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Saber is one of the main heroines featured in Type-Moon's 2004 visual novel Fate/stay night. First appearing in the Winter 2006 anime adaptation, Saber is one of the oldest active competitors in the saimoe contests, with her longevity being attributed to her status as the face of the Fate franchise. She is the only contestant to have appeared in all International Saimoe League main tournaments since its inception in 2008; she once shared this distinction with Haruhi Suzumiya until the latter failed to qualify for the 2021 regular season.

Saber's power arguably reached its peak in the mid-2010's, a period where the Unlimited Blade Works adaptation was aired. In 2015, she finished runner-up in r/anime's Best Girl 2 after losing to Yukino Yukinoshita by 78 votes. Later that year, she won her first major championship in the inaugural edition of China's Bilibili Moe contest, blowing out same-series rival Rin Tohsaka in the final match. Saber's best finish in ISML happened in 2016; securing third place through the consolation matches despite getting knocked out by Prisma Illya in the quarter-finals.



Background & history[]

Character profile[]

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The premise of Fate/stay night revolves around a free-for-all battle royale called the "Holy Grail War", which is contested by seven "Masters" and their "Servants", which represent various mythological and historical figures, in order to obtain the eponymous Holy Grail that is said to grant any wish to the winner. In the beginning of the story, Saber appears in front of protagonist Shirou Emiya during the fifth Holy Grail War and becomes his Servant. As one of the main characters, Saber is prominently featured in all three routes of the visual novel, but she serves as the main heroine and love interest of its first route titled simply as Fate.

Saber also appears in the prequel light novel and 2011-2012 anime Fate/Zero as an ally of Shirou's foster father Kiritsugu Emiya and his wife Irisviel von Einzbern during the fourth Grail War. Much of the story involves Saber fighting other Servants while Kiritsugu seeks to kill other Masters using military weapons.

Saber has proved to become so popular that her likeness is used for the design of many other Servants in later installments of the Fate franchise; these characters were dubbed Saberfaces. Examples include Nero, Mordred, Joan of Arc, Okita Souji, and Miyamoto Musashi.


ISML record[]

Main Tournament[]

ISML Main Tournament Record
Regular season, playoffs, and consolation 1v1 matches only.
Preliminaries, gems, exhibitions, and approval / range voting rounds are NOT included.
Edition Eliminated in Final pos. W L RS Record
ISML 2008 Regular season 20th 43 20 43-20
ISML 2009 Regular season 21st 45 18 45-18
ISML 2010 Lower Bracket R2 12th 42 12 41-8
ISML 2011 Regular season 18th 32 17 32-17
ISML 2012 Round of 16 12th 33 10 30-5
ISML 2013 Division Playoffs Ste. 14th 22 14 22-13
ISML 2014 Division Playoffs Ste. 13th 21 18 20-15
ISML 2015 Round of 16
ISML 2016 Quarter-finals 3rd 14 1 9-0
ISML 2017 Diamond Groups
ISML 2018 Round of 16
ISML 2019 Sapphire WC
ISML 2020 Split 3 Groups (Top 32)
ISML 2021 TBD (Qualified)
ISML 2022
ISML 2023
ISML 2024
Total W-L: ??? Postseason: ??? RS Record: ???
Opponents played:

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  • Regular season icon.png 20th (43-1-20)

2009[]

  • Regular season icon.png 21st (45-0-0-18)

2010[]

  • Regular season icon.png 8th (41-0-8)

2011[]

  • Regular season icon.png 18th (32-0-17)

2012[]

  • Regular season icon.png Stella 7th (30-0-5)

2013[]

  • Regular season icon.png Stella 14th (22-0-13)
  • Postseason Phase 1 Stella Division

2014[]

  • Regular season icon.png Stella 15th (20-0-15)



Other Tournaments[]

Anime Saimoe Tournament[]

Saimoe 2006

Saimoe 2010

Saimoe 2012


Korea Best Moe Tournament[]

KBM 2010

KBM 2012



Honours[]

International Saimoe League

Others


  • Best playoff finish: Quarter-finals (2016)
  • Highest final position: 3rd place (2016)


Chronological list[]

Total Wins : 11 (Bilibili Moe Animated Character Popularity Awards)

  1. DM123 AnimeFans Saimoe 2012 [1]
  2. Baidu Harem Moe 2012
  3. Facebook @Jishuzhai (lit. TechnologyHouse) Saimoe 2012 [2]
  4. Xinzhi Moe 2012 [3]
  5. Facebook Kuwanjia(@cool-gamer) Moe 2013 [4]
  6. Tiangshidongman Moe 2015/16
  7. Bilibili Moe 2015
  8. Facebook Waifu Awards 2020 [5]
  9. Facebook Battle of the Moe 2020 [6]
  10. FACEBOOK El Rincón De Las Waifus 2021 [7]
  11. 1ra Campona Torneo de waifu Anime en casa 2021 [8]


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Female Major Champions
ISML ★ 2008: Fate Testarossa Fate Testarossa · 2009: Hinagiku Katsura Hinagiku Katsura · 2010: Mio kon.png Mio Akiyama · 2011: Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka · 2012: Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana · 2013: Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou · 2014: Kotori Itsuka Kotori Itsuka · 2015: Eru.png Eru Chitanda · 2016: Shana Shana · 2017: Megumi Katou Megumi Katou · 2018: Rem.png Rem · 2019: Violet.png Violet Evergarden · 2020: Yukino.png Yukino Yukinoshita · 2021: ???
AnimeBracket Best Girl ★ BG1: Kurisu.png Kurisu Makise · BG2: Yukino.png Yukino Yukinoshita · BG3: Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka · BG4: Rin tohsaka.png Rin Tohsaka · BG5: Rem.png Rem · BG6: Asuna.png Asuna Yuuki · BG7: Kaguya.png Kaguya Shinomiya · BG8: Maisan.png Mai Sakurajima · BG9: ??
Best Char. ☆ BCh2: Hitagi.png Hitagi Senjougahara · BCh3: Shinobu Oshino Shinobu Oshino
Bilibili Moe † Japan ★ 2015: Saber.png Saber · 2016: Rem.png Rem · 2017: Mash Kyrielight Mash Kyrielight · 2018: Cardcaptor.png Sakura Kinomoto
China ★ 2016: Tushan susu.png Tushan Susu · 2017: Su mucheng.png Su Mucheng · 2018: Kagura onmyoji.png Kagura (Onmyoji)
Anime Saimoe ☆ † 2002: Cardcaptor.png Sakura Kinomoto · 2003: Riku Harada Riku Harada · 2004: Rosemary Applefield Rosemary Applefield · 2005: Nanoha Takamachi Nanoha Takamachi · 2006: Suiseiseki Suiseiseki · 2007: Rika Furude Rika Furude · 2008: Kagami Hiiragi Kagami Hiiragi · 2009: Taiga.png Taiga Aisaka · 2010: Azusa Nakano Azusa Nakano · 2011: Mami Tomoe Mami Tomoe · 2012: Toki Onjouji Toki Onjouji · 2013: Madoka.png Madoka Kaname · 2014: Nodoka Haramura Nodoka Haramura + Saki Miyanaga Saki Miyanaga (co-winners)
Korea Best Moe ☆ † 2006: Suiseiseki Suiseiseki · 2007: Hinagiku Katsura Hinagiku Katsura · 2008: Holo Holo · 2009: Taiga.png Taiga Aisaka · 2010: Mio kon.png Mio Akiyama · 2011: Homura.png Homura Akemi · 2012: Hitagi.png Hitagi Senjougahara
Legend: Defunct, Hiatus / Unknown fate
ISML Necklace Winners
First year of necklace win only. Circlets from 2012-2015 included (if applicable).
2008 Shana ShanaSetsuna s.png Setsuna S.Kagami.png KagamiKyou.png KyouHaruhi.png Haruhi
2009 Tomoyo.png Tomoyo S.Yuki n.png Yuki N.Suigintou.png SuigintouSuiseiseki.png SuiseisekiHinagiku1.png HinagikuShinku.png Shinku
2010 Mio kon.png MioTaiga.png TaigaMikoto.png Mikoto
2011 Kanade Tachibana KanadeRuri Gokou RuriEwood.png Hellscythe
2012 No new winners.
2013 Mashiro.png MashiroRikka chuuni.png RikkaAsuna.png Asuna
2014 Kyh.png Kuroyukihime
2015 Yukino.png YukinoKosaki.png KosakiChitoge.png ChitogeChiyo s.png ChiyoAyase.png Ayase
2016 Nao.png NaoRin tohsaka.png TohsakaSaber.png SaberKurisu.png Kurisu
2017 Rem.png RemEmilia.png EmiliaMegumi k.png Katou
2018 Chtholly.png ChthollyAzusa n.png AzunyanKanna.png Kanna
2019 Violet.png VioletSagiri.png SagiriKurumi.png KurumiMaisan.png Mai-san
2020 Kaguya.png Kaguya
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