Fate/Zero’s characters have certainly experienced much since the series’ beginning long ago, a pre-warring period, all the way till now – a point in time which most of them have likely already faced desolation.
Either horrible death, tragedy, trauma, or some sort of crazed transformation in favor of iniquity – indeed, there’s been many gradual revelations changing the lives of Fate/Zero’s cast either for better or worse. The comparative charts below arrange the masters, as well as a few relevant individuals, side-by-side as seen in their earlier days – and then later moments, which for most proves a scene unfortunate.
Kiritsugu, of course, isn’t looking too healthy – and neither is his wife Irisviel who he’s strangling to death himself. On the other hand, Kirei looks as if he’s living the pinnacle of his life – the only one smiling throughout all the images.
Kariya has gone from being in a state not-so-great, to completely wrecked on from the inside-out – he was essentially on a path of destruction from the start, and as many assumed from the start, there was never any hope for his goal or character. Yet in another ironic contrast, puny Waver-kun has gone from a frail feminine male with low self-esteem, to an unwavering and confident individual – driven intently to achieve and succeed with unshakable determination.
As for the rest of the characters, some sort of passing or sadistic horror awaits them – yet it’s worth mentioning that “Cool!” seems to have been the only one to sustain the same expression from the transition of life to death. And on another note, the only survivor with flying colors who will go on to be an inspirational tsundere success is the loli – Tohsaka Rin.
Overall, it appears the moral is that lolis are guaranteed to succeed by default.