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Fate/Gamers Only is a webcomic adapting the storyline of Fate/Grand Order starting from Singularity F, published on the r/grandorder subreddit by u/namtap032892. Starting as a short series based off a forum thread the author took part in titled "Save the world with two Servants of your choice" (with El-Melloi II and Tomoe Gozen as namtap's choices), the webcomic expanded to focus on its own take on the female protagonist, here named Rikku Marei.

The comic is hosted on Reddit, but the pages have been uploaded to Deviantart here

Fate/Gamers Only provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Played for Laughs during Halloween 2015. Rikku gets bored of the event and decides to literally skip everything.
  • Accidental Pervert: Before the Septem Rayshift, Rikku rushes to change clothes to make up for oversleeping before Mash can even leave the room, much to the latter's embarrassment.
  • Adaptational Alternate Ending: For the "A Meihousou Most Foul" event, all of the actors suggested a potential ending each with the playerbase voting on which ending would be chosen (though all endings could be viewed in My Room anyway). Here, Rikku decides that the endings aren't satisfying on their own and films an ending that blends elements of the suggested endings together.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Compared to Gudako, Rikku has many more self-esteem issues resulting from her darker personality traits, such as wondering if killing people to save others is really the right thing or not or taking issue with not being able to fight on the front lines like her Servants.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Tomoe Gozen, whose True Name isn't revealed until her first appearance in the third Pseudo-Singularity in Part 1.5, is part of Rikku's first summon.
    • Blackbeard ends up in Chaldea before his official first appearance in Okeanos to send extra outfits for Rikku to wear and influence events. While sneaking around, he laughs about no one knowing who he is yet because they haven't been to Okeanos.
    • Astolfo is summoned before the first Christmas event, when the canon version said event featured a scene poking fun at how Astolfo wasn't summonable at the time.
    • BB shows up in Extra Comic 21, as the reason why Rikku can play her games despite the world being destroyed. In canon, she didn't show up until Part 1.5 almost a year later.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Due to having more issues, Rikku barely opens up about her past life and feelings. Because of this, Mash herself states she and Rikku aren't that close at all despite their affection, different from Ritsuka Fujimaru of the game. Though later on they slowly start getting closer as time moves on for the both of them.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Rikku calls El-Melloi II "Sensei". According to namtap's notes, Rikku didn't even notice that she called him that the first time, but "He's just so much like that one gruff teacher that the students love because he's actually a good teacher that she called him that automatically." El-Melloi thinks to himself at one point that he'd like to protest being called "Sensei", but decides that it sounds "natural" coming from Rikku.
    • During the third summer event, Rikku calls Jeane d'Arc Alter "Alty". She doesn't like being called that.
  • All Men Are Perverts: During the "The Garden of Order" arc, when Artoria Lancer Alter gets upset at being called skinny and strips, Romani naturally wants to record it. Rikku responds with happily locking his Magi Mari files when she gets back.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Parodied with Chevalier d'Eon in Comic 221, who tells Santa Alter that they're not crossdressing in response to a comment about their frilly men's attire and prepares to state their gender, but gets cut off by Rikku wanting to get the present-giving over with already.
  • Amnesiac Resonance: Rikku gets drunk and kisses Mash, but Mash's poison-resistance skill means that she ends up with the hangover instead of Rikku and forgets the kiss. During a battle later the same day as Mash's hazy memory, Rikku notices Mash blushing furiously, who explains that ever since she woke up, she feels embarrassed, her face gets hot, and her heart races whenever she looks at Rikku, indicating that Mash is now attracted to her because of the kiss.
  • Anachronism Stew: Discussed in Comic 369. Rikku puts on a cowgirl outfit for the American Singularity, and Mash says old Western clothes won't help her blend in during the Revolutionary War. Rikku points out the effects of the Singularity brought mechs and soldiers with chainmail, so it doesn't matter what she wears.
  • An Arm and a Leg: EX 090, recreating the Black Knight scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, has Saber Alter as the Black Knight get her arm cut off and just shrug it off. Rikku admits that the scene is actually pretty terrifying.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Rikku asks Karna why all warriors are obsessed with victory and defeat, proposing to simply sit and talk through their issues. While Karna admits this course of action would have saved many lives in his own story, he responds with another question: would they be remembered as heroes if all they had done was sit and talk?
  • As You Know: Parts of the story skipped over by the comic tend to be summarized by Rikku giving a short speech to recount what happened offscreen. Poked fun at in Comic 415 "Recapping".
    Scathach: "...Do you always feel the need to recap everything you just learned? Seems like a waste of time to me."
    Rikku: "...I don't need a lampshade right now, thanks."
  • Attention Whore:
    Kiyohime: "Anchin-sama, stop monologuing and pay attention to me!"
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: One of Rikku's greatest strengths is her ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the enemy Servants. She credits it to playing lots of video games. It subsequently turns out her analytical skills are boosted by her magical enhancement.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": EX 092 shows Circe is really not invested in her chosen role as the accused witch in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, getting lines wrong and not bothering to stay in character most of the time.
  • Bad Liar: After returning from London, Rikku confronts Roman to ask him about if he's hiding something from them. His hesitation mixed with Rikku's Magic Enhancement letting her sense his increased heart rate and slight temperature rise tells her that Dr. Roman is lying when he says no, but she decides that he is the kind of person who would lie to protect others rather than to protect himself and lets him off the hook (for lying at least, she sure as hell doesn't let him off the hook for letting Jack go to London).
  • Bad Santa: Santa Alter goes around beating people up before giving them presents. Rikku says that she's never seen such a hyper-aggressive Santa before (though she then remembers Bad Santa Veigar and Santa Draven and takes back the thought) and that somehow breaking and entering wasn't bad enough.
  • Bag of Holding: Da Vinci gave Rikku a storage device that automatically collects item drops to explain where the protagonist is supposed to store the enormous amount of mats from gameplay.
  • Bare Midriffs Are Feminine: The supplies Da Vinci gave the cast for the Orleans Singularity include two versions of the True Ether Mystic Code, with the female version having an exposed midriff. Rikku would rather not show off her midriff and takes the top from the male version, much to Da Vinci's disappointment. When entering Septem, Rikku finds that Da Vinci swapped the male top out for another version in eye-searing bright colors to encourage her to wear an outfit with a midriff, which doesn't work until Nero forces her into the alternate outfit after being convinced by Da Vinci that Rikku lacks confidence to want to wear it.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Rikku thinks to herself that she can die happy after being princess-carried by Mash. Once Jack shows up to kill everyone, Rikku clarifies that she doesn't want to die yet.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Jack the Ripper returns during Tesla's rampage in London to stop him because Rikku comforted her even after she tried to kill her.
  • Beneath the Mask: Rikku has a lot of self-loathing and tries to hide her pain as not to worry those she cares about. Several times in the series, Mash makes it clear that she embraces Rikku for the real her and tells her to stop pushing people away in her attempts to not be a burden.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: Subverted. While its uncertain what Rikku's faith is in, she doesn't seem to deny God's existence or have negative views on the religion. What she doesn't like is people who say God does everything, and believes people should help themselves before relying on God like Jeanne. Overall, she states she has nothing against God.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't insult Da Vinci's sense of aesthetics. She won't let you hear the end of it.
    • Using or hurting children to Rikku. Who claims she'll be a 'Villain' if it means opposing those who use them for the 'Greater Good'. Best shown when she scolds both Roman and Da Vinci for sending Jack the Ripper to halt Tesla. Later during the Santa Alter event, Rikku threatens Saber Alter when she intends to fight Jack and Nursery Rhyme.
    • Rikku hates manipulative types of people like Jason and Paracelsus, as they remind her of her mother.
    • EX 078 ("Berserker Button") revolves around this. Rikku is playing a game with a weapon called the Sword of Achilles with the sound muted because hearing Achilles' name would piss off Penthesilea (who has a huge mad-on for the guy) and lead to the console and the TV being obliterated. After Rikku and Mash manage to have a conversation about the situation without saying his name through the use of euphemisms and word-swaps, Osabekihime walks in and asks what's wrong with saying Achilles' name, resulting in an angry Penthesilea barging in.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Sister for Stheno and Euryale and Medusa. For Euryale, Stheno tells Rikku this:
      Stheno: And if you lay a finger on her, I'll tear you limb from limb. (Dark Eyes)
    • Medusa fearlessly protects the former when they're in danger.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Marie Antoinette makes her debut by preventing Jeanne Alter from decapitating Rikku.
    • Void Shiki appears during the "The Garden of Order" arc to help the party fight against a powerful Evil Spirit .
  • Blackmail: At the end of the Saber Wars event, Rikku "negotiates" for Mysterious Heroine X to come to Chaldea and continue training Artoria Lily in exchange for (said with a smirk and darkened eyes) everyone forgetting about X tricking them into fixing her spacecraft for free under false pretenses, attempted sabercide and assault, and admitting to once intending on killing Lily. X cries and says that the "negotiation" is actually blackmail.
  • Blatant Lies: After hearing that Amadeus was listening to the sounds of Mash and Marie sleeping, Rikku grabs him and throws him into the trees before trying to convince Tomoe otherwise.
    Rikku: (Monotone) "Oh, darn. Amadeus has been taken out by the enemy, who's not even here yet. Guess we'll need to press on without him."
  • Boob-Based Gag: True to the source material, Artoria Lancer Alter's huge chest is a source of humor. Shiki suggests to stop looking at them or they will mess up their sense of scale.
  • Boss Rush: Rikku mentions that she hates these when she pushes Caster Gilles out of the way during the final stretch of Orleans.
  • Brick Joke: During Orleans, Rikku requests for Da Vinci to make her some flashbangs and sunglasses. Near the start of Okeanos, she dons the sunglasses and throws a flashbang at a random pirate, mentioning that she never got to use it during Septem.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • When Atalante meets Artemis and finds out that she's a hopeless romantic, Rikku gives her a hug.
    • Rikku laments that her childhood has been ruined after she meets Okita and Oda.
  • Brutal Honesty: In Comic 228, aptly named "Consequences of Honesty", Rikku says that it's adorable that Jeanne d'Arc Alter practiced her handwriting just to send a letter to Santa and calls her an "earnest girl". Jeanne Alter declares that she's going to kill her, and Rikku calls herself out for saying that. Comic 439 has Rikku internally note that maybe she should start reconsidering this policy.
  • The Butler Did It: Rikku's ending for "A Meihousou Most Foul" uses part of Jeanne d'Arc Alter's proposed ending saying the murderer was actually the POV, who turns out to be a butler portrayed by Chaldea's last Master. The description lampshades it.
    "Because it's always the butler, right?"
  • Buxom Beauty Standard: Zig-zagged. Shiki suggests everyone ignore Lancer Artoria Alter's comically large breasts because their huge size will mess up their sense of scale. Rikku agrees and says that she thinks "the perfect size would be Maaaaa-" before deciding to shut up.
  • Call-Forward:
    • After meeting Da Vinci and finding that she resembles the Mona Lisa, Rikku recalls King Arthur being a woman back in Fuyuki and asks herself if Miyamoto Musashi will turn out to be a woman (Shimousa), if Sasaki Koujirou will be real (also Shimousa, but appears first in Orleans here), and if Oda Nobunaga will turn out to be a dork (GUDAGUDA), adding that she would like to meet Sanada Yukimura (Emiya acts as a stand in for him during GUDAGUDA events).
    • During London, Rikku researches the Knights of the Round Table after a throw-away line from Mordred leads her to believe that the Heroic Spirit fused with Mash is a member. Her research results in her finding a mention of a shield belonging to Galahad before being cut off by Mash waking up. So close to figuring out the Heroic Spirit's identity two Singularities early!
    • After Mordred compares Dr. Roman to Merlin during London, Rikku jokes that they're actually pretty alike and says that she wouldn't be surprised if Merlin was also interested in MagiMari. People who have played the Solomon chapter will know that Merlin is MagiMari.
    • As Charles Babbage is disappearing, Rikku asks him if he can transform. He finds the idea interesting and says that he will look into it if he's summoned to protect humanity. The second Summer event has Babbage transform into a train as Fran's race car.
    • Rikku asks during the first Christmas event why everything needs to be resolved with violence and says that she would prefer something like a murder mystery, hinting at the future "Murder at the Kogetsukan" event.
    • d'Eon's maid disguise from the Agartha chapter is hinted at during the adaptation of the first Christmas event, where Santa Alter gifts d'Eon a maid outfit and Rikku decides (while laughing) that they must wear it.
    • In EX 043, Rikku mentions Tomoe using her new PSVR to play Beat Saber, referencing Tomoe's Summer variant that wears a VR headset and has animations referencing Beat Saber.
  • Cannot Spit It Out:
    • During the first Halloween event, Rikku prepares to respond to Kiyohime calling her her husband by saying that her wife is Mash, but cuts herself off before she can finish saying her kohai's name. Mash gets disappointed because she was interested in finding out what Rikku's type was, but Dr. Roman assures her that she doesn't have to worry.
    • Discussed in EX 037. Dr. Roman asks Rikku why she keeps acting like a "dense anime protagonist" instead of just admitting her feelings to Mash. Rikku explains that she's afraid Mash's feeling are from the Suspension Bridge Effect (misattribution of arousal) with such a fear not being healthy for a relationship. Since there is no way to prove if that's the case in their current circumstances, she simply won't confess yet.
    • During 0469, Rikku internally reveals she wants to confess to Mash, yet wasn't able to bring herself to do it and is frustrated with herself about it.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action:
    • The trope's name is used word-for-word as the title for comic 130, where Rikku changes clothes almost instantly during a battle.
      • Justified after Okeanos, where Da Vinci makes a device that can let Rikku change outfits on the fly.
    • The Mini-Nobu that was dragged along with Rikku when she was kidnapped by Santa Alter is dressed as an elf.
  • Characterization Marches On: Early comics have Rikku use her canon name "Gudako" and lack the Unlimited Wardrobe that becomes a recurring character trait.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: As Lu Bu is very well-known for this, Rikku makes certain to tell him she's no lord, they're not allies, she has no treasure, and she would be a disappointment for him to kill. Mash thinks it's harsh, but Rikku's not taking any chances.
  • Clerk: As Rikku embarrassingly reveals, she used to work in retail, which is how she manages to order around people so well. El-Melloi II finds that it explains a lot.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Mash and the protagonist's relationship is flipped such that Rikku is the one who gets possessive (and quite possessive at that) should someone flirt with their loved one or even look at her the wrong way. When Nero expresses interest in Mash's abilities, Rikku drags Mash away and declares "Mine", and she later holds up Orion at sword point for admiring Mash.
    • Eventually, Mash acquires clingy tendencies too. When Fergus shows up in the America Singularity, Rikku baits him into flirting with herself so that Mash assaults him in a jealous rage.
  • Clothing Switch:
    • Rikku uses one of Mash's jackets as pajamas because all of her luggage was incinerated before it could arrive at Chaldea, and the jacket ended up in her closet after she mentioned her lack of clothes to Dr. Roman. After everyone returns from Septem, Da Vinci reveals that she's the one who put the jacket in the closet.
    • To trick the enemy El-Melloi II in Septem, Rikku and Nero swap clothes and restyle their hair so they can pretend to be the other.
  • Combination Attack: The Chaldeans create a flashbang to escape from Jeanne Alter and her Berserk Servants by deflecting Tomoe's On Arorikya Sowaka off of Mash's Lord Chaldeas.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After Asterios carries the gang's ship ashore, Euryale calls him out for opening up his wounds and asks "what kind of moron" would do such a thing. Asterios smiles as he says "...This kind...of...moron."
  • Competition Freak: In the Extra Comics, Rikku of all people shows herself to be this. While it's considered fair considering it's Medb she's going against, the fact she threatens the judges with a gun, and attempts to one-up Medb, says otherwise with namtap admitting she's being a bit of a bitch. But again, it's Medb she's going against, so it's Played for Laughs ultimately. After Rikku wins and defends her cheating by criticizing Medb, she mentions that Medb's worst action was setting up Mash to be humiliated.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The comic covers scenes that namtap wanted to make changes to and skips over others. Taken to extremes with the first Nero Fest adaptation, which covers the first scene before cutting to Rikku bed bound back at Chaldea afterward with Da Vinci summarizing what happened over the past nine days because the event has an Excuse Plot.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: Subverted. A cannonball flies past Blackbeard during his big speech, and Rikku says that her hand slipped. Blackbeard questions how someone can fire a cannon because their hand slipped, but it turns out that Rikku intentionally fired at him; her hand slipping is what caused her to miss.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment:
    • Allies who do something Rikku doesn't like will probably get lectured while being forced to sit seiza.
    • EX 146, following up from the previous Extra Comic where Medb drinks over half of Chaldea's supply of Mysterious Divine Wine and goads Rikku into a drinking contest by calling her a lightweight, has Da Vinci force Medb and Rikku to sit seiza and tell Rikku that Mash, who has absorbed the toxins from the wine Rikku chugged down and become drunk and clingy, can't be put to bed as her punishment is the knowledge that she can't bring herself to lay a hand on Mash even when she's acting flirty. Rikku calls Da Vinci evil in response.
  • Covert Pervert: At the Second Hall of Judgement for the Prison Tower Event, Dantes asks Rikku if she has ever felt lust, further clarifying if she has ever longed to touch someone else's body. Rikku blushes and replies "...Almost daily..."
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Rikku promises to beat up Caster Cu after his fight with Mash and keeps that promise, complete with a Groin Attack as a finisher.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Lampshaded with Santa Alter.
    d'Eon: "Are you actually a nice person, even though you don't look like one?"
    Santa Alter: "That last part was unnecessary."
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Rikku: "Snark" is my default mode. Deal with it.
  • Deconstructed Trope:
    • When Rikku asks Mash if she has any chocolate so that she can deal with her low blood sugar, Mash promptly defies the Hammerspace the other characters had been using in the previous strips and points out that not only does her outfit lack pockets, but any chocolate she put in one would melt.
    • Talking Is a Free Action, but not for Blackbeard, who Rikku tries to shoot with a cannon during his big speech despite him saying that it's common in anime to not interrupt an enemy's monologue or transformation sequence.
  • Delayed Reaction: Rikku doesn't get embarrassed by "all the cheesy and embarrassing things" she said in Fuyuki until after she wakes up and starts talking to Mash. The same scenario occurs upon returning from Orleans.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Rikku throws a bucket at BB Pele since she hadn't done the Running Gag in a while and for the extra chuckles from doing it to a mix of an Outer God and AI.
    BB Pele: "...Senpai, has anyone ever told you you're suicidally insane?"
    Rikku: "Today? Not yet. In the past week? Probably."
  • Disowned Adaptation: In-universe, Rikku asks Hans Christian Andersen what he thinks of the Disney adaptations of his works, who replies that he will not acknowledge "that garbage" as anything more than a parody for giving his works happy endings that he didn't write.
  • Dissonant Serenity: After Caster Cu explains the situation at Singularity F, Rikku says with a smile that everyone should take a break because Mash hasn't had the chance to have one yet, what with bleeding to death, becoming a Demi-Servant, and all the back-to-back battles. Plus she hasn't eaten since she got thrown into a battle simulation when she came to Chaldea.
    Tomoe Gozen: "...Master, you just said something terrifying while smiling..."
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Artoria Lily tries to use her Noble Phantasm during a training session with Rikku, and Rikku says after diving for cover that this emphasizes why Lily needs to work on her control, as even her Level 1 Caliburn would still kill her.
  • Dream Episode: Jeanne's first Interlude is depicted as Rikku and Mash falling asleep during London and sharing a dream of them with Jeanne. Jeanne's later Interludes have Rikku alone end up in them through her dreams, and she gets tired of it by the third time.
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By: The explanation given for the EX comics covering Summer 3 is that Rikku is dreaming about them.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Whenever Rikuu has a Heroic BSoD or feels less than human.
  • Dynamic Entry: Rikku doesn't even let Caesar finish his first sentence upon meeting him before kicking him in the face.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Kagetora makes a background appearance in the first GUDAGUDA event, when she'd made her first in-game appearance with the fourth GUDAGUDA event.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The comics were not numbered until Comic 022, with the reddit posts merely being the titles instead of the later "Comic 000: Title" format. The Extra Comics also became "EX Comics" after 013.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: After arriving at Elizabeth's Halloween party:
    Rikku: ...Can we stop ignoring the fact that skeletons aren't supposed to dance about?!
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Rikku calls Summer Jeanne d'Arc Alter "Alty", much to her annoyance.
  • Everyone Can See It: EX Comic 024 ends with Da Vinci and Blackbeard finding Rikku and Mash having fallen asleep in a tender embrace, and Da Vinci asks if that means they're finally officially dating. Blackbeard laments that it can't be official if neither of them can tell that they're actually dating.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Villains like Blackbeard and Caesar, and heroes like Mordred, are unnerved when Rikku starts acting no-nonsense, with Mordred being shocked when Rikku threatens to tear off Paracelsus's limbs for his intentions of manipulating any of the Masterless-Servants summoned by the fog.
      Caesar: And people say I'm a tyrant.
      Blackbeard: Missy, Has anyone ever told ya you're terrifyin'?
      Fergus: ...And here I though Medb was cutthroat... You really like to hit bellow the belt, don't you?
    • Tomoe has witnessed a lot of violence during wartime, but is horrified by Death end re;Quest featuring a scene describing a girl having her head bitten off by a monster. She's also taken back by the utterly dark ending of Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2's Conquest Ending.
    • Ushiwakamaru hates Medb's guts, but wonders if Rikku mowing down Medb's simps with a gatling gun (albeit one with rubber bullets rather than live ammo) before beating her up makes them the bad guys in that scenario.
    • Rikku refuses to use her magical abilities to help her beat video games since she views it as cheating.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: After fighting tons of Helter Skelters, Rikku expects their creator to have a Mad Scientist motif or be a Sakura Wars-esque steam punk mecha. When she meets Charles Babbage (who namtap compares to a tea kettle in the comments), she considers him to be "bad design"
  • Failed a Spot Check: Rikku questions how Dr. Roman is surprised that "Sakura Saber" is Okita Souji considering how she had been referring to her as "Okita" the whole time.
  • Fan Disservice: The first time Rikku is seen in her underwear is after she's been heavily injured and bloodied up by a cannon shot.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: The aptly-named Comic 286 "Dawning Realization" has Rikku facepalm while commenting on how she doesn't know if it's worse that Shiki is shocked just by Artoria Lancer Alter riding a horse indoors and stripping, or that she has supposedly lost touch with what is considered "normal".
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: In-universe, Rikku criticizes Medb's swimsuit.
    Rikku: Your swimsuit is horrendously lacking in taste. You're sporting twintails, which really only suits young girls, grandma.
  • Fast-Forward Gag: Rikku decides to fast forward to the end of the first Halloween event (despite Dr. Roman saying she can't fast forward reality), and the dialogue of everyone encountered between where she stopped and the end of the event is rendered as "high speed chipmunk noises".
  • Filler: The first batch of Extra Comics, by namtap's own acknowledgement, were created because they needed time and inspiration since they were initially focused on clearing the third summer event (with Mash addressing Rikku being stuck writing doujins in the event at the start of Extra Comic 001). note  However, namtap later announced that the Extra Comics would become a recurring trend on weekends for the sake of Slice of Life antics, having enjoyed doing the first batch. Given the main comic's 'present' is well behind the game's, namtap can use the Extra Comics to jump ahead to future events or feature future characters.
  • Flash Forward: One of the benefits of the Extra Comics' loose placement in the canon is that namtap can publish stories featuring characters who Rikku hasn't encountered yet in the main story. While the main comic was covering the Fifth Singularity, several Extra Comics were released featuring the Part 2 cast recreating Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and an adaptation of the third summer event, which takes place at least after Part 1.5.
  • Friend to All Children: Rikku believes every child deserves to be treated with kindness.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Kagetora can be seen laughing in the background when Oda is complaining about Uesugi being a Historical Gender Flip.
    • In EX Comic 014, the Mini Nobu can be seen getting scared upon spotting Rikku (probably remembering the time she punted her when they first met) and then rummaging through the kitchen while Mash and Rikku talk before coming into the foreground in the final panel with drinks for both of them.
  • Gamer Chick: Rikku's primary hobby is video games. During the first few strips, she asks El-Melloi II if he has Zhuge Liang's memories so that she can ask how accurate the Dynasty Warriors games are. Between Singularities, Rikku is fond of having big multiplayer sessions with her Servants and the rest of the Chaldea Staff.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Rikku applies knowledge from video games to figure out certain scenarios. The comic where Rikku accurately guesses that the explosion during the first Rayshift was sabotage just based off of the specific circumstances being so unnatural uses the trope name as its title.
    • In Comic 392, Rikku is so used to the song and dance that she uses a whiteboard and writes uses three events that are likely to be happening in the town they're at; A knightly Rogue Servant protecting the town, an Anti-Hero beating up monsters for fun, or "A wannabe idol mistook them for fans, and subjected them to a free 'concert'."
    • During the finale of America, Tomoe realizes that if they were in a video game, the current part of the narrative would call for a Heroic Sacrifice. She promptly stops Edison from doing this.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Woman!:
    • When Mash gets depressed again during London about not knowing her Noble Phantasm's True Name, Rikku starts off her pep talk by slapping Mash.
    • Rikku is left dead inside from all of the pointless battles in London, so Mordred punches her to get her back to her usual self.
    • Tomoe stops Edison from performing a Heroic Sacrifice by bonking him with her naginata as a substitution for Rikku's bucket.
  • Get a Room!: After Rikku returns from the Prison Tower event and hugs Mash, Fou says something that translates to this.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Parodied when Darius III shows up in Septem.
    Rikku: "...If someone could please explain where this Berserker came from and why he has an army of undead soldiers, I'd appreciate it. Thanks."
  • Gorn: Tomoe plays Death end re;Quest and is horrified by a scene of a monster biting off a girl's head, with the game describing the monster as exposing her organs and spinal cord and ripping out the latter along with her head. It should be noted that Extra Comic 009, the comic where this happens, is the first in the series to be listed as NSFW on Reddit.
  • Got Volunteered: In the rush to get them to ServantFes, Astolfo asks Rikku and Jeanne d'Arc Alter which of them is ok with a princess carry, and Jeanne d'Arc Alter immediately says Rikku is. Rikku admits the only one she wants a princess carry from is Mash, but she doesn't have a choice right now.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Rikku utters a small "...itai..." after Tomoe slaps her. This is just one of several instances of her using Japanese in an otherwise English webcomic.
    • During a conversation with Jeanne Alter, Rikku proceeds to say "Yes, yes. Stop" in Japanese.
    • Lampshaded in Comic 169, where Rikku says "Matte, matte. Chotto matte, kudasai. Sumimasen, Sensei!" ("Wait, wait. Please wait a minute. Excuse me, Sensei!") to Andersen before making a request for a question, and Andersen says that he's unsure of why she suddenly addressed him in Japanese.
    • Rikku does slowly start saying "Hai, hai" (roughly "Yeah, yeah" depending on the context) with a bit of increasing frequency.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Rikku promises to beat up Caster Cu after his fight with Mash. Once she does so, she kicks him in the groin as a finisher.
    • The Saber Wars event features a scene where Artoria Lily tests her Noble Phantasm by using it on Blackbeard's crotch. Twice. Rikku considers it to be comedy gold (or "black gold") and records the event on video while Mash just looks worried.
  • Guilt Complex: This is an enormous source of angst for Rikku, as she feels terrible for forcing her Servants to do morally-questionable acts for the greater good instead of having the power to do the deeds herself, and even then she's not fully comfortable with the measures needed to fulfill Chaldea's mission. This results in Rikku trying to hide her pain as not to worry everyone.
  • Gun Nut: Rikku asks Billy to teach her how to use a gun and decides she will have to find another gun-touting Servant when he refuses. By the time of the third summer event, Rikku carries two pistols and a gatling gun on herself.
  • Hand Wave: Played for laughs in the E Pluribus Unum arc, where Rikku questions why Alcatraz exists in 17th century America, and why the Celtics have control over it in Edison's territory.
    Rikku: Or are we going to handwaving that?
    Da Vinci: ...We're going to handwave that. Something something unstable history yadda yadda.
    Rikku: Yes, that was very informative. Thanks, genius.
  • Hangover Sensitivity: After Rikku gets drunk from Drake's drinking party in Okeanos, Mash ends up with her hangover the next morning and requests for her to speak a little quieter when she tries to apologize for kissing her.
  • Hate at First Sight: When they finally run into each other in the America singularity, Ritsuka throws a bucket at Medb's face. Later, Rikku admits that the moment she saw Medb, she felt irrated and became enraged after each word she spoke. Medb herself is quite impressed, much to Rikku's irritation.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • After being told by Dr. Roman that humanity has been incinerated, Rikku crashes in her room and laments that everyone she knew before is dead.
    • On a lighter note, after Sasaki introduces himself, Rikku stares, dumbstruck, then faints, because she'd been under the impression he didn't exist.
    • During 401, Rikku's anxiety gets the better of her when seeing Rama's situation, and dreading the curse of never being able to be with the person you love, even after death. She cuddles up to Mash to deal with it.
  • Heroic RRoD:
    • The strain of Rikku summoning a Servant without support from Chaldea or the Grail near the end of Septem results in her blacking out.
    • In EX 061, Rikku faints after pushing herself so much, with Dr. Roman clarifying that she has severe exhaustion and a fever.
    • In 403, Rikku faints after traveling on foot so much to reach Alcatraz.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation:
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Lampshaded. Da Vinci's surprised at the consideration Rikku shows to Nursery Rhyme in London, as she'd expected Rikku to be bad with kids. Rikku explains it's because she thinks every child deserves to be treated with kindness.
    • Rikku says in Comic 234 that she used to work as a lifeguard before she got into customer service and is very good at swimming as a result.
  • Historical Gender Flip: Lampshaded when Rikku meets Francis Drake after meeting Artoria and Altera.
    Rikku: "At this point, I am convinced that there's some kind of malicious entity that is intentionally reaching back in time and genderbending historical figures for it's own amusement."
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Rikku has a crush on Mash with tons of Ship Tease to go around.
  • Humans Are Flawed:
    Rikku: "...Humanity is ugly. But individual people have the potential to be beautiful."
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Caster Cu shouts "You're not human!" after being beat up by Rikku, only for her to point out that he's literally not human.
    • When Nero disguises herself as Rikku, she says that the outfit (a sleeveless top and jeans) feels "immodest", despite normally wearing a dress with both a Cleavage Window and a butt window.
    • Dr. Roman gets worried when he hears that Rikku is going to have Mash join her next gaming marathon with El-Melloi II and Tomoe, assuming that they're going to play "corruptive" games to be a bad influence on Mash. Rikku points out that Dr. Roman used Chaldea's resources to recreate net idol Magi Mari, and therefore has no right to comment on her hobbies.
    • Oda cannot believe that Uesugi is a woman and says that she can't possibly be a girl, to which Rikku tells her to go and look in a mirror.
    • Rikku asks everyone to stop ignoring Fran, who's been trying to tell them something about the Helter Skelters since before they left the Mage's Association, despite ignoring Fran herself because she wanted to read some of the Mage's Association's archives.
  • I Am a Monster: Rikku becomes convinced during Orleans that she's "the kind of monster" that would be willing to go through with "cruel and unjust" actions for what she believes in. Sasaki and Siegfried tell her otherwise.
  • Implied Death Threat: Played with as noted by Fergus. During the Prison Tower arc, when Fergus attempts to hit on Rikku, she threatens to slit her own throat should he even touch her.
  • Improvised Weapon: The recurring bucket/pot has been used by Rikku to attack enemy Servants.
  • Infodump: Rikku is fond of describing information about the Servants encountered this way. Comic 034, where Rikku explains the information she knows about Jeanne d'Arc, uses the trope's name as its title.
  • Innocent Innuendo: At the end of the Santa Alter event, Rikku tackles Mash to get a hug pillow and falls asleep from exhaustion. Once her dreams take her to Jeanne d'Arc's next Interlude, Rikku says that the last thing she can remember was "hugging Mash as [she] passed out from exhaustion". Jeanne, having already witnessed Rikku kissing Mash while drunk, assumes the worst and tells her Master not to talk about "stuff like that" while in public.
  • Insomnia Episode: Comics 076 and 077 involve Rikku trying to sleep and responding to everyone's noisy bickering with snarky statements as she tries to get some rest. Once Caligula arrives, Rikku reaches her Rage Breaking Point and orders El-Melloi II and Tomoe to kill him on the spot.
  • Instant Expert: Averted, Rikku tries to fire a cannon at Blackbeard after seeing other people fire cannons since she arrived at Okeanos, but misses because her hand slips.
  • In Vino Veritas: When Rikku gets drunk during Okeanos, she kisses Mash after calling her beautiful when she normally tries to hide her crush.
  • It's All My Fault: Invoked by Rikku for Asterios' Heroic Sacrifice, where she can tell that he is going to block Hektor's Durindana Pilum with his body and asks (not orders) him to hold back Heracles, choosing this course of action so that Euryale will not hate Asterios for selfishly sacrificing himself. Rikku flat-out tells Euryale to hate her if she's going to hate anyone.
  • Joke Character: Rikku refers to the Blackbeard from Okeanos as one, likening him to a video game character.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Rikku gets put through a lot and can be cynical at times, but she does want to save humanity.
  • Lap Pillow: Generally used as a Ship Tease.
    • Fran makes Rikku give Mash a lap pillow while they were both sleeping during Jeanne's first Interlude. They're both pretty flustered about it when they wake up.
    • Rikku drags Mash into her bed in her sleep when she arrives to leave her Valentine's gift, and gives the now-asleep Mash a lap pillow in the morning.
    • In EX 052, Mash finds Rikku asleep on a couch and decides to make her more comfortable by giving her a lap pillow. Stheno and Osabekihime take a picture to Mash's frustration.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The aptly-named EX Comic "Guided Karma" is essentially Rikku's long and drawn-out payback for Medb's actions during the third summer event. Rikku provided ServantFes' Security with video evidence from Luluhawa's security cameras and testimonies from witnesses regarding Medb attempting to sabotage the other clubs, forcing Leonidas to escort her out. Since only members of the same club are allowed to run their booth and Rikku bribed the only other member of Medb's club, Anastasia, to crash at a hotel, Medb cannot sell any of her photobooks with their jewel-encrusted covers and is left in crippling debt.
  • Last-Second Joke Problem: At the end of the Orleans storyline, the cast returns to Chaldea having successfully resolved the Singularity, Rikku hands the Holy Grail to Tomoe, and then runs off in embarrassment from remembering all the cheesy stuff she said. After running outside, it turns out Kiyohime followed everyone back to Chaldea, and the chapter ends with Rikku yelling for Mash's help since she doesn't want to die.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • At the end of EX 073, where Rikku ends up in Fuyuki with Mash:
      Flashback Rikku: "...My life just turned into a bloody video game, didn't it?"
      Present Day El-Melloi II: "Apply for a job posting, all hell breaks loose shortly after you arrive, and get forced into battle, while relying on the girl you just met to protect your life... Now that you mention it, that does sound like a common video game plot..."
    • After Rikku finishes telling El-Melloi II and Tomoe everything that happened before the two of them were summoned, she says that it feels like she's been talking for weeks. Given how the EX Comics used to tell the story were only published twice a week, she sure was.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Rikku refers to Mysterious Heroine XX with the trope's name when BB questions why she has a weapon able to kill gods.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Medb in Extra Comic 007 wins her own beauty contest by entering multiple times in different outfits, since there isn't a rule saying she couldn't. Rikku responds by not only doing the same, but threatening the judges at gunpoint to give her a score higher than 11 because there are no rules against threats or a stated score limit of 10. Medb is unable to disqualify her because invalidating Rikku's cheating should invalidate her own cheating too.
    • Rikku materializes dynamite using the device that changes her clothes by telling it that her desired item is part of her clothing, as she found out that it can't tell the difference between clothing and other objects.
  • Love at First Sight: As revealed by Rikku in EX 64, she hit on Mash when they first met.
  • The Mad Hatter: Rikku. After seeing Mysterious Heroine X's crashed spaceship, she begins to ask if she's going insane before changing her question to if she's going more insane.
  • Magic Enhancement: Da Vinci finds after some studying that Rikku unconsciously uses magic to increase her cognitive abilities. Rikku later finds out and tries to experiment with her abilities to discover that her thoughts and nervous system speed up while her body remains the same... and any pain she feels is enhanced as shown by a bullet grazing her cheek and the pain being enough for her to collapse.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • To get Hyde to work with her, Rikku offers to help him kill the enemies, placating Hyde for the moment.
    • A more played for laughs version is in EX 018, where she gets Cú Caster, d'Eon, and Teach to fold by pretending to have a bad hand, when she in fact has a Straight Flush.
  • Meaningful Echo: In Fuyuki, Rikku shouts "LIKE HELL YOU ARE!" before telling Mash why she's not a "defective" Servant as the first of many motivational speeches. During London, Mash shouts the same phrase before telling Rikku why she isn't a bad person as the first time Rikku is on the receiving end of one of her speeches.
  • Mirror Match: Rikku accurately guesses that the enemy forces in Septem have their own El-Melloi II to oppose the one accompanying her.
  • Motifs: As noted by Rikku in Comic 188 while in London, in all Singularities except Fuyuki, there's roughly three "trends" for the types of Servants summoned, with some exceptions;
    • Orleans: "Historical French figures", "connection to dragons", and "part of the Christian faith."
    • Septem: "Roman", "Chinese", and loose category of "rulers."
    • Okeanos: "voyager/pirates", "Greek Mythos", and King David of the Bible.
    • London: "Literature", "related to London", and "Scientific pioneers/Mages."
  • Ms. Exposition: Rikku's specialty, often explaining concepts about the Servants the cast meets and their relation to the setting, such as explaining why Cu could be summoned as a Berserker.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Da Vinci made a device to change Rikku's outfits on the fly using a Holy Grail as its power source.
    • The Moon Cell, a nigh-omnipotent magical supercomputer, is used by BB in EX 42 to give Rikku a picture of Sakura from Sakura Wars to compare with Okita. BB herself complains that looking for it is forcing the Moon Cell into overtime.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Subverted in Comic 227: Karma. When Julius Caesar shows up, Rikku sics Martha, Jing Ke, and Ushiwakamaru on him. While Rikku screams "...I'VE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE!", she stops and says she hadn't; Caesar brought it on himself by being the fake Santa.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Caster Cu shouts "You're not human!" after being beat up by Rikku, the line characters would say in Carnival Phantasm whenever Cu's Lancer counterpart got killed almost every episode.
    • Comic 059's title is "Today's Menu for the Chaldea Family".
    • Comic 141 has Jeanne say that she's not comfortable with using a holy relic (the Ark) as a weapon to kill Heracles, and the description says that she should hope to not meet Ciel.
    • Rikku wears Rin Tohsaka's outfit after arriving at Jekyll's house in London, with a note from namtap confirming that the headcanon that the Fujimarus are Shirou and Rin's children doesn't apply to Rikku.
    • Rikku's line of humanity is ugly but individuals are beautiful is very close to what Merlin himself thinks about people, if only the opposite.
    • The title of Extra Comic 007, "Rule Breaker", is a reference to Medea's Noble Phantasm of the same name.
    • Rikku starting to sing Jingle Bells in Japanese turns the Mini Nobu into a chibi Santa Nero, who starts to sing the Padoru version of the song.
    • Comic 276 has Shiki describe Souren Araya's experiment from the fifth The Garden of Sinners novel, along with how one person was able to break free from the cycle and the creator of the experiment is dead.
  • Neck Lift: Rikku grabs Orion by the neck and holds a sword up to him after she notices that he's ogling Mash. As Rikku and Mash begin to discuss if they should dissect him or if he's friend or foe, Orion gets fed up with being strangled and yells at them to stop.
  • Never Say That Again: Rikku recognizes the invitation for the first Halloween event as being written by Elizabeth and prepares to curse her name, but Dr. Roman stops her, as "to speak her name is to summon her".
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: In Extra Comic 019, Mordred complains to Rikku that Dark Souls is too easy for her, despite all the handicaps she gives herself.
  • "No More Holding Back" Speech: After Avenger says only one of them can leave the Château d'If, Rikku takes a deep breath and says:
    Rikku: "Avenger, I'm tired. Tired of the loss, tired of the pain. Tired of all the hatred, the scorn, the despair... I'm tired of this Château d'If that mocks all hope. I want to go home. I want to pretend I never heard of Chaldea. I wish that someone else had taken up the responsibility for saving humanity. I'm just a normal girl; why do I have to shoulder the fate of the entire world? A world I'm not even sure deserves saving? But... Even if someone could grant that wish, I would refuse. There's a sweet, innocent girl waiting for me, a girl who probably would have died if I hadn't tried to help her. There's a doctor who tries his best to keep everyone motivated and stable. A genius who'll trade verbal barbs with me. A teacher and a girl who will join me for a gaming marathon. A knight with a force of personality to match my own. Children who see me as a mother or older sister. Two Sengoku goofs and a chibi that can turn any situation into a party. A cynical shota that's not afraid to speak the unvarnished truth. An egocentric playwright with motivational speeches galore. Saint's queens, kings, emperors, assassins, warriors, musicians... The list goes on and on. And I wouldn't trade them for anything! As hellish as this life is, I wouldn't give up even a second of it! You want to fight me to determine who gets out of here?! Fine, have at me! I. Will. Not. Lose! I refuse to lose!"
  • No-Sell: BB Pele uses her abilities to deflect Rikku's bucket as the first character to actually fight back when Rikku weaponizes one. To preserve the rest of the Running Gag, BB Pele decides to play along as asks "What the hell?".
  • Not Helping Your Case:
    • After Rikku wakes up from her Heroic RRoD at the end of Septem, she finds Da Vinci next to her and accuses her of creepily sitting there the entire time, waiting for her to wake up. Da Vinci snaps back that she calculated the time Rikku would wake up and came in five minutes before, which Rikku says is also creepy.
    • In Extra Comic 020, Roman asks da Vinci to help stop some of the Servants from their plans thanks to being inspired by Rikku, with Amadeus wanting Chaldea to produce modern music, Blackbeard wanting to host a convention of epic proportions, and Atalante wanting to open a daycare center for all the child Servants. Da Vinci thinks these all sound fantastic, and goes to get inspired by Rikku herself, much to Roman's horror.
  • Not Listening to Me, Are You?: Rikku reviews her knowledge about Nero Claudius' reign while Mash enjoys some stew she made, and finds afterward that Mash wasn't listening.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Mash's reaction to seeing Rikku dressed as Medea Lily is to get upset about not being told that everyone was dressing up her senpai and saying she wants to join in too.
    • During London, despite usually being the most focused, Rikku, in a moment of Skewed Priorities, decides not to listen to Fran who was trying to tell them something about the Helter Skelters to fulfill her curiosity. Anderson to her embarrassment points this out.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Cu Alter says Rikku would probably get along with Medb, which greatly irritates her.
  • Not-So-Fake Prop Weapon: In EX 178, Rikku demonstrates that the guns used for the laser tag game aren't "standard, run-of-the-mill laser tag guns" by using her gun to fire a hole through a doll. Medb blames Saber beams.
  • Oblivious to Love: Mash has no idea that Rikku has a crush on her, when both Dr. Roman and El-Melloi II are aware of her affections. In EX Comic 037, Dr. Roman further elaborates to Rikku that her feelings for Mash are obvious, and only Mash hasn't realized.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Rikku is an expanded take on player character Gudako, with namtap giving her a different name after the first few strips because the resulting character was too different.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Upon finding out Kiyohime's identity in Orleans, Rikku panics and tells Mash to save her. This repeats when Kiyohime comes to Chaldea.
    • Caligula has a very worried expression right after Rikku orders El-Melloi II to buff Tomoe before the latter uses her Noble Phantasm to kill him.
    • Said word-for-word as a bullet ricochets towards Rikku while she is experimenting with her magic abilities.
    • A more minor example occurs when Rikku realizes that she mentioned Death Note during a conversation with Mash and tells her to please not look it up.
    • Uesugi Artoria only gets to let out a "Wha-?" before Oda's Command Spell-powered Three Line Formation fills her with holes.
    • Everyone looks shocked (except Shakespeare, who looks excited) when Rikku says that she's going to set off some dynamite.
    • Mash looks progressively more worried as she hears about Rikku's intense work schedule in EX Comic 016.
    • During Rikku and Artoria Lily's training session, Lily attempts to use her Noble Phantasm and Rikku gets alarmed before diving for cover because Caliburn would kill her.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Throughout Orleans, Da Vinci constantly brings up Rikku refusing to wear the female version of the True Ether Mystic Code, once saying that she might consider a request for flashbangs and sunglasses if she starts "using the proper Mystic Code".
  • On One Condition: Rikku requests for d'Eon to teach her how to use a rapier, and they agree but have Rikku wear a maid outfit during the training session.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: The trope name is used as the title for EX 074. Rikku brushes off Dr. Roman's concerns about Mash's new Stripperific Servant outfit because she's seen worse at conventions and says "Besides, she looks haw-! Er... Shutting up now."
  • Origins Episode: A story arc from EX 063 to EX 077 has Tomoe and El-Melloi II ask Rikku what happened after she came to Chaldea and before she summoned the two of them. This was used as a way to adapt some of the content that was skipped over as a result of the comic starting right when Rikku performs her first summon after the Rayshift to Fuyuki.
  • Overly Long Gag:
  • Overused Copycat Character: After Robin tells Tomoe a Saber is in a nearby town, she asks if he's referring to "the 'red' Saber". Billy is impressed Tomoe can tell Sabers apart based on color, who beings to describe the many other Sabers in Chaldea and admits she's scared about what Saber will show up next. Nightingale assumes she is talking about an infectious disease and promises to cure it should she ever come to Chaldea.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In-universe. Mash questions how Rikku can play her games in Extra 21, as most of them require a signal to work properly, and the entire world has been destroyed. This actually unnerves Rikku. The last panel reveals that the signal is coming from BB.
  • Parental Issues: Rikku had a good relationship with her dad, but not so much with her mother who eventually left them. During London, Rikku further elaborates that her mother was "negligent and manipulative" and would insult her daughter when she learned that trying to act nice wouldn't get her to do what she wanted.
  • The Perfectionist: Rikku has very high standards for herself in regards to what she believes she should be able to pull off. Unfortunately, she keeps comparing herself to Servants.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: After Rikku is healed from the injuries the cannon shot caused, Mash blushes and asks Rikku to put some clothes on as she's still in her underwear. Rikku replies that she doesn't mind being seen by Mash like that, who requests for her not to say things like that for causing "strange urges".
  • Plot Armor: The aptly-named Comic 368 "Plot Armor" discusses this: Nightingale questions how Rikku is even still alive after taking a direct hit from cannons. Rikku suggests plot armor as an explanation before deciding it doesn't actually exist.
  • Popcultural Osmosis Failure: Rikku makes a RWBY reference in EX Comic 015 and Mash is confused. Rikku says that Mash could have played along but admits that she shouldn't be surprised that she didn't get the reference.
  • Pose of Supplication: Jeanne d'Arc Alter ends up vomiting on Lu Bu from out of a window and shifts the blame to Rikku, so she performs dogeza as part of her apology.
  • Punched Across the Room:
    • After Rikku's very dangerous attempt to get Mash to use her Noble Phantasm succeeds, Tomoe slaps Rikku off into the distance and tells her not to be so reckless.
    • Mordred punches Rikku a fair distance during London to get her back to her usual self after the constant battles left her dead inside.
  • Put on a Bus: El-Melloi II and Tomoe don't join Rikku and Mash for Okeanos, with Jeanne and Stheno accompanying them instead. El-Melloi II returns for London, but Tomoe still doesn't join them. Tomoe finally returns in the E Pluribus Unum arc.
  • Railing Kill: Subverted. Rikku kicks Mephisto over the railing of the Ogawa apartment, but says that it's fine because he's a Servant so the fall wouldn't kill him.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Comic 260 has Rikku catch a cold because namtap got a cold too.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Da Vinci is very fond of trying to force Rikku into skimpy outfits, which she doesn't take very well. Once Rikku learns that the true culprit of this mess is Blackbeard during the Okeanos arc, she wastes no time in letting the perverted pirate have it.
  • Retcon: Discussed in EX 075, where a flashback from Fuyuki has Mash say that the Servant fused with her lost his Master in the explosion and offered her a contract. El-Melloi II points out this doesn't match up with later revelations about Mash, and Rikku decides it was probably the writers not having thought the story through fully and retconning stuff while hoping the players wouldn't notice.
  • Rhetorical Request Blunder: Jeanne Alter rhetorically asks someone to pour water on her while laughing at all of the destruction she's caused, only to get irate once Rikku actually picks up a bucket and dumps water onto her.
    Jeanne Alter: WHAT THE HELL?!
    Rikku: Hey, you were the one who asked someone to pour water on you.
  • Right Behind Me: Comic 315 has Rikku overhear Euryale and Stheno discussing their plan to get Medusa to awkwardly go on a date with her Master and record video footage for them to indulge themselves in. In response, Rikku deletes the video and forces the two of them to be nice to their sister for the day.
  • Running Gag:
    • Early on, Rikku has a computer-styled breakdown and faints upon meeting the "fictional" Sasaki. Upon meeting Historical Gender Flip Nero Claudius, she stops working once again, with literal smoke rising off her head. Upon meeting Francis Drake, she's just unamused at this point, and when meeting Oda and Okita, she bluntly states her childhood is ruined. Later on, Mash has a similar breakdown after Rikku hugs her.
      Master.exe has stopped functioning.
    • The bucket Rikku uses to shut up Jeanne Alter becomes a recurring tool, occasionally being substituted for a pot to perform the same purpose (being weaponized). The victims will always ask "What the hell?!" afterward. In the description for Comic 158 (titled "GUDAGUDA Running Gag"), where Rikku stuffs a pot onto Toyotomi Gilyoshi's head, namtap admitted that it wasn't meant to be a running gag originally and that "It just... happened."
    • Da Vinci trying to force Rikku into skimpy outfits and the resultant tension between them comes up frequently. Eventually, other Servants like d'Eon and Medea get in on dressing Rikku up.
  • Scolding the Fourth-Wall Breaker:
    • Once the second Mephisto shows up during the The Garden of Sinners event, he mentions how he is easy to summon because he is a three-star Servant. Rikku tells him not to break the fourth wall, so the other Mephisto breaks the fourth wall because she didn't scold him.
      Rikku: "I seeeee! So you have chosen... death!"
    • In EX 075, Rikku says that Mash's early explanation for becoming a Servant not matching up with later revelations is probably a result of early writing before the story was thought through and was retconned later. Tomoe asks Rikku not to break the fourth wall, and El-Melloi II shoots down Rikku's claim about needing to point out an obvious plot hole on the grounds that they need to maintain the readers' suspension of disbelief.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here:
    • Upon seeing the Colosseum for Nero Fest, Rikku immediately prepares to leave, but Leonidas forces her to stay.
    • Tomoe suggests Fionn do this after his proposal to Mash, as Rikku's response makes it clear he "just triggered a death flag."
    • Instead of being repelled after a Servant battle, Mysterious Heroine XX's first appearance has her be made so uncomfortable by Rikku's fangirling over seeing a mecha that she bails.
  • Shared Universe: namtap took advantage of the various Fate series existing in the same multiverse to have Altera Larva from Fate/Extella Link in Rikku's Chaldea rather than standard Altera, Larva's only official FGO appearance at that point having been a CE. namtap has mentioned an adult Altera will be turning up... but it'll be Santa Altera.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Several characters have referred to Rikku as Mash's husband/girlfriend and the latter tries to deny this.
    Jeanne Alter: "Mash, take your girlfriend downstairs and feed her before she passes out!"
    Mash: (blushing) "G-g-g-g-g-girl-?!"
    Jeanne Alter: "Less denying, more feeding!"
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Fran makes Rikku give Mash a lap pillow while they were both sleeping during Jeanne's first Interlude.
    • Tamamo Cat arrives to give Mash advice for dealing with Rikku's cold, starting off with "When your husb- I mean, girlfriend's sick". Mash is flustered by Cat calling Rikku her girlfriend, but quickly changes the subject to asking why she's there. In EX 056, both Cat and Medea give Mash the idea to set up a room to have dinner with Rikku in.
    • Da Vinci is happy to see Rikku and Mash sleeping together in a tender embrace, and helps the former to make "the best handmade chocolate ever" for Mash.
    • Fou tells Rikku and Mash to Get a Room! after the Prison Tower Event.
    • Jeanne Alter notices Rikku hasn't eaten in a while and tells Mash to take her "girlfriend" to get some food.
      Mash: (blushing) "G-g-g-g-g-girl-?!"
      Jeanne Alter: "Less denying, more feeding!"
  • Ship Tease: It's pretty clear that Rikku has a crush on Mash. Some examples:
    • After a battle in Septem, Rikku says that she doesn't mind being pressed against Mash because she was pressed up against Mash in particular.
    • When Rikku gets drunk during the drinking party with Francis Drake in Okeanos and Mash tries to tell her that the Grail is present, Rikku stares at Mash and says "Yes... And she's beautiful..." before kissing Mash on the lips. Mash ends up with Rikku's hangover and forgets about the kiss thanks to her poison-resistance (much to Rikku's relief), but is now attracted to her despite not remembering why.
    • During the first Halloween event, Kiyohime calls Rikku her husband. Rikku prepares to follow up by saying that her wife is Mash, but cuts herself off before she can finish saying her name. Mash gets disappointed because she wanted to find out what Rikku's type is, but Dr. Roman says that she doesn't have to worry.
    • During the first GUDAGUDA Event, when Cu playing his role as Shimazu Setanta asks for Rikku and Mash's hearts, Rikku says hers has already been taken. Guess who?
    • For the cast's trip to Scotland Yard, Rikku takes great delight in being "princess-carried" by Mash and thinks to herself that she can die happy.
    • After waking up from Jeanne's first Interlude, Rikku finds that she's giving Mash a lap pillow and gets very excited. She tries to research the Knights of the Round Table to take her attention away from Mash, blushing all the while ("Ignore the adorable little Mashmallow snuggled on your lap... This is so hard!"), and Mash blushes too when she wakes up and realizes that she was sleeping on Rikku's lap. Fran reveals that she was the one who made Rikku give Mash a lap pillow, and Mash thanks her.
    • While trying to motivate Mash, Rikku says that Mash has been "supporting [her] heart". She quickly tries to backpedal and says that Mash is really cute before blushing nervously while Mordred starts talking.
    • During the Santa Alter event, when Rikku is apologizing to Martha about Japan turning Christmas Eve into a couple's holiday similar to Valentine's Day, she also calls herself a "wimp who can't even ask a girl out on Christmas".
    • After Rikku returns from delivering presents with Santa Alter, she requests for Mash to give her a hug pillow. Mash blushes upon hearing the idea before Rikku tackles her and falls asleep.
    • In EX Comic 024, Rikku and Mash spent a night together watching anime and fell asleep in what Da Vinci describes as a tender embrace. Blackbeard laments that they aren't officially dating though because neither of them realize that they are dating.
    • Mash brings some chicken soup to Rikku's room to help deal with her cold, and Tamamo Cat stops her from leaving by starting off her advice to spoon feed Rikku with "When your husb- I mean, girlfriend's sick". Mash is flustered by being called Rikku's girlfriend, but goes along with Cat's advice. Rikku asks if she died and went to Heaven before eating the first spoonfull.
    • Naturally, the Valentine's Day event plays up their relationship. Rikku goes to sleep early after getting help from Da Vinci making a special Valentine's chocolate for Mash, and ends up pulling Mash into her bed in her sleep when she comes in to leave her own chocolate and letter. The next morning, Rikku is delighted to be sharing a bed with Mash and gives her a lap pillow, but also expresses disappointment in not being awake when she dragged Mash in. After Rikku gives Mash her Valentine's chocolate, the kohai faints from happiness.
    • Non Rikku and Mash-related example: In EX Comic 038, Rikku asks Saber Lily what type of man she would like to marry. After Lily gives her description, Rikku thinks to herself that there's someone in the Round Table who fits the description (*cough* Bedivere). To drive the point home further, in the Christmas-themed EX Comic 039, a panel about spending time with that "special someone" (which incidentally includes Rikku and Mash), Lily and Bedivere are together.
    • After defeating Artoria Lancer Alter, Shiki makes a comment about how overly-huge her breasts are and suggests everyone leave. Rikku agrees, and says that she thinks "the perfect size would be Maaaaa-" before deciding to shut up.
    • In EX 052, Mash finds Rikku asleep on a couch and thinks she looks uncomfortable. Mash looks around (while blushing) to make sure no one else is around before giving Rikku a lap pillow, commenting on how cute her face is when she sleeps. Stheno and Osabekihime arrive and take a picture to Mash's frustration.
    • The adaptation of Medusa's Interlude, just like the source material, has Mash express jealousy at her Master and Medusa's date. Rikku promises to make up for it by making Mash dinner later, who blushes in response.
    • As Tomoe points out when Rikku is telling her and El-Melloi II about what happened when she first arrived at Chaldea, the very first thing Rikku did after meeting Mash was hit on her. Rikku admits that it sounds kind of bad when put that way, but agrees with Tomoe's summary.
    • Right after Dr. Roman is horrified by Mash's new Stripperific Servant outfit, Rikku states that she's seen worse at conventions and "Besides, she looks haw-! Er... Shutting up now."
    • After Rikku is healed from the injuries being shot by a cannon caused her, Mash blushes and asks if she could get dressed because she is still in her underwear. Rikku says she doesn't mind being seen by Mash, who requests for her to not say things like that because it causes "strange urges".
    • In EX 114, Rikku acts more flirty from having not eaten in a while, kissing Mash on the back of her neck and calling her "delicious". namtap acknowledges that Rikku gets more flirty when she's not thinking straight.
  • Shoot the Dog: Discussed by Rikku when talking with Sasaki; she decided "Murder will never be morally 'right,' but sometimes the consequences of not killing someone may be worse." when she was in high school, and she never imagined having to follow through with "cruel and unjust" acts for the greater good before coming to Chaldea.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Mysterious Heroine Z tries to turn Artoria Lily against Mysterious Heroine X by telling her that X only trained her because she wasn't a threat and wanted someone to help her fix her spacecraft. Rikku asks Lily who should point out the glaring mistake in Z's argument, so Lily asks Z if she really thought someone like her could do something as difficult as fixing a spacecraft. Z realizes that Lily is right, and it further turns out that neither Lily or X were repairing the spacecraft and Rikku was doing all the work.
  • Sick Episode: Comic 260 had Rikku catch a cold, and Mash makes some chicken soup for her.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Rikku forms one with Da Vinci in the Orleans arc when she starts criticizing the latter's choice in Mystic Codes, and it keeps going for some time afterwards.
  • Self-Censored Release: Lampshaded. Rikku mentions finding the original PC version of Utawarerumono in Chaldea's archives, and says that she will try to find the PlayStation 2 version because Mash is "not ready" for the original version.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Da Vinci calls out Rikku at the end of the first Nero Fest for asking about the preparations for the next Rayshift and for her to help create a specialized magecraft for use in the Singularities instead of focusing on how all of the battles have made her bed bound.
    • Rikku asks a fading Charles Babbage if he can transform. He states that it's interesting and will look into it if he's summoned by Chaldea. When Mordred asks her if that question was really more important than asking him anything he knew about Project Demonic Fog, Rikku responds with a big yes.
  • Slice of Life: The Extra Comics portray Rikku and the cast getting into less serious stories involving how they spend their free time between Singularities.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Rikku puts on a pair of red glasses during many an Infodump.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Rikku and Da Vinci.
    Rikku: Have you been sitting here the entire time, just waiting for me to wake up? ...That's kinda creepy...
    Da Vinci: Of course not. I calculated that you'd be waking up about now and came in about five minutes ago.
    Rikku: Right, because that's totally not also creepy...
  • So Much for Stealth: Mash goes to check on Rikku and finds her blaming herself for the death of Geronimo's group. Mash tries to silently sneak away and leave Rikku alone only to step on something that makes a crunching sound and alerts Rikku. The description lampshades this:
    Don't you love it when some horribly placed rubble prevents a stealthy escape?
  • Sophisticated as Hell: In order to maintain the Running Gag of bucket victims asking "What the hell?!", we get this from Shakespeare:
    Shakespeare: No reply. Silence. God hast foresaken me. Where art the tale maki- (takes the bucket off) I dare say, what the hell?!
  • Soup Is Medicine: Emiya instructs Mash to make some chicken soup with lots of garlic for Rikku to help with her cold. Mash questions why Emiya doesn't make the soup instead since he's a much better cook, but he insists that Rikku would be happier if she knew the soup was made by Mash, and says that Mash probably wants to do something for Rikku anyway. Tamamo Cat suggests Mash spoon feed the soup to her husb- girlfriend.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Character names generally default to their spellings from the NA version of Grand Order, but some outliers exist. For instance, Elisabeth is called "Elizabeth", and Altria is called "Artoria".
  • Sprite Comic: Made using the character portraits from the source game's cutscenes, with occasional scenes using the character sprites from the combat gameplay.
  • Stuff Blowing Up:
    • As payback for making her wear undesirable outfits, Rikku throws a bucket Da Vinci made at Blackbeard that then explodes in his hands. It's more out of personal revenge, as while it lights him on fire, it fails to do any actual damage.
    • Rikku uses explosive arrows to fight Mephisto.
    • As the British Museum was reduced to rubble beforehand, Rikku uses some dynamite to clear a path below.
  • Success Through Insanity: There's a common trend of characters trying to invoke Exact Words to get Rikku to do something they expect her to not want to do, only for her to be completely on board with their crazy/stupid idea. Case in point, Santa Alter tries to paint her exploits as just wanting to deliver presents and needing an alternative to her reindeer that ran away, and Rikku questions why she has to be the replacement reindeer, but expresses excitement about the idea of turning the sleigh into an "Excalibur-assisted fighter jet". EX Comic 037 has Dr. Roman perform a check on Rikku's mental health with him changing his analysis from "everything looks ok" to "it would be more accurate to say that your mental health is no worse than it usually is."
  • Sugary Malice: Rikku whenever she speaks in her "Super Cheerful Teenage Girl" voice, which can be summed up as her threatening someone while giving off a cheery disposition. Dr. Roman and Da Vinci find it terrifying when Rikku talks this way.
  • Survivalist Stash: Discussed in EX 055. Rikku asks Ereshkigal why exactly she needs 216 Stakes of Wailing Night, and asks if she's preparing for a vampire apocalypse. Ereshkigal denies this, but Rikku points out that she also wanted a bunch of magatamas and there aren't many uses for such an excessive number of stakes anyway. Seeing how her spear has the authority of a sun god, Ereshkigal doesn't even need a stake to kill a vampire.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Rikku gets terrified by a ghost during the first Halloween event and Mash asks her an hour later if she's ok. Rikku tries to laugh it off and says "It's not like I absolutely hate haunted houses and stuff..."
    • Rikku asks Santa Alter if she is still upset about the events back at Fuyuki, but Alter insists that they have never met before and says that she doesn't remember being defeated by Rikku or needing to brood about her loss. Rikku points out that she never mentioned defeating her.
  • Symbol Swearing: Certain harsher swear words get rendered as a series of random symbols.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: To help Nero's soldiers escape, El-Melloi II uses Unreturning Formation for its intended purpose (according to side materials anyway, gameplay uses it as a massive debuff) for the first time.
  • Take That!:
    • In a moment taken from the source game, when Takenaka Andersen is asked by Toyotomi Gilyoshi for a plan, he says that he doesn't have one, criticizes the lack of quality in the setting, and laments that he "told them not to make a 2D show into a 3D movie!"
    • EX 147 "Overhyped Sequel" has Rikku express disappointment in Aragami 2 compared to its predecessor. The description alludes to Kingdom Hearts III while calling it "majorly disappointing".
  • Taking You with Me: The culprit for "A Meihousou Most Foul" attempts this by trying to detonate herself and everyone else in the room, only to be stopped by Antonio.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: After Rikku faints in EX 061, she begins to talk in her sleep, saying that she's scared, doesn't want to fight and die, and doesn't want to be left alone. After Mash leaves the room, Rikku repeats the same sentences, but with it turning out that she's really scared about Mash rather than herself.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Defied at the start of the rematch with Blackbeard, where Rikku interrupts his speech by trying to fire a cannon at him, but misses because she never used one before and her hand slipped. Blackbeard calls her out on it, saying that it's a common anime trope to not interrupt a transformation sequence or an enemy's monologue, but Rikku says that anyone who lets the former finish deserves to lose, and the latter only happens if both sides are idiots.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • While Rikku is trying unsuccessfully to sleep on the Shaped Isle, she gets annoyed with everyone's bickering but finds relief in there not being any enemies. Cue Caligula.
    • Discussed in the description for Comic 083:
      No, seriously. The moment anyone said things were going well should have been an indication that we were walking into a trap.
    • After Rikku meets Artemis and finds out that she's even worse than she imagined, she says that she hopes that they don't run into any of the male Greek heroes, especially Jason. Guess who shows up later in the same Singularity?
    • Extra Comic 009 has Tomoe play Death end re;Quest and scoff at the content warning upon starting the game, saying that the violence probably isn't all that bad. Less than five minutes later, Tomoe is horrified by a scene of a monster biting off a girl's head described in vivid detail.
    • The trope is used as the title for Comic 451, where as the gang arrives at Washington, Mash and Rama declare they've reached their destination and Rikku points out saying stuff like that is just begging for something to go wrong. Cue Medb, and Rikku says "See?!" in response.
  • Terror Hero: Rikku herself, as she's very crafty and tactical, sometimes to a scary extent, with some of the villains being scared by her methods. She also sees herself as a monster as admitted in the Orleans arc.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • When Rikku meets Jason, she goes on such a long (and harsh) tirade about how he's not a hero and is just scum (ending with her essentially saying that she'd love to kill him herself) that everyone, even her own Servants, are left shocked and speechless. Jason orders Heracles to kill Rikku immediately afterward.
    • A more helpful variation occurs in London, where Mordred's battle with Mash to help her stop holding back is followed up by the knight telling Rikku that she is weak and should stay in her place rather than try to be on the front lines. Rikku seems hurt at first but then laughs and thanks Mordred, saying that she "needed that".
    • Shiki and Rikku gives a short one to Hyde, saying that without Jekyll, he's a predictable and shallow, with Shiki preferring the "goodie-goodie looking one" and the difference between fighting for your life and fighting for fun. She then states that Hyde's not worth her time and to try again another time.
    • When Rikku meets Edison, she asks for him to explain his pitch so she can "tear it to bits" before deciding he wouldn't even give her something to tear to bits. Instead, she calls him insane and says the Celts killing him would be a less painful way to die than his intended plan. She then calls him an idiot for wanting to cut off America from the timeline at the expense of all other eras, and itself since America exists because of foreign immigrants. Edison finally snaps when Rikku tells him the only thing he is protecting is his own ego.
  • There Are No Therapists:
    • Averted with Dr. Roman, who is constantly having sessions with Rikku over her mental health during the Singularities.
    • Another aversion is mentioned in an EX Comic taking place during the Lostbelt arc (in other words, after Dr. Roman has died), where Goredolf tells Rikku he thinks she should see a therapist, who replies that she has an hour long meeting with Kiara twice every week.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: During the GUDAGUDA arc, Uesugi Artoria prepares to steal the gang's rations. Since those rations include a boxed lunch Rikku made for Mash, Rikku orders Oda with a Command Spell to use Three Line Formation. Artoria is then filled with holes, and the screenshot of the attack used as a comic panel shows that Oda had four ATK Up buffs.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
  • This Is Your Song: In EX Comic 026, Mash sings "God Knows...", a song about someone expressing their desire to help a struggling companion who pushes others away, as a way to get through to Rikku and her Guilt Complex.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Rikku points out how incredibly idiotic this is when Blackbeard criticizes her for interrupting his speech and he cites this trope and letting an enemy finish their monologue as common in anime. Rikku says that anyone who lets someone finish their transformation deserves to lose.
  • Underestimating Badassery: BB in EX Comic 141 All's Fair:
    BB: You were supposed to be a Joke Character!!! How'd you end up with a weapon to kill evil gods?!
    Heroine XX: I said I was a Foreigner Hunter! Not my fault you wouldn't listen!
  • Unconventional Learning Experience: Invoked with Rikku, who has knowledge about several Heroic Spirits because of their appearances in video games and she decided to look them up to find out who they really were. When she finds the original PC version of Utawarerumono in Chaldea's archives, Rikku studies the tactics of the main character Hakuowlo because they're "clever and unconventional" and notices that her own tactics are already very similar, meaning the game had a big effect on her.
  • Unknowingly in Love: Mash, aside from being unable to tell Rikku has a crush on her (despite how terrible she is at hiding it), is unable to tell she shares the same feelings. This is primarily due to Mash having gotten a hangover that made her forget the inciting kiss (the following day when she admits to having forgotten recent events, she later acts flustered around Rikku and says she doesn't know why she feels this way). This is slowly phased out as Mash becomes more aware of how she enjoys Rikku's presence, albeit with the occasional embarrassed denial and instances where she can't quite pinpoint her feelings (Mash describes a moment where Rikku hits on her while in her underwear as causing "strange urges"). Even so, Mash is able to fall asleep in a tender embrace with Rikku after spending a night together without realizing they are essentially dating.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Rikku constantly changes her outfits to either other Mystic Codes or to the clothes of characters from other works to act as a Shout-Out. During the first GUDAGUDA event, Mash gets eager to see what Rikku will be wearing this time.
  • [Verb] This!: Drops one on Medb by throwing a bucket at her.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Rikku has a crush on Mash, and will give hell to anyone who wrongs her. Uesugi Artoria trying to steal a boxed lunch Rikku made for Mash earns her a Command Spell-powered Three Line Formation that fills her with holes, and Rikku threatens the judges of Medb's beauty contest at gunpoint to give her a higher score than Medb as payback for her setting up Mash to be humiliated.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Rikku and Mordred act this way during London. After Mordred gives Rikku a "The Reason You Suck" Speech as a lecture to help with Rikku's self-esteem, Mash gets confused once her Master laughs and the two get into a friendly conversation because she thought they hated each other.
    • Rikku and Medb are constantly at each other's throats, yet hang out together anyway.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Mini Nobu that was dragged along by Santa Alter turns into a chibi Nero to sing the Padoru song.
  • Water Wake-up: Rikku faints after Emiya unexpectedly praises her cooking, and Emiya requests someone to bring a bucket of water to wake her up with. Tomoe does just that.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Rikku considers Mordred rude for calling Victor Frankenstein's artificial human a monster because even as an artificial human, she's still a human.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Olga calls out Rikku once her first summon including two Servants that shouldn't be possible (the player's first summon includes a guaranteed pool of four-stars that doesn't include Tomoe Gozen, and five-stars like El-Melloi II are impossible to obtain) breaks the Fate system. Rikku points out that she's a low-level magus who wouldn't be able to influence the Fate system even if she knew what it was.
    • Rikku reveals that Fran has been trying to tell them something about the Helter Skelters since they left for the Mage's Association, and Andersen rightfully asks why Rikku didn't say anything earlier about Fran.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Rikku hates haunted houses, which is unfortunate as the first Halloween event pretty much is one.
  • Workaholic: In EX Comic 016, Da Vinci reveals that Rikku requests for every new Servant to teach her something after being summoned, and she goes too far one day and sets up multiple training sessions on the same day that results in her doing double the amount of work she normally does compared to her regular work days. namtap confirmed that Rikku's intense work schedule that day wasn't a result of her inferiority complex, but rather her scheduling lessons without planning ahead and being too stubborn to cancel any of them when she realized so many of them were on the same day.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Blackbeard nearly gets hit by a cannonball because he assumes Talking Is a Free Action, citing it and not interrupting a transformation sequence as a common anime trope. Rikku points out that isn't a very smart course of action.
  • Yandere: Rikku shows traits of this in some of her antics involving Mash. As namtap put it:
    Possessive? Check.
    Protective? Violently so.
    Borderline homicidal? Pretty sure she passed that line a ways back.
    Deranged? Refer to her encounter with Jason.
    Hm... yeah, I'd say she is. She just usually hides it pretty well.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    • The comic's version of Mash revealing that she doesn't know the True Name of the Heroic Spirit inside of her has Rikku refuse to believe that Mash is "defective" and then point out the hardships she has gone through to protect everyone already make her a hero.
    • Sasaki and Siegfried assure Rikku that she isn't a "monster" for taking gray actions to save others.
    • The adaptation of El-Melloi II's first Interlude has Rikku get fed up about not being able to fight on the front lines like her Servants, but get assured that her insight is already a great help to the team.
    • Rikku mentions during a counselling session with Dr. Roman that she hates how she's ordering others to do "unreasonable and inhumane orders" as her only contribution and doesn't even do the actions herself, but Dr. Roman says that her Servants listen to her because they believe in her rather than because of her Command Spells.
    • Rikku opens up more with Mash during London about how she was afraid that Mash would hate the "real" her if they got too close. Mash points out that Rikku has been kind to her and always believed in her ever since they first met, encourages others and takes responsibility for their actions, constantly risks her life, and comforted her all the way back when they both thought they were going to die, finishing by asking "How could I possibly hate you?"
    • During London, Rikku accepts that she is a hypocrite for using morally-questionable methods to minimize casualties while calling out others for using similar methods for their own ideals. Mash reminds Rikku of her motivating her when she was depressed back in Fuyuki and adds that Rikku has always treated her Servants like people rather than tools like "most mages would", and that her actions are still "those of a good person" while never involving manipulation or attempts to justify themselves, so she should stop looking down on herself.
    • Mash gets depressed again during London about not knowing her Noble Phantasm's True Name and insists that she is a burden, so Rikku slaps her before saying that the Heroic Spirit inside of Mash isn't the one who has been journeying with her, and Mordred says that she's certain that Mash is stronger than the original Heroic Spirit. Rikku adds that some people are born to be heroes who perform great feats, but it take much more strength for a normal person like Mash to pull off the same.
    • Mordred begins to doubt herself when Artoria Lancer Alter appears, but Rikku inspires her by telling her that that the Servant in front of them isn't her father, and encourage her to start rebelling more.
    • At the end of the "My God Is With Me" arc, Rikku says this to Jeanne Alter, telling her that she does exist and vows to find a way to summon her for real.
  • Your Mom: Hans playing the French guard from Monty Python and the Holy Grail and having his insults use Grand Order game terminology results in this gem:
    Hans (French Guard): "Your mother was a Stheno spook, and your father smelt of Extremely Spicy Mapo Tofu!"
  • Zerg Rush: The trope is used as the title for EX 044, where Blackbeard is playing the trope namer and celebrates taking down a Protoss player with his zerg rush and prepares to defeat the last remaining player. Blackbeard sends in his base units to destroy the enemy base and sacrifices 60% of his forces to do so, but he does not win as the enemy had more units left and promptly nukes Blackbeard's Spawning Pools to prevent him from spawning more units, sending a message thanking him for rushing the other Terran base. The other player turns out to be Rikku, who built a second Command Center out in the far reaches of the map to avoid being finished off by the Protoss, but ended up defeating the Zerg by complete luck.