Fanfic Recs / Fate/Zero

A small corollary before we start: there has yet to be a division between Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night fics in The yardstick is that if it uses Fate/Zero characters and events as the main driving force of the story, it belongs here. If it crosses with Fate/stay night, please note so.

Well then, with that out of the way... Proof that the remaining 10% is worth dying for here, provided you don't die when you are killed:

These are recommendations made by Tropers for Fate/Zero fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be zapped. Nobody would back up the rec.

Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be. You can also add to the current recommendations if you want. You can do it by leaving a review, but please make sure it is substantive, or if you do not wish to leave a review by simply adding your handle to the recommended by line. Refrain from posting Conversation in the Main Page though; that goes in the discussion page.

Do warn when a fanfic may head into non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.

Entries are in alphabetical order; add new entries accordingly, please. Oh, and definitely Needs Wiki Magic Love.

Status guide:

  • Complete: The fic has been completed.
  • Ongoing: The fic is being updated on a regular basis, or has received an update after a significant absence.
  • Dormant: The fic has not been updated in a fairly long time (six months to a year or more) but the author has not pronounced it dead.
  • Dead: The fic has not been updated in several years, or the author has specifically said that it will not be updated.

Note: Fics listed as Dormant or Dead will be changed to Ongoing if/when they receive updates. If you see a rec with a blank status, and you're familiar with the fanfic, please add the correct status.

Note: When adding recs, make sure you use the address from the FIRST page of the fic.

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    Authors and Websites 

MiniNephthys, at AOOO or livejournal
  • Recommended by digitamer2
  • Synopsis: Numerous fics, mostly drabbles or one-shots, as well as many Fate/Stay Night works.
  • Pairings: Mostly Rider/Waver, Caster/Ryuunosuke, or Gen.

    General Fics 

Drowning Dream by Aeanagwen
  • Recommended by amatakamata
  • Pairings: None
  • Synopsis: Two months after the Fuyuki City Disaster, a survivor of the Fourth Grail War explores the ruins. He finds more than he bargained for, in the wreckage and in himself.
  • Warnings: There is a bit of slashy pseudo-selfcest and spoilers about the fate of the Rider pair.

Fate Zero Avenger Of Swords by ForteOfTheBallad98 (link)
  • Recommended by TroperGundam123
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: On his last breath, Shirou destroyed the Greater Grail, along with Angra Mainyu. He had been expecting to die quietly, not to somehow become employed by Alaya. Though he had been human, he was a Heroic Spirit, and as Avenger of the Fourth Holy Grail War, he would do his best to win, and save those people who had shaped him from his birth in fire. The Avenger would save them.
  • Comments: An interesting premise for an AU, and really unique considering there isn't been a fic quite like it in the Fate/stay night Fan Fiction Archive-an admirable achievement. — TroperGundam123

For Want Of A Relic by f0xh0undvix3n (link)
  • Recommended by silentTestimony, kay4today
  • Synopsis: Kayneth Archibald El-Melloi's stolen relic was one shipped from Ireland rather than Macedonia. As a result, an inexperienced Master determined to prove himself and a desperate Servant seeking absolution share in a quest for victory and recognition.
  • Tags: AU fic
  • Comments: Ongoing For Want of a Nail story based on switching around Servants, focused primarily on Waver and Lancer.

The Importance of Proper Communication by Moczo
  • Recommended by Tuckerscreator
  • Status: Complete
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Synopsis: A rewrite of Kariya's confrontation with Tokiomi at the bridge where Tokiomi revealed why he let Zouken adopt Sakura.
  • Comments: The story takes a simple concept, "What if Kariya hadn't been blinded by anger and told Tokiomi what was happened to his daughter", and turns into a hilarious farce of Toki turning from serene sage to clown. Also included are comedic interludes where Gilgamesh works out some emotional issues with Berserker's "help".
  • By the same guy who wrote Uninvited Guests.

Remember by Golden Lark
  • Recommended by: Mirage, nitewind, Pastykake, Metal King 1417
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: When Rin Tohsaka's dad proves that he is her father by wearing the Family pendant bringing Counter Guardian Emiya into the 4th Holy Grail War.
  • Comments: Another "Archer gets summoned to the 4th Holy Grail War," except this one is much longer than the others. Archer then proceeds to troll the participants and mess with everyone in general.

Want and Need by Kiiam
  • Recommended by Nanya, Unclouded TJ, nitewind, Pastykake, Metal King 1417
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with Fate/Prototype, Fate/Strange Fake
  • Synopsis: This isn't quite the Fourth War that Kiritsugu was expecting. After all, he wanted King Arthur, not this white haired Archer he got.
  • Comments: Not the first time a fic has used EMIYA as Kiritsugu's servant, it is, however, the first time we get Enkidu instead of Gilgamesh, Lancelot's not Berserker and Saber is actually the prototype version. Also, Caren seems to make it her mission in life to annoy Rin. It's looking quite good and I, for one, am really enjoying some of the smaller things in the fic like Irisviel and Archer's interactions.

    Shipping Fics 

Link by Joel 7th
  • Recommended by 4seasons
  • Pairings: Diarmuid/Sakura
  • Synopsis: What Matou Sakura craves for is not the Holy Grail but a protection. And he is the Heroic Spirit that has traveled across times and space to answer her heart's desire.
  • Tags: AU fic

Love of a Knight by Advi
  • Recommeded by ErikHowlett.
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: "Diarmuid Ua Duibhne... Betrayed and sinking into darkness hears a mysterious woman calling his name. Who is this who dares disturb his descend into the deepest pit in Hell?"
  • Pairings: Lancer/Saber (Diarturia).
  • Comments: Written to be set between the events at the end of Fate/Zero and the beginning of Fate/stay night, this one-shot addresses the fate of Lancer following the events of the series. I won't spoil things for readers, but this one really gets you, right in the feels, but in a good way.
  • Tags: Slightly dark tone at the beginning, WAFF.

Sensha Otoko by hin
  • Recommended by Gunbazca
  • Pairings: girl!Waver/Rider
  • Synopsis: One day, Waver-chan gets bothered by a strange man in a hoodie. Rider punched the man flying. All goes downhill from there.
  • Tags: AU fic

    Crossover Fics 

Alexandriad: The Song of Fire by SuperGoldenFroggie
  • Recommended by Gunbazca
  • Crossover with The Familiar of Zero
  • Status:
  • Synopsis: At the Spring Summoning Ritual, Louise summoned a bear of a man who claim to be the greatest conqueror that is. Will she be the laughingstock of the school, or will he prove his dream of glorious conquest true?

Conception/Zero by STKmon
  • Recommended by dragonfire5000
  • Crossover with Shin Megami Tensei
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The Fourth Holy Grail War is coming, but there are several new players in town. Demons are throwing in their lot with certain Masters, a mysterious man named Cypher is pulling several strings in the war, and mysterious candelabrum are popping up, heralding in terrifying presences...

Fate All Riders by freebiewitz
  • Recommended by Gemini 24
  • Crossover with Kamen Rider OOO/Kamen Rider Stronger/Kamen Rider Decade/Kamen Rider Den-O/Kamen Rider Kiva''
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: In a war where the good must fight each other only the one who fights hardest will survive! Every Servant is a Rider, summoned from the throne to heed the call of the Holy Grail. Some fight for themselves, some fight for others and some don't need a reason. The Holy Grail is filled with many heroes, many of them are Riders.

The Fourth King by S S Hiei
  • Recommended by Nanya, Cherry_Lover
  • Crossover with Godzilla
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The fourth Grail War originally had three kings. Kariya happened to summon a 4th King.
  • Comments: Pure, unfiltered crack. Only meant to be a one-shot, but has grown since then. Well, what kind of fic do you expect when someone summons the King of all Monsters, Godzilla?

From Azure To ZeroFFN link by Siriel
  • Recommended by Bdoom
  • Crossover with BlazBlue
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A crossover of the 4th Holy Grail War with BlazBlue, as a certain awkward and clumsy girl from the NOL ends up as Kiritsugu's Servant.

Holding Back the Sea ( Link), by Ryuugi
  • Recommended by Crimson Flight
  • Crossover with Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • Status:
  • Sypnosis: Taken from the summary provided: Chiron always said there'd be legends about him one day. He hadn't thought that'd result in him fighting to the death with other Heroes, though. Percy Jackson and the Olympians/F/SN.
  • Comments: Thread 2 can be found here, and the third here while the current one is here.

Just An Unorthodox Thief by The Infamous Man (link)
  • Recommended by Second Son, Pastykake
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with Lupin III
  • Genre: Dramedy
  • Synopsis: Kotomine Kirei is a troubled man that only participated in the Holy Grail War to serve Tohsaka Tokiomi and meet Emiya Kiritsugu. In order to do both, he attempted to summon Hassan-I-Sabbah as the Servant Assassin. The Grail heard his plea and instead gave Kirei a rather... unorthodox thief. Gilgamesh better keep his Gate of Babylon locked at night...
  • Comments: It's about time the Lupin III series got some love. Not only does this fic keep Lupin in character, but it also keeps the dark elements of the first and most recent Lupin anime along with the maturity of Fate/Zero. If anyone is a true Lupin III fan, this fic is for you. —Second Son

Postnuptial Disagreements by Zalgo Jenkins (link)
  • Recommended by Mythtakesweremade, Grand Prince Paul II
  • Crossover with Sekirei, Fate/stay night
  • Status:
  • Synopsis: Author's Summary: Years after his parents survived Heaven's Feel, the son of Kayneth and Sola-Ui finds himself in a different sort of supernatural tournament. But can he survive superpowered alien females, scheming businessmen, and his own partner's urge to strangle him?
  • Comments: Somehow, Kayneth Archibald El-Melloi and his wife Sola-Ui survived the fourth Heaven’s Feel ritual. Their son, Meriwether, seems like a chip off the old block when he travels to Japan to research the Fourth War. Unfortunately, his short layover at Shin Tokyo takes a little longer than expected when he accidentally wings Benitsubasa and gets dragged into the Sekirei Plan. Benitsubasa soon finds to her disappointment that her Ashikabi has lived a rather...sheltered life. Not that this will stop our protagonist from making the Sekirei Plan a whole lot bloodier...

The War of Kings by Pale Wolf
  • Fanfiction.Net link is here.
  • Recommended by Jiven, nitewind, ItsaRandomUsername
  • Crossover with Code Geass
  • Synopsis: The Holy Grail War is taking place in Fuyuki at the same time Kallen's resistance is stealing CC. When Lelouch protected that purple-haired girl from the fighting between terrorists and Brittanians, he didn't think he will be able to seize an extraordinary opportunity. Lelouch, as Master of Lancer, will try to grasp this wish with his own hands and to destroy Britannia. And doing his level best to put some more 'war' in the Holy Grail War.
  • Comments: A newborn fan fiction who shows great promise. Some original flavor, good characterization, good use of drama, and really well-paced action.

Yuru/Zero by Shimazaki Kazumi
  • Recommended by Gunbazca
  • Crossover with Yuru-Yuri
  • Synopsis: All of the sudden, seven girls among the cast of Yuru Yuri found themselves in control of the seven Servants of Fate/Zero. Everyday life continues more or less as usual, but will it last?
  • Comments: Warning for NSFW danbooru ads! Well, this is an excellent series with good pacing and significant volume. The melding of the universes could be smoother, but it suffices. It is Lighter and Softer on the Fate/Zero side, but things do take a bad turn midway...

Fates of Ice and Fire by Dschehuti
  • Recommended by: ultimomant
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Synopsis: During the Fourth Holy Grail War, seven characters from A Song of Ice and Fire are summoned as Servants.

    Megacrossover Fics 

Fate:Zero Sense by The Infamous Man (link)

Fate Zero Sanity by X The Reaper (link)
  • Recommended by Prometheus117, Pastykake
  • Crossover with Fairy Tail, Hellsing, Naruto, One Piece, and Soul Eater
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "The Fourth Holy Grail War has begun. However, Angra Mainyu has decided to replace some of the Servants with more... interesting characters. Now, Servants, old and new, must battle for the Grail in a war like no other. Perhaps, for some, fate can be changed. Inspired by The Infamous Man's Fate:Zero Sense.
  • Comments: Perhaps the most famous Follow the Leader example of Fate:Zero Sense, the story takes the basic idea of Zero Sense and adds its own spin: Seven Servants are fighting each other, and while the plot and humor in some ways, especially near the beginning, are highly reminiscent of FZS, it starts to develop its own identity as it goes along such as the fact that there's a completely new group working on the sides and that Angra Mainyu is not alone within the Grail. If you enjoyed Fate:Zero Sense or wanted something that took itself a little more seriously at times but with the same idea, I'd recommend it. —Prometheus 117
  • Has two sequels, Fate:OSG and Fate: Stay Nightmare

Fate Ground Zero by Aburg76 link
  • Recommended by Ajag
  • Crossover with Dirge of Cerberus, Infinite Stratos
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: "Tokiomi wanted to summon the most powerful Servant to win the Fourth Grail war. Who he Summons is not the King of heroes yet no less formidable. Instead of crimson eyes it is Azure one's that gaze with impossible steel at the head of the Tohsaka family. "I'll ask of you, are you my master?" Recommended to read Tsviet of Steel to know who the Servant is".
  • Comments: Aburg 76 was most probably experimenting with the idea of making a fate Fic with an alternate Servant summoned. He decided to use his Main Character for Tsviet of Steel though the original idea was to show what the main character is actually like when he's not around people in the IS universe and give him some actual character development before he continued with his other fic and ended up liking writing this one much more due to the reaction it received. Archer at takes and interest in Kariya and decides to help him out in rescuing Sakura leaving it one of the Fate Zero fics with a different flavour to it as Archer goes out of his way to help guide other Masters Irisviel and Waver and gets Kirei and Kiritsugu killed. Archer kills the latter while the former is killed by Sakura. In all it's a good read.