Hello there! Welcome back to the ninth day of the challenge!
Best Anime Villain
He’s a priest.
He guarantees your safety within the war.
Giving you high hopes only to crush them all down in any last event; he is the villainous remain that never fails to make his presence scream bad-end.
Enter Kotomine Kirei.
“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.”
Spoilers incoming yo.
The one true antagonist–a hero in his own path of justice. Kirei acts as the ‘final boss’ for all things Fate.
Now, the Fate franchise is enormous so I will only be speaking exclusively, chronologically about Zero and Stay Night.
In the events of Zero, Kirei is the Master of Assassin, working for his mentor, Tohsaka Tokiomi, and doing everything he is asked to do to the best of his ability. He lives a devoutly religious life as a priest but lacks a sense of fulfillment, taking little joy in doing good deeds. Upon meeting Emiya Kiritsugu, Kirei sees his own emptiness mirrored in the latter, eventually feeling compulsive hatred. On the other hand, Kirei is the only Master that Kiritsugu fears, the latter seeing him as the biggest threat to his own victory of the Holy Grail War. During the later stages of the War, he murders Tokiomi and becomes the Master of Archer, assuming the role of the main antagonist.
He does not have a true wish for the Grail and fights only to discover his purpose in life.
That very purpose in his life is found in the conclusion of the third Holy Grail War, for the grail is not truly an omnipotent wish-granting device but rather a destructive entity that burns and seeps life from whatever it touches. Kirei, having had none of the fulfillment sense, reaches a new goal to preserve what makes Kiritsugu turn to feel loss and despair–the ‘Holy’ Grail.
In the events of Stay Night, Kirei becomes and overseer of the fourth Holy Grail War which Tokiomi’s daughter, Rin, and Kiritsugu’s adopted son, Shirou, participate. Through lies and deceptions, Kirei plays both of them by the threads to unveil his evil master plan, to resurrect whatever evil attempted to be born from the Grail in the previous War.
Being evil is one thing, being evil that can side with heroes throughout nearly their entire journey is pure master class.
Kirei is uncanny, sarcastic but extremely knowledgeable being one of the only three witnesses of Holy Grail’s true form. It is the way that he speaks as a priest; he never fails to convince Rin and Shirou (and even myself, the watcher/player). While everyone is fighting with all they have got in the Holy Grail War, Kirei only treats it as a ‘fulfilling’ mind game.
And that is my best villain I have to offer, down for the day!
See you back here tomorrow where I dish out one of my childhood nostalgia shows…