Hello all! First, I’d like to say thank you to the people who gave me the O-K to join writing for AniTAY. I know I haven’t watched a whole lot of anime, but I am grateful for this opportunity.
With Fate/Apocrypha having the second half of the series (at the time of me writing this) dropping tomorrow (9 Feb) in the U.S. on Netflix, I got to discussing with a friend of mine who the best and worst characters are in Fate. As a friendly reminder, I’ve only seen whatever is available on Netflix and the characters I met in Fate/Extella. Sorry if I snubbed your favorite! As a courtesy, with there still being episodes coming tomorrow, I will leave Apocrypha off the bottom 5 list for now. Oh and there will be spoilers below.
5. Medea (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works)
I really feel like Medea doesn’t get enough credit for how her character is developed in this anime. She’s incredibly cunning and manages to be a very compelling antagonist for a good part of the series, arguably being the focal part up through the first two acts before things get...weird (see #4 on my bottom 5).From what I gather, she doesn’t have as much of a spotlight in the other “routes”, however I haven’t seen the other two series related to this work. Be it her love for her summoner, or the fact that she puts everybody into an exciting dilemma, Medea has a soft spot for me.
4. Mordred (Fate/Apocrypha)
I should probably preface this by saying there is a particular AniTAY writer who I know personally that has been a strong advocate for the Mordred camp. After some listening, I’m inclined to agree- she is what you want to see out of a character. She is flawed by her hatred and short temper, but she actually has a really big heart and presents herself as an ideal antihero archetype. I didn’t see much in her backstory until the actual story of Mordred was explained to me: Mordred was a knight who wanted the most human of desires: (s)he wanted the love of their father. For everything they went through as a child, it really wasn’t much to ask for. It is clear why things would take the turn they did afterward. And no, I’m not being stared at as I’m writing this particular piece right now.
3. Jeanne d’Arc (Fate/Apocrypha)
...Another character I was explained to more detail the background of, I just generally like this character. She has one of the best designs in the series, and is a real heartfelt character. Despite the way she was treated in life, she wants order in the world and stands by fighting with rational reasoningand means to do so (unlike...#4 on bottom). I get she is a “Saber-face” character, but I rarely see the resemblance between her and the others.
2. Nero Claudius (Fate/Extra, Fate/Extella)
Are you surprised? In all seriousness, I enjoy her spunk and overall much more charged personality compared to the likes of the face of the franchise, King Arthur. I think her special moves and overall “rose aesthetic” (for lack of a better way of putting it) instantly win me over, and I loved every bit of this character...that didn’t involve....sexualizing her...
1. Toss up! Astolfo (Fate/Apocrypha) and Iskander (Fate/Zero)
These two are real similar in their impacts for their respective stories Starting off, you get the vibe you’re going to hate them, but everything about them is just so lovable and they leave a mark on the story in a positive way that no other Fate characters seem to do very well. Everyone needs an Astolfo or an Iskander in their life! I sure have an Astolfo ;)
5. King Arthur (...all of Fate)
She’s just boring. There’s so much screen time given to her story so in a way we’re given the most about her, but that time doesn’t feel properly utilized. We’re led to believe the desire for the Grail is something she wants more than anything, but it told instead of being shown. There really are no redeeming aspects to her personality, either. She kind of suffers from the problem Superman has, where being too perfect is a bad thing.
4. “Nameless” (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works)
This is the most spoiler filled bit of the article. I just really hate how he comes about being who he is: “I’m going to save everyone in the world”, well how are you going to do it? All we’re given is that he is a mercenary in his life and that he is killed for it. Not really compelling when your desire is so broad.
3. Hassan-i Sabbah (Fate/Zero)
C R E E P Y.
But really, how much more can you show this guy (or I guess...guys?) being fodder for a war? Really just felt like he was a placeholder spirit for the story.
2. Lancelot (Fate/Zero)
What a wasted potential. Lancelot is meant to be this huge name in Arthurian legend, and all we get is a blitz of exposition at the tail end of a fight in the last episode of the series. Sure berserkers are supposed to be blinded by rage, but give more story for crying out loud!
1. Gilgamesh (Fate/Zero, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works)
Or I guess, fictional story rant!
Gilgamesh was a bad, bad man. He would bed the more attractive of a couple after they got married, and was just a grade-A JERK. This didn’t last long in the Tale of Gilgamesh (Epic of Gilgamesh, whatever you learned it as), as he got a best friend/brother/...let’s not go there and made a full 180 as a character. I understand this is Gilgamesh from that particular part of his story, but it seems ridiculous to not include his reversal into THE earliest tale of a hero.
Well you probably already wrote your comment about how bad this list is by the time you got here, but thanks for reading! Who are your favorites and least favorite heroes?