* Chapter 16:
** Rin's BlastingItOutOfTheirHands on Louvre with PreAsskickingOneLiner
---> ''"Get off my property."''
** Shirou's screwing Louvre's circuits with [[SoulCuttingBlade Kiritsugu]] and then the StormOfBlades using Louvre's own arsenal against him until the point of nearly ending him, a Dead Apostle Ancestor. Plus, his BadassCreed is...well, {{Badass}}.
---> ''My body is made of blades... Fire is my blood… and Glass is my heart... Through countless battles I forever wait, alone on the hill of blades… For Hell's hands to bear… For Heaven's hands to temper…''
* Chapter 17:
** Shirou was so Badass in the last chapter that [[spoiler:he gets offered the 10th DAA seat and a scholarship to the Association.]]
*** Made even more Awesome if you consider who made these offers, namely [[spoiler:Merem Solomon (20th Dead Apostle Ancestor)]] and [[spoiler:Lorelei Barthomeloi (the Queen of the Clock Tower).]]
* Chapter 22:
** Shirou manages to [[spoiler:survive an encounter with Berserker]] all on his own.
*** Also, Shirou [[spoiler:uses a barrier of swords that have no concept of time and thus can't change or break, yet Berserker manages to ''[[BeyondTheImpossible shatter the swords that are impossible to break by hitting them with his club!]]'' Berserker can change reality by hitting it!]]
** Waver manages to get [[spoiler:Gilgamesh]] to spare him, in spite of obvious death threats. Yep, and he stared at his face and lived to tell the tale. [[{{Understatement}} It takes balls.]]
*** Considering the fact that this [[spoiler: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEWzge4fwQ4 is not the first time he did this]]. [[{{Staring Down Cthulhu}} Adamantium Balls]]]].
* Chapter 25:
** Sakura [[spoiler: holds her own against Marjatta.]]
* Chapter 26:
** Merem and Berserker remind everyone why the "[[{{Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny}} Servant vs Dead Apostle Ancestor]]" debate exists. [[spoiler:Berserker loses five lives in the fight and injures Merem's [[{{Eldritch Abomination}} right leg.]] ]]
* Chapter 27:
** Bazett and Lancer attack Ryudo temple, and are utterly humiliated by Assassin. Witch!Medea's description shows how magnificent he had been:
--->''Lancer, who had by himself managed to put up a good fight against both versions of Medea of Colchis at the same time and had only retreated due to being overwhelmed by her counterpart's Bulls of Aeaea, had been defeated in five seconds.\\
Five.\\
Bloody.\\
'''Seconds.'''\\
Before she had even realized what was going on, having been preoccupied with her research inside the mountain, her Servant had dealt exceptional damage to both Master and Servant without even revealing himself, forcing them to retreat.''
* Chapter 28:
** Assassin pretty much screws up [[spoiler:Archer and Rider]] with ease.
* Chapter 31:
** Assassin demolishes [[spoiler:Zouken]]'s workshop and nearly kills [[spoiler:him]], driving [[spoiler:him]] to desperation with embarrassing ease.
** Sakura actually fights back against the Shadow after realizing what's going on.
* Chapter 32:
** [[EnemyMine Kirei and Shirou working together to completely ''destroy'' Zouken; mind, body and soul.]]
** In the meantime, [[ManipulativeBastard Zouken manages to manipulate Illya into attacking Witch!Medea and Assassin by just talking with her]] ''[[ManipulativeBastard once]]''. And that with Illya realizing exactly what's happening...
** Kuzuki's brief encounter with Assassin, made all the more Awesome by the fact that it's completely peaceful and non-violent.
* Chapter 33:
** The whole battle itself.
** Assassin's Identity.
* The big assault on Caster's Temple, on every side. But especially on [[MagnificentBastard Shirou's]], who is goddamn brilliant even when everything's gone to hell.
** Shirou gets Luvia & the Princess to charge the approach; she possesses a herd of her bulls and rushes... but not [[spoiler:to attack Assassin or Caster. No, she spreads the herd out to ''burn down the goddamn forest'' that Assassin had been using to hide his traps. Even with targeting him being a lower priority that destroying his territory, they still nearly kill him.]]
** [[spoiler:Lancer]] shows up to engage Assassin again--and despite Assassin getting no small number of attacks in, isn't stopped at all. Not until...
** Caster shows her own nastiness when it comes to planning ahead and [[spoiler:uses Bazett's severed legs to take control of her body and turn Lancer to her will]], putting two Servants in her hands. She's just about to win...
** When [[spoiler:Tohsaka and Archer]] show up. [[spoiler:Archer]] activates his [[spoiler:Unlimited Blade Works (horrifying Tohsaka)]]. Medea--from the Age of Gods--says that ''Hephaestus himself'' would be humbled by it as she stares in awe. He [[spoiler:shoots off enough Noble Phantasms to kill every single Master and Servant there]]...
** Only for [[spoiler:Bazett's "children" that are her new legs to let out a Fae scream that blows away all of them]]. When Caster tries to experiment on them or [[spoiler:Bazett, their screams keep even her from approaching.]]
** Assassin (unwillingly) forces [[spoiler:Rin]] to use a Command Seal to cancel [[spoiler:Unlimited Blade Works]] by attempting to [[spoiler:shoot it with an Origin Bullet]], which would obliterate [[spoiler:Archer]] entirely.
** Although Shirou didn't expect more than Luvia & the Princess of Colchis's contributions, he takes advantage anyways--the attack began shortly after Assassin's Tools of the Trade replenished and, with [[spoiler:the territory destroyed]], Shirou's later attack is perfectly timed for possibly the most dangerous Servant to be at his worst.
** Shirou makes a clever attack on the Temple; [[spoiler:he and Saber go up the stairs and attract attention while Rider slinks in from the shadows]]. Caster makes the best response; easily handle [[spoiler:Rider]] herself, and have her two Servants focus on [[spoiler:Saber]] (which lets her keep an eye on [[spoiler:the ever-treacherous Assassin]], as well). [[MagnificentBastard Exactly like Shirou wanted them to.]]]]
** Speaking through Saber as a medium, there is a brief attempt to parlay. Shirou's offer is to let her live if she becomes his Servant. She refuses--but what makes this awesome is that Caster, insanely pumped up with magic from the Age of Gods, with incredible territory and two Servants in her control, admits that she truly believes she cannot win the war if Shirou, a human, is at all alive.
** Caster produces a spell strong enough to [[spoiler:rip past even Saber's A-ranked magic resistance]], a real monster of magic...
** And it's only because she shifted at the last moment that Shirou didn't [[spoiler:instantly kill her]] (Shirou, let it be noted, was using [[spoiler:his Pure Eyes to Structural Grasp ''the air'' to target an enemy he couldn't see by shooting where the air wasn't. He still would have pierced her through the heart]]).
** Yet, the entire battle was primarily [[spoiler:a distraction to get Sakura into Caster's workshop to free Marjatta (which proved to be impossible)]]. Shirou was thinking that many steps ahead.
** Caster and Assassin [[spoiler:take Sakura hostage to control Shirou]]. Shirou's response is to create a dozen Gae Deargs and a dozen Kiritsugus to attack them. Of course, Assassin would have just hidden behind [[spoiler:Sakura]], whom Shirou wouldn't hurt... except that Shirou aims a lance to stab straight through [[spoiler:Sakura]] to force Assassin to let go of her, letting her be quickly healed by Avalon. Enraged, Caster appears behind Shirou to stab him with Rule Breaker...
** Only for [[spoiler:Shirou to nearly kill her ''again'' with a near-instant backwards-fired lance. He, Sakura, and Saber successfully retreat down the mountain.]]
** Assassin makes good on the author's nickname for him as "the Servant that fucks up everyone's plans" and brutally blows Berserker into chunks of meat in front of Illya.
** After [[spoiler:getting shot in the chest with the Contender--having her heart blown to smithereens--]]Shirou ''gets back up''. "My body is made of blades" takes its most literal iteration as he [[spoiler:grows a heart made of blades, vomits blood with blades in it, and them transforms his throat, teeth, and tongue into swords upon swords. The imagery is so horrific that every single Servant present can do nothing more than stare. The reason he got up? What else--to save Illya.]]
** With Berserker hardly reviving and faced with [[spoiler:Assassin, Lancer, and Rider]] together, Shirou is pretty screwed--until he [[spoiler:tells Saber to whip out Excalibur]]. He then forces Caster to let him go free, threatening to [[spoiler:use a Command Seal to make Saber use Excalibur even if Fragarach kills her]], which completely terrifies Caster. But, he doesn't ask for the freedom of a single person under her control. Caster asks why...
** And here is the crown of the battle: Shirou knows he can't trust Caster to truly release them--but, as he very clearly states to ensure that EVERYONE around hears it, Caster has been forced to use up all but one Command Seal. Now she has [[spoiler:Assassin, Lancer, Bazett, and Rider]] under her control... and any of the four of them will kill her the second she provides them an opportunity. Despite not achieving one of the goals he came to the Temple for, Shirou's statement turns the entire debacle into one giant OhCrap moment for Caster.]]
--->'''Lancer:''' Oh, I'm really starting to like this kid. Even when he's losing, he wins.
** It was stated earlier on that Caster's Command Seals, empowered by her absurd magical power, make even vague, broad commands something a Servant cannot resist. Yet, all of the Servants under her control manage to fight it, even if only in small ways, in brief hesitations, that are all acts of tremendous willpower.
*** [[spoiler:Assassin]] especially so. Every very lethal action he takes has a way out, and he manages to spite Caster at every turn. He [[spoiler:shoots Shirou in the chest]], but knows the latter has [[spoiler:Avalon]] and doesn't use [[spoiler:an Origin Bullet]], despite using his [[spoiler:Contender]]. He [[spoiler:kills Berserker]], but [[spoiler:uses no more explosives than needed to splatter him, rather than taking out his other lives]].
* The mere fact that out of everyone participating in the Grail War, it is Shirou who has come the closest to killing a Servant. Appropriately for the second Magus Killer, this has been Caster.
* What's initially a certain death for Shirou turns into something that helps keep him alive through pretty much anything (i.e., his [[spoiler:encroaching semi-vampirism]]).
* When Shirou and Lorelei have a conversation about his progress in the Grail War and her dissatisfaction with it, Shirou calmly has a response to all of her complaints, and even phrases it in a way that a Magus like her could appreciate. And when that almost fails he threatens to [[InsaneTrollLogic kill her mortal nemesis before she does]]. And she actually takes that threat seriously. He then caps it all off by mentioning that if she lets him play things out his way, there could very well be multiple Servants running around the planet in future years, making ties with the Clocktower and amiable to using their power to hunting Apostles. That thought makes Lorelei [[SlasherSmile smile]].