Flat Escardos (フラット・エスカルドス, Furatto Esukarudosu?) is the "False" Master of False Berserker in the True and False Holy Grail Wars of Fate/strange Fake.



Flat was born into the Escardos family, a line of magi living on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, as the eldest son. It was originally hoped that he would be a magus of rare quality in terms of Magic Circuits and the talent to control them. When he was just a child, Flat was able to translate the ancient magecraft of the Escardos Family, that even the Family Head was unable to understand. However, this overwhelmiming power lead to Flat being regarded as an unnatural and dangerous person. During his childhood, Flat also sneaked onto Van-Fem's casino boat as a minor, but Van-Fem let him stay in return for Flat showing him his magecraft. Flat has also showed the ability since childhood, to see "it", a presence that no one else can see.[3]

He eventually entered the Clock Tower. However, none of the professors accepted him as their student, despite his skill, as he lacked the normal ideology of a mage. He thought that no one would accept him until Lord El-Melloi II decided to accept him into his course. Flat is amazed by his teacher, and becomes a student of him. Though he quickly developed his magical talents over the next few years and surpassed all of his peers, the problems with his personality caused him to be unable to graduate and become one of El-Melloi's eldest students at close to the age of twenty. While his teacher does not like to let unprepared magi into the world, he came to regret keeping Flat around.[3]

At some point in his life, Flat had met Ayaka Sajyou.


« I mean, it’d be so super-cool! It’s the Holy Grail! Hitler and Gobbles wanted it for the Third Reich! And Qin Shi Huang and Nobunaga and Godzilla all looked for it too! If it really exists, I’ve just gotta see what it looks like! »

(Flat Escardos)

Flat is a prodigy in terms of his ability in magecraft, but he lacks the intelligence and commonsense to properly utilize it. He is whimsical in nature, and his overall temperament is unlike that of a magus. The only trait he actually displays is a magus intuition that differs from that of ordinary people, described as a "superabundance of curiosity" if phrased in a kind manner, though it does not follow through to his regular deductions. He has a very loose grasp on topics like history, planning, basic logic, and strategy, and only the word imbecile can truly sum up his character in one word.

He is extremely frank with his comments, lacking any sort of decorum with his words. He does not react to insults in any manner, instead even taking them as a compliment or not even realizing their implication. He rashly jumps to conclusions, and lacks the foresight to even question the validity of his catalyst despite all obvious clues of it being fake, such as its make and having Jack the Ripper's autograph, simply because he believes it to be a gift from his teacher. He has no problem with Jack the Ripper despite his legend as a murderer, instead solely focusing on the "coolness" of the mystery behind his identity.

He lacks a practical reason to participate, and he only seeks out the Holy Grail only for the reason of seeing it. He has little knowledge about the battles, and he is naive enough to think about a peaceful resolution through chess matches or befriending the other Servants. He lacks any sense of strategy, showing no caution towards summoning his Servant in public during the day and then simply enjoying the weather instead of moving onto a battle strategy. He cares little about any potential chance of magecraft becoming public knowledge, and does nothing to hide his status as a Master.

Despite his naive nature, Flat seems to take a level of consideration for human life. This was shown when El-Melloi II asked if his student was prepared to kill other enemy magi, this made Flat nervously replied in how he was hoping to win without killing anyone. Another case was shown when the Berserker, he summoned, informed Flat that, had he had been summoned in a different class, the Master would have likely been possessed and go in a maddened rampage to kill everyone around him; this made Flat momentarily panicked as he was worried about the innocent bystanders that were around when he just summoned his Servant.



Fate/strange FakeEdit

  • Lord El-Melloi II and Flat Escardos.
  • Flat, in the past, listening to El-Melloi's lecture

Day 0 Edit

Flat is present at the secret meeting dealing with the False Holy Grail War, having sneaked in through the many Bounded Fields out of pure curiosity. He is immediately enthralled by the idea, and he seeks out El-Melloi II immediately to get permission to take part in it. He speaks of it publicly without any decorum, causing his teacher to berate him for almost leaking secret information. He explains that he "hacked", a new age term used by young magi, the Bounded Fields obtain the idea from there, shocking his teacher into silence. El-Melloi II tries to talk him out of the idea after the situation has moved him past anger, but Flat's excitement is undaunted. He asks Flat for his reason in wishing to participate, and Flat's answers that he wishes to see it, citing various historical figures that searched for the Grail as motivation. His teacher tries to get him to realize the reality of a life and death battle, but that only excites him more and causes him to propose befriending all of the Servants.

He is eventually completely rejected and begins to sulk down a hallway in an undignified manner. Upon meeting a member of the administration in charge of mail, Miss Cryer, she asks him to deliver packages to his teacher. In his curiosity, he examines them with clairvoyance, and he is shocked to find what he believes is a catalyst for Jack the Ripper that El-Melloi prepared for him. Though it is obviously a cheap product based on a video game, he is unable to make such a connection, and hastily goes to his bewildered teacher. El-Melloi, not remembering having entered a contest for the toy and not bothering to open the package, gives it to him amidst his unintelligible, thankful rambling. He plans to set off for America and arrives a few days later.

Only obtaining the basic details of the Holy Grail War, knowledge of the Command Spells and Servant classes, he is very unprepared for the upcoming events. He is granted Command Spells by the False Grail, and he pledges not to use even one of them due to the fact that they are "cool" and will disappear after they are utilized. Without regard for hiding his status as a Master, he goes to a public park in broad daylight, and through random means, he summons False Berserker. He is very surprised, but quickly becomes very interested in his Servant's identity due to him being unlike his perceived notion of a Heroic Spirit. Berserker, surprised at his Master's ability in summoning him without a ritual, showcases his abilities to transform into different forms and then explains his peculiar nature to Flat. Flat knows at least that Berserkers should be mad warriors, but simply believes Berserker is calm due to following a strange explanation which any ordinary person would doubt, that two negatives, a symbol of madness and a mad class, form to make a calm positive. Berserker also tells Flat about his motivation to find out his True Identity, with Flat not being that concerned about this or the rest of the War, only wanting to see what will happen. They later evade the Police Chief's undercover agent, leading to a classification of "quite capable."[4]

Later, when Saber is arrested for blowing up an opera house and gives an impassioned speach to news reporters promising to make amends for the damage, Flat is enthralled by the speech and says they should find him and make him an ally, to Berserker's annoyance.

Day 1Edit

Flat and Berserker take residence in a motel and go through the city, with Berserker transforming into a watch for Flat to wear. They encounter False Archer and Tine Chelc, though they avoid them. Flat explains that if Archer noticed them, he could kill them both with no problem.[5] Later in their motel, Flat notices a strange presence outside, that only he can see, and decides to investigate it with Berserker.[6] He tracks the presence to a hospital, where Berserker finds Tsubaki Kuruoka, a young comatose girl who is also a Master of False Rider, the presence that is also infecting people around the city. Hearing this information, Flat decides to contact the police department, that is actually lead by Orlando Reeve, the Master of False Caster.[7]

Day 2Edit

Before they head to the police department, a group of magi called the Zugzwang attempt to take Flat's Command Spells, but are easily apprehended by Berserker. They are placed with the other mages, who had tried to attack Flat and Berserker, including Carl Lexarm, Silvelt Kotcheff, Avi Dikhail and Hyouma Sagara.[8]

Flat and Berserker enter the police department, with Flat neutralizing the Bounded Fields around the building. They enter Orlando's office, who is surprised and attempts to use his traps to summon demonic familiars to attack Flat and Berserker. Flat though neutralizes the familiars, while Berserker shows that he has already created multiple copies of himself around the police department, that could overtake it. Orlando agrees to listen to them, with Flat explaining him the situation of Tsubaki Kuruoka. Orlando agrees to send his Clan Calatin to secure Tsubaki, as he doesn't want a young child to get harmed in the War. Flat also wants to help them, sending Berserker with them.[3] Before the rescue operation of Tsubaki, Flat meets with Hansa Cervantes, the observer of the Church. Despite them being from opposite sides, Flat a student of Clock Tower and Hansa an executioner of the Church, they get along very well.[9]

During the rescue attempt of Tsubaki, Clan Calatin and Berserker get into a battle with True Archer. Berserker's Noble Phantasm, From Hell, is stolen during the battle by True Archer's Reincarnation Pandora, and he is almost killed. However, Flat transports Berserker away with one of his Command Spells, saving him.[9]

Berserker returns to his watch form to conserve energy as he and Flat observe True Archer's battle with Clan Calatin and False Archer's battle with Saber. Noting that with the loss of From Hell, Berserker has become weakened, Flat asks if he will get From Hell back if True Archer is killed, but Berserker senses that From Hell has become too intregrated with True Archer's Spirit Origin, so the only way he can get From Hell back is if he were killed, then summoned again. Flat whines that he doesn't want that because then Berserker would not remember him. Flat then proposes that they rescue False Rider's Master from the hospital while everybody is distracted, but Berserker points out that with her illness, she is probably not safe to transport. False Caster walks up to them. Sensing that he is a Servant, Berserker transforms into a wolf to defend Flat, but False Caster explains that he is Orlando's Servant and on their side. After revealing he knows Berserker is Jack the Ripper, he reveals his own name, Alexandre Dumas. Flat becomes excited and says he is a fan of his, and also knows of his father and son. False Caster becomes happy when Flat tells him his son also became a famous author. False Caster offers his help in taking on True Archer.

False Caster uses his Noble Phantasm, Musketeers' Masquerade, to blend Flat and False Berserker's traits together, allowing them to nearly perfectly imitate each other. When False Berserker turns into a squad of people to attack True Archer, Flat hides among them while False Berserker has one of his duplicates impersonate him and use Magecraft to make their shadows come to life to attack. While True Archer is distracted killing the duplicate, Flat uses a spell combined with his second Command Spell to disrupt the Servant's flow of magical energy by targeting From Hell, nearly causing his body to fall apart. John Wingard then stabs True Archer with a dagger coated with Hydra venom. As True Archer's body is slowly eaten away by the venom, he asks False Berserker why he risked his Master on the battlefield, so they explain how they needed that second Command Spell for their plan to work. True Archer congratulates all three of them for doing all this damage to him without divine aid, but then says it is not enough. To their horror, Black Mud erupts from his wound and absorbs the venom before flowing back inside him and healing the wound. A tornado of magical energy erupts from him, knocking them back. He suddenly decides they are beneath his notice and leaps away to attack False Archer instead. Later, a wave of blackness washes over the street. When it passes, Flat and all the other combatants have vanished, to the shock of those observing.


Flat makes a brief appearance while Lord El-Melloi and Reines El-Melloi Archisorte discuss the events of the Great Holy Grail War. Eavesdropping on the conversation, he excitedly thinks about going to witness it. He also asks El-Melloi's Trimmau on a date to watch a movie.

In the anime version, he's seen directly talking with Lord El-Melloi about the Great Holy Grail War. He also appears in the last episode, interrupting El-Melloi's conversation with Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia.

Lord El-Melloi II Case FilesEdit

Case. Twin Towers of Izelma (Upper)Edit

  • Flat and Svin arguing in the presence of Reines and Trim.

Other appearancesEdit

He was briefly mentioned in the seventh volume of Fate/school life.

In Type-Moon's April Fools' Day 2015, his Tmitter user account is @tmtt15_flat.


Flat's ability as a magus is extremely high with "boundless potential and talent", surpassing all of his peers, but his overall ineptitude greatly squanders his potential. He is able to bypass at least a dozen Bounded Fields on a whim in order to eavesdrop on a secret Association meeting, and he was not even sure if it would succeed. He lacks critical thinking to put his abilities to use, such as being flustered by the presence of Berserker as a police officer, not even attempting to use hypnotism or another form of magical suggestion to ward him away. According to Touko Aozaki, his handling of spells is comparable to those of a Brand. Both Van-Fem, one of the The Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors, and Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg, the Second Magician, noted that Flat had achieved the 1,800-year long dream of the Escardos Family. Flat often chants "Game Select" when beginning his magecraft, like when he neutralizes Bounded Fields, and "Game Over" once his magecraft is finished.

Without even knowing the exact process, he summons Berserker without establishing a Magic Circle or even beginning a chant, and he himself is surprised at his Servant's sudden appearance. The only action he performed was "fiddle" with the magical energy about in the area, and the connection was spontaneously established. Such a feat would have shocked any other Master, and his teacher would have been proud of him upon witnessing it. While it is unknown if it was a miracle, luck, or an achievement of his own latent potential, he manages to deliver a powerful slight against the Holy Grail War.

He uses various phrases while using his magecraft, using Game Select (ゲームセレクト?), Game Over (ゲームオーバー?), Play Ball (プレイボール?), and Game Set (ゲームセット?). For physical object interference, he uses Game Select and then Game over. For magecraft interference when it is from another magi, it is Play Ball and then Game Set. For magecraft interference on something like a magical object or inert magecraft like a Bounded Field, it is Game Select. If it is a counter to magecraft, it is Play Ball. Although he might make gestures during his use of magecraft, that's just his strange personality rather than anything necessary to the magecraft itself.[10]

His element is Ether.




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lord El-Melloi II Case Files material
  2. Magic Circuit spreadsheet list
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fate/strange Fake Volume 4, Chapter 12: "Genius Was Not Built in a Day; All Magecraft Leads to Disaster"
  4. Fate/strange Fake Volume 1, Prologue 2: "Berserker"
  5. Fate/strange Fake Volume 2, Chapter 6: "Two Archers and..."
  6. Fate/strange Fake Volume 3, Chapter 7: "The Canon of the Demigods"
  7. Fate/strange Fake Volume 3, Chapter 8: "A Horse Not Yet Pale; Mud Yet Firm"
  8. Fate/strange Fake Volume 4, Chapter 10: "Separate Mornings, Separate Parts (Part 1)"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fate/strange Fake Volume 4, Chapter 13: "At Last, a Second, and a Third"
  10. Ryohgo Narita Twitter 6:42 AM - 31 Dec 2018, Ryohgo Narita Twitter 6:44 AM - 31 Dec 2018, Ryohgo Narita Twitter 6:47 AM - 31 Dec 2018, Ryohgo Narita Twitter 6:59 AM - 31 Dec 2018
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