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     Tine Chelc 
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Indigenous Defender
The Master of Fake Archer. Tine's people are an indigenous group who had apparently kept watch over the Snowfield region for over a thousand years until in the early twentieth century where they were driven out by the government and the group of mages looking to prepare the land for the False Holy Grail War. Tine participates in the War seemingly with the intent to return her people to their rightful place. She does not have a particular wish for the Holy Grail to grant.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Appears to be the leader of her tribe despite being no older than her teens.
  • Just a Kid: In Gilgamesh's eyes, though she's respectful enough that he lets her tag along.
    Gilgamesh: You are but a child, so act like one. While you are still ignorant in the ways of the world, simply rejoice in the brilliance of my kingship.
  • Kid Sidekick: Gilgamesh sees her as one. As far as he's concerned, kids (and thus Tine) exist to follow him around and watch him be awesome.
  • Magical Native American: Powerful magus? Check. Indigenous to the land only to be driven out by the government? Check.
  • Morality Pet: To Gilgamesh.
  • Playing with Fire: She kills the Master of Archer with a humongous wall of fire.
  • Power Tattoo: Command Spell in her right hand. It came to her after killing the original Master of Archer.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Can be spelled as Tine or Tiné. The Japanese spelling is closer to the latter.
  • The Stoic: She discarded her emotions for the sake of her clan.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She isn't even a teenager and has already killed a man. The distressing thing was how calm she acted during it.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Tries hard not to show any weakness in front of her tribe and represses her own desires.
  • You Are in Command Now: Makes no pretense of trying to control her Servant and shows him genuine respect. She treats Archer as if she were a lowly peasant speaking to the most glorious king who had ever lived. This actually earns her some degree of respect from him.

     Tsubaki Kuruoka 
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The Master of Fake Rider. Tsubaki was born to East Asian magi parents in their thirties seeking for ways to further their future in the world of magecraft. They were among those who managed to take the actual machinery underlying the Fuyuki Holy Grail War system, and while there, also obtained partial knowledge on Zouken Matou's magecraft. Seeking to adapt it to their own use, they eventually reached the idea of using magically-modified bacteria to better their host and decided to use their firstborn daughter as the test subject. This deprived her of her consciousness, but her parents had long lost any interest in her as a person.


  • Abusive Parents: Tsubaki's parents only see her as their means of success in the Holy Grail War and in the world of magi; her well-being is of no concern to them as they purposely infect her with what amounts to be a magical disease that put her in a coma in the first place. Regardless, Tsubaki still loves them unconditionally in spite of their horrific treatment of her, though this is mostly because unlike, say, Zouken Matou's brutal abuse, the Kuruokas used "carefully dosified love" in order to string Tsubaki along.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Quite literally, as she winds up becoming the Master of the First Horseman of the Apocalypse.
  • Children Are Innocent: Despite being the Master to a nightmarish Servant, Tsubaki nonetheless acts and speaks like a child of her age, being sweet and also completely and innocently unaware of the War happening in the present, thanks to being in a coma. Unfortunately, this also makes it easy for a skilled monster like Karture to trick her into trusting him, giving him by proxy some control over her Rider.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: What her parents tried to do.
  • Creepy Child: Although it's not her fault.
  • Expy:
    • Of Sakura Matou, to the point that her parents' experiments on her were derived from the research of Sakura's primary abuser.
    • Also to Aro Isemi from Fate/Prototype, being a young, innocent, and bedridden heir (as a result of inhuman experimentation) to a lineage of magi and the Master of a Rider who's incredibly loyal to her.
  • Ill Girl: Lived her entire life with a magical form of meningitis and falls into a coma shortly before the beginning of the series.
  • Kid with the Leash: of the Pale Rider. While Rider responds readily to her wishes, Tsubaki is too young and lost in a comatose dream to realize her situation and exert any proper control over "him".
  • Living Battery: Her original intended role.
  • Obliviously Evil: She's unaware of being in a dream world and has no idea that her friend granting her innocent wishes like people not leaving the city, her parents being with her, or bringing in more animals, is causing havoc in the real world.

     Jester Karture 
'"Since we are both heretics in this country, letís be friends! HaÖ.Ahahahahahahahahahahaha!"'

The Master of Fake Assassin. Jester is a Dead Apostle known as the Six-Hearts Revolver who has taken interest in the Holy Grail to grant his wish. As it is his first time participating in such a battle, he researched the nature of the ritual thoroughly and plans to summon a Servant of the Assassin class. He brought ten disciples with him to Snowfield, all of whom are loyal to the point where they will face certain death to avenge their supposedly dead master. They don't appear to know of his true nature because they are shocked at his supposed demise. His original form is that of a girl.


  • Death Is Cheap: Had his heart ripped out as soon as the Beautiful Assassin was summoned, but it turns out it was only one conceptual core as a magus. Out of six.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Upon resurrecting from his supposed "death" in his introductory chapter, he starts laughing like a madman, completely entranced by Assassin's power and rambling how he's resolved to crush her faith.
  • For the Evulz: His original wish for the Holy Grail involved rousing Type Mercury from slumber so that it could destroy the world. He now has the much less omnicidal desire to break the spirit of the Beautiful Assassin.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: His Command Seal is first used to get No Name Assassin out of harm's way, and to let her know that he can make her do whatever he wants whenever he wants.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Overwhelmed by Hanza, he makes good on his escape by taking the form of a young boy to sneak past him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Infiltrates Tsubaki's dream world and figures out how to manipulate Fake Rider through her.
  • Mind Rape: The goal in his interactions with his Assassin.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Wishes to destroy the world.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: A Dead Apostle.
  • Red Baron: Six-Hearted Revolver.

     Flat Escardos 
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Most Unorthodox Magus
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (JP, Fate/Apocrypha)

'"I mean, itíd be so super-cool! Itís the Holy Grail! Hitler and Gobbles wanted it for the Third Reich! And Qin Shi Huang and Nobunaga and Godzilla all looked for it too! If it really exists, Iíve just gotta see what it looks like!"'

The Master of Fake Berserker. Flat is the eldest son of the Escardos family, a line of magi living on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It was originally hoped that he would be a magus of rare quality in terms of Magic Circuits and the talent to control them. He was thought to be a true prodigy in his childhood before his true nature was shown and he was sent to the Clock Tower. He was taught by several professors who became frustrated with him, leaving Flat with the only professor left, Lord El-Melloi II. Though he quickly developed his magical talents over the next few years and surpassed all of his peers, the problems with his personality caused him to be unable to graduate and is one of El-Melloi's eldest students, close to the age of twenty. While his teacher does not like to let unprepared magi into the world, he came to regret keeping Flat around.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: Flat managed to summon Jack the Ripper with the blatantly fake knife given to him by Lord El-Melloi II accidentally simply by fiddling with the residual mana in the air and his honest belief that it was a knife used by the actual Jack the Ripper. He did so without a chant, magic circle, or any other kind of preparation, which is borderline if not outright impossible for most magi.
  • Adorkable: His ditziness and enthusiasm make him very endearing.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Flat's combination of immense magical talent and complete cluelessness have led much of the people around him to regard him dangerously unmanageable at best and a Humanoid Abomination at worst. When Jack admits that he considered Flat to be an idiot, Flat is actually happy to hear it because he's so used to people being afraid of him.
    Flat: People have always been weirdly afraid of me or avoided me, ever since I was a little kid... The only ones who ever call me things like fool or idiot to my face are the professor and his sister, the princess. And everyone else in our department. Oh, and the OBs...
    Jack: Wouldnít that be, well, quite a lot for most people?
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Just about everyone who encounters Flat can recognize that something is off about him, but nobody is able to articulate just what.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: Flat occasionally makes comments that don't reflect the nature of a dim but good-hearted boy, but rather something disconcertingly alien. It eventually turns out that, while not exactly sociopathic or malicious, is generally too out of synch with the world for conventional ideas of morality to make much sense to him. What he does have is an intense loyalty to El-Melloi II, and thus he acts in accordance to what he recognizes as El-Melloi II's principles rather than following his own, more amoral inclinations.
  • Bishounen: Bright haired, blue eyed, a fair complexion, and a brilliant smile making him extremely endearing and attractive.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Initially, Flat's parents believed he was "defective" because he had "too much kindness for a mage"; however, it was not even that, his "purpose was fundamentally different." Likewise, Jack also had a similar impression in that Flat was not the kind of person who could be described in terms of "good" or "evil."
  • The Cameo: Appears in the first episode of the anime adaptation of Fate/Apocrypha, where El-Melloi explains the Great Holy Grail War to him for the audience's sake.
  • Canon Immigrant: The only character besides Enkidu who made his appearance in other works before strange fake's revival as an official light novel series, having been mentioned briefly in material books for Apocrypha and Zero. He also makes brief appearances at the beginning and end of ''Fate/Apocrypha's anime adaptation.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He enters the Holy Grail War as a tourist. Of course, one of the first Heroic Spirits he takes a picture of is none other than Gilgamesh. Kairi Shishigou is equal parts fascinated and surprised at how carefree Flat is.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Flat is both a direct callback to and complete inversion of Waver Velvet from Fate/Zero. Instead of an intelligent but woefully underpowered boy from a working-class background, he's extremely a very gifted but equally daft one from an aristocratic mage family. While Waver was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold frustrated with his powerlessness and mundanity, Flat is an outwardly sunny but disconcertingly alien and has ambivalent feelings regarding the incomprehensible nature of his existence. Even their Servants are polar opposites, with Iskander being a boisterous, larger-than-life Manic Pixie Dream Guy that lifted Waver up and Jack serving as a reserved, sensible Cloudcuckoolander's Minder who reins Flat in. El-Melloi II (aka Waver himself) even comments on this in the first volume.
    El-Melloi II: Damn, he's everything I wasn't at that age.
  • The Cutie: Has no business participating in a Holy Grail War because he is way to carefree and sunny.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His non-mage temperament combined with his talent and genius resulted in his parents thinking of him as a monster and thus attempting to kill him.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Throughout the story, Flat drops a few lines that make the reader question just how nice he really is.
    Flat: [referring to a bunch of captured magi] We wonít kill them, Jack. A human life weighs more than the Earth, you know? Human lives, these peopleís lives included, are valuable parts for jumping clear of the Earth. Wouldnít it be a shame and a waste to just kill them?
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Manaka Sajyou, a blonde and exceptionally powerful young mage whose "oddness" and unique worldview may bring about great calamity.
  • Dumb Is Good: The proper temperament for a magus is cunning and ruthless. Flat is neither, worrying about the welfare of his Servant, the local bystanders, and chuckling nervously when his Servant notes that he would have possessed Flat and used his body to murder countless innocents if he was summoned in a class other than Berserker. He also lacks the common sense to use his magecraft abilities to hypnotize or otherwise disable a "police officer" that came up to arrest him.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Just about everyone whom Flat considers a friend finds him to be annoying.
  • Genius Ditz: He's an incredible mage and an utter moron. In fact, he summons Berserker completely by accident.
  • The Gift: Was born with an unparalleled number of magic circuits powerful enough to be acknowledged by Van-Fem and Zelretch, two of the twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors, with Zelretch being one of the two Magicians currently known to be active in the Nasuverse. Flat is also blessed with an innate sense for magecraft no one (including himself) can quite understand. Unfortunately for those around him, he doesn't have the wits to make the best use of these gifts, leading him to be unable to replicate his amazing feats and generally goofing off however he pleases.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Called the "mage without malice" by the narrator.
  • Humble Goal: Rather than having a specific wish for the Grail to grant, his wish is to see the Grail itself and the different Servants.
  • Idiot Savant: Flat's magical genius is purely intuitive and beyond anyone's ability to follow, including his own. While capable of almost impossible feats such as deciphering the Voynich manuscript or solving magecraft research problems that others had written off as impossible, he doesn't even possess the intelligence to articulate what he actually did. His fantastic Magic Circuits also mean that his raw power is at the level of a first-class mage despite being completely and utterly inept at actually utilizing magical theory. That said, he's not utterly incapable, and is in fact more perceptive than his own Servant when it comes to detecting magical signatures. He then uses water as a medium to hack into the senses of the familiars being used by the other Masters of the war and allow him to see what they are seeing, which takes Jack aback.
    • He later rewrites Orlando's meticulously laid wards in four seconds.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Easily the most prominent Wide-Eyed Idealist of the story, with the baby blue eyes to show for it.
  • Ironic Echo: Unknowingly repeats Iskander's desire to take all Servants as followers and the feeling that with such power even world conquest would be very easy.
  • Keet: Loud, slight, and very excitable.
  • Kicked Upstairs: While becoming Lord El-Melloi II's student is usually a mark of honor, Flat came under his tutelage because no other instructor was willing to deal with him any longer.
  • Meaningful Name: His parents, being the wonderful people they are, think of him as "a flat expanse with unintelligible scribbles on it."
  • NaÔve Newcomer: Admires Jack the Ripper for his "coolness" and hopes that he'd be able to settle the Holy Grail War nonviolently through activities like chess games.
  • The Nicknamer: Prone to coming up with silly nicknames for people he knows. El Melloi II and Svin are not fond of this tendency. He also called Kairi Shishigou "Go Lion-san" after mistaking the "劫" in his surname for "ゴ" as in the Japanese word for five or "Let's go!" in English.
  • Parental Abandonment: Flat's parents "allowed" their son to attend the Clock Tower at a much younger age than average entirely as an excuse to get rid of him after failing to kill him for the fifth time.
  • Playful Hacker: Flat cheerfully rewrote all of the wards in Orlando's police station in four seconds by flooding it with his magical energy, leaving Orlando defenseless.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Like his teacher, Flat doesn't shy away from technology the way most magi do and enjoys all sorts of TV shows, video games, and other forms of popular culture. He's easily influenced by modern movies, keeping Jack as a watch because he wants to emulate all the spy movies he watched and showing the Volumen Hydragyrum The Terminator to make it act like one. When he's actually trying to use magecraft, he also begins most of his chants with "Game Select" and ends them with "Game Over", as if he were picking up a video game to play and putting it down.
  • The Power of Friendship: A firm believer in this.
    Flat: To be friends with all six other Servants, you'd have to be an amazing magus! Even conquering the world wouldn't just be a dream!
  • Pure Is Not Good: "At first, I thought that he was too kind to be a mage, that he was defective. But he's not even that. His purpose is fundamentally different. It's like finding out the tube you thought was a telescope was actually the barrel of a cannon. He's something... something alien."
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His first name is spelled as either Flat or Flatt.
  • Stepford Smiler: Was this before meeting El-Melloi II to the point that he used magecraft to force smiles.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: While everyone else is stunned at Saber's declaration on live TV, Flat's clapping and cheering at the sheer charisma.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While Flat is a prodigy whose raw magical potential is already on the level of a Brand, a first-class mage, he lacks the intelligence and temperament of a magus to utilize his true potential. That said, he's far from helpless, easily rewriting wards and Bounded Fields laid by expert magi in seconds.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Flat has a long history of accidentally causing disastrous incidents through innocent, seemingly innocuous actions. Such incidents include starting a vampire riot on a riverboat, convincing his professor's mystic code it was the T-1000, and a mysterious event relating to the Voynich manuscript.

     Orlando Reeve 
Known as the Police Chief in the pilot novel, he is the Master of Fake Caster. Orlando Reeve is the police chief of Snowfield. He is a magus who has gone to great lengths to prepare for the Holy Grail War. He knows of the ritual and is disappointed in the government for their decision to advertise it to outsiders.
  • Da Chief: Of the city of Snowfield.
  • Crazy-Prepared: His basic plan to deal with Gilgamesh? Have Caster forge Noble Phantasms that are superior to the originals using his own NP, give them all to a squad of police officers he handpicked, and overwhelm him with their numbers and forged weapons before he can draw out Ea.
  • Straight Man: To Caster.
  • Underestimating Badassery: While his initial appearance might lead you to believe that he has every detail planned out in regards on how to deal with Gilgamesh, his plans have more than a few holes, mainly those not taking into account the Gate of Babylon. For one, it doesn't matter if the weapons that his officers have are superior or not to Gilgamesh's, because the Gate of Babylon shoots them so fast that even Servants have difficulty perceiving them, let alone humans, as demonstrated with Wave back when he fought in Zero, which makes the NPs useless. Two, no matter how many soldiers Reeve sends he is still gonna have a limited amount, but the Gate has an infinite amount of weapons stored in it and Gilgamesh can manipulate where the portals appear, making defense Phantasms useless. And third, while the Gate has fearsome power, that is not what makes it so formidable. Rather, its main strength is its versatility, and Gilgamesh knows of most of the Treasures inside of it; even more glaringly, Treasures like Vimana render the entire strategy pointless.
    • This is further demonstrated by his treatment of Dumas, who to be fair is his only real frame of reference, whom he believes he can beat in a fight; his soldiers on the other hand are not sure this is the case...
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: Though Tsubaki is unwittingly responsible for Snowfield's mysterious epidemic and also a very easy target, Reed is insistent on finding a way to resolve the issue without killing her while also sending his forces to ward off more opportunistic Masters. This leads to a temporary alliance between him and Flat.

     Ayaka Sajyou 
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Known as the Player in the prototype version, she is the Master of Saber. Ayaka was a student who moved to Fuyuki's Shinto in the beginning of spring shortly after turning twenty. She rented room two on the eleventh floor of Semina Apartments. There was a family suicide during the fall, and she went missing a month later. Although the police were asked to start an investigation, it turned up nothing, tellers of the story claiming that Person A only went on a journey of self-discovery and that she will come back when she becomes stronger. Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg decided to observe the incident at Snowfield and he has chosen Ayaka as an outsider to participate the Holy Grail War.
  • Audience Surrogate: Ayaka takes the place of the "player character" in the original April Fool's pitch.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Ayaka was well aware that that the girl next door was being physically abused, but had written it off as someone else's problem and did nothing. It was only after the murder-suicide that she realized how callous she was and thus set off to redeem herself.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: As Saber notes, despite them lacking a formal contract, she is still his source of magical energy and thus a target for the other participants.
  • Canon Immigrant: The main character of Fate/Prototype and suddenly in-universe with Fate/stay night (or Fate/hollow ataraxia), what with the reveal that she is the "Person A" in the ghost story of Semina Apartment. And now she appears in this work.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Is the ďPerson AĒ from the Semnia Apartment incident, and has been running from her memories of it ever since.
  • Delinquent Hair: The clerk at the Snowfield drugstore initially takes Ayaka to be part of the punk scene when he sees her hair.
  • The Drifter: Has been randomly going from place to place to avoid the ghost in Semina Apartment.
  • Dye Hard: Her blonde hair is apparently dyed rather than natural.
  • Expy: She's shaping up to be one to Extra's version of Rin with the reveal that she's not actually the same Ayaka Sajyou from Fate/Prototype. As in, she's not a direct alternate universe counterpart but rather simply someone who resembles Proto-Ayaka greatly in appearance, name, and mannerisms. Much like Extra-Rin, this Ayaka is even blonde though her hair is dyed rather than being natural.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Has more than a little self-loathing and feels guilty when Saber goes out of his way to assist her.
  • Identical Stranger: Is not the Ayaka of Prototype, who El-Melloi II confirms to be living in Romania when Ronghall mentions her participation in the Grail War.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She has noticeable gaps in her memory from visits back to Fyuyuki after the Semnia Apartment incident. Notably one of these gaps implies she's met Kotomine and Gilgamesh.
  • Little Dead Riding Hood: Not herself, but rather the ghost of the girl who haunts her.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Ayaka is haunted by the ghost of the little girl from the Semnia Apartment incident. No one else seems to be aware of the girl though, leading Ayaka to question whether she's really cursed or simply hallucinating.
  • Muggle: Unlike the rest of the Masters, Ayaka doesn't come from a magus background and has no apparent ability to perform magecraft.
  • My Greatest Failure: Deeply troubled by her part in the Semina Apartment incident, even going as far as to adamantly decline to participate in the Grail War because she doesn't want to be indirectly responsible for another death.
  • NaÔve Newcomer: Was oblivious to all things magic and magecraft-related until a mysterious Woman in White dragged her into the war with little explanation.
  • Older Than They Look: Described as baby-faced and looking a few years younger than her actual age.
  • Protectorate: Ayaka is a normal human with neither the magical ability nor the desire to participate in the Holy Grail War as a proper Master. However, Saber points out that other Masters won't care if she's decided to opt out and he quite literally can't live without her to anchor his soul to the material world. Therefore, he has made her his protectorate whether she likes it or not.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Wears glasses in an attempt to make herself look more mature.
  • Refusal of the Call: When her servant is summoned and gives the famous "Are you my master?" speech, she's the first person we ever see to reply "No".
  • Straight Man: To Saber as she's a lot more concerned about the dangerous magical war going on around them than he is.
  • Token Human: Is the lone Muggle in a battle royale waged by magi and Heroic Spirits.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is very reluctant to enter elevators, as that's when her visions of the little girl's ghost are most likely to appear.

     Wolf 
The Master of Lancer. The Wolf is a silver wolf familiar of the magus originally planning to participate in the Holy Grail War. He was created for the purpose of being used as a catalyst to summon a Servant. The magus believes that he needs to summon a being more ancient than the Origin of Heroes, something that transcends Heroes who were "kings". He wishes to summon an existence Egyptians called "God", but his plan is ruined when the Wolf obtains Command Spells instead of him.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Acts as one towards Ayaka
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Pretty good at judging character. Enkidu uses him to sniff out prospective allies such as Saber and Ayaka.
  • Familiar: Was a chimera made by his Master to summon a Servant. The wolf gets something far more powerful than expected.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: Despite his ability to summon Enkidu, the Wolf seems to otherwise be of normal animal intelligence.
  • Noble Wolf: A silver wolf which serves as both the catalyst for summoning and the master of Enkidu.

False Servants

     Saber 
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Almost, but not quite, entirely unlike King Arthur
Ayaka's Servant. Due to the nature of the War, there is no Saber-class Servant, but Ayaka Sajyou somehow summons a Saber separate from the system, who claims his purpose is to return the false war to the path of a real Holy Grail War.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: With a twist—Saber was quite loved by his people, but this was due entirely to personal charisma rather than anything resembling good policy. This only further enabled his destructive tendencies, as coups against him such as Prince John's could never garner the support needed to be successful.
    Watcher: Heís a lion in a manís skin, but the people still loved him. He might have some secret trick for manipulating the human heart. Keep a wary eye on him.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Several characters bring up the possibility that he's mentally ill, and even Saber himself readily entertains the idea. Of course, being from an era centuries before modern psychiatry came into practice, he hardly has an official diagnosis.
  • Animal Motif: Saber is likened to a cat on occasion, and Watcher describes him as "a lion in a man's skin," which is why he earned the title of Richard the Lionheart.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Saber is prone to using somewhat archaic language and speech patterns which, while not reaching the level of full-blown Flowery Elizabethan English, still earn him a few confused stares at times.
  • Badass Crew: Saber has the ability to call upon several of his fellows such as Robin of Loxley from the Throne of Heroes to assist him in various ways, though they cannot manifest physically.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Caster describes Saber as someone who rides the line between history and myth. While he's a real historical figure who more or less did all those things history said he did, he "had one foot in an age when faeries and runes were still out in the open" and did a little vampire slaying on the side.
  • Bishounen: Described as a beautiful man with blazing, bestial eyes.
  • Bling of War: Saber's armor is very elaborately decorated, complete with a Pimped-Out Cape.
  • Blue Blood: Ayaka immediately pins him as a member of European royalty or aristocracy. He's actually a king, specifically King Richard I.
  • Broken Ace: Saber is charming, handsome, witty, chivalrous, talented... and almost spectacularly bad at kingship due to his eccentricities. Not only does he admit that Prince John was justified in trying to usurp the throne for him, but it's implied that Pierre probably killed him for good reason due to his tendency for expensive, ultimately pointless military endeavors such as the Third Crusade.
    Saber: War. You see, that was the only thing I could do.
  • The Caligula: In life, Saber was dangerously eccentric, spending much of his kingdom's money on expensive, bloody military campaigns to chase the shadow of his hero simply so he could prove they actually existed. He's not exactly proud of his actions.
  • The Charmer: Quite charismatic, and quickly charms a local punk band into giving him a change of clothes and a place to stay for the night after he breaks out of jail.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: As it turns out, Saber's Noble Phantasm isn't actually Excalibur, but rather the ability to wield any vaguely bladelike object as if it were Excalibur by insisting it is.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: By his own admission. He takes it as a compliment.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To every protagonist Saber that came before and after the original Fate/strange fake light novel since it has only been developed legitimately after Fate/Apocrypha ended. He modeled his life after Artoria's and was similarly betrayed by his lieutenants, but for much more legitimate reasons. He's a mentally unbalanced lover of the arts like Nero, but he's a genuinely talented musician who is well-aware of his illness. Like Mordred, he adored Artoria and loved fighting, but he's so much more mature than her that he ought to have known better than to squander his people's wealth in pursuit of it. And very dissimilar from Siegfried, he was painfully selfish during his adventures.
  • Cool Sword: His Noble Phantasm is a red Palette Swap of Excalibur. It turns out to be a completely ordinary sword — his actual Noble Phantasm is the ability to wield anything as if it were Excalibur.
  • Cultured Warrior: An insatiable fan of music and theater. He has even composed and played some music himself. When asked what he wants with the Holy Grail, he replies that he might wish for reincarnation so he could study the present day's songs and plays and take those memories back with him to the Throne.
  • Declaration of Protection: Decides to protect Ayaka since she unwillingly became his Master, making her a target that other Masters would want to take out. Also serves as a Mythology Gag to Fate/Prototype.
  • Exact Words: Uses Ayaka's Refusal of the Call as a loophole when he makes his Declaration of Protection, because if she's not his Master then he doesn't have to obey her protests on the matter, now does he?
  • Expy: Somewhat of Nero. In the sense that this Saber bears a passing resemblance to Proto-Saber just like how Nero looks like Artoria, but both have a red color scheme instead of blue and are ultimately different Heroic Spirits despite being intentionally designed similarly to King Arthur. His Noble Phantasm is even similar in nature to one of Nero's skills; in particular, his ability to use Excalibur by insisting that his ordinary sword was Excalibur brings to mind Nero's Imperial Privilege skill, which lets her simulate any skill by insisting that she can use it.
    • He's also heavily based on Fate/Zero's Rider, which is lampshaded when the Count of Saint Germain convinces him to hear him out by telling him that Alexander the Great would.
  • Fatal Flaw: Saber has utterly terrible impulse control and entirely too much power to adequately temper the consequences of his actions.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Does not make any attempt to blend in or hide as he and Ayaka roam Snowfield, walking the streets in full regalia. Eventually, he switches over to some modern clothes borrowed from a local band in volume 3.
  • Foil: To Gilgamesh as they are both blond, crimson-eyed, lustrously decorated kings who both achieved fame at the End of an Era. However, while the twilight of the Age of Gods brought Gilgamesh unfathomable opportunity and power, the transition from the more mystical high-concept period of the previous millennium to the more mundane one he was born into left Richard strapped for heroic trials to overcome and he was encumbered by the ambiguity of whether or not paragons of old like King Arthur or even the supernatural entities he did manage to come across during his crusades were real or not. Whereas Gilgamesh eventually attained enlightenment of a sort and spent the rest of his days as a wise and just king, Richard died prematurely and in the midst of his mania for war after he was assassinated by one of his own subjects. Gilgamesh is painfully aggressive and pompous, but transparently so, while Richard's warmth and humility belie darker and bloodier depths. The Gate of Babylon gives Gilgamesh access to a wide variety of weaponry he has limited expertise in wielding while Richard's Noble Phantasm just lets him use Excalibur by turning anything he wields into Excalibur, but he's very, very good at using it. Gilgamesh proudly flaunts his chain, Enkidu, as a tribute to his cherished friend; in contrast, Richard taps into the skills of his old companions through his shadow and keeps his reliance on them a secret.
  • Gentleman Snarker: A dignified gentleman who delights in teasing and riling people up.
    Saber: I think I'll use that 'right to remain silent.' It's my favorite sword; I'd be in trouble if there was a flood of customers and they sold out.
    Cop: You've got quite a mouth on you for a guy dressed up as a king or knight or something.
    Saber: Quite perceptive. I see the officials of this country are of a superior order.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Saber means well, but his eccentricities made him a fairly poor king in life.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Idolizes the King of Knights, Arthur Pendragon. Although he doesn't know that said king is female.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: While the real Richard I was known to be a total badass on the battlefield, he probably couldn't shoot Excaliblasts from his sword.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Subverted. While Saber looks and acts the part of a chivalrous Knight in Shining Armor, he does not bother to sweep his more questionable actions as King Richard I under the rug, and admits to Ayaka that he's a reckless warmonger who deserves whatever comeuppance he gets.
    Saber: The way I've lived, it's no surprise when anyone betrays me, or sells me out, or runs off on me. I doubt I have to worry about this, but you haven't mistaken me for a good person, have you?
  • Honor Before Reason: Goes out of his way to take care of Ayaka when he could easily have abandoned her to pursue his goals unhindered.
  • Idiot Hair: Just like his idol. His is more indicative of his nature than hers was, however, as he tends to be flighty and eccentric.
  • Indy Ploy: Saber tends to get by on spur-of-the-moment improvisation rather than long-term planning.
  • Instant Expert: Takes no time at all to master the electric guitar. He attributes it to his extreme familiarity with earlier stringed instruments.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: At least on the surface, as it quickly becomes apparent that he's too unstable to truly fit the mold.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": A giant fanboy of Artoria. He's even capable of turning whatever he wields into Excalibur simply because he insisted in life that every blade he wielded — from his sword to his butterknife — was the legendary Excalibur out of fannish mania.
  • Large Ham: Saber is, in his own words, a man of extremes.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: While perfectly capable of carefully strategizing and planning, Saber admits that he prefers to just act on his ridiculous impulses such as picking a fight with another Servant while neither armed nor armored.
  • The Mad Hatter: Saber is quite happy to confirm any doubts of his sanity.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Boy: Effectively serves as one for Ayaka, although their relationship has yet to become romantic.
  • Multicolored Hair: Blond with red streaks. This actually isn't too far off from descriptions of the historical Richard I, who was described as having hair "between red and gold".
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, he once teamed up with his rival, Saladin, and one of the Nineteen Hassans in order to take down a Dead Apostle together.
  • Not Even Bothering with an Excuse: Makes no effort to hold up The Masquerade, publicly presenting himself on live TV in full armor to announce he will make amends for accidentally destroying an opera house.
  • Overused Copy Cat Character: Saber is a bit of a jab at Type-Moon's self-acknowledged "Saberface" problem wherein every Saber-class Servant is some sort of Artoria expy or lookalike. While a rather stark contrast to Artoria Pendragon save for passing resemblance to her male prototype design, Saber really, really wants to be Artoria to the point of wielding an entirely ordinary sword he insists is Excalibur.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: They're bright crimson and described as "shining like a beast."
  • Royal "We": Uses it when making important declarations.
  • Short Hair with Tail
  • Smarter Than You Look: Ayaka is surprised to discover that, for all his impulsivity and apparent disregard for long-term strategy, Saber is not only well-read and witty, but also surprisingly tactical in his actions even when he's completely winging it.
  • Stepford Smiler: Saber tends to hide the immeasurable guilt he feels over his actions in life behind a facade of almost pathological optimism and facetious self deprecating humor.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Cheerfully unconcerned with danger and talks of horrible past experiences such as being sold to his enemies by his own brother as if they were mild inconveniences at worst.
  • Unexpected Character: In-Universe example. The Summoning Ritual was apparently supposed to be for King Arthur, not Richard the Lionheart. On a second level, the Saber template was supposed to be lost to begin with; his summoning marks the beginning of the True Holy Grail War.
  • Warrior Poet: Along with being a fearsome warrior, Saber is an amateur bard and passionate thespian so enamored with Chivalric Romance that he tried to turn his life into one.
  • Wave Motion Sword: Has the NP, Excalibur: The Sword of Eternally Distant Victory, a red Palette Swap of Artoria's Excalibur. Volume 3 reveals that technically, his Noble Phantasm is to turn anything he grabs into an "Excalibur", referencing how in life he gave a sword to the Spanish King, claiming it to be Excalibur.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In life, Saber was determined to make himself the protagonist of a Chivalric Romance much like his idol, King Arthur. This did not do his kingdom any favors.

     Archer (Gilgamesh) 
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The King of Heroes (and Egos)
The King of Heroes from Ancient Uruk. During life, he had a key to the gates of his vault crafted, but he did not utilize it. Viewing it as a trifle because there were none who would lay a hand upon his treasures, he threw it away. It eventually found its way into the hands of his summoner's ancestor, and while the key was filled with magical energy, he never found the vault. It stayed within his family until Archer's summoner used it to summon him instead of the first skin shed by a snake.
  • Abnormal Ammo: Archers are usually expected to use some kind of projectile weapon like a bow, crossbow or even a sling. Gilgamesh uses his infinite treasury of Noble Phantasms as projectiles, all of which are fired with force enough to rip people in half and level buildings.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: Gilgamesh wants to be this so badly, as he doesn't care for the Grail and would rather just kill time around Snowfield; in fact, he was going to drink his youth potion and assume his child form from Fate/hollow ataraxia if he didn't detect Enkidu's presence and instead decide to have a duel against his friend and equal. Unfortunately for him, several antagonistic forces in Snowfield are out for his skin, meaning he always gets wrapped up in the Grail War one way or another.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Gate of Babylon is basically this, since the numerous weapons are all Noble Phantasms in their own right, albeit this is more like "ALL Powers combined" due to possessing the prototypes for almost all Noble Phantasms. He also has a fondness for taking out his version of the weapon someone uses when possible and showing that his is even better.
  • Anti-Magic: His armor, though it's much less useful in this story as there are Servants who are strong enough to shatter it physically, bypassing its resistances.
  • Bling of War: Well, it's Gilgamesh.
  • Catchphrase: "Mongrel!!"
  • Chaotic Good: In-universe alignment.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When he reunited with Enkidu, he unleashed his most powerful attack immediately. However, this is because Enkidu is the only person he respects as an equal.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Gilgamesh is very picky about who's allowed to associate with Enkidu, forcing them to prove their worth against him in combat or die trying.
  • The Dreaded: Orlando considers him to be the greatest threat, especially thanks to Ea. Which is why he plans to take Gilgamesh out before he can use it against him and his team.
  • Honor Before Reason: He insists on reserving Ea, his strongest weapon, only for a Worthy Opponent such as Enkidu. When True Archer outright tells Gilgamesh to use it in order to be able to fight him as an equal, Gilgamesh refuses and instead decides to test him with lesser weapons.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: His experiences in the previous Holy Grail Wars have soured him on the idea of him or Tine actually getting what they want from the Grail even if they do win. He'd be content just dueling with Enkidu or killing time in the city if it weren't for several antagonistic forces gunning for him.
  • Logical Weakness: He rarely uses the actual abilities of the Noble Phantasms fired from the Gate of Babylon, so they could theoretically be knocked aside by firing objects of similar mass and size at the same speed (Enkidu) or greater force (Alcides).
  • Mundane Utility: At one point, he goes to a casino and uses his Golden Rule ability to win every game and get lots of money.
  • Nay-Theist: Gilgamesh refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of gods despite being descended from them himself, as he sees reverence towards a higher power as a weakness and moral failing. Unfortunately, the divinity he does have makes him a prime assassination target for True Archer, who is also a Nay-Theist but is much more homicidal in his way of expressing his displeasure towards the divine, or even the semi-divine in Gilgamesh's case.
  • Only Sane Man: The only "Fake" Servant who isn't a disquieting abomination or a demented freak.
  • Papa Wolf: Seems to have picked this up after spending time with a master who actually respects him.
  • Power Floats: He has a Noble Phantasm somewhere in his vault that explicitly grants him this ability, retroactively justifying the times in other Fate works when he's pulled this trope for Rule of Cool.
  • Storm of Blades: His traditional preferred method of attack via the Gate of Babylon.
  • ‹bermensch: "Abandoning thought to revere or depend on something means letting your soul fall into decay."
  • Wave Motion Sword: As usual, Ea. Which has the honor of being the strongest Noble Phantasm in existence, capable of unleashing a Sword Beam known as Enuma Elish: Star of Creation that Splits Apart Heaven and Earth.

     Lancer (Enkidu) 
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The World's First Sidekick
The only friend of Gilgamesh. Born from a clod of earth, Enkidu was a clay doll shaped by the hands of the King of the Gods, Anu, and the Goddess of Creation, Aruru. More akin to a Noble Phantasm of the gods of Mesopotamia than a Heroic Spirit, he is an exceptional Servant who stands at the same level as Gilgamesh.
  • Canon Immigrant: For a character originating from a work that for the longest time was considered just an April Fools joke, Enkidu has made several cameos in official TYPE-MOON media (even before Fate/Strange Fake's revival as a full light novel series). Most prominently in official illustrations, but he also had a speaking role in the Fate/Zero manga and was heavily featured in Fate/Extra CCC through the dreams of the protagonist during Gilgamesh's Servant route. He is also currently the only strange fake Servant to appear in the Nasuverse's Massive Multiplayer Crossover work, Fate/Grand Order.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: His jabs at Gilgamesh are passive-aggressive in nature and often come in the form of backhanded compliments. When his old friend asks if he can "assess" his current Master (a wolf, something Gilgamesh doesn't know at that point), Enkidu claims that it would be impossible since Gilgamesh only has expertise in the realms of gods, men...and alcohol.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Enkidu is always seen barefoot.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: In his case, it's justified as his human form is based on the sacred prostitute Shamhat. That said, he's not exactly male either.
  • Everybody Wants the Hermaphrodite: While no one can quite put a finger on Enkidu's sex, everyone agrees that he's really pretty.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He loves all life unconditionally. He even let his Master's abusive creator leave, though his patience does have limits.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: One of the few people in all of existence who Gilgamesh would consider to be an equal, it was only after Enkidu's tragic death that his companion's misfortunes truly started to pile up.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He was originally an ugly monstrosity of mud with antlers and no mind of his own, but after being in the care of the divine harlot Shamhat, he took on her appearance.
  • Master of All: Each of his stats all tank out as A-rank, though he can raise specific stats by lowering others at will.
  • Morality Pet: One of the only people able to keep Gilgamesh in line. Kind of.
  • No Biological Sex: Enkidu is a clump of clay, after all. He is generally referred to as a man for simplicity's sake (though some translation teams use "they" instead), and Enkidu refers to himself with the masculine pronoun "boku".
  • Only Friend: To Gilgamesh.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: Enkidu is a clay construct of the gods with no set sex, and even the human form he takes is too androgynous for people to settle on a gender.
  • Rapunzel Hair: As part of his imitation of the Shamhat and not knowing any other human beforehand.
  • Shapeshifter: He can take essentially any form he wants to, and can even become a limited wish-granting device like the Holy Grail.
  • Storm of Blades: Can do this with his clay, and it's effective enough to match Gilgamesh's Gate of Babylon. Fate/Grand Order reveals it to be his second Noble Phantasm, Age of Babylon: The Wisdom of the Citizens.
  • True Neutral: His In-Universe alignment.
  • Uncanny Valley: It's mentioned in the narration that Enkidu's beauty is "too perfect", to the point where it becomes artificial and doll-like.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: It's revealed that even after they became friends, Enkidu was Gilgamesh's harshest and most constant critic. He is, frustratingly as far as Gilgamesh is concerned, terribly polite to everybody else.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Enuma Elish: O Mortals, Let Us Restrain The Gods Above. It forcibly channels the power of both Gaia and Alaya's Counter Forces to fire off a massive spear-shaped beam so powerful that it can match Gilgamesh's own Enuma Elish. This is the reason Enkidu is Lancer-class.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair

     Rider (Pale Rider) 
Rider is the embodiment of pestilence given form by the False Grail. Different from those called Heroic Spirits, "it" is only one in name. Far from a "hero", "it" cannot even be called a Villainous Spirit or Demonic Spirit. Some regions have called "it" a "curse", and some religions have denoted "it" to be "divine punishment." "It" is "disease", that which has existed since time immemorial and that which will continue to exist far into the future. "It" has lived a shorter life than anyone, and yet has lived a longer life than anyone. Called a horseman who has brought calamity to all, "it" is that which "let loose" the Black Death that killed thirty million people and came "under the name" of Spanish Influenza that killed fifty million people. Given a physical presence despite not being a Heroic Spirit, "it" continues to exist in that moment to take the lives of those on the planet to provide "itself" nourishment for life to begin anew.
  • The Dreaded: "It" manages to end the battle between Enkidu and Gilgamesh simply by coming towards them. Well, to be truthful, "it" scared off Enkidu, who is implied to be vulnerable to "its" powers. Effectively, "it" is the antithesis to Enkidu. Gilgamesh was none too pleased with this development. Still, speaks volumes about this thing's abilities and what it might be capable of.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A cloud of black mist with three swirling lights — and "it" is a "hero"!
  • Fluffy the Terrible. Tsubaki has nicknamed it Mr. Black.
  • The Grim Reaper: Being the Pale Rider more or less means that "it" is Death personified.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The anthropomorphic personification of pestilence.
  • No Biological Sex: The concept of sex or gender doesn't apply to Rider as a cloud of mist.
  • The Plague: Literally the personification of disease.
  • Sinister Scraping Sound: "It" speaks with a grating sound like the "scraping noise of swarms of insects battling one another".
  • The Stoic: Akin to acting as a robot with no emotion. "It" doesn't appear to understand it either.
  • Walking Wasteland: The day after "it" sends a small part of "itself" towards Enkidu and Gilgamesh, the familiars it inadvertently disabled are apparently restored to functionality... but some part of them has already been drawn into Tsubaki's dream world, just like the Kuruokas. When Tsubaki remarks she'd like more animals, Rider complies. Soon after, Snowfield's vet clinics are overhelmed with a mysterious disease that almost kills many pets.

     Caster (Alexandre Dumas) 
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The self-proclaimed Hero of Forever-Aloners
Alexandre Dumas, père, was a French writer. His works have been translated into nearly 100 languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including The Count of Monte Cristo. He is an extremely boisterous man who likes to indulge in pleasure and speaks with vigor while segueing from one topic to another without pause.
  • Blatant Lies: Claims to have slept with Cleopatra VII and Yang Guifei in his resting place and to have the ability to produce one thousand babies from one hundred women. No one believes him though.
  • Classy Cravat: Although the classiness hardly carries over to his general demeanor.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Well, dark skin and light blue hair. In life, he still had black hair.
  • Effective Knockoff: His imitation Noble Phantasms work just as well as the originals, though he can improve them even further by using actual magical materials.
  • Foil: To Caster of Red. They're both writers summoned as Casters with piss-poor stats who are unable to directly join the fight, yet provide invaluable support for Masters who consider restraining them with Command Spells. While Caster of Red is a gentleman to the core, Fake Caster is a boor and a lout. The former wishes he could be "the protagonist" yet remains submissive to his master as long as he's allowed to keep working on the story, fully aware he does not have the character or remarkability for the role. The latter is already developing his own information network separate from his Master's, resenting the work forced upon him, and has begun pushing demands of his own.
  • The Hedonist: Would rather spend his time in the casinos, eating fancy food, or being with beautiful women, than help his Master.
  • Karma Houdini: He profited handsomely and achieved widespread acclaim for writing The Count of Monte Cristo whose plot and characters were lifted wholesale from the pains and plights of the still-living Edmond Dantes (who was a real person in this universe) without his consent. Alexandre claims that he once spied the Count himself at the gate of his house after the book was published, but Edmond chose to avoid the confrontation and walked away, leaving the writer to his spoils.
    • Itís worth noting that we donít actually know the exact circumstances of how Dumas knew Edmond Dantès or what was going on, so itís too soon to call this something worthy of Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Large Ham: He's incredibly boorish and foul-mouthed, with a talent for spinning far-fetched tales, and is awfully chummy with his stoic Master, who doesn't want any of it.
  • Mythology Gag: At some point, he mentions Edmond Dantes, one of his literary characters, and an Avenger in Fate/Grand Order. When Orlando goes on to say Dantes' infamous line in the novel, Dumas angrily stops him, stating that he must create a more memorable catchphrase if he heard it.
    • There is also the tidbit when they discuss Dumas' house (with Reeve finding it weird he purposely avoided a subject so openly.)
    Orlando: ...Still, you must have had quite an attachment to that book to name your own house the Chateau de Monte-Cristo. Or did people just decide to call it that on their own?Ē
    Dumas: Who knows? Iíve got a feeling I had it called that as an insinuation aimed at somebody, but they never came to complain in my lifetime. Doesnít make much difference now, does it?
  • Mr. Exposition: Serves as this, as one of his jobs is to gather and relay intel on opponents to his Master.
  • Not So Cheap Imitation: His imitation Noble Phantasms are at least as good as the originals - and he can make them even better.
  • Scary Teeth: They're checkered, though this apparently applies to his appearance as a Heroic Spirit, as a flashback shows that he had normal teeth.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: As a child, he despised education until he saw Hamlet on stage. However, it wasn't the original play, but a revisioned version by Jean-François Ducis, who basically hackneyed the entire play in his own style. It was still enough to change Dumas' life.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He may be a thug with only the barest scrap of magic to justify his upkeep... but he identified all the Fake Masters far faster than even Reeve, is fully aware of many of the hidden players in both Grail Wars and is implied to know a lot more than he's saying. Scarier still, he knows just how to manipulate his Master to stop him from using any Command Seals.
  • Trickster Mentor: After the mauling Clan Calatin receives from Fake Assassin, he takes an interest in John Wingard, one of the officers hurt in the attack. Feeling he can still make "a hero" out of Wingard, he uses his Noble Phantasm, Musketeers' Masquerade: Musketeers, Tilt at Windmills, saying he's going to "revise the plot"...
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Can forge copies of Noble Phantasms even stronger than the originals.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Serves as this to his Master, since he has no intention of participating in person. Unfortunately for Orlando, he's also discovered internet memes.

     Assassin (No Name Assassin) 
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Assassin's True Name has been forsaken as of before the time she gained the properties of a Heroic Spirit, but she is given the monikers of No Name Assassin and Beautiful Assassin. She was a former candidate for the position of Hassan-i Sabbah, the pseudonym shared by the leaders of the League of Assassins, the Hashshashin. She was known as a particularly faithful girl in a certain country whose existence is referred to as "merely a story." She underwent intense training to earn herself a name, and she was pious to the point in attempting to prove her faith that she was labeled as a "zealot" with contempt by even those who worshiped the same God. While their group could be called a company of fanatics, her convictions were so beyond the norm that they earned her that title. She did not hate those who disparaged her because she believed the reason she was despised was because of her own immaturity and that her conviction was not firm.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Can use almost all Zabaniya techniques of other Hassans with her Noble Phantasm, Zabaniya: Phantasmal Pedigree, with the exception of Hundred-Faced Hassan's Zabaniya: Delusional Illusion. These Noble Phantasms have been fine-tuned by Assassin, with some of them being superior (i.e. her version of Zabaniya: Delusional Heartbeat doesn't require her to lose access to one of her arms, instead growing a third arm from her back) or weaker (her Zabaniya: Delusional Poison Body only affects those she touches, thus keeping her from wiping out the population of Snowfield by spreading it to the wind like the original could) to the originals.
  • Brown Note: Zabaniya: Ichor of Reverie is this, scrambling the brains of nine magi and causing them to incinerate themselves with their own magecraft. If the Noble Phantasm's power is focused on a single target, it can even be used to control other Servants.
  • Church Militant: She served in one and was the most faithful, bordering fanatical in a cult full of other fanatics, terrifying her peers and leading them to put her down as much as they could out of fear for her talent and piety.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Instead of being intimidated by her Speed Blitz, Saber is just happily awed that she's more nimble than his old friend Robin Hood.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While a black-clad assassin with very extreme views and methods, she's not evil. In fact, her In-Universe alignment is Lawful Good.
  • Enemy Mine: Forms an uneasy one with Saber and Sigma once the extent of the war's madness becomes clear.
  • The Fundamentalist: Is often mentioned to be a zealot, despises the Grail, and her stake in the War is to make sure to destroy the damn thing. This trope is the main reason she never made Grandmaster in spite of being better in almost every conceivable way to the only other candidate, Hassan of the Hundred Personas.
  • The Hashshashin: A member of the organization and a candidate for grandmaster who was rejected due to her, uh, intensity.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Suffers this when she realizes two things: one, despite hating the Grail, she still heeded its call, and two, she has been receiving a continuous mana feed from Karture, meaning that for all she hates him, he is her Master. She also thinks she has debased the Assasins' techniques, which they regard as miracles granted to them by God, by fueling them with Karture's energy.
  • Heroic Willpower: Has an ability called Fanaticism which allows her to overcome trauma, mind control, and magecraft through sheer force of will.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Her first instinct upon being overwhelmed by Jester during their second encounter is to try and find a technique that will ensure his death. It's only after she's exhausted the list that she realizes that without outside help, she has no hope of defeating a superhuman monster like him whose Command Seal can potentially make her do anything.
  • Islamic Dress: Wears a burqa, although flashbacks depict her wearing a modest Western dress.
  • Lawful Good: Her In-Universe alignment.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Her fanaticism makes her extremely driven to destroy the heretical, causing her to recklessly assault her enemies with the belief that the many Zabaniya techniques she has mastered and her faith will ensure victory. After a brief period of success, she learns that this tactic is practically suicidal against anyone that isn't a regular human or magus.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Against normal humans, though her effectiveness sharply decreases against Servants and Karture.
  • Mission from God: Sees the Grail War was an opportunity to prove her faith.
  • Morton's Fork: Once upon a time, the Assassins had two choices when selecting a new Grandmaster: the Beautiful Assassin, a powerful, skilled killer who mastered all Zabaniya techniques, but was a deranged fanatic with a very different mindset that an Assassin should have, or Hundred-Personas, whose power came from a weaponized mental illness and a diverse but perfectly common set of skills. They chose Hundred-Personas because Beautiful Assassin didn't come up with a new Zabaniya, but mostly because they were flat-out creeped by her fanaticism.
  • Name Amnesia: Has discarded her name long before becoming a Servant.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Indirectly saves Ayaka's life after killing the magus who was trying to use her to summon Saber (who manifests anyway despite her attempts to interrupt the ritual).
  • Prehensile Hair: One of the miracles she has mastered.
  • Super Senses: As a Servant, she has these by default, but she can enhance them even further with Zabaniya: Meditative Sensitivity.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The very first thing she does upon being summoned is killing her Master and his underlings for their heretical actions. It doesn't stick.
  • Undying Loyalty: She remained loyal to her sect despite being labeled as a young and immature zealot.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A very pious woman who's just a little too enthusiastic about pleasing her god, often violently.
  • Your Head Asplode: Can inflict this with Zabaniya: Cyber Phantasy, turning her foe's brains into gunpowder with a touch before violently detonating it.

     Berserker (Jack the Ripper) 
Berserker's True Name is Jack the Ripper, but lacks a true identity, acting instead as the embodiment of the mystery behind the legend of Jack the Ripper in the form of an "emblem of madness." Brought forth by a toy knife from the video game Night Wars of the British Empire, they are not the soul of an actual person — they only know they are "Jack the Ripper" and have no knowledge about the true identity behind their legend. They claim that only their true self, rather than the Jack of legend, or someone who put a stop to their murders would know their true name. This aberration is due to the fact that they were summoned with an imitation of a real relic, but it did draw a much more powerful spirit because it was an imitation designed for public use.
  • Affably Evil: They are awfully polite for a serial killer.
  • Alternate Self: Can perhaps be considered as one to Assassin of Black, as the Heroic Spirit that is Jack the Ripper has no concrete form thanks to their identity having never been uncovered. While she was a brutal killer of prostitutes in London in the Victorian era, the fact is that there is simply no way to determine if the Assassin was responsible for one or more of the Ripper slayings, but the very possibility she might be allows Berserker Jack to assume her shape.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: They're the incarnation of the legend of Jack the Ripper rather than the actual person.
  • Bored with Insanity: In a sense. They are a dangerously insane spirit, having been enshrined as an icon of madness. However, ironically, being summoned in the Berserker class has allowed them a form of clarity they wouldn't have otherwise. Flat likens it to how "minus times a minus makes a plus".
  • Boss Rush: When using Natural Born Killers, the last body to be destroyed becomes their real body by default, meaning that it's necessary to destroy all of Jack's bodies to fully kill them.
  • Check and Mate: Delivers it to True Archer in the preview for Volume 4.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: They legitimately worry about Flat and question his less tactically sound decisions while keeping him on track and backing him up when necessary.
  • Demon of Human Origin: Jack's most powerful Noble Phantasm is From Hell: The Evil Mist That Will Perish with London's Daybreak, which is based on the theories that Jack the Ripper was a demon. Upon activation, Jack and any other bodies they have created are transformed into Phantasmal Beasts resembling humanity's depictions of demons. Their power increases with the latent fears and unease of humans in a 5 km radius, so while near useless in a desert wasteland, a single demon can be as powerful as any of the Knight Classes in a bustling city like Snowfield.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Just when it seems like Jack has True Archer cornered, the latter unleashes his final Noble Phantasm: Reincarnation Pandora: Usurper of the Celestial Wind, stealing Jack's trump card and leaving him defenseless.
  • Disapproving Look: Stares, unimpressed, at his master, after he casually mentions he saw a third Servant in the vicinity of Saber's speech after destroying the opera house, and chose not to mention it. They're about to yell at Flat, when he just as casually mentions that had they confronted him there and then, it's likely both would have been reduced to mincemeat - said Servant was none other than Gilgamesh.
  • Fisher King: The effects of his second Noble Phantasm allow him to twist Snowfield into a form of Hell.
  • Gentleman Snarker: While unfailingly polite and well-mannered, Jack is not at all shy about voicing their bafflement and incredulity over Flat's general behavior.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Narrowly averted. After True Archer steals From Hell, Jack doesn't have a means to defend themselves or get away, calmly accepting their fate with a wry smile after being acknowledged by Flat, Lord El-Melloi II, and True Archer even if they didn't get to find out his true identity. Luckily for Jack, Flat bails them out with a Command Seal.
  • Lighter and Softer: While he is an unrepentant serial killer who can turn into demons, his nature is significantly less grim than that of his Assassin counterpart who manifested from the combined pain, degradation, and death of London's children during their era.
  • No Biological Sex: Because the original Jack the Ripper's identity was never discovered, Jack doesn't have a fixed sex, and even their voice is noted to be distinctly agendered when not transformed.
  • Quest for Identity: They knows that they are Jack the Ripper and they committed the murders, but that is all they know about themselves. They wish to use the Grail to rediscover who they are.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Those familiar with the broader Fate universe will know that one of the candidates for an Assassin Jack the Ripper is a young girl. Fake Jack has a tendency to default to this form (much to Flat's panic) when trying to turn into a general child, though they're not quite sure why.
  • Self-Duplication: Their second Noble Phantasm, Natural Born Killers, operates under the theory that Jack the Ripper was actually a coordinated group of murderers. As a result, they can create as many bodies as their Master's mana resources can withstand. Thanks to Flat's outstanding Magic Circuits, Berserker can create as many as 520 bodies that can operate independently of each other and take on any form the "main body" can, making them extremely competent at information gathering and assassination. When they use the ancillary Noble Phantasm, From Hell, to upgrade to demon bodies, the amount of duplicates they can create drops to 200... though in the right circumstances, each could be a credible threat to a Knight Class Servant.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: They can change their form and appearance since no one knows who they were. They could have been any of the forms they take on. Flat used this to change them into his watch.
  • Worthy Opponent: After seeing the power of From Hell, True Archer considers Jack this for forcing him to use Reincarnation Pandora, promising to engrave the battle into his memory.

True Masters

     Faldeus Dioland 
The Master of True Assassin. Faldeus is a magus belonging to the government organization responsible for starting the False Holy Grail War, and despite seeming to be barely past his mid-twenties, displays knowledge of the events seventy years prior as if having had experienced them personally. He is part of a "certain American organization" that answers to the American government. Rather than being an organization of magi, it instead only has some magi as members. He went undercover within the Mage's Association with the eventual purpose of spreading news of the ritual and a warning to the Association's magi.
  • All According to Plan: When he deduces that the Rohngall he had ordered killed through an ambush was nothing but a remote-controlled puppet and that the latter may have overheard everything, Faldeus calmly states that it doesn't matter if the real magus is dead or not and that the warning to the Association is made clear.
  • Flat "What.": When he sees Saber take the heat for destroying the opera house - on live TV.
  • Just Between You and Me: Parodied. Faldeus is quite aware of his tendency to indulge in villainous monologues and has thus found a workaround — he just talks people's ears off after he's killed them.
  • The Mole: He's been infiltrating the Mage's Association by way of approaching Rohngall as an aspiring disciple.

     Francesca 
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The Master of True Caster. A woman seemingly allied with the organization behind the False Holy Grail War. Despite this, Orlando Reeve refers to her as an outsider.
  • Berserk Button: Once made it a point to slam Touko Aozaki's. The infuriate Touko massacred more than a dozen of Francesca's bodies and destroyed several of her safehouses for the insult.
  • Born-Again Immortality: She's been alive for over six hundred years, dating all the way back to the era of the Hundred Years War.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: As she tells Orlando, it's a whole lot easier than being the good guy.
  • Cute and Psycho: A pretty girl that acts cutesy at times, but the things she says about wanting to see a certain female saint suffer says a lot about her sanity.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Wears gothic lolita fashion.
  • Gender Flip: Is the female reincarnation of Francois Prelati.
  • Worthy Opponent: While she has been killed multiple times in the past, the only people who have truly impressed her are her teachers, Zelretch, Van-Fem, Satsuki Kurogiri, "the consoling witch that is eternally alive" (possibly either Scathach or April), le Comte de Saint Germain, and "Scar Red" (aka Touko Aozaki).

     Bazdilot Cordelion 
The Master of True Archer. A magus who uses the same gem-powered Magecraft as Atram Galliasta.
  • But Thou Must!: Pulls one on the Servant he summons when he refuses to kill children for him by using command spells and dumping the grail mud on him so now True Archer will, as far as we know, essentially do anything asked.
  • Human Resources: His family uses a vastly improved version of Atrium Galliasta's original prana generation system, using many more sacrifices, to power his Servant.
  • The Corrupter: If anyone knows what grail mud does to servants, it's this guy.
  • The Mafia: A member of the Scaldio Family.

     Sigma 
A mercenary hired by Francesca to participate in the False Holy Grail War. He attempts to summon True Lancer, but gets something calling themselves the Watcher instead.
  • Child by Rape: Maiya mentions him in a conversation with Irisviel in Fate Zero's original light novel as the child she conceived as a product of her rape at the hands of unnamed soldiers some time before Kiritsugu took her in.
  • The Comically Serious: Sigma's dispassionate, mechanical nature is a stark contrast to his tendency to reference old British comedy, such as claiming his Servant is Charlie Chaplin or indicating that his primary frame of reference for Arthurian Legend is Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Empty Shell: Was actually hired on this basis. Francesca wanted to find out what would happen if someone were to summon a Servant with absolutely no catalyst. Normally, the Grail uses the summoning Master themselves as a catalyst if there isn't one present, so Francesca's solution is to use a Master with absolutely no personality or motivations for the Grail to base its selection on.
  • Extreme Doormat: He goes along with whatever command is given to him by his commanders. He slowly begins to break out of this when he meets Watcher.
  • Hidden Depths: He turns out to be a fan of Charlie Chaplin's films.
  • Mythology Gag: He's the son of Maiya Hisau.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Sigma's cultural knowledge pool consists almost entirely of decades-old British comedy movies.
  • You Are Number 6: He's been designated as Soldier Number 1 by his superiors.

    Haruri Borzak 
The Master of True Berserker.
  • Broken Masquerade: Her wish to the Grail is to render all forms of concealing Magecraft useless, destroying the Masquerade.
  • Cute Witch: She uses Witchcraft and specializes deflection of curses.
  • I Owe You My Life: Very downplayed, but the reason why she is tagging along with Filia is that she had saved her life, and that motivates Haruri to ignore some eccentric behavior.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Despite being a revenge-driven character, she is very reluctant about harming others and has to constantly remind herself of her goal to keep herself able to fight. She also never sacrifices animals for her witchcraft and hesitates to even say the word "kill".
  • Revenge: Wants one against the "magical society" that took everything from her people.

    Doris Lusendra 
The Master of True Rider.

True Servants

     True Archer 
A mysterious yet undeniably powerful hero, who is seemingly capable of fighting even Gilgamesh on equal terms. He wields a bow as his primary weapon, and his face is obscured by a cloth. He wears another cloth on his arm, a Noble Phantasm that he shares with True Rider.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Artwork of him with part of his face cloth slipping off his head shows him to have unkempt, shoulder-length hair. It's a trait that carries over from Berserker Heracles.
  • The Big Guy: He clocks in at 203 cm and 141 kg. His size might be a way of foreshadowing his true identity as an aspect of Heracles.
  • Broken Ace: He's a version of Heracles who's been forced to relive the traumas of his past, twisting him from a mighty, upstanding hero into a hateful half-Avenger.
  • Brought Down to Badass: As Alcides, he is a version of Heracles without his divinity or God Hand. Nonetheless, he puts up a much better fight against Gilgamesh than his Berserker counterpart ever did, due to his Nemean Lion pelt making him immune to Gilgamesh's weaponry. Part of this has to do with the fact that his lack of divinity makes the Chain of Heaven weaker against him, but he still did much better than Berserker even before Gilgamesh utilized the chain.
  • Chaotic Evil: His In-Universe alignment due to his exposure to All The World's Evils.
  • The Corruption: He's been exposed to All The World's Evils, which is one of the factors that has led him to renounce his divinity, and manifests as both an Archer and an Avenger.
  • Discard and Draw: He doesn't have God Hand, but since he needs a Noble Phantasm that acts as proof of his conquering the Twelve Labors, he instead gains King's Order, which allows him to use all the tools that he gained during the Twelve Labors. So far it's known that he has the Pelt of the Nemean Lion, a copy of True Rider's Goddess of War, the Stymphalian Birds and Cerberus.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": He hates being called Heracles, preferring to be called Alcides. His wish for the Holy Grail is to erase his old name from history.
  • Ideal Hero: When first summoned, Heracles was pretty much the honorable Greek hero. Unfortunately, that did not sit well with Bazdilot, so he proceeded to re-mold him with his more ideal vision of a Servant, the hateful, evil one.
  • Implacable Man: Was able to deflect Gilgamesh's Gate of Babylon effortlessly. He also survived being knocked into an erupting volcano - while this feat normally isn't that impressive for Servants, who can No-Sell anything that isn't magical in nature, True Archer's corruption via All The World's Evils makes him lose this immunity, so his ability to survive that volcano anyways is a testament to his innate durability.
  • Mythology Gag: His fight against Gilgamesh is almost like a twisted reversal of Gilgamesh's fight against Heracles in the Unlimited Blade Works route of Fate/stay night: whereas Gilgamesh encumbered Heracles by attacking his small girl of a Master and steadily overwhelmed him with the Gate of Babylon, True Archer just shrugs off the Gate of Babylon after initially taking shots at Gilgamesh's small girl of a Master in an attempt to encumber him. Considering how Alcides is a transformed Heracles, this may have been intentional.
  • Nay-Theist: He hates all gods and anything related to them. This drives him to attack Gilgamesh for being Semi-Divine. He has Hippolyta's sash, Goddess of War, which can augment its wearer with divine energy. He chooses to only power his weapons with it because he doesn't want the divine energy to enter his body. He declares he makes its power submit to him while he proves he can win with the power of man alone.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Has the Battle Continuation skill ranked at A+. The highest we've seen yet.
  • No-Sell: Zig-zagged. He pulls it off against Gilgamesh because his Nemean Lion pelt makes him immune to weaponry made by humans, but is immediately decked in the face and sent flying like a ragdoll by True Rider as he's trying to play it cool.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his corruption, he still remembers his time with Jason and doesn't like someone else insulting him, since Jason treated him like a human being despite his monstrous strength.
  • Power Parasite: His third Noble Phantasm, Reincarnation Pandora, allows him to steal a Servant's Noble Phantasm from them and claim it as his own. This is demonstrated in Vol. 4 when he steals Jack's Noble Phantasm, From Hell.
  • Smug Super:
    • He claims that Gilgamesh needs Ea - quite literally the most powerful Noble Phantasm of all time - in order to make them equal in a clash. Considering how he had just shrugged off the Gate of Babylon's finest weaponry as if it were nothing, he might have a point.
    • This was actually a deliberate bluff to try and trigger Gilgamesh's Fatal Flaw, and he admits he'd need a massive mana supply and a full day to stand a chance at actually bringing Gil down. Him having a chance at all still makes him one of the strongest Servants in existence, though.
    • Considering the power of his Noble Phantasm Pelt of the Divine Beast (the pelt of the Nemean Lion) rejects the works of humans, any weapons made by humans would not harm him and only natural weapons and divine constructs like Ea could bypass the defensive powers of the pelt. There is also the possibility that egging Gilgamesh to draw out Ea was part of his plan to steal it with Reincarnation Pandora.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His true name can fall victim to this. Alcides is the Latinized version of his name, with the Greek being Alkeidēs. The katakana for his name is romanized as Arukeidesu.
  • That Man Is Dead: When True Rider angrily asked him why he, an honorable hero in life, would perform such unheroic acts, he coldly states that he was no longer that sort of man.
  • Tragic Monster: Because of Heracles' refusal to kill children for his Master, Bazdilot used his Command Spells to force him to live through his worst memories and then corrupted him with Angra Mainyu's curse, twisting him from the noble Heracles into the amoral and hateful Alcides. This is reflected in his simultaneous manifestation as an Avenger: as Fate/Grand Order shows, pretty much every member of the Avenger class is a Tragic Monster of some kind.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Upon being summoned by his master he declared this when asked. Inverted as he was then immediately corrupted by All The World's Evils. Now he very much would.
  • Worthy Opponent: Before attempting to land the killing blow, he and Jack are very civil towards one another despite their fight, with Alcides even showing Jack respect despite his own corrupted state.

     True Rider 
True Rider is a woman younger than twenty years old, estimated at around sixteen to eighteen years old. She wears her long hair in a bun. She has a "lively peach-colored body" dressed in a unique style of clothing of soft cloth and leather. She wears a Noble Phantasm cloth on her arm, just like True Archer.
  • Action Girl: She's the Queen of the Amazons.
  • Badass Adorable: She punches True Archer (Who can tank weapons from the Gate of Babylon) so hard that he crashes into a nearby mountain and it erupts as a result. At the same time, she's apparently described as being rather young, with her height and weight topping out at 159cm and 50kg respectively.
  • It's Personal: She clearly has a personal vendetta against True Archer. This is most likely because in Greek Mythology, Heracles killed Hippolyta in his ninth labor to obtain her belt.
    • Subverted it not because he killed her, but more due to the fact that he targeted a child (Tiné Chelc) instead of Tine's Servant.
  • Only Sane Man: Her grudge against True Archer aside, she's the only "True" Servant who stands out because of how normal she looks and how rationally she acts.

     True Caster 
Summoned by Francesca. Another copy of herself, but male.

  • Bishounen: Noted to be quite a pretty boy, if you can ignore the perpetually creepy look in his eyes.
  • Born-Again Immortality: But only his first one qualifies as a Heroic Spirit.
  • Evil Mentor: To Gilles de Rais of Fate/Zero. He was quite delighted to discover that Gilles was summoned as a Caster due to his influence.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Has actual talent as a magus and is infinitely more depraved than the already wicked Gilles.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He gave Gilles his spellbook, corrupted him, and as revealed in an Interlude during Fate/Grand Order, has a direct line of communication with him from the Throne of Heroes, presumably goading his former student into perpetrating even further vileness.
  • Master of Illusion: When confronting Gilgamesh, True Rider, and True Archer, he conjures up a snowfield that looks and feels real to normal humans like Tine, but Servants like Gilgamesh quickly see through it.
  • Past-Life Memories: But only her first one.

     True Assassin 
One of the nineteen Hassan-i-Sabbah, summoned by Faldeus in an effort to remake the False Holy Grail War into true Holy Grail War. Upon meeting his Master, True Assassin questions Faldeus' convictions and whether or not they are worth taking the lives of others for, declaring that is what it is to form a contract with him. He agrees to be his Master's Shadow so long as he does not abandon his convictions.

     True Berserker 
A robot-spider-tank-lion creature. Summoned by a girl with a grudge against all magi.
  • Animal Motif: Possesses a lion head and mechanical spider legs.
  • Berserk Button: Nearly kills his master upon summoning just for being in a factory powered by his rival's alternating current.
  • Mythology Gag: The lion head might be a tip-off that he's an aspect of Thomas Edison, whose Fate/Grand Order version also shares this trait. Edison in FGO claims that he has a One-Winged Angel form dubbed "Thomas Mazda Edison", and since True Berserker was summoned with a Mazda light bulb as a catalyst...
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Described as being a robotic-spider-tank-lion creature.

     Watcher 
Instead of True Lancer, this group of irregular entities was summoned instead. They claim to be the shadows of a Heroic Spirit but declare that Sigma will become the True Lancer of this False Holy Grail War.
  • Intangibility: Doesn't seem to be able to interact with the physical world.
  • The Power of Hate: Watcher's Captain Ahab form mentions that if he were to be summoned as a proper Servant, his class would most likely be Avenger.
  • Shapeshifting: Can take the form of Asclepius, Orion, Icarus, and Captain Ahab; people who "overstepped their bounds" and who they claim to have killed.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: True to their name, they have the ability to observe everyone and everything in Snowfield.

Other Characters

Mage's Association

    Rhongall 
A professor who was sent to observe Snowfield with Faldeus.

     Lord El-Melloi II (Waver Velvet) 
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A professor and one of the twelve Lords of the Clock Tower. Flatt Escardos is one of his students.
  • Anger Born of Worry: This seems to be his usual attitude toward Flat. Whenever the kid does something stupid, El-Melloi II is furious, but it's entirely because he wants Flat to be safe.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Flat may annoy the hell out of him, but El-Melloi II was nonetheless about to let Flat use the scrap of Iskander's mantle as his summoning catalyst before Flat ran off with to America with the fake knife. The moment he manages to make contact with Flat, he launches into a two-hour long tirade berating his student for doing something as absolutely, mind-numbingly stupid as joining the Holy Grail War. At the end, he pauses for breath and asks to talk to his Servant, politely requesting them to keep Flat safe.
  • Big Good: Serves as this, as he is one of the Clock Tower's more politically powerful figures and the only one who gives a damn about the moral consequences of the False Grail War.
  • Blank White Eyes: A feature of the terrifying enraged faces he tends to make at Flat in the manga.
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Has been assigned as Flat's teacher primarily because no one else wanted to deal with him.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The title of Lord El-Melloi II has officially taken the place of his real name. El Melloi II even goes as far as to introduce himself as someone who used to be named Waver Velvet.
  • Hero of Another Story: Lord El-Melloi II is one of the most recurring characters of the Nasuverse and serves as a protagonist in both Fate/Zero and Lord El-Melloi II Case Files, a Pseudo-Servant in Fate/Grand Order, as well as The Cameo in the anime version of Fate/Apocrypha. Flat even likes to refer to his past cases with convoluted Light Novel titles he made up himself as if El-Melloi II were literally the protagonist of a mystery book series.
  • Hot Teacher: "Professor Charisma" is apparently very popular with his female students; they even voted him the number one man they'd have sex with.
  • Humble Hero: He is outright annoyed with the prestige and popularity he has gained as Lord El-Melloi II.
  • Hyper-Awareness: He is generally a lot more perceptive and observant than most magi. He even immediately deduced that Flat was using magecraft to fake smiles because the associated muscle groups moved in the wrong order.
  • I Have Many Names: Has a tendency to pick up nicknames, the sillier of them (such as Big Ben London Star) started by Flat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be a sour, irritable man, but El-Melloi II is a rare man with a conscience in what is basically a society of sociopaths and one of the few professors of the Clock Tower who actually care about their students as people. He even saved Flat from crossing the Despair Event Horizon because of his steadfast refusal to give up on him where every professor before him had.
  • Kingmaker Scenario: He is not a strong magus, but has an amazing ability to improve other magi. Many of his students have jumped up in magus ranking, something almost unheard of in an age of decaying magic.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Volume 4 reveals he's one keeping Flat stable mentally and emotionally. Heck, it's more than just a crutch-thing, it's a map and compass too.
  • Morality Chain: Flat Escardos admits in Volume 4 that what moral compass he has was basically lifted wholesale from El-Melloi II. Rather than doing something heroically selfless he feels it's the right thing to do, Flat does it because it's something El-Melloi II would, and going against that would be a complete betrayal of his professor's trust.
  • The Mourning After: Even over a decade after the fact, El-Melloi II is still very much not over losing Iskander.
  • Oh, Crap!
    • Rohngall and his apprentice visit him to get his honest opinion on the War. After a bit of exposition, the apprentice notes how impressive it was that El-Melloi managed to send one of his students to participate. He stops for a second until he realizes they're talking about Flat. Subverted that the student they thought they saw was actually Ayaka Sajyou but it was subverted yet again since it was a different Ayaka Sajyou who just looks like her and has the same name.
    • When he finds out that Gilgamesh is in the same Holy Grail War as Flat, recalling his own near-death experience with the King of Heroes.
  • Oblivious to His Own Description: When he's discussing the different factions joining the War, he mentions that at least one is "looking down" upon it, treating it like a game or a show. It takes him until someone mentions his foresight in sending one of his students to participate that he realizes it's his own student.
  • Only Sane Man: Apart from being Flat's straight man, El-Melloi II is one of the few magi who bother to keep up with mundane technology and is quite annoyed at being surrounded by a bunch of clueless luddites.
  • Parental Substitute: As Flat was sent to the Clock Tower as a socially acceptable way for his parents to abandon him, El-Melloi II is effectively his legal guardian on top of being his teacher.
  • Precision F-Strike: Whenever something goes really, really wrong. Unsurprisingly, Flat is often behind this, whether it's spying on a high-level Clock Tower assembly by hacking into the protective bounded fields or running off to Snowfield to join the Holy Grail War.
  • Rapunzel Hair: One of the 12 lords of Clock Tower has "excessively long" hair that reaches to his waist. It is quite a contrast with his youth as a put-upon novice.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Has very little magical talent, and instead got where he is thanks to observational skills and outside the box thinking that made him an amazing coach for budding magi.

The Church

    Delmio Cervantes 
A priest stationed in Las Vegas. The foster father of Hansa.

     Hansa Cervantes 
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He kicks ass for the Lord.
An Executor of the Holy Church. While the Church was not invited to oversee the False Holy Grail War, they sent a priest anyways.
  • Badass Preacher: He's a member of the Catholic Church's Executor Squad.
  • Cyborg: Although it's not obvious, most of his body has been cybernetically enhanced. When confronting Karture, he states that around seventy percent of his body is actually sanctified robotics specializing in combat against Dead Apostles.
  • Dashing Hispanic: He's described as giving the impression of being a Spanish film actor instead of a priest.
  • Doomed Hometown: Hansa came from a small village in Spain that was devastated by Dead Apostles.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Has one over his right eye.
  • The Gadfly: Hansa enjoys annoying people, whether they be his superiors in the Church or murderous vampires.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: He literally has a holy hand grenade launcher in his chest cavity.
  • It's Personal: Subverted. Despite being an Executioner whose village was destroyed by Dead Apostles, Hansa doesn't actually have much against them and is perfectly happy to leave them alone if they keep a low profile.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name can be spelled as Hansa, Hanza, or Hanzo. Considering his origin, Hansa is most likely the intended spelling.
  • Team Switzerland: As an overseer, Hansa doesn't have much stake in the war other than to make sure it doesn't get too out of hand.
  • Vampire Hunter: Like other Executioners, Hansa specializes in hunting down and killing Dead Apostles.

    Quartet 
A group of four female Executors who are subordinates of Hansa.

Snowfield Police Force

    Clan Calatin (Snowfield P.D.) 
A group of specialized police officers under the command of Orlando Reeve.

John Wingard

A young police officer.

Vera Levitt

Orlando's secretary and Dr. Amelia Levitt's sister.
  • Number Two: As Orlandoís secretary, she is fully aware of the False Holy Grail War and the Magical Community as a whole.

Miscellaneous

     Count of Saint Germain 
The legendary Count said to be master of ancient, forgotten wisdom and a famed alchemist, occultist, and time traveler. He encountered King Richard when he was alive.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: The historical Count of Staint Germain was the subject wild speculation thanks to his Mysterious Past, and has hypothesized to be anything from the Wandering Jew to a theosophical Ascended Master. Here, he's implied to be a Time Traveler with a machine quite similar to Doc Brown's DeLorean.
  • Bishōnen: He's an attractive, young-looking man wearing a top hat.
  • The Consigliere: Served as this to Richard the Lionheart.
  • Consummate Liar: One of the things he proclaims to Richard is that he's not a time traveler, despite having been born hundreds of years after him.
  • Court Mage: While not officially a court mage, Richard the Lionheart basically appoints him as his own personal Merlin.
  • Time Travel: Met Richard when he was alive.
  • Trickster Mentor: Saint Germain readily admits that he intends to trick Richard the Lionheart—or rather that he is going to assist in Richard fooling himself—in order to turn him into a legend.

     Master of Archer 
The unnamed master of Archer in the False Holy Grail War before Tine Chelc kills him to take over the contract.
  • Asshole Victim: Once he realized his child had less magical potential than he did, he killed him. He also killed his wife for trying to stop him. Because, according to him, they had "no future as Magi", he feels no guilt over this.
  • Blue Blood: His family is not insignificant in the Mage Association. However, he is a member of a lineage that has started to stagnate.
  • It's All About Me: Just as arrogant as the Servant he called, and with far less reason. Part of the reason he died was that he didn't acknowledge Gilgamesh as anything other than a simple familiar at his beck and call.
  • Let Them Die Happy: His dying thoughts are that his lineage will live on even should he perish. Inverted as he remembered he killed his only successor.
  • Light 'em Up: His preferred method of attack. He uses a spell that gathers all of his energy into a sphere of black light that can be fired at an enemy.
  • No Name Given: We never find out his identity. Not that anyone cares about him.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed off in the same chapter he was introduced in.
  • The Worf Effect: Described as powerful but is instantly upstaged by his replacement.

    Filia 
An Einzbern Homunculus working behind the scenes in Snowfield's Holy Grail War.
  • Artificial Human: A homunculus.
  • Darker and Edgier: Since she doesn't have Rin's conscience holding her back, Ishtar can perform feats beyond her Fate/Grand Order incarnation, such as summoning the full form of Gugalanna. Unfortunately, the divine bull's full glory is on par with a raging hurricane - headed straight for Snowfield.
  • Empty Shell: She's described to be one, making her the perfect vessel for Ishtar; unlike her Fate/Grand Order version, she won't be influenced by any external factors from Filia.
  • Grand Theft Me: Ishtar's borrowing her body for currently unknown reasons.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Phonetically speaking, her name could be either Filia or Philia.
  • Mystical White Hair: like all Enzbern homunculi.
  • Woman in White: Ayaka even specifically refers to her as such.
  • Woman Scorned: Ishtar wants revenge against "those two ingrates" - Gilgamesh and Enkidu - and is perfectly willing to throw Gugalanna at Snowfield if it means they will be caught in the monster's fury.

    Cashura 
A mage who was the one who summoned Saber but was killed by Assassin.
  • Asshole Victim: Was going to kill Ayaka either way even if his Servant would not obey the order he would give them to kill her.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets killed as he was summoning Saber.

    Dr. Amelia Levitt 
Tsubaki's doctor and Vera Levitt's sister.

    The Kuruokas 
A couple of Japanese mages intent on joining the War.
  • Abusive Parents: To Tsubaki. They kept her in line by carefully deceiving her into believing they were Good Parents and that their experiments would one day stop. This causes their deaths when Fake Rider comes to drag them into Tsubaki's dreamworld to play the part of perfect parents forever.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: They showed a kind image to Tsubaki until she fell into an irreversible coma. After that, she became a nonentity to them.
  • Body Horror: As they begin their preparations to summon their Servant, Fake Rider arrives. Instead of the expected Command Seals, their skins break into a tapestry of rashes, blisters and pockmarks. They die soon afterwards... and rise as thralls of their daughter's Rider.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Their work focused on saturating Tsubaki's brain matter with prana-generating bacteria to turn her into a permanent magic battery.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: They created a strain of Black Magic-generating bacteria.
  • Guinea Pig Family: The only reason they had Tsubaki was to experiment on her.
  • It's All About Me: Neither really thinks of Tsubaki more than a source of prana for their Servant and maybe, eventually, a baby-making machine. Even as they die to Rider's power, neither spares a thought for her.
  • Mad Scientist: Both of them are skilled mages and biologists.
  • Medical Horror: They took a look at Zouken Matou's methods, rolled up their sleeves, and cooked up something even worse.
  • Unwitting Pawn: They weren't considered worthy to join the True Holy Grail War - they were some of the fools Faldeus called up to become False Masters. Even so, Faldeus is still somewhat concerned when they don't even try to join the False War... because they're too dead to do so.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: They rapidly get killed by Fake Rider under Tsubaki's oblivious command.

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