Warning: this page contains unmarked spoilers for the Visual Novels Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Hollow Ataraxia, the Light Novel/Anime Fate/Zero, and the Video Game Fate/Extra.
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Servant: Arturia Pendragon (Saber)
The original protagonist of Fate/Stay Night, although now he's not so much the main character as he is one of them. He became famous in the Mage world after his destruction of the Grail, and as a result has been sought out by several individuals in the Magus Wars. His primary goal is, understandably, to put a stop to the Magus Wars and end the killing.Played by Josh.
Happily Adopted: It helps that he has no memories of his real parents, and idolised Kiritsugu, his foster father.
My Greatest Failure: Toyed with. Ilya's death a year after the Grail War hit him hard. He and Taiga had adopted her, and Shirou could do nothing to save her because of her body's degradation as a homunculus. Ultimately, though, he resolved to live on and make her proud of his actions.
Oblivious to Love: He's even more oblivious to Sakura's affections for him than he was before because of his feelings for Saber. Even in the year-and-a-half before the story started where Saber wasn't even around.
Real Men Wear Pink: Wears a Pink Apron when cooking, and a Black Apron whenever he's at work.
Supreme Chef: Averted. Sakura is generally a better cook than he is now. Not that he minds.
Servant: Gilgamesh (Archer)
Vain, self-obsessed, arrogant and egotistical, Sierra hails from the blue-blooded Bartholomeloi family, seen as the most powerful Magus line in the world. Due to her unique Noble Circuits, she is capable of a level of prana far greater than even an advanced Magus. Vindictive and cold, she desires to use the Magus Wars to weed out the Magi she despises as weaklings and transcend all other Magi in the Wars. Despite intending to summon Heracles, her sheer magical power meant that she called Gilgamesh to her instead, and her resemblance to Enkidu has helped ensure his acceptance of her as a Master.The closest thing to a main villain, she is played by Saska, the head Administrator.
An average-level Magus hailing from Wales. Cassiondra is particularly skilled elemental control, revolving around the control of the fire and water elements, along with dabbling in an area of Magecraft known as 'psionics' from her Greek heritage. Known for a very straightforward, logical personality and way of speaking, she came to Fuyuki City in search of Shirou Emiya after months tracking him down, looking for answers as to why he destroyed the Holy Grail.Played by Saska.
Head of the Tohsaka family of Mages, keeper of the lands around Fuyuki, and participant in the Fifth Holy Grail War. As she was aware of the Magus Wars, Rin was able to prepare somewhat for their eventual occurrence in Fuyuki. The second person to summon a Servant, Rin was able to puzzle out that the Servant system was working again and resummon her Servant from the previous war. She remains just as Tsundere as ever.Played by Neme.
Brainy Brunette: She was the first person to deduce that the Servant system in Fuyuki was working again, as opposed to Sierra (who already knew) and Shirou (who stumbled into it).
The Gadfly: In a notable example: Shirou comes to her house late at night with a pair of Sabers in tow. She tells Archer to throw a rock at him. He throws a shingle. She doesn't mind, and promptly trolls him when he points out that could have caused serious damage if it hit him.
Servant: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Saber)
A canon character, originally from FateExtra. Born with a rare brain disease that afflicted Hakuno with memory loss, his parents were approached by a scientist/doctor named Twice H. Piecemannote Also from Extra, who agreed to treat his condition if they would recover and share the Holy Grail for him. They began their search just as the Fourth War was finishing, and were killed in the fire that concluded it. Twice became the boy's foster father and began grooming him to enter the Fifth Holy Grail War and win the Grail for him, a plan which failed as he was unable to summon a Servant in time. With the events of the Magus Wars, Twice assumed that the Sixth Holy Grail War had begun, and instructed Hakuno to summon a Servant and fight. Hakuno, determined not to let his foster father or extended family down, did exactly that.Played by Nick.
Asian Rudeness: Averted. Saber thinks him far too polite and apologetic.
Beneath the Mask: Haku is quite awkward around his Servant, and generally seems to be a well-to-do student with average grades and normal friends.
In Magus Mode, Haku's a true Determinator, eager to find the Holy Grail in whatever form it's manifested itself in. Granted, this is likely something Twice forced into him, as he shows hints of regretting how far he feels he has to go in order to accomplish his goals.
Beware the Nice Ones: His kind demeanor and lack of experience doesn't make him any less of a badass when he breaks out the Fire Magecraft.
If anything it's his sword one has to worry about. It's a deliberately blunted kodachi that he normally uses alongside his Fire Magecraft when speed's the word.
He uses it not to cut people up, but to bludgeon them to death with.
Foil: To Shirou, to an extent. His family doesn't have a specific focus on any type of magic, compared to Shirou who is hyper-specialized in one specific type. He acts like Shirou does at the start of Fate, particularly in regards to his somewhat careless approach to Mastership and the War, whereas Shirou is more experienced. And, on a meta-level, they're both the protagonists of other works.
Jack of All Stats: The Kishinami family of Mages is known for producing well-balanced, competent Mages, lacking any particular specialization. Less true for Hakuno himself, who focuses on fire magic.
Playing with Fire: All of Hakuno's spells use fire to an extent, sometimes in conjunction with other elements.
Servant: Iskandar (Rider)
One of the survivors of the Fourth Holy Grail War, and Rin's former Master at Clock Tower. After the end of the Fourth War, his experiences with Iskander and his growth as a human being lead to him shaking off his whiny, narcissistic attitude and developing into a strong-willed, intelligent man. Ten years after the War's end, he returned to Clock Tower, and assisted the Archibald family, of his former lecturer at Clock Tower (killed during the Fourth War), in recovery, despite his lethal relationship with the former family head. As a reward, he was named Lord El-Melloi II, and became one of Clock Tower's finest lecturers. A mix of duty and curiosity lead to him returning to Fuyuki: as the head of the Archibald family, he was obligated to fight on their behalf, but more pressingly he is curious about the irregular nature of both this Servant War, and the war that preceded it a year-and-a-half ago. Naturally, the first thing he did was resummon his former Servant.
Badass Teacher: All of Waver's students attain, at minimum, the rank of 'Grand' within Clock Tower's hierarchy. Grand is the highest rank there is. He also has an incredible skill for detecting and training the affinities of his students.
Character Development: Iskander had a profound effect on him, and as a result Waver kept growing, into a highly-astute, respected and intelligent lecturer.
Humble Hero: He's rather annoyed with his popularity and prestige.
Non-Action Guy: Waver still isn't really a fighter; his skills are in other aspects. His students, on the other hand...
Robot Maid: His Mystic Code (which he inherited from Kayneth), Volumen Hydragyrum. He promptly improved it by modifying its functions to take humanoid form, which generally takes the shape of a Swedish woman in Meido dress. It is called Maid Golem.
Servant: Lancelot-du-Lac (Berserker, joint-Mastership with Zouken Matou)
The timid, gentle underclassman of Shirou and Rin, who developed a crush on Shirou several years ago. After Shinji's death in the Fifth Holy Grail War, Zouken's focus shifted entirely to Sakura, attempting to slowly break down the resolve Shirou had given her. He failed, but as a result she's become even more adept at hiding her emotions and presenting the face she wants others to see. Along with Zouken, she is the Master of Lancelot, providing the Berserker with prana and holding three back-up Command Spells even though the Knight is contracted with Zouken. Whilst Zouken's aims are currently unclear, Sakura is slowly attempting to move from her position as one of Zouken's pawns to a player in her own right - and above all, she wants to protect Shirou.
Abusive Parents: It really cannot be stressed enough how much of a bastard Zouken is. Ever since Shinji's death, his focus has shifted entirely to her.
Declaration of Protection: Her primary motivation. She will protect Shirou, whatever it takes. She's never said it aloud, but her inner monologue makes it clear this is the case.
Supreme Chef: She's since taken the position from Shirou, becoming an even better cook than he is.
Servant: Li Shu Wen (Lancer)
Servant: Isuelt of Ireland (Caster)
At first glance, Herman is an aging, friendly man of God. In truth, he is a man of science, a capable Magus, and a Church Executor. In him, two bloodlines meet: he has inherited the Thaumaturgical skills and style of the Courtemanche family, and has learned the prowess with a halberd from the Henchoz family. A former Executor, Herman has traveled to Fuyuki in the hopes of using the system there to reach The Root, access the Akashic Records, and determine the purpose of human existence.
A Magus hailing from South America. Casual and peaceful, she was lost in the Amazon at a young age where she discovered her Mystic Eye before being rescued by a Shaman and returned to civilisation. Kind-hearted but not soft-hearted, she entered in the Magus Wars for her children's sake; she wanted to end the War without further bloodshed, and wants to stop it from harming her children. These feelings extend to others, as she dislikes seeing children and young people involved in a war. Though she was trying to summon the hero who slew the Nine-Tailed Fox, she ultimately ended up summoning Tamamo-no-Mae.
The former Servant of Kiritsugu Emiya in the Fourth War, and Shirou Emiya in the Fifth. Accidentally summoned by Shirou (again), Saber's true nature as a Spirit is again muddy - is she still a Counter-Guardian, or has she died in her own time and entered the Throne of Heroes to be summoned as a regular Heroic Spirit? Retaining all of her memories or the last war and her feelings for Shirou, Saber's primary goal now seems to be to protect Shirou and end the Magus Wars instead of fighting for the prize of the Holy Grail.Played by Saska.
Badass Adorable: Granted, she's more beautiful and dignified than cute, but her sincere and honest persona is quite endearing.
Berserk Button: Food. Either deny her food or feed her something that's not good, and things won't end well.
Bifauxnen: Because her aging was stopped at fifteen, she can (and has) posed as a man, several times.
Big Eater: Although it's partially because Shirou cannot actively provide her with prana, Arturia enjoys food, a lot, though she has to eat it in order to keep up her strength. It's as if she'll eat anything.
Well, almost. In particular, she dislikes octopus, as it reminds her of the hordes of fish used by Gilles de Rais, the Caster from the Fourth War. She often refers to it as the demonic fish of the underworld.
Bi the Way: Despite being deeply attached to Shirou, Arturia has no problem being with women. She was married to Guinevere, after all.
Jeanne d'Archétype: An expert swordswoman, born humble and became the leader of her people, pretended to be a man, and was eventually betrayed by her own people. Ironically, she's often mistaken for being Jeanne.
The only son of King Arthur. In legend, Mordred, manipulated by his mother, attempted to seize the throne of Britain in Arthur's absence, tearing the country apart in civil war and ultimately resulting in both his and Arthur's own deaths. He died resenting Arthur for refusing to pass the throne to him, believing he could have made a better King. Unlike his Fate/Apocrypha incarnation, Mordred is male, despite his feminine appearance.Played by Nick.
Artificial Human: Mordred is technically a homunculus (like Ilya), created from sperm extracted from Arturia when she was temporarily given an artificial penis by the prankster Merlin. As a result, he grew quickly, but had a much shorter lifespan.
Bishōnen: Looking at him, you'd have no idea that he's not actually a woman. That's what happens when you're a clone of a woman-briefly-turned-man.
Blood Knight: Literally. His Noble Phantasm, Clarent Blood Arthur, is a blood-based beam.
Cloning Blues: Averted. Mordred was rather proud of his status as a homunculus clone of Arturia.
Wulfina Ecgtheowing, only daughter of Egtheo is better known as the Geatish hero Beowulf. Heir to the Swedish throne, Beowulf is famed for slaying the demon Grendel, and his mother Acennic. She rose to the throne as the King of Thanes, hailed by all across northern Europe as the greatest hero to ever live. She has been summoned as a Saber, and takes pride in the battles between heroes that is sure to come.Played by Nick.
Anti-Magic: As with all Sabers, Beowulf also possesses the potent magic resistance befitting her class.
Amazonian Beauty: Beowulf was tall for a person in her time, never mind a woman.
She is also rather attractive when not scowling.
Badass: Read her story. There's lots of this. Particularly in the way of shattering unbreakable swords.
BFS: Byrndennmel, the Giant's Sword. Only Beowulf had the strength to heft this EX-ranked Noble Phantasm.
"Beowulf" itself can be interpreted as "Beado-Wulf", known in Old English as a kenning, or loanword for The War-Wolf, or the Bear-Wolf
Super Strength: She's able to lift up Byrndennmel, a sword intended to be used by the jotun.
It has been suggested her physical strength would allow her to defend competently against a Berserker such as Hercules.
War Is Glorious: Beowulf fought in a particularly nasty one between her people, their Danish allies and the Franks after the latter had a merry jaunt through Frisia, killing quite a lot of people to subjugate the country.
Suffice it to say, Beowulf was put in charge of her nephew's armies for a damn good reason.
Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
Master: Hakuno Kishinami
Theatrical, vain, pompous and somewhat arrogant, but with a genuinely good heart and a caring relationship with her master. In life, Nero was the Fifth Emperor of the Roman Empire, remembered, perhaps falsely, as a tyrant. Originally one of the three playable Servants in Fate/Extra, she was summoned by Hakuno with the assistance of Twice H. Pieceman, and has much the same relationship with him as she did in Extra.Played by Whammy.
BFS: Her sword, Aestus Estus, is longer than Hakuno is tall.
"Fool! It's not see-through. I'm letting people see."
Mythology Gag: Same Master/Servant pairing as in Fate/Extra, with the same relationship between them.
A Carnival Phantasm thread featuring Nero dragging Hakuno on a shopping spree was entitled "Nero fiddles while money burns".
New Powers as the Plot Demands: A justified, unique example. Nero's giant ego means that she has the Imperial Privilege Skillnote Ranked at EX, making its power unquantifiable, which allows her to temporarily obtain skills (such as Swordsmanship, Military Tactics, Riding, and even Divinity) she wouldn't normally have as if she were born with them, up to A+ rank.
Taken up to eleven when she activates her Noble Phantasm, Aestus Domus Aurea; when inside it, she can freely change and improve her own skills and Parametres whilst decreasing those of her opponent,
Pint-Sized Powerhouse: A scant 150 cm tall, making her one of the smallest Heroic Spirits. This in no way impedes her power as a Servant. Just don't call her small.
A hero of France, renowned for her unwavering faith in God who lead the French to several victories during the Hundred-Years' War before being burned at the stake at the age of 19. She passed into the Throne of Heroes and became a Counter-Guardian, willing to spend eternity as humanity's guardian and protector. Unlike her Fate/Apocrypha incarnation, Jeanne acts as a regular Heroic Spirit rather than an overseer of any war.
Anti-Magic: All Sabers have high Magic Resistance, but Jeanne takes it one step further with Rank EX. Due to her unwavering piety, nothing short of the most powerful sacraments of the Church can even touch her. Notably, unlike most other forms of Magic Resistance, Jeanne's doesn't cancel the spell outright; it just doesn't damage her.
Identical Stranger: Nero, Arturia and Jeanne are all extremely similar in terms of appearance.
Too Awesome to Use: La Pucelle, Jeanne's ultimate Noble Phantasm. It's at least as powerful as Excalibur, but she dies after using it.
Seers: Jeanne's Revelation skill. It functions similarly to the Instinct skill of many Servants, but encompasses not just battle, but all matters related to the achievement of a goal, allowing her to instinctual know the right choice to make to reach it.
Master: Rin Tohsaka
In life, Shirou Emiya, who lived his life according to his ideals of self-sacrifice and died happy. In death, a Counter-Guardian, forced to spend eternity killing the humans he became a Counter-Guardian to protect. Feeling betrayed by his ideals, Archer's goal is to kill his younger self, thereby causing a time paradox that will remove himself from his existence as a Counter-Guardian. Originally summoned in the Fifth War, he was defeated by the Berserker of the war, allowing Shirou, Saber and Rin to escape. Summoned again by Rin, his goal remains the same: kill Shirou Emiya.
Badass: This is the man responsible for the word "GAR", the method of measurement by which badassness is measured. His nickname is GARcher for a reason.
The Blacksmith: One of his defining character traits, as it's the core ability of Unlimited Blade Works: any weapon he sees, he records, reproduces and can use.
Deadpan Snarker: Take Shirou's inner monologue from the VN, verbalise it, and you have Archer.
Dual Wielding: As opposed to a bow, his regular weapons in combat are a pair of twin swords, Kanshou and Bakuya.
Gray Eyes: This isn't natural though. Like his hair and skin, his use of Projection is what caused the change.
Jerkass: Even when he's not trying to kill Shirou, he's still a dick most of the time. He does have a soft spot for Rin though.
Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Utterly despises Shirou for how he clings to his ideals, despite (and in fact because of) how Emiya himself followed those same ideals to the end and was betrayed by them.
Luck Stat: Notable for being quite literally as low as it can go. He makes up for it with the Eye of the Mind (True) skill, allowing him excellent in-battle analysis of his opponent's forms, strategies, strengths and weaknesses.
Weak, but Skilled: Generally speaking, Archer is one of the weakest Servants there is (unless somebody goes and summons Avenger). He makes up for this with the inherent advantages of his Projection Magecraft, and several lifetimes worth of experience in combat and honing his skills.
Master: Sierra Barthomeloi.
The Legendary King of Heroes himself. The ancient King of Uruk, and the world's oldest hero. Along with Enkidu he had many adventures, and rebuilt the Walls of Uruk with his son. In life, he was obsessed with achieving immortality, as he was still bound to a mortal life by his one third humanity. After he was slain by Saber at the end of the Fifth Holy Grail War, he was the first Servant to be summoned in the Magus Wars by Sierra.Played by Nick.
All Your Powers Combined: The Gate of Babylon in a sense. It contains the prototypes of almost every Noble Phantasm, and they're a damn sight more powerful.
Anti-Magic: Gilgamesh has a ton of anti-magic items in the Gate the make up for the Archer class' inherent lack of protection
The Good King: Originally, he was a fair, just and loved King. As he grew older, he became the Jerkass we all know and love. He mellowed out a bit after meeting Enkidu, but that pretty much ended after the latter's death.
Go Out with a Smile: His death in the Fate route. His attitude towards Saber after she kills him...doesn't really last after he's resummoned.
Semi-Divine: Rank B, the actual value is A+, but he doesn't quite get along with any of the gods.
Smug Super: His colossal strength and power could transform him into a much more successful villain. However, his ego manages to be even more powerful and domineering than either of those combined, leading to his downfall in all three routes.
Story-Breaker Power: Yes. He's even more powerful than he was in Fate/Zero under Tokiomi Tohsaka because of how ridiculously powerful his new Master is, and how much magical energy she can pump into him. Literally the only way he could be more powerful is if his Master was Illyasviel von Einzbern or a similar homunculusnote Sierra is described as being about halfway in power between Rin Tohsaka and Illyasviel von Einzbern.
Unskilled, but Strong: He ain't no swordsman, but knowing that won't save you from being turned into a shish kebab.
The greatest knight who ever lived. After his death, Lancelot fell into madness, his life spent in guilt and regret because of his actions in saving Guinevere. Initially summoned by the Matous in the Fourth War, he was defeated by Saber shortly before the War's end. This time, he has been summoned in a manner similar to Arturia in the Fourth War: Zouken Matou made the contract and summoned him, but his prana is supplied by Sakura Matou, who holds three Command Spells to go with Zouken's own.
The Atoner: Tried to be one in his life. It failed, and he fell into madness as a Heroic Spirit as a result.
Berserk Button: The sight of Arturia makes him flip out, loose all semblance of control, and focus on killing her.
Fallen Hero: A tragic example. It's because he was so heroic before his fall that he fell into madness, as he died in grief and regret without being forgiven or forgiving himself.
Master Swordsman: As a result of his Eternal Arms Mastership skill, he avoided the loss of fine motor control that hinders most Berserkers, meaning he's just as good a swordsman as he was in life. Couple this with his bonuses from Mad Enhancement and Sakura providing his prana, and he's better than most Sabers.
Nice Guy: You get a few hints of it in what little remains of his inner monologue, when he's not completely consumed by rage. Were he not mad, he'd be one of the nicest and most polite and courteous characters on the site - he was history's greatest Knight, after all.
Unholy Holy Sword: Lancelot's sword, Arondight, was given to him by the Lady of the Lake, like Excalibur was to Saber. When he killed many of his fellow Knights, he stained it black.