* CrazyAwesome: a lot, biggest examples being:
** Assassin. Being {{Deadpool}} will make you that;
** Rider[[spoiler:/Kamina]] of course! [[CatchPhrase Who the Hell to you think he is ?!]];
** [[spoiler:Kotomine Kirei]] becomes this after [[spoiler:his Fourth Wall broke thanks to Deadpool.]]
* DoubleStandard: [[spoiler:[[Manga/FairyTail Caster/Erza]]]] has no problem [[DyingCurse cursing]] out everyone for being selfish because they wanted their wishes granted by the Grail, yet the chapter she died in established that her original wish was to return to life after she died, which is actually similar to [[NotSoDifferent Saber's and Assassin's wishes]]. Her rant towards the end also [[SoreLoser does her no favors...]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Kirei and Assassin, to the point they ended up being {{Breakout Character}}s.
* HarsherInHindsight: Something that doesn't go well with [[PetTheDog Sakura's current condition,]] is that she is [[spoiler: [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech more than willing to lash out]] [[CallingTheOldManOut to her birth families.]]]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Kirei crosses it either by [[spoiler:killing his father ForTheEvulz]] or by [[spoiler:ordering Archer to kill Saber.]]
** Sola [[spoiler:killing Kayneth. While he ''was'' a JerkAss, the fact that Sola murders him after he gave her his Command Seals and that she murders him ''willingly'' (no curse that excuses her craziness) without any remorse whatsoever doesn't make her [[{{Understatement}} terribly sympathetic]].]]
** Kirei and Wade stopped being funny when they killed [[spoiler: [[TheWoobie Illya]]]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: despite disliking personally Sasuke's character, the Infamous Man did his best to make this fic's version of the character a bit more sympathetic by portraying him as [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusted by Uryuu's killing spree]], [[spoiler:and giving him a CryForTheDevil moment at the end where he admits that his whole quest for revenge was pointless]].
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Rider's death and last moment with Waver.]]
** [[spoiler:Caster]]'s death in the sequel. A CallBack to [[spoiler:[[FateZero Zero Lancer]]'s DyingCurse.]]
** [[spoiler: Illya's]] final thoughts are absolutely ''heartbreaking'': ''"Was I really like a flame [[spoiler: Berserker]]? Was I really beautiful before I burned out?"'' then TIM drives the knife in even deeper with her internally begging her dead mother and father to show up and save her as she dies.
* UnfortunateImplication: some fans felt like Sola-Ui's affection for Lancer (who in this fic is ''a teenager'') sounded more like attraction than maternal affection, giving him some kind of pedophile subtext. It doesn't help that in canon, Sola ''did'' fall in love with Lancer (who was an adult then). The Infamous Man denied such subtext however, and insisted that their relationship is purely mother/son-like.
** Its possible that Lancer dating Fuji in the sequel was meant to reassure readers about this.
* VillainSue: Kotomine ''wants'' to become this after [[spoiler:his Fourth Wall broke.]]
* {{Wangst}}: [[spoiler:[[{{Hypocrite}} Caster's]]]] death. She died a complete {{Hypocrite}} blaming people for things that they had nothing to do with and calling them selfish for wanting the Holy Grail while being completely selfish herself because she also wanted the Holy Grail.
* TheWoobie: Archer; poor guy wants nothing but to solve the Holy Grail War without anybody getting killed. Which is pretty much impossible when you consider you are in the ''[[CrapsackWorld Nasuverse]]'', in a conflict where it's required to kill other Servants for it to be completed. He fails misterably to save [[spoiler:Caster]] and sees him die in front of him, before [[spoiler:having his Master betrayed and killed while he is taken over by the BigBad and sent with the order to kill Saber.]] In the end, [[spoiler:he has to sacrifice himself to not kill anybody]].
** Avenger, in the sequel, is just as bad as Archer was, if not worse. It's worse because you eventually realize that this EMIYA is not the EMIYA we've known from canon. [[spoiler: This is Shirou from Heaven's Feel where he killed Sakura and walked the path of a Hero instead of saving her and giving up that path.]] As his backstory is slowly revealed, you can't help but feel sorry for him for putting up with all that he did. [[spoiler: To be a Hero, he became the Villain of the World so that people focused their problems onto him, similar to what happened to Medea in canon. In the end, he felt it was worth it, so long as it brought the world peace.]]
** Poor, poor [[LockedOutOfTheLoop Aoi.]]
** Illya trumps them ALL by a long shot, made especially poignant [[spoiler: as she dies.]]