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''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6154638 The Hill of Swords]]'' is a completed [[CrossOver crossover fic]] between ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1263379 Gabriel Blessing]], wherein Louise summons Shirou [=EMIya=] (partial caps intended) as her {{Familiar}}.

Afterwards, the events begins to roll the same way than in the novels of ''Familiar of Zero'', but with an important twist: the summoned Shirou is from after a hybrid ''Fate''/''Unlimited Blade Works'' route and is very well on his way to becoming his [[FutureMeScaresMe future]] AntiHero [[FutureMeScaresMe self]]. Broken, bitter and cynical, Shirou will search for the blond swordwoman on the hill of swords...

It ends up becoming more serious than the original ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima''. The dynamic between Shirou and Louise is diffrent from her original familar and those who disliked the [[HaremGenre harem dynamics]] of ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' will be glad to know that is all that has been cut out, except for the RuleOfFunny.

Note well: as is the case with Gabriel Blessing's [[Fanfic/InFlight following major work]], this fic is ''very'' LoveItOrHateIt: its {{Fandom}} will gush over it and explain (in great detail) why they enjoy it, while its {{Hatedom}} will go to similarly great lengths in justifying their dislike of it. Please recite the MST3KMantra before reading.

This FanFic is regarded as [[FollowTheLeader having revived the concept]] of "Let's have Louise summon a totally different person than Saito!"

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See ''[[FanFic/InFlight In Flight]]'' for Gabriel Blessing's later work.

!!Tropes contained in ''The Hill of Swords'':

* AboveTheInfluence: Shirou is all but immune to anyone's attempts to seduce him.
* AintTooProudToBeg: Shirou in dealing with the Great Water Spirit during the LovePotion incident.
* AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles: Shirou has likened Louise's experiments in knitting to tentacle monsters.
--> "So when I had come into the room one night, all unaware, and found what looked like some kind of strange yarn composed tentacle monstrosity apparently attempting to devour my little Master I had reacted by attacking it with Derflinger. After the dust had settled, she had explained that the strange abomination was supposed to be a sweater. I had explained that sweater or not, the Root be damned thing had nearly won the battle anyway. Louise hadn't taken me pointing out that little fact very well at all."
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Derflinger's response after [[spoiler: Shirou kills Myoznitnirn in chapter 22.]]
--> [[spoiler:"Your boot is unlaced?" the sword asked me, its voice incredulous. "You show me magic so powerful that it recreated existence, and blades so strong that they're leaving me feeling a little inadequate, and at the end of it all you tell her her boot is unlaced?"]]
* AxCrazy: Shirou has a brief, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]] moment of this in chapter 17. See RageAgainstTheHeavens below.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Shirou]]. [[DeathSeeker Much to his anger.]]
* {{Badass}}: Shirou, obviously. Although, contrary to what the first few chapters indicate, he is ''not'' the biggest badass around. (Certainly in the top five, though.) [[spoiler:He found out that Karin of the ''Heavy Wind'' and Professor Colbert are among them.]]
** When compared to Saito, who had his moments, Shirou is a full-time Badass.
** Here's Guiche's take on this:
-->'''Guiche''': "Truly, you are the greatest of men. How did you put it before? Badass? Is there anything you do that is not badass?"
*** Of course, he was referring to Shirou's [[MemeticSexGod sexual exploits...]] [[spoiler:When revealing [[FieldOfBlades UBW]] on the other hand:]]
-->'''Guiche''': [[spoiler:[[HeroicBSOD "I picked a fight with him. I can't believe I picked a fight with him. What was I thinking, picking a fight with him?]] [[FunnyMoment It must be my mother's fault. She must have dropped me on my head when I was a child…"]]]]
* BadassBoast: Shirou says the following lines after [[spoiler:casting UBW during his last fight with Myoznitnirn.]]
-->'''Shirou''':[[spoiler:"This is what you face now, Myoznitnirn," I told her, my own rage returning, though now it was cold. This battle had move beyond the point where it was just two foes who hated each other battling to the death. This was now a match between one who had brought an army, and one who had matched that army. "Swords are not enough to win this battle? What you face now is an unlimited number of them: peerless weapons, wielded by heroes and villains, the great and the small alike. An unlimited armory of blades stands before you."]]
** And before that, he gets this gem off:
-->'''Shirou''': "Walk away? Why would I do that? I'm going to walk over you, [[spoiler: Myoznitnirn]]. I'm going to grind my boot into the back of your dead skull when I do so. [[spoiler: And then I'm going to find your Master, wherever he is, and send him to join you.]]"
* BadassCreed: The UBW chant.
-->"I am the bone of my sword.
-->Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.
-->I have created over a thousand blades.
-->Unaware of loss, Nor aware of gain.
-->Withstood pain to create weapons, waiting for one's arrival.
-->I have no regrets, this is the only path.
-->All my life had been: Unlimited Blade Works."
* BadassFingersnap:
--> [[spoiler: In a move I stole straight from Gilgamesh, I raised my left hand in the air as I turned away, focused once more on my destination, and [[BadassFingersnap I snapped my fingers once]]. Above me [[FieldOfBlades the gears of my soul]] hung in the sky churned once with a noise like the heartbeat of god. And from the sky [[StormOfBlades a rain of silver flung itself down upon my foes]].]]
* BecomingTheMask: Originally, Shirou and Henrietta used rumors of [[spoiler: a romance between them]] (which they themselves created for this very purpose) in order to justify serving under her without betraying his oaths. Henrietta eventually ends up [[spoiler: falling in love with him]] for real.
* BerserkButton: If you hurt, or even ''threaten'' to hurt Louise or any of his friends, Shirou will not even let you live ''long enough'' to regret it.
* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding]]: In the epilogue, [[spoiler:after many more adventures, and five summon contracts later, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Shirou [=EMIya=] dies and is finally reunited with Saber]] while Louise begins to walk on her own path.]]
* BigBrotherMentor: After some bumps along the road this is what Shirou became to Louise, among his other roles. At some point she says that he is like a strange bloodthirsty older brother. She respects his experience and knowledge and is always willing to listen to his advices, they are friendly and often tease each other. [[spoiler: Shirou also dies at the end and Louise inherits Derflinger along with Shirou's abilities. While it's debatable if she was living in his shadow it's implied that he was a fairly famous person.]]
* BlackComedy: Orcs eat babies. See this? This is baby fat.
* BrainBleach: Louise asks Shirou to cut her eyes out after seeing her sister acting out a sexual fantasy while calling Shirou's name.
* BreakTheCutie: As a result of the dream cycle, Louise has been witnessing the many battles Shirou fought in back on Earth in all their [[Awesome/FateStayNight glory]], [[NightmareFuel/FateStayNight horror]], and [[TearJerker/FateStayNight heartache]].
* BreakTheHaughty: Shirou does ''not'' take Eleonore's physical abuse of Louise well, and in chapter 13, threatens to kill her if she ever attempts to do so again after demonstrating that he is both willing and more than capable of doing so.
-->"In the future," I spoke, my voice unconcerned, "please be advised that if you attempt to use magic against me again, I will simply kill you where you stand. Also, in regards to your failed engagement: the reason the Earl of Burgandi called it off is because you are a relentless harpy that would no doubt destroy his soul through your incessant and ruthless badgering. If you ever desire to find yourself a man I would advise you somehow manage to find a way to stop being such a heartless shrew."
** While it succeeded in stopping the abuse, it had [[StalkerWithACrush another]], unintended effect that he really doesn't want to think about.
** Actually this is Shirou's default course of action to all Haughties, bordering on [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan Bright Slap]], he first breaks the Haughty by either physical or psychological means, or a mix of both, and then beats them into shape, turning them into Badass. That he only does the first part here - forcing Eleonore to accept that she needs to change and can't manage this on her own - and fails to follow through with the rest of the co-dependent relationship does make Eleonore's subsequent fixation and harassment seem almost justified.
* BrickJoke: After several chapters' worth of absence, the RunningGag of Shirou being [[AbhorrentAdmirer assaulted by reptiles]] returns in Chapter 13.
* CasualDangerDialog: Shirou's principle is not to talk during fights, but during his fight with [[spoiler:Myoznitnirn]], he never raised his voice speaking casually the whole fight.
* ChefOfIron: Shirou will make a meal that will make [[BadassGrandpa Zelretch]], [[{{God}} the Root of the World]], and the Water Spirit purr with delight, and then will go and slaughter gigantic golems protected by Forcefields with one of his [[SwordBeam Wave Motion Swords]].
* CharacterDevelopment: In ''spades''. Shirou starts out as a KnightInSourArmor who is well on his way to becoming Archer, but slowly comes out of his shell and starts softening as the story continues, while Louise goes from the BrattyHalfPint she was in the original series to a strong, confident young woman who is actually ''likable'' as both a character and a person.
* ChekhovsGun: Shirou mentions the idea of using [[spoiler:[[AntiMagic Rule Breaker]]]] on himself in the first chapter. Guess what he uses in his [[spoiler:final battle with Sheffield in Chapter 22]]?
* ChickMagnet: Shirou, [[MemeticBadass of]] [[MemeticSexGod course]]. As Malicorne puts it:
--> "Two women at once, another at the castle, and that whole inn back in the city! You just have women falling out of the sky for you!"
** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And then one DOES fall out of the sky for him.]] Thank you, Irukukuu.
* ChoiceOfTwoWeapons: Shirou qualifies as both ''MultiMeleeMaster'' and ''MultiRangedMaster'', as he can trace any weapon he has ever seen, and possibly has several thousand weapons in his [[HyperspaceArsenal arsenal]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Shirou takes a rather disturbing delight in killing and mutilating orcs. This is mainly due to their apparent habit of raiding villages for food, however, with the food in question being ''human children''.
* CombatPragmatist: While this is mainly Agnes forte, Shirou is capable of fighting this way. [[spoiler: It helps him in defeating Myoznitnirn.]]
* CovertPervert: Louise and Siesta have become friends in this timeline, and often spend their time together reading steamy romance novels. Taken UpToEleven with Louise's eldest sister Eleonore, who not only reads the same raunchy novels, but is also a ''closet masochist''!
* CorruptTheCutie: Shirou himself believes he is a bad influence on Louise.
** Every time Shirou goes into his [[TheDarkSide Darth Shirou Mode]] he gains a powerful ability to corrupt and demoralize those around him, like turning Motmorancy into the tool of his vengence or almost convincing Kirche that by joining him she could wear sexy outfits and have sex-slaves.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: Shirou will occasionally make these. Some of them are familiar to Type-Moon fans, others are completely unknown.
* [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomp Duel]]: Guiche learned the hard way not to pick on Shirou.
* CutenessProximity: Sylphid/Irukukuu doing the 'little sister routine' is so Moe that anyone who witnesses it suffers a [[CutenessOverload mental overload]].
* CutenessOverload: Anyone's mind takes a vacation when when Sylphid hits them with too much Moe at once. Not even the hardened Shirou is immune.
* DeathSeeker: Shirou, to the extent that he is actually really, ''really'' upset when he [[spoiler:miraculously manages to survive a HeroicSacrifice suicide charge]]. The reason why:
-->[[spoiler:And as he stood upon the battlefields, she thought back to his oath: to be reunited with his love upon a hill of swords. To be reunited with his lover. His lover was dead. And it was only through battle that he could finally join her again. When he too was dead.]]
** After being [[spoiler:revived by Tiffania]], he clearly states that at that moment, he really, REALLY, hated her.
--->'''Shirou''' ''([[spoiler:after being revived by Tiffania]])'': And in that moment, I had never hated anything as fiercely as I did her.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Shirou has been through several wars and lost all of his friends prior the story.
* DeflectorShields: Rho Aias takes the form of a 7-layered energy shield.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Played straight with Guiche, who seeks lessons in swordsmanship from Shirou after getting curb-stomped in their duel. A rather twisted version involving Louise's sister Eleonore could accurately be described as "Death Threat Equals LoveAtFirstPunch", as she starts carrying a torch for Shirou after he lays down the law regarding her abusive treatment of Louise.
* DemotedToExtra: Apart from several chapters after her introduction, Tiffania has no appearances until the epilogue.
* TheDreaded: Shirou is this to the survivors of the Battle of Saxe-Gotha.
** Siesta's frying pan in Chapter 16 might count as this as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
** Shirou has evidently met Aozaki Aoko, AKA [[PersonOfMassDestruction The Blue]], and is so utterly, absolutely terrified of her that he thinks speaking about her for more than a few seconds [[SpeakOfTheDevil will end up summoning her]].
* {{Determinator}}: Played hilariously straight. Shirou really wants to chop that wood in Chapter 15, don't he? [[spoiler:And you thought he was going after Tiffania [[DeathSeeker especially after the end]] [[UnwantedRevival of the previous chapter]].]]
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Shirou gets hit by this a few times.
* {{Dissimile}}: When Louise ponders about making Shirou angry again. As she puts it:
--> "It was like staring down an angry big sister Eleanor. ''An angry big sister Eleanor that could also summon monstrously powerful weapons capable of devastating entire castles.''"
* DistantFinale
* DistractedByTheSexy: Henrietta manages to pull this off twice in order to get away from guards after [[spoiler: she stages her own kidnapping]].
* DualWielding: Shirou prefers Kanshou & Bakuya when not wielding Derflinger.
* DyingAlone: Initially this was how Shirou predicted he would die.
-->[[spoiler:I released a long breath, the plume of frost drifting away and disbursing as I gathered my thoughts. "Some time ago, I was given a glimpse of the future that awaited me," I began. "I was shown how I would die. Since that day, I have always known that I would fall alone, against a vastly superior force, in the defense of many others, and that my final resting place would be on an empty hill, surrounded by buried swords."]]
* EldritchAbomination: Louise's knitting.
* EnsignNewbie: Guiche turns out to be this during the Invasion of Albion, complete with his own Sergant who teaches him the ropes. Fortunately thanks to Shirou's TrainingFromHell he is more prepared for the position and humble enough to accept advice from his Sergeant.
* EmpathicWeapon: Derflinger, obviously.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Henrietta eventually becomes a queen but is still referred as a princess. [[AllThereInTheManual It's mentioned at one point that this will change once her mother passes on or she gets married.]]
* ExplosiveOverclocking: Broken Phantasms.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Shirou and [[spoiler:Henrietta]].
* FirstPersonSmartass: Shirou. He's pretty close to being Archer in terms of cynicism, so it comes naturally.
* FieldOfBlades: Unlimited Blade Works, obviously.
* FixFic: Could be considered one for ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima''.
* ForegoneConclusion: Somewhat. Halfway through the fic, it occurred to me that a [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding]] was not only the only ending that would make sense, but also the only "happy" ending.
* FromACertainPointOfView: When Shirou teaches Louise about the Master/Servant dynamic, he glosses over certain details, such as the fact that human summons are generally done with Heroic Spirits, not living human beings.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Siesta has one, called by this exact name. If [[UnreliableNarrator Shirou]] is to be believed, she can surround it with eldritch energies from the darkest reaches of the universe.
* [[FriendToAllLivingThings Friend To All Reptiles]]: [[WordOfGod According to the author]], the reason all things scaly take an instant liking to Shirou is because "he boinked Arturia", AKA [[AllThereInTheManual she of the dragon aspect]].
** And Cattleya is a FriendToAllLivingThings, she's got snakes, tigers, and who knows what else in her carriage and they are all docile and unthreatening.
* GeckoEnding: The story only adapts up to the conflict with Joseph and his familiar, ie the third season. This is due to the fact most if not all of the post-third season {{Light Novel}}s weren't (and still aren't) fan translated, and at the time, nobody expected that the [[LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima Familiar Of Zero]] would get a fourth and final season in 2012.
* GoodIsNotNice: Shirou in spades, at least in the beginning.
** Though in the beginning he was more on the TrueNeutral side, not giving a damn about the world so long as his Master was okay. It would actually fit with his slow turning into Archer who was listed as simply Neutral in the game.
* GroinAttack: Mid-psychotic breakdown, Shirou proclaims he will do this to the ''[[{{God}} Root of the World itself]]'' so hard that [[CrowningMomentOfFunny all of reality will feel it at once.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Guiche is really, ''really'' freaked out by [[spoiler: Unlimited Blade Works]].
-->"I picked a fight with him," Guiche muttered, rocking back and forth. "I can't believe I picked a fight with him. What was I thinking, picking a fight with him? It must be my mother's fault. She must have dropped me on my head when I was a child…"
** Shirou upon seeing [[spoiler: Kirche roasted by the elf.]]
** Shirou has a serious one upon seeing from his reflection [[spoiler: how his wardrobe changes have made him look little by little to be [[FutureMeScaresMe Archer]].]]
* HurtingHero: Shirou has been through twelve different kinds of hell since the end of F/SN, and it shows.
** Pretty horrifying to think about considering the events of F/SN itself were hell all its own for him.
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Kirche has this reaction when Louise shows her 'adorable Tsundere' side.
--> "I just want to steal you away!" the redhead continued, rocking back and forth as she did so. "I could dress you up in pretty clothes, and we could go shopping together, and we could go man hunting together!"
** Shirou develops a similar sentiment in regards to Tabitha; he wants to adopt her as a little sister and give her cute dollies and ponies and pretty dresses. The thought of Tabitha having Irukukuu's character, however, outright terrifies him; that would be just too much Moe for his fragile sanity.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: Excalibur.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Upon learning that not only is Eleanor a closet masochist, but seems to have fallen for him after he ''publicly threatened to murder her'', he immediately tries to get himself drunk enough [[BrainBleach to forget the entire conversation in which he learned this]]. It doesn't work.
* InstructionalDialogue: Shirou gives these a lot.
* IgnoreTheFanservice: Shirou, considering the number of girls who want to get in his pants and aren't afraid of showing it.
** It speaks volumes about his ability to Ignore it when he can hold a normal conversation while Kirche's bust is latched onto the side of his head.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Many of them from Shirou's wide arsenal. Caliburn / Excalibur definitely count.
* {{Invocation}}: ''Trace On''.
* InsistentTerminology: Shirou insists on being called Servant rather than Familiar; after some time, even Louise starts to automatically correct people who call Shirou a familiar. Also at the end of the story, after Louise describes to her mother the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fight between Shirou and Myoznitnirn]], Karin starts to adamantly refer to Shirou as "Son-in-Law" – Hell will freeze over before she'll let him get away without marrying one of her daughters.
** [[spoiler: [[TogetherInDeath I guess it froze over, then]].]]
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: Said verbatim by [[GenreBlind Kirche and Louise]] right before they are attacked. Shirou naturally lampshades it.
* JackOfAllStats: Shirou deliberately doesn't specialize in any of his weapons; instead he tries to be equally skilled in using all of them.
--> '''Shirou, comparing his and Agnes' combat styles''': In the end our styles were nearly exact opposites of each other: one implacable silence and focus [[CombatPragmatist while the other distractions and maneuvering]], one the jack of all trades and the other an ace.
** This makes his Gandalfr runes particularly [[GameBreaker Game Breaking]], as they give him complete knowledge of the use of any weapon he uses (the Gandalfr runes have some resemblance to [[spoiler:[[FateZero Lancelot]]'s [[InstantExpert Knight Of Honor]]]]). Combine that with Shirou's crazy-insane aresnal and you have someone who can effortlessly switch between bow to spear to sword to shield to axe to club to scythe-on-a-chain without slowing. Just thank god [[HyperspaceArsenal Gilgamesh]] didn't get summoned.
*** It is arguable if this is all that relevant for Shiro however. Part of tracing involves replicating the wielder's combat experience, [[spoiler:hence why he can for instance use Nine Lives Blade Works in Heaven's Feel]]. As such, he should already be able to wield any weapon he traces by the skill imparted upon them by their original wielder. Of course, one could argue Gandalfr gives him skill beyond the skill of the weapons' original wielders.
* JustIgnoreIt: Shirou's ''modus operandi'' when it comes to his MemeticSexGod status.
-->"Just try to ignore it, Louise," I advised her. It was a survival mechanism that I had become quite good at using. No, Jessica hadn't started to spread rumors of my sexual prowess. No, those imaginary rumors were not grossly exaggerated and humanly impossible. No, the other girls at the inn were not staring at me with wide eyes laden with worship and awe. No, they were not dangerously close to forming a cult.
* KnightInSourArmor: Shirou was well on his way to becoming Archer when Louise summoned him.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Louise has no romantic interest in Shirou, instead seeing him as an older brother figure. This reaches the point where she not only starts sleeping cuddled up to him like she does with her older sister Cattleya, but she also decides she wouldn't mind it if Shirou married said sister.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Prior to the start of the story, Shirou has been abandoned by his friends.
* LostInTranslation: The translation spell on Shirou doesn't translate things like allusions, metaphors and similes very well, causing Siesta's kinky romance novels to appear extremely disturbing when he reads them.
* LovePotion: Beautifully deconstructed by Shirou who describes to Montmorency the possible effects of Guiche drinking her potion. Like how she would get fed up with his obsessive love and throw him out which would result in either him [[DrivenToSuicide commiting a suicide out of despair]] or [[RapeIsLove taking [=MonMon=] by force]].
* [[LoveAtFirstPunch Love At First Death Threat]]: In chapter 13, after Eleanor's failed attempt to attack Shirou with magic, he informs her that any further attempts will result in her immediate and painful death, [[BreakTheHaughty then states that the reason her engagement had recently been called off is because she's an utter bitch]]. Louise, the poor girl, later witnesses her in the middle of a masochistic fantasy, spanking herself while calling Shirou's name.
* MadnessMantra: Shirou has one in Chapter 19, but he snaps out of it just in time for him to [[spoiler: keep himself from killing Tabitha]].
* MagicWand: What did you expect?
* MarshmallowHell: Shirou refers to it as the 'Kirche Maneuver'.
** "For Louise's sister!"
** Referred to by name in chapter 14, when he is subjected to it from both Siesta and her cousin Jessica. Lucky bastard...
** Doubled in chapter 22, between Kirche and her mother. Not to mention that even Louise is a fellow victim.
* MasterSwordsman: Shirou, the "King of Swords".
* MassOhCrap: When [[LadyOfWar Louise's mother]] [[{{Badass}} Karin]] challenges Shirou to a trial by combat in chapter 13, everyone within earshot has a brief panic attack.
--> Everyone present who heard her declaration except herself and I flinched simultaneously. Eleanor, who had been holding a fork and knife poised over her dish ground the silverware down hard enough to crack the plate. Cattleya whom had been taking a sip of what appeared to be coffee dropped it on her lap without noticing it. The duke's hand slipped, and his elbow entered the cold remains of the simulated invasion of Albion. Louise flat out fell out of her chair. One of the maids, who had been refilling a goblet didn't notice when the cup had finished filling and started overflowing. A butler who had been carrying a tray laden with some kind of cake dropped the platter.
* MentalWorld: Unlimited Blade Works is a physical representation of Shirou's soul.
* MemeticBadass: InUniverse example. Shirou, after the battle of Saxe-Gotha. Albion's forces were so damn scared of him that during the subsequent peace talks with Tristain, their first request was that Henrietta ''call him off''.
* MemeticSexGod: InUniverse example, Shirou again. Due to the dream cycle, Louise witnessed the, ah, "mana recharge session" he had with Rin and Saber. Due to her actions during the LovePotion incident, there is now a kinky rumor circulating about how he's "too much man for one woman to handle". Louise helps to spread it around whenever Shirou makes a crack about her knitting, but is having some difficulty keeping her mind away from "kinky threesomes".
* {{Moe}}: This trope is used {{in-universe}} with Sylphid, Tabitha's dragon familiar. She exudes so much moe that Shirou is temporarily struck speechless in chapter 5, and actually [[CutenessOverload knocked unconscious]] by it in chapter 8. And then ''she flattens an entire room'' with it in chapter 20.
* {{Mooks}}: The main role of alviss.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Shirou will often follow this philosophy. [[UnreliableNarrator It's hard to tell when he's joking about it or not.]]
* MythologyGag: Shirou's references to, for instance, 'Tohsaka Rin Lecture Position #1', which are reminiscent of the specific few character drawings that appear in the visual novel.
* NamedWeapons: Each of Shirou's more exotic weapons.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Shirou delivers an absolutely brutal one to [[spoiler: Myoznitnirn]].
* NoodleIncident: When Shirou discuss his senses reinforcement ability:
--> "I'd done some experimenting with doing the same to my sense of smell, but so far those experiments had ended with abject and humiliating failures that I'd really rather not talk about."
* NoodleImplements: The love scenes in Siesta's romance novels invariably involve some.
* OhCrap: The general reaction of anyone who survived Shirou's rampage at Saxe-Gotha when they see him again.
** Shirou's reaction in chapter 19 when he comes face to face with an incredibly pissed Karin the 'Heavy Wind' during the Ball of Sleipnir. Turns out that [[spoiler:it's actually Louise's disguise.]]
* OneManArmy: Shirou, the "King Of Swords"
* OrphanedPunchline: Agnes gives the punchline to one of Derf's dirty stories the moment he finishes the first line.
-->'''Opener:''' There was a maid, a butler, and these twin noble girls...
-->'''Punchline:''' So he said, 'That wasn't my mop'.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: After faced with the prospect that [[FutureMeScaresMe he may be turning into Archer]], worrying about the impending threat of shadowy enemies, enduring a [[{{Glomp}} welcome home]] from a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]], and then discovering that he's had a statue made of himself, Shirou is [[ImStandingRightHere standing right there]] while Kirche [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking tries to commision a second, pornographic statue that includes herself, himself, and Mr. Colbert]].
-->'''Shirou''': I've decided that I shall slaughter the innocent. I shall murder all who stand in my way, sparing none, until my name is [[TheDreaded synonymous with fear itself]], thus cementing my status as an AntiHero. Then, once my reign of terror is finally ended, I shall wait patiently at the Throne of Heroes for however how long it takes until one of the infinite realities that exist that still performs the ritual of the Holy Grail War summons me forth. Then, I shall resume killing all around me until my bloodstained hands hold the Holy Grail itself. Once I have the all-powerful artifact, I shall use it to force the Root of the World, the wellspring of all creation, to assume a human male form in my presence. And then I'm going to [[GroinAttack kick it in the balls so hard that all of reality will simultaneously]] [[ShareTheMalePain feel it]].
** This doubles as ToThePain too. In reminiscence of a certain speech from Tycho from PennyArcade.
** May become FridgeHorror when the comparison to [[spoiler:Lancelot]] is made. So, FateZero's [[TheBerserker Berserker]] has [[InstantExpert the power to take control of any weapon he lays his hands on]], and he's fixated on Saber...
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Shirou after Kirche gets hurt in chapter 20
** "Be silent," I told it, holding my right arm in front of me and tracing. The Muramasa blade in my hand, a blade which had been created for no other purpose but to end life, a blade which desired to do so above all else, which hungered for blood and death and pain, shrieked in pain. For the first time in its existence it tasted a blood thirst which surpassed its own, and it felt what all those poor mortals whom had been overwhelmed by its sentience in the past felt: fear. "The dead have no use for words."
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: The CatchPhrase variant. Everytime Shirou makes a Broken Phantasm, he always utters the same phrase:
-->''It became fragile. It became dangerous. It became broken.''
* ProperlyParanoid
* {{Protectorate}}: Shirou is responsible for Louise's safety. Threaten his charge in any way, and he will ''end you''.
* PowerEqualsRarity: Subverted. Most of Shirou's preferred weapons are Noble Phantasms, therefore unique, but Shirou can trace an unlimited number of them.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Kanshou & Bakuya.
* RedBaron: As of chapter 15, Shirou now bears the moniker "King of Swords". He ''hates'' it, calling it horribly inaccurate. Probably because Arturia, the King of Knights, and Gilgamesh, the King of Heroes, actually ''were'' kings. (Also: Alexander, the King of Conquerors; Shirou had never met the man, but the title might have been widespread in the modern day Nasuverse.)
* RewritingReality: The principle behind Reality Marbles like UBW.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: The author has an unfortunate weakness with homonymns.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Invoked twice by Shirou, the first heralding his CutenessOverload by Irukukuu (he passes out), then immediately following up the second with INeedAFreakingDrink.
* ShipperOnDeck: All with Shirou. Sylphid wants him with Tabitha, Karin wants him hooked up with any one of her daughters, and Jessica ships him with Siesta. Louise just wants him with ''someone'' (who isn't Eleanor), so that he might start enjoying life again, but she favors Henrietta, Siesta, or her big sister Cattleya, more or less in that order.
* ShipTease: A boat load between Shirou and Henrietta, and some between him and Tabitha, him and Siesta. Nothing on Louise though.
** [[spoiler: ShipSinking: Unfortunately, none of these go anywhere, due to A) Shirou still being loyal to Saber, and B) his being dead at the end of the story.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Shirou is well on his way to becoming [[spoiler: Archer]]. Thanks to the dream cycle, Louise sees most of his bloodiest fights.
* ShoutOut: Tons.
** [[VideoGame/{{Fable}} The Dollmaster's Mace]].
** [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Dragonslayer]].
** When Shirou is knocked out, sometimes he has dreams of Ilya and Taiga, [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojo-style]].
** The alviss from [[spoiler:the first time Shirou and Louise meet Sheffield]] are described to be suspiciously similar to [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Cactuars, Mooombas, Tonberries, the Onion Knight, a Chocobo]] and even [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cait Sith]].
** [[{{Irony}} Everyone tells Shirou that]], [[CaptainObvious of course]], [[MemeticMutation things die when they are killed.]]
** The ax he uses to kill Wardes belonged to [[Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal Anotsu Kagehisa]].
* ShutUpHannibal: Shirou to Sheffield in Chapter 22 [[spoiler:after he activates Unlimited Blade Works]]:
--> [[spoiler:"Oh spare me the indignation," I snapped back, annoyed by her outrage. "You're the one who brought a giant and an army to this battle. Don't get self righteous with me now that you know it isn't the mismatch you had planned on."]]
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Shirou has grown out of his "Save everyone" ideals.
* SituationalSword: Hrunting, the sword Shirou traces during his second fight with Fouquet, is capable of cutting anything that isn't protected by magic, but even the weakest magic armor stops it completely.
* SleepCute: Louise tends to worm her way on Shirou's lap and sleep there, a couple of times, cuddled up to him.
* [[spoiler:SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Shirou apparently managed to impregnate one of the girls before the DistantFinale. Which one is not specified.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: Eleonore, you naughty, ''naughty'' girl!
* StormOfBlades: Shirou, when using UBW.
-->"Fine!" the Myoznitnirn snapped, her voice shaking with rage. "Just because you have more swords doesn't change anything! You only have two hands to wield them, King of Swords!"
-->I glanced back at her, and I think the smile on my lips unnerved her. "Oh? But you forget, Queen of Dolls," I chided her, my voice set in a sing song pitch. "This is my soul. Did you really think it'd be that easy?"
-->In a move I stole straight from Gilgamesh, I raised my left hand in the air as I turned away, focused once more on my destination, and I snapped my fingers once. Above me the gears of my soul hung in the sky churned once with a noise like the heartbeat of god. And from the sky a rain of silver flung itself down upon my foes.
* SpitTake: Louise and Derflinger's reactions to Shirou telling them that he's got an arsenal of a few hundred noble phantasms. Particularly impressive since Derflinger, [[TalkingWeapon being a sword]], wasn't actually drinking the tea in front of him.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: [[AvertedTrope Completely STOMPED by Shirou.]]
* TheGlomp: Sylphid's method of welcoming Shirou back to the academy was to dive-bomb him at top speed. Sylphid is a dragon. OUCH.
** Siesta and Kirche had much the same reaction.
* ThePowerOfBlood: Louise uses Shirou's bloodstained clothes as a [[ChekhovsGun summoning reagent]] once their contract is broken. This ensures that Shirou is the one getting summoned, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny whether it's for the best]] [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming or no]].
* TooDumbToLive: Amusingly, Guiche thinks this of ''himself'', [[spoiler:when he sees Unlimited Blade Works.]]
-->'''Guiche''': [[spoiler:[[HeroicBSOD "I can't believe I picked a fight with him. What was I thinking, picking a fight with him?]] [[FunnyMoment It must be my mother's fault. She must have dropped me on my head when I was a child…"]]]]
* TookALevelInBadass: everyone. Shirou had already taken at ''least'' a good three-quarters of the levels in badass Archer was known for by the time of his summoning, and most of the rest of the cast follows suit under his tutelage.
* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath: Shirou and Saber are reunited in the epilogue.]]
-->[[spoiler:In front of him was a woman. Her long hair, as gold as the sun above him blew in the soft breeze that rustled the grass of the field. Her green eyes found his, and she smiled.]]
-->[[spoiler:He smiled back.]]
-->[[spoiler:"I'm home, Saber."]]
-->[[spoiler:"Welcome home, Shirou."]]
* TrainingFromHell: Shirou's method of training Guiche, partly due to it being the only way he knows ''how'' to train him, and partly due to Guiche reminding him of [[SmugSnake Shinji Matou]].
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: JustifiedTrope. Kanshou & Bakuya are basically ''made for this''.
* TVTropesWillRuinYourLife: Described in the Author's notes. He blames us for the lateness of the chapters, and suspects that @/TheAdvertisementServer is using subliminal hypnosis on him.
** TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary: Also noted in the author's notes.
--->But the true insidious horror of the site was that afterward, when I started writing again, I found myself unconsciously beginning to write them in as 'shout outs'.
* UnusualEuphemism: Shirou, and later to a lesser extent Louise, swear by the Root.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Shirou in the beginning, mainly due to his status as a commoner.
* UnreliableNarrator: Shirou, sometimes he's serious, sometimes not, when talking about "frying pans of doom" or death by excess of cuteness, for example. One has to wonder about which murder propositions were actually real.
* UnstoppableRage: Shirou does ''not'' take it well when [[OurElvesAreBetter Bidashal]] nearly kills Kirche.
* [[spoiler:UnwantedRevival: Shirou really hated Tiffania when she revived him after battle at Saxe-Gotha.]] See DeathSeeker above.
* UnwantedHarem: So far Shirou's consists of [[FieryRedhead Kirche]], [[MaidOfMoe Siesta]], [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Henrietta]], and a whole lot of attractive barmaids. [[IgnoreTheFanservice And yet he manages to ignore all of them…]]
** [[spoiler:The DistantFinale implies that one of them is [[BabiesEverAfter bearing his child]]. Which one is deliberately never specified.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Sheffield in Chapter 22.
* [[SwordBeam Wave Motion Sword]]: Excalibur
* WalkingArmory: Shirou is a literal example of this trope with several thousand blades stocked in his [[HyperspaceArsenal arsenal]], he only needs to see a weapon once and he can trace it later on.
** [[spoiler:In the epilogue]], Louise refers to Shirou by his several titles. One of them is the "Endless Armory".
--> '''Louise''': [[spoiler:"You know about Heroic Spirits]], Derf. Do you have any doubt in your hilt that the 'King of Swords', the 'Elf Bane', the 'Endless Armory' himself wouldn't qualify?"
* WarIsHell: While duly noted in the [[ZeroNoTsukaima original series]], Shirou makes all notable fights '''A LOT''' more brutal than Saito could ever accomplish. [[spoiler:The Battle at Saxe-Gotha is the most notable example. On one hand Saito stalled the army with no casualties, which while impressive on its own as a PacifistRun, due to the passage of time would not be remembered that much. On the other hand Shirou gave them '''HELL''' by brutally maiming off limbs of soldiers standing in the way, killing off Officers and Commanders, and spreading plenty of terror on the army. Shirou gave them such brutality that when the surviving commander went to Henrietta for peace talks the '''first''' thing he asks for is to '''call him off'''.]] Shirou also hates wars for two more reasons: one is that it results in "old men talking and young men dying", and the other that those people who START the wars are always far away from the front lines or not on the battlefield itself.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Completely averted with Shirou – [[spoiler:he decapitated Fouquet and later beat Sheffield literally to death with his fists, not to mention threatening a number of girls.]] He is all too aware of the fact that just because your opponent is female doesn't mean she can't kill you within an instant.
* WhatMightHaveBeen: Lampshaded in chapter 16:
-->"Worked out," she ground out. "Worked out, he says. He twists the entire thing about in whatever way he wants, and then when it's all done he tells me that he was making it up on the spot. All works out, he says..."
-->I rolled my eyes. "Stop being so melodramatic. Imagine how it would have turned out if you had summoned someone who didn't have the convenient Master/Servant model to base their actions off of. [[LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima What would it have been like if you just summoned someone who had no experience at all with this kind of thing as a Servant?]] How well do you think they would have reacted to some of the earlier scenes we found ourselves in?"
-->Louise's grimace widened a bit, but her fist gradually stopped shaking. Finally, she let her hand fall back to her side with a sigh. "You know what?" she admitted sounding tired. "You're probably right." She opened her eyes as she rubbed the back of her head awkwardly with her wand. "Towards the beginning there I might have acted a little over the top as a Master."
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler: '''SO''', After a difficult battle, where Shiro manages to save the day, and everyone he has come to care for, he is [[DeathSeeker finally able to reunite with Saber...]] Nope! You are so lucky to have been found by a Healer just in time Shiro! God knows you would be dead otherwise...]]
* YouCantFightFate: One of Shirou's major issues, turning up in chapter 17, is trying to avoid becoming Counter Guardian EMIYA... and it's starting to hit him just how much he's been failing at that task.
** Though this may or may not be the case, with the way Shirou is now slowly opening up.
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