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Rider: Hello little man! Here are your Command Seals! But remember, you only get three!
Waver: Are you a genie?
Rider: Ohhh dear.
Episode 1
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Fuyuki City, where seven silly Masters and seven wacky Servants get together in a whimsical battle royale of the Holy Grail War, Kiritsugu Emiya, under the Einzbern's command as a mercenary, as well as Irisviel von Einzbern, summon forth Servant Saber to do battle in their stead... in the most ridiculous war ever known to man.

Fate/Cero is, for all its worth, an abridged series of Fate/Zero. With heavy-editing, a grand cast, and the usual craziness with most abridged series, this entry puts up a number of jokes and even expands on those already presented in the original show, all the while keeping elements of the awesome side of Fate/Zero, as well as the darker tones it shows (if only for a few seconds, even). The YouTube page can be found here.

As of September 2016, the series has been canceled.

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As of September 2017, the series has been renewed!


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  • Accidental Misnaming: Meta-example. Takashi Takeuchi's name is missing the U in Take'u'chi in the opening disclaimer. The pronounciation is correct, not the spelling.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Gilgamesh is less of a prick than he was in the original canon. To elaborate, in the original, he's kind of a dick to everyone involved, even to his master. Here, he kills Assassin by accident, has a fun drinking party with Saber and Rider, and when he suggests to Kirei to kill Tokiomi, he was only joking. However...
    • The same applies with Kirei, since he's on Tohsaka's side. To elaborate:
    Kirei (to Gilgamesh): And besides, he's a great father figure. Just this morning, his daughter was messing with magic she wasn't ready for and you know what he did? He gave her a gift. Because he was proud of her for trying to expand her knowledge despite the risk. What's more that could help her avoid repeating the same mistakes. He's a kind and patient man, and you suggest I kill him for what, a wish-granting cup in a battle between ghosts?
  • Adaptational Wimp: Gilgamesh gets the hell out of dodge once Berserker shows he can use his own Noble Phantasms against him. In addition, he's scared off when Kiritsugu threatens to shoot him.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In canon, Kiritsugu had rather noble intentions, genuinely loved his wife, and was willing to evacuate the rest of Kayneth's hotel before blowing it up (granted he chastises himself for that, but still). Here? He had no problems fantasizing about killing Iri, and ''celebrated'' with a cigarette when he blew up Kayneth's hotel and everyone inside.
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  • Adult Fear: Just like in the original, Ryuunosuke and Caster are serial child murderers. Except that Caster does most of the killing while Ryuunosuke is seen torturing one.
  • Affably Evil: Ryuunosuke seems saner and calmer here, but still murders children for the fun of it. On that matter, Zouken, while still keeping Sakura under the bugs, is annoyed with the innuendo Kariya makes while slurping a shake of "Malicious Intentions".
  • Ax-Crazy: Caster is this Up to Eleven in this series. Ryuunosuke in some extent as well.
  • Badass Adorable: Little Rin manages to literally overpower Ryuunosuke's magic bracelet to get away from him, thanks to Tokiomi's lecture.
  • Beauty Mark: Lancer's mole, but this time it does more than just make someone fall in love with him. note 
    • Lancer later reveals women are after him because of the mole.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Rider, Gilgamesh and especially Saber are completely plastered drinking from Rider's wine.
  • The Cameo: Astaroth appears in Episode 4 to receive a vision from Caster
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: Berserker has never put soap in his mouth in his lifetime it seems. This case is also a little unusual in that the censorship doesn't really censor much (the beeping sound only lasting for about an estimated tenth in each word).
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: As if Caster isn't crazy as much as he is already.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Kiritsugu's use of guns than magic to Kayneth's annoyance.
    Kayneth: Use magic maaaaaaaan!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rin, somewhat same as canon, questions Kirei's and Assassin's credibility.
    Rin: What can Assassin do?
    Kirei: I hear he's really good at dancing.
    Rin: Who told you that?
    Kirei: Uh... Assassin.
    Rin: ...Well alright, let me know how that goes.
    • Kirei himself gets in on it at times.
    Kirei: Oh, look, a third of humanity's problems! How are you today?
  • Death by Adaptation: Assassin actually dies for real at Archer's hands accidentally rather than it being a misdirection by Kirei and Tokiomi.note 
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Kayneth and Sola-Ui are subjected by this from Lancer's mole. Justified if you read the the original Light Novel.
  • Domestic Abuse: Episode 4 has this instances, surprisingly Played for Laughs. Hell, it's in the episode's title, "Abuso Doméstico":
    • After being crippled and having his magic circuits damaged, Sola-Ui breaks Kayneth's hand.
    • When Rin breaks Ryuunosuke's bracelet given to him by Caster, Caster viciously beats him up.
    • Of the Abusive Parents variety, Zouken crushes Kariya's leg with his cane.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Irisviel, and now she thinks she's making love with the car.
    Irisviel: Faster! Harder! Lanceeeerrr... *Eyes roll up* Saber, I can't see! *Heart eyes*
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Kayneth is pissed at Kiritsugu for blowing up his hotel nearly killing himself, Sola, and Lancer inside, plus it was full of other people in it.
  • Expy: Caster is what happens if you fuse Takahata 101's Nappa and Alucard and make him an Ax-Crazy child murderer who failed Child Psychology with a minor in pain.
    • Kiritsugu definitely has Archer vibes emulating. Down to the tone of his voice and mannerisms.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Saber isn't out of place from her legends, she's out of place from the 90s instead!
    Saber: Damn it, we've been blazed!
    Lancer: What does that mean?
  • Historical In-Joke: Used for Rider when he thinks Gilgamesh puts something in his wine. Alexander the Great was supposedly poison from his wine as a possible cause of death.
  • Heroic BSoD: Saber has a quick one after Berserker's "IT BECOMES MY NOBLE PHANTASM" speech.
  • Innocently Insensitive: While drunk out their minds, Rider asks Saber what would she do if she were to win the Holy Grail. She ends up in Berserker Tears. Gilgamesh calls him out on it, though Rider didn't know in his defense.
  • Intimate Healing: As with the rest of the Nasuverse, sex is used to replenish mana. Something which Caster manages to convince Ryuunosuke to do.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Rider goads several onlookers into revealing themselves by questioning their masculinity.
    Rider: Anyone hiding right now... totally gay.
    [Berserker, Archer, and Kayneth pop up, remonstrating]
    Kiritsugu: [staying where he is] I don't care. I'll suck dick. Single life, baby!
  • Large Ham: Berserker dear lord.
    • Kariya applies, to Zouken's annoyance.
      • Becomes even more funnier if you already figured out who became who's master later on. And the hint is in the opening credits. This results in a:
    • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Between the Master and Servant.
  • Laughing Mad: Tokiomi, when summoning Gilgamesh in the basement.
    Rin: Am I allowed to go down there?
    (Cut to Tokiomi laughing cathartically after witnessing Gilgamesh, then cut to Kirei)
    Kirei: ...I wouldn't.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In Episode 4 with Kayneth's line in the first 37 seconds:
    Kayneth: As usual, we're off to a fine start.
  • Mythology Gag: When Saber, Rider, and Gilgamesh are completely drunk, their dialogue is in Visual Novel format. Fate/stay night, the first and core entry in the series, and its sequel Fate/hollow ataraxia are both visual novels.
    • In the above Intimate Healing, guess what Caster does to replenish his mana to Ryuunosuke?
  • Obviously Evil: Zouken of course. Who else drinks a slurpee called "Malicious Intentions"? Kariya questions him directly on the reason for his evilness; Zouken replies lampshadingly:
    • "Look at my face - really look at it - and you tell me if I need a reason to be cruel."
  • Parental Neglect: Aoi Tohsaka isn't even sure which of her daughters was given away.
    Aoi: Uh... the purple one?
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Strangely enough, Kiritsugu seems to believe this. He's disturbed by Saber's assumption that he's going to use command seals to rape her, and it's Gilgamesh' outburst at being unable to sleep with drunk!Saber that gets a gun pointed in his face. Kiritsugu also blows up the hotel the instant Kayneth considers using "sex command seals" on Lancer.
  • A Rare Sentence:
    Caster: You go acquire some more children, and I'll set out to rape Joan of Arc!
    Ryuunosuke: I am glad I lived long enough to hear that sentence.
  • Shown Their Work: You'd be amazed by how much.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Holy hell, Caster...
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Archer's wine definitely had something drug-related inside. It inexplicably caused Rider to summon Ionian Hetaroi, to the confusion of his men.
    Rider (after crashing and going back to his own wine): I ain't drinking your shit anymore.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Kariya's conversation with Zouken (in regards to becoming a mage in place of Sakura):
    Kariya: Put it in me!
    Zouken: Well now, hold on now, that sentence may require elaboration.
    Kariya: Your crest worms! Put it in me!! [...]
    Zouken: Now, see, you could've just said "put them into me," 'cause it sounded like you went out of your way to insinuate innuendo, and I don't appreciate that.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Kiritsugu. He's much more of a Jerkass than in canon, he's desperately hoping for 'the single life' and considered killing his own wife.
    Kiritsugu: I am not mentally equipped to raise a child, much less be tied down by one woman. How am I gonna get out of this one?
    (Cut to Kiritsugu strangling Irisviel)
    Kiritsugu: You knew what this was!
    (Cut back to Kiritsugu, smoking contemplatively)
    Kiritsugu: Nah, that'll never work, she's a kicker.
  • Troll: Waver attempts this by putting the entire manuscript of A New Hope on one of Kayneth's videoes, and wrote the entire thing with the title "You're Move Teach Drrrrrrrrrrr" and put it on his desk. He ends up getting caught, and in return accidentally summons Rider.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Berserker, natch.
    Lancer: U mad?
    Berserker: ALL THE TIIIIME!!!
  • Walking Spoiler: Unlike the original, there's no effort in hiding the fact that Berserker is Sir Lancelot for this series.
    • What makes this weird is that there is just about no mention of the identities of the other six Servants, whereas in Fate/Zero, those six were all revealed in the first few episodes. Here:
      • Saber's (kinda) true name is said only a couple of times by Berserker.
      • Archer is referred to by name once (at the end of Episode 4, and at this point half of Zero has been covered).
      • Lancer, Rider, and Caster have their identities referenced in subtle ways (Lancer's Mole, Rider's Birthday, and Caster's obsession with Joan Of Arc) that would probably only ping with people who either already knew them or were very familiar with the underlying history. Assassin only spoke in Arabic, which would not have been sufficient to identify him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Caster and Ryuunosuke, just like in canon.
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