Ayako Mitsuzuri (美綴 綾子, Mitsuzuri Ayako?) is a character in Fate/stay night in Year 2 Class A.



Ayako is from a family of martial arts and she is the older sister of Minori Mitsuzuri.[1] Ayako is a second year student in Homurahara Academy. She is a stellar athlete, and captain of the archery club that Taiga Fujimura advises. Ayako and Rin Tohsaka actively compete to see who will be the first to snag a boyfriend. Although she wants to find a boyfriend, it seems like she wants to stay single as long as possible.

Ayako forms a team with her classmates Kane Himuro and Ayaka Sajyou competed in the Homurahara Academy's ball games tournaments in a match of sepak takraw. They faced Shirou Emiya and his classmates Issei Ryuudou (who managed to gets both teams disqualified) and Shinji Matou.


She has a strong-looking appearance, but privately she's actually pretty girly. Of course, this clashes with her image so she doesn't go around advertising it, but she doesn't really think it's a big deal herself.[2]


She is friends with both Shirou and Rin. While she treats Rin as her friend, she treats Shirou more like a rival. The three of them haven't noticed what a delicate relationship they have with each other. Even though her room at home looks more like it belongs to a little girl than a teenager, she has no qualms about inviting Rin over to hang out. After all, it's not that she has no interest in romance, it's just that she has a thing for older men.[2] She holds the belief of a heroine that "Beauty must do martial arts".[1]


Fate/stay nightEdit

Fsn Ayako (anime)

Ayako in the Fate/Stay Night [Unlimited Blade Works] anime adaptation.

In Fate/stay night, she is first seen in the prologue when Rin encounters her in the morning. She was practicing her archery for the first year. Ayako often asks Shirou to come to the archery dojo and watch them practice. She informs Shirou about Shinji bullying the male first year students when he was in a foul mood when Rin rejected him.

She was seen arguing with Shinji Matou in the Archery Dojo before her disappearance. She was later found unconscious in an alleyway in Shinto. She was victimized by Rider when Rider chased her down into a back alley and sucked her blood on the spot, in order to extract magical energy. When Shirou asked if Shinji was involved, Shinji denies it.

After the Rin route, she is still alive and as energetic as ever.[2]

Fate/hollow ataraxia Edit

In Fate/hollow ataraxia, she first appears in the prologue telling a ghost story about Mr. A. She is in her third year and has already retired from the captain position of the archery dojo. She's very uncomfortable around Rider, who shows a disconcerting attraction to her like an animal fond of its prey.

Other appearancesEdit

She makes a brief cameo appearance in Carnival Phantasm. She also appears in Episode 10 of Today's Menu for Emiya Family.

By the time she enters college, she is interested in Mikiya Kokutou but she was turned down by him.[3]

Ayako was mentioned by other students when they talk about Mr. A and Little Red Riding Hood.[4]


She is skilled in martial arts in general but her forte is using the Naginata.[1]


Creation and ConceptionEdit

Her character design is based on Rider's earlier concept. During the preliminary stages of development, the scenario director was obsessed with a movie called "Vi(…)ck", and kept on insisting that Rider should be more like a certain black-caped character. Ayako's design was an attempt to meet his demands that unfortunately ended up being rejected. Nasu says that it is forbidden to say she resembles Shiki Ryougi.[1]



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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2
  3. Fate/strange Fake - Volume 2 - Interlude: "The Little Red Riding Hood of Semina Apartments", p.013-021
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