Tokiomi Tohsaka (遠坂時臣, Tōsaka Tokiomi?) is the father of Rin Tohsaka and Sakura Matou, two of the heroines from Fate/stay night. As a member of the Tohsaka family, he entered the Fourth Holy Grail War as the Master of Archer. Kiritsugu Emiya identifies Tokiomi as the third of the three most threatening magi involved in the war after researching all the Masters involved.



Two centuries ago, the Tohsaka House, in collaboration with the estates of Makiri and von Einzbern, helped found the Fuyuki Holy Grail Wars. Although the other noble families forgotten their original intention. Tokiomi still follows his ancestor's desire to reach Akasha, or the root of all knowledge. He is the fifth generation head of the Tohsaka family.[3]

He and Risei Kotomine are close acquaintances; through Risei, Tokiomi meets the young Kirei Kotomine, Risei's son, whose command spells have appeared three years prior to the start of the Fourth Holy Grail War. The two men arrange for Kirei to be transferred from the Church into the Magi's Association as Tokiomi's pupil while leaving Kirei uninformed as to the true nature of the marks on his hand. They both intend to use Kirei to make sure that Tokiomi will obtain the Grail and that Kirei's role is to provide Tokiomi with additional Command Spells and another Servant. Like Risei, Tokiomi holds Kirei in high regard in terms of ability and character but has little understanding of how empty the young man feels.

He is married to Aoi Tohsaka, the childhood friend of Kariya Matou. Tokiomi leaves his estate in the hands of Rin, whom he intends to be his successor. Though Tokiomi originally hoped to give his daughters a choice as to whether or not to become magi, just as his own father had given him, both Rin and Sakura had unusual amounts of innate ability for magi. Without the protection of a magus family and the training to control their abilities, this potential could cause dangerous supernatural events to befall the girls, or lead to their capture by the Association to use as specimens. As the Tohsaka family's protection and magecraft could only be bestowed upon one child, Tokiomi allowed Zouken Matou to adopt Sakura, as the Matou family had a need for an heir. His sudden decision to give Sakura away comes as a shock to Aoi, though she does not openly oppose his decision.


Tokiomi is a well-dressed man clad in a white, long sleeve shirt with a crimson tuxedo over it that has black buttons, a blue ribbon, and brown shoes. He has elegant black hair, a goatee, and blue eyes.


Tokiomi is an archetypal magus who, as all magi strive to do, wishes to reach Akasha. Although he loves his wife and cares for his daughters, he bases everything on his and their lives as magi, foregoing their happiness as regular people and only thinking of their future lives as magi. He has a "perfect and coldhearted" aspect to him that can be called a negative trait to his otherwise seemingly outstanding self-image. It is such a strong trait that it would have guided Rin's life if she were to ever understand that aspect of him.[4] His "charm point" is his goatee, and he spends a long time grooming it daily.[1]

Much to Tokiomi's displeasure, his arrogant and materialistic Servant Gilgamesh has difficulty acting covertly and obediently. In turn, Gilgamesh dislikes his Master, whom he considers boring, and is intrigued by his apprentice Kirei Kotomine's participation in the war.


The design turned out completely different from Takashi Takeuchi's original image of the character, but he feels that he cannot picture Tokiomi any other way. Urobuchi was hesitant about killing him off because Rin inherits her kindness from him, so he sought to put Tokiomi in a villainous position. When Rin eventually receives the Azoth knife that killed him, Takeuchi feels that only those who can watch the story like gods can feel something akin to the sense of inconstancy in life.[1]



Tokiomi death

Tokiomi's death.

When Kariya confronts Tokiomi regarding Sakura's adoption, Tokiomi only declares that he can think of nothing greater than for one daughter to be renowned as a legendary victor and her sister to be known as her formidable opponent. Towards the end of the war, during Tokiomi's visit to Rin, his true intention behind adopting away Sakura becomes apparent: Aware that both his daughters possessed exceeding rare sorcery traits, Rin possessed all five elements while Sakura, though lacking all five, possessed Imaginary Numbers. The magical nature makes those who surpass the rules of reason attract equally extraordinary experiences. Tokiomi knew that the daughter he did not chose as his heir must be doomed to a life of disasters, and eventually would become a guinea pig on hands of the Mage's Association.In that matter,the adoption request of the Matou's family would come like a truly blessing, so that Sakura could fulfill her innate potential to become a powerful mage, and would be able to protect herself from others wishing to use her as a result of her lineage.

Near the end of the war, Tokiomi attempts to form an alliance with Irisviel von Einzbern and Saber in order to better dispose of Rider. While they are unwilling to form an alliance with him, a truce is called between them until Rider and Berserker are destroyed. This truce was contingent upon Kirei being exiled from Japan, much to Tokiomi's shock. While reluctant, he agrees to do so with Kirei's consent upon hearing of Irisviel's reasons for disliking Kirei.

Considering him to be a loyal apprentice, Tokiomi gives Kirei an Azoth Sword as a parting gift, only for Kirei to murder him by stabbing him in the back. This is the same knife that is passed onto his daughter, Rin. Because of his untimely death, he was unable to tell Rin about the original goal of the Holy Grail War to open a “hole” beyond the World.[5]

Fate/stay nightEdit

In the Prologue, the clocks were set one hour fast by Tokiomi when Rin woke up, but she only remembered them being 30 minutes fast. Rin suspected it to be some trick of her late father’s, a bit of playfulness on his part, seeming to say “if she can’t even notice a slip-up as trivial and close to home as this, it’s too soon for her to fight in the Holy Grail War.”[6]

The jewel pendant memento he gave to his daughter to Rin becomes a catalyst to summon Archer because it was the same pendant that saved Shirou Emiya when he was stabbed in the heart by Lancer.

Rin gives the Azoth knife to Shirou which he ironically uses to kill Kirei in the Fate scenario.

Kirei reveals to a captured Rin that he betrayed and murdered Tokiomi in the Unlimited Blade Works scenario


  • Tokiomi's Jewel staff
  • One of Tokiomi's magus skill he used on Kariya.

Tokiomi, as the head of the Tohsaka family, has mastered the principles behind their jewel based magecraft in conjunction with his own fire attribute to become an effective battle mage. Using a staff topped with a jewel into which he has stored magical energy for many years, he can summon elemental spells in combat instead of the more simple jewel detonation used by Rin. He is also shown to be capable of manipulating air currents to land from a great height and despite the elemental difference, performed an ice based magecraft whilst teaching his daughter, Rin, how to use jewel magic.

He is an expert in Flame magecraft (炎の魔術, Honō no majutsu?), he can manipulate his flames into barrier and by chanting "Intensive Einäscherung", it creates a flame thrower attack on the opponent.

In addition to this, his apprentice Kirei Kotomine was taught the basics of Reinforcement, Familiar usage, Divination, Spiritual Evocation, Alchemy, Summoning, Necromancy, and mastered Spiritual Healing, indicating that Tokiomi had a working knowledge of those skills.

Tokiomi does not seem to believe himself a man of particular talent, but at the same time has the pride of a magus and follows an unerring path of elegance in all things. To this end he rarely shows anything but a calm demeanour, showing no hint of worry when faced in battle by another magus.


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Fate/Zero Anime Visual Guide I - Character: Tokiomi Tohsaka entry, p.010
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