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I've waited for this time to come, even though I thought it was impossible. So...
~ Archer

Archer is one of the main protagonists of the visual novel and anime series Fate/Stay Night. He is the Servant of Rin Tohsaka during the Fifth Holy Grail War, though his true identity is unknown even to him.

He is voiced by Junichi Sawabe in the Japanese version of the anime and Liam O'Brien in the English version, the former of whom also voices Takashi Komuro. In the English version of the Unlimited Blade Works anime and the Heaven's Feel movies, he is voiced by Kaiji Tang.

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Identity

Well well... it appears I've been summoned by a strange little girl.
~ Archer, after being summoned by Rin

Archer is not a proper Heroic Spirit in the sense of other heroes. His true identity is that of Shirou Emiya of an alternate timeline from that of Fate/stay night who made a contract with the world and became the Heroic Spirit EMIYA. He acts as a Counter Guardian for the world as payment for the contract. He is summoned because he still has the jewel pendant that Rin used to save his life after Lancer stabbed his heart. The jewel he owns is the actual catalyst used for his summoning rather than the one that Rin still has at the time of his summoning. After the end of each of the three routes in Fate/stay night, the possibility for Shirou to become Archer still exists, but the chance is it happening is close to zero.

After winning the fifth Holy Grail War along with his Servant Saber, Emiya Shirou was all the more inspired to pursue his dream of becoming a superhero. To this end, he stubbornly trained himself to his peak and began working as a freelance magus similar to his father. It was during this time when he received his signature red overcoat as a gift from Ciel of the Burial Agency. In order to save the lives of a hundred of people dying before him in a calamity, for the sake of saving the lives that his eyes could see and for the sake of saving even more lives as a Heroic Spirit after his death, he made a contract with the world and became a hero. Although he desperately fought to end a war, he was in turn branded as the mastermind behind that war and subsequently executed. His belief that he would continue to save many people as a Heroic Spirit did not happen, but rather he was made to clean up after human actions and forced to take many lives to save humanity as a whole instead. After seeing human self-destruction and forced to oppose his own ideals countless times, he began to deny himself and his ideal. Even knowing that the Throne of Heroes was isolated from time and space, Archer desperately came to believe that his only hope of release was to have himself summoned into an era where Emiya Shirou exists and kill his past self, hoping that the double paradox created by Emiya Shirou being killed before having a chance to make the contract with Alaya and that the killing was done by an Emiya Shirou which successfully made the contract with the world would create a time paradox great enough in magnitude that could potentially erase his existence as a Counter Guardian.

On the night of the second day, his statement that his memories were vague and he didn’t know his identity due the imperfect summoning was halfway true and halfway false. He no longer possesses Shirou’s memory, although he can still remember some key events such as being saved by Kiritsugu Emiya and meeting Saber. While Rin slept, he reasoned out his situation and realized that he may have the opportunity to achieve his goal. This was affirmed when the girl who summoned him introduced herself as Rin Tohsaka the following morning.

Personality

His personality is very contradicting. While he is thoroughly cynical and nihilistic, he is at the same time devoted and protective, and even a little childish to the point that it makes him hard to hate. He does not lie, but he does keep secrets and tell half truths. He means well and is capable of being nice, but often ends up being sarcastic, especially so when he gives advice. He cannot approve of Shirou’s ideal of becoming a Hero of Justice due to his own experience, but at the same time he cannot deny it for the very same reasons.

Biography

Archer is the Servant of Rin. Sarcastic but well intentioned, he tends to look down on Shirou's ideals and usually dispenses either cryptic advice or razor-sharp putdowns. He is obedient to Rin, although to what extent nobody really knows; Though he does as she asks, he seems to enjoy pissing her off to the extent that she wasted one of her three Command Seals giving an order she knew would have little effect.

His summoning was botched and as a result of this he claims not to remember his Noble Phantasm or true name. Instead, he fights primarily with dual short swords known as Kanshou and Bakuya despite supposedly being an Archer.

Archer has a big impact in all three routes, but Unlimited Blade Works is the route in which he takes center stage. Archer's true identity is unknown for a large portion of the story, due to claiming to have amnesia.

Abilities

I am the bone of my sword. Steel is my body, and fire is my blood. I have created over a thousand blades, unknown to death, nor known to life. Have withstood pain to create many weapons, yet those hands will never hold anything. So as I pray... Unlimited Blade Works!
~ Archer's chanting of Unlimited Blade Works

Archer's strength does not come from talent, but from single-mindedly refining the little he had. Other than Reinforcement and Projection, the Magecraft which he excels at is 'unlocking' and 'restoration', both of which are derived from grasping the internal structure of things. He can also use magic detection and magic resistance, which are considered the basics of the basic, but not offensive Magecraft that work around the lines of nature interference. His dark skin, white hair, and gray eyes are a side effect of extensively using Projection Magecraft.

He does not possess a proper Noble Phantasm, but one could say that his Reality Marble is his Noble Phantasm. Replicated Noble Phantasms can be used as Broken Phantasms and fired as arrows. Incidentally, even if he replicates a holy sword on the level of Excalibur, he does not have the magical energy necessary to bring out its full potential.

The overcoat around his waist is a first rate conceptual armament made from the holy shroud of a saint; which opposes not enemies, but the external environment. His armor and bow are made from a special material that has yet to be discovered by mankind, and the latter was constructed to be resistant enough to fire Noble Phantasms.

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Kiritsugu Emiya | Irisviel von Einzbern | Kariya Matou | Waver Velvet

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Fate/Apocrypha

Black Faction

Sieg | Jeanne d'Arc | Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia | Fiore Forvedge Yggdmillennia | Archer of Black | Berserker of Black | Rider of Black | Saber of Black

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Shirou Amakusa | Kairi Sisigou | Archer of Red | Assassin of Red | Caster of Red | Lancer of Red | Rider of Red | Saber of Red

Others

Artoria Pendragon | Lord El-Melloi II | Merlin


Lord El-Melloi II Case Files

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Fate/Stay Night

Masters & Humans

Shirou Emiya | Rin Tohsaka | Sakura Matou | Illyasviel von Einzbern | Taiga Fujimura

Servants

Saber | Archer | Lancer | Berserker | Rider


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Masters & Humans

Shirou Emiya | Bazett Fraga McRemitz | Caren Ortensia | Luviagelita Edelfelt | Rin Tohsaka | Sakura Matou | Illyasviel von Einzbern | Taiga Fujimura

Servants

Saber | Archer | Lancer | Berserker | Rider


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False Masters

Tine Chelc | Flat Escardos | Tsubaki Kuruoka | Orlando Reeve

True Masters

Ayaka Sajyou | Haruri Borzak

False Servants

False Lancer

True Servants

True Saber

Others

Lord El-Melloi II


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Hakuno Kishinami | Red Saber | Caster | Rin Tohsaka

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BB | Lancer (Fate/Extra CCC) | Saber (Fate/Extra & Fate/Extra CCC) | Caster (Fate/Extra CCC) | Sakura Five (Passionlip | Meltlilith | Kingprotea | Violet | Kazuradrop)


Kara no Kyoukai

Shiki Ryougi | Mikiya Kokutou | Touko Aozaki | Azaka Kokutou | Daisuke Akimi | Tomoe Enjou | Shizune Seo


Fate/Grand Order: Observer on Timeless Temple

Chaldea Security Organization

Ritsuka Fujimaru | Mash Kyrielight | Leonardo da Vinci | Roman Archaman | Olga Marie Animusphere | Galahad | Sherlock Holmes | Marisbury Animusphere | Mable Macintosh | Arnold Beckman | False Lancer


FGO Exclusive Servants

Jeanne Alter | Mash Kyrielight | Fou | Leonardo da Vinci | Sherlock Holmes | Gilgamesh | Kingu | Leonidas | Quetzalcoatl | Archer Alter | Edmond Dantès


Others

Rushd | Siduri


Fate/Grand Order: Epic on the Remnants

Shinjuku

Edmond Dantès | Jeanne Alter

Argatha

Berserker of El Dorado

SE.RA.PH.

BB | Tamamo no Mae | Hans Christian Anderson | Passionlip | Meltlilith | Kingprotea | Archer Alter

Shimosa

Miyamoto Musashi

Salem

Lavinia Whateley


Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos of the Lostbelt

New Chaldea Members

Godolf Musik | Sion Eltnam Sokaris


Defected Crypters (and their Servants)

Ophelia Phamrsolone (Saber) | Scandinavia Peperoncino (Archer)


Lostbelt Kings

Scathach-Skadi | Qin Shi Huang


Servants

Archer of Red | Caster of Black | Napoleon Bonaparte | Captain


Others

Patxi | Gerda

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