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  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • While Lord El-Melloi II (Zhuge Liang) has always caused some friction with some fans conceptually, since they wasted a potential Servant's design by using a pre-existing character design, he's really unpopular in China, where Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a cultural landmark, as they find him outright offensive (what with him being a British man, who does have some vague Japanese features as an adult, hosting one of the greatest heroes of China). Not helping matters is the fact that the pool of Chinese Servants in the game was fairly small for years, and the only other summonable Servant from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms is Lu Bu, and he's currently only available as an unintelligible Berserker. This has thankfully been remedied somewhat with the third Lostbelt, which introduced some new Chinese servants into the game.
    • Blackbeard is much more base-breaking in the US as his pedophiliac behavior is more creepy than amusing to NA players, compared to Japanese players who like his antics and his Otaku behavior. If the NA players liked him, it's usually because his creepiness is Played for Laughs by being the Butt-Monkey to the point of memes.
  • Angst? What Angst?: The Protagonist shows very little signs of having any actual trauma after all the murder and destruction they have gone through in the Singularities (when it's not already Played for Laughs). Even when they started showing doubts like when they are presented with the fact that erasing the Lostbelts will erase the lives of innocents, they are able to get their conviction back rather fast. While its initially mentioned offhandedly that the protagonist is possibly disassociating as a means of coping, the "Lady Reines' Case Files" turns this into a plot point, as Mnemosyne's entire plan is to erase the Protagonist's memories because they must have some kind of emotional baggage they would be better off not having. When the Protagonist tells her that it is their duty to bear the pain they have and that they are what they are because of it, Mnemosyne responds that they are too compromised to recognize the state of their own psyche.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • As the game progresses and more newer and powerful units become available as supports, bosses that were previously seen as difficult in the game's early stages are now a cakewalk with the right units.
    • Caster Gilles is the true final boss of the Orleans singularity, but you fight him alone (Jeanne Alter was flanked by two high-level wyverns) and he's only slightly stronger than when you battled him in a previous chapter.
    • Out of all the bosses in Camelot, Tristan is considered to be the easiest. Tristan's "Reversal" might throw people for a loop, but you don't need a Saber to defeat him, as his attacks have a lot of hits so they charge your party's NP gauge's by quite a bit, and his NP charge skill actually makes it so that he can't use his NP on the same turn, so it's easy to defend against compared to Mordred and Gawain in the same chapter. Players that prepared for Gawain with anti-male units, especially Euryale, will find her just as effective versus Tristan.
    • While Babylonia is a difficult chapter overall, the boss battles with the main villains are easy compared to some of the other enemies you fight in the same chapter.
      • Tiamat's or rather, Tiamat-Gorgon's normal attacks have tons of hits and attack the whole party, which charges up your party's Noble Phantasms at an insane rate, which allows you to spam them with impunity. The only thing that may throw you off is that she may try to stun you at random, and her crits are a different animation and hit quite a bit harder than double normal.
      • Kingu has no particularly annoying skills, and has many hits in his attacks (only they can only hit one target), giving him the same drawbacks that Gorgon has. His Noble Phantasm is also easily telegraphed and is single target, meaning that Mash can block it with her 3rd and 2nd skills. Even in the final battle, the only thing that changes is that his class changes to Avenger (which arguably makes him easier since you don't have to worry about the class matchups outside of having Rulers warm the bench, if you even have any), and at the end of every other turn he gains an NP charge (which is still rather slow to charge and is still easily telegraphed).
      • Femme Fatale has no attacks and only throws out debuffs, relying on the two Lahmu with her to deal damage. Once you kill them off, you're free to whittle down her HP at your own pace.
      • Tiamat's final form once again shares Gorgon's problem of having a normal attack that has tons of hits and attacks the whole party, allowing you to spam Noble Phantasms. In addition, you get a large permanent buff that makes things even easier, a stronger version of Merlin as a story support, and she was preceded by a much more grueling battle against a horde of eleven Bel Lahmus.
    • In a way, the Demon Pillars at the Final Singularity. They all have 600,000 HP or more, but at this point, with your party's power (and supports) that is boosted further by Bond Level, it can go down easily in 2-3 turns. Not helping is that they each are now put into one of the classes, meaning you can build teams of Servants that specialize against that Servant class and essentially lock them down thanks to class advantage. This is especially notable because with the except of the Demon Pillar in Camelot, all the other Pillars were originally their own unique class, making it hard to beat them at first.
    • Archer of Shinjuku. After Avenger of Shinjuku, we fight him and an Avenger Demon Pillar. The Demon Pillar only has AOE multi-hit attacks that fill NP gauges easily and the Archer himself has several exploitable traits (male, evil, Archer) that Lancers like Swimsuit Tamamo or Vlad III (Extra) can easily take advantage of.
    • The final boss of the Salem singularity, Foreigner Abigail Williams, runs into this too, especially for players who were keeping up with the game prior to the release of Salem. The boss in question is mostly defensively neutral and resists Berserkers(!), but is conventionally weak to Alter Ego servants. That might seem like a rare weakness... but a mere month before Salem, Halloween 2017 gave players an Alter Ego for free. Now, this was probably by design, but Mecha Eli-chan is entirely too suited to the fight at hand, since she has a single target Buster NP that can mostly deplete one of the boss' four life bars by itself, with her being virtually guaranteed to one-round an entire life bar with an NP Brave Chain and modest buffs. If you can manage some combination of Mecha Eli-chan and Merlin, the fight is far easier than other chapter bosses; if you can manage two Mecha Eli-chans, the fight is an absolute joke. Worse still, bringing Mecha Eli-chan does spoil the atmosphere of the fight to some degree, since you have the vessel of a mind-consuming Outer God getting the tar beaten out of her by a joke-laden reference to Mecha Godzilla.
    • The assassin boss in S.I.N. Lostbelt, Yu Miaoyi, can be seen as this to many players. The fight involves her instantly charging her own NP at the start of her every turn where her Noble Phantasm deals damage to your entire team and inflicting Curse at the same time. Your team is given Guts buff at the start of every turn to survive the Noble Phantasm, but the Curse debuff she inflicts will tick at the end of the player's turn, instantly procing the Guts effect and leaving your servants vulnerable to their inevitable doom to her Noble Phantasm. While this fight may seem hard in paper, in reality, the fight is much easier than expected when factoring into the Command Code feature, where there are two Command Codes that can actually remove the Curse debuff (and one of them can be obtained from the Friend Point gacha). Even funnier for crafty players on knowing how the Guts mechanic work where it cancels all of your opponent's subsequent actions when Guts is activated on their first turn. This means the fight is such a laughing stock that it can be soloed with using one servant equipped with a Command Code that can remove the Curse debuff to prevent it procing the Guts buff, even with servants not designed for soloing (i.e. Support Party Member like Wavier, Tamamo, Merlin, and Skadi, or healers such as Irisivel and Medea Lily) or using a Rider against her despite the Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors disadvantage.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • Orleans really began to suffer this, especially as the game's updates continued to increase in quality. Fuyuki was considered a fairly strong opening chapter that was laden with more than a few call backs to Fate/stay night and served as a good introduction to the Nasuverse for those new to the franchise. Orleans, unfortunately, trips at the starting line; most of the chapter is largely considered to be a slog that has the player facing off against hordes of wyverns and almost little else (apart from the odd gaggle of soldiers, Servant battles and Fafnir) to the point that some areas consist solely of wyverns. The Servant fights aren't much better, as they have abilities they can chain together to make fighting them a lot lengthier than necessary and tend to be a little more dangerous than the wyverns if you're not experienced with Servant weaknesses. To top it all off, the story is considered to be serviceable but bland, lacking the same kind of draws that the preceding chapter had, and tends to meander about, leading to some areas feeling as though they have no purpose besides filling time. The chapter's proven to be such a slow start to everything that comes afterward that some players have outright given up and stopped playing.
    • Thanks to a combination of a padded-out plot that had little going on besides a chain of fights, flat character interactions that hardly showed off any interesting quirks each Servant had, everyone's almost relentless shilling of Nero (to the point that some people who were viciously against her in life - Boudica especially, who in real life led an anti-Roman force almost on par with Hannibal's - act as though it's all water under the bridge), and the continual hype and eventual delays of the Okeanos release, Septem had well worn out most of the goodwill the fans had for the chapter simply because it was that much of a mess. Tellingly, the staff even considers it to be an Old Shame these days. The only part of the Singularity seen as a positive is the Catharsis Factor in beating Lev and watching him die after what he did to Director Olga.
    • London because the story focuses heavily on the "mystery" of the antagonists, only to constantly Bait-and-Switch who the threat really was. Several Servants like Jack, Nursery Rhymes, Kintoki, Tamamo, and Jekyll are overall wasted in the story and do very little to advance the plot. The only things people like about the Singularity is the usage of Tesla, Mordred, Altria Lancer Alter, and the big reveal of the true Big Bad Solomon. Even then, you have to fight through a lot of the same enemies, for what amounts to a fairly boring mystery.
    • The second half of the Chaldea Summer 2016 event tends to catch flak because the boars suddenly start hogging all of the screentime and their interactions with Servants were often seen as dull and unfunny at best, incredibly irritating and poorly written at worst. The story has also been derided as fairly dull and uninteresting, with a poorly-implemented reveal of the final villain... and to add insult to injury, the event ends with Scathach simply pushing the Reset Button on the vacation, rendering the entire event completely pointless.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • After the mess of a launch due to being severely understaffed, DelightWorks made several steps to fixing the copious balance and performance issues. The first step for this was the first "GUDAGUDA Honnoji" in 2015, where many improvements were made.
    • A-1 Pictures increased their animation quality for the America PV as an answer to ufotable's "Garden of Order" PV.
    • There were several stealth personality retcons after the gigantic character waste that was Septem. From Boudica showing her anger and going berserk at the sight of Romans in "Garden of Order", Caligula actually getting to talk about something that isn't Nero in Prison Tower, and Nero being Giftedly Bad with characters in-universe accordingly dissing her instead of shilling and praising her every action in America.
    • The Onigashima event features raid battles like the Ibaraki-douji event, but there are several improvements over the previous event, such as allowing players to keep rewards and speeding up the event by allowing progress to continue when the last boss dies as opposed to sticking rigidly to a date based progression. These improvements were also implemented into the Rashoumon event rerun, which made it much easier for casual players to earn all the rewards as well as encouraging experimentation with the highest difficulty quests.
    • The release of the long-rumored Grail Ascension (named Palingenesis in-game) has been received very well, as the feature finally allows Servants of the lower rarity to fight almost or just as good as the rarer Servants, while allowing already powerful Servants to become even more powerful. In mere minutes after its release, several players had ascended their favorite Servant to level 100.
    • After the Final Singularity, DW announced that they intended to update several Servants' sprites and animations, even non-gold Servants. As of the end of 2018, many previously generic animation Servants now have new and very detailed animations that have, in some ways, saved many Servants in the eyes of the community.
    • DW aims to make every Servant viable for players at any point in the game with Rank Up Quests and Interludes giving gameplay upgrades for them. Event bonuses for certain Servants means even the most hated ones can be used (at least in the party's backrow) at a certain point.
    • The English translators have been putting an effort on improving the localization in the game by revising some translations. Beyond spelling errors, they also updated skill names like Lancelot's "Infinite Military Training" to "Eternal Arms Mastership" and improved dialogue, like with Martha's summoning line.
    • Shielder's Valentine's day chocolate having the name "Matthew" written on it was ignored by most of the fandom who continued to use the name "Mashu" for her. Eventually, official merchandise went with 'Mash' instead and for Valentines 2017 the CE was redone to make the name on it Mashu as well. Finally, when the game was released in English it was the last nail in the coffin as her name remained Mash.
    • A mechanical version in the welfare servant design. Welfare servants are those given out during events without the need for rolling the gatcha. These were meant to supply free to play players with their own SR servants. Early on welfare servants were meant to be weaker than those of similar rarity. Saber Lily is an artifact of that time. Delightworks realized that this effectively penalized F2P gamers since the welfare servants cost as much to field as a four star servants but were only as strong as top three star servants. Modern welfare servants have several that are within the top tiers of servants in their class like Rider Kintoki and Archer Chloe, reversing this policy and making welfare servants highly desirable.
    • The first storyline had many Servants appear in the story but who died extremely anticlimactically with little usage in the story, or having Servants that never appeared in any of the singularity. As such, the sequel storyline has gone out of its way to include many Servants who previously appeared in small roles, such as Billy in Lostbelt 1, Brynhild in Lostbelt 2, and Jing Ke and Spartacus in Lostbelt 3.
    • Emiya Alter's original design ended up getting a lot of backlash thanks to being, essentially, Blackface.The NA server decided to address this by editing his design to make the whole deal less noticible, as well as making him resemble regular Emiya a bit more.
    • The early events were notably very skewed towards regarding those who spend money on the banners thanks to usually having several event currencies being heavily tied to event Craft Essences. This meant free to play players were going to need to grind more than anyone who dropped money because the increase drop chances for the currencies were too low to farm. Overtime events changed their mechanics to be more friendly to free to play players, mainly by making event related Servants tie into the needed currencies instead of making them only do flat damage or some other bonus like percent increase for something else, and making the Craft Essences simply a little boost to go along with it. Free to play players still need to grind, but their grind is much less.
    • With the release of Lostbelt 4, story supports have their own special Craft Essence equipped, giving them NP gauge to launch their NPs faster, mitigating a major complaint that they were dead weight in the party without a CE to boost their gameplay or stats.
  • Awesome Art:
    • Several Servants and CEs have had their artwork praised for their depictions of characters and are another reason people roll for them, gameplay usefulness notwithstanding.
    • As the game advanced, they began to use CGs to illustrate some of the more awesome moments in the game, for example, Camelot has Ozymandias crashing his temple into Camelot, Babylonia has Kingu restraining Tiamat with the Chain of Heaven, Shinjuku has Saber Alter ride in on her motorcycle to save the protagonist, and Shimosa has Muramasa preparing his Noble Phantasm and then slicing the entire castle in half.
  • Awesome Music: Enough to give the game its own page, especially after the game's budget increased over time.
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  • Best Boss Ever:
    • After a couple of those kinds of bosses in a row with Solomon's dodge spam and Goetia's incredibly busted turn 1 combo that turns the unwary player's entire frontline to ashes, we get the ultimate, and truly final battle with Human King Goetia. Not only is it extremely well-balanced as to be challenging but fair even to the most stacked of parties, but it features arguably the single greatest music track in the game while being an amazing throw back to the fan favorite battle of Kirei vs Shirou in Heaven's Feel: after having become mortal and overwhelmed by the Protagonist, Goetia still stands, already one-and-a-half foot in the grave but with willpower left in him to spare, and challenges you to one last battle, no longer with the fate of the world at risk, just your life and his, with the earnest hope that you, his greatest adversary, will stay and watch the end of his story, of his short but finally real life. That it manages to make Goetia of all people infinitely sympathetic considering his past actions is just the icing on the cake for an amazing boss fight.
    • The final battle with Tiamat at the end of Babylonia is incredibly fun. While your party loses 3000 HP every turn, it's balanced out by the fact that your entire party is buffed to insane levels thanks to Merlin and Ereshkigal, basically boosting all your general stats and healing 4000 HP at the end of your turn, not to mention how satisfying it is to essentially beat down the mother of all life, who was established to be essentially invincible and unkillable, and King Hassan still manages to impose the concept of death upon her, still making her incredibly tough, but now killable. It is worth noting that while the boss is fairly easy, the sheer spectacle, story build up, and music, create a boss fight that even by the time of the Lostbelt storyline, is considered one of the best fights in the game.
    • It's immensely satisfying to beat the Final Boss of SE.RA.PH after all she's done both in the event story and in past events, with the Kiara Punishers forcing her onto a level playing field and an absolute god-tier orchestral remix of her battle theme playing. She's challenging but fair and players can have fun with her by choosing which Kiara Punishers to utilize in the battle to challenge themselves. Bringing Meltryllis or Passionlip enhances the experience, not just because they're the only ones who deal extra damage but their character arc comes to a culmination as they finally overcome Kiara.
  • Bizarro Episode: Most events are incredibly wacky. Surprisingly all of them are considered canon now after the limited Servants from some of those events appear in the Final Singularity.
    • "GUDAGUDA Honnoji". The entire event was designed as an overblown parody of the game, promoting two gag characters from Koha-Ace being suddenly added to the game. Lots of fourth wall jokes, sudden events and overall strangeness ensues. "GUDAGUDA Meiji Revival" has the protagonist, along with Nobunaga and Okita, travel to Bakumatsu-era Japan which is being ravaged by a chibi Nobu army. Hijikata and Nobukatsu (Nobunaga's younger brother) appear to drag Okita and Nobunaga respectively against their will to fight.
    • The 2015 Christmas Event. The protagonist is kidnapped by Santa Alter to serve as her reindeer to deliver presents to F/GO characters, much lampshading and mockery ensues.
    • "Saber Wars" with Mysterious Heroine X coming straight from her humble April Fools origin in a non April Fools event! Where Heroine X must eliminate all Sabers! But first she's going to train Saber Lily in utilizing her crotch blaster! Also the main currency is Altria's ahoge.
    • The starting concept for "Garden of Order" was "a lot of Servants have started living in Ogawa Apartments, so Shiki will be going around collecting their rent." It’s not a gag story, no.
    • "Da Vinci and the 7 Fake Heroic Spirits" starts when someone started selling a counterfeit Mona Lisa CE because the ones in Da Vinci's shop were too expensive. Then it turns into an otome game with Jeanne Alter as the heroine halfway through the storyline, faithfully Lampshaded by an ex-galge protagonist.
    • "Starry Xuanzang Goes to India" is a full-blown parody of Journey to the West, with Servants as the characters!
    • The "Chaldea Summer" event starts off with Chaldea's crew and Servants off having a fun vacation on a tropical island (even with the onset of humanity's approaching destruction)... and then in part 2, players deal with a post-apocalyptic world run by intelligent boars.
    • The Prisma Illya event is essentially a Magical Girl show using the cast of F/GO.
    • The Halloween Event of 2016 steps up the weirdness of the previous event by being extremely generous with the in-jokes and shout-outs, how the map is based on Ghosts And Goblins, and how zany the dialogue is even compared to previous events.
    • Christmas 2016 starts off with Jeanne Alter, who in a moment of anger, drinks a potion of youth and becomes a ten year old Jeanne Lily who wants to spread happiness by being Santa, unfortunately she doesn't have a very good grasp of what people want for Christmas....
    • "All the Statesmen" revolves around Riyo's gag Servant and the wackiness of Learning with Manga! comic strips.
    • The summer 2017 event, "Dead Heat Summer Race", is a Wacky Racing event with swimsuit-wearing Servants as the participants. And then it turns into the goddamn Great Escape with swimsuit Servants, and Medb of all people as the chief warden!
    • Halloween 2017 continues the 2015 and 2016 event, this time featuring a wholesome Shout-Out to Godzilla vs. Mecha-Godzilla and references with a fourth wall observer, Osakabe-hime.
    • Christmas 2017, although a story-centric event written by Nasu, has the protagonist with a sheep-riding, feverish Santa Altera visiting the Underworld, Irkalla, which Ereshkigal has decorated with Christmas knick-knacks.
    • Setsubun 2018 has the protagonist and Archer Inferno climb a hundred-story pagoda in which the air is filled with alcohol and various Servants with their various antics waits for them. The event also has various Onsen scenes of Servants interacting with one another.
    • Valentine 2018 has Chaldea ran out of chocolates for Valentine's day when Semiramis and her Hanging Gardens of Babylon appeared and monopolizes all chocolates. She agreed to give Chaldea her chocolates, but in turn they must work for her to build her own chocolate factory.
    • The GUDAGUDA Strange Tales of Imperial Holy Grail at least in its second part, has a Fuyuki-based Holy Grail parody which introduced some even more bizarre Nobbus.
    • Serva Fes 2018 has the Servants having summer vacation in Hawaii and have to create Doujinshi.
    • Oniland (Halloween 2018) involves Oni-themed theme park and magical girl parody.
    • Holy Samba Night (Christmas 2018) has Quetzalcoatl of all people, becomes a Santa and somehow, turned the event into a wrestling tournament.
  • Breather Level: The Salem chapter of Epic of Remnant is very story-centric with only nine chapters and several 0 AP segments, thus it has much easier and fewer battles compared to other EOR chapters. The only gimmick is the occasional fight will have both player and enemy levels halved.
  • Broken Base:
    • While it's not a new issue for the Fate series, the fact that several of the new servants appear to be Gender Flip versions of famous historic or legendary male figures, rather than ones who were already female to begin with, is very divisive here, especially since said Gender Flip designs tend to be Stripperiffic. Some fans like it and find them interesting or sexy, while a lot of others dislike it and consider it to be Type-Moon and DW Pandering to the Base with gratuitous Fanservice that doesn't even work half the time.
    • That some of the series' most popular characters are limited time only (eq: Jeanne d'Arc Alter, Scathach, Gilgamesh, and Iskandar) for a week or two seems like a money grab to some, while others argue they're probably going to be added to the gacha later anyway and people should just be patient. It doesn't help though that they're 5* Servants, which are notoriously hard to get in the gacha (the chance of getting one SSR is as low as one percent).
    • The disparity between the treatment of the different servers, particularly the North American server, is a hot-button issue. One side is dissatisfied by lesser rewards for the same events, lack of professionalism by the NA staff during the very occasional livestreams, and nearly complete lack of communication on social media. Meanwhile, the other side is just happy that the game is in English, and feels that the former perspective is outweighed by the many quality-of-life updates, particularly the lower quartz cost to roll the gacha for the first year of release.
    • The introduction of the Break Bar mechanic has become increasingly controversial, particularly since it first appeared on the North American server in the form of a notoriously-difficult boss fight much earlier than said fight had been released in Japan, before many of the Servants originally used to fight it in the Japanese version of the game were released or buffed. Essentially, Break Bars are a series of additional health bars for a boss that form a hard "floor" under the amount of hitpoints the boss can lose, typically gaining several buffs, unlocking new moves, changing attack patterns, or otherwise introducing a new phase to the boss fight. While many praise the implementation for adding strategic depth to the game (especially since it lets the developers design more-interesting boss fights without having to add too many more hitpoints and high-level play had frequently begun to boil down to using the correct combination of exceptionally-powerful support Servants in-sequence to stack buffs on a small selection of heavy damage-dealers and inflict a One-Hit Kill before Break Bars soundly removed that from the table as an optimal strategy in most situations) others dislike the frequent opacity of the system, since the player is rarely made aware of what cracking the Bar will do ahead of doing it and adding additional Charge or Pierce Invincibility are both popular options, ensuring an unwary player can all-too easily get his entire team nuked by a powerful enemy Noble Phantasm without having adequate warning or time to prepare. Furthermore, since part of the point of Break Bars is to make the fight longer and more intricate, later Bars with Difficulty Spikes can feel like Fake Difficulty, especially when the player loses thanks to an ill-timed break whose consequences they couldn't know ahead of time and has to start the fight over from square one. The CCC event in particular shows the double edged sides of having them; bosses like the Final Boss benefit from Break Bars by making it a crueling but rewarding fight against a powerful enemy, while the Break Bars on the optional bosses like BB/GO and Tamamo turn the fight into a frustrating slog against an enemy that has several waves of enemies precending it while the later suddenly class changes from Caster to Lancer after the first bar is broken.

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  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Koyanskaya actually being Tamamo-Vitch of the Tamamo-Nine is something that pretty much the entire fandom saw coming since her debut. Not only is she illustrated by Wada Arco, but she has plenty of Tamamo's design traits (specifically her hair and eye color) and retains both many of her speech and darker personality quirks.
  • Catharsis Factor: Beating the crap out of Lev Lainur/Flauros is incredibly satisfying after his gruesome murder of Olga Marie and the fact that all the time, he constantly put up a smug Eyes Always Shut face or Slasher Smile and a lot of the lines coming from his mouth are smug declarations of what you did was futile and he'll beat the crap out of you (even after previously he was easily killed by Altera without any second glances during the Septem Singularity). Tellingly, during the Solomon Singularity, after players were done farming materials from Barbatos, they went straight to Flauros to make him pay for all of his slights. And just to be sure, the players still sometimes use the Battlecry that sounded more like "And this is for Olga Marie, you son of a bitch!" to add up to the catharsis.
  • Character Tiers: As one might expect, and more heavily debated than many.
    • Almost every tier list has Waver and Merlin at the top because of a major consensus that they are useful for almost any fight.
    • One thing worth noting is that the free 4* Servants attached to events have tended to be pretty good - which, as time has gone on, has generated significant goodwill toward DelightWorks, especially after the game's rocky launch. Only Altria Lily, Assassin Scathach, Sieg, and Brave Liz are considered not-so-great, and that's just due to Lily's generally middling stats, Assassin Scathach having a weak kit for someone who's an Assassin with low HP (having a healing skill with a damage cut and a taunt, with her major redeeming value being, as a welfare that has an AoE Noble Phantasm, an incredibly rarity for an Assassin that allows her to clear waves of enemies note ), Sieg's own middling stats and anti-Dragon niche that is incredibly bad for him (since Sieg is a Caster while most Dragons are Riders, which puts him in an incredible disadvantage against Dragons) and the unpredictable nature of Brave Liz's third skill - and even then, they're still perfectly usable, just uninspired. Meanwhile, on the other end of the scale, Chloe von Einzbern from the Prisma Illya crossover, Rider Kintoki from the Onigashima event, and Ryougi Shiki from the Kara no Kyoukai event can only be described as ridiculous (which itself says it all, really).
    • Another part of the game's design is that lower-rarity does not automatically mean the character is flat-out inferior. Yes, they start with lower level caps, and even at equalized level via Palingenesis their stats are usually lower... but a marked number of characters can still be very useful on teams due to their skills (and there's the class Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors). Some noted above under Bribing Your Way to Victory are so useful that they're often considered "low-rarity EX tier", in that even for a player with a strong gold lineup otherwise, their skills and NPs make them valid picks over even five-star characters.
    • The Japanese version's metagame (for difficult gameplay content) for most of Observer on Timeless Temple and Epic of Remnant was heavily Buster-oriented, because between Buster-based supports, especially those who enabled Buster critical hits (Merlin is notably the last and strongest of these) and Buster-based damage dealers in general (Jeanne Alter, Musashi, Raikou, and Ishtar) could tear through enemies, even after the introduction of break bars in an attempt to curb their destructive power. As a second-rung, Arts-based teams with damage dealers (Saber Lancelot, Nero Bride, Chloe, and Swimsuit Altria), general supports (Waver, Tamamo, and Holmes), and excellent tanks (Mash, Jeanne, and Georgios) were often seen as the "alternative" strategy, with "stall" teams based around grinding enemies down over time, and many tricks that worked even for players who sank less (or no!) money into the game. Due to a dearth of Quick supports, Quick-based Servants were left behind in the dust, with the only two major exceptions being Jack and Rider Kintoki. However, the arrival of Scathach-Skadi from the third anniversary gacha, combined with various Rank Up Quests on various Quick servants, has brought back the Quick meta to be on par with the other two card types, allowing for more powerful and fun Quick team compositions.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome:
    • Most parties tend to just have Waver, Merlin, Skadi, or Tamamo as the support party member on the frontline to take advantage of the high damage boosts they offer.
    • Starting NP Craft Essences are favored for equipping on Servants so they can activate their NP faster against the enemy or get a head start on buffing the party. Three in particular stand out: Kaleidoscope for simply having the highest value at 80%, Imaginary Number Magecraft which has the second highest value with max limit break at 75% and lower cost to boot, and Golden Sumo as an attack steroid with 15% boost to attack on top of its 50% starting gauge and high attack stat.
    • Typical team compositions for hard content such as challenge quests have one damage dealer of any class, and 2 supports (usually Casters) equipped with Fragments of 2030. The supports stack several damage-boosting buffs on the damage dealer and the damage dealer then in turn (with a probable crit boost given by Fragments of 2030 generating stars every turn) use their NP or Brave Chain to burst through the enemy's HP.
    • Most Riders have Mona Lisa equipped as a support for farming the daily QP quest. Likewise, expect to see most Casters in the All or Caster slot with an Bond Point/EXP boost CE available to help speed up the level grinding.
    • If you're farming an event or the daily quests, expect to see Scathach-Skadi pop up a lot in the Caster support tab, thanks to her skills being insanely useful for fast farming, as mentioned in her entry in Game-Breaker.
  • Complete Monster: The Beast-III R incarnation of Kiara Sessyoin was once an innocent nun and therapist staffed in Seraphix, but after Zepar inhabited her body and whetted her darker personality, she let herself become much worse. Assimilating the Demon God Pillar and throwing it away after torturous servitude, Beast-III R took over Seraphix using her dark charm and charisma, culminating in using its Planetarium to torture 128, near-dead young Masters over and over into summoning Servants that repeatedly killed one another in a recreation of the Moon Holy Grail War. Obtaining enough power to become Beast III-R, the Demonic Bodhisattva, Beast-III R plunged the digitized Seraphix into the Marianna Trench in hopes of reaching the Earth's core, fusing with it, and turning the planet into a horrid perversion of nirvana. Enslaved by her own ego and thirst for pleasure, Beast-III R is nothing more than a self-absorbed, narcissistic hedonist who viewed all of humanity as mere tools to satisfy herself.
  • Continuity Lockout: While the game takes efforts to assume the player hasn't seen anything else in the Nasuverse before and explain things properly, certain aspects can be confusing without prior history of the Nasuverse.
    • Many servants retain memories of prior Holy Grail Wars, and therefore, prior installments of the franchise. Many times they'll make reference to events they experienced in these Wars, but without proper context, the references come across as cryptic. Some characters like Elisabeth even carry their Character Development with them, meaning that their portrayal might seem odd without knowing why they seem to act so different from their historical selves.
    • Certain events act more as stealth sequels to other installments, such as SE.RA.PH to CCC and "Inheritance of Glory" to Fate/Apocrypha, meaning the events can come across as confusing without prior knowledge.
    • Made more egregious for the western fanbase however due to a case of No Export for You. The visual novel of Fate/stay night, Fate/hollow ataraxia, and Fate/Extra CCC do not have official translations for western audiences, meaning unless the player knows Japanese or played a fan translation, elements from those installments brought up in FGO will fly over the players heads.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Olga Marie is shipped a lot with the protagonist.
    • Dr. Roman and Da Vinci are close friends who fight Like an Old Married Couple, and their voice actors are married, but the pairing of Leonardo da Vinci and King Solomon is a bit cracky.
    • For fans of Greek Mythology out there, Asterios/Euryale, after some dubious comments made by Euryale. Doubles as Huge Guy, Tiny Girl, veering into Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action.
    • After Londinium, some fans ship Jekyll/Mordred, Fran/Mordred, and Andersen/Nursery Rhyme.
      • Shipping of Fran/Mordred rose again with the Apocrypha crossover event, "Inheritance of Glory"; the CM, of which had a brief clip of the two sharing a celebratory fist bump while walking away from a pile of destroyed golems, being the first fuel to the ship's resurgence.
    • With America, some people actually liked Robin/Elisabeth due to them bickering Like an Old Married Couple.
    • After Prison Tower, people began shipping Jeanne/Amakusa, even though in Fate/Apocrypha they're bitter enemies. This also extends to shipping Dantes with the other two and sometimes also including Jeanne Alter.
      • Fans noted that Jeanne Alter Lily also has some resemblance with Amakusa, as seen in her mini Twin Arm Big Crunch attack, thus they joked that she is actually Jeanne and Amakusa's kid.
    • The pairing of Jeanne Alter/Brynhild came from absolutely nowhere in the Da Vinci event. In there, fake Brynhild became very obsessed with the former, this pairing then become very popular.
    • Medb and Scathach, which came almost out of nowhere and is a bit strange considering the fact that canonically Scathach views Medb as a Manchild with sexual outbursts.
    • Robin Hood and Ibaraki have been getting fanart together shortly after the Halloween 2016 event, due to Ibaraki enjoying the sweets that Robin shoots down her mouth.
    • Avenger of Shinjuku (specifically Lobo) is shipped with Enkidu and Kintoki since the latter two have a close connection with animals (a wolf even summoned Enkidu in strange fake). It's less of a romantic relationship, though, and more of a master-pet bond. The former pair even got acknowledged in one of the summer 2017 Craft Essences.
    • Hijikata has a close relationship (possibly romantic) with Okita, yet it's not uncommon for him to be paired with Musashi or Carmilla since he's seen flirting with the two in his My Room lines. Andras is also not an unpopular pair for him.
    • Ozymandias and Da Vinci because of a R-18 doujin that featured them as a couple and when they were featured together in a Camelot rate-up banner, fans joked that even DW ships them. In-game, he does compliment her for her beauty and intelligence and say he wants her to be his concubine, but apparently he doesn't impress her much.
    • Learning With Manga has Tamamo tease Altera and Helena as a couple...and instead of denying it, they constantly blush and get awkward around each other. Jack and Nursery Rhyme at one point capture both of them and declare them "Dad" and "Mom" respectively. Outside of memes, the two actually do have pretty good synergy with each other in gameplay, which helps fuel the ship further.
    • Gorgon and Assassin Paraiso/Chiyome due to the latter being curious and wanting to become friends with the Avenger during the Setsubun event believing they're under the same curse and Gorgon being creeped out. With Gorgon already having some Tsundere tendencies, this led to fanart of them being shipped.
    • Since Arthur's "White Rose" costume was released, people began to ship him with Nero Bride since they look like a new couple in their wedding. Sometimes with Amakusa as the priest. Other times they'll pair him with Altria, since Extella gave her a "White Rose" costume of her own.
    • Some fans have a tendency to ship Lancelot with Raikou, since the two have character traits revolving around being parents Explanation , as well as having similar hair and outfit colors. Becomes somewhat of Ascended Fanon during the "Murder at the Kogetsukan", as Lancelot and Raikou are the heads of the Violet family (as father and mother, respectively). However, it turns out they are not really paired and only wrongly assumed both in and out-universe since it is later revealed that Lancelot's "wife" is actually Euryale, and Raikou is one of their "daughters". Further reinforced with the "ServaFes" event as the 'Our Round Table' Craft Essence has Lancelot idly reading a magazine with Raikou on the cover.
    • Seemingly DW's nod to Scathach/Medb, the Medb and Skadi pairing was created due to a My Room line that Saber Medb has about Skadi, calling her cute and acting flustered and confused when Skadi acts shy and blushes. While not much attention was made to this, the pairing finally gained traction after being expanded further in the New Year 2019 Sparrow's Inn Activity Log Event, leading some fans to believe that Medb's secretly weak to Gap Moe due to Skadi and Medb's interactions.
  • Crazy Awesome: Gag Servants can fall into this, especially some of the wackier Altria variants; how else would one describe an evil genderbent King Arthur who's also a gunslinging biker maid in a swimsuit, or one who's also a Sith Lord otaku from space?
  • Creator Worship: Whenever Kinoko Nasu is announced to be directly writing a story, the fans react with extreme joy that he'll make the story, be it a Singularity or other Nasuverse works, epic and awesome (as proven with Camelot to Solomon). Conversely, fans are more cautious whenever it's announced that the story will be written by either Yuuichiro Higashide (for the controversial state of Fate/Apocrypha, and while Orleans and Okeanos were still considered an improvement, it's still considered mediocre and paled to Nasu's works) or Hikaru Sakurai (for the controversial story elements of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star and the Septem singularity, which even she considered lacking), but Nasu still lets them write stories, avoiding the more extreme version of the trope.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The Altera The Sun(ta) Servant from the "Netherworld Merry Christmas" event. Altera in an even more Stripperific outfit than usual, riding a sheep? Sigh, whatever, DelightWorks. The sheep can fly by shooting rainbows out of its butt? What, are we referencing ancient Nyancat memes now? The actual Noble Phantasm involves shooting sheep missiles using Candy Star Photon Ray and they... shoot out in a Macross Missile Massacre? What the hell? Wait...are the sheep missiles baa-ing in Mamiko Noto's own voice? That is the point at which you're likely to collapse from laughter when seeing Christmas Altera in action for the first time.
    • The mechanic of "selling" cards for QP and Mana Prisms is called Burning. And what's one of the Servants that you can obtain, and thus burn? Jeanne d'Arc.
    • The first Crypter and Servant team you face is Kadoc and Anastasia. Due to class advantage, one of the best Servants to battle them with is (Rider) Sakata Kintoki. Someone getting hit and run by a motorcycle? Tragedy. A princess getting hit and run with a motorcycle multiple times to save the world? Hilarious.
  • Crossover Ship: As of late March 2018, fan works started having Belial together with Kiara due to both of them being similarly Too Kinky to Torture and having their events released at the same time in their respective games.
  • Cry for the Devil: As reprehensible as Kiara is during the SE.RA.PH. event, she gains some sympathy from both her Dark and Troubled Past, and from just what happened to her before the event began. In that unlike her Fate/EXTRA version, she was a genuinely kind hearted woman working as a therapist on the Seraphix station, only to be driven insane by the Demon Pillar Zepar showing her the actions of her CCC self and desiring to replicate them herself. Several of the entry logs she left drive home the point that for quite some time, she was just a scared young woman that wanted to help people, only for Zepar to turn her into a Beast before he soon regretted it.

    D 
  • Death of the Author: Nasu has stated that Mash's romantic feelings only apply to the male protagonist while her feelings for the female protagonist are platonic, but good luck telling that to any of the fans. It helps that the game's Purely Aesthetic Gender means Mash keeps her Ship Tease with the protagonist regardless of your set gender.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • The wyverns that make up about 70% of the enemies in Orleans became infamous for this during the first few weeks of playing, where their insurmountable stacks of HP and simply unfair damage, especially from their Razor Wind attack, made anyone who didn't run parties of Kojirou or Jeanne almost completely helpless if their Command Spells were unavailable. They were eventually nerfed and are now almost laughably easy compared to back at launch, although they have maintained their irritatingly high critical rates, which can spell trouble for unprepared players.
    • Chimera-type enemies. They are commonly Berserkers, meaning that only a few Servants can defend themselves against them, have higher crit chance than most enemies and their skill either boosts their own Attack and Crit Strength or everyone's Attack and Crit Strength. They also generally have more health than most other enemies would have, so good luck killing them in one turn even if they are Berserkers. To make things worse, they tend to pop as mini-bosses in event making farming harder.
    • The Enforcement Knights in Camelot are one of many foes that the player has to deal with, but they stand out as being some of the most frustrating enemies you'll come across. They have massive amounts of HP, making it seem as though they are better-fitting as bosses, but after the first few times you fight the Saber ones, the game throws them in groups at you, while also introducing Lancer, Archer, Berserker, and Ruler variations. The main reason they are so hard to kill though is the skills for the Saber, Lancer, and Ruler variations titled "Oath of Destruction", which increases their Attack and Defense for two turns, and three turns respectively. While frustrating on its own, they have a tendency to spam the skill in rapid succession, resulting in often a single Knight having their Defense up so high that even level 90 and above Servants with class triangle advantage will do virtually no damage to them, even if a Noble Phantasm is used. Not to mention buffing their damage means they can casually kill most Servants, especially Berserkers. Not helping is that they have other skills that can increase critical hit chance, or their special attack damage. While Camelot has rough enemies, the Knights stand out as some of the most tedious enemies, and really hammer home how difficult the chapter will be.
    • The Lahmus that appear in the latter parts of Babylonia aren't just demonic in appearances, but also in gameplay. They have a large amount of bulk, even compared to the already tough enemies that you've faced earlier in the chapter, they can remove buffs at will and slap a defense debuff on you while they're at it, and if they manage to get their special attack off, they slap a massive Buster debuff, which will be especially crippling since most Sabers, that you'll probably bring to take advantage of the Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors, have a Buster NP. And what's worse is that unlike most other enemies with their bulk, they'll attack in groups of at least 2, and once they start appearing, they'll be the most common enemy you'll face.
      • Their upgraded counterparts, the Bel Lahmus, are even worse. They couple NP drain with their buff removal, have even more HP, and they have an Arts debuff on their special attack instead to cripple any Archers that you might bring. The only saving grace is that you'll usually only have to fight one of them at a time. The one time you do fight a swarm of them, you do get King Hassan as a story support, and his insta-kill effects will be more likely to trigger against them.
  • Discredited Meme: Any jokes regarding Parvati/ Sakura's design became less funny after a certain incident with the artist. See Harsher in Hindsight for more details.
  • Double Entendre:
    • Since the introduction of Medb, the Riding skill and the Rider class itself got a double meaning. Lancer Tamamo who is more sexually predatory than her Caster self (if you can believe that) has a Riding skill.
    • The confrontation of the protagonist's party against Ushi Gozen during Onigashima event has one scene with Kintoki stated he will beat her up and get his "mother" back. Her response..
    Ushi Gozen: Ah! No! This is not good. Even if I am your mother. Deep inside of me.. It's so hot.. So hot!!note 
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Kiyohime, which is somewhat impressive given the game already gives her a decent amount of Historical Hero Upgrade. Despite her negative qualities already being played down and her positive ones being played up, a surprising number of fans push that to the extreme and basically act as though she has no negative qualities at all, when the game still doesn't shy away from the fact that she's extremely likely to murder her "husband" over a petty slight.

    E 
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game:
    • Response to the writing has been mostly positive, owing to the interesting narrative and the large amount of character interaction (especially Nasu-written ones). The gameplay, on the other hand, has been criticized for being full of repetitive and irritating fetch quests needed to power up Servants, poor game balance and an infamously frustrating gacha. For a long time, this naturally posed a problem for English speaking fans...at least until the below happened.
    • With the advent of the US version, this trope quickly occurred for most non-Japanese players as they were mainly playing to finally get access to story content that had been non-accessible for two years.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Thanks to the The Stinger of the 2018 New Year OVA where someone actually found the Time Throne and took one of Solomon's rings (why didn't the person also take the 9 other rings on the throne as well will be a mystery for the likely duration of Chapter 2) combined with this single frame in the opening for Part 2 showing a cloaked man wearing a tattered lab coat with white pants and shoes made many speculate that Dr Romani has returned from non-existence!! After what happened with Galahad in Camelot and the Downer Beginning of Part 2, is it any wonder why fans want to believe it's the good doctor?
    • While Fou did sacrifice his powers and intelligence to revive Mash after her Heroic Sacrifice with a normal human lifespan, many question if he really is just a mindless animal now. A lot of people are left wondering if he's just faking it, due in part to some events suggesting he either regained his sapience or never lost it whilst being a Deadpan Snarker, and that it is possibly a trait he picked up from Merlin.
    • The identity of the Priestess of the Alien Star is largely an unknown, leaving her rife for guesswork as to who or what she is. One notable theory running around is that she is Olga Marie Animusphere, Back from the Dead thanks to the Alien God. Evidence used for this idea is that she is depicted as reaching out to Mash in the opening for Cosmos in the Lostbelt, and that Riyo's Learning with Manga! FGO has a similar scene when Mash suggests a storyline involving her and Olga, with Olga mirroring the same pose.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • The Evil-aligned Darker and Edgier Alter versions tend to be more popular than their vanilla counterparts, evident with Altria Saber Alter and Jeanne Alter. Though subverted with Cu Alter who is equally liked as his regular version, and EMIYA Alter in which fans still prefer the regular EMIYA.
    • It may or may not be coincidental that two of the biggest Breakout Characters of the game (Jeanne Alter and Ereshkigal) are both Chaotic Evil.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Among the Saberfaces are Saber Altria (Alter), the older Lancer Altria (Alter), Rider Altria (Maid Alter), and Jeanne (Alter). Especially the older Lancer Altria (Alter). Subverted with Rider Altria (Santa Alter), who is trying to be a better person than her other forms, and Okita Alter, who, despite being an Alter Servant and Counter Guardian, is pretty friendly and even Adorkable at times. Downplayed with Mysterious Heroine X Alter, who is more Moe than outright sexy.
    • Carmilla, who is basically Stripperiffic and Dominatrix combined with a murderer.
    • Cu Chulainn (Alter), according to Medb. She lusted after him in life, so she asked the Grail for an 'evil Cu Chulainn' who is her fantasy version of him.
    • The Dark Irisviel (Justeaze) that shows up at the end of the Fate/Accel Zero Order storyline is wearing an even more revealing outfit then the one worn by the Dress of Heaven.
    • Averted for EMIYA (Alter), because most players still prefer his normal form despite him being literally shirtless for his third form, since they don't like his artwork.
    • Beast III-R is the most human of the Beasts seen so far and she deliberately plays up her sexiness as part of her evil charm. By the same token, Beast II's "Femme Fatale" form gets this as well, though some find even her Kaiju One-Winged Angel form beautiful...at least until she transforms completely and swings back around to horrifying.
    • Beast III-L is also deliberately sexy, and lacks much of the Fetish Retardant that Beast III-R was made to embody. In addition, she's a pseudo-Servant of Dark Sakura, who was already considered a Hotter and Sexier version of regular Sakura.

    F 
  • Fandom Rivalry: Tragically, developer decisions have created one within the FGO fandom, specifically JP vs NA. The game is the same and nobody is denying that, but the PR revolving around it has led to rifts. Players on the NA server feel as if the NA PR is short-changing them, cutting down on free Saint Quartz (free-to-play players feel this impact the hardest), mismanaging time (some feel the extra week for Accel Order wasn't necessary and let's not forget the infamous 2017 summer content drought), and asking too much for little rewards (the Twitter and Facebook campaigns). In retaliation, the JP players state NA gets "quality of life" improvements much faster (the game started with a bunch of them) and actually had more Saint Quartz in total during their first year (due to the presence of master missions and such). Time will tell if this will settle, but right now, arguments get can real messy, so we suggest staying far away.
    • The fandom rivalry also goes to the extent to fans of other gacha games such as Granblue Fantasy, Dragalia Lost, Epic Seven and Fire Emblem Heroes. Although it should noted that Dragalia and Epic Seven are mostly one-sided, especially when ex-F/GO players who branched into DL or E7 bring up comparisons to this game, yet F/GO players are more passive against the two, with the reasoning that it is not justifiable to compare titles that have a very large gap in terms of content. Meanwhile, the discussions against GBF and FEH would deal with topics like draw rates, game mechanics, graphics, franchise longevity or popularity. Nonetheless, debates about gacha games encourage the curious players to try out the other "rival" games, spawning a fraction of both playerbases that fall into Friendly Fandoms below.
    • The second season of Granblue's anime and the Babylonia anime of F/GO appears to brew up into Dueling Works territory for both of them airing on October 2019. However, many fans do not treat this as a real competition by comparing the focus of each anime - the second season of GBF is a seen as a direct continuation of the first, while the anime for F/GO is from a fan-favorite, Signature Series Arc of the game. Many fans who play both games agreed that in order for it to be a real fair-and-square rivalry, Granblue could have focused on adapting its Signature Series Arc - the "What Makes The Sky Blue" trilogy instead.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: There's a few which are very prominent.
    • Nasu and others have said that ultimately, when it comes to the female protagonist, Mash's feelings are meant to be platonic. The vast majority of fans have thrown this directly out the window and tend to ship Mash/F!Ritsuka much, much harder than Mash/M!Ritsuka. It's to the point that even the Riyo comics joke about it.
    • Starting in 2017 in particular, the male protagonist actually tends to get shipped with Astolfo more often than Mash, with Ritsuka being a straight man (no pun intended) to Astolfo's flirtatious but good-natured antics or reversing the dynamic into one where Rituska plays the flirt. A combination of EoR chapter 2 and Fate/Apocrypha airing really helped pour fuel on the fire. This is another one that the Riyo comics occasionally nod to.
    • Jeanne Alter/Ritsuka and/or the female protagonist gets pretty high levels of support from the community as well, mostly due to a combination of Jeanne Alter's sheer popularity and her almost-painful amount of tsundere moments. A combination of her extremely elaborate Valentine's chocolate and final moments in Shinjuku where she asks for a dance really got the ball rolling.
      • To a lesser extent, other Breakout Characters like Scathach (even with her pairing with Cu as mentioned below) get this treatment with Ritsuka and/or the female protagonist as well.
    • Male protagonist/Gawain also has a strong fan following, partly to parallel the female protagonist's association with Saber Altria and partly because of Gawain's well-liked princely attitude.
    • Romani gets paired up with the female protagonist just as much as he does with da Vinci, citing his friendly attitude towards the protagonist and Tragic Romance potential after he sacrifices himself as major selling points.
    • Because of a certain comment he makes, Hijikata tends to get paired up with Carmilla fairly often, despite the basis for it being a single My Room line with no actual interaction in an event or story chapter (they even both make cameos in Summer 2017, but never share a scene).
    • Cu Chulainn x Scathach is similarly popular and have their fair share of fan art, due to their myth, the interesting pupil-teacher aspects of their relationship, and Scathach's fondness for her prize pupil conflicting with the fact that she wants to die by his hand note , in addition to both of them being extremely pleasing on the eyes, having similar yet fundamentally different abilities, and just generally for being two of the best Lancers in the game and fan favorites to boot.
    • Ironically, Cu Chulainn (Alter) x Queen Medb is perhaps even more popular, if their sheer amount of fan art is truly anything to go by. There's even a joke making the rounds that the slutty queen of Connacht is at least lucid enough to wish for a hulking demigod murderbeast she could also have lots of bed-breaking sex with, which may not be far from the truth considering Medb's utterly obsessive feelings towards Cu. Obviously some fans just ran with it, to the despair of no one; others tend to draw them more lightheartedly, showing Medb as a Smitten Teenage Girl and Cu Alter as a Kuudere of sorts.
    • EMIYA x Ishtar has become quite popular, due in part to the Mythology Gag nature of the ship (since Ishtar is using Rin's body as a vessel, and Archer x Rin was an extremely popular ship from Fate/stay night. And that's without getting into Emiya's true identity). Additionally, it helps that Emiya's Noble Phantasm serves as a hard counter to Gilgamesh's Gate of Babylon.
    • Despite lack of interaction outside of Shinjuku, EMIYA Alter and Altria Alter are consistently drawn together, likely as a parallel to the canon pairing of Altria x Shirou from Fate/stay night and the obvious drama of their darker selves still loving each other.
    • On a similar note, Altria Alter is also commonly paired up with Jeanne Alter, thanks to the rivalry set up between them in Shinjuku, their interludes, and the Christmas events, as well as being popular characters of the same concept. Given Jeanne Alter's Tsundere tendencies and Altria Alter's enjoyment of antagonizing her, it's pretty much fanon thought they're in a Slap-Slap-Kiss and/or Kiss-Kiss-Slap relationship.
  • Fanwork-Only Fans: Quite a few fans of the series openly admit to knowing nothing about Fate or GO in general, but they do like the doujins and learn from fan content. This also contributed to convincing the producers to localize the game after they saw just how many FGO cosplayers there were at Anime Expo 2016 despite the lack of official presence in the West.
  • Fetish Retardant: The Hotter and Sexier nature of the character designs compared to previous entries in the series, and its heavy reliance on guest artists, resulting in designs of inconsistent quality, frequently invites this response.
    • Altera and Ushiwakamaru's respective outfits shows a gratuitous amount of skin that, to most fans, come across as ridiculous instead of attractive. Ironically, during the production of the game, their creators were both told to crank up the sexiness, as the initial designs were (presumably) considered "too tame" (for example, Ushi had a more proper kimono in her early design).
    • The Servant that is hit the absolute hardest with this trope is easily Boudica, whose starting outfit looks like something you would see in a porn game, which can be particularly jarring when you take her history into account. It doesn't help that her artwork is considered to be of very low technical quality compared to the rest of the Servants in the game. Fans of the Tales Series will also be irked by her very uncanny resemblance to Luke fon Fabre.
    • Artemis also gets this quite a lot, not helped because of how she's supposed to be the Virgin Goddess. What puts it into ridiculous territory however is that her fully powered design shows a very pronounced ass on Orion (her teddy bear). Fans are debating on whether it's an outright parody or not.
    • Lancer Altria (Alter) takes a lot of flak due to her very revealing design, with many players finding her breasts growing several sizes for poorly explained reasons to be DelightWorks reaching to provide fanservice in a game already filled with it. Her original profile being a bunch of boob jokes (instead of, say, mentioning that she is an Alter version of Altria) didn't really help. Her profile was updated to mention this and remove several of the jokes but the damage was already done.
    • Shuten-douji's outfit consists of nothing but an open kimono and painted-on underwear. Combining that with how young she looks, many western fans greatly dislike her design.
    • Raikou's ascended look puts a huge emphasis on her unnaturally large breasts and ludicrously long legs for fanservice, but ends up detracting from the rest of her design and looking just plain weird.
    • Assassin of Nightless City looks incredibly young and, with her second ascension and beyond, wears almost nothing to cover her upper body besides an open robe and a very thin bow-tied ribbon to cover her breasts.
    • Some people who like Abigail's initial design are quite disappointed with her Stripperiffic ascensions, as she starts with a full-body cloak, while the second tier turns it into several thick ribbons that resemble Whip Swords, which become progressively fewer in number as she ascends further. The fact that she's explicitly stated to be only 12 years old in her profile (unlike other youthful-looking characters who are Older Than They Look) doesn't help. Others however like it due to said ascensions giving her epic animations.
    • Like most examples of young-and-cute servants, Illya gets hit with this as well for her last ascension. While she starts with her student uniform (sensible enough, especially due to her backstory) and ascends to her regular magical girl outfit and then 2wei form, the makers apparently had no design left for the last upgrade, so her final ascension has her wearing a nearly see-through white dress and nothing under it, which is the outfit some people took objection to. Sitonai's got a similar deal, going through logical upgrades of her outfit only for her last upgrade to depict her wearing nothing but a bra and skirt.
    • The "Dangerous Beast" Craft Essence depicts Mash wearing basically nothing but nipple pasties and string. You just end up dwelling on things like whether her anatomy makes sense, how shiny her skin is, and why Mash of all people would wear that.
    • Ou'i Katsushika, in her second ascension, lets her obi off of her shoulders to bare cleavage, which may be Fanservice in and of itself but remember that she's dressed like this in front of her father Hokusai (the octopus critter who accompanies her). In her third ascension, she gains a dress that doesn't cover much, and at this point she's not just baring herself in front of her dad, said dad has taken over her body. Furthermore, said dress looks very alien in nature (and may well be some sort of sentient entity not of this world) and the lotus flower hair ornaments become these rather icky-looking alien pod things.
    • Murasaki Shikibu, done by the same artist as Raikou, has overly large breasts as well in her initial two pieces of art before switching to a kimono that hides her figure, before her fully ascended art has her in a suggestive pose. Like Raikou, her overly large breasts look like Gag Boobs for no reason besides the artist liking that style.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Many players are also fans of the anime The Rising of the Shield Hero in part due to the protagonist using a shield also. Many fans also point out similar appearances between characters
    • There's a good deal of overlap between players of this and Granblue Fantasy. Both are mobile RPG games with Loads and Loads of Characters, many of which fall under Mr. Fanservice or Ms. Fanservice, each with their own separate voice actor.
    • Similarly, there's a fair bit of overlap with the Fire Emblem Heroes fanbase, especially in English. Both feature, well, heroes who are well-loved and FE often takes cues from mythology, and the games are different enough in gameplay that they don't overlap or compete too much with each other.
    • Like the two gacha games above, F/GO has also spawned some overlapping players with Dragalia Lost and Epic Seven who try out the other games brought about by player recommendations or debates.
  • Furry Fandom: Thanks to Lostbelt No. 1, there's a portion of the players admitting to being this. Having a well-written Wolf Man character definitely helped.
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    G 
  • Gateway Series: The game has become the easiest way to get into Fate due to its free-to-play nature as a game, its separation from other works so it's not too bogged down with continuity and timeline issues, and it being one of the few officially translated works. It's gotten to the point where Nasu stated in a 2017 interview that probably only about 1/5 of the playerbase has read Fate/stay night.
  • Genius Bonus: Or, at least, definitely bonuses for people who like to read The Other Wiki in their spare time.
    • The design for Saint Quartz is based on an illustration Leonardo da Vinci did for the mathematician Luca Pacioli's De divina proportione.
    • "School of Chaldea", "Holy Maiden Leading Chaldea" and "Empieta" are a couple of slightly less obvious art references than the Mona Lisa.
    • The gag about chickens being everywhere in Hawaii and showing up as a random encounter in any possible battle for any free quest in the ServaFes event is based on an actual phemenenon where domestic chickens released from their coops in a hurricane bred with wild junglefowl resulting in a population explosion of feral chicken.
    • And there's also the fact that a number of Servants are based on lesser-known historical figures. Do nightmares about Gilles de Rais keep you up at night? Is Nitocris your favorite vengeful Egyptian queen who Lovecraft wrote about? This may be the game for you.
  • Goddamned Bats:
    • Ghosts. They really like to drain your Servants' NP gauges, which is really annoying especially when you're working your way up to a boss. They were also known for the longest time to have needlessly long attack animations until around Halloween 2017 where their animations were sped up.
    • Berserker enemies in general, especially if they all prioritize killing one particular Servant.
    • One Grimoire type enemy has the ability to apply a Guts buff to any enemy, dragging out fights much longer than usual.
    • Agartha introduced the Atrocious Officers, which have a skill that applies a taunt to any Servant, causing them to attack only that one Servant, which can lead to lots of damage racked up very fast for whichever poor sod that was targeted.
    • Salem has the Elder Ghouls which spams curse debuff and it stacks.
  • Goddamned Boss:
    • Hektor in the Okeanos chapter loves to use and abuse his Proof of Friendship skill, which has two obnoxious effects: It stuns the target (and since he gets up to three actions per turn, he can make you completely lose your turn even with a full party), and it reduces their NP gauge, which is especially a problem for Servants who don't have a double- or triple-capacity NP gauge yet since they will have a hard time trying to fire their Noble Phantasms off.
    • Marie in the 40 AP Rider Daily Quest has a boatload of HP and will keep spamming her invincibility skill (which comes with healing, just to rub salt in the wound).
    • Mata Hari in GUDAGUDA Order - Assassin stage. She has a huge amount of HP, a skill that charms any enemy regardless of gender, and her Noble Phantasm charms any gender. Luckily her attacks aren't that damaging, being a 1* Servant.
    • Dragons as bosses are annoying in general. Their attacks hits all Servants at once, their critical attacks hurts a lot, and their Earth attribute makes them hit harder against Assassin Servants who mostly have Man attribute and low HP in general.
    • Giant boars. They're typically Berserkers with enormous HP and always have AoE attacks. Worse, being gold-level enemies, they get to attack three times per turn which means your team will be stomped by three high-damaging AoE attacks each turn.
    • Forneus during the Solomon raid. It has a skill what reduces one party member's buff success chance, another skill what gives it debuff immunity and finally a party-wide NP drain what also gives it one Charge. And even when you're not fighting Forneus, it can support the other Demon Pillars with a party-wide Buster Down on the front row, which can gimp the heavy hitters of your team.
    • Servants and monsters at certain classes can count if given HP high enough to make battles longer, especially in challenge quests.
      • Rider bosses tend to be difficult due to their type-advantage against most support units (since most of them are Casters) and the effective counter against them, the Assassin Servants has inherent lower than average HP and attack power.
      • Assassin bosses are also hard to handle to the their high innate critical rates, short NP bars, and the effective counter against them, Casters have low attack power and only few of them are designed as boss fighters note . One may try bringing a Berserker against them, only to die from critical hits. Farming these bosses takes longer than other classes.
      • Alter Ego bosses lacks true weaknesses to exploit besides the Mutual Disadvantage Berserkers and the Knight classes which are only defensively advantageous. They can also tear apart Caster supports.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • There's a bug that causes a BBA or BBQ chain to act like the last card generated overkill, which can also trigger for real for a second overkill bonus. This went largely unnoticed until people noticed that Musashi, who already had very good NP gen, could go from 0 to full with a single well timed BBA chain when using her first skill. DW seemingly has no intention of fixing the bug because it became one of the primary draws for what was already becoming a very popular character.
    • King Hassan's Noble Phantasm initially skipped over the death animation of whatever enemies it killed, making it look like he just annihilated them completely, something akin to a Dynamic Kill in Super Robot Wars. After it was patched, fans agreed that it was a cool visual effect and prefer it to the normal death animations, and so the effect was patched back in.
    • Players considered a bug that removes the frame of Servant and Craft Essence cards when zoomed in as this, since this bug shows the full artwork of the cards, especially those with good artwork. Instead of being patched, the developers decided to turn it into an actual feature.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The game got off to a rocky start to say the least, with problems including a wildly hated gacha, writing that was mostly mixed, poor game balance and a slew of technical issues that lead to many people being unable to play the game half the time. Around Okeanos, Delight Works' staff got the handle of managing a mobage and ironed out the numerous balance and technical problems. The writing also improved dramatically, with stories that actually incorporated all the Servants of the story into the plot and giving them time to shine. And while the gatcha itself hasn't improved much, there has been a series of events that give out really solid 4* Servants as prizes for beating them, meaning even an F2P player can acquire a team of not just gold Servants, but good gold Servants.
    • With the Palingenesis system, F2P players can now stand toe-to-toe with P2P players with gold Servants. Most lower rarity Servants' usefulness, even if they had a good skillset, were hindered by their low levels and stats. With the increased level caps through Palingenesis, now lower rarity Servants can stand on par with gold Servants, their skills and low cost making them more effective than some gold Servants.
    • In general, between the America and Camelot releases, and the period after, saw the beard get especially thick and lush. The starting experience was made much better, with a more predetermined initial roll that guaranteed one of a number of fan favorite 4* Servants, the cost of the premium gacha itself was brought down, the bond system was expanded with a final reward of a unique Craft Essence for a Servant if you use one diligently, and the developers began a policy of re-running major events at major landmarks, to make sure newer players didn't completely miss out on some of the good, free 4* Servants from older events.
    • Another point for the game was the decision for the game to embrace its story-heavy direction, which happened during the Camelot and Babylon singularities. Prior to this, the story was basically an Excuse Plot to justify why new Servants and old ones were around, and why you had to care for the game. The ending of London dropped the big reveal of the Big Bad: Solomon, and the developers began to ramp their efforts. Word of God suggested a heavy re-write was done after London and/or America, and it shows. Camelot had a significantly longer storyline with a more fluid pacing of the story which includes a noticeable reduction of filler fights, an interesting story, and the usage of fan-favorites to expand the story instead of being just essentially cameos. This comes into its own by Babylon which introduced fightless arrows on the story node, significantly reducing the amount of filler story content, provided fun fights with good gimmicks, and heavily expanded the lore even more than before.
    • Interestingly, part of the reason GO's English version has done all right for itself so far is that it launched with these improvements already in place - while some of the Rank Up Quests and Interludes need to wait for appropriate chapters, Palingenesis and the Camelot-era system improvements were already in place. This meant people in NA could do things like rock a level 85 Cu Chulainn as early as the launch of Okeanos!
    • Earlier Events tend to have farming missions with multiple enemy classes and/or extremely tough bosses whose HP could reach more than 250,000, making it challenging to gather event materials. Later events tend more towards single-class nodes, and reduce bosses' HP to make farming easier even at higher levels.

    H 
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the Camelot Singularity, Dr Roman was laughing at Cursed Armed Hassan's poor (when you consider his profession) record of having a failure once every six months. The latter's response?
      Cursed Armed Hassan: Shuuuut up! You don't even know if you'll be alive six months from now!!note 
    • Any jokes regarding Parvati/Sakura's design was later quickly shamed on when it began to spiral out of control with the harassment of the artist who drew hernote , to the point where they “congratulated” him on his father's death, to the point where he deleted his Pixiv and Twitter accounts.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: After The Reveal regarding Dr. Roman, all of the Craft Essence artwork of him enjoying fireworks with Fou, engaging in Halloween silliness by dressing as a vampire and bantering with da Vinci, eating oranges and interacting with his favorite idol is a lot more heartwarming as this is the life that Solomon chose as a normal human of his own volition, enjoying it to the fullest. note 
  • Ho Yay:
    • Due to the game often using the same script for both male and female protagonist, the female MC sometimes has the option to flirt with female Servants.
    • Anne Bonny and Mary Read. The two are always together, their NP subtitle is Bond of Lovebirds, and their final art shows them in a very intimate position. Finally, Mary spends "Chaldea Summer" full of jealousy because Anne attracts the Male Gaze from everyone.
      • When you build the showers for Chaldea Summer Part 1, Anne and Mary want to see if they work. Under the excuse of "having as much eyes as possible to check around", not only they do decide to go in together, but also drag the MC along with them. The thing is, the showers don't have that much space available. So when the 3 go in together, and if you're playing as the female protagonist, she finds herself caught in a flesh sandwich between the two pirates.
    • In her second Interlude, Altera acknowledges her marriage to Kriemhild. Although she actually doesn't really care.
    • The male-dominated list of Servants with the Brynhildr's Beloved trait features a small but growing number of women: Ushiwakamaru (and her Swimsuit variant), Okita Alter, Mysterious Heroine XX, Qin Liangyu and Bradamante.
    • The Brynhild created by Jeanne Alter lusts for the latter.
    • Carmilla is still only attracted to women as shown by her NP which does extra damage to women.
    • In Medusa's Interlude, if you're playing as the female protagonist, Medusa will say that she doesn't mind dating women.
    • Hassan of Serenity's NP animation is her seducing and kissing a target to death. Using it against a female enemy plays out the exact same way it does for male enemies.
      • A very Ho Yay bug happened when Serenity uses her NP on Swimsuit Altria. Instead of kissing her lips, she kissed Altria's thigh instead. It was patched out though.
    • Chloe is more attracted to girls (and Illya), as seen in her Profile and My Room lines.
    • In Medb's interlude, Mash seems a bit too interested in learning about how Medb's Noble Phantasm works - and is also the first to suggest fighting her, because she wants to see it in action. So much for her only being interested in the player character if they're male...
    • Marie Antoinette has some... interesting interactions with Jeanne d'Arc in the France chapter chock full of Innocent Innuendo, with her often commenting on Jeanne's beauty and figure.
    • The Abigail/Lavinia pairing became very popular after the Salem chapter, as they have a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship going on there.
    • Because of Salieri's downright psychotic obsession with Mozart as an Avenger and their interactions in Anastasia, fans have run with that obsession in a much more romantic light.
    • Swimsuit Medb finds herself a bit conflicted if you have Skadi, since on the one hand she's a Scathach, but on the other Medb thinks she's cute. Her normal version has a similar reaction when talking to Skadi in the New Year's 2019 event, even getting blushy during their conversation. Skadi's reaction to Swimsuit Medb calling her cute, meanwhile, is to start blushing and look down.

    I 
  • Incest Yay Shipping:
    • There's a real lot of people who ship Karna and Arjuna, with it being fairly popular because of their rivalry and pretty boy looks.
    • If you are trying a look for fanart of Solomon on Pixiv, good luck on avoiding logs that doesn't imply he's shipped with his own father David.
    • Even though he hasn't appeared in the game yet, Lancelot's son Galahad is frequently paired up with this game's version of his father. Ironically, Lancelot is drawn having regular fatherly moments with Mash herself.
    • And let's not even go into Mordred and Altria, whether it be Mordred with the original, the Lily version (Mordred acting Tsundere around Lily only fueled this ship), either one of the Lancer versions (Lancer Alter tends to be used more since the "Journey to the West" event casted them as father and son). And Arthur outright says that this Mordred is cute (doesn't help that his world's Mordred is a Yandere). And some just go the full hog and have Mordred be in a relationship with all of them.
  • Internet Backdraft: As mentioned in Author's Saving Throw, Emiya Alter got reskinned in the global version to avoid portraying a stereotypical Blackface which might be offensive to some living in the West. However, it instead sparked an outrage amongst the internet, perceiving the saving throw as DelightWorks giving in to the censorship, an ongoing topic that was hotly debated during his release in the West. Needless to say, the saving throw kind of created another outrage where everytime the global version made a statement in social media, the post would be flooded with comment about Emiya Alter's redesign and condemnations to the global version. It even reached to the point where one of them even sent death threats to Albert Kao. Needless to say, the reaction to all of these wasn't pleasant.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • It was common knowledge that Mash's fused with Galahad of the Round Table, a secret exposed by datamining her bond profile, which quickly spiraled out of control. It's lampshaded in Camelot that everyone already knew before Sherlock reveals it.
    • Several unreleased Servants' profiles, Noble Phantasms, skills, personality, and even voice actors are already known after being shown in other Type-Moon media.
    • While we still assiduously spoiler tag it all here, the existence of Grand Servants, "Solomon", the true nature of the entity claiming to be Solomon, the existence and nature of the Beasts, various relevations about Dr. Roman and even who individual Beasts are has all been dreadfully hard to keep under wraps, especially for NA fans, who are two years behind the plot if they're playing the NA version exclusively but can easily stumble into things like Beast entries on many of the game's wikis and whatnot.
    • While it's still in spoiler tags over here, the True Name mechanic introduced in Epic of Remnant hasn't really done a very good job of hiding the identities of the Servants with hidden names. We're preeetty sure just about everybody knows that Berserker of El Dorado is Penthesilea, Caster of Okeanos is Circe, and Archer of Inferno is Tomoe Gozen...

    J 
  • Junk Rare: As one might expect of an RPG utilizing a gacha system, there are several 4-5 star Servants that are either bad, require a team to be built around them, too situational, or underwhelming (see Tier-Induced Scrappy below). There are 1-2 star Servants that are actually better than their 4-5 star counterparts. And the chief offender is of course, Angra Mainyu, a 0-star. He may be the rarest Servant in the game, but he is very difficult to use effectively in most cases.

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    M 
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Professor James Moriarty, self-proclaimed dapper gentleman and Arch-Enemy to Sherlock Holmes, serves as the Arc Villain of Epic of Remnant's Shinjuku chapter. Conspiring with the Demon Pillar Bael, Moriarty splits himself into a good and an evil half that, when combined at the right moment, will carry out their final gambit under everyone's suspicion. His good half cavorts with the Protagonist and allies, earning their trust and friendship, while his evil half commands the Phantom Troupe and runs Shinjuku. Claiming to have calculated every move to the decimal, all eventually leads to a confrontation at the top of the Barrel. Here, Moriarty's Memory Gambit pays off, and he strikes down Holmes before revealing a meteor is attracted to the Barrel because of his friendship with the Protagonist. Aspiring to commit the "perfect crime" of destroying the world, it is the very emotions he used to nearly win that became his undoing.
    • Yan Qing is a chipper yet psychotic member of the aforementioned Phantom Troupe. Retaining his charm from his days as a Gentleman Thief, Yan Qing stands out as a clever Masterof Disguise who impersonates Cursed Arm Hassan, an ally from the Camelot Singularity, convincingly drops the Protagonist's guard, and separates them from their Servants to take them hostage. His actions forced a hidden Sherlock Holmes to rescue the Protagonist and thus expose him to the Phantom Troupe. Outed as a threat because of his speed and craftiness, the Protagonist and company infilitrate a lucrative party held a disguised Yan Qing. Despite Holmes and the good Moriarty seeing his final attempt at a subterfuge, Yan Qing's clever acts advanced the Phantom Troupe's, and thus the evil Moriarty's, ulterior plans farther than the rest.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Sasaki Kojirou - The Savior of France, due to being a common but incredibly useful Servant who can trivialize the entirety of the Orleans singularity by cutting through the dragons with ease. A fandom Badass Boast also came out of it:
      • This has become something of an Ascended Meme - if the Moon-Viewing event is anything to go by, Kojirou's hanging out with Saint Georgios and Saint Martha (and amusingly, Siegfried isn't invited, despite his role in Orleans being pertinent in bringing down Fafnir), respectively a legendary dragonslayer and dragon tamer. Seems they're letting him into a little clique of theirs.
      • Amusingly, Martha can't stop herself from belittling his achievements as a "dragonslayer" once it's implied he's there after Tarasque. And after that, Mash asks herself why he's there instead of Siegfried.
      • Not to mention, when grailed to level 100, he can actually defeat just about every boss from Camelot onward and has become a mainstay in many players' Servant parties due to his one-star cost allowing more wiggle room for more powerful CEs and Servants. Here are 2 players using him in their parties blowing away Tiamat, Goetia and even Kiara!! Here are a few examples. As fans say:
    • Riyo Gudako. The female protagonist from Riyo's official gag manga has become one, as she casually bullies Servants, bosses, and even Solomon. Many people joke that she's the true Ultimate Evil that will doom humanity and the True Final Boss of FGO as a whole. Becomes Hilarious in Hindsight as she's the Arc Villain of "All the Statesmen". Also crosses over into Memetic Psychopath.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • The female protagonist. This comes from her appearance in the official Learn With Manga! FGO manga where she is depicted molesting Mash and Olga Marie (and lately, Helena) whenever she is upset with them. Many fan artists draw her with this face while doing something highly inappropriate.
    • Hassan of Serenity had a brief phase of this when a bug in Swimsuit Altria's sprite meant that Serenity would kiss her thighs instead of her lips when targeting her with her Noble Phantasm. As a result, at least before that bug was patched, there were quite a few jokes and pieces of fanart depicting Serenity as having a thigh fetish.
    • While more Memetic Pervert than anything, there are very few conversations with Merlin that don't involve him giving girls male genetalia, as a joke originating from Mordred's birth story where Merlin did just that to Altria so she could produce an heir. The fans simply rolled with the idea that Merlin has a futanari fetish in stride.
  • Memetic Troll: The game's Trolling Creator is this. Due to the various problems the game has had (and still has), the fandom has reached the general consensus that the game is developed by none other than Kotomine Kirei. First several CEs that bear his image or items associated with him are constantly being pulled by platers. Secondly, the company behind the game is named Delightworks, and a synonym for delight is, you guessed it, rejoice. In other words, every time something happens in the game that isn't in your favour, Kotomine is to blame for your suffering. His actual appearance during the prologue of part 2 further increased the idea.
  • Mis-blamed: The NA localization team tends to get blamed for some more unpopular translation choices, such as rendering Saber's name as "Altria" rather than "Artoria", or using the Engrishy title "Knight of Owner" for Lancelot's ability rather than something less silly sounding. Interviews with the translation team have revealed that Type-MOON keeps the localization on an extremely tight leash, and they are allowed practically no freedom in their choices at all, meaning these translations are entirely on Type-MOON's shoulders. Indeed, certain translated chapters poke fun at some of these choices they're forced to use, as when Moriarty uses logical deduction to determine that Altria Alter's name should be Artoria, before calling Altria a "corruption" of the original.
  • Moe:
    • Mash. She's never seen the outside world before the events of the game and constantly expresses her wonder at seeing all the things that inhabit it.
      • Her "Cha-ching... cha-ching!" whenever you get Saint Quartz Fragments? Absolutely adorable.
    • Marie, treating everything with kindness. Her swimsuit Caster version attacks using a beach ball!
      Marie: (after a battle is completed) "Everyone, I love you! Thank you! Vive la France!"
    • Medea Lily. Being the innocent version of Medea who was a princess, she always has a cute smile.
      • Nursery Rhyme is just as adorable as Medea Lily, having the same voice actress with an adorably sweet voice as Medea Lily also helps as well.
    • Chibi Nobus, drawn as the Koha-Ace version of Nobunaga, all they say is "Nobu!" in various cute ways. Even their death cry is adorable!
    • Santa Alter singing Jingle Bells with a cold smile, made some players' heart stopped instantly. She is so adorable!!
    • Jeanne Santa Alter Lily is even more adorable. She's all smile, calling the player "Mr. Reindeer", and sings Jingle Bells excitedly when using her NP.
    • Heroine X Alter. She's a Meganekko Saber in a Sailor Fuku, acting like a literature major university student. She even has a teary-eyed dialogue sprite! Oh, and she's a Star Wars nerd.
    • Chacha is moe personified. Her very high-pitched voice and cutesy dialogue aside, she acts like a clumsy elementary school kid... until she reveals her NP.
    • Abigail Williams (at least in her "normal form"). Her birthday song for you is outright diabetes-inducing adorable.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • For a lot of fans, Lev Lainur crossed this very early with his gruesome murder of Olga Marie. It was enough that during the Solomon Singularity, he (as Demon Pillar Flauros) is usually next in line to be obliterated by the players after Barbatos to avenge Olga Marie and despite the global players knowing from the Japanese versions some good things he did for Chaldea and later against Solomon/Goetia himself, that still didn't earn him any forgiveness for Olga Marie's murder.
    • When Kirei was introduced in this verse, there's a lot who thought that he might take a backseat of being a bad guy, since Koyanskaya has been rather heavy in showing that she's going to be the villain by doing lots of dog-kicking. After it was revealed that he was in cahoots with Koyanskaya, Kirei showed that he's still the good ol' sociopathic wild card villainous priest we all know and 'love' by fatally impaling Da Vinci with his bare hand.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • Da Vinci-chan is a dear, sweet shopkeeper who sure likes rattling off the same lines every time you do anything in her shop. YOUKOSO! Allegedly, after the eleventy zillionth repetition, it starts to get a little grating. Parodied in an official comic (mildly NSFW).
    • Bradamante's voice lines have received this complaint from players, largely because her shrill voice is incredibly grating on the ears, which wouldn't normally be a problem, but because these are her battle lines, chances are you'll hear them all the time.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • The special chime that plays when you get a Great or Super Success while levelling Servants or Craft Essences.
    • Servants who have a Leitmotif play when they unleash their Noble Phantasm. Standouts include Altria's "Sword of Promised Victory", EMIYA's titular Leitmotif, Gilgamesh's "Cosmic Air" from ''Fate/Extra CCC'' and "Seventh Heaven" from the Kara no Kyoukai movies for both versions of Shiki.
    • The crackling sound of electricity when your summoned Servant card turns from silver into gold, guaranteeing at least a SR card. What comes out afterward, though...
    • Years later and a Servant's fading away is still accompanied by the exact same waning ethereal tone that played in Fate/stay night. In the context of story, it's almost certainly confirmation that the Servant you beat isn't coming back as opposed to them simply having reverted to spirit form and retreated.

    N 
  • Never Live It Down: Several Servants can't escape their historical actions or things that happened in previous Fate installments.
    • Poor David - after the release of the London chapter, he's only going to be remembered for being the worst parent ever, thanks to the way Solomon turned out. Though, to be fair, it's not really Solomon's fault.
    • Paracelsus - In spite of being a genuinely Nice Guy and The Atoner, many fans will never let go of how he betrayed Misaya and her father in Fate/Prototype Fragments.
    • No matter how much he does in lore, Merlin will always be best remembered for that time he gave Altria a penis.
    • Regardless of how useful Ishtar actually was in Babylonia, most of the fans will remember as an Useless Goddess due of a gag caused by her not knowing where Gugalanna was when Gilgamesh asked her to summon it. Made worse when the gag appeared again in Summer 2017 due of her short-sighted plan to finally summon Gugalanna, causing more trouble than it would have been worth.
    • Poor Lancelot (Saber). No matter how hard he tries to be a good dad to Mash after he failed as one for Galahad, nor no matter how good a servant he actually is, neither Mash nor the playerbase will think of him as anything more than a "deadbeat dad".

    O 
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Although her personality is new, Minamoto no Yorimoto (who historically is male) getting a Gender Flip, on the other hand... actually happened in the anime for New Getter Robo.
    • Xuanzang getting gender flipped is nothing new; so many retellings and adaptations play with his character by flipping him, it's no surprise Type-Moon seized that opportunity the second they got the chance.

    P 
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • While the main story has tried to integrate most of the Servants currently available into the plot, the events by and large integrate characters by popularity, with Ensemble Dark Horse and Breakout Character Servants appearing far, far more than less popular characters. Consequently, Darius and Mephistopheles, who were previously the poster characters for their respective classes in pre-release advertising, were swiftly Demoted to Extra. The two did get some screentime in events but their promotion is still negligible compared to the other five poster characters (Attila, Arjuna, Scathach, Jekyll and Ushiwakamaru - but even then that last example had to wait until Babylonia, nearly 500 days after the initial release of the game, to get into the spotlight).
    • Several popular Servants were made 5* or 4* and given various upgrades to appeal to their fans, dividing the fanbase on whether it makes sense for them to be gold from a story and power level viewpoint and angry because it makes them harder to get. The biggest offenders of this were Jack, Okita, and Frankenstein.
    • Servants already from a pre-existing work like Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Zero or Fate/Extra are far more likely to get an alternate class than most of the Servants introduced in this very game.
    • Female Servants are pushed a lot more often in the game, with the females outnumbering males in terms of SSR units and feature more in event stories and often given more alternate versions than males.
      • The one place this really tends to grate is in the summer events - we now have, as of 2018, twenty two different summer-themed lady Servants, in swimsuits and other attractive outfits, and only three male Servants (all of which are costumes). There isn't even a Costume Dress option for Cu Chulainn to get his famous hawaiian shirt outfit from Hollow Ataraxia and Carnival Phantasm (despite the newest Altria Alter being based on the maid episode of CP)! They at least tried to mitigate the unbalance by showing swimsuit versions of the boys in the event's Craft Essences, but fans still would like a playable version of them.
      • This is also noticeable when comparing Valentines Day events to their White Day counterparts: Valentines events usually have a campaign attached to the standard servant gacha and event CEs, while White Day only has the latter two. 2018 saw a slight change, but only in that there was an additional week-long login bonus to obtain a new costume for Arthur. 2019, on the other hand, had a full event and made Moriarty's costume part of it.
  • Player Punch: Mash's death and subsequent inability to be used for the final battle. While she does come back in full after the battle is won, it really hits home that she's gone because without her 0 cost your party limits are so much harder to manage, and you probably took all of her skills for granted. Scrambling to create a new party that can fit your maximum cost drives home that your first and most reliable partner is gone when you need her the most.

    S 
  • Scapegoat Creator: Chief of Localization Albert Kao is often seen as the direct cause for many of the North American Server's issues, from reduced Quartz rewards to the fan-disliked use of "Altria" instead of "Artoria/Arturia" for the series poster-girl, to the redesigned Emiya Alter. But it has been stated many times that he has absolutely no control over anything involving the game itself, only translations, and that the most he can do is make suggestions to the DW about certain features that should be changed or implemented early, and DW bears full responsibility for many changes. Indeed, he, and the rest of the translation team, are on record as disliking Altria, but Type Moon's direct orders tie their hands.
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • Common among the male Servants, surprisingly. Gawain in particular gets hit with it, with his extra muscle compared to his Fate/EXTRA appearance being upgraded to Top-Heavy Guy levels in fanart.
    • Fanart of Oui Katsushika tends to play up her Hidden Buxom factor.
    • Raikou is already extremely busty but it is very common for fanartists to draw her with even larger bust sizes often times rivaling Passionlip's.
  • Sequel Displacement: Sweet jiggery-pokery. Fate/stay night was hardly unpopular, but the Fate franchise still tended to be a little obscure and mostly seen as a thing for a subset of otaku, and even highly successful entries like Fate/EXTRA only sold around 100-150k copies. Grand Order, meanwhile, is one of the most successful mobile RPGs in the history of Japanese videogames. It has introduced literal millions of people to Fate and Type-Moon, and is far and away the most successful thing Type-Moon has ever, ever made.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The anime special. While there were some moments in the special that many fans enjoyed, the general consensus is that it wasn't all that great. The animation is considered lacking (especially compared to the Ufotable anime adaptations of Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night UBW, though any studio would be hard-pressed to match those) and the story isn't as cohesive as the game. That said, the special did give the game some Adaptation Expansion and it did introduce some new fans into the game.
  • Special Effect Failure: To put it simply, certain Noble Phantams and enemies which have sprites that are larger than the screen do not match. What ultimately ends up happening is for the NP showing just where the sprites crop up.
  • Squick:
    • Mary and Anne's relationship. It would be appealing to most people only Mary is drawn with an extremely childlike design, while Anne is Ms. Fanservice incarnate who's card art renders her twice Mary's height (This is probably artistic license since their height difference is only 10 cm). The result looks uncomfortably like paedophilia. And especially ironic because Mary is ten years older than Anne.
    • Medb's Noble Phantasm is essentially her orgasming after trampling the enemy to death, regardless of what they are. This carries some uncomfortable rape undertones, especially when you consider that this NP could be used against characters like Nursery Rhyme, Jack, Alexander and Young Gil.
    • The Berserker Raikou cannot distinguish between different types of love (aka romantic/platonic/familial), and therefore sees 'son' and 'lover' as the same thing. Yikes.
    • Sanson equating executions as sex to Marie — one of those he executed — is pretty damn creepy; considering that Marie didn't have a choice in being put to death, he sounds more like he's talking about raping her.

    T 
  • That One Level:
    • Orleans during the game's early days. It featured wyverns with high HP, high attack and most importantly, high crit rates in the first real chapter, when most players were still getting used to the gameplay mechanics and trying to figure out everything. It didn't help that there was a dearth of Assassins that were considered good, leading to Kojirou being the most utilized and the Savior of France meme. These days, it's pretty much a walk in the park, as the wyverns are nowhere near as dangerous as they were back at launch.
    • The Archer free quest in the Saber Wars event, since only Sabers gave bonuses to how much Altrium you get from battle and had the attack boost. The boss? Tesla, with a sure-kill, invincibility pierce AoE NP with a chance to stun all of your party.
    • The Assassin free quest in Da Vinci Event, with a lack of offensive Casters available to most players at the time, as they have to face ghosts that constantly drain your NP, stun your party members, or give other ghosts an NP charge, a Soul Eater on the second stage of battle with high HP and crit rate with a particularly nasty NP attack and Carmilla/Bathory constantly spamming their NPs thanks to their small NP bar accompanied by aforementioned ghosts.
    • Camelot as a whole, filled with 100,000 HP Mooks and constantly throwing you against all kinds of new enemies with dangerous skills and NPs. All the bosses can and will use their skills to make themselves even more dangerous or fill their NP gauge, while also having active buffs given to them which changes several gameplay mechanics when facing them. Special note goes to the last 3 or so Sections, which include Section 15 (a series of incredibly tough fights against Ozymandias and his huge setup of him, Nitocris, some Sphinxes, and a demon pillar, which you have to fight twice), Section 16 (a boss fight against the three Hassans, each with powerful 3-turn charge N Ps, all at once), and lastly Section 17, which includes a Boss Rush against every single one of the Gifted Camelot knights, including the return of Gawain, Tristan, and Mordred, culminating in two fights against Lancer Altria herself.
    • The best farming stages for Chaldea Summer 2016 are the 40 AP levels due to the number of enemies, and the rate at which they drop materials, but doing these is considered tedious because they're very unforgiving for Servants that have a bonus drop rate for that stage. And as usual, you're forced to use the event CEs for efficiency. Iron in particular is considered the hardest and most frustrating due to the cavern focusing on Berserker Golems, but abruptly includes the extremely difficult Gazer enemy, a powerful Archer class enemy with a Sure Hit buff, making it one of the most frustrating grinding spots. The event's rerun changed the farming bonuses to be based on class and altered enemy compositions accordingly to address these complaints.
    • Act 3 : Please do it again, Nutcracker (3/3) from the CCC event has a huge difficulty spike, all contained in one node due to the several fights within. The first fight involves fighting three waves consisting of Sabers, Lancers, Archers, and Riders, which basically means the newly added Alter-Ego's are going to be only useful for killing Riders, meaning unless you bring a Berserker, your team will be badly lopsided and at least one Servant will be fighting at a disadvantage to reach the end, ending with a fight against Saber Elisabeth. The second fight is a battle with Passionlip, who had a total of three full health bars to break, all of which give her a buff of sorts and her default health bar gives her any sort of fairness to the player but even that is offset by her getting an NP charge per turn, with her final health bar giving her a chance to instant kill as well. Then you fight a Demon God Pillar after that! Mind you that the Passionlip fight does give you a buff in the form of a 3000 restore per turn, but Passionlip will hit hard enough to offset that, and if you bring someone like Merlin, be ready for him to likely get overwhelmed by Passionlip quickly.
    • Shimosa is considered to be the hardest chapter of Epic of Remnant, because almost all of the bosses there possess a unique gimmick and you're forced to use an NPC Musashi (who is often considered The Load until near the very end of the chapter) in the frontline very often.
    • As mentioned above, the fight before facing Old Li Shuwen in Lostbelt 2.3 is really grueling, of which you have to fight a bunch of Terracotta Warriors (Rider-class) and Royal Guards (Assassin-class) in a single wave. This would be easy if EVERY Royal Guard doesn't boast Guts and 3-times Evade, while all of them may receive attack buffs from time to time, which means unless you don't have anyone take out those buffs, sooner or later they will take out your Servants one by one (these Terracotta Warriors can take out your supporting Casters real quick). Having Kiara and/or Amakusa in the team will help significantly, but they still don't grant a "free pass" for this stage.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Let's just say a major portion of the players who were playing before October 2016 think that Rie Takahashi wasn't good enough of a replacement for Risa Taneda for the voice of Mash and just leave it at that...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Fans have noted with disappointment for years that Cú Chulainn's famous warp spasm ability has gone unused in the franchise. This game introduces Cú Chulainn under two new classes, one of which is even a Berserker... who is explicitly noted to be the opposite of his normal berserk persona and doesn't use warp spasm. During Cu Alter's interlude, the normal Lancer Cu implies that summoning his "standard" Berserker form would be a bad idea, which may explain why he hasn't appeared in that class.
    • While the Septem Singularity is largely regarded as both Arc Fatigue and They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot as a whole, even by the writers, some characters in particular were heavily squandered.
      • Queen Boudica, famous for her rampage against the Romans after they raped and slaughtered her daughters, is depicted as an ally of Roman Emperor Nero's, and mainly used only for being a Cool Big Sis or generic breast jokes. Fans and detractors alike agree that Boudica would have served better as an antagonist in the Singularity, without having to discard her Cool Big Sis role to the player and Mash and allowing some more moral ambiguity when the player and Mash have to inevitably fight her. Its telling that in her short scene she has in the Garden of Order event, players consider her both more accurate to her legend and better developed than in the entirety of the Septem Singularity.
      • Similar to Boudica, Spartacus, famous for his leading a grand rebellion against the Roman oppressors, is also inexplicably an ally of Emperor Nero's. Most of his appearances are devoted to no one being able to understand what the hell he's saying aside from Boudica, and he's suddenly written out of the story towards the end alongside Lu Bu. It wouldn't be until the 3rd Lostbelt, over three years after the games launch, and subsequently three years after the Septem Singularity's release, that Spartacus would receive a more accurate depiction in the story.
      • Romulus, the founder of Rome, serves little more than as a boss fight. Due to lack of plot involvement and weak writing that doesn't show off how impressive he is supposed to be, even the staff at both Delightworks and Type-Moon have expressed disappointment at how he was handled in the story and gameplay, going as far as to wish they'd made him a 4* Servant to emphasize the importance he holds.
    • As far as the main story itself goes, a lot of Servants (and a few of the other non-Servant characters in the story; Olga Marie is the most notable example) suffer from not getting much in the way of screentime or development in early arcs, with many just serving as a roadblock to be killed. Part of the idea behind Epic of Remnant was giving some of these folks a shot at having a major, protagonist-side role in a chapter (Altria Alter & Jeanne Alter for Shinjuku, Gawain and Tristan for SERAPH, Astolfo and d'Eon for Agartha, Fuuma Kotaro for Shimosa, and Sanson & Mata Hari for Salem) and for each and every one of them, it helped their characterization tremendously.
    • Despite Solomon seemingly being the main villain of part 1, his father David has no more prominent a role than most other Servants. Even in the final singularity, where he specifically says he's going to fight hard because he feels responsibility for everything going on, he still doesn't actually ever confront the last boss.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In addition to Arc Fatigue, the Septem Singularity is heavily seen as nothing but wasted potential. While it has plenty of characters with the potential for being interesting for the setting, such as the Anti-Roman Queen Boudica and the Anti-Oppressor Spartacus, most of the cast and setting is ignored in favor of endless Character Shilling for Nero, even if said shilling would be Out of Character for characters like Boudica. Most egregious of all being the detour to an island housing Stheno, Elisabeth, and Tamamo Cat,note  where, aside from being where Caligula is finally killed and Stheno informing the group of the United Empire's Capital Location (Which in itself is never explained as to why she knows this), is entirely superfluous to the Singularity. Tellingly, the staff seem to share a similar opinion, as Septem is regarded by them as an Old Shame, and painstaking efforts have been taken to stealth retcon the personalities of most of the characters in the Singularity so that they'd be more true to their legends and continuity later on.
    • As well as the Camelot singularity has been received, there are a number of fans who expressed this in regards to the backstory for the singularity after Nasu revealed it. Basically, the Lion King forced herself into the events of the Third Crusade by summoning the Knights of the Round Table to fight for her against a fake Richard the Lionheart. Upon learning of this, most players agreed that this backstory would of been amazing to play through, largely because we would of gotten to meet several Knights of the Round like Gareth, Percival, Kay, and we could of meet the fake Richard the Lionheart, who was described as an incredibly powerful foe. In general, most players agree that the current Camelot is great, but that the writers missed an opportunity to show the viewers the events leading up to it.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • Many Servants, being Public Domain characters, find themselves being compared to other versions of themselves from other games or anime.
      • Actually Invoked by Nasu in regards to Edmond Dantes. He admits that Gankutsuou had already made the older version of the character perfect in his eyes. As such, they wanted to try a different approach and design by making a younger Dantes.
    • Several events are much loved and constantly compared to events that come later.
      • The 2015 Halloween event was the first big event of the game with a free Servant for players, multiple Craft Essences that were obtainable in the shop that were considered useful even outside of the event, a new map with cosmetically changed enemies to fit with new music to boot, a hilarious story with several fan favorites and some neglected Servants getting their own time to shine, lots of quests to do, the release of the insanely popular Tamamo for the limited gacha, and most players managed to obtain all items in the shop, cementing this as one of the most fondly remembered events. The way the event currencies work is different then all later events, the player can simply farm the highest tier item and trade down a single item for 10 lower items. All later events do this in reverse, taking 10 lower items to trade up for a higher item. This makes the shop much easier to clear out and was kept on reruns.
      • "GUDAGUDA Honnouji" was loved mainly for its enemies, the Chibi Nobus who are drawn in the Koha-Ace artstyle and only say "Nobu." The hilarious story written by keikenchi, the author of Koha-Ace, was also well received. Okita and Nobunaga's popularity got the event a rerun, and later a sequel.
      • The Christmas events are unanimously loved for their raffle boxes, with easy farming of the tokens needed for it meaning it's an easy way of getting money, ascension items, apples and EXP. And every free Servant given out were incredibly helpful for farming and even general gameplay.
      • "Garden of Order" is liked for its mission based system of unlocking nodes which many considered superior to grinding for points like the Honnouji or Saber Wars event. It was also the first proper crossover with another property and many players leaped at the opportunity to obtain Ryougi Shiki and the Craft Essences depicting their favorite Kara no Kyoukai characters. Some players even rolled for the Craft Essences only, since they were depicting characters in gorgeous art drawn by ufotable staff members.
      • "Fate/Accel Zero Order" is also loved because of how easy it was to farm QP (money) because of the great exchange rates of event currency to QP. The story is also well-loved with fan favorites like Iskander, Zhuge Liang, EMIYA (Assassin), and Angra Mainyu having big roles.
    • The Camelot Singularity has some of the games strongest writing, and gameplay wise has some of the toughest fights in the game. For those reasons, it tends to be very positively received by the community, to the point where most story chapters after are directly compared to Camelot. Not helping is that the next story Singularity, Babylonia, also was well received by the community, meaning any story chapter has to somehow equal the two to be considered good.

    U 
  • Underused Game Mechanic: The "hidden name" mechanic introduced in Epic of Remnant. This feature conceals certain spoiler-heavy Servants debuting in the EoR chapters. However with the Cosmos in the Lostbelt storyline, the mechanic is dropped and the game no longer conceals names even for Walking Spoiler characters and, as of the White Day 2019 event, the identities of Archer and Assassin of Shinjuku are blatantly given away. The True Names of Archer Inferno and Assassin Paraiso are also given away in Tokugawa Labyrinth event's page in the official website.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Well, cute animal companions might be dime-a-dozen in mobage, but nobody, absolutely nobody expected Fou to be Primate Murder of all things.
    • No one expected Zouken to show up in any arc and have a role due to everyone on modern-day Earth dying and the apparent lack of connection to the human characters of past Fate works.
    • Pseudo-Servants were a radically new concept introduced in this game and so the main Servant used to introduce it, Waver Velvet as possessed by Zhuge Liang, was a major shock for the fanbase.
    • Edison is the first non-event Servant that wasn't from the original datamined list of Servants not hailing from an event and thus is completely new to players. It doesn't help that his appearance was even more unexpected.
    • Nightingale's class was unmentioned in datamining but it was speculated that she would be a Ruler or a Caster, instead of being the class that's most associated with violence and rage. The explanation is because she will stop at nothing to save her patients, clouding her focus and giving her a mentality similar to a Berserker.
    • Very few (if there are any) actually considered that Martha would be granted the Ruler class—especially for a lighthearted event like Chaldea Summer.
    • Since Tristan had no apparent connection to Fate/Extra or its sequel beyond being tentatively connected to Gawain as a comrade, his inclusion in SE.RA.PH came as a surprise to players.
    • Most savvy players thought that Mysterious Heroine X would be released as part of an April Fools event, but instead she's one of the stars of "Saber Wars".
    • While discovered in the initial datamining, nobody expected Irisviel to be the free 4* servant of "Fate/Accel Zero Order" or for there to even be a free Servant for the event.
    • Most people expected "the monkey" Hideyoshi himself to appear in another GUDAGUDA event, as he has already appeared in previous comics by keikenchi as a Saber. If it was Hideyoshi's wife making an appearance as a Servant, they thought it would be Nene, the more popular and recognizable one. Instead we got Chacha.
    • While a Christmas event Servant was expected, most people were expecting Iskandar (as he's already a bright red, hammy, huge bearded guy on a chariot) or Nero (who actually had a Santa design in Fate/Extra side materials), not Altria Alter who didn't seem like the type of person who would work as Santa.
    • After 2015, some folks figured it'd be Jeanne getting the next Santa version, as she's the third leading lady alongside Mash and Altria. An attentive few, especially on re-reading the quest during the rerun of the event in 2016, wondered if it might not be Jeanne Alter and a running joke of Santa Alters being established. Nobody, nobody expected an "Alter Santa Lily" as a Self-Deprecation meta-joke on the concept and proliferation of alternate versions of Fate heroes over the years.
    • While Holmes' inclusion was expected since his appearance in Camelot, no one predicted that he'd become a Ruler-class Servant since he didn't seem to have the temperament or skills to be one.
    • Not many expected Riyo's joke Servants to make it in-game, which is why Paul Bunyan's inclusion was so damn surprising. Even better, she's the first new bronze Servant since launch!
    • Although mentioned in materials under EMIYA's relationships, Sengo Muramasa's inclusion in Shimosa came out of nowhere, especially with his possession of Emiya Shirou's body as a Pseudo-Servant.
    • The robot versions of Bathory were a surprise to players, especially her being an Alter Ego and having two different versions. Though they're exactly the same gameplay-wise, their personalities and profiles are different.
    • While Abigail's inclusion as a SSR Servant for Salem is unsurprising, it is her new Foreigner Class that was a surprise for players.
    • Altera the Sun(ta). It seems to be a tradition for "Santa" Servants to be unexpected. Most players expected another Alter or Saber-face Servant to be the third Santa and then when the event was announced, most speculated that the next Santa would be someone who appeared in Babylonia but didn't get an event bonus (most expected Quetzacoatl or King Hassan). However, when the event rolled out, it turned out the Santa was Altera, someone who was completely unexpected.
    • For the New Year's 2018 limited Servant, a lot of people were expecting/hoping for Sengo Muramasa, despite the emphasis that he was a one-time thing in Shimosa. Others anticipated perhaps a Round Table Knight or someone else who might be relevant to part 2 based on what little was known. Absolutely nobody expected Katsushika Hokusai, and especially not as a Foreigner, since she was so hot off the heels of the first Foreigner.
    • The Garden of Order -revival- event would give us our second Kara no Kyoukai servant after Shiki Ryougi. It could've been another major character for the storyline like Touko Aozaki or Lio Shirazumi. Instead, we got Fujino Asagami. While she's a huge fan-favorite and ridiculously powerful, she still only served as a major antagonist for one chapter. Adding to this unexpected factor is that up until then, re-run events had never added a brand new Servant.
    • Many people were expecting the Caster of Lostbelt to be the already revealed Anastasia, so the reveal of an entirely new character caught many people off guard.
    • Adding another Avenger was something that wasn't entirely out of the realm of possibility in Cosmos in the Lostbelt. Adding Antonio Salieri as a 3 star, on the other hand, was something no one would've seen coming. Salieri himself is pretty out of blue. On his first appearance, people thought such a creature of shadow with a blade could instead be Hattori Hanzo. When he showed musical movement, the first thought was something of 'Mozart Alter', but it turned out to be Salieri.
    • People suspected that Mysterious Heroine X would show up again one day, probably in a new Saber Wars event. Her seeming scheduled to show up in Summer 2018 didn't surprise too many, as of course another Altria variant would be a target for a swimsuit version. Mecha Musume Foreigner MHXX, however, was completely out of nowhere. At most, a few people suspected they might do the joke of X being a Foreigner because she's literally an alien, but even they were surprised when Nasu & co. actually went there, and nobody saw the whole package coming.
    • A version of Shuten being the 2018 Halloween welfare servant caught everyone off-guard, as they had grown accustomed by that point to Liz getting a new variant every October and didn't really believe claims that she would no longer star in Halloween events, expecting her to pop up again or Carmilla to get a welfare version.
    • While everyone guessed Shitonai would be playable after she appeared in the second Lostbelt, nobody would thought it be in a holiday event in Oniland. Especially as a permanent Servant.
    • As the past 3 Christmas Events had the final boss of the first 3 singularities as a Santa, many expected that the 2018 Christmas event would have some variant of Medea as the Santa servant, given that Okeanos was next in line. Instead, it's Quetzalcoatl as a Ruler-Class servant - while Quetzalcoatl had been expected in the 2017 event, many had moved on to predicting it would be Medea.
    • The arcade version gaining an Welfare Servant in Leonardo di Vinci as a Rider in her back up body before the main game, even though the arcade's main story still have a long way to go until it reaches that point.
    • For the Lord El-Melloi II Case Files Collaboration Event, many fans guessed that Gray would be a Welfare Servant added into the Gacha. They were right, but she was joined by Reines El-Melloi Archisorte and Luviagelita Edelfelt as Pseudo-Servants for Sima Yi and Astraea, respectively. While a major character, Reines caught everyone off-guard with being the main protagonist of the Event, and to an extent her Mystic Code Trimmau was also someone not expected to be added into the Gacha due to her fighting with Reines/Sima Yi. Luvia meanwhile was only a guest character in Case Files, and not part of the major cast.
    • The fourth Lostbelt is supposed to take place in India but people got caught off guard when William Tell, a Swiss hero/Servant, shows up. Though several JP players have already theorized that Jinako Karigiri of Fate/EXTRA CCC would appear as a Pseudo-Servant for the Indian God Ganesha based on the new Berserker-enemy type from the Hunting Quests, no one expected her to be a Moon Cancer, a class originally reserved only for B.B and her alternatives.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Scheherazade, the Arc Villain of Agartha, was intentionally written as someone with great fear of death after what she went through and was desperate to find a way to avoid it. In other times, it would've been as a sympathetic and interesting Deconstructor Fleet of Scheherazade's story. However, in process of doing that, she created a Singularity that involves brainwashing several personal Servants of the protagonist which ended up initiating extremely misogynistic actions (involving slavery and rape... majorly on male), and in the end made light of Dr. Roman/Solomon's sacrifice, erasing himself from existence to save humanity, while she attempts to do the same for her own selfish desire to cheat death. Because of this, along with Tier-Induced Scrappy reasons, Scheherazade tends to draw ire by the fandom and was majorly seen as an unlikable Dirty Coward instead. Her interlude is an attempt to fix this, by having her narrate the Singularities the protagonist went through and realizing how much Dr. Roman's sacrifice meant, which allowed her to apologize for creating Agartha Singularity or belittling his memory in the first place and growing a backbone, as in readying herself to sacrifice her own life for the good cause, but there are those who still held enmity because she did those things in the first place and those couldn't be undone.

    V 
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Many Servants added after launch have really well-animated attack and Noble Phantasm animations, far more so than the launch Servants.
    • That being said, Gilgamesh's updated animations added in time for the Fate/Zero event are truly impressive, and capture his in-story sense of overwhelming power far more than his original animations did.
    • Jeanne, Waver, and Vlad have their animations upgraded and all of them are really awesome, but especially Vlad's.
    • Nero's new animations are fluid and reminiscent of her attack animations from Fate/Extra and Fate/Extella.
    • Altera's new animations portray her overwhelming power and grace as the Scourge of God.
    • All the updated animations for Servants from Fate/stay night have several attacks from the visual novel, ufotable's anime adaptations and even the fighting game all faithfully replicated in great detail.

    W 
  • Woolseyism: Despite the roughness of the official English translation, especially in the game's earliest days, there are some bits of dialogue that have become popular with many. A notable example is Marie's "Wh... Whassup! My homies!".
    • Another example would be the English title of Xuanzang's event. The Japanese title was actually a reference to Coming to America explanation ; while many fans simply referred to it as Journey to the West, when it was localized, the event was given the name "Sanzang Coming to the West", keeping the reference and adding a multi-layered pun.
    • One TYPE-MOON related April Fool's joke involved bunch of idols, with one of them being a Lancer-themed band called YARIO, play on yari (spear) and Tokio. Since the joke was referenced in the first summer event, they instead translated the band name as Backspear Boys, keeping the joke while making it easier for native English speakers to catch the idea.
    • The second Halloween event parodying Ghosts And Goblins is originally named "The Great Pumpkin Village" in Japan, whereas it had been named as "Ghouls and Pumpkins"note  in English server. This reflects the reference game's Dub Name Change in the west as it is named "Demon World Village" in Japan.
    • On a somewhat more-serious note, Emiya ALTER has been redrawn in some official materials to make him look less like a blackface character, and the localizers have confirmed they have received permission to change the infamous line dubbing him "Detroit Emiya" ("Demiya" for short). This is due to the obvious Values Dissonance between a largely-Asian-homogenous culture and a country that actually has a sizable black minority and a history of racial tensions. Indeed, the name they actually went with, "Edgemiya", fits better, not only given his more cynical nature, but also given that Alter versions of Servants are seen as "edgy" versions of the regular ones.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?:
    • Swimsuit Altria's third outfit seems to mirror the regular version's third outfit with a cape and crown, except the Archer version's only wearing a swimsuit so the large fur-trimmed cape, crown, heels and multiple ribbons all look very out of place, to the point she looks more like a beauty pageant winner (referred to in Japan as a beach queen) than a fighting Servant... which may very well be the gag.
    • Parodied with Brave Liz's outfit. Not only is it a prime example of Chainmail Bikini, but the top half of it seems two sizes too big (in the card art, her gameplay sprite has it fit well enough, possibly to avoid a wardrobe malfunction). It's especially noticeable in that Liz usually wears puffy idol-inspired dresses that tend toward the modest side.
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