|“||A certain scripture mentions that humans are superior to angels. Why? Because there are people who know of evil, but do not become evil. It's different from angels, who know only of good since birth. Humans have evil, but can live as good, so they are superior to angels, who know only good.||„|
|“||People cannot change the past. All we can do is accept our own actions. If you still wish to be burdened by your sins, let it show in your future actions. It is your choice how to perceive something that has already happened.||„|
Kirei Kotomine is an Executor of the Church and the Supervisor of the Fifth Holy Grail War. During the Fourth Holy Grail War, he acted as the Master of Assassin, but after his death, he later became the Master of Gilgamesh. He secretly maintains his contract with Gilgamesh in the ten years between the Fourth and Fifth Holy Grail Wars, and acquires a new Servant, Lancer, stolen from Bazett Fraga McRemitz.
Born with magic circuits in a non-magus family, Kirei was regarded as a miracle by his father and followed in his footsteps as a man of the Church. However, he was born twisted, having no understanding of his father's idea of beauty and lacking any real love for him, a defect he could not correct despite all his efforts and his devotion to God. In his desperation, he married a terminally ill woman, Claudia Hortensia, and had a daughter with her, but even this family could not stir up any genuine emotion within Kirei. He concluded that his birth was a mistake, but when he admitted his failure to love her to Claudia, she took her own life to prove he was capable of love. Though he wept, it was not because he loved her, but because he wished he could kill her himself, a realization so appalling to him that he finally gave up on himself, left his daughter to the Church, and lifelessly continued his training.
After being chosen as a Master for the Fourth Holy Grail War, Kirei was trained under Tokiomi Tohsaka, a friend of his father's, in the years leading up to it. It is only during this war that he grows to accept his defect thanks to Gilgamesh, truly understanding what makes him happy in the world. At the climax of the Fourth Holy Grail War, Kirei is exposed to the true nature of the Grail as All the World's Evil, and over the next ten years leading up to the Fifth Holy Grail War, he and Gilgamesh plan to bring it into existence. It is Kirei's hope that he'll be able to witness how a being born to be evil perceived itself and its actions, and through this, come to understand himself and why he exists.
Powers and Stats
Tier: 9-B, up to at least 7-B with mantra boosts
Name: Kirei Kotomine
Origin: Fate/stay night
Age: 37 (27 during Fate/Zero)
Classification: Human, Master / Magus / Executor
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Master Martial Artist, Magecraft, Healing (He heals one's soul rather than their flesh), Soul Manipulation (Can handle spirits and affect the spiritual bodies of others with ease, and can exorcise spirits with a Baptism Sacrament), Pseudo-Precognition (He can predict the movements of others by sensing their killing intent and following their fine body motions), Statistics Amplification (Kirei can boost his physical capabilities with Reinforcement or with Command Spells, potentially raising them to the level of a Servant), Regeneration Negation with Black Keys, Mind Manipulation with Angra Mainyu (He can control the mud of the Grail, which melts the body and mind of whatever it is exposed to, usually driving them insane and killing them), Resistance to Magic (All magi have basic resistance to magical effects) and Curses (Due to having his heart replaced by the corrupted Grail, he is resistant to curses targeting humans and can manipulate the mud of the Grail without consequence)
Attack Potency: Wall level (Can easily break a tree in half, easily overpowered Shirou while dying, and when he had no magical energy left), up to at least City level+ with mantra boosts (With sufficient boosts, he'd be capable of defeating Ciel and True Assassin). Ignores conventional durability with Angra Mainyu (Destroys the body and mind of those it touches) and to some extent by attacking internal organs (His martial arts focuses more on damaging one's internal organs than the rest of their body, allowing him to severely injure tougher opponents).
Speed: Subsonic with Massively Hypersonic reactions (Even when completely devoid of magical energy, he easily blitzed Shirou, and he earlier kept up with his top running speed without exerting himself at all), Massively Hypersonic with mantra boosts (With one Command Spell, he barely kept up with True Assassin, and with more, he can reach the level of a Servant, casually kept up with Kiritsugu when he was using Triple Accel).
Striking Strength: Wall Class, up to at least City Class+ with mantra boosts
Durability: Wall level
Stamina: Extremely high. Continued to fight Kiritsugu after losing the use of one of his arms, and somehow managed to stay alive for an entire day after his heart was destroyed, and then fight and easily outmatch Shirou while dying.
Range: Extended melee range, tens of meters with Black Keys and Angra Mainyu.
Standard Equipment: A number of Black Keys (usually around ten), his bulletproof frock (made of Kevlar and reinforced by protective spells), and several Command Spells.
- Black Keys: The main weapons of the Church’s Executors, a sacrament taking the form of a long, slender sword. Despite appearances, they are not made for melee combat, but instead as projectiles. By hitting a target’s shadow with a Black Key, the target is immobilized, incapable of moving away as their shadow is pinned. They negate regeneration and have the ability to intervene against “evil”, allowing them to pin even Servants, though they cannot lethally harm them.
Intelligence: Kirei is an incredibly intelligent individual with great skill in manipulation and combat, having been trained as an Executor, the elite killers of the Church, since an early age and acting as one since the age of 10. Skipping two grades and graduating when he was only 14, Kirei is a prodigal Executor of exceptional ability. Over the course of his life, Kirei has fought and killed many magi, and even Dead Apostles, remaining calm in even the most dire situations, allowing him to calmly and easily react to gunfire, and he can stay a step ahead of his enemies in combat by sensing their killing intent and reading their fine body motions. Thanks to his aptitude for "opening wounds", Kirei excels at manipulating and analyzing others, and then dredging up their past trauma in a fight to throw them off and put them at a disadvantage. On top of this all, Kirei is a master martial artist with great skill in Bajiquan, and though he refers to his martial knowledge as being a mere mimicry that lacks heart, it is still enough to allow him to easily outmatch Kiritsugu and Shirou in hand-to-hand combat and threaten even Servants. In Heaven's Feel, he was even capable of defeating True Assassin with prior knowledge on his capabilities, baiting him into using his Noble Phantasm to kill him in exchange for being pinned to a tree by his Black Keys, surviving Zabaniya thanks to his heart of curses. Throughout Heaven's Feel, he manipulates many of the events in accordance with his ultimate goal, manipulating Rin, Shirou, and Sakura and ultimately outsmarting Zouken. While he may be an incompetent magus for the most part, he is one of the greatest spiritual doctors in the world and has great ability when it comes to handling spirits and healing the soul. This allows him to easily remove Shirou's Command Spells and even remove much of the Crest Worms in Sakura's body when using his own Command Spells.
Notable Attacks / Techniques:
Bajiquan: Kirei is a practitioner of a branch of Bajiquan referred to by Gen Urobuchi as "Super Bajiquan", born from a fusion of regular Bajiquan and magecraft. Bajiquan is the same legendary martial art invented and practiced by Li Shuwen. It is a reckless art, one that Kirei refers to as a "mimicry of taolu without much in it", but he is still exceptionally skilled. He takes the shortest route to damage his opponent's inside rather than their outside, crushing Kiritsugu's lungs and heart with a single blow, and badly damaging Shirou's internal organs even as his skin turned to steel. He has mastered the art of "hearing a move", and doesn't need his eyes to detect and react to an enemy's movements, predicting and easily reacting to them. Even when Kiritsugu accelerated his speed by three times and Kirei had one usable arm and blood in his eye, he was able to block all of Kiritsugu's attacks with one hand. In his final fight with Shirou during Heaven's Feel, his skill was such that Shirou didn't land a single blow.
Magecraft: Kirei was born with Magic Circuits despite being born into a non-Magus family, a reward for his father's years of pious worship. While he studied many types of magecraft under Tokiomi Tohsaka, he mastered none, always stopping short of the last step and discarding all his previous efforts. He is ultimately a beginner-level magus. The only magecraft he shows any real skill in are physical reinforcement and spiritual healing. His skill as a spiritual doctor is among the greatest in the world. Spiritual healing revolves around the healing of the soul rather than flesh, and Kirei's knowledge allows him to use it to remove the Command Spells of others. Using Command Spells, he is able to realize a miracle and perform surgery on Sakura Matou to save her life from the Crest Worms eating away at her body and mind.
- Baptism Sacrament: The sole spell officially taught to members of the Church, the words of God and the greatest weapon against spirits. By reciting the chant, Kirei can exorcise wandering souls, nearly instantly destroying Zouken's spiritual body. He survived only because his true body is located elsewhere, but it still injured him extremely badly, accelerating the degradation of his soul. It can even potentially destroy Servants without a Master, as at that point they are no more than another wandering spirit.
- Command Spells: While Kirei initially only had the three Command Spells given to every Master, he lost those when Assassin died, and later gained new ones when the Grail deemed him worthy. He inherited an even greater amount of Command Spells from his father, all of those collected from previous wars, and he can transfer the Command Spells of others to his own body. While he can use them to command his Servant, this would be idiotic, as Gilgamesh's pride would not accept such a slight, so he instead uses them to reinforce his own magecraft due to his weak, underdeveloped circuits. Through these "mantra boosts", he can boost his strength to a level comparable to that of a Servant, allowing him to defeat the likes of True Assassin and Ciel in combat.
Angra Mainyu: After being shot in the heart by Kiritsugu, Kirei was revived when the mud of the Grail washed over his Servant, Gilgamesh, and, unable to corrupt him, followed the line of mana to Kirei. It healed his wound and his connection to the Grail acts as a replacement for his heart. It makes him highly resistant to curses that target humans, rendering him immune to Zabaniya and allowing him to freely interact with the mud of the Grail. Due to his connection, he can manipulate it as he pleases as long as the Grail is available, creating whip-like tendrils from the mud to attack opponents. The mud's curse melts one's body and mind, exposing them to the full curse of All the World's Evil, and ultimately destroying them as their mind and body collapse under the weight of all the pain and hatred.