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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 that if it uses Fate/Zero characters 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.

Add new examples at the bottom of the section, please. Oh, and definitely Needs Wiki Magic Love.

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  • Mini Nephthys, 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

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  •     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.

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  • For Want of a Relic by f0xh0undvix3n
    • Recommended by silentTestimony, kay4today
    • Pairings: None
    • 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.
    • Has its own page.

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  • Remember by Golden Lark
    • Recommended by: Mirage, nitewind
    • Synopsis: When Rin Tohsaka's dad proves that he is her father by wearing the Family pendant bringing CG 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.
  •  1 reviews
  • Want and Need by Kiiam
    • Recommended by Nanya, Unclouded TJ, nitewind
    • Crossover Fate/ZERO, 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.
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  •     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
  •  1 reviews
  • 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
  •  1 reviews
  • 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.

        Crossover Fics 

    Alexandriad: The Song of Fire by SuperGoldenFroggie
    • Recommended by Gunbazca
    • 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?
    • Tags: AU fic, Crossover
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  • The Fourth King by S S Hiei
    • Recommended by Nanya, Cherry_Lover
    • Pairings: None
    • 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?

    Holding Back the Sea ( Link), by Ryuugi
    • Recommended by Crimson Flight
    • 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.
    • Tags: Crossover
    • Comments: Thread 2 can be found here, and the third here while the current one is here.
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  • Postnuptial Disagreements by Zalgo Jenkins.
    • Recommended by Mythtakesweremade and Grand Prince Paul II
    • Fandoms: Sekirei, Fate/stay night, Fate/Zero
    • Now with a tropes page
    • 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...

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  • 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.

  •  1 reviews
  • 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?
    • Tags: AU fic, Crossover
    • 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...

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  • Just An Unorthodox Thief by The Infamous Man
    • Recommended by Second Son
    • 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 matureness of Fate/Zero. If anyone is a true Lupin III fan, this fic is for you.
    • Now has its own page
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  • Fate All Riders by freebiewitz
    • Recommended by Gemini24
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Crossover with: Kamen Rider OOO/Kamen Rider Stronger/Kamen Rider Decade/Kamen Rider Den-O/Kamen Rider Kiva''
    • 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.
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  • From Azure To ZeroFFN link by Siriel
    • Recommended by Bdoom
    • 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.
    • Tags: Crossover
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  • Conception/Zero by STKmon
    • Recommended by dragonfire5000
    • Status: In-Progress
    • Crossover With: Shin Megami Tensei
    • 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...
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  •     Megacrossover Fics 

    Fate:Zero Sense by The Infamous Man
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  • The Familiar of ZeroFan Fic RecommendationsInfinite Stratos

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