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  • Abhorrent Admirer: While a lot of the female Servants have a thing for the protagonist and they know it, they're flat out scared of some, annoyed by others or just unwilling to deal with them.
    • During the second Halloween event, "Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins," Yanderes Raikou and Kiyohime literally try to sniff the protagonist out at one point (even using NP to reveal them) and the entire party flees from them in terror. They start swimming through lava to get to the protagonist.
    • Swimsuit Lancer Tamamo is more aggressive than her Caster self and Tamamo Cat (as seen with her self-proclaimed nickname: Tamamo Shark) and she's made her desire for the protagonist very clear. She even gives you a drink spiked with ketamine on Valentine's Day!
    • Then there's Artemis and Orion, a pair so annoying that when you do their interludes you consistently get dialogue options like 'go away' and 'I'm not here' in a futile attempt to get them to leave you alone. It seems like Artemis has a bit of a thing for the protagonist as well as Orion, but all they want is for her to solve her own relationship problems and leave them out of it.
  • Action Bomb: The Chibi Nobus and most of their variants approach a Servant carrying a Hiragumo tea kettle and blows themselves up in their critical attack or special attack, though another Nobus will replace them from a portal where the exploded Nobu used to be once they did. The Mecha Nobus even do it as normal attack.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Almost entirely averted: prices for most items in shops cost the same at all points. But one notable example was the former cost for the Mona Lisa Craft Essence. The price for the first one was 1000 Mana Prisms, and the price scaled by 200 each (making the last one cost 1800 and the total cost a whopping 7000 for a fully limit-broken CE for the full 10% boost to QP gain). The playerbase was angry enough that the devs took note and now all CEs, including this CE retroactively (issuing refunds!) cost a total of 5000 Prisms at a static cost of 1000 each. It has also led to multiple lampshades from Da Vinci herself, your supposed friend, who muses that she could buy a villa, and later has her CEs stolen to produce counterfeits.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • Servants can only have three Personal Skills in-game, so those who have more than three Personal Skills in their source material will either lose some of them or have them adapted into Class Skills (which is really a catch-all name for passive skills, even those that are not inherent to the class). Likewise, many Servants with multiple Noble Phantasms in lore will have at least one of their secondary Noble Phantasms adapted into Personal Skills, while their primary one is registered as their nominal Noble Phantasm used for their Limit Break. Achilles is the most notable case for both of these, as he doesn't have any of the Personal Skills he has in lore but instead has adaptations of his many secondary Noble Phantasms as his "Personal Skills".
    • While the crossover event with Kara no Kyoukai includes elements from all the chapters/movies, most of the material, including the event map and BGM, is based on the 5th movie, Paradox Spiral.
    • The First Order anime movie is one for the introductory Fuyuki chapter. The biggest difference is probably having an adult Medusa as a Lancer, while at this point in the game she's fought as a Rider, and her Lancer form available later is still a child.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Some pre-FGO Servants who had been villains or the villain's minion in their debuting work are given more character and have their different sides exposed upon their inclusion in FGO. Hassan of the Cursed Arm and Meltryllis are hit the hardest by this.
  • Adaptational Abomination:
    • Tiamat of Mesopotamian Mythology here isn't just the goddess of Primordial Chaos - she's one of the Evils of Humanity aka Beasts and her nature as the ultimate My Beloved Smother is brought front and center.
    • Foreigner-class Servants are (mostly) historical people who made contact with the "Outer Gods" and manage to cling to their sanity, leaving them with some powers from the Outer Gods at their disposal. None of them have connections to the eldritch in life (as far as anybody knows, anyway...) but the game's story explains how each of them came to be. Abigail Williams (famous for her role in the Salem Witch Trials) was forced to become the host for Yog-Sothoth, while Katsushika Hokusai apparently gets contacted by what's implied to be Cthulhu, and his Trial Quest says that Abigail has inadvertently opened the way for more Outer Gods to "visit" the Earth.
    • In Celtic Mythology, Diarmuid ua Duibhne was killed by a demonic boar. This game shows that the boar was closer to an Animalistic Abomination, who eats magic runes and strikes fear even to dragonkind.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • The boar that killed Diarmuid. In myth, it was incredibly large for a boar, and evil, but the Type-Moon version outright hits Animalistic Abomination territory, with its in-game profile describing it as "eating runes and putting even Dragonkind to shame".
    • Many Servants are a lot stronger than in the series they're debuting from, such as Francis Drake, Jack the Ripper, or Okita Souji.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Due to Alternate Character Reading, Chinese-named Servants and Noble Phantasms are referred to their Japanese names in voiced lines.
    • Lu Bu Fengxian to Ryofu Housen,
    • Zhuge Liang to Shoukatsu Koumei,
    • Jing Ke to Keika,
    • Li Shuwen to Ri Shobun,
    • Xuanzang Sanzang to Genjou Sanzou, she also refers to Sun Wukong by his Japanese name Son Goku,
    • Yan Qing to En Sei,
    • Wu Zetian to Bu Zokuten,
    • Nezha to Nata.
    • Lanling Wang to Ranryu-Oh
    • Qin Liangyu to Shin Ryougoku ,although her Self-Applied Nickname "Lian" is pronounced at it is in Japanese.
    • Xiang Yu to Ko-U
    • Qin Shi Huang to Shikoteinote 
    • Yu Meiren to Gu Bijin
    • Chi Tu Ma (Red Hare) to Sekitoba
    • Sima Yi to Shiba Ii
  • Adapted Out: Benkei, who is one of the Shadow Servants in the Fuyuki singularity, doesn't make an appearance in the anime adaptation.
  • Adult Fear: A fairly low-key moment from the Part Two prologue: Mash and the protagonist get worried about Da Vinci when she's been stuck with Gordolf (who's been blatantly sexually harassing her) for twelve hours. Presumably he'd feel her left hook if he tried anything, and there are plenty of other reasons to be worried, but nonetheless, it invokes the realistic fear of a woman being stuck with some creep while her friends can only worry. Even if she has got a giant nuclear metal fist.
  • Affectionate Parody:
    • "Moonlight Festival", AKA Orion and Artemis' debut. You try to summon the Stars' Hunter Orion, but because Artemis is too clingy for him, you end up summoning the Moon Goddess herself (who manages to pass herself off as a Gender Flip version of Orion, which isn't too improbable considering the franchise's track record). Artemis, like any good Greek God, whimsically asks for dango to celebrate the Japanese moon-viewing festival. You get it by beating the hell out of other Servants.
    • "GUDAGUDA Honnoji" is this even moreso, with Medea complaining about her Lily counterpart and being only used for Rule Breaker spam, Gilgamesh complaining about gacha rates, and Andersen reminding the players to take it easy with the "horrible grindy event".
    • "Saber Wars" is basically one long satire on the numerous expies of Altria and how plentiful they are.
    • Valentine's Day event is one long harem story with the dangerous prospect of your harem consisting of legendary heroes. As said by the resident harem series protagonist himself:
      EMIYA: They are Servants, heroic spirits of the past, you know? Compared to normal people, they are somewhat warped in the head, to a certain extent. Physical abilities, mental ability, skills, berserking... it is all at a stage where they are right at the top. If you accept chocolates from those girls.... It won’t just end like this. I will say it plainly - it will be a terrible situation. It’s unmistakably a game over!
    • "Da Vinci and the 7 Counterfeit Heroic Spirits" event revolves around how expensive the Mona Lisa CE was to the point where someone created a counterfeit just so people could actually have one. But later on it's revealed that it was a cover-up for Jeanne Alter's real plan, which was to summon fake Servants to accompany her. EMIYA, being a former eroge game protagonist points that she's been gathering a harem and wonders if she's actually trying to become an otome game protagonist. She of course denies it.
    • "Starry Xuanzang Goes to India" is based on the legendary literature of China, Journey to the West. Xuanzang debuts here with the game's characters humorously filling in for Xuanzang's disciples. The protagonist is Sun Wukong (because they're cosplaying him), David becomes Zhu Bajie (because he is a lech), Li Shuwen becomes Sha Wujing (a silent and reliable fighter), and Lu Bu becomes Yulong (since he is identical as his steed, the Red Hare).
    • "All the Statesmen" is an affectionate parody of an affectionate parody: The Master with No Name became a monstrous entity in addition to the Bad Boss qualities of her Learning with Manga! counterpart, the spotlight Servant was turned female explicity for no known reason and was mistreated because she wasn't a 5-star, and Altera is fought under the disguise of "Goddess Columbia".
  • After the End:
    • When the protagonist and Mash return to Chaldea at the end of the prologue, the world has ended and all that's left is Chaldea. All of human history is vanishing as well, Chaldea is temporarily a sustained paradox.
    • Chaldea Summer Part 2 begins when your party sails away for a day and end up going back to the tropical island after 2000 years have passed. The boars evolved into an intelligent race but then their civilization collapsed.
    • The forces of the Lostbelt have completely wiped everything off the world by the end of the prologue for Cosmos in the Lostbelt.
  • All Just a Dream:
    • Mysterious Heroine X's storyline throughout her three interludes turns out to be this at the end.
    • The Garden of Order event took place in Ryougi's dream as she fell into a deep sleep to avoid being killed by Solomon's burning the Earth. This is only explained in an interview and is never hinted anywhere in the event itself.
    • The Prison Tower storyline takes place in a dream, with Mash and co. trying to wake the protagonist.
    • Near the endgame, Mash has several dreams sent by Solomon, with him trying to persuade her into joining him.
    • The majority of the Moonlight/Lost Room OVA happens in the male protagonist's dream, sometime after Chaldea's 2017 Christmas party and before the Prologue of Cosmos in the Lostbelt.
  • All Myths Are True: The Grail summons a Servant based on in-universe perceptions, concepts, and historical fact, so Servants drawn from mythology or stories are often a hodgepodge of every single story told about them. Some profiles even admit that the Servant is fictional (i.e. Assassin of Shinjuku) or are in an ambiguous state on which stories were true or made up (Brynhild is the most glaring example).
    • Most legendary figures were alive at some point in in-universe history and eventually turned into a Heroic Spirit who can be summoned by the player. The same applies to most pre-twentieth century literary figures with Literary Agent Hypothesis, such as Edmond Dantes, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Phantom of the Opera.
    • Holmes muses on this and its implications regarding him as a fictional character in a trial quest. He comes to the conclusion that the universe doesn't want him examining this too closely. He does admit that that just because a myth isn't true in one world, it might be in an Alternate Universe. This turns out to be true in the case of Kojiro Sasaki.
    • Not only is Agartha one of the EoR pseudo-singularities, it also has El Dorado, Ys, Shangri-La, the Nightless City, and the Undersea Dragon Palace inside Agartha. Laputa shows up as part of the chapter's finale. It's later revealed that Scheherazade used her Noble Phantasm to create these legendary locations in that area, modifying them for the narrative she was making and so they might not have actually existed in the Nasuverse.
    • As of Epic of Remnant 4, the Cthulhu Mythos is apparently real, at least some parts. More specifically, the Cthulhu Mythos itself might not be real, but Lovecraft seemed to have been inspired by dreams of very real beings from an outer universe, meaning that they are fictional works based on a real thing out there. For example, the god "Sut-Typhon" what Räum tries to summon is what Yog-Sothoth is based on.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • The head writer, Kinoko Nasu, occasionally posts a blog entry on the main story, clarifying background details and explaining some events that were implied but not explicitly shown in the game.
      • His blog entry for Camelot explains what happened to the other Knights of the Round Table that Lion King summoned, what happened before the city of Camelot was established, and how several Servants were in the circumstances they were in at the story's beginning.
      • There's a short story about the time Anchin visited Chaldea once, where every female Servant save for Mash is attracted to him at first glance. Anchin is gay and attracted to Sasaki Kojirou.
      • The blog entry for Babylonia includes an explanation for Humanity Foundation Value and how it's ranked, what damage is done in the Londinium, Camelot, and Babylonia singularities, the relation between Clairvoyants Gilgamesh and Merlin, the revival of a dead Humbaba and how Ibaraki-douji's bandit gang kept it imprisoned, and how Enkidu summoned by the Earth as a servant would be on the same level as Arcueid Brunestud. Nasu's details on Camelot in particular explains that due to how improbable the presence of Lion King was (EX Rank), all damaged caused by her appearance is undone. This includes deaths, which are normally set in stone the moment they die in a Singularity.
      • One went up a few weeks after SE.RA.PH's release to expand on the conversion of Seraphix into a pseudo-singularity and reveal a few plot details that hadn't been in the story proper.
    • The Fate/Grand Order Material books reveal several things not told in Servants' in-game profiles.
      • Nearly every original Servant has a second Noble Phantasm unused in gameplay.
      • Several Servants also have skills unavailable to them.
      • Relationships between Servants that were not seen before in-game.
  • All the Worlds Are a Stage:
    • The final Order, Grand Time Temple Solomon, has areas based off all of the previous singularities, with a Demon Pillar guarding each one.
    • The entirety of Lady Reines' Case Files event has a lot of stages based on previous events and certain main story chapters.
  • Alpha Strike: Near the end of the Okeanos arc, David, Euryale, Atlante, and Artemis all launch their Noble Phantasms at Jason and successfully bait him into keeping Medea and Hektor close to defend him, allowing the protagonists to lure Heracles into their trap.
  • Alternate Character Reading:
    • Tiamat's spawn seemingly speak in gibberish when first introduced, but the English letters of their gibberish correspond to the hiragana of a Japanese computer keyboard.
      (text) ! uyq@b4e4bst<u. -s@<u. -@s!
      (translation) !Nandakōiukotokane naruhodone naruhodone! (How it becomes like this, I understand, I understand)
    • The first Lostbelt has the subtitle "Princess of the Land of Beast" is obviously pointing that the Lostbelt is inhabited by the wolfmen race Yaga, but there's another way to see it. The Lostbelt's Crypter, Kadoc, has a surname that means "Country of Wolves", so the title of the Lostbelt can be read "Anastasia - Kadoc's Princess".
  • Alternate Continuity: The fourth GUDAGUDA event "Final Honnoji", while lore-wise occurs after the third one as an immediate sequel, has two alternate scenarios which differs depends on the player's progress in the main story.
    • The first one is set in the original Chaldea, Da Vinci acts as the mission control, and Mash is in her original armor.
    • If the player had cleared the Lostbelt 3 prologue, the second scenario plays with all of Chaldea's new members making cameos, Mash wears Ortenaus (but can still use her original kit in gameplay), and the Atlas connection in the story is played up a lot more because of Sion's presence.
  • Alternate Self: Generally, most Servants differ in their appearances throughout the main story because the Heroic Spirit residing inside the Throne of Heroes is seperate from the copy created through a "Saint Graph" which contains various things like memories and information and can be modified by outside forces, unlike the Throne. The reason Chaldea is able to summon anomalies like Cu Chulainn (Alter), Assassin Emiya, and the various swimsuit Servants is because they scanned their Saint Graphs into their database for summoning, allowing them to ignore the prerequisite conditions that created them in the first place for summoning. However, not necessarily everything from a previous self is retained when summoning a Servant again, resulting in some minor confusion.
    • Certain Servants do recall memories of their previous summonings but refers them as their past selves. Those who had been loyal to their previous Master may remain loyal and claim them better than the Chaldean Master (like Tamamo-no-Mae), although some just let go and leave that to their past selves, and grow more attached to their current Master.
    • The Lion King in Camelot is an Altria Pendragon who never died after the Battle of Camlann due to Bedivere not throwing Excalibur into the lake and instead ultimately became a goddess thanks to the holy spear Rhongomyniad influencing her. It's noted in-story that the circumstances of her existence make her unique amongst all other Altrias and that the summonable Lancer Altria Pendragon, while very similar, is still ultimately a different person.
    • If summoned before Babylonia, Ishtar averts this as she recognizes the protagonist and reminisces about some of the feats they did in that Singularity, much to their confusion. However, this does not apply to summoning her after doing the Singularity.
    • It's noted that the Lostbelts actively mess with the Saint Graphs of Servants summoned by the World and as a result, their connection to their selves from previous meetings with the protagonists and even their own history is very fuzzy.
    • Not even BB can fix Meltryllis' Saint Graph from the damage it took after using Virgin Laser Palladion, making the summonable version of her and the one who appears in SE.RA.PH two distinct selves who end up connecting with the protagonist in different ways.
    • Assassin Emiya is incredibly annoyed by this, as he comes from a timeline where he never met characters from Fate/stay Night and Fate/Zero yet Irisviel and Jaguar Warrior keep trying to connect to him because they know a different version of him.
    • In order to strengthen Anastasia, Kadoc used a variant of the summoning ritual as if to make her a Servant from the Lostbelt timeline and warped her Saint Graph. This does not apply to the Anastasia you can summon and she recognizes that the one summoned under Kadoc antagonized Chaldea and tries to apologize for what she technically did.
    • The Lostbelt Kings (Ivan the Terrible, Scathach-Skadi, Qin Shi Huang, and Arjuna Alter) are Servants from a Lostbelt timeline and are different existences from their proper timeline counterparts. In Qin Shi Huang case however, he is indeed the same person Jing Ke failed to assassinate since his diversion occurred after the said assassination attempt.
  • Alternate Timeline: The game itself takes place in a separate timeline from Fate/stay night, because their Fuyuki Holy Grail Wars are very different from the original timeline, like there being only one known Grail War to Chaldea. El-Melloi II's the first one to bring this up during "Fate/Accel Zero Order", because when he looked through Chaldea's records of them, they clashed heavily with what he remembers/the Association's records on them. It's revealed in the Camelot chapter that Olga-Marie's father was the victor of the 2004 Fuyuki Holy Grail War.
    • Since many of the Servants come from works that are themselves Alternate Timelines, and they can often remember those timelines; it is difficult to differentiate whose history belongs where. Waver and Dr. Roman refers to these differences as "part of the same time cluster" and are "forgivable" by the World.
    • The female version of Miyamoto Musashi comes from her own timeline which was implied to be pruned at some point. In addition, the pseudo-singularity she appears in is its own separate timeline, which is plot-critical, as the villains are taking direct advantage of that to interfere with history.
    • The Lostbelts are alternate Timelines that have replaced proper history in a certain area on Earth. The years attached to them aren't what time you're going to. It's when the timeline was changed.
  • Always Night: The Shinjuku pseudo-singularity has been mysteriously made to always be nighttime. Inhabitants of the city have gotten used to it and even forgotten what daytime is like. Though oddly the trailer for this chapter depicts Shinjuku during sunset.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Once Abigail awakens her powers, the courtroom she's in is partially transformed into an endless void with hundreds of glowing white keyholes.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Enemy Servants' sprites are flipped version of playable Servants, so most Servants players faced appears left-handed even if they are actually right-handed.
  • Ambiguous Situation: When the protagonist and Mash ask Holmes if he actually existed, he dodges the question to point out that while there's no evidence of his existence, there isn't any of most mythical heroes either, so he shouldn't be considered special in this regard. What's more, aspects are added to their legend long after they would have died even if they did exist. The truth is that there's tangible evidence and artifacts among mages, but Holmes is keeping that kind of thing a secret from Chaldea for now for complicated Magibabble reasons. While the conversation leading to this seems to imply that Holmes may be fictional as no such evidence for him exists, the quest ends with Moriarty and Holmes bickering in a way that was specifically not present in any stories about them and therefore shouldn't be part of their relationship if they were just fabricated whole cloth. His monologue to himself suggests that it's related to the fact that there are parallel worlds, the Pruning Phenomenon, and that the Ages of Gods still exists beneath the world of man and held back by the Holy Spear.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • Chapter 5 is set in 1783, but being a singularity, almost all of America's history has blended together with towns based off the Wild West, a castle in Denver wired with electricity and guarded by police with robot suits, Alcatraz and Washington D.C. are established locations, the U.S. has all 48 continental states with modern borders, and medieval Celts are battling the Theosophical Society with the Indians on different sides. The first thing that alerts the heroes of the anachronism is when Nightingale yells about sanitary procedure and the danger of bloodletting at Benjamin Rush.
    • The seventh singularity is named Babylonia which is set in Mesopotamia during Gilgamesh's rule. However, the singularity is set in 2655 B.C. during the Sumerian civilization. Babylonia has existed around 1800 B.C., hundreds of years after the Sumerian civilization. Likewise, Ishtar's relation with Gilgamesh is based on Akkadian interpretation of Epic of Gilgamesh, as it was her Sumerian counterpart Inanna who tries to seduce Gilgamesh in the original story.
    • Wu Zetian, the empress of the Tang Dynasty, being in charge of the Nightless City of the Han Dynasty in Agartha is a subtle indicator that the fantasy lands aren't real.
    • In Salem, the buildings being inconsistent with historical records, the records found by Mata Hari on the townspeople not matching up with Chaldea's data, and a wharf that wasn't even built during the time of the Witch Trials leads the party to the conclusion that they aren't in the actual Salem of 1692 but an elaborate illusion imposed upon the area to make it function as one.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The real Grand Order, which is Goetia's way of ensuring that all seventy-two of his Pillars can be in the right place and time to create the Singularities. To do this, he created a compulsion within Magic Crests to prevent the owner from committing suicide, and then propagated the belief that magi must absolutely pass on their genes and sire a bloodline that can last forever. As these values and propaganda ensure that Goetia's seventy-two chosen bloodlines will last for three thousand years, all he then needs to do is activate the Demon Pillars within their Magic Crests during the right time period, effectively turning those bloodlines into his unwitting agents for the Human Order's destruction. Virtually every value that the Mage's Association holds dear was instilled by Goetia for his grand plan to remake the world.
  • And I Must Scream: The Lahmus that appear in the latter half of Babylonia are processed from human beings. Several are shown to be non-violent or briefly turn against their programming that orders them to kill everything, with the human still being conscious and trapped in their own bodies that seek only slaughter.
  • And That's Terrible: Minors shouldn't drink. A minor but frequent point since the protagonist is regularly surrounded by cheerfully-drinking characters (Arash and Tawara Touta in Babylonia, Archer of Shinjuku, and Fergus mac Róich) but since they're a minor, it has to be pointed out every time that they can't drink instead of sweeping it under the rug. Archer of Shinjuku uses this trope to shade himself as a fairly decent guy for a canonically Evil character (like the other Shinjuku allies).
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes:
    • Played with. All Servants are subjected to wardrobe changes after Ascension (i.e. increasing their Level Cap and granting them new skills) — with most of them usually gaining Costume Porn of all kinds. Others, however, may actually lose their initial clothes in exchange for either Power Tattoo or something else, becoming Stripperific in the process.
    • Special Servant Costume Dresses are rewarded for clearing certain conditions. Of course, accessing these requires a) that you actually summoned the Servant it's for, and b) some varying ascension materials.
      • Mash's sundress ("Swimsuit of Perpetual Summer") is unlocked by clearing a challenge quest in the rerun of the first summer event, "Chaldea Summer Memory / Heat Odyssey." She also has her in-game Cosmos in the Lostbelt cybernetic armor, Ortenaus, as an optional suit (and an obligatory in-game wear during the Lostbelt story chapter battles)
      • Medb's dominatrix get-up ("Alluring Chief Warden Look") is unlocked by beating a challenge quest in the actual Summer 2017 event.
      • Nero's PE uniform ("Olympian Bloomers") is a lottery prize in the Nerofest 2017 rerun.
      • Jeanne Alter's casual clothes in the EoR Shinjuku chapter ("Witch of the Evil Dragon ver. Shinjuku 1999") can be bought as a prize in the Da Vinci Event rerun in January 2018).
      • Arthur Pendragon gets a white suit ("White Rose") for White Day 2018, and could be obtained by exchanging the seventh Rose given during the event.
      • Astolfo's civilian wear ("Memories of Trifas") and Parvati/Sakura's school uniform ("What a Girl Wants") are available at the Da Vinci Shop for 1000 mana prisms each.
      • The Summer 2018 event gives out selected outfits to event-specific Servants, such as the Count of Monte Cristo, Caster Gilgamesh, and Robin Hood. Summer BB also "technically" is given one, even if the result is technically just her losing her tan.
      • The Christmas 2018 gives the free event Servant, Quetzalcoatl (Samba Santa), two versions—which are basically just lucha libre masks superimposed on her regular Servant sprite.
      • Illya gets the Evil Costume Switch of Testament ("Testament Form") during the re-run of the Prisma Illya crossover event.
      • Archer of Shinjuku is given a grey bartender outfit ("Gray Color") for the White Day 2019 event.
      • The Summer 2019 event repeats what was done for the male Servants with Fuuma Kotaro, Siegfried, and Merlin, though they obtain casual wear rather than swimsuits.
  • Animation Bump:
    • The PVs animated by ufotable have much better animations than the PV made by A-1, the official partner studio. Amusingly, starting with the America trailer, A-1 Pictures increased the animation quality of their previews to one-up ufotable.
      • The new opening for Cosmos in the Lostbelt is made by Studio Troyca and it also has much better animation than the first opening by A-1.
    • For the animation update for Altria, people also noticed that her sprites got a drastic modification, making her a lot thinner, compared to the original sprite which several fans thought was very similar to a penguin.
    • Almost all new Servants after launch have more elaborate attack animations compared to the original set of 59 Servants to attract more players and more money.
      • The original set of Sabers use the same basic animations for attacks, but Okita, Mordred, etc. have their animations designed to fit their fighting styles, and Santa Alter actually uses her Prana Burst as part of her sword attack.
      • Jeanne Alter, in her appearance as a boss exclusive Ruler, has more or less a Palette Swap of the original Jeanne and had a simple Area of Effect Noble Phantasm. Her playable Avenger counterpart has new attack animations, and a completely different looking Noble Phantasm that only hits one enemy.
      • Several Servants from the original base game have had their battle animations updated to have more visual flair and homage their moves from other Fate media.
      • Due to several Day 1 Servants sharing generic animations, Servants like d'Eon and Heracles have had their animations updated to make them more distinct.
      • Most Servants especially the earlier ones had only one skill casting animation. Certain Servants however has a second animation which triggered when casting a particular skill (like Summer Altria and MHX after revamp), randomly triggered (like Chacha), and even later ones has 2 animations by default (like Mecha Eli-chan, Ereshkigal and Hokusai). Anastasia even has three skill animations.
  • Anthology: Epic of Remnant has been described as one as each chapter is written solely by one author in their own distinct style. The thing that links them is the overarching plot of the four Demon Pillars surviving.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • Rashomon, the first raid battle event (where the damage all players did collectively stacked up to reduce a global meter) had high difficulty spikes in its missions, and while you could still complete the first two, the third and final one was very hard to complete if you did not have specific setups. On top of that, if you died, you lost your damage progress completely. Come the "The Great Tale of Demons Onigashima" event, we had double the amount of mission choices (with smoothed out difficulties) and in the event that your team is wiped out, your damage progress is still recorded. The Rashomon rerun used the Onigashima point system instead.
    • The first summer event, "Chaldea Summer" has 2 parts like "Starry Xuanzang Goes to India", but the old CEs from Part 1 also boost the second batch of event items' drop rate.
      • The event also released a new ascension material that only drops from an enemy introduced by the event and used for all the swimsuit Servants and several more Servants released after the event. After the event ended, a new free quest was added to Okeanos that featured the new enemy, allowing players to still acquire the new material (albeit at a low drop rate as per usual), the Saber free quest had this enemy type added, and Agartha added another free quest to farm the material, making it accessible for players who weren't able to play the summer events.
      • Chaldea Summer's rerun simplified drop bonuses by making them class-based, rather then Servant-based like last time, making it easier for players to bring only one class to farm a node.
    • "The Return of Nero Fest" event features extra hard Exhibition battles, featuring extremely tough battles that even veterans would have trouble with and removes the use of Saint Quartz or Command Seals to continue if the party wipes out. Luckily, it only costs 1 AP, so players are welcome to try as many times as they like until they succeed.
    • Starting with the "Prison Tower" rerun event, all challenge quests only cost 5 AP and allow players to use Quartz or Command Seals to restore their team if they get wiped out.
    • Daunted by the sheer amount of text and story chapters to wade through and stymied by the AP system time-gating progress? The game's second anniversary made it so all AP for Observer on Timeless Temple is permanently half off and subsequently introduced campaigns later on to reduce it even further to only costing a quarter of the original AP required.
    • Because of the "Groundhog Day" Loop mechanics of "Servant Summer Festival!", a little BB will pop up with a sign to inform players that this cutscene has already played out in a prior loop and can safely be skipped.
  • Anyone Can Die: The body count among allies tends to be pretty high, especially as the story continues, though technically most don't leave a body. At the end of the chapter or event, most Servants generally disappear unless they're given to the player to bring home to Chaldea as well, though that's not quite the same thing. In general, the only characters who can be counted on to make it through are Mash and the protagonist.
    • Olga Marie Animusphere, the Tsundere director the protagonist bonded with during Fuyuki, has a sudden bridge dropped on her at the climax when the Chaldea bomber shows their true colors.
    • In Orleans, the friendly deaths are relatively low, basically being limited to Marie Antoinette's sacrifice to stall Jeanne Alter and Sanson.
    • In Septem, Spartacus and Lu Bu are lost in the collateral of Altera Kill Satting the Roman fortress, as Boudica and Mash couldn't protect them with their defensive Noble Phantasms.
    • In Okeanos, Asterios takes a lethal hit from Hektor's lance in order to trap Heracles, giving the other heroes a chance to escape. Or not, since he's shown as having survived in Tamamo Cat's interlude.
    • In London, most of the Servant allies save Mordred are one-shotted by the newly revealed Big Bad, who stomps the party. Jekyll and Fran only survive due to not being there at the time, and Mordred is only spared thanks to Hans Taking the Bullet for her.
    • In America, allies drop like flies when Cu Alter acts as the plot reaper including Nero Bride, Billy the Kid, Geronimo, and later even Karna, after being stabbed in the back by him. Also, Arjuna sacrifices himself to destroy Medb's 28 Demon Pillars.
    • In Camelot, Hundred-Face and Serenity are killed by Tristan, Arash sacrifices himself to stop a nuke from the Lion King, Xuanzang uses all her strength to destroy the gates of Camelot, Ozymandias and Nitocris sacrifice themselves by launching Ramesseum Tentyris at Camelot and the Lion King, and Bedivere dies when he finally returns Excalibur to the Lion King. Notably, this was the actual living Bedivere. In the end, the only ones left standing are the protagonist, Mash, Fou, the Lion King, Tawara Touta, King Hassan, Cursed Arm who retires from being a Hassan, and Agravain who is basically on the verge of death by the end of the story.
    • In Babylon, most of your allies sacrifice themselves or are killed before the end of the chapter, including Kingu after switching sides and even the living Gilgamesh, though since the final boss fight takes place in the underworld, he's still available for support in that fight.
    • Finally, in Solomon, even Roman and Fou don't make it out. Roman reveals himself to be the true Solomon and erases his very existence from the Throne to stop Goetia while Fou sacrifices its intelligence to revive Mash. She doesn't appear to understand what he did for her, either, because during Remnant she comments that Fou has been acting oddly innocent and simple lately.
    • In Shinjuku, it's averted as the Servant allies more or less make it out in one piece despite the stakes. The only true casualty is Moriarty, who betrays the party and reveals himself to be one of the main villains, so he obviously has to be put down. It's rather touch-and-go with Jeanne Alter nearly dying against Hessian Lobo, but she managed to escape and turns up near the end, and Holmes, while defeated, wasn't actually killed by Moriarty but instead had his Spirit Origin absorbed by his foe for his own use, and indeed he decides to join Chaldea after the pseudo-singularity is over.
    • In SE.RA.PH, Gawain is killed by Kiara disguised as Mable. EMIYA Alter kills the last of the human survivors of Seraphix before he becomes corrupted by Kiara and turns against the heroes fully, who fatally injure him, though he lingers long enough to stop Kiara from absorbing Meltrylis as a last-ditch effort to save herself. Tristan also dies sacrificing himself to get Meltrylis to safety. Meltrylis' Saint Graph however is heavily damaged by her time travel back to her first meeting with the protagonist combined with dealing the critical fatal blow to Kiara, and BB is unable to preserve her memory data, meaning the death of her incarnation there is effectively permanent.
    • In Agartha, it's Played With. Servant allies do die, but most of them turned out to be have more villainous intentions (Columbus, Scherezade) and died after their betrayals. Wu Zetian is the exception, pulling an Enemy Mine while fatally injured and using her Noble Phantasm to harm Demon Pillar Phenex before expiring afterwards. It's touch-and-go with Young Fergus jumping into Zetian's poison pool in order to access his future self's Noble Phantasm Caladbolg, but he survives it.
    • In Shimosa, all your enemies in the Swordmaster Duels die after being defeated by Musashi. Kato Danzo sacrifices herself in an attempt to kill Limbo Caster. Sengo Muramasa dies after using his NP to obliterate Amakusa. Your Musashi also dies after her duel with Kojirou. Finally, this dimension's Musashi passes away in peace after knowing that his promise to duel Kojirou is fulfilled by the female Musashi.
    • In Salem, Sanson gets executed by the townspeople and Lavinia is killed by Räum to awaken the Outer God inside Abigail.
    • In the second storyline's prologue, Da Vinci is fatally impaled by Kotomine. She has a backup body who shares all of her memories but it's noted that Death of Personality applies to the adult version since her backup doesn't have all the experiences of the original and treats everyone else as new acquaintances.
  • Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder: "Murder at the Kogetsukan" has several characters filling in for the appearances of otherwise unrelated people. Holmes theorizes that it's because the dream has so much new information overloading the protagonist that they subconsciously replaced everyone with people they know to stopgap an unending flow of info into their mind.
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: Subverted. The people of Uruk are so happy and kind even in the face of weekly adversity and the events of Babylonia as they believe in and love their king Gilgamesh and wish to fight with all they have.
  • Apocalypse How: Humanity is gone. Past, present, and future. There are only temporary "singularities" left because whoever did it did it multiple times simultaneously.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Several reports from the Seraphix staff are spread throughout SE.RA.PH which detail their slow descent into madness.
  • April Fools' Day: An honoured Type-Moon tradition shows up in this game.
    • In the first April Fools' day since the launch of the game (and all April Fools following it), they replace all Servant cards in-game with artwork done by Riyo, the artist of "How to Play F/GO." Some of the game's artists also provided artwork for this.
    • The second April Fools' day event combines this with a Pokémon GO parody, where the protagonist can catch all of the Servants (including Riyo's own original Servants) with quartz. Except for one, who can't be caught, and just waves at you happily until the app closes.
    • It's the same parody game app for the third year, however gameplay has been changed to something more like Space Harrier and Goetia shows up as the Final Boss.
    • The fourth year has a Dragon Quest-inspired Retraux parody app called FGO Quest. Goldorf is the King, Helena was Princess Laura, and Altera is the Dragonlord.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Invoked Defiance. After Bunyan is recruited in the April Fool's event; the unlikelihood of her existence (a known fake story) is waved aside by Andersen, who comments that Chaldea has a serial killer made from the fusion of aborted baby souls, crystalized nursery rhymes, living computer programs and more in its ranks. She's not close to being the strangest Servant.
  • Arc Number: The number seven has been heavily teased for the promotion of Salem, with the House of Seven Gables as a major location, the story progressing over the course of seven days, Chaldea sending a party of seven to investigate Salem, seven deaths, seven hangings, seven trials, and seven being the number counted down from in its theme song, "Heretics of Purity". Räum charges Abigail with seven crimes to get her to break down and awaken the Outer God in her and the protagonist unintentionally fulfills the seventh and last role in the plan to awaken Abigail's Outer God.
  • Arc Symbol:
    • A large ring/hole in the sky appears throughout a lot of promotional material, from the OP to ensemble artwork to even the title screen. After you beat Chapter 4, that ring is revealed to be Solomon's ultimate Noble Phantasm, an actual looming threat hanging over mankind's heads.
    • The ring remains in Epic of Remnant, but looks unstable and close to falling apart. This is an indication that not all of the Demon Pillars have died yet in spite of Goetia's destruction.
    • A ray of light descending upon the Earth serves as this for Cosmos in the Lostbelt, which is what the alien invader looks like from afar.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack:
    • Certain skills, Craft Essences and Noble Phantasms can either apply the "Sure Hit" status effect that allows a Servant to ignore the Evade status, or the "Ignore Invincibility" status effect that allows a Servant to ignore both Invincibility status AND Evade status.
    • Multiple Noble Phantasms have the effect of ignoring defense buffs that enemies might have. There are also a handful of Craft Essences, skills, and Noble Phantasms that can apply it as a buff.
  • Army of the Ages: Chaldea summons Servants from all eras of history, including the present, future, and alternate timelines.
  • Art Evolution: As part of transitioning into Cosmos in the Lostbelt, all bronze Servants' card art are updated to have backgrounds like higher rarity Servants, replacing the plain old summoning circle background they had in past 2 years.
  • The Artifact: Despite the above, the April Fools artwork by Riyo of the bronze Servants still retain the plain summoning circle background that was used since the launch of the game.
  • Artifact Collection Agency: The Folklore Department of the Clock Tower is mentioned specifically in this game as they handle forbidden artifacts that are too dangerous even for magical society which results in Räum breaking into their archives to retrieve the Silver Key for its scheme.
  • Artifact of Doom:
    • As usual for the franchise, the Holy Grail. Here multiple Holy Grails have been scattered throughout time and are spewing out servants who then proceed to screw up history (a corrupted Jeanne rampaging through Medieval France, famous conquerors trying to topple Nero's reign early, Blackbeard raiding islands, Jason trying to find The Ark of the Covenant, a fog created by Babbage and Paracelsus that threatens to consume London, America threatened by a Grail-powered army of Celts, etc. Solomon needs them to anchor his demons to the world so the demons can support his NP at any time in history and to stop the planet's rotation.
    • The Okeanos chapter has the Ark of the Covenant from the Bible as the centerpiece of Jason's plans. And just like in the Bible, touching the Ark carelessly kills you outright, even bypassing Heracles' God Hand.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Chaldea is using them to simulate the internet since the outside world is gone. Although it's later revealed that the simulation for an idol that Dr. Roman made might not have actually been one, since Merlin's the one running the Magi☆Mari blog.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Since enemies are programmed to use their Charge attacks, including Noble Phantasms, as soon as they're ready, they can end up wasting these skills entirely:
    • Arash's Stella. If your whole team has Invincible or Evasion (such as from Jeanne's Luminosité Éternelle), he basically kills himself without accomplishing anything. In fact, one story quest in "GUDAGUDA Honnoji" has him as one of the enemies in the last battle, meaning that if he's the last one standing, just put Invincible or Evasion on one Servant, let him explode, and you'll win.
    • Jeanne's Luminosité Éternelle. If she has no allies with her who can benefit from her buffs, she basically wastes a turn, since even though she gets invincibility and health regen, she also gets stunned. In fact, she'll end up benefitting your team, since they get an additional turn to charge up Noble Phantasms and cool down their skills. And unlike the player's Jeanne, who eventually gets an NP upgrade to remove the self-stun, no such thing happens to any enemy Jeanne.
    • EMIYA Alter as the Lost Man boss has a skill, Ampoule Application, which he'll use at the start of his turn automatically, increasing his NP at the cost of 2000 HP. However, he'll use it regardless of how much health he has left, meaning it's entirely possible for him to kill himself if you can get him below 2000 healthnote .
    • Enemies can sometimes use skills that provide singe-turn buffs to themselves or their team even if they are last to attack, and as such wasting a turn. Additionally, they may still cast buffs on themselves while affected with the "Nullify Buff" effect, which basically renders buff abilities useless for a specified duration.
  • Ascended Extra: Some Chaldea employees are given more focus in the prologue for Cosmos in the Lostbelt, getting names, their own artwork, and are fleshed out with a few character traits.
  • Ascended Glitch:
    • King Hassan's NP animation has a glitch where any enemy killed by it would not have their death animation play, only leaving behind their loot. Fans agreed this was incredibly cool and fitting for him, so the developers left it in.
    • Card viewing had a bug where the card borders were left out, allowing players to view the full art. It was turned into an actual gameplay feature after positive reception from fans.
  • Ascended Meme: Many of them.
    • As of this game, the term "Saber-face" is officially accepted as the term for Altria's many Expies as it's a hidden trait for them and then Heroine X explicitly calls them that during the Saber Wars event. It was acknowledged again during a livestream when Altria's seiyuu, Ayako Kawasumi, was discussing them.
    • Archer EMIYA's Team Mom and Team Chef status from memes has been acknowledged in-game, such as in Valentine's event when he gives kitchen tools to the protagonist, in Nero Fes when he is put in "Chaldea's Kitchen" team along with other "moms" like Boudica, Irisviel and Raiko, and during GUDAGUDA Strange Tales of the Imperial Holy Grail when Nobunaga referred to him as "the certain red cook".
    • Kojirou's REGEND. Also his feat of clearing France from dragons has landed him with other dragonslayers for the Moon Festival event.
    • The female protagonist's psychopathic tendencies, from the Learning with Manga. This version of her appeared in the Law of the Jungle CE, in the same artstyle, still bullying Olga Marie and Mash. She pops up again for April Fools, this time strangling Solomon. Riyo has done most of the artwork for the websites promoting official streams for the game and did another CE for the New Year's 2017 Campaign. It's gotten to the point where the female protagonist's official Nendoroid figure not only has her normal face, but her face as depicted by Riyo as well, not to mention the Bond Level-increasing stretchy arm. She made her way into game canon as the main villain of the second anniversary event.
    • Riyo's chibi depictions of the Servants from the same manga became popular among fans and some imitated his artstyle to make their own. Then Riyo made his official version for all of them for April Fools.
    • One of Riyo's gag Servants became official as of "All the Statesmen" from the second anniversary. She's ascended meme personified, summoned into female form just because, and her NP animation is super short, the closest players get to a NP skip function.
    • Saber Lily's crotch-targeting Noble Phantasm is utilized as a weapon in "Saber Wars".
    • During "GUDAGUDA Honnouji", Medea whined about players' only using her to spam Rule Breaker (and that her younger version is more popular) and Gilgamesh of all people whines about the gacha's incredibly tiny chance of getting gold cards (apparently he got the other gold cards, except Altria and her expies).
    • In "Garden of Order", Dr. Roman calls Fou, "our reliable runner". "Fou running" came from how long it would take to load during events.
    • The Mona Lisa CE price has been acknowledged as insanely expensive twice, with Dr. Roman wanting her to change the prices because they're too high during the Garden of Order event. She refuses. Her iron grip on the prices and being the sole supplier of them leads to someone stealing one and distributing forgeries to the masses, leading into the da Vinci and the 7 Fake Heroic Spirits event.
    • Ruler Martha's quest from Part 2 of the summer event pits her against Beowulf in a battle of fisticuffs, acknowledging all the Jojos Bizarre Adventure jokes that originated from their NP animations.
    • Siegfried's profile in Fate/Grand Order Material 1 has "sumanai"note  written in several places, a reference to his usage of the word used to mock him.
    • The oft-used fan moniker for Caster Gilgamesh, Bride Gil, was referenced in Nero Festival 2017 as he gets paired up with the Bride version of Nero, their team name being Shiny Bride.
    • During Summer 2018, the protagonist can have a chance to call Ibaraki-Douji a "Banana Oni" ('Banana' written in kanji), the same way Western fans have been referring her as. As a bonus, Ibaraki also calls it a 'tasty nickname'.
    • Ryoma and Oryo's Easter Egg Noble Phantasm artwork where Oryo and Ryoma directly faced the camera with Oryo doing a peace sign resulted in hundreds of snowclones. One of the tables from the Summer 2018 event's ServaFes has a banner with BB and Astolfo doing that very pose.
  • Audience Participation: Holmes invites players during "Murder at the Kogetsukan" to guess who the culprit is which plays out as a voting poll with ten quartz as the prize for getting it right.
  • Author Appeal: The Agartha chapter is seemingly written to appeal to the female domination fetish with multiple groups of women capturing men, enslaving them and harvesting them for their seed. In an interview, Penthesilea in particular was noted to be a dead giveaway to the audience as to who wrote the chapter given how full she is of the author's fetishes.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: In the first Summer event, "Chaldea Summer Memory," the player can pick one of three options for each building to develop on the island. Typically, the final one is awesome but impractical (and usually suggested by Mordred), while the first one is Boring, but Practical and the second one is slightly more elaborate or luxurious; mechanically, each one is usually successively more expensive in total despite accomplishing the same thing and progressing the story. For example, the first building is a place for the master to live — either a wood cabin (simple, since the party begin in a forest), a stone building, or an iron cube that they quickly find out gets too hot to live in.
  • Awesome Personnel Carrier: The Shadow Border, an Imaginary Numbers Space Submersible originally intended by Chaldea for exploration of the Singularities via the Paper Moon, an Imaginary Numbers compass created by Atlas. Da Vinci's backup body functions as the pilot, put into stasis until the day calls for its use. The protagonists end up using it to escape Chaldea after Anastasia takes over, diving into the Imaginary Numbers dimension to escape the Oprichniki, with it becoming their new base.
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  • Back for the Finale: Almost all of the Servants from each of the previous Orders show up in the Final Order in order to help you take down the Big Bad and save the future. For the fight against Andromalius, most of the Servants who debuted in events show up to help you fight it.
  • Badass Crew:
    • The Argonauts in the Okeanos chapter, a group of the greatest Greek heroes led by Jason show up albeit heavily shrunk to just him, Hektor, Atalante, Medea Lily, and Heracles.
    • The Knights of the Round Table. All of them have the potential to be summoned as Servants in this game and they're some of the deadliest opponents seen so far.
    • Your party and your support team at Chaldea definitely count, with them defeating several renowned Heroic Spirits, a primordial Goddess, a Hive Mind of demons, and even an embodiment of humanity's lewd desires.
  • Badass Family: The Emiyas. All of them (Kiritsugu, Irisviel, Shirou, Illya, and technically Chloe) are Servants in this game. They're fought together (plus Heracles and Young Gil) as the optional final battle of the Prisma Illya event.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • In Okeanos, Drake has a Holy Grail, except it's actually a part of the correct timeline. It's Blackbeard who has the Grail associated with the singularity.
    • Ozymandias has the Holy Grail of the sixth singularity, and it is the one that the heroes are looking for, but he's not the one who's destroying humanity in this singularity. Though he does fight the heroes in order to test them later, he surrenders his Holy Grail afterward and helps them in their final attack on Camelot.
    • In Babylonia, Gilgamesh has a grail: it's not the one the heroes are looking for, but it's the reason the Three Goddesses Alliance is attacking. At the end of the order, you get Gilgamesh's grail in addition to Solomon's as a reward for the heroes' efforts.
    • The Fate/EXTRA CCC crossover was seemingly billed as yet another funny gag event, with a goofy title card and all. However, once you actually start the event, it's revealed that this is a gaiden chapter for the Epic of Remnant storyline, and the goofy title card is switched out for the real one. You even get to fight a Beast!
    • The Fourth Night of the first Christmas Event ("Almost Weekly Santa Alter") ends with a revelation that the next letter is from Gilgamesh, and the Fifth Night's title suggests that the player will have to fight Gilgamesh, who unsurprisingly, just wrote the letter to get Santa Alter to visit himnote . While Gilgamesh does appear in the Fifth Night, he's The Unfought for this event, and he doesn't even meet the player character and Santa Alter; instead, Santa Alter and the player leave before they have to deal with Gil, and instead, they get confronted by Nursery Rhyme and Jack the Ripper, who summoned Santa Alter due to not being able to properly experience Christmas.
    • In Lancer Altria's interlude, Merlin appeared in the protagonist's dreams and arranged a meeting with a mighty blonde king who wields a spear... who turned out to be Fionn.
    • With "Murder at the Kogetsukan" being a detective story, it is prone to twists. One remarkable twist is regarding the Violet family where Adamska's (Lancelot) wife turned out to be Harriet (Euryale) and not Eva (Raiko) who turned out to be Juliet's (Stheno) twin sister. Mash mistakenly assumed it when she make a diagram of the family.note 
    • For "ServaFes", Chaldea is dispatched to Hawaii after detecting a new Foreigner there. While they indeed encounter new Foreigner Heroine XX, she turns out to be not the one they detected and is actually also after the threat, who is revealed to be BB who had taken advantage of her Moon Cancer class to conceal her Foreigner status.
  • Balance Buff: Servants have generally been fixed or made better in one of three ways.
    • First and rarest is to simply change their hidden values or skills outright. For example, Waver was considered very low tier until he was remade into the best all purpose support character at the time, while during the first summer event swimsuit Mordred and Altria didn't perform at the level DW wanted, so both had their NP gain per hit increased.
    • Next, some interludes improve the NP damage multipliernote , add a new skill such as Concept Improvement or improve an existing one. These are also accompanied by a short story segment. Brynhildr, for example, got both an NP interlude and a skill upgrade interlude, which turned her into arguably the best single target Lancer depending on the type of party you want to run.
    • Finally, there are storyless Rank Up Quests consisting of 3-5 rounds of combat, generally ending in a fight against Servants related to the Servant being improved. These are always accompanied by skill gain, improvement or NP buff. Spartacus has had all three improvements.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy:
    • Enemy Picts, besides the full head helmets they wear, are nude all the way down and don't have certain anatomical features in their sprite.
    • Depending on the artist, the artwork for male Servants may not feature nipples.
    • SE.RA.PH's map resembles a gigantic Sakura/Kiara with the naughty bits either not there or covered up by gameplay nodes.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: A given ability of Masters in the Fate universe is that they share dreams with their Servants. The Main Character gets this in spades. Many of the Time to Unlock More True Potential quests involve battling the Enemy Within of various Servants; usually stated to be All Just a Dream but that power-up is still there.
  • Beach Episode: The first summer event ("Chaldea Summer Memory / Heat Odyssey") is this. You and several of your Servants have gone to a deserted tropical island and while relaxing there, have started your own tropical resort.
  • Begin with a Finisher:
    • There are a number of equippable "Craft Essences" for your Servants that give them a number of Noble Phantasm charge at the start of each battle; during the beginning of the battle you can also activate skills that give a certain Servant some NP charge, so that when they enter attack phase, their Noble Phantasm will be available at the first turn. Using this strategy is key to quick farming, as well as dealing a lot of damage on bosses in the first turn.
    • The Final Boss for Part 1 opens the fight with his Noble Phantasm, which is so strong that your frontline Servants are likely to die right away. Before the attack he uses a buff (among others) that makes his attacks pierce invincibility unless you use a "skill sealing" skill on him beforehand. Even then, you still need a invincibility/evasion buff (or hefty amount of attack debuffing/defense buff) to survive it.
  • Behemoth Battle: Avicebron summons Adam to fight off Ivan the Terrible's giant mammoth in the first Lostbelt, with the two duking it out in a special CG.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Every single Heroic Spirit you've encountered thus far summons themselves to the Final Order in order to help subdue the seventy-two Demon Pillars to clear a path to Solomon.
  • Bigger on the Inside: The Shadow Border, Chaldea's Base on Wheels, uses magic to distort its interior to make it a lot larger, roughly the size of two cruisers though there isn't enough personal space for everyone as only the protagonist, Mash, da Vinci, Holmes, and Goldorf get their own rooms, everyone else has to bunk together.
  • Bittersweet Ending: As is standard for the franchise. Humanity has been saved from Beast I, and Mash is resurrected and given a normal lifespan. However, Roman/Solomon has erased himself from all points of existence and the Throne of Heroes in order to weaken Goetia, while Mash's resurrection comes at the cost of Fou's power and intelligence that does neutralize the threat of Fou becoming Beast IV, also means the end of Fou as a sentient being. The world will be in disarray due to the year that the world was incinerated and most of man's extinction - the original threat to humanity - will still happen, and another one of the Beasts is acting on its own, leaving the future uncertain. Finally, the methods the protagonist and their allies used to save the world broke all kinds of laws and regulations in the Mage world, which comes back to haunt them in chapter 2.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • Mysterious Heroine X Alter's valentine CE is a cup of Spacebucks Hot Cocoa.
    • Osakabe-hime orders her otaku stuff from the website Amazones.
    • Osakabe-hime plays Creature Hunting during the summer 2018 event and becomes really addicted to the game.
  • Bleached Underpants: Some of the artists who contributed to the game have drawn adult content artwork.
  • Bonus Boss:
    • In Fuyuki, Caster Cu advices the player not to engage shadow Heracles as even though he's been weakened, he's still ridiculously strong. Shadow Heracles then becomes a one-time boss of an optional area for players. He's likely to be a challenge for early game players as he's level 40, but his difficulty lessens as players progress through the game.
    • With no warning, there is a level 50 repeatable Chimera in Germania, in the Rome chapter. The only clue being Germania is very off the beaten track.
    • After beating Babylonia, Ibaraki-douji (who was The Ghost of this chapter due to running away from Uruk to form a bandit gang) is an optional boss in a one-time only free quest.
    • Ryougi Shiki appears as a Bonus Boss in SE.RA.PH as MONSTER after clearing all event missions, similar to her bonus boss status back in Fate/EXTRA. She turns into Saber Shiki after the first phase of the fight, paralleling how she had done so in Paradox Spiral after being sealed by Araya in Kara no Kyoukai.
    • Completing the church free quest in Salem unlocks one final play the party performs for the townspeople, with an Ugallu, Nezha, and Asterios and Euryale as the bonus bosses.
    • There are a number of extra and generally optional boss fights for events. Some, such as in the "Chocolate Lady's Commotion" expanded rerun or the rerun of Dantes' event, are Boss Rush endurance fights while events like the CCC collaboration let you fight a more difficult form of the event's final boss. Often, there is no reward for doing so and at best it's nothing more than a single summoning ticket or a 4* Fou.
    • One transition into Epic of Remnant are events having one last challenge quest that pits the player against extremely powerful boss(es), which requires finishing the Final Singularity to access.
  • Book-Ends: For Part 1, it both begins and ends with Ritsuka holding Mash's hand while a structure crumbles around them and they are saved by a rayshift. In both cases Mash is literally reborn through an outside force, her activating her Demi-Servant powers for the first time and Fou returning Mash to life just in time to save Ritsuka.
  • Books That Bite: The London update introduces Spell Book-type Mooks, though they don't bite and hurl magic balls instead. They drop the Forbidden Page material.
  • Boring, but Practical: In the first Summer event, "Chaldea Summer Memory," the player can pick one of three options for each building to develop on the island. Typically, the topmost/first option is the serious, somewhat boring option, the following one is slightly more elaborate or luxurious, and the final one is Awesome, but Impractical (and usually suggested by Mordred); mechanically, each one is usually successively more expensive in total despite accomplishing the same thing and progressing the story. For example, the eventually the party decide to build an observation post: either a Lighthouse, a Pagoda, or a Rock Tower (that ends up looking like a monstrous castle spire).
  • Boss Warning Siren:
    • When the battle transition for the third round of a battle is labelled Fatal Battle instead of the usual Battle, it usually has some sort of boss with higher HP and attack stat. Quests that outright start with the Fatal Battle label are typically a one-round battle against a Servant.
    • When it's the Climax Boss or Final Boss of a Singularity, the Servant battle is labelled Grand Battle as a sign of its importance to the plot.
    • All Beasts have Advent Beast: A Human Evil ______ and the latter part is Red and Black and Evil All Over text to emphasize their danger. For Goetia and Tiamat, it's "manifests", Kiara "transfigured", and Kama "overflows".
  • Bragging Rights Reward: By getting a Servant's bond level to 10, you unlocked a special CE that only they can use. This requires getting a million bond points or more when an average quest only gives around a thousand at most, meaning it takes months of normal play to unlock one. Once that's done, though, you'll probably never use them for two reasons: First, the Servant is at bond ten now, meaning you're wasting potential bond points unless you've used a very rare item. Second, the vast majority of them aren't even that good, especially since they're locked at 100/100 stats and can't be leveled. This means you're missing out on nearly 2000 HP and attack compared to more easily accessible CEs like Golden Sumo or rare gacha CEs like Black Holy Grail or Formalcraft.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Often in some of the sillier events like GUDAGUDA. Special note to your intentionally trying to be silly during the Fate/Accel Zero Order event by mistaking Saber for Mysterious Heroine X. All it does is make Mash tell you to cut it out and that this is meant to be a "serious event".
  • Breakout Character:
    • From previous Fate works are Ozymandias, Hassan of Serenity, Iskandar, Karna, Heracles and Cú Chulainnnote . Some popular human characters also return as pseudo-Servants like Waver, Rin, and Taiga.
    • For debuting characters, there's Marie Antoinette, Scáthach, Kiyohime, Merlin, King Hassan, Musashi and last but certainly not least, Jeanne Alter. There's also Ereshkigal, who, despite not being playable and not even having a combat sprite, was so popular thanks to the Babylonia chapter that she was Promoted to Playable during the third Christmas event, and this happened purely because of fan demand for her.
  • Breakout Villain:
    • Gilgamesh. Having first featured in Fate/stay night as an antagonist with a rather minor role in two of the routes, Gilgamesh has since appeared as a major antagonist in Fate/Zero, as one of the four playable Servants in Fate/EXTRA CCC and as one of the Servants in Fate/strange fake, as well as other minor features. To date, he has appeared, in some manner, in almost every single entry in the Fate/ series. He's also the main companion of the Babylonia chapter, as a Caster.
    • Saber Alter is this as well. She was only in the Heaven's Feel route, but she's been used in other works as a gag, character analysis or just be an intimidating opponent. There are currently 5 versions of her (Saber, Santa [Rider], Swimsuit [Rider], Lancer, and Mysterious Heroine X [Berserker]) in this game. She's also the main villain of the Fuyuki chapter and a major ally of the Shinjuku chapter.
    • Jeanne Alter was originally conceptualised as a one-off villain for the First Singularity. She was so well-received that she was reincarnated as one of the few Avengers in the game, becomes a main ally in the Shinjuku chapter, got an additional costume, and has made additional appearances in bonus stories and events (such as her Santa Lily Alter [Lancer] and Swimsuit [Berserker] forms).
  • Breather Episode: Though no less action-packed than other chapters, America has notably little to do with the overarching plotlines compared to London and Camelot and goes back to the simple "fight Servants, get Grail, solve Singularity" formula of the first several chapters.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory:
    • The easiest way to obtain Saint Quartz for the gacha to obtain Servants is to spend real money. Furthermore, for some events, you basically must have gacha-exclusive CEs to farm its currencies effectively. Thankfully you can just borrow a friend's. On the other hand, the game is designed in way that it's possible to complete the storyline by using lower-tier servants from the Friend Point Summoning system up until the Camelot singularity where there is a massive Difficulty Spike (and even then, certain servants such as the 3-star Euryale will carry the team well thanks to her being an anti-male Archer).
    • There are also one-time x10 Summons where you are guaranteed a 5-star Servant. However, you can only use paid Saint Quartz (not the free to obtain Saint Quartz) to use these x10 Summons.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The fact that Mordred is the main ally in an Industrial Revolution-era London filled with Gentleman and a Scholar types investigating a murder mystery scenario instead of, say, a certain great detective is lampshaded. As it turns out, said great detective ends up in a Singularity filled with Knights of the Round, having been explicitly hired to stay out of London.
    • In the SE.RA.PH chapter, when the heroes finally make it to BB, she initially thinks that it's Robin Hood whom she sent on some errands returning. A bit later, Robin returns from those errands just in time for the battle against Kiara.
    • During April Fool's, Nero has a livestream where she plays Kantai Collection. Cue the 2017 Summer Event, where Nero looks AND plays like someone out of Kantai Collection.
    • After the Orleans singularity, Kiyohime shows up in your Present Box, having apparently carried out her promise to follow you home. She appears in the Halloween event as an ally again... and makes a remark about packing herself into a present box with a pretty ribbon.
    • A joke that spans a year: Stheno and Euryale have Valentine's chocolates that are either made with love or hastily-put together. Where did they base this from? Medusa Lancer's Valentine's chocolate, which implies that her older sisters copied her design poorly.
  • Broken Aesop: The stage play that the Chaldea group performs on the second day of Salem. The story is a The Three Little Pigs-like story about the three Jeanne "sisters" (Jeanne, Jeanne Alter and Jeanne Alter Santa Lily) who wants to build a sturdy home. They first build a fort but it is burned down by arsonists (Kiyohime, Nero and Ibaraki-douji). Then they build a wooden house but the Sun Trio (Ozymandias, Karna and Tamamo-no-Mae) scorches it. They finally settle in tents, however they are attacked by an English army led by Altria and her Knights of the Round Table. They got help from both Gilles and Amaku— Santa Island Kamen to defend them, thus making Jeanne conclude that what's sturdy is not their house, it's the bond they have with each other. However they are still defeated and the poor Jeanne sisters are burned at the stake.
  • Broken Masquerade:
    • This is one of the twists for the F/GO facet of the Nasuverse. Once Goetia is beaten, human history is saved and the world outside Chaldea resumes like normal... except that it's still eighteen months after the beginning of the crisis (July 31, 2015 to December 25, 2016 in the original JP release). All timekeeping devices record this and astronomical observation of the stars confirms it, but the world at large has no idea where their 18 months went. While the Mages' Association and other groups are trying to keep something of a lid on things, people know that Something Happened.
    • Scheherazade's goal in Agartha is to turn the already-shaky Broken Masquerade into full-on The Unmasqued World by dropping a floating continent onto a major modern city, forcing the Mystic into becoming a part of daily life.
    • Later, once Salem rolls around, a singularity appears where modern day Salem and Danvers, Massachusets should be - except, unlike all other singularities, this one is imposed on the modern day, creating a void area around Salem-Danvers nearly seven kilometers in diameter. This time even the mainstream press gets to record this one, at one point the US Army is ready to charge in, and the Mages' Association, Assembly of the 8th Sacrament, and other organizations have to work in concert to help keep something inside the singularity from escaping. Da Vinci notes that this incident is so extreme it could end Chaldea - though in the end, Chaldea suffered a different fate.
    • Exacerbated even further with Cosmos in the Lostbelt, as the Alien God's arrival completely upends the status quo on Earth and crushes every single nation, turning the world into a bizarre white blankness and reveals that aliens and other beings exist out there. The prologue for the first Lostbelt indicates that the few surviving settlements are still trying to figure out what the hell is going on as one Muggle sets out to record everything for posterity.
  • But Not Too Bi: While there are plenty of female Servants who openly lust for the protagonist regardless of their gender, most of the male Servants don't do the same, even the confirmed bisexuals like Iskander or Gilgamesh. The few overt examples of male Servants being even implicitly interested in the male version of the protagonist are those like Astolfo, who looks identical to a girl right down to the clothing and Fergus, who makes it clear he is not interested in pursuing a relationship.
  • But Thou Must!: The player is regularly given options as to what dialogue the Player Character will say, but these are always limited to cosmetic differences that don't allow them to make any real choices. This naturally forces certain behaviors onto the player, sometimes contradictory ones. For example, in Kiyohime's interlude she's confronted with a shadow servant that calls her out on the less savory aspects of her personality. The player is given a choice of responses, but both of them object to the accusations and defend Kiyohime. However, in the Summer event player interactions with Lancer Kiyohime force them to act afraid of her due to the same tendencies they had previously denied existing.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Siegfried has been treated as one by the fandom because of his gameplay prowess being considered pitiful, with the creators encouraging this, making "sorry" his catchphrase as he fails to live up to expectations and him as the butt of several jokes in events.
    • Edward Teach pretty much gets screwed over every time he tries to do some antics in events.
  • Bystander Syndrome: The Wandering Sea are willing to let Chaldea into their entrance and use it as a base, so long as you don't disturb their workshops. However, they are unwilling to lend further aid beyond that as they're unconcerned with human civilization.

    C 
  • Call-Back:
    • Every time an Arthurian character appears in the post-Fuyuki chapters or an event, there's usually a dialogue choice to refer back to Saber Alter in Fuyuki, since she's the first Arthurian Servant the protagonist has canonically encountered.
    • A rather depressing one happens in Babylonia. At one point in the story, Gilgamesh's attendant, Siduri, talks about how raising hands usually indicates a sign of surrender. Later on, one of the Lahmus you encounter is heavily implied to be her, since it does nothing but raise its hands at you.
    • Dr. Roman hits upon the theory during the final singularity that Solomon's body is actually being possessed by an outside entity using the abilities of Solomon, comparing it to Kingu's situation with Enkidu.
    • Way back in Orleans, Mozart claims that there is nothing more beautiful than a parting smile. Mash gives the protagonist one in Solomon while she's holding back the full brunt of Ars Almadel Solomonis to protect her senpai, knowing that she's not going to survive it. It's indeed a beautiful smile.
  • The Cavalry: In Solomon, the Chaldean Team is saved from the infinitely-regenerating 72 Demon Pillars by nearly every Heroic Spirit the Protagonist and Mash met from past Singularities and special events banding together to fight them off.
  • Came from the Sky:
    • The protagonist and Mash rayshift to Babylonia in this manner as the location they are supposed to appear is within a Bounded Field which blocks any outside interference and caused the rayshift to bounce and send them flying mid-air.
    • Happens again in Shinjuku when a Bounded Field expels all non-Evil Servants the protagonist goes with, leaving them falling in the sky alone until they're saved by Archer of Shinjuku.
    • And once again in the beginning of Shimosa when the protagonist find themselves mid-air and later caught by Musashi when she sees them falling from the sky.
  • The Cameo:
    • Many characters that aren't Servants from the Fate franchise appear as the picture of Craft Essences.
    • Almost all the characters who aren't Ryougi Shiki from Kara no Kyoukai show up in Garden of Order's event-exclusive Craft Essences. Two of them (Touko and Azaka) even show up in the trailer.
    • The seven Fujou building ghosts and Kirie Fujou appear as an enemy type in the Garden of Order event.
    • Alice Kuonji's Cock Robin is part of Robin's final costume.
    • Miyu, Luvia, Tanaka, and Angelica make an appearance in Craft Essences for the Prisma Illya crossover.
    • A petrified Matou Shinji appears in First Order whose blood is sucked by Medusa to establish what she'll do to Ritsuka, Mash, and Olga. Then she rips his head off.
    • The very last chocolate sculpture available during the Valentine 2018 event is a chocolate Grail-kun. It even produces chocolate knives for everyone!
  • Canon Foreigner: The corrupted Rider Darius III and corrupted Lancer adult Medusa in First Order anime special.
  • Cast Herd: You're unlikely to see, say, Iskandar interact with Scheherazade or Francis Drake with Oda Nobunaga. Instead, they tend to be given their own little subgroups like the Knights of the Roundnote  or the GUDAGUDA Servantsnote , though some characters can belong to multiple herds. The red mantled Archer, for example, is EMIYA around the cast from Fate/Stay Night but Nameless around Tamamo or Nero while Gawain can also show up with the Extra cast. Singularities can shake things up, however, and allow things like David showing up in Okeanos and flirting with Atalante. These are generally the exception, however, rather than the rule.
  • Celestial Deadline: Even though Chaldea survived the incineration of the world, all systems still point to human history permanently ending two years later, giving the protagonists that small amount of time to save the world before that predicted event happens.
  • Central Theme: Humanity. The entire quest of the story focuses on saving human history by correcting singularities, which have a "Humanity Foundation Value" that dictates how much of a distortion they create. However, from Camelot onward, the story focuses on a different definition of "humanity" - namely, the qualities that make a human being human.
    • In Camelot, the Lion King is a brutal Well-Intentioned Extremist due to her Divine Spirit mentality who wishes to preserve a tiny portion of "humanity", picked to her exacting standards, in a fashion that will see the rest of the world burn but will definitely at least save something of mankind, but once Bedivere returns Excalibur to her, allowing her to at last die, the goddess Rhongomyniad which now wears Altria Pendragon's flesh can at least comprehend the humanity that would lead to others opposing her and wanting to take the longer gamble of stopping Solomon outright and saving everyone, even if she still believes she acted for the best.
    • In Babylonia, the focus is on bonding with the citizens of Uruk by just living life with them, all while fighting off the gods whose "higher" perspectives make them antagonistic (but not necessarily evil, in part because the Protagonist can appeal to their own "human" qualities).
    • This theme is at its most apparent in the final battle. In Solomon, Mash rejects Grand Caster's vision of a World of Silence because, while the people are smiling in their immortal state, it's all false because they don't know what it's like to live because of their mortality. Dr. Roman reveals himself to have been the true Solomon, the real King of Magic and not the Ars Goetia in his guise. Because he lived his human life only by the will of the Israeli people and God, Solomon wished on the Holy Grail to be incarnated as a normal human, so that he could live a second life by his own volition. Mash's visceral Heroic Sacrifice motivates Fou to sacrifice all of his power and intelligence to bring her back from the dead, leading him to muse that her humanity was enough to "defeat" him, the Fourth Beast. Even Goetia has an Alas, Poor Villain moment after his demonic power is lost and he is reduced to a human in Solomon's half-melted body, finally understanding mortality first-hand and fighting the Protagonist one last time so that his last moments won't be meaningless, even if he's already lost.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Starts from London and keeps escalating from there. In London, the Big Bad reveals himself and casually wipes out almost all your allies and curbstomps you, and then states that this was just a warning for you to stop interfering with his plans. In America, the main villain is a Humanoid Abomination who devastates America and kills millions of people in horrific ways, and the arc ends with the bombshell that Mash's Demi-Servant powers are rapidly killing her. Camelot deals with such lovely themes as mass genocide, mindless obedience to an oppressive government, and horrific war crimes. Finally, Babylon has the main villain be an outright Eldritch Abomination that actually succeeds in destroying 99% percent of the world, all but one of your allies are gruesomely murdered, and the arc ends with the Big Bad finally having enough and invading your home.
    • The Babylon singularity also reveals all of the people that die in a singularity stay dead when the singularity is repaired, despite the player having previously been told that history simply fixes itself to the way it's meant to be. Those millions of civilians? The gate guard that helped you out? The old lady that Medusa helped out? All Dead.
  • Character Alignment: In-Universe, all Servants have an explicit alignment, and it's indicated that Masters do as well, though we don't see any apart from the protagonist's Lawful Neutral. Why certain Servants have one alignment or another is not always clear: Altera, Iskander, Gilgamesh, and Medusa are all Good aligned despite their butchery, for example; while Atalante and all Hassans are Evil despite their noble deeds and intentions. It wasn't till Babylonia's focus on Caster Gilgamesh that a lot of his actions as Archer make some sense as being aligned as "Good". As a side note, instead of the Neutral alignments being written as Lawful Neutral or Chaotic Neutral for example, they're listed as Lawful Balanced or Chaotic Balanced to avoid confusion, while True Neutral Servants are listed as Neutral Balanced.
  • Character Select Forcing:
    • Many events give bonuses for using specific Servants and Craft Essences, usually in the form of an item drop or damage bonus. Part of the difficulty of events comes from figuring out how to build a party that both maximizes these bonuses and can utilize the Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors system along with any other gimmicks the event or enemies might have.
    • Certain Servants' Interludes only allows a fixed support and can't use friend supports.
      • The Prison Tower event literally only lets you use one support Servant, Edmond Dantes, due to being cut off from Chaldea during the event's story.
      • The first chapter of SE.RA.PH locks the party only to Meltryllis for solo battles, as the protagonist lacks the support provided by Chaldea's Servants.
      • "Dead Heat Summer Race" story battles only have summer 2017 Servants available as supports.
      • Shimosa's Heroic Spirit Swordmaster Duels only have the story support version of Musashi available. In addition, certain battles are locked solely to Musashi.
      • The final parts of Cosmos in the Lostbelt prologue forces you to use only the support Mash and Da Vinci.
    • Applied on a party-wide sense during the Setsubun 2018 event. For the first time in the game: 1) you are not allowed to have any support Servant (either from your friend list or even in-story), 2) all Servants deployed in one round will be out of commission for the next 4 hours and 3) all this while keeping the usual cost limit. If you've been heavily reliant on your friends' support units (particularly Merlin) or been giving too much attention on your gold Servants, the cool-down will basically force you to creatively use your remaining, less-frequently used units (i.e. the less celebrated silvers, bronzes, and even the gold ones who are understandably seen as too much trouble to use).
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Seraphix has a one-off mention as one of Chaldea's financial sources in Marisbury's rant in the first arc. It later becomes a central location for one of the EoR chapters.
    • During the second Lostbelt, the protagonists note that they often see two birds flying above them. They are Odin's ravens, Huginn and Muninn, which were left behind by Odin before he died to help guide Chaldea.
  • Chekhov's Lecture: In the SE.RA.PH chapter, after BB rewinds time to save the party from Kiara, BB explains that if you want to go all the way back to the beginning, when the Protagonist first got here, you'd have to be able to travel faster than the speed of light, and the strain would be too much for a regular Saint Graph. It turns out Meltryllis, with Passionlip's help, did exactly this so that she could replace her past self and save the Protagonist.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: The absence of Raikou, Tawara, and Rama from the New Year's 2019 event story is noted by various characters wondering why they didn't come to the inn. The Nue put up a barrier to prevent their arrival as they would've instantly detected his ruse and have anti-demon skills/weapons to use against him.
  • Christmas Episode: The game gets one each time Christmas rolls around, and they tend to be fairly elaborate. Also, while the first one (Altria Santa Alter's) was largely a gag event (and one of the game's earliest), the second event (with Jeanne Alter Santa Lily) is, astoundingly, played arrow straight in the end. It ultimately serves as a discussion of why we give presents during this season, and how it's okay for you yourself to enjoy a gift given as much as the recipient - if you all enjoy it together, then that just makes it an even better gift. Trying to be some kind of detached, wish-granting Santa machine will just result in everyone being less happy. The third one is in the vein of its immediate predecessor by being a fairly serious story about resolving Ereshkigal's problems before Chaldea is unwittingly screwed over by her, and the fourth one goes back to being wacky with Bradamante and Quetzalcoatl making their way through the wrestling tournament to retrieve a stolen Grail.
  • Citadel City: Shinjuku is cut off from the rest of Tokyo by a gigantic wall surrounding the entire ward.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • The America chapter ends with Mash bleeding out and suddenly collapsing in the hallway. She gets treated offscreen in the next chapter.
    • Babylonia ends with Solomon launching his temple directly at Chaldea, having been fed up with their meddling in his plans.
    • The Cosmos in the Lostbelt Prologue, hoo boy. It ends with our heroes essentially homeless, the old Team A threatening to use the Lostbelt to rewrite world history, and you and the Chaldea crew sailing off into the Lostbelt using the Shadow Border's new drive system. You go soaring off beyond reality... and cut to the intro movie and back to the Terminal screen.
    • Götterdämmerung ends with the Shadow Border successfully rendezvousing with the Wandering Sea after receiving its transmission at the end of Anastasia.
  • Clone Army:
    • In Okeanos, it's revealed that reality itself is generating conceptual pirates.
    • Nobunaga's army is actually Nobunaga's Servant essence (her "one-star rarity") given form as an adorable chibi army of herself.
    • Most of Medb's forces are clones she created using a soldier's DNA.
    • The oni from Onigishima" are not true Oni, they are Art Initiates Life drawings created by Ushi Gozen.
    • In Agartha, Dahut's pirates are able to reproduce identical versions of themselves. Columbus aims to take control of them since an obedient clone army would be very useful to a man like him.
  • Closed Circle: "Murder at the Kogetsukan" takes place on an isolated island somewhere in the Caribbean, which only the Marble Trading Company and their guests know the location of. No one can leave as they need the company to send out a request for transportation, which in of itself will take a few days to be processed. However, the protagonist accidentally intrudes upon it in their magic dreams, and the information they give to Holmes allows him to deduce its location and charter a boat ahead of time.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The Mystic Codes are functionally alternate costumes for the player with three battle skills and can only be unlocked after completing a quest or buying them from the Rare Prism shop. Essentially by wearing a different outfit, the player has access to different spells that strengthen certain playstyles.
    • After the London update, there are three permanent quests in Chaldea Gate to get a Mystic Code: the Chaldea Plugsuit, Mages' Association and Atlas Academy uniforms.
    • The 5 million downloads campaign has a quest to unlock Altria's casual clothes for female protagonist. The male protagonist gets Arthur's Waistcoat of Style instead.
    • For "Fate/Accel Zero Order", the protagonist can use Altria's formal suit from Fate/Zero.
    • For "Chaldea Summer" the protagonist gets a swimsuit, as fit for the season.
    • The Fate/Extella promotional campaign has a quest to get Hakuno's Extra uniform.
    • Fate/Extra CCC's pre-event campaign has a quest for Hakuno's CCC uniform.
    • The Heaven's Feel movie commemoration campaign has the Homurahara school uniform.
    • Anastasia has the Chaldea Arctic Uniform which functions similarly to the starter Mystic Code with slightly different effects.
    • The Summer 2018 event has a new casual summer outfit, complete with suntan which focuses on buffing Arts-centric teams.
    • The New Year 2019 event gives out a yukata Mystic Code that provides party buffs.
  • Colony Drop:
    • In Agartha, Scheherazade's endgame is to drop the floating continent of Laputa onto a populated city, exposing magic to the world at large. And due to the rules of the setting, this would weaken Mystery until magic became worthless, thus making Servants impossible to summon so that she'll never have to fight again.
    • In SIN, Qin Shi Huang flings space debris drifting within his Great Wall to discreetly take out any "Confucian" elements.
  • Combat Stilettos: A significant number of the female Servant cast wear heels into combat, from knight-classes to assassins to casters. For starters, the various Altria faces even wear plated heels to complement the rest of their heavy armor.
  • Composite Character: Shinjuku introduces the concept of Phantoms - Spirits that are too weak to become a Heroic Spirit, and thus must fuse with another Phantom to become a fully-fledged Heroic Spirit (which is still weaker than a normal Servant). They are:
    • Avenger of Shinjuku is Hessian Lobo, which is composed of Lobo, the Hessian soldier, and only for the Shinjuku chapter, Jack Griffin.
    • Archer of Shinjuku is James Moriarty combined with Der Freischutz's Phantom. Noticeably as a result of a normal Servant fusing with a Phantom, Moriarty's power has been incredibly amplified as a result.
    • Assassin of Shinjuku is Yan Qing combined with the Phantom Doppelganger.
    • Shakespeare and Andersen combine their Noble Phantasms and write a scenario to combine the power of 200 fictional detectives so the protagonist can defeat Moriarty.
    • The Sakura Five Alter Egos are comprised of several goddesses' data which is reflected in their skills and Noble Phantasms.
    • The legend of Paul Bunyan was fused together with various creation myths about giants to create the playable version of Bunyan.
    • Certain Servants are composed of more than one individual sharing one Saint Graph.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
    • There is no shortage of instances where you will fight Servants with ludicrous amounts of HP— way beyond what even your own max-leveled Servant will have.
    • To kill an enemy with the Guts status (revive with some HP after being killed) in the same turn, one must have two different characters attack them; one to drop their HP to zero, the other to kill them after they revive from that. Because of Overkill, chaining the same character's attack cards won't work; the enemy will just revive after that character finishes attacking them. If you only have one character on the field, you won't be able to kill an enemy with Guts active in one turn. On the other hand, the only way to get the enemy to stop after Guts activates on your side is for the character to either be the only Servant remaining, or be under the Taunt effect as well as Guts. Even then, if the enemies' other remaining action(s) include a skill that buffs them, they'll still use the skill.
    • Some bosses from Camelot onward have special permanent buffs that give them advantages such as extra NP charge, powerful defense buffs, multi-layered HP, or even changing how the Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors of their classes work.
    • Enemy Servants tend to have much higher debuff and status effect resistances than their playable counterparts. Instant Death resistance is particularly jacked up, to the point that even instant kill specialists have essentially no chance at all of landing one. People will play for months without getting so much as a single one against a miniboss or Servant.
    • Harder quests like high level story quests and Challenge Quests tend to give enemies a buff that cannot be removed.
    • Enemies have the option of casting ignore evade/invincible first before firing their Noble Phantasms or instantly filling their NP gauge to max.
  • The Computer Is a Lying Bastard: Da Vinci Info Dumps about Servant Attributes in London. She claims to have the Man attribute, since she's the Heroic Spirit of a real person who really existed. Nonetheless, she has the Star attribute. Additionally, her exposition about the class affinities was originally wrong before they edited it.
  • Conspiracy Redemption: The former director of Chaldea had implemented several experiments that sicken the protagonist, but unfortunately there's not much they can do to fix what he did. Chaldea's restructuring over the course of the game is made to be a lot more humane thanks to the protagonist, Roman, and da Vinci. Chaldea has been noted as an oddity by Servants and the Mage's Association because of this, as they try to protect strange and ostracized Heroic Spirits instead of condemning them to their fate.
  • Continuity Nod: Many, since chronologically this game takes place after all other games, novels, and anime. The Servants remember, for the most part, the events that happened and retain Character Development gained from those.
    • Altria diplomatically comments on how she has "opinions" about Holy Grail Wars, but will assist in this one however she can. Those "opinions" are likely negative due to the colossal debacles that were the 4th and 5th Holy Grail Wars.
    • Archer EMIYA makes an offhand comment to wanting to finish Shadow Heracles in Fuyuki because he had failed to kill him in his version of the Holy Grail War in the Fate route from Fate/stay night. He also makes various comments on events from Extra though he technically isn't the same character as Nameless.
    • Lord El-Melloi II (Waver) tells you that he will help but there is only one man he will serve, Iskandar, due to their relationship in Fate/Zero. He also helps the young version of Iskandar in the Rome chapter for this reason.
    • Jeanne and Amakusa remember their confrontation from Fate/Apocrypha, and surprisingly, get along quite well on the same side.
    • All Servants from the Extra series remember everything that happened in it; Nero and Tamamo even claim that their heart is already taken by a certain someone, the protagonist of that game.
    • Some Servants (like Karna and Arash) like to discuss their previous Master from another Fate series since they had such a large impact on them.
    • Dr. Jekyll scolds Hyde in his interlude and reminds him of their master, Tatsumi Kitano from Fate/Prototype Fragments.
    • In Salem, Zepar expresses doubt in a flashback at Räum's plan of summoning an alien being to help it dominate humanity, since the last time aliens tried to invade Earth, they were crushed by the holy sword wielder.
    • A pigeon report in the Valentine 2018 event notes that Fergus has been hired as a guard for his excellent dentist skills, a reference to his brief stint as one to terrorize Nursery Rhyme in the first Valentine event, "Chocolate Lady's Commotion."
    • In one of the Gudaguda: Strange Tales of the Imperial Holy Grail War Craft Essences, Medusa is in the same getup she was in the Poster Girl Craft Essence.
    • Gordolf occasionally talks about Toole, Gordes' Servile Snarker homunculus, from Apocrypha who he credits for making him who he is today by being his Stern Teacher/caretaker.
  • Contractual Boss Immunity:
    • Most boss-level enemies have a low instant death rate, meaning that the odds of a One-Hit Kill Noble Phantasm actually working on them are low. It is possible to have them work, but the vast majority of the time that particular instant death effect will fail.
    • Especially evident in the Garden of Order event, which introduces Ryougi Shiki, who not only has the highest instant death rate on her Noble Phantasm, but also has a skill that makes instant death more likely to trigger. Even with max levels of the skill and 500% overcharge, it still can't reliably trigger on bosses.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: During the second Halloween event ("Super☆Ghouls 'n Pumpkins"), in order to flush out a hidden servant (Robin Hood using No-Face May King), the Protagonist uses the threat of Elisabeth Bathory's horrible singing (despite dreading it themselves, as they reveal when the plan works).
  • Cool vs. Awesome: The game in a nutshell, to some extent, but particularly the Camelot singularity, which features a three-way war between The Hashshashin, the Knights of the Round Table and the forces of Ancient Egypt.
  • Cooldown Manipulation: Tamamo-no-Mae's Noble Phantasm has the unique effect of reducing skill cooldowns by one turn and the fact that it can be easily spammed due to her Arts cards and her own NP gauge being filled by her NP makes her incredibly useful to getting skills back up and running. The only other options are the Atlas Uniform's skill and Saber Alter Maid, both of which have incredibly long cooldowns.
  • Cosmic Flaw: The game in general focuses on finding temporal disturbances in certain locations where one is trying to interfere with human history, the exact nature of these disturbances manifests in different ways in each arc.
    • For Observer on Timeless Temple, the disturbances are initially thought to be contained to just Fuyuki circa 2004 AD but are soon revealed to be seven targeted time periods as part of the Big Bad's plan to incinerate the Earth and all of its history alongside it.
      • Fuyuki: The Holy Grail War has gone disastrously wrong and almost all but one have become corrupted thralls of the Grail, dedicated to guarding it as the city continues to burn to the ground.
      • Orleans: Taking place in France, during the 100 Years Wars, Gilles de Rais summons an Alter version of Jeanne D'Arc who rises up to massacre the people for revenge for her burning.
      • Septem: Taking place during the early years of Emperor Nero's reign over the Roman Empire, Professor Lev Lainur Flauros uses the power of the Holy Grail to summon past kings and emperors in order to create the United Roman Empire and topple the original.
      • Okeanos: Taking place during 1573, the Holy Grail has warped the Atlantic into a truly endless ocean in which Blackbeard and the Argonauts seek the various treasures littered about for their own agendas.
      • London: Magus Makiri Zolgen is tasked with carrying out the Big Bad's agenda through Project Demonic Fog, a magically charged fog that summons Masterless Servants for his reinforcements and drains humans of magical energy to cripple the city.
      • E Pluribus Unum: Queen Medb of Celtic Mythology has used the Grail to summon her ideal king of Cu Chulainn Alter and seeks to carve out a new kingdom of her own in the New World, beginning with the slaughter of the American leadership of 1783. In response, America's presidents pick the Servant Thomas Edison to serve as the leader to rally America around. The two sides are stuck in a stalemate, with Edison's faction on the gradual decline.
      • Camelot: Taking place during A.D. 1273 of the Ninth Crusade, an expeditionary force were given a Holy Grail in order to reach the Holy Land, and accidentally summoned Ozymandias who subsequently confiscates the Grail and sets about recreating Egypt of his time. Then, a Servant claiming to be Richard the Lionheart appears with his own Crusaders. The Crusaders subsequently take over the Holy Land. Egypt and the Crusaders now face off for the Holy Land and Holy Grail... or at least, that's what should have happened. Instead, an alternative version of Altria Pendragon called the Lion King wanders into the singularity, summons the Round Table as Servants, slays the Crusaders, and creates a new Camelot with the express purpose of trapping the Lawful Good of humanity to preserve them after the Big Bad's plan is completed. Notably it's so off the rails that even with the other six corrected, her succeeding would've still disastrously destabilized the timeline.
      • Babylonia: Taking place during the later years of King Gilgamesh's reign, an alliance of three goddesses have formed to destroy Uruk and one of the cradles of civilization in the process. An even greater threat in the form of Tiamat, an Evil of Humanity as Beast II, later emerges with the aim of wiping out humanity and replace them with her new children, the Lahmus.
    • Some time later in Epic of Remnant, five Pseudo-Singularities pop up and threaten to destabilize human history in their own unique way. Unlike the preceding or succeeding arc, none of these are being sustained by the same antagonist.
      • Shinjuku: Taking place at the turn of the millennium, this part of Tokyo has been walled off and isolated from history by a mysterious criminal organization called the Phantom Alliance, with the intent of luring the protagonist inside as a component for their Evil Plan.
      • SE.RA.PH.: Much more anomalously, this takes place about a decade in the future of 2030 A.D., where a Chaldea oil rig has been suddenly transported to the Mariana Trench. When they get there, they find it's being slowly digitized as Kiara Sesshouin seeks to merge with the Earth.
      • Agartha: The legendary underground world has suddenly opened up under Central Asia in the year 2000 A.D., but even more concerning is the fact that several Servants from Chaldea simultaneously disappeared when it was detected. In this mythical terra incognita, three matriarchal factions seek dominance over one another while the kidnapped refugees from the surface seek a way back up. It is eventually revealed that Agartha was a facade for the real plan, creating the island of Laputa to definitively prove the existence of magic, weakening modern magecraft by a substantial amount.
      • Shimosa Province: Actually taking place in an Alternate Universe of A.D. 1630, a twisted version of Amakusa Shirou plans to destabilize the Quantum Time Lock on his failed Shimabara Rebellion with the help of seven cursed swordmasters, which in turn threatens all timelines with that event.
      • Salem: In a twist, this technically takes place in the present day when a black expanse suddenly absorbs the Massachusetts towns of Salem and Danvers. When the protagonists go inside, they discover it's a historical reenactment of the Salem Witch Trials with the intent of transforming minor historical figure Abigail Williams into the host for an Outer God and opening the way for the other Outer Gods to flood the Earth.
  • Cosmic Keystone: In Cosmos in the Lostbelt, the titular Lostbelts are sustained by "Phantasy Trees", miles-tall constructs implied to be related to the Alien God driving the plot. These Phantasy Trees are what prevent the Crypters' seven Lostbelts from being pruned like they normally should be, and destroying one will lead the Lostbelt to fade away as it should have.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: In Camelot, Ozymandias points out that if the heroes mentioned that they were working with King Hassan, he would have allied with them without a fight.
  • Critical Hit Class: No attack has a chance to crit by itself. Instead, certain units will generate the ability to crit for the team and then certain units will absorb those stars for a chance to crit. This takes a few steps and can be manipulated in some ways.
    • First, you have either a unit that can generate stars on demand or per turn or you have a unit that generates them the normal way. To effectively make stars this way, you generally need attacks with high hit counts and preferably quick cards because of their natural boost to star generation. However, there are skills that increase the level of star generation, which can let the likes of Raikou generate an easy 25-30 stars with her multihit AOE Buster NP or even allow the likes of Kuro to generate 30~ stars with a QAA chain if she uses a skill to temporarily boost her star generation.
    • Second, the next turn, these stars will be available for your party to use. Each class has what is known as a natural star weight which can range from about fifteen with Berserkers to over two hundred with Riders. This makes a Rider about thirteen times more likely to get a critical star than a Berserker, so Berserkers generally don't make for good crit units on their own without a lot of help. However, certain skills and Craft Essences can boost star absorption by anyway from 100% to 6000%, though numbers like the latter are almost exclusively reserved for Berserkers. This star absorption bonus multiplies the natural absorption rate, so while an Archer or Rider can reliably gather all the stars with a simple 300% boost or so or even go without, a Berserker needs a very high absorption rate to accomplish anything or so many stars generated that every card will reach the maximum, meaning 50~ stars generated in one turn.
    • Third, once the stars have been distributed, your Servants attacks gain the ability to deal bonus damage on a crit. The base amount is double damage, but this can reach up to 120% on a unit's own skills or 100% from a friendly unit's buffs. Because this has such a high multiplier compared to attack or card buffs that rarely reach even as high as 50%, criticals have come to dominate the game. Merlin in particular is considered a gamebreaker for being able to easily provide 10-15 stars per turn by himself as well as provide a massive 100% bonus critical damage to anyone in the party. With his help, units can even crit for more damage than they'd do with their Noble Phantasms.
  • Crisis Crossover: Pretty much every single timeline in the Nasuverse is gone after the incineration of human history and Earth. Only Chaldea through summoning and recruiting humanity's Heroic Spirits from the entirety of history (and from every single Fate work) can they stop this extraordinary threat.
  • Crossover: Some of these were done with the intent of giving characters from other works like BB and Ryougi Shiki a time to shine even after their character arcs and stories have been completed. The game distinguishes between two types of crossover with the Prisma Illya and Kara no Kyoukai events as "collaboration events" and the CCC, Apocrypha, and Zero crossovers as "special events"; the former are more light-hearted and don't really address the plots of the source material beyond light nods while the latter deal directly with the stories being crossed over with.
    • Okita and Nobunaga seem to actually come from the Koha-Ace universe, having arrived in the Grand Order continuity after Nobunaga messing with the Grail broke a hole in space-time (which also caused her Servant essence to get duplicated, hence the event enemies with her likeness). So this is technically the first crossover event.
    • The crossover with Kara no Kyoukai. The official reveal.
    • To help promote the ''Heaven's Feel'' films and the ''Fate/Extra Last Encore'' anime, the main artwork for each was made into a Craft Essence. There were also two miniquests that helped promote the two projects.
    • The Fate/Zero event, "Fate/Accel Zero Order" with Waver and Iskander as main characters. The writer of this event was Gen Urobuchi himself!
    • A collaboration with Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, named Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya End Sacrifice, written by the author, Hiroshi Hiroyama.
    • A crossover with Fate/Extra CCC written by Nasu. BB was teased in a silhouette at the AnimeJapan announcement and was later revealed as the free Servant. It also introduces two new Classes, Moon Cancer and Alter Ego and is officially part of the game's story as a chapter of Epic of Remnant.
    • A crossover with Fate/Apocrypha titled "Inheritance of Glory". It seems to actually have a place within the Apocrypha timeline, taking place after the story but before its Distant Finale.
    • A crossover with Lord El-Melloi II Case Files titled "Lady Reines' Case Files" which is filled with Nostalgia Levels.
  • Cuckold Horns: Discussed by Shuten-Douji about Raikou during her battle against Sakata Kintoki. Shuten-Douji believes Raikou would grow horns of jealousy if Raikou saw the intense battle between Kintoki and herself.
  • Cut-and-Paste Environments: The game often uses these for its visual novel-esque cutscenes' backgrounds and battle backgrounds. Why yes, that exact same throne room from 15th-century France also existed in the 1st-century Roman Empire and 18th-century America.
  • Cute Monster: Ozymandias' sphinxes are revealed to be just as adorable as kittens.

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