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The Magical Girls and The Kaleidosticks
Illyasviel von Einzbern
Illyasviel von Einzbern
Token Mini-Moe of Fate/stay night, and the protagonist in this continuity. While living peacefully with her family, a magic stick named Magical Ruby chose her as its master. Her job as a Magical Girl is to capture a number of powerful cards.
- Accidental Pervert: In 2wei, when she extracts Gilgamesh from his corrupt form he's stark naked, and she lands with her left hand on "something soft". Gilgamesh quips that she should be more gentle, and when she notices exactly what she's squeezing she freaks out.
- Adaptational Heroism: In Fate/stay night, Illya is a Cute and Psycho Evil Albino. This Illya? Let's just say that she's a Born Lucky Heroic Albino and a Magical Girl.
- Afraid of Their Own Strength: Linked with her I Just Want to Be Normal wish in the first season. Illya remembers that it was her who defeated Saber Alter after she annihilated Assassin. When she realized that she almost killed Luvia, Rin and Miyu too, she immediately teleports home (to everyone's surprise) and tries to quit being a magical girl the next day. Her mother snaps her out of her depression.
- Ascended Fangirl: Of magical girls in general. Not that she wanted to become one...
- Badass Adorable: This story still takes place in the Fate universe, so her magical powers are put into combat... against Servants.
- Bare Your Midriff: The Archer and Lancer Installs expose her stomach.
- Big Brother Attraction: Magical Ruby notes that she has a "forbidden love" with her brother, Shirou.
- Born Lucky: Played humorously. Implied by Chloe as an explanation for how she keeps dodging her attacks.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half-Japanese, half-German.
- Cuteness Proximity: With maids of all things! Also being called "onee-chan".
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Her Zwei form. By combining the two Kaleidosticks, she can fight on-par with an unleashed Gilgamesh. However her internal organs take damage when she uses them as pseudo magic circuits to increase her power, prompting Ruby to forbid her from such a technique when she mentions it.
- Dual Wielding:
- Kanshou and Bakuya with the Archer Card Install.
- Her Zwei form has her wield Magical Ruby and Magical Sapphire at the same time.
- In 3rei, she Installs the Saber Card and Includes the Caster Card to stab Darius with Rule Breaker.
- Fetish: Turns out her reasoning takes a massive hit once she is around a Meido. Hilarious results follow.
- Heroic Albino: Unlike the original Fate/stay night, she's the main protagonist here, and has none of the creepy child traits that made her an Evil Albino.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She was dragged into Magical Girl shenaningans because she happened to watch Rin and Luvia fighting. This earns her a rather difficult mentor and a magical stick that sends her to chase down magical cards. She wasn't thrilled. It's also deconstructed later on; the logical conclusion of her returning to normal would be as if she never met Rin, Miyu, Luvia, and Chloe, rendering everything that have happened meaningless. Also, Chloe will disappear if it comes true— naturally, she violently rejects this desire of Illya. The whole thing sounds like a Shout-Out to (the manga version of) Cardcaptor Sakura in which Sakura's failure to pass Yue's trial will erase absolutely every memory pertaining to gathering the cards.
- Leitmotif: Ironically, despite being the protagonist, she doesn't get her own theme until 3rei, the appropriately named Prisma Illya 3rei Theme.
- Little Miss Badass: A little girl with absurd magical potential who gets to fight some of Fate/stay night's iconic heroic spirits throughout the story.
- Magical Girl Warrior: In the tradition of shows like Cardcaptor Sakura, Lyrical Nanoha and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Illya fights to save her town from disaster, all while coming to terms with her newfound identity.
- Magnetic Hero: In Chapter 55 of 3rei, Rin explains to Miyu's brother that Illya has the uncanny ability to be friends with anyone; even her former enemies.
- Mystical White Hair: White hair as part of her Homunculus origins.
- Nosebleed: Female example. Gets one after seeing Ruby "exposes" an unconscious Shiro. Slight Plot Point, as blood is needed to enforce a contract.
- Out of Focus: During Alternate Shirou's Backstory where he is the protagonist.
- Pink Heroine: She wears a very frilly, pink outfit as a Magical Girl.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Miyu's blue.
- Resigned to the Call: Illya wasn't interested in becoming a Magical Girl, but Ruby forced her into becoming one anyways.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: With Miyu and Chloe.
- Screw Yourself: In 2wei, Dark Illya blackmails her into supplying mana via kisses on multiple occasions, which often become extremely intimate. Illya is extremely reluctant to do so and asks if there are any alternatives, but hearing what those alternatives are embarrasses her out of her mind.
- Second Hour Superpower: She only gains the ability to Install halfway through the series at the start of 3rei. Before that, she only Installs the Archer Card under Kuro's influence.
- Stripperiffic: Downplayed. Her Archer and Lancer Installs show signs of this.
- Super Reflexes: She has a knack for dodging attacks in both her trance and tranceless states. Bazett, a close-ranged fighter, even acknowledges her reflexes.
- Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Chloe receiving prana through Intimate Healing (kissing) from Illya is "like getting it from 10 other people."
- Superpowered Evil Side: Illya's "Grail" mode is capable of tapping the cancelled Grail's power, granting her enough prana to fully utilize the Archer card, project several weapons, and fire Excalibur. In 2wei, the personality literally splits, resulting in Chloe, who retains the combat competency, but isn't actually evil.
- Taking A Third Option: When forced between saving Miyu or the world, she chooses to save both.
- Underwear of Power: Her Archer and Lancer Install, exposing parts of legs in the latter, but fully in the former.
- Unskilled, but Strong: When compared to Luvia and Rin. She also gets a large amount of prana from being the Cancelled Grail, which manifests as a Superpowered Evil Side. However, once Chloe splits from her, she becomes noticeably weaker.
- A large number of Illya's attacks involve simply firing projectiles created from her unlimited supply of prana. In addition to the aforementioned attacks, Rin can also utilizes said-prana to fuel her Magecraft.
- It's also deconstructed in one instance. Her inability to control her power leads to her Superpowered Evil Side kicking in, resulting in a huge explosion which could've killed her allies, had Miyu not shielded it in time. In the anime her partner's scolding puts her into a minor Heroic B.S.O.D., leading to a 10-Minute Retirement.
- Weak, but Skilled: After Chloe manifests herself at the beginning of 2wei, Illya's Prisma trance significantly weakens. Unlike Miyu, she can't use Installs until 3rei to overcome her weaknesses. Instead, she is creative with her attacks and works well with her allies. With the exception of Gilgamesh, all of her fights in 2wei are won through teamwork and her intelligent usage of the Cards.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her default Magical Girl costume is Grade A.
- The Ace: She excels at mathematics, cooking, athletics and can draw based on principles like cubism, which are far beyond the reach of any normal elementary school student. Ironically, her expert knowledge of physics gives her a disadvantage with respect to being a magical girl.
- Ambiguously Bi: Given her attraction to Shirou, and the heaps of Les Yay between her and Illya and her and Kuro.
- Badass in Distress: Her captivity by the Ainsworths and being trapped in New Fuyuki City kickstarts the plot of 3rei.
- Bare Your Midriff: The Saber Install used against Berserker.
- Big Brother Worship: She has this with her Shirou. She becomes shockingly spoiled around him
- Broken Bird: Courtesy of being her universe's Holy Grail, being held captive and having her captors wound her because her blood has magic properties, and her brother being held captive and tortured by the same people who keep her prisoner.
- Brutally Honest: Miyu is rather upfront about the fact she doesn't bother to remember any of Illya's other friends names, even after she had been hanging out with them for a month or two!
- Canon Foreigner: She does not have a Fate/stay night counterpart.
- Comically Serious: Oh so much, in fact here is her default face◊ to the wacky hijinks!
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: What her world has done to her.
- Cool Horse: Comes with the Rider Card Install.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She's her universe's Holy Grail, and up until 3rei had been escaping from the Ainsworths.
- Dark Magical Girl: She has all the makings of one, though the only time she is against Illya was when she was The Rival in the beginning.
- Expy: She borrows heavily from Sakura Matou's backstory as an abused Grail conduit in Fate/stay night.
- Fatal Flaw / Poor Communication Kills: She's selfless, but her communication skills are horrible. These two traits put together have lead to many problems throughout the story.
- She was the cause of Illya's 10-Minute Retirement. Although she intended to keep her from harm, her harsh words cause a misunderstanding between the two.
- She warps Luvia and Rin out of the Mirror World and tries to fight Berserker alone. While she does succeed in taking some of his lives, her inability to finish him off nearly gets her killed.
- In 2wei, she misunderstands Illya's wish to be normal and chooses to face Chloe alone. She takes action without any form of assistance from her allies and doesn't consult anyone about her decision. If Illya hadn't interrupted, the two would have killed each other.
- Later, in an attempt to quickly end the fight, she uses Bellerophon against Bazett, ignoring Sapphire's warnings not to do so. Had the Pegasus not been the source of the attack, her heart would have been pierced by Fragarach.
- At the end of 2wei, she willingly lets Card!Gilgamesh absorb her so that Illya can escape. All she manages to do is force Illya to engage Gilgamesh alone in order to save her.
- Give Her A Normal Life: What her brother wanted for her. He fought the Ainsworth in order to send her off to another universe so that she could have a normal, better life. Too bad it didn't last long.
- The Glomp: Does this with Illya's Shirou in 2wei, partly due to a misunderstanding, but mainly because she misses her Shirou.
- Hidden Depths: Who would have thought the stoic, serious Miyu loved bear pajamas and was very spoiled around her brother.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Miyu has pretty obvious crush on Illya. And Chloe too.
- The Lancer: To drive the point home, she uses the Lancer card in her first appearance.
- Leotard of Power: Her Magical Girl form.
- Luminescent Blush: Beneath her stoic exterior, Miyu is quite capable of being flustered, such as when a half-asleep Illya kisses her, or when Illya & Kuro find out that, when she's with her brother, Miyu is a somewhat spoiled little girl who wears animal-themed onesie pajamas; Kuro's teasing leads to Miyu going red as a tomato and whacking the other girl with a pillow.
- Magical Girl Warrior: Unlike Illya, she has a decidedly more no-nonsense approach on how to deal with things and is quicker to use precise attacks.
- Make a Wish: 3rei reveals that she was a Child of God who has the ability to indiscriminately grant wishes, but loses that ability when she becomes six years old.
- Mundane Wish: She spent her last wish to become Shirou's biological sister, changing the color of her eyes from red to that of Shirou's.
- Meido: In exchange for shelter and living expenses, she works as a maid for Luvia. Once Illya finds out, she goes crazy about the prospect of having a maid as a friend. The results are... interesting.
- New Transfer Student: Like Illya thought...
- No Name Given: She isn't an Edelfelt. Luvia acts like her sister, but her real family name isn't given.
- 3rei reveals that her full name is Miyu Emiya, given from her adopted family. Before, her birth name was Miyu Sakatsuki.
- No Social Skills: When it seems Miyu is absolutely better then Illya in everything, Miyu completely sucks at interacting with others of her age. Justified by her being kept captive by the Ainsworths because of her power as her universe's Holy Grail, and thus not being able to interact with other children.
- It's later revealed that she was raised alone by her mother as a child and isolated from other children in order to take advantage of her wish granting abilities. After she was adopted by Kiritsugu, he and Shirou raised her in isolation to hide her from others.
- Not Quite Flight: Miyu can't actually fly because she has mental hangups properly picturing it. Instead, she solidifies magical energy to momentarily create footholds mid-air that she can repeatedly jump off of.
- Parody Sue: Miyu is ridiculously good at almost everything, she aces all her tests at school, bakes a fabulous wedding cake using only basic school kitchen utensils, creates art pieces so incredible her teacher questions how she's supposed to grade them, etc. She's also very powerful both physically and with magic... but she simply can't fly properly unlike Illya or Chloe, which for a Magical Girl is a big hinderance. More humorously, she also can't dance.
- Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: She can't fly not because of her knowledge of physics, but because she is too broken to imagine herself capable of flying.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The quiet and reserved blue to Illyasviel's outgoing red.
- The Spock: One of the reasons she can't fly.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: With Illya and Chloe.
- Stepping Stones in the Sky: Not literal stones, but since Miyu can't fly properly, she instead creates hovering platforms with magic to jump off. Combined with her speed, it's just as efficient as real Flight.
- The Stoic: Whatever happens to her, she rarely loses her composure unless things get really critical (or really embarrassing). 3rei gives a bunch of very dark reasons for this.
- Tragic Dream: She has two of them. Her first is shared with her brother, to live a normal life as siblings, which is interrupted by the Holy Grail War. Her second dream was to fulfill her brother's wish and live the happy life he wanted her to have, which is shattered when she's taken back to her world.
- Stripperiffic: Lampshaded by her brother no less.Miyu's Brother: But. Um. What's with that lewd outfit of hers? I think big brother here may need to lecture her...
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's usually very stoic and distant, Illya is the only one she shows her sweet side to. Lampshaded at some point from Illya's friends. She is very sweet to her brother to the point that Illya and Chloe couldn't believe when they found out.
- Supreme Chef: She can cook an entire feast with only a frying pan. More comedically, she also made a whole wedding cake from "left overs".
- Trapped in Another World: Invoked. Her brother made a wish to save her, but since she couldn't be saved in her own collapsing world, she was sent to a different world where she could be saved, Illya's world.
- Undying Loyalty: To Illya.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before she was abducted by Julian, Miyu was very innocent like Illya.
- Zettai Ryouiki: The Rider Install.
Chloe von Einzbern / Dark Illya
Chloe von Einzbern
- Abnormal Ammo: Comes with the Archer Card. Her bow shoots swords, in addition to normal arrows.
- Ambiguously Brown: Probably as a reference to Archer.
- Anti-Hero: She is Kiritsugu's daughter after all. Bonus points for using Heroic Spirit Emiya's abilities, who was also an anti-hero. This pops up in 3rei in that she simply doesn't care that her actions will result in the destruction of the world. She fights for the sake of the people she cares about, and only those that she cares about.
- Archer Archetype: She is using the Archer card. Although she works well with allies, she is more than willing to take independent actions such as in 3rei where she decides to fight Illya right after regrouping with her.
- Artificial Human: She's a magical clone built around the Archer card, and can only continue existing for as long as Illya provides her with prana, or someone doesn't dispel the Archer card.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Comes with the Archer card, in addition to its projection magic. Most of its uses are humorous, at best. It's used more seriously in 3rei when she dispels her synchronization curse and instantly identifies one of Kiritsugu's Origin Bullets.
- Badass Adorable: Naturally comes with being related to Kiritsugu and Illya.
- Berserk Button: Chloe doesn't like being called a "secondhand clone".
- Bi the Way: She acquires mana via kisses, which she usually takes from Illya or Miyu. She does mention she could get mana from anyone and would be more than happy to acquire mana from Illya's brother, though this was more an attempt to blackmail Illya into kissing her.
- Black Box: She understands the fundamentals of Projection, but she doesn't know why she knows them. This can be traced to the fact that neither she nor anyone else knows the identity of the Archer Card, which limits her ability to use it. Once she begins fighting alongside Shirou, she starts to better understand the Card.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: The Archer card's powers grant her abilities for both melee and ranged combat.
- Cloning Blues: Chloe is the suppressed memory/destiny of Illya as a Holy Grail Conduit given form. She's not happy at being abandoned.
- Combat Pragmatist: She's a difficult enemy for Illya and Miyu not because she's strong, but because she's a tricky opponent to fight. She takes full advantage of the Archer Card's strengths, using Projection for its utility and sniping her enemies from afar.
- In 3rei, she defeats Angelica by teleporting into her blind spot while Shirou acts as a decoy.
- Dark Magical Girl: Unlike Illya who in this series led a happy life, Chloe was sealed away and, once freed, proceeded to direct her pent-up anger against Illya, coming very close to killing her several times before Illya can even attempt to understand what's happening. In a very classic turn of events, Chloe eventually confesses that all she wants is to be alive and have family/friends. Things work out in the end.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Not quite, her hair is actually lavender, but looks white-ish under certain light.
- Dual Wielding: Kanshou and Bakuya, Archer's dual daggers.
- Enemy Without: Averted after being accepted into Illya's family.
- Evil Twin: Less evil, more frustrated at the pointlessness of her existence, at least at first. Averted later on when she makes a Heel–Face Turn and actively supports Illya.
- Expy: She is basically the original Fate/stay night Illya inserted into Kaleid Liner Prisma's Alternate Continuity.
- Fille Fatale: Successfully seduced several of Illya's friends, and has repeatedly attempted to do the same to Shirou.
- Foil: To Illya. Ruby even lampshades it.
- Forceful Kiss: She forcefully French kisses Miyu during a fight to acquire mana, keeping it up until she's incapacitated.
- Girlish Pigtails: Likes wearing these when she's in casual dress. To differentiate from how Illya does her hair, Chloe's twintails are usually higher on her head, much like Rin's. Weirdly enough, in the Animated Adaptation she only has one of them on her right side.
- Heel–Face Turn: More like heel face pound on the head courtesy of Irisviel.
- In-Series Nickname: She is also Illya, so Rin started calling her 'Kuro' (Black) because of her darker skin to differentiate the two of them. Kuro then took a Western equivalent, "Chloe", for her new name.Chloe: "Kuro? What am I, a cat...?"
- Intimate Healing: Dark Illya obtains the mana she needs to survive by consuming saliva, and notes that she gets ten times the amount of mana from Illya than from anyone else. Dark Illya frequently tries to get their mana transfer sessions to go beyond just kissing, but is interrupted each time she tries to do so.
- The Lancer: Even more so than Miyu.
- Leitmotif: Shoujo Shinka, or Emiya. It first plays when she fights the Saber Card in Illya's body and again when the party fights Gilgamesh.
- She also has Shoujo yo, Hoshi ni Nare in her Fate/Grand Order appearance.
- Little Miss Snarker: Another reference to Archer.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: She knows a whole lot more about sex than a girl of her supposed age should, and what's more knows how to put that knowledge to practical use. When Illya is left embarrassed out of her mind when Chloe tells her what an alternate method of mana transfer would entail, Chloe sneers at her prudishness.
- Make a Wish: Her wish is to have her own existence.
- Mundane Utility: She uses Projection to make clothes, including her battle wear. She also uses it to make a chair.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: While "Chloe" is her (assumed) formal name, "Kuro" continues to be frequently used by most of the cast. Compounding the issue, at least among foreign fans, is the inconsistency with which name is used in fan translations.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: Chloe is very flirtatious with both Miyu and Illya, and frequently tries to escalate the nature of their mana exchange sessions beyond just kissing.
- Screw Yourself: Kuro acquires mana from kissing people, and notes that while she could do it with anyone, it's far more effective with Illya. As a result, she makes out with Illya on multiple occasions in a very intimate fashion. When Illya asks if there are any alternatives to kissing, Kuro states that there are, but that Illya would never agree to them. Kuro herself isn't opposed to those alternative methods, and openly tries to initiate more intimate encounters between herself and Illya.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Takes this up since she takes Rin's place in explaining things for 3rei.
- Stepford Smiler: Due to her unstable existence, she doesn't value her own life above others. She's not as extreme as Shirou, but it's still enough that Miyu's brother lectures her about it.
- Storm of Blades: She can fire swords as projectiles using Projection, but not to the same extent that Gilgamesh can do it.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Downplayed. Chloe is an antagonistic version of Illya herself with all the mage training Illya lacks, though she's just angry about being sealed rather than outright evil. This also leads Chloe to an eventual Heel–Face Turn.
- Synchronization: With Illya. Even if there is a mage who can remove the curse, she decides to keep it because she likes Illya, in her own strange way.
- She removes the curse in 3rei in order to fight Illya.
- Teleportation: She can utilize short-ranged teleportation, as noted by Miyu. She uses it to get behind Angelica and land a strike from her blind side.
- Tsundere: Very frequently toward Illya, who even notes this outright in one episode.
- Walking Spoiler: She becomes integral to 2wei's plot, and the importance of her role also extends to 3rei.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A! She seems to aim for Grade S, the only thing missing here is a Tsundere personality, which she's actually kind of working on.
Magical Ruby and Magical Sapphire
Voiced by: Naoko Takano (Ruby, Anime), Joji Nakata (Ruby, Drama CD), Miyu Matsuki (seasons 1-3), Yumi Kakazu (season 4) (Sapphire) (Japanese), Joanne Bonasso (Ruby), Molly Searcy (Sapphire) (English)A pair of sentient magical artifacts created by Zeltrech, Ruby and Sapphire were initially loaned to Rin and Luvia to accomplish the card gathering mission. They are tools of immense power, capable of creating magical effects that would likely kill a normal wizard due to excessive mana use... Only if they feel like it.They eventually grew tired of the near-constant squabbling that the two female mages did, and went on their way to find more... appropriate masters. Although technically made at the same time, Ruby sees herself as the older sister, and is treated that way by Sapphire.
- Clingy MacGuffin: They will force Illya and Miyu to be magical girls until such time as they feel like annulling the contract. And no one else can do anything to change that.
- Deadpan Snarkers
- Empathic Weapon: They basically use the power of a person's heart to pull infinite power from the multi-verse.
- Expy: Their Genki Girl and Shrinking Violet sisters routine is based on how Kohaku and Hisui act in TYPE-MOON's Tsukihime series. They even have the same Japanese voice actors in the anime.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Their first plan to deal with anything is generally "explode it with maximum prejudice". And they both seem to loathe Rin and Luvia. Though, really, this applies far, far more to Ruby than Sapphire, who is much more reasonable and has been known to shut down Ruby's antics when they get out of hand and punish her accordingly. Note that Ruby's behaviour is toned down compared to her appearence in Fate/hollow ataraxia, where she is really into humiliating her own master, specifically Rin.
- Loyal Phlebotinum: Refuse to leave Illya and Miyu, first out of annoyance with Rin and Luvia, but later out of loyalty to the two girls.
- Mentor Mascot
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Magical Ruby is the extroverted Red Oni and Magical Sapphire is the introverted Blue Oni.
- Servile Snarker: To their initial masters, Rin and Luvia. Not the sticks' fault.
- Sibling Incest: Magical Ruby acts this way towards Magical Sapphire in Episode 7.
- Troll: Ruby, oh so much. The first two anime specials in particular can be summed up as "Ruby trolls Illya and Rin endlessly".
The Mage Association
- Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed. A minor example in which she's willing to declare a child as her slave and make her fight corrupted heroes against her will. In a side story where Prisma-Verse Illya meets main story Rin, she considers her much nicer than the pushier, bossy counterpart she's used to.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In 3rei, she and Luvia have been subjected to the Ainsworths' "doll-ification" thanks to Angelica's powers.
- Butt Monkey: Alongside Luvia. Most frequently during battles.
- Cat Girl: When transformed into Kaleido Ruby.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates it if anyone is trying to get close to Shirou.
- Combat Pragmatist: To the point even Luvia has respect for this quality of Rin.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: It was even lamphaded by Shirou when he was under a truth serum.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Magical Girl: Was one before Magical Ruby switched her for Illya.
- Meido: To Luvia, thanks to a Schmuck Bait.
- Opposites Attract: She admits that Shirou's own philosophy is the exact opposite of hers but she still likes him.
- The Rival: To Luvia. Both in magic and love.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Rin's 'explain things' glasses make a triumphant return when Rin and co are having a strategy meeting, She even dons them in her maid outfit.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork / Vitriolic Best Buds: For all their showing of supposed hatred, Rin and Luvia constantly seem to work together and support each other when they really need to..
- Took a Level in Kindness: She lets Illya off the hook after noticing the girl's deteriorating emotional condition after her first fight against Berserker. Compare that to Rin at the beginning of the series, who outright declares Illya her Servant and forces her into fights she has no business in.
- Tsundere: Rin is Rin, it doesn't matter in which universe. That said, this incarnation shows more of her dere side than Rin normally does, as with her smiling and praising Illya for her showing in her first battle.
- Lampshaded by Kuro when Rin uses a typical "I'm not doing this for your sake" speech to Shirou. "Wow, that's a template."
- Zettai Ryouiki: GRADE S!
- Big Fancy House: And one that Sella observed was built from the ground up over the course of one day.Illya: Weren't there a row of normal houses here this morning?!?
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In 3rei. Much like Rin, Luvia mindlessly serves the Ainsworths as a maid through Angelica's manipulations.
- Butt Monkey: Alongside Rin. Most frequently during battles.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: For Shirou.
- Cool Big Sis: To Miyu.
- Jerkass: She likes making life miserable for Rin and generally treats anyone else with a measure of condescension.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, Luvia is noticeably more polite and considerate towards Illya and Miyu.
- Magical Girl: Like Rin, she was one before Magical Sapphire switched her for Miyu.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: She really likes giving a smug "Ohohohoho".
- Rich Bitch: She's not really a bitch, but qualifies since she looks down on people because of her money and pedigree. Especially towards Rin. Downplayed or nonexistent with Miyu and Illya.
- The Rival: To Rin. Both in magic and love.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: When she feels it is necessary, Luvia will use this to help Miyu and Illya.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork / Vitriolic Best Buds: For all their showing of supposed hatred, Rin and Luvia constantly seem to work together and support each other when they really need to.
Bazett Fraga McRemitz
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese), Kaytha Coker (English)The strongest enforcer of the Mage Association, and the original agent assigned to retrieve the cards, before Zelretch intervened. Despite being a normal human, she possesses a strength rivaling that of the cards' manifested Heroic Spirits.She appears midway into 2wei, trying to take back the cards that both Rin and Luvia had collected at that point. It is during this encounter that she reveals just how powerful she is, as she takes out most of the main cast very handily. It is only after the revelation that there's an eight card slumbering in the city that she is forced to retreat, and eventually ally with Illya and her friends.
- Adaptational Badass: While an incredibly formidable magus and combatant, it is generally recognized in series that she (along with every other human character in Nasuverse not named Aoko Aozaki, Shirou Emiya, or Fate/EXTRA's Ryougi Shiki) should not be able to beat a Servant. She kills two singlehandedly and rips the class card out of a third.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Still likes to wear suits and ties while stomping people.
- The Berserker: She is compared to THE Berserker in series. She is also compared to classical berserkers when she charges through Gilgamesh's Storm of Blades and rips his heart out.
- The Big Guy: She's worse at using Magecraft than Rin and Luvia, but she's by far the most capable physical combatant in Illya's group. And this is canon. Her acts in Prisma Illya include tanking Bellerophon, beating down the rest of the group, killing the Archer and Lancer Cards alone, and gouging out Gilgamesh's heart.
- Boyish Short Hair: As you can see in her picture.
- Cardboard Box Home: Lives under one after getting her assets seized. Doesn't seem to bother her though.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: Tore down Luvia's mansion and ripped a two meter chunk out of her front lawn with her bare hands alone.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Lets just say that what passes for common sense for this version of Bazett doesn't apply for everyone else.Illya, Miyu, and Chloe: Something seems to be wrong with this person!
- The Comically Serious: She sells ice pops with the same fervor that she has in battle.
- Contralto of Danger: Has a deep, intimidating voice.
- Counter Attack: Her Mystic Code and Noble Phantasm Fragarach. It works on a similar principle as Gae Bolg, but is defensive in nature, making it less effective against an enemy who isn't using their strongest attack. When used against Rider!Miyu's Bellerophon it strikes the heart of the Pegasus, instead of the attacker, the reason being that Miyu is only channelling Rider instead of being an actual Heroic Spirit.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: She's first introduced defeating Luvia and her butler Auguste with ease, and when Illya and Chloe show up to investigate what's happening, Bazett gives them a similar beating. It takes Miyu riding Bellerophon to at least even the playing field, and then a carefully planned Master-Slave binding spell, as well as the revelation of a hidden 8th card, to convince her to temporarily call a truce.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: She knows the heroes don't stand a chance and makes it clear that if they just hand over the cards nobody has to get hurt.
- Enemy Mine: Teams up with Team Illya in 3rei, where they have to rescue Miyu in the alternate world ruled by the Ainsworths.
- Fights Like a Normal: Unlike traditional mages like Luvia or Rin, the most magecraft we see from Bazett is her empowering herself with runes and utilizing her Mystic Code. Most of her fights are won by punching out the opposition. Despite that, she was the one who beat the Archer and Lancer cards without outside assistance.
- The Juggernaut: Just about every opponent she's faced (even Gilgamesh!) has been unable to do jack against her unstoppable fighting style. That is, until Darius enters the scene and flattens her, Chloe and Illya without much effort.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She goes broke from having to pay for destroying Luvia's manor and is forced to take odd jobs to pay up.
- Leitmotif: Kanojo to no Kaikou, her battle theme.
- Power Glows: Her fists and feet glow green when she's charging them with magical power for a finishing strike or an exchange of blows with a high-powered opponent.
- Punch Clock Villain: Under orders from another faction in the Mage Association to finish the job of retrieving the Class Cards. Once they become allies, she's a pretty nice person, if a little rough around the edges.
- Synchronization: Gets subjected to the same Master-Slave binding spell that Rin used on Chloe to tie her to Illya.Though she claims it doesn't stop her — she is still ready to just beat her half to death, while her own stamina would keep her conscious. Later, she found a mage who can cancel such magic and had the curse removed.
- Would Hurt a Child: Justified, since she recognizes that if Illya and Kuro are involved with Rin and Luvia they're clearly not ordinary children. Of course, she's Just Following Orders, and later chews out Rin for getting children involved in deadly business in the first place.
The von Einzbern household
Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (Japanese), Patrick Poole (English)Illya's much older foster brother, who goes to the high school that Illya's own school is a subsidary of. He was taken in by Kiritsugu after his own family died due to unspecified circumstances.
- Accidental Pervert: Seems to be a very usual thing for him. Even to the point that Rin and Luvia lampshade if he's a H-anime protagonist.
- Art Shifted Sequel: The anime of Drei has drawn Shirou to look more like his ufotable counterpart.
- Brutal Honesty: Ruby injects him a serum of truth in 2wei's Beach Episode. Hilarity Ensues.
- Chick Magnet: Even as a supporting character, Shirou still manages to attract the attentions of Illya, Chloe, Miyu, Rin, Luvia and Sakura.
- Butt Monkey: ... However this just gets him into trouble and more than a little pain, all played for laughs of course.
- Demoted to Extra: He was the protagonist in the original Fate/stay night. Here, he only has minor appearances, and has no idea about Illya's magical girl activities.
- Groin Attack: Irisveil happily assures Illya, Kuro and Miyu that Shirou would never dare to try anything with them — because he knows she would castrate him.
- Homo Erotic Subtext: With Issei, but mostly on Issei's side. This has been used by Mimi and Suzuka as material for BL doujins.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Shirou seems to be unaware of the Mage Association-related shenanigans the people around him are involved in, especially his family.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Generally by Sella. Ironically, despite the sometimes borderline-Ecchi nature of the series, Shirou tends to get "caught" in totally innocent situations, like giving Illya a kiss on the forehead.
- Nice Guy: The main reason why girls flock to him.
- Nom de Mom: Gender Inverted. He takes Kiritsugu's last name "Emiya" despite technically being adopted into the von Einzbern family. The reasons behind this are never explained.
- Oblivious to Love: Despite being a chick magnet, he has no idea that those girls like him.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Zig-Zagged, most people pronounce his name as " Shirou ". Except for Luvia, who pronounces it " Shero " for some reason.
- Supreme Chef: A fact that annoys Sella to no end.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?:Shirou: I wish dad would come home soon.Leysritt: You miss your papa?Shirou: No. The ratio of men to women is a problem.
Sella and Leysritt
Voiced by: Haruhi Terada (Sella) and Miho Miyagawa (Leysritt) (Japanese), Beth Lazarou (Sella) and Meaghan Avocato (Leysritt) (English)The von Einzbern family maids, who accompanied their mistress Irisviel to Japan after she married Kiritsugu. They are also sisters, with Sella being the more serious and responsible of the pair, while Leysritt is content to just lounge about the house after she does her daily duties.As servants of the von Einzberns, they know perfectly well about Illya's role in the aborted Grail War ritual, and Sella in particular is constantly worried that Illya has secretly gotten herself in some sort of trouble. Her concern is VERY merited.
- A-Cup Angst: Sella is... sensitive... about how, despite being sisters, Leys is much more well-endowed than her.
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: When Iri forces Sella to dress provocatively and give Shirou "do you want dinner, bath, or me?" speech, he naturally chooses "dinner". Sella proceeds to beat him up for that, calling him "good for nothing".
- Berserk Button: There are several sure-fire ways to tick off Sella: comment on her weight, comment on her lack of endowments, and pre-emptively finish her housework despite it being her turn to do so.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: If Leysritt's abilities are anything like her mainline counterpart, she's actually strong enough to potentially take on Heroic Spirits. Not to mention she may also be keeping her massive poleaxe around. Chances are she could possibly take on Bazett in a straight fight. Of course, none of the main cast are actually aware of this, nor has Leysritt had any reason to display her abilities.
- Lazy Bum: Leysritt is pretty lazy, usually watching tv and eating snacks.
- Meido: Though in this incarnation it's not apparent, due to the fact that they don't use their uniforms anymore. The one time that Sella does appear in the uniform, Illya comments that it's not cute at all and therefore doesn't like it. Sella is actually quite sad about that.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Sella is hard working and strict, while Leysritt is laid-back but lazy.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Inversion. Sella wants Shirou out of it.
- Tsundere: Sella toward Shirou, mostly the "tsun" part.
- Weight Woe: Though you wouldn't see it at first glance, Sella has a recurring weight problem. One of the extra chapters even focuses on her efforts to lose some of that extra weight... to no avail.
- Woman Child: Leysritt would order and watch magical girl anime with Illya.
Irisviel von Einzbern
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Maggie Flecknoe (English)Illya's mother, and the de-facto head of the von Einzbern family. Iriviel is often away from home, accompanying her husband Kiritsugu in his "work" around the world, and leaves the care of the house to her maids. Unlike Kiritsugu, Iri makes it a point to drop by and check on the family every so often.
- Abusive Parents: Physically, for comic relief. Iri hits Illya when she annoys her with questions about her secret powers at the end of the first season and in 2wei pulls off a giant fist made out of strings to silence Chloe after Chloe almost attacked Iri. Then she proceeds to do the same with Illya just because.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Illya describes her as doing based on what mood strikes her.
- Drives Like Crazy: Like in Fate/Zero. Combines this with Dynamic Entry.
- Even the Girls Want Her: All of Illya's female friends from school are disturbingly attracted to Illya's mom, to the point most of them ask for "souvenir photos" when Iri gets pulled into modelling some wedding dresses during a theme park visit.
- Happily Married: With Kiritsugu.
- Hidden Depths: Iri, while well-meaning, is generally seen by both her children as flighty, spontaenous, and impulsive. As her arrival in the first "season" and 2wei shows however, Iri is very perceptive and is often on-the-button with regards to Illya's problems.
- Give Him a Normal Life: She and Kiritsugu seal Illya's memories as the Grail to give her a normal life.
- A God Am I: Played for Laughs but when she draw up the family hierachy she made herself god tier.
- Impoverished Patrician: It's easy to forget that, in the mainline Fate series, the von Einzberns were considered both nobility and a pre-eminent, if secretive, Mage family. Here though? Your typical middle-class family, with Iri herself as a supportive wife. Irisviel isn't in the least bothered by this though... maybe. She does make fun of the Edelfelt mansion getting demolished in 2wei for example.
- Last of Her Kind: As she reveals in 2wei, Iri and Illya are the last of the von Einzberns left alive.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When Gilgamesh breaks out of the Mirror World and attempts to hijack the Greater Grail under Mount Enzou, Iri arrives within minutes and demands answers from Caren to find out what's going on. Unfortunately, she's too late to even say goodbye as her daughter(s) are hurled into Another Dimension.
- Moment Killer: A walking example. Illya even notes the atmosphere is ruined whenever Iri appears.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Her eccentric personality seems genuine, but she's much more knowledgeable and aware than she lets on, and can be dead serious when the situation calls for it. Keep in mind that she's spent much of the last ten years working with Kiritsugu.
- Shipper on Deck: Any girl who is interested in Shirou, especially Rin and Luvia, who she at one point tries to bribe with photos of Shirou she just so happened to be carrying around. Part of it seems to be genuine, though another part of it is probably for her amusement.
- Troll: Considering the above comical abuse she does towards her daughters and getting Sella and Leysritt to strip (while feeling good about it), then dressing them up in sexier versions of their normal maid attire, she comes off as this. Possible Mythology Gag as she's also like this in the Einzbern Consultation Rooms from Fate/Zero where Iri's comedic sociopathy comes from her being Grail-possessed.
- Walking the Earth: She's rarely at home, instead spending a lot of time with her husband on travels.
- Would Hurt a Child: When Illya or Chloe aren't behaving, she'll sometimes smack them.
- Where I Was Born and Razed: It's implied in 2wei! that she and Kiritsugu killed most of her family so that Illya wouldn't be forced into being a Grail Conduit.
The Edelfelt household
Luvia's personal butler and bodyguard.
- Almighty Janitor: He is quite competent in combat and can carry out all Luvia's request no matter how absurd they are, such as faking documents and get Kuro transferred to Humurahara Elementary within 14 hours.
- Ambiguously Gay: He's rather... insistent on taking a bath with Shirou.
- Badass Grandpa: As displayed during the fight with Bazett, he can jump kick, do flip, fire submachine guns with both hands, and fight in close range with wrist blades.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Cutting beef by knives between fingers in Wolverine style.
- The Worf Effect: As his fight is extended in the anime, defeating him really shows how dangerous Bazett is.
Homurahara Elementary School
- Locked Out of the Loop: They are generally unaware of Illya's life as a magic girl, no matter how many other people around Illya start to realize what's going on.
- Sacred First Kiss: Chloe steals the first kisses of ALL of them (except Caren), which prompts incredibly angry reactions towards Illya by accident (since the two look alike).
- Shoo Out the Clowns: It often gets more serious if they are not in the scene.
- Those Two Guys: The main purpose of Illya's classmates is to support the fact that Illya in Prisma Illya has had a happy and normal life.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Despite being Japanese, Illya's friends don't exactly have naturally-occuring hair colors. Nanaki's is pink for example, Suzuka's is a dark teal, and Mimi's is an almost black dark green. Tatsuko's strawberry blonde can happen in real-life, but isn't endemic to Japanese in general.
- Cool Big Sister: She has been shown to be a nice big sister. She even made cake for her little brother.
- Covert Pervert: Turns out she was always very perverted under her kindness, it just took Suzuka to release it.
- Early-Bird Cameo: An unnamed girl who looks quite similar◊ to her appears in a short scene in Fate/hollow ataraxia.
- Generic Girl: A running gag with her is that she has no presence.
- Nice Girl: She is very kind and considerate towards her goofy comrades.
- Out of Focus: Mimi has zero presence, and people like Ruby or Miyu tend to forget about her very easily.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: When describing her appreciation of a BL novel Suzuka handed out to her, Mimi breaks into a long-winded speech that Illya lampshades as filled with terms that would require educational discretion (complete with steam noises just because). She eventually degenerates into excited gibberish that Chloe mistakes for Berserker's garbled shouts.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Because she can't seem to think of a good lesbian story writeup note , she settles for gender bendering the characters into males. This in turn attracts the attention of resident BL writer Suzuka, who uses her script for a comic booth and even forces poor Mimi to host it. Afterwards, Mimi's transformation was complete, something that terrifies even Suzuka.
- Yuri Fan: Goes both ways, as she thinks homosexual relationships are fine and totally ships the supposed love triangle between Illya, Miyu and Chloe.
- Big Brother Attraction: She wanted to have her Sacred First Kiss with her big brother (though since she has two, it's not clear which one). Comparisons to Illya follow immediatly.
- But Not Too Foreign: Her mother has the very un-Japanese given name of "Stella", which, coupled with her blonde hair, might actually imply that she is mixed race.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Wears a swimsuit to gym class even though they aren't going swimming, among many other things.
- Genki Girl: Even amongst a group of grade-school girls, Tatsuko stands out as being extraordinarily hyperactive, compounded by virtually zero impulse control.
- Lethal Chef: Among other things, adds meat spices (she wanted to make hamburgers!) and breathmints (It adds flavor!) to cake batter.
- Made of Iron: She constantly get sent flying into the air without any injury. She once even got hit by a car and was fine afterwords.
- Big Brother Worship: Adores her older sister, which is why she's noticeably distressed when said sister is traumatized by a bad encounter with her "twintailed" and "gold drilled" schoolmates (Rin and Luvia, respectively).
- Eyes Always Closed: She has never opened her eyes so far.
- Numerical Theme Naming: Both she and her sister have "nana" (the number 7) as part of their given names.
- Hair Decorations: A pair of hairpins on her bangs.
Voiced by: Miki Ito (Japanese), Allison Sumrall (English)Illya's class teacher.
- Animal Motifs: It's still tigers.
- Genki Girl: She's in her twenties, but is easily excited and mischevious.
- Sensei-chan: She plays this dead straight in this series, unlike in Fate/stay night where she's immature at home but competent as a teacher.
- Yaoi Fangirl: When she catches Mimi drawing yaoi in class, she scolds her, but can't help but stare at it entranced.
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Courtney Lomelo (English)Illya's school nurse, who has a very sadistic side. Though like in the main universe she is an agent of the Church. She was sent to Fuyuki to observe, and if necessary, act as a backup, in case the recovery of the class cards went south.
- Blessed with Suck: Caren's body starts to bleed in the presence of evil spirits. The church regularly employs her as a radar due to this ability.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half-Japanese, Half-Italian.
- Child Hater: The sound of happy children hurts her ears. In fact, she chose to work as a school nurse so she'd only see them when they were sick or hurt.
- Dr. Jerk: She is disappointed if your injuries are minor and she enjoys getting a close look at children that get injured.
- Emotionless Girl: Perhaps bored is a better word, as she almost only drinks tea or observes.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: When wearing her Church uniform she intentionally doesn't wear a skirt. Because it's fashion.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Caren or Karen. Also Hortensia and Ortensia. She's probably Italian though, so Ortensia is more likely.
The physical form and corrupted manifestations of the Class Cards. Each one represents the Heroic Spirit of their source.
Tropes Associated with all of the Cards:
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Downplayed Trope. Each Heroic Spirit has their personality suppressed and replaced with a single-minded desire to obtain the Holy Grail. But unlike the Mad Enhancement of the Berserker class, all Servants retain their ability to make use of their Noble Phantasms, and are in full possession of their combat ability — Caster is able to easily construct highly complex magical defenses and Saber is able to accurately determine threats and switch targets accordingly. In fact, getting rid of their ego makes some Servants like Gilgamesh far more competent than they would ordinarily be.
- Evil Costume Switch: Every Heroic Spirit appears as an Alter variant.
- Load-Bearing Boss: When a Heroic Spirit is defeated, the space it resided in collapses, returning the girls back to the real world.
- Mirror World: Each card exists in an alternate plane that can be entered using the Kaleidosticks.
- Public-Domain Character
The first Card fought by Illya and retrieved by Miyu.
- Fragile Speedster: She's quick, but even Illya's basic attacks are enough to hurt her.
- Lightning Bruiser: Her Berserker Succession is Gorgon, the monster form of Medusa. Her Install allows Illya to physically match Beatrice's Thor Install.
- Nonindicative Name: Her class card is Rider, but she spends her entire battle on foot and is never shown riding anything.
- Wave Motion Gun: Bellerophon is one. She attempts to use it on Illya and Rin, but Miyu pierces her heart with Gae Bolg before she can.
Caster (Medea the Witch)
The second Card fought by Illya and Miyu. She can fire massive barrages of magical artillery, in addition to several other magic-based attacks.
- Anti-Magic: Her Noble Phantasm Rule breaker. Illya uses it to undo Julian's disguise in 3rei.
- Early Bird Boss: Caster's heavily fortified arena presents far more of a challenge than Rider, and convinces Rin and Luvia that they and their "apprentices" will have to work together to collect the Class Cards. Illya and Miyu learn to trust each other and work as a team, playing off each others' strengths, and their friendship blossoms from taking on the ordeal together. Everyone establishes their skillset, and things start to come together. Then Saber shows up.
- Killed Off for Real: In 3rei, Julian destroys her Card.
- * More Dakka
Saber (King Arthur)
The manifestation of the Saber Card. She shares a plane with Caster and is fought immediately by Illya's party after the former is defeated.She's covered within a dense mist of mana that protects her from magical attacks and her sword is capable of firing waves of black energy.
- Anti-Magic: She has very high resistance to magic, owing to her class. She is also covered by a mana barrier that deflects spells.
- Black Swords Are Better: She wields a red-and-black version of Excalibur.
- Mighty Glacier: She's a fair bit slower than Berserker and Rider, but she is extremely resistant against magical attacks and her sword beams can ignore magical protections.
- Mythology Gag: She is directly based on Saber Alter. Even better, she faces off against Archer Illya, in a parallel to Shirou and Saber Alter's Duel to the Death in Heaven's Feel's fan-favorite Sparks Liner High ending.
- Sword Beam: Her sword, Excalibur, can fire a massive red-and-black blast of energy.
Assassin (Hassan-i Sabbah)
The fourth Card fought by Illya's group. The Assassin Card is split up between many different individual Assassins, but each share the same skull-shaped mask and general appearance.Individually, each Assassin is relatively weak, enough so that Luvia and Rin can injure them. However, they fight by employing poisoned weapons and overwhelming odds against Illya's group.
- Composite Character: A combination between Zero Assasin and True Assassin.
- Poisoned Weapons: His darts.
- Self-Duplication: He can create duplicates of himself through his Noble Phantasm. Illya gains the same ability when she installs the Assassin Card.
- Stealth Expert
- Weak, but Skilled: Chloe states the card is so weak that Illya's Trance is stronger than its Install. But even so, its stealth abilities come in handy.
- Zerg Rush: Attacks with dozens of weak "copies" of itself.
The manifestation of the Berserker Card and the last Card fought.His Noble Phantasm allows him to resurrect a set number of times, granting him immunity to what killed him in the process.
- BFS: The Axe-Sword (referred to as "Fake Nine Lives," Nine Lives being the technique associated with it in Fate/stay night), a massive slab of stone carved out of the base of his temple. It can be summoned by Including his Class Card. While he swings it around effortlessly with his Super Strength, it's far too heavy and unwieldy for Illya to even pick up.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Installing his Class Card will put the user under the effects of Mad Enhancement. Angelica is able to circumvent this for Illya to Install it, although there is a 10-minute time limit before Mad Enhancement kicks in.
- Disc One Final Boss: The strongest and final opponent the protagonists fight in the first season.
- Fusion Dance: In an interesting way. As Angelica and Rin note, the Berserker Card can be mixed with other Class Card to create a different version of a Heroic Spirit, with the initial card as the base and the second card giving the Heroic Spirit form. Illya uses this loophole to fuse Herc with Rider Card, resulting the Gorgon Form.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's the strongest Heroic Spirit, as well as one of the fastest. Although he's insane, he's still extremely dangerous.
- Resurrective Immortality: His Noble Phantasm provides him a stock of lives that allows him to resurrect himself every time he dies, gaining immunity to what killed him in the process.
- The Berserker
- Transformation Is a Free Action: Defies it. He charges at straight Miyu while she channels the Saber Card.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The only original Class Card that hasn't been used as an Install by the main characters, or anyone; even the showcase of Miyu's brother defeating the original Class Card users doesn't show the user of Berserker. Justified, since there's no telling how the Berserker Class's Mad Enhancement would affect the user, and Berserker's incredibly powerful abilities would remove almost any challenge in a fight.
Archer (Heroic Spirit EMIYA)
A bowman clad in red who's defeated by Bazett before the story begins. He only makes appearances in a flashback in 2wei and a short exposition in 3rei.
- Alternate Self: He's one to Shirou Emiya, as he explains in his exposition."Heroic Spirit EMIYA. From the distant future of a different world was another me who became a Heroic Spirit. Forming a pact with the earth and becoming a guardian of humanity, he followed through with the justice that Kiritsugu and I idealized."
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: He uses his bow against Bazett before engaging her in melee combat.
- Dual Wielding: Wields two curved blades
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He can fire his bow with near perfect accuracy... while falling.
- Future Badass: It's revealed fairly late in 3rei that his identity belongs to that of Heroic Spirit EMIYA, a parallel version of Shirou Emiya who contracted with the world and became a Counter Guardian.
- Mythology Gag: He looks a lot like Avenger.
- Nonindicative Name: His class card is Archer, but he has the power to manifest swords out of thin air.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He and his Card have very few appearances in the story. However, by responding to Shirou's summoning, he allows him to fight back and ultimately, set the story in motion.
- Spanner in the Works: His card was supposed to be a 'junk' card with the pretence that the card was supposed to be Gilgamesh, that was given to Sakura, who tried to use it to fight Shinji. Miyu's version of Shirou got a hold of it, and basically asked for help from the Throne of Heroes out of desperation. EMIYA answered the call despite having a rather infamous loathing of his past selves. By doing so, he basically allows Shirou to derail Julian's plans.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: He can create swords out of thin air.
- Storm of Blades: One of his attacks involves creating several swords and firing them at his target.
- Trick Arrow: As shown with Chloe and Bazett's flashback, the arrows that Archer fire explode.
- The Unfought: Like Lancer, he's killed off-screen by Bazett before the story starts.
Lancer (Cu Chulainn)The other of the two Cards defeated before the story begins. Like Archer, Lancer only makes an appearance in a flashback.His Noble Phantasm is a red spear named Gae Bolg.
- Blade on a Stick: His Noble Phantasm is a spear named Gae Bolg.
- Mythology Gag: He resembles his Fate/Prototype self, with a fur collar to emphasize being more of a hunter than a combatant. Also literally as his powerset includes becoming a werewolf, since he is the "dog of Chulainn"
- The Unfought: He's killed off-screen by Bazett before the series even begins.
The Eighth Card (SPOILER)
Voiced by: Aya Endo (Japanese)The King of Heroes... not quite as you may remember him from previous Fate installments unless you've read Fate/hollow ataraxia. He initially shows up as yet another corrupted servant seeking the Holy Grail... only to be defeated by Illya and left in a child form.He becomes one of Illya's main allies in 3rei, seemingly out of annoyance for the Ainsworth's stealing most of his treasury.His Class Card is Archer.
- All Your Powers Combined: As always, he brings Gate of Babylon with him. And with it, every Noble Phantasm that originated on Gaia.
- Badass Adorable: He's still incredibly powerful even after being reduced to a cute kid, going toe-to-toe with numerous Ainsworth servants and being noticeably less arrogant.
- Berserk Button: Like Fate/stay night, use his Noble Phantasms against him and he will let you know how angry he is. Especially Enkidu.
- BFS: He holds a MASSIVE sword in his vault. Illya manages to break it and it remains broken after its second appearance. Naturally, as he owns every weapon ever comprehended by man and then some, he has a figuratively infinite number of giant swords.
- Chain Pain: Is even more proficient with Enkidu than his mainstream counterpart, trapping Angelica in a sphere made from chains before attempting to skewer her. When she breaks out of that he then wraps Enkidu around the dozens of weapons she summons before throwing them back at her.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His very first appearance, to everyone.
- Demonic Possession: Gilgamesh explains due to his ego, if someone doesn't use his card correctly when installing it, the card can take that person over. This nearly happened to Miyu
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Becoming an ally of the team entails being separated from his corrupted card, which causes him to lose most of his treasures to Angelica.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Ea, the only known Anti-World Noble Phantasm with which he blows up the Mirror World. Keep in mind that it's world as in the concept and not specifically a planet buster (though it is perfectly capable of doing so).
- Easily Forgiven: Thanks to his A+ Charisma, he convinces Illya to forgive him for trying to kill her and everyone she cares about.
- Empathic Weapon: His ego is so strong that his card takes over the mind of the user if they aren't using it correctly.
- Evil Laugh: Seemingly the one remnant of his personality.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: His eyes become sharper and he slicks his hair upward in a manner reminiscent of his original Fate/stay night counterpart when he starts getting serious.
- Eye Take: Gets one in Drei Chapter 27, complete with Stunned Silence. It's about the only time he ever loses his composure.
- Fatal Flaw: Averted. Due to his madness, he is finally able to overlook his pride and thus, goes all-out.
- Also averted by his younger self. He uses the entirety of his armory rather than just spamming the usual Storm of Blades.
- Fiction 500: Like his mainstream counterpart, little Gil has a virtually endless supply of wealth, paying for Illya's and Tanaka's meal by tossing a gold bar on the table as if it were pocket change.Gilgamesh: [pulls out another bar of gold] I'm really enjoying modern life. It helps that the value of gold doesn't seem to have changed much in this day and age!
- Healing Factor: Unlike his other incarnations, this one has a counter to people who manage to charge through his attacks and hit him.
- Heel–Face Turn: After his black half is destroyed, his younger self decides to join Illya out of boredom.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- Dares complain when Illya reminds him that he lost to her, because the winner shouldn't rub their victory in the loser's face. See every single one of his other appearances.
- When he tells Angelica to be less cocky when using his card.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: While significantly less egotistic than the F/SN version. He hints a few times how he feels that he's a shadow of his former self that doesn't measure up to his legend.
- Irony: He kills Illya in Fate/stay night by ripping out her heart; here, Bazett does this to him instead, although the latter doesn't stick.
- It Amused Me: Joins Illya in her quest to save Miyu because he's bored and taking on the creators of the Holy Grail War sounds "fun". Tells Julian he needs Ilya to grant his wish because he wants to see how things play out.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Immediately high-tails it when once Angelica begins installing five Class Cards on top of his own, knowing that even he can't take that much firepower on with only a fraction of his treasury.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: He might be much friendlier than his Jerkass adult self, but he's still Gilgamesh. He couldn't care less about saving the dying planet or Miyu; he's here to take back his Card.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts like the cute, happy-go-lucky kid he appears to be. Makes it easy to forget he is still the ancient God-King of Babylon, one-time possessor of all of mankind's treasures and knowledge. He spends most of 3rei lounging around, using his resources and knowledge of events in the alternate world to steer the heroes in the right direction.
- One-Winged Angel: His black half transforms into a massive, black monster after tapping into the power of the mana circuit. He then recombines with it to fight Illya.
- Opt Out: Once he got his card back, he decided to see where things were going from the sidelines.
- Person of Mass Destruction: To a whole new level from usual. He obliterates the Mirror World, a Reality Marble as large as Gaia.
- Power Limiter: His full strength hasn't been used since his card is being used in the other world.
- Power of the Void: The incarnation of his corrupt form is covered in black prana and emits a smoky black-and-red haze, making it similar to Angra Mainyu. It even produces a cursed muck that Gilgamesh warns will probably kill those exposed.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves the group after he steals back his card, expressing amusement at how Julian is going to use his wish to save the world.
- Shameless Fanservice Guy: He doesn't care about being seen naked, because his body is physically perfect so he has no reason to want to hide it.
- Storm of Blades: Gate of Babylon, as usual.
- This Is Unforgivable!: He doesn't take it well when Enkidu is used against him.Gilgamesh: So, it turns out that I laugh when I'm angry. Don't go using my friend as you please, MONGREL!
- Too Kinky to Torture: When Illya lands with her hand on his crotch and gives it a few squeezes, not realizing what she's holding, he finds it amusing.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Almost literally, after his black half is destroyed.
- Walking Spoiler: Not only does he show up very late into 2wei as the final opponent, but he also becomes a protagonist in 3rei, accompanying Illya in her quest to save Miyu from the Ainsworths.
- Wave Motion Sword: In addition to Ea, the one that appears most is Sul-Sagana, a massive sword almost as large as Ig-Alima.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Subverted. It looks like he's calling Illya out on her carelessness and willingness to lead people into a suicidal quest...but it turns out he's listing the reasons why it sounds fun.
- Wild Card: Sweet talks his way onto Illya's team to take back his Card from the Ainsworths. Though his other half in the Card would have slaughtered them all for such a grievous offense, once he retrieves his Card he instead advises Julian that he'll need Illya to grant his wish before vanishing to watch how the story plays out.
- Worthy Opponent: Decides that Illya is worthy of facing Enuma Elish when she combines the two wands and risks her own death for her friends.
New Fuyuki City (SPOILERS)
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (Japanese)A mysterious girl from Miyu's world, she seeks to defeat the Ainsworth family, but remembers nothing else.
- Amnesiac Hero: Her memories start at when she first met Illya and her goal of destroying the Ainsworths.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: She has no sense of common sense at all.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror
- Genki Girl
- Hate at First Sight: She hated Erika the moment she saw her. Possibly because she subconsciously realized that Erika is an Ainsworth.
- Healing Factor: Even after receiving numerous fatal attacks that would count as overkill, she is just fine a few hours later.
- Inexplicably Awesome: Illya and company meet her without the slightest clue about her identity, yet she saves the the party from the Ainsworths on a whim more than once, all while being wishy washy. According to Erika after turning into a fake Grail, she is the world's "Truth" that passes judgement on counterfeits.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Beatrice's Mjöllnir should have vaporized Tanaka, but Tanaka's body is completely intact.
- Playing with Fire: Shatters Darius's ice-based barrier with a ridiculously powerful blast of heat.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: She can detach her arm and turn it into a fiery sword that's powerful enough to vaporize the Heroic Spirits generated by Erika's Grail form as well as harm her.
- Third-Person Person
Ramen shop owner
Voiced by: Joji Nakata (Japanese)The proprietor of a ramen shop seemingly specializing in hellishly spicy Mapo tofu, and the only store seemingly still open in the mostly-abandoned Fuyuki city. Definitely knows more than he first lets on about the circumstances surrounding the city's abandonment.
- Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: The hellishly spicy Mapo tofu he sells is, as Illya puts it, a total rip-off.
- Sold some of his Black Keys to Alt!Shirou, and they don't do him any good when tries to use them to break through Julian's barrier. Alt!Shirou bitterly complained that the priest charged him a lot of money for those toys.
- Chekhov's Gunman: It's only a matter of time before he is more involved in the plot. He is. He knows Kiritsugu as the Magus Killer. And he saved Shirou after Jullian took Miyu away.
- Mr. Exposition: He's the one who explained to Shirou about the Ainsworth family and the universe's version of the Holy Grail War.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His reaction when the spell around the Ainsworths' mansion is dispelled, whether or not he'll come back later is impossible to tell right now
- We Sell Everything: Inverted. He only sells hellishly spicy Mapo tofu and other ''very'' spicy food.
Alternate Shirou Emiya
Voiced by: Noriaki SugiyamaMiyu's elder brother and the adopted son of Kiritsugu Emiya. He's the parallel counterpart of Illya's brother and looks identical except for a few strands of white hair and some brown patches of skin from overusing his Projection magecraft.Before the story began, he was a participant of the Ainsworth Holy Grail War. After defeating the other six participants and becoming the victor of the Holy Grail War, he freed Miyu from the Ainsworths and sent her to Illya's world.He was the original owner of the Archer Card imbued in Chloe, summoning it using himself as a catalyst. The Card itself corresponds to Heroic Spirit EMIYA.
- Alternate Self: He's a parallel version of Shirou Emiya, Illya's adopted older brother in her universe. More specifically, he's the adopted son of Illya's biological father Kiritsugu Emiya in both universes, much like in Fate/stay night.
- He's also a parallel version of Heroic Spirit EMIYA, whom he summons through the Archer Card.
- Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: Miyu's brother is a lot more like his original incarnation than Illya's more-or-less normal brother. He can even use his iconic Projection magecraft and invoke Unlimited Blade Works.
- Anti-Hero: He has no problem dooming the entire world if it means protecting his sister Miyu.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: His fight against Angelica shows that he's a heavy strategist, planning moves ahead of his opponent and keeping track of his openings.
Shirou: Sharpen you senses to their utmost. A single move can prove fatal. A single moment can spell death. Kill off any needless thoughts. The only thing we should be seeing for now is the boundary between life and death. Think ten steps ahead, and seize even five more seconds of survival!
- He finds out that Angelica is Julian's sister simply by comparing their similar expressions. Later, he breaks through Kuro's facade, revealing that she doesn't value her own life, and confronts her about her problems.
- He defeats Shinji by exploiting an off-hand fact that he revealed to him earlier. He later defeats Saber by taking advantage of the latter's missing arm to sidestep an Excalibur blast and fire off a Broken Phantasm.
- Badass Adorable: Unlike mainstream Shirou, Kiritsugu taught him magecraft properly and allowed Shirou to accompany him on his many excursions, including the job where they rescued Miyu.
- Badass Boast: Has a ton of them.Shirou: If you're willing to kill one person for the sake of the greater good then I'm willing to accept all the evil that comes with stopping you. Do you have enough resolve, champion of justice?Shirou: I'm seriously done with this little play you guys are doing. Outta my way, you third-rate actor.Shirou: Fine by me. Bring it on, Saber. We've gone this far, so I'll keep playing your game... Until one of us breaks.
- Badass Creed: He gets his own Unlimited Blade Works chant.Shirou: I am the bone of my sword. Steel is my body and fire is my blood. I have created over a thousand blades. Unaware of beginning nor aware of the end. Withstood pain with inconsistent weapons. My hands will never hold anything. - Yet, my flame never ends. My whole body was still "Unlimited Blade Works." Alternatively
- Badass in Distress: He is the one who freed Miyu from her captors in the past, which implies badassery. And he is currently their prisoner, getting captured in the process of doing it. Later, Gilgamesh breaks him out.
- BFS: The first two weapons he's shown projecting are Nine Lives and Ig-Alima.
- Big Brother Instinct: He's going to stop the Ainsworths' even if it means dooming humanity just to save his sister.
- Composite Character: His characterization is a mixture between two of his incarnations from Fate/stay night. His personality is similar to his Heaven's Feel counterpart, in that he's abandoned his ideal for the sake of his loved one, while his power-set reflects his Unlimited Blade Works counterpart, including the ability to summon the eponymous reality marble.
- Deadpan Snarker: Unlike in Fate/stay night, he doesn't hold his tongue. He'll casually snark at anyone who isn't Miyu or Sakura, as Julian gets a taste of. He even snarks in the middle of battle.
- Deflector Shields: He has access to a seven petaled shield named Rho Aias. He uses it to No Sell a Rain of Arrows fired from muddied Heroic Spirits.
- Determinator: For one, he spends three months hopelessly trying to bring back his sister.
- Iron Woobie: He goes through a lot like his sister getting kidnapped, his best friend becoming his enemy, and his love interest dying in front of him.
- The Dreaded: Even Angelica admits that the Archer Card and Shirou are dangerous.
- Dual Wielding: He wields Kanshou and Bakuya.
- Field of Blades: Unlimited Blade Works, a snow-covered world housing an unlimited number of blades and the greatest magecraft available to Shirou Emiya. He unleashes it against Angelica.
- The Gadfly: Back in the peaceful days, Shirou called Julian a siscon to get a reaction out of him, in spite of his own relationship with Miyu.
- Good Is Not Soft: He's a nice guy and a great big brother, but unlike Fate/stay night where he tries to avoid killing other masters, this Shirou has no problem with killing other participants of the Holy Grail War. He jams several copies of Kanshou and Bakuya inside Shinji's transformed state and Overedges them to try and impale him, and in the end of the fight, he doesn't hesitate to end his life after he's rendered defenseless. He only finds out he isn't human after the fact.
- He decides that the best way to ensure Miyu's happiness is to stop Julian. How? By killing him. He only fails because he's attacked by Sakura.
- He disarms Saber, not by skillfully severing a tendon, but by cutting off his left arm.
- Heartbroken Badass: After Sakura is killed, he takes some time in the next chapter to silently grieve for her before refocusing on his fight with Shinji.
- Hero of Another Story: Before the story began, he took on the Ainsworths and somehow managed to send Miyu to Illya's universe. From the small details provided, he's held off or beaten Angelica before and he's used Unlimited Blade Works at least once. The flashback arc explores his past, wherein he takes over as the main protagonist.
- Heroic R.R.O.D.: While fighting Angelica, his heavy usage of Projection takes its toll after he tries and fails to invoke his reality marble, leaving him vulnerable to her Storm of Blades.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: A minor example when Shinji demands the identity of the Archer Card.Shirou: No one in particular. It's just a nameless wannabe of a Heroic Spirit.
- Human Pincushion: Turned into one by Julian when he took Miyu the first time. Kotomine saved him.
- Hurting Hero: He notes that he could only hold his swords because everything slipped through his fingers.
- Innocently Insensitive: Almost walks into the girls changing clothes with a completely straight face, having done so to help Miyu numerous times int he past much to her embarrassment.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite the Fourth Holy Grail War not happening in his universe, he still ends up in an accident that kills his family, is saved and then adopted by Kiritsugu.
- Irony: He abandons Kiritsugu's ideal of being an Ally of Justice in order to become a better brother. Yet the Card he summons corresponds to Heroic Spirit EMIYA, the very embodiment of those ideals.
- Leitmotif: EMIYA, not to be confused with Kuro's Shoujo Shinka.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: After Shirou installs Heroic Spirit EMIYA, he starts kicking Shinji's ass. Presumably, it's this power that allowed him to save Miyu from Julian's clutches in the first place.
- Locked into Strangeness: Through prolonged exposure to his future self's Card, he obtains its powers and Sword origin, which he describes as his body "being invaded by Heroic Spirit EMIYA". Fortunately, the most it does is bleach some of his hair and tan segments of his skin. The last time something like this happened in the series...
- Not the Intended Use: The Heroic Spirit bound to the Archer Card is a Counter Guardian, an entity meant to protect mankind. By using its power to save Miyu, Shirou's actions are harmful to humanity as a whole, the opposite of what the power was intended for. Shirou himself acknowledges this."The power meant for humanity's sake... I vowed to use it for a single person."
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Rare Protagonist Example. Miyu herself is the reason why Shirou can unleash Unlimited Blade Works, and project Divine Constructs, which are magical abilities that require a lot of prana to activate. Shirou himself was unaware of this connection until Miyu was safely teleported from his reality.
- Promotion to Parent: He takes over raising Miyu after Kiritsugu dies.
- Red Is Heroic: A red head on a one-man crusade to free his sister from the Ainsworths.
- Satellite Character: Spends the first half of 3rei giving the heroes info on Miyu's location and being the cause of Miyu's original escape to Illya's world. Subverted when he's freed by Gilgamesh
- Selfless Wish: After managing to win the Holy Grail War he uses his wish to give Miyu a happy life.
- Snow Means Death: His version of Unlimited Blade Works is covered in a snowstorm and he views the blades as graves. Keep in mind that Sakura also died in the snow, so this was probably invoked.
- Spam Attack: He uses Nine Lives to kill several muddied Heroic Spirits.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: He has access to Projection, the same type of magecraft that the Archer card grants.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: After Miyu was freed from the Ainsworth's clutches, the perspective was taken away from Illya to focus on Shirou and Miyu's past and the circumstances that lead to the plot of the story. Namely Miyu's origins and the Holy Grail War. See Hero of Another Story.
- Storm of Blades: He counters Angelica's Storm of Blades by launching his own. Takes it Up to Eleven in Unlimited Blade Works, creating a tsunami of blades in an attempt to counter Ea. It fails.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: His defiant response towards Julian when he tells him that saving Miyu will result in the destruction to the world.
- Took a Level in Badass: He starts off as what amounts to everyone's punching bag with nothing more than Reinforcement magecraft. Then he summons the Archer Card and solos the six Ainsworth dolls with it, winning the fifth Holy Grail War. After he gives it up to save his sister, he acquires Heroic Spirit EMIYA's powerset and unlocks his own Unlimited Blade Works.
- Tragic Dream: He gives up his dream of becoming a hero of justice and decides to live a normal, happy life with his sister, which is soon interrupted by the Holy Grail War. When he wishes Miyu to Illya's world, he knows he'll probably never see her again, and the last thing he thinks about are his hopes that she'll be happy and his regrets that he couldn't teach her more as her brother. Later, the only reason he gets to meet her again is because a link is created between his world and Illya's world.
- Tranquil Fury: During his first Install and fight against Shinji, he remained decidedly calm while beating him.
- Unique Protagonist Asset: He doesn't use a Card or rely on a Mystic Code, he's just an ordinary Magus relying on his own power. However, his Projection magecraft allows him to kill muddied servants with ease and fight the Ainsworths head-on. In the flashback arc, he's a participant of the Holy Grail War and the wielder of the Archer Card, but the unique nature of his summoning gives him an advantage over the other participants. See his Weak, but Skilled entry.
- The end of his flashback reveals that Miyu was providing him with prana during the Holy Grail War, a connection that is cut when she's transported to Illya's world.
- We Used to Be Friends: Shirou considered Julian to be his friend prior to becoming aware that he had Miyu. Now they are bitter enemies.
- Weak, but Skilled: As acknowledged early in the series and in-canon, Archer is by no means the strongest Class Card. But unlike the Ainsworth dolls, Shirou is in complete sync with the Heroic Spirit imbued within it. This gives him a large enough advantage that he can defeat the other six participant of the Holy Grail War in spite of their power difference, though not without getting nearly killed multiple times.
- The Worf Effect: After killing a large number of Heroic Spirits and defeating Angelica with Chloe's help, something no one else in Illya's group could accomplish. He gets severely injured by Sakura, showing just how dangerous she is.
Alternate Kiritsugu Emiya
Shirou's adopted father who rescued him from an accident and mentored him in magecraft and in being a hero of justice.. He had a dream of creating a world without conflict, and would use any means to accomplish it. This led him and Shirou to take great interest in the Children of God.He adopts Miyu in hopes of using her as a tool to save humanity, but dies shortly after and passes the burden onto Shirou.
- Adaptational Villainy: Unlike his Fate/stay night counterpart, he retains his ideals to Well-Intentioned Extremist levels (complete with Face Framed in Shadow) even after adopting Shirou. As a result, when he decides to adopt Miyu, he does so to use her as a tool to save the human race, rather than out of affection.
- Downplayed in that it only lasts a single chapter. He gets a more sympathetic final talk with Shirou in chapter 32 of 3rei where he passes his ideals of heroism to Shirou.
- Dead Alternate Counterpart: To Illya and Kuro's biological father, a fact that does not go unnoticed.
- Death by Origin Story: He died when Shirou and Miyu were young.
- Red Baron: If Kotomine's to be believed, he was apparently notorious enough to be known as the "Magus Killer" in Miyu's universe, much like his Fate/Zero counterpart.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Like in Fate/stay night, this version of Kiritsugu died slowly over the years from sickness. Whether he contracted it from the same source is unknown.
- Alternate Universe: Seem to be Miyu's verse equivalents to the Einzberns.
- Anti-Villain: Angelica and Darius outright state their goal is to save the world even if a few people need to be sacrificed.
- Big Bad: Seem to be this in 3rei.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Flash Air was seen as a weak magecraft, but the Ainsworth figured out how to use it to overwrite the laws of the world and create their universe's version of the Holy Grail War.
- Space Master: The Ainsworth family's magecraft is Flash Air, a type of displacement magecraft. It can be used something as simple as grabbing things from a distance or creating mini-portals to something like morphing a mountain into a castle and hiding massive objects in plain sight.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Alternatively romanized as "Einsworth/Einzworth", to stress the fact that they are Alternate Universe counterparts of the Einzberns.
Voiced by: Ryoko Shiraishi (Japanese)One of the Ainsworths' dolls sent along with Beatrice to retrieve Miyu and guard The Ainsworth estate.She wields an Archer Card assigned to the Heroic Spirit Gilgamesh.
- Attack Reflector: Can warp enemy projectiles through space to send them back at the original owners. Which makes her the perfect for Illya's snowball fight.
- Boobs of Steel: Has the largest bust of any female shown in the manga and is able to channel Gilgamesh's power, even fighting the latter to a standstill for the majority of their duel.
- Co-Dragons: The no-nonsense enforcer who keeps the reckless and violent Beatrice focused on their mission.
- Combat Pragmatist: She will change methods if something doesn't work, such as during the fight with Gilgamesh when she realized she couldn't defeat him by spamming Gate of Babylon, and so resorted to also using Flash Air in combination. In a flashback, she fought Shirou in the Unlimited Blade Works, but unlike Fate/stay night's Gilgamesh, who didn't realize the danger until it was too late, she immediately resorted to Ea once she realized she couldn't win normally.
- The Comically Serious: After her Heel–Face Turn.
- Cool Big Sis: She acts as one to Erika, making and fixing her stuffed animals. This may now include Julian as well, but remains completely speculative due to insufficient information.
- Becomes one to Illya after her Heel–Face Turn.
- Dark Action Girl: She's a shining example in that she's ruthless and very straight to the point, making her extremely efficient compared to the rest of the cast.
- Emotionless Girl: Strictly speaking: over 90% emotionless, as a result of being turned into a doll by the Ainsworths. She learned to fake many of her emotional responses, but no longer sees the point in doing so. Partially averted, if the tears shed when expressing her desire for Illya to save her brother as part of 'both Miyu and the world', are in fact genuine.
- Foil: With chapter 44 revelations, to Miyuverse Shirou of all people. Older siblings? Check. Uses an Archer card? Check. Somewhat different to normal people -specifically, a stunted emotional response - due to events in their past? Check. Doing everything in their power to make their sibling happy, even if it means going against the world? Check.
- The Heavy: She's actually responsible for much of the game-changing plot twists in 3rei, mainly due to her ability to extract souls from their original body and putting emotionless dummies instead, which she does to Illya, Rin and Luvia.
- Heel–Face Turn: Not of her own choice. But after her defeat and Gilgamesh taking his card back, the Ainsworths abandoned her. She followed the protagonists' group as she had no where else to go.
- Hello, Nurse!: After her Heel–Face Turn, Rin and Luvia buy her some more fashionable clothes. The change of clothes makes her so beautiful that the girls call her a "male virgin killer". Later on, when everyone is discussing the Ainsworths plans, Miyu's brother is clearly checking her out.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Invokes this midway through her fight against Gilgamesh when she claims she has not yet used her Card to its full potential. However, they are interrupted by Beatrice barging in with her own ''fight'' against Caster Illya.
- Angelica used Ea in the flashback arc against Shirou when she realized that 1) She is in a disadvantage fighting in UBW and 2) Shirou's just stalling for time. She even used two giant blades to distract him while she prepares the weapon, so by the time he regained his composure, he couldn't do anything to stop her.
- Leitmotif: ANGELICA.
- Mundane Utility: Her Flash Air ability can be used rather effectively on Snowball fights as Kuro and Tanaka find out the hard way.
- Space Master: She can use the Ainsworth's magecraft to deadly efficiency as shown in her fights against Gilgamesh and Shirou and Chloe. As she was originally Julian's older sister, being skilled in the Ainsworth family magecraft is rather obvious, in hindsight.
- Storm of Blades: By installing Gilgamesh's Archer card on herself, she gains the hero's signature Gate of Babylon, allowing her to fire near-unlimited amounts of weapons at her opponents. Gilgamesh successfully gains some of his treasures back during his fight with Angelica.
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese)One of the Ainsworth's dolls.She is the user of a Berserker Card corresponding to Thor.
- Ax-Crazy: Beatrice has a very sadistic streak when fighting against Illya, and has no remorse in pummelling her even after Illya lost the fight.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: The Thor Card can make these.
- Brought Down to Badass: Any Divine Spirit would ordinarily be far too powerful to summon into a Holy Grail War, so whatever version of Thor the Ainsworths contained in the Class Card must have suffered a significant De-Power. The power that remains is still enough to grant Beatrice tremendous Super Strength, No Sell Caster!Illya's magic, and when Julian orders/allows her to cut loose she calls down a dozen massive pillars of electricity from the heavens, each strong enough to rip through Rho Aius like tissue paper and leave a streaking crater in their wake.
- The Brute: Super Strength? Check. Not too bright? Check. Likes to hurt people? Double check.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A powerful doll wielding the power of the Berserker card who also happens to be an idol Otaku. Turns out the idol is her master, but still an otaku.
- Catch Phrase: "Scatter into elemental dust!" Typically used as a Pre-Mortem One-Liner, whether it be before atomizing someone with Mjolnir, getting ready to release a Bolt of Divine Retribution, or tearing the head off a teddy bear.
- Co-Dragons: The wild, vulgar, and violent muscle to compliment the composed, calculating, and ruthlessly focused Angelica.
- Combat Sadomasochist: OH so very much.
- Curbstomp Battle: As part of establishing the Ainsworth dolls' dominance over the protagonists, she mops the floor with her Berserker card against Caster!Illya.
- Drop the Hammer: Enjoys using the Thor Card, which grants her all the powers of the Norse god, as well as a massive hammer.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Dresses as such when not using her Thor Card.
- Hidden Depths: Unknowingly expresses to Illya (a stuffed animal at the time) that she feels neglected and alone in the Ainsworth house, and stuffed animals are her only real friends. Even Illya can't help but feel sorry for her. Downplayed, since this certainly isn't an explanation or excuse for how insane or sadistic she is, and is immediately followed by the reveal of another, far more ridiculous aspect of her character.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Despite being apparently teenaged, she dresses in Elegant Gothic Lolita fashion, complete with parasol, and goes out of her way to act cutesy on several occasions. Her main hobby (aside from lusting over Julian) is collecting stuffed animals (some, if not all, of which are stolen from Erika, a girl half her age) that she calls her "friends," despite commonly ripping their heads off. She also holds some childlike vulnerabilities related to the loneliness she feels in Ainsworth household.
- Sadist: She openly enjoys hurting her opponents
- Sex Is Violence: Aside from her Blood Knight tendencies, she enjoys herself a little TOO much when Julian allows her to release Mjolnir's full power.
- Slasher Smile: A very noticable one in nearly all of her fight scenes.
- Tsundere: Parodied when she drools over a someone she names "Julian".Beatrice: "N... Not that I really... missed you or anything!... Ohhhhhh! Julian-tan's tough guy act is so moeeeeee!"Illya: "What the hell is she doing?"
- Unknown Rival: Subversion. She absolutely hates the Archer!Emiya Card's wielder. The subversion is that its current holder, Chloe, is someone else entirely, and neither of them have met face to face. The only thing we know is, she's fought against the previous user, whom was implied to use it as a sniper.
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese)The head of the Ainsworth clan and the "true enemy" according to Gil. He seeks to use Miyu to complete his "legend" and save his Earth from a Angel Notes-esque apocalypse. At the start of 3rei, he masquerades as his father Darius for unknown reasons.
- An Ice Person: Is able to erect a massive ice dome to prevent Chloe and Bazett from interrupting his conversation with Illya. That is, until Tanaka shatters it with a powerful blast of heat.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Performs one against Saber Install's Excalibur, with the excuse that it would hurt Erika if swung around recklessly.
- Big Bad: He's the Head of the Ainsworth Family and the person responsible for the appearance of the servant cards earlier in the story and the handling Miyu as the alternate universe's Grail.
- It's actually more complicated than that. According to Angelica, it's Darius who is really in charge. Julian is essentially just another pawn.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Presents himself to Illya as the Demon King who needs to be taken down, from her perspective.
- Composite Character: He serves as the parallel universe equivalent to Issei Ryoudou, taking his place as Shirou's best friend and student council president. He also shares traits with Shinji, acting as an enemy to Shirou and even having a little sister.
- Darius is essentially a mixture of Jubstacheit von Einzbern (Illya's "grandfather", also known as "Old Man Acht", who briefly appeared at the beginning of Fate/Zero and is centuries old due his obsession with attaining the Third Magic), Zouken Matou (being obscenely old and has an obsession) and Roa (due to using reincarnation to possess people and evade death, though using his own descendants).
- Dead Person Impersonation: After Illya strikes him with Rule Breaker, it's revealed that the actual Darius had died sometime before 3rei. The current Darius is actually his son Julian, using magic to impersonate his appearance.
- Turns out Darius is the progenitor of the entire family (it's Zachary Ainsworth who was Julian's father), using his descendants as vessels to continue living - it's not so much an act as it is Darius suppressing the personality of his vessel.
- Death Glare: After his true personality is brought out into the open, Julian is a master of this trope. Nearly every panel has him leering at people with a look of pure hatred.
- Expy: He looks and acts like Issei during Shirou's flashback. When they become enemies, he drops Issei's noble qualities and straight up becomes unpleasant.
- Face Framed in Shadow: Used to great effect during his appearances just to show how sinister his character is.
- False Friend: To Shirou. Even if they were really friends, that ended the moment he took Miyu and left him for dead.
- Faux Affably Evil: At first he appears to genuinely care for Erika, and holds back Angelica and Beatrice from killing the cast, but at the same time he's totally unrepentant about his abuse of Miyu and was willing to kill Tanaka just for being someone he didn't know about. Then its revealed he regularly beats up Erika, and is generally the reason she is so ill adjusted she doesn't understand why Miyu would cry over Illya having her soul ripped out.
- Final Boss Preview: Shows up to pick up Erika and show Team Illya exactly what kind of power they're trying to challenge.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Played for Laughs, as he comments how the air is getting thinner while his ice barrier is still up and he is starting to freeze along with his daughter.
- Jerkass: The biggest one in the series, bar none. He treats Erika like crap, will abandon his servants if need be, manipulates Sakura to do his bidding, is willing to hurt and kill children if they get in his way, and the list goes on and on.
- King Incognito: Visits team Illya after she befriends Erika. No one learns about his identity until prompted to, after which he engages Illya in a fight.
- Knight of Cerebus: The story takes a massive turn once his identity is revealed.
- Large Ham: He breaks into a bombastic speech when asserting Illya's motives. Later goes on to lecture Shirou about what a faker and thief he is and for "messing" up the world and his plans.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He created a 'junk Archer card'.note Which Shirou used to summon EMIYA and completely derail his plans by first winning the Holy Grail War and thus being able to send Miyu to another universe, ruining Julian's chance to use her. And as a result of his wish, when Miyu is captured and brought back, Julian ends up having to contend with her friends and allies, who are determined to rescue her and ruin his plans, not to mention breaking Shirou out, who is still very much intent on murdering his former friend with abilities that he now has thanks to using the card. Shirou himself notes that creating the card and letting it get into Shirou's hands was a massive blunder on Julian's part.
- Nightmare Face: Occasionally flares creepy expressions when interacting with Illya. Also has when he beats up Erika. Again when he berates Shirou for his constant interferences.
- Perpetual Frowner: After the reveal, Julian almost always has a frown on his face. The only time he breaks it is when someone manages to get under his skin. That someone is usually Shirou.
- Sadist: In his Darius disguise, Julian is shown in several panels with a sick twisted smile as he's torturing poor Miyu. Later as he corners all the heroes and urges Miyu to go back to being just his "puppet", he's smiling sadistically.
- Space Master: As part of the displacement magic he practices.
- Visionary Villain: Apparently Darius wants to save the world, specifically making it so that humanity would survive the eventual depletion of Mana on Earth, the latter scenario suspiciously similar to the situation in Angel Notes. Hmm...
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese)Darius' daughter.
- Animal Motifs: Bats.
- Apocalypse Maiden: She seems to have become one due to Darius' plan to have her open Pandora's Box.
- Break the Cutie: Being drenched in the mud from Pandora's Box seems to have completely broken her.
- Cheerful Child: She's quite the happy child but ....
- Creepy Child: ... She doesn't bit an eye at the idea of erasing someone's memories, or sealing their mind into a stuffed animal.
- Expy: Of Creepy Child Illya from the original Fate/stay night. Complete with turning the object of her affection literally into a doll.
- Death Seeker: When she meets Illya again after being bathed in the mud of the "cube", Erika tells her that her wish is to die and asks Illya if she will kill her.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: After her Overnight Age-Up, her eyes lose all of the shine they previously had.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Well it makes sense considering she's 7.
- Japanese Sibling Terminology: Calls Illya "Illya-oneechan."
- Obliviously Evil: She truly doesn't seem to understand why Team Illya is trying to rescue Miyu, or why Miyu was horrified when Erika turned Illya into a soulless 'doll' - she was genuinely just trying to make Miyu happy by bringing her friend to her. Illya and Miyu both describe her as "warped".
- Older Alter Ego: After being submerged in the black mud of Julian's "cube", she comes out physically older-looking as a teenager.
The Holy Grail War Dolls
The Holy Grail War DollsSix dolls that served as masters in the Ainsworth's Fifth Holy Grail War, all of whom were defeated and killed by Miyu's brother. Each doll has a Class Card, all of which are identical to the ones that ended up in Illya's world.
- Artificial Human: They look human, but upon dying, they revert back to their doll form.
- Eye Scream: Saber loses an eye after he takes a point-blank Broken Phantasm.
- Handicapped Badass: Saber, the final doll that Miyu's brother faces and the strongest of the six. He loses an arm in his fight against the latter, but it doesn't impede him at all. He only loses the fight because he tries to fire Excalibur with only one hand, allowing Miyu's brother to evade the blast and hit him with a Broken Phantasm.
- The Unseen: Of the six, only Assassin and Saber are given proper introductions, being Shinji Matou and Zachary Ainsworth respectively. Lancer who resembles Kayneth from Fate/Zero gets a face view while Caster and Rider are seen from a distance, but Berserker is completely absent and is only confirmed to be part of the death toll.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Miyu's brother refers to them as "deranged", but they're still dangerous enough to nearly kill him in all of their fights.
The Matou Family
Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya (Japanese)One of Julian's "allies" who is initially presented as being dangerously obsessed with Miyu's brother.As revealed in the flashback arc, she was one of Shirou Emiya's few friends and his main love interest. She was killed by Shinji after betraying Julian to help Shirou, and presumably, was revived as an Ainsworth doll.She uses the power of the Lancelot Card.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Gives one to Shirou, offering to abandon everything with him if he decides to run away from the Holy Grail War.Sakura: There's one thing, if it's possible, if it can be granted... Please run away instead. Whether it's magic or Miyu, forget all of that and run away from this town. Senpai, if Senpai would do that... I would give up everything together with you...!
- Ax-Crazy: Miyu calls her "broken" as soon as she hears her long Yandere rant. It's likely a result of either the use of her card's install or Julian's manipulations.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Julian is able to put her under his control by impersonating Shirou and talking about mundane activities like her club.
- Broken Smile: Sports one when she presents the Gilgamesh Card to Shirou, stating the peaceful days were at an end.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Heavily implied when Shirou asks about her childhood.Shirou: As a kid... I just can't see it. What you were like back then... Sakura?Sakura: I don't.. enjoy remembering the past.
- Declaration of Protection: Gives one to Shirou shortly before trying to Install the Archer Card.Sakura: You didn't choose me, but I love you. So, I'll protect you.
- Elopement: Sakura wanted to do this with Shirou, to run away from the Holy Grail War with him and go live in peace. But he refuses to leave Miyu alone and her brother attacks her.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Poor Sakura is killed by her asshole brother Shinji and is later forced by Julian to attack her former lover by pretending to be him using his appearance. It doesn't help when the class card she's forced to use drives her insane.
- Hero Killer: Grievously injures Shirou upon introduction, leading the latter to warn Miyu she's no match for Sakura.
- Meta Twist: We already know that in the present Sakura is being controlled by Julian, so Shirou's story will tell us how she was kidnapped and brainwashed just like Rin and Luvia were earlier, leaving the door open to save her later with The Power of Friendship, right? Nope; Sakura dies and we soon find out that "Ainsworth dolls" are not simple Meat Puppets, but literal marionettes that the Ainsworths stuff people's soul into to take on their appearance and use their abilities as a means to their ends. The best thing Sakuralot has to look forward to is a few fleeting moments of dying as herself.
- No Sell: True to her Card, she can steal and master any of her enemies' Noble Phantasms, making her the perfect counter against Gilgamesh and Shirou.
- Sacrificial Lion: She's killed trying to protect Shirou from Shinji, leading to the former summoning his Class Card. It also explains why he's so surprised to see her in her current state.
- Stripperiffic: Wears Lancelot's suit of armour except for the chestpiece, baring her midriff, cleavage and backside.
- Tragic Monster: She's Shirou's love interest, killed and turned into his enemy by his former friend.
- Yandere: Goes on a long rant about how the alternate world's Shirou is hers and hers only; that she would be the only one to love him... and kill him.
Sakura's Brother and a competitor in the Holy Grail War, he arrives and attacks both Sakura and Shirou at his home.He uses the power of the Assassin Card.
- Actually a Doombot: Shinji's Body Horror transformation can be thrown away and used as a distraction. Too bad for him that Shirou is keen enough to perceive it.
- Artificial Human: He's actually a doll implanted with a Shinji Matou's personality. The real Shinji died five years before the story began.
- Ax-Crazy: Shinji's pretty far gone by the time we first see him, in a similar state to how Sakura was when she appeared in the story.
- Big Brother Bully: His dialogue with Shirou while beating the snot out of him regarding Sakura implies such.
- Body Horror: His Assassin Install has the blades sown on his feet.
- Combat Tentacles: How his arms take form, a bunch of tentacles with spikes on the end.
- Dying as Yourself: He regains his memories after suffering a fatal wound, realizing that he and his grandfather had been killed five years ago.
- Expy: Not him, but his Assassin Card. It take elements from ''True Assassin, but it seems to be a different Hassan entirely.
- Face Death with Dignity: Regains his composure and calmly ask for Emiya to kill him after regaining his memories.
- Jerkass: No matter the universe, Shinji will always be an unlikable loser asshole.
- Foreshadowing: In chapter 37, Sakura tells Shirou that her brother has been dead for a long time. Turns out she meant it in a more literal sense.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: His power has him gain tentacle for arms and when he goes berserk they swell and cover him entirely as a form of Hulking Out.
- See You in Hell: Tells Emiya he'll wait for him in Hell somewhat sympathetically after he regains his memories.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Shirou beats the crap out of Shinji when he starts ranting about how "pathetic" Sakura was.
- Smug Snake: Is extremely smug and conceit while wailing on the defenseless Shirou and Sakura, but when Shirou actually fights back after installing the Archer card, he freaks out.
- Starter Villain: For Alt!Shirou's one man war against the Ainsworths.
- Tomato in the Mirror: He's a doll with the personality of the real, dead Shinji. The realization that he had been killed and then made to serve the person who did it leads to him to asking to be killed again.
- Villainous Breakdown: Shinji starts losing it after Shirou puts him on the receiving end of the Curbstomp Battle. The final nail in the coffin being his pity. He calms down once his memories return.