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A small corollary before we start: there has yet to be a division between Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero stories in The yardstick is that if it uses Fate/stay night characters and events as the main driving force of the story, it belongs here. If it crosses with Fate/Zero, please note so.

Well then, with that out of the way... Proof that the remaining 10% is worth being killed for here, provided you don't die when you are killed:

These are recommendations made by tropers for Fate/stay night fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. After a few samples, you will probably be able to judge whether you might be interested in the story based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be consumed by the Shadow. Nobody would back up the recommendation.


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  • Complete: The story has been completed.
  • Ongoing: The story is being updated on a regular basisnote , or has received an update after a significant absence.
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  • Dormant: The story has not been updated in a fairly long time (six months to a year or more) but the author has not pronounced it dead.
  • Dead: The story has not been updated in several years, or the author has specifically said that it will not be updated.

Note: Stories listed as Dormant or Dead will be changed to Ongoing if/when they receive updates. If you see a recommendation with a blank status, and you're familiar with the fanfic, please add the correct status.

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  • Recommended by Captchacritter, Stevethecornmuffin, Darandomuser, nitewind, Pastykake
  • Arashi's speciality - strong characterization (such as nearly flawless control over writing the sort development he wants his Shirou Emiya, in the case of FSN fanfiction, to experience in order to be a "protagonist" for a certain type of story) and tasteful, thought-provoking thematic elements within his writing. Arashi also has a good handle on action scenes for when the story calls for it, Nasuworldbuilding as relevant, and romance. An up-and-coming powerhouse in fanfiction, though as of late he's been slipping in output speed when compared to his old days. A few of his works happen to be individually recommended below, uncoincidentally.
  • Some jumps in logic that require suspense of disbelief might be necessary for a few instances in a select few of his stories, but overall they're still notably high quality AND in high numbers to boot.

Beast's Lair Type Moon Fanworks Thread

  • Recommended by Chaosjunction, Aokuchi, nitewind, Pastykake
  • As the name suggests, this is the fanworks thread over on Beast's Lair, one of the best Type-Moon fansites. Many great stories, including some of those recommended here, can by found on this thread. Note that the original site was shut down by ProBoards at short notice. Many of the stories have since been put back up. Note also that most threads on Beast's Lair have massive amounts of discussion and off topic posting so story-centric navigation can range anywhere from "difficult" to "flat out impossible" for authors who do not post links to chapters. BL also has its own Recommended Fanfiction page, which has many stories there that aren't even yet on this particular list.


  • Recommended by darkestjudgmentisblack, Captchacritter, Darandomuser, nitewind, Cherry_Lover, Pastykake
  • A very prominent figure within the English-speaking Type-MOON fan community, and with good reason: the quality and quantity of her work is approved by a great majority of said community because of witty dialogues, a feel for storytelling, and a dollop of written erotica here and there to spice things up. Elf's many works have gotten much exposure through the years. She's notably a fan of Archer, and most of her works will proudly and prominently feature the Counter Guardian. She knows how to have everyone in her stories have fun without reaching the proverbial "what the derp am I reading" levels, though as per usual Your Mileage May Vary there since she tends to use Fate/hollow ataraxia-styled scenarios as her bread and butter. Elf is also a published author, so if you find that you like her works you can check out more of those on her appropriate webpages. Some of her work happens to be individually recommended below in the lower sections, too.


  • Recommended by Pastykake
  • Megkips has a modest collection of short stories mostly focused on the timeline of Waver Velvet, starting with scenes with Rider in the fourth war and moving through his days as Lord El-Melloi II; a lot of them involve his mentoring of Rin, so the rec' is posted here as well. There are also a few focusing on Iskandar or Gilgamesh. The prose in all of them is beautifully written, and the grammar is great.


  • Recommended by Pastykake
  • TwilightsCall only has a few short stories availablenote , but they are exceedingly well written. The characterization is great, the dialogue sounds natural, and his spelling/grammar is superb.


  • Recommended by Stevethecornmuffin, Darandomuser, nitewind
  • Vel is especially famous (infamous?) for writing I Put on my Robe and Wizard Hat (see below for more details). He knows just when to lay down the silly and fun and when to bring on the truly awesome and entertaining. His choices in subject matter are varied and it seems as if he has no shortage of quirky ideas that just beg to be written. However, in spite of his willingness to hit up humor, it's not mindless comedy and actually is quite canon-compliant, thoughtful, and free-minded, which is either wholly underappreciated or misused by lesser authors. If you like Crazy Is Cool sprinkled with touches of drama to taste then perhaps this is a cat for you. Also has a account for other works not necessarily of the Type-MOON variety in the form of Ol'Velsper

    General Fics 

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

And Hell Followed With Them by AshenDream (Link)

  • Recommended by transparentanswer, Pastykake
  • Status: Dormant; last updated September 2020
  • Synopsis: Ten years after Kiritsugu Emiya summoned a Servant that should have been out of reach, the First Hassan-i-Sabbah, the original Old Man of the Mountain, the Fifth Holy Grail War has begun. Shirou Emiya, Master to an Assassin whose very existence threatens to tear him apart, must finish what his father began- and the First Hassan is not the only impossibility that stalks Fuyuki City.
  • Comments: An AU where Shirou summons the first Hassan-i-Sabbah, the Old Man of The Mountain, instead of Saber in the Grail War. Things stayed the same yet there are subtle changes brought by the fact that Kiritsugu and Shirou summon Assassin. Gilgamesh's Death by Adaptation before the start of Fate/stay night and Sakura being the master of Medb instead of Medusa are some of the examples. Integrates lore from later Nasuverse works, especially Fate/Grand Order. —transparentanswer

Avalon:First Order by FiendLurcher

  • Recommended by Stepnario
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The long separated lovers who reunited in Avalon awaken to the prologue of mankind's destruction. Prompted by the sight of Fuyuki in flames, they set forth to fight together once more.
  • Comments: An interesting What-If regarding Shirou and Saber, who just like Merlin, reside in Avalon. Thus beyond the destruction of humanity, they are called forth to help out Chaldea during their first Singularity. Based on the First Order OVA to a large part, but similar enough to the game to not matter.

The Babysitter of Heroes by Laurence-Wu

  • Recommended by raziel123
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Benjamin is your average college student, he lived a simple life. But when he move to his grandpa's house, find golden cup which appears a Holy Grail that summons several servants in flesh and blood. He must not only deal with servants moving into his house but stop them from killing each other and cause chaos in the city. He did not sign up to be a caretaker for the Heroes AU 2005.

Battle Continuation bygoldenteaset

  • Recommended by Zoic Alcelaphine, Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "There’s a slight hesitation, as if his Master’s weighing the value of his name. (A wise choice, considering its power.) Then, he stares up at Lancer and says clearly 'I’m Emiya Shirou. You can call me Shirou, if you want.' 'Shirou, huh…?' Lancer tastes the name on his tongue, suspecting he’s pronouncing it wrong, but then its bearer doesn’t seem to mind. 'Say, that name suits you.'" An alternate Fate route, with Lancer as Shirou's Servant.

Behind Closed Doors by Moczo

Birth By Fire by SatireSwift

  • Recommended by Xenertor
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Shirou Kotomine was found by his adopted father the day of the Fuyuki City Fire, and trained under the priest for 10 years to follow in his footsteps as an Executor. Still, Shirou never really trusts the man, and the bleakness of the hidden world of magic does little to help his worldview. When the Holy Grail Chose him for the next war, Fire will beget more Fire.
  • Comments: An interesting AU where Shirou was instead found and adopted by Kotomine, trained in the ways of the Executor and participates in the fifth Holy Grail war.

Burning Crusade by nexusmaster

  • Recommended by 4seasons
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This boy, this... Slayer of Heroes. He will begin a Crusade etched with flames, a Burning Crusade.
  • Comments: This is the most epic fanfic sequel for Fate/stay night. A fanfic involve with some returning characters (including some familiar characters from Fate/hollow ataraxia), siding with the Angels to battle against the Demons, more opposing Heroic Spirits, and the Corrupted Grail. This fanfic contains a lot of Funny, Heartwarming, Awesome, and even a tearjerking moment and is definitely worth reading. The epilogue hints at a sequel, which hasn't been published, but the author started a prequel of it, Crimson, which is currently on hiatus. —4seasons

Café of the Round by LunaChi KuroShihone (Link)

  • Recommended by: 017Bluefield (a.k.a. Zero Seventeen Bluefield)
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2017
  • Synopsis: In which the Knights of the Round Table are reincarnated into modern-day Britain, and are working in a café. No, really. Bakery-AU. Chapter/Drabble length between 300-1000 words. Includes: Saber/Shiro, Guinevere/Lancelot.
  • Tags: Alternate Universe Fic, W.A.F.F.

Chaos Theory by Moczo (link)

  • Recommended by J the Drafter, Comartemis, Unclouded TJ, Cherry_Lover, Darkholme, StevetheCornMuffin, ItsaRandomUsername, nitewind, Caellach Tiger Eye, Leidolf, lampyridae, piattish, Pastykake, Satoshikyu, Draconic
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A random act of kindness on the first night of the Grail War alters the course of the entire conflict when Shirou makes nice with Ilya.
  • Comments: First of all the writing is excellent. It's thoughtful, it conveys information without getting bogged down in it, and it's spiced with some occasional humor. The idea is clever, for its simplicity and its sheer plausibility.

Childcare is War by St. Parasu

  • Recommended by Andyzero, Universalperson, TenFour, Cherry_Lover
  • Status:
  • Synopsis: Counter-Guardians are not affected by Time Paradox. When Archer is summoned by the child versions of Rin and Sakura, he discovers there's something more Gar than being a hero and more altering than the Holy Grail itself: a loving father.
  • Comments: Non-H Doujinshi. There is a fanfic continuation on the author's website. However, it is entirely in Japanese. A translation can be found here. The author's website even has a fan audio drama.

Clarent Blood Arthur by King of Beasts

  • Recommended by Prometheus117
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: What happens when Ilyasviel von Einzbern summons a different Berserker for the 5th War? More importantly, what if the one she summoned has an axe to grind against a certain King of Knights?
  • Comments: A story in which Ilya summons Mordred, the Knight of Treachery as her Berserker Servant. This unlikely duo of children with serious abandonment issues proves itself to be quite the entertaining pair, and their interactions change things quite a bit from canon (not the least of which is the fact that Mordred actually has the ability to speak with Ilya, unlike Heracles). In addition, Jeanne d'Arc as Ruler also makes an appearance, along with both Lancelot and Gawain as her "retainers". There's plenty of moments of funny and awesome throughout the story, and a big part of it seems to be building up Ilya and her Servant beginning to reconcile with their family members, along with a battle with Gilgamesh. Highly entertaining, would recommend to any Mordred fans or anyone wanting to see a story with her in the original Fifth Holy Grail War.

Continuation of the Dream by Caphriel

  • Recommended by Elven Queen, nitewind
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: That which was lost. That which is regained. A wish that could not be granted, and a miracle she did not wish for. In the end, she finally found happiness. This is a story of Arturia Pendragon. Fate route sequel.
  • Pairings: Shirou/Saber, mostly in the background.
  • Comments: This fic gives an original, not to mention mind-bogglingly simple, take on how Saber could survive the Battle of Camlann and (eventually) return to the modern era. Caphriel does very well in characterizing Saber, the OCs are realistic and even fun to read about, and the grammar and spelling is top notch. Really, my only complaint is that the fic hasn't been updated in over a year. —Elven Queen
  • Seven years. It's been seven years. This is well, and truly, dead. —hanwen1234.
  • Or not, apparently. Caphriel has updated once more, and has apparently finished the fic, pending upload to —

Contractual Obligations by DeerShifter and UniverseCreator

  • Recommended by Whovian, Pastykake
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Fate is a fickle thing. Time and time again, the Once and Future King has woken from her slumber to aid her country in its time of need. The World could not refuse her plea, her prophecy, but it has entered a never-ending loop as a result. Fed up, Alaya sends one of her dogs to fetch the key to a new Guardian.

Cooled Ambition by Kratoserving

  • Recommended by Comartemis, OpMegs, TenFour, Cherry_Lover
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Another take on the "Rin as Counter Guardian" plotline.
  • Comments: Superficially it seems like a copy off of Endless Dream, with so many similarities in the early plot that one is tempted to sound the plagiarism alarm. However the story is different enough to stand on its' own, and recent chapters have been diverging farther and farther away from Endless Dream.

Dear Tohsaka by tobias (link)

  • Recommended by xm0123, Cherry_Lover, TenFour, Ximsol182, piattish, Draconic
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set after the UBW True End, Sakura writes a letter to Rin detailing her life and feelings.
  • Comments: One chapter long, but incredibly powerful. By the end, I wanted to give Sakura a hug. This is definitely a tearjerker, but well worth the read for anyone who's played the visual novel. And Tsukihime as well, since a character from that features in this. Also has a sequel, Dear Emiya, which is also powerful. And be sure to read Dear Matou, the conclusion to the "Letters" series. The quality seen in the first two letters carries through just as well.

Dishwashing, by ShockingRevelations

The Emiya Grail War by twoDrunkScientist

  • Recommended by threetoedsloth, Pastykake, Unclouded TJ
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In the many multiverses of Fate/stay night there is one constant; the Grail is a dick. Due to a "glitch" in the system the fifth Holy Grail War will be fought by Emiya Shirou, all seven of them.
  • Comments: An alternate grail war where every servant is some alternate universe version of EMIYA. There's a lot of fun in seeing how the different EMIYAs interact with each other as they come from different routes and have opinions that are at odds with each other. It's a lot of fun, if only for EMIYA!Saber. —threetoedsloth

Endless Dream by Pata Hikari

  • Recommended by Universalperson, OpMegs, TenFour, nitewind
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: When Sakura makes her Servant, she gets a Caster-type. One with a special connection to her. Note: Original fic has been scrapped, is being rewritten. The new version can be now found here.
  • Comments: In a sense, this premise has been done before in canon but it works extremely well, and is also (more importantly) well written. Highlights include: Caster's plans backfiring, a subtle subversion of the "You Lost Me" meme and Rider and Sakura as Sentai.

Escaping Fate by Arashi Leonheart

  • Recomended by Pata Hikari, nitewind, Darandomuser
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Shirou saves a young girl from a magus's experiment. With nowhere for her to go, he adopts her.
  • Comments: A brilliant take on a post-Fate Shirou. Best read on Beast's Lair because the author includes links to music to help set the mood of each scene.

F/SN - Prismatic Chaos by Ayleris Now on!

  • Recommended by Chaosjunction, Darkholme, DaRandomUser, silvercover, nitewind, Draconic
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: After an incident involving the Kaleidostick 5 years before the start of Fate/Stay Night, Emiya Shirou has become the female Emiya Kirika. Fast forward 5 years, and the Holy Grail War begins. Archer is summoned, along with 2 Sabers. Wait, what!?
  • Comments: Another fic from the mind of Ayleris, the same person who gave us Fate Once Again, F/SN-Prismatic Chaos, though young yet, is already a fic that deserves to be recommeneded here. Not only are the relationships of Female! Shirou hilarious: Makidera from Fate/hollow ataraxia is her rival, and Issei has a crush on her, not to mention her relationship with Rin... This fic is definitely one worth reading.

Fate - Stay - Write - Go! by Shadenight123

  • Recommended by: Waelcyrige, Pastykake
  • Status: 6 'routes' completed.
  • Synopsis: Self-insert. A jaded, cynical, helplessly optimistic schemer finds himself as the adopted brother of a female Shirou, both orphaned survivors of the Fuyuki fire. Armed with Kiritsugu's inherited magecraft and knowledge of the Nasuverse, he enters the Grail War as both Master and Servant.
  • Comments: An extremely creative story that explores the Nasu-multiverse, its magic, and the Holy Grail system, conveyed in a comfortable writing style. A story full of fantastic twists and turns, character conflict, unexpected humor, spectacular battles and a healthy dose of sarcastic wit.

Fate Genesis by Verg Avesta

  • Recommended by: Electroninja, StevetheCornMuffin, ItsaRandomUsername
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: The year is 1817. The date is 31st of January. The location is the booming town of Fuyuki. Japan is under the Sakoku, forbidding any foreigner from entering the country. Even so, six foreigners risk their lives to sneak into the country…In order to witness a miracle.
  • Comments: While the story is only just getting started it is an amazingly interesting tale of the creation of and fighting the First Holy Grail War. Amazingly, our protagonist seems t be a young Zouken Matou, known here as Makiri Zolgen. The writing and characterization so far are excellent.

Fate Indubitanter by Lacks Gravitas

  • Recommended by: OmegaNITRO, Electroninja, Pastykake
  • Staus: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Shirou and Rin from UBW True End use a time travel spell to return to the past. They end up at the beginning of the War... except it's not their version of it.
  • Comments: Extremely well written, the characterization is top notch, and the writer really knows his/her stuff. Any liberties taken with canon fit rather naturally, and the writer tries to retain the same kind of tone used in the visual novel while storytelling. It's on indefinite hiatus, but the beginning that is there is definitely worth a read.

Fate Mundi Bellum by Lord Mist

  • Recommended by brightwing
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: World war, in Latin. That's right, a world war with Servants instead of tanks and guns. Takes place away from Fateverse, with heroes and masters hailing from their respective nations replacing canon ones along with Fuyuki city for the battlefield. Six factions: European Union with Germany, Greece and Italy. Asian Federation with China, Japan, India and the Middle East. The United Kingdom has Britain and Ireland with the Americas coerced into an alliance. The States of Africa and finally, Polynesia.
  • Comments: This has to be hands down the best AU Fate fanfiction I've read. If you've wanted to take a break from the canon characters for a while and read about different ones in the Fate setting, this is well worth a read. The story is excellently written and has a flow that grips you till the end. And the characters especially, nicely fleshed out and memorable. The author took care to stay away from the more common heroes people inadvertently use for stories like this while still keeping true to the feel of Fate. —brightwing

Fate Once Again by Ayleris

  • Recommended by Comartemis, TenFour, Walktalk
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Seeking to free Archer from his deal with the world, Shirou and Rin return to Fuyuki City ten years after the UBW True End to take part in the Sixth Grail War.
  • Comments: What may well be one of the best FSN fics in the fandom, Ayleris knows his Type-Moon lore and isn't the least bit afraid to make references to the rest of Nasu's extended universe, particularly Fate/Zero and Tsukihime (which it is sort of a crossover with; be on the lookout for curry monsters with very large guns). Of special interest are the developments in the rest of the FSN canon cast; Saber and Taiga are the same as always, but Sakura... well... see for yourself.

Fate ReNight by Hopeless Romanticist

  • Recommended by Caellach Tiger Eye, Electroninja, nitewind, Pastykake
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: It turns out a single Excalibur is not enough to completely destroy the Grail, and Shirou's unwitting comment "to go back" is interpreted by it as a wish to "go back" in time to the start of the Fifth Holy Grail War.
  • Pairing: Shirou/Saber
  • Comments: Peggy Sue fanfics in the Fate/stay night universe—at least, those with Shirou going back to the start of the 5th War—are a rare breed, and P.S. fics which are actually good are proportionately rarer. Which makes this fic stand out even more as a result, mostly because despite the intended ending being a Foregone Conclusion, Shirou simply going back in time does not equal pwnage, particularly since he's coming back from the "Fate" route and doesn't know as much about events as he might think (though he is more skilled and has ditched his infamous sexism and (most of) his bullheaded stupidity). Also, his hastiness (and approach) to changing things is flawed: not only does the first fight with Berserker end with Shirou in worse condition than before, but Rin becomes wary of him, because his reactions & claims regarding the War don't match up. Chapter 6 proves that the author is not handing out happy endings on a silver platter, making it that much easier to care about what happens to the cast.

Fate Retold by Kent Vonce

  • Recommended by 4seasons
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This is an AU story in which none of the seven Servants were summoned and the Masters summoned seven other servants instead.
  • Comments: Trust me, this is the best AU Fate/Stay Night fanfic that I highly recommend. With FSN Servants replaced by other heroes that everyone's aware of such as Musashi Miyamoto, Achilles, Jeanne d'Arc, Morgan le Fay, and other new heroes replacing FSN canon Servants; with the exception of two, which was a certain True Assassin and a familiiar King of Heroes that we know of. The author of this amazing fanfic did the most wonderful job of combining elements of both three scenarios together. The fanfic is already complete, but there is some recent news that the author will do a rewritten version of this fanfic, which has yet to be published. And once he finished the rewrite, he'll start the sequel. —4seasons

Fate Zero: Avenger of Swords by ForteOfTheBallad98 (link)

  • Recommended by TroperGundam123
  • Status: Dead
  • Crossover with Fate/Zero
  • Synopsis: On his last breath, Shirou destroyed the Greater Grail, along with Angra Mainyu. He had been expecting to die quietly, not to somehow become employed by Alaya. Though he had been human, he was a Heroic Spirit, and as Avenger of the Fourth Holy Grail War, he would do his best to win, and save those people who had shaped him from his birth in fire. The Avenger would save them.
  • Comments:
    • An interesting premise for an AU, and really unique considering there isn't been a fic quite like it in the Fate/stay night Fan Fiction Archive—an admirable achievement. —TroperGundam123
    • The story follows post-HF Shirou through some events before getting to the fourth Holy Grail War, so despite the name it's primarily a Fate/stay night fic. —Pastykake

Fate/Hollow Fake by ZerbanDaGreat (link)

  • Recommended by: Lupine Volt, will408914
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In another Fuyuki City, seven masters summon seven servants to do battle for the Holy Grail. But something Different. Tamiko Kurosawa, barista-turned-master, must navigate the deadly moonlit world in order to find some answers and, hopefully, survive.
  • Comments: Hollow Fake is a quest set up on Sufficient Velocity, and the direction it takes is influenced by the votes of the readers. This means that the reader base has a stake in who lives, who dies, and how events unfold, leading to many interesting debates between chapters. The quest also incorporates elements and servants from many other Fate properties, including Fate/EXTRA, Fate/Apocrypha, Fate/Zero, Fate/strange fake, and Fate/hollow ataraxia. Zerban manages to take and blend these elements into one exceptionally good story, updating several times a week.

Fate/Lumos by MudkipOfDespair

  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: In the aftermath of the Third Holy Grail War, and the theft of the Greater Grail, several Lesser Grails have appeared throughout the world, each hosting its own "Lesser War". Now, another Lesser War is about to begin. Tatsuya Horibe, a student of the Clock Tower, has been chosen to fight for the Grail, and win it in the name of the Clock Tower. This is the story of his War.
  • Comments: Taking place in the Apocrypha Timeline of Fate, this is a story of one of the mini wars that are mentioned by Waver Velvet in Apocrypha. With the war set in Paris, France, along with a completely original cast of Masters and some interesting Servants, this story is shaping up to be a fun read.

  • Has since been rebranded as Fate/Lumos-Re:, of which only the short prologue is out at this time. However, the premise is generally the same. (Dormant; last updated August 2020)

Fate/Noble Shade by LuckyChaos

  • Recommended by Drilltank, Crusader Jerome
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Against all odds and logic, a man is pulled from across the timelines to participate in the fifth Holy Grail War. Unaware of what awaits him, all he has to aid him is the servant True Assassin, whom he has been bound to. Can one once blind to the world of magecraft survive such a brutal war?
    • Now has a sequel by the name of Fate/Apocryphal Shade (by BakaSmurf), set during the events of Fate/Apocrypha.
  • Comments: An interesting story that takes the old concept of the 'self-insert' and does away with the concept of abusing metaknowledge to change the course of events. Rather than the author inserting himself, he instead inserts a friend of his who is, to the surprise of everyone, completely blind to the Fate series! A fun, if not mildly sadistic, blind romp through an old classic soon follows. (Also, if you intend to post in-thread, please read the rules and respect the fact that the friend insert is supposed to remain blind to upcoming events.)

Fate/Phantoms by Burnout (link)

  • Recommended by iridium248, StevetheCornMuffin, ItsaRandomUsername
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Thirty years after the Fifth War of the Holy Grail, Ichiro Tanaka, protege of Emiya Shirou and Master of Assassin, participates in the Sixth. A pseudo-crossover with Phantom of Inferno.
  • Comments: Fate as film noir. Intriguing callbacks to both Fate/stay night and Fate/hollow ataraxia. Seems to be a Spiritual Successor to Fate/Zero in mood and tone, with an interesting lead character.

Fate/Re:Trace by Aladar (Beast's Lair version)

  • Recommended by The World of Fantasy, ItsaRandomUsername
  • Status:: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A whole world away from Fuyuki, in a city of mages, a new War threatens to break out. Seven new Masters are chosen and enter a life-changing battle, unknowingly becoming part of a War in which there are more players than the eyes can see...
  • Comments: From the author that brought you A Stolen Heart (look above), comes another well-written Sixth Grail War FSN fanfic that I also highly recommended. With best chracterization, plot and setting, and so much more that it must be read. He even made this updated "guide" of this fanfic called Wise up! Fate/Re:Trace- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition, that contains character profiles (Masters, Servants, etc) and the settings of the fictional city Hartcroft.

Fate/Revenant Sword by James-D-Fawkes (link)

  • Recommended by: Maymei, Elven Queen, Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Angra Mainyu wants to be born. But the Fifth War is over, and Shirou has rejected the Grail. With the Grail System destined for dismantlement, no path to birth remains in the future. So what better solution than to send the winner back to the beginning and give him a second chance to fail? "I am Servant Saber. I ask of you: Are you my Master?"
  • Pairings: Shirou/Saber
  • Comments: A Peggy Sue fanfic that combines the anime series with the anime movie format, including minor changes to both, and adds the writer's own ideas to the mix. The writing is easy to follow and the ideas are pretty interesting. Oh, and ALL HAIL TO Apeiron Lepida Leitoyrgei, King of the Forsaken.

Fate/Servants by DiLost

  • Recommended by The World of Fantasy
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Throne of Heroes is a place where Heroes from many ages exist. What was their story? How would their Heaven's Feels end? Read to find out. A collection of oneshots of Heroes.
  • Comments: What can I say, this is a really powerful and a well-written collection of stories of the past lives of well-known heroes (some were mentioned in Fate series, or other heroic figures that never appeared or mentioned yet) who became Heroic Spirits that later leads to a "What if this Hero was summoned to the Holy Grail War" at the end of their one-shots. There will be many more to come, so keep your eyes open on this story to see which Hero will appear next. —The World of Fantasy

Fate/Swiggity Swooty by The Dramatic Director, also available on Archive of Our Own

  • Recommended by Electroninja, Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When it seems Rin's attempts to teach Shirou the Mana Transfer Ritual are doomed to failure, Archer and Saber intervene to help.
  • Comments: Its a hilarious crack fic that can be oddly sweet at times and one of the funniest fics Electroninja has ever read.

Fate:Spiral Time by Z.N. Singer

  • Recommended by Trooper1023, Shinji117
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: There are many theories about time. Some call it a circle, every repeating; others a line, never looking back. But the wisest call it a spiral, and say the future contains echoes of the past. But...if that is so...then do we all get second chances?
  • Comments: A wonderful continuation of the FSN anime, and the many liberties taken with the Nasuverse don't detract from the quality of the story one bit. Opinions will vary, however, depending on how much of a canon-nut the reader is. Has a significant side of shipping (every one of the core characters with somebody), but really, this story is about the REALLY happy ending that Nasu never gave his characters in canon. Can also be found here.

Fate's Game by Cloud 802

  • Recommended by nitewind
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One who could give up everything to save the people he loves, an interesting man to be sure. Shirou/Saber
  • Comments: About a month after the Fate route things appear to be returning to normal until Shirou, when attempting to trace Archer's swords, accidentally summons Saber. Unfortunately, it looks as though the Holy Grail wasn't destroyed as thoroughly as everyone hoped and a new Grail War is starting. Not only that, but though Shinji may be dead, Zouken Matou is still alive and plotting. Follows the Fate route but incorporates much of Heaven's Feel. Also features UBW, Ilya goodness, Shirou, Rin, Ilya, Saber, and Avenger saving Sakura, and a whole new cast of Servants (except Saber and Rider). It also appears that a sequel is in the works and will probably feature characters from Tsukihime.

Fragments of Chaldea by GhostXavier (link) (AO3 Version)

  • Recommended by AyaSai, DiplomaticHiatus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsys: Between singularities, there is plenty of downtime for the summoned servants and their master. Even with humanity's fate in constant risk, they manage to form a small semblance of a new life within Chaldea. Here they were family. An unusual and often dysfunctional one, but a family.
  • Comments: This is a Fate/Grand Order's Collection of Slice of Life One-Shots of how the Heroic Spirits, along with FGO's main characters and Chaldea's surviving employees, are doing within Chaldea Security Organization. Some pieces contain epic moments, some were heartwarming, some will make you laugh, and some will make you cry. Highly recommended. Updated weekly and twice a week on rare occasions. For more info and insight of this fanfic, the author made a Tumblr blog to keep the clutter of author's notes from his work..
    • Very slight AU that follows the Grand Order timeline
    • Includes supplemental stories Their Guiding Light and Redemption from Sin, alternate novelizations of the Camelot and Babylonia Singularities respectively. Both works are complete and act as part of the core series.
    • Confirmed to have more supplementary stories in the future, including, but not limited to, Solomon Chapter, EOR, and original minor singularities.

From Fake Dreams by Third Fang (link)

  • Recommended by EXpERieNCed, nitewind, Leidolf, Unclouded TJ, piattish, Pastykake
  • Status: In Progress, as of 12/11/2020
  • Synopsis: Emiya Kiritsugu was happy living the rest of his short days. He had put his past behind him... until he began to dream of futures that had yet to be. Let it be known that the Magus Killer was not dangerous simply because he was dying and would not fight.
  • Comments: One of the few FSN fics that can be considered one of the best fics out there. It shows what would happen if Kiritsugu trained Shirou properly with his magecraft as well as telling him not to become a superhero. It's quite a serious fic but has some quite funny moments as well (to mention that Third Fang is quite famous for his Naruto fic which has more than a million words, which is both serious and wacky the same time).

Fuyuki High Class Reunion by sasahara17

  • Recommended by Steve the Corn Muffin, ItsaRandomUsername, Puidwen
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This oneshot's subject material is not what you think it is about.. Takes place during the 5th Grail War.
  • Comments: A very humorous one-shot. Saying anything else would give away too much. A must-read for the F/SN fan who likes their WTF? moments. Also contains some rather interesting backstory for the cast.

The Game of Kings by Endfall

  • Recommended by: AQZT, Pastykake
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Also on FF.Net (dormant), Ao3 (outdated), and Spacebattles
  • Synopsis: The final Fifth Holy Grail War is fought, Every Servant summoned is a titled King, Iskander has no Master, Shirou's wish is granted, and the Apocalypse is nigh.
  • Comments: The basic concept boils down to this: Square the power of all Heroic Spirits other than Gilgamesh, allow only "Kings", the greatest Heroic Spirits who ever existed, to be summoned, have a version of EMIYA, who has the memories of every single one of the thousands of alternate Grail Wars he has fought in to be summoned as a Saber-cass Servant by his younger self, and place the fate of the world on Shirou's shoulders once again. You can figure out how things go from there.
    • Explores a lot of the conceptual background (i.e., questions of existence and of the nature and workings of reality) in the Nasuverse. Very intellectually stimulating. The first page includes a link to supplementary materials that are an interesting read all on their own.

Happy Riniversary by Moczo

  • Recommended by: ArkhamCity2525
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Post-UBW Good. Rin Tohsaka's first ever anniversary is rapidly approaching, and she has a few big problems. First, how does one get an anniversary present for the King of Knights? Second, if one's chosen present is stolen by one's evil rival from Finland, how far should one go to get it back?
  • Comments: The plot of this one-shot is as follows: Rin finds Saber a book for their anniversary. Luvia sort-of steals said book. Hilarity Ensues.

Heartless by TypeWannabe

  • Recommended by Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A drabble in which Sakura's heart breaks.

Heaven's Failure, a.k.a. "The Emilya Saga" by Limit Break

  • Recommended by Andyzero
  • Mangarock Edition (Warning, may not contain everything!):
  • Synopsis: An alternate take on the happy ending of "Heaven's Feel": since Shirou's body is full of holes, and Ilya doesn't need hers anymore, she gives him her body. (Not like that.) Thus, Emilya is born.
  • Comments: Non-H Doujinshi. Mostly whacky hijinks as everyone adjusts, but there is one heartwarming scene.

The Hound And The Blacksmith by Elf. (link; the beginning is also available on

  • Recommended by Zaneal, Hymn of Ragnarok, nitewind, Pastykake
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairings: Archer/Rin, Lancer/Ayako, with a side of Shirou/Sakura and unrequited Rider/Ayako
  • Synopsis: One's a Celtic demi-god with a lust for battle and the ladies, the other is a former Counter Guardian whose body is made of swords. Together they fight the forces of evil. Or something.
  • Comments: The synopsis does not do it justice, this is another excellently engaging fanfic by Elf that captures the characters perfectly, and includes Lancer/Ayako.

I Am Not There, by Arashi Leonhart

  • Recommended by Aethyria, Nitramy, Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Nobody knew what happened for sure. The township remembered the storm that had raged through their countryside. He remembered the divine wind of their savior. Contest entry for the Beast's Lair fanfiction competition.
  • Comments: A powerful and simple story that will tug at your heartstrings.

I Put On My Robe And Wizard Hat by Ol'Velsper (link)

  • Recommended by Comartemis, Unclouded TJ, nitewind, Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Great Fuyuki Fire never happened, and Shirou was never orphaned. But ten years later, Grail War 5 happens anyways and sure enough, Shirou's got his Command Seals. But life as a modern teenager has given Shirou something potentially more valuable than Kiritsugu's ideals: exposure to 4chan, and the ability to successfully troll everyone and everything.
  • Comments: Epic crackfic. The first half uses a lot of 4chan memes and Internet humor for comedy, but uses them magnificently, particularly Archer's use of the Old Spice routine and Rin's first exposure to the Internet. Then comes the "epic" part, as everybody pulls out all the stops in a huge, desperate final battle. Features a Shirou/Ilya pairing by way of strategic use of Teen!Ilya. Also has some one-sided Shirou/Saber on Saber's behalf. The sequel, Apostles in Leather Pants is up, focusing on the plot of Tsukihime.

Jewels and Crows by Jaenera Targaryen

  • Recommended by Captain Silver
  • Status: Dormant (last updated February 2017)
  • Pairings: hints of possible Shirou x Reines or Shirou x Luvia, and Aoi x Kariya
  • Synopsis: Zelretch gives Zouken his humanity back, on the same day Sakura is given away. A few years later and we have a not!broken Sakura actively chasing after/closing the gap with Rin, Rin is spending summers in the Clock Tower, Aoi rekindling her friendship with Kariya, and Shirou being taken into Lord Waver El-Melloi II's care.
  • Comments: As an AU it makes use of a certain vampiric deus ex machina, but it surprisingly works well for that. Sakura is calculating to an extent and ambitious, as expected of studying under a top-tier magus (and no rape worms to boot the crows in the title are not figurative), but isn't particularly obsessed much less evil, and while she tells Rin to the face that she doesn't intend to lose, she doesn't mind a draw either, setting up what looks like a friendly if heated rivalry as opposed to the Edison-Tesla grudge match to the death that Tokiomi wanted. The author also explores Aoi Tohsaka, who survived thanks to butterflies, making her more than the flat character she was in canon. Ditto for Kariya, while Shirou under Waver's tutelage is portrayed as honest and naive, but not stupid...which is a possible hint from the author that despite the story's thus far generally-lighthearted and fluffy theme, things might still go down the drain in the future.

Kariya's Legacy by Born of Prayers

  • Recommended by Gemini24
  • Pairings: Shirou/Sakura
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Due to a chance meeting with Kariya before the events of Fate/Zero, Shinji strives to follow in his uncle's footsteps and save Sakura from damnation of the Matou Clan. To do so, he must make many sacrifices and will endure pain like no other to compete in the next Holy Grail War, including becoming a Spellcaster—all for Sakura's sake. An AU Fate/Stay Night story.

Lancer Gets Serious by Bloble

  • Recommended by: spacemonkey37, nitewind, Darandomuser
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Essentially, a version of Fate/stay night where Kotomine lets Lancer off the leash and he gets to show just how awesome he really is. The story soon gets FAR more complicated than this, with unforgiving character death, battle scenes, and complex issues surrounding the combatants in the war. Essential reading for fans of the Hound of Ulster.

Last Forge by Ricky Controversy

  • Recommended by Moczo
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A Sixth Holy Grail War looms, and with it the promise of tests far more dire than any that have come before. Set seven years after Unlimited Blade Works True End.
  • Comments: A re-write of an earlier work by the same author, this fic is still in the prologue but already has a lot of promise. The writing style is smooth, polished, and professional, and the plot (such as been revealed so far) has a great deal of potential. One of the only works I've seen that actually looks at the aftermath of this particular ending, it looks to be an interesting experience. Currently being rewritten.

Legacies of Fate by Kieran

  • Recommended by Dreitus
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: With the death of Akiha Tohno, the last thing supporting the life of Shiki Nanaya disappears. Seeing her father slowly fade from her life, Takara Aozaki, ignorant of her power, calls out across the aether to the only existence that can save her sickly father.
  • Comments: This story is the "Fate Prototype" that managed to see daylight. The epic tale of a grail war as biting as that of Stay/Night and Zero, it follows Takara Aozaki and her mysterious servant Lancer as they are sucked into a world of mages and Heroes. As they match their desires against their foes and try to survive, the remnants of the last war and a madman seeking to perfect his immortality make their own marks. The characterizations of Saber and Arcueid are especially striking and apropos of what might have been. The 6th war is a twisted reflection of the 5th just as that was to the 4th. If Kiritsugu's story in the 4th war paralleled the Epic of Gilgamesh and Shiro embarked on a grail quest in the 5th, then this depiction of the 6th war shares more with traditional epics like that of the Argonauts, Star Wars, etc. Whether written by Nasu, Urobuchi, or Kieren, they all are page turners.

The Lily War by Worldbring of Joseun

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: At the beginning of the Fifth Holy Grail War, Archer tries to assassinate Gilgamesh, just as Gil was pulling out a cart of his youth potion. The arrow blows up the cart and causes all eight Servants to be hit by the youth potion. Hilarity Ensues.

Little Insane Gudako by revdb

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Status: Dormant; last updated April 2018
  • Synopsis: Instead of Saber, Shirou summons Gudako from Learning with Manga! FGO. Things start getting crazy, especially when she reveals she is Shirou and Rin's Kid from the Future!
  • Comments: Gudako is crazy, just like in her source, but can be caring, especially around her loved ones.

Magical Vanguard Shirou by Erlkonig

  • Recommended by DaRandomUsername, Steve the Corn Muffin, nitewind
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The Holy Grail becomes contaminated from the very get-go, and Angra Mainyu tries to birth itself into the world. How do the original founding families deal with the Divine Spirit? By adding a little twist to the Grail System in order to combat All the Evils of the World, that's how. Now, fast forward to the 5th Holy Grail War...
  • Comments: What happens when you take Fate/stay night and throw in elements of super-sentai, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, a hint of Role-Playing games, toss in some delightfully enjoyable harem antics, mind rape and juice it up with a whole mess of hot-blooded action? You get Magical Vanguard Shirou. GAR-ness inbound. Unfortunately, the author hasn't updated for a while.

Married Blades by FactualUnity

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Shirou Emiya's world is turned upside down when he summons not a blonde Knight, but a white haired woman clad in Black and Red. Can two blades hold the heavens?
  • Comments: Shirou summons a female version of EMIYA from a gender-flipped world as Archer. The female EMIYA had wanted to kill her past self, but realizes she is in another world and gets angry at Shirou when she realizes who he is and that he is just like her past self, while he is oblivious to this and her true identity and even becomes attracted to her. EMIYA was in love with the male King Arthur, but to her disappointment, Rin summoned Sigurd as Saber, while Illya summoned Atalanta Alter as Berserker and Sakura summoned Hassan of Serenity as Assassin.

Mind of Aluminum by Moczo

Nerve Damage by Crossy Cross

  • Recommended by Electroninja, Unclouded TJ, Marq FJA, Black Sun Nocturne
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Shirou converts his nerves into makeshift magic circuits everytime he needs to use magic. A human body has millions of nerves. A magus has on average twenty circuits...maybe he's on to something there...
  • Comment: While the story is brand new, the concept is very unique. If the nerves converted into magic circuits did in fact stay active, then Shirou could wind up as one of the most over-powered mages to ever live without ever realizing it. With his 2000+ pseudo magic circuits and an implied to be different past, Shirou is far stronger than ever, but is still a novice who doesn't seem to realize how far ahead of other magi he is and that is before he summons FOUR Sabers (Arturia, Lily, Alter, and Nero) at FULL POWER. The story may be new, but the author seems to have big plans ahead.
    • While the original fic is dead, another author named LoneTaker made a continuation called Nerve Damage: Season 2: Sensory Overload. Sadly, as of May 19, 2021, the author deleted it, but it can be downloaded here.

Nine Ways Archer's Plan Went Horribly Wrong by Mini Nephthys

  • Recommended by Sparkysharps, TenFour, Animenutcase
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Nine short scenarios in which Archer's plan to erase himself from existence falls completely on its ass before it even starts. Fair bit of Archer x Rin.
  • Comments: Simple, short, and bloody hilarious — as well as rather heartwarming in the final scenario.

Njeri by Brynhilde

  • Recommended by: Rivenscryr, ItsaRandomUsername, Captchacritter
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In the history of the Holy Grail Wars, one family has been desperate to win - more than any other. This is the story of that their successor, of the search for the catalyst of the strongest Hero. This is the story of a young girl, uncertain of her destiny. A simple tale carried to extremes - it is but a tale of humanity.
  • Comments: Set in the Balkans, Njeri is a deeply...human story (indeed, the title is Albanian for "human"), with Illyasviel von Einzbern and her homunculi companions setting out on a journey to a warzone to seek the catalyst for the strongest of heroes. But physical danger is the least of their concerns, as ghosts of the past dog them at every turn, and few things in the Nasuverse are quite what they seem to be. Refreshing for the uniqueness of the premise, the atmospheric quality of the author's work, and its look on Illya. The tension and confusion of a warzone, of the journey, were obvious, and the atmosphere...remarkable. This is an author to watch.

One day (doujinshi) by Ronpaia and Fue

  • Recommended by: blueace
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A Fate/hollow ataraxia-esque slice of life story about the cast of Fate/stay night.
  • Comments: Not much to say, just the cast enjoying their lives together, it's pretty funny and lighthearted. —blueace
    • He also wrote several spin-offs, notably the Eco-Rider two-parter where Saber and Rider decide to use a low-prana mode which turns them into... Moe-fied versions of themselves.

Path of the King by Neoalfa (link)

  • Recommended by Ninja, Caellach Tiger Eye, Telogo, Leidolf, Unclouded TJ, Pastykake
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Amateur mage Shirou Emiya, on his quest to become a hero of justice, becomes a vigilante superhero known as The Archer.
  • Comment: Originally caused by the author's Fridge Logic of Shirou not actually having done anything that heroic for a guy whose life goal is to become a "Hero of Justice," the story has great character interaction and well-written and creative uses of magic.

Patterned in Rubies by TungstenCat

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Rin summons a female version of Gilgamesh as Archer. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: Gilgamesh is as arrogant as ever, but she is a bit nicer than her male counterpart. Saber still remembers facing her male counterpart in the 4th War and is really suspicious of her. Some of the other Servants are different too; Illya has Jeanne d'Arc Alter and Caster is the Queen of Sheba. Some big changes include Gilgamesh detects Sakura's worm infestation as soon as she meets her and purifies her. Ayako Mitsuzuri accidentally gets her hands on the Book of False Attendant, causing her to become Rider's Master. Warning: This fic has sex scenes.

Precept of Destiny by Caradryan

  • Recommended by Person With Many Aliases
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Presumably following the events of the Anime, Shiro and Rin attempt to return to a somewhat normal life, only to find themselves being caught up fighting with and against Heroes in a battle across time, to try and stop the damaged Holy Grail from destroying all history.
  • Comments: Many likable characters, old and new, return. Meshes combat, mythology, and humor very evenly, providing you with some utterly bizarre and awesome combinations that may need to be read to believe. Robin Hood as the Power Rangers.

The Saga of Shirou's Summons by Pallan Minerva and Aberron

  • Recommended by Kat-2V
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A Hero of Justice needs a proper sidekick, yes? But I'm sure you're bored of seeing the same boy turn into the same man, at his side a blonde swordswoman. Come and take a look at what could have been, and what might be. An anthology of stories where Shirou summons different Servants, and the wacky hijinks they get up to around our friendly neighborhood Ally of Justice.
  • Comments: A mixture of slice of life, fun and casual, and darkly serious one-shots/short stories revolving around Shirou Emiya summoning servants other than Saber during the Fifth Holy Grail war. Some are deep, some are fun, and even if some of the sections aren't your cup of tea, the sheer variety ensures that you're almost guaranteed to find some that are.

Shattered-Heaven by tesculpture

Sick Time by Moczo story on

  • Recommended by Theminimanx
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Rin gets a cold and goes insane, to the point of trying to cure the common cold. This turns out to go so wrong a future version of her comes back in time to kill her. Gets increasingly hilarious as more and more ridiculous versions of Rin show up. PURE CRACK.

A Single Blade Works by St. Provena

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Status: Dormant; last updated April 2020
  • Synopsis: Instead of summoning Saber, Shirou summons and is possessed by Sengo Muramasa, meaning he has the power to fight Servants on his own.
  • Comments: This is an alternate universe, just like all fanfics, so there are a lot of changes, like how Caster and his Master are Solomon and Marisbury Animusphere, and Sakura gets possessed by Kama.

Sword Dancers by Himura Nyuugyou (Circle) & HIMURA Kiseki

  • Recommended by spamholderman
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Archerko enjoys slice-of-life in the Emiya household.
  • Comments: Non-H Doujinshi.

Tainted Ideals by Stormedge (link)

  • Recomended by animeorbust, miragecoordinator, StevetheCornMuffin, DaRandomUser, nitewind
  • Status:: Dead
  • Synopsis: In the fire that ravaged Fuyuki city, it was not Emiya Kiritsugu who saved the life of a young Shirou, but the tainted Grail itself, and he is then taken in by Kotomine Kirei as his adopted son. Ten years later, the Holy Grail War is about to begin, and Kotomine Shirou summons forth a kindred spirit as his Servant.
  • Comments: An interesting take on a Shirou that seems to be different and yet the same.

Teach Us, Gil Sensei! by Verg Avesta

  • Recommended by Pata Hikari, Darkholme
  • Status:: Dormant
  • Synopsis: After one to many indignities at the hand of Kotomine, the King of Heroes moves out on his own. After a bit of searching, he ends up as a PE teacher. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: An utterly hilarious work. The story is told from Gilgamesh's point of view, which means that we get to see how his pride and idiocy get him into so much trouble.

The Throne of Shirou, by Arrixam

  • Recommended by Genryu_Black
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: From across Time/Space, legends from the age of Fanfiction Net come together to engage once more in the Fifth Holy Grail War. All is not as it seems as the Shirous of various works must band together to stop a force beyond their current means. But let it be known they are not alone. For they hail from the nexus above and beyond, the Throne of Shirou!
  • Comments: A great potential fanfic where many Shirous from various fanfic gather together to participate The Fifth Holy Grail War, whether they want to or not.

The Twelve Days of Carenmas by Verg Avesta

  • Recommended by Steve the Corn Muffin
  • Status:: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A Christmas fic that consists of a series of different chapters written in varying styles for maximum effect. Good—no, perfect for your Type-MOON holiday fix.
  • Comments: Also contains the excellently written bonus Mind of Steel short-story "Faker" and a preview of the upcoming fanfic "Fate/End" also written with comparable quality. Avenger x Illyavenger. The fic as a whole contains a solid mix of comedy, drama, and is recommended to any Nasuverse fan looking for a good holiday story. Ever since the fall of the old Lair, the original shorts were lost, leaving only the final three segments, including Faker and Fate/End. Has a spiritual successor in the form of The Twelve Days of Saturnalia, which features Gilgamesh and Nero hosting a Christmas special and culminates in this little beauty right here. Just in time for the 2012 season is Twelve Days of Yule, so that too'll be worth your time.

UBW+1 by FiendLurcher

  • Recommended by Stepnario
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The last battle of Unlimited Blade Works, with nothing held back. Full power! How the fight could have gone, if Kinoko Nasu hadn't been holding all the cool stuff in reserve for HF.
  • Comments: Don't let the parody tag or the short summary fool you. This fic is a doozy. Shirou vs. Gil, a what-if with no holds barred. Warning: contains sword-surfing and swordnados.

What If (Almost) Everybody Was Shirou's Servant by Mereo Flere

  • Recommended by: Electroninja
  • Status:: Dormant
  • Synnopsis: At the very start of the Holy Grail War, Shirou is attacked by Ilya and Berserker before ever summoning Saber. Somehow, in his panicked attempt to escape he summons all six other Servants.
  • Comments: Easily the funniest Type-MOON fic I've ever read. It starts out interesting and mildly dramatic, but quickly becomes a hilarious Crack Fic of epic proportions. Especially funny is the ways all of Shirou's Servants interact with each other. —Electroninja

The World Without, by Lunaludus Scribex

Updated as of July 11, 2018
  • Synopsis: Follows Bad End #1. Shirou is as good as dead, but the war will go on without him. Unwilling to give up her chance at the Grail just yet, Saber seeks out the remnants of the Makiri family hoping to find a new master, and finds herself enlisted by Zouken as a back-up Servant and bodyguard for Sakura.
  • Comments: Shirou fans should be warned that several scenes go into rather graphic detail of what exactly Ilya is doing to his severed head (hint: power tools are involved), and Ilya fans should be noted that the psycho moeblob is not being portrayed very sympathetically. On the other hand, Sakura fans should note that the series seems to be headed in the direction of making her Shirou's stand-in as main character and Grail War Hero(ine). Everyone else should note that this is not a Dark Fic despite Shirou being dead (sort of, it's a bit complicated); although Sakura being one of the main characters means significant amounts of angst are involved, there are also flashes of humor here and there and the author has done a bang-up job of recreating the overall feel of the series.

Fate/Oracle by Turniphater

  • Recommended by: Victorio M Wolff-Haddock
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Early during the Fifth Holy Grail War all conflicts become impossible and the participants have little choice but watch how events would have turned out.
  • Comments: a "Let's Watch Our Show" Plot story of the original Visual Novel, forced by the Entity only known as The Oracle that is known by the Magus as the harbinger. the story will show all the three routes (including all the Bad Ends), with two side stories about the same plot happens in different timeline. one during Fate/Zero, the other at a Alternate Timeline where the magic was exposed to the outside world & become public knowledge before the plot starts. the story is really captivating, with elaborating how this Oracle works & make her rooted into the world, always appearing to show the Maguses & selective few about upcoming calamity and giving the innocent people that is part of the prophecy protection from the upcoming disasters and punishing the preperators, while being a mystery herself. read as Rin try to decipher the mystery of the shown vision, Illya confronted by the truth of Kiritsugu's fate & her own action if she doesn't aware of it in time, Shirou's Broken Ace status & inner mind exposed to all, and the (eventual) reveal of the Matous secret.

    Crossover Fics 
Another Fate, Another End, Another Eatery by ahsoei
  • Recommended by Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Crossover with Restaurant to Another World
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "For a miracle to happen, one must wait endlessly, while the other one must search tirelessly." - Is it really just like that? There must be some way, or some place where the two can meet again?
  • Comments: After the Heaven's Feel True Ending, Shirou finds himself working at Western Cuisine Cat Restaurant. It's a very nice, short story and the ending will make you both laugh and cry.

The Artist and the Faker by Agitated Animator (link)

  • Recommended by Ninja, Leidolf, nitewind
  • Crossover with Fate/EXTRA
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: When the Einzberns summon Arturia Pendragon as Lancer for the 5th Holy Grail War, Shirou winds up summoning Saber-Nero from Fate/Extra.
  • Comments: The story is very new, but it has a lot of potential and a solid writing style. While things haven't changed much so far, it seems that the Holy Grail War will be very different based on the simple fact that Kotomine now seems to be Caster's Master.

Beast of the Moon by Kieran

  • Recommended by Comartemis
  • Crossover with Final Fantasy X
  • Vanished from the Inernet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: In an alternate timeline Shirou's bond with Ilya led him to make a wish on a purified Grail. From that wish came Grail Works LTD, a Second Magic-powered troubleshooting agency formed on Shirou's desire for a chance to save everyone, everywhere. Now the agency faces its toughest case yet when the spirit of Bahamut enlists their aid to free Spira from Yu Yevon's cycle of death.
  • Comments: One of several stories by Kieran and several other authors set in the same continuity. The insert characters for this fic are Saber and Kieran's self-insert Kurai (who happily enough is not your typical self-insert) along with Ilya and other characters acting as Mission Control. Replacing Tidus with a heroic spirit and an epic level druid might not seem like the most interesting decision, but Kieran is very much a proponent of the stance that "one who makes Frodo a jedi must give Sauron the Death Star": Shuyin and Vegnagun are extremely likely to become problems in addition to Sin, which has mistaken Saber and Kurai for rogue aeons and is now actively hunting them.

The Capturing God's Last Capture by lightningblast12

  • Recommended by TheDemonLord
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover between The World God Only Knows and Fate/EXTRA
  • Synopsis: This is a one shot that takes place in a alternate universe where Katsuragi Keima participated in the Holy Grail War. Katsuragi Keima summoned Caster, and Hakuno Kishinami summoned Saber. Hope you enjoy this small one shot! :D Reviews are greatly appreciated/welcomed! (This is the first crossover between The World God Only Knows and Fate Extra. I am rather proud of myself.)
  • Comments: This is a rather unusual crossover, but the author did very well in portraying the personalities of the characters, and how they would react to each other. Overall, it's a pretty good story.

Crosswinds Of Fate by WayFarer2000

  • Also includes Crosswinds of Fate Side Stories
  • Recommended by Popthepuff, jarrett317, Kickerson, Pastykake, Draconic
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: "You should think of this as an opportunity to learn about a completely different method of applied thaumaturgy," Zelretch explained. He then sighed and lamented, "For shame, to be cursed with such an ungrateful apprentice..."
  • Comments:
    • Crossovers between two magic-world-based universes tend to end in one getting bashed or using the other to turn into a shameless self-insert fic, particularly more so for many Fate and Harry Potter crossovers. Here, however, is something different. The characters are basically the same, set during the Order of the Phoenix for Harry Potter and 10 years after an end that is somewhat based off the UBW good end for denizens of the Fate universe. The story is well written and the characters aren't turned into something unrecognizable. There are a few bits that might seem off from the canon of either universe, naturally, but these don't do anything to demerit the story.
    • Furthermore, despite the fic not being a humour or a parody, the author can and has written in plenty of hilarious moments throughout the narrative.
    • Should be noted it's less of an action/adventure and more of an academic study/magical comparison fic so far, though that's no demerit to the story at all which is still a good read. Nevertheless, some might find it a little odd that as far as plot development goes it hasn't progressed too much in its nearly 100,000 words at this point.

A Demon Lord's Hero by Fahad09 (link)

  • Recommended by TheOneTrueSlacker, expertus
  • Crossover with High School D×D
  • Status: Dormant; last updated May 2020
  • Synopsis: When I sold my soul to the Devil, I thought I was prepared for anything. I wasn't. I didn't expect him to be a her. Or dressed up as a magic girl carrying a pink wand tipped with a cheerful yellow star. Her being a prankster however didn't come as much of a surprise. You know, the Bible would have been a whole lot more interesting if they included stuff like this. complete AU
  • Comments: Also available in Archive of Our Own.

Draconian Fate Works — Volume 1 by Kratos1989

  • Recommended by Pendragan
  • Crossover with High School D×D
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2019
  • Synopsis: Honestly, I should have expected it. After all, my line of work would always be screwing with me when I don't need to. What I did not expect was getting myself into a world where Gods are around, Angels and Demons are real, and the residents are really weird. I blame Zelretch for this.
  • Comments: The fic follows Shirou years after the conclusion of the Fate Route, when he's thrown into the DxD universe. For unknown reasons stuck in a teenaged body, he's forced to attend Kuoh Academy and deal with the resident devils while simultaneously trying to get back to his own world.

Eye of the Storm by KisekiMa (link)

  • Recommended by W8W
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Devil May Cry
  • Synopsis: Ten years after the 5th War R. Tohsaka & W. Velvet come back to Fuyuki to destroy the Grail, and discover that its core had been stolen. Soon Command Spells appear on their hands and the war of two factions begins. Meanwhile, in another dimension, the demon hunter Dante decides to accept the request that will turn his life upside down.
    • Only two chapters so far but setup is very appealing. Apparently after UBW route. Shirou as a Scathach student. Rin and Waver once again becoming masters. Sakura was kidnap. Dante become master of Artoria Pendragon (Lancer Alter). Two teams like in Fate/Apocrypha each with their own Son of Sparda as a master.

A Fake Familiar by Paragon of Awesomeness

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with High School D×D
  • Status: Dormant; last upated March 2018
  • Synopsis: Rias Gremory was enjoying a normal day living her double life as a high school beauty and a Devil, when three marks appear on her hand. After discovering that these marks are designed for the purpose of contracting a powerful familiar, she eagerly goes through with the ritual she learns. What she summons though, is a kind of familiar that not even a Devil could ever have imagined.
  • Comments: Rias' Servant is none other than Archer. While he's not sure if there is a Holy Grail War going on or not, he serves Rias' peerage faithfully (especially bonding with Koneko, who reminds him of Illya) and remains vigilant. It's really hilarious how he constantly gets disgusted by Issei's perversion. The story's only flaw is that the author takes several months between updates.

Fate Deathly Poison by Eddyak

  • Recommended by Oblivionhold
  • Crossover with Tsukihime
  • Status:: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's a new kind of Grail War. Instead of fighting each other, they must fight a far more deadly foe: Hisui's cooking.
  • Pure, unadulterated crack. It calls back to very dramatic scenes in the original game, references mythology, and has everyone perfectly in character. Except now it's all related to cooking the world's most terrible stew.

FATE Holy Grail War of 2814 by Shadow Crystal Mage.

  • Recommended by Ninmikey01
  • Status: Complete
  • A mega crossover, connects with Takamachi Nanoha Of 2814
  • Synopsis: Interconnected with the storyline of Takamachi Nanoha of 2814. The Holy Grail War gets mixed in with the madness of magical girls, Books of Darkness, blood, gore, and many references to Freud. WARNING: HEAD MAY EXPLODE WHILE READING THIS FIC.

Fate/Magnus Bellum by 00Altair ( link Archive of Our Own link)

  • Recommended by AyaSai
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: On the eve of the Great Holy Grail War, Ruler summons a Servant to aid her in duties as mediator. Answering her call, Saber appears. A knight whose ties to the Holy Grail War runs deep. Both set out on their journey, soon realizing that an even greater conflict was on the horizon. Uniting both Red and Black, a battle to save the world begins. This is the tale of a Saint and a King.
  • Comments: A Fate/Prototype and Fate/Apocrypha crossover fanfic containing other characters and elements of Lord El Melloi II Case Files, Garden of Avalon, Fate/Zero, Fate/stay night, Fate/EXTRA, Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, Fate/Grand Order, and Fate/strange fake, featuring Jeanne d'Arc and King Arthur (the male version) as the main characters. This story is really good and took a very interesting take on the original alternate version of fate universe. This is the kind of Fate fanfic that is totally worth reading. — AyaSai

Fate Night Sky by Beasts lair's Fraggle (link)

  • Beast's Lair link:
  • Recommended by YeOfLittleFaith, Kazeto, nitewind, Xamusel, spacemonkey37
  • Crossover with Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
  • Status:: Dormant
  • Synopsis: It was just a small wish: To live with their master and their friends as those uneventful days passed by, to see him grow up as he chased his ideals by his own strength. To become an ally of justice; a hero who can save everyone.
  • Comments: A story in which the Book Of Darkness binds itself to Emiya Shirou instead of Yagami Hayate. An interesting idea with a good deal of potential, and a greater amount of work put into it. Even though it is still in its infancy, it delivers some well-done character interactions. The initial development of the Wolkenritter's feelings towards Shirou as their master is truly endearing and heartwarming.

The Fate of a Hero Complex Overlord by The Distorted Shadow

  • Recommended by Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Crossover with Disgaea
  • Status: Dormant; last updated July 2020
  • Synopsis: When Emiya Shirou chose to give up and allow himself to be consumed to stop Gilgamesh from escaping destruction, he never expected to find himself in another world. Now in a world filled with demons and terrorized by a Tyrannical Despot, he has found a place to fulfill his dream of being a hero and saving everyone. It's just a shame everyone he's saving is completely insane.
  • Comments: After letting himself die to ensure that Gilgamesh doesn't escape the Holy Grail, Shirou finds himself in the Netherworlds, and he frequently gets annoyed by Disgaea mechanics and the fact that most of the locals are even crazier than he is.

Fate of Black and Crimson by Doctor Weird

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with Fate/Apocrypha and Fate/Grand Order
  • Status: Dead; last updated October 2019
  • Synopsis: In the Fifth Holy Grail War, Shirou summons Sakura Saber/Okita Souji as Assassin and many of the other Servants are different as well. Ruler/Jeanne d'Arc is summoned by possessing Laeticia and investigates the Grail War. Meanwhile, when Chaldea was bombed and Ritsuka (Female), Mash, Olga, and Fou escape with a Rayshift, they land in this version of Fuyuki and get caught up in the Grail War.
  • Comments: In this AU, during the Fourth Holy Grail War, Arturia managed to kill Gilgamesh and Kirei Kotomine did not get revived, so they are out and Caren Hortensia becomes in charge of Fuyuki's church. Ritsuka and Mash are adorable as usual. EMIYA is still Archer and Heracles is still Berserker, but Sakura summons Medusa Lily as Lancer. Reika Rikudou has Mordred as Saber, Atrum Galliasta has Perseus as Rider, and Shinji somehow has Cu Chulainn as Caster. (Since Caster can gather his own mana, he's not handicapped by having Shinji for a Master). Also, this version of Shirou knows nothing about magecraft, as Kiritsugu apparently never taught him.

Fate Revelation Online by Daniel-Gudman (link)

  • Recommended by Leid, Pastykake
  • Crossover with Sword Art Online
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Ilya likes to play video games, and in the time she has remaining, Shirou is more than willing to play the new VR game with her. But when they are trapped inside the game, [Sword Art Online], they determine something even more distressing: Kayaba Akihiko is definitely a Magus.
  • Comments: What happens when you apply Nasuverse into the Sword Art Online story? You get this excellent story, featuring the cast of both series as they try to survive. —Leid

Fate/Far Side by Arashi Leonheart Link to Beast's Lair's thread

  • Recommended by Raven2785, nitewind
  • Crossover with Tsukihime
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Kiritsugu takes Shirou to Misaki City on a trip to see a physician for his illness, and one day wandering down the street on a rainy day he stumbles across a young redheaded girl in a Kimono without an umbrella and decides to walk her home. Years later, after the events of the Grail War, Shirou, armed with the knowledge of what really happened to his father as well as for nostalgia's sake, decides to take a trip to Misaki once more.
  • Comments: The author begins with the with the simple idea of having Shirou around for an alternative take on the Far Side Routes post-Tsukihime and what he gives us is a well written, in-character trip into the family secrets and skeletons of the Tohno family, Arashi Leonheart also does a good job of giving us a Shirou who is a little haunted and confused about his place in life after having suffered through the events of Grail War. Overall a great read and it's my recommendation that you try reading it on Beast's Lair as the author has set up links to the respective soundtracks of Tukihime and Fate/Stay Night to set up a better atmosphere.

Fate/Long Night by der Reichtangle

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: After Saber destroyed the Holy Grail in the 4th war, a dark and icy being kills Angra Mainyu and hijacks the ritual. In the 5th War, it is no longer a war for the Grail, but a Trial of Seven. Seven Servants are summoned who superficially resemble the classic Servant Classes, but in reality, they are champions of the seven gods who make up the Faith of the Seven: The Father, The Mother, The Maiden, The Smith, The Warrior, The Crone, and The Stranger. Shirou still summons Saber, and now, they must cope with seven totally different Servants than Saber is used to and a war with different stakes.

Fate/Reach Out by Vegeta the 3rd, (Space Battles link, link)

  • Recommended by Yuusha Fan, Unclouded TJ, nitewind
  • Crossover with Persona 4
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: (From "A chance decision leads to an unlikely discovery. The mention of a rumor leads to an unbelievable mystery. And the connection to a long forgotten family leads to an unforgettable experience. Welcome to Inaba, Yu Narukami... or should I say Shirou Emiya? (Co-Authored by Nameless Flame Wielder)"
  • Comments: It's only 16 chapters long at this point, but considering the quality of the writing (especially the fight scenes), this is one crossover to look out for. Now has a trope page.

Fate/stay night: The Dragon of the Seventh Heaven by Starlight Poet (link)

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with High School D×D
  • Status: Dormant; last updated May 2020
  • Synopsis: On the day before he was to die, Issei Hyoudou received a deck of cards, albeit very bizarre ones. The next day, just before Issei is about to be to killed by Raynare, an unknown power awakens within. Reviving lost souls? Cute monster girls? Angels and demons? Not quite what he pictured his life when dealing with insanely hot women.
  • Comments: The premise is similar to Fate:stay night: Dragon of Dragons, except here, the Nasuverse and DxD worlds are separate. The dimension traveler Zelretch gives Issei the deck of Servant Cards to amuse himself. There is no Holy Grail War and Issei does not have Boosted Gear. Instead, he somehow possesses the Third Magic, Heaven's Feel, giving him the power to truly incarnate a Heroic Spirit into flesh and blood. With Tamamo no Mae by his side, and possibly more Heroic Spirits on the way, he must survive in this world of Devils and Fallen Angels. Issei's classmate Aika Kiryu also gets more involved with the plot.

Fate: Nightmare Apatheia by HeavyValor

  • Recommended by ThePhilosopherKing, crazyeater, nitewind
  • Crossover with Code Geass
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Welcome to Fate/Nightmare Apatheia. Welcome to the war. A deceptively simple crossover between Code Geass and Fate/Stay Night. The Holy Grail War becomes the deciding element in Charles' and the Grail's Assimilation Plot, leading to a guaranteed Gambit Pileup revolving around Servants and Immortals. One of each falls into the hands of two Ashford Academy students, Servant Saber for Shirou Emiya and the Immortal C.C. for Lelouch Lamperouge. With both Servants and Immortals scattered throughout the world, the Holy Grail War is escalated to a global conflict, promising a new release to Angra Mainyu, All The World's Evil.
  • Comments: Combining the worlds of the Nasuverse and Code Geass, F/NA takes the tried-and-true formula of simply mixing both works into the same story and turns it into something glorious. This fic starts both protagonists' routes anew, and then proceeds to intertwine their paths seamlessly. Everything familiar about CG and F/SN is still present, and preserved to an exacting degree. However, the combination of both opens up the fic to a plethora of promising ideas. The hints of knightmare-magecraft combat, Servant battles on the scale of entire military operations, and Immortal special forces are simply tantalizing for a military buff. Not to mention the excellent characterizations and interactions. Definitely one of the 10% worth dying for.

Fate: Sword to Black by Gree

  • Recommended by Gemini24, nitewind
  • Crossover with Bleach
  • Status: Dead and removed from author's profile
  • Synopsis: Ichigo Kurosaki thought his life dealing with the supernatural was over. He was wrong. Now Ichigo is dragged into a war that never should have happened.

Fate:stay night: Dragon of Dragons by Starlight's Poet

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with High School D×D
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: In one world, Issei Hyoudou died, and came back a Servant of Rias Gremory. In another, he found himself involved in a figurative 'holy war'. A grail that can grant omnipotent wishes? Fast way to become a Harem King! ...if he can survive the other enemy Masters first. Hey, at least he's got a smoking hot Servant with him!
  • Comments: In this story, the events of High School DxD happen sixty years after the events of Fate/Stay Night and Shirou and Rin are Issei's grandparents (their daughter, Issei's mother, was a Muggle Born of Mages, but Issei inherited the potential). Issei's Servant is Altera from Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star or Fate/Grand Order. In addition to Boosted Gear, Issei starts getting taught magic. There are bold changes from canon, like since Altera stops Raynare from killing Issei, he doesn't get reincarnated as a devil and Issei chooses not to join Rias' peerage because he was offended that they knew Raynare was stalking him and didn't do anything to stop it. There is also a mystery of why the Holy Grail War is starting again after Rin and Lord El-Melloi II dismantled the Greater Grail.

Fate Stay Mama! by Extarsis

  • Recommened by ultimomant
  • Crossover with Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?
  • Status: Dormant; last updated April 2020
  • Synopsis: After finishing their adventure in the video game, Mamako Oosuki finally agrees to give her son Masato his space and moves to Fuyuki alone. She befriends Shirou Emiya and treats him and his friends like her own children. She somehow still has her magic swords and overpowered abilities from the video game in the real world, so she ends up interfering when the Fifth Holy Grail War starts, able to fight on par with Servants. Oh, and Gilgamesh becomes attracted to her.

Fate's Gamble by Lupine Horror

  • Recommended by EvilMaster
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Zelretch gets bored and tries to experiment and Fate herself latches on then you can only hope the end will be to your benefit as now even Fate cannot see what she has done. Has She doomed a world or has she pushed it to prosperity? The decision lies in the hands of a young boy who does not know the love of a family.
  • Comments: A fanfic where we can not only see some of the less known Nasuverse characters being portrayed but also one where we can see just how messed up the wizard world can be on the eye of a magus by a rather different kind of Harry Potter.
    • A word of warning, Harry is an O.C. Stand-in and a Marty Stu from the start. He is almost immediately given several unnecessary new powers via a "blood adoption ritual" with Zelretch, Rider's older sisters Eurayle and Stheno, and Waver. He is also raised in the Nasuverse by the aforementioned characters. To top things off, he takes Len as a familiar as well. The end result is that he has almost nothing in common with his canon counterpart even before the main plot kicks off. Please take this into account before trying to read this fic.

FateBlack Reflection by Nameless Flame Wielder (link)

  • Recommended by Bf, nitewind, Pastykake
  • Crossover with Bleach
  • Status: Dead, rewrite pending
  • Synopsis: With Aizen's plans foiled in Karakura, Ichigo and his friends are called to investigate strange happenings in nearby Fuyuki City. Hang on, what the heck are Magi? And who's that woman who's calling Ichigo "Master?"
  • Comments:
    • An absolutely excellent crossover. It blends the two worlds together perfectly by introducing the Bleach universe into the Nasuverse and seeing how it will affect the Holy Grail War while maintaining balance between both franchises. A must-read for people who like both Bleach and Fate/Stay Night.
    • The author told Pastykake that he is in the middle of a (very slow) rewrite and will not continue this version of the story.

FateGeass: The Eden Vital War by AlfheimWanderer

  • Recommended by Rivenscryr, Steve the Corn Muffin
  • Crossover with Code Geass
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set in an altered Code Geass universe with Fate/stay night elements mixed into it, this fic tells the story of the most recent Eden Vital War, a ritual established to minimize damage in resolving disputes between Code-bearers with different visions for the future of the World of C, since the last dispute resulted in a world-spanning war that destroyed Atlantis and nearly caused The End of the World as We Know It. But, as the cast of Code Geass isn't exactly known for following rules, V.V. decides to stack the deck by sealing away C.C. before the War in order to prevent her from stopping Ragnarok. C.C. does not take kindly to this, and upon her release during the Shinjuku Incident, appoints Lelouch as the 8th champion of the War - Avenger, the wielder of Absolute Retribution.
  • Comments: While what is featured is admittedly something of a departure from the traditional Holy Grail War, both in concept and in scale (it empowers currently living humans all over the world who meet the standards of the various Servant classes), FateGeass is still an interesting read, with AlfheimWanderer doing an outstanding job of blending elements of the Nasuverse into the world of Code Geass, with the result a refreshingly unique story. From references to Geass as a channel for the power of a greater archetype crystallized in the collective unconscious (one that they can use in the physical world, as opposed to the phantasmagoria in which most Servant battles are fought in this continuity), the balance of daily life at Ashford Academy with a secret life of combat and intrigue, and many references to myths and legends, this fic captures the style of the Nasuverse quite well, weaving it together with tantalizing bits of the other world's mysterious past.

Fictional by Dark Syaoran.

  • Recommended by ShadowAI, Unclouded TJ
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Author's Summary: The dictionary defined fiction as thus: something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story. The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining. Yes, Harry thought, this defined him nicely.
  • Comments: This is a fic that treats the Harry Potter books as works of fiction and has Harry improperly summoned by Caster. Aside from being well-written and paced this story deals quite well with Harry's attempt to come to terms with his fictional nature, and I would recommend it even for people not too familiar with Fate/stay night. It's a bit short now but the author is updating.

The Fifth Holy Grail War: A Pony's Perspective by Evowizard25

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: When Sunset Shimmer abandoned Princess Celestia and jumped through the mirror, she landed in Fuyuki City and became a student in Shirou Emiya's school. Later, when Sunset steals Twilight Sparkle's crown and Twilight and Spike pursue her, Twilight ends up meeting Shirou, just as the Holy Grail War starts.
  • Comments: What's cool is that since the world of Fate/Stay Night has magic, Sunset and Twilight still have their powers. Shirou takes Flash Sentry's place and Sakura Matou takes Fluttershy's place. Also, Sunset becomes the Master of Caster and the three Sirens are here too. Twilight summons Assassin Jack the Ripper, Sakura summons Rider Astolfo, who knew the Sirens back when he was alive, and Zouken summons Avenger Jeanne d'Arc Alter.

Fletching by AlfheimWanderer

  • Recommended by Rivenscryr, ItsaRandomUsername
  • Crossover with Tsukihime, implicitly crosses with Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Status:: Complete
  • Synopsis: In a dying world where civilization has been brought to its knees, can even a would-be hero maintain his course? Or like so many others, will he stray from it...and fail? A sidestory to Evangel Notes
  • Comments: "Fletching" is one of those stories a brief summary simply cannot do justice to. It is the story of a man who wanted to be a hero, living only to save people, bitterly discovering that not everyone could be saved. It is the story of a woman who simply wanted her end, living only to destroy a certain person that her tortured existence might come to an end. It is a story of two humans souls slowly wearing away in a blighted land of steel, questing after impossible goals in a world shot through with despair and desolation until they reach their destinations at last, finding perhaps not what they sought, but what they truly needed. It is all of these and more. Raw, powerful and poignant, it beautifully captures the struggle of two human beings trying to keep their humanity in a hostile world, finding strength in the least likely of places.

God Slaying Blade Works by Marcus Galen Sands (link)

  • Recommended by cerokun, OathToOblivion
  • Crossover with Campione!
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The first Fate/Stay Night-Campione! crossover. A Heavens Feel Shirou finds that himself and Illya have been pulled into another world by a corrupted Grail. There his actions lead to him becoming the Eighth god killing Devil King. Now he has to deal with becoming someone who rules where he walks, even if he doesn't want to. That and trying to find a way back home.
  • Comments: A very well written, enjoyable read. Everybody's in character and the fight scenes are incredibly epic.
    • I concur. It's incredibly well written, especially for someone's first story. It contrasts the mechanics of the Nasuverse with the Campione!verse, but doesn't laud one over the other. I'd give it a thumbs-up if had a rating system. -OathToOblivion

Happy Ending? by Dragonscries

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with RWBY
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Instead of Super Speed, Ruby Rose's Semblance is that she holds the spirits of seven Servants within her, which makes it seem like she has multiple personality disorder. She can temporarily take on their powers or materialize them in the real world. Unfortunately, Ruby is pessimistic and cynical and uninterested in becoming a hero or a Huntress. Except she may not have a choice.
  • Comments: This is a very different Ruby, but it makes sense given what she has to deal with why she would turn out this way.

Heart's Oath by Heaven's Chocolate

  • Recommended by Beta Halo
  • Status: Dead
  • Crossover: Persona 5
  • Synopsis: Shirou Emiya is expelled from Homurahara Academy after defending Illya, unaware of his actions being puppeteer by the man he trusted the most. Set to walk on a path of ruin, he tries to fight against the oppressive chains placed on him and for the change he seeks in a rigged game where not even the Trickster can overcome.
  • Comments: This story has one of the most badass Shirou amalgamation of all fics i've ever seen. Think Oath Under Snow Shirou, mixed with pure unadultered UBW determinator and a sprinkle of Prisma Illya innocence quickly burned away under he weight of GAR. Getting involved with the Metaverse quickly turns the most humane Shirou into one hell of a fighter. It helps that he get emotionally invested in a side character in a way that Sakura would kill for. Rebellious!Shirou has been GAR Certificated. Also, Kerry goes more along the lines of his Oath Under Snow version even if this should be the Prisma Timeline...

Herwald von Einzbern and the Philosopher's Stone, by kyugan

  • Recommended by Xamusel, Unclouded TJ
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Status:: Complete
  • Synopsis: As from the entry: "The 5th Heaven's Feel has been averted, with no apparent victor, but for Herwald von Einzbern, recently turned eleven, a whole new adventure is about to begin in a world he left behind ten years prior."
  • Comments: A story that starts off a series by kyugan, Kiritsugu adopts Harry shortly after he finishes a job that involves killing a Sealing Designate, Harry gets renamed Herwald, he becomes one of Ilya's little siblings (when Shirou enters the picture anyway), and he becomes an alchemist who takes part in the Fifth Heaven's Feel... and later enrolls in Hogwarts because of his birth parents. The story is complete, but it has a sequel up set during the events of The Chamber of Secrets, which shows that the author knows what he's talking about... even though Herwald is Slytherin in this series.

The Hill of Swords by gabriel blessing (link)

  • Recommended by Ninmikey01, Rivenscryr, Schizo Technician, TenFour, nitewind, Shinji117, margibso Zfish9, Unclouded TJ
  • Crossover with The Familiar of Zero
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Shirou Emiya has dealt with human summoning, magical battles, and saving the world. Now he is brought into a world where magic equates to nobility. The Zero has just summoned a Hero. Completed.
  • Comments: While, as the author notes, this is not the first Fate/stay night/The Familiar of Zero crossover ever thought up, it is one of the most promising in execution. The attention to detail, weaving of hints, and laudable efforts to flesh out exactly how Shirou fits into this new world make this tale a fresh take on the setting, one well worth reading.

The Holy Man of the Church Creek by Parcasious

  • Recommended by Raziel 123
  • Crossover with High School D×D
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: He was an anomaly not meant to be in this world, yet fate would deem otherwise. After all, the fate of the world just may hang in the balance.

In Flight by gabriel blessing. (link)

  • Recommended by Ninmikey01, nitewind
  • Crossover with Sekirei
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Honestly, Shirou was beginning to think that he should be used to this — being unwittingly selected to take part in brutal tournament that he had no idea existed until he found himself in the middle of it. Then again, second time's the charm, right?
  • Comments: Another awesome FSN crossover from the same mind who gave birth to The Hill of Swords. The canon characters of Sekirei are shifted around a bit. There are also some good ecchi scenes. And considering the art style of the Sekirei manga, there will be a lot more. Note that this story had the first two chapters posted within a day of the other; this will probably match the update speed of HoS, so hold on — gab will definitely bring us another great story.

Inaccurate Legends by Midnak (link)

An Island in the Warp by Grimgor Ironhide

  • Recommended by Shinji117
  • Crossover with Warhammer 40,000
  • Status:: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Radical Inquistors try and summon a Daemonhost, only to get the King of Knights from after the Fate route. (Avalon Huzzah!) Things get...interesting.
  • Comments: While the story is so far still quite short (Saber has yet to leave the Inquisitorial base), the crossover seems to be done well. Her interactions with the Radicals are certainly in-character, and the confusion and misunderstanding of the Radicals leads to a situation where diplomatic connections break down. And then they think she wants to possess someone, and try and give her her tortured Master as a Daemonhost. However, in the latest chapter the Inquistors and Saber seem have come to a kind of agreement, with Saber putting aside her smoldering hatred and disgust for the good of humanity. All in all, a very good fic that certainly doesn't sugarcoat anything from the 40k 'verse and keeps Saber in-character.

Lunatique by Moczo

  • Recommended by AQZT, ItsaRandomUsername, Pastykake
  • Crossover with Tsukihime
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Late one night in the Clock Tower, a frustrated Rin and a mildly amused Zelretch have a little chat. As the moon shines down, the Wizard Marshall weaves a tale for his prize pupil, of the greatest and most costly battle of his career...
  • Comments: A oneshot involving Zelretch telling Rin the story of how he defeated Brunestud of the Crimson Moon. It is absolutely awesome.

The Matou Shinji Series by AlfheimWanderer

  • The version is located right here
  • Recommended by: Sallera, Green Chaos, The Giant Rock, Pastykake
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: At age 11, Matou Shinji is accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Equipped only with a wand given to him by his grandfather, a book on ofuda, and the standard school supplies, will Shinji and his friends be able to survive in the world of witches and wizards with the dark threat lurking on the horizon?
  • Comments: One of the better Harry Potter/Nasuverse crossovers out there, it mixes the universes into each other very well and creates logical justifications for why the Harry Potter magical system is the way it is, and also introduces some new concepts into both universes. It incorporates both Harry Potter characters and Nasuverse characters such as Touko and Sion, along with a couple OCs who play both major and minor roles in the story. It deviates heavily from canon for both the Harry Potter and Fate/stay night universes in some rather interesting ways and can often go directions you would never expect. It writes the characters extremely realistically and stays true to their characterization, even if their characterization ends up being wildly different than it was in canon. Shinji in this is surprisingly likable and ends up being wildly different than his Fate/stay night counterpart due to the influence of Sokaris and Luna, and he ends up being a better person, but yet is still distinctly Shinji.
  • Pairing(s): Shinji x Luna

Miracle by Grunt

  • Recommended by Chel, nitewind, Aishata
  • Crossover with Berserk
  • Status:: Complete
  • Synopsis: As long as his body can grasp his sword he refuses to fade away. The title of struggler defines his existance. It is time for the black swordsman to enter another war. A war between Masters and Servants. A war for the holy grail.
  • Comments: A strangely emotional and compelling story, despite its somewhat awkward structure. If you know anything about Berserk, reading this story will give you chills.

Monomyth by Slavok

  • Recommended by: ultimomant
  • Crossover with: RWBY
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2018
  • Synopsis: In the Fifth Holy Grail War, Rin summons Ruby as Archer, Shirou summons Weiss as Saber, Illya summons Yang as Berserker, and Caster summons Blake as Assassin. Hilarity Ensues.

Moonlit Fate by Jaenera Targaryen

  • Recommended by: Captain Silver
  • Crossover with Tsukihime
  • Status: Dormant (last updated June 2017)
  • Synopsis: Roa chose a different person to reincarnate in. Blood heralded his coming into the world, and now the Moon rises, casting its light over a city stained with blood and evil.
  • Comments: Rin is Roa. Sakura summons Gilgamesh from Fate/Prototype. Arcueid gets a glimpse of Avalon through Shirou, and becomes fascinated with him. Those are just a few highlights so far. The pacing is a bit slow, but so far so good, and I daresay it's worth a place here. —Captain Silver

Mr and Mrs Arc by Dr. Jhon Smith

  • Recommended by: ultimomant
  • Crossover with: RWBY
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Beacon receives a message that Jaune Arc's parents, Gilgamesh Arc and Arturia Pendragon Arc, are visiting. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: Extremely hilarious as we see Ozpin, Port, and Oobleck's uncharacteristic terror at learning that Mr and Mrs Arc are coming and Glinda's exasperation. While it's a borderline Crack Fic, we also get some nice development and characterization, especially the scene where we learn just how Gilgamesh and Saber entered Remnant and got together.

My Ideal Academia by Saraak

  • Recommended by Eoin
  • Crossover with My Hero Academia
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: As Shirou was dragged into the hole left behind by the grail, the grail itself reaches out to him, acknowledging him as the true winner of the Fifth Holy Grail war. His wish of becoming a hero is closer to being granted than he originally thought. Now in a world where being a hero is a feasible profession, will he become a true ally of justice?

A New Hero in a New Land by Verdalt1

  • Recommended by: kinglugia
  • Crossover with Fairy Tail
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: A land where magic is not secluded, a land where dragons and mystical creatures still exist. In another world lies a lone hero who strives for the happiness of everyone. Fate seems to work in the strangest of ways... then again, a hero's duty is never done, right?

Postnuptial Disagreements by Zalgo Jenkins (link)

  • Recommended by Mythtakesweremade and Grand Prince Paul II
  • Crossover with Sekirei, Fate/Zero
  • Status:: Complete
  • Synopsis: Author's Summary: Years after his parents survived Heaven's Feel, the son of Kayneth and Sola-Ui finds himself in a different sort of supernatural tournament. But can he survive superpowered alien females, scheming businessmen, and his own partner's urge to strangle him?
  • Comments: Somehow, Kayneth Archibald El-Melloi and his wife Sola-Ui survived the fourth Heaven’s Feel ritual. Their son, Meriwether, seems like a chip off the old block when he travels to Japan to research the Fourth War. Unfortunately, his short layover at Shin Tokyo takes a little longer than expected when he accidentally wings Benitsubasa and gets dragged into the Sekirei Plan. Benitsubasa soon finds to her disappointment that her Ashikabi has lived a rather...sheltered life. Not that this will stop our protagonist from making the Sekirei Plan a whole lot bloodier...

Prism Mayhem by Blue Hurricane

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Magical girl Illya gets transported to another universe and gets caught up in the Fifth Holy Grail War. Scared and confused, she runs afoul of the native version of herself who is psychotic and controls a behemoth called Berserker, then is rescued by an aspiring Hero of Justice who looks just like her brother Shirou.

Promises of a Wandering Hero by Neoalfa (link)

  • Recommended by Nitramy, threetoedsloth
  • Crossover with Love Hina
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: He promised to be a Hero capable of saving everyone. But before that he made other promises he can't remember under a different name. How will Shirou react when he finds his lost past?
  • Comments: What if Urashima Keitaro were in Fuyuki on the day of the fire? What if he were raised as Emiya Shirou? What if his birth relatives found him several years after the War? The answer: this story, and as it unfolds, watch general awesomeness and Character Development happen.

Property Damage By Kagaseo (link)

  • Recommended by: MetalKing1417, Captain Silver
  • Crossover with War Hammer 40000
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Zelretch, bored to death, decides to cause mischief. As a result, the Grail calls upon seven of the most overpowered Servants the Throne of Heroes has in store. In the not-so-grim darkness of the current present... there can only be property damage. And crazy aliens.
  • Comments: The Masters of the fifth Holy Grail War summon Servants from Warhammer 40000. Though not very far along, the interactions between characters are pure gold, especially between Lancer (Trazyn the Infinite) and Gilgamesh.

The Red Dragon's Saber by Captain Bell (link)

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with High School D×D
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: When Asia Argento was about to be taken away by Raynare's forces, Issei Hyoudou desperately pleaded for someone to save her. A miracle happens and Issei inadvertently summons Saber. This Saber is the one waiting in Avalon for her beloved Shirou Emiya to find her. To honor Shirou's dream of becoming a hero, she agrees to help them and becomes Issei's Servant.
  • Comments: The author assures that Saber will not be joining Issei's harem and is Shirou's and Shirou's alone. Her sudden appearance and advanced powers cause a lot of confusion and Entertainingly Wrong moments for all the parties.

Remnant of a Carnival by GradationAir87

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with RWBY
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: When Shirou destroyed the Grail, he wasn't expecting it to grant his wish anyways by turning into a rocket and spiriting him away. In a new world, filled with monsters called Grimm and superheroes called Huntsmen, he's finally able to pursue his dream to become a hero! Of course, Grail-kun isn't going to make it easy for him.
  • Comments: Although Shirou is from Carnival Phantasm, the story is semi-serious with a plot. Shirou ends up taking Jaune Arc's place in Beacon, but Jaune is not forgotten, as Grail-kun ends up corrupting him and he falls in with Junior and Roman Torchwick.

Requiem for the Holy Grail by 400PercentSync

  • Recommended by: Micro Giga
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Fate/Zero
  • Synopsis: Torn from his world, Giorno Giovanna finds himself in a strange new universe filled with unknown concepts such as magic; summoned into a ritual that offers him salvation. Now he's faced with a challenge that even he might not be able to handle, it'll take everything he has to survive among legendary heroes.
  • Comments: A crossover where Giorno Giovanna is summoned as an Archer by Tokiomi Tohsaka. The story continues onwards into Fate Stay Night after the Fourth Holy Grail War.

The Steel Crusader by badliar 2312

  • Recommended by: Micro Giga
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Synopsis: Emiya Shirou is a magus, one who can be said as bizarre due to what he possesses within. However, his status as one is a secret and he kept it that way. He was fine in keeping what he's capable of to himself, but when the Fifth Holy Grail War came knocking, he Stands up and do what he's born to do: To make those who endanger others for their own gain feel the Steel of his Justice!
  • Comments: One-shot. Shirou gains a stand before the Holy Grail War.

Stitches by Farmer Kyle (link)

  • Recommended by: Second Son, nitewind, Pastykake
  • Crossover with Bleach
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: For a history project, Ichigo travels to Fuyuki City to gather local information after an awry hollow attack destroys the school. He heads to Ryuudou Temple to learn of its history, only to stumble into a secret war that has been waged for almost two centuries. This is the story of a boy trying to find his place in the world, and the girl who stitches the pieces back together.
  • Comments: Forgoes the usual overpowered Ichigo thrust into new world that usual Bleach crossovers go with, instead using the depowered Ichigo that resulted from defeating Aizen. It's good to see Ichigo's inner thoughts during his current status, as well as his interactions with Assassin.

Swords and Sorcery by Susanoh13

  • Recommended by Phantomdemon, Pastykake
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Status:: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: When helping Rin with her experiments, Shirou Emiya is deaged and sent to a new world. A world of Witchcraft and Wizardy. The world of Harry Potter, or rather Iris Potter.
  • Comments: Despite the Fem!Harry, the story is very fun. Shirou feels very in character and you can see the characters acting this way. I'd say read it if you got the chance. —Phantomdemon

The Third Magic by Deviate's Fish and AlfheimWanderer

  • Recommended by DaRandomUsername, Steve the Corn Muffin, Rivenscryr, nitewind
  • Crossover with The Familiar of Zero
  • Status:: Dormant
  • Synopsis: After "successfully" completing the Springtime Familiar ritual, Louise finds out that she is now the master of a certain white-haired homunculus. Follows the Unlimited Blade Works storyline.
  • Comments: If we're going to recommend every single good FOZ fic out there, might as well rec this. What could have been just another "What if Louise summoned X?" story, but it deviates quite nicely early on, which is nice and apparent even from early chapters. To start things off Illya is actually Myozunitonirun, NOT Gandalfr and also summons Archer!Heracles as a familiar spoiler. The very fact that the classical Void Familiar class has been changed (and therefore open to just about any other candidate) is an enticing thought. Perverted!Illya is a riot. Another thing to consider is Tiffania summoning Archerko.

A Throne Nobody Wants by Vahn

  • Recommended by Prometheus 117
  • Status: Dead (last updated January 2017)
  • Crossover with A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Synopsis: Written on a dare, a humorous take on what happen if FSN Mordred, Shirou and Arturia end up in Westeros after their deaths at certain points in their lives. Featuring a gender-bent Shirou and Arturia. Will be continued due to popularity. Now with an M rating.
  • Comments: Originally starting as a Crack Fic, the story later begins to take a semi-serious tone as it follows the adventures of Mordred Baratheon, Arturia (now Viserys Targaryen and later renamed Arthur Pendragon) and Shirou (now Sansa Stark) in the world of Westeros. However, it quickly starts going Off the Rails from Ice and Fire canon due to the different personalities of named characters and the machinations of Mordred also influencing the various characters in much different ways than before. Also, fair warning: Arthur has a harem.

Thu'um of a Distant Utopia by Deviate's Fish (link)

Unlimited Disability Works by Calvo

  • Recommended by Sarius
  • Crossover with Katawa Shoujo
  • Status: One-shot, complete
  • Synopsis: Shizune has finally completed her tertiary education, and Hisao is on hand to make the day one that she'll never forget. Pity Shizune's family had to show up to make things a touch more difficult than required.
  • Comments: Pure crack. Pure goddamn crack. It is bloody hilarious and deserves far more attention than it has.
    • Special mentions go to: Emi's fake legs being used instead of Kanshou and Bakuya, Hisao's aria for Unlimited Disability Works, the spell itself, and goddamn Jigoromesh.

The Vasto of White by Parcasious

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with Bleach
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Shirou Emiya dies and becomes a Hollow. Although his memories of his former life are fragmented, he retains his powers and his heroic ideals. He eventually unites Hueco Mundo under his leadership, changing the plot of Bleach and Aizen's plans.

Wandering of a Sword Hero by A Dyslexic Writer (link)

  • Recommended by: albertrojas
  • Crossover with: The Rising of the Shield Hero
  • Status: Discontinued
  • Synopsis: Shirou never expected to be summoned to another world, but now all he wants to do is finish save it so that he could return home to his family. But it order to return home he will first have to survive. First rule of surviving as a summoned hero; don't trust ANYONE.
  • Comments: Discontinued by the author due to frustration with the project. Worth a read but unlikely to be completed.

When the Search Ends by Eliad91

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with RWBY
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: At the end of his long journey, Shirou Emiya is reincarnated as Ruby Rose while Saber/Arturia Pendragon is reincarnated as Jaune Arc.
  • Comments: A delightful love story and a bit of a role reversal as the reincarnations are opposites when it comes to fighting experience.

The Xth Loop: Sword/Stilled Time by ItsaRandomUsername

  • Recommended by StevetheCornMuffin, nitewind, Keimarios
  • Crossover with Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: In this Madoka Magica/Type-MOON fusion-crossover, through a series of traumatizing, dangerous events Homura Akemi accidentally ends up contracted with a certain sword-Projecting Counter Guardian who was trying to kill her moments before as she re-enters her newest timeloop. The presence of this red-mantled, vaguely untrustworthy man of steel will irrevocably alter the events of the series. But, in this uneasy alliance the zinger question is, who will get saved first: Madoka Kaname, or the world?
  • Comments: Put simply, this is a team-up between the resident badasses of Fate/stay night and Madoka Magica. What could end up as a simple curbstomp battle through and through as a result of a Homura/Archer tagteam is not so, because the contract between the two is far from perfect, leaving prana supplies necessary for Noble Phantasm spamming from Archer in precarious supply. This theme of urgency and seriousness is palpable throughout the fic. Not only does it stay true to the spirit of Nasu and Urobichi's works, Archer's interactions with the rest of the girls and the glimpses into his mysterious, dark past are certainly the highlights of the story.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Extra CCC: Path to the King by Aburg76

  • Crossover between Fate/EXTRA and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Gilgamesh the King of Heroes he must be first in all things. When Rejecting Moon Cell and Taking Hakuno Kishinami to a planet 1500 light years away from earth he never imagined to find something called the king's card game. determined to make this game his own he has Hakuno attend Duel academy with a deck Gilgamesh has made to prove once and for all who is the one and only king.
  • Comments: The author has really outdone himself with this one, a rather creative blend of the two and rather entertaining twist to the canon plot with with certain small actions of pieces of information having rather large relevance in the later chapters, also read to see the King of Heroes be himself while being one of the Good guys, though the lightheartedness of GX has taken a turn to a more serious mood in the recent chapters, one that is more akin to the Type-MOON works.

    Mega Crossover fics 

Crossover fics between three or more franchises.

Fate/Inertia Dawn by ItsaRandomUsername and AlfheimWanderer

  • Recommended by Rivenscryr, Darkholme, StevetheCornMuffin
  • Crossover with Neon Genesis Evangelion, .hack, Final Fantasy XIII, Assassin's Creed, Tsukihime, and Berserk
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Everyone knows that the Holy Grail War is a ritual where magi contend for a wish using Servants, human spirits that have ascended to near-divinity due to the legends of their deeds. But what if Avenger's contamination of the Grail in the Third War had distorted the ritual beyond what anyone thought possible. What if the Servants summoned weren't even quite those of ancient legend, but modern media? And what if the underlying mystery behind the circumstances that led to this abnormal Grail War were a major driving force of the story at large?
  • Comments: While others have fiddled with fictional Servants in the Grail War in the past, most have limited themselves to simply replacing Assassin. This fic, however, seems to be going the route of replacing every Servant with a fictional counterpart, while still staying true to the 'feel' of Fate - exploring the mystery behind a spirit's true identity. Arguably the "original" of the "replace Servants, get instant megacrossover" fic. Even with few chapters (including the near-requisite Tohsaka prologue), hints of how the fic as a whole will be are evident with Rin/Luvia interactions, Shinji Ikari as Rin's Lancer, and Luvia's mystery Servant (going only by Ryou) throwing a Spanner in the Works. Shirou ends up summoning Lightning, True Assasin is Altair summoned by Ciel, and Berserker is Guts. With an A-list cast like this, it's a mega-crossover that one should definitely keep an eye on.

Fate: Stay Nightmare by X the Reaper

Fate:Stay Away by The Infamous Man (link)

FateIncarnate X4 by AKJ19 (link)

  • Recommended by [???]
  • Crossover with The Garden of Sinners, Fate/Zero and Warhammer
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: At the End of the End Times when the Incarnates failed and the Winds of Magic were ripped from them four of the winds, Shyish, Aqshy, Uldu and Chamon were cast out together. Shyish and Ulgu being torn more forcefully due to their Incarnates resisting the most took more than just the winds with them, though All winds did take a small part of it's Incarnate with it, Ulgu and Shyish took more. Moving through the Realm of Chaos the remaining four winds of Magic seized the first opportunity they had to escape and returned to the mortal real where a City was alight with fire caused by 6 billion curse. This City is Fuyuki City at the end of Fate/Zero. Not desiring to disperse into the world the four winds poured themselves into the closest living being in the area. A boy with red hair and amber eyes.

The Forge, the Hearth, and the Steel Sword by Nukoko

  • Recommended by Ninmikey 01
  • Crossover with Fate/EXTRA and Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A certain No Name Archer with faulty memories ends up in Orario after the events of the Moon Cell Grail War. He was already satisfied with the existence he had ended up as... yet a certain brown haired master had decided that he deserved far more. So now an earnest wish from someone dear had lead to another chance at life and... maybe at happiness.
  • Comments: A nice mix of Nasuverse magic messing about in the Danmachi setting with some good character building so far. Though Archer lacks some memories he still possesses some skill related to his status as a Hero.

Infinite Paths by Lord Mist

  • Recommended by brightwing, TinCanKnight
  • Crossover with Batman, Ciaphas Cain, Fullmetal Alchemist, Hellsing, Inheritance Cycle, James Bond, The Legend of Sun Knight, The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Samurai Jack, Sherlock Holmes, The Slender Man Mythos, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Trigun
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: There are infinitely many Servants that could have been summoned after all. From an infinite number of multiverses. Ever wondered what if Batman or Sherlock Holmes were summoned as a servant? The Holy Grail war will never be the same again...
  • Comments: Ongoing series, with the author taking character suggestions from the readers. He does brilliant justice to the characterization of the heroes from all the series thrown into Fateverse. Watching the canon characters repeatedly get flabbergasted when confronted with the alien new Servants is, frankly, priceless. It’s also interesting to see their powers and attributes well-translated into Noble Phantasms and reading the character sheets in the end. So far we have Edward Elric, Venom (Spiderman), James Bond, Batman, Samurai Jack, Sherlock Holmes, Han Solo, Jack Sparrow, Nicholas Wolfwood, Eragon, Aragorn, Integra Hellsing, Grisia Sun, Demon Eyes Kyo, Kakashi Hatake, Ciaphas Cain, The Slender Man...
    The premise is that different Servants spanning a wide variety of genres (anime/film/manhua/books/etc.) are summoned as Servants for one of the Masters in the Holy Grail War. The writing style is very good (but not perfect); however, each chapter has a Moment of Awesome in it to really make the fic stand out. Humour is abundant as well.

The Lives And Times of Kaleido Shirou Schweinorg by ILurkNoMoar (link)

  • Recommended by lhklan
  • Crossover with Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Berserk, Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, Touhou Project, and Infinite Stratos
  • Status: Dead
  • Sypnosis: By chance, Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg stumbled upon a dying boy in the Fuyuki Fire. He decided, then, "to create his successor himself, to mold him so his mind wouldn't break under the stress". And as a result, Kaleido Shirou Schweinorg was born.
  • Comments: A collaborative work between multiple authors, this one deserve a place here. From the minds of ILurkNoMoar, Santo, Old Iron, YeOfLittleFaith and many more, the tale of the adopted son of Zelretch unfolds as he travels accross the multiverse, running into troubles and beautiful women along the way.

Shinderella by RadiantBeam and Moczo

Three Bladed Weaponry Fetishists Walk Into A Bar by wingless

    Shipping Fics 

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

All From a Hospital Bed by NamesAreHardToComeUpWith

  • Recommended by Gigle
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Shirou/ Ayako
  • Synopsis: Shirou visits Ayako at the hospital in the middle of an alternate Heaven's Feel.
  • Comments: You slowly piece together the plot from each of Shirou's visits and it gradually gives a grim picture. An interesting exploration of someone who stays on the sidelines and has a decent ending.

Bloodless Sins by Elf

  • Recommended by Cherry_Lover, nitewind
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairings: Archer/Rin, Shirou/Saber
  • Synopsis: After recovering from Kotomine's attack during the Grail War, Rin is surprised to find Archer somehow miraculously resurrected, along with everyone else killed in the war. However, the mass resurrection isn't as happy as it seems as people try to make new lives, and Matou Shinji realizes he has many sins to atone for.
  • Comments: The latest in her Catharsis series, Elf gets back to the couple she does best. As usual from Elf, very well-written, and the characterisation is excellent. Archer's interactions with Rin are particularly good, as usual, although the other characters are by no means ignored.
    • I would recommend this except for the fact that there's so little of it written. What's there is great, but not a lot is there. —Pastykake

Colour by Seika

  • Recommended by Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Shirou/Rin/Saber
  • Synopsis: Post-UBW Good End. A series of vignettes focusing on the relationship of Shirou, Rin, and Saber throughout their lives after the Holy Grail War.
    • Warning: Flagged in the description as explicit (dunno to what extent, that ain't me) so be on guard for such things

Dark Princesses, Crow's Wings, and Hero's Broken Dreams by Elf

  • Recommended by Comartemis, TenFour, Pastykake
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairings: Bits of Rin/Aoko and lots of Rin/Archer
  • Synopsis: Altrouge Brunstud wants a rematch with Arcueid, and nothing will stop her from getting it. Not even a Grail War veteran, a rogue sorceress, a Burial Agency executioner, and a Counter Guardian.
  • Comments: This one's primarily a Fate/stay night fanfic, but members of the Tsukihime crew are present as well and considering Altrouge's objective it seems likely that Shiki and Arcueid will be making appearances in the near-to-distant future. The story takes place a few years after what appears to be the anime version of the FSN Fate route, with Rin attending classes at the Clock Tower while the rest of the gang are still in Fuyuki. The story is very Rin-centric but also features a few enjoyable original characters and appearances by and references to characters from all around the Nasuverse, including everyone's favorite Blue Magic Gunner, who takes a major role in the story. Be warned, though, this one's a Lemon with a Rin/Aoko mana recharge sequence and a few Rin/Archer scenes as well. Here is the interlude The Fall of Emiya Shirou''.

Dawn by CFX

  • Recommended by Spectral Time, TenFour
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Shirou/Caster
  • Synopsis: Shirou is locked in combat with Gilgamesh at the climax of Unlimited Blade Works... or so it seems.
  • Comments: Just a one shot. The pairing is a bit odd, and only comes to the fore partway through for a nice Wham moment, but for all its borderline-Crackedness, the writer manages to make it work well, culminating in a frankly heartwarming conclusion. Part of the fun is figuring out exactly what happened to produce the circumstances of the fic. There is a lemon partway through.

Fate:Distortion by BloodBoredom

  • Recommended by Dman163
  • Status: Dormant (last updated February 2017)
  • Pairings: Shirou/Sakura
  • Synopsis: When a little accident disrupts the summoning of Heracles and instead summons Arturia as a Berserker for the young Einzbern Master, how will Emiya Shirou react at having Heracles as a Saber in his command? Rating may change in the future.
  • Comments: Worth the read because it isn't just a "what if Shirou got X Servant instead of Arturia." Also, Zelretch using the Kaleidoscope to troll the Fate universe in an awesome way.

Fate/Black Dawn by Lobb

  • Recommended by Discar
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Shirou/Morgan le Faye, some Shirou/Arturia
  • Synopsis: There are many things Emiya, Shirou thought would happen when he somehow managed to find the right time, place, thing, and amount to make an attempt to reunite with Saber. Winding up in the amorous arms of her sister was not one of them. ShirouxMorgan ShirouxArtoria (Time Travel-fic, AU Fate-ending)
  • Comments: There is some explicit sex, but most of it is Shirou adopting Mordred, and Morgan getting turned into a decent human being almost on accident.

Fate/Harem Antics by Kamenhero25

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Shirou/Harem
  • Synopsis: Irisviel inhabits and controls the Holy Grail after killing off Angra Mainyu. After retrieving Kiritsugu's soul, they watch over both of their children, Shirou and Illya. Since Irisviel really wants grandkids, when the Fifth Holy Grail War begins, she arranges things so that every Servant and every Master except Shirou is female. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: There are explicit sex scenes, but there is indeed a plot. After all, Kotomine and Gilgamesh are still at large and just because all the other Servants and Masters are female doesn't mean they will all ally with Shirou.

Fate-In Time by Parcasious (link)

  • Recommended by Virtual Unity
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Shirou/Artoria
  • Synopsis: He was a hopeless man, a man who would amount to a little more than a fool. Yet this man pursued an endless dream, a dream in which he could hold her again... (A Shirou medieval Britain Fic-beginning before Saber drew Caliburn)
  • Comments: It's a really slow-burn fan fic given the prologue is around... thirty-five chapters, though the prologue being long is really good for the fan fic.

Fate Stay Night: Heirs by EhMattissimo

  • Recommended by ultimomant, Net Neutrality
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Rin/Saber
  • Synopsis: A retelling of the fifth Holy Grail War in which Rin summons Saber as her servant instead of Archer. It is a mixture of the "Heaven's Feel" route from the original game and original plot elements. This version of Fate/Stay Night focuses primarily on Rin and Saber's relationship while also exploring the themes of gender and sexuality.
  • Comments: A good balance of romance and action as Rin tries to open up Saber's heart while they fight in the Grail War. Also, Shirou ends up summoning Archer, and Archer is not happy about it.
    • As of Jan. 2, 2020, the author decided to delete the story and then start it over again, wanting to improve and change it.

Glimpses by Angry Santo

  • Recommended by Elven Queen, Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Shirou/Saber
  • Synopsis: The young and world-weary Shirou Emiya catches a glimpse of the one whom he will eternally search for.
  • Comments: This one-shot is very well-written. The scene where Shirou reunites with Saber, however briefly, is especially beautiful. By the end, I wanted to give Shirou a hug and tell him to be patient for just a while longer. —Elven Queen
    • It is quite cute, and despite a few spelling/grammar errors is indeed well written overall. —Pastykake

Link by Joel 7th

  • Recommended by 4seasons
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Diarmuid/Sakura
  • Synopsis: What Matou Sakura craves for is not the Holy Grail but a protection. And he is the Heroic Spirit that has traveled across times and space to answer her heart's desire.
  • Tags: AU fic

Mirror, Mirror by Moczo

  • Recommended by Faraway_2, Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Rin/Proto!Archer
  • Synopsis: What would happen if Rin summoned Archer from Fate/Prototype (A different Gilgamesh, without a ten-foot pole up his...), and they stumbled upon Fate/stay night Gilgamesh.
  • Comments: An absolutely hilarious shortfic where Rin and her Archer, while on a patrol, stumble upon Gilgamesh. An awesome case of verbal one-upsmanship ensues, and in the end, Rin retires for the night with her Archer and canon Gil is left standing with his pants down. Must See! —Faraway_2
    • Seconded. Good God, it's perfect. -g3m1n1

Peorth by Yuurei-san

  • Recommended by Comartemis, TenFour, T-bone61, Cherry_Lover, nitewind, Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Lancer/Sakura. No, really.
  • Synopsis: While performing his recon duties several days prior to the official start of the war, Lancer happens to witness one of Sakura's... "fits"... and is compelled to lend her a hand. One thing leads to another...
  • Comments: The author could have stopped right at the "is compelled to lend her a hand" part and if she had she would have made a fairly decent PornWithoutPlot lemon, but it's the "one thing leads to another" that makes this such a fun story. Lancer's initial encounter with Sakura throws a bit of a monkey wrench into the gears of the Unlimited Blade Works route and saves Sakura from getting the shaft in a very satisfying manner (while giving her another shaft in an equally satisfying manner). The story is short, little more than a lengthy one-shot composed of a collection of scenes spanning the length of the war, so don't expect a complete retelling of the arc. On the other hand, if you've ever wanted to see Sakura get swept off her feet by a badass Knight in Shining Armor, you're going to love this fic.

Steel and Cherry Blossoms by Elf. (The beginning is also available on

  • Recommended by neothoron, Cherry_Lover, nitewind, Pastykake
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Archer/Sakura, with a dash of Rider
  • Synopsis: A girl needing a hero, a fallen hero needing someone to save. After a wish making a seemingly perfect world not everyone is saved, nor is everyone happy.
  • Comments: This fanfic goes from an interesting (though slightly crack) idea, and executes that idea extremely well: the characters' psychology are thought through and consistent with canon; each of Archer's interactions with the other members of the cast is enjoyable in its own way. It also goes beyond the plot's apparent denouement (i.e., after having saved Sakura) to explore the Archer/Sakura relationship in all its awkwardness. Will probably feature a "mana recharge" scene at some point, but the story is excellent already without it. Also features the King of Heroes being kicked in the balls by Rider.

That Ever Illusive Utopia by Elf. (The beginning is also available on and on the Dark Side of the Moon forum).

  • Recommended by Hymn of Ragnarok, Pastykake
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairings: Archer/Saber, with a side of Shirou/Sakura and a touch of one-sided Archer/Rider
  • Synopsis: She was a king who gave everything to serve her people, he was a man who desperately wanted to save everyone. They thought they had failed both in life and in death, but together they may find that they had succeeded far better than they thought.
  • Comments: A very interesting take on a Post-HF story where Saber and Archer are resurrected alongside Shirou. Saber's recovery from the events of HF are very well done, and the budding relationship between Saber and Archer alternates between touching, d'awwww, and that lemon scent Elf is famous for. It's got action and drama as well, and the plot finally is coming to a head.

The Thirteenth Labor, by ItsaRandomUsername ( link)

  • Recommended by darkestjudgmentisblack,
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Illya x Shirou/Avenger, tongue-in-cheek Ship Teasing of Berserker x Track Team Trio x Taiga x Saber
  • Synopsis: Set during the events of Fate/hollow ataraxia, post-Quartet, Illya drags Shirou into town so that they can have some fun together. Easier said than done when Berserker is the de-facto chaperone and Shirou may be losing his grip on reality the more time he spends in the presence of the Holy Grail. Even if the stage is fake and life is full of risk, that's no reason for enjoyment to not be had. Inspired by content that didn't make it to the final version of the game.
  • Comments: Humorous, heartwarming, and wistfully melancholic, "13" does a fine job of characterizing not only Shirou and Illya's relationship and how it develops, but also the themes and tone of hollow ataraxia as a whole. The writing uses deliberate word choices to help convey nuances and double-meanings that when caught on re-readings give the story a sense of thoughtful depth. Also full to bursting with Mythology Gags from both stay night and hollow ataraxia, and Continuity Nods from real world folklore.

Unlimited Babe Works by FiendLurcher (link)

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Archer/Harem
  • Synopsis: When the Holy Grail War ends, Archer returns to his home/prison in Unlimited Blade Works to await the next time Alaya summons him. But, he finds he is not so alone when he discovers his various weapons have turned into people.
  • Comments: Although this is a parody, it is also very heartwarming when Archer learns how devoted his weapons are to him. He will never be alone again.


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