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ID: No. 212
Command Cards: QAABB; (B)
Alignment: Neutral Good
Origin: France (18th Century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Ryota-H
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino
Napoléon Bonaparte was a famous French military commander who rose to prominence during The French Revolution. He became the first Emperor of the French Empire and vastly expanded its territory during The Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century. Napoléon instituted sweeping liberal reforms such as the Napoleonic Code, but also carried out illiberal actions such as reversing the abolition of slavery, and sacrificed millions of lives in service to his own legend. His downfall began with a disastrous invasion of Russia, and was hastened by his refusal to update his military strategies and war technologies in pace with his enemies. He was eventually exiled to a remote island, where he died an ignoble and uncomfortable death from cancer.
This is a different version of that person. This Servant is the embodiment of Napoléon's legend and revolutionary spirit: of a man who made allies of thousands of enemy soldiers with a single gesture at Grenoble. He lives to answer the expectations and dreams of humankind, and even his downfall was in harmony with the will of the people. The Servant whose life was a series of "impossible" accomplishments and adventures made possible, from meeting his idol Iskandar in a pyramid, to (accidentally) defacing the Great Sphinx of Giza with his cannon; this person could truly be considered a paragon of human possibility.
He made his debut in Lostbelt No. 2: Götterdämmerung as its main ally.
- Actually Pretty Funny: If the player has Archer of Shinjuku, Napoléon is very amused by the fact that Moriarty's moniker is "The Napoléon of Crime".
- All Love Is Unrequited: It turns out he's in love with Ophelia, although he stays firmly on the protagonist's side. Unfortunately for him, Ophelia doesn't reciprocate and even mentions that she'd have to reject him if they ever meet again.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: His Noble Phantasm pierces through any defense buffs before dealing damage, and his third skill enables him to pierce through invincibility, making his NP unable to be dodged or mitigated except through attack debuffs.
- Badass Bookworm: One of his bond lines states that he considers books to be excellentnote , and there's a book in his bond CE.
- Balance Buff: His Interlude buffs his Noble Phantasm's damage and generates a flat 20 crit stars automatically, effectively making him similar to Drake (the difference being the number of stars she generates is based on Overcharge).
- Beyond the Impossible: What his "Light of Possibilities" Skill does; it is not a symbol of the fact that he had done impossible things like "Pioneer of the Stars", but makes him into the embodiment of "expectations" and "possibilities" so he can do impossible things like summoning himself without the assistance of the Counter Force in response to Ophelia's subconscious desire to be saved from Surtr.
- BFG: His cannon is huge, easily dwarfing the actual cannons he used in life. It can work as a traditional cannon, a laser cannon, or even a Gatling gun.
- Bigger Is Better: His opinion on both artillery and hats. If they're not as big as you can make them, there's no point!
- Blasphemous Boast: When shown something supposedly holy and divine, his first thought is "I bet I can blow it up". Outside of the infamous anecdote about the Sphinx's nose (alas an old urban legend), he also wants to try and see if he can break the Grail itself with his cannon. It's worth noting that his Noble Phantasm deals extra damage against Divine enemies, so it's not just a boast.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: His iron cannon gets a golden coat over it as he ascends.
- The Brigadier: To an extent he's this in Götterdämmerung. All of the other Servants/Heroic Spirits are figures from Norse mythology. By contrast he's just a regular person from history, and yet he's vital to the heroes success because of how useful he is.
- The Charmer: In life he was able to seduce several woman, having at least three woman he had romantic relationships with. As a Servant, he tries to be this, but his targets all have their eyes set on someone else so he doesn't end up attracting anyone.
- Catchphrase: In the NA version at least, Napoléon has a tendency of saying "Ooh la la" when excited. The protagonist has the option to copy this after Napoléon gave the heroes time against Surtr at the price of his life.
- Cigar Chomper: One of his skill animations is taking a drag from a cigar he randomly procures.
- Composite Character: Gameplay-wise, he's one to Iskandar and Oda Nobunaga, boasting a similar kit and attitude with the former while possessing the latter's anti-Divinity options.
- The Emperor: He was once the emperor of France. Several others refer to him as such, though he doesn't dwell on it much since he considers himself and Emperor Napoléon to be two different people.
- Everyone Has Standards: If his first bond line is any indication, he won't share cigars with minors, saying he'll just wait until his Master is of age.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: His Noble Phantasm shoots a brilliant rainbow beam. It represents the hopes and possibilities he brought to mankind.
- To Sigurd during the second Lostbelt, as he is a cool-headed ruler that uses his sword as a projectile who is completely devoted to Brynhild while Napoléon is a fiery general that uses his cannon to slug his foes with who is a big flirt who falls in love whenever he's summoned but likes to flirt with plenty of other beautiful women.
- Also serving as one to the ally of the second singularity, Jeanne d'Arc. Both are French leaders notable for their involvement in a conflict with the English. However, Jeanne's role was leading resistance against the English invasion, whereas Napoléon was on the offensive against England at first. Jeanne is largely presented as-is, whereas this version of Napoléon is based on his legend. Lastly, Jeanne is a saint (her historical figure is the Trope Namer for Jeanne d'Archétype), whereas the historical figure Napoléon is based on has been called The Antichrist by some.
- Folk Hero: He describes himself as a "caricature" or an "idol" of Napoléon Bonaparte, rather than a replication of the historical man. While he responds to his title as the Emperor of France, he's taller, more handsome, and more compassionate than the real Napoléon ever was, as Archer Napoléon is how his Cult of Personality viewed him. He goes so far as to say that his meteoric rise and fall both coincided with the will of the people.
- Gatling Good: His Quick attack reveals a Gatling gun built into his cannon.
- Gratuitous French:
- His Noble Phantasm, "L'Arc De Triomphe De L'Etoile".
- He peppers some of his dialogue with French, responding to commands with "Oui" and "D'accord". Notably, he even calls the protagonist Maître instead of Master.
- Hero of Another Story: Before Chaldea arrived in the second Lostbelt, Napoléon was fighting against the Giants and Valkyrie on his own.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To eventually defeat Surtr, he Explosively Overclocks his Noble Phantasm and blows off Surtr's head while simultaneously breaking his Mind Control over Ophelia, though he dies in the process.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Napoléon admits he knows that he wasn't perfect in life, making plenty of bad decisions as well as the fact he wasn't the best lover to the women he loved in life. Any time he makes a mistake, he blames himself heavily for it, though he doesn't suffer angst of it since he acknowledges its better to fix it and move on rather than be stuck despairing over it.
- Historical Beauty Upgrade: Zig-Zagged. Napoléon definitely looks way more muscular and rugged than even his most Romantic-inspired portraits (and, for that matter, how he actually was Adipose Rex by the end of his life). At the same time, being the manifestation of Napoleonic legend (as noted below), his Ascensions are consistent with/inspired by his most celebrated paintings: his Battle of Arcole◊ portrait, and his world-famous Crossing the Alps◊ portrait.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: An in-universe case. Archer Napoléon is a manifestation of Napoleonic legend and thus resembles how he was viewed by his Cult of Personality, more than the actual man. This is reflected in his Light of Possibilities skill, which is described as an inverse of the Innocent Monster skill, as well as by his bond CE. When asked by the protagonist what he was really like as an emperor, he gets cagey and quickly changes the subject.
- Hope Bringer: As more the personification of Napoléon's legend than the figure himself, he claims his existence is all about giving people hope by fulfilling their wishes. In Götterdämmerung his sacrifice gives the heroes the time to defeat Surtr even frees Ophelia from his mind control.
- Hot-Blooded: Oh yes he is. Upon meeting him, the protagonist nicknames him the Good Guy of the Unquenchable Flame because of the sheer guts and manliness he exudes and how he throws himself into the conflict and fights off the Valkyries.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Rare male example: in his first Ascension, the shirt he wears under his uniform is unbuttoned just low enough to show off his bursting pecs and chiseled physique.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He's a fan of quite a few of the other heroes, notably everyone from The Iliad (one of his favorite stories), and Iskandar, and is ecstatic to meet them in person.
- Ladykiller in Love: He's a shameless flirt who will try to woo any woman he sees (within reason), but his eyes are set on Ophelia as his true love. This gets discussed In-Universe as well; he comments how part of his nature as a Heroic Spirit is that, when summoned, he'll always try to find someone to be his One True Love, but he won't stop flirting or hitting on other woman, something he knows is strange.
- Large and in Charge: He's taller than anyone in the Nordic Lostbelt but the giants and quickly takes charge of the forces of Pan-Human History, declaring himself the leader of the Scandinavian Grande Armée. Nearly everyone refers to him with respect as the Emperor of France and his raw charisma gives him a presence more imposing than any giant. It helps that he's 189 cm, even taller than he was in life.
- Love Makes You Evil: Defied. When the protagonist and Mash find out he has feelings for Ophelia, they cautiously ask about his loyalty out of concern for this trope. Napoléon quickly clarifies that, no matter how much he might love Ophelia, he will help Chaldea in removing the Lostbelt. True to his word, Napoléon stays loyal to the cause and fights against Ophelia regardless of his feelings.
- Mr. Fanservice: Oh yes. He's tall, muscular, and very handsome, with his first ascension having his shirt unbuttoned to show off a good portion of his chest.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite his bulk and him constantly lugging around a gigantic cannon, his Strength is ranked as D. Though he does have Monstrous Strength built into his Light of Possibility skill, giving him a boost when needed. That said even D (or E) rank is above the limits of a human; Servants are just naturally stronger even at the lowest levels.
- The Napoleon: Somewhat averted. Despite being the namesake of the trope, his height of 189 cm averts this. On his first appearance, Mash notes that he's the tallest person there. However, his profile states that if he is summoned as Rider, he will be a short man. He even muses on this in-story.
- Nice Guy: He's the titular "Good Fellow of the Unquenchable Flame" of the second Lostbelt and is almost unerringly chipper, enthusiastic, and friendly to pretty much everyone. Notably, he never gets truly angry during the Nordic Lostbelt and is respectful even to his enemies.
- Nice Hat: Wears a huge-ass one in his Third Ascension art. This seems to be a reference to old political cartoons that showed him wearing an oversized hat as a form of caricature... only in his case, it's not that he's too small for the hat, it's that the hat is the size of a sombrero and then some.
- Older Is Better: Discussed. As a relatively modern Servant, others are surprised that he's able to keep up with powerful warriors from the Age of Gods like Sigurd and Brynhild, though he admits that they're still much stronger than him overall. And yet, when push comes to shove, he deals the most grievous blow of all to Surtr by overclocking his Noble Phantasm to blast the giant's head off, creating a crucial opening for the heroes to gain the upper hand.
- Rated M for Manly: Look at him!
- Recoil Boost: Sometimes he'll use the recoil from his cannon to smash opponents with the blunt end of it.
- Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: His Noble Phantasm's animation briefly faces the player before firing his cannon.
- Shown Their Work: Napoléon depicted in the game is a rather tall man and not a short one as commonly believed. The depiction of him being short was actually the British propaganda during his time and because he was surrounded by tall Old Guards. At the time of his death, he was 1m70 tall, an above-average height in 19th-century France.
- Situational Sword: His Noble Phantasm deals extra damage against Divine enemies, which is because of the legend that he shot the Great Sphinx's nose off with a cannon.
- Slasher Smile: Seems very fond of cracking these. One notable example is in his Noble Phantasm animation, right before he's about to blast someone with his cannon.
- Super Empowering: A few times during Lostbelt 2: Götterdämmerung, he provides the heroes with a buff of sorts to help them fight better. This power allows him to help fight stronger enemies like Sigurd though even with it he can only somewhat hold his own.
- Swiss Army Weapon: His BFG has a regular cannon, a Gatling gun, a laser cannon, a rainbow laser that requires the weapon to unfold, and he can bludgeon people with it too.
- Took a Level in Kindness: As mentioned above, he notes that he's a lot more compassionate as a Heroic Spirit than he was in life. According to him, he doesn't remember being compassionate at all in life, but since his spirit origin is more the Folk Hero version of himself, his compassion has been cranked Up to Eleven.
- Visual Pun: As the manifestation of Napoleonic legend, Napoléon is noticeably taller than he was in life and far more rugged and handsome. This, combined with his Hot-Blooded and compassionate personality, makes him literally "larger than life", something he remarks upon.
- Wave-Motion Gun: To put it simply, his Noble Phantasm, "Arc de triomphe de l'étoile", has him fire a giant colorful laser out of his cannon.
- What's Up, King Dude?: He doesn't mind being addressed as "Emperor" or simply "Napoléon", he'll be friendly to you all the same.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He states that he's not fond of Pugs specifically, all thanks to Joséphine's dog, Fortuné, who hated his guts and resulted in an over-the-top feud between husband and pet. He isn't particularly fond of Fou as a result.
- Zerg Rush: He somewhat implies that his Grande Armée would fit this trope, stating that while it is a Noble Phantasm, it's not one he has access to as an Archer.
ID: No. 77
Command Cards: QAABB; (B)
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: Austro-Hungarian Empire (19th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Namaniku ATK
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada
A scientist who controlled electromagnetism. A brazen prodigy, he proclaimed he could even split the Earth in two. One of the great scholars who clarified lightning, previously a thing that only belonged to the gods, as a scientific phenomenon and gave electricity to mankind much the same way Prometheus did with fire.
He debuted as an antagonist in the Londinium chapter and appears briefly as an ally during the America chapter. He is Helena's teammate in the second Summer event, "Dead Heat Summer Race / Death Jail Summer Escape."
- Anti-Magic: His A-Ranked Galvanism can be considered this, soaking up mana and transforming it into bio-electricity, and is able to use it to heal himself and for attacks. Plus he also has C rank Magic Resistance.
- Anti-Villain: He is compelled to end the world on Zouken's orders but really doesn't want to, leading to things like him intentionally taking his sweet time on the way to the Clock Tower.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one over his shoulders in his first two stages.
- Balance Buff:
- He received a 2nd Anniversary Rank Up Quest, which gave him a guaranteed ATK buff to his Natural Born Genius skill. As said skill also has a chance to power up his NP, he now hits harder than Gilgamesh!
- His Galvanism was buffed to Tesla Coil, which now buffs the parties NP generation from 20-30%. This makes him much more useful as a support ally, and gives him more unique usage.
- Big Damn Heroes: He gets summoned to aid Edison and co. against the Ars Goetia near the end of the America chapter.
- Blasphemous Boast: Claims to have surpassed a different god of thunder and lightning with every ascension.
- Calling Your Attacks: Subverted for his Noble Phantasm, as unlike most Tesla does not need to say his Noble Phantasm's name to use it, although if he does, it creates a space-time dislocation.
- Climax Boss: Of London. He's the final threat to London and humanity and he wants to see if the rising new legends of Chaldea can defeat the man who gave humanity the power of lightning.
- Coat Cape: In his first two stages, but ditches it for the third as his metal arm's upgraded form reaches his shoulder.
- Composite Character: Displays traits of both the Gentleman and a Scholar that he apparently was according to first-hand accounts, and the Mad Scientist trope that he left behind as a legacy. The latter isn't really him as a person, but instead the result of Zouken forcing Mad Enhancement onto him.
- Death Is Cheap: After his battle with the protagonists in London, he somehow sent a letter to Edison through the Throne of Heroes, telling him of his grand misadventure and how in spite of his defeat, he's perfectly fine and will continue to be so indefinitely.
- Double Unlock: He can only be summoned after completing London.
- Evil Laugh: On pretty much all his attacks, or when you select his cards. If Edison is to be believed, he even regularly practices his mad scientist laugh in front of a mirror every morning.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Starting Stage 3. He is either becoming a Hollywood Cyborg or he wears right side-only Powered Armor.note
- Foil: To Archer Gilgamesh, specifically his Zero and SN appearances. Both are Chaotic Good 5* Archers with EX Rank Noble Phantasms that deal bonus damage to enemies with a certain attribute. Gilgamesh is the oldest Heroic Spirit and Tesla is one of the youngest, when excluding original Servants such as EMIYA or Ryougi Shikinote . Gilgamesh's motive in Zero and FSN was to cull humanity to return the world to the Age of the Gods, while Tesla wishes to complete his "Nikola Tesla World System" continue advancing humanity's development.
- For Science!: His primary goal is to complete the "Nikola Tesla World System", which he envisions as being able to send interacting electric currents through space itself - in effect, revolutionizing the world a second time, once more after his death. When summoned under the protagonist, he mainly aligns with them because the destruction of humanity would prevent this system from ever coming to fruition.
- Forced into Evil: He really doesn't want to destroy humanity but is compelled to by Zouken. So he informs the protagonists of his plan and then walks instead of flying all the way to his destination - in effect, Fighting from the Inside and buying time.
- Gadgeteer Genius: By virtue of being an inventor, reflected in one of his Personal Skills, the A-ranked Natural Born Genius.
- Genius Bruiser: By no means is he lacking in brawn to go with his brains.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Despite his arrogance, he's an extremely courteous and perfect gentleman, with a polite and straight-laced dispositions. He impresses Tamamo for being both intelligent and a real man.
- Graceful Loser: He takes his defeat in London rather well, partly because he knows he would never wish for humanity's destruction under normal circumstances, and partly because he's delighted that humanity's newest myths, meaning the protagonist and Mash, have managed to surpass his own.
- Hunk: He has a very handsome, rectangular face, which compliments his surprisingly muscular physique. Even Tamamo is taken in by his attractiveness in London. When compared to his living self◊ it's definitely a case of Historical Beauty Upgrade.
- Irony: Despite his lines claiming to have exceeded the thunder gods, his My Room lines express frustration that nothing he can do is at the same level as the gods of the distant past.
- La Résistance: Lostbelt 5.2 reveals he was summoned into Olympus, where he formed a resistance against the Gods. By the time Chaldea arrives however, all but Kintoki have been killed.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: He's Magic Super Tesla, so it's kind of natural. Even so it gets quite extreme when his electricity causes the fog to summon Tamamo and Kintoki in London.
- Magic from Technology: He is a very powerful Servant despite having a very young legend, because he was "the man who revealed Zeus' thunder to the world"; by putting electricity, previously seen only as a Bolt of Divine Retribution, into scientific terms, his legend as a Servant allows him to wield the divine lightning that he was the first to truly understand.
- Older Is Better: Averted, for once in the franchise. Despite being one of the newest Heroic Spirits (discounting Counter Guardians like EMIYA), having only died in 1943, Tesla's scientific contributions changing human society on an incredibly large scale have turned him into a focal point of human history, which grants him significant power for someone so recent.
- Rage Against the Heavens: His reason of electricity experimentation is laced with this. As lightning is the favorite method of smiting mortals for kings of gods like Zeus or Indra, and they're shining examples of Jerkass God with no way to fight back, Tesla perceived that power is the shackles that bound humans to the gods' tyranny. In gameplay, his Noble Phantasm does bonus damage against Heroic Spirits with Earth or Heaven Attributes.note
- Readings Are Off the Scale: Has an EX-Rank for his Noble Phantasm and his Pioneer of the Stars personal skill.
- Reality Warper: His Noble Phantasm can create localized space-time dislocation when directly invoked. In gameplay, this translates to it inflicting extra damage to any Earth or Heaven Attribute enemies.
- Red Baron: Mark Twain called him Professor Thunder and Lightning, though "The Modern Prometheus" is also used to describe, due to him taking Zeus' thunder and granting it to mankind.
- The Rival: To Thomas Edison. The two of them don't let their rivalry get in the way of saving the day as shown in the America chapter... for a moment before slugging each other again. Most surprisingly, they enter a truce to help Helena in "Dead Heat Summer Race," but they both implemented buttons to eject the other over lava during the second phase of the race.
- Shock and Awe: His Noble Phantasm, System Keraunos, gives him dominion over the lightning he gave to mankind. He incorporates lightning and electric manipulation into all of his attacks, and directly invoking the Noble Phantasm will amp up the ability to the point that it creates a localized space-time dislocation.
- Situational Sword: His NP deals extra damage to Servants with the "Earth" or "Heaven" Attributes, and that encompasses enough Servants that it's basically a more situational version of Gilgamesh's Enuma Elish.
- Smug Super: While he avoids Insufferable Genius by otherwise being a classy man, he is VERY proud of that big brain of his and the power it granted him. No one calls him a genius as much as he himself does, his ascension lines are Blasphemous Boasts about surpassing the lightning gods of various pantheons, and he can't help but let out Evil Laughs every time he starts flinging lightning bolts around.
- Super Intelligence: He even has a skill called Natural Intelligence, a skill shared with da Vinci.
- Take That!: He seems to have a low opinion on Thomas Edison, his rival in life. In fact, whenever directly mentioning him he calls him "the devil Edison".Tesla: Of course the wraithsnote exist. Both spirits and humans.
- Worthy Opponent:
- His profile states that the King of Inventors, Thomas Edison, is his "worthy rival". So whenever they see each other, they immediately drop everything to start fighting and bickering with each other.
- In London, after noting that Kintoki is a fellow wielder of lightning and a Heroic Spirit of Man, he becomes eager to challenge the Berserker.
ID: No. 294
Command Cards: QQABB; (B)
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: Japan (16th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: pako
Voiced by': Daiki Yamashita
The younger brother of Oda Nobunaga; he is historically known as "Nobuyuki," one of his other names. He is mainly, if not only, known for staging few coups against Nobunaga, only for them to fail and him getting executed for his rebellion. Of course that was all part of his plan. Nobukatsu idolized his older sister and hated the fact that the elders couldn't accept Nobunaga becoming the head of the Oda clan because she was a girl. As such he gathered up everyone who would oppose Nobunaga's rule with the full intention to get them executed, even if it meant he would be marked as a traitor.
He makes his first appearance as a major antagonist in the GUDAGUDA Meiji Revival event, where he attempts to put the Oda clan back in charge of Japan during the Bakumatsu era, long after their original fall. He's appeared in some capacity in every GUDAGUDA event since as an on-again, off-again ally/enemy before he was officially made playable for the fifth GUDAGUDA event.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It becomes increasingly clear during the "GUDAGUDA Yamataikoku" event that Nobukatsu suffers from some form of Impostor Syndrome. He is completely unable to recognize his own accomplishments due to having his expectations skewed by his admiration and feelings of inferiority toward his sister. Even bringing a civilization back from the brink of destruction with nothing but his administrative skills doesn't register to him as a monumental feat, saying that Nobu would have brought them into the Industrial Revolution already.
- Assist Character: He regularly summons Chibi Nobbus in his Buster attack animations, who do everything from shooting their rifles to dog-piling the enemy before he triggers their self-destruct. In his Extra Attack animation, Nobunaga herself appears to deliver the strike while he restrains the enemy target.
- Baleful Polymorph: During his boss fights, he takes on his sister's appearance and abilities.
- Bathos: Nobukatsu's almost unhinged love for his sister and ability to Die Laughing while using his Noble Phantasm would make him a scary Yandere siscon of a Servant akin to Castor... if Nobukatsu weren't a weakling and a GUDAGUDA character. Pretty much all of his animations have him trying and failing to act cool and intimidating. His sword swings are clumsy, he gets blown away by his sister with every Extra attack, and he drinks too deeply from a Skull Cup so he doubles over coughing. He's equal parts sad, scary, and hilarious as a result.
- Big Brother Worship:
- Well, big sister worship. But Nobukatsu holds his sister in the highest esteem, calling her "ane-ue" as a sign of intense respect. Everything he does is motivated by a desire to reunite with her and relive their halcyon childhood days even if she doesn't want to.
- When describing his likes, he says his sister. When asked about anything else, he says anything his sister likes.
- Each of his ascensions are based on a version of Nobunaga. His first ascension is her Archer self, his second is her Summer self, and his third is her Avenger self.
- It's implied that at least part of his admiration for his sister is born from his own feelings of inferiority, as his father initially passed over her for an heir as a woman would be considered worthless in that position. At that point, Nobukatsu takes the news as "If someone as amazing as Sis is worthless, then what does that make me?" Hence his desire to help her succeed to the point of his own destruction is a way of overcompensating for this.
- Big Little Brother: He's a very lanky guy, so he ends up towering over his shorter older sister.
- Big Sister Attraction: Nobukatsu's intense affection for his sister can border on this.
- Demon Lord Nobunaga's line for him heavily implies that he's ogling her. The expression on his face and his reaction to meeting her is apparently so over the top that it creeps even her out. His own line for her has him extremely impressed with how she's "grown up".
- Okita J. Souji's line for him has him intend to give a fundoshi as a gift to his "esteemed sister".
- Bishōnen: He's got a very Strong Family Resemblance going on with Nobunaga, so he ends up looking like a male Nobunaga.
- Born in the Wrong Century: He hates the conventions of the Sengoku Period for forcing him and his sister apart. His profile goes on to say that they could have lived happily together as brother and sister had they simply been born in the modern era.
- Breaking Old Trends:
- He's the first limited 1* Servant available in the gacha. While Paul Bunyan was also available for a limited time, she was obtainable through quests rather than being rolled for.
- His swimsuit outfit in his Second Ascension also indirectly makes him the first playable male Swimsuit Servant that's not just a costume, albeit, with no summer-related skills to go along with it aside from his pistol becoming a water gun and turning his sword green.
- Poor dude had his moment of glory for all of five minutes before Nobunaga and Chaldea's crew walked back onto the scene, at which point he gets relegated to comedy and desperate attempts at backstabbing. Doesn't help that for a wannabe ruler, he is actually fairly weak-willed and quite the crybaby.
- His Extra attack animations have him try to "hold down" the enemy for Nobu to attack, getting inevitably blown away without a word of thanks from his sister.
- On a meta-level, he wasn't even announced as a playable Servant in the event he's starring in, being added to the FP gacha without so much of a lick of fanfare as a limited Servant.
- Crippling Overspecialization: While he can be used as a general support servant, his primary niche is as a support for Nobunaga and all of her variations and that's where he shines the most.
- Day in the Limelight: He's the star of the fifth GUDAGUDA event next to Himiko, and his 1* rarity and availability in the Friend Point Gacha have him substitute for a proper Event Servant.
- Die Laughing: His Noble Phantasm has him laugh maniacally as his body dissolves into ash.
- Dissonant Serenity: In life, he cheerfully committed seppuku knowing that Nobunaga's path toward achieving her ambitions was secure.
- Endearingly Dorky: His My Room lines reveal a much more vulnerable and emotional part of himself beneath his constant fixation on his sister, namely his lack of confidence despite having fairly good social skills. His attempts to puff himself up to be anywhere near Nobunaga's level come across as endearing to both the protagonist and Mori Nagayoshi, the latter of whom affectionately pats him on the head after listening to him gush praise about his father, Yoshinari. An embarrassed Nobukatsu politely asks him to stop for the sake of his pride as Nobu's brother.
- Famous Last Words:
- Before he vanishes, he says he'll leave the rest to his sister. Nobunaga's annoyed that these are the very same last words he told her in life.
- One of his Noble Phantasm lines has him repeat these words as he dissolves into ash.
- Fan Disservice: Much like his sister's Archer form, Nobukatsu is nude except for his cape in his final Ascension art and is showing even more skin than his sister does. Unlike Nobunaga, he is also surrounded by skeletons impaled on spears and is covering himself with a skull.
- Flaming Hair: The end of his ponytail appears to burst into flames.
- Flower Motif: He's heavily associated with red spider lilies, or higanbana, which are associated with death and parting in Japanese culture. Even his Noble Phantasm, Demon King Torpedo・Red Spider Lily, has him standing in a field of them as his body turns to ash, representing his desire to pave the way for Nobunaga's ascension. One of his skills, "Fruitless Flower of War", compares him to a flower that can't bear fruit, rendering it meaningless. Compare how Nobu's Archer form has them too, but for an entirely different reason.
- Foil: Nobukatsu is quite similar to Himiko's little brother as seen in "GUDAGUDA Yamataikoku".
- They have both dedicated their lives to their older sisters to the point they're at best footnotes in their sisters' legends but their methods are completely opposite. Himiko's little brother waited on her hand and foot for the rest of his life, while Nobukatsu planned an intentionally failed coup to eliminate Nobunaga's enemies from within the Oda clan.
- Both forced their older sisters into leadership roles, but Himiko's little brother did it by accident when he revealed her seer abilities while Nobukatsu intentionally paved the way for Nobunaga's control of the Oda clan.
- Fusion Dance: Merges with Andras to become Golden Demon Taiko Hideyoshi.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's got some technical skill, considering he came up with several of the new Mini Nobu variants in the 2nd GUDGAGUDA event, and even custom-made the "Super Mecha Nobbu Mk. II" for the 3rd GUDAGUDA event that he made "from a bunch of scraps...in a cave!"
- Gameplay and Story Integration:
- Nobukatsu is mocked throughout his appearances in the GUDAGUDA events as a weakling with no real fighting ability of his own that needs to rely on other people to get the job done, but he is surprisingly competent at supporting those people, especially his sister. This is reflected by his rarity and pathetic stats to match along with how he uses the Chibi Nobu in his attack animations, but he has surprising utility as a Support Party Member (again, especially for his sister).
- Even his art is designed after his sister's due to once sharing a Saint Graph with her. His first, second, and third ascension arts pay homage to Nobu's original art, her summer version, and her Avenger version respectively.
- Go Out with a Smile: At the end of GUDAGUDA Meiji Revival when he's fading away he goes with a big smile, admitting that it was inevitable since his Spirit Origin was so weak it could only be maintained by Demon Pillar Andras' existence.
- Hand-or-Object Underwear: Like his sister, his final ascension art shows him wearing nothing except his cape, though he's also holding a golden skull that conveniently covers his crotch.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Nobukatsu has switched between aiding Chaldea to fighting against them throughout the GUDAGUDA events, sometimes multiple times in the same event!
- Heir Club for Men: Subverted. Nobunaga's official profile in the Fate/Grand Order Material I art book states their father originally planned to make Nobukatsu head of the Oda clan. However, Nobukatsu was deemed lacking in his ability to protect the Oda clan. The position of clan head was then instead given to Nobunaga, his elder sister, as she exhibited greater potential than Nobukatsu.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- Nobukatsu's entire kit revolves around sacrificing himself for the sake of his sister. He has a taunt skill that heals allies if he's killed and a strong NP gain buff to get to his Noble Phantasm, which kills him to give a 20% NP charge and 30% Buster performance boost to all of his allies on top of a 20% additional boost for Nobu.
- Subverted in the finale of "GUDAGUDA Yamataikoku". When faced with an enemy too strong to defeat, Nobukatsu unleashes his Noble Phantasm to revive his sister, who had died as the vessel of the Magatsu-Kami. But rather than dying, the Saint Graph he received from Brother Turtle allows him to survive the experience.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation:
- His My Room lines reveal that Nobukatsu feels incredibly worthless due to his failed ambitions, his beloved sister's dismissal of him, and being written off as a footnote in history. Almost all of his My Room lines have him putting himself down in some way, either calling himself worthless or comparing himself negatively to his sister. He goes so far as to try to shoo you away rather than have you waste time with someone as useless as him. By his last bond line, he admits that the protagonist may be the first person to ever care for him as a friend.Nobukatsu: Like I said, if you have time to keep me company you'd be better off using your time being with someone else. Unlike sis, I'm just some useless nobody who can't do anything.
- When addressing his own niece, Chacha, Nobukatsu can't think of her as anything but "Sis' niece", completely removing himself from the relationship.
- In his dislikes, he mentions that he hates anyone who disrespects his sister, calling them "worthless and meaningless", with the implication that he includes himself in that category. Confirmed outright by his profile's hidden Bond 5 lines, as he outright congratulates his sister for getting rid of a hindrance like him and was frustrated that he wasn't killed during his first coup attempt.Nobukatsu: My sister is awesome! At last, this incompetent, good-for-nothing me will be killed! -My sister, truly, thank you so much!
- During the "GUDAGUDA Yamataikoku" event, he's in charge of redevelopment efforts to revive Yamatai after Himiko's historical death. Even after bringing it back from the brink of destruction with nothing but his own administrative skills, he still can't see it as an accomplishment, calling what he did "child's play" and proclaiming that if his sister were in charge, they'd already be at the industrial revolution.
- His My Room lines reveal that Nobukatsu feels incredibly worthless due to his failed ambitions, his beloved sister's dismissal of him, and being written off as a footnote in history. Almost all of his My Room lines have him putting himself down in some way, either calling himself worthless or comparing himself negatively to his sister. He goes so far as to try to shoo you away rather than have you waste time with someone as useless as him. By his last bond line, he admits that the protagonist may be the first person to ever care for him as a friend.
- Hero-Worshipper: After his debut event, Nobukatsu spends a lot of events afterward as Nobunaga's hype man, constantly praising her and mouthing off to others who would stand against her. His playable version is aghast that Summer Nobu's concerts have tons of unsold tickets and demands the protagonist give them to him so he can run out and sell them to people.
- Hidden Depths: Apparently, his rebellions were actually well-intentioned forms of Thanatos Gambit. It turns out that he didn't actually want to lead but was basically painting a giant target on his forehead so that Nobunaga would have an excuse to purge him and the elders who caused trouble for her because they didn't want a female leader. He knows perfectly well that he's incompetent.
- Identity Impersonator: He took over the shogunate as Oda Nobunaga. Unfortunately for him, he wasn't expecting Chacha to actually go fetch the real deal.
- In Love with Your Carnage: In his third Bond Line, he admits to admiring the way you command your Servants to annihilate all of your enemies before saying that he'd never be able to accomplish such a thing.
- In the Hood: His Second Ascension has him wearing a sleeveless hoodie over a pair of swim trunks.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He carries a katana around, but he's not very good with it.
- Mood Whiplash:
- His animations are mostly comical. His Noble Phantasm isn't.
- His profile entry for Bond 5 starts with a list of things he thinks are awesome about his sister, whether it's protecting him from bullies, climbing trees to hurl persimmons at him to eat, or talking about new ways of life he could have never imagined. By the end, it descends into mad ranting about how none of the Oda vassals are fit to serve her, including himself, being frustrated that he wasn't killed during his first coup, and cheering that he's finally going to be executed along with all of the other hindrances plaguing his sister.
- Mugging the Monster:
- His line with Okita has him trying to chase her away from being too buddy-buddy with Nobunaga... only to get a Death Glare that quickly gives him second thoughts.Nobukatsu: Hey you. Yes you, the simpleton with the sickly face. Stop acting so familiar around my sister. Know that someone like you would usually never be able to act that way around... Hyehh! W-What is this!? Her eyes, it's like she's a different person... B-But I'm not scared of you, ok...!?
- Upon meeting Chacha, he remarks that she doesn't look like much compared to Nobunaga and attempts to swipe some of her ice cream before getting another Death Glare and backing off. He then admits that Chacha may be more like his sister than he thought.
- His line with Okita has him trying to chase her away from being too buddy-buddy with Nobunaga... only to get a Death Glare that quickly gives him second thoughts.
- Nice Hat: Seems to be standard Oda clan headgear, as both Chacha and Nobu wear similar hats. His isn't as fancy as theirs, though.
- No Body Left Behind: His Noble Phantasm reduces him to ashes that blow away in the wind before buffing all of his allies currently on the field.
- Non-Action Guy: His profile notes that he was admired for his intelligence from a young age, and if not for his sister being even more talented and ambitious, he would have been the clear successor to the Oda clan. Throughout the GUDAGUDA events, he shows signs of being a Gadgeteer Genius, a cunning strategist and politician, as well as an extremely competent administrator, but he's such a poor fighter that he considers it a miracle he was summoned at all.
- Other Me Annoys Me:
- A variant: male Nobunagas anger him to the point of murder, because he believes that if his Nobunaga had been a man he wouldn't have had any reason to do what he did in life and they could have lived happily (apparently being unaware of how things went with the RL timeline's Nobunaga and Nobukatsu).
- His playable version is notably on edge around the male version of Avenger Nobu, saying that even though he acts and dresses identically to his sister from when they walked around town as kids, he simply can't get used to them.
- Overshadowed by Awesome:
- According to his profile, Nobukatsu isn't actually as useless as he or his sister believed him to be. He is, in fact, a competent military commander, sociable, and fairly charismatic, as shown by how he managed to gather all of Nobunaga's rivals in the Oda clan under his banner to force her to purge them. The problem is that he lives in the shadow of his even more talented sister, which skews his own perception of his capabilities and himself.
- During the "GUDAGUDA Yamataikoku" event, Nobu even tells Nobukatsu that he has to stand on his own two feet for once and prove himself right before she dies after Kamo Serizawa manipulates Chaldea into defeating her and unleashing the Magatsu-Yami. Although he's shaken by this, Nobukatsu proves his administrative chops by resurrecting Yamatai when it was teetering on the brink of collapse before his arrival, showing that he's far more talented than he ever realized, he just can't recognize this.
- Paper Tiger: While he can dress like his sister's Demon King Avenger iteration, he's still as weak and inept as usual. When Brother Turtle sacrifices himself to ascend Nobukatsu to Third Ascension, he's still weak enough to be easily sent flying by Kamo Serizawa, who mocks him for being a useless brat. Nobukatsu agrees and admits as such, but decides to do the only thing he can do: pave a path for his sister's return.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: Like the Avenger version of his sister, his hair turns scorching red after hitting Third Ascension.
- Power Up Let Down: In the finale of "GUDAGUDA Yamataikoku", Nobukatsu is able to reach his Third Ascension after Brother Turtle dies giving his Saint Graph to him. Despite the powerup, Nobukatsu is no stronger physically than he was before, and is easily blown back by the villain. That's when it's revealed that the powerup simply gave him a Saint Graph of his own rather than relying on Nobunaga's, allowing him to use his Noble Phantasm to revive her from the dead without killing himself.
- Puppet King: Nobunaga's rivals for control of the Oda clan gathered under Nobukatsu in hopes of making him this due to his weak-willed nature. Unfortunately for them, he was aware of this and purposefully staged an ill-fated coup so Nobunaga would have the excuse to be rid of all of them.
- Promoted to Playable: Three years after his debut, he was made playable for the fifth Gudaguda event and has the unique distinction of being the first bronze-rarity Gudaguda Servant.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Zigzagged. His eyes are blood red like his sister's, but as a Servant he's absolutely awful at fending for himself in a straight fight to the point that it's a miracle he's summonable at all. But his loyalty to his sister is second-to-none, and he will do anything for her sake, which can make him surprisingly dangerous and crafty when working behind the scenes. In his debut event, he combines with a Demon Pillar to try to force Nobunaga to see things his way, and he has several male Nobunagas murdered in the fourth event.
- Sad Clown: For all his buffoonery, his My Room lines reveal just how little faith he puts in himself and his abilities, to the point that he says that merely hanging around him is a complete waste of time. In his Bond 4 Line, he can scarcely believe that the protagonist is putting up with a "worthless Heroic Spirit" like him, and denies any possibility that they might consider him a friend after hoping for a few moments.
- Satellite Character: His entire personality, skillset and NP, and even attack animations entirely revolve around his elder sister. It's Deconstructed too: because he defines his entire identity as being Nobunaga's younger brother, his own self-worth is practically non-existent, to the point where he sees no value in his life as long as he can support his sister.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: His Command Card lines include yelps of surprise or fear that wouldn't sound out of place coming from a girl's mouth.
- Sharing a Body: Chaldea's Oda Nobunaga is forced to insert part of her Spirit Origin into his body during the third GUDAGUDA event because of interference from Akechi Mitsuhide. This allows them to coexist together in relative harmony, but since Nobukatsu was never much of a fighter he can't actually do much to contribute to battle in this state.
- Situational Sword: Nobukatsu is a support Servant of ridiculous potency for his rarity, able to give a massive 50% Buster Buff, a 100% critical damage buff, and a 3000% critical star absorption buff... but only for Nobu and her variants. His abilities are much weaker when supporting those outside of that niche, but he can still drop 15 stars per turn, inflict Buster resistance down with a chance of confusion, heal his party if he's killed, and sacrifice himself to give a 30% Buster buff and 20% NP charge to his allies. His Bond CE also gives two hit, three turn Evade status to ally Nobunagas if he is defeated.
- Skull Cups: Drinks out of a golden one for one of his skill animations... only to drink too deeply and double over coughing.
- Spanner in the Works: He's ultimately this for the final villain of the "GUDAGUDA Yamataikoku" event. Pitifully weak as he may be, his strategic acumen and administrative efforts saves Yamatai in Himiko's absence and he organizes the assault that wins the day. At the finale of the event, he uses his Noble Phantasm to summon Demon Lord Nobunaga once more to handily kick the Magatsu-Kami's ass with her anti-divine powers.
- Square Race, Round Class: Nobukatsu normally wouldn't even qualify to be a Servant and is actually surprised to be summoned as an Archer himself. He doesn't even fight with a bow and only has a small pistol, clumsily swinging a sword and having the Mini Nobus fight in his place. His skills and Noble Phantasm would also be much more at home on a support Caster than the typically offensive Archer.
- The Starscream: He wants to be. He wants it so badly. Unfortunately, he's terrible at it.
- Historically, he plotted coups against Nobunaga twice, failed both times, and only survived the first because their mother vouched for him.
- In the second chapter of the event, he abandons the Oda Clan to join the American tech revolutionists lead by Tesla and Edison. In this case, he's trying to make an eternal paradise for himself and his sister, but she's not interested.
- The Strategist: Ultimately, this is the role in which he shines the most. In the final act of "GUDAGUDA Yamataikoku", he organizes Chaldea's forces for the final strike against the villains, but stays out of most of the fighting until he attempts to kill Serizawa by stabbing from behind. Unfortunately, this only manages to piss him off, and Nobukatsu is only saved by Brother Turtle's sacrifice.
- Strong Family Resemblance: His face is almost identical to his sister's, to the point of looking like a male version of her.
- Summon Bigger Fish: Even after getting a powerup from Brother Turtle's sacrifice, Nobukatsu is still too weak physically to pose a direct threat in the fight against Kukochihiko. He instead does what he does best: pave a path for his sister, using his Noble Phantasm to resummon Demon Lord Nobunaga, who proceeds to turn the tide against Kukochihiko. But this time, he survives the experience thanks to the Saint Graph he receieved from Brother Turtle.
- Support Party Member: As a 1* Servant, Nobukatsu is awful at dealing damage himself. But his support skills are ridiculously strong while buffing Nobu, essentially giving her Merlin's Hero Creation on top of 15 stars per turn and inflicting a Buster Resistance Down debuff on one enemy with a chance to stun them. This power comes with an NP that kills himself for the sake of buffing his allies, but like Arash, it can be used to quickly force an order change without relying on the Chaldea Combat Uniform.
- Take Up My Sword: He's the recipient of this from Brother Turtle, who uses what's left of his power to give Nobukatsu his own Saint Graph instead of forcing him to rely on Nobunaga's. This shoots him to Third Ascension and allows him to summon Nobunaga from the dead.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Quickly throws a bunch of lit grenades willy-nilly at the enemy during one of his Quick animations.
- Undying Loyalty: In contrast to other Servants associated with betrayal like Mordred, Nobukatsu tells the protagonist flat out that his loyalty is to his sister first and the protagonist second.
- Yandere: He's trying to make a paradise for himself and his sister to play just like they were children. When she rejects the offer, he says he'll force her to understand what a great plan it is.
ID: No. 69
Command Cards: QAABB; (B)
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Origin: Japan (16th century)
First appearance: KOHA-ACE (as Demon Archer)
Background development: keikenchi
Illustrated by: pako
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya
Oda Nobunaga was a warlord who attempted to unify Japan during the late Warring States (Sengoku) period of the 16th century. She was a modernist who revolutionised the stagnant military and civil traditions of Japan by incorporating the latest technological advancements into her strategies. The most iconic example is how she armed her soldiers with flintlock rifles (at a time when bow-and-arrow was the standard) and trained them in coordinated mass-movement tactics and gunnery rotation (when most fighting was hand-to-hand). She also implemented innovative free market policies within her territories, smashing the monopolies held by long-entrenched trade organisations, and enacted civil reforms such as currency regulation and standardisation of public services.
However, Nobunaga was widely feared for her ruthlessness and cruelty, as she killed or destroyed anything which stood in her way. Her most notorious deed was the burning of Buddhist temples which had been critical of her, killing thousands of adults and children. Her name became a byword for terror until she was forced to commit suicide due to the rebellion of her right-hand retainer, Akechi Mitsuhide. Due to this bloody reputation, this Heroic Spirit of Nobunaga has been summoned as the "Demon King of the Sixth Heaven".
She was first created as a joke Servant in Koha-Ace and was put in the game for the GUDAGUDA Honnoji event as the prize Servant. She's a major ally in GUDAGUDA Meiji Revival. She's an enemy in GUDAGUDA Strange Tales of the Imperial Capital Holy Grail.
- A-Cup Angst: She does not take her Demon King version being so buxom and statuesque well.
- Alternate Universe: Not from this game's home universe, which means that the "actual" Nasuverse Nobunaga could be different. While this was originally a joke due to her being from Koha-Ace, Servants being from different universes would become major plot points later.
- Anti-Cavalry: Her Noble Phantasm, "Three Line Formation: Three Thousand Worlds", does extra damage to servants with the Riding skill. See More Dakka for details.
- Art Evolution: The GUDAGUDA Honnoji rerun has revamped animations for her.
- Badass Cape: Wears a red one, and in her fourth ascension art, it and her Cool Hat are seemingly the only things she wears.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Her entire concept is ridiculous, but she's actually reasonably powerful and when she's being halfway serious she can be both very insightful and very dangerous. Poor Okita just begins coughing up blood when she tries to be serious most of the time.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Her arrival in the Grand Order world apparently caused her to drop a star in rarity, which also resulted in the creation of the Chibi-Nobus. She is NOT happy about either of these facts. One of the Craft Essences is even a comic strip of her and Okita making fun of each other's stats, ending in a brawl.Fate/Grand Order, play it with your best friends.
- Breakout Character: She is popular enough that the game's developers (jokingly) promised to add her to FGO after the game had 100 million users... which they later rounded down to 500,000. They really did end up adding her along with fellow Koha-Ace Servant, Okita Souji. And then, of course, the event was a big hit and was considered one of the early turning points for the quality of the game improving, and she blew many of the other 4* Archers of the day out of the water (as this was well before EMIYA'd gotten his buffs), which helped her popularity even more. Then she got two variants, Swimsuit Berserker and Maou Avenger, followed by her Koha-Ace story Strange Tales of the Imperial Capital Holy Grail getting a serious remake as Fate/type Redline.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She proudly calls herself a Demon King. She even has a skill similar to Innocent Monster that she can switch on and off. One of the effects is making her chest as steep as a cliff or as big as she wants.
- "It can't be helped!", which is based on an oft-quoted phrase from the historical Nobunaga himself, "Zehi mo nashi."
- She is fond of referring to things as 'Wabi Sabi', a type of Japanese aesthetic Nobunaga enjoyed in life.
- Cool Aunt: Despite some bickering between the two, Chacha is quite fond of Nobu.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Her skills are very effective against Servants with high levels of Riding and Divinitynote , but are weak against servants who were relatively normal people in life and had fewer mysterious legends surrounding them such as Hans Christian Andersen and Francis Drake.
- Crutch Character: Prior to Emiya's Rank Up Quests, Nobunaga's kit was more synergistic for a Critical based AoE Buster Archer and her deck made more sense (having a BBAAQ setup as opposed to Emiya's triple Arts setup as well as a skill that increases both her critical damage and critical absorption). After Emiya received his Rank Up Quests and became a critical monster, however, she fell out of favor due to being Overshadowed by Awesome by other Buster based AoE Archers such as Arjuna and Tesla, who have higher rarity and broader niches than her. That being said, she's still a capable unit thanks to easily getting NP5 as a welfare 4*, doing sufficient AoE damage for lighter farming, and inflicting heavy Special Attack damage against enemies with the Riding and Divinity skills who are commonly found in Challenge quests.
- Darker and Edgier: During "GUDAGUDA Strange Tales of the Imperial Capital Holy Grail", you come across an alternate version that is much more serious and threatening, going so far as to shoot the protagonist in the flank. Officially, she's something close to an Alter version of Nobunaga as her more serious side is greatly emphasized over her gag qualities. Her fashion sense is even a bit more modernized and sharp, near-akin◊ to Imperial Japanese Army uniforms.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Her skills and Noble Phantasms give her the power to do this. With them, she has an advantage against Servants with high mystery and Divinity, though beings such as Gilgamesh or Karna are still generally out of her wheelhouse (although in-game, she actually can fight the Karna in the America chapter and win, despite type disadvantage).
- Fighting Clown: She's a parody character at her core. Her first appearance in Koha-Ace was as a super-deformed Servant created by keikenchi for a fake story arc, Strange Tales of the Imperial Capital Holy Grail. The whole point was that her specialization would make her... not a great Servant in a number of Grail Wars. But:
- Her Tenka Fubu: Innovation skill and Noble Phantasms are effective against things like divine beings. She's also capable of creating a Reality Marble. And like Okita, she's fighting with backup now, rather than alone, and that changes her situation considerably.
- In-game, she's a 4* event Servant, and while she's fallen in popularity a little bit, she's still a very powerful AoE Buster Archer with a critical niche (since as a welfare Servant she's a hell of a lot easier to get to NP5 than folks like Gilgamesh, Ishtar or even Emiya). And if she's up against a Saber or Berserker with Divinity and/or the Riding skill (which is rather a lot of the gold-rarity ones?) Let the games begin.
- Flower Motif: She's heavily associated with red spider lilies, or higanbana, beause they're said to "pave the path to Hell."
- Foil: Her appearance during the GUDAGUDA Imperial Capital event frames her as one to Sakamoto Ryōma. They're two of the most famous Japanese Heroic Spirits and both believed in advancement and progress. But while Nobu is remembered as an ambitious and ruthless conqueror, Ryōma is altruistic and best known for his peacemaking skills. This is also noticeable in their fighting styles. Nobu's skills buff herself to destroy divine Servants with high levels of Mystery through oppressive volleys of musket fire. Ryōma is a Master Swordsman who wields both Sword and Gun. His closest companion is a Phantasmal Beast one step below Dragon Kind and his skills support others. Even their color schemes are opposed, with Nobu's Red and Black and Evil All Over motif clashing with Ryōma's white.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: She knows that she originates from a gag comic, and in FGO promotion, she and Okita take turns mocking the game.
- Full-Frontal Assault: In her final ascension and April Fools art she is naked save for her cloak and hat.
- Fun Personified: Like Okita, she's a gag character. Technically canon, but the joke is taking one of the most intimidating men in Japanese history and making them a tiny, squeaky-voiced girl who laughs about how she's a demon and has ridiculous speech patterns. You're not likely to see her outside of gag events.
- A God Am I: She styled herself as a demon and eventually as the Demon King.
- Guns Akimbo: Wields muskets one-handed in a Gun Kata fashion, sometimes akimbo and sometimes in conjunction with her katana. In the original Koha-Ace comics, her battle style is even likened to Mami Tomoe of Puella Magi Madoka Magica fame.
- Heir Club for Men: The clan elders did not want her to succeed because she was a woman and thus supported her younger brother Nobukatsu. However, Nobukatsu loved his older sister a lot and knew perfectly well that he was completely incompetent, so he decided the best thing he could do would be to eliminate the elders indirectly by staging uprisings and then getting crushed, taking them down with him. Her official profile in Fate/Grand Order Material I states their father initially planned to make Nobukatsu head of the Oda clan, but Nobukatsu was deemed to be lacking in his ability to protect the Oda clan. The position of clan head was instead given to Nobunaga, then Kipposhi, who exhibited greater potential than Nobukatsu.
- Hell: Buddhism version; the 40 AP Hell stages in her GUDAGUDA Honnouji event are all named after levels of Naraka.
- Historical Gender Flip: Don't think too hard about it. It seems that the Nasuverse's Nobunaga is indeed a woman, as Chacha refers to her as "aunt" and Nobukatsu calls her "older sister" without any surprise. During a halfway serious moment Nobukatsu states that the clan elders tried to get in the way of her succession because of it, but unlike Altria, she seems to have just crushed all dissent and ruled openly as a woman.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: In her first fight in GUDAGUDA: Strange Tale of the Imperial Capital Holy Grail, she has a full Noble Phantasm gauge every round, and you can only get away by getting her first HP bar down, or surviving 7 Rounds.
- Hypocritical Humor: During GUDAGUDA Honnouji, she complains about Altria filling in for Uesugi Kenshin, saying that the famous Dragon of Echigo can't be a woman. Okita points out that none of them have any room to talk. And then Uesugi Kenshin/Nagao Kagetora is added to the game... and not only is she indeed a woman, but looks an awful lot like Jeanne - making her basically a Saberface.
- In-Series Nickname: Nobu.
- Large Ham: Rie Kugimiya gets to flex her hamminess as an energetic Card-Carrying Villain.
- Limited Wardrobe: Like all event Servants, her appearance doesn't change as she ascends. She justifies this by claiming that her military outfit is too fashionable to change out of.
- Magnetic Hero: Well, as much as a hero as you could be as a Warring States period warlord, many of her lieutenants and vassals became major historical figures in their own right after fighting under her flag.
- Mascot Mook: The Chibi Nobus which are based on her Super-Deformed form in her home series are the recurring Mooks in the GUDAGUDA event series. They are also voiced by her voice actress (except the Nobu-sengumis, which are voiced by Okita's VA instead, and the special Chibi Nobus of the Imperial Capital post-event, which are voiced by the VAs of the original Servant lineup in Fate/stay night).
- Mental World: Her Reality Marble, Demon King of The Sixth Heaven, which replicates the place of her death, the burning Honnou Temple, as her battlefield. As a playable Servant, Nobunaga doesn't get to use it. Her evil clone in the Honnoji event does, however, but mostly as a visual element.
- More Dakka: Her Noble Phantasm, "Three Line Formation: Three Thousand Worlds", allows her to summon 3000 guns to shoot the enemy with. This comes from the historical fact that, in one of the most iconic encounters of the Warring States Period, Nobunaga was the first to effectively employ rotating volleys of fire to win the Battle of Nagashino against the notorious Takeda cavalry.
- The Napoleon: Funnily and appropriately enough, she is surprisingly shorter than most servants are, considering her ego and authoritativeness can compete on the same level as both Nero and Gilgamesh.
- Nice Hat: A military cap would already qualify by itself, but then there's the large golden sun with the Oda crest on it.
- No Fourth Wall: She's already aware of the fourth wall, and being around her helps the protagonist and Mash break it as well.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: A favorite tactic of hers as a human and a Heroic Spirit. It helps that some of the stupidity is real though.
- Obviously Evil: Not even the Book Dumb Japanese protagonist is ignorant enough to fully trust her in her first event after learning her name.
- Older Is Better: Defied. She has a firm dislike for tradition and her Noble Phantasm does extra damage to Servants from earlier time periods with higher levels of mystery.note
- Permanently Missable Content: If you didn't gather at least 100,000 Honnouji points, she disappears from your Servant inventory after the event - and GUDAGUDA Honnouji's only been run twice, once in the first year of Grand Order and then two years afterward.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: Her hair turns red when she activates her Demon King of Sixth Heaven Reality Marble, as seen in her swimsuit Berserker's third form and during the climax of the Strange Tales of the Imperial Capital Holy Grail event.
- Ready for Lovemaking: Downplayed compared to the likes of, say, Altria Archer, but her last ascension line, coupled with her lack of clothes, is quite suggestive:Nobunaga: I didn't expect you to be so devoted... It seems that I underestimated you. What's wrong? Come closer, the night is long. Let's talk.
- Red Baron: Demon King of the Sixth Heaven. And before her true identity is revealed, Demon Archer.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: If her epithet is not scary enough.
- Situational Sword: Her Noble Phantasm only deals appreciable damage against Sabers or Berserkers that possess the Riding skill, which is generally Servant-only. Her second skill's bonus against Divinity is in the same boat. Without being against a Saber/Berserker without at least one of these qualities, she comes across as subpar, but when she's pitted against those that carry both traits (Caesar, Altera (Saber), Rama, Raikou (Berserker), Suzuka Gozen, Sigurd, Musashi (Berserker) and Dioscuri), they will turn into Nobunaga's prey. So far, the game has released at least one Servant per year that has both traits and a weakness to Archers.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Her Ascension materials are golden skulls, a giant skeleton appears behind her in all her card arts save her Final Ascension, and for the Valentines' event she gives a chocolate skull that she, in the description, happily explains you can turn into a mask if you cut it right and asks why the protagonist looks so serious.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: She's tiny, but wields multiple large muskets at one time. During one of her attack animations, she jumps and fires with enough recoil to propel her several feet further into the air.
- Throw-Away Guns: With her one-shot muskets. It only emphasizes her More Dakka nature of attacking.
- Tsundere: Basically how she acts with the protagonist at times, as seen if you choose to side with Okita over her in GudaGuda Meiji Revival.
- Vapor Wear: Her Final Ascension artwork hints at it, what with her being surrounded by red and white tsubaki camellias (Japanese flowers symbolizing love, and death by decapitation) and seeming to be wearing nothing else but her cape. It's a reference to her original manga's artstyle which occasionally has characters depicted naked when arguing or embarrassed.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Okita are always bickering but in the end they'll still be friends. In GUDAGUDA Meiji Revival, they don't even want to fight each other but Hijikata and Nobukatsu forced them to.
- You Can Leave Your Hat On: Quite literally, in her final ascension.
ID: No. 60
Command Cards: QQAAB; (A)
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Origin: Greece (Classical Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Yuuichiro Higashide
Illustrated by: I-IV
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Artemis) and Nobutoshi Canna (Orion)
Orion: This here is the somewhat-pet-somewhat-stuffed-animal Oribe. Nice to meet you!
The person identifying as the legendary hunter Orion is actually Artemis, goddess of the moon and hunters (the real Orion is the bear cub accompanying her). Artemis was also the patron of Atalante, who protected her since childhood, gave her the bow Tauropolos, and lent her power to the Noble Phantasm Phoebus Catastrophe along with Apollo.
They debuted in the "Does Moon Goddess Dream of Dumplings" event, and in the Third Singularity: Sealed Ends of the Four Seas Okeanos, they appear as allies. They also cameo in "Dead Heat Summer Race". Artemis herself appears in Lostbelt No. 5 Atlantis in her true form, upgraded by 14,000 years of development.
- Absolute Cleavage: Probably one of the more striking aspects of her design. In her third ascension artwork it goes all the way past her navel.
- Ambiguous Robots: Artemis' dress has a weird mechanical bit from it with a tube coming from it which persists even to her 3rd Ascension. In her Final Ascension, she is shown removing it, revealing it to be a fuel rod of sort. Later works and comments about Artemis suggest that Greek gods, or at the very least the Olympians, are actually robots of sort. Her alternative, upgraded appearance in Atlantis resembles some great Kill Sat in orbit around the planet.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Most of their interactions have the two either bickering or Artemis beating Orion up for doing something perverted towards other girls, but there are points, particularly in their Interludes, where the two do show they legitimately love each other despite all that.
- Badass Adorable: Look at her picture and remind yourself, Artemis is one of the more notorious goddesses in Classical Mythology.
- Balance Buff: Many considered her as the worst SSR Servant until she got an Interlude in America that upgraded her Noble Phantasm (instead of merely being a moderate, increasing chance to NP drain based on Overcharge, it's upgraded to a guaranteed drain, while the new Overcharge effect is a guaranteed enemy critical-chance debuff at increasing potency based on Overcharge). Since then, she's stayed consistently useful with a powerful niche — while she still competes with Euryale as an anti-male unit (not that anything stops players from using both), she has a strong single-target stalling NP, even against non-males, when coupled with an Arts-focused team.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In Orion's own Noble Phantasm, Artemis floats down from the sky embracing him softly. However, there's a rare variant where she instead locks him in a neck-breaking choke-hold and breaks his neck while still smiling gracefully. Meaning that, no, their relationship hasn't changed a bit. Orion still get buffs from it, though.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Don't let Orion's perverted nature or Artemis's ditzy and clingy one fool you; when they actually get serious and fight they can do all the damage one would expect a goddess to be capable of even in their weakened form. In Okeanos, Artemis easily takes on Blackbeard's crew and distracts Mary Read while Orion himself is almost singlehandedly responsible for helping take down Blackbeard by using the chaos of battle to sneak into the ammo hold of the ship and light up the gunpowder to make an explosion, crippling Queen Anne's Revenge and allowing Drake's Golden Hind to ram the enemy full-speed so Chaldea can board them. In Lostbelt 5: Atlantis, its confirmed that she not only killed Heracles by herself before Chaldea even arrived, but for Orion to even be able to kill her to prevent her from stopping Chaldea, he had to sacrifice his status as the Grand Archer, much like how First Hassan sacrificed his Grand Assassin status to make Tiamat vulnerable, have Paris sacrifice himself into becoming the arrow used for it, and had to have Achillies give him his armor to fashion the bow it self, and even then, Orion ended up with a Mutual Kill. Without restraint, she would be a nightmare to face off against.
- Big Sister Bully: Implied by one of Paris's dialogue lines mentioning Apollo is scared of his older twin sister and that the gap in power between the two is incredibly large.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: In their "angry" sprite, both Artemis and Orion are opening their eyes horribly wide. In Orion's case, his are this combined with Red Eyes, Take Warning.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: With Artemis as the boke and Orion as the tsukkomi, though Orion is not always a straight man when he goes into his usual perverted shenanigans.
- Boobs of Steel: Let's not beat around the bush here. Artemis' breasts are colossal and her outfit will like to remind you of this fact. And again, she's a Goddess. Though her Strength and Endurance stats are lower than normal (D and A, respectively), the rest of her stats are B-rank at the lowest, and A+ at the highest. That said, it should be noted these stats are mostly Orion's, not hers. Due to the way she forcibly hijacked the summoning process, most of her abilities and stats are sealed and replaced with his. This is also why she's considered male in combat, it's not her Saint Graph providing the data.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Prior to an update, their profile was obviously written by Artemis herself in her attempt to pass as Orion.
- Breakout Character: Japanese players like the duo (because they're funny), having been featured in several of the anthology manga chapters released so far.
- Broken Pedestal: Played for laughs with Atalante and Meltryllis, who both look up to Artemis greatly. They're not exactly pleased to see what a lovestruck idiot their idol has become. Meltryllis gets a double layer of shock because Artemis is one of the goddesses used as her base, meaning she might end up the same way.
- Call-Forward: In the manga adaptation of Okeanos, she assures the protagonist that it's okay even if he misses the timing on his enhancement magecraft. After all, she's using the skills of her beloved Orion, the man who shot her, a goddess, down. Come Atlantis, Orion does just that to Artemis to help clear a path to Olympus.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Artemis all the way, to the point part of the reason she hijacked Orion's summoning was to make sure he wouldn't flirt with other girls. Indeed, many of her moments of attacking Orion for perversion are more because he's not doing it to her than anything else.
- Crutch Character: As the first non-limited GSSR rarity Archer added to the game, she was very useful for her Stone Wall stats, high anti-Male damage, and her Noble Phantasm's single target damage plus debuffs. Her only competition on release was Gilgamesh (a limited Servant with an AoE NP), Robin Hood (a Glass Cannon single target one-trick pony nuker without a third utility skill), and Euryale (a fellow anti-Male single target nuker without a third skill to hit hard enough). As the year went on, however, Artemis slowly began to lose her viability as lower rarity Servants gained new skills and buffs that allowed them to hold their own, and the flaws with Artemis' stats and skills became more pronounced, while her own buffs to her Noble Phantasm stopped being as unique. In particular, once Euryale received her third skill, a flat Arts buff, and Summer Altria came out, Artemis lost her niche as both an anti-Male unit (as Euryale just did more damage) and a single target Arts nuker and NP drainer (as Altria had much higher Spam Attack potential to offset occasional NP drain misses). Her second skill "only" increasing damage against Males by 100% is a glaring weak spot as other launch-era Servants have been buffed and most skills have multiple effects, and her non-limited nature makes her just a substitute for those who missed Altria.
- A Day in the Limelight: They're the main star of the "Moon Goddess" event and when the rerun came the year after, Artemis also became the shopkeeper.
- Defeat Means Friendship: At the end of the "Moon Goddess" event, Artemis challenges the party to a fight — she refuses to accept a weak human as her master, after all. She then promptly complains you fought too hard.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Atlantis reveals it was falling in love with Orion that changed Artemis from an Emotionless Girl to a love-struck Genki Girl.
- De-Power: While 'Orion' is actually Artemis just hijacking his Servant container, she's limited to being no stronger than the actual Orion and indeed, she's actually weaker. When she tries to kill Heracles during Okeanos, she complains that her Divine Authority as a Greek goddess should have nullified God Hand (which is granted by the gods) or at least shaved off more than half of the twelve lives. Orion explains that since she was hijacking his summoning, she's using his parameters and while he's a damn good hunter, compared to Heracles he's literally a Mook without her blessings and the container of Grand Archer empowering him.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Before her Balance Buff, it was neither uncommon nor unfair to call her a "rich man's Euryale" as they occupied the same anti-male single-target nuking niche, but Euryale was more accessible (Rare vs SSR), Euryale arguably had more stalling tools with her Vampirism and Charm skills, Euryale did more damage from her NP alone (plus her Overcharge was more useful as a Charm rather than an NP drain), and meanwhile Orion had the benefit of higher base stats and skill-based damage and defense buffs (including her anti-male power-up). After the Interlude upgrade, Orion is now also a powerful damage dealer in stall-based teams, since her NP drain works on anything and still does high damage even without her anti-male skill.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Demands perfection under those she trains in marksmanship under penalty of execution.
- Energy Bow: Artemis's weapon doesn't fire normal arrows, but rather condensed blue-white mana in the shape of arrows. Her Noble Phantasm is for all intents and purposes just a souped-up giant energy arrow being fired off.
- Foreshadowing: The background of her card art shows her true giant mecha form, which wouldn't be introduced until Lostbelt 5 four years after her debut.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Artemis is implied to look much more monstrous in her true form, but she took this cutesy appearance because of Orion. Lostbelt No. 5 Atlantis confirms this.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Downplayed — they're still friendly faces that are appreciated as allies, but they're quite annoying. The duo basically serves as the counterpart to Blackbeard during Okeanos, since Atalante is embarrassed to bits by Artemis while the rest of the heroic crew is politely distant from their squabbles. This extends to the summoned version as well. In the Interludes, the protagonist only has options implying that Orion and Artemis are annoying or trying to avoid them (saying "I'm not home!" at the start of the second Interlude), and Mash shares the same exasperation.
- Funny Background Event: After defeating Martha in their third Interlude, Martha and the rest of the party discuss what it means to love, and how Orion and Artemis do love each other despite their bickering. While Mash makes a comment, the player can see Orion sneaking off beneath the dialog box.
- Genki Girl: Very energetic and cheerful, since she's madly in love.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: She doesn't really explain the mechanics but the faith to the moon in the "Moon Goddess" event attracted her attention.
- Groin Attack: Fate/Grand Order Material I revealed that Artemis has a second NP, its purpose is to shoot poor Orion into the enemy's crotch.
- Head Pet: Orion is this in her stage 2 artwork and in-battle.
- Historical Gender Flip: Subverted. As part of her pretending to be Orion himself Artemis claims that history merely got her gender wrong. Given the number of other Servants who genuinely are a Historical Gender Flip, everyone buys it. However, everyone figures it out before too long.
- Holy Halo: She has one shaped like the crescent moon, which becomes a full moon in her final Ascension. Lostbelt No. 5 reveals all the Olympians have one as well.
- Humongous Mecha: Lostbelt 5 reveals that the true forms of the Olympians are gigantic robots created by the Titans who are in turn implied to be aliens. In normal history their personalities gradually became more human as God Needs Prayer Badly took effect, while in the world of the Lostbelt they stayed cold and robotic. The robotic Artemis is an enemy in the Lostbelt who fires satellite lasers from orbit.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Artemis usually only has eyes for Orion alone, but by Bond 5 she admits that she wouldn't mind sharing a bit of her love with the protagonist as well. Orion himself is shocked that she would ever grow attached to anyone other than himself. Amusingly, the usual final Ascension artwork that features Artemis in an indecent pose also features Orion mooning the camera.
- Imagine Spot: While Artemis is already pretty clingy, Orion apparently imagines even worse in "Dead Heat Summer Race." Sanzang mentions the golden headband that Sun Wukong wore on his head (and which Sanzang doesn't actually have with her) that would constrict at a whispered phrase, launching Orion into a black-and-white imagine spot of Artemis using the headband on him and apologizing profusely on the spot rather than suffering this fate. Orion apparently thinks that Artemis would tighten the band for practically anything related to another girl.Artemis (imagined): "So now, if darling ever looks at, touches, thinks of, walks by, or smells another girl... Or another girl loses a hair in the street and he steps on it, or he sits in a chair that's still warm from another girl's body heat... Or he sees his reflection in a puddle made from raindrops that hit another girl's body... I can just say (whisper, whisper)?"
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: To a ridiculous extent. Her outfit doesn't even connect to her shoulders, and looks like the outfit is practically glued onto her breasts.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: It's noted that Artemis' archery skills are on a level that none of her shots will miss even if she takes the incorrect posture and stance of an archer.
- Improbable Use of a Weapon: Artemis shoots arrows using her bow less than you'd think. Before her animation update, one of her attacks is simply charging at the enemy with her bow as a melee weapon like she were a battering ram. After her animation update, she will throw her bow like a boomerang for her Extra Attack. She also tosses Orion to scratch at the enemy.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: They add to Artemis being completely adorable.
- Irony: Because Orion was the servant summoned (Artemis was just joining him because of her love for him) they are considered as Male; making them just as vulnerable against anti-male servants despite the female Artemis doing most of the combat.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
- If not outright breaking it in the second Interlude, upon chancing upon a pack of wyverns.Artemis: Oh, wonderful! A dragon! ...Wait, I'm sick of dragons. We fought a bunch of them at sea. I don't know who it is, but they suck at picking enemies.
- Orion uses the dialog box in his third Interlude to cover himself sneaking away. Note that while everyone else is fooled, the protagonist sees him do it In-Universe.
- If not outright breaking it in the second Interlude, upon chancing upon a pack of wyverns.
- Lethal Chef: Orion claims any chocolate she makes is bound to taste terrible.
- Love Redeems:
- The Artemis unit sent to observe Orion in the Atlantic Lostbelt develops feelings for him and tries to save the innocent villagers about to be nuked with Chaldea by her Kill Sat main body. They don't survive.
- Lostbelt Artemis herself upon being shot by Ortygia Amore Mio is finally able to feel the love Orion has for her and understand why Proper Human History Artemis loved him in turn. As a result, she accepts her death without a struggle and shuts down all remaining avatars.
- Ma'am Shock: Like Circe with Medea and Asterios, when her nephew Asclepius calls her 'Auntie' she recoils and asks he stop calling her that.
- Masochism Tango: Artemis and Orion truly do love each other, but a mortal and a goddess have incompatible ideas of how love work, so they will continue to make each other miserable and annoyed, but stay together anyway because they want to make it work.
- Mechanical Abomination: Lostbelt Artemis's true form is a monstrous yet angelic Humongous Mecha shaped like a bow orbiting the planet as a Kill Sat. It's implied Proper Human Artemis is different in appearance since she hasn't had 14,000 extra years to upgrade herself. That said, when Lostbelt Artemis wishes to make contact, she constructs a "terminal," Artemis Nano, that looks exactly like Proper History Artemis, so something similar may be in play.
- Me's a Crowd: In "Dead Heat Summer Race", it's revealed that since Artemis has the concept of prolificacy, she can create temporary copies of herself. She uses it to round up the many copies of Orion she accidentally created and threaten the racers with a barrage of her Noble Phantasm to help her. Lostbelt Artemis also has this ability; she can create human avatars on the surface that report back to her true form orbiting the planet, but the avatars can be considered separate individuals and are capable of forming their own personality.
- Morph Weapon: Her bow starts out fairly normal-looking (if golden-plated) despite being an Energy Bow, but by the end it resembling some sort of giant metal futuristic gun in the shape of a bow.
- Mystical White Hair: Well, she is a goddess.
- Nice Guy: Orion, when he's not being a pervert or raging against Artemis, is surprisingly down-to-earth and pretty friendly. Their profile notes that while Orion would shamelessly flirt with a female Master if summoned, he'll form a strong bond with a male one.
- Non-Linear Character: The "Moon Goddess" event is the in-universe Summoning Ritual for her to Chaldea and even if players haven't played that event, she'll make it the reason why she was summoned.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Even in his diminished ursine state, Orion is still quite strong, as is his club. To the point that they're even able to block a killing blow from Hektor's spear during Turas Realta.
- Planet Killer: The version of her in the Lostbelt is leagues stronger than Proper Human history Artemis, due to the Gods being able to spend the next 14,000 years growing more powerful and advancing their technology rather than diminishing and growing more human. She is so strong that her Kill Sat form has the power to destroy the entire planet, something that da Vinci and Moriarty state is impossible due to the Counter Force.
- Plucky Comic Relief: They're the main source of comedy in any event that has them in it. Their main role at Okeanos is basically to release tension every time the situation is looking too grim for the heroes.
- The Power of Love: Tri-star Amore Mio channels the power of Artemis' love for Orion into destructive force.
- Power-up Full Color Change: In Artemis' first two stages, she wears mostly white, though her dress trimmed with red in some areas. Her outfit changes to completely red after third ascension and whenever her Noble Phantasm is used however.
- Red Baron: Artemis' is Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt. Orion's is the Hunter.
- Say It with Hearts: Artemis occasionally does this. For example, in the introduction to the "Moon Goddess" event:"Orion" (Artemis): Oh, that's true. More specifically, he made a goddess fall in love with him ♥.
- Semi-Divine: Averted in gameplay. Despite Orion being a demigod son of Poseidon, and Artemis being an actual goddess, they oddly lack Divine trait.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her third and final ascension outfit reveal that her dress is this as well.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Artemis usually only has eyes for Orion alone, but this is subverted by Bond 5 she when admits that she wouldn't mind sharing a bit of her love with the protagonist as well. Orion himself is shocked that she would ever grow attached to anyone other than himself.
- Situational Sword: Before her Interlude upgrade, she excelled at fighting male Sabers and Berserkers (of which there are a large amount of both), due to her Punish the Unfaithful skill adding up to 100% damage bonus while she had an attack debuffing, high damage single-target NP. When combined, the resulting damage can easily One-Hit KO or at least cripple even the strongest male Saber or Berserker bosses. Outside this niche, she suffered with low Attack for her rarity and an odd card deck and generation statsnote that made her tricky to use even in an Arts team. After her Interlude upgrade, her niche expanded to general stalling tactics and even non-male boss fights with a triple-whammy of decreased Attack, critical attack chance, and reduced Noble Phantasm gauge.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Artemis is clingy to Orion, calling him "Darling" and botching his summoning just so she could always be with him. This is also the main reason why Atalante is disappointed when meeting her. After all, when she was alive, Atalante made many excuses, including the lethal footrace, just so she wouldn't marry because of her oath to the virgin goddess. Then she meets her goddess and it turns out the goddess is a love-struck bimbo towards a perverted plush-like bear.
- Stripperiffic: Her dress in the earlier forms looks the part from the waist up, but is actually long enough to reach her ankles. Her third and final ascension artwork however, is completely this. It can be summed up as a strip of red cloth that's magically sticking to her breasts to keep her dignity.
- Taken for Granite: Poor Orion gets turned into chocolate twice, once by Artemis herself.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman:
- Soon after her Interlude upgrade that dramatically boosted her Noble Phantasm's Overcharge effect for enemy NP draining, the Rashomon event featured a boss with a huge amount of HP that would still yield rewards as long as 15 turns were endured, encouraging stalling tactics if players couldn't inflict enough damage to outright kill her. Orion's stock was quickly re-evaluated as she not only had a decent chance of killing the boss even without her anti-male skill, but she guaranteed a stalling win otherwise.
- The thematically-similar Onigashima event that followed shortly afterward also featured this style of boss fight (allowing either high damage or stalling tactics for rewards), but even more conspicuously had mostly male bosses for Orion to bully. That said, due to the quirks in the game mechanics, Orion was much less effective in Onigashima than her 3* counterpart Euryale, as both outright had the firepower to kill the bosses instead of stalling and Euryale just did more damage.
- The Unexpected: It was originally said that you can't summon a true Divine Spirit as a normal Servant. However, this isn't quite true and there are at least three loopholes that allow it. The one Artemis used was to simply hijack Orion's Servant container and abilities. However, as a result, she not only can't use her divine Authority, but is actually even weaker in some respects than Orion because they aren't really her skills. The other two workarounds are to either summon a bunreinote or for the Divine Spirit to be summoned into someone's body. There's also the option to summon a god that is so weak they can fit into a Servant container (Euryale and Stheno, the Gorgon Sisters, actually get stat boosts from the container).
- Walk on Water: Due to the circumstances of her summons she's technically capable of doing just about anything Orion could, and since Orion was the son of Poseidon in one legend she can walk on water just like him. The party isn't too impressed with this ability, even if it does provide an edge in attacking Blackbeard's ship.
- What Does She See in Him?: Lostbelt Artemis is disgusted that her Proper Human counterpart fell in love with a mere human, even if it is a demigod, and creates an avatar to meet Orion and find out why. Ironically, History Repeats, much to the avatar's confusion.
- In a bit of a humorous twist, the avatar not only falls in love, she develops the *same personality* as Panhuman Artemis, angrily ranting at him for flirting too much. This implies that the reason Artemis went from the dignified Goddess Atlante and Melt expected to the love struck current version... is entirely because of Orion. He brought it all on himself.
- Yandere: Artemis's response to Orion trying to get chocolates from women who aren't her is to turn him into chocolate, and then offer it to the protagonist. The Craft Essence you get afterwards depicts the chocolate Orion frozen in wide-eyed horror, and the protagonist notes he seems to be trying to tell them something. The Craft Essence's name? "HELP".
ID: No. 272
Command Cards: QABBB; (A)
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Origin: Greece (Classical Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order (as "Orion")
Illustrated by: I-IV
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna
Yup, no longer tied to Artemis as a little bear following her around, Orion has now arrived as an official Servant! Officially, Orion is a giant and a top class hunter and has the record of the only man that Artemis has ever fallen in love with. They went into hunting trips together, until one fateful day where Apollo tricked his sister into shooting Orion due to his jealousy of him flirting with his sister. On the behest of Artemis, Zeus turned him into a constellation in the sky.
Debuted in Lostbelt No. 5: Atlantis as a major ally.
- Abnormal Ammo: Instead of using arrows, Orion opts to fire large daggers and even his club from his bow.
- All Just a Dream: One of his Noble Phantasm lines has him panicking when he sees Artemis ready to give him a choke hold. He tries to stop his Noble Phantasm but it's too late... only for him to get his buffs and wonder if it was all a dream.Orion: I have a bad premonition for some reason. Oh, Crap!! Artemis is pissed! It's like she found something out! Suspend the Noble Phantasm, stop it! Gyaaaaa, stop choking me! ...Huh, was it a dream?"
- Alternate Self: Of the Orion summoned with Artemis. He's flabbergasted when he learns that the little bear plushie is him, and wishes that Orion the best.
- Art Shift: When surprised or afraid, his face turns into a cartoony caricature that resembles his stuffed animal form.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His third Noble Phantasm Ortygia Amore Mio is powerful enough to One-Hit Kill Lostbelt Artemis, who is a true god with enough power to destroy the whole planet on her lonesome, and punch clean through her attempted orbital bombardment counter without pause. But it requires a divine construct bownote , an arrow made from a Servants sacrificenote , and the power of a Grandnote just to shoot it.
- Badass Adorable: He's a muscular superhuman and the Grand Archer. But in the same time, he's also capable of reforming his face to the adorable teddy bear face he had when he was shrunk by Artemis.
- Barbarian Longhair: A legendary hunter with a brutal way of fighting, and has messy hair that goes to his shoulders.
- Battle Aura: One of his Buster attacks has him damaging an enemy just by posing and generating one. And he manifests one after using his Artemis Agnos Noble Phantasm.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's just as silly as ever and a shameless flirt, but he's a ludicrously strong Archer whose skills are said to be the greatest in history.
- The Big Guy: Forms this in Jason's Neo-Argonauts being the most capable in a fight out of the team.
- The Bro Code: Orion claimes even he won't try to seduce Mash away from the protagonist.
- Brought Down to Badass: This super-powered form is actually him after he lost his special power as Grand Archer. He sacrificed that title to fight Artemis in Atlantis and aid Chaldea.
- Butt-Monkey: Even in this form he's still prone to getting his ass kicked by women who are less receptive of his flirtations, forcing him to come crying to you for protection.
- Call-Back: Like Artemis, one of his attacks involves throwing his bow like a boomerang. Said bow also starts to resemble hers as he ascends.
- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: It's practically a running gag that he's always trying to escape Artemis's grasp, but even if they almost always make a scene when they're together, it's clear he has nothing but love for her.Orion: Hey, Artemis. For bringing me nothing but trouble... thank you.
- Carry a Big Stick: He wields a huge club along with his bow. In his second and third ascensions, it gains spikes.
- Casanova Wannabe: Since he has his body back and Artemis is now at a reasonable distance rather than right there, he's promptly started flirting again, with... unimpressive results. Things tend to go poorly when you hit on girls like Martha or Astraea.
- Classical Hunter: Quite literally, and crossed with Hunter of Monsters. After all, in his time, the two were pretty much one and the same. His Brute's Arm skill, in addition to a beefy Buster Performance boost, grants an equally-beefy boost against both Wild Beast and Demonic enemies, a category into which almost every non-humanoid enemy falls. This is part of why he was summoned in the Greece LB, because of the presence of Tamamovitch as a beast, and his affinity of defeating monsters like her.
- Crippling Overspecialization: In lore, he's a hunter of monsters, not a warrior trained to fight against men. So while his archery is unrivaled, his skills in close combat are suited for fighting beasts rather than people. This is why numerous Servants like Martha and Achilles are able to send Orion running for the hills when he should be their equal on paper.
- Critical Hit Class: Even by the standards of his class, Orion is an absolute Critical Hit monster. His second skill gives him 10-20 Critical Stars and buffs ATK for three turns, his third skill increases his already high C. Star Gather Rate plus a Critical Strength buff every time he uses a Buster card for three attacks over three turns (which synergizes incredibly well with his first skill's Buster buff), and his Noble Phantasm gives another incredibly high ATK buff on level along with 10 Critical Stars per turn and another Critical Strength buff on Overcharge, all for three turns. With all these skills up, Orion alone can generate truly staggering levels of Critical Damage, to say nothing of what he can do with Critical Hit supports.
- Crutch Character: "Lostbelt No. 5: Atlantis" features a story support Orion who is not only at the level cap of 100, but enjoys a unique story CE (for 50% starting NP gauge and generation increase), in a chapter where his Noble Phantasm's utility effects are almost always useful against bosses. Notably, some of the later content is difficult almost entirely because the player no longer has access to Orion's incredible power. After all, he is the Grand Archer.
- Dating Service Disaster: He tries to pickup girls using Chaldea's Servant Matchmaking App, but he gets matched with Artemis only, implying the app is nothing more than her Fidelity Test.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's still as snarky as he was as a teddy, and his voice hasn't changed despite his hulking physique.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: He tries to justify his skirt-chasing ways, despite the fact that he's supposed to be in love with Artemis, by saying that it's fine as far as ancient Greek ethics go. It doesn't stop him from getting punished when he does try to hit on another girl.
- Dying Curse: He suffers from Scorpius's, and takes boosted damage from Poison effects.
- Early-Bird Cameo: His shadow appeared in Cosmos in the Lostbelt's opening along with Xiang Yu's. The belt with three glowing stars makes his identity obvious in hindsight.
- Energy Bow: While Orion can fire energy arrows like Artemis, he also likes to just fire daggers wreathed in mana for extra power.
- Eye Scream: In his lore, his eyes were gouged out when he attempted to court the princess Merope while working as King Oinopion's royal hunter. His eyes were restored thanks to Hephaestus and Eos, goddess of the dawn, though this raised some flags with Artemis.
- Gameplay and Story Integration:
- As someone who is fully capable of running massive touchdowns on his own, but offers no buffs to his teammates and functions best when he can draw his own cards to play with every turn so as to maximize his ability to generate NP gauge and stars while pumping out crits, Orion functions best as a solo servant rather than one backed up by various powerful supports, which makes sense for a solitary hunter.
- As a story support, he's introduced as level 100, which is way higher than anyone else and usually reserved for wild cases like Super Karna. The reason why becomes a lot clearer later on.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: He has a second Noble Phantasm for offensive purposes called Orion Orkos, but it shows up in cutscenes only.
- While in-lore states that Orion is specialized to fight beasts it will mean that he'll have a hard time fighting humanoid enemies like servants, right? Nope. Thanks to his absolutely powerful kit, he will just beat them up easily no problem. Observe this run with a solo Orion for example.
- Go Out with a Smile: Possibly. His Final Ascension art has him smiling while he is using his Noble Phantasm... at least that's what it looks like. However, the belts that he's wearing aren't glowing lights like in his second and third stages. This indicates that the art depicts him after his death, where Artemis is about to convert him into the constellation named after him.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Some of his attack animations have him eschewing his club altogether in favor of pummeling enemies with his bare fists. His melee Quick animation even has him making the classic "put up your dukes" pose before jabbing.
- Heroic Build: His sprites are some of the most muscular in a game that has got post-Madness Enhancement Heracles in it. His art is so ridiculously muscular, a Rob Liefeld character would tell him to lay off the steroids.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Had this relationship with Artemis back in the day. While Artemis is a fairly short 165 cm (5'5''), Orion towers over her at 230 cm (7'6 1/2''). His arms are also many times thicker than hers, but there's no question who's the stronger of the two of them.
- Hunk: His looks tend towards the rugged and cute rather than "pretty boy" handsome, and he's built fit to make a bodybuilder green with envy.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Par for the course, given that he's in the Archer class. But his Bowman of the Tri-Star skill says that he's the single greatest archer in history thanks to Artemis' blessings. Artemis mentions almost off-handedly in a side story during the third Summer event that he once managed to snipe her clothes while she was bathing and he himself was two mountains away. He goes so far as to shoot her giant mecha body down while it's in orbit. With this in mind, it's little wonder that he's Grand Archer.
- Improbable Use of a Weapon: Like Artemis, he too will occasionally throw his bow like a boomerang.
- Irony: He ends up killing Artemis to save her with the aid of Apollo, the very deity who tricked Artemis into killing Orion when he was alive.
- Kill the Ones You Love: He is ultimately responsible for the death of his beloved Artemis in the Lostbelt. And, of course, he perished at her hands in every version of their myth.
- Kryptonite Factor: Downplayed, but he's the first Servant in the game to have a built-in demerit for a passive skill, in the form of a curse from Scorpius for slaying it that increases all poison damage he suffers. Notably, his Artemis Agnos NP counters this fairly directly by granting him three full turns of Debuff Immunity, preventing him from being poisoned in the first place.
- The Many Deaths of You: The multitude of ways Artemis and Apollo facilitated his demise are referenced if not outright canonized.
- Master Archer: While any Archer-class servant is already renowned for their use of a ranged weapon and the game already features several famous archers like Robin Hood and Arjuna, Orion takes this Up to Eleven by being designated the Grand Archer — the most accomplished Archer, ever. He is portrayed here as an extremely muscular man extolled as Greece's greatest marksman.
- Motor Mouth: One of his Noble Phantasm lines has him rapidly apologizing as he realizes Artemis is onto his flirting and tries run away, but Artemis is already descending to give him her blessings with a choke hold.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: While superhumanly strong, which is reflected by his huge muscular body, the much smaller divine spirits are shown to still be way more physically powerful than him, such as the dainty Artemis easily being able to snap his neck, or being quickly defeated by the much smaller Quetzalcoatl.
- Mutual Kill: He uses all of his power to shoot down Artemis, which also ends in him dying afterwards.
- Mythology Gag:
- His Noble Phantasm has two. First, since it evokes the constellation he became in death, it grants him critical stars each turn as one of its effects. And second, in the Easter Egg animation that rarely plays instead, he first seems to be drowning before Artemis catches up to him and finishes him off, causing him to turn into a constellation. This is a reference to one of the many possible variants of his death, in which Artemis accidentally kills him while he's swimming out at sea, though comically rather than tragically.
- Superhuman Orion has a Triple Buster deck, but with a support Arts NP involving his lover, Artemis. Compare Caligula, who also has a Triple Buster deck and a debuff-based NP powered by Diana (Artemis's Roman equivalent) whose love is the source of his madness.
- Famitsu's questionare for FGO's 5th Anniversary also reveals that Superhuman Orion was originally intented to be a bronze Berserker, which would explain his deck composition.
- If you have Paris, he tells Paris to be careful of Apollo referencing the variations of Orion's myth where Apollo set up Orion's death because he was jealous of Artemis' relationship with Orion.
- Nay-Theist: He admits in his My Room lines that he dislikes the Greek Gods for messing with him in his life with Artemis being the only exception. He won't even try to hit on Medusa since he doesn't want to deal with her divine sisters.
- Neutral No Longer: Despite being summoned to save Proper Human History, Orion didn't plan on joining the war due to not being able to bring himself to shoot down Artemis and also because of the agreement he made with her familiar: He wont directly interfere with the war, but she also must not try to kill the master when/where hes present. This changed after finding out that Odysseus had ordered Artemis to destroy the island where the protagonist was currently on.
- Oh, Crap!: In a random coincidence whenever he activates his Noble Phantasm, all that confidence and intimidating presence Orion built up as a hulking intimidating giant and the former Grand Archer instantly vanishes when he senses that Artemis is not just going to embrace him, but choke him to give the buff. His voice then panics, as if regressing back to his teddy bear self, his face gets a silly mode similar to GUDAGUDA characters, and he's trying to get away from Artemis to no avail and still gets buffed anyway.
- One-Man Army: Reminder: One of reasons for Orion's death was due to the embodiment of nature itself deciding he was too much to handle and threatened to hunt every creature on Earth to extinction. This is reflected in-lore as a big part of Artemis Agnos. Despite the Noble Phantasm being a self-buff, it's classified as anti-army, meaning that for all intents and purposes it allows Orion to slaughter entire legions of foes by himself.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Many of his My Room lines involving other Servants have him saying something that pisses them off and/or his flirtations go south somehow. Most notably, he jokingly calls Achilles the womanizer type who beds every women he meets even though it isn't remotely true. Achilles gets so pissed off that he pulls out his chariot to run Orion over.
- Other Me Annoys Me: Subverted. He mentions instantly knowing that Artemis' teddy bear and him would never get along, only to immediately sympathize with him needing to deal with Artemis 24/7 after finding out the teddy bear was himself.Orion: Oh! Artemis! Eh, what's with that bear!? The moment I took a glance at him, I could tell that we'd never get along... don't tell me, that guy is me!? Is that for real? Do your best, me! Hang in there!
- Power at a Price: Lostbelt Hephaestus forges the bow Aegis Eclipse from Achilles's Divine Construct armor so Orion can shoot down Lostbelt Artemis. Just pulling the bowstring is enough to rupture the blood vessels in his arm, and loosing two shots consecutively almost kills him.
- The Power of Love: Even if it is The Masochism Tango, and even if he ultimately had to strike her down to save humanity in the Lostbelt, he still loves Artemis, and his Noble Phantasm is being embraced (or put in a choke-hold) by her, giving him a massive pile of buffs. The Noble Phantasm he uses to shoot down LB Artemis weaponizes this, and is named Ortygia Amore Mio. Similar to how Tri-star carries Artemis' love for Orion, Ortygia carries Orion's love for Artemis.
- The Promise: Orion promised that should Artemis become troubled as a goddess, he as a human would come save her. He fulfills the promise in Atlantis when he shoots down Lostbelt Artemis to save her from her loneliness. Proper Human History Artemis is ecstatic and falls in love with him all over again should you have both versions.
- Purposefully Overpowered: His frankly ridiculous list of buffs easily makes him the strongest Archer in the game in terms of single-target damage output. Anything less would be disappointing from Grand Archer.
- Rated M for Manly: No longer a cute, small cartoony bear with a bizarrely pronounced butt, this Orion is a hulking mass of muscles with his upper-body exposed to show them off.
- The Reveal: Turns out, he is the Grand Archer, but had to sacrifice that title to fight Artemis in Atlantis and join the heroes, much like fellow former Grand class member the First Hassan.
- Savage Spiked Weapons: As a hunter and tracker rather than a warrior, his melee Weapon of Choice is a huge spiked club made for slaying beasts, rather than a spear or sword meant for killing men.
- Scissors Cuts Rock: With his Noble Phantasm and his skills, he is able to fight against enemies even when he has a class disadvantage against them. With proper support, Superhuman Orion can defeat such enemies with modest problems.
- Semi-Divine: As Poseidon's son, he has Divine trait, and his Sea God's Blessing skill gives him a Divinity-like effect.
- Shipper on Deck: Although he's a shameless flirt, he states that he won't touch Mash because he can tell that she fancies you. That and she's got some pretty scary people protecting her.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: How bad do things get in the Fifth Lostbelt? The goofy Servant pair of lovers who debuted in the game's first gag event annihilate each other in an emotional mystical arrow duel that punctuates the climax of the chapter's first part.
- Situational Sword: His first skill gives him bonus damage towards demonic enemies and monsters. This is a plot point as it is revealed in Olympus that he was summoned into the Greece Lostbelt due to the presence of beast Tamamovitch, and her status as a demonic monster. This is reflected in his profile, after beating Olympus and reaching his fifth bond profile.
- Square Race, Round Class: He's the first Archer with a Triple Buster Deck, most commonly associated with Berserkers. After Ashwatthaman, he is the second Archer to have only one Arts card. And his Noble Phantasm is the very first non-offensive Noble Phantasm amongst all playable Archers.
- Status Buff: Notably the first Archer to have only status buffs as his Noble Phantasm, but the buffs he gets are extremely good. Combined with his skills that all increase his offensive capabilities, he can reach higher levels of damage than a Servant supported by Merlin and Waver.
- Superpower Lottery: On top of being the single greatest archer in history, his stats are constantly being buffed by Artemis' blessings to the point of rivaling Heracles, and his Noble Phantasm gives him the might to match an entire army on his lonesome.
- Super Strength: He has A-Rank Strength, which is further bolstered by his "Strong Arm of Brutality" skill, which makes his strength "peerless" to the point of being able to smash Cerberus' jaw. That said, he's still easily outwrestled by the likes of Quetzalcoatl and Artemis.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
- Orion isn't a Lostbelt King Servant, but he shares their role of being a second SSR Servant introduced during Lostbelt chapters (besides Lostbelt No. 2) that is Purposefully Overpowered. Not only is he is fully on your side and from Pan-Human history, while the King servants tend to oppose you, he, instead, is a Grand. That being said, since the story of "Lostbelt No. 5(A): Atlantis" didn't have a proper King, he fits neatly into this role in the gacha.
- During Atlantis, he's also one to Heracles in terms of Jason's Neo-Argonauts, being the big muscular hunter with Super Strength and having beef with the gods. Ironically, he's closer to the more modern adaptations of Heracles than the Fate Heracles, being arrogant, dense yet sharp, and a shameless flirt (with a big difference being that the women he flirts with don't accept his requests). Makes sense, since there were many paintings in history that were thought to be depicting either him or Heracles.
- Urine Trouble: He enters the Atlantis storyline by accidentally pissing on a bunch of monsters, much to their confusion and Charlotte's consternation. Why exactly he was doing his thing while up in a tree is a mystery.
- Weather Manipulation: His profile states that Blessings from Poseidon lets him make it rain whenever he wants, which he uses to try and help with his flirtations. It doesn't really work.Moreover, he can freely call rain, and Orion mainly made a heavy use of the situation of "its like the incessantly falling rain bathes a usually cheerful man that is crying" to captivate women. (Its a pattern that it didnt work really well)
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Orion's profile points out that his name means "the urinating one", which hardly sounds like the name of a hero. In proper Ancient Greek, his name means either "urine" (from one story where he was born from the urine of Zeus, Poseidon and Hermes), or "Of the mountain".
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: In one flashback, Artemis offers to make Orion a god so they can be together forever. Orion refuses, as he wants to see life to the end, as it's what makes him human, echoing Mash's resolve in the final singularity of Part 1. Artemis is baffled by this, but she respects his decision.Artemis: Eternal beauty, eternal life. Don't you yearn for these things? Even though your body, your soul, will slowly deteriorate over time?
Orion: Well, I might possibly regret that later too but... I still prefer being human. Someday, maybe the fact that I'm a human will become important, who knows? It's just my hunch, by the way.
Artemis: So you will discard eternal life just from your hunch? You're such an awful human, you know? But you know, maybe that's not bad on its own. If someday I become troubled from being a goddess, will you rescue me as a human?
- World's Best Warrior: He's considered the greatest archer of all time whose skill surpasses all others.
Command Cards: QAAAB; (B)
Alignment: Neutral Summer
Origin: Japan (17th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order (as Assassin)
Illustrated by: Daisuke Moriyama
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen
Once a complete indoor person, Osakabehime now enjoys the outdoor summer heat, becoming a survival game maniac (and totally not running away from her manuscripts).
One of the summer Servants for "Lord's Las Vegas Tournament" as a Swimsuit Swordmaster.
- Affectionate Parody: Turns out she's become addicted to the Battle Royale Game and purposely picked outfits and equipment that wouldn't be out of place in one.
- Alpha Strike: In her Noble Phantasm, she calls her reinforcements, in the form of an army of her paper animals.
- Always Accurate Attack: Her second skill buffs all allies to have the Sure Hit buff to bypass any Evasion.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She's much more overt about her crush on the protagonist, which includes feeling threatened by the presence of other swimsuit Servants.
- Critical Hit Class: Her first skill increases the damage of the first 3 critical hits used in the next 3 turns by up to 50%, and her Noble Phantasm increases the critical damage of all allies by 30 to 50% depending on Overcharge. Combined with her passive Independent Action adding another 10% critical damage and her naturally high Archer-class Critical Star Gather Rate, and she does impressive damage when stacked with all her other, non-critical-based buffs.
- Foreshadowing: During the third summer festival, Jeanne Alter Berserker gets Osakabehime to help out by teasing that if she doesn't move from time to time, she'll gain weight. Osakabehime later swears that she'll get a swimsuit variant next year which is exactly what happened especially since Archer Osakabehime is focused on losing weight.
- Guns Akimbo: She is depicted with a pair of submachine guns in her Saint Graphs. However in gameplay she only uses one.
- Lonely Doll Girl: She's as socially awkward as ever, so her dive into multiplayer games is just her playing against her origami creations. The protagonist and Musashi both take pity on her for this, and offer to join in on her gaming sessions.
- Love Confession: After two years of nursing a big crush her final bond line sees her join an exceedingly small group of servants to declare her love for her Master with no ambiguity.
- Oh, Crap!:
- The look on her face after Kiyohime busts her lousy work on the drafts of their doujin for the next Servant Festival is definitely this.
- The night before their attack on Casino Camelot, she freak out upon knowing their dinner would be steak which contains lots of calories, forgetting the fact that Servants doesn't gain weight from food.
- Paper Master: Osakabehime now shapes her paper shikigamis like those of military forces, like animals on bomber planes and tank-like hermit crabs.
- Silliness Switch: Her swimsuit is a lot goofier than one she wore in the "Lady Foxy" Craft Essence from the previous Summer Event.
- Starter Villain: She's the first Swordsmaster the protagonists try to take down after hearing from their sources that she's the weakest one. And they do take her down after getting into her casino and beating the battle royale with no major setbacks along the way.
- Thinking Up Portals: She remained able to use portals and she even uses them as her "cheat" attack in survival game.
- Weight Woe: On contrary with her original Assassin self who doesn't care if she gained weight, she's on a diet, and is feeling insecure about her body. Her wish on the Grail is to maintain the ideal body weight forever.
ID: No. 255
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: True Neutral
Origin: Greece (The Iliad)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Rin Kususaga
Voiced by: Yuka Terasaki
One of the princes of Troy, he was an incredibly handsome man that was approached by three Goddesses, each wanting the Apple of Discord, which was to be given "to the fairest." Each promised a boon: Hera offered to make Paris king of Europe and Asia, Athena offered him wisdom and skill in warfare, but Paris chose Aphrodite who offered him the love of the World's Most Beautiful Woman, Helen of Sparta, already married to the Spartan king Menelaus. Her kidnapping by Paris and Aphrodite began the Trojan War, during which Paris would cower behind the impregnable walls of Troy as his siblings and subjects died in droves for his love with Helen. After putting down Achilles during the sacking of Troy by having his arrows guided by Apollo, Paris is critically wounded by Philoctetes and perishes after Helen of Troy is unable to convince Paris' first wife, the nymph Oenone, to heal him.
He debuted in the Fourth Anniversary event and makes his story debut as an ally in Lostbelt 5: Atlantis.
- Animal Motif: Sheep. His companions are sheep-like creatures and his hair is done up in braided buns that resemble sheep's horns (and in his third ascension, he gains actual sheep's horns). It also reflects his early life as a shepherd before he gets involved in the goddesses' argument and eventually, the Trojan War.
- Apple of Discord: He can summon the original to create a Hate Plague, but because this would be difficult to control, he doesn't use it in gameplay.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: His Noble Phantasm ignores invulnerability, fitting for someone who shuts down Achilles' Nigh-Invulnerability. Story-wise, it can strike weak spots, like Achilles's heel or Siegfried's back, without fail, but only if he knows about the weak point in the first place.
- Attack Its Weak Point: His skill Apollo's Eyes grants him 1 turn dodge along with critical down to an enemy and delete its buffs. If it indeed removed the buffs, it will also inflict "Exposed Weak Point" debuff that will cause the enemy to take extra damage from his Noble Phantasm, similar to Robin Hood's on poisoned target.
- Badass Adorable: For someone who had slain the invulnerable Achilles, this Trojan prince is very cute and likes his Master to give him a pat on the head. Being surrounded by cute and fluffy sheep helps.
- Big Brother Worship: He adores his older brother, Hektor, very much to the point of appreciating him for defending him despite being responsible for the Trojan War.
- Cutting the Knot: He's able to get away with complimenting Penthesilea's looks by calling them "cool".
- The Ditz: He's a bit of an airhead, just as one would expect from an infamously-lax prince. Hektor, despite loving him, doesn't hesitate to call Paris his "dumb little brother". His Bond CE emphasizes this, by showing how simple-minded his judgement for whose bribe to take while choosing between the goddesses really was. He might not have even fully understood the implications of stealing Helen from her husband.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: At first glance, he appears to be Gender Flipped into a little girl, but he's actually in the form of a little boy with a girly appearance. However unlike Astolfo, the game makes it clear Paris is male, at least gameplay-wise as he takes male-only effects but not female-only ones.
- Fountain of Youth: The form he's summoned in isn't his natural form, rather it's one he's made to take on because of Apollo. Apollo tagged along with him in a similar vein to Artemis hijacking Orion's Saint Graph, and forcibly deaged him into a younger appearance to suit his own tastes.
- God Was My Copilot: The little sheep he constantly carries on his head? That's Apollo, the Sun God. Just as he guided Paris in sniping Achilles as revenge for Achilles murdering Troilus, Apollo tagged along with Paris' Saint Graph in the guise of a Sheep. He's also responsible for Paris' younger appearance, having modified his Saint Graph to take on said form. It's noted that having Apollo around is both a blessing and a curse, though he's more passive-aggressive and less outright pushy than his sister who squeezes Orion into a tiny corner of his own Saint Graph.
- Great Bow: The crossbow he uses is already really long when not taking account that he is basically a child. The poor guy can barely hold it straight, requiring him to place it over a pile of sheep to aim straight during his Extra attack.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Uses Apollo's power to transform himself into an arrow so Orion can use it to shoot down Artemis.
- Horned Humanoid: He gains ram's horns in his third ascension, tying into his general sheep motif.
- Idiot Hair: He possesses an ahoge, quite fitting for Hektor's "idiot brother".
- Improbable Weapon User: Aside from his crossbow, Paris' main method of fighting is by throwing sheep, or having the sheep hold onto each other and using the links as weapons.
- Innocently Insensitive: If the player has Penthesilea, he admires her looks and outright says she's cool and wonderful. However, it is ambiguous if he had pressed her Berserk Button or not.
- Loophole Abuse: His buff-removal bonus damage also kicks in if he does it to buffs that the player puts on enemies vis-a-vis the likes of Kiyohime's Stalking Skill.
- Odango Hair: He wears his hair in braided hair buns in his first two sprites, which are meant to resemble ram's horns. In his third sprite, he instead has actual ram's horns.
- Suddenly Voiced: Apollo has no dialogue whatsoever for Paris' voiced lines, but starts talking in non-voiced dialogue for Atlantis.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In Lostbelt 5, he and Achilles hold a grudge against each other due to Achilles killing Hektor and Paris killing him afterwards, but work together to help the protagonist nonetheless.
ID: No. 13
Spiritron Dress ID: No. 11note
Command Cards: QQAAB; (A)
Alignment: Neutral Good
Origin: England (Robin Hood)
First appearance: Fate/EXTRA
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Arco Wada
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi
A legendary bandit clad in green who operated in the East Midlands of England during the 12th century. He become renowned for stealing from the corrupt and bloated upper classes and redistributing their wealth to the overtaxed poor. This Servant is just one of many anonymous rogues who became known as "Robin Hood", but as a Heroic Spirit he assumes the power of the legend itself: the accumulated prayers and wishes of the British underclass for a chivalrous hero to protect them from tyranny and injustice. He relies upon guerrilla tactics such as sneak attacks and poisoning, believing he is incapable of winning in a fair fight, but secretly longs to leave the anonymity of the forest and be embraced as a true hero.
He appears as an ally in the America chapter. He features in "Chocolate Lady's Commotion" and "Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins," the first Valentine's event, the second Halloween event respectively, and third Summer event respectively. He is a major ally in the Salem chapter of Epic of Remnant.
- Achilles' Heel: Debuff resistance and immunity is his bane, as he relies on poison debuffs to boost his Noble Phantasm damage, and without poison, his NP will only hit for average damage that other Archers can beat without much trouble.
- All-Encompassing Mantle: In his stage one card.
- Always Accurate Attack: His May King skill, in addition to the self evasion and critical star gain, is packaged with a one turn Sure Hit buff, letting him ignore enemy evasion.
- Animal Motifs: The clue's in the name. When he finally ditches his cloak, he instead gets a pet bird riding on his shoulder.
- Art Evolution: He received new animations for the CCC chapter and BB explicitly draws attention to this, bringing him out early in the story to show them off for the players.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: Originally one of the many outlaws who fought corrupt nobility under the "Robin Hood" title, this Robin is often saddled with adhering to the whims of imperious and selfish elites such as Elisabeth, Ibaraki-Douji, and BB.
- Boring, but Practical: A cloak that makes him undetectable, a poison bow, and some makeshift traps are all he needs to destroy entire armies in the lore, and in-game he's easily one of the most reliably damaging servants in the game, with Yew Bow in particular being devastating under the right circumstances. He's widely seen as the most useful characters in the game, all centered around how efficient his Yew Bow is when he is focused on as the main damage dealer.
- Butt-Monkey: To BB. He spends the CCC event being her errand boy, and she forcibly drains his levels down to 30. It carries into the 2018 summer event, where she puts him in a swimsuit and threatens to shapeshift him into a pig.
- Clark Kent Outfit: His swimsuit outfit (forced upon him by BB) shows that he's muscular and toned beneath his cloak and tunic.
- Cool Guns: Not a gun but a bow in his case, which is in the shape of a crossbow that is mounted on his left arm.
- Combat Pragmatist: Traps, ambushes, poisons - if it helps him win, he'll do it. Though he's always wanted to fight fairly at least once in his life. This is the basis of his Sabotage skill in-lore; at A rank, he can remove more than half of an enemy army from the field and seriously cripple their fighting power. In his original appearance in Fate/Extra, he tried to dispose of the player character and their Servant by poisoning the entire map rather than face them head on.
- Composite Character: Robin describes himself as "an actor with a personality made up of a bunch of different parts" in Salem and credits that trait to his ability to see the big picture compared to others.
- Crippling Overspecialization: His strength as a unit comes from how strong Yew Bow is when he can throw it out when the enemy is poisoned. If the enemy resists or is immune to poison or debuffs, he becomes dead weight as a result and his Noble Phantasm does barely enough damage to make it worth using him. If the enemy isn't immune to poison though, he becomes one of the best single target NP damage dealers for a low star Servant, and can easily surpass higher rarity Servants in damage thanks to it.
- The Cynic: He dismisses the possibility of the Grail existing because it's just too convenient.
- Deadpan Snarker: It seems to be a requirement of the Archer class.
- The Dragon: A subdued example in how while he is a famous freedom fighter, he's often stuck working as the majordomo for tyrannical women such as BB, Ibaraki, and Elizabeth.
- Expy: His backstory, specifically selflessly protecting everyone around him and ultimately being betrayed by them, is very similar to EMIYA's and his role as a Legacy Character who has his own identity forgotten is very similar to Sasaki Kojirou's.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: He plays the role of the thief in Elisabeth Brave's adventuring party in "Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins," with Elisabeth being the fighter and Nitocris being the mage.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: His stage one card has the 'evil' smoking, considering Robin also has his hood up and a generally shabby appearance. In his later stages where his hood is down and he has a more refined look, he also ditches the cigarette.
- Green Thumb: By virtue of his Noble Phantasm, Yew Bow: Bow of Prayer.
- Gun Fu: Well, crossbow fu, but his animation update weaves some kicks into some of his animations between his acrobatic bow shots.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: As Robin Hood, he was vilified by the wealthy in power for defying them and helping the poor in his backstory.
- Invisibility Cloak: His green cloak is his other Noble Phantasm, No Face May King/Faceless King. It will camouflage him, including his sound and scent, with his surroundings if he or other people who he lend the cloak throw its hood on. It makes him very good at hiding and fleeing from enemies as seen when he becomes the sole survivor of the team tasked to assassinate Medb in America. Aspects of this NP appear as both his Bond Craft Essence as well as the third skill he gained from his Rank Up quest.
- Irony: He dislikes knighthood, yet was summoned into a "knight" class.
- Just Like Robin Hood: He is Robin Hood (well, one of them). Notably he has no association with Little John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, or any of the traditional supporting cast from the legends.
- Legacy Character: One of many who had the identity of Robin Hood. Fate/strange fake implies the original Robin Hood was a comrade of Richard the Lion Heart.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Played for Laughs. The culmination of his role as BB's Butt-Monkey was missing the near-entirety of SE.RA.PH's plot because she sent him to get some groceries. He walks back in as the final boss is revealed with absolutely no clue of what's going on.
- Mythology Gag:
- In My Room, he has comments for "that red Archer" and Tamamo. He yells at EMIYA for not protecting his Master and wants to go fox hunting, more specifically, after that pink fox with the big bushy tail.
- Robin is quick to banter with fellow Fate/Extra Servants Liz and Nero (though in her Bride form) in the America chapter.
- The robin from his Third Ascension outfit is a nod to Alice's Cock Robin from Mahou Tsukai no Yoru.
- The description of Swimsuit Tamamo's Noble Phantasm mentions that he is familiar with that technique.
- His updated attack animations are all based on his Attack, Guard, and Break animations from his home game, and his Noble Phantasm animation is updated to be more accurate to how he used it in said game as well.
- Nature Hero: He lived most of his life in the forest of Sherwood, and picked up quite a bond with the animals and spirits due to his druidic powers inherited from his father. The Yew Bow represents his becoming one with the forest.
- The Nicknamer: In Salem, he gets into the habit of calling Charles-Henri Sanson "Frenchie" or "Frog Legs", reflecting a bit of period-appropriate British versus French rivalry. He also calls Queen of Sheba "Queenie".
- Not So Above It All: For all his cynicism, he still wrote a letter to Santa in the first Christmas event. He's mortified when EMIYA and David find out about it.
- Not So Different: He and EMIYA dislike each other, specifically because they are too similar.
- Only Sane Man: He's increasingly pushed into this role as he mostly wants to be left alone or get a job finished without too many shenanigans. This is especially prominent in "Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins," where his teammates are Elisabeth, a slightly smarter Elisabeth (Nitocris, according to him), and Ibaraki. In Salem, he's the loudest voice of pragmatic wisdom in getting the job done as cleanly as possible, avoiding unnecessary violence but prepared to fight to save his comrades when the stakes are raised.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: While this is true for almost every other Noble Phantasm, it is subverted with No May Face King/Faceless King, which Robin can give the authority for anyone of his choosing to use it. Indeed, he lends it to Edmond Dantes during the third Summer event so Dantes can avoid BB's watchful eyes during his investigation into the "Groundhog Day" Loop.
- Parrot Pet Position: A mysterious blue bird shows up in his third and final Ascensions, happily chirping away as he's shooting things in combat. According to his Valentine's Day return gift, Nameless Commemorative Coins, the bird joined him sometime around when a new lord took up the position of the corrupt old one whom Robin defeated. In the second Halloween event, he denies even associating with it and just says it follows him around everywhere. The robin also looks exactly like Alice Kuonji's Lost Robin Rondo familiar.
- Perfect Poison: It doesn't get more perfect than one that can infect spirits.
- Properly Paranoid: As he admits in the second Halloween event, he just doesn't feel safe without setting up traps. It pays off during the event versus some werebeasts, and of course his entire shtick as a Servant is setting up traps to deal massive damage.Robin Hood: "As a guy who roosts around these parts, I can't sleep at night without setting up some traps. I get all anxious."
Elisabeth: "Are you sure that's the werebeasts' fault? Is it not just that you need traps around to feel at ease?"
Robin Hood: "The latter, of course. A free safe haven doesn't feel right. Safety is maintained through hard work and money."
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: During the third Summer event, he tells the protagonists that BB's fixation and "love" for him isn't romantic. And even if it was, he wouldn't reciprocate it.
- The Reliable One: In Salem and the various events he appears in, Robin's extreme competency and foresight are always on display as he greatly contributes in some capacity toward overall victory in some tight spots.
- Simple, yet Awesome: His Noble Phantasm, Yew Bow. It's a single-target NP that doubles or more in damage so long as the target is poisoned.note
- Sole Survivor:
- In the America chapter, he's the only one of the Resistance group of him, Billy, Geronimo, and Nero (Bride) to make it out of the ill-fated assassination attempt on Queen Medb.
- He's also the only non-party servant to survive SE.RA.PH until the very end on the basis that he was getting groceries for BB and literally missed 90 percent of the plot.
- Stone Wall: Somewhat downplayed. Robin has very high HP for a 3* servant, and while his Attack stat is below average, the incredible power of his Noble Phantasm more than makes up for it.
- Team Mom: Falls into this role during the 2018 Summer event.
- Weak, but Skilled:
- The concept that makes him the poster-boy for the "low-rarity EX tier", and central to his character and lore, to boot. As he himself will say, he's just a guy with a bow and a desire to help the poor - all he's really good at is laying ambushes and traps. But his traps tend to be absolutely deadly, and this is reflected in his Noble Phantasm. It's a hard-hitting single shot (up to 1500% scaling) that doubles or more in power when the target is poisoned. Normally, his damage is pretty middling, even among other Archers of his rarity, but if he gets NP charge and poisons his target via his first skill or another source, he can hand out six-digit NP shots, even at lower levels. At high levels, line everything up on a Saber or Berserker, and especially with additional support buffs he can drop upwards of half a million damage on a target in one shot. All this from a dude who you can get from the Friend Point gacha and who's merely okay in combat otherwise.
- In-lore his raw firepower is decidedly middling by Servant standards and fights more like an Assassin than an Archer by striking from the shadows and engulfing the battlefield in poison. But these same skills can rout entire armies and Robin is confident in his ability to assassinate Medb until his efforts are intercepted by Cu Alter and Arjuna.
- The Worf Barrage: His Noble Phantasm, lovingly detailed above, is completely ineffective against the 28 Demon Pillars in America.
ID: No. 276
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: Japan (11th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Mika Pikazo
Voiced by: Ai Fairouz
Initially introduced by the name "Kirakira no Archer" ("Sparkling Archer") as a teaser for the Valentine's Day 2020 event, her True Name was soon revealed to be that of the court lady called Sei Shonagon, a fellow writer/court lady of Murasaki Shikibu, best known as the author of The Pillow Book.
- Cool Shades: She carries around a pair of round sunglasses which have lenses that can be flipped out. She wears them in her extra attack in her First and Second Ascensions.
- Diary: The Pillow Book was not exactly meant for public distribution. She wrote it as a tribute to all the wonderful and not-so-wonderful things of life that she figured were worth remembering, hence it reading more like a diary or even a prototype Blog (complete with top 10 lists and other silliness). In the present day, she quickly befriended Georgios over his similar reasons for picking up his photography hobby, and her bond CE reveals she's started a sequel titled "The Chaldea Book"... and still has no intention of showing it to anyone.
- Fighting Clown: She has some of the most ridiculous animations thus far with her First and Second Ascensions' extra attack having her dabbing and then an explosion that releases multi-colored gas with the word NA*SHI*TU*BO in bright neon colors appearing above.
- Foil: Shōnagon is Murasaki's contemporary as a Heian writer/court lady but they are complete opposites.
- Murasaki wears dark colors and is quiet and withdrawn while Shōnagon wears outlandishly bright colors and is loud and energetic. They both start out with outfits that don't make sense for Heian court women before their final outfits return them to kimonos, Murasaki starting out with an anachronistic Victorian era black dress compared to Shōnagon's modern Sailor Fuku. Also Murasaki is overjoyed to be wearing a kimono while Shōnagon is at first disappointed that she's back to one.
- They also differ in how much they accept modern technology, with Murasaki wondering why Kintoki would want to wear sunglasses and being dismayed that technology is replacing print books in comparison to Shōnagon who owns and wears her own modern pair of sunglasses, and is happily playing with a smartphone in plenty of her animations.
- Their Noble Phantasm animations also reflect their differences. Murasaki is in her Heian-era dress to write her calligraphy the traditional way with a Heian painting scrolling by in the background for all three stages. Shōnagon, on the other hand, is rapidly typing everything into her phone as scenery from modern Japan is shown in the background for her first two modern ascensions. Traditional calligraphy and Heian-era backgrounds are only used for her third ascension when she's back in a kimono.
- Genki Girl: An extremely upbeat, energetic and loud girl. While she admits she does have things she dislikes, she has a tendency to focus on what she likes which makes her forget about her dislikes. With that said, it makes her so whimsical even her close friends admit she's hard to handle.Suzuka: I mean, she's a bit Berserker-like, but she's a good person.
- Girlish Pigtails: She wears twintails in her First and Second Ascensions as part of her cutesy look.
- Gratuitous English: Has a lot of fun with it. PUTCHA HANDS UP indeed. Her profile even romanizes her name as "Say! Show Now Go On!" for a laugh. Even her Noble Phantasm, usually called Makura no Soushi - Shunshoshou/The Pillow Book's Spring Dawn Annotationnote , has been renamed Emotional Engine Full Drive.
- Hime Cut: Has this type of bangs in all of her Ascensions. It's more obvious in her Third Ascension, when her entire hairstyle is meant to look like a Yamato Nadeshiko's hair. However, it's subverted since she doesn't fit any of the personality types associated with this hairstyle, being a cheerful Genki Girl.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She never seems to realize when people dislike her.
- She thinks of Murasaki as her best friend in her My Room line regarding Murasaki, even misinterpreting the latter's remarks on her as being Tsundere, being oblivious to the fact that Murasaki genuinely dislikes her.
- She wants to be friends with Osakabehime, but her attempts to bond are trying to get the latter outside, and she ignores that Osakabehime tells her to leave every time.
- I Know Madden Kombat: Her first and second sprites have her using a multi-coloured football to attack the enemy for her Arts cards.
- Kimono Is Traditional, Like Murasaki, she wears rather anachronistic outfits in her first two ascensions but switches to a full Heian-era kimono in her third, fitting with the time period she lived in and her status as a writer. Unlike Murasaki, however, her first two outfits do have some elements of traditional Japanese clothing despite all of their modern flair.
- Multicolored Hair: In her First Ascension, her hair is black, blue and red. In her Second Ascension, the black parts have changed into pink. But in her Third Ascension, her hair is completely black.
- The Nicknamer: She calls the protagonist "Chan-Masu", fitting with her gyaru personality. She also refers to Shikibu as "Kaorucchi", Osakabehime as "Kabe", Medb as "Medb-chi", Suzuka Gozen as "Suzuka-paisen" ("senpai" with the syllables switched), Summer Okita as "Jayjay"... The more one hangs out with her, the more obvious it is that she gives everyone silly nicknames.
- OOC Is Serious Business: She drops her Valley Girl speech pattern and pitches her voice down when she really wants to be serious, like in her final ascension and fourth and fifth bond lines.
- Parasol of Pain: Downplayed; she carries a Japanese style umbrella in her first two sprites, but she only uses it as a weapon for one of her Quick attacks.
- Pen Name: Like Shikibu, the name she goes by is a pseudonym. Her real name is Kiyohara no Nagiko, which she introduces herself by in the event story.
- Phoneaholic Teenager: Using her skills in her First and Second Ascensions may result in her playing with her phone.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Shōnagon's hair grows significantly at her 3rd Ascension, going from shoulder length due to her twintails to reaching to her feet in her game sprite similar to her contemporary Murasaki.
- The Power of Friendship: In one of her victory lines:"This's the power of friendship! Eh? That's not it?"
- Sailor Fuku: Her outfit in her first ascension is a mix between this and traditional Japanese clothing, essentially being a short, sleeveless kimono with a sailor collar.
- Scenery Porn: Weaponized, no less. Her Noble Phantasm is a Reality Marble of sorts that traps any targets into a world of wonderful scenery meant to evoke all sorts of intense emotions in the viewer, especially nostalgia. While it has little to no attack power by itself, it works exceedingly well as a distraction, often causing the opponent to forget about fighting altogether... something she's very ready to take advantage of.
- Selfie Fiend: In her First and Second Ascensions, using her skills can result in her taking a selfie and her extra attack will have her taking a selfie as well.
- Situational Sword: Her Noble Phantasm gives her three different kinds of Special Attack buffs against Human-attribute enemies, Neutral-aligned enemies and Shadow Servants. While just having one of these buffs gives her a wide coverage of targets, the fact that she gets three of them at once makes her yet another great AoE 5* Archer. If she fights Shadow Okita, Shadow Shiki (Saber), Shadow Caesar, Shadow d'Eon or Shadow Spartacus, she is able to abuse all three boni at once while also having class advantage. It also appears as a Take That! against Murasaki Shikibu who is also a Neutral-aligned and Human-attribute.
- Square Race, Round Class: Nothing about her gives a good explanation of why she's an Archer. While some of her Quick attack animations have her throwing things, she's throwing what seems to be rubbish and a soccer ball in her First and Second Ascensions. Her Noble Phantasm is more akin to a Caster's than an Archer's. Not even she really knows why she's an Archer. She likes kemari so she's fine with it and asks you to not to worry about it too much. However, the Valentine's Day event that she debuted in implies that after Empress Teishi's death, she chose to stop writing, thus keeping her from being a Caster like her contemporary and fellow writer Murasaki.
- Too Important to Walk: In her third Ascension form, she's just floating.
- Valley Girl: The Japanese equivalent like Suzuka. Makes a good contrast to Murasaki's bookworm personality.
- Vocal Dissonance: Her Buster card has her scream a deep and masculine "DORASHEI!" compared to the high-pitched and cutesy voice she normally has.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Subverted. She has a Hime Cut and her Third Ascension has her properly dressed up as a court lady just like Murasaki, but Sei's Genki Girl and gyaru personality go completely against the character type. She even expresses disappointment that she has to wear a kimono again.
ID: No. 125
Command Cards: QAABB; (B)
Alignment: Neutral Good
Origin: Japan (10th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Shimokoshi
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura
The revered founder of Japanese martial arts in the Kanto region. Reintroducing himself as "Fujiwara no Hidesato" late in life, he rose to fame when dragon gods tasked him with the extermination of a giant centipede atop Mount Mikami. Receiving a never-emptying rice bag as a token of gratitude from the gods, Tawara further made his name as an oni slayer, most notably against the immortal Taira Masakado.
He debuted as an ally in the Sixth Singularity: Divine Realm of the Round Table, Camelot.
- Big Eater: Hardcore. The man truly enjoys eating and is constantly looking for excuses to have extra meals.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A cheerful warrior who enjoys his fights as much as he enjoys his meals.
- Boring, but Practical: Compared to the other 3* Archers, who operate as single-target nukes (David, Euryale and Robin) or critical-hit-based attackers (Billy and Ko-Gil), his Noble Phantasm seems ordinary by comparison—even if it is not technically bad as an AoE niche attack.
- Closest Thing We Got: In his Interlude, he retells his slaying of the giant centipede, but he has to make do since Chaldea doesn't have data on any insects of that scale. Servants from Chaldea happily volunteer to act out roles in Tawara's story to amuse the Master. Kiyohime is one of the dragon gods who task Tawara to slay the centipede — Raikou leading a humanoid train of Kintoki and Ushiwakamaru. As he puts it, "it's just a matter of improvisation" that he's used to.
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder:
- His role in Camelot can be summed up as being the babysitter for Xuanzang's airheadedness.
- He continues this role when both Servants are summoned to Chaldea as well. Notably, they manage to miss the second Nero Fest because Xuanzang somehow got trapped in another sandstorm in the simulator, with Tawara trying to guide her back out, and they partner up in the next and final Nero Fest instead.
- The final play the protagonists put on in Salem is based on Journey to the West, and while most of the Servants who played roles in the old event "Sanzang Coming to the West" reprise their roles, he was recast (over the protagonist) as Sun Wukong, who in the original story continually bailed out Sanzang whenever he got in trouble.
- Distressed Dude: After Sanzang becomes Chaldea's ally in Camelot, they have to free her "student" Tawara from prison (and save Hassan of the Serenity from their on the mountain people's behalf, too). The reason why he's captured is because he protected the careless Sanzang.
- For Happiness: His one goal. Where most heroes have their own noble ambitions, he simply enjoys making everyone around him happy. He also gives it as the main reason he chose the gift of his beloved rice bag over anything "cooler".Touta: I didn't need a famous sword, and I didn't want a famous bow either. And all I'd use a famous spear for is as a laundry pole. But this. This alone is what I wanted. I desired it no matter what I had to do. These bales exist solely to bring people joy.
- Foreshadowing: Prior to Tawara's debut, Kintoki mentions him during Onigashima, particularly mentioning Tawara's ability to summon rice that would easily feed an entire village. This hints to his role in Camelot, where he does exactly that.
- Great Bow: He uses a yumi, a Japanese bow which is larger than him and the description for his Noble Phantasm says that firing the shot would normally require five men to string the bow.
- Ideal Hero: Courageous, generous, dependable, and an all-round swell champion of the people.
- Improvised Weapon: When he's not firing his longbow or swinging his sword, then he's throwing his rice bag in someone's face. Or alternatively, shooting the contents of the bag at the enemy, as he reportedly did during the Holy City Raid.
- Infinite Supplies: His trademark, a bag of rice that never runs out that he got for helping a dragon woman deal with her giant centipede problem. He also received an unlimited piece of silk from her.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: He is blessed by a dragon, and can call upon its power through his demon-slaying Noble Phantasm.
- Last-Name Basis: He's most often called "Tawara", although a few characters do address him by his first name "Touta".
- Making a Splash: His Noble Phantasm wreathes his arrow with dragon-shaped torrent. The translation of his Interlude, however, is inconsistent with it.
- Mundane Utility: His Inexhaustible Rice skill has this as its main purpose. The Servant System creating a Rank EX Noble Phantasm whose effect is to produce vast amounts of food rather than anything combat-worthy actually causes Mash to think about the idea of Servants leading peaceful lives rather than living for battle.
- Odd Friendship: With Xuanzang Sanzang since Camelot. Sanzang treats him as her student, which he reluctantly accepts, more or less. He would often scold her for her lack of carefulness, even acting as a "babysitter" to her. The reason why he was in prison during Camelot was because he got caught when he protected her after she had caused trouble.
- Pinball Projectile: In his Interlude, he manages to "slay" the centipede-acting Raikou by hitting her headpiece with a crazy shot that ricocheted against Mash's shield.Sakata Kintoki: "It's one thing to do it with bullets, but that just ain't how arrows work!"
- Punny Name: His surname is a pun based on the fact that it can also mean "straw rice-bag", as he was awarded a bag filled with rice.
- Stone Wall: All of his skills focus on survivability. His first skill heals him in addition to a Buster Up, his second skill is a two-hit Evade with a Defense Up and his third skill increases the team's max HP for three turns. His Bond CE also heals the team every turn when he's out.
- Weight Woe: Played for Laughs; he says that maybe he "should take it easy with the eating, too" after he loses to Jeanne Alter Santa Lily in her debut event as he wonders how he got so rusty to lose to a kid.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has bright green hair.
ID: No. 122
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: England (Tristan and Iseult)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Yuuichirou Higashide
Illustrated by: Shizuki Morii
Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama
Live actor: Daisuke Kikuta
Tristan was born of King Rivalen of Leonois and Blancheflor. Since his birth tragedy seems to have been his lot — King Rivalen was killed in battle before he was born, and Blancheflor died post-partum, leaving him under the care of King Rivalen's servant Loire. Upon reaching adulthood Tristan entered the service and gained the trust of his maternal uncle, King Mark of Cornwall — a trust shattered by his love for his liege's betrothed, Iseult. After exiling himself in shame, Tristan, now under Altria's service, married another woman also named Iseult, even as he pines for the first Iseult.
He debuted as a villain in Camelot and appears as an ally in SE.RA.PH. He has a minor, silly role as a Queen's Knight in the second Halloween event, "Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins."
- Absolute Cleavage: Male example, his base appearance has his shirt unbuttoned in a way it clearly shows his large scar he received after being poisoned in his chest.
- Achilles' Heel: He was poisoned in life, which has led to him having a particular vulnerability for it as a Servant thanks to its influence on his legend. Unfortunately, when the Hassans attempt to exploit this weakness, they find that his Reversal gift has flipped this into being immune to poison instead.
- Always Accurate Attack: As may be implied by its name, his bow Failnaught's magical arrows always strikes true. Always. As such, he hardly ever tries to actually aim or hold his bow properly, and he doesn't even need his eyes to aim. In gameplay, this is represented by his Noble Phantasm granting a turn of Sure Hit to ignore evasion on the NP itself and any follow-up attacks on that turn.
- Animal Motif: His motif is a bird. Mordred and Bedivere try to find a different motif for him and compare him with a bat and a whale instead, which pisses him off (although, he still agrees that a whale would suit him).
- Archer Archetype: Probably the most serious and focused of the Round Table. That said, he does have moments where he more comical.
- Ascended Extra: He was first mentioned in Arthur's monologue in the battle against Arash in Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Sky Silver, and now he is a playable Servant.
- The Atoner:
- Based on his quotes from My Room, Tristan actually admired Altria very much and deeply regrets his parting words with her, he warns you that he once turned on his King, not with malice, but with disdain for himself. When asked what he hates, he says "disrespectful words", and is quite clearly referring to himself, and if he were to obtain the Grail he would use it to fulfill the wish of Altria.
- He feels incredible guilt for what his Reversed version did in the Sixth Singularity: Divine Realm of the Round Table Camelot, to the point that wants to be punished for it in his own Interlude.
- Badass Cape: Just like his peers at the Round Table, he will get a fabulous cape upon Ascension.
- Balance Buff: His Noble Phantasm was buffed via Interlude to now, in addition to Sure Hit and the base damage being upgraded, to in addition flat out ignore DEF. This buff makes him fairly strong now since before his biggest issue was that his attacks, while having high Attack for his Class/Rarity, did less damage due to the Class Modifier, meaning any DEF buffs would drop his usage.
- Bishōnen: Ties with Bedivere for the prettiest man at the Round Table, his profile even remarking that he "always seems sad - and beautiful". Even Meltryllis assures you of this fact. He essentially looks like Ren Suzugamori with a more orderly haircut.
- Blessed with Suck: Lion King's blessing reverses his nature, making him immune to poison that killed him in life, powerful against everything but Shielder and Saber, and reversing his personality from a somber, delicate man into a cold emotionless killer.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He has an obsession with the arts and poetry, uses his bow to fly around and always goes around with his eyes closed, despite being an Archer. During meetings, you can never actually be sure if he's awake or not. He's still a very effective Archer and knight.
- "How sad (kanashii)..." It's become a meme.
- "Our king does not understand the human heart." This parting words triggered a series of events that led to the fall of Camelot, to the point that it's even his third skill and he's often quoted by them. This words are also used repeatedly in FGO. During the Sixth Singularity: Divine Realm of the Round Table Camelot, the twisted and reversed Tristan uses it to explain how the Lion King does not mind the slaughtering of the innocents. At the beginning of "Dead Heat Summer Race!", when Altria Alter says that she's not incapable of understanding the human heart, Tristan suddenly shows up in response to said words, only to get blown away by her immediately.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Like Gawain and Lancelot, he has a weakness to women planning on flirting on the townsfolk in the second Halloween event and later Iri in the third Summer Event.
- Cloudcuckoolander: While the other members of the Round Table have their own quirks, Tristan is just really weird by comparison. He occasionally naps during conversations or even on his horse during a parade, he uses Failnaught to do unusual things like "flying" and fishing, he is very poetic and has an odd sense of humor. One of his joke stories involves a vorpal rabbit that killed Sir Bors and it required the strength of the entire Round Table to defeat it — a story that most likely didn't happen, as Bors (even in Fate lore) was one of the few surviving "members" after the fall of Camelot, and the story was funny enough to amuse Bedivere.
- Critical Hit Class: Tristan's best use is for dropping Critical Stars, considering his cards' multiple-hit nature, across all types. Coupling this with his Quick-based Noble Phantasm, he is a very useful element for any Quick-based team.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Tristan's attack animations deliver all have a high number of hits: 4 for his Quick cards, 3 for his Arts cards, and 5 for his Buster cards. This helps him fill up his NP Gauge faster and produce more Critical Stars. It works against him in his Camelot boss battle, as the high number of hits rapidly fills up the NP gauges of the player's Servants. Also, true to this trope, his attacks are also lacking in punch, due to only having one Buster card and having no offensive buffs on his own to increase his damage output, making him currently the only member of the Round Table who lacks such buffs.
- Defeat Means Friendship: In SE.RA.PH., after Meltryllis defeated him and spared his life, Fujimaru and Gawain make use of the knight's code of honor and that he has to serve Fujimaru as his Servant. Tristan agrees with it, but only because he has already witnessed glimpses of Fujimaru's righteousnous. It is clear that Tristan would not have followed them if Fujimaru turned out to be a bad person.
- Demonic Possession: In Camelot, Hassan of the Cursed Arm's last resort is to unleash Shaytan residing in his arm on Tristan, possessing him and turning him into a mindless beast.
- Despair Event Horizon: Slaughtering his fellow comrades-in-arms made him despair to the point of being unable to move. Lion King had to give him Reversal to overcome it, turning him into the emotionless killer that he is in Chapter 6.
- Dissonant Serenity: Always calm and kind of melancholy, which clashes pretty badly with some of his more reprobable actions.
- Distinction Without a Difference: In the second Halloween event, he says a variant of "I'm not fired, I quit" — he claims he threw the match when he was about to lose, so he wasn't actually defeated since he gave up on winning. Mash is quick to call this out as a sad distinction.
- Double Unlock: He can only be summoned from the story gacha after beating Camelot.
- Evil Laugh: After spending most of Camelot in a state of Dissonant Serenity, he belts out a sudden and somewhat disturbing one after cutting down Serenity and Hundred Personas and before revealing the weakness to poison has been reversed into an immunity to poison by his blessing.
- Eyes Always Shut: People were never really sure if he was awake or not because unless things were very serious, he always kept his eyes shut but was still aware of everything going on around him. Altria was never sure if he was awake during their meetings and he once slept through a parade while sitting on his horse. On the rare occasions you can see them, his eyes are gold and apparently slitted.
- FaceHeel Turn: In Camelot, he killed the other Knights of the Round table with Gawain, Agravain and Lancelot for rebelling against the Rhongomyniad-possessed Altria in the prologue to the Camelot singularity. He then falls into despair and the Lion King eventually grants him a boon that reverses his disposition so that he'll go back to getting things done and can cope with what he did.
- Friendly Rivalry: Tristan in both "Sparrow's Inn Activity Log: Chronicles of the Prospering Enma-Tei" and "A Study in the "Dubious Meiho Manor" is focused on distinguishing himself among the other Knights of the Round Table. He explains he wants to stand out as the best knight but never gets too competitive about it.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: Because of the blessing he was given, Reversal, every aspect of him was inverted. So for his in-game boss unit, Sabers which are normally weak to Archers are strong against him.
- Hate Sink: The Tristan serving the Lion King in Camelot (commonly called Reverse Tristan due to the nature of his Gift) is by far the darkest and least sympathetic member of the Lion King's forces. While every other Knight is shown to have some sympathetic qualities, Reverse Tristan's screentime is devoted entirely to slaughtering defenseless innocents (and in one case, his own men for wanting to bury their fallen before going after Chaldea) and making extremely pretentious speeches about his "sadness". The summonable Tristan is a lot more affable and even he shows disgust at his alternate self, to the point of trying to use that version of Tristan's existence as his own sin that needed confession and atonement.
- Hero Killer: Kills both Serenity and Hundred Personas in Camelot.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices himself at the end of SE.RA.PH to get Meltryllis away from Kiara.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Tristan and Bedivere are best friends. In the Sixth Singularity: Divine Realm of the Round Table Camelot, the other members of the Round Table discuss if Tristan's close friendship with Bedivere would affect him negatively, but due to Tristan's reversed nature, it didn't affect him at all, despite his obnoxious claim of "how sad" he is. Outside of that Singularity, the two of them of are shown to hang around a lot, like in their respective Interludes or in the third Summer event.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: For once averted for an Archer. Because of how Failnaught works, he literally doesn't need to aim or use arrows, as he uses soundwaves to attack with that automatically home in on his opponent.
- Improbable Use of a Weapon: His bow has multiple strings and he likes to fire his homing shots by playing it like a harp.
- Improbable Weapon User: We knew before his reveal that he used something that "could only tangibly be called a bow", and that he had a serious misunderstanding about bows. Initially the guess was that he beat people with the bow like it was a mace or an axe, but instead, his bow is some twisted mix of a Klingon sword and a harp that he shoots auto-aiming soundwaves with.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The Tristan summoned in SE.RA.PH is just one of hundreds of Servants who participated in that Holy Grail War. While Suzuka joined BB and became a Sentinel, every other Servant became more and more Ax-Crazy within SE.RA.PH. Only Tristan has managed to stay away from the corruption despite the fact that he slaughtered seven Servants himself (which he failed to avoid). It really shows how much of a good heart he really has and why his reversed personality was so vile in Camelot. (It also helps that he was summoned as part of a later set of Servants who were summoned to SE.RA.PH., so he wasn't expose to its environment for too long.)
- In-Series Nickname: He's called "Tori" (bird) by Mordred, Meltryllis and the protagonist. This is localized as "Tris".
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Comes with the territory, and in fact may be the most androgynous out of the Knights (counting even the so-called "male Saber-face" Bedivere).
- Loophole Abuse: Promised a Hassan protecting refugees that he would not move his feet or his aiming hand for a day in return for his life. When the Hassan kills himself believing he bought the refugees their lives, Tristan then kills them all because if he wanted him to not shoot, he should've told him to not move a single finger, since all he needs to do for his sound wave arrows to strike true is to pluck the bowstring.
- The Magnificent: Tristan the Sorrow. In "Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins," he shows up particularly melodramatic and introduces himself first as "Tristan the Tragic" then simply "Tristan the Sad".
- Mundane Made Awesome: Bedivere's Interlude reveals that Tristan uses Failnaught for fishing.
- Musical Assassin: He plays his bow like a harp, even making music when his sonic arrows are launched towards the enemy.
- Not Quite Flight: During "Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins" he remarks that he can fly using his bow and soundwaves, but SE.RA.PH establishes that he can only use his bow to glide, not upwards flight.
- Parting Words Regret: He himself admits that the thing he muttered before leaving the Round Table was needlessly cruel remark and he regrets uttering those words.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Not an actual speech, but more like an offhand comment. When Tristan left Camelot for good, he mumbled that "the king could not understand the human heart". This comment triggered a series of tragedies, as it caused several knights (including Lancelot) to doubt Altria's nature. The impact of his words were so devastating that it became his third skill.
- Red Baron: He is also known as the "Child of Sadness" due to his tragic life.
- Support Party Member: Tristan is notably lacking in any form of direct attack increase when compared to other 4* Archers. His first skill clears mental debuffs like Charm, heals his allies, and provides the entire team the ability to dodge one attack. His second skill charges up his NP gauge significantly, at the cost of sealing his NP for one turn. His third skill removes enemy buffs and lowers their critical attack chance. His Noble Phantasm also lowers the target's debuff resistance.
- Token Evil Teammate: Despite his perpetually serene demeanor, he's easily one of the Lion King's most terrifying and ruthless enforcers in the Sixth Singularity: Divine Realm of the Round Table Camelot, casually murdering innocent villagers in cold blood, and treating them like trash. It's quite telling how the Hassans mention him specifically for exacting their vengeance. Players often have to remind themselves that the summonable Tristan is nothing like this version of him, and in the opening of the second Nero Fest, even the default Tristan acknowledged just how evil his Camelot version was to the point that he considered himself sinful for having such version that murdered a lot of people.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: When he was leaving the Round Table, his last action was to mutter "The king does not understand the hearts of men". The other knights heard him say that, and Lancelot in particular was affected by those words which eventually lead to him getting closer to Guinevere to lessen his king's burden. In the end, he ended up accidentally setting up a domino effect that lead to the fall of Camelot.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The Knights of the Round would generally all squabble and fight when they weren't on duty, even when they meet in other circumstances like the second Halloween event and SE.RA.PH. Gawain is used to it, but Meltryllis simply assumes that he still hates her until the end of the event when he saves her from her attempted Heroic Sacrifice. Not that she cares.
- Weaksauce Weakness: His boss fight in Camelot is relatively easy by the standards of the fights in the chapter, but his biggest weakness is his multi-hit attacks and his Noble Phantasm, as they can fill a target's NP bar quickly. Against Servants who can rapidly restore the party's health to stay ahead of his attacks (Andersen, Tamamo, etc), Servants who can debuff his ATK into oblivion (Asterios, who can solo him), and/or Servants who can just tank and outlast him (Leonidas being the biggest example), he basically ends up in a battle of attrition he simply cannot win.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In SE.RA.PH., he's originally an antagonist trying to kill the "devil woman" Meltryllis and believes her to be untrustworthy, but his reasoning isn't completely unsound as almost every Servant here and every one he's encountered so far has been driven completely Ax-Crazy, and BB and the other Alter Egos haven't exactly been benevolent.
- You Remind Me of X: In SE.RA.PH, BB speculates the reason he tried so hard to protect Meltryllis at the end was because her appearance bore a strong resemblance to Iseult. Meltryllis doesn't buy it and BB admits that she's just guessing because she doesn't actually know what Iseult looks like. According to Mordred, Iseult was blond.
ID: No. 246
Command Cards: QAABB; (A)
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: Switzerland (William Tell)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hazuki Minase
Illustrated by: Keitarou Takahashi
Voiced by: Hayato Fujii
A legendary Swiss hero that fought for the downtrodden along with his son. He was made famous with a certain event where he managed to shoot an apple planted onto his son's head with a crossbow.
He appears in Lostbelt No. 4: Yuga Kshetra as an antagonist.
- Always Accurate Attack: Not only does his Noble Phantasm give a turn of Sure Hit, ensuring the NP and further attacks on that turn will pierce evasion, but his NP also has a unique increase in damage to those who are trying to Evade. In lore, it manipulates causality so that it always strikes its target, not unlike Gae Bolg. Furthermore, if by some impossible chance that the shot from his Noble Phantasm misses, he has a second Noble Phantasm that functions the same way, but would only activate and exist if his target didn't get hit by the first.Ill hit it. Do I need to say anything else?
- Anachronism Stew: Despite hailing from a 14th century legend, Tell appears in relatively realistic modern military gear and his repeating compound crossbow is outfitted to resemble an assault rifle. Acknowledged and justified in his My Room dilaogue, where he says it's important to keep up with the most advanced technology even if it's something that didn't exist in his time.
- Blow You Away: In Yuga Kshehtra, he has the powers of Vayu, the wind god.
- Cool Old Guy: He looks fairly aged compared to the other Servants, but he's still a very competent Archer.
- Critical Hit Class: William Tell is a critical-based Arts Archer. Two of his skills in particular focus on crits — his first skill gains up to 30 Critical Stars, which are almost guaranteed to be absorbed by his third skill which spikes his already decent Critical Star Absorption by 1000%. This means he can get a one-turn critical Brave chain that will have 100% extra critical damage from that same third skill, plus his passive Independent Action A increases it by a further 10%. In this regard, he serves as a cheap free version of Summer Archer Altria.
- Eyepatch of Power: He gets one in his third ascension. It doesn't hamper him at all.
- Friendly Sniper: His a genial old fellow even if his skills are nearly unparalleled. He asks his Master to only point his bow towards those who deserve it, like mountain beasts and villains.
- Glass Cannon: Downplayed example — his stats are relatively balanced for his rarity and class, but his skillset features little defense. His Skill Seal skill and Debuff Immunity skill give him utility, but offer less protection than the array of Charms and Evasion skills that every other 3* Archer has.
- Humble Hero: He refers to himself as a mere "bumpkin" and is flattered if you take him all the way to his Final Ascension. When asked about a wish on the Holy Grail, he says he just wants to live happily with his family, and at most he'd ask for a piece of leather that could be quickly sold.
- Hunter Trapper: A lot of his My Room dialogue revolves around this lifestyle.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: He refers to himself as not a hero but a father and a hunter. He didn't set out to be put in the history books, he just wanted to keep his son safe. But meeting the protagonist has him remember that even if he doesn't want to be the hero, there are things he must take a stand on and protect.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In a class defined by its accuracy and marksmanship, Tell stands out as a master of masters via his Aiming EX skill, through which he can even precisely strike targets while blindfolded. It's noted to be differentiated from the Marksmanship skill by not aiming, but instead blending into the world, controlling even his heartbeat, and harmonizing such that the arrow can't help but hit the target, something which is noted to be more akin to Eastern kyudo than Western traditions of archery and marksmanship. This means that not only is Tell a completely self-taught master of a craft that's not even native to his continent, but surpasses even those who are masters of it in their homeland.
- Last-Name Basis: Is called like by his last name, just like the other William.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Thanks to Ashiya, he's brainwashed before being implanted with one of the many Hindu Gods that exist within Arjuna Over Gods, becoming one of the Lostbelt King's Divine Generals.
- Limit Break: He's an Arts-crit focused Servant who specializes in generating his own stars so he can unload them all at once the following turn to fill his NP gauge for massive burst damage. His sustained damage isn't shabby either with his 3-turn Arts buff only a low 6-turn cooldown at max rank.
- More Dakka: In the trailer for the Indian Lostbelt, he's shown firing his crossbow fast enough to act like a machine gun.
- Old Soldier: His depiction is far more modernized as a grizzled combat veteran in modern military gear.
- One Steve Limit: He's the second William in the game, after Shakespeare; third if counting William McCarthy Jr., a.k.a. Billy the Kid; fourth if counting Abigail Williams. This does not become problematic, since both of them are called by their last names, and Billy and Abby by their nicknames.
- Papa Wolf: His efforts to protect his son went as far as (unwittingly) reforming his country. Even now, he has a soft spot for child Servants who remind him of his son, asking them not to put an apple on their head lest his heart race.
- Semi-Divine: His NPC version appearing in fourth Lostbelt has Divine trait due to receiving Vayu's divinity from Arjuna.
- Smoking Is Cool: He picked up smoking after being summoned. He takes a drag of a cigarette in his Skill animations.
- Undying Loyalty: Swears this to the protagonist come his Final Ascension.Ive made up my mind. If its you, I wont mistake what I must shoot at. If youve decided the target for the arrow thats me, say it. Wherever prey is hidden, wherever an apple is placed, Ill definitely pierce it.
- William Telling: It is what he's most famous for, after all. His Noble Phantasm references this by showing an apple with an arrow, through it's superimposed above his target.
- Worthy Opponent: Should you have Atalanta, William expresses excitement at meeting the mythological huntress and asks to go into the mountains with her so he can prove that the Hunters of Uri won't lose to her skills.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Even without concrete memories of his son, he still can't bring himself to harm a child, which Chaldea exploits to take him down.
- You Remind Me of X: Double Subverted. On your birthday, he'll note that the protagonist does not resemble his son in any way in personality or appearance, yet somehow manages to remind William of him.