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->''My body is made of blades… Fire is my blood… and Glass is my heart… Through countless battles I forever wait, alone on the hill of blades… For Hell's hands to bear… For Heaven's hands to temper…''
-->-- '''Emiya Shirou'''

In the aftermath of the [[LightNovel/FateZero Fourth Holy Grail War]], Emiya Kiritsugu was content to live out his final days with his newly adopted son Shirou. However, he found himself beset by strange dreams, dreams that told him the results of his incomplete training of Shirou's magecraft. As a result, he knew that he had to prepare for the future. For a [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Holy Grail War that was approaching fifty years early]].

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7207791/1/From_Fake_Dreams From Fake Dreams]]'' is a VisualNovel/FateStayNight AlternateUniverseFic written by Third Fang, author of the [[{{Doorstopper}} incredibly long]] ''[[FanFic/YetAgain Yet again, with a little extra help]]'' FanFic. The story follows the Magus Killer as he seeks to have Shirou properly trained in skills for the upcoming war, and then Shirou as he tries to make sense of the world of Magi he's been thrust deep into.
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!!This fanfiction series contains examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Shirou's [[spoiler:Natalia]] blade is one even without its instant-cut effect.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Shirou, who doesn't seem to realize that Rin has feelings for him and consistently takes her at her word. This [[PoorCommunicationKills causes]]… a little friction. Being "distorted" (as in canon), this is unsurprising.
* AnArmAndALeg:
** Shirou accidentally cuts his arm off in one of his projection experiments.
** [[spoiler:Bazett]] gets her lower legs blown off by a landmine.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Medea lives up to her title of 'Witch of Betrayal', as her Master can attest...]]
* ArtificialLimbs: [[spoiler:Bazett]] [[AnArmAndALeg loses her legs]] after the [[CurbStompBattle encounter]] with Assassin. Fortunately, [[spoiler:Lancer and Merem]] are able to fix that. She now has a pair of [[spoiler:preadolescent Banshees]] for legs.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Kiritsugu as Assassin]]
* BadassBiker: Saber on a thaumaturgically pimped-out 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa.
* BadassCreed: Not finished yet, but he's close to [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited Blade Works]]:
--> ''My body is made of blades… Fire is my blood… and Glass is my heart… Through countless battles I forever wait, alone on the hill of blades… For Hell's hands to bear… For Heaven's hands to temper…''
* BadassTeacher: Kuzuki [[spoiler:has been sparring with Shirou]].
* BigBadEnsemble: The story lacks a central villain, although the main contenders appear to be the Kotomine/Gilgamesh duo and [[spoiler: Evil!]]Caster.
** BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Altrouge; although she's uninterested in the war, she sent one of her enforcers to Fuyuki to keep an eye on it.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Shirou to Illya, even though he's (technically) the younger one of the two; saving her from being sacrificed for the Grail is one of his main goals for the Grail War.
* BigDamnHeroes: The event itself isn't shown, but Bazett shows up just in time to save Shirou from the vampire that is about to kill him. Lampshaded by the author when Shirou says he "didn't expect anyone to come in and be a big damned hero!"
* BlackSwordsAreBetter: Shirou's most dangerous sword Kiritsugu is a black longsword with blood-red stains and [[TaintedVeins brown veins]] on it.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Rin does this to Louvre, shooting the Mace of Odo to multiple characters' surprise. Justified, as the mace is weak to anything non-magical.
--> ''"…I can't believe that actually worked…" Rin, Bazett, Shirou, and Waver muttered under their breaths in relief and or mild disbelief.''
* BoringYetPractical: Assassin may not seem much. Caster does say that he doesn't have any impressive spells, and he really doesn't. He's ''boring'' because [[CombatPragmatist he's cold, efficient and does not fuck around]]. Since he uses modern weaponry, he's the only Servant who who can act during the day, and he can snipe anyone without suspicion on magic. And on defense, if anyone dares try to siege your base, his traps and skills ensure that they'll be SORELY defeated.
* CainAndAbel: As in canon, Ilya wants to kill Shirou.
* ChekhovsGun: Shirou's inherited magic crest ends up being a GameBreaker against Louvre: [[spoiler: Time magic, combined with the Origin Sword Maiya, equals a way to bind a vampire's personal timespace to the Gaian timeline, thus nullifying his pesky healing factor. I repeat: Shirou is now not only a major threat to magi all around, but it expands to magi-turned-Dead Apostles as well.]]
* TheChessmaster: Aside from the usual Betrayer!Caster, Kotomine and Zouken, another player has suddenly come into light. Who? In an unusual move, it is Shirou. That's right, oblivious, NaiveNewcomer, Shirou. Thanks to his father's dreams, he's become one of the war's biggest power players. [[spoiler:As a demonstration of how good he's gotten, he was able to make Kirei help him kill Zouken when the opportunity presented itself.]]
* CluelessChickMagnet: Shirou has managed to get Rin, Sakura, and Luviagellita all wanting him without even trying ([[ObliviousToLove or noticing]]).
* CoolBike: Having learned from his father that Saber was good with a motorcycle in the 4th War, Shirou gets her one for the 5th. It's a custom upgraded, nitro boosted, heavily enchanted 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa that can do 350 [[superscript:km]]∕[[subscript:h]] (40 [[superscript:km]]∕[[subscript:h]] faster than the stock model) ''without'' using the nitro. She loves it.
** UpToEleven: The bike could have been ''even cooler'', but the advanced enchantments require one of the standard five affinities to cast, which Shirou doesn't have. Who knows what will happen if he can get Rin or Sirius (who have all five of the standard affinities) to further upgrade it?
** The Suzuki Hayabusa was cool even before being enchanted. Why? Not only is the maximum speed higher than normal bikers can manage (prompting motorcycle producers in the entire world to put electronic limiters so that no other motorcycle can go over 300 [[superscript:km]]∕[[subscript:h]], thus avoiding accidents when these monsters get into the hands of anyone who isn't a champion), but the bike is balanced, sleek and efficient, has good turning and excellent acceleration, and can be easily customized. As the author said, "if there was ANY series of motorcycles that had the potential to become a phantasmal existence at some point in the future, it was without any doubt the 1999 Hayabusa".
* {{Cool Sword}}s: The Origin Swords are GameBreaker material, to be blunt, to the point that Shirou could easily become TheDreaded for other Magi. [[CoolBigSis Bazett]] has told him upfront that she'd kill him if he ever made her list before he could use them.
** Natalia: This sword actualizes the very concept of severing, if it so much as touch a living being with less than C-Rank magic resistance they will be instantaneously cut in half, same with inanimate object unless they are too big, otherwise it's simply an AbsurdlySharpSword.
** Maiya: Can bind things (note that the binding effect happens AFTER it makes a cut) including alterations, magic circuits and souls, improperly, effectively screwing over anything that can split itself apart, uses familiars, or adding something to their very core. A unique thing about Maiya is that if it causes an injury then the wound will bind itself improperly causing severe necrosis, as it works on a molecular level. So any injury cause by this blade can't be healed even with magic. Also thanks to Shirou's Time Crest, he can now bind Apostle's Timeline to the "normal" timeline, neutralizing their healing abilities.
** Kiritsugu: This blade… well, it Severs and Binds just like the Origin Bullets and the two blades mention above, but combined with the curse… it hits them down to the very soul. Hitting someone's magic or essence with it can cause them to [[DeathOfPersonality literally lose the memory of the spell]]. If it hits them directly… [[DeaderThanDead Well, let's just say even]] [[{{Tsukihime}} Roa]] [[DeaderThanDead wouldn't be able to escape it]]. [[spoiler: Louvre found out just how terrifying it is, the hard way.]]
--> '''Shirou:''' ''Sacrifice and save, blade of the cursed hero.'' '''Kiritsugu!'''
** Of course, the biggest problem with the Origin Bullets? They are bullets, therefore they are limited ammunition. Here we have three monstrously powerful swords, and Shirou's HyperspaceArsenal ensures that he has [[StealthPun unlimited]] copies of EACH of them. In terms of being AntiMagic, Shirou has truly surpassed his father in potential.
* CurbStompBattle:
** Marjatta, being a RichBitch Magus, assumes this will happen when she goes to face Sakura in Chapter 25. In practice, it's pretty even for a while. She has to have her Servant save her from going through a worm bath and ''then'' Shirou shows up mad as hell and armed with Gae Dearg, which is an AntiMagic Spear.]]
** Lancer and Bazett get taken out in five seconds in their first round against Assassin.
** Rider and Archer find themselves on the receiving end of one in Chapter 28 when they run into Assassin.
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler: Shirou's swords]] may turn out to be this. Sakura and Rider also count as well.
* DeadManWriting: Kiritsugu left behind letters to be read by Shirou and others once the the fifth Heaven's Feel goes into swing.]
* DeaderThanDead: The final fate of anything hit by the Origin Blade Kiritsugu. [[spoiler: The souls can't even go through {{reincarnation}}!]]
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Shinji]] bites it after running into Louvre's son. [[spoiler: [[AssholeVictim Not that anyone actually complained…]]]]
* DealWithTheDevil: Shirou is forced into one with [[spoiler: Zouken regarding the war and Sakura.]]
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: It's more like bargaining, but Shirou manages to get a better deal on his end should he agree to [[spoiler:being Lorelei's "dog."]] Sirius, Bazett, and Waver are [[WhatTheHellHero not happy]] he risked his life that way.
* DidntSeeThatComing:
** Waver Velvet's plan to rescue Sirius runs afoul when Louvre uses his newly-acquired weapon.
** [[spoiler: Shirou is offered both a scholarship under the Queen and the role of the 10th Dead Apostle Ancestor.]]
*** [[spoiler: The Queen seeks to use him as a public enforcer for this reason and gave him a Noble Color for his advancements.]]
*** [[spoiler: Because of Ore Scales, the sisters summoned ''two'' Medeas, one as a princess, and the other we know and love.]]
*** [[spoiler: Caster in Chapter 25:]]
-->[[spoiler: The last thing that confused her was that normal humans were not supposed to have Noble Phantasms, yet the single [[AntiMagic red spear that had pierced through her barrier, her cloak, and her body without any issue]] was without a doubt one.]]
** [[spoiler: Shirou finding out that Assassin is neither Sasaki or one of the Hassan-i Sabbah. Or for that matter, any of the contenders finding out that Assassin uses modern weaponry.]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Louvre serves as the antagonist of the pre-war arc, before biting the dust; he's later followed by [[spoiler:Zouken Matou:]].
* DramaPreservingHandicap: [[spoiler:Not that Shirou needed one, but Chapter 24 has him take on the Command seals of Rider. The logic behind this had yet to be determined but it is most likely that Zouken wants to make Shirou weaker.]]
** Another self-enforced example is [[spoiler:leaving the Origin Sword Kiritsugu with Illya.]]
* TheDreaded: Assassin is shaping up as one. He has pitiful physical stats, but he's so good at what he does that his battle with Rider and Archer was [[CurbStompBattle completely in his favor]], with Rider and Archer only surviving because he ''let them go''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by him being [[spoiler: Kiritsugu]], an expert at killing powerful magi and Apostles using only basic human ability and preparation.
** Shirou is shaping up to follow in his father's footsteps as "The Second Magus Killer" [[spoiler:after killing Louvre]]. This is not necessarily a good thing.
** Humorously, drunk Taiga.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Basically what kicks off the entire story. Kiritsugu basically sees all three routes, the MultipleEndings, {{Bad End}}s (sans [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojo]]), and the life of the Shirou who became a Counter Guardian. Rin is technically doing this as well, since she's seeing Archer's life.
* EnigmaticMinion: Assassin to Witch!Medea. [[spoiler: Considering that it's Kiritsugu, this is a given]]
* EntertaininglyWrong: Archer still thinks Rider is still Shinji's servant, not helped by Rider referring to her Master as male. He's soon corrected when he talks about Shinji, and Rin "reminds" him that Shinji's dead for a couple years.
** [[spoiler: Likewise, Rin still thinks her Archer is the future version of the Shirou she knows, rather than an AlternateUniverse version.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Assassin, whenever he uses magic, methodically says whatever he's going to do with the magic. If he wants a firestorm at twenty meters around him, his incantation will be, "Firestorm. Twenty Meters." Just as efficient as the rest of what he does.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Rin, Luvia, and Princess!Medea all consider [[FallenHero Archer's]] fate as a Counter Guardian to be this.
* FinaglesLaw: Shirou needs to recover from [[spoiler:having Sakura's Command Seals transferred to him]]. Just as he was about to get some rest, [[spoiler:the Edelfelt sisters choose to attack the Matou household]]. The ensuing battle drains his prana reserves up to the point that [[spoiler:his Apostle blood comes to the fore]].
* FlamingSword: Louvre's son has one with blue flame that drains od on contact.
* ForegoneConclusion: Seeing as Kiritsugu saw all the routes, [[spoiler:and considering his letter to Saber, it is possible that he wrote letters to Rin and Sakura as well.]]
** [[spoiler:All but confirmed -- Chapter 37 starts off with his letter to Illya, fully explaining his actions, why he wasn't there for her, and then gently requesting that she take care of her brother.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Sirius tells Louvre that he's unable to make the best anti-magus Mystic Code he knows how because the materials no longer exist and he doesn't know where the ones he already made with them are. Louvre is skeptical that he doesn't know where their owners are, but Sirius says one's owner is dead and the other hasn't had an owner yet. The materials are [[spoiler:Kiritsugu's bones with his origin in them]], and the weapons made with them are the [[spoiler:Thompson Contender and Origin bullets]] owned by [[spoiler:Kiritsugu]], who's now dead, and the [[spoiler:three blades]] that are bequeathed to [[spoiler:Shirou]] but haven't been given to him yet.
* ForWantOfANail: Kiritsugu has [[DreamingOfThingsToCome premonitions in his dreams]] of the events of all three routes in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and of that Shirou's life and Counter Guardian-ship, and [[CrazyPrepared plans]] accordingly, starting with actually training Shirou in magic and attempting to prevent him from following the ideals that led him down that path.
* FreakOut: Rin becomes mentally unstable upon realizing EMIYA became a Counter Guardian.
* FromBadToWorse:
** Chapter 33. Everything seems to be going great for [[spoiler:Lancer and Princess!Caster]] in their fight against [[spoiler:Assassin and Witch!Caster]]. Then, the Witch uses a VoodooDoll made from [[spoiler:Bazett's severed legs]] to take control of her, forcing her to attack [[spoiler:Luvia]]. Then, Rin and EMIYA show up. EMIYA deploys Unlimited Blade Works and opts to kill everyone (which causes Rin to realize this is definitely not the Shirou she knows). ''Then'' Assassin's identity gets out, shocking EMIYA so much that he's unable to stop Assassin from firing an Origin Bullet into the ground of Unlimited Blade Works.
** Shirou's attack on Ryudou Temple not only [[spoiler:fails to take out Witch!Medea or Assassin, it allows her to steal Rider from him, giving her control of half the Servants in the War]].
** Though it can be hard to argue this as bad. As [[spoiler:Witch!Medea only has one Command Seal left, and all three servants she has under her command want to kill her, not to mention Assassin hates her even more for using him as bait for his own daughter. The situation only gets worse for her when Shirou ''points this out'', almost ensuring that every single one of those servants along with all her enemies will do whatever it takes to make sure she wastes that last seal.]]
* GallowsHumor: Played with in chapter 15 when Bazett tells Shirou his dad would be turning in his grave over something he just said, so what does Shirou do? [[spoiler:Projects all three Origin blades to see if they would roll over.]]
* HaremSeeker: Taiga believes Shirou to be this.
-->''"The School Idol. The Foreign Beauty. The Overly Attached Underclassman. Shirou Emiya has wooed and claimed the heart of these trademarked stereotypes in the school he is at, and now with that Saber girl that's staying at his home as another Foreign Beauty, albeit less developed, it makes four, and I fear what he could do with you ''[Illya]'' who can easily represent the adorable little sister archetype," Taiga Fujimura stated seriously. "I so far have managed to remain immune from his wiles and not fill in the spot of the loving mature elder sister; however I am not so sure about that Bazett woman that sometimes comes over to visit." She paused before looking to the side in thought. "In fact, if those rumors about Ryudou-kun are true... oh dear lord if they are then he has a class president as well!"''
* HumiliationConga: RichBitch [[spoiler:Marjatta Edelfelt]] suffers a devastating one when [[spoiler:she fights Sakura, constantly underestimating her that multiple times would cost her victory, and even after Sakura admits defeat this continues when she unleashes the Crest Worms, her Servant getting injured by Shirou, and after heading to the Ryudou Temple [[AndIMustScream becomes a living wand for her own Servant]]]]. [[BreakTheHaughty That is kinda harsh]], though it's hard to argue she didn't deserve at least ''some'' of it.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Sakura has learned Reinforcement from Shirou and combined with her own mysteries [[spoiler:pushes Marjatta back in close combat]] in chapter 25.
* IAmNotMyFather: Shirou insists it is not his intent to become like his father, despite how he has the potential to become the next Magus Killer.
* InSpiteOfANail:
** Rin still [[spoiler:summons the same Archer using a piece of his cloth]]. Assassin is still summoned by [[spoiler:Witch!]]Medea and her master, and Ilya still tries to kill Shirou. However, the latter happen earlier than canon.
** [[spoiler:Chapter 26 has Witch!Medea relocate to the Ryudou Temple as her base of operations.]]
* IndirectKiss: Rin doesn't realize she's eating using the same chopsticks she was feeding a still-recovering Shirou with until Sakura points it out to her.
* InstantRunes: Sirius' greatest Mystic Code, the Lebor na nUidre, the Book of the Dun Cow, is actually his skin, and allows him to instantly create runes on any part of his body, enabling him to give himself a wide range of abilities. It also allows him to make said runes on the outside world significantly faster than most magi. [[spoiler: And also earned him a Sealing Designation, unfortunately. Fortunately, the milder variation. And he was [[CrazyPrepared prepared for the eventuality]].]]
* InternalReveal:
** Kiritsugu's letters to various people inform each about the corrupted Grail and everything he saw in his dreams.
** Sakura, Rider, and Saber learn about Shirou's [[spoiler:Apostle blood]] when the King of Rats enlists their help to save his life.
** After Luvia confronts Shirou about Illya being his sister, Shirou is forced to reveal to her most of his goals for the Fifth War.
** Bazett, Lancer, both Casters, and Luvia discover that Archer is Heroic Spirit EMIYA. Immediately after this, Witch!Caster has Assassin reveal his shocking identity to everyone present.
** In the aftermath of that fight, Luvia and Rin trade information. Luvia tells Rin some of what she forced out of Shirou, and with Princess!Caster's help the two of them realize Archer is a Counter Guardian.
** Saber's identity is revealed to everyone who didn't already know when she prepares to use Excalibur while they escape from Ryūdou Temple
* JerkassRealization: Rin suffers two counts of this concerning Shirou. First is [[spoiler: the identity of his Reality Marble]], followed by [[spoiler: the extent of how distorted he really was.]]
* LaughingMad:
** Rin after realizing that Archer is [[spoiler: EMIYA]], Archer wonders for a moment if Rin is insane.
** Sakura in Chapter 25 has a subtle moment of this when [[spoiler:the worms come and try to subject Marjatta to what she went through.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:RichBitch Marjatta]] constantly looks down on other people, viewing them as ''peasants'' and considering herself several times superior to them because of her bloodline, to the point she doesn't care that families are dying [[spoiler:due to her Caster draining their prana. It's also revealed she [[spoiler:killed a potential Master in cold blood ''before'' the War even started to get a second set of Command Seals]]]]. [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Caster's]] [[ForegoneConclusion betrayal]] comes off more as her getting her just desserts than anything else...
* LiteralSplitPersonality: The Edefelt sisters' summoning of Medea results in this. Luvia has the nicer Princess incarnation, Marjatta the more cruel witch incarnation. This is reflected in their Noble Phantasms and skills.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Out of all the servants in the war, Archer is the one who is least informed about the current situation. [[{{Irony}} Which is incredibly hilarious when you think about it]].
* MagicalIncantation: You know that Shirou's about to do a MomentOfAwesome whenever he says at least the first line of his UBW aria: ''My body is made of blades''. "Trace On" also counts. Several other characters are shown using incantations, as well.
* MagicSkirt: Rin has a literal one, as she enchanted her very short skirt to protect her modesty.
* MirthlessLaughter: Shirou has a case of this and TearsOfJoy [[spoiler: after finally killing Zouken in chapter 32.]]
* MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning: Part of Kiritsugu's plan includes [[spoiler:making Origin Swords from his bones for Shirou]], which only occurs after his death.
* MundaneUtility: Shirou can, thanks to his utterly ''broken'' Reinforcement, make any type of jewel he desires, provided he has the necessary materials beforehand. [[spoiler: As Rin finds out in chapter 17.]]
* NamedWeapons: The two curved blades of Severing and Binding are named Natalia and Maiya, respectively, and the longsword that contains both Origins is named after Kiritsugu himself.
** MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:[[ContinuityNod Like Kiritsugu himself]], the name reflects both Origins: Severing ("kiri") and Binding ("tsugu").]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The new [[spoiler:10th Dead Apostle Ancestor]]: The Ash of Miracles. Guess who.
* NobleDemon: Merem Solomon is a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Dead Apostle]] Ancestor who displays an unusually benevolent attitude toward humans and staunch loyalty to Shirou in particular, whom he considers a friend and kindred spirit.
* NoodleIncident: The many experiments Rin has performed on Shirou that went awry.
* NotHimself: Rin gradually realizes something is off about Archer: he hasn't used Maiya, Natalia, or any of Shirou's elemental blades; he doesn't know that [[spoiler:Shinji died]] two years beforehand; and he's perfectly willing to kill Bazett, whom he's supposed to be close with.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: When Shirou is returning a prana-filled jewel to Rin, Taiga thinks Shirou got himself a new girlfriend.
* OhCrap: While scouting the city, Assassin/[[spoiler:Kiritsugu]] is spotted and recognized by Gilgamesh.
* OriginalCharacter:
** Sirius [=McGinty=], crafter of Mystic Codes, including Kiritsugu's Thompson Contender.
** Chapter 18 introduces [[spoiler:Marjatta Edelfelt, the younger sister of Luviagetta Edelfelt, who due to the ''Ore Scales'' aka ''Sisters'' characteristic of the Edelfelt clan is co-heir.]]
* PapaWolf: To say Kiritsugu is pissed off when [[spoiler:Witch!Caster uses him to mess with Shirou and Illya's heads]] would be a ''severe'' understatement. Any leeway she had with him is now long gone after that stunt.
* PoorCommunicationKills: When the {{Tsundere}} nature of Rin clashes with the "just want to be helpful to anyone" nature of Shirou. [[YouKnowWhatYouDid Shirou doesn't even know what he did wrong when Rin cuts off all contact for some time]].
** [[JerkassRealization Which Rin is forced to realize when she]] [[spoiler:learns of his Reality Marble.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Kiritsugu is dead after 3 years of raising Shirou, by the end of Chapter 5. [[spoiler:Then he is brought back as Servant Assassin.]]
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Rin as she [[spoiler: points the Thompson Contender at an enraged Louvre]].
-->''...Get off my property.''
* PreMortemOneLiner: In the same chapter as the aforementioned PreAsskickingOneLiner, from Shirou when he's [[spoiler:comparing Louvre's collection of weapons to his]].
-->''It's not big enough.''
* PrecisionFStrike: Shirou gives a couple in his second encounter with the vampire that's looking for him in Fuyuki.
* PyrrhicVictory: Chapters 35 and 36 see [[spoiler:Caster survive Shirou's assault on her temple, force him to reveal several trumps, keep him from rescuing Marjatta, steal command of Rider from him, and use Assassin to physically and emotionally attack him and Illya after taking one of Berserker's lives. She came out of the whole thing ''worse off than anyone''; having to recover from a mortal wound given to her by Shirou, her plans pushed back, her workshop damaged, all of Assassin's leeway towards her gone in place of blatant hostility, and having used up ''all but one of her command seals'', which led to Shirou getting the last laugh after they called a cease fire when he ''pointed this out to everyone'' and said that he'd leave Bazette, Lancer, Rider, and Assassin at Ryudou Temple '''where she'd have to deal with them.''' Her position in the War is balancing on a knife's edge at this point, and she knows it.]]
** And those are only the things that ''she'' knows about. On top of all that, [[spoiler:her actions seem to have paved the way for a reconciliation between Shirou and Illya, meaning that she might soon be dealing with Saber and Berserker ''working together'', she doesn't know that Luvia and Rin were spying on her and know just how precarious her situation is, and she's completely oblivious to the fact that she probably ticked off Merem when she killed the King of Rats. All in all, she lost more than anyone due to that battle, and stands to lose even more because of it.]]
* RecursiveFanfiction: A number of other fanfics have taken to using the word "Incarnation" as a reference for someone with the same Element and Origin thanks to this one.
* RefugeInAudacity: Kirei's cover for the collateral damage of the battle at Matou's manor was chosen for three reasons: it adequately explained the home being burned to the ground and a large strip of road and a part of the woods being burned; it was so over the top people wouldn't be willing to think too hard about it; if Zouken survived, it would tick him off by declaring his home destroyed by a fool.
* RuleOfCool: The only reason why Rin was able to [[BlastingitOutOfTheirHands blast the Mace of Odo out of Louvre's hands]] using a a Thompson Contender firing .30-06 Springfield rounds on her first try. Also meshes with ImprobableAimingSkills.
** It also helps that Louvre [[WhatAnIdiot actually tried to block the shot with the Mace.]]
* SecretIdentity: When Shirou dons his holy shroud and masks his face, he turns into Emiya, the second Magus Killer and the Clocktower Queen's Silver Dog. This one is quickly out of the bag to almost any plot-relevant character, hilariously.
** [[spoiler:Another successful iteration would be Shirou's identity as the maybe-maybe-not 10th Apostle, the "Ash of Miracles". It's so secret even Shirou himself is not aware of it. Only Merem is.]]
* SecretIdentityChangeTrick:
** Shirou dons the holy shroud as a ninja mask to hide his features, the cheesiness of which gets frequently lampshaded.
** Archer tries to do the same thing in chapter 23 when Rin says he has to conceal his identity. Rin scornfully points out this won't work. They end up having him wear a helmet that covers just as much.
* ShoutOut: Zelretch once tried to create "Pouch Creatures or something like that" (i.e., [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pocket Monsters]]) after seeing the games.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Kiritsugu dies even sooner than in canon due to [[spoiler: giving Shirou his Magic Circuits]], but his actions here set the new plot entirely into swing. [[spoiler:The impact really grows when he becomes Assassin.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Louvre]], whose desire for Mystic Codes and Conceptual Weapons has him kidnapping Sirius. This leads to the chain of events that exposes the existence of Shirou and his abilities to not only the Mage's Association, but to [[BigBadEnsemble Kotomine, Zouken, and Gilgamesh]] as well.
** [[spoiler:The anti-Grail's team merely planned to have the Edelfelts summon Medea to gain access to Rule Breaker, with Shirou quickly eliminating the summoned servant with Luvia none the wiser. Marjatta and the use of Ore Scales pretty much threw a wrench in the plans to minimize the Edelfelts' role in the war. One of the results from this is the destruction of the Matou residence.]]
** Assassin[[spoiler:/Kiritsugu Emiya]]. There is a reason the author calls him "the Servant that fucks everyone's plans up." He even humiliates [[TheWormThatWalks Zouken]].
** He notes with some irony that he's doing the same thing to his own plans.
* StaringDownCthulhu: Waver doesn't back down from Gilgamesh despite knowing that one wrong word or move will get him killed instantly.
* StormOfBlades: Like his canon counterpart, Shirou is completely capable of this. [[spoiler: Taken UpToEleven during his fight with Louvre, when he traces practically his whole arsenal simultaneously.]]
* StoryBreakerPower: Assassin, or, as the author calls him, [[SpannerInTheWorks "the Servant that fucks everyone's plans up"]]. He has [[GlassCannon pitiful physical abilities]], and his luck is E-rank (as bad as Lancer), but his own personal skills, an extremely versatile Noble Phantasm, and several stackable abilities that each increase the Rank of his attacks allow him to defeat Lancer in ''five seconds'' without even showing himself and [[CurbStompBattle utterly defeats Rider]] ''[[CurbStompBattle and]]'' [[CurbStompBattle Archer]] ''at the same time''. This is [[spoiler:Kiritsugu Emiya]].
** [[spoiler:The full scope of which gets pointed out in Chapter 36. Tripping on two broken landmines + Opportunity attack boost? Two A-ranked attacks, and one less life for Berserker. Ilya's [[OhCrap face]] upon seeing her father dispatch her Servant was priceless.]]
* SoulCuttingBlade: Kiritsugu's (the blade) intended function was to cripple a magus' Magic Circuits, but when that effect is reinforced by the curse of Angra Mainyu, the effect goes far further, all the way down to the very soul.
* ThatCameOutWrong: [[ObliviousToLove Shirou]] delivering a ridiculous amount in Chapter 15. Bazett and Rin [[CrowningMomentOfFunny can't help but notice, though]].
** Even his PreMortemOneLiner is not immune.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Shirou using his entire arsenal of weapons at once to make a HumanPincushion of [[spoiler:Louvre.]]
* TearsOfJoy: Shirou in [[spoiler: chapter 32 after Zouken's death.]]
* TooMuchInformation: Sirius mentions when he was circumcised, much to Bazett and Shirou's consternation.
* TranquilFury: Shirou is explicitly stated in Chapter 31 to have this trait when he gets genuinely angry.
* WeakButSkilled: Assassin. He's a GlassCannon. He barely has any direct combat experience, his stats are really weak, and he uses modern weaponry. But he's so goddamned skilled and such a tactical genius that if you DARE try to take him in his territory, all his powers will activate and his pea-shooters and cherry bombs become more powerful than most Noble Phantasms. Hell, if he gets a SneakAttack on you, he can hit with enough strength to kill [[TheJuggernaut Berserker]]. Archer and Rider double-team him on his territory and he doesn't even get a scratch, and he defeats Lancer in five seconds flat. Of course, this is [[spoiler:Kiritsugu Emiya]]. Who else could he be?
* WorthyOpponent:
** Gilgamesh still respects Iskander enough to spare Waver, in spite of [[spoiler:his blatant attempts to have him killed.]]
** The Edellfelts apparently had this attitude to Kiritsugu when it came to doing mercenary work, as their contracts would often conflict.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** After [[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Bazett]] [[BigDamnHeroes saves Shirou]] by [[spoiler:killing Louvre's daughter]], she pretty much says this in regards to him [[spoiler:making a {{Geas}} with Louvre's son in order to protect Rin and Sakura.]]
** She, [[LightNovel/FateZero Waver]], and [[OriginalCharacter Sirius]] give him another one when they find out he [[spoiler:spoke out against the Queen for a deal compromise]], which by all accounts was a stupid idea and would have gotten him killed on the spot if he weren't so lucky.
** Shirou gives one to Saber about her wish for the Grail. [[spoiler:Unlike the disapproving speeches about her wish given by Iksander and Gilgamesh in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', she listens to this one, probably because his logic doesn't spit on her ideals as to the proper role of a king.]]
** [[spoiler:Luviagetta Edelfelt]] gives one to Shirou once she finds out about [[spoiler:his advantages of the Grail War (years of preparation, the origin swords, etc)]] that threatens to completely destroy their friendship. [[AwfulTruth He has very good reasons]] [[HeKnowsTooMuch for hiding it, though]].
* XanatosSpeedChess: Kotomine. Zouken. Betrayer!Caster. Shirou, Waver and Sirius. All of them are butting heads to claim the Grail or destroy it. And in the end, we have SpannerInTheWorks Assassin.
* YouAreNotAlone: Part of Rin's comforting speech when [[spoiler:Shirou tries to make sense of receiving Mystic Code swords from Kiritsugu while being told to tone down his heroic-obsessed distortion]].
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: After killing [[spoiler:Louvre]], [[spoiler:Shirou]] is offered his position as [[spoiler:the tenth Dead Apostle Ancestor]]. He declines, but the one making the offer expects him to eventually accept and thus renews the offer every few months and is holding the position in reserve for him.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Shirou is uncomfortable with accepting compliments from Zouken on principle.