Fionn mac Cumhaill (フィン・マックール, Finn Makkūru?), Class Name Lancer (ランサー, Ransā?), is a Lancer-class Servant summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order. He is also the Servant of Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia in the Third Holy Grail War of Fuyuki and an unknown Master in the Moon Holy Grail War.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Development
- 5 References
Profile[edit | edit source]
Identity[edit | edit source]
Legend[edit | edit source]
A descendant of the Celtic War God Nuada, Fionn was a great hero and warrior that established many valorous deeds and miracles, such as gaining control over healing water from the oil of the Salmon of Knowledge, having saved the capital from the wicked fallen Divine Spirit Aillen that manipulated flames and sleep, defeating invaders and monsters as the guardian of Erin, and defeating in battle various and powerful wicked monsters such as the fallen Divine Spirit Aillen, the magical Demon Boar, the horse of the underworld, and in the end, even his divine ancestor, the War God Nuada.
Serving the High King of Erin, Cormac mac Airt, Fionn was a man who attained appropriate achievements to be celebrated as both the leader and greatest knight in the glorious Knights of Fianna. He underwent an impeccable journey as a great hero, but during his personal life, he also had a fate of trouble with women. His first hardship was becoming charmed by a pair of beautiful sisters and receiving a curse. His misfortune continued afterwards; seven years were stolen from him by a conflict with a fairy over his first wife.
When Fionn was to be betrothed to his third wife and daughter of the High King, Gráinne, they put on a large banquet to celebrate the occasion, feeling as if the engagement was more joyous than any other. His poet son Oisín and warrior grandson Oscar, as well as his loyal knights, including Diarmuid, were all in attendance. Due to Gráinne begging Diarmuid to take her away from there, the two ran away together, and Fionn, filled with jealousy and resentment, mobilized all of his resources to hunt them down.
After Diarmuid fought through all of the obstacles, Fionn was the one most heartbroken through the futility of all the sacrifice, so he decided to recognize their marriage, bestow upon Diarmuid a title and territory, and take him as a subject once again. Though Diarmuid wished for reconciliation, Fionn could not let go of his bitter jealousy over the affair. In times of peace, he often spent his days quietly while carrying out events like hunts with his subordinates in the knight order. On one such hunt, Diarmuid was gored by a magical wild boar's fangs, but felt no fear due to there being a well of spring water nine steps away from which Fionn could produce healing water. Despite him being on the verge of death, Fionn could not forget his anger, so he managed to spill water from his hands during the first two attempts to bring Diarmuid the water. As of his third attempt to scoop water, Diarmuid passed away from his wound.
This dispute eventually caused the glorious order of knights to collapse. After this incident, many of Fionn's subordinates were disappointed and provoked by this event, and before long, the Knights of Fianna divided into two sides, causing a war where Fionn lost his life in the middle of the conflict.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Fionn's appearance is of when he was at the prime of his life as a knight, brimming with elegance and charm as if he was shining. It reflects the time of his more youthful years before he had lost seven years of his youth from a conflict with a fairy over his first wife.
Fionn's appearance in the Fate/Zero anime is much more regal with him as a king.
In Fate Grand Order, Fionn appears in his youth with blond hair that goes down to his waist and deep green eyes. He sports a tight, sleeveless shirt, and disconnected sleeves that lead into fingerless gloves. He wears a collar-like piece of cloth with silver trimming, blue filling, and golden symbols, which matches the waist portion of his skirt, which is split in sections. A silver loop connects two belts and a third strip of cloth that hangs about around his waist together. He possesses white armour for his legs that go up to his thighs, where he wears black undershorts.
In his second Ascension, Fionn gains silver armour for his torso, even replacing the blue in the waist cloth with silver, a blue shoulderpiece for his left shoulder, a brown belt around his torso connected by the shoulderpiece, and now holds his spear in the right hand. His weapon, Mac an Luin , is a deep purple spear with a silver white blade at the very end.
In his third Ascension, Fionn obtains a white shoulderpiece for his right soulder, a cape piece draped over his left arm, and a blue piece of armour with golden rims attached to either hip.
Personality[edit | edit source]
An impartial and noble knight who respects and follows the path of righteousness. At the same time, he is open-minded and pleasure-seeking. Fionn does not bear any doubt, not even a tiny bit, about his own charm. "Come now! Nowadays, I am shining!" Like his appearance, his behavior is similarly elegant. However, his way of thinking is comparatively bold. His outward appearance is suitable for his youthful character. One would not particularly catch sight of that tenacious personality in the later anecdotes of his past life.
Fionn is aware of the truth behind his own beauty. Regarding his appearance, it was something that he was born with so he does not have to boast about it, but that can be called a pet theory. It has been said that Fionn was a magnanimous man who, in times of peace, spent his days quietly while carrying out hunts and the likes with his subordinates in the knight order.
Though he has a personality that is sort of abundant with love, he consecrates that eternal and unique love to his wife. Only in the moment when he thinks about her, Fionn Mac Cumhaill is not a knight leader, but one young man who is honest with himself.
As a matter of fact, Fionn is deeply jealous, even though he is not aware of it. At a time many years beyond his present appearance of where he was in the prime of his life as a knight, there was an anecdote where he resented his subordinate Diarmuid for snatching away his third wife, the beautiful Gráinne. Later on, Fionn let DIarmuid die without helping him after the latter fell into a predicament, solely out of resentment that stemmed from his deep jealously.
Fionn will not change his elegant speech and conduct in regards to his Master. Since he also worked for the sake of the High King of Ireland while alive, he has no reluctance about operating under somebody as a Servant, because as a hero, if he desires to work for the sake of the people, he thinks there will be no problem with that approach. In addition, maybe because he has manifested in a more youthful appearance, the orientation of his mentality is "younger" than that of his later years (but he still possesses the memories all the way until his last years).
Maybe it was not that there was a problem with women, but he himself that was at fault—until the very end, Fionn mac Cumhaill never came to think like this. "What exactly went wrong?" Even now, after becoming a Heroic Spirit and manifesting as a Servant, he still does not understand.
Fionn's wish for the Holy Grail is to "fix his tendency to get into trouble with women". He thinks all of his tragedies in his life stemmed from his destiny of having trouble with women. But that's his way of thinking when summoned in this form, and in the case where he is summoned in another form, it is possible that he may have a different wish and way of thinking.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
- As far as the youthful Fionn in this world is concerned, whatever happened in his last years are merely "not memories of the present." Without minding it, he will definitely say, "I'm glad to see you again after so long." However, for Diarmuid, whose memory of his death is of trouble with Fionn, this is extremely super awkward... It also doesn't help that Fionn keeps making these strange jokes about the incident between them.
- Lovely Female Servants
- "My my, this is troubling...aah, looks like once again I am shining!"
Role[edit | edit source]
Fate/Grand Order[edit | edit source]
Brynhildr's Trial Quest[edit | edit source]
Fifth Singularity: E Pluribus Unum[edit | edit source]
He and Diarmuid attack the rear base of the American Independence Army. Their soldiers are repelled by Ritsuka, Mash, and Florence Nightingale. Fionn heals Diarmuid after he's defeated, and fights together with him. After Nightingale retreats back to camp, Fionn reveals his plan was to keep the group away from the camp so his soldiers could attack it unimpeded. However, he and Diarmuid are forced to retreat when reinforcements from the Resistance arrive. He tells Diarmuid to abandon their soldiers if they can't comprehend the order to retreat. Before leaving though, he tells Mash that she'll become his wife if she's defeated. They return to the White House, the Celtic Headquarters, and report to Medb and Cú Chulainn Alter about their failure. After Cú Chulainn Alter warns them they won't get a third chance, Diarmuid and Fionn leave.
The two confront Ritsuka, Mash, Nightingale, Rama, and Elizabeth Bathory when they leave Alcatraz prison. Diarmuid asks Mash not to decline Fionn’s proposal, saying they both admire her courage. They prepare to fight the group; Fionn agrees not to let Mash’s beauty hold him back. Fionn asked Beowulf to join him, but he refused. Before the fight, Fionn expresses his doubt that his king doesn’t feel joy despite being the most powerful warrior. After they’re defeated, he admits he didn’t care about victory or defeat. Becoming more and more tainted in life, Fionn couldn’t let go all things that weighted him down. He confesses to Diarmuid that he envied him, as he was trying to die for his love. He feels he can pass on without regret when Mash rejects his proposal. Admiring Nightingale’s conviction to not heal herself until there are no more patients, Fionn and Diarmuid disappear, hoping to meet Ritsuka and Mash again.
Final Singularity: Solomon[edit | edit source]
-Moonlight/Lostroom-[edit | edit source]
Fionn is one of several Servants who fought Galahad in the "Lostroom" and was defeated.
Fate/Apocrypha[edit | edit source]
In the A-1 Pictures' anime adaptation of Fate/Apocrypha, Fionn is briefly shown during a flashback to the Third Holy Grail War, summoned by Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia. In the war of the Fate/Apocrypha world, he eventually fought to the death with Ruler. His actions in the war of the Fate/stay night world are unknown. It is only known that one of the two Sabers made it to the final fight in that world.
Chapter 27 of the Fate/Apocrypha manga adaptation shows Fionn standing next to Darnic with several unknown Servants and/or Masters from the Third Holy Grail War behind them.
Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail[edit | edit source]
Fate/Zero[edit | edit source]
Today's Menu for Emiya Family[edit | edit source]
Fionn makes a cameo in the second episode of anime adaption when Shirou thinks of the connection between salmon and Celtic legend.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Fionn was said to be "unparalleled under the heavens", his strength and fame rivaling that of the High King's. Originally, he would be endowed with many abilities and Noble Phantasms through having mastered Celtic magecraft and wisdom, but only his spear, Mac an Luin, his wisdom granted to him from the oil of the Salmon of Knowledge, and his healing ability are treated as Noble Phantasms under the Lancer-class.
Development[edit | edit source]
Creation and Conception[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Fate/Grand Order material III - Fionn mac Cumhaill, p.124-133, translated by crow_claw at Reddit.
 Fate/Grand Order - Fionn mac Cumhaill (Lancer) Profile [T]
Fionn mac Cumhaill - Lancer
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Daisuke Moriyama
Voice Actor: Shin-ichiro Miki
Noble Phantasm: B+
Clairvoyance: B → Clairvoyance (Beauty): B++
Beauty of Trouble with Women: A
Magic Resistance: B
Mac a' Luin: Undefeated Purple Heal-All
Rank: A → A+
Type: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
A descendant of the Celtic War God Nuada and the leader of the glorious Knights of Fianna.
A great hero that established many valorous deeds - such as saving the capital by defeating an wicked Divine Spirit that manipulated flames and sleep, or defeating invaders and monsters as the guardian of Erin (Ireland).
Having mastered magecraft and wisdom, originally he would be endowed with many abilities and Noble Phantasms.
Level 1 Bond
Source: Celtic mythology
Alignment: True Neutral Gender: Male
As a Lancer, he treats the spear and healing abilities as his Noble Phantasm.
Level 2 Bond
Serving the High King of Erin, he was a man who attained appropriate achievements to be celebrated as both the leader and the greatest knight in the glorious Knights of Fianna.
He defeated in battle the fallen Divine Spirit Aillen, the magic boar, the horse of the underworld and in the end even his divine ancestor, the War God Nuada.
It has been said that he was a magnanimous man who, in times of peace, spent his days quietly while carrying out hunts and the likes with his subordinates in the knight order.
Level 3 Bond
He underwent an impeccable journey as a great hero, but also had a fate of trouble with women.
His first hardship was becoming charmed by a beautiful sisters and receiving a curse.
His misfortune continued afterwards; seven years were stolen from him by a conflict with a fairy over his first wife and the dispute concerning his third wife, Gráinne, caused the glorious knight order to collapse.
Level 4 Bond
Maybe it was not that there was a problem with the women, but he himself that was at fault-- until the very end, Fionn mac Cumhaill never came to think like this.
"What exactly went wrong?" Even now, after becoming a Heroic Spirit and manifesting as a Servant, he still does not understand.
Level 5 Bond
"Undefeated Purple Heal-All(1)"
Rank: A Type: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
Mac a' Luin.
It possesses effects such as automatous attack functions and negation of mental interference. If the True Name is released, it fires a single attack that is accompanied by a violent torrent of "water" that the War God Nuada administers.
The True Name comes from a inscription about his supposed favorite sword. Said sword is every now and then regarded in the same light as a spear, and it was assimilated with the spear that killed the Divine Spear Aillen upon being established as a Noble Phantasm.
Since he also worked for the sake of the High King of Ireland while alive, he has no reluctance about operating under somebody as a Servant. As a hero, he desires to work for the sake of the people.
In addition, maybe because he has manifested in a youthful appearance, the orientation of his mentality is "younger" than that of his last years (but still possesses the memories all the way until his last years).
(1)Another name for the flower prunella vulgaris, also known as the "common self-heal"
フィン・マックール - ランサー
千里眼 Ｂ → 千里眼（麗） Ｂ＋＋
ランク：Ａ → Ａ＋
- Fate/Zero Volume 2: The Mad Feast of Kings - Act 8 -122:18:42, p.251-253 & 270-272
- Fate/Grand Order - E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 2: Crimean Angel
- Fate/Grand Order - E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 8: My Fair Lady
- Fate/Grand Order - E Pluribus Unum: The Grand Battle of Legends in North America, Section 12: Sympathy for the Soldier
- Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 06: V / Arsenal Halphas
- Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 3: Triumphal Return of the Saint - Prologue, p.007-013
- Fate/Apocrypha Manga - Chapter 27: "Luminosité Éternelle"
- Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail - Chapter 57: "Sakagami Kazuhito 7"
- Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail - Chapter 58: "Sakagami Kazuhito 8"
- Higashide Yu (Author of Fate/Apocrypha) Twitter 12:42 AM JST · Aug 27, 2017 - "It's Darnic from the Third Holy Grail War, but it wouldn't look right if he didn't have a Servant with him in that scene, but it's too weird to make him a silhouette. I borrowed a bit from FGO after discussing with ...... about who he should have summoned. There was also other choices such as Beowulf or Tristan."