The Fourth Holy Grail War... that is, the story of one questioning the meaning of justice.
The Moon's Holy Grail War... that is, the story of searching for oneself.
The Great Holy Grail War... that is, the story of one praying towards salvation.
The Grand Order... that is, the story of taking back the future.
Expanding throughout time, through innumerable text... that is, the greatest heroic tale of human history.
Fate is an Urban Fantasy action franchise, part of the greater Nasuverse created by Kinoko Nasu and Takashi Takeuchi. Originally just a series of self-contained material, the Fate franchise very quickly eclipsed the rest of TYPE-MOON's works and came into its own as a standalone series.
While concepts for the series came long before its debut in 2004 (including a literature version similar to Nasu's other works like Kara no Kyoukai and Angel Notes), its first and most well-known installment, Fate/stay night, was released as an Eroge during Comic Market 67. Lack of official translations meant it would be relatively obscure in the West, if it weren't for fans translating the game and its respective 2006 anime being officially brought over. Interest in the series surged when the adaptation of prequel novel Fate/Zero released in 2011, sparking a revival in interest for the original game and a wave of spinoffs and rereleases. The third surge in popularity was Fate/Grand Order, which launched in 2015 and has pretty much made the franchise a pop culture landmark in Japan for the late New Tens. While official translations for its other installments still remain few and far between, the community is dedicated enough to keep up with every installment as it comes out.
Fate's claim to fame is its use of the Holy Grail War, a ritual performed by mages to create and use the titular vessel to have their greatest desire granted, no matter how twisted it may be. Closely related to this is the Servant system, the ability to summon famous individuals from folklore and history, who are then used as the War's combatants. Servants themselves function how Mons would in a similar series, with the prerequisite class advantages, Master/Servant dynamics, and (especially in later installments) plenty of Servants to choose from. So much so, when TYPE-MOON did a Self-Parody using Pokémon as the basis, the only thing that changed was that kids were the Masters and could use more than one Servant. Originally, however, the Servants were merely reflections of their Masters, while the latter group was the real meat of the story. Nowadays, the Servants are what everyone focuses on, and the narrative importance of Master and Servant is reversed.
Keep in mind that the franchise doesn't have a completely straight continuity; in fact, many titles are in their own separate continuity, held together by the basic concept of the Grail War, the mage system, and the Servant system. Fate/EXTRA, for example, takes place years after the first game's Holy Grail War, but the game itself only takes inspiration from its outcome while going off into a completely different direction. Others, like Fate/Apocrypha and Fate/Requiem, are straight up in an alternate universe.
Works in the franchise:
Visual Novels and Video Games
- Fate/stay night (2004) - The one that started it all. Covers the Fifth Holy Grail War, and its protagonist, Shirou Emiya, as he finds himself thrust into it by accident.
- Fate/tiger colosseum (2007) - Fighting Game.
- Fate/unlimited codes (2008) - Fighting Game.
- Fate/EXTRA (2010) - JRPG, takes place in an alternate universe 20 Minutes into the Future, focusing on the students of Tsukumihara Academy as they fight in a digital Holy Grail War.
- Fate/EXTRA CCC (2013) - A sequel to the first game. It essentially serves as a "third route" to the original, forking off the original game at a certain point and providing a much different experience, in a fashion very deliberately comparable to the "Heaven's Feel" route of the original F/SN.
- Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (2017) - Features a Genre Shift to a Musou-style game.
- Fate/Extella Link (2018)
- Fate/Grand Order (2015-present) - The Crisis Crossover of the franchise, featuring nearlynote every Servant featured in the franchise thus far, in Chaldea's attempt to stop time anomalies from eventually destroying the world. Also largely the work that catapulted the series into true global superstardom.
- Fate/Grand Order Arcade (2018) - An arcade adaptation of the game with a graphical hop to 3D.
- Fate/Zero (2005-2007) - Prequel to stay night, following Shirou's adoptive father, Kiritsugu Emiya, and his exploits during the Fourth Holy Grail War.
- Fate/Apocrypha (2012-2014) - Takes place in an alternate universe with a different Fourth Holy Grail War.
- Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Sky Silver (2013-2017) - Prequel to Prototype, focusing on their universe's First Holy Grail War.
- Fate/Labyrinth (2015): The official crossover between Prototype and stay night as Manaka is trapped in a labyrinth with the Saber of Fate/stay night.
- Lord El-Melloi II Case Files (2014-2019) - Sequel to Fate/Zero featuring a now grown up Waver Velvet aka Lord El-Melloi II and his sidekick Gray solving magical mysteries.
- Garden of Avalon (2015) - Prequel that focuses on the original Saber's backstory.
- Fate/strange fake (2015-present) - Takes place some years after hollow ataraxia, with a group of mages trying to reenact the outcome of the Fifth Holy Grail War.
- Fate/Requiem (2018-present) - Takes place in the aftermath of a large war that results in everyone having a Servant with the exception of its protagonist.
- Fate/stay night (2006-2012) - An adaptation of the original visual novel's Fate route. Illustrated by Datto Nishiwaki.
- Fate/EXTRA (2011-2014) - Adaptation of the game of the same name. Illustrated by Robi-na.
- Fate/EXTRA CCC: Foxtail (2013-present) - It notably incorporates several characters that were originally cut from CCC into its narrative and later begins to diverge from the game's narrative to the point of becoming an Alternate Continuity.
- Fate/EXTRA CCC (2015-present)
- Fate/hollow ataraxia (2013-present) - An adaptation of the fan disc.
- Fate/strange fake (2015-present) - An adaptation of the novel. Illustrated by Morii Shizuki, who also illustrates the novel.
- Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel (2015-present) - An adaptation of the original visual novel's Heaven's Feel route. Illustrated by Task Ohna.
- Fate/Apocrypha (2016-present) - An adaptation of the novel. Illustrated by Akira Ishida.
- Fate/Grand Order -mortalis:stella- (2017-2018) - Covers Chapters 2, 4, and 6 of the game's first arc. Josei manga. Illustrated by Shiramine.
- Fate/Grand Order -turas:realta- (2017-present) - Covers Chapters 3, 5, and 7 of the game's first arc. Shounen manga. Illustrated by Takeshi Kawaguchi.
- Lord El-Melloi II Case Files (2017-present) - An adaptation of the novel. Illustrated by Tō Azuma.
- Fate/Grand Order -Epic of Remnant- Malignant Quarantined Devil's Realm Shinjuku: Shinjuku Phantom Incident (2019-present) - Based off of the first arc of Epic of Remnant. Illustrated by Shonen Sasaki.
- Fate/Grand Order -Epic of Remnant- Deep Sea Cyber-Nirvana SE.RA.PH (2019-present) - Based off of the Fate/Extra CCC crossover arc of Epic of Remnant. Illustrated by Nishide Kengoro.
- Fate/Grand Order -Epic of Remnant- Pseudo Singularity II: Legendary Subterranean World Agartha: Women of Agartha (2019-present) - Based off of the second arc of Epic of Remnant. Illustrated by Hideo Takanaka.
- Fate/Grand Order -Epic of Remnant- Seven Swordsmaster Spirit Duels (2019-present) - Based off of the third arc of Epic of Remnant. Illustrated by Rei Wataru.
- Fate/Grand Order -Epic of Remnant- Pseudo Singularity IV: Taboo Advent Salem: Heretical Salem (2019-present) - Based off of the fourth arc of Epic of Remnant. Illustrated by Aoi Ohmori.
- Fate/School Life (2006-present) - A comedic manga that gives the students of Homurahara Academy time to shine in the spotlight.
- Koha-Ace (2011-present) - A comedic manga featured in the magazine Type-MOON ACE.
- Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA (2011-present) - Magical Girl spinoff featuring Illyasviel von Einzbern as a little girl, and her quest to collect the seven Class Cards.
- Learning with Manga! FGO (2015-present) - A web manga all about teaching the players the basics of playing Grand Order... allegedly.
- Fate/mahjong night: Seihai Sensou (2015-present) - Yonkoma series about the servants of the Fifth Holy Grail War playing a deadly serious game of mahjong.
- Today's Menu for Emiya Family (2016-present) - A Slice of Life spinoff focusing on the Fifth Holy Grail War participants... living peaceful lives and cooking good food.
- Teach Us FGO! Great Men and Myths of Grand Order (2016-present) - A web manga about the FGO Servants' real-world backgrounds. Illustrated by Yuu Tsurusaki.
- Fate/Grand Order Duel: YA Tokuiten: Misshitsu Yūgi Makyō Shibuya: Shibuya Kettō Jiken (2019-present) - Based off of the Fate/Grand Order Duel -collection figure- board game. Illustrated by Eiichiro Masshin.
AnimeStudio DEEN adaptations
- Fate/stay night (2006) - Covers the Fate route of the original visual novel, with some plot points taken from the other two routes (24 episodes).
- Fate/stay night The Movie: Unlimited Blade Works (2007) - A film covering the Unlimited Blade Works route of the original visual novel.
- Fate/Zero (2011-2012)
- Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] (2014-2015) - Based off of the Unlimited Blade Works route of stay night (24 episodes).
- Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel (2017-2020) - Based off of the Heaven's Feel route of stay night. Made into a movie trilogy.
- I. presage flower (2017)
- II. lost butterfly (2019)
- III. spring song (2020)
- Today's Menu for Emiya Family (2018-2019) - Monthly adaptation of the manga of the same name (13 episodes).
- Fate/Grand Order: Himuro's World ~The Seven Strongest Great Figures~ (2018): A crossover OVA between Grand Order and School Life.
- Fate/Prototype (2011) - OVA based on the original concept of stay night, with a male Saber and his female Master Ayaka. Included with the third season of Carnival Phantasm. [Lerche]
- Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA (2013-2016) [SILVER LINK.]
- Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA: Oath Under Snow (2017) - Based off of Miyu's Brother's backstory. Theatrical release.
- Prisma Phantasm (2019) - a lighthearted OVA funded with Kickstarter. Also saw a theatrical release.
- Fate/Apocrypha (2017-2018) [A-1 Pictures]
- Fate/Extra Last Encore (2018) - an alternate take on EXTRA, following the male Hakuno Kishinami and Saber as they make their way through the Moon Cell thousands of years after his alleged death. [Studio Shaft]
- Fate/Grand Order adaptations:
- Fate/Grand Order: First Order (2016): An Adaptation Distillation OVA of the game's prologue chapter. [Lay-duce]
- Fate/Grand Order: Moonlight/Lostroom (2017): An epilogue OVA to the game's first arc as the cast discuss several concepts in retrospect and preview what is to come.
- Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia (2019): Adaptation of the game's seventh chapter. [CloverWorks]
- Fate/Grand Order: Camelot - The Shining Airgetlám (2020): Movie adaptation of the game's sixth chapter. [Production I.G]
- Learning with Manga! FGO (2019): A fifteen minute adaptation of the manga of the same name, aired as a New Year's special. [A-1 Pictures]
- Fate/Grand Order: First Order (2016): An Adaptation Distillation OVA of the game's prologue chapter. [Lay-duce]
- Lord El-Melloi II Case Files (2019): An adaptation of the Rail Zeppelin storyline. Had a prelude episode air as a New Year's special. [Troyca]
- Carnival Phantasm (2010-2011): Comedic crossover with fellow Nasuverse franchise Tsukihime. Adapted from the manga Take Moon. [Lerche]
- All Around Type-Moon (2008-present) - Comedic crossover with Tsukihime and Kara no Kyoukai.
- Melty Blood: Back Alley Alliance Nightmare (2015): Serious crossover with Melty Blood, also serving as its sequel manga.