Fanfic / God Slaying Blade Works

It's the ending of the Heaven's Feel Route. Shirou hesitates in slaying Angra Mainyu long enough for him, Illya and Angra to be brought to the Campione-verse. Shirou slays him there.

Since he IS All The Evils of the World, Angra counts as a god. And what happens to people who kill gods in Campione?

Thus, now with powers beyond his wildest dreams, Shirou begins his quest to go back home.

God Slaying Blade Works is a Fate/stay night/Campione! crossover written by Marcus Galen Sands.

This story contains examples of:

  • A-Cup Angst:
    • Illya has a strange aversion as she's glad to have grown A-cups as it shows that not only has her growth stagnation ceased due to Shirou's Rescue Romance power healing that part, but remembers her mother and knows she has the potential to grow more.
    • Guinevere on the other hand plays it hilariously straight compared to the more voluptuous Tiamat.
  • Adaptational Badass / Took a Level in Badass: Shirou. Yes, he was already quite the badass in Heaven's Feel, but it came at a cost. After becoming a Campione, that ceased to be a problem.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Venus's last thoughts were why wasn't she able to have Shirou's full love. Whether such thoughts are genuine or surprise at her power's inability to control him are up to debate.
  • All Myths Are True: Shirou claims they are, but just not in the same story in order to explain the existence of Rhongomyniad, the spear of King Arthur to Guinevere, who had made it up as a part of Arthur's (Artus's) legend, and was baffled to see it.
  • Animal Motifs: The majority of the Authorities are often associated with certain animals by Campione.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: A positive deconstructed version with Luo Hao. She certainly is arrogant, but she never insults other people on purpose, she takes care of her subordinates, and only thinks very highly of herself because she believes she's earned her prestige. Equally, she believes other people can earn her respect and become just as great as her and she wants them to try. In short, she's very arrogant, but has every right to be.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: All Campione are this by default, but Luo Hao takes it a step further and bases her entire philosophy of Kingship around this concept: Her opinion on the matter is 'since Luo Hao is the greatest warrior in China, then shouldn't Luo Hao be entitled to rule it?'
  • Aura Vision: Manaka can see "Aura Signs" above the heads of others, which take the forms of symbols that represent the personality traits of the ones they belong to.
  • Badass Boast: "I'm not Steel...I am Sword, I'm the Steel that has been refined and forged, hammered and tempered. Given form, given purpose. I'm the Strongest Steel."
    • Blasphemous Boast: Borderline when one understands the meaning of Steel and Strongest Steel in Campione. Steel is the domain solely of Hero Gods while the Strongest Steel is Artus, the most powerful Steel god. Shirou unknowingly declared himself superior to the King of the End.
  • Badass Creed: Shirou eventually achieves Unlimited Blade Works, so this was a given.
    Shirou: I am the bone of my sword.
    Steel is my body and fire is my blood.
    I have been reforged as if a thousand blades.
    Refined and forged, hammered and tempered.
    Given form, given purpose, I continue to my arrival.
    I have no regrets; this is the path I choose.
    My strongest steel lies in... Unlimited Blade Works.
  • Beach Episode: Enforced by Illya to make Shirou stop working.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kaida may be one of the nicest person in the story but is still a bad idea to anger someone with an ability called "Dragon's Roar".
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • Unlimited Blade Works (and to some degree, the Noble Phantasms within) is a magic of mortal origin, but is on the level of an Authority itself, if not even more powerful. Luo Hao gets briefly thrown off guard by this when fighting the Venus controlled Shirou, but gets past it when she remembers that Campione all do that when they kill a god, so it's not that surprising that Shirou can do something like that.
    • Odysseus gazing into the unstable Kaleidoscope portal turns him into a Mad God, something Circe didn't think was possible.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Shirou, BIG TIME. Considering that he literally has godlike powers, woe betide ANYONE who hurts Illya. Godou himself says that there is a zero percent chance that Illya would ever be in his nonexistent (to him) harem because of this.
  • Big "NO!": Mordred's reaction to Shirou's Badass Boast.
  • Blessed with Suck: Kaida's ability to "cleanse" people's souls made her unable to touch others for extended periods of time since it specifically rids the souls of those she touches of all impurities, not only those that are actually "evil", and the damage inflicted on them does not heal on its own. Cleansing Kaida's mother completely is the reason why she fell into a coma and could neither heal on her own nor be healed by anyone.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Apollo. See Anticlimax Boss in the YMMV tab, Evil Gloating, Harmless Villain, and Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
  • Break the Haughty:
    • In chapter 12, it happens to Mordred who, after challenging Shirou to kill him has every single one of his stratagems foiled and goes through every single form he ever had only to get defeated by Excalibur, the weapon he thinks belongs to the one he sought to awaken and challenge.
    • In chapter 20, it is the turn of Apollo who, sent to kill Godou by other gods, plays with him instead of treating him seriously and only woke up when the only thing awaiting him is returning to his legend, resulting in his battle being a thorough humiliation for him despite the fact that he had enough tools to overwhelm Godou and win easily.
    • Chapter 36 has a massive one for Alexander Gascoigne, who goes from nearly killing Guinevere to being pummeled massively and suffering constant threat of drowning, forcing him to swear to never even try going against Guinevere ever again or else Shirou will hunt him and never stop until he's dead. Afterwards, he's developed an almost phonic fear of Shirou and can barely take a shower without having a Freak Out!.
  • Breather Episode: Expect them to come normally hand-in-hand as the start of the next arc.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: An understandable reaction when faced with Puppet Berserker.
  • Brown Note:
    • In chapter 13, Shirou nearly throws up when he attempts to Trace Mordred's swords and sees every atrocity they have committed, and notes that if he hadn't stopped trying to Trace them, he would have gone insane.
    • In chapter 20 Apollo attempts this as a finishing move. He's defeated before it takes hold.
  • Brutal Honesty: This is a defining trait of Lancelot. For example, Guinevere and Tiamat start tiptoeing around the issue that they are both in love with Shirou but he only loves Sakura. Lancelot bluntly says that she's not in love with him and respects his relationship, but he's strong and handsome, so she might as well try to get a one night stand with him.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Alex steals the Gem Sword and attacks Guinevere. As many in and out of universe anticipated, it ended badly for him.
  • Came Back Strong: Mordred may have been brought back as a woman, but she's now a God of Steel instead of a mere God of Earth.
  • Can't Catch Up: Illya is one of the most powerful non-Campione mages in the story and even she is helpless to stop Venus from controlling Shirou.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Mordred apparently has the ability induce this in people he's "allied" with. Even after he's dead.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: When Mordred turns into a dragon, though his strength is greatly increased, his contradictory nature makes his form warped and misshapen, plus it renders him extra vulnerable to Shirou's Dragon Slaying Hero Authority.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Godou, like in the original series. Shirou finds it ridiculous. Hilariously, by chapter 24 Shirou himself has fallen into a Love Triangle he's unaware of between Guinevere and Tiamat thanks to his Rescue Romance power. Yes, look up, and you'll see it IS a power. Chapter 36 adds Lancelot to the party, and she loves every minute of it.
  • Composite Character:
    • Shirou is an odd variation. Archer had synchronized with the Shirous in Fate and Unlimited Blade Works, their memories being stored in his soul. When Shirou became a Campione the memories of both Shirous and Archer were integrated into Shirou's mind.
    • Mordred, the Knight of Betrayal is revealed to be the amalgamation of several war gods such as Laran, Ares, and Mars. Which is pretty much a standard in the Campione!Verse, although it is noted that if he was to return to his myth the modern distinction between them would cause him to separate into the component gods.
    • Venus is an amalgamation of several love goddesses such as Ishtar and Inanna as well as the Greek version.
    • Tiamat is an amalgamation of the Babylonian deity Tiamat, the Greek princess Andromeda, Cetus, the sea monster who nearly ate Andromeda, and Keto/Ceto, the Mother of All Sea Monsters.
    • Brynhildr is also Jord and Fafnir.
  • Continuity Nod: The entire Feast of Kings was based on Shirou having memories of the banquet Iskandar held.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Shirou has prepared defenses for every single part of his house, and even has special measures for Illya if he ever gets brainwashed.
  • Creepy Child: Everyone's thoughts on Illya. She continues to prove them right every time.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Fitting for his role in mythology, Odysseus is this. When he wants to kill Shirou, he fires arrows at him while he's too far away to see and without announcing his presence.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Yusuke's reaction to buying all sorts of legendary wines, not for his wine collection, but for the other Campione to drink.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Poor spawn of Niddhogg (a type of dragon) didn't know what it was getting into when it tried to fight Shiro with Dragon Slaying Hero active and wielding Arondight.
    • Played for Laughs with the curb-stomp NEGOTIATION that happened to Koizumi Watanabe. With the entire "discussion" being full of Entertainingly Wrong and yet perfectly logical conclusions, he even lampshades the fact that absolutely lost to Shirou. He was only saved because Shirou thought he was ill.
  • Curse That Cures: Shirou uses Curses Without End to "de-purify" Kaida's mother, putting her on the road to recovery.
  • Demonic Possession: Ahriman can possess people, giving him access to their skills and memories. This process kills the victim unless he chooses not to, like when he possesses Illya.
  • Doorstopper: As of chapter 21 (Jan 2014) the story is closing in on 500k words. Narrative Filigree is a large factor in this. Chapters 20 and 21 together are the length of a short novel and cover just one extended fight scene.
  • Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: Discussed. Rin mentions Zelretch warned his students about the dangers of meeting alternate versions of your loved ones. When Sakura says she wants to learn the Second Magic to be able to travel to other worlds, Rin warns her that alternate versions of Shirou are not him, just people who share his face. Sakura then corrects her and explains that she's figured out their Shirou is in another world.
  • The Dragonslayer: Perseus specialized in slaying dragons. One of the Authorities Shirou gained from him was Dragon Slaying Hero. It boosts his physical attributes in battle and grants him additional strength when fighting anything related to dragons.
  • Dying Curse: When Shirou slew Hades, Hades declared his hatred of him and said Shirou and all other Campione will die in the end. Alex, while being drowned, monologues about how every single Campione had never died a peaceful death, always dying in violent battles, be it against gods or other Campiones.
  • Empathic Weapon: Shirou's Noble Phantasms in general are like this due to how he makes near-perfect copies of them.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • The History Compilation Committee theorizes that Shirou and Illya are the apprentices of a hermetical mage among other things. Meanwhile Shirou believes the HCC to be similar to the Mage Association and prepares accordingly.
    • The entirety of Watanabe's negotiation with Shirou.
    • Guinevere correctly deduces that Shirou has been separated from Sakura because one of them was sent to an Alternate Universe and his goal is to reunite with her. However, she incorrectly assumes that Sakura is the one who was sent to another world, not Shirou.
    • Alex thinks that UBW is a divine magic Shirou is masquerading as a mortal one.
    • Since Shirou has the Authority Curses Without End, Ahriman thinks that Shirou has somehow stolen some of his power and wants revenge. Ahriman is unaware Shirou got it from killing his Nasuverse counterpart Angra Mainyu.
  • Epic Fail: Godou somehow partially dematerializes a Noble Phantasm. They're not supposed to be able to do that. Doubles as a Funny Moment.
  • Erotic Dream: Due to Shirou gaining the memories of the Shirous from the other two routes, he starts dreaming of the times those Shirous had sex with Saber and Rin. This makes him feel really guilty as he's in love with Sakura.
  • Evil Counterpart: Mordred is one for Shirou. Both are considered fakers who can fight against the originals and possibly win. Both invoke themselves into steel. Also, Mordred's line against Guinevere about how it's possible for an imitation to surpass the original resembles that of Shirou's when he faces Gilgamesh in the UBW route.
  • Evil Laugh: Of the Mad Scientist variety. Rin has learned of Rule of the Underworld. Be afraid, Shirou. Be very afraid.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even when she's engulfed in the rush of her returned powers, Tiamat doesn't feel right crushing the wounded Campione and companions after the battle with Venus, and decides to spare them so they can have a fair fight in the future. Too bad Jord thought otherwise...
  • Evil Gloating:
    • Chapter 14 gives us Mordred. Justified due to it being a side-effect of one of his authorities; to be more specific it is equipping his first armor that does it, by making him adopt his proud knight persona.
    • Chapter 20 gives us Apollo who did this every time Godou falls during their fight. He got defeated in one chapter.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The Gem Sword is constantly compared with one because of the sheer amount of prana stored inside, which is several time what a Campione have. When Alex steals it the whole world just want him to stop tampering with it and return it to Shirou.
  • Feed It with Fire: Godou attempts to use his Stallion Authority, The Power of the Sun, on Apollo. Both combatants then comment on how stupid that was. It is more successful after Apollo's divinity is negated by the Warrior Authority.
  • Fiction 500: For the Emiya household, at this point, money is more of a concept than a physical thing. While Illya take it in her stride, for Shirou it take a while (and a mansion and yacht) to actually wrap his head around the fact.
  • Field of Blades: It's Shirou. It takes a while for him to get to Unlimited Blade Works, the chant has changed due to the changes in his distorted world view, but you knew it was coming.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Lancelot is significantly out of touch with modern customs.
  • Follow the Leader: This is the first Fate Stay Night and Campione! crossover on Fanfiction.net. Now everyone has decided to get in on the fun bringing the Shirous' of the other routes.
  • Fog of Doom: When describing Shirou's "Armour of the Black Knight" Authority, the author said that it have a really good compatibility with "Curses Without End". When is finally show in action it completely destroy Lancelot's army, leaving her with only the incomplete Excalibur as a last resort attack.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Behold Charlotte/Charlie, beheaded spawn of Nidhogg.
  • Forgot About His Powers: When Alexander Gascoigne turns the Gem Sword into a bomb, Shirou agonizes over what to do, until he realizes he can Trace a copy of the Gem Sword and harmlessly drain the first one's power into it. Afterwards, Shirou berates himself for not thinking of that sooner.
  • Gender Bender: Mordred eventually gets resurrected as a girl. She merely finds this an annoyance and is still obsessed with usurping King Arthur.
  • Give Me a Sword: Shirou throws Lancelot the sword Arondight. This restores and amplifies Lancelot's strength, allowing the knight to defeat Jord.
  • God Guise: Because Illya is so powerful and talented with magic, a few characters speculate that she has divine ancestry.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Perseus is very happy to lose to a Worthy Opponent like Shirou, and he dies giving Shirou his blessing and many Authorities.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Snow, the Pegasus Shirou gets from Perseus, becomes more alive after Shirou names him, becoming more than just a part of Shirou's power. He even defends his master against Mordred without being ordered to.
  • Harmless Villain: Apollo again. After spending a lot of chapters just to summon him, he got defeated by Godou just one chapter after his appearance. This is after Athena thinks of him of dangerous because he seems to not care about pride and just going for the kill. He doesn't, he spends most of his time gloating at Godou when he should have just kill him.
  • Hate Sink: Whether intentional or not, Alex seems to be even more hated that in the original work. The author even made an omake solely to kill him in every way the fans wanted Shirou to kill him.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • For Luo Hao, Honor IS Reason.
    • Shirou doesn't use Caliburn or Excalibur until the later parts of his fight with Mordred because something in him tells him to do it later. He's right.
  • I Can't Sense Their Presence:
    • Illya comes up with a Mystic Code that can detect the presence of Heretic Gods. Upon learning this, Athena and her partners quickly come up with wards to remain undetected.
    • Mordred's armor prevents anyone, even other Heretic Gods, from detecting his presence or reading his movements. It even prevents Shirou from Tracing his weapons. Shirou gains this Authority after killing him.
    • The Gem Sword is kept in a special box that shields it from detection. As soon as it is opened, everyone with the ability to sense magic is utterly shocked by how much power it has.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Odysseus is obsessed with finding a way to travel to another world, because he's utterly bored with the Campione universe and feels like it is a prison, and believes only by being able to explore any world he wishes can he be truly free.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Half the reason Mordred died. The other reason was getting Excaliblasted in the face right after.
  • Insistent Terminology: The author would like to remind you that Lancelot is a guy.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: Illya starts writing and drawing a manga about the Fifth Holy Grail War. Of course, she changed the names and several details.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Back in the Fate/Stay Night universe, several members of the Mage Association want to kill Rin as a scapegoat for the events of the Fifth Holy Grail War and capture Sakura as a research specimen due to her unique powers. They back off because Rin is protected by Zelretch and Sakura is protected by Rider, and trying to fight either of those two is suicide, even with an army of mages. However, they then start plotting ways to circumvent that protection.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: A lot of plot points of the Campione novel are revealed much earlier than in the original. A good example is Guinevere not even trying to hide that Lancelot is a girl.
  • Lemony Narrator: Occasionally, like when it lampshades Godou's Clueless Chick Magnet status.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Shortly after Shirou killed Angra Mainyu, Perseus attacks him because he sensed Angra's energy coming from Shirou and thought he actually was the evil being. When Shirou defeats him, he realizes his mistake.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: None of Shirou and Illya's allies in the Campione world are aware that the two are from another world.
  • Logic Bomb: Two so far.
    • Kaida upon hearing that Shirou, a godlike Campione with the rights of a King, cannot meet her because he went to school, she has a destructive cycle of circular logic about expecting the unexpected. She was told to expect it, but that was unexpected, but she did expect it...
    • After mistakenly calling out Shirou, Luo Hao is lost. Since she was wrong, she must protect her honor through violence. On the other hand, because she swore an oath of peace, she must uphold her honor through non-violence. But she has to because of her honor, but she can't because of her honor...
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Circe is always looking for a new lover because the men she picks are always either already attached or don't have her best interests at heart.
  • Mad God: Odysseus becomes this after staring into a dimensional tunnel for far too long... and, according to Circe, that isn't supposed to happen!
  • Made of Indestructium: Somehow, Shirou's cellphone survives all the punishment of his battle with Mordred. It also survives his battles against Godou and Luo Hao, Aphrodite, Tiamat and Jord, Alex and Lancelot. The only thing that managed to make it non-operational was a dead ("flat", to be precise) battery, and even then Shirou managed to turn the phone on and use it to record Alex Gascoine swearing to leave Guinevere alone without charging it so either there is more to the phone or Shirou caries spare batteries that are made out of the same material.
  • Magically Binding Contract: The Circle of the Chosen have an altar that forces whomever makes a Blood Oath upon it to obey their promise. It works on gods and Campione despite their natural Anti-Magic. After the Circle is defeated, Illya and Shirou take possession of it.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Though the two never fight, Athena comments that Godou would have a hard time fighting Mordred. Since Mordred can't be sensed, the Warrior Authority is all but useless against him.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • The entire mage community has this after learning about Shirou inviting three Campione to his mansion. And a Divine Ancestor too.
    • After a while the head of the History Compilation Committee stopped wanting to hear anything about Shirou for the massive headaches and nervous breakdowns that he give her for anything he did.
  • Meido: Kaida and Manaka start working as this in the Emiya mansion. Shirou wanted to tell them he was just joking.
  • Mistaken Identity: Perseus senses Angra Mainyu's Authority in Shirou and thinks he's the evil God himself, only realizing the truth too late.
  • Monty Haul: The entire mage community sees the Feast of Kings as an amazing event. After an incredible battle of four Campione versus four Heretic Gods, Shirou invites the three Campione and a Divine Ancestor to a banquet with amazing food and drink, a contest of kings and, the most mind-boggling part, legendary weapons for all those attending.
  • More Than Mind Control:
    • Shirou's Hero's Bride Authority makes him more attractive to women he saves (Illya is magically aware enough to notice it, and her magic resistance is high enough to counter it) but besides that and bolstering their health and the like, they're mentally unaffected.
    • Venus's plan was to do this to Shirou, replacing his love for other things with love for herself, but it doesn't quite work out as she planned.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: After experiencing modern wonders like TV, air conditioning, and central heating, Illya quickly concludes that the mages in her home world were fools to shun technology.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Shirou uses four Noble Phantasms as a light source, a fountain, an air purifier, and air circulator. He lampshades it.
    • During the Beach Episode, Shirou wanted to use Broken Phantasms to go dynamite fishing, but relented because he couldn't make the explosions small enough to be manageable. He has Manaka use her exploding charms for this purpose instead.
    • Illya uses magic on herself to enhance her muscle control and make it easier to draw a manga.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Mordred now really fits this trope. Between the betrayal Mordred set in the pact between Venus, Tiamat, and Brynhildr via the Valkyrie and the fact that in the wake of the battle with Alexander Gascoigne that she now is in the position of Artus' handmaiden formerly held by Guinevere.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Shirou has this reaction when he realizes he had just invited three of the other Campione to a feast. And then again, when he ended up inviting Guinevere as well. It is Played for Laughs.
    • Guinevere has one of her own when she accepts said invitation. It is also Played for Laughs, and becomes something of a Running Gag.
  • Mythology Gag: When Shirou's watchers from the History Compilation Committee appear in their maid uniforms, Illya's newly discovered maid switch is triggered. Later, she wants to get a tan.
  • Narrative Filigree: One of the flaws in the story is this.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Apollo again. For all this time, Godou only had [Persian Warlord] as his Authority, a common complain among many fans. Then, he just got defeated and thus, got his power taken by Godou because of it.
    • Venus manages a form of this, in the end it was her threatening to kill Sakura that finally allowed Shirou to overcome her Heart Thief Authority.
  • Ninja Maid: Well, more of a magic fighter maid in Manaka's case.
  • Nothing Personal: Odysseus has nothing against Shirou, it's just that he believes killing him is the key to unlocking the ability to travel to other worlds.
  • Otaku:
  • Only Sane Man: Shirou's first undead Servant, Yusuke, believes that Japan has a monopoly on sane Campione after meeting Luo Hao.
  • Rescue Romance: Shirou has this as an actual power. The Hero's Bride, an Authority he got from Perseus, heals any girl he saves and makes him appear far more attractive to them, subtly nudging their minds to fall in love with him.
  • Retail Therapy: Much to his terror, Shirou discover that after leaving Illya in London she made really good use of her credit card.
    Airport Employee (about Illya's luggage): I think you might want to have someone bring a truck rather than a van.
  • The Power of Love:
    • Shirou was only able to draw Lancelot's sword because his love of Guinevere was so deeply imprinted on the blade that it actually helped Shirou bring itself into existence so it could defend her.
    • After two monster sized chapters of fighting, it wasn't Luo Hao's martial prowess, Kusanagi's dogged determinism or even Rule Breaker that overcomes Venus' hold over Shirou, but his all consuming love of Sakura that won the day.
  • Red Baron: Guinevere eventually names Shirou "King of Steel" (she wanted to call him "King of Swords" but Salvatore Doni already has that title). Some also call him "King Shrouded in Mystery" since his past is unknown, "All Wealthy" for his Rule of the Underworld making him very rich, "Host of the Divine" for taking in Guinevere, Tiamat, and Lancelot, and "Impossible Mage" for his amazing abilities. His critics call him "Heartless King" for killing Venus the Goddess of Love, and "Sir Shirou the Weak" and "Traitor King" for refusing to kill Tiamat and Lancelot and instead offering them shelter.
  • Precocious Crush: You would think that being hundreds of years old would prevent Guinevere from having one of these on Shirou. You would be wrong. Averted in Chapter 36, after she's aged up into a teenager.
  • Seen It All:
    • After what he went through, Shirou is not surprised at all that Lancelot is a girl.
    • In Odysseus' opinion, he's already seen everything his world has to offer, which is why he wants to find other worlds to sate his boredom.
  • Serious Business:
    • Meta-Example. The author has alienated several Nasuverse fans with rather lax handling of Nasuverse mechanics. He even managed to hit the Fandom Berserk Button by mentioning in an Author's note his belief that Campiones are capable of defeating Gilgamesh and TYPES/Aristoteles. He quickly retracted these statements after being pressured by angry reviewers into doing more in depth research into what he's talking about.
    • Shirou for cooking as usual. Now extends to his new maid Asuka, who surpasses his godly cooking.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Alex tries to convince Shirou with "reasonable" words, Shirou almost immediately stop him, tell him how much of an hypocrite he is and give him two options: either he go away and never go after Guinevere again or he get an ass kicking. Guess what he choose.
  • Smug Snake:
    • Poor leader of the Circle. You decided to mess with Illya.
    • Alex Gascoigne becomes this in later chapters, taunting Shirou and everyone against in every way, safe in his supposedly superior intellect and planning. Chapter 36 has it all fall down on him.
  • Spanner in the Works: This is how John Pluto Smith (and most of the world) sees Shirou as he always seems to take the most unlikely option whenever someone tries to manipulate or predict what he will do.
  • Spit Take: Shirou's reaction to hearing about Illya's first day of Tea Ceremony lessons. Hilariously, Illya was trying to see if he would Spit Take.
    "Kusanagi-san has added another girl to his harem."
  • Split Personality: Shirou adopts a fake persona he calls The Fake King when conversing with Campione, the Committee and other important magical figures. Recent chapters, however, have him slip into it subconciously.
  • Storm of Blades:
    • It's Shirou. Like this wouldn't happen.
    • Mordred/Mars/Laran can do this as well and in chapter 14 tries to use it against Shirou. Except he's only got a thousand swords. Shirou quickly shows him the real deal.
    • Godou's Warrior Authority, like in the original. It loses against Unlimited Blade Works.
  • Supreme Chef: Shirou, to his bittersweet delight, has actually been surpassed by his new housemaid Asuka. Even the gods are impressed by her cooking.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Guinevere most definitely is not in love with Shirou and just want to be on his good side to make use of him, yes, is definitely not because she like his eyes or want him to praise her or want him to hold her in his arms.... really.
    • Tiamat want nothing of that either.
  • Tempting Fate: Shirou wonders how hard it could be to invite three Campione to his house without an apocalypse taking place. He lampshades that not saying it out loud shouldn't count.
  • Third-Person Person:
    • Luo Hao and Guinevere share this trait.
    • In an odd variation of First Person POV, the entire thought process of Shirou's pegasus Snow is told in first-person... But he's a Third-Person Person.
  • This Cannot Be!: Guinevere's reaction to Shirou presenting her Rhongomyniad, which in this verse is nothing more than a story she herself invented.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: The head of the Seishuuin family's reaction upon learning that Shirou had invited three other Campiones to a feast.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Odysseus convinces the Campione version of Ahriman, aka Angra Mainyu to help him take on Shirou by revealing Shirou has the Authority Curses Without End, which infuriates the god as that is his Authority.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In a three-part series of omakes, Kariya Matou and the Lancer of the Fourth Holy Grail War get happier endings compared to canon.
  • The War Sequence: Shirou's undead army versus Mordred's magic knights. First Shirou is losing... And then he traces Gae Dearg copies for half his army, and then it becomes a Curb-Stomp Battle in his favor.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Yeah, some may say that kidnapping the beloved little sister of the new Campione was not the most inteligent decision, Circle of the Chosen.
    • Even for all that Alex sees himself as the intellectually superior individual for some reason he always dismiss the absolutelly sound advice of other people telling him to return the Gem Sword to Shirou, not even when John Pluto Smith tell him that's a really bad idea. Take a look at Break the Haughty above for the aftermath.
  • Too Much Information: Circe says this when Odysseus mentions how back in ancient times, ships didn't have bathrooms, which caused... problems during long voyages.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: Shirou and Illya have no legal identity in the Campione verse, until their accountant Yusuke is able to create fake ID's for them and enroll them in school. Only a few people spot the flaws, namely that there are no Emiya or von Einzbern families in this world.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Luo Hao has a bad habit of not taking non-divine magic and weapons seriously, as she believes a Campione's natural Anti-Magic will prevent them from harming her. Unfortunately for her, certain things like Shirou's Traced weapons can harm her despite being non-divine.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • Pretty much all of Shirou's subordinates. Which is even better, because they're already dead.
    • Guinevere and Lancelot towards Artus though that gets changed to Shirou in chapter 36, Manaka towards Kaida, all of Godou's harem towards him, especially Erica.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • Shirou comments that Hades is far stronger than him and could crush him like a bug if he could get his hands on him. But similar to Gilgamesh, Hades is a ruler, not a trained warrior, so Shirou can defeat him in a sword fight.
    • The narration points this out about Tiamat. She was one of the most powerful goddesses, and even in her weakened form, she is no pushover. However, she lacks combat experience, which allows opponents to outmaneuver and trick her.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Mordred doesn't take Shirou's Badass Boast well.
    • Odysseus suffers a real bad one after looking into a rip caused by an uncontrolled and unstable attempt at accessing the Kaleidoscope, in fact his breakdown is so bad he becomes a Mad God which, according to Circe, is supposed to be impossible!
  • Weirdness Magnet: Godou lampshades after the whole mess with Alex that for once, a big supernatural mess didn't end up involving him at some point.
  • We Will Meet Again: When Perseus is killed, he smiles and tells Shirou that Gods eventually come back when killed, and he's looking forward to a friendly rematch.
  • What If?: Some of the omakes deal with one question: What if a Campione was summoned as a servant in the 4th Holy Grail War? Not a whole much change at the end, but a pretty damn fun read.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 32 - The Worth of Steel. After it is revealed the King of the End does not want to be revived, Guinevere and Lancelot transfer their loyalty to Shirou completely. Shirou suddenly realizes that Excalibur, Arondight, and Avalon have somehow disappeared from Unlimited Blade Works, meaning he can no longer use them. Mordred is resurrected as a woman, but more powerful than ever and hellbent on revenge.
    • Chapter 36 - Shadows at a Festival. Ahriman, Odysseus, and Circle capture Illya, then Ahriman uses her as a host body, confident that since Shirou would never harm her, their victory is assured.
  • Wham Line: Chapter 26 - Interlude Two: To Endure and Persevere, once these words were read...
    As her (Sakura Matou's) eyes drifted shut some detached corner of her mind noted that the back of her right hand was itching in a strangely familiar way.
  • What Could Have Been: In-Universe. Alex of Gascoigne has a case of this when he learned what a Monty Haul the Feast of Kings was.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Shirou tries to justify why he isn't using Excalibur against Mordred. He does it at the end of the fight, which leads to him meeting Guinevere.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: In Shirou's opinion, Rider is this for his original world and Tiamat is this for the Campione world. Later, Godou comments to himself that Tiamat is even more beautiful than Venus because Venus is a girl, while Tiamat is a woman.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Shirou and Illya's magical abilities baffle the other characters. In Campione, all magic is performed by invoking the power of magical beings like gods, angels, or fairies, but the two still run on Nasuverse rules and only need to use the prana in their bodies to perform magic. Unlimited Blade Works and the Noble Phantasms within also count. They can match and even exceed the power of Authorities, something mortal magic is supposed to be incapable of.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Most of Mordred's lines.
  • You Watch Too Much X:
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Godou, as usual. He weeps when his apparently insatiable lust is entirely expected of him.

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