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''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6556187/1/ In Flight]]'' is a completed [[CrossOver crossover fic]] between ''FateStayNight'' and ''{{Sekirei}}'' that follows the [[MultipleEndings Good End]] of the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' route and written by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1263379/gabriel_blessing Gabriel Blessing]]. Yes, the same guy who wrote ''TheHillOfSwords''.

The story opens with Shirou en route to Japan after an altercation at the [[MagicalSociety Clock Tower]] [[NoodleIncident that he'd rather not talk about]]. His attempts to get through airport security are stymied by a new MBI security technology, some kind of DNA analyzer prototype. It leads -- in a rather bizarre and improbable series of events -- to Shirou meeting his [[MissingMom biological mother]], one Takami Sahashi. Shirou's proper birth name turns out to be Minato Sahashi, and of course, [[{{Sekirei}} given what Takami is involved with and that he picked Shin Tokyo of all places to settle down in]], Shirou's attempts to lay low until his business with the Clock Tower dies down are fated to be severely eventful. During a stroll in a park, he finds a traumatized woman covered in bloodstains who says to him:

--> "I'm broken," she whispered, not even bothering to glance at me, "a failure."

With the initiation of the Sekirei Plan and his sudden affiliation with a group of mysterious alien girls, Shirou is irrevocably embedded in another twisted tournament.

This story is guilty of [[HaremGenre Harem Antics]], Badass Fight Scenes, and [[HilarityEnsues Hilarious Escapades]]. As of Dec 14, 2013, it is also completed.

Like ''TheHillOfSwords'', this fic has a particularly active {{Fandom}}, who is in awe of its awesomeness, and {{Hatedom}}, which goes to great lengths explaining why it doesn't like the story. It is recommended to recite the MST3KMantra before reading.

One of the few FanFics to spawn multiple instances of RecursiveFanfiction; probably the most (in)famous example being TheEmiyaClan.

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!!See ''FateStayNight'' and ''{{Sekirei}}'' for the tropes of those respective universes.

!!This fanfic contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: Pretty much all of the female Sekirei, with the exception of Matsu, who fills the [[TheSmartGuy Smart Chick]] role.
* AdaptationalBadass: [[spoiler: Shiina handles Yukari's kidnapping much better than he does in Sekirei canon. Somewhat justified as his accommodating personality and respect for Shirou probably influenced him to at least try to match Shirou's readiness under dangerous situations.]]
* AffablyEvil: Karasuba.
** And Minaka.
* [[AintNoRule Ain't No Rule]]: That says that an Ashikabi can't fight another Ashikabi. Considering how [[{{Badass}} badass]] Shirou is -- and naturally, [[CombatPragmatist he's the one who brought this up]] -- the opposing Ashikabi is pretty much screwed.
* AlasPoorVillain: Yomi, #43 - sort of, anyway. Although she killed the MBI soldiers in her path and threatened Kusano, she was pretty much forced to realise, in terror, just what it meant to fight Shirou, and her defeat is followed by weakly calling out for her Ashikabi. She presumably didn't even realise the severity of her actions, [[RaisedByWolves being a Sekirei and all]]. Shirou is quite annoyed that this trope is in play (given that he doesn't ''want'' to pity her after she scared Kuu) but of course [[{{Badass}} Shirou]] can never stop being [[NiceGuy Shirou]].
** Benitsubasa becomes this after [[spoiler: Karasuba brutally kills her on Shirou's instructions, whimpering her Ashikabi's name as she dies.]]
* AlienGeometries: The Jinki, according to Shirou. He can't even ''look'' at it without [[GoMadFromTheRevelation his brain locking up]].
** [[spoiler: And now Rin as well, though she at least has to concentrate first to experience it.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** Shirou's plan for the day in Chapter 13.
---> I would have to start analyzing the information Matsu had gathered, reevaluate my plans on how to go about fighting this war, deal with the fact that I had accidentally started a relationship with multiple partners, try to unravel whatever plot or conspiracy MBI was initiating, attempt to convince a potentially homicidal alien that she really didn't want to kill me and instead wanted to allow me to wing her, and find a kitty.
*** It must be noted that, for Shirou, this is [[InvertedTrope inverted]]. In his own words:
---> Strangely enough, it was the kitty that really worried me. I was experienced with all the other tasks, but I'd never had a pet before.
** Also in [[WhamEpisode Chapter 24]] during one of Haruka's rants:
-->[[spoiler: Well, I've had enough! [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere There's no way in hell I'm going to stay here]], not when this freaking place has some kind of [[TheUnfettered demon murderer]] in it! Or that [[DemonHead freaky hannya ghost lady]], or [[TheDreaded 'Devil Ashikabi']] or [[BadPowersGoodPeople 'Grim Reaper' Sekirei]], or [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy crazy drunks]]!]]
* ArtStyleDissonance: Kusano's doodles of herself and Shirou would be perfectly typical of her apparent age if not for the swords.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Shirou is beginning to show some shades of this trope. When he uses Matsu's information gathering ability to make his point and to esteem the current situation of the Plan, even through WordOfGod stated that Minaka would surely let runaway participants get away, he managed to really impress all the people present.
* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler:Shirou's past and the backstory of the Holy Grail War is not really pleasant for several people. It is followed by NothingIsTheSameAnymore.]]
** [[spoiler: The extent of Shirou's distortion, as pointed out by Rin and expanded upon by his explanation to Homura.]]
* BabiesEverAfter: Ten years after the final battle, [[spoiler: Kazehana is the only member of Shirou's flock to have had any children (two to be precise). Musubi and Tsukiumi have decided they're ready now. And Kazehana wants another.]]
* BabyTalk: Matsu [[{{Kawaiiko}} does this deliberately to make herself seem cute]].
* BadassNormal: InUniverse. Shirou was able to impress even [[LadyOfWar Miya]] with his sword skills, despite fighting at a strictly human level. [[FieldOfBlades We know better]].
* BalancedHarem: While it may seem like he gives special attention to Kusano and Akitsu, he treats each of his flock, even Homura -- [[MistakenForGay Though not how some might think]] [[GenderBending yet]] -- all equally, helping them with any problems they may be facing.
** Although he will punish them if warranted. [[DemonHead either using his Asura mask]] or a TimeOut as Matsu has learned both the hard way.
* BatmanGambit
** Shirou [[spoiler:using the East's rumors for his own needs.]]
** Matsu [[spoiler:making Shirou panic, so he will confirm the existence of another secret tournament.]]
* BattleCouple: Yukari and Shiina.
* BattleHarem: Shirou and his Sekirei.
* BerserkButton: Don't treat the Sekirei as subhuman; Shirou ''really'' doesn't like that. This also applies if you're another Sekirei and make a disparaging comment about a scrapped number like [[AnIcePerson Akitsu]], as [[{{Tsundere}} Tsukiumi]] discovered in Chapter 13.
** Do not attempt to hurt Shirou, or [[AnIcePerson Akitsu]] will make you regret it. In Chapter 17 she finally got to follow through on her protective instincts, [[spoiler:literally reducing a magi who was trying to kill Shirou to a pile of shredded meat.]]
** Hurt anyone close to Shirou and TheGlovesComeOff. He also doesn't like being called Minato, [[spoiler:and even goes so far as to attack Karasuba when she won't stop calling him that. Why? [[ThatManIsDead Because he considers that part dead.]]]]
** Homura ''really'' doesn't like Shirou putting himself in danger. Unfortunately for him[[spoiler:/her]], Shirou has a serious HeroComplex and the skills to back it up, and if Homura doesn't get used to it quick [[spoiler:s]]he's going to give himself[[spoiler:/herself]] an ulcer.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sure, Shirou is a peaceful and easygoing fellow who will never turn away from people that need help and will go out of his way to be nice to others, but DON'T, under ANY circumstances piss him off. He is a [[{{Badass}} badass]] veteran of an ultra-brutal war who has no qualms about ending his opponents in a quick and violent manner. Now then -- what would you like for dinner?
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Minaka, of all people.]]
** Made specially funny in the different continuity of [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8234227/1/Debt_of_a_Sword Debt of a Sword]].
* BigBadWannabe: Izumi Higa. While his unscrupulous tactics and having a Brain-type Sekirei at his disposal make him a legitimate threat to a degree, he is ultimately no match for Shirou, who has much more experience dealing with people of even greater ruthlessness than Higa. The moment Higa decides to move against Shirou directly, the latter puts him through a HumiliationConga (mentioned below) that ends with [[spoiler:Higa's death and the complete and utter destruction of his company.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Shirou acts as a surrogate older brother for [[TokenMiniMoe Kusano]].
** When Yukari calls him in chapter 13, claiming that there is a boy in her room, Shirou instantly assumes that it's some kind of pervert and starts to draw up plans of what he'll do to him if he hurts his sister.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Shirou [[spoiler:bursting into a clearing right when Yomi was about to scythe down Kuu-chan and sending the Sekirei flying]].
** Akitsu [[spoiler:interrupts a duel between Shirou and another magi and turns his opponent into minced meat]].
* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:Karasuba pounces on Shirou after he unintentionally unwings her with Rule Breaker and gives him quite possibly the most passionate kiss in the story.]]
* BiTheWay: Matsu, if her reaction to being [[LesYay kissed and cuddled by a sleeping Musubi]] in Chapter 10 was any indication.
** And if Yukari's [[SkinshipGrope habitual groping]] of Shirou's Sekirei in one place is any indication, she's bisexual as well!
** Musubi also likes groping Akitsu, and Akitsu likes being groped by her.
** Uzume and Chiyo, obviously in love with each other, though Uzume has flat-out stated [[IfItsYouItsOkay that she wouldn't mind sharing Chiyo with Shirou.]]
** Rin and Saber.
* BittersweetEnding: A few elements of this are present, though only really noticeable to those well-versed in Nasuverse lore. [[spoiler: The Sekirei are now the first of the [[Literature/AngelNotes A-rays, and the Ultimate One of Jupiter had just been spotted]].]]
** Yukari left after the end of the final battle, and has since been seen going down the same path that led to Archer's existence.
* [[spoiler: BlankSlate: Another part of Shirou's distortion in the aftermath of the fire.]]
* BlatantLies: "[[CatchPhrase Legacy of a misspent youth]]" is used to explain more or less any abnormality relating to Shirou's backstory that comes up, which, being who he is, there are a ''lot'' of, even though [[FridgeLogic thinking about it]] does make sense. Not much so when he uses it as the entirety of his explanation when he [[spoiler:comes home in bloodstained pants]].
* BloodKnight: Karasuba, to the point that it reminds Shirou of Lancer. See also Toyotama and Ichiya -- they not only like violence but got extremely excited and [[SexIsViolence aroused]] when Shirou proved to be much more capable than they thought. Musubi also has shades of this.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: How Shirou feels about [[spoiler:[[BloodKnight Karasuba]]. This is also the main reason [[WhyCantIHateYou he doesn't have the heart to hate her despite being at the biggest threat to stopping Hiroto at that point]].]]
* [[BrassBalls Giant Brass Bowling Balls]]
* BreatherEpisode: [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming The Sixteenth Wing]] has this [[spoiler:until you find out that [[MoodWhiplash the Clock Tower has found Shirou]].]]
** More fully, [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming The Twenty-Seventh Wing]] is a complete BreatherEpisode. This was needed since the previous four chapters were all either {{Wham Episode}}s or emotionally tense. [[spoiler:It also reopens the possibility that Clock Tower may have '''not''' discovered Shirou.]]
* BrokenBird: Akitsu, due to being a scrapped number, and [[TheDitz Musubi]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} of all people]], has a similar distortion to Shirou's own born from the events of her kidnapping and subsequent rescue. It's only in chapter 26, with her reaction to a superpowered enemy nearly killing Shirou, that you realize just how bad the damage really is. There is something seriously ''wrong'' with that girl.
** In chapter 23, [[spoiler:Shirou has fixed Akitsu's condition.]]
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Yukari doesn't take it well when Shirou kills Minaka, their biological father.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: Doesn't happen, but Yukari is ''way'' too fond of the idea for Shirou's comfort.
* BrownNote: The Jinki for Shirou. He nearly loses his mind when he instinctively analyzes it with his magic. This concerns him deeply, as the only other thing he couldn't analyze was Gilgamesh's sword Ea, a Noble Phantasm created from a fallen star capable of destroying the ''entire planet''. [[spoiler:His concerns about the Jinki's power are well-founded: his Sekirei tell him that they can cause ''mass genocide''.]]
** [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse It gets much worse than that.]] The Jinki is [[BigBad Minaka]]'s way of trying to fight against the Counter Guardians. Should his plan [[GoneHorriblyWrong Goes Horribly Wrong]], the number of casualties would lead to '''''possible extinction'''''.]]
* CatchPhrase: Shirou has "legacy of a misspent youth", his catch-all explanation for all backstory and magic-related issues [[spoiler:though as of late [[TheReveal not so much anymore]]]].
** Kusano has "Onii-chan has swords!" for whenever someone brings up Shirou's fighting skills.
*** Shirou notices that as of the Twenty-Seventh Wing, this phrase [[spoiler:looks set to be modified since he revealed the nature of his magic - ''now'' she says, "Onii-chan has magic swords!" Now that it is revealed that Shirou's body is [[FieldOfBlades literally made of swords]], he is worried that the her catchphrase would become "Onii-chan is made of swords!"]]
**** Eventually concludes with the more than apt, "Onni-chan has ''all'' the swords!" after Shirou [[spoiler:successfully brings out the Bladeworks.]]
** Akitsu has "I like it." Often as not in response to something kinky, sometimes [[HeadTiltinglyKinky head-tiltingly so]].
*** Don't [[IncrediblyLamePun forget]] about her habit of forgetting things. "Ah, I forgot."
* CharacterDevelopment: Loads of it, and not just the main cast - Gabriel Blessing goes out of his way to make even one-off characters from ''{{Sekirei}}'' have some semblance of complexity, mostly by taking what's already there and expanding on it. It mostly works.
* ChekhovsGun: The fact that [[spoiler:Shirou is Karasuba's reacted Ashikabi]] becomes very important in the Forty-Third Wing.
* ChekhovsHobby: [[spoiler:Shirou's skill at 'mana transfer rituals', developed with Rin and Saber, which comes in real handy when he wings Akitsu.]]
** As this skill helped him in [[spoiler:winging Akitsu]] it also helps him [[spoiler:wing Yume.]]
* ChefOfIron: Shirou is a marvellous cook -- if Homura and Uzume's reactions are anything to go by, he even surpasses [[SupremeChef Miya]] -- and can kick ass so hard, he leaves people speechless.
* ChickMagnet: Shirou, [[MemeticSexGod of course]]
--->'''Shirou''': "What was so special about me? Was it [[{{Tsukihime}} some kind of gland]] or something? Did I unconsciously produce pheromones that caused all the Sekirei nearby to automatically want to jump me?"
* TheClan: {{Fanon}} and {{Omake}} found on [[http://forum.fanfiction.net/forum/The_Mechanics_of_In_Flight/88086/ forums]] and connected stories holds that, years down the line, the absurdly large number of wives and children Shirou ''will'' inevitably up having[[note]]plus HonoraryUncle Gilgamesh[[/note]] rapidly becomes this ''within a single generation''.
** Now has [[Fanfic/TheEmiyaClan its own Tropes Page]].
* CliffHanger: Since Gabriel discovered the power of cliff hangers, he uses and abuses this trope!
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Musubi is just as much a ditz as she was in the source material, but it becomes apparent that this is more due to a lack of knowledge about human social norms and her innocent personality, rather than a lack of intelligence. Considering that she was raised by scientists in an isolated laboratory, [[FridgeLogic it is no longer all that surprising.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Shirou seems to be willing to use anything he can to gain an advantage against his opponents. [[spoiler:During his fight with Toyotama and Ichiya, he made it a point to pretend to be retreating to high ground. He then proceeded to take advantage of their past experience with him by completely changing his method of fighting from one that was suicidal to one that put his opponent on guard at all times. Of course he took advantage of Kanshou and Bakuya when he stabbed Toyotama in the heart... but Ichiya? Ichiya wraps around Shirou in some improvised half nelson and proceeds to choke him. He goes up to a wall and you'd THINK he'd aim to beat her with the flat surface until she fell off. Instead he [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impales her]] with the spear that was left behind. Then, once she's dead, he snaps the thing in half and gets ready for a confrontation with [[OhCrap Karasuba]]. Yeah.]]
** [[spoiler:You forgot to mention that he impaled her with the spear by [[TakingYouWithMe having it go through his own body]] as a method of catching her by surprise. Which, by the way, makes the scene of him snapping it in half all the more 'pragmatic'.]]
** [[spoiler: Minaka as well. He used guns, gas, and a Jinki as a Mystic Code. Shirou had to pull out [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited Blade Works to win]].]]
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Poor Matsu, being a guinea pig for Shirou's development of his own version of the [[DemonHead Hannya Mask]].
** [[spoiler:It becomes an [[InUniverse in-story]] FunnyAneurysmMoment as of [[WhamEpisode the Twenty-Fourth Wing]].]]
** In Chapter 27, Miya bans Shirou from the kitchen so that he can clean up "the mess he made" [[spoiler:during his fight with the Fraga magus]]. Given that Shirou is now more or less immune to her [[DemonHead Hannya Mask]] (on account of having his own), he [[LampshadeHanging wonders]] if this might be [[ItMakesSenseInContext her new method of punishing him]].
*** He's not immune so much as he's built up a resistance to it. That, plus the fact that Shirou outright states that Miya's full wrath is even scarier than her mask.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: After Musubi mentions that Shirou defeated a Sekirei all by himself, Uzume calls her out on allowing her Ashikabi to risk his life. Musubi's reaction?
--> "I must get as strong as Shirou-san so I can fight beside him next time!"
** After his fight with Miya, Musubi glomps him into MarshmallowHell. When he asked Akitsu to help, [[CovertPervert she apparently thought he meant she should ]]''[[CovertPervert join in!]]''
* CounterAttack: Pretty much Fragarach's entire shtick. Once Shirou was able to trace it, he and [[spoiler:the Fraga attacking him]] [[TennisBoss spammed it at each other]] towards the end of their fight in Chapter 25. [[MST3KMantra Let's not try to figure out how that would work, or if it even would at all.]]
** Also to a lesser extent, Shirou's fighting style. It consists of [[spoiler:deliberately leaving holes open in your stance for your opponent to notice and attack, thereby ''controlling'' when and where said attack will come from, and reacting accordingly.]]
* CovertPervert: [[TheQuietOne Akitsu]] said she liked the porn clips Matsu was teasing Shirou with in Chapter 16.
** Tsukiumi might be one too.
** And if Shirou's suspicions are correct, so is Miya.
* CrapsackWorld: Shirou's idea of [[AllMythsAreTrue "The Age of Gods"]]. Sure, it was a WorldOfBadass back then, but only if you were {{Badass}} yourself. Human life-expectancy was much shorter, {{Muggles}} were at the whim of {{Jerkass God}}s and there was nothing you could do about it.
* CrazyPrepared: Shirou, when he begin to use Matsu's ability.
--> '''Uzume''': "Damn, bro. When you say you like to be prepared, you really like to be prepared, dontcha?"
--> '''Shirou''': "I will not be caught unaware in this game. No matter what, I will be ready for it,"
* CrossOver
* CryCute: Takami, when she tries to hug Shirou and he shakes her off on pure reflex.
--> '''Shirou''': "Even after so short a period I felt it in my bones that a crying Takami was just somehow an affront to reality as a whole."
** And again later during [[TheReveal Chapter 26]] (though subverted), [[spoiler:when [[TokenMiniMoe Kuu-chan]] is about to cry because Shirou being able to do magic doesn't neccessarily mean he can pull a bunny out of a hat.]]
--> "I sighed. I knew it wouldn't help my cause, but when confronted with so much cuteness it was either perform or be sentenced to the special hell that only people who made adorable children cry could be condemned to."
** However, in that same chapter, it is played straight with [[spoiler:Matsu]]:
--> "[[spoiler:If my limbs weren't so securely held at the moment I probably would have wrapped my arms around her to try and comfort her. As it was, the only thing I could do was crane my head and neck so that I could keep her in view. Even though I had been mad at her for the last few days, I still couldn't repress the biological male urge to comfort a crying female.]]"
* {{Cuckold}}: An inverted version. Shirou is "stolen" from Rin and Saber by the Sekirei.
** [[spoiler: How everyone sees Karasuba after she winged herself to Shirou, once he broke her contract using Rule Breaker. Given that these are [[LoveFreak Sekirei]], just about '''every one of them ran'''. The ironic thing is that Karasuba was reacting to Shirou before she was winged.]]
* CurbStompBattle: ''Very'' one-sided between Shirou and Yomi. On the one hand, he is an Ashikabi who survived the Holy Grail war, has swordsmanship skills as good as [[LadyOfWar Miya]]'s, and came across Yomi in a similar situation to [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]] when directly meeting [[TokenMiniMoe Kusano]] for the first time. On the other, she is a Sekirei, who in Shirou's words is not a true warrior and just follows her Ashikabi's orders. [[SarcasmMode Who do YOU think won?]]
** How about the other part of that battle? Hikari and Hibiki vs. Akitsu and Musubi. We didn't get to see it but if Seo's opinion that they are alive only because Shirou didn't order Akitsu to kill them is anything to go by, the ice lady curbstomped them. Actually, so far ''every'' battle Akitsu fought was a CurbStompBattle on her part. [[spoiler:[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill And then came The Seventeenth Wing.]]]]
** The Twenty-Fifth Wing? [[spoiler:[[HeroKiller The Fraga Magus]] [[TheWorfEffect One-Shots Miya]]. '''[[LadyOfWar MIYA!]]''']]
*** Not as much of a shock when you take into account the salient points: A) Miya's opponent was a Fraga magus using Fragarach; B) Fragarach, due to GB having trouble finding research material on it when writing the scene, writes up the weapon as being a absorb/return-type counter, as opposed to the cancellation-type counter that it really is, (thus using Miya's own force against her,) C) she was not expecting the attack at all, and had been distracted by Shirou an instant before it lands, which while it probably saved her life, it also probably caused her to take the hit right in the face.
* DaddyDNATest: Takami's disbelief makes her do some double checks.
* DarkActionGirl: Karasuba is known as the [[RedBaron Black Sekirei]] for good reason. See also [[SexIsViolence Toyotama and Ichiya]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Darker than {{Sekirei}} at LEAST.
* [[spoiler:DeathByAdaptation: Higa [[Manga/{{Sekirei}} in canon]] has a HeelRealization after Toyotama's termination; in this fic, where she and Ichiya were winged by Kakizaki instead, he gets worse until he is assassinated by Shirou.]]
** [[spoiler: Kuno is terminated by Uzume in chapter 43]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Beautifully deconstructed by Shirou in regards to Tsukiumi [[spoiler:and later [[DarkActionGirl Karasuba]]]]. When [[BloodKnight Musubi]] offers to convince Tsukiumi [[DefeatMeansFriendship with fists]] that she should join Shirou's harem, he points out that what they would be doing would be like rape.
--> "Use fists?" I echoed, my lips twisting into a distasteful sneer. "How? Should I have you two beat her until she can't resist, and then take her by force? Is that what you're proposing?"
** [[spoiler:Regarding Karasuba,]] Shirou outright states that he would rather have her as a dangerous opponent than a unwilling wife. [[HonorBeforeReason He will NEVER wing an unwilling Sekirei, even on pain of death.]]
** In one of GB's [[http://forum.fanfiction.net/topic/88086/41169280/26/#42635257 omakes]], Yukari uses [[LyricalNanoha manga]] as inspiration to [[OhCrap befriend]] Haruka [[spoiler:after their departure from Izumo Inn.]]
--> "You can't seriously be considering using a manga as a reference book for... ...Wait, is that what I think it is?"
* DemonHead: Shirou is pretty much inured to Miya's version thanks to surviving some equally scary shit and his complete lack of self-preservation instincts. Worse, he's managed to ''replicate'' it, much to the horror of Izumo Inn's other residents.
** Well, Shirou isn't fully immune. Getting hit with it full force still rattles him.
** And for Shirou, [[spoiler:the trope's name is even more accurate since his Demon Head is that of an Asura!]]
* {{Determinator}}: Shirou, [[spoiler: especially during his battle with Rin and Saber. Despite having an arm cut off, and rendered so sick from ''three consecutive'' Gandr shots that he can't even see straight or talk through the vomiting, he still manages to get up again to pull off a complete victory.]]
* DistantFinale: Like FanFic/TheHillOfSwords, the epilogue takes place many years later, in this case ten years. Also like The Hill Of Swords, there are also elements of being a BittersweetEnding, though much more subtle than its predecessor.
* [[DoNotCallMePaul Do Not Call Me Minato]]: Shirou refuses to go back to using his birth name of Minato Sahashi. The one fight he had with his mother over the subject nearly destroyed any chance of them having a relationship, [[spoiler:and he even goes so far as to attack Karasuba when she uses it one too many times.]]
* DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff: Midway through chapter 35, Takami threatens to give Shirou a spanking if he doesn't get his self-inflicted injuries checked out at an MBI hospital. He is so terrified he very nearly complies.
* {{Doorstopper}}: As of the final chapter In Flight clocks in at a whopping 762,492 words and 44 chapters.
* TheDreaded: [[InvokedTrope The reputation Shirou tries to attain for himself]] and is doing quite well. Opponents who have faced him so far definitely won't be enthusiastic about repeating the experience. He is SO DREADED, in fact, that [[spoiler:Seo WARNS Sanada, the Ashikabi of the West, never to cross paths with Shirou, the Asura Ashikabi of the North, when Sanada is starting to admit wanting to hit on his sister Yukari. [[RefugeInAudacity ALL ON CAMERA!!!]]]]
** Shirou even recognizes he's made himself the [[spoiler:Caster]] of the Sekirei Plan.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Seo exhibits a worrying disregard for speed limits, safe distances between the cars, and street lights. Not as bad as some other examples of this trope, though.
* DudeNotFunny: InUniverse Shirou's opinion of the Sekirei Plan. With the way the plan is set up, the only logical conclusion he can draw is that the entire thing is [[ForTheEvulz just one giant exercise in sadism on the part of MBI's director]]. This also extends to any mistreatment of Sekirei. As far as he's concerned, they're ''people'', dammit, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman regardless of the fact that they're not human.]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Shirou lampshades this in Chapter 36 by asking himself why it takes him such a long ordeal to get any genuine respect from his adversaries. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Then goes on to say that it has to be his chef's apron.]]
* DualWielding: The bread and butter of Shirou's fighting style. And it is Awesome.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Although rare, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mus]][[TheDitz ubi]] does have some moments of insight. [[spoiler:While everyone (including Matsu, Homura, and possibly Miya) else was concentrating on the JUICY details, Musubi is the one who FIRST noticed Akitsu's condition; the REASON for the [[DeusSexMachina Tantric Ritual]].]]
* [[spoiler:DyingAlone: Shirou's original belief that he would eventually end up doing this (on a hill of swords) is the worst fear of ALL of his Sekirei.]]
* DynamicEntry: Courtesy of [[spoiler:a member of the Fraga clan]], whose (literally) explosive entrance is stopped only by a timely (and desperate) application of Rho Aias.
** [[spoiler:Thirty-Fourth Wing: Karasuba has just entered the game. Right after Shirou defeats Ichiya and Toyotama]]
--> [[spoiler:I suppose I had an excuse, for not being ready for what came next. After all, as drenched as I was with fluid there was no way that I could have noticed the scent of blood as it grew even stronger.]]\\
[[spoiler: But that didn't change the fact that I was unprepared when with the noise like a stained glass window being shattered, a dark blur appeared above me at the edge of Akitsu's territory, scattering ice and frost in its wake as Karasuba, with eyes wide with glee launched herself at me, a cry of, "Sahashi!" being howled as the Black Sekirei bared her steel and her teeth at me.]]\\
[[spoiler:[[OhCrap Oh crap.]]]]
* EntertaininglyWrong: The Thirty-Sixth Wing reveals that [[spoiler:Higa, Ashikabi of the East,]] made several assumptions and educated guesses about Shirou that, according to the man himself, are a lot more believable than [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight the truth]]: [[spoiler:First, due to the existence of physical records of the birth of "Minato Sahashi", Higa assumed that "Shirou Emiya" is a forged identity put into place to hide Shirou's connection to his sister Yukari (a potential weakness) and his mother Takami, a high-ranking member of the MBI and scientist in charge of the Sekirei. The latter also would explain why so many Single Numbers were winged by Shirou: being Takami's son probably implied an early and prolonged contact with Sekirei, allowing him to form acquaintances that eventually would pay out after the start of the Sekirei Plan, and access to privileged information that would help him to wing a Scrapped Number, who are notorious as overpowered and dangerous.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: InUniverse example. [[spoiler:A Sekirei's "Winging" has been described as a mating ritual for the species. Taken literally in Akitsu's case.]]
* ExtremeDoormat: Akitsu is ''extremely'' devoted to Shirou, to the point that she will obey him without question or hesitation. Her FreudianExcuse is that since she's a scrapped number, and thus can't be winged normally, she demonstrates her loyalty to Shirou by being perfectly obedient.
** She is slowly getting better thanks to Shirou's kindness. [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Her loyalty eventually paid off]]; she became an official Sekirei after a DeusSexMachina.]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: It is bad enough that Shirou [[spoiler:is discovered by the Clock Tower]], but now [[spoiler:the Second Stage of the Sekirei Plan has begun and he cannot leave Shin Tokyo without MBI going after him. Shirou sums up this [[SarcasmMode very nicely]] in one word:]]
--->'''Shirou:''' [[spoiler:"[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck]]."]]
** And in chapter 23, [[spoiler:Matsu found out about the Holy Grail War, and used a BatmanGambit in order to force Shirou to spit things out. It worked, [[AwfulTruth but unfortunately it probably would have been better off not being said]], [[TearJerker and Matsu is subsequently punished for it]].]]
** Also Shirou's opinion on Yukari and Haruka's escape plan despite [[CrazyPrepared having six different escape routes that do not raise any suspicions.]]
* FantasticArousal: Any Sekirei that reacts to Shirou, with the exception of [[{{Bishonen}} Homura]]. [[{{Tsundere}} Tsukiumi's]] reaction was so extreme that one reviewer wondered if she ''spontaneously orgasmed!''
* FaceFault: Not only do Homura and Tsukiumi pull this off when Shirou proclaims that instead of fighting Tsukiumi they'll leave, but Shirou also provides a believable explanation for why the two Sekirei fell face-first on the ground.
* FantasticRacism: Numbered Sekirei react like this when they learn [[AnIcePerson Akitsu]] is a scrapped number. Unsurprisingly, Shirou has [[BerserkButton minimal tolerance]] for such behavior.
* FieldOfBlades: Obvious due to the fact that it is UBW Route Shirou[[spoiler:, however his chant is now drastically different, thanks to the influence of his Sekirei:]]
-->[[spoiler:"My body is made of swords,]]
-->[[spoiler:Iron is my blood, and glass is my heart.]]
-->[[spoiler:I have crossed a thousand battle fields,]]
-->[[spoiler:Having finally now learned defeat, I have finally now learned victory.]]
-->[[spoiler:No longer alone on the hill of swords, I forge my steel.]]
-->[[spoiler:With them, my life's meaning can be...]]
-->[[spoiler:…Unlimited Blade Works!"]]
* FingerSnapLighter: [[PlayingWithFire Homura]] does this as a bar trick to impress his clients and light cigarettes.
* FiveManBand: The residents of Izumo Inn.
** BigGood - Miya
** TheHero - Shirou
** TheLancer - Akitsu (Homura is a hybrid between this and TheSmartGuy[[GenderBender [=/=]]][[TheSmartGirl Girl]]).
** TheBigGirl - Tsukiumi
** TheSmartGirl - Matsu (Homura is a hybrid between this and TheLancer).
** TheHeart - Musubi [[spoiler:and by extension Yume]]
** TagalongKid - Kusano
** TheSixthRanger - Kazehana
** AloofAlly - Uzume
* FixFic: Considered one for {{Sekirei}}, one example being a reunion that '''should''' have been done for a long time: [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Kusano and Shiina's reunion]]]].
** Or even better, [[spoiler:[[TheWoobie Akitsu]] [[ThrowTheDogABone becoming an official Sekirei]].]]
** [[spoiler:Or rescuing [[IllGirl Chiho]] from [[ManipulativeBastard Higa]] BEFORE Uzume's {{canon}}ical [[KilledOffForReal termination]].]]
* FlatWhat: Shirou's reaction to Yukari's call in chapter 13.
** As well as Yukari's reaction two chapters later, to Shirou telling her [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking exactly what is more important]] than giving her a life counseling.
* FogOfWar: With [[LiteralMinded FOG MACHINES]].
* FoodAsBribe: [[spoiler:What Shirou does to unleash Karasuba, of all people, on a bloody rampage at Higa's home base.]]
* ForgetsToEat: Akitsu was so obedient to Shirou at first that she didn't even eat without his permission.
---> I asked her something that I was suspicious about from the night before. "Last night, was the reason you didn't tell me you were still hungry because I didn't ask?" Was she so determined to obey me that she was willing to even let her body suffer for it?
---> "Ah," Akitsu murmured, and from the corner of my eye I caught her blushing. "I forgot," she admitted in a tone that I was beginning to suspect was Akitsu-speak for sheepish.
* ForScience: Shirou [[spoiler:and especially Rin both]] show shades of this trope sometimes.
** The moment Shirou saw Miya's [[DemonHead Hannya technique]] he decided to make it his own. ForScience. No matter if he died in the process! [[spoiler:And out of his research, he created his Asura mask!]]
** In the 20th chapter, he went and literally kissed the hell out of Akitsu to research her apparent inability to be winged. Akitsu [[LuminescentBlush didn't]] [[PostKissCatatonia mind]].
* Foreshadowing: Karasuba's muttering about [[spoiler: Benitsubasa]] after [[spoiler: her fight with Shirou]] implies that she is going to kill her. [[spoiler: In the penultimate chapter, she does.]]
** Similarly, Benitsubasa's angry remark about how Shirou and Karasuba are perfect for each other could be considered this after [[spoiler: the events of Chapter 43.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: As of the Twenty-Seventh Wing, [[{{Badass}} Shirou]] [[spoiler:and [[BloodKnight Karasuba]]]] are heading towards this.
** He sent her a ''fruit basket.''
* FunnyAfro: [[spoiler:Miya of all people]] in the Thirty-Second Wing.
* GenderBender: [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready Who else but Homura?]]
** [[FirstLawOfGenderBending 1st Law of Gender Bending]]: After finding out what's causing it, Shirou immediately tries to [[SubvertedTrope subvert it]]. Still a bit too soon to find out if it worked, though so far it's [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption not looking hopeful.]] [[spoiler:As of Chapter 32, it is a complete failure.]]
** [[SecondLawOfGenderBending 2nd Law of Gender Bending]]: Not ''enjoying'' per se, but Homura is - as Shirou observed - subconsciously changing mentally, first seen in his altering fashion sense. He's not pleased about this so far.
** [[ThirdLawOfGenderBending 3rd Law of Gender Bending]]: Subverted so far: neither Homura nor Shirou are very happy about the process, and Shirou is sparing Homura as much de-sexing as he can (which isn't much, admittedly, but still).
* TheGhost: How often do Rin and Saber get name-dropped in this fic? In fairness, the plot has provided us with a ''very'' good excuse for their absence, one which neither rules out nor guarantees a future appearance.
** [[WordOfGod Gabriel Blessing]] himself has confirmed that Rin and Saber will in fact show up in the future. [[spoiler:They appear at the end of Chapter 38.]]
* TheGlassesComeOff: Matsu in Chapter 33, to show she's fully serious for a change.
** [[spoiler: Minaka in Chapter 42. It's his trigger as a magus.]]
* TheGlomp: Yukari to Shirou in Chapter Three. According to her, he was ''supposed'' to fall down, but his height and strength put paid to that. She tries again in Chapter 15 with the same results, despite a running start.
** Musubi also does this to him after his sparring session with Miya, inadvertently subjecting him to MarshmallowHell.
* [[spoiler:GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex]]: Shirou and Akitsu [[spoiler:in the Twenty-Third Wing, and for a good reason too.]]
** Though it was [[spoiler:a bit painful for her at first, being a virgin and all, and she [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength breaks four of Shirou's ribs]].]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Shirou has a starburst shaped scar on his chest and back, showing the entry and exit wounds he received from Lancer before he joined the Holy Grail War proper.
* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:Minaka takes his defeat rather well, having seen the Shirou's Reality Marble.]]
* [[spoiler: GrievousHarmWithABody: Well, not exactly "harm" but… when confronted by Karasuba after his battle with Rin and Saber, Shirou throws his own severed arm at her. Karasuba is apparently so surprised by this that it actually hits her.]]
* GuileHero: Shiro gets a lot of use out of Matsu's information-gathering abilities and [[InvokedTrope deliberately establishes]] a reputation as TheDreaded to discourage other Ashikabi from attacking him. Ironically enough, it is because of this trope he felt like he became [[spoiler:the Caster]] of the Sekirei Plan.
** [[spoiler:Shiro created three possible endgames of the Sekirei Plan; [[HonorBeforeReason a Saber plan]] (Go by the rules of the Sekirei Plan. Cons: Although normally planned to have the LEAST casualties in comparison to the other plans, not every Ashikabi, [[CoughSnarkCough *cough* Higa *cough*]], would follow its rules and even then there is the possibility that even the TrueCompanions would fight each other to the DEATH), [[TheUnfettered a Kiritsugu plan]] (Using guerrilla warfare and assassination to become the last Ashikabi standing and the winner by process of elimination. Cons: Results in the most death and possibly a KillEmAll ending), and [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight an Archer plan]] (Destroy MBI in order to free the Sekirei. Cons: Although it would cause fewer Sekirei casualties than the Kiritsugu plan, it would kill a larger number of humans, and with the destruction of MBI, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the Sekirei may get in danger with the Magus Association]]).]]
*** [[spoiler:With the introduction of the Jinki, Shirou finally has a bridge for ending the Sekirei Plan. By gathering at best case five Jinki or at least three Jinki during Phase 3 of the Sekirei Plan, when all Eight Jinki are at one location Shirou can destroy it or at least hide it all so the MBI CANNOT continue the plan.]]
** [[spoiler:If you are able to strike a deal with [[BloodKnight Kara]][[DarkActionGirl suba]] of all people, or in this case Sekirei, you are THIS.]]
** In the case of [[spoiler:[[TheStationsOfTheCanon Yukari's Kidnapping with Higa]], he shows both his anger all the while planning on how to take him down, by using Yukari as bait and adding the possibility of her death. Shirou really hates himself for this.]]
** After [[spoiler:Higa's assassination, the complete destruction of his company and Yukari's rescue in a mere 30 minutes, Shirou ''blackmails'' [=MIB=] and talks his way out of being taken to the hospital by his mother, who is ''impressed'' by this achievement.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler: At the end of the fic, Shirou has become an [[Literature/AngelNotes A-Ray]] due to the Jinki.]]
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Akitsu's reaction to one of the videos Matsu was showing Shirou in Chapter 16. If his description was anything to go by, this isn't that surprising.
--> I wasn't quite sure what was happening to the female lead in this one and I had trouble believing that anyone could really enjoy what was being done to her, but from the expression on her face either she was an incredible actress or as depraved as they come.
--> "So that's what that was for," I muttered, feeling my own case of shock setting in as I recognized one of the contraptions that Yukari had gotten for me nearly a month ago being put to use, feeling lightheaded when I discovered precisely what the toy was meant for.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: After Shirou uses Rule Breaker on Karasuba in the hopes of terminating her, she pounces on him and wings herself to him, meaning that all the knife did was unwing her.]]
* HeroKiller: Although no one dies by [[spoiler:her]] hands [[spoiler:the Fraga magus is established as one by [[CurbStompBattle dispatching]] [[LadyOfWar Miya]] [[TheWorfEffect easily]]. The Fragarach attack she received would have normally terminate a Sekirei contract, had anyone else been hit, and if Shirou hadn't interfered at the last second Miya ''would'' have been killed. Hell, Shirou himself admits that in skill she greatly ''exceeds'' him and is well prepared for her attack; Shirou only won because she had no clue about his Sealing Designation and thus underestimates his abilities.]]
* HeroWorshipper: Kusano cherishes the very ground Shirou walks on since he saved her from Yomi, and now [[spoiler:she wants him to train her in swordplay]].
* HopelessWithTech: Shirou, so very much. You know you've got a problem when ''[[TheDitz Musubi]]'' knows more about computers than you do!
** And yet he's actually ''much better'' about technology than most magi. Which is... kind of sad, in and of itself. [[spoiler: Rin Tohsaka has no clue what a cellphone or a computer is which makes her even worse off than Shirou.]]
* HumiliationConga: Shirou so far is building one for [[spoiler:[[ManipulativeBastard Higa]]]]. [[spoiler:He first denies Higa of [[{{Tsundere}} Tsuki]][[MakingASplash umi]] in his own territory, backfired his bounty attempt so badly that it WORSENED Shirou's status as TheDreaded, sent [[BloodKnight Kara]][[DarkActionGirl suba]] over to cause chaos at his home base, rescued [[IllGirl Chiho]] from his hospital and even gave a warning to NEVER enter the North to one of his Sekirei.]] This may not even be the LAST of it.
** It's not. In the [[spoiler:Third Match]], Shirou takes on [[spoiler:Ichiya and Toyotama ''again'', this time dealing a [[KilledOffForReal Level Five Termination]]. This is ''after'' turning up with (apparently) only a single Sekirei to a match that allows up to three.]]
*** [[spoiler:Shirou fully intends to make Higa into an example of what NOT to do when trying to intimidate and blackmail someone.]]
*** It finally ends with [[spoiler:his assassination, storming his headquarters, killing his secretary, recovering the Jinki and Yukari, etc. [[CurbStompBattle All in 30 minutes.]]]] Higa himself [[spoiler:gets killed by an exploding sword, fired by Shirou from a mile away, without even having a clue what was coming.]]
* IdiotSavant: Noted by the author. Shirou is extremely skilled at combat and his areas of magical expertise, but is comically inept when it comes to social situations, or pretty much anything besides combat, tactics, and magic. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And]] [[ChefOfIron cooking]].
** To be fair, he's quite the mechanic as well.
*** Not to mention lover. [[spoiler:Akitsu couldn't walk properly afterwards. Not that this dampened her mood any]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The chapters are called "Wings".
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Skewered. Shirou tries to do this to Homura when he thinks he and Takami may have been getting it on, only for it to fall flat due to nothing having actually happened; this prompts Takami to try doing this to Shirou, only for ''that'' to fall flat due to the fact that his two real girlfriends from his original series were already at least nominally broken up with him before he even met her, and Takami knows his current harem better than he does. Shirou then tries to do it for his sister's Sekirei, only for '''''that''''' to fall flat when he realizes the Sekirei in question is too damn perfect for him to criticize.
* IllGirl: Chiho. [[spoiler:Her condition isn't really described in Sekirei canon beyond generic "terminal moe", but for the purposes of In Flight, it's Lupus.]]
* [[spoiler:ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Remember in the Heaven's Feel Route by overusing projection with Archer's arm [[BodyHorror Shirou was impaled by the swords from inside his body]]? Something similar happened when his [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited Blade Works]] [[GoneHorriblyWrong Goes Horribly Wrong]] albeit less life threatening.]]
** This is how [[spoiler:Ichiya met her end, with Toyotama's spear being impaled through him.]]
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: In a way, it might be why [[spoiler:Karasuba started reacting to Shirou]]. He is probably the only human outside of MBI to not only stand up to her and not be afraid of her but also seems to have the abilities to back up his confidence. Being a BloodKnight, she would be captivated by something like this, who knows what will happen if she ever sees him fighting.
** as of chapter 34, [[spoiler:She Has.]] Shirou's [[OhCrap reaction]] is quite appropriate.
*** And in the chapter after that, after [[spoiler:managing to block her attack AND give Karasuba her first wound]], Karasuba is even more eager, and when Karasuba realizes [[spoiler:she's been wounded ''for the very first time'' by Shirou]], she almost attacks him ''again'', only to be stopped when she's ordered to stand down by her superior.
* InsistentTerminology: Shirou is not a 'sorceror', nor is he a 'wizard' or a 'magician'; he is a 'magus'.
* TheInternetIsForPorn: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Or so Shirou thinks.]]
** So does Musubi. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Now if only she could find out what porn is...]][[spoiler:even though she KNOWS what sex is.]]
** Matsu takes offense to this. Her decision to then use a rather inventive collection of porn as part of Shirou's computer training somewhat undermined her attempts to disprove this.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: [[spoiler:The reason Shirou left Saber and Rin behind.]] Exacerbated to even higher levels than usual for the trope by the fact that the enemy in question is, technically, an organization they kinda rely on heavily and belong to.
** IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Matsu.
* KickTheDog: Shirou has a minor version of this [[spoiler:in Chapter 11, when Musubi exclaims how much she loves him. He makes sure to apologize to his Sekirei after he calms down]].
** A truer example [[spoiler:happens in [[WhamEpisode the Twenty-Fourth Wing]]. As punishment for forcefully revealing one of Shirou's darkest secrets, Matsu [[TearJerker gets taken off the]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext whiteboard]].]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Shirou's had it pretty rough so far...
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Sure, nothing's happened yet, but if his thoughts and actions regarding Yukari and Shiina as well as Takami and Homura are anything to go by, if anyone ever hurts his sister, Shirou will come down on said someone like the wrath of a whole pantheon of AxCrazy gods. [[spoiler:Going by the manga storyline, woe be to [[ManipulativeBastard Higa]] if he dares to try to get to Shirou through Yukari.]]
** [[spoiler:Shirou fully plans to kill Higa now, and he's prepared to have his sister die. He hates himself for it, but if the loss of his sister ends up saving the rest of the Sekirei and the Ashikabi, he'll do it.]]
*** [[spoiler:Thankfully, Shiina is there to protect Yukari as Shirou and his flock, in a mere 30 minutes, assassinates Higa, completely dismantles his company, kills his secretary, and finally rescues Yukari before blackmailing [=MIB=] in the aftermath.]]
* LadyOfWar: Miya, especially when she fights seriously.
* LoveEpiphany: Of a sort. [[spoiler:Matsu's sheer rage and passion as she calls Shirou out on his self-destructive attitude]] clearly strike a chord in Shirou's heart.
--->Her eyes were bloodshot, shiny with unshed tears and surrounded by dark bags formed from lack of sleep. One of her usual braids had come loose and was unwinding even as she continued to yell at me. Splattered across her dress and exposed skin were bits of food and ash, and a few spots of blood courtesy of getting too close to Miya earlier.
--->And staring up at her, her face alive with the passion of her anger as she tore into me, I realized just as I had twice before just how truly beautiful my Sekirei actually was.
* LoveFreak: Musubi, possibly even more so than in canon. Yes, she is simultaneously a LoveFreak and a BloodKnight. No, she does not understand the contradiction there. [[spoiler:Yume too.]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Yukari reveals that Minaka is Shirou's father. He doesn't really care.]]
* LuminescentBlush: [[AnIcePerson Akitsu]] does this whenever Shirou initiates physical contact with her. Considering [[EmotionlessGirl her nature]], it's rather endearing.
* MamaBear: Tamaki is ''terrifyingly enraged'' when she [[spoiler:sees the events of Chapters 34 and 35 live]], obviously concerned about her son's safety. Even Shirou is terrified by his own mother.
* {{Masquerade}}: Even as a third-rate magus, Shirou refuses to discuss magecraft with those who aren't involved in it.
** [[spoiler:BrokenMasquerade: [[WhamEpisode Chapter 25]]. As one reviewer put it, "Cat status: out of the bag and accelerating towards escape velocity."]]
* MasterSwordsman: Shirou Emiya, [[LadyOfWar Miya]], [[DarkActionGirl Karasuba]][[spoiler:, and Saber.]]
* MeaningfulEcho / CallBack: "It's fine, I trust you." First said from Shirou to Miya [[spoiler:when revealing an edited version of how Rin, Saber, and himself got together and then later broke up]]. Miya then turns it around on him [[spoiler:when revealing the Sekirei's past]].
** In Chapter 14, as Kakizaki is retreating from his battle with Shirou, he spouts the old clichéd villain line: "Shirou Emiya. I'll remember this." Then in Chapter 37, just before Shirou [[spoiler: kills him]], he remarks:
-->'''Shirou:''' "And my name is Shirou Emiya. You should have remembered that."
* MistakenForGay: Yasaka's idolization of "Kagari" (aka Homura) leads to both Shirou and Homura wondering if he's gay.
** Which may or may not be true, how about Homura and Shirou having to deny "being like that" all the time? [[spoiler:[[FirstLawOfGenderBending Which won't matter anymore]].]]
* MoodWhiplash: In the Twenty-Third Wing, from [[spoiler:Akitsu [[HeartwarmingMoment being winged]] to Matsu's WhamLine that led to the WhamEpisode afterwards.]]
* MookChivalry: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Shirou [[spoiler:for his duel with Rin and Saber knowing full well he cannot win if he faces both at the same time so he officially challenges Saber first knowing she has to comply with her honor as a knight.]]
* MoralMyopia: A minor version. When Shirou gives a (very watered-down) explanation of what prompted him to leave London in the first place:
--> [[spoiler:For a moment I could see them making the connection. Me: capable of fighting against Miya for a prolonged period of time. Them: privileged rich kid bullies. Result:…]]
--> [[spoiler:"Oh my," Miya sighed. "I hope you didn't kill any of them." Uzume nodded her head in agreement, smirking as she did so.]]
* MundaneUtility: Shirou decides to use his magecraft to build a magic washing machine.
** Homura using his [[PlayingWithFire powers]] to dry his clothes and to light Takami's cigarette.
** Shirou uses his Projection magecraft [[ItMakesSenseInContext to pull a plush bunny out of a hat.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: How Shirou treats [[spoiler:Ilya's death. [[BigBrotherInstinct This is relevant to how he met Kusano.]]]]
* MysteriousPast: Initially Shirou is a complete mystery to Matsu.
--->'''Matsu''': "Shirou Emiya," she interrupted me, still staring at me. "True age: unknown, speculated at twenty. Birthday: unknown. True family: unknown, presumed dead. Adoptive father: Kiritsugu Emiya. Status: dead. Grades from elementary school to high school: average. Observed personality during that time: altruistic, extremely accommodating. Upon graduation from high school departed for England." During this rapid summation of my life the newcomer had began marching towards me, her hands swinging wide as she tromped audibly to where the rest of us were gathered. I grimaced, nonplussed by the sudden and rather blunt summation of my life by a complete stranger. "Activities during England: unknown. Returned to Japan five months ago and began living in Shin Tokyo and immediately enrolled in preparatory school for Shin Tokyo University. First attempt: failure. Second registry already filed for future attempts."
** Matsu eventually attempts to pry into it, [[spoiler:[[WhamEpisode with devastating results]]. See NiceJobBreakingItHero.]]
* MythologyGag: In Chapter 14, Shirou, when attacked by the Sekirei Toyotama with the sun at her back to blind him, compares it with other old tricks such as saying his shoes were untied. Which brings to mind a certain CrowningMomentOfFunny in [[TheHillOfSwords Gabriel Blessing's previous work]].
** In Chapter 3 when Yukari visits Shirou and almost breaks his back with a flying tackle, Akitsu seems prepared to attack Yukari thinking that Shirou, her Master, is being attacked but relaxes when she realizes it's only his sister. A similar scene happened in TheHillOfSwords when Eleanor, Louise's sister, attacked her in her room and the only thing that stopped Shirou from painting the wall with the blond's blood was the realization that it was Louise's sister.
** Shirou: "Considering that I had ended up with two girlfriends at one point and was now surrounded by a bevy of well developed alien fighting machines I suppose I might even qualify for an eroge if someone were to take my life out of context." [[DontExplainTheJoke Now what type of game was]] FateStayNight [[DontExplainTheJoke again?]]
** In the same vein, only this time considering {{Sekirei}} itself:
--> If this was some kind of anime or story of some sort, I was absolutely positive that I would have done something as clichéd as face-faulting at the snow woman's response. Since this was reality, I settled for palming my face and sighing.
** Shirou deconstructing DefeatMeansFriendship for Musubi is similar to how he deconstructed LovePotion for Montmorency in TheHillofSwords.
** Here's another one involving TheHillOfSwords:
--> '''Shirou''' concerning Yukari: "There has got to be something wrong with that girl, Takami must have dropped her on her head a few times when she was a baby." [[spoiler:This is one of the few funny parts of the WhamEpisode.]]
** And again from TheHillOfSwords, three lines that never fail to invoke a shiver in we readers:
--> They became fragile. They became dangerous. They became broken.
** The Thirty-Third Wing has a reference to the original game. Shirou's use of Unlimited Blade Works causes swords to burst out of his ''left arm''... the same arm that was replaced with Archer's arm in Heaven's Feel, and was causing Shirou's body to turn into steel.
** The Thirty-Seventh Wing has a reference to LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai involving ''Overlooking Views'' and [[SuicideIsPainless the impulse to jump]].
** While discussing "True Magic" [[spoiler:with his flock]], Shirou mentions [[{{Tsukihime}} Zelretch and Aoko Aozaki]], two users of said magic, though the latter is not actually named in-story. The funny thing is, Shirou is actually ''[[EntertaininglyWrong wrong]]'' about what Aoko's "Magic Blue" is. It's related to TimeTravel, but nobody can really blame him for coming to the conclusion that it's cold fusion instead, because Aoko is ''very'' good at blowing things up.
* NakedApron: Kazehana in chapter 27. Miya is predictably Not Amused.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Matsu's little plot of forcing Shirou to reveal more of his past. [[spoiler:She just wanted to make her Ashikabi open up so he would know that his Sekirei are there for him ready to help him. [[AwfulTruth It resulted in traumatizing some people]], [[HeKnowsTooMuch threatening their lives because now they know way too much about Shirou's enemies to be left alive by those enemies]], driving Yukari out of Izumo Inn where she was safe, plus she may reveal everything to Takami which will open an entirely new can of worms.]] [[SarcasmMode Way to go, Matsu.]]
** FridgeBrilliance: If Matsu hadn't [[spoiler:made them leave the Izumo Inn from hearing Shirou's past, they would have known much, much more, thanks to the events of chapter 25. Which would leave them in an higher chance of being [[HeKnowsTooMuch killed by Mage's Association]].]] While it is [[NiceJobBreakingItHero bad]] on the short term[[spoiler:, in fact, this helped Higa with kidnapping Yukari]], it saved their lives in the long term.
* NightmareFuel: In-universe, Shirou's detailed explanation on how he got injured so many times nearly drives most of his Sekirei into having a heart attack in Chapter 28.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Matsu does this in Chapter 9 after bragging about her hacking abilities. Shirou even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it!
* NoIndoorVoice: Yukari's way of greeting Shirou over the phone is shouting "ONII-CHAAAAAN!!!" at the top of her lungs. In chapter 14, he [[GenreSavvy holds the phone away from his ear to preserve his hearing]], but Yukari stays quiet until he puts the phone to his ear. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny She admits (without an ounce of shame) that she waited until she heard his breathing before attempting to deafen him.]]
* NoJustNoReaction: Shirou has two of these in Chapter Three, both courtesy of Yukari. The first is when she tells him that she got into college, then asks if he'll "make her a woman now". Shirou is {{squick}}ed.
--> "No!" I snapped, trying not to blush. "That one is completely inappropriate! Absolutely not!" I ordered her immediately.
** Later, at the end of the chapter, she reveals that she took Akitsu clothes shopping at a ''sex store''. She thinks that Shirou and Akitsu are in an S&M relationship and got him "everything a beginner needs".
--> With numb hands I took the offered bag and looked in. "Agh!" I shrieked in a manly fashion, and threw the bag to the corner of the room, determined not to look in it. "No more! Absolutely not! Completely inappropriate! Sisters do not buy sex toys for their brothers!"
* NoodleImplements: The contents of the aforementioned bag. Aside from candles, rope, and a couple outfits, we never find out exactly ''what'' Yukari got for Shirou, though he does state that some of them looked more like torture implements than sex toys.
** Some more in Chapter 19 where Shirou sees a video clip displaying just how many ways a couple could use three boxes of saran wrap, two cucumbers, and a feather duster. Then another one involving chopsticks, ice, and two rubber bands. Then a third one involving fly swatters, clothes pins, and fur lined parkas. And yet [[OverlyLongGag another]] involving shibari, candlesticks, and a full body costume of a bear. All courtesy of Matsu.
* NoodleIncident: What exactly happened at the Clock Tower. Subverted in that we do find out [[WordOfGod much sooner than the author had originally intended]]. [[spoiler:It involves Shirou's Reality Marble and a Sealing Designation.]]
** Shirou's "most awkward day ever". So far (as of chapter 38), no matter how embarrassing, uncomfortable or plain ridiculous the circumstances surrounding Shirou may get (and '''seriously''' there had been one too many examples where to choose from), he can still reassure himself they have not been ''that'' bad in comparison.
* NoSell: Shirou mainly {{No Sell}}s [[spoiler:a gunshot wound on his forearm because at that time his body is made of swords.]]
* NotSoDifferent[=/=]LikeFatherLikeSon: Though not acknowledged by Shirou, he considers Kiritsugu to have been a monster before they first met. However, Shirou has been more than willing to consider options that his father would take, and also actively goes with his father's "path of the Shura", meaning destroying the few to save the many, though he hasn't quite gotten the chance to act upon it until [[spoiler:Yukari is kidnapped and he's forced to potentially sacrifice her.]]. And [[{{Irony}} quite a bit like Archer, too.]]
* TheNoseKnows: In addition to Seo's canon ability, Shirou is able to sense magical phenomena, which his brain interprets as smells. This allows him to sense any nearby Sekirei, how many there are, ''and'' get a general idea of what their abilities are.
** TastesLikePurple: He describes Miya's aura as smelling like regret. And Benitsubasa's as obsession.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: After 23 chapters where arguably nothing happened, we have a WhamEpisode. Ouch.
** FromBadToWorse: ''Two'' {{Wham Episode}}s, back to back, with the second one arguably worse than the first.
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Matsu's punishment of [[spoiler:being written off the whiteboard]]. It doesn't look that bad, until you think about the fact that [[spoiler:Sekirei live for their Ashikabi]], and you realize it's actually quite a cruel one.
* ObfuscatingStupidity[[spoiler:: Hiroto Minaka is not only a Magus, but a Second Owner and the BigBad of the series.]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: Miya ''literally'' does this in chapter 27 when Kazehana pulls her NakedApron stunt.
--> "Oh," a new voice interrupted, and I realized that at some point the figure of Miya in the courtyard had disappeared. Musubi was still in the courtyard, hand poised to block an attack that would never come and blinking in surprise as where her sparring partner had apparently vanished mid strike. "God isn't here right now," Miya continued from where I assumed she was standing directly behind Kazehana and I, her voice deceptively cheerful as she did so.
** Though the first time she does this is in the end of Chapter 15, when Yukari attempts to start a Sekirei duel inside Izumo Inn.
--> The only warning the three would be combatants received was a 'whooshing' noise, the sound of air rustling some kind of loose clothes, and then I was greeted by three nearly simultaneous 'thump' noises and three startled cries of 'ow', 'oof', and 'ugh'. When I pulled my head from my hands the scene before me had changed as though by magic. Yukari, Tsukiumi, and Musubi were all clutching the backs of their heads, looking absolutely flabbergasted at the sudden and unexpected assault. Miya had somehow managed to transport herself from her original seated position to the other end of the room, and was clutching a surprisingly clean ladle that had originally been intended to be used for serving the soup in her hand like it was a weapon.
* OhCrap: Shirou has had a few, most notably when [[spoiler:realizing the Fragarach was about to attack Izumo directly, Karasuba's DynamicEntry right after defeating Toyotama and Ichiya, and realizing Saber and Rin have met his flock]].
* {{Omake}}: GB has written a few and they are almost all canon. The fans have written ''hundreds'' of omakes of varying length and quality.
** And that is BEFORE the existence of TheEmiyaClan.
* TheOneGuy: Justified and Subverted (currently) with Shirou.
* OnlySaneMan: Out of the members of his harem, Shirou is of the opinion that Tsukiumi is this. I repeat, the ''{{tsundere}}'' is the most normal person out of Shirou's entire flock!
** However, when Shirou starts explaining things about the Grail War and magi, Homura fills the role pretty well
* ParrotExposition: This pops up a few times in Chapter 26
* PostKissCatatonia: Akitsu in chapter 20 after Shirou has a makeout session with her.
--> WordofGod says that: "For any references on what she looked like after Shirou was done accidentally making out with her, please refer to MahouSenseiNegima, the scene where Chachamaru [[spoiler:finally gets her pactio]]. Or whenever the cute little android girl is getting 'screwed', pun intended."
* ThePowerOfLove: Musubi[[spoiler:, Yume,]] and Kazehana are the ones who are most vocal about it, but all Sekirei are technically powered by love.
** A very subtle, yet poignant example occurs in Chapter 28. Uzume has always backed down from whatever she was doing when Miya even ''starts'' to conjure up her [[DemonHead Hannya Mask]]. It's probably one of the most terrifying things in the world for her. When she's questioning Shirou about how powerful [[HealingFactor Avalon]] is, she mentions that it didn't heal [[ScarsAreForever the scar]] Miya received from Fragarach, something the landlady is a bit touchy about. Miya remarks that Uzume should probably pick her words more carefully and begins to summon the mask. Uzume just ''brushes her off'' like it's ''nothing!'' [[spoiler:Her Ashikabi is hospitalized with a terminal, incurable disease, and she wants to know if Avalon could succeed where medicine couldn't. Considering that Saber was likely ''immortal'' when she carried it, this might actually work.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: Shirou has not one but two "F_ck"s in chapter 17, after [[spoiler:the Clock Tower finds him and Minaka announces the second phase of the Sekirei Plan, meaning that Shirou can no longer freely leave the city]].
** Shirou is very much a NiceGuy, the moment he uses this trope in pure anger he is '''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness DEAD SERIOUS]]'''. [[spoiler:Just like the first WhamEpisode.]]
* {{Pride}}: [[spoiler: Shirou has reunited with Saber and Rin, who have a method of keeping the Clock Tower from experimenting on Shirou by having them stay with him. You'd think this would be just the thing to lead to a happy ending for him, right? Wrong. The only problem is that Rin's pride as a magus and human would never allow her to be reduced to the level of his [[Manga/{{Sekirei}} Alien Harem]] and she would rather go into exile than share him. Note that she staked her future on bringing him in and being with the Sekirei would allow her to keep her magic and be with her lover.]]
* [[spoiler:ProperlyParanoid: Shirou in explaining WHY he didn't abandon the Sekirei Plan.]]
--> [[spoiler:"I've already seen [[FateStayNight one secret tournament nearly end the world]], Asama-san, I'm not going to turn my back [[HarsherInHindsight on a second one that might do the same]]."]]
** And considering that [[spoiler:Mass Genocide or even '''''Possible Extinction''''']] can result in this tournament, that one sentence [[JustifiedTrope JUSTIFIES]] [[spoiler:HarsherInHindsight]].
* PuppyDogEyes: Musubi, usually when she thinks/realizes she did something wrong.
* ARareSentence: The Thirty-Fifth Wing:
-->'''Shirou:''' I was not having a conversation about partner swapping from my harem with a lesbian alien. And that might just have been the first time that particular sentence had ever been used in the history of language. And also oh god, I've even started calling my flock a 'harem' in my head.
* RedBaron[=/=]NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Here is a short list [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready and most of them you should know already]]:
** Karasuba: The Black Sekirei
** Miya: The Hannya of the North
** Yukari: Devil Ashikabi
** Shiina: Grim Reaper Sekirei
** Shirou: The Ashikabi with Swords [[spoiler:and "The Asura Ashikabi of the North". This eventually culminates in "The Asura of the North, sword-bearing Ashikabi".]]
* RefugeInAudacity: [[InvokedTrope Deliberately invoked]] by Shirou. When his plan to stay anonymous and keep his cards close to his chest for as long as possible is ruined by a major confrontation, he decides to [[spoiler:play to his strengths and the strength of his flock by [[TheDreaded building up a reputation]] for being [[TheJuggernaut completely unstoppable]]; the Sekirei Plan's version of [[DiscOneFinalBoss Berserker and Ilya]].]] He even refers to this trope by name!
** Shirou is incredibly embarassed when his foreplay with Tsukiumi is interrupted by Kazehana masturbating while watching them. He note the only reason he didn't immediately trace a sword to kill somebody (either Kazehana or himself) was that the whole thing was simply too ridiculous.
* [[spoiler:TheReveal: [[WhamEpisode The Twenty-Fourth Wing]] revealed the AwfulTruth of both himself and of the Holy Grail War without revealing the existence of {{Nasuverse}} magic. The Twenty-Sixth Wing revealed the existence of {{Nasuverse}} magic and Shirou's true thoughts of why he didn't want to reveal it. The Twenty-Eighth Wing revealed the differences between the Holy Grail War and the Sekirei Plan, Shirou's goal in joining the plan, and Saber's identity to the residents. The Twenty-Ninth Wing reveals Miya's truth of the Sekirei Plan and about the Jinki, which can cause MASS GENOCIDE! The Thirty-First Wing reveals some more of the Nasuverse, Shirou's idea of [[CrapsackWorld "The Age]] [[AllMythsAreTrue of Gods"]], its connection to the Grail War, and more identities of some of the Heroic Spirits (Gilgamesh, Hercules, Medea, Cú Chulainn, and Sasaki Kojirō). The Thirty-Third Wing reveals more Nasuverse information, the spirits of the Earth Gaia and Alaya, the Akashic Record (The ROOT), the [[SpannerInTheWorks Counter]] [[DivineIntervention Force]] ([[GenreSavvy which Shirou himself admits that he could be one for the Sekirei Plan]]), the [[DarkMessiah Counter Guardians]] which then leads to the final Servant of the Holy Grail War Archer and HIS Identity as an alternate future possibility of Shirou EMIYA, how they both differ from each other, and finally Reality Marbles and the reveal of his [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited Blade Works]]. In the Thirty-Seventh Wing, Shirou reveals more in depth of his tracing and that [[FieldOfBlades his body is literally made of swords]]. The Thirty-Eighth Wing reveals more information about his adopted father [[LightNovel/FateZero Kiritsugu Emiya, his role during the Fourth Holy Grail War and the aftermath with the fire]]. The Fortieth Wing reveals the AwfulTruth about Shirou's distortion brought about by the fire and [[ThatManIsDead the main reason he abandoned his original name of Minato Sahashi]].]]
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Not as bad as TheHillOfSwords could get on occasion, but still noticable nevertheless. Let's face it: homonyms are just not Gabriel Blessing's strong suit.
** Neither is avoiding the DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment.
* RunningGag: [[BrassBalls "Giant brass bowling balls"]] and all derivatives thereof.
** Shirou's attempts to copy Miya's DemonHead ability ForSCIENCE.
** Also Shirou's [[HopelessWithTech complete ignorance concerning modern technology]], which never fails to provide amusement to his Sekirei (and frequently, exasperation from Homura). Even ''[[TheDitz Musubi]]'' thinks it's sad!
** [[TokenMiniMoe Kusano's]] "Onii-chan has [[spoiler:magic]] swords!"
** Shirou will always find something that would give [[TheStoic Hom]][[TheSmartGuy ura]] [[NotSoStoic a migraine]], no exceptions.
** Every time Shirou encounters [[BloodKnight Karasuba]] it ends with him throwing something sharp at her. It gets to the point where she starts harassing him if he doesn't.
* ScarsAreForever: Shirou's scar from where Lancer got him at the Grail War's start. That this trope is played ''very'' straight [[spoiler:upsets Miya, who gets a scar of her own from the Fraga magus and it will always be a reminder of her first true defeat.]]
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Matsu does this at times, usually when she is up to something perverted.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Shirou, after he kills Minaka.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Meta-example. See CounterAttack. After chapter 25, many readers were ''annoyed'' after [[spoiler:the [[TennisBoss Tennis Battle]] using Fragarach]]. Some others were more helpful and took time to explain where Gabriel Blessing was wrong.
* ShipSinking: [[{{Shipping}} Many readers like shipping]] [[{{Badass}} Shirou]]/[[LadyOfWar Miya]]. [[note]]It also helps that Miya is one of the wives of the Emiya Clan.[[/note]] Even though, [[WordofGod according to Gabriel Blessing]], while Miya and Shirou will be getting closer, they will only be very good friends at the most, much to the {{Fandom}}'s dismay.
** Although he did write a Shirou/Miya story called ''Debt of a Sword'' set in a different continuity, which can be found [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8234227/1/Debt_of_a_Sword here]].
** PlatonicLifePartners
** And don't forget the Shirou/Rin/Saber ship, which was rather [[KickTheDog firmly]] sunk in chapter 41.
*** [[spoiler: Though the last chapter states that Shirou still has some kind of relationship with Rin and Saber, plus his flock is working on getting them into the harem. And it's also implied that Miya's feelings for him are changing too.]]
* ShooOutTheClowns: When was the last time Yasaka showed up?
** Considering the meta example of SuspiciouslySpecificDenial below, he [[FlipFlopOfGod mi]][[WordOfGod ght]] make a return soon. [[spoiler:He makes an appearance in the duration where Rin and Saber enters the Izumo House.]]
* ShoutOut: Akitsu's Norito incantation and its effect are a big one to [[MahouSenseiNegima Evangeline McDowell's]] Kosmike Katastrophe/End of the World spell.
** "[[TheMatrix My name... is Emiya!]]"
** [[{{Wolverine}} "I only do one thing. But what I do, I am the best at."]]
* SillyMeGesture: [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Musubi]] does this when she realizes that she did something weird/foolish.
* SkinshipGrope: Yukari to Shirou's Sekirei, ''constantly'', with the only exception being [[TokenMiniMoe Kusano]].
** And now Musubi has revealed that she does this to Akitsu. And they both like it.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Most of the Good Sekirei lean towards the Idealism side while some of the older ones are a bit cynic but still lean more on Idealism. Shirou has some idealism but is very heavy on Cynicism due to the Holy Grail War [[spoiler:and the fact that the Magus Association is after his head]]. A good part of the story is about the differences between those two sides [[CerebusRollercoaster and to determine where the scale is currently scaled at]]. [[spoiler:For example, [[WhamEpisode The Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Fifth Wings]] tipped the scale quite a bit towards the Cynical end and as of [[BreatherEpisode The Twenty-Seventh Wing]] tipped the scale towards the middle with Idealism being favored.]] As calm as it is now it is just another WhamEpisode away before [[FromBadToWorse possibly turning]] [[GottaCatchThemAll the Sekirei Plan]] [[TournamentArc into the]] [[KillEmAll Holy Grail War]]. [[spoiler:And Shirou himself recognized this possibility.]]
** Now? [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse It got DARK again]] when [[TheStationsOfTheCanon Higa kidnaps Yukari]] and while planing to bring down Higa, Shirou also adds the possibility of Yukari's DEATH!]]
*** [[spoiler:Thankfully, Yukari survives.]]
** [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse Cue a call to Hiroto Minaka and his reveal that he is a Second Owner Clocktower magus.]] He plans to use the Sekirei Plan to open the door to the Akashic Record and defeat both the Counter Force and Guardians. Should this plan [[GoneHorriblyWrong Go Horribly Wrong]] (or [[GoneHorriblyRight Right]] for that manner,) the number of casualties would lead to billions, possibly even '''''extinction'''''.]]
* TheSmartGuy: Homura is well versed in Mythology, he identified Saber's true identity and legends with ease, serving as the one who explains things to Sekirei when Shirou loses them.
* SmugSnake: Higa and his secretary Kakizaki. Both use dirty tactics in the Sekirei Plan without giving a damn about the rules, and yet both are foolish and arrogant enough to believe that no one would try similar tactics against them (Shirou is so astonished by this that he has to resist the urge to laugh). Both retain a stance of supreme arrogance and derision when they think they have the upper hand in a situation, but that stance gives way to sheer terror in Kakizaki's case and seething anger in Higa's when each finds himself in danger. They also completely underestimate Shirou at every turn, and both ultimately pay for this mistake [[spoiler:with their lives.]]
* SoapOperaDisease: Chiho, or as the author calls it: "Terminal Moe". Somewhat subverted in later chapters as [[spoiler:it's revealed to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systemic_lupus_erythematosus Lupus]], a real but rare autoimmune disease]].
* SoProudOfYou: [[spoiler:Minaka admits this upon learning why Shirou, his son, was Sealed. Even more so when he breaks out [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited Blade Works]].]]
* [[spoiler:SpannerInTheWorks: The main idea behind the [[DivineIntervention Counter Force]]. In Shirou's example, Joan of Arc is considered one, and he is also considered one for the Sekirei Plan.]]
** An example of one [[spoiler:against Shirou is [[TheStationsOfTheCanon Yukari being kidnapped by Higa]]. Shirou was planing to leave Shin Tokyo and while he would run into a few conflicts with MBI things were very smooth, until this happened. Don't get started with Rin and Saber making an appearance.]]
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Mitsuha (Sekirei number 38), [[{{Canon}} canonically]] terminated early in the game by Karasuba while she and Akitsu were hunting unwinged Sekirei for her Ashikabi Hayato Mikogami, ends participating in the first match of the Third Stage.
** [[spoiler:Uzume herself as well.]]
* {{Squee}}: Musubi's reaction to watching Shirou and Miya spar when Shirou shows just how good he is.
* StalkerWithATestTube: Matsu has openly proclaimed that she wants to have Shirou's babies, and is disappointed that Shirou won't give her a "wedding night" after he learns that winging is a mating ritual.
* TheStationsOfTheCanon: Averted. Shirou moves into Izumo House and gets [[{{Sekirei}} Minato]]'s harem, but he also gets Akitsu, the circumstances of several of the wingings are vastly different, Yukari's relationship with her brother is quite different and elements of the {{Nasuverse}} intervene.
* StayInTheKitchen: [[{{Badass}} Shirou]] is frequently told by his Sekirei, mainly Homura, to stay off the battlefield. Naturally, he never listens.
** Works both ways, with Shirou not wanting to drag the others in his own conflicts. [[spoiler:May be subverted on both counts as of chapter 26. Once Shirou got around to telling the full truth, everyone around him gave their full support. [[FridgeBrilliance Of course, since they're not exactly normal to begin with, they have a better understanding of what he is involved in; plus, it gives them something to relate to.]]]]
** Also literally, as [[ChefOfIron Shirou would like nothing more than to actually be in the kitchen.]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Akitsu could be considered as one. For the majority of the story, she is very stoic and apparently emotionless, though Shirou grows capable of recognizing her feelings from the small signs she shows. After [[spoiler:Shirou wings her, while she doesn't change all that much, she does still become much more open with her emotions, most notably that she has yet to stop smiling.]]
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Called. In the Twenty-Sixth Wing, Miya suggested that Shirou's abilities are in reality Sekirei powers, making him a Sekirei descendant. [[spoiler:Shirou decides at that point that he may as well reveal the whole truth about Nasuverse magic.]]
** WordofGod has revealed that Shirou is in fact a Sekirei descendant, but that his powers are all from the {{Nasuverse}}.
*** [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready Hasn't it been mentioned that only Sekirei descendants can become Ashikabi?]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Used twice with both the mages to attack Shirou, the first being a clone of [[http://typemoon.wikia.com/wiki/Kayneth_Archibald_El-Melloi Kayneth Archibald El-Melloi]] from [[FateZero Fate/Zero]], and the second being a copy of [[http://typemoon.wikia.com/wiki/Bazett_Fraga_McRemitz Bazett Fraga McRemitz]] from [[http://tlwiki.tsukuru.info/index.php?title=Fate/Hollow_Ataraxia Fate/Hollow Ataraxia]].
** Although, the Archibald canonically don't have any remaining heirs other than a young girl, and the Fraga clan don't interact with the Association – Bazett being a singular oddity among them, so technically neither of these characters could have existed in canon Nasuverse.
*** The latter, at least, has been given justification due to Shirou's theories – she's revealed to have been a freelancer rather than a regular associate of the magi in Britain, and [[spoiler:may have also been hired by the Archibald magus.]]
** At the same time, trying to come up with unique mages capable of challenging Shirou is difficult, since not enough about the Nasuverse and its forms of magic are known or understood. Perhaps GB can be forgiven his carbon-copying.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Shirou in chapter 27 when Miya offers to do the cooking instead of Shirou
--> "Are you sure?" I hedged, not liking the sound of that. When Miya's eyes narrowed, I held up my hands in surrender. "I mean, I'm certain you can cook, but I wouldn't mind putting off the shed until later tonight." I winced slightly. There had been a body in the blaze I was about to root through and it would be a little awkward if I were to unearth some particularly incriminating piece of the corpse at an inappropriate moment. It might be best to wait for after dinner before I began the salvage operation. Seriously. That was my only reason. I was in no way nervous at the way Miya was trying to cut in on my kitchen time. Not nervous at all.
** Also played with in Chapter 28:
-->After all, if Miya was going to take over my kitchen, it seemed fair that I take over discipline in return. And no, I wasn't going to abuse this new duty to the point where the rest of the house would start begging Miya to let me return to cooking in order to keep me too busy to do anything else.\\
That would be unethical. And wrong. Even if it probably would be effective…
** Meta example: When asked about whether Takami would show up or not, gabriel blessing replied, "It's not like I'm planning anything silly, or potentially traumatizing for Shirou. Not at all." He also said that in case anyone had wondered about what Yasaka was up to, "I'd completely forgotten about him, and no, he will most certainly not be making an appearance later on with humorous results."
* TemptingFate: Shirou does this mentally in chapter 3, regarding Yukari's habit of using manga for references on how little sisters should behave.
--> '''Shirou''': "I just prayed to the gods that she never decided to start using [[{{Irony}} eroge]] as a source of inspiration."
** And then he learns that yes, she does.
--> '''Yukari''': "Oh, I knew I should have brought my H collection," she wailed. "Now what am I supposed to do?"
* TennisBoss: The fight between Shirou and [[spoiler:the Fraga magus. The "racket" is Fragarach.]]
* [[spoiler: ThatManIsDead: The main reason why Shirou threw away his Minato Sahashi name.]]
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: There is only the [[Franchise/StarWars Force]][[note]]Counter Force, to be specific[[/note]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Akitsu in chapter 17]]. By the time she had finished with [[spoiler:the magus that was attacking Shirou]], the opponent's body looked like it had been 'put through a wood chipper.'
--> '''Shirou''': "If nothing else, [[spoiler:I had to give Akitsu this much]]: when she decided to kill someone she did so in a very thorough manner."
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Shirou in chapter 20. Defeating his opponent with one hit was enough, but nearly decapitating him (though he didn't get hurt) and using his [[DemonHead mask]] on him was overkill. His [[spoiler:"let's become this game's Berserker"]] tactic only works because people know him for being prone to overkill.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Matsu and Musubi frequently refer to themselves in the third person, and in chapter 27 Uzume and Miya get into it as well, though that was unintentional on their part.
* [[TimTaylorTechnology Tim Taylor Magic]]: Turns out that all [[spoiler:Scrapped Numbers]] need is MORE POWER...er, MANA. And given that this is a Nasuverse, crossover, well, no prizes for guessing [[DeusSexMachina the best way to give them that mana...]]
* TokenEvilTeammate: [[spoiler: Karasuba becomes this to Shirou's flock after his use of Rule Breaker removes her connection to Natsuo and, in turn, causes her to make herself Shirou's Sekirei instead.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Junichi Tanigawa. While attacking the Ashikabi normally isn't such a bad idea, [[WhatAnIdiot taking him on with a switchblade when the opposing Ashikabi (Shirou) happens to be a]] MasterSwordsman [[CurbStompBattle IS]].
** Many people now consider [[ManipulativeBastard Higa]] this [[spoiler:after kidnapping Yukari and trying to control Shirou through her.]] It is one thing to unknowingly enter a demon's lair; it is another to willingly enter it, [[BullyingADragon threaten]] [[MuggingTheMonster it]], and demand something from it without thinking about the potential consequences.
*** This, naturally, ends with [[spoiler:Higa's assassination and the complete and total destruction of his company, all in the span of 30 minutes. Do ''not'' fuck with Shirou.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Musubi [[spoiler:after Shirou wings Yume and can channel her powers.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Tsukiumi in spades. Shirou was so shocked by the revelation that he threw the accusing "You're a Tsundere!" in her face.
** [[spoiler:Rin Tohsaka]] is STILL one [[spoiler:after her return.]]
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Like ''TheHillOfSwords'', Shirou is underestimated before he starts fighting.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded, even:]] "Why on earth does it always take me so damn long to get some genuine respect out of the people I deal with all the time? I swear, it's ridiculous how often I get underestimated and looked down on. Maybe it's the cooking. For some reason, people just have such a hard time taking a chef seriously. It must be the apron."
* UnwantedHarem: With particular emphasis on "unwanted". Shirou, [[spoiler:upon realizing that winging is a "mating ritual", has a panic attack and flees to have some time for a nervous breakdown]]. He gets better, but is still less than pleased with the situation. Eventually he gets over it and decides to make the best of the situation.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Shirou is this to Higa, though indirectly. By providing Uzume with information about the targets Higa told her to take out, Shirou is aiding the man.]]
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Kazehana's "Jinki vault".
* WakingNonSequitur:
--> [[spoiler: '''Rin:''']] "Inverse ultracompact counter-crystaline [[TastesLikePurple purple]]!"
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Minaka, as a former member of Atlas, wanted to prevent the end of the world, but ultimately came to the conclusion that it was impossible. But, upon finding the Sekirei, he decided to make humanity strong enough to survive even after the [[Literature/AngelNotes planet's death]].]]
* WhamEpisode: Twenty-Fourth Wing[[spoiler:, where most of the skeletons in Shirou's closet are revealed to his flock,]] is ''brutal''.
** Chapter 25: [[spoiler:Another mage found Shirou, said mage gravely injures Miya, and Shirou is forced to reveal his magic to the household.]]
** Chapter 38: [[spoiler: Rin and Saber show up.]]
** Chapter 40: [[spoiler: Shirou must fight Rin and Saber to help them return to the Clock Tower; if Shirou loses, he must go back with them and his role in the Sekirei Plan ENDS.]]
** Chapter 41: [[spoiler: The "emotional climax" of the story, where Shirou puts a geas on Rin and himself, forbidding them from contact and unable to approach each other]]
** Chapter 42: [[spoiler: Minaka is a magus with a plan to reach the Akasha, despite the fact that it may result in everyone who has Sekirei blood dying. That's millions, if not ''billions'', of people.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:In the Twenty-Third Wing:]]
-->[[spoiler:[[PlayfulHacker Matsu]]: "I mean the tournament that happens in [[FateStayNight Fuyuki]] [[{{Nasuverse}} City]] of course!"]] Cue the WhamEpisode.
** [[spoiler: In Forty-Second Wing:]]
--> [[spoiler: Hiroto Minaka: "It certainly took you long enough, Sealing Designee Emiya."]]
* WalkingTheEarth: [[spoiler: Yukari and Shiina go around stopping wars and helping people after Shirou kills Minaka.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Shirou's MBI Card. Now that he has his own job, he seems to have forgotten he possesses a card that has virtually unlimited funds. Canonically, Miya doesn't honor the MBI money: she practiced the Work or Get Out policy in Izumo Inn. "In Flight" brings this up in chapter 18.
** Mind you, Shirou is DangerouslyGenreSavvy in this story. Odds are, he ''knew'' that the MBI could track him if he used the card.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: As far as Shirou is concerned, the Sekirei may not be human, but they're still people who deserve to be treated with dignity and kindness. Behaving otherwise is a sure way to [[BerserkButton piss him off]]. [[spoiler:Matsu starts to point this out as a potential problem for Shirou.]]
* WhatMightHaveBeen: Gabriel said in the forum that one idea for why Shirou was on the run was that he became an apostle. There were also plans of using apostle Shirou in a crossover with Rosario + Vampire. However this was dropped after he did some research.
--> "I was cruising through the wiki for facts about apostles and it turned out the idea would never have worked, not without the type-lunatics destroying me forever."
* WhatTheHellHero: During the attempt to convince Tsukiumi to join Shirou's harem he chews out Musubi and Homura for suggesting that he should force the unwilling Tsukiumi to join, describing the process as very close to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]]. Which, in a way, it ''is''.
** Matsu, [[spoiler:[[WhamEpisode the Twenty-Fourth Wing]]]], that is all.
** [[spoiler:Shirou himself has one in [[TheReveal the Twenty-Sixth Wing]]. His Sekirei are tired of how Shirou keeps holding down his burdens all the while telling them it was all his responsibility, even if it means that he would [[DyingAlone die alone]]. '''They want''' to stand besides him in both the good moments and the serious moments. '''They want''' to help ease the burden and let him know that '''they''' are here for him. '''They want''' him to know that [[YouAreNotAlone he is not alone]].]]
* [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer When All You Have Is]] [[spoiler:[[DeusSexMachina A Tantric Ritual]]]]: [[spoiler:How Shirou winged Akitsu.]]
* WideEyedIdealist: Musubi in spades.
** [[spoiler:Shirou is still considered an idealist, just without the "Wide Eyed" part:]]
-->[[spoiler:Even if I [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids drown in my ideals and die]], I will never regret them.]]
* WildCardExcuse: Homura escaped from others by proclaiming that "he is tired" when it wasn't true. But to be fair, he couldn't say "I'm currently contemplating female underwear because I'm enduring the process of changing my gender."
* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: When Uzume [[spoiler:asks Shirou for help in freeing her Ashikabi]], she assumes that Shirou won't say yes immediately. To be fair, Shirou has built his reputation [[TheDreaded on being ruthless and intimidating]], to the point when even his own Sekirei are surprised that he says yes.
* TheWorfEffect: The first thing [[spoiler:the Fraga magus does is burn down Izumo Inn.]] The second? [[spoiler:[[CurbStompBattle One-shot]] [[LadyOfWar Miya]], goddess of the Sekirei.]]
* [[WouldHitAGirl Would Hit Girls and Sekirei]]: If you are on Shirou's opposing side, he will take you seriously. Shirou threatens [[BloodKnight Karasuba]] multiple times, [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped Yomi]], [[spoiler:took on two Sekirei at the same time, successfully defeats the Fraga magus (who resembles Bazett), [[KilledOffForReal Level-fived]] the two earlier Sekirei, and don't even get started with his duel against Rin and Saber.]] He knows well that underestimating opponents because of gender is '''FATAL'''.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Shirou's experience with the Holy Grail War leads him to ''drastically'' misunderstand the nature of the Sekirei Plan for quite some time. [[spoiler:And once he understands (or thought he did, see Shirou's WhatTheHellHero above) and recovers from his FreakOut, [[GenreSavvy he sees the obvious differences between them]] and is terribly disappointed and angry with the MBI (see DudeNotFunny above). [[WordOfGod GB]] wants to make Shirou DangerouslyGenreSavvy in the combative parts in the Sekirei Plan.]]
* YaoiFangirl: Matsu breaks out in perverted giggling/panting when Miya asks if Homura's reaction to Shirou was as enthusiastic as the rest of the girls'. Shirou explicitly compares her laugh to that of a DirtyOldMan.
* [[spoiler:YouAreNotAlone: Shirou's Sekirei pull this on him in chapter 26.]]
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Shirou, when he realizes that Tsukiumi is a truly archetypal {{Tsundere}}.
** [[spoiler:Shiro's response when he finds out Karasuba is reacting to him.]]
* YouPutTheXInXY: Used by Shirou in chapter 18.
-->'''Shirou:''' After all, I tended to put the 'react' in 'overreact' sometimes.
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