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Siegfried

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Ben Pronsky (English), Erick Selim (Latin American Spanish), Julio Lorenzo (European Spanish), Maxime Van Stantfoort (French), Claudio Moneta (Italian), Sebastian Winkler (German), Andre Gainani (Brazilian Portuguese)

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The main hero of the Nibelungenlied epic, Siegfried's class as a Servant is Saber. Siegfried gained an invincible body after slaying the dragon Fafnir and bathing in its blood. He is summoned by Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia of the Black faction via a bloodstained fig leaf.

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


  • Achilles' Heel: The leaf-shaped spot on his back. His Armor of Fafnir Noble Phantasm blocks attacks lower than A-Rank that hit him anywhere else, but prevents him from covering up this weak point. Not even clothing can cover this spot due to how the Noble Phantasm works (which is why he walks around with his upper body exposed) and a spherical barrier around his body would still leave an opening right where the spot is.
  • All-Loving Hero: Despite his quiet nature, he's a very kind man deep down, having lived his life serving the wishes of others and even accepting his own death when they asked it of him. After his Heroic Sacrifice, he asks Astolfo to tell Gordes he's sorry that he was such an unworthy Servant, despite all indications that if anything it was Gordes who was unworthy of such a selfless Servant. His lore deconstructs it by stating that it is this attitude what caused him to not see Kriemhild's deep-rooted love for him and how his death would lead her to avenge him.
  • Anti-Magic: While he lacks his class's Magic Resistance skill due to the Armor of Fafnir, it provides an even-more-potent defense against all damaging magic anyway.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Rocks a wild, silver mane that falls well past his shoulders.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He doesn't talk much, and has been ordered not to, but he's a powerful Servant who's Nigh Invulnerable.
  • BFS: His weapon, Balmung, which is nearly as tall as he is. It's explicitly stated to be too large and heavy for human hands.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His fight with Karna is sparked when he finds Karna trying to attack Jeanne.
  • Bishōnen: His tall, slim stature is apparently a result of his altered physiology.
  • Blood Bath: Like in his original myth, Siegfried became invulnerable after bathing in the blood of a dragon, save for a spot on his back where a leaf sticks to him.
  • Blood Knight: Thanks to him being practically invincible, no one was able to give him a decent fight during his lifetime. However, when he realized that Karna is very capable of bypassing his Armor of Fafnir, he begins to show traces of this. He genuinely felt joy at the prospect of fighting someone that has the potential to kill him. Gordes, as a result of their poor relationship, eventually comes to believe that Siegfried's wish is to simply fight and enjoy facing powerful opponents, even if it means dragging out fights. This is not the case at all.
  • Chaotic Good: His In-Universe alignment.
  • Cool Sword: Balmung, a greatsword which contains a piece of true ether from a bygone age. He can also use it to fight defensively, boosting his already-impressive defensive power.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: His platinum blonde hair is natural, but his brown skin is a result of the Armor of Fafnir and the dragon's blood running through his veins.
  • Determinator: His fight with Karna lasts several hours, with neither side taking significant damage.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He's given some pretty high billing in the advertising and the first scene of the series has him and Saber of Red duking it out in The War Sequence, and he is given a fairly detailed fight with Karna with a promise of a rematch against him. Despite that he's the first casualty of the War, and dies not even a quarter of the way through the story. It's actually the Homunculus/Sieg taking his form that's fighting Saber of Red and is the true protagonist.
  • Extreme Doormat: Deep down, Siegfried saw himself as a doormat and the needs and desires of other people as the feet that walked all over him. For most of his life, he dedicated himself to help others and ignored his own desires. He actually takes pride in his sacrifice to save Sieg because, for once, he did something because he chose to, and in a larger sense he realizes that what he truly wants is to be a hero that saves people because he wants to, not because he has to out of a sense of obligation or duty.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: His sword takes on a golden color when directly exposed to sunlight.
  • Green and Mean: Inverted, his prana is green-colored when he releases it during battle, but Siegfried's one of the nicest Servants fighting in the war.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: In a downplayed instance due to coloration. According to materials released Siegfried's hair is actually platinum blond, not white as most believe.
  • Heel Realization: Due to Rider of Black's crying over the dying Homunculus and asking him if he had any pride as a knight, Siegfried realizes he is making the same mistake than he did in life: not doing what he wants instead of what he should do.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Transplants his heart into the wounded Homunculus so that he could survive.
  • Ideal Hero: Incredibly powerful, yet also kind, loyal, and selfless to the point that his idea of a "selfish" act is to perform a Heroic Sacrifice for someone in need because he wants to, not because he has an obligation or was ordered to.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: His swordsmanship "has long surpassed mankind" and is the primary reason besides his invincible body that he can stand up to Karna.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Befitting his class, Siegfried is an absurdly powerful Servant with speed and power to match Karna. He's acknowledged In-Universe as being the strongest Heroic Spirit on his team and it shows, all-but matching Vlad's impressive parameters even with the latter's Homefield Advantage, and that's before factoring in his absurd defensive power.
  • Mutual Disadvantage: During his brief battle with Achilles, Siegfried is unable to injure his foe thanks to lacking the Divinity necessary to injure Achilles, but Achilles is unable to injure him thanks to his normal attacks not possessing the necessary strength to pierce the Armor of Fafnir, creating an impasse. Atalanta's arrows at full power, on the other hand...
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Siegfried's invincible body gained after he bathed in the blood of the dragon Fafnir. It negates every attack made on him, that isn't of at least A-Rank power. Furthermore, It negates a portion of any attack above that rank by an amount equivalent to the amount of damage a B-Rank attack would cause. During his battle with Karna, Siegfried received dozens of A-Rank strikes to his face and vital areas, but they only caused minor scratches. Later on, Mordred while fighting Sieg after taking Siegfried's form is unable to do any real damage whatsoever until Kairi uses a Command Seal to power up her attacks, and this is after Mordred is shown casually running through the likes of Frankenstein with a single strike.
  • Odd Friendship: With Astolfo and the Homunculus.
  • Plot Parallel: Through flashbacks to his life, we learn that Siegfried was basically Emiya Shirou's ideal of being a selfless hero saving and helping others, but that it rarely got him anything but grief and unhappiness. He never regretted saving and helping others, mind, but he ultimately realized that he wanted to do something for himself for once at the end of his life...just before he was killed.
  • Power Tattoo: He has a prominent green one on his chest that curls around the rest of his body. As the dragon Fafnir had a similar symbol on its own chest, it's implied to be a result of bathing in the dragon's blood and receiving his "Armor of Fafnir" Noble Phantasm.
  • The Quiet One: At first, it was said that "he never speaks a word," but this was re-tooled into obeying an order from his master to remain silent except when using his Noble Phantasm. He does speak a very few lines, such as when fighting Lancer of Red. Downplayed in the anime as Siegfried was never ordered to remain silent by Gordes, allowing him more freedom to speak, but even then he usually only speaks when he has something to say and prefers being silent while letting others talk.
  • Razor Wind: As shown during his battle with Karna, even a simple swing of his sword can produce gusts of wind powerful enough to slice a metal lamppost apart, and putting more effort into said swings can easily gouge out trenches in the earth.
  • Red Baron: The Dragon-Blooded Knight.
  • Secret Identity: Due to promising his silence, only Gordes, Darnic and Lancer of Black know his true name, despite the Yggdmillennia Masters promising to share their Servants' identity. Downplayed in that the other Masters easily figure it out, and it isn't treated as a big deal by the others.
  • Spirit Advisor: What he ends up turning into for Sieg, giving him the ability to use his powers and form.
  • Sword Beam: Balmung's attack. It's noted to be less of a forward-traveling beam like Clarent Blood Arthur and more of a circular radiating wave. It also has a surprisingly fast activation rate, though Siegfried as a Servant can't use it as fast as he could when he was alive due of loosing his Magic Core he got after bathing in Fafnir's blood.
  • Take Up My Sword: The key to Sieg first unlocking Siegfried's power is for him to draw Balmung from its place in the ground of Sieg's mindscape and accept that in order to use his power he must be willing to bear the hardships that come with it, all but invoking this.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Unlike Fate/stay night's Berserker, A-rank attacks are nothing more than mosquito bites to him due to the Armor Of Fafnir, making him all but invincible. This is why he is killed off within the first quarter of the story in the light novels and by Episode 4 of 25 in the anime, and why Homunculus can only draw on his powers three times for three minutes. If he had stuck around the entire series, very few Servants outside of Karna or Achilles would of been able to stop him and he would've likely won in the end.
  • Undying Loyalty: Consents to being completely silent unless given permission because Gordes asked him to.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: A large amount of his upper body is exposed. This is partially due to the mechanics of the Armor of Fafnir, as due to a curse he can't cover his backside where his leaf-shaped mortal mark lies, even with clothing.
  • Worthy Opponent: He views Karna as the strongest opponent he had ever faced; thanks to being Nigh Invulnerable, no one else during his lifetime had ever been able to give Siegfried the fear of death and comes to see him as being someone he wants to fight again.
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    Archer 

Chiron

Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi (Japanese), Jalen K. Cassell (English), Manuel Campuzano (Latin America Spanish), David Vilela Castro (European Spanish), Nicolas Matthys (French), Alessandro Capra (Italian), Max Felder (German), Tiaggo Guimarães (Brazilian Portuguese)

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


  • All-Loving Hero: Noble and caring, and noted to have a presence similar to a massive forest, his cool and clean presence engulfing all around him.
  • Always Accurate Attack: Antares Snipe functions as this, being able to track a target's movements until it hits them in its weak point.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The main point of Antares Snipe. Despite being an A-Rank Noble Phantasm, the actual power is pretty low. What makes it so dangerous is that it homes in on an enemy's weak point to hit for massive damage. With his dying moments, Chiron uses it to snipe Achilles right in his Achilles' Heel, permanently deactivating his invulnerability to all but divine damage.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: His incredible knowledge and extreme perception ability allows him to do everything short of figuring out his enemy's moves before they do. This makes him able to read Achilles' moves like an open book, allowing him to even the fight against his physically superior foe.
  • Badass Boast: When Shirou Kotomine offers him to surrender as he is surrounded by the powerful Servants of Red, Chiron curtly responds that since he's not as a disadvantage, he has no reason to take him up on the offer. Damn.
  • Badass Bookworm: A walking fountain of knowledge on all subjects, and one of the most powerful Servants in the war, able to fight Achilles, who is quite possibly the second strongest Servant in the war, to a draw on multiple occasions.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: When he goes into Trifas to hunt down Jack the Ripper for the second time, he dons a black suit, brown vest and dark-blue tie in place of his usual Servant wear.
  • Badass Teacher: He taught Achilles, Perseus, Castor and Hercules among others. One of his skills, Wisdom of the Gods, allows him to teach almost any "Heroic skill" to himself or other Servants at A-B rank.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's one of the kindest and most polite characters in the entire story. He can also make Achilles look like a deer in the headlights.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the first major clash of Servants, he saves Berserker from both Lancer and Archer of Red. He later saves Fiore from being assassinated by Jack by using a spell that dulls his arrow but has an incredibly strong knock-back on it to launch her away from Jack.
  • Bling of War: Early in development, this was actually his Noble Phantasm; a Saint Seiya inspired gold armor representing the constellation Sagittarius. While sort of a silly (and possibly copyright-infringing) idea, it is basically universally agreed that it's a bit of a shame that we didn't get to see it.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Averted; Chiron's Antares Snipe is one of the few attack-based Noble Phantasms that doesn't require the user to call out its True Name to use because, in his own words, his Noble Phantasm is always active thanks to the constellation of Sagittarius.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • As the teacher of Asclepius, the man who was so good a healer that he could resurrect the dead, he is an expert on healing. This comes in handy when Astolfo brings the wounded Homunculus to his room, who he heals and diagnoses.
    • The fact that he taught many famous Greek heroes comes into play when one of the Servants on the Red side is none other than Achilles.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: A combination of high ranks in both Eye of the Mind and Clairvoyance makes it almost impossible to catch Chiron off guard.
  • Combat Medic: Gentle and knowledgeable about medicine and healing, but also a skilled fighter who trained other great heroes like Achilles and Hercules.
  • Death from Above: Antares Snipe isn't fired from Chiron's bow, but rather is fired from the constellation of Sagittarius itself.
  • Four-Star Badass: The assigned-by-Vlad commander of the front lines.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Mordred injures his right arm so that he cannot use it properly, forcing him to retreat despite the fact that they were going fairly even without Chiron even having a weapon.
  • Good Is Not Soft: As kind and gentle as he is, he's definitely no pushover in a fight. He also scolds Achilles for seeing Chiron as anything but an enemy due to both of them being on opposite sides on a battlefield.
  • Graceful Loser: Has no hard feelings losing to Achilles in a fist fight. Of course, that's part of the plan to get Achilles' guard down against his own Noble Phantasm.
  • Healing Hands: Astolfo brings Homunculus to him to heal his near fatal injuries.
  • Humanity Ensues: Because there's basically only two Centaurs famous enough to be Heroic Spirits, himself and Nessus, he is summoned in a human form to better obscure his identity in return for a slight loses in parameters.
  • I Know Karate: He uses Pankration to make a convincing draw with Mordred and fight off Achilles.
  • Immortality Seeker: In life, he gave up his immortality so that he could die and free himself from the pain of being infected by hydra blood. His wish on the Grail is to get his immortality back. However, it's subverted in the fact that he's a Servant and therefore already technically immortal, and he just wants his original immortality back because it is the only gift that his parents left him with. He notes it is selfish, but that is his wish.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: To the point where he can snipe Achilles from a distance where even a great warrior like him could not tell where the arrows where even coming from. He ups himself even further by then deflecting an arrow shot by fellow Archer Atalanta at the same distance while Atalanta was attempting to shoot Frankenstein's Monster right between the eyes.
  • In-Series Nickname: Vlad calls him "Wise-Man" for his incredible knowledge.
  • It Only Works Once: He can only fire Antares Snipe once a day.
  • Last Breath Bullet: With his dying moments, he unleashes Antares Snipe on Achilles, shooting him in the heel and removing his invulnerability to make it possible for the others to finish him off.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Downplayed, despite being summoned as a human he still has his horse tail, though his ears are still clearly human.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: His large muscles allow him to fight at close range as effectively as he fights with his magic infused bow. His final fight against Achilles has him throw the other around like a rag doll and eventually overwhelm the other in an exchange of blows, losing only because Achilles is able to land a fatal blow after Chiron overextends himself.
  • Nerf: Summoned as a human to hide his identity, which has reduced some of his parameters. Despite this, every one of his stats besides Luck clocks in at Rank B or higher.
  • Nice Guy: Treats everyone with equal grace and courtesy.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: During the final part of his last duel with Achilles, Chiron gets the upper hand and doesn't hesitate to lay the smackdown on him, dealing a series of rapid and powerful blows that visibly draw blood with each successful strike and making Achilles recoil even with the blocked ones. However, his own injuries and fatigue catch up to him, and when he tries to go in for the final strike Achilles manages to pull back enough to make Chiron overextend and uses this moment of weakness to deal his own fatal blow.
  • Oblivious to Love: Has not noticed that Fiore may have feelings for him.
  • Old Master: Well, he's not physically old, but he's a formerly immortal centaur that taught several of the greatest heroes in the world how to fight. That he can block Achilles' attacks with his bow, kick him about and throw him around with wrestling grabs says more than enough about his prowess.
  • Only I Can Kill Him: For the vast majority of the story he was the only one who posed any threat to Achilles, since he was the only Black Servant who had Divinity thus allowing him to break through Achilles' invulnerability. It didn't hurt that, having taught Achilles in the first place, Chiron knew all his moves. While Chiron wasn't the one to ultimately kill Achilles, he did remove his invulnerability thus allowing even non-divine Servants to harm him.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: Centaurs are, by Greek tradition, men who are half horses based on the Greeks' impressions of the wild nomadic horse tribes of West and Central Asia, and are as such seen as incredible feral and violent creatures with a penchant for rape. Chiron, on the other hand, is a soft-spoken intellectual who still has all the fierce power of his race. According to the source material, this is because most centaurs were born from a human king and a magic cloud, while Chiron is the son of Cronus (also the father of Zeus et al).
  • Semi-Divine: Used to be a Divine Spirit, but he gave up his immortality to die instead of suffering forever from being hit with arrows dipped in a Hydra's blood. His Divinity is still high enough to pierce the defenses of Rider of Red, however.
  • Ship Tease: A slight bit with his Master Fiore, though he's rather Oblivious to Love.
  • Star Power: His power increases as the Sagittarius constellation becomes more visible in the night sky.
  • Tranquil Fury: Once he sees just how uncaring Avicebron is about betraying the Black Faction and Roche in particular, his only show of rage is his eyes widening in realization before he shoots Caster of Black in the face.
  • Warrior Therapist: He's a great teacher with many temperamental students, so he knows how to deal with and best instruct a vast range of people.
  • Worthy Opponent: He is interested in seeing how well his disciple Achilles grew after he went out of his care, though it also pains him having to fight a trainee of his.

    Lancer 

Vlad III

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese), Ray Chase (English), Humberto Solorzano (Latin American Spanish), Javier Lopez (European Spanish), Diego Baldoin (Italian), Matthias Klie (German), Mário Spatziani (Brazilian Portuguese)

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

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

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


  • Actually Not a Vampire: Melty Blood established that the real Vlad the Impaler was not an actual vampire, and he isn't one here unless he uses a Noble Phantasm to become one. He doesn't like that reputation, and while he tries to be mature and ignore it, representations of him as one that he finds end up getting destroyed.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Is the strongest of the Black Team's Servants, as well as being the Black Team's leader's Servant. This says A LOT considering how incredibly powerful Siegfried is.
  • Badass Baritone: Both Ryotaro Okiayu and Ray Chase give him a deep, booming voice, and he's one of the strongest Servants of the War.
  • Badass Beard: He has a well-groomed mustache and chin strap that makes him look the part of a medieval aristocrat.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Despite appearing to be the main villains, Vlad and Darnic are easily killed by Shirou, who becomes the real villain of the series.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice looks more akin to a giant surgery scalpel than a spear or lance.
  • Blood Knight: Probably part of why he got the reputation he did, as he shows a great deal of glee and grins an awful lot while fighting Karna.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Due to the nature of the Noble Phantasm, Vlad has told Darnic that he will kill him if he forces him to use Legend of Dracula with a Command Spell. He attempts it after Darnic makes him use it, but he uses the other two to make him stop his attack and fuse his soul with Vlad's.
  • Body Horror: When he turns into Dracula, several stakes rip out of his chest and back and remain there. He also creates and fires new stakes by making them inside his body before releasing them.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Darnic uses his three Command Seals on Vlad to, in order, force him to activate Legend of Dracula (which rewrites his personality on a fundamental level), give him an uncontrollable compulsion to survive and get the Greater Grail, and finally fuse his own soul onto Vlad's so that he can possess him. The result turns Vlad into a mockery of everything he ever was.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: In his backstory, he rejected the Orthodox Church in favor of Catholicism. This was true of the real life Vlad as well.
  • Classical Movie Vampire: Not until/unless he uses his second Noble Phantasm to become a vampire; he's stated to become "the vampire modeled after him," and his specified abilities in that form closely match that version.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Doubly subverted. His vampire form is very powerful, allowing him to fight several Servants at once and overwhelm all of them. Even Lancer of Red whose power comes from the Sun cannot inflict lasting damage on him. However, his weakness to holy artifacts is so dangerous that it only takes a few of Shirou's Black Keys and a Baptismal Sacrament for good measure to utterly destroy him.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Dies with his soul hijacked by his master, burning to death as the monstrous legend he never wanted to become.
  • Death by Irony: Killed off by Shirou after being forced to use Legend of Dracula to get a massive boost of power, only to be absolutely destroyed by Shirou's Black Keys and Baptismal Sacrament, which never would have had the effect they did had he remained a Servant. Extra irony comes from the fact that he dies a vampire, despite doing everything in his power to remove his horrible reputation, though the anime does imply he intentionally allowed Shirou to finish him off in order to remove this stain on his reputation and get back at Darnic.
  • Death from Above: After pushing Karna into a corner via multiple stakes ripping out of his body from the inside, Vlad decides to end the fight by summoning up thousands of stakes out of the ground and firing them into the air to come down on Karna in a hail of death. Karna's response is to call up a firestorm to burn all the stakes away, including the ones lodged in his body, and keep fighting.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: The individual stakes created by Kazıklı Bei aren't that powerful compared to most Servant weapons and most Servants can shrug off a couple impaling them at once. The catch is that Vlad can make as many as he needs to to stab his enemies with, and as long as he has sufficient Prana the amount he can create is effectively unlimited in his territory. The max he can create at any instant? Two thousand. He can even grow the shattered remnants of his stakes into new ones, so that pile of kindling you smashed one stake into? Expect a dozen new stakes to form and stab you.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In the anime, Darnic in control of Dracula breaks into the inner part of the Red Faction's sanctum before he finds himself restrained by stakes through his feet, to which he scornfully notes how futile Vlad's final effort to stop him really is. This delay, however, allows Shirou Kotomine to make his appearance, shock Darnic to the core about who the Red Faction's true mastermind is, and finish the vampire off.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": He doesn't like that Darnic calls him "Lord" and chides him for excessive flattery.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When Karna offers him a chance to flee the Hanging Gardens with his life after seeing how much weaker he's become without his Homefield Advantage, Vlad scoffs at the offer, both for the fact it would mean leaving the Grail in the enemy's hands and for the fact he still stands ready to fight.
  • Face of a Thug: Looks like he hasn't slept in years and is eerily pale, but repeatedly shown to be a gentleman whose passion and drive make him come off as a sociopath.
  • Fate Worse than Death: He would rather die pathetically than ever use his Legend of Dracula Noble Phantasm. Unfortunately for him, Darnic sees honor as a worthy sacrifice to ensure victory.
  • Foil: To his counterpart in Fate/EXTRA. While that Lancer represents him as the maddened soldier, this version is based on his status as an eerie aristocrat. His video game version was insanely loyal to his Master while his fealty comes with certain conditions. But for how maniacal that Lancer was compared to his Black Faction version, he is completely incapable of turning into the monster he helped inspire and his version of Kazıklı Bei would have been insanely effective against anyone in the Red Faction who wasn't Shirou or Karna since it's more powerful against the wicked and guilty.
  • Fighting from the Inside: After having his personality overwritten by Legend of Dracula and further supplanted by Darnic's soul, Vlad only has enough inner strength near the end to barely restrain Darnic's movement by driving stakes up through his own feet after seeing a cross within the Red Faction's sanctum. Darnic himself scoffs at this futile act of defiance, but this provides Shirou Kotomine time to make his entrance and put an end to them for good.
  • Four-Star Badass: The stand-in leader of the Black Faction due to his tactical genius and leadership abilities.
  • Fusion Dance: Unwillingly with Darnic, who uses a Command Spell to fuse their souls, with Darnic having some control, although the control is generally in the hands of Vlad, whose personality is rewritten by his Legend of Dracula Noble Phantasm.
  • Game Face: As Dracula, Vlad's facial features change dramatically. His skin becomes paler and gaunt against his skull as his veins become visible, while his mouth remains permanently open to reveal his large fangs. His ears also lengthen and become pointed while his eyes turn a glowing blood-red.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: His wish is to undo his horrible reputation that created the legend of him being a blood-starved fiend because of matters he was never even a part of.
  • Home Field Advantage:
    • His Personal Skill, Demonic Defender of the State, secures the leylines in the area to make it his home turf. He gets a power boost equivalent to Mad Enhancement Rank A (minus the madness) while within this area, and can only use Kazikli Bei within that range. When he enters the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Karna notes that he has become something of a pushover compared to the menace he was before, as the Hanging Gardens don't count as his territory or as part of Romania, losing him both his power boosts at once.
    • Servants are also given a power boost by their proximity to their own "Sphere of influence"/home country. Vlad being summoned not even a few hours of travel from his town of birth gives him an additional significant powerboost.
  • Honor Before Reason: Despite the goal of the Holy Grail War being to obtain the Grail, Vlad feels like he'd rather throw away his chances of winning and die instead of having to resort to his Legend of Dracula Noble Phantasm. Darnic, desperate to win, goes with the pragmatically cruel way.
  • Humanoid Abomination: His Dracula form fused with Darnic. It's so plain wrong that he's no longer truly a Heroic Spirit or a Servant anymore and no longer bound by Command Seals. Ruler attempting to make him kill himself with her own Command Seals just causes him pain before he overrides it with his own will, and Ruler's forced to order the other Servants to help her kill him before he can escape and cause widespread havoc.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Vlad has this within the area marked by his Demonic Defender of the State. He can invoke the concept of impalement to summon stakes of any kind anywhere within this territory (Including inside an opponent's body, if they are within that territory) and pull new ones out for personal use anywhere.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Vlad's entire schtick. He can create spears, stakes, pikes and spikes of any kind out of nowhere and use them as projectiles and as a lance for personal use. He can even manifest these inside of his opponent's body, Which he utilizes against Karna to bypass his Kavacha and Kundala. Unfortunately, Karna is so supremely badass that he is barely inconvenienced by it.
  • Irony: Being Lancer is suffering indeed. Vlad hates his vampiric legend and rejected the Orthodox Church in favor of the Catholic Church. He is killed off by a Catholic Saint after Darnic forces him to use Legend of Dracula and fuses with Vlad, becoming an evil amalgamation who sullied the reputation he was trying to save even further.
  • Javelin Thrower: A frequent use of his stakes. When he is turned into a vampire and fused with Darnic, the hand-thrown stakes become comparable in strength to Noble Phantasms.
  • Knight Templar: While his reputation as a vampire is unfounded, he still takes full responsibility for many of his brutal actions, seeing them as ultimately necessary for his small nation to survive in a turbulent time.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Dracula is extremely vulnerable to Shirou's abnormally powerful holy powers.
  • Lawful Neutral: His In-Universe alignment.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Thanks to being summoned within his home country, every single one of his stats besides Luck clocks in at rank B or A.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • The very same Homefield Advantage that gives Vlad his massive power boost also works against him should he be somehow forced out of it, lowering his parameters and weakening the power of his Kazıklı Bei. When he leads the charge into Semiramis's Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Vlad goes from being able to hold his own against Karna to barely standing his ground.
    • His Legend of Dracula Noble Phantasm gives him incredible power and the abilities of the vampire modeled after him, to the point he's even stronger than with said Homefield Advantage, but with those strengths come the weaknesses said vampire possesses. This gets him killed when he's blindsided by Shirou Kotomine, who just so happens to possess incredible holy powers for combatting dark forces despite technically being weaker.
  • Mechanical Horse: Vlad rides one created by Caster of Black into battle against the invading Red Faction in Volume 2.
  • Mercy Kill: With his personality horribly twisted by Legend of Dracula and Darnic's own soul, Shiro finally putting down the vampiric monstrosity Vlad becomes seems like quite the blessing in disguise.
  • Mysterious Mist: Dracula releases a mana-draining mist over the entire area where the War is taking place, which prompts Jeanne into ordering the other Servants into killing him, as he could potentially drain all the other Servants to the point where the war could no longer continue.
  • Nice Guy: He greatly enjoys his fellow Servants's company and wishes he had people like them working under him during his life. He also is fairly reasonable when taking charge of the group, and shows honor to those who he feels deserve it.
  • Not So Above It All: He defines himself as a man of God, but he's largely fighting for a very selfish wish whereas his EXTRA counterpart was all too eager to resume fighting for Christendom after he was summoned.
  • Old Shame: Invoked. He tries to answer questions towards his vampiric legend maturely, but it's clear that he's not that pleased being reminded of it.
  • One-Winged Angel: Legend of Dracula gives Vlad the powers of "the vampire modeled after him." This manifests by disabling his Demonic Defender of the State skill and his Kazikli Bei but in turn boosts all his stats and gives him the Curse of Regeneration and Mystic Eyes of Enchantment. It also gives him the ability to transform into a mist and various animals, as well as summon stakes through his own body. The reason for this form's sheer power is the fact despite it being only roughly 100 years old, Dracula's legend has achieved massive fame worldwide to the point even those who know nothing of Vlad himself know of Dracula, the first vampire.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Being a representation of his legend as a vampire and not specifically a Dead Apostle, his powers when under Legend of Dracula's effects are radically different to those of the vampires common to the Nasuverse and more in line with those of a Classical Movie Vampire.
  • Painful Transformation: Activating Legend of Dracula doesn't seem to be a pleasant experience in the slightest, as Vlad is shown visibly writhing and yelling in pain as his body morphs into its new vampiric form.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Gains a pair of black bat wings when he transforms into Dracula.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Although you might not believe it, Vlad is shown to be a fairly reasonable leader several times. When Astolfo goes against orders to capture Sieg, he initially was going to punish him severely for it, but when Astolfo explained why he did so, sticking to what he believed in, he simply gave him a few hours of time in the castle's prison as punishment. He also honors Ruler's request to honor Siegfried's Heroic Sacrifice instead of handing Sieg back over and her refusal to join the Black Faction for the same reason. Chiron even comments that Vlad is actually a fairly reasonable leader once you get past his infamy.
  • Red Baron: The Lord Impaler.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes glow a distinct red once he turns into Dracula.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: His wish on the Grail is to erase the legend of Dracula from history entirely. He says that legend is nothing but a mockery that disgraced his family name.
  • Slasher Smile: His default expression. Note that he is actually a pretty good guy though. It gets even more intense once he turns into a vampire, and by that point he's...not really a good guy anymore.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: His vampiric form fused with Darnic is not really him and not really Darnic, but more in line with the true Dracula in personality, with Darnic having at least partial control over the abomination.
  • Superpower Lottery: While not a particularly scary Servant in his own right, his summoning within the borders of Romania, where he was a great hero, has given a considerable boost to his power. Then on top of that he has another layer of Home Field Advantage due to his Demonic Defender of the State ability. This causes his otherwise Jack-of-All-Stats parameters to absolutely skyrocket, and even Shirou Kotomine considers his abilities absurd. Word of God states that Vlad as he is in the story is a match for Hercules or King Arthur in their respective home countries, and he's one of the few Servants in-story capable of actually holding his own against Karna (who's considered a Gilgamesh-level Heroic Spirit) for any significant amount of time. As Dracula, he's powerful enough to overpower Achilles or Karna individually and capable of handling four Servants at once for a time while their power have been boosted by a Command Seal specifically given to kill him. It's noted in the novel that Achilles and Karna both have the means to completely obliterate him, but because they're fighting him in a corridor in the middle of the Hanging Gardens, they can't use their Noble Phantasms destructive enough to do the job.
  • Super Smoke: As Dracula, he can shift into a smoke-like form to avoid attacks and move rapidly throughout the battlefield. However, Karna shows he can still be injured even in this state with enough literal firepower.
  • Super Strength: As Dracula, he's strong enough to completely manhandle Achilles in close combat and smack Karna aside like a ragdoll through a stone wall.
  • Tragic Villain: Poor Vlad gets it pretty bad. He simply wanted to bring prosperity to his country, lead his faction to victory, and serve as a Servant to Darnic despite his own authority, but Darnic forces him into becoming Dracula against his will. It isn't hard to feel sorry for him when he dies as not the proud Vlad who defended his home, but as Dracula the monster against his will.
  • Vampire Apocalypse: As Dracula he's more than capable of causing one, transforming several homunculi into bloodthirsty ghouls and also having the capacity to do the same to other Servants. The reason Jeanne orders the other Servants to put aside their differences and kill him is because if he gets his hands on the Greater Grail there's nothing stopping him from starting a worldwide vampire pandemic.
  • Villainous Friendship: He respects Darnic's organization skills and dedication to his faction's goals. While Vlad has his own wish to fulfill, he considers his desires second to winning the Holy Grail War for Black Faction. This relationship becomes fractured when Vlad is unwilling to use his Noble Phanstasm to transform into a vampire in order to win. Darnic forces him with a Command Seal and then possesses his body when Vlad kills him in retaliation.
  • Weakened by the Light: While it's not enough to kill him, his vampire form loses a lot of its strength during the day.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers Jeanne a place on the Black Faction, as one Catholic Christian to another, but she refuses on account of the fact as Ruler she must remain a neutral party and only intervene should something drastic happen. He accepts her reasoning and leaves without a fight.
  • Worthy Opponent: He becomes excited when Karna can effortlessly survive being impaled by him and says he's honored to fight such a powerful warrior.
  • You Are in Command Now: He's the effective leader of the Black Faction, sitting on a throne in the Yggdmillennia mansion, and although Darnic refers to him as "Lord", Vlad states that he is still just a Servant and will in return call Darnic Master.
  • You Don't Look Like You: He bears next to no resemblance to the Fate/EXTRA version of Vlad the Impaler, and is stated to be a different incarnation of him.

    Rider 

Astolfo

Voiced by: Rumi Ookubo (Japanese), Faye Mata (English), Carlos Siller (Latin American Spanish), Luisa Fernández-Miranda (European Spanish), Marie Du Bled (French), Valentina Pallavicino (Italian), Katharina von Daake (German)

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

His Noble Phantasms are "La Black Luna: The Magic Flute That Calls Panic", an enormous demonic horn whose sound strikes uncontrollable fear into all who hear it; "Trap of Argalia: Overturned If Touched", a golden lance that can render the enemy's legs totally useless; and his magical mount, the "Hippogriff: Otherworldly Phantom Horse", which due to its nature as Phantasmal Beast can shift both itself and its riders to the Reverse Side of the World to avoid attacks. Astolfo possesses one more Phantasm, "Luna Break Manual: Magical All-purpose Tome of Tactics" an anti-magical book, but cannot use it as he has forgotten its name, so it simply passively gives him A-rank Magic Resistance. Upon remembering its True Name, "Casseur de Logistille: Destruction Declaration", and reading from the book, Astolfo gains the ability to counter all Magecraft short of Reality Marbles.


  • Ambiguous Gender: In-Universe only; he has his gender crossed out on his profile, accompanied by a scribble of him sticking out his tongue and saying "le Secret♪". Other official Apocrypha materials, on the other hand, clearly identify his gender as male.
  • Anti-Magic: The book that he doesn't know the name of passively grants him A-ranked Magic Resistance, making him immune to all but the most powerful magic. Semiramis can trump it because she is a ridiculously powerful Age of Gods-era mage and manages to blast him off the Hanging Gardens with an EX-rank attack when he tries to invade it with his Hippogriff. But then Astolfo can trump it in turn once he remembers the book's True Name, which grants him the ability to No-Sell just about any Magecraft short of a Reality Marble.
  • Badass Adorable: He's cute, very girly, and also a fairly good fighter.
  • Bare Your Midriff: His second set of casual clothes don't bother to cover the abdomen area.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's generally nice and friendly towards everyone. However, you do not want to try to hurt any of his friends, especially when Sieg is hurt.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Towards Sieg.
  • Bi the Way: Side materials confirm that Astolfo doesn't care about gender differences and would have happily been Sieg's partner if he asked.
  • Blade on a Stick: Trap of Argalia: Overturned If Touched, a lance that can force an opponent to kneel simply by touching them with it. After he gives up his sword to Homunculus for his protection, it becomes his main melee weapon.
  • Blatant Lies: Tells the homunculi servants looking for the Homunculus that he hasn't seen him at all...despite quite literally carrying the unconscious Homunculus over his shoulder while telling them this. At least in the manga he throws a cloak over him for disguise but in the anime the servants can quite plainly see the mostly-naked Homunculus. Judging by the beat that passes after Astolfo says this, the servants let him pass simply because they don't want to push the matter with a Servant, especially when you consider who Astolfo has for a master.
  • Bokukko: Subverted; Astolfo is girly and uses the boyish first-person pronoun "boku"... until you find out he's a guy.
  • Born Lucky: Luck Rank A+.
  • Braids of Action: His hair is normally tied in a thick braid.
  • Break the Cutie: This nearly happens to him when Celenike uses her Command Spells to force him to kill Sieg with his own hands. Luckily, Mordred prevents this from happening by beheading Celenike.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: He comments on his profile, hides his gender, and bemoans about his low stats with cute scribbles on his sheet profile.
  • Catchphrase: Has a tendency to deliver a cutesy "Yahoo!" when greeting others.
  • Chaotic Good: His In-Universe alignment.
  • Confusion Fu: He's literally an archetypal example of The Fool summoned as a weapon of war, so it's no surprise that this is what he brings to the table. He has a vast library of Noble Phantasms with extremely strange and specific functions, his most powerful weapon keeps flickering in and out of reality because the World can't decide whether it should exist or not, and he's so ditzy (and lucky) that even he doesn't generally know what he's going to do next and how it will pan out once he's done it. Not only that, but he's got Super Strength even by Servant standards despite looking like a little girl. All of this means he can punch way above his weight despite being one of the weakest Servants because there is absolutely no way to prepare for the mayhem he routinely unleashes.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Sports one on the top left side of his mouth.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: His new set of casual clothing has him wear a black, pleated skirt which reaches up to the thighs.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: You wouldn’t expect a pink haired pretty boy with the title, Rider of Black, to be one of the friendliest members of the Black Faction, would you?
  • The Ditz: Weaponized. One of his skills, Evaporation of Sanity, gives him something akin to a sixth sense in combat similar to Eye of the Mind or Instinct from his complete lack o. common sense.
    Astolfo, to the Homunculus: Now, then... first, we have to put our heads together and think of a way to help you. Oh, I would definitely suggest against leaving it entirely for me to decide. For no man can show as much a lack of restraint as I, Astolfo!
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady:
    • Has a girly and cutesy appearance to him, complete with a slender build, pink hair, a feminine dress code, and a reputation for being "beautiful beyond compare".
    • It doesn't help that his gender is crossed out on the Servant statistics for the Black team revealed in Volume 3. His artist managed to include "him" at breast comparison chart but still left wondering about the reason. On his profile page, Astolfo crossed out his gender, instead writing "le Secret", as if to lampshade this himself.
  • Establishing Character Moment: After he is summoned by the Black Faction, he wastes no time excitedly introducing himself and revealing his true name, before asking the other Servants of Black for their true names.
  • The Fool: He is, again, of the most famous examples in European literature, and it carries over into Apocrypha - he's scatter-brained, kind-hearted, and incredibly lucky (he's officially got an A+ Luck stat for a reason), and generally acts as a force of benign chaos throughout the show, repeatedly derailing the plans of people far more intelligent and powerful than he is.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: By complete accident in Episode 19 since he just got out of the shower...and neglected to put a towel around his waist, to the embarrassed shock of Jeanne.
  • Fun Personified: He has a certain cheerful bubbliness and enters the Holy Grail War with the demeanor of someone looking to hangout with his best friends even though the other Servants are strangers he's barely even met. He rarely drops this cheerful and fun-loving demeanor, only lapsing when things get truly serious and grave.
  • Genki Guy: Very energetic and talkative.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Played with. Astolfo's cape is white with gold accents. He's also a member of the Twelve Palad of Charlemagne, an intensely Christian organization, thus making him a holy crusader of sorts. However, Astolfo himself is not divine.
  • Gratuitous French: Uses this in the doodles on his profile.
  • Hair Decorations: His black ribbons, which he says are "an irresistible proof of friendship" that he used to restore peace between him and his ally Orlando.
  • Heroic BSoD: Briefly has one after Frankenstein's Senseless Sacrifice against Mordred coupled with the "death" of Sieg. It takes seeing Sieg revive with Siegfried's power to snap him out of it.
  • Heroic Resolve: His honor as a knight enables him to resist Celenike's Command Seal order to kill Sieg, a civilian and his friend who had done no wrong. He ultimately held out long enough for Mordred to kill Celenike.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Homunculus/Sieg. Well, Astolfo's bi, but the point stands.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: For allowing Sieg to escape, Astolfo is impaled by Vlad's stakes through each of his limbs and has to spend a night in the Yggdmillennia dungeon. Celenike comes along and starts tugging and shaking the stakes to cause him pain for paying positive attention to anyone other than her.
  • In the Hood: He starts wearing a purple bunny ears parka as part of his casual getup in Volume 3.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Tries to pull this on Spartacus, but the Berserker of Red silences him by stabbing at his head. He's noticeably annoyed, since he hasn't been able to do this in a long time.
  • Keet: First thing he does once he's summoned is excitedly introduce himself and ask the other Servants of Black for their names.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His pink hair reaches down to his waist and he is the most androgynous character to where people mistake him for a girl at first glance.
  • Lunacy: Because Astolfo "found his reason on the moon" in his legend, he can only bring out his full power during nights when the moon is not visible to him. This is what allows him to remember the True Name of his book Noble Phantasm and unleash its true power against Semiramis.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Sports long hair which he ties into a single braid, and is so androgynous looking that it's easy to mistake him for a cute girl.
  • Loose Lips: He easily speaks Archer of Black's true name out loud, and tells Lancer of Black exactly how Saber of Black died without any tone of regret or grief. Homunculus surmises early on that the Red Faction would gain an incredible tactical advantage if they captured and interrogated Rider.
  • Magic Music: One of his Noble Phantasms in the original online RPG was La Black Luna, a horn that forces all opponents without sufficient magic resistance to flee. It was re-tooled for the light novel as a Sonic Stunner.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: When asked by Chiron why he saved Homunculus, he simply answers "Because I could." When Siegfried later beats him down and asks him if Homunculus asked for his help in escaping, he angrily replies that he did so of his own volition which leads to Siegfried giving his life for Homunculus.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy:A Non-Romantic example, but he definitely serves as the Feminine Boy, to Modred's Masculine Girl.
  • Motor Mouth: Which, "through no fault of his own," inevitably leads him to say too much.
  • Multicolored Hair: Downplayed, but he sports a streak of white hair on his rose pink hair.
  • The Narrator: Narrates the episode previews in the anime.
  • Nice Guy: Extremely nice to just about anyone.
  • Odd Friendship: With Chiron and Siegfried, as well as Homunculus.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: Being a Rider-class Servant, one of his Noble Phantasms is a Hippogriff that he rides.
  • Pink Heroine: Gender inverted; he is a Rider-class Servant of the Black Faction whose image colour is rose pink.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Actual literature fact, no less. He barely even gets mentioned in the stories most people associate with Roland, instead getting starring roles in more light-hearted and fantasy adventure stories written during the Italian Renaissance.
  • The Pollyanna: Described as being "eternally optimistic".
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: His casual clothing highlights his girliness, coming with a pair of black pantyhose and a short, black skirt reaching up to the thighs.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Saber of Black after the Servant beats him down that makes Siegfried realize what a mistake he's making by letting Homunculus die and ultimately leads to his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Red Baron: The Twelfth Paladin of Charlemagne.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: A male example, fitting the "cheery and optimistic" subtype.
  • Saying Too Much:
    • Which quickly leads to maximum awkwardness. It's Rider's big mouth that leads to Siegfried giving his life for Homunculus.
    • It also quickly diffuses the situation between Sieg and the surviving homunculi and the remaining Black Masters.
  • She's a Man in Japan: The dub mostly avoids referring to Astolfo with gendered pronouns, instead referring to him as Astolfo or "that person," but in one conversation, Sieg and Ruler refer to Astolfo as "she." That said, it might simply be they just don't realize he's actually a guy.
    • Kairi and Mordred referring to Astolfo as "he/his" when talking about the latter's killing of Celenike lends credence to the latter interpretation, as does Jeanne showing embarrassed shock when she gets a look at him naked when he comes out of the shower.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the Black Faction Servants. Because Sieg isn't dead and so their contract still exists, Astolfo is still manifested on Earth and dedicates himself to explore the world and help those in need, as per his master's last request.
  • Short Hair with Tail: Has short hair with a long braid, just like Ruler.
  • Sonic Stunner: La Black Luna. It can absolutely pulverize the Dragon Tooth Warriors that Semiramis creates into dust and is powerful enough to completely deafen an enemy Servant for a time.
  • Space Master: His Hippogriff, being a Phantasmal Beast, has the ability to shift itself and its riders into the Reverse Side of the World for a brief instant to avoid attacks. However, using it in succession rapidly drains Astolfo's Prana reserves.
  • Tears of Joy: Both times he realizes Sieg is alive, the first after Siegfried gives up his heart to save him and the second after Sieg comes back from Mordred's impalement with Siegfried's power.
  • Tender Tears: After Siegfried revives Homunculus, Astolfo tearfully embraces Homunculus, relieved that he is okay.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: His master's sole wish is to make him writhe in pain and despair, but Rider is far too powerful for her to so much as scratch him and spends their 'sessions' just looking bored. Unfortunately for Astolfo, once Celenike realizes physical pain won't cut it, she switches over to emotional pain.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Astolfo is considered a "second-rate Servant", due to being one of the few legends recorded in the Throne of Heroes to be known as being "weak". Nevertheless, his Trap of Argalia proves useful throughout the war, such as taking down Spartacus to be captured. Astolfo is also essential in taking down "Adam", due to its property of never being able to receive damage for as long as its feet were on the ground. While it was far too massive for any of the Servants to topple, Astolfo's spear made it all but a certainty, allowing Mordred and Sieg to obliterate it with their Noble Phantasms. Astolfo's Casseur de Logistille is also needed to break into Semiramis' Hanging Gardens by negating her magecraft and thus nullifying her EX-Rank bombardment.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Once he sees Celenike go into full-on Yandere mode, he's noticeably nervous and tells Sieg to start running. Too bad for them Celenike then pins Sieg down with a spike and uses her Command Seals to order Astolfo to kill him.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Declares such when Mordred fatally impales Sieg through the chest. Noticeably, it's one of the few times Astolfo is truly angry at someone.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Although it doesn't look like him, Rider's mount is shown a few times to be spacey and ditzy like him.
  • The Unfettered: When he sets himself on a goal, he'll do everything in his power to carry it out, even if that means going against his teammates or even his own Master.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's so ditzy that he forgets the names of his own Noble Phantasms, regardless, all of them possess very potent effects such as pulverizing his foes to dust and leaping through dimensions.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he sees Mordred impale Sieg through the chest and seemingly kill him, it marks the first time in the series where he actually completely loses his shit and he goes at her screaming and swinging his lance despite his injuries. Unfortunately, said injuries and his own weaker abilities compared to Mordred quickly results in her knocking him back down.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In the English dub, his voice, while still effeminate, is a bit more masculine than his appearance would suggest.
    • Even more so in the Latin American Spanish dub in which he's voiced by a male, but is still able to make him sound adorable.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Though his initial civilian clothes are more masculine.
  • Wingding Eyes: Becomes starry-eyed when he begs Caules for Berserker of Black's name.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Male example; he is stated to be "Beautiful beyond compare".
  • You Gotta Have Pink Hair: Rose pink with a streak of white.
  • Zettai Ryouiki:
    • While in his armour, his thigh-highs go above his knees, but leave enough space for a fair amount of skin exposure between them and his plateskirt.
    • In his casual outfit, his pantyhose goes above his knees and beyond to the point that there's no bare skin exposed below his skirt.

    Caster 

Avicebron/Solomon Ibn Gabirol

Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto (Japanese), Cam Clarke (English), Mauricio Perez (Latin American Spanish), José Carlos Sansegundo (European Spanish), Alain Eloy (French), Luca Sandri (Italian), Markus Pfeiffer (German), Jonathan Guedes (Brazilian Portuguese)

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

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


  • Badass Army: He and his master have created a thousand golems in preparation for the war.
  • Badass Bookworm: Despite his main focus being construction of powerful golems, he is no pushover in a fight and helps Jeanne in her fight against Dracula.
  • Badass Cape: It's blue and black and might very well be the fanciest cape of all the Servants.
  • Birds of a Feather: The main reason he and Roche work together so well is that they are both cynical individuals with no interest in other humans who make Golems as their only passion in life. Unfortunately for Roche, that doesn't mean Avicebron wouldn't be unwilling to use him as a power source for his Noble Phantasm.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Chiron shoots him right in the forehead just above his left eye. While this fatally wounds him, it leaves him enough time to fuse his essence with "Adam" to fuel it even further.
  • Cool Mask: Aside from his eye, we never get to see what he looks like underneath it either, save for a flashback scene in the anime that might not even be what he looks like under the mask in the present.
  • Cool Teacher: His Master, who makes golems just like him, treats him like a teacher and calls him "Sensei". Avicebron, in turn, treats Roche like a student. Doesn't stop him from using Roche as a power source for Adam, however.
  • Design-It-Yourself Equipment: Interestingly, his Noble Phantasm has yet to be "constructed". Considering that he has turned most of the basement level of the Yggdmillennia fortress into a giant Workshop from which he has been producing Golems for the last two months, this may apply to almost all of his abilities.
  • Ditzy Genius: Avicebron is an absolute genius who invented the thaumaturgic school involving Golems, but lacks the ability to communicate properly with other humans due to his obsession with creating Golems and his lifelong illnesses meaning he never got to interact much with other people.
  • Enemy Summoner: He has constructed a magical Workshop that allows him to produce thirty golems a day of a quality that would take an ordinary Magus a year to finish.
  • Evil Plan: Wants to use Adam to spread its Reality Marble Eden all across the Earth and create a Paradise. While calling the spirit of such a goal "evil" might be a stretch, his lack of morals in reaching it pushes him firmly off the sympathetic side.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Goes over to the Red Team in Volume 3 of the light novel and Episode 13 of the anime, effectively becoming the other Caster of Red along with Shakespeare.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His calm manner makes him seem like a decent, if somewhat eccentric man, but deep down he harbors a hatred for humanity and has no compunctions whatsoever about killing even those who come to see him as a friend or teacher in order to achieve his dream.
  • Foil:
    • To Shirou Kotomine, of all people. Both men are Servants with religious connections to God of a bygone age who saw the horrors of humanity and wish to bring salvation by whatever means necessary. However, while Shirou Kotomine is an Affably Evil priest who intends to wish for the salvation of humanity because of his love for it, Avicebron is a Faux Affably Evil sorcerer who intends to specifically make a Paradise on Earth, which doesn't necessarily include humanity into the equation as he hates it. Shirou sees his dream as impossible to realize without the Holy Grail, while Avicebron outright says he doesn't need it and only needs "Adam". And while Shirou acknowledges that his dream goes against being both a Saint and Heroic Spirit but justifies his acts as For The Greater Good, Avicebron is under no illusions that what he's doing is monstrous and even tells Roche that he has every right to hate him for what he's doing.
    • Also to Archer of Black, while both serve as teachers during the Grail War, Chiron has also served as such in his life for many different heroes, Avicebron notes that he is unaccustomed to serving as a teacher. The differences between the two only become clearer when Avicebron defects to the “Red” Faction, while Chiron is left as the sole loyal servant to Yggdmilenia, (Astolfo having in the meantime been made Sieg’s Servant and Jack The Ripper having gone rogue), fittingly it’s Chiron who ultimately kills Caster of Black.
  • Fusion Dance: As he is grievously wounded by Chiron's arrows, he decides to fuse himself with Adam to fuel it further.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: While little other than some of his (very beautiful) poetry is actually known of the historical Solomon ibn Gabirol's life, it can be fairly said of him that he was nowhere so malevolent as he is presented here.
  • Human Resources: Avicebron plans to first use the magically-powerful Homunculus and later the now Servant-less Gordes Yggdmillennia as the mana-generating core of his Noble Phantasm, but they fail to recapture the former and Avicebron is disappointed in the quality of Gorde's magic circuits, referring to him as "passably adequate" and wishing they had recaptured Homunculus. He ultimately uses Roche instead, who has the greatest compatibility of the Black Faction Masters.
  • I Can Rule Alone: Hints at this when it comes to his Master, saying that he's ideal as a master, for now...and ultimately follows through when he joins the Red Faction and uses Roche as the core for his Noble Phantasm.
  • Ill Boy: He spent much of his life riddled with illnesses, which played a part in his isolation from others.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Look at that outfit. It's purple-gold, has spikes attached and a cape! You can't say it's not at least a little cool-looking.
  • I Regret Nothing: More or less said word-for-word, as he finally fulfilled his wish of creating "Adam" and his dream of Eden is all but assured even with his death...but Mordred and Sieg prove him otherwise.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: In their last scene together, he refers to his master as "core".
  • Lack of Empathy: He despises humans and does not feel anything about killing them, not even Roche.
  • Lost Technology: Magical example. His Golems and the ability to mass produce on the scale he does is something no modern human Magus could ever achieve. And Adam is on a level above even that.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He takes an arrow into his head pretty well, all things considered, never mind the fact it was a fatal injury.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Becomes this in full after he betrays the Black Faction, goes over to the Red Faction, and uses his own Master, who's only a child, as the core of his Noble Phantasm. While in the process of doing so, he admits that he wears a mask because he can't stand looking someone eye-to-eye.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: He admits that he wears a mask as looking eye to eye with another person makes him sick.
  • No Social Skills: He can hold entire conversations with nothing but nods, and never puts any emotion into a conversation with another human, similarly to Roche. As well, despite his master/student relationship with Roche, he's actually rather awkward with him due to the fact he never interacted with children during his lifetime and actually having one idolize him in such a way as Roche is a strange, if not necessarily unwelcome, situation.
  • Religion Is Magic: Kabbalah, which is Hebrew for "Inheritance" or "Received Tradition", a school of magic he invented that is still used to this day by a large amount of magus including Touko Aozaki.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: A variant with his golems, as he can convert them into a more fluid form to coil and restrain his enemies before solidifying again. He does this to Spartacus to help trap him, and later does it to Achilles' chariot by restricting its wheels and horses so it can't move.
  • Summon Magic: Capable of creating powerful Golems, which he can later summon at will from his and Roche's workshop. These still aren't near the level of Servants however, and can only defeat Servants in large numbers. It took five of them to restrict Spartacus after he had been left almost immobile by Lancer's Noble Phantasm.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When Chiron shoots an arrow through his mask and into his head, the break reveals his left eye is this color, same as his mask. This is also all we get to see of his face outside of a flashback where the eyes were shadowed out.
  • Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Exemplified in a lot of manners. First, Avicebron acknowledged that betraying Roche in the cruelest way possible is a Moral Event Horizon and told him that Roche gained the rights to despise him for that. This action eventually made Chiron consider making Avicebron pay for that betrayal with his death a higher priority than stopping Adam. And lastly, this betrayal was eventually recorded into his Saint Graph that when Avicebron reappeared in Fate/Grand Order, he still remembered this event and clearly ashamed that he did that in the first place.
  • Undying Loyalty: Subverted. When he switched to Shirou's side, he had the condition that his Master will not be touched, a move that Chiron originally thought meant he was legitimately concerned about his Master's well-being. He then used Roche for his Noble Phantasm, and revealed it was simply because he couldn't have his best choice of a power source killed off before he could use it.
  • The Unfettered: Admits to Chiron when he goes over to the Red Faction that for his wish, he would willingly give up both his pride and ethics to achieve it. Sure enough, he's even willing to turn his former Master Roche into the core for Adam.
  • Unobtainium: His Golems are made with, amongst other more common materials, 800-year old gemstones used as their organs and equally ancient parchment for the enchantments. Luckily Darnic has the connections to acquire these reagents en masse even without going through the Magus Association. The material of the Hanging Gardens also makes for decent building material, as he proves by implanting his gemstones into the walls to form golems to fight the Dragon Tooth warriors inside.
  • We Have Reserves: As long as he has the materials on hand, Avicebron can make as many golems as he needs to for battle. When the Black Faction invades the Hanging Gardens to get the Greater Grail back, Avicebron doesn't even bring any golems with him because he can just use the stone of the Garden itself as material by implanting the necessary gemstones.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His goal is to create a paradise on Earth. But he'll betray and kill anyone without a second thought, and his idea of "paradise" doesn't necessarily take the safety of humans into account. In fact, he hints that he would actually prefer that many humans die so that only the "worthy" would be left to live in Eden.

    Berserker 

Frankenstein's Monster

Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (Japanese), Sarah Williams (English), Stephanie Gándara (Latin American Spanish), Susana Leis (European Spanish), Gea Riva (Italian), Lara Wurmer (German), Gabriela Pellegrino (Brazilian Portuguese)

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A gender-bent version of the fictional monster of the same name from Mary Shelly's most well-known story, summoned as a Berserker for the Black faction by Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia via a set of blueprints for an "ideal human". Her Noble Phantasms are the "Bridal Chest: A Maiden's Chastity", her electrified mace and personal power source, and "Blasted Tree: Lightning Branch of Crucifixion", a suicidal area-of-effect attack activated by overloading the Bridal Chest.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Compared to the popular depiction of the monster, Frankenstein is an adorable girl whose bangs cover her eyes. Caules lampshades it and wonders if Victor Frankenstein's idea of beauty was somewhat different from the norm if he could so easily call her a monster in spite of her appearance. However, in the original novel, the monster was described as beautiful and what made it hideous or monstrous was that it seemed unnatural and wrong, with its giant stature and creepy eyes, not that it was ugly. The monster being a hideous patchwork of a lifeform only began to take off with the 1931 movie, making the obvious ugly appearance, while iconic, Newer Than They Think, and a case of Adaptational Ugliness.
  • Animal Motifs: She's compared to a large dog that doesn't quite trust people, which is quite obvious with her constant growling.
  • Artificial Human: Unlike most examples in the series, she's not really a homunculi in the way that Sieg or Illya are. Instead she is more of a mix match of human parts in an attempt to create the "ideal human". She's also partially mechanical, though she does bleed.
  • Badass Adorable: Looks like a cute young maiden and carries around a giant mace that can fire off enough lightning to blast apart golems with ease. She puts up an admirable fight against Mordred, and after being seemingly dispatched, when compelled by a Command Spell to kill Mordred, furiously charges her and uses Blasted Tree, which would have achieved a mutual kill had Kairi not bailed Mordred out with a Command Spell of his own in the light novel. Even in the anime, where Mordred tanks it and survives, she still does more damage to her than any other fighter in the series up to that point could claim to.
  • Berserk Button: Whatever you do, don't address her as Frankenstein or some variation thereof.
  • The Berserker: Well obviously. Unlike most Berserkers in the franchise she actually has some amount of thought process that doesn't limit her to only fighting, though she cannot truly speak. If anything, she's the least rage blinded Berserker in the Fate franchise, which isn't saying much.
  • Blinding Bangs: Her hair covers both of her eyes.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Bridal Chest, her main Noble Phantasm, is a huge, heavy mace.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Her In-Universe alignment.
  • Combat Stilettos: Wears very tall, slanted heels. They make her look as though she has hooves. They're straightened out in later artwork.
  • Composite Character: Unlike most Heroic Spirits, who are typically based off of one interpretation of their story, Berserker is a mix of two famous versions of the Frankenstein story, namely the origin story of the monster's creation and following of its creator, while the actual design and use of a gender-bent Frankenstein are appear to be based on the Bride of Frankenstein film.
  • Cute Mute: Since she's been summoned under the Berserker class, her Mad Enhancement has rendered her unable to speak properly, usually making her resort to "aaaaaaah"'s and "uuuuuuuh"'s. The longest and most coherent sentence she makes just so happens to be her Famous Last Words.
  • Cyborg: She's shown to have some mechanical parts like wires which are shown in special detail when she rips her arm off fighting Mordred and uses said wires to wrap around Mordred's throat to restrain her.
  • Death from Above: She can fire lightning from her mace into the sky and call it down as multiple bolts, each powerful enough to annihilate one of Caster of Black's golems in the resulting explosions.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": She gets annoyed whenever her Master calls her Frankenstein and prefers to be called Berserker.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: After seemingly being dispatched by Mordred, she gets up, bloodied from her injuries, and jumps onto Mordred's back while ripping one of her arms off at the elbow to use the exposed wires as a garrote around Mordred's neck before using her Blasted Tree in a final attempt to kill her. Granted, it fails, but that takes serious guts.
  • Energy Absorption: Frankentein's Galvanism skill allows her to absorb any energy or thaumaturgical based attack into bio-electricity for her own use, and her Bridal Chest Noble Phantasm drains mana from the air around her.
  • Famous Last Words: As she unleashes Blasted Tree on Mordred. Sadly, it doesn't take.
    Frankenstein: You are...coming...with me!
  • Feel No Pain: Takes an arrow to the shoulder and leg respectively from Atalanta in the anime and keeps going despite the damage they cause her. However, Atalanta's arrow for her head is deflected by Chiron due to its instantly fatal nature.
  • Foreshadowing: After her death from using Blasted Tree, the narration notes that the blueprints used as Frankenstein's catalyst says that the lightning from it is both the lightning of destruction but also the lightning of life, hinting that her respawn factor may kick in. Turns out, her lightning reviving Sieg actually resulted in him gaining access to weakened versions of both of her Noble Phantasms and becoming a second Frankenstein's Monster which was her wish to have a mate the same as her.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: A gender-bent version of the artificial human created by Victor F, who uses the electricity which grave her life to kill her enemies.
  • Freak Out!: Has a massive fit of rage when a decoy in the image of her creator Frankenstein, created by Shakespeare to cover the escape of Shirou Kotomine, treats her kindly in complete defiance of how the real one treated her. Caules has to use a Command Spell to calm her down.
  • Hidden Depths: Fear of her own monstrous nature causes her to keep a shy silence that hides her intelligence, and she is "extremely mindful of energy conservation," such as by turning off the lights if her Master leaves them on in an empty room. In Volume 2, she unplugs Caules' laptop after he leaves without turning it off, and thinks to herself that he'll praise her for saving electricity.
  • Historical Gender Flip: Unlike the "historical" monster, Victor Frankenstein always intended to make a pair of monsters and simply made the female one first. Unfortunately, he didn't like how "Eve" turned out and fled, with her chasing him down and demanding that he make her "Adam" and finish the job. Otherwise, the novel's events play out roughly the same way.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Discussed In-Universe by Caules, who notes that she really acts a lot different from the stories than he expected and concludes this might have been the case, though that could simply be because he's a much nicer person than Dr. Frankenstein was and even the original monster was at least partially Driven to Villainy by his creator's actions against him.
  • Horned Humanoid: She has a horn sticking out of her forehead, which is stereotypically a monster thing.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Played with. On one hand, she's referred to as Frankenstein when not referred to as Berserker. On the other, her creator, Victor Frankenstein, is referred to by name (and, by extension, all, but outright stated, to be the actual title character of the book instead of his monster).
  • I Can Still Fight!: After being seemingly dispatched by Mordred, Frankenstein gets back up by the command of her Master and uses Blasted Tree to nearly kill Mordred.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She's technically considered a homunculus, but she's very different from those like Sieg and doesn't consider herself to be one of them. Her wish is to have a companion but dies before her wish can be fulfilled.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Suffers this by Mordred's hands. However, it's not enough to kill her and she uses the fact Mordred thinks it did to get the drop on her.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Her Scream of Terror skill.
  • Mismatched Eyes: One gold and one blue because she was a mix-match of human parts. Perhaps Victor F liked the look.
  • Not Quite Dead: Mordred runs her through after blasting her with a Sword Beam, but she survives and uses Mordred's distraction courtesy of Sieg to recover. By the time Mordred looks back and realizes she's not there anymore, Frankenstein jumps on her back and uses the wires in her arm to choke her out.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Most servants are figures from history or mythology. She's the creation of the title character of Frankenstein, a famous novel.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: She's about the closest we've come to Nasu's definition of an average Heroic Spirit, meaning she's totally outclassed by the likes of Siegfried, Vlad or basically any of the Red Servants. She also lacks the utility of a Servant like Avicebron or the flexibility of Astolfo's Noble Phantasms, which leaves her rather outclassed in this war. Her main strength is that she's a hard counter to mages, but due to Black's battle plan falling apart with Siegfried's early death, she can't fulfill her one niche. Mordred outright calls her a third-rate Servant during their battle.
  • The Pawn: Darnic sees her and Caules as the sacrificial pieces in the War, and pretty much admits that he ideally wants Caules to force her to use her Blasted Tree Noble Phantasm to cause as much damage to the Red Faction as possible.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: Her aforementioned Energy Absorption abilities combine to make her Bridal Chest a "Type II Perpetual Motion Engine".
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Is that a Fairy Tale Wedding Dress?
  • Power Limiter: Her "Blasted Tree" Noble Phantasm actually has limiters set on it which lower the amount of electricity she can fire and downgrades it from B-Rank to C-to-D-Rank, but this is the only way to ensure that she doesn't die when using it. Before the great battle with the Red Faction, Caules outright orders her not to release those limiters, to which she (reluctantly) agrees but Caules is ultimately forced to order her to release them via Command Spell so she can use it against Mordred.
  • Red Baron: "Frankenstein's Monster" is what she's called, but not likely a name that Dr. Frankenstein gave her.
  • Respawning Enemies: After using "Blasted Tree", there is a small chance of another Frankenstein materializing to replace the first, because it the lightning involved is both destruction and life.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Attempts to kill Mordred with Blasted Tree because Mordred is stomping her, Astolfo and Sieg into the pavement, but it fails either due to Mordred being teleported away in the light novel or having her defense boosted in the anime, meaning she causes no lasting damage. However, the brief pause in the fighting does save Astolfo and restart Sieg's heart and give him a power boost.
  • Ship Tease: She doesn't like humans much, but she does bond with Caules and even gives him a flower. He's extremely upset when she chooses to sacrifice herself and doesn't even accomplish her objective, causing him to blame himself. The narration in the light novel says that in the moments leading up to her death, she realized how much Caules cared about her, and considered the fact that she was wanted at all to be the happiest moment in her life.
  • Shock and Awe: Both her Noble Phantasms have this. Bridal Chest allows her to charge her mace with lightning and either swing the electrified mace around or fire it off in powerful blasts, and Blasted Tree lets her release all that power at once in a massive explosion of lightning at the cost of her own life.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Berserker herself has little direct impact on the outcome of the war, falling relatively early and failing to take out any of the enemy Servants. However, her presence influenced Caules to take a more active role in the war, helping Sieg and Ruler. Even more importantly, her use of her Noble Phantasm granted Sieg the ability to utilize her Galvanism skill, which proved essential in the final battles of the war by allowing him to spam Balmung in order to match Karna (though he was unaware of this at the time) and in order to gain the power to fight Amakusa on an even level at the very end.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She is violent, abrasive and emotionally distant and only cooperates with the other Servants of Black out of necessity to win the war though she does save Astolfo from Mordred and even goes so far as to give her life to try and save him. So far the only one she is even remotely nice to is Caules, who actually treats her with kindness.
  • Taking You with Me: Frankenstein's fully-released "Blasted Tree" Noble Phantasm, which creates an explosion of lightning in the shape of a giant tree, at the cost of draining all the energy in Frankenstein's core (and thus killing her). She attempts it on Mordred to save Astolfo, but it fails due to Mordred escaping via Command Spell in the light novel or straight-up tanking it with heavy injuries in the anime.
  • Victory by Endurance: Thanks to her Galvanism skill, she can absorb magical energy from her surroundings and even certain enemy attacks, which means in theory as long as she plays her cards right and avoids fatal damage, she can keep fighting forever. Unfortunately, Mordred is more powerful than her, meaning Galvanism isn't able to keep her going.
  • Yandere: Pre-Retool, she pursued her creator across Europe and killed his family members in response to him rejecting her. The novel version changed her reason for chasing her creator to be more in line with Frankenstein circa Bride of Frankenstein, desiring a mate similar to her.
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    Assassin 

Jack the Ripper

Voiced by: Sakura Tange (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English), Andrea Arruti (Latin American Spanish), Paula Carro (European Spanish), Elsa Poisot (French), Francesca Tretto (Italian), Leslie-Vanessa Lill (German), Amanda Tavares (Brazilian Portuguese)

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

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


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eye color was originaly described as "ice-blue" in the Act 1 - Unbirth short story, but later depictions have since changed it to a shade of green.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Even for a mid-to-late teenager, her outfit is unusually skimpy. Thankfully, she has a cape she can throw on over it.
  • Alternate Self: She is, in a very odd way, a version of Fate/strange fake's Jack the Ripper. She was a brutal killer of prostitutes in London during the Victorian era, but it's unclear if she truly is the same entity as the Fake Berserker summoned by Flat Escardos. The possibility that she may or may not be the killer allows Fake Berserker to briefly assume her shape.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: She is the living incarnation of the hatred of the abandoned children of Victorian England, who was killed by a group of Magi after her legendary murders.
  • Apologetic Attacker: While killing and dissecting the women who refused to be a mother figure to her, she would cry and apologize continuously, expressing that her only desire is to go back to the warmth of "Mother"'s womb.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Her Maria the Ripper Noble Phantasm, which can instantly kill the target if the target is female, it is nighttime, and the weather is misty. If any of these conditions is not met, they only function as a set of D-Rank knives. If the conditions CAN be met, however...
  • Ax-Crazy: During life, she would approach prostitutes and attempt to make them be her mother figure. The exhausted women would generally reject her, in most cases more harshly than necessary. If Jack stumbled across them again, she would cut them apart and then press her face into a piece of their flesh while saying "I'm sorry" over and over again.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: In this novel's version of her backstory, Jack the Ripper was a physical manifestation of the hatred of unwanted children, and had an ability similar to subconscious magecraft to spontaneously generate mist that would conceal her during her infamous murders.
  • The Berserker: If she were summoned in the Berserker class; this incidentally forces her to be only active at night, with The Mist Noble Phantasm remaining active all the time and targeting any nearby being that possesses Prana.
  • Blade Spam: She dispatches a Yggdmillennia golem in the anime by twirling her knife towards it a few times. Several rapid slashes appear over its body a second later, and then the whole thing just collapses in a pile of well-cut bricks.
  • Broken Bird: She was abandoned at an extremely young age in late 19th century London and lived as a Street Urchin in absolutely horrifying conditions, which her profile explicitly states broke her mind, until she eventually died in her mid-to-late teens. It's no wonder she's so screwed up.
  • Chaotic Evil: Her In-Universe alignment.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: The Mist is based on her prodigious ability in life to conjure mist seemingly from nothing, via what appears to be an instinctive use of some form of magecraft. Keep in mind that she has never had any instruction in even the basic of magecraft, and at the time wasn't even aware that the supernatural existed.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Jack's biggest strength, and also weakness, is that she is really damn good at killing woman with "Maria the Ripper". This means she is really good at killing on a misty night if the target is female, and pretty much awful at anything else. This also means she is good at fighting female targets, but downright awful at fighting male targets that are even somewhat capable. This is best shown when she attacks the Yggdmillennia castle in the second half of the series; she is able to easily kill most of the Homunculus she finds because she's naturally strong as a Servant, and has Fiore corner with ease, but the minute Sieg jumps in to stop her (mind you Sieg is not using Siegfried during this), she retreats because she now has a male enemy who she cannot easily kill. This also brings up another weakness of her powers; "Maria the Ripper" is classified as a curse, meaning a Servant with a very high Magic Resistance can just No-Sell the attack, and only take normal damage from it.
  • Cute and Psycho: She's a legendary Serial Killer, so the "psycho" is a given, but this does little to stop her from being absolutely adorable.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In her original life, she suffered Parental Abandonment at an indeterminable very early age, spent her entire life as a Street Urchin, and judging by her young appearance when summoned (Servants are typically summoned at the "prime" of their lives), she died well before reaching adulthood too.
  • Darkness = Death: Her Murderer of the Misty Night skill allows her to achieve an unconditional ambush against any opponent during the night, and nighttime is also one of the requirements for her Maria the Ripper Noble Phantasm to cause a One-Hit Kill. As a result, she saves the majority of her hunts for nighttime in the event she encounters an enemy Servant only breaking from this rule to attack the Yggdmillennia fortress when all the Servants have left in an attempt to hunt her down.
  • Dual Wielding: Often depicted with a knife in each hand.
  • Emotionless Girl: Not much of a surprise, given her tragic backstory.
  • Fog of Doom: Jack's The Mist Noble Phantasm can cause this at will, and it's nigh impossible to escape from and poisonous. However, as Mordred proves during their battle, it is possible to forcibly dispel it, even if only temporarily. Jack herself seems quite shocked when it happens.
  • Fragile Speedster: Very fast on her feet and able to keep Mordred on her toes for the first part of their battle while also using her Fog of Doom, but the backlash from one of Chiron's explosive arrows injures her badly enough to withdraw, despite Mordred being in the radius of the same blast and at best only coming out slightly disoriented.
  • Freudian Excuse: All Jack wants is to return to the womb. By cutting open random prostitutes until she finds the right one.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Jack the Ripper, usually referred to by plain "Jack" or "Jackie" if one wants to be cute. Lampshaded by Reika.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Uses four strangely-shaped knives and two butcher's knives as her main weapons, with a bloodstained scalpel for added measure.
  • Gradual Grinder: Anyone who is not a Servant will take cumulative damage from the mist's poisonous and suffocating fumes, with non-Magi perishing very quickly. Servants, on the other hand, will still have their Agility decreased by one rank.
  • Harmful to Minors: The woes that comprise her Dark and Troubled Past started from her very early childhood years at the latest. At the earliest? Perhaps since the day she was abandoned by her (probably prostitute) mother as a baby.
  • Hidden Depths: While she normally behaves cold-hearted and can remain practically expressionless in the middle of committing gruesome murder, Jack reveals awkward shyness after Reika offered what may have been the first act of kindness that the girl had ever recieved in her life. She is also visibly awestruck at the concept of having a Happily Adopted family life with Reika, including the latter's insistence on making her meals even when she tells her that as a Servant, she doesn't need to eat (she already fulfills her Mana needs by regularly seeking out Asshole Victims to consume their souls).
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: The real-life Jack the Ripper was most certainly not a little kid who somehow was able to kill and dissect several grown women with mere knives as his/her only weapon, and then elude capture by the police or even being simply sighted and identified by eyewitnesses.
  • Historical Beauty Update:
    • Besides the obvious dissonance of the infamous Serial Killer (whose official offender profile highly suggests to be suffering from severe mental problems) being actually good-looking, she looks surprisingly unblemished (save for a minor scar on the cheek), healthy and cute for a Street Urchin who lived in the abysmal conditions of 19th-century London slums, and thus most probably suffered from malnourishment and a lot of lack of hygiene-induced infections.
    • Some flashback art does zig-zag this a bit, though, as it depicts her suffering from, at the very least, pointed malnourishment. The idea seems to be that being summoned as a Servant and being a conceptual entity as much as anything has been fairly kind to her.
  • Historical Gender Flip: Possibly, since in real life "Jack"'s true identity, and therefore true sex, still remains a mystery (and at various times, "Jack" being a woman has been a popular theory, especially since Scotland Yard was looking mostly for a man, explaining how the killer went unseen) but it has been widely accepted today that "Jack" was most likely a man.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Reika gave her a cell phone. When Reika calls her, Jack is unsure of how to use it and which buttons to press, but eventually manages to answer it.
  • I Am Legion: Jack refers to herself with "we" and "us" (with Lampshade Hanging from Reika), as she is the rage of the abandoned children of Victorian London given form.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: In Act 1 - Unbirth, she was described as having ice-blue eyes. Her personality is, appropiately, quite cold and pragmatic, and she demonstrates herself to as having zero compunctions about murdering and maiming people if she feels the need to. This coldness is subverted, however, once Reika acts kindly towards her, at which point Jack turns out to be Not So Stoic.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: True to one suggested aspect of the historical Jack the Ripper (per one of the letter's attributed to him), this Jack has apparently developed a selective taste for eating human hearts and soulsspecifically those of evil people, because according to her their "pollution" makes them taste better for her (which puts a new spin on "Evil Tastes Good"); however, she didn't like the taste of Hyouma's blood when she sucked it out (to avoid a mess), though whether it was due to not liking the taste of blood - as opposed to souls - or it's something specific to him is not specified. The narration also suggests that it might also be that, due to Jack herself being a Chaotic Evil-aligned being, it is easier for her to digest souls that are of similar alignment.
  • Knife Nut: She's an Ax-Crazy knife-wielder. Duh.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: She's perfectly willing to try and kill Sieg after he moves to save Fiore, but upon realizing Chiron, Jeanne and Astolfo are back at the Yggdmillennia fortress she immediately abandons her attack while stating she can't handle a four-on-one.
  • Little Miss Badass: Despite being an Assassin, a class typically unsuited for direct combat, she's fully willing and able to take on Mordred in one-on-one combat before being interrupted by Chiron.
  • Logical Weakness: "Maria the Ripper" requires her to physically identify her enemy as female, and requires her to get close to attack them. If she cannot do either for some reason, she cannot use it even if the situation is right for her to do so. For example, when she tried to use it on Mordred, Mordred used her Mana Burst to force her off.
  • The Nose Knows: Although Mordred was in her armor, Jack was able to tell she was female and thus vulnerable to Maria the Ripper by sniffing her.
  • No Sense of Direction: The Mist imposes this upon all enemies within its boundaries by clouding their senses, even if they are familiar with the local area/terrain.
  • Off-Model: Her first official artwork showed her with the hips and legs of an adult woman and torso, arms, and head of a teenage girl. Later artwork revisions by Ototsugu changed her legs and hips to match the rest, as shown above.
  • Older Than She Looks: Ambiguous. Jack is drawn such that her appearance gives the impression of her being a child. However, different entries listed her height as alternately being 139 cm or 150 cm. If the latter was valid, then she'd only be moderately shorter than the high school-aged Rin Tohsaka, and so would likely be only a little younger than her. Material for Fate/Grand Order in particular, though, made it clear neither height was correct, and her height is given today as 134cm. And then, of course, the whole "conceptual being representing the hatred and pain of London's abandoned children, instead of a human" thing makes the question of her age somewhat moot.
  • One-Hit Kill: Jack the Ripper's Noble Phantasm Maria the Ripper: The Holy Mother of Dismemberment does this if three conditions are met: The victim is female, it is night time, and it is misty (which she can create using her second Noble Phantasm). It activates as a curse that, once she strikes the target, summons the knives within the target's body and rips them open from the inside out. The only female who's survived a direct hit from it is Jeanne, whose Magic Resistance is so high that she can completely No-Sell the curse.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: The special ability of her Noble Phantasm Maria the Ripper channels the hatred of the children of 80,000 prostitutes in Victorian London's ghettos who were abandoned back then by their mothers, because they would've cut down on their profit margin.
  • Red Baron: The Legendary Serial Killer.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: She pretty much fits all of the criteria, plus an almost childlike glee for murder.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Her "Maria the Ripper" Noble Phantasm's requirements don't usually meet themselves; while she can't change her foes' gender, and has to wait for night time to achieve an unconditional ambush, she does get "The Mist" as a Noble Phantasm to ensure the last condition.
  • Serial Killer: Of course.
  • Situational Sword: Maria the Ripper can instantly slice up women from the inside on foggy nights, but outside of that it's just a set of good knives.
  • Soul Eating: She's one of the few Servants in the entire Fate franchise to actually make use of any Servant's ability to consume the souls of living humans for replenishing the Servant's magical energy. In her case, she prefers the souls of evil people, because they taste better by her own admission; the narration elaborates by stating that a soul would be easier for a Servant to "digest" if they're of similar Character Alignment (in Jack's case, her alignment is Chaotic Evil, so Chaotic and/or Evil souls are better for her). The soul of a magus — which naturally would be richer in magical energy than that of a Muggle — would also taste good for Jack, too.
  • Stealth Expert:
    • Like all proper Assassin-class Servants, she has the Class Skill Presence Concealment. Hers is A+ Rank, which effectively inflicts a Perception Filter on everyone around her (including her own Master). This is how she manages to carry Sagara Hyouma's unconscious body on the street, in plain sight, behind Reika without anyone else noticing. Presence Concealment sharply loses effectiveness when she prepares to attack a target, but she has another Personal Skill called Murderer of the Misty Night which can compensate for that by allowing her an unconditional ambush at night (during the day, the opponent gets a Luck check).
    • As an aside, it is worth noting that Jack's A+ in Presence Concealment puts her on par with, or even better than, the very best of the Hashashin who traditionally fill the role of Assassin. This is one of the reasons she's considered such a good Assassin-class by others.
  • Street Urchin: Her "home" was the filth-ridden, crime-infested slums of Victorian London.
  • Stripperiffic: Her Servant outfit consists of a sleevless, off-shoulder, and backless skintight top with a Cleavage Window (not that she has any actual cleavage to show off, mind you), bikini underwear, bandages covering her hands and forearms, and a lot of belts on her arms and torso. She recognizes this and either stays indoors during the day, uses Presence Concealment to remain completely hidden, wears the dresses Reika gives her, or the black cloak she has on hand.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Subverted. She and Reika have had rough pasts and their affection towards each other is genuine, but any sympathy the audience might have for them is undermined by their the lack of regard for other peoples' lives during the Grail War.
  • Torture First, Ask Questions Later: She captures a young magus and tortures him with knives until he agrees to tell her about Yggdmillennia's defenses, but when he cracks and says he'll talk, she gleefully stabs him several more times, only asking her questions when he is about to die.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She murdered several people with little hesitation while she was a Street Urchin.
  • Unperson: Her Information Erasure skill, which wipes out all traces of Jack's appearance, True Name and abilities from the memories of her opponents after she retreats, which stems from the fact in Real Life Jack the Ripper was never caught for the murders. It even affects recordings on closed-circuit security cameras, but does not affect physical evidence such as bloodstains and injuries on corpses. After she retreats from attacking the Yggdmillennia fortress, Fiore admits she already forgot what her face looks like despite Jack quite literally being about a foot in front of her with a knife pointed at her face and intent to kill just a minute before.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She's a white-haired famous Serial Killer.

Masters

    Yggdmillennia in General 

  • The Big Guy: Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia. Probably the most physically imposing Magus of Yggdmillennia in a fight (though not the most dangerous), helped create the homunculi that make up part of their forces, and summoned one of the Black Faction's aces in the hole.
  • The Chick: Celenike Icecolle Yggdmilennia. More of a Wild Card than any other member, her Magecraft is best centered around cursing her enemies and fighting indirectly, and summoned the Black Faction's equivalent of The Chick.
  • Decapitated Army: The Black Faction becomes significantly less of a threat in the second half of the anime, as the loss of Darnic and Vlad causes the Black Faction to start to collapse from the increased internal conflict from within, particularly with the deaths of Celenike and Roche and the betrayal of Avicebron to the Red Faction. However, this results in Fiore choosing to side with Jeanne, Sieg, Kairi and Mordred to fight the Red Faction.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: As a whole the Black Faction gets the lion share of focus in the first half of the series, having kickstarted the plot by stealing the Greater Grail, being responsible for the creation of Sieg, and plan to use the Grail to reach the Root to return the Yggdmillennia to glory. However after their base is attacked by the Red Faction the majority of their Servants are killed, the Grail is stolen, and the most socipathic/amoral members of their family are killed. Meanwhile Shirou Kotomine reveals himself to be the true Big Bad of the series making the Red Faction the antagonists for the remainder of the series and causing the surviving Yggdmillennia's to perform a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Enemy Mine: After the death of Darnic, Vlad, Roche, and Celenike, as well the defection of Avicebron, the surviving members ally with Kairi and Mordred, their enemies, to face the real threat of Shirou and his Servants.
  • Establishing Character Moment: During the first scenes where the Yggdmillennia Masters are shown interacting with their Servants, each says a lot about the respective Magus. Darnic discusses battle plan with Vlad and how the direction of war will commence, to show that he is the one leading the family. Caules is testing out Frankenstein's Noble Phantasm while also getting a better feel of how to interact with her. Fiore and Chiron are having a cordial tea party, with the mood only darkened when Chiron mentions that if the Black faction wins, they will need to fight Fiore's own brother and Servant. Gordes is trying to firmly establish himself as the master to Siegfried's servant and already showing signs of deep insecurity. Roche asked for notes from Avicebron to show his dedication and adoration to his professor. Celenike is already trying to molest Astolfo in her sex dungeon, to show that she's a depraved, selfish bitch.
  • Fatal Flaw: Yggdmillennia has notoriously bad relationships between masters and Servants. With the exceptions of Fiore and Chiron, Caules and Fran and Reika and Jack (though the latter is only technically aligned with Black Faction via the Grail's rules) most Servants, at some point, either disobey or betray their masters, often resulting in either the master or the Servant's demise. Even Fran has ignored Caules at one point, leaving Fiore and Chiron with the only healthy master-servant relationship of the faction.
  • Fiction 500: The Yggdmillennia family is able to rent an entire international airport for an evening, as well as acquire at least a dozen airliners, most of which they then get destroyed... on three days notice.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: They all wear white uniforms with lots of gold on them.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After spending the first half of the series as the major antagonistic force for the good guys the surviving family members team up with Sieg, Jeanne, Mordred and Kairi to defeat the greater threat of the Red Faction after it becomes clear how much of a threat Shirou Kotomine is. They ultimately give up their chance of reaching the Root to defeat the Red Faction.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Those uniforms are very nice looking.
  • The Lancer: Fiore Forvedge Yggdmillennia. The most gifted Magus in Yggdmillennia and hand-picked by Darnic to be his successor should something happen, and summoned the Servant who more-or-less serves as Vlad the Impaler's Number Two.
  • The Leader: Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia. The head of Yggdmillennia and the one who orchestrated the current War via stealing the Holy Grail from Fuyuki, the mastermind behind their rebellion from Clock Tower and the Association, and Master of the Black Faction Servants' leader and one of two aces in the hole. After he dies Fiore takes over and decides to do things right to win the war.
  • Men and Women In White
  • Mooks: They have a homunculus army, and thanks to Caster of Black they have Golem Elite Mooks.
  • Order Versus Chaos: The Chaos side of things.
  • Quantity vs. Quality: Quantity, to the Magi Association's Quality.
  • Red Baron: "Tree of a Thousand Realms".
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The "Scions" include a century old Magus who looks younger than some of his subordinates, a wheelchair-bound Genius Cripple, a 13-year old and an overweight alchemist.
  • Sharp Dressed Men: While they aren't wearing suits, the men are very sharply dressed. The exception being Roche, who wears shorts.
  • Sixth Ranger: Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia. Lacks any real talent in Magecraft or even a true desire for the Grail, but he has far more depth than most give him credit for and summoned potentially the weakest Servant of the Black Faction.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Reika Rikudou. Not even a true member of Yggdmillennia, drawn into the War by accident and against her will by a member who intended to sacrifice her to his Servant, and now does her own thing with her Servant which basically means killing anyone who gets in their way.
  • The Smart Guy: Roche Frain Yggdmillennia. Responsible for helping creating the legions of golems under Yggdmillennia's command, very intelligent despite his young age, and summoned The Smart Guy equivalent of the Black Faction Servants.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Just like the Magus Association they want to reach the Root of Magic, but they do not want to be restricted in their studies.

    Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia 

Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese), Ben Diskin (English), Eduardo Ramirez (Latin American Spanish), Raul Dans (European Spanish), David Manet (French), Lorenzo Scattorin (Italian), Patrick Roche (German), Demétrios Augustus (Brazilian Portuguese)

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


  • Zero-Approval Gambit: Transforming and possessing Vlad wasn't liked by anyone, and even had Jeanne rally the other Servants on both sides to kill him. Yet it was the only way Darnic felt he could win the war when he had the Greater Grail slip from his grasp.
  • Affably Evil: Fiore notes that her "grandfather" is pleasant in conversation but also holds a deep fear of him because those who defy him are thrown out of the Yggdmillennia network and left as miserable fugitives. He also has no qualms about using his "grandson" Caules as a pawn or outright possessing his own Servant.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the leader of Yggdmillennia and is the Master of Vlad the Impaler, the strongest servant on Black Team. Also very much implied to be the most powerful member of Yggdmillennia.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: Played with. He's a stellar Magus but not quite among the best of the best, but despite this, he held one of the highest positions in the Clock Tower as a Grand through shrewd politicking before he broke ties with it to further his own goals. So more bureaucrat than badass overall.
  • Badass Teacher: Darnic used to teach Elemental Conversion at the Clock Tower before he founded Yggdmillenia.
  • Bad Boss: He doesn't care about any of the Yggdmillennia members besides Fiore.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Despite appearing to be the main villains, Vlad and Darnic are easily killed by Shirou, who becomes the real villain of the series.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Offscreen, when Gordes uses a Command Seal to force Siegfried to use his Noble Phantasm against Rider of Red note  a message from Chiron sends Darnic running to Gordes to make him use another Command Seal to counteract the first.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His soul-devouring ritual runs the risk of completely killing him if even the slightest errors are present, to the point he only performed it three times and in the most perfect circumstances he could achieve. Even then, if he performed it one more time in the present, the "Darnic" as we know him would cease to exist. His fusion with Vlad is also treated as such as he did it only to ensure he would survive long enough to get the Greater Grail back and crush the Red Faction in the process.
  • Death of Personality: The eventual price of a human devouring souls. It's described that every time he performs the ritual, the old "Darnic" is slowly being replaced by "someone else", to the point that by the present if he performed the ritual one more time, the man called "Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia" would no longer exist, even if he still had all his old memories. Indeed, Fate/Grand Order would later show that his fusion with Vlad (absorbed by the Greater Grail) allowed a shred of his spirit to last long enough to try to tamper/contaminate the Grail for his own purposes—long after the war was over. Being put down by the end was pretty much a Mercy Kill by that point.
  • Demonic Possession: Pulls this on Vlad after forcing him to transform into Dracula. By the time Shirou Kotomine confronts and kills the vampiric monstrosity they've become, he refers to them solely as "Darnic" and it's Darnic's will that acts out in shock and horror at realizing who Kotomine really is before getting killed.
  • Determinator: He will do whatever it takes to get his wish on the Grail, be it collaborating with Nazis, murdering his comrades, devouring souls, betraying, fusing and possessing his own Servant, all of it is fair game. As the Apocrypha crossover with Fate/Grand Order shows, not even death is quite enough to stop what's left of his spirit from trying to get the Grail.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He keeps a strong lid on his emotions most of the time, but losing the Greater Grail and Vlad's refusal to use Legend of Dracula to get it back causes him to lose all restraint and go the full hog.
  • Fusion Dance: Darnic uses his final Command Seal to force Vlad into fusing his soul onto Dracula's against his will when Vlad is getting wrecked by Karna and he's forced to transform into Dracula. It makes them absurdly powerful, but also extremely vulnerable to Shirou's Baptismal Sacrament.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Upon realizing that Vlad has no chance of defeating Karna without his Homefield Advantage within the Hanging Gardens, Darnic decides to use his Command Seals to force Vlad to invoke the power of his Legend of Dracula Noble Phantasm and even the odds to get the Greater Grail back, despite knowing doing so will cost him both his Servant's respect and potentially his own life.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Vlad wasn't kidding when he said he'd kill Darnic for making him use Legend of Dracula. Unfortunately for Vlad, Darnic lived long enough to forcibly fuse with him in order to take partial control of Dracula.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: During the Third Holy Grail War in Fuyuki, he fought and outplayed Zouken Matou, leaving him dying and helpless to do anything as he and the Nazis plundered the Grail and took it from Fuyuki. Knowledge of Zouken's deeds from Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night make this a very easy moment to cheer for Darnic thoroughly screwing over an old man.
  • Manipulative Bastard: His incredible negotiation skills and manipulative ability is the only reason Yggdmillennia wasn't eliminated decades ago.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Forcing Vlad to activate his second Noble Phantasm and fusing their souls together ultimately did more harm then good since it rallied the servants, including the other Black members, to attack him under Ruler's orders after it becomes apparent that a super strong vampire is a threat to the entire world. Ultimately all that fusing with Vlad did was allow him to be killed by Shirou which led to his Faction performing a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Not So Different: To Zouken Matou. Unlike Zouken, he speaks to his family with love and respect, and uses his charisma to motivate those around him. Yet both characters see everyone around them as pawns to retrieve the Grail and are willing to cross any threshold to obtain it. They both have also lived so long, they no longer recognize who they are anymore. They both also get blasted by a Kotomine priest's Baptismal Sacrament, though Zouken survives only through some of his worms escaping.
  • Not Quite Dead: Despite Darnic’s death, since he was fused with Vlad at the time his soul was taken in by the Greater Grail and as he wasn’t really a Servant, he wasn’t broken down into energy. This remnant of Darnic went on to become the Big Bad of the Fate/Apocrypha collaboration of Fate/Grand Order, Inheritance of Glory...
  • Older Than They Look: He was already an incredibly powerful magus back when Nazi Germany was still a thing. He's at least 100 years old as of the story's beginning. He doesn't even show a single wrinkle. His secret is revealed in Volume 2; he eats souls similar to his own, similarly to how Servants can gain mana by consuming souls.
  • One-Winged Angel: He commands Vlad to turn into Dracula, then pulls a Grand Theft Me by having his soul inserted into the vampire.
  • Out-Gambitted: After Shirou deliberately cut the Red Servants's prana temporarily, Darnic!Dracula makes a break for the Grail, wanting to attempt to activate it prematurely to grant a wish that could be done with only 2 Servants's souls, like restoring him to full power. However, he is rudely interrupted by the remainder of Vlad's will restraining him to the ground and Shirou stabbing him all over with Black Keys before being pulverized by Shirou's Exorcism.
    • On a larger scale, Darnic relied on the fact that he had years of preparation while the Association had to make due with two months preparation. Unfortunately for him though, one of the Masters the Association sent had also been preparing for as long as he had, and by the end of Volume 2, thanks in part to several unfavorable events for Yggdmillennia, the Black side ends up severely crippled, the Greater Grail changes hands, and of course, Darnic himself ends up dead.
  • Rage Breaking Point: He usually gives Vlad nothing but respect and defers to his judgement even when he personally disagrees, but when Vlad refuses to invoke Legend of Dracula when it's becoming abundantly clear he can't beat Karna otherwise and the Black Faction can't take the Greater Grail back within the Hanging Gardens, all for the sake of his pride as a Hero refusing to acknowledge that mockery of his legend, Darnic finally snaps and decides to use his Command Seals to ensure his dream isn't stolen from him.
    "Know your place, you damn familiar!"
  • Red Baron: Eight-Forked Tongue.
  • Staff of Authority: Carries a cross between a jeweled staff and a cane.
  • This Cannot Be!: Reacts in shock and horror at seeing Shirou Kotomine and recognizing him, stating he can't be the same man from the Fuyuki Grail War. Shirou's response is amusement at the idea Darnic would be the only one to find a way to survive this long.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Got the Nazis to plunder the Greater Grail of Fuyuki, but backstabbed them along the way and took it for himself.
  • The Unfettered: He'll do whatever it takes to preserve Yggdmillennia's legacy, no matter the cost.
  • Villainous Friendship: He has the utmost respect for Lancer and appreciates his tenacity and zeal towards achieving his wish. This gets horribly subverted when Darnic uses his Command Spells to possess him, though Darnic does apologize to Vlad beforehand and admit that he would prefer not to do this, but it's the only way they can get the Greater Grail back.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Introduced as an extremely powerful magus who seemed to have a central role to the story, yet he is killed off not even halfway through together with his Servant by the true Big Bad.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants the Grail to open a path to the Root in order to secure the Yggdmillennia clan's prosperity, stemming from a prophecy that foretold their decline. To do this, he participated in the Fuyuki Holy Grail War, sided with the Nazis, killed all his comrades, began eating souls to prolong his own life, and eventually betrayed and possessed his own Servant, all for making sure the prophecy wouldn't come true.
  • Wham Line: Before Darnic dies, he recognises Shirou's true identity - That of a Servant who fought in the 3rd Grail war, Amakusa Shirō Tokisada - a Japanese Christian Apocryphal Saint.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Set up events leading up to the war for seventy years, predicting even the Clock Tower's attempt at retaking the Grail. Unfortunately, he didn't count on someone else having just as much time to plan against him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

    Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia 

Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia

Voiced by: Toru Okawa (Japanese), Brad Venable (English), Pedro D'Aguillón Jr. (Latin American Spanish), Santiago Salorio (European Spanish), Bruno Georis (French), Sergio Romanò (Italian), Thomas Rauscher (German), Rodrigo Vicente (Brazilian Portuguese)

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Master of Saber of Black.


  • Adaptational Heroism: A minor case in the anime with his relationship with Siegfried. Rather than order him to be silent, he is instead merely irritated by his lack of understanding with Siegfried. In addition, rather than brutally beat down Sieg, he only hit him once in self-defense.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: Claims he's a better alchemist than the Einzbern family, though by the fact that he cannot create Homunculi with the innards of a Phantasmal Species he's wrong. He's still quite talented though.
  • Anatomy Arsenal: He reveals the ability to turn his limbs into solid metal late in Volume 1, and uses it to fight the Homunculus.
  • Character Development: He's slowly growing out of being a pompous, spoiled, manchild and starting to see his homunculus creations as more than just disposable soldiers.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After the loss of Siegfried and Homunculus, he spends all his time drinking and crying. He sobers up around the time the Black Faction is attacked and Fiore is forced to take command after Darnic's death.
  • Enhanced Punch: In the anime, he hits Homunculus only once compared to the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown he gives in the light novel, but that punch is delivered with his metal fist to Homunculus's chest hard enough to smash him into a thick tree, which badly injures him.
  • Evil Genius: While his morality is more complex than just being evil and though it would be hard to reach the level his ego projects, Gordes really is quite skilled. He devised the homunculus fuel system that gives the Black faction a serious edge on the field of battle and it is mentioned his acquiring the catalyst of a hero on par with Siegfried required more than just good luck. It's mentioned that even among those at Clock Tower Gordes could classify as a first-rate Magus. His problem is that he's so obsessed with how good he is it blinds him to his own weaknesses.
  • Fat Bastard: He's rude and extremely arrogant, and he doesn't hesitate to brutally beat down on Homunculus when the latter tries to attack him. Even if he was justified in fearing for his life since Homunculus struck first with the intent to kill to secure his freedom, the way Gordes tries to explain himself by invoking Never My Fault (albeit for admittedly good reasons, especially in the anime) doesn't do him any real favors in being viewed sympathetically.
  • Happily Married: Volume 2 reveals he is not just married, but also has a son.
  • Heel Realization: Over time, he realizes what a crappy Master to he was to Siegfried.
  • Honorary Uncle: Both Fiore and Caules refer to him as "Uncle", and he doesn't seem to mind them using it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Orders his Servant to only speak when given permission to protect his identity, but he's actually worried that Saber would not forgive him for such an order. However, When Siegfried consents to the idea, his pride makes him think he bent him to his will. Later he comes to realize his mistakes and willingly, if begrudgingly, lets Sieg take away the remaining Yggdmillennia homunculus, stating that it's all his fault that things are the way they are now.
  • Kick the Dog: His ruthless beatdown of the Homunculus after it tries to kill him while trying to escape. The anime changes it to him just hitting Homunculus once out of legitimate self-defense, but when he sees that his strike badly if not fatally injured him, he then tries to justify himself by claiming he had no other choice and becomes angered when Siegfried asks if he has the ability to heal the dying homunculus.
  • Laughing Mad: Scoffs at the idea of Shirou bringing salvation to mankind.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: He possesses an overly romanticized view of what the Holy Grail War was supposed to be like, thinking Yggdramillenia would win victory in exciting and legendary battles. Losing half his team as well as his Servant and seeing the horrific wounds inflicted on his homunculus is slowly sobering him to the grave consequences of the war.
  • No Badass to His Valet: The homunculus Toole may defer to his leadership when Sieg is not around, but she doesn't hesitate in making quips at his expense.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Nearly kills Homunculus with his bare hands in the light novel. The anime changes it to him just hitting Homunculus once, but he hits him right over his heart hard enough to send him into a tree, which badly hurts the fragile guy's body.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The books really, really love rubbing in how badly Gordes messed up by condemning Siegfried to silence instead of trying to establish a connection with him.
  • Pride: His hubris is absolutely massive. It costs him his Servant, and him realizing it is what leads to his Heel Realization.
  • Properly Paranoid: His forbidding Siegfried from telling the other Servants his true identity is brash but reasonable. Should the Black Faction actually win, the surviving Servants would wind up fighting each other, and Siegfried has a legendarily infamous weak spot that can be exploited to bypass his nigh-impenetrable durability. His desire to know Siegfried's wish is likewise prudent as a Servant having vastly different goals from that of his Master can compromise their partnership in the long run, and it's that wish he refused to share that ultimately knocks the two of them out of the Greater Holy Grail War.
  • Secret Keeper: Due to his Servant's promise of silence, only he, Darnic and Lancer of Black know his Servant's true name.
  • Smug Snake: He is talented and has summoned one of the most powerful Servants of the War, but he's nowhere near as good as his ego would have you believe. The course of the War brutally makes this clear to him.
  • Spoiled Brat: His backstory in a nutshell. The Musik family was once on par with the Einzberns in alchemy before their bloodline declined, and Gordes was the first child of the family in generations to possess legitimate talent. His parents then showered him with affection and raised him on tales of their family's former greatness, which lie at the root of his enormous Pride in his admittedly impressive abilities.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He doesn't seem to see his homunculi creations as anything more than mere servants or tools, questions why Avicebron is so obsessed with having Homunculus when there are dozens if not hundreds more, and in fact is outright surprised that Homunculus possesses enough self-awareness to value his own life.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Avicebron plans to use him as the mana-generating core of his Noble Phantasm after the loss of Sieg, albeit reluctantly because Gordes's magic circuits are only "passably adequate" for the process. Gordes is spared by Avicebron opting to use Roche instead when Shirou offers him a spot on Red Team and determining Roche has the best compatibility for being the core.
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    Fiore Forvedge Yggdmillennia 

Fiore Forvedge Yggdmillennia

Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki (Japanese), Kayli Mills (English), Nycolle González (Latin American Spanish), Beatriz Bravo (European Spanish), Esther Aflalo (French), Tiziana Martello (Italian), Laura Maire (German), Natália Ruggiero (Brazilian Portuguese)

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


  • Abdicate the Throne: She ultimately decides she would rather be "human" than a "magus" and gives the family crest to Caules to solidify his position as the head of Yggdmillennia, which Caules goes along with because he's just happy to have his sister live the life she wants.
  • All Loving Heroine: She is incredibly nice and gentle, and her smile is highly contagious. After she has to take up the reins of Yggdmillennia, Caules and Chiron are both seriously concerned that she is simply too kind for the job. In the end she agrees, and chooses to step down by giving her Crest to Caules and making him the new head, which he accepts.
  • Badass Adorable: One of the two greatest Magi of Yggdmillennia alongside Darnic, and adorable beyond all comprehension.
  • BFG: One of her mechanical arms, the Iron Hammer of Mars, is a magical heavy machine gun that shoots bullets of light and can completely decimate defensive Boundary Fields in a matter of seconds.
  • Born Winner: According to Darnic, she's the only member of Yggdmillennia who was born with incredible talent, as the family is usually Quantity Over Quality.
  • Brainy Brunette: Fiore is a gifted engineer of sorts, as her Mystic Code looks more like science fiction technology than you'd expect to see within a magus family.
  • Briefcase Blaster: Uses a suitcase to easily carry her Mystic Code around.
  • Cool Big Sis: She really does love her little brother, but he is jealous of her talent and Superpowerful Genetics.
  • Disabled Hottie: Wheelchair bound and still extremely cute.
  • The Dragon: Darnic's most trusted "family member", and the one he choose to succeed him if he should fall.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The short story Side of Survivor that comes with the second season blu-ray reveals that Fiore eventually moves to New York alongside several of the Yggdmillennia homunculi. She is also able to walk now, though she does need a cane to help.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Decides that killing Reika and Assassin of Black is the best course of action as they killed Sagara Hyouma, who belonged to the Yggdmillennia, and because they are harmful to not just both sides of the war, but also the civilian populace.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears a glove with oddly shaped golden attachments on her right hand.
  • Forced to Watch: As a child, she was forced to watch her father use Spirit Evocation to summon a weak Demon inside her dog, causing it to die horribly, to show her how dangerous their family's Magecraft could be. She was also told to not react at all or she would be scolded harshly.
  • Genius Cripple: The only member of Yggdmillennia with any "true talent" according to Darnic.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has an incredibly powerful ability called Spirit Medium, but the very same ability overloaded her body and left her lame from the waist down. Even with such a weakness, Darnic considers her a Magus on level with himself and the extremely powerful mercenaries of Red team.
  • Heroines Love Dogs: As a child, her father gave her and Caules a dog that she loved very much. She later had to watch as her father forced a Demon into the same dog to demonstrate the dangers of Spirit Evocation. Ouch.
  • Heroic RRoD: Suffered this at some point in the past, where overuse of her "Spirit Medium" ability left her with defective legs. Her wish for the Holy Grail is to recover the mobility in her legs without sacrificing their Magic Circuits.
  • Hopeless with Tech: She has a cellphone, but is unsure how to use it.
  • Item Crafting: She can produce Bronze-Link Manipulators, a type of Mystic Code that can give such a boost to one's power that even a third-rate magus could defeat a master. They manifest as giant mechanical spider legs that can shoot Frickin' Laser Beams.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Light Feminine, compared to Celenike's Dark Feminine.
  • Min-Maxing: She's so skilled that she can learn the basics of a type of Magecraft within days but her true power comes from her skill at Spirit Evocation.
  • Morality Pet: To Darnic and a lesser extent Gordes. She's the only Yggdmillennia member Darnic gives a damn about and he named her his successor, while Gordes respects her authority and follows her orders without complaint after she takes command of the Black Faction.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Bronze-Link Manipulators.
  • Reluctant Warrior: She's a bit hesitant about fighting the Association, as she studied at the Clock Tower, but she's scared of what Darnic could potentially do to her if she backed out.
  • Ship Tease: With Chiron.
  • Shout-Out: Her wheelchair has wheels marked with "TYRE-BOON".
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She's an All-Loving Hero and a genius magi whereas her brother is a Manchild with little real talent.
  • Spider Limbs: The true nature of the Bronze-Link Manipulators is to serve as five giant magic-powered spider-like limbs.
  • Squishy Wizard: Extremely talented but is in a wheelchair.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Her "Spirit Medium" power is not something she learned; she was born with it.
  • Succession Crisis: Averted. Everyone in Yggdmillennia (even the likes of Gordes and Celenike) respects her as a worthy successor to Darnic.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: invoked In-universe example. Her endless cheerfulness and contagious smile has transformed the Yggdmillennia from another gloomy magus alliance to a more friendly and cooperative environment.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: It is revealed in the epilogue that the lameness of her legs came from an undesirable interaction with her Magic Crest, so once she passes it to Caules, she begins to recover, though she still has to go through rehabilitation and retraining.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Darnic is presumed dead after fusing with Dracula, Fiore takes command of the Yggdmillennia, and later on she peacefully passes command to Caules after deciding she's not cut out to lead the clan as a Magus.

    Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia 

Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia

Voiced by: Yuusuke Kobayashi (Japanese), Tom Bauer (English), David Allende (Latin American Spanish), Miguel Babio (European Spanish), Maxime Donnay (French), Dario Sansalone (Italian), Domenic Redl (German), Lucas Marcondes (Brazilian Portuguese)

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


  • Audience Surrogate: To an extent. He's probably the closest to an ordinary person in the story.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Or, little brother instinct in this case. Caules has no wish to make for the Grail, he simply desires that his sister survives the war unharmed. He admits that if by some miracle he did get the Grail, he'd probably just use it to bring Fiore back to life if she had died during the War. It's also why he accepts responsibility for Yggdmillennia and their family's Magical Crest; while many others would have accepted the process for the chance to gain greater power or influence, Caules is willing to do it because it means she doesn't have to hurt herself making the hard decisions such a position would bring.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Blocks a shot from Kairi Sisigou that would've otherwise killed or grievously wounded his sister.
  • Big Little Brother: While not nearly as powerful as his sister, he stands taller than her and is extremely protective of her.
  • Necromancer: He can use necromancy to see the last moments of people's lives. This is how he discovers Reika and Jack's plan to assassinate Fiore.
  • New Transfer Student: At the end of the series, Lord El-Melloi II pulls some strings and is able to induct Caules into Norwich, meaning he will be schoolmates with Flat Escardos.
  • Nice Guy: Seriously, he doesn't have a mean bone in his body, which seems to be why his Servant acts so nice around him compared to everyone else in Yggdmillennia.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: If Caules had his way, he would be pursuing other, likely safer, walks of life away from Magecraft and letting Fiore get all the credit. Getting the Command Seals basically resulted in being strong-armed into a war he didn't want a part of for a wish he never wanted in the first place. The only real reason he's going along with it is because he wants to protect his sister. Ironically, he ultimately ends up the leader of the very clan he wanted to get away from.
  • The Pawn: Darnic sees Caules and Berserker of Black as the sacrificial pieces in the War, and pretty much admits that he ideally wants Caules to force his Servant to use her Blasted Tree Noble Phantasm to cause as much damage to the Red Faction as possible. Darnic would be rolling in his grave to learn that Caules would eventually succeed him as Yggdmillennia's head.
  • Ship Tease: With Frankenstein's Monster.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Caules is immature and not that great a magus, whereas Fiore is extremely talented and an All-Loving Hero.
  • Summon Magic: Though he's not particularly good at it. Still capable of summoning a dog familiar big enough to tank Sisigou's shotgun blast, however.
  • The Unfavorite: No Superpowerful Genetics, only mediocre talent at Magecraft and his Servant, which he was only allowed to summon through a variety of loopholes in the Yggdmillennia infrastructure, is pretty underwhelming due to lack of age or mystery, compared to his sister summoning Chiron. In fact, turns out he originally was considering other avenues of life from the magus one when the Command Seals popped up on his hands and gave him no choice in the matter. Darnic himself sees Caules at best as The Pawn. Ironically, he ends up becoming the clan head.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Darnic only has Caules as a Master to abuse his immaturity to have him work as a pawn for him, driven by the desire to show his worth.
  • Willing Channeler: He can experience the last moments of a dead person, provided the corpse is still fresh, but its dangerous because he feels any pain the person felt prior to their death.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Makes up for his average Magecraft abilities with impeccable use of his and others' abilities, being quite possibly the most strategically competent Magus in Yggdmillennia.
  • You Are in Command Now: Non-fatal version; after Fiore finally realizes that she doesn't have the heart to walk the path of a Magus, she transfers the family crest to him and makes him by default the head of Yggdmillennia.

    Celenike Icecolle Yggdmillennia 

Celenike Icecolle Yggdmillennia

Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami (Japanese), Lauren Landa (English), Lourdes Arruti (Latin American Spanish), Ruth Pazo Olivares (European Spanish), Claire Tefnin (French), Alessandra Karpoff (Italian), Kathrin Gaube (German), Jéssica Cardia (Brazilian Portuguese)

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Master of Rider of Black.


  • White Hair, Black Heart: Very pale, and the only obviously up-to-no-good Yggdmillennia besides Darnic.
  • Yandere: Completely obsessed with Astolfo. This does not bode well for Homunculus or Astolfo when latter starts showering the former with (non-romantic) affection.

    Roche Frain Yggdmillennia 

Roche Frain Yggdmillennia

Voiced by: Emiri Katou (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English), Bruno Coronel (Latin American Spanish), Desiré Pillado (European Spanish), Circé Lethem (French), Paulina Bohlmann (German), Carloz Magno (Brazilian Portuguese)

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Master of Caster of Black who specialized on "Doll Engineering".


  • Bus Crash: It turns out Avicebron used him to power his Noble Phantasm.
  • Custom Uniform: He wears shorts instead of black pants and a tiny tie, as well as a "tag" on his sleeve similar in design to those worn in Nazi Germany.
  • The Cynic: Due to his Parental Abandonment and lack of social interaction, he has no belief in his fellow humans.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He's genuinely shocked when his Servant and "teacher" betrays him.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Only, you know, with magic since he helps Avicebron create all those golems.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's very nice and polite in front of the other Yggmillenia members. In truth however, he's quite cynical due to being so sheltered from society.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Something Avicebron even calls him out on. Roche truly looked up to Avicebron as his teacher but forgot one of the reasons they got along was because they both dislike humanity. Thus any good will Avicebron had towards Roche is pointless.
  • Idiot Hair: It's even curly! Thus pointing to a care-free boy with little (social) sense.
  • Karmic Death: He's so eager to see Avicebron's ultimate Golem that he admits he doesn't care how many - be they Masters, Servants, or anyone else - have to die as long as it's completed. Said Golem is completed...because he gets turned into the core Avicebron needed, showing he was just as expendable.
  • Kill the Cutie: Killed by his Servant to power his Noble Phantasm.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Comes with the fact that he's thirteen years old and so innocent that he thought his equally cynical and humanity-hating "teacher" wouldn't think of betraying him.
  • Magitek: He's a pretty mediocre magus but his magic engineering is legendary even in the Association. Unlike Gordes, who uses Alchemy to create flesh-and-blood homunculi, Dolls are at least part mechanical. If they are anything like Touko's, though, they are still mostly flesh and blood.
  • No Social Skills: Comes with the fact that he was raised by Golems and not humans. He claims it's similar to how a human can try and communicate all he wants with a cat or dog even though communication between the two are incompatible. In contrast he remembers the face of every Golem he has cared for or has cared for him.
  • Odd Friendship: He and Avicebron may be each other's first friends, and they get along fairly well.
  • Raised by Wolves: Golems, actually. The Frain family children are taught and raised by Golems from birth, since the Frain family rarely ever leave their workshops, ever. It wouldn't be an understatement to say he likes golems more than people. This is what ultimately gets him killed, as he possesses the best compatibility to Adam's core of all the Black Faction's Masters precisely because of his love for golems.
  • Senpai Kohai: Has this dynamic going on with his Servant as Avicebron is his senior in golem production. Not that it saves him.
  • Student and Master Team: Treats Avicebron as a teacher and respectfully calls him Sensei because they practice the same kind of magic. Unfortunately, this teacher is perfectly willing to use the student as raw material.
  • Teen Genius: He's 13 and already famous for being a world-class Doll engineer.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: His only real role in the story was to be used as the core for Avicebron's Noble Phantasm.

    Reika Rikudou 

Reika Rikudou

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese), Allegra Clark (English), Leyla Rangel (Latin American Spanish), Susana Leis (European Spanish), Stefania Rusconi (Italian), Jacqueline Belle (German), Karina Botião (Brazilian Portuguese)

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A prostitute who was magically hypnotized by Hyouma Sagara to be his lover. Sagara planned to murder her with a knife to summon Jack the Ripper as Assassin of Black. Instead, Jack cripples (and later murders) Sagara and makes Reika her master.


  • Ax-Crazy: She has Assassin cut up corrupt corporate workers with a smile on her lips and asks her not to cut their throats, so they can keep screaming. She and Jack have decided to kill all the Masters and Servants of both sides simply because they can.
  • Brainwashed: She was mind-controlled by Sagara to be his lover.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: She isn't content with just having Assassin of Black murder people and devour their souls to power herself (a fairly common practice among evil masters), she wants them to suffer while she's at it.
    Reika (to Assasin): "Cut them up if you like, but make sure not to slit their throats. Otherwise they can't scream."
  • The Cynic: She hates everyone and everything except for Assassin of Black.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was abandoned by her parents and physically abused as a child before being adopted. As an adult, she also had to work as a prostitute to make ends meet.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: She's a prostitute Sagara planned to murder to summon Assassin of Black. Subverted when Assassin of Black kills Sagara and stitches up Reika's stab wound instead.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Sagara mind-controlled her into being his lover and later tried to kill her, she gives Assassin of Black permission to kill Sagara.
  • Double Tap: Played With. She doesn't settle for shooting Sieg once in the heart and fires another round or two, but even that doesn't kill him even if it brings him to his knees. She then decides to shoot him in the head, but Sieg blows up her gun before she can.
  • Expy: Of Ryuunosuke Uryuu. She's an Ax-Crazy muggle with an even crazier servant who really get along with each other and kill random people For the Evulz, not having a shred of interest in the war itself.
  • Fanservice Costume: Her clothing consists of a short dress with a Dangerously Short Skirt with a low-cut top and Zettai Ryouiki. Plus it has a zipper right over the cleavage for no discernible reason.
  • For the Evulz: She and Jack have decided to fight against both sides in the war simply because they can.
  • Fur and Loathing: Her jacket has a large fur collar.
  • Hidden Depths: Reika is capable of playing a piano beautifully, and does so for Jack.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Despite her tragic backstory, she acts as a surrogate mother for Assassin of Black, wanting to treat her to meals and the like out of kindness.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Believes this to be true given her own Dark and Troubled Past, and Jack's own existence just confirms it to her.
  • Jerkass: She hates everyone but her own Servant.
  • Kick the Dog: At the end of Volume 3, she shoots Sieg in the chest as part of her Wounded Gazelle Gambit just in case you needed more proof that she is an absolute maniac.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed by Atalanta after Taking the Bullet for Jack.
  • Lack of Empathy: She's batshit crazy and murders random civilians and non-Scion Yggdmillennia members pretty much for the fun of it together with Jack.
  • Moral Dissonance: Noted to have no understanding of morals. See Pay Evil unto Evil below for details, and Dark and Troubled Past above for the most probable cause (beyond being possibly "broken" from the beginning).
  • Morality Pet: She becomes this to Assassin of Black, who even calls her "Mother". It also works the other way around, as Assassin of Black is probably the only person to whom she isn't a complete and total asshole.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has larger measurements than Semiramis and an even skimpier dress.
  • No Range Like Point-Blank Range: Deconstructed. She's able to shoot Sieg at close range in the chest around the heart, but only due to her Wounded Gazelle Gambit. When she decides to finish him with a Boom, Headshot!, she's close enough that Sieg is able to reach out and destroy her gun with a well-timed spell, though he's too weak to catch her as she runs off.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: She leads Assassin of Black to an office building where a heavily corrupt loanshark company operates, when the Servant notes that she will need to consume human souls to sustain her existence since Reika, as a muggle, can't provide her with Prana, and that she prefers evil/corrupt souls.

Homunculi

    Toole 

Toole

Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English), Alicia Taboada (European Spanish), Regina Beckhaus (German), Tiana Bandeira (Brazilian Portuguese)

A female homunculus saved by Sieg during a battle between the Red and Black factions.
  • It Has Been an Honor: As Sieg gets ready to leave for the final battle, he tells her that even if they win, he might not see them again. As a sign of respect, Toole shakes his hand.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Rare heroic example. She helps Sieg lead the homunculi after his return to the war.
  • Nominal Importance: The only named homunculus, apart from Sieg.
  • Number Two: To Sieg.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Constantly gives these to Gordes in a deadpan manner.
  • Servile Snarker: Not afraid to quip at Gordes' expense but overall defers to his leadership when Sieg is not around. Averted with Sieg, whom she treats with the utmost respect.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: After the war, she became the teacher of Gordes' son and basically took over his household, but after three months, she died due to the shortened lifespan of a homunculus.
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