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  • Darker and Edgier:
    • The story progressively becomes darker with each singularity, as more and more innocent people become caught up in the multiple conflicts with Celts slaughtering anyone who gets in their way, to the Lion King being a heartless tyrant, killing anyone not deemed worthy of her city to almost everyone in Uruk either being forcibly converted into one of Tiamat's Lahmus or killed by them.
    • SE.RA.PH takes on a much darker tone compared to other events and even main story chapters with the diaries retelling the sordid tale of Seraphix's descent into madness, the Dark Secret of the oil rig itself, and Kiara horrifically killing Servants and abusing the near dead Master candidates for the sake of her pleasure.
    • Shimosa is darker than prior chapters in EoR. The Servants in this chapter literally create mountains of corpses, what with Hozoin's genocide, Tomoe burning people alive, and Chiyome feeding citizens to Orochi. The enemy Servants this time around are simply reanimated corpses with a far more realistic dying sound and the red sky that appears during the climax is because of all the massacres around you. There is also a scene where Shuten plunges her hand into your stomach and plays with your intestines (it was done to repair your communication with Chaldea, but the narration pulls no punches).
    • In the part two prologue, the Mage's Association arrives to take back control of Chaldea. A new director is installed after he flat out bought the entirety of Chaldea along with his extremely suspicious and sadistic assistant. The original staff, including the protagonist, are all fired and replaced by those the new director picked and all Servants were demanded to be unsummoned. Further, the Mage's Association decides to interrogate everyone remaining in Chaldea to figure out what was happening during the last year. There's even a new a Church overseer and it's none other than Kirei Kotomine. While all this is going on Japanese twitter and website are all blasting error messages that Chaldea and its systems are on lockdown and cannot be accessed during interrogation. Then the sadistic assistant and Kotomine reveal themselves to be working with the new antagonists, bringing them over into Chaldea, resulting in a full-on slaughter with da Vinci brutally impaled and the protagonists forced to flee by the skin of their teeth as the one tool that could be used to stop them is forcibly frozen and deactivated.
    • While Observer in Timeless Temple got pretty dark towards the end, Cosmos in the Lostbelt takes it to all new levels. Right off the bat, you're stripped of your rank and declared a heretic for breaking The Masquerade during the events of Epic of Remnant and the first scenes see you and Mash being brutally interrogated by the Mage's Association. Then the new villains show up in force and massacre almost every remaining Chaldea official, culminating in Da Vinci being Killed Off for Real (it's explicitly stated that the young version of Da Vinci is a completely new entity with her own identity, personality and none of the original Da Vinci's memories). The first Lostbelt introduces the dilemma of people fighting for their right to live and whether it's right for Chaldea to march in and erase them. Add onto that the horrific tyranny of Ivan's kingdom and Servants being no-nonsense for pretty much the entire story without ever letting up results in a very dark tone being established.
    • The GUDAGUDA event series started as a simple gag event "Honnoji" filled with Joke Characters and Breaking the Fourth Wall to the more serious "Meiji Revival" where it's mostly humorous until the protagonists find out why the event is happening in the first place to the much darker "Strange Tale of the Imperial Holy Grail" as there are legitimate stakes at play with the need to stop Servants from rampaging and killing civilians and its ending is the saddest as Okita Alter fades away permanently though it becomes the same old wacky GUDAGUDA again in its second part.
  • A Darker Me: During the Garden of Order event, many Servants are snatched from Chaldea into Araya's Ogawa Apartment. More than a Hate Plague; the apartment amplifies the dark history of each Servant. Fortunately killing the Servant sends them back to Chaldea, restored.
  • Dark Reprise:
    • Epic of Remnant's title music has a more melancholy take on the Grand Order theme, signifying the lingering threats that Chaldea has to mop up.
    • Most of the game's base soundtrack was given a dramatic overhaul for Cosmos in the Lostbelt to carry across the tension of Chaldea having little resources and needing to defeat the powerful Crypters and their Servants of the Lostbelt to save the world.
  • Daylight Horror: The state of present-day Earth in Cosmos in the Lostbelt is a vast, white expanse as far as the eye can see shown solely during daylight to highlight how there is literally nothing left of humanity or Earth.
  • Deadly Dust Storm: The first obstacle the party runs into when they arrive in Camelot. It cuts off contact with Dr. Roman and impedes their progress. It's deadly even on a meta level, as the sandstorm animation on the battlefield causes a framedrop which lags the game so much, it sometimes might crash.
  • Death from Above:
    • The Lion King uses Rhongomyniad to shoot beams in the sky as an aerial strike towards her target in chapter 6. All those craters on the Camelot map? Those are all the villages she destroyed. Arash sacrifices himself to neutralize one of her blasts with his Noble Phantasm.
    • Servants like Suzuka Gozen use their NPs to attack the enemy from above.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance:
    • It's pointed out in Salem that Puritans and indigenous people were not on the best of terms at the time and that it would be a terrible idea to send Geronimo there because he would instantly be suspected to be the cause of Salem's troubles. When Nezha is enlisted to join the investigation, da Vinci notes that she'll be presented as a curiosity for the townspeople to gawk at and have to put up with that.
    • Abigail Williams carries some prejudice towards Native Americans both because of the aforementioned conflict and also because her parents were killed in a raid. Though event and My Room dialogue indicate that she's slowly getting over it by interacting with Geronimo.
    • Columbus still firmly believes in slavery as a system to be upheld and makes an attempt during Agartha to enslave its peoples.
    • Hokusai doesn't think too highly of most non-Japanese people and refers to them with an old-fashioned politically incorrect term.
  • Denser and Wackier: The events usually involve significantly more hijinks and comedy than the main story (beating up other servants to get back stolen dango, Elisabeth Bathory hosting a Halloween party, Nobunaga and Okita showing up alongside chibi-Nobu clones, Saber Alter wanting to become Santa and kidnapping you to be her reindeer, etc).
  • Department of Redundancy Department: During Mysterious Heroine X (Alter)'s Trial quest (which, predictably, is a gag event in itself), Space-Agravain invokes the "Black Knight's Black Hand" Noble Phantasm upon X Alter to seal her memories. One of the last things X Alter manages to say to her mentor is that this name seems redundant.
  • Detective Drama:
    • The London chapter begins with investigating one thing: who killed Dr. Victor Frankenstein?
    • Shinjuku's major conflict revolves around finding out who is responsible for running the criminal scene in the pseudo-singularity.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • There's a hidden trait called "Saber-face", given to Altria and her many lookalikes. Certain AI-controlled servants will go out of their way to attack anyone with this trait. These include Lancelot, who's obsessed with Altria, Gilles de Rais, who's obsessed with Jeanne, and Caligula, who's obsessed with Nero, who herself is a Saber-face.
    • When a Noble Phantasm needs the lack of something (i.e. Mordred removing her helmet to invoke Clarent Blood Arthur or Altria dispelling Invisible Air to use Excalibur), the game will change the NP animation slightly to acknowledge this.
    • Gawain's Numeral of the Saint skill can only unleash its full power in maps with sunlight, as in lore it can only be activated in-between 9 AM to 3 PM. In any battle without sunlight, it only gives a relatively minor attack buff.
    • Ruler Martha's Waterfront Saint skill gives her more buffs when she's on maps with water in it.
    • Jaguarman's Law of the Jungle skill gives her more buffs if she's in a jungle.
    • Swimsuit Nobunaga's third skill boosts her attack even more in fiery maps.
    • When casting it against humanoid enemies, Hassan of Serenity's Noble Phantasm will adjust her position to match that of the target's face (i.e. tall Servants like Heracles and mounted Servants like Altria Pendragon's Lancer Alter version). However, this gets Subverted for Edmond Dantes who turns away from his opponents.
    • Certain Servants introduced in Epic of Remnant have their True Name hidden until you learn them during the story. If you summon them, it'll just display their class name, and they have completely different lines depending on whether you've learned their True Name yet.
    • There are several Servants the player can acquire before their appearance in the main story. Doing so will usually result in different dialogue where they either recognize the player, or don't depending on when they were summoned. For example; getting Ishtar from the Christmas 2017 event will have her recognize the player, but the player character won't recognize her, whereas if you summon her after completing Babylonia, the player character recognizes her, but Ishtar doesn't. The same occurs if you summon Qin Shi Huang Di, where he has new dialogue congratulating the player for summoning him if they have not met him in said story yet.
  • Difficulty Spike:
    • Orleans pre-patch was dramatically more difficult than Fuyuki with wyverns with very high attack and crit rate. And it being only the second chapter was what led the enemies to being significantly nerfed.
    • Okeanos is much more difficult then either post-patch Orleans or Rome, and unlike Orleans, keeps its difficulty with enemy levels being significantly higher then in either of the first two chapters and introducing several new tough enemies. Presumably this was to compensate for the long gap between Rome and Okeanos, since many players had been able to finish leveling most of their Servants. Still, it's a fairly minor step up compared to what came a few chapters later.
    • Camelot is much more difficult than any other story chapter up to it. Enemies that showed up in the previous chapter as a Boss in Mook's Clothing now show up in more plentiful amounts, the Servants themselves are as tough as ever, and the Knights of the Round Table in particular come with "gifts" that make them much tougher (ex. Gawain taking reduced damage and charging his NP faster, Mordred always having a fully charged NP at the start of each turn). Camelot is considered to be arguably the most difficult chapter in the game with the next chapter allowing you to opt out of the more difficult boss challenges.
    • Epic of Remnant begins playing around with new mechanics such as multiple health bars, enemy taunt abilities and more hazard effects. It's perhaps not quite as difficult as Camelot or Babylonia once you're used to it, but the new mechanics can throw people for a loop, especially as gauge breaks often clear enemy debuffs or cause them to instantly use a powerful skill without using their turn.
    • The Shimosa chapter of Epic of Remnant is currently the holder of hardest chapter which is even harder than Camelot not only because of powerful bosses, but the most difficult battles in the chapter prevents players from using Friend Supports.
    • This was the purpose of the "Prison Tower" questline with several tough enemies and bosses and to make it more difficult for players, Edmond Dantes was your only support for six of the battles. To drive it home, to even participate you had to have already cleared the most recent Singularity in London.
    • Rashoumon has Saber Wars' Craft Essence attack boosting system Up to Eleven. It's a raid quest with only Ibaraki-douji as the only raid boss which all players attack to whittle down her massive HP bar in the trillions (at minimum two trillion) and you can do any of the three (four in the re-run) quests to fight her. The lowest one gives you 300,000 HP to shave off that trillions health bar, while the highest gives you 6 million. Up until the point it was rerun, it was considered probably the hardest event to date, to the point that players were required to have completed America (the 5th and most recent Singularity at the time) in order to participate in it. However, an evolving metagame made the event much more accessible to casual players.
    • Starting with Nero Fest 2016, new events began adding in challenge quests that were completely optional but much more difficult than the free or main quests. Nero Fest in particular was considered particularly brutal with some fights like Gilgamesh or the final boss rush, which was quickly nerfed when it turned out even more difficult than expected, partially due to a few bugs like Nero granting infinite Guts to her teammates.
    • The CCC crossover is by far the hardest crossover event, because it expects players to reach and defeat the Final Boss of Part One.
    • The Setsubun event is currently the most difficult "Challenge event" since it requires beating the Final Boss of Part One as well and the event itself not only bans Friend Supports, but also demands players to have a lot of efficiently raised Servants as possible and carefully manage them.
  • Disappears into Light: This is what serves as the dying animation in gameplay.
    • Servants still dissipate into a cloud of light when defeated.
    • Shadow Servants and most enemies disappear in a foggy purple cloud when killed.
    • Any enemy killed by King Hassan's NP doesn't have a dying animation; they only drop loot and disappear after the NP animation finishes.
  • Distress Call: One from the Seraphix oil rig kicks off the CCC crossover as the protagonist goes to find out what happened.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: The entirety of the Babylonia arc is one for Uruk. Gilgamesh told everyone six months prior that Uruk would be destroyed and every citizen killed. Rather than give in to despair, the citizens rallied a defense force to fight and laugh until the bitter end. While Uruk still fell, 500 citizens managed to survive.
    Gilgamesh: At that point, I foresaw the future and told my people: "Uruk will be destroyed in six months. This doom cannot be averted." There's no need to say what came after that. You saw all of it with your own eyes.
    Protagonist: The people of Uruk knew-
    Mash: And they still fought. They tried their hardest to survive till the last day.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Columbus was one step away from victory in Agartha before their ace-in-the-hole was sniped away from them by one of his own resistance men, who Columbus tricked and intended to enslave.
  • Doorstopper:
    • The PDF file for Babylonia's story clocks in at one thousand pages of text.
    • The Salem chapter of Epic of Remnant has been stated to have the highest word count in the game.
  • Doujinshi: The 2018 summer event centers around several Servants creating their own fan comics to sell. The game also include Craft Essences that are based on said comics.
  • Dragons Are Demonic: Discussed between Saint Martha and Siegfried in the Solomon Singularity. Siegfried is left contemplative of possibly negotiating with Fafnir, while d'Eon objects that it was evil in the first place.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: In the English version, Archer of Shinjuku deduces Altria Alter's name in part because it would fit a corrupted version of King Arthur but there's no apparent reason how this logic would apply to any other non-corrupted version of Altria beyond explaining the gap between "Artorius" and "Altria". The Japanese version doesn't have that bit due to there not being a need to justify the linguistic contrivance from "Artorius" to "Altria".
  • Dub Name Change: Certain names and terms differ between the translation of Japanese server and the official terms used in English.
    • Servants like Edmond Dantes, Jaguar Warrior and "First Hassan" are originally named "Gankutsu-Ou" (Cavern King), "Jaguar Man" and "Old Man of the Mountain" respectively in Japan.
    • The "Weak" text appearing on attack cards is changed to "Effective" in the NA version though all other servers retain "Weak".
    • Saint Graph is referred as "Spirit Origin" in the English translation. Likewise, Blank Saint Graph is now "Unregistered Spirit Origin".
    • Certain event titles are changed as well upon English localization, for example, the second Christmas event "The Little Santa Alter" was originally named "The Second Generation is an Alter-chan".
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    E 
  • Easter Egg: Swimsuit Nitocris in her Medjed garb and King Hassan have a chance of popping up in the background of Ereshkigal's NP animation.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • The game is full of these. Besides the Demon Pillars and the Beasts, in Salem, we have the trope namers themselves, the Outer Gods as it is a Lovecraftian horror story, with one possessing Abigail Williams after Räum summons it. An Eldritch Abomination summoning a bigger Eldritch Abomination. Yikes!
    • Then there's the Alien God who served as the Greater-Scope Villain that Goetia and the Demon Pillars originally acted against before Chaldea's intervention, with Räum even attempted to summon an Outer God as desperate action to oppose the Alien God. Although how different the Alien God from the Outer Gods isn't clear yet.
  • Eldritch Location:
    • The titular Lost Room of the second OVA as it shows possibilities of alternate timelines after midnight if one falls asleep in there. The DVD booklet reveals that there were one too many incidents happening in there and Chaldea called for it to be sealed off.
    • Singularity F was transformed into one after being ravaged by its Holy Grail for so long. Even after removing the root cause, the inferno still rages on and it's still a Singularity on later returns with monsters roaming about. Altria comments in her interlude that the Fuyuki Grail's curse has tainted the entire land and Lancer Vlad believes there to be something sustaining the fires that needs to be destroyed.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In the final chapter of Babylonia, Ereshkigal provides a massive buff to the party, and Merlin uses his Fertile Feet to help keep the heroes above Tiamat's Chaos Tide, which is represented as being healed as much as the Chaos Tide can do damage.
  • Elite Mooks: Mechanical versions of the Camelot knights are introduced in "Great Battle at Himeji Castle", each variation having an additional buff that the originals lack.
  • Enemy Civil War: In Cosmos in the Lostbelt, due to the Alien God's emissaries, Crypters, and Lostbelt rulers all having their own seperate goal, at least two of the three being unable to work together in some way happens without fail in every Lostbelt.
    • In Russia, Ivan the Terrible's refusal to accept the Alien God leads to Kadoc and Anastasia forcibly subduing him to pursue their own plans while Kotomine/Rasputin schemes to depose Ivan so he can crown Anastasia as Tsar.
    • In Scandinavia, the situation pretty much implodes on itself after Ophelia fails to manage the diametrically opposed Surtr and Skadi, who were only working together by Ophelia's command and Surtr's imprisonment. Once Surtr is free, he starts attacking Skadi's forces without hesitation.
    • In China, Koyanskaya ends up turning on Qin Shi Huang and Hinako after her forced imprisonment by helping Chaldea take down the Lostbelt. Likewise, Hinako's single-minded obsession with Xiang Yu leads her to disobey the emperor's orders at various points out of a desire to see Xiang Yu not get harmed.
    • In India, Pepe's distaste for Arjuna Alter's wanton eradication of people in the Yuga cycles and Ashiya Doman's encouraged manipulation leads to him allying with Chaldea solely to bring the two down and put a stop to it.
  • Energy Economy: There are two different primary kinds of currencies comprised of magic energy utilized by Chaldea in the game.
    • Quantum Particles/QP for short, which are spiritrons mainly used to power up your Servants.
    • Prisms, which have two different kinds: Mana and Rare. These are crystallized mana cubes which can be traded in da Vinci's workshop for Craft Essences, Embers, and Fou cards.
  • Episode 0: The Beginning: The Zeroth Grail: AD 2004 - Tainted City in Flames — Fuyuki. The last threshold before humanity's destruction in 2016, an alternate Fifth Heaven's Feel where the Black Grail triumphs and corrupts six of the participating Servants.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: In Shinjuku, the dog that the party befriends is a good barometer on how "good" an ally is, even though they all canonically have an Evil alignment. The dog is adopted by Altria Alter (despite her protests otherwise) who names him Cavall II, and he takes a shine to the protagonist instantly. Meanwhile, Archer of Shinjuku gets mildly harassed and Hassan of the Cursed Arm gets outright growled at. Per the trope, the latter is revealed in the cutscene right afterward as the villainous Assassin of Shinjuku in disguise, while Archer has been suspicious since the beginning even after revealing he's the "good" counterpart to the true villain.
  • Evil Twin: "Alter" Servants, who usually have Paint It Black and Undeathly Pallor features and reject the philosophies of their counterparts. This installment of the franchise actually lets them be summoned and recruited by Chaldea.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Chaldea can summon even the most villainous Heroic Spirits and get their help because the main villain of the game is basically threatening mankind's place in the space-time continuum, and Chaldea represents the last bastion of humanity against this villain. Even those who want to subjugate the world don't want to see someone else do something even worse to it, which is why they help the player.
  • Exposed to the Elements:
    • Servants in general are resistant to any extreme natural weather regardless of how clothed he or she is due to their nature as familiars. Subverted by Summer Servants who changed to swimsuits to adapt to the summer heat and Altera the Sun(ta) losing her Saber self's Natural Body skill, making her less tolerant to cold and caught a fever, which makes her somewhat loopy as she tries to adjust to it.
    • Mash due to being a Demi-Servant is also unaffected by external temperature. However, as of events in Cosmos in the Lostbelt, her tolerance to cold has weakened due to Galahad's refusal to cooperate in the Lostbelts.
    • The protagonist receives a new Mystic Code for extremely cold environments upon arrival to the Ice Age-like Lostbelt of Kadoc Zemlupus. However these clothing are way too light for -100°C environment, especially with the female protagonist wearing a Dangerously Short Skirt in such weather.
  • Expy:
    • As usual, Saber-faces. As of now, there is Altria herself, her Archer swimsuit version, Saber Alter, Saber Lily, Nero (and Nero Bride), Okita, Altria Lancer [Alter] (and vanilla Lancer), and Mordred (and her Rider swimsuit version). Also Mysterious Heroine X but she is not Altria, really. Heroine X confesses that she really is Altria in her final profile portion. X [Alter] is another one, and Mysterious Heroine XX is a future and more mature version of Heroine X with a mecha suit. And then there's the gunslinger biker maid swimsuit Alter. Altria's VA herself said in a livestream there would be more to come, stating that they'll never be able to stop the Saber-faces. An enemy Lancelot is even programmed to fixate on and relentlessly attack Saber-faces.
    • Jeanne and her alternate selves are also considered Saber-faces in-universe (since Gilles mistakes Altria for her and Mysterious Heroine X mentions she has a slight similarity to a Saber-face).

    F 
  • The Faceless: Most humanoid minor NPCs and Mooks are depicted without eyes or have their faces covered, one sign that an NPC would be a significant character if their face is properly drawn. Subverted in Gotterdammerung where most NPCs sans the clone Valkyries are depicted with proper faces.
  • Fanservice: Almost all the female Servants are either half-naked or end up that way. Some guys do this too, with several of them becoming shirtless or wearing tight bodysuits. This is why none of the male Servants prior to "ServaFes" did not receive a swimsuit version.
    • Fate/Grand Order VR gets a special mention for the segment with Mash in the minimalist version of her armor from the Personal Training Craft Essence. The segment involves three different forms of "training" including balancing and bouncing on a medicine ball with everything you may expect from someone as stacked as Mash doing so, balancing on a rotating jungle gym of sorts that gives fairly generous shots of her backside, and a basic dance number broken up by her striking three sexy, if not generic, poses. She also tends to lean down during a lot of this, often right next to the viewer as if she's actively trying to invoke a male gaze.
    • The male Fujimaru gets some in the shounen manga adaptation. While he prepares to cook, specific attention is given to him stretching in an apron and his butt as he looks for ingredients. All from Mash's perspective.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The underground country of Agartha turns out to be a hodgepodge of legendary locations from just various folklores, where Shangri-La, the Nightless City of the Han Dynasty, El Dorado, the City of Ys, and even the Undersea Dragon Palace are all miles away from each other. That's because the entire thing is not real, but a construct born of Scheherazade's Noble Phantasm that brings stories to life. As she reveals this, she also weaves in one last fantasy land, and the entire country takes off into the sky as the Flying Island of Laputa.
  • Fiery Stoic:
    • Karna possesses the Mana Burst (Flames) skill, which allows him to light all of his weapons on fire with the sun's flames through his heritage to the sun god, Surya. Due to being abandoned at an early age, he has No Social Skills and rarely expresses what he's feeling on his face, which combined with his tendency for Brutal Honesty makes him appear resentful and bitter. In reality, he's a generous All-Loving Hero, which is why he is called the "Hero of Charity".
    • Arjuna, who also possesses the Mana Burst (Flames) skill as well as a bow gifted to him by the god of fire himself. He tries to be an unflappable, cool-headed hero, but his burning jealousy for Karna and constant desire to prove himself makes his Blood Knight tendencies far more obvious.
    • Brynhild is an invoked example. She possess the Mana Burst (Flames) skill and has to forcibly shut off her emotions, especially those towards her Master. Otherwise, she'll start falling in love with them because of their heroic qualities since they remind her of Sigurd, and the more she falls in love the greater her compulsion to kill them.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: One of the many, many JRPG references made in the Halloween 2016 event with Robin Hood as the thief, Ibaraki and Brave Liz as the fighters, and Nitocris pulling double duty as both their mage and medic.
  • Fighting a Shadow: It's mentioned through the story that killing the Ars Goetia demons doesn't diminish their numbers in the long run, as they'll simply be summoned back to life by the King of Magic.
  • Fighting Clown: Several Servants, particular Summer versions or Santa versions or other parody versions, have a very comedic looking fighting style or have a very comedy-based concept, yet those Servants are often decent or very good in gameplay.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: There are several things the game drops on the player which aren't mentioned in promotional material but are incredibly vital to the narrative by playing through Fuyuki like the world meeting its end before you even finish the prologue, Mash being a Demi-Servant, Olga dying and Dr. Roman having to take charge of Chaldea, and Chaldea being bombed at the very beginning resulting in a critical emergency and almost all the Masters having to put in cryogenics.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Like in Fate/stay night, the summoning system Chaldea uses automatically fills them with general knowledge of the modern world and subverts this. They've generally adjusted on the whole though certain concepts like idol concerts and specific fields of knowledge like astrophysics which aren't covered have to be explained to them.
    • Played straight with Mash as she never travelled outside of Chaldea before the game's start, resulting in her having a heck of a time trying to adjust to the multiple places they rayshift to.
    • The protagonist generally seems to just go along with whatever's thrown at them and doesn't really bat an eye at all the exotic locales and people they meet.
    • The game in general involves Army of the Ages and Time Travel so there will be at least one Servant involved in a chapter who is completely foreign in both time and place with no connection with another Servant involved like Tamamo no Mae showing up in Victorian London, Li Shuwen in America, and Tawara Touta in Middle East.
  • Fisher Kingdom: The Salem pseudo-singularity physically incarnates Sanson, Nezha, Robin Hood, and Mata Hari, and also mentally affects them, Mash, and the protagonist to force them to fit the roles given to the party in the Witch Trials and stop them from looking too closely at certain things. In addition, it also weakens the Servants in gameplay by halving their levels.
  • Flashback: Several interludes added after part one briefly establish that they occurred before the Solomon chapter due to Roman's presence in them. They may have been written before the final chapter but couldn't be added in until later.
  • Floating Continent: Scheherazade's endgame in Agartha is to use Laputa by flying it at a high enough height for people to notice and crash it into the ground, effectively breaking the masquerade by being such a large scale incident, nobody could cover it up.
  • Fog of Doom:
    • The main threat that London revolves around. It's poisonous, can spawn Servants and if charged by Tesla's lightning, would consume the entire earth.
    • The fog from the Rashoumon event is intoxicating and poisonous, even for Servants.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • "Fate/Accel Zero Order" diverges from Fate/Zero because of Irisviel being Saber's Master instead of Kiritsugu, causing it to become a singularity detected by Chaldea and the Counter Force being sent in to prevent the Einzberns from obtaining the Grail and releasing Aŋra Mainiiu. Chaldea's interference, using the knowledge from El-Melloi II, creates further divergences, including:
      • Altria and Diarmuid never fight each other since your party fights Altria first, forcing Irisviel to retreat from the area.
      • Kayneth helps the party after some persuasion from adult Waver and with further persuasion, eventually leave Fuyuki with Sola-Ui to go back to the Clock Tower. He forces Diarmuid to stay behind so Sola-Ui doesn't try to do anything about her attraction with him.
      • Ryuunosuke and Gilles being the first ones to die after being taken out by EMIYA (Assassin) and your party. Gilles doesn't get a chance to summon the giant monster and so most of the fights caused by that don't happen.
      • The protagonists persuade Kariya to help defeat Gilgamesh during the King's Banquet and he subsequently loses to Lancelot, Diarmuid, and the protagonist's team.
      • Since Gilgamesh is dead, he doesn't get to corrupt Kirei. Tokiomi forces Kirei to give control over Assassin to him, removing Kirei from the conflict. Assassin dies soon after, forcing Tokiomi into defeat.
      • After Iskandar hears Kariya's story and motivations, he decides that Kariya's desire to kill Tokiomi is pointless since Sakura will still be part of the Matous and storms the mansion. He frees her in exchange for Kariya giving up his right arm and kills most of the worms. After that, he sends the two to a hospital to recover.
      • Because Irisviel had the same modifications as Illya and thus became Saber's master, the Einzberns would have won. Kiritsugu, who never found companionship in any form, was then picked by the Counter Force to eliminate her to stop this. This is the one factor that surprises El-Melloi II since everything else had been going the same before Chaldea came.
      • Irisviel, being the source of the singularity, comes with Chaldea since she's got nowhere to go now that she knows the Einzbern ritual is busted and recovering Grails is what they do.
    • The majority of the sixth singularity happened because Bedivere did not throw Excalibur back into the lake.
    • Each Lostbelt is a major divergence from the main timeline, with some catastrophic event occurring at the date given and showing the possibility of what the world would be like at 2018. These timelines were considered unable to progress and were banished to non-existence by the World.
      • Anastasia takes place in a Russia where a meteor crashed in 1570, causing a permanent Ice Age. The only reason there are still people left is because Ivan the Terrible and his magi used their last resort, fusing everyone with magical beasts to survive.
      • Götterdämmerung's Lostbelt diverged from around 1000 BC during the Ragnarok when the Jotunn Surtr decided to devour Fenrir and became powerful enough to kill most of Norse Gods and possibly burn down the entire world instead of just Scandinavia, but the absence of Fenrir left Odin surviving who then sacrificed his life to seal Surtr into the sun, which caused the Ragnarok to be incomplete and left the giants still roaming the planet and consume humans to live, preventing the advancement of mankind in this timeline.
      • SIN diverges from 210 BC when the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huangdi, succeeds in his quest for immortality after finding ancient Chinese super technology to enhance himself. He subsequently establishes an iron grip on China and conquers the entire world, creating a peaceful empire under his reign. The people are content as they have self-growing crops and medicine that cures all ailments. However, the empire is stuck in Medieval Stasis with technology limited to the capital for the emperor's use, illiteracy as the status quo, and people living very brief lives. It's also noted the Counter Force doesn't exist in this timeline because there is no danger that humanity needs to protect themselves from.
      • Yuga Kshetra diverges from the end of Dwapara Yuganote  In the Mahabharata where Krishna lived and Arjuna's "dark self" (mentioned in his Interlude) took over and assimilated with the Hindu gods, starting with Krishna. Arjuna ascends to become the single Top God of India who accelerates the Yuga cycle to the point that each Yuga takes only a few days, and delivers absolute judgement against his perceived evil from humanity, rendering mankind in a constant struggle to survive each cycle.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • An ethereal plain of white grass shows up in promotion as the scenery for the first promotional art and the big battle in the first opening. It's part of the central area of King Solomon's temple.
    • One image from the opening of the game, showing a decrepit ruin, seems to be based off of a painting called ''The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon''. This not only foreshadows King Solomon will have a role in the story, but the Queen of Sheba herself also appears in the game during Epic of Remnant.
    • Mash's level cap increase foreshadows her eventual rarity upgrade in Camelot.
    • In an usual Nasuverse fashion, several events, Servant profiles or My Room lines and throwaway dialogue in the main story heavily foreshadow crucial details like Ereshkigal being afraid of Fou and baffled by how the protagonist is so casual around it, which could be taken as just another moment of her being silly but it's actually hinting how Fou is Primate Murder/Beast IV.
    • Altera's appearance in this game foreshadows her true identity, a major plot point of Fate/Extella.
    • Babylonia lacking free quests at first foreshadows that most of the areas will become unavailable when Tiamat awakens and starts destroying Mesopotamia.
    • Solomon's Temple is filled with commentary that points towards future events. At the very beginning, four of the Demon Pillars start panicking and talk about running away. They are the same four that make up the Epic of Remnant. Ereshkigal is from the future and makes references to things you haven't done yet. Ibaraki and Shuten-Doji discuss Magical Girls as Oni, heralding the far off Oniland. Mysterious Heroine X comments on how she hasn't gotten her Season 2 form yet, and alludes to there being Mysterious Heroine Berserkers.
    • Musashi's trial quest, which chronologically occurs after Solomon's Temple, features Mysterious Heroine X appearing as a minor antagonist and warning about a "second and third me" appearing one of these days, hammering in the foreshadowing on that future event.
    • Shimosa seems out of place considering that it's the only Epic of Remnant chapter that doesn't involve the remaining Demon Pillars. However, the ending reveals that Caster Limbo was using it as a prototype experiment for the Lostbelts.
    • The map for the CCC event is very odd looking- it’s a naked woman falling into the Mariana Trench. BB explains early on that the body is hers, but people familiar with the game BB is from can likely point out a few discrepancies. Namely, that the map looks far closer to Kiara Sessyoin than it does BB, matching her proportions and hair identically. Sure enough, there’s a third BB map unlocked in the bonus event, and this map looks much closer to the crazed A.I.
  • Funny Background Event: Some Craft Essences have little background events in their artwork.
    • The Cheers to 2017 CE has Kintoki and Shuten relaxing on a roof with Ibaraki behind them, spying on the couple. Meanwhile, Bathory's stuck flying on a kite.
    • Altria and Shirou are on a date in the same restaurant as Taiga in the Blissful Time CE; Altria has eaten enough to stack the plates high on the table.
    • The BB Shot! CE has female Hakuno chained to a bed with clear distress at her situation.
    • Fran is burying Babbage in the sand in the King, Joker, Jack CE.
    • In the Three Anglers CE, Gilgamesh is using Gate of Babylon to fish with three fishing rods.
    • In the "Chaldea Lifesavers" CE, Cursed Arm Hassan is hiding in the water by Nightingale's backside, looking up.

    G 
  • Gameplay and Story Integration:
    • It works backward from the normal interpretation such that the gameplay limitations affect the story. The FGO Material books note in passing that your Servants like Karna and Heraclesnote  do not have access to their other Noble Phantasms, mostly because it'd be hard to program and would be overpowered. However, in Heracles' Interlude, it's shown that the protagonist can't even power his Mad Enhancement properly, let alone God Hand. Then in Agartha, Astolfo can't use his other Noble Phantasms and d'Eon's isn't as strong as it should be. When the latter two get outside sources of energy, they're able to fight significantly more effectively against Penthesilea's amazon warriors.
    • Storywise, it will often acknowledge if you have summoned a Servant or not when you encounter them as NPCs or enemies; with slightly different dialogue.
    • The ending of the Camelot Singularity very pointedly suggests that the protagonist should gather together Heroic Spirits "with whom you have fully bonded". This is not only a rare acknowledgement of players owning Servants other than just Mash in Chaldea, but is also a gameplay mechanic for the final Singularity — higher bond level acts as an increasingly powerful passive power-up.
    • In Section 6 Part 1 of the Babylonia Singularity, (Caster) Gilgamesh tags along with the party to get some water and not-coincidentally run into some stone colossi to fight. He very pointedly suggests that they're Assassin-class and that he'd have an advantage over them, a rare acknowledgement of that gameplay mechanic existing at all in the story. And after the fight, he bemoans the power of the final Spriggan-style colossi, which is suddenly a Rider-class enemy that has advantage over him.
    • The Nero Festival Exhibition Battles has Servants use all of their Noble Phantasms, no longer limited by the three skill slots and one NP slot that playable versions have:
      • Heracles has his signature God Hand which revives him twelve times.
      • Siegfried has Das Rheingold to supply him mana, which translates into giving him a full NP gauge at the start of the battle and the Armor of Fafnir, which gives hims 200% defense.
      • As Mother of Warriors, Medb engages in a Zerg Rush, constantly bringing out more soldiers to defend her and wear down the party.
      • Gilgamesh decides to use more than just throwing out weapons from the Gate of Babylon, using his treasures to grant himself special buffs.
      • Spartacus has Crying Warmonger active, which heals him to an absurd level each turn.
    • Though it was mentioned in her Rider self, Medb is able to charm both sexes. While she can only charm stun males as a Rider, her Saber form can stun both males and females.
    • Hassan of many faces will unleash all their collective personalities and try to Zerg Rush the player with over one-hundred assassin enemies, with Serenity and Cursed Arm joining in to fight as well.
    • In lore, Mordred cannot use Clarent Blood Arthur with her helmet on because her helmet's Noble Phantasm conceals her identity, thus she needs to remove it to use its power. In the Camelot singularity, the first fight with Mordred has her unable to use Clarent because she has her helmet on, and its only after when she removes it that she will start spamming it.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • As far as the story is concerned, your only Servant in each Singularity is Mash and your support is whoever guest-stars in the current chapter; servants that are brought by the player are completely ignored. In gameplay, it's very probably the exact opposite: you can control a team of five non-support Servants, and it's very likely that Mash won't be among them at least until the last story chapters due to her growth being locked behind the story. You also aren't likely to use the story support because they're typically lower level and do not have a Craft Essence equipped.note . Camelot, the Part One ending, as well as most of Epic of Remnant do acknowledge the protagonist has Servants other than Mash in Chaldea, regardless whether the player currently has the Servant or not — they simply don't participate in Singularities for whatever reason.
      • Played with in Shinjuku where the protagonist is initially sent to the pseudo-Singularity along with some Servants, but they got expelled by the pseudo-Singularity. The protagonist is left without any Servant until they meet Archer of Shinjuku who then explains that only Evil-aligned Servants can enter the pseudo-Singularity, otherwise they will be forcibly expelled. In gameplay however, the player can use any Servant in the chapter regardless of alignment, though Evil-aligned ones have a bond point bonus.
      • Again played with in Shimosa as the story support version of Musashi must be brought to every duel as she supposedly goes one-on-one with her opponent, the camera transition even showing only her on the battlefield, but you can still bring in your own Servants to fight and can even swap her out of the frontline with the Plugsuit Mystic Code.
    • Some Servants have amazing in-lore parameters, but lower rarity, and because of that, very weak in-game. Asterios, for example, has A++ Strength and Endurance, and in the story can go toe to toe with Heracles for a time, but he's only a 1*, the lowest rarity available. It also works in reverse, however, such as with characters like Okita Souji, who is one of the best Sabers in the game, but outside of it is laughably weak thanks to being a relatively modern Servant and having magic tuberculosis.
    • Some Servants who are at the rarity you'd expect for their power level are actually considered bottom tier, such as Altria being the worst SSR Saber, even though she's a strong contender for the strongest member of the class. Void Shiki has it worse despite being one of the most powerful beings in the franchise.
    • The relationship between how skills and Noble Phantasms work in gameplay as opposed to the story varies. Mash's Noble Phantasm, for example, offers two forms of damage reduction rather than the invincibility that it should, while Okita's tuberculosis actually makes her more likely to land critical hits!
    • Some Interludes claim that the Servant's NP has gained more power, but they don't actually have it upgraded in-game.
    • Not all skills and Noble Phantasms available in the story can be used by the Servants, often because there's only one slot for Noble Phantasms but some Servants have more than one. Some like Mordred and Medusa get around this by having the Noble Phantasm work as a skill instead.
    • Some Noble Phantasms also work differently compared to how they worked in the original material, this is apparent in Reality Marble NPs such as Unlimited Blade Works, Ionioi Hetairoi, Aestus Domus Aurea, and Ramesseum Tentyris.
    • Several event storylines have the protagonist interact with several NPC Servants under the pretense that they are those Servants' Master, whether or not the player actually has them. While you might have bronze or silver Servants who are part of the storyline, most players are unlikely to have all the corresponding gold Servants that appear in the event at hand.
    • After Solomon, Mash supposedly lost her Heroic Spirit abilities and can't fight anymore. But you can still use her in battles just fine.
    • Saber Gilles de Rais's profile states that he's more famous and thus more often summoned as his evil Caster version. Caster Gilles is locked to the Story Summons gacha after completing the Orleans storyline, and rare even then because there are so many other 3-star Casters; Saber Gilles can be summoned on any gacha at any time, is one of the very few 3-star Sabers, and is a meme for being such a common Servant.
    • In the prologue to the game's second storyline the Mage's Association has forcibly shut down the Chaldea summoning system and in doing so forcibly dispelled all of the protagonists servants. Obviously, DW would be completely suicidal to make this actually happen in the actual game.
    • The skills listed in the Materials books sometimes don't match the ingame skills. For example, Merlin's first skill is a unique Charisma variant that also adds 20% NP gauge to the party. Officially, however, he just has a normal Charisma skill. It seems the unique effects are just for the sake of gameplay. Charisma had long been powercrept by that point.
    • In the third Lostbelt, Spartacus pulls a Heroic Sacrifice that damages his Saint Graph so badly that he can never be summoned again by the protagonist. Unsurprisingly, this is not the case for the player.
  • Gender Flip: A staple of the Fate franchise, taken up a notch with the game's Loads and Loads of Characters. Currently, the list includes King Arthur, Emperor Nero, Ushiwakamaru, Jing Ke, Okita Souji, Oda Nobunaga, Mordred, Gareth, Raikou (Minamoto no Yorimitsu), Merlin from the Prototype universe, Frankenstein's Monster, Paul Bunyan, and Kato Danzo. A few subversions include:
    • "Orion," who claims to be this but is really the goddess Artemis parading around as him.
    • Francis Drake, who is implied to be Queen Elizabeth in disguise.
    • Leonardo da Vinci is a man in history and mind, he just chose to manifest with the appearance of the Mona Lisa because it's his ideal form of beauty.
    • Quetzalcoatl, who is either using the appearance of one of the god's human hosts from history or transformed into a female as a result of her association with the planet Venus.
    • Miyamoto Musashi, who's from an Alternate Universe. She also mentions that Ushiwakamaru in her universe is male.
    • Paul Bunyan, who is implied to have been male, but just summoned as female for some reason. Her profile and summoning dialogue are confused as to why she's a girl.
    • Katsushika Hokusai seems genderbent at first glance, although she is actually Hokusai's daughter Oui and the octopus thing with her is the real Hokusai. Oui is summoned with her father as some of his works are actually made by her under her father's name.
    • Kama, who is still the God of Love as he was in life; he just took the vessel of a woman to qualify for pseudo-servant status.
    • Like Kama, Sima Yi is officially male who just happens to have a female vessel (Reines).
  • Genre Shift:
    • The summer 2017 event goes from a Wacky Racing tournament in part 1 to a jailbreak story in part 2.
    • "Murder at the Kogetsukan" is a Mystery Novel with technically no Heroic Spirits (Servants are "playing" certain roles which is just the main character's mind trying to make sense of everything) and very little to do with the magic aspects of the game.
  • Ghost Ship: A ship possessed by vengeful ghosts appears in Ushiwakamaru's interlude, preventing her and the protagonists from rayshifting out of the area.
  • Glass Cannon:
    • The Berserker class does bonus damage to everyone else (except Shielder) and takes bonus damage from everyone else (again, except Shielder). This doesn't stop you from trashing enemies before they can attack you, though.
    • The Avenger class. They have high attack and low HP, skills that emphasize attack and they have no class advantages to utilize, barring Rulers.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Ishtar and Ereshkigal seemingly already bickered a lot, but if you have both of them the issue is exacerbated by the fact that thanks to the way they were summoned, they're in a sense the same person now.
  • God in Human Form: Divine spirits can't normally be summoned or manifest anymore because of not fully explained reasons regarding the nature of reality changing, but there are a couple workarounds. None of them let them use their full power.
    • One, they can manifest by using an inferior vessel that bars them from using their full strength or even several of their more powerful abilities. The playable Quetzalcoatl works like this and while it should be the same for Stheno and Euryale, they were actually so weak in life that they're stronger as Servants and given abilities they didn't even have, such as Euryale's bow. She has no idea where it came from and notes that it should belong to Cupid.
    • Two, they can share a body with a compatible human, which merges their personality. Ereshkigal and Ishtar both make use of this with Ishtar explaining that in her current form, she's about 70% Ishtar and 30% Tohsaka Rin, who is her host. This has a stabilizing effect on her personality. Ereshkigal got the other portions of Tohsaka's personality, leading Ishtar and Ereshkigal to consider themselves to be partially the same person.
    • Third, they can hijack another Servant's Saint Graph, which is like the core of a Servant. This is how Artemis manifests as an Archer with Orion's abilities. Much to her surprise in Okeanos, this bars her from using any of her true abilities or bypassing divine protections. She isn't even as strong as the real Orion because she doesn't really possess any of his skills.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • The Earth has been incinerated, forcing dozens of Servants who normally wouldn't be cooperative like Caligula and Gorgon to work together for the sake of preserving the Earth and Chaldea accepts literally any Servant into their ranks for the sake of bolstering their numbers and gaining another ally to help them fight the Big Bad.
    • The same goes for the Beasts as they represent such a danger to humanity to the point where anything seems like a good option after enough time spent fighting them.
    • In Salem, it's crossed once Räum drives Abigail into madness, forcing the Servants there to pull out everything they've got for the sake of stopping her with it barely being enough to calm her down.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority:
    • All SR and SSR Servants have a gold-colored card background and border shown when summoned from the gacha. Servants below these rarities, with bronze or silver borders, can be upgraded to gold with Palingenesis, increasing their maximum level by five at a time, once their maximum level hits 80.
    • The same goes for SR and SSR Craft Essences which have a gold border on their red backgrounds.
    • Gold battle warnings signifies that there will be a boss and that this is more important for the story than other battles.
  • Good Morning, Crono: After the initial tutorial battle, the protagonist is woken up by Mash in a hallway. After the protagonist comes back from Fuyuki, they pass out again, and Da Vinci wakes them up and lampshades that it's very protagonist-like of them to be waking up right now.
  • Grandfather Paradox: Played with. Roman says that any deaths and/or damage that happens in a paradox is undone upon fixing the anomaly. Caster Gilgamesh in Babylonia reveals this is a lie. Anyone who dies in the paradox stays dead, though history "corrects" the method of how they died. Such as a human killed by a dragon in France might instead be killed by disease or an animal. At the same time, this means any person who is saved is safe.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • The Heaven's Feel, Last Encore, Fate/Apocrypha, and First Order Craft Essences have their title written in English in the Japanese version.
    • Several parts of the Japanese UI also have a little English subtitle which goes a long way for helping non-Japanese players play the game.
    • World Faith Domination is said by Edison in English and its initials are also written in English. Other Servants also do this, whether in written text (Shakespeare) or speaking it out loud (Emiya's UBW chant).
    • Kintoki (either version) is ripe with this, saying things like "bare knuckle" or "Golden Spark" because he thinks it's cool.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Because of various nationalities between Servants, they sometimes speak in their native language like Blavatsky laughing in Russian and Xuanzang chanting the Heart Sutra in Chinese.
  • Guest-Star Party Member:
    • Certain quests (particularly story quests) allow you to bring along a Servant who isn't from your friend list as your support Servant. While some times they may not adhere to the game mechanics (for example, have a higher level than their cap or have more skills than they should at their level) They won't be as good as a friend who maxed the level of the same Servant.
    • For "Da Vinci and the 7 Counterfeit Heroic Spirits", Da Vinci is playable as your support but is not available in the gacha. The same happens again when she decides to assist the protagonist and Mash for Camelot. She was finally made playable with her release in the F/GO 1st Anniversary Campaign gacha.
    • Likewise in Babylonia, Merlin and King Hassan are playable as guest Servants but weren't rollable at the time of the chapter's release. Both were later made limited-time only Servants.
  • Guide Dang It!:
    • There are a few basic mechanics that shouldn't be difficult but take most players a bit of time to notice. For instance, you can roll the Friend Points Gacha for free every day. And you can change the position of your support slot. And you need to go into the "Formation" menu to set up your friend supports, or your only available support will be Mash and everyone will think that you are a noob. And so on.
    • Servants have many hidden stats and traits that fundamentally affect how strong they are, but are difficult or impossible to discern using in-game information:
      • There are no numerical values to Skills or Noble Phantasm effects. While higher ranks in the same skill are usually good, there are exceptions as demonstrated between Mephisto versus Hans Christian Andersen. Noble Phantasms use vague language that isn't consistent between "significant" or "heavy" damage, for example, and the Class of a NP is just flavor.
      • Servant classes are inherently paired with "standard" values for Critical Star Gather Rate and damage modifiers, which affect how viable some niches are. Riders for example naturally gather plenty of Critical Stars, especially compared to the lowest-gathering classes (Casters and Berserker); this makes support Riders like Martha, Marie, and even Ushi harder to use. Two Servants with the same attack value but different classes may differ on real damage — Assassins and Casters have a 0.9 damage modifier, while Berserkers have a 1.1 modifier, so offensive Assassins and Casters tread delicate ground by being potentially weaker than a generic Berserker (a fate Scathach Assassin generally suffers).
      • Hit counts combined with NP generation per hit and Star generation per hit make the difference between a seemingly strong character and a weak one. Characters are distinctly balanced by these stats — Emiya (Assassin) has lower base generation stats than typical Assassins as a trade-off to his skillset, Kiyohime and Heracles have surprisingly high stats for Berserkers despite their modest hit counts, and so on.
      • The Attributes system, including the Attribute of each Servant. This system is even acknowledged In-Universe both mechanically and in the story by Emiya's Interlude, for example, but is arcane to anyone relying on in-game information. Basically, there's another Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors system in play, with Man defeating Sky, Sky defeating Earth, and Earth defeating Man (and a much smaller sub-group of Star Servants versus Beast enemies doing more damage versus each other). While thematically they may make sense (Mankind are historic human Servants or those of man-made origin, Earth Servants are mythological heroes, Sky Servants are divine or divinely-blessed Servants, and Star Servants are those who greatly affected the fate of mankind or are extra-terrestrial), there are many edge cases that muddle this note . Players unaware of this system will miss out on a 10% damage boost and a 10% enemy damage reduction if they match the Attribute triangle; one common consequence is that this explains why Lancelot (Berserker), an Earth Servant, has a little bit of trouble reliably clearing common Hand enemies that show up in Daily Quests, which are Sky Attribute.
      • Certain NPs and skills depend on Servant traits that aren't visible in-game, which can make Servants that are considered a Situational Sword weaker or stronger than they appear note . The two most extreme cases are Brynhildr's NP, which does extra damage to Servants she likes, and Gilgamesh's NP which does extra damage to most Servants. Both have general trends that can be assumed (Brynhildr's Beloved are Servants who remind her of Sigurd, Gilgamesh's Enuma Elish is ineffective versus most Star Servants), but both have numerous exceptions (Brynhildr's Beloved includes several female Servants, most bizarrely Mysterious Heroine XX but not any other variant of Altria or MHX, while Enuma Elish is still fully effective versus Scathach, a Star Servant, but weak versus a handful of non-Star Servants who are not from this world).
    • DelightWorks have been devoted to keeping Aŋra Mainiiu's existence as secret as possible, with his addition to the FP gacha for the Fate/Zero crossover event only discovered by players after maintenance. When his Bond CE was added, he wasn't listed with other Servants who had their Bond CE patched in at that time. His Interlude also was not officially announced with its upgrade simply listed as a bugfix for his skill on the website and secretly added along with Enkidu's Interlude.
    • During the second of the three final boss fights with "Solomon"/Goetia in part one of the story, Goetia will use a skill that gives him resistance to Noble Phantasms. On his first turn, he'll use his NP to more or less instant kill the front row thanks to buffing himself with a huge NP booster that ignores invincibility. What the game doesn't tell you though, is that while he is resistant to N Ps, he can still be affected by debuffs. As a result, Servants like Mata Hari and Asterios can weaken his damage and prevent him from buffing himself. Furthermore, if the player has the Memoria of Lunar Mare Mystic Code, they can actually prevent him from using buffs for that turn, allowing their front team to survive the attack. The game doesn't at all convey this to the player.
    • Some Craft Essence's have wording that can cause confusion. For example; the Origin Bullet Craft Essence says; "Apply Ignore invincibility and apply 35% Special Attack [Caster] for yourself". The way this reads, it sounds like it should equipped to a Caster to do extra damage, but what it really means is that you do 35% more damage to Casters. Craft Essences like those often tend to cause confusion for players as a result, with various guides often rewording them to correctly explain what it does.
    • Each item has a drop rate for it, but the drop rates have never once been actually confirmed by DelightWorks. Intead, players have pooled their data together to estimate the drop rates for items based on the enemies present, amount of runs, and AP spent her run. Some events or modes have higher drop rates, but these are similarly discovered by players and not factually presented by DW. Its not surprising thus to see players spend a long time farming for a specific item, often getting only one or two of them because of the drop rates being low.

    H 
  • Hammerspace: Most Servants go into battle armed with their weapons normally, but sometimes you'll see them just whip something out of nowhere. For instance, Zhuge Liang's crane-feather fan just appears out of nowhere when he does a certain attack animation. But it makes a kind of sense, since he's a Caster. Likewise, Emiya usually carries twin swords, but whips out a bow when necessary, and Sanzang Xuanzang pulls her companions' weapons out to attack.
  • Hand Wave: Defensive Noble Phantasms like God Hand, Armor of Fafnir, or Kavacha and Kundala would be overpowered or difficult to implement, so the playable Servants just don't have them. The reasons given are pretty shoddy, such as not being able to power Heracles properly or Karna somehow lacking pieces of his armor when summoned, so it's clearly just to balance gameplay. However, enemy Heracles in Okeanos does have God Hand, but it's not entirely clear if Karna has Kavacha and Kundala in America. If he did, it wasn't enough against Gae Bolg.
  • Happily Ever After: Agartha ends with this text befitting its storybook theme.
  • Happy Ending Override: Part II begins with Chaldea overrun by the new villains, Da Vinci killed by Kotomine (though she has a backup), the timeline once again in danger, and the heroes forced to evacuate the observatory. The only saving grace is that they're in a position to set things right once again.
  • He Knows About Timed Hits: Characters comment about the Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors between classes despite it not being relevant in-story (or at least not reflecting during in-cutscene fights).
  • Headbutting Heroes: Two of your three main allies in Shinjuku are Altria and Jeanne Alter, who flat out hate each other. At multiple points, they nearly try to kill each other.
  • Headless Horseman: The Headless Horseman arrives as one half of Hessian Lobo, Avenger of Shinjuku. Because the Horseman is more akin to an Urban Legend than an actual Heroic Spirit, he has to team up with Lobo for the two of them to count as an actual Servant. In the game, he rides Lobo as his mount instead of his classic horse.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: The first fight against Solomon is this. Even though you defeated four of his Demon Pillars, he still oneshots Kintoki, Tamamo, and Shakespeare all at once, kills Andersen a minute later, and makes it clear that he sees the protagonist as no threat to him, leaving them alive on a whim.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example: During the final battle in Solomon's Temple, it is casually mentioned that some of the Demon God Pillars switched sides and were destroyed while protecting the invading Heroic Spirits, rather than fighting them. This comes right after some of the pillars display a sudden deep fascination with humanity.
  • Hey, Let's Put on a Show: In Salem, the protagonist, Mash, and the Servants have to perform a stage play every day as they are disguised as an acting troupe, each piece written by Shakespeare and Andersen.
  • High-Altitude Battle:
    • The final confrontation with Tesla is on a thunderstorm above Buckingham Palace
    • The final battle against Tiamat is done on magical flying platforms in front of her head.
    • The battle against the Cosmos Trees which serves as the final battle in each Lostbelt chapter is high above the clouds.
  • High Turnover Rate: The Director of Chaldea as after Olga's death, both of her replacements died after almost a year in the seat. Gordolf seemingly was going to beat da Vinci's record by being gunned down mere days after taking control of Chaldea, but the protagonist manages to save him before that happens.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade
    • For every class, there are a few Servants that represent people who were pretty much entirely normal in life, but in this setting have all sorts of supernatural powers. Mozart, for example, has Magic Music while Abigail Williams has Cthulhu mythos derived powers. Some upgrades are more extreme than others with writers and spies being particularly low tier while others like Abby have vastly superhuman abilities.
    • Anastasia Nikolaeva Romanova is also one bizarre case which she is only known for being killed in Red October in Russia and the stories of her impostors. Here, she has a magus lineage which enables her to form a contract with Viy and gain ice powers.
    • It's also inverted with some mythical figures. Strong as Rama, Karna and Heracles may be compared to other Servants, they're still quite a bit weaker than they were in the stories they come from.
  • Historical Beauty Update:
    • Almost a given with virtually all of the Servants (bar a few). Mata Hari, for example, has been given a significant upgrade in the chest department, while Anastasia looks a lot more elegant and fey than her historical counterpart's surviving pictures.
    • Inverted with Caesar, who is depicted as morbidly obese in the game, despite both historical evidence and Cleopatra's in-universe claims indicating otherwise. He's a bit evasive when it comes to explaining why.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade:
    • Villainous figures like Medea, the Minotaur (Asterios), and Ishtar are given revamped backstories where they are much more sympathetic than in popular portrayals, though their bad sides are definitely acknowledged: Ishtar, for example, really will kill all her lovers and Asterios will slaughter anyone that treats him like a monster.
    • Atilla the Hun, Jack the Ripper, and Elisabeth Bathory are downplayed cases. Their heinous deeds remain, but the game presents them as being either not entirely responsible for their actions or at least redeemable. Jack and Liz, for example, are severely mentally ill rather than malicious and Altera, as she prefers to be called, is basically a robot programmed to destroy civilization.
    • Some characters like Karna have had their bad sides greatly downplayed in favor of making them more ideal heroes.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade:
    • This is acknowledged in-universe for many real-life victims of this trope, through the "Innocent Monster" skill. Innocent Monster is given to Servants whose public perception is warped by rumors spread long after their death, warping the Servant's nature to obey these rumors even if they never actually did anything to deserve them. For example, Antonio Salieri was Mozart's friendly rival and collaborator in life, but because historical fiction likes to blame him for Mozart's sudden death, Salieri has received the highest rank in Innocent Monster and his Servant form has become an Avenger who resents Mozart with his entire being.
    • Solomon stands out, going from a good if flawed man into the Big Bad who is trying to exterminate humanity. This is eventually revealed to be an impostor and the true Solomon was if anything a better person than his historical counterpart.
    • Arjuna is altered somewhat to be not quite a villain but is definitely less heroic than his rival Karna. He's arrogant, can be quite under-handed, and is jealous of Karna's natural virtue, while he struggles to suppress negative emotions.
    • While his creation's crimes are presented as largely the same in the novel, Victor Frankenstein himself is somewhat more of a bastard and has seemingly lost the sympathetic traits he had in the book. He even murders his second creation, Eve, and steals her body. Even though she was everything he was looking for, she wasn't strong enough to defeat the original Fran and thus he deemed her a failure. Not only has he learned nothing, which you can argue of him in the book as well, but he's become a murderer himself.
    • Bishop Cauchon never really tortured Joan during the term of her trial due to the fact that she was still politically liable.
    • Christopher Columbus historically was a complex individual. He promoted slavery to the native Americans, but there are shades that he was met with an I Did What I Had to Do situations, and he was also battling smear campaigns against him by his rivals, and for all his brutalities, it was no worse than several other brutalities of the people in his age. Columbus as a Servant on the other hand did all of those under his own volition and is also pretty shameless about liking slavery and insisting that it should stay instead of being swept away by the world that moved forward, because it's more profitable to him.
  • Hollow World: The fabled world Agartha is a central location as one of the Epic of Remnant pseudo-singularities somewhere under central Asia. The area inside is almost exactly like the surface as it's explained that bioluminescent moss which glows at regular intervals to simulate night and day provides all the light needed for everything living there.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Frequent in the last few chapters of the Part 1 story.
    • In Camelot, for Gawain's first battle, after you chip off 100k from his health bar, the game automatically kicks you out.
    • In Babylonia, several bosses will have HP that reaches into the millions, but you only need to wait out a few turns or deal enough damage before the battle ends automatically.
    • In the final singularity, the first fight against Demon King Goetia ends as soon as the enemy uses their Noble Phantasm. He has 1 million HP. If you manage to get it down to 0, he'll just heal up back to 1 million again. Multiple times.
    • Subverted with one bonus area in "Garden of Order". You're pitted against three ghosts with 6,666,666 HP, the likes of which blow even the infamous Robespierre Ghost from d'Eon's interlude out of the water - until you realize that your support is the Saber form of Shiki, who sports a One-Hit Kill Noble Phantasm that can and will take out all of the ghosts in one blow. The fight is winnable without Void Shiki, it just takes forever to whittle them down to 0 HP.
    • Several battles in the Fate/Extra CCC event's first chapter have them with them depending on Servants either breaking their first health bar or reaching a certain amount of turns to win like the first two Suzuka Gozen fights. The first battle with Kiara ends after after she uses a certain attack.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
    • Many of the characters who return do so with more revealing and Fanservicey costumes this time around, and a large number of the new characters are Stripperiffic. This also includes Medusa who was the Queen of Stripperiffic outfits in Fate/stay night.
    • Swimsuit Servants are essentially the hotter and sexier version of their normal counterparts, having even more titillating outfits and risque artwork.
    • Given the source material, the SE.RA.PH chapter is this in relation to the rest of the game. However, compared to the source material, it's significantly toned down (the Alter Egos are more modestly dressed, Kiara has a far less explicit Noble Phantasm, etc.).
  • Human Popsicle
    • This is how the other Masters caught in the explosion in the prologue were saved.
    • In the third Lostbelt, it's revealed that Qin Shi Huangdi has been storing all famous Chinese warriors at their prime in cryogenics, only taking them out when he requires their services.
  • Human Resources:
    • In Babylonia, Tiamat starts producing more Lahmus by processing humans into her system.
    • In Shinjuku, the Phantom of the Opera creates his minions by murdering people and then using their corpses to make automatons.
    • In SE.RA.PH, all the enemy requires is is a magus's magic circuits. The rest can rot.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Mysterious Heroine X proclaims Musashi isn't a true Saber because she uses two swords. This is despite the fact that X also uses two swords.

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  • I Choose to Stay: In the post-credits scene, Da Vinci says that the player's Servants in Chaldea can terminate their contracts and return to the Throne of Heroes now that the Grand Order is complete, but that they care for the player and Mash too much to actually do so.
  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: Daily quests and event free quests usually has 4 difficulties named "Novice", "Intermediate", "Advanced" and "Expert". However, events with more than 4 free quests names the difficulty levels beyond Expert with any theme related to the specific event like in GUDAGUDA Honnoji where levels are named afted Buddhist Hells, while some others replace the standard naming completely like in Summer 2017 Part One event where levels are named "Drive", "High Speed", "Full Throttle" and "Overheat" (racing theme) and Part Two's "Spoon", "Shovel" ,"Drill" and "Dynamite" (jail breaking theme).
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming:
    • An unconventional example lost in the English translation; the titles of the main story chapters (i.e: "Eternal Madness Empire", "Divine Realm of the Round Table" etc.) are all composed of six kanji characters.
    • A distinction made between the Singularities and Lostbelts is that each Singularity is labelled "第[number kanji]特異点" and Lostbelts are labelled "Lostbelt No. #".
  • Immortal Ruler: One of the big gimmicks for its second expansion is that every Alternate Timeline is ruled by an immortal all-powerful ruler for at least a few centuries.
    • Ivan the Terrible ordered his court sorcerers to fuse everyone in Russia with animals to become the monstrous Yaga in order to survive the sudden Ice Age, with Ivan fusing with frozen prehistoric animals to become the most powerful Yaga. However, his Oprichniki are the ones really running the scenes as he's been secluded in the palace since the fusion.
    • Skadi is naturally immortal as a goddess and is notable for being the only one not to die in the aftermath of the botched Götterdämmerung, hence inheriting the position by sheer dint of no other authority around. She's been struggling to pick up the pieces in the ensuing millennia.
    • Qin Shi Huangdi managed to achieve immortality via Brain Uploading using Zhenren technology and conquers the entire world in his own Lostbelt, becoming a peaceful paradise.
    • Arjuna is selected by the Hindu pantheon to become the host for all of them, becoming a new god in the process to oversee the cycle of Yugas.
  • Immune to Bullets: Given Servants' superhuman nature, they can outright No-Sell or at least resist bullets fired by any non-Servant being, evident in E Pluribus Unum and Anastasia chapters. Subverted if the one who used the gun is a Servant itself, as during the Anastasia chapter, the Yagas barely harm a Servant with their guns yet Billy the Kid fells two Servants with his gun.
  • Improbably Female Cast: While there are more male Servants than female Servants overallnote , the cast falls into this trope due to many of the female Servants being Gender Flip variants of male heroes, rather than including heroes who were female to begin with.
  • Incorrect Animal Noise: Played for Laughs by Tamamo Cat, who, despite her name, emits barking sounds like a dog. Then again, her legend thinks she's a fox when she's actually a jackal...
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: The main song for the third Lostbelt, "Thest" by KOCHO, features lyrics that are neither Japanese (which is the band's language) nor Chinese (the setting for this Lostbelt being an alternate China), even though the song itself is clearly meant to be a lament.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: There is a lot of female Fanservice in this game. Some of the girls simply don't realize how sexy they are.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the Fate/Accel Zero Order event creating an alternate ending for almost everybody from Fate/Zero, Chaldea has to correct its nature as a singularity and remove it from the timeline, ensuring that everything will still go the same way as it originally did.
  • Info Dump: Several Servants are quite knowledgeable from their exploits and past and are happy to provide this knowledge to their Master whenever they want to.
    • EMIYA (Archer) has seen a lot in his tenure as a Servant (and eroge protagonist) and is willing to explain what he knows to his Master.
      • His first interlude suddenly dropping out of nowhere a kind of classification of Heroic Spirits that had never been heard before in the Fate extended universe; that Heroic Spirits are separated on how their legends are formed. He would describe the last unknown Attribute, a direct opposite of "Star", but got cut off. He has two other lectures during his interlude, one about how the Archer class works and the last one on how a Servant-Master relationship works.
      • At the start of the Da Vinci event, he lectures the protagonist and Mash about Projections and fakes, setting up the theme of the event.
      • He connects the dots between the fake Servants and deduces Jeanne Alter's motivations, explaining them to everyone present. She vehemently denies everything.
    • Orion and Artemis' entrance in Okeanos, while has little bearing on the overall plot of the chapter, is indirectly explaining the mechanism of Jeanne Alter's endless wyvern army and dragons in general.
    • Chapter 4 has one from Da Vinci who clarifies and expands on Attributes and their importance in Servant classification that EMIYA mentioned in his Interlude and Tesla ranted about during his appearance in London.
    • "Garden of Order" has Roman give one about Mystic Eyes, giving a proper eye color classification for Violet's Crack Ice and talks about various attributes of Mystic Eyes.
    • At the start of chapter 6, Dr. Roman expounds on Mash's past, why she was able to become a demi-Servant and why she collapsed at the end of chapter 5.
    • Sherlock Holmes gives one on Solomon and Chaldea in Camelot, using his deductions and the Hermes supercomputer to put his information together.
    • For the Chaldea Summer event, when you build certain facilities, the Servants requesting it would give you a small bit of trivia relevant to the building. For example, if you build the cabbage farm, Anne and Mary will give you a lecture about scurvy and how sailors in their time worshiped vegetables and fruits as a symbol of good luck because of their nutritional values that prevent diseases while on board.
  • Interface Spoiler:
    • Most Servant's True Names are immediately revealed to you as soon as you roll them, revealing the identities of both franchise veterans and newcomers you haven't met yet. Servants that are especially story-centric are usually story-locked, preventing you from summoning them until you complete up to a certain point in the story. But you still have a chance of rolling them during rate-up events, possibly long before you've even reached their debut chapter. The Servants introduced in Epic of Remnant avert this. You need to learn their True Name in the story, even if you summon them from the gacha (it'll just refer to them by their Class name until then).
    • You know the last section of a given Singularity is the last one if the usual Saint Quartz reward is replaced by an item chest (which contains a Holy Grail). The one exception is Camelot, where the Grail is awarded to you before the final set of chapters.
    • Since the support Servant selection screen appears before any pre-battle cutscenes, you may occasionally see an NPC Servant that you won't officially meet until the cutscene plays out (such as Orion in the very first story quest of the Moon Goddess event).
  • Interquel: The Fate/Apocrypha collaboration event takes place after the final battle of that series but before the epilogue where Sieg and Jeanne are reunited after Sieg spent an untold number of years waiting.
  • It Only Works Once: In the mainstream Fate franchise, most Noble Phantasms of Servants are treated as such since they expend so much mana. In this game, however, it is averted by virtue of the fact that the NP gauges of all servants can be filled/refilled as necessary, making Noble Phantasms spammable attacks as long as you have the skills and resources to do so. The only Servant this applies to is Arash, and this is because his Noble Phantasm causes death after execution--even if it is high-damaging. Jeanne d'Arc officially has a Noble Phantasm that does this as well, La Pucelle, but she doesn't use it in this game at all, which is probably for the best.
  • Item Farming:
    • Ascension/skill levelling materials have to be obtained through beating up monsters to get a Random Drop.
    • Every event requires you to grind for the event currency to buy things from the event shop.
  • It's All Upstairs from Here: The Setsubun event features the protagonist and Archer Inferno climb a pagoda with 100 (or possibly more) floors.
  • It's the Journey That Counts: In Anne and Mary's Interlude where the party hunt down Captain Kidd's treasure, Mash thinks that his treasure will be useless but the lesson is that the journey is priceless but the pirate duo denies it and it turns out to be a real treasure.
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