Saber (Fate/Grand Order - Gilles)

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Nasuverse character




Japanese name: セイバー
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Fate/Apocrypha
Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Satoshi Tsuruoka
Character type: Servant (Master: Protagonist)
Servant classes: FGO Saber FGO Caster FGO Lancer FGO Berserker FGO Rider
Gender: Male[1]
Height: 186 cm[1]
Weight: 91 kg[1]
Place of Origin: France[1]

Saber (セイバー, Seibā?) is a Saber-class Servant able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.



Saber's True Name is Gilles de Rais (ジル・ド・レイ, Jiru do Rei?), the heroic aspect not normally summoned due to the corrupted aspect having more notoriety as "Bluebeard" (青髭, Ao hige?).[2][1][3] He was a French nobleman, ranked as a baron, and member of the military during the 15th century.[2][1][3] He had a vast fortune, buying up many works of art, and it seemed to many that it would never deplete.[1] His apex land holdings eventually exceeded those held by the Duke of Brittany and could be regarded as a threat to the king.[4] He became a national hero during the Hundred Years War while serving under the Joan of Arc after helping to recapture Orleans, and he was given the highest honor with the title of Marshal of France.[1] Both were present at the coronation ceremony of King Charles, decorated as saviors and national heroes, and it became a memory that forever encapsulated his glory that even his corruption could not overwhelm.[5] Gilles viewed Joan as the basis for everything to him, his sole salvation and the proof that God existed, so his pious heart fell into despair after Joan was executed as a heretic.[2][1]


Gilles before his execution ("The Execution of Gilles de Rais")

Gilles wasted his seemingly endless fortune extremely quickly to the point where his public finances were almost entirely depleted, so he started to get involved with alchemy with his friend François Prelati, a cleric, to make up for the financial burdens.[2][1][4] As he went into madness over the loss of Joan, he began to perform cruel deeds to prove that God is absent because he should punish such actions, losing sight of his monetary problems in dabbling in alchemy and instead concentrating on the aspect of the black magic of summoning demons.[2] François was the primary magus in charge of the rituals, Gilles having no true knowledge of the craft and only acting as a patron.[4] He started to abduct young boys from the area of his domain, raping and slaughtering them by the hundreds, which eventually made him the model for fairy tale "Bluebeard."[2][3]

Despite the atrocities, others only feared that he would sell his domains to an enemy nation for the purpose of raising money, so they convicted and executed him for his blasphemy and cruel deeds only for the political pretenses of seizing his territory.[2] Due to the nobles of the era disregarding the human rights of commoners, they felt the populations of their territories were no more than disposable livestock. They equated their slaughter to no more than animal abuse and would not have even dealt with Gilles had his land holdings not been so large and had he not been so recently wasteful.[4] It could be said he who "couldn't help but hold suspicions against God exactly because he extolled God too much and infatuated himself with scornfully cursing God" was "finally destroyed without being judged by God."[2]


A somewhat skinny lady-killer. At the times when his tension was still low.[1]


With a honest and valorous personality. He is a lover of art. For Gilles de Rais, the holy woman Jeanne D'arc was everything. One could say that she herself was the sole salvation in this depraved reality and, at the same, time the proof of God's existence for Gilles. Reality is bitter. The time to fall in darkness has come. The past shall never change. Regardless how much of an outstanding military man he is, it does not change the fact he is also a serial killer. However, even still he must continue to seek redemption forever.[1]



Fate apocrypha - Gilles

Gilles killing children in front of Ruler.

After Caster of Red shows Ruler illusions of her past through the use of First Folio, Caster changes to a different scene, a scene after her execution in her lifetime and therefore story. Caster of Red changes the scene to Gilles's castle, a scene which caused Ruler to think weird. Caster of Red shows Ruler with visions of Gilles de Rais's tale. Caster of Red changes his method and summons Gilles de Rais via his Noble Phantasm and the support of Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Assassin of Red, Caster of Red takes the soul of Gilles and given him a body. Ruler witnessed Gilles killing children but says it is just a hallucination. Caster of Red corrects Ruler saying it is actually real, Gilles is seen gripping onto a boy with silver hair. Gilles talks about how this happened to him because she abandoned him. After witnessing the atrocities Gilles had committed, Ruler started to break down. Gilles tell her that she's a saint who tried to treat everyone equally, even Pierre Cauchon. Gilles pointed out that she was not honest about her feelings for Sieg, Ruler denies it and says she only assisted him because he needed help. Gilles then says that Assassin of Black needed help and she killed her. He then adds that how it is obvious she loves him, that her universal love for humanity is just a lie. Ruler says that she doesn't love him because she doesn't have the right to love. After all she is the Maid of Orleans, Jeanne La Pucelle.

Caster of Red and Gilles both claps and tells her, she has done a good job. Caster of Red cancels the illusion and took her out so Shirou Kotomine could talk to her. However Gilles is still in the real world as well. They tell her that Sieg died fighting against Lancer of Red. Ruler uses her presence detection to confirm and finds that Saber of Black is gone. She starts crying saying because she got him into this mess she was really the one who killed him. Shirou comes in and talks about how he wants to give everyone Third Magic so they won't end up like Gilles who changed because she died. To prove that point Gilles changes into his form from Fate/Zero. Gilles talks about how the children can't be saved so he has to atone by saving the world.

Then Ruler and Gilles have a debate about saving the world. Ruler manages to convince Gilles to repent and aid her. However she has complete belief in him anyway. Gilles doesn't have a status as Ruler saw him with her True Name Discernment skill. Physically he's weaker than a Caster-Class servant and he's weaker than his counterpart in the Fourth Holy Grail War. Ruler gives Gilles her Flag to protect Sieg while she's casting her La Pucelle. Gilles uses this to protect both Ruler and Sieg against Shirou's meteors.

Fate/Grand OrderEdit


  • Saber's sword

In most Holy Grail Wars, Gilles is summoned not as a Saber, but as a Caster. This is probably caused by how his bad name as Bluebeard is more well-known around the world.[1]

Saber's Noble Phantasm is Saint War Order. His Personal Skills are Military Tactics, Golden Rule, and Mad Enhancement, an oddity for a Saber that represents his ever-present hatred of Jeanne's Death.


Shinjirou is the character illustrator for Saber in Fate/Grand Order.[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fate/Zero - Volume 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3
  5. Fate/Zero - Volume 3

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