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** [[spoiler:Gilgamesh is the strongest Heroic Spirit summonable and is stronger than every Servant in the story. However, his strength comes from his ability to use a StormOfBlades that would normally overwhelm his enemies. The climax of the Unlimited Blade Works route shows that for all his power, once he is forced to fight someone with the power to match his StormOfBlades with their own, he can only play defensively and ultimately loses because he lacks the training needed to fight someone head-on. That being said, it]s noted by Shirou that the main reason he won was because of his AttackAttackAttack strategy forcing Gilgamesh to focus on defending himself from Shirou's assault. Had Gilgamesh recovered from being stressed by his attacks, he could have easily killed Shirou, because Gilgamesh is still a PhysicalGod while Shirou is simply an EmpoweredBadassNormal]].

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** [[spoiler:Gilgamesh is the strongest Heroic Spirit summonable and is stronger than every Servant in the story. However, his strength comes from his ability to use a StormOfBlades that would normally overwhelm his enemies. The climax of the Unlimited Blade Works route shows that for all his power, once he is forced to fight someone with the power to match his StormOfBlades with their own, he can only play defensively and ultimately loses because he lacks the training needed to fight someone head-on. That being said, it]s it's noted by Shirou that the main reason he won was because of his AttackAttackAttack strategy forcing Gilgamesh to focus on defending himself from Shirou's assault. Had Gilgamesh recovered from being stressed by his attacks, he could have easily killed Shirou, because Gilgamesh is still a PhysicalGod while Shirou is simply an EmpoweredBadassNormal]].

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** In general, [[ConfessToALesserCrime admitting to a lesser crime to avoid being punished for a bigger one]] is a very dicey, last-minute strategy for witnesses and criminals. Admitting to any kind of offense in public forces them to comply with further cross-examination and might end in their arrest.


** KatanasAreJustBetter is given this treatment. The fact that Assassin's sword is essentially just a generic katana and not a Noble Phantasm means that it has the same flaws a normal katana has, namely that they're light and not very durable. [[spoiler: During the finale of the Unlimited Blade Works route, when Assassin blocks an attack from Saber instead of parrying as his katana is designed for, his blade is damaged and bent in such a way that his normally unavoidable SimultaneousBladeSpam could now be avoided by Saber simply by striking at that weak spot, breaking his sword and dealing a fatal blow that earns her the win.]]
** [[spoiler:Gilgamesh is the strongest Heroic Spirit summonable and is stronger than every Servant in the story. However, his strength comes from his ability to use a StormOfBlades that would normally overwhelm his enemies. The climax of the Unlimited Blade Works route shows that for all his power, once he is forced to fight someone with the power to match his StormOfBladess with their own, he can only play defensively and ultimately loses because he lacks the training needed to fight someone head on. That being said, its noted by Shirou that the main reason he won was because of his AttackAttackAttack strategy forcing Gilgamesh to focus on defending himself from Shirou's assault. Had Gilgamesh recovered from being stressed by his attacks, he could of easily killed Shirou, because Gilgamesh is still a PhysicalGod while Shirou is simply a EmpoweredBadassNormal]].

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** KatanasAreJustBetter is given this treatment. The fact that Assassin's sword is essentially just a generic katana and not a Noble Phantasm means that it has the same flaws a normal katana has, namely that they're light and not very durable. [[spoiler: During the finale of the Unlimited ''Unlimited Blade Works Works'' route, when Assassin blocks an attack from Saber instead of parrying as his katana is designed for, his blade is damaged and bent in such a way that his normally unavoidable SimultaneousBladeSpam could now be avoided by Saber simply by striking at that weak spot, breaking his sword and dealing a fatal blow that earns her the win.]]
** [[spoiler:Gilgamesh is the strongest Heroic Spirit summonable and is stronger than every Servant in the story. However, his strength comes from his ability to use a StormOfBlades that would normally overwhelm his enemies. The climax of the Unlimited Blade Works route shows that for all his power, once he is forced to fight someone with the power to match his StormOfBladess StormOfBlades with their own, he can only play defensively and ultimately loses because he lacks the training needed to fight someone head on. head-on. That being said, its it]s noted by Shirou that the main reason he won was because of his AttackAttackAttack strategy forcing Gilgamesh to focus on defending himself from Shirou's assault. Had Gilgamesh recovered from being stressed by his attacks, he could of have easily killed Shirou, because Gilgamesh is still a PhysicalGod while Shirou is simply a an EmpoweredBadassNormal]].



** The final battle of the Heaven's Feel route [[spoiler:involves two dying men fighting over their beliefs and what to do with the corrupted Holy Grail. As both are going to die [[MortonsFork regardless of who wins]] and without the ability to use magic, they both fight to the death over the Grail. Except that [[TheHero Shirou]] is a teenager with barely any combat experience or real knowledge of fist fighting, while [[BigBad Kotomine]] is a well trained veteran martial artist. The entire fight is Kotomine [[CurbStompBattle brutally beating down Shirou]], with Shirou only surviving because his HealingFactor is causing swords to sprout from his body and cause damage to Kotomine, alongside Shirou making sure to protect his head from injuries. When Shirou gets a HeroicSecondWind and starts countering Kotomine, he only lands a few hits before Kotomine counters and nearly kills him outright from it. The only reason he wins the fight is because Kotomine became half-dead before he did, and so Kotomine expires before he can finish him.]]

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** The final battle of the Heaven's Feel ''Heaven's Feel'' route [[spoiler:involves two dying men fighting over their beliefs and what to do with the corrupted Holy Grail. As both are going to die [[MortonsFork regardless of who wins]] and without the ability to use magic, they both fight to the death over the Grail. Except that [[TheHero Shirou]] is a teenager with barely any combat experience or real knowledge of fist fighting, while [[BigBad Kotomine]] is a well trained well-trained veteran martial artist. The entire fight is Kotomine [[CurbStompBattle brutally beating down Shirou]], with Shirou only surviving because his HealingFactor is causing swords to sprout from his body and cause damage to Kotomine, alongside along with Shirou making sure to protect his head from injuries. When Shirou gets a HeroicSecondWind and starts countering Kotomine, he only lands a few hits before Kotomine counters and nearly kills him outright from it. The only reason he wins the fight is because Kotomine became half-dead before he did, and so Kotomine expires before he can finish him.Shirou.]]


** Several bad endings run on this, taking Shirou's actions and applying realistic effects from his choices.
*** The first bad ending occurs if Shirou refuses to join the Grail War, wherein he gives up his Command Seals and returns home. Except he never makes it home because he's ambushed by Illya and Berserker who easily kill him and curse him into being unable to die if his head remains. Just because Shirou gives up on the war doesn't mean the [[InSpiteOfANail other ones will ignore him for it]], especially when said person has a personal vendetta against him.
*** In one of the bad endings, Shirou uses Reinforcement magic to try and boost his body's defenses to break his fall. When he hits the ground, his HealingFactor causes his body to generate swords inside his body and accidentally kill himself. By reinforcing his body, Shirou made it where the damage couldn't be properly dispersed, and so instead of him being possibly badly hurt from the fall itself, the impact essentially causes his body to break like a hard object being dropped from the same height.
*** One of the bad endings for the ''Fate'' route has [[spoiler: Saber betray Shirou by joining with Kotomine, resulting in her cutting him down. Although by that point Shirou and Saber are lovers, you can only get this if the RelationshipValue for Saber is very low, so when offered the chance for the Grail, Saber, desiring it more than anything and unaware of its corruption, takes what she sees as the better choice and kills Shirou to do so. Of course, she's immediately horrified by doing so because even with low a RelationshipValue for her, she still likes Shirou.]]
*** Several Bad Endings involve Shirou being reckless and either charging an enemy or trying to attack regardless of the situation. Almost every time, Shirou is killed right away, because charging into battle blindly without caution is an easy way to get killed.
** The fact that Assassin's sword is essentially just a generic katana and not a Noble Phantasm means that it has the same flaws a normal katana has, namely that they're light and not very durable. [[spoiler: During the finale of the Unlimited Blade Works route, when Assassin blocks an attack from Saber instead of parrying as his katana is designed for, his blade is damaged and bent in such a way that his normally unavoidable SimultaneousBladeSpam could now be avoided by Saber simply by striking at that weak spot, breaking his sword and dealing a fatal blow that earns her the win.]]

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** Several bad endings run on this, taking Shirou's actions and applying realistic effects from his choices.
*** The first bad ending occurs if Shirou refuses to join the Grail War, wherein he gives up his Command Seals and returns home. Except he never makes it home because he's ambushed by Illya and Berserker who easily kill him and curse him into being unable to die if his head remains. Just because Shirou gives up on the war doesn't mean the [[InSpiteOfANail other ones will ignore him for it]], especially when said person has a personal vendetta against him.
*** In one of the bad endings, Shirou uses Reinforcement magic to try and boost his body's defenses to break his fall. When he hits the ground, his HealingFactor causes his body to generate swords inside his body and accidentally kill himself. By reinforcing his body, Shirou made it where the damage couldn't be properly dispersed, and so instead of him being possibly badly hurt from the fall itself, the impact essentially causes his body to break like a hard object being dropped from the same height.
*** One of the bad endings for the ''Fate'' route has [[spoiler: Saber betray Shirou by joining with Kotomine, resulting in her cutting him down. Although by that point Shirou and Saber are lovers, you can only get
KatanasAreJustBetter is given this if the RelationshipValue for Saber is very low, so when offered the chance for the Grail, Saber, desiring it more than anything and unaware of its corruption, takes what she sees as the better choice and kills Shirou to do so. Of course, she's immediately horrified by doing so because even with low a RelationshipValue for her, she still likes Shirou.]]
*** Several Bad Endings involve Shirou being reckless and either charging an enemy or trying to attack regardless of the situation. Almost every time, Shirou is killed right away, because charging into battle blindly without caution is an easy way to get killed.
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treatment. The fact that Assassin's sword is essentially just a generic katana and not a Noble Phantasm means that it has the same flaws a normal katana has, namely that they're light and not very durable. [[spoiler: During the finale of the Unlimited Blade Works route, when Assassin blocks an attack from Saber instead of parrying as his katana is designed for, his blade is damaged and bent in such a way that his normally unavoidable SimultaneousBladeSpam could now be avoided by Saber simply by striking at that weak spot, breaking his sword and dealing a fatal blow that earns her the win.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/ShinraiBrokenBeyondDespair''
** While Raiko can uncover the truth behind the murders, solving the crime is a job for the professionals. In fact, in some of the endings, the suspect behind the killings is released after the police investigation proves that they didn't do it.
** Kimonos are not designed to allow much freedom of movement, and Runa, who wears one to the party, has trouble keeping up with the others at two separate points. [[spoiler:Momoko managed to come up with a workaround by cutting slits in the side of hers]].
** Even if you save [[spoiler:Kotoba]] in the nick of time, the person in question is still [[spoiler:badly burned]], and is in no condition to answer anyone's questions, [[spoiler:or he might have corroborated Kamen's story about Momoko using her prank as a way to carry out a murder, an attempted murder and her own suicide]]. Likewise, [[spoiler:when Momoko is thought to have hanged herself, the others realize that even if she survives, she's likely to have brain damage.]]
** How does [[spoiler:Raiko]], a ten-year-old girl, manage to save [[spoiler:Kamen]] from falsely being accused of shoplifting? It's not through any impressive detective skills, but [[BoringButPractical simply asking the store owner to review the security camera footage]] to prove that the actual shoplifters had used the accused as a guinea pig to test the shoplifting detectors.


** At the start of the last case in ''Trials and Tribulations', Phoenix is in the hospital due to nearly being swept down river during the night of the incident that caused the case. Due to how personal the case is to him, Phoenix requests Edgeworth to act as the defense attorney for the defendant. Since Edgeworth is a prosecutor, he's forced to have the case overseen by a separate judge than the normal one because Edgeworth is still employed as a prosecutor and acting as a defense attorney like that could get him into serious trouble if it was a judge who knew his background like the normal judge does. Once Phoenix is healthy again, they return to the normal judge.

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** At the start of the last case in ''Trials and Tribulations', Tribulations'', Phoenix is in the hospital due to nearly being swept down river during the night of the incident that caused the case. Due to how personal the case is to him, Phoenix requests Edgeworth to act as the defense attorney for the defendant. Since Edgeworth is a prosecutor, he's forced to have the case overseen by a separate judge than the normal one because Edgeworth is still employed as a prosecutor and acting as a defense attorney like that could get him into serious trouble if it was a judge who knew his background like the normal judge does. Once Phoenix is healthy again, they return to the normal judge.


** In the final case of ''Justice for All'. Gumshoe calls Phoenix to tell him he's found decisive evidence... [[TooDumbToLive While driving.]] Result? He gets in a car accident.

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** In the final case of ''Justice for All'.All''. Gumshoe calls Phoenix to tell him he's found decisive evidence... [[TooDumbToLive While driving.]] Result? He gets in a car accident.


*** It's somewhat of a popular concept in [[FandomSpecificPlot fangames]] for the [[BigBad mastermind]] to be one of the very characters in the game itself, [[BitchInSheepsClothing seemingly just another participant in the game]], [[spoiler:something that also happens in 3. With himself out in the open like he was, Tengan had his role more or less figured out less than ''halfway'' through the game he organized, and was promptly and easily killed by [[KnightTemplar Munakata]]. Turns out that actively creating an environment where everyone is encouraged to kill each other and then sticking around in the open is a really stupid move]].



*** It's somewhat of a popular concept in [[FandomSpecificPlot fangames]] for the [[BigBad mastermind]] to be one of the very characters in the game itself, [[BitchInSheepsClothing seemingly just another participant in the game]], [[spoiler:something that also happens in 3. With himself out in the open like he was, Tengan had his role more or less figured out less than ''halfway'' through the game he organized, and was promptly and easily killed by [[KnightTemplar Munakata]]. Turns out that actively creating an environment where everyone is encouraged to kill each other and then sticking around in the open is a really stupid move]].


* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' shows that playing TheCasanova and trying to balance the affection of multiple girls is stressful for the girls in question and dangerous for you. It can even end in [[spoiler:one of them stabbing you]].

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* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'':
** ''School Days''
shows that playing TheCasanova and trying to balance the affection of multiple girls is stressful for the girls in question and dangerous for you. It can even end in [[spoiler:one of them stabbing you]].



** Katja tells Erik that a lot of people have gone through what he's going through and that it'll get better with time. He comments back that he's heard that many times and a few optimistic words won't fix his problems, which Katja agrees with.

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** Katja tells Erik that a lot of people have gone through what he's going through and that [[ItGetsBetter it'll get better with time.time]]. He comments back that he's heard that many times and a few optimistic words won't fix his problems, which Katja agrees with.


** [[spoiler:Gilgamesh is the strongest Heroic Spirit summonable and is stronger than every Servant in the story. However, his strength comes from his ability to use a RainOfSwords that would normally overwhelm his enemies. The climax of the Unlimited Blade Works route shows that for all his power, once he is forced to fight someone with the power to match his RainOfSwords with their own, he can only play defensively and ultimately loses because he lacks the training needed to fight someone head on. That being said, its noted by Shirou that the main reason he won was because of his AttackAttackAttack strategy forcing Gilgamesh to focus on defending himself from Shirou's assault. Had Gilgamesh recovered from being stressed by his attacks, he could of easily killed Shirou, because Gilgamesh is still a PhysicalGod while Shirou is simply a EmpoweredBadassNormal]].

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** [[spoiler:Gilgamesh is the strongest Heroic Spirit summonable and is stronger than every Servant in the story. However, his strength comes from his ability to use a RainOfSwords StormOfBlades that would normally overwhelm his enemies. The climax of the Unlimited Blade Works route shows that for all his power, once he is forced to fight someone with the power to match his RainOfSwords StormOfBladess with their own, he can only play defensively and ultimately loses because he lacks the training needed to fight someone head on. That being said, its noted by Shirou that the main reason he won was because of his AttackAttackAttack strategy forcing Gilgamesh to focus on defending himself from Shirou's assault. Had Gilgamesh recovered from being stressed by his attacks, he could of easily killed Shirou, because Gilgamesh is still a PhysicalGod while Shirou is simply a EmpoweredBadassNormal]].


** It takes a lot the standard character archetypes in eroge/harem games and shows how ''living'' as an archetype is not all fun and games, by exploring what made them that way. FragileFlower Hanako seems like she needs protection and a shoulder to cry on, but in reality [[spoiler: she resents her friends for treating her like she can't handle herself.]], {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Rin [[spoiler:is distressed by how she can't express her feelings to others]], ProperLady Lilly shoulders all the responsibilities of herself and others [[spoiler:because she's done so since she was a child]], PluckyGirl Emi throws herself into her racing with aplomb [[spoiler:to try and connect with [[DaddysGirl her dead father]]]], and hyper-intense ClassRepresentative Shizune [[spoiler:is just [[WellDoneSonGuy trying to please]] [[AbusiveParents her father]]]]. It also shows that treating the girls like character archetypes ends badly for all involved, but treating them as actual ''people'' instead can help them somewhat.

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** It takes a lot the standard character archetypes in eroge/harem games and shows how ''living'' as an archetype is not all fun and games, by exploring what made them that way. FragileFlower ProneToTears Hanako seems like she needs protection and a shoulder to cry on, but in reality [[spoiler: she resents her friends for treating her like she can't handle herself.]], {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Rin [[spoiler:is distressed by how she can't express her feelings to others]], ProperLady Lilly shoulders all the responsibilities of herself and others [[spoiler:because she's done so since she was a child]], PluckyGirl Emi throws herself into her racing with aplomb [[spoiler:to try and connect with [[DaddysGirl her dead father]]]], and hyper-intense ClassRepresentative Shizune [[spoiler:is just [[WellDoneSonGuy trying to please]] [[AbusiveParents her father]]]]. It also shows that treating the girls like character archetypes ends badly for all involved, but treating them as actual ''people'' instead can help them somewhat.

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* ''VisualNovel/YourTurnToDie'':
** One SadisticChoice is set up as a matter of 'Logic' versus 'Emotions'. One of the participants believes themselves to be TheLoad, and argues that the logical course of action is to get rid of them, while keeping another participant who has more useful skills but has [[WildCard caused some issues]] around. However, [[spoiler:Sou himself begs the player not to sacrifice Kanna, as she's his MoralityChain... and if you ignore this and vote her out? Sou [[ThenLetMeBeEvil vows revenge]], turning completely against the other survivors. The seemingly 'logical' choice of sacrificing a self-loathing child only brings grief to all involved]].


** In the final case of the first game, when all hope seems lost, Larry shows up and demands to be a witness to the event. The judge agrees to allow this, but calls a recess, because having a witness showing up last minute requires the prosecutor team to have time to interview the witness, alongside the fact that letting them talk without context for their evidence is a possible risk.



** At the start of the last case in ''Trials and Tribulations', Phoenix is in the hospital due to nearly being swept down river during the night of the incident that caused the case. Due to how personal the case is to him, Phoenix requests Edgeworth to act as the defense attorney for the defendant. Since Edgeworth is a prosecutor, he's forced to have the case overseen by a separate judge than the normal one because Edgeworth is still employed as a prosecutor. Once Phoenix is healthy again, they return to the normal judge.

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** At the start of the last case in ''Trials and Tribulations', Phoenix is in the hospital due to nearly being swept down river during the night of the incident that caused the case. Due to how personal the case is to him, Phoenix requests Edgeworth to act as the defense attorney for the defendant. Since Edgeworth is a prosecutor, he's forced to have the case overseen by a separate judge than the normal one because Edgeworth is still employed as a prosecutor.prosecutor and acting as a defense attorney like that could get him into serious trouble if it was a judge who knew his background like the normal judge does. Once Phoenix is healthy again, they return to the normal judge.


** The first bad ending occurs if Shirou refuses to join the Grail War, wherein he gives up his Command Seals and returns home. Except he never makes it home because he's ambushed by Illya and Berserker who easily kill him and curse him into being unable to die if his head remains. Just because Shirou gives up on the war doesn't mean the [[InSpiteOfANail other ones will ignore him for it]], especially when said person has a personal vendetta against him.

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** *** The first bad ending occurs if Shirou refuses to join the Grail War, wherein he gives up his Command Seals and returns home. Except he never makes it home because he's ambushed by Illya and Berserker who easily kill him and curse him into being unable to die if his head remains. Just because Shirou gives up on the war doesn't mean the [[InSpiteOfANail other ones will ignore him for it]], especially when said person has a personal vendetta against him.


** In one of the bad endings, Shirou uses Reinforcement magic to try and boost his body's defenses to break his fall. When he hits the ground, his HealingFactor causes his body to generate swords inside his body and accidentally kill himself. By reinforcing his body, Shirou made it where the damage couldn't be properly dispersed, and so instead of him being possibly badly hurt from the fall itself, the impact essentially causes his body to break like a hard object being dropped from the same height.

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** Several bad endings run on this, taking Shirou's actions and applying realistic effects from his choices.
** The first bad ending occurs if Shirou refuses to join the Grail War, wherein he gives up his Command Seals and returns home. Except he never makes it home because he's ambushed by Illya and Berserker who easily kill him and curse him into being unable to die if his head remains. Just because Shirou gives up on the war doesn't mean the [[InSpiteOfANail other ones will ignore him for it]], especially when said person has a personal vendetta against him.
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In one of the bad endings, Shirou uses Reinforcement magic to try and boost his body's defenses to break his fall. When he hits the ground, his HealingFactor causes his body to generate swords inside his body and accidentally kill himself. By reinforcing his body, Shirou made it where the damage couldn't be properly dispersed, and so instead of him being possibly badly hurt from the fall itself, the impact essentially causes his body to break like a hard object being dropped from the same height.height.
*** One of the bad endings for the ''Fate'' route has [[spoiler: Saber betray Shirou by joining with Kotomine, resulting in her cutting him down. Although by that point Shirou and Saber are lovers, you can only get this if the RelationshipValue for Saber is very low, so when offered the chance for the Grail, Saber, desiring it more than anything and unaware of its corruption, takes what she sees as the better choice and kills Shirou to do so. Of course, she's immediately horrified by doing so because even with low a RelationshipValue for her, she still likes Shirou.]]
*** Several Bad Endings involve Shirou being reckless and either charging an enemy or trying to attack regardless of the situation. Almost every time, Shirou is killed right away, because charging into battle blindly without caution is an easy way to get killed.

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