the past. All we can do, is accept our own actions. If you still wish to be burdened by your sins, let it show in your future actions. It is your choice how to perceive something that has already happened."''

Kotomine Kirei is the overseer of the Holy Grail War and resides at the church on top of the hill. He is callous and sarcastic, but also quite knowledgeable. As the supervisor of the Grail War, it is his duty to uphold the rules of the Holy Grail War, cover up any incidents that might expose the War to the public, and give sanctuary to any Masters who drop out. Both Tohsaka and Shirou appear to detest him, though in truth they don't seem to dislike him too much. Despite the enmity between the Mage's Association and the Church, Kotomine is a member of both organizations, which is presumably the reason he was chosen to be be the overseer.

Kotomine plays an important role in the unfolding events in all three routes, but the route that features him most heavily is the final one, ''Heaven's Feel'' where he takes an active role early on.
* AffablyEvil: He's gracious and well mannered in his own way, though sarcastic. He even seems to genuinely like Tohsaka and Shirou. [[spoiler:Doesn't stop him from sacrificing orphans to feed his Servant, trying to rip out Tohsaka's heart or any number of other charming things.]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Has a habit of dropping these that completely flabbergast the person who's asked. [[spoiler:"Is killing someone always a sin, no matter what?" being the prime example, at the end of ''Heaven's Feel''.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:It can appear that way - at the climax of ''Zero'', he ''should'' have died from being shot through the heart by Kiritsugu. However, the Grail (or specifically, Angra Mainyu) used its power to prevent him from dying by keeping his body alive - although this means he still doesn't actually have ''a functioning heart''. Kotomine himself rather thinks the trope applies. It is worth noting, though, that he was '''not''' truly resurrected from the dead; there are very, very specific and special rules about how such a thing can happen in the Nasuverse, and this isn't a case of it. The Grail simply prevented him from dying due to him getting drenched in Grail mud just in time.]]
* BadPowersBadPeople: [[spoiler:In ''Fate'', after his true colors as a murderous ManipulativeBastard are revealed, he's shown to be quite proficient in manipulating the flow of the Holy Grail's curse during the final battle. He even goes as far as to directly implant the curse of ''Angira Manyu'' into Shirou which temporarily leaves him severely incapacitated. ''Heaven's Feel'' explains that his affinity for the Grail stems from the fact that his very life was saved by it, giving him a cursed body in return.]]
* BadassBaritone: Creator/JojiNakata and Creator/JamiesonPrice gives him a deep, booming voice.
* BadassLongcoat: His priest garments are like a combo between this and BadassLongrobe. They are also bulletproof to boot.
* BadassPreacher: He's a member of the Catholic Church's Executor Squad and overseer of the Grail Wars.
* BadassTeacher: This is the guy who taught Rin everything she knows in terms of magecraft and combating it.
** And, to his credit, despite being [[spoiler:outright evil]], [[PetTheDog he still taught Rin properly in his role a man of the cloth and as her caretaker, including morally.]] He also taught her to not be as foolish as her father was.
* BareFistedMonk: Primarily utilizes various Chinese martial arts, particularly Baji Quan. It's noted that unlike his father who practiced it for meditative purposes, he has no actual interest in the philosophy behind it or the spiritual side of things and that he just uses them because they're great tools for combat.
* BatmanGambit: He pulls off several of these in ''Heaven's Feel''.
** [[spoiler:In order to thwart Zouken Matou's plan to [[HijackingCthulhu take over Angra Mainyu via Sakura]], Kirei secretly works behind the scenes to make sure Sakura [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds embraces her long-suppressed malice and becomes Angra Mainyu's avatar of her own volition]]. When Sakura is in danger of having her mind destroyed by the Crest Worm on Day 9, Kirei uses his Command Seals to prolong her life. When Sakura regains consciousness, Kirei suggests that she listen in on his conversation with Shirou and her older sister, Rin, who are waiting outside. To Sakura's horror, Kirei proceeds to convince Rin that her sister's continued existence is a danger to the lives of everyone in Fuyuki. Upon having the last surviving member of her family turn against her, Sakura's hatred towards the world grows exponentially thereby significantly increasing her susceptibility to [[TheCorruption Angra Mainyu's corrupting influence]].]]
** [[spoiler: Additionally, by exploiting Shirou's guilt for Sakura's condition on Day 9, Kirei manipulates him into giving Sakura the will to stay alive long enough to voluntarily give in to All the World's Evil. Before operating on Sakura to mitigate the effects of the Crest Worm, Kirei admonishes Shirou for remaining oblivious to her abuse even though she desperately sought salvation at his side for a year. Feeling responsible for Sakura's suffering, Shirou subsequently resolves to devote himself to her safety despite knowing how dangerous she is. When Sakura flees the Church after the operation, Shirou tracks her down in the rain and promises to become her "superhero". Later the two share a night of passion and become lovers. As a result of this development, Sakura not only finds a new reason to live but sinks further into depravity as she grows increasingly possessive of Shirou and begins viewing everyone else as a threat to her newfound happiness. When combined with Zouken's machinations, this chain of events initiated by Kirei ultimately drives Sakura [[FaceHeelTurn to embrace her long-repressed malice and become "Dark Sakura."]] ]]
** [[spoiler:He only wins against True Assassin '''specifically because of''' Assassin's Noble Phantasm, which targets the heart with a curse. Sadly, you cannot curse a living mass of curses with another curse. This gets Assassin nailed to a tree for his trouble.]]
* BeingGoodSucks: He explains in ''Fate'' that he's the villain because doing 'good' doesn't make him happy. Only the suffering of others does that. [[spoiler:However, BeingEvilSucks too: He has a strong moral compass BECAUSE of what he is taught before his StartOfDarkness. He's stuck in the middle of between a good person and a terrible one and frustrated that there's no place for him and no one that understands.]]
* BigBad: In all 3 routes to varying degrees given that he is most responsible for organizing the current Holy Grail War [[spoiler: to [[OmnicidalManiac supply Angra Mainyu with enough energy to destroy humanity]] .]]
** Despite introducing himself as a [[CombatReferee neutral overseer]] in ''Fate'', he emerges as one of the story’s main antagonists upon revealing [[BigBadDuumvirate he and his partner]] have been [[TheChessmaster manipulating the Masters since the beginning of the Grail War]]. While the mastermind behind the story's driving source of conflict, he doesn't take center stage until the final act. [[spoiler: Once all but one of the Masters are defeated, he unleashes both his Servants on Shirou and Saber before brutally assaulting Tohsaka and abducting Ilya to unleash the Grail's cursed contents on the world .]]
** [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed ]] in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' where he plays a less active role during the Grail War than his partner, [[spoiler: Gilgamesh]]. Ultimately, [[spoiler: [[DiscOneFinalBoss he dies well before the story’s climax]], thereby allowing Gilgamesh to emerge as the undisputed BigBad]].
** In ''Heaven's Feel'', he is [[BigBadEnsemble forced to share this position]] with his [[ArchNemesis archnemesis]], Zouken Matou, who overshadows him as the driving source of conflict early on by hijacking the Holy Grail War. [[spoiler: However, by [[TheCorrupter pressuring Sakura into succumbing to Angrai Mainyu's influence]] and [[EnemyMine briefly joining forces with Shirou]], Kirei ultimately [[OutGambitted out-gambits]] Zouken to become the FinalBoss of the story's climax.]]
* BigBadDuumvirate: With his servant, Gilgamesh, in ''Fate''. While Kotomine handles the plotting, Gilgamesh works on fighting their opponents.
* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: He seems to love intensely hot mapo tofu, a character quirk that carries over into several other installments like ''VideoGame/FateExtra.''
-->'''Kirei:''' ...you want some?\\
'''Shirou:''' I'd rather die!
* CharacterFilibuster: He is physically incapable of entering and exiting a scene without at least a few dozen pages' worth of [[MrExposition exposition]], [[ContemplateOurNavels philosophical contemplation]] or [[BreakingSpeech cruel mind games]] in between. Usually, all three at the same time, or at least two out of them at the same time, depending on the length of the scene.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower:
** Due to immense training as an Executor and his mastery of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C4%81j%C3%ADqu%C3%A1n Baji Quan]], Kotomine is able to stand up to [[spoiler:True Assassin and a body-transmuted-into-swords Shirou]] in ''Heaven's Feel''.
** He can even run at fifty kilometers per hour while ''carrying'' someone, and jump out of a building 80 feet high without having to break his fall.
%%* TheChessmaster
* ChewingTheScenery: He can sometimes drift into this territory, although this is partly just how Creator/JojiNakata acts. He's generally fairly calm.
* ChildProdigy: Started his training as an Executor at age ''10''.
* ChurchMilitant: A former Executor and member of the Assembly of the Eight Sacrament, and now a semi-retired priest.
* ClassicVillain: In ''Heaven's Feel'' Kotomine's parallels to Shirou become quite obvious with the classic climactic conclusion being resolved by Kotomine's [[spoiler:lack of purpose outside the emptiness]] that is at both Shirou and his own core. Shirou's [[spoiler:nature lies in defining himself through others,]] which is the same as Kotomine. The reason it is a virtue for Shirou and a vice for Kotomine is that [[spoiler:Shirou's self definition lies in aiding others while Kotomine's is in harming them.]]
* TheCoatsAreOff: At the end of ''Heaven's Feel''.
* TheCorrupter: Ultimately serves as this towards [[spoiler:Sakura Matou]] in ''Heaven's Feel'' (See BatmanGambit above).
* CreepyCoolCrosses: Given his evil personality and his clerical vocation, crosses met at a cross section.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Delivers the greatest human-to-human curbstomp in the entire game when he fights Shirou at the end of ''Heaven's Feel''. Shirou doesn't even get to land a single hit and is only saved from death through sheer determination and the fact that Kirei is literally destroying his hands beating Shirou because of the swords growing under his skin.]]
* DeathByIrony: In all three routes no less.
** In ''Fate'', [[spoiler:Shirou kills Kotomine with [[ChekhovsGun the Azoth dagger]] that he gave to Rin Tohsaka,]] and it becomes even [[KarmicDeath more ironic]] [[spoiler:when he used that very dagger to quite literally backstab and kill the person who gave it to him in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Rin's Father Tokiomi Tohsaka. In fact, the very reason he stabbed him using that dagger is the irony of it.]]
** In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', [[spoiler:dispatched by Lancer, the original Servant of [[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Bazett]] whose Command Seals he stole to obtain him, [[TakingYouWithMe in a successful attempt to kill him off as well]].]]
** In ''Heaven's Feel'', [[spoiler:he dies not because Shirou overpowers him, but because hours ago his black heart was stopped by Sakura, who was overtaken by Angra Mainyu. It was the corrupted Grail which saved him in ''LightNovel/FateZero'' by giving him a new heart.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler:Played with in ''Heaven's Feel''. He comes to mutual understanding over their afflictions with Shirou, and dies with little regret, admitting that Shirou was the one who was the most determined.]]
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: When he was younger: Mage? Not fulfilling. Church? Ditto. Devoted husband? Empty. Evil? [[EvilFeelsGood Bingo]]! [[spoiler:And he's still not happy with that specifically ''[[{{Irony}} because]]'' [[{{Irony}} it makes him happy]]]].
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:In ''Heaven's Feel'', he survives for about 24 hours without his artificial heart of curses after Sakura destroys it, yet he still has the energy to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown maul Shirou]].]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Kotomine is the only human in the entire game who, without the use of ridiculously powerful magic or other incredible magic weaponry defeats a Servant, despite not even being able to touch it.]]
* DiedStandingUp: [[spoiler:In ''Heaven's Feel''. It takes him a good thirty seconds before he finally topples over.]]
* DirtyOldMan: In the 2014 ''Unlimited Blade Works'' anime, he runs his fingers between Rin's breasts when about to tear out her heart. His doing so - coupled with his smug attitude - pisses her off even more than she already was.
* DissonantSerenity: In the ''Fate'' route, [[spoiler:during the scene where Shirou discovers the little secret Kotomine keeps underneath the church]] and Kotomine more or less psychologically tortures him about it [[spoiler:while they stand there surrounded by corpses undergoing BodyHorror,]] he is described in the narration as speaking in his most genuinely cheerful tone of voice possible, smiling pleasantly, and generally treating him as a friend who came over for dinner. In the voiced version he even chuckles in between speaking as though at some kind of exceptionally funny joke he's listening to.
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:His epic showdown with Shirou at the end of ''Heaven's Feel''.]]
* EightiesHair: His [[FanNickname Magic Mullet]] is often joked about to be an aftereffect of his hereditary [[SuperpowerfulGenetics Sorcery Trait]], as his late father shared the same kind of hair.
* EnemyMine: In ''Heaven's Feel'', Kirei teams up with Shirou once [[spoiler:Zouken and Sakura kill off Lancer and Gilgamesh]] which allows him [[spoiler:to be the final villain standing at the end.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Whatever else might be said about Kirei, he holds Zouken Matou in ''utter'' contempt.
* EvilDuo: [[spoiler:With Gilgamesh, who he formed a contract with during the Fourth Grail War.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: ''Averted'' with a vengeance.
-->'''Kotomine:''' I knew it was a possibility, but at last I realize it. [[ReluctantPsycho I envy you people.]]
* EvilFeelsGood: Kirei's entire raison d'être. [[spoiler:He's lived his entire life being unable to find joy in anything other than the suffering of other people and what was the opposite of 'good'. Believing something to be wrong with himself, he tried out several vocations, including studying under the magic association, turning around and switching to the Church, an organization that loosely opposes the Association and even loving an IllGirl who eventually bore him a child. When said IllGirl died, the fact that he felt sorrow only for being ''unable to kill her himself'' caused his true StartOfDarkness, which in turn causes him to attempt to release the ArtifactOfDoom behind the Grail War upon the world out of a mixture of entertaining himself, wanting answers from God, a defense of his being and sheer frustration.]]
* FalseReassurance: [[Pantheon/{{Mentalism}} The God of it, in fact]].
* FightsLikeANormal: Technically, he ''is'' a magus, but all he seems capable of doing in regards to magecraft is healing others and some holy powers derived from the Church. Instead he fights using the superhuman strength and speed he earned from being an Executor.
* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Heaven's Feel'', Kirei gives a speech that even Shirou has to accept as right, asking such questions as whether not killing is always a sin and how everything deserves to be born into the world, regardless of their actions before and after.]]
* {{Foil}}: Is portrayed as quite an explicit one to [[spoiler:Kiritsugu Emiya, Shirou's father. Whereas Kiritsugu is a just, moral man who makes of himself a monster to protect the innocent from supernatural evil and to preserve the world, Kirei is a sociopath who was raised to be selfless and to serve goodness, but finds no pleasure in anything except doing evil, and wants to destroy the world which created him. Shirou finds himself also as a foil to Kirei, once his motivations are revealed.]]
* ForTheEvulz: After a long life filled with various experiences, he has reached the conclusion that only the suffering of others makes him happy. [[spoiler:Which kind of pisses him off because he has a perfectly functional moral compass. His true objective is to know just why he was born to only enjoy evil, yet was also born with a normal conscience, which is why he seeks the Grail.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: The only way to describe his relationship with Shirou in the ''Heaven's Feel'' route.
-->'''Shirou''': I see. I'm sorry I troubled you... um, I'm glad you were awake.\\
'''Kirei''': You're thanking me? Are you sick? I will listen if something is worrying you.\\
'''Shirou''': ...I am worried about many things, and you are the cause of most of them. I'll pass on another long talk with you.
* GeniusBruiser: While not excelling at magic, he's very savvy on the subject and many others. He's also stronger and faster than Kuzuki to boot.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: What is his skillset? Magical surgery and performing exorcisms on evil spirits. That's ''it.'' [[spoiler:He still nearly destroys the world.]]
* GoodShepherd: A truly weird case. He's a priest with genuine faith in {{God}} whose speciality is magical surgery and exorcism. He's supposed to keep the peace in the war and provide shelter to masters. He even claims that no one loves humanity more than him. As for ''morality'' he's a card carying evil bastard.
* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:In ''Heaven's Feel'', as he finally runs out of juice, he gives a short admittance of defeat and accepts Shirou as the superior man, before he falls over a good 30 seconds after he finally bites the bullet.]]
* HiddenDepths: You don't really get to know Kotomine until ''Heaven's Feel'' route. He's not as simple as he looks.
* HolyHandGrenade: [[spoiler:Turns out Rin is wrong to call him a "Fake Priest", as he baptizes Zouken to death with prayers, reducing him into a tiny worm.]]
* IneptMage: Not obvious at first because anyone looks magically talented in comparison to Shirou, but the only reason Kotomine doesn't mess up his magecraft at any point in the story [[spoiler:is because he is using the ten Command Spells he inherited from dear old dad in the last war as a power source. When you have ten things that are explicitly compared to "a miracle" to power your spells, it's hard to mess up.]]
* InterruptedSuicide: After concluding that his existence was a mistake, Kirei went to say goodbye to his wife. However, she took her own life to prove that Kirei loved her. She was mistaken, but Kirei didn't want that her death was a worthless one, so he kept on living. Arguably, he is still self-destructive considering that he wants to [[spoiler:set Angra Manyu free]].
* IronicName: While his father meant it to be a MeaningfulName, Kirei means pure, and he is anything but.
* KungFuWizard: [[spoiler:Averted. His magical prowess is actually pretty subpar besides healing, spiritual surgery and holy magic. The kung fu part sticks however because if he had an enchantment like the one Caster applies to Kuzuki so he can harm spiritual bodies, Kirei wouldn't even need Lancer.]]
* LargeHam: [[spoiler:"''In short'' our fight is '''NOT A FIGHT AGAINST SOMEONE''' '''''BUT ONE WITH YOUR OWN BODY AT STAKE!'''''." ]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:In ''Unlimited Blade Works'' he uses a Command Spell on Lancer to make him kill himself after he refuses to kill Rin. Lancer turned out to be tougher than he expected and Kirei gets a spear through his heart for his trouble]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: "The Church on the Hill".
* ALighterShadeOfBlack: In ''Heaven's Feel'', Kotomine comes off as WAY better than Zouken, despite being technically worse for the world. Unlike Zouken, he stays true and consequent to his motives and beliefs and helps the heroes out in an EnemyMine.
** Is also one to Gilgamesh. Both [[spoiler:want to unleash the Angra Manyu, but where as Kirei, for all the horrible things he does, has the sympathetic desire to want to know why he was born evil with a moral compass, Gilgamesh simply feels most of humanity deserves to die and wants to rule over the survivors, and if there aren't any he feels that all of them deserved to die.]]
* LightIsNotGood: He's a priest, an [[ChurchMilitant Executor]] and wields genuine holy powers. He's also quite obviously up to no good.
* LightningBruiser: Fast, stupidly strong and tough as nails. He's only a few steps below the Three Knight Classes in combat ability.
* LimitedWardrobe: Viewers may notice that besides the sassy longcoat, Kirei wears the exact same outfit as he did in LightNovel/FateZero. [[FridgeLogic After a ten-year timeskip, during which he grew 8 centimeters.]] Justified in that it's the apparently the garments of the Church.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: In a weird, twisted way. [[spoiler:Kirei married a terminally ill woman by the name of Claudia Hortensia. He wanted to be able to love someone and to an extent he succeeded, but this only made him more upset because it didn't make him ''happy.'' On her deathbed he told her that he couldn't truly love her. She then killed herself on the spot to reignite the compassion in his heart, smiling even in death with her last words being "No, you do love me". Yet all he felt was that he would have liked to have killed her himself, which horrifies him.]]
* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler:Whatever Caster did to him in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' was apparently very painful and involved a lot of blood, yet he's back and kicking not even 3 days later. [[UpToEleven In ''Heaven's Feel'' he survives without a heart]] for 24 hours, seemingly held together by his sheer badassery.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: It becomes obvious pretty quickly that he's more than just an overseer for the war.
* MeaningfulEcho: In ''Fate'', he tells Shirou that, to have a chance of winning against him, he has to put his life on the line. He applies what he said on himself in ''Heaven's Feel'' [[spoiler:upon finding his knuckles pulverized by punching Shirou's body which had been turning to swords.]]
* MoralSociopathy: He genuinely likes Tohsaka and Shirou, but wouldn't hesitate a second to kill them. Quite the opposite: While even he thinks it's twisted, he regrets it when he can't kill people he likes. He also believes in conventional morality, but it doesn't temper his actions. [[spoiler:He gave up on that a decade ago.]]
* MrExposition: Primarily in ''Fate'', he explains the rules of the war, and later narrates the story behind the three families that started the ritual.
* NervesOfSteel: Even while fighting off [[spoiler:True Assassin]] and [[spoiler:insulting [[StaringDownCthulhu Dark Sakura]] to her face]], he never loses his cool. The only times he loses the magic are [[spoiler:when Shirou deflects the Grail's attacks by projecting Saber's sheath in ''Fate'', when Shirou kills him in ''Fate'', when Lancer kills him in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' and during his final showdown with Shirou in ''Heaven's Feel'', though he still [[FaceDeathWithDignity faces death with dignity]] in the latter.]]
* NobleDemon: In ''Heaven's Feel'', Kotomine [[spoiler:saves Rin, Shirou and Sakura several times, helps Shirou save Ilya and puts not one, but two antagonists (True Assassin and Zouken) in positions where they cannot possibly be a threat anymore.]]
* NoCureForEvil: Inverted. The only kind of magic he shows any aptitude for is magical surgery, at which he is quite adept. The irony is not lost on him.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: His final showdown with [[spoiler:Shirou]] in ''Heaven's Feel'' boils down to this, largely because both of them have no [[{{Mana}} Prana]] to use, [[spoiler:and because their bodies are completely broken. Kirei loses only because he died of the classic 'not having a heart for several days' disease slightly before he could land the last few blows.]]
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:By the end of ''Heaven's Feel'' when the two meet for the final battle of the entire visual novel Shirou is finally able to admit to himself that not only is he similar to Kotomine, but he actually likes the guy.]]
* OhCrap: In the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' anime when he realizes that [[spoiler: Lancer has stood up from his command spell enforced suicide order]]. It last just barely lasts a second or two before [[spoiler: Gae Bolg has run his heart through and he's pinned against the wall.]]
* PowerTattoo: That Magic Crest he's talking about sometimes? [[spoiler:It's actually the Command Spells from the last war, which he inherited from his father. He has eight left and uses the magic from them to cure Sakura in ''Heaven's Feel''.]]
* PsychoticSmirk: [[spoiler:[[http://images.wikia.com/typemoon/images/e/e4/Hf_shirouvskotomine2.jpg in his final showdown with Shirou]] ]].
* RatedMForManly: His reputation for being a super-ripped ChurchMilitant who uses ''shortswords'' as WolverineClaws and has a habit of [[NervesOfSteel not giving a fuck even when he has every reason to]] makes people deem him as this, with nicknames like "Kotomanly" to boot.
-->'''Commenter on a Type-Moon Forum:''' Kotomine's end in both Fate and Unlimited Blade Works are great because they create an atmosphere where you begin to underestimate him. Then Heaven's Feel happens and how amazing he is creates a state of perpetual arousal whenever he is on screen.
* ReluctantPsycho: [[spoiler:To some degree.]]
* {{Sadist}}: One of the few things Kirei gets a kick out of is other people's suffering and misfortune, deliberately pushing people into despair for his own personal enjoyment.
* SayMyName: Shirou and Kirei seem especially fond of calling each other by full names, especially when yelling.
* SelfDeprecation: When describing the [[LightNovel/FateZero Fourth Grail War]]'s outcome to Shirou, Kirei says that an unworthy Master used the Grail to start the Great Fuyuki Fire. That unworthy Master was him.
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:As Shirou comes to realize in ''Heaven's Feel'', Kotomine and he are NotSoDifferent -- both have essentially no sense of self and can only find purpose through their fellow humans: The only difference is that for Shirou it is helping people, and for Kotomine it is to cause them pain.]]
* ShadowPin: Through the use of Black Keys, which freeze the movement of any person who's shadow they land in.
* SinisterMinister: In a way. However, it's more that he is unspeakably evil and ''also'' a priest. He possesses genuine faith in God [[EvilFeelsGood and would like to know why He created someone like him.]]
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:Subversion and deconstructed. He's a born sadist and enjoys pain...''but'' he also has a moral compass and genuinely despises the fact that he enjoys evil, meaning that while he ''is'' lacking in empathy, he has a great deal of remorse over that fact.]]
* {{Spellblade}}: His Black Keys can be made to do this, applying various afflictions unto anyone hit by them up to and including [[TakenForGranite petrification]], extreme dehydration, setting the target ablaze or getting devoured by a [[CreepyCrows swarm of crows.]] Kirei is unable to use this because he is an inadequate magus.
* StaringDownCthulhu: [[spoiler:He lectures and insults Dark Sakura to her face, calling her attempts at ForTheEvulz laughable before escaping.]]
* TheStoic: Outside of a a small handful of scenes, you will never see Kirei with anything other than a sarcastic smile or a smirk on his lips.
* SuperEmpowering: [[spoiler:He uses the eight spare Command Spells from the last war to temporarily boost himself to the level of a Servant. The one time he actually needs this ability, however, he has already used seven of them saving Sakura.]]
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: In the Nasuverse, "Sorcery Traits" are special genes developed throughout time in a Magus family. Kirei inherited a nameless Sorcery Trait from his father used for opening wounds that makes him fit for spiritual surgery.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Stands a full 193 centimeters tall, and is arguably the snarkiest character besides Rin and Shirou.
* TeenGenius: Graduated Valedictorian from the Theological College of Manresa St. Ignacio at Age '''14''', where he was StudentCouncilPresident. As his [[MrExposition ridiculously long expositions should prove]], Kirei has lost none of his genius.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Due to his time spent as an Executor, Kirei has a supply of "Black Keys", basically throwing swords that are the same as the ones used by [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Ciel]]. [[CastingAShadow They can also nail people to the ground if they land in their shadow.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Mapo tofu. And he likes it ''hellishly hot''. Since he can only feel joy in the suffering of others, he ''needs'' a food that causes lesser men to weep just by watching him eat.
* TragicVillain: Once his motives are expanded upon in ''Heaven's Feel'', he becomes far more sympathetic.
* TreacherousAdvisor: He technically fulfills this role for Shirou and Rin, but neither of them trust him very much.
* {{Troll}}: His only pleasure literally comes from the suffering of others, so he enjoys telling people things that will hurt them. Generally things that are true or might even sound good. According to a humorous little side-story in the manga adaptation, this includes giving Rin clothes she absolutely hates every year.
%%* TheUnfettered
%%* UnusualEyebrows
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Heaven's Feel'', where both he and Shirou are basically [[{{Determinator}} dead on their feet]]. Despite his 6 or so hours of raw dialogue, this is the only part of the game where Kirei enters LargeHam territory.]]
-->'''Kotomine:''' I am going to release my [[NotSoStoic pent-up emotions]] here.
* VillainsOutShopping: Shirou enters a restaurant and finds Kirei eating infamously hot mapo tofu at a Chinese restaurant. He asks Shirou if he wants any.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The main topic of his attempted [[BreakingSpeech Breaking Speeches]] to Shirou in ''Heaven's Feel'', where he argues that Shirou has no right to stop [[spoiler:the monster about to use Sakura to let itself loose on the world because, despite the fact that it has killed scores of people in its embryonic state, all creatures deserve to be born into the world. It is not difficult to read this as [[PsychologicalProjection being about himself more than the monster]].]]
* WillNotTellALie: For shits and giggles. It's much more fun to trick people without lying. He does occasionally lie or at least only tell a half-truth.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:What could be worse than being [[EvilFeelsGood born naturally evil, only able to take pleasure in the suffering of others]], but still [[BeingEvilSucks born with a]] ''[[BeingEvilSucks conscience]]?'' This shows up in ''Heaven's Feel''; the other two routes don't go into his back-story enough to show him as anything but in it ForTheEvulz.]]
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Kirei will honestly applaud you for picking the choice that leads to BadEnd #30. The infamous "Mind of Steel" BadEnd.

[[folder:Souichirou Kuzuki]]
!!!Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata, Creator/MasakiTerasoma (2014 anime series) (JP), Creator/PatrickSeitz (EN 2006 Anime, 2010 Movie), Creator/LexLang (EN 2015 Anime)

->''"It is fine to assume that the Master's role is to support the battle from the back. But there are always exceptions. There are Masters who can only fight head on."''

Souichirou Kuzuki is Tohsaka's homeroom teacher and one of [[TwoTeacherSchool only two apparent teachers that we even see.]] He lives in the Ryuudouji Temple and is Issei's older-brother figure. A tall, stern man who [[TheStoic rarely expresses any emotion at all]], he appears physically intimidating, but is really a gentle soul who does his best to give each student a fair and proper education.

Kuzuki takes up a supporting role in the second route, ''Unlimited Blade Works.''
* AntiVillain: He really just wants to be left alone with Caster and has no real evil intent of his own, but because he also wants to help Caster end the War so they can go back to living a normal life, he ends up as the primary antagonist alongside her for the first half of ''Unlimited Blade Works''
* AssKickingPose: [[https://i.imgur.com/qUMqD8y.jpg His has him lowering his leftmost shoulder slightly, clutching his left fist towards his back along his abdomen and holding his right arm at a sharp angle.]]
* BadassInANiceSuit: He's never shown to wear anything except a decent-looking but slightly scrunched up dark green suit with a black tie.
* BadassNormal: He actually manages to defeat [[spoiler:''Saber'' during their first encounter with only magical enhancements from Caster toughening up his hands and his own unconventional martial arts style. It's stated that had they figured out his assassin-like fighting style, any Servant could easily beat him, but that kind of invalidates the point of an assassin like technique.]]
* BadassTeacher: Which not a soul in the world could have predicted because he doesn't show an ounce of it when he's doing said job as a teacher.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: The very first demonstration of his BadassNormal status came when he caught [[spoiler:Saber's [[UpToEleven invisible sword]]]] between his elbow and knee.
* BattleCouple: With [[spoiler:Caster]].
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: As he explains it himself to [[spoiler:Archer]] in the [[Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks anime adaptation of UBW.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Archer]]:''' I forgot to ask something. What is it that you consider right and proper?\\
'''Kuzuki:''' Let me think... It is something [[{{Foreshadowing}} that one does not regret, even if one has chosen wrongly.]] [[AboveGoodAndEvil I view good and evil as having equal value]], so ''that'' is the only evidence of humanity in me that I see as worthwhile.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: He's got an enchantment on his fists, sure, but the speed and technique with which [[spoiler:he defeats Saber are the product of years of training as a martial artist]]. Compare to fellow teacher Fujimura Taiga, a [[BadassTeacher 5th Dan in Kendo]], who couldn't touch a single hair on Saber's head during their [[CurbStompBattle "fight"]].
* ConfusionFu: Kuzuki uses a self-made martial art called Snake, which involves throwing an obvious hit, but then following it up with a strike from the previous dodge's blind angle, and then just keep striking the opponent's blind spots. In effect it almost looks like he can predict the future. The reason the strikes are so absurdly effective is that through extreme training Kuzuki has learned to bend his arms mid-swing in ways that ''should'' be impossible, making it a lot easier to hit people from angles they dont see coming.
* CrouchingScholarHiddenBadass: Literally the only hint we get of his supernatural prowess is that Saber observes that his breathing rhythm is unnaturally stable and composed. Then he starts kicking Servants around with a bit of help and the hidden part goes out the window.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:His death is quite literally the only fight scene he has in the game where he isn't issuing one of these to somebody... and even THAT was a CurbStompBattle.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:He was raised by an organization to become a professional assassin.]]
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: [[spoiler:He felt nothing as an assassin, or as a teacher, not until he met Caster.]]
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: His eyes never have light on them.
* EmotionlessGirl: He has about 3 facial sprites, and 2 of them look almost the same.
* ExtremeDoormat: While he's not a puppet, he is so incredibly passive that he's suspected to be under mind control at first. He's not, but he rather bluntly says that [[spoiler:Caster]] can do anything she likes and he'll let her, and his only priority is his own life over hers. [[spoiler:He lied. After she dies, he knowingly gets himself into a fight he has no chance of winning.]]
* FaceOfAThug: Most of his students are at least somewhat scared of him due to his piercing eyes and incredible stoicism. Issei, however, notes that he's actually a pretty nice guy.
* TheGlassesComeOff: He takes them off every time he's about to fuck someone's shit up, making his cold eyes appear much more menacing
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Inverted. [[spoiler:Caster]] and Kuzuki have a good sex life, but they are definite antagonists, although not nearly as evil as [[spoiler:Kotomine and Gilgamesh]] or [[spoiler:Zouken]].
* HitmanWithAHeart: He really is a nice guy, but pretty brutal.
* InexplicablyAwesome: You'd think that someone who can outskill Servants would get some backstory beyond "Retired Assassin". [[MysteriousPast You'd be wrong.]]
* InvulnerableKnuckles: [[ReinforceField Justified.]]
* OneHeadTaller: Than [[spoiler:Caster]].
* PerpetualFrowner: Literally doesn't divert from it once in the ''entire'' game. Not even [[spoiler: after Caster dies]].
* PowerFist: With a bit of [[MagicEnhancement help]] [[spoiler:from Caster]].
%%* RapidFireFisticuffs
* RescueRomance: [[spoiler:With Caster]], who he found hobbling through the woods around Ryuudou Temple half-dead and mana-deprived. When she requests for him to have sex with her to regain some semblance of her mana, he doesn't bat an eye and agrees.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: In the anime and manga adaptations.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: As there are two long vowels in his name, there's quite a lot of possible permutations to it. It's usually spelled Souichirou, Soichirou or Sōichirō in ''Fate/stay night'' media.
* SternTeacher: He's contrasted with Taiga in the eyes of the students as the kind of teacher that grows more popular with time until the point of graduation.
%%* TheStoic
* TheRemnant: In ''Unlimited Blade Works'', Kuzuki tries [[spoiler:to fight Archer even after Caster is killed and his enhancements are gone, despite the heroes being willing to let him go. He gets to land one punch, which Archer doesn't even try to dodge or block, before being sliced in half]].
* UnholyMatrimony: [[spoiler:With Caster.]]
%%* UnusualEyebrows
* WeakButSkilled: He's a normal man with no knowledge of the supernatural world and no magical abilities whatsoever. Yet with an enchantment on his fists and his own unconventional martial arts style, he manages to [[spoiler:temporarily overwhelm Saber, the best close-range fighter, and rips out Rider's throat during his most prominent route.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Even if you don't take [[spoiler:Saber and Rider]] into account, he has no qualms about punching [[spoiler:Rin. He even gets as far as to [[YourHeadAsplode kill her]] if you pick the [[BadEnd wrong]] choice]].

[[folder:Zouken Matou]]
!!!Voiced by: Masane Tsukayama (JP)

The head of the Matou family and grandfather to Shinji and Sakura, he is the source of a great deal of misery for many characters. His presence is indirectly felt in ''Fate'' and ''Unlimited Blade Works'', but in ''Heaven's Feel'' the true extent of his evil comes to light. He is seeking immortality and has already lived for several centuries by the start of the story. He is not, in fact, the kindly old grandfather he claims to be to Shirou. [[ObviouslyEvil What a surprise.]]

Zouken is the Master of True Assassin, a character newly introduced in ''Heaven's Feel''.
* AbusiveParent: Abusive Grandparent, in this case. [[spoiler:He subjected his adopted granddaughter to years of "training", which was basically torture.]]
* BadassBookworm: He not only found a way to survive for 500 years but also invented the Command Spells. This only got elevated with time when Grand Order shows him not only taking out Jack the Ripper on his own, but also implying that he was the one who stopped her rampage in life in the first place!
* BaldOfEvil: He's a despicable creature, and naturally lacks a single hair on his head.
* BigBadEnsemble: In ''Heaven's Feel'', he and Kirei Kotomine vie for the role of BigBad throughout the story due to their utter hatred and contempt for each other. Early on in the Grail War, he succeeds in dominating the other Masters and all but completely overshadowing Kirei as the story's main antagonist. [[spoiler:Ultimately, however, all his meticulous scheming comes to nothing after he gravely underestimates Kirei's resourcefulness and Sakura's strength of will (oversights that lead to him literally being crushed like a bug).]]
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: He has black sclera and white pupil-less irises.
* BlatantLies: By the time he tells Shirou; that [[spoiler:"Sakura knows nothing of the Holy Grail War"]], the contrary is already pretty obvious. He reoffends when he says later to the same Shirou; [[spoiler:that he cannot get close to Sakura and has no longer any control on her.]]
* ButNotTooForeign: The original Makiri family was from Russia, and Zouken's real name is actually Zolgen.
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: His original motive for attaining the Grail was [[spoiler:to honor the life of a colleague who had sacrificed herself to create the original Holy Grail (in order to create the Gate of All Things, which would lead to the root of the universe itself).]] Over time, frustration, age and his deteriorating body caused him to forget his original goal, leaving only an unnatural obsession with immortality.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:Still alive after being exorcised by Kotomine and having the worm carrying his soul crushed by Dark Sakura by jumping into a bunch of hastily created worms all the while enduring agonizing pain for the sake of ''not dying'' -- until he was convinced to finally let go by Ilya.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:Killed by Dark Sakura when at his most vulnerable after years of mistreatment.]]
* EvilIsNotAToy: His plan for obtaining the Grail involves [[spoiler:corrupting Sakura, who he has been torturing for over a decade, with [[DemonicPossession an entity representing all the evils of the world]], which also happens to give her almost godlike power and super-regeneration abilities, and then expecting her to follow his orders until she breaks down entirely, at which point he will possess her body. All this whilst the main worm containing his soul is buried within her heart. [[WhatAnIdiot Three guesses at what happens... ]].]]
* EvilOldFolks: He's centuries old and looks his age, but is willing to commit atrocities to fulfill his goal.
* {{Expy}}: Of Michael Roa Valdamjong from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. Both are {{Big Bad}}s who perform GrandTheftMe and have an obsession with immortality -- the reason for which ([[spoiler:falling in love -- with Arcueid in Roa's case, with Justizia in Zouken's]]) they both have forgotten over the centuries.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The very first time Shirou encounters him, Zouken just looks like a well-mannered grandfather to Sakura and Shinji. He invites Shirou to stay for dinner and asks him to be a good friend to his grandchildren. He even threatens to call the police or to "hurt [Shirou] a bit" when he first mistakes him for a stalker following Sakura. Then we learn how he himself treats Sakura. Feel free to think about [[FridgeHorror what he might have meant by that "hurting a bit" thing.]]
* GrandTheftMe: In order to keep himself alive, he has to obtain a new body every few months or when the old one is damaged beyond repair.
* HateSink: Between the [[BreakTheCutie horrible abuse]] he inflicts on Sakura and been responsible for Shinji's [[DirtyCoward perso]][[JerkAss nality]], it's really hard ''not'' to hate this guy.
* TheHeavy: In ''Heaven's Feel'', he poses the most pressing threat to the series' protagonists throughout most of the story.
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:When he's seconds from dying near the end of ''Heaven's Feel'', Zouken realizes how far he has fallen from the noble man he once was. This causes him to accept death instead of trying to live on in constant suffering, now looking at death as a chance to start over.]]
* ImmortalityImmorality: To sustain himself, Zouken has to obtain a new body every few months, although that time window is slowly decreasing. This is due to the fact that Zouken is a human that has lived for many times what a human should, meaning ''his soul is rotting''.
* ImmortalitySeeker: He wants the Holy Grail to become truly immortal, as his current method of possessing bodies is making his soul rot.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Zouken was far from ugly [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110226193122/typemoon/images/2/26/Youngzouken.jpg in his youth.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:After seeming to succeed in finally breaking Sakura and destroying her mind, she rather nonchalantly rips him out of her chest and crushes him, giving him a mortal wound.]]
* KarmaHoudini: He doesn't show up outside of ''Heaven's Feel'', though his schemes fail even more utterly in ''Fate'' and ''UBW''. The only difference in those routes is that he isn't shown to have died, and even then, he always considered his chances of succeeding to be very slim and was prepared to just sit back and observe the war.
%%* KnightOfCerebus
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Wandering Shadow" plays almost every time Zouken appears onscreen.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: His ''original'' and long-forgotten motivation for getting the Grail was [[spoiler:to honor the sacrifice of the woman he loved, Justeaze Lizrich von Einzbern]].
* ManipulativeBastard: He certainly attempts this with all his manipulation of the main characters.
* {{Narcissist}}: A malignant example (one with prominent traits commonly associated with psychopathy). In all his appearances in Fate/Stay Night, Zouken is consistently portrayed as an [[ItsAllAboutMe egomaniacal]] and [[LackofEmpathy unrepentantly cruel]] magus who has no qualms murdering countless innocents to prolong his existence despite already living for several centuries. He arrogantly [[AboveGoodAndEvil views all maguses who set moral boundaries on their ambition and pursuit of knowledge as fools lacking the vision and resolve to achieve true greatness]]. He is also shown to be an ''extremely'' twisted [[{{Sadist}} sadist]] who [[FortheEvulz finds physical and psychological torture to be very entertaining]]. [[spoiler:At the end of Heaven's Feel, it is revealed that the reason behind his obsession with obtaining immortality is his deep-rooted fear of disappearing without leaving any traces behind of his existence. However, before dying, he remembers that he originally sought the Grail to [[VisionaryVillain reach an ideal utopia free of hatred and suffering where all knowledge was attainable]]. Upon being forced to accept defeat, he ultimately resigns himself to his fate after realizing he has forever secured his place in history by charting a path for future maguses to follow in his footsteps and make his vision a reality.]]
* NighInvulnerability: Completely impervious to physical attacks and magic due to the composition of his body, [[spoiler:although he's vulnerable to Kirei's exorcism]].
* ObviouslyEvil: Let's see... wrinkled and decrepit, his [[BlackEyesOfEvil eyes are solid black with white pupils]], and even during his first appearance wherein he isn't particularly hostile and tries to play nice, Shirou notices that bugs always seem to be humming when he's around... yeah, it was pretty apparent that he wasn't going to be a good guy.
* PossessionBurnout: This is why he wants the Holy Grail. His method of prolonging life is by possessing and molding other bodies by filling them with worms, but each body lasts less than the previous one, and by the time the game starts, he can only remain in a body for a few months at most.
* ShadowArchetype: His original motivation as a magus, revealed upon his death, [[spoiler:was the betterment of the human condition, even if his life and efforts aren't rewarded at all. In the last portion he was exactly what Shirou is.]]
* SmugSnake: While ''FAR'' more powerful an adversary than [[InadequateInheritor his grandson, Shinji,]] could ever hope to be, Zouken's meticulous plans are similarly undermined by his own overconfidence and self-absorption. [[spoiler:Despite becoming dangerously close to [[GrandTheftMe taking over Sakura's body]] and ultimately [[HijackingCthulhu seizing control over Angra Mainyu]], he overlooks the fact that his entire plan depends on Sakura remaining an ExtremeDoormat right up until her mind breaks down. Ultimately, this flaw leads to Zouken's demise after Sakura becomes [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity corrupted by her power]] and [[TheDogBitesBack rebels against him in retaliation for years of torture and sexual abuse]].]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Depending on the transliteration convention used, usually either Zouken Matou or Zōken Matō.
* TheWormThatWalks
* YoureInsane: Illya calls him this. He doesn't deny it.

[[folder:Dark Sakura (SPOILERS)]]


Sakura's corrupted form, the result of her accepting and embracing her bond to [[EldritchAbomination Angra Mainyu]] and becoming its avatar. She possesses effectively limitless mana and seeks to spread destruction and despair by completing her transformation into the Holy Grail and giving birth to Angra Mainyu.

While her Servant contract is with Avenger, through it she has control over Saber Alter and Dark Berserker.
* AxCrazy: Dark Sakura is the blackened version of Sakura, being extremely unstable and violent.
* BattleAura: She emits wisps of black and red mana.
* BreakoutVillain: Like Saber Alter, she's popular enough to be a playable character in spinoffs like ''Fate/unlimited codes'' and ''Fate/tiger colosseum''.
* CastingAShadow: Her Hollow Element has been greatly augmented, allowing her to summon massive Shadow Giants.
* TheCorruption: She can use Angra Mainyu's black mud to corrupt Servants, and can control the corrupted Servants as her own.
* CombatTentacles: She can extend the hem of her sleeves and dress into tentacles to attack enemies.
* DarthVaderClone: She's a formerly good but corruptible person driven to evil thanks to the manipulations of a very unsympathetic and manipulative mastermind. She wears a very dark and eerie dress born out of her Shadow once she's been corrupted. She has a very personal connection to the heroes, and serves as their most active threat and enemy. She's even redeemed at the end by Shirou, though in her case, it's RedemptionEarnsLife rather than the other way around.
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: In her arcade mode in ''Fate/unlimited codes'' she undergoes SanitySlippage and completely forgets about Shirou as Angra Mainyu begins to destroy her consciousness. A similar situation happens in Bad End #40, where Saber Alter's intervention allows Sakura to defeat Rin and subject her to a brutal MindRape. When Shirou arrives on the scene, she coolly informs him of what she's done before absorbing him as well.
* DealWithTheDevil: She is technically still a Master, with her Servant being Avenger, Angra Mainyu.
* DemonicPossession: She is the result of Sakura accepting her bond with Angra Mainyu and becoming its avatar.
* DragonAscendant: She kills Zouken and becomes TheHeavy for Angra Mainyu.
* EvilCounterpart: As an avatar of the Holy Grail, she is Illyasviel's evil counterpart, which is what Zouken intended her to be.
* EvilLaugh: She's prone to letting out [[LaughingMad maniacal cackles]].
* {{Gainaxing}}: In ''Fate/unlimited codes'', her breasts jiggle conspicuously as she moves.
* HealingFactor: The power of Angra Mainyu gives her regeneration even more powerful than that of Avalon. Showcased when she pulls the Crest Worm attached to a ''third'' of her nerves out of her heart and crushes it without suffering any damage, and when Gilgamesh impales her with several weapons but does no lasting damage.
* HumanoidAbomination: Dark Sakura is essentially the avatar of [[EldritchAbomination Angra Mainyu]], and if left unchecked would become so great a threat that the Counter Force would have to intervene. Later spin-offs, such as ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', would begin to insinuate that there's even more going on here than ''F/SN'' itself lets on.
* IHatePastMe: The person Dark Sakura hates the most is herself, which is why she eagerly looks forward to her MirrorMatch in ''Fate/unlimited codes''.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** In order to break Zouken's hold on her, she rips the Crest Worm out her own heart and crushes it.
** Gilgamesh impales her with several weapons, to the point of cutting her in half, but she regenerates.
* MonsterIsAMommy: As the vessel of the Holy Grail, her purpose is to "give birth" to Angra Mainyu.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In a funny ol' way. As the vessel for The Shadow, Sakura was actually more or less unstoppable and could even defeat the likes of Gilgamesh. She wasn't fully ''aware'' of her actions, but this actually worked to her advantage, because it helped make the Shadow so alien it was basically undefeatable. Embracing her connection with Angra Mainyu and forging a true contract with it means Sakura can now engage in more ''outward'' displays of power, and gets the satisfaction of rubbing it in the faces of the people she (thinks) she's come to hate, but it means she can't be The Shadow anymore and can actually ''be communicated with'' - which ultimately proves to be Angra Mainyu's downfall.
* OmnicidalManiac: She desires nothing less than the total annihilation of everyone who stands in her way.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Her direct connection to Angra Mainyu and the Grail gives her more mana than she could use in a thousand lifetimes, which she uses to summon building-sized shadows that melt and absorb anything they come into contact with, and to fuel her blackened Servant, Saber Alter.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Dark Sakura wears a long dress made of black ribbons that are trimmed in red - or which ''glow at the edges'' with such. In the game's art, it isn't too clear.
* RedBaron: She is referred to as Makiri's Black Holy Grail.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Dark Sakura's eyes are a dull, bloody red.
* SlasherSmile: She is frequently shown with an unsettling grin halfway between this and a PsychoticSmirk.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: She is the result of Sakura fully succumbing to Angra Mainyu's corruption.
* TaintedVeins: Her legs are covered in crimson veins and tendrils, which also creeps up her neck. Some ''unlimited codes'' art insinuates that her otherwise-unseen torso is ''entirely covered'' in these.
* TranshumanTreachery: After accepting Angra Mainyu's rage and hatred, Dark Sakura expresses utter contempt towards humans.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:She's effectively dancing on the strings of her negative emotions, which have completely overridden her personality by thinking all the power it's given her will prevent her from ever being scorned or scarred again and punish anyone who does. But then Rin proceeds to cut down everything Dark Sakura sends at her and shatter this sense of superiority, while Rider and Shirou's killing Saber Alter leaves her bereft of her trump card. This sends Dark Sakura into a resentful tantrum at how nothing she did could ever leave an impact on her sister and that everything would get either taken by her or be casually trampled by her. However, the worst of it comes when Rin takes a panicked attack from Sakura and reveals that not only could she not bring herself to kill her sister, but that she'd kept herself so aloof because [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she thought Sakura was better off without her]] and convinced herself she was doing fine to assuage her own guilt over that. Learning that Rin had suffered all her life as well, combined with the realization that she too had blinded herself to the feelings of those around her and ruined their lives because of what had basically been a despair-induced tantrum, utterly breaks Dark Sakura as her sanity comes back with a vengeance, rejecting her connection to Angra Mainyu and causing the cave to start collapsing from the unstable energy. Sakura's self-conflict manages to let her fight the corruption long enough for Shirou to arrive and free her from Angra Mainyu - which in turn destroys both the Shadow and the Dark Sakura persona]].
* WalkingSpoiler: She is the the corrupted and malevolent form of Sakura who takes center-stage as one of the final major villains in ''Heaven's Feel''.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Dark Sakura's hair turns [[MysticalWhiteHair white]] to show her great magic power.
* WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied: [[spoiler:In the "Femme Fatale" BadEnd, Sakura informs Shirou that she's defeated and absorbed Rin and is slowly torturing her to death. And she goes into ''plenty'' of detail.]]


! Minor Characters

[[folder:Taiga Fujimura]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/MikiIto (JP), Creator/JulieAnnTaylor (EN)

->''"... wow, that was so stupid that I don't have anything to say."''

Shirou's English teacher and older sister figure. Her grandfather is a {{Yakuza}} boss who Kiritsugu was acquainted with. Thus, she and Shirou have known each other since he was a child. Although she's ostensibly his caretaker, she has no domestic skills, relying on Shirou to cook for her. Taiga was the star of the kendo club when she was in school, and might have become famous across Japan were she not disqualified from official tournaments.

Although having a small role in the actual storyline, [[GameOverMan Taiga is the star of "Tiger Dojo"]], a HaveANiceDeath hint corner which appears whenever the player receives a "BadEnd". In this segment, Taiga, along with Ilya, often admonish Shirou for making the poor choices which lead to his demise while dropping hints to help the player complete the game properly.
* AnimalMotifs: Although she hates being called one, Taiga's mannerisms, style of dress, and penchant for (comedic) violence are all highly evocative of tigers.
* BadassNormal: She never gets to show it off but Taiga is actually as good as [[LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai Shiki Ryougi]] with a sword.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' call her "Tiger".
%%* BigEater
* BornLucky: She has ''EX'' ranked luck. Her actions during the 4th Holy Grail War in the Outsider's Performanace stopped three different disasters including an Earthquake and Astroid crashing into Earth.
%%* CoolBigSis
* DefeatMeansFriendship: She usually hits it off with Saber after they go beat on each other.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: You can basically tell exactly who Taiga is from an early scene. During breakfast, a complete stoic Taiga is silent until Shirou asks her to pass the soy sauce and puts it in his soup, only to find that it's actually oyster sauce: She wanted petty revenge for him teasing her the day before. Laughing loudly at his expense, she ''then'' goes off to do her actual job and grade exams.
* FridgeLogic: A repeated offender in-universe; she actually has a literal case in ''Unlimited Blade Works'', when she greets Rin casually, goes to take food in the fridge, and remembers that she is supposed to be surprised.
* GirlNextDoor: Was something of a {{Tomboy}} in her younger years, but now is slightly more ladylike. ''Slightly''.
%%* GenkiGirl: Adult version.
* GuiltyPleasure: She admits in a special video you get after achieving all Routes and Bad Ends in the VN that although she hates being called "Tiger" she actually loves tigers and to quote her, "have a love-hate relationship with them because of that".
* ImageSong: Shared with Ilya [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSV8WMc_Yq0 "We Are Tora Buru"]]. FunPersonified indeed!
* LargeHam: Very much in the story, and taken UpToEleven (if possible) in the [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojo]], which she usually opens [[IncomingHam with a ridiculous description of the section.]]
%%* LethalChef
* MasterSwordsman: She's a five dan who should've progressed much higher if she wasn't banned from so many tournaments because of her tiger strap. Not that this has any impact on the story. [[WordOfGod Nasu]] states that her mastery of Kenjutsu (Japanese Swordsmanship) is equal to that of Ryougi Shiki, the most fearsome warrior of ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai''.
%%* MuggleBestFriend
* NiceGirl: How she can be so upbeat and good natured with a crime boss grandfather is anybody's guess.
* OneOfTheKids: Even ''more-so'' in the anime adaptation, if at all possible. It doesn't help that we never see her interact with anyone her age.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Not her within main story, but her normally upbeat Tiger Dojo persona is subjected to that after infamous "Mind of Steel" ending. Unlike other Dojo segments, she makes no jokes or puns at all. She will just politely say "I can't say much this time. This is one result. Dojo is cancelled."
* PrecociousCrush: Had a crush on Kiritsugu when she was younger. The time frame indicates this probably started around middle school at the latest. [[spoiler:The 2014 ''[[Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks Unlimited Blade Works]]'' anime suggest that it's still there, considering she calls visiting Kiritsugu's grave a "date".]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: Of sorts, to Kiritsugu; she reminded him of his deceased childhood friend, Shirley.
* SarcasmBlind: Taiga is slow on the uptake when it comes to Illya sassing her.
-->'''Ilya:''' I see. You are really a teacher after all, even if a bad one.\\
'''Taiga:''' Oh ho ho ho! Praise me, praise me!
* SenseiChan: Played with; while she acts very much like OneOfTheKids when she's not working, she's noted to be a responsible person when it comes to being a teacher.
* ShipperOnDeck: Taiga seems to be actively trying to hook Shirou up with Sakura, which may explain her immediate disapproval of allowing other females into the Kiritsugu household even when she has no problem with Sakura staying the night.
* ShooOutTheClowns: You can tell that a route is about to become extremely serious whenever it's mentioned that Taiga won't be able to come over to Shirou's house for a while.
* TomboyishPonytail: She wore her hair like this when she was young.
* WeaponOfChoice: A shinai with a cutesy tiger trinket strapped to it. She calls it "Tora-Shinai". It's rumored to be cursed and it will [[HungryWeapon never stop until it draws blood]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: Believes she's a supporting character in a romantic comedy where Shirou ends with Rin. She is dead wrong.
* YakuzaPrincess: Her grandfather runs the local yakuza and was leased the Emiya household to Kiritsugu, letting Shirou live in it as a favor -- hence why Taiga points out to Shirou that his house is technically ''her'' house. She doesn't have much to do with the family business, though, and her grandfather never even enters the story.

[[folder:Issei Ryuudou]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/MitsuakiMadono (JP), Creator/LexLang (EN 2006 Anime, EN 2010 Movie), Creator/RobbieDaymond(EN 2015 Anime)
->''"What's so good...? What's with you doing all this for nothing?!"''

The Student Council President, and one of Shirou's classmates. Issei is often asking Shirou to help out the student council by fixing broken equipment, and they have lunch together in the student council room. Due to the fact that they went to middle school together and frequently clashed, Issei hates Rin and is convinced that she's pure evil. In fact, he isn't very fond of most women due to his celibate nature, which stems from his upbringing as a Buddhist monk-in-training. However, he does admit to Shirou during ''Unlimited Blade Works'' that he has something of a crush on the fiancée of one of the teachers at their school.

He gets the dubious honor of being the most minor character to kill Shirou. And the honor of being the only male character with blushing sprites. Oh, does he [[LuminescentBlush blush]].
* AmbiguouslyGay: He's noted as not liking girls much, tends to blush around Shirou, is rather possessive of him, somewhat jealous of Tohsaka and may be thought of as part of Shirou's harem by the school. However, with Issei's character it's entirely possible that this means nothing.
* BestFriend: To Shirou. Considering Shirou grew out of being friends with Shinji and the fact that Shirou isn't really seen hanging out with any other guy friends, Issei may as well count as being the closest non-romantic friend Shirou has.
* GutFeeling: Unlike most girls, he approves of Saber immediately. To paraphrase: "Even an amateur monk can tell when a Buddha is standing next to him".
* HeManWomanHater: Caster and Saber being exceptions.
* ManchurianAgent: Along with everyone else in the Ryuudou Temple, according to Dead End 18 where he's possessed and driven to kill Shirou and himself.
* MistakenForGay: In the Versus Valentine story in Type-Moon Ace Vol. 2, Issei tries to give Shirou Valentine's Day chocolates. After telling Issei he's straight and hearing "it'll bother me if you don't accept these!" in reply, Shirou freaks out and runs away. Later it turns out that Issei was just delivering the chocolates on behalf of Ilya... [[SubvertedTrope and then Issei gives him actual Valentine's Day chocolates and tells him that they're from him]].
* MindControlEyes: Gets these when Caster is possessing him. She has put a spell on him that forces him to kill anyone who inquires about her.
* MoodWhiplash: Dead End 18, where he goes from rambling about his embarrassment after Shirou inquires about the strange woman at the Ryuudou temple, to killing Shirou and himself after he gets possessed.
* RedHerring: Many hints in the VN lead the reader to believe Issei is the Master of Caster, such as his position as a relatively prominent student, his residing in Ryudou temple where Caster sets up her base, and him being unharmed from Rider's Bloodfort Andromeda. Turns out the real master is [[spoiler:Soichirou Kuzuki, his brother and teacher.]]
%%* ScaryShinyGlasses
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Issei is fairly standard, but Ryuudou can and has also be transliterated as Ryuudou, Ryudou, Ryūdō, or Ryûdô depending on source.
%%* StudentCouncilPresident
%%* TheStoic
%%* UnknownRival: To Rin.
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

[[folder:Ayako Mitsuzuri]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/FumieMizusawa (JP), Minx Lee (EN 2006 Anime, EN 2010 Movie), Creator/BrinaPalencia (EN 2015 Anime)

Ayako is the captain of the archery club during ''Fate/stay night''. She's a friend of both Shirou and Tohsaka, though there's also a feeling of rivalry in both relationships.
* ClubPresident: Head of the archery club. She has difficulty controlling Shinji since she can't be everywhere at once.
%%* CoolBigSis: To the archery club.
* HopelessSuitor: Hints at having a thing for Shirou. [[ObliviousToLove He has no clue]].
%%* {{Tomboy}}
* UnknownRival: To Shirou in regards to archery. She's quite good but Shirou was apparently so good that he had to intentionally miss to not hit the bullseye.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Tohsaka. When she and Shirou are discussing her at one point, Shirou briefly wonders if Ayako might be one of the girls that hates her.

[[folder:Kiritsugu Emiya]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/RikiyaKoyama (JP), Creator/KirkThornton (EN 2006 Anime), Creator/MatthewMercer (EN 2015 Anime)

Kiritsugu is Shirou's adoptive father. During the Fuyuki fire in which Shirou's old life was destroyed, Kiritsugu found a dying Shirou and managed to save his life. When Shirou awoke in the hospital, he found a middle aged man who introduced himself as a sorcerer and offered to adopt him. Having nowhere better to go, Shirou complied. Though Kiritsugu did not wish to teach him, Shirou pestered Kiritsugu until he showed him the most basic of fundamentals. Five years before the story began, he died after passing his ideal along to his son.

He has a much larger role in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', the series' prequel.
* AdultChild: According to Shirou's descriptions.
* AntiHero: [[spoiler:Saber calls him a ruthless man who would treat himself and those around him as tools while tearing a bloody path to victory to preserve his ideals.]]
* DisappearedDad: He's been dead for quite some time as the story begins, but Shirou mentions that he would sometimes leave the house for months on end while he was still alive. [[spoiler:He's a more literal example to his actual biological daughter, Ilya]].
* GenerationXerox: [[spoiler: Archer's path through life mirrored Kiritsugu's own, though Archer or Shirou had no way of knowing this.]]
* PassingTheTorch: Inadvertently gives Shirou the desire to become a hero of justice.
* PosthumousCharacter: He died before the beginning of ''Fate/stay night''.
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler: The magus killer died the night he saved Shirou. Kiritsugu never harmed another person after the last battle of the previous grail war. Saber couldn't believe how different he was in Shirou's memories from her own memories of him from Fate/Zero.]]

[[folder:Luviagelita Edelfelt]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/YukariTamura (JP) in ''Realta Nua'', Creator/ShizukaIto (JP) in ''Unlimited Codes'' and 2015 anime, Creator/LaurenLanda (EN) in 2015 anime

Luvia is the head of the Finnish Edelfelt family and in good standing in the [[WizardingSchool Clock Tower]] Academy. She's currently in the running for StudentCouncilPresident. Although we almost always see her acting like a RichBitch since she's usually around Rin, she's actually a very proper, generous person. Rin just sets off her BerserkButton as a rival partly since her family was defeated in the Third War in Tohsaka territory, and she's looking to avenge the loss. Besides knowing almost exactly the same kind of magic Rin does, she's also a celebrated ''pro-wrestler''.
* AscendedExtra: She goes from a very brief mention at the end of one route of ''Fate/stay night'', to a minor character in ''hollow ataraxia'', to a featured character in ''Unlimited Codes'' (after an April Fool's hoax about a ''Fate'' wrestling game) and a main character in ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya''. She certainly seems to get more popular with time.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Luviagelita? Really?
* BoobsOfSteel: Luvia has a ''thicker'' body frame than Tohsaka and happens to favor a brawler fighting style.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: In her ''Fate/Unlimited Codes'' ending. It has her and Rin beat the crap out of each other. Afterwards the two bicker briefly, then share a good laugh together while they're still both flat on their backs catching their breaths.
* Fiction500: You know how Rin tries really hard to conserve her jewels to save money? Luvia doesn't have that problem, tossing out dozens of jewels as powerful one-shot bombs like they were confetti rather than magical reagents worth thousands of dollars.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: She shows up literally in the epilogue of ''Fate/stay night''.
* LovableAlphaBitch: She's rich, popular, and talented and she ''knows'' it, rubbing her wealth and status in Rin's face every chance she gets. But she can be genuinely sweet to those she likes, being affectionate to [[ChickMagnet Shirou]] after they bumped into each other while lost in London.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Mostly in ''Unlimited Codes''.
* TheOjou: Her exterior demeanor is that of a proper lady.
* OjouRinglets: Massive ones. And as you might expect, they fit quite well.
* ProfessionalWrestling: I bet you didn't see that coming with her character type, but then, neither did Rin. Technically the "Lancashire-style of martial combat", but just play ''Unlimited Codes'' and you'll see the truth.
* ShownTheirWork: Lancashire ''wrestling'' is one of the ancestors of ProfessionalWrestling.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Some people call her Luvia Zeritta instead of Luviagelita.
* TheRival: To Rin, oh so very much.
* StudentCouncilPresident: Running for this position at the Clock Tower, anyway.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Rin as time goes on.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Luvia's specialty when it comes to combat.

[[folder:Sella and Leysritt]]
!!!Voiced by: Haruhi Nanao (Sella, JP), Miho Miyagawa (Leysritt, JP), Creator/RachaelLillis (Sella, EN), Creator/BriannaKnickerbocker (Leysritt, EN)

Ilya's maids, both of whom combined have about five minutes of total screen time. They both wear nurse uniforms which Shirou refers to as Florence Nightingale outfits, and make them look almost identical. When they're not wearing the hats, however, they're pretty distinctive.

[[YoungerThanTheyLook Despite both looking like they are in their twenties]], they are in fact homunculi that Ilya made about two years ago. She considers them to be failures. Despite this, however, they're still homunculi and are considered strong enough to threaten Magic Association enforcers in one-on-one combat.
* DeadpanSnarker: Leysritt. Can't be more "deadpan" than that.
* EmotionlessGirl: They really aren't, despite both sharing the one facial expression. Observe Leysritt making fun of Sella in their five minutes of screen time.
%%* MysticalWhiteHair
%%* OurHomunculiAreDifferent
* SuperStrength: Leysritt has physical strength that is on par with Servants.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: In the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' anime, they are slaughtered by Gilgamesh before they show any personality. Not that they show any more in the other routes.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Very mature looking for two year old homunculi.

[[folder:Atrum Galliasta]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/JunFukushima (JP), Creator/RobbieDaymond (EN)

The original Master of Caster, a member of the Mage's Association who entered the 5th Holy Grail War in an attempt to win prestige. Caster turned on him and murdered him before the events of the story, leading to her making a contract with her current Master.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the original visual novel, Caster killed him because she considered him a fool and a coward. In the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' anime, he was a fool, a coward, abusive, and regularly sacrificed kidnapped girls.
* BullyingADragon: Despite knowing Caster was more powerful than him, he regularly bad-mouthed and abused her, relying on only a Command Spell to prevent her from attacking him, which she easily got around with Rule Breaker.
* DirtyCoward: He did not want to participate in battles and wanted to just hole up in his penthouse suite and wait for the other participants to kill each other.
* GreenEyedMonster: He hated Caster when she demonstrated she was a superior magic user to him.
* PosthumousCharacter: Caster killed him a few weeks before ''Fate/stay night'' started and he only appears in flashbacks.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: He was incredibly rich and believed this made him better than the other participants in the war, as he can buy the best magical tools and ingredients.
* StupidEvil: He shows off to Caster his workshop where he sacrifices kidnapped girls to create magical crystals. Disgusted, Caster demonstrates that she can create superior crystals at will, says his workshop is nothing but a waste of resources, and asks that he shut it down for moral and pragmatic reasons. He stubbornly beat her up and wanted to stick with his method.

[[folder:Justeaze Lizrich von Einzbern (SPOILERS)]]

The first Einzbern homunculus who forms the true core of the Holy Grail system. Together with Zolgen Makiri, Nagato Tohsaka, and Kishua Zelretch Schweinorg, she desired to see the ascension of humanity and thus sacrificed herself to become the Greater Grail's core. All other Einzbern homunculi are made in her image, and possess her memories.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "Why do you not want to die?", asked to Zouken Matou at the end of the "Heaven's Feel" route.
* ArtificialHuman: She was the first and one of the most powerful Einzbern homunculus, and the others are effectively her reincarnations.
* HumanResources: She is for all intents and purposes the Greater Grail that was hijacked by Angra Mainyu, and the magic circuits lining the cavern under Ryuudou Temple are hers.
* IceQueen: For the brief time she manifests through Illya, Justeaze was cold and aloof.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: When channelled by Illya, she coldly berates Zouken for how he lost his way.
* RedBaron: She became known as "Master of Northern Alchemy" and "Primeval Justeaze".
* SealedGoodInACan: As the true core of the Holy Grail, she sought to eliminate all hatred and suffering. Ironically, she was effectively impregnated with an entity desiring to perpetuate those very things.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Justeaze Lizrich or Justica Lizleihi, depend on who you ask.
* SuperPrototype: She was the first Einzbern homunculus, and was skilled enough as a magus to design the Holy Grail ritual.
* {{Utopia}}: Her desire, and that of Zolgen before he lost his way, was to use the Third Magic of the Holy Grail to create an idyllic world with no suffering.