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Well, looks like Dr. Roman is about to give some good—oh god!

Surprisingly for a Mobile Phone Game (but not for a Fate work....) Fate/Grand Order has some incredibly dark parts.

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    Chapter 1 - Observer on Timeless Temple 
  • First off: The world is freaking gone. Chaldea is the only place and time where any living beings remain. Anything outside of it has been burned to a crisp.
    • Actually, let's correct that: it's not just everywhere, it's everywhen, since the past has also been incinerated. Can you imagine that? The entirety of Mankind dead, a literally uncountable number of people, since the very dawn of history, dead.
  • The Demon Pillars. Each of them looks like a giant black mass covered in eyes, and every time they attack, they make a horrific screech that appropriately seem to come straight from hell. And then Solomon, their master, is a creepy sorcerer with a horrific grin and the Voice of the Legion, who summons forth a multitude of them to fight you.
  • Babylonia is arguably the darkest of the singularities, and for good reason. What initially seems to be just a rather simple plot about defeating the Goddess Alliance soon spirals wildly out of control once Tiamat arrives on the scene. When this happens, all chance of a "good ending" goes right out the window, and you are locked in a pitched battle for survival against a genuine Eldritch Abomination for the rest of the singularity, desperately trying every possible avenue of victory in a hope of saving someone, let alone an entire city.
    • The beginning of Babylonia, Mash's dream of Dr. Roman who's trying to sympathize with what's left of the human race. He preaches that life has no meaning and that humanity should stop struggling and live the rest of its life in peace. Mash mistakenly believes it's the real Roman at first, but he soon begins laughing with a horrific smile on his face provided with a picture above.
    • The Lahmu in Babylonia take nightmare fuel demons to another level. Their enormous, sideways, humanoid mouths; the lack of eyes, the constant twitching while they wait for you to attack, and the disturbing ways some of their bodies contort... Not to mention the fact that they come in endless droves, and some of them are actually citizens of Uruk forcibly transformed into demons, some implied to be people you have met, who seem to still have human awareness and remember who you are.
      • The progress of the Chaos Tide the further you advance into the story. By the time you managed to dunk Tiamat into the underworld, the entire map which is around the size of Iraq is a giant ocean of dark purple. Pretty much everyone that isn't you, Mash, Merlin, King Hassan and Ishtar is dead. Gilgamesh died Taking the Bullet for you from one of Tiamat's lasers and had to use his corpse as a catalyst to bring himself back as a Servant.
    • Tiamat herself is incredibly terrifying. Not only is she borderline immortal, but her view of all of humanity as her "children" is highly disturbing since she can't understand us like we can't understand her. We're essentially aliens to her, and though we can't understand her speech, it's likely that she finds us just as disturbing as we find her.
    • The way Tiamat and the Lahmu turn on Kingu deserves mention. While the party is fighting Lahmu who were forcing Eridu's survivors to fight each other to the death for their amusement, Kingu interrupts the fight and chastises the Lahmu for wasting valuable time on pointless cruelty. The Lahmu slowly begin to laugh at him, claiming that they are simply emulating the "old" humanity and claiming to find suffering and death "fun". Kingu's incredulous outrage is suddenly interrupted, when the Lahmu suddenly brutally attack him and forcibly tear the Grail from his body. The Lahmu laugh at Kingu's shock and agony, gleefully revealing that Tiamat never truly cared for him or saw him as her child and that his sole purpose to her was facilitating her resurrection, and now that that's done, he no longer has any use to them, and proceed to gleefully hunt him through Eridu's jungle like a wild animal. Were it not for Lahmu!Siduri's sacrifice to save him, Kingu would have died there, betrayed by the "mother" he gave everything to serve.
  • According to Clock Tower 2015, Lev Lainur prevented the incineration of humanity by committing suicide before the demon god pillar could overwrite his personality and take over his body. He failed to do this in FGO, so who we're dealing with isn't even Lev anymore, it's the demon pillar using his body as a meatpuppet.

    Chapter 1. 5 - Epic of Remnant 
  • The SERAPH Chapter where the horrific experiments done by Chaldea to develop their technology is shown and where it was turned into a hell for the people there by Kiara.
    • Even worse in the manga where we see flashbacks of the people as they lose their minds and go into anarchy. The faces shown and the sheer horrifying actions that they do of their own will with glee is haunting.
  • The premise of Shimousa is utter horror due to the enemy Servants. They're not actually Servants at all, but rather the actual historical figures resurrected by Ashiya Doman and transformed into utterly deranged Omnicidal Maniac zombies who butcher countless innocents in horrifically bloody and violent ways. At one point, you end up fighting one of the enemy Servants on top of a literal mountain of freshly-butchered, mutilated corpses. To highlight just how utterly inhuman the zombified Servants are, their battle dialogue is completely replaced with feral, barely coherent roars and screaming, and instead of the simple fade into golden dust, their death animations are much more visceral.
    • One of the most horrifying aspects is that, with the exception of Amakusa and Doman, all of the enemy Servants are completely aware of themselves, but are utterly powerless to fight back against Doman's corruption that compels them to rampage. At various points, they will desperately beg you to kill them while crying Tears of Blood.
      • Speaking of Amakusa, his portrayal in Shimosa also deserves mention. He's not actually the "true" Amakusa that's a summonable Servant, but rather an alternate version of him that, after learning that the Shimabara uprising is doomed to fail in all realities, due to being under a Quantum Timelock, as well as the fact that history idolizes the Tokugawa as heroes, while he and his followers are demonized as terrorists and criminals who deserved to die, fell into madness and decided that if history has declared him a bloodthirsty murderer, then that is exactly what he will be. To punctuate just how fallen he is, Shimosa Amakusa is no longer a Ruler, but an Avenger, with all of the murderous hatred and insanity the class entails.
    • The manga adaptation of the Singularity shows at the front the massacres of the Seven Swordmasters. Against the first Swordmaster alone, Hozoin slaughters a small village - men, women, children, and elderly are cut to small pieces as they run or cower in terror. Fujimaru tries to save them, but Musashi stops her because she's not strong enough from the disorienting unnatural rayshift, so they just hide inside a pile of hay hearing the villagers' dying scream around them. When Musashi finally fights Hozoin, she cuts his head off and it rolls to Fujimaru's feet, but his body is still fighting and he proceeds to regenerate his own head, one layer of flesh at a time.
      • The game isn't quite as graphic — but Hozoin notices movement in the haystack, knows the group is hiding there, and leaves them there to listen helplessly while he kills the villagers.
      • Raikou's depiction in the manga isn't much better. While every other Swordsmaster shows a deranged Ax-Crazy personality while in combat, when Raikou is fighting Musashi, her expression is lifeless.
      • Shuten captures Fujimaru and starts to Cold-Blooded Torture them by sticking her hand into their guts. All the while making chit-chat and comments like "Lie Back and Think of Chaldea" giving it the aspect of a rape scene.
  • Heretical Salem
    • In contrast to the visceral Bloody Horror of Shimousa, the horror of Salem is considerably more psychological due to how human it is. There's no ulterior motive, no dark plan (at least until Raum appears). The entire conflict of the Pseudo-Singularity is a chillingly realistic tale of a humble hamlet descending into absolute anarchy and chaos purely due to the paranoia, intolerance and fanaticism of its denizens.
    • And the horror doesn't even stop once Raum is dead! Despite the Demon Pillar's demise, Abigail's already crossed the Despair Event Horizon and succumbs to the Outer God inside of her, which proceeds to state it's going to bring "salvation" through endless suffering and punishment to every living being on the planet.

    Chapter 2 - Cosmos in the Lostbelt 
  • When the Katsushika duo goes into their third ascension, Ou'i in particular gains a dress that looks more like a wearable alien, her lotus flower hair ornaments turn into these strange Eldritch Abomination pods with single eyes, and her father Hokusai (who takes the form of an octopus-like creature) docks with her and takes control of her body.
  • In the first Lostbelt, we are given a flashback of Anastasia's last moments in her life, it shows that she was conscious even after she was burned and buried. During this time, she was able to make a contract with Viy, which she utilized to make sure that none of the soldiers who killed her would never have a moment of peace. Cue a blood-coloured "I Am Watching" message appearing in the background, followed up with the screen being filled with word "Watching" and eyes.
    Death is too good for you. No, you're going to live in fear for the rest of you lives. I, Viy, will always be watching you.
    I will forever pass judgement on your sins. I will forever see to your punishment. I will always, always be watching… until the day you die.
    Always, always, always!!!
  • During the second Lostbelt, the party is traveling through Imaginary Numbers Space (essentially limbo), in order to get to Baldanders through the Scandinavian Peninsula, only for the radar of the Shadow Border to pick up the presence of something else following them. Despite the fact that nothing is supposed to live there. Now, Holmes acknowledges the possibility that the servants of the Alien God, like Koyanskaya, might have the ability to travel between dimensions... but also that it might be something else entirely, and you leave without ever finding out.
    • Though it is later clarified that it was the Captain, patrolling the area.
  • At first, seeing Koyanskaya locked away in a cell stripped of her powers may give one a bit of satisfaction considering how much trouble she's caused you. But then Qin Shi Huang, the Lostbelt 3 king, summons mechanical dolls... and orders them to drill non-lethal holes in her body until she can be sealed away. You are rewarded with reading Koyanskaya screaming in agony and the slight of blood. What really makes this scene extra horrifying is the sound of a loud, screeching drill in the background while this is all happening.
  • Lostbelt Chaos, To put it simply it cracks open reality and all we can see of its true form is a giant eye before it effortlessly destroys Ares and requires the Grand Lancer to sacrifice himself to get us close and Musashi becoming Deader Than Dead just to seal it away.
  • It's mentioned that Beryl's Lostbelt became so twisted that he ultimately tricked the inhabitants into cutting down the Tree of Emptiness...except something is keeping it sustained. Even worse, after clearing Olympus, the button for Lostbelt 6 is visibly glitched. Whatever is going on there, it's clearly bad.

  • A more meta example, but in their My Room lines, Enkidu says they can become a Holy Grail if you give them enough mana. Considering there's a function within the game that lets you give grails to your Servants to power them up, this has potential to dip into the And I Must Scream territory - especially with people joking about molding parts of Enkidu into Grails, or asking "which part should I cut off first?"
  • The OVA gives us the glorious image of Olga Marie being thrown into Chaldeas, screaming and begging for someone to save her with tears in her eyes.
  • Unlimited Lost Works, the Noble Phantasm of EMIYA (Alter). It's basically Unlimited Blade Works combined with the Origin Bullet. The result is the enemy getting ripped apart from the inside by swords.
  • Frankenstein's Interludes. Fate/Apocrypha showed Victor Frankenstein wasn't a particularly good father to Fran, but here it's shown he has no qualms about slaughtering entire towns to begin his experiments anew. Fran's new little sister, Eve, is slavishly devoted to their father and doesn't hesitate to brutally murder everyone he points at her. Still, not even she deserved to be used by her father as a new body, especially since she's advanced enough to realize what Victor's doing and vainly tries to resist as his consciousness overwrites hers.
  • Summer BB, despite being fused what is generally agreed to be the most evil, sadistic entity in the entire Cthulhu Mythos, doesn't really act any way different from usual aside from a slight obsession with pigs, which might make you wonder if this isn't another case of "Character Alignment in Fate makes no sense"...until you read the description in her Max Level Craft Essence, in which the Protagonist is trapped in the moon by BB, rendered completely insane from looking at Nyarlathotep's true form, all while humanity has been completely annihilated by the Alien God. The clock show it's 11:59, forever.
  • Most Valentine Scenes tend to be either heartwarming, funny, or heartwarmingly funny, but Summer BB's scene is like it came from H. P. Lovecraft himself. Basically, the protagonist is trapped into a Lotus-Eater Machine in the form of a Luluhawa Island chocolate, a product of her powers granted by Nyarlatothep, causing you to forget everything and basically go insane due to BB being now an Eldritch Abomination. The last thing you hear before going completely insane is her laugh.
  • Nagao Kagetora never stops smiling. Ever. While it's stated that she's generally a cheerful and energetic lady who remains upbeat even during battle, some of her smiles can be downright psychotic.
  • Salome is just a Stripperiffic Bronze Servant who just happens to carry a skull that she used as her lover and mystical weapon and conversing with a creepily seductive voice. And she doesn't mind taking your head either for her fetish since that's what she does to her lovers. She's basically a really creepy Yandere that might give other famous Yanderes in the Chaldea crew like Kiyohime a run for their money. Also, if you're wondering whose head that was? John the Baptist's, the guy that baptized Jesus Christ (and is considered a Saint/Prophet by Christians and Muslims). Seeing her toy around with a revered man's skull is pretty unnerving.
    • Her Bond CE is very disturbing because, aside from John the Baptist's skull, the other skulls that she carries around belong to her former masters who had summoned her before. And her way of expressing her love to her masters is to chop their heads off and have them around. And yet, she's even interested in your head too!
  • Tristan's Interlude. It starts off innocent enough, a story of Tristan lamenting his inability to know what love is as it appears to then shift to the master and him in his dreams like many other Interludes. It's anything but. In truth, Tristan has been kidnapped by someone pretending to be the master, who then proceeds to torture Tristan with the things he did in Camelot, changing into the other Knights and people of the singularity as he can only scream for them to shut up. Soon, he's Laughing Mad and thoroughly convinced he's nothing more than a monster. When the master, Lancelot, Gawain, and Bedivere go to try and retrieve him, he's so far gone he tells them to Then Let Me Be Evil and threatens to kill the Master! It takes a version of Lancer Altria appearing to finally stop him.
  • If you think that Riyo's April Fools Art wouldn't head towards this territory, Yang Guifei's eyes will make you think otherwise. It's supposed to be a parody of her flaming eyes in her Noble Phantasm but these simple pencilled-in scribbles that don't fully cover her eyes give the very unnerving effect of having two sets of eyes staring back at the player.
  • At the end of the up until now completely silly Summer 2018 event, just as the party is about to break the time loop, BB drops the act completely and darkly declares that she is not letting Guda leave. She proceeds to go on an absolutely unhinged rant about how much work she put into Luluwaii and how all of it was to spare Guda from a painful fate (the Lostbelts), and if they're going to spurn her genuine desire to help them, then she'll just force her to stay. She then reveals that the Divine entity bound to her isn't Pele, but Nyarlathotep, and engages you in a final battle amidst a pitch-black, distorted void where the only light is the pale green glow of the BB Channel TVs.
    • This also paints a rather disturbing picture of the Lostbelt arc and what it holds, as whatever Guda goes through by the end of the arc is so horrific that BB, a proudly self-proclaimed Card-Carrying Villain, was desperate to save them from it by any means necessary.
  • Summer Kiara is just as, if not even more terrifying than Summer BB. When you summon her, she hijacks the Moon Cancer class card, causing it to spark purple and mutate the card's artwork from BB to Kiara herself. This is notably the only unique summoning animation in the game, making it much more jarring and startling.
  • The Summer Camp 2020 event starts off on an incredibly terrifying note. It starts out with a swirling black void, then suddenly jumps to static while a very unnerving distorted voice can be heard in the background, then it jumps to a screen that talks about over 125,000 experiments, and eventually a Madness Mantra, and then, a very creepy mask pops up, all while the static continues to drone in the background. Yeesh.
    • The full thing is even worse! There's even more creepy images that pop up, what with the ruined room, a screen full of twisted hands and eerie shadows, the distorted voice droning on in the background, and the mysterious shadowy figure (later revealed to be Xu Fu) that pops up. Illya and Murasaki are very visibly scared shitless after seeing the creepy tape, and can you blame them?! Not helping afterwards is that you're immediately attacked by evil spirits. Oh, and by the way, you can't skip this scene, unless you skipped the cutscene beforehand.
  • Despite his Joke Character nature, Nobukatsu's Noble Phantasm animation is extremely disturbing. He calmly and firmly raises his arms, shouts declarations of support to his allies, and then violently disintegrates while laughing hysterically. This is the only time Nobukatsu's Devoted to You relationship with Nobunaga is played for anything but laughs, and it demonstrates the sheer depths of his devotion quite effectively and paints his self sacrifice in a dark light.
  • Van Gogh is by far, the most terrifying (and also the most heartbreaking) of the playable Foreigners released so far. From the moment you meet her, she's already very mentally unstable, alternating between solemn sadness, painful depression, and unhinged fits of laughter without warning. And as she ascends, she just gets worse. Her Third Ascension in particular is easily the most inhuman-looking Ascension even among the other Lovecraftian-aligned Foreigners, with an overall appearance that just feels very wrong.


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