History Characters / XCOMEnemyUnknown

23rd Mar '16 7:35:53 PM DarthWalrus
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* Hidden in Plain Sight: While XCOM goes for an ElaborateUndergroundBase, EXALT just sticks their base of operations in a uptown skyscraper.

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* Hidden in Plain Sight: HidingInPlainSight: While XCOM goes for an ElaborateUndergroundBase, EXALT just sticks their base of operations in a uptown skyscraper.
23rd Mar '16 7:35:20 PM DarthWalrus
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* AttackAttackAttack: Their operatives, being numerous, fanatical, and not exactly understanding squad tactics, are perfectly willing to throw themselves into the meat grinder.



** Possibly justified (Atleast to them) by their HidingInPlainSight, the fancy rugs and carpets ''do'' make it look more like a standard penthouse than a straightforward military base would.



* EvilMakesYouUgly: Elite EXALT operatives display deep wrinkles, sunken eyes and some even have greenish skin discolorations. Their regular operatives aren't in much better shape either.

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* EvilMakesYouUgly: Elite EXALT operatives display deep wrinkles, sunken eyes and some even have greenish skin discolorations. Their regular operatives aren't in much better shape either. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] due to their extreme gene mods.



* Hidden in Plain Sight: While XCOM goes for an ElaborateUndergroundBase, EXALT just sticks their base of operations in a uptown skyscraper.




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* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Amusingly, despite their strategy being very well suited to their usage, operatives don't carry shotguns, preferring standard assault rifles.
17th Mar '16 12:24:31 AM Koveras
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* {{Foil}}: To Dr. Shen. They are both scientists, but Vahlen is analytical/destructive while Shen is creative/constructive. Also, they represent two different approaches to science: the younger Vahlen is against any restrictions on research and while she acknowledges that her work may be used for evil, she firmly believes that everything will sort itself out--somehow; the OlderAndWiser Shen, meanwhile, is much more cautious about the inevitable repercussions of their work. The game's plot ultimately lets the players decide for themselves whose attitude is correct.



* ScienceFoils: With Dr. Shen. They are both scientists, but Vahlen is analytical/destructive while Shen is creative/constructive. Also, they represent two different approaches to science: the younger Vahlen is against any restrictions on research and while she acknowledges that her work may be used for evil, she firmly believes that everything will sort itself out--somehow; the OlderAndWiser Shen, meanwhile, is much more cautious about the inevitable repercussions of their work. The game's plot ultimately lets the players decide for themselves whose attitude is correct.







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* ScienceFoils: With Dr. Vahlen. See her entry for details.
16th Mar '16 8:33:05 AM ObsidianFire
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* StraightMan: To [[OlderAndWiser Dr.]] [[CoolOldGuy Shen]] and [[ForScience Dr]]. [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Vahlen]]. Both are quite GenreSavvy and speak with a certain level of seriousness during missions, while Bradford is quite GenreBlind or WrongGenreSavvy and likes to crack the occasional joke.

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* StraightMan: To [[OlderAndWiser Dr.]] [[CoolOldGuy Shen]] and [[ForScience Dr]]. [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Vahlen]]. Both are quite GenreSavvy smart and speak with a certain level of seriousness during missions, while Bradford is quite GenreBlind or WrongGenreSavvy ignorant and likes to crack the occasional joke.



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: They recognize that facing XCOM head-on would be suicide, so they instead work to hinder the war effort through covert, behind the scenes actions. Indeed, half the challenge with EXALT is ''finding them'', and they will quickly evacuate their cells once discovered unless dealt with immediately.
17th Feb '16 8:09:20 PM SergeshD123
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* EnemyMine: They join force with XCOM in the alternative timeline, after realizing that the Aliens are no uplifters like they make them out to be
16th Feb '16 8:35:45 AM Eilana
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** It's quite telling that she earned a reputation for this - persisting to the sequel, ''twenty years later''.
14th Feb '16 10:57:54 PM PsyckoSama
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* HotScientist: She's rather attractive and is a full fledged OmnidisciplinaryScientist.

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* HotScientist: She's rather attractive and is a full fledged OmnidisciplinaryScientist.HotScientist
14th Feb '16 9:58:31 PM PsyckoSama
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* HotScientist: She's rather attractive and is a full fledged OmnidisciplinaryScientist.
13th Feb '16 3:31:24 PM captainpat
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* HotScientist: Downplayed. She's dressed practically for laboratory work and not at all {{Fanservice}}-y, but Dr. Vahlen is still quite easy on the eyes.
12th Feb '16 5:44:10 PM Zaptech
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* GenreBlind: [[spoiler: His biggest offense is probably assuming that the invasion is over after you destroy the Alien Base. A mistake that Dr. Vahlen does not make.]] There's a reason you're in charge, and he's not.



* WrongGenreSavvy: At times, particularly in the tutorial mission. Justified in that he is approaching the alien invasion as a standard military scenario: a contest of force. He (and everyone else) is ignorant as to the real purpose behind the alien invasion, and believes that simply defeating the invaders militarily is sufficient.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: At times, particularly in the tutorial mission. Justified in that he is approaching the alien invasion as a standard military scenario: a contest of force. He (and everyone else) is ignorant as to the real purpose behind the alien invasion, and believes that simply defeating the invaders militarily is sufficient.



* GenreSavvy: Unlike [[GenreBlind Bradford]], she thinks that [[spoiler: the downfall of the Sectoid Commander and the Alien Base is not the end of the war; simply another chapter in the conflict, and that the Sectoid Commander has superiors it answers to]]. After you [[spoiler: research the Hyperwave Beacon, interrogate the Sectoid Commander and, build the Hyperwave Relay,]] she's proven right.
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