I’m not sure if this question’s been explored/talked about on here but I will give it a go:
I’m going to start with five or so.
1. Kirei Kotomine
In the beginning, I didn’t care for him. I did watch fate/stay night 2006 and then UBW; and in total honesty, he didn’t really give much a impression either way. However I didn’t appreciate that he murdered Cú Chulainn. Then I watched Fate/Zero. Fate/Zero changed it a little; I liked the character development that he had during Zero. He’s not my favorite, not even close; but I have come to appreciate his character after watching both Zero & Heaven’s Feel. SO ~ YOROKOBE.
In the beginning, I didn’t like him. He’s a tragic character who wants to save the world and be a hero. That kind of story seemed familiar, and Shirou felt like any other protagonist in the many books I’ve read or the many shows I’ve watched in the past. Personally, I didn’t really like Shirou in fate/stay night or UBW. I guess he’s liked more to VN readers where you spend hours upon hours within his head; learning about his ideology and his reasoning for the things that he does. If you are mostly anime-only, like I was in the beginning; he came off as kind of having a “big dumb hero mode”, as Rin puts it in UBW Abridged. Once I watched Oath under Snow however;
Oath Under Snow Spoiler I guess
I soon understood the character better, and he became a interesting protagonist, and a type of dark hero(since he gave up on his ideals for Miyu). By giving up his “hero of justice” ideal, he became a much more well-rounded character and dynamic and developing protagonist; unlike what I thought he was back in the main timeline especially in FSN, where he seemed very static and unchanging to me.
This ultimately caused me to better understand his character and really see the worth of his development as well. Not my favorite protagonist, but an interesting one nonetheless.
In the beginning, I’ll admit I didn’t really care for her. In FSN and UBW she didn’t do much, and that’s understandable because that wasn’t her route. When I followed those two with Fate/Zero, I just saw her like I saw Shirou. A broken, tragic character. Then I followed it with Heaven’s feel.
Heaven's Feel Spoilers
In Heaven’s feel, she got much-needed development. You begin to see her as more then just a girl full of worms. More then just a tragic character. She’s more than meets the eye (tRaNsForMeRs lol I’m so sorry and your all welcome). Anyways, she became a rounded and dynamic character that I appreciate. My favorite role Sakura’s done is her role in Oath Under Snow. Especially when she saved Shirou by giving the archer card to him. I literally cried when she died in Oath Under Snow. In both Oath Under Snow and Heaven’s feel, they gave her such a powerful personality(even in Oath Under Snow when she wasn’t a true main character) they worded and made her such an interesting character and a truly heartwarming one to watch. Truly heartwarming.(besides the fact in HF she murders a lot of people including Gil
In the beginning, I didn’t like Gil. I disliked the his personality especially in FSN, and especially how he acted towards Saber. I just personally didn’t like how he was written there. In UBW, I found his character more interesting, when he talked about human malevolence and whatnot. In F/Z however, I grew to like his “Archer persona”. I thought he was kind of funny, and his talks were hmm how do I put it? well his talks with Kirei were both interesting and a tad suggestive(Gil placed the wine glass over Kirei’s crotch lol) - (yes, don’t you lie to me ~ I know some of you are Gil x Kirei fans I see straight through you ).
A n y w a y s . . .
Then we got to Babylonia . . . and I’ll admit I cried when he got laser-sniped. I really liked him as a character. and I liked how they portrayed his character. He was so amazing that he almost made Ritsuka and Mash seem like side characters. I overall enjoyed his character development and that show made me declare that Cas Gil is best girl.
Also, In Fate/Extra CCC, it actually made my opinion of the more “Archer-ish persona” even though he wasn’t classified in a class, I just like his many unique and interesting conversations with Hakuno. CCC localization plz???
Just to add, I then went on to read the “Epic of Gilgamesh” because I wanted to read about the actual hero, not just learning about him through fate lore(though I did read the wiki lots of times as well). I did enjoy that story overall, and it made him a very interesting character, and at sometimes; even likable. In that story, there is a lot of “unlikable parts” about his character, but I did like his “character development”. I wouldn’t say I totally agree with how he’s portrayed in fate, but I like him now nonetheless.
Yorokobe zasshu :)
I know, I’m doing a lot of FSN people but I wanted to talk about Illya for a second.
In FSN, I didn’t think much of her. Sure she killed Shinji(Wakame Abuse??), but everyone kills Shinji ngl. At first I thought of her as a small child(even though she’s like 18). Anyways, when I got to the end of FSN, I didn’t think much of her. In UBW, she didn’t get much development. She had (2) fights, and she died pretty tragically. Then her heart was ripped out by the guy I’d like to dub, “the strange, blond foreigner”. Then her heart was put into Wakame. Though her bond with Hercules was super sweet, I also wished that was explored more in the early parts of the show, because I did enjoy their master-servant relationship. Then I watched Zero, and I’ll admit Fate/Zero episode 24 in the part where Kiritsugu was in the grail made me cry. I watched it first in dub(dub’s pretty good so and I speak English), and Iri’s screaming “Illya!! Illya!! Why?? My Love, you’ve killed our Illya!!” made me cry really hard.
Heaven's Feel Spoilers
Then came Heaven’s feel. I loved her in Heaven’s feel. I loved her actually being a sibling to Shirou. I loved her taking responsibility and saying to Shirou “I’m your big sister, Shirou. Like you said, the older sibling should protect the younger. I must protect my younger brother.” Those family-bonding scenes between them made me love both characters, in fact.
This one’s gonna be short lol. I didn’t like Wakame. At all. Not in FSN, definitely not in UBW(besides his major freakouts, bc those were funny). Not really in Heaven’s Feel either. He doesn’t really have any redeeming qualities, besides like the fact that his family made him this way. Shinji in Fate/Extra Last Encore(I deny that it existed but moving on), well Shinji in there is not this Shinji but personality is pretty similar. I did appreciate his character in Fate/Extra(Francis Drake made him better but you know still counts). I know he was like eight years old technically LMAO, but I liked his character. In carnival phantasm he’s just really weirdly funny in a way. Also, all those Aron Headbutt videos about Wakame, changed my view. I like him as a character(bc he’s interesting) but not as a person. I hate and despise him when I view him as a person. Bc ya know… all the things he does to Sakura & Rin, but mostly Sakura.
Aron Headbutt’s Best Wakame Vid(In my opinion) ~ scenes are a mash-up of Nasuverse things. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUfquaG9tjc&t=30s
woah that was super long ngl, I spent a good hour on this lmao. I don’t ask you to read all of it, just try and comment your opinions, because I’d like to discuss this topic more.
A Saber Gif for y’all: