The Nasuverse is a setting filled with an immense amount of backstory, an extremely complicated set of rules for its Functional Magic, and protagonists who sometimes have to ask hard questions about themselves and the people around them. In any given work, death, deceit, and betrayal abounds.So, let's ignore all of that and focus on the characters involved having fun!Based on the official Type-Moon gag manga Take Moon by Eri Takenashi, Carnival Phantasm takes the casts of Tsukihime and Fate/stay night and places them in a series of wacky situations, such as the Fifth Grail War being reduced to a game show or grand prix.There are 3 'Seasons', with the first released mid-August 2011, the second released at the end of October 2011, and the third getting its day at the very end of 2011. Included on the final disc release was the OVA "Fate/Prototype", a short animation showing off concepts and designs meant for the original incarnation of Fate/stay night.During the Type-Moon Fes. 10th Anniversary Event of 2013, they displayed a new Carnival Phantasm episode.As this is essentially a spinoff of both Tsukihime and Fate/stay night, many of the tropes used on their respective pages would also apply here. Please limit the tropes used to examples specifically pertaining to Carnival Phantasm.
A-Cup Angst: DON'T mention Akiha's "not developed part".
Repeated multiple times in the Ilya's Castle special. Furthermore, the exchange of those lines is actually a parody of South Park. It's what the Japanese dubbed version of South Park says when Kenny dies.
Rin: Hey Archer. Did you know? Dragsters can't turn. (Lancer's Gae Bol Car explodes after crashing to the wall.)
Unit-Lion was capable of winning after being run off the road by Assassin's decorated truck, and appears to be capable of tapping Heroic Spirit... but it runs on money.
Back from the Dead: Aside from Episode 11's Sequel Hook, Lancer mysteriously comes back to life in the 2013 episode after being killed by Black Keys and a 'Servant Strengthening Device' (see Brick Joke).
Also, the talking cell phone constantly annoys Chikagi, gets snapped in half by her...and returns a few seconds later to annoy her some more.
Bad Ass: All seven servants during the montage that talks about the Holy Grail War in episode 1- perhaps the only serious moment in the whole series.
Badass Adorable: The Saber Lion, a ferocious man-eating animal that happens to look like a chibi Saber in a cute lion suit.
Admit it, Caster is super-moe here, especially since she's rarely seen with her hooded cloak.
Badass Boast: "I am an elegant gothic lolita waitress, sir!" Even better is that Saber Alter uses it to take down Gilgamesh.
After Shirou tells Shiki it's impossible to be in two places at once, Shiki retorts with, "I'll make it happen!" (Otherwise he'll be killed.)
"My Riding skill is A+. I can ride even granny bikes to speed!" Even better is that Rider is clearly having fun!
Badass Unintentional: Berserker. Without making any deliberate effort on his part, the time he was sent to do an errand for Ilya was also the same day he won the 5th Holy Grail War by himself.
Back-to-Back Badasses: Hilariously subverted. Shiki and Shirou do wind up literally back to back at one point, both facing the same lethal threat. Unfortunately said lethal threat is Saber and Arc, who are extremely pissed each respective guy tried to be a player all day to their universe's respective love interests. Needless to say, the end results involved a lot of unmanly screaming from each guy as Saber and Arc kicked their asses. It is the fact that they stuck together against the odds that allowed them to pull an off-screen maneuver that allowed them to escape most of the wrath of a force that could magic nuke a forest and safely retreat thanks to Shiki's prior actions.
Made even better by a previous sly little shot shown between Shiki and Shirou running about trying to please everyone: the shot shows Shiki confidently taking off his glasses to combat a wild bear he meets in the woods on his way to seeing one of the girls. The man can take on a bear with nothing but his magical eyes and his knife, but still trembles in fear of his girlfriend. Of course. The bear would have simply killed him. Arcueid can do much worse. He even points this out in episode 4.
World of Badass: Again, it's the Nasuverse. Literally every named character is a badass.
Bait and Switch: Done with the Holy Grail War in the first episode. The intro montage introduces it as usual, as a battle to the death between the seven Servants, until Ilya makes the sudden announcement that the rules have changed.
Wow! You mean Lancer actually survived the final battle in the Ilya Castle special? Oh, wait ...
Wow! You mean Lancer actually survived every death in the series? Oh, wait ...
Ban on Magic: In the first episode, the characters aren't allowed to use their Noble Phantasms in order to minimize the damage caused by this Holy Grail War.
Batman Gambit: Somehow, someway, Sakura already knew Shiro's plan in Episode 12, given her sneaky way of following Shiro around all his other dates, and subtly brings his plan crashing and burning down. Why else would she be the only one smiling as the rest of the girls were having a tense staredown with Shiro and Shiki?
Beach Episode: Episode 2, centered around the Tsukihime cast enjoying themselves at the beach.
Berserk Button: Lancer still doesn't like the word 'dog', which distracts him during a card game with Archer.
Big Bad: Possibly Shirou of all people in the 2nd season of Phantasmoon, based on his ominous presence behind the three new enemies in the preview.
Big Ball of Violence: Standard interaction between Arcueid and Ciel. Apparently, they're actually friends.
Not to mention the fact that Sakura is disappointed that Shinji is turned into a good guy. See Demoted to Extra below as to why.
Bland-Name Product: The sponsors littering episode 9. Also Ilya's consoles and Japanese games in episode 5. On the other hand, while they are obscured, the covers for Battlestations: Pacific and Dead Space are ones from the real world and have not been modified.
There's a box from Amezon in Kohaku's room at the beginning of the Koha-Ace anime.
From the Special episode, Riesbyfe uses the "Mutter" social media app.
Blatant Lies: "I gotta act fast to make Sakura happy!" You're only trying to delude yourself with that one, Shirou. You've got to act fast to save your own skin.
Sakura (to Rider): You got more votes than me in the popularity polls anyway!
Brick Joke: The last "Seihai-kun" segment is about Kotomine agreeing to kill Lancer with the 'Servant Strengthening Device' AKA kitchen knife. In the Hibichika special, Lancer suddenly died stabbed with tons of Black Keys, obviously by Kirei. Any more doubt you had that Kirei was doing Seihai-kun's idea is dispelled with the fact there's one kitchen knife amongst the Black Keys.
Butt Monkey: Lancer is abused constantly and dies nearly every episode with the cameo in the Phantasm Moon skit being one of the Butt Monkey-est moments in the whole show. He even gets dragged into completely unrelated scenes just to be abused throughout the series, especially in the second season. It may be a reference to Lancer's E-grade Luck from his Fate/stay nightServant Status page.
While Lancer is the definite buttmonkey for the show in general, especially in the Fate sections, Ciel takes most of the abuse in the Tsukihime ones. Maybe it's the blue hair?
Shinji is one to a lesser extent as he very rarely appears without getting defeated or kicked around. Lancer simply one-ups him in that he appears more often. Once again, blue hair.
Waver Velvet gets to share a moment of this with Lancer in the season three finale as they are both lifted up by Berserker with Saber Lion biting on Lancer's arm.
Also, in episode 8, while Berserker is trying to smash the cafe, nobody inside does anything about it, the people inside being Arcueid, Gilgamesh, Nrvnqsr Chaos, and Saber, all of which should be able to beat Berserker in a straight fight. Only Saber does anything and that's by kindly asking him to calm down.
The Cameo: Aoko Aozaki in her Mahou Tsukai no Yoru form shows up briefly in an advertisment on the back of a book Arcueid was reading.
The opening also showcases a whole bunch of Type-Moon characters that never made it into the episodes proper such as Caren Ortensia.
Kara no Kyoukai fans may spot a familiar blue kimono/red jacket combo in the audience in the first episode.
Arcueid herself constantly pops up in Fate sections, usually completely unruffled by the chaos occurring around her. Some are easier to spot than others such as being a customer at the cafe in episode 8.
The finale of season two also has Red Saber popping up during the Tiger Dojo.
Episode 6's mushroom monster that Marvel Phantas-moon(Arcueid) fights against is Kinoko Nasu's avatar.
The 2013 episode showed many characters from the Nasuverse, notably from Fate/Zero and Fate/EXTRA, in a massive rush of Superdeformed characters. Also, Hibiki Hibino and Chikagi Katsuragi, two characters appearing only on the Type Moon website, appeared prominently during the first part of the episode.
The Chew Toy: Lancer. If an episode isn't providing physical humor where he's grievously abused, it's because it has no Fate segment. Even then, he'll probably be abused.
Chick Magnet: True to their source material, both Shiki and Shirou have several hot girls vying for their attention all at the same time. Trying to figure out a way to accommodate all of them is the subject of at least two of the shorts.
Crazy-Prepared: Assassin, with an emphasis on Crazy. In order to compete in the 5th Holy Grail War race he brings the Ryudou Shrine gate with him on a semi-truck, then has one of Caster's Protection Charms to ensure that he does not have an accident while driving. It's only because of Ilya and BerSer-CAR that he loses.
Also overlapped with invokedCrazy Awesome. Both Rin and Archer think what he did was both impressive and completely insane.
Poor Tohsaka Rin, driven to a rolling bundle of tears by the difficulty of operating a Blu-Ray recorder. Aww...
Also, when Caster cries in joy like a little-girl when Souichirou not only continues to love her in spite of her Saber-stalking hobbies, but asks for her hand in marriage and a honeymoon together in Hawaii. Double Aww...
Curb-Stomp Battle: Season 2 Episode 1: Berserker vs. the other Servants. Most of it inadvertently. Made even funnier by the fact that Berserker fails to even notice most of them too.
Dancing Theme: The opening, Super Affection, with all the main heroines dancing along to the tune. That it is extremely derivative makes it no less awesome.
The first half of the Hibichika Special is basically this for the titular characters, who were created for Type-Moon's mobile site.
The Day The Music Lied: Played for laughs in episode 4 when Shirou & Shiki are making plans for their dates which all overlap with other girls. They are accompanied by a rocky BGM just for it to stop when they realize that the plans they made are all impossible.
Same in episode 1: when Shirou decides to destroy the Grail and end the war, the music sweeps up until the Grail is broken and its contents revealed... to be Neco Arc.
Delayed Reaction: It takes Lancer a full 3 seconds to realize that the pretty girl he was accosting is actually Bazette. Their reaction to said realization is priceless.
Not Satsuki Yumizuka, who in fact gets a decent chunk of screentime considering her low overall importance. She has a dedicated slot concerning her and the Back Alley Alliance at the end of the episodes during Episodes 2 through Episode 4. Rather, the person who got hit with this trope the hardest is Sakura. One of the three main heroines of Fate/stay night, and she doesn't even get a speaking role for the entirety of season one! Isn't it sad, Sakura? When she finally gets an episode devoted to her, it focuses more on Rider with the joke being that all Sakura has going for her is putting up with Shinji. And Sakura is really not portrayed as sympathetic, even in an episode about her abuse....
Assassin is STILL at the Temple Gates being forgotten about as the opening points out. He is represented by a cardboard cutout everywhere that's not the Temple Gates (including the beginning -and- ending credits). He's unable to leave the shrine gates, so he can't appear much in the series. Until later he participates in the race... with the gates riding on his racecar.
Bazett has been in the opening and closing the whole time before she finally shows up in Extra in a moment which clearly defines that being Lancer's Master affords her the same status as her Servant.
Determinator: Both Shirou and Shiki in episode 12 as they literally run themselves ragged to implement their Zany Scheme.
Kohaku in the Koha-Ace anime as she lets nothing stop her from delivering important(?) news to Akiha.
Akiha is superhuman, true, but she's simply nowhere near the same level as Arcueid. However, she persists in matching Arcueid point-for-point in a volleyball match up to five hundred and twenty five points through sheer, single-minded determination (and long after everyone else had dropped out of the running), all for the sake of the grand prize - having Shiki all to herself. Of course, at the end of the match, Akiha is completely exhausted while Arcueid doesn't even look winded, so it creates the implication that she wasn't even trying.
Disproportionate Retribution: In the Hibichika Special, Shiki and Shirou are rather horribly "punished" for the terrible crime of... planning to take the main heroines of their games, Arcueid and Saber, for dates. All secondary heroines who have routes are in on it, in a serious Out-of-Character Moment. Shiki is the one who gets off easily - he is "only" stalked by Ciel, attacked by Akiha while taking a shower, and locked out of the mansion. Shirou gets life-leeching curses from Rin, and worms from Sakura.
Distracted by the Sexy: Rider flashes in front of Shinji in order to divert his attention from beating Sakura up.
DVD Commentary: Each episode has an extra running commentary track in the form of either a Tiger Dojo or "Teach Me, Ciel-Sensei!" segment. The commentary for the second episode is notable for confirming that the remake of Tsukihime is still in the works, and asking the fans to look forward to its release.
Early-Bird Cameo: Arcueid in episode 1, showing up before a dedicated Tsukihime segment. Hibiki and Chikagi in episode 12.
Epic Fail: Remember that date plan Shiki and Shirou had in Season 1? The one that they themselves thought was impossible? In the very final episode, you get to see them try to pull it off. And fail. MISERABLY.
Shiki almost pulls it off...but then Sion comes and ruins everything.
Oh, not just that. Shiki screwed up far more than Shirou did. His first fail was ''not getting up at the appointed time''. And then he forgets two of his dates, the second of which, Sion, completely ruins his attempt to salvage the whole thing.
Expressive Hair: In the EX Season scene where the Emiya household are discussing what to do with the money Caren left them, Saber's ahoge changes to match her mood and expressions.
Failure Is the Only Option: Whether it's trying to make all the girls happy or only one of them, Shirou and Shiki will always suffer for it.
Bazett makes her appearance in clothing that leaves very little to the imagination, accompanied by camera angles that leave even less.
And Saber Extra/Red Saber, who's damn proud of it.
Taiga: Your dress is see-through.
Red Saber: Fool. It's not see-through. I'm letting people see.
Fate Worse Than Death: In Episode 4, Shiki says that Arcueid will inflict this unto him if she finds out about his "infidelity" in Episode 12.
Fish out of Water: At one point, Arcueid enrolls herself in Shiki's school in order to spend more time with him. This backfires quickly - not only do the demands of work and his schoolmates keep Shiki from her anyway, she's hopelessly unused to the regulated and regimented lifestyle of being a student. She quits school after a single day and gets herself hired as a janitor instead.
Foil: The series outright admits that the only thing Shinji has going for him is that he makes the people around him look good.
Freak Out: In Episode 4, Rin goes into complete panic mode when she realizes that the machine Shirou wants her to record a show with is actually a Blu-ray player.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: Chock-full of it! Just about every eye catch passes on screen for barely five frames, and so do many mini-gags. Probably done on purpose, as the series was released straight to disc.
Funny Background Event: In the second episode (the beach volleyball competition), after Ciel crashes into Nanako trying to save the curry plate, the camera pans back to Sion and Akiha commenting on what just happened. Just a little beyond them, Hisui can be seen brainwashing Miyako with her classic finger-spinning motion. Internal Shout-Out and Mythology Gag, anyone?
Don't miss the Mt. Rushmore of Fate villains in the background during the second stage of Tempest: Ilya Castle.
Several during the dancing portions of the opening theme, ranging from numerous foreground characters having different expressions or poses to Berserker wearing a giant Native American headdress and Gilgamesh throwing confetti in the background.
And during the Grand Prix, right near the end, it's a "blink or you'll miss it" thing, but just as Shirou and Saber are catching up in the final stretch, you can see (but not hear) Gilgamesh yelling "bastard" repeatedly. He has a habit of saying this around Shirou.
During the Phantasmoon segment in episode 4, it turns out that the little black dog that Akiha feeds is a part of Nero that broke free and ran away. This information is courtesy of a "Lost Dog" poster next to Arcueid on the preceding shot.
That same little dog is the one that takes the sandwich off the table during the Nrvnqsr/Kuzuki Sharing Tables segment in episode 5.
What's that on Shiki's nightstand when he fails to wake up in episode 12? The Fate/Zero collection.
These things are basically all over the place and finding them all requires a frame-by-frame viewing, especially with the animators being masters at keeping a regular watcher's attention directed elsewhere in the scenes.
Neko Arc in spades when it comes to the Holy Grail.
Arc is a shameless bully to Ciel and is clearly enjoying herself.
Archer could remind Rin that programming a Blu-Ray Recorder is extremely simple, but after she refused his assistance he prefers to simply hang back and watch her flail about while enjoying himself immensely, up until the very last moment. Rin is not amused.
Assassin is barely in Episode 7, but uses his few lines to push Caster's buttons.
Between this and Chewing the Scenery, annoying other characters seems to be Gilgamesh's sole reason for doing anything: every time he shows up he tries to either derail the plot or have fun at the expense of everyone else, and he almost always shows up in time to steal the show.
Gag Series: The entire show is based around throwing the quirky cast of Tsukihime and Fate/stay night out of their depressing stories and instead turning them into insane caricatures of their canon selves for comedic (and often heartwarming) purposes.
Game Breaker: In-Universe example. At one point, the various Servants get involved in a Pop-up Pirate gameRules For those not in the know, a barrel with various slots has a character deemed a pirate placed within, and the players take turns inserting swords into the slots. One of them will trigger the pirate to pop out, and the winner is the first one to do so., with Lancer being the pirate. Saber inserts her sword, Archer inserts his sword... cue Gilgamesh with Gate of Babylon.
Game Show: The first episode involves the Fifth Holy Grail War being turned into one of these.
In Episode 10, Brainwashing Detective Hisui-chan is investigating a series of murders in a small city. One of the dead shown is Tohno SHIKI, crucified like a scarecrow with the word "siscon" written in marker on his chest.
Gretzky Has the Ball: The rules of beach volleyball are stated to not be in play even before starting, which is fortunate. Even if Ciel did manage to keep the ball in play and not rescue the curry, her team would have lost the point anyway because she was the last one to touch the ball despite it bouncing off her face. (Official rules of Volleyball state that the same player may not touch the ball twice in a row during a play.)
Justified Trope: Not only are the rules not in play, but she was told to do so by ARUCEID, who hates her.
Grievous Harm with a Body: After losing his club early in Episode 5, Berserker uses Lancer as a replacement for the rest of the day, culminating in Berserker becoming so proficient in wielding Lancer that he becomes Berserker's Noble Phantasm.
Grotesque Cute: Grail-kun has a cute voice and looks like a fun representation of all the world's evil while spewing out liquid darkness. In episode 11, he "helps" Lancer avoid his deaths, while watching from afar like a strange stalker.
Heavy Sleeper: Taiga in the Fate sections, Shiki in the Tsukihime (and it ends up coming back to bite him twice).
Humiliation Conga: During "Berserker's First Errand", the first Servant to get defeated by accident is Gilgamesh, who gets a club dropped on him and smashed through multiple floors of a building. Later on, during Berserker's rampage... He gets trampled. There's something karmically satisfying about seeing him getting humiliated in such a manner. note Especially after seeing the Unlimited Blade Works route.
Hyperspace Arsenal: You thought Ciel pulling multiple Black Keys out of her school uniform was weird? Let's see you guess where she hid them on her skimpy bikini.
Riesbyfe and Lancer have this for Gamaliel and Gae Bolg in Episodes 2 and 11, respectively.
Idiot Hair: Never make Saber remove her ahoge. You will regret it (or love it, like Gilgamesh).
I Know Mortal Kombat: Gilgamesh is good at riding motorcycles because he reads bike enthusiast magazines, plays racing games, and builds models.
Invisible Block: In Koha-Ace, Kohaku gets hit by one after trying to jump over an obstacle.
Ironic Echo: Inter-Works example. At one point Arcueid gets seriously pissed off at Ciel 'stealing' Shiki away, but Shiki reminds her that Ciel saved his life once, so he can't be cold towards her, and that Arcueid should treat her better. This is an echo of what happens in Ciel's Good End of Tsukihime, where Ciel's attempts to make Arcueid go away are foiled by Shiki reminding Ciel that Arcueid was the one who saved him from Roa in the end, so he can't be hard on her.
Also within the same episode: when Arcueid transfers into Shiki's class, she drags Shiki away from Ciel when the bell rings, throwing Ciel's previous line (with appropriate changes) right back at her.
"I'm such an idiot... even though I have such a great body."
Jerkass: Sakura, contrary to her normal characterization, tends to be completely vile to everyone around her in her few appearances.
What makes Sakura's jerkassery so bizarre is that's she a Jerkass to the people that care for her; drop kicking Rider who was trying to help her from her abuse from Shinji and going Yandere on Shirou. Yet is forgiving of Shinji's abuse of her.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even though Saber Alter is the complete opposite of Saber, she still loves Shiro enough to get him a present for his birthday.
Large Ham: Gilgamesh and Neco Arc primarily. A lesser example is Rin as Kaleido Ruby. Even Saber Alter gets into the act.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The Trauma Monster in the Phantasmoon Movie in the EX episode is Ilya lamenting that she doesn't have her own route. After her defeat, Kaleido Ruby states that, "This came from changing the game mechanics," which is exactly what happened as Ilya did have a route planned for her in Fate/stay night but most of it got folded into Heaven's Feel.
Lemony Narrator: The narrator of "Berserker's First Errand" seems to be cheerfully oblivious to the Comedic Sociopathy that is taking place in the story she's describing.
Lethal Chef: Inverted. Babble the Nodding Cat makes a Ramen that tastes so delicious that eating it is akin to the sensation of falling in love... Even though it looks so toxic and hideous the Directors could not show it onscreen without censor-blurring it.
Arcueid's attempt to make okonomiyaki from a very vague description also counts. She didn't even butcher the pig and octopus (Which she thought was a squid when she caught it) before trying to cook them.
Let's Play: A special episode has the characters acting out a game of Illya's Castle from Fate/hollow ataraxia. You can just TELL the seiyuu had SO much fun with it.
Lighter and Softer: This show is so cheerful and heartwarmingly cute that you can hardly believe it originated from two of the most violent and depressing sagas in the H-Game industry.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Acknowledged by the closing credits, which have all the characters form a "chain" of people, where in most cases, every character has some kind of relation to the two ones next to him, with varying degrees of how obscure that connection is.
Interestingly, a couple of the more obscure connections include Roa between Master Panda and Taiga, of all people, and the "link" between Berserker and Caster makes more sense if you know their backstories, because Hercules and Medea very likely knew each other personally in life. In fact, even at the end of the credits, there's one last hand stretching out to Saber, but its owner is off-screen.
Lover Tug-of-War: In the beach episode, a three-way one between Arcueid, Ciel, and Akiha. Shiki is perfectly fine with this, and grins happily while he unconvincingly "protests":
One of the Eyecatches from episode 3 shows Shiki, Arcueid, and Ciel in A Lady on Each Arm situation, while inverted Akihafumes. Shiki is naturally rather happy with the situation.
Made of Iron: Shinji in episode 6 after Rider "accidentally" hits him with her Noble Phantasm and he exclaims that such an attack would have killed anyone other than him. Poor Lancer though.
Again, Shirou and Shiki in episode 12 as they apparently survive a combined Fantastic Nuke and retreat back to the Tohno mansion.
Magical Girl: Up through episode 6, Arcueid-as-Phantasmoon shows up at either the beginning or end of each segment to do a spoof commercial for various episodes of a Magical Girl anime centering around her.
Kaleido Ruby, Magical Amber and Magical Caren also appear in the second season as rivals for Phantasmoon.
Episode 11: Subverts all previous deaths! Then dies to the volleyball in episode two... Then rises from his grave.
Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Hilariously done in episode 8, when Saber Alter returns to Shirou after a day of work and quite clearly drunk. We then get treated to Shirou welcoming her back in an apron.
Mistaken Nationality: Because of her curry obsession, multiple characters seem to think Ciel is Indian.
Mood Whiplash: Episode 6 opens with Shinji's Domestic Abuse of Sakura, with shouting, smashed plates and Shinji KICKING a crying Sakura in the ribs. It did NOT feel right for a comedic series.
That whole segment is a series of Mood Whiplashes from one end to the other. Starting with the above, moving to Rider's hilarious means of foiling Shinji's abuse, then going right back to Shinji about to rape Sakura!
The crowning example has to be the beach volleyball game, which ends up getting spoofed as a Melty Blood match, complete with Miyako pulling off dramatic kung-fu poses before striking the ball, Ciel activating Blood Heat and bringing the Seventh Holy Scripture to bear, Akiha inverting to give herself a power boost, and Arcueid channeling Red Arcueid and dropping the moon onto the court.
Inverted in Episode 1, with the Holy Grail War becoming a mundane but bloody hilarious Game Show.
And by extension, the Grail War Race. It was essentially the Type-Moon version of Wacky Races. But the most prominent example was the epic rapid-fire coin inserting on Shirou's part near the end.
Kuzuki Souichirou and Nrvnqsr Chaos sitting in a restaurant, with Nrvnqsr's beasts acting up.
Yes, it's a "Granny Bike," but in the hands of Rider...
Saber works at a cafe to help out and make money to buy Shirou a birthday present. While there, her B rank Charisma comes into play, meaning that while she's an awful waitress, the customers and staff worship her and do whatever she says.
Caster's crafting of a good-luck charm for Soichirou. It gives him actual, incredible luck. Justified as Caster's Crafting skill is exceptional (Rank A), even though (like Saber's Rank A in Riding outside of Fate/Zero) it never comes into play in the original stories.
Caster also employs her Crafting skill to assemble and paint garage kits of Saber. She's even got an airbrush, a compressor and a respirator mask.
Rider using her A+ rank in Riding to accelerate a pedal bike to faster than a racing motorcycle.
Caren using her Shroud of Magdalene to sort male and female chicks apart. Normally it's used to bind men until they are attacked
Caster using her Rule Breaker as her wallet's "keychain."
Mythology Gag: All over the damn place, considering this is a crossover gag manga/anime OVA.
Perhaps too many to list, so here's a particularly obscure one. During Episode 4, the Neco Arcs are playing Fate/Stay Night... and reaching this bad ending. That specific bad end is considered by the game itself to be among the hardest bad endings to get, as it requires playing very specifically to piss Saber off as much as possible. The Neco Arcs complain that "the choices are too difficult".
An interesting one to Fate/hollow ataraxia is during the Holy Grail Grand Prix where Rider and Shinji's vehicle is a "Mamachari" or Granny's Bike. In Hollow Ataraxia Shirou and Rider argue over whether Rider should take Bike No. 1, which is implied to be a speed bike, or Bike No. 2, the aforementioned Granny Bike.
Noblewoman's Laugh: Rin, in episode 4. While assuring Shirou that, because she's a genius, recording a TV show will be easy for her. The results are hilarious, especially when she realises it's a Blu-ray player and she doesn't know what to do. Or rather, is told by Archer that it is a Blu-ray recorder. She thought it was a MegaDisk.
Then there's also Akiha's very nervous one in episode 2.
No Pronunciation Guide: Inverted by Nrvnqsr Chaos—he properly pronounces it when asking a cashier for a receipt, but she asks how to spell it (and it appears on the screen spelled properly), and he has to think about it for a few seconds before giving up and writing "Nero" (the usual spelling of the pronunciation) on a sheet of paper for her.
Nose Bleed: Aoko gets one of these about every time Shiki talks to her.
Arguably, this is due to circumstances - they meet in the cafe after Shirou fails miserably with trying to fix the rocket, and join forces for the common goal of the super date plan, and need to help each other as much as possible to keep them both from getting killed.
Sakura and Shirou share this role within the Emiya household, especially when Caren offers them a large lump sum of cash.
Out-of-Character Moment: In the Ilya's Castle segment, Saber becomes a high-pitched fast-talking loon whenever she sees food, while the rest of the characters stay relatively in-character. This is especially hilarious during the Mushroom Trip and Die Lorelei stages:
"Ilya, I'll stop your madne- ah, Mapo Tofu!!! Outta the way, outta the way!!! MAPO~! MAPO~!!! Invincible!!! Ilya, I'll stop your madness."
Rin loses her poise when Gilgamesh insults her in the closing moments of the race in Episode 9. Archer had to step in to keep their car going straight.
A more obscure version is Shiki and Shirou's buddy buddy attitude. Kinoku Nasu has gone on record and stated that they would "would definitely get along badly."
The last half of the 2013 special where Shiki and Shirou's other love interests go Yandere on them. With Rin actually using magic to suck Shirou's life force out of him.
Boomelancer, a pun that works betters in Japanese due to the ambiguity of 'L' and 'R' for them, which gives us 'BoomeRancer'.
In episode 9, Berserker can apparently transform into a car. He is dubbed the "Berser-car."
Punch Clock Hero: Phantasmoon is more than happy to fight the Trauma Monster Ilya - at least until she learns that Kaleido-Ruby is there to fight, and that technically it's her fault that Ilya is loose to begin with. Phantasmoon promptly loses all interest.
Relax-o-Vision: Audio variant — the yodeling that covers up the sound of Satsuki helping Akiha (reverted to childhood) use the toilet.
Rule of Cute: Whenever the Super-Deformed modes kick in, not to mention whenever we finally get to see the characters we've come to love over the last 10 years being happy children with fun childhoods.
Sequel Hook: Even though there's the announcement at the end of season 3 that that's the end of Carnival Phantasm, Taiga, Shiki and Shiro are clamouring for a continuation. And after the last stinger of the show, Ayaka Sajyou calls.
To South Park of all things, changing the infamous They Killed Kenny line into "Lancer Died!" "You aren't human!"Explanation In the Japanese-dubbed version of South Park, the "YOU BASTARDS!" part is translated in Japanese as "You aren't human" instead.
Spoiler Opening: There are some fairly obvious ones, such as Rin's Walking Techbane moments and Berserker's new Noble Phantasm, but there are parts where the credits show a series of blink and you'll miss it still shots of the current episode and future moments. Such as Saber dressed in Meido.
Episode 12: Sakura to Shirou during the zany scheme to date everyone.
Statistically Speaking: Rider's skill in Riding is ranked A+. This allows her to pedal a granny bike as fast as a car.
The Stinger: The season 3 finale has Ayaka Sajou, the female protagonist of the original draft of Fate/stay night, making a phone call to the deserted cafe to lead into the Fate/Prototype OVA included on the DVD.
Take That, Us: The third special opens with cheerful acknowledgement that Saber is a huge cash cow and overused, the Tsukihime remake is taking forever and that Type Moon never seems to get anything new done.
Tempting Fate: Archer and Nanako share a table in the cafe, and start talking about their respective 'masters' - namely, they start making fun of them, concluding that "all female masters are idiots". Just as they start laughing, the cafe door is heard opening, along with an ominous growl. The still shot right afterwards implies that Rin and Ciel heard everything and promptly attacked them both.
It gets to the point where he comes back to life with no explanation in the 2013 special, after getting killed. Thankfully, the writers decided to give him a break, and he gets to enjoy a beach vacation without anything unpleasant happening to him for the rest of the episode.
Through Her Stomach: The only times Saber tells Shirou she loves him is when he's offering her large amounts of food.
Throw the Dog a Bone: After being killed in essentially every episode, even in episodes where he didn't have a proper appearance, Lancer finally gets an episode devoted to going back and preventing each death. Sadly, the person giving him the chance is basically in it to see Lancer suffer even more, so it doesn't quite go as planned.
They throw Lancer another one in the 2013 special. While he still gets killed in the beginning of the episode, he actually spends a day ay the beach unharmed.
Shinji (in front of his computer): Some idiot fell for my elaborate trick again! Dumbass. You mad? You mad?
The sentient cell phone in the HibiChika Special uses every possible opportunity to push Chikagi's buttons.
Troll Fic: The "Brainwashing Detective Hisui" stories are crazy, even by Nasuverse standards. At the end of each story, it is revealed that they were just written by Kohaku. When Hisui calmly comments "It's good" Kohaku is rather shocked, implying she didn't try to write a serious story.
Two-Timer Date: Episode 12 has Shirou and Shiki trying to juggle three and five dates respectively all on the same day. It goes as well as one could expect, especially when it turns out that they'd each forgotten one other date that they'd also scheduled on that day.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: None of the Tsukihime cast in Episode 2 appear to care that there is a crashed rocket ship at the Tohno Family Beach despite the fact there is a sign that clearly states, "Unauthorized entry is prohibited."
Then again, they are playing volleyball for the right to spend a night with Shiki. Volleyball with special skills and super-powers in use. Which means they don't really care about anything else.
Also, Arcueid vs. just about anything. Berserker assaulting the cafe she's eating at? Waitress pulls her Idiot Hair and turns into a superpowered dominatrix? "Eh." Completely in character for her.
Unwanted Harem: Subverted for both Shiki and Shirou - they both want to date all girls, and pay the price for it. Or at least, Shiki wants to date them all while Shirou just wants everyone to be happy, but has the handicap of being, well, Shirou.
The 2013 special, which among other things features the dating scenario as if the "Date Main Heroine" option had won, shows that even THAT wouldn't have worked...To sum things up, every single girl who hasn't been chosen turns Yandere.
The setup for this section implies that they have already scheduled dates with all the girls for that day, thus the "Date Main Heroine" option includes an unspoken "Dump All Other Girls" action.
Villainous Breakdown: In Episode 9, Gilgamesh really loses his temper just as Shirou and Saber are catching up to him, Archer and Rin as they are about to reach the finish line, to the point that he not only utters the word "bastard" many times, but also calls both Shirou and Saber "goddamn brutes".
WAFF: The entire segment about Caster and Kuzuki. Caster gives Kuzuki a good luck charm which proceeds to give him multiple wins in multiple events, Issei attemps to out Caster about her Saber-stalking hobby, and it ends with Kuzuki complimenting how well sculpted her latest Saber figure is. He then proceeds to give her a beautiful wedding ring and asking her to go with him to Hawaii. DAWWWWWWWWW....
And just to up the above even further: Taking Hollow Ataraxia into account, the above could quite easily be canon.
Saber's birthday gift to Shirou in Episode 8. Naturally, a cooking implement, but the whole reason she started a part-time job was just to do this.
Lancer and Bazett share a lovey-lovey moment before Caren Ortensiayanks him away in the Extra Episode.
Walking Techbane: Rin Tohsaka, a trait of hers which isn't touched upon much at all in her native series, but which gets played to full hilarious effect in this one.
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Caster attempts to do one when Issei exposes her Saber fetish to Kuzuki. It fails, only for him to start praising the figurines she made because of their high quality, and then propose to her.
Yandere: Sakura, Episode 12. Also part of a Funny Background Event as it's very easy to miss her being the first to get wise to Shirou's Zany Scheme when she begins showing up◊ everywhere else that Shirou goes to during his segments and always gets there before he does!
The special season episode shows her being even more yandere than before by having her put penis worms in Shirou and Saber's food when Shirou decides to only date Saber.
In defense to Sakura, pretty much every girl does this: Rin leaves the house and sets up magic circles that drain Shirou's energy. Akiha uses her magic hair on Shiki while he is bathing. Ciel follows Shiki around and lets him know by forcing curry on him, even somehow replacing the faucet water in his house with curry. And, to top it off, the maids lock Shiki out of the mansion!
Yank the Dog's Chain: Lancer survives the onslaught in Ilya's Castle final battle and was overjoyed as credits roll... cue Ilya blowing up the castle, and everyone ran away as Lancer constantly complain that it should've just ended after Ilya is beaten, until he finally died falling to the Bottomless Pit.
Zany Scheme: Shiki and Shirou's plan to keep all their potential love interests happy falls square into this trope. It starts with Shiki having to be in two different places at exactly the same time, and it only gets worse from there.
Shirou's plan can be recapped thusly: "I'll just tell them all to deal with it because I want everyone to be happy! They'll understand!"
Also, Akiha Vermillion's plans in the Phantasmoon segments. Coming second in manga contests and starting a cosmetics line? You fiend!