History VisualNovel / FateStayNight

18th Apr '18 4:56:36 AM matteste
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* DeusExMachina: During the groups encounter with Berserker in the woods, Shirou manages to create a copy of Caliburn from the image in his head. This had been foreshadowed for a while. What wasn't [[spoiler:was that it somehow managed to kill Berserker 7 times over, taking out his remaining 5 lives with interest, thus saving them from certain defeat. And this despite the fact that it was just a single attack and Berserker's God Hand ability should have prevented further damage]].
8th Apr '18 10:38:20 PM Synchronicity
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* DuelingMessiahs: Shirou vs. Archer in the Unlimited Blade Works route, pitting Shirou's [[WideEyedIdealist naive ideal]] of "[[MessianicArchetype the hero who saves everyone]]" against Archer's [[TheCynic cynical attitude]] of "[[DarkMessiah a hero must choose who to save]]". [[spoiler:Made all the more complex by Archer being [[FutureBadass Shirou from the future]], remembering [[DespairEventHorizon which way his idealism took him]]. The end of the route implies [[CharacterDevelopment their conflict has prevented Shirou from going down the same path]] however.]]
7th Apr '18 10:43:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* DressedLikeADominatrix: Rider wears a black leotard dress with matching high legging boots and gloves. Her WeaponOfChoice is spike chains that she can wrap her opponents in. She also wears a eye mask. Though, that last bit is justified since she actually [[spoiler:Medusa]] and needs to cover her eyes.
31st Mar '18 11:02:17 AM Arawn999
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* HarmfulHealing: The interaction of Shirou's [[spoiler:Reality Marble and Avalon]] allows his body to rapidly heal by replacing damaged tissue with blades. One bad end involves this going out of control, resulting in blades erupting from his chest and shredding his internal organs. During Heaven's Feel [[spoiler:Archer's Reality Marble begins to intrude into his body, causing it to break down. His own Reality Marble generates blades to counter the damage, which then pierce his remaining flesh and cut him apart even more]].
** Kiritsugu's special AntiMagic bullets in FateZero also use this trope. They work by damaging the target's magic circuits, then ineptly healing them. The damage can then never be reversed, because it already "has been".

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* HarmfulHealing: The interaction of Shirou's [[spoiler:Reality Marble and Avalon]] allows his body to rapidly heal by replacing damaged tissue with blades. One bad end involves this going out of control, resulting in blades erupting from his chest and shredding his internal organs. During Heaven's Feel Feel, [[spoiler:Archer's Reality Marble begins to intrude into his body, causing it to break down. His own Reality Marble generates blades to counter the damage, which then pierce his remaining flesh and cut him apart even more]].
** Kiritsugu's special AntiMagic bullets in FateZero also use this trope. They work by damaging the target's magic circuits, then ineptly healing them. The damage can then never be reversed, because it already "has been".
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* IntimateHealing: As usual for the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, sex can be used to replenish magical energy. Except in the anime, where it's {{Bowdlerized}} into the widely-mocked "Mana Transfer Dragon" in the case of Saber or "magic dolphins" in the case of Rin.
* JackassGenie: [[spoiler:Due to Angra Maiyuu's influence, the Holy Grail will twist any wish made to it in a way that will kill or hurt as many humans as possible]].

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* IntimateHealing: As usual for the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, sex can be used to replenish magical energy. Except in In the anime, where Réalta Nua, manga, and anime adaptations, it's {{Bowdlerized}} into the widely-mocked "Mana Transfer Dragon" in the case of Saber or and "magic dolphins" in the case of Rin.
* JackassGenie: [[spoiler:Due to Angra Maiyuu's Mainyu's influence, the Holy Grail will twist any wish made to it in a way that will kill or hurt as many humans as possible]].



* MusclesAreMeaningless: A trope that applies to the Nasuverse in general. Almost all of the physical powerhouses rely primarily on Prana (analogous to "chi") rather than muscle to perform their physical feats; Saber's "Mana Burst" is an example of this. This is why Arcueid, who has the body of a supermodel, can inflict some the strongest physical destruction in the Nasuverse and Saber, who is a tiny woman, can keep up with monsters like Berserker. Saber demonstrates the difference between her physical strength, with and without Prana, quite clearly in the game.

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* MusclesAreMeaningless: A trope that applies to the Nasuverse in general. Almost all of the physical powerhouses rely primarily on Prana (analogous to "chi") rather than muscle to perform their physical feats; feats.
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Saber's "Mana Burst" is an example of this. This is why Arcueid, who has the body of a supermodel, can inflict some the strongest physical destruction in the Nasuverse Nasuverse; and Saber, who is a tiny woman, can keep up with monsters like Berserker. Saber demonstrates the difference between her physical strength, with and without Prana, quite clearly in the game.game -- as with a weak Master like Shirou she herself is greatly weakened.



* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler:Angra Mainyu's]] sole purpose is to wipe out all humans. That is what he's supposed to do as [[spoiler:he's all the evils of the world.]]

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* OmnicidalManiac: OmnicidalManiac:
** The goal of Archer 2 is to [[spoiler:unlash Angra Mainyu to purge the Earth of those unworthy of his rule, and if all humans happen to perish that just means that none of them were worthy]].
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[[spoiler:Angra Mainyu's]] sole purpose is to wipe out all humans. That is what he's supposed to do as [[spoiler:he's all the evils of the world.]]



** Fate: [[spoiler: Saber is really a genderbent King Arthur, and her wish is to make it so she never became king, as she feels she is responsible for the destruction of her kingdom.]]

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** Fate: [[spoiler: Saber is really a genderbent gender-flipped King Arthur, and her wish is to make it so she never became king, as she feels she is responsible for the destruction of her kingdom.]]



* SummoningRitual: The Holy Grail War System provides the power behing the ritual required for acquiring a Servant. The Servant will usually respond to the call if the magus has an artifact associated with him.

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* SummoningRitual: SummoningRitual:
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The Holy Grail War System provides the power behing the ritual required for acquiring a Servant. The Servant will usually respond to the call if the magus has an artifact associated with him.



** Though the title still doesn't make much sense, one can at least find a recurring fate motif when thinking about it. [[spoiler: Such as Saber's desire to rewrite history, Archer's musings that, no matter their lifestyle, ultimately all heroes will have to face the same fate, their death, and the collapse of everything they worked for, as well as Kotomine asking the question of how much one's life is determined by inborn nature and the intentions of God.]] There is, of course, also the recurring question of why the Grail chose the Masters it did.

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** Though the title still doesn't make much sense, one can at least find a recurring fate motif when thinking about it. [[spoiler: Such as Saber's desire to rewrite history, history; Archer's musings that, no matter their lifestyle, ultimately all heroes will have to face the same fate, their death, and the collapse of everything they worked for, for; as well as Kotomine asking the question of how much one's life is determined by inborn nature and the intentions of God.]] There is, of course, also the recurring question of why the Grail chose the Masters it did.



** Saber spends most of the ''Fate'' route recovering from two serious injuries she took from Lancer and Berserker, severely limiting her mana supply.
** Archer takes his own grievous wound from Saber in ''Fate'', resulting in him taking a back seat to recover. When he squares off against Berserker, he still hasn't recovered enough to use his trump card. In ''Unlimited Blade Works'' he has to deal with [[spoiler: not having a master and needing to conserve mana to continue existing.]]

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** Saber spends most of the ''Fate'' route recovering from two serious injuries she took from Lancer and Berserker, severely limiting her mana supply.
supply. She is further weakened due to Shiro being an IneptMage and not having a proper contract with her, [[spoiler:and with Rin as her Master in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' she's able to quickly regain her full power]].
** Archer takes his own grievous wound from Saber in ''Fate'', resulting in him taking a back seat to recover. When he squares off against Berserker, he still hasn't recovered enough to use his trump card. In ''Unlimited Blade Works'' he has to deal with [[spoiler: not [[spoiler:not having a master and needing to conserve mana to continue existing.]]
31st Mar '18 9:28:55 AM Prometheus117
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** An early one happens when Saber get's hit by Gae Bolg, a weapon that reverses causality and always strikes the opponents heart no questions asked, still get's by with a near miss despite the weapons supposed perfect accuracy.

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** An early one happens when Saber get's gets hit by Gae Bolg, a weapon that reverses causality and always strikes the opponents heart no questions asked, still get's but gets by with a near miss despite thanks to her high Luck stat making it so that it only ''grazes'' her heart, thus fulfilling the weapons supposed perfect accuracy.condition without killing her.
29th Mar '18 2:10:54 PM rjd1922
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* [[InconsistentDub Inconsistent Subs]]: Mainly because there have been several different sources of translations, either the official {{anime}} translation, the Mirror Moon's VisualNovel/FateStayNight translation, or others. This isn't normally problematic, but the terminology tends to look very different between versions.

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* [[InconsistentDub Inconsistent Subs]]: Mainly because there have been several different sources of translations, either the official {{anime}} translation, the Mirror Moon's VisualNovel/FateStayNight translation, ''Fate/stay night'' FanTranslation, or others. This isn't normally problematic, but the terminology tends to look very different between versions.
28th Mar '18 6:14:48 PM foxmccloud4387
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** Berserker is normally a GeniusBruiser whose immense strength is supplemented by his intelligence, but as he was summoned as a Berserker to ensure his obedience, his skill and genius have been lost. In ''Unlimited Blade Works'' he loses to [[spoiler: Gilgamesh]] due to his enemy's willingness to attack Illya, forcing him to fight defensively. In ''Heaven's Feel'' [[spoiler:his corruption causes him to get blinded and flayed, making him more susceptible to Shirou's attack.]]

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** Berserker is normally a GeniusBruiser whose immense strength is supplemented by his intelligence, but as he was summoned as a Berserker to ensure his obedience, his skill and genius have been lost. In ''Unlimited Blade Works'' he loses to [[spoiler: Gilgamesh]] due to his enemy's willingness to attack Illya, forcing him to fight defensively. In ''Heaven's Feel'' [[spoiler:his corruption causes him to get blinded and flayed, causing him to repeatedly crash into trees as he chases the heroes through a forest, as well as making him more susceptible to Shirou's attack.counterattack.]]
28th Mar '18 6:10:32 PM foxmccloud4387
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** Berserker loses to [[spoiler: Gilgamesh]] due to his enemy's willingness to attack Illya, forcing him to fight defensively.
** Assassin forces a decisive clash between him and Saber by blocking, instead of parrying. [[spoiler: This damages his blade, allowing Saber to defeat him.]]
** And finally, Gilgamesh only ever loses because his pride makes him hold back his full might.

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** Berserker is normally a GeniusBruiser whose immense strength is supplemented by his intelligence, but as he was summoned as a Berserker to ensure his obedience, his skill and genius have been lost. In ''Unlimited Blade Works'' he loses to [[spoiler: Gilgamesh]] due to his enemy's willingness to attack Illya, forcing him to fight defensively.
defensively. In ''Heaven's Feel'' [[spoiler:his corruption causes him to get blinded and flayed, making him more susceptible to Shirou's attack.]]
** Assassin forces a decisive clash between him and Saber by blocking, instead of parrying. [[spoiler: This damages his blade, ruining his Tsubame Gaeshi technique and allowing Saber to defeat him.]]
** And finally, Gilgamesh only ever loses because his pride makes him hold back his full might. Even when he decides to get serious, his previous slacking usually allows the heroes to already form a countermeasure and get the jump on him.
28th Mar '18 5:56:38 PM foxmccloud4387
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* ArcNumber: The number eight is very crucial to Shirou. As a skilled archer, he constantly reminds himself about how Japanese archery is an eight-step process. His favored magecraft, Projection, requires eight steps to perform perfectly. [[spoiler:His MagicalIncantation for his Reality Marble, Unlimited Blade Works, requires eight lines of incantation to activate - these lines, whether as his present-day self or as Archer, define him and his mindset.]]
25th Mar '18 11:43:27 AM matteste
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* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Archer, after losing nearly all his mana from not having a Master for a few days while not doing anything, comes back from being gravely wounded by the Gate of Babylon to being in perfect health and able to use Projection for the ending. After losing a fight to Shirou, at that.]]

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* DeusExMachina: DeusExMachina:
** An early one happens when Saber get's hit by Gae Bolg, a weapon that reverses causality and always strikes the opponents heart no questions asked, still get's by with a near miss despite the weapons supposed perfect accuracy.
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[[spoiler:Archer, after losing nearly all his mana from not having a Master for a few days while not doing anything, comes back from being gravely wounded by the Gate of Babylon to being in perfect health and able to use Projection for the ending. After losing a fight to Shirou, at that.]]
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