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Archer is a primary character featured in Type-Moon's visual novel Fate/stay night, and is a recurring character in the Fate universe. His most prominent role in the original novel is in the second route Unlimited Blade Works.

Archer is one of the most popular male characters in the Fate franchise. He experienced a surge in power owing to his route being animated in the mid-2010's, which continues to the present day. He holds the joint-most number of pendants won in ISML with four awards (shared with Hachiman Hikigaya), and has come close to winning the championship in 2018,  suffering a massive loss in the final against the same guy.

Archer's highest achievements elsewhere include the quarter-finals in r/anime's Best Guy 1, and third place in the 2018 edition of Bilibili Moe (using his true identity). In the latter contest, he fought two consecutive canon battles, losing against Fate protagonist Shirou Emiya before winning the consolation match against Lancer.

He is also the namesake of the "GAR (Gay for ARcher)" term, which originated from 4chan. The term is supposedly a misspelling of an anon's post demonstrating his love for the character.

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A messy room is not the softest landing out there, but Archer will make due with it.

Archer only has a vague recollection of who he is, which is not the best state to be in when about to take part in a war. However, he understands his purpose well enough, and has no qualms about carrying it out. The mage who summoned him might have a sharp tongue and a short temper, but at least she is more than capable in her craft, which is just what Archer wanted.

Archer is a man of conflicting characteristics. He would refuse to help someone who does not meet his standards, yet he will move to save the same person, even against his better judgment. Archer prefers ending things as quickly as possible, but knows when it is necessary to retreat and rethink one's strategy. Archer would rather work with people useful to him, but is often seen going off alone doing his own business. What could it be that occupies the mind of the man who cannot recall his true name?

Atop a hill of blades, he continues to pray.

- Written by ??????

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Source Material[]

The first installment of the Fate series began in 2004,the year of release of the eroge visual novel Fate/stay night, developed by the company Type-Moon. The story follows the magus Shirou Emiya as he is caught in the "Holy Grail War", a battle royale where seven magi, called "Masters", and their respective "Servants", which are personifications of historical and mythological figures, fight each other for the "Holy Grail", an artifact said to grant any wish to the winner. The game is comprised of three routes, which are played one after the other; each route focuses on one of the main three heroines which becomes Shirou's love interest.

Title screen of Fate/stay night

These routes are named:

  1. Fate: which focuses on Shirou's relationship with his Servant Saber,
  2. Unlimited Blade Works: which focuses on Shirou's relationships with the Master Rin Tohsaka and her Servant Archer,
  3. Heaven's Feel: which focuses on Shirou's relationship with Sakura Matou and the circumstances surrounding her family.

Each route has been given an anime adaptation as well:

  • Fate was adapted into a TV series by the studio Deen, first aired in 2006. The adaptation also includes several scenes in UBW as well.
  • Unlimited Blade Works was first released as a film in 2010, animated also by Deen. Four years later, the route received another adaptation in the form of a TV series, and animated instead by Ufotable. The Ufotable version, comprising of 25 episodes within 2 seasons, came to be widely regarded as the definitive animated version of the route.
  • Heaven's Feel didn't receive an adaptation until 2017, where it was decided that the entire route will be split into three animated films, and will be handled by Ufotable again.


Archer appears as a major character in all routes, but he is most involved in Unlimited Blade Works, where the circumstances surrounding his true identity and his relationship with Shirou are revealed. The final line of his famous chant also references the route's title word-for-word.

Contest History[]

Bilibili Moe[]

Bilibili Moe 2015
The Chinese website Bilibili is known for its massive Fate fanbase, so it's not surprising that Archer, one of the franchise's most popular characters, easily becomes a tournament favorite to win the website's "saimoe" contest.

Archer made his first appearance in the 2015 edition at a time where the UBW anime adaptation was currently airing. The first opponents he faced were comparatively weak: the only strongest rival in his group was Conan Edogawa which he brushed aside, and in the bracket stage, he easily blew past Fairy Tail's Natsu and Gintama's Sougo Okita. However, Archer suddenly faced a massive challenge in the quarter-finals as he got drawn against Code Geass' Lelouch Lamperouge. After a long, hard match, the Servant ultimately could not handle the strength of the Emperor's geass-influenced supporters, losing the match by nearly 5,000 votes. Thus, he was eliminated from the tournament.

Although the 2016 and 2017 editions had Fate characters in those contests (with the latter year particularly being infamous for its voting brigade), Archer did not appear in the shows that were aired during that times (Prisma Illya and Fate/Grand Order).

Bilibili Moe 2018
The Red Servant eventually returned to the main stage in 2018 under the name of his true identity. With the website still reeling from the effects of the 2017 F/GO brigade, this year introduced even more eligible Fate animated installments, with Archer qualifying due to his role in the first Heaven's Feel movie in 2017. As a result, the tournament was widely believed to have resigned itself to the supposedly unassailable might of the franchise's popularity.

With Archer's qualification essentially a formality, he was drawn into Group C1, where again his qualification proved yet another formality despite the presence of Okabe in the group. In the bracket stage, Archer easily cruised through the early rounds, expelling CotE's Kiyotaka in the round of 32 and overpowering F/GO's Merlin in the round of 16. He then faced Overlord protagonist Ainz Ooal Gown in one of the few non-Fate vs. Fate quarter-finals match-ups. As expected, Archer made short work of the skeleton to advance to the Final Four, which would become solely occupied by males from Fate/stay night.

BMoe 2018's bronze medal match is exactly similar to this fight; this cutscene graphic from UBW depicts Archer (right) using Rho Aias to defend against Lancer's Gae Bolg attack.

The final stages of the male tournament suddenly became similar to the narrative of the Unlimited Blade Works route: Archer fought a grueling battle against his rival Shirou Emiya, which ended in a canon victory for Shirou, the latter earning the right to face Gilgamesh in the title match. Archer then found himself in an equally epic fight against Lancer for the bronze medal; while the climactic title match's results were subverted, this one went the same as the novels --- with the red servant claiming third place, his best-ever finish in the contest.

Bilibili Moe[]

Bilibili Moe Record
Edition Round Opponent Score Result
2015 Round of 128
Group H3
Archer.png Archer 38,415 1st (Advanced)
Conan.png Conan Edogawa 23,031
Eng het.png England (Arthur Kirkland) 12,151
Law op.png Trafalgar Law 8227
Round of 32 Natsu.png Natsu Dragneel 69,876 - 33,164 Win
Round of 16 Sougo.png Sougo Okita 62,269 - 41,621 Win
Quarter-finals Lelouch.png Lelouch Lamperouge 57,760 - 52,960 Loss
2018 Round of 128
Group C1
Archer.png Archer 103,371 (504) 1st (Advanced)
Okabe.png Rintarou Okabe 51,021 (689)
Makoto free.png Makoto Tachibana 24,474 (490)
Joe mb.png Joe 13,803 (226)
Round of 32 Kiyotaka.png Kiyotaka Ayanokouji Win
Round of 16 Merlin fate.png Merlin Win
Quarter-finals Ainz.png Ainz Ooal Gown Win
Semi-finals Shirou.png Shirou Emiya Loss
3rd place Lancer.png Lancer Win (3rd place)




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ISML Pendant Winners
First year of pendant win only. Crowns from 2015 are included.
2015 8man.png 8manYuzuru.png OtonashiArcher.png ArcherKoyomi.png KoyomiSora.png SoraAccel.png AcceleratorLelouch.png Lelouch
2016 Koro.png Koro-senseiKiritsugu.png Kiritsugu
2017 Nagisa assclass.png Nagisa S.Levi.png LeviSouma.png SoumaTouma.png Touma
2018 Okabe.png OkabeTaki.png TakiWillem.png Willem
2019 Rimuru.png SlimeRiku.png RikuSakuta.png SakutaKiyotaka.png KiyotakaTomoya.png TomoyaYuuta.png Yuuta
2020 Miyuki shirogane.png ShiroganeIshigami.png IshigamiGilgamesh.png Gilgamesh
2021 Sorata.png SorataKirito.png Kirito