Characters / Fate/Apocrypha

This is the Character Sheet for Fate/Apocrypha characters.

This page will be subject to updates from the Fate/Apocrypha light novels as they get released. Take all things marked with spoiler tags with a grain of salt until all novels have been released and analyzed.

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Main Characters

Ruler Faction

    Ruler 

(Jeanne d'Arc)

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The legendary Catholic Saint who oversees this incarnation of the Holy Grail War. As such, Jeanne possesses the custom Ruler class as well as the Saber class designation.

Her Noble Phantasms are "La Pucelle: The Crimson Holy Virgin", a sub-species of Reality Marble in the form of a Flaming Sword representing her burning at the stake, which will kill her after the battle is over; and "Luminosité Éternelle: God Is Here With Me", her magical banner that creates a barrier around her with the same magic resistance as her own.

  • Ascended Extra: In Fate/Zero she was mentioned several times by Caster and only showed up once in the anime during a flashback, but here she takes a much more prominent role.
  • Anti-Magic: Has the highest Magic Resistance of any Servant, ranked as unquantifiable at EX.
  • Barrier Warrior: Her banner, Luminosité Éternelle, can create a barrier using her Magic Resistance. She uses this to block Spartacus's suicidal explosion.
  • Big Good: Her main goal is to ensure the war runs smoothly.
  • Boobs of Steel: Sports an impressive B85/W59/H86
  • Braids of Action: A really long braid that reaches her knees.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Her Revelation skill works like the Instinct skill, but also towards "reaching one's goal" like picking the right path of travel.
  • Everyone Hates Mathematics: Being a farmer's daughter before she became a hero, she's never learned math and finds it frustrating to attempt to solve Laeticia's math homework that she promised to do on her adventure to Romania. Luckily, Homunculus is able to help her out.
  • Flaming Sword: La Pucelle.
  • Grand Theft Me: Heroic example; She possesses the body of a French student named Laeticia to preside over the Holy Grail War. This also prevents her from assuming a spirit form and requires her to tasks such as sleeping and eating to ensure the body is in proper condition. There are measures in place that if Jeanne were to die, Laeticia would survive.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's kind, selfless, and is the Big Good.
  • Hidden Depths: She's bad at mathematics. Really bad.
  • Identical Stranger: With Saber AKA Arturia Pendragon, to the point that Fate/Zero Caster (who is Gilles de Rais, her loyal retainer) mistakes Saber for her. Word of God is that if Fate/Zero Berserker were to meet her, he would mistake her for Saber. Despite there being two very obvious differences between Jeanne and Arturia.
  • Invincible Hero: Her stats are absurdly high, she´s completely immune to magecraft and she has a skill equivalent to a very high rank of Eye of the Mind (True), And her banner makes her pretty much immune to anything.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: Goes without saying.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: As part of her Ruler skill-set, she comes off as extremely convincing to Muggles and can convince people of the most ridiculous things, like telling a truck driver to hold for an entire day so that he would not come across Karna's ambush on her person.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Her EX-Rank Magic Resistance does not apply to attacks from holy sacraments. Shirou Kotomine just happens to be from the part of the Holy Church with access to these things.
  • The Last Dance: La Pucelle. It gives her unimaginable power and holds the same rank as Excalibur, but it also symbolizes Jeanne's burning at the stake. Because of this Jeanne's life force is extinguished after the battle is over.
  • Lawful Good: Her In-Universe alignment.
  • Lightning Bruiser: According to her stats.
  • Luminescent Blush: Her entire face goes pink and red after realizing that she will have to sleep in the same bed as Homunculus.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's basically Saber, who's already Fetish Fuel for many a fan of the franchise, with an Impossible Hourglass Figure in skin-tight clothing.
  • Never Learned to Read: Having been born a simple farm girl, she never learned how to read or write, though since the Holy Grail provides her with knowledge of whatever time she's summoned into (including new languages) this isn't a problem for her.

    Homunculus 

Sieg

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An unnamed homunculus created by Yggdmillennia. They have changed the system so that he, along with six others, are providing prana for all of the Servants. Unfortunately, he turns out to be a defect due to his Magic Circuit being very fragile. He eventually becomes good friends with Rider of Black. As of Volume 3, he is Astolfo's Master.


  • And I Must Scream: What he escaped from; being a barely conscious Living Battery for the Servants.
  • Badass: After he obtained the Dead Count Shapeshifter command seals, he became considerably stronger. Before this, Mordred was able to slay him in a single blow and didn't recognize the need to dodge his weak attack. Afterwards, however, he was able to overpower Mordred for a good portion of the fight, forcing Kairi to use a Command Seal to empower Mordred, and nearly defeated her Clarent Blood Arthur with the use of Balmung. Mordred even admits that he was still getting used to his new power and was not at full capacity; if she did not kill him then and there, she would most likely be killed in a future encounter.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: Faces off against Saber of Red in a huge battle. He loses due to his still not being used to the power his Dead Count Shapeshifters give him.
  • Bishōnen: His looks are very soft and delicate. After he recieves Siegfried's heart, he appears a few years older, but still very pretty.
  • Came Back Strong/Chekhov's Gun: Turns out Frankenstein's Blasted Tree did more than just restart his heart. It also gave him the draining ability of her Bridal Chest and a weakened version Blasted Tree thanks to a piece of her living on within him.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Using Balmung completely drained his mana reserves, and even then it was not as powerful as Siegfried´s own vesion. Although the first attempt was not as powerful as the original version, it is noted by the narration that Sieg has the potential to utilize Balmung at a power comparable to Siegfried's version, as he was still getting used to his newfound power at the time.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Remember the last time someone became part Servant?
  • Emotionless Guy: Though he develops an ego, he's still incredibly stoic.
  • Glass Cannon: His transformation ability is absurdly powerful, but his body is extremely fragile due to his malformed Magic Circuits.
  • The Hero: He and Jeanne are the two protagonists of the story.
  • Heroic Albino: Like all Nasuverse homunculi, he has red eyes and white hair.
  • Hidden Depths: Shows surprising competence at mathematics when assisting Jeanne in doing Laeticia's math assignment.
  • Hour of Power: He requires a Command Spell to transform into Siegfried, and the transformation only lasts 180 seconds.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: After multiple conversations with Astolfo about the wonderful outside world, he tries to escape the Yggdmillenia fortress during the chaos caused by Spartacus storming the place. He´s lethally injured by Gordes before he gets very far, and is revived at the cost of Siegfried´s life. Afterwards, he is freed by Jeanne and follows her around.
  • In-Series Nickname: After being revived by Siegfried, he takes up the name "Sieg" in honor of his friend.
  • It Only Works Three Times: He only has three Dead Count Shapeshifter Command Spells, which allow him to take on the full abilities of Siegfried. He ends up getting a refill from Jeanne, however, bringing him back up to three Spells after the battle against Adam, but she cannot do so again.
  • Lack of Empathy: A heroic example. He never really takes the emotions or protection of others into account for his decision making. Seeing the outside world is his priority above anything else, so the his main concern is self-preservation.
  • Living Battery: For the Black Team Servants initially.
  • Near-Death Experience: Twice. First he is almost killed during his attempt at escaping the Yggdmillenia fortress, although he is revived by Siegfried giving him his heart. Later he is almost killed in a single strike by Mordred, but he is resurrected by Frankenstein's Noble Phantasm restarting his heart.
  • No Name Given: Only known as "Homunculus". He later names himself "Sieg" in honor of Siegfried.
  • Oblivious to Love: He's unaware of Jeanne's crush. Justified since he's very young and wouldn't know what it was.
  • Only Friends: Astolfo and Siegfried. The latter to the degree where he later gives his life to save him.
  • Our Homunculi Are Different: Notably the first male homunculus to be featured in the Nasuverse. He's also the first Homunculus/Servant hybrid.
  • Rebel Leader: After talking to some of the combat Homunculi, he learns that they are not actually mind controlled, they simply did not understand the concept of freedom, and join Sieg in his fight after he teaches them that they are not slaves.
  • The Rival: Eventually becomes this to Mordred.
  • Scaled Up: Because he has Siegfried's heart, he also has access to the dragon blood that Siegfried bathed in. As such, when pressed, he can actually become the dragon Fafnir.
  • Ship Tease: With Jeanne and Astolfo.
  • The Stoic: Even after developing an ego.
  • Transformation Sequence: He requires the use of one of his "Dead Count Shapeshifter" Command Spells to take on Siegfried's form and use his full power.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: He doesn´t like being a Living Battery for the Black Team, so he attempts to escape. He almost fails.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: His conversations with Astolfo about this subject are the primary reason he wants to be free.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's a few months old at most, including the time he spent in the tank.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: At first - According to Chiron, he has at most 3 years to live due to his damaged Magic Circuits. However, after being revived with Siegfried's heart, Astolfo claims that it's absurdly powerful existence would allow Sieg to live for at least a century.

Servants

Black Faction Servants

    Saber 

Siegfried

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The main hero of the Nibelungenlied epic, Siegfried's class as a Servant is Saber. Siegfried gained an invincible body after slaying the dragon Fafnir and bathing in its blood. He is summoned by Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia of the Black faction via a bloodstained fig leaf. He is the first casualty of the War, giving his heart to the mortally wounded Homunculus, allowing him to live on and later fight Saber of Red.

His Noble Phantasms are his sword "Balmung: Phantasmal Greatsword, Felling of the Sky Demon", which can release a semi-circular wave of twilight energy, and "Armor of Fafnir: Blood of the Evil Dragon Armor", the near-invincibility he gained after bathing in the dragon Fafnir's blood.

  • Achilles' Heel: The leaf-shaped spot on his back. His Armor of Fafnir Noble Phantasm blocks attacks lower than A-Rank that hit him anywhere else, but prevents him from covering up this weak point.
  • Badass: Fights Karna to a draw with minimal injuries even though Karna could partially overcome his Armor of Fafnir.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He doesn't talk much, and has been ordered not to, but he's a powerful Servant who's Nigh Invulnerable.
  • BFS: His weapon, Balmung. It´s explicitly stated to be too large and heavy for human hands.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His fight with Karna is sparked when he finds Karna trying to attack Jeanne.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Siegfried's invincible body gained after he bathed in the blood of the dragon Fafnir. It negates every attack made on him, that isn't of at least A-Rank power. Furthermore, It negates a portion of any attack above that rank by an amount equivalent to the amount of damage a B-Rank attack would cause. During his battle with Karna, Siegfried received dozens of A-Rank strikes to his face and vital areas, but they only caused mere scratches to Siegfried.
  • Odd Friendship: With Astolfo and the Homunculus.
  • Plot Parallel: Through flashbacks to his life, we learn that Siegfried was basically Emiya Shirou's ideal of being a selfless hero saving and helping others, but that it rarely got him anything but grief and unhappiness. He realized that he wants to do something for himself for once at the end of his life... Just before he was killed.
  • The Quiet One: At first, it was said that "he never speaks a word," but this was re-tooled into obeying an order from his master to remain silent except when using his Noble Phantasm. He does speak a very few lines, such as when fighting Saber of Red.
  • Red Baron: The Dragon-Blooded Knight.
  • Secret Identity: Due to promising his silence, only Gordes, Darnic and Lancer of Black know his true name, despite the Yggdmillenia Masters promising to share their Servants' idendity.
  • Sword Beam: Balmung's attack. It's noted to be less of a forward-traveling beam like Clarent Blood Arthur and more of a circular radiating wave.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Unlike Fate/stay night's Berserker, A-rank attacks are nothing more than mosquito bites to him due to the Armor Of Fafnir, making him all but invincible. This is why he is killed off within the first quarter of the story and Homunculus can only draw on his powers for three times three minutes.
  • Undying Loyalty: Consents to being completely silent unless given permission because Gordes asked him to.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: A large amount of his upper body is exposed.
  • Worthy Opponent: He views Karna as the strongest opponent he had ever faced; thanks to being Nigh Invulnerable, no one else during his lifetime had ever been able to give Siegfried the fear of death. He has considerable admiration for Karna (Who returns the sentiment) and wishes to have another battle with him eventually.

    Archer 

Chiron

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The famous centaur of Greek myth, summoned for the Black faction by Fiore Forvedge Yggdmillennia via an ancient arrow. Despite originally being a centaur, he has been summoned as fully human in order to obscure his identity. His Noble Phantasm is Antares Snipe: Scorpion Shot, which shoots an arrow from the constellation Centaurus towards any target, depicted as Scorpio.

  • All-Loving Hero: Noble and caring, and noted to have a presence similar to a massive forest, his cool and clean presence engulfing all around him.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: His incredible knowledge and extreme perception ability allows him to do everything short of figuring out his enemy's moves before they do. The fact that he taught Achilles makes him able to read his moves like an open book, even after Achilles starts fighting in a way he was not taught by Chiron.
  • Badass: His badassery is firmly established around the time he takes on Mordred with just Pankration and manages to break one of her arms in the process.
  • Badass Bookworm: A walking fountain of knowledge on all subjects, and one of the most powerful Servants in the war, Able to fight Achilles, who is quite possibly the second strongest Servant in the war, to a draw even after Achilles used a combat style that Chiron didn't teach him.
  • Badass Teacher:He taught Achilles, Perseus, and Hercules among others. One of his skills, Wisdom of the Gods, allows him to teach almost any "Heroic skill" to himself or other Servants at A-B rank.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He saves Fiore from being assassinated by Jack by using a spell that dulls his arrow but has an incredibly strong knock-back on it to launch her away from Jack.
  • Chekhov's Skill: As the teacher of Asclepius, the man who was so good a healer that he could resurrect the dead, he is an expert on healing. This comes in handy when Astolfo brings the wounded Homunculus to his room, who he heals and diagnoses.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: A combination of high ranks in both Eye of the Mind and Clairvoyance makes it almost impossible to catch Chiron off guard.
  • Combat Medic: Gentle and knowledgeable about medicine and healing, but also a skilled fighter who trained other great heroes like Achilles and Hercules.
  • Four-Star Badass: The assigned-by-Vlad commander of the front lines.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Mordred injures his right arm so that he cannot use it properly, forcing him to retreat despite the fact that they were going fairly even without Chiron even having a weapon.
  • Good Is Not Soft: As kind and gentle as he is, he's definitely no pushover in a fight.
  • Healing Hands: Astolfo brings Homunculus to him to heal his near fatal injuries.
  • Humanity Ensues: Was summoned as human to obscure his identity, but in exchange his parameters are reduced.
  • I Know Karate: He uses Pankration to make a convincing draw with Mordred.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: To the point where he can snipe Achilles from a distance where even a great warrior like him could not tell were the arrows where even coming from.
  • In-Series Nickname: Vlad calls him "Wise-Man" for his incredible knowledge.
  • Mixed Martial Arts: A master of the Pankration Greek martial art, from which MMA originates.
  • Nerf: Summoned as a human to hide his identity, which has reduced some of his parameters. Despite this, every one of his stats besides Luck clocks in at Rank B or higher.
  • Nice Guy: Treats everyone with equal grace and courtesy.
  • Oblivious to Love: Has not noticed that Fiore may have feelings for him.
  • Semi-Divine: Used to be a Divine Spirit, but he gave up his immortality to die instead of suffering forever from being hit with arrows dipped in a Hydra´s blood. His Divinity is still high enough to pierce the defenses of Rider of Red, however.
  • Star Power: His power increases as the Sagittarius constellation becomes more visible in the night sky.
  • Worthy Opponent: He is interested in seeing how well his disciple Achilles grew after he went out of his care, though it also pains him having to fight a trainee of his.

    Lancer 

(Vlad III)

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The infamous Lord of Wallachia known for impaling his enemies on spikes. He is summoned by Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia for the Black faction.

His Noble Phantasms are "Kazıklı Bei: The Lord of Execution", which allows him to enforce the concept of impalement upon anything within a 1 kilometer radius so long as he is within the territory he has secured with Demonic Defender of the State, and "Legend of Dracula: The Succession of Blood", where he acknowledges the mythology surrounding him to become a powerful vampire.

Although he shares the Lancer designation of his Fate/EXTRA counterpart, they are completely different characters.

  • Actually Not a Vampire: Melty Blood established that the real Vlad the Impaler was not an actual vampire, and he isn't one here unless he uses a Noble Phantasm to become one. He doesn't like that reputation, and while he tries to be mature and ignore it, representations of him as one that he finds end up getting destroyed.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Is the strongest of the Black Team's Servants, as well as being the Black Team's leader's Servant. This says A LOT considering how incredibly powerful Siegfried is.
  • Badass: Holy shit, yes! He takes down a team of 50 Magi in 30 seconds early in the story and late in the first volume, defeats Berserker of Red with his Noble Phantasm and leaves him for dead at the hands of Avicebron's Golems. Turned Up to Eleven when the Darnic!Vlad fusion fights six of the other Servants on equal ground, even as they were boosted by Jeanne's Command Spell to eliminate him.
  • Badass Beard/Badass Mustache: Combines a swanky 5 O'clock shadow with a nice chinstrap.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Despite appearing to be the main villains, Vlad and Darnic are easily killed by Shirou, who becomes the real villain of the series.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice looks more akin to a giant surgery scalpel than a spear or lance.
  • Blond Guys are Morally Ambiguous: While he's a rather decent fellow in story, he's still Vlad the Impaler, the homicidal maniac who had such things as favorite ways to torture a man.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Due to the nature of the Noble Phantasm, Vlad has told Darnic that he will kill him if he forces him to use Legend of Dracula with a Command Spell. He attempts it after Darnic makes him use it, but he uses the other two to make him stop his attack and fuse his soul with Vlad's.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: In his backstory, he rejected the Orthodox Church in favor of Catholicism. This was true of the real life Vlad as well.
  • Classical Movie Vampire: Not until/unless he uses his second Noble Phantasm to become a vampire; he's stated to become "the vampire modeled after him," and his specified abilities in that form closely match that version.
  • Death by Irony: Killed off by Shirou after using Legend of Dracula to get a massive boost of power, only to be absolutely destroyed by Shirou's Baptismal Sacrament. Extra irony comes from the fact that he dies a vampire, despite doing everything in his power to remove his horrible reputation.
  • Don't Call Me Sir: He doesn't like that Darnic calls him "Lord" and chides him for excessive flattery.
  • Face of a Thug: Looks like he hasn't slept in years and is eerily pale, but repeatedly shown to be a gentle man who's passion and drive makes him come off as a sociopath.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Dracula!Vlad does this to the Golems, Homunculi and dragon tooth warriors, killing them in the thousands.
  • Four-Star Badass: The stand-in leader of the Black Faction due to his tactical genius and leadership abilities.
  • Fusion Dance: Unwillingly with Darnic, who uses a Command Spell to fuse their souls, with Darnic having some control, although the control is generally in the hands of Vlad, whose personality is rewritten by his Legend of Dracula Noble Phantasm.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: His wish is to undo his horrible reputation that created the legend of him being a blood-starved fiend because of matters he was never even a part of.
  • Home Field Advantage: His Personal Skill, Demonic Defender of the State, secures the leylines in the area to make it his home turf. He gets a power boost equivalent to Mad Enhancement Rank A (minus the madness) while within this area, and can only use Kazikli Bei within that range.
    • Servants are also given a power boost by their proximity to their own "Sphere of influence"/home country. Vlad being summoned not even a few hours of travel from his town of birth gives him an additional significant powerboost.
  • Humanoid Abomination: His Dracula form fused with Darnic.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Vlad has this within the area marked by his Demonic Defender of the State. He can invoke the concept of impalement to summon stakes of any kind anywhere within this territory (Including inside an opponent's body, if they are within that territory) and pull new ones out for personal use anywhere.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice/Spikes of Doom: Vlad's entire schtick. He can create spears, stakes, pikes and spikes of any kind out of nowhere and use them as projectiles and as a lance for personal use. He can even manifest these inside of his opponent's body, Which he utilizes against Karna to bypass his Kavacha and Kundala. Unfortunately, Karna is so supremely Badass that he is barely inconvenienced by it.
  • Irony: Being Lancer is suffering indeed. Vlad hates his vampiric legend and rejected the Orthodox Church in favor of the Catholic Church. He is killed off by a Catholic Saint after Darnic forces him to use Legend of Dracula and fuses with Vlad, becoming an evil amalgamation who sullied the reputation he was trying to save even further.
  • Javelin Thrower: A frequent use of his stakes. When he is turned into a vampire and fused with Darnic, the hand-thrown stakes become comparable in strength to Noble Phantasms.

    Rider 

Astolfo

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The twelfth paladin of Charlemagne and a Servant of the Rider class summoned by Celenike Icecolle Yggdmillennia of the Black faction via a small, stained glass bottle. He is described as being beautiful beyond all compare but also an incredible blabbermouth.

His Noble Phantasms are "La Black Luna: The Magic Flute That Calls Panic", an enormous demonic horn whose sound strikes uncontrollable fear into all who hear it; "Trap of Argalia: Overturned If Touched", a golden lance that can render the enemy's legs totally useless; and his magical mount, the "Hippogriff: Otherworldly Phantom Horse". Astolfo possesses one more Phantasm, "Luna Break Manual: Magical All-purpose Tome of Tactics" an anti-magical book, but cannot use it as he has forgotten its name, so it simply passively gives him A-rank Magic Resistance.

In vol. 3, he becomes Sieg's Servant.

  • Dangerously Short Skirt: In his new set of casual clothing.
  • The Ditz: Weaponized. One of his skills, Evaporation of Sanity, gives him something akin to a sixth sense in combat similar to Eye of the Mind or Instinct from his complete lack of common sense.
    Astolfo, to the Homunculus:"Now, then... first, we have to put our heads together and think of a way to help you. Oh, I would definitely suggest against leaving it entirely for me to decide. For no man can show as much a lack of restraint as I, Astolfo!"
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: It doesn't help that his gender is crossed out on the Servant statistics for the Black team revealed in Volume 3.
  • Loose Lips: He easily speaks Archer of Black's true name out loud, and tells Lancer of Black exactly how Saber of Black died without any tone of regret or grief. Homunculus surmises early on that the Red Faction would gain an incredible tactical advantage if they captured and interrogated Rider.
  • Magic Music: One of his Noble Phantasms in the original online RPG was La Black Luna, a horn that forces all opponents without sufficient magic resistance to flee. It was re-tooled for the light novel as a Sonic Stunner.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: When asked by Chiron why he saved Homunculus, he simply answers:
    "Because I could."
  • Motor Mouth: Which, "through no fault of his own," inevitably leads him to say too much.
  • Nice Guy: Extremely nice to just about anyone.
  • Odd Friendship: With Chiron and Siegfried, as well as Homunculus.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: Being a Rider-class Servant, one of his Noble Phantasms is a Hippogriff that he rides.
  • The Pollyanna: Described as being "eternally optimistic".
  • Red Baron: The Twelfth Paladin of Charlemagne.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: A male version of this trope, since he fits the "cheery and optimistic" subtype.
  • Saying Too Much: Which quickly leads to maximum awkwardness. It's Rider's big mouth that leads to Siegfried giving his life for Homunculus.
    • It also quickly diffuses the situation between Sieg and the surviving homunculi and the remaining Black Masters.
  • Sonic Stunner: La Black Luna. It can absolutely pulverize the Dragon Tooth Warriors that Semiramis creates.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: His master's sole wish is to make him writhe in pain and despair, but Rider is far too powerful for her to so much as scratch him and spends their 'sessions' just looking bored.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's so ditzy that he forgets the names of his own Noble Phantasms, regardless, all of them possess very potent effects such as pulverizing his foes to dust and leaping through dimensions.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Though his initial civilian clothes are more masculine.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Male example - He is stated to be "Beautiful beyond compare".
  • You Gotta Have Pink Hair
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A

    Caster 

Avicebron/Solomon Ibn Gabirol

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A notable Spaniard-Jewish philosopher summoned by Roche Frain Yggdmillennia for the Black faction.

His Noble Phantasm is "Golem Keter Malkuth: Royal Crown, the Light of Wisdom" which replicates God's miracle; The creation of the Original Human. It requires many hard to acquire materials and a powerful source of prana as it's core, but in return creates a giant, extremely powerful Golem called Adam upon completion.

  • Badass Army: He and his master has created a thousand golems in preparation for the war.
  • Badass Bookworm: Despite his main focus being construction of powerful golems, he is no pushover in a fight and helps Jeanne in her fight against Dracula.
  • Badass Cape
  • Birds of a Feather: The main reason he and Roche work together so well is that they are both cynical individuals with no interest in other humans who make Golems as their only passion in life.
  • Camp: Just look at him.
  • Cool Mask: We never get to see what lies underneath it either.
  • Cool Teacher: His Master, who makes golems just like him, treats him like a teacher and calls him "Sensei". Avicebron, in turn, treats Roche like a student.
  • Design-It-Yourself Equipment/Item Crafting: Interestingly, His Noble Phantasm has yet to be "constructed". Considering that he has turned most of the basement level of the Yggdmillenia fortress into a giant Workshop from which he has been producing Golems for the last two months, this may apply to almost all of his abilities.
  • Ditzy Genius: Avicebron is an absolute genius who invented the thaumaturgic school involving Golems, but lacks the ability to communicate properly with other humans due to his obsession with creating Golems meaning he never got to interact much with other people.
  • Enemy Summoner/Mook Maker: He has constructed a magical Workshop that allows him to produce thirty golems a day of a quality that would take an ordinary Magus a year to finish.
  • Evil Plan: Wants to use Adam to spread it's Reality Marble Eden all across the Earth.
  • Giant Poofy Leggings
  • Face–Heel Turn: Goes over to the Red Team in Volume 3.
  • Fusion Dance: As he is grievously wounded by Chiron's arrows, he decides to fuse himself with Adam to fuel it further.
  • Human Resources: Avicebron plans to use the now Servant-less Gordes Yggdmillenia as the mana-generating core of his Noble Phantasm. He ultimately uses Roche instead.
  • I Can Rule Alone: Hints at this when it comes to his Master, saying that he´s ideal as a master, for now...
  • Lost Technology: Magical example. His Golems and the ability to mass produce on the scale he does is something no modern human Magus could ever achieve.
  • No Social Skills: He can hold entire conversations with nothing but nods, and never puts any emotion into a conversation with another human, similarly to Roche.
  • Religion Is Magic: Kabbalah, which is Hebrew for "Tradition", a school of magic he invented that is still used to this day by a large amount of magus including Touko Aozaki.
  • Summon Magic: Capable of creating powerful Golems, which he can later summon at will from his and Roche´s workshop. These are not still not near the level of Servants however, and can only defeat Servants in large numbers. It took five of them to restrict Spartacus after he had been left almost immobile by Lancer's Noble Phantasm.
  • Unobtainium: His Golems are made with, amongst other more common materials, 800-year old gemstones used as their organs and equally ancient parchment for the enchantments. Luckily Darnic has the connections to acquire these reagents en masse even without going through the Magus Association.

    Berserker 

Frankenstein's Monster

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A gender-bent version of the fictional monster of the same name from Mary Shelly's most well-known story, summoned as a Berserker for the Black faction by Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia via a set of blueprints for an "ideal human".

Her Noble Phantasms are the "Bridal Chest: A Maiden's Chastity", her electrified mace and personal power source, and "Blasted Tree: Lightning Branch of Crucifixion", a suicidal area-of-effect attack activated by overloading the Bridal Chest.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Come on, did you expect Frankenstein to be an adorable girl whose bangs cover her eyes?
  • Artificial Human: A different type from the homunculi.
  • Badass Adorable: Puts up an admirable fight against Mordred, and after being seemingly dispatched, when compelled by a Command Spell to kill Mordred, furiously charges her and uses Blasted Tree, which would have achieved a mutual kill had Kairi not bailed Mordred out with a Command Spell of his own.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Her In-Universe alignment.
  • Combat Stilettos: Wears very tall, slanted heels. They make her look as though she has hooves. They're straightened out in later artwork.
  • Cute Mute: Since she's been summoned under the Berserker class, her Mad Enhancement has rendered her unable to speak properly, usually making her resort to "aaaaaaah"'s and "uuuuuuuh"'s.
  • Carry a Big Stick/Drop the Hammer: Bridal Chest, her main Noble Phantasm, is a huge, heavy mace.
  • Energy Absorption: Frankentein's Galvanism skill allows her to absorb any energy or thaumaturgical based attack into bio-electricity for her own use, and her Bridal Chest Noble Phantasm drains mana from the air around her.
  • Foreshadowing: After her death from using Blasted Tree, the narration notes that the blueprints used as Frankenstein's catalyst says that the lightning from it is both the lightning of destruction but also the lightning of life, hinting that her respawn factor may kick in. Turns out, her lightning reviving Sieg actually resulted in him gaining access to weakened versions of both of her Noble Phantasms.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Duh.
  • Freak Out: Has a massive fit of rage when a decoy in the image of her creator, created by Shakespeare to cover the escape of Shirou Kotomine, treats her kindly. Caules has to use a Command Spell to calm her down.
  • Hidden Depths: Fear of her own monstrous nature causes her to keep a shy silence that hides her intelligence, and she is "extremely mindful of energy conservation," such as by turning off the lights if her Master leaves them on in an empty room. In Volume 2, she unplugs Caules' laptop after he leaves without turning it off, and thinks to herself that he'll praise her for saving electricity.
  • Horned Humanoid: She has a horn sticking out of her forehead.
  • I Can Still Fight: After being seemingly dispatched by Mordred, Frankenstein gets back up by the command of her Master and uses Blasted Tree to nearly kill Mordred.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Her Scream of Terror skill.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: Her aforementioned Energy Absorption abilities combine to make her Bridal Chest a "Type II Perpetual Motion Engine".
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Is that a Fairy Tale Wedding Dress?
  • Red Baron: "Frankenstein's Monster" is what she's called, but not likely a name that Dr. Frankenstein gave her.
  • Respawning Enemies: After using "Blasted Tree", there is a small chance of another Frankenstein materializing to replace the first.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Attempts to kill Mordred with Blasted Tree, but she is teleported away with a Command Spell before it does any major damage. Subverted however in that the use of it saved Astolfo from Mordred and restarted Sieg's heart after Mordred almost killed him, and it also gave him access to both of her Noble Phantasms (though it took him a while to figure it out).
  • Shock and Awe: Both her Noble Phantasms have this.
  • Taking You with Me: Frankenstein's "Blasted Tree" Noble Phantasm, which causes a tremendous sphere of lightning, at the cost of draining all the energy in Frankenstein's core (and thus killing her).
  • Yandere: Pre-Retool, she pursued her creator across Europe and killed his family members in response to him rejecting her. The novel version changed her reason for chasing her creator to be more in line with Frankenstein circa Bride of Frankenstein, desiring a mate similar to her.

    Assassin 

Jack the Ripper

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The legendary Serial Killer who stalked the streets of London at the end of the Nineteenth Century, summoned by Hyouma Sagara and passed on to Reika Rikudou. Jack is summoned as the Assassin class, though she also qualifies for the Berserker class as well.

Her Noble Phantasms are "Maria the Ripper: The Holy Mother of Dismemberment", her four knives which are powered by the hatred of prostitutes' abandoned children and can kill instantly given certain conditions, and "The Mist: Darkened Misty Metropolis", a handheld lantern that recreates Victorian London's acrid smog that will slowly kill humans and hinder Servants.

  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Even for a mid-to-late teenager, her outfit is unusually skimpy.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: She is the living incarnation of the hatred of the abandoned children of Victorian England, who was killed by a group of Magi after her legendary murders.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Her Maria the Ripper Noble Phantasm, which can instantly kill the target if the target is female, it is night time, and the weather is misty. If any of these conditions is not met, they only function as a set of D-Rank knives.
  • Ax-Crazy: During life, she would approach prostitutes and attempt to make them be her mother figure. The exhausted women would generally reject her, in most cases more harshly than necessary. If Jack stumbled across them again, she would cut them apart and then press her face into a piece of their flesh while saying "I'm sorry" over and over again.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: In this novel's version of her backstory, Jack the Ripper was a physical manifestation of the hatred of unwanted children, and had an ability similar to subconscious magecraft to spontaneously generate mist that would conceal her during her infamous murders.
  • The Berserker: If she were summoned in the Berserker class; this incidentally forces her to be only active at night, with The Mist Noble Phantasm remaining active all the time and targeting any nearby being that possesses Prana.
  • Broken Bird: Was abandoned at an extremely young age in late 19th century London, and lived as a Street Urchin in absolutely horrifying conditions until dying in her mid-to-late teens. It's no wonder she's so screwed up.
  • Chaotic Evil: Her In-Universe alignment.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: The Mist is based on her prodigious ability in life to conjure mist seemingly from nothing, via what appears to be an instinctive use of some form of magecraft. Keep in mind that she has never had any instruction in even the basic of magecraft, and at the time wasn't even aware that the supernatural existed.
  • Cute and Psycho: She's a legendary Serial Killer, so the "psycho" is a given. This does little to stop her from being absolutely adorable.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In her original life, she suffered Parental Abandonment at an indeterminably very early age, spent her entire life as a Street Urchin, and judging by her young appearance when summoned (Servants are typically summoned at the "prime" of their lives), she died well before reaching adulthood too.
  • Darkness Equals Death: Her Murderer of the Misty Night skill allows her to achieve an unconditional ambush against any opponent during the night, and nighttime is also one of the requirements for her Maria the Ripper Noble Phantasm to cause a One-Hit Kill.
  • Dual Wielding: Often depicted with a knife in each hand.
  • Emotionless Girl: Not much of a surprise, given her tragic backstory.
  • Fog of Doom: Jack's The Mist Noble Phantasm can cause this at will, and it's nigh impossible to escape from.
  • Freudian Excuse: All Jack wants is to return to the womb. By cutting open random prostitutes until she finds the right one.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Jack the Ripper, usually referred to by plain "Jack". Lampshaded by Reika.
  • Gender Flip: Possibly, since in real life "Jack"'s true identity, and therefore true sex, still remains a mystery.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Uses four strangely-shaped knives and two butcher's knives as her main weapons, with a bloodstained scalpel for added measure.
  • Gradual Grinder: Anyone who is not a Servant will take cumulative damage from the mist's poisonous and suffocating fumes, with non-Magi perishing very quickly. Servants, on the other hand, will still have their Agility decreased by one rank.
  • Harmful to Minors: The woes that comprise her Dark and Troubled Past started from her very early childhood years at the latest. At the earliest? Perhaps since the day she was abandoned by her (probably prostitute) mother as a baby.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: The real-life Jack the Ripper was most certainly not a little kid who somehow was able to kill and dissect several grown women with mere knives as his/her only weapon, and then elude capture by the police or even being simply sighted and identified by eye witnesses.
  • Historical Beauty Update: Besides the obvious dissonance of the infamous Serial Killer (whose official offender profile highly suggests to be suffering from severe mental problems) being actually good-looking, she looks surprisingly unblemished (save for a minor scar on the cheek), healthy and cute for a Street Urchin who lived in the abysmal conditions of 19th-century London slums, and thus most probably suffered from malnourishment and a lot of lack of hygiene-induced infections.
  • I Am Legion: Jack refers to herself with "we" and "us" (with Lampshade Hanging from Reika), as she is the rage of the abandoned children of Victorian London given form.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: True to one suggested aspect of the historical Jack the Ripper (per one of the letter's attributed to him), this Jack has apparently developed a selective taste for eating human hearts and soulsspecifically those of evil people, because according to her their "pollution" makes them taste better for her (which puts a new spin on "Evil Tastes Good"); however, she didn't like the taste of Hyouma's blood when she sucked it out (to avoid a mess), though whether it was due to not liking the taste of blood - as opposed to souls - or it's something specific to him is not specified. The narration also suggests that it might also be that, due to Jack herself being a Chaotic Evil-aligned being, it is easier for her to digest souls that are of similar alignment.
  • Knife Nut: She's an Ax-Crazy knife-wielder. Duh.
  • No Sense of Direction: The Mist imposes this upon all enemies within its boundaries by clouding their senses, even if they are familiar with the local area/terrain.
  • Not So Stoic: Jack reveals Hidden Depths of awkward shyness after Reika offered what may have been the first act of kindness that the girl had ever recieved in her life. She is also visibly awestruck at the concept of having a Happily Adopted family life with Reika, including the latter's insistence on making her meals even when she tells her that as a Servant, she doesn't need to eat (she already fulfills her Mana needs by regularly seeking out Asshole Victims to consume their souls).
  • Off Model: Her first official artwork showed her with the hips and legs of an adult woman and torso, arms, and head of a teenage girl. The later artwork changed her legs and hips to match the rest, as shown above.
  • Older Than She Looks: Ambiguous. Jack is drawn such that her appearance gives the impression of her being a child. However, different entries list her height as alternately being 139 cm or 150 cm. If the latter is valid, then she's only moderately shorter than the high school-aged Rin Tohsaka, and so would likely be only a little younger than her.
  • One-Hit Kill: Jack the Ripper's Noble Phantasm Maria the Ripper: The Holy Mother of Dismemberment does this if three conditions are met: The victim is female, it is night time, and it is misty (which she can create using her second Noble Phantasm). It activates as a curse that summons the knives within the target's body and rips them open from the inside out.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: The special ability of her Noble Phantasm Maria the Ripper channels the hatred of the children of 80,000 prostitutes in Victorian London's ghettos who were abandoned back then by their mothers, because they would've cut down on their profit margin.
  • Red Baron: The Legendary Serial Killer.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: She pretty much fits all of the criteria.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Her "Maria the Ripper" Noble Phantasm's requirements don't usually meet themselves; while she can't change her foes' gender, and has to wait for nighttime to achieve an unconditional ambush, she does get "The Mist" as a Noble Phantasm to ensure the last condition.
  • Serial Killer: Of course.
  • Situational Sword: Maria the Ripper can instantly slice up women from the inside on foggy nights.
  • Stealth Expert: Like all proper Assassin-class Servants, she has the Class Skill Presence Concealment. Hers is A+ Rank, which effectively inflicts a Perception Filter on everyone around her (including her own Master). This is how she manages to carry Sagara Hyouma's unconscious body on the street, in plain sight, behind Reika without anyone else noticing. Presence Concealment sharply loses effectiveness when she prepares to attack a target, but she has another Personal Skill called Murderer of the Misty Night which can compensate for that by allowing her an unconditional ambush at night (during the day, the opponent gets a Luck check).
  • Street Urchin: Her "home" was the filth-ridden, crime-infested slums of Victorian London.
  • Stripperiffic: Her Servant outfit consists of a sleevless, off-shoulder, and backless skintight top with a Cleavage Window (not that she has any actual cleavage to show off, mind you), bikini underwear, bandages covering her hands and forearms, and a lot of belts on her arms and torso. She recognizes this and stays indoors during the day.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Subverted. She and Reika have had rough pasts and their affection towards each other is genuine, but any sympathy the audience might have for them is undermined by their the lack of regard for other peoples' lives during the Grail War.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She murdered several people with little hesitation while she was a Street Urchin.
  • Unperson: Her Information Erasure skill, which wipes out all traces of Jack's appearance, True Name and abilities from the memories of her opponents after she retreats. It even affects recordings on closed-circuit security cameras, but does not affect physical evidence such as bloodstains and injuries on corpses.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She's a white-haired famous Serial Killer.

Red Faction Servants

    Saber 

Mordred

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A homunculus mothered by Morgan le Fay using sperm taken from a temporarily gender-bent Arturia (Stay Night and Zero Saber). She is summoned by Kairi Shishigou of the Red Faction via a splinter of the Round Table.

Her Noble Phantasms include her helmet "Secret of Pedigree: Helmet That Conceals Infidelity", which obscures her face and stats, "Clarent: The Radiant And Brilliant Royal Sword", her sword stolen from the vaults of Camelot upon her temporarily taking up rulership and finally, "Clarent Blood Arthur: Rebellion Against My Beautiful Father", which twists Clarent into a demonic blade that releases a massive beam of blood-colored lightning.

  • Ascended Extra: Goes from having a mention in the original Fate/stay night and a cameo in the anime to actually starring in a series.
  • Attention Whore: She is semi-obsessed with earning praise and approval from her master, as she was with her "father" Arturia.
  • Badass: She easily takes out several of Caster of Black's golems, which are stated to be almost as strong as "lesser Servants". Even the Black Masters are impressed.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her civvies.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call her a girl, don't talk about her father and do not mention the Round Table. When Kairi told her he used a splinter of the Round Table as the catalyst to summon her (he could have potentially gotten any of the other Knights of the Round Table instead of Mordred), her violent destruction of the valuable splinter immediately clues Kairi in to the only knight who would react like that.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shows up just in the nick of time to save Ruler and Archer of Black from Avicebron's golems.
  • Blood Knight
  • Blood Magic: The Noble Phantasm Clarent Blood Arthur is basically Excalibur with blood instead of light.
  • Bokukko: Uses "ore" to solidify in even her speech that she dislikes any connection between her and the female gender.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Combined with the mutiny in Camelot.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Using Clarent Blood Arthur causes her incredible pain.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Her In-Universe alignment.
  • Cloning Blues: Realizing she was different from other children, she nursed a hatred for normal humans from early on.
  • Cool Helmet: Her Secret of Pedigree: Helm of Hidden Infidelity. It effectively hides her identity even in her civvies. For bonus points,it collapses into her armor when she takes it off.
  • Dumb Muscle: Compensates for her lack of brainpower and complete lack of swordsmanship with incredible raw physical capability and powerful magic resistance.
  • Expy: A Saberclone who's actually a literal clone of the original Saber.
  • Flipping the Bird: Does this after she and Sieg work together to defeat Adam.
  • Gender Flip: In "real-life" Arthurian legend, Mordred was male.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Even without her BerserkButtons being pushed, she has a temper problem.
  • Irony: She doesn't like to be called a girl, yet she wears one of the skimpiest outfits in the cast. Somewhat justified by the fact that the clothes were cheap and Kairi wouldn't buy her anything more expensive.
  • It's All About Me: Her wish is to be given the chance to draw the sword in the stone and become king. Whether not she'll even succeed doesn't even cross her mind, as according to herself she is already the perfect king, so of course she'll be able to draw it. This actually overlaps with "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl, as she believes this is the only way Arturia would ever truly recognize her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Repeatedly shown to be rude, insulting and extremely violent. At the same time she has some noble inclinations, such as when she refuses to sacrifice the uninvolved civilians of the town, either as collateral damage or to replenish prana.
  • Kick the Dog: She's insulted that the clone of Siegfried survives her Clarent Blood Arthur, and wants in return his head and heart because he "insulted her honor".
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: On the other hand, her decapitation of Celenike after the later used two Command Spells to try and make Astolfo kill Sieg was totally called for.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Before she became jaded by Arturia's rejection.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Her figure could best be described as that of a bundle of twigs, yet most of her power comes from her raw strength and Prana Burst skill.
  • Opposite-Sex Clone: Technically—her template, Arturia, is normally female, but was male when the genetic material was taken. For a long time the fandom thought she was a male clone of the female Arturia until Nasu stated otherwise.
  • Our Homunculi Are Different: She's a Homunculus clone of Arturia, and ages considerably faster than normal humans.
  • Red Baron: The Knight of Treachery.
  • The Rival: To Sieg after their great battle.
  • Rivals Team Up: Teams up with Sieg to take down Avicebron's golem.
  • Ship Tease: With Shishigou.
  • Stripperiffic: Her civilian outfit is a pair of Daisy Dukes, a tube top, and an open red jacket.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: She throws her sword at a golem during a fight and beats up some others with brute strength. Lampshaded by an incredulous Kairi.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Wears her hair in a ponytail, and she hates being associated with anything feminine.
  • Tsundere: Shows hints of this towards her Master.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Having little to no actual sword skills, her strategy boils down to wildly attacking until whatever is in her way is dead.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Was obsessed with earning Arturia's approval, but Arturia was less than thrilled about the whole "secret clone created by my evil sister" thing. Even then, she still has some traces of this. Her very wish is to prove her claim to become king in a way that Arturia would approve, by pulling the sword in the stone out. She refuses to use the Grail to directly to do it because she believes Arturia would never recognize her otherwise.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: In her civvies. She's mildly annoyed by this as it is becoming of a knight.
  • Woman Child: She's very childish, has basically no patience and is bored by pretty much anything short of fighting. This is because she's mentally a child, and her accelerated growth gives her the physical appearance of an adult.
  • Younger than She Looks: Because she's a Homunculus, her growth-rate is accelerated.

    Archer 

Atalanta

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The huntress from Greek mythology summoned as a Servant of the Archer class. Her objective for seeking the Grail is to create a world where every child can be raised with love.

Her Noble Phantasm is "Phoebus Catastrophe: The Complaint Message On The Arrow", with which Atalanta lets forth a message on an arrow into the sky, requesting the aid of Artemis and Apollo. Seconds later, a rain of arrows strikes all enemies nearby. Her second Noble Phantasm is "Agreas Metamorphosis: Boar of Divine Punishment", which causes her to take on the monstrous aspects of the Calydonian Boar.

  • Gendercide: Downplayed, localized example - her Complaint Message on the Arrow Noble Phantasm randomly calls on either Apollo or Artemis to rain down arrows to kill all women (Artemis) or all men (Apollo) in the area. This feature was removed after her Re Tool and now affects all enemies regardless of gender.
  • Glass Cannon: Endurance Rank E basically means she's gonna drop in one or two solid hits, but her arrows are strong enough to injure Siegfried.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Her Aesthetics of the Last Spurt skill allows her to let her opponent take initiative, then confirm his actions in order to overtake them, as she did in the footraces of her legend.
    "Go ahead. I shall pass in front of you afterward like a squall."
  • Little Bit Beastly: Possibly as a shoutout to her original legend, Atalanta has the ears and tail of a lion, as well as cat-like paws.
  • Named Weapons: Even though it is not a Noble Phantasm, her bow still has a name: Tauropolos, The Celestial Bow.
  • Nature Hero: She was raised by bears, has animal ears and a tail, and has an animalistic mindset of stealing and hunting for food for survival. She also dislikes Berserker of Black because Frankenstein is manmade and "reeks of mechanical oil and machinery."
  • Neutral Evil: Her In-Universe alignment.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: During the great battle of Volume 2, she decides to use her Complaint Message on the Arrow Noble Phantasm on Spartacus, condensed in an area just around him. Not only does it not kill him, but the amount of prana he gains from it causes him to grow dragon heads on his shoulders, three extra sets of arms, more legs and grew exponentially in size, before violently exploding.
  • One-Winged Angel: Agreas Metamorphosis, which grants her the power of the Calydonian Boar she slayed in her legend. For the record, this was a giant beast sent by Atermis that all the heroes of the current time period with the exception of Hercules banded together to hunt.
  • Paint It Black: Agreas Metamorphosis turns her clothing black upon activation, the same color as the Calydonian Boar's hide. For extra measure, she's actually wearing its hide.
  • Raised By Bears: Because of this, she has the same egotism and view on life and death as an animal, for example considering stealing food from others a natural action to survive.

    Lancer 

Karna

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The invincible Anti-Villain of the Mahabharata. Karna is summoned as a Lancer-class Servant, although he is also eligible for the Rider and Archer classes.

His Noble Phantasms are "Kavacha and Kundala: O Surya, Become Armor", his armor and earrings made of solidified sunlight; "Brahmastra Kundala: O Brahma, Curse Me", an Anti-Army/Anti-Country projectile said to have firepower equal to that of nuclear weaponry; and "Vasavi Shakti: O Sun, Abide to Death", where Karna gives his armor to the Thunder God Indra, but in return is allowed to use Indra's almighty weapon once, a spear that is able to kill even Divine Spirits with ease.

  • Affably Evil: He is pitifully nice, but he is under the direct commands of Shirou Kotomine and he serves without complaint.
  • Agent Peacock: The strongest Servant in the war and quite the Bishōnen.
  • Always Accurate Attack: His Brahmastra Kundala is an Anti-Country Noble Phantasm that can never miss.
  • Anti-Magic: Rank C, making him immune to Magecraft with less than two verses of aria. However, due to his immortal armor, the effective rank far higher than that, since all magic is reduced to 1/10th of it's original strength before it afflicts him.
  • Armor of Invincibility: Kavacha and Kundala, a coat of armor and earrings made of solidified sunlight that is stated to be "difficult to destroy even for the gods." They reduce all damage he takes by 9/10th's of its value before taking into account his natural defense, rendering him all but invulnerable in combat.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: He may be powerful, but he requires a ruinous mana upkeep to fight at full strength. Even when holding back, he fights at such a level that he will paralyze an ordinary Master through sheer upkeep alone.
  • Badass: Apocrypha's poster boy of this: Not only is Jeanne and Siegfried scared shitless of his sheer power , with Jeanne's Revelations calling him "A Servant dangerous beyond compare", he fights Siegfried to a complete standstill while partially overcoming the Armor of Fafnir with sheer skill. In Volume 2, he also lays the smack so thickly on Vlad III, the strongest Black Servant, that Darnic has to use Legend of Dracula and make Vlad flee to survive. The novel's claim of Karna being a "Gilgamesh-level Heroic Spirit" has not rung hollow so far.
  • Badass Boast: Claims that there is little difference between fighting Siegfried and Ruler one by one, or at the same time. The narration mentions that to Karna, this is not a boast of overconfidence, but the simple truth of a man who cannot lie.
  • Badass Cape: One made of the fire of the sun no less.
  • BFSpear: His spear is far taller than he is, with a blade the size of a surfboard, boggling Jeanne as to how a human could ever wield such a thing. It is described lovingly as a work of art more than it is a weapon.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Kavacha and Kundala is Sanskrit for "Armor" and "Earrings" respectively, referring to how he was born with his immortalizing golden armor-skin and earrings.
  • Bishōnen: Jeanne even notes that every part of him, from his unkempt hair to his golden armor, is beautiful in its own right, but becomes scary when combined with his demeanor.
  • Blade on a Stick: Brahmastra has appropriately taken the form of a spear instead of a projectile to fit his Class better.
  • Blood Knight: His excitement at fighting someone as strong as Siegfried is described as "a passion like a blazing inferno".
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He separates himself completely from morality since he is able to see the good in even the most horrid of crimes. When ordered to kill the supervisor of the War, who is supposed to not be targeted by any participant, he doesn't even question the order, though he does find it a strange thing to do.
  • Body Horror: He has weird golden growths on his chest along with a gemstone with some sickly veins. This is because his "armor" is actually part of his skin. If concept art is to be trusted, the spiky parts of his armor actually stab into his flesh. Also suffers this when Vlad impales him from the inside out with Kazikli Bei, although it does negligible damage.
  • Born Unlucky: Up to Eleven. Even though Karna was a warrior god on the battlefield, his life was awful, unfair and dishonorable to the point of him being a Cosmic Plaything. Lampshaded by his Luck rank being D.
  • Brutal Honesty: Since he has the ability to read someone's proper self and see through their lies, he often ends up saying things he really shouldn't. While this makes him come across as callous to his peers, there is no ill will behind his words and he's merely trying to make things better by critiquing the things around him... not that anyone would get that at a glance.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Using Vasavi Shakti decimates his body completely, to the degree where Siegfried can strike him down with one decisive blow afterwards.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: His stare is intimidating to the extreme. Jeanne even compares its piercing sharpness to a blade.
  • Deadpan Snarker: According to a line from the Mahabharata, "His teeth are like arrows and swords, and his tongue a spear". This trait manages to piss off Gordes Yggdmillenia at the speed of a freight train.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: He consumes extraordinary amounts of Prana so he cannot go all-out in a fight without risking death by Prana starvation. Due to how obscenely powerful he is, it hasn't make much of a difference so far, even when faced with the strongest of the Black Servants.
  • The Dreaded: Jeanne's revelation warns her that Karna is "dangerous beyond compare", and Siegfried is terrified when he realizes that Karna is powerful enough to damage him. This is all despite the fact that Karna has yet to unleash his full power, as doing so would drain significant amounts of mana.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Weaponised. In life many of Karna's deeds went unrecognized for various reasons. As such, his attributes will appear to be one rank lower than they really are to his opponents, unless his true identity is revealed.
  • Fantastic Nuke: Brahmastra Kundala. The Noble Phantasm is described as an Anti-Country Noble Phantasm that is said to be "comparable to nuclear weapons".
  • Fatal Flaw: Karna's lack of understanding of the subtleties human emotions. He has never learned this in life, and it carries over to the Grail War. This manifests as several flaws such as Brutal Honesty. Also, his Blue and Orange Morality causes him to think everything that happens around him as natural has caused him to have Undying Loyalty bordering on Blind Obedience towards Shirou Kotomine because by helping him, he is still effectively aiding his original Master.
    • That last part is Subverted. Karna has absolutely no loyalty towards Shirou Kotomine whatsoever, and doesn't even regard him as his Master once he takes ownership of Karna's Master's Command Spells, as all the other Red Faction Servants do. His obedience comes from his desire to protect his true Master, who Shirou has taken captive.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: While his armor heavily invokes this trope, it is not actually gold, and instead crystallized sunlight forged by his father Surya.
  • Guyliner: A dark red to match his cape.
  • Hard Light: His impenetrable armor-skin is made of solid sunlight.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Due to his mana issues, he has to keep a lower profile most of the time, though he is still extremely powerful even then. When he finally goes all out in Volume 5, Sieg!fried can barely even defend against him at all, despite having exceeded the original Siegfried in power.
  • I Am the Noun: When asked by Shirou Kotomine as to what his wish is, Karna responds that he doesn't have one, because "I am just a spear". Everyone present is thoroughly shocked that his only thing even resembling a desire is to rematch with Siegfried.
  • Implacable Man: Absolutely nothing short of having his innards impaled by Vlad's stakes from the inside out has done anything but mildly inconvenience him.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: To the point where his skill alone is said to step into the realm of the gods.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Vasavi Shakti, the almighty weapon of the Thunder God Indra which he is allowed to use once because Indra felt guilty about exploiting his endless kindness by asking for his armor and earrings.
  • Incendiary Exponent: His Prana Burst (Flames) skill imbues all of his weapons with flames.
  • Invincible Villain: His frequent comparison to Gilgamesh from Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night is no joke, as he almost flattens resident Invincible Hero Jeanne in seconds with the Brahmastra, fights Siegfried to a draw that was somewhat in Karna's favor and beats Vlad III so badly that Darnic has to blow all three of his Command Spells, fuse with Vlad and flee for dear life to survive. When he finally gives it his all, even Sieg!fried doesn't stand a chance.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: An interesting example in that while Karna is a saintly All-Loving Hero to the very core, as he never learned the subtleties of human emotion, he comes off as a blunt dick who pricks and prods at the hidden feelings, emotions and secrets of all those he meets.
  • The Juggernaut: He's everything short of completely invincible and confirmed to be the strongest Servant in the entire war, able to easily defeat Vlad III on his own. Shirou Kotomine reasons that no Servant in the war besides Achilles holds even a candle to him.
  • Just Toying with Them: Completely averted. When Jeanne finally shows up, he instantly prepares to fire Brahmastra Kundala at her, which is implied to be capable of killing her had Siegfried not attacked him before it was thrown.
  • Kill the God: His Vasavi Shakti Noble Phantasm is a single-use spear of lightning powerful enough to be considered of "Anti-God" power.
  • Lawful Good. His In-Universe alignment. Even Jeanne recognizes him as one of impeccably pure and noble character.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Karna is incredibly fast, nearly-immortal and strikes with enough force to dent Siegfried's immortal body.
  • Living Lie Detector: Karna physically cannot be deceived and can see through the personality and thoughts of others.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Karna may actually have reached a whole new level of this. During his fight with Vlad, he notices at one point that his stomach begins to churn. Not two pages later, wooden stakes start impaling him from the inside out. His response is to look slightly annoyed before burning the stakes away.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: This is actually a superpower of his: he was so isolated from society that he learned to read the personality and thoughts of others.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Incredibly thin, but still has the strength to pierce Siegfried's Armor of Fafnir through a combination of strength, inhuman skill and the power of his weapon.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Kavacha and Kundala reduces all damages Karna takes, magical, physical or even conceptual, to one tenth of its original value. This, in combination with the ridiculous toughness of the Kavacha and Kundala, makes him all but immortal.
  • Noble Demon: He takes commands from Shirou Kotomine and does so with Undying Loyalty. He´s also a really nice guy.
  • No Social Skills: See Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Because he grew up without the love and care of his mother, he never learned the subtle parts of human emotion. In combination with his ability to read people's inner self and see through their lies, he exposes people's secrets and prods at the emotions they want to hide away. Because of this, he was forced to fight a lot of people in life that saw him as "a man who denies and hates everything" when in fact the opposite is true.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Simply by the extension of the fact that he has a Noble Phantasm that is equivalent to a modern nuclear weapon, and one that can kill a god.
  • Playing with Fire: Has A-Rank Prana Burst (Flames), which sets all the weapons he wields on fire with the flames of the sun. He can also use this to create enormous pillars of fire around himself to stop attacks.
  • Power Gives You Wings: He is able to grow giant wings of fire for a few seconds at a time, only limited from having them permanently due to a lack of prana.
  • The Power of the Sun: His armor is made of solid sunlight, making it completely impervious to damage. His fire-based Brahmastra Kundala and Prana Burst (Flames) also ignite the weapon he holds with the flames of the sun. He can also eject gouts of sunfire from the golden parts of his armor at will.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He's evil because he's on the Big Bad's team and is loyal to his superiors no matter what. That's it.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: His Noble Phantasm statistic is EX, which indicates that one of his Noble Phantasms (later revealed to be Vasavi Shakti) is so powerful that no other rank can do it justice.
  • Red Baron: "Son of the Sun God".
  • Semi-Divine: As written above, he is the son of Surya and became one with him as a god after his death, so he has an A rank in Divinity.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Giant floating sun-shaped shoulders that holds his Badass Cape of fire in place.
  • The Stoic: Karna rarely shows any emotion simply because he perceives things as "normal" and therefore has no reason to be emotive, but in reality he is a gentle man who is always deep in thought.
  • Story-Breaker Power: While Karna is weaker than he was in the legends about him, he is still so ridiculously powerful that not even Siegfried and Vlad III can do any significant damage to him. The revelation that he has still not fought at his full potential is horrifying to say the least, and when he finally does so in Volume 5, not even Sieg!fried, who by this point has surpassed even the original Siegfried in strength and is possibly the strongest Servant remaining, can do much more than stay alive against him.
  • Super Strength: Siegfried reasons that his strength is nothing short of absurd, given that it combined with his godlike skill can pierce his Armor of Fafnir.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Karna's Vasavi Shakti is a javelin so powerful it can even kill gods, but Karna has to give up the armor that protects him to activate it and It Only Works Once. In addition, it also weakens him greatly upon usage, to the point that it was the only reason Sieg!fried was able to beat him.
  • Undying Loyalty: He serves without question anyone with authority over him because that is how a subordinate should be. Even if they are undoubtedly evil and have him commit horrible crimes, he will follow them to the depths of hell itself. This is shown when Shirou orders him to kill Ruler, a breach of the rules of the War. He immediately replies "Understood" and hunts her down with not even a speck on emotion showing on his face. When Karna is asked by Jeanne why his Master would order such a thing, he answers "I do not know" and proceeds to attack.
  • Warrior Prince: Though he eventually became The Good King of the city state of Anga.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: According to his backstory, he single-handedly waged war with an entire kingdom after they insulted his foster father (who only adopted him out of greed). Karna didn't fall until Indra stole his armor from him, and even then his only equal in combat was Arjuna.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. Karna is the embodiment of All-Loving Hero, Undying Loyalty and Lawful Good.
  • Worthy Opponent: He considers Siegfried a great warrior and wishes to fight him again. He gets his wish when Sieg!fried challenges him during the climax of the War.

    Rider 

Achilles

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The hero of The Iliad and Chiron (Archer of Black)'s pupil in life.

His Noble Phantasms are "Troias Tragoidia: Tempestuous Immortal Chariot", his flying chariot drawn by three Divine horses that can execute a charge attack similar in fashion to a lawnmower; "Dromeus Cometes: Comet Form", an ability he has as the fastest hero when he is not on his chariot that makes him so fast that he is basically teleporting, yet also forces him to expose his Achilles' Heel; "Andres Amarantos: Amaranth of the Brave", which reduces damage from enemies lacking Divinity on par with his own (and entirely nullifies damage from the non-divine) if they strike anywhere other than said Achilles' Heel and "Diatrecon Aster Logche: The Spearhead of the Star Traversing the Sky", which recreates a sealed dimension within which Achilles and his target of choice must duke it out with their bare hands, with no divine intervention or outside help being able to intervene. His final Noble Phantasm is "Achilles Cosmos: The Azure Sky Protecting This Small World", which is the mythical Shield of Achilles that represents the entire world, and can protect him or anyone else from outside harm by phasing into the world depicted on the shield.

  • Achilles' Heel: He represents the Trope Namer, so of course his heel is his main weak point. However, sufficiently divine beings can harm him on other body parts, and he is able to kick Chiron in the face, heel-first, without suffering injury. He does intentionally dodge an arrow-shot aimed at his heel when he is knocked off his feet during a fight. Turns out, being hit in the heel actually deactivates Andreas Amarantos, leaving him vulnerable, but still perfectly capable of kicking ass.
  • Badass: Said to not only be one of the most powerful Servants that can ever be summoned, but also the only Servant in the war that can stand up to Karna. He shows just a small part of this off by manhandling Siegfried and fighting his master Chiron, the only enemy Servant who can ignore his invulnerability, on equal ground.
  • Badass Boast: Towards Siegfried and Frankenstein:
    Achilles: "I'm the Rider of the Red. Oh, you don't need to worry - I didn't already lose my steed before the war has even started. It's just such a waste to bring it out against just two opponents. I'd much rather ride out against all seven at once."
    Achilles: "Come... I'll let you feel what a true warrior is."
  • Bishōnen: Are you even surprised at this point?
  • Blade on a Stick: His black spear is one of his Noble Phantasms.
  • Blood Knight: To the point where he is excited that someone can actually hurt him. He also refuses to spar with Karna in Volume 3, since he believes anything short of a battle to the death would be an insult to both their prides.
  • Blood Upgrade: When Chiron first shoots him in the shoulder and draws blood, he gets extremely happy, seeming to look at his immortality as something that makes his battles boring instead of a blessing.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He's told to be the kind of "charming man that could get even a virtuous housewife flustered with but a greeting". He also flirts with Atalanta, as discussed by Semiramis:
    Assassin of Red: "He went after Archer, it seems... As expected of our Rider, I suppose. Archer and he hail from the same lands, after all - almost certainly, he is making advances at her even as they pursue him."
  • Cool Horses: His chariot is pulled by three Divine horses, Balius, Xanthius and Pedasos.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Literally. The Gods of Olympus have cursed Achilles with Andres Amarantos, making him immune to attacks from anyone who doesn't have a Divinity rank, and mitigating damage from those who do, but bear a rank lower than he does, with exception to attacks to his heel.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not Achilles himself, but one of his horses actually displays this trait in Volume 4.
  • Fatal Flaw: Chiron points out that he has a hard time fighting people he was once friendly with.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Chiron, his teacher.
  • Game-Breaking Injury/Brought Down to Badass: Being injured in the heel causes him to permanently lose access to Andres Amarantos, leaving him mortal once again. However, he still has absurdly high stats regardless and can fight with the best.
  • Hot-Blooded: Eagerly accepts when his teacher Chiron challenges him.
  • I Can Still Fight: As he possesses A-ranked Battle Continuation, he is entirely capable of this, even if his heel or heart is pierced.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Andres Amarantos can be bypassed by "friendly" acts. As a vampire bite is a friendly act by being an invitation to the vampire's clan, this nearly gets him vampirized by Dracula.
  • Lightning Bruiser: B+ Strength, A Endurance, and A+ Agility.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Achilles Cosmos, which can protect him from any attack short of an Anti-World one. He bequeaths the shield to Astolfo to protect Sieg from Karna's Vasavi Shakti, but the attack still horribly mangles Astolfo and the shield is destroyed in the process.
  • Momma's Boy: His wish is to fulfill a promise he made to his mother; To live and die like a proper God. One of his Skills, Affection of the Goddess, gives him a rank up in all Parameters except Luck and Mana through the blessings of his mother.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Played with. When Chiron snipes him in Volume 1, he shows extreme excitement that someone can actually hurt him.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: His immortal body, with the exception of his heel, cannot be harmed by anyone lacking a Divinity rank (and even those who do deal significantly reduced damage unless their Divinity rank is high enough). This is as absurd as it sounds.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: His attitude towards Chiron.
  • Popularity Power: In-universe. Like all Heroic Spirits, Rider's power is increased by how famous he is. As Achilles, he is absurdly strong in this regard. The narration refers to him as one of the ten most popular heroes in the world.

    Caster 

Shakespeare

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The world famous playwright summoned into the Caster Class. A master of story writing, Shakespeare's main desire is to witness a grand tale of unparalleled beauty. Since he never was an actual magic-user of any type, he has very little ability in direct combat; however, he can effectively power up his Master, and his skills and Noble Phantasm can be deadly if used properly.

His Noble Phantasm is "First Folio: When the Curtain Rises, the Applause Shall Be As Ten Thousand Thunders", a book that can alter any event within his sight provided he is not outscaled in every single stat by the persons involved. Before the Re Tool, he also had "The Globe: Seat of the King," an ability to flawlessly impersonate any other person's likeness and behavior, which he would use for social engineering.

  • Affably Evil: Fittingly of a 15th century Brit, he´s an absolute gentleman to the core. He´s also quite obviously up to no good.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When Archer and Rider volunteer to vanguard the Red Faction's attack against the Black Faction, Caster asks if they'd like him to write a love story in their honor. Achilles accepts, while Atalanta declines; Shakespeare combines their requests and decides to write a tragic story of unrequited love.
  • Co-Dragons: With Semiramis, towards Shirou.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Due to his grasp of narrative structure, Shakespeare is obsessed with finding the 'Protagonist' of the story. He also recognizes modern literary concepts such as "Death-Flagging."
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Gets this twice. His First Folio lets him effortlessly defeat anyone with lower stats than him, but his stats are terribly low. His general weakness and support-only magic balances out Semiramis having two classes, one of them being Caster as well.
  • Ship Tease: After offering to write a poem to honor the first to attack the Black Faction, both Archer and Rider volunteer. He asks them if they'd like a love story - see Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs for the result.
  • Story-Breaker Power: In theory. He can not only delete people from existence with First Folio as long as they don't outscale him in every single stat, but can also create Noble Phantasm-tier weaponry from mundane objects.
  • Super Empowering: His Enchant skill, which he can use to enhance almost anything. He uses this to enhance a Katana Shirou Kotomine recovered from Japan, making it as strong as a C-Rank Noble Phantasm.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: Is capable of making a flawless retreat at any time as long as his Master is safe.
  • True Neutral: His In-Universe alignment.
  • Villainous Friendship: He´s good friends with Shirou and calls him Master, and is his Co-Dragons together with Semiramis.

    Berserker 

Spartacus

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The Roman Gladiator who led a slave rebellion over a thousand years ago. Spartacus is summoned as a Berserker. He has been captured by Black team through a combination of Vlad's Noble Phantasm and Avicebron's golems melting on top of him.

His Noble Phantasm is "Crying Warmonger: The Howl of the Wounded Beast", which converts the damage he takes into Prana, making him more and more powerful the more wounded he is.

  • Badass: Despite being a low-tier Servant with dreadful stats besides Strength and Endurance, he is mighty enough to push Lancer into using Kazikli Bei to avoid their fight either lasting forever or at least heavy damaging the Black HQ. Even then he survives being impaled with 5 giant lances and is then dogpiled by Caster's Golems, who trap him.
  • The Berserker: Duh.
  • Body Horror: As he takes more and more hits and gains more and more prana, Spartacus begins growing into a gigantic monster version of himself with eight arms, legs and dragon heads growing out of his shoulders.
  • Brainwashed: Avicebron reprograms his mind to fight for the Black Team.
  • Charged Attack: Some of the damage dealt to Spartacus is converted into prana for him to use; almost killing him is the worst possible thing for an opponent to do.
  • Combat Sado Masochist: Spartacus accumulates more prana the more he gets hurt, thus getting a power boost from it. A possible case of Blessed with Suck in the similar vein of Avenger from Fate/hollow ataraxia.
  • Gonk: Notably, he and Gordes Yggdmillenia are the only two male characters that aren't either rugged handsome or Bishōnen.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Black Team reprogram him to working for them, although it is only partial as he is still insane.
  • Heroic Resolve: To the extent that Spartacus cannot fight at full power unless he has sustained injuries.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Spartacus's Noble Phantasm, Crying Warmonger. Whenever Spartacus is injured part of the damage is converted into Prana, raising his physical abilities.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Lancer of Black when he tries storming the Black HQ
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: As he grows huger and huger, he starts growing two Dragon heads on his shoulders.
  • Killed Off for Real: Uses his suicidal explosion to try and kill Jeanne, but her magical banner blocks it.
  • Large Ham: Has a tendency to get boisterous and dramatic when the battle gets going, which doesn't quite fit with the usual Berserker-class lack of communication.
    Spartacus: "O oppressors, your time is nigh! Your pride shall be vanquished, your conceits of superiority routed!"
  • Made of Iron: Has EX Rank Endurance. Displays it when He survives a beatdown at the hands of Lancer of Black, then getting impaled with 5 giant pikes from Kazikli Bei. His reaction? Grinning violently at Lancer while he gets trapped by Caster's Golems.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Spartacus is utterly obsessed with "making the hard choices" and believes that oppression gives the oppressed the strength to eventually rise up. Therefore, he doesn't have a wish to make with the Holy Grail.
  • Person of Mass Destruction/Fantastic Nuke:His suicidal explosion ends up destroying two thirds of the Yggdmillenia Fortress, the entire battlefield where the Servants have been fighting and all the Homunculi and Dragon Tooth Warriors.
  • Rated M for Manly: It was entirely inevitable.
    Spartacus: "To me, the word "wait" does not exist."
  • Red Baron: The Gladiator.
  • Slasher Smile: Goes without saying, just look at him.
  • Stripperiffic: Male example, he's dressed like a BDSM participant.
  • Taking You with Me: Spartacus can release all the Prana accumulated in his body in one massive blast right before he dies. As he hits his maximum capacity of mana, he explodes violently, destroying all the Dragon Tooth Warriors, Homunculi and two-thirds of the Yggdmillenia Fortress, but ultimately not killing any Servants.
  • True Neutral: His In-Universe alignment.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Shakespeare totally didn´t goad him into singlehandedly charging the Yggdmillenia Fortress.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Suplexes five golems at once.
  • Zerg Rush: Suffers this from Caster of Black's golems once his been impaled by Lancer of Black's spikes, who then melt themselves on top of him, trapping him.

    Assassin 

Semiramis

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A legendary queen who ruled over the ancient Assyrian Empire. Although she also qualifies for the Caster class, she is summoned as an Assassin-class Servant and uses poison as her main weapon.

Her Noble Phantasm is the "Hanging Gardens of Babylon: Aerial Garden of Vanity", a huge, floating fortress the Red Faction uses as its base of operations. She possesses a second Noble Phantasm without details or a name revealed yet. She has a second Noble Phantasm by the name of "Sikera Ušum: Arrogant King's Alcohol", which makes her immune to all poison and lets her conjure all forms of poison as long as she remains in the Hanging Garden's throne room.

  • The Archmage: Within the Hanging Gardens, she has magical powers grand enough that they step into the realm of True Magic.
  • Black Magic: Qualifies as a Caster, and even as an Assassin most of her skillset still revolves around magic because she is an exceedingly rare "Double Summon".
  • Cannon Fodder: Her Dragon Tooth Warriors lack strength and skill, but make up for it with numbers.
  • Character Alignment: Lawful Evil.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: In her original legend.
  • Co-Dragons: With Shakespeare, for Shirou Kotomine.
  • Combat Stilettos
  • Crippling Overspecialization: As a result of the Hanging Gardens not being her proper Noble Phantasm, it weakens her to the point where she's nearly useless outside of it when it is complete.
  • Hot and Psycho: She's quite sociable and incredibly beautiful, but lets off "a degenerate atmosphere".
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even she thinks Shakespeare is a bit of a nutcase.
  • Everyone Can See It: By Volume 4, it is hilariously obvious to the entire Red faction that she's head-over-heels for Shirou.
    Semiramis: "Do you really think I would not betray him?"
    Karna: "That's ridiculous. Are you a paranoid woman who kill those you love?"
    Semiramis: "W-w-w-what?!"
  • Friend to All Living Things: She uses dove familiars as scouts.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Perhaps the very first example of this.
  • Gravity Master: On top of being a flying castle, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon's anti-gravity field can be extended and reversed, allowing Semiramis to scoop the Greater Grail right out under the feet of Yggdmillenia. This is what forces Darnic and Vlad to attack the Gardens even though it would disadvantageous for them.
  • Home Field Advantage: Inside the Hanging Gardens, Semiramis is ludicrously powerful, able to cast Greater Rituals with a flick of her wrist. As a tradeoff, her abilities are pretty subpar outside of it.
  • Nonindicative Name: Her magic being far more useful than her assassination skills, she is in effect the Red faction's Caster servant.
  • Ominous Floating Castle: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, her Noble Phantasm.
  • Pointy Ears: Possibly a sign of her non-human heritage.
  • Poison Is Evil: In the material book, there's a sketch where she is shown to able make a rain of poison, ouch...
  • Rapunzel Hair: The novel illustration version (by Ototsugu Konoe) got this even more than the one in the material book version (by Shidzuki Morii). It's so long that it drags along the ground!
  • Red Baron: The Wise Queen of Assyria.
  • Required Secondary Powers: The Invisibility Flicker usually caused by attacking while using Presence Concealment gives Semiramis a specific exception when poisoning people.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: It's noted In-Universe that Semiramis is not the true creator of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which is why she needs materials and a ritual to recreate it as her Noble Phantasm.
  • Semi-Divine: Her mother was divine, her father wasn't.
  • Stealth Expert: She has the Assassin-class Presence Concealment skill at Rank C+. It´s so effective that Mordred can´t even notice her from across a table, and the plus refers to her Required Secondary Powers.
  • Summon Magic/Enemy Summoner: She uses the amplified powers that The Hanging Gardens give her to create three thousand Dragon Tooth Warriors, similar to those of the Caster from Fate/stay night. Her allies note that this is a large amount even for a Servant.
  • Superpower Lottery: Semiramis is an extremely rare "Double Summon", possessing the abilities of both a Caster and an Assassin.
  • Unobtainium: To create the Hanging Guardens, Semiramis requires a large amount of rock and dirt and other pieces of nature from her homeland Assyria, now modern Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Ur-Example: Of murder by poisoning.
  • Villainous Friendship: With her Master, who she is genuinely fond of.
  • Wave Motion Gun: She blasts Astolfo out of the sky when he tries assaulting the Hanging Gardens with his mount with a magical blast so powerful that it not only disables his Hippogryph from use for a while, but actually overwhelms Astolfo's A-rank Magic Resistance from his book Noble Phantasm, clocking out as an EX-rank attack.

Masters

Black Faction Masters

    Yggdmillenia in General 

  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Just like the Magus Association they want to reach the Root of Magic, but they do not want to be restricted in their studies.

    Darnic Prestone Yggdmillenia 
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Master of Lancer of Black. He is almost a century old despite looking in his 20s. He plundered the Holy Grail from the Third Holy Grail War of Fuyuki.

  • Affably Evil: Fiore notes that her "grandfather" is pleasant in conversation but also holds a deep fear of him because those who defy him are thrown out of the Yggdmillenia network and left as a miserable fugitive.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the leader of Yggdmillenia and is the Master of Vlad the Impaler, the strongest servant on Black Team. Also very much implied to be the most powerful member of Yggdmillenia.
  • Badass: Darnic used to hold the title of "Grand", the highest achievable rank in the Magus Association besides "King" or "Queen", reserved for the headmaster and Vice-Director respectively, at the age of 30. While in control of Dracula's body, he takes on six Servants by himself and forces a tie.
  • Badass Grandpa: Though he does not look the part.
  • Badass Teacher: Darnic used to be one of the instructors in the Clock Tower before he participated in the Third Holy Grail War.
  • Bad Boss: He doesn´t care about any of the Yggdmillenia members besides Fiore.
Big Bad Wannabe: Despite appearing to be the main villains, Vlad and Darnic are easily killed by Shirou, who becomes the real villain of the series.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Offscreen, when Gordes uses a Command Seal to force Siegfried to use his Noble Phantasm against Rider of Red note  a message from Chiron sends Darnic running to Gordes to make him use another Command Seal to counteract the first.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His soul-devouring ritual runs the risk of completely killing him if even the slightest errors are present, to the point he only performed it three times and in the most perfect circumstances he could achieve. Even then, if he performed it one more time in the present, the "Darnic" as we know him would cease to exist.
  • Death of Personality: The eventual price of a human devouring souls. It's described that every time he performs the ritual, the old "Darnic" is slowly being replaced by "someone else", to the point that by the present if he performed the ritual one more time, the man called "Darnic Prestone Yggdmillenia" would no longer exist, even if he still had all his old memories.
  • Fusion Dance: Darnic uses a "soul-carving" spell to fuse his soul onto Dracula's against when Vlad is getting wrecked by Karna. It makes them absurdly powerful, but also extremely vulnerable to Shirou's Baptismal Sacrament.
  • Manipulative Bastard: His incredible negotiation skills and manipulative ability is the only reason Yggdmillenia wasn´t eliminated decades ago.
  • Older Than They Look: He was already an incredibly powerful magus back when Nazi Germany was still a thing. He's at least 100 years old as of the story´s beginning. He doesn´t even show a single wrinkle. His secret is revealed in Volume 2; he eats souls similar to his own, similarly to how Servants can gain mana by consuming souls.
  • Out-Gambitted: After Shirou deliberately cut the Red Servants's prana temporarily, Darnic!Dracula makes a break for the Grail, wanting to attempt to activate it prematurely to grant a wish that could be done with only 2 Servants's souls, like restoring him to full power. However, he is rudely interrupted by Shirou pinning him to the wall with Black Keys before being pulverized by Shirou's Exorcism.
    • On a larger scale, Darnic relied on the fact that he had years of preparation while the Association had to make due with two months preparation. Unfortunately for him though, one of the Masters the Association sent had also been preparing for as long as he had, and by the end of Volume 2, thanks in part to several unfavorable events for Yggdmillenia, the Black side ends up severely crippled, the Greater Grail changes hands, and of course, Darnic himself ends up dead.
  • Red Baron: Eight-Forked Tongue.
  • Staff of Authority: Carries a cross between a jeweled staff and a cane.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Got the Nazis to plunder the Greater Grail of Fuyuki, but backstabbed them along the way and took it for himself.
  • Villainous Friendship: He has the utmost respect for Lancer and appreciates his tenacity and zeal towards achieving his wish. This gets horribly subverted when Darnic uses his Command Spells to possess him.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Introduced as an extremely powerful magus who seemed to have a central role to the story, yet he is killed off not even halfway through together with his Servant by the true Big Bad.
  • Wham Line: Before Darnic dies, he recognises Shirou's true identity - That of a Servant who fought in the 3rd Grail war, Amakusa Shirō Tokisada - a Japanese Christian Apocryphal Saint.
  • The Worf Effect: He is an extremely powerful magus with an extremely powerful Servant, who happened to mess with the wrong Saint.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Set up events leading up to the war for seventy years, predicting even the Clock Tower´s attempt at retaking the Grail.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

    Gordes Musik Yggdmillenia 
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Master of Saber of Black.

  • Alchemy Is Magic: Claims he´s a better alchemist than the Einzbern family, though by the fact that he cannot create Homunculi with the innards of a Phantasmal Species he´s wrong. He´s still quite talented though.
  • Anatomy Arsenal: He reveals the ability to turn his limbs into solid metal late in Volume 1, and uses it to fight the Homunculus.
  • Badass: Suprisingly enough. He beats down Sieg, a Homunculus with far greater Circuits than he does, even turning out mostly unharmed from a point-blank explosion caused by his creation, before laying him out in a complete smackdown.
  • Blond Guys Are Somewhat Dickish.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After The loss of Siegfried and Homunculus, he spends all his time drinking and crying.
  • Evil Genius: Though it would be hard to reach the level his ego projects, Gordes really is quite skilled. He devised the homunculus fuel system that gives the Black faction a serious edge on the field of battle and it is mentioned his acquiring the catalyst of a hero on par with Siegfried required more than just good luck.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Avicebron plans to use him as the mana-generating core of his Noble Phantasm. Gordes is spared by Avicebron opting to use Roche instead when Shirou offers him a place on Red Team.

    Fiore Forvedge Yggdmillenia 
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Master of Archer of Black, and Darnic's assumed successor.

  • All Loving Heroine: She is incredibly nice and gentle, and her smile is highly contagious. After she has to take up the reins of Yggdmillenia, Caules and Chiron are both seriously concerned that she is simply too kind for the job.
  • Badass Adorable: One of the two greatest Magi of Yggdmillenia alongside Darnic, and adorable beyond all comprehension.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Just look at her.
  • BFG: One of her mechanical arms, the Iron Hammer of Mars, is a magical heavy machine gun that shoots bullets of light and can completely decimate defensive Boundary Fields in a matter of seconds.
  • Bodyguard Crush: She´s noted to be looking embassered and flustered after introducing herself to Chiron. Time will tell if it becomes anything more.
  • Born Winner: According to Darnic, she´s the only member of Yggdmillenia who was born with incredible talent, as the family is usually Quantity Over Quality.
  • Briefcase Blaster: Uses a suitcase to easily carry her Mystic Code around.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Caules' Cain, before Caules' Re Tool.
  • Cool Big Sis: She really does love her little brother, but he is jealous of her talent and Superpowerful Genetics.
  • Disabled Hottie: Wheelchair bound and still extremely cute.
  • The Dragon: Darnic´s most trusted "family member".
  • Everyone Has Standards: Decides that killing Reika and Assassin of Black is the best course of action as they killed Sagara Hyouma, who belonged to the Yggdmillenia, and because they are harmful to not just both sides of the war, but also the civilian populace.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears a glove with oddly shaped golden attachments on her right hand.
  • Forced to Watch: As a child, she was forced to watch her father use Spirit Evocation to summon a weak Demon inside her dog, causing it to die horribly, to show her how dangerous their family's Magecraft could be. She was also told to not react at all or she would be scolded harshly.
  • Genius Cripple: The only member of Yggdmillenia with any "true talent" according to Darnic.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has an incredibly powerful ability called Spirit Medium, but the very same ability overloaded her body and left her lame from the waist down. Even with such a weakness, Darnic considers her a Magus on level with himself and the extremely powerful mercenaries of Red team.
  • Heroines Love Dogs: As a child, her father gave her and Caules a dog that she loved very much. She later had to watch as her father forced a Demon into the same dog to demonstrate the dangers of Spirit Evocation. Ouch.
  • Heroic RROD: Suffered this at some point in the past, where overuse of her "Spirit Medium" ability left her with defective legs. Her wish for the Holy Grail is to recover the mobility in her legs without sacrificing their Magic Circuits.
  • Item Crafting: She can produce Bronze-Link Manipulators, a type of Mystic Code that can give such a boost to ones power that even a third-rate magus could defeat a master. They manifest as giant mechanical spider legs that can shoot Frickin' Laser Beams.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Light Feminine, compared to Celenike´s Dark Feminine.
  • Min-Maxing: She´s so skilled that she can learn the basics of a type of Magecraft within days but her true power comes from her skill at Spirit Evocation.
  • Morality Pet: To Darnic. She´s the only Yggdmillenia member he gives a damn about.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Bronze-Link Manipulators.
  • Reluctant Scion: She´s a bit hesitant about fighting the Association, as she studied at the Clock Tower, but she´s scared of what Darnic could potentially do to her if she backed out.
  • Ship Tease: With Chiron.
  • Shout-Out: Her wheelchair has wheels marked with "TYRE-BOON".
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She´s a Messianic Archetype and a genius magi whereas her brother is a Man Child with little real talent.
  • Spider Limbs: The true nature of the Bronze-Link Manipulators is to serve as five giant magic-powered spider-like limbs.
  • Squishy Wizard: Extremely talented but is in a wheelchair.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Her "Spirit Medium" power is not something she learned; she was born with it.
  • Succession Crisis: Averted. Everyone in Yggdmillenia besides her brother respects her as a worthy successor to Darnic.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: invoked In-universe example. Her endless cheerfulness and contagious smile has transformed the Yggdmillenia from another gloomy magus alliance to a more friendly and cooperative environment.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Darnic is presumed dead after fusing with Dracula, Fiore takes command of the Yggdmillenia.

    Caules Forvedge Yggdmillenia 
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Master of Berserker of Black, and Fiore's younger brother.

  • Audience Surrogate: To an extent. He's probably the closest to an ordinary person in the story.
  • Badass: Despite being described as a Born Loser in the character materials released before the series began, he is quite possibly the most competent human on Black Team besides Fiore.
  • Little Brother Instinct: Caules has no wish to make for the Grail, he simply desires that his sister survives the war unharmed.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Blocks a shot from Kairi Shishigou that would've otherwise killed or grievously wounded his sister.
  • Big Little Brother: While not nearly as powerful as his sister, he stands taller than her and is extremely protective of her.
  • Necromancer: He can use necromancy to see the last moments of people's lives. This is how he discovers Reika and Jack's plan to assassinate Fiore.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: If Caules had his way, he would be pursuing other, likely safer, walks of life away from Magecraft and letting Fiore get all the credit. Getting the Command Seals basically resulted in being strong-armed into a war he didn't want a part of for a wish he never wanted in the first place. The only real reason he's going along with it is because he wants to protect his sister.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Caules is immature and not that great a magus, whereas Fiore is extremely talented and an All-Loving Hero.
  • Summon Magic: Though he's not particularly good at it.
  • The Unfavorite: No Superpowerful Genetics, only mediocre talent at Magecraft and his Servant, which he was only allowed to summon through a variety of loopholes in the Yggdmillenia infrastructure, is pretty underwhelming due to lack of age or mystery, compared to his sister summoning Chiron. In fact, turns out he originally was considering other avenues of life from the magus one when the Command Seals popped up on his hands and gave him no choice in the matter.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Darnic only has Caules as a Master to abuse his immaturity to have him work as a pawn for him, driven by the desire to show his worth.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Makes up for his average Magecraft abilities with impeccable use of his and others' abilities, being quite possibly the most strategically competent Magus in Yggdmillenia.

    Celenike Icecolle Yggdmillenia 
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Master of Rider of Black.

  • Shotacon: Astolfo´s look is directly in her strike zone, as is an unfortunate homunculus butler.
  • Yandere: Completely obsessed with Astolfo.

    Roche Frain Yggdmillenia 
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Master of Caster of Black who specialized on "Doll Engineering".

  • Bus Crash: It turns out Avicebron used him to power his Noble Phantasm.
  • Custom Uniform: He wears shorts instead of black pants and a tiny tie, as well as a "tag" on his sleeve similar in design to those worn in Nazi Germany.
  • The Cynic: Due to his Parental Abandonment and lack of social interaction, he has no belief in his fellow humans.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Only, you know, with magic.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He´s very nice and polite in front of the other Yggmillenia memebers. in truth however, he´s quite cynical due to being so sheltered from society.
  • Idiot Hair: It´s even curly!
  • Kill the Cutie: Killed by his Servant.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Comes with the fact that he´s thirteen years old.
  • Magic-Powered Pseudoscience: His whole schtick. He´s a pretty mediocre magus but his magic engineering is legendary even in the Association.
  • Magitek: Unlike Gordes, who uses Alchemy to create flesh-and-blood homunculi, Dolls are at least part mechanical. If they are anything like Touko's, though, they are still mostly flesh and blood.
  • No Social Skills: Comes with the fact that he was raised by Golems and not humans. He claims it's similar to how a human can try and communicate all he wants with a cat or dog even though communication between the two are incompatible. In contrast he remembers the face of every Golem he has cared for or has cared for him.
  • Odd Friendship: He and Avicebron may be each other's first friends, and they get along fairly well.
  • Put on a Bus: He's currently absent from the battle together with Avicebron to finish his Noble Phantasm, Which at the start of the war was 3 days from completion.
  • Raised by Golems: The Frain family children are taught and raised by Golems from birth, since the Frain family rarely ever leave their workshops, ever.
  • Senpai Kohai: Has this dynamic going on with his Servant.
  • Student and Master Team: Treats Avicebron as a teacher and respectfully calls him Sensei because they practice the same kind of magic.
  • Teen Genius: He's 13 and already famous for being a world-class Doll engineer.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Rare Male Example.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: His only real role in the story was to be used as the core for Avicebron's Noble Phantasm.

    Reika Rikudou 
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A prostitute who was magically hypnotized by Sagara Hyouma to be his lover. Sagara planned to murder her with a knife to summon Jack the Ripper as Assassin of Black. Instead, Jack cripples (and later murders) Sagara and makes Reika her master.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Despite her tragic backstory, she acts as a surrogate mother for Assassin of Black, wanting to treat her to meals and the like out of kindness.
  • Jerkass: She hates everyone but her own Servant.
  • Kick the Dog: At the end of Volume 3, she shoots Sieg just in case you needed more proof that she is an absolute maniac.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed by Atalanta.
  • Lack of Empathy: She's batshit crazy and murders random civilians and non-Scion Yggdmillenia members pretty much for the fun of it together with Jack.
  • Moral Dissonance: Noted to have no understanding of morals. See Pay Evil unto Evil below for details, and Dark and Troubled Past above for the most probable cause (beyond being possibly "broken" from the beginning).
  • Morality Pet: She becomes this to Assassin of Black, who even calls her "Mother". It also works the other way around, as Assassin of Black is probably the only person to whom she isn't a complete and total asshole.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has larger measurements than Semiramis and an even skimpier dress.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: She leads Assassin of Black to an office building where a heavily corrupt loanshark company operates, when the Servant notes that she will need to consume human souls to sustain her existence since Reika, as a muggle, can't provide her with Prana, and that she prefers evil/corrupt souls.

Red Faction Masters

    The "Red" Faction in General 
  • The Alliance: The Red Team is actually an alliance of six Master-less Servants who are contracted with Shirou Kotomine, who is a Servant himself. At least two of those Servants are not very fond of Shirou.
  • Badass Crew: They are some of the greatest bounty hunter Magi in the world.
  • Neccesary Evil: The Association, who have provided the catalysts and funding for the Red team, is filled with douchebags, stuck-up nobles and Smug Supers, and actually achieving powerful magecraft without their consent is considered enough for them to either trap them to do research in the tower for life or have them executed; but without it, there would be a lot more crazy, unhinged magi on the loose than there currently is.
  • The Order: The Magus Association.
  • One-Man Army/Crew of One: With the exception of Saber of Red, Shirou is the master of all the Red Faction's Servants.
  • Order Versus Chaos: The Order side of things.
  • Quantity vs. Quality: Quality, to Yggdmillenia´s Quantity. Kairi has worked with everyone but Feend and Shirou and claims that they are absolute monsters who destroy their opposition ruthlessly. Too bad they are all peacefully disposed of by Shirou.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Due to only having 2 months to prepare, The Clock Tower decided to send in 4 mercenaries, a Church official and a first-class instructor as their Masters, as getting the Japanese Grail Families involved would take mountains of paperwork and therefor they wouldn't be ready in time.
  • Screw This, We're Outta Here: Kairi and Mordred have semi-defected from the Red Team because they don't trust Shirou Kotomine. Any trope referring to "The Red Team" only revolves around Shiro and the six Red Servants.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Shirou gives the other Masters (except Kairi Shishigou) black tea laced with a Charm Person spell to convince them to give him their Command Spells
  • The Syndicate: The best way to describe the Association, but with magic.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gene, Rottweil, Feend and the Pentel Brothers have all been "peacefully removed" according to Shirou. This involves him convincing them all that the war is basically done already, and that they are winning by a landslide. Volume 3 shows that El-Melloi II finding out about the brainwashed masters may mean that they will return in time for the final battle.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Shirou peacefully obtained all the Red Team Servants from their masters. This involves brainwashing them and sending them back with the sum of money they were promised, taken straight from the Holy Church's funds.

    Kairi Shishigou 
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Saber of Red's Master. A freelance magus hired by Rocco Berufeban and sent by the Magus Association.

  • Abnormal Ammo: Shishigou doesn't use bullets; He uses enchanted human fingers.
  • Badass: Anyone who can almost kill Fiore Yggdmillenia in a one-versus-one fight deserves the title.
  • Badass Chinstrap
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Calls Saber of Red's rebellion against her father, King Arthur, "a courageous act".
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Mordred complains about them having to live in a crypt to use the leylines (To no avail because of Lancer´s Demonic Defender of The State), Kairi tells her she can have the better sleeping bag.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: This is the guy who looks like a biker gang member and uses human hearts as grenades and fingers as bullets, and he´s actually a fairly good guy.
  • Deal with the Devil: Kairi's family, a European mage line that trekked to Japan, made a deal with something in Japan to save their Magus blood from dying out and give them the power of necromancy somewhere in the distant past, but in return, somewhere down the line the family would die out, which manifests in Kairi being sterile.
  • Expy: Of Kiritsugu Emiya - he properly distrusts other Masters even when they offer him alliances, summoned a Saber-class Servant from Arthurian legend, and fights mages using modern weapons (including guns with unusual ammunition) despite being a mage.
  • Face of a Thug: He mentions constantly getting pulled over by the police and security because of how he looks and students run from him in terror. He doesn't seem too bad.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Fights mages using magecraft-enhanced weapons.
  • Foreshadowing: By creating a dagger out of a hydra's corpse, Kairi has unknowingly recreated the thing that killed Chiron in life, more specifically hydra poison.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a sweet, studded leather jacket that looks straight out of a biker gang.
  • Homing Projectile: His finger bullets automatically seek out his opponent's hearts.
  • Hunk: Huge, muscular and manly.
  • Human Resources: Uses chalk made from Magi bones and blood, human fingers as Abnormal Ammo, and human hearts filled with teeth and nails as grenades.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Averted. He points out that he literally just has to pull the trigger on his shotgun to sent out a swarm of heat-seeking projectiles, requiring little to no actual skill.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He´s money-grubbing, brunt, somewhat dickish and practices a rather morbid type of Magecraft, but there are no hints that he´s really evil.
  • Knife Nut: Creates a poisonous dagger from a couple of the juvenile hydra's heads.
  • Magitek: His shotgun is treated with a variety of thaumaturgic rituals.
  • Necromancer: And quite a skilled one, at that. He makes daggers from hydra necks, heart-seeking bullets from human fingers, grenades made of human hearts filled with teeth and nails that decompose their targets' flesh, and an owl's eye which he uses as an Eye Spy.
  • Properly Paranoid: He doubts Shirou enough to work independently from him and the other Red Masters. It turns out Shirou drugged the other Red Masters in order to acquire control of their Servants.
  • The Scrooge: When Red Saber asks for clothes, he buys her the cheapest he can find.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: He has a shotgun that fires Abnormal Ammo.
  • Spotting the Thread: Could immediately tell that dealing with Shirou Kotomine would mean bad things.

    Shirou Kotomine 

Shiro Tokisada Amakusa

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Assassin of Red's Master. A mysterious magus that was sent from the Church, a member of the Assembly of the Eight Sacrament. Resembles Shirou Emiya and Archer from Fate/stay night greatly.

His Noble Phantasms are "Right Hand - Evil Eater: Right Arm - Wickedness Predation" and "Left Hand - Xanadu Matrix: Left Arm - Foundation of Heaven's Blessing", which gives him precognitive abilities (represented by high ranks of Eye of the Mind True and False), eternal youth and functions as a Skeleton Key towards systems of Magecraft.
  • The Archmage: His talent in regards to Magecraft is completely absurd, as he not only has fluctuating amounts of circuits, but he can also assimilate those of others through touch. Combined with his Skeleton Key allowing him to use all Magecraft systems unconsciously and using his assimilation to tap into the Grail's infinite Prana, this leads to him flinging meteor-like prana blasts and black holes stronger than most Noble Phantasms in the final battle with Jeanne.
  • Affably Evil: He´s lighthearted and friendly, but absolutely ruthless.
  • Alternate Timeline: His existence is the split between this timeline and the Fate/stay night timeline. The Einzbern family summoned him as Ruler instead of summoning Angra Mainyu as Avenger in the Third Holy Grail War. This means that the Holy Grail is not corrupted by Angra Mainyu in this timeline.
  • Anime Hair: Jesus, look at that hair!
  • Anti-Villain: Though to what extent remains mysterious. His wish is seemingly benevolent, but his means are ruthless and unsympathetic.
  • Badass: Wipes out the incredibly powerful fusion of Darnic and Dracula with a handful of Black Keys and holy magic faster than you can say "The power of Christ compels you!".
  • Badass Cape: It's a Holy Shroud of his own creation and only a few levels of coolness below Karna's.
  • Badass Preacher: An apocryphal Saint who kicks ass in the name of The Lord, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • Big Bad: After killing off Darnic and Vlad on his own, Shirou has been confirmed as the main antagonist by Word of God.
  • Church Militant: A member of the Assembly of the Eight Sacrament, just like Kirei. And then it turns out he's not. He is infact a Japanese Christian Saint who survived the Third Holy Grail War, where he was summoned as a Ruler.
  • Consummate Liar: Can flawlessly convince the other Red masters that they are winning by a landslide, making them abandon the war and leaving it all to Shirou.
  • Covered in Scars: Revealed in his Shirtless Scene Inside the Greater Grail in Volume 4.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Appropriately enough for a apocryphal saint.
  • The Cynic: Before he found his goal of saving all of humanity, he hated everything in the world, until he "cut out his heart full of hatred", according to himself.
  • Dissonant Serenity: His smile is extremely unnerving, according to Kairi.
  • Evil Plan: Though evil is stretching it, as he wants to annihilate the concept of Angra Mainyu: All The World's Evil and bring salvation to all human souls that have ever existed. To do this, he, with the help of Shakespeare's First Folio and his own Miracle arms, goes inside the Greater Grail and begins to rework it's innards so that it will use the true Third Magic, the physical manifestation of the immortal soul, upon every soul that has passed through the Akashic Records.
  • Hidden Depths: He has a lighthearted and friendly facade, but can be ruthless when the situation calls for it. It should be noted that Shirou does not try to hide this at all, and he makes it outright clear that he is willing to do anything for the sake of his wish.
  • Historical-Domain Character: He's actually Shiro Tokisada Amakusa.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: He's an apocryphal Catholic saint and he wants to bring salvation to mankind, but he's a much worse person than the historical figure he's based on.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: His Baptismal Sacrament destroys Vampire!Vlad so fast that their encounter cannot even be called a fight.
  • Japanese Catholic Saint: His true identity.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Seemingly how he gets the Red Masters to give him their Command Spells willingly.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Has had Shakespeare boost a Katana he had acquired to the level of a C-rank Noble Phantasm, which he uses to great effect to go even with Frankenstein.
  • Kick the Dog: His ordering Karna to murder Jeanne is around the time when his morality truly comes into question.
  • The Leader: Of Red Team. Because he is the only master besides Kairi.
  • Odd Friendship: Did you honestly expect that a Assyrian queen, an English playwright and a apocryphal Catholic saint to get along?
  • Patron Saint: Of all Japanese Catholics, even though he's still not regarded as such by the Church.
  • Power Trio: With Shakespeare and Semiramis.
  • Red Herring: His name and appearance made many fans wonder if he had some kind of connection to Kirei Kotomine, or if he was an Alternate Timeline Shirou Emiya. While he's the adopted brother of Kotomine Kirei, the fact that he's named "Shirou" is the real Red Herring. He has no connection to Emiya Shirou at all, and his real name is Amakusa Shiro.
  • Religion Is Magic: Which is standard in the Nasuverse. He specialises in Baptismal Scriptures.
  • The Reveal: Shirou is actually Shirou Tokisada Amakusa, a Japanese Christian Saint who was summoned as Ruler for the Third Holy Grail War. He is also in direct command of 6 of the Red Team Servants, having peacefully removed their masters, and intends to wish for "The Salvation of Humanity".
  • Shirtless Scene: In Volume 4, while he is inside the Greater Grail.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Even the Yggdmillenia mole in the Catholic church could not discover any information on Shirou, implying that he's either of a supremely high rank or possibly something far worse. This is because he's not actually from the Holy Church, he's a Servant.
  • Sleep Cute: on Semiramis' lap.
  • Super Speed: Can easily run at a speed of 60 MPH when fleeing from Frankenstein's Monster.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He´s basically Archer in Kirei´s clothing.
  • Teen Genius: He died at the ripe age of seventeen, which is why his incredible talents are so amazing to others, them not knowing he is a Servant.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Very skilled in the use of Black Keys.
  • Title Drop: Shirou's true identity is that of Amakusa Shiro Tokisada, A Japanese Christian Apocryphal Saint.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Semiramis and Shakespeare but suprisingly averted with the rest of the Red Servants. Achilles and Atalanta have a distaste for Shirou and while Karna has not stated his opinion on Shirou, he is worried about his Master.
  • Walking Spoiler: Nothing about this man is as it initially seems.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers Black Team and the Ruler Faction to surrender to his cause in the beginning of Volume 3. Caster of Black decides to take the opportunity.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Shirou's wish is the salvation of mankind, though what this means is rather vague as of now. Karna, who can detect lies, claims that he is not lying about this in the slightest.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Played with heavily. He is ruthless and will do anything for his wish, but while he is the main antagonist of the series, he does not come off as truly evil so far.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Just like Darnic, Shiro has been manipulating events since the last Holy Grail War, which happened atleast seventy years ago.
  • You Are in Command Now: He's the leader of the Red faction, and has authority over most of the Masters (Kairi Shishigou being the exception). He used unscrupulous, but peaceful means to acquire the 5 other Red team Servants.

    Other 

Rottweil Bersinsky


Gene Rum


Pentel Brothers


Feend vor Sembren


Others

    Non-Masters 

Sagara Hyouma

The original Master of Assassin of Black, he tried to summon Jack the Ripper by re-enacting one of Jack's prostitute-killings using his live-in girlfriend Reika as the victim. Instead, Jack designates Reika as her master, crippling and eventually killing Sagara to give Reika control over his command seals.

Lord El-Melloi II

One of the principal people in preparing for the Holy Grail War.

Rocco Belfaban

The head of the Department of Summoning in the Mage's Association. He is a short old man, straight-backed and the creases on the skin of his face gleam as if he were a statue carved of wood. He is said to have held his position for over fifty years, but no one is certain of the fact. He has a number of items in his collection, including a skull that looks like a chimera of ape and elephant, a scroll over one thousand years old, and a preserved juvenile hydra. He personally hires Kairi Shishigou, and although he tries to pass it off as a forgery, reluctantly parts with the hydra as part of the payment.

Bram Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri

The brother of Sola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri and the successor of the head of the Department of Evocation. He is considered to be one of the first-class instructors employed by the Clock Tower. He is noted to be young and handsome with red hair, and a single glance shows a strong, high-minded gaze, refined features, and strong sense of duty in his words that place him as a member of the elite. He is confident in his ability to acquire powerful catalysts in a short time.

Reines El-Melloi Archisorte

The young head of the noble family of the Archibald clan.
  • Ascended Extra: She was first mentioned in the Fate/Character Material entry detailing Waver’s life after the events of Fate/Zero. She is actually a young girl at the bottom of the family’s hierarchy who became head after Kayneth's death and Waver restoring the clan and thus recognized his achievements, but only does so while telling him that Kayneth’s death was his fault and that he will have to serve her for his entire life.

"Adam"

The Golem created by Avicebron's Noble Phantasm, which goes berserk when Avicebron dies almost immediately after activating it.

  • Loophole Abuse: You'd think that anyone within "Eden" would gain it's benefits until you consider the fact that Adam, the "Original Human", was the only denizen of Eden and thus it only helps him.
  • Mental World/Reality Warper: It can turn everything around it into "Eden", a permanent Reality Marble whose denizens are unable to suffer any kind of attack, as no such thing exists in paradise.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Inside of "Eden", a conceptual Paradise, violence and injury does not exist, leaving Adam almost completely immortal. It takes a multitude of pinpoint attacks on the still vulnerable parts of Adam followed by a simultaneous Clarent Blood Arthur and Balmung to take it down for good. Had it gotten more time to expand "Eden", it would be left invulnerable to any kind of attack.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: Due to it's ability to drain Prana directly from the earth, it will never run out of power.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Given enough time, Eden would've eventually given Adam Complete Immortality. Luckily it is demolished before such a thing can come to pass.
  • Walking Spoiler

    Scrapped Characters 

Archer (David)

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The mythical King of Israel summoned as an Archer class Servant. As in the original Old Testament scriptures he has a weakness for beautiful women.

His Noble Phantasms are "Hamesh Avanim: The Five Stones", a sling that can knock the opponent unconscious and lock their weapons from use with every fifth shot; "Sacrifice: Flames upon the Altar", an incense burner that can call down divine flames to kill the opponent; and "The Ark: Chest of the Covenant", the Ark of the Covenant, which will kill anyone besides David who touches it.

Rider (St. George)

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The Patron Saint of England summoned as a Rider-class Servant. His slaying of a dragon gives him an advantage against Servants with draconic attributes.

His Noble Phantasms are his sword "Ascalon: The Blessed Sword by which Force is Slain", a sword that can block any attack or pierce any defense; "Abyssus Draconis: Thou Shalt a Serpent Become", which imposes a Dragon affinity onto the target; "Interfectum Dracones: Dragon Slayer", an attack that fires lances of light and is especially deadly against dragons; and "Bayard: The Phantom War Horse", who can negate projectile attacks and nullify a single lethal attack against his rider.

  • All-Loving Hero: He said to be "an upright man who protects the meager, indiscriminate in his kindness" and he believes that anyone is capable of learning from their mistakes and returning to the path of righteousness.
  • Anti-Magic: Based on his defeat of pagan sorcerers in his lifetime, when magic was still extremely powerful compared to modern times, he has A-Rank Magic Resistance, enough to be considered a "Magus Killer."
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: By reversing its protective blessing, Ascalon can become a sword that can penetrate any armor.
  • Baleful Polymorph: His Abyssus Draconis Noble Phantasm turns his enemies into dragons (it's unclear whether this is literal or merely imposes a dragon attribute), making them vulnerable to his Interfectum Dracones Noble Phantasm.
  • Camera Fiend: Possibly; he is stated to love travel and to have taken an interest in modern cameras.
  • Cool Horse: Bayard the Phantom Warhorse, and St. George's ultimate Noble Phantasm.
  • Declaration of Protection: Not necessarily for a girl, but he gains unlimited defensive abilities when people have faith and need him to protect them.
  • For Massive Damage: His Interfectum Dracones Noble Phantasm basically fires Frickin' Laser Beams that are super effective against dragons. When preceded by Abyssus Draconis...
  • Horseback Heroism: Became a Rider for it, but his skill as one is relatively low and is more thanks to the Cool Horse.
  • Red Baron: The Dragon-Slaying Saint.
  • Semi-Divine: His status as a Christian Saint gives him a low level of Divinity.
  • Stone Wall: To the extreme. He has A Rank magic resistance, A+ Endurance and a skill that allows him to block mental attacks. He has the Battle Continuation skill that allows him to keep fighting even if he takes a fatal injury and another skill that grants unlimited defensive power as long as he is defending someone else. His sword Ascalon grants a large defensive bonus and his horse Bayard can save him from a fatal attack once. On the other hand his Strength is mediocre at D Rank.
  • Story-Breaker Power: A possible reason why he has cut from the cast. He has 5 different protective skills, high endurance, a sword that can pierce any armor and conveys invulnerability, the ability to turn people into and 1-shot dragons and if he were to suffer a fatal blow (as if it could ever happen), his horse will give its life to save him. This makes basically invincible but also gives him incredible attacking force.
  • Super Toughness: His Endurance stat is high even among Servants.

Lancer (Musashibo Benkei)

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The legendary warrior monk who served Minamoto no Yoshitsune. Actually not Benkei at all but Hitachibou Kaison, another warrior who served Minamoto. After fleeing from a battle and leaving Benkei to die, Kaison was overwhelmed by guilt and assumed the former's identity. He is summoned as Lancer.

His Noble Phantasms are "Eighth Implement", which allows him to temporarily claim an opponent's Noble Phantasm as his own; "Benkei Butsu", which allows him to create equally-powerful duplicates of himself; and "Pilgrimage of the 500 Arhat", which summons a stampede of monks to forcefully carry off the opponent into Nirvana and nonexistence.

  • Chaotic Good: His In-Universe alignment.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: His Benkei Butsu Noble Phantasm.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Weaponised – Benkei's Eighth Implement Noble Phantasm can steal an opponent's Noble Phantasm and use it against them.
  • Power Nullifier: He possesses an exorcism skill that can seal his enemies magecraft, and a skill that emulates an enemy Master's Command Spell to temporarily prevent enemy Servants from using their Noble Phantasms.
  • Red Baron: The Warrior Monk.
  • Summon Magic: Benkei's strongest Noble Phantasm, which summons five hundred astral pilgrims who drag anyone caught in their path into the void, instantly killing them.
  • Super Empowering: Attendant of Iron, which Benkei can use to strengthen his Master.
  • Walking Armory: He wields "seven implements:" a naginata, an iron rake, a large hammer, a large saw, a two-pronged war fork, a tsukubou, and a sodegarami.

Berserker (Sakata Kintoki)

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One of Minamoto no Yorimitsu's Four Heavenly Kings, also known as Kintaro. He is summoned as a Berserker-class Servant.

His Noble Phantasms are "Golden Eater", an enormous axe loaded with lightning cartridges, and "Golden Spark", which uses three of these cartridges to loose a lightning bolt to mow down enemies.

  • Calling Your Attacks: His Noble Phantasms' descriptions lampshade that they are activated with "suspicious" true names, and that Golden Eater probably has a different name.
  • Catch Phrase: He says "gold and "golden" a lot about everything, including the names of his Noble Phantasms, Golden Eater and Golden Spark.
  • Lawful Good: His In-Universe alignment.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Unlike other Berserkers, Kintoki is not constantly under the effects of Mad Enhancement. Instead, a Luck Check is performed whenever he takes damage, and if it fails he Turns Red and the skill kicks in.
  • One of the Kids: Said to have the mentality of an average grade schooler.
  • Red Baron: Golden Boy of Mt. Ashigara.
  • Semi-Divine: His father was the God of Thunder in dragon form, but his mother was a man-eating witch so his Divinity rank is very low.
  • Shock and Awe: Uses electric attacks with his axe, and can sometimes resist attacks from lightning deities.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Kintoki can talk to animals to a limited degree.
  • Turns Red: Kintoki's Mad Enhancement is only applied if he fails a Luck check after being attacked. If it does fail he goes wild.


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