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WARNING! THIS PAGE ASSUMES YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] AND Fate/Zero! AS SUCH, IT WILL CONTAIN UNMARKED SPOILERS FOR BOTH SERIES. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED (also, if you haven't, you won't get most of the jokes anyway)!

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"I WANT THAT!"
Archer: Let's get something straight: You have no wish.
Rin: Correct.
Archer: You think I'm Satan.
Archer: And you would win this war with me, "Actually Satan", leaving the ability to make any wish I want in my hands regardless of what I, "Actually Satan", might want to do with that kind of power?
Rin: Totes.
Archer:...Fuck it, I'm in! I'm all about that zero accountability life!
Rin: Cool.
Archer: I humbly swear, my master, that together, you and I are going to fuck up all the bitches.
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Continuing the proud tradition of the Abridged Series, Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Abridged is created by Mouthwash Studios, with the first episode having been released on April 12 2017.

Featuring tons of Mythology Gags to both the spoilery parts of UBW, as well to the prequel Zero. Also notable for containing several Abridged Series stars, most notably being YamatoSFX in the role of Shirou, most famous for his role as Kirito in the insanely popular Sword Art Online Abridged.

The series follows Ax-Crazy Tsundere Rin Tohsaka, her Deadpan Snarker Straight Man of a servant Archer (Actually Satan, at least according to Rin), wannabe hero Shirou Emiya, and his emotionally scarred, perpetually angry servant Saber, as they participate in the Fifth Holy Grail War. If they don't wind up killing each other first.

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Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Abridged Contains Examples Of:

  • Adaptation Name Change: Mr. Kuzuki becomes Mr. Yamashiro. Though, the credits imply this is a nickname.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Lancer seems much smarter and more eloquent here than in the original. He makes educated guesses about Archer's identity based on his weapon and waxes philosophical about heroism and the world's view of it as he kills Shirou in the school.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Sakura, full stop. In the original source material, she's a kind and soft-spoken young lady. Here, she's still soft-spoken but way more sarcastic and bitter, constantly commenting on how much of an idiot Shirou is. Considering that she seems to be implicitly aware of how the Unlimited Blade Works route pushes her Out of Focus so Rin can be Shirou's love interest, you can't really blame her for being frustrated that the boy she likes barely gives her the time of day.
    Sakura: I haven't heard from you in a couple of days and you haven't returned my calls. But sure let's go ahead and talk about other girls.
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  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed with Archer. He's still a pragmatic Jerkass, but unlike canon!Archer, he's less willing to commit controversial acts. Best exemplified in his fight with Caster. He saves Shirou on reflex despite his hatred of him, threatens to kill Caster's master if she attacked any more innocent people rather than just let her go like in canon, and admonishes Shirou for saying he should have killed Caster rather than let her go.
  • Adaptational Wimp: While he performs just as well as in the original, here Archer is much more open with Rin about his inability to openly fight Lancer and Berserker, constantly telling her though their Psychic Link that they will kill him.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Rin calls Saber "Bae-ber."
  • Alpha Bitch: Abridged!Rin is well aware of how many of her fellow students are attracted to her as well as how proficient she is at magic without any hint of delusion, which she admits she very often uses to her advantage to get what she wants.
  • Analogy Backfire:
    • Archer tries to illustrate how stupid Shirou's Chronic Hero Syndrome is by saying Shirou would probably try to save Rider if she were about to be hit by a bus, even though Rider had tried to kill him earlier. Shirou points out Rider is a Servant who can't be harmed by non-magical attacks, so a bus would be no threat to her.
    • When Archer lets Caster escape, Shirou calls him Batman and asks why he let Zatanna get away instead of finishing her off. Archer points out Batman doesn't kill and Zatanna is a good guy.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Rider's voice is very sensuous. Shirou thinks she's doing it on purpose to try to make him get Distracted by the Sexy.
  • As You Know: Lampshaded to hell and back due to parodying Fate/stay night's many, many Infodumps. This ranges from Ayako repeatedly telling Shirou about how good he is at archery to Taiga almost out of nowhere mentioning her past as a Kendo champion. Thus far, there is only one defiance of this when Rin unveils her family crest, which Shirou recognizes and Rin acknowledges as a Hand Wave for them to not bother explaining what the hell a crest is due to both of them already knowing what one is.
  • Badass Boast:
    Archer: I cannot give you hellfire, Rin, but allow me to show you the might of a hero, who has seen Hell!
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Subverted. Rin very quickly makes assumptions and sticks to those assumptions, but is shown to be perfectly willing to immediately change her mind once irrefutable evidence comes up, such as her quickly accepting that her servant is an Archer once the real Saber appears.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The events of Fate/Zero did not give Saber the best of times. Triggers include guns, explosives, Emiyas, and Command Seals.
    • Rider very quickly becomes enthusiastic about ripping out Shirou's eye upon realizing that he's the boy Sakura told her about.
      Rider: If you are the boy she described, you should know you had this coming.
    • Shirou is basically a button that presses itself whenever Archer sees him or knows that he's nearby.
    • Rin is not happy when Shirou implies she's out of shape.
    • Assassin does not like it when Saber guesses his True Name is Miyamoto Musashi.
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb: If half of the humor relies on Mythology Gags, then the other half relies on characters lampshading the awkward expositions or story progression the original anime had, such as Ayako's strange existence as nothing but pure Character Shilling, Shirou conveniently already knowing about family crests to avoid any explanations for such lore tidbits and Rin and Shirou for some reason completely and mutually abandoning their fight to investigate someone screaming.
  • Bi the Way: More overt than in the visual novel or the anime, as Rin straight up admits that she'd "hit that" when she and Shirou are admiring Saber from a distance. And of course, it's Rin Tohsaka so she's also begrudgingly got some feelings towards Shirou.
  • Blood Knight: Assassin is a polite example, but he lets Archer pass through the gates because he'd rather fight Saber instead. He doesn't even care that Caster is in trouble so long as he can enjoy the fight.
  • Born Lucky: Saber's incredible Luck stat gets her out of near impossible odds.
    Lancer: Well that's dumb. My attack that will always pierce the heart was disrupted by a metaphysical critical roll on a D20.
    Assassin: [After avoiding Tsubame-gaeshi] Well now, that was just unlikely.
  • Breaking the Bonds: Subverted. Caster ties Shirou up with threads, explains how she has been draining the townspeople, and prepares to steal Saber's contract. Shirou attempts to summon up righteous fury and break the threads, but fails, with Caster pointing out no matter how he talks tough, he lacks the power to do so.
  • Break Them by Talking: Turns out when Rin said she "obliterated" Ayako, she meant she hurt her feelings.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Episode 3 starts off with Kiritsugu's marble metaphor (see Metaphorgotten below), and ends with this bit of dialogue between Shirou and Archer:
      Archer: Your dream is stupid Shirou!
      Shirou: (exasperated) God, did someone hurt you?
      Archer: Marbles hurt me!
      Shirou: What does that mean? Help me understand you!
    • Episode 3 had Rin and Archer discover that a Love Potion was being crafted when they smell Mountain Dew and compost. Episode 4, which properly introduces Caster has her reveal that she stole enough love to imbue the soil she and Shirou are standing on with the potion. Shirou notes that it smells like Mountain Dew, which Caster confirms is what the essence of men smells like.
    • Caster agrees with Rin and Archer that Shirou has strong hands.
  • Broken Pedestal: Shirou eventually comes to realize that his hard crush on Rin was extremely misguided considering her Ax-Crazy tendencies.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: Upon learning that Rin finds Shirou hot, Archer starts "suggesting" that Shirou has other physically attractive qualities like strong hands.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Rin: "One Hundred Percent Maximum No Chill!" whenever she does....well, anything.
    • Shirou: "I want that!" whenever he sees a servant use their Noble Phantasms. Given the nature of Unlimited Blade Works, this probably doubles as a Mythology Gag.
  • Canon Welding: It's heavily implied that Archer is the Shirou from Studio DEEN's Fate/stay night anime, with the flashes of memories he gets being scenes from the Deen adaptation, and making reference to Caster being Demoted to Extra in his life much like the Deen adaptation.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: After Archer accidentally lets slip that he knows about Reality Marbles, causing Rin to realize he actually has one, he tries (badly) to try and get her to forget about it.
  • Character Shilling:
    • Parodied with Ayako, as her entire character seems to be nothing but existing to say "Shirou, you were an awesome archer!", and serving as a Ms. Exposition to Shirou about Rin's attempts to kill him.
    • Rider spends some time talking about how Shinji's sister is talented and beautiful.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Shirou and Archer, naturally. It's even to the point where Archer saves Shirou from Caster reflexively, despite wanting Shirou dead.
    Archer: What the fuck is wrong with me, why did I do that?
    Shirou: Because you're secretly a really good guy, and you couldn't just let your protege die!
    Archer: You're not my protege! I didn't mean to save you.
  • Color Failure: Saber suffers this when Shirou asks her about Illya in episode 3.
  • Competition Freak: Rin once broke a classmate's legs so they wouldn't beat her in a foot race.
  • Compliment Backfire: Shirou realizes that, deep down, Archer is a "Good Person" and must have dreamed of helping people, and so promises to become a hero for Archer's sake as well as his father's.
    Archer: I'm feeling very complicated version of hatred right now!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sakura's coping method for being shoved off to the side by the plot of this route is to complain in every appearance, to the point that the subtitles refer to her as Sassy Sakura.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: When Shirou confronts Shinji about Sakura's bruise, the latter insists that he didn't hit Sakura. He just smacked her around a little.
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs. Apparently Mr. Yamashiro terrified all his drama students into leaving the school, so he's no longer allowed to teach it. But he was only the drama teacher, leaving him without a class. Everyone's too scared to fire him, though.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Saber really doesn't like guns, or explosives for that matter. After Fate/Zero, can you blame her?
    Saber: (after Shirou collapses from his wounds) Shirou! Promise me you'll never touch a gun, and I will get you help!
  • Expy: Archer sounds a hell of a lot like he's an Only Sane Man version of Alucard from Hellsing Ultimate Abridged. His voice seems to be emulating Takahata101 as well.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Both Rin and Caster want Saber for reasons more than her being a powerful Servant.
  • Freudian Excuse: It Amused Me traits aside, Rin all but admits that her Ax-Crazy tendencies are brought about by her family's destruction in Fate/Zero and her dedication to maintaining the Tohsaka family's integrity.
  • Godwin's Law: After the confrontation with Caster in episode 4, Archer compares himself and Shirou to Hitler. He gives Shirou a hypothetical scenario that mirrors their situation. In it, Hitler, right before his death, gets a chance to go back in time and confront his past self. Archer asks Shirou if Hitler should stop his younger self from going down the same path he did.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: "Nobody gets to say my dream is stupid except me!"
  • I Hate Past Me: Archer, Up to Eleven. The minute Shirou is around, he'll start begging Rin to let him kill Shirou off, or at least let one of the other servants do it. When that doesn't work, he'll settle for insulting and belittling him at every conceivable turn.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Rin relishes in the fact that she's such a Dude Magnet that undoing a single button on her shirt got people to do whatever she wanted. She attempts this on Shirou (promising to let him touch her boobs if he comes out of cover) but failed to realize that he has enough common sense to know she wants to kill him.
  • Ignore The Fanservice: Rin's attempt to lure Shirou out with a promise to let him touch her breast understandably does nothing to make him forget she is trying to kill him.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Rin's reasoning for why she's attracted to Shirou:
    Rin: You're the only person whose ever defied, denied, and outclassed me. And... I think I like it.
    Shirou: Oh... what a strange friendship we have.
  • I Never Told You My Name: Caster is shocked when Archer casually calls her Medea.
    Caster: Kid's right, you do know things...
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Rin always calls Archer "Actually Satan", saying the "Actually" is important.
    • When Shirou calls Saber a talented swordswoman, she insists he call her a swordsman.
    • Caster mocks Archer for trying to take her on with arrows. He says he uses projectiles, which is accurate since he throws swords as well as arrows.
    • When Caster boasts about her magic, Shirou says he can do magic too. Archer rightfully says Shirou can only do mere magecraft.
    Shirou: Tomayto, tomahto.
    Archer: More like tomato to-Nuclear Warhead!
  • Insult Backfire: Archer was smugly confident that Shirou could never actually figure him out enough to return fire against him verbally, and invited him to try his luck in episode 4. Then Shirou called him a "Good Person" who failed to be a hero, and kept going...
  • Kick the Dog: Archer taunts Shirou about having lost his parents twice.
  • Large Ham: Several of them, actually.
    • Rin. She doesn't half-do things.
    • Shirou, whenever he's in "Hero Of Justice" mode, talks like a stereotypical Knight in Shining Armor, dramatic speeches and all.
    • Mr. Yamashiro says everything in a dramatic, ominous, and vaguely threatening way, to the point where his drama students too scared to come to campus.
    • Saber occasionally forgets that she's supposed to be pretending to be a normal teenage girl and ends up pontificating about how she's a king and calls people she doesn't like "knaves."
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • Sakura's Adaptational Jerkass makes more sense if you consider the anime and the Unlimited Blade Works route's lack of focus on her.
    • Shirou notes the alarming number of people who are attracted to Saber, aka the Nasuverse's Series Mascot waifu.
    • Shirou and Rin's after school standoff in episode 3 involves Shirou Lampshading the fact that many of the series's jokes rely on knowledge of Fate/Zero and Nausuverse lore to fully appreciate them.
  • Love at First Sight: Rin was already pretty dead set on getting a Saber as her Servant, but upon seeing Arturia, has become practically obsessed with it.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Shirou is oddly indifferent about the fact that he got killed and brought back to life. He chalks it up to his experience as a survivor of the Fuyuki City fire making him having Seen It All. Saber is confused by all this.
  • Metaphorgotten: In episode 3, we're treated to a flashback of Shirou talking with Kiritsugu, who compares life to a bag of marbles. A metaphor which rapidly devolves into a broken rant about the events of Fate/Zero, with "marbles" as stand ins for the other characters:
    Shirou: Dad... Did marbles hurt you?
    Kiritsugu: No kiddo... I hurt me. I also hurt marbles. I feel worse about the marbles.
  • Mythology Gag: Most of the jokes, really, to the point where people who haven't seen UBW and Zero are unlikely to understand any of them.
    • Nearly every joke relating to Archer and Saber relies on knowledge of Archer's true identity and Saber's traumatic experiences in the Fourth Holy Grail War respectively.
      • Archer in particular makes numerous references to the Studio DEEN adaptation of the "Fate Route", doubling as Canon Welding by suggesting this version of Archer is the Shirou of that adaptation.
    • When Gilgamesh meets with Kirei after the latter met Shirou, Gilgamesh decides to Kick the Son of a Bitch by bringing up Kirei's deceased wife.
    • Shirou's flashback of Kiritsugu has him go into a metaphorgotten about his various regrets over his actions in Fate/Zero. When Shirou mentions this later on to Rin, he also brings up that Kiritsugu let slip the identity of Aŋra Mainyu, though Shirou misremembers it as Angry Matthew.
    • Upon their initial meeting, both Saber and Assassin mistake the other's true identities for someone they naturally don't have pleasant feelings about.
  • Narm: In-Universe, Rin lies about the total number of traps she set for Shirou not to have an advantage over him or anything, but because admitting that she set sixty-nine traps would seriously undercut the dramatic showdown they were having.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Rin argues to Kirei that, like the Holy Roman Empire, the Holy Grail War involves neither an actual Holy Grail nor an actual war.
  • Not So Different: After getting to know each other better, Rin realizes that she and Shirou have something in common. They are, in her own words, both idiots with Daddy Issues and terrible reasons to fight in the Holy Grail War.
  • Pet the Dog: Alpha Bitch and Ax-Crazy as she is, Rin's first act of kindness, resurrecting Shirou, is because she knows Sakura likes him and she'll feel bad if anything happened.
  • Phrase Catcher: It's frequently noted that Archer is weird. He's weird about Shirou.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Partial example. Rin has only read the first four Harry Potter books. When she and Shirou team up, she compares them to Ron and Hermione. Shirou, who has read all the books, feels awkward because those two get together in the end, but Rin doesn't know that.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: After Shirou compared Archer to Batman, Archer tries to kill him after remarking, "Maybe you are my Robin. You do remind me a lot of Jason Todd."
  • Reality Ensues: At one point, Rin offers Shirou to come out into the open with promises to let him touch her breast. Shirou, understandably freaked out by the fact that Rin is trying to kill him and currently has him cornered in a classroom, refuses in spite of his admitted attraction to her.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Lancer is very fond of speaking in Limericks.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Rin figures out Archer is lying about his amnesia right off the bat... but becomes convinced it's because he's Satan, and refuses to let go of that idea.
  • Sarcastic Confession: Archer is a lot less subtle than he is in the source material, but he makes up for it by making most of his lines sound like he's just heavily mocking Shirou.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Berserker shows up in episode 2, Archer makes a break for it without hesitation.
    Archer: Nope! He who runs away and doesn't fight, runs away first!
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Yamashiro congratulates Shirou on scoring Saber.
    • Archer, in spite of his hatred of him, seems to be behind Rin being in a relationship with Shirou. Probably because it would be a victory in romance for him by proxy.
  • Skewed Priorities: The school seemingly the victim of a terrorist attack and a student has been found with her blood drained? This is all clearly a supernatural character assassination to discredit Issei's term as student council president.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Saber flip flops between speaking in refined and eloquent English and Totally Radical slang. More often than not she's confused by what comes out of her mouth half the time.
  • Straight Man: Archer plays this role to Rin...usually. He'll offer common sense to counter her Insane Troll Logic, attempt to reign in her Ax-Crazy, and grumble about ridiculous the whole situation is...unless Shirou is involved, at which point their roles reverse immediately.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Saber, when Shirou asks her if she knows anything about Illya.
      Saber: No. I do not know anything about Illyasviel Von Einzbern. Or her mother. Or her terrible father. I have no connection to that family.
    • Rider, after describing Shinji as the the last remaining heir of the Matou bloodline and how he's the brother of the beautiful and sagacious Sakura, denies that she's ever heard of them.
  • Totally Radical: Saber. Evidently, part of the knowledge imparted by the Grail includes modern slang... but not proper context for the slang, resulting in her sounding like this a lot of the time.
  • Tsundere: Doesn't matter if it's a parody, doesn't matter if she's Ax-Crazy here, Rin Tohsaka, is still Rin Tohsaka.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Shirou decides he has a chance against Rin on the basis that since mages are more focused on refining their magical craft, they failed to make time to physically tone their bodies for fitness. He gets proven severely wrong when Rin pulls off some Le Parkour while screaming about how out of shape she is.
    • Caster thinks the combined might of Saber, Archer, Assassin, and Caster herself could easily take down Berserker. This just tips Archer off that Caster knows nothing about Berserker.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Ayako doesn't ask any questions about the fact that Rin has a knife coated in a corrosive luminescent glow that ate through her locker. Though it's probably because she knows better than to dig herself deeper when Rin is angry.
  • Well Done Daughter Girl: Rin confesses to Shirou and Archer that she honestly couldn't care less about the Grail or its wish. She's fighting the War because it was what her father asked her to do the last time they ever saw each other. She even admits it's probably not a very good reason for fighting in the Holy Grail War.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Shinji asks Shirou to tell Rin that Shinji said she has beautiful eyes.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: After Saber calls Assassin out for developing Tsubame Gaeshi to get rid of birds in his garden instead of just hiring a cleaning lady, Assassin denies that he "wrote this."
  • With Friends Like These...: Lampshaded. After our heroes spend the entire fight with Berserker and Illya arguing, culminating in Archer nearly killing Shirou, Illya decides the best way to kill them is to leave them to their own devices.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When Shirou tells Taiga and Sakura about Illya, Sakura says she'd dropkick her in a heartbeat.
  • Worthy Opponent: Saber and Assassin become fast friends due to their mutually impressive sword skills and polite personalities.
    Assassin: I am having a very fun time, Saber.
    Saber: As am I, other Saber.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: When he and Rin have their after-school standoff, Shirou seems to buy into the RPG cliche that mages are frail and physically weak, having spent time they could have used building strength and endurance instead researching more powerful magic. By this logic, he figures that he can rush Rin and overpower her in melee. Unfortunately for him, Rin is better at time management than that (and Nasuverse magic doesn't work the same way typical RPG magic works), and quickly proves him wrong by empowering her limbs and effortlessly hopping down the stairwell, while screaming at him about how out of shape she is. He quickly concedes the point.
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