Video Game / Fate/Grand Order

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We ask of you: Are you our Master?note 
My Lord. Once more, I shall raise this flag, for this country's—-no, this world's salvation.
Order has gone up in flames, and so much purpose has been lost. Our future vanished in but a second.
Listen to my words, brave warriors gathered here, legion of brave heroic spirits!
No matter if you were sworn enemies or no matter how far your time periods apart, now you must entrust your backs to one another!
My true name is Jeanne d'Arc. In the name of my lord, I shall stand as your shield!
This struggle is one that has long endured through the sands of human history.
But there is no need for concern, as untold fateful encounters await you.
Though this entire planet has become the battlefield of the Holy Grail War, though the world has been brought to ruin, though countless formidable foes block your path, the end has still yet to be determined by anyone.
Now, let us begin our fight, Master.
Jeanne d'Arc's speech from the first PV

Fate/Grand Order is a mobile phone game entry in the massively popular Fate franchise with more then 11 million players for the Japanese version and 2 million players for the American version, developed jointly by Type-Moon and mobile company DelightWorks and published in cooperation with Aniplex, as part of the larger Nasuverse. It is a re-imagining of the original Fate/Apocrypha game project, before it became a novel series, and takes place in a somewhat alternate timeline to the main Fate/stay night game.

It was released on Android on July 25 2015 and iOS during August of the same year. An English version was announced in April 2017 and launched in the United States on June 25, 2017. The game has also been released in China and South Korea.

The Chaldea Security Organization is a secret organization dedicated to the preservation of the human race. With the intellectual and financial resources of the world behind them, Chaldea has melded technology and magecraft into the creation of numerous tools to aid in their mission; most notably the Global Environmental Model "CHALDEAS", an omniscient and complete simulation of Earth's past, present and future.

However, one day it suddenly becomes impossible to view more than one year into the future predicted by CHALDEAS, and the leaders of Chaldea conclude that humanity will soon face an impossible and unknown extinction event. Their researchers pinpoint the cause to a distortion within the space-time continuum, located in the Japanese city of Fuyuki in the year 2004.

Chaldea gathers a number of candidates capable of using the Guardian Heroic Spirit Summoning System "FATE", a system that summons and weaponizes the legends of great historical, mythological and fictional figures as "Servants". Their mission is to go into the past and stop the space-time distortion at its source by utilizing an experimental form of Time Travel developed by Chaldea, with the aid of FATE and their Servants.

Yet the secret lying within Fuyuki in the year 2004 is only the first step in a new Grand Order that sees you travelling across time and space, teaming up with (and against) the living legends of human history to fix the distortions warping the events of the past, and save the future.

The various Holy Grail War singularities are:

     Singularities 
  • The First Grail: AD 1431 - Wicked Dragon's Hundred Year War - Orleans - "The Holy Maiden Savior"
    • First Holy Grail: Humanity Foundation Value_C+
  • The Second Grail: AD 0060 - The Eternal Mad Empire - Septem — "Emperor of Roses"
    • Second Holy Grail: Humanity Foundation Value_B+
  • The Third Grail: AD 1573 - Sealed Ends of the Four Seas - Okeanos - "Voyager of the Storm"
    • Third Holy Grail: Humanity Foundation Value_A
  • The Fourth Grail: AD 1888 - Death World in the City of Demonic Fog - London - "Londinium Knight"
    • Fourth Holy Grail: Humanity Foundation Value_A-
  • The Fifth Grail: AD 1783 - Mythological North American War - E Pluribus Unum - "The White Robes of Steel"
    • Fifth Holy Grail: Humanity Foundation Value_A+
  • The Sixth Grail: AD 1273 - Territory of the Holy Round Table - Camelot - "Shining Airgetlám"
    • Sixth Holy Grail: Humanity Foundation Value_EX
  • The Seventh Grail: BC 2655 - The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts - Babylonia - "The Chain of Heaven"
    • Seventh Holy Grail: Humanity Foundation Value_A++
  • The Ultimate Singularity - AD 2016note : Grand Time Temple - Salomon - "The Divine Zenith Meteor Shower"
    • Humanity Foundation Value_—

An interim storyline/mini-expansion, titled Epic of Remnant, bridging part one of the game (the singularities & the fight against their creator) with the proper part two was announced on New Year's Day 2017, and went live later that year. After resolving the world-ending crisis, they discover several smaller crises, each one threatening to destablize the world if left unchecked. With Chaldea the only group currently capable of resolving these problems, they once again travel through time to find the problem and preserve the timeline. There are four chapters (and one extra):

    Epic of Remnant 
  • Sub-Singularity I: AD 1999 - Isolated Den of Evil - Shinjuku - "The Shinjuku Phantom Incident"
  • Sub-Singularity Extra: AD 2030 - Deep-Sea Cyber-Nirvana - SE.RA.PH
  • Sub-Singularity II: AD 2000 - Subterranean Folklore Realm - Agartha - "The Woman of Agartha"
  • Sub-Singularity III (Subcategory Parallel World): AD 1639 - Stage of Carnage - Shimosa Province - "The Seven Heroic Spirit Swordmasters Duels"
  • Sub-Singularity IV: AD 1692 - Forbidden Garden of Descent - Salem - "The Heresy of Salem"

The second storyline of Fate/Grand Order, Cosmos in the Lostbelt, officially launched on December 26, 2017 with the release of its prologue. It will start on Spring 2018.

    Lostbelts 
  • Lostbelt No. 1: AD 1570 - The Eternal Frozen Empire - Anastasia - The Princess of the Land of Beasts
    • Phenomena Depth: D
  • Lostbelt No. 2: BC 1000 - Eternal Flame Century - Gotterdammerung - *** of the Unending Flame
    • Phenomena Depth: B+
  • Lostbelt No. 3: BC 210 - Land of Unified Knowledge - Crimson Beauty Under the Moon
    • Phenomena Depth: E
  • Lostbelt No. 4: ?? 11900 - Samsara of Creation and Destruction - The Final Black God
    • Phenomena Depth: A
  • Lostbelt No. 5: BC 12000 - Interstellar City Mountain - The Day God is Shot Down
    • Phenomena Depth: A+
  • Lostbelt No. 6: AD 500 - Round Table Territory - The Day the Star is Born
    • Phenomena Depth: EX
  • Lostbelt No. 7: BC ???? - *** - ** Sea of Trees ***
    • Phenomena Depth: A+++

An anime adaptation, Fate/Grand Order -First Order- produced by Lay-Duce, featuring the male protagonist and Mash as main characters premiered December 31, 2016. It also went up on Crunchyroll the same day for U.S. viewers and on AnimeLab for those in Australia and New Zealand on January 1, 2017. Aniplex USA has licensed and produced an English dub for it. More anime was released a year later with a crossover special with Fate/school life done by ufotable and an original OVA written by Nasu, Fate/Grand Order -Moonlight/Lost Room- done by Lay-duce.

A stage play adaptation of the Camelot chapter, Fate/Grand Order -The Stage-: Territory of the Holy Round Table - Camelot - Replica;Airgetlám, was announced on April 2017 and ran in Tokyo from July 14 to July 17.

Two different manga adaptations have been released, -mortalis:stella- and -turas:realta-, featuring the male protagonist. Each manga alternates between different Singularities, with the former focusing on chapters two, four, and six and the latter focusing on chapters three, five, and seven.

There is an online gag manga, Learning with Manga! FGO which is ostensibly about teaching new players the ropes of the game but is mostly about the female protagonist's hijinks and poking fun at the game. It can be read here. There is also Fate/Gudaguda Order, a comic strip made to promote the game before release by keikenchi, known to Type-Moon fans for his work in Koha-Ace. It can be read here.

An arcade game developed by Sega, Fate/Grand Order Arcade was announced in July 2017 for Japanese Arcades.

Tropes appearing in the game:

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: While a lot of the female Servants have a thing for the protagonist and they know it, they're flat out scared of some, annoyed by others or just unwilling to deal with them.
    • During Halloween 2016, for example, yanderes Raikou and Kiyohime literally try to sniff the protagonist out at one point (even using NP to reveals them) and the entire party flees from them in terror. They start swimming through lava to get to the protagonist.
    • Swimsuit Lancer Tamamo is more aggressive than her Caster self and Tamamo Cat(as seen with her self-proclaimed nickname: Tamamo Shark) and she's made her desire for the protagonist very clear. She even gives you a drink spiked with ketamine on Valentine's Day!
    • Then there's Artemis and Orion, a pair so annoying that when you do their interludes you consistently get dialogue options like 'go away' and 'I'm not here' in a futile attempt to get them to leave you alone. It seems like Artemis has a bit of a thing for the protagonist as well as Orion, but all they want is for her to solve her own relationship problems and leave them out of it.
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts:
    • Do you want that nifty 5* CE featuring a well drawn Da Vinci and is the only consistent method of increasing money drops in the game so far? You're going to have to fork over 1,000 Mana Prisms for the first one. It only boosts money drops by 2% so if you want the 10% boost to your money you'd have to get all five of them. The price scales by 200 and the last one costs 1800. That's 7000 Mana Prisms in total that you need to get that 10% boost. Keep in mind that the items second to the Mona Lisa CEs in expensiveness, the Fou card packs combined, are only 600 Mana Prisms. Lampshaded in the Da Vinci Event where someone was so angry about this that they stole one and started making counterfeits.
    • Later shop CEs are slightly less expensive in that you need only 5000 Mana Prisms to buy them all. When the Mona Lisa CE returned to the game, they changed the price to this and gave players who bought the overpriced ones a refund.
    • Eventually, another currency known as rare prisms were added to the game. They're hard to obtain because they can only be acquired by burning the SR and SSR Servants from the gacha. An SR is one and an SSR is five. Fair enough, but everything worth buying costs at least three and for the really need stuff you need five. Fortunately, apart from the Crystallized Lore, some friend points and the new Fou cards, the shop is only for items that the player failed to get when they were released originally, possibly because they hadn't started playing yet. That being said, the friend points and the Fou cards are horrendously overpriced, meaning it's unlikely that anyone will actually want to buy them.
  • Adaptation Distillation: While the crossover event with Kara no Kyoukai includes elements from all the chapters/movies, most of the material, including the event map and BGM, is based off of the 5th movie, Paradox Spiral.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Some pre-FGO Servants who had been villains or the villain's minion in their debuting work are given more character and have their different sides exposed upon their inclusion in FGO. Hassan of the Cursed Arm and Meltlilith are hit the hardest by this.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • The boar that killed Diarmuid. In myth, it was incredibly large for a boar, and evil, but the Type-Moon version outright hits Animalistic Abomination territory, with its in-game profile describing it as "eating runes and putting even Dragonkind to shame".
    • Many Servants are a lot stronger than in the series they're debuting from, such as Francis Drake, Jack the Ripper, or Okita Souji.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Due to Alternate Character Reading, Chinese-named Servants and Noble Phantasms are referred to their Japanese names in voiced lines.
    • Lu Bu Fengxian to Ryofu Housen,
    • Zhuge Liang to Shoukatsu Koumei,
    • Jing Ke to Keika,
    • Li Shuwen to Ri Shobun,
    • Xuanzang Sanzang to Genjou Sanzou, she also refers to Sun Wukong by his Japanese name Son Goku,
    • Yan Qing to En Sei,
    • Wu Zetian to Bu Zokuten,
    • Nezha to Nata.
  • Adapted Out: Benkei, who is one of the Shadow Servants in the Fuyuki singularity, doesn't make an appearance in the anime adaptation.
  • Adult Fear: A fairly low-key moment from the Part Two prologue: Mash and the protagonist get worried about Da Vinci when she's been stuck with Gordolf (who's been blatantly sexually harassing her) for twelve hours. Presumably he'd feel her left hook if he tried anything, and there are plenty of other reasons to be worried, but nonetheless, it invokes the realistic fear of a woman being stuck with some creep while her friends can only worry. Even if she has got a giant nuclear metal fist.
  • Affectionate Parody:
    • "Moonlight Festival", AKA Orion and Artemis' debut. You try to summon the Stars' Hunter Orion, but because Artemis is too clingy for him, you end up summoning the Moon Goddess herself (who manages to pass herself off as a Gender Flip version of Orion, which isn't too improbable considering the franchise's track record). Artemis, like any good Greek God, whimsically asks for dango to celebrate the Japanese moon-viewing festival. You get it by beating the hell out of other Servants.
    • "GUDAGUDA Honnoji" is this even moreso, with Medea complaining about her Lily counterpart and being only used for Rule Breaker spam, Gilgamesh complaining about gacha rates, and Andersen reminding the players to take it easy with the "horrible grindy event".
    • "Saber Wars" is basically one long satire on the numerous expies of Altria and how plentiful they are.
    • Valentine's Day event is one long harem story with the dangerous prospect of your harem consisting of legendary heroes. As said by the resident harem series protagonist himself:
    EMIYA: They are Servants, heroic spirits of the past, you know? Compared to normal people, they are somewhat warped in the head, to a certain extent. Physical abilities, mental ability, skills, berserking... it is all at a stage where they are right at the top. If you accept chocolates from those girls.... It won’t just end like this. I will say it plainly - it will be a terrible situation. It’s unmistakably a game over!
    • "Da Vinci and the 7 Counterfeit Heroic Spirits" event revolves around how expensive the Mona Lisa CE was to the point where someone created a counterfeit just so people could actually have one. But later on it's revealed that it was a cover-up for Jeanne Alter's real plan which was to summon fake Servants to accompany her. EMIYA, being a former eroge game protagonist points that she's been gathering a harem and wonders if she's actually trying to become an otome game protagonist. She of course denies it.
    • "Starry Xuanzang Goes to India" is based on the legendary literature of China, Journey to the West. Xuanzang debuts here with the game's characters humorously filling in for Xuanzang's disciples. The protagonist is Sun Wukong (because they're cosplaying him), David becomes Zhu Bajie (because he is a lech), Li Shuwen becomes Sha Wujing (a silent and reliable fighter), and Lu Bu becomes Yulong (since he is identical as his steed, the Red Hare).
  • After the End:
    • When the protagonist and Mash return to Chaldea at the end of the prologue, the world has ended and all that's left is Chaldea. All of human history is vanishing as well, Chaldea is temporarily a sustained paradox.
    • Chaldea Summer Part 2 begins when your party sails away for a day and end up going back to the tropical island after 2000 years have passed. The boars evolved into an intelligent race but then their civilization collapsed.
    • The forces of the Lostbelt have frozen over the world by the end of the prologue for Cosmos in the Lostbelt.
  • All Just a Dream:
    • Mysterious Heroine X's storyline throughout her three interludes turns out to be this at the end.
    • The Garden of Order event took place in Ryougi's dream as she fell into a deep sleep to avoid being killed by Solomon's burning the Earth. This is only explained in an interview and is never hinted anywhere in the event itself.
    • The Prison Tower storyline takes place in a dream, with Mash and co. trying to wake the protagonist.
    • Near the endgame, Mash has several dreams sent by Solomon, with him trying to persuade her into joining him.
    • The majority of the Moonlight/Lost Room OVA happens in the male protagonist's dream, sometime after Chaldea's 2017 Christmas party and before the Prologue of Cosmos in the Lostbelt.
  • All Myths Are True: The Grail summons a Servant based on in-universe perceptions, concepts, and historical fact, so Servants drawn from mythology or stories are often a hodgepodge of every single story told about them. Some profiles even admit that the Servant is fictional (i.e. Assassin of Shinjuku) or are in an ambiguous state on which stories were true or made up (Brynhild is the most glaring example).
    • Most legendary figures were alive at some point in in-universe history and eventually turned into a Heroic Spirit who can be summoned by the player. The same applies to most pre-twentieth century literary figures with Literary Agent Hypothesis, such as Edmond Dantes, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Phantom of the Opera.
    • Holmes muses on this and its implications regarding him as a fictional character in a trial quest. He comes to the conclusion that the universe doesn't want him examining this too closely. He does admit that that just because a myth isn't true in one world, it might be in an Alternate Universe. This turns out to be true in the case of Kojiro Sasaki.
    • Not only is Agartha one of the EoR sub-singularities, it also has El Dorado, Ys, Shangri-La, the Nightless City, and the Undersea Dragon Palace inside Agartha. Laputa shows up as part of the chapter's finale. It's later revealed that Scheherazade used her Noble Phantasm to create these legendary locations in that area, modifying them for the narrative she was making and so they might not have actually existed in the Nasuverse.
    • As of Epic of Remnant 4, the Cthulhu Mythos is apparently real, at least some parts. More specifically, the Cthulhu Mythos itself might not be real, but Lovecraft seemed to have been inspired by dreams of very real beings from an outer universe, meaning that they are fictional works based on a real thing out there. For example, the god "Sut-Typhon" what Raum tries to summon is what Yog-Sothoth is based on.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • Head writer Kinoko Nasu occasionally posts a blog entry on the main story, clarifying background details and explaining some events that were implied but not explicitly shown in the game.
      • His blog entry for Camelot explains what happened to the other Knights of the Round Table that Lion King summoned, what happened before the city of Camelot was established, and how several Servants were in the circumstances they were in at the story's beginning.
      • There's a short story about the time Anchin visited Chaldea once, where every female Servant save for Mash is attracted to him at first glance. Anchin is gay and attracted to Sasaki Kojirou.
      • The blog entry for Babylonia includes an explanation for Humanity Foundation Value and how it's ranked, what damage is done in the Londinium, Camelot, and Babylonia singularities, the relation between Clairvoyants Gilgamesh and Merlin, the revival of a dead Humbaba and how Ibaraki-douji's bandit gang kept it imprisoned, and how Enkidu summoned by the Earth as a servant would be on the same level as Arcueid Brunestud. Nasu's details on Camelot in particular explains that due to how improbable the presence of Lion King was (EX Rank), all damaged caused by her appearance is undone. This includes deaths, which are normally set in stone the moment they die in a Singularity.
      • One went up a few weeks after SE.RA.PH's release to expand on the conversion of Seraphix into a sub-singularity and reveal a few plot details that hadn't been in the story proper.
    • The Fate/Grand Order Material books reveal several things not told in Servants' in-game profiles.
      • Nearly every original Servant has a second Noble Phantasm unused in gameplay.
      • Several Servants also have skills unavailable to them.
      • Relationships between Servants that were not seen before in-game.
  • All the Worlds Are a Stage: The final Order, Grand Time Temple Salomon, has areas based off all of the previous singularities, with a Demon Pillar guarding each one.
  • Alpha Strike: Near the end of the Okeanos arc, David, Euryale, Atlanta, Artemis, and Drake all launch their Noble Phantasms at Heracles. This does little to inconvenience him.
  • Alternate Character Reading: Tiamat's spawn seemingly speak in gibberish when first introduced, but the English letters of their gibberish correspond to the hiragana of a Japanese computer keyboard.
    (text) ! uyq@b4e4bst<u. -s@<u. -@s!
    (translation) !Nandakōiukotokane naruhodone naruhodone! (How it becomes like this, I understand, I understand)
  • Alternate Timeline: The game itself takes place in a separate timeline from Fate/stay night, because their Fuyuki Holy Grail Wars are very different from the original timeline, like there being only one known Grail War to Chaldea. El-Melloi II's the first one to bring this up during "Fate/Accel Zero Order", because when he looked through Chaldea's records of them, they clashed heavily with what he remembers/the Association's records on them. It's revealed in the Camelot chapter that Olga-Marie's father was the victor of the 2004 Fuyuki Holy Grail War.
    • Since many of the Servants come from works that are themselves Alternate Timelines, and they can often remember those timelines; it is difficult to differentiate whose history belongs where.
  • Always Night: The Shinjuku sub-singularity has been mysteriously made to always be nighttime. Inhabitants of the city have gotten used to it and even forgotten what daytime is like. Though oddly the trailer for this chapter depicts Shinjuku during sunset.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Once Abigail awakens her powers, the courtroom she's in is partially transformed into an endless void with hundreds of glowing white keyholes.
  • Ambiguous Situation: When the protagonist and Mash ask Holmes if he actually existed, he dodges the question to point out that while there's no evidence of his existence, there isn't any of most mythical heroes either, so he shouldn't be considered special in this regard. What's more, aspects are added to their legend long after they would have died even if they did exist. The truth is that there's tangible evidence and artifacts among mages, but Holmes is keeping that kind of thing a secret from Chaldea for now for complicated Magibabble reasons. While the conversation leading to this seems to imply that Holmes may be fictional as no such evidence for him exists, the quest ends with Moriarty and Holmes bickering in a way that was specifically not present in any stories about them and therefore shouldn't be part of their relationship if they were just fabricated whole cloth. His monologue to himself suggests that it's related to the fact that there are parallel worlds, the Pruning Phenomenon, and that the Ages of Gods still exists beneath the world of man and held back by the Holy Spear.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • Chapter 5 is set in 1783, but being a singularity, almost all of America's history has blended together with towns based off the Wild West, a castle in Denver wired with electricity and guarded by police with robot suits, Alcatraz and Washington D.C. are established locations, the U.S. has all 48 continental states with modern borders, and medieval Celts are battling the Theosophical Society with the Indians on different sides. The first thing that alerts the heroes of the anachronism is when Nightingale yells about sanitary procedure and the danger of bloodletting at Benjamin Rush.
    • The seventh singularity is named Babylonia which is set in Mesopotamia during Gilgamesh's rule. However, the singularity is set in 2655 B.C. during the Sumerian civilization. Babylonia has existed around 1800 B.C., hundreds of years after the Sumerian civilization. Likewise, Ishtar's relation with Gilgamesh is based on Akkadian interpretation of Epic of Gilgamesh, as it was her Sumerian counterpart Inanna who tries to seduce Gilgamesh in the original story.
    • Wu Zetian, the empress of the Tang Dynasty, being in charge of the Nightless City of the Han Dynasty in Agartha is a subtle indicator that the fantasy lands aren't real.
    • In Salem, the buildings being inconsistent with historical records, the records found by Mata Hari on the townspeople not matching up with Chaldea's data, and a wharf that wasn't even built during the time of the Witch Trials leads the party to the conclusion that they aren't in the actual Salem of 1692 but an elaborate illusion imposed upon the area to make it function as one.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The real Grand Order, which is Goetia's way of ensuring that all seventy-two of his Pillars can be in the right place and time to create the Singularities. To do this, he created a compulsion within Magic Crests to prevent the owner from committing suicide, and then propagated the belief that magi must absolutely pass on their genes and sire a bloodline that can last forever. As these values and propaganda ensure that Goetia's seventy-two chosen bloodlines will last for three thousand years, all he then needs to do is activate the Demon Pillars within their Magic Crests during the right time period, effectively turning those bloodlines into his unwitting agents for the Human Order's destruction. Virtually every value that the Mage's Association holds dear was instilled by Goetia for his grand plan to remake the world.
  • And I Must Scream: The Lahmus that appear in the later half of Babylonia are processed from human beings. Several are shown to be non-violent or briefly turn against their programming that orders them to kill everything, with the human still being conscious and trapped in their own bodies that seek only slaughter.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes:
    • Played with. All Servants are subjected to wardrobe changes after Ascension (i.e. increasing their Level Cap and granting them new skills) — with most of them usually gaining Costume Porn of all kinds. Others, however, may actually lose their initial clothes in exchange for either Power Tattoo or something else, becoming Stripperific in the process.
    • Special Servant Costume Dresses are rewarded for clearing certain conditions. Of course, accessing these requires a) that you actually summoned the Servant it's for, and b) some varying ascension materials.
      • Mash's sundress ("Swimsuit of Perpetual Summer") is unlocked by clearing a challenge quest of the Summer 2016 quest rerun in 2017.
      • Medb's dominatrix get-up ("Alluring Chief Warden Look") is unlocked by beating a challenge quest in the actual Summer 2017 event.
      • Nero's PE uniform ("Olympian Bloomers") is a lottery prize in the Nerofest 2017 rerun.
      • Jeanne Alter's casual clothes in the EoR Shinjuku chapter ("Witch of the Evil Dragon ver. Shinjuku 1999") can be bought as a prize in the Da Vinci Event rerun in January 2018).
      • Finally, Astolfo's civilian wear ("Memories of Trifas") and Parvati/Sakura's school uniform ("What a Girl Wants") are available at the Da Vinci Shop for 1000 mana prisms each.
  • Animation Bump:
    • The PVs animated by ufotable have much better animations than the PV made by A-1, the official partner studio. Amusingly, starting with the America trailer, A-1 Pictures increased the animation quality of their previews to one-up ufotable.
      • The new opening for Cosmos in the Lostbelt is made by Studio Troyca and it also has much better animation than the first opening by A-1.
    • For the animation update for Altria, people also noticed that her sprites got a drastic modification, making her a lot thinner, compared to the original sprite which several fans thought was very similar to a penguin.
    • Almost all new Servants after launch have more elaborate attack animations compared to the original set of 59 Servants to attract more players and more money.
      • The original set of Sabers use the same basic animations for attacks, but Okita, Mordred, etc. have their animations designed to fit their fighting styles, and Santa Alter actually uses her Prana Burst as part of her sword attack.
      • Jeanne Alter, in her appearance as a boss exclusive Ruler, has more or less a Palette Swap of the original Jeanne and had a simple Area of Effect Noble Phantasm. Her playable Avenger counterpart has new attack animations, and a completely different looking Noble Phantasm that only hits one enemy.
      • Several Servants from the original base game have had their battle animations updated to have more visual flair and homage their moves from other Fate media.
      • Due to several Day 1 Servants sharing generic animations, Servants like d'Eon and Artemis have had their animations updated to make them more distinct.
  • Anthology: Epic of Remnant has been described as one as each chapter is written solely by one author in their own distinct style. The thing that links them is the overarching plot of the four Demon Pillars surviving.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • Rashoumon, the first raid battle event (where the damage all players did collectively stacked up to reduce a global meter) had high difficulty spikes in its missions, and while you could still complete the first two, the third and final one was very hard to complete if you did not have specific setups. On top of that, if you died, you lost your damage progress completely. Come the "Celestial Demon Tales Onigashima" event, we had double the amount of mission choices (with smoothed out difficulties) and in the event that your team is wiped out, your damage progress is still recorded. The Rashoumon rerun in 2017 retains the Onigashima point system.
    • "Chaldea Summer" has 2 parts like "Starry Xuanzang Goes to India", but the old CEs from Part 1 also boost the second batch of event items' drop rate.
      • The event also released a new ascension material that only drops from an enemy introduced by the event and used for all the swimsuit Servants and several more Servants released after the event. After the event ended, a new free quest was added to Okeanos that featured the new enemy, allowing players to still acquire the new material (albeit at a low drop rate as per usual), the Saber free quest had this enemy type added, and Agartha added another free quest to farm the material, making it accessible for players who weren't able to play the summer events.
      • Chaldea Summer's rerun simplified drop bonuses by making them class-based, rather then Servant-based like last time, making it easier for players to bring only one class to farm a node.
    • The Nero Festival 2016 event features extra hard Exhibition battles, featuring extremely tough battles that even veterans would have trouble with and removes the use of Saint Quartz or Command Seals to continue if the party wipes out. Luckily, it only costs 1 AP, so players are welcome to try as many times as they like until they succeed.
    • Starting with the "Prison Tower" rerun event, all challenge quests only cost 5 AP and allow players to use Quartz or Command Seals to restore their team if they get wiped out.
  • Anyone Can Die: The body count among allies tends to be pretty high, especially as the story continues, though technically most don't leave a body. At the end of the chapter or event, most Servants generally disappear unless they're given to the player to bring home to Chaldea as well, though that's not quite the same thing. In general, the only characters who can be counted on to make it through are Mash and the protagonist.
    • Olga Marie Animusphere, the Tsundere director the protagonist bonded with during Fuyuki, has a sudden bridge dropped on her at the climax when the Chaldea bomber shows their true colors.
    • In Orleans, the friendly deaths are relatively low, basically being limited to Marie Antoinette's sacrifice to stall Jeanne Alter and Sanson.
    • In Septem, Spartacus and Lu Bu are lost in the collateral of Altera Kill Satting the Roman fortress, as Boudica and Mash couldn't protect them with their defensive Noble Phantasms.
    • In Okeanos, Asterios takes a lethal hit from Hektor's lance in order to trap Heracles, giving the other heroes a chance to escape. Or not, since he's shown as having survived in Tamamo Cat's interlude.
    • In London, most of the Servant allies save Mordred are one-shotted by the newly revealed Big Bad, who stomps the party. Jekyll and Fran only survive due to not being there at the time.
    • In America, allies drop like flies when Cu Alter acts as the plot reaper including Nero Bride, Billy the Kid, Bathory, and later even Karna, after being stabbed in the back by him.
    • In Camelot, Hundred-Face and Serenity are killed by Tristan, Arash sacrifices himself to stop a nuke from the Lion King, Xuanzang uses all her strength to destroy the gates of Camelot, Ozymandias and Nitocris sacrifice themselves by launching Ramesseum Tentyris at Camelot and the Lion King, and Bedivere dies when he finally returns Excalibur to the Lion King. Notably, this was the actual living Bedivere. In the end, the only ones left standing are the protagonist, Mash, Fou, the Lion King, Tawara Touta, King Hassan, Cursed Arm who retires from being a Hassan, and Agravain who is basically on the verge of death by the end of the story.
    • In Babylon, most of your allies sacrifice themselves or are killed before the end of the chapter, including Kingu after switching sides and even the living Gilgamesh, though since the final boss fight takes place in the underworld, he's still available for support in that fight.
    • Finally, in Salomon, even Roman and Fou don't make it out. Roman reveals himself to be the true Solomon and erases his very existence from the Throne to stop Goetia while Fou sacrifices its intelligence to revive Mash. She doesn't appear to understand what he did for her, either, because during Remnant she comments that Fou has been acting oddly innocent and simple lately.
    • In SE.RA.PH, Gawain is killed by EMIYA Alter. He then dies after switching to Kiara's side and then kills her himself in his last breath. Meltlilith's Saint Graph is heavily damaged by her time travel back to her first meeting with the protagonist and BB is unable to preserve her memory data, meaning the death of her incarnation there is effectively permanent.
    • In Shimosa, all your enemies in the Swordmaster Duels die after being defeated by Musashi. Kato Danzo sacrifices herself in an attempt to kill Limbo Caster. Sengo Muramasa dies after using his NP to obliterate Amakusa. Your Musashi also dies after her duel with Kojirou. Finally, this dimension's Musashi passes away in peace after knowing that his promise to duel Kojirou is fulfilled by the female Musashi.
    • In Salem, Sanson gets executed by the townspeople and Lavinia is killed to awaken the Outer God inside Abigail.
    • In the second storyline's prologue, Da Vinci is fatally impaled by Kotomine. She has a backup body who shares all of her memories but it's noted that Death of Personality applies to the adult version since her backup doesn't have all the experiences of the original and treats everyone else as new acquaintances.
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: Subverted. The people of Uruk are so happy and kind even in the face of weekly adversity and the events of Babylonia as they believe in and love their king Gilgamesh and wish to fight with all they have.
  • Apocalypse Now: Humanity is gone. Past, present, and future. There are only temporary "singularities" left because whoever did it did it multiple times simultaneously.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Several reports from the Seraphix staff are spread throughout SE.RA.PH which detail their slow descent into madness.
  • April Fools' Day: An honoured Type-Moon tradition shows up in this game.
    • In 2016, they replaced all Servant cards with artwork done by Riyo, the artist of "How to Play F/GO." Some of the game's artists also provided artwork for this.
    • The 2017 event combines this with a Pokémon Go parody, where the protagonist can catch all of the Servants (including Riyo's own original Servants) with quartz. Except for one, who can't be caught, and just waves at you happily until the app closes.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Invoked Defiance. After Bunyan is recruited in the April Fool's event; the unlikelihood of her existence (a known fake story) is waved aside by Andersen, who comments that Chaldea has a serial killer made from the fusion of aborted baby souls, crystalized nursery rhymes, living computer programs and more in its ranks. She's not close to being the strangest Servant.
  • Arc Number: The number seven has been heavily teased for the promotion of Salem, with the House of Seven Gables as a major location, the story progressing over the course of seven days, Chaldea sending a party of seven to investigate Salem, seven deaths, seven hangings, seven trials, and seven being the number counted down from in its theme song, "Heretics of Honesty". Raum charges Abigail with seven crimes to get her to break down and awaken the Outer God in her and the protagonist unintentionally fulfills the seventh and last role in the plan to awaken Abigail's Outer God.
  • Arc Symbol:
    • A large ring/hole in the sky appears throughout a lot of promotional material, from the OP to ensemble artwork to even the title screen. After you beat Chapter 4, that ring is revealed to be Solomon's ultimate Noble Phantasm, an actual looming threat hanging over mankind's heads.
    • The ring remains in Epic of Remnant as an indication that not all of the Demon Pillars have died yet.
  • Artifact of Doom:
    • As usual for the franchise, the Holy Grail. Here multiple Holy Grails have been scattered throughout time and are spewing out servants who then proceed to screw up history (a corrupted Jeanne rampaging through Medieval France, famous conquerors trying to topple Nero's reign early, Blackbeard raiding islands, Jason trying to find The Ark of the Covenant, a fog created by Babbage and Paracelsus that threatens to consume London, America threatened by a Grail-powered army of Celts, etc. Solomon needs them to anchor his demons to the world so the demons can support his NP at any time in history and to stop the planet's rotation.
    • The Okeanos chapter has the Ark of the Covenant from the Bible as the centerpiece of Jason's plans. And just like in the Bible, touching the Ark carelessly kills you outright, even bypassing Heracles' God Hand.
  • Artifact Title: Learn With Manga! Fate/Grand Order stopped being about learning gameplay mechanics in its second series. The most we actually learn are the personalities of Riyo's Original Generation servants.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Chaldea is using them to simulate the internet since the outside world is gone. Although it's later revealed that the simulation for an idol that Dr. Roman made might not have actually been one, since Merlin's the one running the Magi☆Mari blog.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Since enemies are programmed to use their Charge attacks, including Noble Phantasms, as soon as they're ready, they can end up wasting these skills entirely:
    • Arash's Stella. If your whole team has Invincible or Evasion (such as from Jeanne's Luminosité Éternelle), he basically kills himself without accomplishing anything. In fact, one story quest in "GUDAGUDA Honnoji" has him as one of the enemies in the last battle, meaning that if he's the last one standing, just put Invincible or Evasion on one Servant, let him explode, and you'll win.
    • Jeanne's Luminosité Éternelle. If she has no allies with her who can benefit from her buffs, she basically wastes a turn, since even though she gets invincibility and health regen, she also gets stunned. In fact, she'll end up benefitting your team, since they get an additional turn to charge up Noble Phantasms and cool down their skills. And unlike the player's Jeanne, who eventually gets an NP upgrade to remove the self-stun, no such thing happens to any enemy Jeanne.
    • EMIYA Alter as the Lost Man boss has a skill, Ampoule Application, which he'll use at the start of his turn automatically, increasing his NP at the cost of 2000 HP. However, he'll use it regardless of how much health he has left, meaning it's entirely possible for him to kill himself if you can get him below 2000 healthnote .
  • Ascended Extra: Some Chaldea employees are given more focus in the prologue for Cosmos in the Lostbelt, getting names, their own artwork, and are fleshed out with a few character traits.
  • Ascended Glitch:
    • King Hassan's NP animation has a glitch where any enemy killed by it would not have their death animation play, only leaving behind their loot. Fans agreed this was incredibly cool and fitting for him, so the developers left it in.
    • Card viewing had a bug where the card borders were left out, allowing players to view the full art. It was turned into an actual gameplay feature after positive reception from fans.
  • Ascended Meme: Many of them.
    • As of this game, the term "Saber-face" is officially accepted as the term for Altria's many Expies as it's a hidden trait for them and then Heroine X explicitly calls them that during the Saber Wars event. It was acknowledged again during a livestream when Altria's seiyuu, Ayako Kawasumi, was discussing them.
    • Kojirou's REGEND. Also his feat of clearing France from dragons has landed him with other dragonslayers for the Moon Festival event.
    • The female protagonist's psychopathic tendencies, from the Learning with Manga. This version of her appeared in the Law of the Jungle CE, in the same artstyle, still bullying Olga Marie and Mash. She pops up again for April Fools, this time strangling Solomon. Riyo has done most of the artwork for the websites promoting official streams for the game and did another CE for the New Year's 2017 Campaign. It's gotten to the point where the female protagonist's official Nendoroid figure not only has her normal face, but her face as depicted by Riyo as well, not to mention the Bond Level-increasing stretchy arm. She made her way into game canon as the main villain of the second anniversary event.
    • Riyo's chibi depictions of the Servants from the same manga became popular among fans and some imitated his artstyle to make their own. Then Riyo made his official version for all of them for April Fools.
    • One of Riyo's gag Servants became official as of "All the Statesmen" from the second anniversary. She's ascended meme personified, summoned into female form just because, and her NP animation is super short, the closest players get to a NP skip function.
    • Saber Lily's crotch-targeting Noble Phantasm is utilized as a weapon in "Saber Wars".
    • During "GUDAGUDA Honnouji", Medea whined about players' only using her to spam Rule Breaker (and that her younger version is more popular) and Gilgamesh of all people whines about the gacha's incredibly tiny chance of getting gold cards (apparently he got the other gold cards, except Altria and her expies).
    • In "Garden of Order", Dr. Roman calls Fou, "our reliable runner". "Fou running" came from how long it would take to load during events.
    • The Mona Lisa CE price has been acknowledged as insanely expensive twice, with Dr. Roman wanting her to change the prices because they're too high during the Garden of Order event. She refuses. Her iron grip on the prices and being the sole supplier of them leads to someone stealing one and distributing forgeries to the masses, leading into the da Vinci and the 7 Fake Heroic Spirits event.
    • Ruler Martha's quest from Part 2 of the summer event pits her against Beowulf in a battle of fisticuffs, acknowledging all the Jojos Bizarre Adventure jokes that originated from their NP animations.
    • Siegfried's profile in Fate/Grand Order Material 1 has "sumanai"note  written in several places, a reference to his usage of the word used to mock him.
    • The oft-used fan moniker for Caster Gilgamesh, Bride Gil, was referenced in Nero Festival 2017 as he gets paired up with the Bride version of Nero, their team name being Shiny Bride.
  • Author Appeal: The Agartha chapter is seemingly written to appeal to the female domination fetish with multiple groups of women capturing men, enslaving them and harvesting them for their seed. In an interview, Penthesilea in particular was noted to be a dead giveaway to the audience as to who wrote the chapter given how full she is of the author's fetishes.
  • Awesome Personnel Carrier: The Shadow Border, an Imaginary Numbers Space Submersible originally intended by Chaldea for exploration of the Singularities via the Paper Moon, an Imaginary Numbers compass created by Atlas. Da Vinci's backup body functions as the pilot, put into stasis until the day calls for its use. The protagonists end up using it to escape Chaldea after Anastasia takes over, diving into the Imaginary Numbers dimension to escape the Oprichniki, with it becoming their new base.

    B 
  • Back for the Finale: Almost all of the Servants from each of the previous Orders show up in the Final Order in order to help you take down the Big Bad and save the future. For the fight against Andromalius, most of the Servants who debuted in events show up to help you fight it.
  • Badass Crew:
    • The Argonauts in the Okeanos chapter, a group of the greatest Greek heroes led by Jason show up albeit heavily shrunk to just him, Hektor, Atalante, Medea Lily, and Heracles.
    • The Knights of the Round Table. All of them have the potential to be summoned as Servants in this game and they're some of the most deadliest opponents seen so far.
    • Your party and your support team at Chaldea definitely count, with them defeating several renowned Heroic Spirits, a primordial Goddess, a Hive Mind of demons, and even an embodiment of humanity's lewd desires.
  • Badass Family: The Emiyas. All of them (Kiritsugu, Irisviel, Shirou, Illya, and technically Chloe) are Servants in this game. They're fought together (plus Heracles and Young Gil) as the optional final battle of the Prisma Illya event.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • In Okeanos, Drake has a Holy Grail, except it's actually a part of the correct timeline. It's Blackbeard who has the Grail associated with the singularity.
    • Ozymandias has the Holy Grail of the sixth singularity, and it is the one that the heroes are looking for, but he's not the one who's destroying humanity in this singularity. Though he does fight the heroes in order to test them later, he surrenders his Holy Grail afterward and helps them in their final attack on Camelot.
    • In Babylonia, Gilgamesh has a grail: it's not the one the heroes are looking for, but it's the reason the Three Goddesses Alliance is attacking. At the end of the order, you get Gilgamesh's grail in addition to Solomon's as a reward for the heroes' efforts.
    • The Fate/EXTRA CCC crossover was seemingly billed as yet another funny gag event, with goofy title card and all. However, once you actually start the event, it's revealed that this is a gaiden chapter for the Epic of Remnant storyline, and the goofy title card is switched out for the real one. You even get to fight a Beast!
    • The Fourth Night of the 2015 Christmas Event ends with a revelation that the next letter is from Gilgamesh, and the Fifth Night's title suggests that the player will have to fight Gilgamesh, who unsurprisingly, just wrote the letter to get Santa Alter to visit himnote . While Gilgamesh does appear in the Fifth Night, he's The Unfought for this event, and he doesn't even meet the player character and Santa Alter; instead, Santa Alter and the player leave before they have to deal with Gil, and instead, they get confronted by Nursery Rhyme and Jack the Ripper, who summoned Santa Alter due to not being able to properly experience Christmas.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy:
    • Enemy Picts, besides the full head helmets they wear, are nude all the way down and don't have certain anatomical features in their sprite.
    • Depending on the artist, the artwork for male Servants may not feature nipples.
    • SE.RA.PH's map resembles a gigantic Sakura/Kiara with the naughty bits either not there or covered up by gameplay nodes.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: A given ability of Masters in the Fate universe is that they share dreams with their Servants. The Main Character gets this in spades. Many of the Time to Unlock More True Potential quests involve battling the Enemy Within of various Servants; usually stated to be All Just a Dream but that power-up is still there.
  • Beach Episode: The 2016 "Chaldea Summer" event is this. You and several of your Servants have gone to a deserted tropical island and while relaxing there, have started your own tropical resort.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Every single Heroic Spirit you've encountered thus far summons themselves to the Final Order in order to help subdue the seventy-two Demon Pillars to clear a path to Solomon.
  • Bittersweet Ending: As is standard for the franchise. Humanity has been saved from Beast I, and Mash is resurrected and given a normal lifespan. However, Roman/Solomon has erased himself from all points of existence and the Throne of Heroes in order to weaken Goetia, while Mash's resurrection comes at the cost of Fou's power and intelligence that does neutralize the threat of Fou becoming Beast IV, also means the end of Fou as a sentient being. The world will be in disarray due to the year that the world was incinerated and most of man's extinction - the original threat to humanity - will still happen, and another one of the Beasts is acting on its own, leaving the future uncertain. Finally, the methods the protagonist and their allies used to save the world broke all kinds of laws and regulations in the Mage world, which comes back to haunt them in chapter 2.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • Mysterious Heroine X Alter's valentine CE is a cup of Spacebucks Hot Cocoa.
    • Osakabe-hime orders her otaku stuff from the website Amazones.
  • Bleached Underpants: Some of the artists who contributed to the game have drawn adult content artwork.
  • Bonus Boss:
    • In Fuyuki, Caster Cu advices the player not to engage shadow Heracles as even though he's been weakened, he's still ridiculously strong. Shadow Heracles then becomes a one-time boss of an optional area for players. He's likely to be a challenge for early game players as he's level 40, but his difficulty lessens as players progress through the game.
    • With no warning, there is a level 50 repeatable Chimera in Germania, in the Rome chapter. The only clue being Germania is very off the beaten track.
    • After beating Babylonia, Ibaraki-douji (who was The Ghost of this chapter due to running away from Uruk to form a bandit gang) is an optional boss in a one-time only free quest.
    • Ryougi Shiki appears as a Bonus Boss in SE.RA.PH as MONSTER after clearing all event missions, similar to her bonus boss status back in Fate/EXTRA. She turns into Saber Shiki after the first phase of the fight, paralleling how she had done so in Paradox Spiral after being sealed by Araya in Kara no Kyoukai.
    • Completing the church free quest in Salem unlocks one final play the party performs for the townspeople, with an Ugallu, Nezha, and Asterios and Euryale as the bonus bosses.
    • There are a number of extra and generally optional boss fights for events. Some, such as the Valentine 2017 or the rerun of Dantes' event, are Boss Rush endurance fights while events like the CCC collaboration let you fight a more difficult form of the event's final boss. Often, there is no reward for doing so and at best it's nothing more than a single summoning ticket or a 4* Fou.
  • Boss Warning Siren:
    • When the battle transition for the third round of a battle is labelled Fatal Battle instead of the usual Battle, it usually has some sort of boss with higher HP and attack stat. Quests that outright start with the Fatal Battle label are typically a one-round battle against a Servant.
    • When it's the Climax Boss or Final Boss of a Singularity, the Servant battle is labelled Grand Battle as a sign of its importance to the plot.
    • The Beasts have Advent Beast: A Human Evil Approaches and the latter part is Red and Black and Evil All Over text to emphasize their danger.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Often in some of the sillier events like GUDAGUDA. Special note to your intentionally trying to be silly during the Fate/Accel Zero Order event by mistaking Saber for Mysterious Heroine X. All it does is make Mash tell you to cut it out and that this is meant to be a "serious event".
  • Breakout Character:
    • From previous Fate works are Ozymandias, Hassan of Serenity, Iskandar, Karna, Heracles and Cú Chulainnnote . Some popular human characters also return as pseudo-Servants like Waver, Rin, and Taiga.
    • For debuting characters, there's Marie Antoinette, Scáthach, Kiyohime, Merlin, King Hassan, Musashi and last but certainly not least, Jeanne Alter. There's also Ereshkigal, who, despite not being playable and not even having a combat sprite, was so popular thanks to the Babylonia chapter that she was Promoted to Playable during the third Christmas event, and this happened purely because of fan demand for her.
  • Breakout Villain:
    • Gilgamesh. Having first featured in Fate/stay night as an antagonist with a rather minor role in two of the routes, Gilgamesh has since appeared as a major antagonist in Fate/Zero, as one of the four playable Servants in Fate/EXTRA CCC and as one of the Servants in Fate/strange fake, as well as other minor features. To date, he has appeared, in some manner, in almost every single entry in the Fate/ series. He's also the main companion of the Babylonia chapter, as a Caster.
    • Saber Alter is this as well. She was only in the Heaven's Feel route, but she's been used in other works as a gag, character analysis or just be an intimidating opponent. There are currently 5 versions of her (Saber, Santa [Rider], Swimsuit [Rider], Lancer, and Mysterious Heroine X [Berserker]) in this game. She's also the main villain of the Fuyuki chapter and a major ally of the Shinjuku chapter.
    • Jeanne Alter was originally conceptualised as a one-off villain for the First Singularity. She was so well-received that she was reincarnated as one of the few Avengers in the game, becomes a main ally in the Shinjuku chapter, got an additional costume, and has made additional appearances in bonus stories and events (such as her Santa Lily Alter form).
  • Breather Episode: Though no less action-packed than other chapters, America has notably little to do with the overarching plotlines compared to London and Camelot and goes back to the simple "fight Servants, get Grail, solve Singularity" formula of the first several chapters.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: The easiest way to obtain Saint Quartz for the gacha to obtain Servants is to spend real money. Furthermore, for some events, you basically must have gacha-exclusive CEs to farm its currencies effectively. Thankfully you can just borrow a friend's. On the other hand, the game is designed in way that it's possible to complete the storyline by using lower-tier servants from the Friend Point Summoning system up until the Camelot singularity where there is a massive Difficulty Spike (and even then, certain servants such as 3-star Euryale will carry the team well thanks to her being an anti-male Archer).
    • There are also one-time x10 Summons where you are guaranteed a 5-star Servant. However, you can only use paid Saint Quartz (not the free to obtain Saint Quartz) to use these x10 Summons.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The fact that Mordred is the main ally in an Industrial Revolution-era London filled with Gentleman and a Scholar types investigating a murder mystery scenario instead of, say, a certain great detective is lampshaded. As it turns out, said great detective ends up in a Singularity filled with Knights of the Round, having been explicitly hired to stay out of London.
    • In the SE.RA.PH chapter, when the heroes finally make it to BB, she initially thinks that it's Robin Hood whom she sent on some errands returning. A bit later, Robin returns from those errands just in time for the battle against Kiara.
    • During April Fool's, Nero has a livestream where she plays Kantai Collection. Cue the 2017 Summer Event, where Nero looks AND plays like someone out of Kantai Collection.
    • After the Orleans singularity, Kiyohime shows up in your Present Box, having apparently carried out her promise to follow you home. She appears in the Halloween event as an ally again... and makes a remark about packing herself into a present box with a pretty ribbon.
    • A joke that spans a year: Stheno and Euryale have Valentine's chocolates that are either made with love or hastily-put together. Where did they base this from? Medusa Lancer's Valentine's chocolate, which implies that her older sisters copied her design poorly.
  • Broken Aesop: The stage play that the Chaldea group performs on the second day of Salem. The story is a The Three Little Pigs-like story about the three Jeanne "sisters" (Jeanne, Jeanne Alter and Jeanne Alter Santa Lily) who wants to build a sturdy home. They first build a fort but it is burned down by arsonists (Kiyohime, Nero and Ibaraki-douji). Then they build a wooden house but the Sun Trio (Ozymandias, Karna and Tamamo-no-Mae) scorches it. They finally settle in tents, however they are attacked by an English army led by Altria and her Knights of the Round Table. They got help from both Gilles and Amaku— Santa Island Kamen to defend them, thus making Jeanne conclude that what's sturdy is not their house, it's the bond they have with each other. However they are still defeated and the poor Jeanne sisters are burned at the stake.
  • Broken Masquerade:
    • This is one of the twists for the F/GO facet of the Nasuverse. Once Goetia is beaten, human history is saved and the world outside Chaldea resumes like normal... except that it's still eighteen months after the beginning of the crisis (July 31, 2015 to December 25, 2016 in the original JP release). All timekeeping devices record this and astronomical observation of the stars confirms it, but the world at large has no idea where their 18 months went. While the Mages' Association and other groups are trying to keep something of a lid on things, people know that Something Happened.
    • Later, once Salem rolls around in late November 2017, a singularity appears where modern day Salem and Danvers, Massachusets should be - except, unlike all other singularities, this one is imposed on the modern day, creating a void area around Salem-Danvers nearly seven kilometers in diameter. This time even the mainstream press gets to record this one, at one point the US Army is ready to charge in, and the Mages' Association, Assembly of the 8th Sacrement, and other organizations have to work in concert to help keep something inside the singularity from escaping. Da Vinci notes that this incident is so extreme it could end Chaldea - though in the end, Chaldea suffered a different fate.
  • But Not Too Bi: While there are plenty of female Servants who openly lust for the protagonist regardless of their gender, most of the male Servants don't do the same, even the confirmed bisexuals like Iskander or Gilgamesh. The few overt examples of male Servants being even implicitly interested in the male version of the protagonist are those like Astolfo, who looks identical to a girl right down to the clothing and Fergus, who makes it clear he is not interested in pursuing a relationship.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Olga Marie is bullied a lot in the official gag manga because of her early death, despite being one of the more prominent characters in pre-release promotion.
    • Siegfried has been treated as one by the fandom because of his gameplay prowess being considered pitiful, with the creators encouraging this, making "sorry" his catchphrase as he fails to live up to expectations and him as the butt of several jokes in events.

    C 
  • Call-Back:
    • Every time an Arthurian character appears in the post-Fuyuki chapters or an event, there's usually a dialogue choice to refer back to Saber Alter in Fuyuki, since she's the first Arthurian Servant the protagonist has canonically encountered.
    • A rather depressing one happens in Babylonia. At one point in the story, Gilgamesh's attendant, Siduri, talks about how raising hands usually indicates a sign of surrender. Later on, one of the Lahmus you encounter is heavily implied to be her, since it does nothing but raise its hands at you.
    • Dr. Roman hits upon the theory during the final singularity that Solomon's body is actually being possessed by an outside entity using the abilities of Solomon, comparing it to Kingu's situation with Enkidu.
    • Way back in Orleans, Mozart claims that there is nothing more beautiful than a parting smile. Mash gives the protagonist one in Salomon, while she's holding back the full brunt of Ars Almadel Solomonis to protect her senpai, knowing that she's not going to survive it. It's indeed a beautiful smile.
  • The Cameo:
    • Many characters that aren't Servants from the Fate franchise appear as the picture of Craft Essences.
    • Almost all the characters who aren't Ryougi Shiki from Kara no Kyoukai show up in Garden of Order's event-exclusive Craft Essences. Two of them (Touko and Azaka) even show up in the trailer.
    • The seven Fujou building ghosts and Kirie Fujou appear as an enemy type in the Garden of Order event.
    • Alice Kuonji's Cock Robin is part of Robin's final costume.
    • Miyu, Luvia, Tanaka, and Angelica make an appearance in Craft Essences for the Prisma Illya crossover.
    • A petrified Matou Shinji appears in First Order whose blood is sucked by Medusa to establish what she'll do to Ritsuka, Mash, and Olga.
    • The very last chocolate sculpture available during the Valentine 2018 event is a chocolate Grail-kun. It even produces chocolate knives for everyone!
  • Canon Foreigner: The corrupted Rider Darius III in First Order anime special. The manga adaptation featured Boudica as the corrupted Berserker instead of Heracles.
  • Cast Herd: You're unlikely to see, say, Iskandar interact with Scheherazade or Francis Drake with Oda Nobunaga. Instead, they tend to be given their own little subgroups like the Knights of the Roundnote  or the GUDAGUDA Servantsnote , though some characters can belong to multiple herds. The red mantled Archer, for example, is EMIYA around the cast from Fate/Stay Night but Nameless around Tamamo or Nero while Gawain can also show up with the Extra cast. Singularities can shake things up, however, and allow things like David showing up in Okeanos and flirting with Atalante. There are generally the exception, however, rather than the rule.
  • Central Theme: Humanity. The entire quest of the story focuses on saving human history by correcting singularities, which have a "Humanity Foundation Value" that dictates how much of a distortion they create. However, from Camelot onward, the story focuses on a different definition of "humanity" - namely, the qualities that make a human being human.
    • In Camelot, the Lion King is a brutal Well-Intentioned Extremist due to her Divine Spirit mentality who wishes to preserve a tiny portion of "humanity", picked to her exacting standards, in a fashion that will see the rest of the world burn but will definitely at least save something of mankind, but once Bedivere returns Excalibur to her, allowing her to at last die, the goddess Rhongomyniad which now wears Altria Pendragon's flesh can at least comprehend the humanity that would lead to others opposing her and wanting to take the longer gamble of stopping Solomon outright and saving everyone, even if she still believes she acted for the best.
    • In Babylonia, the focus is on bonding with the citizens of Uruk by just living life with them, all while fighting off the gods whose "higher" perspectives make them antagonistic (but not necessarily evil, in part because the Protagonist can appeal to their own "human" qualities).
    • This theme is at its most apparent in the final battle. In Salomon, Mash rejects Grand Caster's vision of a World of Silence because, while the people are smiling in their immortal state, it's all false because they don't know what it's like to live because of their mortality. Dr. Roman reveals himself to have been the true Solomon, the real King of Magic and not the Ars Goetia in his guise. Because he lived his human life only by the will of the Israeli people and God, Solomon wished on the Holy Grail to be incarnated as a normal human, so that he could live a second life by his own volition. Mash's visceral Heroic Sacrifice motivates Fou to sacrifice all of his power and intelligence to bring her back from the dead, leading him to muse that her humanity was enough to "defeat" him, the Fourth Beast. Even Goetia has an Alas, Poor Villain moment after his demonic power is lost and he is reduced to a human in Solomon's half-melted body, finally understanding mortality first-hand and fighting the Protagonist one last time so that his last moments won't be meaningless, even if he's already lost.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Starts from London and keeps escalating from there. In London, the Big Bad reveals himself and casually wipes out almost all your allies and curbstomps you, and then states that this was just a warning for you to stop interfering with his plans. In America, the main villain is a Humanoid Abomination who devastates America and kills millions of people in horrific ways. Camelot deals with such lovely themes as mass genocide, mindless obedience to an oppressive government, and horrific war crimes. Finally, Babylon has the main villain be an outright Eldritch Abomination that actually succeeds in destroying 99% percent of the world, all but one of your allies are gruesomely murdered, and the arc ends with the Big Bad finally having enough and invading your home.
  • Character Alignment: In-Universe, all Servants have an explicit alignment, and it's indicated that Masters do as well, though we don't see any apart from the protagonist's Lawful Neutral. Why certain Servants have one alignment or another is not always clear: Altera, Iskander, Gilgamesh, and Medusa are all Good aligned despite their butchery, for example; while Atalante and all Hassans are Evil despite their noble deeds and intentions. It wasn't till Babylonia's focus on Caster Gilgamesh that a lot of his actions as Archer make some sense as being aligned as "Good".
  • Character Select Forcing:
    • Many events give bonuses for using specific Servants and Craft Essences, usually in the form of an item drop or damage bonus. Part of the difficulty of events comes from figuring out how to build a party that both maximizes these bonuses and can utilize the Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors system along with any other gimmicks the event or enemies might have.
    • The Prison Tower event literally only lets you use one support Servant, Edmond Dantes, due to being cut off from Chaldea during the event's story.
    • The first chapter of SE.RA.PH locks the party only to Meltlilith for solo battles, as the protagonist lacks the support provided by Chaldea's Servants.
    • "Dead Heat Summer Race" story battles only have summer 2017 Servants available as supports.
    • Shimosa's Heroic Spirit Swordmaster Duels only have the story support version of Musashi available. In addition, certain battles are locked solely to Musashi.
    • The final parts of Cosmos in the Lostbelt prologue forces you to use only the support Mash and Da Vinci.
    • Applied on a party-wide sense during the Setsubun 2018 event. For the first time in the game: 1) you are not allowed to have any support Servant (either from your friend list or even in-story), 2) all Servants deployed in one round will be out of commission for the next 4 hours and 3) all this while keeping the usual cost limit. If you've been heavily reliant on your friends' support units (particularly Merlin) or been giving too much attention on your gold Servants, the cool-down will basically force you to creatively use your remaining, less-frequently used units (i.e. the less celebrated silvers, bronzes, and even the gold ones who are understandably seen as too much trouble to use).
  • Chekhov's Gun: Seraphix has a one-off mention as one of Chaldea's financial sources in Maris Billy's rant in the first arc. It later becomes a central location for one of the EoR chapters.
  • Chekhov's Lecture: In the SE.RA.PH chapter, after BB rewinds time to save the party from Kiara, BB explains that if you want to go all the way back to the beginning, when the Protagonist first got here, you'd have to be able to travel faster than the speed of light, and the strain would be too much for a regular Saint Graph. It turns out Meltlilith, with Passionlip's help, did exactly this so that she could replace her past self and save the Protagonist.
  • Christmas Episode: The game gets one each time Christmas rolls around, and they tend to be fairly elaborate. Also, while the first one (Altria Santa Alter's) was largely a gag event (and one of the game's earliest), the second event (with Jeanne Alter Santa Lily) is, astoundingly, played arrow straight in the end. It ultimately serves as a discussion of why we give presents during this season, and how it's okay for you yourself to enjoy a gift given as much as the recipient - if you all enjoy it together, then that just makes it an even better gift. Trying to be some kind of detached, wish-granting Santa machine will just result in everyone being less happy.
  • Citadel City: Shinjuku is cut off from the rest of Tokyo by a gigantic wall surrounding the entire ward.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • The America chapter ends with Mash bleeding out and suddenly collapsing in the hallway. She gets treated offscreen in the next chapter.
    • Babylonia ends with Solomon launching his temple directly at Chaldea, having been fed up with their meddling in his plans.
    • The Cosmos in the Lostbelt Prologue, hoo boy. It ends with our heroes essentially homeless, the old Team A threatening to use the Lostbelt to rewrite world history, and you and the Chaldea crew sailing off into the Lostbelt using the Shadow Border's new drive system. You go soaring off beyond reality... and cut to the intro movie and back to the Terminal screen.
  • Clone Army:
    • In Okeanos, it's revealed that reality itself is generating conceptual pirates.
    • Nobunaga's army is actually Nobunaga's Servant essence (her "one-star rarity") given form as an adorable chibi army of herself.
    • Most of Medb's forces are clones she created using a soldier's DNA.
    • In Agartha, Dahut's pirates are able to reproduce identical versions of themselves. Columbus aims to take control of them since an obedient clone army would be very useful to a man like him.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The Mystic Codes are functionally alternate costumes for the player with three battle skills and can only be unlocked after completing a quest or buying them from the Rare Prism shop. Essentially by wearing a different outfit, the player has access to different spells that strengthen certain playstyles.
    • After the London update, there are three permanent quests in Chaldea Gate to get a Mystic Code: the Chaldea Plugsuit, Mages' Association and Atlas Academy uniforms.
    • The 5 million downloads campaign has a quest to unlock Altria's casual clothes. The male protagonist gets Arthur's Waistcoat of Style instead.
    • For "Fate/Accel Zero Order", the protagonist can use Altria's formal suit from Fate/Zero.
    • For "Chaldea Summer" the protagonist gets a swimsuit, as fit for the season.
    • The Fate/Extella promotional campaign has a quest to get Hakuno's Extra uniform.
    • Fate/Extra CCC's pre-event campaign has a quest for Hakuno's CCC uniform.
    • The Heaven's Feel movie commemoration campaign has the Homurahara school uniform.
  • Composite Character: Shinjuku introduces the concept of Phantoms - Spirits that are too weak to become a Heroic Spirit, and thus must fuse with another Phantom to become a fully-fledged Heroic Spirit (which is still weaker than a normal Servant). They are:
    • Avenger of Shinjuku is Hessian Lobo, which is composed of Lobo, the Hessian soldier, and only for the Shinjuku chapter, Jack Griffin.
    • Archer of Shinjuku is James Moriarty combined with Der Freischutz's Phantom. Noticeably as a result of a normal Servant fusing with a Phantom, Moriarty's power has been incredibly amplified as a result.
    • Assassin of Shinjuku is Yan Qing combined with the Phantom Doppelganger.
    • Shakespeare and Andersen combine their Noble Phantasms and write a scenario to combine the power of 200 fictional detectives so the protagonist can defeat Moriarty.
    • The Sakura Five Alter Egos are comprised of several goddesses' data which is reflected in their skills and Noble Phantasms.
    • The legend of Paul Bunyan was fused together with various creation myths about giants to create the playable version of Bunyan.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
    • There is no shortage of instances where you will fight Servants with ludicrous amounts of HP— way beyond what even your own max-leveled Servant will have.
    • To kill an enemy with the Guts status (revive with some HP after being killed) in the same turn, one must have two different characters attack them; one to drop their HP to zero, the other to kill them after they revive from that. Because of Overkill, chaining the same character's attack cards won't work; the enemy will just revive after that character finishes attacking them. If you only have one character on the field, you won't be able to kill an enemy with Guts active in one turn. The computer is not affected by this, so even if one of your units activates Guts and revives, the same enemy that killed them can come back and kill them again if they still have an attack left.
    • Some bosses from Camelot onward have special permanent buffs that give them advantages such as extra NP charge, powerful defense buffs, multi-layered HP, or even changing how the Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors of their classes work.
  • Conspiracy Redemption: The former director of Chaldea had implemented several experiments that sicken the protagonist, but unfortunately there's not much they can do to fix what he did. Chaldea's restructuring over the course of the game is made to be a lot more humane thanks to the protagonist, Roman, and da Vinci. Chaldea has been noted as an oddity by Servants and the Mage's Association because of this, as they try to protect strange and ostracized Heroic Spirits instead of condemning them to their fate.
  • Contractual Boss Immunity:
    • Most boss-level enemies have a low instant death rate, meaning that the odds of a One-Hit Kill Noble Phantasm actually working on them are low. It is possible to have them work, but the vast majority of the time that particular instant death effect will fail.
    • Especially evident in the Garden of Order event, which introduces Ryougi Shiki, who not only has the highest instant death rate on her Noble Phantasm, but also has a skill that makes instant death more likely to trigger. Even with max levels of the skill and 500% overcharge, it still can't reliably trigger on bosses.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: During the 2016 Halloween event, in order to flush out a hidden servant (Robin Hood using No-Face May King), the Protagonist uses the threat of Elisabeth Bathory's horrible singing (despite dreading it themselves, as they reveal when the plan works).
  • Cooldown Manipulation: Tamamo-no-Mae's Noble Phantasm has the unique effect of reducing skill cooldowns by one turn and the fact that it can be easily spammed due to her Arts cards and her own NP gauge being filled by her NP makes her incredibly useful to getting skills back up and running. The only other options are the Atlas Uniform's skill and Saber Alter Maid, both of which have incredibly long cooldowns.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: In Camelot, Ozymandias points out that if the heroes mentioned that they were working with King Hassan, he would have allied with them without a fight.
  • Critical Hit Class: No attack has a chance to crit by itself. Instead, certain units will generate the ability to crit for the team and then certain units will absorb those stars for a chance to crit. This takes a few steps and can be manipulated in some ways.
    • First, you have either a unit that can generate stars on demand or per turn or you have a unit that generates them the normal way. To effectively make stars this way, you generally need attacks with high hit counts and preferably quick cards because of their natural boost to star generation. However, there are skills that increase the level of star generation, which can let the likes of Raikou generate an easy 25-30 stars with her multihit AOE Buster NP or even allow the likes of Kuro to generate 30~ stars with a QAA chain if she uses a skill to temporarily boost her star generation.
    • Second, the next turn, these stars will be available for your party to use. Each class has what is known as a natural star weight which can range from about fifteen with Berserkers to over two hundred with Riders. This makes a Rider about thirteen times more likely to get a critical star than a Berserker, so Berserkers generally don't make for good crit units on their own without a lot of help. However, certain skills and Craft Essences can boost star absorption by anyway from 100% to 6000%, though numbers like the latter are almost exclusively reserved for Berserkers. This star absorption bonus multiplies the natural absorption rate, so while an Archer or Rider can reliably gather all the stars with a simple 300% boost or so or even go without, a Berserker needs a very high absorption rate to accomplish anything or so many stars generated that every card will reach the maximum, meaning 50~ stars generated in one turn.
    • Third, once the stars have been distributed, your Servants attacks gain the ability to deal bonus damage on a crit. The base amount is double damage, but this can reach up to 120% on a unit's own skills or 100% from a friendly unit's buffs. Because this has such a high multiplier compared to attack or card buffs that rarely reach even as high as 50%, criticals have come to dominate the game. Merlin in particular is considered a gamebreaker for being able to easily provide 10-15 stars per turn by himself as well as provide a massive 100% bonus critical damage to anyone in the party. With his help, units can even crit for more damage than they'd do with their Noble Phantasms.
  • Continuity Nod: Many, since chronologically this game takes place after all other games, novels, and anime. The Servants remember, for the most part, the events that happened and retain Character Development gained from those.
    • Altria diplomatically comments on how she has "opinions" about Holy Grail Wars, but will assist in this one however she can. Those "opinions" are likely negative due to the colossal debacles that were the 4th and 5th Holy Grail Wars.
    • Archer EMIYA makes an offhand comment to wanting to finish Shadow Hercules in Fuyuki because he had failed to kill him in his version of the Holy Grail War in the Fate route from Fate/stay night. He also makes various comments on events from Extra though he technically isn't the same character as Nameless.
    • Lord El-Melloi II (Waver) tells you that he will help but there is only one man he will serve, Iskandar, due to their relationship in Fate/Zero. He also helps the young version of Iskandar in the Rome chapter for this reason.
    • Jeanne and Amakusa remember their confrontation from Fate/Apocrypha, and surprisingly, get along quite well on the same side.
    • All Servants from the Extra series remember everything that happened in it; Nero and Tamamo even claim that their heart is already taken by a certain someone.
    • Some Servants (like Karna and Arash) like to discuss their previous Master from another Fate series since they had such a large impact on them.
    • Dr. Jekyll scolds Hyde in his interlude and reminds him of their master, Tatsumi Kitano from Fate/Prototype Fragments.
    • In Salem, Zepar expresses doubt in a flashback at Raum's plan of summoning an alien being to help it dominate humanity, since the last time aliens tried to invade Earth, they were crushed by the holy sword wielder.
    • A pigeon report in the Valentine 2018 event notes that Fergus has been hired as a guard for his excellent dentist skills, a reference to his brief stint as one to terrorize Nursery Rhyme in the Valentine 2016 event.
  • Crossover: Some of these were done with the intent of giving characters from other works like BB and Ryougi Shiki a time to shine even after their character arcs and stories have been completed.
    • Okita and Nobunaga seem to actually come from the Koha-Ace universe, having arrived in the Grand Order continuity after Nobunaga messing with the Grail broke a hole in space-time (which also caused her Servant essence to get duplicated, hence the event enemies with her likeness). So this is technically the first crossover event.
    • The February 2016 crossover was with Kara no Kyoukai. The official reveal.
    • To help promote the ''Heaven's Feel'' films and the ''Fate/Extra Last Encore'' anime, the main artwork for each was made into a Craft Essence. There were also two miniquests that helped promote the two projects.
    • The Fate/Zero event, "Fate/Accel Zero Order" with Waver and Iskander as main characters. The writer of this event was Gen Urobuchi himself!
    • For September 2016, there was a collaboration with Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, named Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya End Sacrifice, written by the author, Hiroshi Hiroyama.
    • A crossover with Fate/Extra CCC written by Nasu happened in May 2017. BB was teased in a silhouette at the AnimeJapan announcement and was later revealed as the free Servant. It also introduces two new Classes, Moon Cancer and Alter Ego and is officially part of the game's story as a chapter of Epic of Remnant.
  • Cut-and-Paste Environments: The game often uses these for its visual novel-esque cutscenes' backgrounds and battle backgrounds. Why yes, that exact same throne room from 15th-century France also existed in the 1st-century Roman Empire and 18th-century America.
  • Cute Monster: Ozymandias' sphinxes are revealed to be just as adorable as kitten.

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  • Darker and Edgier:
    • The story progressively becomes darker with each singularity, as more and more innocent people become caught up in the multiple conflicts with Celts slaughtering anyone who gets in their way, to Lion King being a heartless tyrant, killing anyone not deemed worthy of her city to almost everyone in Uruk either being forcibly converted into one of Tiamat's Lahmus or killed by them.
    • SE.RA.PH takes on a much darker tone compared to other events and even main story chapters with the diaries retelling the sordid tale of Seraphix's descent into madness, the Dark Secret of the oil rig itself, and Kiara horrifically killing Servants and abusing the near dead Master candidates for the sake of her pleasure.
    • Shimosa is darker than prior chapters in EoR. The Servants in this chapter literally create mountains of corpses, what with Hozoin's genocide, Tomoe burning people alive, and Chiyome feeding citizens to Orochi. The enemy Servants this time around are simply reanimated corpses with a far more realistic dying sound and the red sky that appears during the climax is because of all the massacres around you. There is also a scene where Shuten plunges her hand into your stomach and plays with your intestines (it was done to repair your communication with Chaldea, but the narration pulls no punches).
    • In the part two prologue, the Mage's Association arrives to take back control of Chaldea. A new director is installed after he flat out bought the entirety of Chaldea along with his extremely suspicious and sadistic assistant. The original staff, including the protagonist, are all fired and replaced by those the new director picked and all Servants were demanded to be unsummoned. Further, the Mage's Association decides to interrogate everyone remaining in Chaldea to figure out what was happening during the last year. There's even a new a Church overseer and it's none other than Kotomine Kirei. While all this is going on Japanese twitter and website are all blasting error messages that Chaldea and its systems are on lockdown and cannot be accessed during interrogation. Then the sadistic assistant and Kotomine reveal themselves to be working with the new antagonists, bringing them over into Chaldea, resulting in a full-on slaughter with da Vinci brutally impaled and the protagonists forced to flee by the skin of their teeth as the one tool that could be used to stop them is forcibly frozen and deactivated.
  • A Darker Me: During the Garden of Order event, many Servants are snatched from Chaldea into Araya's Ogawa Apartment. More than a Hate Plague; the apartment amplifies the dark history of each Servant. Fortunately killing the Servant sends them back to Chaldea, restored.
  • Daylight Horror: The state of present-day Earth in Cosmos in the Lostbelt is a vast, white expanse as far as the eye can see shown solely during daylight to highlight how there is literally nothing left but snow.
  • Deadly Dust Storm: The first obstacle the party runs into when they arrive in Camelot. It cuts off contact with Dr. Roman and impedes their progress. It's deadly even on a meta level, as the sandstorm animation on the battlefield causes a framedrop which lags the game so much, it sometimes might crash.
  • Death from Above:
    • The Lion King uses Rhongomyniad to shoot beams in the sky as an aerial strike towards her target in chapter 6. All those craters on the Camelot map? Those are all the villages she destroyed. Arash sacrifices himself to neutralize one of her blasts with his Noble Phantasm.
    • Servants like Suzuka Gozen use their NPs to attack the enemy from above.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance:
    • It's pointed out in Salem that Puritans and indigenous people were not on the best of terms at the time and that it would be a terrible idea to send Geronimo there because he would instantly be suspected to be the cause of Salem's troubles. When Nezha is enlisted to join the investigation, da Vinci notes that she'll be presented as a curiosity for the townspeople to gawk at and have to put up with that.
    • Abigail Williams carries some prejudice towards Native Americans both because of the aforementioned conflict and also because her parents were killed in a raid. Though event and My Room dialogue indicates she's slowly getting over it by interacting with Geronimo.
    • Columbus still firmly believes in slavery as a system to be upheld and makes an attempt during Agartha to enslave its peoples.
    • Hokusai doesn't think too highly of most non-Japanese people and refers to them with an old-fashioned politically incorrect term.
  • Denser and Wackier: The events usually involve significantly more hijinks and comedy than the main story (beating up other servants to get back stolen dango, Elisabeth Bathory hosting a Halloween party, Nobunaga and Okita showing up alongside chibi-Nobu clones, Saber Alter wanting to become Santa and kidnapping you to be her reindeer, etc).
  • Detective Drama:
    • The London chapter begins with investigating one thing: who killed Dr. Victor Frankenstein?
    • Shinjuku's major conflict revolves around finding out who is responsible for running the criminal scene in the sub-singularity.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • There's a hidden attribute called "Saber-face", given to Altria and her many lookalikes. Certain AI-controlled servants will go out of their way to attack anyone with this attribute. These include Lancelot, who's obsessed with Altria, Gilles de Rais, who's obsessed with Jeanne, and Caligula, who's obsessed with Nero, who herself is a Saber-face.
    • When a Noble Phantasm needs the lack of something (i.e. Mordred removing her helmet to invoke Clarent Blood Arthur or Altria dispelling Invisible Air to use Excalibur), the game will change the NP animation slightly to acknowledge this.
    • Gawain's Numeral of the Saint skill can only unleash its full power in maps with sunlight, as in lore it can only be activated in-between 9 AM to 3 PM. In any battle without sunlight, it only gives a relatively minor attack buff.
    • Ruler Martha's Waterfront Saint skill gives her more buffs when she's on maps with water in it.
    • Jaguarman's Law of the Jungle skill gives her more buffs if she's in a jungle.
    • Swimsuit Nobunaga's third skill boosts her attack even more in fiery maps.
    • Certain Servants introduced in Epic of Remnant have their True Name hidden until you learn them during the story. If you summon them, it'll just display their class name, and they have completely different lines depending on whether you've learned their True Name yet.
  • Difficulty Spike:
    • Orleans pre-patch was dramatically more difficult than Fuyuki with wyverns with very high attack and crit rate. And it being only the second chapter was what led the enemies to being significantly nerfed.
    • Okeanos is much more difficult then either post-patch Orleans or Rome, and unlike Orleans, keeps its difficulty with enemy levels being significantly higher then in either of the first two chapters and introducing several new tough enemies. Presumably this was to compensate for the long gap between Rome and Okeanos, since many players had been able to finish leveling most of their Servants. Still, it's a fairly minor step up compared to what came a few chapters later.
    • Camelot is much more difficult than any other story chapter up to it. Enemies that showed up in the previous chapter as a Boss In Mooks Clothing now show up in more plentiful amounts, the Servants themselves are as tough as ever, and the Knights of the Round Table in particular come with "gifts" that make them much tougher (ex. Gawain taking reduced damage and charging his NP faster, Mordred always having a fully charged NP at the start of each turn). Camelot is considered to be arguably the most difficult chapter in the game with the next chapter allowing you to opt out of the more difficult boss challenges.
    • Epic of Remnant begins playing around with new mechanics such as multiple health bars, enemy taunt abilities and more hazard effects. It's perhaps not quite as difficult as Camelot or Babylonia once you're used to it, but the new mechanics can throw people for a loop, especially as gauge breaks often clear enemy debuffs or cause them to instantly use a powerful skill without using their turn.
    • This was the purpose of the "Prison Tower" questline with several tough enemies and bosses and to make it more difficult for players, Edmond Dantes was your only support for six of the battles.
    • Rashoumon has Saber Wars' Craft Essence attack boosting system Up to 11. It's a raid quest with only Ibaraki-douji as the only raid boss which all players attack to whittle down her two trillion HP and you can do any of the three quests to fight her. The lowest one gives you 600,000 HP to shave off that 2 trillion number. Up until the point it was rerun, it was considered probably the hardest event to date. However, an evolving metagame made the event much more accessible to casual players.
    • Starting with Nero Fest 2016, new events began adding in challenge quests that were completely optional but much more difficult than the free or main quests. Nero Fest in particular was considered particularly brutal with some fights like Gilgamesh or the final boss rush, which was quickly nerfed when it turned out even more difficult than expected, partially due to a few bugs like Nero granting infinite Guts to her teammates.
    • The CCC crossover is by far the hardest crossover event, because it expects players to reach and defeat the Final Boss of part 1.
  • Disappears into Light: This is what serves as the dying animation in gameplay.
    • Servants still dissipate into a cloud of light when defeated.
    • Shadow Servants and most enemies disappear in a foggy purple cloud when killed.
    • Any enemy killed by King Hassan's NP doesn't have a dying animation; they only drop loot and disappear after the NP animation finishes.
  • Distress Call: One from the Seraphix oil rig kicks off the CCC crossover as the protagonist goes to find out what happened.
  • Doorstopper:
    • The PDF file for Babylonia's story clocks in at one thousand pages of text.
    • The Salem chapter of Epic of Remnant has been stated to have the highest word count in the game.

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  • Easter Egg: Swimsuit Nitocris in her Medjed garb and King Hassan have a chance of popping up in the background of Ereshkigal's NP animation.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The game is full of these. Beside the Demon Pillars and the Beasts, in Salem we have the trope namers themselves as it is a Lovecraftian horror story, with one possessing Abigail Williams after Raum summons it. An Eldritch Abomination summoning a bigger Eldritch Abomination. Yikes!
  • Eldritch Location: The titular Lost Room of the second OVA as it shows possibilities of alternate timelines after midnight if one falls asleep in there.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In the final chapter of Babylonia, Ereshkigal provides a massive buff to the party, and Merlin uses his Fertile Feet to help keep the heroes above Tiamat's Chaos Tide, which is represented as being healed as much as the Chaos Tide can do damage.
  • Elite Mooks: Mechanical versions of the Camelot knights are introduced in "Great Battle at Himeji Castle", each variation having an additional buff that the originals lack.
  • Episode 0: The Beginning: The Zeroth Grail: AD 2004 - Tainted City in Flames — Fuyuki. The last threshold before humanity's destruction in 2016, an alternate Fifth Heaven's Feel where the Black Grail triumphs and corrupts six of the participating Servants.
  • Evil Twin: "Alter" Servants, who usually have Paint It Black and Undeathly Pallor features and reject the philosophies of their counterparts. This installment of the franchise actually lets them be recruited by Chaldea.
  • Expy:
    • As usual, Saber-faces. As of now, there is Altria herself, her Archer swimsuit version, Saber Alter, Saber Lily, Nero (and Nero Bride), Okita, Altria Lancer [Alter] (and vanilla Lancer), and Mordred (and her Rider swimsuit version). Also Mysterious Heroine X but she is not Altria, really. Heroine X confesses that she really is Altria in her final profile portion. X [Alter] is another one. And then there's the gunslinger biker maid swimsuit Alter. Altria's VA herself said in a livestream there would be more to come, stating that they'll never be able to stop the Saber-faces. An enemy Lancelot is even programmed to fixate on and relentlessly attack Saber-faces.
    • Jeanne and her alternate selves are also considered Saber-faces in-universe (since Gilles mistakes Altria for her and Mysterious Heroine X mentions she has a slight similarity to a Saber-face).
  • Fanservice: Almost all the female Servants are either half-naked or end up that way. Some guys do this too, with several of them becoming shirtless or wearing tight bodysuits. This is why none of the male Servants currently don't have a swimsuit version.
    • Fate/Grand Order VR gets a special mention for the segment with Mash in the minimalist version of her armor from the Personal Training Craft Essence. The segment involves three different forms of "training" including balancing and bouncing on a medicine ball with everything you may expect from someone as stacked as Mash doing so, balancing on a rotating jungle gym of sorts that gives fairly generous shots of her backside, and a basic dance number broken up by her striking three sexy, if not generic, poses. She also tends to lean down during a lot of this, often right next to the viewer as if she's actively trying to invoke a male gaze.
    • The male Ritsuka gets some in the shounen manga adaptation. While he prepares to cook, specific attention is given to him stretching in an apron and his butt as he looks for ingredients. All from Mash's perspective.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The underground country of Agartha turns out to be a hodgepodge of legendary locations from just various folklores, where Shangri-La, the Nightless City of the Han Dynasty, El Dorado, the City of Ys, and even the Undersea Dragon Palace are all miles away from each other. That's because the entire thing is not real, but a construct born of Scheherazade's Noble Phantasm that brings stories to life. As she reveals this, she also weaves in one last fantasy land, and the entire country takes off into the sky as the Flying Island of Laputa.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: One of the many, many JRPG references made in the Halloween 2016 event with Robin Hood as the thief, Ibaraki and Brave Liz as the fighters, and Nitocris pulling double duty as both their mage and medic.
  • Fighting a Shadow: It's mentioned through the story that killing the Ars Goetia demons doesn't diminish their numbers in the long run, as they'll simply be summoned back to life by the King of Magic.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Like in Fate/stay night, the summoning system Chaldea uses automatically fills them with general knowledge of the modern world and subverts this. They've generally adjusted on the whole though certain concepts like idol concerts and specific fields of knowledge like astrophysics or the magic system which isn't covered have to be explained to them.
    • Played straight with Mash as she never travelled outside of Chaldea before the game's start, resulting in her having a heck of a time trying to adjust to the multiple places they rayshift to.
    • The protagonist generally seems to just go along with whatever's thrown at them and doesn't really bat an eye at all the exotic locales and people they meet.
  • Fisher Kingdom: The Salem sub-singularity physically incarnates Sanson, Nezha, Robin Hood, and Mata Hari, and also mentally affects them, Mash, and the protagonist to force them to fit the roles given to the party in the Witch Trials and stop them from looking too closely at certain things. In addition, it also weakens the Servants in gameplay by halving their levels.
  • Flashback: Several interludes added after part one briefly establish that they occurred before the Salomon chapter due to Roman's presence in them. They may have been written before the final chapter but couldn't be added in until later.
  • Floating Continent: Scheherazade's endgame in Agartha is to use Laputa by flying it at a high enough height for people to notice and crash it into the ground, effectively breaking the masquerade by being such a large scale incident, nobody could cover it up.
  • Fog of Doom:
    • The main threat that the Londinium chapter revolves around. It's poisonous, can spawn Servants and if charged by Tesla's lightning, would consume the entire earth.
    • The fog from the Rashoumon event is intoxicating and poisonous, even for Servants.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • "Fate/Accel Zero Order" diverges from Fate/Zero because of Irisviel being Saber's Master instead of Kiritsugu, causing it to become a singularity detected by Chaldea and the Counter Force being sent in to prevent the Einzberns from re-obtaining the Third Magic. Chaldea's interference, using the knowledge from El-Melloi II, creates further divergences, including:
      • Altria and Diarmuid never fight each other since your party fights Altria first, forcing Irisviel to retreat from the area.
      • Kayneth helps the party after some persuasion from adult Waver and with further persuasion, eventually leave Fuyuki with Sola-Ui to go back to the Clock Tower. He forces Diarmuid to stay behind so Sola-Ui doesn't try to do anything about her attraction with him.
      • Ryuunosuke and Gilles being the first ones to die after being taken out by EMIYA (Assassin) and your party. Gilles doesn't get a chance to summon the giant monster and so most of the fights caused by that don't happen.
      • The protagonists persuade Kariya to help defeat Gilgamesh during the King's Banquet and he subsequently loses to Lancelot, Diarmuid, and the protagonist's team.
      • Since Gilgamesh is dead, he doesn't get to corrupt Kirei. Tokiomi forces Kirei to give control over Assassin to him, removing Kirei from the conflict. Assassin dies soon after, forcing Tokiomi into defeat.
      • After Iskandar hears Kariya's story and motivations, he decides that Kariya's desire to kill Tokiomi is pointless since Sakura will still be part of the Matous and storms the mansion. He frees her in exchange for Kariya giving up his right arm and kills most of the worms. After that, he sends the two to a hospital to recover.
      • Because Irisviel had the same modifications as Illya and thus became Saber's master, the Einzberns would have won. Kiritsugu, who never found companionship in any form, was then picked by the Counter Force to eliminate her to stop this. This is the one factor that surprises El-Melloi II since everything else had been going the same before Chaldea came.
      • Irisviel, being the source of the singularity, comes with Chaldea since she's got nowhere to go now that she knows the Einzbern ritual is busted and recovering Grails is what they do.
    • The majority of the sixth singularity happened because Bedivere did not throw Excalibur back into the lake.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • One image from the opening of the game, showing a decrepit ruin, seems to be based off of a painting called ''The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon''. This not only foreshadows King Solomon will have a role in the story, but the Queen of Sheba herself also appears in the game during Epic of Remnant.
    • Mash's level cap increase foreshadows her eventual rarity upgrade in Camelot.
    • In an usual Nasuverse fashion, several events, Servant profiles or My Room lines and throwaway dialogue in the main story heavily foreshadow crucial details like Ereshkigal being afraid of Fou and baffled by how the protagonist is so casual around it, which could be taken as just another moment of her being silly but it's actually hinting how Fou is Primate Murder/Beast IV.
    • Altera's appearance in this game foreshadows her true identity, a major plot point of Fate/Extella.
  • Funny Background Event: Some Craft Essences have little background events in their artwork.
    • The Cheers to 2017 CE has Kintoki and Shuten relaxing on a roof with Ibaraki behind them, spying on the couple. Meanwhile, Bathory's stuck flying on a kite.
    • Altria and Shirou are on a date in the same restaurant as Taiga in the Blissful Time CE; Altria has eaten enough to stack the plates high on the table.
    • The BB Shot! CE has female Hakuno chained to a bed with clear distress at her situation.
    • Fran is burying Babbage in the sand in the King, Joker, Jack CE.

    G 
  • Gameplay and Story Integration:
    • It works backwards from the normal interpretation such that the gameplay limitations affect the story. The FGO Material books note in passing that your Servants like Karna and Heraclesnote  do not have access to their other Noble Phantasms, mostly because it'd be hard to program and would be overpowered. However, in Heracles' Interlude it's shown that the protagonist can't even power his Mad Enhancement properly, let alone God Hand. Then in Agartha, Astolfo can't use his other Noble Phantasms and d'Eon's isn't as strong as it should be. When the latter two get outside sources of energy, they're able to fight significantly more effectively against Penthesilea's amazon warriors.
    • Storywise, it will often acknowledge if you have summoned a Servant or not when you encounter them as NPCs or enemies; with slightly different dialogue.
    • The Nero Festival Exhibition Battles has Servants use all of their Noble Phantasms, no longer limited by the three skill slots and one NP slot that playable versions have:
      • Heracles has his signature God Hand which revives him twelve times.
      • Siegfried has Das Rheingold to supply him mana, which translates into giving him a full NP gauge at the start of battle and the Armor of Fafnir to give himself 200% defense.
      • As Mother of Warriors, Medb engages in a Zerg Rush, constantly bringing out more soldiers to defend her and wear down the party.
      • Gilgamesh decides to use more than just throwing out weapons from the Gate of Babylon, using his treasures to grant himself special buffs.
      • Spartacus has Crying Warmonger active, which heals him to an absurd level each turn.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • As far as the story is concerned, your only Servant is Mash and your support is whoever guest-stars in the current chapter. In gameplay, it's very probably the exact opposite: you control a whole team of five Servants and it's very likely that Mash won't be among them at least until the last story chapters due to her growth being locked behind the story. You also aren't likely to use the story support because they're likely lower level and do not have a Craft Essence equipped.note 
      • Played with in Epic of Remnant part three as the story support version of Musashi must be brought to every duel as she supposedly goes one-on-one with her opponent, the camera transition even showing only her on the battlefield, but you can still bring in your own Servants to fight and can even swap her out of the frontline with the Plugsuit Mystic Code.
    • Some Servants have amazing in-lore parameters, but lower rarity, and because of that, very weak in-game. Asterios, for example, has A++ Strength and Endurance, and in the story can go toe to toe with Heracles for a time, but he's only a 1*, the lowest rarity available. It also works in reverse, however, such as with characters like Okita Souji, who is one of the best Sabers in the game, but outside of it is laughably weak thanks to being a relatively modern Servant and having magic tuberculosis.
    • Some Servants who are at the rarity you'd expect for their power level are actually considered bottom tier, such as Altria being the worst SSR Saber, even though she's a strong contender for the strongest member of the class.
    • The relationship between how skills and Noble Phantasms work in gameplay as opposed to the story varies. Mash's Noble Phantasm for example, offers two forms of damage reduction rather than the invincibility that it should, while Okita's tuberculosis actually makes her more likely to land critical hits!
    • Some Interludes claim that the Servant's NP has gained more power, but they don't actually have it upgraded for real.
    • Not all skills and Noble Phantasms available in the story can be used by the Servants, often because there's only one slot for Noble Phantasms but some Servants have more than one. Some like Mordred and Medusa get around this by having the Noble Phantasm work as a skill instead.
    • Some Noble Phantasms also work differently compared to how they worked in the original material, this is apparent in Reality Marble NPs such as Unlimited Blade Works, Ionioi Hetairoi, Aestus Domus Aurea, and Ramesseum Tentyris.
    • Several event storylines have the protagonist interact with several NPC Servants under the pretense that they are those Servants' Master, whether or not the player actually has them. While you might have bronze or silver Servants who are part of the storyline, most players are unlikely to have all the corresponding gold Servants that appear in the event at hand.
    • After Salomon, Mash supposedly lost her Heroic Spirit abilities and can't fight anymore. But you can still use her in battles just fine.
    • Saber Gilles de Rais's profile states that he's more famous and thus more often summoned as his evil Caster version. Caster Gilles is locked to the Story Summons gacha after completing the Orleans storyline, and rare even then because there are so many other 3-star Casters; Saber Gilles can be summoned on any gacha at any time, is one of very few 3-star Sabers, and is a meme for being such a common Servant.
    • In the prologue to the game's second storyline the Mage's Association has forcibly shut down the Chaldea summoning system and in doing so forcibly dispelled all of the protagonists servants. Obviously, DW would be completely suicidal to make this actually happen in the actual game.
    • The skills listed in the Materials books sometimes don't match the ingame skills. For example, Merlin's first skill is a unique Charisma variant that also adds 20% NP gauge to the party. Officially, however, he just has a normal Charisma skill. It seems the unique effects are just for the sake of gameplay. Charisma had long been powercrept by that point.
  • Gender Flip: A staple of the Fate franchise, taken up a notch with the game's Loads and Loads of Characters. Currently, the list includes King Arthur, Emperor Nero, Ushiwakamaru, Jing Ke, Okita Souji, Oda Nobunaga, Mordred, Gareth, Raikou (Minamoto no Yorimitsu), Merlin from the Prototype universe, Frankenstein's Monster, Paul Bunyan, and Kato Danzo. A few subversions include:
    • "Orion," who claims to be this but is really the goddess Artemis parading around as him.
    • Francis Drake, who is implied to be Queen Elizabeth in disguise.
    • Leonardo da Vinci is a man in history and mind, he just chose to manifest with the appearance of the Mona Lisa because it's his ideal form of beauty.
    • Quetzalcoatl, who is either using the appearance of one of the god's human hosts from history or transformed into a female as a result of her association with the planet Venus.
    • Miyamoto Musashi, who's from an Alternate Universe.
    • Paul Bunyan, who is implied to have been male, but just summoned as female for some reason. Her profile and summoning dialogue are confused as to why she's a girl.
    • Katsushika Hokusai seems genderbent at first glance, although she is actually Hokusai's daughter Oui and the octopus thing with her is the real Hokusai. Oui is summoned with her father as some of his works are actually made by her under her father's name.
  • Genre Shift: The summer 2017 event goes from a Wacky Racing tournament in part 1 to a jailbreak story in part 2.
  • Ghost Ship: A ship possessed by vengeful ghosts appears in Ushiwakamaru's interlude, preventing her and the protagonists from rayshifting out of the area.
  • Glass Cannon:
    • The Berserker class does bonus damage to everyone else (except Shielder) and takes bonus damage from everyone else (again, except Shielder). This doesn't stop you from trashing enemies before they can attack you, though.
    • The Avenger class. They have high attack and low HP, skills that emphasize attack and they have no class advantages to utilize, barring Rulers.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Ishtar and Ereshkigal seemingly already bickered a lot, but if you have both of them the issue is exacerbated by the fact that thanks to the way they were summoned, they're in a sense the same person now.
  • God in Human Form: Divine spirits can't normally be summoned or manifest anymore because of not fully explained reasons regarding the nature of reality changing, but there are a couple workarounds. None of them let them use their full power.
    • One, they can manifest by using an inferior vessel that bars them from using their full strength or even several of their more powerful abilities. The playable Quetzalcoatl works like this and while it should be the same for Stheno and Euryale, they were actually so weak in life that they're stronger as Servants and given abilities they didn't even have, such as Euryale's bow. She has no idea where it came from and notes that it should belong to Cupid.
    • Two, they can share a body with a compatible human, which merges their personality. Ereshkigal and Ishtar both make use of this with Ishtar explaining that in her current form, she's about 70% Ishtar and 30% Tohsaka Rin, who is her host. This has a stabilizing effect on her personality. Ereshkigal got the other portions of Tohsaka's personality, leading Ishtar and Ereshkigal to consider themselves to be partially the same person.
    • Third, they can hijack another Servant's Saint Graph, which is like the core of a Servant. This is how Artemis manifests as an Archer with Orion's abilities. Much to her surprise in Okeanos, this bars her from using any of her true abilities or bypassing divine protections. She isn't even as strong as the real Orion because she doesn't really possess any of his skills.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • The Earth has been incinerated, forcing dozens of Servants who normally wouldn't be cooperative like Caligula and Gorgon to work together for the sake of preserving the Earth and Chaldea accepts literally any Servant into their ranks for the sake of bolstering their numbers and gaining another ally to help them fight the Big Bad.
    • The same goes for the Beasts as they represent such a danger to humanity to the point where anything seems like a good option after enough time spent fighting them.
    • In Salem, it's crossed once Raum drives Abigail into madness, forcing the Servants there to pull out everything they've got for the sake of stopping her with it barely being enough to calm her down.
  • Good Morning, Crono: After the initial tutorial battle, the protagonist is woken up by Mash in a hallway. After the protagonist comes back from Fuyuki, they pass out again, and Da Vinci wakes them up and lampshades that it's very protagonist-like of them to be waking up right now.
  • Grandfather Paradox: Played with. Roman says that any deaths and/or damage that happens in a paradox is undone upon fixing the anomaly. Caster Gilgamesh in Babylonia reveals this is a lie. Anyone who dies in the paradox stays dead, though history "corrects" the method of how they died. Such as a human killed by a dragon in France might instead be killed by disease or an animal. At the same time, this means any person who is saved is safe.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • The Heaven's Feel, Last Encore, Fate/Apocrypha, and First Order Craft Essences have their title written in English.
    • Several parts of the Japanese UI also have a little English subtitle which goes a long way for helping non-Japanese players play the game.
    • World Faith Domination is said by Edison in English and its initials are also written in English. Other Servants also do this, whether in written text (Shakespeare) or speaking it out loud (Emiya's UBW chant).
    • Kintoki (either version) is ripe with this, saying things like "bare knuckle" or "Golden Spark" because he thinks it's cool.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Because of various nationalities between Servants, they sometimes speak in their native language like Blavatsky laughing in Russian and Xuanzang chanting the Heart Sutra in Chinese.
  • Guest-Star Party Member:
    • Certain quests (particularly story quests) allow you to bring along a Servant who isn't from your friend list as your support Servant. While some times they may not adhere to the game mechanics (for example, have a higher level than their cap or have more skills than they should at their level) They won't be as good as a friend who maxed the level of the same Servant.
    • For "Da Vinci and the 7 Counterfeit Heroic Spirits", Da Vinci is playable as your support but is not available in the gacha. The same happens again when she decides to assist the protagonist and Mash for Camelot. She was finally made playable with her release in the F/GO 1st Anniversary Campaign gacha.
    • Likewise in Babylonia, Merlin and King Hassan are playable as guest Servants but weren't rollable at the time of the chapter's release. Both were later made limited-time only Servants.

    H 
  • Hand Wave: Defensive Noble Phantasms like God Hand, Armor of Fafnir, or Kavacha and Kundala would be overpowered or difficult to implement, so the playable Servants just don't have them. The reasons given are pretty shoddy, such as not being able to power Heracles properly or Karna somehow lacking pieces of his armor when summoned, so it's clearly just to balance gameplay. However, enemy Heracles in Okeanos does have God Hand, but it's not entirely clear if Karna has Kavacha and Kundala in America. If he did, it wasn't enough against Gae Bolg.
  • Happily Ever After: Agartha ends with this text befitting its storybook theme.
  • Happy Ending Override: Part II begins with Chaldea overrun by the new villains, Da Vinci killed by Kotomine (though she has a backup), the timeline once again in danger, and the heroes forced to evacuate the observatory. The only saving grace is that they're in a position to set things right once again.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Two of your three main allies in Shinjuku are Altria and Jeanne Alter, who flat out hate each other. At multiple points they nearly try to kill each other.
  • Headless Horseman: The Headless Horseman arrives as one half of Hessian Lobo, Avenger of Shinjuku. Because the Horseman is more akin to an Urban Legend than an actual Heroic Spirit, he has to team up with Lobo for the two of them to count as an actual Servant. In the game, he rides Lobo as his mount instead of his classic horse.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: The first fight against Solomon is this. Even though you defeated four of his Demon Pillars, he still oneshots Kintoki, Tamamo, and Shakespeare all at once, kills Andersen a minute later, and makes it clear that he sees the protagonist as no threat to him, leaving them alive on a whim.
  • Hey, Let's Put on a Show: In Salem, the protagonist, Mash, and the Servants have to perform a stage play everyday as they are disguised as an acting troupe, each piece written by Shakespeare and Andersen.
  • High-Altitude Battle:
    • The final confrontation with Tesla is on a thunderstorm above Buckingham Palace
    • The final battle against Tiamat is done on magical flying platforms in front of her head.
  • Historical Beauty Update: Almost a given with virtually all of the Servants (bar a few). Mata Hari, for example, has been given a significant upgrade in the chest department.
    • Subverted with Caesar, he's depicted as morbidly obese in the game, despite historical evidence pointing otherwise.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade:
    • Villainous figures like Medea, the Minotaur (Asterios), and Ishtar are given revamped backstories where they are much more sympathetic than in popular portrayals, though their bad sides are definitely acknowledged: Ishtar, for example, really will kill all her lovers and Asterios will slaughter anyone that treats him like a monster.
    • Atilla the Hun, Jack the Ripper, and Elisabeth Bathory are downplayed cases. Their heinous deeds remain, but the game presents them as being either not entirely responsible for their actions or at least redeemable. Jack and Liz, for example, are severely mentally ill rather than malicious and Altera, as she prefers to be called, is basically a robot alien programmed to destroy civilization.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade:
    • Solomon stands out, going from a good if flawed man into the Big Bad who is trying to exterminate humanity. This is eventually revealed to be an impostor and the true Solomon was if anything a better person than his historical counterpart.
    • Arjuna is altered somewhat to be not quite a villain, but is definitely less heroic than his rival Karna. He's arrogant, can be quite under-handed, and is jealous of Karna's natural virtue, while he struggles to suppress negative emotions.
    • While his creation's crimes are presented as largely the same in the novel, Victor Frankenstein himself is somewhat more of a bastard and has seemingly lost the sympathetic traits he had in the book. He even murders his second creation, Eve, and steals her body. Even though she was everything he was looking for, she wasn't strong enough to defeat the original Fran and thus he deemed her a failure. Not only has he learned nothing, which you can argue of him in the book as well, but he's become a murderer himself.
  • Hollow World: The fabled world Agartha is a central location as one of the Epic of Remnant sub-singularities somewhere under central Asia. The area inside is almost exactly like the surface as it's explained that bioluminescent moss which glows at regular intervals to simulate night and day provides all the light needed for everything living there.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight:
    • Subverted with one bonus area in "Garden of Order". You're pitted against three ghosts with 6,666,666 HP, the likes of which blow even the infamous Robespierre Ghost from d'Eon's interlude out of the water - until you realize that your support is the Saber form of Shiki, who sports a One-Hit Kill Noble Phantasm that can and will take out all of the ghosts in one blow. The fight is winnable without Void Shiki, it just takes forever to whittle them down to 0 HP.
    • In Camelot, for Gawain's first battle, after you chip off 100k from his health bar, the game automatically kicks you out.
    • In Babylonia, several bosses will have HP that reaches into the millions, but you only need to wait out a few turns or deal enough damage before the battle ends automatically.
    • The first fight against Demon King Goetia ends as soon as the enemy uses their Noble Phantasm.
    • Several battles in the Fate/Extra CCC event's first chapter have them with them depending on Servants either breaking their first health bar or reaching a certain amount of turns to win like the first two Suzuka Gozen fights. The first battle with Kiara ends after after she uses a certain attack.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
    • Many of the characters who return do so with more revealing and Fanservicey costumes this time around, and a large number of the new characters are Stripperiffic. This also includes Medusa who was the Queen of Stripperiffic outfits in Fate/stay night.
    • Swimsuit Servants are essentially the hotter and sexier version of their normal counterparts, having even more titillating outfits and risque artwork.
    • Given the source material, the SE.RA.PH chapter is this in relation to the rest of the game. However, compared to the source material, it's significantly toned down (the Alter Egos are more modestly dressed, Kiara has a far less explicit Noble Phantasm, etc.).
  • Human Resources:
    • In Babylonia, Tiamat starts producing more Lahmus by processing humans into her system.
    • In Shinjuku, the Phantom of the Opera creates his minions by murdering people and then using their corpses to make automatons.

    I 
  • I Choose to Stay: In the post-credits scene, Da Vinci says that the player's Servants in Chaldea can terminate their contracts and return to the Throne of Heroes now that the Grand Order is complete, but that they care for the player and Mash too much to actually do so.
  • Improbably Female Cast: While there are more male Servants than female Servants overallnote , the cast falls into this trope due to many of the female Servants being Gender Flip variants of male heroes, rather than including heroes who were female to begin with.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the Fate/Accel Zero Order event creating an Alternate Ending for almost everybody from Fate/Zero, Chaldea has to correct its nature as a singularity and remove it from the timeline, ensuring that everything will still go the same way as it originally did.
  • Info Dump: Several Servants are quite knowledgeable from their exploits and past and are happy to provide this knowledge to their Master whenever they want to.
    • EMIYA (Archer) has seen a lot in his tenure as a Servant (and eroge protagonist) and is willing to explain what he knows to his Master.
      • His first interlude suddenly dropping out of nowhere a kind of classification of Heroic Spirits that had never been heard before in the Fate extended universe; that Heroic Spirits are separated on how their legends are formed. He would describe the last unknown attribute, a direct opposite of "Star", but got cut off. He has two other lectures during his interlude, one about how the Archer class works and and the last one on how a Servant-Master relationship works.
      • At the start of the Da Vinci event, he lectures the protagonist and Mash about Projections and fakes, setting up the theme of the event.
      • He connects the dots between the fake Servants and deduces Jeanne Alter's motivations, explaining them to everyone present. She vehemently denies everything.
    • Orion and Artemis' entrance in Okeanos, while has little bearing on the overall plot of the chapter, is indirectly explaining the mechanism of Jeanne Alter's endless wyvern army and dragons in general.
    • Chapter 4 has one from Da Vinci who clarifies and expands on attributes and their importance in Servant classification that EMIYA mentioned in his Interlude and Tesla ranted about during his appearance in London.
    • "Garden of Order" has Roman give one about Mystic Eyes, giving a proper eye color classification for Violet's Crack Ice and talks about various attributes of Mystic Eyes.
    • At the start of chapter 6, Dr. Roman expounds on Mash's past, why she was able to become a demi-Servant and why she collapsed at the end of chapter 5.
    • Sherlock Holmes gives one on Solomon and Chaldea in Camelot, using his deductions and the Hermes supercomputer to put his information together.
    • For the Chaldea Summer event, when you build certain facilities, the Servants requesting it would give you a small bit of trivia relevant to the building. For example, if you build the cabbage farm, Anne and Mary will give you a lecture about scurvy and how sailors in their time worshiped vegetables and fruits as a symbol of good luck because of their nutritional values that prevent diseases while on board.
  • Interface Spoiler:
    • Most Servant's True Names are immediately revealed to you as soon as you roll them, revealing the identities of both franchise veterans and newcomers you haven't met yet. Servants that are especially story-centric are usually story-locked, preventing you from summoning them until you complete up to a certain point in the story. But you still have a chance of rolling them during rate-up events, possibly long before you've even reached their debut chapter. The Servants introduced in Epic of Remnant avert this. You need to learn their True Name in the story, even if you summon them from the gacha (it'll just refer to them by their Class name until then).
    • You know the last section in a given Singularity is the last one if the usual Saint Quartz reward is replaced by an item chest (which contains a Holy Grail).
    • Since the support Servant selection screen appears before any pre-battle cutscenes, you may occasionally see an NPC Servant that you won't officially meet until the cutscene plays out (such as Orion in the very first story quest of the Moon Goddess event).
  • It Only Works Once: In the mainstream Fate franchise, most Noble Phantasms of Servants are treated as such, since they expend so much mana. In this game, however, it is averted by virtue of the fact that the NP gauges of all servants can be filled/refilled as necessary, making Noble Phantasms spammable attacks as long as you have the skills and resources to do so. The only Servant this applies to is Arash, and this is because his Noble Phantasm causes death after execution--even if it is high-damaging. Jeanne d'Arc officially has a Noble Phantasm that does this as well, La Pucelle, but she doesn't use it in this game at all, which is probably for the best.
  • Item Farming:
    • Ascension/skill levelling materials have to be obtained through beating up monsters to get a Random Drop.
    • Every event requires you to grind for the event currency to buy things from the event shop.
  • It's All Upstairs from Here: The Setsubun event features the protagonist and Archer Inferno climb a pagoda with 100 (or possibly more) floors.

    K-L 
  • Karmic Death:
    • Pierre Cauchon, the bishop who got Jeanne d' Arc burned at the stake, gets roasted alive by Ruler Alter and during the Christmas event, if he stepped out of line, he gets a roasting. To make sure that he gets the message, Jeanne Alter brought multiple versions of him to her Christmas party (to play monopoly with her) and killed them over and over for any slight against her.
    • Jason suffers for his ungrateful attitude towards Medea Lily much earlier than in myth, when she turns him into the Demon God Forneus out of spite.
    • In Chapter 4, Makiri Zolgen/Matou Zouken is ordered by Solomon to host Demon God Barbatos. He get better afterwards, though.
  • Killed Offscreen:
    • In Chapter 5, the party finds out the reason for why several famous figures from the time period aren't around is because the Celts killed them while they were taking over the U.S.
    • Ryuunosuke was killed offscreen by Assassin EMIYA in Fate/Accel Zero Order.
    • The Knights who refused to go along with Altria's plan were killed in a messy battle by those who were.
    • Some of the Servants summoned by Caster Gilgamesh are already dead by the time you arrive in Uruk. They are Amakusa and Kotaro Fuuma (both defeated by Jaguarman) and Tomoe Gozen (who died after defeating Girtabulu).
  • Kryptonite Factor: Certain Servants have either skills or Noble Phantasms that increase damage against certain enemies. For example, Boudica has a skill that increases her damage against Romans, Siegfried's Balmung does extra damage to dragons, Mordred's Clarent Blood Arthur does extra damage to "Arthur" enemies (every version of Altria), etc.
  • La Résistance:
    • Geronimo was leading one against the Celts before they were almost entirely destroyed at the beginning of chapter 5. He and the remnants of it team up with the party.
    • For Chapter 6, the Hassans formed one against the Knights of the Round Table and Ozymandias, slowly trying to fight back, defend the oppressed and take back their land.
    • In Agartha, the men who managed to flee the three rulers of the area, formed their own and are led by the Rider of the Resistance.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Holmes' trial quest points out the absurdity of physical materials dropping inside a simulated battle situation. The rant also continues to wonder what the hell the EXP cards and skill gems you get even are.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: Guts status will at the very least make the Servant with it survive otherwise a fatal blow with one HP. However, some skills can inflict Guts that will also heal the Servant by small amount.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • Because of the fact that Servants' names and Noble Phantasms are disclosed the moment you get them, the names of spoiler-sensitive Servants in their original works, like Archer EMIYA from Fate/stay night and Berserker Lancelot from Fate/Zero are given away immediately.
      • It is worth taking special note of the EMIYA spoiler being dropped so casually at the launch of F/GO, as this represented a major policy shift regarding the character. F/SN Archer's identity had previously been one of the great sacred cows of the Nasuverse in terms of spoilers, and great pains were taken to ensure it was only revealed at the right time, either in the VN or in Unlimited Blade Works adaptations. It went to such an extent that Fate/hollow ataraxia (F/SN's own fandisc sequel!) and Fate/EXTRA took pains to avoid mentioning it, despite the fact that F/HA's story conceit should mean it is common knowledge and should influence the plot, and Extra went so far as to partially rewrite the character's backstory just to hide it... and then F/GO comes along and doesn't even bother concealing it from the start, right down to Mash coming to call Chaldea's Archer Emiya-senpai. Of course, the GUDAGUDA pre-release comics made a joke about how by 2015, Archer's identity had practically crossed into non-spoiler territory among fans.
    • Ryougi Shiki's (either one) profile have spoilers on the plot of the Kara no Kyoukai series and the nature of her powers.
    • Amakusa's inclusion spoils his disguise as Shirou Kotomine and his nature as a Ruler, major plot twists for Fate/Apocrypha.
    • Angra Mainyu's profile and role in the Fate/Accel Zero Order event spoils him residing inside the Fuyuki Holy Grail and corrupting it, plot points of the Heaven's Feel route and Fate/Zero.
    • The addition of Illya and Chloe in the Prisma Illya event spoils their true nature and the backstory of the manga up to the 2wei arc.
    • Mash's upgrade to an SR Servant and her true NP are blatantly shown on the support list for any player that hasn't finished Camelot yet.
    • Merely showing what the classes are for BB, Meltlilith, and Passionlip are major spoilers for Fate/Extra CCC. Kiara Sesshouin's inclusion spoils not only her desire to become an Alter Ego at the end of SE.RA.PH, it also spoils what her Noble Phantasm is, several twists in CCC, and her passive skills reveal her candidacy as one of the Beasts.
    • Suzuka Gozen's profile has several pieces of information that haven't been revealed in another ongoing work, Fate/Extra CCC Foxtail.
    • As the Japanese version is far ahead of all the other versions, this trope applies to any discussion regarding this game in other regions. Events and story chapter releases can roughly be predicted by looking at their original release in Japan and Servants already released in the Japanese game spoil future twists in the American, Taiwanese, Korean, and Chinese versions.
  • Late to the Tragedy: Seraphix's slow conversion into SE.RA.PH over five months caused the staff to descend into madness from the isolation and monsters, doing things like executing those they blamed for their troubles or overdosing on morphine. By the time the protagonist arrives, everyone has been converted into data and is either dead or trying to survive amongst all the rampaging Servants.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Dead Heat Summer Race's second round is in a volcano. Its stage gimmick is that the party receives 300 damage each turn from volcanic rocks.
  • Level Grinding: Sort of... the game itself is pretty grindy, but in order to obtain the best Servants and Craft Essence and max everything out, the player would need to have a lot of patience and saving up a lot Saint Quartz to get the best Servants and Craft Essence available. This is also a subversion, as leveling up the Servants themselves depends on the rarity of the Servant. A 1-star Servant like Arash will only take a few weeks to max everything out, while a higher rarity servant like Zhuge Liang will take months to max him out (see Low-Level Advantage).
  • Level-Up at Intimacy 5: Some interludes require Servants at a certain bond level, new voice lines and profile sections are unlocked with bond level, levels six to nine either gives you free Quartz or fruit depending on a Servant's rarity, and reaching level ten gives you a CE with exclusive effects that only work when they're equipped to their respective Servant. It also has a special effect for the final Singularity as a passive power-up that increases in power depending on bond level.
  • Limit Break: Noble Phantasms work like this in this game. Each Servant has a gauge that fills up whenever they attack or are attacked (Arts cards fill the meter the most). Filling the gauge to 100% adds a special attack card in addition to the regular 5 that allows the Servant to use their Noble Phantasm. Higher level Noble Phantasms can be charged beyond 100% for a greater effect.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Solomon's Temple is identified by Roman as his Reality Marble, so it is fully expected to collapse once Solomon is defeated, meaning that the final part of the mission is to return to the starting point in order to Reyshift out. Goetia manages to hang on to life and stall the protagonist while the temple is collapsing so that they die as well, and they only barely manage to make it, having to be rescued by Mash.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are already 150+ characters in-game, being a mixture of returning and debuting Servants. Nasu aims to include all Servants that appeared prior to this game in some form, even if they don't appear in the main story.
  • Lovecraft Lite: The game has elements of this. A number of Chaldea's opponents take the form of tentacle horrors or other highly dangerous, eldritch monsters previously established in Nasuverse lore, and the nature of Servants themselves makes them rather inhuman, despite being born from human history, stories and wishes. Chaldea ultimately prevails against the things it goes up against, though not always easily. The Salem chapter introduces actual Cthulhu Mythos elements to the setting, and the problems caused by such entities can, like other challenges, mostly be solved by hitting them with swords a bunch, thus taking the game toward a more classic expression of the trope.
  • Love Makes You Crazy:
    • It's a well-known fact that Jeanne's death made Gilles jumping the slope, but here we can see just how it twists him. He calls upon the Holy Grail to resurrect her; or more specifically, a version of her that would agree with his ideals to take revenge upon France. But as the Grail cannot bring the dead back to life, and Jeanne was so pure that there was no part of her that would become such a person, he had to settle for the next best thing: creating an imperfect copy of her who would be more reflective of his wishes.
    • Kiyohime is basically a personification of this trope with the belief that her Master is the replacement of her beloved Anchin.
    • Phantom of the Opera and his love to Christine, he even believes that you are similar to Christine and thus won't harm you.
    • Brynhild with her belief that everyone she loves is Sigurd, no matter what gender.
  • Low-Level Advantage: Silver (3-Star) and Bronze (2-to-1-Star) Servants are much weaker than their Gold (4-to-5-Star) counterparts, but they have lower level caps which allow them to Ascend and gain access to more skills faster. The fact that they're more common also increases the chance of the player coming across duplicates of them thereby making it easier for their Noble Phantasms to be upgraded than those of the higher-tier Servants. Lower rarity servants also use up less Ascension materials and skill gems to max everything out while higher rarity servants require the player to save a lot of the said materials to max them out. They also take up less party space as well due to their lower-rarity, making it easier to fit into team compositions with higher rarity servants.
  • Luck Stat: Most of the stats in game affect nothing, but the rather vaguely defined Luck stat actually does have a direct link to gameplay. Namely, while star weight is primarily based on classnote , within the class itself there's slight variation based on the luck stat. For example, EX ranked Francis Drake has a star weight of 208 while the E ranked Medusa is only at 194. Interestingly, Edmond Dantes has no Luck stat rank at all, but still has a higher star weight than any other Avenger, possibly because no Avenger has a luck stat higher than D.

    M 
  • Made of Magic: A majority of the entities in the story. Servants of course, qualify as this. There are also beings created by mages, as well as Phantasmal Beasts, naturally occurring pure magic beings such as Dragons, Wyverns, elementals, and Chimera. Technically they should be super rare in the modern era but the End of the World as We Know It combined with Time Travel, Chaldea's Post Modern Magic, and the Holy Grail has resulted in quite a few changes to the rules.
  • Magikarp Power: Servants can get much stronger than they were normally in three basic ways apart from normal leveling.
    • First, Interludes can improve the effect of stats or the power of a Noble Phantasm.
    • Second, Strengthening Quests function like the above but also add new skills or alter them much more significantly.
    • Third, in the One Year Anniversary, the game finally allowed the players to make use of the grails it hands out in every story chapter and some events. By using them, you can raise a Servant's level cap. To go from a cap of 60 or 65 to 70 you need one Grail, then one grail for every five levels up to 90 and then one for every two levels past that up to 100. This allows some low rarity Servants to have drastically improved effectiveness, though at an equal level their stats will still be inferior to Servants that can reach that level naturally. However, their skills can make up for it, along with requiring less money and materials to upgrade their skills, and low party cost make them very effective indeed.
  • Magitek: Like Fate/Extra, magic is used along modern techniques to achieve most of the Projects of the Chaldea Security Organization.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: This game features Servants from all corners of the Fate franchise and a few from other parts of the Nasuverse.
    Nasu: "From the start of the planning phase, I thought, 'FGO has to be this grand story where every single character from all the Fate/ series until now would show up or else it would be pointless'.
  • Meaningful Name: Chaldea was an ancient country absorbed by Babylonia circa 9th to 7th century BC. Its citizens were famously known as astrologers and foretellers, to the point "Chaldeans" became a synonym for astrologers during the Antiquity, as exemplified notably in The Bible. Chaldea thus works perfectly as the name of a supposed astronomical observatory, while being dedicated to scanning the past, present, and future.
  • Meaningful Rename: When chapter seven transitions into the second half when Tiamat is truly awake, the Singularity's name changes from Babylonia to Mesopotamia, one of the many signs the fight has gone from defending Gilgamesh's kingdom to defending one of civilization's birthplaces.
  • Mêlée à Trois: During chapter eleven of Agartha, the party has been fighting Megaros on top of a ship for several fights in a row when suddenly recurring boss Penthesilea shows up. The party panics for a moment, but upon seeing what appears to be Heracles she goes berserk and begins a three way fight. The ensuing fight occurs in three rounds first against generic amazons, then against Megaros and finally Penthesilea. During the first and third round, Megaros is attacking the amazons and you indiscriminately while during the second Penthesilea will attack Megaros just as often as she hits you, though given the health total difference between you and a boss it's more harmful then helpful. Still cool to see, though.
  • Mercy Kill: According to Jeanne Alter, whenever you see an Avenger you should probably kill them immediately. Not because they're destructive and dangerous, but for their own good. As they are, there is no chance of redemption and no hope of peace, salvation or even the satisfaction of righting wrongs against them. Jeanne Alter is an Avenger...
  • Mind Screw: Jekyll's interlude is weird in a way that makes you question which one is the real Jekyll. Unlike other Interludes where they fight shadow Servants who embody their mistakes, there's no Shadow Servant in Jekyll's interlude. There are three different Jekylls, only one is real but it doesn't mean the other two are fake, one Jekyll is actually Hyde and planning to kill everyone. Which one is the Jekyll we need to kick his teeth in? The answer 
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Between the release of the story are frequent events with the release of new Servants. These have a habit of verging into downright Crack Fic territory, which painfully contrasts with the often serious and grim nature of the main story. Most players don't care about this trope because the events are funny as hell.
    • The Garden of Order event is the typical zany event with Ryougi as a landlord of the building evicting Servants for not paying their rent, but then it's revealed that some of them are going berserk because of a sinister force, and the story slowly becomes more serious, culminating in fighting off the mysterious entity lurking in the apartment, a gigantic ghost made out of hate. Then no one acknowledges this ever again and it immediately goes back to evicting Servants from the apartment. Then on the rooftop, it resumes the serious story without acknowledging any of the silly stuff, with the giant ghost making a reappearance. And after that battle is over, the mysterious shadow person appearing throughout the event is Edmond Dantes, the Count of Monte Cristo, and his goal is to save Servants from confronting Solomon.
    • The second story of Fate/Accel Zero Order written by Nasu is humorous like other events and a lot lighter compared to the one written by Urobuchi. Apparently defeating Dark Irisviel at the Greater Grail Cave scattered her essence and you must collect them to make your Servant Iri whole. The first enemy you fight is Angra Mainyu and he proceeds to grope Mash and Lampshades Iri's revealing dress. Each of the Iri clones all have their own unique personality and lines, all of them comedic.
    • Chaldea Summer part 2 is very different from the tropical, relaxed tone of part 1 since your island is completely destroyed and turned into an utterly bleak wasteland and you have to rebuild the boars' civilization.
    • The Prisma Illya event starts out fun with Illya, Miyu, and Kuro getting trapped in a magical world and fighting silly monsters like cookie golems, but then it turns out you're actually in the afterlife for magical girls, full of the souls of dead magical girls.
  • Mordor: One section of Camelot is the incinerated Earth of 2016 bleeding over into the singularity, a scorched wasteland that's still burning, inhabited by the unfortunate inhabitants of the time period who are trying to survive and ghouls.
  • Multiple Endings: The ending unlocked for the summer 2017 event is dependent on which team was supported the most throughout the event by the player.
  • Multiple Life Bars: Shinjuku introduces bosses with these. Damage doesn't carry over after you deplete one HP bar and the enemy will clear all debuffs when one is depleted.
  • Mutual Disadvantage: Almost all classes are weak to Berserkers but everything is strong against them.
  • My Name Is ???: Camelot introduces this mechanic for story supports, obscuring all information for them to hide plot twists or surprise appearances.
  • My Rules Are Not Your Rules: The enemy gets several advantages over the player:
    • Enemies with more than one attack in a row can change their target between attacks (though they don't get Brave Chains thankfully enough).
    • Since the AI can't get stars, critical attacks depend completely on RNG, and any effect that involves stars instead gives a flat crit rate increase.
    • Enemies can spam skills without cooldown at the cost having to use it in place of one of their attacks that round (whereas the player can activate as many skills as they like before selecting their attacks). Have fun if the enemy has an invincibility/evade/Guts skill.
    • Instead of a NP bar, enemies have a "Charge" bar that fills by one segment at the end of every turn. When the Charge bar is completely filled, the enemy's next action will be their Noble Phantasm (or a powerful special attack if not a Servant). While a player must have their NP bar fully filled at the start of the turn and then queue the attack, the enemy is under no such restriction; so, an enemy who fills their Charge bar during their turn (for example, through a skill that charges NP) can immediately use their Noble Phantasm as long as they have at least one action remaining.
    • Some events have enemy Servants with new skills that they don't normally have such as the ability to instantly fill their NP bar or have Invincibility and Battle Continuation used at the same time. "Da Vinci and the 7 Counterfeit Heroic Spirits" also introduces Servants with passive skills, like a permanent attack buff.
    • There is an inversion regarding turn order - the player's attacks will always go before the enemy's in a given turn. This makes Berserkers far more effective in a player's hands, able to strike first (whereas an enemy Berserker would strike second, and thus become a giant target before becoming an offensive threat).
    • With Shinjuku, enemies now have a multi-layered health bar that playable Servants do not get.
  • Mysterious Antarctica: Chaldea is located in a remote mountain range in Antartica, accessible only via helicopter.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Several Servants have special dialogue for other Servants that you have, referencing other Fate works or their own mythology.
    • Servants' ascension costumes are based on other depictions of the characters, like Saber Alter's third outfit originating from an action figure of her, Karna using both his CCC and Apocrypha appearances, etc.
    • Other TYPE-MOON works also show up in some way such as Alice Kuonji's Cock Robin in Robin Hood's third and final ascension artwork.
    • The supporting cast of Kara no Kyoukai and Prisma Illya appeared in event CEs.
    • Servants who are added after launch but hail from previous Fate media often have at least some of their moves from them incorporated into their attacks in this game:
      • Tamamo's attacks are based on her magic skills from EXTRA.
      • Karna uses the Eye Beam version of Brahmastra that he used in CCC for his Extra attack.
      • Several Servants like Saber Alter, Gilgamesh, EMIYA, etc. use animations based on their moves from Fate/unlimited codes.
      • Both versions of Ryougi Shiki have their NPs based on Shiki's special moves from Melty Blood.
      • Several of the updated Fuyuki Servants have their animations based on ufotable's anime adaptations of Fate/Zero and the UBW anime.
    • In the Da Vinci event, Jeanne Alter quotes Shirou in his battle against Gilgamesh from UBW:
    "There is no rule that says an imitation cannot defeat the original!"
    • Two of the three options for a large building on your tropical island for "Chaldea Summer" are the Einzbern Castle and Emiya residence. After building either one, Altria and Cu Chulainn both feel that they seem familiar somehow. And in Part 2, you can build the Fuyuki bridge.
    • Three of the male companions on the island for the event are members of the YARIO band: Cu Chulainn, Karna, and Diarmuid with new members: Fionn, Blackbeard, and Kojirou.
    • In general, Strengthening Quests feature servants that are in some way related to the Servant the Strengthening quest is for (ex. EMIYA's first Strengthening Quest features a wave of Shadow Servants from the Extra series, followed by a wave of Shadow Servants from Fate/stay night, with Gilgamesh as the boss).
    • The date set for the rayshift to Fuyuki is January 30, 2004, the release date of Fate/stay night.
    • The name of Goetia' plan to eradicate the Human Order is Retrogression Canal Genesis Light-Year, which is the name of Aoko Aozaki's Arc Drive in Melty Blood.
    • The Bonus Boss for the Fate/EXTRA CCC crossover is the Bonus Boss from Fate/EXTRA, MONSTER AKA Ryougi Shiki.
    • Nero Caster mentions Slash Emperor in one of her attack voicelines, carrying on the Angel Notes reference from Extella.
    • There is an inversion effect on this: The Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors refer that Rider is strong against Caster while being weak against Assassins. Meanwhile, in the original Fate/stay night, in the second route, Medusa was completely beaten and suffered anti-climatic death by Medea and her master (though he might pass as an Assassin class), while in the third route, she completely curb-stomped Hassan.
    • Chloe's Interlude pits her against the enemies from Prisma Illya's first season: Medusa, Medea, Saber Alter, Hundred-Faced Hassan, and Heracles. Meanwhile, Illya's Interlude reveals that Young Gilgamesh remember his defeat against her in the 2wei arc and want a revenge match.
    • In Jaguarman's interlude, she drags Emiya and Ishtar to go clean up Fuyuki while Kiritsugu narrowly avoids being dragged along. None of these characters are quite who they seem to be, but the joke is still obvious.

    N-O 
  • Never Found the Body: If you don't see or at least hear the gold sparks of a Servant disappearing, they probably survived. This can extend as far as Megaros stomping on a mortally wounded Wu Zetian and causing her to disappear, only for it to turn out she simply activated her Presence Concealment to escape.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: According to Galahad in Moonlight/Lostroom, stopping Goetia only changed the future of Earth so that there's nothing but sand remaining.
  • No Fourth Wall: The more comedic quests starting from "GUDAGUDA Honnouji" practically run on this trope. Some Servants like BB and Nobunaga also ignore the fourth wall frequently, whether it be in My Room or during serious event stories.
  • No Hero Discount: Even though Da Vinci is the protagonist's friend and allegedly is trying to help them save the world, she charges a serious chunk of change for some items. The Mona Lisa CE's original price was so high (and increased for each one you bought) that the price was decreased and players who'd bought it at the original price got a refund. Da Vinci even suggests she might be making a bit of a profit, mentioning that she'd like to buy herself a villa in one of her lines in the shop.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: The prologue of part 2 goes to great lengths to establish the new status quo as in the first half, Chaldea is bought off by Goldorf Musik and by protocol, shuts down all reyshifts and forcibly discharge all Servants with the exception of Da Vinci and Holmes for the time being. The second half goes From Bad to Worse as Chaldea is seized by the antagonists with Chaldeas itself frozen by a mysterious Servant, the party is forced to flee in a mobile base with only the protagonist, da Vinci, Holmes, Goldorf, Mash, Fou, and eight Chaldea employees left, da Vinci gets offed by Kotomine Kirei and acquires a new body, Team A of Chaldea declares their intentions to freeze the history of "old humanity" and bring back the Age of Gods, and a mysterious Tree of Creation starts taking root in the world.
  • Not Quite Dead: Epic of Remnant strongly implies that Solomon did not fully succeed with his use of Ars Nova. Some of the Demon Pillars are also revealed to have survived and are hiding in four sub-singularities.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Several Servants are off doing their own thing during the Valentine 2018 event, but it's only communicated via Semiramis' pigeons in a scrolling bar. Rider of the Resistance deserves special mention as he has a running subplot that eventually results in him ending up in space and fighting off aliens.
  • One Degree of Separation: The Servants of either the same time periods, the same country of origins, or the same background specialties knew each other personally. It gets pretty ridiculous with the Greeks; the Argonauts are a gathering of heroes by Jason, even heroes that weren't an Argonaut like Hektor are acquaintances with several of them. So, most Greek Servants personally know each other because of Jason's ridiculously good charisma.
  • One Steve Limit: Some Craft Essences or Servants have the same names. In the latter case, they're differentiated by their class, appearance or personality.
    • Cu Chulainn has his original version from Fate/stay Night, his Caster version, his Prototype version which is explained to be a younger him, and his Berserker Alter version created by Medb.
    • There's the adult Medea who was betrayed by Jason and her younger version who hasn't been betrayed yet.
    • There's the original Rider Medusa, her younger Lancer version, and her more monstrous form, Gorgon, as an Avenger.
    • Gilgamesh has his original arrogant Archer version, there's a child version of Gil who is also an Archer, and the Caster form of Gilgamesh as the wise king of Uruk.
    • Gilles de Rais has the Saber form of him before Jeanne's death as her second-in-command and him as a Caster, maddened after Jeanne's death.
    • Lancelot, with his Berserker and sane Saber version.
    • Iskander, with his muscular and boisterous adult form, and thin and inexperienced teenager form.
    • There are two Craft Essences called Heaven's Feel, so to differentiate them beyond their art and raritynote , one has it written in English and the other Japanese.
    • There are two Servants who are referred to as EMIYA. One is an Archer while the other is an Assassin and are two different people. Their true identities are Emiya Shirou and Emiya Kiritsugu. And then there's an Alter version of the Archer, who is a corrupted Shirou after he slaughtered thousands of cultists. And speaking of Shirou, there is also him as a pseudo-Servant, Sengo Muramasa.
    • Nero and Nero Bride have two different versions of history and the latter never met Hakuno, but their personalities are essentially the same.
    • There are two versions of Ryougi Shiki. The Assassin one is the main character of Kara no Kyoukai, and the Saber version is her third personality.
    • There's the original Altria from F/SN, the Lily version from Unlimited Codes as a younger Altria, the blackened Alter version from the Heaven's Feel route of F/SN, her Alter version but as a Santa [Rider], the Lancer version who has Rhongomyniad and is riding a horse, a Lancer Alter version, her swimsuit Archer version, her swimsuit Alter version who also happens to be a motorcycle riding gunslinger maid (also a Rider), the Assassin Mysterious Heroine X, and the Berserker Mysterious Heroine X Alter. She also has a male counterpart, Arthur from Fate/Prototype. Phew.
    • The summer Servants are the same as their regular version in almost every aspect except for the fact that they're wearing swimsuits because it's too hot (and through Scathach's rune shenanigans). This somehow also changes their Classes, skills, and NP.
    • The 2017 summer Servants have various explanations for why they changed class, with Blavatsky calling upon the Mahatmas to change it, Nitocris using a sacred garment imbued with Medjed's divine power, Nobunaga's Reality Marble affecting her Class, Raikou invoking divine power to change her Class, and Archer of Shinjuku messing around with Frankenstein's Servant container. Though it mostly boils down to they changed clothes and that somehow changed their Class.
    • Vlad III has his Apocrypha incarnation as a Berserker and his Extra version as a Lancer.
    • Sakata Kintoki has his original Berserker version and his Rider version.
    • Jeanne d'Arc has her vanilla incarnation, her Ruler Alter version created by Gilles, another version of Jeanne Alter as an Avenger, and then there's Jeanne Alter Santa Lily.
    • Elisabeth Bathory has her original Lancer version, then her Halloween Caster version, and her fusion "Brave" Saber version from Halloween 2016. There's also Carmilla, who's explicitly an older version of Elisabeth that's embraced her evil side, as an Assassin.
    • Tamamo-no-Mae has her original Caster version, her swimsuit Lancer version (Shark), and then there's Cat. The former two are the Tamamo who was introduced in Extra, Cat is one of her tails who shares the name of Tamamo but has a different outfit, Class, and personality.
    • Astolfo has two currently known versions: his regular Rider form from Apocrypha and an original Saber variant.
    • There's the Berserker version of Raikou, whose motherly instincts have been amplified to an insane degree, and the Lancer version of Raikou, who is incredibly focused on discipline and good morals, thinking of herself as the shadow disciplinary committee president.
  • Only the Pure of Heart: Camelot's gates can only be harmed by good. Xuanzang breaks them down with the Buddha's palm at the cost of her life.
  • Orwellian Retcon: Because of the continuing updates, several things got fixed in future releases.
    • Some mundane typos like (REGEND).
    • Lore like EMIYA explaining Heroic Spirits' attributes, he originally stated that Mozart had the Man attribute. Which is false, as datamining has proved Mozart has the Star attribute. Now the example EMIYA gives is Robin Hood.
    • Profiles for Servants like Lancer Altria Alter, which originally made no mention of her being altered and put her in-universe alignment as Lawful Good. It's been rewritten to acknowledge this and her constant riding of Llamrei, though her alignment is still Lawful Good.
    • Gameplay data such as the attribute triangle which was reversed in what was strong against what and contradicted Da Vinci's explanation.
    • Servant data like Kintoki's attribute, having originally been Sky and is now Man.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Mephistopheles was an Artificial Human created by Faust who nevertheless still played a role as The Corrupter. The Demon God Pillars are magical creations created by Solomon himself using the power of God.
  • Our Gods Are Different:
    • The Judeo-Christian god is having a much better showing than other deities, from 1) the main enemies being demons from the Ars Goetia; 2) Servants tangentially-connected to Christian theology and mythology being among the more useful Servants, such as Shieldernote , Davidnote , almost every Round Table Knight featured in the game (i.e. most versions of Altria, two versions of Lancelot, Tristan, Gawain and Bedivere), the Christian saints Georgios and Martha, as well as the Ruler-class Servants Jeanne D'Arc, Amakusa Shiro and another version of St. Martha; 3) Hercules being killed by touching the Ark of the Covenant despite having his own divine protection; and, most importantly, 4) the ludicrously overpowered Solomon, David's son, owing most of his power to gifts from God.
    • Babylonia goes into more detail about how gods work. Gods with singular roles like a god of death or god of war are indifferent to humanity, while gods with multiple roles do care about humanity even if it's bizarre in how they show it. This is compared to their programming getting messed up by having multiple roles. It is also explained "logic errors" can result from a god's multiple roles intersecting with each other. Ishtar for example has all her lovers die because she is a war goddess as well as a love goddess.
    • It is revealed some gods are the product of alien influence in Babylonia. One such case being the Mesoamerican gods that are the product of a meteorite from space.
  • Our Souls Are Different: During the Age of Gods it was possible for human souls to return to life if the body was preserved. This is a one time deal though, with the second death being permanent. Divine created beings like Enkidu, however, die and leave no soul behind after their first death.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Carter freaks out at the sight of a cat in Salem which is a hint that he isn't actually Randolph Carter as he adores cats. When the real Carter shows up, he takes the same cat with him for his travels.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Raum comes to the conclusion that only beings from a completely different universe could help it with its plans for humanity's salvation and subsequently used Salem to try to bring one into our universe.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Subverted. Some of the lower-rarity servants will be outclassed by higher-rarity servants in terms of their supposed role. For example, Arash and Hans Christian Anderson are outclassed by EMIYA and Medea Lily for AoE nuke damage and party healing support respectfully. The subversion is that many of the lower-rarity servants are still powerful with the right setup. The lower-rarity 1-3 star servants are much easier to obtain via Friend Point summoning while the higher tier servants are exclusive to Saint Quartz summoning, which requires a LOT of investment to obtain.
    • Several updates and patches introduced newer Servants that completely outclass the servants that were introduced in this game in terms of utility and their abilities.
  • Overused Running Gag: During the Riyo gag event, Altera shows up first pretending to be Wyatt Earp, then Buffalo Bill and finally Davey Crockett. However, when she next shows up, it's actually the goddess Colombia, the patron deity of America. After that, it's back to Altera, but this time she's acknowledging who she is (it's Titan Altera!), and bails out your party by providing some much needed momentary firepower.

    P 
  • "Pan Up to the Sky" Ending
    • The main story ends with a pan from the protagonist and Mash to the blue sky above Chaldea with a significant lack of Solomon's Noble Phantasm in the sky. The blue sky also ties back into Mash's desire to see a blue sky at Chaldea being fulfilled for her.
    • The ending of "Merry Christmas in the Netherworld" pans from Ereshkigal saying goodbye to the protagonist and Altera the (Sun)ta as they fly out of the Netherworld via Photon Ray.
  • Patchwork Map: As part of its JRPG throwback, the Halloween 2016 map inexplicably has a volcano in between a castle surrounded by lush woodlands on the one side and the other a forest in the middle of winter.
  • Physical God: In true Nasuverse tradition, pureblood gods shouldn't be Servants. In true Nasuverse tradition, they cheat a lot. Usually these end up as a God in Human Formnote  and are significantly nerfed. However!
    • In the Camelot singularity, the final boss is the Lion King, also known as the goddess Rhongomyniad. She is a true divine spirit and much stronger than the playable Lancer Altria, who shares her same form, but hasn't become the goddess yet.
    • In the next chapter, Babylonia, we see the even stronger goddess Quetzalcoatl, who basically toys with the city of Uruk and the party because she doesn't really want to kill anyone. She's convinced to change sides through the protagonist's stupidly dramatic lucha libre attack from the sky, but is prevented from killing the drama in the story by refusing to break her pact by attacking the other members of the Goddess Alliance directly. The playable version of her doesn't have access to her full power, but is still probably the strongest Rider we've seen.
  • Physical Heaven: Since Babylonia's time period is in the Age of Gods, different mechanics are in play which is why the Babylonian underworld is literally under the world.
  • Planet of Hats: To a small extent: nine of the eleven individual Servants who came from Irish legends all prefer carrying pole-armsnote .
  • Play Every Day:
    • You get seven log in bonuses for seven days of consecutive logging in before the cycle resets and every fiftieth day of consecutive logging in, you get 20 Quartz for free.
    • The free quests in Chaldea Gate correspond to a certain Servant class for each day of the week.
    • During the Halloween 2015 event, there were initially time limited quests for four hours of each day of the event. This was scrapped due to the servers overloading from all the players trying to log in at the same time and was replaced by stacking one time quests.
    • Some events had daily free quests that were unlocked day by day of the event, all for farming event currencies.
    • The Rashoumon event has her two Giant Hands of Doom cycling through each of the main seven Servant Classes for each segment of her health bar (which was required to be depleted by the end of each day of the event), starting with Archer and ending with Berserker. There are also daily missions to be done before the day ends, requiring players to fulfill a certain number of battles or damage done to Ibaraki.
    • Anniversary campaigns typically give out a week's worth of log-in rewards and players need to log-in every day in order to get them all.
    • There's a free daily 10x Friend Point summon.
  • Pocket Dimension:
    • Some events and most Interludes take place in these.
    • After Jeanne Alter's defeat, several dragons and wyverns fled the Orleans singularity and created a mini-singularity sustained by their existence. Georgios's interlude deals with removing this as it still causes damage to the timeline.
  • Point-and-Click Map:
    • Each singularity has their own map to navigate. The most notable is America's which shows which area each faction is currently in control of during the story and where other characters not in your party are battling.
    • The Halloween, all crossovers, Onigashima and Chaldea Summer events have these. Unlike the story maps where everything is slowly unlocked, certain nodes were time-locked and would only open after a certain day or would only be unlocked after obtaining event items. The first Halloween map stands out since it had several hidden details on it that hinted what times new quests would be available for each day.
  • Pokémon Speak:
    • Fou usually only speaks his name. It's never actually shown what he's saying unless the writers transcribe it or he drops it and talks normally. Explicit text and subtext reveal he's quite the Deadpan Snarker and also a pervert.
    • Chibi Nobu and all its variants introduced in "GUDAGUDA Honnoji" and "GUDAGUDA Meiji Revival" events do this as well. It's very endearing.
    Chibi Nobu: "Nobu! Nobububu!"
  • Post-Final Boss: A heavily wounded King Goetia confronts the Protagonist as they're escaping the collapsing temple in a last ditch attempt at Taking You with Me. The fight, while not exactly easy, is still much easier than the preceding fight.
  • Power Creep:
    • Some of the newer Servants such as Rider Kintoki, Chloe, Saber Lancelot, Miyamoto Musashi, and especially Merlin absolutely blow older Servants out of the water as they outshine about half-a-dozen Servants at once. First gen Servants like Altria have bad stat distributions and weak skills like Instinct, which generates fifteen stars at maximum, meanwhile Saber Lancelot can generate twenty while charging his NP at the same time; he can also generate fifteen per turn while increasing critical damage.
    • Countered in some ways by the addition of Interludes and Strengthening Quests. While EMIYA (Archer) was generally considered a pretty poor AoE Archer for quite some time, but he got multiple Interludes and turned into one of the best. Quests like these have, on the other hand, played a large part in stopping the use of Servants like Oda Nobunaga, who was very good on release but in the present has skills that are too niche to make her very effective.
    • As the gameplay meta has advanced, formerly powerful Quick-based Servants like Okita or Scathach have fallen behind due to the lack of dedicated Quick support on the level of Merlin or even Tamamo. As a result, Servants who are around as old as they are have ended up becoming much more powerful while they stayed the same. Now the best SSR Saber is Miyamoto Musashi followed by Nero Bride, and the best SSR Lancer is probably Swimsuit Tamamo, despite her relatively low attack stat and odd skills. Plus, due to the inherent weakness of Quick cards (80%) compared to Arts (100%) or Buster (150%), designing a Servant who allows them to catch back up may be difficult, especially since stars are easily generated through skills or CEs now without needing Quick attacks. Quick-based Servants are still good, but have fallen behind both Buster and Arts... except Jack, as she has an innate power-up against female enemies, and female bosses are everywhere in this game and Rider Kintoki because of his straightforward, easy to use skills.
    • The result of this trope can be seen in the Nero Fest Exhibition Matches as they were all based around the current meta of that time and required team compositions specifically required to counter each match. Servants added later like Merlin, Musashi, Meltlilith, and Holmes easily counter them with their buffs or damage output.
  • Power Equals Rarity: Most SSR Servants are prized for their high damage output or specialized buffs though with Palingenesis and the right skillset, other Servants of lower rarities can carve out their own niche like Arash, Andersen, or Cu Chulainn.
  • Primordial Chaos: The Abyss, also known as the Ocean of Void and the Sea of Dawn, from which the primordial gods Apsu and Tiamat originated, lies beneath the Underworld. As there is no administrator to ensure people can leave, any who enter the Abyss are eternally lost with no return. Gilgamesh traveled to the primordial sea to get the herb of immortality when Enki was its administrator. During "Merry Christmas in the Netherworld", the protagonist and Altera the Sun(ta) reach this place as they try to find a cure for the disease sent from the Underworld.
  • The Prophecy: The Knights of the Round Table saw the stars foretelling the arrival of a rebel in a prophecy before the start of Chapter 6.
    "When the foreign star shines bright, the coalition of chalk fractures, the king's authority wanes, and the tower of divine revelation falls."
  • Purposely Overpowered: As a reward for how long it takes to get a Servant to Bond Level 10 (on average they need 1.5 million points but most battles only provide less than a thousand), some of their Max Bond Craft Essences are incredibly useful, though most are unimpressive.
    • Heracles' gives him self-resurrection three times. This combined with his high survivability as a Berserker make him a very solid SR Servant.
    • King Hassan's gives him permanent immunity to any debuff.
    • Arjuna's has a 30% NP attack boost and more importantly, gives him a 1000% boost to his star absorption, ensuring that at least one attack will be critical.

    Q-R 
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Appropriately for Londinium, the storyline is filled with Gentleman and a Scholar Servants who most of the time throwing passive aggressive rhetoric before getting down on fights with so much class. Mordred, whose solution to a murder mystery is to punch the suspects until they squeal and if they're innocent, punch someone else until they cough up, is figuratively and literally out of place.
  • Race Against the Clock: The Seraphix oil rig is sinking into the Mariana Trench and the protagonist only has ten days in SE.RA.PH to save it.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: Atlas Academy is doing just fine despite the incineration of Earth killing the magi inside. Holmes theorizes that the several layers of protection in place must have allowed the institution and its various installations to survive.
  • Random Drop: The only way to get money, EXP, Ascension materials and Servant skill items is this. During events, this is the only way to get special Craft Essences and event currency, the chance of getting more currency is either boosted by certain Servants or event CEs.
  • Rare Candy:
    • Fou cards give Servants a stat boost with a cap of 2000 for both HP and Atk, but only 4* Fou cards can be used to level that stat boost from 1001-2000.
    • The Holy Grails you've been collecting from beating each singularity and certain events can level even a 1* Servant past their usual limit up to level 100, if you have enough. The game calls this "Palingenesis." It really is rare, however as of the game's two year lifespan in Japan, only slightly more than 20 have been available through events and story quests. Since it takes 10 to max out a one-star, who a player uses a Grail on is a limited and permanent decision.
  • Rare Random Drop: For certain events, event Craft Essences also have a chance of dropping from enemies, with the indication of it dropping being a rainbow aura around the gold chest. Craft Essence experience cards are indicated by a yellow star next to the gold chest.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale:
    • The damage the Camelot singularity does to the timeline is unrelated to Solomon, so Chaldea has no idea what to expect and the fact that it's becoming incredibly erratic, like the times when it literally disappeared from the map and separated from the timeline of humanity, has caused them to rank it EX in value to restoring humanity. The impossibility of the Lion King's presence is the direct cause.
    • The humanity foundation value of SE.RA.PH is "CCC", which isn't quantifiable by the franchise scale.
    • This is what "Saber Wars" went for - pitting you against bosses with ludicrously high HP (including the first ever enemy to break one million HP), but at the same time giving you Craft Essences to greatly multiply your Servants' attack power and overcome these foes by dealing ludicrous amounts of damage.
    • The three Void Ghosts in the Incinerated Remains area from "Garden of Order" each have 6,666,666 HP, which is much higher compared to any enemy encount.
    • Rashoumon has the first raid boss of the game with a 2 trillion HP bar which the entire playerbase was required to attack and get rid of over the course of the event. To boost your Servants' damage, they used the system of "Saber Wars". The highest HP Ibaraki you can fight has 6 million HP, accompanied by some-hundred thousand HP Giant Hands of Doom. This is used again for the Onigashima event.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Shimosa's antagonists all use an afterlife as their moniker, with Lancer "Purgatorio", Archer "Inferno", Assassin "Paraiso", Berserker "Samghata Naraka"note , Rider "Kalasutra Naraka"note , Saber "Empireo", and Caster "Limbo".
  • Remixed Level: Certain stages in later parts of the game are just altered versions of earlier and "more generic" stages like the "Babylonian forest" stage in Babylonia which is just a greener version of "Redwood Forest" stage from America, the "Subway" stage in Shinjuku which is an altered version of Camelot's "Temple" stage, and the Assassin of Nightless City's forecourt stage is a Chinese-style alteration of the "Throne Room" stage.
  • Renaissance Man: Leonardo da Vinci is a summonable Servant and each of Hundred Faces' personalities are said to have a different area of expertise. In addition, some Heroic Spirits can materialize in more than one class. The gold medal has to go to Heracles, who is said to be summonable in all of the standard classes (and Avenger) barring Caster, with Geronimo having four distinct classes to his name coming in second. In-game, Medusa currently has the most classes available with three, Rider, Lancer, and Avenger.note 
  • Retcon:
    • The main plot hook of the story is that CHALDEAS gives humanity a year until the extinction event, so every adaptation dates the apocalypse depending on when it was originally made: for example, the original Japanese release of the game was in 2015, so CHALDEAS predicts humanity will be gone in 2016. The anime OVA has the end-date as 2017, and in the US version it's 2018.
    • In previous Fate works, a fairly big deal was made of Servants not remembering their past summonings and if they did, it was only a vague recollection of events; Saber (Altria) in F/SN could, but her situation was extremely specific. In F/GO, however, the player-summoned Servants remember their previous summonings and will discuss them at points. It isn't completely consistent and may be limited to Chaldea-summoned Servants, however; when Saber Alter and Jeanne Alter appear in Shinjuku, they explicitly do not remember your previous meetings in Fuyuki and Orleans, and Mordred in Camelot similarly does not remember your adventures in London (to Mash's abject dismay). Other Servants summoned inside some Singularities, like Atalante and Xuanzang, both cite previous encounters with the protagonist, however.
    • GO also carries forward a retcon previously put forward by Extra and Apocrypha concerning Assassins. In Fate/stay night, the only people who could be Assassins were explicitly members of Hashashin, preferably one of the 19 "Old Men of the Mountain". Kojirou was "Assassin", yes, but he was extraordinarily unusual because he had been summoned by another Servant and wasn't a true Servant himself. As this would really limit the options GO would have for Assassin-class Servants, though, this conceit has been abandoned entirely and now anyone with proper parameters and a talent for silent, agile killing can be an Assassin; the Hashashin now make up a minority (though still an important one) of the Class.
    • Moreover, previous Fate works, particularly Fate/stay night, leaned on the idea of most proper Assassins being bad at direct confrontation with even Kojirou needing a highly specialized battlefield to match the knight classes. GO's Assassins tend to have slightly lower HP totals, and a larger proportion of them are a low-rarity, but, in practical terms, Assassins can fight as well as anyone and have a typical place in a triangle. Several Assassins are counted as among the strongest units in the entire game.
    • There is also a minor retcon concerning "Alter" Servants and their eyes, thanks to the proliferation of Alter Servants in GO. In F/SN, Altria Alter's striking golden eyes are noted in her profile as being the result specifically of her dragon blood awakening. Jeanne Alter (and her related Santa Lily version), EMIYA Alter and Dark Irisviel all have identical eyes to Altria, however, and none of them have dragon traits. While there is perhaps a dragon connection with Jeanne Alter through her "Dragon Witch" skill, there is no indication she has a physical relation to dragons, and neither EMIYA Alter or Dark Irisviel have any kind of relation to dragons, period. The previous dragon connection to Altria's eyes is also not mentioned in GO. This retcon was carried further into Fate/Prototype Fragments, where a number of the re-manifested Alters of Servants like Ozymandias and Brynhild have gold eyes.
    • Relatedly, somewhere between a retcon, Arc Welding and Adaptation Expansion is the game's acknowledgment of the idea of "Alter" Servants entirely. F/SN did not use the term "Alter" at all; any Servants corrupted during the third route were referred to as "blackened", Altria included. And while Hollow Ataraxia and Unlimited Codes introduced the name of Saber Alter, no other Servant was called "Alter" prior to GO and Altria's situation was treated as essentially unique. GO, however, has embraced a long-running fan idea of the Alter state being a distinct mode of existence for a Servant, separate from their usual summoned state; the Shinjuku chapter, in particular, addresses the concept of Alter Servants at some length (thanks to there being no less than three of them running around), and even attaches a set of kanji to the term "Alter" (in furigana), the kanji essentially translating to "reversed".
  • Revenge Before Reason: According to Jeanne Alter, the defining characteristic of Avengers is that they have a great emptiness inside them that they try to fill through vengeance, but can never successfully cope with. For them, getting their revenge is not even about satisfaction or pleasure but just to keep going. She finds it quite pathetic even as she knows it applies to herself just as much as to Hessian Lobo, the enemy she's trying to kill or at least slow down.
  • Revisiting the Roots: The autumn 2016 event is Nero Festival, which is basically a new and improved version of 2015's Nero Festival, the first major event the game had in its history. As such, the event refrains from having even a silly plot (besides the introduction), and just pits the player and their Servants against difficult themed teams of enemy Servants, just like the original Nero Festival, and has the original Nero Medals as event currency.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Revelations like Dr. Roman being Solomon, Mash having been fused with Galahad for several years, Fou being Primate Murder and a Beast, the circumstances behind how Olga's father funded Chaldea, and Goetia's nature and endgame put several things in a much different light on a reread of the game's story.
  • Riddle of the Sphinx: The answer to this is one of two ways to enter Ozymandias' temple complex in Camelot.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter:
    • The boars from the Chaldea Summer event are also this, both in-universe and out. The demonic boars, not so much...
    • Fou, naturally, is also this, as a mobage RPG staple. He ends up having a much more important role in the plot and wider Nasuverse than anyone foresaw.
    • Ozymandias' sphinx cubs are adored by him and players alike.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: The final two battles of the Garden of Order event take place on the rooftop of the apartment complex the event is centered around.
  • Rule of Funny: Most events and some Interludes run on this.
  • Rule of Three: A major plot point is that Chaldea had successfully summoned three Heroic Spirits before the game proper.
    • The first one you encounter is the third Servant summoned, Leonardo da Vinci, who's been staying at Chaldea for a while now.
    • The second is Galahad who was fused with Mash ten years ago and lay dormant within her. It's noted that he was the only Heroic Spirit to respond to their fusion projects with Chaldea's designer babies, the rest refused.
    • The very first one is King Solomon, summoned before Chaldea even became the gigantic facility it is now, by Maris Billy Animusphere for the Holy Grail War in Fuyuki.

    S 
  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • In Salem, "Elder Ghouls" have the appearance of Gugs. Justified in the plot saying that Lovecraft dreamed the idea right, but not necessarily the particulars.
    • Caster Cu uses Norse runes instead of Celtic. Author's Saving Throw has Scathatch explaining she taught him these because Odin likes warriors regardless of nationality and they were faster than Celtic ones.
  • Score Multiplier: Bonus Servants or event Craft Essences are used to boost the number of points gained in certain events like the Gudaguda events and Saber Wars.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • During the GUDAGUDA Honnouji event, Andersen mentions how people shouldn't grind and grind for currency but that's how the events are set up. Gilgamesh, of all people, complains about how you need lots and lots of money or luck just to get what you want from the gacha.
    • Dr. Roman and the protagonist call out how absurdly high the prices are for any of the Da Vinci Craft Essences during the Garden of Order Event. She still won't change them. This results in the Da Vinci and the 7 Counterfeit Heroic Spirits event, where someone starts selling cheap knockoffs to cater to those who don't have enough Mana Prisms to buy the real ones.
    • Riyo's "How to Play" comics are full of lampshades on all the problems in the game, including the horrendous gatcha rates, the ascension material farming hell, the servers being unable to handle all the players, and the lack of a skip function for NP. Olga Marie and Mash are surprised that the author's allowed to get away with all this criticism.
    • "All the Statesmen" mocks the game repeatedly without remorse as the protagonist constantly asks for QP or rare materials with Mash having to say that, no, this event will unfortunately not give the protagonist those desired materials.
    • Chloe mocks the tendency for Servants to wear increasingly Stripperific outfits when you ascend them and refuses to do so herself...until her final Ascension.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Later events have the ability to rerun the most difficult fights as a way for players to challenge themselves, with no rewards for doing so after beating it the first time.
    • Some of them even go one step beyond, such as Kiara in the SE.RA.PH event. Normally you buy one item to make her not use her One-Winged Angel form and then an optional amount more to remove various buffs from her humanoid form, but it's also possible to challenge her in her demon form. The most difficult version of the fight, however, is to not allow her to transform but then allow her to use the rest of her overpowered buffs, which together halve all your Arts/Quick/Buster attacks, deal a thousand damage per turn, drain 5% NP so you can never reach 100% without being at NP2 or using a skill and so on.
    • Another way to make fights more challenging is to not use any of the top-tier buffers (Waver, Merlin, or Mash for example), use only one Servant, or do a low-rarity Servant run.
    • Removing damage-boosting event Craft Essences is another method players do, to see whether they don't need to rely on a booster to take down bosses with several hundred thousand HP.
    • Epic of Remnant chapters have themed Servants which receive double bond points for every story battles. For Shinjuku, it's Evil-aligned Servants. For Agartha, females, Astolfo, d'Eon, and Enkidu. For Shimosa Province, the Knight Classes and for Salem, Casters. For story immersion, challenge, and maximum bond point allocation, players limit themselves by using only themed Servants.
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: What Salem is more or less. To elaborate, Salem was created to cause as much 'pain' as possible by Raum so that Abigail, who has the ability to channel an Elder God, by using her guilt on the injustices that she caused and the fact that she doesn't remember what injustice she caused. Making her to be incapable of forgiving herself and humanity. In doing so literally creating a Christian Hell on Earth with Raum and Abigail as joint administrator
  • Sequel Escalation: The third and final Halloween event starring Bathory goes this way, with three castles to invade instead of just Csejte Castle, two new variations of Bathory, and a more dramatic plot that isn't just about the protagonist trying to get to the castle and resolve the issue.
  • Sequel Hook: Despite the sheer sense of closure that the ending provided, with the world being saved thanks to the collective efforts of Chaldea and the sacrifice of Dr. Roman, there are still threats for Chaldea to face. Gilgamesh's speech during the climax has him imply that at least one more Beast is currently active and that once one Beast makes an attack, events accelerate to an "ultimate conclusion" of some sort, and Holmes' theory that Goetia chose 2016 to destroy humanity because a greater threat was going to do something worse in either that year or soon afterward hasn't been confirmed or denied yet. More directly, in the post-credits scene, da Vinci debriefs the protagonist and Mash saying that the Mage's Association will come knocking on their door soon, thanks to the entire planet missing a year and even the normies knowing something weird happened.
  • Sequential Boss: The Multiple Life Bars mechanic introduced with Shinjuku has facilitated these, with a health bar depletion triggering the next phase of the fight.
    • For Shinjuku, the Christine doll turns into a giant ghost.
    • In SE.RA.PH's extra story, Nero turns into Nero Bride, Tamamo turns into her Lancer version, and Shiki transforms into her Saber version.
    • Certain bosses also give themselves special unremovable buffs upon health bar depletion, forcing players to switch strategies on the fly, like Saber Empireo giving himself a 100% defense shield or Suzuka Gozen draining everyone's HP every turn.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong:
    • The Holy Grail has appeared in several key points in Humanity's development, and the player has to travel to them all to either destroy or retrieve the Grail in order to set history back on course and prevent its demise in the future.
    • The Saber Wars event. Heroine X comes from the future from another planet, the Planet Servant with a dystopian future dominated by the Sabers where Lancers are extinct and Archers are deemed criminals. So she came back in time to kill all Sabers and all Servants with Saber-faces. This storyline is continued in Mysterious Heroine X Alter's trial quest.
  • Seven Deadly Sins:
    • The theme of the Prison Tower quest bosses, with seven Servants corresponding to each sin. Jeanne is the only one who doesn't actually qualify.
    • In Babylonia, a set called the seven Evils of Humanity are brought up which are essentially disasters manifesting as Beast class Servants, brought about by humanity's beastly nature, which humanity's tasked with destroying. They don't quite match with the classical set, as the first is "Pity", the second is "Regression", the fourth is "Comparison", and another one is "Regret".
      • Beast III-R invokes a somewhat more classic Evil, that being "Desire". It is somewhat broader than the usual expression of such, as it includes things like "desiring salvation" (though certainly, she is quite willing to exploit that kind of "Desire" as well...)
  • Shifting Sand Land: The first area the protagonists arrive in Camelot is this, with sandstorms, a pyramid and lots and lots of desert. It's actually the Egypt of Ozymandias' time that was twisted into the singularity when he was summoned.
  • Shining City: The holy city of Camelot built over the ashes of Jerusalem is this, as it stands as the last shelter in a shrinking singularity. Almost all inhabitants of the area have been attempting to get entrance into it.
  • Ship Tease: In a story as long as this, there's a lot of relationship teasing to go around.
    • The protagonist gets the bulk of the ship tease:
      • Mash is clearly in love with the protagonist and tends to be very clingy while as the story progresses the protagonist grows more protective and dialogue choices can show them being fond of her in return.
      • Roughly half the female Servants fall for the protagonist, though nothing much comes of this most of the time. These tend to be characters who did not have a relationship in a previous story, such as Euryale or Okita, but it does also happen to alternate versions of characters such as Swimsuit Tamamo or Nero Bride.
      • Finally, several story chapters also include a lot of romantic interactions, such as Ereshkigal's massive crush on the protagonist, Jeanne Alter and Saber Alter quasi-love triangle in Shinjuku, not to mention Moriarty's plan literally revolves around the protagonist becoming the closest person to him, and Meltlilith even playing the part of the heroine in the most serious event to date, SE.RA.PH.
    • There's also a fair bit of teasing between various Servants:
      • Sanson, Mozart and d'Eon are all in love with Marie Antoinette, though she's kind of spacey and doesn't seem entirely aware of it.
      • Sasaki Kojirou seems to have a thing for Martha, who appears to find it kind of annoying. Still, fans eat it up so the writers started adding in more of it.
      • One of Altria's My Room lines has her reminiscing fondly about EMIYA while blushing, clearly remembering him more as Shirou from the Fate route.
      • Caesar and Cleopatra are very much in love with each other, as is only fitting. Cleopatra is initially shocked to see how fat he is, but after recovering she doesn't care, despite her usual vanity. Similarly, Irisviel and Kiritsugu are married in other continuities and while they don't know each other here, they're still drawn to each other.
      • Kintoki is caught between Shuten-douji and Raikou, which is a really uncomfortable for him because he helped kill the former and considers the latter to be something like his mom, but she's crazy and considers that the same thing as romantic love. He appears to mostly love Shuten, but they always seem to end up bickering when they meet. Finally, Tamamo also flirts with him in London, but they both know she's only doing it to embarrass him. Kintoki knows perfectly well she actually loves someone else, namely Hakuno.
      • During Okeanos, Blackbeard loudly proclaims about how he's a lolicon and so forth and that Drake is an old hag. However, despite this, she's actually the one woman he's genuinely serious about and asks her to hold him as he dies in Okeanos, which is a request she grants. In case you're thinking it's too serious, his Interlude is also about getting explicit doujins about her.
      • Also during Okeanos, Euryale and Asterios have a Beast and Beauty type relationship going on, or at least teased at. Asterios is fighting to protect her from Jason, but is badly injured when he attacks your party because he and Euryale assumed you were with the Argonauts. When this happens, she rushes out intending to sacrifice herself for him despite her usual self centered attitude. She's happy to see him again during Salomon.
      • Like in legend, Rama and Sita are heavily devoted to each other with a third of the America chapter revolving around their romance as Rama tries to rescue her and Rama's profile mostly focuses on the aspects of his legend with Sita.
      • There are several hints that the relationship between EMIYA Alter and Kiara Sesshouin is much deeper than either would admit too. Slaughtering her and her cult in one alternate timeline is what drove Emiya Shirou down this path, and Kiara when she becomes Beast III-R in the SE.RA.PH. chapter is able to bring him to her side not through force, but using said guilt to draw him over and corrupt him into a Beast Servant.
      • During the first Christmas event, Santa Alter gives Le Chevalier d'Eon a maid dress, much to their consternation. If this wasn't obvious enough, Alter also asks them for their contact information.
    • Roman and Da Vinci had significant amount of ship tease with her attempting to take care of him, often visiting him in the middle of work to remind him to eat, and they basically become the Chaldea crew's surrogate parents. Additionally, Dr Roman gets very emotional (and slightly tsundere) when Da Vinci gets into some peril in Camelot, and Da Vinci's interlude clearly implies she has feelings for him. Part of this is based on the fact that their voice actors are married and the two actors are playing an official couple in another Type-Moon series.
    • When Hijikata Toshizou was released, he came with several lines complimenting female Servants (i.e. Musashi, Carmilla). Fan artists were all over the latter. And in the Halloween 2017 event with Carmilla's animation and voice updates, she also has a voice line with Hijikata, even calling him by his real name without any honorifics. Cue fans shipping them even further.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: In London, to establish just how much of a threat Solomon is and how serious the stakes have become, he kills all the Servants (Shakespeare, Tamamo and Kintoki) who were mostly providing comic relief.
  • Shoot the Medic First: Averted. Enemies, including enemy Servants, have honestly pretty pathetic healing, especially when used on the boss Servants they sometimes show up with. In Okaenos in particular, focusing on Medea Lily before attacking Demon Pillar Forneus is a good way to be grinded into dust by the latter, especially its Charged Attack, while the former's Noble Phantasm is a minor inconvenience at best.
  • Show Within a Show: The party performs several plays; one is about Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, another features the three Jeannes, the third one stars Medea Lily and Circe, and a Compressed Adaptation of "Starry Xuanzang goes to India" for the townspeople of Salem with the UI slightly altered to reflect it being a play.
  • Simple, yet Awesome:
    • Most events give you a free SR Servant and allow you to buy four more copies of them and all of their unique ascension items using easily grindable items in the event shop, meaning that you can get them to level 80 and their NP level to 5 very easily. They're all considered useful in some way (with a few considered absolutely absurd), though some of the early ones have been power-creeped.
    • Medea's Rule Breaker doesn't seem too special, just being a dagger that removes buffs - except its self-recharging effect, combined with her High-Speed Divine Words skill that gives her at least 80% of an NP gauge with the press of a button, makes it a very reliable and deadly Spam Attack. It helps that she has three normal Arts cards, and that Rule Breaker is an Arts card itself.
    • Sakata Kintoki's Rider version gives everyone else in this list competition—having a single-target Noble Phantasm that runs over most bosses (especially the Caster and Berserker ones). His skills are all straightforward, so he's also very easy to use. He's also a SR Servant obtainable for free.
    • After Camelot, Mash is considered one of the best SR Servants. She can tank reliably with her huge HP pool, taunt, and invincibility, has decent damage potential (as Shielder class deals normal damage to any Class), and support with her NP that adds two DEF buffs and a big ATK buff to the whole party. And she has 0 party cost. The only downside for using her is she doesn't get any bond points.
    • Paul Bunyan, full stop. She's a 1* unit with a very good skillset and short NP animation, born to be the ultimate farming unit.
    • Your starting outfit, Mystic Code Chaldea. Other Codes may look cool or have clever spells, but you really can't go wrong with a strong heal, attack boost, and evade.
    • Some lower rarity servants are like this, as despite their lower than average stat-line, some of them have incredibly powerful and useful skill setup and/or useful Noble Phantasm that makes them more useful for their utility that outweighs their lower stat line. In fact, many of these servants are often referred as "low-rarity EX tier" mainly because of their useful utility that can provide in many team composition and serve as cheaper alternatives to their respective higher rarity counterparts for those who don't want to spend real life money to get higher rarity servants. Some noticeable examples include Hans Christian Andersen, Euryale, Robin Hood, Billy the Kid, David, Julius Caesar, Bedivere, Lu Bu, and Georgios, as they have very straightforward skill sets in addition to them being lower rarity.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Some Servants aren't announced or promoted to make their appearance in the story all the more impactful.
    • Lancer Altria Alter is the only antagonist for London that wasn't already shown in the trailer or promotional release gacha rate-up.
    • In America, Cu Chulainn Alter is never hinted at in the trailer or promotion, with his appearance in the chapter's cold open being the first time he appears. In addition, Li Shuwen who didn't have any connection to the new Servants or prior appearance in the game, yet he debuts there.
    • Tiamat was never shown in trailers or promotion for Babylonia to hide her role as the actual Arc Villain, with her horns as the icon representing Babylonia being the only hint towards her existence before its release.
    • Shakespeare and Andersen are never shown in the Shinjuku trailer, but they have an important role for the story's finale.
    • Kiara Sesshouin is the only SE.RA.PH Servant not to show up at all in promotional materials prior to release, as it would be a major spoiler.
    • Medb, Quetzalcoatl and Gugalanna do not feature at all in the "Dead Heat Summer Race" event PV.
    • Caster Limbo and Sengo Muramasa do not appear in the Shimosa PV.
    • The Queen of Sheba and Lavinia Whateley don't appear in the Salem trailer.
  • Situational Sword:
    • Many NPs provide bonus damage against certain targets, such as Lancer Tamamo dealing bonus damage to Males, Gilgamesh to Servants and Nobunaga to enemies with Riding. A related effect is providing a power up bonus vs certain targets, which has the same effect through a different mechanic. Scathach has a power up effect against undead and divine enemies on her third skill, while one of Nobunaga's has power up against Divinity, meaning the effects multiply against enemies with both Riding and Divinity such as Raikou or Caesar. The standard super effective multiplier is 50% on NPs while power up usually ranges from 50-100% as it's normally attached to skills, meaning the effect can be improved on.
    • Some skills provide extra effects to Servants with certain traits. Elisabeth and Medb, for example, provide double the effect to female and male Servants respectively on their improved Charisma buffs.
    • Other skills only work on certain targets. Charm effects usually only target one gender, for example. Stheno's NP also only works on males apart from the defense down effect, causing her to be one of the least popular Servants in the game.
    • Certain Craft Essences give the equipped Servant bonus damage against certain types of enemies, i.e. Origin Bullet gives the equipped Servant more damage against enemy Casters.
    • Finally, some skills provide additional benefits depending on the terrain type. Ruler Martha gains an attack bonus in maps with water, Gawain gains a Buster buff on maps with sunshine, Jaguar Man has bonus star generation on forest maps, and Swimsuit Nobunaga has bonus attack on burning maps.
  • Slap-on-the-Wrist Nuke: Due to Gameplay and Story Segregation, Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors, and Noble Phantasm gameplay mechanics, a flashy, lore-wise devastating NP could deal a lot less damage compared to a more mundane, weaker, and less impressive NP for certain enemies, i.e. Gilgamesh's Enuma Elish is a lot less useful than Kojirou's Tsubame-gaeshi when it comes to taking on Rider dragons.
  • SNK Boss:
    • The Exhibition Matches of the 2016 Nero Festival are made to be harder then hard and it shows.
      • The first is a battle against Heracles. Already a tough opponent as a Berserker with a dodge skill, an attack buff and high debuff resistance, this Heracles has his Noble Phantasm, God Hand, as a permanent unremovable buff which revives him with half HP eleven times. Also, to make things harder, any Servants on the frontline at the start of the battle get hit with a permanent debuff to their Arts cards which severely cripples NP gain and damage.
      • The second has you against Scathach and Cu Chulainn. On the first turn, Scathach will use a skill to seal all Noble Phantasms for 3 turns. After taking out one, the remaining one will proceed to instantly kill your party. Both of them come with a dodge skill and they will spam them. A lot. They have high chances of launching critical attacks and more often then not, their NPs will instantly kill your Servants. Also just to make things harder, Cu's NP bar has three segments instead of the usual four, meaning he'll use his Noble Phantasm a lot more often then he usually can.
      • The fourth pits you against Siegfried with his Armor of Fafnir NP, that basically give him 200% DEF buff (which you can't dispel). Most Servants will be dealing a miniscule amount of damage, so you must bypass that buff with at least a 200% buff to your attack. Oh and for the first turn, his NP gauge is instantly full. Sumanai no more.
      • The fifth puts you against Medb with an army of her created soldiers. On the first turn, she instantly inflicts permanent charm any male Servant (that even pierces King Hassan's Charm immunity!) and the AI is adjusted to focus fire on them, so you're restricted to using female servants. She comes with Invincibility, resistance to all 3 card types, and 90% defense split across 3 buffs, and the only way to remove them is to kill the soldiers, with each soldier removing one of her defense buffs. However, when they die or enter battle, the soldier buffs Medb's attack, making her deadlier. And this is on top of Medb and the soldiers charging each other's NP bars. Oh, and the last two soldiers are Casters, which will wreck any Assassins you decided to bring if they come out.
      • The sixth battle is Gilgamesh. Already a tough opponent with Golden Rule charging his already short NP bar, he has 1.5 million HP, a high crit rate, and he drains your entire team's (including your reserve) NP bars on turn 1. For 2016, he also has two different versions of his fight which will put you through the wringer, in 2017 players only face the Hero version.
      • The "King" version gives him an absurdly high defense buff that lowers in effectiveness with each turn. However, at the same time he has an attack buff that will make him even more powerful with each turn. It's possible to remove these buffs, however, Gilgamesh has a buff that nullifies buff removal twice. And to top things off, he can throw out a five turn NP seal.
      • The "Hero" version hits the entire team (again, including the reserve) with an NP power debuff while giving himself a buff that raises his attack every turn without taking an action. And don't forget that he still has Charisma to further increase his attack! If you try to be smart and use buff removal, he decides to immediately charge his NP and hit you with Enuma Elish before recasting the buff.
      • The last battle is a Boss Rush against six enemies. Jack will cast a skill to make any buff fail to occur (if she's dead she puts a regen of 15k HP per turn on her allies). Medea will poison your party (on death she will cast an unremovable 50% DEF buff). Lancer Altria Alter will increase her party's NP by 2 bars per turn permanently. Amakusa will cast a 2000 max HP down debuff that is stackable (on death he will increase his team's critical chance). Ozymandias will instantly cast Imperial Privilege if he's entering and casts Protection of the Sun God (NP gauge up + buff chance increased), and on death he will add evasion pierce to his party's attacks. Lastly, there is Nero with her Imperial Privilege spam per turn, 3-times Guts, critical chance and damage up. And their debuffs on death will affect all of your party, even in reserve. If you kill Nero before any other enemy Servant, she gives every remaining enemy Servant unlimited Guts which can't be dispelled - which means all of your Command Seals and effort are completely wasted. This battle was so hard (mainly Nero's unlimited Guts), it was nerfed a day after it came out. A pre-nerf version of this battle came out on 2017 as a special surprise match after all the new matches came out to see how players would fare against it, with its difficulty being ranked EX.
    • The bonus boss for SE.RA.PH, Demonic Bodhisattva Kiara, is hella hard with 3 seperate HP bars, each worth one million. With several buffs she grants herself every turn and more permanent buffs, she's a hard hitter and there being no Kiara Punishers means the party gets the full brunt of her three different attacks. Her NP removes buffs before damage is applied and she utilizes multiple different debuffs to wear down the team. This boss mainly exists just to see whether players can actually take her down, as her battle yields no bond points or drops nor are there any rewards for beating her.
    • Nero Festival 2017 Autumn incorporates the Break mechanic and it's just as hard as last year's:
      • First we have Spartacus with his absurd regeneration given to him by Crying Warmonger which heals him 90k HP per turn and 400k HP every three turns. His defense-piercing NP becomes stronger as his HP bars are depleted and he gains a special defense buff against Kings later on. Ideally you must deal more than 100k damage per turn to be safe! In practical terms, you need to be able to wipe out a full health bar in a single turn.
      • Second is Suzuka Gozen with different gimmicks per HP bar. First, she casts a 90% double attack-type resistance per turn. Then for her second phase, she switches between Class resistances and advantages every turn. Her final phase has her put up a massive permanent Special Defense buff that can only be weakened by Servants who have a certain alignment each turn. She also has a taunt skill throughout all three phases to let her focus fire a certain Servant.
      • Third is Arash with 5 million HP and a three times Guts that revives him with two million HP. His NP bypasses invulnerability and evasion and he only has 3 NP bars (that he can charge anytime). After you manage to get all three revives out of the way, the next turn he automatically recasts another Guts buff and uses Stella again! The proper strategy to beating him is actually to ignore offense entirely and find a way to survive his multiple Stellas, each one of which will remove his own Guts. However, given that he pierces invincibility and has a super Stella that deals upwards of 180k full party damage, either a full party guts (Irisviel) or serious defense buff stacking is required.
      • Then there's Karna and Arjuna. Each brother comes with unremovable buffs (every attack Karna does grants debuffs and Arjuna is immune to debuffs and gain critical buffs when attacked) and a damage bonus against Divinity enemies. So, who to kill first? If you kill Karna first, Arjuna automatically gives himself an Instant Kill buff and drains everyone's NP gauge. If you kill Arjuna first, Karna buffs himself with massive damage resistance, a high attack buff, and extra NP gain per turn.
      • Da Vinci and her motley crew of annoying enemies is next. She comes with almost every single midboss monster type, can cast a skill to increase two NP bars and every monster has a special buff that grants a debuff on anyone who attacks them. And she will spam her invincibility pierce buff for her NP if there are only two enemies on the field. If you try to be smart and kill Da Vinci first, she buffs her companions to become absolute monsters!
      • The sixth battle is against the "Old Man of the Mountain", King Hassan and an endless army of failed Hassan candidates. He starts off with a massive damage resistance buff, which can only be removed whenever he kills one of his allied Hassans for a buff (bulky ones give him one NP bar and an attack buff, and skinny ones give him crit buffs). Once his break gauge is depleted, he starts using evasion buffs that protect him from a certain card type each turn. His chance of proccing an instant kill with any attack has been increased and his third skill lowers everyone's resistance to having an IK, with his NP almost guaranteed to unleash an IK on any unfortunate target.
      • The final battle is yet another Boss Rush. This time, each Servant comes with a three-turn resistance to something, a party buff that lasts as long as they're alive and a buff that they can apply when certain allies enter. And the last boss is of course Nero, who gives the entire team a Guts buff once she comes out.
  • Socialization Bonus: A friend's support Servant can be brought into battle, though only ones from your friend list can use their Noble Phantasm.
  • Something Completely Different: Most limited and/or seasonal events are these as the cast takes a break from saving the world to engage in zany hijinks.
  • Spanner in the Works: One of the biggest reasons the grand plan of King Goetia is derailed is Roman, aka Solomon showing up and using Ars Nova to erase himself from the Throne of Heroes and thus make Goetia unable to sustain his own existence. This was because Solomon was in possession of the final ring due to it being used as a summoning catalyst by his Master, Maris Billy Animusphere. The reason Maris had it in the first place? God told Solomon to send the ring into the future where it would be needed. So, assuming that "God" isn't the Counter Force in disguise like what apparently might have been the case with the voices Jeanne heard, the Big Bad's plan was derailed because God foresaw what would happen (but considering this is God we're talking about, that's no surprise) and arranged for the right conditions for his defeat, by allowing Maris to win the Fifth Fuyki Grail War and establish Chaldea, also allowing for Solomon to exist in the present day to act against Goetia, and also establishing the events that not only allowed the Protagonist and their allies to win in the first place, but also set things up so they have a fighting chance against the other big threats likely threatening to destroy humanity. So, basically, God ain't lazy, and He sure as hell knows how to set up a domino effect. Nor does He appreciate gifts he made being used by those who weren't meant to use them, especially demons.
    • Even more simply, the bombing meant to take out all of Chaldea's summoners at the beginning would have succeeded if you hadn't fallen asleep during the orientation meeting and been kicked out of the mission to Fuyuki.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • Kiara Sesshouin's name is usually spelled as such, but depending on the romanization system or source it may also be "Sessyouin", though that's not how it's pronounced.
    • FSN-Saber's name アルトリア (lit. Arutoria) has been spelled either as Altria or Artoria in official Type-MOON merchandise. It has also been spelled as Arturia in some fan translations. In Fate/Grand Order however, Type-MOON dictated that the game go with Altria over the localization team's protests.
    • The Near-Future Observation Lens was originally translated as SHIVA, but was later corrected to SHEBA after her appearance in Salem.
  • Stable Time Loop: Kiara creates one in SE.RA.PH, partially to provide the pseudo-Spiritrons to fuel her and SE.RA.PH but mostly just for her amusement at watching people suffer.
  • Status Buff: Most units have the ability to grant themselves or allies temporary bonus effects, some stronger than others. For every buff, there is usually a debuff version.
    • Offensively, the three main categories are attack, card buffs and power bonuses. Card buffs are bonus effects to the damage of Buster, Arts or Quick cards on top of boosting the secondary effects like NP gain or star generation. Power is split between three effects. First is critical damage, which can apply to all attack. Second is Noble Phantasm power up, which only applies to Noble Phantasms. Finally is just straight power up effects, which are generally fairly rare and tend to be limited to activating against certain straights such as enemies tagged as Evil or Kings. However, despite the different effective targets for power buffs, they are all actually the same effect and have additive effects, not multiplicative, which makes NPs and crits less effective during raid events like Rashomon which provide large power bonuses to the party. There's also an added flat damage bonus from a few skills, but the effect is minor and rarely consequential.
    • Defensively there are two kinds of defense skill as well as two kind of damage negation. First is defense up, which is the opposite of attack up. A related effect is damage cut, which is like attack up but much more valuable due to the lower numbers involved. Unfortunately, this isn't a common effect. The last two defensive skills are invincibility and evasion. Mechanically, these skills are identical except that invincibility effects are harder to ignore. There are also a few boss only defensive abilities that force you into using certain strategies, but these are infrequent enough to not go into much detail about them.
    • Stars, health and NP can all be generated in flat amounts on a per turn basis. Merlin, for example, can provide 5+ stars every turn, 5% NP charge and 1000+ HP for five turns by using his NP. It's also possible to increase maximum health or increase healing received. All of these effects also have debuff versions that do the opposite.
    • Finally, there are various miscellaneous effects like increasing the chances of instant death affecting the target when using certain attacks, NP seal, skill seal and even an effect known as buff denial, which blocks attempts by the afflicted to receive any kind of buff until the effect wears off. This effect is actually the opposite of increased skill success rate, a rare effect that increases the odds that chance based skills such as Imperial Privilege will grant their full effect.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • The "demonic fog" in Japanese is makiri, as in Makiri Zolgen, the villain of the chapter.
    • The 2017 Christmas event has Altera as the Santa stand-in, taking the role from the two Alters before her.
    • Saber Gilles's White Day present is his Jeanne fanzine. He has issues.
  • The Stinger: The -Moonlight/Lost Room- OVA's after-credits scene has someone approach Solomon's throne and take one of his ten rings.
  • Subbing for Santa: Each Christmas, a Servant will don the Santa Hat and Hilarity Ensues... and life lessons.
  • Succession Crisis: The Septem chapter takes place during Nero's turbulent reign, when a faction of pretenders raises up to knock Nero down from the throne faster than the historical record. Said pretenders are Nero's predecessors.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The game only has certain cutscenes voiced for special occasions since if the entire game was voiced, its data would be incredibly bloated.
    • BB is voiced only for one cutscene at the start of the Fate/Extra CCC event, even acknowledging that she's voiced for this cutscene and it would be a good idea to be on headphones for this if you're in public.
    • The victors of each round of the "Dead Heat Summer Race" are voiced with three different variations of the same scene and the final round has an extended cutscene where a team basks in their victory.
    • Starting with Nero Festival 2016, lottery draws are now voiced.
  • Super Move Portrait Attack: Every Noble Phantasm attack animation gives a close-up shot of the face of the Servant using it.
  • Supernatural Fear Inducer: Demons have an ability called "Fear" that inflicts a critical damage debuff on a target for three turns. Caster Gilles' third skill, Prelati's Encouragement, inflicts the "Fear" status on all opponents for five turns with a chance of stunning them. Abigail's second skill also has the same effect.
  • Super Title 64 Advance: Fate/Grand Order is often abbreviated to F/GO or even more blatantly, Fate/GO. The April's Fools app also follows this naming scheme by adding the subtitle Gutentag Omen.
  • Surplus Damage Bonus: Getting Overkill on an enemy guarantees more critical stars and fills a little bit more of the Servant's NP gauge.
  • Switch-Out Move: The Chaldea Plugsuit is the only way of swapping Servants from the frontline to the backrow.

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  • Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors: Some Classes have bonus damage and weakness to other Classes.
    • The Three Knight classes form a triangle with Sabers being strong against Lancers, Lancers being strong against Archers, and Archers being strong against Sabers.
    • Riders, Assassins and Casters form another triangle. Riders are strong against Casters, Caster are strong against Assassins, and Assassins are strong against Riders.
    • Berserkers exist outside both triangles. Instead, they have an advantage against most classes, but at the same time, they have a weakness to most classes. An exception is Shielder, who takes neutral damage from and deals neutral damage to Berserker. They deal half damage to and receive double damage from Foreigners.
    • Shielder equally damages and resists all Classes.
    • Ruler resists all classes except Berserker and Shielder, but deals normal damage to everyone except Berserker, who receives the same increased damage it receives from all classes except Shielder.
    • Avenger resists and deals double damage to Ruler, takes half damage from Beast and takes and deals normal damage to all other classes except Berserker.
    • BB has the exclusive Moon Cancer class, which completes a triangle with Ruler and Avenger by being weak to Ruler and strong against Avenger.
    • Alter Egos deal double damage to the Rider triangle, deal halved damage from the Saber triangle, and are defensively neutral to most classes except Berserker. They deal double to and resist Foreigners.
    • Foreigners are in a strange triangle with Berserkers and Alter Egos. They resist and deal double damage to Berserkers. They receive double and deal half damage to Alter Egos. Foreigners are weak against themselves.
    • Each Beast has their own unique triangles and weaknesses.
      • The "Unknown" type which Solomon and his demons belong to is actually Beast I, and they deal double damage to the Knight class triangle, take double damage from the Cavalry class triangle, deal neutral damage to Ruler and equally resist and deal half damage to Avenger.
      • Beast II simply takes and deals neutral damage to all classes, except Avengers.
      • Beast III-R is defensively neutral to all classes except Alter Ego, which deals bonus damage to them. It is offensively neutral to all.
    • Beyond the Servant classes, there is a well-hidden second set of stats that sort Servants by what grade of Servant they are, with the designations Earth, Man, Sky, Star and Beast. They're mentioned in EMIYA's interlude and near the end of Chapter 4 by Tesla and Da Vinci, and the damage is at most modified by 10%, so it's not something you'd notice in normal gameplay.
      • Da Vinci in chapter 4 explains how the triangle between the first three works: Earth represents legends and stories, Man are those who actually existed in history or were completely unknown, and Sky are those who were Gods or Divine. Earth beats Man because they're more powerful then regular humans, Man beats Sky because humanity can rebel against the gods, and Sky beats Earth because gods have dominion over heroes in stories.
  • Take My Hand: Mash, recently revived by Fou, manages to do this for the protagonist when the path they're on collapses before they make it to the exit to Solomon's Temple.
  • Take That!: During Brynhild's Trial Quest, several Helter Skelters interrupted her dialogue, in which she commented that they must have been brought by "that damnable fire emblem..." before focusing to kill them for interrupting her dialogue.
  • Temporary Online Content: True to mobage tradition, certain Servants, Craft Essences, and Mystic Codes are only available for a limited time, as either missable event content or locked behind a limited-time gacha. However the developers eventually put event content like the latter two in the Rare Prism shop. The former returning to the game remains dependent on when they decide to do another limited rate-up gacha or rerun the event.
  • Thematic Theme Tune: "Shikisai", the theme song for part 1, is mainly written from Mash's perspective, or more specifically the mindset she has when going into the final battle, rejecting Solomon's vision of immortality even as she's dying, trying to live every moment to the fullest as a human.
  • Theme Music Powerup: Some Noble Phantasms get this treatment, temporarily replacing the soundtrack while the animation plays with a small snippet of their related theme.
    • Altria (her vanilla Saber version only) gets "Sword of Promised Victory" from Fate/hollow ataraxia when she uses Excalibur.
    • The original EMIYA gets his theme, "EMIYA" when he uses Unlimited Blade Works.
    • Nero has a choir version of her theme from Fate/EXTRA, "Everything is in Your Hands" (the version that plays in CCC to be specific) when she uses Laus Saint Claudius, and her Bride counterpart uses a different arrange. Her Swimsuit version uses a new arrangement of the same song for her Noble Phantasm.
    • After the Chapter 5 update, Tamamo also has her theme music, "Extra Life with Anyone She Wants".
    • Santa Alter has... "Jingle Bells". No, really.
    • Ryougi Shiki (either one) gets her theme, "Seventh Heaven", from the Kara no Kyoukai movie series.
    • Gilgamesh's updated animation gives him his Leitmotif from Fate/Extra CCC, "Cosmic Air".
    • Iskander has "You Are My King" and Dress of Heaven has "Silver Moon" from Fate/Zero.
    • Rider Kintoki has rock music play when using Golden Drive.
    • Mash's true Noble Phantasm, Lord Camelot, comes with a remix of the title theme.
    • Illya and Chloe have music from the Prisma Illya anime play when using their NP. Chloe has "Shoujo Yo, Hoshi ni Nare", which is in turn a remix of "Starlog", the original opening theme music.
    • After an update, Altera has her theme from Fate/Extella play when using Photon Ray.
    • After much requesting from fans and her own voice actor, Bathory finally has her theme song, "Fresh Blood Demoness" from Extra CCC when using her NP.
    • BB gets a remix of the "BB Channel" theme.
    • Swimsuit Helena has an electronic theme, befitting the NP's cyberpunk aesthetic.
    • Swimsuit Nobunaga plays rock music on her guitar for her NP.
    • Osakabe-hime has soft Japanese music, enhancing the atmosphere of a Japanese princess walking on the castle roof at night.
    • Kiara has "Anima Ataraxia", her True Final Boss theme from Fate/Extra CCC.
    • Abigail has sickly-sounding string instruments play as she unleashes unworldly horrors on the enemy.
    • In the story itself, "Sword of Promised Victory" plays in Shinjuku as Altria Alter destroys the meteor rubble above the city with Excalibur Morgan.
    • In Shimosa Province, Sengo Muramasa has a new arrangement of "EMIYA" play as he prepares his NP against Amakusa.
  • There Can Be Only One: SE.RA.PH once again operates by these rules in the CCC crossover, as the protagonist must eliminate the other 127 Servants to escape. Well, in theory, anyway...
  • The Three Faces of Adam: Cu Chulainn's three alternate versions are modeled after this. The Prototype version is defined by his warrior feats against the near infinite army of Connacht and explicitly referred as younger than usual, making him the Hunter. His Alter is the Lord, a what-if scenario where he's a king and changes his land to fit his ideals for better or worse. His Caster version is the Prophet, preferring to watch the story unfold and acting as a guide for his Master when needed.
  • Thunderbolt Iron: One of the ascension materials, the Meteoric Horseshoe, is made from this. Its flavor text notes that though it's made up of the same materials any earthborn horseshoe would have, it's special because it wasn't forged on Earth and from a meteor.
  • Time Crash: Normally sacrificing a Divine Spirit to the Ark would, at worst, just destroy the surrounding area but since it's in a singularity, this is what would happen.
  • Time Travel: The plot involves traveling to singularities/Lostbelts, which are a kind of corrupted version of history that have been partially severed from the normal flow of time and need to be repaired. Real time travel to whenever you please is not actually possible without using something like Kaleidoscope.
    • Chaldea's version of time travel can only go to the past and BB's hacking is the only reason they could rayshift the protagonist to the future for one special occasion in the CCC crossover.
    • Due to the unique nature of SE.RA.PH's digitization of the ocean, a localized version of this can occur by going upwards through the path created by SE.RA.PH as certain heights correspond to a certain point in time. Meltlilith uses Virgin Laser Palladion to launch her two hours in real time back to her first meeting with the protagonist. BB pulls a similar trick by transporting everyone before they died to two minutes before that happened.
    • The new mobile base in Cosmos in the Lostbelt functions as a time machine by using imaginary number space to physically time travel to their destination.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Seemingly averted as at the end of Sasaki Kojirou's Interlude, you get scolded for letting him mark his name on the colosseum wall, saying that it could've caused issues in the future.
  • Title Drop: Obviously, the mission to save humanity, which is known as the Grand Order. However, the mission was named for "the oldest and greatest order of mankind", a policy amongst mages to never commit suicide and to continue living so they can continue their bloodlines. The Final Order, however, reveals the very sinister truth about the original Grand Order: it is an Ancient Conspiracy to allow Goetia to seed himself across three thousand years in the form of seventy-two agents so that he can create the Singularities.
  • Title Theme Drop:
    • At the end of the America chapter, the player fights Halphas while a remix of the main menu theme is playing in the background.
    • Mash's true Noble Phantasm, Lord Camelot, plays a remix of the title theme.
    • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon, Grand Time Temple Salomon, features a lot of remixes of the title theme, the main menu theme, and even the opening theme, "Shikisai".
  • Tomes of Prophecy and Fate: Well, tablet actually (paper wasn't invented yet), but Caster Gilgamesh sends the heroes to search for one of these during the Babylonia chapter, in hopes that it might have information that could help them. After retrieving it, Gilgamesh uses it and his magic to show the protagonist a cryptic vision. It's later revealed to be a glimpse into "Solomon"'s motive for incinerating the Human Order.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Several examples:
    • The Command Seals. When you have three of them activate, you can fully revive your party and fill up their NP gauge. While this is incredibly powerful, it takes 24 hours for a Command Seals to recharge, totaling about 3 days to fully recharge your Command Seals. Many would agree that this should only be used in the toughest boss fights as a comeback mechanic when your entire party is wiped.
    • Saint Quartz. Obtaining them is incredibly limited and there are finite ways to obtain them such as daily logins, weekly missions, increasing the Bond level of your higher tier Servants as a reward, doing quests and Interludes, compensation for maintenances, event rewards, or spending real life money for them. They are used for particular Saint Quartz summoning events where the player can potentially get a Servant or a Craft Essence that is 4 stars or more. In fact, it is not uncommon for players to save up months worth of Saint Quartz for a specific Summoning Quartz summon event where a particular servant's drop rate is either increased, or obtaining a limited Servant that cannot be obtained normally via the regular Summoning Quartz summon.
    • The Holy Grail item for Palingenesis. They are considered to be the rarest item in the game for Palingenesis where you can only obtain them either through completing singularities in the main storyline, or completing certain special events. Many players will strictly use them in servants that are 4 star or above (or certain lower rarity servants that are Simple, yet Awesome).
    • Crystallized Lores are the material used to increase a Servant's skill to level 10 but they are only obtainable through the Rare Prism shop or through events by either a.) completing a challenge quest, b.) using a high number of the rarest event currency to buy one, c.) reaching the tenth raffle box, or d.) grinding several million points.
  • Touched by Vorlons: The Babylonia chapter reveals microorganisms from a meteor infected plants and animals in Mesoamerica, transforming the plants and animals into divine spirits and tying them into the prehistoric.
  • Tournament Arc:
    • The Nero Festival events are these with several teams of Servants competing against one another to win the tournament. There were tiers of increasing difficulty that would change every 3 days of the event.
    • Mysterious Heroine X's interludes are about her participating in a tournament to defeat the most famous Sabers.
    • Kojirou's interlude is about him conquering Nero's colosseum.
    • Shimosa is set up as a tournament of Musashi against seven swordmasters, with the Final Boss as her final match and the ending text being "Grand Slam".
    • Quetzacoatl's interlude is about her in an MMA tournament arranged by Mash to entertain her, with her going up against Ruler Martha, Assassin of Shinjuku, and Sherlock Holmes.
  • Trailers Always Lie: Several trailers have had false details in them, fooling players into assuming what's going to happen in the story.
    • The one for Garden of Order had Diarmuid in it but he doesn't show up anywhere. Likewise, Medea Lily plays no role nor do Azaka and Illya ever interact.
    • The one for America had Diarmuid wielding swords, hinting he would appear as a Saber, but you only fight him as a Lancer.
    • The "Fate/Accel Zero Order" trailer shows the iconic Lancelot and Gilgamesh dogfight, now with Mash and has young Waver with Kayneth, neither of which actually happens in the event story.
    • Shinjuku's PV has Dantes fighting against Yan Qing, which doesn't actually happen in the story. Nor does the group assembled at the end of the trailer actually come to be in the story proper as Holmes had disguised himself as Dantes, and the latter only shows up briefly for the final battle.
    • Nero Bride ultimately plays no role in SE.RA.PH, only providing a brief appearance at the start of the chapter and even then it's the original version of Nero. She appears in the second part only as OG Nero. Moreover, the original trailer literally lies and implies that the event is another funny gag event, whereas the second trailer, released after the event revealed itself as a gruesome gaiden chapter, is accurate.
    • Salem's PV depicts the male protagonist and Mash in circus attire with a circus tent in the background. However in the game, the heroes aren't circus performers and are pretending to be part of an acting troupe.

    U-Z 
  • Underground Monkey:
    • Several enemies have multiple variations with different coloring like golems being made of different kinds of rock or crystal, or even snowmen and biscuits. The main difference between enemy types in gameplay are the skills they use and class.
    • The four Irisviels that were created from the corrupted Holy Grail's essence are all recolored versions of Dark Irisviel with different skills, lines, and NPs.
    • Played for laughs in the gag Riyo event. Altera and Billy show up to play the role of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday respectively, but while Altera really gets into it, Billy admits he's not entirely sure who he's supposed to be, or why they're reusing assets in such a half-assed way. Later, Altera comes back as Buffalo Bill. Naturally, she still looks and speaks exactly the same as always. Or rather, exactly the same as a meme version of her character.
  • Undying Loyalty: As Bond EXP goes up, some Servants will vow to always serve and protect their Master.
  • Unlockable Content: Beating certain points in the game's story will give the player more content.
    • Each Singularity has a set of Servants associated with it that can be only summoned after beating it, and even then they can only be summoned from the main story gacha or event banners with them featured:
      • Caster Cu Chulainn and Saber Alter from Fuyuki.
      • Caster Gilles from Orleans.
      • Nero from Rome.
      • Medea Lily from Okeanos.
      • Nikola Tesla and Lancer Altria (Alter) from London.
      • Medb, Cu Chulainn (Alter) and Thomas Edison from America.
      • Lancer Altria, Gawain, Tristan, and Bedivere from Camelot.
      • Quetzalcoatl, Gorgon and Jaguar Man from Babylonia.
      • EMIYA (Alter) from Shinjuku.
      • Rider of the Resistance/Christopher Columbus from Agartha.
      • Kato Danzo and Saber Empireo/Yagyu Tajima-no-kami Munenori from Shimosa Province.
      • Caster of Midrash/The Queen of Sheba from Salem.
    • Most events can only be done after beating Fuyuki, with others requiring players to go further and beat certain Singularities. To play any Epic of Remnant chapter, you must clear Salomon Temple.
    • SE.RA.PH, while a big crossover event meant to draw in new players like prior crossover events, is also an Epic of Remnant chapter, and so was only accessible upon beating Salomon Temple.
    • Some events include a Challenge Quest only accessible for players that beat Salomon Temple.
    • The third Christmas event, "Merry Christmas in the Netherworld", can be only participated by players who beat Babylonia before and during the event period.
  • The Unmasqued World: What Scheherazade was intending to do by crashing Laputa, effectively exposing magic and weaken it to the point where Servants could no longer be summoned, finally allowing her to rest at peace.
  • Upgrade Artifact: The Holy Grails have been used as these for Servants throughout the game.
    • The Palingenesis mechanic lets you use them on Servants to go beyond the normal level cap and level them up to 100.
    • In America, Medb uses a grail to empower Cu Chulainn Alter, making him even more deadly.
    • In Babylonia, Gorgon uses one to make herself divine and also borrow one of Tiamat's authorities, making her more powerful then she usually would be.
  • Urban Fantasy: Shinjuku is a return to the Nasuverse's roots with Servants duking it out in a densely populated urban environment. Also the Servant antagonists have directly recruited Muggle gang members as their mooks, providing them with drugs that give them temporary Magic Circuits and have been given genetically engineered Chimeras as enforcement.
  • Unreveal Angle: Throughout the first segment of Moonlight/Lostroom, Dr. Roman is kept at specific angles that don't exactly show him, but the audience is able to hear him and see his hands.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Grand Time Temple Solomon, the Big Bad's fortress that has been summoned to the year 2016, right before the extinction of humanity, acts as this for the first arc.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: Servants can be freely switched between three different outfits and a costume store introduced with the Summer 2016 event rerun allows players to buy alternate costumes like swimsuits and casual outfits for Servants albeit certain conditions need to be fulfilled before unlocking the costumes, like beating a certain quest or having them at max level. Currently, only Mash, Medb, 4* Saber Nero, Parvati, Astolfo, and Jeanne Alter have these alternate costumes.
  • Virtual Training Simulation: Chaldea provides several as part of their way to train Masters and Servants. It serves as the tutorial while you wait for entrance into the main building.
    • It's also explained later that the daily quests in Chaldea Gate are these as well. The game warns against thinking about why you get special drops from them in Sherlock's trial quest.
    • Several interludes have the Servants using the sim with varying degrees of success, like Fergus using simulations of several women to attempt flirting or Jing Ke going through a recreation of her assassination attempt to see if it could be pulled off successfully.
    • Edison has his own installed in his castle and goes through one before leading his army against the Celts.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The Knights of the Round Table bicker, squabble and attack each other constantly, but there's no hard feelings on any sides anymore even though almost all of them betrayed or screwed over their beloved king in one way or another. Even setting that aside, Mordred killed Gawain while Lancelot killed his younger siblings.
  • Wacky Racing: The theme for the Summer 2017 event as various Servants, some in swimsuits, pair up to win a death race. The second part still continues it as they race to break out of jail first with the explanation that Isthar's still filming them and need something to keep the audience entertained. It's all an excuse Ishtar whipped up to get Servants to complete a ritual for her to remove the Singularity.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss:
    • You fight Saber Alter at the end of the Fuyuki prologue, and if you don't kill her fast enough, you'll learn that unlike the shadow Servants you've faced thus far, enemy Servants can and will use their Noble Phantasms once they've charged up that bar below their HP bar.
    • The first Demon Pillar is fought near the end of the Septem chapter and sets the standard for future Demon Pillar fights to come, boasting a boatload of HP and weaknesses that the player won't know until they find out for themselves. Additionally, every attack it makes is AoE, spelling Total Party Kill for an underleveled and underbuffed party.
  • Weather-Control Machine: Babbage and Paracelsus used the Grail to power one of these, spewing the demonic fog everywhere in London.
  • Wham Episode:
    • London is the game's first true wham episode. It introduces the concept of Grand Servants, the original seven Servants who were meant to be summoned to fight against a threat against humanity. The Servant system used in Fuyuki is the toned-down version for summoning non-Grands as mere backup to the Grand Servants; these Servants, these beings who are incomparably more powerful than human beings, are cheap, disposable familiars compared to Grand Servants and the things Grands are meant to fight. (And the phrasing of the explanation, and context of the chapter overall, is meant to make it clear that, yes, this is all meant to be back-ported to F/SN and other works.) And then we find out the Grand Caster, Solomon, is the Big Bad and is working completely contrary to the purpose of his summoning. Oh, and those Grails you were collecting? Largely worthless in the grand scheme of things. Recovering them alone won't fix the problem.
    • Nasu talked in an interview about how Chapter 6 and 7 would be the turning point of the entire game. At the start of Camelot, Dr. Roman reveals Shielder's origins and place in Chaldea, how and why she became a Demi-Servant and the fact that Mash won't live past 18. It's also mentioned that this singularity is the only one not related to the Big Bad. Also in Camelot, Sherlock Holmes reveals Solomon incinerating humanity is part of a different plan, humanity was already going to die in 2016 due to something else and Olga Marie's father won the Fuyuki Holy Grail War of 2004 in GO's timeline.
    • Babylonia finally explains a concept long foreshadowed yet unexplained by the rest of the Nasuverse, the Beast-class. The Beasts are seven embodiment of humanity's evils and are the very threat that the Heroic Spirit Summoning system, and by extension the Grand Servants, are meant to combat, and they are by far leagues more powerful than everything faced before. This chapter introduces Beast II, Tiamat, representing the sin of Regression. The final chapter reveals that the Big Bad is Beast I, King Goetia, and that Fou is Beast IV, better known among Nasuverse veterans as Primate Murder.
    • Salomon, being the Grand Finale of the first arc, drops several major bombshells. The Solomon that's been acting as the Big Bad is actually Beast I inhabiting his dead corpse. Mash dies using Lord Camelot to defend against Goetia's Ars Almadel Salomonis. Dr. Roman reveals that he's the actual Solomon, who was summoned by Maris Billy for the Holy Grail War and used his wish to become human, shortly before he uses Ars Nova to remove himself from the Throne of Heroes and remove Goetia's immortality. And Fou gives up his power and intellect as Beast IV to resurect Mash with a normal lifespan.
    • Shinjuku reveals that Solomon's Ars Nova failed to wipe out all of Goetia's Pillars. Four of them are still around, coming up with various schemes. Hence the title, Epic of Remnant, as the story of dealing with the Demon Pillars' remnants.
    • The May 2017 crossover event with Fate/Extra CCC is also this. At the end of the event intro, right after BB has taunted you for thinking this would be easy, the "BB-chan's Revenge" banner shatters into the proper Epic of Remnant chapter title screen, revealing that this "event" is in fact EoR Chapter Extra: The Deep Sea Cyber-Nirvana - SE.RA.PH. The event is a full-bore, no-nonsense story chapter, with the attendant slew of new graphics, maps, missions, Servants, game mechanics (including two new playable Classes), and a story mode as big as any other chapter's, doled out over the course of a week.
    • Salem is an enormous wham episode, despite being quiet, tense Lovecraftian horror for most of it. In the opening, the singularity surrounding Salem and Danvers is manifesting in present day and is seven kilometers across - in some ways, this is an even bigger masquerade breaker than the missing 18 months caused by the Goetia incident. Moreover, by the end of it, so much effort is required to contain the final threat of the singularity that Chaldea itself may have to be disbanded to keep things quiet. Oh, and let's not forget the wham of the confirmation that the Outer Gods that Lovecraft described absolutely do exist in the Nasuverse and they are not friendly. When one attempts to manifest using a certain medium in the singularity, it easily rises to be a Beast-level threat.
    • The prologue to the second storyline of the game is not kind to the player (you) and your team. The Mage's Association forcibly turns off the Chaldea summoning system, banishes all the protagonist's previously summoned servants, sends a whole new staff and a new head to Chaldea (Da Vinci and even you were fired) and brings in a PMC force to deal with any protests, basically shutting off any means to deal with any danger humanity will face for the time being. Worse, Kotomine Kirei himself joined the fray means the church is involved in the mess too. Then they get attacked by Anastasia and her army, as both Kotomine and Konyanskaya are collaborating with them to take control of Chaldea, with the onslaught reducing the number of Chaldea's remaining employees from 40 to 8, Da Vinci gets brutally impaled by Kotomine with his bare hands, and the protagonists are forced to abandon the observatory, and the antagonists begin the process of freezing history. Even worse, seven Masters from Chaldea are revealed to be going along with this, with the aims of bringing back the Age of Gods. The saving grace is that Holmes secretly evacuated the servants and hid their Saint Graphs for insurance, da Vinci managed to get a backup body and she brought a backup Saint Graph database along with them so they still have access to their Servants, but for the time being things will be very bleak.
  • Wham Line:
    • Fou explains what he is to Mash in the void:
    I feed on humanity's battles, growth, envy, and regret and use it for my characteristic as a beast to "become stronger than the enemy". The beast of calamity, Cath Palug. In a different time and place, I might have been called the great killer of primates - Primate Murder.
    • Caster Limbo reveals the existence of The Man Behind the Man who was simply using the parallel version of Shimosa as an experiment for future plans.
    Having it appear in Chaldea was a failure; however, it left behind some good sample data. Anyway, finally, finally I succeeded in discovering the lost history. This Shimosa is distorted compared to the original. A world that is terminated without being destroyed, a pruning event. It is not that. Then a parallel world? Ish. It's close but not the same. So this is different. This is something else. This Shimosa is human history but not human history. It is a different world that a different earth's god observes with their different eyes. An otherworld that is falsely similar to a singularity! Fuhahahahahah, no no no no. Using that temporary name was too funny and even more so using Satan!! I intended it to be a joke, but it went quite well. It was one of that Necromancer's favorite things. Even so, Doman, you were supposed to be above practical jokes right. So I was rude, my dear ally ——- sama
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: This is touched upon in London as Mash expresses discomfort at fighting homunculi as she empathizes with them since she too is technically an artificial human.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mash really chews out her "dad", Lancelot for going along with the Lion King's plans despite knowing exactly what it entailed.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Likely the main reasons why Altria Pendragon (Saber) and her clones, Gilgamesh, and EMIYA are promoted heavily in marketing and feature prominently in the opening, as they're the most known characters of the Fate franchise.
  • Wooden Ships and Iron Men: As the setting of the Third Order, Okeanos, is the Age of Discovery, this is inevitable. Battles of cannon fires at point blank range, sea monsters and bandits blocking the way, treacherous weather disturbing navigations, and several crews composed of Heroic Spirits, the main draw of this Order is just how action-packed it is.
  • Wretched Hive: Shinjuku, a decaying modern city overflowing with mages, mercenaries, and monsters. It literally has a magic barrier meant to keep most Servants who aren't evil-aligned from entering. It would not be out of place in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside:
    • The island from the summer 2016 event is revealed to have this property in Part II, meaning that in the short timespan that the heroes left the island, the boars on the island developed intelligence, formed a civilization using the leftover infrastructure as a base, and then for the civilization to fall apart before the heroes returned.
    • One hundred minutes spent in SE.RA.PH is equivalent to ten minutes in the outside world. The Seraphix staff dejectedly understand this means it would take over fifty years for them to get rescued by Chaldea.

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