Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald is a supporting antagonist in the light novel and anime series Fate/Zero. He is a wealthy nobleman who is descended from a long line of magi (not unlike the Einzberns, Tohsakas and Matous) and one of the seven Masters in the Fourth Holy Grail War. He is the Master of Lancer and the fiance of Sola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri. He is also a former teacher of Waver Velvet, and is indirectly responsible for him entering the war.

He is voiced by Takumi Yamazaki in the Japanese version of the anime and Doug Erholtz in the English version, the latter of whom also voices Gin Ichimaru and Yuuki Terumi.


Kayneth is a highly talented magus who has had almost no hardships in life and comes from an ancient magical lineage that goes back nine generations. As such, he is extremely full of himself, and holds a great amount of hatred towards anyone who wrongs him, wishing to torture and kill them if at all possible. He is also a complete coward, preferring to stay out of sight while his Servant Lancer does the fighting. He is introduced by publicly humiliating Waver Velvet by deeming his theory that new mages can increase one's potential through effort and experience which would allow them to overcome the handicap of being generations behind nonsense (while Waver would later conclude that he was right, it still doesn't excuse his actions). He also constantly belittles his Servant due to the latter's chivalrous nature, not unlike Kiritsugu Emiya's own treatment of Saber (though in his case he just ignores her).

The closest thing to a redeeming quality he has is his genuine love for his fiance Sol-Ui, which she does not return. This is shown when she gets held hostage by Maiya Hisau, and he agrees to his terms that the two of them will not be harmed as long as he makes his Servant kill himself, unaware that it's a trap. However, he refuses to hand over his Command Seals to her after being critically injured, since he was convinced that Lancer was hiding something from him when he said he had no desire for the Grail, not being able to believe that he really has no goal beyond serving his Master with honour.

All in all, Kayneth acts as a foil/evil counterpart to Waver; both are arrogant, cowardly, highly intelligent magi who desire the Grail for selfish reasons. However, Waver's arrogance is actually a facade to hide his deep-rooted insecurities and, despite panicking easily, he chooses to stand on the front lines with Rider. Kayneth, on the other hand, chooses to operate from the shadows while allowing Lancer to do the fighting (a trait that causes Rider to deem him unworthy of being his Master) and is just as arrogant as he makes himself out to be, believing his victory of the Grail to be a foregone conclusion. Additionally, Waver eventually grows to realises that he never needed the Grail and gets the happiest ending of all the Masters (i.e. he's the only one to come out of the war better off than he was before it), while Kayneth doesn't learn from any of his mistakes until it's too late and goes out more disgracefully than any other Master (this includes Ryuunosuke Uryuu, who, despite being a psychotic serial killer, accepts his death with dignity and ultimately got everything he wanted).


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Assassin | Beast of Revelation | Caster

Masters & Humans

Manaka Sajyou | Sancraid Phahn | Misaya Reiroukan

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Masters & Humans

Kirei Kotomine | Kiritsugu Emiya | Ryuunosuke Uryuu | Byakuya Matou | Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald | Sola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri


True Assassin | Assassin | Caster | Saber Alter

Black Shadow

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Masters & Humans

Zouken Matou | Dark Sakura | Kirei Kotomine | Shinji Matou | Souichirou Kuzuki | Illyasviel von Einzbern


Gilgamesh | Archer (Unlimited Blade Works) | Assassin | Caster

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Dr. Heartless | Faker | Gilgamesh | Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald | Sola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri | Ernest Fargo | Gurdoa Davenant | Trevor Pelham Codrington | Marisbury Animusphere

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False Masters
Jester Karture

False Servants
False Archer | False Berserker

True Masters
Faldeus Dioland | Francesca | Bazdilot Cordelion | Sigma

True Servants
True Caster | Watcher

Filia | Master of Archer | Cashura | Kuruokas | Wolf's Creator

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Twice H. Pieceman | Leonardo Bistario Harwey

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Kiara Sessyoin | BB | Kazurodrop | Kirei Kotomine | Shinji Matou

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Souren Araya | Kirie Fujou | Fujino Asagami | Cornelius Alba | Misaya Ouji | Satsuki Kurogiri | Lio Shirazumi | Meruka Kuramitsu

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Yggdmillenia Clan & Black Faction

Darnic Prestone Yggdmillenia | Celenike Icecolle Yggdmillennia | Assassin of Black | Caster of Black | Lancer of Black

Red Faction

Shirou Kotomine | Archer of Red | Assassin of Red

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Beasts of Calamity

Goetia | Tiamat | Kiara Sessyoin | Mara | Primate Murder | Koyanskaya | Beast of Revelation | VII of the End

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Heroic Spirits

Jeanne Alter | Jason | Goddess Rhongomyniad | Mephistopheles | Gorgon | Kingu

Allies of the Beasts

King Solomon | Lev Lainur Flauros | Demon Pillars | Laḫmu


Zolgen Makiri | Marisbury Animusphere

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Demon Pillars


Phantom Demon Alliance (Archer of Shinjuku | Avenger of Shinjuku | Archer Alter | Assassin of Shinjuku)


Rider of Resistance | Caster of the Nightless City


Kiara Sessyoin


Caster Limbo



Part 2: Cosmos of the Lostbelt

Kadoc Zemlupus | Ophelia Phamrsolone | Hinako Akuta | Scandinavia Peperoncino | Kirschtaria Wodime | Beryl Gut | Daybit Sem Void

Lostbelt Kings
Ivan the Terrible | Skadi | Qin Shi Huang | Arjuna Alter | Zeus

Alien God's Force
Alien God | Priestess of the Alien Star | Koyanskaya | Emissaries (Kirei Kotomine | Caster Limbo | Senji Muramasa)

Crypters' Servants
Anastasia Romanova | Sigurd | Prince of Lanling | Xiang Yu | Ashwatthama | Dioscuri Twins | Caenis | Grand Berserker

Lostbelt Inhabitants
Oprichniki | Surtr | Qin Liangyu | Odysseus | Lostbelt Olympians

Archer of Red | Caster of Black | Kama | Goetia

Event Villains

BB | Black Grail | First Lady | Testement | Ultra Heroine Z | Zouken Matou | The Master With No Name | Darnic Prestone Yggdmillenia | Kama | Space Ishtar | Xu Fu

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