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Fate/strange Fake (フェイト/ストレンジフェイク, Feito/ Sutorenji Feiku?, originally stylized as Fate/strange fake and alternatively stylized as Fate strange Fake) is an ongoing light novel created by Ryohgo Narita, started in 2015 and illustrated by Shidzuki Morii. It expands on the setting of an April Fool's joke published by Narita on his website in 2008 and its short story adaptation in Type-Moon Ace 2 magazine in 2009.



Fate/strange Fake takes place around 2009.[1] The plot centers around a Grail War faultily copied from the Third Holy Grail War in Fuyuki. After the end of the third Grail War, an organization from the United States that has magi separate from the London-based Mage Association as members took data from Fuyuki's Grail War and planned their own ritual. After seventy years, they used the city Snowfield as the Sacred Land for their own Grail War. They were unable to successfully copy every aspect of the ritual, which led to it acting only as an imitation that has lost the Saber class and allowed for the summoning of strange Servants due to the definition of "hero" being blurred.


The Mage's Association has sent Rohngall and his pupil, Faldeus, to investigate the city and the status of the war. Faldeus, a spy from the US organization, has Rohngall sniped upon arrival, despite knowing that Rohngall was simply a puppet. He announces that their Holy Grail War has been in development and that it is real, which causes an uproar at the Clock Tower, and wishes to "advertise" the project to the Association.


False Masters (偽マスター?) in the False Holy Grail War
Tine Chelc
The master of False Archer.
The master of False Lancer.
Tsubaki Kuruoka
The master of False Rider
Orlando Reeve
The master of False Caster.
Jester Karture
The master of False Assassin.
Flat Escardos
The master of False Berserker.
True Masters (真マスター?) in the True Holy Grail War
Ayaka Sajyou (Player in the prototype version)
The master of Saber.
Bazdilot Cordelion
The master of True Archer.
The master of Watcher. He himself is meant to become True Lancer.
Doris Lusendra
The master of True Rider
Francesca Prelati
The master of True Caster.
Faldeus Dioland
The master of True Assassin.
Haruri Borzak
The Master of True Berserker
False Servants (偽サーヴァント?) in the False Holy Grail War
False Archer
The King of Heroes, Gilgamesh.
False Lancer
The Chains of Heaven, Enkidu.
False Rider
The Embodiment of Disease, Pale Rider.
False Caster
The Author of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas.
False Assassin
The 19th Hassan-i-Sabbah Candidate.
False Berserker
The Serial-Killer, Jack the Ripper
True Servants (真サーヴァント?) in the True Holy Grail War
The Lionheart, Richard I. Ayaka's Servant.
True Archer
The Distorted Hero, Alcides
True Rider
The Queen of Amazons, Hippolyta
True Assassin
True Caster
The Trickster, François Prelati
True Berserker
Beast of the Cedar Forest, Huwawa
A unique Servant, that is supposed to guide Sigma into becoming True Lancer.

Secondary Characters

Clan Calatin
Group of police officers serving under Orlando
Einzbern Homunculus that is later possessed by an outside force
Hansa Cervantes
A priest and a member of the church.
John Wingard
Clan Calatin member
Lord El-Melloi II
Lord El-Melloi II is highly regarded in the Clock Tower and he is the professor of Flat. He once participated in the Fourth Holy Grail War.
Clock Tower magus sent to spy on the American ritual
Saint Germain
Man who met Saber during his lifetime.
Vera Levitt
Orlando's secretary and Clan Calatin member

Minor Characters

Subordinate of Faldeus
Amelia Levitt
Tsubaki Kuruoka's doctor
Avi Dikhail, Carl Lexarm, Hyouma Sagara, Silvelt Kotcheff, and Zugzwang
Independent magi attempting to defeat Flat Escardos and False Berserker. They were all killed by Assassin of Black in the Fate/Apocrypha world, reacting with unknown fear when Berserker takes on her appearance.
Ayaka Sajyou
Student of Lord El-Melloi II for a month. Identical to the Ayaka in Snowfield aside from her hair color, but they are not the same person.
He is a magus working for the US government. Granted Command Spells by the Grail, he was planning to summon King Arthur, but summoned Saber instead. Killed during the summoning, Ayaka usurps the contract.
Caubac Alcatraz
Dead Apostle who knows Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg, helping Zelretch pick Ayaka.
Charles Nodier
Contemporary of Alexandre Dumas
A clerk of the Clock Tower
Delmio Cervantes
Adoptive father of Hansa
Bishop of the church who discovered Hansa
Drugstore employee
Unnamed man who meets Ayaka and Saber
Fezgram vor Sembren, Nazica Pentel, Org Rum, Radia Pentel, Roland Berzinsky Verner Caesarmund
Students of Lord El-Melloi II
Gray, Svin Glascheit
Students of Lord El-Melloi II and friends of Flat
Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg
Magician observing the world of the novel, looking into viable solutions for the world line.
Master of Archer
The original master of Archer.
Mr. and Mrs. Kuruoka
The parents of Tubaki Kuruoka.
Hansa's followers
Rocco Belfeban
Rohngall's disciple
Unnamed disciple seen with Rohngall when meeting with Lord El-Melloi II
Anti-magus assault team commanded by Faldeus
Wolf's creator
The creator of the chimera wolf.


Main article: Fate/strange Fake (manga)



Fate/strange Fake was originally placed on Narita's homepage on April 1, 2008 under the title of "Fake/states night." It was presented as a prologue and introduction for a role playing style game as an April Fool's joke. The text was later edited and released in the form of a novel with the Type-Moon Ace 2 magazine. It was a stand-alone novel with illustrations by Shidzuki Morii and an afterword by the author. It had an epilogue describing the Player character.

Years later, it was announced that both a novel and manga series would be officially published, and a brief trailer was made. The first novel was given an additional three chapters and released for sale in 2015. The epilogue with the Player character was removed in place of Ayaka Sajyou.



  1. Fate/strange Fake Volume 6 - Chapter 20: "Dream Becomes Reality"

    "Part of the Holy Grail War that happened in Fuyuki. It was about 15 years ago, though.

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