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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 voice more than one character, even discounting versions of the same character (such as Altria). The FGO wikia compiled a list of voice actors and their corresponding roles.
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  • Acting in the Dark: Because the game is primarily told through text with no voices and voice acting is mostly just for gameplay or My Room fluff, actors often have very little inkling of what their character's actually going to be like in the story or when they'll even be revealed. Case in point, Aoi Yuuki revealed on the official radio program that she did recording for most of Ganesha's lines along with Okita's lines in 2015, long before the Lostbelts were implemented into the game. In addition, she knew Okita had gotten a swimsuit version but had no idea when or how the role would actually be used by the writers. That complaining she did on stage after the reveal of swimsuit Musashi? Completely genuine confusion that her character seemingly had failed to materialize for the new summer event. Dataminers have found many instances of voices lines for characters that have not been implemented yet, such as Medusa having a line about Perseus, a character who hasn't appeared in any official Fate work aside from being originally drafted for Fate/Prototype.
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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 Ishtar's jacket sleeve and the treasures 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:
    • 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 suspected that since the Merlin of Fate/Prototype is female, she'd 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 Idolmaster 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. Fuuma Kotaro 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 breathe 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 caught up on 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.
    • The game itself is this to the entire Fate franchise. While it was by no means unpopular in the first place, the debut of Fate/Grand Order launched the franchise to new heights, making it one of the most popular and expansive Anime-based franchises out there. Even Word of God admits that most players likely didn’t know of or play Fate/stay Night before this game.
    • Raging Loop saw a surge in popularity when it was announced that its writer would be a guest writer for "Imaginary Scramble", causing FGO players to go look up the game to see his writing and what was so special about it that it got him hired for FGO.
  • 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 several Servants ahead of their debut thanks to this list.
  • Creator's Favorite:
    • In 2016, Nasu's favorite Servant for this game was Medb, having her (at NP Lv. 5) in his primary party. It's likely Saber Medb was created at his request.
    • Takeuchi's favorites are Saber Shiki and Sakata Kintoki. 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 (Nanako Mori), Paris, and Voyager.
    • 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 they serve as Avenger Nobu's second Ascension yet keep her voice actress.
  • Defictionalization: Certain in-game and in-universe objects have been made into real-life items like Blackbeard's shirt from his final Ascension art and the Musashi cushion from Osakabe-hime's room. Merlin’s flower-shaped earrings were also made real.
  • 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.
  • Development Gag: Kirschtaria's final confrontation in Olympus has him use buffs named after the seven Singularities to indicate how he triumphed over them in the Foreign God's simulations. However, his sixth buff is named Jerusalem, not Camelot, as a reference to how the Sixth Singularity was originally set up as Jerusalem before development changed and implying that Kirshctaria never met the Lion King, even in his simulations.
  • Dueling Games: Despite having mostly different styles of gameplay and likely different target demographics (Though both games are played by all sorts of people regardless of this) it has become this with Twisted Wonderland as the game has skyrocketed in popularity upon release due to its affiliation with Disney. Twisted Wonderland is currently one of the only popular Japanese mobile games that is able to almost regularly dethrone Fate/Grand Order in the App Store rankings, and rakes in a bunch of revenue while doing so.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Several artists (Mineji Sakamoto, Akira Ishida, Toh Azuma, Simaudon among others) have mentioned having different designs in mind for their drafted Servants before being told to adjust them to make them Hotter and Sexier.
    • Nasu has mentioned that it was only at Takeuchi's request to have Servants like Minamoto no Raikou and Ushiwakamaru go through a Historical Gender Flip, otherwise they'd have been the same gender as their IRL counterparts.
  • Fan Nickname: There's so many that this game has a whole page for them.
  • Flagship Franchise: The game has easily become Type-Moon's most recognizable and profitable work to date, to the point where pretty much all Fate spinoffs after 2015 include at least one connection to Grand Order as something for newcomers to recognize from the game.
  • Follow the Leader: While games such as Puzzle & Dragons and Monster Strike helped popularize 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 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, but because 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. Fewer 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 speculating 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 Senji 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 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 was not what anyone expected, she's a 1-star 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).
    • A lot of fans speculated that the huge, muscular figure who appeared below Xiang Yu in the Cosmos in the Lostbelt opening was the actual Orion and he might show up in the Atlantis Lostbelt. Turns out they were right as he debuts in the Atlantis Lostbelt.
    • People guessed as soon as he was revealed that Beryl was going to betray the rest of the Crypters.
    • Ever since the beginning of the game a lot of people guessed that Olga would reappear one way or another. which finally came true during Olympus Where Beast VII has used her body as a vessel.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Chain Chronicle among other mobile games was what got Nasu to start seriously thinking about the smartphone as a new medium for stories and the feasibility of making Grand Order.
  • Jossed:
    • Several fans believed that Fou was Merlin shapeshifted into an animal when he was actually his familiar. And he's actually scarier 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 
    • Before the reveal of the Lostbelt Rider's identity, several fans thought that he was Odysseus or Benaiah (King David's commander and Solomon's bodyguard). Turns out he's actually Mandricardo from the Italian epic poem, Orlando Furioso. Odysseus is a different character in his debut Lostbelt.
    • In the 2nd opening of Cosmos in the Lostbelt, many assume that the blonde girl who is holding Merlin's staff is the Gender-flipped version of Merlin from Fate/Prototype. But as shown in the 5th-anniversary stream, she's actually the Caster version of Altria Pendragon.
    • Related to the above, people assumed that due to sharing the same voice actor as Altria, female Merlin would be a Saberface as well. This was Jossed in 2020 when female Merlin’s Fate/Grand Order Arcade exclusive unit revealed that she’s a Merlin-face.
  • 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 all of its Servants. 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.
    • Nasu noted in an April 2020 blog post that Kirschtaria is "the big brother who gives everyone apples" as a nod to how everyone started joking about him giving away apples for the Olympus pre-release campaign.
  • Name's the Same:
  • 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 hundreds of 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 and the Babylonia anime adaptations 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. Only adding salt to the players wounds, they’ve begun releasing Version-Exclusive Content that may not be implemented in the main game, meaning that for the servants, skins and CE’s that don’t make it, westerner players will never gain access to them.
    • Several pieces of non-game media have not been given the export treatment, like the manga anthologies, most of the official manga adaptations and spinoffs, Teach Us! FGO, the Moonlight/Lostroom OVA, the stage play adaptations, and the material books. Moonlight/Lostroom would eventually be officially available to stream on December 31, 2019. This was due to it tying it into the Part 2 prologue that was currently going on in the English server just like how its original release was scheduled around the Japanese server in 2017.
    • 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 promotional material 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. This came to fruition for the fifth Lostbelt with Romulus-Quirinus as an SSR Lancer and his reveal as the Grand Lancer.
  • 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.
    • An English dub example: because the Babylonia anime adaptation is a union-contracted dub, Merlin is voiced by Robbie Daymond, whereas his cameo appearance in Fate/Apocrypha (a non-union dub) is voiced by Khoi Dao.
  • 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.
    • Tadahisa Saizen 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.
    • Mikako Komatsu, who usually cast as Genki Girls, including those in the game like Xuanzang and Hildr, has also surprisingly voiced the aggressive, low pitched Ore Onna Caenis.
  • 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, remarked that he wished Sanson would get more than his brief screen time in Orleans. A year and a half later, Sanson was 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 livestreams, 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 Chulainn 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.
    • The developers have become well known for bringing on fan-artists of the game to create Servant designs and CE’s.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • The Dioscuri twins, Castor and Pollux, are voiced by real-life siblings Yuuma Uchida and Maaya Uchida, respectively. Amusingly, Castor is the older sibling of Pollux, which is the inverse of their voice actors.
    • All the bickering that Romani and DaVinci get into becomes much funnier when you remember that Kenichi Suzumura and Maaya Sakamoto, their respective Japanese voice actors, have been married since 2011.
  • 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:
    • Mash's design had been cut off twice before becoming official in Fate/Grand Order. She was supposed to be the "stray Servant" who survived the Fourth Holy Grail War in Fate/stay night and a secret heroine before she was scrapped. Then, she was planned to be introduced as an anime-only Servant in the 2006 anime who would be a Historical Gender Flip version of Galahad who would have hindered Saber in place of Assassin but was once again scrapped. The design has been finally officially used in GO as Mash Kyrielight now.
    • "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:
  • Release Date Change: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the JP version of the game delayed the Fate/Requiem collaboration event from late April 2020 to May 25, 2020.
  • Role Reprise: Almost every actor who appeared in prior Fate works continues 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. Show Hayami returned to voice Tokiomi for "Saber Wars II" in the same manner.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: The writing team's attempt to travel to Mauna Kea Observatory for research was blocked because of bad weather, but they decided that the trees on the volcano's slope they passed along the way back was more suitably eldritch for the final showdown with BB, so they switched it to that as the final location for the third summer event.
  • 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.
    • Voyager's true identity and class is revealed in this game when it is still a mystery in his home novel. Likewise, Kijyo Koyo's humanoid form makes its first appearance here, which the existence of such is only alluded in the novel.
    • It was revealed in a 5th anniversary interview that the usage of Olga Marie in Learning with Manga! FGO during the first year of its run had inadvertently spoiled vital plot points for Cosmos in the Lostbelt.
  • 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.
    • Yumiri Hanamori voices Nemo and his various derivative crew members who all interact with each other in battle dialogue.
  • 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 separate character.
    • Benienma's speaking pattern was created after the writers saw her artist's idly speculating on her chirping like a sparrow and lisping in her character sheet.
  • 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 get 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.
  • Vacation, Dear Boy: Nasu mentioned in interviews that writing stories featuring locations like Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Rome has given him and the writing team opportunities to go on Aniplex-funded vacations in those places, ostensibly for research. Ironically in the case of Hawaii, though Nasu explicitly chose it because he had never been there before, he got a fever on the first day and was stuck resting in the hotel for the entire trip.
  • What Could Have Been: Has its own page here.
  • 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.
  • Word of Dante:
    • The popular fanfic Fragments of Chaldea plays with various aspects of canon work for the sake of its narrative, to the point that because of how lore-rich the Nasuverse is, things created for the fic are mistaken as actual canon lore.
    • Some of the officially published manga like From Lostbelt have a disclaimer that these are merely interpretations of the characters based on the manga author's own viewpoints and do not necessarily represent the authorial intent of Type-Moon or what would happen in the game. However, fans generally accept them as canon because they are in officially published avenues like Type-Moon's manga website or magazine.
  • Working Title:
    • Epic of Remnant's working title was Remnant of Blues.
    • In the English version, Lostbelt 3 was advertised as being called "The Nation of Unified Knowledge, QIN". However, sometime before the chapter's release, the title was changed to "The Synchronized Intellect Nation, SIN".
  • 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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