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  • Acting for Two:
    • Sort of. Mamiko Noto voices both versions of Altera, including Altera's Santa version. She also voices something else when Santa Altera fights... she voices the flying sheep.
    • Another one for Inori Minase as Sima Yi where she voiced Reines, the real Sima Yi and Trimmau.
    • Many voice actors in the game voices more than 1 character, even discounting versions of the same character (such as Altria). The FGO wiki complied a list of voice actors and their corresponding roles.
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  • All-Star Cast: This game unites several high-profile talents, just from the voice cast alone, there are several prolific actors, both veterans and newcomers to a Type-Moon work, then there's the legion of artists who have been making artwork for the game led by Takashi Takeuchi, Type-Moon's main artist, and all of the Type-Moon writers, all accomplished in their own right, are working on this game.
  • Ascended Fanon: The design for Gugalanna, the Sumerian Bull of Heaven, that PFALZ made for an unofficial doujin over a decade ago made its way into official canon for this game as its head is printed on Rider Isthar's jacket sleeve and the treasure she hands out in an event correspond to various parts of its body. And then at the end of the event, the design is made full-bore canon as it begins to appear in all its awesome glory, and is only stopped by a combination of your Servants and a piledriver-of-the-millenium from Quetzalcoatl.
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  • Cash Cow Franchise: Grand Order catapulted the wider Fate franchise into the stratosphere in this regard; during the first 133 days of competition between it and Pokemon GO, it out-grossed PGO in Japan for 104 of those days, and was one of the very best sellers in Japan's app market throughout 2016, 2017 & 2018. Investor reports for Sony released throughout 2017 and 2018 consistently cite the game as one of the primary drivers of profit for Sony Music; most independent estimates have the game making in the neighborhood of tens of millions of USD every month in those years. Meanwhile the US server manages to earn US$1 million or more per month by the same estimates, and the Thanksgiving 2017 promotional gacha saw the game get a whisper away from the (hyper-competitive) top ten grossing list for the US app stores, and the release of Jeanne Alter and the first Summer event saw the game reach those lofty heights!
  • Casting Gag:
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    • It's not a coincidence that Mash says "senpai" a lot.
    • Merlin's voice actor voiced Arthur for the Fate/Prototype OVA and Drama CD. Some people suspect that since the Merlin of Fate/Prototype is female, she'll be voiced by Altria's VA as part of the gag... and wouldn't you know it, they were right. Proto-Arthur's Seal of the Round Table is undone with Kawasumi's voice during his NP! The gag goes further as Kawasumi does the voice for Fou, while at a presentation, it was mentioned that the Prototype version of Fou is voiced by Sakurai.
    • Kenichi Suzumura and Maaya Sakamoto once again play a couple in a Type-Moon work.
    • For the English dub of the First Order anime, Erica Mendez once played Yuuki, a young girl who was known as the "Absolute Sword". Now she's playing Mash, a young girl who might as well be called the "Absolute Shield". They're also both Secretly Dying and both do die, though Mash manages to come back.
    • The voice actor of Antonio Salieri, Toshihiko Seki, is occasionally mistaken for Tomokazu Seki due to sharing a surname, yet unrelated. The latter is the voice actor of Mozart.
    • Kenji Akabane is known for his role as the Producer in The iDOLM@STER and one of the idols he manages is Takane Shijou, a long white haired woman voiced by Yumi Hara, an almost exact parallel to his role as Kadoc and the character's relationship with Anastasia.
    • Sieg gets excited about the idea of ninjas and the presence of Servants in Chaldea. Cue Fuuma Kotaro who is also voiced by his voice actor Natsuki Hanae.
    • Jun Fukuyama voicing pretty boy Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di might make you want to yell "ALL HAIL EMPEROR QIN SHI HUANG DI!!" For a bonus, he's also voiced Ying Zheng in Kingdom.
    • Da Vinci and Jeanne are both voiced by Maaya Sakamoto. So for Da Vinci's English debut in the virtual reality game, Jeanne's actress from the Apocrypha dub, Erika Harlacher, also plays Da Vinci.
    • For the Babylonia musical, the casting agency brought in Saki Akai, an actual professional wrestler, to play Quetzalcoatl. After the musical, she named one of her finishing moves after the Luchadora Rider when she went back to wrestling.
  • Christmas Rushed: The final stretch of the first storyline was on an insanely tight deadline as Delightworks and Type-Moon had to rush to fulfill the in-story deadline of the end of 2016 with the Christmas events pushed ahead to early November without even time to breath after the end of Halloween 2016, and Babylonia and Solomon were released within a week of each other with multiple gachas rotating in and out as they quickly released several new Servants for new story content. It didn't help that they were throwing in stuff at the last minute like when Nasu requested new music remixes for each Demon Pillar fight in Solomon, days before its release. It mostly worked out (as players merely took two days to defeat all the Demon Pillars in Solomon and get to the ending when they were expecting it to take a week or so to do so) but it taught the developers to not do that again as Epic of Remnant wrapped up a few weeks before 2018, giving them ample time to prepare for transitioning into Cosmos in the Lostbelt.
  • Colbert Bump:
    • FGO helps Japanese players learn about the previously-unknown histories of their beloved heroes, boosting sales of some historical books. Case in point: after Okada Izou appeared in the game, his biography completely sold out and the publisher reprinted it twice in a month. Some publishers (like this) also catch up the trend and specify they appeared in FGO while selling their books.
    • Japanese book stores are now using their Fate counterparts as tie-in merchandise to help sell their old literature books.
  • Content Leak: Datamining the game when it launched dug up a list of every single Servant planned for implementation at that time, which resulted in the fanbase being able to predict or guess several Servants ahead of their debut thanks to this list.
  • Creator's Favorite:
    • In 2016, Nasu's favorite Servant for this game is Medb. He has her (at NP Lv. 5) in his primary party. It's likely Saber Medb is created at his request.
    • Takeuchi's favorite is Saber Shiki. This is because early on he never managed to summon a Saber-face...
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Astolfo, Young Alexander, Ko-Gil, Billy the Kid, Rama, Lanling Wang and Paris.
    • Sima Yi may also count due to being an active male Heroic Spirit inhabiting a female human vessel which is indicated when her voice becomes lower.
    • Oda Kippoushi is a strange case, as he serves as Avenger Nobu's second Ascension yet keeps her voice actress.
  • Defictionalization: Certain in-game and in-universe objects had been made into real-life items like Blackbeard's shirt from his final Ascension art and the Musashi cushion from Osakabe-hime's room.
  • Demand Overload: Has happened a few times due to the timed nature of events and the rerollers and account sellers trying to get the new Servants as quickly as possible. To prevent this, DelightWorks has been cracking down on them.
    • The most infamous occurrence of this was the Halloween 2015 event as the timed battles for event currency, everyone trying to log on to play the event as fast as possible combined with the heavily hyped Tamamo gacha crashed the game within an hour. DW upgraded their servers to handle this, and it seems to have worked so far, although the 2016 Valentine's Event showed that it still wasn't completely worked out.
    • The Fate/Zero Accel Order with its five new Servants, one of which was limited, players trying to go through the missions as fast as possible, the unstable servers, the hundreds of rerollers and account sellers from China and Taiwan trying to get the new Servants who were later IP banned which led to further instability, and the reveal of Angra Mainyu in the Friend Point gacha causing thousands of players using lots of time and FP to get him, led to five maintenances on the first day of the event. It didn't help that the developers were transferring data to new servers which taxed the already unpredictable servers.
    • In general, post-Accel Order, the game's managed to avoid these problems, though during particularly popular or intense events the game can sometimes have intermittent connection issues as the now-gargantuan playerbase DDoSes the servers and their ISP by fiat; Summer 2017 was a good example of this.
    • After more than a year and a half of great effort and reliable scheduling, the combined hype of the Cosmos in the Lostbelt prologue, the biggest New Year's reward campaign in the game's history, one of the biggest guaranteed gachas in the game's history and the release of Foreigner Hokusai at last brought the game completely to its knees on New Year's Day 2018 in Japan, resulting in nearly twelve hours of downtime, interrupted only by a brief half-hour whimper of activity in hour 8 before the servers promptly burst into flame again.
  • Fan Nickname: There's so many that this game has a whole page for them.
  • Follow the Leader: While games such as Puzzle & Dragons and Monster Strike helped popularized the gacha genre in Japan since 2012-2013 and Granblue Fantasy helped in boosting the anime artstyle and medieval fantasy settings even further as the go-to standard for most gacha games since 2014, it is only after Fate/Grand Order's success since 2015 that the Japanese gacha market took notice of the high profitability of gacha games being based on existing anime and video game franchises. Following this trend, a lot of medieval fantasy franchise-based gacha games have then spawned, such as Final Fantasy Brave Exvius (2015) Fire Emblem Heroes (2017), Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (2017, also having similar gameplay mechanics and distributed by Aniplex like this game) and The Seven Deadly Sins Grand Cross (2019) among others.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Fans of the Fate series were immediately assuming (correctly) that the red-headed female Lancer was Scathach, the witch of Dun Scaith based on her spear alone.
    • Many also assumed correctly that the white haired, rainbow bladed Saber would be Attila the Hun simply due to the comment that her wars "spanned an entire continent", and seeing as how Iskandar/Alexander is already in the series, that left only one person who fit the criteria.
    • Many fans believed "Mash Kyrielight" was actually Shielder's civilian identity. They were somewhat correct, just not in the manner they thought.
    • Many fans also guessed Shielder's name as a Heroic Spirit purely based on the shape of her shield: Galahad. Data-mining confirmed it to be true. Lampshaded in Fate/Accel Zero Order when Altria sees her shield and immediately deduces who she is.
    • Many fans assumed that the black skinned, fire-breathing Berserker was Darius III on the account of him name dropping Iskandar and being ridiculously tall.note  They were proven right.
    • Most fans believed Professor Lev to be a villain, based only on his design, and boy, they were right.
    • After the Da Vinci event's first announcement, players speculated that there would be a new Alter Servant ("fake" Servant) and EMIYA would have some kind of role in this event (because he is a faker). Jeanne Alter is the main draw of the event and EMIYA is a main character of the story.
    • Many predicted that the Assassin EMIYA was Kiritsugu not only because of his debut event's name being a reference to his main magecraft, his actor was already in the initial datamine.
    • The entire fanbase predicted that Holy Grails would be used as an item to ascend Servants beyond their maximum levels, especially since datamining had found an extra, hidden fifth ascension level using them. Its implementation was much different from what fans expected though.
    • Many fans figured out that Dr. Roman was Solomon all along. Less people, though still a somewhat notable amount, figured out that he was really the "human" side of Solomon, and that Grand Caster was a version of Solomon without any human qualities.
    • Ever since the concept of the Grand Servants was revealed, fans speculated that Primate Murder had something to do with them, given how the game said that seven Grand Servants were needed to combat a threat to mankind and how past TYPE-MOON material said that seven Counter Guardians were needed to restrain Primate Murder. They were right, but the exact implementation of this character was completely unexpected.
    • Fans guessed that the Archer of Shinjuku's identity is James Moriarty based on his badge, which has the Irish St. Patrick's cross on it, connecting to Moriarty's origin as an Irish name and him being portrayed as the antagonist in the Shinjuku trailer juxtaposed to one of the good guys being Holmes. His identity was the first one to be revealed in-game, confirming the fan theory.
    • Fans had been guessing that Kiara would be a major antagonist in SE.RA.PH due to her VA being recently added to the game's website, Seraphix reports referring to a mysterious woman they would die for, Emiya Alter's presence as one of the Servants who would appear in the event, and speculated that the "K" of the KP currency was referring to her name. They were right. Likewise players had already been guessing that she would be playable when she showed up due to Kiara already having multiple stages of artwork like most Servants do, the suspicious lack of a profile for her in the Servant database after beating her and the planets being mirrored in her Noble Phantasm animation.
    • The fact that there was a Rashoumon event rerun made many savvy players guess that the next event afterwards would be a rerun of Onigashima since they were related via Kintoki. They were right.
    • When her design was first revealed, many people guessed that the Bedlah Babe Caster of Nightless City was Scheherazade from Arabian Nights. To no one's surprise, they were proven right.
    • The 10th announcement for the 2nd Anniversary campaign was speculated to be related to Riyo's Learning with Manga! FGO since the print version of the series was published the same day as the announcement and they were 100% right.
    • Fans noted the oriental clothing of Shirou as depicted in the Limited/Zero Over Craft Essence, and they guessed — correctly, in the third Epic of Remnant — that this was the pseudo-Servant Sengo Muramasa.
    • Galahad's complete appearance was guessed way before he actually shows up. Even down to the way his hair comes down on his face, just like Mash.
    • It's hard to say any fan didn't immediately guess that Koyanskaya was one of the Tamamo-Nine.
    • Many a fan predicted that the third Lostbelt would have a connection to Tsukihime, whether directly or indirectly; this is because of its subtitle "Crimson Beauty Under the Moon", a clear allusion to Crimson Moon, the progenitor of True Ancestor vampires like Arcueid. While the story doesn't feature Arcueid herself, it does indeed focus on one of her fellow True Ancestors - Yu Miaoyi, known today as Hinako Akuta.
    • Most fans cottoned onto the fact that Beast III-L would appear in some capacity in the Tokugawa Labyrinth event because of the trailer stating "(D)III(Cadence)" and Kiara's presence (hitherto generally unacknowledged by Chaldea until this point), with further hinting in Kama having Independent Manifestation.
    • For the fourth Lostbelt, many fans correctly guessed that Jinako Karigiri would be a Pseudo-Servant of the Indian God, Ganesha, after seeing a Ganesha-type statue wearing her iconic bow from the one of the Hunting Quests. Likewise for the Lostbelt Berserker's identity who is Arjuna Alter due to having the same character designer (pako) and voice actor of Arjuna.
    • Many had guessed the brown-haired girl with a knife and an angelic familiar that appeared in the Cosmos In The Lostbelt opening to be Charlotte Corday as an Assassin. They were correct, however her rarity and debut event were not what anyone expected, as many thought she would be a gold rarity Assassin that would be introduced in Lostbelt 6; instead, she's a bronze rarity Assassin who was released as part of the fourth anniversary, with datamining her profile revealing she has a role in Lostbelt 5.
    • Due to the subtitle of the fourth summer event being "Tournament of the Seven Swimsuit Blademasters!", the logo for said event having 2 swords that looked exactly like the one Okita Souji used, as well as the fact that each summer event had at least 1 Saberface servant get a swimsuit variantnote , a lot of people began speculating that Okita would finally get a swimsuit version in said event. Sure enough, she shows up in the event trailer wearing a swimsuit, although she's a limited servant, as opposed to being the event's welfare servant (which, given the title of the event, is what many people guessed would be the case).
  • Jossed:
    • Several fans believed that Fou was Merlin shapeshifted into an animal when he was actually his familiar. And he's actually more scary than that.
    • The prevailing theory for Mash pre-chapter 6 was that she was a homunculus. She's actually an artificially conceived human, who for all intents and purposes is a normal, if purpose-bred, human who has good magic circuits.
    • "Puppet Empress" being one of the hints towards Shinjuku's story led to speculation that Touko Aozaki would show up as she's the one character with such high expertise and control over puppets in The ’Verse. It's actually just a nickname that the Phantom calls Christine as stuffed into an automaton.
    • Prior to the Lostbelt Caster's identity being revealed, many fans thought that she was a direct relative of Scathach, such as her sister Aife or daughter Uathach. Instead, she was revealed to be Scathach Skadi, a fusion of Scathach and the Norse goddess Skadi.note 
  • Lying Creator: Nasu had stated on his blog after Camelot's release that Babylon would be about 300 kb as a PDF. Come October 2016, it's revealed that he lied about that and it's now about 1000 pages long.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": Due to the franchise's many cases of No Export for You, several Servants and concepts from the Nasuverse as a whole made their official Western debut before their source material. Of special note is Koha-Ace since none of the material to provide any context for Okita and Nobunaga got translated so the localization team resorted to quickly translating Fate/Gudaguda Order a few weeks before the pair's in-game debut to tell players ahead of time who they were.
    • Several Servants from Apocrypha like Siegfried, its version of Vlad III, Shakespeare, Spartacus, and Atalante made their debut in the West four months before the anime came to Netflix.
    • As Fragments has not been officially translated, the game's western release marks the official debut of Arash, Jekyll, Paracelsus, Brynhild, Hassan of the Serenity, and Ozymandias. There's also Proto Cú Chulainn since Fate/Prototype was never officially translated into English.
    • From Extra CCC there's Hans Christian Andersen, Elisabeth Bathory, B.B., Passionlip, Meltryllis, and Kiara Sesshouin, since the second Extra game was never translated. Elisabeth is also a double example since she actually appeared months ago in 2017 in Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star. The same goes for Suzuka Gozen since the Extra CCC Fox Tail manga was never officially translated.
  • Meaningful Release Date: Napoleon Bonaparte was officially released in the game on the eve of Bastille Day.
  • Meme Acknowledgement:
    • The promotion for Sasaki Kojirou's animation update shows him facing off wyverns, a nod to his Memetic Badass status as "Savior of France".
    • It seems that the Japanese team keeps up with the overseas fandom, and made it possible to call Ibaraki a Banana Oni during the 2018 summer event. Which is a nickname that originated in the western fan base. The English localization team managed to get a head start and allowed players to call her a fearsome banana oni in the NA Ilya event.
  • Name's the Same: The Wolf Man assistant in Lostbelt No. 1 is named... Patsy.
  • Newbie Boom:
    • It almost goes without saying that the eleven-million-downloads-and-counting game that makes millions of dollars every month and is one of the most successful "mobile RPGs" ever has brought quite a number of new fans into Fate and the wider Nasuverse, even within the English fandom. Grand Order's newbie inertia helped spawn the Apocrypha anime adaptation, among other things.
    • Nasu himself acknowledges in this interview that it's all but certain that the vast majority of the game's players, at this point, hadn't played a Fate game prior to Grand Order with the second player survey held in 2016 pointing to Grand Order as a major entry point for the franchise. Shiokawa, the game's director at DelightWorks, also acknowledges that keeping the game friendly to both total newbies and series vets has been a long-standing goal.
  • No Dub for You: Continuing the practice of not dubbing Type-Moon games, the official localization has no English voice over due to costs of dubbing over 100 characters, paying actors the same amount of money to do Berserker lines that they'd pay someone to dub over long-winded characters like Nero or Ozymandias, and union issues that would arise should this game gets an English dubnote . It is subverted though with the OVA adaptation and VR game receiving one.
  • No Export for You:
    • The game was unlicensed outside Japan and China until June 25, 2017 when the game was released... for the United States and Canada only. And as of April 19, 2018, the English server became officially available in Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and Australia. So, if you're in Latin America, Europe or any other region, you'll still have to wait (or just download it from a third-party app).
    • To no one's surprise, F/GO Arcade is Japan-only.
    • Several pieces of non-game media have not been given the export treatment, like the manga anthologies, most of the official manga adaptations, Teach Us! FGO, the Moonlight/Lostroom OVA, the stage play adaptations, and the material books.
    • Due to a ruling from the Belgian Gaming Commission that bans loot boxes and gacha games under the basis of gambling, and Square Enix and Nintendo being forced to pull their mobile games out of the Belgium market, it's very likely that Fate/Grand Order will never be released in Belgium.
  • Old Shame:
    • After finishing it, Hikaru Sakurai admitted that she wasn't proud of Septem, citing the weak pacing and poor characterization as factors. Most fans agree.
    • Reportedly, this is the motive for why Jekyll received so much prominence in promotion and had a short story written about him and Sherlock Holmes. Sakurai deeply regretted killing him so soon in the Fate/Prototype light novels, feeling that she had wasted the character.
    • Takashi Takeuchi has stated that staff members feel frustrated by how Romulus was treated in the game's second chapter and if they could redo it, he would be a 4* story-locked Servant with a much bigger role.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Due to health reasons, Risa Taneda had to drop out in late September 2016 with Rie Takahashi as her replacement for Shielder who would be providing voice work from October onwards due to the need for lines for weekly master missions. Taneda's voice work for Kiyohime, Marie and Mata Hari remains unchanged.
    • Megumi Toyoguchi was replaced by Madoka Yonezawa as the voice of Olga Marie for the anime special and onwards since the former was on maternity leave when recording started.
    • Mordred was originally voiced by Houko Kuwashima in the 2006 Studio DEEN adaptation of Fate/stay night and in the Realta Nua voiced VN remake; as of Grand Order Miyuki Sawashiro has become the character's official voice actress.
    • Similar to Mordred, Bedivere was voiced by Mamiko Noto in the 2006 Fate/stay Night anime, Shin-ichiro Miki in the PS2 version of Realta Nua, Mitsuaki Madono for the PS Vita version of Realta Nua, and is currently voiced by Mamoru Miyano.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Satoshi Tsuruoka's first Fate series voice job is Gilles de Rais. Nowadays, he's more known for voicing Arash. Must be the "STELLA!!!!" thing at work.
    • Joji Nakata usually voices sinister antagonists like Araya Souren of Kara no Kyoukai fame or Kotomine Kirei from Fate/stay night. In this game, he voices the unambiguously heroic (but still utterly terrifying) King Hassan.
    • Saizen Tadahisa is mostly known for the roaring voice of Heracles. Players of Super Robot Wars Original Generation might recognize the voice style of Kai Kitamura coming out from Georgios. But... Edward Teach/Blackbeard?? Bet you wouldn't expect the same dignified voice of Saizen was able to produce a hilarious meta pervy uncle.
  • Production Foreshadowing: To commemorate the game's first anniversary in Japan, a book with contributions from all the artists and writers who worked on the game was released. Meteo Hoshizora, one of the writers for this game, remarks that he wished Sanson would get more than his brief screen time in Orleans. A year and a half later, Sanson is one of the leading characters in Salem.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Nobunaga Shimazaki (VA for the male protagonist, Arjuna, and Edmond Dantes) is this, having a large Type-Moon collection as shown off in a magazine interview, Kohaku is his favorite Tsukihime character, which he's declared several times on livestream, and he's spent a lot of money trying to roll his favorite Servants or those he did the voice for. Nobunaga also frequently cosplays as characters he voiced based on their Craft Essence artwork. He promotes Grand Order whenever he can, and during a livestream, the other actors there joked that he should be Type-Moon's fan ambassador since he's such a big fan.
    • Like Nobunaga Shimazaki, Minami Tanaka (Nitocris's VA) is one huge Fate fan and has loved the franchise ever since Fate/stay night was first released when she was a young girl. Now, she gets to voice a Servant of her own, host the Chaldea Radio sessions alongside Rie Takahashi (Mash's VA), where Minami gets to show off her extensive knowledge of Fate lore and teach her how to play FGO, and personally get to meet and hang out with some of the VAs of Fate Stay Night herself in person (watch her Squee! in delight when Kana Ueda, Noriko Shitaya, Mai Kadowaki, and Ayako Kawasumi guest star in Chaldea Radio). Oh, and she's also a big Cu fangirl.
    • Rei Hiroe (best known as the creator of Black Lagoon) is a longtime fan of the Fate franchise and has drawn doujinshi of Fate/stay night in the past. He would later design Quetzalcoatl for this game.
    • Many fan artists have been contributing their art, whether for Servants or Craft Essences.
  • The Red Stapler: A lot of things in-game have been made into real items, such as the Quick, Arts and Buster shirts, as well as a giant Musashi cushion in Osakabe-hime's room.
  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • "Chibi-Hassan", a child personality of Hundred-Faced Hassan who was the focus of a cut subplot from Fate/Zero, made her official debut in this game in their Interlude, which goes into detail on her relationship with the other personalities.
    • Red Hare being a centaur was originally a concept that was proposed for portraying Lu Bu as a fusion with his horse in Fate/EXTRA but scrapped due to modelling and budget constraints. This concept was revived for its debut in the third Lostbelt.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
  • Role Reprisal: Almost every character who appeared in prior Fate works continue to voice them. One notable case is Takumi Yamazaki, who returned to voice Kayneth for the "Fate/Accel Zero Order" rerun as the event's shopkeeper with what amounts to about just five lines.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: Because of the shared universe, several details from future Nasuverse stories are spoiled by this game.
    • Arash and Brynhild's physical appearances made their debut here before Fate/Prototype Fragments did, and they were essentially the same regarding them as Servants. They actually made narrative appearances within the novel, but they had no illustration and their descriptions were not enough to make out how they looked. Brynhild's profile also revealed how her Noble Phantasm worked before it was revealed in Fragments, though some of its details were spoiled even further back then by Passionlip (who has Brynhild as one of her components) in CCC.
    • In "Saber Wars", Blackbeard while teasing Saber Gilles mentions that one of the characters from Fate/strange Fake, the girl who calls herself Francesca, is actually a vampire known as François Prelati, the one who gave him the R'lyeh text, before strange Fake implicitly revealed it. On the other hand, Ryohgo Narita (the author) has stated on Twitter that there was more to it than what was revealed in the event.
    • Suzuka Gozen's inclusion in the game has spoiled how her Noble Phantasms work, and also revealed her true NP which hasn't even been hinted at in the manga.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Ayako Kawasumi has to voice several versions of Altria talking to each other in a drama CD. It's lampshaded when one of them mentions their throat's a little sore from all this talking.
    • As the first chapter of SE.RA.PH locks the party to a support Meltryllis, this occurs when she goes up against Martha, both characters being voiced by Saori Hayami.
    • The game forces you to bring the story support version of Musashi for her seven duels in Shimosa, causing this trope to occur with the duel against Assassin Paraiso as both characters are voiced by Ayane Sakura.
    • During Valentines 2019 event's voiced Valentine scenes, Kawasumi invokes this when Summer Altria briefly talks with Fou in her scene. In Mash's voiced scene, the Gorgon sisters invoke this as well when they converse with one another as they are all voiced by Yuu Asakawa.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Takeuchi came up with Santa Alter on a whim and started pushing her to be the main character of the Christmas event, forcing Nasu to write the event script for him.
    • Raita designed a goofy Kamen Rider-themed variant of Kintoki for laughs, and showed it to the rest of the staff. They loved it, and his addition to the actual game ensued.
    • pako, the artist for Edison, decided to give him a lion head for fun. The writers were taken aback by this but decided to incorporate it into his character and the America chapter.
    • Shizuki Morii's original design for Ishtar was turned into Ereshkigal since Nasu didn't want to abandon it and just decided to have Rin host another goddess, rewriting parts of Babylon for this new version of Ereshkigal. This may be the most notable throw-in, as this casual last-minute decision and rewrite ended up creating one of F/GO's biggest Breakout Characters.
    • Nobukatsu was created after pako sent them a drawing of a hypothetical male version of Nobunaga which they decided to spin off into his own seperate character.
  • Trolling Creator:
    • With the hint at Edmond Dantes, many expected Joji Nakata as an Actor Allusion to Gankutsuou with a Captain Ersatz of its Count. Instead we got a young Count voiced by Nobunaga Shimazaki with the design done by the Danganronpa artist.
      Nasu: Were you expecting a mere Cavern Kingnote ? Too bad! He was a Super High School Level Heroic Spirit instead!
    • The keywords for Shimosa in the Epic of Remnant trailer included 'Inferno', 'Empireo', and 'Purgatorio', leading to speculation that Dante of The Divine Comedy fame would appear. It's all a Red Herring from Ashiya Doman who intentionally picked a bunch of Italian terms to mess with the protagonist's and by extension the player's expectations.
    • Miyamoto Musashi's profile in Fate/Grand Order Material V has a throwaway mention of "denial of nothingness", the first time in years the mysterious First True Magic has been brought up. Said line states that denial is only one part of interacting with Void and immediately declares they're going to omit that stuff to focus on other concepts.
  • Trope Overdosed: Holy moly. F/GO is by far the largest series of pages devoted to a mobile game on the site, and thanks especially to the character pages, it passed the multi-kilowick mark before the NA version even launched.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: There are numerous rumors on how to roll a gold Servant from the gacha from certain times of day to getting a Great/Super Success before rolling. There is no actual proof to validate or disprove these as all rolls are determined on company servers and any actual look into the inner workings of the gacha would require access to them. Even Nasu believes some of these urban legends! Jokingly, fans also believe that using a "catalyst" (paraphernalia related to the servant in question) can raise the probabilities of summoning a certain servant.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The game originally was planned to be a PvP game on the PC (back when it was being shopped around as Fate/Apocrypha), where gamers' Jerkass behavior would directly create the Evils of Humanity they were tasked with destroying. Nasu decided in the end that he wanted to write a more optimistic and brighter game on the smartphone.
    • The first Halloween event was supposed to be about the Celtic traditions of the holiday and feature Caster Cu as the main character before being scrapped entirely and replaced with one starring Elisabeth Bathory because there wasn't enough time to put in what the original plan envisioned.
    • Matsuryuu's early design of Helena Blavatsky was very different compared to the final design.
    • From the game's promotion to the game itself, Chapter 6's location had been Jerusalem before it was suddenly changed to Camelot in the April 27 maintenance. It turns out this is an actual plot point as Chaldea would've been fighting the Crusaders who were stuck in an endless holy war over Jerusalem if it wasn't for the interference from Lion King and her knights. Explanation 
    • From the datamined list of Servants, it was stated that Hassan of Serenity would be voiced by Mamiko Noto, but within the game itself she is voiced by Sayaka Senbongi.
    • According to that same list, Nitocris was supposed to be voiced by Rumi Ookubo but she is instead voiced by Minami Tanaka.
    • Early gameplay trailers show in a Freeze-Frame Bonus that Archer EMIYA's Noble Phantasm was an Arts type attack, but in the final product, it's a Buster type attack.note 
    • After "GUDAGUDA Honnoji" was released, Nasu mentioned on his blog that Nobunaga was planned to be the limited SSR and Okita the freebie Servant.
    • Storyboards for Francis Drake's Noble Phantasm animation reveal that she would have had her entire fleet show up for the attack but it was cut for time with only Golden Hind animated and cannon fire is instead shot from several unseen ships.
    • Prior to Edmond Dantes' release, datamining showed that the Avenger class would take double damage from each of the seven standard classes, rather than lacking weaknesses to anything except for the standard 1.5x Berserker weakness that everyone but Shielder has. This was likely to represent Angra Mainyu's weakness as a Servant, but instead of making the class itself weak the eventual Angra Mainyu just had very weak traits by himself.
    • Xuanzang's event was originally supposed to be a trial quest for Xuanzang like the other 5* Servants who had trial quests but Nasu decided to make it an event after seeing her artwork. Also related to that were the second set of event currency which came about after a database error prevented them from using the first set for the second shop.
    • Picts were supposed to implemented as enemies with the Camelot update with the in-story reason for their appearance being minions summoned by Nitocris to help attack Camelot but were cut for time.
    • Tiamat apparently had several designs, including a little girl version, which were all ultimately discarded in favor for the Tiamat we have now.
    • Fate/Grand Order Material III reveals that Jeanne Alter was originally just planned to be a Palette Swap of Jeanne who would get distributed at a future event to players. This is actually quite notable in retrospect, as Jeanne Alter being shifted to Avenger meant that Avengers ended up outnumbering Rulers for a long stretch of time, the only regularly available Ruler was standard Jeanne, and Ruler ended up being one of the few Classes to not get a free version at all during the run of Observer on Timeless Temple and Epic of Remnant.
    • There are rough drafts of unused third stage outfits for Angra Mainyu in F/GO Material III, including him wearing a white suit, a cardboard box, or jeans.
    • Irisviel wasn't planned to be a welfare 4* Servant and she was going to have the standard three costumes that all non-event Servants have. The outfit she's wearing is a combined version of all three outfits designed by Takeuchi.
    • Takeuchi had intended for Saber Ryougi's third Ascension to take cues from Shiki's look as a mother in Future Gospel, but since he felt that was out of place for the game, he instead decided to give her motifs from the legend of Princess Kaguya and went in a direction that was inspired by another Nasu-written work, Tsuki no Sango.
    • Datamining found several unused lines for Servants using their Noble Phantasm. Ozymandias stands out since the lines are for his two other Noble Phantasms, Mesektet and The Sphinx of Abu-el-Hol.
    • Similar to Avengers, Alter Egos were actually in the data files as a Class for a long time, and behaved as a kind of inverted Demon Pillar: they dealt double damage to the Rider-Caster-Assassin triangle, similar to the live game, but they took double damage from Saber-Archer-Lancer and hit them normally. DW either thought the defensive penalty was a little too punishing for player servants, the double damage for cavalry was too much, or both, and changed it so that Alter Egos are hit neutral by everyone save Berserker, and instead deal half to the knights, while their damage bonus against cavalry is 150% instead of 200%, similar to Berserkers, though they still hit Zerks (and as of December 2017, Foreigners) for 200%.
    • Solomon was originally going to only wear nine rings as a hint to the grander narrative of the game. Nasu complained to Takeuchi that it tipped the hand too early for certain revelations so he added one silver ring to make it less obvious.
    • Nitocris was originally going to be a 3* Servant and artist comments indicate that she would've had significantly more clothing had she not been made a 4* Servant.
    • Assassin EMIYA was one of the Servants who was planned to be available at launch but was pushed back for "Fate/Accel Zero Order". This appears to be why he is still included in the normal summoning pool, and regularly appears in Assassin themed banners, whereas other special event Servants only have appeared on specific banners related to the event, or anniversary like banners.
    • Toshizou Hijikata was planned to have a Gender Flip, which would've retconned previous mentions of him to be male in Okita's profile, but was ultimately left as male in the final product.
    • The English localization team was originally going to use the fan-preferred "Artoria" for the translation of Fate/stay night Saber's name, but Type-Moon overruled them and mandated that "Altria" is the official English translation — despite Artoria having been used in official Fate products as recently as Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star.
    • Shi Huangdi's Lostbelt version was more in line with typical historical depictions before the writers told the artist to make him more ethereal and genderless in appearance.
    • Minamoto no Raikou was not originally planned to have a Gender Flip, only after Takeuchi requested it and the writers discovered Ushi Gozen did they seriously decide to go with it.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: The sheer backlash towards Hikaru Sakurai writing Septem led to all writer credits being removed from all main story chapters and most events after Solomon to avoid more backlash with writers attached to certain stories.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Fate/Grand Order Wiki and Wikia Fate/Grand Order Wiki.
  • Working Title: Epic of Remnant's working title was Remnant of Blues.
  • Write Who You Know: The general personalities of Mozart, Sanson, and Marie and their interactions were based on the three main writers of the game, Nasu, Higashide and Sakurai.
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