Anime Underground Historical Figures Who Show Up In The Fate Series  

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The entire Fate franchise is filled with unique characters inspired by historical, mythical, and real-world figures who are just as intriguing and awesome as the reimagined ones! Each Servant from Fate draws its persona from pre-existing staples in political hierarchies of the past. From deities to legends, the cast of characters come from a wide variety of religions and cultures. 

Historical figures in the Fate series are cleverly crafted to reflect true and unique aspects of their actual counterparts. At the same time, the animated characters are reconstructed with an entirely new look - sometimes even a different gender. Compiled here is a complete list of the characters linked to actual historical figures in Ufotable's Fate Stay/Night and Fate/Zero series. Check out which legendary icon your favorite Servant is inspired by below. 


King Arthur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Historical Figures Who Show Up In The Fate Series
Photo:  Sentai Filmworks/Wikimedia Commons

Appears In: Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Zero

Saber's resilient and charismatic identity is none other than that of King Arthur. As one of the main characters in the Fate series, she wields the legendary Excalibur and its hallowed scabbard, Avalon (named after the place Excalibur was forged). 

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Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Historical Figures Who Show Up In The Fate Series
Photo:  Aniplex of America/Wikimedia Commons

Appears In: Fate/Zero

The proud and impetuous personality of Rider is the embodiment of the late and militant Alexander the Great. Rider highlights the ambitious, prideful, and hearty aspects of the legendary conqueror. 

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Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Historical Figures Who Show Up In The Fate Series
Photo:  Sentai Filmworks/Wikimedia Commons

Appears In: Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Zero

The tablets that comprise the Sumerian legend in "The Epic of Gilgamesh" tell the story of an arrogant king-declared-demigod who ends his tale on a quest for immortality. Archer's identity as Gilgamesh reflects his own kingly desires of gathering treasures and ruling as an immortal leader.

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Assassin Is Hassan-i Sabbah


Hassan-i Sabbah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Historical Figures Who Show Up In The Fate Series
Photo:  Sentai Filmworks/Wikimedia Commons

Appears In: Fate/Zero

The Assassin is a single, multi-person entity of deadly weapons cast in the image of the Persian Hassan-i Sabbah, a founder of an assassin group known as the Hashshashin, or "Assassins." The split-personality Assassin in Fate/Zero takes on the form of the manifested Hashshashin group.