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Sabers

  • Saber Bathory's a massive bucket of them.
    • Her outfit is almost certainly one to Dragon Quest - she's dressed up in an outfit, complete with sword and rounded shield, that is highly reminiscent of a female Dragon Quest warrior from DQ3 onwards. She's even got the horns - just, instead of on a helmet, they're actually attached to her head.
    • Her second-step Quick attack and Extra attack animations feature her running directly into and through the enemy with her sword sticking out in front of her to deal damage - a reference to a certain other red-headed swordsman and the games he stars in.
    • Her second-step arts involves a straight down-stab, another move that should look familiar to veterans of a certain NES adventure game.
    • Her Noble Phantasm is a direct one to Combattler V's "Choudenji Tatsumaki / Choudenji Spin".
    • She ascends using "Dragon Orbs", which could reference several things in Dragon Quest.
    • Speaking of orbs, her Valentine's chocolate is also an orb, and the description makes it clear that it's a much more direct reference to the Orb of Light from the Erdrick Trilogy of DQ. The description text even begins by going through the steps for a classic DQ item prompt.
  • Chevalier d'Eon's original icon for their Aspect of Beauty skill was a silhouette of a figure with a pink suit and blond hair that created a very blatant resemblance to Oscar Francois de Jarjayes from The Rose of Versailles. Presumably it was too blatant and tipped over the boundaries of Lawyer-Friendly Cameo as it was replaced in a patch with a silhouette lacking the blond hair and suit.
  • Some of Okita's character elements double as indirect references to one of the most well-known Anime about the Meiji Revolution, Rurouni Kenshin:
    • In the GUDAGUDA Order tie-in comic, after acknowledging that she would appear in the game, she boasts that she could take on Hitokiri Battousai himself. note 
    • One of her pre-battle quotes, curiously enough, echoes one of the more memorable lines of the cynical mentor of that series, Hiko Seijuro XIII:
    Okita: "In battle, there is no good or evil... only killing."
    Hiko: "A sword is a weapon. Kenjutsu is the art of killing. Whatever pretty words you use to speak of it, this is its true nature."
    • Her Buster attack is basically a right-handed version of Saitou Hajime's Gatotsu—itself a variation of the Shinsengumi's Hira-zuki as noted below.
    • Furthermore, her Shukuchi is something that was utilized by Rurouni Kenshin's own Okita Expy, Seta Sojiro.
  • Saber Gilles' first interlude involves zombies. Roman comments that "9 out of 10 times, this is the result of some kind of virus." Mash replies that she doesn't have time to deal with some kind of biohazard.
  • Saber Fran's NP is a mechanical BFS with a huge blade made of lightning and is either a shout out to Zengar Zonbolt, to Fate Testarossa, or both.
  • Musashi's My Room dialogue with Danzou is very reminiscent of how Kashiwakazki Sena fawns over Hasegawa Kobato.
  • Sigurd has a load of references:
    • He mentioned that his version of Fafnir has "blue eyes with silver white scales" which is basically the description of Blue Eyes White Dragon. This serves as an Actor Allusion, as he's voiced by Kenjiro Tsuda, who also voiced Seto Kaiba.
    • His design evokes several characters from different series:
      • His first and second ascension art is a combo of Kaneki, Code Vein's vampire mask, and Raiden.
      • The third and final Ascension art looks a lot like Ignis Scientia, complete with his tendencies of Dual Wielding Gram like a pair of daggers, his Nerd Glasses, and his Adorkable manner. In addition, he also has that stereotypical student council president look common in high school anime.
  • Caesar and Cleopatra have a visual dynamic similar to Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime, respectively... which makes their quirky personalities stand out even when placed side-by-side with their Accel World counterparts.
  • Beni-Enma's attitudes toward cooking are clearly based on Gordon Ramsay, including her own version of Hell's Kitchen
    • Her bond 5 Line has her declare she'll cause chaos on behalf of the player in the courtroom when the Player is judged in the afterlife. In Disgaea, various upgrades are acquired by putting them to a vote, and fighting it out is considered a valid strategy if things don't go your way. It's probably no coincidence that she's drawn by the main artist of Disgaea.

Archers

  • Nobunaga's gun-kata fighting style is practically lifted from Mami Tomoe's, something that the original gag manga pointed out. Also, her fan nickname is Nobunobu.
  • Archer Altria's NP animations are similar to a Gundam (particularly the maneuvers of Dynames and Cherudim). She even shoots a laser that pierces the atmosphere and shouts "Lock on!!" when attacking.
  • Ishtar's NP is a clear reference to the 00 Qan[T]: specifically, the way it teleports using Quantum Burst system.
    • Ishtar's own characterization is similar to Aqua from Konosuba, particularly in the Summer 2017 event.
  • EMIYA Alter's design is very similar to Pucci from Stone Ocean; for his final ascension he even looks like he's doing a Jojo pose!
  • Archer of Shinjuku's Noble Phantasm name (The Dynamics Of an Asteroid: Ultimate Crime) is named after both an in-universe astronomy book written by Moriarty, and a short story by Isaac Asimov, "The Ultimate Crime", where people speculated he was planning to blow up the world based on said book.
    • In addition, his Silver Fox appearance, his unusual firearm preference, and the Waistcoat of Style he carries in his upper body, also invokes the image of the older Revolver Ocelot. For bonus points, his Memory Gambit of sending himself as a pseudo-ally while working for another mastermind (i.e. his Big Bad persona) actually harkens to Ocelot's role as Big Boss's mole to Venom Snake in Metal Gear Solid V.
    • Finally, his general aesthetic, and his Evil Plan involving self-imposed amnesia, all the while trying to cause Apocalypse How, seems to take a lot from the Derek Jacobi portrayal of The Master, one of the most iconic Arch Enemies from Doctor Who.
    • Not only his aesthethics. His weapon is a massive shout out not only to Nicholas D. Wolfwood from Trigun, but also to the spaghetti western Django.
    • It turns out the Holodeck Malfunction in Holmes' Trial Quest was caused by Moriarty messing with the programming. This is not the first time that Moriarty and holodecks were a bad mix.
  • Archer Helena has a Specium Ray animation for her extra attack. Heck, even her second costume is like Ultraman! Also her NP animation heavily resembles a Synchro Summon.
  • In his Interlude, Tristan tells a story regarding a certain killer bunny...
    "After all, speaking of rabbits, everyone knows of the Vorpal Bunny. The strength of that fearsome bite! Even the next 11th seat, Bors, was felled in one bite!"
  • The profile for the swimsuit version of Jeanne has a non-sequitur in the third section, asking how to get rid of someone. This is a reference to the Japanese equivalent of the infamous Microsoft Word assistant, Clippy, which is a dolphin. How to get rid of them was a frequent search topic in Japan.

Lancers

  • Leonidas' design is based on the film 300, down to the gouge on the left-eye opening of his helmet. He even yells "This is SPARTA!" when using his Noble Phantasm. At the same time, his tattoos and body build also bring to mind Kratos, another fellow Spartan.
    • In the Arcade version, Leonidas will actually use the "This is SPARTA!" kick from the film as part of his moves.
  • Lancer Vlad's Noble Demon characterization, flamboyant presence and more sinister, spikier outfit is pretty much a send-up to another iteration of him: Alucard of Hellsing—particularly his Level 0 Release form (which was his original, historical armored form as Vlad Tepes).
  • Lancer Raikou's stage 2 outfit and use of a yo-yo brings Sukeban Deka to mind.
  • In her interlude, Bathory refers to her concert tour as a Rondo of Blood.
  • The design of the Valkyries resemble one of Takeuchi' old doujin projects Planet: Valkyrie.
    • Furthermore, this is not the first time a video game uses the concept of Odin creating three Valkyries sharing one body. (though in all fairness, the FGO version makes it so that the three sisters think alike, while the VP version made each of the Valkyries their unique personality).
    • One way to translate their Noble Phantasm's title is Final Fantasy: Advent Maidens, which villains fit thematically with the Valkyries' nature of being degraded clones of a space invader.
  • Romulus' fighting stance is the "PRAISE THE SUN" pose from Dark Souls.

Riders

  • When questioned on why she's wearing a miniskirt in the middle of winter, Santa Alter responds that the cold never bothered her anyway.
  • This isn't the first time Quetzalcoatl is a woman...
  • In Agartha, Rider of the Resistance sings a twisted version of "We Are!"
  • Ozymandias' backstory with Nefertari and Moses appears to be a combination of two of the most famous adaptations of the Book of ExodusThe Ten Commandments (In which Nefertari is a notable person in Ramesses and Moses' livesnote ) and The Prince of Egypt (in which Ramesses and Moses viewed each other as brothers note ).
    • He's really fond of quoting the famous Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair! phrase from the poem "Ozymandias". Unlike the poem, though, he's using it completely unironically.
    • Aside from his voice actor and demeanor, his first outfit has a black tank top, reminiscent of DIO's attire in the final battle against Jotaro. And in the middle of Camelot, he becomes a Demon Pillar and fans quickly joked that he become a Pillar Man. Then for the Halloween 2016 event, Cleopatra explains that it wasn't her that drops a pyramid on top of Csejte Castle. It would be...
      Ozymandias: "IT WAS ME!"
    • Also one of his quotes is a play to one of Dio's more memetic quotes, "Dajaku, dajaku!" instead of "Hinjaku, hinjaku!" (both translate to "Weak, weak!")
  • Rider Kintoki's got several references in his belt.
    • To Kamen Rider. Outside of his Cool Bike, his Buster attack is the franchise's trademark flying side kick. His profile states that as a result of an ambiguous interpretation of the term "rider", he is equipped with an original design of Rider Belt (that he toys around with when using his skills). Incidentally, one Rider gained a prominent Kintarou-themed form (though, in that same series, Kintoki's seiyuu voiced a different main character).
      • Coincidentally, the other servant Kintoki's seiyuu voices, Karna, is a Lancer, which would likely be the class of Urataros should Urataros become a servant explanation .
    • Another shout out to Kamen Rider happens in the final singularity when Berserker Kintoki transforms into his Rider form while screaming this.
      "Gorgeous golden rider... HENSHIN!!"
    • His outfit is also reminiscent of Ghost Rider, but swap out the fire with electricity, and the doom-and-gloom speech with Gratuitous English.
    • His general design is reminiscent of the bōsōzoku ("speed tribe") subculture, as well as the band Guitar Wolf, who brandish the aesthetic (as well as the gratuitous "ROCK 'N ROLL" catchphrase) in Wild Zero.
  • Medb's insistence to prefix her name with "Queen" comes from Romeo and Juliet, where Mercutio goes into a tirade about Queen Mab, a fairy queen generally associated with either Medb or Titania. Several of her features like riding a chariot and wielding a whip also come from this speech.
  • The way Saint Martha's Tarasque is used in her Noble Phantasm, spinning around in his shell covered in flames, is very similar to how Gamera does it.
    • Another Gamera reference is included in Martha's interlude in which Tarasque battles a swarm of wyverns. The scene is a allusion to Gamera battling the Gyaos whose appearance are very wyvern like.
  • While likely unintentional, Georgios's appearance, especially after his 2nd Ascension, is slightly similar to that of the God Emperor of Mankind. Fitting given that the Emperor was hinted to be Saint Georgios at one point.
  • In the Okeanos Chapter, Francis Drake mentions that a pirate uses Wisdom, Courage, and Power.
  • Also in said chapter, Blackbeard comments that if Hektor of Troy were to join his crew, their Power Level would be over 9000.
  • Blackbeard himself is a Fountain of Memes, so expect him to make countless Image Board comments, themselves references.
  • If Archer Altria's NP animation is a homage to Gundam, Altria Alter Rider's is a shout out to the Huckebein's Black Hole Cannon. The creators of this game must love Super Robot Wars.
  • Ivan the Terrible's backstory is essentially one to the various Kings of Dark Souls, particularly of Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight. In a desperate attempt to preserve his people and age, he turns to powerful sorcery and methods that prolongs their existence, but warps them into something other than human and puts his world on life-support, while he himself can only look on and lose sight of his own humanity even as he fights the heroes to preserve his world just a little longer.
  • Ryoma Sakamoto is a thorough JoJo homage. He's a Badass in a Nice Suit whose dapperness wouldn't look out of place amongst the Zeppelis, and his dragon mount normally takes the form of a Guardian Entity that fights by punching things (with a Star Platinum-type attack rush for her Buster attack, to boot).

Casters

  • Edison's NP features him standing on top of a large statue of the words "EDISON 19th Century Fox".
  • Shakespeare's Bond CE profile is about him admiring a typewriter and one of the features he praises is being able to write three times faster with it then by hand.
  • Babbage's mech suit brings Cherno Alpha's design to mind. It was also noted to have aesthetics similar to The Five Star Stories, though with different proportions.
    • Babbage's design and appearance seems to be a direct reference to the Steam King Charles Babbage from Sakurai Hikaru's Steampunk VN series.
  • Da Vinci's Extra Attack animation is The Big O's main finisher.
  • Swimsuit Nero is a gigantic ball of mostly mecha references:
    • Her entire NP is one long, loving shout out to Noriko and the Gunbuster. You'll half expect the Gunbuster March to start playing as she rises out of the stage, instead of her new Leitmotif.
    • Her normal attacks contain a fair few super robot shout-outs as well; she's got funnels, for starters, and one of her attacks is a lesser version of the same Gunbuster Homing Lasers used in her NP, and the might double as a Macross Missile Massacre reference, too.
    • The cannons floating behind her from her second ascension onward seem to be a clear reference to the battleships of Kantai Collection.
    • Her Extra attack may well also be a reference to Benimaru's Phantom Hurricane move. The animation being somewhat different in details makes it difficult to say it absolutely, but the resemblance is definitely there.
  • Tamamo's updated Extra Attack animation in her Third Ascension look like she's weaponizing the Moe-Moe Kyun!.
    • And using two Arts cards in a row in her first and second animation has her going "ATATATATA!" while kicking her opponent, just like Kenshiro.
  • Sieg's NP has him turn into the grey dragon Fafnir and breathe blue flames. This looks a lot like Bahamut unleashing Mega Flare.
  • Certain elements of Oniland Shuten-Douji's outfit resembles parts of DIO's Stardust Crusaders-era outfit.

Assassins

  • Cursed-Arm Hassan's Interlude is located at Septem, in Florentia. A few centuries later, it would be named Florence.
  • Assassin Emiya's Noble Phantasm subtitle is "Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May" from the poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick.
    • Kiritsugu's Counter Guardian outfit, considering the general aesthetic, wouldn't look out of place in an Assassin's Creed installment—which becomes way more appropriate considering his class.
  • King Hassan's armor design (apart from being the Skull Knight's Expy) is also reminiscent of the Makai Knights of GARO, in that they look like they should fall under Horrifying Hero.
    • And he has a shield for his third ascension, making him heavily resemble Artorias the Abysswalker.
    • King Hassan's Stage 3 shield features a skull emblem seemingly-wearing an eyepatch at the right eye socket—invoking the image of Big Boss and his Outer Heaven militia. It thematically plays, considering a) the Hashashin he led served as a military threat to the world powers of his time, as well as b) factoring in King Hassan's Inadequate Inheritor view of his "inferior" clones/successors—the very same relationship Big Boss had with Solid Snake in the original 8-bit MSX games.
  • The Phantom's claws from his Stage 2 artwork look oddly similar to Freddy Kreuger's, specifically the ones from Wes Craven's New Nightmare. The Phantom was portrayed by Robert Englund, of Freddy fame, in The Phantom of the Opera (1989), providing a possible inspiration for the claws.
  • Assassin of Shinjuku/Yan Qing's Noble Phantasm seems near-identical to how Danny Rand uses the powers of the Iron Fist. The last part, on the other hand, is him using the SHINING FINGER!!!!!!
  • Osakabe-hime's room has various references from streaming Niconico on her multi-screen computer to the multiple figurines and posters of Servants to her Wacom drawing tablet which she brings with her everywhere even into combat.
  • Assassin Paraiso/Mochizuki Chiyome has her Kuchiyose technique invoked the same way as the ninjas in Naruto; biting her thumb until she draws blood and slamming her bleeding hand to the ground, where the summoned animal will appear from the ensuing Instant Runes.
  • Cleopatra claims during the Halloween 2017 event that her cobra is a manifestation created by her Pharaonic Martial Arts; in fact, you could even call it something that stands beside her. Assassin of Nightless City then tells her to stop talking about it because she suddenly has a feeling that if Cleopatra keeps going, they'll get in trouble.
  • Okada Izo's design (particularly his Stage 2 ascension) is clearly derived from the Hitokiri Battousai and Kurogasa/Udo Jin-e of Rurouni Kenshin — which may also count as Recursive Adaptation, considering their fictional deeds were inspired by his (and his fellow hitokiris') own actions. The violent attack patterns and more supernatural/demonic styling, however, seems more inspired by Takashi Miike's own take on him, the 2004 film IZO.
    • It is also probably not a coincidence that much of Izo's Stage 1 design looks very very similar to Takeru Satoh's portrayal of him in the historical series Ryōmaden (龍馬伝) — which would in turn be stylistically-followed by the Rurouni Kenshin live-action films.

Berserkers

  • Beowulf's Noble Phantasm has him mash an enemy with Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs while yelling "ORA ORA ORA", just like Star Platinum. In his final ascension art, it seems like he has a Stand, too (it's actually Grendel's mangled corpse). His design is inspired by Brad Pitt's role as Tyler Durden from Fight Club.
    From Yuuichiro Higashide's tweet on Beowulf's release: "1st RULE: You do not talk about the HOLY GRAIL WAR. 2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about the HOLY GRAIL WAR."
  • Chacha's katana's jagged blade eerily looks like a more stylized Mugenjin, the flaming, shark-teethed sword of Shishio Makoto in Rurouni Kenshin.
    • Her third Buster attack has her firing a blast of fire while mimicking Ultraman's Specium Ray stance. This is actually a double gag, considering her historical father, Azai Nagamasa, was portrayed previously in Sengoku Basara with an Ultraman color motif.
  • In the same fashion as Leonidas in this game, Darius seems to have taken cues from the portrayal of his ancestor Xerxes I in the film 300.
  • Raikou's entire design is basically a perfected version from one of the main heroines of Raita Honjou's own hentai manga series, Zettai Junpaku Mahou Shoujo, namely Suzuhara Misae. The readers of this manga can even argue that this version of Raikou's base personality is basically Misae's, down to the motherly aspect.
    • In addition to that, Shuten-douji's base design also came from the same series but with a different character, Puniyanika, except that Puni is brown-skinned while Shuten is light-skinned (the former due to being half-Indian).
  • Mysterious Heroine X Alter's third ascension is very reminiscent of Sith from various parts of Star Wars, particularly Darth Vader, with the red-rimmed yellow eyes and black armor and even a red lightsaber version of Excalibur. Her fighting style itself can be described as Darth Maul's if he also used Force Lightning.
    • She also has an Infinity Chocolate which was made using six primordial energies - desire (soul), sugar content (power), point of sale (space), cost price (reality), manufacturing (time) and demand (mind) and it supposedly bestows infinite power to its owner. She doesn’t really get any of this stuff.
    • Her Bond 10 Craft Essence is basically R2-D2 fused with The Black Knight.
  • Berserker of El Dorado's Noble Phantasm is very similar to Iori Yagami's trademark desperation move.
  • Swimsuit Nobunaga launches a Kamehame Hadoken during her Extra Attack — which plays into both the original Dragon Ball and Sakata Gintoki's obsession with it in Gintama (where Nobu's VA is also there as Kagura).
  • Hijikata Toshizou's NP's visual of him charging in with glowing red eyes could be a reference to the Thrudgelmir, the Gundam Barbatos, or both.
  • Asterio's White Day present is a map of the Labyrinth. Including stairs, treasure chests, and warp zones. But if you encounter a deer or mantis, you're in for a fight, because "even in FGO, FOE! FOE!"
  • Kiyohime's Interlude references the Persona series with an encounter with Kiyohime's shadow self, who behaves much like a Shadow from Persona 4.
  • Many of Berserker Jeanne Alter's attacks seem to include references to YuYu Hakusho, with her Finger Gun invoking a resemblance to Yusuke's "Spirit Gun" and her Noble Phantasm basically being Hiei's "Dragon of the Darkness Flame" technique.
  • One of Nightingale’s new attacks post-animation update has her smacking the enemy with an anti tank grenade on a stick at point blank range, not unlike a Demoman with an Ullapool Caber.

Other Classes

  • Amakusa Shiro's Bond CE actually includes the real-life flag of the Shimabara Rebellion.
  • Ruler Martha's NP is essentially Dio Brando's infamous combo, with Tarrasque as the ROAD ROLLA DA. Observe.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo's other moniker, the King of the Cavern, is the first Japanese translation for the original novel's title. It was used as a description of the "demon" that pushed Dantès over his limit into surviving his terrible fate because it "lurks in the hollow darkness of (his) heart". The title isn't used very often now, and most people's knowledge of this epithet is from Gankutsuou, which Nasu took many cues from.
    • Dantes' Noble Phantasm subtitle, Tyger! Tyger! Burning Bright!, is not a direct quote from the novel, but instead the first line of William Blake's poem "The Tyger". Which is in turn is a reference to The Stars My Destination, called Tiger! Tiger! in the UK, which essentially is a sci-fi adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo.
    • Edmond Dantes' design is incredibly similar to Nagito Komaeda from Danganronpa, which isn't too surprising since his character art is by Rui Komatsuzaki, the main artist for that franchise. Nasu mentions this on his blog when discussing the character.
  • Grand Order's iteration of Sherlock Holmes is noticeably younger than the original, and very much a Bishōnen, such that he's almost a dead-ringer for Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of him in Sherlock (minus the wavy hair), particularly in "The Abominable Bride." Much of his outfit (apart from the lens-wielding corset) is virtually lifted off that particular episode.note 
  • While Mecha Eli-Chan's overall design is heavily drawing from Mecha-Godzilla, the fact that there are multiple copies of the grey, more-mechanized Unit II version of her also brings to mind Ultron.
  • That the in-game Servant "Katsushika Hokusai" technically serves as The Dividual (of old man Hokusai himself and his daughter Oi — the latter serving as the main Servant body) actually plays into contemporary interpretation of their dynamic by biographers (i.e. they're equally eccentric and near-identical in personality), such as the manga and animated film Miss Hokusai.
  • According to PFALZ himself, if Mozart took a few cues from Amadeus, Salieri was instead mostly inspired by characterization and costumes from Mozart L'Opera Rock.
  • In the 3rd Anniversary CE of her, Abigail Williams has an X-Shaped bandage on her forehead where her third eye would appear when her Other personality emerges. A similar bandaid was used by the lead of the titular The Three-Eyed One on his forehead to prevent his evil personality with a third eye from emerging.
  • Mysterious Heroine X's swimsuit version's NP and overall look in her first ascension are very explicit homages to Ado Edem, the strongest of the Ether Liner knights in Nasu's first work, Angel Notes. In particular, her first ascension's armor mirrors his clothing, and her sword looks similar to Edem's Knight Arm Slash Emperor. Yes, it's also just as tall.
  • Summer BB's animations in her first two sprites are mostly lifted from Fatal Fury/The King of Fighters. Meanwhile, her third sprite's attacks are based on Shin Getter Robo.
    • The Three Eyes that appear on Summer BB's NP are not just a Nyarlathotep reference, it seems to be specifically from Demonbane. Observe.
    • And the reason for her in-story shenanigans? To set up a scenario where she's with her Master forever. Kinda like Monika. Her plan to do this involves perpetually suspending her Master and their friends in an idyllic setting where they can be happy and avoid the pain that awaits them as the Human Order's guardian, which parallels Madoka: Rebellion and how Homura does just that to Madoka and her friends at the very end.
  • Qin Shi Huang Di is practically Lelouch vi Britannia, due to having the same voice actor, similar character design, both of them ruled the world, and succeed in creating world peace; unlike Lelouch, however, Qin didn't have to sacrifice himself to do the latter.
    • His profile mentions that "as the sole absolute is his eternal immortality, because reproduction is unnecessary, he's transcended gender as well". It's essentially the fancy way of saying SEX=USELESS. He is also, at least until his third ascension, as Stripperific as the source of this meme, Ultimate Lifeform Kars.
  • Kingprotea's second ascension, her "Kaiju" form, has a patch of skin on her hip not covered by moss that is in the shape of a heart. Godzilla has a second heart in roughly the same area.
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    Story Elements 
  • The game's teaser 4-koma manga foreshadowed Scathach's identity by having her floating in the comics imitating the Shin Megami Tensei version.
  • The Chaldea Combat Uniform, particularly the female version, can easily be compared to the plugsuits from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • One particular NPC who appears in America greatly resembles Morgan Freeman.
  • The name of chapter 22 in America ("Shielder, Master, Soldier, Nurse") is a reference to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
  • Parts of Camelot were written as a reference to a song by Maaya Sakamoto, "Replica", that Nasu had liked. The final chapter of the Order's even named after the song.
  • The "All-Purpose Vehicular Ornithopter Sphinx" da Vinci builds in Camelot greatly resembles Chitty in design.
  • The basics of the Lion King's plan for humanity's survival (i.e. saving them by storing their souls as a "testament" to humanity's existence) is eerily similar to Yui Ikari's monologue (and for that matter, eventual fate) about how the Assimilation Plot and the Evangelions will ensure humanity's immortality after Instrumentality from The End of Evangelion.
  • In Babylonia Section 4 Part 5 (a story-only portion), Dr. Roman says that the protagonists living in what is basically a dorm with other Servants can basically be called Keeping Up with the Chaldeans.
  • In two of Ereshkigal's nighttime conversations during Babylonia with the protagonist, she initially disguises herself as Ishtar, but her appearance changes to her own when she sneezes, much like the way Launch changes in appearance and personality every time she sneezes.
  • At the start of Babylonia Section 14 Part 5, Dr. Roman complains that the constant gate-quizzing on who the better goddess is between Ishtar and Ereshkigal has become Whose Goddess Is It Anyway. Gilgamesh then retells a story of Ishtar's driving mastery, saying that onlookers would call her legacy as the Drunk and the Divine: Underworld Drift.
  • It was mentioned in an interview that the battle against Beast II is a direct homage to Kaiju film, in particular, Shin Godzilla, which Nasu had been watching prior to writing the script.
  • For that matter, the second half of Babylonia shares some elements with the The End of Evangelion with Tiamat's being similar in concept to Lilith, even her concept of Regression ties with SEELE's goal with Instrumentality.
    Kiel: The Beginning and the End are both in the same place, just as things should be.
  • The final battle against Tiamat in Babylonia is called Childhood's End.
  • The entirety of Dr. Roman's character arc was written with another Maaya Sakamoto song in mind, "Scrap".
  • The icon for Shinjuku is an inverted version of its actual icon from the Shinjuku flag.
  • The shadow detectives summoned by Shakespeare and Hans at the climax of Shinjuku are based off actual characters, although their names are not mentioned in the story:
  • While the series itself was inspired by Makai Tensho from the very beginning, the third Epic of Remnant chapter is basically a Whole Plot Reference to it, mainly due to how four of the most consistent characters (Musashi, Amakusa, Yagyu Munenori and Inshun Hozoin) appear in the chapter and how the main bad guy is trying to control everyone.
  • On the line of Maaya Sakamoto references, Da Vinci gets Aerith'd with extreme prejudice.
  • The entire Prologue of Part 2 (which involves an enemy unit of special operatives attacking your base, killing your allies and reducing your crew to a handful of people — which now forces you to rebuild your forces [in-story at least]) is pretty much the plot of Metal Gear Solid V. For her part, Koyanskaya/Tamamo-vitch plays the part of Skull Face. Mash, your main fielded Servant, even gets cybernetic upgrades a la Big Boss/Venom Snake.
    • If the first Lostbelt Chapter is anything to go by, you're even being made to go through the harsh choices that Venom Snake went through, such as condemning some of your allies to death/erasure from existence.
  • In the Anastasia Lostbelt, it turns out Musashi took quite a while to catch up to the main characters because she ran into, of all things, a Russian branch of the Yagyuu clan.
  • What Sigurd remembers most about Fafnir is that he had blue eyes and white scales. Incidentally, his voice actor, Kenjiro Tsuda, also played Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh!, who is infamously obsessed with the Blue Eyes White Dragon.
  • The in-game version of the giant Surtr takes a clear page from how he'd recently been portrayed in Thor: Ragnarok.
  • The third Lostbelt has Spartacus flying to stop a comet at the cost of his own life, a clear parallel to The Iron Giant.

    Event Elements 
  • During the first Halloween event, Liz has Carmilla cleaning her castle. In the English version, Carmilla struggles, shouting, "Out Damn Spot!"
  • Saber Wars: The Caliburn Awakens. Title aside, all the bosses of its daily events were renamed to reference famous sci-fi works, capping it off with Lancer Alter nicknamed Arth Vater.
  • When the player imagines the reaction of the female servants if (s)he gets stuck in a tea party with Nursery Rhyme forever, (s)he imagines Mash calling them the worst.
    • This is most likely a reference to the live show where Risa Taneda said the quote when Nobunaga Shimazaki (who voices the main character in the drama CD) decided to grope Scathach's breasts on her stage 4 card through the abuse of green screen during a livestream.
  • An event quest calls Paracelcus Dr.Evil.
  • The Prison Tower event is essentially Dante's Inferno, where Dantes plays the Vergil to the protagonist's Dante.
  • Nasu mentioned on his blog that the Da Vinci event would be very similar to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. This confused several players as the initial premise had no similarity, but you do end up fighting seven boyfriends of Jeanne Alter and one of them is also a girl.
  • The Journey to the West event has some references to Dragon Ball as both are parodying the original legend; you can even ask Xuanzang if she's looking for the seven Dragon Balls.
  • Onigishima is a great big one to Momotaro.
    • There's a scene in Onigishima where Musashibo Benkei beats up Ushiwamaru to get past a guard post. This corresponds with the Noh play Ataka and its kabuki adaptation Kanjinchō, where he had to do the same thing to Minamoto no Yoshitsune; Ushiwamaru's adult selfnote . The iconic event of the same play (Benkei reading out a scroll) also appears in-event as a limited Craft Essence.
  • The first part of the first Summer event has the cast getting shipwrecked on a deserted island and deciding to make the infrastructure of a civilization, going well and beyond what is needed for survival. This is the primary plot of The Mysterious Island.
    • The "Admirals of the Round" CE has the Knights of the Round Table in costumes that resemble Admirals from Kantai Collection.
    • In the second map of the Summer Event, you will eventually encounter a half-submerged statue of whatever statue you build on the first map in a shoreline, almost mirroring the infamously iconic shot of a scene from Planet of the Apes (1968).
    • In Marie's Brilliant Summer interlude during the second part of the event, she tries to teach the boar piglets how to sing. After some typical vocal exercise tones like Elohim and Essaim, the piglets directly quote the full "Cthulhu Rl'yeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" line, to the (relatively subdued) surprise of the ladies. The boar piglets follow this up with a Shadowgate reference, with two completing each others' sentences and saying "It's a sad thing that your adventures... have only just begun here" (another piglet will then note that that quote isn't quite right).
    • In Altria's Brilliant Summer interlude, the piglets call themselves Teenage Mutant Boar Piglets.
    • Also in the second map of the Summer Event, one of the final building choices is quite blatantly a giant Stargate.
    • During the second part of the Summer Event, Martha challenges Beowolf; and comments on how she's supposed to be a saint. Beowolf responds that she's a Saint with Cosmo.
  • In the Prisma Illya crossover, Blackbeard threatens to do things to "a certain red dress king and a drunken flat chested girl" if he isn't taken to see real magical girls. This refers to Nero and Shuten-douji, whose seiyuu voiced Sakura Kinomoto and Madoka Kaname respectively.
    • You must collect Soul Gems from the Magical Girl Queens (Medea Lily, Nursery Rhyme, Helena, and Medb) in the Prisma Illya event to advance.
    • Ruby thinks Mash's magical girl name should be Captain Magical Girl.
    • The Echo of Altera calling herself Shin-Altzilla.
  • In the English version, at Nero Fest 2018 (2016 in Japan), the team of Xuanzang, Ruler Martha and Beowulf is titled "Bear Knuckles".
  • The Halloween 2016 event Saber Bathory comes from has a map very much resembling that of Ghosts 'n Goblins, except in the opposite direction because you're trying to return back to Elisabeth's home from the first village. Complete with Siegfried popping up to warp you back to the start to do everything all over again after beating the "final" boss.
    • When the event is released in NA, its title gets named "Super Ghouls'n Pumpkins" to add to the Ghosts'n Goblins reference.
    • At least in the NA version, the fifth story chapter of the event is named "It's Frozen, so Let it Go".
    • The final stage looks like an Egyptian Eye of Horus. When superimposed over the Pyramid, it looks very familiar...
    • Moreover, on the map screen, the pyramid sticking out of Cjeste Castle looks like a large golden triangle. Think about what it would look like flipped upright.
    • The title of the event continues both the Dragon Quest and Ghosts 'n Goblins references; in Japanese, it mashes all the superlatives they used for the various Ghosts 'n Goblins games over the years together ("chou", "goku" and "dai") to make one extremely overblown name; literally, it's "Super Extreme Big Pumpkin Village", and localized, it'd be something like "Super Ultimate Gourds 'n Gals" or similar. The subtitle, meanwhile, is a reference to that of Dragon Quest III, being "Soshite, bouken e..." ("And into the adventure...") to contrast the "Soshite, densetsu e..." ("into legend") of DQIII.
  • In the 2016 Christmas event, Jack gets Jeanne d'Arc Alter Santa Lily's name wrong,by inserting a certain word from a famous comedy group in between every words:
  • The response to Saint Island Mask's fake Face–Heel Turn in the first Summer event:
  • Giving a chocolate to Kid Gil in the first Valentine's event will give the protagonist a ticket to Gil's water park, Waku Waku Zabuun. The protagonist will then have an Imagine Spot, first of hanging out with all women (in their past Summer outfits), then with all men, including Blackbeard who offers this quote:
    Blackbeard: I don't want to see a group of muscle-brained, wrinkly old Expendables cast-offs! Not. At. All!
  • The chibi Nobus from the GUDAGUDA Meiji Ishin event now have a Mazinger Z and Guntank form!
  • At the start of the "All the Statesmen" event; Erik, Altria (Alter), and Gawain start singing the Spam Song when poor EMIYA is unable to keep up with everyone's demands for food.
  • The "Dead Heat Summer Race" event is apparently being held on Tatooine. Specifically, the Mos Espa Podrace track.
    • Several teams are a reference to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Helena's team specifically is a reference to 5Ds with her Wheel of Fortune motorcycle & their team name (Team Satisfaction E.T.E). Meanwhile Nero's team name is Tyrant Shooting Star, an amalgamation of the Team 5D's ace monsters (Red Tyrant Dragon & Shooting Star Dragon).
    • The event story is basically a Steel Ball Run parody, with Ishtar giving each team some golden bones to bring to the Underworld to revive someone. The part 2, being a prison break, is a parody of Stone Ocean (or The Story Of Ricky) instead.
    • The Servants fought during the event are all landscape references to the surface of the planet Venus.
    • The map layout of stages of "Death Jail Summer Escape" are all references to retro games.
    • Another Yu-Gi-Oh 5Ds reference. The story event has participants racing in a track to power a ritual to summon a deity and said deity is defeated by a Mesoamerican god. In 5Ds, it's the Earthbound Immortals defeated by Crimson Dragon. In this game, it's Gugalanna defeated by Quetzalcoatl.
  • Halloween 2017's main inspiration is Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla with the original Elisabeth Bathory squaring off against the mechanical versions of her.
    • The colour scheme of the costume Nightingale wears in the 2017 Halloween CE "Trick or Treatment" is similar to the colour scheme of the suit of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. Observe.
    • The Golden Wings CE of Halloween 2017 is a blatant Legend of Galactic Heroes reference, with Ozymandias and Arash as Reinhard and Kircheis.
    • Apparently Osakabe-hime orders all of her otaku stuff from Amazon. Midway in the story, we meet the CEO, Penthesilea (complete with a unique sprite).
  • Abigail's valentine chocolate has a character sheet cribbed from Call of Cthulhu.
  • How the Valentine 2018 event works with purchasing buildings and upgrading them, while you receive news of how your buildings affect Chaldea, is pretty much a parody of Cookie Clicker.
  • One of the Chaldea Boys Collection CEs is explicitly called "Musketeers", involving all versions of Cu Chulainn (FSN, Prototype, Caster and Alter—arguably on the roles of Athos, D'Artagnan, Aramis and Porthos, respectively). This gets double when you notice their outfits takes clear inspiration from The BBC series than any other version.
  • Mordred declares "WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER" as the party fights their way through the Hanging Gardens.
  • When the protagonist declares they need to go to sleep to figure out the mystery in "Murder in the Kogetsukan", Wu wonders if they're just like that comic where a detective becomes much smarter by falling asleep.
    • Sherlock reveals to the protagonist how he faked his death by putting a squash ball under his arm to temporarily stop his pulse which is the same method the other Sherlock did as revealed in "The Empty Hearse".
  • Some of the doujin comics the protagonists can create for the summer 2018 event include Miss Anastasia who Loves Ramen and We never Summon.
    • Another is Giant Babbage, complete with Yokoyama's Zhuge Liang replacing Waver and Mecha Eli having Robo's iconic frown. According to the characters the doujin even manages to have the exact same flaws as the GR: The Day The Earth Stood Still OVA series, like gratuitous, meaningless cameos and an unsatisfying cliffhanger ending.
    • One Craft Essences homages Destruction Flag Otome, with Rin in the role of Katarina and Luvia in the role of Maria.
  • "Oniland" has Shuten-douji become the Onicure, the event itself releasing story sections at 8:30 AM as a reference to the usual airtime for the series' episodes.
    • While it sadly never became canon, ReDrop's parody of his own "Royal Icing" Craft Essence has a sweaty Napoleon going through a Wardrobe Malfunction, with a comment stating the picture was taken just after he ate some rakko-nabe. Considering the Ainu themes snuck into the event and the mention of the gold of a kamuy, there's only one series with a scene like that ReDrop could be referencing.
  • "Holy Samba Night", being a Professional Wrestling themed event, is naturally one long string of Kinnikuman jokes, with a number of scenes from the manga getting blatantly referenced or recreated.
    • In the moment that Jaguar Warrior shows up to commentate on Santa Samba's Present Drop, one of the things she calls it is a Colony Drop.
  • The New Year's 2019 event has Chaldea staying at a supernatural Japanese inn and when Fionn and Diarmuid start eating a feast not indicated for them, Gordolf starts worrying that they'll all be turned into pigs.
    • At the beginning; Gordolf suggests that Sion may be out of shape because she works on magic computers all day. Sion replies that actually she has a jogging regime because Atlas Alchemists have to be fit in case they might appear in a Fighting Game at any time.
  • The opening of Chaldea Boys' Collection 2019 event is very similar to the credits of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films which fits since the event focuses on Sherlock's Arch-Enemy, James Moriarty.
  • At the start of the Tokugawa Labyrinth event, Sion explains the situation of everyone disappearing is as unlikely as someone being murdered by a ball thrown through a vent from another room.
    • The entire event gameplay-wise is reference to a game of Ohokuki, in which you are exploring the Ooku. Which includes the Loads and Loads of Loading and having no directions where to go part.

    Others 
  • In the 18th chapter of GUDAGUDA Order comic where Scathach makes an appearance, the characters and commentaries make reference to Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, since Scathach was the original Japanese name of the character Ulster (or at least its variation: Skasaher), which eventually evolved into thinking that Scathach can do Astra, the OP-ness of Ulster's sister Larcei (JP Name: Lakche), and Okita comparing herself and her Noble Phantasm with Larcei and Ulster's mother Ayra and her Astra. Which is pretty amusing because Fire Emblem Heroes, FE's own mobage game, was later released after the strip was released in Japanese, becoming possibly one of FGO's greatest rival games, and the official English translation was released somewhere around the time FEH released a Genealogy banner, which featured Ayra.
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