Avenger is the secret "eighth Class" of Servant that could be summoned in the Holy Grail War, and was forbidden because it is guaranteed to summon an Anti-Hero or Evil-aligned Heroic Spirit. Avengers are marked by an all-consuming hatred or thirst for revenge against a certain target, whether it be an individual, a concept, or even the entire World. Whereas most individuals will gradually heal and forget a grudge with time, the curse of the Avenger class makes their vengeance burn in perpetuity, as painful as a fresh wound for the rest of their existence.
Avengers are strong against Rulers and weak against Moon Cancer.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Quite literally, as the Avengers that have been released so far are all Chaotic Evil. They appear to share this trait with the Beasts, if Tiamat's profile is any indication. The only exception so far is Oda Nobunaga in her Avenger form, and even then, her alignment has not only shifted from Lawful to Chaotic, it represents her leaning so hard into the legends and hearsay that surround her that her attribute has changed from Man to Earth.
- Ax-Crazy: Of a different sort than the Berserker class, as Avengers are fueled not by madness but by murderous hatred and rage.
- The Corruption: Their class description calls them "[the] dark side of the Holy Grail, which is the contents in the cup" (although this technically only applies to Aŋra Mainiiu and Dark Irisviel/Justeaze). Some reading between the lines in Babylonia, though, implies that Avengers in Fate as a whole may be linked to the Beasts and their life-negating properties, and that the Evils of the World which Aŋra represents and which infected the Fuyuki Grail after it tries to make the wish for him to exist come true, starting this whole mess, might be related to the Beasts.
- Critical Hit Class: All Avengers have the Oblivion Correction Passive Skill, which boosts the damage of critical hits, and all of them except for Aŋra Mainiiunote have Active Skills that either generate crit stars, increase their star absorption rate, and/or further boost their critical hit damage. However, they have an inherently low star absorption rate, which means it can be difficult to take advantage of this.
- Glass Cannon: Not quite as glassy as some others, but this tends to be how they play - they all have very high ATK for their rarity (Dantes and Nobunaga share 5th highest ATK in the game while Jeanne Alter has the highest, while Gorgon and Hessian Lobo have the highest and 3rd highest ATK of all 4* Servants, as well as Salieri having the highest ATK among all 3* Servants), an innate ATK bonus on top of that, NP bars that fill very quickly and a double damage bonus against the game's designated Stone Wall class, but they have middling HP and only have a defensive bonus against Rulers. On top of this, the Moon Cancer has class advantage over them and walks all over them. They do often need a little help staying alive.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Servants like Dantes get power boosts as Servants for being icons of wrath and retribution. Unfortunately, as it is with Salieri, actually having been a man of rage and vengeance isn't necessary for public perception to mutate you into one against your will.
- Power Glows: Much moreso than other Servants, Avengers tend to visibly glow with their dark power in high-tier ascensions.
- The Power of Hate: Avengers, as their name implies, are fueled by hatred and a lust for revenge so intense they'd destroy the world to attain it. Only their Masters can keep them from going on a rampage.
- Rare Random Drop: Frustratingly more so than the oft-mentioned Saber class. Only the following seven are playable:
- Dantes, Jeanne Alter, and Nobunaga are SSR/5* rarity (and are limited-release, only appearing in their own events or other major landmark dates);
- Aŋra Mainiiu is the rarest thing you could ever hope to get in the Friend Point gacha, or any gacha overall (and is pretty much a Joke Character mechanics-wise); although his insane drops during "Fate/Accel Zero Order" (where he debuted in)note made him a prized Servant.
- Gorgon is a story-locked SR/4*—and is probably one of three Avengers you can conceivably use on most days... even if she came after the seventh Order. Salieri is a similar case, albeit as a R/3* he's much easier to get... but he's only available after completing the first Lostbelt of the second storyline;
- Avenger of Shinjuku is the only one to actually be available in any gacha at any time, and even then they're an SR Servant so there's only a 3% chance of possibly rolling them in any given roll (and then you need to get them, alone, out of the sea of other 4-stars).
- Revenge: Their primary motivation with even two different unique skills reserved for Servants in this class:
- Avenger, which has them accumulate others' malice and hatred directed towards them and convert it into power.
- Oblivion Correction (Memory Correction in the Japanese version) makes Avengers remember every single wrong that was done to them, even when others have forgotten — humans by nature being a species that forgets many things in life — even when they know there are more wonderful things than revenge; using the lapses in people's memories as a means to empower their critical hits.
- Tactical RockPaperScissors: They have an advantage against Rulers and a weakness against Moon Cancer. They also are both strong and weak against Berserkers and have resistance to the Demon Gods and Goetia.
- Token Evil Teammate: These Servants are antiheroes and villains defined by hatred and rage. Despite that, if summoned they will aid Chaldea just as the other Servants do, if a bit reluctantly in some cases.
- Tragic Monster: All of them. While they are all psychopaths at best and would go on a killing spree without hesitation if given free rein, it's not like any of them wanted to be what they are. Aŋra Mainiiu's torture, Dantes' betrayed past, Jeanne Alter's twisted nature, Medusa's curse, the Hessian's similar betrayal & beheading, Lobo's being hunted down for sport and accusations of Salieri poisoning Mozart were all because of circumstances beyond their control, and in all cases they are pretty bitter about their cursed fate. At best, it is really only Nobunaga who had her negative reputation coming, and even then the circumstances of her demise are no less tragic/ironic for it.
ID: No. 107
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Persia (Zoroastrianism)
First Appearance: Fate/hollow ataraxia
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Nekotawawa
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima
A name attributed to the omnimalevolent Big Bad of Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest religions in human history. However, in reality this is an ordinary young villager who lived in the Middle East during the 5th Century. He was randomly chosen by his village to become a sacrificial scapegoat for "All The Evils In The World", under the childish theory that if all the evil in the world was concentrated within a single person, then logically the rest of the villagers would be free of sin. He was ritualistically tortured and cursed until he went insane with hatred, and was not even allowed to die until he finally succumbed to old age. Ironically, his death calmed the hearts of the villagers, meeting the requirements of a "heroic sacrifice" and qualifying him to become a Heroic Spirit.
As he was an unremarkable human in life, his combat ability and parameters as a Heroic Spirit are extremely low. Yet he also exists as the living embodiment of humanity's desire for a singular God of Evil to blame all of their sin upon. If this desire was to come into contact with an artifact such as the Holy Grail, which exists to grant the wishes of mankind, it may bring forth an ultimate evil unto the world.
He is the Greater-Scope Villain of Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero, and makes his first appearance in this form in Fate/hollow ataraxia as the original Avenger-class Servant and main character. During the game, he made his official debut in the "Fate/Accel Zero Order" event.
- Ace Custom: Unlike the backs and borders of Class Cards which reflect typical rarities (Gold, Silver, etc.), his are grey and black, reflecting his unique nature if being somewhat misleading as to his actual strength. Notably, the color of his card never changes, even if he's ascended via Palingenesis, reflecting that he is the one who corrupts the Holy Grail.
- Adaptational Villainy: The version of him in the "Fate/Accel Zero Order" event never underwent his Character Development in Fate/hollow ataraxia so he's still as callow and villainous as he was when he was corrupting the Greater Grail.
- Answers to the Name of God: A bunch of villagers used curses to outright remove whatever name he was born with and renamed him Aŋra Mainiiu for the Zoroastrian God of Evil in the Third Grail War. When the Einzbern family tried to summon the god of myth, they got the closest possible result: Some nameless villager with no actual powers or abilities who barely qualifies as a Heroic Spirit based on a technicality. Since his original name no longer exists, he answers to Aŋra Mainiiu now.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Despite being All the World's Evil, the only evil things he did are corrupting the Holy Grail, sending a shadow entity to devour people... and groping Mash's breasts.
- Attack Reflector: His Noble Phantasm reflects any pain inflicted on him back to its attacker, which manifests as a buff in this game. The catch is, he must survive that attack, but his squishy HP and Avenger class modifier make it kinda hard to use.
- Back from the Dead: His bond CE allows him to revive once during a battle with 20% of his HP. His upgraded third skill revives him with 50% of his HP if he dies within six turns of its use, and they can both be stacked. In a case of Gameplay and Story Integration, this is why he "survived" the attack from Assassin Emiya at the end of "Fate/Accel Zero Order". In his own words, "Dead, but not really dead. You see, resurrection is my speciality."
- Balance Buff: His Interlude upgrades his third skill with a 50% Guts buff that lasts for six turns, essentially turning it from a Death-or-Glory Attack into an actually viable skill for combat. Granted, he still needs help staying alive, but now he can draw the full benefits of the skill's Quick buff with less fear of signing his own death warrant in the process.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: His backstory is that he was an ordinary villager, scapegoated as the incarnation of all the world's evil, and was ritualistically tortured until he died consumed by hatred for the world and humanity.
- Bored with Insanity: His very being is so mired with malice and misery that he's gotten quite used to the wickedness worming around his psyche. Ironically, his resulting levelheadedness free of the mania that plagues his fellow Avengers potentially makes him the most evil of them all as the horrors he perpetrates are done out of choice rather than instinct, allowing him to orchestrate some intricately vile manipulations as seen in the original game.
- Bring It: At the end of "Fate/Accel Zero Order", he's terribly vulnerable and has nowhere to hide from Assassin EMIYA who outclasses his regular self in many respects. Despite this, he shows no fear at the idea of facing off with him and instead takes the time to get out some trash talk before they charge at each other.
- Call-Back: When asked for what he hates, he mentions that he would rather not encounter a certain hero of justice again, stating that he'd just hurt his stomach if he tried to devour him, referencing how Emiya Shirou managed to power through his curse in the Fate route of Fate/stay night.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: His Noble Phantasm causes him to transform into his werewolf-like Shade form, though it is hardly an improvement and only has the effect of reflecting back the damage done to him.
- Continuing Is Painful: He has the potential to wear down any enemy by just resurrecting himself after getting killed, but he's quite adverse to pain and is usually very lazy.
- The Corruption: He is the entity responsible for the Holy Grail's corruption, embodied by Dark Irisviel; and his curse of hatred is what blackened Saber into Saber Alter. The Babylonia chapter, however, indirectly begins to throw some questions at the idea that the spirit of a lone, ritualistically-tortured villager would be capable of this kind of power by himself, even with the Grail backing him up.
- Death-or-Glory Attack: His third skill, Murderous Intent/Annihilation Wish, kills himself 5 turns after use, but grants him a Quick buff that becomes stronger with each of said turns (at max rank being 40% on the 1st turn and 200% on the 5th turn, making it the strongest Quick buff in the game). This can be mitigated with his bond CE as well as his 6-turn Guts buff gained from his Interlude upgrade, which turns it into The End of the Four Nights.
- Eldritch Abomination: While Aŋra Mainiiu only appears as a Servant, it's noted in his lore that after he was defeated in the Third Grail War, the Fuyuki Grail tried to grant the wish of the ancient Zoroastrians for him to become the incarnation of All the World's Evil. This resulted in the weakest Heroic Spirit corrupting the Fuyuki Grail in order to be reborn as a genuine god of evil. In this state Aŋra Mainiiu is eerily similar to a Beast-class entity, generating a corruptive black ooze capable of blackening Servants into evil versions of themselves, which the Babylonia chapter notes is similar to Tiamat's Sea of Life, and is able to consume virtually any source of magic energy it comes in contact with, including and perhaps especially Servants.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Due to being Made of Evil and just being genuinely insane, he has a hard time wrapping his head fully around positive emotions and acts that come from them. This is especially when he's the one trying to feel them. His bond CE and final bond line, though, shows he does have at least some memory of a certain cleric, which helps him a little.
- Evil Knock Off:
- "All the World's Evil", the cursed black mud released by Aŋra Mainiiu from inside the Grail, is a weaker variant of Tiamat's Sea of Life/Chaos Tide, with both being a cursed black ooze that overwrites a person's being and remakes them into its minions. Aŋra Mainiiu's black mud corrupts Servants into blackened, evil versions of themselves — as seen with Saber Alter — and devours what it can't corrupt, but can be resisted and overpowered if given time or egotism — as seen with Gilgamesh and Shirou. Tiamat's black mud will devour everything and rewrite it instantly, leaving only those who can join her willingly with their wills intact.
- Aŋra Mainiiu believes himself to be this to the Beasts in general, with all his properties being inferior versions of theirs. The one thing he going for him is that being of human origin makes him strong against the entirely non-human Beasts.
- Eviler Than Thou: His lucidity unique among the members of his Class makes his wicked acts all the more reprehensible.
- The Faceless: Aŋra Mainiiu's true form is that of a beast-like silhouette as shown in his Noble Phantasm. The form shown on his card art comes from Fate/hollow ataraxia, when he was masquerading as Emiya Shirou.
- Fragile Speedster: His only noteworthy stat is A-Rank in Agility, but his E-Rank in both Strength and Endurance, combined with the Avenger class's squishy nature, means he's probably only going to get a few brief hits in before he's torn apart.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero, being the entity behind the Holy Grail's corruption. The Servant himself is not entirely evil per se (as seen in Fate/hollow ataraxia), it's his curse to embody all the evils in the world that corrupted the Grail. At least, that's what the Fuyuki characters thought. Grand Order's plot begins to bring up some between-the-lines questions about the true nature of the powers attributed to him.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: His second Noble Phantasm, The End of the Four Nights, is the ability to create a four-day loop, as seen in Fate/hollow ataraxia. His Interlude upgrade replaces his third skill with this, and in addition to the original effects grants him a 6 turn Guts buff that effectively cancels out the original self-killing after 5 turns and can stack with other Guts buffs. For some reason, it's solely restricted to Fuyuki City but Gameplay and Story Segregation hits once again.
- Hypocritical Humor: He tries to mock EMIYA over his repeated insistence on stopping his plans when their dialogue implies that for as futile as it is, EMIYA constantly succeeds in defeating and killing him.
- I Am A Humanitarian: He mentions that if he tried to eat Emiya Shirou again he'd just hurt his stomach — referencing the time Shirou was doused in All the World's Evil in the Fate route of Fate/stay night and overcame it through sheer force of will.
- Irony: The being meant to become All The Evils In The World can be strong against Beast class servants, which is made up of beings that are called the Evils of Humanity. For extra irony, he's one of the weakest summonable Servants, yet he possesses the capacity become one that works best against some of the most powerful ones of all.
- Joke Character: In the Third Fuyuki Grail War, he was killed very quickly due to being pathetically weak. In gameplay, his skills and Noble Phantasm are all detrimental for using him, with his third skill killing him after usage. His Noble Phantasm Verg Avesta is useless if enemies don't attack him or do sufficient damage to damage themselves. This is all lore-accurate and contributed to his popularity. He himself lampshades it in his My Room lines."Aah... Im beat... how many times have I died already... isnt it hard for you too? Hurry up, pull a better Servant and make your life easier already."
- Lethal Joke Character:
- With enough healing and taunting, he can carry the day versus the Chaldea Summer re-run Challenge Quest as he can bypass those crabs' ridiculous defense buff due to his NP redirecting damage.
- As a boss, he suddenly becomes one of the scariest Servants to face due to the fact that he generally has the HP to survive long enough to make his NP to work and the fact that it goes through both invincibility and evade means that you either have to hope that you can do just enough damage that he doesn't just decimate you with the redirected damage or that you have Guts ready on your team.
- Similarly, with his Bond CE providing class advantage and a proper team to support him, he can become surprisingly adept at facing off against Beast-class opponents (often some of the most dangerous or difficult opponents to fight) since his skills and NP encourage a stalling strategy and fights with the Beasts tend to develop into stall-based battles anyways.
- Living Shadow: His true form is a black silhouette, which can assume a monstrous form.
- Loss of Identity: The villager who would one day become All the Evils in the World is completely gone. Aŋra Mainiiu doesn't remember his old name, and he never speaks of that time save when describing the tortures he went through. It's most telling when his current human appearance shares no similarities with his past self, save its gender.
- Luminescent Blush: While groping Mash's chest during the second part of the Fate/Accel Zero Order, his blushing is the only facial expression that can be seen on his first stage form.
- Made of Evil: He is the incarnation of All The World's Evil, and hatred is his natural state of existence. That's not to say he can't learn and understand other emotions like love, it's just that hatred is the emotion that comes most naturally to him.
- Meta Guy: Periodically comments on gameplay mechanics (see above).
- Mythology Gag: Any Grail given to him for Palingenesis will install a dark purple icon on the top of his portrait instead of the usual golden one, indicating how he's "corrupted" it with his evil — a reference to his time spent indwelling the Greater Grail in Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night.
- The Nondescript: His Interlude which is only accessible by reaching max bond level, reveals that no one, not even the protagonist, the person he supposedly has achieved an incredibly close relationship with, has actually interacted with him that much because he is just that forgettable, and they are at first confused at who this Servant approaching them is. Even Dr. Roman is surprised the protagonist even uses him in the first place.
- Only Sane Man: Unlike the other Avengers, he's primarily lucid and laidback. This doesn't mean he's incapable of villainy, he's just the easiest to talk to out of the bunch.
- Power Glows: His final Ascension makes all his tattoos and hair glow blue. His bond CE implies this is partially because he begins to remember Caren and Bazett.
- The Power of Friendship: Ironically for All The World's Evil, he has to rely on this in order to win a fight, especially if he uses his Noble Phantasm. Because he's so weak and his Noble Phantasm only takes effect if he takes damage and survives the enemy's strike, having a good partner able to take advantage of that damage is necessary. The description of his Noble Phantasm even outright says he can't defeat his enemies alone.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His Stage 2 art.
- Retired Monster: Apart from how it harmed those he grew to be fond of, he has few regrets regarding his previous atrocities and says he wouldn't mind giving the Greater Grail another whirl if given the chance.
- Savage Wolves: He is touted as the incarnation of All the World's Evils and has a shadowy werewolf "Shade" form that certainly looks impressive... but it's mostly for show and pales in comparison to the might of the Shinjuku Avenger who is an actual wolf.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: While he's technically just a Living Shadow, his preferred appearance is the one shown from Stage 2 onwards, as a nod to how he assumed Shirou's form during Fate/hollow ataraxia and grew to enjoy being Shirou. He doesn't even remember his original appearance as the simple villager chosen as a sacrifice.
- Sinister Silhouettes: His Stage 1 card art shows him in silhouette with only his eyes visible.
- Situational Sword: Outside of the Guts effect, his Bond CE gives him class advantage against Beast-class enemies regardless of their specific designation. When combined with his skills and a proper stall-based team to support him, he can actually become a dangerous powerhouse since most fights with Beasts tend to turn into stall-based strategies anyways.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The official spelling his name is "Aŋra Mainiiu" as opposed to the commonly used Angra Mainyu. Neither of them are wrong or really different in this case, just ""Aŋra Mainiiu" can be considered a much older way of spelling it.
- Support Party Member: With a skill that decreases critical hit chance for three turns, another that decreases Attack for tree turns and lowers enemy NP gauge, and a third that gives him a six-turn Guts buff after an Interlude (with another added on by his Bond CE), Aŋra Mainiiu stands out amongst his fellow Avengers by not being a high-powered attacker but more of a punching bag that slows down the enemy and takes the heat off for your other heavy hitters.
- Unperson: His true name was erased from the Avesta, so he is only known as Aŋra Mainiiu or Avenger and Emiya Shirou during Fate/hollow ataraxia.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Never wears a shirt and shamelessly shows off his chest, showing that Shirou was pretty ripped even before he became EMIYA.
- Walking Spoiler: His existence isn't even known until the Heaven's Feel route of Fate/stay night, and even hollow ataraxia conceals full details on him for some time; even knowing about him involves spoiling that the Holy Grail is actually an Artifact of Doom.
ID: No. 204
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Italy (18th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: PFALZ
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
An Italian classical music composer who had a fierce rivalry with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and allegedly poisoned him to death.
He appears as an antagonist in the first chapter of Cosmos in the Lostbelt.
- Berserk Button: Mozart. His hatred of Mozart is practically tied with Berserker of El Dorado's hatred of Greek Heroes. He's been seen using self-suggestion to project his hatred on whatever he wants to fight, including things that have nothing to do with Amadeus (like giant monsters).
- Bishounen Line: Horribly subverted. He loses his knockoff Mozart costume in his first Ascension, but fuses with it in his final ones into a monstrous parody of his hated rival.
- Boring, but Practical: The other Avengers are all rare and difficult to acquire normally, so him being a 3* Avenger makes him a not flashy, but still useful Servant for players to use. He also fits nicely onto Arts teams, something that other Avengers lack the ability normally, making him good at being a cheap alternative to the other Avengers.
- Brown Note: His Noble Phantasm "Dio Santissimo Misericordia de mi: To The Great One Up In The Heavens, Please Take Pity On Me" is a symphony of concentrated hatred that assaults both body and mind. It's so horrific that it inflicts a crit debuff on both enemies and allies (though it only damages the former).
- Char Clone: He's cloaked in red, wears a mask in most of his ascensions, and is The Rival of someone connected to the main cast (Mozart). For added bonus, his voice actor has portrayed another Char clone, Rau Le Creuset, in the past, as well as voicing the man the original stole his name from.
- Clothes Make the Maniac: He normally has all the combat ability you'd expect from a pianist to the point that even Andersen is probably stronger than him as a Servant. Most of his power comes from the Wailing Facade, his red costume made of the legends and rumors around him and the Man in Grey. Unfortunately, when using said costume his sanity also drops to psychopathic levels, enabling his Noble Phantasm, a symphony of hatred and death that the living Salieri would have never been able to compose. Even when you set him to his second Ascension which is as close to normal as he gets, he still has to don the outfit because otherwise he's useless in battle.
- Composite Character: His existence has been fused with "Man in Grey", a Reaper-like figure who is tied to Mozart's work on composing Requiem and his death.
- Cool Mask: His face is fully covered by one for his first stage, initially tricking the protagonists into thinking he's an Alter version of Mozart during the first Lostbelt.
- The Danza: An in-universe one, where he is one of actors in a play in "A Study in the Dubious Meiho-sou" event as a character named... Antonio.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Aside from Mozart, he apparently doesn't get along with Phantom Of The Opera, stating that "The Rhythm is incompatible".
- Evil Counterpart: He's designed as one to his famous rival, Mozart, with a sinister Red and Black and Evil All Over version of his outfit and mask. His ascensions evoke demon imagery, in contrast to Mozart's ascensions which evoke angels. It's to the point that Chaldea originally believe he's an Alter version of Mozart when first encountered in the first Lostbelt.
- Forced into Evil: While he and Mozart were peers who mutually respected each other in life, Memetic Mutation corrupted his Saint Graph, turning him into the diabolical murderous rival that people believed him to be courtesy of a very high Innocent Monster Skill.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Arguably the most severe case amongst Servants in-universe. Salieri in life was a good man who was friends with Mozart and even tutored his son in music, but the rumors that he poisoned his peer spiraled out of control and turned his Servant form into an EX-rank Innocent Monster. It's so bad that his Hidden Attribute is Earth - something reserved for Heroic Spirits who cannot be proven to exist by historians, despite the fact so much of Salieri's life is recorded - and his profile doesn't even list his origin as "Historical Fact", instead saying he's derived entirely from rumors and myths about Mozart's death.
- Irony: Although he has a seething hatred of Mozart, as an Arts Crit Servant he actually benefits from teaming up due to the latter's highly complementary skill kit - it's actually quite rare to find another Servant as good as Mozart at providing a critical (no pun intended) mass of stars that lets even an Avenger like Salieri crit reliably.
- Left the Background Music On: During the second fight against Lightning Emperor, Salieri playing a piano rendition of Mozart's Requiem overrides the normal battle music.
- Loss of Identity: Fusing with the Gray Man and how warped he's become by his Innocent Monster skill has caused him to lose sight of who he is. If you have either version of Marie Antoinette, he thanks her because he vaguely remembers her brother's support was a great boon for him in life and then becomes confused at why he said that, questioning who he is.
- Magic Music: He uses several of his compositions to attack the enemy. He is pivotal for taking down Ivan the Terrible because the sheer anger he imparts when playing music is enough to lower the enemy's defenses.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: All three of his skills operate primarily on 'charges', triggering only three times before being consumed, with unused charges vanishing after five turns (just in time to be activated again, should they be max level). While such a mechanic has been used experimentally in a smattering of Servants prior, Salieri is the first one whose kit revolves entirely around it - and thus fits naturally with Tamamo and her ability to lower skill cooldowns with her NP, even moreso than EMIYA Alter.
- The Minionmaster: In contrast to Mozart's Summon Backup Dancers, he summons white-clad violinists (who look more like mooks from Assassin's Creed) to attack his enemies.
- Musical Assassin: A more straightforward version. Whenever he plays/conducts using his magical suit, damage will be made.
- Obviously Evil: Take the general Final Fantasy-villain design aesthetic of Mozart and combine it with the motifs of the Demon Pillars/Goetia himself, and you pretty much have Salieri's final ascension.
- One-Winged Angel: His Stage 3 form. During the events of the Russian Lostbelt his embracement of his anger changes him from his first form into his third as he passionately plays a version of Mozart's Dies Irae.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are red beneath his mask.
- Rule of Symbolism: His final Ascension art portrays his monstrous costumed form in a manner extremely similar to Mozart's final Ascension art, with a page titled "Memoir of Antonio Salieri" burning to nothing in front of him. A memoir is a historical account written by someone with personal knowledge or experience in the events.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: That pinstripe suit he wears at Stage 2 cannot get any snappier if it wanted to.
- Square Race, Round Class: While he has the passive skills of an Avenger, he is currently the only Avenger with a Art Noble Phantasm, and his skills overall are more like a Caster. Given how Salieri was a performer like Mozart, this makes sense, since his status as an Avenger due to the Gray Man fusing with him.
- That Man Is Dead: And it gives him a serious identity crisis. He knows that he is Salieri, but also that the real Salieri is long gone and that he's just a corrupted bootleg. Murderous intent is his whole being, yet he's considerably unhappy that he feels so much hatred for a man he should have nothing but respect for. He ponders about the worth of his existence quite often.
- While Rome Burns: Ultimately chooses to stay behind in the collapsing Lostbelt in order to soothe the Yaga children with his music as their world is destroyed around them.
- White Hair, Black Heart: As noted above, he didn't fall into this in life, but as an Avenger, he fits.
ID: No. 158
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Literature (Lobo, the King of Currumpaw & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
First Appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Shimokoshi
Voiced by: Ryota Takeuchi (Lobo)
Lobo was a gray wolf who became famous after featuring in Seton's Wild Animals I Have Known. In the vast American pasture of the Currumpaw plains, he killed over 2,000 cattle in the space of 5 years and 250 sheep in a single night without eating them. Employed as a hunter, Seton decided that instead of directly facing Lobo, he would make use of his mate, the white wolf Blanca. The curious Blanca was caught in a bear trap and killed. Seeking his mates corpse, Lobo was finally caught in a trap. The captured Lobo refused all meals from humans and died just like that.
The nameless Hessian riding Lobo came to America after being hired by the British government and got his head blown off after receiving a cannon fire. Not noticing he was dead, he roamed about Sleepy Hollow.
They are villains in Shinjuku, where they first appear as a Rider until they fuse with the Invisible Man and change their class into Avenger. They also make a... memorable... cameo during Death Jail Summer Escape.
- Always a Bigger Fish: On the giving end in Shinjuku. When the protagonist and the party are fighting some thugs and their chimeras, Lobo comes in and kills the last one by himself with ease, establishing his position as a true alpha predator.
- Assimilation Backfire: Discussed and ultimately averted. During the Shinjuku chapter, Hessian Lobo request to add another Phantom Spirit onto their Saint Graph, the Invisible Man to exact. The fusion with another Phantom Spirit, a being that lacks hatred, could have weaken their hatred, the source of their power, and thus would actually have weakened them. Lobo had to cling on his hatred to retain it and keep his personality intact, and even allows the two of them to change their class from Rider to Avenger.
- Balance Buff: His Interlude buffed his NP damage up to around 400% for each level, while also increasing his critical damage by 20% for three turns. With his crit star focused moveset, he can now use his NP in a Quick chain to make crit stars, then use his Demonic Fallen Angel to absorb most of the stars gathered, and do heavy crit damage.
- Canis Major: Lobo is at least 3m long from head to tail, or at least large enough to carry a grown man on his back.
- Chained by Fashion: Lobo still wears all four traps used to bind him in the original story until finally freeing himself of them in his third ascension.
- Composite Character: Avenger of Shinjuku, when taking into account both the rider and its steed, is a combination of two American tales, as shown by its True Name, Hessian Lobo. The rider is the infamous Headless Horseman/Hessian soldier from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow while the steed is the wolf Lobo from Lobo, the King of Currumpaw. Later on, their invisibility is provided by another Phantom,The Invisible Man, Jack Griffin, though their compatibility with him is not very high.
- Cutlass Between the Teeth: Lobo carries one of Hessian's swords in his mouth in their Third Ascension or while performing their Noble Phantasm.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: During one of the segments from his perspective in Shinjuku, Lobo goes from irrationally hoping that slaughtering enough humans will bring back the plains of his youth, where he might run free with his family again, to forgetting why he hates them in the first place or what he wanted to do after killing them all.
- Defrosting Ice King: At first and during Shinjuku, Lobo is full of hatred to any human, even as your Servant. However, where you fully get his trust, he's beaming a very happy smile while barking like a puppy.
- During the Valentine's 2018 event, if you've gotten him as a Servant, Lobo takes you for a ride on him in a run through a plain of grass as thanks for giving him chocolate (which the protagonist hilariously tries to convince him not to eat, since it's bad for dogs). And he thinks about them before he goes to sleep. It's clear that the protagonist is someone Lobo's grown very fond towards.
- And finally in their interlude; after looking for Lobo's children (which turned out to be impossible because America has changed too much since then), he comes to the realization that the MC is like his child.
- During the Valentine's 2018 event, if you've gotten him as a Servant, Lobo takes you for a ride on him in a run through a plain of grass as thanks for giving him chocolate (which the protagonist hilariously tries to convince him not to eat, since it's bad for dogs). And he thinks about them before he goes to sleep. It's clear that the protagonist is someone Lobo's grown very fond towards.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Like other Servants with their True Names hidden, Lobo has two set of voice lines depending if you know his True Name. The thing is that Lobo's voice lines don't change after his True Name is revealed, so he ends up having two identical sets of voice lines.
- The Dividual: Archer of Shinjuku explains that the two of them are akin to two individuals acting as a single Servant (like Anne and Mary) instead of being a Servant and its ride. Lobo is the dominant personality, since the Hessian doesn't have a very strong personality, but he does have some awareness and is somewhat attached to his mount. Lobo initially disliked the idea of having Hessian riding him, but since Hessian doesn't restrict him in any way and is actually useful in killing humans, Lobo accepted him.
- The Dreaded: In the Wretched Hive that is Shinjuku, the Hessian and Lobo are two of the most feared beings around to the point just hearing Lobo's howl is enough for everyone to drop everything and get out of dodge if they're nearby, since Lobo won't hesitate to tear through and eat anyone in sight.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When the Hessian sacrifices himself to let Lobo escape in Shinjuku, Lobo's thoughts reveal he can't understand why his "partner" would go that far for him, since he's never shown the Hessian anything resembling gratitude, much less kindness, to warrant such an act.
- Flat Character: The Hessian gets comparatively much less focus and characterization than Lobo aside from acting as a sort of Morality Chain for the wolf.
- Go Through Me: After being defeated for the final time, not only does Hessian block an attack from Saber Alter for Lobo's sake, he also drops his weapons to keep her at bay to allow Lobo enough time to gnaw out his leg out of a trap so he can at least run away.
- Gratuitous German: In the English localization, their Bond Craft Essence is titled in German, "Jenseits der Wildness" ("Beyond the Wilderness"). While the German is correct, it looks a bit out of place at first given it's a different language and it wasn't written in German in the Japanese version and the art and flavor text only focuses on Lobo. However, the German language does tie back to Hessian's origin.
- Happy Flashback: Their Bond CE has Lobo fondly remembering the days when he was with his pack, before the mutual desire of man and beast to kill each other had him lose it all.
- Headless Horseman: The rider himself lacks a head as he is the Headless Horseman.
- Horse of a Different Color: Hessian rides on Lobo instead of mounting his classical horse.
- Interface Spoiler: Averted. Like its fellow Shinjuku Servants, its True Name is kept a secret, even when summoned from the gacha, until it is learned in the story. Until then, it is referred to as "Avenger of Shinjuku", though players will likely realize the Rider's identity as soon as they see him.
- Invisibility: After fusing with the Invisible Man, Hessian Lobo gains the ability to become invisible, which is reflected in his penultimate boss battle where he gains an Evade buff every turn. The playable version doesn't have an evasion skill, though.
- Kill All Humans: Lobo wants to slaughter every last human for the crimes committed against him and his fellow wolves, irrationally hoping this will somehow bring back his pack and home. He was originally unhappy to have the Headless Horseman mounted atop him, but since his rider is quiet and slashes at everyone they ride past, and since he contributes their Noble Phantasm, Lobo learns to live with him.
- Oddly Shaped Sword: Hessian's "falciforms" resemble massive hooks with additional spikes for stabbing.
- Off with His Head!: The intent of their Noble Phantasm, Frieren Scharfrichter: Execution of the Far-Away One, is the beheading of one's foe. While it lacks the power to guarantee the kill like say Gae Bolg, it can still alter the world in such a way that it makes the task easier than normal.
- Nothing Is Scarier: During the later chapters of Shinjuku, Lobo starts eating people while being invisible, causing them to experience an unknown horror before they die.
- The Power of Hate: Like all Avengers, Hessian Lobo — specifically Lobo — is fueled with it. Hessian Lobo is a notable example, as the two originally appear as the Rider of Shinjuku in the story, but change their class after two battles with the protagonist's team, becoming an Avenger right after fusing with the Invisible Man. It's Lobo's growing hatred that made the change possible and allowed him to retain his personality.
- Recurring Boss: They're fought a total of four times in the main quest; the first two times they're fought as a Rider and the last two as an Avenger. Each fight has some kind of gimmick, like them inflicting random debuffs on your party or activating a one-hit dodge every turn.
- Savage Wolves: Lobo is a wolf filled with murderous rage towards just about everything and especially humans, and he has no compunctions about slaughtering everything in front of him with extreme prejudice.
- Situational Sword: One of his skills, One Cloaked in Death, does two things: it decreases the enemy's resistance to Instant Death attacks, which isn't very useful when only a small handful of Servants can even use that, and even then it's still very hard to actually connect with it consistently, with the added benefit of stripping all of an enemy's buffs. Most people use the skill for the "added benefit" alone simply because stripping an enemy of all non-permanent buffs is one of the single most useful traits to have, and Lobo is only one of a handful of Servants (all of whom are also SR and SSR rarity) that have it attached to a skill rather than a Noble Phantasm. This makes him wonderful for fighting enemies who infamously stack massive amounts of buffs on themselves.
- Spider Limbs: By the third ascension (or while using their Noble Phantasm), Hessian has giant tendrils growing from his back which he uses for stabbing.
- Super Reflexes: In Shinjuku, Lobo is able to avoid camouflaged traps while running at full speed (which was earlier mentioned as being at least 200 kilometers per hour) with what da Vinci herself states can only be microseconds of reaction time. It's only when the heroes use Cavall II as a distraction, stopping him cold in surprise, that they're finally able to trap him.
- Super Speed: As mentioned above, Lobo is capable of running 200 km/h. In his third Ascension, he's capable of reaching even higher speed, although 200 km/h is a speed he can maintain constantly.
- To Serve Man: Lobo has no issue eating humans, and for sport rather than true hunger at that. His introduction in Shinjuku has him carrying some poor sap's severed arm in his mouth.
- The Unintelligible: It is stated that all communication is impossible, but unlike the crazier Berserkers it is simply that it's hard to communicate when one is a wolf and the other has no head. A level of understanding is possible with a good enough bond level, but attempting actual dialogue is a waste of time. Hessian has been shown to do his best to try to be the middle man between Lobo and the protagonist, and Enkidu and Nursery Rhyme are able to understand what Lobo is thinking.
- Walking Spoiler: Like a lot of the Shinjuku Servants, trying to compile a trope listing for them while marking all the spoilers would make the page look like a CIA document. Even their nature as The Dividual is concealed at first.
- When He Smiles: In his Final Ascension and in Bond Level 5, the wolf gives a genuine, happy smile.◊
ID: No. 96
Spiritron Dress ID: No. 9note
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Literature (The Count of Monte Cristo)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Komatsuzaki Rui
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki
The world's most popular revenge-seeking hero, popularly known as the Count of Monte Cristo. He was imprisoned in the hellish Château d'If due to a false charge by an unscrupulous conspiracy, but he did not fall to despair thanks to a mind of steel. He eventually acquired the treasure of Monte Cristo and swooped upon Paris, dragging down many French leading figures who deceived him into hell.
His True Name is Edmond Dantès, but he perceives himself to be a different person from the "Edmond Dantès" who was a seaman from Marseilles.
He first appeared in the Kara No Kyoukai collaboration event "Garden of Order" as a shadowy figure who planned to save Servants from Solomon. Within the game, he has the honor of being the first Avenger-class Servant, and debuted in the "Prison Tower" event. He serves as a major character and ally in Shinjuku. He is also featured as the main character of the Fate/Chaldea Ace magazine's drama CD, which details his backstory before he started his revenge as told in the novel. He also appears as a missionary in Shimosa.
- Adaptational Badass: While in the book, he was cunning and physically fit, in this game, he also has energy beam powers and is super fast. It's revealed in a Drama CD that the black fire powers comes from the treasure of Monte Cristo. It gives Edmond the flames of hell and the void and power equal to that from the age of mythology by forcing magic circuits and a magic crest into his body, which ultimately gives him the edge going against Roa.
- During the final chapter when the protagonist and Mash push towards the time throne, Dantes stays behind to battle Andromalius on his own and is winning. All the while Andromalius curses their choice to try to use Dantes in their plans.
- Anti-Hero: Much like the Dantes from the original literature, he's willing to help the heroes several times, but as an Avenger, he's willing to resort to ruthless methods to achieve his goals. Not to mention, he's the embodiment of Vengeance.
- Ascended Glitch: His pose in battle seems to be a reference to Shimazaki's other Servant role, Arjuna, who had a glitch in his debut quest that would make him pose backwards.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He's dressed in a nice post-revolutionary French suit, which is cloaked by a cape in his third ascension.
- Balance Buff: The 9th set of Rank Up Quests gave him an upgrade to his Noble Phantasm, which on top of boosting damage, also inflicts any opponents hit with the Evil Curse debuff, which increases the damage one takes from the Curse Debuff. Combined with the release of Scathach-Skadi, this makes him a lot more viable.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Twice now, he has appeared in the protagonist's soul to help defend when said soul is under magical attack. Once during the Prison Tower Event, and again during the second Lostbelt.
- Beam Spam: His Noble Phantasm's finishing move is creating several speed-clones that simultaneously blast the opponent with energy beams.
- Berserk Button: He goes ballistic when the saints of the Ruler class try to talk about the salvation of his soul. As an Avenger Servant, he is barred from the redemption the original Edmond Dantès eventually found and is pretty bitter about it.
- Born Unlucky: To the point that, instead of having the E-rank Luck normally associated with this trope, his Luck stat is just completely blank.
- Breakout Character: Due to his popularity, his event was one of the first to be rerun and he also was featured as the main character in a Drama CD detailing his backstory. His event was also the first to be adapted into a manga.
- Catchphrase: "Wait, and hope."
- The Cavalry: For the final battle in Shinjuku, he brings Andersen and Jeanne Alter to help out. He claims Dumas sent him to help.
- Celebrity Paradox: Both he and his creator, Alexandre Dumas, are Servants in this franchise (Dumas being the "Fake" Caster of Fate/strange fake), which raises some interesting questions. When he knows there are other author Casters in Chaldea, he seems pleased.
- Covered in Scars: His summer Spiritron Dress shows that he's scarred quite extensively from his time in Chateau D'lf.
- Critical Hit Class: His NP is an Area of Effect that generates a decent amount of critical stars, and when combined with his two Quick cards for Quick chains he can rack up stars pretty well. However, he has very poor star weight as an Avenger, meaning that he likely won't be seeing much benefit from those stars, and the lack of any skill to increase his critical damage or star weight means he's crippled from fully utilizing the power of his high Attack stat compared to the Buster-oriented Jeanne Alter.
- Crutch Character: He was the first and only Avenger for a good period of time after the game came out, and it wasn't until the release of Jeanne Alter that he received another Avenger for players to use. As a result, he was incredibly useful early on because he could take care of Ruler enemies fairly well, and the early days of the game were a good period for crit focused teams. However, as time went on, his usefulness dropped heavily as his outdated kit made him unable to compare to Jeanne Alter, and other Avengers after him. Even Aŋra Mainiiu was seen as better than him in certain situations, since his kit made him decent at fighting the Beast bosses in later singularities.
- Declaration of Protection: He delivers one to the protagonist at then end of Shinjuku.Remember this well, my accomplice: punishment, deserving or otherwise, is always a given. But you will never succumb to it! All you need do is call my name! Do that, and I will be at your side in a moment's notice! Hahahahahaha!
- Determinator: The character himself was already this. Up to Eleven since as a Servant he has the skill Determination of Steel at rank EX.
- Dub Name Change: A minor example. In Japan, he is officially named "The Count of Monte Cristo" in his profile, Saint Graph and battle UI, reflecting his reluctance to use his real name (with the one exception being "Prison Tower" for the NPC Dantes only). In the English server, he is explicitly named as "Edmond Dantès", likely to avoid any potential legal issues that might arise.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He shows up in the "Garden of Order" event as a shadowy NPC in cutscenes.
- Evil Laugh: He revels in doing these.
- Fiction 500: The Count was always on this list, but as a Servant he has Golden Rule as an A-Rank skill. The Count effectively went from Rags to Riches, becoming the richest man in the world within the story.
- Foil: He's described as being a foil to Aŋra Mainiiu. While the premiere Avenger was born out of wretchedness and rage, he eventually grew to appreciate love and nobility thanks to his companions. While Edmond was supported and cherished by several allies who helped make his revenge possible, he's stuck obsessing over hatred and retribution due to the infamy of his legend affecting his Saint Graph.
- Foreshadowing: He quotes his final line from the book before vanishing at the end of "Garden of Order", hinting at his identity.
- Glass Cannon: His attack power is the fifth strongest in the game, only behind Jeanne Alter, Kingprotea, Cu Alter and Kintoki, and shared with fellow Avenger Nobunaga, he hits all classes save Moon Cancer for at least neutral damage, and his Determination of Steel increases it even further when used. On the other hand, his HP is very unexceptional, he only resists the Ruler class who are more along the lines of a Stone Wall anyways, his deck and NP lean more towards using Quick chains (which hampers his overall damage potential), he has a Class Skill that constantly increases his NP gauge at the cost of decreasing the entire team's resistance to debuffs, and he even has abnormally low resistance to instant-kill attacks. All of this contrasts him even more to the Stone Wall Ruler class.
- Guardian Entity: He has become one for the protagonist's mental landscape, fighting off evil spirits in a Battle in the Center of the Mind during his Interlude and the second Lostbelt.
- Heroic Second Wind: His Noble Phantasm, Attendre, Espérer, grants this, bringing someone back from the brink of death with a temporary boost in all Parameters.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's violent, brooding, and cruel, but never before has a spirit of vengeance been so obviously Tsundere.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: The design shown for the Drama CD◊ reveals he used to have this.
- Morality Pet: His mistress Haydée is practically the only thing that prevented him from being an outright Revenge Before Reason. It's also explained that the only reason he's an Avenger is because Haydée is not there to rein him in.
- Nice Hat: And he likes it so much that he wears it even while on the beach during the Servant Summer Festival event.
- Power Creep: For a while, he was the only Avenger in the game and was fairly popular because of it. However, Jeanne Alter totally outclassed him. So while he wasn't a bad Servant, he didn't get much use due to being left behind. The introduction of Skadi drastically turned things around due to his amazing compatibility with her, putting him on the good side of power creep.
- Prisons Are Gymnasiums: His stay in the Château d'If in the book gave him unusual strength and excellent night vision. Here it gets exaggerated into Enfer, Château d'If, a Noble Phantasm that gives him Beam Spam powers. The mental power of steel fostered in the hellish Château d'If was converted into a Noble Phantasm. Essentially, he forces his body to keep up with his extremely high-speed thinking, causing him to approach Speed Blitz levels.
- Red Baron: The Count of Monte Cristo.
- Replacement Goldfish: Possibly the reason why he calls Florence Nightingale "Mercédès", as it was the name of the woman he loved before his fall. At first she was amnesiac and needed some kind of name, but he still calls her that long after that matter was resolved and both of them moved to Chaldea, much to her annoyance. The Drama CD features another one of his lovers, Haydée, who looks very much like the female protagonist (down to her orange hair).
- Revenge: One of fiction's most legendary cases of Best Served Cold, and the main reason he is an Avenger. Dantès describes himself as devoid of love or compassion, driven only by "the black flame of grudge that blazes itself dazzlingly only by means of hatred and revenge."
- Slasher Smile: Sports an incredibly vicious one with his "angry" expression.
- Spanner in the Works: He explains at the end of the Prison Tower event that Solomon had cursed the protagonist with an Evil Eye Deadly Gaze in London; to have their soul Dragged Off to Hell. He found the King of Magic's lack of hatred offensive, and repurposed the Curse to suit his own whims. This also gave the Protagonist a way out.
- Temporal Duplication: His Noble Phantasm "Enfer, Chateau d'If" is described as a technique of "super high-speed movement and thinking" that lets him transcend spacetime, and he can use it to create time-displaced duplicates of himself to attack multiple enemies simultaneously.
- That Man Is Dead: He doesn't actually consider himself Edmond Dantès as he has been summoned as an Avenger and thus will continue to harbor evil desires of revenge until he dies, unlike the Dantès of the book who let them go. This is one of the reasons the protagonist knows that the man who claims to be "Edmond Dantès" in Shinjuku is fake, because the real one always calls himself "the Cavern King".
- Token Good Teammate: While he's a lunatic like most Avengers, his psychosis revolves around protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty rather than wanton misanthropic genocide. He can still be a bitter Jerkass about it and isn't afraid of hurting anyone who gets in his way, however.
- Villain Respect: He freely admits that he admires Amakusa for his dream of salvation for the world, claiming there is no man who embodies Greed better than him. To a lesser extent, he also respects Jeanne for never giving in to hatred despite her hardships.
- Weak, but Skilled: Thoroughly averted. Unlike other Heroic Spirits that come from recent history that have to rely on tricks or some thoroughly honed skill to compete, Dantès is ludicrously powerful for his time thanks to the power bestowed upon him by the treasure of Monte Cristo, making him able to stand up to mythical heroes and a Demon Pillar on his own.
- Would Hit a Girl: Claims he doesn't like hurting women, yet the protagonist can point out that he fought Jeanne pretty savagely. He waves it off by comparing Jeanne to a fortress, and proceeds to kill Nightingale.
ID: No. 147
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Greece (Classical Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/hollow ataraxia (Rider's flashback)
Illustrated by: Shimokoshi
Voiced by: Yuu Asakawa
Live actor: Asana Mamoru
The version of Medusa after she consumed her sisters and became a monster, the mere shadow of her cursed growth. She is on the verge of a complete transformation from goddess to Gorgon and would not usually be summoned as a Servant, as she is essentially a threat to mankind.
She is a major villain in Babylonia and appears in the Summer 2017 event.
- Amplifier Artifact: She uses her Grail in Babylonia to restore the Divinity she lost upon becoming a monster as well as borrowing one of Tiamat's Authorities, vastly increasing her power and giving her the ability to create and command the legions of demonic beasts that threaten Uruk.
- Breath Weapon: The snakes in her hair fire laser beams from their mouths, both individually and collectively.
- Call-Back: Her NP transforms her temporarily into her full Gorgon form, as seen in Medusa's flashback in Fate/hollow ataraxia.
- Demonic Possession: Medusa spends the Babylonia chapter as a vessel for Tiamat, including having her name changed to hers in boss battles. This actually zig-zags - at first it's subverted as Medusa is fully in control of her actions and is harnessing Tiamat's power, but Tiamat is allowing this because their goals are in alignment. Once Gorgon fails, Tiamat decides it's time to kick things into higher gear.
- Disc-One Final Boss: She's set up as the final threat to Babylonia, but unfortunately, killing her just sets up the real threat to Uruk and humanity.
- Double Unlock: She can only be rolled from the story gacha after beating Babylon.
- Eldritch Abomination: Her full Gorgon form is that of a huge, indescribable creature forming from many snakes with Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She freezes should she see Stheno and Euryale, immediately retreating and cursing her Master for showing them to her.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: If you have Quetzalcoatl, one of her lines is wondering why she, despite her having the qualities to be an Avenger, is so cheerful, and thinking it'll take time to understand her.
- Evil Laugh: She bursts into laughter upon reaching her Final Ascension, taunting her master for strengthening to this extent and threatening to eat them first for opening this box of destruction.Gorgon: Feast your eyes. This is the fruit for your wishes, the fate of your short-sighted summoning! Fuhahaha... Hahahahaha! Now, what should I eat? I think I'll start with the foolish contractor who opened this box of destruction of their own free will after all.
- Eye Beams: Her full-on Gorgon form fires a massive laser from her single eye.
- Gold and White Are Divine: Her third and final ascensions replace her black outfit with white and gold, matching her wings and gold scales and referencing her past as an earth goddess.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Without mincing words, Medusa remains alluring (if unsettlingly vamp-ish) even in this form. Bonus points for having been the Trope Namer.
- HeelFace Turn: Twice, under radically different circumstances.
- At the end of Babylonia, she arrives in a Big Damn Heroes moment to stall against Tiamat. Subverted in that it's heavily implied that this form of Gorgon was actually Ana, who's always been on your side, ascended into this form and denying that they were the same person.
- Afterward, the "actual" Gorgon you had fought joins the protagonist and all of her other former enemies against Solomon and the Demon Pillars in the final singularity. According to her, Ana and Quetzalcoatl convinced her.
- I Hate Past Me: She has My Room dialogue where she hates gazing upon her younger selves, Euryale, and Stheno, as it reminds her of what she's become. In Babylonia, she desperately attempts to deny Ana's presence as a result.
- Kill All Humans: Babylonia's Gorgon loathes humanity and takes any chance she can to murder humans around them or bring them back to her temple for worse fates. The protagonist is the only one she's even willing to spare as a pet in Babylonia, while her Servant counterpart wants to turn on them.Gorgon: [when asked about what she likes] The suffering of humans. What else did you think it would be? Idiot.
- Light Is Not Good: Her third ascension puts her in a gold and white color scheme, but she's still every bit as terrifying and murderous as before.
- Lightning Bruiser: In lore, she has A++ rank Strength and Endurance and B rank Agility. As a boss, she starts strong and keeps up the pressure with AoE attack spam and as-expected boss-tier HP. As a playable Servant, not so much — she has the fifth lowest HP of all 4* Servants (as a trade-off to having the highest ATK of all 4* Servants) and is more a Glass Cannon, though her Guts and high stun chance skill gives her some utility.
- Medusa: As implied by her name, this version of Medusa fits the traditional description of a Gorgon, with living snakes for hair and golden wings.
- Ms. Fanservice: Despite the fact she's nearly transformed into a Gorgon, thanks to a lack of monstrous features, wearing very little and having massive breasts means she is this.
- Mythology Gag: Her reaction to seeing Perseus is to immediately come up with ways to kill him and make him suffer.
- Odd Friendship: In Babylonia with Quetzalcoatl and Kingu, both of whom care about her in their own way. She has specific My Room lines for both of them (well, Enkidu in the latter case) should you also have them as Servants.
- One-Winged Angel: Her Noble Phantasm, Pandaemonium Cetus, has her fully transform into the monstrous Gorgon that overtook the Shapeless Isle before unleashing a powerful beam from her eye.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: She's the Servant with the most reptilian physical traits so far, and one of the very few that are still a potential threat to their Master even after reaching Bond Level 5; whereas even other Avengers (including Hessian Lobo, who also wishes to Kill All Humans), irregular Servants and Anti-Heroes warm up to them by the end, her Bond 5 line still has her wanting to kill her Master, with the only concession being that she'll be merciful about it.
- Statuesque Stunner: It's noted in her profile if you only count her human parts, she's still as tall as her Rider version at 172 cm. If you include her monster parts like tail (which is what she's actually balancing on rather than her feet), she's much taller, to the point her sprite towers over all but the largest other Servants like Darius or Ivan the Terrible. And her boss version in Babylonia is even bigger.
- Super Strength: Like Asterios, she has A++ Strength due to being a monster, not a human.
- Tail Slap: One of her attack animations has her swinging around her tail to slap the target.
- Taken for Granite: She has the same Mystic Eyes of Petrification as her past selves, taunting her Master by threatening to turn them to stone. Hers are notably A++, making hers much more potent than regular Medusa. It's strong enough that even Merlin had an Oh, Crap! when she used it because it was able to get around his immortality. It also outright killed Leonidas, who was using Thermopylae Enomotia to bolster his defenses to do so.
- To Serve Man: Several of her My Room dialogue lines make it clear she seeks to eat the protagonist when given the chance.
- Villainous Breakdown: In Babylonia, her mind starts to crack when she lays eyes on Ana for the first time; her mental identity as Tiamat starts breaking apart, and she starts shouting for Ana to leave her sight and die.
- We Can Rule Together: In Babylonia, she offers the protagonist a chance to become her own Master if they "embrace [her] purpose". Of course, the ultimate end would be Gorgon killing all humans and sparing just the lone human Master.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Kingu and Gorgon have been sparing human children during their slaughter of humanity.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A light purple, like her past selves and her sisters.
- You Will Be Spared: She says, of the "I'll make your death painless" variety, if you max out her bond. In Babylonia it's more of the standard type, in that they'd be the last remaining human while she wipes everyone else out if they agree to join her.
ID: No. 106
Spiritron Dress ID: No. 6note
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: France (15th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order (as Ruler)
Background development: Yuuichiro Higashide
Illustrated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto
A Jeanne d'Arc of vengeance created by Gilles de Rais using the Holy Grail. As a Heroic Spirit and dark counterpart of the actual Jeanne, she was originally summoned by Gilles in the Ruler class, but can later be summoned by Chaldea in the Avenger class.
Gilles wished upon the Holy Grail for the Jeanne d'Arc he pictured in his mind, one who would share his ideals (and prejudices) and take vengeance upon France for burning her at the stake. However, because the real Jeanne possessed the purity of a true Saint, the possibility of "summoning a different side" of her was zero. Thus Gilles settled for the next best thing and created an imperfect copy of Jeanne: a vengeful holy woman who despises hypocrisy and cuts down her enemies without hesitation or regret; a blackguard commanding an army of dragons, known and feared as the "Dragon Witch".
Despite being a fictional character, it is possible under the unique circumstances of the Grand Order for this dark version of Jeanne to be summoned by Chaldea's FATE system.
She is the main antagonist of the Orleans Chapter (as a Ruler). She would later become a playable Servant as an Avenger, as part of the "Da Vinci and 7 Counterfeit Heroic Spirits" event (which she was also the true villain of). She's also a major ally in Shinjuku.
- Adorkable: In a very weird way. She's wrathful, doesn't really care about morality, and not entirely sane, but she tries so hard to hide her softer sides and play to the "evil" image that she undermines her own villainy and comes across as much goofier than the other Alter Servants. It's lampshaded constantly in "Da Vinci and 7 Counterfeit Heroic Spirits" by ally and enemy alike, with the fake Hector in particular referring to her as "adorable".
- Ahoge: One hint that she's not as much of a hardass as she really wants to present herself as - she's an Alter with a very prominent ahoge. And, fittingly, at her core she's more of a goofy character than anything.
- Allergic to Love: Zigzagged. She claims to be disgusted by all forms of affection directed towards her, and considers her feelings for her Master to be akin to nausea. But she also made a bunch of pretty boys to hang out with and have love/hate relationships with and grows increasingly close to the player as her bond level goes up. Assuming her objections aren't a front she's putting on, it's likely she wants to pursue love but gets nervous and uncomfortable when it comes to actually acting on that desire.
- Animation Bump: Her playable Avenger counterpart comes with new animations for her attacks and Noble Phantasm, and new artwork.
- Arc Villain: Main antagonist of the Orleans chapter of the game by summoning Berserk Servants and running rampant across France. She also served as this for the Da Vinci event.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Despite her looks and twisted nature, those are not the reason why she is an Avenger, unlike others who had been tormented or had a bad reputation in life (since her original class is Ruler); she only becomes one for her revenge against Chaldea and Altria Alter over Orleans and the first Christmas event, which kicks in with "Da Vinci and the Seven Counterfeit Heroic Spirits" where she returns with a vengeance.
- Artificial Family Member: Jeanne Alter was originally created by Gilles de Rais as his own twisted version of Jeanne d'Arc. In the da Vinci counterfeit event, Gilles was cast as the "father who gets yelled by his daughter" archetype. Furthermore, the original Jeanne treats her Alter version like a little sister.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: She treats the protagonist with disdain most of the time, but when she's vulnerable she becomes a lot more open about her feelings in the brief instants before she tries to save face. It's mentioned by EMIYA in the second Christmas event that one of the reasons why only the protagonist could have come up with the plan to save Jeanne d'Arc Alter Santa Lily is because they're the one person Jeanne Alter trusts from the bottom of her heart.
- Battle Aura: She is covered by a dark aura when she is fought as Ruler Alter in Orleans. Her later appearances especially as Avenger no longer has it.
- Black Swords Are Better: Played With. Her version of La Pucelle is a black sword to vanilla Jeanne's silver, and while it's not an EX-Rank NP that can annihilate anything, it's still incredibly destructive one that doesn't kill her after one use.
- Boyish Short Hair: In Stage 1 and 2, her hairstyle is essentially the same as vanilla Jeanne's but without the braid, making it much shorter. It doesn't stay this way for stage 3 and 4 however. She also wears it this way when she's using her alternate costume that allows her to battle in her Shinjuku clothes.
- Breakout Character:
- The breakout character of Grand Order; the only possible competition she has for being the trope's biggest F/GO example is Ereshkigal. She was originally intended to be a one-off curiosity to kick the game off and a freebie Servant given out in her Orleans form, but due to the immense popularity of her concept and of the character herself, she was given her own focus event, bumped up in rarity, made into Power Creep personified and played a large role in a story chapter as an ally Servant. She has also become one of the primary merchandising focuses of ancillary GO goods, all driven by (nigh-relentless) fan demand.
- As just one example: when Jeanne Alter finally hit the gacha for the first time in mainland China, the desire for her was so strong that it catapulted F/GO clear to the top of China's mobage charts.
- The same thing happened during her NA debut. Her release made F/GO the highest grossing iOS game on the first day of her debut banner, and it ranked 5th on the highest grossing apps on the App Store that day.
- To put even more of a point on it: she is the second Servant to ever get more than one free variant version (Santa Jeanne Alter in Christmas #2, and Summer Jeanne Alter Berserker in Summer #3). And even then, the multitude of Liz variants were done more for comedy than anything; the multiple Jeanne Alters are fed almost entirely by her popularity.
- Butt-Monkey: Her various schemes and escapades in events always backfire on her in some embarassing and hilarious fashion. Even giving chocolate to the protagonist on Valentine's day ended up with her running away in humiliation!
- Character Development: She doesn't really regret what she did in Orleans, but for her interlude as a playable Servant she takes the protagonist to Orleans before a new sub singularity can form based on the resentment the people have for her. It's noted that her attempts to take responsibility for her actions has actually made her worthy of being a proper Servant.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Due to being retooled into an Avenger, her Ruler self no longer has a reason to exist, and never appears again after the Santa Alter event rerun.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: It's practically a package deal with her normal tsundere antics in Shinjuku, and whenever she feels that Altria is garnering more favor with the protagonist than she is, it drives her absolutely nuts. The Archer of Shinjuku makes the mistake of teasing both girls about their jealousy of Mash at one point to they respond quickly, wordlessly, and violently.
- Cloning Blues: Actually feels highly insecure about her situation as Jeanne's shadow. This is what kicked off the Da Vinci Event storyline, and it comes up pretty prominently during Orleans, too."There is no rule that says an imitation cannot defeat the original!"note
- Cool Sword: She freely uses La Pucelle, the sword representing her burning at the stake, something normally Too Awesome to Use for the normal Jeanne.
- Critical Hit Class: Her Self-Modification skill boosts both her critical damage and star absorption, all in order to boost her high damage even further and make up for the fact the Avenger class hits most others for neutral damage and has low natural star weight.
- A Darker Me: Subverted; she originally claimed she's this to Jeanne and even believed it herself, but the reality is that she's just a twisted copy made by the Holy Grail because the real Jeanne has no such darkness within her. This revelation... didn't go that well with her once she finally figured it out.
- Death from Above: Ruler Alter's version of La Grondement Du Haine rains dark flames on multiple targets.
- Death Seeker: In her final against Lobo, she claims all Avengers to be this on some level. Due to their physical inability to let go of their hatred even when their revenge is rendered pointless, dying is the only thing that can truly release them from their suffering.
- Determinator: Re-summoned herself through pure force of will, and her various fakes during the Da Vinci events are noted to try to make up for lack of skill with sheer passion (to the point that even Da Vinci reluctantly admits they could actually rival her own work).
- Divergent Character Evolution:
- The Ruler version met in Orléans is a pure Palette Swap of the regular Jeanne, minus the braid and with different skills. Even her Noble Phantasm had the same animation, with only the end result differing (a shining light with support effects for Jeanne and a damaging rain of darkness for Alter). The Avenger version, in addition to the new class, comes with a tweaked, more unique design, and new animation showing off a completely different fighting style (Jeanne exclusively uses her flag as a spear, while Alter prefers using her Flaming Sword's powers).
- During her interlude, she returns to France to clean up the mess she left behind but clearly doesn't want to talk about it. Chaldea notes that her taking action like this is something that actually makes her worthy of being a heroic spirit.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": She doesn't like to be called Jeanne, only Jeanne Alter. Which makes sense because they're entirely different people.
- Drowning My Sorrows: One very popular CE is referred to as 'Drunk Jeanne Alter', though the proper name is actually "Holy Night Dinner" and is the event CE for the second Christmas event. As can be guessed from the nickname, it shows a clearly smashed Jeanne Alter behind a bar with Caster Gilles working as the bartender. Well, it's probably a step up from first Christmas event where she was playing monopoly with Pierre.
- Enemy Summoner: With her Personal Skill, Dragon Witch, she can apparently summon dragons to her aid, and empowers them. As a playable Servant, this skill acts like Charisma while adding another Attack buff on top to Servants with a Dragon attribute such as any version of Altria, Siegfried, Mordred, Kiyohime, Shuten-douji, any version of Bathory, Sieg, and Sigurd.
- Enemy Without: Subverted. She claims to be Jeanne's dark side, but the real Jeanne had no such darkness. She was actually created whole-cloth by Gilles de Rais, on the image of the Jeanne he so desperately wanted. Her realization of this has left her with a complex, to say the least.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She finds Kiyohime's Yandere tendencies annoying to say the least, telling her bluntly that Kiyo is insane. This is a justified trope, since she also called out other servants and the protagonist for not calling out Kiyohime's Yandere behavior due to them being afraid of doing so.Since all the good guys will say nothing, I shall say it to you! ...Kiyohime, you are sick. If you can't even tolerate a lie, then go be a nun or something. (evil laugh)
- During Shinjuku she says that Moriarty's plan to destroy the world is a bit much. She even admits that she doesn't have a much of a leg to stand on after France.
- Evil Costume Switch: Jeanne's armor turns as dark as the rest of her clothes, her skin and hair become paler and her eyes turn yellow. She also loses her braid. The Ruler Alter version also loses her ahoge (like Altria Alter), but the Avenger version keeps it. Her third stage clothes are also more revealing than Ruler Jeanne.
- Evil Is Hammy: In contrast to the Alter versions of Altria, EMIYA, and Cu, who tend to lean on The Stoic side of things, Jeanne Alter is much more emotive and tends to make loud, bold declarations.
- Evil Knockoff: She's a twisted version of Jeanne D'Arc created by Caster Gilles through the Holy Grail after it failed to, or could not, bring the real one Back from the Dead.
- Evil Laugh: One of her attack lines has her break out this trope.
- Foreign Cuss Word: Ta gueule indeed.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her casual outfit in the Shinjuku story chapter (which can be bought from the Da Vinci event rerun shop) is stylishly sensual as it is — and it doesn't even show any skin at that.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation:
- Looking at her in-story personality and characterization, it would seem as if she feels inadequate compared to the pure and original Jeanne d'Arc. Within the metagame, however, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who ''wouldn't' favor Jeanne Alter's Avenger class, her boasting the highest base attack stat in the entire game, an Avenger's 1.1x attack multiplier, and pro-active play-style use over the original Jeanne's defensive support usage which shines best in stall teams.
- Due to being some kind of evil spirit, Ruler Jeanne can simply exorcise her if she feels like doing it. But in-game, Jeanne Alter has class advantage over Ruler.
- Glass Cannon: Even moreso than her fellows and a perfect contrast to vanilla Jeanne's Stone Wall status: her attack stat is the highest in the game to datenote and her deck, skills and NP lends itself to a crit-heavy, Buster-oriented fighting style to maximize her raw damage, but she has the lowest HP out of all the 5-star servants, even having less HP than a significant number of four-star Servants and, of course, no defense bonus against any other Class except Ruler. Her third skill is a mixed blessing in this respect: it costs 1,000 HP to use, but also grants a turn of invulnerability and a Buster buff to further increase her damage.
- Gratuitous French: Her Noble Phantasm's name, La Grondement Du Haine. French language uses gendered determiners even for genderless things, and in that case they got both wrong.
- Harem Seeker:
- Her wish for the Grail? She wants to have a love/hate relationship with a bunch of pretty and edgy boys and for them to accompany her while doing her avenging.
- The fake Mona Lisas from the Da Vinci event were a distraction to disguise her true intentions to summon 7 fake Servants to accompany her. Said fakes are all pretty boys (and one girl) with characteristics from an otome game. Jeanne Alter herself doesn't realize any of the similarities until EMIYA, who, having been in an eroge himself, points this out to her.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: There are hints that part of the reason she tries so hard to present herself as a pure evil hardass is that she doesn't believe people could or will genuinely like her. So she plays the part of a villain to justify this to herself, only to be surprised all the more when the player and her counterfeits end up liking her anyway.
- Hidden Depths: She is the mastermind of the counterfeiting incident in the Da Vinci event, yet Da Vinci outright claimed the counterfeits are as well made as if they were original, implying that Jeanne Alter may be one good artist.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: She insists that she is a being of pure wrath and vengeance made manifest and so on. She really isn't. Best shown in the Da Vinci event, where she says that she created the counterfeit servants to be her minions. Everyone, from the members of Chaldea to the counterfeits themselves, know that she really made them to be her friends and-or lovers in classic Harem Genre scenarios.
- Hypocrisy Nod: She thinks Moriarty's plan to destroy the world with a meteor is disgusting and recognizes she probably shouldn't criticize him because she once tried to destroy France with dragons.Jeanne Alter: ...I know it's filthy rich coming from me, seeing as I tried to destroy France and all but...yikes.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: She desperately wants someone to love her, eternal violent rage and all. Her problem is her contradictory nature; she's shamelessly evil and Allergic to Love, meaning she'll reject any attempts at connecting. She's well aware of this too, adding more to her existential angst.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: As she was made to essentially be anathema to the original Jeanne, she gained the power to control dragons when in Christian mythos dragons are essentially the worst enemies saints could fight outside of literal demons. Her Dragon Witch skill not only provides an attack buff to the party, but adds an additional buff to any Servants with the Dragon trait.
- Knight Templar: She believes that all that she does is just and done in God's name. That said she makes it clear that by doing these actions herself she is just as guilty as the people she is crusading against and fully expects to suffer in hell as punishment for her actions once she's made the world a better place.
- Mirror Self: Is a separate character from the regular Jeanne, and fights against her.
- Mundane Utility: When it's your birthday, she suggests using Fafnir as a candle lighter to commemorate the occasion.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: She's an insanely inept leader during the Orleans campaign. She forces all the Servants under her charge to undergo Mad Enhancement which either doesn't work because of compatibility issues or makes those like Vlad weaker as a result; the champions of Europe she enslaves for the irony actively try to sabotage her and the fiends of the nation who go along with her plans don't get along at all. And because of the way the Grail works, the more Servants she summons, the more that are Chain Summoned in turn, and because her lieutenants frequently leave one another to die to save their own hides while their foes work together, the protagonist's group eventually outnumbers hers. She even manages to squander warriors as powerful as Lancelot and fails to capitalize on Jeanne's doubts borne from all this happening so soon after her unjust execution because many of those Chain Summoned Servants help restore her faith in herself and France.
- Playing with Fire: As opposed to the regular Jeanne, whose La Pucelle is a last resort suicide attack, Alter makes very liberal use of her La Grondement Du Haine: Roar, O Rage Of Mine's ability to summon flames and burning stakes. Makes sense, since Ruler Jeanne's represents her sainthood and martyrdom, while Avenger's is pure hatred for the ones who burned her. It is mentioned in-game that this version of Jeanne, because she is not the actual Jeanne, was never burned to death. She doesn't have the concept of being on fire killing her, thus she can handle her own flames.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In stage 1 and 2, she has Boyish Short Hair. Stage 3 and 4... well, look at her picture and you get the idea. A case of Gameplay and Story Integration as she has Self-Modification as an ability.
- The Power of Hate: She has a moment in Shinjuku where she stresses that all Avengers are so obsessed with filling a void inside themselves that they cannot help but lash out and destroy anything. It's powerful, but the hatred can never subside or be satisfied, so they just continue to burn themselves out until there's nothing left. As a result, she actually believes that whenever you see an Avenger, you should kill them for their own good. She does indeed nearly burn herself to death when trying to take out or at least stall Lobo, but shows up for a last minute dance with the protagonist after the singularity has been resolved.
- Promoted to Playable: After her appearance as the Arc Villain of Orleans and a few non-playable appearances in events, she made her playable debut as a limited gacha servant for the Da Vinci event.
- Psychotic Smirk: She demonstrates truly unsettling smirks◊ and Slasher Smiles when angered, most notably when she was confronting Pierre Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais, the man who sentenced the real Jeanne to die.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair grows as long as her body by her third Ascension. Shinjuku gets rather silly with it; apparently she can lengthen or shorten her hair at will, to match her whims and current fashion. Granted, she does have the Self-Modification skill...
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Altria Alter's Blue. In any situation where the two are interacting, it's almost a given that Jeanne Alter will be shouting about something while barely holding back her anger (usually at the blackened Saber's passive-aggressive taunts) while Saber Alter maintains a calm and collected air even as she throws snide insults at Jeanne Alter.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: At the end of the Shinjuku chapter, she changes into a fancy dress to dance with the protagonist. The protagonist is momentarily startled by it, but its noted she looks very nice regardless.
- She's Got Legs: Her Shinjuku outfit includes a very short dress and knee-high boots that emphasize her bared thighs, which is reflected in her profile art.
- Sempai/Kohai: One of her My Room lines has her comment on Aŋra Mainiiu, noting he's the original Avenger, before getting confused as to how he could possibly be in the same class as her before bemoaning that her sempai is so weak in comparison, being a Joke Character compared to her being one of the strongest servants.
- Tsundere: Sometimes Jeanne's kindness manages to shine through all the bitterness. She'll of course immediately deny it. She is basically a tsundere main character from a Dating Sim (which is lampshaded by Dantes, of all people). This can be seen in My Room where she denies anytime she shows affection for the protagonist, and her bio states that despite her general bitterness, "one can perceive respect and affection for the Master at her core".
- She gets recruited to Chaldea by needing to be convinced that yes they really would welcome her, only to back out at the last second and force them to fight her. Da Vinci describes this as being her way of salvaging her pride over her suffering a Talking the Monster to Death defeat.
- When she reaches her third Ascension and trades out her armor for her new black dress, she delightedly begins to exclaim "it's wonderful" as if she's receiving it as a gift from the protagonist only to catch herself and try to downplay her reaction.
- Her new My Room dialogue while wearing her Shinjuku outfit oozes this. At first she wants the protagonist to stare at her, only to get embarrassed when they actually do, saying that it disgusts her and makes her stomach squirm. However she also said something to that effect in the final moments of Shinjuku while dancing with the protagonist, so it's more likely she has a sudden case of the butterflies.J. Alter: "Now then, admire me, be mesmerized by me, as much as you want! *beat* W-wait, what are you doing staring at me like that? Thats disgusting! Eh? Theres such a thing as being too unreasonable? Like I care! Its because my stomach squirms when you stare at me like that!"
- Unknown Rival:
- She has an inferiority complex towards the real Jeanne and wants to harass her, but Jeanne just considers her to be something like a naughty little sister and finds Jeanne Alter's attempts to retaliate cute.
- Downplayed in her relationship with Saber Alter. She seems to see Saber Alter as a rival worth crushing and the feeling's mutual, but Jeanne Alter is a lot more heated about the rivalry while Saber Alter seems to be more ambivalent about it outside of a few chances to mock her.
- You Are Worth Hell: She considers herself to be inevitably damned and doesn't want to drag her Master into it. However, by bond five, she accepts that they intend to stick with her until the end.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A, in case you think she wasn't designed to be titillating as it is. She goes down to Grade C using the Shinjuku outfit, however.
ID: No. 250
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Origin: Japan (16th century)
First appearance: KOHA-ACE (as Demon Archer)
Illustrated by: pako
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya
An irregular aggregation of every single possibility of Oda Nobunaga from the past, present and future. As such, she changes forms through her Ascensions: a Nobunaga closest to her Archer form; a gender-ambiguous Nobunaga representing her time as Kippoushi and The Fool Of Owari; and finally, an incarnation of the Demon King of the Sixth Heaven. She is the multitude of perspectives of Nobunaga made manifest in a single Saint Graph, which should normally be impossible.
Her final Ascension as the Demon King of the Sixth Heaven represents the world's fear, hatred and reverence of her. Nobunaga's philosophy was that Humankind should rely on itself and not divine providence; the Innocent Monster skill has twisted this, transforming her appearance into that of a true Demon King and the ultimate destroyer of all gods and Buddha. Despite her tremendous power, it would be more accurate to consider this "the form of Nobunaga furthest from the reality" rather than "the ultimate Nobunaga".
They debuted in "GUDAGUDA Final Honnouji", with their three incarnations acting as leaders of their own Nobunaga faction.
- Actor Allusion: Nobunaga in the third form retains her sword and flaming red hair. This is very similar to Rie Kugimiya's role that put her into fame in the first place, Shana (except as an adult and having a much deeper voice).
- Ambiguous Gender Identity: Kippoushi refuses to clear up whether they're male or female to Chacha, considering it unimportant.
- Bare Your Midriff: Kippoushi, demonstrating a youthfulness that both preceding and succeeding Ascensions lack in their military uniforms.
- Breast Plate: Demon King Nobunaga wears plate mail that's practically molded to her breasts.
- Composite Character: This Avenger is basically three incarnations of Oda Nobunaga sharing the same Saint Graph, similar to the Valkyries.
- Contralto of Danger: Yes, that is still Rie Kugimiya voicing her, even in her third ascension.
- Cool Sword: Her Bond CE reveals that the sword she receives at her third ascension is actually a demonic sword that is an aggregation of all the swords Nobunaga possessed to mirror that this version of Nobunaga was a composition of all of Nobu's possibilities. The sword had been burning in the earth of a far away land, waiting for the return of the Demon King, and when she draws the sword it is engulfed in red and black flames.
- Dem Bones: Like their summer Berserker version, they summon a giant skeleton in their Noble Phantasm.
- Demon King Nobunaga: The third form is a closer portrayal to the typical Demon King that Nobunaga has been portrayed as, with supernatural powers assisting her attacks. It is practically a slightly tamer version of the Sengoku Basara-rendition.
- Fiery Redhead: Combines this with Playing with Fire as well, particularly in her third ascension form.
- Future Me Scares Me: Kippoushi is a bit terrified of Demon King Nobunaga as they did not intend to take that path. They advise the protagonist to be careful dealing with her.
- Gender Bender: Nobunaga in this form is listed with no gender, because she assumes a gender-ambiguous form upon reaching her second ascension. She goes back to being female when she gets to the third.
- Glass Cannon: They have the same ATK as Dantes, but even less HP. They do have a one-turn Invincibility, however, and also possess a skill that increases their attack every turn after use for three turns. They're made even more fragile by their first skill demerit giving them a 3-turn burn, which removes a flat 1000 HP every turn.
- Hime Cut: Demon King Nobunaga, who has Peek-a-Bangs as an extra.
- Homefield Advantage: Their first skill forcibly turns the battlefield to "Burning Field" for three turns as one effect. It actually doesn't affect their own kit, but it does forcibly affect other Servants who might otherwise have their battlefield-specific Situational Sword abilities active (and not-so-coincidentally benefits their Summer self).
- I Call It "Vera": In a move that is totally not copying Okita Alter, Nobunaga also has a living sword with a name. Unfortunately, Nobu isn't very creative and calls it "Maou ken" (Demon King Sword).
- Large Ham: The first Nobunaga is just the hammy Archer in the Avenger class.
- Literal Split Personality: Unlike most ascensions (with the exception of Jekyll and Hyde) each form has its own distinct personality separate from the others, but they are all aware of each other. Each form represents Nobu in a different part of her life.
- Living Weapon: Her sword is alive, much the same way as Okita Alter's own sword. The two's respective Bond CE arts are even near-identical◊
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: They have an example that's both a Cool Gun and Cool Sword, considering it's a giant bladed Gatling gun that they can imbue with fire.
- More Dakka: Their Extra Attack in their first and second forms has them spinning in mid-air and rapidly firing every which way in the process.
- Mythology Gag: The Command Code "Seal of an Immature Blue Illusion" that was released with them in "GUDAGUDA Final Honnouji" seems to be specifically designed to help Demon King Nobunaga to perform Critical Hits with her one and only Arts card which would also indirectly increase their NP Gain. This is a Shout-Out to Nobunaga's relation with Master Altria, her Master in Fate/KOHA-ACE.
- Older and Wiser: Her Demon King form still has a flair for the dramatic, but she's far less comedic.
- Playing with Fire: Even more than their summer Berserker version, especially the third form who also kicks and breathes fire.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Played with. Nobunaga in this incarnation, especially her third form who dresses in all black with her crimson hair on display to fully embrace the title of Demon King, is more ruthless and serious than her usual wacky self, but compared to the other Avengers she still comes off as a much nicer person.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As usual for Nobu, no matter which class she's in, but Demon King Nobunaga most of all.
- Screw Yourself: Implied. Demon King expresses amusement at her Archer self's jealousy of her figure, but at the same time seems to consider it "cute" to the point she wants her Archer self to "come closer" and asks why the protagonist has a problem with her "admiring herself."
- She's All Grown Up: The third Ascension is Nobunaga as a grown up and attractive woman.
- Situational Sword: They keep Archer and Berserker Nobu's niche against Divine enemies.
- Slasher Smile: Demon King Nobunaga is prone to these, though she's far less malevolent than the other Avengers.
- Statuesque Stunner: In the years up to becoming Demon King, Nobu had one hell of a growth spurt, now standing at 180 cm (about 5'11") and is quite the looker.
- Token Good Teammate: Despite being an Avenger, Nobunaga is listed as Chaotic Neutral, not any of the Evil alignments.