Best Fate Series Characters

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I've made a list of the best males. I've made a list of the best females. I've made a list of the strongest. And I've made a list of the most badass. Now it's time for a list of the best of the best. Being that I am a huge fan of the Fate series (well, mostly the anime installments), I know quite a lot about the characters and the lore surrounding the universe of one of Type-Moon's most popular franchises.

If you don't know this, Type-Moon (also known under the name as Notes., Ltd. for its publishing and corporate operations) is a Japanese game company that is best known for its visual novels, co-founded by author Kinoko Nasu and illustrator Takashi Takeuchi. So now I've made a list compiling the best characters in the Fate series. This list is based both on popularity and a bit of my personal opinion, so if you feel like adding a character that I may have missed, be sure to add it if I don't. Otherwise, I hope people will like this list and discuss each and every character they come upon on this list in a civil manner.

P.S. This list is not limited to Fate/stay night characters. Characters from Fate/Zero, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, Fate/Extra, Fate/Apocrypha, Fate/Grand Order, etc. can be submitted as well.

The Top Ten

1 Saber Saber Saber is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon and its prequel, Fate/Zero, by Type-Moon and nitroplus. She is the the Saber-class Servant of Kiritsugu Emiya during the Fourth Holy Grail War in Fate/Zero and the Saber-class Servant of Shirou ...read more.

Anyone who's familiar with the Fate series knew that this was obviously going to take the top spot. Who else would be number 1 if not the mascot of the entire Fate franchise itself? Anyways, it's not pretty hard to love and admire this gender-bended incarnation of King Arthur (or Arturia Pendragon, as her true identity is named as). Once being a dreamy, idealistic, and innocent young girl, when she drew upon the holy sword Caliburn, she would become the just but distant King of Knights that would, under the guidance of Merlin, lead her British kingdom to an era of prosperity and peace. Now since it's going to take a LONG time to explain her backstory and how she came to be a Heroic Spirit, I'm just going to cut to the chase and go into detail about her character and what I like most about her. For the most part, she's a very strong-willed woman who speaks resolutely and stands strong for her ideals. After all, in her route from the visual novel, which is the Fate route, the main theme ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Saber's one of the coolest and most badass swordswomen in anime! She's beautiful, courageous, strong-willed and determined, and she's proved to us that women can be just as strong as men. She is the perfect combination of a beauty and a warrior, and is very deserving of the title "King of Knights". - Goku02

Saber, or Arturia, and the perfect image of the knight in shining armor. She's strong, selfless, dedicated, loyal, and determined. Even if Lancelot doesn't believe her to be a good ruler, I sure do. - ThatEmoLoner

2 Archer Archer Archer is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon. He is the Archer-class servant of Rin Tohsaka during the Fifth Holy Grail War in Fate/stay night.

"I am the bone of my sword. Steel is my body and fire is my blood. I have created over a thousand blades. Unknown to Death, nor known to Life. Have withstood pain to create many weapons. Yet, those hands will never hold anything. So as I pray, unlimited blade works." That has got to be the most badass and legendary chant I've ever heard in my life. Aside from that, Archer is a pretty complex and likable badass. Acting as the Servant of young magus and heir to the Tohsaka clan, Rin Tohsaka, Archer is a cynical yet well-meaning individual. That, and it's been said that his personality is very contradicting, given that he is nihilistic yet devoted to helping his Master achieve victory. But other than his cool-headed exterior, I think what most attracts me to Archer is his enigmatic nature. He may not lie, but he can keep secrets and tell half-truths as well. This mixes in well with his mysterious motivation in Fate/stay night to kill Shirou as he does not approve of his ideal of becoming ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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3 Gilgamesh Gilgamesh Gilgamesh is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon. He is the Archer-class servant of Tokiomi Tohsaka and a secondary antagonist during the Fourth Holy Grail War in Fate/Zero. He reprises his role as a secondary antagonist during the Fifth ...read more.

Arrogant, cynical to everyone "beneath" him, and I love every bit of it. Not only is he badass, he's just got such charisma to him that his arrogance is charming. One of my favorite anime villains. - Elric-san

He is awesome and he is probably my 10th favorite anime character - HollowArrow

I now present to you the King of Heroes himself! None other than Gilgamesh, everyone's favorite golden douchebag! Man, I just love this guy. Prideful, arrogant, self-absorbed, egotistical, and narcissistic, you'll probably never see another servant with an ego as big as this ancient Mesopotamian king (though, given he wears a golden suit of armor, I'm not really sure if I could call him ancient). Combine that with an innumerable arsenal of every Noble Phantasm in existence in his Gate of Babylon along with his powerful sword Ea, and you've got yourself the most OP servant to ever exist as well. These two traits alone make him a huge popular fan favorite among fans of the Fate series. Well, at least for me, it makes him a huge favorite of mine. Anyways, being an Archer-class Servant, Gilgamesh has a lot of independence and freedom to do as he desires, even to the point where he defied his master Tokiomi Tohsaka in Fate/Zero often. Though Tokiomi isn't exactly the most heroic thing in ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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4 Kiritsugu Emiya Kiritsugu Emiya Kiritsugu Emiya is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon and its prequel, Fate/Zero, by Type-Moon and nitroplus. He is only mentioned and seen in flashbacks in Fate/stay Night, but is one of the main protagonists of Fate/Zero.

Enter Kiritsugu Emiya. Those who have played the original Fate/stay night visual novel or have at least seen the 2006 Fate/stay night anime would recognize him as Shirou's adoptive father. While he's only seen in flashbacks in Fate/stay night, he plays a MAJOR role in Fate/Zero. So what do you do when people barely see the protagonist's father in flashbacks, but then you're told to create a prequel series with him as the main protagonist? Simple. Turn him into a gun-wielding badass anti-hero! From a small island kid to a freelancer assassin, Kiritsugu Emiya is a skilled hitman that can take down any magus he's hunting down with any method possible. Hell, he goes by a motto of killing the minority to save the majority. Which brings me to his character and psychological depth. Being that he's notoriously known as the Magus Killer, it's no surprise he's cold and ruthless in operation and mission. This is shown prominently in Fate/Zero, where he uses any tactics necessary to eliminate his ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Kiritsugu Emiya is actually my favorite anime character. He really reflects the true meaning to be a hero. He's willing to carry the burden of the sacrifices made to achieve a peaceful world, and he's determined to reach that goal. He'll stick his hands in the dirt to dig out the buried treasure. He's had the most tragic, depressing life a hero could have, but he pulls through. He pulls through for the sake of the world, for the sake of the future. He doesn't care about being respected, or honored, or even liked. Fame isn't important to him. He just wants to be a hero of justice. And I think he deserves the title. - ThatEmoLoner

Kiritsugu Emiya is probably one of the most complex characters with the most tragic and beatiful stories in the medium. Real heroes doesn't wear cap and don't rescue cats in trees. They are not shiny, they are gray. They are condemned to be alone. And this man weared the burden of the world by himself, without been understood, without fair recognition. And in the end, he made what probably no one would have the guts to do, he sacrificed the thing more precious to him, for the good of everyone. And that, that is what means to be a real hero of justice. Like he once said, "saving one person means being unable to save another".

5 Kirei Kotomine Kirei Kotomine Kirei Kotomine is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon. He is the main antagonist of Fate/Zero and the general main antagonist of Fate/stay night. In Fate/stay night, he plays an important role in the unfolding events in all three routes, ...read more.

It's not every day that you see a martial arts expert, Black Key-wielding, badass church priest as a major antagonist! Kirei Kotomine, if I do say so myself, is a very daunting and foreboding villain in the Fate series. There are many things surrounding him in terms of his secrets and past in Fate/stay night and so much moments of ideological clashes and development as to how he became the bad guy that we all know and love to hate today in Fate/Zero. Driven by a desire to seek fulfillment in his life, it's no wonder he instantly becomes Kiritsugu's archenemy in Fate/Zero since the latter already has his own goals that he wishes to achieve. It was also interesting to see how Gilgamesh had a hand in making Kirei the baddie that would come to be in Fate/stay night. Speaking of Fate/stay night, he's still shown to be the same badass that he was in Fate/Zero, with the whole story behind him in Fate/Zero waiting to be unraveled in the Heaven's Feel route. Though he's basically the guy that ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

6 Rin Tohsaka Rin Tohsaka Rin Tohsaka is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon. She is the main heroine of the Unlimited Blade Works route.

Behold, the heir to the Tohsaka clan, Rin Tohsaka herself. Brave, resourceful, self-confident, caring, and intelligent, Rin Tohsaka is not to be underestimated. She can utilize gems for combat, knows the art of martial self-defense, and is very determined. While already being a strong individual since she was little in Fate/Zero, she still maintains such a resilient nature in the events of Fate/stay night. On the topic of Fate/stay night, her most prominent role is in the Unlimited Blade Works route, which mainly focuses on her and Archer. In Fate/stay night, she forms a tight bond with her Servant Archer and eventually forms a truce with Shirou at one point when they need to cooperate with each other to take down one of the Masters assaulting their school. Now this is probably not important to any of you considering that what we all really love her for is her personality and strong character. And don't deny it. You have to admit it's a little cute when we see the young magus's cheeks ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Strong and determined tsundere badass queen. - ThatEmoLoner

I love Tsunderin! Waifu for laifu!

7 Iskandar (Rider) Iskandar (Rider)

*Screams a hearty battle cry* Make way for the King of Conquerors, Iskandar of Macedonia! Known by many names, this manly warrior knows what it truly means to lead his people as a king! While he may come off as greedy and reckless, especially with his master Waver Velvet in Fate/Zero, he also proves to be inspirational to others, always acting jovial and valuing the bonds he has with his followers from his Noble Phantasm Ionian Hetairoi and with his own master Waver as well, who he sees not just as a master, but even as his best friend as well. For a duo that fights in a series that revolves around tragedy, Iskandar sure manages to light things up with not only some humorous comic relief, but also some of the most motivating and awe-inspiring speeches and battles as well! Iskandar, you are our king. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

8 Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald

Uh... Kayneth is a pretty awesome belligerent in Fate/Zero, but... top 10? Don't get me wrong, I like him, but I just feel that there are other characters who deserve to be in the top 10 besides him like Nero Claudius. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

9 Lancer Lancer Lancer is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon. Lancer can refer to two different Lancer-class servants: Diarmuid Ua Duibhne from Fate/Zero and Cú Chulainn from Fate/stay night.

Say hello to the luck of the Irish! Well, an Irish mythological hero, to be exact. Lancer, also known by his true identity as Cu Chulainn in Fate/stay night, is one honorable Servant. He initially appears to be a bad guy starting at the beginning of Fate/stay night when he nearly kills Shirou for seeing him fight against Archer at his school at night. However, as the series progresses, it becomes clear Lancer isn't really the bad guy as some may have perceived him to be. In basically most of the routes, he's shown to be a chivalrous man of honor who plays fair and lives by a good moral code of justice. If you really want to know where he's at his most heroic, just watch the Unlimited Blade Works anime and you'll know what I mean. But I think all in all, I've pretty much summed up what's so good about Lancer and why I admire and respect him a lot. Oh, and he cracks me up in Carnival Phantasm as well ("Lancer died! You're not human! "). - ModernSpongeBobSucks

10 Nero Claudius (Saber) Nero Claudius (Saber)

Praise Red Saber! While many people are quite familiar with the just and courageous British king that is Arturia Pendragon, or simply Saber, a lot of people seem to also know about another famous Heroic Spirit from the Saber class, which is none other than Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus! Or as I said earlier, Red Saber. I don't know much about her other than her major role in Fate/Extra and Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star along with her appearances in Fate/Grand Order and certain other forms of Type-Moon media like Carnival Phantasm, but from what I've seen from a few clips of her, she's one feisty Roman emperor! Boisterous, flamboyant, energetic, hyperactive, and always begging for attention, Nero Claudius manages to make herself a unique and very memorable Servant in the Nasuverse, even if she does look like a simple clone of the original Saber that is King Arthur. Hopefully, with that Fate/Extra Last Encore anime that's supposed to come out in 2017, we'll be able to see her ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The Contenders

11 Luviagelita Edelfelt Luviagelita Edelfelt
12 Rider Rider Rider is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon. Rider can refer to two different Rider-class servants: Iskandar from Fate/Zero and Medusa from Fate/stay night.
13 Jeanne d'Arc (Ruler) Jeanne d'Arc (Ruler)

Ooh, I think I'm seeing some Jeanne d'Arc fans right now! While I've only seen her as a cameo in Fate/Zero, I've heard about her major role in Fate/Apocrypha and she's pretty cool in Fate/Grand Order and Fate/Extella. I wish I could go into more detail about her, but she hasn't appeared in any major role in an anime installment yet. Perhaps the Fate/Apocrypha anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures that's set to release this year will do her some justice. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I wonder if more people are going to vote for Jeanne d'Arc on this list when the anime adaptation of Fate/Apocrypha finally comes out this year. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Fate/Apocrypha is coming in July 2017, Fate fans. Just hold on a little longer. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Her Alter form really arouses me. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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14 Sakura Matou Sakura Matou Sakura Matou is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon. She is the main heroine of the Heaven's Feel route.

You've probably noticed this year in 2017 (lol, this was the year humanity was supposed to end in Fate/Grand Order) that the Heaven's Feel route of Fate/stay night is getting not one anime movie, but THREE anime movies. That's right, main heroine Sakura Matou is getting her own movie trilogy! Now considering that she doesn't play a huge role in the Fate and Unlimited Blade Works routes, I can't really talk much about her here (plus, I don't read the visual novel, so I have no idea how Heaven's Feel exactly unravels despite me being spoiled a little bit). However, there are still some things that I would like to compliment Sakura on. While she's essentially there to be a background character, or to the greatest extent, Shirou's love interest, her best aspect to me is her resilience and inner strength. She's kind and innocent, never acting malevolent even if things such as her brother Shinji Matou (who is an unlikable jerk) abusing her get in her way in life. Damn. For a girl who acts ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I think that Sakura is really underrated. She possesses a great inner strength, and has a lot of potential. I truly hope the incoming movie Heaven's Feel will do her justice. - Goku02

15 Maiya Hisau Maiya Hisau

I'm sorry, I'm not a fan. I'm salty! - ThatEmoLoner

16 Shirou Emiya Shirou Emiya Shirou Emiya is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon.

People don't like Shirou because they think he's weak and ignorant. That's because he's a normal kid. That's what makes him a good main protagonist. Too many shows have main characters who get too overpowered to the point that it gets cliche (I'm lookng at you DBZ and Bleach). Having a male protagonist that has to rely on others (especially women) and do it with grace and humility is something that I admired about Shirou. He's a good gateway to feeling the raw power level of the series because he's a lot like the average viewer (more so than most of us want to admit).

My thoughts exactly. I thought I was one of the only few people who perceived Shirou like this. Many people who think he's nothing but a stupid fool that can't fend for himself don't think to themselves how realistic of a protagonist he is. Seriously, even if he can be a bit naive and too idealistic sometimes, his motivation and determination to achieve his father's ideal and how both factor into his well-fleshed out character development throughout the series was what made me like him the most. And I agree that the way they made him have to rely on others and being humble about it was one of the best aspects of his character as well. I have no problem with a main protagonist being overpowered, but it's pretty refreshing to see one that isn't totally like that. All in all, I agree with the points you made about Shirou and how he's actually a great character. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

He's alright, he's a bit too whiny for me. - ThatEmoLoner

Best character/ servant

Oh man, I'm probably going to get so much hate for this... Anyways, the protagonist Shirou Emiya is straightforward. He's a teenage boy who wishes to uphold his dream of becoming a hero of justice for his adoptive father Kiritsugu. Sounds simple. So with that, what makes me put Shirou here as an item on this list? Well, considering he plays the role as the main protagonist of Fate/stay night, he's obviously going to play a major role in it, right? And how exactly does he play a major role in it? Well... is him forming a close bond with his Servant Saber and them becoming in love with each other and forming one of the most unique love relationships in anime, standing strong for his ideals even in the midst of what his own future self shows to be as unfortunate in which Shirou himself must prevent so as not to become that future self, and being at his most badass in the Heaven's Feel route since he can lift a heavy diamond-crusted ax sword major roles that he plays? I think I've already ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

17 Souichirou Kuzuki Souichirou Kuzuki
18 Illyasviel von Einzbern Illyasviel von Einzbern Illyasviel von Einzbern is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon. She is also the main protagonist of an alternate universe spin-off of the Fate/stay night visual novel by Type-Moon called Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya.

Now let's talk about the lol- er, I mean Illyasviel von Einzbern. Two things. One, she's adorable in Fate/Zero! Two, best Fate girl tied with the other three. Though she was originally supposed to have her own route in the original visual novel, it was ultimately scrapped and merged with the Heaven's Feel route due to time constraints. Despite that, she still remains quite an interesting character. She may look little, but she composes herself as an elegant woman like her mother Irisviel. Fun fact: Despite her childish appearance in Fate/stay night, she's actually 18 years old! Even older than Shirou and Rin themselves! Anyways, a lot of people like her for her personality and bond with Berserker (though, the latter is more of one of my main reasons as to why I like her). Plus, given the events of Fate/Zero, it's interesting to see how Illyasviel wishes to see her adoptive brother Shirou so as to learn about why her father Kiritsugu abandoned her. Oh, and she even has her own spin-off ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

19 Bazett Fraga Mcremitz Bazett Fraga Mcremitz
20 Diarmuid Ua Duibhne Diarmuid Ua Duibhne Diarmuid Ua Duibhne or Diarmid O'Dyna, was the son of Donn and one of the Fianna in the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology. One of his most notable depictions in popular culture is in the light novel and its 2011 anime adaptation Fate/Zero as the Servant "Lancer", wielding his two spears Gáe Buidhe and ...read more.
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