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26th Mar '17 2:35:45 PM Grudgeal
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* {{Gonk}}: Just look at that mug. It's probably a good thing he never leaves Lacroix's side, because that face would probably be a Masquerade violation all on its own.
26th Mar '17 2:33:38 PM Grudgeal
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* [[CadreOfForeignBodyguards Foreign Bodyguard]]: To Lacroix. Like with most other examples of the trope, being a foreigner and having no political skin in the game he's unquestionably loyal to his employer.
26th Mar '17 2:12:51 PM Grudgeal
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* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler:If you successfully reconcile the sisters, the game files will refer to the united twins as 'Tourette'. [[TourettesSyndrome Tourettes]] is a neurological disorder and sounds like a {{portmanteau}} of 'Therese' and 'Jeanette'.]]
20th Mar '17 7:43:17 AM Dracosolon
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* [[MyCountryRightOrWrong My Sect, Right Or Wrong]]: Bertram isn't all that enthusiastic about [=LaCroix=]'s leadership, but if you poke him about the Camarilla you'll find out he genuinely believes the organization provides safety for Kindreds as a whole and that the Anarchs are misguided for wanting more freedom.




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* WorthyOpponent: Bertram Tung, Mercurio and Maximillian Strauss, all supporters of the Camarilla, can express respect for him and state that he'd make a valuable ally if vampire politics didn't get in the way.
14th Mar '17 7:28:00 PM Cleaningcaptain
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* MismatchedEyes: Jeanette has them; Therese's eyes are both blue [[spoiler: but only when Jeanette has no control over their body. Presumably, she's wearing a colored contact.]]
10th Mar '17 4:28:29 PM Michael
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Canonically, he's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calico_Jack Calico Jack]].
10th Mar '17 10:48:01 AM intastiel
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* AxCrazy: An option if you play a Malkavian or character with low Humanity.
* BadassBookworm: If willing to put the points into it.

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* AxCrazy: An option if you play a Malkavian or character with low Humanity.
Humanity; the latter can actually make non-AxCrazy dialogue options unavailable.
* BadassBookworm: If willing to put the points into it.it, to the extent that you can impress Beckett, a BadassBookworm with centuries of seniority.



* BlessedWithSuck and CursedWithAwesome: The player character is now a vampire with the thirst for blood, perpetual nocturnal existence, countless enemies and near-invincibility that comes with it. To what extent one is blessed/cursed with suck/awesome depends on your clan and personal opinion.
* ButThouMust: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]; the game does give you the option to turn down [=LaCroix=]'s orders and even flat-out insult him in the process, but should you do that, he will just use [[HypnoticEyes Dominate]] to force you into executing them anyway.

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* BlessedWithSuck and CursedWithAwesome: The player character is now BlessedWithSuck: They're stuck in a vampire with the thirst for blood, perpetual bloodthirsty nocturnal existence, existence at the bottom of the undead totem pole with countless enemies enemies; and near-invincibility that comes have to sever all ties with it. To what extent one is blessed/cursed with suck/awesome depends on your clan and personal opinion.
their old life for the sake of the Masquerade. On the other hand, see CursedWithAwesome.
* ButThouMust: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]; the Justified]]:
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game does give you the option to turn down [=LaCroix=]'s orders and even flat-out insult him in the process, but should you do that, he will just use [[HypnoticEyes Dominate]] to force you into executing them anyway.



* BiTheWay: The female PC can have the Kindred version of sex with both Jeanette Voerman and Romero.

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* BiTheWay: The female PC can have the Kindred version of sex with both Jeanette Voerman and Romero.Romero, while the male PC can seduce a restaurant critic and a few male blood dolls.



* CelibateHero[=/=]ReallyGetsAround: Sort of. The PC is a vampire and can't have sex like a normal person, but can seduce anyone they like with enough points in Seduction (for blood rather than sex, with the seductee left with the impression that something sexy took place). Likewise, they can be 'celibate' and just live off rats or blood bags.

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* CelibateHero[=/=]ReallyGetsAround: CelibateHero: Sort of. The PC is a vampire and can't have sex like a normal person, but can seduce anyone they like with enough points in Seduction (for blood rather than sex, with the seductee left with the impression that something sexy took place). Likewise, they can be 'celibate' and just live off rats or blood bags.



** TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight: Most of that silliness is in fact the Malkavian knowing exactly what's going on and simply being unable to communicate it properly. Or alternatively [[MadOracle having no idea what's going on and still rattling off truths.]]
* ChickMagnet[=/=]DudeMagnet: Not as pronounced as [[Franchise/MassEffect Commander Shepard]] or [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins the Warden]], but with the right choices and/or a high enough seduction stat, the Fledgling can get the attention of Jeanette, Velvet Velour, Romero, Heather (though in her case this is due to her link as a ghoul), Nadia Milliner and multiple unamed [=NCPs=]. The Clan Quest Mod even gives the opportunity to date a Kuei-Jin lady.

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** TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight: Most of that silliness is in fact the Malkavian knowing exactly what's going on and simply being unable to communicate it properly. Or alternatively [[MadOracle having no idea what's going on and still rattling off truths.]]
* ChickMagnet[=/=]DudeMagnet: Not as pronounced as [[Franchise/MassEffect Commander Shepard]] or [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins the Warden]], but with ChickMagnet: With the right choices and/or a high enough seduction stat, the Fledgling can get the attention of Jeanette, Velvet Velour, Romero, [[DudeMagnet Romero]], Heather (though in her case this is due to her link as a ghoul), Nadia Milliner and multiple unamed unnamed [=NCPs=]. The Clan Quest Mod even gives the opportunity to date a Kuei-Jin lady.



* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Most of that silliness is in fact the Malkavian knowing exactly what's going on and simply being unable to communicate it properly. Or alternatively [[MadOracle having no idea what's going on and still rattling off truths.]]



* DeadpanSnarker: The player gets a lot of options to snark in conversation.
** This goes double for the Nosferatu player, whose coping mechanism for dealing with their hideous appearance seems to reside mostly in self-depreciating jokes any time a mortal react with disgust upon seeing them.

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* DeadpanSnarker: The player gets a lot of options to snark in conversation.
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conversation. This goes double for the Nosferatu player, PC, whose coping mechanism for dealing with their hideous appearance seems to reside mostly in self-depreciating self-deprecating jokes any time a mortal react with disgust upon seeing them.



* DreadlockWarrior: The male Gangrel protagonist.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: The attitude of most of the vampires you meet ranges from polite condescension to outright insults, even as your legend grows. This is however, justified: Your age puts you at the bottom of the social ladder, and you serve the blatantly unpopular [=LaCroix=].

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* DreadlockWarrior: The male Gangrel protagonist.
protagonist pairs dreadlocks with some potent combat Disciplines.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: The attitude of most of the vampires you meet ranges from polite condescension to outright insults, even as your legend grows. This is however, justified: Your age puts you at the bottom of the social ladder, and you serve the blatantly unpopular [=LaCroix=].[=LaCroix=], and being the unsanctioned offspring of a dead sire functionally excludes you from polite society.



* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: If you betray everyone by siding with Ming-Xiao, she rewards you by sparing your life when she runs the rest of the Kindred out of the city. How does she do so? ''She chains you to the Sarcouphagous and dumps it into the ocean.'' She didn't kill you, but you'll sure wish she had.]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: If you betray everyone by siding with Ming-Xiao, she rewards you by sparing your life when she runs the rest of the Kindred out of the city. How does she do so? ''She chains city... by chaining you to the Sarcouphagous Sarcophagus and dumps dumping it into the ocean.'' She didn't doesn't kill you, but you'll sure wish she had.]]



* GameplayAndStorySegregation: The Fledgling's abilities and skills progression do not reflect that of the tabletop game's setting. This is somewhat handwaved by several characters remarking how unexpectedly ressourceful and potent they appear to be.

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* GameplayAndStorySegregation: The Fledgling's abilities and skills progression do not reflect that of the tabletop game's setting. This is somewhat handwaved by several characters remarking how unexpectedly ressourceful resourceful and potent they appear to be.



* LightningBruiser: [[SuperSpeed Celerity]] lets Toreador and Brujah pull this off; Brujah also get [[SuperStrength Potence]].

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* LightningBruiser: [[SuperSpeed Celerity]] lets Toreador and Brujah pull this off; Brujah also get [[SuperStrength Potence]].SuperStrength for extra Bruiser with their Lightning.



* MrFanservice[=/=]MsFanservice: Not as blatant as Velvet or Venus, but the male Malkavian is WalkingShirtlessScene and the male Toreador a borderline {{Bishonen}}, while the female versions of both start out with rather {{Stripperiffic}} outfits. The female Malkavian, in particular, wears a DangerouslyShortSkirt with [[PantyShot exposed underwears]]. And that's not even mentionning the superior armors...
* [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch My Clan Doth Protest Too Much]]: You can chose a specific clan and then have your PC act in a completely opposite way to how his Clan usually does; for example, play as a [[EvilSorcerer Tremere]] and then be a FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire, join the Anarch with a Ventrue or the Camarilla with a Brujah, and so on. It is, however, impossible to play a Malkavian as non-insane due to the changed dialogues options. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight At least not in the regular sense...]]
* TheNicknamer: The Malkavian PC, who rarely calls anyone by their real name.
** A notable exception is [[spoiler:Velvet Velour]], though she also has a nickname ("doll"):
-->'''Malkavian''': How come you hide your true name behind a fabric, [[spoiler:Susan]]?

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* MrFanservice[=/=]MsFanservice: Not as blatant as Velvet or Venus, but the MrFanservice: The male Malkavian is WalkingShirtlessScene and the male Toreador a borderline {{Bishonen}}, while the {{Bishonen}},
* MsFanservice: The
female versions of Malkavian and Toreador both start out with rather {{Stripperiffic}} outfits. The female Malkavian, in particular, wears a DangerouslyShortSkirt with [[PantyShot exposed underwears]]. And that's not even mentionning the superior armors...
underwear]], and can upgrade her armor to a stripperific cop outfit.
* [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch My Clan Doth Protest Too Much]]: MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: You can chose a specific clan Clan and then have your PC act in a completely opposite way to how his Clan usually does; for example, play as a [[EvilSorcerer Tremere]] and then be a FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire, join the Anarch with a Ventrue or the Camarilla with a Brujah, and so on. It is, however, impossible to play a Malkavian as non-insane due to the changed dialogues options. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight At least not in the regular sense...]]
* TheNicknamer: The Malkavian PC, who rarely only calls anyone people by their real name.
** A notable exception is [[spoiler:Velvet Velour]], though she also has a nickname ("doll"):
-->'''Malkavian''': How come you hide your true name behind a fabric, [[spoiler:Susan]]?
names when it would mess with them even more.



* ReallyGetsAround: With a few points in Seduction, they can dole out the KissOfTheVampire to any number of enthusiastic partners.



* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: As you lose Humanity, some of the dialogue options that would allow you to raise it again become unavailable.



** SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: This is also self-reinforcing, since some dialogue options that would raise your humanity are thus rendered unavailable to you.



* SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder: For [=LaCroix=].
* UnwittingPawn: Those creepy e-mails you keep getting who refer to a "pawn"? They're talking about you. The amount of people who manipulate or "move" you in this game is staggering. You can count on one hand the major characters who ''don't'', though by the end you get the option to bite back at quite a few of those manipulators.
** It is also worth remembering what happens if a pawn reaches the end of the board...

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* SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder: For [=LaCroix=].
[=LaCroix=], as you continue to survive his {{Uriah Gambit}}s against all odds.
* UnwittingPawn: Those creepy e-mails you keep getting who refer to a "pawn"? They're talking about you. The amount of people who manipulate or "move" you in this game is staggering. You can count on one hand the major characters who ''don't'', though by the end you get the option to bite back at quite a few of those manipulators.
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manipulators. It is also worth remembering what happens if a pawn reaches the end of the board...board...
* VegetarianVampire: Every clan but the Ventrue can live off of rats alone if they prefer, with the Nosferatu getting as much nourishment from them as from lower-class humans. Even a Ventrue can restrict themselves to blood packs.



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Oh so very much.

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Oh so very much. To try to consolidate his position, he backstabs the Camarilla, the Anarchs, [[spoiler:the Kuei-Jin]], and the PC, even when it could be much more advantageous for him not to.



* HeKnowsTooMuch: When you tell him you know [[spoiler:about his secret alliance with Ming Xao]] and he tries again to get rid of you once and for all by having you [[spoiler:cross paths with a werewolf]] and then [[spoiler:declaring a Blood Hunt on you]]. [[WhyWontYouDie It doesn't work]].



* IronicName: [=LaCroix=] means "the cross" or "the crucifix". Considering his condition, it's ''deeply'' ironic.



** JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He has a few sympathetic moments. But as the game goes on it just becomes more and more apparent how treacherous and out of his depth he is.



* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He has a few sympathetic moments. But as the game goes on it just becomes more and more apparent how treacherous and out of his depth he is.



* LaughingMad: In most endings.

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* LaughingMad: In most endings.endings, when he realizes that [[spoiler:he's gambled everything on a Macguffin that's actually an armed bomb.]]



** This also explains how he can be a Prince while unusually "young" for the office by Kindred standards. In the World of Darkness setting you can easily find Princes who are over a thousand years old. However, the higher ups stationed within the States are generally younger than those back in Europe. He's probably "older" than some of the rest in the States.



** IronicName: [=LaCroix=] means "the cross" or "the crucifix". Considering his condition, it's ''deeply'' ironic.



** HeKnowsTooMuch: Unfortunately, you then tell him you know [[spoiler:about his secret alliance with Ming Xao]] and he tries again to get rid of you once and for all by having you [[spoiler:cross paths with a werewolf]] and then [[spoiler:declaring a Blood Hunt on you]]. [[WhyWontYouDie It doesn't work]].



* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Suffers one of these because of the player character's refusal to die. It comes to a head if he opens the sarcophagus - he sees the bombs and simply [[LaughingMad laughs madly]] until he's incinerated. He also have a pretty epic once if the player character tell him they have the key, and he discovers that he can't dominate them into handing it over to him.]]

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* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Suffers one of these because of the player character's refusal to die. It comes to a head if he opens the sarcophagus - sarcophagus: he sees the bombs and simply [[LaughingMad laughs madly]] until he's incinerated. He also have a pretty epic once if the player character tell him they have the key, and he discovers that he can't dominate them into handing it over to him.]]



* AffablyEvil: While certainly rather amoral, Strauss's villany is mostly [[VillainyDiscretionShot offscreen]] and in his backstory rather than front and center. And he is quite genuinely polite, well-mannered, and even reasonable in his dealings with his fellow vampires even when they don't work out, in stark contrast to [[FauxAffablyEvil many of his fellow vampires]]. This is chiefly due to the fact he's the oldest vamp in Los Angeles. He's lived through the Camerilla getting ''kicked out'' of L.A., and still has the respect of the other Primogen.

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* AffablyEvil: While certainly rather amoral, Strauss's villany villainy is mostly [[VillainyDiscretionShot offscreen]] and in his backstory rather than front and center. And he is quite genuinely polite, well-mannered, and even reasonable in his dealings with his fellow vampires even when they don't work out, in stark contrast to [[FauxAffablyEvil many of his fellow vampires]]. This is chiefly due to the fact he's the oldest vamp in Los Angeles. He's lived through the Camerilla getting ''kicked out'' of L.A., and still has the respect of the other Primogen.



* ManBehindTheMan: The Malkavian run more or less says that Strauss is the real "King of the City", noting when he makes hints at ambition, his "iron crown begins to sparkle." Maximilian will be amused and a little proud of the Malk, but warns them to be careful about their insight.

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* ManBehindTheMan: ManBehindTheMan:
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The Malkavian run more or less says that Strauss is the real "King of the City", noting when he makes hints at ambition, his "iron crown begins to sparkle." Maximilian will be amused and a little proud of the Malk, proud, but warns them to be careful about their insight.



** CutscenePowerToTheMax: He only uses this power once, in a tutorial cutscene, to one-shot three Sabbat vampires. If the PC fights him, he sticks to melee.



* TheDragon: To [=LaCroix=].
* DreadlockWarrior

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* CutscenePowerToTheMax: He only uses his Animalism powers once, in a tutorial cutscene, to one-shot three Sabbat vampires. If the PC fights him, he sticks to melee.
* TheDragon: To [=LaCroix=].
His only role in the game is as [=LaCroix=]'s enforcer.
* DreadlockWarriorDreadlockWarrior: A hulking, terrifying killing machine with dreadlocks, no less.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "Sheriff" is his title, but nobody even seems to know any other name he might go by.



* NoNameGiven: [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Just Calls Him the Sheriff]].
* OneWingedAngel: He becomes a massive chiropteran [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment bat-creature]].

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* NoNameGiven: [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Just Calls Him the Sheriff]].
* OneWingedAngel: He becomes a massive chiropteran [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment bat-creature]].bat-creature]] when the fight against the PC starts to go against him.



* LeanAndMean: His body is very emaciated.

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* LeanAndMean: His body is very emaciated.emaciated, though the "mean" part depends on the PC's interactions with him.
5th Mar '17 4:35:30 AM Cleaningcaptain
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* KarmicDeath: If the PC completes the quest without bloodshed (it is possible with persuasion or, if female, with seduction), Mercurio himself massacres the whole gang via forced overdose.

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* KarmicDeath: If the PC completes the quest without bloodshed (it is possible with persuasion persuasion, stealth, or, if female, with seduction), Mercurio himself massacres the whole gang via forced overdose.
26th Feb '17 10:33:35 AM nombretomado
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* BeenThereShapedHistory: As a vampire with considerable ties to the inner workings of Hollywood, this is pretty much expected of him. He also has a very long list of famous directors and actors he's befriended and financed over the years, and still laughs at the fact that "some studio suit lost in time" once told him that the only thing that HumphreyBogart could be used for was [[ItWillNeverCatchOn moving furniture.]]

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: As a vampire with considerable ties to the inner workings of Hollywood, this is pretty much expected of him. He also has a very long list of famous directors and actors he's befriended and financed over the years, and still laughs at the fact that "some studio suit lost in time" once told him that the only thing that HumphreyBogart Creator/HumphreyBogart could be used for was [[ItWillNeverCatchOn moving furniture.]]
14th Feb '17 12:29:07 PM Stellarvore
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* KnightTemplar: Uses the Beast as an excuse to violently murder criminals, and will not hesitate to bring harm to anyone who tries to stop him.
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