Fate/Stay Night Anime and Character Guide

by thepurpleturtle

Fate/ Stay Night is a popular anime and manga story about three teenager and their ability to magically summon servants to fight in a war over a wish granting Holy Grail.

What is Fate/Stay Night?

Fate Stay Night is a an amazing anime filled with magic, vivid battles, and subtle romance spanning the course of twenty-four exciting episodes. Although it was not a long enough anime to produce multiple seasons, it did make a significant splash in the in the fan and otaku world when it aired in January 2006. Fate Stay Night is a story chronicling a double fortnight in the life of Shiro Emiya, a young boy with suppressed magical talents and a knack for fixing things. The story is about an ancient war that takes place every sixty years fighting for the possession of The Holy Grail, a magical chalice that will grant the victor a single wish. The Holy Grail Wars consist of seven sorcerers and sorceresses that gather together in a violent Battle Royal, throwing caution to the wind and with a disregard for life they battle it out to determine a victor. The one who ears the right to obtain the Holy Grail.

Fate Stay Night
Fate Stay Night

Fate/Stay Night Character Guide

The war fo the holy Chalice in Fate/Stay Night is conducted by several summoned Servants and their Masters. 

Shiro
Shiro

Shirō Emiya

Shirō is a very talented young high school student that is adapt at fixing a variety of conventional things such as VCR's, toasters, and stoves.  His stepfather teaches Shirō a great many useful things such as the basics of sorcery and the value of life. It is because of this that Shirō goes out of his way to protect the innocent and even his servant, Saber. Although he dose not want anything to do with the Holy Grail he believes that if he where to fight with his Servant, Saber, to get it he could prevent another fiery disaster.

Saber

The servant of Shirō , Saber, is a very trustworthy, independent, and driven heroin. Although she may seem to have a very abrasive or cold personality she never stops until she has reached her goals. Due to Shirō's inability to grant her mana, Saber must be very careful when in battle. She has to mainly rely on her own abilities and attack only when she is sure of victory. Wielding the Noble Phantasms Excalibur, Saber conservatively attacks her enemies with an invisible sword. Saber is considered to be the highest class of servant and the most powerful. 

Saber
Saber
Rin
Rin

Rin Tōsaka

Secretly a Magus and Master in the Holy Grail War, Rin Tōsaka is a very introverted young girl. She is one that prefers isolation and makes little effort to talk to her other classmates. Rin can be classified as a very competitive, resourceful, stingy tomboy. She creates an aura of admiration about her in order to draw people’s attention away from her personal life. Although she makes a valiant attempt at calling a Saber-class Servant she calls Archer instead.

Archer

Archer is the Servant called on by Rin Tōsaka. Known as the 'Hero of Justice', Archer is actually Shirō Emiya from a future world. Although Archer and Shirō are one in the same, Archer takes a very sarcastic and cynical approach to Shirō's mentality of wanting to save everyone. Archer is equip to the teeth with useful Phantasms, weapons, and armor. His main weapon is a bow with the ability to shoot any weapon as an arrow.

Archer
Archer
Illyasviel
Illyasviel

Illyasviel von Einzbern

Shirō 's stepsister, Illyasviel von Einzbern, is a young Teutonic aristocrat. It is said that Illy is the daughter of Kiritsugu Emiya(Shirō 's stepfather) and Irisviel von Einzbern. Illyasviel is a Master that traveled to Japan in order to participate in the Holy Grail War. Her magical powers are so immense that they are surpassed by none. Up until the beginning of the fifth Holy Grail War, Illya would stay in her castle with her Servant and two maids.

Berserker

With ridiculous brawn and adamantine skin Berserker towers over the other Servants with shear magnitude as Illya's Servant. Berserker is the loyal Servant of Illya. This massive beast wields and equally massive axe-club that produces unmatched destruction with every blow. Because Berserkers are stripped of their sanity and reason, he tends to act with the utmost animal instinct in combat. Although Berserker's are praised to be the strongest Servant-class they are also the most difficult to control. Berserker is in the possession of the Noble Phantasm of Godhad. A technique that grants automatic resurrection, nine times!

Sakura
Sakura
Shinji
Shinji

Shinji Matō

Shinji Matō is the older brother of Sakura Matō and a good friend of Shirō's. Shinji is very popular among his classmates as he is the vice-captain of the archery dojo despite his noticeable poor character traits. Shinji is also from a long line of distinguished sorcerers but he goes to great links to keep his knowledge of this from his sister Sakura. Shinji has a significant and openly apparent affection for Rin, however she dose not feel the same of him. Shinji convinces his sister Sakura to cast a spell on her Servant, Rider, in order for him to compete in the Holy Grail War.

Sakura Matō

Although Sakura plays somewhat of a minor part in Fate Stay Night her role is quite significant. Sakura is a young girl in her first year of high school and the sister of Shinji Matō. Sakura is from a long lineage of sorcerers that is hidden from her by her brother. Nearing the end of the series Sakura is discovered to be the true Master of Rider. Because her grandfather implanted a piece of the Grail into Sakura the eighth Servant, Avenger, was created. Avenger, an antihero, tries to summon himself by controlling Sakura with an alternate personality. Sakura is later revealed to be Rin's biological sister.

Rider
Rider

Rider

Rider is the sultry looking Servant of Shinji, although she is eventually discovered to be the true Servant of Sakura. Like Sakura, Rider is vigilant and quiet. Rider goes to great links to shield her Master from harm without hesitation. Because Shinji is not Rider's true Master Shinji is incapable of lending Mana to her, so she must find alternatives for augmenting her abilities to compensate. Rider's weapon of Choice is long iron nails fastened at the opposite ends of a long chain.

Servants for the Holy Grail

The Other Servants

Here is a list and discription of the other Servants in the Series that tend to play a less direct role. Some of the below Servants may be seen more than the ones above in some episodes but are not considered to be main cahracters. 

Lancer

A fierce and balanced warrior
Lancer
Lancer

Gilgamesh

An arrogant, selfish, and enigmatic Archer-class Servant
Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh

Assassin

A solitary Servant, not to be confused with True Assassin
Assassin
Assassin

Caster

A weaponless Caster-class Servant
Caster
Caster

True Assassin

An exceptionally dangerous Servant
True Assassin
True Assassin

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