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The entire series is one big Affectionate Parody, so expect a lot of entries on this page.

Running Gags

  • A few that are repeated on Episodes 1 and 9:
    • Rin grumbles about how ridiculous reducing the Holy Grail War into a game show is, and how she's going to manipulate and cheat her way to victory. What does she do when the camera pans in on her? Cute mode!
      • Reversed in episode 9: Cute mode first, then manipulative and cheating mode.
    Archer: In other words, we're doing things like usual...
    • Kotomine wants to keep collateral damage and casualties to a minimum. Not because of caring for the lives of the participants, but due to a budget shortfall and they can't afford to keep repairing the damage done to the city.
    Rin: Are you a middle-aged man complaining about his job?
    • And, in one sense, it's hilarious to find Saber utterly disappointed that the War will not be a full-blown battle between knights anymore.
  • Lancer is the butt of almost every joke this show can possibly throw at him. This includes dying in every episode except 2, worst being casually and for absolutely no reason thrown to Saber Lion as a snack. They love to hate the poor Servant.
    • However in Episode 11, he manages to dodge all his deaths from previous episodes...only to die at the revisit of episode 2 by a volleyball. Or did he...?
    • In episode 12, Kotomine complains to Grail-kun that Lancer is useless because he keeps dying. Grail-kun's solution is to give him a "Servant Strengthening Device".
    Grail-kun: You should just kill him and forge a contract with another Servant.
    Kotomine: [as he pulls the knife out of the floor] You're right.
    • Gets a Brick Joke in the HibiChika special where Lancer is revealed to have been killed by lots of Kotomine's Black Keys... and one "Servant Strengthening Device".
    • Speaking of that, the Grail-kun segment even with its eerie undertones, is pretty funny overall. It's grin-inducing seeing Shinji and Shirou crying over their problems to Grail-kun. And even Kotomine visits, though conducting in an adult-like manner makes enough funny dissonance in seeing an adult making a request to a Doraemon-like character.
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  • The fact that Arcueid always remains unfazed about all of the shenanigans around her is hilarious, both in Fate and Tsukihime sections.
  • Assassin's bound to the temple gate, so he's replaced by a cardboard cutout in every single one of his appearances that doesn't involve the Ryudo Temple gate. Including, funnily enough, the intro AND outro.

Episode 1
  • Neco-Arc herself of all people puts Kirei in place with one telephone call:
  • The Bait-and-Switch moment that redefines the entire Holy Grail War.
    • Bookended at the end of the episode with Shirou's Moment of Awesome in destroying the Grail gets cut short when an army of Neko Arcs stuffs him into a rocket that blasts off into the horizon. It really sets the tone of the whole series.
  • The tennis match, especially Berserker's expression when he gets disqualified.
    Illya: "Berserker couldn't possibly compete in anything with rules!"
    • Caster arrives in a mini-skirt and without an ominous aura, causing other masters to start asking who the heck she is supposed to be.
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    • Berserker is given a racquet the same size as the rest of the Servants'. It's smaller than his thumb.
    • Shirou and Rin's reactions make it funnier.
  • Gilgamesh showing up and pulling out a Game-Breaker. They had already established that Noble Phantasms were against the rules, but he goes ahead and uses it, with hilarious results.
    • He pulls it off a second time during the later montage, only every weapon coming forth is a piko piko hammer. Yes, we went there.
    • And in what might be a shout-out to descriptions of Gilgamesh as 'the original BLANK', Caster calls him 'the oldest bully in human history' for stealing her phrase ("Rule Breaker").
  • Illya announces that one of the events will be the King's Game. Saber and Gilgamesh state that they're already kings. Illya and Kotomine cancel the game and move on.
  • During the later montage, we see Berserker standing in all of his glory... with a cavalry battle balloon on his head.

Episode 2
  • Arc stepping on Neko Arc prior to the volleyball game is made that much funnier in the context of Neko Arc's line about the girlhood of humans being a fleeting moment.
  • The entire damn volleyball game, which includes such gems as:
    • Ciel getting repeatedly beaned in the face with a volleyball, both intentionally and accidentally.
    • Ciel going into Blood Heat to... save a plate of curry. "Gal Undo!"
    • The girls bringing out all their powers for the game, including Akiha's Vermillion mode, Ciel's Seventh Holy Scripture and Arima's martial arts. And then Arcueid drops the moon.
    • Listen closely while Sion and Akiha are talking during the above moment. At the same time, Hisui is serving the ball and is still saying "Potemkin."
    • Shirou desperately trying to repair his ship, only for the aforementioned powers to cause the volleyball to punch holes in it. As well as his brief meeting with Shiki later.
    Shirou: I couldn't fix the rocket.
    Shiki: Eh?
    • Shirou wasn't the only Fate/stay night character in that rocket. Lancer was taking a nap there and the volleyball manages to hit and KILL Lancer yet again.
    • And finally, during all of this, Len was making a sand castle. By the time they're done, it is a Palatial Sandcastle. She's literally on top of it.
    • When they have the notice for the prizes, the Team Award (year's supply of rice) is funny enough, and the MVP award is the entire reason all the above happens (a private room with Shiki for the night). But what takes the cake is the Nice Attack Prize: a T-34 tank.

Episode 3
  • The First skit: Arcueid goes to school skit. note 
    • Anytime that Arcueid pops up Cat Ears.
    • After her introduction in school, Shiki drags her out to the field and ask how she did it. However when she was seens dozing off Shiki says "Are you sleeping?!". He even makes a Lampshade Hanging on why she's using a clichéd scene of a pretty girl transferring to his school.
    • Arcueid (and Shiki) using "India!" as a greeting for Ciel, then turning all of Ciel's earlier statements against her in an Ironic Echo fashion, complete with Scary Shiny Glasses (without glasses!). Ciel becomes so angry that she uses the name of a common curry ingredient, Garam Masala, as an expletive.
    • Shiki asks Arcueid how she liked her first day of school. Her response: Holding up a letter of resignation and becoming a janitor instead.
  • The Second skit is also no slouch as Rin and Illya tries to fight over the sleeping Shirou.
  • Illya and Rin fighting over who gets to wake Shirou up while Saber points out that Taiga remains completely unfazed.
    • Immediately before Saber stumbles upon Shirou, Illya, and Taiga asleep on the futon and ponders what to do. When she decides to try to lay down right next to Shirou until...
    Saber: *Looks up and down the hall before easing herself down* ...Quietly...
    Rin: *Directly behind her* And what might you be doing?
    Saber: *Squeaks and shoots up* Ri—!!
    Rin: Nope, stay quiet. *Saber shuts down and fumbles around for an explanation*
    • Rin's behavior once she lays down is not unlike a cat that just laid down in a sunbeam and began to rub their face up against the warm carpet. She even manages to sound almost cat-like.
  • The devil-Illya showing cute purple horns and tail when Illya explains on how to remove the spell. Rin doesn't approve it once she sees what Illya's really doing.

Episode 4
  • The beginning of episode 4. We don't know what they have against Lancer, but they seem to be having a lot of fun.
    Commenter: A man in blue full-body tights was just caught in a series of car crashes with a trailer on a highway. He died.
    • That example counts as a Continuity Nod as Lancer got hit by the car in the previous episode's Phantasmoon segment. In the next Phantasmoon segment (also in episode 4), he's the one Akiha is feeding to the dog.
  • Rin + Blu-ray Recorder = Hilarity. It's made even better by Archer watching her trying to figure out how to work the machine.
    • Archer's comment near the end sealed the deal: he reminded Rin that Shirou had told her exactly what to do when he asked her to record a show, and that she was needlessly complicating things. Of course Rin wasn't too happy about it and kicking him out of the house.
    • In the end... She still manages to screw it up (Mostly by pressing random buttons), although at least she ended up recording something.
      • Made even funnier when you remember Archer is a future version of Shirou so he probably knew from the beginning how this would end.
  • A bit of Fridge Funny mixed with Epic Fail - in the section between the Archer/Rin and Shirou/Shiki segment, we see the Necos getting a Bad End in Fate/stay Night, complaining about how hard it is. The bad end they got? The Tiger Dojo 13, aka the one that you have to actually try to get.
  • Shiki and Shirou's respective Zany Schemes for dating everyone in their harems in the same day.
    • Said schemes are attempted in the third season finale and go as well as you would expect, culminating with Shiki and Shirou getting punished by Arcueid and Saber.
    • And the website is actually real. Translation?

Episode 5
  • Nrvnqsr Chaos, Kuzuki Souichirou, and one table in a restaurant. Kuzuki is so Comically Serious that it's funny.
  • The entirety of Berserker's First Errand. Going to buy batteries could not be funnier. Or to put it this way: How to win the Holy Grail War by shopping for batteries.
    • The entire segment was hilarious, true. However, the absolutely funniest moment was when Berserker, who, after losing his axe-sword early onnote  started wielding Lancer like a club, ends up having him become his Noble Phantasm, complete with status screen.
      • One that deals extra damage to Archer, to boot. And during his errand, Berserker managed to defeat every other servant (with the exception of True Assassin, who probably doesn't even exist there) by pure accident (other than Lancer, who at least got the death he was so wishing for).
    • Assassin and Rider have some very memorable and downright hilarious screams when they get defeated. Berserker doesn't even notice he's defeated either.
      • Rider's defeated when a running Berserker trips on Gilgamesh and body-slams her, entirely by accident.
    • When he reaches the store, it's closed. Berserker furiously beats the security gate with Lancer before leveling the neighborhood, obliviously defeating Saber.
    • Lancer, after asking Berserker to just go home, prompts him to read the back of the note Illya gave him, sending him to the department store. This reanimates Berserker, so he grabs Lancer again to use as a club.
    • Caster, excited with her new sewing machine, only gets a flash of Berserker before getting squashed.
    • Berserker catches Archer preparing to buy a package of batteries himself. He proceeds to hurl Lancer at him, chucking him out of the store and into the stratosphere. This also kills Lancer.
      • Or did it? Lancer does appear to twitch momentarily during the closeup at the end.
    • The Holy Grail actually does manifest in front of Berserker, in the form of a water heater. Then, when he presents it to Illya, she gets angry Berserker didn't get the right brand of battery. The Grail then opens up, revealing Neco-Arc, who grants her wish and disappears. To add insult to injury, she didn't give Illya the right battery either.
      • And after retrieving the Holy Grail, he goes back to grab Lancer and drag him back home like a rag doll.
    • The segment would have been pretty funny on its own, but it's the children's show-style narrator that really pushes it into over-the-top funny territory.
    • Leysritt's brief inclusion also counts as she remains hilariously deadpan as ever while both confronting Gilgamesh and being literally dragged home by Sella.
  • Phantasmoon's Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? solution to defeating the Mushroom Monster of the Week that was able to dodge her Marble Phantasm.

Episode 6
  • Phantasmoon Season 2's preview: Akiha Vermillion's final message written in blood after she's stabbed in the back. What clue does she give to everyone in order to identify her murderer? "Giant boobs."
    • The introduction of Season 2's rivals: Kaleido Ruby standing atop a ferris wheel, Magical Caren standing atop a roller coaster car, and Magical Amber standing atop... the spinning coffee cup ride (and is yet hilariously appropriate for Kohaku).
  • Rider's various methods at keeping Shinji from further abusing Sakura by "accidentally" hurting him, along with some of her excuses such as having an "Airhead" skill.
  • Sakura's Unwanted Assistance moments towards Rider are an example, especially when she laments that Rider constantly scores higher than her in popularity polls.
  • Original to this version of the story is Sakura's true reason for being so accepting of Shinji's abuse- outrageous vanity!
    Sakura: <flashing back to her first meeting with Shinji as children> Nii-san... you were so kind... <she snuggles with a giant teddy bear and kisses it on the forehead while Shinji drools over her from the next room> And I was so cute...
  • In Sharing Table segment, Archer is sitting with Nanako. Later, they both start badmouthing their respective masters, Tohsaka and Ciel. The ending ends where Neko-Arc greets another guests and the ending shows the 'carnage' of the table, implying those guests' identities.
    • You can almost hear the venom in Neko-Arc's voice as she welcomes those customers, meaning she heard everything and allowed the carnage to ensue.

Episode 7
  • There's a Funny Background Event while Shiki is explaining okonomiyaki - he describes mixing up squid and pork, and Arcueid imagines a squid wrapped around a pig, cooked while sitting on top of a giant hot iron plate. Her response?
    Arcueid: That sounds really delicious!
  • Arcueid goes off to get some squid. Straight from the sea. In a bikini. In the middle of a raging storm.
    • Deciding she needs to taste the raw squid. Len wisely declines to partake.
    • And as Shiki notes at the end Arcueid had actually caught an octopus by mistake.
  • And then, she needs a pig to prepare her okonomiyaki. Her solution? Mugging Nrvnqsr Chaos for the pig among his beasts.
  • The latter half of this episode, in particular, may be the most heartwarming part of the show, but it's also funny as hell:
    • Caster gives a magic charm to Souichirou that gives good luck. The charm:
      • constantly gives off erotic moans when it is shown;
      • is made of embroidery and features a big heart with "Souichirou LOVE" written in the center;
      • works. In the course of his post-school chores about town, he wins several store contests & raffles, and finds & returns a suitcase full of 10 million yen, with the grateful salaryman giving him a million yen (that's about a cool 10,000USD) as a reward. As the show gently reminds us, Caster does have Item Creation A as a skill.
      • Oh, also: it provides our Lancer Death (and Arcueid cameo) for the day, as he's struck by lightning out of nowhere just for thinking of following Souichirou.
      Arcueid: A rubber man!
    • Assassin continues to tease Caster even after she threatens to tear his ribcage open. What does she do after he goes a little too far? Chase him around while swinging a broom! And he's laughing all the while.
    • Caster is snooping on Saber and Shirou via divination. After observing Saber, she... loses herself in her Saber fangirlism completely. Words alone really can't do justice to how funny her speed-rolling on the floor is (and gifs of it are something of a meme by themselves). When she finally comes back up, she's got a nosebleed.
      • The instance in which she was snooping? She and Shirou were training only for Saber to suggest breaking for dinner. When Shirou remarks what a glutton she is she goes completely red and berates him in a voice that is both pouty and completely over the top with the amount of cutesy tone she puts into it.
    • Issei snooping on Caster the first time. He confronts her about whatever "ruckus" she's making and threatens to expose her to Souichirou. She dismisses him with an evil smirk and calls him "glasses-in-law". Issei also calls out her kind of anachronistic elf ears which she makes no effort to hide when at home (since she hardly wears her hood there).
    • Also, while her monologue about her guilt over essentially being an otaku (with a reminder that a man in Souichirou's position should find this shameful) strikes pretty damn hard, juxtaposing it with a Funny Background Event of a misglued ahoge on a Saber figure is hilarious.
    • Issei throws the door to Caster's room open while she's in the middle of airbrushing a Saber figure. Her response: Immediate Battle Aura. Kuzuki then steps in. Her response: Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
    • The culmination of the Caster/Souichirou segment when Issei tries to talk Souichirou out of his marriage proposal and Caster hits him from clear across the room to shut him up note .
      • With Souichirou's strike no less.

Episode 8
  • "She seems hungry. Let's feed it with Lancer!"
  • Saber's Rank B Charisma affecting everyone in the cafe, including intimidating Rin into ordering more food than she could possibly eat in one sitting.
  • Saber removing her ahoge and the consequences that result. This is so hilarious that it's possibly gone on to be Carnival Phantasm's most famous sequence, and certainly its most memetic.
  • While Berserker is busy demolishing Ahnenerbe, Arcueid just sits there enjoying her food.
  • This Badass Boast:
    Saber Alter: I'm a cute gothic-lolita maid-waitress, sir!
    Gilgamesh (completely cowed by her exercise of forcefully charismatic authority): Uh... I'm sorry.
  • It's a perfectly funny Out-of-Character Moment for Gilgamesh of all people to be saying the words, "What? Are you my mom or something?!"
  • From The Cameo:
    Red Saber: Fool, it's not see-through. I'm letting them see.
    • Also becomes a Breakingthe Fourth Wall joke, as Nero comments that her appearing late in the episode is due to Fate/Extra's delayed release.

Episode 9
  • Saber's expression when she sees exactly what kind of vehicle she and Shirou will be using. She couldn't be happier.
    • Rider is in a similar situation as she's blushing heavily and nicknames the "Granny bike" "Unit Pegasus".
  • "Hey Archer! Did you know that dragsters... can't turn?" *Cue to Lancer's vehicle crashing*
    • Which makes Lancer's car hilarious, given that it's fashioned after his weapon, Gae Bolg. You know, the weapon that ignores the laws of physics to twist and turn in such a way to always hit its target?
  • How does Assassin participate in the race? By hauling the Ryudo Temple gate along with him in his semi!
    • He also stays in first place for a good while until the only thing powerful enough to force him out is employed: a cannon shot from Berser-Car!
    • Which used both in a Tear Jerker and funny while Assassin calls out to his "partner", his cassette tape plays by itself all the way to the semi crashing. Then Rin sarcastically says how sad it is.
    • Gets better if you notice the way he looks like he leaps out to try to protect his Aniki with his body. Aniki...being the Ryudo Temple. Also, Rin's exact line?
    Rin: That is sad in more ways than one...
  • Gilgamesh doesn't have a set Riding ability, so how did he get so good at riding his cool bike? Reading magazines, playing racing games and building models!
    • Gil isn't happy that Kotomine didn't invite him to participate because, according to Kirei, "He can't be trusted to follow the rules."
  • Rider proving that she's a viable competitor even on a granny bike and pedaling so fast that Shinji feels G-force winds against his face.
    • Episode 8's Tiger Dojo ends with Taiga shouting, "Fly for the moon!" Guess what happens when Rider ends up pedaling a little too fast.
      • The last one doubles as an E.T. reference. Complete with "Shinji... Phone home."
      • Also funny with a side of awesome because it's also a nod to both Hollow Ataraxia, where Rider kept trying to borrow Shirou's racing bicycle to no avail, and supplemental materials that point out that Rider really is that big a bicycle fan who has a bad habit of riding bikes at high speeds until they break. And by "High Speeds", we mean "100 miles an hour".
      • There is also Gilgamesh saying "Damn that Granny Bike". Just the way that he said it combined by the fact that it's Gilgamesh who says that line.
  • What do Shirou and Saber wish for after winning the race? All of the money that they lost to win back.
    • An extra fun bit: When Shirou and Saber are finally catching up to the race leaders, Shirou is pumping in coins like mad into Lion-Unit, but when they're viewed from the front, he appears to be doing something else to Saber (as pointed out by some YouTube commenters).
    • Extra extra fun bit: Shirou and Saber won against Gilgamesh, whose character is built around his divine inherited wealth, with money from Shirou's part time wage. The couple won by COINS, as in the smallest monetary units. Irony much.

Episode 10
  • The entire skit where Kohaku drugs Akiha to being an honest person. note 
    • Actually...Kohaku being... well, Kohaku, and Shiki immediately pointing out that she's acting a little too suspiciously after him seeing Akiha's strange behavior for the first time.
    • Once Kohaku and Shiki realize that her 'drug' works a bit too well, what did Shiki do? "It's getting late I leave this to you Kohaku!"
    • Satsuki can't decide if she's thankful for or traumatized by the situation she gets put in when having to briefly babysit a mentally age-regressed Akiha.
    • Shiki putting his foot in his mouth and triggering Akiha's Berserk Button when he comments that her area is still undeveloped. Cue to Akiha using her powers with this note below:
    "The mouth is the source of disaster!"
    • How to end this skit? An Out of Character Hisui who greets Shiki normally than her usual self. Kohaku, you sly little maid.
    Kohaku: Now there's two of me! :D
  • The entire Brain Detective Hisui segment with Kohaku's overly-energetic, nonsensical descriptions and Hisui's completely deadpan reactions to each one.

Episode 11
  • Lancer protecting himself from Rider's attack in episode 11 by throwing Shinji into the air, causing Rider to turn and charge at Shinji instead (since she was always aiming at him to begin with).
  • Arcueid gets another one just by being herself: There she is, sitting next to Eldritch Abomination Grail-kun... munching on her snacks like normal and watching it while it talks whereas anyone else would have been running away, screaming in terror.
  • The flashback to Lancer's death from episode 9. Rather than the normal script stated in various episodes up to this point.
    Taiga: You bastards!.

Episode 12
  • The entirety of the episode as Shirou and Shiki try out their Zany Schemes. Epic Fail doesn't even begin to describe it.
    • Read the details of the plan carefully. There's one note on there that reads, "I can't do it! Help me, Shirou!"
    • The movie Arcueid and Shiki are watching has someone doing the exact "take her to a theatre and leave her there" plan that Shiki is attempting
      Arcueid: What an asshole! He's going to get killed for sure! Right Shiki?
      Shiki: Y-Yeah.
    • It culminates at the very end when Hisui, who is still fixing the roof, hits the board with her hammer at the exact same time Arcueid and Saber's combined Fantastic Nuke goes off across town. She completely ignores the explosion and looks quizzically at her hammer for a moment before resuming the repairs.

Illya's Castle Special
  • Everything about it...
    • Saber displaying a tsundere attitude towards Red Saber.
    • Saber's constant OOC moments whenever food's involved.
    Illya: I won't lose to the King of Hungry!
    • Saber sobbing whenever each segment ended and Shirou denied her food because she didn't get the first place. (Which is always accompanied beforehand with Shirou yelling "SABEEERRRR!!!")
    • Illya and Caster arguing about the value of mature and sexy women.
    Illya: Mature women have no value these days!
    Caster: What did you say!? You just don't understand the charm of mature and sexy women, you lolicon doll!
    Illya: Shut up! All Japanese are lolicons!
    • During the final boss battle, Saber attempts to calm Illya down by telling her that she is not an Einzbern doll, her parents loved her and that she is free to choose her own path. It appears to work but then a Japanese manual of assassination pops out of nowhere convincing Illya that Saber is just trying to trick her and resumes fighting.
    • Lancer's joy of a happy ending thrashed with the fact that they have to run away from the blowing castle after the interrupted credits. The usual "Lancer died!" Running Gag is compounded by the fact that when everyone's running and Lancer's showing off his plight, Rider and Caster are completely apathetic of his survival.

EX Episode
  • Caren utilizing her Cloth in a Mundane Made Awesome manner to quickly earn a lot of money.
    • She quickly finds out that she enjoys hitting Lancer with large wads of bills just a little too much.
    Ko-Gil: Oh no! Something's awakening inside her!
    Lancer: Stop her! Stop our Master!
    • She then offers said money to Shirou, Saber, Rin, Illya and Taiga. Shirou is hesitant, and says they don't need or want money. The girls disagree.
    • Lancer and Bazett's delayed reaction upon encountering each other at an embarrassing time (for Bazett anyway). And then Caren decide to do a Moment Killer after seeing their lovey-dovey relationship.
  • The entire Five Len Cats segment, beginning with Shiki's reaction to Spotted Len.
  • Giant Neko Arc Phantasmoon!
  • Nrvnqsr is involved with two: First where he and Roa are portrayed as The Woobie and second when he's completely stumped after being asked to spell his name.
  • Arcueid's reaction to Kaleido-Ruby.
    Phantasmoon: I'm not the only weirdo around!
  • "Sensei just might be the sixth heroine."
    • "Things just might get messy if she appeared in fandisks and fighting games."

HibiChika Special
  • The whole Koha-Ace anime.
    • Doubles as a Moment of Awesome when Kohaku charges Iskandar´s Ionian Hetairoi with Ea.
    • Cue Kohaku facing obstacles like Invisible Coin Blocks, replaying fighting scenes from Tsukihime, Unlimited Blade Works and Fate/Zero, to tell Akiha that Koha-Ace is animated only to realize that she used up the entire budget in the action scenes and Saber's fee just now.
    • Saber being called Type-Moon's cash cow.
    • Akiha and Kohaku being upset that the Tsukihime remake takes so long and blaming Nasu for slacking.
    • If Kohaku had known how much Saber costs, she would have invited Saber Extra instead. She does it anyway.
    • Neko-Arc's reaction to this whole thing.
      Neko-Arc: " I didn't think they'd make an anime with characters even more half-assed than us."
  • Caren tries to bribe Hibiki and Chikagi in order to keep Lancer's death of the episode secret. When that doesn't work, she leaves a literal mountain of cash that's bigger than everyone in the cafe combined.
    • And then later in the episode Lancer is seen in the background alive again with no explanation.

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