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ID: No. 206
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Origin: Greece (The Trojan Cycle, The Iliad)
First appearance: Fate/Apocrypha (as Rider of Red)
Illustrated by: Ototsugu Konoe
Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa
An invincible demigod and the main character of Homer's The Iliad. Born to the immortal sea goddess Thetis and the mortal ruler of the Myrmidons, King Peleus, Achilles was one of the strongest and most accomplished heroes in the Achaean army during the Trojan War. He was blessed with an invincible body that could not be wounded, incredible speed and skill, and a large collection of divine artifacts such as his spear and chariot. Between all these traits and his deeds during the Trojan War, Achilles was venerated as close to the equal of a god.
His only weakness was a single spot on the back of his heel that, when struck, removed his invincibility and immortality. A popular myth is that his mother bathed him as a newborn in the River Styx to grant him immortality, but was forced to hold his heel above water so that he was not washed away by the current. Another account states that Thetis bathed his body in divine fire, but Peleus demanded that a single spot be unaffected so Achilles could retain his humanity. Regardless, this feature of his creation myth became widespread enough to get its own name: Achilles' Heel.
Achilles was killed after defeating arch-enemy Hektor in a one-on-one duel upon the battleground. Seeking revenge against Hektor for the death of his close friend Patroclus, Achilles attached Hektor's corpse to his chariot and dragged it around while slaughtering Trojans with reckless abandon. This dishonorable act enraged the sun god Apollo, and when Achilles persisted despite his warnings, Apollo retaliated by aiding Paris- an enemy sharpshooter of the Trojan Army- in striking Achilles' weak point with a single arrow. With his invincibility removed, Achilles was overwhelmed and killed by the enemy soldiers.
Achilles first debuted as "Rider of Red" from Fate/Apocrypha. In Grand Order, he makes his first appearance during Alexander's Interlude as an NPC. He made his playable debut for the Fate/Apocrypha crossover event, "Inheritance of Glory".
- Achilles' Heel: Well, yeah. Most of his body is invulnerable to anyone that isn't a demigod themselves or using a godforged armament, but if he's hit in the heel with an attack his immortality will be disabled and his superspeed will be partially sealed. However, he makes no effort to actually defend his heel because he likes a challenge.
- Anime Hair: Sticking up straight and spiky.
- Berserker of El Dorado really hates him, but he's just uncomfortable around her because he feels bad about killing her before. If he weren't serving the protagonist, he'd let her kill him in apology, but can't leave his Master unguarded.
- In the case of his killer Paris, Achilles mostly treats him as an annoying brat that he has no interest in dealing with.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Achilles is about to say goodbye to the protagonist at the end of Inheritance of Glory, he states why he has to go...Achilles: No more battles, huh? I guess because there's no more grudge and no civilians to fall prey to tyranny and massacre... Oh, and there's no Hektor.Protagonist: You hated him that much?!
- Art Evolution: His first appearance in F/GO had his illustration in the Fate/Apocrypha light novels used as his portrait. When he turned into a playable Servant, he got a new portrait based on his Saint Graph.
- Awesome, but Impractical: The side effect of his incredible power is that his mana costs are atrocious (though not as bad as Karna's). Using his chariot alone eats up enough mana to summon another Servant.
- Badass Teacher: Parodied in Alexander's Interlude where he gives combat and tactical training to pirates so they'll let him mooch off of them for money and shelter... with special attention to fighting Lancers with unkempt beards.
- Blade on a Stick: He wields his Noble Phantasm, Diatrekhon Aster Lonkhe, in battle. If invoked, it can create a duel field which is a Pocket Dimension for him and his opponent which blocks any outside interventions, including his own divine protection. He has the qualification as Lancer because of this spear and if he is in that class, the spear can inflict wounds that won't heal. However, he cannot invoke it against a female opponent because of his regrets of killing Penthesilea with this spear.
- Breakout Character: He was one of the most popular Servants in Fate/Apocrypha, with fans clamoring for his release for years.
- Combat Pragmatist: Although songs were sung of their clash, he really didn't enjoy how close to death his duel with Hektor brought him - so much so that, as shown in Alexander's Interlude, his strategy for ever running into the Trojan again is to just have his troops gang up on him while Achilles hangs back waiting to get a cheap shot in.
- Cool Horse: Three of them, Xanthus, Balius, and Padasos, who drive his chariot with the speed of a shooting star. Xanthus and Balius are divine horses given to Achilles by Poseidon himself, while Pedasos is simply a "fine and famous" horse he got while pillaging an enemy city. They're each about as tough as the average Servant and can trample others underneath their powerful hooves. Xanthus can also talk thanks to Hera's blessing.
- Critical Hit Class: Even when compared to most other Riders, Achilles has powerful buffs to his Quick cards that allows him to easily build up crit stars and keep doing it to hit for high numbers. Thanks to being a Rider, he also gets to enjoy those crit stars he generates, allowing him to do immense crit damage only rivaled by his fellow Rider Kintoki.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Played for Laughs when it comes to Hektor. Just read the dialogue yourself:Hektor... well, if hes an ally, its fine. He's tough to deal with when hes an enemy though. Im not going to pick a fight withOW! HEKTOR! YOU THREW THAT ROCK AT ME, DIDNT YOU!? FINE THEN! LETS DO ANOTHER ROUND OF 1-ON-1! AND DONT YOU RUN! ITLL THROW MY AIM OFF!
- Early-Bird Cameo: Made his debut in Grand Order as a NPC in Alexander's Interlude. In fact, that cameo was added a whole two years (to the day!) before he was available.
- Famed In-Story: In and out of universe, Achilles is one of the most famed mythological heroes in history. Even those without any exposure to mythology have probably heard the term "Achilles' Heel" at least once. This works to his advantage in-story, allowing him to be summoned near the peak of his strength no matter where the Grail War takes place, but it's especially high in Europe, rivaling Vlad III even in Vlad's home country. When he introduced himself to the protagonist in Inheritance of Glory event, he mentions that the Achilles Tendonnote is named after him.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Because three of his Noble Phantasms are represented as Skills in-game, the ones that can't be used together in-story can be used together in gameplay - and, in fact, the incompatible pairs of NPs actually benefit each other.
- In-story, Achilles can't use Troias Tragoidia (his chariot) and Dromeus Kometes (his Super Speed) together, for the simple reason that the world's fastest legs aren't much use when riding on a chariot. In gameplay, however, Troias Tragoidia is a Quick NP and Dromeus Kometes is a 3-turn Quick boost, meaning that the latter enhances the former just by being activated.
- In-story, Achilles created Diatrekhon Aster Lonkhe's Duel Field so he could have fair fights against people unable to circumvent Andreas Amarantos (his immortality) - effectively, devising magecraft to negate his invincibility. In gameplay, Diatrekhon Aster Lonkhe is a taunt skill that doesn't remove the invincibility or defense buff provided by Andreas Amarantos, meaning that Achilles can combine both to soak up blows for his entire team.
- Gold-Colored Superiority: His Third and Final Ascension arts swap out his Fate/Apocrypha outfit with a set of golden armor and Sensual Spandex.
- Innocently Insensitive: Berserker of El Dorado hates him for commenting on her beauty instead of her strength as she was dying, but it's noted that he almost certainly didn't mean to offend or belittle her and was just caught by surprise. Semiramis, if the player also has her, calls him an "insensitive hero who causes nothing but trouble".
- Lightning Bruiser: He is one of the greatest Greek heroes, boasting A+ rank Agility, A rank Endurance and B+ rank Strength.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: His shield, Akhilieus Kosmos, can easily defend against anything short of an Anti-World Noble Phantasm, though Vasavi Shakti was able to shatter it after it had just taken Brahmastra Kundala. This shield is his Bond CE in-game.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After defeating Penthesilea but before she was actually dead, he removed her helmet out of curiosity of the legendary beauty she was supposed to have. He knew it would be incredibly insulting to comment on it, but his mouth slipped and he said the one thing he absolutely shouldn't. As a result, his guilt keeps him from accepting a true rematch because he feels he deserves her hatred and wouldn't have the heart to fight back.
- Mythology Gag: If you have Cheiron, Achilles remarks that remembering his climactic battle with his teacher is enough to give him nightmares.Achilles: Geh... so Teacher is here. Ah, ah... No, um, if he's an ally then it's fine. It's just that we fought once. That guy gave me a thorough beating, determined to break my joints... Just remembering it is enough to give me nightmares.
- His golden armour in his Third Ascension was referenced back in the Apocrypha Material book as one of his cut Noble Phantasms; the famed armour made for him by Hephaestus.
- Nigh Invulnerable
- His famed invulnerability lets him No-Sell any attack with hostile intent as long as the user and the weapon used in the attack aren't divine. In his home series, this meant that Cheiron was the only member of the Black Faction who could actively fight him, since he could literally waltz right through entire Noble Phantasms with ease for as long as they didn't strike his heel. In the game proper, it grants him invulnerability to two attacks and also increases his defense for 3 turns.
- He also has an A+ ranked shield that can outright negate any Noble Phantasms used on it unless they're Anti World and above a certain power it seems the shield will break anyway. This NP is his bond CE and increases his NP damage by 30% and gives the entire frontline a one hit three turn invincibility, most likely representing that he loaned it out at the climax of Apocrypha.
- Oh, Crap!: When a certain Amazoness queen is mentioned to also be in Chaldea, he suddenly speaks in a robotic manner out of shock.
- Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Subverted. He states that he would invoke this in regards to the aforementioned Amazoness queen to make amends, were it not for the fact that doing so would mean he would be unable to protect his master.
- Pocket Dimension: Two of his Noble Phantasms (Diatrekhon Aster Lokhe and Akhilleus Kosmos), if invoked can create these.
- The Rival: Against Hektor. Though when they are on the same side, they turn into some kind of Sitcom Arch-Nemesis duo.
- Sensual Spandex: His armor in his third and final ascension makes no effort to hide Achilles' ripped body.
- Ship Tease: Some with Atalante in the Apocrypha event and their respective My Room dialogues toward each other, following on from the teasing in their home series.
- Smug Super: He's really full of himself, though he's not a bad guy and can definitely back it up.
- Story-Breaker Power: He has five Noble Phantasmsnote when most only have one or two. He's also Nigh Invulnerable and can only be harmed by divine weapons or Servants (or attacks that are considered "friendly" like a vampire's bite) if you aren't striking his heel, is wicked fast thanks to Dromeus Kometes, and has a powerful chariot that can easily grind other Servants to paste if they're caught on the path of its charge. He's fully aware of these and outright challenges the entire Black Faction at once in his home series so that they'll know what a true warrior is like.
- Superpower Lottery: He's the second greatest Greek hero and it really shows. He has five Noble Phantasms as a Rider. One is his invulnerability, one is his superspeed, one is his chariot, another is his shield and the fifth is his spear, though he can't make full use of it unless he's a Lancer. It still lets him set up his duel field by deactivating divine blessings and other outside assistance within its radius, though this is actually intended to limit his own abilities for a fair fight, not the enemy's. In-game, his chariot is his Noble Phantasm, the duel field, invulnerability and superspeed are all skills and the shield is his bond CE.
- Taking the Bullet: His 3rd skill has a self-taunt effect that, when combined with his 2nd skill that gives him invincibility, will be able to make him safely tank even a single-target Noble Phantasm thrown by the enemy, assuming it doesn't have "Invincibility Pierce" or a way to remove his Defense buffs before damage sets in, of course. Which fittingly makes Cheiron and Paris' NPs his perfect counter.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After briefly being coerced into working for Amakusa in Apocrypha under the promise of doing so, the protagonist provides Achilles with a legitimate chance to help save the world like the true hero he always felt he never was in life.
- Undying Loyalty: As of the trope above, he declares himself loyal to the protagonist as he got a chance to serve an actual Master (since in his home series, he wants to meet his Master but it never happened because of Amakusa), to the point that he refuses to die for Berserker of Eldorado's forgiveness if that means he won't be able to protect his Master.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is yellow-green. He's had it since childhood and it's made all the more glaring in Cheiron's Bond Craft Essence which shows him teaching a trio of young would-be heroes where Achilles is the only one of his pupils with such exotic hair. It likely has something to do with his mother Thetis being a sea nymph.
ID: No. 28
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: Neutral Good
Origin: Greece (4th century BC)
First appearance: Fate/Zero (as "Iskandar")
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: BUNBUN
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto
Alexander the Great summoned as the innocent young prince of Macedonia both in body and mind. He still has all his memories of his exploits but it gets a bit foggy for him when it comes to stuff that happened after his adolescence.
He's an antagonist in the Second Singularity: Eternal Madness Empire Septem.
- Art Evolution: He received an animation overhaul in 2019 that included more usage of his lightning powers and his horse, Bucephalus.
- Badass Adorable: He's a very cute boy who's quite formidable in battle, and later grows up to become the big, manly, and even more badass Iskandar.
- Balance Buff: His Rosy-cheeked Adonis was buffed into Rosy-cheeked Adonis (Lightning). It now has a roughly 20% increase in success rate, but also now removes buffs from the target. This makes him a great support Servant who can charm an enemy, and if it fails, at least remove any powerful buffs.
- Bishōnen: In stark contrast to his adult version. Its even reflected as a Personal Skill!
- Blind Obedience: The young Alexander's dialogue(s) would have him quote some teachings of his personal tutor, the philosopher Aristotle. He evidently likes the guy at this stage of his life— which starkly contrasts their relationship later in life note .
- Braids of Action: Rare male example. It can be taken as a sign that even at such young age, he already had the spirit of a brave conqueror willing to fight anyone to achieve his dream.
- Cool Horse: His Noble Phantasm has Bucephalus trample the enemy. After his animation update, Bucephalus becomes a more active participant in Alexander's attacks and skills.
- Divergent Character Evolution: The key difference between young Alexander's Servant unit and the older Iskandar, apart from their variant card focus and skillsetnote , would be their function in a team. For the most part, Iskandar is very good for one thing alone: pure NP damage (as well as facilitating hard-hitting NP chains). By contrast, Alexander's skills have significant support value. Hence, these do not only allow him to hit hard (as much as his low stats would allow him to, that is), but also let his teammates survive, hit hard and generate stars on their own. The fact that he is a 3-star also helps in bringing in a support Caster that can enable himnote , plus a main boss-killer, without too much cost to a team.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: He has his memories from his older self as well, but states that attempting to focus on them feels strange, like he's living a dream that's yet to come.
- Dual Boss: Fights together with Zhuge Liang in one boss battle.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Unlike most charm skills in the game, Alexander's Fair Youth skill works regardless of the target's sex.
- Fanboy: He is a fanboy of the Iliad and Achilles, as seen in his Interlude.
- Growing Muscles Sequence: Apparently the effect of his other Noble Phantasm, Zeus Thunder: God's Blessing. In fact, using this Noble Phantasm is largely responsible for his future appearance.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Even for someone in his mid-teens, Alexander is absolutely tiny (151cm/4'11"). This is more shocking when you compare it to his adult height (212cm/6'11"). He literally gains two feet in a few years.
- Shock and Awe: With his animation update, he now uses infuses lightning into his attacks.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Ditto with his older version. In this game, the young one is called Alexander and the adult one is Iskander.
- Teen Genius: He's still only a kid, but he is the guy who would eventually become Iskandar, and even in this form possesses a great deal of Iskandar's tactical genius.
- Token Mini-Moe: In a strange case, as he's male, he's this for the Rider class.
- Young and in Charge: Contrasting his older version.
- Use Your Head: His updated attacks not only has one of him headbutting his enemy followed by a jumping knee to the face, but also has one that has him charge Bucephalus towards the enemy, not to trample them, but to ram them horse's head first.
ID: No. 73
Command Cards: QAABB; (B)
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: England (Arthurian Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/stay night, "Heaven's Feel" route (as Saber Alter)
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi
The corrupted Altria, now on a mission to spread good cheer and the Christmas spirit. Wait, what?
This Altria Alter has resolved to clear her image by acting as the ally of children, Santa Claus. The lack of futility in her behavior and cool-headedness closely resemble the normal Alter, but the admiration for Santa Claus at her root makes her a little more kind.
She debuted as the free Servant for the first Christmas event, "Almost Weekly Santa Alter," and naturally has some role in the second Christmas event, "The Little Santa Alter".
- Bad Santa: She's actually enthusiastic about doing her job, but it's still an Alter. She even calls herself an "Evil Santa". That said, she's much nicer than she publicly admits.
- Badass Santa: Despite being a welfare Servant, she has nigh-identical HP to regular Alter at max level and, while having less Attack, can still potentially out-damage her Saber self NP-wise due to the ease of maxing out said NP. Heck, she's considered one of the better Riders, full stop, due to her well-rounded skillset, the base power of her NP, and the ease with which it can be brought to max power.
- Big Eater: Still on a junk food binge. Her ascension material? A bucket of fried chicken.note
- Black Swords Are Better: Even as a Rider, she still has access to and uses Excalibur Morgan.
- The Comically Serious: Saber Alter isn't a very emotional person. So you get to see her stoically distribute presents in a Santa dress and hum "Jingle Bells" in the middle of firing sword beams of pure evil.
- Contralto of Danger: Downplayed. While her voice is deeper than regular Saber Altria's, it's of a higher cadence than the other Altria Alters, to go with her trying to be a more heroic person.
- Crutch Character: As one of the first "Welfare Servants", Santa Alter is a completely free 4-Star Servant that can be easily maxed out provided that the player completes all the event quests and clears out the event shop. She also was invaluable early on because of how rare Buster AOE Rider's were at the time, and even today are still quite rarenote . As a tradeoff, her stats are noticeably lower than other 4-Stars (especially the three other Welfare Riders that come after her, Kintoki, Ryoma, and Ishtar). The sheer power of a Level 5 Excalibur Morgan helps her stay relevant for many older players, but her out of date kit and stats make her not the top dog she used to be, and Summer Ishtar generally tends to be used over her because of the laters stats and kit.
- Deadpan Snarker: Seemingly incapable of interacting with anyone without mocking or disparaging them in some way.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Doesn't appreciate it if you address her as "Alter-chan".
- Exposed to the Elements: Subverted. Santa Alter bluntly admits that she's actually freezing her ass off in her minidress. Nonetheless, a job is a job, and she treats the cold as an unavoidable occupational hazard.
- Fauxreigner: Claims to be from Finland (aka the country of Santa Clause Village) despite being the King of the Britons.
- Friend to All Children: Despite being Alter, she is still working as Santa. This is best illustrated in her Pet the Dog moment below.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's still the cold, callous Saber Alter she's known for, but her desire to act as Santa is bringing out a softer side to her.
- Minidress of Power: One so powerful itself, and on a powerful enough person, that it immediately comes up as a dialogue option for our poor abducted protagonist. They get the option to mention it several other times throughout the first Christmas event's questline.
- Mundane Utility: She scared off her reindeer because she tried to use Excalibur Morgan as a ''jet engine''.
- Mythology Gag: After encountering and battling Julius Caesar (who was supposedly going around posing as another "fake" Santa—understandably), she quips that she would have expected "another Roman emperor" doing that—presumably Nero, as noted below.
- Pet the Dog:
- She encounters Jack the Ripper and Nursery Rhyme/Alice, sad and cold because nobody supposedly remembers themnote . They thought they'd challenge Santa Alter for presents, which she accepted. Despite losing (and thinking Christmas will be lonely for them yet again), Alter chooses to "lose" give them the Christmas Event Craft Essences, to their absolute delight.
- In the second Christmas event, she willingly goes along with the plan to let Jeanne d'Arc Alter Santa Lily become a proper Servant, even being the one to warn the protagonist about how she'll vanish otherwise and prompting the entire scheme to be cooked up.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Being no-nonsense Altria (Alter), she has a tendency to drop these on those she beats... while also giving them presents. She gives a particularly short and pointed one to Jeanne Alter, who was particularly frustrated with the holiday ridiculousness of the whole situation but was called out by Altria for being rather half-assed as a Servant. This was not without consequence.
- The Red Mage: She has most of Saber Alter's damage-boosting skills, but eschews Charisma for Saint's Gift, which can heal an ally Servant for a considerable amount. This makes her a well-rounded unit, as well as a good source of healing for players who use a Mystic Code without a healing Master Skill.
- Sexy Santa Dress: Her outfit is a minidress with thigh-high boots and leggings in black. Her Final Ascension art has her sitting down and her legs crossed to show that, bottom-wise, she's not wearing any undergarments aside from those black leggings.
- Smug Smiler: She sports quite the smug smirk as her happy expression, and she subtly mocks you with it should you get mostly QP and the common items from the lottery.
- Surprise Santa Encounter: She kidnaps you from Chaldea all of a sudden and you can note that she's the final Servant they had to beat in Fuyuki. You can also accuse her of forcing you to be her reindeer as her way of acting out her being a sore loser.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: If the protagonist recognizes her from Fuyuki, she'll tell them that this is their first meeting and that she's never been beaten by them before and certainly hasn't been brooding over that fact.
- Theme Music Power-Up: Comedic example. "Jingle Bells" starts playing when she uses her Excalibur Morgan. She even hums along. She's also invented her own first verse lyrics:Dashing off we go, through the raging winds, slicing singularities, battles on ba-attleeees~
- Trademark Favorite Food: As far as she's concerned, the true meaning of Christmas is turkey."I don't have any fond memories of Christmas, but I want a turkey. Oh yes, do I ever. That rustic, crude, oily brilliance of it—the essence of a good meal.
- Tsundere: Her nicer side comes out several times during the Christmas event, particularly with Jack and Nursery Rhyme, though she continuously tries to play it off. The protagonist can even call her "Alter-chan" at one point and her response is to quickly tell them not to say that while her portrait is in a flustered state rather than an angry one.
- Wave Motion Sword: She still has Excalibur Morgan, using it as her sleigh's thrusters in place of the reindeer she scared off. As one of the first "welfare Servants", the player also has the opportunity to get it to Level 5 with relative ease, making her extremely helpful to players unwilling to shell out a lot of Saint Quartz for other 4-Stars and 5-Stars of comparable power.
- You Need to Get Laid: Tells Martha, Ushiwakamaru, and Jing Ke they need to stop loitering around in a cave, go outside, and find some boyfriends to spend Christmas with instead of wasting away.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade S! They reach all the way past her knees and she's clearly flustered when speaking to the protagonist.
ID: No. 179
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Origin: England (Arthurian Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/stay night (Heaven's Feel route)
Illustrated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi
In order to make her Masters summer even better, Altria Alter has become a maid. Her subsequent embarrassment at the idea of people seeing her dressed up as one has led her to disguise her various weapons as mere cleaning tools.
First announced during FGO 2nd Anniversary Fes, she's the swimsuit version of Altria (Alter) for the second Summer event. She is Nero's teammate on team "Tyrannical Shooting Star" in "Dead Heat Summer Race / Death Jail Summer Escape."
- Badass Longcoat: She's wearing one for her second stage over her swimsuit. It gets even bigger and more impressive at her third stage.
- Balance Buff: Her Coaching skill was buffed to include a delayed buff that triggers one turn later to increase the maximum HP of her target for five turns up to 3000 HP. This effectively acts as a delayed heal that compensates for the 1000 HP demerit of the skill.
- Bare Your Midriff: The swimsuit part of her outfit comes into play with a lot of the middle removed to let it function as one.
- BFG: Secace, Altria's short sword which has been turned into a gun, is normally a water pistol, but can be combined with Excalibur Morgan to turn it into an anti-material sniper rifle.
- Biker Babe: It's 20% More Awesome due to the fact her water walking extends to vehicles, allowing her to drift her motorcycle on the ocean.
- Blood Knight: While her original self is epitomized by Tranquil Fury, her swimsuit version's wider range of emotions includes more enthusiasm for violence. Indeed, she's quite happy to offer her services to her master in making things disappear, like at the beginning of "Death Jail Summer Escape."
- Coat Cape: She wears her black coat this way in her third Ascension.
- Cool Bike: She rides one on the ocean for her Noble Phantasm animation. This is the reason she's a Rider.
- Cool Crown: Wears a black crown at her third stage.
- Deadly Euphemism: She occasionally refers to killing people as "cleaning up," as befitting a maid.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Averted. The only role of the maid she can't do is cook, which she balks at doing if asked.
- Glass Cannon: Despite her high HP and low ATK for her rarity, this is how Maid Alter effectively plays. She has no defensive skills and one skill that demands 1000HP for a demerit, but what she does have is high star weight, a passive that boosts her crit damage, the demerit skill takes a turn off cooldown and boosts crit star generation, another passive for Quick damage, and a skill that provides a self Attack buff along with a party-wide Quick buff, and another that gives a strong Quick buff for one attack with an incredibly short cooldown. Altogether, this makes her a Servant who can compensate her low base Attack with buffs and crits, can generate and get the crit stars to do so, and has one of the most damaging N Ps in the game when buffs are taken into account, though she won't last long in a sustained fight.
- Irony: Despite her higher rarity and having a Quick-focused deck, Maid Alter's Riding Skill is only at rank B, a rank lower than her Santa version's.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Switches out her maid-swimsuit for a skin-tight black dress for her third stage.
- Lighter and Softer: Not extremely so (it is Altria Alter, after all) but compared to her other appearances, she does come across like this. Those satisfied smiles come out a little easier than other times, and during her debut event itself she displays a generally wider range of emotion than she typically does, with even a few moments of outright, open surprise. She's also openly happy to serve her master and all-but-admits affection for them, even giving up her title of "King" in favor of "Maid" for the race she enters explicitly for their sake.
- Making a Splash: Like vanilla swimsuit Altria, Alter unleashes blasts of water from her guns and also soaks the enemy while striking them with her mop.
- Meido: Yes, she's actually wearing a swimsuit version of a maid costume, complete with a mop as her weapon.
- The Musketeer: Battle-style wise, she falls under here. While she definitely uses firearms as her main weapon, she normally opens her normal attacks with either the Excalibur Morgan balloon sword, or the mop.
- Mythology Gag: She's a massive pile of references back to the famous eighth episode of Carnival Phantasmnote , on top of being Alter trying to match normal Altria's Swimsuit version. And the bike she rides? Why, it's her bike from Fate/Zero with a black Palette Swap! And that doubles as a reference back to the Shinjuku chapter of GO itself!
- Ninja Maid: She professes to being a simple maid in this form, yet she also has no problem jumping around and beating people up with her mop and sword while shooting them with powerful jets of water from her guns.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: This version of Alter is a biker gunslinger gothic lolita maid in a swimsuit. It's as ridiculous as it's awesome.
- Oral Fixation: Is often seen munching on a popsicle, especially in her first ascension art.
- Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: Her final Ascension art has her pointing her pistol at the screen while glaring, though the threatening nature is mitigated by her pose, her attire, and the fact it's raining.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: In her third Ascension where she's wielding Excalibur Morgan proper, she can throw the sword at her target, which hits multiple times like a buzzsaw before she jumps forward and retrieves it.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Popsicles, which she's always seen munching on both in her first ascension outfit and as her skill animation. Heck, she mentions in one of her My Room lines that that's the thing she likes the most.
ID: No. 66
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: Chaotic Evil (Anne) and Chaotic Neutral (Mary)
Origin: Jamaica (18th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Yuuichiro Higashide
Illustrated by: I-IV
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Anne) and Ai Nonaka (Mary)
Anne Bonny and Mary Read are two female pirates who from the Golden Age of Piracy. Bonny was born to a prosperous household, a natural hooligan who eloped with a small-time punk. Bonny later separated from her husband, raising a pirate flag together with John Rackham. Upon capturing a ship from Holland one day, Bonny met Read by chance, who had slipped onto the ship dressed as a man. Read joined with her under Rackham's command, and they endeavored as a duo due to getting along well as fellow women, devoting themselves to the ways of piracy. It is said in many testimonies from Rackham's crew that the duo fought with greater courage than any other.
This time, the two have been exceptionally summoned as a single set Servant. There are no penalties given for this, but if one collapses the other will also be unable to fight, no questions asked.
They debuted together as antagonists in the Third Singularity: Okeanos, working for Blackbeard.
- Absolute Cleavage: Anne's shirt has a window stopping just short of her navel.
- Battle Couple: A couple in life, now immortalized as a dual Servant.
- BFG: Anne's rifle is longer than she is tall.
- BFS: Mary wields a cutlass that looks pretty big compared to her.
- Bi the Way: If you max out their bond level, Anne more or less suggests a threesome with their Master.
- Bokukko: Mary, alluding her disguise as a man in Calico Jack's crew, and contrasting Anne's refined watakushi.
- Covered with Scars: Mary's clothes hide most of it, but in stage 3 and 4 we see just how many scars she has.
- Critical Hit Class: Even amongst Riders, their skill set is built around critical hits, be it increasing their critical star absorption and generation rate, increasing their critical damage, and possessing a QQAAB deck, a Quick-based NP, and a Bond 10 CE that increases the party's critical hit damage to take full advantage of that. Ironically, they don't have the Riding skill to increase the power of their Quick cards and indirectly their star generation rate.
- Desperation Attack: Caribbean Free Bird: Bond of Lovebirds gets stronger the lower their HP is. If combined with the Black Holy Grail CE, it can become one of the strongest single-target attacks in the game.
- The Dividual: They're officially one Servant. In gameplay, Mary does most of the action, while Anne merely comes in when invoking skills and for the Noble Phantasm. If Anne's in charge, they become an Archer instead (as seen with their swimsuit version).
- Exact Words: During "Chaldea Summer Memory", in order to figure out where they are, Mary convinces Blackbeard to paddle out to sea so he can get a better view of the land for them. She does this by promising him that she'll allow him to touch her anywhere once, which he agrees to immediately. When he gets back, Mary gives him a high-five for returning alive which he tiredly reciprocates. She then informs him that that counted as his reward touch.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Well, "Huge Girl, Tiny Girl" in their case. Curiously, in dialogue sequences, it's downplayed as Mary is made to appear taller than in the card art, coming up to just below Anne's shoulder, which is more accurate to their official heights, as there's only a height difference of 13 cm, or about 5 inches (which means Anne should only be One Head Taller than Mary). Not to mention, Mary is actually taller than Altria and Nero!
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Anne Bonny's wardrobe is miraculous in how she doesn't have a wardrobe malfunction every few seconds.
- It's What I Do: They don't really have any wish for the Grail. But it's a treasure, the Grail War a fantastic adventure, and they're pirates, so they are going for it anyway.
- Ms. Fanservice: Anne. And Mary, come that third ascension.
- Off-Model: Going by the numbers in their profile, their height gap is only 13 cm, but in their card art Mary is only as tall as Anne's waist.
- Official Couple: Mixed with a bit of polyamory as they seem to consider the two of them and their Master one.
- Older Than They Look: Despite her looks, Mary is actually at least 10 years older than Anne.
- One Steve Limit: Mary and Marie have very similar names, and to make things worse, both are also Riders. The main differences lie in the pronunciation of the letter A and the emphasis on the other syllable (Ma-ry and Ma-rie).
- Pirate Girl: Both of them, and they're based on two of the most famous Real Life examples.
- Playboy Bunny: Have elements of this in 3rd and final stage. Especially Mary. The reason why they wear bunnygirl costumes is because I-IV wanted to draw them in such a costume.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Anne's color-scheme is mainly red and black. Additionally, together they also play this trope straight, with Anne supplying more red and Mary supplying the black.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Anne's red to Mary's blue. Anne is friendlier from the start, but Mary is Defrosting Ice Queen. While both of them are pretty hedonistic, Anne wants more treasures and adventures when Mary just wants to roam around the world freely.
- The Shut-In: Played for laughs in "The Garden of Order", where they wind up becoming a pair of lazy slobs who never leave their apartment after Blackbeard exposes them to the convenience of the internet and online shopping.
- Together in Death: Despite being functionally two Servants, when one of them dies, the other will follow not long after. The reason why only Mary is out in the field is because they have twice the hitbox otherwise (and Anne using a flintlock is detrimental to her melee). Might be an allusion from when Mary died in prison, Anne practically disappeared from the record.
- Token Yuri Girls: Their Stage 4 artwork leaves very little to the imagination on what their relationship is. Also, their Noble Phantasm's title is Bond of Lovebirds. Blackbeard even refers to them as "The Yuri Couple."
ID: No. 94
Spiritron Dress ID: No. 5note
Command Cards: QQQAB; (Q)
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: France (9th century)
First appearance: Fate/Apocrypha (as Rider of Black)
Background development: Yuuichiro Higashide and Meteo Hoshizora
Illustrated by: Ototsugu Konoe
Voiced by: Rumi Ookubo
A character from the Matter of France, where he was one of the Twelve Paladins of Charlemagne. Astolfo is said to have been the most handsome, optimistic and completely lacking in sense out of the Twelve. A sunny adventurer at heart, Astolfo traveled all across the world getting into all sorts of fun and light-hearted adventures, acquiring a whole collection of artifacts and mystical items such as his hunting horn, magical grimoire, and shining golden lance. He befriended many legendary mounts such as the Hippogriff and even reached the Moon in the end.
Astolfo first appeared in Fate/Apocrypha as Rider of Black, where he was practically the third protagonist of the story. He first appeared in Grand Order as a cameo in the first Christmas event, "Almost Weekly Santa Alter," and had his proper debut as part of the White Day event that followed the second Valentine's Day event. Curiously, he did not participate during the France chapter despite a number of other Apocrypha alumni having significant roles. He later appears in Agartha as a main ally.
- Affectionate Nickname: Bradamante addresses him as "A-chan".
- Ambiguous Gender: In terms of gameplay, he isn't flagged with a gender because he has a skill that prevents even a Ruler from being able to tell. That being said, he very much identifies as male and prefers male pronouns.
- Anti-Magic: Astolfo has forgotten the True Name of his magical grimoire, but just having it on his person grants him immunity to the vast majority of magical spells, and even a degree of protection against Command Spells. When he remembers its True Name, "Casseur di Logistilla: Destruction Declaration", reading from the grimoire allows him to cancel any magical spell or effect, with the exception of Reality Marbles.
- Atrocious Alias: He disguises himself in a maid outfit in the Nightless City during the Agartha pseudo-singularity, and when he gets caught by the Nightless Assassin's forces he declares himself as "Sailor Paladin." Chevalier d'Eon has no choice but to follow in his silly footsteps as "Maid Knight."
- Badass Adorable: He's cute, very girly, and also a fairly good fighter.
- Balance Buff: His third skill got a buff to give it a 50% NP charge at Lv. 10, making it easier for him to use his NP without having to rely on his low NP generation.
- Bare Your Midriff: The pink Sailor Fuku he dons during "Woman of Agartha" doesn't bother to cover the abdomen area.
- Bishōnen: Has a girly and cutesy appearance to him, complete with a slender build, a feminine dress code, and a reputation for being "beautiful beyond compare".
- Big Eater: In his Interlude, the party decides to camp out since Astolfo had gotten lost anyway. He immediately demands curry, and the protagonist is all-too-happy to oblige even as Mash reminds Astolfo that as a Servant he doesn't outright need to eat. He ends up eating the entirety of the emergency rations.
- Bi the Way: Side materials have confirmed that Astolfo doesn't care about gender differences, and in this game in particular is happy to hit on the protagonist in Agartha regardless of gender.
- Bizarre Instrument: "La Black Luna: Magic Flute That Calls Panic", one of his Noble Phantasms. When not in use it simply looks like a small horn, but when activated it turns much larger and grows a crazy-looking bunch of pipes, becoming a weapon of sonic destruction said to sound like a roaring dragon. He uses it in Agartha to counter the deafening Amazons' battle cry.
- Blade on a Stick: "Trap of Argalia: Down With A Touch!", a lance that can force an opponent to kneel simply by touching them with it, is his primary weapon as a Rider. However, it does need to contact with the body or at least armor of his opponent. Striking their weapon is not enough to activate the effect. In this game, however, he only uses it for attacking, the forced kneeling ability is instead a skill that can stun an enemy.
- Born Lucky: Luck Rank A+.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Near the end of his Interlude, he yoinks Oda Nobunaga's "it can't be helped!" Catchphrase:Astolfo: "Well, if he's a fake, it can't be helped! (Nobbu!)"
- Braids of Action: Being a long-haired knight, naturally he's gotta have a braid!
- Butt-Monkey: During his Early-Bird Cameo in the first Christmas event, he gets no respect from friend or enemy alike because he didn't show up in Orleans to fight. Santa Alter even tells him he's not getting any presents for it before finally throwing a pumpkin in his face as she and the protagonist take off, which d'Eon takes to mean that he won't show up until next year's Halloween.
- Calling Your Attacks: Besides the everyday, normal invocations of his Noble Phantasm, he also has the brilliant idea to call out "Astolfo PUNCH!" in his Interlude.
- Catchphrase: Has a tendency to deliver a cutesy "Yahoo!" when greeting others.
- Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: For his idle stance.
- Cute Little Fangs: Oddly, they appear skin-colored. He's not any sort of being that would normally have fangs; they're just there to make him look cute and mischievous.
- The Ditz: Weaponized. One of his skills, Evaporation of Sanity, gives him something akin to a sixth sense in combat similar to Eye of the Mind or Instinct from his complete lack of common sense. In Agartha, even he knows that he's not quite the "sharpest bulb in the toolbox," and earlier he calls the pirates of Ys "tropical river pirates of the high seas" based on the Rider of the Resistance's description of them.d'Eon: "Urk! Everything about that was wrong! And to make matters worse, he doesn't even care!"
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: He can easily be mistaken for a girl. In fact, in Agartha when the Resistance is taking ships up the rivers to launch a surprise attack on the Amazons, him wearing his Sailor Fuku is enough to make the men all stare at him "like some sort of sea goddess".
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appears during the first Christmas event four months before becoming a playable Servant. Everyone there admonishes him for not showing up in Orleans to help Jeanne and Siegfried defend his own country, and Santa Alter gives him a pumpkin from the first Halloween event, which as d'Eon states is supposed to represent he'll have to wait until the next year's Halloween event to be playable.
- Hair Decorations: His black ribbons, which he says are "an irresistible proof of friendship" that he used to restore peace between him and his ally Orlando.
- Heavy Sleeper: After devouring all the party's food in his Interlude, he immediately falls asleep in the middle of a sentence. It's implied that the Master and Mash then spend the entirety of the night talking about Mash's past, and Astolfo is fast asleep throughout.
- Iconic Outfit: If anything, Astolfo as seen in this game is heavily associated with the sailor fuku he's shown wearing in Epic of Remnant, second only to his default outfit.
- Keet: Cute, talkative, upbeat, and feminine.
- Lap Pillow: The protagonist wakes up receiving one from Astolfo when the party is washed away to the Dragon Palace underwater in Agartha. Since it's Astolfo, the romantic overtones are intentional.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: A braid damn near as long as Jeanne's, and yep, he is amazingly pretty.
- Lunacy: According to the Matter of France, Astolfo traveled to the Moon to retrieve Orlando's lost sanity; the Moon being the place where all things lost on Earth eventually end up. Within the Fate universe, this means that Astolfo's "lost sanity" is also located on the Moon, and if the Moon is no longer in the sky (because it is obscured or during a new moon) then he regains a lot of his reasoning and tactical thinking, to the point where he can remember the True Name of his magical grimoire.
- Master of None: Astolfo is severely undertuned as a Servant in Grand Order, and a notorious example of how bad stats can hinder the viability of a unit. While his HP and Strength stats are okay for a Rider, his NP Generation and Critical Star Generation stats are extremely low, not appropriately compensated by his skills, and his Attack Cards have a low number of hits per card. This makes it incredibly hard to use his Noble Phantasm or generate Critical Stars, making him especially weak for a Quick-orientated Servant. He later received a number of Balance Buffs that significantly increased the power and consistency of his Noble Phantasm, shifting his niche towards that of a wave-farming Rider.
- Motor Mouth: Which, "through no fault of his own," inevitably leads him to say too much.
- Multicolored Hair: Downplayed, but he sports a streak of white hair on his pink hair.
- Mythology Gag:
- One of his attack animations has him use his lance, the Trap of Argalia.
- In Medea Lily's Interlude, he and Jeanne continue their rivalry from the Capsule Servant minigame (and Apocrypha as a whole).
- Nice Guy: Extremely nice to just about anyone.
- No Sense of Direction: Early in his Interlude, he gets completely lost. The protagonist expecting this to happen really hammers in how frequently this occurs.
- Not Completely Useless: His lance, "Trap of Argalia: Down With A Touch!" is fairly useless when used as a combat weapon, or at the least doesn't confer any special advantages that a regular lance could not provide. Its only magical ability is to force an opponent to kneel (or cause the lower legs of a Servant to vanish) with a single hit. In Fate/Apocrypha, this niche ability was the key to defeating Adam, who was invulnerable to damage so long as one foot was on the Earth.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: Being a Rider-class Servant, one of his Noble Phantasms is a Hippogriff that he rides which belonged to his cousin and fellow Paladin Bradamante. Being a Phantasmal Beast, it also has the ability to teleport itself and its rider to the Reverse Side of the World briefly to avoid attacks, which is represented in-game by his NP granting him an Evade buff after use. However, because overusing this ability drains Astolfo's Mana reserves rapidly, the Evade buff only lasts for three attacks.
- Pink Heroine: Gender inverted; he is a Servant of Black whose image colour is rose pink.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Actual literature fact, no less. He barely even gets mentioned in the stories most people associate with Roland, instead he gets starring roles in more light-hearted and fantasy adventure stories written during the Italian Renaissance.
- The Pollyanna: Described as being "eternally optimistic".
- Red Baron: 12th Paladin of Charlemagne.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Male example, fitting the "cheery and optimistic" subtype.
- Sailor Fuku: He wears a pink one during "Woman of Agartha" to infiltrate the Nightless City in Agartha.
- Saying Too Much: Which quickly leads to maximum awkwardness. It's a side effect of his Deprivation of Sanity skill. He simply cannot be trusted to keep secrets (Even things like True Names or Noble Phantasms) without accidentally blabbing. On the plus side it acts like Instinct in battle, letting him pick the best course of action in a fight.
- Shaped Like Itself: Astolfo manages to give a non-answer if you ask him about his Likes and Dislikes in My Room:Astolfo [Likes]: "Things that I like? Everything! I like everything in the world except for the things I hate!"
Astolfo [Dislikes]: "Things that I hate? Hmm, nothing. I like almost everything in this world!"
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Jeanne, as they compete for the position of the most popular character in Apocrypha and beyond, and engage in silly bickering to do so.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: In his Interlude, Astolfo tracks down Roland with the help of a horse and its rider describing how Roland had messed with them. Astolfo directly asks, "mister horse, do you know where the naked guy who rode you went?" and the horse replies with a neigh that Astolfo translates as "Follow me." Regardless of whether or not he actually understood the horse, it does indeed lead the party the right way.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: In Agartha, Astolfo is the wise guy to d'Eon's Straight Man as the pair are the master's Chaldean-native escorts. Astolfo will be playing with Fou, flirting with the master, or cracking jokes while d'Eon remains professional and diligent as a bodyguard.
- Trauma Button: Played for laughs in Agartha, where the Amazons threaten to enslave the men in the party and chain them up, Astolfo mentions with a disturbed expression he remembers something from his time in Apocrypha, specifically how his Master Celenike wanted to do the same to him.
- The Unfettered:
- He does whatever he wants, when he wants. If he doesn't want to use up mana for an attack, he won't. If he thinks a course of action was a good one, despite everyone around him disagreeing, he'll say so.
- It is also the reason he's crossdressing despite not being transgender or anything similar: he likes cute things, and he finds his outfit cute. So he wears it and doesn't give a damn about what others think. This trope is the main reason he's described as Chaotic in spite of otherwise being a proud paladin.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: Almost has one of these in Agartha while adjusting the skirt of his Sailor Fuku. d'Eon yells at him to stop because no one wants to see what he has under there, both for decency and the fact he would out their cover.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: He wears a skirt, garterbelt, and thigh-high stockings, which combined with his long hair makes him look very feminine. The reason he dresses like this is because it amused Roland and since Astolfo didn't mind, he decided to go for it.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Male example; he is stated to be "beautiful beyond compare".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Rose pink with a streak of white.
- Zettai Ryouiki:
- While in his armour, his thigh-highs go above his knees, but leave enough space for a fair amount of skin exposure between them and his plateskirt.
- In his Memories of Trifas outfit, his pantyhose goes above his knees and beyond to the point that there's no bare skin exposed below his skirt.
ID: No. 257
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Wales (17th century)
First Appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Mata
Voiced by: Chiaki Kobayashi
The most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy who is said to have plundered 400 ships throughout the Carribean Sea. He's known to be a bold, charismatic and fearless captain and loves to wear fine clothing and jewelry. He was killed by grapeshot while he stood on deck. His crew conducted a burial at sea as his last request.
He first debuts in "A Study in the Dubious Meiho-sou", claiming to have lost his memory and joins up with Chaldea's film project under the name of "Salazar", the character he plays. It's not until the fourth anniversary special that he first becomes playable.
- Affably Evil: While almost relentlessly genial and courteous, he's still a pirate, and one of history's most prolific, no less.
- Alpha Strike: He commands his ships to surround and fire cannons at enemies in his Noble Phantasm.
- Ambiguously Brown: Since he was born in Wales, it is hard to tell if he either has really dark tan or if he is naturally dark-skinned. A General History of the Pyrates describes him having a dark complexion.
- Bishōnen: He's very handsome in a pretty boy-sense, with a slender figure and not-too rugged face.
- Bi the Way: If they have Blinding or Peek-a-Bangs, he wants to bang them. This extends just as much to men as it does women, as he demonstrates by immediately hitting on Fuuma Kotarou should they meet.
- Critical Hit Class: Inverted. His skill set encourages him to help generate crit stars, but his second skill helps him reduce his own star absorption, enabling his allies higher chances to use them instead. Given his class is Rider, which are high star stealers, this makes him someone who works best without critical stars for himself, but instead provide them.
- The Dandy: Quite fussy about his appearance and badgers the protagonist about getting him new clothes in his ascension lines.
- Deuteragonist: Salazar and his missing memories serve as a major driving force behind the Meiho-sou event, with Salazar himself receiving a good deal of focus in the process.
- Dressed to Plunder: And gets moreso with each ascension.
- Foreshadowing: The Protagonist and Jeanne d'Arc Alter can't help but remember something Blackbeard told them during the 2018 summer event, where he described a pirate with an interest in girls with hair covering one eye. "Salazar" having an interest in Mash along with the sound of cannon fire serving as a trigger for his memories bring to mind the pirate in question: Bartholomew Roberts, his true identity.
- Has a Type: Loses his train of thought if women with Peek-a-Bangs talk to him and immediately becomes slavishly devoted to their every word. His profile says that he doesn't care about gender or if they are even human, as long as they have bangs that cover one or both eyes, he is attracted to them.
- Identity Amnesia: In the Meiho-sou event, he claims that he lost all of his memories, so he goes by the name "Salazar".
- Nice Hat: Gains an impressive pirate hat for his 2nd and 3rd ascensions.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Salazar" is merely the name he took after his character in Murasaki's script. His real name is Bartholomew Roberts.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: Gains an impressive one for his 3rd ascension.
- Shipper on Deck: He admires Mash for her Peek-a-Bangs, but at the same time, he tells the protagonist to never, ever lose such a wonderful girl from their side.
- Situational Sword: His Noble Phantasm has one of the strangest special damage targets in the game, which is that it does more damage against Bronze rarity enemies. The Noble Phantasm's description says that it can't reach its full power if the target is a famous captain or a military officer.
- Stockholm Syndrome: How he got his start in piracy. Roberts originally was a second mate on a merchant ship who was taken prisoner in a pirate raid. He wound up getting on with the crew so well that, when the original captain died a mere six weeks later, they decided to make Roberts captain in his place.
- Sword and Gun: He wields a swords and a pistol in combat.
- Support Party Member: His skills are focused around providing support to Quick allies. His first skill increases damage and NP damage, his second skill buffs the parties crit damage and cuts off his star absorption for three turns so other allies can use them, and his third skill buffs Quick cards and provides stars. His support utility for his rarity makes him very useful.
- Trauma Button: During filming, he is made to act like he is having war flashbacks when hearing cannon fire. However, since Roberts was killed by cannon fire, it ends up returning his memories and causes his Spirit Origin to rapidly change until he becomes a giant ghost, forcing others to calm him down.
- You Remind Me of X: He notes that Mash reminds him of someone, specifically her eyes and hair.
ID: No. 26
Command Cards: QQAAB; (A)
Alignment: Neutral Good
Origin: Britain (1st century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Takao Aotsuki
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito
A young warrior-queen of the British frontierlands that held off Roman might for decades before she was finally overwhelmed by Nero, after which she either killed herself to spare herself further disgrace or died of an illness. Her name has resurfaced in Victorian Britain as the "Queen of Victory". This version represents her younger, more idealistic self before being worn by Rome.
She appears as an ally in Rome, serving as Nero's main general.
- Badass Cape: Stage 3 decks her out with a really fancy one of white and red, complete with fur lining.
- Badass in Charge: Upon her husband's death, she was to be named inheritor to his title of chief of the Iceni tribe, only to be denied that title by the occupying Roman forces. Needless to say, she didn't let that stick for long, and led a revolution that left its impact on Britain and Rome for all of time. In Rome, she serves as a general in Nero's army and is respected by almost everyone.
- Balance Buff: Her Oath of the Goddess was made into Queen of Victory via Rank Up Quest to now provide a party wide damage buff when fighting Romans and a crit damage buff for three turns. While this doesn't make her all that useful still, she can now be used for specific fights to provide extra damage against enemies with Roman traits and provide her allies with a flat damage buff.
- Big Damn Heroes: She shows up and uses her Noble Phantasm in conjunction with Mash's in order to save the party from being annihilated by Altera's Noble Phantasm near the end of Rome.
- Cleavage Window: Present throughout her entire Ascension line.
- Cool Big Sis: Seems to act like and sometimes refers to herself as one. In the Rome segment this is especially prominent towards Mash, who she says reminds her of her little sister. It also doesn't help that when you look at it, their Noble Phantasms are almost virtually identical.
- In fact, according to her Materials, she acts like a Big Sister towards all British Servants, especially the Knights of the Round Table. Considering shes the oldest known British Heroic Spirit, this kind of makes sense.
- Enemy Mine: In Rome, she states that the reason she's fighting for Rome and Nero, the very enemies she fought against in life, is because she sees the United Empire as something far worse.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Her first skill increases damage against enemies with the Roman trait, which includes Spartacus, who also fought against the Romans in life.
- Green-Eyed Redhead: Though like many Nasuverse characters, her eyes can also be viewed as either teal or aqua.
- He Who Fights Monsters: She admits to Nero in Solomon that she can never forgive Rome for what they did to her daughters, her lands, and her people...but she also admits that in taking her revenge, she committed similar acts on many Roman men and women, particularly in Londinium, so perhaps no one was truly innocent.
- Joke Character: Mechanically she's one of the worst characters - her first skill is even more situational than Siegfried's third even before the latter skill received a Rank Up Quest, and like him, the majority of enemies it can target (enemies with the Roman trait) are part of the three Knights class - who Boudica, a Rider-class, deals normal damage tonote . Her attack is very poor without her first skill, and while she does have a defense-based Noble Phantasm, high health, and the somewhat useful Battle Continuation, the lack of a Taunt skill and defense bonus pretty much make her a watered down version of Mash - who not only is the first servant you get in the game, but costs 0 MP to use. Even if you take Mash out of the equation spoiler note , she's still inferior to another Rider built to be a tank, St. George, who lacks the defensive NP, but more than makes up for it by having a Taunt Skill that doubles as a defense buff, and also has Battle Continuation - and he's a 2 star. Events treat her as a female version of Blackbeard, with the first Summer event having her swimsuit version be a 3-star CE, and the second one had her change class into an Avenger because while said CE was one of the more popular 3-stars, she didn't get a swimsuit version. Nobunaga even outright says that she needs to stop with reasoning like that or no one will ever take her seriously again (and noting she herself has long since given up any hope of being serious).
- Legendary Weapon: Her Sword of Boudica is actually a complete subversion. It's just a fancy sword, explicitly pointed out to NOT have properties like Excalibur's. It can fire bolts of energy, but they're not that impressive. It's not holy or made by fairies, it doesn't have a promise of victory, or anything amazing. All its power comes from Boudica's own belief that her sword will bring her victory.
- Love Confession: Her bond five line has her stating that she doesn't hate the protagonist before reprimanding herself for speaking so unclearly and coming out and saying that she loves them, both as a Master and person.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: More of a buckler in her case.
- Mama Bear: Definitely qualifies as this, considering her backstory. When Rome denied her the inheritance of tribal leadership following her husband's death, then publicly flogged her and raped her daughters, she responded by uniting the other tribes of Britannia and leading a revolution that nearly pushed the Romans out of their territory. Her forces razed Londinium (what is now modern-day London) with such ferocity that there are still scorch marks four metres below London, which archaeologists refer to as "The Boudica Destruction Layer." To say she is not to be trifled with is an understatement.
- Marshmallow Hell: Briefly subjects Mash to this upon declaring herself her sister in Rome.
- Master of None: A victim of early game bad design. She's specialized in fighting Romans and being a defensive support Servant, but she's the wrong class to fight the largely knight class Romans, she doesn't have the stats to pull it off anyway and her support options are pretty weak. Namely, once her NP upgrade rolled around people floated the idea that maybe she could be a budget Mash since their NPs have very similar effects, only to realize that she can hardly be budget Mash when she uses more cost. As a result she's generally considered to be a strong contender for worst Servant in the game let alone for her rarity.
- My Greatest Failure: States that part of the reason she fights to protect Rome may have to do with her guilt for the deaths of the innocents in Londinium and she seeks to spare Rome's citizens a similar fate.
- Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Has Battle Continuation, which manifests as resurrection after taking a lethal hit in the game.
- Not Afraid to Die: In "Dead Heat Summer Race," during a Game of Chicken race to the mouth of a volcano, she declares she doesn't care if she dies as long as she wins. She wins by driving her chariot into the volcano itself, but Nero saves her from falling in.
- Of Corsets Sexy: From her stage two card onwards. Before that she is wearing what appears to be a bikini and sleeves.
- Power Creep: She was never good, but she's the go-to example for why early-game Servants tend to be really bad or at least required a lot of buffs to make them workable. Newer Servants tend to have much more synergy in their kits and less terrible Situational Sword abilities.
- Rage Breaking Point: Played for Laughs in "Dead Heat Summer Race," and Boudica herself is treated zigzaggedly serious. The reason why she changed from a nice older sister Servant to a furious Avenger this time is because she's angry that she was a mere 3* Craft Essence last Summer event and still doesn't have a swimsuit version. She also brings up her historic past against Nero and the Romans and the loss of her daughters and land, but the sheer length of the swimsuit rant (and her apologies later for bringing up old history) shows that this is what triggered her transformation.Boudica: "I was told to wear a swimsuit and sit in a hammock, where numerous photos were then taken of me! I was a little embarrassed, but I agreed because I thought it would make everyone happy. And when I was then told that the resulting photos were some of the more popular 3* entries, I dared to believe that when this year's summer event rolled around... I might even get a playable swimsuit version of myself!"
- Rapunzel Hair: From Stage 3 onward she has waist-length hair. Her Arcade incarnation was also given a wearable costume that gives her a modified appearance: it's her Second Ascension's appearance, but has the long hair of her Third, and gives her the hair flowers she has in her Formal Outfit.
- Retired Monster:
- There's a notable discrepancy between her Servant personality and the account of living witnesses in Rome. The Boudica as Servant is notably a kind-hearted older sister type who tends the wounds of her hated enemies, while the Boudica Nero remembers was the barbarian queen whose shadow was so large for the Roman, Nero doesn't even realized she already died several years prior Septem storyline. Most telling is her Noble Phantasm; the wheels of her chariot, AKA the dreaded Boudica Spikes, are used to shield her comrades, not to maim her enemies. It is hinted that the stark difference is because of the nature of Heroic Spirits which makes them All-Powerful Bystander by default because their 'story' as a hero ended by their death, thus old revenge is below them. She's also rather ashamed that in the end she invited the very same injustices on otherwise-innocent Romans in the name of vengeance.
- That said, she has several lines that imply she still has hard feelings against Nero and that if the United Empire wasn't a bigger threat she'd be right back to fighting her during the Rome singularity. It's implied her vengeance towards the Romans qualifies her for the Avenger class. Her lines in "Garden of Order" show her darker emotions of fury at the Romans.Boudica: I won't go back. There's no place for me to go back to. That's because... everything... YOU TOOK EVERYTHING. We were the king's only family. My daughter and I were all he had. That's why I was going to inherit the throne... Yet I was told women have no right to inheritence... YOU BASTARDS! YOU ROMANS TOOK EVERYTHING FROM ME! I had forgotten. I tried to distract myself with the cause of "saving humanity." However... this anger. This hatred. This vengeance...I won't let anybody get in my way, no matter who it is!
- Situational Sword: Even worse than Siegfried, who at least has a damaging NP, the occasional Lancer Dragon to work with and post-Rank Up Quests is competent even outside his niche. She has a skill that lets her deal extra damage to Romans, but since most of them are knight classes this is pretty much worthless with only Nero Summer and Caligula being weak to her. And since she has no damaging NP and BAAQQ deck, she's not much good for that either. To add insult to injury, Nero Summer has a skill that removes her class disadvantages, so Boudica has still a hard time to fight her arch-nemesis. To put this in perspective, when the skill was finally buffed, it was made into a party-wide buff.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's one of the game's tallest female characters, and has an impressive figure. All the better for hugging Mash!
- Stone Wall: She has high HP, her Noble Phantasm gives the party a two layer defensive buff that lasts for one and three turns respectively (and after being upgraded will provide an attack buff for three turns), and her Battle Continuation skill means she can quickly bounce back from a fatal hit. On the other hand, she has low attack and an incredibly situational skill that only provides bonus damage against Roman enemies (which only mostly appear in Rome and come in one of the three Knight classes).
- Stripperific: Her stage one outfit lacks any kind of protection for her lower body and leaves very little to your imagination.
- Supreme Chef:
- She is very good at cooking as mentioned during the Valentine event by Shakespeare and EMIYA, and her chocolate gift is an entire cake that she originally meant to share with others before giving the entire thing to the protagonist. Even Altera went to her for help for making chocolate.
- In Septem, she was responsible for the soldier's meals, and she's one of the staff members of Chaldea's kitchen, which also include EMIYA, Tamamo Cat and Raikou.
- Younger and Hipper: Nero claimed she might be younger than the barbarian queen she remembered. Boudica herself insists to be a Cool Big Sis instead of a Mama Bear.
Alignment: Neutral Evil
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Origin: Hungary (17th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order (as Assassin)
Illustrated by: okojo
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka
The vampire countess realized that unlike her younger self Elisabeth, she lacks her own castle. So in order to get herself money to buy one, she used her beauty to pose as a summer celebrity at day, as well as her wits and sneakiness to be a phantom thief named "Mistress C" at night.
One of the summer Servants for the fourth Summer event.
- Berserk Button: She strictly follows her code of elegance and manners, so she doesn't take overly brash women like Drake very well.
- Calling Card: She has a simple red card with a stylized Doberman and her title. A unique sound cue plays to emphasize it as her signature warning.
- Canine Companion: She's accompanied by two Dobermans, though her second and third ascensions reveal that they're actually Robot Dogs with both Mecha-Elisabeths' coloration.
- Car Fu: Her Noble Phantasm is her Iron Maiden revamped, now named "Testarossa Maiden" to be her getaway car, which she uses to run over enemies.
- Critical Hit Class: All over the place. For starters, she's a Rider with the naturally highest Critical Star Gather weight, and she has high hitcounts on a Quick-leaning card deck. Her first skill debuffs an enemy's Critical Resistance (effectively, an up-to-50% critical damage buff against this one target) and conjures a burst of Critical Stars. Her second skill decreases a single enemy's own chance to critically hit. Her Noble Phantasm debuffs all foes' Quick resistance, meaning the entire party's Quick cards create more Stars, do more damage, and generate more NP gauge. She even has two passives, with a buffed Presence Concealment increasing Critical Star Drop Rate and Independent Action buffing critical damage.
- Femme Fatale Spy: She's posed like a female agent who lurks at night, although she is actually a phantom thief.
- Lighter and Softer: It's clear that Carmilla has mellowed out immensely since joining Chaldea. Not only is her My Room and ascension dialogue lacking her usual sadistic tone, she starts very casual before becoming coyly affectionate. She's very obviously in love by Bond 4.
- Little Useless Gun: Carmilla uses a very short pistol.
- Marilyn Maneuver: She does this in the Las Vegas Tournament trailer, though she expresses little emotion at the wind suddenly lifting her dress up.
- Nice Hat: She wears a large hat that complements her night dress.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: She laughs "Ohohoho!" before making fun of Elisabeth and her Chainmail Bikini.
- Phantom Thief: She decided to reinvent herself as one for the summer, committing several thieveries in Las Vegas.
- Punny Name: CAR-milla anyone?
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After being overshadowed by Liz in almost any event they appeared in, she finally gets one over on her by getting a swimsuit variant before her, and she's very happy about it.
ID: No. 25
Command Cards: QAABB; (B)
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Bahamas (17th-18th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Yuuichiro Higashide
Illustrated by: B-suke
Voiced by: Tadahisa Saizen
Edward Teach, better known as "Blackbeard", was probably the most notorious pirate in the world, with records of his acts of savagery throughout the West Indies striking fear to sailor and pirate alike, even his own men. It took a surprise attack from the Royal Navy to finally put an end to his reign of terror, with the dreaded pirate defiant to the bitter end.
He's an antagonist in the Third Singularity: Sealed Ends of the Four Seas Okeanos and a minor "ally" in the first Summer event, "Chaldea Summer Memory". He also sneaks into the first half of the second Summer event, "Dead Heat Summer Race."
- Badass Crew: His ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, gets stronger when boarded by heroes. With more heroes boarding the ship, its reputation as the most fearsome vessel in the world becomes more assured and the ship as Noble Phantasm will gain popularity boost according to this. With Eric, Bonny, Read, and Hector as its crew, Queen Anne's Revenge is stronger than the Golden Hind; that's a C rank NP being stronger than an A+ rank NP.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: He uses his fists, and a wicked-looking hook after Stage 2.
- Beard of Barbarism: Although replacing barbarism with piracy.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He is the most famous of all pirates, no matter how much of a dork he can be, and can prove to be a fearsome opponent. Except in the comedy-based events, where his main role is to be the Butt-Monkey of the cast.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: He gains a wrist-mounted hook in his first ascension.
- Boring, but Practical: Love him or hate him, Teach fills a very specific and niche spot as an AOE Buster NP Servant in a class where the number of said types of Riders can be counted nearly on one hand. He can buff the parties NP damage and attack, buff his own as well as provide himself Guts, and heal allies. All of this from a low rarity Servant. If you missed out getting Altria Alter (Santa), he's the most readily available Servant to fill this niche.
- Butt-Monkey: While not without his strengths, he's more or less the game's Dan Hibiki during the main story and side events. By the third iteration of "Nero Fest", he's paired up with Hector and instead of getting a formidable moniker like every other squad, their team is named Enjoy Nero Fest and then put on the very bottom rung of the tournament's preliminaries.
- Combo Platter Powers: He's this trope during the initial release of the game. His Voyager of the Storm Skill (also shared by Drake and Columbus) has traits of Charisma and Military Tactics. Pirate's Honor, a Skill he shares with Anne Bonny and Mary Read, combines Bravery with Battle Continuation. As the game progressed, combining weaker Skills together like this became commonplace to the point of being hardly noticeable.
- Comedic Lolicon: His interest in little girls like Illya is mostly played for laughs and he never actually does anything besides proclaim how much he loves little girls and would like to meet them. The closest he's ever come to actually doing anything physical is in the first Summer event with Mary Read and he's easily repelled by the others. This personality quirk might be caused by a myth that Edward Teach's wife, Mary Ormond, was 14 years old when they married. However, there isn't any historical evidence supporting this.
- Cool Boat: His Noble Phantasm, Queen Anne's Revenge: Revenge of Queen Anne.
- The Corrupter: Parodied during "Garden of Order" where he turns Anne Bonny and Mary Read into lazy, slobbish shut-ins after introducing them to the cheap, sedentary thrills of the internet.
- Dirty Old Man: He harasses Mash and Euryale with his eyes and his reason for getting the Grail is dubious.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Blackbeard is set up to be the main scourge of the Okeanos segment of the game, but is defeated and stands down halfway through the segment, being replaced as an antagonist by Jason.
- Face Death with Dignity: He doesn't seem too upset at all as he dies in Okeanos despite being betrayed by Hektor. In fact, he's rather jovial through his Last Words, laughing about how he got to keep his head and flirting with Drake.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Pretty much everybody in Okeanos treats him without respect, including his own crew. Anne Bonny & Mary Read in particular think he's a perverted idiot and more than once express their desire to kill him or get killed just to be done with him (though they give him the half-assed compliment he's not "the worst" captain they've had to put up with), and Eric is too crazy to really care. Hektor is the only one who's actually sane and somewhat respects him, if only because he respected Blackbeard's hidden craftiness in keeping his Grail safe. Not even the Demon Pillars, the ones enacting the whole incineration-of-humanity plot, think of him as anything but trash.
- Friend to All Children: Besides his unabashed and somewhat creepy love of girls who are Older Than They Look (a la Mary, Euryale, and Helena), he really likes actual children, which unfortunately gets him Mistaken for Pedophile by the protagonist. One of the more wholesome displays of this trope is in the Christmas Craft Essence Snow Pirates, where Blackbeard dressed in a snowman outfit is happily chasing around and playing with Bunyan and the (less-pleased) Assassin of Nightless City. Mary, however, is still as antagonistic as ever towards Blackbeard in the background.
- The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: His references come out of nowhere.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He conscripts Spartacus and Mephistopheles to wage war on "normies" during the first Valentine's Day event because he didn't receive any chocolates. (In the Japanese, this was against "riajuus", which is a term that explicitly refers to people with fulfillment in real life, ie., a significant other. "Go explode, riajuu!" is a Japanese internet meme, thus his "NORMIES EXPLODE!")
- Half the Man He Used to Be: During his Valentine's Day cutscene, he is vertically bisected by Altera when he attempts to share his private collection of "photo books" with the protagonist.
- Harem Seeker: His reason for getting the grail is this.
- Honor Among Thieves: Seems to be implied with one of his Personal Skills, Honor of Pirates.
- If It's You, It's Okay: While he normally targets girls, it's implied that he's attracted to Astolfo and d'Eon. His third skill has a bonus heal on female Servants, which also works on both Astolfo and d'Eon (keep in mind that due to their in game genders, they aren't usually affected by things that would only affect females), and when both of them are in a schoolgirl outfit and a maid outfit respectively and they are trying to conceal their true names in the Nightless Castle by calling out ridiculous names for themselves the protagonist has the option of asking Mash to send a recording to Blackbeard. Due to Blackbeard's Otaku status, it was probably an intentional reference to the Otokonoko genre.
- In-Series Nickname: During Okeanos, Mash refers to him as "Mistah Blackbeard" after he introduces himself as such.
- Last Chance Hit Point: Pirate's Honor gives him an Attack Buff, decreases his Mental Debuff Resistance, and gives him an infinite Guts. If that last effect is activated, however, he will be revived with only 1 single hit point no matter how high the Skill is leveled.
- Last Request: While dying, he asks Drake to hold him until he finally dies. She obliges. This is changed in the English version to them bantering together as he dies.
- Made of Iron: As stated above, he's got an A rank in Endurance. He's so confident in his durability that he offers to be Altria Lily's training dummy for her Noble Phantasm training during "Saber Wars" (with perverted ulterior motives, of course). To his credit, he manages to get back up after being hit in the groin by Lily's Caliburn twice in a row.
- Mighty Glacier: Stats-wise, with an E-ranked Agility and the rest of his physical stats clocking in at B+ for Strength and A for Endurance.
- More Dakka: Summoning Queen Anne's Revenge allows him to devastate his opponents with a barrage of cannonfire.
- Motor Mouth: He can talk really fast at times. Usually when saying something ridiculous.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: After getting a coat in his third ascension stage.
- Obfuscating Stupidity:
- He's definitely weird, but it's implied at several points he intentionally plays it up to keep people from taking him seriously as a threat. Hektor himself praises him in Okeanos for always keeping the Grail on his person and always having one hand on a gun, to the point he had to wait until Blackbeard was at death's door fighting the protagonist to finally steal it off him.
- He also appears during Rider of the Resistance's Interlude, where he's present amongst Moriarty and Mephistopheles as the 'villains group' that Columbus is a part of and confessed his two-faced nature with. Considering this is Columbus we're talking about, Blackbeard seems to be really good in this trope.
- Off with His Head!:
- He mentions during Okeanos that this was how he died in real life. When he does die in Okeanos, he's rather happy about keeping it this time.
- It actually happens to him again in "ServaFes 2018" when he makes the mistake of sneaking up on Ushiwakamaru. He's able to activate Pirate's Honor in time and survives, confusing everyone who saw his head go flying.
- Ornamental Weapon: He is stated to wield a gun just like pirates do, however his artwork doesn't depict him possessing one nor he does use one for his in-game attacks outside of the Arcade spin-off.
- Otaku: Enjoys looking at cute girls a bit too much, his interlude is about looking for Doujinshi at Pirate Comiket, he speaks like he's typing on 2ch, and then there's his stage 4 art. No one, not even his profile, is quite sure of where that comes from. Even his Valentine presents are explicit doujin!
- Red Baron: Blackbeard.
- Redemption Demotion: Mash grumbles that while he was a troublesome enemy, he became a nigh-useless ally once he was actually summoned to Chaldea.
- Shout-Out: One of his moves in Arcade involves trapping an enemy in a barrel and then hitting them as a reference to the Pop-Up Pirate game that was originally named after his Blackbeard alias.
- Silliness Switch: His Stage 4 artwork is this in spades. As he goes from the downright intimidating Stage 3 artwork to playing with figures of Mash and Marie.
- Support Party Member: In practice he functions better as a buffer since his skills include an Attack and NP Buff as well as a heal that has bonus effect on females (as well as other certain other characters).
- Throw Down the Bomblet: His Arcade version utilises explosives with his combos.
- The Unfought: Inverted during Kara no Kyoukai - you have to fight him as a part of the fight against Anne Bonny and Mary Reed, but he's presented as a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere - he's mentioned during the cutscene, but he doesn't appear at all outside of the fight.
- Unrobotic Reveal: His cameo in "Dead Heat Summer Race" is supposedly as a mere robot with Blackbeard's personality uploaded to be a beauty judge. His verbose rants on swimsuit exposure and obvious biases anger most of the ladies enough that he predictably gets attacked and revealed as the same old Blackbeard just wearing a suit of armor pretending to be a robot.
- True Love Is Exceptional: His Belligerent Sexual Tension with Drake actually seems more serious than his lolicon thing, and she's very much not his usual type. He repeatedly brings this up as a diss against her, but he's clearly just hiding his true feelings...
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Even after getting a Badass Longcoat in his Stage 3 artwork, he still bares his chest.
ID: No. 65
Command Cards: QAABB; (B)
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: England (16th century)
First appearance: Fate/EXTRA
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Arco Wada
Voiced by: Urara Takano
An adventurer, privateer and fleet commander. Her feats include the circumnavigation of Earth and living to tell the tale, and opening the path for England to become the supreme ruler of the Age of Discovery. She is also famous for defeating the mighty Spanish Armada, causing the de facto collapse of Spain; considering that Spain was described as "an empire upon which the Sun will never set", this earned Drake the title of "The Woman Who Brought Down The Sun".
Although a man in history, Drake appears in the Fate universe as a woman. A possible reason could be that no-one in her time treated Drake as a woman, leading historians to assume she must have been a man; according to one sailor at the time, it would be have been considered a sign of disrespect.
Drake first appeared in Fate/EXTRA as the Rider-class Servant of Shinji Matou. She's the main ally for the Third Singularity: Sealed Ends of the Four Seas Okeanos. A twisted version of her calling herself Dahut, Pirate Princess of Ys, appears in Pseudo-Singularity II: Women of Agartha Agartha as an antagonist.
- Absolute Cleavage: Despite being considered male by her crew, her normal outfit leaves little to the imagination and is open right down to the top of her stomach.
- Accidental Hero: Actually saved humanity before when she defeated Poseidon who was going to drown humanity. She didn't do it out of any good intention, but because he was annoying her.
- Affably Evil: She's a pirate mostly motivated by getting more and more treasure, but she's pretty friendly about the whole thing.
- Always Someone Better: Barring his Noble Phantasm's teamwork quirk (and middling chance to reduce an enemy's NP charge) and his unique Gentleman's Love Skill, Blackbeard is painfully inferior to Drake, who not only has a stronger version of Voyager of the Storm in her repertoire, but also didn't have to sacrifice her Class' Riding ability to use it.
- Art Evolution: As part of promotion for Agartha, her sprite and animations were given an overhaul.
- Ascended Extra: In EXTRA she was all but a tutorial boss. In Grand Order, she gets the starring role of the Okeanos chapter, and turns out to be a lot stronger without Shinji holding her back.
- Berserk Button: Don't call her "old" unless you want to be shot out of a cannon.
- Best Her to Bed Her: After the Protagonist beats her, she mentions they can do anything they want with her since she lost. This includes having sex with her.
- BFG: Her usual flintlocks, while strangely free of ammo problems, are relatively normal sized. Her ship's culverin cannons, however, are huge even by cannon standards, and she can summon them out of thin air to blast her opponents, Gate of Babylon-style.
- Braids of Action: In her third ascension, meaning she's gained access to more of her power, her previously loose hair is tied into a braid.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: During Agartha, the Francis Drake that's canonically in Chaldea whether you've rolled her or not is dragged into the Singularity. When you run into her again, the party initially concludes that the heroic spirit Dahut has hijacked her Saint Graph. However, it turns out that it really was Drake, but she honestly believed she was Dahut thanks to the influence of Scheherazade's Noble Phantasm.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Mash questions her about her Holy Grail in Okeanos, Drake tells her that she just happened to pick it up. One of her crewmen incredulously interrupts and reveals that they got it after Drake and her crew sailed through a maelstrom and giant whirlpools for seven days, found the lost city of Atlantis, and defeated Poseidon himself. After he finishes recounting the tale, Drake asks, "Was it really that epic?"
- Card-Carrying Villain: Well, she doesn't actually do anything villainous, but she calls her Master and herself villains.
- Celibate Heroine: Her bond five line has her musing that while a relationship is not a completely unappealing idea, she'd never pursue one because it might get in the way of her pirating fun. That being said, nothing about that rules out the possibility that she can have casual sex. She is a pirate.
- Challenge Seeker: Befitting her daredevil nature as a pirate, Drake loves adventures, and battles even more than money, the more difficult and dangerous it is, the more fun it is for her. In fact, her profile in Fate/Grand Order Materials II reveals that she shows her true strength in battles against those that are stronger than herself, it even says that part of the reason she lost to Hakuno in Fate/Extra was because their lack of an identity didn't make them a threat to her.
- Closest Thing We Got: The reason for her appearance in Agartha. Scheherazade wanted to summon the Pirate Princess of Ys Dahut specifically, but her legend was too weak to become a proper Heroic Spirit. So she got Drake and used her Noble Phantasm to implant Dahut's values onto Drake's Spirit Origin to create an effective knockoff.
- Coat Cape: She wears it for Stage 3 and 4.
- Cool Ship: Her other Noble Phantasm, Golden Hind, summons her ship for a massive cannon barrage.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Invoked. She offers to join the protagonist only if they can best her in combat. When they do, she not only accepts her loss, she's even willing to give up her Grail (which she got from defeating Poseidon) without a fuss.
- Deuteragonist: She's the primary support character for the Okeanos chapter, which is built around solving the conflict created by the two Holy Grails (Drake's and the antagonist's) existing in the same timeline and creating imbalances in the oceans. Drake gets pulled along because she's the owner of the Holy Grail that's meant to exist in this era and if she dies the whole world goes up in flames.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She beat up the fading Divine Spirit Poseidon and stole his "sippy cup" (a Holy Grail) before Chaldea arrived in the Singularity. And Roman confirms it was an actual event in the timeline that actually did happen.
- Evil Is Hammy: Thinks that villains should act as flamboyantly as possible. Since she considers herself one...
- Gender Flip: Apparently, she was so manly that her men spoke of her as if she were male, thus confusing the historical records. In Fate/EXTRA it was hinted the original Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth may have switched places at some point, but this may simply be a case of Characterization Marches On since this detail has never been elaborated on any further.
- Gag Boobs: She's practically the Rider Class's answer to Raikou in this regard.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has one across her face.
- Gun Fu: Uses her two pistols and physical skills together in battle.
- Guns Akimbo: A pair of flintlock pistols that she never has to reload.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: To celebrate Mash and the protagonist joining up with her crew in the Okeanos chapter, she immediately starts chugging loads of alcohol. She even gives you a chocolate beer mug filled with rum jelly for Valentine's Day.
- The Hedonist: Believes in always enjoying life to the fullest and what you have, which is why she uses the Grail for an infinite supply of food and drink and as an actual cup.
- Idiot Hair: It's covered by her hat.
- King Incognito: Possibly, Fate/EXTRA raised the possibility that she could actually be Queen Elizabeth in disguise, though this idea has never been addressed again.
- The Lad-ette: She's a stereotypical pirate, which means she drinks and swears heavily. In fact, she's so manly, her (male) crew are intimidated by her manliness to the point of they can't treat her like a woman, or else they don't feel manly themselves.
- Luck Stat: Notable in that hers is EX-Rank, which is likely connected to her Pioneer of the Stars ability given that the luck stat seems to refer more to destiny that simply being fortunate.
- Mundane Luxury: During Mash's setting a summoning circle in an island, Da Vinci discussed the information about Drake and the Age of Exploration, and mentions that during her time, spice had more worth than gold. She asked the protagonist to hand a bottle of pepper to Drake which knocked her unconscious out of happiness.
- Mundane Wish: She used the Holy Grail only for plenty of food and booze.
- Never Found the Body: Briefly in Agartha as Dahut. She's the first "queen" of a faction to be defeated by the party, but they're interrupted by the Nightless Assassin before properly finishing Dahut off, assuming her dead as she and the rest of her city are washed away by a flood. Astolfo lampshades this trope saying "Oooh, yeah. No body, no death!" when they meet her again much later in the story, underwater, in the Dragon Palace.
- Nice Hat: Probably the most striking part of her redesign in this game is the wicked-looking pirate hat. It even grows jewels on her final stage.
- Odd Friendship: To an outside observer, she appears to be close friends with Lancer Altria (Alter) as both are leaders of the Wild Hunt. How much they actually consider each other friends for real is unclear, however, as that version of Altria is noted to be rather aloof.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She managed to defeat Poseidon and swipe his Holy Grail. However, the most you get to experience of this is a recollection told by one of her crew.
- Only in It for the Money: She actually gets stronger as she gets more loot and she's been noted to have terrible compatibility with Gilgamesh because while both hoard treasures, Drake spends all her money as fast as she gets it. One of her win quotes is even declaring her intention to split the loot in the fight.
- Pirate Girl: Francis Drake has been genderflipped with the explanation being that she was so manly that the crew refused to acknowledge that she was a woman basically because it made them insecure of their own masculinity. Still, her outfit does not exactly downplay her looks. However, despite her masculine attitude, she's actually surprisingly short.
- Red Baron: El Draque.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Possibly, as it's hinted that she may be Queen Elizabeth in disguise.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: After Stage 2.
- Smarter Than You Look: She's noted to be more well educated and knowledgeable than you'd expect a pirate to be. She knows the history of Chaldea, a fair amount of mythology as well as more about Vikings and such than the likes of Mash. Granted, Drake was a privateer, an official government officer. Her travels also would have allowed her to pick up a lot of information and knowledge from the ports she visited and the ships she's raided.
- Super Empowering: In Okeanos, the Drake that becomes Chaldea's primary ally is the real Francis Drake the human, not a Heroic Spirit. Part of why she's so strong is because the Grail in her possession can merge with her body to give her the power to fight equally with enemy Servants.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: For all her toughness and brash demeanor, there's one thing capable of freaking her completely out: ghosts. Seeing a few up close in Okeanos is enough to make her "shriek like a maiden" to the surprise of the heroes. This also doubles as an Ironic Fear, as Drake becomes a leader of the Wild Hunt after her death and thus the captain of legions of ghosts.
- The Wild Hunt: There is a legend that Francis Drake went on to become its leader after his passing. This became one of the main components of her Noble Phantasm, Golden Wild Hunt: Night of the Golden Hind and the Stormnote , as the ones she led in both life and death merge into a roaring thunderstorm full of battleships.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is neon pink.
ID: No. 24
Command Cards: QQAAB; (A)
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: Israel (3rd century)
First appearance: Fate/Apocrypha material book
Background development: Miwa Kiyomune and Yuuichiro Higashide
Illustrated by: Higashiguchi Chuuou
Voiced by: Tadahisa Saizen
Georgios, more commonly known as Saint George, a Greek soldier born in what is now modern-day Israel, rose to fame when, armed with the holy sword Ascalon and astride his faithful steed Bayard, came to the rescue of a city forced to appease the wrath of a venomous dragon by sacrifices by slaying the beast.
The Dragon-slaying Saint, a saint of the Catholic Church whose main stories are in the Golden Legend, a collection of legends on saints, and in the Seven Champions of Christendom.
He appears as an ally in Orleans and has a minor role in the "Does Moon Goddess Dream of Dumplings" event.
- All-Loving Hero: He says to be "an upright man who protects the meager, indiscriminate in his kindness" and he believes that anyone is capable of learning from their mistakes and returning to the path of righteousness.
- Anti-Magic: Based on his defeat of pagan sorcerers in his lifetime, when magic was still extremely powerful compared to modern times, he has A-Rank Magic Resistance, enough to be considered a "Magus Killer."
- Baleful Polymorph: Inflicts this on enemies with his Noble Phantasm, Ascalon which applies the "Dragon" attribute to a single enemy. This gives him amazing synergy with servants that have bonus damage against dragons, such as Siegfried and Sieg.
- BFS: His sword gets noticeably bigger in his third Ascension.
- Camera Fiend: As a lover of travel, he has apparently developed an interest in cameras.
- Cool Horse: In his discarded abilities; also, one of his Noble Phantasm's, Bayard: The Phantom War Horse. It was given to him by a witch that fell in love with him in The Seven Champions of Christendom, and it's said that "he who rides upon Bayard is impervious to harm." Bayard is part of his Stage 4 artwork, but he never utilizes the horse in-game.note Humorously, supplementary materials state that Georgios isn't actually all that good at riding, and his Riding skill can actually be attributed to Bayard.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: On his watch, none are permitted to injure others, and should it be deemed necessary, he will draw his sword to intervene.
- The Dragonslayer: Probably the most famous example. His Noble Phantasm literally imposes the "Dragon" attribute on his enemies, making him one if he kills them with it or anytime before it expires after three turns.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: In Fate lore he's basically invincible, to the point he was removed from Apocrypha for being too powerful. In gameplay he's a good tank despite his stats, but hardly unkillable.
- His ability to turn an opponent into a draconian being is actually a Noble Phantasm called Abyssus Draconis: Thou Shalt A Serpent Become, and has nothing to do with Ascalon: The Blessed Sword By Which Force is Slain. The game combines the two effects into a single Noble Phantasm.
- Gratuitous Latin: The bridle of his horse Bayard (as seen in Stage 4 above) is inscribed with the word veritas ("truth").
- Holy Hand Grenade: His Noble Phantasm, Ascalon: The Blessed Sword By Which Force is Slain, acts like this. It's power is primarily defensive, protecting the wielder from all harm and all that would harm him, providing a form of "invinciblity." However, by reversing this protective power, it becomes a sword that pierces any armor.
- Implacable Man: In life, he endured persecution and torture at the hands of those who would see him denounce his faith, but never once did he falter in his ministry of Christ.
- Knight in Shining Armor: One of the great examples in Christendom, and the armor you CAN see under his white cloak is quite shiny. His skillset is meant to invoke the image of a defensive, heroic knight, too.
- Nemean Skinning: Almost invoked by his Stage 2-3 appearances, where his shoulder guard looks like the head of the dragon which he slew in his legend (not to mention his entire bronzed armor evokes the pattern of dragon scales).
- Not So Above It All: During the "Moon Goddess" event, after "Orion" reveals that both Kojirou and Martha are hiding dango between their clothes, he berates them for lying, only for "Orion" to say "then why is your camera bag full of dango too?"
- The Paragon: Tries to uphold himself as one, though Martha and Kojirou note him being a bit of a hypocrite since he reprimanded them for stealing Dango but hid some for himself in his camera bag.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: He's a Rider, but doesn't ride anything outside of his final Ascension artwork. He's really more of a Saber in-game.
- Red Baron: Dragon-slaying Saint.
- Simple, yet Awesome: For a 2* servant, he is considered to be one of the best tank servants (other than Mash and Jeanne) due to his taunt ability and strong synergy with his skills. Many players will not have been able to complete some of the harder difficulty content against several boss fights with single target Noble Phantasms if it wasn't for his strong tanking ability for the first few turns.
- Semi-Divine: His status as a Christian Saint gives him a low level of Divinity.
- Skewed Priorities: When faced with an enormous, cannibalistic dragon in his interlude, he tells the protagonist and Mash that they need to defeat it to fix a time distortion, but he'd like to get a picture of it first. Doctor Roman yells at him to save the pictures for later.
- Stone Wall: To the extreme; the designers have explicitly suggested he's built to serve as a tank in any party, and it shows. He has A Rank magic resistance, A+ Endurance and a skill that allows him to block mental attacks. He has the Battle Continuation skill that allows him to keep fighting even if he takes a fatal injury and another skill that grants unlimited defensive power as long as he is defending someone else. His sword Ascalon grants a large defensive bonus and his horse Bayard can save him from a fatal attack once. On the other hand, his Strength is mediocre at D Rank. For this reason, he is considered one of the best tank in the game, his low rarity and stats notwithstanding.
- Super Toughness: His Endurance stat is high even among Servants, and in-game he's a very tough tank.
- You Shall Not Pass!: His Guardian Knight skill is this, as it applies taunt to himself for 3 turns, forcing enemies to attack him.
ID: No. 182
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: Iraq (Mesopotamian Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/stay night (as "Rin Tohsaka")
Illustrated by: Shizuki Morii
Voiced by: Kana Ueda
The summer form of Ishtar, the Goddess of Venus. The goddess who drives the modernized Heavenly Ship Manna, and a Kung Fu-style goddess who casually but intensely makes use of her body. She's holding a large summer racing festival which causes people to go wild - an event that touches their pious hearts. Lovingly and generously blessing all attending her venue, she truly is a goddess among goddesses.
But what exactly lies behind her smile?
The free Servant featured in the second Summer event, "Dead Heat Summer Race / Death Jail Summer Escape."
- Adorkable: This Ishtar is much goofier than her Archer self. Even in the climax where she shows her true colors, there are times that she behaves less high and mighty as she should be. One of her attacks is just her simply trying to catch her pet when it runs away from her.
- Badass Boast: "Yes, idiot humans! I am the daughter of Anu! Anything Father can create, I can create as well!"
- Berserk Button: The essential driver of her behavior throughout the Summer event. She's been nursing a killer grudge over this button being pressed for her over and over - that button being doubting her abilities as a goddess, and her failure to bring the Bull of Heaven to the fight against Tiamat (which made things much harder & touch-and-go during the Babylonia adventure). Gilgamesh's hanging of the "I am a useless goddess" sign on her was what really taped the button down, and compelled her to prove everyone wrong. When you confront her at the end of the event, you end up pressing the button a few more times, resulting in her attacking you alongside her Mark II Gugalanna.
- Blush Sticker: She has a chibi sprite with blush stickers when she's particularly happy.
- Cool Bike: A moped that somehow can travel around the world. This is the reason she's a Rider, as the little bull accompanying her can "pull" it like a chariot (though for the Japan leg of her NP trip, it'd rather hang out in the back).
- Cool Horse: The ball of fluff that jumps around when Ishtar attacks? It's Gugalanna, the Bull of Heaven! She supposedly rides it to fulfill her Rider class requirement. It turns out that it's the most of the original Gugalanna she can still summon, which leaves her intensely frustrated.
- Didn't Think This Through: As always, Ishtar's essential character flaw. She was so hyped up to make a new Gugalanna and prove all her doubters wrong that she didn't think of what use Chaldea would actually have for something as destructive (and enormous) as Gugalanna, now that Tiamat is long since out of the picture, or even where they'd store it. Plus, since she harnassed a Singularity to create it, then sucked up all the magical energy to store in the bull in the process, there's basically no way to close the singularity without dismantling Gugalanna. And then there's the fact she used up every bit of divine wealth she had remaining financing her entire scheme...
- Does Not Like Shoes: It is Ishtar, after all. Even her signature right-leg singlet goes down to only her ankle this time.
- Drunk with Power: Once the Gugalanna Mark II is finished, she kinda loses sight of her original goal and starts reveling in the fact she got her bull back, cackling and stopping just short of threatening the protagonist just for being close-by.
- Everyone Has Standards: Ishtar is exceedingly petty, selfish, prone to manipulation and very prideful, but even she acknowledges that it is inexcusable for a Goddess of Love to forget about Valentine's Day and sincerely apologizes to the Protagonist and takes them around the world in order to make it up to them in her Valentine Chocolate scene.
- Expy: As the Ishtar Cup comes to a close, it ultimately transpires that Ishtar is acting as the game's equivalent to President Funny Valentine from Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Steel Ball Run as they're both the individuals spearheading a racing event that involves several superpowered contestants who are unwittingly aiding in a scheme involving divine corpse parts. Both characters have special abilities that allow them to easily travel through dimensional space and to create duplicates of themselves when need be.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Like her Archer version, she's wearing only one legging.
- Genki Girl: She comes across as significantly more genki than her previous appearance, and she's even the one who eagerly encourages the protagonist to hold the Dead Heat Summer Race. Given both halves of who she is, even her initial preview description suggests her unusual genki-ness should probably raise your suspicions.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: She uses bajiquan for melee, picking it up from Rin's experience using it.
- He Knows Too Much: Uses her divine arrows to open fire on several characters trying to give the game away during the second half of her event.
- Killer Rabbit: The miniature Gugalanna tries to be this, but only manages to strike enemies with one of Ishtar's cards. More often than not, ty the time the diminutive divine beast manages to rush to his master's side, she's already finished attacking.
- Limit Break: Two of her skills increase her NP generation, meaning if the player sets her up right and uses a NP Quick chain with her buffs up, she has a very high chance of getting back most of her NP gauge from just Quick cards alone, not to mention one skill buffs her Quick card effectiveness as well, or that her Arts cards are even better for NP generation.
- Mythology Gag:
- Her pose in the final ascension is reminiscent of Rin's pose in Fate/hollow ataraxia.
- Her Buster attack is Rin's strongest attack from Unlimited Codes, a beam made from 5 elemental gems. She also uses bajiquan for melee attacks.
- The parts she briefly hands out during the final part of the prologue to the racers strongly resemble parts of a version of Gugalanna that PFALZ, a longtime Type-Moon collaborator and occasional artist for F/GO, once used in a doujin. PFALZ's Gugalanna design is then made full-bore canon at the end of the event.
- The "I am a useless goddess" sign once again comes out, on loan from Gil, and this time we even get to see it in all its glory on Ishtar's story sprite. Unfortunately, untranslated for international audiences.
- Out-Gambitted: Her whole scheme ultimately falls apart, not just because of its inherent limitations, but because Quetzalcoatl saw through her scheme while everyone was imprisoned and used her own power over the Bull of Heaven as a fellow goddess of Venus to tie it up in knots and destroy it with her awesome lucha skills after faking her death so Ishtar wouldn't realize she could still be beaten.
- Pink Means Feminine: She's trying to be a cute Race Queen, and so has changed into a nearly all-pink hoodie & singlet ensemble. The only non-pink on her is a black ribbon around her other ankle (to match her hair, of course) and some white trim and gold accessories, and that's it.
- The Plan: She takes advantage of a Singularity created in Ireland to enact a ritual by having racers carry treasures across a racetrack for her plan. This is all done to create a new Bull of Heaven as the one she had lost eventually vanished sometime into the Age of Man when the connection between the divine and the world was severed (she compares it to retirement) and she wanted to make a new one because of her humiliation in Babylon. She imposed the texture of Venus onto Connacht, using Medb's association with the planet, to set up the ritual, the racers were needed to trace the sigil and provide it power via the parts on their vehicles, and used a pirated version of Tohsaka Rin's Money Power System from CCC, the Gugalanna Rebuild System, to create it.
- Race Queen: Her style is one of a classic race queen - she's both MC of the race and also sees the racers off at the start with the checkered flag. While it isn't her main plan, a side angle is that race queens, of course, get worshipped... and as a god, she thrives on worship, so...
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As a divine Servant, she still has these. And just like her Archer version, it's when they turn gold that you actually want to watch out. Naturally, during her power trip at the end of the event, they stay gold for a long time until you begin to point out the holes in her plan.
- Resistance Is Futile: Near the end of the event, she can't resist invoking this Stock Phrase referring to her newly-incarnated, all-powerful Divine Beast under her control against the party.
- Super-Deformed: She splits herself into seven chibi versions of herself to help break Chaldea's Servants out of Medb's prison. She disguised herself as doll though Quetzalcoatl outright see through her and even described the "Ishtar doll" as ugly and vile.
- Thinking Up Portals: One of her attacks as her enter a portal, only for three to appear above her target and three Ishtars launch a flying kick from the portals before the other two disappear.
- Threatening Shark: Surrounded by a school of them in her final ascension.
- Trauma Button: Rather unlike Helena, played 100% for laughs at the very end of the event, as her Berserk Button transforms into this. Once again made to wear her "I am a useless goddess" sign (and this time feeling like she deserves it), bringing up the failure of her plan will trigger the waterworks... and the goofy facial expressions.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Discussed Trope. Oda Nobunaga directly calls out Ishtar for pulling this trope ("What are you, a movie villain killing off her allies now that they've outlived their usefulness!?"), but she's mostly wrong per usual in this event and this trope is Subverted. Ishtar isn't going so far as betraying Chaldea, and she even presents her Gugalanna as a Chaldean asset — instead, she's basically scamming her allies to go along with her plan using everyone's assets without their informed consent, even though the plan was poorly thought out.
ID: No. 108
Command Cards: QAABB; (B)
Alignment: Neutral Good
Origin: Greece (4th century BC)
First appearance: Fate/Zero
Background development: Gen Urobuchi
Illustrated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka
After Alexander inherited the Macedonian throne at the age of 20, he suppressed the Greek city-states and invaded West Asia. He acquired the status of Pharaoh of Egypt, defeated robust Persia and built a great empire that reached as far as distant India. With his eastern expedition, many heroic tales of his military prowess propagated all over Asia. Iskandar is his name in Persian and he is also known by the nickname of "Twin-Horns King".
His passion for conquest was not desire for expansion and rule, but the pursuit of an unknown world. He appointed local personnel as rulers of conquered regions and proactively endeavored in the appeasement with the West Asian culture, building the cornerstone of Hellenic civilization.
His dearest wish of reaching the farthest sea does not change regardless of which Holy Grail War he is summoned to. Taking no notice of the miraculous Holy Grail, he marches once again towards the ends of the world. Glory lies for sure at the distance.
He debuted in Fate/Accel Zero Order as a limited Servant.
- Animation Bump: His attack animations ended up being buffed for the Fate/Accel Zero Order rerun event. He now includes his Chariot, and his Noble Phantasm opens with the Ionioi Hetairoi throwing their spears before charging.
- Balance Buff:
- So far, he's one of the only Servants to receive a direct buff to his stats, namely his NP Gain being increased from 0.66% to 0.86% in his second Interlude.
- His Tactics was buffed to Military Conquest Tactics, which now gives roughly around a 2% NP damage buff increase compared to the base effect, but also gives the whole party a crit damage buff, upwards of 30%. The up time was increased to 3 turns as well, meaning Iskander now stands out much better as a insanely strong damage dealing Servant.
- Battlecry: Right after utilizing Ionioi Hetairoi, Iskandar charges into battle while yelling "AAAAAAALALALALAIE!!!"
- Big Brother Mentor: During the Fate/Accel Zero Order event, he acts this way to Waver just like he does in Fate/Zero and stands up for him at multiple points, including against the blistering remarks of El-Melloi II, something that clearly bothers the older Waver.
- Bi the Way: Just like his historical self.
- Blade on a Stick: His Animation update adds a Xyston, an 11.5 to 13.9 long thrusting weapon used by the hetairoi into his arsenal, with Iskandar's superhuman strength as a Servant, and his height at 6'11, he can use it with just one hand and even throw it like a javelin.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: His profile notes that while his contract with Waver changed the kid's life entirely, it didn't really mean much to Iskandar. Earning followers was his thing and getting one more means very little to him.
- Cool Horse: He rides Bucephalus into combat.
- Covert Pervert: He takes a curious interest into Lancer Altria's "growth" in certain areas in his My Room lines.
- Crippling Overspecialization: He's usually considered one of the weaker SSR Riders because while he does have one of the strongest NPs in the game, he can't really do anything else. He doesn't have the deck for star generation, he doesn't have crit damage or absorption, his skills are rather plain and he doesn't offer much in the way of party support. As a final nail in the coffin, his NP generation is also only average at best even after getting one of the very rare buffs to his base abilitiesnote . Iskander is just hyper focused on one thing: raw damage, and has little else besides that. Also when compared to fellow SSR Rider Drake, he's basically missing a skill, as Tatics and Charisma together have the same effect as one of Drake's skills. (Though the buffs have helped somewhat)
- Cutting the Knot: It featured heavily in myths about him—such that he is the acknowledged Trope Maker / Trope Namer. This features in his Bond CE, which increases the attack of all allies while he's afield.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: It's grown much wavier compared to his younger self—even if he did lose the braid.
- A Day in the Limelight: He is a major character in the Fate/Zero event.
- Fanboy: His admiration of Achilles hasn't dimmed at all. In fact, seeing him with Achilles in-story would be one of the rare instances you'll actually see him blush.
- Fiery Redhead: It's still the same Iskandar we all know and love.
- Glass Cannon: Gameplay wise, this is his main strength. His skills are all focused on doing as much damage as possible with no defensive skills, and he boasts the full trifecta of multiplicative buffs. If he uses his Noble Phantasm during a Buster chain, he can do immense damage thanks to buffing his flat damage, his NP damage combined with having a chance to decrease their defenses, and his Buster damage. At the same time, he has nothing that gives him any sort of protection, meaning that despite having fairly high health for a Rider, he has few ways to avoid it or recover from it.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: In the Fate/Zero event, he pretends to take Sakura as his slave after he torches the Matou manor, and claims that he'll only sell her to Kariya if he surrenders his right arm and Lancelot's Command Spells. He only did this to convince Kariya to give up his right to be a Master, which causes the Crest Worms inside his body to abandon him, saving his life as well.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": If you also summon Achilles, he has a line completely fanboying over him.
- Large and in Charge: He's already a large man at 212cm (6'11"), but Iskandar takes this a step further by riding his massive horse into combat, giving himself one of the biggest in-game sprites thus far.
- Large Ham: Again, it's Iskandar. His capacity for showmanship has not disappeared whatsoever.
- Mythology Gag:
- He has lines for two versions of Altria (he wants to tease Saber Altria and shocked at seeing Lancer Altria's growth in certain areas), Gilgamesh (he's delighted to fight on the same side with him), and Zhuge Liang (he sees some of young Waver in him).
- One of his lines reveal that he's still an avid gamer and is quite eager to try out the new games that have come out since his time in the Fourth Holy Grail War.
- In some events, Iskandar tends to get lumped together with the Egyptian pharaohs (Ozymandias, Nitocris, and Cleopatra) and are even referred to by them, despite not being usually identified with Ancient Egypt. That said, Iskandar is technically considered a pharaoh both by ancient Egyptians and even current historians, if only because he did conquer Egypt and was granted an Egyptian regal name: Setepenre-meryamun. In fact, his time in Egypt was what brought Cleopatra's family (the Ptolemaic dynasty) into power in the first place—and why she is fascinated by him in-game.
- During the Fate/Accel Zero Order event, he rushes to the defense of Waver against the harsh words of El-Melloi II in a manner very similar to how he does against Kayneth during the events of Fate/Zero. El-Melloi II seems to realize the resemblance himself, as Iskandar's chastisements are some of the few times his cool nature cracks during the event.
- For the Fate/Accel Zero event rerun, his animations are bumped to now include the Ionioi Hetairoi throwing spears as the fire attack of his Noble Phantasma. In Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, Iskander's Noble Phantasm involved his soldiers hurling their spears at the enemy.
- The Power of Friendship: The reason his Reality Marble Noble Phantasm, Ionioi Hetairoi, exists is the bond between him and his men, who are so devoted to him that even death cannot keep them from following him. At the same time, Iskandar considers them to be his greatest treasure. All of this is why even though Iskandar himself is not a magus, he, along with all of his men, are able to bring out the Reality Marble that recreates the land that they once marched over. The name itself is intended to be Greek for "Eternal Companions."(in Fate/Zero) Iskandar: BEHOLD MY PEERLESS ARMY! Their bodies may return to ash, but their spirits still hear my call! These men are my legendary heroes — my loyal followers! They're my true friends -- breaking the rules of space and time to fight once more at my side! They are my treasure within treasures; they're my right to rule! They make up Iskandar's mightiest Noble Phantasm - Ionioi Hetairoi!
- Rated M for Manly: His virtuosity in leadership, inspiring Manly Tears and invoking Commanding Coolness cannot be underestimated.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: His Noble Phantasm's rank is EX.
- Red Baron: King of Conquerors.
- Spell My Name with an "S": People still argue if it should be Iskander, Iskandar or Alexander. The game itself uses Iskandar to refer to the adult Fate/Zero version and Alexander for the young Grand Order version.
- Theme Music Powerup: His Leitmotif from the Fate/Zero anime, "You Are My King" plays when he uses his NP.
- Took a Level in Badass: We already know that Iskandar is almost awesome incarnate, but his release highlights how much more intimidating and commanding he grew—compared to the plucky Macedonian prince we see in his younger iteration. For reference: even his horse, Bucephalus, grew from an intimidating young horse (as young Alexander's Noble Phantasm), to the massive jet-black steed Iskandar rides now.
- Worthy Opponent: He's had many:
- He rivals Darius III historically, and almost every Darius appearance in the story also features the younger Alexander swearing to a rematch in his older form.
- With Gilgamesh in Fate/Zero. In the Fate/Zero event, he's not happy at all when the heroes barge into the banquet of kings and just kill Gilgamesh, even giving Lord El-Melloi II a small What the Hell, Hero? speech.
- In the end of the Fate/Zero event, he battles the heroes himself and acknowledges them as this after they win, much to Lord El-Melloi II's relief.
- Zerg Rush: What Ionioi Hetairoi seems to be in-game: he summons his army and tramples his opponents with them.
ID: No. 205
Command Cards: QAABB; (B)
Alignment: Lawful Evil/Chaotic Evilnote
Origin: Russia (16th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: danciao
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda
The Thunder Emperor. Ivan The Terrible (or "Ivan The Formidable") was the ruler of Russia for most of the 16th century in Pan-Human History. After being crowned, he declared himself the first "Tsar of all Russias" and thus imposed autocratic rule upon Russia. His path of conquest transformed Russia from a state into an empire, though at extreme cost to its people and long-term economy. Ivan was popular amongst commoners, and considered a skilled diplomat and patron of the arts. However, he was notably paranoid and cruel towards the Russian nobility, and in later life prone to fits of uncontrollable rage.
This is a different version of that person, one who exists within an alternative and forbidden history where a meteor crashed into the Earth during the 16th century and triggered an Ice Age which wiped out humanity. Ivan was able to save himself and 10% of Russia's population by ordering his court magicians to magically transform them into human-beast hybrids known as the "Yaga". He would then rule over the frozen wastes of Russia for 450 years as its supreme Tsar, though with the arrival of Kadoc Zemlupus and Anastasia, Ivan would be put into a deep slumber so the Crypters could use the army produced by his Noble Phantasm.
- Alternate Self: As a Heroic Spirit of the Lostbelts, he's extremely divergent from the (so far unseen) Ivan that can be summoned within Pan-Human History, something he himself muses on in his My Room lines.
- Anti-Villain: He's brutal and runs a secret police force, but he's the only reason this Lostbelt has managed to survive even in this state. He's genuinely worried about not only his people but anyone outside of Russia who may have survived, so he wishes to expand the country to find other survivors and bring them into relative safety. He also doesn't blame the protagonist for opposing him because they haven't done anything wrong and just wish for their world to survive the same as he does. The man is so conflicted, he manages to fit two character alignments at once.
- Attack Its Weakpoint: His crown is his only true vulnerability in an otherwise invincible body made of ice as it's all that's left of the true Ivan.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: While we're unsure how much it applied to the main timeline Ivan, it's in full effect here. Caenis outright proclaims that Ivan could probably tussle with Zeus and have a good chance of coming out on top the way he is now.
- Become Your Weapon: His Noble Phantasm shows that his mammoth mount is quite literally a part of him, in that it forms out of the lower half of his body.
- Chest Blaster: One of his attacks has him shooting lightning out of the hole in his chest.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: If the man looks like he's made of ice, it's because he is.
- Facial Horror: His body doesn't even have a face anymorenote and his mammoth suffers a ghastly maiming when Musashi slices off most of its trunk to weaken them both.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: He falls in the same boat as Miyamoto Musashi and Abigail Williams. This version of Ivan the Terrible is impossible to summon under normal circumstances as he comes from a Lostbelt, which is supposed to have never existed in the first place. Chaldea may have scanned his Saint Graph after their encounter with him to make it possible, similar to Cu Chulainn Alter, but unlike Cu Alter, he is not story-locked (he's limited) and summoning him is possible before even learning what a Lostbelt is.
- Gone Horribly Right: A monstrous, sudden ice age during his reign had him beg a mage to fuse him and his people to Phantasmal Beasts so they could survive the harsh conditions of the endless cursed winter. Ivan wound up being combined with the most powerful one in Russia, a gigantic mammoth. On one hand, it ensured the continued survival of the Russian people... but on the other, they were now a country of wolf creatures led by a frost giant, and thus the World concluded that humanity's history was over and scheduled their timeline for erasure.
- Kaiju: His mammoth is big enough to literally stomp a forest flat.
- Large and in Charge: His sprite is larger than Darius', who, before Ivan's release, was the largest Servant in the game. This isn't an indication of Ivan's true size, as he's canonically 531 cmnote , meaning that he should tower over Darius.
- Last of His Kind: A very strange case of this. Destroying his Lostbelt should result in all the Yaga being erased from existence, but for some reason, the Throne and/or Chaldea's summoning system allows for the protagonist to summon him in his Yaga form, making him the sole remaining Yaga on Earth. This is reflected by possessing the Innocent Monster (Lost) skill.
- Mighty Glacier: The major reason he's not immediately victorious once he awakens is that he and his mammoth move about as fast as you'd expect a mountain to; not very.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: He fused himself with a mammoth and a saber-toothed tiger to become a Yaga.
- Older Is Better: He is the first Yaga, created from fusing with prehistoric animals and Phantasmal Beasts, and clung to life throughout the long Ice Age, resulting in a being who Caenis speculates could have a chance against Zeus. One of Gilgamesh's lines also has him note that the mammoth just by itself is probably on par with Gugalanna, one of the oldest Divine Beasts in the game.
- Purposefully Overpowered: Ivan is the first servant from the Lostbelt Monarch series to be released, so he sets the trend found on the Lostbelt Monarch servant as a limited servant released after a Lostbelt chapter that is deliberately made to be overpowered. He's a self-sufficient star-generator with good NP gain and a powerful Buster NP on top of having invincibility and the ability to remove enemy buffs to boot. While he isn't quite as extreme as the other Lostbelt Monarchs, he can be slotted into virtually any Buster-related team and work as either the main damage dealer or offensive support to devastating effect.
- Religious Bruiser: Centuries might have passed, but his belief in Christian Orthodoxy is still as strong as ever. For example, he loses his senses when he sees the light of Mash's shield deflecting his lightning shot, believing it to be the deliverance light from above that will bring salvation to Russia.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Amadeus's music was the only thing stopping him from rampaging by putting him into an enchanted sleep.
- Secret Police: The Oprichnik, the members of Ivan's established state police, are summoned with him as part of his Noble Phantasm. They appear when he goes to sleep, patrol what he considers his territory, and strike down his enemies. While they are not quite Servant level, they are still much stronger than humans or even Yaga, and because Kadoc and Anastasia have conspired to keep him asleep as long as possible to prevent him from disrupting their lines, there are a lot of them.
- Semi-Divine: It's mentioned that his spiritual value is equivalent to Divine Spirit-class Servants, with Atalante Alter outright comparing his appearance to that of the Olympian gods, possibly due to a combination of his merger with a powerful Phantasmal Beast and living just that long.
- Shock and Awe: His main form of attack is to shoot electricitynote .
- Shoulders of Doom: Decorated with mammoth tusks that can extend and stab opponents or charge energy balls between to fire off.
- Square-Cube Law: He's so huge and heavy that despite being made of ice, he struggles to actually move anywhere on his legs. Only when he uses his mammoth can he effectively walk on his own, and otherwise he prefers to just teleport.
- Staff of Authority: A wicked-looking scepter that he uses to send lightning towards his foes.
- Surrounded by Idiots: His Bond Craft Essence is The Library of Ivan the Terrible. Or to be more precise, The Lost Library of Ivan the Terrible, which has him raging as to how the intellectuals of later generations somehow managed to misplace his immense priceless archive of ancient and mystical texts which is probably rotted away into nothingness by the modern day.
- Too Important to Walk: By himself, he gets around by teleporting from place to place in bolts of lightning. Though unlike most examples of this trope, it's more like he's too heavy to walk as he can barely move his icy legs anymore. There's some truth to this in real life as well, as it was discovered by examining Ivan's corpse that he was near-crippled by bone diseases in his older years and could probably barely move.
- War Elephants: His mount is a giant mammoth, possibly on par with Divine Beasts. To give a comparison of size, Avicebron's mightiest golem, Adam, is big enough to tower over castle walls, and it still ends up being the (slightly) smaller of the two of them◊.
- Was Once a Man: By the time Chaldea arrives to his Lostbelt, the once-human Ivan has gone even further than his fellow Yaga and has become a chimeric fusion of man, mammoth, and saber-tooth tiger all wrapped up in a giant ice colossus of a body.
- Wave Motion Gun: His Noble Phantasm has his mammoth charging a giant blue one before firing it off.
- Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: His first Ascension has his lightning as yellow, as shown in his art, before it turns blue on all subsequent Ascensions.
ID: No. 253
Command Cards: QAABB; (A)
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: South Pole (2017)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Shimokoshi
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto
A younger version of Leonardo da Vinci, a spare body created by the original as both an artificial Master and as a contingency plan in case something happened to her. She retains all of the original's memories, but is a separate being with her own consciousness. She was stored inside the Imaginary Numbers Submersible Shadow Border, of which she is the navigator and is needed to control all of its functions.
She debuted in the prologue for Cosmos in the Lostbelt. She made her playable debut of sorts in Grand Order Arcade under the Rider class. As such she was the first servant to be playable in Arcade before Grand Order proper, and the first servant from Cosmos in the Lostbelt to appear in Arcade. She was introduced in the mobile game proper as a limited Servant in the fourth Anniversary event.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Her debut in Arcade happened when the rest of the game was around Orleans in terms of story and Servants.
- Arm Cannon: Her mechanical arms can fire a variety of energy beams and homing laser projectiles at a selected target from the palms or fingertips.
- Angelic Beauty: While she isn't an actual angel, this is the reasoning behind the ranking for her Golden Rule (Body) skill, which got increased to EX rank because her girl form is closer to the relgious definition of an "angel".
- Animal Theme Naming: Her True Name is labelled as "Gran Cavallo"note , in reference to the horse statue Leonardo was commissioned for but never made.
- Artificial Human: Holmes calls her an artificial Servant whose purpose is to pilot the Shadow Border. However, this body is of a lower rank than her previous one and is thus weaker, her profile stating she has a smaller range of abilities compared to her adult form.
- Awesome Backpack: Her Rider self has a school backpack that can produce two giant mechanical hands, and doubles as missile launcher and a jetpack.
- Body Backup Drive: In the same vein as Aozaki Touko. She moves to this body after Kotomine kills her original one.
- Car Fu: Her mobile game version's Noble Phantasm is her using the Shadow Border to run over enemies.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She was first overtly mentioned in the normal da Vinci's profile as her artificial Master and anchor to the present day. Even before then, Dr. Roman alluded to "the backup" during the "7 Counterfeit Heroic Spirits" event.
- Drone Deployer: She can deploy two, small laser turrets either side of her for one of her Extra attacks. They aren't autonomous and, despite their wheels, they can not move around or follow her in Arcade, while in the main game they only drive up next to her for the Extra attack.
- Elemental Punch: Her mechanical arms can be electrified and be covered in blue fire.
- Gender Bender: In keeping with the older da Vinci's gender identity, she is female. However, da Vinci's second interlude reveals that she did momentarily have to think about whether she wanted this new body to be male or female.
- Meido: In her 2nd Ascension form.
- The Navigator: Responsible for steering the Shadow Border and its dives in and out of Imaginary Number Space. This is likely the basis for the Arcade Version's Rider Class, which it expands upon by giving her a Mini-tank version and roller skates, and in the main game ice skates.
- People Jars: She was put in stasis after her creation and only awakened by Holmes when fleeing Chaldea. Her NP in the mobile game gives a brief glimpse of her inside it while driving the Shadow Border.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: One of her Extra attacks is a rather short version with her robot arms.
- Sailor Fuku: Her Arcade version wears this along with roller skates and pads.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Even with a younger body, da Vinci is still the unquestioned genius of Chaldea.
- Stone Wall: Her Rider self has a high HP of 13,171 at max. Her skills also center around keeping her alive with the first giving her Debuff Immunity and HP recover for 3 turns, the second granting her a 1 hit evade, and the third increasing the party's HP and removing poison and burn.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Her backpack is technically the proper source of all this, though her giant mechanical arms are the main example for almost all of her fighting moves barring the missile launcher, the turrets and her Noble Phantasm. The arms can fire a variety of lasers, can be electrified, can be set on fire, can rotate at great speeds that allow the large sharp fingers to become sawblades, can be fired like rockets at her target, can be used to launch da Vinci at the enemy to kick them, and of course just straight up punch them.
- Tank Goodness: Her F/GO Arcade iteration's Noble Phantasm is riding on Proto-Border, a smaller version of the Shadow Border and blasting enemies with its cannon. Her mobile game version summons two of them for her Extra Attack.
ID: No. 29
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: France (18th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Ginka
Voiced by: Risa Taneda
The Hapsburg-born Queen of France. The ephemeral wife of the 18th-century king, Louis XVI, and embodiment of the "rule by aristocracy" in the European world. She lost her life in a changing world, during a chaotic period where the right of monarchy was no longer absolute.
Although a target of hatred by many people during the Age of Revolution, her reputation has been restored in modern France. During famines, she reduced court expenses to make donations, demanded herself for the nobility to provide support to the people and such - it has thus being confirmed she was a woman that thought in the people.
She's a major ally in Orleans and during the first Summer event, "Chaldea Summer Memory / Heat Odyssey," where she dons a Caster class appearance.
- 0% Approval Rating: The starving populace of France were frustrated with the monarchy's hedonistic spending and the costly debts caused by the American Revolution, which were pinned on Marie herself as the reigning icon of nobility and fashion despite her efforts to help them, leading to this trope. But before this...
- 100% Adoration Rating: None of the French Servants really have anything bad to say about her (except for Jeanne Alter and Charlotte, who holds her tongue), as even her executioner wanted to beg for her forgiveness. She was said to have earned admiration with a glance and could sooth entire crowds with a smile.
- Adorkable: Her attempts at modern slang.Marie: Wh Whassup! My homies!
- All Girls Like Ponies: Her Noble Phantasm is a crystal horse, as seen in her artwork and gameplay. She also gets the Magic Crystal CEnote from Santa Alter in the first Christmas event.
- All-Loving Heroine: To the point where she holds no hard feelings towards Charles-Henri Sanson, her executioner.
- Always Someone Better: Elisabeth sees her as this. Elisabeth does her best to be an idol adored by all and typically fails miserably. Meanwhile, Marie is a natural born idol whom everyone tends to naturally love. Elisabeth admits that she's envious of how effortless Marie makes it all look, but resolves not to lose to her as a fellow idol.
- Balance Buff: Her Rank Up Quest not only increases the damage of her NP and healing effect of its Overcharge, but also increases the party's critical damage by 20% for each turn. Considering the fact that her NP is a Quick AOE, that means she can rack up the stars needed to put the buff to good use starting on the very next turn.
- Bouncing Battler: She becomes one while riding her Noble Phantasm, Guillotine Breaker.
- Catchphrase: "Vive la France!"
- Charm Person: With her Personal Skill, Alluring Voice. It only works on males, though.
- Cool Horse: A light blue, spectral one, which she uses in her Noble Phantasm, Guillotine Breaker: Glory to the Crown of Lilies. The "Moon Goddess" event reveals she she has an entire chariot made of crystal pulled by this horse.
- Courtly Love: Her skill, Princess of Loveliness, inspires those with knightly attributes to perform Knight Errant actions for her behalf through sheer charisma. From its effect in gameplay, it seems those knights will shield her from harm and heal her wounds, even when there's no knight characters in the party.
- Dash Attack: The animation for Guillotine Breaker has her repeatedly ramming into her opponents with her Cool Horse.
- Dispel Magic: Her Noble Phantasm, Guillotine Breaker, not only damages all enemies, but removes all debuffs from her team.
- Dude Magnet: Amadeus, Sanson, and d'Eon all want her, to the point Sanson and Amadeus fight over whose Valentine's Day chocolate has the most love from her, not realizing she is a All-Loving Heroine who gave chocolate to everyone, and is annoyed with how they don't share her vision of the holiday which is to give a token of love to all your loved ones.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: Shoots what can only be described as pink sparkles as her basic attack.
- Flower in Her Hair: Her Stage 3 form has her wear numerous pink and purple roses in her hair.
- Girlish Pigtails: Wears her hair in some very long ones, which emphasize her girlish and innocent personality.
- Guest-Star Party Member: During the Orleans segment of the game.
- Healing Factor: One of her Personal Skills grants her this for five turns, combined with invincibility from three separate attacks, making her a Stone Wall. Her NP's Overcharge effect involves granting the party a minor heal as well, the value of which is increased after her Rank Up Quest.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She stays behind in Orleans to buy the party time to regroup by taking on Jeanne Alter herself.
- Hello, Nurse!: Her sheer purity and brilliance made her this for many, being described as having "the greatest body and good looks" as the epitome of royal beauty.
- Hidden Depths: The 2018 summer event, which takes place at a Comiket parody, reveals that Marie and Jeanne are part of a very popular doujin circle.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: Along with Vindicated by History below, this Marie was closer to Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense rather than the hedonistic, absolutist monarch she is remembered as in history, having organized donations for the poor and demanded that the nobility make concessions for the lower-class. While the real-life Marie Antoinette allegedly plotted to restore the monarchy with the help of her Austrian relatives, this Marie only wanted what was best for France and accepted her death at the hands of revolutionaries as a step forward in her beloved country's history.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: They emphasize her All-Loving Heroine nature.
- Lady in Red: Stage 1 and 2.
- Magic Idol Singer: Her status as a Servant makes her one, as she already had the idol mindset when she was alive.
- Nice Hat: Even the real life Marie Antoinette never wore a hat this large.
- Nice Girl: Is kind to everyone and gets fussy at how those who love her are violently fighting on the day that everyone should be sharing love.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Her Beautiful Princess skill makes her Invincible to direct damage three times while she regains health for five turns. She can however still be hurt and affected by status effects, and certain enemy attacks ignore that type of invincibility altogether.
- Older Than They Look: She looks about 13-14, but is actually an adult, just a short and very flat-chested adult. In the English version, she explains that she was summoned as she appeared when she was going through puberty.
- One Steve Limit: Marie and Mary have very similar names, and to make things worse, both are also Riders. The main differences lie in the pronunciation of the letter A and the emphasis on the other syllable (Ma-rie and Ma-ry).
- Say It with Hearts: During the "Moon Goddess" event as Marie cheerfully feeds some (kind-of stolen) dumplings to her friends:Marie: Here you go, d'Eon. Open wide. Say aaah ♥.
- Spot of Tea: In her final ascension art.
- Stepford Smiler: Her second Interlude has our protagonist dream about our usual smiling Marie and a second different Marie fighting inside her mind. The second Marie is spiteful and vengeful of the French people who executed her for no good reason. Both Maries assure the protagonist that they're both Marie's true self, but the smiling Marie is the only one her duty as a princess allows her to show to the public.
- Starter Mon: In addition to Mash, Marie is one of the ten (later 14) available 4* Servants that can be summoned from the Starter Summon. Among the ten (now 14), Marie and Martha are the two 4* Riders.
- Stone Wall: In-gameplay, she's extremely hard to take down in an Arts team supported by Tamamo. Her consistent healing, ability to stop three attacks with the invincibility provided from Princess of Loveliness, and charm effect from Alluring Nightingale ensures that she won't be leaving the battlefield any time soon. On the other hand, she has really low attack for a 4-Star Servant, meaning that she won't be doing much damage either.
- Vindicated by History: This is the primary in-universe explanation of her depiction here as a borderline Mary Sue Too Good for This Sinful Earth, which stands in stark contrast to The Hedonist/Aristocrats Are Evil reputation she has in most history books.note
- Woman in White: From Stage 3 onwards.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Represented by a Personal Skill, no less.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Late in the Orleans chapter, she decides to hold the line alone in order to buy time for Georgios and Jeanne to reach Siegfried and remove his curse. She manages to defeat Sanson, but shortly after gives up her life fighting against Jeanne Alter. But not before she challenges her with an epic Shut Up, Hannibal! and an Armor-Piercing Question.Jeanne Alter: [after Jeanne and the others escape] Are you intoxicated with the idea of saving these citizens? You, the person killed by her citizens? A woman put to the guillotine, beheaded in ridicule!
Marie: So disappointing. Witches don't understand such simple logic? It's true that I was executed. There was ridicule, and there was disdain. Howeverthat gives me no reason to murder them in return. I became a queen because the people asked me to. A queen cannot be without her people. Thus, it was inevitable. If they don't want you, then you exit even if you don't want to. That is the destiny of those serving their country. I believe my execution led to my people's next smile. No matter when, viva la France! Stars glimmer, and that will do. That's all we need. Now I am certain. Say"Dragon Witch". "Who are you exactly?"
Jeanne Alter: ...Shut up! [sics Fafnir on Marie]
Marie: Deploy Noble Phantasm. Crystal Palace!! ...Goodbye Jeanne, it was lovely meeting you. If I can help the Saint who saved France... No, if I can help a friend. Then I will gladly shed the last of my radiance and fall. Like a star, like a flower. Like a fleeting dream. That is what a Servant is, and how Marie Antoinette lives!
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B in all four Stages.
ID: No. 30
Command Cards: QAAAB; (B)
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: Israel, The Bible (1st century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Mineji Sakamoto
Voiced by: Saori Hayami
A holy woman from the 1st Century who appeased the evil dragon Tarasque. Guided by the words of the Messiah, whom she and her siblings gave a warm reception, she became a believer. A perfect person, possessing beauty and overflowing with charm, a holy maiden that made a frightening monster fall madly in love.
She did not abandon her faith even after the messiah was executed, avoiding death even after being exiled by the Roman viceroy of the time, and drifted to South France upon receiving the grace of God. At the city of Nerluc, by the Rhone River, she ended up confronting a cruel dragon that was tormenting the people, Tarasque.
She is one of the antagonists in Orleans, summoned as "Berserk-Rider". Events she appears in include "Does Moon Goddess Dream of Dumplings," the first Christmas event "Almost Weekly Santa Alter," and the first summer event ("Chaldea Summer Memory / Heat Odyssey").
- Absolute Cleavage: Starts revealing and gets more and more revealing with every Ascension and outfit change.
- Animation Bump: She received updates to her animations in Christmas 2018 that replaces her generic casting animations with blasts of light as well as summoning Tarasque to breath flames on her foes.
- Badass Preacher: If she wasn't this in life, then she definitely is one as a Servant.
- Balance Buff: Her first Rank Up Quest buffed her Miracle skill to give more health. Her second one gave her Vow of the Saintess, which removes enemy buffs and decreases their defense for three turns. Her third one increased her NP's damage while also adding a Buster Buff for 20% before the NP activates, making her much more useful for farming.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: During the "Moon Goddess" event, Martha wonders if a thin blade like Kojirou's would really be effective against dragons, given that Tarasque was too tough for her fists. Georgios notes the implication in her words that Martha must have fought Tarasque using her fists rather than her staff. Which was confirmed during the first Summer event, as her Ruler incarnation uses nothing more than Good Old Fisticuffs in battle.
- Beneath the Mask:
- Usually tries to remain calm and composed, but she slips into Genki Girl behavior all too often. As she points out herself, she was a city girl taking care of her siblings before becoming a saint, and both saintly demeanor and short temper are truly her (though the latter tends to come out really fast when she gets emotional). Her profile mentions her showing it to someone "she's especially close to" which is usually the protagonist.
- When she becomes irritated or a bit too excited, her manners and speech go beyond those of a tomboy. And the "Moon Goddess" event revealed she's a bit too interested in bondage. The Christmas event has her show a similar reaction to the protagonist in a cute reindeer costume. Not to mention her behavior during her Interlude and "Chaldea Summer Memory."
- In one of her victory poses in the Arcade, she executes a serene pose stating that this is God's will... and manages to slip in a small 'YES!' gesture with the other hand that doesn't hold the staff.
- Berserk Button: In her second Interlude, ghosts and demons in particular get her pissed, and she doesn't calm down until they're all dead.
- Blatant Lies: She propagated the myth that she defeated Tarasque through prayer in order to promote the virtues of faith and good conduct to those that heard the tale. It's quickly surmised by the protagonist and more blatantly implied in her later appearances that she just violently beat him into submission with her bare hands.
- Blood Knight: Downplayed, but ever-present. She constantly denies it, but in most of her appearances she's inches away from admitting that she'd prefer to just brawl people until they see eye-to-eye. For example, in the Solomon Singularity, she almost slips up and says "a wholehearted duel" would lead to mutual understanding. Other characters like Kojirou see it plain as day, but for her part she's (mostly) able to restrain herself.
- Breath Weapon: With her animation updates, Tarasque appears in her Extra Attack to breath fire on foes.
- Butt-Monkey: Not her, but Tarasque definitely is. Any time he's given focus, it involves him being abused in some way.
- Capital Letters Are Magic: Never refers to Jesus by name, only as "He" and "Him."
- Covert Pervert:
- During the "Moon Goddess" event, Martha blushes and stutters at the thought of being completely tied up, full-body, by ropes. This was in the context of an idiom about criminals in ancient Japan, rather than literally surrendering to Mash and being tied up.
- While she can probably be forgiven for it considering who she's thinking of, in "Chaldea Summer Memory" she jumps to the immediate conclusion that Sasaki Kojirou, Cú Chulainn, Scáthach are all using sexual innuendos when in reality they're just picking fights with each other (Cú and Scáthach almost decide to "go a round or two" since Cú says he's "ready for some action", while Kojirou notices Martha's "really worked up" and concludes that she, too, wants to "go at it").
- Dragon Rider: One of the few Riders with this ability. It's stated that the Riding skill alone isn't enough and that you need another skill for this to happen. Martha is able to ride the dragon Tarasque without this skill due to being an exception to this rule.
- The Dragonslayer: Believe it or not, during her Interlude, she seems to enjoy dragon killing a bit "too much", and even calls herself so.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: How Tarasque is ultimate revealed to "fly" with Martha on him.
- Fastball Special: The arcade fighting game reveals that her Noble Phantasm involves summoning Tarasque before smacking him into enemies with her staff. Her animated update in the 2018 Christmas event followed suit.
- Fighting from the Inside: Her saintliness is what allows her to resist Jeanne (Alter)'s control over her and manages to give the party info on where to find Siegfried before having to be defeated.
- Fluffy Tamer: Tamed the dragon Tarasque in her legend, and can summon it in battle with her Noble Phantasm, Tarasque: The Pitiful Dragon That Did Not Know Love.
- Forced into Evil: At first. She was initially one of the Servants summoned by Caster Gilles to fight Mash and the protagonist in Dijon, but can be summoned by the protagonist as well.
- Gone Horribly Right: Jacob's Limbs is a martial art Martha learned that was meant to combat malefic supernatural foes, but due to her eccentricities, she saw no problem with its techniques on people.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a pair of winged hair-decs with long white ribbons.
- Hime Cut: She's not Japanese but she wears her in this style (long hair, straight and even bangs) with the ribbons from her hair decoration forming the sidelocks. It is fitting with her saintly demeanor.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Her updated animations changes her attacks from tossing generic balls of energy to creating blasts of holy energy. In Turas Realta. these are explicitly described as weaponised prayers rather than magical blasts.
- Lady of War: She is regarded as a woman of faith that was endowed with beauty and dripping with charm, but don't think she won't hesitate to sic her dragon on you. She also fights with serene prayers that turned into energy balls or overall being graceful in combat... That is, if she manages to keep her cool persona. Otherwise, she would fight in a more violent brawling style that isn't quite the trope (Tarasque can attest).
- Made a Slave: Unlike the opponents of famous monster slaying Servants such as Fafnir or Grendel who are Chain Summoned as enemies to their revived rivals, Tarasque is always packaged with Martha as her submissive and helpless mount and is stuck as such in all her various forms and until the end of time.
- Magic Knight: In contrast to most Riders, her command cards are composed by a majority of Arts cards, which makes her look like a Caster in Rider guise (her animations are even more akin to Casters). This gives her a unique opportunity of spamming her Noble Phantasm whenever necessary.
- Mighty Glacier: Tarasque's physical blows have force equivalent to Altria Alter's Excalibur Morgan Noble Phantasm, but he's painfully slow and requires Martha to deal with nimble enemies.
- Nun Too Holy: Played With. Martha is genuinely kind, faithful and serene as a female Saint... but she occasionally slips up into her old self being a carefree, Hot-Blooded girl who often says things that a Holy Saint wouldn't say. But whenever she did that, she would always backpedal and went back to her 'serene holy woman' self quickly. And she'll remind you in her final Bond line that both of those sides are wholly parts of her, not because she's faking or having Split Personality.
- Say It with Hearts: At the end of her first Interlude:Martha: When dragons choose slaughter and refuse to listen, the use of force is the only way ❤
- Silk Hiding Steel:
- Simple Staff: The staff which she uses as a weapon and is also featured in her Bond CE. Its colors change for her Stage 3 outfit. It's noted that she had it in life, but it was a simple walking staff, and probably manifested that form as a gift of the J-man himself. Normally it manifests in shooting energy balls until her Animation Bump made it into holy explosions, but she uses the staff physically once... to smack and launch Tarasque from the back as part of her NP.
- Spin Attack: Tarasque manifests this way, spinning towards the enemy at high speeds before exploding on contact. The spikes jutting from its back help it shred anything in it's path.
- Starter Mon: In addition to Mash, Martha is one of the ten (later 14) available 4* Servants that can be summoned from the Starter Summon. Among the ten (now 14), Martha and Marie are the two 4* Riders.
- Support Party Member: Martha is a good support Rider as she has the only party-wide debuff clear (which also heals), her third skill has a defense debuff and dispels an enemy's buffs, and her NP also contributes to lowering enemy defense.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: During the "Moon Goddess" event, Martha denies some things that eventually get confirmed in subsequent events (she's all-but-confirmed to have punched Tarasque into submission, and she literally fights with her bare hands in her swimsuit):Martha: I have not punched any dragons! I don't street-brawl anymore, and I've never fought with my bare hands in my life!
- Take That!: Martha bashes the Christmas celebration for three reasons; that it's too commercialized, that it gives too much emphasis on couples like Valentine's Day instead on familynote , and that Jesus was born in October anyway so the entire holiday is Sadly Mythtaken.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: The SE.RA.PH event has the "BB's Terrible Slot Machine" mechanic that adds buffs or more commonly debuffs to your frontline at the beginning of the battle and they most often last for 10 turns. Martha's ability to clean debuffs makes her an excellent support in that event. Additionally, since many of the mob enemies are Caster-class, her AoE Noble Phantasm makes clearing mobs much easier.
- True Blue Femininity: Her outfit in Stages 1 and 2.
- Years Too Early: Referenced in one of her Battle Finish quotes.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has long, blue-purple hair.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Of the Grade A variety.
ID: No. 99
Spiritron Dress ID: No. 2note
Command Cards: QAABB; (B)
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Origin: Ireland (Celtic Mythology, Ulster Cycle)
First appearance: Fate/hollow ataraxia (name only)
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Takayama Kisai
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura
The queen of Connacht from the Ulster Cycle of Celtic Mythology. A young girl with engagements, marriages and purely carnal relations with kings and brave warriors. Pure and tidy, lewd and devious. Neither of these descriptors are deceptions, both are the faces she puts on; but most people only get the former. She earnestly enjoys lewdness. She loves good men, but she really loves strong men! With this uninhibited desire, she made many men her own while alive. The owner of the magic sword Caladbolg, Fergus, was one of her lovers.
She also really loves treasure and for that reason she triggered the greatest war of the Ulster Cycle with the entirely of Ulster as her opponent, commanding the Connacht troops on her chariot and aimed for the life of the brave warrior of Ulster who defied her: Cu Chulainn.
She's the main antagonist of the American chapter and leader of the Celtic forces. She made a wish on the Holy Grail to summon her ultimate fantasy man, Cu Chulainn (Alter). She also featured as a major antagonist in the Prisma Illya crossover event, and also in the latter half of the second Summer event, "Death Jail Summer Escape." She also appears in the Moonlight/Lostroom OVA.
- Anything That Moves: Her Noble Phantasm ends with her having sex with the enemy after running over them with her carriage. This applies even to monsters such as skeletons, Helter Skelters, dragons, chimeras, Demon Pillars, oh my.
- Animation Bump: For the 2018 Valentine's Day event, she receives an attack animation update. The updates give more effects on her whip lashes, and lets her summon her bulls, fire rainbow beams from her tiara, and even kick cheeses thrown at her.
- Art Evolution: The art shift for her alternate costume from the second Summer event both makes her look cuter and a bit more threatening, and is also a bit more dynamically posed. It also makes her look rather more fascist than previously, which makes some sense for a prison warden queen but is still a bit left-field.
- Ascended Extra: First mentioned in Cu Chulainn's flashback in Fate/hollow ataraxia, she now appears as a Servant. She's also the Arc Villain of the America chapter.
- Assassin Outclassin': Twice over the course of "Death Jail Summer Escape", with the first attempt being the heroes firing a catapult of hard cheese at her through her window while she's bathing. Her Spider Senses save her and she kicks the cheese away. The second attempt is when Medb corners the racers after they finally dig their way out of the prison, with Mysterious Heroine X revealing she saved the remaining cheese and made a "cheese gun" and attempts to shoot her because she can't accept the possibility of Medb becoming a Saber in the future. Once again, she deflects the shots, prompting X to admit she's got the reflexes to be a future swimsuit Saber (which eventually happens).
- Balance Buff: She was considered one of the weaker SSRs, but her Charisma skill was changed to Discipline of the Queen, which increases the attack bonus, doubles the effect towards male party members and includes another self heal. She also got an NP buff via a Rank Up Quest. She's now considered quite solid against males, and is a great support for male-oriented teams. Her third skill, Siren Song, was also buffed into My Red Mead: My Dear Honey Alcohol, which not only still charms the enemy, but also decreases their defense, at max 30%. Combined with her previous buffs, and you have a very strong anti-male Buster Rider.
- Bare Your Midriff: Happens in her third ascension and her alternative costume, both showing off her body.
- Blood Knight: Cu Chulainn describes her as a "warmongering lady" who hated having to back down.
- Bowdlerise: Her whip's handle which has a very... unusual shape was changed into a regular whip handle for the Prisma Illya crossover PV.
- Brutish Bulls: Her Noble Phantasm has her summon her chariot driven by two bulls, and her revamped Extra Attack has her summon and ride on one of said bulls as it tramples the target.
- Combat Stilettos: While this game isn't a stranger to this trope for many female servants, Medb takes this trope to another level with the Kick Chick trope below.
- Depraved Bisexual: She'll sleep with seemingly anyone or anything apart from Fionn. She prefers men but is hardly picky.
- The Ditz: She's kind of dumb. She tries to overpower her Master in her interlude, only to be easily beaten. Afterwards she whines about how you didn't bring male Servants for her to fight since canonically only Mash is there for her to fight, then she runs back to Chaldea. When she tries to make excuses for her loss, she only looks dumber.
- Dominatrix: Medb considers herself the ruler of all men.
- Double Unlock: She can only be summoned from the story gacha after beating America.
- Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared in a split-second shot in the opening.
- Entitled to Have You: Much like Gilgamesh, Medb believes that she's entitled to possess anything she wants, especially men.Medb: All treasures are mine. Then that's mine too, isn't it?
- Even the Girls Want Her: In her interlude, she says that she can charm any women, no problem. Although her Alluring Voice skill can't charm females in the game.
- Everyone Has Standards: Not even she wants anything to do with Fionn. Yeah, she'll have sex with anyone and maybe anything, but Fionn is just irritating, due to him constantly bragging about how awesome his wife is.
- Evil Counterpart: To Scáthach. Both are redheaded warrior queens, but while Scáthach is dressed in black and is outwardly unfriendly, she is secretly a warm person who is genuinely fond of those who have won her respect. Medb is dressed all in white and while seemingly more pleasant to be around, is immensely frivolous with her affections and cares little for friend and foe alike.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Not only was she blessed with perfect looks from birth, it's more of a cute friendly look than the more obviously dangerous women like Carmilla. However, as alluded to in her personality, people who judge her based only on her looks fail to realize that she has no conscience and without hesitation engages in a great deal of chaos and mayhem.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Especially in America, where she's pretty much a Card-Carrying Villain hellbent for conquest.
- If I Can't Have You...: The reason why she had Cu Chulainn killed.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: She lusts for Cu Chulainn, who she never slept with in Celtic myth, and it plays a part in why she summoned him to fit her ideals. Despite effectively being her dragon he has no interest in her sexually, which makes her want him more.
- Kick Chick: She's got B Rank Agility, and her revamped animations show it by pulling off some impressive gravity-and-physics-defying kicks on pieces of flung cheese. We're talking backward-rolling-flips-in-mid-air level kicks.
- Last Breath Bullet: After her Taking the Bullet moment below. She still manages to summon the Clan Calatin, in the form of 28 Demon Pillars.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: As a playable Servant, she's not actively malicious and more like a pampered poodle who was used to be spoiled by everyone. A slightly rabid poodle, mind you, but a pampered poodle nonetheless. Played with, as she's revealed in her interlude to still be dangerous and perfectly willing to murder them as revenge, though she's so bad at it that the player's support at Chaldea think she might have been trying to help in a roundabout fashion.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Nasu calls her the "Celt super bitch", as per her legends, that she needs at least seven men (or Fergus) to satisfy her insatiable lust. In her interlude she also says she's in the Rider class not because of her chariot but because she "rides" men. Even one of her Noble Phantasms is basically a rape dungeon that won't let anyone trapped in it escape until she's done having sex with them.
- Love Potion: One of her Noble Phantasms, My Red Mead: My Dear Honey Alcohol, is liquor honey infused with her natural charm what will make anyone who drinks it more or less hers.
- Mook Maker: Medb doesn't actually give birth to her soldiers, but takes in their genetic information from "riding them", and with a drop of her blood creates more soldiers.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: After having sex with a warrior, she can use their seed to form weaker copies of them by spilling small amounts of her blood on the ground. She can thus create entire armies by herself. However, when asked if she's ever actually given birth for real she gets embarrassed and denies it, though in myth she had nine.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Despite its spelling in English, Medb's name is pronounced "Maeve".
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- She's known as the 'Celt Super-Bitch' because of how much she Really Gets Around, but when asked if she's ever given birth in the normal way she gets embarrassed and says she could never do that except with someone she loves. This weird burst of purity freaks out Mash and Roman.
- Also, she gets much more typically furious during "Death Jail Summer Escape" when any mention is made of Ishtar's ritual and the effect it's having on "her" Connacht, which is atypical enough for her to be commented on by her subordinates and is meant, narratively, to pique the player's interest.
- Pretty in Mink: She wears a very fluffy white fur cloak in her Stage 1 art.
- Really Gets Around: Most of her power-set is based off of sex. Even when speaking of it she sounds, well, orgasmic. It takes seven men (or Fergus) to satisfy her. Her birthday line implies she's perfectly fine with having a fling with the protagonist until they "can't stand on [their] own feet."
- Removed Achilles' Heel: Played With. She can't do anything about the fact thrown cheese is incredibly dangerous to her if it hits her, as it's ingrained into her legend. Keywords being "if it hits her". Nothing says she can't train herself to instinctively counter it before it can hit her.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Superficially. She's energetic and bubbly, but she's actually pretty nasty.
- Say It with Hearts: Pairing with her cutesy but fairly mean personality, she occasionally ends her dialogue with hearts, such as in "Death Jail Summer Escape."Medb: "How dare they go and throw a festival without my permission, and a race at that! Don't they know that I hold the exclusive patent on war vehicles!? Anyway, you don't have to worry about them anymore. I've apprehended them all and sent them away! Exactly the sort of thing you'd expect from your amazing and amazingly capable queen, right? Keep that in mind when paying your taxes this year ♥"
- Seers: She possesses Conchobar's future vision thanks to one of her Noble Phantasms, Conchobar My Love: My Dear Future Vision.
- Shower Scene: Has one in the second Summer event, which is when the party tries to kill her with a piece of cheese to reenact her legend. She easily counters the flung cheese.
- Spider-Sense: Developed an ability to sense cheese products since she was killed by one, her Buster attack is just her detecting a piece of cheese flying her way with an exclamation mark and then flies up to counter it.
- The Starscream: Tries to take out the protagonist in an Interlude, but she's laughably inept.
- Her magical girl version tries to usurp the First Lady in the event.
- Stone Wall: Medb's attack is rather low, but she has good HP and a skill that regenerates her HP every turn, and another skill that heals her for a decent amount as well.
- Stripperiffic: Probably the most classically stripper-looking of them all, since her final outfit is basically just lingerie.
- Taking the Bullet: Takes a lethal hit meant for Cu Chulainn (Alter), dying in the process.
- Weaksauce Weakness: It was hinted at in Solomon and explicitly stated during "Death Jail Summer Escape," she has a weakness to cheese, as she died when Furbaide flung a piece at her, instantly killing her while she was bathing. However it is only as effective as normal blunt force trauma and Medb has developed a sort of Spider-Sense to counter any flung pieces of cheese. This sense is used in her Buster attack after an animation revamp, where she senses the cheese and kicks it towards enemies.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: As she always uses her relationship with men only for sake of political advantages and carnal thrill, she wonders how it feels like to be a lovestruck fool. While she's obviously laughing at her victims' expense, her wondering is also true as she never really met her equal (on making her fall in love just with a smile).
- Whip It Good: Her weapon of choice.
- Would Hurt a Child: Casually mentions during the Prisma Illya crossover that she ran over Illya with her chariot.
- Wrestler in All of Us: According to supplementary materials, the sporty constitution of her third outfit is supposed to evoke the imagery of professional female wrestlers.
- Zerg Rush: Her soldiers made from her blood are weaker then the originals, so she chooses to compensate for that by making more and more soldiers until the enemy can't withstand them anymore.
ID: No. 23
Command Cards: QQAAB; (Q)
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: Greece (Classical Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/stay night
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Yuu Asakawa
Youngest of the Gorgon sisters. Originally a chthonic deity, she and her sisters had to flee to a shapeless island due to the arrival of the Olympian deities and their fanatical faithful. Despite her beauty, she has been variously described as a serpentine monster who petrifies anyone foolish enough to gaze into her. Through it all, she is rather indifferent and would rather drink and read, and was also the only one of the three sisters to "grow".
Gorgon is the name of a mere shadow of a former goddess that ended up growing, enlarging to the limits. She's an antagonist in Fuyuki.
- Actually Not a Vampire: While she is of questionable humanity and both enjoys and is empowered by sucking blood, Nasuverse vampires are actually something different.
- Animal Motifs: Rider gets motifs for both horses for her ability to summon Pegasus and snakes as befits her real identity.
- Animation Bump: Her animations were later given a makeover to bring them up to par with more recent Servants.
- Anti-Magic: Medusa has innate magic resistance as part of her class, although it's not quite at a Saber's level. She would also have her sisters' ridiculous MR as part of her divinity, if not for the nature of her divinity compared to her sisters.
- Balance Buff: Medusa has received two Rank Up quests so far: the first added the Blood Fort Andromeda skill, giving her an instant Noble Phantasm gauge charge and a lingering increase in NP generation. The second upgraded her NP, adding an additional 200% damage modifier, increasing the Star Rate up buff by around 30% per level, and adding a new debuff, decreasing the targets' crit damage by 20%. This makes her more viable as a offensive AOE Rider and helps her feel like a better crit star generator compared to before.
- Bi the Way: In her Interlude, Stheno and Euryale put her in an arranged marriage to see her reactions. So the protagonist pretends to be lovers with her to cope with this. If you choose the female protagonist, you get an option to say that you're a girl. Medusa's reaction?(blushing) "Yes, I dont mind. In fact "
- Big Little Sister: She's the youngest of the Gorgon sisters and the only one that resembles an adult woman. Even in myth, Medusa was the only one to be mortal and age normally.
- Blindfolded Vision: Her blindfold Breaker Gorgon is stated in the Status sheets to seal all properties of her eyes, including vision, so she relies on her other senses for everything. It works well enough that her blindness isn't noticeable at all.
- Boring, but Practical: In terms of offensive Riders, Medusa is a solid choice for usage due to her decent deck structure allowing her to set up Noble Phantasm, or critical combos, while having good skills that can help offensively, or support wise, and has a AOE Quick Noble Phantasm. She might lack the raw damage of other Riders, but she is a solid choice and could be considered a slightly weaker AOE version of Rider Kintoki, even though she lacks a Quick buff like he does.
- Catchphrase: "I'll kill you gently." She says it during her Noble Phantasm and in Fate media as a whole says it fairly often. It also happens to be Yuu Asakawa's favorite line for Medusa.
- Chain Pain: Her standard weapon is a nail-like dagger attached to a long chain.
- Cosplay: She wears a Homurahara Highschool uniform for the Heaven's Feel mini quest to help promote the Heaven's Feel films.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Using her Monstrous Strength too often can make Medusa revert to her monster form, in lore. In gameplay, it's perfectly safe as her Gorgon form is handled somewhat differently.
- Dark Action Girl: She embraces this image. She wears a black outfit, can be rather ruthless and being a chosen hero means she's more than competent in fighting.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Her appearance and abilities based in blood and darkness just scream dark creature, and it's not helped by her vampiric traits, but once you get to know her, she's really not that bad.
- Deadly Gaze: Cybele, her Mystic Eyes of Petrification, which will leave you Taken for Granite. It manifests as a skill which causes a Stun debuff.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Medusa's aloof side is thrown into the spotlight and throughout her bonds and ascensions she questions her master's taste in servants, warning them that she could turn into a monster again. By the time her last ascension hits she's warmed up to them considerably, causing her sultry and seductive side to race to the surface."Fufufu. What a foolish master. Do you realize what you're raising here? Take proper responsibility for pouring this much power into me. For starters, I shall captivate your heart."
- Eldritch Abomination: She can take the form of a gigantic nondescript creature with snakes everywhere, in lore. Part of her meta-narrative thrust throughout Fate is which one is really her "real" form. This form makes a small appearance as part of Gorgon's Noble Phantasm.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The same kind as her sisters, Euryale and Stheno. She can petrify people, unlike her sisters.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Very much so.
- Height Angst: For her, a "small and cute" body like her sisters is her standard of beauty, and she has a complex about her adult body. She even wonders if the Grail can make her shorter. She has her Berserk Button pushed in her Interlude when a group of soldiers refer to her as "giant with monster strength"."Can I go all-out Master? It's not that I am angry, it's just my Mystic Eyes are aching."
- Mama Bear: She is as fiercely protective of Sakura Matou as ever. In the Parvati trial event, when she discovers that Parvati has turned Sakura into her Pseudo-Servant, thus exposing her to the constant danger of fighting for Chaldea, she goes ballistic.
- Meido: She's forced into this outfit in "GUDAGUDA Meiji Revival".
- Murderous Thighs: Her Animation Bump gave her this as an extra attack, performing an audible Neck Snap before slashing them one more time with her chain and nail.
- Mythology Gag:
- Before her animation updates, her Noble Phantasm was based on her use of Bellerophon during her fight with Altria Alter in the Heavens Feel route of her first appearance.
- She warns you against trusting Medea, knowing her reputation as the Witch of Betrayal.
- One of her biggest dislikes is seaweed, especially wakame; it makes her want to cut it up.note
- If you have Stheno and/or Euryale, she'll basically sigh at the fact that she'll have to deal with their teasing antics yet again. And they really bully her whenever they appear together.
- She cosplayed as a student of Homurahara High School to help promote the Heaven's Feel movies in a miniquest.
- Her new Noble Phantasm animation comes from Fate/unlimited codes, and her Buster attack comes from Fate/Extella.
- A rather darker one comes up during the trial quest for Parvati, as seeing Parvati Sakura makes her... nearly boil over with rage, because between the pseudo-Servant process and all the combat Chaldea engages in, Parvati is putting Sakura in tremendous amounts of danger, and Medusa will not tolerate that. She does eventually relent, but she's still unhappy about the situation because Sakura remains in danger.
- Although she does acknowledge her past with Perseus, she doesn't hold it against him that he killed her, although she doesn't particularly want to talk with him either. Her Super-Powered Evil Side Gorgon, on the other hand....
- The Paralyzer: One of her skills, Mystic Eyes, can stun an opponent for 1 turn.
- Pegasus: Her Noble Phantasm, Bellerophon: Bridle of Chivalry, summons one of the most iconic steeds of legend.
- Rapunzel Hair: Of the greatest level. It easily goes down to her ankles, yet does nothing to limit her fighting abilities.
- Sheathe Your Sword: A very rare case of an enemy doing this. During the Valentine's Day event, her sisters will attack Mash before she can give you chocolate and force Medusa to come along. Medusa will apologize for this. In the actual fight, she will not actually attack you. She will only buff herself.
- Slave Collar: Wears a leather collar on her neck as part of her standard battle costume.
- Statuesque Stunner: Quite literally considering her powers. One of the tallest women in the game at 172 cm and described as beautiful.
- Stripperific: Wears progressively less as her stages advance, and she wasn't wearing much to begin with. Her sisters made her wear the outfit. You can even see her nipples through her dress in the artwork for her first 3 ascensions.
- Taken for Granite: Her Mystic Eyes of Petrification, Cybele, allow her to turn her victims to stone when she takes off her blindfold. In gameplay, this is reduced to a one-turn stun.
- Vapor Wear: Her third stage.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: One of Fate's classic examples of a purple-haired character.
ID: No. 132
Command Cards: QQAAB; (A)
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: England (Arthurian Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/Apocrypha (as Saber of Red)
Illustrated by: Ototsugu Konoe
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
Having been summoned as a Rider instead of Saber this time, Mordred doesn't have Clarent with her, nor her armor and helmet. Summer has put her in higher spirits than usual, with her being more pushy and good-willed towards the Master and her habitual moodiness is nowhere to be seen. Putting antagonism with her father and her own raison d'être aside, she's enjoying the summer sea to her heart's content.
Upon being summoned, she wanted a surfboard that could withstand her power and ended up cheekily stea... borrowing to perpetuity one from her father's treasure vault. Its name is Prydwen. According to legends, it is a wonder tool that could become both a ship and a shield.
An alternate version of Mordred who debuted for the first Summer event, "Chaldea Summer Memory / Heat Odyssey."
- Attention Whore: She spends many of her summer event scenes trying to get Altria to pay attention to her, but her father is completely oblivious.
- Awesome, but Impractical: All of her design choices (if picked) in "Chaldea Summer Memory" reek of this. Examples include an iron house (which looks like a cube and seems unbearable to live in due to heat conductivity), the railcart system instead of a simple road, and a ropeway instead of a bridge. Many of these also overlap with Rebellious Spirit since she suggests some of them solely to spite her father (very slightly).
- Bi the Way: While trying to teach the protagonist how to surf, she makes a comment about how no matter if it's waves, horses, or women, the rougher the ride, the more fun it is.
- Cannot Spit It Out: It's clear she is enamored with the protagonist, but she is incredibly conflicted on admitting it. Most likely because she never experienced anything like a crush/romantic feelings when she was alive.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets straight up pissed if you have the swimsuit versions of Anne and Mary (especially towards Anne)."O-oi! That swimsuit pirate over there! W-w-w-w-w-w-what is that what is that what is that!? Melons? Is it melons or something? ... Master, don't you fall for that! Idiot! Iiidiot!"
- Companion Cube: Calls her surfboard (Prydwen) "partner".
- Composite Character: In some of the Arthurian myths, Prydwen was a ship Arthur owned. In others, Prydwen was the name of his shield. In the Nasuverse, both are combined into a magic shield that can turn into a ship... that Mordred stole from Camelot so she could surf on it.
- Cuteness Proximity: Although she outwardly denies it, she's completely taken by the cuteness of the boar piglets on the island and even feeds one that the gang believes destroyed the crops and lets it go instead of catching it. This convinces the piglet to rally the others to aid the crew against the demon boars on the island.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Mordred gains a tan in her 2nd to 4th artwork portrait.
- Historical In-Joke: Arthurian lore was rather inconsistent on what the Prydwen actually was, describing it as either a shield or a boat depending specific story. So, naturally, Fate/Grand Order split the difference and made it a surfboard.
- Improvised Weapon: Uses her surfboard to smack enemies.
- In-Series Nickname: Her profile calls her SurMo, or just Surfer Mo.
- Limit Break: Her kit is hardwired to spam her Arts-based Noble Phantasm over and over. With a Craft Essence that boosts her Art effectiveness and/or Noble Phantasm gain, she can theoretically fire it off every turn until she runs out of waves of enemies to hit with it. Case in point.
- Making a Splash: She uses her wave-riding to drown the enemies. And somehow can shoot water out of her surfboard.
- Mundane Utility: Prydwen is a magical shield that can turn into a ship, but Mordred here uses it as a surfboard. Lampshaded by her father in the profile."Who said you could turn it into a surfboard?!"
- Mythology Gag: If the player has Saber Nero, Mordred gets irritated of Nero's whining about swimsuit, and then shows off her swimsuit which is basically just string which is her swimsuit back in Fate/Extra. Mordred called the swimsuit out and Nero an idiot.
- Rebellious Spirit: Putting on the swimsuit seems to have set her rebellious phase into overdrive, as many of her suggestions for the island structures involve grand, sweeping innovations (instead of a bridge, she wants a gondola life; for transportation, mining carts; for a watchtower, a rock concert tower; for a larger base, a massive fortress that's filled with booby traps and if Scathach hadn't put her foot down would have had flight).
- Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Played for Laughs. One of the structures she wants to build is a tower for rock concerts that looks like the Tower of Babel. Martha is left spluttering to try and find something about it that wouldn't be called blasphemous.
- Sailor Fuku: Her second outfit.
- Shield Surf: She literally surfs on the magical shield Prydwen.
- Tsundere: This version of Mordred clearly has a crush on the protagonist, though she would much rather face a horde of monsters than admit it. Whenever she gets embarrassed, which is surprisingly often, she will yell at her Master and get the BAKA out with no hesitation, moreover...:What I like should be obvious! Summer! The beach! Mast- No wait! Forget about that last one!
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: Even after the event, this version of her will still be running around in a swimsuit. Lampshaded by herself, when she asks if you'll still be using her in winter.