ID: No. 53
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Greece (Classical Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Yuuichiro Higashide
Illustrated by: Shimadoriru
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi
Asterios - a monster (hero) bestowed with the name of lightning, but he was almost never called by that name. His more known alias is Minotauros, which means bull of King Minos. Born from Pasiphae - wife of King Minos that ruled over the island of Crete - and a bull, he is a born monster with the body of a man and head of an ox.
Greatly perplexed on how to deal with him, Minos ordered the famous artisan Daedalus to build the Labyrinth to contain him. Asterios was slain by the hero Theseus, who had sneaked into the Labyrinth. Even if his essence was not wicked, since his deeds were evil, his fate was to be brought down as a monster from birth by a hero from birth.
He is an ally in the Okeanos chapter. He also appears in Anastasia as an antagonist as Minotauros, a version of him who has abandoned his true name and fully become a human-eating monster.
- all lowercase letters: In the Japanese version of the game, his speech is entirely rendered in hiragana, which is basically the Japanese equivalent of this trope.
- The Atoner: Under normal circumstances, he's mostly given up on being anything but a monster. However, on the rare occasion that someone calls him by name, it reminds him of his shreds of humanity. He has a rather pitiful desire to make up for all the innocents he's killed and be acknowledged as more than the bull of King Minos.
- Barbarian Longhair: Has a shaggy mane of white hair, almost reaching down to his knees.
- Beast and Beauty: He's a ten-foot-tall bull man who gets Ship Tease with Euryale, a girl less than half his height. He's known for being a dangerous, inhuman monster, and this is not an inaccurate reputation, but Euryale treats him as Asterios and not just as the Minotaur, which is all you really need to do to see his better side.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: His loyalty to his Master and Euryale is because they call him by his name, Asterios, instead of Minotaur, giving him freedom, and being his friends.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: He has red irises and black sclera, and is insane due to Mad Enhancement.
- Chained by Fashion: Has visible restraints on both his arms and a ball and chain on each leg.
- Cool Mask: Wears a metal faceplate, giving him the appearance of having a bull-like head.
- Covered with Scars: His body is covered in scars, presumably from heroes who tried and failed to kill him.
- Difficult, but Awesome: At the first glance, Asterios' potential is hindered by his rarity which results in lower stats than fellow Berserkers. However, he possesses two skills that provide damage boosts, leveling his damage potential to that of a 3-star servant. Furthermore, his Noble Phantasm debuffs enemies' Attack and Defense at least 20% for six turns at max Overcharge (and after the Interlude, another 40% debuff to both stats in the first turn for the total of 60% of that turn). For these reasons, Asterios is a viable mid-to-late-game support Berserker for boss fights with his weaknesses being his fragility and ability to charge his Noble Phantasm.
- Does Not Like Shoes: He goes around barefoot and only partially dressed. Maybe Greek cobblers took one look at his massive feet and just gave up?
- Dual Wielding: Wields two halberds in his base form. After ascending, he instead wields a labrys that has been split in two. Finally, in his Minotauros form in Anastasia, he wields two labryses that are even bigger and stylised like Minotaur heads.
- Elective Unintelligible: He has a rather gentle voice and is capable of simple speech, but mostly he just roars.
- Evil Albino: In Anastasia where he appears as an antagonist, his entire skin and even horns have turned white, with his hair still staying white as usual.
- Gentle Giant: By Berserker standards, anyway. He is really loyal to anyone he considers a friend; it's just that, since he's a hulking half-bull giant who hasn't known anything else in his life than his labyrinth prison and warriors trying to kill him, you can count those people on one hand. Happily, all of those people are currently at Chaldea.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To protect Euryale from Heracles and Hektor, he starts wrestling with the former. Hektor then ignores the human shield and just hits both of them, taking one of Herk's lives in the process. However, apparently Asterios survives.
- Hidden Depths: Asterios is a soft-spoken, socially awkward sort, visibly limited by his lack of any formal education. That being said, he is an absolute master of navigation, and even memorized the layout of his own labyrinth to the point where he not only charted a cohesive map of it in its entirety, but he could map out the routes and patrols taken by its monsters.
- Horned Humanoid: He doesn't have a true bull's head, but he does have large horns.
- Hulk Speak: He struggles to talk in complete sentences.
- Hunk: Drake even calls him one in Okeanos.
- I Choose to Stay: A dark Subversion. In his version of the legend, he eventually managed to find a way out of the labyrinth, but felt so guilty about killing and eating so many people to survive until that point that he resigned himself to further imprisonment until someone could hopefully someday put him out of everyone's misery.
- I Just Want to Be Free: Wants to live in the thick forests and cool breezes outside the labyrinth.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Not by choice, but groups of people periodically tossed into the labyrinth were all that Asterios had for sustenance; more akin to an animal hunting out of necessity than anything else.
- A Load of Bull: The original Minotaur. Beneath the bull mask, he actually has a relatively normal face, but the horns are real.
- The Maze: Summons his own when using his Noble Phantasm, Chaos Labyrinth: Eternally Unchanging Labyrinth. The effects in lore are unclear, but in gameplay it reduces enemy attack and defense significantly.
- Mighty Glacier: As far as his stats go, clocking in at A++ for Strength and Endurance, but only C for Agility. That level of Strength and Endurance is actually impossible for normal humans, who reach their limit at A+.
- No Hero to His Valet: While he loves Euryale, he's not so dim as to not realize or admit that she's a humongous jerk.
- Non-Malicious Monster: If people had just left him alone, it's possible he never would have hurt anyone. However, being treated like a monster would cause him to act like one, so he had to be killed by heroes.
- Not Quite Dead: He's seemingly killed by Hektor near the end of the Okeanos arc, only for Tamamo Cat's interlude to reveal that he's still alive and swimming back to Euryale's temple.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: He already had long hair, but by his third Ascension it practically doubles in size, appearing more like a mane.
- The Power of Love: His relationship with Euryale in Okeanos carried on to the first Lostbelt, where remembering her becomes vital in stopping him.
- Prepare to Die: His first word when he encounters Chaldea in Okeanos is literally "die."
- Stone Wall: In-gameplay, his status as a 1-Star Servant forces him to deal comparatively less damage than other Berserkers. On the other hand, his Noble Phantasm is one of the strongest attack debuffs in the game, making him a very effective member of Arts-based stall teams as he can continually debuff the enemy while support Servants like Waver and Tamamo can heal and raise the team's defense, making it very hard for the enemy to deal any significant or lasting damage at all.
- Super Strength: He has the highest base Strength of any Servant seen so far, only tying up with Gorgon, and is able to wrestle with Heracles, who copes for the difference in raw strength with experience fighting monsters. It's also notable because without the use of a Noble Phantasm, Servants aren't supposed to be able to go above A+ in their physical stats. However, Asterios is a monster like Gorgon and thus not limited by the human body like the others.
- The Unsmile: When he isn't stone-faced or befuddled, he's flashing a disconcerting, almost psychotic grin because he doesn't know how to smile otherwise.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Played with. The story and description doesn't shy away from noting he is a monster that's killed many people, guilty and innocent, and had to be put down by heroes. On the other hand, much of his behavior was due to his upbringing and he can actually be a really nice person and loyal companion, especially by Berserker standards, under the right circumstances. Even Theseus couldn't see Asterios as a monster after sharing a conversation with him before they got down to business. If anything, his slaying Asterios at that point had become a Shoot the Dog situation more than anything else.
- Would Hurt a Child: He ate his fair share of children before his fateful battle with Theseus, but as ignorant as he was, even he knew how wrong an act it had been, resulting in him gaining a humongous death wish.
ID: No. 202
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Greek Myth
First Appearance: Fate/Apocrypha
Voiced by: Saori Hayami
An alternate version of the Greek huntress Atalante after using her other Noble Phantasm, Agrius Metamorphosis. This Noble Phantasm was based on the hide of the Calydonian Boar that she received from Meleager after being the first to wound the beast. Granted with Mad Enhancement, she becomes a ferocious beast that destroys everything in her path.
She appears in the Anastasia Lostbelt as an ally.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Her tails were black in Fate/Apocrypha while in this work, they turned white.
- Adaptive Ability: Her Self-Evolution skill in-lore allows her to transform her body to overcome any problem before her and can evolve within seconds, though unlike Self-Modification it can only give her specialization towards her current goal.
- Animorphism: Her Brave Chain has her literally turn into the Calydonian Boar temporarily.
- Black Knight: The armor of her third outfit gives off this vibe, and her personality is colder and more wrathful to match.
- Charged Attack: She fires arrows wreathed in purple-black mana.
- Critical Hit Class: She's a Quick-based Berserker, with her first skill boosting her star absorption and granting her critical stars, and her third skill granting her critical damage for three turns.
- Cry Cute: One of her portraits has her crying her eyes out, and she looks so adorable that you want to give her a sympathy hug.
- Darker and Edgier: Compared to her more confident original self, Atalante Alter is more filled with despair and hate in her madness in addition of her voice lines sounding like she's in extreme pain and crying her eyes out, and her hatred towards Jeanne from Fate/Apocrypha that has been kept at bay by her original self resurfaced in her lines.
- Decomposite Character: Her entire existence is mostly so that Atalante's Agrius Metamorphosis form can be featured in the game, here as an individual Servant rather than a Power-Up.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: The protagonists quickly get her on their side after their initial battle.
- Fantastic Nuke: Her Noble Phantasm involves fusing with her bow Tauropolos in order to release all the energy into one strike that's described less as an arrow and more like a "ballistic missile".
- Flight: The Calydonian Boar's pelt grants her the ability to fly by turning into wings.
- Friend to All ChildrenProtagonist: Alter or not, some things never change.
- Gameplay and Story Integration:
- Atalante isn't normally capable of being a Berserker and has to transform with Agrius Metamorphosis in order to do so. This is reflected by not having Mad Enhancement as a Class Skill but instead Beast Form, which functionally grants her the same effect.
- As well, this form being considered an Alter makes sense upon the realization that she hates using Agrius Metamorphosis normally and the one time she does so in Fate/Apocrypha, it's due to being driven to the brink of insanity by both her own anger and sadness as well as the effects of Jack the Ripper's souls poisoning her mind.
- Good vs. Good: She fights the protagonists at the end because she doesn't want the Yaga to die when the Lostbelt is erased. She's very distraught about it, wondering out loud if anyone is truly right or wrong in this situation, ultimately hesitates in her duel against Billy, and dies crying apologies to both the Yaga friends she failed and the Chaldea allies she betrayed.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: In the Anastasia chapter, she initially appears as an enemy after she mistook Chaldea for enemies, she became an ally later on... until near the end when she found out what will happen once Chaldea succeeds and turns against them where she meets her end being gunned down by Billy the Kid.
- Natural Weapon: She attacks with her claws in several animations.
- No Sense of Personal Space: In her Valentine's Day scene, she demonstrates a decidedly cat-like clinginess when she uses her Master's scent to calm herself down.
- Paint It Black: Using Agrius Metamorphosis turns her usual green and yellow dress black and grey and her Multicolored Hair grey.
- Power Tattoo: On her third ascension, a glowing magenta sigil appears under her belly button.
- Primal Stance: To go with her more bestial appearance, Atalante Alter tends to hunch over with her claws bared.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: She's not at all a fan of her outfit in the Apocrypha event when her Archer self take this form without driven by madness. Achilles likes it though.
- Shoulders of Doom: Her first ascension puts the Calydonian Boar's head on her right shoulder. Her third gives her large shoulder plates, each with a spike reminiscent of boar tusks.
- Similar Squad: Her main Active Skill set (which helps on increasing her and her allies' damage output), plus her Single Target NP, is very very reminiscent of that of Berserker of El Dorado below—with the only difference being Atalante works best in a Quick team, while the latter is designed for Buster-based teams. Fridge Brilliance comes in when you realize they both come from Greek Mythology and faced the same problems in life.
- Stripperiffic: While her first outfit is a dress similar to her Archer self, her second outfit is a fur bikini more remeniscent of her Agrius Metamorphosis form, and her third is an armor set slightly more sensible than Penthesilea's.
- Tron Lines: Magenta ones appear on her armor as she ascends.
ID: No. 89
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: Denmark (Beowulf)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Yuuichiro Higashide
Illustrated by: Shimokoshi
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai
Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall in Heorot has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel's mother attacks the hall and is then also defeated. Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Geatland (Götaland in modern Sweden) and later becomes king of the Geats. After a period of fifty years has passed, Beowulf defeats a dragon, but is fatally wounded in the battle. After his death, his attendants cremate his body and erect a tower on a headland in his memory.
He debuted in the 5 Million Downloads Campaign gacha and is an antagonist in America, working for Medb by guarding Alcatraz. He appears in "Chaldea Summer Memory / Heat Odyssey" as a minor antagonist and in the first Lostbelt as an ally.
- Balance Buff: A Rank Up Quest upgrades his Instinct into "Inspired Hero", which boosts his Star Absorption and his Crit Damage on top of generating Crit Stars.
- Be Yourself: At the end of his Interlude, he mocks Grendel for attempting to defeat him by taking on the form of the dragon from the end of his legend, saying that he and his mother were the worst monsters he had ever fought and that he might have stood a better chance at victory if he had just fought him in his original shape.
- Blood Knight: Self-admittedly "lives to fight".
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Despite his blunt and brutish personality, Beowulf is noted to actually be very gentle with women, children, and people he's responsible for. He also admits that he couldn't bring himself to really oppose Rama's attempts to reunite with his wife Sita, admitting that he's weak for things like love.
- Chained by Fashion: He wears a chain attached to each of his wrists that is too long to count as a pair of restraints. Considering how he ditches them when he activates his Noble Phantasm, it's safe to say that Beowulf's just wearing them in combat as a weighted-clothing-type Power Limiter to give himself a Self-Imposed Challenge (much like how, in his legend, he willingly participated in a swimming contest while weighed down by his armor).
- Cool Sword: Hrunting. Unlike most sword Noble Phantasms, it's not an Anti-Army beam or anything similar. Instead, it drinks blood as it draws it, becoming bigger and more demonic as time goes on, and automatically makes the best possible attack when swung, something that's noted to be really good with the strength of a Berserker behind it. It's also capable of sniffing out blood, which is how he tracked Grendel after tearing off the monsters arm in his legend. Naegling also counts, although it's more of a huge club with no cutting power despite being referred to as a sword.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: His skin really tans as he ascends, while his hair color remains blonde.
- Determinator: Despite being fatally wounded, he managed to take down a dragon unarmed with only a single ally to help him out. This is the source of his Battle Continuation.
"The point is, I'm a guy who will stand and punch and kick my way through to victory!"
- Also best shown by what he says before he unleashes Grendel Buster.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Doesn't wear any footwear at all in all four of his stages.
- The Dragonslayer: The exact nature of Grendel and his mother are debatable to this day, though the former did have scales and claws. More notably, he managed it again while he was an old man, though he died in the process. One of his My Room quotes mention the taste of dragon meat, which implies that he's taken down other dragons before the one that killed him. His profile notes that the dragon he died slaying became the Trope Codifier for dragons in western literature, possibly making Beowulf himself the Trope Codifier for this trope.
- Dual Wielding: He dual wields Hrunting and Nægling—the former of which looks differently from the one EMIYA projected in Fate/hollow ataraxianote .
- Everyone Has Standards: He revels in destructive battles, but cannot tolerate sadism, which is why he hated and feared Grendel most of all as the beast often terrorised those who could not protect themselves.
- Exposed to the Elements: Several of the Yaga express confusion at how the hell he can casually walk around the negative hundred degree snowstorms shirtless. He even notes that Russia is pretty cold but still doesn't put on a shirt.
- Expy: According to Yuuichiro Higashide, his scenario writer, his portrayal is partially based on Tyler Durden from Fight Club.
- Feels No Pain: His Mad Enhancement is a whooping E- rank, meaning it doesn't have much of a toll on his sanity (besides making him even more of a Blood Knight than he already is) but this is the only real buff it provides.
- Flaming Sword: Hrunting turns into one in his third stage.
- The Good King: He never wanted to be a monarch, but became one because he understood the need of such a figure. Ironically, this made him an excellent ruler as he was free of the jealousy and ambition that usually comes packaged with the office.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: His Noble Phantasm Grendel Buster: Primal Conflict, where, like in his legendary fight against the monster Grendel, he discards his swords and just beats the crap out of his opponent. Ends up turning into Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, complete with an ORAORAORA war cry.
- Graceful Loser: After Rama helps the protagonist and crew beat Beowulf, he steps aside and lets Rama go see Sita. And when given the opportunity to fight the protagonist again alongside Fionn MacCumhail and Diarmuid Ua Duibhne, he decides against it, saying it wasn't what he signed up for.
- Heroes Fight Barehanded: Because Grendel was immune to his weapons, he simply opted to beat the shit out of it and tearing off it's arm, which made it bleed out in its den after it fled. This is the basis of his Noble Phantasm.
- Heroic Build: He seems a little more toned than he is beefy, but he still counts.
- Irony: Despite being the closest Heroic Spirit to the historical berserkers, even partially drawing his name from them, he is the sanest servant in the class. His profile even mentions that he never lost his rationality even as he grew older, nor did he show any traces of madness.
- Logical Weakness: His heroic deeds came from slaying monsters, not men, so he has some difficulty fighting a human opponent without anything beyond brute force. This allows Li Shuwen to match him for a brief time in their hand-to-hand fight, though there's no clear winner in the end.
- Only Sane Man: Amongst the entire Berserker Class, he has the lowest possible rank in Mad Enhancement and doesn't suffer from any loss of reason from it at all, and is therefore the most lucid of them. As a drawback, he receives a slight damage reduction for this.
- Perilous Old Fool: He never exhibits any of this as a Servant, obviously. His Bond CE (as detailed below), however, implies he felt like this while he faced the Dragon which will ultimately kill him—yet pushes through anyway.
- Power Born of Madness: Defied. His Mad Enhancement rank is so low, he gets no benefit from it.
- Power Limiter: His full potential can only be utilized if he fights unarmed, so his swords serve as this.
- Power Tattoo: Across his arms.
- Rated M for Manly: Incredibly so, so much so that it almost borders on Testosterone Poisoning with the text of his Bond CE, which describes his mindset during the battle with the Dragon.Not for myself. Not for honor, or riches.I would fulfill my duty as a king.Rise again, Beowulf. Though your strength is a far cry from your youthful vigorit surely cannot be naught.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: The main effect of Grendel Buster is to allow him to leave the scale altogether. At the cost of sacrificing his own weapons, he is able to discard Servant limitations entirely and show off his true strength free of all restrictions. The strength of a man who regularly punched dragons and monsters to death.
- Retired Badass: Took down an enormous dragon after he'd been out of it for fifty years, once again with his bare hands because he broke Nægling.
- Scars Are Forever: Multiple, but most notably across his chest where he has a massive gash.
- Super Strength: To the point where he broke Nægling during his life because his strength was too great. He's taken down a dragon barehanded, and explicitly used a sword made for giants to take down Grendel's mother.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He says dragons are annoying, but they taste really good.
- Tranquil Fury: Of a sort. His unique Personal Skill Berserk grants him the benefits of both A-rank Mad Enhancement and A+ rank Bravery, which cancels out the mental interference of Mad Enhancement. While he does fight in a more animalistic manner, he loses no sanity and receives a rank up in all parameters as well as a general bonus to melee damage.
- Turns Red: He gets a tan, his scars become redder, and his swords go from black to molten red (with Hrunting being on fire) as he ascends.
- Variable-Length Chain: The chains on his cuffs seem to warp and grow around him by Stage 4.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: For all four stages.
- Worthy Opponent: His profile reveals that he really wants to get into a fistfight with Heracles and Achilleus. He also regards Martha as one after she shows off her hand-to-hand skills in the first summer event.
- Wrecked Weapon: He broke Naegling by it being too fragile for his enormous strength, after he had already broken Hrunting on Grendel's mother's skin.
ID: No. 171
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: Turkey (The Trojan Cycle)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Ordernote
Illustrated by: Shinjirou
Voiced by: Yu Shimamura
Penthesilea is the queen of the Amazons, who rose to power after her sister, Hippolyta, died either at the hands of Heracles or Penthesilea in a tragic accident. Due to a humiliating defeat at the hands of Achilles in the Trojan War, she prefers to and will summoned herself as a young woman around fourteen years old.
She appears in Agartha as an antagonist.
- Absolute Cleavage: Surprisingly, has this in the Shining Skyscrapers Craft Essence art.
- Amazonian Beauty: She's ripped, at least relative to other Type-Moon girls, but still manages to look pretty cute. It's even one of her skills, Golden Rule (Beauty). However, she's upset when people admire her beauty because she's supposed to be a warrior queen, not a beautiful woman.
- Archenemy: She loathes Achilles and will go into a berserker rage at the sight of him. Or anyone else she views as an enemy, actually, since her NP is her basically hallucinating that her target is Achilles and going into a frenzy against him. As a warrior queen, she's very upset that after doing everything in her power to kill him all he commented on was her beauty, not her strength.
- Battle Aura: By her third Ascension, she has a visible white aura around her body.
- Berserk Button:
- She hates Greek heroes. The moment she senses one, she immediately convinces herself that they're Achilles and goes into a rage, unable to see them as anything but Achilles. However, at the end of the chapter when she's made to see that the Greek she was fighting was Megaros in Heracles's body rather than Achilles she just says "Fine, you're not Achilles, but I hate you anyway. Theseus too. Bastards." She does have her reasons, though, given that the amazons often got a rather raw deal.
- The reason she hates Achilles in particular, though, is because after doing everything she could to beat him, he simply commented on her beauty rather than acknowledge her strength. She can accept losing, she can accept dying, but she can't accept not being taken seriously as a warrior. It wasn't even intentional: Her profile notes that he most likely didn't mean to insult or belittle her, but was simply surprised by her appearance after a tough battle. By her later bond lines she grudgingly comes to allow the protagonist to admire her appearance so long as they also acknowledge her ability.
- In fact, her Interlude shows that her rage towards him is so extreme that she'll attack anyone who namedrops Achilles, reasoning that anyone who says his name must be Achilles.
- Broken Pedestal: It's noted in the material books that she's rather mortified at the lovey-dovey version of Artemis residing in Chaldea, especially because her mother founded the Temple of Artemis in myth.
- Chainmail Bikini: While she does wear armor, it's mostly on her arms and legs while she wades into battle wearing a breastplate that only covers her breasts and panties for protection of her vital organs, and sheds even more of her breastplate for later ascensions, though she gains more around her waist in exchange.
- Dual Wielding: Gains two swords on her waist by her third Ascension and several of her attack animations have her pulling them out to attack.
- Edible Bludgeon: She thinks food alone is a weak gift, so her Valentine's chocolate is a pair of large, spiky chocolate balls that can apparently kill a demon boar.
- Epic Flail: Wields a chain that ends with a giant spiked head on either end.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: The Greek heroes she gains bonus damage against includes Hektor of all people.note Obviously that is only the case in gameplay, while in story meeting him only elicits regrets that they couldn't fight together (as he died before she joined the Trojans). The material book explains this as if she starts thinking about people like Hektor, she'll eventually start thinking about their relation with Achilles, thus angering her.
- Amusingly (at least, until she got an Interlude), Penthesilea says nothing if you do have Achilles summoned. It's entirely possible Achilles is trying to stay far, far away from her, though. And considering the fact that she threatens to kill you if you dare to hide Achilles from her...
- Godiva Hair: Her hair covers one of her breasts in the final ascension art.
- Irony: She's strongest against Greek Males. This includes the goddess she worships because Artemis is using Orion's portfolio.
- Irrational Hatred: Her interlude shows that she has an intellectual understanding that Achilles absolutely did not mean to insult, belittle or disrespect her, but because the foundation of who she is as a Berserker is her anger at being slighted she is literally incapable of remaining calm whenever he's so much as mentioned.
- Leitmotif: "Queen of El Dorado".
- Madness Mantra: She does one in her NP. And after her True Name reveal, she will scream Achilles' name.Penthesilea: Kill... kill, kill!!! Augghhh!!! OUTRAGE AMAZON!!! Arrghh!!! ACHIIIILEEESSSS!!!
- Man Bites Man: The final attack from Outrage Amazon is specifically called out as her biting her enemy, having been reduced to a mindless beast.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: She's actively trying to invoke this, because unlike most examples, she'd rather not be wanted for something as shallow as beauty. By Bond 5, she concludes that the protagonist doesn't feel this way, and assures them that she'll make sure they don't forget about her strength.
- Not So Different: She reluctantly agrees to team up with Caligula during the 2017 Nero Fest event because she can relate to his mania for medals.
- Oxymoronic Being: The fifth material book reveals a second Noble Phantasm called Trojan Reinforce which ages her up to the adult she was during the Trojan War. However, because her Berserker incarnation is all about rejecting Achilles' remarks by manifesting as a teenager from well before she went to Troy, she immediately self-destructs after usage.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Her hair grows out down to her shoulders by her third Ascension.
- The Power of Hate: Pretty much the basis behind her Outrage Amazon. Her feelings of hatred and rage towards Achilles are so unbelievably intense that they essentially became a Noble Phantasm which manifests as her viewing her target as Achilles and flying into a supercharged Unstoppable Rage.
- Primal Stance: When she uses her Noble Phantasm, Outrage Amazon, she noticeably hunches over before rushing forward, screaming and striking like a wild beast.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: She wears these as the Amazoness CEO to look more professional.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Though unlike most of the others, when the rage takes over it's the white of her eyes that turns red. The irises always stay their usual silver save in her final Ascension art, and in a twist they're only that way while she's relaxing at a stream, far from any combat situation.
- Say My Name: ACHIIILEEEEESSSS!!!!!!!!!
- Semi-Divine: She possesses A-rank Divinity due to being a daughter of Ares. This enables her to bypass Achilles's divine protection without needing to hit him on his heel.
- Situational Sword: The full power of her third skill, Bellow of Ares, gives her a power buff against Greek Mythology Males, which is a fairly small pool of characters that doesn't even include, say, Leonidas. However, it also provides a team buster buff, so it's still an okay skill even aside from that.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Her beauty caused Achilles to comment on her looks rather than her strength after he defeated her, which was a massive blow to her pride and caused her to hate him intensely. As a result, when summoned she'll almost always appear as a Berserker at the age before reaching the peak of her abilities. While her older forms can fit several other classes (Rider, Archer, and Lancer), she unconsciously resists being summoned in those forms because she also grew more beautiful as she aged, which she now associates with being weaker, even if it isn't true.
- The Social Darwinist: A firm believer in strength determining the world. The men she has picked to breed with the Amazons in Agartha are only those with the strength of will to oppose them even without limbs, as their determination is proof of their strength. Cowards are cut down by her. This is also part of why she loathes Achilles, as he insults her and her determination as a warrior by viewing her as beautiful as she died.
- Spikes of Villainy: Played with, as her alignment is Lawful Good but she initially appears as an antagonist in Agartha. Regardless, her armor has noticeable black spikes jutting out, and they only get bigger and more numerous as she ascends.
- Stealth Pun:
- Her initial title in Agartha is Berserker of El Dorado. El Dorado is the name of the golden city that was said to be located in the Amazon rainforest.
- In the Halloween 2017 event, she works for a delivery company, bringing Osakabehime's internet-purchased items. She's working for Amazon. In fact, she's the CEO.
- Strength Equals Worthiness: Lived her life by this creed, and Achilles' greatest insult to her was not that he defeated her or even that it was easily done, but that the last thing she heard him say was that she was beautiful, not that she was strong. It wasn't intended as an insult, but she still hates him.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Whenever she smashes her flail into the ground, it creates an explosion.
- Waif-Fu: She's got A+ strength despite being fairly short and thin, even if she does have more defined muscle tone than just about any other female Servant (for reference, that's the same rank that Heracles has). Using her Noble Phantasm makes her hit even harder as she goes nuts against what she perceives to be Achilles.
- Wolverine Claws: From her second Ascension onward, her wrist guards have sharp, black hooked claws jutting out.
ID: No. 54
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Rome (1st Century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: BLACK
Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka
The Third Emperor of the Ancient Roman Empire from the 1st Century and Uncle of Emperor Nero, he has inspired several legends of atrocity. At first he was loved by the people as a wise ruler, all of a sudden he went mad when the moon started to love him. In the few years until his assassination, he ruled the Empire through fear.
He is an antagonist in Rome as one of many conquerors vying to take over the Roman Empire.
- Anti-Hero: Is noted to be incredibly crazy yet he qualifies as a Heroic Spirit mainly because of his buried goodness.
- Anti-Magic: In-game, his NP has the chance to seal the enemy's skills and NP for three turns.
- Ax-Crazy: His madness results in him seeing everyone around him as targets for his rage.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: He has no weapons, resorting to just beating things to death with his fists.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Completely black sclera, with glowing red pupils.
- Bling of War: Seems to be dressed in golden armor, although not as opulent as that of Gilgamesh.
- The Caligula: No shit, he's the Trope Namer.
- Cherry Tapping: Caligula's skillset is basically the only thing making him usable, as his Anti-Magic NP noted above doesn't really coordinate with his skills and fragile stats as a Berserker. That said... it's actually possible to stack up buffs and defenses at him (say, with Andersen and all-around support Merlin), and allow him to wreck face with his Buster cards. It's kind of more trouble than it's normally worth, but the cathartic factor of killing bosses with a 2-star (and one of the more ill-designed at that) is there.
- Cool Uncle: Before he fell into insanity, he was this to Nero, who idolized him. His Bond Craft Essence describes his feelings towards Nero and how even as he fell into madness he wanted her reign to be happy.
- Creepy Uncle: He stalks Nero everywhere, even up to Stheno's island. This is a result of his madness twisting his familial love for her into a creepy incestual one, and he hates himself for it in his lucid moments.
- Darker and Edgier: In contrast to Nero's final Ascension art that has her relaxing with a lion, Caligula's depicts him strangling one to death.
- Evil Uncle: To Nero. Though dialogue from her indicates that he was actually a very nice uncle to her until he went crazy and she doesn't hold any enmity towards him in Septem, only regret that she has to see her uncle die again. In his rare moments of lucidity, he bemoans attacking her and wants nothing more than to love her as he once did.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: In lore, Flucticulus Diana is said to not work against those related to Artemis. Yet in game, it works perfectly fine against Atalante (who has her blessing), Meltryllis (who is part Artemis) and Orion (who is Artemis herself).
- Glass Cannon: He has respectable Endurance, but all his Skills revolve around boosting his Attack power, oftentimes at the expense of his Defense.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His bright red pupils are glowing.
- Hidden Depths: Suggested in his profile and briefly shown in the Prison Tower event and Solomon Temple. When not howling mad, Caligula is an introspective and wise individual. Unfortunately, his Mad Enhancement is nearly as strong as Heracles', and his Noble Phantasm just makes it worse.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: There has been much scholarly debate on just how many of his evil deeds are real. Although it was common for writers to slander previous rulers, most historians still think that he was, at the very least, pretty unstable.
- Hulk Speak: He speaks primarily in sentence fragments and simple words.
- Identical Stranger: It's not commented on in-universe, but he looks remarkably like Cú Chulainn.
- Lighter and Softer: Though he's still presented as batshit insane, this Caligula leaves out the alleged BrotherSister Incest and Creepy Child allegations that most pop culture depictions include and show him to have been more of a victim than anything.
- Lunacy: In the Fate universe, his insanity was caused by the affections of the moon. Also shown with his Noble Phantasm, Flucticulus Diana: Moonlight, Devour My Heart, as he spreads his insanity via moonlight, raising the aggression and reducing the reason of anyone that isn't affiliated with a Moon deity.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: He's by no means skinny, but in terms of stats, his Strength exceeds or is equal to that of Berserkers who are much larger and bulkier than he is including Hercules.
- The Power of Love: Despite disliking his madness, he really loves Diana and from how the mechanics of the Noble Phantasm work, the feeling is mutual. He also claims that even though his legend is full of atrocities, he's not completely an anti-hero because of his love for his people and family. This makes him speculate that love is actually the driving force of a spirit being chosen as a Servant, as being an anti-hero lowers the chance of that spirit being summoned. Seeing that the Servant Summoning System is actually Alaya's defense mechanism, the notion that only those who loved humanity may become the Beast of Alaya might hold some weight.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His pupils are glowing red, and he's an insane Servant who kills with his bare hands.
- Reluctant Monster: It's implied he wants the Grail to cure himself of his madness.
- Room Full of Crazy: His interlude begins with him covering the protagonist's room with posters of Nero.
- Sadist: Represented as a Personal Skill.
- Stalker with a Crush: To his niece, Nero.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Though it changes to brown in Stage 3. It changes back, thankfully.
ID: No. 162
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Origin: Japan (16th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: pako
Voiced by: Kana Asumi
The niece of Oda Nobunaga and concubine of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. She has lost dear people to her three times, the last occasion culminating in her losing everything, including her own child, and subsequently being branded by the masses as a wicked servant who ruined Toyotomi. Perhaps the reason she manifested as this mischievous princess is because it comes from an irreplaceable time to her.
She appears in GUDAGUDA Meiji Revival as the free Servant.
- Arch-Enemy: As revealed in her Materials, she absolutely hates her killer (and the one who kickstarted the practice of branding her the wrecker of Toyotomi), Tokugawa Ieyasu. She ends each of her descriptions about people related to her with how Tokugawa should be destroyed.
- Berserk Button: During her second bond line she suddenly turns serious and makes it clear she does NOT want the matter of Hiroinote brought up.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: She seems to have no concept of an indoor voice, although she delivers her Bond 2 and 5 lines in a decidedly more mature and stoic manner. Otherwise she's just yelling loudly all the time.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Her rare animation for using skills or winning a battle is her falling down on her behind. She also falls head first starting off with a Quick attack.
- Daddy's Little Villain: More aunt, of course, but she does give off the vibe considering her outfit is clearly inspired by Nobunaga's own outfit.
- Final Boss: For the second half of "Gudaguda: Strange Tales of the Imperial Holy Grail", having hijacked Tokyo because she was mad that she was left out of the event's first half.
- Giant Waist Ribbon: Her sash is tied into one big ribbon on her back.
- Herd-Hitting Attack: She's easily considered to be a welfare Raikou in terms of this functionality (having an AoE Noble Phantasm that allows her to excel in both farming and Boss Rush killing (not to mention, getting her Noble Phantasm to level 5 is pretty easy since she's a welfare servant obtainable from an event). She lacks the versatility that Raikou has (particularly when it comes to single target boss situations), but makes up for it for her own Golden Rule skill that increases her NP gain that charges her NP per turn as well as the burn effect that comes with her AoE, allowing her to do a lot of sustained damage in challenging Boss Rush fights (like this video for example).
- Katanas Are Just Better: She fights using a sword-breaker katana.
- Lady Macbeth: It's thought that her decadence is the reason why Hideyoshi and Hideyori could not hold into their realms. While the Toyotomi's fall isn't all her fault, her status as Hideyoshi's favorite and Hideyori's mother makes her the prime scapegoat for both men's disgrace.
- Living Battery: Her regrets fueled the dying Andras, creating the Golden Demonic Taikou Hideyoshi. Her Servant container is what sustains the Demon Pillar's corpse.
- Mundane Utility: After stealing the Grail in the third Gudaguda event, she mainly just uses it as a bowl for ice cream.
- Nice Hat: A helm decorated with the Toyotomi clan's symbol.
- Not So Different: Andras chose her to create the dimension they reside in precisely because he saw the similarities between her and himself.
- Playing with Fire: Her Noble Phantasm uses flaming skeletal soldiers to attack the enemy, finishing with a flame-wreathed phoenix to slam them.
- She Is All Grown Up: She mentions during GUDAGUDA Meiji Revival that her adult form is "all va-va-voom and boin-boin", and she can't help that she was summoned in her child form.
- Split Personality: Possible explanation for why her second and fifth bond lines are so different is that due to her class being Berserker (and therefore having Madness Enhancement skill on herself by default), Chacha developed a split personality. One is her childish self which appears most of the time, while other is her more adult self that makes itself appear during the two bond lines.
- Square Race, Round Class: She manifests as a child in order to suppress her adult personality, which would be far more suited for the Avenger class due to her unending hatred of the Tokugawa.
- Third-Person Person: She tends to squeak out her name rather than a pronoun when referring to herself with only two exceptions. In her second and fifth bond lines she speaks with an archaic feminine pronoun, seemingly indicating that she's temporarily reverted to her adult mentality.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Only, you know, from the opposite perspective. This is specifically her form as a child, not as she appeared as an adult. She makes it clear twice that her adult personality is just as different, though not bad.
- Vocal Dissonance: Her second and fifth bond lines have her stop pitching her voice upwards to speak seriously. Her voice is still somewhat high, but relative to the childish squeaks she had it's very jarring.
ID: No. 98
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Ireland (Celtic Mythology, Ulster Cycle)
First appearance: Fate/stay night (as Lancer)
Background development: Yuuichiro Higashide
Illustrated by: Shimadoriru
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna
The legendary warrior of the Ulster Cycle of Celtic mythology, he won his fame with his mastery of the invincible spear techniques taught to him by Scathach. He has unusually taken form as a Berserker, but some factor of his summoning also caused all of his equipment to change and reversed his temperament. His expressions become cold, and the crimson demonic spear that is his Noble Phantasm has been mixed with darkness, overflowing with a foreboding aura.
He's a major antagonist in the American chapter, twisted by the wish of Queen Medb as the Mad King Cu Chulainn, he devoured and ravaged the land of America. This form is not even that of his berserk state in life, and different from the appearance he should have when summoned as a Berserker. He also appears alongside Medb as her familiar in the Prisma Illya crossover event and in his proper Servant form in the Moonlight/Lostroom OVA.
- Asexuality: Described as Cu's ideal (if unflattering) version of a king, Cu Alter omits a crucial flaw that lead to the downfall of many great warriors and kings in the Ulster Cycle, including Fergus and Cu himself. That is, a weakness towards the wiles of women. Not that it stops Medb from trying; in fact, she seems to relish the even greater challenge, since this version does like women, but is annoyed by her.
- Back from the Dead: In addition to his Battle Continuation skill, his One-Man War Bond CE will revive him with 20% of his HP once during a battle.
- Benevolent Boss: Surprisingly, yes. As a king, he claims that he must always grant his soldiers three chances before killing them."The first time, I forgive their carelessness. The second time, I praise their narrow defeat. The third time, I resign myself to the fact that they're weak. That, I don't need.
- Blood Knight: Averted, both others and himself note that he finds no joy in battle, only seeing it as his duty to destroy everything in front of him.
- Body Horror: In his Alter form, Gae Bolg has increased power and effective range as he throws with such utmost strength that his body breaks apart. This attack causes instant death for all enemy targets and also deal great damage if the instant death effect doesn't take. With his Runes, he regenerates his flesh as he throws so he does not take any physical damage though this does nothing for the enormous pain that he suffers.
- Combat Pragmatist: In a different vein than regular Cu, who will be pragmatic if it gets him a better fight, Cu Alter will finish his fights as quickly as possible, with no regards to fairness. For instance, whereas any other version of Cu Chulainn would've fought Karna head-on, Cu Alter simply kills him with a surprise attack from behind.
- Consummate Professional: Due to have his personality inverted, Cú Chulainn Alter has non of other versions' cheerful, easy-going nature, he is dead serious at all times, and his aspect as a fighting machine is lay bare, he take no joy in fighting, ending battles in the quickest way possible, by any means necessary, and will kill thousands of people without any restrict if that his mission. The people who knew in life, and any Celtic warrior in general, are bewildered by this side of him. According to Medb, he always has this empty, bored, side of his personality along with the animalistic side that thirsts for battle and love, and that which side is summoned as a Servant is just a matter of chance.
- Darth Vader Clone: Ticks off some boxes. A dark version of the heroic Cu Chulainn who serves as The Dragon for Medb, has a black and red color scheme and whose presence shifts the story's tone for the worse.
- Defeat Means Friendship: In the final Singularity, Cu Alter makes it explicit after his defeat in America."It is only natural for the conquered to bow to the conqueror."
- Double Unlock: He can only be summoned from the story gacha after beating America.
- The Dragon: To Medb in the Prisma Illya crossover, as unlike in America she's just as often leading her troops from the front as he is and serves as her second-in-command.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To Medb in America, being the main warrior who goes out slaughtering the enemy and leading troops while she remains content to stay in Washington, D.C. and continuously create more, and he becomes the Dragon Ascendant after her death.
- Eldritch Abomination: Being directly hooked up to the Grail kind of makes this inevitable. With each ascension, he becomes more monstrous, and his Noble Phantasm transforms him into a spiny sea monster-like creature. Not to mention his final form that's unrelated to ascensions, when he becomes an ENORMOUS, MAGGOT-LIKE DEMON, WITH NUMEROUS BLOOD-RED EYES.
- Evil Makeover: Black and red color scheme, as with most other Alters.
- Evil Overlord: He became such a ruthless monster because he adopts how kings of his time ruled; by survival of the fittest, where lords everywhere competing for prestige and waging wars without regard of common people. Medb molded his summoning into what she thinks is a great king, while Cu took the only kind of ruler he can think of. The end result is a terrible combination of Social Darwinist and nihilism.
- Final Boss: In America, culminating with him channeling the Demon Pillar Halphas using the Grail inside him.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: This Cu's Berserker form doesn't quite match up with the hideous Eldritch Abomination described in myth, due to the fact that Medb's wish that brought him forth was for her ideal lover. Said wish altered him so badly he became a Berserker.
- Healing Factor: Being directly hooked up to the grail allows him to regenerate at an absolutely stupid rate, making fighting him head-on suicidal for most of the chapter. Despite his rapid healing however, Karna's dying Vasavi Shakti incinerates him so badly that he's still suffering from the after-effects days later, resulting in his downfall when you fight him at the end of the America chapter.
- The Heavy: Though Medb is the main villain of the chapter, he drives a large portion of the plot with his actions and is responsible for three-quarters of the deaths in chapter 5.
- Hero Killer: In the America chapter, he has almost killed Rama, killed Nero Bride, is responsible for the deaths of Geronimo and Billy the Kid, severly injured Scathach (as in he destroyed 90% of her organs) and killed Karna.
- Hulking Out: This incarnation of Cu is because of his Curruid Coinchen NP that is always active. The storm of Cu Chulainn's rage wraps around him like armor and temporarily takes form as the exoskeleton of the Curruid, the monster of the crimson sea, from which the demonic spear Gae Bolg was made—which you see happen in-game when he uses his NP. Wearing this offensive armor raises his END and also grants him EX rank STR, which is why usage of his NP buffs his ATK and DEF for one turn. He also can't use his thrown Gae Bolg NP while using this.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The end result of his Curruid Coinchen NP has him ram one of his giant claws into the target...which then sprouts into full-blown spears that punch clean out of the other side of the target in a spray of blood. According to what he says in America, using it on Scathach punched through 90% of her organs.
- In the Hood: Similarly to his Caster incarnation, he too wears a hood, though it's only connected to his cloak and he wears it for all stages of Ascension.
- Knight of Cerebus: Becomes this for America, as after an initial return to form of "getting the Grail, solving the Singularity" that Chaldea had followed until the finale of London shook things up, Cu goes out his way to rack up the body count amongst the party's allied Servants to heights that would become the norm for later Singularities.
- Lightning Bruiser:
- Stats-wise, he's stronger, tougher, and even faster than normal Cu, and in America, he steamrolls over nearly everyone he comes up against as he goes on a slaughter.
- Gameplay-wise, he has very high Attack (the highest among all Berserkers and the third-highest in the game after Jeanne Alter and Kingprotea) and carries the Berserker fighting advantage while also carrying over two of his Lancer self's best survival skills (a self-revival and a two-time dodge plus defense boost skill) while replacing the heal with a skill that lowers the enemy's attack and critical hit chance, all on reasonably low cooldowns as well. Combined with his Bond CE providing increased NP damage to an already powerful Buster NP and another Guts on the side, and he's considered one of the best Berserkers in-game to rival Heracles.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: While Cu's more heroic incarnations are drawn with Cute Little Fangs to highlight his canine nature, Berserker Alter instead sports a full row of shark teeth.
- One-Winged Angel: At the end of his battle, he transforms into the Demon Pillar Halphas, going from mostly human to utterly lacking an human features. Bonus points for going through all his ascensions beforehand.
- Sarcastic Devotee: To the protagonist. While bitter and dismissive towards his Master, Cu Alter is all but incapable of actual betrayal because he sees himself as a tool to be used rather than a person and doesn't actually have any desires or ambitions of his own.
- Sequential Boss: At the final battle in Washington D.C., after being beaten the first time, he goes through Ascension twice and has to be beaten for each stage, due to the Holy Grail equating the wish to "make him a better king" to mean "make him stronger". Then he summons Halphas with his own body as the base.
- Slasher Smile: His card artwork and sprite always has him with this expression.
- The Social Darwinist: Believes heavily in survival of the fittest which is why he's so violent in proving his superiority over others.
- Spikes of Villainy: Everywhere. His body, his new tail, even Gae Bolg itself finally deserves its name of Barbed Spear.
- The Stoic: Unlike his other incarnations, who are very much Hot-Blooded, Cu Alter barely shows any emotion in any situation that's not battle, and even then it's mostly just determination to slaughter anything in front of him with no real passion for the fight. Everyone else (including himself) points out this is not normal behavior in the slightest. The only time one could say he breaks this is when Halphas is defeated, upon which he belts out an Evil Laugh as he fades away.
- Super Empowering: He's even more powerful than he would normally be due to getting power from the Grail directly, ensuring a near limitless supply of mana.
- Villain Ball: His odd code of brutal ethics is tossed aside when he chooses to ambush and fatally wound Karna from behind while he is dueling with Arjuna because he thought it'd be funny to deny his ally the coveted rematch. He then abandons the thwarted prince, presumably to be slain by the protagonists, prompting Arjuna to (eventually) change sides and ultimately thwart Medb's dying attempt to kill everyone with the army of Demon Pillars.
- You Have Failed Me: Double Subverted. He'll forgive someone for failing him twice. The third time is when he deems that person weak and needs to go permanently.
- You Sexy Beast: Cu Alter was brought forth out of Medb's desire for an ideal man. Think about that for a moment.
ID: No. 55
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Origin: Persia (4th century BC)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: PFALZ
Voiced by: Kunihiko Yasui
A valorous king of ancient Persia and last king of the Achaemenid dynasty, he is the "rival" of the King of Conquerors, Iskandar, whom he faced in combat many times.
He appears as an antagonist in Rome, and also features briefly during the Fate/Zero crossover. His corrupted version briefly appears as a Rider in the First Order anime.
- Advertised Extra: He's touted as the game's iconic Berserker in the anime opening, but has little to do in the game's actual story, functioning as an antagonistic (and quickly vanquished) third party in Septem and acting as a Bonus Boss in the Fate/Zero event. The writing staff then promptly abandoned him and felt bad for doing so, enough that they decided to feature him heavily in another game.
- Bling of War: Gets more and more jewelry for every Ascension. In the first Christmas event, Santa Alter actually mistook him for a Christmas tree because of his bling.
- Blood Knight: His wish is for a rematch with Iskandar, though one between their armies rather than a personal duel. He gets it in his second Interlude, where his desire for a rematch with Iskandar is so strong it actually summons Iskandar to the battlefield after the fall of his younger self Alexander.
- Bonus Boss: He can be fought after clearing all missions in "Fate/Accel Zero Order".
- Cavalry of the Dead: The army of his Athanaton Ten Thousand is composed of nothing but ten thousand skeletal warriors, with even his War Elephant actually being a construct made out of those warriors.
- Contrasting Sequel Protagonist: Unlike the other Berserkers from previous canon entries in the series, Darius has a lavish and refined wardrobe, vibrantly ornate weaponry, a more even temper that makes him easier to control and work with (unless Iskander is brought up), skills based around tactical retreats rather than reckless assaults, and instead of calling forth a weapon or activating a dangerous fighting technique, his Noble Phantasm summons an army to do his fighting for him.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's scary, unintelligible, and is covered in green flames as he ascends in power, but he's otherwise friendly enough.
- Dual Wielding: Uses two weapons that seem to be some combination of a scepter and an axe.
- Evil Counterpart: Subverted. His concept was to essentially be a counterpart to Iskandar, with a sinister army of the dead in opposition to Iskandar's army and his purple and black coloration is meant to contrast Iskandar's heroic red. He doesn't really have villainous traits beyond a standard Berserker hatred of a specific person, and he's even able to reign that in.
- Expy: His appearance is based upon his ancestor Xerxes as portrayed in 300.
- Friend or Idol Decision: During his second Interlude, he has a chance to battle Iskander again but stops the fight once he realises that the energy he's expending is putting a dangerous drain on the protagonist's mana. He refuses all offers to resume and before he disappears, Iskander praises his old rival for his selfless restraint.
- Friendly War: In the Fate/Zero manga, Iskandar talks about Darius as if he was talking about a close friend, implying either this or a great mutual respect for one another.
- Heroic Willpower: Though he can't quite overturn his madness the same way Heracles can, he is commented upon to still be burning with an indomitable fighting spirit.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Fate/Zero and this game would have us believe that Darius is supposedly a Worthy Opponent to Iskandar/Alexander the Great. In reality, Darius has the sad reputation of losing the entire Persian Empire to Alexander primarily due to lack of experience and underestimating the latter's will and resources to conquer Asia, and was less a subject of Iskandar's admiration and more of his attempts at making him a trophy of his victory.
- Horns of Villainy: He gains sinister flaming horns with his third ascension. It's explained in the material book to be a riff on Iskandar's Persian nickname, "Twin-Horned King" and implies that he took it from Darius.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Combined with Good Thing You Can Heal, he has a Disengage skill (ranked A) on par with Siegfried's and surpassing Cu Chulainn's. In practice, it lets Darius retreat with ease and removes whatever curses or injuries he had sustained during the battle. Historically, Darius was known to retreat/flee away from Alexander's approach every time they fought (sometimes even before it became clear he lost, to his detriment), which served as basis for this skill.
- Large and in Charge: Towers over even his freaking huge rival Iskandar—and this while Iskandar is already riding his own massive horse. He's also one of the tallest characters in the entire game with the only Servants taller than him being Paul Bunyan, who is an actual giant, Ivan the Terrible, who is a titan made of ice, Kingprotea, who towers over everyone, and Summer BB, who has the "Super Giant" trait. The flames that come out of his weapons in his third Ascension form are bigger than a lot of Servants.
- Lightning Bruiser: Strength - A rank. Endurance - A+. Agility - B. Between his Disengage and his ability to ride on a giant undead war elephant made of skeletons, Darius is a berserker that emphasizes speed as much as raw power.
- Manchild: He comes across as this during the first Christmas event, being obsessed with getting presents from Santa. The letter Santa Altria Alter gets from him is even signed "Little Darius, Age 3".
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Unlike the majority of his fellow Berserkers, Darius' skills aren't based around Attack and Defense manipulation. Rather, his abilities and basic attacks are meant to help him activate his Noble Phantasm faster (which lowers both the Attack and Defense of all his enemies) while keeping him alive through heals and Battle Continuation. However, he only has one Arts card, making good team synergy a must even if Golden Rule is active.
- Necromancer: His Noble Phantasm can be used to rouse the bodies and souls of the dead into hyper-aggressive revenants. Unlike the soldiers summoned with Athanaton Ten Thousand, these ghouls are loyal to no one and will even attack Darius.
- Say My Name: ISKANDAR!
- Scary Black Man: His skin is literally black, and the scariness comes with the class.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story:
- He managed to piggyback on Flauros bringing Alexander to Septum through a Chain Summon (which is a crapshoot in itself as its likelier to bring along people who have nothing to do with you than your friends and rivals) in an effort to fight him again. However, he's defeated by the protagonists before he gets the chance and even if he had managed to reach Alexander, he wouldn't have been the version he fought (Iskander) back when they were both still alive.
- In his second Interlude, he finally gets his wish to clash with Iskandar, his rampage and desire for a rematch having been enough to force Iskandar to manifest after the defeat of his younger self Alexander, but not only does the forcible summon without a Grail actually weaken Iskandar, the protagonist collapses due to Darius burning too much mana during both the fight and the battles before it, cutting off a great deal of Darius's own strength as well. That said, Iskandar does admit it was a good fight, even if neither of them could bring their full potential to bear.
- Tattoo as Character Type: His body is covered in tattoos.
- Technicolor Fire: Lots of bright green fire around this guy.
- The Unsmile: Darius gives off unsettling grins even though he's one of the friendlier Servants despite his madness — he can't communicate, but he's loyal enough to even stop a clash with his greatest enemy for the sake of his master.
- War Elephants: Is able to summon one thanks to his Noble Phantasm, Athanaton Ten Thousand: Immortal Ten Thousand Soldiers.
- Worthless Treasure Twist: The Door of Babylon located in the Assyrian Queen Nitocris' tomb was said to lead to the fabled vault of that ancient kingdom and all the treasures therein. Believed to be cursed, none of Darius' predecessors dared open it, but he himself did so the moment he became king. There was nothing there. Only slightly miffed, Darius proceeded to make his empire even wealthier through shrewd politics, morphing it into an even more glorious form that Iskander couldn't resist trying to conquer.
- Worthy Opponent: Iskandar certainly remembers him as such, and the feeling's mutual. From his profile in material books, in life he was a kind man who desired to follow in Darius I's footsteps and be The Good King. But instead he took up arms and went to war, because even more than he wanted peace and quiet, he REALLY wanted to clash with Iskandar's will, and not go down as the guy who surrendered without a fight.
ID: No. 57
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Origin: Norway (9-10th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Yuuichiro Higashide
Illustrated by: Takao Aotsuki
Voiced by: Kunihiko Yasui
A Viking king who possesses a bloodied axe, hence his title of "Bloodaxe King". Eric is a king who ruled over Norway during the 9th Century. That being said, he only reigned as a king for little more than three years. After being driven out from the throne, he escaped to England and became a mere provincial feudal lord.
Nevertheless, what caused his nickname to become well-known was the brutality of massacring his siblings in order to ascend to the throne and the existence of the witch Guunhildr, who was rumored to have supported him.
During the story, he appears as a minor antagonist in Okeanos.
- An Axe to Grind: One that's apparently alive, and drinking the blood of whatever Eric kills.
- Blood Knight: He's a viking king and loves a good scrap.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: He killed his brothers to take the throne.
- Boring, but Practical: He fits this trope with emphasis on both words. Eric is notoriously forgettable as a character (see his character profile) with a fairly bland defensive skill set for a character who reasonably won't last very long anyway as a Berserker. However, his AoE Noble Phantasm packs a powerful punch, with an on-cast attack buff balanced out by minor self-damage. With his class, NP, and his two-star rarity sweet spot for stats, party cost and cheapness to obtain, he's frequently deployed as a disposable wave-clearer with NP gain support, often without any of his own skills leveled up.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Cain to the rest of his siblings, who he murdered in order to become king, as mentioned above.
- Carpet of Virility: Let's count how many other Servants have visible chest hair.
- Corpsing: His "mad" ramblings for blood and mayhem are underscored by Eric trying very hard not to laugh at what he's trying to say.
- Department of Redundancy Department: His character info (which, like everyone else's respective profile section, is posted as loading screen flavor with the character name cited at the top) reeks of this:Eric Bloodaxe: "The king of the Vikings who wields a bloody axe. This is Eric Bloodaxe, called "Bloodaxe King."
- Horny Vikings: Rather literally in his case.
- Hungry Weapon: The Half-Dead Bloodaxe requires periodical supply of blood since the creature it is made out if is still "alive" and would otherwise starve and die, thus making the weapon a shadow of itself.
- Living Weapon: His axe (which is apparently another Noble Phantasm of his), made from a magical beast he defeated. It still lives, sustaining itself by drinking the blood of Eric's enemies.
- Obfuscating Insanity: It's revealed in Solomon's Temple that he's not nearly as crazy as he pretends to be and is perfectly capable of speaking normally. He just typically plays up his Mad Enhancement to avoid interacting with people, lest he or they invoke his wife's wrath.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Subverted, as his main color scheme is indeed red and black, but he's not entirely villainous. Blood Knight yes, villain, no.
- Red Baron: His in-game name is one, his real name is Eirik Haraldsson.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Surprisingly enough, his wife is very protective and doting of him. Every once in a while she even uses her power to let him overcome the Mad Enhancement for a moment so he can honestly talk with his Master.
- Taking You with Me: His Noble Phantasm gives him an Attack buff with that increases with Overcharge before dealing heavy damage to all enemies, but it also drains his own HP with use ala Jing Ke. Use his NP at the least optimum moment and he'll go as bad as Arash.
- Unholy Matrimony: With his wife, Guunhildr. She encouraged his bloodlust by baiting people into him when he's most savage. Eric murdering his brothers was because of her influence. When Eric was summoned, Guunhildr still can speak through Eric because their bond is so strong. Guunhildr actually got offended by the summoning because it separates them in the afterlife and threatening his Master with a death curse. She only concedes because this Grail War is so world-threatening, and even then she seems to enjoy both torturing Eric's Master and feeding Eric with more battles.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He doesn't get anything but a shoulder guard to cover his top half.
ID: No. 97
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: England (19th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Ordernote
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Keitarou Takahashi
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
Nightingale is a woman with dedication, persistence, tenacity, and such conviction, she could be called a one-woman army as she never becomes disheartened in her pursuit of her goal and will say what she needs to say to anyone, even the British Monarch. Her nickname is "Little War Office".
With unsanitary conditions caused by a lack of understanding of medical treatment and nursing and many antiquated regulations, she reformed hellish wartime medical treatment. Although the mortality rate of the wartime clinic skyrocketed for a time, she continued her work and thoroughly enforced sanitary health and proper nursing, gathered materials by throwing away private funds with no regret, leading to success. She curbed a mortality rate that was close to 40% to a mere 5%.
The soldiers said, "I saw an angel".
She first appeared as "Mercedes" for the Prison Tower quests and then was a major ally in the America chapter, marking her playable debut. She also battles Cu Alter and Medb during the Moonlight/Lostroom OVA.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: "Mercedes" is a meek, quiet woman. Florence Nightingale is serious, hot-headed and hard-willed, to a point that the protagonist can't figure out if she's like that because of the Mad Enhancement or if it's just natural.
- Animation Bump: She receives a sprite and attack animation update in "Murasaki Shikibu and the 7 Cursed Books".
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Her Human Comprehension skill is an application of this, making use of her knowledge of human anatomy to deal greater damage and better defend herself against Humanoid enemies. Further showcased in the Prison Tower manga, where she realizes Avenger's body has dozens of old, improperly treated wounds from his stay in prison and specifically targets those areas.
- Balance Buff: While she is good for both healing and boosting the Busters of another Servant by a huge amount, she tends to be quite fragile without her defense boost, and her third skill was basically overshadowed by Merlin's. However her NP Rank Up makes her NP not only halve NP damage (at base overcharge) but also halve the enemies' Attack, which lets her reduce enemy damage to a wet noodle, making it extremely useful for Glass Cannon oriented teams. She also received a second Rank Up Quest upgrade to her first skill which provides debuff immunity up to 3 times, as well as immunity to instant death, which helps to further differentiate her supportive role from Merlin's.
- Berserk Button: Well, not that berserk since she already is, but she makes very clear to Rama that there is one thing she can not stand above all else: patients that give up and try to let themselves die."Incurable diseases may one day have a cure; that is why doctors and nurses continue squeezing their brains in search of knowledge. To cure even killing. To kill and kill and kill and kill every disease. Yet what's needed above all is the willpower of the patient. If the patient does not want to heal, it will be impossible to cure him no matter how many doctors there are. I will cure you. I will cure you so that you can move at will. I will cure you so that you can whisper your love to your wife. I will cure you so you can hold your sword once more. For that purpose, what's needed above all is for your body, your cells, to be determined to be healed. If you feel you are losing your willpower, you must cheer up. Otherwise, I will kill you."
- Braids of Action: Not on the same scale as Jeanne, hers is attached in a loop.
- Bridal Carry: Carries the injured Rama "like a princess" in America like this briefly, to Rama's embarrassment since it's how he always carried Sita. She then settles for throwing him into a sack on her back that she carries around.
- Combat Medic: Nothing gets in the way of her healing. She'll punch, shoot, or even Flash Kick her way to the field.
- Determinator: Her version of the Mad Enhancement manifests as a massive compulsion to go out and heal people, with complete disregard to her own being (hence her more and more injuried status in later ascension). Where and when doesn't matter: she actually leaves mid-conversation to go tend to the wounded a few times. It also results in rather silly moments like when she rushes to the battlefield to help the victims while still carrying the wounded Rama on her back.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She first appears in the Prison Tower event as your nurse. Dantes lampshades that the reason she is there is because of her future bond with the protagonist.
- Friend to All Living Things: And all dead things, too. She was loved by even the ghosts haunting Château d'If, who banded together to fight Dantes and the protagonist for her sake, since, it's implied, they are the spirits of the soldiers she cared for in life.
- Harmful Healing: Of the "I'll heal you even if I kill you!" sort. As long as there is someone to talk her down from her more extreme ideas before their needed, she shows why she's a Servant for just being a Nurse.
- Improbable Weapon User: After her animation update, she picks up a hospital bed and either throws or slams it at her enemies in her Extra Attack.
- Insane Troll Logic: She strongly believes in "I will heal you even if it kills you.".
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: When she appeared in the Prison Tower Event, she's completely forgotten who she was.
- Last-Name Basis: For whatever reason, Blavatsky is the only person to call her Florence.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Throughout America, she constantly charges right at the enemy when everyone else is trying to come up with a plan (usually with Rama screaming his head off at her to stop since he's being lugged along), forcing them to jump in after her.
- The Medic: Well, she is the most famous nurse in the world, so of course she's built like this. Her first skill heals an ally, and her NP heals all allies, making her a very niche support Berserker."I'll heal you even if it kills you!"
- Mundane Utility: When asked what she would do with the Grail, her answer was that she does need a bowl to wash her hands. Hygiene is important, you know. She does have a real wish (a world with no hospitals, where everyone would have free access to good health), but would rather work towards it than use a wishmaking machine to get there.
- Not Quite the Right Thing: Her ideas of treatment aren't always very helpful, but it's basically impossible to actually have a real conversation with her.
- Not So Above It All: Her Valentine's Day event. You start to talk to her, only for her to bull rush you on the importance of keeping and maintaining emergency first aid kid in your room. She says she has already taken the liberty of doing so for you. Her CE card of it shows the first aid kit....With a piece of chocolate amongst the supplies.
- Not So Stoic: After spending the entire chapter with an extremely professional attitude, in the last moments she admits, with an honest smile, what makes her truly happy: to shake hands with her patients when they are fully healed and ready to go home. You get the option to call it her unexpectedly cute side, which prompts her first and only complete loss of composure. Her max bond line is a bit of a lampshade on it, where she pleads you to never get hurt because worry and grief would make her lose her focus and be unable to help to the best of her ability.
- Not the Intended Use: One of her Buster attacks has her bring out a stick grenade, remove the pin, and smash the enemy with it. Her Quick attack from close range is also weaponized CPR.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Since neither you nor Dantes actually know who she is in the event where she's first introduced, they all just use the nickname Dantes refers to her by, Mercedes.
- Oxymoronic Being: She stands as the exact opposite of what her class usually stands for. Overwhelming focus instead of rampaging insanity, proud healer rather than brutal warrior. Her Nightingale Pledge is probably the most shining example of this: where most Berserker Noble Phantasms are expressions of madness and power, hers creates a zone of "absolute peace", where attacks stop in their tracks, swords are dull, guns jam, spells are cancelled and other NP's are sealed.
- Rapunzel Hair: To go with her injured look, she doesn't have the braid on her final ascension.
- Rare Guns: Wields a pepperbox revolver, an ancestor of the revolver that had multiple barrels instead of a cylinder. She uses it in her Quick Card and Extra attack animations.
- Reckless Gun Usage: She tends to use shots from her pistol like punctuation, which scares the crap out of everyone around her.
- Situational Sword: Her Human Comprehension skill boosts her Attack and Defense against Humanoid enemies for three turns. This is incredibly versatile since all Servants and a good deal of enemies (basically anything that even vaguely stands on two legs like a human) has this trait, and being a Berserker it gives her some much needed extra survivability combined with her high HP and healing, making her surprisingly quite tanky among her fellow Berserkers.
- Stop Worshipping Me: When learning of her "Angel of Mercy" nickname, she gets a laughing fit and finds the idea ridiculous.
- Square Race, Round Class:
- To her detriment, she's the first true "support Berserker" of the game. On paper, her high HP paired with low Attack, her healing and support skills, and NP together are the makings of the ideal support Servant...if she was a Caster or Ruler. Her problem is that as a Berserker, she has a hard time keeping herself alive long enough to make the most out of her skills, as she's very likely to be killed before their cooldowns finish, making her fairly tricky to use in sustained fights.
- Her second Interlude goes into the fact that she is more or less forced into the Berserker Class even if she doesn't fit it based on how she was in life and how it is mentally damaging her.
- Stone Wall: She boasts the highest HP out of all Berserkers, but her Attack is rather low for an SSR. She's still a Berserker however, so she can still deal considerably high damage.
- The Unfettered: There's nothing that can get between her and her healing. She doesn't hesitate to threaten her patients and allies at gunpoint if they're uncooperative, disregards her own injuries to heal her allies first, and beats enemies to pulp when they interrupt her. She's so single-minded, both her allies and her enemies are a little weird out by this. The Prison Tower manga one-shot suggests that she simply can't function if she doesn't tunnel-vision herself to achieve the singular aim of "saving lives" because of the sheer amount of bodies and horrific injuries she had to treat in the Crimea War.(dying) "Nononono! If I to fall here, who will then save people's lives?"
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: With her defensive weaknesses as a Berserker and unusual niche of a healing support Servant without hard defensive tools (instead a massive one-turn debuff on Noble Phantasm power against enemies), she requires a very specific fight to overcome a more generalist Caster support like Merlin. In the SE.RA.PH event versus the (optional) extremely difficult form of Beast III/R, the Devilish Bodhisattva, every aspect of Nightingale's skillset is useful and her weakness is neutralized. This boss's NP purges party buffs before inflicting damage, meaning that only defensive debuffs like Nightingale's can lower the damage taken, while parties must bring some form of healing to survive the onslaught of AoE damage while tearing down the boss's massive amount of HP. Beast III's unique class means that she does neutral damage to Berserkers (and takes neutral damage in return), increasing Nightingale's survivability while she can still do slow and steady damage against this Humanoid opponent. Since the original run of this event, Nightingale's two Balance Buffs hammer in her niche against this exact boss — Nurse of Steel will block three debuffs such as the boss's occasional Charm, while her upgraded NP adds a 50% ATK debuff to further decrease the damage your party would take from the boss's piercing NP.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Because the relatively dated medical technology of her time, there are disproportionately many instances where Nightingale's solution of terrible injuries is to remove the offending limbs or organs. Even after Dr. Roman had her updated with modern medical data, she still wants to turn Rama into a quadruple amputee because she rationalizes his imploded heart can't support him otherwise.
ID: No. 82
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Origin: Literature (Frankenstein)
First appearance: Fate/Apocrypha (as Berserker of Black)
Background development: Meteo Hoshizawa
Illustrated by: Takeshi Okazaki
Voiced by: Ai Nonaka
Frankenstein is the artificial human created by Victor Frankenstein appearing in Mary Shelley's novel. As she was never given her own name, she is referred to by his. She was the result of two years of work on a patchwork of lifeless flesh that was given life, his obsession to create an ideal human. He saw his creation as a repulsive monster, quickly disassembling her in terror and leaving it all behind. She still lived even in pieces, and was able to reconnect and repair herself. She doggedly pursued him to Switzerland, a chase built on both hatred and admiration for the person whom she looked upon as a father.
She's in the London chapter as an ally as the real individual trying to find out who murdered Dr. Frankenstein.
- Adam and Eve Plot: Dr. Frankenstein always intended to create an "Adam" and an "Eve" in his attempt to create the Original Human race, but the project stopped before the "Adam" was created because he found "Eve" to be a disturbing failure.
- Animal Motifs: She's compared to a large dog that doesn't quite trust people. She even growls and snarls when feeling angry or aggressive, though otherwise she's quiet and keeps to herself. As a Saber she's still the same big dog, but is more trusting and more capable of speaking easily, so she's less on guard against everyone.
- Artificial Human: She was a person built by Victor Frankenstein as part of his project to create the ideal human. However, she does not identify as a homunculusnote and parts of her body appear to be mechanical, so it's not quite clear what she is. Avicebron, a golem master, thinks Victor Frankenstein was both a genius for having come so close to perfection in their shared goal of creating a perfect human and a fool for then not realizing what he had managed to create and casting her aside.
- Badass Adorable: On top of her design, which is far from monstrous, she has some cute little habits like following after her Master to turn off the lights.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Her fondness for Babbage stems from the fact that he was the only known person to have treated her with any kindness in her life.
- Berserk Button: Played for Laughs. She hates wasting electricity, and the reason she shows up in "Garden of Order" is because she walked in on Tesla wasting so much electricity so casually (which caused a temporary blackout in Chaldea) that she has a mental breakdown and decides she's gonna start wasting electricity without a care too.
- Death-or-Glory Attack: Her Noble Phantasm, Blasted Tree: The Lightning Tree of Crucifixion, will kill her if she uses it at full power. If she holds back, she can instead just throw lightning around. Powerful, but not particularly impressive. In gameplay, she seems to be firing at a middle ground between the extremes and fires enough to be dangerous, stunning her after using it and the turn afterward, but not quite enough to kill her.
- Difficult, but Awesome: Fran is consistently compared to fellow Quick AoE 4-star Berserker Lancelot, but is even less straightforward to use due to her Noble Phantasm's self-stun, making her generally unfavorable. Generally, she trades Lancelot's critical-based buffs for one-turn burst damage on two of her skills — with both of them active, she does competitive NP damage with single target Berserkers against a single target and high AoE damage, but her self-stun tends to offset this negatively. Wail of the Living Dead has an incredibly inconsistent 60% stun chance, but more importantly has a 30% defense debuff (mechanically, a 30% attack buff against a single target). Overload sports another 30% buff to her Noble Phantasm, but inflicts 1500 Burn damage over five turns. Galvanism gives her good NP generation with high uptime (3 turn duration on a 5 turn duration), but in the first place her Noble Phantasm is hard to spam and as a Berserker she has low hit counts and generation stats. With the release of Scathach-Skadi and her Quick buff, it's proven that like Lancelot, Frakenstein can loop her NP consecutively and is valuable as a farming Servant, but she requires very specific tools to work around the Stun debuff unlike other Skadi partners.
- Drop the Hammer: Her weapon, the Bridal Chest. It's actually a lightning-based Perpetual Motion Machine powering her, but it doesn't stop her from clubbing people with it.
- Energy Being: Of sorts. Dr. Frankenstein theorized that her will is not located in her brain but rather embedded in the lightning that gave her life and runs through her body.
- Flawed Prototype: Victor Frankenstein considers her a failure, but while she isn't 'perfect' like he wanted she's actually far more intelligent and rational than he believed. The implication is that if he were a bit less of a bastard then everything would have been fine because she was pretty much exactly what he wanted.
- Gender Flip: In the novel, the Monster is a "he". The discrepancy is due to the novel being loosely based on her in universe. She wasn't intended to be the final product of the experiments either but simply an intermediate step to producing the true perfect human that Victor Frankenstein desired.
- Hidden Eyes: Most of the time hidden under her bangs.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: While the Creature wasn't unsympathetic in the original novel, he did willingly kill Victor's younger brother (framing the family servant so she could die), wife, and friend who were completely innocent solely to torment his creator. In essence, the Creature became just as spiteful, self-pitying, and even more loathsome as his creator which he doesn't realize until Victor's death. However, Fran's backstory allows her to be much more sympathetic and shifts even more of the blame to Victor.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Her wish is to have a companion like herself, which is something Victor Frankenstein refused to make for her. She's wary of humans and also rejects homunculi, so she's generally not interested in getting along with either of them. However, her interlude shows that she's grown to trust the protagonist and accepts them as her comrade, even dropping her normal refusal to speak more than she absolutely has to. Her final ascension and bond five line also have her get out rather halting confessions.
- In-Series Nickname: She doesn't really have a name beyond "Frankenstein's Monster", so the Grand Order cast just calls her Fran. In her interlude, Victor Frankenstein is annoyed that she's recorded as a heroic spirit despite having no true name and merely being referred to using "his".
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Mash and Mordred seem to be able to understand her grunts and mumbles about as clearly as if she were speaking with actual words (which she can do, but generally prefers not to).
- Kid with the Leash: According to "Garden of Order", she actually has some influence on Lu Bu due to reminding him of his daughter.
- Mismatched Eyes: Blue on the left, gold on the right.
- Morality Pet: A lot of Servants end up feeling really protective of her, often evil or violent ones. Lu Bu and Archer of Shinjuku in particular view her as being like their daughter and do anything they can to fulfill her wishes.
- Odd Friendship
- Fran and Mordred get along well, contrasting their relationship as enemies in Fate/Apocrypha. That said, it likely helps that Fran has no memories of that time (as during London she's the real one without any memories of Apocrypha) and Mordred seems at least slightly regretful about it all.
- While she doesn't much like Tesla due to his wasting electricity, summer 2017 shows she does seem to loosely associate herself with him and Edison. She also gets along well with Lu Bu and Archer of Shinjuku. Really, her only normal friendships are probably with Mash and Babbage.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In her Interlude, before the second fight with her more talkative little sister Eve, she finally gets fed up with her and Victor Frankenstein's crap and begins speaking in full, coherent sentences, though admittedly in a slightly awkward manner. The doctor and Eve are stunned to see that she's not mindless or incapable of speech, but that it just tires her out to speak normally. She apparently decides it's worth it to keep up the effort and continues speaking to the protagonist until the end, having seemingly grown quite loyal to them.
- Sadly Mythtaken: In-universe example. Not only is the "Monster" a woman but Victor Frankenstein's goal had always been to produce a couple, rather than having to be blackmailed into it by the Monster. He was turned off on the idea by his first creation not living up to his expectations, though.
- Screaming Warrior: While most Berserkers are in some way, her high-pitched voice due to being the initial token female of them (not counting the mostly non-crazed Kiyohime and Tamamo Cat) makes it even more noticeable. Her outright screaming during combat appeared to bother the players, however, so it was toned down to something more resembling growling. She does still scream in normal story dialogue, though.
- Shock and Awe: Has Galvanism as personal skill, and her Noble Phantasm is lightning-themed, as per her origins.
- Smarter Than You Look: She normally just mumbles and screams due to being a Berserker, but her internal monologue appears to be outright eloquent, she can shut down Victor Frankenstein hard with just a few sentence, she's one of the few racers in Summer 2017 to realize Ishtar is up to something and she can even play Archer of Shinjuku like a fiddle by appealing to him as a cute daughter type character.
- The Speechless: Normally, she just mumbles, groans and occasionally screams. However, she actually is capable of speaking almost normally, but simply chooses not to because speech is tiring for her and because she doesn't fully trust humans. Mash, and later Mordred, seem to be able to understand her intentions well, however, and at the conclusion of her interlude she decides the protagonist is worth the effort.
- Statuesque Stunner: Stands at 172cm just like fellow stunner Medusa.
- Truer to the Text: An absolutely bizarre example. While the gender is wrong, Frankenstein's Monster was originally supposed to be a beautiful artificial human whose only real flaw was its set of Uncanny Valley eyes. And even the Gender Flip can itself be a Mythology Gag in its own right, since, given that she's in a wedding dress, it's pretty clear she's the Bride of Frankenstein having swapped roles with her intended mate.
ID: No. 47
Alignment: Chaotic Madness
Origin: Greece (Classical Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/stay night
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Azusa
Voiced by: Tadahisa Saizen
One of the great heroes from Greek mythology. A demigod hero born from the union between the chief god Zeus and a human girl. Many adventures unfolded from his discord with the goddess Hera, and this superhuman overcame them all. In legends, Heracles went mad on countless occasions, but originally he was an excellent warrior who mastered all kinds of weapons.
Heracles is a hero who was given twelve penances and overcame all of them. It was doubtful whether an average hero could handle even one of those penances or not, and thanks to this achievement, after his death Heracles was added to the seat of gods as a constellation. The true power of God Hand, which has given shape to these anecdotes, is automatic resurrection after dying. The stock of resurrections amounts to 11 times. In other words, this means Heracles would not be annihilated unless he is defeated 12 times, but apparently he does not have access to it with Chaldea.
He's an antagonist in Okeanos. He returns in Agartha as a major antagonist, his Saint Graph heavily modified by Scheherazade to bring out even more power and christened as "Megaros".
- The Ace: He can fulfill the role of any of the seven Classes except Caster. Despite the Berserker class being arguably his weakest class, he's still a Nigh Invulnerable Lightning Bruiser who's better at dealing with the effects of his mad state than most heroes would be. Again, he's friggin Heracles.
- Animation Bump: His animations and sprites were updated with the release of Agartha.
- Anti-Villain: In Okeanos, it's indicated he somehow knows what sacrificing Euryale to the Ark of the Covenant would do and is trying to prevent it. It's just that since his method of doing so is killing her first, you have to fight him anyway.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Even though he was incredibly skilled with every weapon during his life, the Berserker class has made his mind give into madness so he can only swing the giant sword around. It works disgustingly well, and his natural instinct in the form of his Eye of the Mind still functions through the cloud of madness in his mind.
- An Axe to Grind: From Stage 3 and onwards, Heracles ditches the axe-sword made by the Einzberns for a golden, circular-bladed axe. He wields an even bigger version of it as "Megaros".
- Back from the Dead:
- As an enemy, he gets God Hand for his exhibition match in "The Return of Nero Fest." That means you have to kill him 12 times. Good luck.
- Then there's his "Megaros" form's God Hand, which restores 50% HP after every single Guts. Don't expect to make it out with just a few cuts/Servants going down.
- As a playable character, his Castle of Snow Bond CE gives him three Guts on top of the one he already has as a skill, simulating the effect of God Hand.
- Barbarian Hero: Starts to resemble this much more at Stage 3 where he gains hide bracers, red tattoos, an enormous golden axe, and a lion-shaped medallion on his chest.
- BFS: His axe-sword.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: He has black sclera and pupil-less glowing red irises.
- Bonus Boss: His shadow counterpart in Fuyuki, who carries a whopping 209,000 HP.
- The Brute: Of Jason's team in Okeanos and Scheherazade's in Agartha.
- Chained by Fashion: In his later stages. His upgraded "form" as "Megaros" goes even further with it.
- Discard and Draw:
- He no longer has the God Hand: Twelve Labors Noble Phantasm at his disposal - but he instead has the Nine Lives: The Shooting Hundred Heads attack, which is otherwise sealed due to a lack of motor skills, in its place.
- However, in the story, Heracles does have God Hand active and uses it to become a Recurring Boss. In Okeanos, Hektor takes one of his lives in order to kill Asterios, who was using Heracles as a Human Shield; some time after that, David, Eurayle, Atalante, Artemis and Orion and Drake use their NPs to launch an attack. Then, he returns to attack the player and is defeated four more times in a row, not showing any signs of relenting after each death. It's only when David tricks him into touching The Ark of the Covenant that Heracles is finally put down for good.
- It can also be partially averted with the playable Heracles as well. His max bond CE Castle of Snow gives him three passive uses of Guts in addition to the base skill he already has that gives it. This ends up simulating God Hand in action.
- Does Not Like Shoes: He's barefoot. Given his Archer Fate/strange fake counterpart wears shoes, this is likely because his insanity stops him from caring about such things.
- Empty Shell: "Megaros" is a mindless tool incapable of even thinking. Even getting the protagonist's posterior landing on his face doesn't make him budge.
- Friend to All Children: In his first interlude, he ignores a little girl who's in his way to attack enemies around her. Dr. Roman claims that his Mad Enhancement is not at optimum peak that he still has his consciousness, but his second interlude has the protagonist chants the aria of Mad Enhancement to give him a power boost. He still doesn't attack the protagonist and Mash, who are also cornered in a cave with him, showing that he has far more restraint than the Chaldea staff had thought he had. Knowing his history from the Fifth Fuyuki Grail War, it isn't surprising in hindsight.
- Hidden Depths: If the player has Cheiron, he reveals Heracles has still some of his intellect remaining despite his Mad Enhancement. He is still bothered about Cheiron's demise from Hydra's poison, which Cheiron tells him to not carry his burden anymore. When Cheiron is asked for his dislikes (snakes and poison), he advises you to not tell Heracles about it.
- Hulking Out: According to Nasu, much of his grotesqueness is due to the effects of Mad Enhancement; without it, he'd still be just as huge, albeit with softer muscles, facial features and no elbow spikes.
- Implacable Man: Both times he appears as an antagonist, he has God Hand active and subsequently turns into a Sequential Boss. Both times he's outnumbered by his enemies, fighting on multiple fronts, receives an unholy amount of punishment, thrown into the sea only to swim out again, and is ultimately only beaten by divine interventions.
- Word of God has stated that Heracles could make the most effective use of his Noble Phantasms if he was in the Archer class, but he was designated to the hand-to-hand, in-your-face Berserker class.
- His role in the Okeanos chapter, where he is a legendary, top-class hero, trying to defeat the main team's Berserker and take his little girl for nefarious purposes. In other words, he's replaying his own death from Fate/stay night except with himself in the role of Gilgamesh (while Asterios and Euryale take his and Illya's place). There's even a few indications that the irony is not entirely lost on him, even in his state, but it's difficult to be sure.
- Lightning Bruiser:
- Despite his hulking size that towers a good meter above the average human, he completely avoids the Mighty Glacier trope and displays both speed, strength and toughness greatly superior to any other Servant. It is not for nothing he is considered one of the most powerful Heroic Spirits period even when summoned in what might be his weakest Class.
- Additionally, despite the Berserker class making him a hell of a lot squishier than he is in other media and in lore, pretty much all of his skills are devoted to keeping him alive note and toughing out damage - this is what makes him so tremendously popular as a playable character.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His third-step Buster attack is a roar so loud it damages the enemy.
- Master of All:
- Was this in life, being talented in whatever form of combat he put his mind to. As a result, he qualifies to be summoned as any class other than Caster. He is particularly suited for the Archer and Saber classes. In the former, he gets to utilize the full extent of his cunning (and, as shown by his Fate/strange fake counterpart, his many Noble Phantasms). In the latter, he can fully utilize his "glorious, exquisite" swordsmanship that's comparable to Sasaki Kojiro's and was most suited for the use of Nine Lives. And yes, that means the hulking 300 kg demigod can qualify for Assassin.
- In gameplay, Heracles is considered one of the strongest overall Servants due to his balanced skillset. Not only is he durable with two forms of hard survival (an Evade and two sources of Guts counting his Bond CE) and has high damage against most enemies as a Berserker with an attack buff, he also has surprisingly good base NP gain (comparable to most non-Berserkers, while retaining a Berserker's high NP gain when damaged) and can be employed in critical-based teams thanks to his critical damage buff (if he ever gets stars with his low base absorption). Heracles fits into almost every team, besides the most specialized card-based ones, while being a strong solo character thanks to Guts.
- Mythology Gag: During his first Interlude, the protagonist has two options to command him. One of them is "Get them! Berserker!" which is Illya's usual command on him back in Fate/stay night.
- Odd Friendship: He genuinely considers Jason a friend because he's one of the only people Herakles ever met who treated him not like a raging madman or a demigod but as just another human.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: His hair significantly gets wavier and thicker by Stage 3. And then there's his nigh-living mass of black hair with red streaks when he is turned into "Megaros" by Scheherazade.
- Power Tattoo: Gains red ones along his body by Stage 3—somewhat like Leonidas. That being said, this is an inversion, considering that after all, the Spartans claim descent from Heracles himself. "Megaros" has even more of them, though some of them look less like tattoos and more like bloody scars.
- Resurrective Immortality: Heracles would normally have this through God Hand, which gives him an extra eleven lives and prevents the same attack that killed him from working on him again. While summoned by the protagonist, God Hand is deactivated, but he still has his Battle Continuation to rely upon as well as his Bond Craft Essence, which will revive him with 500 HP three times before he finally falls.
- Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: In his final Ascension art, he's glaring at the camera as he lunges forward with one hand as if to strangle the viewer.
- Sequential Boss: The penultimate main quest of Okeanos has you fight him four times, pursuing him across what seems to be an entire island in between each fight. It's not until you corner him in a labyrinth that you put him down for good.
- Simple, yet Awesome: Heracles' skillset is very easy to use. Use Bravery when you're going on the attack, Eye of the Mind (False) to dodge Noble Phantasms, and Battle Continuation to survive after he's exhausted all other options. This has made him a fan favorite for all levels of content because he can deal boatloads of damage while remaining difficult to put down (by Berserker standards).
- Skill Gate Characters: Heracles's status as a Starter Mon makes him this. He's straightforward and easy to use skill set, his Bond Craft Essance and his stats still make him one of the best 4* Servants and one of the best Berserkers in the game. The difference between him and EMIYA is that Heracles has not received any Rank Up Quests nor upgrades from Interludes since the game's launch, yet neither has the Power Creep caught up to him nor has he become stronger since launch. By contrast, EMIYA needed two Rank Up Quests and an NP upgrade via Interlude to become one of the best Starter Servants alongside Heracles.
- Starter Mon: In addition to Mash, Heracles is one of the ten available 4* Servants that can be summoned from the Starter Summon. Among the ten, Heracles and Tamamo Cat are the two 4* Berserkers.
- Super Strength: Heracles shows exactly why stats should never be used as Power Levels by easily pushing back Asterios, who dwarfs his own A+ Strength at A++ with an A-ranked Monstrous Strength that raises it to even higher levels in a pinch, even while Herc's attention was fully towards Euryale, his actual target. On the other hand, it's easily explainable by him being fuckin' Heracles.
- Superior Successor: What the highly-modified Megaros was made to be by Scheherazade in comparison to the normal Heracles. Physically he's even bigger than old Herc with an even bigger axe and showier bling for armor. He's also stronger, more durable, and even has a higher level of Divinity. Also, he has his own version of God Hand that restores his health to 50% per death.
- When He Smiles: At the end of his second Interlude, he gives a friendly grin to the protagonist, which shocks both Mash and Roman since presumably his Mad Enhancement should prevent him from performing such a feat.
ID: No. 161
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Origin: Japan (19th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Yuuki Yogo
Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino
The vice-chief of The Shinsengumi, a public order organization active at the center of Bakumatsu era, a violent time preceding the transition of Japan's feudal shogun rule to a more contemporary government. He imposes absolute discipline with his troops, the demonic vice-chief feared by regimental troops. Casting aside his blue haori, putting on western clothing and taking up a gun, he is a samurai who continues on fighting for his sincerity throughout the era.
He debuted as the limited Servant of "GUDAGUDA Meiji Revival", leading the Shinsengumi faction.
- Badass Baritone: He's got the deep, commanding voice you'd expect from a man of his position.
- Badass Boast: Perhaps the only character in the game who can go from loudly expressing boundless concern for his subjects while attacking like an out-of-control dump truck on steroids, to nonchalantly stating that he's Too Kinky to Torture while challenging Carmilla to compare their skill in making people scream (and then flirting with her to boot!). Quite clearly a man of wealth and taste.
- Badass Cape: Short mantle variant.
- Berserk Button: Anything that insults the Shinsengumi will send him into a rage. But the only things that enrage him more are the insinuation that the time of the Shinsengumi is over or that he doesn't represent their will.Hijikata: *upon hearing the protagonist state that Okita's Shinsengumi is with Chaldea, not him* Well, well... You've got guts, newbie. Or rather, *Protagonist*! You stand here, before ME, the Vice Commander of the Shinsengumi, Hijikata Toshizo...and you DARE to tell ME where the Shinsengumi is!?
- The Berserker: Where most Berserkers are mad or battle-happy at all times, his rage only manifests in battle. Outside of a fight, he is stoic and an excellent strategist. In a fight, it won't take long before he starts screaming in fury and earning the title of "demon" all over again. Case in point.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being a shameless womanizer who enjoys swimsuit peeking and casually snips military funds to buy his favorite food, he's still a feared demon of a lieutenant commander even among the peerless swordsmen that are his squadmates. All of them look up to him and fear him equally.
- Colonel Badass: Upholding strictly absolute discipline and inhuman fighting skills within The Shinsengumi.
- Combat Pragmatist. Samurai purists may hate firearms, but Hijikata is an infamously pragmatic military leader and it's safe to assume he's fired more than a few times in his line of work. While his fellow Shinsengumi Servant Okita is purely swordsman, he has no qualms of using firearms if it's necessary.
- Critical Hit Class: He's a crit-buster Berserker, with an interesting twist: his entire skillset ensures he increases his low base star weight to hit skyhigh numbers while critting hard at the price of some health, and making sure debuffs don't get in the way of his ridiculous damage while also topping up his health.
- Desperation Attack: His Noble Phantasm, Shinsengumi: Undying Integrity, becomes stronger the lower his HP is, just like Anne & Mary. His third skill, Law of the Shinsengumi EX, helps make it more powerful by giving him a critical attack buff that also scales with how low his HP goes and also lowers his health.
- Difficult, but Awesome: Players who have been using him for a long time now can probably agree that there's a hidden perk to Hijikata: he's really, really fun. He's extremely risky to use because — on top of being a Berserker — he has a skill that heals him and a skill that harms him, which makes balance control of his HP important to the point of being somewhat tricky. However, his damage potential far outclasses that of most Servants if used correctly. At lower HP levels, his crits and NP hit for six-digit numbers and he has team-wide Buster and stargen up, not to mention his NP gain is above average among Berserkers. During the Onigashima event, Hijikata could do about 7 million damage and one-shot Ushi-Gozen during her highest-level raid quest, thanks to all the event bonuses being stacked. And even outside of that, coaxing over 600k damage out of his Noble Phantasm alone isn't unusual with a bit of strategy.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Let's just say the nickname of "Demon" was originally given to him by his own side. He was a notoriously strict commander and instructor.
- Evil Wears Black: While not evil per se, he is much more ruthless than most of his comrades, and his Shinsengumi haori is black, grey and tattered in contrast to Okita's traditional blue and white uniform.
- Final Boss: Of "GUDAGUDA Meiji Revival" as he refuses to accept the Shinsengumi is gone and wishes to restore them.
- Glass Cannon: The poster boy of this trope in the class that already exemplifies it. As his NP damage increases as his HP depletes and a buff that also scales with HP depletion, this encourages players to set him up to take the hits to unleash his devastating damage. By the time it gets in the red, he's either a one-man killing machine or dead by the next turn.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Usually a sign that his Mad Enhancement is kicking in hard.
- Has a Type: He seems to have a thing for busty women like Musashi, Carmilla, Medusa and Lancer Altria.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Even in real life, he acted excessively cold and strict in belief that it was needed to maintain discipline among the ranks of the Shinsengumi. He's still going, though Okita would rather have him be honest with himself.
- Historical Beauty Update: Not that he actually needs it; the real-life Hijikata Toshizo was said to be a very handsome man. But it's interestingly averted here, considering the usual standards employed for The Shinsengumi. Beyond the more stylized hair, outfit and weaponry, Hijikata almost looks like he stepped out of his official surviving picture from the Japanese National Diet Library◊.
- Hunk: It's not immediately noticeable due to his uniform, but as seen in his stage 3 art, Hijikata has exquisitely rippling muscles.
- I Am the Noun: He is the Shinsengumi. And wherever he is will be the Shinsengumi. It's actually Played for Drama: it's not just a Badass Boast, but a man's refusal to admit that the Shinsengumi ultimately lost, died out, and everything he stood for is long gone. At the end of "Meiji Revival", it even drives him to fight Okita, who heartbrokenly realizes he's too far gone to reason with in returning Chacha. One of his lines (a battle victory line, no less) has him on the verge of crying while proclaming that no, nothing is over yet."The flag of fidelity... is undying! Slash! Advance! Slash! Advance! I am the! SHIN! SEN! GUMI!!!!"
- Lady Killer: Just like in real life. In My Room, he changes his opinions on Musashi being a woman, citing her "niten ichi" (her bosom), and sneaks a compliment to Carmilla, which is separate from his interest in her infamous torture techniques. He even hits on Medusa in Guda Guda Order.
- Large Ham: No doubt about it.
- Master Swordsman: While Okita is the more talented swordsman compared to him, it is Hijikata who divised the Shinsengumi's core kenjutsu style used by its members. Okita's real-life sword technique and in-game Noble Phantasm, Mumyuo Sandanzuki, is explicitly said to be derived from Hijikata's own invention, the Hirazuki, and the same is also commonly said of Saito Hajime's famous "left-handed thrust".
- The Musketeer: Carries his katana, a rifle and a revolver. He mostly fires the rifle with one hand since the other is usually too full of katana.
- Not So Above It All: Clearly, despite being the most hardcore of disciplinarians in an organization of ruthless Knight Templar types, he didn't see anything wrong in appropriating the group's finances for his favorite takuan (as seen below)—which is technically corruption by any definition.Hijikata: I buy it by the barrel.
- Odd Friendship: With Okita. Okita goes along like liquid sunshine. Hijikata plods like a hulking beast doped up on bitter acid.
- Ornamental Weapon: Besides his sword and rifle, he also carries a revolver. However, he only use it in battle in one Quick attack.
- Pistol-Whipping: While he mostly slashes his enemies with sword in close range, he occasionally uses his rifle to strike the enemy with if not firing it in point-blank range.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: During his Noble Phantasm: "THIS IS!! SHIN! SEN! GUMIIII!!!"
- Rated M for Manly: Boy howdy. Have you seen his fighting style, let alone his Noble Phantasm? He runs towards his target at the speed of a bullet train to hit them with two heavy sword slashes before firing a point-blank Wave Motion Gun with a freaking rifle. That is cool.
- Really Gets Around: His philandering ways were apparently infamous among his troops, or at least his closest subordinates.Okita: Love affairs? Well, I can't say I'm familiar with something like that. Hijikata-san, however, seemed to enjoy them. Actually, maybe way too much.
- Red Baron: "Demon of the Battlefield" or "Berserker of the Bakumatsu".
- Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: His pose of choice by Stage 4, as seen here.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Began dressing according to more western customs during the Boshin War, which is also when he started carrying a revolver. His third ascension goes back to a more traditional Japanese look.
- Situational Sword: While his NP doesn't have a SE modifier attached, it does have a conditional effect to raise the damage. Namely, the lower his HP, the more bonus damage he gets. Under ideal circumstances this actually gives him the hardest hitting self buffed single target NP in the game.note
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: It's difficult to detect at first blush, but by the end of Meiji Revival he's showing rancorous sorrow and despair over the fact that everything he and his comrades fought for in life was just kind of swept under the rug with the changing times.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Built like a brick house and stands at full 6'2'', with messy black hair and dark clothes.
- Torture Technician: Most of it is hearsay and maybe impossible to verify, fueled by the intense fear the royalists had of the Shinsengumi back in the day, but Hijikata was said to be an ever-present figure in prisoner interrogations during the Bakumatsu and he apparently was quite good at making even the toughest retainers of the Shogunate talk. One of the most famous stories about him was about how he drove huge nails into a man's feet and poured hot wax into the open wounds, which allowed him to get the captive to divulge the secret meeting place of the royalists, following which the Shinsengumi mobilized and killed or arrested most of the anti-Shogunate ronins while they were all in the same place.
- Trademark Favorite Food: It's takuan, a kind of pickled radish. He spent most of their limited military budget on several barrels of them. Okita herself is kind of sick of eating it.
- Undying Loyalty: The likely source of his Mad Enhancement, to Knight Templar levels. Despite history and Japan moving on, he will continue to fight to honor the Shinsengumi and the Shogunate, consequences be damned.note . Okita precisely has to snap him out of it during the Meiji Revival event.
- Weak, but Skilled: His base stats are unimpressive, but that's irrelevant when his NP damage is drastically more influenced by his HP amount than NP and Overcharge levels, and, above all, he's a crit-type Berserker with a good hit count and all-around-useful active skills. From Raikou we know how powerful crit-type Zerkers can be, and from Mysterious Heroine X (Alter) we know that BBAQQ Zerk NP gain is viable. Unlike Mysterious Heroine X Alter, however, Hijikata's Noble Phantasm makes him one of the most effective boss killers in the entire game. In ease of use he's nowhere near the game-breaking simplicity of Cu Alter or Kintoki, but he's easily the best Servant for players who really like a high-risk, high-reward all-out combat unit. A Hijikata with NP at level 1, a red HP bar, and put at end of a NP chain is going to hit like a nuke, regardless. Also, do the math, and with some testing you'll find out his damage with a Demonic Bodhisattva Craft Essence is even greater than with the more risky Black Holy Grail, while also making it easier to fire off his NP.
ID: No. 116
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Japan (8th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Hidari
Voiced by: Nao Touyama
One of the oni and subordinate of Shuten-douji who carried out atrocities in the Heian period and the imperial capital. Though in reality, she was not Shuten-douji's subordinate and was probably the ringleader of Mt. Ooe's oni.
She fought Watanabe Tsuna of the Big Four during the oni extermination of Mt. Ooe. The sole survivor of this campaign, she again attacked Watanabe Tsuna and ended up having her arm cut off. Said arm was temporarily snatched away as a spoil of war, Ibaraki-douji later retrieved it and disappeared.
She first appeared as the raid boss of the Rashoumon event and became a playable Servant for the Onigashima event. She later shows up as a supporting character in the second Halloween event. In the main story, she plays a minor role in Babylonia.
- Abusive Parents: Her FGO Material V entry notes her mother's training would be seen by an outside observer as close to harassment.
- Arson, Murder, and Admiration: While she hates the likes of Kintoki and Raikou and wants to kill them, she's pretty in control about it and just wants them dead. However, when it comes to Watanabe no Tsuna, it's a bit different. She has a mindless shriek of rage, hate and death curses for him and then pauses and says she'd actually like to talk to him once or twice as well. Interestingly, this is the reaction that Shuten thinks makes her finally like a proper oni.
- Bad with the Bone: Her sword isn't made out of steel, but out of oni bones that have been tempered through hundreds of days of fighting.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Tries acting like a big scary oni, but is rather inept. Her event ends with her being laughed off for not having the guts to be really evil. There's two things working against her. One, she actually behaves more like a wild animal than an oni. So she might eat you even if you're nice to her, but she doesn't particularly enjoy the act of slaughter itself. Second, she's practically a well bred rich girl as far as oni go and had certain attitudes drilled into her by her mother.
- Bonus Boss: She can be fought after beating Babylonia in a free quest.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: According to Shuten, she can only handle two bottles of sake. If she were human, that would be impressive, but by oni standards, she's a lightweight.
- Desperately Craves Affection: Her fear of being disrespected or deceived is the main barrier to this. Once overcome, the only times she's antagonistic is when she's going along with Shuten's schemes.
- Detachment Combat: After retrieving her right arm back, she can detach it and freely manipulate it. Her Noble Phantasm has her launching it and then crushing the foe in her grasp.
- Determinator: The reason that she keeps showing up as a gate guardian in the event when she is defeated by the protagonist for each story section she appears in? This is because of her Disengage skill.
- Does Not Like Shoes: She just has foot wraps.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: Beheaded by Raikou offscreen near the climax of Onigashima.
- Dynamic Difficulty: During her raid, one can choose 3 options. 1 battle point is "Playing with the Oni", 2 battle points is "Exorcising the Oni", and 3 battle points is "Slaying the Oni". The first has 300 thousand HP at level 62, the second has 1 million HP at level 80, and the third has 6 million HP at level 95. The rerun adds another option for 2 battle points, "Bullying the Oni", which has 3 million HP at level 80.
- Evil Laugh: Tries it out during the Rashomon event, before finally admitting that it's more fitting for someone like Shuten instead of herself.
- Gender Flip: From male to female. It should be noted that even in Japanese legend, her gender was unclear and in some variations of the legend, she was Shuten-douji's wife.
- Giant Hands of Doom: As a raid boss she's accompanied by two. The legendary Ibaraki-douji had one of his/her arms cut off by the famous samurai Watanabe no Tsuna and went to great length to get it back, hence her association with floating hands.
- Glacier Waif: Despite her very petite frame as well as being a member of a Glass Cannon class, she has fairly impressive survivability for a Berserker, complete with a debuff cleanse/heal.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She's not as much of a drunk as Shuten, but as an oni she still has great fondness for alcohol. She even invites the protagonist to go drinking with her and the other oni at bond five.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Ibaraki abandons Uruk and humanity during the seventh singularity to ostensibly form her own bandit tribe, but, according to Nasu, she was actually preventing Humbaba from joining the war against Babylon.
- Horned Humanoid: As one of the oni, she has horns.
- Hypocritical Humor: When the protagonist tells her about a magical neverending supply of macarons, she gets excited until he tells her that he was just teasing her. She immediately calls him an oni/demon.
- I'm a Humanitarian: She is a man-eater, as per her legends. However, like Shuten, she doesn't hate humans or anything even though she sees them as a food supply. As such, she still opposes the destruction of the human order.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When Gilgamesh gets serious about defending his treasury in her interlude, she instantly uses her disengage skill to flee with the protagonist.
- Lightning Bruiser: As a playable Servant, she defies traditional Berserker Glass Cannon convention with her third skill, which grants up to a 60% defense buff for one turn, followed by two turns remaining of the scaling defense buff (up to 30%), on a five turn cooldown at max rank. She's a very capable solo-boss-killer with okay star and Noble Phantasm generation, high damage on both her cards and NP, and the ability to outright tank some of the weaker enemy Noble Phantasms with that high defense buff and certain Craft Essences even without a traditional Evade or Invulnerability buff.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Really heavily implied. In her "My Room" dialogue, she says that what she likes is Shuten-douji and expresses utmost desire to see her again. To hammer this home, she lacks any sort of true romantic dialogues with the Protagonist (aside from just inviting him to go drink with her and the other Oni's on Mt Oe in her Bond 5 line) or any other Servants, for that matter.
- Literal-Minded: She will take anything said to her at face value and has no concept of metaphor or most jokes.
- Mercy Kill: She puts down the ghost of Tomoe Gozen in her interlude before heading off to Uruk to rob the treasury. Which is good for her because if she hadn't, Gil's ghost would have killed her right there.
- Not Me This Time: She was the boss of the last Japanese event but despite being found this time on an island full of onis she's not related to what's going on on Onigashima.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: One of Nasu's posts implies that Ibaraki actually spent her time in Babylonia stopping a resurrected Humbaba from attacking Uruk.
- One-Woman Army: As the first Raid Boss, it should be noted that it took multiple attempts from everybody just to wear her down.
- Only Sane Man: It was revealed in an interview that her character concept was the only sane person in the Demon World, making her stand out amongst others like Raikou and Shuten.
- Playing with Fire: Her AoE attack as a raid boss is launching a huge barrage of fire at the party. Her NP, Rashomon Dai Engi, is also wreathed with fire.
- Promoted to Playable: Was initially just a raid boss, and then appeared as a playable Servant.
- Rocket Punch: Her Noble Phantasm has her charging fire on her fist and then shooting a massive hand at her enemy. Kintoki even calls it just that.
- Sarcasm-Blind: She's completely unable to tell when the protagonist is making fun of her or giving sarcastic compliments.
- Sweet Tooth: In the second Halloween Event, Robin gets her to stay with the party and motivate her to pull her weight by bribing her with chocolate. Her interlude reveals that she considers sweets to be precious treasures and she puts strict limits on herself so she can ration them out.
- Victory by Endurance: You're not beating her during the Raid, you're just getting her tired. Surviving 15 rounds is the same in accomplishing this as driving her HP to zero.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Her Disengage power gives her the ability to leave quickly from a fight. During her interlude, using it launched her (and Ritsuka and Mash) into the upper atmosphere to escape Gilgamesh.
- Was Once a Man: Suggested by Benienma. She can sense a similar scent to herself with Ibaraki-douji, and since she herself was a human once, it would mean Ibaraki was also a human previously.
- Those Two Guys: Genderswap version. She's almost always seen with Shuten-douji.
- Undying Loyalty: To Shuten-douji.
ID: No. 219
Alignment: Chaotic Summer
Origin: France (15th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order (as Ruler/Avenger)
Illustrated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto
The Dragon Witch returns with a wicked summer look. Having been freed from the curse of the Avenger Class, Jeanne (Alter) has turned her attention to more important matters: winning the annual ServaFes Artist Alley contest and showing a certain popular goody-two-shoes who the coolest, baddest and most awesome-ist summer Servant in Chaldea is. She has all the hottest tourist spots extensively researched and bookmarked in her handy pocket guidebook; not that she's excited about being in Hawaii or anything.
She debuted as the free Servant in the 2018 Servant Summer Festival event in Japan.
- Adorkable: She wants to be cool and badass and comprehensively superior to that dumb porpoise-loving saint whose manga keeps winning ServaFes. She wants it so badly. Sadly for her, though, she's never been quite as much of a "desperate little sister" as she is now... and it shows in pretty much everything she does.
- Chekhov's Skill: The Da Vinci and the Seven Counterfeit Heroic Spirits event revealed that Jeanne Alter is a talented artist, being able to produce almost picture-perfect recreations of Da Vinci's work out of sheer passion and enthusiasm. Come Summer 2018, she puts that talent to use in creating doujin manga.
- Chuunibyou: Her character gimmick is that she's pretty much chuunibyou personified. Using German (despite being nominally French) because it's "cool"? Check. Using katana despite being nominally French? Check. Having three swords despite using two of them in all of one command card? Check. Fashionable Asymmetry because it's cool? Check. Extremely overdone lines upon defeat in battle and swearing to come back next time? Ooooh, check.
- Circling Birdies: The first part of her Extra attack (a merciless Groin Attack) staggers the opponent hard enough that stars circle their head, complete with the appropriate sound effects.
- Crazy Sane: Like a lot of other Mad Enhancement EX Servants, her madness takes the form of a trifecta of obsessions: manga creation, being as totally cool as possible at all times, and related to those two, outdoing that stupid overrated saint who everyone loves. So long as she at least thinks these three needs are being met, though, she's surprisingly easy to get along with and even respects other people's needs to rest or enjoy other things (in a manner not too dissimilar to Mordred); she doesn't even have the communication issues other EX Berserkers like Vlad, Kiyohime or Nightingale have. She is also still terrible at emotional honesty (and will threaten to kill and/or burn people at the drop of a hat over it), but it's unclear if that's due to Mad Enhancement or due to innate Jeanne Alter-ness.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: She's... trying for it, at least, with one leg wearing a long thigh-high stocking and the other leg bare save for a garterbelt for her third sword. And then there's her jacket, with one sleeve being longer than the other (and the long sleeve being on the opposite side of her body from the stocking). Whether it looks fashionable or otherwise is perhaps an opinion best kept to oneself.
- Finger Gun: One of the animations for her Buster attacks as well as her Extra attack have her charge up energy into her finger and fire it at the opponent.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: In her Avenger version's profile in the Fate/Grand Order Material III, it was said that because of her Oblivion Correction Class Skill, she would never forget her hatred, even if she know that there are more wonderful things out in the world than revenge. By becoming an Berserker, she has lost that skill in exchange for Mad Enchantment EX, which only triggers when in regards to things detailed in Crazy Sane, meaning that she can wholeheartedly enjoy summer without her hatred diminishing her fun.
- Glass Cannon: Even moreso then her Avenger version. Her HP is around the 9900s while her ATK is very nearly 10300; she's in a dead heat with Passionlip and Fujino for sixth-highest 4* ATK rating. Her second skill increases her ATK with an added burn effect and a third to increase her Buster cards with a demerit of losing 1000 hp. Her first skill does a good job at mitigating this to some degree (it allows her to dodge one hit a turn for three turns), but once that skill is down, she can easily get blown to smithereens out of nowhere.
- Good Feels Good: She's surprised at how much she's enjoying things now that she doesn't have the Avenger haze of eternal hatred.
- Gratuitous German: In an attempt to make herself seem cooler, Jeanne Alter uses German in some of her lines. Also, her first skill and Noble Phantasm are named in German.
- Groin Attack: Jeanne's extra attack has her kicking her opponent in the private area.
- Idiot Hair: Her ahoge has gotten even bigger and more prominent with the coming of summer. And it's Jeanne Alter, so, natch.
- Insane Troll Logic: In her birthday line, she claims her Master's birthday will be also her birthday so she doesn't have to give a gift and tells the Master to rejoice for having the same birthday as her.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Well, she's still the Dragon Witch after all. She summons dragons made out of dark flame for her Noble Phantasm.
- Katanas Are Just Better: She loves 'em so much, she carries around three of them. Despite having two hands.
- Lets See You Do Better: Part of her motivation is to one-up a doujin she was reading because though she did admit it was decent, she thought she could write a much better story.
- Lighter and Softer: Very obvious puns aside, the previews for "ServaFes 2018" tended to lean on this. In all the preview images, she's genuinely smiling (if trying to look as "cool" as possible while doing so), and the TV commercial had her give her first completely unguarded blush in history. And in the event and game itself, she's still very much lost her hardest edges in favor of having her Adorkable traits turned Up to Eleven, partially as a result of losing the Avenger skill and thus not having her mind clouded by a haze of endless revenge; instead, her Mad Enhancement just takes the form of a (major) obsession with creating manga and wanting to outdo "that dumb saint". Archer Jeanne herself even outright says at one point during the ServaFes event that Alter feels like she's "lost her hardest edges" in this form.
- Named Weapons: Her katanas are named『Seventy Two Flashes of Arahabaki』 and『Myriad Rending Great Ebony Poison Dragon (Black Mamba)』. She named them herself (naturally) and quietly wonders at one point during the event if maybe she should've picked shorter names.
- Pet the Dog: Though her usual idiosyncrasies are intact, such as her urge to outdo Jeanne and Altria Alter, she's oddly affectionate with Jeanne Alter Santa Lily.
- Ship Tease: Notable even beyond general examples; her event is loaded with tease between her and the Master (though she always furiously denies it afterwards). In one particularly memorable scene, she's trying to wake up the sleeping Master and eventually playfully resorts to pinching their nose to wake them up. This still doesn't work and the Master sleepily rolls away, at which point Alter, with a grin, climbs onto the bed to chase them down and pinch them again... at which point Osakabe-hime returns to the room with Nitocris and Agartha Caster in tow. After the longest of pauses and a Medjed-sheet-stare-for-the-centuries...
- Stable Time Loop: Oh, her event is centered around one, but that's not what this entry is about. It turns out that the manga that inspired her isn't one made by OG Jeanne and her circle. It's Alter's own manga, somehow recovered out of time by Nyarlathotep-BB and placed as bait to ensure that Alter pushes the Master into going to ServaFes in a way that will get them involved in doujin creation and in a position where they'll be encouraged to forget about their mission (with the aid of Nyarlathotep's eldritch powers affecting the signularity). Alter was sufficiently affected by said power by the end that she didn't realize she was creating her own inspiration until BB is defeated and she recovers her own dog-eared copy of the original. At this point, Alter almost implodes from embarrassment and commands the Master to Never Speak Of This Again. And presumably, the manga you guys made (even though the ending is a bit different) will be booted into the past to ensure everything happens.
- Too Many Belts: Given that she has three scabbards to keep at her hip, she dips into this territory by default. She's got a belt with a hooped belt extension at her waist for her first two swords, and a garterbelt (with an enormous buckle) on her left leg for sword #3. And then there's the straps on her sandals and her top, which share an aesthetic with her waist-belt, making them look like belts too.
Jeanne: Alter, Alter! Gracious, as a sister, I just can't ignore this sharp attitude you keep showing! I mean, I know what this is - this is what you call being 'tsundere', right? ...Eh? That concept's already outdated, you say? D-don't you mean it's still cool?!
- Explicitly called out as such by Archer Jeanne in Jeanne's My Room lines. Alter furiously denies it off-camera.
- Teach is also impressed with her tsundere-ness in the early parts of the "ServaFes" event, calling Alter "a rare, old-school, all-tsun no-dere". Alter is perhaps even more annoyed with this assessment.
- It's even a damned gameplay mechanic. Servants gain bond levels at varying rates depending on their personalities. Someone inclined to like you (like fellow circle member Ushiwakamaru) will gain bond levels quickly, only requiring ~15,000 points to reach 5. More taciturn characters may require 25-30k total. Jeanne Alter here requires 6,000 for her first level, a staggering twenty-four thousand points for her second bond level, fifteen thousand (or as much as Ushi requires total) for her third... and then, on quietly deciding she actually likes you, requires a measly 2,500 points each for levels 4 and 5. Needless to say, her lines for these levels are absolutely dripping with the trope.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: Even after her debut event's over, this version of her will still be running around in a swimsuit. She tells you to not use her in winter though.
ID: No. 56
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Literature (The Legend of Anchin and Kiyohime)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Yuuichiro Higashide
Illustrated by: BLACK
Voiced by: Risa Taneda
A figure from the Legend of Anchin and Kiyohime. One day, a handsome visiting priest named Anchin fell in love with the beautiful Kiyohime, but after a time he overcame his passions and refrained from further meetings. Kiyohime became furious at the sudden change of heart and pursued him in rage. The priest and Kiyohime met at the edge of the Hidaka river, where the priest asked a boatman to help him to cross the river, but told him not to let her cross with his boat. When Kiyohime saw that Anchin was escaping her, she jumped into the river and started to swim after him. While swimming in the torrent of the Hidaka river, she transformed into a large serpent or dragon because of her rage.
She's an ally during the France chapter and the first Halloween event, "The Adventure of Singing Pumpkin Castle." She returns as a minor antagonist in the second Halloween event, "Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins." She also appears in Shimosa as a living person (before going berserk) and appears in the Moonlight/Lostroom OVA.
- Abhorrent Admirer: The protagonist doesn't mind humoring her delusion that they're Anchin and also married and so on to an extent, but doesn't reciprocate and outright runs in fear from her during the second Halloween event.
- Affectionate Nickname: Tamamo, Osakabe-hime, and Astolfo address her as "Kiyohi".
- Animal Motifs: While she's technically a dragon, she's more often associated with snakes.
- Animation Bump: She receives an animation update that puts more emphasis on her Playing with Fire abilities.
- Ascended Extra: Tamamo listed her as one of her many pen pals in Fate/EXTRA and now appears in this game as a Servant.
- Ax-Crazy: Underneath her demure exterior lies some serious issues.
- Balance Buff: She's had two Rank-Up Quests since her release to keep up with Powercreep.
- Her first Rank-Up added her third skill, Flame-Colored Kiss, which adds an up-to 30% Buster buff and cleanses her own debuffs. This greatly buffed her short-term farming ability with clearing a wave of enemies with her Noble Phantasm.
- Her second Rank-Up buffed her Morph skill to Shapeshift (Fire Dragon). The defensive buff of Morph is buffed to a maximum of 30% from 24%, and she now inflicts a unique debuff that increases the burn chance and burn damage that all enemies take for five turns by up to 100%. This gives her a unique Gradual Grinder niche with Burn teams coupled with her own NP's incredibly long 10 turns of Burn. As a bonus, Shapeshift has 100% uptime on its Burn debuff at max level, where it only has a five turn cooldown.
- Baleful Polymorph: She has the Shapeshifting skill and her Noble Phantasm is turning into a dragon made of flames.
- Berserk Button: Lying to her. If her master does even after she told them not to, she's liable to take away their command seals by any means necessary.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As a servant, she's highly devoted to her Master and has polite mannerisms to fit into the "perfect wife" character archetype. However, should her Master lie to her or betray her, she will flat out kill her Master with utter rage.
- Beyond the Impossible: It's noted in-universe that, unlike other servants that have draconic traits like Siegfried or Elisabeth, Kiyohime is for some reason capable of transforming and using dragon based power despite the fact that she has no connection to dragons and there are no records of her having the blood of the Dragons mixed in.
- At the end of the final Orleans mission, she assures the protagonist that she'll follow them wherever they go. After completing the singularity, she shows up during the Halloween event to help. Even the confines of time and space can't keep Kiyohime from getting to her beloved. She's just that persistent.
- Bi the Way: During the Halloween event, Kiyohime decides that the player character is her husband, gender be damned. When Mash questions the accuracy of the term, Roman simply replies that the word is technically gender-neutral in Japanese before cheerfully wishing you happiness with your new and dangerously unhinged wife.
- Breakout Character: She was the only ally for the first Halloween event because of how popular she was, and later received a Lancer version with a higher rarity.
- Breath Weapon: Her animation update shows she can actually breathe flames.
- Combat Hand Fan: She mostly uses it to direct her flames.
- Damned by Faint Praise: Her profile gets into this a little. It describes how she brutally murdered the first person she fell in love with and is extremely likely to do the same to her master should they not be careful around her, but aside from that she's great wife material.
- Disproportionate Retribution: How she became a Servant. Anchin stood her up, so she hunted him down and burned him to death. She also makes it clear that if you lie to her at all (or for that matter say something truthful that clashes with her delusions) she'll maim or murder you without a qualm.
- Dual Boss: Alongside Elisabeth Bathory in Orleans. In Shimosa, she's fought with Tamamo-no-Mae, then Katou Danzou, and lastly Mochizuki Chiyome.
- Foreshadowing: Tamamo-no-Mae mentioned in an offhand remark that Kiyohime was a "friend of hers" in Fate EXTRA.
- Fragile Speedster: Her only stats higher than E are her Agility and Noble Phantasm.
- Girly Run: In the F/GO arcade game.
- Gradual Grinder: Besides her primary use as a simple wave-clearing farmer, she has a unique niche as a Burn damage enabler with her upgraded Shapeshift skill doubling burn damage.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Of the Orleans chapter and the first Halloween event.
- Herd-Hitting Attack: Her Noble Phantasm hits multiple foes which also burns them and has a chance to stun. Unfortunately, her base attack is relatively low for a Berserker, even when factoring grails and her third skill into the equation, making her role limited to farming (since she does have a decent NP gain despite a typical Berserker set).
- Hidden Buxom: Her Lancer form shows that she's actually fairly busty under that kimono.
- Horned Humanoid: She has draconic horns in all of her ascensions.
- Hypocritical Humor: During her interlude, she and the protagonist encounter a lamia, which Kiyohime finds ugly on account of it being a snake woman. It takes her a few moments to remember that she is also technically a snake woman, at which point she tries to correct herself by specifying that the ugly part of the lamia is its nature as a monster.
- Ignored Epiphany: During her interlude, she encounters a shadow servant version of herself who calls her out on murdering Anchin and that she's really a hideous serpent who will kill her Master eventually. Kiyohime's weak attempts to say otherwise while distressed seem to indicate on some deeper level she does fear and/or even understand this about herself. However, when the protagonist defends her to the shadow servant Kiyohime rejects the shadow entirely, calling it a lying imposter.
- Incendiary Exponent: Her Noble Phantasm turns her into a dragon and shoots flame that damages all existing enemies.note This is further invoked in her Stage 3 artwork, where embers float around her, her fan is opened to reveal a flame-and-snake design, and her eyes' irises seems to be burning as well.
- Incompatible Orientation: If what Nasu has written on his blog is true, the reason Kiyohime and Anchin never worked was due to him being gay and incapable of returning her affection as a result.
- Loving a Shadow: According to Tamamo, this is Kiyohime's recurring problem. When she falls for someone, she quickly dreams up a fantasy of how their lives together will go despite barely even knowing the person. When reality inevitably fails to match her fantasy, she lashes out violently.
- Kimono Is Traditional: Albeit a rather skimpy one.
- Madness Mantra: An entire block of her profile is about her "hatehatehatehatehate" towards Anchin for betraying her.
- Never My Fault: She feels this way towards Anchin. In her interlude she indicates her murdering him was his fault due to his lying to her and running away. Even after the protagonist's prompting gets her to admit that she came on too strong, she still turns that back around and blames Anchin for not communicating that.
- One-Note Cook: Benienma's criticism of her cooking. Being able to fry stuff is all well and good, but there's more to home cooking than just that.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Her Shapeshifting skill and Noble Phantasm turn her into a low ranking, serpentine Eastern dragon.
- Playing with Fire: Her normal attacks and her Noble Phantasm, Tenshin Kasyou Zanmai, which sends a dragon-shaped blast of fire to burn the enemy. Her Animation Bump puts more emphasis on this, showing her create pillars of fire, multiple balls of fire to throw at the enemy, a flamethrower wave of flame from her fan, a fire Breath Weapon, cloaking herself in fire to charge the enemy, while her Noble Phantasm shows her turning into the blue-flamed serpentine dragon that attacks her enemies.
- Power at a Price: Her Stalking skill raises an opponent's attack power and lowers their defenses, turning them into a Glass Cannon that Kiyohime can better shatter as a result.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: She gains fiery red eyes in her third ascension art.(Upon ascending) I seem to have ended up looking like a dragon.
- Replacement Goldfish: Her madness is that she believes her master to be the reincarnation of Anchin.
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: Does this to herself in her interlude. When attacked by dragons, she laments, "What have I done to deserve this?" ... and immediately comes up with a number of possibilities.
- Scaled Up: The actual effect of her Noble Phantasm, transforming her momentarily into an actual dragon.
- Stalker with a Crush: Seems to be implied by her legend as well as one of her Personal Skills, Stalking. The only reason she shows up to help you for the Halloween event is most definitely not this, and she isn't going to try to eliminate the competition for your love on the way there.
- Supreme Chef: She makes several chocolates for everyone during "Chocolate Lady's Commotion" and Emiya mentioned that they were quite good.
- Technicolor Fire: Her flames can be orange or blue, depending on how high their temperature is.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Her profile outright states that as long as you didn't lie to her, she is a fine bride with a good disposition and skillful in cooking.
- Yandere: Holy crap, she's up there with Brynhild. In her backstory, she chased after Anchin, the man who rejected her and burned him to death in a rage, which is what qualifies her as a Berserker. As a Servant, she's utterly devoted to the protagonist and is convinced they're her husband, regardless of how they might feel about the issue. Oh, and she makes it clear that should the protagonist betray her trust or lie to her, she'll do some pretty nasty things to them, like make them swallow one-thousand needles.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light blue hair.
- Younger Than They Look: According to the Oshiete FGO! manga, she met Anchin when she was around 12 years old and killed him sometime after, meaning that the Servant version of her should be around the same age assuming she drowned herself after going to the bottom of the river after killing Anchin. Yet she looks at least like a young adult.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She has one with her kneesocks and short kimono.
ID: No. 48
Alignment: Lawful Madness
Origin: England (Arthurian Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/Zero
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Hirokazu Koyama
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu
Sir Lancelot, also known as the Knight of the Lake, is the person serving as a negative symbol of the Arthurian legend. Having lost his parents as a child, he was raised by the fairy of the lake Nimue and thus gained the alias "Knight of the Lake". Upon reaching adulthood, he crossed over to the Isle of Britain and, after meeting with King Arthur, joined the Knights of the Round Table. It has been said that none could compare to his valor and chivalric mentality. For him to surrender himself to his feelings towards Queen Guinevere was an inevitable outcome for his chivalry.
If his treachery towards the king had been promptly met with ruin, he would probably have been saved. However, because his valor was peerless, this situation brought about the worst possible outcome. The tenacity of a knight who fell in the depths of regret despite being bathed by too much honors; especially due the feelings of love and hate pointed towards the King and the Queen that can never be answered, he continues to be imprisoned by eternal madness. The black knight continues to fight, seeking the sole meeting that might appease his agony.
He's an antagonist in Orleans and an ally-turned-enemy in the Fate/Zero crossover event.
- Art Evolution: A stealth one at that: at the 6th day of the rerun of "Fate/Accel Zero Order", without any announcement (compared to Iskandar's announced animation updates), his sprite graphics and Noble Phantasm get a major overhaul. Apart from his normal attacks directly referencing his iconic offensives in Fate/Zero, Knight of Owner is finally updated to involve not only a more photorealistic M61 Vulcan—but more importantly the jet plane he hijacked it from joining him in the assault.
- Battle Aura: His "For Someone's Glory" Noble Phantasm should allow him to transform himself as anyone he wishes, but due to it being inhibited by his Mad Enhancement it manifests as a smoky black aura that obscures his body and prevents others from gauging his abilities. In an inversion of the other aspects of this trope, however, it's only present at Stage 1.note
- Berserk Button: Unintentional pun notwithstanding, he gets more enraged than usual when he lays his eyes on Altria. This manifests itself as him going out of his way to target her or servants that look like her (such as Joan/Jeanne in Orleans) in combat. In-game, this also applies even to Mordred—but then again Altria's fall and death at Camlann was caused by her, denying him his death wish of being killed by Altria for his treason. This happens in game too. Lancelot will single out anyone with the Saber-face trait and attack them relentlessly, mistaking them for Altria.
- BFS: Arondight remains as one, and has become as menacing and twisted in contrast to its Saber configuration.
- Birds of a Feather: To Altria, especially in Fate/Zero. Heroic Self-Deprecation? Check. Easily turned into a Superpowered Evil Side by something relatively minor? Check. Holy Sword? Check. Too righteous a person for their own good? Check. Won the Superpower Lottery? Check.
- Black Knight: Not only is his armor completely black, but its very appearance seems to warp and twist.
- Black Swords Are Better: His sword Arondight is rendered black to match his madness.
- Combat Tentacles: He sprouts tassels behind his armor and on his helmet, which becomes really noticeable and menacing by Stage 3 and 4.
- Critical Hit Class: His Eternal Arms Mastery skill skyrockets his Critical Star absorption for three turns, letting even his low base Star weight as Berserker suck up all the Stars he needs from allies. His second skill, Protection of the Spirits, increases his Critical Star generation by up to 30%. His third skill, Mana Reversal, raises his critical damage by up to 50% for three turns. However, unlike his Saber form, his low base Star Generation stat and poor hit counts doesn't let him make Critical Stars himself without using his NP, which can consistently create over thirty Stars against a full wave of enemies with Protection of the Spirits, but charges notoriously slowly even for a Berserker.
- Dark Is Evil: In clear contrast to his Saber version, his armor, appearance and demeanor scream "hellish wraith". Played with, however, in that all things considered, much of Lancelot's perceived "evil" is his own self-image and self-loathing, further intensified by the Madness Enhancement he is saddled with as a Berserker. As a playable Servant, he retains most of his noble demeanor, and is trusted to go on a simple picnic with the protagonist and Mash without being too boisterous.
- Death from Above: The updated animations for Knight of Owner involve not only him unleashing the Vulcan Gatling cannon, but the jet plane he's riding on unleashing its payload of missiles beforehand.
- Difficult, but Awesome: Lancelot is a rare Critical Hit Class Berserker with numerous weaknesses: low defense (and no defensive features at all), low base Star absorption (counteracted by Eternal Arms Mastery), and poor base Critical Star and NP generation exacerbated by launch-era low hit counts on his cards (somewhat counteracted by his other skills). As a trade-off, he has wide class advantage as a Berserker and he does massive critical hit damage against single targets and strong AoE damage with his Noble Phantasm, which spawns numerous Stars as the lead-up to a devastating card-based attack. His NP also provides particularly high NP refund (~30%) on a full wave of enemies if players can cast one in the first place with one of the lowest base NP generation stats in the entire game. Using support Servants or Command Seals to recharge his NP and/or using Scathach-Skadi support to buff his NP to the point where it refunds fully after every wave will let Lancelot continuously buff his ATK with his NP's small 3-turn ATK buff and annihilate a single target at the end with crits, making him both a reliable farming tool and a solid pick for challenge quests where strong AoE damage is needed — the problem, then, is getting these support tools to carry Lancelot out of NP generation hell and start the cycle of using a NP before unleashing critical hits.
- The Faceless: His helmet hides his face in all four stages. It's Played for Laughs in his interlude which revolves around Dr. Roman trying to take it off and see what he looks like...and when he finally does, his face is still obscured because his For Someone's Glory skill is still activated and they can't get a good look at it.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: His main Noble Phantasm throughout all his stages is Knight of Owner, supposedly to be locked away when he finally manifests Arondight—which he does come Stage 3. Presumably Knight of Owner is retained because a medieval knight firing an airplane's chaingun is way more awesome than another Sword Beam or Death of a Thousand Cuts.note
- The Gunslinger: Thanks to Kirei's influence back in Zero. Despite guns being deadly weapons that rendered most other weapons obsolete, Servants aren't affected by them. As spirits, they can only be hurt by magically based attacks. However, Lancelot's Knight of Owner allows him to turn any weapon he wields into a Noble Phantasm and use it effectively. Kirei exploited this by giving him several machine guns, turning what was a medieval knight into a deadly marksman. Lancelot's animation update has him now using these guns in his attacks.
- Hidden Depths: It's rare, but even in his one track minded Berserker form, Lancelot can show traces of his pre-madness self. Apart from his second Interlude where he indulges Dr. Roman's wish without much resistance, and a line acknowledging his Master's birthday, the real kicker is when he's given chocolate during Valentine's. It takes a moment to sink in, but Lancelot seems to think the chocolate is good, so he goes to get his return gift (a sword) and earnestly thank his Master (in French, no less), while also giving them a thumbs up after the fact. Having a Nice Guy Master like the protagonist probably helps in this aspect.
- Improbable Weapon User: Due to his ability to turn anything he touches into a Noble Phantasm, he can end up here on occasion. During his first stage, he wields a street lamp effectively as a staff. As far as servants go, his Noble Phantasm being a chaingun definitely qualifies. During his Interlude, he blocks an enemy attack with a pair of chopsticks and then spends the rest of it beating them to death with logs (the party was near a forest) so many times Mash comments that he sounds almost sick of it.
- Ineffectual Loner: In Orleans, Sanson and Carmilla abandon him when he refuses to disengage from his battle with Jeanne because of her resemblance with Altria. He then attempts to fight four (Mash, Marie, Mozart, and Jeanne) Servants at once and is quickly vanquished, failing to defeat or meaningfully harm any of his opponents.
- Master Swordsman: His Eternal Arms Mastership skill allows him to maintain his sword skills even as a Berserker. In-game, this is represented by his ability to generate stars and greatly increase his critical weight, which presumably represents weapon skill, while still swinging around three Buster cards. After his animation update one of his Buster animations is even updated to be a darkness-tainted version of his Saber form's Arondight Overload, sound effects and all.
- More Dakka: His Noble Phantasm is a chaingun, manifested by Knight of Owner. It basically delivers the Chunky Salsa Rule to all existing opponents at the time. The NP animation update ups it to him riding on his jet from Fate/Zero and firing its missiles before adding on the chaingun for the finisher. His updated animations themselves have him pulling out sub-machine guns and a rifle to riddle the opposition with bullets for extra bullet-spray.
- Multi-Melee Master: At least lore-wise, his Eternal Arms Mastership skill combined with his Noble Phantasm Knight of Owner allows him to wield anything as a weapon proficiently, from swords and firearms to lamp posts, logs and even chopsticks.
- The Musketeer: His animation update has him use an SMG and a sniper rifle alongside his pole/sword, with his Extra attack having him dual-wielding the guns.
- Mythology Gag: Many of his weapons are a direct reference to what he used during the events of Fate/Zero.
- His default weapon (stage 1-2) is a street lamp pole empowered by Knight of Owner like he used against Altria during their first clash.
- The guns he pulls out with his animation update are the very same ones he uses against Altria during their final battle.
- His chain gun NP is the remnants of his jet plane after dueling Gilgamesh in an aerial battle. With his NP animation update, it becomes the actual jet with him ripping the chain gun out to fire it himself.
- Offing the Offspring: His attempt to murder Mash to get at Jeanne is revealed to have been a case of this as she is currently acting as a vessel for his son, Galahad.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: As a Berserker, whatever items he uses his Eternal Arms Mastery on become blackened with smoke trailing off and bloody-red lines criss-crossing them, and he's definitely far more insane than his usual self. With his updated animations, he even performs a version of Arondight: Overload that's corrupted with black-and-red energy rather than his Saber self's blue.
- Red Baron: Knight of the Lake.
- Say My Name:
- The only word you'll ever get out of him in battle is "AAAAARR-THUUUUUURRRR!"
- When you ask him about the Grail in My Room, he rasps out his son's name.
- Simple Staff: In battle he uses a metal pole, part of a lamp post, empowered by his Noble Phantasm, Knight of Owner. Later patches allows him to swap this for Arondight by Stage 3.
- Spell Blade: After his animation update, Berserker Lancelot performs Arondight: Overload as his second Buster attack animation. Unlike in Fate/Extella Link, Fate/Grand Order's version is black-and-red and doesn't create an explosion — being more similar to Saber Alter's Vortigern.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The English translation of the game renders his Noble Phantasm as Knight of Owner, a reference to the fact that whatever he lays hands on becomes his Noble Phantasm. It's usually rendered as Knight of Honor in fan translations, but the characters used to write it (オーナー, romanized as Oonaa) do indicate that "Owner" is the correct spelling "Honor" would be correctly written as オナー, romanized as Onaa. Prior to a patch, the text for it in his profile was "Knight of Honor" before being changed to "Knight of Owner".
- Unskilled, but Strong: In lore, a Berserker class Servant is reverted to their base instincts, robbing them of all their skills in exchange for pure power. Lancelot was so skilled that his techniques were engraved into his instincts, meaning that while he can't do any special tactics, his body knows exactly what to do to make you hurt. In gameplay, he's actually quite skill-dependent (especially his Noble Phantasm). Eternal Arms Mastery is basically needed for him to exist as a Critical Hit Class Berserker (but it works well even at low levels), and his Mana Reversal lets his critical hits shine while potentially doubling his NP generation for a single turn at high skill levels. The only really extraneous skill is the modest 30% Critical Star generation buff on Protection of the Spirits that's only really applicable to his NP anyway.
- Walking Spoiler: His identity is a secret for most of Fate/Zero but is blatantly revealed upon obtaining him.
ID: No. 174
Alignment: True Neutral
Origin: North America (American & Canadian folklore)
First appearance: Learning with Manga! FGO
Illustrated by: Riyo
Voiced by: Chiaki Omigawa
A lumberjack from North America's pioneer era tall tales, a giant man said to be able to reach the clouds. Supposedly North America's characteristic geography is said to have been a result of this Servant's actions and many more feats have been told in legends. Though because several of them are false or distorted, Bunyan is a relatively weak Servant. The reason why he is summoned in the form of a young girl is unknown.
A Servant made from udon dough and Grail Mud by Gudako in the Learning With Manga comic strips, she made her official in-game debut in the "All the Statesmen" event to celebrate the game's second anniversary.
- Adaptational Expansion: She gained a much more detailed character background, a real personality, and voiced dialogue to match when debuting as a playable servant, compared to her Learning with Manga self who's normally just a giant mute child with a permanent, unnerving grin.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: She rides Babe, her signature blue ox, for her Buster attack and throws it like a ball at her enemies for her Quick attack."Per her legends, she is accompanied by a giant blue ox. But, no matter how you look at it, the bull is a spherical shaped monster."
- Artificial Human: Since Paul Bunyan is just a Tall Tale told by lumberjacks as a joke, Paul Bunyan is at best a Phantom. The Paul Bunyan that appears as a Servant was created by Gudako by using udon dough as a Saint Graph and then shaping her, for the sake of having a welfare Servant for the event. Grail Mud was also involved in the process when she was made in Learning with Manga!
- Ascended Extra: First created as one of Riyo's mute gag Servants who would bully Mash, Olga, and various Servants, her personality is fleshed out a lot more in this game and gets to show off her skills.
- Ascended Meme: Her NP animation is about two seconds long even without the game's sped up animations, meaning she's the closest thing to pressing an NP button and having it instantly happen, a common request in Riyo's comics.
- An Axe to Grind: Her main weapon.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason she teams up with Chaldea against the Master With No Name.
- Big Eater: True to legend, what's enough to feed a regular person is nowhere near enough to feed Bunyan.
- Camp Cook: One of her skills is a party heal, which is just her feeding everyone some bean soup. It's taken from a story where Bunyan's own camp cook fed everyone bean soup for an entire winter.
- Chainsaw Good: Uses a chainsaw with her third Ascension. Ironic, considering the legend of Paul Bunyan has him oppose it. In her home gag comic, she uses one as her Noble Phantasm named Wisconsin Death Trip.
- Clones Are People, Too: Her event ends with all of Chaldea accepting her. Even Titan Altera helps out to keep Bunyan alive and accepted.
- Composite Character: Revealed by the Master With No Name, she's the Phantom of the fable of Paul Bunyan fused with various Creation Myth Giants.
- Creepy Child: She acts like one in the comics but since her Master in this game isn't a sociopath, Bunyan's mostly normal.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: She really doesn't restrain herself, resulting in the party trying to move out of her way while she's giant in "All the Statesmen" lest she squish them by accident.
- Foil: Oddly enough she's one for Altera, as Altera actively destroys for the sake of destruction and bringing down civilization (technically for the sake of conservation) while Bunyan destroys and reshapes the landscape to help the growth of civilization. Bunyan even notes that Altera is watching her very closely.
- Gaia's Lament: Bunyan's Bond CE details this regarding her impact on America; it's a bit of a Mood Whiplash considering how everything else is Played for Laughs."Frontier: Once there was a place called the New World. It was trampled by the people who called it as such. It is now lost. Only one country remained in its place."
- Gender Flip: Like Nobunaga and co., it's meant to parody the trend of using this trope on various historical and legendary figures in the franchise. Note that both her profile and herself are confused on why she's a girl and her Mad Enhancement makes her unable to recall whether she was referenced as a man or woman in the legend, meaning that she might really be a man who is turned into a girl just because. Her being an artificial construct created by Gudako might be a reason, too, especially considering the meta nature of Learning with Manga!
- Giant Foot of Stomping: What her NP is, basically.
- Gratuitous French: Because part of her origin is based in Franco-Canadian folklore, she peppers some of her dialogue with it.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: She's very lonely.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: The Master with No Name regards her only as a thing purely because she happens to have a non-gold rarity.
- Item Farming: She's custom-made for it. Her fast NP animation means if you buff her up, she'll do the daily quests quickly. This is mentioned in her dialogue and it fits Paul Bunyan's origins as a lumberjack, someone who gathered lumber materials as a job.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: She doesn't seem terribly bright, but she wants to be of help to people and do what she can for them.
- Lethal Joke Character: She's only a 1* with a chibi design and silly concept, but her party-wide buff skills, relative low cost to upgrade said skills, and low party cost make up for low stats. Her NP's also really fast in terms of animation, so she's a great choice for faster farming.
- Mental World: The entire Singularity of "All the Statesmen" is Bunyan's inner consciousness and it easily changes with her mental state, like her not taking her origin well so she strips away Chicago to turn it into a wasteland and the citizens into monsters. Edison's Noble Phantasm can imprint a certain state on it, allowing the party to escape the monsters.
- Mighty Lumberjack: As a Gender Flip of one of the famed lumberjacks, she's definitely this and she's okay.
- Nature Spirit: A complete inversion. She is the living incarnation of pioneerism and American expansion. With her childish mind and desire to make people happy, she only sees nature as something to be cut down and replaced with towns and fields, with little regard for consequences. If she ever got ahold of the Grail, she wants to use it to turn the entire world into empty lots so all of humanity could have enough room to have their own houses.
- Nice Hat: She wears a green beret for her first stage, drops it for her second, then picks up a straw hat for her third and last stage.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike other Servants with a more realistic design and proportions, she's depicted in Riyo's chibi artstyle though it's not quite as Super-Deformed as it is in her manga of origin.
- Simple, yet Awesome: For a 1* servant, she's considered to be one of the best Berserkers when it comes to farming, and is incredibly good at it (not to mention that she has the shortest Noble Phantasm time frame).
- Size Shifter
- She turns huge for her Extra Attack and Noble Phantasm. While in battle she's normal-sized with the exception of those two attacks, she occasionally shifts size in dialogue and her card art has her dwarfing trees. Her profile calls it uncertain and says she normally should be about three meters tall, but there's no precise measurement.
- Likewise, Babe's size changes often with his size in battle being tiny and diminutive, his size in the final card art is near equal to Bunyan's, and his size in the comics often fluctuates depending on the gag.
- Stripperiffic: Her third costume has her buck-naked underneath her overalls, something Gudako promised after Olga was surprised that such a perverted sociopath would create a very conservatively-dressed Servant.
- Suddenly Voiced: She's originally mute in Learning with Manga and for the most part in the animated adaptation.
ID: No. 49
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: China (2nd century)
First appearance: Fate/EXTRA
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Arco Wada
Voiced by: Kunihiko Yasui
The general of repetition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Two times he cut down his foster fathers and to repeat the act of betrayal on countless occasions was an unbelievable act for a China that valued Confucian morals.
His military exploits and deeds of arms made him one of the strongest in the Three Kingdoms' world. He went through many battles while betraying many lords, but in the end he was assaulted and defeated by Cao Cao when his most trusted subordinate, Chen Gong, betrayed him. He was then executed.
He appears briefly in Rome as an ally, serving as a general in Nero's army.
- The Ace: In the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and so he can also be summoned as Archer, Lancer, Rider, or Assassin.
- Ambiguously Bi: When receiving chocolate from the female protagonist for Valentines, he blushes while believing she is a reincarnation of Chen Gong. Fate/Extella revealed Cheng Gong is a very pretty man, leaving it ambiguous exactly what their relationship is.
- Anime Hair: It's already pretty stupendous in his base form, but as he hits Ascension #3 he looks more like a Dragon Ball reject than anything else.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Historically attributed to have great skill in martial arts, and one of his God Force forms is a pair of enormous bracers used for blunt strikes, implying this trope. Too bad we'll probably never see it.
- BFS: His halberd, the Houtengeki/Sky Piercer.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Was infamous in life for betraying people, and the reason why he is summoned as a Berserker is to prevent him from betraying his Master. That said, if Extella is any indication, not even Mad Enhancement can fully suppress his urges; his Master in Extra got away with it by amplifying its effect to the point where he was essentially a movable doll. Gameplay-wise, this takes the form of his "Chaotic Villain" skill, which dramatically boosts his NP damage and star absorption while decreasing the defenses of other party members.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: His Valentine's scene implies that his roars are just really garbled Chinese sentences. Decoding them reveals he's as unpleasant and gruff as you'd expect an infamously treasonous soldier to be, but he has no apparent designs to betray anyone at the moment.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: "Garden of Order" reveals that he considers Fran to be like a daughter to him, due to the fact she resembles his own real child. When she goes berserk, he does too.
- Four-Star Badass: A famous general and commands a portion of Nero's troops in Septem.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: For the Sanzang event, Lu Bu actually pairs up with David and Li Shuwen pretty well, as they're stand-ins for Sanzang's disciples. Lu Bu has a skill that massively increases his stats while decreasing his party's defense. However, David has a party-wide evade while Li has a self-targeted one, making the team work very well.
- Glass Cannon: Above other Berserkers, Lu Bu is infamously the gold standard nuke Servant despite 3-star rarity: at max Noble Phantasm level and with his offensive skills even partially leveled, he outdamages almost every other Servant in the game for a single turnnote , especially if he gets critical stars to absorb with Chaotic Villain in a critical Buster Brave chain. While this turn gives huge opportunity to do upwards of a million damage with proper support (as demonstrated versus the Demon Pillar raids), afterwards his offense falls apart as Chaotic Villain only lasts for one turn with a 6 turn cooldown at max level, while defensively he has only a three-turn 25% defense boost with average HP for a Berserker.
- High-Pressure Emotion: It is not entirely sure why he emits smoke from his facial openings by Stage 4.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: His Noble Phantasm is Anti-Unit, Anti-Army and Anti-Fortress at the same time. It also has 5 forms: halberd, spear, gauntlets, cannon, bow and arrow.
- Mythology Gag: A famous Berserker-class Servant (who also qualifies for nearly every other class) that can't use his Noble Phantasm to its full potential and his combat skills because of Mad Enhancement, like another Berserker that we know.
- Nice Hat: With two large feathers draped over and behind his head, consistent with depictions of Lu Bu.
- Primary-Color Champion: A diffused and ironic example. His armor progresses by Ascension from Red Is Heroic, to Blue Is Heroic and finally Gold-Colored Superiority—while considering he's a traitorous bastard in historical record.
- Red Baron: General of Repetition, referring to his unbroken streak of betrayals.
- Screaming Warrior: The Kaiju-like hisses and roars he produces are the only form of sound he ever produces.
- Self-Made Orphan: He killed his foster father, twice.
- Simple, yet Awesome: Most players who use Lu Bu consider him a low-budget Heracles, considering they both have anti-unit Buster Noble Phantasms (which deal massive damage when prepared properly). Lu Bu's status as a 3-star servant also means his Noble Phantasm is easier to upgrade than Heracles. In terms of pure NP damage, Lu Bu's is the second highest in-game!
- Swiss Army Weapon: His Noble Phantasm has six forms, but due to Mad Enhancement, he can only use Halberd Force and Cannon Force. These forms are "Slash", which is super-effective against physical defense, "Thrust", "Sweep", "Parry", "Shoot" for his Cannon Force and finally "Blunt Strike", which transforms his weapon into enormous bracers.
- Ultimate Job Security: A particularly spectacular example: the man was so good a warrior that he kept getting hired despite regularly murdering his commanders. The entire reason he was summoned as a near-mindless Berserker during Fate/EXTRA, even if it severely restrains his raw skill, was just so he wouldn't do it again.
- Uncatty Resemblance: According to Xuanzang, he looks strikingly similar to his horse, Red Hare, to the point that he is substituting as Yulong in the "Journey to the West" event.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Relies solely on brute strength as his incredible martial skills are lost, but he has more than enough power as is.
- You Remind Me of X: According to Mash's translations in the Kara no Kyoukai crossover, Frankenstein looks like his daughter.
ID: No. 114
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: Japan (10th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Raita Honjou
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu
A person from the 10th~11th Century, born as the eldest son of the Minamoto family, he is the founder of the Settsu Genji-line, the strongest mystery killer of the Heian period who destroyed many apparitions like "Shuten-douji of Mt. Ooe", the "Oogumo from the imperial capital", and "Asakura Temple's Gyuuki", and contributed to the advancement of the Seiwa Genji. A male recorded by history and a woman in this universe, the reason why she is female is related to the secret of her birth.
Leading her subordinates, the Four Heavenly Kings (Watanabe Tsuna, Sakata Kintoki, Urabe Suetake and Usui Sadamitsu), she continued to protect the peace of the imperial capital.
She was first released in the Onigashima event as a limited Servant and the final boss of the event. She's also a minor antagonist in second Halloween event, "Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins." She also makes a brief appearance in this form before transforming into her Lancer form for the Dead Heat Summer Race. She appears in the Shimosa chapter of Epic of Remnant as Kalasutra Naraka Rider.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Kintoki is mortified when she hugs and pets him in front of the party during the Onigashima event.
- Archenemy: Shuten-douji, as she's trying to take Kintoki out of her reach. If you have both, Raikou comments that she'll later have to eliminate that pest supposedly to protect Kintoki and her Master.
- Ascended Extra: First mentioned in Kintoki's profile as the boss of the demon-slaying party that Kintoki was in, she's now a playable Servant.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: She led one of the most famous "Four Heavenly Kings" in myth, and can wield all of their weapons alongside her own with ease.
- An Axe to Grind: She summons Kintoki's axe as part of her Noble Phantasm for one of her doppelgänger to use.
- Balance Buff: Her Eternal Arms Mastership was buffed to Genji-clan Martial Arts Discipline via Interlude. On top of its base effect, she also now gets a 3 attack crit damage boost that goes upwards of 60%. This makes her Buster crit cards insane and solidifies her as a very strong Buster Brave chain Servant.
- Blow You Away: The bow used by one of the Four Heavenly Kings during her Noble Phantasm does this.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: She prominently carries a big longbow along with her sword, and fires off a volley of arrows from the quiver at her side in her long-range Quick attack animation. Additionally, one of the Four Heavenly Kings she summons wields a bow.
- Breast Plate: That's not spandex that she's wearing, it's platemail. Which makes the Gainaxing all the more impressive and odd.
- Chef of Iron: She's a One-Woman Army who can take on multiple Servants at once, but she also decided to practice her sweets-making with Chaldea's best cooks, producing a beautiful kashiwamochi as a Valentine's Day gift for the protagonist.
- Composite Character: Raikou and "his" sister, Ushi Gozen, are the same person in this interpretation of the legend, thus the Gender Flip. In addition, she subsumes the position of "monster woman" that raised Kintoki.
- Critical Hit Class: Not only can her NP generate a lot of stars, she also has the Eternal Arms Mastery skill that lets her properly absorb them, which was later upgraded to also enhance her critical damage, on top of her existing attack buffs.
- Demon Slaying: What she was famous for in life, having led numerous expeditions to slaughter oni, spirits, and gods that threatened Japan at the time, including famous monsters like Shuten-douji, Ibaraki-douji, and the Tsuchigumo. This is reflected in her Mystery Slayer skill, which provides her with bonuses against those with the Magical attribute (which is primarily limited to demons and those with demonic blood like Tomoe Gozen) as well as those with Earth and Sky attributes (supernatural heroes like King Arthur as well as those with divine roots like Hercules) with the exception of Demi-Servants like Mash and Pseudo-Servants like Ishtar. This gives her a powerful damage buff against these enemies (of which Earth and Sky are quite common). This also means that she gains an utterly massive damage spike against those that fall under both categories (like the aforementioned Tomoe Gozen). Combined with her status as a Berserker, this allows her to be extremely effective against many of the most powerful enemies in the game.
- Doppleganger Attack: Her Noble Phantasm calls down the heavenly messenger of the Ox-Head King, which takes the form of her memories of the Four Heavenly Kings she led in life, taking on her appearance while wielding the weapons of her subordinates to quickly wipe out the enemy forces before finishing with a massive lightning bolt shot from her own katana.
- Driven to Suicide: Her despair over always being treated like a monster due to her demonic nature led her to try to kill Ushi Gozen, even though, as she well knew, because Ushi Gozen is the demonic part of her being, doing so would mean her own destruction. Only Kintoki's intervention saved her life.
- Dual Boss: She and Samghata Naraka Berserker (Shuten-douji) are fought together for Musashi's duel in Shimosa.
- Elemental Weapon: Her primary weapon, Dōjigiri-Yasutsuna, is a katana that she frequently imbues with her Mana Burst (Lightning) skill to add a shocking effect. The weapons used by the Four Heavenly Kings have fire, ice, wind, and lightning properties and Raikou can use all of them during her Noble Phantasm.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Musashi is fascinated with her, both as a warrior and her, er...large breasts.
- Final Boss: She is the final boss of the Onigashima event as Ushi Gozen.
- Gag Boobs: They're bigger than her head!
- Gainaxing: A side effect of the above trope. Her breasts bounce constantly even while idle, and jiggle all over the place when she actually attacks.
- Gender Flip: Raikou has one of the more detailed genderflips in the story. She was born to the Minamoto clan but had too much oni blood, so she was hidden away. However, no suitable male heir was ever found and eventually her father decided it would be a waste of her immense talents to just have her exiled forever so he sent a messenger to retrieve his 'son,' who returned as Minamoto no Yorimitsu, generally referred to as Raikou. However, it's just as accurate to call her Ushi Gozen, the identity of the daughter who was kept from the public eye. Now, how she actually managed to keep her gender hidden with that figure is anyone's guess.
- Herd-Hitting Attack: She possesses one of the strongest AOE NPs in the game, which makes her one of the most ideal servants when it comes to farming. Many Boss Rush challenges can be trivialized with her and some buffs.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Although she's a Multi-Melee Master, she prefers her katana, Dōjigiri-Yasutsuna, over the weapons of her retainers and initially assumes she's been summoned as Saber until she realizes she's a Berserker.
- An Ice Person: The spear she uses during her Noble Phantasm seems to have ice properties.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: She's considered to be one of the most versatile Berserkers in the game, being one of the few servants that excel in both farming and boss killing at the same time (especially if there is a Boss Rush situation and with servants/enemies with Demonic and Earth or Sky Attributes trait), something that is incredibly rare in Fate Grand Order note . Even when she has an AoE Noble Phantasm and when facing a single powerful enemy boss, her critical hit attacks speaks for itself with her first skill (which increases her critical star absorption). She also has a well-balanced deck and a fairly over-loaded kit good in most situations, with only her poor survivability holding her back.
- Jiggle Physics: With boobs of that size, it was inevitable, despite apparently wearing plate mail.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Myth-wise and history-wise, there are two swords affiliated with Minamoto no Yorimitsu: Usumidori, by which the Earth Spider was killed, and the one which killed Shuten-douji, Dōjigiri-Yasutsuna. In-game, they both exist, but Usumidori is wielded by her descendant Ushiwakamaru. Dōjigiri-Yasutsuna remains with her Servant unit (and clearly is the superior, far-ranging weapon), apart from the weapons of her retainers she uses for her Noble Phantasm.
- Made of Iron: She has no problems hopping into a pool of lava to swim after the protagonist if necessary and can keep on chugging even after fighting a combined coalition of Kintoki, Ushiwakamaru, Benkei, Kotarou, and Mash right after dispatching Ibaraki-douji and Shuten-douji during the Onigashima event.
- Mama Bear: This version of Raikou is overflowing with motherly love for her dearest adopted child, Kintoki. She also carries this kind of love to the player character, setting herself up as an adoptive mom for them. This is not necessarily a good thing for anyone involved.
- The Man Behind the Man: She put the Holy Grail in Kyoto, which kicked off the Rashoumon event when Shuten and Ibaraki drank from it and started wreaking havoc.
- Mask of Sanity:
- Raikou isn't as obviously insane as most other Berserkers, but she has a twisted sense of love coupled with a vicious Yandere mentality. It's telling that she'll leap into a pool of lava to swim after a doll shaped like the protagonist during the second Halloween event.
- During the summer 2017 event, Kintoki explains that she has a different mask of sanity depending on which Class she's summoned into, and thus which aspect of herself becomes dominant. As a Berserker, her motherly instincts take over; as a theoretical Saber, she'd represent the great defender of the Heian capital (with some implication that she'd be the most stable in this form). When she turns into a Lancer, she represents... a different kind of defender.
- Master Swordsman: Her skill with Dōjigiri-Yasutsuna got her summoned as one of the seven Blademasters of Shimosa as Kālasūtra Hell Rider.
- Ms. Fanservice: Has a very large bust that's well outlined by her tight bodysuit.
- Multi-Melee Master: She uses her four retainers' weapons (axe, katana, bow, and naginata) in her NP, Go'ou Shourai Tenmou Kaikai, wields Bow and Sword, in Accord during her normal attack cards, and also has the Eternal Arms Mastership skill, allowing her to fight at full capacity even while suffering from the highest possible rank of Mad Enhancement, a trait shared with another Multi-Melee Master, Lancelot.
- Not the Intended Use: Raikou pioneers the "Command Seal Cheese" strategy, in which a player used a charge of command seal to allow her NP to do AOE damage while fueling her high powered crits, which is then repeated until you exhaust the command seal in stock. Combined with the Berserker class ability to hit super effectively against most classes, this is one of the most powerful strategies to use to cheese some difficult challenge quests which become all the more effective when Raikou is backed by a decent buff or support servant behind her and/or a tough tank servant in front of her.
- One-Woman Army: She can effortlessly cut down swathes of Oni when Mash and the rest of Chaldea are struggling to just stay alive. Of course, she created them in the first place, and has some authority over most of them.
- Palette Swap: Save for her Noble Phantasm, all of Ushi Gozen's attacks have a black palette swap to them.
- Parental Incest: Wants to mother people but does not and cannot understand the different forms of love, leading to uncomfortable gestures. This is apparently unique to her Berserker form, however.
- Playing with Fire: The sword used by one of her subordinates has this property.
- Punny Name: Raikou has huge breasts and he's the same person as Ushi Gozen in this continuity. Ushi is often used to refer to cows, which produces milk... like a mother's breasts. So that's why she has huge breasts...
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is as long as she is tall.
- Semi-Divine: Raikou is a heaven sent child of the gods Kitano-Tenjin and Gozu-Tenno and birthed by her human mother.
- Sensual Spandex: Wears this beneath her armor.
- Shock and Awe: As her title suggests, she imbues her attacks with lightning and has the Mana Burst (Lightning) skill.
- Situational Sword: Her Mystic Slayer skill grants a sizable 50% damage buff against Servants with Earth or Sky attributes (i.e. Gilgamesh) or have the Demonic trait. Unlike more narrow situational swords, not only does this mean she gets an advantage over roughly two-thirds of the Servant roster (since the remaining attributes are Man and the handful of Star Servants), she also remains useful against NPC enemies since demons are abundant in the first part of the story. On the rare occasion that the target falls under both categories (i.e. Tomoe Gozen, Shuten-douji, Ibaraki-douji, and Raikou herself as Ushi Gozen), she gains a massive 100% damage bonus.
- Split-Personality Takeover: It's revealed in Onigashima that "Raikou" and "Ushi Gozen" are actually two personalities in the same body, with Raikou having sealed Ushi Gozen away within her mind and soul...and Ushi Gozen has broken free and taken Raikou over this time. According to Kintoki, this happens everytime Raikou builds up too much divine energy.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's one of the tallest female servants in the game and gorgeous.
- Supreme Chef: She's noted to be a very skilled chef and she's one of the Servants in charge of Chaldea's kitchen. For example, she's one of the five Servants who taught Irisviel how to cook and bake, and she's depicted on the Craft Essence "CKT" (Chaldea Kitchen Truck) along with three of her fellow Supreme Chef Servants.
- Yandere: She doesn't really grasp the difference between motherly love and romance and during later bond links starts getting a thing for the protagonist. She makes it clear she plans to slaughter Shuten-douji if you have her, so she'll stop getting between her and the protagonist/Kintoki.
ID: No. 155
Alignment: Neutral Evil
Origin: Planet Servant (or so she says)
First appearance: TYPE-MOON April Fool 2013 (as Mysterious Heroine X)
Illustrated by: BUNBUN
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi
A Long Time In The Future, In A Galaxy Far, Far, Away, a mysterious young heroine known as the Ultimate Anti-Saber Decisive Weapon (and not Altria in a hat) embarked on a heroic(?) quest through time and space to violently murder anyone who looked like Saber and prevent a Bad Future where the evil Saber Empire dominated the universe.
In response to this threat, the evil Black Knight of the Saber Empire dispatched the Ultimate Anti-Anti-Saber Decisive Weapon: a dark Arch-Enemy from a fallen order of knights whose mission is to destroy Mysterious Heroine X. She has a device known as the Altereactor installed within her body that converts calories into magical power, a cursed laser sword (bought online), and powerful, legally-distinct psychokinetic techniques such as "Alter Choke" and "Alter Lightning".
Though to be honest, she usually can't be bothered. She would rather spend her time slobbing at home, reading light novels and eating sweets. I guess she has to do this "fated battle with my destined rival" thing sooner or later though.
She debuted in the expanded rerun of "Chocolate Lady's Commotion" as a limited-time Servant with a Trial quest. She also appears briefly in GUDAGUDA Meiji Revival as a reluctant antagonist.
- Adorkable: She happens to a nerdy goofball that enjoys eating sweets and spends more time listening to music and reading manga and light novels more than her mission to defeat Mysterious Heroine X.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Obvious puns aside, far moreso than "normal" Mysterious Heroine X in terms of being a Force user - she uses a huge number of Force powers, including Force Lightning, Force Choke (on her allies, to boot), and Force Direction for her Precision-Guided Boomerang attack. None of them reference the Force, mind you - it's all her Alter Reactor and are called things like Sovereign's Invisible Hand.
- Awesome, yet Impractical: She uses a lightsaber which can both be single or double bladed, but it often malfunctions and explodes in her face. This is because she got it from a shady mail order.
- Balance Buff:
- Her Instinct was buffed via Strengthening Quest into Instantaneous Shadowless Blade. In addition to now giving around 4 more crit stars when used, she also boosts her Quick card effectiveness by upwards of 30%. This patches the largest issue her kit has; she had no Quick card boost.
- Her ∞ Black Bean Paste was buffed to ∞ Chestnut Paste via Interlude. In addition to her healing buffs (adding 1000 HP of regenerating health for three turns on top of the original heal), it now buffs all three of her attack cards crit damage upwards of 30%. This makes her much better as a crit Berserker.
- Big Bad Friend: Became her arch-enemy's roommate while under amnesia.
- Big Eater: She happens to be a big glutton, especially when it comes to sweets. She mentions that she has constant feeling of hunger as well.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The protagonist will do a double-take when X Alter mentions that her Valentine's gift contains dark chocolate sauce, extra whip cream, and extra gravity.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She was mentioned in Fate/Grand Order Material III as one of the characters related to Mysterious Heroine X, the "Mysterious Sailor X".
- Eating the Eye Candy: The protagonist gets the opportunity to zoom in on her leggings in her second ascension form in her Trial quest.
- Evil Counterpart: Zigzagged. On one hand, she is an Alter, and a clear Sith reference to X's Jedi. However, since X is kind of a maniac (to put it mildly) when it comes to her Saber-murdering quest, Mysterious Heroine X Alter usually ends up being the more reasonable of the two, and oftentimes is more quiet and demure than anything - the game itself calls her a "rare bookish-type Berserker" and she's often compared to Yuki Nagato in both appearance and personality.
- Fragile Flower: Incredibly, but yes. While she usually doesn't break into crying outright, her normal "sad" portrait has her obviously welling up and on the verge of (at least quiet) tears. Even her neutral portraits have her looking more forlorn than menacing. This is all even true when she's wearing her Sith-esque third ascension armor - if you did her Trial quest, that's the appearance you'd first notice the phenomenon in.
- Idiot Hair: To everyone's shock, amazement, and occasionally despair, she's the first Altria Alter ever to have an ahoge, at least in her first two ascensions. In her third, it disappears under the hood, and in her final, when the hood comes off, it does seem to have gone away again. Its appearance at all, though, is a hint as to the real core of her personality and how she's very much unlike any other Alter.
- In-Series Nickname: Her name's typically shortened to X Alter.
- Although she's billed as an Anti-Anti-Saber Weapon, thanks to her class (Berserker) and Noble Phantasm (which gains extra damage against Saber-class enemies), she's actually a better choice against Sabers than regular MHX. The only way she could be more ironic would be if she was an Archer-class servant.
- Additionally, due to her class and carrying the Saberface trait, she's actually at somewhat of a disadvantage against regular MHX - despite being classified as a servant meant to counter her.
- Joshikousei: Her first two appearances evoke various elements of the concept, with the first being a classic Sailor Fuku under her coat, and the second being a gym outfit under a sport hoodie. She even attends an academy in her trial quest. The third outfit, meanwhile, goes in a somewhat different direction stylistically.
- Laser Blade: Where regular X's Excalibur was merely reminiscent of one, Alter's fully turns into a lightsaber. She also has Darth Maul's double-ended lightsaber, and can be seen wielding both at times.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Induced by her master; her world's version of Agravain; as a means of protecting her group's identity while they flee.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter:
- She's a Berserker with a Quick NP and two Quick cards - Quick NPs aren't unheard of in this class (Lancelot has one), but she's the first ever QQABB Berserker. Sadly, because she's a Berserker she's still not very good at generating crit stars - lacking Altria's usual Riding skill doesn't help matters. This was mitigated after her Rank Up Quest when her "Instinct" skill becomes replaced with "Instantaneous Shadowless Blade", which not only gives her critical stars but increases the performance of her Quick cards for three turns to further increase her star generation.
- She also was the first to gain an interesting mechanic in the form of star-attraction negation - her third skill makes it so that the target ally can't gain crit stars on that turn once you open your attack deck. This is actually a lot better than it sounds, since if a teammate has a crit-damage up buff and you'd like to help give them three guaranteed crits, this helps to direct the stars in the right direction.
- The best part? It's her Force Choke. She's Force Choking her allies to make sure they don't crit.
- She's also the first to gain a skill that increases her healing received and then heals her - which allows her to, in fact, recover a deceptively large amount of HP on her own (3000 at max rank). A long-lasting heal buff of this sort is also uncommon, especially as a skill, and allows some other heals to restore some really impressive amounts of health to her (the default Mystic Code heal, for example, heals for 4500 HP when it and her skill are maxed - that's almost a third of her health pool). And her Interlude adds on this by giving her 3-turn healing for 1000 HP for each of those turns.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses in her default form and second ascension, and was jokingly called "a rare bookish-type Berserker" before her release. It turns out she's a literature major.
- Mind over Matter: After her third ascension, she can use her Sovereign's Invisible Hand skill to Force Choke enemies, and can use Cross-calibur as a Precision-Guided Boomerang.
- Mythology Gag: Her design is derived from the "Master Altria" design which is Altria, as a Master, wearing a Sailor Fuku.
- Occidental Otaku: While her place of origin is not revealed, like Mysterious Heroine X she is another version of the British Altria Pendragon. However, her hobbies include wearing a Sailor Fuku, eating Japanese sweets, and sleeping under a kotatsu.
- Shock and Awe: Can use the famous Force Lightning.
- Situational Sword: Despite being referred to as an Anti-Anti Saber, her Noble Phantasm still has a Super Effective multiplier against Sabers. This actually makes her NP hit Sabers harder than Archers do, but since the difference is minimal (225% vs 200%) and she lacks the defensive advantage it's rare for players to actually take advantage of this unless they have no better options.
- Straight Man: Despite being a Berserker, she's the Straight Man to Mysterious Heroine X, with their interactions often having Mysterious Heroine X Alter telling her counterpart to stop spazzing out over her Saber-murdering mindset.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Standard for all versions of Altria's Alter form, but unlike the others, her third ascension changes it so that her irises are yellow with red around the edges like the Sith from Star Wars.
- Sweet Tooth: Oh so very much, with many of her lines being her wanting to eat more sweets or talking about things related to them.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: To keep going with the Star Wars references, she can use Cross-calibur as a mind-controlled Precision-Guided Boomerang.
- Wacky Marriage Proposal: In her fourth ascension, at first it seems like any other vow from other previous Servants that reached the fourth ascension and then...:I am entrusting to you all of the power residing in this slim figure of mine. Please, become my hatred, and be my rejoicement. Till death do us part.