* Chapter 16:
** Rin's BlastingItOutOfTheirHands on Louvre with PreAssKickingOneLiner
--> ''"Get off my property." Rin growled as she pulled the trigger.''
** 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 DAA. 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 [[spoiler: that he gets offered the 10th DAA seat and a scholarship to the Association.]]
*** Made even more Awesome if you consider who made these offers. [[spoiler: Namely Merem Solomon(20th Dead Apostle Ancestor) and Lorelei Barthomeloi(The Queen of Clocktower). ]]
* Chapter 22:
** Shirou manages to [[spoiler: survive an encounter with Berserker all on his own.]]
*** Also, Shirou [[spoiler: used a barrier of swords that had no concept of time and thus couldn't change or break, yet Berserker managed to ''[[BeyondTheImpossible shatter the swords that are impossible to break by hitting them with his club!]]'' Berserker can change reality by hitting it!]]
** Waver managed 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 reminds 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 [[spoiler: pretty much screws up Archer and Rider with ease.]]
* Chapter 31:
** Assassin [[spoiler: demolished Zouken's workshop and nearly killed him]], driving him to desperation with embarrassing ease.
** Not to mention Sakura actually fighting back against the Shadow after realizing what was going on.
* Chapter 32:
** [[EnemyMine Kirei and Shirou working together to completely ''destroy'' Zouken; mind, body and soul.]]
** In the meantime, [[ManipulativeBastard Zouken managed to manipulate Illya into attacking Witch!Medea and Assassin by just talking with her]] ''[[ManipulativeBastard once]]''. And that with Illya realizing exactly what was happening...
** Kuzuki's brief encounter with Assassin. The fact it was completely peaceful and non-violent only adds to it.
* 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.
** [[spoiler: Shirou gets Luvia & the Princess to charge the approach; she possesses a herd of her bulls and rushes... but not 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...]]
** [[spoiler: Caster shows her own nastiness when it comes to planning ahead and 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...]]
** [[spoiler: When Tohsaka and Archer show up. Archer activates his Unlimited Blade Works (horrifying Tohsaka). Medea--from the Age of Gods--said that ''Hephaestus himself'' would be humbled by it as she stared in awe. He shot off enough Noble Phantasms to kill every single Master and Servant there...]]
** [[spoiler: Only for Bazett's "children" that were her new legs to let out a Fae scream that blew away all of them. When Medea tried to experiment on them or Bazett, their screams kept even her from approaching.]]
** [[spoiler: Although Shirou hadn't expected more than Luvia & the Princess of Colchis's contributions, he took advantage anyways--the attack had begun shortly after Assassin's Tools of the Trade replenished and, with the territory destroyed, Shirou's later attack was perfectly timed for possibly the most dangerous Servant to be at his worst.]]
** [[spoiler: Shirou makes a clever attack on the Temple; Saber and himself to go up the stairs and attract attention while Rider slunk in from the shadows. Caster makes the best response; easily handle Rider herself, and have her two Servants focus on Saber (which lets her keep an eye on the ever-treacherous Assassin, as well). [[MagnificentBastard Exactly like Shirou wanted them to.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Speaking through Saber as a medium, there is a brief attempt to parlay. Shirou's 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 could not win the war if Shirou, a human, was at all alive.]]
** [[spoiler: Caster produces a spell strong enough to rip past even Saber's A-ranked magic resistance, a real monster of magic...]]
** [[spoiler: And it's only because she shifted at the last moment that Shirou didn't instantly kill her (Shirou, let it be noted, was using 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).]]
** [[spoiler: Yet, the entire battle was primarily a distraction to get Sakura into Caster's workshop to free Marjatta (which proved to be impossible). Shirou was thinking that many steps ahead.]]
** [[spoiler: Caster and Assassin take Sakura hostage to control Shirou. His response? To create a dozen Gae Deargs and a dozen Kiritsugus to attack them. Of course, Assassin would have just hidden behind Sakura, who he wouldn't hurt... except that Shirou aimed a lance to stab straight through 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...]]
** [[spoiler: Only for Shirou to nearly kill her *again* with a near-instant backwards-fired lance. He, Sakura, and Saber successfully retreat down the mountain.]]
** [[spoiler: Assassin does good on the WordOfGod that "he is the Servant that fucks up everyone's plans" and brutally blows Berserker into chunks of meat in front of Illya.]]
** [[spoiler: After 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 grows a heart made of blades, vomits blood with blades, 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.]]
** [[spoiler: With Berserker hardly reviving and faced with Assassin, Lancer, and Rider together, Shirou is pretty screwed--until he tells Saber to whip out Excalibur. He then forces Caster to let him go free, threatening to 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.]]
*** [[spoiler: And here is the crown of the battle. He knows he can't trust Caster to truly release them... but, as he very clearly stated to ensure that EVERYONE around heard it... Caster was forced to use up all but one Command Seal. Now she had Assassin, Lancer, Bazett, AND Rider under her control... and any of the four of them would kill her the second she provided 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.]] "Oh, I'm really starting to like this kid. Even when he's losing, he wins."
** [[spoiler: It was stated earlier that Caster's Command Seals, empowered by her absurd magical power, made even vague, broad commands something a Servant could not resist. Yet, all of the Servants under her control managed to fight it, even if only in small ways, in brief hesitations, that were all acts of tremendous willpower. ]]
*** [[spoiler: Assassin especially so. Every very lethal act he takes has a way out, and he manages to spite Caster at every turn. He shoots Shirou in the chest... but knows he has Avalon and did not use an Origin Bullet, despite using his Contender. He killed Berserker... but used 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.