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Fanfic: Morphin Fate
, by Gundam Kaiser
, is a crossover fanfic centering on the dark and cynical story of Fate/Zero
with all but one of the Servants lifted from the Power Rangers
. And almost immediately
lets the asskicking commence.
And, rather unusually for a 4th War fic, Morphin' Fate
further shakes things up by throwing in an eighth
Master-Servant pair right from the start.
The Servants are:
Morphin' Fate provides examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: Diend was quite the contender in canon, but now he's won the Superpower Lottery! See that entry for details.
- Almighty Janitor: Avenger, after the 3rd War, is typically regarded as the weakest class, but this one keeps up with Saber until Archer intervenes, and then goes head-to-head with Berserker without getting taken out.
- Aloof Ally: Avenger, even to his own Master.
"I fight for my revenge. Not yours."
- Avengers Assemble: Every one of the Master-Servant pairs is introduced in the first chapter (with some Servants immediately being name-dropped!), and the second chapter mostly consists of an epic brawl where each and every one of the Servants somehow gets involved.
- Badass Boast: "I AM LORD ZEDD, EMPEROR OF ALL EVIL WITHIN THIS GALAXY!"
- "KNEEL BEFORE LORD ZEDD, GALACTIC EMPEROR!"
- Best Served Cold: Avenger's been waiting three thousand years for his revenge.
- Big Damn Heroes: Archer comes out of nowhere to protect Irisviel when Avenger tries to shoot her. Overlaps with Neutral No Longer. This is quickly followed up by an unintentional...
- Big Entrance: Chapter Two. Lord Zedd. Teleports in, slouching upon his throne, and immediately blasts the assembled Rangers, followed up with a Badass Boast.
- Bold Inflation: Lord Zedd, in accordance with No Indoor Voice and Evil Is Hammy. Rider's Transformation Trinket gets it too.
- Character Alignment: In-Universe, as per Nasu tradition.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Lord Zedd and Berserker, in different ways - Zedd makes a bigger deal about his pride in being evil; whereas Berserker acts like it's no big deal, though with a good dose of For the Evulz thrown in.
- The Chessmaster: Rider seems to be setting himself up as one, with possible shades of Manipulative Bastard.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Lancer, although it's more of a Downplayed Trope; it's noted that he appreciates how attractive Sola-Ui is, but doesn't act or remark on it. And when Rider unleashes a trio of female Kamen Riders on him in chapter two - apparently 'programmed' to try and molest him - Lancer resists the temptation. Although part of that is because of the Uncanny Valley effect.
- Cliffhanger: Chapter two ends with Lord Zedd's Big Entrance and the assembled Rangers immediately going into an Enemy Mine against him, and it cuts off just before the battle commences.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Subverted with Berserker and Avenger - it looks like Berserker's completely dominating the brawl, and she is... because Avenger's letting her waste her energy in a battle of attrition, and he's enough of an Implacable Man that he can take the beating and keep coming back for more.
- Dark Is Evil: Angra Mainyu, naturally, but Lord Zedd is given associations with darkness.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Assassin can make a single duplicate of himself like in canon, but it doesn't seem to last for very long.
- Enemy Mine: When Zedd makes his Big Entrance, the four assembled Rangers immediately join forces to take him on. May count as a Moment Of Awesome.
- Establishing Character Moment: Within two minutes of being summoned, Lord Zedd fries several kidnapped children with electricity as a means of torture before then taking their souls as nourishment.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Subverted with Berserker. After all, Even Evil Has Loved Ones, and she was quite the Daddy's Girl.
- Fragile Speedster/Squishy Wizard: Rider's stats put him somewhere between these builds: D Strength and Endurance, B+ Agility, A Mana, and B+ Luck.
- Assassin is also a Fragile Speedster of sorts, but still outclasses Rider in those three stats; C Strength and Endurance, and A+ Agility, but has C Mana and B Luck.
- Genre Savvy: Upon finding out that the Grail can, as of the 3rd War, summon villains and antiheroes, Saber immediately figures that there's more to it.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Assassin, naturally, being Dustin Brooks. Lampshaded to hell and back as a Running Gag. "The irony of being stealthier in bright yellow spandex is noted."
- Humongous Mecha: The two Ranger Servants who've had their stats revealed both have a Megazord as one of their Noble Phantasms, and Lancer has admitted to having his team's Megazord as an NP as well. In the third chapter, Zedd transformed and combined a few military warehouses into an Evil Knockoff of the Mega Shogunzord and unleashes it upon the city. Cue Dragonzord.
- Humiliation Conga: Rider suggests that Waver's actual goal isn't to be respected, but to inflict one of these on Kayneth. And, after a moment, Waver gives him the go-ahead to try and see it through.
- Jack of All Stats: Saber. B+ Strength and Endurance, B Agility, C- Mana, and A+ Luck.
- Jerkass/It's All About Me: Berserker, though she does have some Pet the Dog moment with Kariya.
- Hot-Blooded: When Saber starts piloting his Humongous Mecha, he starts yelling like a Super Robot Genre pilot. This can probably be chalked up to the author being a fan of super robot shows.
- I Gave My Word/Exact Words: Apparently, Kariya swore to Aoi that he wouldn't target Tokiomi. Tokiomi's Servant is another matter entirely.
- Implacable Man: Avenger, and it's freaking nuts. No matter how hard Berserker thrashes him, he just gets right back up a second later seemingly none the worse for wear.
- Kick the Dog: When Kariya doesn't summon Lancelot, Zouken naturally mocks him for it. Berserker promptly mocks Zouken even further in exchange. Mostly because she finds him so visibly repugnant.
"As stupid as you are ugly, I see. The thought of you
being my Master... I might have killed myself on the spot. <beat
> Or rather, I would have killed you
on sight and sought another Master. [...] Come Master, let us leave. I can't decide what offends me more - the foul stench, or this worthless wreck standing before me."
- Kneel Before Zedd
- Knife Beam: Saber can use 'em with his Draggon Dagger.
- Mega Crossover: Even though only three franchises are involved, the fic may still qualify since most of the Servants are from different installments.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Avenger, during his duel with Saber. Attacks immediately to try and prevent him from Morphing, and attempts to shoot Irisviel without hesitation
- Not His Sled: Since some of the Servants have almost nothing in common with their canon counterparts, certain events and character developments are handled very differently - for starters, Kiritsugu and Saber are on speaking terms with each other, Lancer gets held up on his way to the docks and so joins the battle late, and Waver's tucked away at home instead of being dragged around by Rider.
- Not So Different: Berserker compares Kariya to Scorpius in her mind, based primarily on both of them being fiercely protective of their daughters.
- Obviously Evil: Lord Zedd, natch. Assassin hangs a lampshade on it.
- Oh, Crap: Saber gets a pretty epic one when Lord Zedd shows up out of nowhere in front of him.
- One-Winged Angel: Activating Berserker's Mad Enhancement takes her from her normal form into her more monstrous appearance from the end of her home series.
- Papa Wolf: Berserker observes that Kariya has this kind of mentality regarding Sakura and Rin, and somewhat surprisingly respects him for it since it reminds her of her own father, Scorpius.
- Power Perversion Potential: The Kamen Riders summoned by Diend in this fic are regarded as 'dolls' that are programmed with an 'A.I.' when he summons them... and he's demonstrated that he can summon at least three of the four female Riders note , and indeed uses them to distract Lancer by, well.... Also subverted in that, so far, Diend doesn't take advantage of it himself, and Lancer's more creeped out than anything else.
- Revenge: When Kariya informs Berserker of her first target, she's delighted at the chance to get her revenge on Archer for his hand in killing her.
- Revenge by Proxy: Avenger's original plan was to kill all the Servants and use the Grail for a shot at revenge against Scorpius, but immediately changes his mind when he comes up against her daughter, the Servant Berserker.
- Right Behind Me: Assassin pulls this on Risei as a prank after the latter makes a disparaging remark about the former's yellow spandex.
Risei muttered something derogatory about yellow spandex under his breath, at which point Assassin scared the hell out of Risei by clapping him on the shoulder from behind. While Risei could still see Assassin standing in front of him.
- Summon Magic: Rider had it in his home series, but here it's taken Up to Eleven and then a few notches further; see Superpower Lottery.
- Caster!Zedd seems to have it too, for the purposes of summoning Putty Patrollers.
- Superpower Lottery: The Fate series has a knack for this, and it's inevitable someone winds up winning the lottery. In this case, it's Rider, whose Noble Phantasm functions as not just a Transformation Trinket, but also a gun and a device used to summon other Riders. He even has a Noble Phantasm that works similarly to Zero!Rider's own signature Phantasm, though instead of summoning his massive army, he summons every main Rider up to Wizard. And even without 'Rider Apocalypse', his Summon Magic lets him summon at least three Kamen Riders at a time, including non-mains, as well as the American-produced Masked Rider and Dragon Knight, and he apparently has absolute control over each and every one of them. Then, his other Noble Phantasm basically lets him treat the war as a game board, since he can create an impassable barrier to keep someone out of an area or forcibly teleport other Servants or Masters somewhere else against their will. And this isn't even including his skills, which include Independent Action, Riding, being able to negate a Charisma skill, and having Eye of the Mind (False). Only his personal stats keep him from being a total Game Breaker, and between 'Plunderer of Worlds' and his Summon Magic, that's not even a real problem for him.
- Super Speed: Assassin, twice over; not only does he have A+ Agility, but his Ninja Streak skill allows him to move so fast that, regardless of who the opponent is and how good their senses are, all they can observe is a yellow blur. It only lasts for two seconds, but Assassin can spam the hell out of it back-to-back as long as he's got the mana.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Avenger. Magna Sword for melee combat, Magna Blaster for fighting at range.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: Subverted and then Double Subverted; Avenger can keep attacking Saber to stop him from Morphing in the first place, but once Saber gets a moment free, it turns out that Morphing creates an energy field to protect him for the few seconds needed to complete the transformation.
- Villains Act, Heroes React: Discussed in the narration. "A Power Ranger didn't go around starting fights. A Power Ranger went to a fight already in progress and ended it."
- What an Idiot: Saber's In-Universe reaction to Kiritsugu using the love of his life as a decoy.
- The Worf Effect: Rider attempts to worf Zedd by summoning Ultimate Kuuga. Zedd shrugs it off and then worfs Kuuga even harder.
- You Fight Like a Cow: "Dude, you're a Red Ranger. Shouldn't you be... you know... putting up a better fight than this?"