Best Fate Series CharactersI'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
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
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".
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.
Tragic, heroic and admirable to the end. Artoria is more than best girl, she is just best.
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.
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".
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
The 2 episodes that show his past in fate/zero are my favorite
I like him because of his agency and the fact that he is the strongest villain also if you watched the fate grand order you will know that he cares a lot about humanity but he has to make everyone hate him because he is the overseer of humanity.
Gilgamesh has so much depth as an antagonist. Over the course of many fate titles, you get to see him as an arrogant King Of Heroes; with a confusing sense of morality and frightening noble phantasm! And then how you get to see his nicer side in Extra/CC and in FGO... Gilgamesh really made fate series so enjoyable for me personally.
Well, he's definitely going to shoot up with Fate Grand Order : Absolute Demonic Front : Babylonia series. I love him a million times more thanks to this on going series. He has matured so much as Caster class Gilgamesh and his story with Enkidu will make a lot of people tear up.
Started to watch the fate series because of him. He is super interesting, and a well developed character. His charisma as a villain is just amazing, awesome badass. Love his backstory! aaand he is super attractive!
This archer is very stronger and agile servant. He can use his noble phantasm to kill highest servants like Gilgamesh.He is noble and he is real shirou Emiya. He also be called FAKER. Not always just fake but your wrong for him.His a Counter Guardian, A hero of justice.
"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
A more interesting version of Shirou Emiya basically. I like this future persona of Shirou better, he is more mature, has more life-experience, is less rash, etc. BUT Emiya Shirou is his beginning and without him he would be less as a character.
I am gar for Archer!
A priest whose specializes in magic that heals and believes in God, yet commits atrocious acts of evil... Kirei is an amazingly well-made villain. I love how he can be so evil yet retains a conscience. Kirei knows more than anybody else that he's doing terrible things, but enjoys it anyway.
ALSO HIS MARTIAL ARTS ARE SO COOL!
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
He is an incredible character in Heaven's Feel. In the end, we were a bit like him once, lost humans looking for happiness and asking ourselves who we are
She can be an annoying tsundere at times but I like her sassy nature; and great determination. She's a very talented mage. Her gems are also cool! Rin is always fun to watch. It's cool how she puts on a tough front but deep down cares for others a lot.
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
Saber is so annoying. I prefer Rin.
Strong and determined tsundere badass queen.
The only one with pure intentions for the holy Grail
*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.
Iskandar the great or Alexander the Great. No one can withstand his power.Nor Gilgamesh can defeat him.
Who doesn't like Alexander The Great?
Made me like fate franchises
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
I like ilya because she is just her
She's an homunculus, and yet she might be the most human character of the series. I love her.
BEST DOGGO! Jokes aside, Cu was the MVP of Fate UBW and I loved the scene in which he got his revenge! An interesting character that can be a frightening enemy one day, and a trustworthy bro the next. Lancer is such a cool guy.
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! ").
A strongest lancer has match with archer emiya but his Gae borg is a rare attack for servants. But not for real archer Gilgamesh.
Lancer is the best bro in the entire series, like give the man a Nobel Prize, gosh dammit!
I'm sorry, I'm not a fan. I'm salty!
He is a great deconstruction of a typical shonen hero, in my opinion. Emiya wants to save everyone; but has not the slightest bit of love for himself- sacrificing himself like a tool for others. Despite that, Emiya is a really likeable guy. His cooking is amazing, he's sometimes really funny; and never gives up! I like this guy a lot.
ALSO TRACE ON
Shirou is a tortured soul who has lost his view of self worth. He puts all others before himself and will do anything in his power to protect as many people as possible. The fire in Fuyuki was what started his spiral downward into a state of longing to be like his father, Kiritsugu, who wanted to become a hero, yet failed so badly. Shirou's mixture of survivor's guilt, which was mentioned in the visual novel as being so bad that he couldn't even enjoy a normal day, and his warped idea oh heroism, which mad him "want to save everyone", make him a very hypocritical character. Shirou is a great character because of his weakness and growth, as well as his maintaining of his ideals, no matter how broken they are.
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.
I love him more than the other characters in fate, even though he is too naive
You don't know how amazing he create the story if he is the main character.
Creating more beautiful, sad, and tragic genre of Fate/Stay Night and Creating more trilling, exciting, amazing genre of Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works and other Fate Series. I wish to see more Shirou in other Fate Series
Rider is BADASS. She is very calm, and cold at first making her an amazing opponent. But she also has a really caring side; and has a witty sense of humor. I also love her abilities, they are so cool and always leave me surprised. Rider is also very underrated, and deserves more screentime. Rider is also very hot!
She is beautiful.
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.
Jeanne d'Arc is the new Saber. She is steadfast in her resolve to remain neutral in the war unless the situation deems it necessary. She is one of the most beautiful characters to exist. You will have to watch the new series to understand, and when you do you will give her the number 1 spot.
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.
Fate/Apocrypha is coming in July 2017, Fate fans. Just hold on a little longer.
Such an under rated
Tough guy with nice attitude to whamen.
Sakura has been through a lot of horrible things yet still manages to push through; though its affected her terribly. I think she's cool in the way in which her outer self is extremely different to who she really is. I hope Sakura can be happy one day, the MATOU FAMILY SUCKS!
Heaven's Feel is the perfect revenge arc for Sakura, but why she gotta suffer so much?
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
Unfairly underrated. Very complex and admirable on her own right with a lot of nner strenght. Her relatonship with Shirou is easily the most fleshed out and believable
I think that Sakura is really underrated. She possesses great inner strength, and has a lot of potential. I truly hope the incoming movie Heaven's Feel will do her justice.
While I'm not particularly a big fan of Fate/Apocrypha (it's okay if others like it), probably my most favorite character in the spin-off was Mordred. While Mordred used to be relegated to a brief flashback in Saber's memories of the Battle of Camlann in the 2006 Fate/stay night anime, Mordred's character evolved significantly over the years to give us the one we all know and love now. The illegitimate "son" of King Arthur, the Knight of Treachery herself fascinates me in all her lore, tomboyish personality, and almost Berserker-level power she possesses even as a Saber-class Servant. From her relationship with her Master Sisigou to her kickass moments as the Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Mordred is one tough cookie. Overall, Mordred is just awesome.
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
To my beloved Roman Citzens, I say these words for you!
Bazett is SO DAMN COOL! Literally, she's extremely strong and logical; always thinking of brilliant battle strategies. She even utilises the supposedly 'weakest servant'; Angra in battle so well! And on top of that, she has AMAZING ties to Fate Stay/Night's Lancer- she too is of Celtic descent... SHE EVEN HAS A NOBLE PHANTASM DESPITE BEING JUST A HUMAN!
Her noble phantasm originates from Lugh. That in itself is freaking cool.
Also she has some of the most amazing hand combat skills.
Outside of battle she can sometimes be quite surprising. As she can be very direct sometimes, she is so cool but not a mary sue as she herself struggles with issues such as self-esteem, morality and relationships.
I want to see more Bazett and Lancer screentime those two are so cool together...