Three Knight Classes: Sabers (A-F | G-M | N-Z) | Archers (A-C | D-M | N-Z) | Lancers (A-F | G-M | N-Z)
Four Cavalry Classes: Riders (A-F | G-M | N-Z) | Casters (A-F | G-M | Merlin | N-Z) | Assassins (A-F | G-M | N-Z) | Berserkers (A-F | G-M | Morgan | N-Z)
Extra Classes: Rulers | Avengers | Moon Cancers | Alter Egos | Foreigners | Pretenders
Unplayable and Arcade Exclusive: Unplayable (Beasts | Beast I) | Arcade Exclusive
Other Notable Characters: Chaldea Security Organization (Protagonist | Mash Kyrielight) | Villains (Observer on Timeless Temple Villains | Epic of Remnant Villains | Cosmos in the Lostbelt Villains (Crypters | Foreign God and Forces | Lostbelt Kings) | Event Villains | Interlude Villains) | Other Characters
ID: No. 177
Command Cards: QQAAB; (A)
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: Egypt (22nd century BC)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order (as Caster)
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Sima Udon
Voiced by: Minami Tanaka
Nitocris has covered herself up with a Medjed blanket out of embarrassment and shame after she was rude to Ozymandias. Though her Noble Phantasm and Class has changed, she's still the same old Nitocris under that blanket.
An alternate version of Nitocris who debuted in the second Summer event, "Dead Heat Summer Race / Death Jail Summer Escape", she's on team "Desert Beauty" with Scheherazade.
- Bedsheet Ghost: She wears a Medjed blanket for her first ascension, evoking this trope.
- Casting a Shadow: She can attack with souls from the underworld.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: As seen in the event trailer when she randomly trips with a cute expression on her face. Even better, her Medjed kickboard and blanket also have an "X" in their eyes when she falls down.
- Drowning Pit: Her Noble Phantasm, "Sneferu Iteru Nile: Cleanse the Impurities, Blue and Beautiful Nile", has her trapping her victims into a closed in room that fills up with water from the Nile River, based on the stories of her drowning those who had wronged her brothers.
- Eye Beams: She summons a gigantic Medjed to shoot these for her Extra attack.
- Instant Expert: Her Skill Royal Road of the Hot Sands, derived from Imperial Privilege, allows her to copy Cleopatra's martial art skills just by watching her. She was never taught martial arts in life.
- Mistaken Identity: When she runs into Tamamo Cat, she briefly mistakes her for Bastet, the Egyptian cat goddess.
- One-Hit Kill: Just like her Caster version, this version's NP has a chance to inflict an instant kill.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: She's convinced that her Medjed disguise is perfect and that no one can see through it. All the pharaohs she looks up to seem to think it's funny and try to lift up the sheet, much to her distress. If you get to her fifth bond level before ascending her once she tells you to hurry up and ascend her so she can dramatically reveal her true form.
- Security Blanket: She uses her Medjed sheet this way, hiding underneath it whenever she feels too self-conscious.
- Stripperific: Played With in this case. Her final card art looks like it leaves her topless, but that's only because her bikini top is obscured well by her shawl.
- Summon Magic: She can summon Medjeds to attack. They even have Eye Beams!
- Took a Level in Badass: Like a decent number of Summer event Servants; for all the goofiness, there's an implication this is a better class for her. She's traded out a lot of her generally-ineffectual Caster instant death gimmicks for skills, a garment that make her hard as nails, and a stat line that can back it up. Her NP also provides a more helpful support effect (with defense down) while still retaining the instant kill effect.
- Use Your Head: One of her attack animations is a rushing headbutt.
ID: No. 210
Spiritron Dress ID: No. 39note , Nor. 72note
Command Cards: QQAAB; (A)
Alignment: Neutral Evil
Origin: Japan (19th century)
First appearance: Koha-Ace
Background development: Keikenchi
Illustrated by: lack
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino
One of the four greatest manslayers who lived during the Bakumatsu period. Okada Izo was a man who was born without any particular background, but quickly rose in notoriety by him developing his own swordsmanship by copying traits from other disciplines. As swift and powerful as a falcon, Izo dished out divine punishment as he assassinated many of those who were in charge. In any other era he would have been known as a great swordsman, but being born in the era he was in meant that he unfortunately was merely captured and executed before he would brandish his skills for a greater purpose.
He made his debut in GUDAGUDA Strange Tales of the Imperial Holy Grail event as a limited Servant.note
- The Alcoholic: He admits to liking alcohol in his My Room lines and spends the entirety of the GUDAGUDA Yamataikoku event getting hammered unless he has to fight. His Valentine's scene has him drinking sake all afternoon with the protagonist where it unexpectedly turns into a Drowning My Sorrows moment.
- Ax-Crazy: An interesting Deconstruction of this concept. Izo has a bit of a reputation (both in real life and in-game) for being a terrifying and brutal assassin. He's a talented swordsman, a fierce combatant and a respected member of one of the most elite samurai organizations in Japanese history... and also has nothing in the way of social tact or knowledge outside his obsession with killing. Izo's extreme brutality made him into a burden for his allies, and his death at the young age of 27 meant he never got a chance to outgrow his murderous ways. Essentially, Izo being so obsessed with killing ultimately ruined him, and as the political situation in Japan got more intense, his allies treated him more and more like a child. When he was arrested for his role in assassinating political figures in Japan, his allies even considered poisoning him in prison, since they believed he was too childish and immature to resist torture. They were proven right when he confessed under torture and was summarily executed for his crimes. He goes over this thinking in his Bond CE:I don't know how and why things ended up like this. I don't know where I made any mistakes. I'm not so smart, so I must've messed up somewhere. No, I must not have made any mistakes from the start.
- Back Stab: In his Noble Phantasm, he slashes his enemy upward from behind after dealing multiple sword slashes.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Izo's second Spiritron Dress is a black western-style suit, that he had Miss Crane tailor for him, putting him in debt in the process. He's noted to fill it out rather nicely, creating a color contrast between himself and the White-Suited Rider version of Ryouma.
- Balance Buff: As part of the Nanmei Yumihari Hakkenden event, Izo's Noble Phantasm is given a strengthening quest where not only is its damage increased, but it also deals bonus damage against enemies with the Man attribute.
- Battle Cry: When attacking, he will tend to shout the slogan he and his fellow hitokiri became infamous for:"TEN! CHUUU!"note
- Berserk Button:
- Being laughed at or made a fool, especially if he knows the person doing so is legitimately superior to him.
- Hurting women and children. During Arcade's version of Camelot, he flies into a rage when he witnesses the Holy Selection.
- Boring, but Practical: Considered by players one of the best Assassin units, despite being a 3* Servant, because his kit and stats make him incredibly good at being both a Critical Star generator, and a strong damage dealer who happens to be an Arts-focused Assassin. His Noble Phantasm increases his Critical Star Drop Rate for a turn as well, which on top of his base kit, makes him a very strong Noble Phantasm spammer, who can drops a ton of C. Stars. His solid ATK and HP also help as well.
- Born in the Wrong Century: Izo's profile notes that Izo was captured and executed before he could fully develop his incredible talent. Had he been born in say, the Sengoku or the Heian period, he would've had far more opportunities to cross swords with incredible fighters like Kagetora and Raikou to further his skills.
- Butt-Monkey: Tends to be the butt of jokes among the GUDAGUDA cast after his introduction, either being forgotten, ignored, brainwashed, or short-changed during events. Oryou especially never misses a chance to bad mouth him, treating him as more of an annoying yapping dog than anything. Other GUDAGUDA characters aren't much better, generally either viewing him as a nuisance or disregarding him entirely. Ryouma seems to be the only one who will actually stick up for him and always tries to involve him in events, even if Izo doesn't appreciate it.
- Clark Kent Outfit: Compared to lithe swordsmen like Okita and Musashi, Izo's choice of clothes hides that he's incredibly ripped beneath his hakama. His Third Ascension outfit bares his midriff to showcase his chiseled torso while his sleeves cling to his muscular arms.
- Does Not Like Spam: Quietly admits to the protagonist that he hates vegetables so much that he'd like them to keep him from even accidently smelling them.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Fully admits he cares about naught but killing and manslaying, but also says that he finds masters who use their underlings as nothing but tools for profit to be unforgivable.
- Arcade's Lost Jerusalem chapter first shows Izo being disturbed by the road of gravestones someone must have built for their victims even when he has seen plenty of inhumane acts. And when he sees Georgios and Crusaders trying to slaughter refugees to Jerusalem, he absolutely loses it for them raising their swords at women and children.
- The Faceless: His Second Ascension look takes the form of his reputation as "the murderer roaming the old capital" itself, making him look like a demon with a face constantly framed in shadow, save for one huge, glowing red eye. He pulls this look by wearing a tight mask though the way his hat is positioned makes it hard to notice on his art.
- Fanboy: Of Miyamoto Musashi—which gets a nod in his third Ascension when he takes a similar stance as her.note
- First-Name Basis: He's mainly referred to by his given name. He and Sakamoto Ryouma are on first-name basis with each other.
- The Gambling Addict: States that gambling is one of his favorite things to do in spite of not winning anything, and states that he'd use the Holy Grail to wish for money to gamble with. He's more than happy to invite the player to join him though.
- Good Costume Switch: Interestingly, while his first two outfits play up his qualities as a wandering, brutal killer, the third is his official samurai garb. He comments that he hasn't seen that outfit in quite a while and that it doesn't really fit him anymore. The Costume Dress granted to him in the 5th Anniversary, the very same Festive Wear from the 4th Anniversary, is just full-on opulent.
- Gory Discretion Shot: After delivering a Back Stab to an enemy for his Noble Phantasm, the scene turns into silhouettes with blood showers from the enemy while he is having an Evil Laugh.
- Half-Witted Hillbilly: A possible Half-Witted Hellbilly. In contrast to his associate Ryouma, who actively tries to speak textbook Japanese, Izo openly speaks with a thick Tosa accent (i.e. referring to himself with "washi" instead of "ore") and slurs his words like a delinquent. Although he's a genius swordsman, Izo is an Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Manchild who rarely thinks far ahead and whittles away the hours drinking and gambling when he's not killing people.
- High-Pressure Blood: It comes out of pretty much all of his attacks as well as his NP (which, by the way, involves him bisecting his victim lengthwise from the heart to the head, splitting their head open) — emphasizing how brutal and cruel his fighting style is compared to the other katana wielders.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: His many lines about not letting others laugh at him along with some of his later bond lines lamenting that all he can do for you is kill your enemies imply that he's at least somewhat aware of his personal shortcomings, but relies on his great talent to mask his insecurities.
- Insistent Terminology: He's not an assassin. He's a manslayer. He's fairly set on that.
- Master of None: In-story, Izo never devoted himself to a particular school of swordsmanship, believing his natural talent to be far superior to any skill he could be taught. His resulting self-developed fighting style is difficult to read and lets him fight on par with Saber-class Servants even as an Assassin. But his lack of life experience means that he lacks a Mystic Sword Technique or specialty like Kojiro's Tsubame Gaeshi or Okita's Mumyou Sandanzuki.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Izo is often treated like this by the Guda Guda gang, normally getting separated from everyone else during reyshifts, and being counted as a non-entity when he volunteers for missions. In life, his allies did the same thing, often excluding him, much to his bitterness.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He's a genius swordsman with incredible natural talent who was cut down when he was in his youth, thus he never experienced the things that make other warriors worldly. He never got old or sick, never met a Worthy Opponent, never saw the world outside of isolated Japan, and never saw nor comprehended that his downfall was brought by his own vices. So when he suffers his close defeat against Li Shuwen, Izo accuses Li Shuwen of using his Redline before Okita Alter acknowledges that Li Shuwen was just stronger than him. Li Shuwen himself said before disappearing after losing his duel with Okita Alter, who was decisively weaker than both of them (due to the severe wounds Li Shuwen suffered from his fight with Izo), that in terms of talent, Izo was superior to him, and the difference in their fighting skills was paper-thin, but the difference in life-experience was the reason why he lost.
- Perma-Stubble: While it's difficult to see in his Ascension art, he does have some stubble on his chin and along his jaw. It's a bit more noticeable in other art Lack has drawn of him.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: He wears his hair in a short ponytail for his First Ascension, but his Second and Third Ascensions have his hair grow out to be much longer.
- Power Copying: He can perfectly replicate others' sword techniques after seeing them once with his Noble Phantasm Shimatsuken (Settlement Sword). Normally he is limited to the ones he has seen in his life, but he can learn new techniques after being summoned. The only restrictions are that he can't copy techniques that rely on special characteristics of a Noble Phantasm or Anti-Unit Mystic Sword techniques like Tsubame Gaeshi, and the technique copied has to be an Anti-Unit type.
- Psychopathic Manchild: In a way, he sort of is. He may be an infamous, brutal hitman, but it is clearly coming out of his immature sense of self-importance, confidence in his skills and a lack of understanding of the implications of his actions — which understandably got him executed in life.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His 2nd Ascension is blatantly running on this — playing off the stereotypical "shadow killer" in most Jidaigeki. Also fitting considering he and his compatriots among the Four Hitokiri of the Bakumatsu are the Trope Codifier of that.
- Rōnin: Definitely looks the part for his 1st and 2nd ascension stages. Justified in that he actually comes from a lower class of samurai from Tosa at the time.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Not so much his first one, which is mostly intended to make him look like a hobo. His third ascension one, on the other hand, is clearly here to be cool.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: His typically ragged clothing and Hair-Trigger Temper means that he looks like a ragamuffin at best and an unhinged killer at worst. But his alternate outfits have him cut a much more heroic and attractive figure, between his Third Ascension being his samurai wear and his Spiritron Dresses being an opulent hakama and a finely tailored suit from Ms. Crane. All of these give him a much more rugged handsomeness compared to his normally scruffy look.
- Situational Sword: His Manslayer A skill, in addition to a one-turn Crit Damage buff, does extra damage to enemies with the Humanoid trait for one turn for a whopping 100% at max rank. Now factor in that every single Servant in the game has this trait with the exceptions of BB (Summer) and Ibuki Douji and combine it with his other skills that also boost crit damage and star absorption, and an NP Brave Chain with crits on his other two face cards in it on an enemy Servant (especially a Rider or Berserker) will prove he really is a "Man-Slayer."
- Skilled, but Naive: While he's a very skilled swordsman and can instantly learn new techniques by watching them once, he also has a rather immature sense of self-importance and isn't very worldly due to being put to death at the relatively young age of 27. Because he died so young, he can still be beaten by other, more experienced Servants despite his incredible skill.
- Smug Super: He is very, very proud of his ability to instantly learn swordmanship through merely watching it, and likes to refer to himself as a prodigy of the sword. It also kind of overlaps with Small Name, Big Ego, as while it really is an incredible power, Heroic Spirits have among their ranks several martial artists who can still overcome him through skill alone. He doesn't take it too well when he discovers that Li Shuwen is still slightly above his level that he thought was undefeatable.
- Sore Loser: Izo's first reaction upon losing to Li Shuwen in the third GudaGuda event is assume that Li Shuwen is using the redline to power himself up, he then calls Li Shuwen a cheater for doing so. Okita Alter directly states Li Shuwen is doing nothing of the sort and was just better than Izo.
- We Used to Be Friends: He and Ryouma aren't on very good terms these days, to say the least.note It's eventually clarfied that Izo felt betrayed that Ryouma left their faction without talking about it to Izo, or even saying goodbye personally, having felt like Ryouma was the only person who didn't exclude him. That said, when Ryouma offers up his life to Izo to take, no strings attached, Izo reacts in surprise before going through with it...but not only was the blow not fatal by intention, Izo struck fully expecting Ryouma to dodge and is left panicking when the Rider takes the hit, so clearly Izo still has some care for him despite his words to the contrary.
Command Cards: QQQAB; (Q)
Alignment: Neutral Summer
Origin: Japan (19th century)
First appearance: Koha-Ace (as "Sakura Saber")
Illustrated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
At long last, the captain of Shinsengumi Okita Souji finally gets her chance to get a swimsuit! However, before she can celebrate with others, she gets knocked out cold when Mysterious Heroine XX crashes into her. Thinking that she accidentally killed her, Heroine XX tries to perform a life-saving surgery on Okita, transforming her into a cyborg by installing her with Makoto Drive and a pair of jet boosters. After finding out that she only has 72 hours to live, Okita J. Souji heads out to Las Vegas to get the Grail to extend her lifespan. But will her cybernetics end up benefiting her or be more trouble than they should be worth? (By the way, J means "Jet").
The unwitting robotics Okita received from Mysterious Heroine XX are both a boom and demerit to her performance, albeit her natural manslaying skills help her out as an Assassin. Her first skill, Jet Tennen Rishinryu A+, increases her Critical Strength and C. Star Gather Rate for one turn, but also removes one defense buff from her as a demerit. Her second skill, Mind's Eye (J) A-, gives her one-turn Evade and Sure Hit, while also increasing her NP Strength for three turns. Her third skill, M Drive EX, increases her Quick Card effectiveness for three turns, but also decreases her defense that gets worse each turn for three turns. Her Noble Phantasm, Jet Sandanzuki/The Mumyou's Light Radiates at Dawn, is an AoE Quick attack that removes all enemies' defensive buffs and inflicts them with defense down for three turns, but has a chance of stunning Okita if she uses it.
She appeared in the "Lord's Las Vegas Tournament" event.
- Actor Allusion: With her normal Contralto of Danger gone, Okita goes full-on Hot-Blooded and combined with her new mecha-esque design, seems to be channeling Hibiki Tachibana, who is voiced by the same actress as her. Coincidentally, shortly before her release, Symphogear's own gacha game also had a Summer Event with Summer Hibiki having a special move that ends with her becoming A Twinkle in the Sky, so Okita's also kind of copying her.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Her entire gameplay gimmick, as she has great offensive skills but she suffers from a number of horrible defensive demerits. Special mention goes to both her Noble Phantasm, which has a fairly-high chance to stun her and lock out any Brave chains the player might've set up, her third skill, which imposes a gradually increasing defense debuff onto an already-fragile character, and her first skill that removes any defensive abilities she might've been hoping to benefit from.
- Beneath the Mask: She loves bragging about being "the beautiful swordswoman Okita," but quite a few of her My Room conversations strongly imply she's not confident in her looks. Either she genuinely doesn't think she's pretty, or she feels insecure around the protagonist.
- Berserk Button: Don't even think about mocking her hard-earned swimsuit.
- Butt-Monkey: Considering she's the summer version of one of the first joke characters in F/GO, this isn't too surprising. One of her attack animations has her lose control of her jet booster and fly erratically before smashing into the target and ending with her face-first on the ground.
- Cyborg: She was modified by Mysterious Heroine XX when she thought that she killed her. She's had the jet boosters permanently attached to her body. One of her laments is that they make it difficult for her to pass through the station gates.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Subverted. It seemed like Okita really did pass on while watching the Vegas sunset with her Master, but she actually just passed out from her usual ailments. After Heroine XX explains that she actually has more time to live, she regains consciousness while being supremely embarrassed.
- Emergency Transformation: Well, MHXX thought it was this.
- Fragile Speedster: Her A+ Agility is offset by her D-Rank Strength and an E in Endurance. This is reflected in gameplay, as her skills give her incredible potential firepower, but it's offset by a bevy of defensive demerits along with her vulnerabilities to instant death and stunning.
- Glass Cannon: One of the more extreme examples in the game. All her skills and her Noble Phantasm contribute to increasing her damage output in some way (Critical Strength Up, Noble Phantasm Up, Quick Performance Up, and Enemy Defense Down, respectively) to fulfill the 'cannon' part of the trope. On the 'glass' end, her 1st skill strips a defensive buff upon usage, her 3rd skill weakens her defence by increasing amounts per turn for three turns (and to add insult to injury, it's coded as a buff which means it can't be cleansed easily), using her Noble Phantasm has a 60% chance of stunning herself, and lastly, she's extremely vulnerable to Instant Death with two of her passive skills making that vulnerability even worse.
- Idiot Hair: She retained her ahoge from her Saber form. Oddly enough, she loses the ahoge upon reaching her (fairly serious) second Ascension, then regains it at her third.
- Implausible Deniability: She tries to claim she always had the jetpack at the ready to use.
- Joke Character: Even when she's no longer dying of tuberculosis, Okita's still here to wackily hurt herself while fighting for your amusement. She has a kit overloaded with crippling demerits which not only provide anti-synergy with their benefits, but with her incredibly fragility as a character.
- Lethal Joke Character: Despite everything, she can still perform at a high level if supported well... even if plenty of other Servants in her niche can do just as good a job without accidentally blowing themselves to bits.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: While "Okita being forcefully modified with life-threatening upgrades" is played for laughs in her First and Third Ascension, her Second Ascension takes the concept of "Okita Souji as an Assassin" and uses it the best it can. She switches out her swimsuit for a jersey-haori combination, her normal katana is replaced with a bulky Laser Blade, and her overall personality switches for a persona that is a serious professional, fitting for someone who belonged in a Secret Police group. Even her introduction into the story plays her for just how dangerous she can be, wiping out all of the Swimsuit Daimyo in a swift swoosh (besides Okita Souji Alter who was out of formation anyway) and destroying Casino Demon King Nobunaga's hideout, being serious about it up until everyone else starts talking about her jetpack.
- Lighter and Softer: Her hardy side in battle, which comes with the Contralto of Danger that her regular Saber self has, is absent in this form, leaving only her dorky and Butt-Monkey aspects. She goes back to her Contralto of Danger in her first ascension, but goes back to silly for her third and final one; and even with her Contralto of Danger, it doesn't save her from the jet malfunction hijinx.
- Muscle Angst: She's self consciously admits that she thinks there's no way her warrior's body could possibly be beautiful in her Final Ascension. She's audibly fighting off tears when the protagonist says she can stay with them anyway.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Declares this in her second ascension."I am my master's sword. I'll cut down anything you tell me to cut. Ideals and beliefs are equally powerless before my sword."
- Mysterious Middle Initial: She's known as Okita J. Souji in this form, seemingly for no other reason aside from sounding mysterious and cool. (The J is for "Jet", by the way).
- Optional Stealth: Her most common "stealthy" approach to missions usually involved her breaking in through the front and killing her way to her target. Hijikata wasn't happy, but since everyone who saw her was dead it was a moot point.
- Outof Focus: When compared to other summer servant also introduced in the event "All In! Las Vegas Championship Match ~ Seven Duels of Swordbeauties!" Okita is notable for having the least amount of involvement on it's main story, going so far as disappearing completely despite her claims at the end of her fight that she would join the Master group in resolving the singularity
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Her hair grows much longer in her first Ascension form. Although at third, she reverts to her usual hair length.
- Samurai Ponytail: She grows her hair out to form a proper ponytail in her Second Ascension, making her look lot more serious and professional than she normally does.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: This version does not have tuberculosis. This is confirmed in her "Wish" My Room Dialogue.
- Touched by Vorlons: A side effect of being upgraded with technology from the Servant universe is that Okita gains an E-ranked Transcendental Existence skill.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: At the end of her Noble Phantasm, she flies high and becomes a twinkle. Rarely, this twinkle is followed by her Sky Face, though she quickly reassures everyone that she's not dead.
- Undying Loyalty: Okita - especially her more serious second ascension - makes it clear she's her Master's unquestioning blade."Yes, I'll keep fighting with Master come hell or high water. That is my desire."
- Weaponized Exhaust: One of her attacks has her blasting her target with the flame exhaust of her jet boosters.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Yes, Okita finally got a swimsuit, but she almost immediately gets knocked out cold by Heroine XX by accident, who then does an unnecessary Emergency Transformation on Okita which supposedly only gives her short time to live unless she gets a Grail. And even when it turns out that she has much longer to live than she was informed, she is still stuck with large jet boosters on her.
- Your Days Are Numbered: While reading out the manual to Okita's new upgrades, Heroine XX reveals that she only has 72 hours to live, leading to Okita looking for a Grail to extend her life. But when she thinks that her time is up, Heroine XX comes to reveal that she read the manual incorrectly and that she has 7200000 hours to live, which translates to 800 years.
ID: No. 189
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Origin: Japan (17th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Yuuichirou Higashide
Illustrated by: Daisuke Moriyama
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (Japanese), Brittany Lauda (English, Fate/Grand Carnival)
Osakabehime is a youkai enshrined as landlord deity of Himeji Castle, well-settled into its tower at this point. She appears to be a tidy black-haired maiden but once that veneer is taken off, what you have is someone gloomy, menial and with a predisposition to find most things bothersome. She's internet friends with Tamamo and Kiyohime.
She debuted in the third Halloween event "Halloween Strike! Demonic Climb - Himeji Castle War" as the instigator of the singularity, though not necessarily the main antagonist.
- Adaptational Heroism: In folklore, she's a cruel yokai who manipulates those who venture into her castle like puppets and instantly kills them when they see her face. Here, she only wants to be left alone and is extremely goofy even when she is trying to be threatening.
- Affectionate Nickname:
- By the time the protagonist catches up to Elisabeth and Osakabehime in the Halloween singularity, the two have already become good friends; Osakabehime responds to Elisabeth's nickname of "Batty" with "El-El".
- The love interest variant of nicknaming also pops up soon afterward as Osakabehime calls the Master "Ma-chan".
- Animal Motifs:
- Bats. Her hoodie has bat ears on it and in her art, she's always seen with a bat chiyogami figure in her hand. This also ties to her Hikikomori attitude thanks to a Japanese pun. The joke is that bats are pronounced komori in Japanese.
- Also, while it's not a main motif, she's also fond of using foxes during some attacks and in her third ascension art. Her profile reveals that it really is her main motif, as she is a 300-year-old Kitsune who attained human form, but she's going with the bat motif to avoid overlapping too much with Tamamo's character, both as a favor to an old friend and because Tamamo can get really scary when she's angry. Her profile claims that they had a huge argument over who should have the fox motif that dragged an entire online forum into it, with Osakabehime ending up as the loser. A CE from the Summer 2018 event, "Lady Foxy", depicts Osakabe in her true form (and a bikini) with fox ears and tail.
- Animation Bump: Her Noble Phantasm is ridiculous compared to many others. It uses a very high-res (for the game) Himeji Castle rooftop as a stage setting, Osakabe gets a completely unique dance animation for it, and she dances under the light of fireflies, which ends up filling the screen with particle effects. It's incredibly beautiful and it's also hilariously more involved than 90% of the game's other NPs. The only ones who even came close at the time of her release were Caster Nero and Archer of Shinjuku.
- Arc Villain: She masterminded the third Halloween event as a way to stay a social recluse forever.
- Ascended Extra: She's been mentioned several times by Tamamo as one of her email pen pals. Kiyohime also briefly mentioned her in this capacity during the first Halloween event, "The Adventure of Singing Pumpkin Castle" (which, in a hilarious bit of timing, many people were reminded of when the North American server ran the event a week before Osakabehime's debut on the JP server) and Musashi name-drops her during her Trial Quest and in Shimousa right before her event.
- Asian Fox-Spirit: Her profile states that she's really a kitsune, though she goes with a bat motif so as not to overlap with Tamamo (apparently they got into a huge debate on a youkai message board over who should keep their fox motif, with Osakabehime being the loser). The "Lady Foxy" Craft Essence alludes to this by showing her in her true form, with fox ears and a tail.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Prior to her Balance Buff, she was originally designed to be the Quick support comparable to Merlin. However, because her Quick support buff was tied to her Noble Phantasm's Overcharge effect, this meant that she was very situational because she needed either to be at the end of a Noble Phantasm chain, or have multi copies so that she could use it. She also could only charge a single ally's NP up by 10% with a skill, scaling to 20% at max level, compared to Merlin who could do give every party member 20% NP charge without having to level Dreamlike Charisma at all, and give them a nice attack boost in the bargain. All in all, she was too impractical to be used, at least, not until her buffs, and even with them she was hardly the Quick-based support monster Scáthach-Skadi would prove to be.
- Balance Buff:
- Osakabehime had her Noble Phantasm upgraded with the her Halloween event rerun. This doubled the Max Health bonus and, unexpectedly, gives a 30% Buster base bonus alongside the previous 30% Quick bonus. This is especially surprising considering how she was originally seen as a pure Quick support.
- Her Shapeshift was buffed via Interlude into Four Gods Divination (Hakuro) A. In addition to the flat defense buff and debuff resistance, it gives the party a crit damage buff, adding to her ability to serve as a team support.
- Beneath the Mask: Her "Princess mode", where she acts like a bubbly Genki Girl who adores her Master, is a front for her attempts to manipulate them into letting her do whatever she wants. Problem is, she's not good at hiding what's behind the mask, so her lazier, gloomier "NEET mode" is obvious to anyone who's around her long enough. Not only that, but it gets turned around on her at higher bond and ascension levels."I get it, I get it, alright? I know you already saw how I am at the start, so whatever."
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: As a peer and friend of Tamamo and Kiyohime, her fiendishness and lethality should come as no surprise.
- Celebrity Paradox: She plays Grand Order on her tablet, which brings up questions on the nature of the multiverse.
- Death by Despair: After her Interlude, her profile reveals that this is how she died. One day, she realized she was finally alone in Himeji Castle, and enjoyed it for a few years — until she realized that no one outside remembered she existed, and no one would ever acknowledge her again. In the ensuing emotional breakdown, she concluded that this was the same as being dead.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Thief among the trio of yokai maidens she forms with Kiyohime and Tamamo-no-Mae, as she has a very indirect fighting style and is of the Assassin class with the passive skills that come with it to boot.
- Finger Poke of Doom: One of her attack animations is teleporting behind the target and poking its back. And it deals damage. And somehow hits the enemy four times with one poke.
- Foil: Osakabehime's role and motivation in the third Halloween event is similar to Caster of the Nightless City/Scheherazade's in Agartha. They both created a singularity so they don't have to fight due to their fears. Scheherazade created Agartha to destroy the magic system so she never has to fear death again, Osakabehime simply wants to create a harmless singularity where she can stay isolated forever due to her social anxiety. They also differ in the lengths they're willing to go: while Scheherazade is willing to drop an island on the modern world which will cause countless casualties, Osakabehime can't even go through with the Mecha Eli-chan II killing Elisabeth and tries to stall as long as possible.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: If you look closely at her tablet's screen, it looks like she's playing FGO. She hasn't cleared Solomon's Temple yet as it displays the original title screen.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: She's a close friend of both Tamamo and Kiyohime, and she not only shares their Morph skill but has abilities that compliment theirs
- Gamer Chick: She's got plenty of video games to play (including FGO itself), and invites the protagonist to play them with her as her Bond Level increases.
- Gratuitous Japanese: In the English translation, she says transliterated Japanese phrases portmanteaued with their English meaning (eg. "Gomenasorry" or "Sore wa chigawrong"), or just full blown Japanese phrases ("Daijobu", "Kudasai", "Chotto").
- Tamamo and Kiyohime both call her a shut-in and the legend itself states that she hates meeting people and hides in various areas of the castle, particularly the uppermost floors like the attic... which leads to the gag. Her room is a typical hikikomori room (in the attic, of course) and she has a multi-screen computer with a video of summer Marie on Niconico, a Wacom drawing tablet, posters of pretty boys like Kojirou and Siegfried, Tamamo, Tamamo Cat and Kiyohime figurines, volumes of Learning with Manga, a Kid Gilgamesh dakimakura, and even a Musashi nesoberi.
- She hatches the plot of the third Halloween event so that she can remain a hikikomori forever - if she sets up a situation in which Elisabeth can't make Halloween happen, the singularity will never collapse (but won't threaten history either), therefore it will always be cut off from the rest of the world and she can remain in safe isolation for eternity.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Her crippling social anxiety causes her to reject social interaction as much as she can, but she'll start craving acknowledgement if she's left alone for too long.
- Improbable Weapon User: One of her skills and some of her attacks revolve around her use of origami figures in combat.
- In the Hood: A more adorable version than most - in her initial ascension, she's wearing a hoodie-blanket over her dress, based on the 12-layered kimono of her legend. She later drops it for a simple hoodie, though it's still full of layers.
- Jerkass Realization: She begins withdrawing back into her introverted ways during her Interlude after her Master stops visting her. When she works up the courage to finally ask why you've abandoned her, the protagonist explains Osakabehime either ignored them or snapped at them when they came, so they left her to focus on her books. She's pretty embarrassed when it finally clicks.I... I... I... I was so focused on my books that I didn't even realize how much of a jerk I was being. I'm so soooooorry!
- Lampshade Hanging: When thanked about still selling Halloween prizes at the shop after being revealed as the villain, she complains, but a mook for the event explains that no Servant can resist the magic.
- Lazy Bum: Most of the characters suggest going training or on adventures with them, if you're just idling in My Room. This girl meanwhile is extremely happy to learn that no one's going anywhere and she can laze around all she wants. And of course there's her summoning where she barely introduces herself before cheerfully asking "okay, can I go home now?" This attitude is what makes the prototype Mecha Eli-chan Mark I turn on her, since she made it too similar to a dutiful Elisabeth who cares about running Cjeste correctly.
- Lethal Chef: Beni-Enma says her cooking is so bad, Osakabehime would do better to die and be reincarnated so she could learn from the beginning than trying to teach her now.
- Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Whether she likes it or not, the weirdos of Chaldea have really helped her expand her horizons. Musashi in particular is so bright and lively that Osakabehime's whole gloomy air is disrupted.
- Master of None: She's considered to be a particularly low tier Servant because she can't really do anything. She seems to have been designed as a possible Quick support, but there are some pretty critical flaws that make it impossible to fulfill that role. For starters, her Quick buff is tied to her NP and not a skill, meaning it can't be used on command. She also can't generate NP fast enough with her NP gain/hit counts. Her party defense/healing and NP fill skills are also similarly lacking, leaving some players to conclude that she's only a functional unit when played by herself and therefore able to always have the cards you need to make her workable.
- This is taken even further with her Noble Phantasm after her Rank Up Quest, which adds a Buster buff alongside an improved heal.
- The Medic: A bit of an odd example. Instead of directly restoring health like most other heals in the game, her Noble Phantasm increases the party's maximum HP for 3 turns, and since Max HP Up restores hitpoints "from the bottom," this means it also restores health to those affected. While this acts as only a temporary buff, it has the advantage of effectively healing members that already had full health, making it more useful in certain situations.
- Nerd Glasses: Her glasses are one of her primary character design features in her initial ascension, and in general she's depicted as a nerdy Otaku. While she loses them for her second and third ascensions, she gets them back for her final one.
- Never Found the Body: Lampshaded at the end of her Halloween event. She and Elisabeth seemingly perform a Heroic Sacrifice to protect the world outside of the singularity from an explosion. Mecha Eli-chan Mk. II and Carmilla prematurely consider how to honor their deaths until they both show up loudly declaring how they're "very much alive!""No body, no death! Duh! I grant you that it DID look pretty rough back there, but as you can see, we're still alive and kicking!"
- Not What I Signed on For: Her only real goal in the third Halloween event is to create a self-sustaining singularity that will never fade so she can be a hikikomori forever. When she realizes that going through with the plan means she needs to kill Elisabeth in order to properly power Mecha Eli-chan Mark II, she's clearly not happy about it and keeps trying to stall for time instead of going through with the deed.
- Odd Friendship:
- She's implied to have become friends with Miyamoto Musashi, with Musashi convincing Osakabe to go travelling with her among other things. The nerdy, shut-in youkai becoming friends with an outgoing, dimension-hopping samurai is rather odd, though they do have a historical connection - according to legend, the historical Musashi helped Osakabehime out by getting rid of a monster in her castle. As thanks, Osakabe gave him a treasured sword.
- In her debut event, she forms a strong friendship with Elisabeth (to the point of refusing to kill her as an antagonist and staying behind with her in what seemed to be a Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the event) even though they have little in common — Elisabeth even calls them "complete opposite[s] in EVERY way." Osakabehime agrees and elaborates:"You took the words right out of my mouth! You hate being confined; I hate going out. You want to be a symbol for your nation; I want to be something more than that. You want to be an idol adored by millions; I want to be a princess for my chosen few!"
- Only Friend: At the climax of the third Halloween event, she admits Elisabeth is really in the only IRL friend she has, since Tamamo and Kiyohime only really communicate with her over the internet.
- Otaku Surrogate: She's a shut-in whose room is filled with FGO-related goods. She shows a lot of interest in anime, video games and other otaku-oriented media, but they largely seem to be the kind aimed at a male audience.
- Paper Master: An ace when it comes to origami, and she attacks with a variety of magically empowered, animal-themed foldings, up to and including a full-sized horse.
- Proud Beauty: She's eager to proclaim how beautiful she looks and uses it to get close to the Master.Osakabehime: "...So that must mean... You really DO need my help! Even though I'm a beautiful, isolated shut-in who's lived her whole life online and doesn't know a thing about the outside world."
Assassin of Shinjuku: "This 'beautiful' bit is really the important thing to you, isn't it?"
Osakabehime: "That's just who I am."
- Say It with Hearts: She punctuates a lot of her statements directed at the Master with hearts, emphasizing how she's teasing or flirting with them.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: The 2018 Summer Craft Essence◊ does show that when she gets out of her stuffy, traditionally-inspired clothing and her awkward demeanor, she actually looks stunning.
- Sleepyhead: Her in-game battle sprite seems trying not to fall asleep.
- Square Race, Round Class: Although she's an Assassin, her physical stats are horrendous because she rarely leaves her room and has several skills and a Noble Phantasm that would be more appropriate for a Caster. If it wasn't for her lifetime of hiding and concealing herself, she'd probably be a Caster through and through.
- Squishy Wizard: Her parameters go from abysmal to amazing, with E ranking on Strength, Agility and Endurance, but A+ on Luck and Mana, and A++ for her Noble Phantasm.
- Stone Wall: Though she can't heal herself, she does have the ability to give herself an impressive 80% defense for one turn by herself or 50% for three. This gives her some pretty good synergy with the likes of Tamamo or Mash by letting her either hit 100% outright or allowing her to keep her defense buffs up near permanently and healing her at the same time.
- Support Party Member: Subverted. With her skill set and NP, you would think she's the closest the game has to a functional Quick support Servant (at least before the introduction of Skadi). However, with her Quick based deck, inability to increase NP on demand and the Quick buff (and later Buster Buff) being tied to her NP, she can't keep her NP up enough without using a lot of her cards whenever they're up, which undermines the point of being support. As a result, she's actually more suited to being used entirely by herself than as support.
- Thinking Up Portals: She has an ability to create portal to transport herself in as shown in her Quick attack.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Her strange setup and class make her fit in to a rather niche role of Assassin support for events or fights where a strong Rider enemy is faced. This is because she gains an extra layer of tankiness that saves her from being at the mercy of luck like the Caster supports are, and with most Assassins being Quick focused, she can offer some support to them. In particular, she works very well in fights like "Death Jail Summer Escape's" notorious Bull of Heaven, or Lostbelt 1's Ivan.
- Unreliable Narrator: In her debut event, she and Elisabeth both tell exaggerated stories of how they got kicked out of Csejte Pyramid Himeji Castle that piece together into a coherent story. In Osakabehime's version of events, Mecha Eli-chan is a very straightforward Card-Carrying Villain who plainly introduces herself and then threatens to devour their intestines, turn them into a wax sculpture, or force them to commit a fatal typographical error (emphasis on "or").Assassin of Shinjuku: "Let's see, to sum all that up in two lines... Smells like BS. Can't trust a word of it."
Osakabehime: "C-come on! I mean, okay, I might've chotto embellished Mecha Eli-chan's character..."
- Voodoo Doll: She creates origami representations of her Master which is cute if not for the fact that she made it so that anything that happens to the doll also happens to them.
ID: No. 44
Command Cards: QQQAB; (A)
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Literature (The Phantom of the Opera)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Sima Udon
Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu
The mysterious person from the novel set in the 19th century, the titular Phantom of the Opera. He's probably the individual that became the basis for the novel. Living in a huge labyrinth waterway beneath the opera house, he was charmed by a young actress, guided her into becoming a songstress, and performed serial murders for the sake of his unfulfilled love.
Normally a gentleman but it's only a mere facade. Great sorrow and hatred is hidden beneath his mask. He knows that when it becomes too much for him, a tragedy will occur.
He has a brief appearance in France as an antagonist and the real being. He also appears in Shinjuku as a villain under the Berserker class, searching for his Christine.
- Balance Buff: He received a Rank Up Quest during the lead-up to the Fifth Anniversary that buffed Siren Song to Echoes from Garnier, which not only changed the Charm to have a chance to affect any single enemy, not just female, it also dropped a turn off the cooldown and allows Phantom to Buff Removal the target regardless of whether the Charm lands or not.
- Bishōnen: When not wearing his bloodied mask, he actually looks pretty normal.
- Bishōnen Line: Of a sort. After spending first and second ascension as a sort of menacing, floating wraith, third ascension renders Phantom as a somewhat normal Sharp-Dressed Man— with most of his powers intact and upgraded.
- Charm Person: His Siren Song skill allows him to charm female enemies and Caenis. The upgraded Echoes from Garnier allows him to charm any enemy.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Very much so.
- Facial Horror: What he at least claims is under his mask.
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: Fate/Grand Order Arcade gives him a chandelier drop as one of his extra attacks. The Shinjuku manga also has him trying to do this onto Fujimaru and Archer of Shinjuku.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In-universe, he has the Innocent Monster skill at a fairly high rank. This is because his mask and deformities were added by later sources, while the original was an unremarkable-looking but quite-mad murderer. His Bond CE represents him trying to puzzle out how much of what he remembers about himself is true and how much just the result of his legend, with little success thanks to his Mental Pollution.
- Human Resources: In Shinjuku he's been constructing automatons out of murdered people. He refers to the one he appears with as Christine and it really is her, but she's completely insane thanks to the body she's in and only gains lucidity after her body is destroyed. She has no idea what she was doing in Shinjuku and asks if he summoned her to sing, but when he confirms this guess she calls him a liar.
- Leitmotif: The Phantom of Kabuki-cho, which features in Shinjuku as he goes about his murder spree.
- Luminescent Blush: Give him a chocolate during Valentine's Day, and at the end of his return gift cutscene he'll give a blush so powerful it's visible through his mask and bandages.
- Monster Clown: The vibe given by his mask.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Summoned by his Noble Phantasm, Christine Christine: My Love Song Shall Surely Even Resound Through Hell. Made extra ominous by the fact that the pipe organ is constructed with the corpses of his past victims, predating Uryuu Ryuunosuke's handiwork by few centuries.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He's always referred to as the Phantom of the Opera, but it's confirmed in Shinjuku by Christine's wraith that his name really is Erik.
- The Ophelia: Can be interpreted as a Rare Male Example particularly after his third ascension, as a result of both his Mental Pollution and penchant for singing at seemingly inappropriate times. It reaches its height in the Prison Tower Event as he sings of love before disappearing after being defeated.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: One of his Personal Skills, Mental Pollution, means he cannot understand or be understood by anyone without the same level of distorted mentality. He gets along with the Caster incarnation of Gilles de Rais for this reason.
- Talkative Loon: Thanks to his Mental Pollution, while he is capable of talking most of what he has to say revolves around Christine and songs. His Valentine's return gift scene has him briefly go lucid long enough to lament he wishes his madness was more like Kiyohime's, who can at least have a normal conversation with others on a regular basis.
- Theatre Phantom: An iteration of the Trope Codifier.
- The Un Intelligible: A bizarre case. He is capable of speaking, but his Mental Pollution is so severe that anything he says comes out as barely comprehensible nonsense. The Protagonist and the other Servants are usually able to understand what he's trying to say in general, though.
- Wolverine Claws: Gains rather gruesome ones in his stage two card, seeming as though his hands have been skinned and blades have been attached to the tips of his fingers. They are explicitly the result of his Innocent Monster skill, probably because he was at one point played by Robert Englund.
ID: No. 92
Command Cards: QQAAB; (A)
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: Japan (original creation)
First appearance: The Garden of Sinnersnote
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto
The main protagonist of Kara no Kyoukai, a woman with the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. Shiki originally had both a male and female personality due to her upbringing as a member of the Ryougi clan. After recovering from a traumatic accident, Shiki discovers that she can no longer feel the her male personality's presence while also feeling an uncomfortable detachment from her memories before the accident. While she knows that she is Shiki, she does not feel that she is.
In the hopes of regaining her former identity, she puts on a cold façade that is somewhere between the thoughtful, quiet nature of the female persona and the blunt, dissolute male persona. Shiki is often very brusque, businesslike, and aloof, although she does reveal a much more human and compassionate side towards Kokutou Mikiya, her ex-classmate.
She debuted as your ally in Garden of Order and was the free Servant of the event, after becoming an Urban Legend who roams the streets of Mifune city at night. Other Nasuverse works she appears in include her cameo as a Bonus Boss in Fate/EXTRA as "MONSTER".
- Action Girl: When a woman is a protagonist in a Nasuverse series, they're this.
- All Just a Dream: She thinks her experience in Chaldea is this. It's for the best, she wouldn't take it well if she thought Mikiya was gone. And technically, she's not wrong...
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is dark-haired, beautiful and aloof.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Though not a twin in the strictest sense, Shiki goes through something like this after she loses her male personality SHIKI.
- Animal Motifs: Usually associated with cat and Mikiya also compares her to a rabbit. A Killer Rabbit, to be precise.
- The black cat that she and Mikiya took care in extra chorus appears as event-exclusive currency.
- Her appearance in TYPE-MOON's 2013 April Fools as the Decapitating Bunny appears as a Craft Essence.
- Anti-Hero: She's bloodthirsty, apathetic, cynical, and off-putting, but is ultimately a good friend to those who get to know her and willingly joins Chaldea to fight alongside the protagonist.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: A gag in the original event has her shrugging off things like ghosts, zombies, automatons, and historical figures... and then being stunned into silence by the fact that Lancer Alter is riding a horse indoors.
- Artificial Limbs: Her left arm is prosthetic, built by Aozaki Touko, her boss. Her original was twisted off by Asagami Fujino.
- Ax-Crazy: A mild case, but she's every bit the Blood Knight that she was in her own stories.
- Badass Boast: Spouts a variation of her boast to Fujino from Remaining Sense of Pain to Edmond Dantès."Even if something exists for millions of years, it's only the false impression of eternal youth that humans project on it. But all things possess the seed of destruction. There is nothing in the universe that is immutable for eternity. Get lost, vengeful demon. No matter how long or great a life is, as long as it has an end, I won't hesitate to kill even a god!"
- Balance Buff: Her NP has been buffed via a Rank-Up Quest in honor of the Arcade crossover with The Garden of Sinners, making her the second free event Servant to receive a Rank-Up Quest. The buff not only increases her damage, but also decreases the targets DEF afterwards. Thanks to this, Shiki can absolutely wreck enemies who survive the initial hit, and if she has the Critical Stars to do it, she will deal amazing damage thanks to her Critical Strength buff on her second skill. Plus, since she is a free Servant, her overall damage across the board is better too thanks to it!
- Bifauxnen: Often described as both "handsome" and "beautiful," although she definitely possesses a very feminine figure in the movies. In the novel, she is described as looking and sounding fairly androgynous. In addition she uses aggressive masculine pronouns as part of the masculine persona she adapts to compensate for SHIKI's loss.
- Born in the Wrong Century: Oh so very much. She might not show any desire to have been born in another century (or any desire, period, aside from the desire to kill, really), but:
- She's a warrior woman who only feels alive in a fight to the death.
- Her weapons of choice are the tanto (knife) and katana (sword).
- She wears a traditional kimono whenever possible.
- She barely uses any modern conveniences (the lights and refrigerator in her apartment, and a phone she doesn't actually use).
- Cast from Hit Points: Her Yin-Yang skill causes her to take 1000 damage in exchange for up to a 30% increase in her NP gauge. She can't die from using the skill, however, and will be left at 1 HP if she's under 1000.
- Chef of Iron: Despite her incredibly basic diet, she is a good chef (as her tastes are so refined) and gives the player her own handmade chocolate for Valentine's.
- Combos: Both forms of Shiki's Mystic Eyes of Death Perception are clearly meant to be used in tandem with each other; the skill lowers enemy's resistance to Instant Death, the NP's Overcharge effect, while also boosting the power of Shiki's Arts Cards, including her NP.
- Comically Missing the Point: In the Garden of Order she takes offense to Mephistopheles comparing himself to her... because her knife is much better at cutting things than his scissors. The protagonist immediately lampshades that of all the reasons to be mad at being compared to Mephistopheles, that's what sets her off.
- Cool Big Sis: Despite her aloof nature, she is lonely and has an older sister complex on the inside, so she ends up taking care of those she takes a liking to.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her irises are as black as her hair until she activates her Mystic Eyes of Death Perception.
- Cute and Psycho: In reference to the anime fandom term yangire, Nasu labels her as a tsungire. For the non-Japanese speakers out there, tsun means cold/aloof and gire means cut, which indeed sums up her approach quite well.
- Death Glare: As Mikiya says, "It's said that you can kill someone just by looking at them, but Shiki definitely has the potential."
- Demoted to Extra: An unfortunate fate of her being from a series which, while technically taking place in the universe, is not part of the Fate series is that after her event ended, she hasn't received much of any new story content in the game. While she has gotten few additional things like being the final Bonus Boss of SE.RA.PH. event and getting a Rank Up Quest due to the release of "Garden of Order" event in Fate/Grand Order Arcade, her status as a Servant in the game is ultimately a relic of the fact that her debut event happened.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: As a result of both losing SHIKI and spending two years alone in a void during her coma, when she wakes up she struggles with a sense of emptiness and complete apathy towards everything. This is the main reason behind her cold, standoffish personality, as well as her taste for killing - fighting to the death is the only thing that makes her feel alive.
- Fangirl: Of Dr. Jekyll, as they're both killers with multiple personalities. Which is why she feels really disappointed that when she meets up with him, Hyde is the only personality active.
- First-Name Basis: While in her home series, where's she is called by her given name by most characters except Gakuto, Enjou and Shirazumi (and Araya who goes by Full-Name Basis), only Mash, Fujino and Irisviel call her by her given name in FGO. The protagonist calls her by her family name for most of the the Garden of Order event, but when given the choice, they can decide to switch to her given name instead.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: Her presentation as a Servant mirrors the Word Of God answer to whether or not Shiki can kill Servants - namely that she can cut their lines of death, but the difference in their physical parameters makes it nearly impossible to engage them head-on. Even as a Pseudo-Servant, Shiki manifests as an Assassin who's Weak, but Skilled, with below-average base stats but powerful skills.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: Shiki and her obsession with knives, although she's much stronger when wielding a katana.
- Glamour: Slips in and out of the idea that she's the landlord of the apartment in "Garden of Order". She doesn't seem to realize that Mikiya is gone; which would be a big deal given his Living Emotional Crutch status.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Mystic Eyes of Death Perception glow visibly blue when she uses her Noble Phantasm.
- Hero of Another Story: The heroine of Kara no Kyoukai and some of her lines in the crossover event imply that she's already gone through most of the series' events. The addition of the playable Fujino and Fujino's own lines heavily suggest that at the very least, "Panorama" and "Lingering Pain" have happened and she's experienced everything up to September 1998.
- Icy Gray Eyes: Shiki has the cold/dangerous variety of gray eyes.
- Idiot Hair: She has this in her Saint Graph artwork, but is absent in-game. It's present in the arcade game, however.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Technically she does all her fighting in various kimonos.
- Kimono Is Traditional: She was raised in a very traditional household and wears a kimono underneath her favorite red jacket.
- Lady of War: That beautiful form-fitting kimono is likely the last thing you'll ever see.
- Last-Name Basis:
- Throughout the "Kara no Kyokai/the Garden of Order" event, the player, Romani and Mephistopheles call her by her last name. At the end of the event's second half, the player can choose to call her by her first or her last name.
- Like in her home series, she calls Fujino by her last name.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Despite being the protagonist of her home series, she had many secrets which immediately given away in F/GO though her final profile tells the player to refer to Kara no Kyoukai light novels and anime for more details.
- Limited Wardrobe: She's only ever seen in her blue kimono and red jacket. As she explains herself, she's not changing out of it, and outright wonders if changes in attire are a common thing amongst Servants that ascend."Huh? Won't I get changed? Everyone else wears different clothes? ...Heroic Spirits are quite fashionable, aren't they..."
- Loss of Identity: After she wakes up from her two year coma, while Shiki knows she is "Ryougi Shiki", she does not feel that she is due to being unable to connect herself to the "her" from her memories and losing her split personality.
- Magical Eye: Her Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, which manifest themselves as Shiki's Noble Phantasm.
- Meaningful Name: Ryougi means "two equal sides of opposites", and while Shiki can be translated to "method" or "equation", it's more accurate to say that the name was derived from "shikigami". (And of course, "shikigami" can also mean death god...)
- Messy Hair: While her hair looks messy in her profile picture, her in-game sprite has her rough short hair be rather straight. But in Arcade, it is so messy it looks like she has a permanent case of bed hair. Her hair can seem gravity-defying at times.
- My Sibling Will Live Through Me: Though not an actual sibling, Shiki does something like this for her male personality by adopting his masculine behavior and speech patterns after losing him.
- Noble Demon: Shiki has Blue-and-Orange Morality and loves to fight, but she has standards and a kind of sense of responsibility. She loves killing people who are worth killing, but dislikes killing those who won't effectively fight back.
- Not So Stoic: She's left utterly befuddled by the presence of Altria Lancer Alter during the Garden of Order event, first by the fact she's riding a horse indoors, then by the fact she sheds off her armor to convince the heroes she's not the mastermind. By the time the fight actually starts, she's glad because things were just getting so weird.
- One-Hit Kill: Her Mystic Eyes of Death Perception take the form of both a skill and a Noble Phantasm. The NP has a chance to inflict one of these, while the skill makes enemies' death rates plummet and allows the NP to succeed more easily.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: She gets both sides of it, really. Shiki in canon is basically just a girl with a knife—an inhumanly skilled girl with a knife, but still—and wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in Hell in a straight fight against a Servant without her One-Hit Kill. On the other hand, her Mystic Eyes explicitly work against basically anything as long as she can trigger them, so that One-Hit Kill should be able to bring down just about anything. In-game, the above statement is reversed: Shiki's Mystic Eyes are a Useless Useful Spell that will basically never work against a Servant, but due to how easy it is to spam Mystic Eyes, she has great damage output and reasonable survivability, meaning she's considered one of the best picks for an offensively-minded Assassin, even when fighting foes she has no chance of triggering Instant Death against.
- Pretty in Mink: Her jacket has a fur collar.
- Raised as the Opposite Gender: Shiki was raised as a male to be a suitable heir to the family business, although Shiki herself was never really into it, especially after her male personality died and she met Mikiya, leaving her household to live by herself in an apartment.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: Her Mystic Eyes of Death Perception are an EX-ranked Noble Phantasm.note In terms of Nasuverse lore, her eyes are also ranked as "Rainbow" - essentially meaning that her Mystic Eyes are only comparable to First or Second Magic in terms of reality bending.
- Semantic Superpower: Her Mystic Eyes of Death Perception allow her to kill anything that's "alive" by tracing its lines of death. This isn't limited to living beings, since anything can be "alive" for as long as it is concrete and functional. Be they objects like telephone poles or abstract concepts like predestinated futures and the telekinetic spirals of Fujino's Mystic Eyes of Distortion. It does have limits though, and something that has already been destroyed may not have Lines of Deaths for her to cut.
- She's Got Legs: Her Final Ascension artwork shows off her legs and feet.
- Simple, yet Awesome: She has a basic, no-frills toolkit. An Arts-based Mana Burst (with the bonus of lowering enemy death resistance), a dodge with a crit buff attached, and an NP charge at the expense of some health. All of these make her one of the most-used ST-Assassins in the game due to her ease of use and effectiveness.
- Split Personality: To a much more complicated degree than usual. It's not that they're a single personality that was split - they were always separate entities that happened to occur in the same body. The Ryougi Clan has the supernatural ability of dual personalities, which resulted in Shiki having both a (dominant) female side and a male side. The male's personality is carefree with a free-radical nature and talks like a guy, while the female's is brooding and uses Keigo. The male personality disappearing is what has actually messed Shiki up some.
- The Stoic: Shiki usually has the same bored expression on her face. Her disinterest in other human beings started it, but it's her connection to the Root that made her empty.
- Theme Music Powerup: Her theme from the movie series plays when she uses her NP. More specifically, it's the M12+M13 variation from Overlooking View.
- Supreme Chef: She claims to be a very skilled chef because of her high-class taste, as said during her Valentine scene. In fact, she's one of the five Servants who taught Irisviel how to cook and bake; her four peers being members of Chaldea's kitchen staff.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: For such a tomboy, Shiki likes to wear fancy kimonos. Also, she at first says she doesn't like ice cream since her male personality loathes it, but it eventually becomes her favourite snack. Also she's a good cook because her tastes are so high-class.
- Tomboyish Name: The "Shiki" in Ryougi Shiki is a gender neutral name.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Häagen-Dazs strawberry ice cream and mineral water, both of which serve as event-exclusive currency.
- Tsundere: Don't let her stoic expressions fool you, she still displays this kind of personality in the game, although we only see her "tsun" mode for most of her screentime. Her "dere" side appears very briefly' when she gives you a Valentine chocolate of appreciation.
- Urban Legends: She's one of Mifune City's, which is the explanation for why she's a Servant.
- Useless Useful Spell: The One-Hit Kill aspect of her Noble Phantasm can be godsend against Elite Mooks since their resistance to Instant Death is relatively low. However, it's utterly worthless against most Servant bosses since their instant death resistance is jacked up to the point that it's nearly impossible to land it against themnote . That said, the Noble Phantasm still does hefty damage, ignores defense buffs, and can be brought to NP5 relatively easily, meaning that it's far from useless even against these enemies.
- Weak, but Skilled: Overall, this is how she's being presented both in-game and through her Servant stats - she's only got E-rank Strength, and her ATK is on the lower end of the spectrum amongst 4* Servants. However, she makes up for this by having a good Arts focus which allows her to build up her One-Hit Kill Noble Phantasm fairly easily, and can use skills to both boost its success rate and gain NP gauge. Even if the One-Hit Kill effect doesn't occur, her NP damage at NP5 is quite high, especially post-Rank-Up.
- You Remind Me of X: When the Protagonist says that they are helping the captured Servants in the Garden of Order, despite it being irrelevant to their mission, because they don't want to see them suffering, Shiki says they remind her of Mikiya.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: The Garden of Order event's singularity and plot were created from a dream of hers, which suspended her mind at the moment right before the incineration of Earth killed her. Because the Shiki in the event is her mind rather than her dying body, she can leave the self-created singularity and join Chaldea as a Pseudo-Servant without a legend.
ID: No. 39
Command Cards: QQQAB; (Q)
Alignment: Neutral Evil
Origin: Japan (16th century)
First appearance: Fate/stay night
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Mata (as an Assassin)/Takashi Takeuchi (as a Saber)
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki
A swordsman described as a worthy rival of one of Japan's prominent master swordsmen: Miyamoto Musashi. Sasaki was heralded as a genius of swordsmanship who mastered the Ganryuu school of swordplay at a young age.
However, in the Nasuverse, "Sasaki Kojiro" was actually a fictional character; a blended conglomeration of stories about various swordsmen who fought against Musashi. As it is impossible for the Throne of Heroes to contain the soul of a fictional person, the "Sasaki Kojirou" summoned here is actually the person who is closest to the descriptions of Kojirou: a nameless swordsman from a humble farmstead who created the legendary "Swallow Reversal" technique attributed to Kojirou's legend. However, this restriction has been loosened due to the unique circumstances of the Grand Order and Chaldea's FATE system, allowing him to be summoned as a regular Servant.
The "real" Sasaki Kojirou appears as "Nameless Saber" in Shimousa.
- Achievements in Ignorance: He managed to somehow access Second Magic (Tsubame Gaeshi) without knowing any magecraft or True Magic, just by practicing a lot.
- Affably Evil: Even if he's somewhat snarky, he's always polite and has respect for his opponent. The only reason we know he's "evil" is because of his alignment.
- Animation Bump: He got much more fluid animations after Shimosa's release, which were first previewed by his "Nameless" Saber incarnation.
- Art Evolution: The Saber Kojirou fought in Shimousa is illustrated by Takeuchi and shows off various moves that would later be added to the playable version's repertoire.
- The Artifact: His identity as a "fake" Servant. In Fate/stay night, he was outright stated to be a fake, slapped together out of a few different phantom spirits, because Sasaki Kojirou is a fictional character whose existence cannot be proven. This has since been undermined with the addition of Servants with similar origins such as Jekyll, Phantom of the Opera, and Sherlock Holmes, who are acknowledged as coming from fictional works but aren't considered fake Servants for varying reasons.note His "fake" status is made even more ridiculous with the introduction of the "real" Sasaki Kojirou from an Alternate Universe in Shimousa who turns out to be an Alternate Self for the fake Sasaki, right down to wielding the same Monohoshizao.
- Ascended Meme: Most players started to jokingly call him "Dragonslayer", "Savior Of France" and "REGEND" (the last one due to a typo in his Interlude's name) because of how useful he was in stomping out the overpowered-on-launch wyverns in the Orleans Singularity. Then, the Moon Goddess event came, with a plot written by Nasu himself. And he appears in a "dragonslayer meeting" in France, together with Saint Georgios, the most known dragon-killer in the western world, and Saint Martha, who calls herself a dragonslayer in her Interlude and tamed Tarasque. And he seems to be after that exact dragon, something Martha doesn't take well. Nasu notes in an interview that he's glad the meme came about since that allows Kojirou to have a role in comedic events since he didn't have any plans for him in the main story. The Craft Essence "Prince of Slayer" features Kojirou and Siegfried as a dragonslayer-themed male idol unit, with the flavor text mentioning that they flew from Orleans. His animation update PV even uses a wyvern as a target dummy.
- Badass Normal: Sasaki Kojirou never existed, so "this guy's" real identity is a random swordsman who was skilled enough to be a stand-in for a legendary hero. His Tsubame-gaeshi is a perfect example of this. He gained the ability to perform three simultaneous sword slashes by practicing a lot. Even his appearance in Shimousa is this, as he not only lacks the Curse of Annihilation empowering the Seven Swordmasters, but he's effectively just a normal human in his prime.
- Balance Buff: He has received three so far, the first one being an upgrade to his third skill, massively improving the rate at which it drop Critical Stars, and adding in a Star Gather Rate Up effect to guarantee efficiency. The second one being an upgrade to his Noble Phantasm, which improves its damage and boosts his Quick performance for 3 turns before he strikes, making him a surprisingly good damage dealer for a mere 1* Servant. His third was to his second skill, Fade Out, which now provides a buff that makes each of his attacks inflict a 10% Quick card resistance debuff for three turns when using his Quick cards and provides a Debuff Cleanse for all debuffs rather than just mental debuffs. All of these buffs greatly increased his power as a mere 1* Servant, and with the right support, he can fight well above his rarity.
- Beyond the Impossible: Obtained Tsubame Gaeshi through nothing but sheer grit, hard work, and flawless technique, giving him access to a version of the Second Magic without ever learning of magecraft in life. At the end of the Shimosa singularity, the clash between him and Musashi is so profound that space-time basically implodes around them and they would have fought for eternity if not for the protagonist being there to see the fight.
- BFS: His katana, Monohoshizao is 170cmnote long. To put it in perspective, his sword is longer than most of the female servants are tall.note
- Bishōnen: This man is really pretty with his slim, long hair and feminine face.
- Blood Knight: Kojirou has no wish nor any particularly strong dislikes. All he has is the satisfaction he gets from fighting a Worthy Opponent.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Tsubame-gaeshi. While acknowledging that cutting a swallow out of the air would be impossible, he just kept practicing and eventually, he got it to work. The final version of the technique somehow intruded into the territory of not magecraft but dimensional distortion magic.
- Composite Character: Assassin is the person closest to the being known as "Sasaki Kojirou". This makes him a combination of three people: he's a samurai who could perform Tsubame-gaeshi, he has the name Sasaki Kojirou, and finally he wields Monohoshizao. In the Nasuverse, these were attributes of three different people. Nevertheless, there are at least two alternate versions who do exist on their own: one from Musashi's home Alternate Universe and the other who appears in the Alternate Universe of Shimousa.
- Critical Hit Class: All his skills and Noble Phantasm revolve around Critical Hits, further reinforced by his triple Quick card deck and Quick NP that even buffs Quick Card Performance (and therefore how many Critical Stars they drop). His first skill adds up to a 40% Critical Strength buff for 3 turns. His second skill creates a 1-turn burst of 15 Critical Stars on a 4-turn cooldown. His third skill ties it all together with a buff to Critical Star Drop Rate and Critical Star Gather Rate. Even his NP spits out 15 to 35 Critical Stars depending on Overcharge.
- Crutch Character: As much as he's useful in the earlier parts of the game (to the point of a Ascended Meme badass reputation), his being a bronze-rarity Servant means he'll always be overpowered by the other Servants during the later stages of the game; Palingenesis' linear stat growth means that even at level 100, he'll have worse base stats than a 4* Servant at level 80, let alone at his base max of level 60.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: His profile notes that he's pretty callous when it comes to death, since he lived in a time when it was more common. That said, he also believes all who kill are evil, himself included.
- Face Death with Dignity: A big-time believer in this trope. He may disappear, but he will have an honourable duel with the ultimate swordsman first.
- Final Boss: As a Saber, he is the last opponent you face in Shimousa as a Duel Boss with Musashi.
- Fragile Speedster: In-lore, his only exceptional stat is his A+ Agility, with every other stat aside from luck being mediocre or bad. Because of this, his swordsmanship relies not on power but on pure technique and speed, parrying away blows that would overpower him to create openings to take his opponent's head. This is what lets him stalemate even Heracles, albeit with Medea's help and the terrain advantage. The moment he's forced to take an attack head-on, he loses, as shown by his loss to Altria in Unlimited Blade Works, as her blow bent his sword, creating an opening for her to escape Tsubame Gaeshi.
- Glass Cannon: His defining sword technique is an instant kill attack if all three blows land. On the defensive side he has no armor, an "E" rating in toughness, and dies more or less instantly if struck even once. In-game, his sole defensive measure (a 1-turn Evasion on a 6-turn cooldown) is tied to his strongest damage buff, a 3-turn 40% critical damage buff, so he often forgoes the only thing stopping his brittle 1* rarity HP from crumbling for more damage.
- Handsome Lech: To the point of flirting while battling, even though he does admit that he isn't very lucky with the ladies.
- Hero of Another Story: Subverted. He's mostly absent for "Chaldea Heat Odyssey" after falling overboard while the protagonists are at sea only to show up at the very end of the main story alongside Karna. The boar piglets believe that the two of them were off on some fantastic adventure that nobody will ever know about. They were actually working as Beowulf's gatekeepers after he fished them out of the sea and only appear in Martha's sidequest.
- Just for Pun: His grouping with Saint Martha and Saint Georgios is due to his status as a "Sword Saint" as well.
- Lethal Joke Character:
- His Crutch Character status notwithstanding, many strategically-creative players continue to use him through maxing out his skills, completing his Rank Up Quests, and upgrading his longevity with Palingenesis. Even without using the limited number of Grails, he competes well as a dark horse budget single-target Assassin with Jing Ke and Cursed Arm Hassan.
- Lampshaded in Shimousa, where none of the Seven Swordsmasters think much of this strange ronin Amakusa brought back to the castle to act as a "bodyguard", viewing him as insignificant at best and mocking him at worst for just being a normal human with no empowerment. Indeed, Caster of Limbo overhears Amakusa mentioning he's the final weapon to defeat Musashi and is incredulous. Then he outlives them all and comes the closest to killing Musashi of everyone, mortally wounding the samurai even as he loses their final duel.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He hits basically every check mark for this.
- Master Swordsman: He's a better swordsman than Altria and under ideal conditions can beat her in a straight fight, though this does require him to have the high ground, a narrow combat arena and for Altria to be barred from using her Noble Phantasms. The Kojirou fought as the Final Boss in Shimousa is even more of a master as he has grasped the "infinity" to Musashi's "zero" as her equal and opposite.
- Noble Demon: He seems to be okay with his evil image, but when he makes a deal he sticks to it and even defends apparent enemies against those who would interfere with the deal. Even in Shimousa, when he has willingly served unspeakably evil masters for most of the chapter as an uncomplaining bodyguard while they rain down innocent blood like water and plot to transform all realities into living hells, he gracefully admits defeat when Musashi bests him, and takes the time to track down the male Musashi native to that world, Dying Alone in a cave, to reassure him that he doesn't need to feel shame for missing their duel; that he witnessed the Niten Ichi-Ryu style achieve the highest peak of mastery.
- No-Respect Guy: In Shimousa, none of the Seven Swordmasters think he's anything special, and the only reason no one tries to off him for his presence or talk is because Amakusa forbids killing his "bodyguard". Kojirou doesn't mind though. And after they're all too dead to see it, he proves them all wrong.
- Not so Above It All: The entire reason he opposes the protagonist as Island Mask in the first Summer event is because he simply wanted to get in on all the summer antics, but since he didn't get a swimsuit variant for the event, he knew he'd never be able to unless he tried something silly.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: His Island Mask persona during the second Summer event, which consists of him simply wearing Amadeus's mask. Everybody immediately realizes it's him despite his protests.
- Post-Final Boss: By the time you fight him in Shimousa, the day's already been saved, with Caster of Limbo's plans in tatters and Amakusa's castle burning down from Muramasa's final attack. All that's left is for him and Musashi to get the duel they've always wanted. Consequently, Saber Kojirou is much easier than all the bosses fought before him, with only a single HP bar and a difficulty level more akin to the bosses from Okeanos and London (though this is also due to the fact you're only allowed to use Musashi, and a more difficult boss against a single Servant would just be unfair).
- Samurai: Supposed to be the archenemy to Miyamoto Musashi, complete with the samurai robe, katana and samurai hair. By Stage 3, however, he seems to dispose of it and adopt a more casual, Ronin-like look—like the anonymous swordsman he actually was in life.
- Samurai Ponytail: Kojirou has very polite speech patterns, if a bit flirty. Similarly, his long hair matches his samurai outlook emphasizing grace.
- Simultaneous Blade Spam: Before he became Servant Assassin, he created Tsubame-gaeshi, a sword technique that twists dimensions so that he can strike from three directions at the same time. He did this by swinging his sword. A lot. And kept doing so with utter determination until reality essentially gave up and granted him what he wanted, via partial access to "multi-dimension refraction phenomenon", known also as the Second Magic.note It's for this reason that his technique is called an "infinite sword" due to being able to manifest multiple possibilities at once and thus multiple "correct answers" in contrast to his rival Musashi, who collapses all possibilities into a single outcome.
- Square Race, Round Class: It was brought up a bit in the original visual novel, but it's also made apparent in Grand Order that while he might qualify for the Assassin class by the barest possible circumstances, it's really not at all his best choice. As shown in Shimousa, his actual best class would be Saber.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: He's a mainstay of many teams during the first Singularity of the game, Orleans, due to being a fairly common summon from the Friend Point gacha and thus quick to raise to NP level 5, easy to train up, and getting bonus damage on the multitudes of wyverns that populate the level (which used to be even stronger and critical-hit-happy than they are now).
- Unusual Eyebrows: For some reason, his eyebrows fork.
- Useless Useful Spell: His second Skill, Vitrify B+, is meant to remove Mental Debuffs like Charm from him while also dropping Critical Stars. There's one problem with that: most of those Mental Debuffs also make it impossible to use Skills. The only exceptions are Confusion and Terror that have yet to randomly trigger, and fair enough from a Gameplay and Story Integration standpoint since the skill represents his calm, disciplined, and balanced mind, but most of the time the cleanse is just flavor text. No longer the case post the skill's Balance Buff, whereby it now removes all debuffs rather than just Mental ones and thus having much more mileage for use.
- Weak, but Skilled:
- The main things holding him back are his terrible base stats as a 1* Servantnote , making him fragile and weak as a kitten without investment, and his low early-game hitcounts on his attacks hampering his ability to fill his NP Gauge or to drop Critical Stars without Brave Chains. His skills, Command Card setup, and Noble Phantasm are all great otherwise. He can rack up Critical Stars very quickly with Quick Brave Chains (especially since his NP is also Quick), his skills let him self-sufficiently create, gather, and use Critical Stars, and his NP buffs his Quick card performance for three turns (post-upgrade).
- In-lore, his stats are simply awful aside from his oustanding A+ speed. But his swordsmanship is transcendent, with Musashi as his only peer. Together with Medea, he repelled all five other Servants of the Fifth Holy Grail War. Despite Altria, Cu Chulainn, and Heracles dwarfing him in terms of raw stats, his superior technique, usage of terrain, and ludicrously long sword allowed him to parry away their attacks when he should have been steamrolled, though it should be noted that all of them were weakened by the Bounded Field around the place.
ID: No. 133
Command Cards: QQQAB; (Q)
Alignment: Neutral Good
Origin: Ireland (Celtic Mythology, Ulster Cycle)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order (as Lancer)
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Hirokazu Koyama
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
The queen of the foreign haunted ground called the Land of Shadows and mentor of warriors. For this occasion, she carried out a reckless deed of changing herself and several other female Servants into swimsuits all under the guise of adapting to the environment. She is no different from the normal Scáthach... or so they thought, but after adapting to the beach, she's slightly more excited than usual.
An alternate version of Scáthach that debuted in the first Summer event, "Chaldea Summer Memory / Heat Odyssey". She is the prize Servant for clearing the event.
- Barely-There Swimwear: Her swimsuit shows a more than generous amount of cleavage, and at several points it looks like it is painted on instead of being worn.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever call her old. Cú Chulainn and Mordred both learnt this the hard way during the event.
- Blade on a Stick: She uses Gaé Bolg in some of her attack animations, including her Noble Phantasm.
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Her Final Ascension art has her laying in shallow water showing them off while surrounded by her weapons.
- Critical Hit Class: She spits out a decent chunk of Critical Stars despite her relatively low Presence Concealment level, especially if she lands her Noble Phantasm on a full wave of enemies with her 50% Quick bonus from Midsummer Mistake. If she gets some of these Critical Stars with her average Star absorption, her Beach Crisis taunt skill is packed with a one-turn 50% critical damage bonus.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: During the third summer event, she teaches a shooting range class that the protagonist, Mash and Bedivere take. During said class she has insane demands for the protagonist who signed up for the rookie class such as demanding they start with the target at the 50 meter range and refuses to let them leave before their three hours are up. Edison who is at the same shooting range points out that's she's prodding the protagonist with a spear during their class.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Her profile notes that unlike "Beach Flower" which only affects males, "Beach Crisis" affects everyone, regardless of their "domain of yearning".
- Fisher King: Takes over the domain of the Summer Island; meaning she can shape the island itself (provided you get the materials), and create new classes for Servants on the island with her rune-craft. This is because the Summer Island is her domain; the Island of Skye from the Land of Shadow that survived the Incineration of Mankind.
- Lap Pillow: She says in her level 5 bond line that she'd like the protagonist to use her thighs as a pillow, as an apology for nearly having them devoured by the Curruid during her Training from Hell.
- Male Gaze: Her Beach Crisis A+ skill is quite literally the ability to get stared at by everyone who can see her. There is a risk that the beach will fall into chaos just because Scáthach is walking around. My Room dialogue reveals that she's actually quite irked with this as she cannot even walk around Chaldea without getting gazes from every man she passes. She's particularly annoyed about Fergus and even Cú being unable to tear their eyes away. The exception to her frustration is the protagonist who is still being cautious with where they're looking after her fourth ascension. Her reaction to this is suggest that they ought to be used to it by now, only to coyly chuckle when she notices they're most certainly not.
- Master of None: While a serviceable free Assassin with a strong AoE Noble Phantasm for raw damage, Assassin Scáthach lacks a strong skill set or stats to make her stand out as both a F2P unit (especially compared to Sakata Kintoki (Rider) and Chloe von Einzbern, two of the strongest Servants in their entire respective classes but also free and released in the same three-month period) and as an Assassin in general. Unlike more specialized Assassins, she's an odd mix of tanking (via her first skill and possibly her second), party support (via healing and a defense buff on her targetable second skill), Critical Hit Class, and Noble Phantasm damage (which is her most straightforward and practical usage). Stat wise, she has the third highest Attack stat among Assassins and the sixth highest HP in the same pool, which means she is out damaged by Carmilla and out tanked by several other Servants that are better to use. The result is a character who can flexibly support or do damage (but must actively choose when to Taunt and when to do critical hits with her first skill, since she'll rarely be able to do both in its one-turn duration), and has an average amount of attack and HP to support either, but can do neither particularly well outside of her NP for raw damage (which is itself a blessing and a curse; Assassins don't do particularly high neutral damage due to Assassins' 0.9 damage modifier, so most Assassins apply debuffs on their NPs instead to support and thus don't even try to compete with Scáthach's very high NP5 damage).
- Multi-Melee Master: Fitting for a warrior famous for her skill with countless weapons, Scáthach shows off many, many different weapons in her various attacks, from throwing knives to swords to three-section staves to a spear she tosses with her feet.
- Ms. Fanservice: Now wearing a very revealing swimsuit. Even Blackbeard thinks she's sexy with it on.
- Oba-san: A Running Gag, as she's noted by other characters for being too old. Her second incapacitation line also mentions of her age.
- One-Hit Kill: Her Noble Phantasm, despite being AoE, actually has a low chance of insta-kill when overcharged. Pair her up with other Servants / Assassins who can cast debuffs to decrease Magic Resistance (such as fellow Assassins Shuten-Douji, Shiki, and King Hassan) and it can actually trigger frequently.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Not only can Scáthach create multiple Gáe Bolgs, she can make a three-section staff version. She can also create darts, daggers, a sword and a bow and arrow.
- Stealth Expert: Averted. Her Presence Concealment is only ranked E, which is pretty low for the Assassin class. It might have something to do with the Male Gaze that her Beach Crisis invokes in all men (and, in gameplay, everyone else).
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Her NP is Cú Chulainn's "Soaring Spear that Strikes with Death" but this time instead of throwing it, she kicks it into it the enemy. Amusingly enough, kicking it with one's toe is how it's supposed to be used in the myth.
- Tomato in the Mirror: She takes over the domain of the Summer Island and spends a good part of "Chaldea Summer Memory" criticizing whatever entity is supposed to be acting as the island's guardian for how bad they've allowed things to become. It turns out the island is actually the Island of Skye from the Land of Shadows, meaning that the missing guardian she's been insulting is herself. She's less than thrilled when she finally realizes this.
- Training from Hell: During her Bond lines, she describes taking her master on a number of brutal training expeditions, involving incredible feats of endurance in swimming and running, once chased by a hungry Curruid. In later summer events, she tends to enforce other brutal training methods on her pupils and/or Master.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: Even after the event, this version of her will still be running around in a swimsuit. She actually can't return any of the swimsuit Servants to their normal form because she forgot the runes for undoing it.
- A Wizard Did It: Her rune magic is the Hand Wave for pretty much anything that happens in the event. Why did all the female Servants suddenly get swimsuits and switch classes? Rune magic. How were they able to build things like a sports stadium or rail tracks on the island? Rune magic. How did Scáthach reset the island back to its original state at the end of the event story? Rune magic. It makes a fair bit more sense when you know that the island is actually a part of the Land of Shadows that survived the incineration of humanity. Of course she'd hold power over her own domain.
ID: No. 199
Command Cards: QAAAB; (B)
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Origin: Iraq (9th century BC)
First Appearance: Fate/Apocrypha (as Assassin of Red)
Background development: Yuuichiro Higashide
Illustrated by: Ototsugu Konoe
Voiced by: Kei Shindō
The Wise Queen of Assyria. A demi-goddess born to the goddess Derketo and a human man, then abandoned as a baby by her mother because of her half-human heritage. She married her first love, an old general named Onnes, only to be abducted by the Syrian king Ninus after he became smitten with her beauty; in the aftermath, Onnes committed suicide. Semiramis would be wed to Ninus after impressing him with her military strategies and cunning, only to poison him and seize the throne. This is one of the oldest records of murder via poisoning in human history, giving Semiramis the reputation of "the original poisoner". During her prosperous reign as queen, Semiramis gained renown for her commissioning of public buildings and feats of architecture, to the point where her legend is (erroneously) associated with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World.
Semiramis is an exceedingly rare "Double Summon", allowing her to simultaneously possess skills which are normally exclusive to the Assassin and Caster classes, such as the Assassin's "Presence Concealment" and the Caster's "Territory Creation".
She made her debut in Fate/Apocrypha as "Assassin of Red". She was introduced in Grand Order as the limited SSR for the third Valentine's Day "~The Bountiful Chocolate Gardens of Valentine~" event and appears in both the Fate/Apocrypha crossover event and the fourth Valentine's Day "Voices & Letters! ~Murasaki Shikibu and the Seven Cursed Books~" event.
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Subverted. Despite retaining some of her memories of when she fell in love with Amakusa, she claims she doesn't want to rekindle a relationship with him, as she believes that the feelings her Apocrypha self developed for Amakusa belong to that version of her and have nothing to do with her current self. Despite these claims however, she still initiates "The Bountiful Gardens of Valentines" because she didn't want to just up and give him chocolate for Valentine's Day. She also indulges his Grail obsession by joining Amakusa on the teacup ride at Oniland, and Amakusa implies when asked during the Enma-tei event that he simply understands she doesn't like open displays of affection and is merely very discreet about their relationship.
- Art Evolution: The appearance of Bamu she can summon are based on its appearance in Fate/Apocrypha and a lot different from those appearing in Babylonia, which is only a blue-and-gold Palette Swap of the Dragon-type monster.
- Balance Buff: Her Noble Phantasm received a buff in February 2019 that in addition to a damage increase gave it the new effect of increasing allies' resistance to buff removal skills for one turn. This makes her much better as a support unit since she can make sure her allies maintain their buffs better.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her third Ascension swaps out her cleavage-baring corset for something more along the lines of a strapless bikini top.
- Beam Spam: Her Quick cards have her summon a series of the floating stone attachments from her Hanging Gardens that fire lasers.
- The Beastmaster: In-story, her second Noble Phantasm, Sikera Uum, can summon any Phantasmal Beast related to poison. Among them, the most powerful is the Bamu, one of the Divine Beasts spawned by Tiamat, a Beast-class Servant. She summons its head and claws as part of her Buster attack.
- Best Served Cold: In the Nasuverse, her poisoning of Ninus was motivated by how he abducted her from her first love Onnes, who committed suicide out of grief. She waited until their wedding and after she had basically won him a war before poisoning him and taking everything from him as payment.
- Catchphrase: Semiramis is fond of demanding the player accomplish various tasks for her. "Immediately!"
- Chain Pain: Her Arts and Extra cards have her summon purple-black chains to whip and stab her targets.
- Defrosting the Ice Queen: Right from the get go Semiramis treats the protagonist with disdain, as if they were the Servant in their relationship. But she basically confesses to the protagonist by her final Ascension and her Bond Level 5 dialogue, even if it is in a very roundabout way.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Pale skin, dark hair, very beautiful, but also possesses a dangerous nature.
- Even Evil Has Standards: If you have Shakespeare, since they were both Red Faction Servants, Semiramis immediately warns you of what he would do to you and opts to create a poison to kill him before he betrays you.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: The Buster Down effect of her third skill (Sikera Uum) is party-wide—which fits very neatly with the fact that nearly all of the Red Faction Servantsnote available in-game have Area of Effect Buster Noble Phantasms. This means running a team of Semiramis with them as wave-clearers is actually serviceable. Taken even further in a team with Mordred and Amakusa specifically, as not only do they benefit from the party-wide Buster Down effect, but they have skills that can help generate the Critical Stars necessary to let Semiramis use Sikera Uum whenever she wants while being less reliant on RNG to provide them.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: She's described as "nearly powerless" outside of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but she's perfectly capable of kicking ass here with the right party. For a specific example, she's not supposed to be able to summon the Basmu outside the Gardens, but here summoning it is her Buster attack. The Gardens themselves are supposed to require a massive amount of materials from the ruins of Babylon near Baghdad, as well as three days and three nights for Semiramis to cast the spell that forms the materials into the Garden, but here she can summon it instantly.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her mother was the mermaid goddess Derketo, and her father was a human man.
- Happily Married: It's indicated that her marriage to Onnes was this, regardless of the age gap, and she was not pleased when she was not only abducted, but Onnes committed suicide out of grief.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Few reliable historical records remain from the reign of the historical Shammu-ramat, making it difficult to discern fact from fiction. The historical Semiramis likely did not murder Ninus with poison to seize the throne: this narrative was popularized by a play by the 18th century French playwright Voltaire, who wrote "Semiramis: A Tragedy" as a political intrigue story. If anything, Semiramis appears to have been a successful ruler who was positively regarded by her citizens. Fate acknowledges the historical ambiguity to an extent, noting that there is no evidence to suggest Semiramis built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but her renown for constructing architectural wonders has nevertheless attached the Gardens to her legend. As for the poisoning, it's indicated she did it mainly to avenge her first love Onnes after Ninus stole her away from him and he killed himself out of grief.
- Home Field Advantage: When she's inside the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, she becomes immensely powerful, however in game whenever she uses it the Garden appears and blasts her current enemy.
- Hot Witch: Despite being an Assassin her Magecraft can rival fellow magi of the Age of Gods like Medea and Circe, and she is, without mincing words, very beautiful.
- Lady of Black Magic: Due to being a rare "Double Summon", even as an Assassin she still has powerful Magecraft skill.
- Lap Pillow: For Amakusa in the The Moment of Peace Craft Essence artwork.
- Lethal Chef: Literally and intentionally. The chocolates she makes for you for Valentine's Day are filled with deadly poison like the tetrodotoxin in pufferfish (which can cause paralysis, suffocation, and death) and the nauseating hallucinogenic poison found in the Fly Amanita mushroom, solely for the sake of granting the pieces any taste at all. Due to the protagonist's poison resistance, they're the only ones who can enjoy them without side effects, though they do find several of the chocolates numbing and disorienting. Semiramis takes the time to enjoy them with you, but even she gets sick of them after a time."Nutrition and medicine are both a mere step away from poison. The same can be said for deliciousness."
- Master Poisoner: Her second Noble Phantasm, Sikera Uum: Arrogant King's Alcohol, works as her third skill and poisons all enemies for three turns. The effect is very token and weak, but it also carries a Buster Down effect that effectively makes it the best party damage buff in the game. In-story, it's based on the fact that Semiramis' legend is the oldest recorded story of someone murdering another by poisoning them.
- MayDecember Romance: Her Interlude involves her surprisingly-happy marriage to her first husband, who was thirty years her senior, but whom she nonetheless shared a happy and mutually-respectful relationship with; reminiscing she admits that she was surprised how well it worked out.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Despite being classed as an Assassin, Semiramis's status as a rare "Double Summon" in canon translates to acting more like a Caster wearing an Assassin's skin. She has three Arts cards and the Caster's class skill of Territory Creation and Item Construction, and her skills' effects (NP charge and generation, lowering Buster resistance) have more in common with a Caster. Her Double Summon skill even allows her to ignore the class advantage of Casters on Assassins for three turns.
- Mega Twintails: She ties her extremely long hair to huge twintails when she ascends.
- Mission Control: She's forced to briefly take this role for Chaldea during the fourth Valentine's Day event because da Vinci is out and Murasaki's Cursed Book got into her chocolate stash for Valentine's Day and absorbed the magical energy to run amock. She admits she's not actually sure what all the fuctions on the control panel are when contacting them.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has the biggest bust out of the Servants from Fate/Apocrypha, and wears a low-cut dress. By her third Ascension, she's practically wearing a bikini on her upper body. She uses sex and seduction as a weapon, which is why she ended up falling for Amakusa. He didn't even seem to notice that she was attractive and focused entirely on her actual abilities, though he later fell for her anyway. And her Interlude admits she's learned how to dance in part to manipulate men, and part of why she loved her first husband was because he instead asked her to dance in such a way as to make herself happy.
- Mundane Utility: During the third Valentine's Day event, she used the Hanging Gardens as her own chocolate factory, complete with cacao farm and a chocolate fountain.
- No Honor Among Thieves: While they were once allies, she heartily recommends that the protagonist kill off Shakespeare as soon as possible because she believes him to be more trouble than he's worth.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Lets out quite a hearty one when she uses her Noble Phantasm.
- Parental Abandonment: Derkato abandoned her daughter in embarrassment over having a child with a human. But because she was still Semi-Divine, Semiramis survived and was raised by a flock of doves.
- Pointy Ears: Like Medea and Circe, she has long pointy ears. It seems to be an Age Of Gods' magus thing.
- Poison Is Evil: Her alignment is Lawful Evil, she is a suspicious person unafraid to target her own allies, and poison is her favorite weapon.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Semiramis was an extremely competent ruler, both militarily and domestically. She was also a tyrant, and her profile makes no bones about her paranoia and how she will freely use poison to kill or psychologically break even allies. This was a key difference between Semiramis and Ninus, the king she replaced: he was every bit as cruel as she, but also petty and incompetent, dependent for military and political advice on the very generals and diplomats he wronged and abused.
- Red Baron: The Wise Queen of Assyria. Also, the less flattering, "World's Oldest Poisoner".
- Semi-Divine: Her mother was the goddess Derkato, her father was an unknown ordinary human. Her mother actually abandoned her in shame, leading her to be raised by flocks of doves.
- Ship Tease: Her debut event hints that she started making chocolate to give to Amakusa and the event ends with her giving the last chocolate in the Hanging Gardens to a passing-by Amakusa. They later flirt off and on in many other events, despite her insistence that she doesn't feel the same connection to him as her Apocrypha self, and, much like in Apocrypha, all the other Servants pick up on it.
- Spam Attack: Her triple Arts deck and two of her skills let her quickly build meter, and her third skill plops a Buster resistance buff to power up her NP.
- Square Race, Round Class: Canonically as a result of her Double Summon skill, she's essentially an Assassin with the magical might of a Caster at her disposal, referenced by possessing Presence Concealment, Territory Creation, and Item Construction all at once. In-game, her Double Summon skill lets her give the middle finger to the class triangle by ignoring Casters' advantage over Assassins to hit them neutrally while maintaining the Assassins' advantage over Riders. There's also her general setup (triple-Arts deck, AoE Buster NP), which she shares with a lot of early Casters (Cú, Liz, Gilles, Mephistopheles, Shakespeare) but is completely unique among Assassins.
- Stern Teacher: When left alone with the protagonist during her Interlude while Shakespeare prepares to use his Noble Phantasm to recreate her past, she insists on giving them a brutal crash-course in magecraft that leaves them shivering and muttering trivia about cuneform and curses. When Shakespeare asks about it, she tells him it's a sign of her regard, and that she wants to prepare her Master for difficult situations that might arise.
- Summon Magic: She can summon Divine Beasts like the basmu, as they have anecdotes connecting them to poison. Her Buster cards allow her to use their claws to rend her foes or the head to unleash its poisonous Breath Weapon.
- Sweet Tooth: One of the Pigeon Reports during 2018 Valentine's Day event reveals one of her "secrets" is that she loves chocolate.
- Tsundere: Much like she was in Apocrypha towards Shirou, Semiramis implies that she is in love with the protagonist but her love is like having a cup that might or might not have poison in it; of course much like Apocrypha she is no longer sincere with her threats. Her Bond CE is a glass she may or may not have poisoned, and her musings on whether or not being as guileless and trusting as the protagonist is a good thing or a bad thing. And during her Valentine's event debut, she started the whole mess to give Amakusa a perfect chocolate. She then spends several paragraphs downplaying it and insisting that it means nothing, really. When he brings the child servants to the inn, and Nursery Rhyme flat out asks Amakusa whether or not he wouldn't rather bring Semiramis to the Enma-tei, he tells her that Semiramis is very bad at dealing with open affection and needs to be handled discreetly.
- Ur-Example: She's considered the world's first poisoner.
- Wave-Motion Gun: Her Noble Phantasm is summoning the Hanging Garden of Babylon from afar, where she commands it to fire Frickin' Laser Beams into all enemies at the point of her finger.
- You Remind Me of X: Apparently she's similar to Mordred's mother, Morgan Le Fay.
ID: No. 112
Spiritron Dress ID: No. 60note
Command Cards: QQAAB; (A)
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Japan (8th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Raita Honjou
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
One of Japan's Three Great Calamities who governed over the oni in the Heian period from a castle in Mt. Ooe. There are various theories on Shuten-douji's origins and who she is; what is known is that she is the child of Yamata no Orochi, who once was worshipped by the name of Ibuki Daimyojin, and shares a background with Sakata Kintoki.
Her connection with Sakata Kintoki dates back to his youth. Since he was easy to tease, she often played with him. As far as Shuten was concerned, those times were nothing but drinking bouts. For Kintoki they were like devil's banquets that would kill him if he dropped his guard.
She debuted as a limited Servant in the "The Demonic Capital: Rashoumon" event as a Damsel in Distress, and returns in the sequel event "The Great Tale of Demons: Onigashima" as a minor ally. In Epic of Remnant, she appears in "Pseudo-Parallel World: The Stage of Carnage, Shimousa" as Berserker of Saṃghāta Hell, one of the Seven Heroic Spirit Swordmasters summoned by the Caster of Limbo and the evil Sorcerer. She is the main antagonist in "The Tale of Setsubun: Oni Pagoda Festival", has brief appearances in "The Land of Mystique, Oniland! The Great Oni and Kamuy's Gold"note , and then in Cosmos in the Lostbelt, she appears as one of the competing Masters in "Hell Realm Mandala, Heiankyo".
- Affably Evil: In Onigashima, you find her just having a good time, bossing around lesser oni and getting plastered, but she's still a man-eating monster. Kintoki also mentions that while she could display refined behavior, she was still an Oni to the core. Notably, unlike most of the other Swordmasters of Shimousa, Shuten-Douji's behavior barely changes as the Berserker of Saṃghāta Hell, simply showcasing the more ruthless side of herself she and others often alluded to before.
- Almighty Janitor: She was the mightiest oni on Ibaraki's mountain, but spent a lot of time mooching off of her cousin and leaving on her own to snack on some humans whenever she got bored, and had no real interest in actually doing any proper ruling.
- Anchored Ship: Setsubun implies that she limits herself to flirting with Kintoki because she's unsure as to whether an actual relationship between a human and an oni can even work out. She tries to ask Tomoe about her mixed heritage to see if her oni and human ancestors were happy together, but Tomoe doesn't know that much about her family.
- And Show It to You: Her close Buster attack and the beginning of her Extra attack has her thrusting her hand at the opponent's body and pulling some kind of red mass from them, which according to her official Nendoroid figure is meant to be the target's heart.
- Anything That Moves: With her Intoxicating Aroma of Fruits skill, she can charm anything, even monsters.
- Archenemy: Raikou, based on her My Room line and their shared history. This is because they're competing for Kintoki's affection and apparently Shuten's jealous of her assets."Ugh, no, no, no. I cant stand the stench of cows and spoiled milk. What are you trying to prove by being so huge and firm? Middle-aged hags should just retire!"
- Balance Buff:
- She received her first Rank Up Quest for her Noble Phantasm with the release of the Kyoumafu 2018 banner, which improves the damage and applies the Corroding Poison debuff, which amplifies poison damage similar to Hassan of Serenity.
- She received a second Interlude that upgrades her Battle Continuation A+ to Oni's Head EX, which not only boosts the HP recovery on her Guts, but also adds a 20~30% NP charge on the skill.
- BFS: Her blade in her final forms is longer than she is tall and would still be enormous in the hands of her adult self.
- Big Damn Heroes: She dies in the process, but she manages to ambush Ushi Gozen despite her claims that she'd already killed Shuten earlier and gives the protagonist and Kintoki the opening they needed to finish Gozen.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: As Kintoki points out she might come across as rotten to humans, but from an oni perspective she was chivalrous in her own way and a natural leader. Notably, whether or not she loves Kintoki is not in question, but an oni cannot love a human being in a way we would describe as healthy or sane, and her hesitation to push ahead in their relationship is the result of her recognizing this.
- Boyish Short Hair: She's a hard drinking, hard fighting, oni girl with a '20s Bob Haircut. Also, she's based on the mythical Shuten-Douji, who was a boy.
- Bring It: After pushing each other's buttons all throughout Assassin of Paraíso's Interlude, Shuten accepts Paraíso's final challenge with the most seriousness Shuten's ever shown a battle.Assassin of Paraíso: Be warned, Lady Ibuki! Your next word will be your last!Shuten-Douji: Come get me.
- Chekhov's Skill: Near the end of the Onigashima event Raikou beheads Ibaraki and disembowels Shuten before going completely berserk. When things are looking particularly hopeless, a not quite dead Shuten-Douji attacks Raikou and injures her enough for the protagonist's group to take her out. She disappears almost immediately afterward because the only thing keeping her going was her A+ Battle Continuation.
- Daddy's Little Villain: One of her boss fights in the Shimousa portion of Epic of Remnant involves you fighting her and a reanimated fragment of her father, who just happens to be Yamata no Orochi.
- Damage Over Time: Her upgraded Noble Phantasm has the Corroding Poison debuff, doubling the damage enemies take from damage-over-time Poison debuffs for 5 turns, the same duration as her NP's native Poison debuff. With the standard level 1 Overcharge, her NP applies 10,000 damage over 5 turns, and other Poison-applying Servants can benefit from Corroding Poison to wear down certain challenge quests.
- Death of Personality: Her one fear; to the point that she asks the protagonist to kill her if it ever happened. Ironically the same fate her Shimosa self gave to Heroic Swordmaster Assassin of Paraíso, via the same source too.
- Determinator: Her Battle Continuation skill came from the story that her severed head assaulted Raikou, but was thwarted by a seven-layered helmet provided by god (even then, she broke through six layers).
- Does Not Like Shoes: More like Does Not Like Anything. Her feet are just as exposed as nearly everything else, only wearing a pair of extremely loose barefoot sandals.
- Dragon Ancestry: She's the offspring of the Yamata no Orochi, probably the most famous Japanese dragon, which had the appearance of a giant eight headed snake. As a result she has the Dragon trait.
- Dual Boss: In Shimousa, she is fought along with Orochi once and with Kalasutra Naraka Rider (Raikou) twice.
- Dying as Yourself: In her second Interlude, she is overcome by a greater existence stemming from Orochi, "Ibuki-Douji." Kintoki manages to bring her back to herself, but she asks the protagonist to behead her if that were to ever happen again. She's fine with her body dying, but not that.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: On top of her complicated relationship with Kintoki, during Benienma's interlude, Ibaraki starts flashing back to her abuse at the hands of her mother. Shuten quickly distracts her and builds her up as leader of the Oni, as she did so long ago when Ibaraki was cast out. As Ibaraki leaves, Shuten comments that not even she, who drinks to sorrow, would ever want to see Ibaraki sad.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Her Intoxicating Aroma of Fruits skill can charm any enemies, whether male, female, or genderless.
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: Will roll into battle carrying sake, a plate of fruit, and generally not giving much of a damn. Her third ascension simply drops the fruit in favor of a paper lantern and an actual weapon (albeit with a gourd of sake attached under the hilt).
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: It is implied that Shuten's true form isn't this cute. She's one of Japan's Three Great Calamities, after all.
- Foreshadowing: Her other True Name Ibuki-Douji was name-dropped in Assassin of Paraíso's Interlude before it became truly relevant in Shuten's own second Interlude.
- Gargle Blaster: Her sake even serves as her Noble Phantasm, Senshibankou - Shinpen Kidokunote . It glows, emits rainbow-colored smoke, and merely touching it inflicts a huge pile of the game's then-existing status effects. In fact, in the original myth, the sake was specifically brewed to act as an anti-oni drink, oni being notorious for heavy drinking. According to her Material profile, if she concentrates the drink to the strongest state possible, it can decompose living beings until only few bones are left.
- Generation Xerox: Like her father, Orochi, she was made vulnerable to assassination after ingesting poisoned alcohol.
- Glacier Waif: She boasts A-Rank Strength and B-Rank Endurance despite having the body shape of a prepubescent girl. Justified by her identity as an oni and how her current appearance is due to Ibaraki draining it while she slept.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Shuten is the hardest drinker of an entire species of alcoholics. To put that in perspective, fellow oni Ibaraki is considered a "lightweight" by oni standards and she can down two whole bottles of sake (which would make her this by human standards). Her name even means "liquor child".
- Hartman Hips: Raita mentions in his artbook that despite Shuten's small stature her hips and rear are surprisingly big and that people would have difficulty not focusing on them when walking behind her.
- Has a Type: Handsome, fashionable men (she even uses the term 'ikemen' as a pre-battle quote), especially if they have blond hair and blue eyes (Kintoki, basically). She mentions as the Berserker of Saṃghāta Hell that she's not into polite, pretty-boy nice-guys like Sasaki Kojirou.
- Heroic Sacrifice: During Onigashima Shuten survives long enough to strike Ushi Gozen while she's distracted to give Kintoki the opening he needs to finish her off with his Noble Phantasm.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Her Presence Concealment is ranked at C, but she's not the kind to bother with stealth.
- Historical Gender Flip: From male in the original myths to female, though there were some stories where Shuten-Douji masqueraded as or transformed into a woman.
- Horned Humanoid: As one of the oni.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Kintoki. She's 145cm while Kintoki's 190cm, making her well under a full head shorter than him.
- I'm a Humanitarian: She and Ibaraki-Douji are man-eaters, and she's sure that she will be hunted someday because of this.
- Improbable Weapon User: Her first two forms use her food-and-drink saucers as weaponry.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Shuten-Douji's artist, Raita, based her design on her own voice actress, Aoi Yūki — they have the same hairstyle, height and body type. In Arcade she even has a costume that gives her Aoi Yuuki's glasses. Yuuki is on record commenting on this very fact while noting that despite these similarities, the prospect of her cosplaying as Shuten is a dangerous idea.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: Subverted. While Shuten loves a nice duel every now and then, she's quietly frustrated that fighting is the only physically intimate activity she can engage Kintoki in due to his prudish shyness. Whenever the innuendo of their clashes comes to the surface, the man clams up and ruins the moment.
- Kansai Regional Accent: She speaks in a sultry, breathy variant of the Kyoto dialect. With good reason, as her home of Mount Ooe is located in Kansai, in Kyoto prefecture.
- Karmic Transformation: A young and small youth was one of her favorite disguises for approaching victims unaware. Now, she's stuck in a form reminiscent of that deception thanks to Ibaraki's meddling.
- Kimono Fanservice: She normally doesn't qualify as she usually doesn't wear her kimono. However, the Craft Essence "Clothing For Oni" shows her and Ibaraki playing this straight. Also played straight with her alternate costume "The Song of Cherry Blossoms in Full Glory".
- Lightning Bruiser: Brings in the spectacular physical power of a high-rank oni to a class mostly known as the Fragile Speedster class. Her Presence Concealment is, however, rather low-ranked, as she doesn't really need to sneak as much as the other Assassins.
- Meatgrinder Surgery: In Shimousa, she manages to have just enough control over herself to help you out by fixing their messed-up Magic Circuits. Which she does by ramming her hand into their stomach and playing with their intestines.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Her weapon of choice when finally serious enough to fight correctly is a greatsword with another gourd of sake attached under the hilt.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: She sends the much taller and muscular Kintoki flying into a building with a lazy kick in the "Hell Mandala" animated trailer.
- Not Me This Time: The protagonist runs into her and Ibaraki drinking and hanging out with other oni at Onigashima, but despite this being the island of onis and her being their boss, she's actually unrelated to what's going on. Sure, she's been handing out booze and getting Servants like Ushiwakamaru and Kiyohime super drunk, but that's basically just her having fun.
- Organ Theft: She has a second Noble Phantasm called Bone Collector: Riot of Flowers, which allows her to "debone" the opponent by ripping their bones out of their body without spilling blood. It isn't always lethal, but if Shuten feels like it, she can use it to immediately kill the opponent with it.
- Our Dragons Are Different: She's the daughter of Yamata no Orochi, which is the source of both her Divine and Dragon attributes.
- Parental Substitute: She's basically Ibaraki-Douji's mother, which causes her to get laughed at during her event because it was way too sentimental for an oni.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's only 145cm, yet according to Kintoki she always forced a draw with him in every fight they had, be they spars, bets, or serious life-or-death battles.
- Retired Monster: She's clearly unrepentant for her earlier bouts of man-eating and slaughter. The best you can say about her is that she doesn't hold a grudge against humans for retaliating, though she does seem to think it was kind of a low blow to bait her with poisoned alcohol. No way she could resist drinking it! This is made particularly clear during Shimousa: while the Curse of Annihilation warps the Servant Swordmasters' personality to an extent, Shuten behaves exactly like the one the protagonist summoned in Chaldea. That Chaotic Evil alignment definitely isn't just for show.
- The Rival: To Kintoki while they were alive. According to Kintoki, all their fights, be they serious or not, always ended in a draw, and the only time she "lost" was when she was drugged by Raikou and Kintoki cut her head off from behind.
- Semi-Divine: She has a reasonably high Divinity rank despite being an oni because she's the child of a dragon god, Yamata no Orochi.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: And an endless tease at that. With that said, her stance on sex is "sure, but remember I'm an oni so don't complain if I bite it off".
- She's Got Legs: And she gains a pair of oni head-themed knee armor on her second ascension onward to protect them.
- Stripperiffic: It isn't quite Kimono Fanservice if said kimono is hanging wide open and showing off absolutely everything. Thankfully, she's actually wearing underwear.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Shuten's second Interlude reveals that inside of her inhabits Ibuki-Douji, an aspect of her who is a bunrei of the god of Mount Ibuki AKA Orochi. Ibuki-Douji is generally crueler than Shuten normally is and lives up to Shuten's reputation as being one of Japan's Three Great Monsters.
- Support Party Member: Shuten is a great debuff-based support character. Her first skill increases the party's ATK and her second skill is AoE and can charm any enemy (if it misses, it still decreases their DEF). Her NP inflicts almost all debuffs on enemies, most importantly, an ATK and DEF down, NP Strength down, and even a one-turn skill seal. A NP Rank Up also inflicts a 5 turn Corroding Poison status. She also has the critical star generation capabilities of the Assassin class, which, when combined with her high hit counts, allow her a supplementary role as critical support.
- Swiss-Army Weapon: Her drinking gourd also doubles as a large switchblade-esque sword.
- Vapor Wear: Inverted with her Assassin and Caster garb, where she parades around in her underwear. For Fate's 4th Anniversary, she appears in a Jiangshi outfit with a Cleavage Window and high slits with no pants, so she's very likely not wearing any.
- Willfully Weak: Despite being stronger than Ibaraki, Shuten let her rule the Oni of Mount Ooe, as ruling required far more effort than she was interested in spending.
- Worthy Opponent: Kintoki. During Rashomon after the protagonist sees Kintoki's memories through a dream he mentions that no matter when or under what circumstances they fought they alway fought each other to a draw, be it fighting at full power or simply sparring with some kind of wager down on it just for fun. He believes they both had it in their heads that they'd both found an opponent they were dead even with and couldn't bear to let it end. Shuten also liked the fact she couldn't just beat Kintoki with sensuality.
- You Got Guts: She credits Assassin of Paraíso's figurative balls for calling her Ibuki and taunting her despite being obviously terrified.
ID: No. 41
Command Cards: QQQAB; (B)
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: Greece (Classical Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/hollow ataraxia
Background development: Kinoko Nasu and Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: AKIRA
Voiced by: Yuu Asakawa
The oldest of the Gorgon Sisters that appears in Greek Mythology. A goddess born as a perfected idol, an ideal woman and embodiment of men's longing. No matter what kind of gentleman they are, he will praise and flatter her. Although endowed with elegance and refinement, if one were to get to the core of her character, it is also possible to say that she is extremely lazy and exceedingly coldhearted towards those she doesn't care about to the point of making the watchdog of the underworld shudder.
Just like her little sister Euryale, she first appeared in Medusa's flashback in Fate/hollow ataraxia. She appears as a NPC in the "Second Singularity: Eternal Madness Empire: Septem" and later as a major character for the "Murder at the Kogetsukan" event as "Juliet".
- Actually Not a Vampire: Despite not being a vampire, her blood-drinking is reflected in one of her Personal Skills, Blood-Sucking/Vampirism.
- The Ageless: Along with Euryale, this sets them apart from their little sister Medusa, who ages normally.
- Animation Bump: She received an animation update with the Heaven's Feel III Premiere Commemoration Campaign which revamps her attacks to show her launching beams and bursts of light, and most noticeably has her summoning (likely enthralled) Greek warriors to attack the enemy for her before they vanish in bursts of golden light.
- Anti-Magic: Despite being an Assassin, she still has A-ranked Magic Resistance and her Goddess' Essence gives her more on top of that. She's actually one of the most debuff-resistant characters in the game.
- Balance Buff: She has received two as of now, the first one being a Charisma-based skill that doubles in effect on Divine allies (which includes herself), giving her a niche as a support in Divine-based teams, and the second one making her NP remove buffs on the enemy when used, which is quite useful in quests where enemies rely heavily on buffs.
- In a roundabout way, the append skill system introduced in the sixth anniversary gives her another, moreso than most other servants. The third append skill for any servant is either a damage bonus against another class or a critical damage chance reduction against another class in the case of Berserkers. Stheno is the only servant so far to gain a damage up against her hard advantage, Riders. Some Foreigners gained extra damage against Berserkers, but they already take double damage from every class except themselves and Shielder. She can now get her basic class triangle advantage against riders, plus an up to 30% more on top of that if the skill is unlocked and leveled up.
- Big Sister Bully: She and Euryale both like to bully Medusa. Notably, she forces her to battle against the protagonist in both of Stheno's interludes, and even joins in to help defeat her for the second one. Stheno is shown to genuinely care for her though - one of her death lines has her give a Dying Declaration of Love to both Medusa and Euryale, her wish for the Holy Grail would be to just live in peace with her sisters alone on an island, and finally her bond 3 line confirms that she loves Medusa despite bullying her so much, even after Medusa (as Gorgon) snapped and killed her.Bond Level 3 Profile Line: "About my younger sister (Medusa), I do end up bullying her with my other self (Euryale) at every opportunity, but at the end I do love her.""...I love her from the bottom of my heart. Even after death."
- Coordinated Clothes: Her outfit is initially more or less identical to that of Euryale's, which emphasizes their nature as identical twins. However, this is subverted from her second Ascension onwards, as the outfit's design steadily gains in distinctiveness to represent her Divergent Character Evolution, until it becomes truly unique by her final Ascension.
- Crippling Overspecialization:
- Her skill set is nearly identical to Euryale's, but instead of getting a super effective multiplier on males with her NP it only has a chance to instantly kill or charm them instead. The instant kill chance isn't particularly high, either, being equal to Ryougi Shiki's at NP1 but without the ability to deal damage and lacking a skill to increase the instant kill chance. She can't even generate stars with her low hit count. As a result, the only use she has is in gimmick charm lock teams against very specific enemies, which can also be risky given that debuff resisting passive effects can completely upset any strategy like this.
- Her first Rank Up Quest helps mitigate this a bit by giving her a skill that considerably buffs the attack of teammates and further increases the attack of divine teammates. Her second one gives her NP a buff removal effect while changing the non-scaling defense debuff into a scaling one with NP level to increase its usage in stall-based strategies.
- Deadly Gaze: Her Noble Phantasm "Smile of the Stheno" acts as this, having a chance to One-Hit Kill male opponents. However, due to most Servants or bosses being One-Hit Kill-resistant and/or not male, this tends to be more of a Useless Useful Spell compared to other Noble Phantasms. Hers does at least come with a chance to Charm male opponents if the One-Hit Kill fails, and gives a defense debuff to all enemies.
- Divergent Character Evolution: While she and Euryale were functionally identical in Hollow Ataraxia, in this game Stheno is distinguished by being a bit more mature than her little sister and instead having quite the sadistic streak to her. Her outfit changes after her third Ascension, getting more ribbons and a new, partially see-through dress, among other things.
- Dying Declaration of Love: One of her lines upon being defeated is to say that she loves Medusa and Euryale.
- Forced Transformation: In her Bond Level 4 line, she casually mentions that while she would be fine with having the protagonist live on a deserted island with herself and her sisters, the protagonist "would have to become an ant or something first".
- The Gadfly:
- When the protagonists meet her in Chapter 2, she tells them that they could go take the treasure in her cave only for them to find nothing but monsters. Tamamo Cat was supposed to be waiting in a treasure chest, but she got bored and left before the party gets there, meeting them back at the entrance. She does this again in her interludes.
- She teases the young Lord El-Melloi II in his third interlude, pushing his buttons by remarking on his youth.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Her first interlude has her use her Charm skill on Dr. Roman, the protagonist, and a bunch of undead monsters. However, she can only charm male opponents in-game.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The same kind as her sisters, Euryale and Medusa. While she doesn't have the same exact petrification effect that Medusa possesses, hers can still One-Hit Kill a male opponent with her Noble Phantasm "Smile of the Stheno".
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Despite having a large glowing halo floating behind her in her later ascensions, she still has a stellar Prescence Concealment (a passive skill that increases critical star generation) rating of A+, the highest in the game. Unfortunately, she can't make good use out of the trait due to her very low hitcounts.
- Humans Are Bastards: She really doesn't like humans in general. This is from her backstory, where she lived on the Shapeless Isle and had (human) heroes repeatedly try to either kill Medusa or court her and her sisters. While she tolerates the protagonist, this extends to them too on occasion, though it's rare and not really malicious.
- Jerkass: Unlike her younger sister Euryale, Stheno tends to be a real jerk. She tends to screw with people for the hell of it, encourage difficult misunderstandings and put people into serious danger just for laughs.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Her interlude gives this vibe, with Stheno hoping to show the protagonist a bit more about her... which she then uses to simply continue bullying Medusa and trick the player into fighting monsters.
- Love Confession: She gives the protagonist one in her Bond Level 5 line disparaging them for not realizing it sooner. She backtracks and says she's just kidding right after, though it's not clear if she really was joking or not.
- Out of Focus: Compared to both of her sisters, she received relatively little dialogue and focus within the story, only showing up for a short time in the "Second Singularity: Eternal Madness Empire: Septem" as an NPC. She does get A Day in the Limelight with the "Murder at the Kogetsukan" event, though even then that's not technically Stheno but rather "Juliet".
- The Paralyzer: Her Alluring Voice/Siren Song skill and Noble Phantasm can both charm an opponent, though only against male targets. While she's otherwise one of the most useless SRs, this makes her oddly effective at charmlock strategies against the right male opponents.
- Physical God: She's a divine spirit and is considered perfect and unchanging. However, while she didn't age, she was still vulnerable to death by violence, especially since she had no real power. This is shown in Medusa's backstory, where Stheno and Euryale both let themselves be killed and devoured by Gorgon. As a Servant she's actually stronger than she was in life because the Servant container alters her abilities. In-game this takes the form of her Goddess' Essence/Core of the Goddess EX Passive Skill, which increases her attack and debuff resistance.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: Both her Mana and Luck stats are ranked EX.
- Situational Sword:
- Smile of the Stheno has a chance of charming or causing instant death if used on males; otherwise it's just a non-scaling defense debuff. That her Noble Phantasm itself ends up an Useless Useful Spell is the main reason Stheno isn't very appreciated in gameplay, as even Mata Hari has a more generally-useful debuff NP than she does. Her second Rank Up Quest works to alleviate this by changing the defense debuff to a scaling one based on level while also adding a buff removal effect to increase its utility. It helps that she has one of the highest NP Gain rates in the game, allowing her to spam her NP far faster than any other Servant with a buff removal ability/NP even though her deck has all of one Arts card. It's still very situational, though.
- Her first Rank Up Quest gave her an ATK buff that applies an extra bonus to Divine Servants, making her more useful but only in parties containing Servants with Divinity to take advantage of that buff. Granted, that list gets bigger as time goes on.
- Starter Mon: In addition to Mash, Stheno is one of the ten available 4* Servants that can be summoned from the Starter Summon. Among the ten, Stheno and Carmilla are the two 4* Assassins.
- Spam Attack: She has one of the fastest-charging Noble Phantasms as well as a skill that increases her Noble Phantasm gauge, which means her Noble Phantasm can be spammed quite a lot. Unfortunately, its usefulness is limited due to it being usually just a defense debuff. Her NP's Balance Buff, which adds a buff removal effect, does make the quick-recharging NP much more useful.
- The Tease: She teases the protagonist in quite a few of her My Room lines."What is it? Do I mesmerize you so?"
"Hehe, you're a cute one, Master."
- Token Mini-Moe: She's one of the younger-looking Servants, along with her twin sister Euryale. Notably, they are tied with Jack the Ripper and Medusa (Lancer) for the second-shortest of all characters at 134 cm.
- The Unexpected: Usually it would be impossible to summon a Divine Spirit like her as a Servant. It's even an in-universe reaction to her being a Servant. Roman's listing reasons why Divine Spirits can't be summoned, only for Stheno to stroll in. Roman then responds with, "Welp, seeing is believing, then!"
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: She's a goddess of youth and beauty and was thus highly desired by various Greek 'heroes' who would attempt to abduct her. What makes it worse is that while she's a goddess, she was completely defenseless when she was alive and had to rely on her younger sister Medusa to protect her, which ended badly.
- You Fool!: She calls herself this when speculating what she would do with the Holy Grail. Her wish would be to just live on an uninhabited island with her sisters and live in peace, but Stheno knows that would be impossible due to the Foregone Conclusion of Medusa turning into Gorgon.
ID: No. 218
Command Cards: QQQAB; (Q)
Alignment: Neutral Summer
Origin: Japan (12th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hazuki Minase
Illustrated by: Mineji Sakamoto
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Laura Stahl (English)
A key component of the training of the person who would become Minamoto-no-Yoshitsune was her training with the tengu of Mount Kurama. This was one of the happier times in the life of the girl who was then Ushiwakamaru - when she could frolic among the gardens of Kurama Temple and challenge the slopes of the mountain. And now, Ushiwakamaru, foregoing her usual attire in favor of garments more fitting for the shore, recalls once again teaching and joys of her youth - and dances on the beach like the wind, for the sake of her Master.
One of the limited Servants introduced in Summer 2018, Ushiwakamaru is a major ally during the ServaFes event, loyally sticking by your side to the end.
- Animal Motifs: Birds, especially crows, naturally. In her third ascension form, she gains a pair of tiny crow wings on her sandals, and her semi-cloak billows out from her waist in a fashion similar to a pair of wings. She also gains a feathered hair ornament.
- Animation Bump: Ushiwakamaru's regular attack animations in this form are a huge step up over the generic animations of her Rider version. Her Noble Phantasm, on the other hand, is comparatively lazy-looking (it's meant to take her Flash Stepping to the next level since she never even changes pose while doing it, but in practice it works to the animation's detriment).
- Antiquated Linguistics: Especially in this form and during ServaFes, she refers to the Master as aruji, which is a somewhat antiquated way of acknowledging someone's noble superior (and would've been de rigueur in her time); the rough English equivalent would be "milord".
- Art Evolution:
- Because, at the time of her release, her Rider version was still using a launch sprite, Tengu Ushi ended up being a showcase for just how far the sprites have come◊ since the launch-era days◊.
- Even accounting for this, though, Ushiwaka did get a few design revisions here - her red eyeshadow is a bit more consistently applied, her eyes are also a bit sharper, her forehead is a bit less prominent, and her hair has gotten even longer.
- Blow You Away: She's constantly creating gusts of wind with her fan. Her Buster Attack animation has her generating a mini tornado to attack her opponents, and her Noble Phantasm is basically her using tengu arts to create a massive water tornado.
- Combat Hand Fan: Wields one as part of her Tengu combat arts.
- The Comically Serious: Ushi, needless to say, doesn't have a lot of experience with a Comiket-like event and takes a lot of the foibles the team runs into at face value.
- Critical Hit Class: She's an AoE Quick servant with a skillset and stats built around making her a very efficient farming unit capable of both generating a lot of stars and looping her NP, especially if backed by Skadi.
- A Day in the Limelight: Even moreso than Babylonia, Ushi gets a huge narrative spotlight during ServaFes as one of your primary allies through the entire event. Even moreso than humorous events (and there's a lot of those too), we get to dig a little into what makes Ushi tick and why she's so loyal to the Chaldean Master, as well as seeing her less-serious tomboy side.
- Dishing Out Dirt: One of her Quick Card animations has her drop a small barrage of rocks with a wave of her fan.
- Flash Step: Ushiwakamaru has A++ Rank agility this time around and it shows with her animations, which have her constantly disappearing and reappearing around her opponent in a blur of motion.
- Hover Board: It's a bit blink-and-you'll-miss-it, but she does ride her fan this way (which seems to grow for the purpose) instead of stepping forward like other Servants do when beginning or ending combat.
- Hypocritical Humor: The perpetually Stripperific Ushi was appalled at Meltryllis' exposing outfit, particularly the navel. Melt doesn't even know how to respond.
- Katanas Are Just Better: She still has Usumidori with her despite her class change, which she uses in a manner reminiscent of her ancestor's Doujigiri Yasutsuna by carving a pentagram star in the air.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Discussed and downplayed during her rivalry with Summer Medb. Medb repeatedly taunts that her athletic figure is rustic and unappealing, until Ushiwakamaru joins her beauty pageant to prove her wrong, bragging that everyone who's heard of a cat walk should "Get ready for a tengu-walk!" While she doesn't come anywhere close to Medb's perfect 10 from all judges, she does pretty well, though even the judge who's clearly into her "only" gives her a 9, and one the others points out that her demonstration of incredible feats of athletic skill and martial arts was not incredibly well-suited to a beauty contest.
- She's Got Legs: The art for this version of Ushi focuses on her legs almost as if to compensate for her relative modesty. About a third of her Final Ascension art are, in fact, just her legs.
- Sideboob: Her swimsuit is sideless in her third and fourth ascensions.
- Spectacular Spinning: Her first Quick Card animation has her jumping into the air and somersaulting into her opponent with Usumidori held out. Her Extra Attack animation has her coming down on her opponent from above and drilling into them with Usumidori.
- Stripperific: Downplayed. While her outfits in this form obviously still don't cover that much since they're swimsuits, many players were quick to notice that Ushi's swimsuit version is more modest than her regular, highly revealing armor, to the point that her Third and Final Ascension art is less revealing than her First Ascension art. She even comments on this somewhat during one of her ascensions and in the ServaFes event.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Has a very antagonistic version of this relationship with Summer Medb; Ushi is appalled at the way Medb uses her sex appeal to drive her legion of cameramen like slaves (in Medb's own words) and how her "doujin" work is not only just a gravure model-photo book but has as many people working on it as a professional work and would like nothing more than to duel some humility into her, while Medb finds Ushi, especially in this form, hopelessly classless and unappealing, comparing her to "a wild village girl" and dismissing Ushi's dislike as little more than jealousy of a better. The two will readily come to blows over this.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: As is typical for Summer versions of Servants. Ironically, her swimsuits cover up more of her than her outfit as a Rider does.
ID: No. 359 (Thrúd), No. 360 (Hildr) & 361 (Ortlinde)
Command Cards: QQAAB; (A)
Alignment: Lawful Summer
Origin: Norse Mythology
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Takeshi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Minami Tanaka (Ortlinde), Mikako Komatsu (Hildr), & Sora Amamiya (Thrúd)
Hildr: "Valkyrie Designated name, Hildr! Ahaha why am I talking to you like were just meeting? But just in case, lets treat this like a fresh start. The contacts all locked in, so youre my Master! Once again, its a pleasure to work with you!"
Ortlinde: "Valkyrie Designated name, Ortlinde. For some reason, something feels off. I feel like Ive introduced myself like this before. Well, um, the contract has been officially completed, and therefore youre still our Master. Once more, please take good care of us."
The three Valkyrie sisters... are now a group of six! When Scáthach-Skadi was using a Holy Grail to create a summer-winter amusement park, she used her Runes to modify the combined Spirit Origin of Thrúd, Hildr, and Ortlinde to create a security force for the park. But as the three sisters refused her offer, she ended up summoning their direct sisters of Rindr, Örlún, and Geirskögul to work for her instead. Originally they could manifest at the same time to create a sort of strike force, but after being contracted by Chaldea, their Spirit Origins have been interlinked so that they can still be around together. However, only two of the Valkyries are the main holders of the Spirit Origin, while the other four are part of their Noble Phantasm.
They are the welfare Servant of "Arctic Summer World" event. Like with Mecha Eli-chan, you can only select one of them to be the welfare Servant, with each of them having an additional Spiritron Dress that allows you to play as separate Valkyrie; Rindr for Thrúd, Örlún for Hildr, and Geirskögul for Ortlinde.
- Ascended Extra: The three new Valkyrie were originally just background cameos in Lancer Valkyrie's Noble Phantasm, but "Arctic Summer World" give the three spotlight alongside the original trio.
- Berserk Button: Thrúd, Hildr, and Ortlinde aren't happy when others refer to them as "the old Valkyries" in contrast with the new Valkyrie trio.
- Big Sister Worship: Rindr, Örlún, and Geirskögul all idolize Brynhild, just like Thrúd, Hildr, and Ortlinde. They idolize her so much that their reaction to Sigurd, whose actions led to Brynhild's death, is to try and kill him on sight.
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: While all three of them work identically gameplay-wise, you can only select one of three of them at the end of "Arctic Summer World" event.
- Reused Character Design: As the background Valkyries were originally just a reference to the Valkyries in Planet: Valkyrie who were designed to Takeuchi, this means that the new Valkyrie trio reused designs from the unreleased worknote .
- Spam Attack: By virtue of their Arts-oriented skillset (plus general complementary with all existing Arts supports—such as Caster Altria, Tamamo-no-Mae and Lady Avalon, the latter debuting in this same event), it is very easy to set them up to clear any and all farming nodes.
ID: No. 230
Command Cards: QQABB; (B)
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Origin: China (3rd Century BC)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Gen Urobuchi
Illustrated by: toi8
Voiced by: Mariya Ise
Because of the nature of this character, the reveal of their identity, and their availability in the gacha, virtually all spoilers about this character are unmarked for readability purposes. Proceed any further at your own risk.
Widely known as Consort Yu, she is the concubine of Xiang Yu renowned for her beauty who would follow him into battle. As it turns out, she's actually a being akin to a True Ancestor that survived her recorded death and continued to live into the modern day... as Akuta Hinako. She suppressed her powers to be able to hide her true nature among humans, but ends up regaining them during the course of "Lostbelt No. 3: The Synchronized Intellect Nation, SIN", and after her death is recorded as a Servant.
- Badass on Paper: Her data entries in Chaldea say that she's a gifted tactician, but in practice she's so awful at leading that her team suffers a debuff whenever she's in command. Mash and Holmes speculate that Marisbury falsified her data to justify her being on Team A.
- Balance Buff: Her Heaven's Feathered Woman skill was buffed via Rank Up Quest to both add a 20%-30% Attack buff for three turns and extending her Buff Removal Immunity from one to three turns as well. This provides both a welcome damage buff to help support her low Attack as well as allowing her to take better advantage of her NP-spamming capabilities without constantly removing her own buffs as a consequence, which is the major weakness of her kit.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: She's not a human, she's a True Ancestor. Well... almost. She's actually a Xian which is a kind of fairy elemental spirit. Mechanically there's almost no difference between Xian and True Ancestors, with the only known one being that Xian do not lust for blood and do not go crazy if they feed on humans, and Consort Yu herself doesn't know what her origins are because it took a long time to achieve sentience.
- Bloody Murder: Several of her attacks have her firing blasts of blood shaped like blades, and her Noble Phantasm has her charging and firing a massive deluge of blood and curses that actually breaks her body down from the force which she nigh-instantaneously heals over from.
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Her Final Ascension art has her in this, with a decent amount of Under Boobs and Male Gaze.
- Born Unlucky: With the events that occurred in Lostbelt No. 3 that led to her being a Servant in the first place as repeated failures kept her as Star-Crossed Lovers with Xiang Yu for almost two millennia, it's not much of a shock to find out her Luck parameter is E rank. More specific example would be when the two visited the Dazzling Las Vegas, Xiang Yu tells Yu Mei-ren to stop her gambling streak since she isn't going to win any games. As in she's not set out for a net loss, she is incapable of winning a single round.
- Cannibalism Superpower: Akuta manages to regain her powers as Yu by messily devouring Prince of Lan Ling's, her own Servant, energy. Notably, he was actually the one that encouraged her to do so.
- Character Title: She is the "Crimson Beauty" mentioned in the subtitle of SIN.
- Complete Immortality: Yu cannot die, period, and has eternal youth and beauty on top of it. Because of her status as a "Fairy Elemental", she can choose to join the Throne voluntarily while still alive. She can get hurt and feel pain, true, but she will heal with time, even if she forcibly limits her own Healing Factor by refusing to absorb mana from her surroundings or blood. Even forcibly giving up her physical form to perform a Fusion Dance with the Tree of Emptiness Mayall and feeding it her magical energy, only to then have the Tree be destroyed and reduce her to a formless ghost isn't enough to actually "kill" her.
- Dance Battler: Her attack animations are very fluid and gracefully resemble dancing, as befitting a lady known as The Beauty. In history, she's remembered for her final sword dance that ended with her commiting suicide, though this was a case of Faking the Dead in this story.
- Death Seeker: She tried and failed for years to kill herself to be Together in Death with Xiang Yu, eventually giving up and becoming a recluse until Marisbury found her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen:
- While at first she's understandably frigid with the player after the events of the third Lostbelt, as her Bond Level increases she starts to relax more and admits to enjoying being back at Chaldea. Once it hits high enough, she admits she was wrong about the player, that they're not a normal human and they're willing to be comrades. Her final ascension even has her admit she'll remain at the player's side till the moment of their death.
- Also a case of Gameplay and Story Integration. She has a very slow bond point growth, requiring for example around 50,000 points for Level 5 (almost twice as much as, say, Heracles).
- Difficult, but Awesome: Using Akuta to her full potential in battle is not exactly the easiest task. Considering her Noble Phantasm removes her buffs before dealing damage, she requires proper planning ahead of time to ensure she has buff removal immunity by the time her NP is ready to be used, which can sometimes be a little finicky (or requires you to have rare limited servants such as Benienma and Murasaki Shikibu), but if you can overcome these hurdles, she can bring on the pain despite her really low Attack stat. Made less difficult with her Balance Buff, which extends the buff removal immunity to three turns rather than just one and thus giving her some breathing room to work with (as well as more potential for NP spamming).
- Does Not Like Shoes: She doesn't wear any shoes after her First Ascension.
- Double Unlock: Summoning her has completing the third Lostbelt as the prerequisite. After all, she only ascends to the Throne of Heroes when she finally passes on after beating Mayall.
- Dual Wielding: She carries twin swords that she can manipulate at will into battle, referencing Yu's sword dance that ended in her "death" in recorded history.
- Dude, Not Funny!: In the non-canon manga, Fate/Grand Order: From Lostbelt, Lan Ling makes a joke that the tea he's serving her isn't poisoned. Yu is glumly tells him that it's not funny, especially since he's making light of his own death.
- Everyone Has Standards: In her Valentine event, she admits that she doesn't like sucking somebody else's blood in the way that vampires are typically known to do. She actually dislikes Carmilla for being an embodiment of the "blood-sucking vampire" trope.
- Expy: Of Arcueid Brunestud of Tsukihime fame as a fellow True Ancestor "Crimson Beauty Under the Moon". While significantly weaker than the White Princess and having few physical or personality similarities, her arc in the third Lostbelt shares a number of comparable themes of doomed love and isolation found in Arcueid's route. Her ability to join the Throne at will is similar to Arcueid's in Fate/EXTRA.
- Fantastic Racism:
- She was feared as a monster for her inhuman beauty, agelessness, and power, getting hounded by humans constantly in an attempt to kill what they didn't understand. Because of this, she's disdainful of humans and treats everyone as a threat, preventing her from getting close to any of the members of Team A even though they bore no real hostility toward her.
- On the same note, her disdain for humans means that she doesn't care about Lan Ling's beautiful face, which is what helped her befriend him as one of the few people who won't mock or gawk at him for his looks.
- Flaming Sword: Two of them, in fact come Third Ascension.
- The Gambling Addict: During the Las Vegas event, Yu develops a bad gambling habit which isn't helped by her being terrible at it. While she manages to sustain her habit through auctioning off some old relics it's only until Xiang Yu straight-up tells her that there is no way she can win that she actually relents.
- General Failure:
- Carrying on from her appearance in the third Lostbelt, Yu's tactical acumen is awful. Her interlude pits you against her and the Servants you summoned to take down Qin Shi Huang in S.I.N. Despite having the very same Servants you used to beat her, she gets her butt kicked when you have Lan Ling on your side, showing that she's a terrible commander of Servants despite having effectively infinite magical energy at her disposal through her nature as a high-ranking elemental compared to True Ancestors. In fact, her team support issues a debuff on all of her allies. This is largely attributed to her constantly hiding away from humanity after the deaths of Lanling and Xiang Yu, as she's spent so much time alone that she has no idea how to make a group work together.
- She's so bad at this that her tactical abilities on paper had to be falsified by Marisbury to justify her being on Team A, with her file stating she demonstrates "masterful tactics", much to the confusion of anyone who actually watches her act as a Master. She's self-conscious about this and threatens to tear Holmes limb-from-limb for revealing this tidbit.
- Glacier Waif: Despite her slim and short build, she has A+ Ranked Endurance and a useful Healing Factor skill plus high HP, which lets her be surprisingly survivable for an Assassin.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Her Noble Phantasm has her charge massive amounts of magical energy into her body before violently releasing it in a torrent of blood and curses as a form of suicide bombing, with her body reforming after the attack.
- Have We Met Yet?: For a later player, she can join Chaldea via rate-up before Lostbelt 3. She won't hide anything but she won't go out of her way to explain anything either.
- HeelFace Turn:
- As a Servant, if she's summoned she'll ally herself with Chaldea once again. While it's initially more a Hazy-Feel Turn due to her Teeth-Clenched Teamwork attitude, as she defrosts she graduates to a genuine one and will gladly fight alongside Chaldea, and more importantly the player.
- It took her a long time wandering the wastes inbetween Lostbelts to decide to join Chaldea; possibly ages.
- Healing Factor: Her second skill gives her HP regen over five turns and buff removal resistance for one turn (three turns after her Balance Buff) that at max rank refills 1000 HP per turn and is ready to go again immediately afterwards. In-universe, her healing seems tied to her available pool of mana and since she disdains forcibly feeding to replenish it faster, it's not as impressive.
- High-Pressure Blood: Her Noble Phantasm, Eternal Lament, consists of blasting her enemies with ludicrous amounts of blood. Fitting, considering she's a vampire.
- Hot Consort: One of the oldest and most famous examples. Xiang Yu clearly was a man of taste.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her lover Xiang Yu completely dwarfs her. Definitely in his Lostbelt centaur appearance but it was also the case in his Pan-Human humanoid◊ appearance as well.
- Immortal Immaturity: Despite being older than most Servants, Yu suffers from No Social Skills and acts like a Spoiled Brat due to her isolation and feelings of entitlement from losing the people she cared about most. When pitted against Xiang Yu in a mock battle, she debuffs all of her Servants down to 1 HP, throws a temper tantrum, and storms out in a huff, telling the protagonist and the rest of Chaldea to die for trying to make her fight him.
- Ineffectual Loner: Inverted. Yu is a dreadfully powerful opponent on her own, to the point that Chaldea needed Koyanskaya's help to last long enough for Qin Shi Huang to call Yu off. But millennia of isolation has left Yu completely unable to work as the leader of a team, making her an inept tactician who fails to harness the full strength of her Servants despite having effectively limitless amounts of energy at her disposal.
- Innocently Insensitive: As Lan Ling points out, Yu's fundamental nature is innocent like a flower with romantic views on love once she found it. But her refusal to get close to anyone but a few people and more than 2,000 years of isolation following his and Xiang Yu's deaths have left her with No Social Skills. When she doesn't have to hide herself from others, she tends to act as she pleases and demand she gets everything she wants like a Spoiled Brat because she doesn't know better. Lan Ling then urges her to make a concerted effort to play nice in order to repair the bridges she burned with Chaldea, resulting in her going to the Divine Spirit Servants for advice and meeting with EMIYA.
- In-Series Nickname: After she shows her true identity, Koyanskaya refers to her as "Gucchan"note . In the English version, it is "Yuie" instead.
- Interspecies Romance: She's a vampire-fairy who fell in love with a sentient automaton.
- I Will Wait for You: She is prepared to wait until the end of time to be reunited with her beloved Xiang Yu, and is elated should they be reunited.
- Jerkass to One: Inverted. She's cold and aloof at best to everyone but her Best Friend Lan Ling and her lover Xiang Yu. At worst, she's a Spoiled Brat who throws temper tantrums when she does get her way. Xiang Yu calling her a "delicate lady" with a "mild temperament" leaves everyone baffled, and Lan Ling can only meekly ask everyone to forgive her behavior.
- Lady of War: As expected of a famous consort known as The Beauty, her attack animations and fighting style are very graceful, resembling an alluring yet deadly dance.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: She is story-locked for a reason. Because she's an Elemental Spirit, she doesn't really "die" when beaten. According to Emperor Qin, it's easy for her to "align" with the Throne and simply enter it to come to Chaldea. As such she's a direct continuation of her life as Akuta, and she will not shy away from talking about the events of the Lostbelts. A newbie who gets her early through rate-ups is probably going to get really confused by some of the things she says.
- Mighty Glacier: She has insanely high HP for a 4 Star Assassin, beating out all but two Servants for the highest HP among Assassinsnote , but she has the lowest Attack stat among 4 star Assassins, which is hindered even further by the .9 Assassin class modifier. However, she has the ability to drain NP from an enemy, deal with most debuffing enemies and regenerate HP over time, which makes her rather bulky on top of the high HP. Further, her NP carries a 50-100% Buster up effect meaning she can hit harder than her attack stat would suggest. However, to get the best use out of it she needs to use one of her skills to stop the demerit, meaning she only hits hard once every few turns even with good support. Because stall-based strategies aren't much use in general gameplay (particularly farming), she can be rather underwhelming outside of longer battles.
- Mind over Matter: She seems to have a limited version of this, as it's the only way to explain how she can throw her swords and make them rapidly slash a target without touching them.
- Nature Spirit: She remembers being one with the planet before animals even existed... and then stuff happened and a long time later she was an individual.
- Navel-Deep Neckline: From her second ascension onward, her dress shows a lot of cleavage and has an opening that plunges down all the way to her navel.
- Nice to the Waiter: While usually cantankerous and aloof towards anyone who isn't her husband or Lan Ling, she shows a surprising amount of courtesy towards the sparrow staff of the Enma-tei, perhaps because the friendly sparrows aren't human.
- One Degree of Separation: She considers Beni-Enma a friend and occasionally stops by the Enma-tei, though she admits the last time she arrived since the events of "Sparrow's Inn Daily Report - Records of the Enma-tei's Prosperity" event was about 300 years ago.
- Outside-Context Problem: In a series that deals with beings from other time periods and a title that visits those time periods, Yu is unique for being an ancient being that has lived to the present day, with no summoning involved. She is neither human nor Servant, but a true immortal; she only becomes a Servant after willingly ascending to the Throne of Heroes on her own after Chaldea and Qin Shi Huang convince her to.
- Our Vampires Are Different: She's a True Ancestor subtype, though the distinction between her and the main species is not entirely clear. When history said she died, she actually faked her death, and would then go on to live thousands of more years and become Akuta Hinako. In the 2019 Valentine's Day event, she explains that she doesn't need blood because she passively absorbs a little bit of Mana from the living things around her, so unless she were stranded in a desert, she'll be fine. In an emergency, she can replenish her energy either forcibly absorbing it from her surroundings or by drinking blood without going mad, which True Ancestors cannot do.
- Perpetual-Motion Monster: As a Xian, a near True Ancestor-level elemental, she can forcibly draw in mana from her surroundings like a sponge with water to replenish her energy nigh-instantaneously and theoretically forever as long as there's still some left in the environment when she goes all-out. It's the in-universe reason why she's able to Spam Attack her Noble Phantasm so much as well as recover from injuries so quickly.
- Platonic Life-Partners: She and Lan Ling were Best Friends in life, and he considered her the most important person in his life even though he was married. Their friendship is so strong that it became the catalyst for his summoning in the Chinese Lostbelt despite it being a world without a need for heroes and thus Servants.
- Powerful, but Incompetent: Akuta has exceptional magical ability thanks to her nature as a Xian who can simply absorb magical energy from her surroundings, allowing any Servant fighting under her to battle at full strength for an extended period of time. Because of this, she should logically be an extremely formidable Master. In practice, she's a complete General Failure who has no idea how to get a team to work together. Even with Servants as powerful as the Prince of Lan Ling and Xiang Yu on her side, she still fails to crush Chaldea due to her insistence that her victory be effortless and flawless. When Lan Ling is pitted against her in her interlude, she asks if he was holding back on her in the Chinese Lostbelt because of how much more effective he is under the protagonist's leadership than hers. Of course, it should be noted this only applies to her leadership ability; as a fighter herself she's as dangerous in-lore as an immortal, nigh-instantly healing Xian should be and actually comes the closest to wiping out Chaldea all on her own on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Proud Beauty: Despite being immortal, she secretly indulges in anti-aging spa treatments to improve her posture and reinvigorate her complexion. The fact that her immortal body still gets an incredibly stiff crick in the back doesn't help.
- Red Baron: Like Edmond Dantès and Gao Changgong, she goes with her epithet Yu Mei-ren (Yu the Beauty) as her in-game name.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the Prince of Lan Ling sacrifices himself by having Yu drink his blood and Spiritual Core to restore her powers, Yu is so incensed by the death of her Best Friend and being forced to lower herself to the consumption-focused humans that she furiously tries to wipe out Chaldea then and there. Holmes compares her raw magical energy to a natural disaster like a typhoon or a hurricane, and she's only snapped out of it by the word of Qin Shi Huang, who reminds her of their deal to release Xiang Yu from his service.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Because fairies are "terminals to the Planet" (a term that isn't completely explained as of yet) and because Yu is a "Fairy Elemental", she can simply choose to join the Throne of Heroes while alive and be summoned by Chaldea (or theoretically leave the Throne) and the Throne will concede to her will.
- Senpai/Kōhai: While she begrudgingly accepts her new status as a Servant, she also won't let you forget that she is still your senpai as a member of Chaldea.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Her Stripperiffic outfit is apparently just what she feels comfortable in as an Elemental, possibly implying some sort of No Nudity Taboo tendencies, and she is annoyed and exhasperated that humans find it distracting, but not enough to actually dress differently unless she needs to hide her true nature. Her interlude also reveals it's actually her way of making threats by clearly displaying that she is not human and thus not to be messed with. Unfortunately, because she is used to having to fight for her life and kill all witnesses when her true identity is revealed, doing this means she is basically permanently putting herself in fight-or-flight mode, adding an extra explanation for her irritability.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: While she was already pretty beautiful as Akuta, it was more in a nerdy bookworm way. As Consort Yu, she removes her twintails, takes off the glasses, ditches the Chaldean uniform for a form-fitting black dress with a fur collar, and carries around two flaming swords. Goes a long way to show why they call her "The Beauty". Heck, even her default Servant appearance is considered by the community to be one of the best looking starting pieces of artwork in the game, in large part because she looks both cute and beautiful without relying on fanservice.
- Sour Grapes: Believing that Mash was the reason she lost her initial skirmishes with Chaldea (rather than her own shortcomings as a tactician) in the Chinese Lostbelt, she swaps Servants with the protagonist during her Interlude as they reenact her Master/Servant battle.
- Spam Attack:
- In the first fight against her in "Lostbelt. No. 3: The Synchronized Intellect Nation, SIN", she spams her Noble Phantasm over and over again, just like Mordred in the "Sixth Singularity: The Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot", but your party receives Guts every turn to help them survive the constant onslaught as you rush to break her first health bar to end the battle.
- The playable version of her has a self-charge skill along with an NP Gain skill over 5 turns that at max rank will be ready to use again immediately. At max rank of both skills she can fill over three-quarters of her gauge over five turns without taking into account building NP charge through attacks (it helps that she's one of the few Servants with the highest base NP gain in the game) or a Servant support, making it feasible for her to spam her NP frequently.
- Spell My Name with an S: Before the spelling of her name was officialized as Yu Mei-ren (the proper Chinese reading of her name), she was often reffered to as Yu Miaoyi in fan communities, a name claimed to be her birth name. Yu Mei-ren's birth name is historically unknown, but it was established as Yu Miaoyi for the 2006 Chinese TV show The Story of Han Dynasty. In the same year, the show's name was erroniously added to Chinese Wikipedia as historical fact. Later, in 2010, her English Wikipedia page was made by the translating the Chinese page, still containing the error. The Chinese Wikipedia was corrected shortly after the English page was made, but its lasting effect on the Western communities remain.
- Spoiled Brat: Her interlude deals with this particular character flaw in Yu. As Gao points out, when Yu no longer has to hide her true nature from the people around her, she goes from a social recluse to a spoiled brat at the drop of a hat, something that Gao implied he experienced in his lifetime as her friend. During the interlude, Yu's demands from the Protagonist ranges from making them get her bread from the cafeteria to making them give her the magazine they were reading just because. This issue is stated to be borne from her eons of social isolation and the grudge she's apparently still nursing from the Chinese Lostbelt. Thus the rest of the interlude focuses on helping Yu vent her frustrations against the Protagonist in hopes of helping her better acclimate socially. But unfortunately and rather predictably, things did not go according to plan, thanks in part to Yu being as inept in combat tactics as she is in social situations.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Averted in their initial relationship, but after Xiang died? Oh boy. Yu wandered the earth for thousands of years bitter and lonely until she finally ended up at Chaldea. She failed to summon her love, eventually settling for her Old Friend Prince of Lan Ling. When she later arrives at S.I.N., Qin offers her the chance to be with that world's version of Xiang Yu in exchange for letting him study her, which she quickly agrees to. While he's very obviously not the same man she knew, after hearing her story he immediately accepts her as his concubine as his Proper Human History self did. It looks like they might actually be able to live together again... only for Chaldea to then kick in the door, which forces them to fight as otherwise Xiang will be destroyed along with the Lostbelt. They lose repeatedly, and just when it looks like Qin is going to give up the fight altogether Xiang manages to summon the energy for one last stand... only to promptly lose again and be killed, his last words lamenting that he was unable to secure a world where his wife could finally be happy. Yu snaps and merges with the Tree of Emptiness in an attempt at revenge, only to lose again and finally be killed herself. However, she wills herself to become a Servant after her death, so there's a chance a miracle could occur and they can be summoned together and finally find happiness... well, a miracle or the player shelling out enough money to do it in Chaldea anyways.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's usually ice to pretty much everyone at first. But the handful of people willing to get to know her will slowly see her sentimental and downright doting side. The two men in life who saw this side of her are her lover Xiang Yu and her Best Friend, Prince of Lan Ling, who treasure her more than anything in return. This can be seen in her Valentine scene, where she claims that she only bought the first thing she saw on the store shelf for courtesy chocolate, but the protagonist notes it's clear she wrapped it by hand, which she then tries to play off by saying she just did it to kill time. Actually reading the description makes it clear she made it all by hand and did quite a bit of research on how she was going to make it.
- Suicide Attack: Her Noble Phantasm is technically this, and is described as such. However, the Noble Phantasm then reconstructs her physical body afterwards, meaning she can use it over and over again.
- Technicolor Eyes: Her eyes change to crimson in her third ascension, as she's no longer hiding her species.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: When summoned by the player, she makes it clear that she still holds a grudge towards the Chaldean Master, yet she will still carry out orders regardless.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Two of her attack animations. One is a rather simple straight throw with both blades, but the other has her flat-out telekinetically making them slice and dice her target once thrown.
- Undying Loyalty: She's absolutely devoted to Xiang Yu, to the point of sabotaging her own Lostbelt's potential for growth to protect him. The idea of sparring with him in a mock battle in her interlude has her so upset that she instantly lowers her entire team to 1 HP and inflicts a plethora of status effects on them that make it impossible for them to win against him.
- Vapor Wear: Her second and third outfits do not leave much to the imagination. Her Final Ascension in particular makes it clear she's not wearing any undergarments whatsoever under that dress.
- Vegetarian Vampire: While the quickest way for her restore her mana is through draining blood, unlike a True Ancestor she doesn't have a compulsion to do so, and she hates doing so on principle because in her eyes it makes her little better than the humans she hates, since they must consume other living things to survive. She gets by through passively absorbing mana through her environment without forcibly taking it in and restricting her own powers to a fraction of what they usually are.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Yu was miserable following the death of Xiang Yu and Lan Ling. She searched for a way to die for years in hopes of being Together in Death with Xiang Yu, only to give up and languish alone until Marisbury sought her out and recruited her. One of her Noble Phantasm lines even declares her jealousy for those lucky enough to obtain "eventual repose", and she says she's envious of foes who die with a peaceful look on their faces. Xu Fu attempts to fulfill her wish during the fifth Summer event with her Immortal Killing Mask.
- Widow Woman: After the death of Xiang Yu, Yu roamed the earth for 2,000 years, hiding from humans in any refuge of nature there was left. Her motivation for joining Chaldea as a member of Team A was to summon Xiang Yu as a Servant to be reunited with him.
- Worthless Yellow Rocks: She has established multiple different bases across the world that are filled with ancient artifacts that could be world-changing in academic circles if revealed to the wider world. But to her they are just random garbage she just used when they were still period appropriate and has no problem to just giving them to David to be sold in an illegal auction so that she can have some gambling money.