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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 first exception 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. Space Ishtar also bucks the trend by being Lawful Evil, but she is a special case in a number of ways. However, Space Ishtar also fulfills said requirements by actually being a forgotten god that split into two, wishing vengeance for being forgotten. The Dioscuri also buck the trend by being Chaotic Neutral, but again they have unique circumstances since only one of them is actually an Avenger (Castor), and it's heavily implied it's only Pollux's influence that keeps him from going completely off the deep end as when they do go off the deep end, as their Alternate Self in "Lostbelt No. 5: Interstellar City on a Mountain Range: Olympus" shows, they can be just as monstrous as any Avenger indulging in their base instincts.
- Ax-Crazy: Of a different sort than the Berserker class, as Avengers are fueled not by madness but by murderous hatred and rage. Their Avenger skill measures their ability to accumulate grudges with others, and therefore to gain more power for their dark abilities.
- 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 the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: 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 drop Critical Stars, increase their C. Star Gather 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 (Dantès 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. A few of them have some minor defensive skills, but they do often need a little help staying alive.
- Gradual Grinder: Half of the Avenger roster (Dantès, Jeanne Alter, Gorgon, and Nobunaga) also do lingering damage per turn after their Noble Phantasm is used, though building a team around slow damage per turn is a niche tactic for Challenge Quests that may nullify traditional sources of damage, and is infrequently used by a typically Glass Cannon class. Then again, Oblivion Correction and high passive NP gain upon being hit helps them spam their NPs and pile on the damage ticks. Thematically, this trope also emphasizes the lingering hate that their evil revenge leaves behind.
- Edmond Dantès has the most notable source of damage over time. After his Rank Up quest his AoE NP applies a rare Curse amplification debuff, doubling the damage of Curse effects for five turns and giving him synergy with other Curse Servants like a couple of other Avengers. His own NP applies a modest-scaling Curse (from 500 to 1500 depending on Overcharge) for five turns.
- Jeanne Alter also applies a 500 to 1500 damage Curse based on Overcharge level for five turns to a single enemy.
- Gorgon has an unusually strong AoE Curse that starts at 1000 damage per turn for five turns, basically double that of other Servants' Curse effects, and improves with Overcharge to a maximum of 3000 damage per turn.
- Nobunaga applies a static 1000 Burn damage over five turns to all enemies, a departure from the others' Curse effects and encouraging synergy with Burn Servants instead like Archer of Inferno or Kiyohime.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Servants like Dantès 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.
- Laughing Mad: All of the Avengers save Avenger of Shinjuku and Space Ishtar sport quite the deranged laugh.
- 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 and whoever else they still cherish in spite of their rage can keep them from going on a rampage.
- Rare Random Drop: Frustratingly more so than the oft-mentioned Saber class. Only the following eight (technically nine) are playable:
- Dantès, Jeanne Alter, Nobunaga and Space Ishtar 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 first Lostbelt of the second storyline. He is, however, easy to get in Class-based Rate-Ups since he is the only 3* Extra-class Servant.
- Avenger of Shinjuku is the only one to actually be available in any non-FP 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* Servants).
- The Dioscuri play with this since technically they're classed as Saber, but one of them (Castor) is actually an Avenger and has all the Avenger class passives, and they're an SSR Servant so there's only a 1% chance of possibly rolling them in any given roll (and then you need to get them out of the sea of other 5* Servants while praying you don't get a different 5* Saber).
- 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. Notably, Oda Nobunaga, the only Avenger in the franchise not to be Always Chaotic Evil, has this skill only at an E rank.
- Square Race, Round Class: Avengers are unique in that while they are their own class, each one plays differently, and essentially play like a variation of one of the existing classes. Dantès has a kit and role similar to a Quick and crit generation-focused Archer, Jeanne Alter has the deck and skills of a Buster-based Saber, Salieri is an Arts-focused debuffer similar to many Casters, Avenger of Shinjuku has a Rider/Assassin playstyle, and Nobunaga sports a triple Buster deck and has a Berserker-like playstyle. Part of this stems from how they are consumed by anger and rage, meaning they may have been in another class, but manifested as an Avenger because of their own rage. This is even alluded to a bit in Shinjuku with Avenger of Shinjuku, as he initially is classified as a Rider until he absorbs various phantoms and changes his class, as well as Castor, who is all but stated would normally be a proper Saber like his sister Pollux were it not for his sheer hatred for humanity making him manifest as an Avenger.
- 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, Dantès' betrayed past, Jeanne Alter's twisted nature, Medusa's curse, the Hessian's similar betrayal & beheading, Lobo's being hunted down for sport, Space Ishtar being a forgotten god that was abandoned, Castor's rage at humanity degrading his and his sister's Divinity from proper gods to a mortal and a "mere" demigoddess, and accusations of Salieri poisoning Amadeus 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
Command Cards: QQAAB; (A)
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. He appears in the "Merry Christmas in the Underworld" event because his Grail Mud is tied symbolically with Tiamat's Chaos Tide.
- 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 "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia", 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 "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia" 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 has 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 Memory" re-run Challenge Quest as he can bypass those crabs' ridiculous defense buff due to his NP redirecting damage and being about the only source of "true damage" in the game.
- 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 ignores every possible defensive measure 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.
- Love Redeems: His Bond CE, Last Splinter, represents his memories of Caren, the woman who loved him. It helps transform him from a hateful monster with an Annihilation Wish into something higher and better than himself, granting him the game's only flat bonus type-advantage damage boost against all Beast enemies, and a free charge of Guts so his own Annihilation Wish skill and his NP's effect won't kill him too easily.
- 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).
- 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. 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 2nd Ascension 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 Avenger of Shinjuku 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 1st Ascension 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.
- Surprisingly Good English: His My Room line During an Event has him loudly (and pretty fluently) shout "LET'S PARTY!"
- 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
Command Cards: QAABB; (A)
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Italy (18th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai (Kinoko Nasu for Lostbelt)
Illustrated by: PFALZ
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
Born in the Republic of Venice, Antonio Salieri was a well-respected classical music composer who helped to develop late 18th-century opera. He was friends with a fellow composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, though some saw it as a rivalry on his part. However, his life started to go downhill when Amadeus mysteriously died. Rumours about his death started to spread like wildfire, with the most prominent one being that Salieri was jealous of Amadeus' talents and poisoned him. While nothing came out of it, those rumours still haunt his reputation to this day.
This Heroic Spirit does not see himself as being Antonio Salieri. Being fused with the legend of Man in Grey and warped by the rumours surrounding him, he is an Anti-Hero who "killed" Amadeus Mozart, and who will try to kill him if he were to reunite with him.
He appears as a brief antagonist turned ally in "Lostbelt No. 1: Permafrost Empire, Anastasia".
- And Then What?: Salieri admits he has no idea what to do or even who he is after he kills Amadeus but knows the protagonist will have the answer.
- Bait-and-Switch: When first introduced, his allies, himself and even the game introduces him as "Amadeus Alter," apparently a corrupted version of Amadeus working for Kadoc. Later on, when the truth comes out about his identity, it seems like he was purposely brainwashed by Kadoc to serve his ends. Rasputin finally clears away all ambiguity, however, by allowing Salieri to remember that it was Amadeus himself, working with Kadoc of his own accord, who charmed Salieri into taking his place as he himself no longer had the strength to keep Ivan the Terrible asleep.
- Berserk Button: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His hatred of Amadeus 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)."Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...! I'm the one that will kill you...! Your prestige, your music, every trace of you, I'll destroy everything...! This time, I'll kill you with these hands...!"
- Bishounen Line: Horribly subverted. He loses his knockoff Amadeus costume in his Second Ascension, but fuses with it in his final two 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.
- Brainwashed: He spends the first half of "Lostbelt No. 1: Permafrost Empire, Anastasia" hypnotized into thinking he is Amadeus in Alter form. He's furious with the villains and blames them when the protagonist knocks him out of it. It turns out he's wrong, though: it was Amadeus himself who brainwashed him into taking his place, the composer's Spirit Origin fraying after two months of continuously using his Noble Phantasm to keep the tsar asleep, to buy time for Chaldea to arrive and put things right.
- 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 Critical Hit debuff on both enemies and allies (though it only damages the former). According to his Materials, if someone with no magic defense listens to this they will commit suicide.
- 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 (Amadeus). 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 Amadeus'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 Amadeus during "Lostbelt No. 1: Permafrost Empire, Anastasia".
- 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.
- Double Unlock: Clearing "Lostbelt No. 1: Permafrost Empire, Anastasia" makes him available in the Story Summon banner.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Aside from Amadeus, 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, Amadeus, with a sinister Red and Black and Evil All Over version of his outfit and mask. His ascensions evoke demon imagery, in contrast to Amadeus's ascensions which evoke angels. It's to the point that Chaldea originally believe he's an Alter version of Amadeus when first encountered in "Lostbelt No. 1: Permafrost Empire, Anastasia". But he's actually a subversion as he's more a Tragic Villain whose existence is twisted due to the false rumors that Salieri killed Amadeus and is instead a decent if incredibly self deprecating person ... if you aren't Amadeus.
- Forced into Evil: While he and Amadeus 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.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: As he has little-to-no combat potential without his Wailing Facade, he puts in on whenever he attacks in his Second Ascension. However, he can still activate his Skills without wearing it.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Salieri hates Amadeus due to his envy of Amadeus's musical talent, openly saying Amadeus is a prodigy whose talent was a gift from heaven in the "Lostbelt No. 1: Permafrost Empire, Anastasia". It's unknown if Salieri actually felt this way in life due to how twisted his spirit origin is.
- Helpful Hallucination: When his insecurities about his own abilities are preventing him from playing music during "Lostbelt No. 1: Permafrost Empire, Anastasia", Salieri begins hallucinating that Amadeus is there in the room with him, encouraging him to pour his feelings of rage and impotence into his work. While he is fully aware that Amadeus is only a product of his own fevered imaginings, it works, and gets him into the mindset to properly distract the tsar.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: As a Servant, Salieri sees his own musical skill as ordinary due to his huge inferiority complex towards Amadeus despite being a famed and skilled musician in his own right. He does have a point that, before stories about him killing Amadeus became popular, his music languished in obscurity compared to his rival... but the popularity of such stories has actually seen them revived in modern times.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: An In-Universe example, and arguably the most severe known case among Servants. Salieri in life was a good man who was friends with Amadeus 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 Amadeus's death.
- Irony: Although he has a seething hatred of Amadeus, as an Arts Critical Hit 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 Amadeus at providing a critical (no pun intended) mass of stars that lets even an Avenger like Salieri land Critical Hits reliably. His Dio Santissimo Misericordia de mi, a song he never could've written in life, is also noted to have equalled, even surpassed his rival musically... but he's too mad to appreciate it.
- Last-Name Basis: He's generally referred to by his last name. Like most other characters, he calls Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by his middle name, but he also refers to him by his last name like in his Noble Phantasm line or Bond lines.
- Left the Background Music On: During the second fight against Ivan the Terrible's mammoth form, Salieri playing a piano rendition of Amadeus's Requiem (specifically Dies Irae part of the requiem) to distract the tsar overrides the normal battle music.
- Locked into Strangeness: Combined with Power Dyes Your Hair: Fate/Grand Order Material VII reveals that he used to have black hair. But now being summoned as an Avenger, his hair has turned white, symbolizing what The Power of Hate has done to him.
- 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. He himself says in "Lostbelt No. 1: Permafrost Empire, Anastasia" that he is the Grey Man, and that Salieri is merely a convenient, sane mask he can wear to communicate with others.
- 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. It has a side effect of making Salieri difficult to use properly, but given his rarity, this makes him still useful.
- The Minionmaster: In contrast to Amadeus's Summon Backup Dancers, he summons white-clad violinists (who look more like mooks from Assassin's Creed) to attack his enemies.
- Morality Pet: "Study in the Dubious Meiho Manor" shows that thinking of Marie can calm him from his rage.
- 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 Amadeus 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 3rd Ascension form. During the events of "Lostbelt No. 1: Permafrost Empire, Anastasia" his embracement of his anger changes him from his first form into his third as he passionately plays a version of Amadeus's Dies Irae.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Salieri is only following the protagonist for the chance to kill Amadeus which is true to both "Lostbelt No. 1: Permafrost Empire, Anastasia" and the playable versions. In "Lostbelt No. 1: Permafrost Empire, Anastasia", he even states if Chaldea protects Amadeus, he will turn against them.
- Pet the Dog: When he actually comes face to face with Amadeus in a flashback during "Lostbelt No. 1: Permafrost Empire, Anastasia", he is offended on Amadeus's behalf that his talents aren't being properly respected, makes no effort to harm his supposedly hated rival, and ultimately allows himself to be brainwashed into taking on Amadeus's role for a time. He also chooses to stay in the collapsing Lostbelt and let the Yaga, whose humanity has been bleached out by centuries of brute survival above all else, enjoy music for the first time in their lives before the end.
- Powered Armor: His armor is a Mystic Code that enhances his stats tremendously. Without it, he's weaker than Shakespeare and Avicebron and can even give Andersen a run for his money for being that weak.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His general color scheme, which highlights his status as Amadeus' Evil Counterpart.
- 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 Amadeus'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 second Ascension cannot get any snappier if it wanted to.
- Slasher Smile: He shows some rather unsettling smiles when talking about murdering Amadeus.
- 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.
- Villain Respect: Despite hating Amadeus, he's oddly defensive of the man, and insists that his rival was tragically underappreciated in his time. While psyching himself up into playing music to distract Ivan the Terrible during the battle with the tsar's mammoth form, he hallucinates Amadeus goading him on.
- While Rome Burns: Played positively. He ultimately chooses to stay behind in the collapsing Lostbelt in order to soothe the Yaga with his music as their world is destroyed around them, letting them hear music for the first time in their lives and enriching them with something beautiful beyond brute survival before the end.
ID: No. 158
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Literature (Lobo, the King of Currumpaw & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Yuuichirou Higashide
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 "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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 the second Summer event's latter half, "Death Jail Summer Escape".
- Always a Bigger Fish: On the giving end in "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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 inverted. During "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: Shinjuku", Lobo requests to add another Phantom Spirit onto their Saint Graph, Jack Griffin the Invisible Man. Archer of Shinjuku warns that fusion with a third Phantom Spirit, one defined by selfishness and greed rather than hate, could have weakened the hatred which is the source of their power and ultimately reduce their strength. Lobo had to cling deeply to his hatred to retain it and keep his personality intact, and as a result is even able to deepen it, changing their class from Rider to Avenger while growing even more powerful and deadly.
- Balance Buff: His Interlude buffed his NP damage up to around 400% for each level, while also increasing his Critical Strength by 20% for three turns. With his Critical Hit-focused move set, he can now use his NP in a Quick Brave Chain to drop Critical Stars, then use his Demonic Fallen Angel to gather most of the Critical Stars gathered and do heavy Critical Hit 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 and they do not retain his Evade-based skills after being summoned.
- 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 "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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 "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: Shinjuku", Lobo is full of hatred to any human, even as your Servant. However, when you fully get his trust, he's beaming a very happy smile while barking like a puppy.
- For his Valentine's Day return gift, 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.
- 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 identity, 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 the Pseudo-Singularity located in 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.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Lobo was first mentioned in Kagetsu Tohya as being one of beasts inside Nrvnqsr Chaos, therefore predating the entire Fate/ franchise.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When the Hessian sacrifices himself to let Lobo escape in "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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. It's actually a bit of a surprise when, once Lobo is captured, the Hessian throws itself in the heroes' way and buys time for his partner to escape.
- Fun with Acronyms: In "Death Jail Summer Escape", they're created by Medb and brilliantly named the "Deadly On-Site Groundskeeper: Officer D.O.G. for short!"
- 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, 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.
- Karma Houdini: After Medb gets them to capture the racers during "Death Jail Summer Escape", they just leave since they aren't actually loyal to Medb and never appear again. The only comeuppance they can get is that they are one of the post-story Challenge Quest bosses required to get the items necessary to buy extra copies of Ishtar.
- 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 many similar Noble Phantasms, such as, say, Gáe Bolg, it can still alter the world in such a way that it makes the task easier than normal.
- Nice Hat: Their appearance in "Death Jail Summer Escape" features Lobo wearing a police cap captioned "Police" while the Hessian has added a red beacon alarm siren where his head should be. Even Altria Alter, who has residual memories of "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: Shinjuku", is stunned to see this.
- Nothing Is Scarier: During the later sections of "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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 Evade 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 and slashing at enemies.
- Super Reflexes: In "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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 "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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 fellow inhuman spirits like Enkidu and Nursery Rhyme are able to understand what Lobo is thinking. Both, Cú Chulainn (Prototype) and Ushiwakamaru Summer have tried to communicate with Lobo, but his reluctance to be with humans has made it hard to properly communicate with him.
- 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
Command Cards: QQABB; (Q)
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 "the 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 an ally in "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: Shinjuku" and as a missionary in "Pseudo-Parallel World: The Stage of Carnage: Shimousa", then he returns as an ally in "Lostbelt No.2: The Eternal Icy Fire Century, Götterdämmerung". 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.
- 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, Dantès stays behind to battle Andromalius on his own and is winning. All the while Andromalius curses their choice to try to use Dantès in their plans.
- Alternate Self: Downplayed, compared to the other examples in "Pseudo-Parallel World: The Stage of Carnage: Shimousa". Before he shows up, Sherlock Holmes goes out of his way to talk to him to "get him involved" back at Chaldea, and when the protagonists bump into him, he claims to be a simple missionary (at a time and place where that was very, very illegal), before giving them useful advice about their enemies. Later, once the Onriedo has manifested, they literally see him defeat a gigantic orochi-fragment alone (when it takes the entire party some trouble defeating the other one) with his usual blazing hellfire, which he tries to pawn off as "flammable water" like Kiyohime's counterpart. Once the chapter ends and the protagonist returns to Chaldea they have the option to call Dantes "Mr. Missionary" and again he plays dumb, but he also went out of his way to instruct Musashi to record a message for the protagonist before she leaves knowing how important the two of them are to one another by the conclusion "Pseudo-Parallel World: The Stage of Carnage: Shimousa".
- Anti-Hero: Much like the Dantès 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 Extra: He has important roles in both "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: Shinjuku" and "Pseudo-Parallel World: The Stage of Carnage: Shimousa" that both assume the player played his event and already knows who he is, especially with Shimousa. Perhaps for this reason, and because it doesn't have a currency-based shop or similar mechanics to muddy the waters, his event was ultimately released for the Rare Prism shop in Japan, so new players could still learn about him.
- 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 Scáthach-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 "Lostbelt No.2: The Eternal Icy Fire Century, Götterdämmerung".
- 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" ("Attendre et espérer"), which originally was part of the closing thoughts from the novel.
- The Cavalry: For the final battle in "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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 Château d'If.
- 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 ATK 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 Critical Hit-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. He would remain this way for a fairly long time until more Quick support came along and he received more buffs that make him more viable, but generally speaking, he lived in the shadow of Jeanne Alter. However, as more and more Challenge Quests feature multiple enemies, AoE Servants have become more valuable, making him more vailable for Challenge Quests where NP looping is the key to victory.
- Declaration of Protection: He delivers one to the protagonist at the end of "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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 Dantès only). In the English server, he is explicitly named as "Edmond Dantès", likely to avoid any potential legal issues that might arise. That said, the English version's dialogue still tends to refer to him as "the Count of Monte Cristo" more than it does "Dantès".
- 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.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: In the context of the story Dantes is ridiculously powerful and is able to take Demon Pillars on his own and win which is something not really feasible for most Servants. He was also able to defeat Roa in single combat, then incinerate his soul completely, killing him permanently, something which required the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception in Tsukihime. None of this overwhelming power is available in game of course, as that would make him a total game breaker.
- Glass Cannon: His attack power is the fifth strongest in the game, only behind Jeanne Alter, Kingprotea, Cú 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 "Lostbelt No. 2: The Eternal Icy Fire Century, Götterdämmerung". He's also able to intervene during "Pseudo-Parallel World: The Stage of Carnage: Shimousa" although he denies it entirely despite all the evidence being against him. He appears yet again during Olympus to protect the protagonist from Aphrodite's song, complete with a shot of his third ascension halfway veiled in shadow with his eye glowing red.
- Heroic Second Wind: His Noble Phantasm "Attendre, Espérer: Wait, and Hope", 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.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: While he does give the Protagonist some valuable advice during "Pseudo-Parallel World: The Stage of Carnage: Shimousa", he declines from assisting them further due to having issues with how the people of the era dealt with his fellow Christians during the fairly recent (at the time) Shimabara Rebellion.
- Not So Above It All: The description for his Monte Cristo Selection Spiritron Dress notes he actually likes his inflatable tube, though he denies it publicly.
- 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.
- Protectorate: The Count of Monte Cristo is among the few Servants that consistently appear from Chaldea during the main story events to save the protagonist from harm, completely unprompted. He has sworn to protect the protagonist from any punishment, telling them to simply call out his name and he will be at their side.
- Red Baron: The Count of Monte Cristo.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In his Third Ascension his left eye glows gold. Played straight when intervening to protect the protagonist from Aphrodite's song in "Lostbelt No. 5: Interstellar City on a Mountain Range, Olympus where it does glow red.
- 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."
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: In the "Servant Summer Festival" event, he is one of few people outside of the Protagonist's group who is aware of the time loops, though he doesn't take full credit of being resistant to it on his own merit and thinks it might be due to a class skill, possibly Oblivion Correction.
- 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 Château d'If: Tyger, Burning Bright" 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 "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: Shinjuku" is fake, because the real one always calls himself "the Count of Monte Cristo".
- 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.
- The Worf Effect: In the Shimousa manga adaptation, he attempts to make his own investigation into the Singularity only to be swiftly defeated by Saber Empireo.
- 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
Command Cards: QAABB; (B)
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Greece (Classical Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/hollow ataraxia (Rider's flashback)
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Shimokoshi
Voiced by: Yuu Asakawa (Japanese), Melissa Fahn (English anime)
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 the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia" and appears in the second Summer event's latter half, "Death Jail Summer Escape".
- Amplifier Artifact: She uses her Holy Grail in the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: 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.
- Balance Buff: Her Monstrous Strength was buffed via a Rank Up Quest to last for four hits with a two turn limit instead of one and give her Buster cards a Critical Star Gather effect, greatly aiding her role as a Buster Critical Hit Servant.
- 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.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She openly embraces being an evil monster. In her Interlude she even notes that as her dreamscape reflects herself as a person, the air is dark and ominous, the sights are dreadful and sinister, the cold floor is damp as if it awaits the Master's death, and the walls are as stifling as a coffin: "There is nothing at all good here. A true nightmare for any human. A being of pure despair and evil... that is what I am." Deconstructed as this same Interlude implies that her hatred towards humanity is misplaced and she's filled with self-loathing for being a monster, adopting a Then Let Me Be Evil attitude.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: Her boss form is bigger, stronger, tougher, gets three actions per turn, and has multitarget attacks. However, said multitarget attacks also have hit counts high enough that it's not uncommon to pull out consecutive Noble Phantasms on her just from the NP Gauge they give you (and since they hit your entire team, that means consecutive NP Chains).
- Demonic Possession: Gorgon spends the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia" 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 Gorgon 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 in the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia", but unfortunately, killing her just sets up the real threat to Uruk and humanity.
- The Dreaded: She's the most feared inmate at Medb's prison in "Death Jail Summer Escape". Even the wardens tend to avoid her.
- Double Unlock: She can only be rolled from the Story Summon banner after beating the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia".
- 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 in My Room. In her Interlude, her sisters in Chaldea treat her pretty much the same as her humanoid self, including the loving bullying, so Gorgon still respects, loves, and fears them despite the one-sided angst she's suppressing about devouring them.
- 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 her to this extent and threatening to eat them first for opening this box of destruction."Look at me! This is the result of your desires, the end of a careless summoning! Hehe, hahahaha! Now, where shall I start eating? first, of course... the foolish contractor who personally opened the box of destruction?"
- Eye Beams: Her full-on Gorgon form fires a massive laser from her single eye.
- Fighting a Shadow: In "Death Jail Summer Escape", the version of her that the racing teams meet at the prison courtyard is actually just a copy of her that she created to get some semblance of exercise and sunlight. Her real body is chained up in solitary confinement deep within the prison.
- 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. Averted for her appearance in her NP, where she turns into an Eldritch Abomination-like mass of writhing snakes.
- HeelFace Turn: Twice, under radically different circumstances.
- At the end of the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: 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: The Temple of Time: Solomon". According to her, Ana and Quetzalcoatl convinced her.
- Hollywood Acid: "Death Jail Summer Escape" shows that she can produce acid strong enough to eat through anything. The racers get her to literally cough some up to help them escape, but she can only give them so much before becoming hungry.
- I Am a Monster: Her Interlude is even titled "You Are a Monster"! On one hand, she literally is a monster and is quite happy to identify as such. But her Interlude digs deeper as she's forced to confront why a monster was even able to be summoned, willingly, as an Avenger Servant for a do-good Master who refuses to be too scared of her threats. It's all-but-stated that she hates who she's become and identifying as a monster, but she just can't move on from her regret and anger."I've told you time and time again, and you still don't get it!? I am no Heroic Spirit! I AM A MONSTER!
- Ignored Epiphany: Implied trope similar to Kiyohime's Interlude. Gorgon's Interlude takes place in her dreamscape, a dreary hopeless place reflecting her identity as a monster. At one point, she openly wonders why she was summoned at all as she doesn't identify as a Heroic Spirit, let alone an Avenger — what could she be so hateful against? The final battle of the Interlude is against herself, Gorgon as a boss, after a disjointed cutscene showing that Gorgon devour her beloved sisters and the playable Gorgon getting seemingly-senselessly angry at this shadow. Instead of explicitly realizing that she hates herself the most or changing as a person, she once again concludes she hates all humans and the world for forcing this fate upon 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 the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia", she desperately attempts to deny Ana's presence as a result. The playable Gorgon, though, is envious of her past self's appearance, as this was before she had started becoming a monster.
- Kaiju: As the vessel of Tiamat, she's absolutely huge. She makes her first appearance by emerging from beneath a hilltop fortress-city like it's the shell of a giant egg, and her tail can crush an entire phalanx of soldiers in a single blow.
- 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 the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia", while her Servant counterpart wants to turn on them.[when asked about what she likes] "What do I like? The suffering of humans. What else could it have been? Fool."
- 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.
- Not So Above It All: As noted above, she readily embraces her monstrous side, and loves to loom over her Master in (vain) efforts to scare them. However, the Medusa we all know and love is still somewhere in thereGorgons air of intimidation is often outright ignored by the protagonist, when she herself doesnt break it in a moment of clumsiness. And there are other things too; her dialogue shows that shes still a little self-conscious about her size, and her valentine scenes and and her interlude show that she still cares about her sisters, her past selves, and even her Master, despite being a ruthless murder machine.
- Enforced by her sisters, who take every opportunity to break through her cold, aloof demeanor.
- Not What It Looks Like:
- To cough up her acid in "Death Jail Summer Escape", she turns around away from the party, inhales and exhales deeply, and makes retching noises and has to wipe her mouth afterward. Sanzang is disgusted and Gorgon has to angrily clarify that yes, it's just acid in the containers.
- The end of her Interlude plays out like a romantic comedy after a morose, combative dream. Gorgon and the Master both seem to vividly remember their shared time in the dreamscape despite her warning that it'd be best for the Master to forget. When they meet in the hallways of Chaldea, Gorgon gives some Meaningful Looks that pointedly remind the Master to never speak of the dream again. Unfortunately, her living-again sisters Euryale and Stheno see this exchange and openly gossip about what's happening between their oversized younger sister and the Master, and move to interrogate her. Gorgon tries to avoid them by claiming that she needs to go to the simulator for training and exercise with the Master, which only heightens their suspicion.Stheno: "She's fleeing with Master! Does that mean something really... is there some truth behind what we think happened between them!?"
- Odd Friendship: In the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: 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.
- Rage Against the Reflection: Implied trope. Out of all the things she hates as an Avenger, she singles out mirrors in her My Room conversation as what she hates the most. It's a hint that she hates what she's become as much as everything else.
- 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.
- Running Gag: Whenever she shows up in events, she tries to find a place she finds comfortable to take over as her new home.
- 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 the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia" is even bigger. Amusingly, her Valentine gift cut-scene indicates she has a habit of smacking her head against the ceiling and door frames of Chaldea, with her complaining the ceiling should be at least twice as high.
- 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.
- Token Evil Teammate: By far the most unapologetically evil of the Avengers. Unlike the others, even when you max out her Bond, she actively refuses to change her ways in any capacity and outright mocks you for thinking she would ever consider a human her friend...although she does concede to kill you last and make it painless when she inevitably begins her revenge on mankind. Amusingly, the protagonist sincerely thinks she's still not the worst Servant in Chaldea in her Interlude.
- To Serve Man: Several of her My Room dialogue lines make it clear she seeks to eat the protagonist when given the chance.
- Tsundere: Discussed Trope. In "Death Jail Summer Escape", Nobunaga calls Gorgon out as "a Servant whose Spirit Origin is made up of pure 'tsun'" and that she should throw a bit of "dere" into the mix. This trope is almost non-existent in reality, but despite her seriousness she has a few lighter comedic moments where she lets down her guard of hate and hunger. It's also implied that at least her snake hair has taken a shine to the protagonist by later Bond levels, as her early Bond Level 2 warning that they "[have] no reason... [and] may eat you on a whim" if they're too close is ignored by Bond Level 4. Her interlude plays with it, implying that, for better or worse, she does have a certain amount of affection and loyalty towards her Master, but that it's all seen through the filter of her loathing, making it dangerous and unhealthy.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: 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 the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: 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.
- Weight Woe: The playable Gorgon has an uncharacteristically meek line in My Room where she's self-conscious of her weight in comparison to her former Rider self. Notably, another line mentions that her body has "bad mileage" with magic consumption and she's presently hungry, but now she's second-guessing herself."Medusa... a nostalgic name. Hmph... she seems a little, just a little, lighter than me... Maybe I should eat a bit less..."
- 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 Level.
- In the "Seventh Singularity: Absolute Demonic Front: 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
Command Cards: QAABB; (B)
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: France (15th century)
First appearance: Fate/Apocrypha (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 "First Singularity: Hundred Years' War of the Evil Dragons: Orleans" (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 "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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, though her earlier design as Ruler Alter lacks one. It becomes noticeably thicker when she becomes in her even goofier summer Berserker form.
- 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.
- Animal Motif: Dragons. Ruler Alter was able to summon dragons and wyverns with the power of the Holy Grail. As an Avenger, Jeanne Alter is able to further buff the ATK of Dragon-trait allies with her Dragon Witch EX. Ironically, she only needs Dragon Fangs as Skill Upgrade materials (and it's the first thing she needs) and never needs Reverse Dragon's Scales. Her Berserker version and Santa Lily don't need dragon-type materials at all.
- 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 "First Singularity: Hundred Years' War of the Evil Dragons: Orleans" 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 the "First Singularity: Hundred Years' War of the Evil Dragons: 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.
- Aw, 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 the "First Singularity: Hundred Years' War of the Evil Dragons: Orleans". Her later appearances, especially as Avenger, no longer has it.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: When you get her Spiriton Dress her My Room dialogue taunts her Master to look at her costume...and when they do stare she's unable to cope with the embarassment.
- 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 first and second ascension, 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 third and final ascension 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!
- Card-Carrying Villain: In her quest to forge her own identity as a playable Servant, she wholeheartedly embraces the idea of being evil. Subverted in that she doesn't really succeed, and in Chaldea her "sisters" temper her attempts at villainy into generic troublemaking.
- Character Development: She doesn't really regret what she did in the "First Singularity: Hundred Years' War of the Evil Dragons: 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. She makes an appearance in regular Jeanne's Interludes, but chronologically the Interludes take place before the first Christmas event.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: It's practically a package deal with her normal tsundere antics in "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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 the "First Singularity: Hundred Years' War of the Evil Dragons: 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 EX skill boosts both her Critical Strength and C. Star Gather Rate, 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 C. Star Gather Rate.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Her Shinjuku outfit is barely long enough to cover her crotch.
- 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 Le Grondement de la Haine rains dark flames on multiple targets.
- Death Seeker: In her final fight 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).
- The Ruler version was much more stoic and generally showed her rage with silence which heavily differs to the Avenger version's Deadpan Snarker Evil Is Hammy Tsundere personality. And while the Ruler version completely hated France desiring to eliminate the country, the Avenger's version's Interlude has her return 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 "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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 the "First Singularity: Hundred Years' War of the Evil Dragons: Orleans".
- 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.
- 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 ascension clothes are also more revealing than Ruler Jeanne.
- Evil Is Hammy: In contrast to the Alter versions of Altria, EMIYA, and Cú Chulainn, 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.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Averted. Unlike the other Alters barring X Alter, Jeanne Alter's voice is still high-pitched and it lacks the maturity of her original.
- Foreign Cuss Word: Ta gueule indeed.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her casual outfit in "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: Shinjuku" (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 ATK in the entire game, an Avenger's 1.1x ATK 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 ATK is the highest in the game to datenote and her deck, skills and NP lends itself to a Critical-heavy, Buster-oriented fighting style to maximize her raw damage, but she has the lowest HP out of all the 5* Servants, even having less HP than a significant number of 4* 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: it should be Le Grondement De La Haine.
- 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.
- Harmless Villain: After the "First Singularity: Hundred Years' War of the Evil Dragons: Orleans", the trouble she causes to Chaldea is incredibly minor. Whenever something does go wrong, she doesn't even get considered as a mastermind compared to the likes of Archer of Shinjuku, Rider of the Resistance, Mephisto, Caesar, or Paracelsus.
- 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. This comes full circle during the third Summer Event where her Berserker self serves as the main artist for her Master's doujin circle.
- 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."...I know it's filthy rich coming from me, seeing as I tried to destroy France and all but...yikes."
- Hypocritical Humor: She attempts to insult Altria Alter's pale skin by likening it to a corpse's... despite the fact that Jeanne Alter shares the same skin tone.
- 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.
- Keigo: In Japanese, her speech pattern is formal and polite for most of the time. This is Lost in Translation where her swearing is much more prominent.
- 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.
- Lighter and Softer: Despite being summoned in the Avenger Class, the playable Jeanne Alter is this to the antagonist Ruler Jeanne Alter fought in the "First Singularity: Hundred Years' War of the Evil Dragons: Orleans". Ruler Jeanne Alter was stoic and cold compared to the much more emotive and funny playable Jeanne Alter. The most obvious sign of this is Avenger Jeanne Alter has an ahoge that the Ruler variant is missing.
- Last-Second Word Swap: During the third Nero Fest, she has the presence of mind to censor herself in front of Jeanne Alter Santa Lily. Apparently "shit" is too extreme for a child to hear, but "hell" is alright, since she loudly denies being the original Jeanne's younger sister shortly afterward."Don't give me that sh— crap!"
- 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 the "First Singularity: Hundred Years' War of the Evil Dragons: Orleans". 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.
- Poke the Poodle: Part of being a Harmless Villain. While she genuinely hates Altria Alter, her plot to get back at her in "Little Santa Alter" is to take her job by stealing her Santa sack and delivering Christmas presents before her... and that's it, it'd somehow upset Altria Alter enough that Jeanne Alter would be able to feast on her tears. She ends up succeeding since Altria Alter is fine with letting her Lily form deliver presents that year.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In 1st and 2nd Ascension, she has Boyish Short Hair. 3rd and 4th... 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 "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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 the "First Singularity: Hundred Years' War of the Evil Dragons: 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. "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: 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.
- Required Secondary Powers: Averted, "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: Shinjuku" reveals that her flames also burn her and her enemies. At one point in chapter there is a real danger that she could kill herself with her own flames.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: At the end of "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: Shinjuku", 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 bare thighs, which is reflected in her profile art.
- Senpai 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 senpai is so weak in comparison, being a Joke Character compared to her being one of the strongest Servants.
- Straight Man: In Pseudo-Singularity IV, the theater play that tells the story of the three Jeannes, Jeanne Alter takes this role to the other two Jeannes, pointing out the stupidity in their actions and dialogues.
- 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 Dantès, 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 "Pseudo-Singularity I: Quarantined Territory of Malice: Shinjuku" while dancing with the protagonist, so it's more likely she has a sudden case of the butterflies."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? That's disgusting! Eh? There's such a thing as being too unreasonable? Like I care! It's 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.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In the play set up by the team in Salem about Jeanne's life as cast through a comedic lenses, Jeanne Alter's character takes up this role for the Puritans, as they find her dramatic profanity-laden Freak Outs surprisingly entertaining precisely because she's so anathema to the values they hold dear.
- You Are Worth Hell: She considers herself to be inevitably damned and doesn't want to drag her Master into it. However, by Bond Level 5, 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
Command Cards: QABBB; (B)
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. In the KOHA-ACE comics, Kippoushi's design is briefly seen in a short story talking about Nobukatsu's history as something Nobunaga wore around the castle. In the game, Kippoushi is the one who gives you a return gift during the Valentine event and is featured in one of the Craft Essences in Chaldea Boys Collection 2020, which almost always features only male Servants, including the gender ambiguous ones.
- Balance Buff: Her second skill has been upgraded via Rank Up Quest, allowing her to inflict more damage to [Heaven]-attribute enemies, which she normally deals less damage to because of her [Earth]-attribute. It works well with her Anti-[Divine] Noble Phantasm, since [Divine] enemies normally have the [Heaven]-attribute.
- 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.
- Cold Ham: Demon King Nobunaga is still dramatic, but very measured and precise with it. The most you'll get out of her is a hearty laugh.
- 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 Ascension 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 or Samurai Warriors -renditions
- Did They or Didn't They?: Demon King Nobunaga's Valentine's Day event comes across as this. She mentions how, due to her cooking mishap, she only has a little of it left and decides to give it to you through the mouth. Then she forgoes that plan and decides to "devour you".
- 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. The Second Ascension's inclusion in the 2020 Chaldea Boys collection White Day CEs suggests that they may be male.
- Glass Cannon: They have the same ATK as Dantès, but even less HP. They do have a one-turn Invincibility, however, and also possess a skill that increases their ATK every turn after use for three turns. They're made even more fragile by their first skill's Demerit giving them a 3-turn Burn, which removes a flat 1000 HP every turn.
- Gun Nut: Kippoushi really likes guns; they're excited to meet Billy the Kid if the player has them because of his skill with a gun, and even ask if the Holy Grail could give them five thousand guns if the player asks about it.
- 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, who can also offset the Burn damage Demerit of the skill with her party-wide HP regeneration buff).
- I Call It "Vera": In a move that is totally not copying Okita Alter, Nobunaga also has a living sword with a name. Unfortunately, Nobbu isn't very creative and calls it "Maou ken" (Demon King Sword). She's actually quite surprised at how bad it is.
- 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 Nobbu 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 Ascensions has them spinning in mid-air and rapidly firing every which way in the process.
- Naked People Are Funny: Her April Fools artwork is both Super-Deformed and completely naked, with her hair covering her crotch.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Kipposhi's Valentine's Event has them reminisce on intentionally playing up the Fool of Owari idiocy in their younger days until even their Parental Substitute Hirate believed it. After all, if the person who knew you best couldn't see through the act, how could the daimyos?
- Older and Wiser: Her Demon King form still has a flair for the dramatic, but she's far less comedic upon growing up.
- Playing with Fire: Even more than their summer Berserker version, especially the third form who also kicks and breathes fire.
- Rapunzel Hair: Nobbu's hair has always been long, but Demon King Nobunaga takes the cake. Her hair is so long that, were it not for her heels, it would drag along the ground.
- 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 Nobbu, 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 Nobbu'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, Nobbu 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.
ID: No. 268
Spiritron Dress ID: No. 31note
Command Cards: QAABB; (A)
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Origin: Ishtar: Iraq (Mesopotamian Mythology), Servant Universe; Rin: Japan (original creation)
First appearance: Fate/stay night (as "Tohsaka Rin")
Illustrated by: Morii Shizuki
Voiced by: Kana Ueda
The actual Space Ishtar (or perhaps "Ishtars" is more accurate), who hails from the Servant Universe, and appears during the Saber Wars sequel event.
- All-Encompassing Mantle: The third Ascension wears a large red cloak that covers everything below her neck save where it's open in the front.
- And the Adventure Continues: Her Bond CE seem to imply that after the world is saved for the last time, Chaldea is shut down and just before "becoming a full-fledged member of society", Maanna comes down in front of Ritsuka with a note asking for help. They get on board and leave for the Servant Universe.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Their Noble Phantasm Edin Shuggra Quasar summons a gigantic Ishtar which fire Frickin' Laser Beams. "Saber Wars 2" event reveals this is the manifestation of the Ancient Universe where Ishtar Astoreth originate.
- Birthday Hater: "Rin" is not fond of birthdays because her adoptive father was killed on her 14th birthday.
- Blood Knight: "Astoreth" denies being one but she prefers being switched out with her other self when dealing with a non-battle situation.
- Bounty Hunter: "Rin" believes she has to eradicate evil, but she also needs money so she became a bounty hunter so she can be paid while hunting evil criminals.
- Card-Carrying Villain: "Astoreth", Space Ishtar's first form, calls herself the "Supreme Leader of Evil".
- Darker and Edgier: "Astoreth" fits a lot being Ishtar in dark and edgy Avenger class. She even wears all black attire.
- Destroyer Deity: She is supposed to destroy the universe but she is willing to take her time and take 5 billion years to do so.
- Dual Wielding: "Astoreth" wields a katana and wakizashi in battle.
- Duel Boss: The final battle in Saber Wars 2 is a duel between "Ishtar Astoreth" who is "Astoreth" and "Rin" fused together, and "Astoreth Origin".
- Even Evil Has Standards: "Astoreth" claims that having a contract with the likes of BB is absurd and suicidal.
- During Saber Wars II, she also makes certain that her minions are well cared for. When it's revealed that Space Benienma's restaurant isn't doing well, she makes plans to send aid.
- Equivalent Exchange: What "Astoreth" feels will happen if one wishes via Holy Grail.
- Exotic Eye Designs: The third Ascension has a ring-shaped pupil in her right eye and star-shaped pupil in her left eye.
- Fallen Angel: When "Rin" gets her third ascension and becomes "Ishtar Astoreth", she states she desires revenge against humanity for forgetting her thus causing her to slip from a goddess to a demon.
- Fusion Dance: They are two versions of Space Ishtar in a single Saint Graph, rather than a single individual. Arguably she's Ereshkigal too because the Servant Universe version never split into Ereshkigal. Her first ascension is her original "Astoreth" self. Second is "Rin". And the third is the fusion of the two, "Ishtar Astoreth."
- Horned Humanoid: The first and third Ascensions have black horns jutting out of their head.
- I Have Many Names: Second form Space Ishtar refers herself as "S-Ishtar", though she was named "Rin" by her adoptive father.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Space Ishtar is not a Pseudo-Servant using Tohsaka Rin as a host. The rather absurd explanation given is that she just happens to look like her. However, Professor TOKIOMI named one half of her "Rin".
- Irony: Two-fold;
- Despite being from a different universe entirely, she still fills the requirements of being an Avenger by wishing for revenge against those who defeated her.
- Despite being Literal Split Personality, they're actually opposites, with the "evil" side being the Red Devil that reformed into being good, and the "good" side becoming the ruler of an evil empire.
- Last of His Kind: Ishtar Astoreth is the last goddess of the Ancient Universe that existed before the Servant Universe existed.
- Leitmotif: "The Goddess of Venus ~Universe Mix~", a sci-fi synth remix of Ishtar's original theme for her first two ascensions to represent how they're a sci-fi twist on the original Ishtar. "To the Universe of Origin" is the theme of Ishtar Astoreth to represent her grandiose origins and a new person birthed from the two halves fusing back together to oppose Astoreth Origin.
- Lighter and Softer: Contrasting "Astoreth", "Rin" is slightly nicer, a bigger Genki Girl and slightly less greedy than original Ishtar.
- Literal Split Personality: The first and second forms turns out to be the same Space Ishtar who had been split into evil and good respectively. However, it turns out to be the other way round.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: They are the first Servant who had the ability to change the card type of their Noble Phantasm through their second skill. They are also the first ones who can boost an Extra Attack as an effect of their NP.
- Mirror Match: Astarte vs Space Ishtar of course, but also Ishtar Astoreth vs Astarte Origin.
- Multicolored Hair: First and second forms has black and red hair while the third has pink and blue.
- Palette Swap: Their Costume Dress is a "Astoreth Origin", primarily blue version of third form.
- Punny Name: Or nickname in this case as Calamity Jane refers to her as "Ishtarin".
- Raised by Natives: After the primordial goddess Ishtar Astoreth was defeated 2,000 years ago, she split herself into "good" and "evil" halves reincarnated as denizens of Servant Universe. Her "evil" half is raised by Space Tokiomi and became "Rin", and the "good" is taken in by Munenori and became "Astoreth".
- Samurai Cowboy: "Rin" has a Wild Western look yet equipped with a katana-like blade.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: One of "Ishtar Astoreth"'s intro lines has her just rapidly saying "Gogogogogogo" ("ゴゴゴゴゴゴゴゴゴ", which is used for dramatic tension) out loud.
- Sensual Spandex: The first Ascension wears tight black spandex while the third Ascension wears red spandex.
- The Stoic: "Ishtar Astoreth" speaks in a calm tone most of the time except sometimes when she lets loose during her extra attack or when her "Astoreth" or "Rin" personalities slip out.
- Superpower Lottery: They possess a total of six passive skills: Three standard Avenger class skills, Goddess Essence, Independent Action and Magic Resistance. Their stats also have EX-ranked Mana, Endurance and Noble Phantasm.
- Token Good Teammate: "Space Ishtar" is more heroic and free-spirited compared to any form of Ishtar or any Avenger in the game.
- Tsundere: "Ishtar Astoreth" form's Bond 5 line has her confess her feelings to the protagonist, only to either her "Astoreth" or "Rin" personality resurfaces to ask if there's a problem about it and embarrassingly takes it back respectively.
- Upbringing Makes the Hero: Both played straight and inverted. "Rin" was originally the evil half of Ishtar Ashtoret but was raised by Professor Tokiomi and become good as a result. While Astoreth was the good half and became in her words "Supreme Leader of Evil" because she was raised by Warrior of Darkness MUNENORI.
- Woman Scorned: Refuse to show up for her Valentine's Day scene? She'll explode Chaldea. Go with Astoreth? Rin explodes Chaldea. Go with Rin? Astoreth explodes Chaldea. Luckily, Fou rewinds time to allow you to make the right choice, which is to go with Ishtar Astoreth.
- Younger and Hipper: "Ishtar Astoreth" looks and sounds a bit younger compared to other Space Ishtars. She also complains why Ishtar and Ereshkigal are older than her.