…Cause sometimes I need to think about these things too. S-shut up.

Rin

 

So I got into thinking about the Servant class in the two popular anime among my friends. How did these specific characters come into fruition to be labeled as their designated class? I’m purely going off from observation, history, mythology so bear with me on this. I’m welcome for discussion on this part since I’m essentially learning this as well. Although there are 16 classes according to the Type Moon page, for this guide I will strictly be observing Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero.

The following are parameters from the Wikia page explaining the statistics for each class. I fused together these parameters with the weapons and specialties of each class. A = highest while E = lowest. The parameters shown are not necessarily absolute references since each specific character in the class can be stronger than presumed or vice versa.

l to r: FSN Archer, Archer card, FZ Archer

l to r: EMIYA, Archer card, Gilgamesh

Archer class
Weapon(s): Long-range projectiles/weapons
Specialty: Long-range independence from Master
Strength: C
Endurance: C
Agility: C
Magic: E
Luck: E
Fate/Stay Night: EMIYA (summoned by Rin’s pendant)
Fate/Zero: Gilgamesh (summoned by the first snake’s shed skin)

The actual story behind Gilgamesh is told from one of the earliest known surviving pieces of literature from the ancient world known as The Epic of Gilgamesh. In it Gilgamesh was a bit of a bully because of his demigod status however he met his match against Enkidu, who became his best friend. After much adventure, Enkidu dies by the Gods judgement over one of the battles the duo shared. Heartbroken, Gilgamesh searches for the key to eternal life but fails until he is given a plant that restores eternal youth. When Gilgamesh sleeps, a snake steals the plant, thereby shedding it’s skin. If you remember, Gilgamesh is summoned by a snake skin. The Gilgamesh we know from Fate/Zero is possessive indeed and considers everything his property. For everything that he says and does, Gilgamesh does have some honor. Who can blame his jaded personality after what happened to his only friend?

EMIYA is actually Shirou from another universe in which he wins the Grail War. Is Shirou most like the Archer class? Food for thought on this one.

l to r: Sasaki Kojiro, Assassin card, F/Z Assassin group

l to r: Sasaki Kojiro, Assassin card, F/Z Assassin group

Assassin class
Weapon(s): Weak strength, usually targets Masters over Servants
Specialty: Stealth
Strength: D
Endurance: D
Agility: B
Magic: E
Luck: B
Fate/Stay Night: Sasaki Kojiro (summoned by Caster from gate)
Fate/Zero: The Hundred-Faced Hassan (summoned from Hassan’s catalyst)

While Sasaki Kojiro was summoned by Caster, therefore coming a character that no one saw coming, it parallels his origin. A skilled swordsman, it is not known whether or not he was real or legendary, a character made up by skilled swordsmen so as to not be challenged by foolhardy opponents.

The Assassin class is generally unknown, with the original assassin traced to an Islamic sect hundreds of years ago. No one person is directly responsible for being the “first” assassin but rather a group of people who killed stealthy and undetected.

l to r: Hercules, Berserker card, Lancelot

l to r: Hercules, Berserker card, Lancelot

Berserker class
Weapon(s): Trades sanity for immense power and destruction; giant weapons
Specialty: Insanity and chaos
Strength: C
Endurance: D
Agility: D
Magic: E
Luck: E
Fate/Stay Night: Hercules (summoned through axe-rock from Temple of Hercules)
Fate/Zero: Lancelot (summoned through pieces of the Round Table)

Hercules is a Berserker not because of his heroic deeds but due to killing his children (and in other stories, his wife) while under a spell or temporarily insane. The same would be similar to Lancelot, whose loyalty to King Arthur was mirrored by his great love for Guinevere. Most stories point to Lancelot going mad twice: When Arthur found out about the affair between himself and Guinevere and secondly, when Arthur died. With the death of his liege and his honor tarnished, Lancelot had nothing more to live for and some say, died as a hermit.

l to r: FSN Caster, Caster card, FZ Caster

l to r: Medea, Caster card, Gilles de Rais

Caster class
Weapon(s):
Specialty: Magic
Strength: E
Endurance: E
Agility: C
Magic: A
Luck: B
Fate/Stay Night: Medea
Fate/Zero: Gilles de Rais

Medea’s story is a sad one indeed. She was a princess who helped Jason of the Argonauts steal the Golden Fleece in order to reclaim his rightful seat on the throne. Medea and Jason married and had two children but sadly he dumped her for a younger princess of a neighboring kingdom. Upset with rage, she killed their children, boiled the bride to death, and sent Jason on his way to misery before he died from a piece of his ship falling on him. She is one of the few Greek characters in mythology to use magic without the aid of a God and was very powerful.

Gilles de Rais was a Frenchman whose nickname “Bluebeard” inspired the children’s fairy tale about a handsome man who marries girls and kills them should they disobey him. Seems right on the money that he is summoned by Ryuunosuke. The legend of his origins mainly went as the boogeyman, killing children but morphed into killing girls. While the magical aspect of him seems farfetched, I believe the fairy tale charm that “Bluebeard” has become is one of the reasons why Gilles de Rais is of Caster class.

l to r: Lancer card

l to r: Cúchulainn, Lancer card, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne

Lancer class
Weapon(s): Spears, long-ranged melee weapons
Specialty: Agility
Strength: B
Endurance: C
Agility: A
Magic: D
Luck: E
Fate/Stay Night: Cúchulainn (summoned through a jewel)
Fate/Zero: Diarmuid Ua Duibhne

The warrior of the Lancer class is Cúchulainn, an Irish hero of mythological origins who is best known for his many deeds but tragically short life. He has the powerful spear known as Gáe Bolg, “Spear of Pain/Death” which inflicts wounds that do not heal. Likewise as a great warrior, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne is of Irish descent, who known for his love for Fianna whose tragic death is enough to compare to the love Guinevere and Lancelot must have felt for each other. While I would think that the reason why these two were chosen to be Lancer class was mainly due to the weapons they used, they were powerful warriors whose ideals caused great defeat.

l to r: Medusa, Rider card, Iskander/Alexander the Great

l to r: Medusa, Rider card, Iskander/Alexander the Great

Rider class
Weapon(s): Melee type weapons, greatly utilizing mounts as part of weaponry
Specialty: Speed; powerful Noble Phantasms
Strength: D
Endurance: D
Agility: B
Magic: C
Luck: E
Fate/Stay Night: Medusa (summoned through a mirror from an old Greek Earth temple)
Fate/Zero: Alexander the Great (summoned through Alexander the Great’s cloth)

Alexander the Great was a historical tactician whose empire expanded from Greece to India, culminating into one of the largest empires of the ancient world. Tragically he passed away when he was in his 30s. He was an excellent charioteer, learning at the age of 12 which could be the reason for his placement in the Rider class.

Medusa was a tricky one since she isn’t one to have a mount. She was a beautiful woman who was turned into a gorgon by Poseidon’s wife out of jealousy. She hid in a cave and would turn people into stone should they look into her eyes. The Greek hero Perseus cut off her head with the help of an invisible cap from Hades, Athena’s shiny shield, and winged sandals from Hermes. However when her head had been cut off, Pegasus sprang from her neck, a mount that had been used by Medusa in Fate/Stay Night.

Saber group

l to r: F/SN Saber, Saber card, Suit Saber

Saber class
Weapon(s): Melee weapons with good dose of magic referring to Excalibur and Invisible Air
Specialty: High stats all around; agile and powerful
Strength: A
Endurance: B
Agility: B
Magic: C
Luck: D
Fate/Stay Night: King Arthur (summoned through Avalon, sheath of Excalibur)
Fate/Zero: King Arthur (summoned through Avalon, sheath of Excalibur)

King Arthur is the great hero of legend who was predicted to come to Britain’s aid when the land was in trouble or to be invaded. Arthur is widely regarded as one of the best knights and “King of Knights” whose name is synonymously tied with honor and chivalry. In both incarnations as Saber, Arthur plays the role of the escort and dutiful knight as well as a powerful warrior against the other players in the Grail War. Having been brought up in a humble household and tutored by Merlin, Arthur has knowledge of the magical and warrior arts. With a penchant for tactics, Arthur is a well-rounded character both on the page and in the anime.

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