NicoNico ran a poll to learn which Fate/Zero characters would otaku most prefer to have as their lover – both males and females were asked, and the corresponding results show the top five from each ranking.
1.) Kiritsugu Emiya (38.2%)
2.) Kotomine Kirei (10.7%)
3.) Lancer (9.9%)
4.) Archer (9.2%)
5.) Matou Kariya (8.4%)
1.) Saber (34.1%)
2.) Irisviel (17.3%)
3.) Tohsaka Rin (10.6%)
4.) Matou Sakura (10.6%)
5.) Maiya (10.6%)
There’s little that can be said about the female results – under one light, it seems to hold true to some stereotype, females fall for the guy with a dark past, and etc. Then again, Kiritsugu only has 38.2% of the votes, the remaining percentage is spread across other characters – and it seems that overall, the most likely reason he ranks first is due to females simply falling susceptible to his lofty main character credentials.
In fact, combining his protagonist status with his iniquity, or phrasing it a bit differently, “his bad-ass attitude”, that essentially explains everything as to why he ranked first in a survey of desired lovers.
It’s a partial surprise that Gilgamesh didn’t rank particularly high – one would have thought a man of arrogance and an outfit of pure gold would have attracted many females. Though in any case, it’s more so a shock to see Kariya can still seduce ladies with the current state of his face.
As for the male results, they’re exactly as expected – Saber first, Irisviel second, the lolicons made their voice heard as well, and for lack of a sixth contender, Maiya made the list. Quite redundant indeed it would be to go in-depth on Saber – her mythological ripe body, moe attitude, and acquired popularity over the course of many years, and several series, makes her an instant win. Shifting attention to the sisters, Rin and Sakura, seeing as this is a polling based on Fate/Zero, that means they should still be in their loli days.
With such being the case, it is baffling that Rin didn’t manage to score first, or at least second – her association with Tohsaka Tokiyomi has more than likely watered down general opinion of her, as one would have otherwise assumed a loli Tohsaka Rin would be cute enough to outrank even a dreaming little girl. Then again, Rin receives little focus at all in Fate/Zero – thus the votes she received are more so based on name, rather than actual appearance.
Specifics considered, the list isn’t too unpredictable for the most part – however, the lolicons did disappoint, one would have thought their legion to be more potent a force, yet Illyasviel isn’t even on the list.