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- Whenever a Singularity is destroyed, all of the Servants involved are recalled. This includes allied Servants, who warmly tell you that It Has Been an Honor before disappearing.
- Some Bond CEs descriptions bring some depressing stories.
- Sanson's is called "My Life is Abominable", it's him sulking over the loss of life by the guillotine's invention.
- Caligula's "Love is Not Here" is him narrating the reasons for his descent into madness while giving his blessings to Nero, doubling as Heartwarming.
- Sieg's Bond CE "Nameless Death". Remember that homuculus maid that died during the assault on the Black Faction? Sieg does. To elaborate:
She has no name.
She has no memories.
She has no dreams, desire, or destiny.
The reason for her destruction was because she was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
She is without grief.
She is without hatred.
For those emotions were not needed.
Which is why I am sad.
For there are none, not even she herself that remembers her name.
Was she truly saved by holding my hand?
Has she truly let go all resentment of this world?
There is no answer...for all eternity.
- Also on the topic of CEs, the initial set of CEs that launched with the game included some featuring the main characters of stay night, of course - there's one each for Shirou, Rin, Sakura and Illya in the 4* range, giving a buff to a card type or a lot of starting NP charge. At the 5* level is where it gets interesting - there are CEs for adult Shirou, Rin and Sakura, showing each years after F/SN and at the height of their skill in their chosen magecraft. But... there's no corresponding one for Illya. Illya simply doesn't survive long enough to get this kind of CE - she outright dies in UBW and Heaven's Feel, and even in Fate, she'll only live for about a year. So even though she gets Verdant Sound, in every permutation of F/SN she dies before reaching the potential shown in the 5* CEs. Just when you thought you'd put that realization behind you...
- In Berserker Lancelot's My Room dialogue, he only says three things: Hrrrgh! for conversation, Arrrthurrr! regarding his likes/dislikes, and Gala
had! regarding the Holy Grail. The first two are like growls, but the last one sounds like he is choking. Even in his madness, Lancelot's wish is for his child. (Mythologically, Galahad led the expedition to attain the grail.) Alternatively, he could be addressing Mash who is most likely in the same room. Maybe his wish was fulfilled that way.
- Listening to Assassin EMIYA's My Room lines can be very, very depressing: even if he came from another universe, he sounds like he still experienced things about as bad (or even worse) as his life in Fate/Zero:
(at Bond Level 2) "Youre going to save the world? For your own good, you should abandon any naive notions you still carry."
- Most people tend to dismiss Brynhild as a psychotic woman who's destined to kill her lover. On reaching her Level 5 Bond dialogue, she'll mistake her Master as Sigurd reborn, but the delivery of the line sounded more like Brynhild regaining her emotions for a while, and then sounding absolutely crushed that it was her destiny to kill her lover, and no matter what, she couldn't defy that fate of hers, so that was basically the start of a countdown of an outcome that she really doesn't want to come to pass. Being called the 'epitome of Lancer suffering' isn't an exaggeration for Brynhild...
- The Peacefulness of 2016 Craft Essence from a meta standpoint. Its artwork shows Dr. Roman having a relaxing time celebrating the new year of 2016. In the story, the battle at Solomon's Temple where he died happened on December 31, 2016, meaning 2016 is the last new year he enjoyed.
- According to Servant Materials, Atalante learned what happened to Medea so that she went from a sweet child she cared for to the bitter witch she is currently from Sasaki Kojirou. She ends up laughing so hard she faints from agony. On the surface, it may be Played for Laughs, but if you actually saw how close she was with Medea from the Fate/Apocrypha anime, it paints a sad case that might justify why Atalante fainted in agony: She was that close to the child Medea but she left her eventually, abandoning her to the hands of Jason's douchebaggery. She must've thought that Medea's descent into bitterness was her fault as well, and even more so since she has stated that she would like to protect all children, and yet she didn't protect that one sweet child...
- If Atalante hadn't suffered enough already from Apocrypha, her Alter version's NP quote after being fully ascended will really break hearts. She desperately cries out her beliefs weren't wrong, as if trying and failing to convince herself, before just devolving into a screaming mess. While Atalante Alter's lines and voicework often carry despairing tones as much as unbridled rage, here she sounds like she's seconds away from bursting into tears.
"I am not mistaken. I must not be mistaken! Aaaa...AAAAAAAGH! Taurpolos, GOOOO!!!"
- This is pretty much enhanced with the description of her Max Bond CE, which gave a good insight on how even in Apocrypha she fell into despair. It pretty much made her look like she's riding the same boat as Lancelot, using madness as a way to escape her immense despair.
When I received this fur, I didn't know if I would ever need it, or even how to use it.
I thought it was used to place a curse on someone else.
...But now I understand well.
When you face an opponent that you hate with all your being, an enemy that you must win against at all costs.
When you are burning with hatred, this fur becomes a Noble Phantasm.
I want to become a beast.
I don't want to feel anything, I just want to become a beast that only knows how to kill.
I don't want to feel this sorrow burning in my chest, I just want to be a beast—
- Antonio Salieri's profile is just gut-wrenching. He was actually a decent rival to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with the two having mutual respect towards one another. But after Mozart's death, some people got really desperate and made up rumors that Salieri killed him, and it got to the point where people have largely forgotten his contribution to the music world and only remembered him as Mozart's killer. The rumors persisted enough that the Throne of Heroes recorded them as a part of Salieri, ruining his Saint Graph and leaving him only summonable as a Mozart-hating Avenger. If there's one thing this goes to show, it's that rumors CAN hurt.
- Maximizing Anastasia's Bonds gave you a CE that detailed the last moments of her life. It went about just as much as history said, and it just brings as much tears.
Put the first letter of each name together to form OTMA.
That is our secret name.
Even if we get married and give birth... Even if we are separated, the fact that we are sisters will never change.
Let us stop fighting.
Let us stop hating.
Let us pray to God that we might live a good life―
Yes, that's right.
Of course, that never became true.
It never became true.
Ah... but there was something else that happened.
At the time of our deaths, we were together.
- And after reading all those, you realize that only Anastasia made it to the Throne of Heroes. She may have Viy and her Master now, but she'll never meet Olga, Tatiana and Maria again...
- Her Bond 5 line drives the point home, as she begs her Master to always respond to her voice and never be where she can't reach, because she hates losing the ones she loves.
- In one of his My Room lines, Avicebron mentions about his betrayal of Roche and acknowledges just how selfish he was before and that it'll be his permanent black mark in the Throne of Heroes.
I killed someone once, in the Great Holy Grail War. That was wicked of me. That scar will last for eternity on the Saint Graph, surely.
- When asked about the Holy Grail, the normally lively and energetic Nero suddenly becomes somber and despondent, practically begging you not to ask her about it. Even now, the memories of Hakuno and their Heroic Sacrifice to stop Twice still pains her.
- When Okita was asked about the Holy Grail, she was overjoyed for one thing, but then realized it's not exactly how she envisioned it, causing her to burst in tears. Though the delivery might make it also look hilariously cute.
- EMIYA Alter when asked about the Holy Grail. Instead of stating his wish if he had one, he laughs. The man is so broken, he laughs at the thought of an omnipotent wish-granting device.
- Okada Izou's Bond lines are heartbreaking as his Master grows closer to him. He starts off distrustful of a weirdo who would hang around with a killer like him, until:
Hey, if there is anybody you are not fond of, just tell me. Your enemy is my enemy. If you tell me to cut, I'll cut down anybody. This is what I can do...no, for me this is all I have. ...I'm sorry, Master. No matter how I try, all a manslayer like me can do is cut down others.
- What's more, it's painfully obvious that Izou is not actually the self-proclaimed sword genius that he thinks he is, just a someone with a talent who's not too bright but is a big fish in a small pond, and he was executed young enough that he never really had a chance to grow as a person and overcome his arrogance. He's deeply suspicious of everyone and has an almost crippling inferiority complex that makes him think everyone is secretly laughing at him, and never fully seems aware of any of that... until you get close enough that he admits that the only thing he's good at is killing.
- Jason is a jerk, that's for sure, and his miseries that came because of it brought us laughter. But then there's his Bond CE, At Dream's End, basically showcasing how he died, crushed under the Argo's remnants. And the flavor text was basically Jason narrating about how it came to that and admitting that he was doing all those things wrong, bringing misery to himself. He wanted a second chance, and wanted to do it right next time... but he was denied of the chance. For once, this is a misery we might not laugh at, but actually cry for.
- Completing Caesars interlude unlocks a portion of his profile that reveals the wish hed make on the Grail: to reunite with Cleopatra, and recognize both her, and their son Caesarion, as his.
Caesar: I dont care about conspiracies anymore, just let me hold my son. My son.
Chapter 1 Observer on Timeless Temple
- When you arrive in Fuyuki, you do so unconscious and the first thing you hear when you come to your senses is Mash threatening to kill you if you don't wake up.
- Right as they finally start to warm up to you after leaving a very crude first impression, Olga Marie dies. Or rather, she was already dead upon Rayshifting to Fuyuki and managed to exist for a while as a soul, ceasing to exist outright when she's dragged back into the present by force.
- Marie and Jeanne discussing how they both loved France, yet France killed them. Jeanne is concerned about the existence of her Alter Self. Marie tells her that of course Jeanne is confused—she doesn't have a darker self. But if an Alter Version of Marie were to appear, Marie would fight it, sure. But she would understand that it was the "less than 10% of herself" that hated France for killing her son, Charles. It was suspected that Louis-Charles, though officially declared to have died of tuberculosis, actually died from torture when he was 10. It gets even more heartbreaking in Fate/Requiem, where Louise-Charles is an Avenger who brings misfortune to those come near him.
- The sadness that Jeanne has upon witnessing the destruction Jeanne Alter has wrought upon France is palpable in almost every scene where she's not fighting. From France's soldiers believing her to be the "Dragon Witch" to fighting the undead of her countrymen, it's clear she really just wants the fight to end. And yet, even to the end she still feels no hatred for either Jeanne Alter or Caster Gilles, only sadness and pity at what they've been made to be and become respectively.
- How did Jeanne come to this sympathy? She asks Jeanne Alter if she remembers their family growing up. Jeanne Alter doesn't. Of course she was in the dark without this.
- And of course Jeanne Alter didn't remember their family. Because she never experienced that family, as she was created by a wish on the Holy Grail to be the exact person she is because it was impossible for the real Jeanne to have an Alter version. Her very existence is a Tear Jerker.
- The entirety of Marie's Heroic Sacrifice, holding the line so Georgios and Jeanne can get back to the rest of the party, defeating Sanson and telling him there was nothing to forgive regarding him executing her when they were both just humans, and facing down Jeanne Alter without fear or even anger.
- Marie asks Amadeus to be told that she's sorry she never heard him play. Despite the denials on both sides, it's obvious that they both still cared for each other deeply.
- And on a related note, the line of dialogue from Caster!Gilles afterward that Sanson's mind died with Marie and all he was good for now was cannon fodder.
- Siegfried being sad he and Fafnir ended their constant battle the same way without a way to make peace.
- An ominous one, when Mash and Amadeus speak to each other, one of the last things he tells her: "There's nothing more beautiful than a parting smile". Remember this when you get to Temple of Solomon...
- Gilles is pretty tragic. He fell into despair after Jeanne D'Arc was executed. And when he got the Holy Grail, all he wanted was to resurrect her. The Grail couldn't fulfill his wish, so he wished for the birth of Jeanne Alter. And he was just as loyal to her as he had been to the original.
- Since Nero is actually a living person in this chapter and not a Servant, she, fortunately, survives the removal of the Singularity. Unfortunately, she's told that she will forget the whole experience once her neck of history is restored to normal.
- Asterios's Heroic Sacrifice, grabbing Hercules and using him as a Human Shield to help block Hektor's Noble Phantasm. His reasoning? Because despite his history, and being told all his life that he was a monster, Euryale and the crew of the Golden Hind never once treated him as one, and called him by his name, instead of "Minotaur." His only wish as he sinks to the bottom of the sea is that the group protects Euryale for him.
- E Pluribus Unum:
- After all the efforts to save Rama and reunite him with his beloved Sita, it turns out that their curse of separation still prevents them from ever being together even as servants as Rama finally drops unconscious on the verge of death moments before seeing Sita, and she ends up sacrificing her life to save his.
- From the All There in the Manual story detailing the Camelot hijacking of the sixth singularity, the reason why not all Knights of the Round Table are with the Lion King is because the Lion King ordered loyalists to kill dissenters, their former comrades-in-arms. After the deed was done, the remaining knights were traumatized by what they had done, several of them use the Grail's blessing to deal with their consciences for sake of being loyal to a king they had betrayed one way or another. Tristan had to have a complete personality change because he empathized too much with his dead friends and Gawain became even more blindly loyal than he already was.
- When the Knights were facing the Crusaders led by the impostor Richard I, Gareth held him down so the other knights could finish Richard off. Her brother Gawain was the one who dealt the final blow. The narration implies Gareth committed Suicide by Cop because she couldn't stand the pain of the crimes she had committed, but she couldn't betray her idol Lancelot.
- We finally get to meet Gareth briefly during the Summer 2018 event, and this just makes it all hit even harder. This earnest and frankly adorable young woman ended up so broken by what the Lion King made her do in the singularity that she ultimately disfigured her hands through obsessive-compulsive cleaning, was completely unable to rest from guilt (which made her look half-dead and robbed her of her usual appearance and demeanor) and was eventually driven to suicide via a sacrifice of debatable-at-best value. Seeing her happy and dorky during summer makes you think about just how much of an ordeal that singularity must've been to produce that kind of change.
- Bedivere was actually a living human all throughout the chapter. Merlin's magecraft concealed the fact until the final battle with the Lion King. The reason Bedivere was still alive was due to never following Altria's orders of returning Excalibur. Excalibur prevented Bedivere from aging for 1,500 years until he arrived in Avalon and was sent to the singularity by Merlin. However, his soul began to burn out over the years, and using Excalibur would mean further exhausting what little soul he had left. Death in the manner of his soul being destroyed would lead to his existence "falling into the void" with no afterlife and nothing to copy to the Throne of Heroes.
- Bedivere defeats the Lion King with the last use of his "Noble Phantasm" and finally returns Excalibur as his body crumbles away.
- Babylonia has a huge body count, each preceded by tearful scenes:
- Ushiwakamaru's final stand against Gorgon to buy you time to retreat. Using her Noble Phantasm, she avoided all of Gorgon's attacks while closing in before attempting to deal a fatal blow. Gorgon, however, No Sells the attack and proceeds to wreck Ushiwakamaru apart. To make matters worse, it turns out Ushiwakamaru is just captured. After that, she was corrupted by Tiamat's mud, which made her and many clones of her fight you later on.
- Leonidas throws himself into Gorgon's Noble Phantasm to protect your party, delivering his final words while slowly turning into stone only to crumble shortly after. In both of Ushi and Leonidas' sacrifice, Mash can be seen in holding back her tears.
- Seeing Enkidu's (actually Kingu's) body bloody and crying was one of the last things players wanted to see. The fact that Kingu was by his own mother and the Lahmu, and left in this state doesn't help to lessen the pain.
- The entirety of Ana's character arc; from the beginning, it's obvious that she's so doggedly attempted to attack Gorgon because she's Gorgon's Literal Split Personality. But as the Chaldeans are forced to do menial chores for Uruk just to get an audience with Gilgamesh, Ana starts to grow fond of its people, especially the nearly blind elderly florist she works with. The florist gives the protagonist the flower wreath she made for Ana, but Ana privately rejected it because she thinks she doesn't deserve it knowing who she really is. Ana then goes on sacrificing herself to subdue Gorgon, and the protagonist throws the wreath toward the chasm the two fell into in mourning. When Tiamat finally appears, full-powered Gorgon that came from the two Medusas' fusion shows herself in front of the heroes. She tries to scare them off and the protagonist silently fulfills her request to not be seen in her monster form. Putting the wreath on her head before she heads for battle, she dies crippling Tiamat's wing so Tiamat's advance is halted even just for a moment.
- In a final display of loyalty to Ushiwakamaru like he did in his life, Benkei exorcises the final corrupted Ushi with his Noble Phantasm after throwing himself into her blade and preventing further aggression. Ushiwakamaru even gains a semblance of her previous self, and Benkei finally left with a smile. Considering that he might not even be the real Benkei, this act truly established his place in her closest circle.
- The first Lahmu the characters come across is not violent. It's simply standing there raising its "hands" as your team smacks it around like a rag. It's implied to be Siduri, Gilgamesh's kind adviser seen throughout the chapter. She talks about how raising hands means "surrender", so here she is, as a Lahmu raising its hands. Ishtar and the protagonist realize this, but they don't say anything lest the team's morale shatter.
- Also, the part where the Lahmu Siduri sacrifices herself to save the wounded Enkidu (actually Kingu). In her moments, she told him about how much Enkidu meant to both Gilgamesh and every people of Uruk, which really took a toll on him. Kingu doesn't know who she was, yet, he couldn't help but shed tears for her.
Lahmu: —Be, happy. I pray, that you can, find happiness. My beloved, friend, Enkidu. We, the people of Uruk, have not forgotten, our gratitude, to you. You, gave to our, proud, lonely king, life. You showed, him the path to, becoming a great ruler. There was not, a single person who, did not mourn, your death. There is not, a single person who, has forgotten your passing... I, too. I too, was very, saddened. And so thus, I pray that, you may, find happiness, Enkidu. Oh beautiful, person, of green. Ahh— I'm glad. I'm glad, I was, able to, say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank, you—
- Having gained an admiration for Gilgamesh that deviates from his original purpose, Kingu (in Enkidu's body) turned himself into a set of massive chains, binding Tiamat in order to buy the party and Gilgamesh some time to recuperate after Tiamat's mud breached the city walls. These are the same kind of chains that are able to bind the likes of Heracles, but they break shortly after.
- Pretty much everything involving Gilgamesh and Kingu is an enormous tearjerker. Kingu being unable to fight Gilgamesh because Enkidu's body will not allow him to fight his friend, Kingu calling Gilgamesh by his full name until the very end where he calls him 'Gil' (which is what Enkidu always called him), Gilgamesh refusing to leave Kingu to bleed out and die because he doesn't want to see Enkidu's body fade away again, Kingu telling Gilgamesh that Enkidu's body still holds so many memories that Enkidu wanted to share with him, and Gilgamesh saying that he had to say goodbye to his friend twice now after Kingu sacrifices himself. This chapter is full of pain.
- Later, Gilgamesh pushes you out of Tiamat's attack, gravely wounding himself even though he can still stand. He eventually dies after attempting to buy you some time to enter the underworld in order to pursue Tiamat. His return as an Archer Heroic Spirit a few stages later is a moment of awesome, where Gilgamesh finally gets serious and uses everything he has in order to defend whatever is left of Babylon.
- Enkidu still has so many memories he wants to share with Gilgamesh, but Caster Gilgamesh's My Room Lines say he has nothing more to say to Enkidu, because he gave up that freedom when he took back his throne. If you were using the hope of them being reunited in Chaldea to get over the pain of Babylonia, Cas Gil goes ahead and crushes your heart even more.
- Subverted. As stated in the Character Materials, Enkidu pesters him so much he can't ignore him.
- The Reveal that no matter what you do, all the humans who died during the singularity will remain dead once history is corrected. At most, all the player has done throughout all the singularities was just change how those deaths happened. Gilgamesh spells it out before Uruk falls that no matter what happens, the dynasty will decline. At the same time, however, it turns into a bit of bittersweet happiness when he also points out that everyone who survived the singularity will survive when history is corrected, even if they were destined to die at that time in the original history, stating that the lives of the 500 Uruk people Chaldea's efforts saved when before he predicted everyone would die is a victory they should take pride in.
- Temple of Solomon:
- Mash blocks Solomon's Noble Phantasm from killing you with hers, and ends up dying by taking the full brunt of its blast. That cutscene ends with her shield as all that's left behind.
- Dr. Roman sacrifices himself by turning back into Solomon and using his Noble Phantasm to completely erase himself. In his last words, he tells the protagonist not to worry about him and just focus on defeating King Goetia.
- Fou speaks to a dead Mash in the void and reveals that he's an alternate Primate Murder, the Fourth Beast, who never became it because its interactions with Merlin changed its perspective of humanity. Having this perspective reinforced by its time at Chaldea, Fou decides to use its accumulated energy to resurrect Mash and give her a normal lifespan, at the cost of no longer having intelligence.
Chapter 1. 5 — Epic of Remnant
- Even though hes relentlessly trying to kill you out of hatred, Lobo is a very pitiable Avenger. As shown later in the chapter, Lobo is constantly thinking to himself, having thoughts about his current predicament and his past, remarking that hed just like to go home and back to the way things were. After being defeated the last time, with Hessian blocking an attack for his sake, Lobo retreats, visibly bloodied all over, to die alone, thinking to himself one last time, and the last thing he sees before passing on is Cavall II, as a final reminder of his dead mate. Lobos arc is arguably the most heartbreaking aspect of the chapter.
- After Passionlip is released from BB's control, she and Meltlilith have a heart-to-heart between sisters. Meltlilith then uploads her memories to Passionlip, revealing what happened to her and the protagonist in the previous time loop. Passionlip breaks down crying, but Meltlilith angrily says that if Passionlip feels sorry or pity for her, their friendship is over. Passionlip responds by saying she's crying because Meltlilith's memories are so beautiful. Meltlilith smiles and promises that now the three of them will unite to defeat Kiara.
- EMIYA Alter's gone through some messed up stuff, some of it even worse than what EMIYA's had to contend with. The protagonist is told his past and what happened to the fallen Shirou Emiya after killing everyone dear to him to end the Holy Grail War, beginning with Sakura and later even Illya and Rin (since this Shirou is the Shirou from the Mind of Steel bad ending from Fate/stay night). Then in his mercenary days, he stumbles into Kiara Sesshouin and her cult, leading to his fall into depravity.
- When EMIYA meets Kiara again after killing Beckman and Macintosh, she gladly tells us what really happened to this Shirou Emiya. It began when Shirou found out about Kiara's cult, which by then had amassed thousands of followers. The cult is, as said by her, a commune where everyone is accepted and no evil except for its founder. Shirou came to their HQ and killed each and every innocent cultist there to reach the founder. They, who loved Kiara as their own mother, could do nothing except throw their bodies at him. Shirou still kills them mercilessly like one stepping on ants. But even after all that, Kiara just kills herself, still firm in her beliefs and ideology. Basically Shirou loses this battle of ideology, one of the worst possible defeats that can happen to a character in this franchise. This all happened because Shirou's the only one in that world who senses what Kiara would eventually become. The result is a bitter Counter Guardian, an emotionless machine bound to preserve humanity forever. So he guiltily sides with her as a Servant of the Beast.
- Shimosa Province:
- The premise of this chapter. This chapter happens as male Musashi's is stuck in a cave dying, sickly and alone but still refusing to die till he faces his destiny which is revealed to be his destined fight with Kojirou.
- The Inferno Chapter, featuring Archer Inferno AKA Tomoe Gozen. She ended up being a raging person that hated just about everything, even her own nation. All of it because her husband Yoshinaka was unjustly killed by his own siblings despite his Undying Loyalty and being an overall nice person, and then Japan was ruled by the Tokugawa shogunate, who claimed ancestry from the same Minamoto that killed Yoshinaka. Tomoe was basically venting towards the world that struck her innocent lover with such tragic injustice. When Musashi deduced her true name, the protagonist immediately remembered her role in Babylonia Singularity despite never meeting her personally. As the final blow is struck, Tomoe finally remembered her last sweet moments with Yoshinaka and died peacefully. And the protagonist is given the option to salute for her efforts at Babylonia, despite never meeting her personally before.
- The last battle. The duel between Musashi and Kojirou is not supposed to have a witness and the outcome is already determined from the start. The winner is Musashi. After the duel, Musashi throws the protagonist from the burning tower with the last of her strength and apparently dies, just like Musashi's historical death.
- Then, Kojirou meets the old man Musashi. Upon meeting him, Musashi says that he's sorry that he can't fight Kojirou because he doesn't even have strength to lift his finger. Kojirou merely says that he already fought Musashi and that Musashi is the winner. Old man Musashi then dies peacefully.
- At the end of the chapter, the protagonist and Kotarou are preparing to leave but are sadden when Onui begs them not to leave them alone since Muramasa sacrificed his life to protect their world.
- It turns out Musashi is now a Heroic Spirit and actually summoned to Chaldea. But as she's outside Chaldea, she can't come inside. The last message from her is that she will respond to your summoning anywhere and whenever she's needed. She says her goodbyes to the protagonist, as she wants to wander around in the 21st century and taste the udon of that age. Goodbye, Musashi.
Chapter 2 Cosmos in the Lostbelt
- The prologue hits you square in the gut with the reveal that you and everyone still working at Chaldea has been fired. Despite the sheer hell you, your allies, servants and the remaining Chaldea staff went through to save humanity, the original Chaldea, as an organization dedicated to correcting human history and stopping threats to its continued existence, has been completely disbanded. All of your summoned servants (with the possible exception of Da Vinci and Holmes) vanish thanks to the new guard shutting down the Chaldeas Summoning Program (and worryingly, it's not known if your Servants will even remember you or their memories of their time spent with you) and every single staff member has been replaced with new workers, in spite of your efforts to save humanity from certain destruction. Granted, while every single singularity's been corrected and humanity is saved (at least for now), your efforts broke a lot of Chaldea's established rules and regulations (and with the results of the Goetia incident and the Salem singularity as a whole, the masquerade is gonna be extremely difficult to uphold) and all of that unauthorized rayshifting could've led to less savory heads utilizing the same technology for more nefarious purposes, essentially making Chaldea just as much of a threat as the singularities, but it's no less distressing that the original staff has no choice but to be branded as criminals. In the end, humanity is its own worst enemy, and it's not difficult to feel more than a little worried about where things are gonna go from here. Thank goodness Da Vinci and Sherlock Holmes appear to have thought ahead.
- This also falls hard on poor Ereshkigal: after meeting you in Babylonia, she finally - finally - can get the chance to be reunited with you and stick around for good after the Christmas 2017 event is over... only to be dispelled thanks to the summoning program shutdown and separated from her master once more.
- Mash has this the hardest most of all. She breaks down and demands they go back to Chaldea when the crew has to escape the frozen facility. Mash wanted to go back, maybe because, all her life, it was all she knew. It was literally, her home. But more than that, Mash wanted to go back, since the doctor's room was still there and she wanted to protect it because she's still hoping that he would come back. All this time, she has been taking care of his room. Remember, Mash is a designer baby, basically a homunculus. She has no "parents". She was made to be a tool. But it was Romani, it was only Romani who treated her as a human. Before he met her, she was just "Test Subject #...." He gave her a name, he taught her how to read, he brought her Sherlock books, he brought her clothes, he brought her eyeglasses, he taught her how to take care of plants, on why strawberries' seeds are outside, of all the mundane things, even about Magi Mari. He taught her on how to become "human". He even fought to have her instated as a Master Candidate. Romani is, for a lack of better word, Mash's father. All this time, maybe Mash has been hoping that somehow, he'll come back. He'll come back and his room would be there, untouched, waiting for him. And now, her other parental figure, Da Vinci, is gone. Yeah, she's still there, in her new body, but it was not the same Da Vinci she's known all her life, not the one she allied with to tease Roman, not the one who fought with them in Camelot. Worst New Years' Eve ever...
- Da Vinci permanently dying is even more emphasized with the fact that her new self starts several of her menu lines the way her old self did, and then veering off to say something completely different. After three years of hearing her shop lines, it's jarring to hear her say something that's similar but not quite the same.
- It's even worse. When her Young version finally enters the main game, her info explicitly drops the bomb that this Body Double can only live for a year, and she doesn't have enough time to explore the world like her adult counterpart did; she also has an info box remained hidden like her older self (which was revealed after her "death" in Camelot), and this time, no one is sure if she'll be Killed Off for Real before the the end.
- Eternal Frozen Empire - Anastasia:
- The fact that nearly the whole humanity/pan history is gone. It becomes Harsher in Hindsight for not only post-Prologue events in-game become long-gone happy days when you still in Chaldea, but remember it also affect everyone else on Earth; say, remember back in "Murder at the Kogetsukan" when we see Cain vow to change the Violet and Goldy families for the better after all the hell they went through? We never will know whether he succeeded.
- The Minotauros catches a quick glimpse of Euryale from the memories of Asterios and smiles peacefully as he dies, remembering her as he envies his other self for being able to be with her.
- Avicebron's sacrifice. Before death, he confessed and is clearly ashamed of his actions in the previous Holy Grail War he took part in, and right before dissipating, encouraged you to fight and restore the world. It also crowns both as a heartwarming and awesome moment since Avicebron's sacrifice by using his heart is what led to the creation of Golem Keter Malkuth, and thus gave you a chance of going against Ivan the Terrible.
- From Anastasia and Ivan's words you finally learn what you have to do with the Lostbelts to save pan history: Unlike Chapter 1 where you merely need to fix the course of our history, in Chapter 2 you basically have to destroy the entire Alternate History altogether in order to save yours; yes, it means the friends/races you knew, the whole civilization they built within the Lostbelt have to be erased completely. In other words, you effectively tell your allies in the Lostbelt to die for your cause. And this is just the first; you have another SIX to deal with. Simply said, the protagonist does not take it well, which leads to another Tear Jerker below......
- Patxi's death. Patxi's life throughout was crappy due to how his society was structured (only the strong deserve to live and the weak deserve to die), having a senile mother who he spent most of his time taking care of, only to have his mother killed by the villagers after Patxi left his village to join the rebel faction (and Patxi left because he had no choice but to, considering the situation he was in). What's worse, the moment he was captured by Priest Macarius and the Oprichniki, he got a glimpse of how Ivan the Terrible looked like and despaired due to his monstrous form, realizing that going against Ivan the Terrible is a futile effort to begin with. His despair led him to reveal the rebel's secret base and the base fell down as the result. Even so, confronting Chaldea over what Patxi did, you decided to spare him and while trapped in Minotauros' labyrinth, you taught him how the world looked like in the pan history, basically gave him a culture shock as he never know how is it like to live in a world where everyone is free to live the way they want to. After being told by Anastasia that eliminating the Lostbelt would result in the destruction of the world he lived in (as above), he went into further despair but eventually realized and accept that you're fighting on, despite facing many odds that may seem futile to change, for the sake of restoring the world you so hold dear. When you went into a Heroic BSoD over the revelation, opening yourself to Yaga Rebels to open fire at you, despite their reluctance, Patxi ended up taking the bullet for you; and before dying, snap you out and encouraged you to fight on and never give up, and believe in your own convictions, despite what consequences you may have to bear.
- Even the Craft Essence, "Heretical Yaga", is both Tearjerking yet Heartwarming at the same time:
I will never forgive you. I will never forgive you for making the mistake of teaching me that a happy world does exist. So stand up. Stand up and fight. Haughtily claim that a world where you can laugh and live is superior, that such a world deserves to survive. Hold your head up high. Hold your head up high and fight for that weak and feeble world. ...Don't lose. Don't lose to this world where only the strong can live.
- Atalante Alter becomes so distraught over the idea of the Yaga being erased from existence that she forces herself to attack the protagonists but ultimately is unable to fix this dilemma, and dies crying out apologies to Chaldea for betraying them and to the Yaga for being unable to help them. It didn't help further to know that Atalante Alter knew this right from the start, and has been trying to hold back crying out loud every night, yet stayed strong and push on, all for the sake of Yaga's survival despite her actual reason for being summoned, and what she is supposed to do is completely the opposite of what she did throughout the chapter. No matter the continuity, Atalante just couldn't seem to get a bone thrown to her about her dream, and unlike Apocrypha, there was no Achilles to comfort her so she died not in peace, but in anguish.
- At the end of the Lostbelt just when he's about to disappear, Salieri plays a piano rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for the townspeople. Extra tearjerky and also heartwarming as this was Mozart's Last Request to him. Yes, a man whose existence as a Heroic Spirit is focused on hating one man ultimately fulfills a simple request to that very specific man. Even made more tragic by the fact that he plays it as a reminder of a clear night sky despite the Lostbelt not lasting long enough for the Yaga to see the stars
- Götterdämmerung : Hero of Imperishable Flames
- Scathach-Skadi's despair over the prospect of her world being erased. With Surtr gone, she can finally reign in the giants and allow humans to grow without losing her mystery... but Chaldea's goal means this won't happen. Skadi summons all her remaining power and love to stand against those who would destroy her world, and loses. All she can do is help fix the damage she caused and tell her subjects to sleep and never wake up again.
- Gerda ignores Skadi's command and instead wanders outside, hoping to see the strangers she befriended. Even if she doesn't understand what's happening, the prospect of never seeing the protagonist, Mash, Fou, or Gordolf again upsets her. She disappears while remembering how she frolicked through the fields with Fou, hoping that someone from Chaldea will come to check on her one last time.
- S.I.N. (As expected of a storyline written by none other than Gen Urobuchi...)
- Spartacus's Heroic Sacrifice to stop a meteor from Qin Shi Huang Di, which is highly reminiscent of The Iron Giant stopping a nuke. After asking for a Command Spell with a single word, that being "Jump", Spartacus uses Crying Warmonger to counter the meteor and completely obliterates it, at the cost of all his power. Before he fades, he tells the village children who admired him that as long as rebellion burns within them, he will live on in their hearts. The children resolve to grow strong and keep laughing until they become Spartacus for someone else.
- Xiang Yu's demise. Despite he has nothing to do with the same guy in pan-history, after learning about his alternate self he decided to love and fight for Consort Yu, even going against his creator since she chose to rest eternally in the Lostbelt; and not even his heavy injuries can stop him, going so far as saying that it's the first time he fought for nothing else but a female. He finally goes down in battle and, like what happened 2000 years ago in pan-human history, dies before Yu and leaves her alone again. It makes you feel bad for doing so, discounting the fact that it's also the reason Yu decides to take revenge on the player and fuse with the local Phantasy Tree.
- Yuga Kshetra
- Asha's life is just one long Trauma Conga Line (even if she didn't notice) in this Lostbelt. The two Kali Yugas you and your team experienced results in the loss of her beloved dog and father, and she barely remembers them (at most she only remembered someone important was lost); by the time the team destroyed the local Phantasy Tree they decided to tell her the truth (without mentioning the Lostbelt will be destroyed), and after asking you and Mash does a normal Yuga exist, she finally remembers her father, laying in the bed crying as the Lostbelt fades away. This is just half of it: The Craft Essence "Potrait of a Family" shows how big Asha's family used to be, how genuinely happy they were, and by the time the Lostbelt fades she is basically Dying Alone. It makes you want to punch Limbo in the face even more.
- In order to mess with Arjuna Alter's perception of being a "perfect god", Ashwatthama sends Jinako and Lakshmi Bai back to the first cycle ever, and combining both of their Noble Phantasms to "construct" an immovable giant cube to withstand all of the cycles; the catch is, Jinako has to stay conscious throughout all the cycles, which (until your team deactivated it in the main timeline) lasted for thousands of years. Even though she's a NEET she can't withstand the loneliness throughout the years, breaking her mind so much that she forget everything except the "promise" she made before going back in time.
- David's Interlude is a flashback about his look around Camelot/Jerusalem as he wants to see his homeland, with him and Dr. Roman bickering throughout. After reminiscing about that trip, Mash wonders if David actually knew about Dr. Roman's secret.
Mash: Since that happened, I couldn't help but asking him, "did you know from the beginning?"
David: That happened a while before so I couldn't quite remember. But to answer your question, I didn't know. I couldn't notice.
David: Even if I could guess who the King of Magic was, I didn't think about anything else. When I saw "him" at this Chaldea, from a distance, I felt, "oh, he is a man with so little freedom". I didn't know any details, but I could tell from his expression. But, "he" was different from the "man with no freedom" I knew. "His" lack of freedom was full of will as a human. So, I decided not to think about it. I didn't want to interfere. That's all I have to say.
Mash: David's faint smile was a little bit sad, but also was proud. From King David, who is often thought to be cold-blooded because of his intelligence, this was his greatest sincerity... Yes. So I think. I'm so glad I didn't sense anything from their silly conversation. The great kings of ancient times. Even if their bonds were invisible, it was surely there.
- Kotarou's interlude deals with Chaldea's apparent inability to summon Danzou, as the system spits out an error every time. It's because she was never relieved from her final mission. The crew finds her, broken, battered, delirious and as close to a wraith as a robot can be, but still on her duty: guarding the graves of the Fuuma clan. She can't even remember Kotarou anymore, but recognizes him as a splendid Fuuma ninja and accepts his order to give up her mission... before he has to Mercy Kill her, and give the one he still considers his mother a proper burial alongside the rest of his clan.
- Kiyohime's first interlude has her face a shadow version of herself who calls her out on hunting down and killing Anchin, and accuses her of being a hideous serpent that will eventually kill you. Kiyohime can barely defend herself, and quickly becomes distressed, requiring you to snap her out of it with encouragement. Even after the fight, she still needs your reassurance that she isn't a hideous monster, meaning her killing of Anchin has torn her up a lot more than she lets on, and given her both repressed identity issues and self-loathing.
- Mysterious Heroine X faces Mordred in her first Interlude. Mordred recognizes X as her father, but X denies this and vows to kill her. This lack of mercy makes Mordred realize that X really is her father. It is Played for Laughs, but that only makes it more jarring, and even uncomfortable to watch.
- Assassin EMIYA/Kiritsugu's interlude is basically him going on a mission; after the obligatory battle, we are treated to post-mission down-time where Jaguarman/Taiga and Dress of Heaven/Irisviel stalk him around. They also try to establish whether he remembers them from the mainline Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night timeline. Based on everyone they talk tonote ... it seems he doesn't. The sequence ends with a monologue from Assassin EMIYA showing he knows he's being stalked... and he's annoyed by it. Even when Irisviel basically goes out and admits she has feelings for him despite being from a separate universe, he brusquely dismisses her and tells her to not call him 'Kiritsugu'—only by class. This ends with Irisviel clearly running out of the room crying—while Illya and Chloe/Kuro wonder why they're affected by what they saw. Damn, did Gen Urobuchi write this?!
- The Flavor Text gained in Assassin EMIYA's profile drives this home further:
Since the Einzberns did not plan to employ an outsider as their representative Master, he failed to encounter his wife that he was supposed to meet. Thus, he never experienced any partings with his wife, and he never got to succumb to the partings mental pain. As a result, his heart of steel remained steel. Eventually, his emotions wilted and his soul was offered to the Counter Force.
- The comparisons between Archer EMIYA and Assassin EMIYA are very intentional, but the one thing that caused them both to become members of the Counter Force was a lack of connection with anyone around them. While Archer eventually gets over it (and fighting his past self in /Stay Night helps him with this), Assassin is doomed to a life of misery for all eternity.
- Da Vinci's interlude starts off as a happy little trip to London, where Da Vinci sneaks off on a rayshift against Dr Roman's wishes. It displays a lot of the fondness shading into Belligerent Sexual Tension between them... But it only unlocks after Dr Roman's death, because Da Vinci is actually reminiscing about a poignant memory of him, when she tried to teach him a lesson about how working alone makes her feel lonely, but now with him dead she has no choice. And of course, there's the implication of a tragic romance between them...note
- Arthur's interlude is pretty sad before its end, when he finally warms up to others. As a Dimensional Traveler he comes to a world he completely unfamiliar with, for the sole reason to hunt down Beast VI once and for all; but bearing the scars of the last Holy Grail Wars he participated, as well as not knowing when he'll be gone before/after Beast VI is defeated, he chooses not to interfere with other Servants' lives and barely left his mark in Chaldea, meaning that he chooses to fight alone if necessary. It's hard to believe that he beared too much responsibility upon himself.
- Tristan's Interlude lives up to his name of "Tristan the Sad". After being tricked into entering a small singularity, he's confronted by an individual who subjects him to a Shapeshifter Guilt Trip, calling him a monster who took pleasure from what his Sir counterpart did in the Camelot Singularity and was incapable of loving others. No matter how many times he attacks and begs them to shut up, they keep coming, and by the end, he's left Laughing Mad. When the master, Lancelot, Gawain, and Bedivere try to save him, he's lost his mind and tries to attack them, when really its made clear he just wants them to kill him. He's only brought back to normal when Lancer Altria comes and breaks through to him, telling him that its not that he can't love, it's that he refuses to love out of fear of losing that love. What follows is a flashback to his death as he's with the white handed Iseult, as he thinks to himself he could feel many things at the moment, but when he thinks he feels love for her, he's quick to blame it on the potion. Only realizing that it was never the potion and that he both did love his wife and could love was he able to be freed from his torment.
- During the Garden of Order event, the protagonist and Mash encountered Boudica. At first she displayed a more casual Cool Big Sis vibe that was shown in Septem, and all of the sudden she transformed to her high Ascension state and her personality had a 180, in a way, declaring her hatred to Rome and saying that she only used Chaldea and saving humanity as a way to curb her undying hatred. Considering she lost everything by Romans in her origins, it made sense that the usually level-headed, sisterly Boudica suddenly explode in anger like that. What's more, once you beat her, she only had some bitterly sad words as a response...
Queen of Victory, they said... What a joke... I couldn't even win anything...
- The First Lady was forced to kill her friend Mila to save the world, and it clearly devastated her.
- While most of it's funny, the Fourth Day of the Christmas 2016 event has a gut-crushingly sad monologue from Jeanne Alter, after Jeanne Alter Santa Lily screws up yet another gift delivery, knows off the bat it's bad, is ashamed, and runs off in tears.
Jeanne Alter: "—No matter what anyone says, I just don't have what it takes. Usefulness alone is that which gives me meaning. I'm defined solely by how valuable I am. To never wish, to be fine to die at any moment. To never hope, to be something that exists to inevitably disappear. Yes... from the start, down to my origin, I wasn't meant to be. An unreasonable existence, an unreasonable concept, which has nothing it can wish for... but even for me, there was something I might be able to do. To live not to fulfill one's own desires, but to grant hope to others - to be Santa Claus. I thought that I could, maybe, be Santa, and yet... even taking up the bag, even with my reindeer-masternote with me... I don't understand the joy of others. I can't understand, and thus failure follows failure—and now, I've fled. Without even an attempt to recover."
- Not even April Fools 2017 is safe, on the last hour of service for the joke app, a new servant pops up!! A certain doctor we know very well... Not to mention, unlike all the other servants, you can't catch him and can only watch in tears as he waves at you until the app closes. Mood Whiplash and Sudden Downer Ending doesn't even begin to describe what was F/GO April Fools 2017. Nasu even sums it up on his blog:
Another one-day limited festival of this year has ended.
For the last time, I wanted 'him' to wave us "Bye Bye", with a smile on his face.
- When the day is over and the game is shut down, one player sums it up. This is the translation:
An omen for 'Hello.'
A game which you go out, and meet countless Servants saying 'hello.'
But everything is a lie, and the reality is the opposite.
This is a game about a lone person, waving (us) one last goodbye.
- While it's largely played for laughs, Helena's breakdown during her intro for Dead Heat Summer Race is absolutely heartrending. She can take just about everything else in stride (even questions about her "age", and doesn't mind being called "old"), but doubting her truthfulness is pretty much her Trauma Button. Once the protagonist blunders into doubting she's being truthful about her "age" (i.e. her experience vs. her appearance), despite the ensuing scene being intended as comedic, the comprehensive scale of her breakdown and the sheer venom with which she says things like "and-and next y-you're gonna tell me the mahatmas aren't real, right?!" while (unsuccessfully) choking back tears bites deep for a lot of people, especially for people who have been the victim of emotional abuse themselves and who know just how important being trusted is for someone recovering from such.
- What does it for many is the realistic progression of her trauma flashback; at first she just kind of shuts down, she tries to speak, loses her composure entirely, and then brings up topics that you hadn't mentioned at all and in a fit of anger anticipates that's what will be questioned next, because this is how it always played out over the decades of people endlessly calling her a liar. Oh, Helena...
- Of course, this is followed by a moment with a different kind of tearjerking: Edison and Tesla, the eternal rivals, always fighting over AC and DC and Edison's litigation and whatnot, drop everything and work together without (almost) any question to calm Helena down from her breakdown, when just minutes ago they were fighting. If the sheer display of True Companions doesn't at least make your lip wobble a bit, you must have a heart with no electricity in it at all.
- All the Statesmen! was supposed to be a humorous event due to collaborating with the humorous Learning with Manga! FGO, but it has some things that will pull your heart strings.
- On defeating Mata Hari, you get the first clue of how hard it has been for a 1* Servant under the Nameless Master: Mata Hari hoped that the other her would be a Level 100 Servant. Considering her already tear-jerking backstory of being used and thrown away by men, it was a repeat of her story all over again. And if you just happen to play like the Nameless Master, discarding any Servants below 4* ones and treating them badly... Maybe you'd feel bad at this point. note
- Mash's final line of the section as you defeat the Nameless Master:
Goodbye. The person who could have been another senpai—
- Even defeating the Nameless Master and being welcomed and accepted by Chaldea, Paul Bunyan is unable to reconcile with her innate destructive urges and tries to commit suicide rather than risk losing control and hurting her new friends.
- Giving EMIYA Alter chocolate in the 2018 Valentine's event hits you with the revelation that he's lost his sense of taste, and he points out what he gives you in return (a utility wire) is just trash anyway. Even when he eats the chocolate, he thinks he'll only remember it as a bittersweet memory.
- The backstory behind GUDAGUDA 3's free Servant, Sakamoto Ryōma and Oryō, has a bit of bittersweet Reality Subtext in it. Oryō, a dragon-spirit, fell in love with Ryōma and accompanied him throughout his adventures (in fact, it's implied it's really only by fighting together that they qualify as a Servant). As most students of the Meiji Restoration would know, Ryōma will be assassinated before achieving his dream (and with their arrangement, it's likely this happened in the Nasuverse because Oryō wasn't with him at the time). Thus, she committed suicide instead of ascending into heaven to become a true dragon to be with him. The waterworks come in when you realize that, in Real Life, the actual human Oryō lived way past into old age and died in obscure poverty.
- The ending of this event is a complete whiplash to "GUDAGUDA"'s wacky setting. Okita Alter is a Counter Guardian similar to EMIYA, when her job is finished and everyone returns to their places like usual, she will return to the place where Counter Guardians originated from... and then get erased from existence. While at first stoic about it, spending her time with the protagonist and seeing what Chaldea was like turned Okita Alter into a sobbing wreck, begging that she didn't want to get erased like that, wanting to live more and spending time with the protagonist. Although she was quick to make peace with that and thanked them before vanishing, it's still a punch in the gut that makes a lot of player wanting to summon Okita Alter at all cost.
- The entire reason the Summer 2018 event happens: BB managed to use Sheba to watch into the future and saw the pain and torment the Master would suffer during the Lostbelts, and decided to trap the world in a loop to avoid that. What makes this a tearjerker is that this is before the Lostbelt prologue, so it's pretty obvious BB failed her objective and the Lostbelts happened. Even for a girl who's (by her own admission) evil, that had to be painful...
- "A Study at the Meihou Manor" reveals at the end that Dr. Roman has noticed the inconsistency of Holmes and Moriaty both residing at Chaldea with him. Moriarty acknowledges this but believes that inconsistencies are fine if Roman gets to enjoy being with Chaldea post-Solomon and see how everyone's doing for a short time.
Moriarty: Such a discrepancy can occur if it is in the world of movies. Characters that should never have been present on the same stage meet, for just a single moment
This is what they call a crossover. Its because movies are entertainment. Where things that cannot come true in reality, happen.
Roman: Yeah— Thats... a story with romance.
Fate/Grand Order: First Order
- Watching the events of the first singularity fully animated adds a new layer of impact to the events.
- After the Rayshift is sabotaged, Ritsuka rushes in to try and help, only to find Mash with her lower half being crushed by an impossibly large piece of rubble. Unable to do anything, and now locked in the ruined facility, the two are resigned to die together. Thankfully, they end up Rayshifting anyway and Mash fuses with a Heroic Spirit who was none other than Galahad.
- Olga Marie's death isn't bloody, but no less cruelly brutal and horrific. After softening up throughout the events of Fuyuki City, she's ultimately betrayed by the very man she idolized, desperately crying about how she was never praised by anyone else, as she's pulled into CHALDEAS. She's far from the most pleasant person around, but she definitely didn't deserve such an agonizing fate.