ID: No. 8
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: Eastern Europe (5th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: huke
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
Altera (known at the time as "Attila the Hun") was the monstrously powerful warrior-queen of a great barbarian empire that reached from West Asia to Gaul in the 5th century. She was regarded as the arch-enemy of the waning Roman Empire, and although she failed to conquer Rome itself, the damage her armies caused to the Empire significantly hastened its eventual collapse. It was said that Altera lived on the battlefield, where her intuition, dispassionate ruthlessness and terrifying acts of power earned her titles such as "The Scourge of God", "The Divine Punishment" and "The Queen of Combat". As a Servant, she prefers to be known as "Altera".
She made her first appearance in Grand Order as an antagonist in the Rome chapter, originally to coincide with the release of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, where she is a main character (though the timing got skewed when Extella was delayed by a few months). She later appears as an antagonist during the "All the Statesman" event in Grand Order.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her sword is described as being able to destroy "any and all existences" on Earth due to being a powerful Divine Construct wielded by an ancient god of war. It's so powerful that she's surprised during her battle with Scáthach, wondering how the latter's Gáe Bolg Alternative is able to hold up against it without being destroyed.
- Adorkable: She has her moments, such as in her second Interlude where she remembers one of her old names Etzel. If the protagonist states it sounds cute, she starts blushing while denying that, and it's so adorable even Siegfried agrees with the others about it.
- Alternate Self: She and the Altera of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star are canonically different beings. The difference is that she is personally the remnants of Sephyr the "Giant of Destruction" mentioned to have existed and fought the Gods in Fate/Grand Order 14,000 years ago, while Fate/Extella's is an avatar of the original that represents one aspect of herself.
- The version of her in the "All The Statesmen" event seems to be a fully intact Velber, though how she got in the Singularity is unknown. She does help Bunyan go back with Chaldea to their timeline, though.
- Ambiguously Brown: Much like most depictions of the historical Attila, she has a vaguely dark skin tone.
- Ambiguously Human: She was found with her sword by the Huns in ancient West African ruins, she has a compulsive urge to kill people, her sword is custom-made to destroy civilizations, and she's personally intimate when she's speaking to or about Mars. Artemis even breaks character when speaking to her, calling her vile and a scourge to this world. She's actually a humanoid alien superweapon which fell to Earth 14,000 years ago.
- Arranged Marriage: Her marriage to Kriemhild (Siegfried's wife) was a political move arranged by her followers (and Kriemhild went along with it for her revenge on Siegfried's killers), though Altera did come to be fond of her anyway.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: She's not quite human. Even outside of her strange appearance and mannerisms, it's been said that the Huns only found her, alongside her very anachronistic sword, among ruins of unknown origin. It's revealed that she's the human-sized version of an alien superweapon in Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star.
- Blood Knight: Subverted. She seems like it, but in truth it's because she's instinctively a warrior. She actually hates the fact she can't do anything except make war.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She's the final boss of Septem because something triggered her robot mode. The party seems a little disappointed because she's almost rational enough to speak to, but not quite.
- Broken Record: She keeps introducing herself over and over as "the Great King of Destruction who will destroy the Western World" when they try to talk with her in Chapter 2. Dr. Roman believes that it's because fusing with a Holy Grail has overloaded her mind.
- Catchphrase: She tends to describe things she likes as "good civilization" and those she dislikes as "bad civilization".
- Character Exaggeration: Since she's already a major, serious character in another game and there's already quite a few "Ambiguously Human, expressionless badass" characters originating from Grand Order, Altera is mostly employed as a gag character outside of a few serious moments in the main story. Even before her "All the Statesman" and Christmas event debut, she appears during Blackbeard's Valentine's Day return gift cutscene solely to 1) slice him in half, letting the protagonist make a joke about Lev's fate earlier in Septem and 2) to make another "bad civilization" joke.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Her profile claims that despite her achievements, there was an air of lack of purpose in her, such that it seems that she would want to wish to the Holy Grail to find what life is like outside that of a warrior.
- The Dreaded: She's considered a monstrously powerful Servant, being able to lay waste to multiple armies led by Servants with ease after being summoned in the Septem singularity, with later ascensions implying that the Servant container couldn't possibly allow her to showcase her full power. She's particularly feared and reviled by Roman Servants, as her arrival in Europe was a decisive factor in the fall of the Roman Empire. Artemis drops her silly act in the Moon Viewing event, freaks out at the fact that Altera is around, and immediately tries to have the protagonist get rid of her. Even Scáthach knows her as a "Great King of Destruction", only being able to force a stalemate despite being extremely overpowered in her own right.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": She requests certain people to not call her "Attila", but "Altera". She has a very special reason for why she prefers to be called Altera but she's not sure how most people are going to react. Fate/Extella reveals that "Altera" is her true name after all, "Attila" being given to her by the Huns when they found her.
- Early-Bird Cameo: According to Nasu, she was created for Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, but that game took a lot longer to develop than Grand Order did. So her crossover cameo ended up happening over a year before her "true" first appearance.
- Emotionless Girl: Only in battle, though. Otherwise she is merely The Quiet One.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Has a crown-like ornament made of lights in her official artwork and her rainbow styled sword.
- Final Boss: Of Septem. She was summoned as a Last Breath Bullet by Lev to destroy the Singularity and the heroes.
- For the Evulz: An odd example. She actually doesn't like killing people, but she enjoys destroying things and civilizations in particular. Though this is technically her mission as the White Titan, she didn't remember this when she was 'Attila' and was seemingly motivated by a simple desire to see the world burn.
- Foreshadowing: Her true nature revealed in Fate/Extella is referenced numerous times in-game before the game's reveal and release.
- Several Divine Spirit Servants are wary of her as they know what she truly is.
- Altria Alter notes that her existence is different from that of most Heroic Spirits in her second Interlude.
- The Lion King told her knights in Camelot of a Giant of Destruction that attacked 14,000 years ago.
- Several Divine Spirits (like Stheno) show satisfaction that she has grown beyond her nature as a weapon in Solomon.
- Gender Flip: One of the most visually prominent cases, as Attila is no longer a muscle bound man like Iskander but a Stripperiffic, waifish warrior instead.
- Go Out with a Smile: After she is defeated in the final battle of Rome she finds that the idea that there's something she cannot destroy a happy one and smiles before she fades away.
- Human Weapon: She was designed by an alien star called the Velber to destroy civilization. Her Hun followers basically just pointed her at the enemy and served more as handlers than subordinates.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Her stats are all very balanced, with the lowest being a B and the highest at A+, but her stat spread also makes her more defensive than usual. In-game, she's a reliable Saber for both single and multiple targets thanks to her AoE NP's defense debuff, her upgraded Natural Body's Star Absorption buff, and her Crest of the Stars skill which gives her critical stars and an attack buff.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Altera's first instinct after being summoned by Lev with the Grail is to bisect him from head to groin as part of her destructive impulses.
- Kill Sat: Her true Noble Phantasm is "Teardrop Photon Ray: Sword of the War God" (as seen in Extella), where she uses her sword to channel a light of destruction from Mars, incinerating her enemies. She uses this in the battle against Flauros in Solomon's temple. It's even implied at its strongest it can destroy the entire world.
- Laser Blade: Wields what can only be described as a triple-bladed lightsaber. Really colorful.
- Mistaken Identity: The three Valkyries mistook her for one of their sisters and tried to link her with their Hive Mind before realizing their mistake.
- Modest Royalty: Her clothing is more for combat then being royal.
- Mood Ring Eyes: While they always stay red, her strange white pupils turn darker when she feels down.
- Mystical White Hair: She has very odd pure white hair and a very mysterious backstory. It's rather difficult to tell where her hair stops and her veil begins.
- Mythology Gag: In her second Interlude, she acknowledges her marriage to Kriemhild.
- No-Sell: While nearly every other Servant in Chaldea collapses from an underworld disease spread by Ereshkigal, Altera is unaffected due to a combination of her Natural Body skill and an resistance to Earth type illnesses. Unfortunately, when she class changes to Archer, she loses a lot of this resistance, meaning she spends a lot of the event with a fever affecting her personality.
- No Social Skills: She's very robotic in her interactions and has trouble expressing herself. While she wonders if this is tied to the mystery of what she really is, the protagonist just tells her that she's awkward. She admits that even when she was alive her allies would tell her the same thing.
- Recurring Boss: During the "All the Statesmen" event, she is fought in almost all of the parts under different identities. During Parts 1 through 3, she is there to substitute for different American figures (Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill and Davy Crockett). In Part 4, she is used as a host for Queen Columbia. She isn't fought in Part 5, as Titan Altera actually comes to you and decides to help you.
- Red Baron: She has a few but the one that keeps popping up the most in promotional materials and in-game is "Scourge of God". Her title as Velber-02 is "The White Titan".
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Unlike most Servants who have these because of Divinity ranks (or Mad Enhancement), she lacks either of these attributes, adding to the sense of "wrongness" about her.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: Her tiara.
- Semi-Divine: Although she has no divine ancestry, she has this trait because she is known in legend as the Scourge of God.
- Spell My Name with an "S":
''Please call me Altera. Attila... doesn't sound cute."
- Though Altera is her real name, Attila is equally valid as a name. But she admits to finding the former name cuter in a rare moment of emotion.
- In Real Life, Attila's name has been spelt Atila, Attilla, Atilla and Attila.
- Altera could also be Artera, Artela or Altela, though XSEED Games, for their localization of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star has chosen to go with Altera and the localizers for the English release of this game have gone with this, making it the official spelling.
- In her second Interlude, she takes a liking to Etzel, her name in the Nibelungenlied.
- Stripperiffic: She wades across battlefields in what's basically a bikini. She sheds even more of it for later Ascensions. Of course, as she is not even human, she doesn't care about the amount of skin exposed.
- Theme Music Power-Up: As part of the promotion for Fate/Extella, she had her theme music from Extella plays for the animation.
- This Is a Drill: When using her Noble Phantasm, Photon Ray: Sword of the War God, the blade of her sword starts spinning like a drill, followed by a charging thrust.
- Woman in White: Her first ascension is the most overt about this, but her outfits involve white the most.
- Whip It Good: The Sword of Mars can be used like a whip for mid-range attacks, which was first seen in her playable appearance in Fate/Extella and was then implemented into Grand Order in an animation update for her.
ID: No. 2
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: England (Arthurian Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/stay night
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (English, Fate/Grand Order VR)
Altria is perhaps the most iconic character of the Fate franchise, and, at least in this universe, the true identity of the legendary warrior-king Arthur, under whose reign Britain enjoyed a brief respite from the chaos tearing the rest of Europe apart. She originally wielded the Caliburn, the sword she extracted from a stone as proof of royalty, but after its theft she received her main weapon, the Excalibur, and later Avalon, from the Lady of the Lake.
She appears as one of your Servants in the tutorial. She also, naturally, plays a significant role during the Fate/Zero crossover event, and does briefly appear in this usual form during the first Summer event, "Chaldea Summer Memory / Heat Odyssey," before circumstances dictate she change into something more comfortable.
- Animal Motifs: The lion, on account of her power, bravery, leadership and royalty, as well as it being a heraldic symbol of England, as well as the dragon, which was personally attached to the more-or-less Real Life Arthur.
- Art Evolution: The April 2016 update gave her new attacks and NP animations.
- Badass Adorable: While more beautiful and dignified than actually cute, her sincere and honest personality is very endearing; along with that, she also has many Adorkable moments in the series.
- Balance Buff: Her Rank-Up Quest upgraded her Intuition skill to the Radiant Road skill, which charges her NP gauge on top of giving her critical stars (not unlike the Pioneer of the Stars skill—or, for that matter, Lancelot's own Knight of the Lake skill). She's now much better when it comes to farming or, if maxed, the popular Merlin/Waver support strategies, which allow a powerful first turn NP with any starting CE.
- Battle Ballgown: She wears a puffy dress underneath her armor.
- Blow You Away: She uses Strike Air in her new attack animation.
- Character Development: She's moved past her desire to use the Grail to either redo her reign or choose another to take her place, which was her primary desire in Fate/stay night, as shown in her Interlude. She still has her regrets, but she's now satisfied that she did the best she could."My battle was not the correct salvation for everything—but I am certain it wasn't a mistake."
- Cool Sword: Excalibur, of course! Forged by the fae to be the greatest of Holy Swords and the crystallization of glory itself, it is nearly unrivaled among Anti-Fortress Noble Phantasms with its combination of activation speed, firepower, and range.
- Demoted to Extra: Her alternate forms have played the role of a primary antagonist in three different forms and one as a primary ally, but she has yet to appear in her unaltered form in any story chapter. Her only appearance has been as part of a brief flashback by Bedivere. Even in events, the only important part she's played in this form has been in Face/Accel Zero Order - while the Altria in "Chaldea Summer Memory" is basically this Altria, the one we know and love, she changes class and appearance into something a bit more fitting for the event and in the process becomes even hungrier for food and sillier.
- This seems to hold true for characters from the "canon" works who already have a well-established history, making them harder to mold into the Grand Order stories. It's much easier to use Grand Order debuted Servants or Servants who have brief roles in other works because there is more free rein with them. Still though, if you consider all of her alternate forms to still be her, which they technically still are, she is arguably the most featured character in the game other than the main heroine Mash, as is expected of her role as the franchise's most iconic character.
- Dragon Ancestry: Is infused with dragon's blood thanks to Merlin's magic. It actually gives her a huge mana supply. In-game, she and all of her alternate selves have the Dragon Trait.
- Gender Bender: In her backstory, she was turned into a pseudo-male so she could get married. According to Nasu, this is where she got her sexual experience. It also contributed to her downfall, since Morgan stole some of her semen and used it to make Mordred.
- Gender Flip: The Trope Codifier for the franchise; she's the true identity of King Arthur in this universe, though she was recorded by history as male.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: Blue, poofy sleeves under her armor.
- Guardian Entity: Her material profile reveals that she isn't a person that can summoned normally as a Heroic Spirit (presumable due to being in Avalon), but the World has allowed Chaldea to summon her in order to act as a Guardian Spirit.
- Hair Decorations: Her blue ribbon, which presumably keeps her Prim and Proper Bun in place.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Beautiful, kind and feminine (despite what she thinks of her own physique), with golden hair in a small bun.
- Hero of Another Story: Altria is one of the three main heroines of Fate/stay night.
- Hidden Depths: As seen during Valentine's Day events, Altria is a surprisingly good confection maker, preparing the protagonist a intricately detailed crown made entirely from chocolate.
- Idiot Hair: The original wielder of the mighty ahoge in Fate-dom. Saber Wars even treats it as an element.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: On paper, Altria is this. Her Skills are built around providing a party-wide Attack buff, some stars for extra crit damage, and a powerful Buster buff to her AOE Buster NP, which compensates for her rather average Attack. Her deck is the standard QAABB deck for Sabers, and while she doesn't have many hits on her Arts cards her NP gen is sufficient that she can reliably charge it up, with her NP Overcharge refunding some of her gauge for easier access and high HP to survive long enough to do so. Altria is well-rounded enough that she can reliably work in just about any team composition available to her. The problem is the fact that her well-rounded nature makes her very easy to be overshadowed by other Sabers whose specializations eclipse her.
- With the release of Rank-Up Quest Campaign IX, Altria's new ability to charge her NP Gauge has shifted her playstyle in favor of farming and clearing mobs.
- Lady of War: Graceful, demure and elegant master of the sword.
- Leitmotif: Her NP plays a snippet from "Excalibur" from Fate/hollow ataraxia.
- Love Martyr: She loved her knights more than they loved each other and often vouched for Merlin's character whenever his eccentricities put him in the hot seat.
- Male Might, Female Finesse : While her male Prototype counterpart's animations consist of a series of powerful strikes, her animations consist of graceful and elegant swordplay.
- Mythology Gag:
- Her My Room dialogue has her stating that the protagonist truly is something special for being able to contract Gilgamesh, noting that his ability is without peer but his behavior... not so much. She hopes they'll have better luck with him than her.
- Her dialogue for EMIYA has her fondly and sadly reminiscing about him while blushing, noting that no matter what, he'll always be fighting. It would seem she remembers well the Fate route.
- Not So Different:
- It turns out she's not that different from her Alter version. In her Interlude, she trains the protagonist by making them go through a Boss Rush, just like Alter's Interlude. It seems she also made Merlin release some monsters for her people and knights to fight, something that Alter often muses on doing.
- In a comical spin of this trope, the Fate/Gudaguda Order Drama CD reveals that her treatment of Mordred is no different from how Kiritsugu treated her in Fate/Zero. Unlike him though, she at least has the decency to tolerate Mordred and speak to her when needed, but not without a hint of subtle annoyance and complete dismissal of Mordred once the conversation's done.
- Out of Focus: Remarkably, the only time this regular Altria appears for the entirety of the game's main storyline run in the first two years of Grand Order was in a flashback by Bedivere in Camelot. At the very least, most of her alternate forms have had more screentime than her.
- Parental Neglect: Within FGO, Altria is shown to be very cold and distant towards her child Mordred and she is sometimes depicted to outright hate her. Since she never raised Mordred and only knew about their relation in the later parts of Mordred's life, plus Altria wasn't the mother who gave birth to her, Altria feels little to no parental attachment towards her child. The fact that Mordred led the rebellion that brought Camelot to ruin and mutually killed her doesn't help at all. Most of Altria's other versions feel the same towards Mordred, with her Lily version being the notable exception.
- Perpetual Frowner: In her original life. Bedivere is driven by the memory of her smile. The singular memory.
- Power Limiter: It's revealed in her interlude that like the Prototype version of Excalibur, her sword also has thirteen seals put upon it that restrains its full potential. However, unlike the Prototype version, there's no need for a voting process as she can remove them one-by-one by herself. Her interlude focuses on meeting the requirements for the "one's comrades-in-arms should be champions" oath. She has never been able to use its full power thanks to the rather demanding restrictions.
- Red Baron: "King of Knights" or "Once and Future King".
- Retcon: Her Excalibur was never mentioned to have a Power Limiter on it in the form of the thirteen seals, like her Prototype counterpart. Originally the only limits Excalibur has was a combination of the massive mana cost to use it, and her Master's own power to allow her to use it.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Part of her interlude to powering up Excalibur is to make the MC and Mash into "Champions". She does this by releasing some daemons and a dragon for them to fight; that she had sealed away long ago. (When Roman complains that King Arthur was never said to have the power to summon, she mentions that Da Vinci gave her a magic scroll for that purpose.)
- Secret Secret-Keeper: During the "Fate/Accel Zero Order" event, she figures out that Galahad is fused with Mash simply by getting a good look at Mash's shield, but doesn't tell the party out loud.
- Series Mascot: She is literally the face of the game as the app icon, is the most iconic Servant and Type-Moon character with eleven alternate versions in this game (with even more incoming), and appears the most in advertising.
- Sore Loser: Altria despises losing in anything, not that she'll ever admit it. It peeks out ever so slightly during her second Interlude when she mentions that Servants aren't interested in their own strength. Mash points out that she sneaked the word "very" into that statement with a very tiny voice, causing her to blush and ask Mash to keep that to herself.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Due to Japanese Ranguage at work, her given name has been officially localized as either "Altria" or "Artoria". In Japanese, it's phonetically "A-ru-to-ri-a" either way. Notably, it's stated in her profile that her legend is partially based of that of Lucius Artorius Castus, a Roman. As a result, her name being spelled as "Artoria" makes more sense etymologically as it's the exact feminine version of Artorius in Latin. In this game, "Altria" is used as mandated by Type-MOON, which is especially noticeable considering that the other most recent localized main Fate entry that features her, Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, has used "Artoria". To throw in further confusion, Altria Alter's swimsuit version's◊ chocolate from the next Valentine's event has "Artoria" inscribed in the case, which was later changed to read "Altia" instead.
- This is acknowledged in a bit of Woolseyism/stealth Take That! upon the NA release of Shinjuku. In the original Japanese, a line of dialogue outright says that Saber's name Artoria is the feminine form of Artorius, and that it sounds fine and graceful. In English, her name remains Altria but is stated to be "a corruption" of the feminine form of Artorius, and that it fits a corrupted Saber, since she is Saber Alter at present.
- Stone Wall: Altria's Attack is relatively average, but she boasts the second highest HP out of all the Sabers, being only beaten by Ryougi Shiki. That said, she can still put out impressive damage thanks to her Charisma and Mana Burst skills.
- Sword Beam: Her Noble Phantasm, Excalibur: Sword of Promised Victory, the franchises' definite Trope Codifier. The GUDAGUDA Order drama CD makes a gag of this trope by having Altria declaring that Sabers without beams are not Sabers and she demands from any aspiring Saber newcomer to mention the color of their beams during their (job) interview.
- Theme Music Power-Up: A snippet of Fate/hollow ataraxia's version of "Sword of Promised Victory" plays in the background when she uses Excalibur.
- True Blue Femininity: Her clothing choices contain a lot of blue and white, and despite what she thinks of herself, she is definitely a Lady of War.
- Wave Motion Sword: Her Excalibur shoots a giant, golden beam that hits all enemies. Her Noble Phantasm's Overcharge effect recharges her NP Gauge by 20% to 50%, making it easier to spam.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask:
- She alienated several of her knights because though she loved Britain, she did not allow her emotions to visibly affect her behavior and didn't show any of her flaws. As a result, Lancelot thought she was inhuman though admirable, Mordred thought she was hated for her connection to Morgan, while Tristan stormed out of Camelot after proclaiming that the king did not understand the hearts of men. All three of them regret their actions to some extent. Lancelot doesn't want to stop being a Berserker because he feels he's just a mad dog for what he did, Tristan's words are his greatest regret and Mordred seems to understand her father better, though she still wants to compete with Altria.
- Funnily enough, though, this is something Agravain admired about her and is part of the reason he held her as an ideal ruler who was worthy of commanding his undying loyalty.
ID: No. 3
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Origin: England (Arthurian Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/stay night, "Heaven's Feel" route
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (-First Order- anime) (English)
An alternative version of Altria Pendragon, the King of Knights. This Altria has been doused in the corruption of "All The Evils In The World", transforming her into a heartless tyrant. She shows no hesitation in using the ancient dragon mana within her body that Altria forbid herself from using, boosting her strength significantly. From a certain perspective she could be considered a different person, but perhaps this is the true manifestation of the "ideal ruler" persona that Altria attempted to portray as King of Britain: a god-like monarch who leads her people with absolute strength and conviction, without allowing hesitation or emotion to influence her judgement. Yet even the King of Knights possessed doubts and insecurities about the path she followed, and the curse of "All The Evils In The World" has forced those contradictions to outwardly manifest in a darkened and corrupted form.
She originally appeared as the corrupted form of Altria from the "Heaven's Feel" route of Fate/stay night. In Grand Order, she serves as the main antagonist of the Fuyuki chapter and the First Order anime adaptation. In Epic of Remnant, she is one of the main allies in Shinjuku. Her Rider variants are also stars in events, and she begins Dead Heat Summer Race in this form before switching to her more... "race-appropriate" form. She also appears in the Moonlight/Lostroom OVA.
- Animal Motifs: She is more strongly associated with the dragon compared to the original Altria. From her debut route in Fate/stay night, Heaven's Feel, her "alteration" was invoked by the Grail awakening her "dragon blood", which makes her more ruthless in battle and a hardier opponent than before. Her armor's corruption is subtly invoking dragon scales to make this connection. And indeed, her Bond 10 Craft Essence is basically her inner "dragon engine" overclocking her attacks and NP power.
- Anti-Hero: Nasu and Gen Urobuchi refute the notion that Saber Alter is an outright villain, instead calling her a dark hero. This aspect of her character is much more obvious in the Shinjuku chapter and the events where her Rider versions come into play. Her final Bond level even states fundamentally her objective and ideals haven't changed, but now she simply sees things like oppression as valid paths to reach her goals.
- Armor Is Useless: As she ascends, she loses more and more of her armor, culminating in her gothic dress, inspired by her 10th anniversary doll. Subverted as indicated by her average HP stat among 4* Servants, especially compared to her vanilla counterpart who has one of the highest HP stats in the game.
- Art Evolution: The Shinjuku update gave her a massively updated sprite, changing her greaves into high-heel greaves and giving her substantially updated animations. It was added shortly after the release of the London chapter for the US.
- Battle Aura: Altria Alter is constantly wreathed in an aura of black and purple mana.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Her subjects wanted a more "human" king. Altria Alter is more honest with her emotions and is deceptively easier to approach as a result. She is also sharp-tongued, selfish, promiscuous, violent, and has a seething contempt for all of her knights.
- Big Eater: Compared to normal Altria, she just seems to want to eat lots of junk food.
- Biker Babe: Despite lacking the Riding skill as an Alter, she shows up on a motorcycle in Shinjuku, complete with a new biker outfit consisting of a black hoodie, T-shirt, and short-shorts. This serves as the basis for her second Rider version during Summer 2017.
- Black Swords Are Better: Her Excalibur becomes black with a red pattern on it, and in gameplay far outshines the original version, dealing 450% damage at level 1 in contrast to the original's 300% (even Altria's NP upgrade only buffs it up to 400%). It isn't actually any stronger in lore, though.
- Breakout Villain: Altria Alter started out as a secondary antagonist in the Heaven's Feel route, but has reappeared in Fate/unlimited codes, Fate/hollow ataraxia,Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, and other spinoffs. In Grand Order she has three variants (two of them being the same class!), appears as the main antagonist of the Fuyuki chapter, a major ally role in Shinjuku, and tends to play a large role in events, either as a go-to antagonist or as one of the stars ("Almost Weekly Santa Alter" and Summer 2017 being the examples of the latter). She's actually more prominent than her own vanilla self, who's been Demoted to Extra.
- Canine Companion: In Shinjuku, Altria Alter finds herself being constantly followed by a white dog she eventually names "Cavall II" after her favorite dog in life, and despite herself she starts opening up to it. Even with the Singularity ending and her returning to the Throne, she still takes a moment to stay with Cavall and express regret she couldn't take it with her, stating her hopes that the dog can find a new master worthy of its loyalty.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She has some mild shades of it in Shinjuku, where it's fairly obvious that she's taken a fancy to the protagonist. One particular bit of mention goes to a moment where they praise Mash, causing her and Jeanne Alter to fall into envious silence. When the Archer of Shinjuku teases them about it they react violently and Holmes amusedly suggest that he not willingly kick that particular beehive.
- Combat Stilettos: For her third ascension, she swaps out her armored boots for a far less practical pair of high-heeled ones, to go with her dress.
- The Comically Serious: Her main role in events. Whether it's as a Santa, a swimsuit maid, or some form of enemy, Altria Alter will take all the wackiness in stride and even contribute while maintaining her usual cold demeanor.
- Composite Character: Possibly. Jeanne Alter accuses her of being a copy of King Vortigern, Altria's Uncle, an evil king who had drunk the blood of a dragon and thus became draconic.
- Cool Bike: She has a black-armored motorcycle in Shinjuku that seems to take cues from the Yamaha V-Max her vanilla self had in Fate/Zero.
- Cool Mask: She has a mask that covers the upper half of her face, and armor in the shape of fangs that covers her chin and jawline. She loses this after Stage 1.
- The Corruption: She is the result of Altria being corrupted by Angra Mainyu's cursed black ooze, though her profile indicates that this drew out her suppressed negative emotions.
- Death Glare: Her expression is almost always fixed in a stern scowl.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: When her bond is maxed out, her My Room dialogue shows that she has no problem sharing her food with her master, despite the fact that there is only one piece left. She also said that it's because she has acknowledged the protagonist as her master. Her fourth ascension ever so slightly hints that she may have developed feelings for the protagonist as well; asking if they know what fate awaits them now that she's stripped off her armor for them.
- Double Unlock: She can only be summoned after completing the Fuyuki segment of the story.
- Dragon Ancestry: Altria was infused with the power of a dragon, something her normal self kept suppressed. Altria Alter's Supernatural Gold Eyes are a result of her dragonic power being unleashed by her blackening.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- What makes her stand out among AoE Buster Sabers is her unusual high damage modifier on her Noble Phantasm. It has a modifier of 450% at NP1, making it far stronger than any other AoE Buster NP (300%) even after their upgrade (400%).
- While several characters receive multiple versions throughout the history of the game, no two versions share the same rarity and class at the same time (not counting Prototypes), except Altria Alter and Altria Lily who are both 4* Sabers. As mentioned below, Altria Lily's stats are much closer to a 3* Servant's and she's mainly a 4* for aesthetic purposes rather than gameplay.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her civilian clothes are a black and white gothic dress, as seen in her Stages 3-4 art. In the game's story, she wears it for a dance party in Shinjuku.
- Evil Makeover: Her clothes and sword turn black and red, her eyes turn yellow, her skin and hair become deathly pale, and her prana turns black and purple.
- Final Boss: Of the Fuyuki chapter. The anime adaptation upgrades her to the Arc Villain, as she's the one who defeated and corrupted all the other Fuyuki Servants with the exception of Caster Cú Chulainn, and now leads them in protecting the corrupted chalice. According to Lev, though, she should have completed the Singularity before Chaldea arrived and had already all but won with the only resistance left being Caster Cú, especially when compared to the other Singularities where resistance is far more numerous, implying that she intentionally held back.
- Glass Cannon: Mighty Glacier characterization aside, she's this trope in-game with middling HP but high ATK for her rarity (she's barely in the top 10, but above even some 5* Servants), a purely offensive skillset, and a very overtuned Noble Phantasm that starts at a 450% damage modifier instead of the usual 300%, making her NP stronger than even those that have had an upgrade from an Interlude or Rank Up Quest. One consequence is that Alter's NP does almost the same damage as her higher rarity non-Alter form's despite lower base ATK!
- Graceful Loser: She takes her defeat in Fuyuki quite well, even smiling at and acknowledging her opponents as she fades away. Subverted and Played for Laughs in future appearances (almost always in silly events) where it's implied that she remembers her defeat and is a bit stingy about it, such as in the beginning of "Always Weekly Santa Alter."
- Hand Blast: With her animation update, one of her attacks has her charging and firing a burst of dark energy from her hand in a powerful blast.
- Headbutting Heroes: She's constantly dissing and picking fights with Jeanne Alter in Shinjuku, forcing the protagonist to break it up before they actually start going to town on each other.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Altria Alter remarks on the irony that she was born to overthrow her tyrannical uncle Vortigern, only to become a tyrant herself. To add to the parallel, Vortigern had black armor and dragon blood.
- Instant Armor: She's seen instantly putting on her armor like her normal counterpart in Shinjuku.
- Mighty Glacier: In comparison to plain Altria, her armor is much heavier and denser, which greatly penalizes her Agility stat but makes her a far more implacable and strength-focused fighter. In-game, this translates to having a lower-ranked Charisma and Instinct, but a higher damage modifier on her NP.
- Mundane Utility: Altria mentions that she never learned to dance in her life, but she's able to use her Intuition skill to figure out how to do it on the fly when she dances with the protagonist in Shinjuku.
- Mythology Gag:
- Her being a Biker Babe in the Shinjuku chapter is a reference to a comment Nasu made in the TYPE-MOON Ace 7 magazine.Nasu: Then after defeating [Saber] Lily in battle, Alter would jump on a motorbike in the last scene and ride off into the sunset.
- Her new animations came from Fate/unlimited codes, with her Extra Attack updated to "Vortigern: Hammer of the Vile King".
- Her being a Biker Babe in the Shinjuku chapter is a reference to a comment Nasu made in the TYPE-MOON Ace 7 magazine.
- Noble Demon: She's still evil-aligned, but she'll serve you faithfully as a Servant.
- Oh, Crap!: In First Order, she has a frustrated realization that she severely underestimated her opponents as the Excalibur Morgan beam is reflected right back at her.Altria Alter: It can't be! That shield is...
- Paint It Black: Her armor turns black and red as a result of her blackening.
- Perpetual Frowner: Altria Alter's expression is nearly-always a constant disapproving scowl.
- Pet the Dog: Despite her corruption, once in a blue moon she does display hints of her old self through the anger and coldness. Her second Bond level even states that deep down she still is the same person, but her Master has to dig deep to reach it. Happens almost literally in Shinjuku, where she befriends an actual dog.
- Pretender Diss: During her Interlude, she calls Jeanne Alter a mere shadow of the real Jeanne d'Arc. Jeanne Alter fires back Altria Alter is nothing but a clone of Altria's "cowardly" uncle King Vortigern.
- Red Baron: Tyrant of Knights or the Dark-Tainted Tyrant.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Jeanne Alter's Red. In any situation where the two are interacting, it's almost a given that Altria Alter maintains a calm and collected air (even while throwing insults) while Jeanne Alter will be shouting about something while barely holding back her anger (usually at Altria Alter's passive-aggressive taunts).
- Secret Keeper: Her Interlude implies she already knows the Heroic Spirit Mash is bound to is in fact Galahad, as she states that he would have enjoyed relishing the fear of death, but she just doesn't feel like telling them.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her gothic dress is this, though it's hard to see in her battle sprites and is only really obvious in her final Ascension art.
- Social Darwinist: Alter hates weak people. She especially hates people whose minds are weak, because if their mind is weak then they simply have no good use in them. That's why she can't comprehend the protagonist, who is weak but capable of summoning her. After all, if they can summon her, that means they're strong, right? She eventually decides that the protagonist is strong, they just need some training.
- Spanner in the Works: Implied after her defeat in Fuyuki, as Lev notes that she kept the Singularity going for longer than necessary and her own words to Mash and the Protagonist imply she wanted them to defeat her. Doing this is ultimately what would allow you & Mash to save all of mankind. Makes sense given that Altria, even as an Alter, still values mankind, so letting mankind be wiped out clashes heavily with her as a being. She also helps Mash understand her powers as a Demi-Servant better, and it thanks to her that Mash first awakens the use of her Noble Phantasm, even if not the full power of it,
- Spell Blade: Her updated sprite spams Vortigern: Hammer of the Vile King, a technique where she wreaths her sword in dark mana but doesn't fire it, instead using the increased range and power to cause more damage.
- The Stoic: Altria Alter is aloof and callous in her mannerisms and speech.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Altria Alter's eyes turn gold instead of their normal green, due to her Dragon Blood awakening as a result of the violent nature forced upon her by The Shadow.
- Sword Beam: The power of her Noble Phantasm, Excalibur Morgan: Sword of Promised Victory, fires a blast of dark prana from her sword. After her animation update, it gets the same "pillar of light" appearance as Altria's Excalibur, albeit a "pillar of darkness".
- Sword Plant: After her animation update, every time she uses her skills she plants her sword into the ground while releasing a burst of dark prana around herself.
- That Man Is Dead: Claims that she is no longer King nor Knight, only the Servant of the protagonist.
- Tin Tyrant: Altria Alter is both a Black Knight and a king. Her moniker is even the "Dark-Tainted Tyrant".
- Token Evil Teammate: Prior to Suzuka Gozen (released during SE.RA.PH) and Queen Medb's summer version (Summer 2018 event), she was the only Saber in the game who had the Evil alignment. Downplayed greatly whenever she's actually a playable ally (granted, often in silly events) where she rarely ever does "evil"; she's more like token snarky aloof ally and in Shinjuku is probably the most blatantly heroic ally (as signified by Cavall II).
- Trademark Favorite Food: Hamburgers. She asks for them in My Room. It's to the point where the chocolate she gives for Valentine's is shaped like a hamburger and specifically sets up base in the basement of a hamburger chain restaurant in Shinjuku.
- Tranquil Fury: Altria Alter is usually depicted as being filled to the brim with Angra Mainyu's murderous rage and hatred, masked behind stern, callous apathy. However, suppressing this bloodlust decreases her Charisma. As a player-summoned Servant without a direct connection to Angra Mainyu, this aspect fades somewhat, but she's still very cold and stern and does not suffer fools gladly, even for a moment. Lampshaded by Jeanne Alter in Shinjuku, where her most common insult towards Altria Alter is "ice bitch queen."
- Unholy Holy Sword: Excalibur is a sword that was crafted by faeries of both good and evil natures. As such, when wielded by Altria Alter, it takes on its darker form - Excalibur Morgan.
- When She Smiles: It's very rare, but she does give the protagonist an approving, satisfied-looking smile at points as a playable Servant and during Shinjuku, and getting them feels like a moment of triumph every time.
- The Worf Effect: As powerful as she is, she's taken down in moments by Galahad, who reflects her Excalibur Morgan back at her with his Lord Camelot in the Moonlight/Lostroom OVA.
- Worthy Opponent:
- She seems to view Mash and the protagonist as this by the end of their battle during First Order, even giving them a hint about the "Grand Order" before completely fading away.
- In her first Interlude, she views Jeanne Alter as this as well, which is specifically why she brought the protagonist there to fight her. In her second Interlude, she views Altera similarly...or more specifically, her Sword of Mars as such, desiring to see which of their Noble Phantasms is stronger.
ID: No. 4
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: England (Arthurian Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/unlimited codes (home ports)
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi
The younger version of Altria Pendragon, who has just drawn out Caliburn, the sword of selection, and is just embarking on her journey to becoming the King of Knights. In contrast to her older self, she is lovely, innocent, youthful and idealistic... and still a tad half-baked as a knight.
She was the game's pre-registration prize, and was later the main companion and free Servant of "Saber Wars".
- Armor Is Useless: Like her Altria Alter version, as she ascends, she loses more and more of her armor. Also subverted like Altria Alter, as Altria Lily's HP stat is on the lower side of the 4* spectrum.
- Ascended Extra: She first appeared as an alternate look for normal Saber in Fate/unlimited codes, but wasn't given a backstory beyond jokingly being suggested to be the result of Saber succumbing to Caster. Fate/Grand Order gives her a Belated Backstory and makes her into one of the main characters.
- Badass Adorable: She's not as strong as her 'adult' form and tends to be more timid and inexperienced, but she's still superhuman with a powerful sword, though it's quite fragile.
- Balance Buff: Her Rank Up Quest upgraded her NP damage while also increasing the healing value of her Overcharge. This makes her much more viable for farming, but not much else. Altria Lily is also the first free event Servant to receive a Rank-Up Quest.
- Belated Backstory: In in the TYPE-MOON Ace 7 magazine, Gen Urobuchi suggested that Saber Lily was a Light Is Not Good counterpart to Saber Alter Altria, an alternate version who sided with Caster in Unlimited Blade Works and embraced her femininity after being 'broken' by Medea. It's later shown that she's simply a version of Altria who has just drawn the sword from the stone but hasn't matured enough to be king yet.
- A Day in the Limelight: She is the main character of the "Saber Wars" event.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- In the series of "welfare" Servants of 4* rarity that are given for free for limited-time events, she's an artifact of her time. First, she was distributed to players as a promo Servant who pre-registered into the game before FGO was launched. Her stats are too low for a 4* Servants and are much closer to a 3* Servant's and she's also the one of two welfare Servants to have different looking Ascension stages like regular Servants, whereas every other welfare Servant keeps the same appearance, and having non-exclusive Ascension materials like any other Servant — the other exception being Paul Bunyan. She's the only welfare Servant to be re-released in a different event since her premier ("Saber Wars").
- While several characters receive multiple versions throughout the history of the game, no two versions share the same rarity and class at the same time (not counting Prototypes), except Altria Alter and Altria Lily who are both 4* Sabers. As mentioned above, Altria Lily's stats are much closer to a 3* Servant's and she's mainly a 4* for aesthetic purposes rather than gameplay.
- Flower Motif: Lilies. They're prominently featured in all of her ascension art, and even in her April Fool's art.
- Groin Attack: Caliburn's beam hits a spot on the enemy that tends to be the same height as their groin. Acknowledged in "Saber Wars", where most of her training with Caliburn consists of repeatedly shooting poor Blackbeard in the balls.
- I Can't Dance: Humorously, in My Room she mentions she's dances great with women, but can't do the same with men for the life of her.
- Idiot Hair: Like her older self, but is more notable by her childlike innocence."By the way, what is Altrium?"
- Master of None: She's considered the worst 4* Saber in the game due to her very low stats for her raritynote , iffy skills and a Noble Phantasm that is only somewhat valuable because players can get it to NP5 for free.
- Morality Pet: Despite hating all Saberfaces and vowing to kill all Sabers, Mysterious Heroine X becomes touched by Lily's innocence and refuses to attack her, instead training her. Ultra Heroine Z even accuses X of becoming soft for this.
- Sword Beam: Her Noble Phantasm, Caliburn: Golden Sword of the Victorious, produces a ray-like beam from its tip that causes a barrage of explosions upon striking.
- Two Guys and a Girl: During her early adventures, she was accompanied by Merlin and Kay.
- Woman in White: To represent her pureness before she was burdened as the King of Knights.
- Younger and Hipper: She is very chatty and prone to smiling and blushing. Compare this with her "older" version (vanilla Altria).
ID: No. 160
Costume Dress ID: No. 7note
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: England (Arthurian Mythology)
First Appearance: Fate/Prototype
Illustrated by: Nakahara
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai
The King of Britain, Lord of the Round Table, and the Once and Future King, and wielder of the holy sword of the planet. His true identity is the King of Knights of a parallel universe, who reached this world chasing after a certain powerful antagonist. He is a completely different person from the Altria Pendragon whom he shares similar, if slightly different, pasts and legends with.
Originally called Archetype Saber, he is the version of Saber that was to be used in the original Fate. He then became the main character for Fate/Prototype and Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Blue and Silver, the reimagined versions of the original drafts for Fate/stay night. He debuted for White Day 2017 as a limited Servant.
- Badass Cape: Just like his comrades of the Round Table, he has one after his third ascension.
- Balance Buff: His Instinct was buffed via Interlude to Dazzling Journey EX. The buff now doubles the amount of crit stars he drops, and he gains a 30%-50% crit damage buff. This makes him incredibly strong damage wise now, because 30 crit stars is usually enough to get someone enough to land crits, so as long as he doesn't have someone with a high crit star absorb rate on his team, he can soak them up and deal high crit damage.
- BFS: Excalibur Proto is quite a bit bulkier than the large in length claymore that is Altria's Excalibur, and its equal in that regard. However, a fair bit of the additional bulk does come from the Restraints of the Round Table.
- Big Eater: He loves to eat, but he's also good at cooking, or so he claims. It turns out to be true, as revealed in his Valentine's Day return gift.
- Bishōnen: Of course.
- Blow You Away: Just like Altria, he utilizes Invisible Air to conceal Excalibur for his first stage. He also releases it as his Extra Attack after a Brave Chain.
- David vs. Goliath: He literally has this as his third skill - his attack power is increased against "Super Giant" enemies (such as dragons, Calydonian Boar-type pigs, Demon Pillars, or other enemies that are too big for the screen normally). This is because in life, he fought against giant monsters like Vortigern to protect his people. Most of his comrades can't keep up with him when he's fighting enemies like these, hence the lack of Charisma in his skillset.
- Declaration of Protection: Just like in Prototype, when he's first summoned:"I'll protect you. I'll protect the world. I'm your Servant, Saber."
- Dimensional Traveler: In his Trial Quest, he stumbles upon the protagonist after hopping dimensions. This is how he met Dr. Roman before the events of the game. He also knows he has to achieve certain requirements before he's able to travel to the next dimension.
- Friend to All Children: Gets along well with Nursery Rhyme and Jack as both reveal he likes to tell them stories and is even okay with Jack climbing up on him without getting mad.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation:
- Lore-wise, his Excalibur has several seals that prevent him from using the Sword Beam function. In game, one of said seals automatically unlocked is Bedivere's, which only happens when fighting against opponents more powerful than him. Yet, in gameplay one can use Excalibur Proto against even the weakest of foes.
- In his artwork and sprites, Excalibur Proto loses its sheath/seals by Stage 3/4. Yet whenever he uses his Noble Phantasm, the animation restores it before unlocking it again.
- Gratuitous English: He shouts, "Yes, my Master" upon activation of Excalibur in his White Day outfit.
- Hero of Another Story: One of the main characters of Fate/Prototype and Fate/Prototype Fragments.
- Hunter of Monsters: He's not actually from this universe, but seems to be dimension hopping in pursuit of one of the Beasts. He also deals bonus damage against "Super Giant"-type enemies such as dragons or demon boars.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Excalibur Proto differs from its stay night counterpart in that there are 13 restraining seals for its full powers.
- Idiot Hair: Can't be King Arthur without one in the Nasuverse (unless you're Saber or Lancer Alter).
- In the Hood: His default art.
- Ineffectual Loner: Downplayed compared to some examples out there, but it's revealed in Arthur's first interlude that he's basically this. He's friendly towards everyone in Chaldea, but he makes a point to never truly get close to anyone because of his mission to hunt down the Beast VI takes priority and that he'll eventually have to leave once it's done. He eventually grows out of this however thanks to the Protagonist's influence.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He meets all criteria of this: handsome, wearing (literal) shining armor, and very chivalrous. His profile states that he would be the kind of hero children dream about and Takeuchi has referred to him as the ideal protagonist of the '90s era.
- Male Might, Female Finesse : While his female counterpart's animations have graceful and elegant swordplay, his animations consist of an array of powerful strikes.
- Must Make Amends: Materials V states that, specifically, he feels responsibility towards Brynhildr and Jekyll's situations, and in particular their unstable spiritual cores. He has a similar view towards Ozymandias, though in Ozy's Second Interlude, it's revealed that the exact reason Arthur's avoiding him is regarding his situation making him privy to sensitive information he can't yet divulge, and knows Ozy won't appreciate that — and, if the pharaoh felt slighted enough to pick a fight, Chaldea would likely end up destroyed.
- My Greatest Failure: He is reluctant to reunite with any of his former opponents from his very first Holy Grail War due to how he helped facilitate their deaths for what he thought was a noble cause only to find out that he was grossly deceived and that they and all their Masters were killed for nothing. Said foes and allies don't actually begrudge him for that, but Arthur has a hard time forgiving himself, going so far as to disguise himself when he entered the 2017 Nero Fest because he knew that Arash, Ozymandias, and Brynhildr would be present at the Event.
- Mythology Gag:
"I just heard a voice. Is Merlin here? Eh? Altria? So that wasn't Merlin? Their voices were very similar so I thought it was her.""Merlin is here? Oh my, this world's Merlin is male. I guess that kind of thing happens."
- He confuses Altria's voice with Merlin in My Room, because in his world, Merlin is a woman who has the exact same voice.
"This world's Mordred sure is cute."
- In his Trial Quest, he reminisces about Ayaka Sajyou. It is implied that Arthur comes here after the events of Fate/Prototype.
- He has several comments for his fellow Servants from Fate/Prototype Fragments. He refers to Jekyll as Berserker since that was his class in Fragments.
- He looks happy when seeing a fellow member of the Round Table, even if they're from a different world. For Mordred though...
- Nice Guy: The most striking difference between him and his counterpart. Arthur is unerringly chipper and supportive in contrast to Altria's more reserved nobility. This is because of his interaction with a young Ayaka during Fragments of Sky Silver where talking to her made him realize that there was simply no sense in spending his days mourning Camelot when the world his kingdom left behind was still there to protect, something he carries into Fate/Prototype proper and a realization Altria sadly had no equivalent of in Fate/Zero until her interactions with Shirou in Fate/stay night.
- Older and Wiser: Physically at least he's several years older than Altria and has a corresponding increase in maturity.
- One Head Taller: Compared to "vanilla" Altria, he's exactly one head taller.
- Power Limiter: Arthur in Prototype cannot use Excalibur outright, as the sword has twelve Restraints of the Round Table placed upon it. Each seal has a specific condition to unlock it based on the battle it is being used in, with a greater number of seals unlocking more of Excalibur's power; at least six must be unlocked to unleash his Wave Motion Sword attack. In-game, leaving out Gareth's seal which is currently left unstatednote , the others seals released are:
- "The battle must be against an opponent stronger than oneself." - Bedivere
- "The battle must not be against an elemental." - Lancelot.
- "The battle must be against evil." - Mordred.
- "The battle must not involve personal gain." - Galahad.
- "The battle must be to save the world." - Arthur.
- Razor Wind: Invisible Air, the very same one that Altria uses herself.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Much like Altria, Arthur desires to save Britain. But as revealed in the prequel novels, the way he goes about it differentiates the two. Whereas Altria initially wishes to redo her rule and later changes it to wishing someone else had become king, Arthur desires to create "an eternal kingdom of peace where the people no longer have to suffer"... which carries over as part of the Lion King's motivation in Camelot. Subverted in that in his first Grail War, Arthur determined that the present day and its future were far greater causes to fight for, thus he abandoned his wish to change the fate of the Britain he knew.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: White Day 2018 gives him an outfit change, setting him up on an immaculately white suit. He also wears a different, black-color tuxedo in the "Star of Camelot◊" limited Craft Essence.
- Super Prototype:
- Pun from his home storyline aside, Arthur has higher Strength, Endurance and NP than Altria (with lower Mana and Luck and equal Agility), and his version of Excalibur is multi-hit AOE, also carrying with it an automatic NP damage buff. Altria's standard version from Fate/stay night, by contrast, deals flat damage—and only her Alter version can deal multiple hit-damage, with no buffs at that.
- Lore-wise, he's also this. His Excalibur has a difficult activation rule: he must undo its Restraints of the Round Table every time he fights. While in a normal clash or at lower undone seals Altria's Excalibur is superior, if he manages to undo 7 of the 13, his Excalibur becomes an EX-ranked NP that can defeat an Anti-World Noble Phantasm.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Arthur has an AOE Noble Phantasm, but his third skill significantly boosts his damage against "Super Giant" enemies (which usually take up the entire screen and enemy formation as a single foe at a time); the ideal situation where he's preposterously strong instead of average with a situational niche rarely ever occurs. Thus this trope has blatantly happened a few times:
- In his Trial Quest to promote his limited-time arrival, the final battle is against two Super Giant Demon Boars at the same time.
- The second challenge quest of the first summer event rerun pits the party against seven giant boar enemies at once. This is basically the only time since his Trial Quest that multiple Super Giant enemies have been seen in a single map and all of them are Berserkers, one of the two classes he has an advantage against. This is about as subtle as adding a flashing neon sign above the quest reading USE ARTHUR HERE. They only way to telegraph it harder would have been to make them Lancers.
- Unfinished Business: During his Trial Quest it's revealed that Proto-Merlin has sent him on a quest across the multiverse to hunt down the City Eater, a being that Arthur had defeated twice in the past (Implied to be either Manaka or the Beast of Revelations) and is currently trying to revive once more. Naturally, this has also led to a lot of speculation about what might be in part two of the F/GO story.
- Vagueness Is Coming: Arthur is on the hunt for the Beast of Revelation, with Proto-Merlin strongly hinting that his quest is tied to the Grand Order. What it entails for the game in the future is anyone's guess.
- Wave Motion Sword: It wouldn't be King Arthur without EX... CALIBUUUURRRRR!!!
- "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: As outlined in his Materials entry, this seems to be the state of his relationship with Mordred. He's fully aware that she's not strictly his child, but he "can't ignore her" and is said to speak to her often.
- You Are Not Alone: During his interlude he ends up on the receiving end of this from the Protagonist and several of his acquaintances from his home series as they remind that he doesn't have to face the Beast VI on his own and that they're ready to assist him when he needs it. Arthur takes this to heart and in turn begins to open up more to everyone in Chaldea.
ID: No. 126
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: England (Arthurian Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/stay night ("Fate" route ending)
Illustrated by: Tenkuu Sphere
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano
Live actor: Hiroki Sana
The longest-serving Knight of the Round Table, having seen service from its early days, having worked as steward of the royal court and Altria's caretaker, to its tragic collapse after the Battle of Camlann, having attended to the mortally-wounded Altria. He was the only normal human among the knights of the Round Table, an excellent general who possesses superior sword skills, despite only having one arm.
He debuted as the main ally in the Camelot chapter, given as its free Servant upon completion.
- Artifact of Immortality: Excalibur kept him physically alive for 1,500 years. However, while his body survived, his soul slowly burnt out under the strain.
- Artificial Limbs: His right arm is clearly artificial and made of silver, and according to his profile it makes up 10 kg (a little over 22 lbs) of his stated 88 kg weight. It's the hidden form of Excalibur which was transformed into a form that Bedivere could use, the arm itself being based on Airgetlám, the silver arm used by the war god Nuadha of Celtic Mythology. His April Fool's art turns it into a spiked Power Fist, and Mordred in her updated My Room lines expresses enough interest in it to want to "borrow" it.
- Ascended Extra: He only appeared in the "Fate" route's ending and Garden of Avalon alongside all the other Knights of the Round Table and became one of the main characters for Chapter 6.
- The Atoner: In the sixth singularity, he states that he is fighting his former comrades-in-arms as penance for having failed to throw Excalibur back into the lake, just like in the original myth, and felt ashamed for failing to fulfill his last duty. Plus, said failure also caused Altria to fall victim to the power of Rhongomyniad.
- Badass Cape: Just like the other Round Table Knights, as he ascends, he gains a fabulous cape.
- Badass Normal: Unlike the rest of his peers of the Round Table, his excellent swordsmanship is his sole feat and he doesn't have any special powers. For the entirety of chapter 6, he isn't a Heroic Spirit incarnated as a Servant, he's the actual Bedivere taking on Phantasmal Beasts and Servants. At the end of Camelot, when he's given to you as a Servant despite it not being possible because his soul completely eroded away, Mash speculates that it's because he managed to become a Heroic Spirit for all of his feats that he accomplished in the singularity.
- Battle Butler: Bedivere was not only Altria's general, but also her majordomo and valet. Character Materials IV even states that his original design was modified for FGO in order to make him appear more butler-like.
- Bishōnen: One of the prettiest Knights of the Round alongside Tristan.
- Boring, but Practical: Considered by many to be one of the best Sabers in the game due to having a not super flashy, but very practical kit overall. He has a Noble Phantasm damage booster, a Noble Phantasm generator that buffs his already solid Magic Resistance upwards of 50% at max, and a team wide defense boost that also increases his own debuff resistance again, on top of a Noble Phantasm that buffs his Buster damage for a turn, and deals heavy single target damage. Use his Noble Phantasm during a Buster chain alongside his Noble Phantasm damage increase skill, and you have a very strong Saber who can cut down most foes with no difficulty. He also has the highest attack among 3* Sabers, meaning he hits very hard naturally. Most people agree that he is the best 3 Star Saber because of all this, and he has a spot in many players teams as a result.
- Breakout Character: Prior to his appearance in Grand Order, he was only really shown briefly in the Fate route of the original Fate/stay night, where he really only had a few lines. The Camelot Singularity turned him into one of the most beloved Sabers in the game afterwards for how well handled his role in the story was handled and how good he is gameplay wise. He might not be as popular as characters like Jeanne Alter or Ereshkigal, but he stands as an incredibly popular Saber thanks to his role in Camelot.
- Cast from Lifespan: Each use of his silver arm in Camelot gives him incredible power, to the point he can match the power of the other Knights of the Round Table despite their own blessings empowering them, but each use takes its toll on both his body and soul. It had been doing that for hundreds of years before this point, but its repeated uses accelerates the process dramatically.
- Chick Magnet: His good looks, competence and demeanor made him very popular in life.
- Composite Character: For most of Camelot, we are made aware that Bedivere as he appears with his odd artificial arm is not how he was in life. (For reference, this is how he looked within the closing pages of the original Fate/stay night's Fate Route.) The arm he carries (and hence, his Noble Phantasm) isn't even from his own myth: Airgetlám comes from the eponymous silver arm of the mythical Irish god-king Nuadha. The reason the in-game summoned Bedivere still looks like this is actually related to the next trope.
- Cessation of Existence: Merlin warns him at the beginning of the Camelot chapter that his soul, spirit and body have been so eroded by his travels that they'll completely disappear after finishing his journey to return Excalibur to Altria. Then, his silver arm further erodes his soul so he can never be summoned from the Throne in any alternate universe possible. It's his heroism in the Singularity that created a "legend" of Bedivere who's summonable.
- "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: After his final defeat, Gawain claims that had Bedivere come to the Camelot Singularity sooner than he did, he could have convinced Goddess Rhongomyniad to abandon her plan and prevent all the death and destruction that had occurred throughout the Singularity. However, considering that Goddess Rhongomyniad had no idea who Bedivere even was, this is debatable.
- Determinator: He wandered around for centuries with Excalibur, being unable to return it, to the point where his soul literally almost burned out when he used it to keep moving his body when it collapsed from exhaustion and he still kept on going.
- Double Unlock: Can only be summoned from the story gacha after beating Camelot (and is also given to you for free after completing it.)
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Often joked about him being the one male Saber-face (game mechanic wise, he is not). He actually had a female voice actor in the original Fate/stay night anime, suggesting even Studio DEEN got fooled. It doesn't help that he wears his hair in what are essentially pigtails.
- Empowered Badass Normal: His abilities have been enhanced by his magical right arm, which is Excalibur fashioned by Merlin into the form of the silver arm of the Irish god-king Nuadha.
- Excalibur in the Rust: His first Ascension art has his silver arm caked in rust and wear. Later Ascensions restore it to its proper glory. The arm itself is Excalibur in a transformed state thanks to Merlin as well, making it a literal example of the trope.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Played for Laughs if he receives chocolate from the protagonist on Valentines, with him asking why they just gave it to him and, upon being told it's Valentine's Day, notes he's aware of the holiday's origins and customs. He gets to the part where he states it's "a day for lovers" before he goes silent in realization and has a bit of a panic attack.
- Extreme Omnivore: Bedivere has questionable standards of what constitutes an acceptable meal and is quite happy, if not oddly eager, to eat anything from dragon eyeballs to the tentacles of Eldritch Abominations. Both Mash and the protagonist find this tendency a bit unsettling.
- Foil: To Agravain. Both of them are extremely loyal to Altria and what she stands for as the most suitable king of Britain, but for completely opposite reasons. Bedivere admires her ability to empathize with the common folk and kindness in her private moments. Agravain admired Altria's competence in bringing about peace and order in Camelot and having the foresight to see the big picture and act accordingly. While Bedivere couldn't bring himself to fulfill Altria's final order in the Camelot Singularity since it would mean her death, Agravain's Undying Loyalty is so extreme that he gladly continues to follow her even after she becomes the Lion King.
- Girlish Pigtails: Bedivere wears two low ponytails in a similar style to Tsunade's, but it is not obvious in most of his artworks. They are more visible on his sprites and in animated form. They make him look very feminine, which might the reason why he was initially voiced by a woman back in 2006.
- Handicapped Badass: Despite having only one arm, he was still considered a perfectly capable knight and general.
- Humble Hero: He will always be the first to note compared to the other Knights of the Round he's just a normal knight with no truly special powers, and during his Valentine's event he'll even express surprise the protagonist thinks he's worth giving chocolate to.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: In his interlude we learn that once when a princess called Helena was kidnapped by giants, he went to rescue her with the help of Altria and Tristan. Unfortunately, they arrived too late and found that the giants had already killed her. Bedivere was so distraught that he did nothing while Altria and Tristan killed the giants. This failure still weighs on him even to this day.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Even amongst the members of the Knights of the Round Table, he's a shoe-in for this trope, being unfailingly kind and loyal with radiant silver armor.
- Lightning Bruiser: One of his NPs boosts his abilities from a fit but ordinary human to being on par with the other Knights of the Round.
- My Name Is ???: The first two times he appears as a support Servant, all information is replaced by question marks, his picture doesn't appear as an icon, and he's called "Unknown Servant".
- Mythology Gag: When he first meets the protagonists, he uses the name Lucius Tiberius because he doesn't trust your party. Lucius Tiberius is a Roman general from Arthurian legend and one of the people that Arthur had fought, which was depicted in Fate/Prototype Fragments.
- Nice Guy: He's a really cheery guy with nary a mean bone in his body. In My Room, he admits he can't think of anything he actually hates, seeing even the monsters he fought to protect Britain as just enemies to be defeated, not hated.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the world of the sixth singularity, Bedivere did not throw Excalibur into the lake. This had repercussions that eventually led to the majority of the sixth singularity happening in the first place.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: While he had three times the exploits of any normal knight, his adventures still paled in comparison to that of Gawain or Lancelot. As such, he didn't qualify as a true Heroic Spirit until the Camelot singularity. Afterwards he functions as an odd sort of exception.
- Razor-Sharp Hand: His Switch On Airgetlám: Seize the Sword, Silver Arm, where he uses his magical silver arm to slash his enemies apart.
- Simple, yet Awesome: He's basically the budget version of Miyamoto Musashi, as both have a Buster-based, Anti-Unit, single-target Noble Phantasm. While Musashi's quirks puts more emphasis on punishing targets that heavily rely on buffs and invulnerability (as well as a skill that gives an Extra Attack on her basic cards, synergizing well with any Buster crit teams with Merlin), Bedivere puts more emphasis with party-wide buffs which synergizes well with any Noble Phantasm chains. His NP is also relatively easy to max out due to him being in a lower rarity, especially in certain gachas when he is rate-up. Under the right setup, he even outdamages most 4* and even some 5* Sabers with his Noble Phantasm.
- The Team Normal: He was the most normal of the Knights since he didn't have any special powers or weapons. It was merely his swordsmanship that gave him prestige and allowed him to become a Round Table Knight.
- Undying Loyalty: He's endlessly loyal to Altria, who gave him a seat at the Round Table for his kindness and devotion rather than the sheer martial prowess of his peers (though he was still three times as great as any normal knight without having any of the special perks or benefits the others had). He kept going during his 1,500-year quest purely out of a combination of his guilt and loyalty to her. Mordred even calls him an "honor student." However, he averts My Master, Right or Wrong, turning against the Round Table to defend Camelot's citizens from the Lion King.
- Walking Spoiler: His profile contains massive spoilers for Camelot, which is presumably why he's only rollable after beating the chapter, is obtainable only from the story gacha, and has only shown up in a few gacha rate ups since its release.
ID: No. 234
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: Japanese folklore (The Tongue-Cut Sparrow)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Takehito Harada
Voiced by: Misaki Kuno
The titular character from the Japanese folktale The Tongue-Cut Sparrow.
- Angel Unaware: The story she's from is this. Neither the old man nor his wife knew that the sparrow was actually one of the judges of hell.
- Animal Motifs: Sparrows, in reference to the folktale she's from. She has a sparrow head on her hat, clothes covered in feathers, and her sword even chirps when unsheathed.
- Chef of Iron: While most of Chaldea's cooks have it as a hobby, she's an innkeeper first and a warrior second. And she can get nasty when it comes to cooking, to the point that the "Hell's Kitchen Benienma Edition" is an actual in-universe thing.
- Composite Character: Of both the sparrow found by the old man in The Tongue-Cut Sparrow as well as the sparrow's wife who treated the old man the same way a good innkeeper would.
- The Dreaded: Tomoe, Kiyohime, and Caster Tamamo are terrified of her, having gone through a Home Economics course under her in the Throne of Heroes. This is a Continuity Nod to Tamamo's first interlude, where she spoke about how the three of them had enrolled in said course.
- Early-Bird Cameo: No pun intended. She has been mentioned in FGO material books, and Tamamo's interludes in CCC and Extella. An even older reference to her exists in the original game.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: She's actually mute because she has no tongue, but because she's such a good ventriloquist (and has the Ventriloquism EX Skill), it sounds like she can talk regularly. In game, this means her skills cannot be sealed. In other words, she cannot be silenced.
- Handicapped Badass: She is an expert chef despite having no tongue to taste food.
- Happiness in Slavery: The 'beloved master' variant. In her Bond Four line, she finds the idea of getting a day off the highest luxury, having been in service since she gained awareness, but serving the main character makes her happier.
- Hell: She is from Buddhist Hell, specifically, which is designed to purify sinners before reincarnation. The process is long and not pleasant, but it is not eternity. Much like her cooking classes.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Most of her fighting style. Lots of chirping ensues.
- Improvised Weapon: She clearly wasn't expecting to be called here as a warrior, and her first ascension has her wearing her apron and tearing people apart with a rice spoon. Later ascensions give her honest gear from back when she was a guard for the Enma.
- The Judge: Not only her critiquing cooking, but as her name implies, she is an enma, one of the judges in hell. Please note that the lack of a capital letter is important as an enma is not nearly as important as the Enma (aka King Yama), who is the boss of all of them.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Despite being a feared chef in the underworld, she does have some shades of this. If the player has Tawara Touta in their servant roster, one of her My Room dialogue lines shows that she's excited to see Tawara and would love to use one of his arrows in her exhibition.
- No-Sell: Her Ventriloquism EX skill grants her immunity to Skill Seal, making her the third Servant so far to have a debuff immunity as a passive skill (the first two being King Hassan and Summer BB).
- Oni: A Hell Oni as opposed to Earth Oni like Shuten or Ibaraki. However, she doesn't have the typical physical traits of oni, going with a sparrow motif instead.
- Pals with Jesus: Originally, she was a human girl who died absolved of sin thanks to her final deed in life, and as a result she became an assistant of the Datsue-ba, then the ward of her husband the Enma, who oversees the Underworld's administration. From there over the eons, she achieved Rank Up until she became a lesser enma herself. At Bond Five, she promises to advocate for the main character to the point of causing chaos in the courtroom when their soul eventually goes to the afterlife.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: If you have Kiyohime, Tomoe, Osakabehime, or Caster Tamamo, she'll ruthlessly tear into each of them about not only their cooking styles, but how they seem to view relationships. For example, she criticizes Tamamo for effectively trying to groom her ideal husband, and flat out says Osakabehime should be killed so she can be reincarnated as a better cook.
- Situational Sword: Her Noble Phantasm's overcharge effect has her do extra damage to Servants with Chaotic and/or Evil alignments. Against Servants like Kiyohime or Ereshkigal she can get an immense 80%+ Power bonus on top of the normal class modifier.
- Size Shifter: Is able to shrink herself.
- Square Race, Round Class: She has five passive skills, including Presence Concealment and Independent Action, which are usually present on Assassins and Archers. As noted above, she isn't really a fighter.
- Underestimating Badassery: Looks down on Sasaki Kojirou and his Tsubame Gaeshi, calling him unremarkable. Then she finds out that Tsubame Gaeshi warps dimensions to strike at 3 unavoidable weak points simultaneously. As an Anthropomorphic Personification of a sparrow, she is shocked that he developed this power to cut down swallows, calling him a deviant. To her, sparrows and swallows might as well be the same.
- Verbal Tic: Prone to chirping. She also says "dechi" in place of "desu".
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: Her "Two-Hour Cooking Class" transports everyone in the classroom to her personal demiplane in Hell where they study for 6 months.
ID: No. 10
Alignment: True Neutral
Origin: France (18th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Daisuke Moriyama
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito
An androgynous soldier and writer who lived in revolution-era France. An accomplished spy who was capable of infiltrating high society. They normally dress as a man but used to dress as woman. No matter the clothes, d'Eon can appear as any sex.
They appear as an antagonist in the Orleans chapter as the "Berserk-Saber" summoned by Jeanne Alter and is one of the two main allies in Agartha.
- Agent Peacock: Alongside being a spy and an author, d'Eon was also at one point a captain to the dragoons.
- Ambiguous Gender: Historically, d'Eon was a transgender woman. In the story, this is part of their Self Suggestion skill, allowing them to change gender as they please. As such, they're treated as both genders and neither depending on the circumstances. For example, on Valentine's Day, they can both give and receive chocolates and qualify for both male and female specific quests during "Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins." However, they do not benefit from gender targeted buffs such as Liz's Sadistic Charisma as they are coded as "genderless". They ask you at one point during an interlude whether you consider them male or female. Either response gets a mild 'Ah, so that's how you see me' with no correction, indicating they are fine with being considered either one. Strangely, Blackbeard's Gentleman's Love skill still affects them, despite supposedly only working on female characters.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: During Agartha, d'Eon mentions how French nobles selfishly threw away things after using them once and how they were once like that.
- Bare Your Midriff: In their third form.
- Bi the Way: d'Eon is interested in both genders. Amadeus considers them part of the group in love with Marie and they don't deny it, but they also confess their love to the protagonist, who can be of either gender.
- Covert Pervert: d'Eon gets excited when Marie mentions that she believes that everything she eats will go to her breasts rather than her waist.
- Crippling Overspecialization: d'Eon's strength lies in being able to tank and survive, with their NP and skills all being designed for stalling or tanking on top of having higher-than-average HP for a 4*. However, d'Eon's offensive is incredibly poor thanks to having nothing that buffs their Attack, which is already low amongst 4*s in general. As a result, d'Eon is really only good at tanking, and pretty bad everywhere else.
- Dance Battler: d'Eon's second Noble Phantasm, which is mentioned in Fate/Grand Order Material I, is described as a beautiful sword dance. They uses it in Agartha against the Amazons.
- Flower Motifs: After their animation update, d'Eon's attacks and Noble Phantasm have a lily motif, befitting their loyalty to the House of Bourbon.
- HeelFace Turn: From an evil aristocrat to loyal knight of France.
- During Agartha, as part of the party's infiltration of the Nightless City, they quickly nab whatever clothes that fit them in an empty house, resulting in this outfit for d'Eon.
- They don this outfit once again in the Summer 2018 event as Gilgamesh hires them as one.
- Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: Even in real life, d'Eon was a spy, writer, and knight who took on the roles of men and women to defend the royal family.
- Overly Long Name: Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont. There's a reason it only comes up once, and otherwise d'Eon is just called by their surname.
- Royal Rapier: Armed with one, since d'Éon was born into a noble family and served the French royal family.
- Skilled, but Naïve: Many French Servants, including Marie Antoinette, often tease d'Eon for being too earnest for their own good. Amadeus even wonders how someone so easily swayed and innocent could be a spy.
- Squee!: d'Eon does have a moment of this early on in Agartha - they grew up reading about Charlemagne and the Paladins (natch, for a French noble) and so getting to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with Astolfo the Paladin is like stepping into a childhood story. Especially relevant, for Agartha.
- Starter Mon: In addition to Mash, d'Eon is one of the ten available 4* Servants that can be summoned from the Starter Summon. Among the ten, d'Eon and Siegfried are the two 4* Sabers.
- Stone Wall: Has very high HP, which goes well with their defense/evade buff and their taunt skill. Coupled with their debuffing Noble Phantasm, this guarantees that they'll be taunting and absorbing all enemies' attacks. That said, this is pretty much the sole purpose they have.
- Taking the Bullet: Has a taunt skill, which pairs with the above evasion skill to let them completely negate enemy attacks.
- Undying Loyalty: To all members of the French royal family (especially Marie) and to the protagonist who is treated as royalty by d'Eon.
ID: No. 223
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Origin: Ireland (Celtic Mythology, Fenian Cycle)
First appearance: Fate/Zero (as Lancer)
Background development: Kinoko Nasu & Gen Urobuchi
Illustrated by: Azusa
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
This Diarmuid ua Duibhne comes from another world different than the world of Grand Order, using his two infamous demon swords instead of his two demon lances. He is the same person as the Lancer version of him from Fate/Zero but he has a different Saint Graph than him. He made his debut with the Fate/Zero crossover event rerun with his Interlude explaining the circumstances of his peculiar summoning.
- Alternate Self: He is a Diarmuid with a different Saint Graph than the one from Fate/Zero. As explained in his Interlude, Saber Diarmuid has to merge his Saint Graph with the Lancer version to come to Chaldea. Holmes makes the observation that the two sharing it but having different consciousnesses is something akin to Jekyll and Hyde. During New Year 2019 event after he defeated a ghostly Musashi, he briefly reverted to his Lancer form out of exhaustion.
- Badass Cape: He gains one after this third ascension.
- Bare Your Midriff: He wears an outfit that completely exposes his stomach.
- Blood Knight: In contrast to the Lancer version of him, the Saber version has a greater desire to fight strong opponents like Altria as a Celtic warrior.
- Continuity Nod: In Fate/Zero, during their first duel, Lancer Diarmuid said that any Heroic Spirit that cross through time would be able to tell that Altria is King Arthur because of the golden radiance of her sword Excalibur, in the end of Saber Diarmuid's Interlude, he immediately realized that Altria was King Arthur through her sword, even through Saber Diarmuid is not the same individual as his Lancer version and this was their first meeting.
- Cool Sword: Both Moralltach and Beagalltech applied for this trope as they are once in possession of Celtic god of the sea Manannán, especially Moralltach, since his profile states that is Diarmuid's strongest Noble Phantasm, defeating his enemies with one strike of certain death infused with Manannán's power.
- Discard and Draw: As a Saber, several of his Lancer self's abilities have been exchanged for others.
- His Love Spot is sealed away, and he gains a skill that boosts his defense and NP generation.
- His Noble Phantasm can only remove defensive buffs and can't inflict curse, but it has a chance to insta-kill the enemy.
- Dual Wield: He uses Moralltach and Beagalltach in battle as a Saber, and in life, he used Moralltach and Gáe Dearg for life-and-death adventures and during times of peace, he used Beagalltech and Gáe Buidhe. His extra section of his profile stated that had he brought Moralltach and Gáe Dearg with him to his last hunt with Fionn instead of the latter pair, he would had lived a long life.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Was first seen in the TV trailer for the America chapter, but didn't make his debut until September 2018, over 1 1/2 years later.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: He embraces this openly come Stage 3—with a fabulous half-cape that would even make his lord Fionn jealous. And let's not forget that those swords are quite unequally-sized, adding to the motif.
- Never Trust a Trailer: He is shown in the commercial for the America chapter fighting Billy the Kid, but it's actually the Lancer version who appears in the actual story.
- Took a Level in Badass: Implied, especially indicated with the increase in rarity rank. Not only are his in-game unit's stats higher, his skillset is also better-tuned to his card layout and Noble Phantasm—meaning he can cause damage and survive way better than his Lancer counterpart. Coincidentally, this trait of performing better in the Saber class (compared to other alternate classes) also characterize another fellow Saber—Lancelot (and their legends even seem to be genealogically-related).
- Worthy Opponent: To Abarta, one of the kings of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Inside the Fate universe, Abarta, the Gilla Dacker, and Abarta's knight are the same person, so the duel he had with Diarmuid, who was using Moralltach and Gáe Dearg, left such an impression on him. His overwhelming desire for an rematch with him created a shadow of himself, and followed Saber Diarmuid from his world to the simulator in Chaldea, i.e. within the world of Grand Order. Said shadow can only be defeated by a swordsman, so Lancer Diarmuid was not able to kill it, despite being stronger than it.
- Your Size May Vary: The swords Moralltach and Beagalltach are portrayed as reasonably-sized gladius/Iron Age-type swords when Diarmuid is at Stage 1 and 2—only growing/modified into hand-and-a half/bastard swords come Stage 3. For some reason, however, their sizes in Diarmuid's sprite are consistently larger than what the in-art Saint Graph portraits suggest.
ID: No. 138
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: Hungary (17th century)
First appearance: Fate/EXTRA CCC (as Lancer)
Illustrated by: Arco Wada
Voiced by: Rumi Ookubo
Halloween Elisabeth has now become a Saber. With the power of a dragon and the power of music, and the second coming of Halloween, she can no longer be stopped by anyone! Donning a white cape and red armour, with large sword in hand, Brave Elisabeth sets forth today to adventure!
As she believes being a Saber means she is a champion of justice, Elisabeth now aspires to be a hero and strives hard towards that end. With her new hero status, her evil has been weakened and she now has the bravery to selfishly rescue the weak and outwit the strong. But since she's on this unfamiliar side of justice, she's more clumsy than usual.
She debuted in the second Halloween event, "Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins," as the free Servant and your main companion in the event's story.
- The Atoner: Almost. She wants to be a hero to override her past, but she still doesn't quite understand what she did. Some Servants are supportive; some chide her.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Her third skill, Legend of Crimson Heroine, when maxed out will provide very powerful effects (Buster buff; party-wide Attack buff, healing, or Invincibility; 50 critical stars)...but not only will only one of the five buffs be given at complete random, it comes at the cost of a full NP bar. The sheer unpredictability of the skill combined with the cost means the number of situations it would more practical to use it instead of her powerful single-target NP to provide more damage are few.
- Badass Cape: She wouldn't be a heroine without a white cape flowing behind her!
- Boring, but Practical: Elisabeth's Saber form is one of the more derided welfare servant due to the heavy cost associated with Legend of Crimson Heroine for a randomly chosen effect. Most players opt to ignore them entirely, turning her into a 2 skill servant. Despite this, Elisabeth meets the bare minimum that makes her a good servant overall which makes her a solid pick for the rare Single Target Saber role. Her Saber deck cardset is extremely optimized with slightly above average Arts cards and 4 hit Quick with 5 hit extra which allows her to produce a decent chunk of stars and NP gauge in a proper Brave Chain, and if required she can activate her defensive skills aggressively to charge her NP gauge. Her attack score is high for an SR Saber, her Noble Phantasm hits single target and ignores defense, on top of being easy to upgrade to NP5 ensuring her to have fantastic damage output. Defensively, her Mana Burst (Courage) offer as defense buff for a turn, and she has access to an invulnerability skill, a rarity amongst Sabers. As a whole, nothing is really wrong with Elisabeth, her stats are fantastic, her star generation is great, she has good burst damage potential, she's free, and she's decently durable with a coveted hard survival skill.
- Chainmail Bikini:
- Even worse than most, as it was clearly meant for a Hot Amazon of some kind and not the mostly flat Liz. Her bra is about two sizes too big and only hides anything through convenient camera angles and/or lens flares. It does fit a little better in battle, at least.
- Nitocris actually calls her out on looking foolishly outdated in it and "like a hero from The '80s". Liz retorts that Nito can't appreciate her "retro-future chic" style.
- She also appears in Dead Heat Summer Race wearing the armor as her swimsuit. Rider Ishtar comments that it may get rusty if she swims with it.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Her modus operandi, natch, as a classic heroine. She befriends Nitocris through fighting, and eventually even helps recruit Cleopatra to Chaldea's side by the end of her event.
- Department of Redundancy Department: The etymology of her family name means "of bátor". Bátor in Hungarian means "good hero" or "brave". So her full name basically reads "Brave Elisabeth of Brave".
- Dreadful Musician: As usual. The Player even exploit it to get Robin Hood to stop hiding by telling her to sing during the event.
- Expy: She says she's the Hero; but her appearance is closer to the The Soldier / Warrior from Dragon Quest III. Like so much that Liz does; it's Not Quite the Right Thing.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: When she's not throwing her sword or just running at the target point-first, Braze Liz's go-to swordplay is to swing her arm rapidly to spin her blade into her target.
- Friend to All Living Things: As seen in her final ascension art.
- Fusion Dance: She is the result of Lancer Elisabeth and Caster Elisabeth's fusion and has the Double Class skill (which does absolutely nothing in gameplay).
- Handwave: Her profile explains her existencenote by telling you not to think too hard about it.
- Meaningful Name: Probably the reasoning behind her name, if not her existence. The surname Báthory can be translated as "of brave".
- Only Known by Their Nickname: According to her "Dragon Orb" Ascension material, Liz isn't even aware that her registered adventurer name is actually "Elidrum."
- Random Effect Spell: Her Legend of Crimson Heroine skill. At the cost of 100% NP gauge, it gives one random buff out of these five buffs (Invincibility/Heal/Attack Up/Gain Critical Stars/Self Buster Up). It's basically her second NP!
- Retraux: Liz claims this is what her Chainmail Bikini is. Nitocris (as well as the rest of the player party) doesn't really buy it.
- Spell Blade: Her Extra Attack has her charging her blade with bright energy before slashing her foe.
- Stealth Parody: Of typical "do-good heroines who wear outrageously little armour during battle", because her top is clearly too large for her and the reason this Liz even exists at all is essentially "don't think about it."
- Stripperiffic: Her outfit is a bikini, shoulder pauldrons, some boots, and a cape that isn't even large enough to properly cover her. Her top is also very loose, it's not even sticking to her chest. Her lines at her third Ascension have her stating with a blush she feels drafts rather often. The local authorities, working for Cleopatra at the time, even try to arrest her for indecent exposure. One wonders if the body type was supposed to be for an older version of her (i.e. Carmilla).
- Sword Beam: Her finisher in a Brave Chain. Looks like she embraces the philosophy of "Saber who doesn't use a beam is not a Saber".
- Tempting Fate: She's gotten used to Cleopatra's pyramid after the initial shock and being kicked out but she'd rather not have another castle land on top of hers. Cue the third Halloween event where Osakabe-hime crashes her castle on top of the pyramid.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Her Buster attack involves a thrown sword.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She is much nicer than Liz is normally, even with the post-CCC character development. Taking on the role of a chosen hero(ine) has made her into a fundamentally good person (even if she still doesn't quite understand the effect her singing has on people).
- Unskilled, but Strong: She has no talent for swordplay and just kind of flails around with it. One attack of hers even has her just holding the sword out in front of her and running into people with it. Her sheer fighting spirit makes her a pretty good Saber, though.
ID: No. 72
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Origin: Ireland (Celtic Mythology, Ulster Cycle)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: B-suke
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda
Foster father of Cú Chulainn, knight of the Red Branch and former King of Ulster before being tricked out of his throne by Conchobar mac Nessa. He took Cú Chulainn from his mother Deichtine to serve as a soldier for Ulster. Later after Cú Chulainn returned from the land of shadows, Fergus defected to Ulster's enemy, Connacht, after his sons were killed. Spurring on Queen Medb of Connacht out of hatred for Conchobar, they went to war with Ulster, cornering Conchobar during the decisive battle. Fergus was prevented from killing Conchobar and was said to have redirected his rage over it upon three hills, using Caladbolg to cleanly blast the tops off them.
He debuted as part of the Scathach Campaign and is an antagonist in the America chapter, working under his spouse, Medb. In Epic of Remnant, his child self is an ally in Agartha.
- The Ace: Despite having members such as Cú Chulainn, Fergus is referred to as the pride and joy of the Red Branch Knights.
- Actor Allusion: While fans joke about Fergus resemblance to Brock in looks and personality, Ferfus certainly looks and sounds like Razor.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He was once King of Ulster, after all, and likely got the job due to constant warfare.
- Beware the Nice Ones: His Final Ascension art suggest he's a really nice guy to hang out and have a good drink with, but his profile offers a warning.
- BFS: The original Caladbolg, unlike EMIYA's modified Caladbolg II, is actually really huge.
- Bi the Way: Like most other Servants he falls for the protagonist, who can be of any gender. He doesn't expect reciprocation and is seemingly content to simply love them. (Though his CE for White Day is a key to his room...)
- The Big Guy: Relative to most Sabers in the game. In contrast to the relatively balanced attack cards of the restnote his looks more like a Berserker'snote .
- Boisterous Bruiser: While the Celtic heroes are all varying degrees of Blood Knight, Fergus is closer to this trope. One of his battle quotes is simply a big hearty laugh, and during Scathach's trial quest his response to being summoned to fight Fafnir is to laugh and get eager about fighting him.
- Boring, but Practical: Being a 3* Servant that one can easily summon and/or upgrade, Fergus can be a reliable Saber for anyone unlucky enough to have not rolled any of the Saberclones and/or Siegfried—and are unwilling to use either Julius Caesar or Gilles de Rais.
- But Not Too Bi: While he is attracted to men, he generally prefers women.
- Covert Pervert: While Young Fergus isn't obsessed with women and sex like his older self, he does find some to be attractive and even blushed at one point over potentially seeing Astolfo's butt.
- Delaying Action: In Scathach's trial quest, he agrees to delay Altera to let the protagonists and Scathach escape.
- Depraved Dentist: Shakespeare summons him to play the part of one during "Chocolate Lady's Commotion" to scare Nursery Rhyme into giving back the remaining Choco Servants that she took. Fergus goes along with it, pretending to use his Caladbolg as a dental drill. He does a convincing enough job that Nursery takes off screaming.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Fergus's Noble Phantasm, Caladbolg: Rainbow Sword, generates an earthquake that shatters the ground and pelts all opponents with massive rocks from beneath.
- Ethical Slut: He'll try to sleep with anyone, man or woman, but will not hit on underaged people and doesn't force anyone into anything, though Scheherazade assumed he would and the Prison Tower event had a twisted version of him that was more like that. Also, while he is married, both he and his wife sleep around a great deal and neither one even comments on it let alone caring.
- Everyone Has Standards: He is ridiculously obsessed with sex but refuses to proposition Mash or the player, since in his eyes they are still children.
- By the time White Day event rolls around, he seems to have changed his views on the player at least, as his event CE is a key to his bedroom...
- Eyes Always Shut: A trait he had from his childhood as seen with his child self in Agartha.
- Fountain of Youth: He drinks a youth potion just before the start of Agartha and spends the entire chapter as a child.
- Future Me Scares Me: His future as a man literally named for virility makes his younger self uncomfortable. He isn't even good at talking to girls at this point.
- Heroic Build: He's a large, muscular man and a Heroic Spirit that can help humanity.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: His sexual urges in life were so big, he had to marry a goddess for them to be fully satisfied. And even after that, he became the one person who would satisfy Queen Medb's own urges alone.
- Meaningful Name: Straight from The Other Wiki: "The name Fergus (later Irish Fearghus) means "man-strength" or "virility", and Fergus is described as being of enormous size and sexual potency." Which gives a whole other level of innuendo to the design of Caladbolg.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Young Fergus acts exactly like Fergus did in his youth and doesn't retain the attitude or memories of his older self, much like Young Gil to Gilgamesh.
- Mythology Gag: In My Room, if you have the regular Fate version of Cú Chulainn, he'll comment that he's excited to fight with him. If it is the Caster version, he's baffled to why he doesn't have Gae Bolg anymore.
- Not the Intended Use: Apparently what the hill-blasting of his legend was. When he actually uses Caladbolg's power in battle and not to take out his frustration on something, he drills it into the ground, causing massive rainbow-colored explosions and rock falls. This is actually mythological accurate, as some versions of the myth have his hill-blasting attack being a missed swing.
- Parental Substitute: To Cú Chulainn. As one of his first teachers, Fergus essentially helped raise him and considers Cú to be his son.
- Phallic Weapon: In fact, canon as per the Ulster Cycle. Also the word Caladbolg means "hard blade". Make of that what you will. The fact that it shrinks down with Fergus when he becomes young in Agartha might or might not be a coincidence.
- Rated M for Manly: Fergus's myth sounds like the plot of an R-rated action film—overloaded with violence and sex to boot.
- Seven Deadly Sins: A version of him appears at the Prison Tower as the avatar of Lust, where he attacks the protagonist and Dantès so he can force himself on Mercédes/Nightingale. He freely admits that he embodies the sin perfectly and is pretty okay with it, all things considered.
- Scars Are Forever: Has quite a few of them, on his chest, face and arms. Which makes sense considering his background as a warrior-king.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite his jockish looks and attitude, Fergus is rather intelligent and perceptive. His A-ranked Mind's Eye (True) skill comes from the anecdotes about how he easily figured out that those two divine bulls were the cause of Medb's warmongering against Ulster, and would spell really bad news for Ireland as a whole.
- Spanner in the Works: Scheherazade overshot the age she wanted him to have, making him an immature young man who's awkward with women instead of the unrestrained lustful man who'd wreak havoc that Scheherazade intended him to be. This results in him playing a vital role for destroying the pseudo-singularity.
- This Is a Drill: Caladbolg, which looks less a sword and more of a spiral-designed jousting lance—until Stage 3, where it becomes more explicitly drill-like (and also more in line with Caladbolg II).
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Young Fergus in Agartha, he's very serious and kind without a bit of perversion.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He puts on a vest later, which doesn't do much for covering his upper body.
- Worth It
- During the Scathach event, he tries to hit on her. She says she's willing, if he's willing to take her gouging attacks that have killed gods. Fergus says he'll do it, but only after they have dealt with the enemies they were summoned to defeat.
- In Serenity's mats profile, it's noted that Fergus tried to hit on her. When he was told that he would die if he touched her his reaction was 'Wow, no man has been able to last more than a single night with you? Sign me up!'
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Young Fergus finds it difficult to fight women because he isn't used to seeing female warriors. He doesn't have any moral compunctions about it, though, and his adult form has no issue with it.
ID: No. 176
Alignment: Neutral Summer
Origin: Literature (Frankenstein)
First appearance: Fate/Apocrypha (as Berserker of Black)
Illustrated by: Takeshi Okazaki
Voiced by: Ai Nonaka
Frankenstein, out of a desire to get that refreshing AC in her Master's room by winning Ishtar's race, has donned a swimsuit and gone through several modifications by her 'papa', which changed her class to Saber.
An alternate version of Frankenstein who debuted in the summer 2017 event. She's the main racer of team "Steam Electrical with PAPA", alongside Charles Babbage and Archer of Shinjuku.
- Animal Motifs: She's likened to large breeds of dogs, especially those that have long hair, because of how lazy and sluggish she is in the summer heat.
- Bandage Babe: She's got some bandages wrapped around her legs and her right arm... though they're arranged so artfully one would be forgiven for simply thinking they're ribbons. The one on her left leg even ends in a floral bow. And by the time she hits her third ascension, she's wearing nothing but bandages and one sleeve, even picking up a second bow.
- BFS: Her sword is as tall as her. She uses lightning to make the blade even bigger.
- Cast from Hit Points: Fran's second skill, Hollow Lamentation to the Intense Heat, debuffs opponents in exchange of 500 of her own HP.
- Combining Mecha: Parodied with her vehicle in the Dead Heat Summer Race as it's just her sticking out of the top of Charles Babbage's head while Archer of Shinjuku minds the engines unseen in its interior.
- Improvised Lightning Rod: Her skill animation has her catching lightning with her horn to use the energy as invocation of the skills.
- Irony: Despite being a summer Servant and her vehicle being a steam train, she absolutely hates the heat. The entire reason she got caught up in everything was so she could mooch off her Master's air conditioning since she doesn't want to waste the electricity herself.
- Morality Chain: While still a Berserker, she managed to tap into Archer of Shinjuku's Cuteness Proximity for daughter-type characters and as a Saber continues to call him papa throughout the race to keep him in check. It works. She even gets him to play nice and apologize to Babbage for turning him into a train, which he actually thinks is kind of cool.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's a lot more elegant simply by no longer being a Berserker, and she ends up wearing only bandages, and her final ascension art is very risque.
- Odango Hair: She's done up her originally messy hair in this style.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her perpetual Blinding Bangs have given way to this, since she's a bit more rational now.
- Ready for Lovemaking: Her final ascension art is risque even by F/GO's standards, outdoing even Swimsuit Altria's infamous art.
- Robo Speak: Being outside of the Berserker class, her groans have given way to something between this and child-like speech (i.e., she only "speaks" in hiragana). Her speech still isn't perfect, but she's significantly more comprehensible now.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: A bit funny, given that her original outfit is a wedding dress-like Battle Ballgown, but definitely there. Said gown was still awkwardly fit, her hair was perpetually a mess, and she always looked awkward in her original pose. Here, without the Berserker class robbing her of reason, she's gotten her hair under far more control (taking it more into artful Peek-a-Bangs territory now) and her outfit, though a bit revealing due to being a swimsuit, is a lot more sensibly arranged for her circumstances; she also looks a lot more composed, and of course has the requisite agility and form for a Saber. The end result of it all makes her drop-dead gorgeous.
- Shock and Awe: Her Noble Phantasm not only has a chance to stun enemies with her electricity, there's a new status effect similar to Caster Gilles' fear where enemies have a low chance of being stunned at the end of a turn from the electrical charge left in them by her NP.
- Spam Attack: Her NP gain is already very good, but her first skill boosts it by up for 80% for three turns on top of that just by sacrificing 10% charge. As a result it's very easy for her to fire off her NP over and over again. It helps that she has EX Riding for some reason, meaning she also gets an additional 12% effectiveness to both damage and NP gain on her Quick cards. As a result, she's generally considered to be one of the best new Servants from the 2017 event.
ID: No. 7
Alignment: True Neutral
Origin: Rome (1st century BC)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Background development: Hikaru Sakurai
Illustrated by: Shimadoriru
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu
Perhaps the greatest of the rulers of the Roman Empire, Julius Caesar earned his fame in the Gallic Wars and his campaign into Britain. He was a skilled military commander and a womanizer, said to have fathered offspring with feyfolk descended from the goddess Venus. Cunning and ambitious, he revels in trickery and uses his frightening intelligence to win his people's loyalty.
He is an antagonist in the Septem chapter and plays a role in the first Christmas event ("Almost Weekly Santa Alter") and the second Halloween event ("Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins").
- Acrofatic: For a Servant, Caesar is surprisingly rotund. And for such a large man, his Agility is B-rank."My figure is different from statues? Fool! Look at different angles!"
- Adipose Rex: Very inexplicably, as the real Julius Caesar was depicted as relatively thin by his time's standards. When Cleopatra runs across him, she's surprised at his current appearance, so there may be something wrong with his current appearance compared to how he was in life. At the very least compared to how he was when Cleopatra knew him.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: One has to wonder why Caesar, who lived during the 1st century BC, wears a necktie. It was actually a neck scarf worn by Roman legionaries. Additionally, there was a legend that the scarf was introduced based on the Column of Trajan built in 2nd century AD although that would be anachronistic in Caesar's case. Probably justified since in-game Caesar is a Composite Character of the Roman history.
- And a Diet Coke: Caesar's Valentine's Day return gift Craft Essence, Cena, Caesar Style, is a lavish feast with "exponentially more [food] than usual. There's more fruit, in an attempt to be health-conscious." There's so much that Caesar then proposes inviting Cleopatra to help out.
- Bad Santa: During the first Christmas event, he plays this trope straighter than Santa Alter. While Alter actually did her job, Caesar decided to use the fact that people confused him for Santa to con people. (He can't bring himself to scam Nursery and Jack, though.)
- Balance Buff: His Incitement EX was buffed from a Rank Up Quest, and it now gives him a three turn crit star generation increase. Combined with his Noble Phantasm and a Quick chain, and he can output incredibly good crit stars despite being a Saber.
- Beware the Silly Ones: His stout build hides a deceptively high strength and speed; and under his lazy attitude and weird speech patterns, he's actually a brilliant thinker and highly charismatic leader, complete with C-rank Charisma and EX-rank Incitement (effectively meaning he's impossibly good at speeches) skills. A Running Gag is that whenever he appears, people end up wondering how a guy who looks like this can move around so fast.
- Big Eater: He claims in Septem that his consumption of fine Roman cooking is what led to his body being so rotund.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He confides to the Protagonist that while he could help lead the Singularity missions, he's so exhausted from all the bureaucracy and busywork from his previous life as Emperor that he's content to follow his lead as a loyal Servant. Could be seen as a case of being Properly Paranoid given all the unexpected treachery that does come the Protagonist's way as the story goes on.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Indulged in this frequently while he was alive, but dissimilar from Lu Bu, his Karmic Death and guilt over his misdeeds have dissuaded him from doing more of it as a Servant.
- Combo: In the character material, Crocea Mors' main strength is that it gives Caesar a free first hit, and then continues to give him a free next hit after a luck check. In theory, this can be an infinite chain of attacks against an unlucky opponent.
- Composite Character: Some of his attributes (also affecting his appearance) come from Artistic License History. Most prominently, the "first emperor" of Rome was not him, but his grand-nephew and adoptive son Gaius Octavius (later known as Augustus Caesar).
- Consummate Liar: One of his main traits is his incredibly smooth lying, being able to con most people out of their possessions.
- Cool Crown: Wears a laurel wreath, which becomes golden from his stage two card onward.
- Cool Sword: Crocea Mors, which has the power to instantly claim victory in close combat, though he never feels like making the first strike.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Caesar's Crocea Mors: Yellow Death is executed by slashing his opponents multiple times. When prepared properly, it can lead to overkill.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- While he's willing to use people mistaking him as Santa during the first Christmas event as a way to cheat them out of their savings, when he meets two lonely little girls (Jack the Ripper and Nursery Rhyme) who make the same mistake he comes clean about not being the true Santa and says that the real Santa will be along shortly to give them gifts. If Santa doesn't come, then he will definitely have something for them next year.
- During the Da Vinci event, the heroes run across him and Paracelsus while investigating the fake Mona Lisas and accuse them of being the culprits. After the battle, Caesar pleads innocent, and Da Vinci accepts it, noting that he the kind of guy who would prioritize his customers' trust as a merchant. It turns out he and Paracelsus were actually there to investigate the fakes themselves.
- Frontline General: Subverted. He confesses during his Interlude that he only went on military campaigns to attain personal glory and to take time off from all the cruel politics going on in the capitol. As he explains, there was nothing heroic in how he threw himself into battle.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: He brings up the fact that he was never technically a bonafide Roman emperor and this fact is reflected in his skill set lacking Imperial Privilege.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: In Septem, he admits he held back during his first battle with the protagonist and Nero to get their mettle before declaring his intent to fight for real. His portrait and battle sprite both change from his second Ascension to his third to reflect this, and he's a higher level than the first time as well.
- Instant-Win Condition: Crocea Mors's effect when called as a Noble Phantasm, which lets him defeat any enemy in melee combat as long as he can see it, as a play on his most infamous quotenote . As Caesar himself puts it when using the NP."I came! I saw! Now all that is left is to win!"
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": As described in his profile, his name is pronounced "Kai-sahr" in Latin and "See-zar" in English.
- Karmic Transformation: He admits to being The Hedonist when it came to food, women, property, and political influence so his current appearance may be reflective of his legendary decadence.
- Kavorka Man: Despite being greatly overweight, he's extremely charming and referred to as a ladykiller. The extremely vain Cleopatra is also head over heels in love with him despite outright fainting from shock when she meets him again during Halloween. When he compliments Nero and Mash during the Septem chapter, both are left blushing and stuttering in surprise. His Profile also states that he has lain with fairies, creatures that are rather eerie and hostile in this setting.
- Large Ham: Usually soft-spoken, but terribly loud when he sees fit to be so.
- Lazy Bum: Most of his dialogue consists of how troublesome things are. He could also potentially use Incitement EX to do some big damage with the crit stars he generates with his cards and Noble Phantasm... or he could foist the buff and its Defense penalties onto a different Servant to do his fighting for him.
- Manipulative Bastard: Most of his appearances in events have him fast-talking people into giving him their valuables. In the dango event Mash even makes a point of warning against trying to persuade him to give back the dango because Caesar is likely to talk his way out of it.
- Master Swordsman: While using Crocea Mors. Its effect is to land hit after unblockable hit until he is victorious.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: For his Noble Phantasm, Crocea Mors: Yellow Death, he only uses one hand as he attacks the enemy with Crocea Mors.
- The Right Hand of Doom: By Stage 3 and 4, Caesar's entire left limb seems to have been converted into one made of marble, although it's one he can move and use. One may take it to represent the fact that Caesar's life, works and effect on Roman history are immortalized in the marble busts and statues of him.
- Rousing Speech: How Incitement works on his allies. Unfortunately, performing it on them lowers their defense.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Lazy, sarcastic and has the large ego most Roman Servants seem to share, but is also big-hearted and loyal. His profile notes that his advice is always good and honest, no matter how snarkily he might give it.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: The image is slightly broken by him wearing a toga instead of pants.
- Simple, yet Awesome: He shares the same Quick-class Noble Phantasm with Okita Souji. While Okita's three-hit attack is expected to cause massive damage, Caesar's actually has more separate hits, which means he can serviceably stand in for her as long as he is buffed properly.
- Situational Sword: In-universe, when Crocea Mors strikes an enemy, a Luck Check is made, and if an enemy fails it, they are hit again and so on and so forth. However, Caesar himself has C-ranked luck, so the effectiveness of his combos on those with equal or greater luck is truly up to chance.
- Stout Strength: Would you believe by looking at him that his Strength is A-Rank?
- Trash Talk: His Incitement skill can be used as an extremely powerful mental attack, likely implying this.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: His strained relationship with Cleopatra and Caesarion is not by his choice, but he has to maintain it to maintain the unity of the Empire. His wish for the Grail is for the three of them to reunited without any of the political intrigue and conspiracy holding them back."Enough of conspiracy! I just want to hug my boy, my boy!"
ID: No. 227
Alingment: Lawful Good
Origin: China (6th Century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: hou
Voiced by: Nanako Mori
Formal name Gao Su, he was a high-ranking general of the Nothern Qi dynasty and the cousin of Gao Wei, who's incompetence as an emperor caused the Northern Qi to later collapse. He repelled the Turkic Khaganate with a force of only 500 men, and in celebration his soldiers composed the song and dance "Prince Lanling in Battle", which is still performed in Japan to this day after it made its way there during the Tang Dynasty. Due to his extremely beautiful face, he had a hard time being recognized as a great warrior and so began wearing a demonic mask to the battlefield. He is working as a Servant of Hinako Akuta in Lostbelt #3: SIN.
- Bishie Sparkle: He can emit sparkles from revealing his face so bright that it could hurt enemies.
- Bishōnen: To the point that it's even weaponized as his Noble Phantasm.
- Cool Horse: He rides his white horse in battle, and is glad that he doesn't need to be a Rider for it to be summoned with him.
- Cool Mask: It's gold-plated with horns and a blue jewel in the center. He stops wearing it in his third ascension, and it later gets featured on his bond CE.
- Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: Referenced in his Extra Attack quote, as he chastises his foes for wanting to learn what's under his mask as he takes it off to weaponize his Bishie Sparkle.Changgong: Curiosity killed the cat!
- Informed Attractiveness: His lore mentioned that he was so attractive that both his army and the enemy's would stop to admire him. However, he doesn't look any more or less attractive then any of the more handsome looking male Servants or the more beautiful looking female Servants.
- Lightning Bruiser: He has A+ rank Agility and B rank Strength and Endurance. In-combat, his swordsmanship resembles fencing, but includes acrobatic flair like jumping on and off his horse or leaping past his opponent while cutting them down with a spinning slash.
- National Weapon: He wields a jian, a traditional double-edged sword whose design dates back to Imperial China.
- Occult Blue Eyes: His eyes are a haunting pale blue, which underscores his uniquely beautiful appearance in-story.
- Old Friend: In life he was friends with Hinako. Their bond of friendship was so strong she was able to summon him using their kinship as the catalyst.
- Random Number God: His third skill, Demonic Mask, provides a small 20% Arts performance buff to the entire party at Rank 10 while having a 60% chance to bolster his entire party's critical star generation and critical damage. His second skill, Vigorous Like The Breaking Bamboo, can avert this should it be raised to Rank 10 and used on himself, as can Ozymandias' Protection of Ra skill.
- Red Baron: Like Edmond Dantès, he isn't called by his real name in-game but as Lanling Wang (Prince of Lanling).
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: It's the entire reason he hides his face around most people. He is notorious for being one of the most beautiful people in the world, but he's so darn pretty it really hurts his ability to be respected as a warrior. On the plus side, he's somehow managed to weaponize the Bishie Sparkle.
- Support Party Member: Gameplay-wise, his Noble Phantasm reinforces this style. It does not cause direct damage, but it does cause debuffs against enemies while reinforcing the team's attack and defense stats. He also has a variety of supportive buffs, ranging from critical boosts to buff chance increases to Arts performance boosts.
- Trailers Always Lie: His reveal trailer depicted him with two swords, but he only wields one when he makes his proper appearance in-game.
- Undying Loyalty: So loyal that he willingly lets Hinako drink his blood to power up, knowing full well that he will die in the process.
ID: No. 123
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: England (Arthurian Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/EXTRA
Illustrated by: Arco Wada
Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima
Live actor: Daichi Yamaguchi
A prince, the eldest of the children of Morgan of Orkney, and one of the longest-serving knights of the Round Table. He possesses a holy sword said to be the twin of the legendary Excalibur: whereas Excalibur draws its strength from the light of the earth, his Excalibur Galatine draws power from the scorching heat of the sun. As such, all of Gawain's combat statistics and powers are boosted by a factor of three when fighting during daylight hours; specifically the hours of 9am-12noon (when the sun is at its highest) and 3-6pm (sunset). Despite his serious appearance, Gawain is a charming and humble man who carries himself as a true knight.
Gawain refused to forgive Lancelot for his affair with Guinevere and for murdering his siblings, Gareth and Gaheris. Thus he moved to block the excommunicated Lancelot from fighting on the side of the Round Table Knights during the Battle of Camlann, leading to the deaths of himself and King Altria Pendragon at the hands of Mordred. As a Servant, he cannot forgive himself for allowing a personal grudge to destroy his king and country, so has vowed to redeem himself by serving his next Master as "the perfect knight".
His first appearance was as the Saber-class Servant of Leonardo B. Harwey during the Holy Grail War conducted on the Moon Cell. In Grand Order, he debuted in the Camelot chapter as an antagonist, and is an ally in the SE.RA.PH chapter.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: One of Altria's most favored Knights and the 2nd strongest Knight of the Round Table beaten only by Lancelot.
- Adaptational Curves: Downplayed, but his design in this game makes him somewhat more muscular in comparison to his design in Fate/EXTRA, with broader shoulders and thicker arms. His April Fool's art exaggerates this and depicts him as a Top-Heavy Guy.
- Affably Evil: In Camelot. He's a genuinely friendly and courteous individual, it's just that the king he serves without question asks him to slaughter people without mercy.
- Always Save the Girl: In SE.RA.PH, Gawain is inspired by Fujimaru's insight regarding the Alter Egos. Seeing how his Master is willing to help them, particularly Passionlip's suffering, Gawain is more than willing to save them, discarding most of his suspicions against Alter Egos and he starts to view them as girls.
- Anachronism Stew: It has been noted that basically the only thing he cooked for the Round Table was mashed potatoes. The thing is that potatoes are native to America and were only introduced to Europe in the 16th century.
- Armor Is Useless: He takes off his breastplate at his third Ascension in exchange for that fabulous cape.
- The Atoner: This is his motivation in Camelot. He views his part in Altria's death, holding back Lancelot from joining their forces against Mordred out of spite, as an unforgivable sin he must atone for with unquestioning obedience until the day he dies.
- Badass Cape: Just like the other Round Table Knights, as he ascends, he gains a fabulous cape. He also holds the distinction of having the most stylish cape of them all even beating out Altria and her other versions.
- BFS: Excalibur Galatine, which has a shard of the sun in it. Its name is a reference to both Excalibur, which certain early French stories had him wielding, and Galatine, the sword he wields in most other stories.
- Beef Gate: Gawain is battled very early in Camelot at chapter four and was so difficult a boss battle at the time that when the Camelot memorial quest was made he was made the boss of it instead of Lancer Altria. If you can defeat Gawain, that's your way of proving to the game you're ready to take on the rest of Camelot.
- Being Evil Sucks: It's pretty obvious in his appearances throughout Camelot that despite following the Lion King without question, he's miserable with the knowledge that everything they're doing is unquestionably heinous.
- Big Brother Instinct: Even though she killed him, he considers himself to be Mordred's big brother and seems protective of her. For her part, she finds him obnoxious.
- Chivalrous Pervert: As a knight, he treats most women with respect but that doesn't stop him from ogling their breasts and charming women when he can. He doesn't even mind getting called out on this.
- Crippling Overspecialization: As noted under Situational Sword, Gawain's Numeral of the Saint is the bread and butter of his abilities, as it provides him a very strong Buster buff and just a flat damage buff as well. If combined with his Charisma skill, he can unleash very strong Buster chains that can trump many other Saber's damage output at 5* rarity. However, Numeral of the Saint has such a narrow window of opportunity to be used that in turn Gawain becomes significantly weaker when he cannot activate it. Basically, Gawain is so dependent on said skill, that he is a godsend when able to use it, but is virtually useless when unable to use it.
- A Day in the Limelight: Gawain becomes a major ally in SE.RA.PH, where he displays his chivalry in a more heroic light, receives quite the Character Development and gets a major moment which heavily contributes to Passionlip's rescue and her character development.
- Double Unlock: Can only be rolled from the story gacha after beating Camelot.
- Foreshadowing: In Fate/EXTRA he revealed he wished to go back to serving his king no matter what their actions or choices result in. Sure enough he fully supports Lancer Altria and the countless atrocities she commits to protect her kingdom.
- Gameplay and Story Integration:
- He is considered the hardest boss of Camelot since the Grail makes the sun shine overhead whenever he's fighting, making Numeral of the Saint always active, which in gameplay is a 75% damage cut against all enemies and fills two bars of his NP gauge every turn.
- As your Servant, his Numeral of the Saint skill only applies a mediocre non scaling attack buff on maps without sunlight; if the map does have sunlight, he gets a better Buster buff on top of it.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: As your Servant, he's unfailingly kind and loyal.
- Honor Before Reason: He is extremely loyal to his king almost to a fault, and would follow her orders without question, even if it means slaughtering innocent people left and right.
- This is also the root cause of his greatest failure as a knight, as his staunch opposition barred Lancelot from participating in the Battle of Camlann, which resulted in his own death as well as the king's.
- Hour of Power: Between 9AM and 12 noon, and 3PM and 6PM, his power increases threefold, represented by the Numeral of the Saint ability, potentially making him stronger than Altria herself during this time. During the Camelot Chapter he is blessed by the Arthurian Grail to have this power active at all times. According to Bedivere, only someone like Lancelot with Arondight's power would be able to defeat him in this state, which makes King Hassan's utter domination of him all the more impressive.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Looks the part straighter than the other Camelot knights (compared to the blackened Lancelot, the brooding sniper Tristan, and the simply-brash Mordred).
- Knight Templar: His loyalty to the Lion King in Camelot makes him tolerate all the horrific violence the Lion King does, even when he admits that he knows it's wrong.
- Lethal Chef: His cooking is so horrid, it's implied that the reason why Altria is such a stealth glutton is because she put up with his food during their time in Round Table.
- Lightning Bruiser: Gawain boasts a card layout with 3 Buster cards, like most Berserkers. However, he commands enough speed, strength, agility and finesse with the sword to out-fence even the other Sabers in the class. Not to mention his harder-hitting multiple-hit Noble Phantasm, Excalibur Galatine. He is also quite tough, especially in the story and as Camelot boss.
- Made of Iron: Gawain's durability is quite insane. In Camelot, the Gift he receives allows him not only to tank a hit from Rhongomyniad, but he also in takes much less damage from your party. In SE.RA.PH, he's critically injured when fighting Passionlip. Once the fight is over, he rests for a second, but then immediately stands up and has recovered as if nothing happened.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Firmly obeys Lion King and her every command, even while knowing that Altria the Lion King and Altria the King of Knights are two separate beings. He even swears to not fail again after his failed execution at her hands. Before his final battle, he admits that he and the other Knights of the Round Table became villains the moment they raised their blades against their brethren who refused to follow the Lion King, and that the only path left was to follow her to bitter end.
- Mythology Gag:
- His appearance owes much to the original character design for Saber before it became the Gender Flip version of Fate/stay night. At a quick glance, he is almost a dead-ringer to Arthur. Character-wise, however, unlike Arthur, he's a horrible cook (as he prioritizes quantity over quality).
- In his profile, it is mentioned that something you can make him do is debt-collecting. In CCC, to unlock the true ending, Hakuno has to buy Sakura a school uniform. Because of a certain sadistic priest manning the shop, the price tag is ridiculous and Hakuno has to ask Leo for a loan. Cue Leo siccing Gawain as an extra boss to rob Hakuno blind.
- Old Shame: An In-Universe example. If you have Saber Lancelot, his My Room comment about Lancelot makes it clear he sees his refusal to allow Lancelot to fight for Altria during the Battle of Camlann as a major mistake on his part, and tries to be amicable to the man for said refusal, knowing he contributed to the downfall of Camelot.
- The Power of the Sun: The sun empowers him during the day, tripling his power.
- Playing with Fire: Excalibur Galatine's specialty and boy, does it burn! Up to Eleven when he uses his NP and his EXTRA attack also has him wreath his sword with fire before slash-burning the enemy with it.
- Red Baron: The Knight of the Sun.
- The Reliable One: Always ready to do anything Altria asks of him.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He does love cooking even though he's a Lethal Chef.
- Rule of Three:
- His Numeral of the Saint ability triples his strength during three-hour periods.
- He has three Buster Cards in his card selection.
- Situational Sword: His Numeral of the Saint skill will grant him a Buster buff on top of the non-scaling Attack buff on stages with sunlight on them for three turns. Since his NP and majority of his deck is Buster-based, being on a map without sunlight can seriously gimp his damage compared to other Sabers with less situational Buster buffs, but on it, he can unleash some of the highest damage of any 4* Saber.
- Sword Beam: One of the longest in the series, said to be able to cover thirteen kilometers... or so.
- Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: He manages to survive his fight with Passionlip despite being at a major disadvantage, but during the night after the battle, Kiara ambushes him in the church under her Mable disguise and quickly kills him.
- Wave Motion Sword: Excalibur Galatine can shoot a massive arc of heat and light to wipe out an entire army.
- Weaksauce Weakness: As a boss in Camelot, he is considered to be one of the hardest Knights of the Round Table bosses due to his ability to charge his NP incredibly faster (in addition to his already built in NP charge skill) and his NP dealing a lot of damage to your entire party. However, being a male and a Saber Servant, he is susceptible to anti-male damage and effects. This leads Euryale as one of the best counters to the boss fights due to her ability to Charm lock him and preventing him from doing collateral damage to your party. If the player brings Stheno and a friend support Euryale, the fight becomes an absolute joke. (Ironically, Euryale is not as effective against the other Knights of the Round Table, either because of their Gift (Lancelot), class (Tristan) or gender (Mordred).) In addition, while he is very durable, Noble Phantasms like Robin Hood's Yew Bow can take a good chunk of his HP with a bit of setup, allowing one to nearly trivialize him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: As he dies in Camelot, he sadly calls out Bedivere for not arriving sooner in the Singularity, stating that if anyone could have swayed the Lion King's heart it would be him, the closest of the Round Table to Altria, and saying that it's for this failure that he resents him.
- The Worf Effect:
- The fact that he can't even put a dent against King Hassan, who is almost casual in his treatment of their battle, while Blessing of the Saint is active goes to show how much more powerful Grand Servants are than regular Servants.
- After getting a showcase of his durability fighting Passionlip, his sudden swift death by ambush comes off as an incredible shock given said feat. Then it turns out the one who killed him was Kiara, a nascent Beast.
- Worf Had the Flu: In Tristan's interlude, he claims Mordred only killed him in life because her good instincts led her to attacking him when he was at his most vulnerable after being beaten but not killed by Lancelot in a lengthy duel. Otherwise, he'd beat her even without his sun boosts. She doesn't really dispute it.
ID: No. 9
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: France (15th century)
First appearance: Fate/Apocryphanote
Background development: Kinoko Nasu
Illustrated by: Shinjirou
Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka
A French nobleman and follower of Jeanne d'Arc, with whom he recaptured Orleans from the British. Honest and valorous, he served as Jeanne's marshal. Outside the fields he is a patron of the arts, having spent most of his fortune on them.
This version of Gilles first appeared in Fate/Apocrypha. He is an ally in the France chapter.
- Badass Normal: Definitely compared to every other Saber in this page. In a way, this is also what he can be if you build a team setup that maximizes his potential. He has no damaging Noble Phantasm, his skills are quite generic, and the best he can do to cause damage will be using his regular attack records. But if you do all these to allow him to cause blunt damage and crits (particularly with his Buster cards), you're pretty much engaging in Cherry Tapping.
- Barrier Warrior: Not in the game, but in-lore he can use Jeanne's barrier Noble Phantasm Luminosité Eternelle if he is able to get his hands on her flag. He does just that in the climax of Fate/Apocrypha. At the very least, the graphics involved in his in-game Noble Phantasm, Saint War Order, involves his carrying her flag.
- Chick Magnet: He is noted to be a ladies' man for rocking that Troubled, but Cute disposition. Gilles, for the most part, is immune to any advances.
- Crazy Sane: Note his passive skills. Note the EX-RANKED MAD ENHANCEMENT.
- Crippling Overspecialization: As noted in Gameplay and Story Integration, Gilles is designed to be used alongside Jeanne d'Arc. However, the gap between a 3-star offensive Servant and a 5-star defensive Servant made the duo a niche combo at most, and a later Rank Up Quest removes the self-stun from Luminosite Eternelle, removing any dependency Jeanne may have had on Gilles. After his own Rank Up Quest, he nonetheless serves as a powerful, Berserker-esque card brawler with huge buffs on attack and Buster cards, but he still needs help from Jeanne or other supports to emerge out of mediocrity.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Fate/Grand Order Material I reveals that he can use Prelati's Spellbook. Unfortunately it will turn him into his Caster counterpart. This makes the fact he's holding it in his third and final ascensions all the more alarming.
- Deadpan Snarker: After watching Saber Lily nail Blackbeard in the crotch with Caliburn twice in "Saber Wars", he dryly jokes that pirates tend to lose their balls when on land.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: While he's nowhere near as creepy as his insane Caster counterpart, he's worryingly pale.
- FaceHeel Turn: Goes through one as his stages advance.
- Fanboy: He's a fan of Jeanne d'Arc. Most of the time, this is downplayed to serious, normal levels of admiration (though trying to talk with him about her requires three hours of your time in My Room), but his return gift for a Valentine's Day chocolate is a magazine from the Jeanne Fan Club, complete with paragraphs of explanation about the contents (which even includes alternate versions of Jeanne like Santa Lily). Jeanne discovers this and drags him away to get scolded.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: His Stage 3 and 4 artwork, portraying his moral dilemmas and disturbed conscience coming to the fore.
- Fiction 500: He is stinking rich, but ended up burning through his wealth in his and Prelati's pursuit of Magecraft.
- Future Me Scares Me: He knows of the existence of his evil Caster aspect, and doesn't like it at all.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: His Noble Phantasm, "Saint's War Order," and Jeanne d'Arc's NP "Luminosite Eternelle" pair well together in gameplaynote to match how closely tied together they are in the story. In the "Prison Tower" Event, they team up on the 4th Door to show off this gameplay, while in the Solomon Singularity, they even use both of their NPs at the same time in the cutscenes.
- The Generic Guy: Parodied in his profile during loading screens. His profile said 'Slightly scrawny man. Not that hyped up.' Granted, his accomplishments as Jeanne's ally tend to be overshadowed with the atrocities he did as the serial killer that he became.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: His final artwork depicts him with an angel and a demon. It's known that the demon ultimately wins.
- Hunk: Saber Gilles is surprisingly handsome, considering his future look.
- Identical Stranger: In this iteration, Gilles looks very much like the elder, morose version of Lancelot, as seen in a revelatory flashback◊ in Fate/Zero. Which is oddly appropriate, their motivations considered.
- Knight in Shining Armor: At first. As he ascends, he removes more and more of his armor, symbolizing his fall.
- Light Is Good: Transitioning into Dark Is Evil, as his moral decay is marked by wearing darker clothing.
- Looks Like Cesare: Sunken eyes, unhealthy pallor, thin build, dark hair, overall spooky effect. Yep.
- Master of None: In comparison to other Sabers, Gilles' stats are rather lackluster.
- Morality Pet: Jeanne was the only person able to keep him from falling into outright madness. So does the protagonist, to the extent that he asks them to use their Command Spell to make him commit suicide should he go mad.
- Nice Guy: At this stage of his life, he is still a mild-hearted young man.
- No Brows: His Caster self doesn't have them, but this version has pale shadows above his eyes that might be his eyebrows.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: One of is My Room lines has him asking you to use a Command Spell to take his own life if he is on the brink of breaking. Considering past usage of using Command Spells to get rid of your own Servants, it might lead to this.
- Sanity Slippage: His transformation into his Caster counterpart is marked by his artwork as he becomes more of a cold-hearted killer.
- Situational Sword: His Noble Phantasm does not deal damage, its biggest effect being an attack buff that most other Servants have as a single skill. His assets are, ironically, in his personal skills: 1) providing party-wide Noble Phantasm buffs; 2) increasing NP generation rates, by which he could spam his NP for frequent buffs; and 3) his Rank Up Quest-given third skill, which buffs his Buster cards for 5 turns. At best, it may just make him a serviceable blunt damage-dealer while his teammates prepare their Noble Phantasms—although you're really better off with something else.
- Square Race, Round Class: Due to his interesting design to synergize with Jeanne d'Arc, he was left abnormally weak without her until a Rank Up Quest unlocked his third skill, Prelati's Rage. He now plays like a prototype to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, where his Noble Phantasm transforms him into a mechanic Berserker despite his typical Saber card deck and retaining a Saber class for the class triangle; he gains up to a 100% attack buff for two turns at a 50% defense debuff for three turns. Coupled with his passive EX-ranked Mad Enhancement increasing his Buster cards' effectiveness by 12%, and Prelati's Rage buffing them further (from 20% up to 40% at level 10), even without Buster Brave Chains his Buster-first Brave Chains will do massive damage.
- Start of Darkness: His ascensions show his, marking the start of his moral decay.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: He begins carrying Prelati's Spellbook at his third Ascension.
- The Unfought: In "Saber Wars", he appears alongside Blackbeard to loot Mysterious Heroine X's ship, only for X to beat him into the ground before the battle even starts on account of him being a Saber.
Origin: India (19th century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Takashi Takeuchi
Voiced by: Rina Sato
The Rani of Jhansi. She was one of the leaders of Indian uprisings against the British Empire during 1857. She first appears in Yuga Kshetra.
- BFS: For her third Ascension and her NP, she trades out her respectably-sized sabre for a giant curved blade.
- Born Unlucky: She has E- as her Luck stat. This might be due to the fact that the goddess residing inside her is not actually Lakshmi, but her sister Alakshmi, who is the goddess of bad luck and unhappiness. Part of this is also reflected in gameplay — two of her skills are technically unreliable with a 60% chance to activate two buffs, but her third skill buffs these chances to 100% if fully leveled-up. She also relies on a bit of luck to ever absorb Critical Stars despite her Critical Hit Class flavor.
- Critical Hit Class: While her most of her skills can affect allies, she can also benefit from them. She has a Quick-leaning deck with good hit counts on her cards (a 3-hit Quick, 4-hit Buster, and 5-hit Extra Attack), letting her generate a decent amount of Critical Stars that can be increased by 50% if her first skill's Critical Star generation buff to all allies is applied. This skill will also buff all allies' critical damage by 50%, while her Noble Phantasm decreases the critical hit rate of enemies.
- Jeanne d'Archétype: She has a non-coincidental resemblance to our own Jeanne d'Arc, and in real life she shares numerous similarities to fit the trope — among others, she's an Action Girl fighting to liberate her people, and is honored for it.
- Lady of War: She has the title of Rani which means "warrior queen".
- Sword and Gun: Aside from sword, she also uses a rifle like Hijikata.
- Sword Beam: As a Saber tradition, her Noble Phantasm is a crescent-shaped sword energy.
ID: No. 121
Alignment: Lawful Good
Origin: England (Arthurian Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/Zero (as Berserker)
Illustrated by: Shimadoriru
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu
Live actor: Kento Ono
One of the Knights of the Round Table and a knight among knights at Altria's court. This version is a manifestation of his earlier, happier days, long before his adultery with Queen Guinevere shook the fellowship — just, chivalrous, and noble. Despite being claimed the paragon of knightly nobility, his fall from grace was, so he hoped, to be a lesson to Altria on humanity.
He debuted as an enemy and later ally in the Camelot chapter.
- Age Lift: He has a more youthful appearance than his Berserker form does, even without Mad Enhancement. This is because Lancelot is being summoned from the prime of his life as a Saber, whereas he only fell into madness after the end of Altria's reign (thus, it makes sense for him to be older). To give a scope of just how much younger he is Altria can be seen in his final ascension art still wielding Caliburn.
- Always Save the Girl: He saved Da Vinci from her own suicide attack because he saw a beautiful lady and instinctively moved his body to protect her.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Lancelot is a well-meaning but still somewhat deadbeat father who is worried about Galahad's titillating appearance (as Shielder), and has chastised Dr. Roman more than once for letting her near certain "bad influences".
- Arch-Enemy: Agravain. He was the one who outed Lancelot's affair with Guinevere which brought everything crashing down. In Camelot, he is convinced that Agravain is hatching some plot against the Lion King and is the cause of her cruelty towards the people of the singularity. He makes a point of tracking down Agravain to kill him during the invasion of the city and is shocked to hear that he has no intention of betraying the king.
- Badass Cape: Just like the other Round Table Knights, as he ascends, he will gain a fabulous cape.
- BFS: Arondight, in its true aspect as a holy sword.
- Being Evil Sucks: Like the rest of the Knights of the Round Table, he's miserable as he carries out atrocities at the Lion King's command in the Camelot singularity. After being defeated by the protagonist's party and getting brutally called out by Mash and by extension, his son Galahad, he finally decides he's had enough and switches sides.
- Black Knight: In his original appearance, mainly as a way of showing how close he was to his Berserker self. As he ascends, he instead becomes a Knight in Shining Armor once more.
- Boring, but Practical: In a group like the Knights of the Round Table, where several members had extremely powerful supernatural abilities, Lancelot was said to be the strongest of them all because he was just really good with a sword. A perfect example being his duel with Gawain, who cannot be harmed during the day that ended with Lancelot's victory.
- Broken Ace: He was the greatest knight of the Round Table, but his part in the downfall of Camelot has left him absolutely riven with guilt.
- Critical Hit Class: His skills are all about crits. His first skill generates some critical stars instantly on top of charging his NP, his second skill is the same star absorption skill his Berserker form has, but applies the multiplier to a much higher base absorption rate and finally his third skill generates stars every turn and increases crit damage significantly. Making things better is that with his two arts cards and on demand crits he can charge NP quite easily, making him one of the best Sabers in the game, regardless of rarity.
- Everyone Has Standards: He finds the sheer depths of Altria's selflessness to be remarkable and admirable, but also distinctly unsettling and not something he'd ever want to emulate.
- Friendship Favoritism: Lancelot is generelly portrayed as Altria's favorite knight since they are best friends. This friendship is also one of the reasons why Camelot fell to ruin, as she refused to punish him for his adultery with her wife Guinevere whom she never loved. The Lion King would execute anyone who would make a mistake or dare to question her, yet she never does the same to Lancelot who commits both during the Camelot chapter. Instead, she gladly answers his questions and she gives him a second chance to save his face.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: Lancelot's blessing from the Lion King is to ensure that he can make fair judgments. In gameplay, this blessing gives him the defensive properties of the Ruler class, who are supposed to be fair and impartial judges.
- Glass Cannon: In gameplay, Lancelot is easily among the strongest Sabers in the game in terms of raw damage output thanks to his abiltiy to create and absorb his own crit stars as well as bolster his own Arts and critical damage. This comes at the cost of giving him zero defensive skill options, forcing teams centered around him to babysit him with Servants like Mash so he doesn't fall to an enemy Noble Phantasm or continued damage.
- Gold and White Are Divine: His armor from the second stage and on is white with gold highlights, contrasting with his Berserker state. His sword Arondight undergoes a similar change.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Once defeated he ends up turning against the Lion King in the Camelot singularity after finally having had enough of her actions, but breaks off during the final battle to confront Agravain alone and perishes in their duel in what ultimately amounts to a mutual kill.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He feels he's a better fit for a Berserker, despite being noticeably more powerful as a Saber, because of his guilt over having betrayed Altria.
- I Did What I Had to Do: This is his attitude throughout Camelot. Since Human History has been incinerated, drastic steps are needed to preserve what they can. This becomes a crucial distinction between him and his fellow knights. Since Lancelot is only doing what's necessary, he refrains from the brutality of the others because it isn't necessary and he was never ordered to. And while they are acting in service to the Lion King, Lancelot is trying to save who he can, prompting his turn to Chaldea when they demonstrate the strength to potentially save everyone.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Definitely compared to his Berserker form. As he ascends he loses the black armor of his fallen self, gaining white/gold armor and the armor itself being much more knightly in contrast to his Berserker state. Another indicator is how Arondight is initially quite demonic, but starting Stage 2 it regains its white/gold coloring as the holy sword it was originally.
- Loophole Abuse:
- His Arondight Overload attack seems to work on this principle. It's described as being an improper use of Arondight, overloading it with mana and letting it leak out. This implies that he's turning Arondight into a Broken Phantasm - but because Arondight is unbreakable, he won't actually lose the weapon.
- In the Camelot chapter, he was never told to actually kill the refugees that weren't selected. So he took them far away from Camelot and set up a shelter.
- Master of Disguise: He possesses the For Someone's Glory Noble Phantasm like his Berserker self does and he can use its original function, though the only times he used it are in Camelot where he disguised as a random villager to pull a sneak attack against Arash and during second Halloween event when he pretends to be his Berserker self to hide from Mash.
- Master Swordsman: He's not considered the best knight at the Round Table for nothing. He's good enough that his skill remains even after having been driven insane. This is shown through his attacks having higher hit counts than many other servants. While most Sabers' buster attacks are a single hammering slash, Lancelot lands a flurry of attacks. His brave chains are veritable onslaughts of swordplay. He's so good that in story it's mentioned that Lancelot is the only member of the Round Table who would be able to defeat Gawain while empowered by the sunlight.
- My Greatest Failure: Falling for Guinevere, which basically was the catalyst for the entire kingdom falling apart.
- Mythology Gag:
- In My Room, if you have Altria, his blush sprite pops up (which makes the stoic knight looking oddly hesitant and embarrassed) and he stammers with a noticeably softer voice, a Call-Back to the Fate/Zeros Einzbern Consultation Room extra in which he hints that he prefers Altria over Guinevere romantically. Can even double as a Crush Blush.
- Otherwise, if you have any Altria Alter, he is clearly disgusted and believes he was a driving factor in her transformation, as he had gone through a similar change in himself.
- His reaction to Mordred without her helmet is to quickly ask who she is and when answered he is clearly in a state of disbelief. Seeing as Mordred is made in Altrias image and always wore her helmet in life, as a fellow knight, Lancelot is distraught at never realizing it and only then realizes the circumstances behind the Battle of Camlann. Furthermore, Lancelot was not around to see Mordred's reveal, meaning he'd of never seen her true face.
- Obfuscating Insanity: He pretends to be a Berserker during the second Halloween event because Mash is there and he has a feeling he should avoid showing her his face. For Mash's part, just seeing him irritates her, face or no, so it's probably a good call. Since he's not really a Berserker, he still speaks rather than screams, using short, screenshot-worthy lines like "LOSERRRRRR" and "SHUUUUT UPPPPP".
- Really Gets Around: It tends to be a joke that Lancelot has a thing for flirting with women, even amongst the other Knights of the Round Table like Gawain or Tristan. In the second Halloween event, Cleopatra even calls him "Mr. Lances A Lot of Married Women", while this little fact seems to have been a Berserk Button Galahad had which Mash inherits.
- Red Baron: Knight of the Lake.
- The Reliable One: In Camelot, the Lion King states that if Lancelot is sent on a mission, its success is guaranteed. His defection to Chaldea marks a major turning point for the singularity, as he not only already has his own sizable rebel force, but he also becomes The Strategist who quickly takes charge and provides actual military leadership to their forces.
- The Scapegoat: Regarding the fall of Camelot, Lancelot tends to get slapped with the lion's share of the blame. While he did play a part in the collapse, ultimately his role was little more than creating the opportunity for Mordred's rebellion to kick off. Not insignificant, but it becomes a bit much when people like Galahad and Agravain blame him for Altria's death more than Mordred, who actually killed her.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: A variant. In his interlude, he finds London depressing because the people don't resemble Britons at all. (He notes Mordred would have no problem as she was only concerned about territory, not culture.)
- Sword Beam: Deliberately averted and played straight. Arondight's special attack should be an energy-beam akin to Excalibur's, but Lancelot holds back the release of energy from Arondight-Overload until he has actually slashed his target to deal maximum damage on impact. However, the resulting release of prana can cover an entire lake due to its nature as an Anti-Army Noble Phantasm.
- Taking the Bullet: He couldn't resist trying to protect Da Vinci from the explosion of her staff so he ran ahead and shielded her from the blast. He's fine afterwards.
- Took a Level in Badass: His Saber form is way better for single-target critical damage than his Berserker self. Here his third skill is the very Noble Phantasm he has as a Berserker: Knight of Honor, which increases his critical hit damage. Similarly, he swaps out his Berserker state's Protection of the Faeries (increasing star generation) for an NP-charging skill in Knight of the Lake; by default, his swings generate plenty of stars already. On the whole, it shows how Lancelot as a Saber is a superior fighting unit to his Berserker form, though his Berserker form has its own niche with his Quick AoE NP now that Skadi has arrived.
- Unbreakable Weapons: One of Arondight's enchantments makes it unbreakable. This combined with Lancelot's swordsmanship is what lets him go head-to-head with Gawain, even with his Numeral of the Saint active.
- Worf Had the Flu: While Mash did manage to beat him in what's implied to be a one-on-one duel, witnesses point out that Lancelot's heart clearly wasn't into the fight.
- You Can't Go Home Again: In his interlude, he comments how 21st Century London is far too different from Londinium for him to feel nostalgic about it. Mordred felt differently because she cared about "territory", not who lived there.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is purple, and it's more obvious than when we see a bit of him unmasked during Fate/Zero.
ID: No. 221
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
After her stint last year as the prison warden, Queen Medb has finally deigned to take up the swimsuit and take both the beach and the media by storm.
- Alpha Bitch: And proud of it. She plays this role throughout all of ServsFes, especially towards Ushiwakamaru, who she considers to be a classless country girl. Having adoring men working for her as slaves, winning first place every time through liberal application of having three different talksprites (normal, swimsuit, prison warden), and reveling in her obnoxious vanity, Medb is essentially every teen drama rich girl villain in Heroic Spirit form.
- Animal Motif: Penguins, as noted below. While you'd think it might be too cutesy for someone like Medb, penguins have been documented engaging in sexually-deviant behavior, which is actually so Medb.
- Breath Weapon: Her Medb Beam which has her firing a beam of hearts out of her mouth.
- Camera Fiend: Her Noble Phantasm has her taking selfies while beating up the enemy, culminating in her launching them into the background so she can take up all the foreground, with the enemy exploding to create some nice lighting.
- Damage-Increasing Debuff: Her Noble Phantasm's gimmick is that she has chance of inflicting a "Nice Shot" debuff every time she hits the enemy which lowers the enemy's defense.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: She has a baby penguin clinging to her arm in her first ascension. A penguin shows up in her third ascension and she rides a huge one in her final ascension.
- Loophole Abuse: The top three ServaFes winners will all be treated as though they got first place. Medb enters her three different talksprites separately so that three versions of her win the top three places, preventing anyone else from obtaining a wish on the Holy Grail.
- Stone Wall: Much like her Rider version, Medb has great HP but rather low Attack.
- Support Party Member: Medb's skillset is more geared towards supporting her allies with debuffs such as a party wide charm, reduced Arts resistance, and a stacking defense debuff with her Noble Phantasm, as well as a buff that increases their attack and critical damage.
- Whip Sword: Caladbolg is able to extend itself to either whip her opponents or to swing around.
ID: No. 153
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Origin: Japan (16th Century)
First appearance: Fate/Grand Order
Illustrated by: Hirokazu Koyama
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura
A legendary swordsman revered as the strongest in all of Japan, who created the Niten Ichi-ryu style, dual wielding a long sword and a short sword... or so it should have been, but her circumstances of being in this world and her past are different from the historical Musashi.
She debuted in the New Year 2017 campaign as its limited Servant. She is the main ally, and really the starring character, of Shimosa. In Cosmos in the Lostbelt, she is a minor ally for the Anastasia chapter.
- Anti-Magic: Apart from the Magic Resistance we've come to expect from the Saber class itself Musashi's Noble Phantasm strips the target of all of its beneficial buffs. This combines exceptionally well with her Empyrean Eye allowing her Noble Phantasm to not only ignore invincibility and evasion, but completely remove them after the fact.
- Alternate Universe: Is from one, and has the ability to wander in and out of others which is how she came to Chaldea. The similarity of her situation to Arthur's has caused a fair bit of speculation, but unlike Arthur she's still alive and rather confused as to why she keeps dimension hopping.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Heavenly Eyes A allows her to ignore invincibility. It also buffs her Buster Effectiveness.
- Attention Whore: Has a distinct weakness to flattery.
- Berserk Button: Her material book profile lists three things that can anger her. The first two are fairly reasonable - one-sided slaughter (not in the context of war, more like soldiers killing civilians) and trampling on people's pride and beliefs for fun (and we see both of these buttons pressed during Shimosa) - but the third one is stealing food from her when she's hungry.
- BFS: The final part of her Noble Phantasm has her extend her otherwise normal-sized katana into a massive energy blade that she brings down onto her opponent.
- Bi the Way: She likes Bishōnen, falls for the protagonist of either gender, and shows a...rather noticeable interest in Raikou's chest and towards Katou Danzo for being a "black-haired Japanese beauty". To drive the point home, she compliments the attractiveness of Holmes and Da Vinci, one right after the other. This is somewhat of a pun, as in Japanese, someone who wields two swords at the same time is called a "両刀使い" or "ryoutoutsukai", which is another way of calling someone "bisexual".
- Big Damn Heroes: She arrives in the first Lostbelt just in time to save the protagonist from an Oprichniki's fatal blow.
- Big Eater: She tends to consume absurd amounts of food. A throwaway line from the Summer 2018 event mentions that she scarfed down 634 bowls of udon in one sitting.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She doesn't seem disciplined at all, being a drifting ronin with a lively, carefree disposition and very short term goals such as "getting free food". However, beneath all this is a swordswoman training herself in the Buddhism of Nothingness, and it shows - every opponent she's dueled can't help but be surprised that someone with her disposition can have such a transcendent sword style.
- Buxom Is Better: She is quite busty herself, yet she can't help but notice and compliment Raikou's large assets while assessing her power.
- Celibate Hero: Downplayed. According to her Material V profile, although she's attracted to good-looking men and women, and is prone to falling in love very easily, she thinks she should stay unmarried to perfect the art of the sword.
- Composite Character: Her Material V profile has shades of this. For one, the skill "Battle Continuation"note she has is a combination of her own tactic of running away from stronger opponents until she is able to face them and our timeline's version of Musashi's underhanded strategies to win and stay alive. One of her Noble Phantasms is the wooden oar that Musashi used in his famous duel against Kojirou, though she can't use it because it belongs to our version and not her. And her main Noble Phantasm summons Nioh as a Guardian god through her worship of Tenman Daijizaitenjin, who is a fusion of multiple gods from Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism.
- Dimensional Traveler: She is transported by randomly occurring rayshifts to travel between worlds, which is how she encounters the protagonist. This is apparently because she always ate rice in a fancy-looking bowl that is offered to Kannon when she was a kid. Said bowl turned out to be a Holy Grail.
- Dual Wielding: Musashi more or less invented it in Japan (the famous Niten Ichi-Ryuu/Two Heavens as One Style) out of a belief that wielding one sword with both hands lacked in fluidity. She even has a skill that lets all her attacks deal twice as many hits as usual. Normally she uses the more historically accurate katana/wakizashi combination, but in her third stage she uses two full-length katanas, and even has two more strapped to her hips.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Musashi was one of four servants used in the Epic of Remnant teaser during New Year's. She was also available to summon that same New Year's, however the chapter she's the main ally of was the third chapter of that story and would only go live ten months later on the JP server.
- Elemental Powers: Played with and downplayed. She has four swords, each of which has a different colored flame in the middle of the blade, which then correspond to a different element, namely Air, Earth, Fire, and Water, but they don't do anything overtly elemental. She uses a different pair in each of her ascensionsnote . Her Noble Phantasm also has the Asura attack her enemies with a sword of each of the four elements before she manifests a fifth sword that uses a giant sword beam that represents Void, rounding out the traditional Japanese elements.
- Everyone Has Standards: Is pretty laid back, but is noted to get worked up from watching massacres or people being humiliated.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: She notes fondly that Kannon's rice bowl was probably a Holy Grail. After telling the protagonist this and thinking about it for a few seconds, she realizes that eating out of it might be responsible for why she keeps getting dumped in other worlds.
- Eyepatch of Power: Her eye gets stabbed during the party's confrontation with Caster Limbo. After this, her Noble Phantasm animation is updated and the story support version has her third skill unlocked.
- Falling into His Arms: At the beginning of the Shimosa chapter, she catches the protagonist while she sees him/her falling from sky while having a snack.
- Fangirl: Seems to like Bishōnen samurais as she's mad that Shana-Ou (Ushiwakamaru) is a woman in this world. When asked what she likes, she says "bisho-", before quickly backtracking and saying it's training with swords.
- Flaming Sword: Four of her swords are burning with fire represent each of the four elements (Blue for Water, Yellow for Earth, Green for Air, and Red for Fire).
- Foil: To Yagyu Munenori. Both are extremely capable and famous swordmasters who literally wrote the books on Japanese swordsmanship. However, their similarities end there. Musashi is solely focused on improving her skills and enjoying herself, fighting for money, booze, and food while utilizing an extremely unorthodox style for her time. A Boisterous Bruiser and an Attention Whore who suffered from Parental Abandonment, she basks in the spotlight, her efforts being supplemented by her unique Mystic Eye. On the other hand, Yagyu Munenori brought himself up by his own bootstraps, raising his no-name clan into one of the most famous in Japanese history through hard work and extensive political plotting. Serving the Tokugawa shogunate faithfully, his sword style focuses on extremely orthodox techniques honed to deadly mastery while also utilizing a zen mindset to remain free of doubt and worry. Musashi is almost invariably portrayed as a heroic character in stories, while Munenori is typically portrayed as a scheming villain which holds true here, as well. Also, one is Gender Swapped and the other one isn't. Musashi also embraces the philosophy "A Saber who doesn't use a beam is not a Saber". Saber Empireo is one of the Sabers that don't.note
- In addition, she's a foil to herself; or rather the Prime Universe version of Musashi. Prime Musashi was accepted by his father when she wasn't. Prime Musashi dressed slovenly to fool his opponents. Our Musashi really was a hobo but dressed elegantly. In addition she showed much more respect for her opponents than historical Musashi. For example, her Trial Quest shows that she honored Arima Kihei to an honest match when historically male Musashi beat Arina Kihei to death while his father was trying to get him to apologize. And ultimately she fought Kojiro in a fair duel when male Musashi's legend had him using tricks like arriving late to make him impatient and using the sun to distract Kojiro.
- Gender Flip: Subverted; she comes from an alternate universe instead of being a woman who wasn't recorded as such by history. The Grand Order universe's Musashi is a man, and Servants from this one like Hozoin Inshun express confusion at why she's female. The male Musashi makes a text-only appearance in Shimosa with several monologues.
- Glass Cannon: She has one of the highest attack stats among 5 star Sabers, only being beat out by Altera, Arthur, Okita (who beats her only by about 100 points), and Sigurd. With just her base Noble Phantasm level and coupled with her second skill's Buster buff, her NP is among the most damaging of all Sabers' thanks to her intrinsic self-NP damage buff before her NP activates. Her signature first skill doubling hit counts can turn any Brave chain into a devastating, NP-damage-tier combo that can also instantly refill her NP gauge or spit out Assassin-tier Critical Stars depending on luck and timing, especially if her third skill's 30% Critical Star generation buff is active. But that same third skill is her sole defensive feature, a one turn invincibility, and she has fairly low health for a 5* Saber.
- Good Is Not Soft: She admits in her Trial Quest that she doesn't like killing people who have no will to fight, stating it just leaves her hated by their loved ones and it doesn't really mesh with her preference of fighting for money and worldly pleasures, but when she does fight she launches each strike with the intent to kill.
- Goroawase Number: The numbers 634 which is the number of udon bowls she ate in ServaFes and the numbers seen on a badge on her cap in C.K.T. CE in Battle in New York event, can be read as "Musashi".
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Her Material V profile reveals that unlike our timeline's Musashi, this Musashi wasn't acknowledged as a swordsmaster by her society because she was a woman, and fell into historical obscurity. The swordsmasters of her era who knew of her, however, esteemed her greatly (though her obscurity meant each of them thought they were the only one to know about her).
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: As mentioned below, Musashi fights not for honor or glory, but simply to get lots of money for food and sake.
- Has a Type: Admits that she likes "pretty boys" and, going by her attraction to Raikou and Kato Danzo, very feminine ladies as well; her profile backs it up, saying she loves handsome men and pretty women.
- The Hedonist: Doesn't have any real motivation beyond winning fights to get money.
- Hypocritical Humor: The reveal that unlike her world's, Grand Order's Ushiwakamaru is a woman triggers an angry rant about how this world is wrong because what should be handsome samurai are turned into cute girls. Even funnier because Okita Souji (see the next Saber characters page) also does the same thing, this time with her as the subject.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: B in everything! Except Mana. That's a solid E.
- Katanas Are Just Better: She's a master of the katana and is dual wielding two, with two more in her sheath.
- Knight Errant: After dying in Shimosa and being summoned in the modern age as a Servant, she decides to wander the world and help out those in need, introducing herself as "a passing-by member of Chaldea" to everyone she meets.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: She's not afraid of legging it when she faces down someone she knows is much stronger than her, which makes sense since honor and glory don't mean nearly as much to her as her life.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In her trial quest story, upon landing in the beach on her head, she promptly forgets everything. She later gets all her memories back while travelling with the protagonist.
- Limited Wardrobe: Unlike the other Servants in the first Lostbelt, she acknowledges the cold and apparently brought proper clothing to protect her but it all got torn up, so she's just wearing her regular outfit.
- Magical Eye: Musashi possesses a Mystic Eye called the "Empyrean Eye", which narrows all possible futures to the one she desires. So if she's swinging her swords and thinks, "I want to cut that guy's left arm off", all subsequent events will line up nicely so that she will be able to cut that guy's left arm off. Of course, she still has to try to cut the guy's arm off, but this effectively makes her a Reality Warper.
- Master Swordsman: Being the chief rival of Sasaki Kojirou, the man who basically forced reality to give him the technique he wanted through ridiculous grit and skill, it's only natural that she's this. She is also said to have reached "Mukou" or "Emptiness", the ultimate mental state a swordsman can obtain that defines pure mastery.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: She is currently the only character with a skill that alters her deck structurenote , in this case Fifth Force, which makes it where for one turn, all her attacks do double the hits they normally do. As a result, her singular Quick and Arts cards can singlehandledly spawn Assassin-tier numbers of Critical Stars or instantly refill her NP gauge depending on card draw, critical damage luck, and timing — especially since her third skill, Emptiness, adds 30% Critical Star generation for three turns. Leading with these cards will let even her Buster cards generate tons of Stars and decent NP gauge, while ending with these cards during an Overkill phase with Fifth Force can lead to back-to-back NPs.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Her Noble Phantasm is this, summoning a massive Asura-like demon with four arms to slash the target four times before she lines up the finishing blow herself.
- Mundane Utility: Unintentionally. When she was a kid, she sneaks into offerings for Kannon and eats the rice from a strange bowl among them. The bowl is a Holy Grail.
- Mythology Gag:
- Upon seeing Kojirou, she's kind of bewildered because the version of Kojirou in this game is not the Sasaki Kojirou she knows (apparently her Kojirou didn't achieve the "emptiness" this one did), and she's wondering if he's actually a tanuki taking on his identity to mess with her.
- Unlike most Sabers, she lacks Riding, a reference to her real life counterpart's contribution to the Shimabara Rebellion in which Musashi is known only for falling off his horse during the conflict.
- Not So Different: In her Trial Quest, she admits she feels a kinship with Mysterious Heroine X despite the Assassin wanting to kill her for being a "heretical" dual-wielding Saber, stating she can understand the feeling of not belonging.
- Odd Friendship: She's implied to have become friends with Osakabe-hime, with Musashi convincing Osakabe to go travelling with her among other things. The nerdy, shut-in youkai becoming friends with an outgoing, dimension-hopping samurai is rather odd, though they do have a historical connection - according to legend, the historical Musashi helped Osakabe-hime out by getting rid of a monster in her castle. As thanks, Osakabe gave him a treasured sword.
- Only in It for the Money: If money's involved, she'll go after any target. She claims that the only thing she needs from Chaldea is money to pay for her food.
- Overly Long Name: She tries to give her full True Name of Shinmen Musashi-no-Kami Fujiwara no Harunobu... for all of ten seconds before flubbing it and just deciding to go with her more famous moniker instead. Her Noble Phantasm is even worse, being called Six Realms Five Planes - the Divine Figure of Kurikara.
- Parental Abandonment: Her father abandoned and disowned her because she was a girl. Musashi later set up a hut in front of her father's house to spite him.
- Pun: When she uses her Noble Phantasm on Ivan the Terrible's mammoth, she suddenly rayshifts away from the Lostbelt. When Musashi reaches zero or rei through her Noble Phantasm, she's reached rayshifting.
- Say My Name: To Sasaki Kojirou during their final duel in Shimosa.Musashi: KOJIROU!!
- Sole Survivor: Her home universe is strongly implied to have been pruned (confirmed in her Material V profile), making her the sole survivor due to being transported away before it happened.
- Sword Beam: Less noticeable than most of the other examples here, but her Extra Attack has her cross her swords to fire an x-shaped energy projectile while her Buster attacks occasionally have her releasing bursts of energy into the target from the swords. Also her Noble Phantasm covers her sword with a beam.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: One of her attack animations has her throwing one of her katanas at the enemy.
- Took a Level in Badass: By the end of Shimosa, she finally achieves the form of emptiness she sought for so long, with her Noble Phantasm animation slightly changing to reflect her new mental state and improved techniques.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Noodles, especially udon, and suggests eating those for your birthday. She mentions in her final message for the protagonist in Shimosa that she's super excited to try out all the udon the twenty-first century has to offer.
- Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: Her final battle with Kojiro in Shimosa pits her style of cutting all possibilities down to one against Kojiro's creation of multiple possibilities with a single swing. The result basically imploded space-time around them and they could have fought forever without reaching a conclusion had the protagonist not been there to witness it."A single hit. Simultaneously, both of them surpass infinity. Both of them would continue to try to kill each other. Over and over, for all of eternity."
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Her dialogue goes from teasing the protagonist about being attracted to her, to panicking about falling in love with them.
- Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Surprisingly absent from her due to Musashi being famous in history for defeating Kojirou using a wooden sword carved out of an oar. Material V reveals that the oar sword is a Noble Phantasm, but it can only be used by male Musashi from Pan-Human History.
ID: No. 76
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Origin: England (Arthurian Mythology)
First appearance: Fate/Apocrypha (as Saber of Red)
Background development: Yuuichiro Higashide
Illustrated by: Ototsugu Konoe
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
Live actor: Chihiro Kai
The Knight of Treachery. Mordred is the illegitimate "son" of Altria Pendragon, the legendary King of Knights who ruled Great Britain. She is an artificial clone created by Altria's sister and nemesis, Morgan le Fay, as part of a plot to seize the throne. However, Mordred grew up to idolise Altria as the "perfect king" and eventually realised her dream of serving her incognito as one of the Knights of the Round Table. But when Mordred revealed her true identity in the hope of finally being recognised as her son, Altria refused to name her as heir to the throne; heartbroken, Mordred led a coup d'etat and eventually slew Altria during the Battle of Camlann at the cost of her own life.
Mordred's personality and fighting style can be compared to that of a wild animal: in sharp contrast to the chivalry and skill typically associated with the Round Table Knights, Mordred overwhelms her opponents with sheer power and whatever it takes to win. She sincerely believes that she has the qualities of a ruler despite her numerous character flaws and abrasive personality. Her wish is not to be made king, but to be given an opportunity to draw Caliburn from the stone, thus proving her divine right to rule. Mordred has a complicated relationship with Altria: she loves Altria as a father and king, but continues to resent her (and everything she stands for) due to her rejection. She also hates being referred to as a woman.
She first appeared in one of Altria's flashbacks in Fate/stay night, where she was an identical twin of Altria. Her current look was created for Fate/Apocrypha, where she was summoned in the Great Grail War as "Saber of Red". Mordred makes her Grand Order debut as your main ally in the London chapter, by which time she has mellowed out (somewhat) regarding her Altria complex. An alternative version appears as an antagonist in the Camelot chapter, taken from a point in time when she was still a Knight of the Round Table. She returns as as an ally in Lostbelt #3: SIN.
- Affectionate Nickname: Calls Mash "Shieldy" several times during London.
- Ambiguous Gender Identity: She'll threaten to kill you if you call her a girl, but she'll get just as angry if you openly treat her as male. The story seems to just treat her as a girl with issues and leaves it at that with no one asking any more about it. To make matters more confusing, the English version refers to Mordred in her profile using masculine pronouns, but drops them for female in her swimsuit version's, while in-story everyone still uses female pronouns for her regardless once they see her appearance under the armor. Its implied this is because Mordred feels being called a woman implies weakness, but also hates the idea that people would refer to her differently because it ignores who she really is, and simply wants to be seen as Mordred, Heir of King Arthur.
- Animation Bump: She received a revamp of her battle sprites and animations during the Fate/Apocrypha collaboration event. Her revamped animations are more in line with her appearance in the animated adaptation of Fate/Apocrypha.
- Armor Is Useless: As she ascends, she loses more and more of her armor.
- Ascended Extra: Goes from having a mention in the original Fate/stay night and a cameo in the anime to actually starring in a series. In Grand Order, she's the main character of the Londinium chapter, a major antagonist in Camelot, and her influence is pretty important to the plot overall. Also, she's one of the few pre-existing Servants from Apocrypha to receive an alternate version.
- Attention Whore: She is semi-obsessed with earning praise and approval from her master, as she was with her father Altria.
- Badass Adorable: There's a reason why she's called Moedred by some in the fandom. Arthur even lampshades it himself, calling Mordred cute compared to the one he knows.
- Badass Boast: One of Mordred's battle openers is "I don't mind you running away, because your opponent is Mordred."
- Badass Cape: Subverted. Mordred is the only member of the Round Table not to have one.
- Bare Your Midriff: In her civvies and her 3rd ascension.
- BFS: Her sword, Clarent, which was a holy sword but has been corrupted by her hatred for her father.
- Bifauxnen: Her "Heroic Spirit Formal Dress" Craft Essence image for the 2nd Anniversary Memorial Quest shows her wearing a suit almost as impressive as her father's from Fate/Zero.
- Blood Knight: Mordred is typically filled with bloodlust and hatred, especially towards her father, and won't allow herself to lose to anyone else. In FGO, especially as time has gone on, she's mellowed out on the hatred somewhat, but she'll still get into a fight with a grin at the drop of a hat and hates losing.
- Blood Magic: The Noble Phantasm Clarent Blood Arthur is basically Excalibur with blood and lightning instead of light.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Combined with the mutiny in Camelot.
- Cast from Hit Points: Using Clarent Blood Arthur causes her incredible pain.
- Cast from Lifespan: In Camelot, the Lion King's blessing on Mordred increases the power of her Clarent Blood Arthur and the frequency at which she can spam it, but in exchange she burns out her soul with each use. It's a flaw she's well aware of too, but she's so obsessed with earning the Lion King's approval that she uses it recklessly to win her battles.
- Character Development
- After spending some time in Chaldea, she has a dream about trying to pull the sword from the stone. That's nothing new because she used to have those dreams near constantly. However, she admits to the protagonist that they've become much rarer lately. Furthermore, when she had the dreams before she would actually freeze up without even trying because she only wanted to be king because her father had done it before her, but Mordred didn't know what to actually work for or if she could handle the suffering. By the end of the interlude, however, she renews her determination by deciding she would be king not to just one up her daddy but also because she genuinely wants to create an even more amazing kingdom than Altria did before her. With this statement, the protagonist then tells her that as she is now, she could probably pull the sword from the stone.
- When she received revamped animations, she also got a new NP line declaring her intent to serve as the king's knight and destroy his enemies.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Her master paying too much attention to other Servants is a Berserk Button.
- Cloning Blues: Realizing she was different from other children, she nursed a hatred for normal humans from early on.
- Combat Pragmatist: Perfectly willing to pair what would be called an "unorthodox" fighting style at best with her raw physical capabilities in order to compensate for having the least refined swordsmanship skills of the Round Table. Unlike the other Knights, she'll use punches and kicks in order to get a leg up on the competition, and on more than one occasion in Apocrypha she threw her sword at one target and beat another one to death with her gauntleted fists.
- Commonality Connection: She's friendly towards and protective of Frankenstein because they're both artificial beings and Mordred relates to her. Which is quite a leg up considering the first time they met, they engaged in a fatal duel.
- Cool Sword: Clarent, the Radiant and Brilliant Royal Sword which she stole from Camelot's treasury.
- Cute Little Fang: Surprisingly prominent on her "wide smile" portrait in story mode, and a hint that she's not quite as much of a complete hardass as she tries to make her exterior out to be.
- Daddy Issues: Not quite as bad as in Apocrypha, but to say the subject of Altria is still a loaded one for Mordred is like saying water's wet, the sky's blue, or people die when they are killed.
- Damned by Faint Praise: Da Vinci recruits her in the third Lostbelt as she's one of the "Big Three" of Chaldea who excel at rebelliousness alongside Spartacus and Jing Ke.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Mordred's Grail blessing from the Lion King in the Camelot chapter gave her the ability to spam Clarent Blood Arthur, at the cost of burning her soul with each use.
- Dragon Ancestry: As she's Altria's child and clone, she inherited the dragon blood Merlin infused Altria with, which is why she has the Dragon attribute.
- Dumb Muscle: She's capable of thinking and isn't entirely stupid, but she prefers to just batter the foe into submission, even throwing in wild kicks to her normal attacks. Merlin considers her the only idiot of the Round Table. She lampshades this in London, saying that she prefers to leave the thinking to Jekyll as they deal with the Demonic Fog. During Camelot, this trait coupled with her adoration for Altria leaves her a disposable pawn for the Lion King, who does not trust her and won't allow her to stay in the city, instead throwing her out as an enforcer with a Gift that slowly destroys Mordred's soul in return for greater power.
- Gender Flip: In our world's Arthurian legend, Mordred was a male. The character of Mordred was originally conceived as a male too and was planned to stay that way for Apocrypha and other projects. But because he would've debuted with Astolfo, he was gender flipped on Nasu's orders.Nasu: "Having two ambiguous gender characters in a series is too much."
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She's highly temperamental and it's easy to piss her off. If you treat her like a woman, she'll give exactly one warning to never do it again, but if you treat her too obviously like a man she'll get angry as well. Altria is a loaded subject as well because even Mordred doesn't know if she hates or loves her. Plus, you have to pay lots of attention to her or she'll get mad because she's an Attention Whore. However, if you can manage to do all that, she's actually a very competent, loyal and devoted Servant, and the longer you know her, the more the shell of her insecurities comes off.
- Hero-Worshipper: She was raised to hate Altria by Morgan, but she rejected her mother's plans and strove to win Altria's approval. Unfortunately, Altria's poor social skills and a particularly poor choice of words on her part during a crucial moment put paid to Mordred's insecurities and convinced her Altria must hate her, which led to the fall of Camelot. This is Played for Laughs in the Fate GUDAGUDA Order segments, where Mordred is constantly trying to summon her father, only to fail miserably each time while complaining about how Lancelot has already maxed out Altria's Noble Phantasm.
- Hidden Depths: Her fifth bond line has her admit that she's really not much of a knight, but swears her loyalty to the protagonist anyway. Also, despite her tyrannical attitude when she usurped the throne while Altria was out of the country, when she returned Mordred made sure to attack her in a way that would limit civilian casualties, because Mordred does care about Britain. Finally, and most strangely of all, she is one of the few competent administrators among the Knights of the Round Table, which is why she was left as regent while Altria was away.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The story doesn't shy away from acknowledging her flaws or the role she played in the fall of Camelot, but it also portrays her as being deep down a basically decent person who mostly just wants her father to acknowledge and praise her for being a good knight. It's even possible to read Altria as being partially to blame for her revolt because her inhuman facade caused Mordred to feel her father hated her. In truth, Altria respected and loved all her knights and simply and legitimately felt Mordred was not suited for the role of king, which is something Mordred suspects herself. She was just a bit too tactless in how she told Mordred this, causing her to take it the wrong way due to her insecurities.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: The flag that her troops bear into battle in Camelot consists of a red dragon with red lightning severing its head, and it's so unique that Cursed Arm realizes those troops belong to her the moment Arash describes it to him.
- Irony: Her Secret of Pedigree skill is adapted from her Noble Phantasm helmet, and buffs her defense as its primary effect. However, she only gains it in her third stage, at which point she's shed basically all of her armor (and the skill doesn't even put her helmet back on)!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- Repeatedly shown to be rude, insulting and extremely aggressive. At the same time she has some noble inclinations in Apocrypha, such as when she refuses to sacrifice the uninvolved civilians of the town, either as collateral damage or to replenish prana.
- In the Londinium arc, she becomes a senpai to Mash, and helps her achieve her second Ascension and change her third skill through training. She also tries to protect Frankenstein.
- Even back when she was alive, she immediately attacked Altria when she returned from fighting Romans because she wanted to limit the civilian casualties more widespread battle would bring.
- Bedivere himself states in My Room that while Mordred has a poor mouth, poor manners, and poor character, she also has a good side deep down and never would have been made a knight otherwise.
- Kick Chick: Her animation update has her incorporate a lot more kicks and kick variants into her moveset.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Before she became jaded by Altria's rejection, she strove to be a model knight.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The fact that she's a clone of Altria is kind of spoiled with any knowledge of Arthurian Myth.
- Mommy Issues: Part of her fixation on Altria is indicated obliquely when the protagonist and Mash joke that Jekyll is so worried about her that it's like he's her mom. Mordred says flatly that mothers don't worry about you or anything like that, bringing dead silence to the room. She doesn't get why that absolutely killed the mood because Morgan treating her like a pawn is so taken for granted that she doesn't realize there's any different way.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Her figure could best be described as that of a bundle of twigs, yet most of her power comes from her raw strength and Prana Burst skill.
- Odd Friendship: In London, she's rooming with the gentlemanly Jekyll and the two seem to genuinely get along outside of their mutual need of the other to survive in the poisonous fog. She also becomes protective of Frankenstein's Monster despite remembering their previous encounter in Apocrypha, namely the fact that they were on opposite sides of the war and both even faced off against each other.
- Ore Onna: Uses "ore" to solidify in even her speech that she dislikes any connection between her and the female gender.
- Our Homunculi Are Different: She's a Homunculus clone of Altria and ages considerably faster than normal humans.
- Parental Neglect: From the receiving end. Since Mordred was given birth and raised by Morgan, Altria didn't know about their relation until many years later, and by that time she felt no parental attachment towards Mordred. Mordred's rebellion and their mutual killing didn't help either to improve Altria's opinion about her. Most versions of Altria treat Mordred with a cold and distant attitude and sometimes it borders even to hatred. Goddess Rhongomyniad takes it further to extreme where she actively wants Mordred to die by herself after the knight reaches the point of being useless to the Lion King. Altria Lily is the only one who actually likes Mordred, but not because Mordred is her child, but mainly because Altria is a naive Nice Girl and she doesn't even view herself as a parent.
- Red Baron: She is known as the Knight of Treachery for her betrayal of her father.
- Scary Impractical Armor: Her Stage 1 shows her fully clad in her armor, complete with its horned helmet.
- Secret Keeper: Though she never says it outright, her dialogue all but states she knows that the Heroic Spirit bonded to Mash is Galahad.
- Shock and Awe: Every swing of her sword results in her releasing her Prana in bursts of crackling red lightning. Her revamped animations have her sparking with red lightning as she uses her skills.
- Situational Sword: Her Noble Phantasm deals more damage against enemies with the "Altria" trait. Not particularly helpful outside of fights with Servants, but it does make her the best choice for dealing with either version of Lancer Altria and also makes her boss fight in Camelot a bit more of a pain for those who thought to use Altria's popular, powerful Archer version only to find poor Archeria getting one-shotted despite the class advantage.
- Spell Blade: Her revamped animations have her charging Clarent with blood-red energy for several attacks.
- Stripperiffic: Her Stage 3 and Stage 4 armor, which are under her armor in Fate/Apocrypha. They amount to a loincloth, an ornate strip of cloth across her chest, and coverings for her arms and legs.
- Sword and Fist: She mixes up her swordplay with occasional kicks here and there.
- Sword Beam: Her Noble Phantasm, Clarent Blood Arthur: Rebellion Against My Beautiful Father, which is essentially a blood-red Excalibur powered by her hatred. It even gets stronger if the enemy in question is Altria or any alternate version of her.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Her revamped animation for her Extra Attack has her charging Clarent with energy before she throws it at the target, charging forward to knee the sword into them even deeper, grabbing the sword and tearing it down their body, and finishing with an upward slash that tears the sword out the top.
- Tin Tyrant: A pretty hilarious case. Her armor is blatantly invoking this, being way more menacing than Altria's and featuring a full face demonic-looking helmet, but she's about the same body size as her dad, which is as non-threatening as it gets. Her April Fool's art puts a cute little smiley face on the front of her helmet. If you have both versions of her, the Rider version will comment that she didn't realize how stuffy her armor looks.
- Tomboy: Doesn't like being treated like a woman, but also dislikes being treated too bluntly like a man.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Wears her hair in a ponytail, and she hates being associated with anything feminine.
- Took a Level in Kindness: As Grand Order takes place after the events of Fate/Apocrypha, she's mellowed out quite a bit. She's still a rowdy, easily angered individual, but at least she isn't murderous over her issues anymore. Lots of comparisons to a post-HeelFace Turn Vegeta have been made, complete with "you can't destroy Father's Londinium, only I have the right to do that!"-esque quotes.
- She always tries to pick a fight with Altria on sight, but will praise her whenever she's out of earshot."Father is the coolest!!"
- She also acts as though she doesn't like the protagonist muchnote , but paying too much attention to another Servant is one of her Berserk Buttons.
- In London, she constantly blushes and tries to brush off Mash and the protagonist giving her compliments or praising her more caring moments towards them by loudly declaring it's making her sick.
- She always tries to pick a fight with Altria on sight, but will praise her whenever she's out of earshot.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite her rough demeanor and infamy as the "Knight of Betrayal", Mordred says this if you've summoned Altria.Mordred: The King of Knights is here... No, it's fine if we don't meet. The one I've given my sword to is you. I'm not so disloyal as to serve two Kings.
- Unskilled, but Strong: She's been noted to fight more like a Berserker than a Saber, wildly slashing away with her sword, adding in kicks and punches and even throwing her sword sometimes. She gets away with it because she's so strong that it doesn't matter. This is reflected in her visual update, which shows her repeatedly punching and kicking her foes on top of throwing her sword as part of her Extra Attack.
- Vapor Wear: Subverted. She actually wears very high-cut underwear, which is why it doesn't show through that pelvis curtain of hers.
- Wave Motion Sword: Just like dad, Clarent Blood Arthur can wreak massive destruction to things along its path. During the Camelot singularity, she considers nuking the entire mountain along with the rest of the village she's attacking due to her frustration at being unable to take down the rebels as easily as she wanted to.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl:
- Was obsessed with earning Altria's approval, but the first time she tried to open up to Altria she was told she would not be Altria's successor, which made her think her 'father' hated her. She still wants Altria's approval and her wish is to try to pull the sword from the stone, which she assumes she'll do without a problem. She feels it's the only way to earn daddy's recognition.
- Taken to the extremes in Camelot, where Mordred is so eager to fulfill the Lion King's commands that she doesn't bat an eye at slaughtering anyone that gets in her way if the Lion King wills it, and despite knowing the Lion King doesn't care at all about her, she is still willing to go to the lengths she does out of the hope she can earn it even if it means her death.
- Worthy Opponent: When it's time for her final battle, the first thing she does is ask where Arash is and be disappointed to know he died before. She even described Arash's death as "beating her then running away", since Arash died blocking Rhongomyniad's attack while Mordred died failing to do so.
- Wild Card: The same fundamental version of the same Servant shows up in both London and Camelot, once as your most important ally and once as something of a butcher, though there's explicitly no continuity of memory between them. Neither one acts fundamentally different from the other with the only real difference between them being who had the greater influence on her. London's Mordred seems to be post-Apocrypha and pretty mellow thanks to Kairi Shishigou while Camelot's Mordred lacks the same character development and simply wants to run wild and please her father.
- Womanchild: She's very childish, has basically no patience and is bored by pretty much anything short of fighting. This is because she's mentally a child, and her accelerated growth gives her the physical appearance of an adult.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Before vanishing at the end of London, she gives the protagonist and Mash encouragement despite their beating both physical and verbal at the hands of Solomon, stating they have what it takes to save the world and human history. It's Mash remembering these words during the Solomon Singularity that gives her the strength to tell the protagonist to stand ready against Solomon.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: This is her intended fate in Camelot. Mordred's Gift was designed to make her spam her Noble Phantasm, which makes her extremely dangerous. However, every use of it would burn her soul away, so she would ultimately die after overuse. Additionally, the Lion King has no intention to keep Mordred in the Holy City and only allows her to stay there for a limited amount of time. Once the Lion King's plan comes to fruation, Mordred would disappear with the rest of humanity. Regardless whether Mordred would be killed by her Gift or not, Mordred is not allowed to survive with the rest of the Round Table anyway.
- You Remind Me of X: In London, several times she hints that Mash and Galahad share more similarities than just their weapon and Noble Phantasm. That said, by the end of it she outright states that while that might be true, she also likes Mash a lot more than she liked Galahad. She also admits to feeling some familiarity when she first sees Fou, hinting at his connection to Merlin.
- Younger than She Looks: Because she's a homunculus, her growth-rate is accelerated. In Camelot it sounds like she's not entirely clear how old she's supposed to be.