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The Magical Girls and The Kaleidosticks

    In General 
  • Badass Adorable: The magical girls are adorable 10 year-olds (later 11 by 2wei), that wield the application of the Second Magic, Kaleidoscope.
  • Big Brother Attraction: The trio share a Precocious Crush for their older brothers.
  • Birthday Buddies: All three of the girls share a birthday and age. This isn't a coincidence, though how Illya connects to Miyu or Chloe differs.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: With the revelation of how their powers are combinations of two True Magics, having wish-granting power and infinite mana with which to use it, they should be some of the most powerful beings in the Nasuverse, bar none. But circumstances conspire to keep this from manifesting: Illya only learns she's a vessel for the Third Magic after she's already lost most of her magic circuits from Chloe's creation, Miyu can't use the Third Magic effectively because she is too much of a Broken Bird to have wishes, and Chloe will die if she overtaxes her mana and can't replenish it with the Second Magic like the others.
  • Magical Girl: Duh! They have magic wands and transform into cute magical outfits so they can fight fight and do good.
  • Squishy Wizard: They're very vulnerable without the protection of Kaleidosticks or when low on mana.
  • The Three Faces of Eve:
    • Illya is a bright Child, because at the start she is a little immature and simple-minded (justified since she is a child), as well as optimistic and with great potential.
    • Miyu is a stoic and smart Wife, who is much more passive than either Illya or Chloe, as well as supportive and protective of Illya and the mansion where she works as a maid. She also has domestic skills such as being able to cook very well.
    • Chloe is unmistakably the Seductress, since she is very open-minded about relationships and matters of love, and she kisses other people a lot (a requirement since she needs other people's energy to live). Also, while Illya wears fairly normal clothes for a young girl and Miyu's casual clothes are more boyish, Chloe's wardrobe is a little more risqué.

    Illyasviel von Einzbern 

Illyasviel von Einzbern

Voiced by: Mai Kadowaki (Japanese), Cynthia Martinez (English), Stefanie Izquierdo (Latin American Spanish)
Click here to see her Archer Install
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Click here to see her Rider Install
Click here to see her Saber Install
Click here to see her Sapphire Trance
Click here to see her Assassin Install
Click here to see her Berserker Install
Click here to see her Gorgon Install
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The Token Mini-Moe of Fate/stay night, and the protagonist in this continuity. An ordinary elementary school student in Fuyuki living peacefully with her family. One day, just before going to bed, a magic stick named Magical Ruby chose her as its master. Her job as a Magical Girl is to capture Class Cards.

  • Accidental Pervert: In 2wei, when she extracts Gilgamesh from his corrupt form he's stark naked, and she lands with her left hand on "something soft". Gilgamesh quips that she should be more gentle, and when she notices exactly what she's squeezing she freaks out.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: The Nasuverse tends to be quite strict on how magic actually works, where most magecraft is Sufficiently Analyzed Magic. Hence why people are continually surprised when Illya manages to ignorantly perform feats that would be crippling or downright impossible for a normal magus, simply by entering her Kaleid Trance and imagining said feats. Being a living Holy Grail has something to do with that, since the whole purpose of the Holy Grail/Third Magic is skipping all the steps in exchange for mana, of which she has an endless supply thanks to her Trance.
  • A-Cup Angst: One anime special has Chloe wearing bras (despite being 10) under the belief that bras with proper support encourage breast growth, causing Illya to worry over if her breasts won't grow without them. In the end, after Illya gets caught trying to fit into other people's bras, both Illya and Chloe are stunned when the buxom Leysritt reveals that she personally doesn't wear one.
  • Adaptational Badass: Illya in stay night possessed considerable magical circuits, but was stuck spending them all keeping Berserker in check. Here, she is more than capable of using her magic potential to her full advantage via Ruby. In terms of raw strength, Illya here surpasses her stay night version in every category.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In Fate/stay night, Illya is Cute and Psycho. This Illya is Born Lucky, a Nice Girl, and a Magical Girl.
  • Adaptational Angst Downgrade: Thanks to not losing both her parents and being freed from her evil grandfathers' influence, Illya is far more stable than her main series counterpart.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Aside from being much more heroic, she also possesses a lot of quirks and character traits the original incarnation of Illya never had. This turns out to be a plot point in 2wei, as it's revealed that her current personality is a result of Irisviel sealing her original memories as a grail conduit when she (Illya) was only 8 months old; as a result she's a completely different person from mainline Illyasviel. The suppressed original personality eventually emerges using the Archer class card as a conduit, and later becomes known as Chloe von Einzbern.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Linked with her I Just Want to Be Normal wish in the first season. Illya remembers that it was she who defeated Saber Alter after Saber Alter annihilated Assassin. When she realizes that she almost killed Luvia, Rin, and Miyu, too, she immediately teleports home (to everyone's surprise) and tries to quit being a magical girl the next day. Her mother snaps her out of her depression.
  • Age Lift: Whereas the Illya in Fate/stay night is actually an 18-year-old woman who resembles a 10-year-old girl, she is genuinely a 10-year-old girl in this universe.
  • All-Loving Heroine: She wants to use her magical powers to protect others and doesn't hold any grudges against anyone. This is evident with the Sadistic Choice she is given between saving her best friend, Miyu, and the entire world where she decides to save both. She's also quick to forgive Angelica and let her join the party after Julian abandons her despite all the terrible things she has done to Illya and her friends.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Illya has a massive crush on Shirou, but also regularly supplies Chloe with mana via heavy make-out sessions and has a Pseudo-Romantic Friendship relationship with Miyu.
  • The Apprentice: She reluctantly became Rin's apprentice after she becomes a Magical Girl.
  • Artificial Human: Well, half-artificial. Her mother is a homunculus, but her father is human.
  • Ascended Extra: While she is an important character in Fate/stay night, this series takes things a step further by elevating her to becoming The Protagonist, and most of the series' focus is on her and her activities as a Magical Girl.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Of magical girls in general. Not that she wanted to become one...
  • Badass Adorable: This story still takes place in the Fate universe, so her magical powers are put into combat... against Servants.
  • Barrier Warrior: Her barriers have multiple uses including restraining or blocking attacks and are a part of her standard arsenal of attacks. The anime plays up this aspect.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Magical Ruby notes that she has a "forbidden love" towards her brother, Shirou. Her classmates are aware of it too, much to Illya's displeasure.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Invoked and combined with Twincest. While Chloe is normally the one to pressure Illya into mana-supplying make-out sessions, Illya kissed Chloe of her own initiative on at least two occasions — once when Chloe was sick and once when she was in danger of fading away — both times invoking her duty as Chloe's "big sister" to protect her.
  • Born Lucky: Played humorously. Implied by Chloe as an explanation for how she keeps dodging her attacks.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half-Japanese, half-German.
  • Character Development: She starts out as a reluctant Magical Girl with self-esteem issues, who only fights in the Holy Grail War because she was forced to and just wants to return to her normal life, but she develops into an Ideal Heroine, who will do everything in her power to protect her loved ones and save the world, even when everyone is telling her it's impossible.
  • Composite Character: She takes up Shirou's role as an ordinary person who later gets involved in the secret world of magic.
  • Cool Big Sis: She wants to be one, to the point that simply calling her "onee-chan" will make her agree to nearly anything. Unfortunately all of her prospective doting targets are more mature than she is.
  • Covert Pervert: Illya has her own hidden perverted side, that usually manifests in form of "switch" that activates whenever she sees a female maid or anything arousing that hits her fetishes. Like Miyu in a Cat Girl outfit.
  • Cuteness Proximity: With maids of all things (although Einzbern maids are out of question)! Also being called "onee-chan". There's also that one time with Miyu in a Cat Girl outfit.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Her Zwei form. By combining the two Kaleidosticks, she can fight on-par with an unleashed Gilgamesh. However her internal organs and tissues take huge amounts of damage when she uses them as pseudo magic circuits to increase her power, prompting Ruby to forbid her from such a technique when she mentions it.
  • Designer Babies: Like her original incarnation from Fate/stay night, Illya's original purpose was to be the Holy Grail Conduit, which involved having knowledge of all things magic programmed into her since birth. What separates this Illya from the original continuity is that her parents decided that their child was more important than the war, sealing her knowledge away to Give Her a Normal Life.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Kanshou and Bakuya with the Archer Card Install.
    • Her Zwei form has her wield Magical Ruby and Magical Sapphire at the same time. Downplayed in that they merge into a single magic staff rather than staying as separate wands.
    • In 3rei, she Installs the Saber Card and Includes the Caster Card to stab Darius with Rule Breaker.
  • Fetish: Turns out her reasoning takes a massive hit once she is around a Meido, or seeing Miyu in a Cat Girl outfit. Hilarious results follow.
  • Flight: She masters this ability rather early on, which surprises Rin, who states that it takes a considerable amount of experience to actually fly as a Magical Girl. It helps that she has a mindset that assumes that this is a normal thing for Magical Girls to do.
  • Genre Refugee: Ironically. While billed as a Magical Girl series, PRISMA☆ILLYA at its core is a Nasuverse work, so the Nasuverse's strict rules and procedures regarding magic all apply. A genuine Magical Girl shouldn't exist in this sort of setting, where even the other Kaleid Liners know and follow the established rules — but Illya herself is unique in having both the skillset and the mindset to make it work regardless of what anyone says. While Miyu and Chloe could theoretically do the same, they're too scientifically-minded to match Illya's imagination. As a result she tends to be a miracle worker. Later events clarify that it is more due to her lacking the baggage that Miyu and Chloe have.
  • Genre Savvy: She is a fan of Magical Girl anime and can be seen watching it at times. When she becomes a Magical Girl herself, she can see the complications and clichés in her card hunting activities coming from afar. Her knowledge of the genre that she has found herself in is also helpful when she is learning to fly. She learns it quickly and effortlessly because she already has a strong mental image of flying magical girls. In her words, "don't all magical girls fly?"
  • Gratuitous German: Her basic Magical Girl attacks are all pronounced in German.
  • Hero Protagonist: She's the primary focus of the story, where we get to see how she gains her magical girl powers and learns how to use them against the class cards.
  • Ideal Hero: What she eventually develops into. Perhaps best seen when she's told to accept a dilemma that forces her to choose between saving the world or saving Miyu, and she instead decides to choose both or when she's willing to let Angelica join her crew after Julian dumps her, despite all the harm she had done to Illya and her friends in the past.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She was dragged into Magical Girl shenanigans because her wistful wishing for adventure happened to catch Ruby's attention. This earns her a rather difficult mentor in Rin and a magical stick that sends her to chase down magical cards. She wasn't thrilled. It's also deconstructed later on; the logical conclusion of her returning to normal would be that she never met Rin, Miyu, Luvia, and Chloe, rendering everything that happened meaningless. Also, Chloe will disappear if it comes true— naturally she rejects this outcome violently. The whole thing sounds like a Shout-Out to (the manga version of) Cardcaptor Sakura in which Sakura's failure to pass Yue's trial will erase absolutely every memory pertaining to gathering the cards.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In 2wei!, when Illya is questioned about why she wanted to gather the Class Cards, she admits that it was out of the simple desire to solve the problem and go back to a normal life. This infuriates Chloe and almost leads to a fight to the death between her and Miyu. Illya doesn't realize until later that her never getting involved with magic would result in Miyu dying to the Class Cards and Chloe never being born — Illya wanting a normal life is functionally the same as telling Miyu and Chloe "I Wished You Were Dead". Illya is appropriately mortified at her own thoughtlessness and rushes to stop the fight.
  • Intimate Healing: The easiest way to supply mana to Chloe is by kissing (there is another, more intimate way, though). Chloe gets ten times the prana from Illya than anyone else, though Illya is usually reluctant to supply it due to the method. When Chloe is ill or near death, however, Illya will willingly go through with it to save her sister.
  • Leitmotif: Ironically, despite being the protagonist, she doesn't get her own theme until 3rei, the appropriately named Prisma Illya 3rei Theme.
  • Little Miss Badass: A little girl with absurd magical potential who gets to fight some of Fate/stay night's iconic heroic spirits throughout the story.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • She was raised without any knowledge of magic and would have stayed that way if she hadn't met Ruby and Rin. Even after getting her powers and resigning herself to having adventures, she doesn't know that Sella and Leysritt have powers.
    • She was also initially unaware than Rin and Luvia are classmates of her big brother, let alone that they have feelings for him. She's pretty disappointed when she learns of this.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: In the tradition of shows like Cardcaptor Sakura, Lyrical Nanoha and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Illya fights to save her town from disaster, all while coming to terms with her newfound identity.
  • Magnetic Hero: In Chapter 55 of 3rei, Rin explains to Miyu's brother that Illya has the uncanny ability to be friends with anyone; even her former enemies.
  • Mystical White Hair: Taking after her mother.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Illya's Saber Install grants her Saber Lily's outfit, although she still wields Excalibur.
    • Her Rider Berserker Succession grants her the appearance of Gorgon from Fate/Grand Order.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Gets this treatment twice.
    • The first when Ruby tricks her into becoming a Magical Girl in the first episode of the first season. It's brought up again in the first special, which Ruby lampshades.
    • The second happens in one of the 2wei specials, thanks to not listening to Kuro's warning about clothes created from the latter's mana fading upon moving a certain distance away from her. Cue Shirou getting the shock of his life...
  • Nice Girl: She's sweet and kind, and genuinely wants to use her magical powers to help people and doesn't hold any grudges against others. In fact, when presented a Sadistic Choice between saving Miyu and humanity, she decided to choose both.
  • No Place for Me There: Tanaka warns Illya that if she were to use the Starlog to travel back to Pandora's time to stop Darius, she will not be able to reunite with everyone else in the present she is about to create. She realizes the implications of this, but she would prioritize the well-being of everyone else but herself.
  • Nosebleed: Female example. Gets one after seeing Ruby "expose" an unconscious Shirou. Slight Plot Point, as blood is needed to enforce a contract.
  • Older Than They Look: Not this time. This Illya actually is 10, unlike her original Fate/stay night incarnation that was 18 with the appearance of a 10-year-old. And she later became 11-years-old after her birthday.
  • Open Secret: Everyone knows about her Big Brother Attraction, but she desperately tries to deny it.
  • Out of Focus: During Alternate Shirou's Backstory where he is the protagonist.
  • Pink Heroine: She wears a very frilly, pink outfit as a magical girl.
  • Protagonist Title: She's The Hero of the story, and the entire series is named after her and her magical girl form.
  • Razor Wind: Her Schneiden, which is sharp enough to cut a tree in half.
  • Red Is Heroic: Promotional art by Hiroshi shows that Illya's transformed Saber/Saber Lily Install has red colouring instead of Altria's blue.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Miyu's blue. She's more passionate than the stoic Miyu.
  • Resigned to the Call: Between Ruby's suspicious pitch and her own knowledge of the Magical Girl genre, Illya initially refused Ruby's offer because she could see the Magical Girl Genre Deconstruction warning signs a mile away. Unfortunately, Ruby was crafty. More fortunately, Illya ends up being more suited to the role than anyone could've predicted and routinely halts the deconstruction.
  • Screw Yourself: In 2wei, Chloe blackmails her into supplying mana via kisses on multiple occasions, which often become extremely intimate. Illya is usually extremely reluctant to do so and asks if there are any alternatives, but hearing what those alternatives are embarrasses her out of her mind.
  • Second Hour Superpower: She only gains the ability to Install halfway through the series at the start of 3rei. Before that, she only Installs the Archer Card under Kuro's influence.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: After Chloe splits from her, the resulting drop in Illya's magic circuits means basic energy shots no longer cut it. To keep up with Miyu and Chloe, she instead has to use her imagination and shape her shots into things that work, such as blades for piercing, a pyramid for defense, and stars to restrain enemies.
  • Stripperiffic: Her Lancer and Rider Install (especially its Berserker Succession) shows a lot of skin.
  • Super Mode: The Zwei Form, although it has dangerous side effects.
  • Super-Reflexes: She has a knack for dodging attacks in both her trance and tranceless states. Bazett, a close-ranged fighter, even acknowledges her reflexes. This is because, to quote Ruby, her specialty is "running away".
  • Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Chloe receiving prana through Intimate Healing (kissing) from Illya is "like getting it from 10 other people." Unsurprisingly Chloe is always trying to push things well past kissing to get even more.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Illya's "Grail" mode is capable of tapping the cancelled Grail's power, granting her enough prana to fully utilize the Archer card, project several weapons, and fire Excalibur. In 2wei, the personality literally splits, resulting in Chloe, who retains the combat competency, but isn't actually evil, just mischievous.
  • Taking a Third Option: When forced between saving Miyu or the world, she chooses to save both.
  • Underwear of Power: Her Archer and Lancer Install, exposing parts of legs in the latter, but fully in the former.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: When compared to Luvia and Rin. She also gets a large amount of prana from being the Grail, which manifests as a Superpowered Evil Side. However, once Chloe splits from her, she becomes noticeably weaker.
  • Weak, but Skilled: After Chloe manifests herself at the beginning of 2wei, Illya's Prisma trance significantly weakens, unable to channel as much mana as before even if she still has an endless supply. Unlike Miyu, she can't use Installs until 3rei to overcome her weaknesses. Instead, she is creative with her attacks and works well with her allies. With the exception of Gilgamesh, all of her fights in 2wei are won through teamwork and her intelligent usage of the Cards.

    Miyu Edelfelt 

Miyu Edelfelt

Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese), Caitlynn French (English), Azul Valadez (Latin American Spanish)
Click here to see her Saber Install
Click here to see her Rider Install
Click here to see her Archer Install (spoilers)
Click here to see her as a child (spoilers)

A girl who Sapphire contracted when she abandoned Luvia, Miyu quite literally conveniently appeared just when the stick required a person to contract with. Despite her past circumstances prior to meeting Sapphire being a massive question mark, Luvia just rolls with the situation, and takes Miyu into her "service", going as far as giving her the Edelfelt surname. She lives in the Edelfelt mansion (just beside Illya's house), and works for Luvia as a maid / magical girl. Unlike Illya, Miyu is extremely gifted in academics and sports, but has a massive problem interacting with other girls her age. She also has a very jaded outlook on the world, and shows little of the wonder a girl her age should have.

  • Alternate Self: To Illya. In her own world, not only is she Shirou's foster sister, she's also her world's Grail Conduit.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Miyu has a pretty obvious crush on Illya and Chloe. The only other person that made her embarrassed is Illya's brother, Shirou.
  • The Apprentice: Like Illya and Rin, she becomes Luvia's apprentice after being selected as a Magical Girl.
  • Badass in Distress: Her captivity by the Ainsworths and being trapped in the alternate Fuyuki kickstarts the plot of 3rei.
  • Barefoot Captives: When she's captured by the Ainsworth family, she is made to wear a backless dress with elbow length gloves, but no shoes.
  • Big Brother Worship: She has this with her Shirou. She becomes shockingly spoiled around him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In her first appearance, she saves Rin and Illya from the Rider class card.
  • Born Winner: Unlike Illya who was "modified" into a Holy Grail Conduit, Miyu was born as a Holy Grail Conduit, a Sakatsuki family trait known as the "Child of God". Though Sakatsuki children lose the greater functions of the Grail as they age past six, they still possess immense mana, and they can still act as a Grail if an appropriate Grail War is conducted.
  • Broken Ace: While she is a brilliant girl, who excels at mathematics, cooking, athletics and can draw based on principles like cubism, which are far beyond the reach of any normal elementary school student, as seen in Broken Bird below, she is also a horribly traumatized girl who suffers from self-esteem issues because of how everyone except Shirou treated her like a tool for summoning the Holy Grail in her past life and furthermore the torture she received when imprisoned by the Ainsworths.
  • Broken Bird: Courtesy of being her universe's Holy Grail, being held captive and having her captors wound her because her blood has magic properties, and her brother being held captive and tortured by the same people who keep her prisoner.
  • Brutal Honesty: Miyu is rather upfront about the fact she doesn't bother to remember any of Illya's other friends names, even after she had been hanging out with them for a month or two!
  • Canon Foreigner: She does not have a Fate/stay night counterpart. It's because she is Illya's Alternate Universe counterpart.
  • The Comically Serious: Oh so much, in fact it is usually her default to the wacky hijinks! Subverted in hilarious fashion when the gang gets on a rollercoaster. Miyu first doesn't get the concept, describing the physics behind it and all... until the thing actually gets going, which makes her do a very different face than usual.
  • Composite Character: Her backstory and self-esteem issues are borrowed from Sakura Matou's backstory as an abused Grail conduit in Fate/stay night, while her personality with Sugar And Ice modes and overt seriousness is borrowed from Saber.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: What her world has done to her. Ainsworths raised her to accept her faith as a core for the Holy Grail, who needed to be frequently tortured and ultimately killed for the greater good. After Ainsworths kidnap her again, Darius is outright surprised when she started to resist against the torture she was receiving, instead of simply accepting it like she did in the past.
  • Cool Horse: Comes with the Rider Card Install.
  • Covert Pervert: She seemed rather... interested in one of Suzuka's yaoi mangas and spent much of 2wei Herz! Episode 3 reading it, while the other girls were talking about Mimi's out of control perversions.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She's her universe's Holy Grail, and up until 3rei had escaped from the Ainsworths.
  • Dark Magical Girl: She has all the makings of one, though the only time she is against Illya was when she was The Rival in the beginning.
  • Fatal Flaw: She's selfless, but her communication skills are horrible. These two traits put together have lead to many problems throughout the story.
    • She was the cause of Illya's 10-Minute Retirement. Although she intended to keep her from harm, her harsh words cause a misunderstanding between the two.
    • She warps Luvia and Rin out of the Mirror World and tries to fight Berserker alone. While she does succeed in taking some of his lives, her inability to finish him off nearly gets her killed.
    • In 2wei, she misunderstands Illya's wish to be normal and chooses to face Chloe alone. She takes action without any form of assistance from her allies and doesn't consult anyone about her decision. If Illya hadn't interrupted, the two would have killed each other.
    • Later, in an attempt to quickly end the fight, she uses Bellerophon against Bazett, ignoring Sapphire's warnings not to do so. Had the Pegasus not been the source of the attack, her heart would have been pierced by Fragarach.
    • At the end of 2wei, she willingly lets Card!Gilgamesh absorb her so that Illya can escape. All she manages to do is force Illya to engage Gilgamesh alone in order to save her.
  • Give Her a Normal Life: What her brother wanted for her. He fought the Ainsworth in order to send her off to another universe so that she could have a normal, better life. Too bad it didn't last long.
  • The Glomp: Does this with Illya's Shirou in 2wei, partly due to a misunderstanding, but mainly because she misses her Shirou.
  • Hidden Depths: Who would have thought the stoic, serious Miyu loved bear pajamas and was very spoiled around her brother.
  • Jumped at the Call: Unlike Illya, Miyu immediately agreed to be a Magical Girl. Since she had recently arrived in that world and had no where else to go, it isn't surprising she agreed, on the condition they gave her housing and food.
  • The Lancer: To drive the point home, she uses the Lancer card in her first appearance.
  • Leotard of Power: Her Magical Girl form, and Assassin Install.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Female version. Miyu's mother, Hiyoko, was apparently as multi-talented as Miyu was, described as "a high-specs lady that can flawlessly do anything"note  While she could dance, unlike her daughter Miyu, she had her own weakness and that was not being very good with computers, though she was determined to achieve an IT qualification due to the upcoming modern era.
  • Luminescent Blush: Beneath her stoic exterior, Miyu is quite capable of being flustered, such as when a half-asleep Illya kisses her, or when Illya & Kuro find out that, when she's with her brother, Miyu is a somewhat spoiled little girl who wears animal-themed onesie pajamas; Kuro's teasing leads to Miyu going red as a tomato and whacking the other girl with a pillow.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Unlike Illya, she has a decidedly more no-nonsense approach on how to deal with things and is quicker to use precise attacks.
  • Make a Wish: 3rei reveals that she was a Child of God who has the ability to indiscriminately grant wishes, but loses that ability when she becomes six years old.
  • Meido: In exchange for shelter and living expenses, she works as a maid for Luvia. Once Illya finds out, she goes crazy about the prospect of having a maid as a friend. The results are... interesting.
  • Mundane Wish: She spent her last wish to become Shirou's biological sister, changing the color of her eyes from red to that of Shirou's.
  • New Transfer Student: She transfers into Illya's school through forged paperwork.
  • No Name Given: She isn't an Edelfelt by birth but, basically, adoption. Luvia acts like her sister, but her birth family name isn't given.
    • 3rei reveals that her full name is Miyu Emiya, given from her adopted family. Before, her birth name was Miyu Sakatsuki.
  • No Social Skills: When it seems Miyu is absolutely better then Illya in everything, Miyu completely sucks at interacting with others of her age. Justified by her being kept captive by the Ainsworths because of her power as her universe's Holy Grail, and thus not being able to interact with other children.
    • It's later revealed that she was raised alone by her mother as a child and isolated from other children in order to take advantage of her wish granting abilities. After she was adopted by Kiritsugu, he and Shirou raised her in isolation to hide her from others.
  • Not Quite Flight: Miyu can't actually fly because she has mental hangups properly picturing it. Instead, she solidifies magical energy to momentarily create footholds mid-air that she can repeatedly jump off of.
  • Only Friend: While she hangs out with Illya's friends, she still considers Illya and later also Chloe to be her only friend and she frequently dismisses Illya's other friends with varying degrees of insults ranging from refusing to call them her friends to simply not bothering to remember Mimi's existence.
  • Parody Sue: Miyu is ridiculously good at almost everything, and this is regularly played for comedy; she aces all her tests at school, creates elaborate feasts in Home Ec using only a single frying pan cooks bakes a fabulous wedding cake using only basic school kitchen utensils and leftover ingredients, creates art pieces so breathtaking her teacher questions how she's supposed to grade them, confuses teachers with advanced mathematics, getting a time of 6.9 seconds in a 50 meter dash, etc, and all at the age of 10 years old. She's also very powerful both physically and with magic... but she simply can't fly properly unlike Illya or Chloe, which for a Magical Girl is a big hindrance. More humorously, she also can't dance.
    • In 3rei, more is revealed that shows she isn't as perfect as she appeared to be, courtesy of psychological issues—whatever was done to her before her brother managed to send her to Illya's world made her into an ace, but left her really broken and unable to dream. Still doesn't explain her inhuman cooking skills, but that one might be running in the family.
  • Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: She can't fly not because of her knowledge of physics, but because she is too broken to imagine herself capable of flying.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The quiet and reserved blue to Illyasviel's outgoing and emotional red. This is seen in their Magical Girl outfits, with Miyu possessing a blue outfit and Illya having a pink outfit.
  • The Spock: One of the reasons she can't fly s because she can't work out the logic of flight.
  • Stepping Stones in the Sky: Not literal stones, but since Miyu can't fly properly, she instead creates hovering platforms with magic to jump off. Combined with her speed, it's just as efficient as real Flight.
  • The Stoic: Whatever happens to her, she rarely loses her composure unless things get really critical (or really embarrassing). 3rei gives a bunch of very dark reasons for this.
  • Stripperiffic: Lampshaded by her brother no less. It's all Sapphire's fault, though.
    Miyu's Brother: But. Um. What's with that lewd outfit of hers? I think big brother here may need to lecture her...
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's usually very stoic and distant, Illya is the only one she shows her sweet side to. Lampshaded at some point from Illya's friends. She is very sweet to her brother to the point that Illya and Chloe couldn't believe it when they found out.
  • Super Mode: In the final battle, she engages in some reality-bending Loophole Abuse to restore her powers as the Child of God. She gets a whole new outfit as a result.
  • Supreme Chef: She can cook an entire feast with only a frying pan. More comedically, she also made a whole wedding cake from "left overs".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Before meeting Luvia and Sapphire, she was a Damselin Distress MacGuffin Super-Person that Shirou has to save from the Ainsworths and who was powerless to fight against her captors. after meeting Luvia and Sapphire, she becomes a badass Magical Girl Warrior who is powerful enough to fight against servants and when she gets captured again, she tries to resist her captors, unlike before, when she just accepted her fate.
  • Tragic Dream: She has two of them. Her first is shared with her brother, to live a normal life as siblings, which is interrupted by the Holy Grail War. Her second dream was to fulfill her brother's wish and live the happy life he wanted her to have, which is shattered when she's taken back to her world.
  • Trapped in Another World: Invoked. Her brother made a wish to save her, but since she couldn't be saved in her own collapsing world, she was sent to a different world where she could be saved, Illya's world.
  • Undying Loyalty: Being the first friend she ever had, Illya means everything to Miyu and she has several times showed willingness to sacrifice her life to protect Illya from harm.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before she was abducted by Julian, Miyu was very innocent like Illya.
  • Walking Spoiler: Becomes this late in 2wei and well into 3rei, due to a lot of information regarding her past being delved into.

    Chloe von Einzbern 

Chloe "Kuro" von Einzbern

Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)

Illya's cousin, recently transferred in from Germany. Or at least that's the story Illya, and later Irisviel, tells everyone. In truth she's a sort of a magical clone created by accident when Illya was helping Rin in stabilizing the leyline beneath Fuyuki City, with the core of her being based around the Archer card (which in turn is based on a certain Heroic Spirit).

Her personality however comes from the suppressed memories of Illya's original purpose as the Holy Grail conduit, and she's rather bitter at the fact that Illya's been able to live a normal life ignorant of this.

  • Abnormal Ammo: Comes with the Archer Card. Her bow shoots swords, in addition to normal arrows.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Probably as a reference to Archer.
  • Anti-Hero: She is Kiritsugu's daughter after all. Bonus points for using Heroic Spirit Emiya's abilities, who was also an anti-hero. This pops up in 3rei in that she simply doesn't care that her actions will result in the destruction of the world. She fights for the sake of the people she cares about, and only those that she cares about.
  • Artificial Human: She's a magical clone built around the Archer card, and can only continue existing for as long as Illya provides her with prana, or someone doesn't dispel the Archer card.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Comes with the Archer card, in addition to its Projection magic. Most of its uses are humorous, at best. It's used more seriously in 3rei when she dispels her synchronization curse and instantly identifies one of Kiritsugu's Origin Bullets.
  • Badass Adorable: Naturally comes with being related to Kiritsugu and Illya.
  • Berserk Button: Chloe doesn't like being called a "secondhand clone".
  • Big Brother Attraction: Like Illya, she has her eyes on their foster brother, Shirou.
  • Big Sister Instinct: After they reconcile, she looks after Illya and protects her from danger, though she isn't as insistent as Illya in being recognized as the "elder sister" of the household. The episode with her Get A Hold Of Yourself Man for Illya is even titled "for my weak little sister".
  • Black Box: She understands the fundamentals of Projection, but she doesn't know why she knows them. This can be traced to the fact that neither she nor anyone else knows the identity of the Archer Card, which limits her ability to use it. Once she begins fighting alongside Shirou, she starts to better understand the Card.
  • Bow and Sword in Accord: The Archer card's powers grant her abilities for both melee and ranged combat.
  • Character Development: As the Grail Conduit of Illya gained sentience, she starts out as vicious and resentful towards Illya for wanting to go back to a normal life, namely because it means she would cease to exist because of rejecting her original purpose as the Conduit. Once Illya makes it clear she doesn't want Chloe to disappear though, she slowly but surely comes around, and aside from "sisterly" spats and teasing becomes one of Illya's most loyal allies. She later returns the favor by helping Illya with her own Character Development.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • She's a difficult enemy for Illya and Miyu not because she's strong, but because she's a tricky opponent to fight. She takes full advantage of the Archer Card's strengths, using Projection for its utility and sniping her enemies from afar.
    • In 3rei, she defeats Angelica by teleporting into her blind spot while Shirou acts as a decoy.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Unlike Illya who in this series led a happy life, Chloe was sealed away and, once freed, proceeded to direct her pent-up anger against Illya, coming very close to killing her several times before Illya can even attempt to understand what's happening. In a very classic turn of events, Chloe eventually confesses that all she wants is to be alive and have family/friends. Things work out in the end.
  • Depraved Bisexual: She usually acquires mana via kisses, which she usually takes from Illya or Miyu. She does mention she could get mana from anyone and would be more than happy to acquire mana from Illya's brother, though this was more an attempt to blackmail Illya into kissing her.
  • Dirty Kid: She has the appearance of a ten-year-old girl, but the mentality of brash and lewd teenager.
  • Dual Wielding: Kanshou and Bakuya, Archer's dual daggers.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: She's technically Illya with a constant Archer Install, so her Projection and (as Illya's classmates unfortunately learn) Super-Strength are always on. "Transforming" into her combat attire is more of a formality than anything else.
  • Enemy Without: Averted after being accepted into Illya's family.
  • Evil Twin: Less evil, more frustrated at the pointlessness of her existence, at least at first. Averted later on when she makes a Heel–Face Turn and actively supports Illya.
  • Expy: She is basically the original Fate/stay night Illyasveil inserted into Kaleid Liner Prisma's Alternate Continuity. She also has shades of the original Archer, wearing a similar outfit to his, being a Deadpan Snarker, and having antagonistic (and rather homoerotic) relationship with Illya, only she's a magical clone of Illya, while Archer is Shirou's future self in the original continuity. Thankfully she ends up friendlier than either of her bases due to Illya befriending her.
  • Fille Fatale: Successfully seduced several of Illya's friends, and has repeatedly attempted to do the same to Shirou.
  • Forceful Kiss: She needs to kiss people to replenish her mana, and she's not generally fussed about getting consent first. She forcefully French kisses Miyu during their first fight to acquire mana, and keeps it up until she's incapacitated. She also does this with Illya, all of Illya's friends, and their teacher.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Her fight with Illya in 3rei boils down to this.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Likes wearing these when she's in casual dress. To differentiate from how Illya does her hair, Chloe's twintails are usually higher on her head, much like Rin's. Weirdly enough, in the Animated Adaptation she only has one of them on her right side.
  • Hades Shaded: She has Illya's body with Archer's color scheme imposed on it, full-body tan included. The only thing stopping it from being a 1:1 Palette Swap is her hair.
  • Heel–Face Turn: More like heel face pound on the head courtesy of Irisviel.
  • In-Series Nickname: She is also Illya, so Rin started calling her Kuro (Black) because of her darker skin to differentiate the two of them. Kuro then took a Western equivalent, "Chloe", for her new name.
    Chloe: "Kuro? What am I, a cat...?"
  • Interrupted Intimacy: She frequently tries to get her mana transfer sessions with Illya to go beyond just kissing, but is interrupted each time she tries to do so.
  • Intimate Healing: Chloe obtains the mana she needs to survive by consuming saliva she obtains by kissing people, and notes that she gets ten times the amount of mana from Illya than from anyone else, and teases Illya with alternatives to kissing that she knows Illya would never agree to.
  • Kryptonite Factor: As a being almost literally made of mana, anything that inflicts a Mana Drain is bad news for Chloe, leaving her paralyzed and exhausted.
  • The Lancer: Even more so than Miyu. And she take's Miyu's place as Illya's number-two during 3rei, thanks to the former being kidnapped.
  • Leitmotif:
    • "Shoujo Shinka", or EMIYA. It first plays when she fights the Saber Card in Illya's body and again when the party fights Gilgamesh.
    • She also has "Shoujo yo, Hoshi ni Nare" in her Fate/Grand Order appearance.
  • Literal Split Personality: Though Illya's original memories as the Grail Conduit were sealed, they were not gone; they continued to grow and learn inside of her, and the accident when investigating the Earth Pulse allowed them to split off and take form, resulting in Chloe.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Another reference to Archer.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: Chloe is functionally a Servant, requiring mana and an anchor to survive even after wishing for a more stable body. While the anchor is handled by the Archer Card as a Soul Jar, the permanent Archer Install makes Chloe incompatible with a Kaleidostick, leaving her unable to replenish mana on her own. Spit-swapping with Illya and friends isn't (just) for Fanservice; it what keeps her alive.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: She knows a whole lot more about sex than a girl of her apparent age should, mostly because her original nature as the Grail Conduit means having knowledge of all things magic, including Sex Magic to get mana from other people. While this is justified since she needs mana to sustain her existence, Chloe also clearly enjoys seducing and teasing people, especially Illya (who also happens to give her much more mana than anyone else).
  • Make a Wish: Her wish is to have her own existence. Her own nature as an incomplete Grail grants it.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • She uses Projection to make clothes, including her battle wear. She also uses it to make a chair.
    • The Make a Wish aspect of the Holy Grail gave Chloe a more stable body. It's also a handy medium for Teleportation and Combat Clairvoyance.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Chloe using the Origin Bullet to kill Darius at first seemed like a fitting Heroic Sacrifice since he was going to kill her anyway... if it wasn't for the fact that Darius can regenerate himself with his thorns by taking over a new host. So not only was Chloe's sacrifice pointless, but it made things worse since Darius channeled his concept into the Giant King to herald the end of the world.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: While "Chloe" is her (assumed) formal name, "Kuro" continues to be frequently used by most of the cast. Compounding the issue, at least among foreign fans, is the inconsistency with which name is used in fan translations.
  • Ret-Gone: After Illya's time travel causes other characters to forget about her, it also removes their memories of Chloe completely to the point that it was like she didn't even exist in the first place. While Miyu and Beatrice have vague memories of Illya, Miyu thinks that she was the one to shoot Darius with the Origin Bullet using Archer Install. However, while memories of Chloe might be gone, the events that involve her haven't disappeared, as Sakura is still able to create copies of Kanshou.
  • Screw Yourself: Chloe acquires the mana she needs to survive from kissing people, and notes that while she could do it with anyone, it's far more effective with Illya. As a result, she makes out with Illya on multiple occasions in a very intimate fashion. When Illya asks if there are any alternatives to kissing, Chloe states that there are but that Illya would never agree to them. Chloe herself isn't opposed to those alternative methods, and openly tries to initiate more intimate encounters between herself and Illya.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Takes this up since she takes Rin's place in explaining things for 3rei.
  • Stepford Smiler: Due to her unstable existence, she doesn't value her own life above others. She's not as extreme as Shirou, but it's still enough that Miyu's brother lectures her about it.
  • Storm of Blades: She can fire swords as projectiles using Projection, but not to the same extent that Gilgamesh can do it.
  • Succubi and Incubi: While kinder and tamer than most depictions and definitely not a demon, her need to replenish mana to survive and ability (and apparent preference) to do it with Sex Magic makes her a succubus in all but name. "Kissing Demon" is not one of her nicknames for nothing!
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Downplayed. Chloe is an antagonistic version of Illya herself with all the mage training Illya lacks, though she's just angry about being sealed rather than outright evil. This also leads Chloe to an eventual Heel–Face Turn.
  • Synchronization: With Illya. Even if there is a mage who can remove the curse, she decides to keep it because she likes Illya, in her own strange way. She removes the curse in 3rei in order to fight Illya.
  • Taking You with Me: Darius Ainsworth has been destroying Class Cards from within the girls' bodies with impunity, and Chloe feels when it's about to happen to her. She responds by taking the Origin Bullet that Shirou gave her earlier and ramming it into her chest — and into Darius' displaced hand that's grabbing her card, ensuring a mutual kill.
  • Teleportation: She has this instead of Illya and Miyu's (Not Quite) Flight, capable of warping short distances. This makes containing her an exercise in futility, much to the others' frustration during her stint as an antagonist.
  • Tsundere: Very frequently toward Illya, who even notes this outright in one episode.
  • Walking Spoiler: She becomes integral to 2wei's plot, and the importance of her role also extends to 3rei.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Unlike Illya and Miyu, she doesn't have a Kaleidostick to use, and being permanently bonded to the Archer card prevents her from switching Installs. She more than makes up for this in her combat prowess and knowledge on how the Archer card works.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Like the original Illya from stay night, Chloe has an in-depth knowledge of magecraft and the Holy Grail as well as the requisite intelligence to use it. As a result she has the mind of a grown adult, but she acts like a child to better bond with Illya and Miyu.

    Magical Ruby and Magical Sapphire 

Magical Ruby and Magical Sapphire

Ruby is voiced by: Naoko Takano (Anime, Japanese), Joji Nakata (Drama CD, Japanese) Joanne Bonasso (Anime, English), Regina Tiscareño (Anime, Latin American Spanish)

Sapphire is voiced by: Miyu Matsuki (Anime, Japanese, seasons 1-3), Yumi Kakazu (Anime, Japanese season 4), Molly Searcy (Anime, English), Susana Moreno (Anime, Latin American Spanish)

A pair of sentient magical artifacts created by Zelrech, Ruby and Sapphire were initially loaned to Rin and Luvia to accomplish the card gathering mission. They are tools of immense power derived from the Second Magic Kaleidoscope, granting the user an ability to draw mana from alternate worlds, that would likely kill a normal wizard... only if they feel like it.

They eventually grew tired of the near-constant squabbling that the two female mages did, and went on their way to find more... appropriate masters. Although technically made at the same time, Ruby sees herself as the older sister, and is treated that way by Sapphire.

  • Big Brother Instinct: Well, big sister, actually. This is Ruby towards Sapphire.
  • Cat Girl:
    • Ruby's Magical Girl costume for Rin.
    • Both Ruby and Sapphire also come up with the "Beast Mode" outfits for Illya and Miyu (as well as inspiring one for Kuro), which are essentially stripperific takes on this trope.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: They will force Illya and Miyu to be magical girls until such time as they feel like annulling the contract. And no one else can do anything to change that.
  • Covert Pervert: Despite her soft-spoken, straight-man personality, Sapphire is fond of dressing the girls in revealing dresses, as seen in Miyu and Illya's Sapphire form.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sapphire more so than her sister.
  • Empathic Weapon: They basically use the power of a person's heart to pull infinite power from the multi-verse.
  • Expy: Their Genki Girl and Shrinking Violet sisters routine is based on how Kohaku and Hisui act in TYPE-MOON's Tsukihime series. They even have the same Japanese voice actors in the anime.
  • Extradimensional Power Source: As sentient applications of the Second Magic, Ruby and Sapphire can access alternate dimensions, such as the Mirror Worlds where the Class Cards reside — but their most common use is to supply their wielders with regulated, infinite mana pulled from other realms.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Ruby is the foolish and carefree one, while Sapphire is the responsible and dutiful one.
  • Fusion Dance: Capable of doing this to achieve Zwei form.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Their first plan to deal with anything is generally "blast it with maximum prejudice". And they both seem to loathe Rin and Luvia. Though, really, this applies far, far more to Ruby than Sapphire, who is much more reasonable and has been known to shut down Ruby's antics when they get out of hand and punish her accordingly. Note that Ruby's behaviour is toned down compared to her appearance in Fate/hollow ataraxia, where she is really into humiliating her own master, specifically Rin.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In one of the 2wei specials, Ruby chews out Taiga (whom Ruby approached out of boredom to see how other people would use it's power) for wanting to use Ruby's power for violence, when in fact both Ruby and Sapphire claimed in the first season that they "blast enemies with extreme prejudice" as their first response.
  • It Amused Me: A lot of Ruby's actions revolve around doing things for her own amusement, namely doing things like injecting Shirou with a Truth Serum or temporarily transferring users for the heck of it.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: Refuse to leave Illya and Miyu, first out of annoyance with Rin and Luvia, but later out of loyalty to the two girls.
  • Magic Wand: Both of them. They also both happen to be sentient, allowing them to fill the roles of the typical Magical Girl's wand and the Mentor Mascot.
  • Mentor Mascot: Both of them towards their second users, but especially Ruby towards Illya, who helps teach her the ins and outs of her powers. Unlike most examples, they aren't cute animals but talking Magic Wands.
  • Not So Above It All: Although Sapphire is the more level-headed of the two, she does have her moments to prove she's Ruby's sister, ascribing to "shoot first and ask questions later" and vocally expressing her disdain for Rin and Luvia.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Magical Ruby is the extroverted Red Oni and Magical Sapphire is the introverted Blue Oni.
  • Servile Snarker: To their initial masters, Rin and Luvia. Not the sticks' fault.
  • Sibling Incest: Magical Ruby acts this way towards Magical Sapphire in Episode 7. Sapphire wasn't having it.
  • Talking Weapon: Both of them, since they're both used to fight any enemies that their users come up against while still being able to communicate with said users. Interestingly, they can still talk even when their user is using an Include or Install.
  • Troll: Ruby, oh so much. The first two anime specials in particular can be summed up as "Ruby trolls Illya and Rin endlessly".

The Mage Association

    Rin Tohsaka 

Rin Tohsaka

Voiced by: Kana Ueda (Japanese), Carli Mosier (English), Monserrat Mendoza (Latin American Spanish)
Click here to see her using Magical Ruby

Ruby's former master, and a mage-in-study at the Tower of London. In the manga she gets roped into retrieving the cards from Fuyuki City after she gets into a brawl with Luvia that destroyed a huge chunk of the school, while in the anime she volunteers when she hears that, if she succeeds, she'd be taken under Zeltrech's wing as an apprentice.

While being typically abrasive and possessing a hair-trigger temper (especially with regards to Luvia), Rin shows real concern to Illya, and understands that the responsibilities thrust onto the girl might be too much for a girl her age to bear.

  • A-Cup Angst: Some things don't change for Rin no matter which universe it is.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: Her Tsundere qualities are even more extreme than the original Rin, and she is generally played off as more of a Butt-Monkey than she is a serious character.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: She's willing to declare a child as her slave and make her fight corrupted heroes against her will. And in a side story where Prismaverse Illya meets main story Rin, she considers her much nicer than the pushier, bossy counterpart she's used to. It takes a bit before she realizes the danger Illya faces and softens towards her.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In 3rei, she and Luvia have been subjected to the Ainsworths' "doll-ification" thanks to Angelica's powers.
  • Butt-Monkey: Alongside Luvia. Most frequently during battles.
  • Cat Girl: When transformed into Kaleido Ruby, she gains cat ears and a tail.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates it if anyone is trying to get close to Shirou, especially Luvia.
  • Combat Pragmatist: To the point even Luvia has respect for this quality of Rin.
  • Gemstone Assault: Like her "stay night" self, her signature magic attack is launching gems at her opponent. This lands her in hot water when she uses the last of her Gems beating Berserker and shooting down Luvia's helicopter, forcing her to get a job as Luvia's maid to pay back the gems she spent.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Just like "stay night", she falls for Shirou and it contributes to her rivalry with Luvia.
    • She still ends up estranged from her sister Sakura, who was still given to the Matous.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Thanks to her family not getting involved in the Grail Wars here, she doesn't know the Einzberns are one of the founding families or that the Grail Wars were even a thing to begin with.
  • Love at First Sight: She first fell for Shirou when they were kids and she saw him attempting to pole vault.
  • Magical Girl: Was one before Magical Ruby switched her for Illya. Now she's a regular magus.
  • Meido: Works for Luvia as a maid starting in 2wei because she needs funds to replenish her supply of gems. She wears the usual uniform but is more Servile Snarker in how she acts.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she watches Illya face off against a seemingly endless horde of powerful mud dolls it finally sinks in to Rin just how much her recklessness put Illya through.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • To begin with, Rin dons her Magical Ruby attire from Fate/hollow ataraxia.
    • Her pose with Illya in chapter 1 is taken straight from stay night's signature scene where Saber first meets Shirou. The difference is, this time Rin asks Illya to be her Servant.
    • The letter Rin sends to Illya for their first mission is a reference to the Heaven's Feel route, where Rin sends a similar letter to Shirou.
    • Apparently Rin and Sakura are still estranged sisters, as Rin asks about Sakura's fate in Miyu's world.
  • Ojou: It is ambiguous if Rin, or the Tohsaka family in general, is as rich and/or prestigious in this continuity as in main Stay Night Canon. On one hand, she has to work as a maid for Luvia for lack of funds for gem sorcery. On the other hand, the circumstances that led to her family's financial foes in main canon no longer exist (i.e. Kotomine becoming her guardian and mismanaging her inheritance). She certainly acts haughty and deplores Luvia as "new money" in contrast to herself.
  • Opposites Attract: She admits that Shirou's own philosophy is the exact opposite of hers, but she still likes him.
  • The Rival: To Luvia. Both in magic and love.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Rin's 'explain things' glasses make a triumphant return when Rin and co. are having a strategy meeting. She even dons them in her maid outfit.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: For all their showing of supposed hatred, Rin and Luvia constantly seem to work together and support each other when they really need to. And then go back to being at each other's throats.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She lets Illya off the hook after noticing the girl's deteriorating emotional condition after her first fight against Berserker. Compare that to Rin at the beginning of the series, who outright declares Illya her Servant and forces her into fights she has no business in.
  • Tsundere: Rin is Rin, it doesn't matter in which universe. That said, this incarnation shows more of her dere side than Rin normally does, as with her smiling and praising Illya for her showing in her first battle. Lamp Shaded by Chloe when Rin uses a typical "I'm not doing this for your sake" speech to Shirou.
    Chloe: "Wow, that's a template."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Luvia have essentially become this by 3rei, with their arguments being less frequent and less intense than they've been in the past. The situation becoming more serious than before helps.
  • The Worf Barrage: Her Grandr is used against the Rider card to show how high the Magic Resistance of the Cards is.
  • Work Off the Debt: After blowing all her gems thanks to her Destructive Saviour tendencies and competing with Luvia, she's left to work off the Gems she spent. She ends up working for Luvia as a maid.

    Luviagelita Edelfelt 

Luviagelita "Luvia" Edelfelt

Voiced by: Shizuka Itō (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English), Scarlet Miuller (Latin American Spanish)
Click here to see her using Magical Sapphire

Sapphire's former master, and like Rin, a mage-in-training at the Clock Tower of London. Despite being ostensibly on the same side, the fact that Luvia utterly loathes Rin makes her treat their task as a competition with the Japanese mage rather than a cooperative mission. She's proud, snooty, and very very rich, all things that infuriate Rin to no end. However underneath all this she does keep a sensitive side, though it's likely no one but Miyu has been able to witness it. After she lost her contract with Sapphire to Miyu, Luvia took Miyu in and decided to mentor her.

In a bit of irony, in the mainline stay night, she and Rin are distant cousins, but with the changes to the nature of the Grail War in Prisma Illya, it begs to be seen whether this is still the case.

  • Ascended Extra: Having been mentioned in Fate/hollow ataraxia in passing as Rin's bitter enemy, she has much larger role in this series.
  • Big Fancy House: And one that Sella observed was built from the ground up over the course of one day.
    Illya: Weren't there a row of normal houses here this morning?!?
  • Big Sister Instinct: Miyu is her little sister. Regardless of what lurks in Miyu's past, she is part of the Edelfelt family now and so Luvia will hug her, protect her and support her.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In 3rei. Much like Rin, Luvia mindlessly serves the Ainsworths as a maid through Angelica's manipulations.
  • Buxom Beauty Standard: She is much bustier than Rin, which sparks Rin's jealousy.
    Illya: [at seeing them in a bust-emphasized maid outfit] Whoa... what a difference...
  • Butt-Monkey: Alongside Rin. Most frequently during battles.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • To Miyu. She provides for her education, clothes, and house, in addition to mentoring her.
    • She also seeks to be this to Illya, hoping it will help her get with Shirou.
  • Die or Fly: Her first attempt to teach Miyu to fly has her drop her out of a Helicopter. It doesn't work.
  • Fiction 500: She's rich enough to build a giant mansion in the middle of a Japanese suburb in a matter of few days, give Miyu a credit card with enough money to buy an entire shopping mall empty on a whim and throw around hundreds of her extremely expensive magical gemstones without feeling any financial blowback.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She likes making life miserable for Rin and generally treats anyone else with a measure of condescension. On the other hand, Luvia is noticeably more polite and considerate towards Illya and Miyu.
  • Little Bit Beastly: When using Magical Sapphire, she gains dog ears and a dog's tail. This mirrors how Rin becomes a Cat Girl as Kaleido Ruby, and it also alludes to how the two of them fight like cats and dogs.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Despite how long she's known Rin, she doesn't know Sakura is her little sister. This makes her routinely confused at how Rin knows so much about Miyuverse Sakura's abilities.
  • Love at First Sight: Just like Rin, Luvia fell for Shirou after seeing him trying to pole vault as a child.
  • Magical Girl: Like Rin, she was one before Magical Sapphire switched her for Miyu.
  • Mentor Archetype: She becomes this to Miyu after Sapphire chooses her to be a Magical Girl.
  • Nouveau Riche: She isn't one, but Rin occasionally calls her "new money" as an insult due to how frequently and arrogantly she flaunts her wealth.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: She really likes giving a smug "Ohohohoho".
  • Ojou: She exhibits all the characteristics of one. Living in a Big Fancy House with tons of money that she's all too willing to use to get her way, and even Ojou Ringlets.
  • Privileged Rival: She is once again this to Rin. A factor of their rivalry is that Luvia is wealthy enough to spam Jewel Magic as much as she wants, where as Rin needs to be careful not to bankrupt herself from over using them.
  • Rich Bitch: She's not really a bitch, but qualifies since she looks down on people because of her money and pedigree. Especially towards Rin. Downplayed or nonexistent with Miyu and Illya.
  • The Rival: To Rin. Both in magic and love, which is just two of the things that they constantly squabble over.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: When she feels it is necessary, Luvia will use this to help Miyu and Illya.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Just like in the main series, she acts this way around Shirou.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: For all their showing of supposed hatred, Rin and Luvia constantly seem to work together and support each other when they really need to. And then go back to being at each other's throats.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Rin have essentially become this by 3rei, with their arguments being less frequent and less intense than they've been in the past. The situation becoming more serious than before helps.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: In any continuity, Luvia is still an expert at catch-as-catch-can wrestling. She even defeats Assassin Shinji with a classic German suplex (albeit in a non-canon Gag Reel).

    Bazett Fraga McRemitz 

Bazett Fraga McRemitz

Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese), Kaytha Coker (English)

The strongest enforcer of the Mage Association, and the original agent assigned to retrieve the Class Cards, before Zelretch intervened. Despite being a normal human, she possesses a strength rivaling that of the Cards' manifested Heroic Spirits.

She appears midway into 2wei, trying to take back the cards that both Rin and Luvia had collected at that point. It is during this encounter that she reveals just how powerful she is, as she takes out most of the main cast very handily. It is only after the revelation that there's an eighth card slumbering in the city that she is forced to retreat, and eventually ally with Illya and her friends to deal with the new threat.

  • Adaptational Badass: In her original story, while she is noted to be a Sealing Designation Enforcer, her prowess verges more on Informed Ability due to the story's circumstances. Here though, we get to see Bazett in top form, and she's just as scary as advertised; even if they're less dangerous than real Servants, Class Cards are not something a lone human should be brawling with, but it doesn't stop Bazett from taking down two of them before the events of the story.
  • The Berserker: She is compared to THE Berserker in-series. She is also compared to classical berserkers when she charges through Gilgamesh's Storm of Blades and rips his heart out.
  • The Big Guy: She's worse at using Magecraft than Rin and Luvia, but she's by far the most capable physical combatant in Illya's group. And this is canon. Her acts in Prisma Illya include tanking Bellerophon, beating down the rest of the group, killing the Archer and Lancer cards alone, and gouging out Gilgamesh's heart. In 3rei, she pierces Beatrice's heart with Fragarach.
  • Boyish Short Hair: As you can see in her picture, her hair is short and she's a very masculine woman.
  • Cardboard Box Home: Lives under one after getting her assets seized. Doesn't seem to bother her though.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: Tore down Luvia's mansion and ripped a two meter chunk out of her front lawn with her bare hands alone.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Lets just say that what passes for common sense for this version of Bazett doesn't apply for everyone else.
    Illya, Miyu, and Chloe: Something seems to be wrong with this person!
  • The Comically Serious: She sells ice pops with the same fervor that she has in battle. Heck, each part-time job she does later on has her with this same, serious, and deadpan fervor, and the result each time is hilarious.
  • Counter-Attack: Her Mystic Code and Noble Phantasm Fragarach: Gouging Sword of the War God. It works on a similar principle as Gae Bolg, but is defensive in nature, making it less effective against an enemy who isn't using their strongest attack. When used against Rider!Miyu's Bellerophon it strikes the heart of the Pegasus, instead of the attacker, the reason being that Miyu is only channeling Rider instead of being an actual Heroic Spirit.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She's first introduced defeating Luvia and her butler Auguste with ease, and when Illya and Chloe show up to investigate what's happening, Bazett gives them a similar beating. It takes Miyu riding Bellerophon to at least even the playing field, and then a carefully planned Master-Slave binding spell, as well as the revelation of a hidden 8th card, to convince her to temporarily call a truce.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: She knows the heroes don't stand a chance and makes it clear that if they just hand over the cards nobody has to get hurt.
  • Dumb Muscle: Rin and Luvia call her such because of the brutish way she approaches every problem and how gullible she is to the tricks they pull on her.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Once it's revealed that there's an eighth card lurking in Fuyuki, she backs off her attack, decides to reach a compromise with the others, and later helps them in their effort to retrieve it.
    • Later, she teams up with Team Illya in 3rei, where they have to rescue Miyu in the alternate world ruled by the Ainsworths.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Unlike traditional mages like Luvia or Rin, the most magecraft we see from Bazett is her empowering herself with runes and utilizing her Mystic Code. Most of her fights are won by punching the hell out of the opposition. Despite that, she was the one who beat the Archer and Lancer cards without outside assistance.
  • Hero Insurance: Averted; Mage's Association has no intention of covering the cost of property damage that her rampage has caused, and unlike Luvia, she doesn't have the finances to cover such things, causing her to become homeless and having to work menial labor to cover the costs.
  • Hot-Blooded: It doesen't matter if it's fighting for the Mage's Association, serving as a maid or selling ice cream, she will do it with extreme passion. She's often so passionate in fact, that in menial labour, she just scares away her customers because she shouts at them so hard.
  • The Juggernaut: Just about every opponent she's faced (even Gilgamesh!) has been unable to do jack against her unstoppable fighting style. That is, until Darius enters the scene and flattens her, Chloe and Illya without much effort.
  • Kung Fu-Proof Mook: Fragarach renders her immune to Finishing Moves, to the point of rewinding time to kill the user before they can even pull it off.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She goes broke from having to pay for destroying Luvia's manor and is forced to take odd jobs to pay up.
  • Leitmotif: "Kanojo to no Kaikou", her battle theme.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Trying to play one ultimately bites her in the ass, as just storming into Luvia's mansion and declaring "Hand over the cards or I'll take them by force" while refusing to talk means she doesn't hear about the eighth card until she nearly killed the only people who know where it is, as well as destroying Luvia's mansion, which results in her getting saddled with the repair costs and going broke.
  • Not So Stoic: She actually gets embarrassed when she is tricked into wearing a frilly dress that Luvia usually wears.
  • Power Glows: Her fists and feet glow green when she's charging them with magical power for a finishing strike or an exchange of blows with a high-powered opponent.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Under orders from another faction in the Mage Association to finish the job of retrieving the Class Cards. Once they become allies, she's a pretty nice person, if a little rough around the edges.
  • Synchronization: Gets subjected to the same Master-Slave binding spell that Rin used on Chloe to tie her to Illya. Though she claims it doesn't stop her — she is still ready to just beat Illya half to death, while her own stamina would keep her conscious. Later, she found a certain nun who can cancel such magic and had the curse removed.
  • Take Our Word for It: We don't see what happens when Ruby unintentionally uses her simulation mode on Bazett in one of the 2wei! specials, but apparently Bazett's Magical Girl form is something so horrifying for Ruby, that she became genuinely sick from seeing it.
  • The Worf Effect: Bazett's introduction is her completely thrashing all the heroines at once to establish her threat level. Unfortunately for her, every fight after that pits her up against something far more monstrous than the Class Card Servants everyone is used to fighting — the Eighth Card is only the first.
  • Work Off the Debt: After damaging Luvia's mansion, she's billed for it and forced to pay for it herself.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Justified, since she recognizes that if Illya and Kuro are involved with Rin and Luvia they're clearly not ordinary children. Of course, she's Just Following Orders, and later chews out Rin for getting children involved in deadly business in the first place.

The Cards

    In General 
The physical form and corrupted manifestations of the Class Cards. Each one represents the Heroic Spirit of their source, and being the method of fighting Holy Grail Wars in Miyu's world.

Tropes Associated with all of the Cards:

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: They're this continuity's version of Blackened Servants. Each Heroic Spirit has their personality suppressed and replaced with a single-minded desire to obtain the Holy Grail, but they still retain their skills and combat ability unlike someone with Mad Enhancement. Their lack of an ego makes them less powerful (and thus possible to defeat), but much more violent.
  • Degraded Boss: They're not true Servants like those summoned in the stay night continuity, but more like diminished versions. They're still horribly destructive, but unlike the real things they can be defeated through mortal means.
  • Discard and Draw: Pun aside, some of them seem to have different powers to compensate for their lowered stats. Saber has an Anti-Magic barrier on top of her magic resistance. Shinji's Assassin can make a giant Flesh Golem instead of summoning an actual demon and Lancer can turn into a werewolf. It's also shown that they can change classes.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Miyu uses her power as the Holy Grail to summon Lancer, Rider, Caster, Saber, Assassin, Berserker, and Archer against Darius. It also marks the first time in the series where proper servants with their personalities intact are summoned instead of just manifestations of the Class Cards.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Every Heroic Spirit appears as an Alter variant.
  • Killed Off for Real: In 3rei, most of them are eventually destroyed one by one. At the time of writing, only Gilgamesh's and Lancelot's cards remain.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: When a Heroic Spirit is defeated, the space it resided in collapses, returning the girls back to the real world.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: All of the manifested Heroic Sprits, except the second Archer card and the Berserker card have masks.
  • Mirror World: Each card exists in an alternate plane that can be entered using the Kaleidosticks.
  • Public Domain Character: Like the Servant's they're based on, they are mostly based on famous heroes from legends and history.
  • Reforged into a Minion: The true purpose of the Class Cards is not to summon a Heroic Spirit, but to bind them so the Card's owners can use their power for themselves, rather than having to negotiate or contract with the Heroic Spirit properly.


Rider (Medusa the Gorgon)

The first Card fought by Illya and retrieved by Miyu. Using Berserker's Succession Inheritance, Illya can use the monstrous version of Medusa, the Gorgon.

This card grants the bridle to summon and control Medusa's Pegasus, as well as her petrifying Mystic Eyes.

  • Fragile Speedster: She's quick, but even Illya's basic attacks are enough to hurt her.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her Berserker Succession is Gorgon, the monster form of Medusa. Her Install allows Illya to physically match Beatrice's Thor Install.
  • Nonindicative Name: Her class card is Rider, but she spends her entire battle on foot and is never shown riding anything.
  • No-Sell: Thanks to her Rank B Magic Resistance, most magic attacks won't work on her.
  • Pegasus: Summoned with Bellerophon to rams an enemy with the speed of a comet.
  • Taken for Granite: Rider Class Card user can petrify their opponent with Medusa's Mystic Eyes.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Bellerophon is one. She attempts to use it on Illya and Rin, but Miyu pierces her heart with Gae Bolg before she can.


Caster (Medea the Witch)

The second Card fought by Illya and Miyu. She can fire massive barrages of magical artillery, in addition to several other magic-based attacks.

This Class Card grants the magical knowledge of magic from the Age of Gods, the High-Speed Divine Words skill, and the magic-canceling dagger, Rule Breaker.

  • Anti-Magic: Her Noble Phantasm Rule breaker. Illya uses it to undo Julian's disguise in 3rei.
  • Early-Bird Boss: Caster's heavily fortified arena presents far more of a challenge than Rider, and convinces Rin and Luvia that they and their "apprentices" will have to work together to collect the Class Cards. Illya and Miyu learn to trust each other and work as a team, playing off each others' strengths, and their friendship blossoms from taking on the ordeal together. Everyone establishes their skillset, and things start to come together. Then Saber shows up.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Wearing a slitted dress and able to cast massive magical artillery.
  • Squishy Wizard: She's vulnerable without her magical shields.
  • Teleportation: Like in Stay/Night, her use of teleportation is a major reason she is such a threat.


Saber (King Arthur)
Click here to see her without her armor

The manifestation of the Saber Card. She shares a plane with Caster and is fought immediately by Illya's party after the former is defeated.

She's covered within a dense mist of mana that protects her from magical attacks and her sword is capable of firing waves of black energy. This Class Card grants the magical defense of King Arthur and the legendary sword Excalibur.

In Miyu's world, the Saber Card was used by Zachary Ainsworth.

  • Anti-Magic: She has very high resistance to magic, owing to her Class. She is also covered by a mana barrier that deflects spells.
  • Black Swords Are Better: She wields a red-and-black version of Excalibur.
  • Mighty Glacier: She's a fair bit slower than Berserker and Rider, but she is extremely resistant against magical attacks and her sword beams can ignore magical protections.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • She is directly based on Saber Alter. Even better, she faces off against Archer Illya, in a parallel to Shirou and Saber Alter's Duel to the Death in Heaven's Feel's fan-favorite Sparks Liner High ending.
    • Illya's version of Saber Install clad her in Saber Lily's outfit.
    • Zachary's version of Saber Install grants him the appearance of male King Arthur from Fate/Prototype, with his helmet-clad appearance from a concept illustration.
  • Sword Beam: Her sword, Excalibur, can fire a massive red-and-black blast of energy. Zachary's version is the signature golden beam instead.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Unlike the first two class cards, who go down rather quickly, Saber proves to be a much more formidable foe, down to taking down Rin, Luvia, and Miyu at one point.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Excalibur's actual ability. The Excaliblasts are weaker versions of the normal ability.


Assassin (Hassan-i-Sabbah)

The fourth Card fought by Illya's group. The Assassin Card is split up between many different individual Assassins, but each share the same skull-shaped mask and general appearance. Individually, each Assassin is relatively weak, enough so that Luvia and Rin can injure them. However, they fight by employing poisoned weapons and overwhelming odds against Illya's group.

Assassin Class Card grants the user any of the 19 Hassan-i-Sabbah candidates of the Hashashin guild and their signature skill, Zabaniya.

In Miyu's world, the Assassin Class Card was used by Shinji Matou, corresponding to the Cursed Arm Hassan.

  • All Your Powers Combined: According to Word of God, the Assassin Card corresponds to all Hassan-i-Sabbah, granting a single power-set per user. Its manifested form is Hundred-Faced Hassan. Illya's install also gets Hundred-Faced Hassan, Shinji gets Cursed Arm Hassan, and Miyu gets Hassan of Serenity. This means if the user is lucky, they can Install the first and last Hassan, the Angel of Death himself.
  • Composite Character: A combination between Zero Assassin, Prototype Assassin and True Assassin.
  • Mythology Gag: Miyu's version of Assassin Install is Hassan of Serenity from Fate/Prototype Fragments.
  • Poisonous Person: Naturally, Serenity is this.
  • Poisoned Weapons: His darts. Miyu's Install also comes with Serenity's poisonous body.
  • Shout-Out: These Assassins' masks look like the bone masks from Bleach.
  • Self-Duplication: He can create duplicates of himself through his Noble Phantasm. Illya gains the same ability when she installs the Assassin Card.
  • Stealth Expert: Being Assassin and all, being good at stealth attacks comes with the territory.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Chloe states the card is so weak that Illya's basic Kaleid Trance, even post-De-power, is still stronger than Assassin Install. But even so, its stealth abilities come in handy.
  • Zerg Rush: Attacks with dozens of weak "copies" of itself.


Berserker (Heracles)

The manifestation of the Berserker Card and the last Card fought. His Noble Phantasm allows him to resurrect a set number of times, granting him immunity to what killed him in the process.

Beside that, Berserker Class Card has an ability called "Succession" that grants "Berserker-like" property and power to each Class Card installed after Berserker, empowering them. Berserker Class Card also comes with one-time resurrection, but after that the Card is automatically ejected from the user.

In Miyu's world, the Berserker card was used by Beatrice Flowerchild.


Archer (Heroic Spirit EMIYA)
Click here to see his proper form

A bowman clad in red who's defeated by Bazett before the story begins. He only makes appearances in a flashback in 2wei and in a short exposition in 3rei. This card grants an ability to use Projection Magic and a field of blades.

Sakura from Miyu's world had originally sought to bring the Archer Card to Shirou so he could help her sister, but was unaware that Julian tricked her with a "fake" card unconnected to any Heroic Spirit (since the Archer of the war, Gilgamesh, was already taken). Despite this, a Heroic Spirit answered Shirou's plea through the card anyway, an alternate version of himself from another world where he became an Ally of Justice.

  • Alternate Self: He's one to Miyu's version of Shirou Emiya, as he explains in his exposition.
    "Heroic Spirit EMIYA. From the distant future of a different world was another me who became a Heroic Spirit. Forming a pact with the earth and becoming a guardian of humanity, he followed through with the justice that Kiritsugu and I idealized."
  • Bow and Sword in Accord: He uses his bow against Bazett before engaging her in melee combat.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields two curved blades, Kanshou and Bakuya.
  • Future Badass: It's revealed fairly late in 3rei that his identity belongs to that of Heroic Spirit EMIYA, a parallel version of Shirou Emiya who contracted with the world and became a Counter Guardian.
  • I Hate Past Me: Averted. He is the only Heroic Spirit that responded to Shirou's request for help. Similar to the Heaven's Feel route in stay night, Archer supports Shirou with his powers, as Shirou gives up his ideals and only intends to save the people he truly cares about, which in his world is Miyu.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He can fire his bow with near perfect accuracy... while falling.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • His manifested form looks a lot like Avenger.
    • Shirou's Archer Install combines the aspect of EMIYA, Avenger, and the Craft Essence Limit / Zero Over from Fate/Grand Order.
  • Nonindicative Name: His class card is Archer, but he has the power to manifest swords out of thin air.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He and his Card have very few appearances in the story. However, by responding to Shirou's summoning, he allows him to fight back and, ultimately, set the story in motion.
  • Spanner in the Works: His card was supposed to be a 'junk' card with the pretense that the card was supposed to be Gilgamesh, that was given to Sakura, who tried to use it to fight Shinji. Miyu's version of Shirou got a hold of it, and asked for help from the Throne of Heroes out of desperation. EMIYA answered the call despite having a rather infamous loathing of his past selves. By doing so, he allows Shirou to derail Julian's plans.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: He can create swords out of thin air.
  • Storm of Blades: One of his attacks involves creating several swords and firing them at his target.
  • Trick Arrow: As shown with Chloe and Bazett's flashback, the arrows that Archer fire explode.
  • The Unfought: Like Lancer, he's killed off-screen by Bazett before the story starts.


Lancer (Cu Chulainn)

The other of the two Cards defeated before the story begins. Like Archer, Lancer only makes an appearance in a flashback.

This card grants the Noble Phantasm Gae Bolg.

  • Always Accurate Attack: Gae Bolg will always target someone's heart without fail.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The cards Noble Phantasm is what Miyu used to finish off the Rider and Caster cards. They would have been far more difficult otherwise.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: After the Saber card appears and Illiya suggests using Lancers Noble Phantasm against it, Miyu notes that the card needs to recharge before she can use it again.
  • One-Hit Kill: Gae Bolg can instant kill enemy by reversing cause and effect.
  • Mythology Gag: He resembles his Fate/Prototype self, with a fur collar to emphasize being more of a hunter than a combatant. Also literally as his powerset includes becoming a werewolf, since he is the "dog of Culann" This also brings to mind Warp Spasm.
  • Tron Lines: His bodysuit is covered in them, bringing to mind his Fate/EXTRA self.
  • The Unfought: He's killed off-screen by Bazett before the series even begins.

    The Eighth Card (SPOILER) 

Archer (Gilgamesh)

Voiced by: Aya Endo (Japanese), Chelsea Ryan McCurdy (english)

The King of Heroes... not quite as you may remember him from previous Fate installments unless you've read Fate/hollow ataraxia. He initially shows up as yet another corrupted Servant seeking the Holy Grail, but unlike the rest some of his ego remains intact... which Illya inadvertently separates from his corrupted self, half-incarnating him in a younger form. He becomes one of Illya's main allies in 3rei, seemingly out of annoyance for the Ainsworth's stealing most of his treasury.

Gilgamesh's card grants the user the Gate of Babylon, a Hyperspace Arsenal containing prototype Noble Phantasms from all around the world, the Chain of Heaven that can bind divine enemies, and the Sword of Separation, Ea. But you must contain the King of Heroes' ego, lest the Card controls you instead.

His Class Card is Archer, and possessed by Angelica Ainsworth.

  • Adaptational Wimp: Zigzagged. As a consequence of being bound to a Class Card, he is less powerful than normal — not that this is saying much since circumstances conspire to re-empower him anyway, but even the monstrous form he takes is beatable. It's played straighter when he is separated from his Class Card post-incarnation, depriving him of most of his treasures until he retrieves it.
  • All Your Powers Combined: As always, he brings Gate of Babylon with him. And with it, every Noble Phantasm that originated on earth.
  • Badass Adorable: He's still incredibly powerful even after being reduced to a cute kid, going toe-to-toe with numerous Ainsworth servants and being noticeably less arrogant.
  • Berserk Button: Like Fate/stay night, use his Noble Phantasms against him and he will let you know how angry he is. Especially Enkidu; he was at least slightly amused at Angelica using his own techniques against him, but once Enkidu hit the field, he made it very clear she was going to suffer.
  • BFS: He holds a massive sword in his vault. Illya manages to break it and it remains broken after its second appearance. Naturally, as he owns every weapon ever comprehended by man and then some, he has a figuratively infinite number of giant swords.
  • Brought Down to Badass: He has several instances of De-power in effect in this series: he's the equivalent of a Blackened Servant, he becomes half-incarnated into younger form, and after the final battle of 2wei he's lost most of his treasury. It all does little to detract from the fact that he's goddamn Gilgamesh and spends the majority of his fight scenes stomping the enemy instead of getting stomped himself.
  • Chain Pain: Is even more proficient with Enkidu than his mainstream counterpart, trapping Angelica in a sphere made from chains before attempting to skewer her. When she breaks out of that he then wraps Enkidu around the dozens of weapons she summons before throwing them back at her.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Not intentionally though. Tanaka goads Gilgamesh into saving Illya after Miyu's world is wiped out, wanting him to see what this unfortunate little girl would do at the end of the world. Gilgamesh grants Illya one wish to that end, whatever she wants — and she simply asks him to help her fix this mess. Tanaka wanted to show Gilgamesh that even faced with the world's end, Illya hasn't given up, and with his "wish" he's effectively shot his own neutrality and joined her side in earnest. He admits it was well played.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: As terrifying as it is, the black monster form is still a Class Card Servant, which means all of its Parameters are a grade or two lower than normal. Because of this, even with Gilgamesh's rational side controlling it, Illya managed to overpower his ultimate Noble Phantasm.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His very first appearance, to everyone,is such a thorugh crushing victory, that they all rule out trying to fight him again. Only Bazett manages to be a cushion.
  • Demonic Possession: Gilgamesh explains due to his ego, if someone doesn't use his card correctly when installing it, the card can take that person over. This nearly happened to Miyu.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: In chapter 66 of 3rei, Gil starts arguing with Ruby about time travel. Mind you, Ruby is a Mystic Code created by the Wizard Marshal of the Kaleidoscope, meaning that if there is one person who understands how time travel works in Nasuverse, she would be it.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Becoming an ally of the team entails being separated from his corrupted card, which causes him to lose most of his treasures to Angelica.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Ea, the only known Anti-World Noble Phantasm with which he blows up the Mirror World. Keep in mind that it's world as in the concept and not specifically a planet buster.
  • Easily Forgiven: Thanks to his A+ Charisma, he convinces Illya to forgive him for trying to kill her and everyone she cares about.
  • Empathic Weapon: His ego is so strong that his card takes over the mind of the user if they aren't using it correctly.
  • Evil Laugh: Seemingly the one remnant of his personality.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His eyes become sharper and he slicks his hair upward in a manner reminiscent of his original Fate/stay night counterpart when he starts getting serious.
  • Eye Take: Gets one in Drei Chapter 27, complete with Stunned Silence, after Illya assumes her Super Mode and breaks Ig-Alima in half. It's about the only time he ever loses his composure.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Averted. Due to his madness, he is finally able to overlook his pride and thus, goes all-out. Illya's saving grace is that said madness makes him weaker than usual.
    • Also averted by his younger self. He uses the entirety of his armory rather than just spamming the usual Storm of Blades.
  • Fiction 500: Like his mainstream counterpart, little Gil has a virtually endless supply of wealth, paying for Illya's and Tanaka's meal by tossing a gold bar on the table as if it were pocket change.
    Gilgamesh: [pulls out another bar of gold] I'm really enjoying modern life. It helps that the value of gold doesn't seem to have changed much in this day and age!
  • Healing Factor: Unlike his other incarnations, this one is perfectly willing to use counters to people who manage to charge through his attacks and hit him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After his black half is destroyed, his younger self decides to join Illya out of boredom.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Dares complain when Illya reminds him that he lost to her, because the winner shouldn't rub their victory in the loser's face. See every single one of his other appearances.
    • He tells Angelica to be less cocky when using his card.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: While significantly less egotistic than the F/SN version, he hints a few times how he feels that he's a shadow of his former self that doesn't measure up to his legend.
  • Irony: He kills Illya in Fate/stay night by ripping out her heart; here, Bazett does this to him instead, although the latter doesn't stick.
  • Ironic Nickname: "The Eighth Card" becomes this in hindsight once the origin of the Class Cards is revealed. Archer Gilgamesh was one of the original seven cards used in the Ainzworth Holy Grail War, and the 'junk Archer card' Julius created was the extra. It'd be more accurate to call EMIYA the Eighth Card.
  • It Amused Me: Joins Illya in her quest to save Miyu because he's bored and taking on the creators of the Holy Grail War sounds "fun". Then tells Julian he needs Illya to grant his wish because he wants to see how things play out. And then after Darius destroys the entire world, he saves Illya and further agrees to grant her whatever single wish she desires because he's interested to see how she'll react to a Despair Event Horizon.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Immediately high-tails it when once Angelica begins installing five Class Cards on top of his own, knowing that even he can't take that much firepower on with only a fraction of his treasury.
  • Literal Split Personality: Due to Gilgamesh's ego persisting, the "man" himself and the Class Card Servant become different entities after Illya unwittingly separates the two. Part of his reasons for joining Illya in 3rei!! is to correct this.
  • Mister Exposition: Once Gil reappears in 3rei, he tends to be the only ally with an inkling of what's going on in the Ainzworth's world, so he tends to be the one everyone asks for information. Much to his chagrin, because he's not as knowledgeable as he'd like — he eventually has to point out that his knowledge only goes back as far as when he was first bound to his Class Card, leaving the Ainsworth's ultimate goals a mystery even to him.
  • Mythology Gag: Gil's child form first appeared in Fate/hollow ataraxia after he drank a potion of youth to escape boredom.
  • Naked First Impression: After Illya frees him from his dark incarnation, he's completely naked and teases her over her embarrassed reaction.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He is the closest thing to a proper Servant to appear in the story. Even though his abilities are weakened from being incarnated in his younger form and having his treasury split in two, he's skilled enough that he can easily subdue Class Card users on his own, he manages to piece together the main antagonist's plan long before anyone else does, and he ends up being one of the few people to survive the end of the world. In a series where the protagonists have to struggle to beat mindless Shadow Servants, just being a Shadow Servant who can think puts him above most of the cast.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: He might be much friendlier than his Jerkass adult self, but he's still Gilgamesh. He couldn't care less about saving the dying planet or Miyu; he's here to take back his Card.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts like the cute, happy-go-lucky kid he appears to be. Makes it easy to forget he is still the ancient God-King of Babylon, one-time possessor of all of mankind's treasures and knowledge. He spends most of 3rei lounging around, using his resources and knowledge of events in the alternate world to steer the heroes in the right direction.
  • One-Winged Angel: His black half transforms into a massive, black monster after tapping into the power of the mana circuit. He then assumes control of it to fight Illya. This is the climatic fight of 2wei
  • Opt Out: Once he got his card back, he decided to see where things were going from the sidelines.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: To a whole new level from usual. Gilgamesh's Class Card had the misfortune of landing right inside Fuyuki's magical ley line, which he uses to break out of the Mirror World and then lay claim to the Great Cavern's mana circuit to gain even more power. The monster that results could've wiped Fuyuki City off the map if it had been allowed to rampage.
  • Power Limiter: His full strength hasn't been used since he was separated from his card.
  • Power of the Void: The incarnation of his corrupt form is covered in black prana and emits a smoky black-and-red haze, making it similar to Angra Mainyu. It even produces a cursed muck that Gilgamesh warns will probably kill those exposed.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves the group after he steals back his card, expressing amusement at how Julian is going to use his wish to save the world.
    • The Bus Came Back: He saves Illya after the world ends and rejoins her alongside Tanaka.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: He doesn't care about being seen naked, because his body is physically perfect so he has no reason to want to hide it.
  • Storm of Blades: Gate of Babylon, as usual.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: He doesn't take it well when Enkidu is used against him.
    Gilgamesh: So, it turns out that I laugh when I'm angry. Don't go using my friend as you please, MONGREL!
  • Too Kinky to Torture: When Illya lands with her hand on his crotch and gives it a few squeezes, not realizing what she's holding, he finds it amusing.
  • Too Awesome to Use: He possesses a Noble Phantasm called Sha Naqba Imuru that gives him highly potent clairvoyance abilities. The thing is, he finds the idea of knowing everything to the world's end to be boring, so he suppresses the Noble Phantasm the best he can, even if it still ends up leaking info to him.
    Gilgamesh: There is truly nothing more boring than the Light. That's precisely why... I long for the darkness(unexpected).
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Almost literally, after his black half is destroyed.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Unlike the other Heroic Spirits dragged through the mud of Pandora's Box, Gilgamesh's ego was too strong to fully suppress. The only reason his Blackened version even exists is because of the massive amount of mana it accumulated by landing in the ley line, and this doesn't stop Gil post-incarnation from taking control of it.
  • Tranquil Fury: Don’t let the fact that he’s smiling during his battle with Angelica confuse you. He’s PISSED at her daring to use his friend Enkidu against him.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His Enuma Elish used on Illya makes a rift in reality, which unfortunately lead to Miyu's original world — and, by extension, the Ainsworth family who destroyed Miyu's life and tried to turn her into the Holy Grail. They waste no time recapturing her. This sets up the events of 3rei.
  • Villain Respect: He considers Darius' plan and end goal to be worthy of his praise, and considers Darius' sheer arrogance about it to rival the gods.
  • Walking Spoiler: Not only does he show up very late into 2wei as the final opponent, but he also becomes a protagonist in 3rei, accompanying Illya in her quest to save Miyu from the Ainsworths.
  • Wave Motion Sword: In addition to Ea, the one that appears most is Sul-Sagana, a massive sword almost as large as Ig-Alima.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Subverted. It looks like he's calling Illya out on her carelessness and willingness to lead people into a suicidal quest... but it turns out he's listing the reasons why it sounds fun.
  • Wild Card: Sweet talks his way onto Illya's team to take back his Card from the Ainsworths. Though his other half in the Card would have slaughtered them all for such a grievous offense, once he retrieves his Card he instead advises Julian that he'll need Illya to grant his wish before vanishing to watch how the story plays out.
  • Worthy Opponent: Decides that Illya is worthy of facing Enuma Elish when she combines the two wands and risks her own death for her friends.

    The Second Berserker 

Berserker ("Thor")

The Nordic God of Thunder, equipped with the mighty hammer Mjölnir and the gauntlet Járngreipr. It is in Beatrice Ainsworth's possession.

  • Mistaken Identity: Due to being so similar to his father, it is easy for others to assume that he is Thor and try to apply the weakness of being poisoned and retreating nine steps that felled his father.
  • Original Generation: Unlike every other Class Card so far, Thor (and Magni by extension) is not sampled from other Fate entries. PRISMA☆ILLYA marks the first time Thor's mythos has been used in the series.
  • Shock and Awe: Well, this is Thor. Mjölnir has an ability to summon thunderstorms, and empowered by thunder.
  • Super-Strength: He naturally has the strength to lift Mjölnir all by himself due to his Giant heritage. Averted in the case of the belt: The belt Megingjörð in legend both in-and-out of universe doubles the wearer's strength. However, it turns out the belt does nothing; it's just a old belt.
  • Resistant to Magic: Thor's massive right arm not only wields Mjölnir, but is covered in a magic-resistant armor. Later Double Serverted after the armor is destroyed and the Class Card is revealed to be Magni. The magic resistance is a property of Magni himself and the armor was lessening it; once the half-giant's arm is freed, the resistance becomes straight up Anti-Magic.
  • Scissors Cuts Rock: The Berserker class is characterized by granting overpowering strength at the cost of everything else, leaving them especially vulnerable to magic cast from a distance, something Illya tries to capitalize on with Caster Install. Unfortunately, Thor is an exception that has incredible magic resistance. Caster Illya did not win that fight.
  • Simple Solution Won't Work: Rin and Illya get crafty to deal with Thor by invoking his conceptual weakness, replicating how he died in myth: poison and nine steps backwards. It fails because it's not really Thor, but his son, Magni. Even worse is that Magni had no recorded death, not even from Ragnarok, so he has no conceptual weakness whatsoever; the only way to stop Magni is to beat him in a straight fight.
  • Superior Successor: The Install's Heroic Spirit, Magni, compared to his father, Thor. Magni and his half-brother both inherited Thor's powers when they found Mjölnir after Ragnarok, but Magni had the strength to lift the hammer by himself because of his giant heritage; a feat that even Thor himself needed both the belt Megingjörð and the protective gauntlet Járngreipr to replicate. And Beatrice gets both of these along with Magni's innate strengthnote . On top of that, Magni also inherited Thor's Divine Core, which allows Beatrice to survive a lethal strike and then instantly come back to life because she has both Thor's and Magni's Divine Cores. Also unlike Thor who has a conceptual weakness to being poisoned then dying after taking nine paces backwards, Magni has no such thing; he survived Ragnarok and thus has no recorded death, and thus no conceptual weakness to exploit. And as if it weren't powerful enough already, Magni has incredible magic resistance that can even shut down Mystic Eyes, so the only way to fight it is to brawl with it head-on — yes, fighting a Berserker head-on. Good luck Illya, you'll need it.
  • Thunder Hammer: It wouldn't be Thor without mighty Mjolnir.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Mjölnir is an insanely powerful weapon. Massive in size and hits twice as hard, can be thrown as a projectile, and can shoot lightning and be charged with it to enhance attacks. Its first true name release was able to easily counter five A-ranked spells from the Age of Gods and its second stage was three times as powerful and possessed immense range. Contained within it is Thor's Divine Core, which is a conceptual defense that allows its user to survive a lethal attack by making the Divine Core take the hit in their place. Its final stage, Mjölnir Ragnarök, causes the surrounding area to be sent back to the Age of Gods and recreates Ragnarök itself. This renders all modern laws, be it magecraft, technology or even the laws of physics inoperable while it shoots out bursts of lightning wildly; the only magecraft that can be used are spells from the Age of Gods, such as Bazett's runes. What's the catch? Mjölnir takes your memories as compensation, resulting in them being slowly erased with each use and the activation of the final Noble Phantasm wipes out the memories of the wielder's entire lifetime This gets subverted afterwards, as the Rider Install returns the wielder's memories, even ones that shouldn't exist anymore due to reality changing.
  • Wham Line: The revelation of his true identity is delivered via dialogue, just in time for the heroes to realize why their strategy to defeat it failed.
    My divine core is tellin' me. Don't Retreat. Don't stop. Push forward... and other stuff like that. Retreating is unforgivable. Just... go forward. Go forward, GO FORWARD! That's what my dad told me..!

    The Third Berserker 

Berserker (Lancelot du Lac)

One of the fabled Knights of the Round Table, also known as "The Knight of the Lake". This card is used by a Julian-controlled Sakura Matou.

  • The Berserker: The third one to appear no less.
  • Continuity Nod: Sakura getting the Lancelot card is quite fitting, considering it is the Servant her uncle Kariya used to try and save her from the Fourth Grail war.
  • Dark Is Evil: The install grants its users black armor, while also giving them the Mad Enhancement that every other Berserker comes with.
  • Improvised Weapon: Anything the Lancelot card user grabs a hold of becomes a Noble Phantasm, like a chair or a pole.
  • Instant Expert: Just like in "Zero", anything the user of Lancelot's card gets their hands on becomes a weapon and said user is given instant mastery of whatever their using as a weapon.
  • Master of All: Just like in Zero, Knight of Owner allows Lancelot's user instant mastery of anything they perceive as a weapon, like a pole or a tank.
  • Power Copying: The signature ability of Lancelot, being able to steal and copy anything it perceives as a weapon.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The armor that the card comes with is predominantly black, with shades of red throughout the head, arms, and legs. And considering its use in the series, this trope is definitely in play.
  • Super-Reflexes: Just like in Zero, the Lancelot card grants this to the user to allow them to catch their opponents weapons to use them against their opponents.

    The Second Rider (SPOILER) 

Rider (Magni)

The half-god, half-giant son of Thor and the giant Járnsaxa. While originally a Berserker Class card, it metamorphized into a Rider Class Card brought about by the resolve of its owner Beatrice.

  • Cool Horse: Magni's horse Gullfaxi: Golden Forerunner is capable of generating lightning from its body and running through the sky, and is strong enough to destroy all the giants surrounding Beatrice and Bazett in an instant.
  • Discard and Draw: It used to be a Berserker card, but changed into Rider because of Beatrice’s resolve. While Beatrice can no longer use Mjölnir, she is now able to summon Gullfaxi, which she initially couldn’t do while under the Berserker Class.
  • Heroic RRoD: Perhaps unsurprisingly, a Heroic Spirit tampering with their own Class isn't good for their Spirit Origin. The Magni Card was set on a timer as soon as it changed from Berserker to Rider; once Beatrice uses up the rest of Gullfaxi's power, the Class Card shatters.
  • Loophole Abuse: Mjölnir's lightning in Magni's previous Berserker form consumed the user's memories. Gullfaxi, a horse made of that same lightning, can hold onto those memories. It's thanks to this happy coincidence that Beatrice retains her memories of Illya despite the Ret-Gone, and uses it to help everyone else remember.
  • Shock and Awe: Even without Mjölnir, Magni has a connection to lightning due to Gullfaxi being a gift from Thor.