Questions tagged [fate-stay-night]

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 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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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 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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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 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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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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In Unlimited Blade Works, why did Caster try to kill Shirou when she hadn't retrieved his Command Seals yet?

I've been watching the UBW series. When Caster abducts Shirou to take his Command Seals so she can use Saber against Berserker, Archer comes in and saves him - then fights Caster. At some point ...
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Where was Shinji Matou during Fate/Zero?

In Fate/Zero, we see that the Matou don't really have a proper candidate to participate in the war. So Zouken adopted Sakura. Then Kariya comes up and participates. In exchange for winning the grail, ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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What's the name of the background music which starts at 37:31 in episode 1 of Fate/stay night UBW (2014)?

In episode 1, the music starts at around 37:31 or so according to my timestamps, during the fight between Shirou and Lancer inside the main house, right after Shirou blocks the lance and gets cut, and ...
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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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What was Tohsaka doing watching the dojo lately?

It was mentioned in episode 1 of Ufotable's Fate/Unlimited Blade Works that Tohsaka used to go to the archery dojo to watch someone. Was she secretely watching Shirou because she had a crush on him (...
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What did Kiritsugu do when he left Fuyuki?

During Shirou's recollection of Kiritsugu at the start of Fate/Stay Night (Visual Novel, after Rin's Prologue) Shirou says that Kiritsugu went overseas and sometimes didn't return for months. What ...
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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 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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How is Sakura's and Shinji's relationship different in Realta Nua?

On the Beast's Lair forum post about the Fate/Stay Night Realta Nua PC English Patch, there is this item in the FAQ: Q: I want to view the original 2004 version of the relationship between Sakura ...
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Which Master was spying on Rin?

In Fate/Stay Night, in the 2nd Day of the Prologue, Rin takes Archer to the Fuyuki Park where the 4th Holy Grail War ended. While they are there, Rin's Command Spell acts up and because Archer can't ...
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Are Servants also given knowledge of future heroes?

When a Servant is summoned by the Holy Grail, they are gifted with the knowledge of the modern world so they can easily adjust. When it comes to determining the strengths and weaknesses of an enemy ...
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Why was the Fifth Holy Grail War so early?

I'm watching Fate/Zero, and it talks about how the Holy Grail Wars are supposed to be every 60 years. However, it's set in the 1990s, and the Fifth Holy Grail War takes place in the 2000s. Why were ...
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What kind of sword did Assassin use?

I'm on episode 7 of Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works, where Assassin has shown up. From what I have read, his sword is a long katana, but it doesn't have a tsuba (hand guard). As far as I know ...
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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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Where does Little Red Riding Hood appear?

I was looking over the TYPE-MOON Wikia for new images and saw one which made me think of Assassin of Black in Fate/Apocrypha. However, under "Appears on these pages", it was listed to be in the List ...
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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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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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Excalibur and Calibur in fate stay night, which one is King Arthur using in history? [closed]

So in fate stay night Saber her Noble Phantom is called "Excalibur" which is the same name as her sword. But when Shiro trace the Excalibur, it turns out that is the one that Saber lost forever. So ...
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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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What happened to Sakura?

In the Visual Novel of Fate Stay Night, both Fate and Unlimited Blade Works routes share the same start with Sakura making breakfast for Shirou and Shirou seeing her in the Archery Club. If ...
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Is Nasu a woman?

Is Nasu a woman? /a/ and 2ch often say that Nasu is a girl; there's also Fate/prototype that resembles an otome game, and also the fact that Nasu's pic is never shown at all.
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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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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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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 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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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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Why does Kiritsugu refer to himself as a “mahoutsukai” at the very beginning of F/SN?

The very first scene of the F/SN visual novel (even before the prologue from Rin's perspective) has Shirou experiencing the fire that occurred at the end of the Fourth Grail War, blacking out, and ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...