Top 7 Heroic Spirits in Fate Zero | ReelRundown
A page for describing Characters: Fate/Zero: Servants. This page is for the Servant characters of Fate/Zero, the prequel to Fate/stay night. For the humans . It should be possible. However most of the examples i can find are non-human. In Fate/Apocrypha we learn that the entire Red faction, save. He has, by far, the best relationship with his master of any servant. He sees Ryūnosuke as a prophet who preaches that God is a.
On the basis of his Gate of Babylon Noble Phantasm alone, he may be the strongest servant you could possibly pull, as has been demonstrated many times over in official materials. At the same time, the problems with summoning him are equally crippling and familiar. He'll hate you if you bore him and you probably will and scheme to ditch you for the first psychopath with a mullet to cross his path.
As Tokiomi Tohsaka learned, Gilgamesh's bling comes at a great cost. So while Gilgy is an easy choice for Most Overpowered, my ultimate recommendation will have to go to someone else. Fortunately, Archers are a varied class of heroes who do sometimes wield actual ranged weapons! Some of you may know that there's supposed to be a rule where the Grail can't summon literal gods as servants.
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Well, as it turns out, there's a workaround for that — if the god wants to be summoned, they can shove themselves in there alongside some sort of power limiter. In Ishtar's case, she decides to manifest as a pseudo-servant, which is when a servant shows up by possessing a human body usually because it'd be convenient for them somehow. In Ishtar's case, she arrives bearing a certain familiar face Ishtar's ultimate ability is similar to Altera's, only deriving its power from the planet Venus rather than Mars.
Basically, she flies around on a giant bow which doubles as a personal airship and can occasionally commandeer the planet Venus to launch a targeted aerial strike. This attack can destroy entire mountain ranges, which makes it comparable in strength to Altera's Laser Pointer of Doom. Ishtar also comes with a bunch of other perks, like a deity-level mana supply only somewhat nerfed to allow her passage through the Grailhypnotic charm powers from being a goddess of beautyand whatever else can be scrounged out of her truly ancient legend.
The biggest downside to having her as a servant would be her fickle personality — but even then, she's not as bad as her openly malicious blond acquaintance. As such, I'm reticent to recommend her for eligibility in your average seven-servant free-for-all. Excluding these two choices limits us to a noticeably weaker tier of Archers — wimps like Chiron or Arjuna who'd have to take down their enemies one by one with actual arrows.
Who has time for that? But looking over the list of servants again, it looks like there's been one relatively recent addition to this category. Now servants who were alive during the past hundred years are rare, as well as generally weak due to a lack of mystery surrounding their histories. But in classic Fate fashion, every rule has its enormous glaring exceptions. Electricity was actually discovered by dozens of different people who chipped away at the phenomenon over centuries, but the Nasuverse attributes the entire feat to this one guy.
For having come up with such a world-changing discovery, this recently-deceased Serbian-Croatian was granted complete mastery over it, which gives him raw strength on par with Zeus's signature lightning bolts. This makes him a great choice for two reasons. First, since electricity was only recently weaponized by humans, few servants — even quite powerful ones — have any way of defending against it.
It's one of the few reliable ways of hitting Gilgamesh through his Gate of Babylon Noble Phantasm, for example. Secondly, while his electricity powers are quite costly in terms of mana, he also possesses the Galvinism skill, which allows him to take mana from the surrounding environment.
So Tesla's basically a walking wad of electrocution that none of these legendary warriors can counter since they're from a time before the invention of rubber armor. Ironically, this probably makes Tesla weak to those lame single-target Archers, since they could just launch rocks at him from further away than his electricity could reach. But if you're lucky, you'll end up in a fairly conventional Grail War with no class-doubling tomfoolery.
Given the assumption that true deities can't be summoned in most "normal" Grail Wars, Tesla gets this spot over Ishtar. She'll just have to continue bothering Gilgamesh in the reject pile.
Tesla seems more agreeable than Ishtar anyway, since he cares about human progress and therefore probably won't go rogue to try and annihilate civilizations like those gods and demi-gods are wont to do. You might even be able to bond with him over the modern-day applications of his life-changing discovery. I sure hope he likes daytime television! Enkidu is Gilgamesh's old BFF and another one of those servants whose legend dates back to pretty much the dawn of our historical memory. In the Nasuverse, they're a genderless wad of clay that was brought to life by the gods in order to knock some sense into the rebellious King of Heroes, only for the plan to fail when the two of them became pals and decided to fight back against the gods together.
In accordance with their status as a celestial superweapon, Enkidu has perfect stats and can even mess with their own parameters through their shapeshifting abilities. Since their true form is a blob, they can take most physical punishment by reverting to that form and changing back later.
Being connected to the earth, they possess superhuman awareness of the territory that surrounds them, and they're near-immune to stealth attacks. Their ultimate Noble Phantasm, Enuma Elish, can even restrain gods - although it only obtains that much power when actually faced with godly opposition. This brings us to Karna. Frankly, Karna's potential is ridiculous. While Enkidu has higher stats and might be favored to win in a straight fight between the two since he was specifically designed to handle rowdy demigodsKarna has a more aggressive skillset while also being practically invulnerable so long as he keeps his armor on.
Here's just a sample of what Karna has going for him — for one, external attacks can barely hurt him so long as he keeps on his armor. Secondly, when he takes it off, he gains one of the most powerful nuke-type Noble Phantasms in all of Fate lore, the spear Vasavi Shakti, which can eradicate entire countries. Thirdly, he can shoot eye lasers, because why not at this point? Beyond all that, he's super-good at just waving his spear around like a regular warrior. He even comes with a built in lie detector, which seems like an absolutely invaluable skill in a Grail War, where victory tends to boil down to dirty tricks and scheming between masters.
The biggest issue with Karna is that he's hella expensive in terms of mana costs, so you'll want to be at least an El-Melloi-level MP sink if you want to try summoning him. A lot of what she's given is just carried over from what Cu can do, with the caveat that she's better at it since she's the one who taught the guy.
This runs the risk of making you a predictable and boring target in the Grail War. While we're on that subject, you might think Cu Chulainn should be a candidate since his spear, Gae Bolg, is supposed to deliver a one-hit kill, but I wouldn't value those gimmicky types of abilities too highly.
Let's face it, no Grail War was won or lost because because someone got immediately murdered by Sasaki Kojiro. You're not going to get that lucky. They both have rather chill personalities, so there's no conflict there. In the end, I think I'll be leaning on luxury for this choice and selecting Karna, since this gold-plated MPH explosion is just more fun than his environmentally friendly counterpart. Its only requirement is that you ride something, and that thing can be anything from a dragon to a boat to a thinly-veiled metaphor for dick.
At least we can start by invoking the No Goddesses rule to reject Quetzalcoatl, who would otherwise be the easy choice for the lucky Master in question.
This narrows us down a couple of other folks, from the usual face-smashing demigod to a more unusual choice. He's the one who went through all of that Moses drama in the famous Bible story. Since the Egyptian pharaohs were considered both descendants and incarnations of the sun god Ra, Ozzy has all sorts of crazy god shit at his disposal that you can take advantage of without having direct access to the original deity.
For example, he counts as a Rider because he flies around on a solar airship that shoots killer lasers, and his trump card is the ability to drop a pyramid full of sphinxes on your face and laugh maniacally. He can and will drop a damn pyramid on your opponent's double-damned face. And if that's not enough, he can wield this pyramid defensively by holing up inside and letting the enemy try to reach him through his layers of insane puzzle traps. Ozymandias is immortal while inside his stronghold, so you have to take down the whole structure to get to him.
Once inside, your foes must face legions of sphinxes, a poisoning curse that'll kill anything that isn't another servant, and a blocker that prevents the use of most Noble Phantasms. Good luck beating this ancient Egyptian version of Kevin McCallister at his own game. To be fair, there are some alternatives, and the biggest is a fellow Ozzy might not like very much — one Pale Rider aka Pestilence, the apocalyptic disease-bringer from the Book of Revelation itself.
As you might expect, Pale Rider is an extremely unusual servant that can't even be properly characterized as a person. If you're looking for more servants like Tesla who could easily bypass most defenses you're likely to face in combat including Ozzy's death cagePale Rider is one of them. Of course, the problem is that it might resurrect the Black Plague and subject the rest of humanity to a horrifying epidemic, so you should probably have a contingency plan in place for that scenario.
Setting aside that unconventional option for more eccentric mages, Ozymandias remains an easy pick for 1. There are lots of great Riders to choose from, so I'll admit it feels strange to not even consider such demonstrably strong servants as Iskandar in this class. I mean, he can summon an army, but what's that going to do against a guy who's locked himself in an immortality vault guarded by one million sphinxes?
Caster is maybe the most crowded class in all of Fate lore because it encompasses a ton of famous people who lack martial prowess. Being good at computers is also magic. Leonardo Da Vinci's groundbreaking anatomical sketches and use of perspective in painting? And of course, these varied skillsets all achieve their ultimate form by being used to power different types of giant fuck-off lasers.
If Hassan-i Sabbah hadn't been wiped out, he would've eventually turned traitor and used the Grail to consolidate all of his identities into a single person.
Kirei survives long enough to do this for himself, killing his mentor and forming a partnership with the all-powerful Gilgamesh. With that, the former tool is suddenly a front-runner in the war. While Kirei doesn't get his mitts on the Grail in this war, he ends up in an advantageous position for the next one. Gilles de Rais Unlike most servants, Gilles de Rais was definitely a real person — and that's terrifying.
Having completed his patriotic duty, Gilles dedicated the rest of his life to wasting his money, performing satanic rituals, and murdering children. He was responsible for lots of child murder. At an estimated victims, he's one of the most prolific serial killers in history.
His Noble Phantasm, Prelati's Spellbook, was inherited from Gilles' mentor, a supposedly powerful magus. It literally summons Lovecraftian monsters. Historically, Francoise Prelati was a servant of Gilles, who used demon summoning as a pretense to scam him. Gilles was going broke at the time, so Prelati convinced him that contact with the demon Barron could ease his monetary woes. Although Gilles provided severed body parts from his victims as offerings to the demon, Barron never wanted to be in the room with Prelati while the summoning was going on, so it wasn't that tough for the conman to make a racket by pretending that the ritual had been unsuccessful.
Gilles spent a year of his life doing this before he was captured, put on trial, and executed. However, it's suspected that this was motivated more by an effort to usurp his wealth before he squandered it all than any desire to punish his horrific crimes against humanity. His victims were mostly lower-class citizens and peasants. While they did fight alongside each other he was part of her personal guard and present for some of her most famous momentshe seems to have been disinterested in her death.
Fate universe Gilles was deeply invested in Joan's spiritual campaign and probably in love with her. It broke his spirit when Joan was killed, and he succumbed to his darkest impulses. Gilles isn't an entirely two-dimensional madman if only because he has a point — it's messed up that a good person like Joan was killed while his own reign of terror was left unimpeded.
Gilles wanted to believe in a benevolent God so much that he cast himself as a devil in order to bait divine retribution. According to Gilles's logic, if God doesn't get pissed at the stuff he enjoys doing, then there isn't one. So his repeated blasphemy is really a campaign to summon God's influence on Earth or prove his nonexistence, and as an added bonus, he loves killing people.
Two birds with one stone! This is why he and Ryuunosuke Uryuu are a match made in hell. As the more easygoing psychotic killer between them, Ryuunosuke teaches Gilles to chill. Cool has his own ideas about God. Instead of the just deity that Gilles wants to believe in, Ryuunosuke sees the eye-in-the-sky as a sadist just like them, which means it's their job to entertain him.
This makes Bluebeard loosen up. Together, the two decide to put on a show for God by summoning a giant monster, killing as many people as possible, and just having a blast.
Team Caster ain't here for a long time, but they're here for a good time. Ryuunosuke's philosophy is also meant to be a commentary on what the audience and author wants out of the story.
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Gilles and Ryuunosuke do horrible things, and we don't condone those things, but we also don't want them to have acted differently. Sure, the notoriously brutal Urobuchi makes bad things happen to his characters, but we also eat it up. Diarmuid Ua Duibhne Ireland really does have a monopoly on Lancers, huh? Two in a row, and they're both pretty boys in skintight bodysuits. That is, if you're willing to wait in line for them. Diarmuid was famous for his stunning good looks, but when it comes to wooing the ladies, he's technically cheating.
One night during a hunt, Diarmuid was seduced by the mortal incarnation of Youth, in the form of a pretty lady. She put a "love spot" on his face that would make every woman who laid eye on it fall for him.
Unsurprisingly, this would return to bite Diarmuid in his firmly toned butt. Geis are vows that you're commanded to obey. Traditionally, the price of breaking one is dishonor or even death. After a long chase, the lord pardons them, and the couple return to live happily for a short while. However, it turns out that this was all just a ruse, and the lord eventually kills Diarmuid in a more emotionally devastating fashion. Like Arthur, he indentures himself to a code of conduct that few people actually practice, and this ethical inflexibility ends up destroying him.
Sola-Ui is unhappy with her arranged betrothal to Kayneth, but he's too caught up in himself to realize it, so she falls hard for his servant instead. Kayneth isn't quite dense enough not to notice, but he thinks that it's because of Diarmuid's love spot. He's ignoring that Sola-Ui is immune to its effects as a born magus, which means that she's just dissatisfied with her engagement. This means Diarmuid is once again torn between two contradictory obligations. Of all the servants featured in the Fate universe, Diarmuid's the one who really can't catch a break.
He just wanted to chill with Saber and get praised by Kayneth, but he ends up being betrayed by Kayneth and cursing Saber with his dying breath instead. I guess you just can't dodge narrative karma.
Arturia reunites with Lancelot, her old friend and comrade, during the 4th Grail War, when he's summoned as the mindless Berserker. Although Arthurian legends originate around the 7th or 8th century AD, Lancelot doesn't appear in them until around the 12th century.
That's surprising, considering how central he is to those tales now. Many Arthurian legends feature Lancelot as the protagonist more than Arthur. It's theorized that Lancelot's story started out as a separate myth that was later inserted wholesale into Arthurian legend.
Like Arthur's story, there are a million different versions of Lancelot's legend. You may remember her as the person who gave Arthur Excalibur. In this tale, Lancelot was born the son of a deposed king. As his family escaped from their former domain, he was spirited away by the Lady of the Lake, who raised him to be a knight. When he came of age, the Lady sent him to King Arthur's court. Lancelot grew up admiring Arthur, eager for the opportunity to prove himself to his idol.
When Lancelot arrived, Arthur immediately recognized him as the ideal knight and accepted the young man as a member of the Round Table. As soon as he arrived, however, Lancelot fell in love with Guinevere, King Arthur's wife. Like Arthur, Lancelot went on about a million adventures, but the only one that really matters to Fate is Arthur's death. Since I've already outlined that in the previous articleI'll just flesh out Lancelot's role this time.
His affair with Queen Guinevere eventually led to Arthur's death and the downfall of the Round Table, because the king's pursuit of their elopement forced him outside Britain's borders. While they were madly in love, both Guinevere and Lancelot were also frustrated by Arthur's unreachable perfection as the embodiment of chivalry, pushing each of them further into the other's arms.
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Berserker's identity is left a mystery until near the end, which is easy because he's not in his right mind for most of the story. The class skill Mad Enhancement makes him an uncontrollable ball of rage when his head is covered. Since he wears a suit of armor, that would be all the time.
Even in his madness, Lancelot kept going after Arturia because he wanted her to kill him as punishment for his affair with Guinevere. Her masquerade as the perfect, chivalric, nigh-divine King was a source of anguish for both him and Guinevere, and Lancelot wanted to see Arturia deviate from that in his last moments.
She changes her wish for the Grail from a second chance to rule England to undo her reign as king entirely. Berserker doesn't interact much with his master, Kariya Matou, although they do share some similarities. Kariya was also in love with an unreachable woman, Tokiomi's wife Aoi. This led to tragedy, as Kariya gave up his life in a futile attempt to save her children and impress her.
Maybe they could have found some solace in each other? Alexander the Great Alexander is straight-up one of the most influential people in recorded history. He's in the top ten alongside Muhammad, Jesus, and whoever invented pizza. He's such a big deal that almost two-and-a-half millennia later, we're still naming kids after him. Is your name Alexander or Alexandra? His story has fascinated people since the Roman Empire for good reason.
His dad, Philip, was the previous hero-king. His mom, Olympias, was a devout member of a heretical snake cult. They didn't like each other. At one point, Olympias had another one of Philip's wives burned to death alongside her infant daughter. This behavior isn't too beyond the pale for the Macedonian royal family. It turns out that Game of Thrones really happened, and it was Alexander the Great's childhood.Under The Scope: Top 5 Strongest Fate Servants
In about twelve years, Alexander the Great established one of the ancient world's most extensive empires. When he inherited the crown in BC, the Macedonian empire was about the size of modern-day Greece.