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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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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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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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Why is Saber wearing a white wedding dress and why was she posed like that?

In the 2014 Fate Stay Night anime, Saber was under the control of Caster and was posed like this: Was there any actual reason for this or was it merely fanservice? How was this explained in the ...
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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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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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What, exactly, is “Fate/stay night” supposed to mean?

We've all heard of Fate/stay night, the much-beloved visual novel by Type-Moon that taught us that people die when they're killed. But what does the title "Fate/stay night" actually mean? We can ...
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In the Fate/Stay Night Visual Novel, why is Rider listed as Chaotic Good?

The in-game encyclopedia entry for Rider in Fate/Stay night lists her as chaotic good. This is true regardless of what route you are on and who is her master. However, at several points in the story ...
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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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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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What is a Grail vessel?

In Fate/Zero, Irisviel was created to be the Grail vessel. In Fate UBW, I think Illya was one as well. (I think it's also the case in Fate/stay night in general, but I'm not sure). What is a Grail ...
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Who is the guy that Shirou passes in the Clock Tower that he mentions he recognizes?

In the Epilogue episode of UBW, who is the guy that Shirou passes in the Clock Tower that he mentions he recognizes? Is his appearance significant in anyway? Like Luvia's or Waver's appearance (as El-...
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Why did the clocks move one hour backwards when Rin summoned Archer?

At the beginning of Ufotable's UBW adaptation, on the day Rin was going to summon Archer, the clocks happened to have moved backwards by one hour. She considered that it may have been her father's ...
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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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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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Do people die if they are killed?

In Fate/Stay Night there's the famous scene in which Shirou speaks to Saber. The scene gained immense popularity across the web, and is usually accompanied by responses like O RLY? and You Don't Say! ...
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Were the Heroic Spirits that powerful in their lives?

Were the Heroic Spirits that powerful in their lives? Consider: Some heroes had "reasonable" powers: Fate Zero's Caster has a spellbook that granted him massive amounts of mana. Fate Zero's Lancer ...
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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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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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What are Archer's twin swords based off of?

The Archer-class servant, summoned by Rin, in the 5th Fuyuki Grail Wars wields a pair of swords named Kanshou and Bakuya in close-combat. Are these swords (especially their Overedge version, on the ...
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Is it possible for one Master to have multiple Servants?

I'm reading the Fate/Stay Night visual novel. Early on, in the Kotomine Church, you can reach a bad ending by choosing to have Shirou give up his Command Spells and withdraw from the Holy Grail War as ...
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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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Who exactly is Archer from the Unlimited Blade Works movie?

Although I have not watched the Fate/Zero TV series, I have watched the Fate/stay night series and the Fate/Stay Night - Unlimited Blade Works movie. At the end of the movie I found out that:
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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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In what order were the Servants summoned for the 5th Holy Grail War?

I know that Assassin was summoned after Caster, and in most cases, Saber is the last Servant to be summoned. (The exception is in Heaven's Feel if you count True Assassin's appearance as a separate ...
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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 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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Are all of the Holy Grail War servants based on real heroes?

Saber's character in Fate/stay night and Fate/zero is based on the real-life hero King Arthur. Are the other Holy Grail War servants also based on real-life heroes? And if they are, who are those ...
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Why do red Saber and blue Saber look so alike?

On the surface, red Saber (from Fate/Extra) and blue Saber (from Fate/Stay Night) look almost identical. Was it ever explained why they look so similar? What noticeable differences do the two have,...
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Did Gilgamesh know about Sakura?

Early into Fate/Stay Night, there is a scene where Shirou sees Sakura and another man: In the Unlimited Blade Works Route, we confirm this other man is Gilgamesh. When Sakura talks to Shirou, she ...
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Why did Lancer prepare his Noble Phantasm during his first fight with Archer?

In Ufotable's adaptation of Unlimited Blade Works, when Lancer fights Archer for the first time (episode 0), near the end of the battle Lancer begins charging his Gae Bolg, but is later distracted by ...
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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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Did Saber ever learn Eastern fencing styles before meeting Shiro?

I don't play Fate/Stay Night visual novel, but I'm quite a fan of the anime series, mainly because of its historic sense — with those people from the legends and all. However, I've spotted a flaw — ...
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What convinced Saber to destroy the Holy Grail in the Unlimited Blade Works movie?

I've been watching Fate Stay Night and Unlimited Blade Works (movie). Haven't seen the manga yet. In Fate Stay Night, Saber is determined to obtain the Holy Grail. After many experiences with Shirou, ...
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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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How did Saber become more linked to lions than dragons?

We know Saber's real identity is Arthur Pendragon ("Chief-Dragon") and that she is linked to dragons through Merlin's sorcery: King Arthur was made into the incarnation of a dragon by Merlin by ...
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Can Shiki kill servants?

My question is related to the Nasuverse in general. I was wondering if Shiki is able to kill Servants using his Chokushi no Magan.
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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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Do the class cards physically exist in the main Fate universe?

In the Prisma Illya universe, the class cards (cf. below) are physically real magical items. But what about in the "main" Fate universe, where Fate/stay night is set? Do the class cards physically ...
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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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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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Should the name of the main character in “Fate Kaleid Liner” be “Illya” or “Ilya”?

As the title says, I'm looking for the correct way of spelling her name. Additionally, it would also be appreciated if the general translation for names is explained.
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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 does the Grail choose the participants?

How does the Grail choose the participants? We know that the Grail tries to pick people who have some sort of strong desire (when Kotomine asks Tohsaka at the beginning of Fate/Zero). Do you need to ...
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Why doesn't Rin save Saber in episode 24 of Unlimited Blade Works?

In the anime Unlimited Blade Works OVA, Rin rescues Saber before she disappears. Why doesn't she do the same in the main anime (episode 24)? In that anime episode, she doesn't do or say anything to ...
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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 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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Why did Saber reveal to Shirou and Rin that she has participated in the previous war?

Saber did not reveal her identity to Shirou for fear of her master giving it away to enemies and thus exposing her strengths and weaknesses. But why, even though in front of a rival master, did she ...
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Why do Saber and Rin sound disappointed when they see inside Shiro's shed?

In the anime (and also in the visual novel when you make the correct choice), Shiro walks out and overhears Rin and Saber talking. They sound disappointed (maybe even angry) about a discovery they ...