Nagato Tohsaka (遠坂 永人, Tōsaka Nagato?) is the first head of the Tohsaka family and one of the founders of the Fuyuki Holy Grail War.



Nagato was the head of the Tohsaka family around the 1790s.[1][2] Though the Tohsaka family of the time were traditionally hidden Christians practicing despite the ban on Christianity, Nagato and his clan came upon the world of sorcery after "strange old man appeared out of nowhere and led them astray."[1][3]. Nagato first encountered Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg during a journey, and for having picked up the hotel bill, Zelretch taught Nagato something of magecraft. Though Nagato was officially viewed as a pupil, it was more of Nagato being a "follower whom he looked out for every now and then" in Zelretch's eyes.[3][4]


Nagato (center) with Zouken and Justeaze

While originally attempting to reach the root through martial arts, Nagato was contacted by Zouken Makiri and Justeaze Lizrich von Einzbern as a means of utilizing the Tohsaka land in Fuyuki for the ritual, although his daughter was more useful in the actual construction of the Greater Grail.[1] Though originally planning to utilize the Holy Grail together, the three families had a falling out and became opponents in the ritual after realizing only one could utilize it.[5] Nagato was entrusted with the plans to the Jeweled Sword of Zelretch despite being mediocre compared to the talented Einzberns and Makiris due to being good at heart. Zelretch thought that "this House will probably never accomplish anything great, but at least they will never stray from the righteous path". Entrusting the design to Nagato, he said, "alright, it will be a struggle, but work towards this goal". Throughout the following generations, the family "stubbornly followed" the teachings, and Rin Tohsaka finally "accomplished the impossible."[6]


Nagato is described as "mediocre, cold, and bipolar", holding himself in a way to make even Zelretch exclaim, "Hey, are you crazy or something?". Compared to the "fundamentally evil" Einzberns and Makiris, Nagato was considered good at heart, "willing to sacrifice himself for a better future."[6]. Much like his descendant, Rin Tohsaka, he was "prone to goofing up." Holding favorable positions with the Church due to their religion and the Mage's Association due to being disciples of a magician, their family was in an enviable position, allowing for their appointment as the managers of Fuyuki due to the connections.[1]


Nagato is briefly shown in the Einzbern Consultation Room describing the founding of the Holy Grail War system.


Nagato was not particularly talented in the ways of magecraft, his daughter holding the true talent and being more useful in constructing the Greater Grail than Nagato.[1] While considered to be one of the rare few talented pupils of Zelretch who managed to undergo training without being harmed by Zelretch's normally crippling training, he was actually neither a "pupil of a Magician", those who will be turned into wrecks, or a "pupil of a magus", those who will come out of Zelretch's training without harm. The level of their relationship was distant from Zelretch's perspective, akin to him being a "supervising teacher who is observing the students doing experiments from afar."[3][4] He was considered mediocre and the least talented amongst Zelretch's pupils, but his demeanor allowed Zelretch to trust him with the "homework" of the Jeweled Sword of Zelretch plans.[6]

Nagato viewed magecraft and martial arts as equal paths, originally attempting to reach the root through a state of mushin before encountering the Einzberns and Makiri.[1] He later began to seek to use the Holy Grail for that purpose instead.[3]


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  4. Einzbern Consultation Room 1
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