Trivia: Fate/stay night

  • Genius Bonus: Gilgamesh's constant self-aggrandizement, beyond being simply indicative of his universe sized ego, might be a reference to the actual Epic of Gilgamesh, which does, in fact, dedicate entire verses every few chapters to reminding the reader just how ridiculously amazing the main character is.
  • God Never Said That: The final Tiger Dojo states that the player has reached the true end of the story. Unfortunately, some people have misconstrued that as to mean the final route, Heaven's Feel, is the canon ending, despite that all endings are canon in the Nasuverse.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The Studio DEEN series until it was rescued from Geneon by Sentai Filmworks.
  • No Export for You: As with a lot of anime based on visual novels, the original VN has never received an official English version. This is even more glaring as other major anime series get their original VNs localized, including Steins;Gate, CLANNAD and Grisaia No Kajitsu.
  • Orphaned Series: The English translation of the Fate/stay night manga only got up to 8 volumes officially released (out of 20) before Tokyopop shut down in 2011. English fan translations got up to Chapter 65 (out of 87) before all efforts abruptly ceased in 2013. The only fan translation that is complete is in Chinese.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Due to union issuesnote , Kate Higgins was the only member of the original cast unable to reprise her role as Saber for the dub of the "Unlimited Blade Works" movie, leading to Michelle Ruff taking the role.
    • Masaki Terasoma replaced Kazuhiro Nakata as Kuzuki in the 2014 anime series due to the latter taking a hiatus from voice acting due to medical issues.
  • Real Place Background: Some locations in Fuyuki City are based on real-life places in Kobe and Fujisawa City.
    • Ryuudou Temple is modeled after the Yugyoji Temple in Fujisawa City.
    • The iconic Fuyuki Bridge and the building that was the inspiration for Rin's house can be found in Kobe.
    • Two buildings in the Akashi Castle complex were also used for inspiration: the Oda Nagayamon gate (which is where the outside shot of the Emiya residence is modeled after), and a dojo that served as the model for the archery dojo of Homurahara Academy.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Gilgamesh is voiced by Tomokazu Seki, who has several times played roles of villains that lust over the character played by Ayako Kawasumi (Saber's voice actor).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • An artbook known as ''Character Material'' has revealed that the protagonist was originally a girl named Sajyou Ayaka and her Servant would have been a guy (named Saver in the artbook). The female protagonist eventually was reworked into Shirou and Rin, but the original idea was animated into a short OVA titled Fate/Prototype.
    • In one of the Tiger Dojos, Ilya mentions that it would be nice to see a Route in which Shinji cooperated with Shirou, or one Route when Caster became an ally. Taiga right away smacks Ilya in the head and say "Don't talk about the rejected Routes!". Along with the information on the "Ilya Route", which was cut and reworked into the "Heaven's Feel" route because Ilya is the Token Mini-Moe, this means that there would be a lot of Routes, but thanks to "time and resources not being infinite" (another quote from Taiga) they were rejected. To be more specific, Fate/side material revealed that in the Caster Route, Caster would have reversed her age, turned into a loli and become the protagonist's partner. Unlike Rider's route which was also scrapped, none of this was incorporated in the end product.
    • Fate/Prototype shows us that Gilgamesh's original Noble Phantasm instead of Ea was Enki (which is another name for the same god), a bow/double sword combo that allowed him to summon the Surge of Utnapishtim, or as itīs better known, the flood Noah had to survive. He also had a third passive Noble Phantasm that allowed him to survive any battle no matter what, which would clash with Berserker's Noble Phantasm, which was to not lose for eleven battles, concluding with Gilgamesh losing but surviving and Berserker winning but dying. He was also far more skilled in melee combat, easily trouncing Saber in a fight with only his Enki blades.
    • It's stated in the Tiger Dojos that Nasu had been toying with the idea of giving Ilya her own route if Heaven's Feel was short enough, but it wasn't. The details of her own route were largely folded into Heaven's Feel instead. It's also mentioned once that there was originally a scene in the Fate route where she raped Shirou in a Bad End, but that scene was obviously cut. And then in Fate/hollow ataraxia it's revealed that even Shinji was more likely to get his own route than her.