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Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia is a 21-episode anime based on the "Babylonia" chapter from the mobile game Fate/Grand Order. It is produced by CloverWorks, former sub-studio of A-1 Pictures (Fate/Apocrypha), and began airing on October 5, 2019. Episode 0, a prologue to the main story, premiered on August 4, 2019 via the Fate/Grand Order game app in Japan. Aniplex licensed the episode for North American territories through FunimationNow, and for Australia and New Zealand through AnimeLab.

The series is the first in a joint venture, through Sony/Aniplex, that involves Funimation, Wakanim and AnimeLab exclusively simulcasting the show for their respective territories (with other services like Crunchyroll streaming it with a month long delay). The English dub began streaming from November 2, 2019 via Funimation's service who, as part of the aforementioned deal, have exclusive streaming rights to it for a year.

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In the present day, the Chaldea Security Organization, already struggling to reverse the incineration of human civilization, has located the final disturbance in the space-time continuum. As the seventh singularity linked to humanity's destruction, Chaldea sends Ritsuka Fujimaru and Mash Kyrielight back in time to put an end to it and retrieve the Mage King's Holy Grail. Landing in ancient Babylonia at the dawn of human civilization, Chaldea teams up with an older, wiser, and calmer Gilgamesh to save his kingdom from hordes of demonic monsters and vindictive goddesses.

Previews: Teaser trailer, Trailer 1, Trailer 2


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The anime provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Justified with Mash. In game, Mash is a Mighty Glacier / Stone Wall support Servant who is great at tanking but not very good offensively. The anime makes her more then capable of fighting like other Servants, and giving her physical strength that is enough to kick a Demonic Beast to death. The justified part is that Mash is the only Chaldea Servant fighting, so she needs to be strong enough to protect Ritsuka since unlike the game, Mash has no backup characters to help her.
    • Gilgamesh as a Caster was Weak, but Skilled in game, due to giving his Gate of Babylon to his soldiers to arm them, and his own lack of training in Magecraft making him not as strong offensively, but making him an ideal support. The anime cuts this element down and makes him far stronger, to the point where his anime self can casually fight Mash and Ana alone. Not to mention Episode 5 has him opening a really large portal of the Gate of Babylon to counter Enkidu/Kingu's own onslaught without breaking a sweat.
    • Ushiwakamaru in the anime recovers from her defeat against Gorgon that in the game left her completely knocked out before she awoke back in their base of operations, and manages to launch a second defiant attack against the goddess that's heavily implied would have managed to kill her were it not for her immortality.
    • Similarly, Leonidas is able to launch a powerful defiant spear throw that blows a hole through Gorgon's body as a last act whereas in the game he was only able to use his defensive Noble Phantasm to prevent her from killing the protagonist and breaching the walls. Not to mention the version of "Thermopylae Enomotia" has manifestations of Spartans actually fighting with their King instead of just the defense buff.
    • The Ugallu is this as well. While it wasn't that weak in the game, not only is it much bigger in the anime but also it is durable enough that a blade built to kill immortals cannot harm it.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade:
    • Ritsuka. In contrast to his game counterpart, he shows more doubt on his decisions, is more self-conscious of his weaknesses and his inability to save Olga Marie, fix Fuyuki or prevent the sacrifice of his allies constantly haunts him. Justified as seeing people die in front of you will traumatize anyone.
    • Gilgamesh as well. Unlike in the game, Gilgamesh shows considerable amount of sadness and regret not only where Enkidu is concerned but also his life in general.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • Mash and Ritsuka doing errands for the people of Uruk to build up their reputation with Gilgamesh was cut down to a montage in episode 3, while in the game it was several story nodes.
    • In Episode 5, the scene where Gilgamesh gets punted by a Rider-class colossus is cut completely and the journey to the observatory is cut down considerably.
    • Ibaraki-douji, Tomoe Gozen, Amakusa Shirou, or Fuuma Kotaro do not make an appearance, not even in a flashback, nor are they mentioned by the cast. Justified since they were only mentioned in passing in the game and contributed very little to the story.
    • The mango scene with Quetzalcoatl is completely cut from the anime and the initial fight with Quetzalcoatl is shortened to Mash kicking her into a building.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The anime shows Enkidu's death from Fate's take on The Epic of Gilgamesh, which the Grand Order game didn't do.note 
    • The anime often goes back to Chaldea to see how Roman and da Vinci are doing, while also expanding on their dynamic.
    • The fight with "Enkidu" at the observation tower on the coast was very different between the game and anime. In the game Mash and Ritsuka fight "Enkidu" off and then Gilgamesh appears after they flee, to which he says that the "Enkidu" was probably an impostor. In the anime he appears and fights "Enkidu" himself, turning it into a more dramatic confrontation and introspection into Gilgamesh and Enkidu's past.
    • Episode 6 shows the priestesses summoning Ishtar which was only discussed in the game. While showing that the head priestess was killed by Ereshkigal.
    • Episode 7 explicitly shows that it is Solomon and his plan that Gilgamesh's Tablet of Destinies is related to with the visual of Solomon sending his Grails back in time to the seven Singularities.
    • Episode 8 drags out Chaldea's first battle with Tiamat-Gorgon, turning what originally left them all fleeing for their lives into a valiant Last Stand for both Leonidas and Ushiwakamaru. Not only does Leonidas deduce the goddess' true identity from her interactions with him, he blows a hole through her body with one last spear throw. Also, in Ushiwakamaru's case, she shows off multiple forms of her Shana-Oh Wandering Tales and gave Tiamat-Gorgon a hell of a fight while mocking her to her face.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Mordred in the game manages to survive Solomon's blast when they meet in London, albeit barely standing. In the flashback shown in episode 7, she's also knocked out along with the other Servants.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Whether Ziusu-dra is the Old Man of the Mountain's real identity, or whether it was a fake name he gave as part of his disguise. The question is left unanswered, though some characters say they don't believe that Ziusu-dra is somebody just anyone would claim to be.
  • Anachronic Order: This series adapts Chapter 7 of the game. A duology movie series is in the works that will adapt Chapter 6 (Camelot), but the first film of said series won't release until 2020, after this show has finished airing. That said, a television movie adapting the prologue chapter of the game was made and released in 2016, and this series' episode 0 covers a large chunk of the game's backstory which was not in the game's version of this chapter.
  • Anti-Villain:
    • Episode 9 has Ishtar, actually Ereshkigal explain she's part of the Three Goddess Alliance as she doesn't approve of humanity trying to break free from the gods thinking it will only hurt them in the end. Believing the gods can both help humanity and as act as their scapegoats for their troubles.
    • Episode 10 establishes Quetzalcoatl as this, too. The only reason why she's attacking Uruk is because her "mother" told her to and even then she hasn't actually killed anyone.
  • An Axe to Grind: Gilgamesh pulls out a giant golden axe when battling "Enkidu" in Episode 5. In addition to be an all-around powerful weapon that he swings around with ease and skill despite being a Caster, it also possesses homing properties that let him fling it at anything he desires before having it return to him.
  • Ascended Extra: In the original game, Marisbury Animusphere is only known via backstory, having died before the story started. Episode 0 begins when he was in charge of Chaldea, giving him a face and voice.
  • Ascended Meme: Jaguar Warrior shouts "Servants die when they are killed!" when Ishtar attacks her, referring to the infamous poorly-translated line from the 2006 Fate/stay night anime, "People die when they are killed."
  • The Archmage: Two of them appear: Solomon, the King of Mages, and then Merlin the immortal half-incubus. Both of them are also Grand Caster candidates, marking them as the best of the best the Caster class has to offer.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Gorgon emerges in episode 7. She absolutely dwarfs the ziggurat in Nippur.
  • Battle Aura: Jaguar Warrior crackles with energy when she's attacking.
  • Beam Spam: Ishtar spams magical lasers while wiping out the Uridimmu.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: Downplayed. Gilgamesh is specced as a Caster in this story, but his use of "magic" consists of pulling magical wands and artifacts out of the Gate of Babylon. Even still, he's the highly capable and benevolent ruler of Uruk who has kept it standing for the past six months and enjoys a 100% Adoration Rating among his subjects.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • Jaguarman is by and far away the silliest character in the story thanks to possessing the wacky personality of Taiga Fujimura cranked Up to Eleven. But she's absolutely a Fighting Clown who easily defeats Mash and Ana and forces them to retreat. She also declares her interest in devouring the entrails of heroes while sending the common folk to be worked to death.
    • Quetzalcoatl is a cheerful goddess who cracks jokes, laughs easily, and preforms over-the-top lucha libre on her enemies just for fun. She's also likely stronger than Gorgon, and capable of breaking into the fortress city of Uruk, smashing buildings, killing guards (though not really), and walking away with zero consequences.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: In contrast to the game's Bloodless Carnage when fighting monsters, episode 1 shows the Uridimmu bursting apart with blood when Mash, Ishtar, and "Enkidu" kill them in various ways.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The old man, actually First Hassan in disguise that Ritsuka helps advises him that trying to understand gods by human standards is foolish because they simply aren't human.
  • Boobs of Steel: Gorgon has one of the biggest busts in the game and in the franchise and is a goddess of untold power.
  • Calling Your Attacks: To quote Jaguar Warrior: JAGUAR KICK! JAGUAR CRASH! JAGUAR JAVELIN! JAGUAR HAMMER! JAGUAR DYNAMITE!
  • Came Back Wrong: This story takes place after The Epic of Gilgamesh so Enkidu is supposed to be dead. It quickly becomes apparent something is off when "Enkidu" attacks the heroes after this fact is revealed. The Reveal that "Enkidu" is actually Kingu expands on this further; Enkidu's body is essentially being used by Kingu.
  • The Cameo:
    • Episodes 0 and 2 give brief flashbacks to the various singularities before Babylonia, giving this to the servants who appear there.
    • Episode 4 opens with Sakata Kintoki, Tamamo no Mae, William Shakespeare, and Mordred all collapsing to the ground after their battle against Solomon, as Ritsuka remembers the ending of the London singularity. Later in the same episode, we see flashbacks of Mozart and Olga Marie.
    • Episode 5 has Mash recalling a conversation with Drake, and Humbaba appearing in the fog-shrouded distance during Enkidu's memories.
    • Episode 9 features a still shot of Stheno, Euryale, and Rider Medusa as Merlin recounts the legend of Gorgon.
    • Episode 10 features a still shot of a Giant demonic boar and a Gazer.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: It's implied that Ushiwakamaru swapped Leonidas' tea with beer, and a single sip is enough to send him into a drunken stupor.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Ana despises Merlin and is constantly telling him to drop dead, but she also has a deal with him and continues to humor his whims despite her disdain for him.
  • Chain Pain:
    • Ana uses her chains as a weapon in the anime a lot more than she does in the game. In the game her animations only have her using it to attack with her scythe from afar, while here she is constantly wrapping it around enemies or using it as a rope to swing around the battlefield.
    • Enkidu, being the source of the Chains of Heaven, also makes extensive use of these in combat to skewer and bind their foes. Kingu, who is using Enkidu's body, scoffs at the thought of Ana using chains against him before quickly tying everyone one up, only to realize that he's been fighting an illusion the entire time.
  • Character Development:
    • Unsurprisingly, the current King Gilgamesh (classed as a Caster) is living, walking proof of how far he has matured from how he was from the beginning and during the original Epic—and for most of his previous appearances throughout the franchise. Some notable moments stand out:
      • His arrogance/sense of superiority: In previous appearances, Gilgamesh is quite unbearably proud and in-your-face in demonstrating his superiority. Here, he lets his actions and capabilities speak for himself. Furthermore, whereas he always goes into a fight expecting to win/be superior, here he fights about as good as his opponents deserve—commenting only on whether they are useful or not.
      • His self-respect: Originally, the Archer Gilgamesh expects everyone to bow/follow him, and will openly destroy/kill anyone who seems to be treating him beneath his own self-belief. Here, he has no issues praising people more openly, treating them with kindness/encouragement (especially the children), and even takes comments on his attitude in stride.
      • His view on fakes/imitations: He is best remembered to massively despise anyone who aspires to reach his level (as his disdain for both Archer and Shirou Emiya in Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] suggests). When faced with "Enkidu" and informed by Mashu that they are a fake/imitation, he nonetheless concedes that they are "quite convincing nonetheless".
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Downplayed. Ritsuka knows that there's no way he'll ever be able to keep up with a Servant in a fight, but he keeps up his training regimen anyways in order to be less of a burden on his allies if he's ever caught in a bad situation. To his credit, he's pulled off feats like a Diving Save for Mash against "Enkidu", so it hasn't been for nothing.
    Ritsuka: I'm just an ordinary human, and half-assed as a Master to boot. At the very least, I need to be buff.
  • The Charmer: On top of his natural Chick Magnet charm, Ritsuka knows just what to say to make friends. While his "complements" to Jaguar Warrior would be terrible under any other circumstances, it was apparently enough to verbally deflower her, turning her to his side in about 30 seconds.
  • Chick Magnet: Ritsuka upholds the proud Type-Moon protagonist tradition. Mash obviously has a crush on him, Ushiwakamaru is rather quick to swear her loyalty to him, he was able to charm Jaguar Warrior with just two compliments, Ereshkigal falls head over heels for him, and Quetzalcoatl calls him a cutie the second she sees him and asks for his hand in marriage. Harem Protagonist EX indeed.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Mash is increasingly displeased as more and more female Servants start contracting with Ritsuka. When Jaguar Warrior joins the team, Mash is quick to introduce herself by stepping in between the two and boasting of her status as Ritsuka's "official" Servant, all with an eerily cheerful smile on her face.
  • Conspicuous CG: Downplayed, as it is used sparingly.
    • The Uridimmu, while alive, are very obviously CG.
    • The snake heads in Gorgon's hair are obviously CG, too. Actually if they show Gorgon full profile, she's obviously CG just due to her size.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The game established that Mash is a big fan of both Hans Christian Andersen and Sherlock Holmes. Episode 0 shows Romani introducing them to her with him giving Mash a book of Andersen's fairy tales and the two of them watching the 1984 Holmes series together.
    • Episode 1 features snapshots of the previous singularities, along with some of the people Ritsuka and Mash met in each one.
    • Episode 6 reveals that Ritsuka works out in his spare time to make up for his sub par skill as a magus which was shown in Fate/Grand Order: Moonlight/Lostroom.
    • Episode 7 shows Ritsuka and Mash's encounter with Solomon from London in greater detail.
    • Episode 8 features Kingu saying the Chaos Tide is also known as the mud of the Holy Grail, referring to the corrupted Holy Grail that existed in Fuyuki during Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero.
  • The Corruption: Tiamat's Sea of Life, aka the Chaos Tide, aka Grail mud. Just like Saber before her, Ushiwakamaru is doused in the mud and corrupted into a blackened version of herself.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Ritsuka first meets Ishtar when she crashes into him in episode 1.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: It's heavily implied from the way Ushiwakamaru and Leonidas' weapons ignite with a burning golden energy as they prepare for their Last Stands against Tiamat that they turned them into Broken Phantasms for a last-ditch power-boost, especially evident by how the former's blade begins to crack ominously from the energy flowing through it.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The ED sequence has Mash in monochrome at the start as she observes the colored world outside Chaldea. When she becomes Shielder and leaves Chaldea, she's fully colored and able to see the full grandeur of the night sky.
  • Designer Babies: Mash's origin, created as part of a project to create Demi-Servants.
  • Destructive Savior: A shepherd the main cast meets in episode 6 reveals Ishtar saved him from Demonic Beasts but heavily damaged his fields and took all his gems as payment.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?:
    • Ushiwakamaru does this to Tiamat-Gorgon, mocking her as an amateur at warfare as she Flash Steps all around her to buy time for Ritsuka and co.
    • Leonidas does the same, telling Tiamat-Gorgon "μολὼν λαβέ" or "molon labe", the Ancient Greek equivalent to "Come and get them", referring to his boast to the Persians when told to lay down his arms at Thermopylae.
  • Dire Beast: Ugallu. Even compared to their game sprite, they're huge, even compared to the other Demonic Beasts (and to say nothing of the lions they resemble).
  • Dissonant Serenity: Mash is very disturbed by Quetzalcoatl because she had a smile during her attack on Uruk when she was killing 100 soldiers. It's revealed that's because she wasn't actually killing them.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome:
    • In episode 8 Leonidas using his Noble Phantasm is able to temporarily hold back "Tiamat", realize then reveal her true identity as Gorgon and even pierce a hole through her stomach before he dies as he states humanity is immortal.
    • Subverted in the same episode by Ushiwakamaru, who clearly intended it to be this by sacrificing herself to take out Gorgon. Unfortunately for Ushi, not only does this fail thanks to Gorgon's immortality, she survived but was captured and the enemy have a Fate Worse than Death in store for her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Team A, aka the Crypters of the game's Cosmos in the Lostbelt arc, appear in Episode 0, prior to the point they were introduced in the game.
    • Meunière and Sylvia are seen working in the control room whenever the anime shows Roman and da Vinci at Chaldea; the game introduced the former in Epic of Remnant and the latter in Cosmos in the Lostbelt (though technically they have been working at Chaldea this whole time, just never voiced, seen, or named).
    • Leonidas is briefly shown commanding troops in episode 2 before he's properly introduced in episode 3.
    • In episode 6 Ereshkigal appears with her blonde hair before that design appeared in the game; at this point in the game's story she still looked identical to Ishtar.
  • Episode 0: The Beginning: Episode 0 begins with Mash becoming a Demi-Servant and Romani Walking the Earth, then follows their paths from there to the point Chaldea gets ready to travel to Babylonia, taking the opportunity to do a quick recap of the previous singularities along the way.
  • Every Man Has His Price: The only thing bigger than Ishtar's ego is her greed, especially since she's not getting any more offerings like she once did. Gilgamesh uses this to bribe her into joining their side by giving her a large down payment of a cartful of gold and gems, with up to 30% of the treasure in the Gate of Babylon if she completes the job.
  • Evolving Credits: Episode 9 replaces Ushiwakamaru and Leonidas in the ending sequence with Ereshkigal and Quetzalcoatl.
  • Familial Body Snatcher: Ereshkigal can possess Ishtar's body at night because they were both summoned possessing part of Rin Tohaska's body.
  • Fighting Clown: Jaguarman or Jaguar Warrior in NA is a Divine Spirit strong enough to easily fight and defeat both Mash and Ana which Merlin outright says the current party can't hope to defeat without a god or goddess on their side. Jaguarman is also Fujimura Taiga, with her silliness Up to Eleven (she just flat-out ignores gravity for several seconds until she retrieves her weapon), in a silly cat costume.
  • Flash Back: Episode 4 has multiple from Ritsuka's perspective such as Olga being murdered by Lev or fighting Solomon in the London Singularity.
  • Flash Step: Jaguarman is absurdly fast to the point that neither Mash nor Ana can land a hit on her while she juggles them in the air. She also produces Speed Echoes she can use to confuse her opponents.
  • Food Porn: It wouldn't be a Type-Moon work without it. The feast that the heroes enjoy in episode 3 is lovingly drawn and detailed. Be careful to not salivate.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Extremely subtly in episode 1. The flashback of Enkidu during the Info Dump about their friendship with Gilgamesh shows Enkidu with green eyes. The present-day "Enkidu" that Mash and Ritsuka are talking to has purple eyes. This gives away that "Enkidu" is Not Himself and is actually Kingu.
    • The first opening has a closeup of Ana cut immediately to a closeup of "Tiamat", hinting at their shared true identity: Medusa. In that same vein, episode 9 has a few seconds focused on Ana as Merlin summarizes Gorgon's backstory.
    • The ants seen in a close-up in episode 2 are leafcutter ants, which are native to South and Central America, hinting at Quetzalcoatl's own anachronistic presence in Mesopotamia.
    • Early in episode 4, after killing some Demonic Beasts, Merlin goes on a Exposition Dump about the beasts and their origins. He specifically names Tiamat as the creator of them, giving a heavy piece of foreshadowing to the major reveal of the chapter, as well as hinting towards his knowledge of it.
    • Part of the set-up for Episode 5 involves Ritsuka and Mash retrieving the results of researchers studying the water at the Persian Gulf. When Ritsuka asks Gilgamesh why it's so important, the king doesn't give him a straight answer. It's because under the waters of the Persian Gulf Tiamat is lying asleep and sealed up, and as a result is not yet active.
    • In episode 6 Fou is able to get the inhabitants of the underworld to stop attacking Ritsuka with a shout despite his tiny size, hinting that there's more to him than appears. Granted the payoff for this one doesn't come in Babylonia but in the story arc after it.
    • In episode 8 Kingu makes reference to the mud in the Bloodfort, as well as its name, the Chaos Tide. This foreshadows the major role that the Chaos Tide plays later on and hints at its effects.
    • During Fujimaru's chat with Ishtar by the campfire in episode 9, the viewer is shown a couple of glimpses of the Underworld. This further drives home that it isn't Ishtar that Fujimaru is talking to, but Ereshkigal.
    • In episode 10 Merlin mentions that the bulk of his magical energy is already in use elsewhere. It's being used to keep the sleeping Tiamat enraptured in her dreams.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted with Olga Marie. While in the game her death is quickly put aside in the following chapters and she's not mentioned again, the anime showcases how traumatic was it for Ritsuka to fail saving her back in Fuyuki.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: It's hard to see since there are so many characters onscreen, but Mash is the only one paying attention to Jaguar Warrior when the latter is trying to gain the party's attention in episode 10.
  • Future Spandex: The Chaldea Combat Uniforms are the most spandex-y and science fiction in aesthetic of Chaldea's uniforms; Team A are seen wearing them in episode 0 for Operation F and Ritsuka and Mash don them before entering the Rayshift coffins in episode 1.
  • Game Face: Quetzalcoatl is normally quite pretty to look at, but once she gets serious her eyes narrow into Death Glare while she gives a Slasher Smile filled with very, very sharp teeth.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration:
    • In the game, the NPC Enkidu who joins your party is Purposefully Overpowered. The anime gets this across by having "Enkidu" both easily slaughtering the Demonic Beasts that Mash and Ritsuka were running from in seconds and doing it in an absolutely brutal and bloody way, visibly shocking the two of them.
    • One of Merlin's skills in game is Illusion, which provides the party a turn of invincibility, with it being stated in his Profile that it allows him to create powerful illusions. During the heroes' fight with "Enkidu" in episode 2, Merlin uses this at the start by tapping his staff on the ground, causing "Enkidu" to fight a set of illusions and not the heroes.
    • Gilgamesh's refusal to acknowledge Chaldea after their battle. Originally, the fight was a quest that required you to defeat Gilgamesh; in the anime, the fight is heavily on Gilgamesh's favour and ends with his victory, which justifies more easily his dismissal of Ritsuka and the others.
    • Surprisingly, the fact that Ritsuka can't use other Servant characters aside from Mash. In-story, the Age of Gods is difficult for Chaldea to observe, let alone operate, which is why Servants can't Rayshift to fight alongside Mash.
    • Ritsuka has been shown healing Mash mid-battle. In the game, one of his Master Skills is First Aid.
    • Fighting and defeating Ishtar in episode 6. The anime also justifies Servants beating a Divine Spiritnote  by having Ishtar become unresponsive when the sun goes down.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • While in-game, players can summon lots of different Servants to help them fight, by the first episode the only Servant characters assisting Ritsuka are Mash and da Vinci, the latter being only a Mission Control.
    • Ishtar in the game fights using primarily the Boat of Heaven as a bow. In the anime she sometimes uses it to fight either using beams from her hands, kicks or the sword she has in her card art but never used in the game proper more.
    • While Ritsuka is still a Non-Action Guy, he is a bit more proactive in combat in the anime then in the game, going so far as to physically save Mash from "Enkidu" and also attempt to punch him.
  • Genetic Memory: The fake "Enkidu", Kingu has access to Enkidu's memories due to using Enkidu's body. This, ironically, stops him from killing Gilgamesh in Episode 5.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Jaguar Warrior is so flattered by Fujimaru's flirting that she lets out a a moan loud enough to disturb the birds, while the camera cuts to a flower blooming, and then a suspiciously-shaped plant dripping with some clear liquid. Yeah.
  • Glamour Failure: Ereshkigal has to consciously disguise her appearance as Ishtar while possessing her, and something as minor as a sneeze is enough to turn her hair back to blonde and reveal the clothing she's actually wearing.
  • Go Through Me: Ritsuka attempts this by shielding an injured Ana with his body while imploring Ishtar to stop and talk, but it fails because Ishtar is more than willing and capable of blasting through both of them. She only pauses when she notices Ana's face and stops to examine her.
  • God of Good: Ereshkigal explains that Quetzalcoatl is the goddess of good so nothing good can harm her.
  • God Is Evil: "Enkidu" states that Babylonia is under attack by the Three Goddess Alliance and they have the same goal as Solomon to burn humanity with one of them giving birth to the Demonic Beasts attacking the land.
  • Good All Along: While Quetzalcoatl's very evasive about it, her intention in joining the Three Goddesses Alliance was to protect humanity in the first place; she wanted to "win" the Holy Grail while slowly capturing more Mesopotamian citizens into a conscripted army of supposed human sacrifices or Uruk soldiers she "killed", using the goddesses' ceasefire to eventually defeat them.
  • Gratuitous English: Jaguarman is prone to Calling Your Attacks in English, despite being a Mesoamerican god inhabiting the body of a Japanese high school teacher. Though Said Japanese high school teacher does teach English.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The main threat behind the incineration of human history is the King of Mages Solomon, but he's left it up to the Three Goddess Alliance to do the dirty work of actually erasing human history for good in this Singularity. Characters allude to him throughout the series and he's seen in flashbacks and visions, but otherwise the conflict is squarely centered between Uruk and the various threats targeting the city.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold:
    • Averted. According to Merlin the Mesopotamian gods are blonde (Ishtar only isn't because she's possessing Rin), but in Fate's backstory the Mesopotamian pantheon seeks to dominate humans, and in real life they're famously Jerkass Gods. Even Ereshkigal, who is an absolute sweetheart compared to Ishtar, is not one-hundred percent this trope, as she is perfectly fine killing humans, even if it is for their own sake.
    • Quetzalcoatl plays it straight being a cheerful blond goddess that loves humanity. Despite her talk of sacrifices and her attack on Uruk, she never actually killed anyone and intends on using the men and soldiers as her army against Gorgon when the Three Goddess Alliance ends.
  • Hand Blast: Possibly due to Rin being Ishtar's host, Ishtar can shoot highly deadly mana blasts from her index finger that can behead Uridimmu in one shot.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Unlike the game, the guardsman who gives Ana some sweets does not have a helmet to indicate his friendliness.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Leonidas gives his life to protect Uruk against Gorgon. Subverted by Ushiwakamaru; it looks as though she sacrifices herself at first, but at the end of the same episode it is revealed that she was simply captured. Unfortunately for Ushiwakamaru, Gorgon and Kingu have more sinister plans for her...
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite solving 6 of the 7 Singularities, Ritsuka still just seems himself as an ordinary person that became a master because he was the only one to survive. Being harsh on himself for his failures and seeing himself useless due to his inability to fight. Downplayed as it doesn't seem to bother him much. It also helps that he's not wrong.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Ishtar always hides her kinder side from others such as being frustrated when she lets slip she would have saved people for free but doesn't out of fear of corrupting them.
  • Home Base: Siduri provides the protagonists some accommodations to use for their time in Uruk, which ends up serving as their primary base for their time in this Singularity. Mash dubs it the "Chaldean Embassy".
  • Horrifying the Horror: In episode 6 when Ritsuka accidentally enters the underworld, various spirits attack him for being alive, Fou is able to temporally frighten them with a scream being an alternative version of Primate Murder. Ereshkigal is also terrified of the him, and refers to him as a Beast of Calamity long before the term becomes relevant in the Singularity.
  • Human Resources: The true purpose of the Demonic Beasts isn't to overrun and destroy Uruk, but rather to capture people for Tiamat to use as resources for creating more, stronger Demonic Beasts.
  • I Kiss Your Foot: Ishtar demands Ritsuka do this to establish a Master-Servant contract once she's bribed into joining their side. Mash is not amused.
  • I Know Your True Name: Leonidas manages to figure out who "Tiamat" really is and manages to convey the information to Chaldea and the heroes. Just before his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...:
    • A flashback scene shows Solomon curb-stomping Ritsuka's allies before saying that he'll simply ignore Chaldea unless they acquire all seven holy grails, making it extremely clear that he could have stopped Chaldea any time he wanted to.
    • Gilgamesh points out that if "Enkidu" seriously wanted to kill them, he would have already, regardless of whether or not Gilgamesh were present to face him. This is shown by the fact that "Enkidu" managed to open a portal behind Gilgamesh to bind him to the ground before throwing down a bombardment that would have killed Gil had "Enkidu" not had a painful Flashback at the time.
  • Ignored Enemy: Jaguar Warrior tries to hype things up when the party returns to her jungle, but everyone except Mash ignores her in favor of discussing the situation.
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: Ishtar, actually Ereshkigal reveals that the Three Goddess Alliance is actually a nonaggression pact till one of them gains the Holy Grail that Gilgamesh holds. Said pact prevents the goddesses from attacking or even revealing crucial information about each other. Episode 8 even has Kingu warn "Tiamat" that once they get the Grail from Gilgamesh, the other two goddesses will attack.
  • Insufferable Genius: Merlin is one of the most talented magi to ever walk the Earth and he's sure to make sure you remember that.
  • Internal Homage: When Ritsuka lands in the underworld and is saved by "Zisu-dra" they are positioned in the scene exactly the same as the iconic scene of Saber being summoned by a floored Shirou.
  • It Never Gets Any Easier: While on retreat from Ur, Ana wonders to Ritsuka if after all of his travels he grew accustomed to leave people behind when the situation was untenable. Ritsuka almost quotes the trope verbatim, stating how it's painful to be unable to save people.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gilgamesh may still be an arrogant prick who laughs at people when they fail to appeal to him, but he's king to his subjects, works around the clock to keep Uruk running, and is humanity's most powerful defender against the Three Goddess Alliance.
  • Jungle Japes: A humid and anachronistic jungle has invaded part of Mesopotamia, around the cities of Ur and Eridu. It reminds Mash of the jungles that covered Earth in the time of the dinosaurs, and is home to both Jaguar Warrior and the person she refers to as "Kuku", Quetzalcoatl.
  • Kick Chick:
    • Mash frequently uses her shield as a vaulting pole to land kicks on her opponents, in contrast to her usage of it as a battering ram in the game.
    • Ishtar makes extensive use of kicks when going into hand-to-hand combat, flying straight at an Uridimmu before nearly kicking it in half with a 720 degree spinning kick. This was later adapted in-game to tie into the show, replacing firing larger magical arrows for some of her Buster animations with spinning kicks.
  • Kill Them All: "Tiamat" loathes humanity and desires their complete extinction. The only reason she didn't destroy Uruk in episode 8 is because Kingu pointed out that the other goddess in the Three Goddess Alliance would attack them once Uruk was destroyed and their preparations for that wasn't complete yet.
  • Killer Rabbit: Played for Laughs. The normally sweet and adorable Fou becomes unusually aggressive around Merlin, leaping at him in a spinning tackle before trying to beat him to death with his paws. Subtitles translate Fou's noises as "Die, Merlin! Die!"
    • Happens again with Ereshkigal. She identifies Fou as a "Beast of Calamity," to which Fou responds by hopping on her shoulder...and smacking her cheek with his paw.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Merlin knows when facing gods, sometimes the only option is to escape to fight another day.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • Episode 0 reveals several late game twists like Marisbury winning the Holy Grail War, his eventual death, and Mash's origins as a Demi-Servant.
    • Episode 1 casually spoils that the Heroic Spirit fused with Mash is Galahad, that her true Noble Phantasm is Lord Camelot, and that Solomon is the Big Bad. Justified, as these are all major twists that already were revealed at this point in the game, so their impact has to be conveyed or else audiences would be confused.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Hilariously subverted. The goofball Merlin looks like he's finally going to get serious against Gorgon and show everyone why he's one of the greatest mages of all time. At least, until he's threatened with petrification to get around his immortality. Cue Merlin cowering behind Mash and Ritsuka.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Both Ishtar and Jaguar Warrior are lightning fast, brutally effective in close quarter combat, and can easily parry any and all of Mash and Ana's attacks.
  • Loophole Abuse: Merlin appearing as a Servant should be impossible because Merlin is still alive in Avalon. Merlin states it's only possible because he was summoned in an age before his birth thus is technically dead and that his master is very powerful.
  • Loves Only Gold: Ishtar loves gems to the point that Gilgamesh schemes to uses her adoration to bribe her to joining their side with 30% of the gems in his treasury. Ishtar had a panic attack out of pure joy when she heard the offer .
  • Male Gaze: The first episode has several butt shots of Ishtar and Mash when they're fighting against the beasts.
  • Master of Illusion: Merlin shows his skill when he is able to trick "Enkidu" with illusions mere minutes after meeting them.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Downplayed. Merlin loudly boasts about surpassing all other Casters in skill and power, much to da Vinci's and Dr. Roman's irritation. Roman is also quick to point out that Merlin is useless in direct combat, which Merlin does not deny.
  • Mook: A rather extreme example when Jaguar Warrior summons her Jaguar Underlings to fight the party while she makes her escape. They're so irrelevant that the camera cuts away immediately after their introduction and everyone pretends that they never existed.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The busts in Marisbury's room are taken from the iconic pictures of the main Servant classes.
    • The activation of Mash's Demi-Servant powers uses the same three rings from the game's summoning animation for a Servant.
    • The montage at the end of episode 0 shows Cu Chulainn facing against a grail mud-corrupted Emiya, which didn't happen in the game (Emiya was a Shadow Servant in the Fuyuki chapter and swiftly defeated as the final obstacle before fighting Altria Alter) but did happen in the First Order OVA.
    • Gilgamesh is shown in flashbacks in his "unleashed"/"full-power" outfit—originally seen in Fate/hollow ataraxia (better known in-game as his 3rd Ascension outfit). It is implied, continuity-wise, that he mostly wore his full-plate armor (as shown in Zero / stay night before he met Enkidu), and went around topless during his adventures with Enkidu.
    • In episode 1 Ishtar makes the exact same expression Rin made in an episode of Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works].
    • Episode 3 has Ishtar go on what can be best be described as a tsundere rant and then lose her temper afterwards just like Rin did when Lancer Cu found Shirou and Rin after Illya's death in Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works].
    • In "Enkidu's" flashback in episode 5, the flowers next to Gilgamesh when he's sitting down are the same type of flowers that Enkidu gives the player for Valentine's Day in the game.
    • Episode 6 shows a confrontation between Ishtar and Ritsuka’s group that mirrors Rin’s pre-combat exchange with Shirou in Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works].
    • When Leonidas uses his Noble Phantasm in episode 8, instead of its appearance from the mobile game (which is just a Battle Aura) it instead takes inspiration from his animations in the arcade fighting game, with the Spartan shields floating in formation at his sides.
    • The werejaguars that Jaguar Warrior calls in as reinforcements in episode 10 all mimic their sprites and their movements from the mobile game.
    • Jaguar Warrior is sure to remind everyone that Servants die when they're killed, repeating Shirou's most (in)famous quote from the original Fate/Stay Night anime.
  • Mood Whiplash: In episode 4 the dark revelation that the people of Ur are sacrificing one man a day to keep the Demonic Beasts away from them is followed immediately by a wacky fight with the over-the-top comedic Jaguar Warrior. What's more the sky is gray and cloudy to fit the former reveal even while Jaguar Warrior is yelling silly attack names in Engrish.
    • In episode 8 the horror that comes with Gorgon's appearance is offset by Merlin panicking and begging for protection when Gorgon unleashes her Mystic Eyes.
  • Naked on Arrival: In a flashback to when several priests summoned Ishtar and Ereshkigal, she materializes naked with Godiva Hair.
  • Neck Lift: When Ritsuka stumbles into the underworld, the spirits there try to strangle him and lift him up into the air by his neck. He's only saved when the spirits are scared off by Fou's shout.
  • Noble Demon: Enkidu, actually Kingu fully intends to exterminate humanity and replace them but he draws the line at excessive violence and doesn't like children being harmed.
  • Non-Action Guy:
    • Ritsuka barely qualifies as a magus and is a mere human compared to Servants. As a result, all he can do is provide tactical support and some supportive magecraft while Mash and Ana do most of the fighting.
    • Despite Merlin's boasts about surpassing all other Casters, Dr. Roman points out that Merlin is virtually useless in combat, which he does not deny. Instead, he can use his powerful illusions and teleportation to make a quick getaway when it's time to run.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Gilgamesh does this during his brief scuffle with Mash and Ana, easily avoiding some of their blows with a blank expression and using strategic firing of his staffs from the Gate of Babylon to counter other blows.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Leonidas picks up Ritsuka from behind without warning and feels him up all over to gauge his muscle tone, much to Ritsuka's and Mash's embarrassment.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • All of Gilgamesh's soldiers flee for cover when Ishtar arrives, knowing full well that they can't stand up to the goddess of power and war.
    • Ishtar has one when the main cast talk about Gugalanna and how powerful it is in episode 9 because she lost it.
  • Older and Wiser: Gilgamesh in this Singularity is from the end of "Epic of Gilgamesh". As such, he is much more responsible and a good king that cares for his kingdom, especially compared to the tyrant he was in Fate/stay night. Ritsuka lampshades this when he first meets Gilgamesh due to Merlin only talking about Gilgamesh as he was during the Epic.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: Whenever Kingu responds to the original Enkidu's memories (such as when Ritsuka cries out for Gilgamesh), his scenes and moments with Gil tend to flicker in and out with a scratching, sound static. Kingu's pupils also visually start pixellating as he remembers more.
  • Out-of-Character Alert:
    • In episode 5 Gilgamesh knows something is wrong when "Enkidu" states Gilgamesh's fighting style, using portals to fire weapons, is the most efficient way of fighting. He explains that Enkidu actually disliked his fighting style, even saying it was a massive waste of energy. Which is why he accepted that this "Enkidu" in front of him was a fake easily. He even openly mocks this "Enkidu's" condescending fighting style, in contrast to the real Enkidu's tendency for Dissonant Serenity.
    • There are subtle hints that Ereshkigal has taken over Ishtar's body after the cast tie her up such as Ishtar being openly kind to the cast while she usually has a Hidden Heart of Gold and she has no idea what Ritsuka means when he says he's the last master of humanity when she even taunted Ritsuka over needing her help if he was going to stop the incineration of humanity when they met in episode 1.
      • This goes further in episode 9. During their talk by the campfire overnight, Ishtar behaves unusually shyly as she converses with Fujimaru. She seems to think that Fujimaru hates and/or fears her, blushes like a lovestruck schoolgirl repeatedly, and even her manner of speech changes. Fujimaru further catches on when she sneezes and her hair turns blonde for a brief second.
  • Physical God: Several, three of which have united together to eliminate humanity. It should be noted that with the sole exception of Tiamat they are all handicapped due to not being in their original forms.
    • While Ishtar isn't at her strongest due to using Rin as her host, she is still an incredibly powerful Servant, as seen when she easily kills a small herd of Uridimmu when Mash mildly struggled to kill two of them. She also easily defeats Ana in the throne room of Uruk and only halts her assault when she realizes who Ana is and what her role is. Given that she's the goddess of power and war, this is to be expected.
    • Jaguar Warrior, a bunrei related to the Aztec god Tezcatlipoca, mops the floor with both Mash and Ana upon first meeting her despite being doubly handicapped; one by having to possess a human and two by not being on the land they originated on. Merlin states plainly that they have no hope of fighting her unless they also have someone with divinity on their side, and the group is forced to retreat.
    • Gorgon is a bit of a strange case. She is a monster but is also a god which is strictly speaking impossible. The higher one's monster value is the lower your divinity values are. She gets around this by using the grail to grant her the divinity she had before becoming a monster.
  • Physical Hell: This is the Age of Gods so places like The Underworld, domain of the goddess Ereshkigal, exist on Earth and can be reached without the usual method of dying. Ritsuka ends up in the Underworld after taking a wrong turn in the abandoned town of Kutha, and has to be bailed out by Fou and the First Hassan.
  • Power Limiter: Merlin attributes his general uselessness to investing much of his magic power elsewhere.
  • The Power of Friendship: Much like Iskandar shown before him (and unlike in-game), Leonidas is shown to summon wraith-like versions of his 300 Spartan compatriots in Thermopylae. They could, as a collective, throw spears to damage the opponent (albeit Leonidas's is the strongest throw), and is the key component of Thermopylae Enomotia: rendering their 300+ shields as a curtain-wall of defense that, depending on the opponent, can function much like Rho Aias.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: In general the anime cuts out the various inconsequential fights against the smaller Demonic Beasts the players had to do in the singularity for the story to flow better.
    • Episode 0 focuses on Mash in her original Rei Ayanami Expy state as a young girl, but the meat of the series is set well after she opens up. Since her character development happened in the previous singularities that were not part of the anime, the ending of episode 0 provides a montage of those stories while characters from them speak to Mash about why humanity is great (all of which are real things they said during the game).
    • Episode 3 has Ritsuka and Mash helping out around Uruk like in the game. Unlike the game however, where the chapters were combat chapters where the characters helped out with a seemingly innocent task only for there to be battle for the sake of gameplay, the anime simply skips the middleman and actually shows them busy at work. Since those chapters in-game are quite lengthy (and even then there's a lot implied to be abridged as they report to Gilgamesh) and engage in a more tone-breaking sense of humor, this gets across Uruk as a fully living city, why Mash and Ritsuka are going to protect it, and what exactly Gilgamesh values from his citizens.
    • Episode 4 shows Da Vinci and Romani discussing how Rayshifting to the Age of Gods is almost impossible for Chaldea. This serves as explanation for why Ritsuka can't summon aid from Chaldea, as well as a way to keep the cast easy to follow.
    • In the game after Ishtar joins the heroes, Ereshkigal starts having nightly talks with Ritsuka possessing Ishtar's body but changes Ishtar's appearance to her own during the conversations. In the anime her appearance only changes for a brief second whenever she sneezes, and the effects vary from just her hair to her entire wardrobe.
    • In the game you fight Jaguar warrior again and befriend her after beating her. In the anime, the fight is shortened to Ishtar firing a half-assed shot at Jaguar warrior then Ritsuka seducing Jaguar Warrior with questionable compliments.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Jaguar Warrior pulls off the kicking variant to break through Ana's guard.
  • Really Gets Around: While Ritsuka and Ana are working, Merlin is seen cavorting with the local women as much as possible. Justified, as he's half-incubus and needs to keep up his strength.
  • Red Baron: Ritsuka is known to Gilgamesh as humanity's last master.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: "Enkidu"'s eyes turn red during their Sanity Slippage scene at the end of episode 5.
  • Royal Brat: Ishtar is the daughter of the Mesopotamia pantheon head god An, and shows her more unpleasant side when she refuses to listen to Ritsuka and leaves him and Mash to deal with the remaining Uridimmu, saying that if he can't deal with this, he can't stop the incineration of the world.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Compared to his Archer version, Gilgamesh is exceptionally hard-working here and is rarely seen not working and administrating when he isn't fighting. He's also Uruk's most powerful defender who can screw around with even the goddess Ishtar.
  • Seers: Roman states that all potential Grand Casters are seers but what they can see vary, Solomon can see the past and future, Gilgamesh can see the future and Merlin can see the present.
  • Scenery Porn: The last third of episode one mainly comprises of Ritsuka, Mash, and "Enkidu" walking around the beautifully desolate forests and grasslands of Mesopotamia.
  • Schmuck Bait: In Chaldea's rematch with Ishtar, Ritsuka challenges Ishtar to a one-on-one duel with all of his Servants out of sight. Ishtar mocks him for it, but ends up taking the bait when he refuses to back down. Cue Ana chaining Ishtar's leg from behind and slamming her into the ground. That said, it only worked because Ishtar was then possessed by Ereshkigal due to the setting sun knocking her out.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Ushiwakamaru and Leonidas are defeated by Gorgon with nothing to show for it other than revealing Gorgon's true identity to the heroes. Their Last Stand does no lasting damage to her and she would have continued rampaging had Kingu not convinced her to hold back and gather more strength for fighting the other two goddesses, meaning all the heroes' efforts trying to stop her were for nothing. To add insult to injury, Ushiwakamaru is captured and Reforged into a Minion.
  • Shield Bash: Due to Mash's Noble Phantasm being a shield, she regularly uses it as a weapon.
  • Shipper on Deck: Merlin tells Ritsuka to take Mash on a date on their day off, then walks away laughing as the two blush.
  • Shock and Awe: Gilgamesh extensively uses magical lightning while battling "Enkidu" in Episode 5.
  • Shout-Out: Episode 0 reveals that Mash and Dr. Roman made a habit of watching Granada Productions' Sherlock Holmes; the episode specifically depicted in the anime is the very first episode, "A Scandal in Bohemia".
    • Leonidas' defiant spear throw towards Gorgon during his Last Stand mirrors that of his famous last moments in 300, albeit without the memetic roar.
    • When the party meets up with Jaguar Warrior again, she brandishes her staff and begins making a Badass Boast, only for an annoyed Ishtar to shoot her in the face mid-sentence just like Indiana Jones. However, Jaguar Warrior is strong enough to survive it with only a small bruise to show.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The ants seens carrying off leaves and a beetle in episode 4 are leafcutter ants, not native to Mesopotamia at all, but to Central America. This offers a hint to the coming of "Jaguarman" to those with sharp eyes.
    • The game that the kids in Uruk are playing in episode 5 is a real ancient Mesopotamian board game, called the Royal Game of Ur.
  • Sinister Scythe: Ana's weapon is a small scythe on an extremely long chain.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Dr. Roman hates Merlin and Ishtar hates Gilgamesh. The feeling is mutual for Gilgamesh albeit he doesn't think highly of her, but meanwhile Merlin doesn't take Roman seriously in the least bit. Ana later gains a grudge against Jaguar Warrior for losing in battle against her, but Jaguar Warrior is too easygoing and powerful to really care about it.
  • Spoiler Opening: Ereshkigal is shown twice in the first opening, including one shot that focuses directly on her. She doesn't show up until much later in the plot and was originally a surprise character in the game.
  • Spotting the Thread: Leonidas quickly deduces that the Tiamat he's fighting is not the actual Tiamat because no legend states that she has Mystic Eyes and she's far too familiar with Greek deities and legends when interacting with him, allowing him to reveal her true identity as Gorgon, the monstrous version of Medusa.
  • Super Empowering: Gorgon is much more powerful than normal thanks by borrowingg Tiamat's Authority, giving her the ability to spawn the Demonic Beasts and the Chaos Tide.
  • Super Toughness: Even after glorious last stands, one of which left a hole in Gorgon's torso, she walks away from the fight like it was nothing, all without using the Holy Grail's power.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Ritsuka and Mash wonder why Gilgamesh is joining them on their task for episode 5, he denies that he's taking a break or that he's bored and then asks that they tell him a story to entertain him.
  • Symbiotic Possession:
    • Mash shares her body with the Heroic Spirit Galahad.
    • The Mesopotamian Goddess Ishtar uses Rin Tohaska's body so she can be summoned to the world despite the Age of Gods nearing its end. It's because Rin was the most ideal vessel for Ishtar's personality.
    • The Jaguar Warrior, a Mesoamerican guardian spirit, has possessed the body of Taiga Fujimura, Shirou's English teacher and big sister figure from Fate/stay night.
    • The Mesopotamian Goddess of the Underworld Ereshkigal also used Rin's body. It's suggested that Ishtar and Ereshkigal were once a singular goddess before they split thus why Ereshkigal was also summoned when the High Priestess of Uruk summoned Ishtar.
  • Taken for Granite: It wouldn't be Gorgon without her eyes of petrification. The mere presence of Cybele is enough to scare the crap out of Merlin, and Leonidas falls victim to it in his valiant defense of Uruk.
  • Takes One to Kill One: Proper Divine Spirits are basically invincible unless fighting another of their kind, as the heroes find out in their encounters with Jaguarman and Gorgon. They decide to get around this by bribing the infamously greedy Ishtar to fight for them.
  • Time Abyss: In episode 6 the old man identifies himself as Ziusu-dra, who many consider being the prototype of the biblical Noah. This would make him absolutely ancient even during this show's ancient setting. Of course its left ambiguous whether he was telling the truth or not about his name, seeing as he's later revealed to be King Hassan in disguise.
  • Time-Compression Montage:
    • For the first six singularities in episode 0, summarizing Mash's character development as she learns about humanity.
    • Episode 3 compresses several chapters of Ritsuka and Mash working together in Uruk and slowly accruing credit to make themselves worthy of Gilgamesh's time, which is established to be about a month's time in episode 4.
  • The Time of Myths: The story is set during the Age of Gods, when magic was commonplace and gods were real. That being said it's set near the end of the Age of Gods, so gods can't manifest their full selves anymore and need to possess human bodies to appear. The trigger that started the downfall of the Age of Gods is elaborated on in Fate/Extella, and the age fully came to an end when the calendar switched from B.C. to A.D., beginning the Age of Man.
  • Title Drop: The "Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia" is revealed at the end of episode one to be the name for humanity's bastion against the horde of Demonic Beasts.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Gilgamesh in this anime is far kinder compared to his previous portrayals in Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night as shown in episode 5 when he happily praises his children subjects as well as taking Mash's light-hearted jab in stride.
  • Tsundere: Even if she is merely possessing Rin, Ishtar still very much acts like how you would expect. For example, she insists that she doesn't care about Uruk, while ranting about how she can't destroy it as its patron goddess. Gilgamesh is one as well, as despite claiming he had no use of Ritsuka and Mash, has Siduri give them a base and takes care of their needs.
  • Wall Run: Jaguar Warrior casually runs along walls during her fight with Masha and Ana.
  • Wave Motion Sword: Despite admitting that he's useless in a direct fight, Merlin pulls out a Holy Sword-like Mystic Code against Ishtar that looks suspiciously like Excalibur.
  • White Mage: Both Ritsuka and Merlin admit they're useless in a straight fight so they use their magecraft in other ways.
    • Ritsuka has been showing healing Mash in combat as well as teleporting her near Gilgamesh in their test fight against Gilgamesh in episode 3.
    • Merlin can create illusions, give the group speedy escapes and boost allies. This is game accurate since Merlin is one of the best support servants with mediocre attack for his rarity.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Ishtar's power is shown when she easily defeats Mash and Ana at the same time in episode 3.
    • Jaguar Warrior's ability is also showcased by taking down Mash and Ana with ease. This is right after Mash brings up that her powers are derived from a Knight of the Round, who are all powerful, famous Servants.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Chaldea is only able to defeat Ishtar because she had been possessed by Ereshkigal at the time, preventing her from seeing through their obvious Schmuck Bait.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Within the Bloodfort, Kingu is shown allowing a small group of children to escape.
  • Worthy Opponent: Gorgon shows Leonidas respect for having resisted her Mystic Eyes, identifying her, and wounding her all in quick succession. She considers his Last Stand a heroic death.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: As a designer baby, Mash's cells degrade much quicker than a normal human's, giving her a limited lifespan.

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