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Heroic Spirits (英霊, Eirei?, localized as "Legendary Souls") are spirits of heroes who achieved great deeds in life, having become objects of worship after their deaths.[1]

Nature[]

Heroic Spirits are beings of a higher existence, becoming categorically closer to Elementals than wraiths. Differing from how Elementals are "power" granted form using human imagination as a container, they are entirely woven from the ideals of people all throughout.[1] They are freed from the constraints of time itself and removed from the ring of reincarnation, moved to the Throne of Heroes (英霊の座, Eirei no Za?), a place existing outside of both the World and the time axis.[2] The Throne of Heroes is also occasionally referred to as the Ring of Deterrence (抑止の輪, Yokushi no Wa?), referring to how it is mainly used by the Counter Force. Those that become closer to the planet do not mix well with people, so they fall into the categories of Divine Spirits and Elementals.[3]

They can be classified into five primary categories, referred to as Hidden Attributes (隠し属性, Kakushi Zokusei?), when summoned as Servants.

  • Heaven (天, Ten?) - Heroes who are related to the gods, whether they are Divine Spirits ranked down to becoming Heroic Spirits, children of gods, or incarnations of legends about gods.
  • Earth (地, Chi?) - Heroes who are known as the heroes of the land, known through mythologies and legends of a particular region. Fairies and Magical Beasts are included in this category.
  • Human (人, Jin?) - Heroes belonging to this category are those recognized through common knowledge as great people who contributed to humanity and were regarded as heroes for their actions since the start of the Common Era. They are generally heroes who were deified by the masses after death, but there are those who were truly superhuman in life.
  • Star (星, Sei?) - Heroes of this category, belonging to none of the previous three, are the "hope of mankind" and a "symbol of overcoming hardships." Although close in nature to the Pioneer of the Stars Skill that is given to heroes who became "turning points" in human history, it is an attribute fundamentally given to those that have left behind a great hope in the history of humanity. Simply achieving such exploits is not enough as they also have to be a "shining bright star" among the figures of mankind. It is an omnipotent attribute that possesses no minus towards any other categories save for that of the Beast, which they are both strong and weak against. Parody Heroic Spirits from space all get this designation.[4]
  • Beast (獣, ?) - Rivaling the seemingly all-powerful Star, they are the Evils of Man that represent the Seven Sins of Humanity, beings that encompass all of humanity.[5]
This table includes Servants that are not Heroic Spirits. They have been given designations in Fate/Grand Order. For Servants that have unknown attributes, see here.
Attributes
Human Earth Heaven Star Beast
Alexander the Great
Amakusa Shirou Tokisada
Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova
Anne Bonny and Mary Read
Altera
Angra Mainyu
Avicebron
BB
Billy the Kid
Boudica
Caligula
Chacha
Charles Babbage
Charles-Henri Sanson
Chevalier d'Eon
Christopher Columbus
Cleopatra
Darius III
Edmond Dantès
Edward Teach
Elizabeth Báthory
EMIYA (Archer)
EMIYA (Assassin)
EMIYA Alter
Eric Bloodaxe
Florence Nightingale
Fujino Asagami
Fuuma Kotarou
Gaius Julius Caesar
Georgios
Geronimo
Gilgamesh (Caster)
Gilles de Rais
Hans Christian Andersen
Hassan-i-Sabbah
Hector
Helena Blavatsky
Hijikata Toshizou
Houzouin Inshun
Illyasviel von Einzbern
Ivan the Terrible
James Moriarty
Jing Ke
Jeanne d'Arc (Alter)
Jeanne d'Arc Alter Santa Lily
Katsushika Hokusai
King Arthur (Alter)
Leonidas I
Li Shuwen
Lu Bu
Marie Antoinette
Martha
Mata Hari
Mecha Eli-chan
Mecha Eli-chan MkII
Miyamoto Musashi
Musashibou Benkei
Nero Claudius
Nursery Rhyme
Oda Nobunaga
Okada Izou
Okita Souji
Okita Souji (Alter)
Paracelsus von Hohenheim
Queen of Sheba
Robin Hood
Sakamoto Ryouma
Sakata Kintoki
Sasaki Kojiro
Scheherazade
Shiki Ryougi
Sieg
Spartacus
Tawara Touta
Thomas Edison
Ushiwakamaru
William Shakespeare
Wu Zetian
Xuanzang Sanzang
Yagyuu Munenori
Yan Qing
Zhuge Liang

Abigail Williams
Achilles
Antonio Salieri
Arash
Asterios
Astolfo
Atalanta
Atalanta (Alter)
Beowulf
Carmilla
Cú Chulainn (Alter)
Diarmuid Ua Duibhne
Elizabeth Báthory (Brave)
Ereshkigal
Fergus mac Róich
Frankenstein
Galahad
Gawain
Henry Jekyll and Hyde
Hessian Lobo
Ibaraki-douji
Jack the Ripper
Jaguar Man
Kato Danzo
King Arthur (Feale)
King Arthur (Male)
Kiyohime
Lancelot
Medb
Medea
Meltryllis
Mephistopheles
Merlin
Medusa
Mochizuki Chiyome
Mordred
Nitocris
Odysseus
Osakabehime
Passionlip
Paul Bunyan
Penthesilea
Phantom of the Opera
Sakata Kintoki (Rider)
Semiramis
Shuten-douji
Siegfried
Sigurd
Solomon
Tamamo Cat
Tomoe Gozen
Tristan
Vlad III (EXTRA)
Vlad III (Berserker)

Arjuna
Brynhildr
Chiron
Chloe von Einzbern
Circe
Cú Chulainn
David
Enkidu
Euryale
Fionn mac Cumhaill
Gilgamesh
Heracles
Irisviel (Dress of Heaven)
Ishtar
Karna
King Arthur (Lancer)
King Arthur (Lancer Alter)
Minamoto-no-Raikou
Nezha
Orion and Artemis
Ozymandias
Parvati
Quetzalcoatl
Rama
Scáthach-Skadi
Solomon (Grand Caster)
Stheno
Suzuka Gozen
Tamamo-no-Mae
Valkyrie
Altera the San(ta)
Bedivere
Francis Drake
Jeanne d'Arc
Leonardo da Vinci
Mysterious Heroine X
Mysterious Heroine X (Alter)
Napoleon
Nikola Tesla
Romulus
Scáthach
Sherlock Holmes
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Goetia
Kiara Sessyoin (Alter Ego)
Kiara Sessyoin (Beast III/R)
Tiamat

Ascension[]

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Heroic Spirits are made up of those who truly existed, those only from legends, and those who were never observed at all.[1] Those who existed had belief of their deeds gathered upon their deaths and were sublimated into beings of higher rank, while those who only existed in myths and legends were born from the gathering of those beliefs even if they didn't exist. Those who were not observed are those who made a contract of some sort with the World during their lives and subsequently became Heroic Spirits and Counter Guardians respectively after their deaths as compensation. Hassan-i-Sabbah is said to be one who existed, Heracles and Medusa are said to be those who existed in legend, and EMIYA and King Arthur are those who became or will become Heroic Spirits after the fulfilment of their contracts.[2] The phenomenon applies to any human, animal, or machine that has left behind great enough achievements, but weapons becoming Heroic Spirits from being worshipped as the "greatest weapon of that era" must harbor a soul to achieve such a status.[6] Those where a human creation gains its own will or those created from the congregation of humanity's fantasies are called Conceptual Heroic Spirits (概念英霊?), including those like Nursery Rhyme and machine Heroic Spirits.[7]

Each Heroic Spirit is a unique existence, "the one and only", who each stood out from the others of their time by performing deeds and possessing qualities that no other possessed. As of the 21st Century, the most recent Heroic Spirits are from one hundred years prior.[8] It is still possible for people to make contracts with the World as Counter Guardians and be summoned from the future into the current age as well.[9] While modern weapons are powerful, it would not normally be possible to summon a "warrior from the future loaded with modern weaponry" because it is difficult for such people to become classified as Heroic Spirits. Modern weapons grant ease of use with the advantage of "anyone can use them as long as they were trained", so those who use them are "faceless heroes" who lack any qualities because they possess "expertise anyone can achieve through sufficient training." Heroes loaded with modern weapons would not become the Heroic Spirit, but rather only the weapon being worshipped so long as it harbors a soul.[6]

Heroic Spirits are also recorded and stored as data recorded from humanity's history within the Moon Cell, but they are identical to those within the Throne.[10] It is unknown if it is limited only to an occurrence within the Moon Cell, but the Divine Spirits stored within are referred to as non-human Heroic Spirits.[11]

The rank of the Heroic Spirit is reflected in the strength they held in life and the popularity they attained after death. While their actions and the weapons they wielded in life will not change from fame, their basic abilities will be affected by the time into which they are summoned. Much like how Divine Spirits require worship and recognition and fall to the rank of Elementals upon it being lost, Heroic Spirits grow stronger with the more people worshiping them to solidify their presence and fall to a state where they do not have much power if they are forgotten. Those that are powerful heroes in their own right will still keep their abilities to some extent even if they were unknown or forgotten. Heroes known by all who also had extraordinary feats, like Heracles, can be considered A-rank Heroic Spirits.[12] Gilgamesh is considered the strongest, Enkidu, while not a regular Heroic Spirit, is considered his equal, Karna is stated to be shoulder to shoulder with him as a servant without equal, Heracles and Saber Alter are at some points called the strongest Servants when summoned. In contrast, Tamamo-no-Mae, Hans Christian Andersen, and Angra Mainyu consider themselves to be the weakest of heroes. Those with only relatively new history will generally be far less impressive in ability compared to ancient heroes of the past and more fragile in their Mystery compared to those with more firm concepts.[13][14]

The exact criteria for becoming Heroic Spirits are unknown. Historical figures said to not be Heroic Spirits include:

  • Charles Nodier - Alexandre Dumas mentions that he was surprised upon learning that Charles is not a Heroic Spirit.
  • Dahut - Dahut is a figure unable to be a Heroic Spirit, so Francis Drake is instead modified to act out the role of Dahut.
  • Michelangelo - After defeating his Wraith, Leonardo da Vinci mentions she is happy that Michelangelo did not become a Heroic Spirit and that he can rest in peace.
  • Oda Nobukatsu - Nobukatsu says he is not a Heroic Spirit and can only manifest as a Servant due to the influence of Demon God Andras.
  • Sasaki Kojirou - Due to being a mixture of various stories, there is no Heroic Spirit Sasaki Kojirou. Upon being summoned as Servant, the system chose a nameless Wraith that was closest to the description of Sasaki.
  • Sei Shounagon - Due to the completion of her singular work being the singular goal of her life, she did not become a Heroic Spirit upon her death. After being summoned as a Servant in an irregular summoning, she embraced new possibilities and joined the Throne of Heroes as a Heroic Spirit.
  • Senji Muramasa - Lacking the heroic deeds necessary for ascension, he is able to manifest only as a Pseudo-Servant.
  • Various figures that lacked enough fame and instead became Phantoms.

Summoning[]

Heroic Spirits are most normally summoned by the World as a power that protects humans, so they cannot be controlled by humans without something like the Holy Grail or a similar kind of power to summon them. Only the World itself can summon the "main body" of Heroic Spirits, so humans can only summon emanations of the heroes, such as through the Servant system, even with something like a Holy Grail.[2] The souls of the emanations, their information, then returns to the main body upon the death of the emanation, and the main body is able to know about the actions of the emanations as records, as if they are reading books.[2]

As beings outside of time, they can be summoned to any era regardless of the notions of past and future, even if summoned to when their human selves have yet to die or when they have yet to be born.[2]

Those who do not fall under the classification of Counter Guardians are normally not summoned into the World by Alaya, simply being treated as "traditions that lend power to the later people."[3]

Variations[]

Counter Guardian[]

Counter Guardian (カウンターガーディアン, Kauntā Gādian?), also called the Protectors of Balance (抑止の守護者, Yokushi no Shugosha?) is a broad classification of Heroic Spirits made up of heroes who are not worshipped, utilized as a mindless Counter Force. Other Heroic Spirits have a high Divinity and act as existences closer to the planet than humanity, so they are able to avoid being drafted by the Counter Force.[1] Normal circumstances are those where the Counter Force empowers a "normal person" in life to remove the factor that can trigger destruction, eventually causing them to be worshipped as heroes. Those who become heroes in such a manner are then used as Counter Guardians, the "Counter" emphasized because they act with no autonomy of their own and only appear in response to an event.[15]

Confirmed Counter Guardians include
Confirmed temporary Counter Guardians include
Unconfirmed Counter Guardians include

Anti-Hero[]

Anti-Heroes (反英雄, Han'eiyū?) are distorted Heroic Spirits, those who do not fall under description of pure, respectable heroes. Those who are not pure can be considered no different than All the World's Evil, although the degree of such can differ between heroes, allowing some affinity with such curses.[16] They differ from proper heroes who earned their titles in that they were forced to the Throne of Heroes only because of their fate. They can rightfully be called Avenger, the Anti-Hero, the opposite of heroes who were praised as heroes regardless of whether they hated humans or were those that humans hated.[17] They are those who were reviled by the people, but saved people as the result of villainy. As those who "clarify good with evil", they became saviors worshipped and cursed in equal measure.[18] Although evil existences themselves, their actions are considered good deeds according to others, so they become saviors even if they are unwilling as in the case of a human sacrifice. Even should they be evil, those who are sacrificed become a hero once it saves everyone in a village, no matter if the method of sacrifice is to be eaten or buried. With the disgrace being forced upon them saving people, it leads to the birth of a hero instead of a sinner.[19] Differing from something like the notion of a posthumous promotion, their state of being is set by the minds of those who set up the existence of the hero. While proper heroes are created from respect, gratitude, and feelings of guilt of mankind, Anti-Heroes cannot be born from such thoughts. "Heroes" who die as "evil" will eventually be treated as victims more as time passes, so they will not stay as "pure evil." Their state of being requires them to be both "victim and assailant", created by humanity but not part of humanity. They are a contradiction that makes them "the enemy of the World", but allows them to be exempt from all of the restraining forces of the World.[19] Despite this, there are no "pure Anti-Heroes", but rather only those who come as close as possible by "doing good despite being evil."[18] They are something that people only wish to exist, something ideal humans have created to act as "sacrifices to deny the original sin." They can be thought of wishes that will never come true, "a synonym for peace."[19] While not proper Heroic Spirits, Medea and Medusa do not truly fall under the category of Anti-Heroes either.[18]

Anti-Heroes include:

Phantom[]

Phantoms (幻霊, Genrei?) are existences that are unable to become Heroic Spirits. They are similar to Heroic Spirits in that they are beings with a legend associated with them, however that legend isn't strong or coherent enough to qualify them for a place on the Throne of Heroes and is insufficient to independently constitute a Saint Graph, the spiritual foundation required to manifest as a Servant. The thresholds for a legend to qualify one as a Phantom or a Heroic Spirit are not fully known, however Phantoms are described as being on the scale of an urban legend at most. Unlike existences recorded on the Throne of Heroes, Phantoms are not permanent and will unravel in time, though the exact mechanisms of the decay are not fully known.[23]

Though Phantoms are normally unable to manifest as Servants, Baal devised a way to fuse them with Heroic Spirits and other Phantoms within the abnormal environment of the Shinjuku Singularity, where the Counter Forces are inactive. Fusing Phantoms together can enable the combination to manifest as a Servant, as in the case with Hessian Lobo, while fusing them to Heroic Spirits, such as Moriarty and Yan Qing, bestows them with abilities relating to the Phantom. In the case of Moriarty, who would normally manifest as a Caster, the Phantom fusion allowed him to manifest as an Archer. William Shakespeare and Hans Christian Andersen have been shown to be capable of fabricating Phantoms, though the exact mechanics of the process have yet to be specified.[23]

Phantoms are similar beings to Wraiths, both not present on the Throne of Heroes like Heroic Spirits and both degrading over time in their own ways; however, the two categories are neither the same nor mutually exclusive. The primary differences are that Wraiths are the souls of deceased individuals who actually lived, while Phantoms can be real or fictitious in origin, and Phantoms cannot independently manifest a complete Saint Graph required to be summoned as a Servant while some Wraiths are capable of being summoned as Servants with valid Saint Graphs. The degradation mechanisms for Phantoms and Wraiths also differ, although the specifics are not currently known.[23]

Known Phantoms (most of whom made appearances within the Shinjuku Singularity) include:

Wraith[]

Main article: Wraith

It is possible for those who cannot become true Heroic Spirits to, instead, end up as wraiths. Those who bear the name Hassan-i-Sabbah are Heroic Spirit Candidates (英霊候補, Eirei Kōho?) that have lost their original names, instead taking the form of nineteen wraiths all vying to become the "Leader of the Assassins."[25][26] Within the Holy Grail War system, summoning a hero that does not exist can lead to a wraith whose characteristics match the legend being summoned, such as Assassin filling the role of Sasaki Kojirou. It is unknown where they normally exist, due to not being part of the Throne of Heroes.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3
    [v] Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: Heroic Spirits [Circumstances], p.056 [T]

    Heroic Spirits [Circumstances]
    The Heroes who achieved great deeds and were worshiped after death became Heroic Spirits.
    They were the greatest existences amongst the forces that safeguarded humanity. In terms of classification, they were not Wrath, but closer to Faeries.
    Faeries were materialized forces using the imagination of humans as framework, while Heroic Spirits were woven purely from the ideals of humans through and through.
    Amongst Heroic Spirits, there were ones who existed in legends, ones who actually lived, and ones who were never observed. Those who were rarely worshiped were included in the classification of "Counter Guardians", and were utilized as an unconscious Counter Force.
    In the Heroic Spirits in this story, only Archer functioned as a Counter Guardian.
    Other Heroic Spirits were aligned with the planet rather than humanity, due to their high divinity. Counter Guardians were not within this category.

    英霊【事柄】
    生前偉大な功績をあげ、死後においてなお信仰の対象となった英雄がなるモノ。
    “人間を守る”力としては最高位の存在であり、その分類は亡霊ではなく精霊に近い。
    精霊は人々のイメージという筐を使って具現化する“力"であるが、英霊はその中身も人々の理想で編まれている。
    英霊には、伝説上のもの、実在したもの、観測され なかったものがおり、信仰が薄いものは“守護者”という大きな分類に含まれ、意思のない“抑止力"として行 使される。
    本編に登場する英霊の中で“守護者"として機能している者はアーチャーのみ。
    他の英霊たちは神性が高かったり、人間側ではなく星よりの存在になっている為、守護者に取り込まれずに済んでいる。

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4
    [v] Fate/complete material III: World material - Records of Heavens Feel - Servant System: Difference between Heroic Spirits and Servants, p.012

    Difference between Heroic Spirits and Servants
    Heroic Spirits were Heroes who have left behind great feats in legends after death and become subjects of belief.
    Normally, a Heroic Spirit is summoned by the world as power that protects humans.
    The ones summoned by humans are Servants. However, Heroic Spirits cannot be controlled by humans, and to summon them, the Holy Grail or something with power of that sort must be used.
    The Servant system of Fuyuki summons Heroic Spirits with the power of the Greater Grail. Heroic Spirits summoned as Servants are like "emanations", copies created using the information of the main body of the Heroic Servant.

    Thrones of Heroes diagram.png

    •Birth of Heroic Spirits
    It's been explained that Heroic Spirits are beings that heroes whom belief has been gathered upon become after death, but heroes of myths and legends can be born by the gathering of belief even if they didn't exist. Also, there are those who those who make a contract of some sort with the world when they were alive and as compensation become Heroic Spirits after death. In the Fifth War, Hasan Sabaha was a hero that actually existed, and Herakles and Medusa are ones of legends. Also, Emiya and Artoria are beings that became (or will become) Heroic Spirits after their contract with the world. Those who have become Heroic Spirits are freed from the constraints of time and are moved to the Throne of Heroes, existing to the outside of the World.

    •Heroic Spirit summoning
    Heroic Spirits are beings cut off from the time axis and can be summoned in any era, regardless of past and future. However, the only one that can summon the main body of the Heroic Spirits is the "world", and alas, humans can't summon the main body and can only summon their emanations, the Servants. Speaking of which, the information (souls) making up the Servants return to the main body at the same time as the death of the Servant, and the main body can know, as records, about the actions of the Servants as if reading a book.

  3. 3.0 3.1
    [v] Fate/complete material III: World material - FAQ with Nasu: Servants, p.132

    Q: What kind of role does the World give to Heroic Spirits that aren't Guardians (Counter Guardians) ? Also, what do magi call people with high divinity or are closer to the planet?

    Q: What kind of role does the World give to Heroic Spirits that aren't Guardians (Counter Guardians)? Also, what do magi call people with high divinity or are closer to the planet?

    A: Heroic Spirits that aren't Guardians are simply treated as traditions that lend power to the later people. Those that became closer to the planet don't mix well with people so they fall into the categories of Divine Spirits and Elementals.

    Q:守護者ではない英霊たちは、どのような役割を世界から与えられているのでしょうか?また神性が高かったり、星寄りの存在になっている者を、魔術師たちはなんと呼んでいるのでしょうか?

    A:守護者でない英霊は、単純に後世の人々に力を貸す伝承として扱われます。星寄りになったものは人間とは相容れないので神霊、精霊の類となります。

  4. 4gamer Interview with Nasu and Shinokawa
  5. Fate/Grand Order - EMIYA Interlude 1: To Be a Master

    EMIYA: As a rule, Heroic Spirits can be classified on a grand scale into four categories. Those are "Man", "Earth", "Heavens" and "Star".
    EMIYA: Ever since Christian Era, the "Man" category indicates great men who contributed to humanity and were regarded as heroes, becoming common knowledge.
    EMIYA: While cases of those who were truly super-humans while alive also exist, these are basically Heroic Spirits who were deified by the general public after death.
    EMIYA: Andersen, Shakespeare, Robin (Originally Amadeus before a game update) and Miss Nightingale can be raised as examples.
    EMIYA: Next is the "Earth" category. These are heroes told about in indigenous fantastic folklore, but...
    EMIYA: ...and here is the important part. The fourth category: "Star".
    EMIYA: Neither Heavens, Earth or Man. A hope from mankind. A symbol of overcoming hardships.
    EMIYA: This might appear as an omnipotent attribute that possesses no minus towards any other categories, but its true nature lies elsewhere.
    EMIYA: There is a category that rivals this "Star". It is the fifth..

    エミヤ: 一概に英霊と言うが、大きく四つに分類される。それが『人』『地』『天』、そして『星』だ。
    エミヤ: 『人』のカテゴリは西暦以後、人類に貢献した偉人が死後に英雄視され、共通認識となったものを指す。
    エミヤ: 本当に生前から超人だった、という例もあるが、基本的には死後に大衆によって神格化された英霊だ。
    エミヤ: アンデルセンやシェイクスピア、アマデウス、ナイチンゲール女史などがあげられる。
    エミヤ: 次に『地』のカテゴリ。これは土着の幻想伝承に語られる英雄が
    エミヤ: ……そして、ここからが重要だ。四つ目のカテゴリ『星』。
    エミヤ: 天でも地でも人でもない。人類における希望。困難を打ち破る象徴。
    エミヤ: これはあらゆるカテゴリに対してマイナスを持たない万能属性に見えるが、その本質は別にある。
    エミヤ: この『星』と相克するカテゴリが存在する。それこそが五つ目の

  6. 6.0 6.1
    [v] Comptiq special issue - Fate Dojo special edition:
    Q: If there are Heroic Spirits like Archer, who was summoned independent of time axis, is it possible for warriors from the future, who are loaded with modern weapons, to be summoned as Servants?

    Q: If there are Heroic Spirits like Archer, who was summoned independent of time axis, is it possible for warriors from the future, who are loaded with modern weapons, to be summoned as Servants?

    A: Although modern weapons are powerful, it is difficult for the users of modern weapons to be classified as Heroic Spirits. The advantage of modern weapons is "anyone can use them as long as they were trained", thus it is difficult for the user to become a Heroic Spirit, whose definition is "the one and only". The users of modern weapons are faceless heroes. If there are indeed heroes who are loaded with modern weapons, the users will not become Heroic Spirits, as they are merely "experts anyone can achieve through sufficient training". The actual Heroic Spirits being worshiped will be the "greatest weapon of that era". However, for the weapon to become a Heroic Spirit in this case, it must harbour a soul.

    Q:アーチャーのように時間軸に関係なく召喚される英霊がいるならば、近代兵器で身を包んだ未来の戦士なんかもサーヴァントとして召喚されることがあるんでしょうか?

    A:近代兵器は強力ですが、近代兵器をメインとする者は英霊のカテゴリーには含まれづらいです。近代兵器の最たる利点は“鍛えれば誰でも使える”という事。ですが、そうであるが故に“たったひとりの存在”にはなりづらい。
    それは顔のない英雄です。近代兵器に身を包んだ英雄がいたとするなら、英霊として扱われるのは“鍛えれば誰でもなれるエキスパート”たる所有者ではなく、“その時代でもっとも優れた兵器”そのものが英霊として祭りあげられるのでは、と。その場合、兵器そのものに魂が宿らなくてはならないのですが。

  7. Fate/Grand Order - London: The Death World in the City of Demonic Fog - Section 4: One Book, One Pen
  8. Fate/stay night Prologue - Day 3
  9. Fate/stay night - Unlimited Blade Works route - Day 14: Knight stay night - Captured Princess
  10. [v] Fate/EXTRA Sound Drama 2 Bonus Drama

    Taiga: Is it correct to say that Moon Cell Servants aren't summoned from the counter force, but are instead reproduced copies like NPCs?
    Sakura: Yes, that's right. To be more precise, they are perfectly reproduced from the Moon Cell's records of human history. However, that human history is connected to the throne of heroes in multiple ways, so they can't be called copies as a rule. In short, the Moon Cell consciously creates its own history of humanity, but that history is the exact same as the throne of heroes, so it's like they overlap in multiple ways as the same existences.
    Taiga: While we're at it, the counter force is a different thing altogether. Archer-san is a counter force heroic spirit, but Archer-san in EXTRA was summoned from the throne of heroes, so he's not a slave of the counter force this time.
    Caster: I see, so the reason he has a few differences from the original Fate is also because of that state.

    大河「ムーンセルのサーヴァントは抑止の輪から呼び出されたものじゃなくて、NPCと同じように再現されたコピーという認識は正しいのかしら?」
    桜「はい、その通り正しいです。より正確に言うと、ムーンセルが記録している人類史からの完全再現となります。ただし、この人類史は多元的に英霊の座と繋がっているので、一概にコピーとは言えません。要するに、ムーンセルも自分で人類史を作っている認識なのですが、その人類史はそもそも英霊の座とまったく同じものなので、同一存在として多元的には重なり合っている、みたいな感じです」
    大河「ついでに言うと、抑止の輪はまた別ね。アーチャーさんは抑止の輪側の英霊だけど、エクストラでのアーチャーさんは英霊の座から呼び出されたために、今回は抑止力の奴隷になっていないっていうわけ」
    キャスター「なるほど、Fate本編と若干差異があるのもその塩梅ってなわけですね」

  11. Fate/EXTRA CCC - Gilgamesh Route - Chapter 2: Prison of Projections -Girl’s Side Laboratory-
  12. Fate/stay night - Fate route - Day 4: Partner - Contract Established
  13. Fate/Apocrypha Volume 1: Apocrypha: Great Holy Grail War - Chapter 1, Part 04 & Part 05, p.083-090
  14. Fate/Apocrypha Volume 2: Round Dance of Black / Festival of Red - Chapter 1
  15. [v] Kara no Kyoukai Special Pamphlet - Encyclopedia: Counter Force [Others], p.041-042 [T]

    Counter Force [Others]
    The Counter Force here is the safety device formed by the collective unconsciousness.
    The prayer to avert the demise of mankind, Alaya.
    And the prayer to extend the life of the planet, Gaia.
    These are the two aspect of the Counter Force.
    Both aspects have the goal of extending the existence of the current World. They will eradicate the factors that threaten to destroy the World at the moment of their occurance.
    Since the Counter Force is the unconscious, its appearance draws no attention, and no one will recognize it.
    The Counter Force is a formless spiral of power. It adjusts its scale based on the target that needs to be obliterated. The Counter Force will always appear with a status above the target, enough to absolutely secure a victory.
    Normally, the Counter Force empowers "a normal person" to remove the factor that can trigger destruction. As a result, these individuals are worshiped as "Heroes".
    Individuals who became Heroes through the aspect of Alaya are said to be integrated into Alaya after death. However, the accuracy of this statement is uncertain.
    These individuals are also called Counter Guardians. The emphasis here is "Counter", because they have no autonomy and will only activate in response to an event.

    抑止力【よくしりょく】【その他】
    ここで挙げているのは、集合無意識によって作られた安全装置の事。
    人が願う破滅回避の祈りであるアラヤ、
    星が思う生命延長の祈りであるガイア、
    の二つに分けられる。
    どちらも現在の世界の延長を目的とし、世界を滅ぼす要因が発生した瞬間に出現、この要因を抹消する。
    無意識である為、発生しても誰の目にもとまらず、誰にも意識される事はない。
    抑止力はカタチのない力の渦で、抹消すべき対象に合わせて規模を変えて出現する。絶対に勝利できるよう、対象を上回る数値で現れるのだ。
    たいていは抑止力によって後押しされた『一般人』が滅びの要因を排除し、結果として『英雄』として扱われる。
    アラヤ側の抑止力によって英雄になった人間は、その死後はアラヤに組み込まれるというが、その真偽は定かではない。
    カウンターガーディアンとも呼ばれる。カウンターであるところがミソ。決して自分からは行動できず、起きた現象に対してのみ発動する。
    [#改ページ]

  16. Fate/stay night - Heaven's Feel route - Day 10: darkwood,sleepingbeauty - Distraction
  17. Fate/stay night - Unlimited Blade Works route - Day 12: moonlight (II) - Interlude 12-2: Infinite...
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4
    [v] Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: Anti-Heroes [Others], p.070

    Anti-Heroes [Others]
    People who are hated, yet the result of their atrocities ultimately saved others. They are the ones who define "good" with "evil".
    Although they are the targets of curses, they are still worshiped as messiahs.
    They are the anti-heroes.
    However, true anti-heroes do not exist.
    Ultimately they only reach the level of "individuals who did good while carrying out evil" (stopping short of being true anti-hero).
    Assassin and Archer fall into this category.
    Rider and Caster are not true Heroic Spirits, but they are not true anti-heroes either.

    反英雄【その他】
    人々に憎悪される事.その悪行が結果として人々を救う事、悪を以って善を明確にするモノ。
    呪われる対象でありながら、奉られる事になった救世主。
    それが反英雄である。
    といっても、純粋な反英雄は存在しない。
    せいぜい悪でありながら善をおこなったモノ止まりである。
    アサシン、アーチャーがこれに该当する。
    ライダーやキャスターは正純の英霊ではないが、完全な反英雄という訳でもない。

  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Fate/stay night - Heaven's Feel route - Day 4: Avenger - Holy Grail War, the Beginning
  20. Fate/stay night - Heaven's Feel route - Day 15: limited. - Truth - Anti-Hero Angra Mainyu
  21. 21.0 21.1 Fate/Grand Order - Orleans: The Wicked Dragon Hundred Years' War - Section 5: Dark Jeanne
  22. Fate/Apocrypha Volume 2: Round Dance of Black / Festival of Red - Chapter 2

    Born due to the fear that persisted even after her death, a serial killer Anti-Heroic Spirit—that was who this girl was.

  23. 23.00 23.01 23.02 23.03 23.04 23.05 23.06 23.07 23.08 23.09 23.10 23.11 23.12 Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Shinjuku: Malignant Quarantined Demonic Realm
  24. Fate/Grand Order - All the Statesmen! - Section 3: Flourish and Fabrication
  25. [v] Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: True Assassin [Servant], p.062 [T]

    True Assassin [Servant]
    The real Heroic Spirit of assassination.
    He was summoned by Matou Zouken, materialized using the flesh of Sasaki Kojirou.
    Bearing a white skull mask and black cloak, he was the classical assassin.
    An unremarkable Servant in terms of abilities, but highly utilitarian. In contrast with his disturbing appearance, he was very loyal. He accepted the authority of his master and would never betray him.
    Strictly speaking, True Assassin was merely a member of a group of Wraiths (Heroic Spirit candidates) who bore the name "Assassin", thus his abilities were intrinsically low. In order to compensate for this disadvantage, he modified his body. As a result, he was able to rival other Servants.
    There was no face under the mask. The skin and nose were shaven off. He inherited the seat of the Old Man of the Mountain as a "nobody".
    He lacked intelligence after materialization, but that was remedied dramatically after acquiring Lancer's heart. Since then, he was also influenced by Lancer's personality.
    By the way, True Assassin was particularly attached to his Dirks. He would carefully pick all of them up after each battle.

    真アサシン【サーヴァント】
    真の暗殺者の英霊。
    問桐臓硯によって召喚され、佐々木小次郎の肉体を利用して現界する。
    白い髑髏面と黒いローブという、ステレオタイプの暗殺者。
    能力的にはパッとしないが、使い勝手のいいサーヴァント。不気味な外見の割には忠義に厚く、主と認めた人物は決して裏切らない。
    もとから“アサシン” という名称で群をなす亡霊(英霊候補)なので、能力そのものは低い。それを補う為に自身の肉体を改造し、他のサーヴァントたちに対抗している。
    仮面の下の素顔は無い。皮と鼻を殺ぎ落とし、“誰でもなくなる”事によって、山の主の座を受け継ぐのだ。
    現界時は知性が乏しかったが、ランサーの心臓を得る事で飛躍的にパワーアップ。以後、ランサーの人格に影響を受けていた。
    ちなみに使用していたダークに愛着があるのか、戦闘後はきちんと拾って帰ります。

  26. [v] Second Fate character popularity poll

    Oh. By the way, the Noble Phantasm of every Servant Assassin is named 'Zabaniya'. The reason is that each of the 19 candidates for the position of 'Leader of the Assassins' is concealing an 'ultimate technique' crowned with the name Zabaniya -- a hidden trump card for the purpose of taking down the other 18.

    召喚されて一番良かったコトは? と訊かれたら、「寝正月という概念を知ったコト」と答える髑髏面。

     初めて知った人の愛~♪ そのコタツでミカンに目覚めた男~♪ アサシンになる前は地味でのんびり屋な性格だったんでしょうかねー。きっと、お正月は臓硯の爺さんと花札やってたんですよ! 自分たちも当然のように虎ぶるモードに出演するんだと信じて! うう悲しすぎる、全米が泣いた……!  ところでアッ○ーの教えはどうした。  暗殺者のサーヴァント。アサシンの語源となった、とある暗殺教団のトップに立った者の一人。アサシンの頭目になった時点で自らの顔を無くした人物。  『stay night』では老魔術師・間桐臓硯に仕え、地味ながらも中々の働き者っぷりを疲労しました。派手な活躍はないものの、その戦闘スタイルはなかなかに格好いいのでは。そしてただ一人、『hollow』で出番がなかった男。あうう、全世界が泣いた……!(夜の聖杯戦争で出てきたのは真アサシンであって真アサシンじゃないしなー)

     あ。余談ですが、アサシンのサーヴァントの宝具名はすべて『ザバーニーヤ』です。アサシン頭目の候補は十九人おり、その誰もがザバーニーヤの名を冠する「奥義」を隠し持っているのです。彼らは他の十八人を蹴落とす為、奥の手は隠しているのだとか。

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