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Fate/Stay Night is a 2004 visual novel by TYPE-MOON and written by Kinoko Nasu, in which modern-day mages summon heroic spirits from the past to do battle in order to win the holy grail. It has since been adapted into a number of manga and anime series.

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Are these two people with the same given name the same person?

Are Emiya Shirou and Kotomine Shirou the same person? He looks like Archer/Emiya. If so, how did he become Kotomine and get a job as Holy Grail War Mediator?
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How long was Saber waiting for Shirou after she died?

Regarding the question that was asked before: Do Emiya Shirou and Arturia ever meet again after Fate/stay night? In the Visual Novel of Fate Stay/Night Realta Nua once you have seen all 5 endings ...
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What do we know about Shirou's biological ancestors? (not Kiritsugu)

What do we know about Shirou's biological parents/grandparents/etc.? Do we even know anything at all? This is relevant to e.g. understanding why Shirou can perform magecraft despite presumably ...
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Corrupted Grail Fragments inside Sakura, and Illya's heart

Do the corrupted Grail fragments that Zokuen synthesised with his worms which were later placed in Sakura have a direct connection with Angra Mainyu inside the Grail? I know the fragments are the ...
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Final trigger that ended the Age of Gods(FS/N), World binding anchors beside Rhongomyniad

So I am helping with providing ideas and checking for plotholes on FFN. The writer I am helping is planning on reintorducing the Age of Gods during the 5th Grail War so I need to know the original ...
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Why does Gilgamesh's casual appearance look different in different routes?

In the actual Fate Route (after Saber is summoned) we see Gilgamesh in casual attire when he confronts Saber and Shirou before getting into his golden armour. However, in Unlimited Blade Works and ...
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Why doesn't Archer seem to have feelings for Rin?

So, I just watched Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works for the first time. In the anime, Shirou mentions multiple times that he loves Rin or that he has strong emotions for her, at least. So why ...
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Is there a connection between Medea and Len?

in Carnival Phantasm when everyone is in Ahnenerbe we see Medea (Fate/Stay Night Caster) and Souichirou Kuzuki. but there is someone else with them Medea has a girl on her lap and i know that girl is ...
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Why did Shiro have Rin's pendant, if Rin's pendant was returned to her by Archer?

In the prologue to Unlimited Blade Works, we see Rin drop her pendant after saving Shiro's life. She doesn't bother picking it up, and later, Archer returns it to her. However, in the first "main" ...
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The divergence points for each of the routes?

Each of three routes has a different series of events and endings. I’ve read that the first few days are the same but then they all diverge. What causes them to diverge exactly? For example, why is ...
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How old is Illya?

I don't believe her actual age is given in either series and since she is a modified homunculus, she ages much slower than an average person. Based on evidence given in the Fate series, ...
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Does handwritten speech indicate anything?

I'm reading the manga for Fate Stay Night, and there's a part on page 15 of chapter 1 where the speech bubbles are handwritten and rather than in the normal manga font. As you can see, this is only ...
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Why did Saber choose to return to her original timeline in Fate/stay night (Saber route) anime?

Just finished Fate/stay night (Saber route). I'm wondering why Saber chose to return to her original timeline only to give up and die, rather than stay with Shirou. Is it because of the consequences ...
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Did Archer notice who Rin was when she first summoned him in Unlimited Blade Works?

In Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, when Rin had just summoned her servant (Archer) and walked into the room he was in, did he notice Rin straight away as a girl he was in love with or knew? ...
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Do Servants retain memories of their past Masters?

I have recently started watching the Fate series but I watched it in the order of Fate/Zero then Fate/Stay. But, thats's not the thing that concerns me. While I was watching Fate/stay, this question ...
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Did anyone find and remove Kiritsugu's explosives?

In this answer, I pointed out how Kiritsugu planned to use dynamite and the ley-lines to stop the Holy Grail War from occurring again. However, the plan failed because there was an excess amount of ...
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What is the complete story of King Artoria in Fate?

The story of King Artoria differs from the real world story of King Arthur, although even the latter have a lot of variations. In the Fate series, there are bits and pieces of Artoria's life being ...
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Why is Rider called “Iskander” instead of “Alexander”?

The true identity of Rider in Fate/Zero is Alexander the Great, the famed conqueror and King of Macedonia. Since Alexander conquered so many countries, his name has been adapted to many different ...
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Who is the person that Rin saw doing high jump?

On one of the last episodes, Rin is revealed to have a memory of a boy who looks like Shiro practicing high jump over and over while she watched. However, in the final episode, she asks Shiro if he ...
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Is there a single member of the Einzbern family who is a human being?

From the information I could find, nearly all known members of the Einzbern family are (female) homunculi (Justeaze, Irisviel, Illyasviel and all the maids), the only exception being Jubstacheit, who ...
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Does Fate/Strange Fake take place in the same timeline as any of the Fate/Stay Night routes?

One of the hardest things to wrap my head around in the Nasuverse has been what events belong to what timeline, this is just one example of that. It seems like F/SF isn't contradicted by anything ...
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Is the person who appeared at the very end of Fate/Stay Night UBW (desert scene) Archer or Shirou?

Right after Archer ended his monologue, he fades away. Then we see Shirou (or Archer) walking in a desert. I wouldn't have any doubts concerning this scene whether it's Shirou or Archer (it would've ...
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What did Archer learn first, The Sword or Archery?

The Archer from the Fate:SN series is both a great archer and a great sword/knife user. Since he's Archer, you would think that he was an archer first. However, I have been told that apparently, ...
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Did Saber recognize Illyasviel in Fate/Stay Night?

In Fate Zero, Saber doesn't exactly meet Illyasviel, but she does see her, which is hard to forget because she looks pretty much exactly as her mother Irisviel, who was a good friend of Saber's. In ...
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Just who knew Arturia was female when she was King?

Originally, I thought Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Morgan le Fay and Mordred were the only people who knew Arturia was female when she was king. While reading up on Kay's profile on the Wikia, I ...
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What did the past winners of the Holy Grail Wars wish for?

It is implied that there were five wars in total, and it's likely that their winners would each have wished for something epic, like immortality or godlike powers, but throughout Fate/Zero and Fate/...
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Why could Shirou use Rho Aias?

In the UBW final battle, how come Shirou could use Rho Aias? Archer mentioned it was from the Trojan War (probably learned it while working as a counter force), but Shirou hadn't seen Rho Aias yet (...
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What is Archer's background in Unlimited Blade Works?

I've only seen Ufotable's adaptation of UBW (and the movie too but that was long ago). It's still not very clear to me what's up with Archer: He's Shirou from the future. Does he not remember the ...
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What is the viewing order of Fate-related works?

I've watched just the 2006 Fate/Stay Night anime series. I know there are other series in the franchise (Fate/Zero, Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya), as well as the Unlimited Blade Works movie, and the ...
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Who is Saber extending her hand to in the ED of Carnival Phantasm?

In the ED, we see each character (that appears in the show) is connected by (the proximity of) a hand. Right as the ED of Carnival Phantasm ends, we see Saber extending her hand to someone, but we ...
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Regarding Shirou and Kiritsugu's attempt to destroy the grail

So, I just finished Fate/Zero, and since Fate/stay night happened, clearly Kiritsugu was unable to destroy the grail to end the cycle (as I understand his intentions to be). However, it seems like ...
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What is Kotomine Kirei's new raison d'être?

In the last episode of Fate/Zero when Gilgamesh asks Kirei that is he satisfied, Kirei makes a remark that although he was handed the solution to his problem he will keep searching. Kirei then adds ...
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Which episode is this where Saber dress in white and bounded?

In Unlimited Blade Works, which episode was Saber bounded up and was in a white dress being raped by Caster?
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Is there only a single Throne of Heroes in the entire Type-Moon multiverse?

Is it ever specified that whether each alternate timeline has a ToH of its own, or there is only a single ToH in the entire Type-Moon multiverse?
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How does Saber's summoning to the Fifth Grail War work?

In the Fate series (I've only ever watched Fate/stay night anime, never played the game), I understand that servants are essentially just a reflection of their former self. But in the case of ...
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Why do the summoned Servants all belong to different classes?

In the Fate universe, is there a reason why the Servants summoned in each Holy Grail War belong to different classes? Using relics and additional incantations during the summoning ritual, Masters ...
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Can defeated Servants be summoned again?

Let's say Bob for some reason takes part in the 6th holy grail war. He then posseses the weird snake relic from Gilgamesh and attempts to summon him? Does this work? Or does it fail because Gilgamesh ...
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Difference between Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Stay Night UBW?

I'm quite confused and I'd like to know what's the difference between Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works?
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Why did Saber possess Excalibur as Heroic Spirit but not Avalon?

When Saber died, she should have lost both Excalibur and Avalon. The Einzbern are able to locate the latter in the present time, which they used as catalyst to summon her. Why is it that Saber still ...
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Why did the Einzberns make Illya a master?

In both Stay/Night and UBW, Illya is a Grail vessel. ... and she's also a master. Why did the Einzbern make her a master? If she wins the war, she will become the Lesser Grail because she is the ...
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Are Archer's twin blades a bootstrap paradox?

According to this, Archer's weapon is based from a real weapon. In the Holy Grail War, Shiro Emiya saw the servant Archer use those weapons. Then he traced them and used them himself. In the future, ...
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Why did Gilgamesh remain in the human world?

I actually didn't understand why did Gilgamesh remain in the human world. What I understand is that he touched the Grail that's why he remains.
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Who is the main character in Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works?

I just want to know who is the main character in Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works, in the sense that every season has a different main character.
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Does Shirou ever learn about Illyasviel being Kiritsugu's daughter?

Does it ever get explored in any of the materials? Does he ever find out? It seems like she knows about him.
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Can we infer how the Fifth Holy Grail War would have ended had Gilgamesh not intervened?

In the Unlimited Blade Works scenario, Gilgamesh intervenes in the Fifth Holy Grail War, kills Berserker, and seizes Ilya. If he had not gotten involved, can we guess based on knowledge from other ...
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Do Emiya Shirou and Arturia ever meet again after Fate/stay night?

Do Emiya Shirou and Arturia ever meet again after Fate/stay night, spoiler next Thanks!
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What do servants expect will happen at the end of the Holy Grail war?

I've begun rewatching Fate, and there is something unclear to me about the Servant's behavior during the war: Does the Holy Grail grant only one wish? Because if that is the case, what goes through a ...
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What caused the difference between the good and true endings of Unlimited Blade Works?

In what is presumably the "good ending" of the Unlimited Blade Works route, Saber stays after the Grail is destroyed, because Rin has turned her into a familiar. (I also got the sense that Shiro was ...
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Why is King Arthur female? Why is Iskander tall?

I've watched both the Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night anime (including the Unlimited Blade Works movie), but none of the visual novels, so no spoilers from that unless they are light spoilers. One thing ...
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UBW episode 25 true ending: Why is Rin sad whenever the sun sets/rises?

In UBW episode 25 whenever the sun rises/sets Rin looks at it with a sad and lost in thought expression. Why does that happen?