Warning: this page contains unmarked spoilers for the Visual Novels Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Hollow Ataraxia, the Light Novel/Anime Fate/Zero, and the Video Game Fate/Extra.
Servant: Arturia Pendragon (Saber)
Played by Josh.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments. Most of them are in his inner monologue, or in the narration as it describes his thoughts.
- Happily Adopted: It helps that he has no memories of his real parents, and idolised Kiritsugu, his foster father.
- MyGreatestFailure: Toyed with. Ilya's death a year after the Grail War hit him hard. He and Taiga had adopted her, and Shirou could do nothing to save her because of her body's degradation as a homunculus. Ultimately, though, he resolved to live on and make her proud of his actions.
- Oblivious to Love: He's even more oblivious to Sakura's affections for him than he was before because of his feelings for Saber. Even in the year-and-a-half before the story started where Saber wasn't even around.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Wears a Pink Apron when cooking, and a Black Apron whenever he's at work.
Servant: Gilgamesh (Archer)
The closest thing to a main villain, she is played by Saska, the head Administrator.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Subverted. Does not necessarily want to destroy the world itself, but the Magus society? Yes.
- Serial Killer: Self-explanatory, almost. She's not opposed to killing other Mages — or civilians, for that matter, if she feels like it.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Also subverted. All Barthomeloi are like this; snobby, superior, arrogant about their lineage. Can anyone blame them?
Servant: Perseus (Rider)
Played by Saska.
- Badass Bookworm: She spends more time researching and theorizing than anything else. And yet she fights with knives.
Servant: EMIYA (Archer)
Head of the Tohsaka family of Mages, keeper of the lands around Fuyuki, and participant in the Fifth Holy Grail War. As she was aware of the Magus Wars, Rin was able to prepare somewhat for their eventual occurrence in Fuyuki. The second person to summon a Servant, Rin was able to puzzle out that the Servant system was working again and resummon her Servant from the previous war. She remains just as Tsundere as ever.
Played by Neme.
- Brainy Brunette: She was the first person to deduce that the Servant system in Fuyuki was working again, as opposed to Sierra (who already knew) and Shirou (who stumbled into it).
- The Gadfly: In a notable example: Shirou comes to her house late at night with a pair of Sabers in tow. She tells Archer to throw a rock at him. He throws a shingle. She doesn't mind, and promptly trolls him when he points out that could have caused serious damage if it hit him.
Servant: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Saber)
Played by Nick.
- Beneath the Mask:
- Haku is quite awkward around his Servant, and generally seems to be a well-to-do student with average grades and normal friends.
- In Magus Mode, Haku's a true Determinator, eager to find the Holy Grail in whatever form it's manifested itself in. Granted, this is likely something Twice forced into him, as he shows hints of regretting how far he feels he has to go in order to accomplish his goals.
- Beware the Nice Ones: His kind demeanor and lack of experience doesn't make him any less of a badass when he breaks out the Fire Magecraft.
- Foil: To Shirou, to an extent. His family doesn't have a specific focus on any type of magic, compared to Shirou who is hyper-specialized in one specific type. He acts like Shirou does at the start of Fate, particularly in regards to his somewhat careless approach to Mastership and the War, whereas Shirou is more experienced. And, on a meta-level, they're both the protagonists of other works.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: The Kishinami family of Mages is known for producing well-balanced, competent Mages, lacking any particular specialization. Less true for Hakuno himself, who focuses on fire magic.
- Playing with Fire: All of Hakuno's spells use fire to an extent, sometimes in conjunction with other elements.
Servant: Iskandar (Rider)
One of the survivors of the Fourth Holy Grail War, and Rin's former Master at Clock Tower. After the end of the Fourth War, his experiences with Iskander and his growth as a human being lead to him shaking off his whiny, narcissistic attitude and developing into a strong-willed, intelligent man. Ten years after the War's end, he returned to Clock Tower, and assisted the Archibald family, of his former lecturer at Clock Tower (killed during the Fourth War), in recovery, despite his lethal relationship with the former family head. As a reward, he was named Lord El-Melloi II, and became one of Clock Tower's finest lecturers. A mix of duty and curiosity lead to him returning to Fuyuki: as the head of the Archibald family, he was obligated to fight on their behalf, but more pressingly he is curious about the irregular nature of both this Servant War, and the war that preceded it a year-and-a-half ago. Naturally, the first thing he did was resummon his former Servant.
- Badass Teacher: All of Waver's students attain, at minimum, the rank of 'Grand' within Clock Tower's hierarchy. Grand is the highest rank there is. He also has an incredible skill for detecting and training the affinities of his students.
- Character Development: Iskander had a profound effect on him, and as a result Waver kept growing, into a highly-astute, respected and intelligent lecturer.
- Humble Hero: He's rather annoyed with his popularity and prestige.
- Robot Maid: His Mystic Code (which he inherited from Kayneth), Volumen Hydragyrum. He promptly improved it by modifying its functions to take humanoid form, which generally takes the shape of a Swedish woman in Meido dress. It is called Maid Golem.
- Smoking Is Cool: Often seen smoking a cigar.
Servant: Lancelot-du-Lac (Berserker, joint-Mastership with Zouken Matou)
The timid, gentle underclassman of Shirou and Rin, who developed a crush on Shirou several years ago. After Shinji's death in the Fifth Holy Grail War, Zouken's focus shifted entirely to Sakura, attempting to slowly break down the resolve Shirou had given her. He failed, but as a result she's become even more adept at hiding her emotions and presenting the face she wants others to see. Along with Zouken, she is the Master of Lancelot, providing the Berserker with prana and holding three back-up Command Spells even though the Knight is contracted with Zouken. Whilst Zouken's aims are currently unclear, Sakura is slowly attempting to move from her position as one of Zouken's pawns to a player in her own right - and above all, she wants to protect Shirou.
- Declaration of Protection: Her primary motivation. She will protect Shirou, whatever it takes. She's never said it aloud, but her inner monologue makes it clear this is the case.
- Supreme Chef: She's since taken the position from Shirou, becoming an even better cook than he is.
Servant: Li Shu Wen (Lancer)
Servant: Isuelt of Ireland (Caster)
At first glance, Herman is an aging, friendly man of God. In truth, he is a man of science, a capable Magus, and a Church Executor. In him, two bloodlines meet: he has inherited the Thaumaturgical skills and style of the Courtemanche family, and has learned the prowess with a halberd from the Henchoz family. A former Executor, Herman has traveled to Fuyuki in the hopes of using the system there to reach The Root, access the Akashic Records, and determine the purpose of human existence.
- Defector from Decadence: He eventually left the Church after two years as an Executor, instantly putting himself on their hit list.
- Mad Scientist: He's trying to reach the Root and determine the purpose of human existence. If a bit of blood has to be shed along the way, well, so bet it.
- Religious Bruiser: Church Executor.
Servant: Tamamo-no-Mae (Caster)
A Magus hailing from South America. Casual and peaceful, she was lost in the Amazon at a young age where she discovered her Mystic Eye before being rescued by a Shaman and returned to civilisation. Kind-hearted but not soft-hearted, she entered in the Magus Wars for her children's sake; she wanted to end the War without further bloodshed, and wants to stop it from harming her children. These feelings extend to others, as she dislikes seeing children and young people involved in a war. Though she was trying to summon the hero who slew the Nine-Tailed Fox, she ultimately ended up summoning Tamamo-no-Mae.
- Eyepatch of Power: Covers her Mystic Eye.
- Good Parents: More than anything else, she loves her children. Her whole reason for entering the Magus Wars is to stop it before it can hurt them.
- Magical Eye: Her Mystic Eye, which terrifies her subject and triggers flight-or-fight reactions.
Servant: Mordred (Saber)
Master: Shirou Emiya
Played by Saska.
- Anti-Magic: As a Servant of the Saber class, she possesses an innate ability to resist magic.
- Badass Adorable: Granted, she's more beautiful and dignified than cute, but her sincere and honest persona is quite endearing.
- Berserk Button: Food. Either deny her food or feed her something that's not good, and things won't end well.
- Bifauxnen: Because her aging was stopped at fifteen, she can (and has) posed as a man, several times.
- Big Eater: Although it's partially because Shirou cannot actively provide her with prana, Arturia enjoys food, a lot, though she has to eat it in order to keep up her strength. It's as if she'll eat anything.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Although not to a powerful degree, Arturia is known to hide her anger behind an innocent smile.
- Cuteness Proximity: Arturia is fond of plush toys. Especially lions.
- Jeanne d'Archétype: An expert swordswoman, born humble and became the leader of her people, pretended to be a man, and was eventually betrayed by her own people. Ironically, she's often mistaken for being Jeanne.
- Older Than They Look: Arturia was approximately 25 when she died, but because of Avalon, she looks to be in her mid to late teens.
- Tranquil Fury: You know she's the most angry when she's smiling or just too quiet altogether. Especially if it was Shirou that pissed her off.
- Walk on Water: An ability given to her by the Lady of the Lake, but as a result, she can't swim.
Master: Athanasios Zacharias
Played by Nick.
- Artificial Human: Mordred is technically a homunculus (like Ilya), created from sperm extracted from Arturia when she was temporarily given an artificial penis by the prankster Merlin. As a result, he grew quickly, but had a much shorter lifespan.
- Bishōnen: Looking at him, you'd have no idea that he's not actually a woman. That's what happens when you're a clone of a woman-briefly-turned-man.
- Cloning Blues: Averted. Mordred was rather proud of his status as a homunculus clone of Arturia.
- Cast from Hit Points: Using Clarent Blood Arthur actually causes him blinding, debilitating pain.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Morgan may have been the mastermind, but Mordred started, and led the rebellion that ultimately led to the downfall of Knights of the Round Table.
- Mr. Fanservice: Averted. Unlike Mordred in Fate/Apocrypha, a fairly standard Ms. Fanservice, Mordred in Magus Wars wears quite modest (if stylish) clothing.
Master: Ayame Kuroishi
Played by Nick.
- Anti-Magic: As with all Sabers, Beowulf also possesses the potent magic resistance befitting her class.
- Amazonian Beauty: Beowulf was tall for a person in her time, never mind a woman. She is also rather attractive when not scowling.
- BFS: Byrndennmel, the Giant's Sword. Only Beowulf had the strength to heft this EX-ranked Noble Phantasm.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She's not above expressing herself during combat. Even if only to goad her opponents.
- Gender Bender: The Epic of Beowulf refers to the titular hero with gender-neutral pronouns. Historians have incorrectly assumed that Beowulf, like all heroes of the time, was a man.
- Leitmotif: Beowulf
- Master Swordsman: Beowulf is incredibly adept at swordplay due to constant sparring with her grandfather's thanes. She was considered a better duelist than he was from the age of FOUR.
- Red Baron: King of Thanes and Beowulf. "Beowulf" itself can be interpreted as "Beado-Wulf", known in Old English as a kenning, or loanword for The War-Wolf, or the Bear-Wolf
- Super Strength: She's able to lift up Byrndennmel, a sword intended to be used by the jotun. It has been suggested her physical strength would allow her to defend competently against a Berserker such as Hercules.
- War Is Glorious: Beowulf fought in a particularly nasty one between her people, their Danish allies and the Franks after the latter had a merry jaunt through Frisia, killing quite a lot of people to subjugate the country.
Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
Master: Hakuno Kishinami
Played by Whammy.
- BFS: Her sword, Aestus Estus, is longer than Hakuno is tall.
- Gender Flip: The real-life Emperor Nero was a man. Nero Saber is a short, well-endowed female.
- Mythology Gag:
- Same Master/Servant pairing as in Fate/Extra, with the same relationship between them.
- A Carnival Phantasm thread featuring Nero dragging Hakuno on a shopping spree was entitled "Nero fiddles while money burns".
- New Powers as the Plot Demands:
- A justified, unique example. Nero's giant ego means that she has the Imperial Privilege Skillnote , which allows her to temporarily obtain skills (such as Swordsmanship, Military Tactics, Riding, and even Divinity) she wouldn't normally have as if she were born with them, up to A+ rank.
- Taken up to eleven when she activates her Noble Phantasm, Aestus Domus Aurea; when inside it, she can freely change and improve her own skills and Parametres whilst decreasing those of her opponent,
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: A scant 150 cm tall, making her one of the smallest Heroic Spirits. This in no way impedes her power as a Servant. Just don't call her small.
Jeanne D'arc (Joan of Arc)
Master: Oda Nobunaga
- Anti-Magic: All Sabers have high Magic Resistance, but Jeanne takes it one step further with Rank EX. Due to her unwavering piety, nothing short of the most powerful sacraments of the Church can even touch her. Notably, unlike most other forms of Magic Resistance, Jeanne's doesn't cancel the spell outright; it just doesn't damage her.
- Identical Stranger: Nero, Arturia and Jeanne are all extremely similar in terms of appearance.
- Too Awesome to Use: La Pucelle, Jeanne's ultimate Noble Phantasm. It's at least as powerful as Excalibur, but she dies after using it.
- Seers: Jeanne's Revelation skill. It functions similarly to the Instinct skill of many Servants, but encompasses not just battle, but all matters related to the achievement of a goal, allowing her to instinctual know the right choice to make to reach it.
Master: Rin Tohsaka
In life, Shirou Emiya, who lived his life according to his ideals of self-sacrifice and died happy. In death, a Counter-Guardian, forced to spend eternity killing the humans he became a Counter-Guardian to protect. Feeling betrayed by his ideals, Archer's goal is to kill his younger self, thereby causing a time paradox that will remove himself from his existence as a Counter-Guardian. Originally summoned in the Fifth War, he was defeated by the Berserker of the war, allowing Shirou, Saber and Rin to escape. Summoned again by Rin, his goal remains the same: kill Shirou Emiya.
- The Blacksmith: One of his defining character traits, as it's the core ability of Unlimited Blade Works: any weapon he sees, he records, reproduces and can use.
- Dual Wielding: As opposed to a bow, his regular weapons in combat are a pair of twin swords, Kanshou and Bakuya.
- Jerkass: Even when he's not trying to kill Shirou, he's still a dick most of the time. He does have a soft spot for Rin though.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Utterly despises Shirou for how he clings to his ideals, despite (and in fact because of) how Emiya himself followed those same ideals to the end and was betrayed by them.
- Luck Stat: Notable for being quite literally as low as it can go. He makes up for it with the Eye of the Mind (True) skill, allowing him excellent in-battle analysis of his opponent's forms, strategies, strengths and weaknesses.
- Weak, but Skilled: Generally speaking, Archer is one of the weakest Servants there is (unless somebody goes and summons Avenger). He makes up for this with the inherent advantages of his Projection Magecraft, and several lifetimes worth of experience in combat and honing his skills.
Master: Sierra Barthomeloi.
Played by Nick.
- All Your Powers Combined: The Gate of Babylon in a sense. It contains the prototypes of almost every Noble Phantasm, and they're a damn sight more powerful.
- Anti-Magic: Gilgamesh has a ton of anti-magic items in the Gate the make up for the Archer class' inherent lack of protection
- Catchphrase: "Mongrels"
- The Good King: Originally, he was a fair, just and loved King. As he grew older, he became the Jerkass we all know and love. He mellowed out a bit after meeting Enkidu, but that pretty much ended after the latter's death.
- Go Out with a Smile: His death in the Fate route. His attitude towards Saber after she kills him...doesn't really last after he's resummoned.
- Heroic Willpower: He took a full dose of ALL THE WORLD'S EVILS and didn't flinch. At all.
- Light Is Not Good: He may be called Golden Boy, and is all shiny, but he's booking on winning this time around and exterminating the unworthy (most of humanity)
- Pride: His Fatal Flaw. If he were willing to take anyone seriously, he'd be a much, much bigger threat than he is.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A sign of his divinity, and a danger sign at that.
- Smug Super: His colossal strength and power could transform him into a much more successful villain. However, his ego manages to be even more powerful and domineering than either of those combined, leading to his downfall in all three routes.
- Story-Breaker Power: Yes. He's even more powerful than he was in Fate/Zero under Tokiomi Tohsaka because of how ridiculously powerful his new Master is, and how much magical energy she can pump into him. Literally the only way he could be more powerful is if his Master was Illyasviel von Einzbern or a similar homunculusnote .
Master: Ethereal Lorcain
Masters: Zouken Matou (Contractor), Sakura Matou (Prana Source, Spare Command Spells)
The greatest knight who ever lived. After his death, Lancelot fell into madness, his life spent in guilt and regret because of his actions in saving Guinevere. Initially summoned by the Matous in the Fourth War, he was defeated by Saber shortly before the War's end. This time, he has been summoned in a manner similar to Arturia in the Fourth War: Zouken Matou made the contract and summoned him, but his prana is supplied by Sakura Matou, who holds three Command Spells to go with Zouken's own.
- Berserk Button: The sight of Arturia makes him flip out, loose all semblance of control, and focus on killing her.
- Fallen Hero: A tragic example. It's because he was so heroic before his fall that he fell into madness, as he died in grief and regret without being forgiven or forgiving himself.
- Master Swordsman: As a result of his Eternal Arms Mastership skill, he avoided the loss of fine motor control that hinders most Berserkers, meaning he's just as good a swordsman as he was in life. Couple this with his bonuses from Mad Enhancement and Sakura providing his prana, and he's better than most Sabers.
- Nice Guy: You get a few hints of it in what little remains of his inner monologue, when he's not completely consumed by rage. Were he not mad, he'd be one of the nicest and most polite and courteous characters on the site - he was history's greatest Knight, after all.
- Unholy Holy Sword: Lancelot's sword, Arondight, was given to him by the Lady of the Lake, like Excalibur was to Saber. When he killed many of his fellow Knights, he stained it black.