History VideoGame / ClockTower

5th Oct '17 4:20:29 PM MatthewRenn
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** Their intervention as a DeusExMachina is a nod to ''Film/{{Opera}}''.

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** Their intervention as a DeusExMachina presence is a nod to ''Film/{{Opera}}''.''Film/{{Opera}}'', though their they were ravens rather than crows.



* ShoutOut: The game seems to take a lot of influence from the 1977 horror movie ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'', including the background music resembling the movie's iconic theme by horror musician director Goblin, the design and feel of the mansion, and the design of Bobby Barrows heavily resembling CreepyChild Albert. There are also similarities to another DarioArgento film, ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'', in that Jennifer is very similar to Jennifer Corvino, as well as [[spoiler:the presence of a psychotic mother and a deformed, murderous child wielding a bizarre weapon]].

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* ShoutOut: The game seems to take a lot of influence from the 1977 horror movie ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'', including films of director DarioArgento, particularly ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'' with the background music resembling the movie's iconic theme by horror musician director [[ProgressiveRock prog rock]] band Goblin, the design and feel architecture of the mansion, and the design of Bobby Barrows heavily resembling CreepyChild Albert. There are also further similarities to another DarioArgento film, ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'', in that Jennifer is very similar to a direct {{expy}} of Jennifer Corvino, Corvino and her actress {{Jennifer Connelly}}, as well as [[spoiler:the presence of a psychotic mother and a deformed, murderous child wielding a bizarre weapon]].weapon]]. The ever-present crows are a nod to the ravens from ''Film/{{Opera}}''.


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* SpiritualAdaptation: Of the films of iconic horror director DarioArgento, particularly ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'' and ''Film/{{Phenomena}}''.
5th Oct '17 4:10:21 PM MatthewRenn
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** Their intervention as a DeusExMachina is a nod to ''Film/{{Opera}}''.
12th Sep '17 10:32:20 AM Dravencour
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* DangerTakesABackseat: One of the endings in the first game. [[EarnYourBadEnding It takes some effort to see it]], but it can be considered the "worst ending" given what you have to do to earn it.

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* DangerTakesABackseat: One of the endings in the first game. [[EarnYourBadEnding It takes some effort to see it]], but it can be considered the "worst ending" given what you have to do to earn it.it (namely, [[spoiler:getting the keys to the car in the barn and driving off, leaving your friends behind to save your own ass]]).
15th Aug '17 8:32:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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* {{Shotacon}}: WordOfGod is that Kay from the second game [[spoiler:was a repressed pedophile and Edward was able to exploit these feelings to control her]]. This couldn't actually come up in-game because of censorship laws.
5th Aug '17 8:11:31 PM RockyZhao
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** The name Barrows[[note]]is a fan translation,[[/note]] is a mistranslation of Burroughs. バロウズ the Japanese name, is the same as that of the first two games. In short, the two families are the same.

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** The name Barrows[[note]]is a fan translation,[[/note]] Barrows is a mistranslation of Burroughs. バロウズ the Japanese name, is the same as that of the first two games. In short, the two families are the same.
27th Jun '17 3:34:19 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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With the exception of a few sequences in the third and fourth games, your character is an utterly helpless girl going up against an unstoppable creature bent on killing you. In short, a slasher movie turned video game. If you want to live, you're going to have to keep your wits about you, and not do stupid things like play the piano noisily, or tempt fate by repeatedly returning to the scene of a CatScare.

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With the exception of a few sequences in the third and fourth games, your character is an utterly helpless girl going up against an unstoppable creature bent on killing you. In short, a slasher movie SlasherMovie turned video game. If you want to live, you're going to have to keep your wits about you, and not do stupid things like play the piano noisily, or tempt fate by repeatedly returning to the scene of a CatScare.
15th Jun '17 11:57:28 PM theknack101
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* SurvivalHorror: The series will make you feel like you're a helpless victim being hunted down by a crazed killer when you only have your wits to save yourself from seeing the Game Over screen or one of the bad endings.

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* SurvivalHorror: The series will make you feel like you're a helpless victim being hunted down by a crazed killer when you only have your wits to save yourself from seeing the Game Over screen or one of the bad endings. It's also notable for possibly being the UrExample of the genre.
7th May '17 2:25:27 AM Kadorhal
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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Ending G in ''The Struggle Within''. To make matters worse, it's not even important to the plot, save for who may be inside it...
** Also, if you saved at any point after the part where you are supposed to examine it, you are locked into this bad ending! Time to start over...

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Ending G in ''The Struggle Within''.Within'', by way of a suit of old samurai armor. To make matters worse, it's not even important to the plot, save for who may be inside it...
** Also, if you saved at any point after the part where you are supposed to examine it, you are locked into this bad ending! Time to start over...over.
25th Apr '17 5:07:08 PM eroock
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->''Don't cry, Jennifer.''

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->''Don't
->''"Don't
cry, Jennifer.''
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13th Feb '17 9:09:06 PM Luigifan
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* ArtificialStupidity: The Struggle Within has enemies that can never figure out a counteract to that one weapon Alyssa can pick up, and they can never figure out the hiding spots they can use. Partly justified with zombies, but almost inexcusable with Stephane and Maxwell.
* TheAtoner: After George Maxwell buried Alyssa, Alan dug her up again, [[spoiler:although it's not clear if he did this to save Alyssa or just to spite George.]] However, he's definitely TheAtoner for [[spoiler:abandoning Shannon and making her jealous.]]

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* ArtificialStupidity: The Struggle Within has enemies that can never figure out a way to counteract to that one weapon Alyssa can pick up, and they can never figure out the hiding spots they can use. Partly justified with zombies, but almost inexcusable with Stephane Stephanie and Maxwell.
* TheAtoner: After George Maxwell buried Alyssa, Alan Allen dug her up again, [[spoiler:although it's not clear if he did this to save Alyssa or just to spite George.]] George]]. However, he's definitely TheAtoner for [[spoiler:abandoning Shannon and making her jealous.]]jealous]].



* AudioAdaptation: Each game from the second onward has its own drama CD. The first two are just adaptions of their respective games, while the third is a {{Prequel}} about the protagonist's mother, Nancy.

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* AudioAdaptation: Each game from the second onward has its own drama CD. The first two are just adaptions adaptations of their respective games, while the third is a {{Prequel}} about the protagonist's mother, Nancy.



* BodyOfBodies: According to outer sources, [[spoiler:Dan's giant baby form is actually a shell made from his murdered victims.]]

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* BodyOfBodies: According to outer sources, [[spoiler:Dan's giant baby form is actually a shell made from his murdered victims.]]victims]].



* CaptainErsatz: Scissorman is ''very'' similar to the character Cropsy from the slasher movie ''Film/TheBurning''. Even using a similar weapon.

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* CaptainErsatz: Scissorman is ''very'' similar to the character Cropsy from the slasher movie ''Film/TheBurning''. Even ''Film/TheBurning'', even using a similar weapon.



*** That suit of armor in Struggle Within? If you don't examine it at a certain point, it will come back to bite you, hard!

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*** That suit of armor in Struggle Within? ''Struggle Within''? If you don't examine it at a certain point, it will come back to bite you, hard!



* CowerPower: Your only defense in the game is hiding, or attacking with mundane objects, even that can fail if used twice. Confronting your stakers may slow them down, but for a few seconds. The chase is still on until you find a new hiding spot.
* CreepyChild: Bobby from first game, and Stephanie in ''The Struggle Within''.

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* CowerPower: Your only defense in the game is hiding, or attacking with mundane objects, and even that can fail if used twice. Confronting your stakers may slow them down, but only for a few seconds. The chase is still on until you find a new hiding spot.
* CreepyChild: Bobby from the first game, and Stephanie in ''The Struggle Within''.



** Also, if you saved at any point after the part where you are suppose to examine it, you are locked into this bad ending! Time to start over...
** It's possible for this to almost happen in ''First Fear'', too. Although, if it does happen,[[spoiler: your friend's corpse will be stuffed inside.]]

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** Also, if you saved at any point after the part where you are suppose supposed to examine it, you are locked into this bad ending! Time to start over...
** It's possible for this to almost happen in ''First Fear'', too. Although, if it does happen,[[spoiler: your happen, [[spoiler:your friend's corpse will be stuffed inside.]]



* FakeBoss: The second game in Helen's scenario, this is [[spoiler:Professor Barton, who was masquerading as Scissorman.]] If you haven't found the Door Spell by this point in the game, Helen concludes he was the real culprit and the game ends.

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* FakeBoss: The In the second game in Helen's scenario, this is [[spoiler:Professor Barton, who was masquerading as Scissorman.]] Scissorman]]. If you haven't found the Door Spell by this point in the game, Helen concludes he was the real culprit and the game ends.



** Only for the sequel to subvert ''that'' too. [[spoiler:Edward - or should we say Dan - was the other survivor.]]

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** Only for the sequel to subvert ''that'' too. [[spoiler:Edward - -- or should we say Dan - -- was the other survivor.]]



* HumanoidAbomination: Bobby looks mostly humanoid, but he is quite clearly a demon. In the second game [[spoiler:the same applies to his brother, Dan.]]

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* HumanoidAbomination: Bobby looks mostly humanoid, but he is quite clearly a demon. In the second game game, [[spoiler:the same applies to his brother, Dan.]]Dan]].



* KillItWithFire: Used occasionally. [[spoiler:Most notably, to kill Dan in the first game.]] Subverted in the third game where both the Chopper and the Scissorwoman are only briefly knocked out by fire.

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* KillItWithFire: Used occasionally. [[spoiler:Most notably, to kill Dan in the first game.]] Subverted in the third game game, where both the Chopper and the Scissorwoman are only briefly knocked out by fire.



* MamaBear: [[spoiler:Mary Barrows loves her [[EldritchAbomination boys]] dearly and is not pleased when she finds out that her son Dan was killed by Jennifer]].

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* MamaBear: [[spoiler:Mary Barrows loves her [[EldritchAbomination boys]] dearly and is not pleased when she finds out that her son Dan was killed by Jennifer]].Jennifer.]]



* {{Overcrank}}: Near the end of the second game, when [[spoiler:Helen shoots Scissorman.]]

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* {{Overcrank}}: Near the end of the second game, when [[spoiler:Helen shoots Scissorman.]]Scissorman]].



* RandomEvent: During ''The First Fear'', several items, rooms and events are shuffled around so that one may have an entirely different experience each time they play.

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* RandomEvent: During ''The First Fear'', several items, rooms rooms, and events are shuffled around so that one may have an entirely different experience each time they play.



* {{Shotacon}}: WordOfGod is that Kay from the second game [[spoiler:was a repressed pedophile and Edward was able to exploit these feelings to control her.]] This couldn't actually come up in-game because of censorship laws.
* ShoutOut: The game seems to take a lot of influence from the 1977 horror movie ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'', including the background music resembling the movie's iconic theme by horror musician director Goblin, the design and feel of the mansion, and the design of Bobby Barrows heavily resembling CreepyChild Albert. There are also similarities to another DarioArgento film, ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'', in that Jennifer is very similar to Jennifer Corvino, as well as [[spoiler: the presence of a psychotic mother and a deformed, murderous child wielding a bizarre weapon.]]

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* {{Shotacon}}: WordOfGod is that Kay from the second game [[spoiler:was a repressed pedophile and Edward was able to exploit these feelings to control her.]] her]]. This couldn't actually come up in-game because of censorship laws.
* ShoutOut: The game seems to take a lot of influence from the 1977 horror movie ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'', including the background music resembling the movie's iconic theme by horror musician director Goblin, the design and feel of the mansion, and the design of Bobby Barrows heavily resembling CreepyChild Albert. There are also similarities to another DarioArgento film, ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'', in that Jennifer is very similar to Jennifer Corvino, as well as [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the presence of a psychotic mother and a deformed, murderous child wielding a bizarre weapon.]]weapon]].



* SpiritualSuccessor: ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' is a spiritual successor to this series. At one point, it was intended to be an actual sequel, but the ''Clock Tower'' name was dropped during development. Another successor is in the works by Nude Maker under the working title "''Project Scissors.''"

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' is a spiritual successor to this series. At one point, it was intended to be an actual sequel, but the ''Clock Tower'' name was dropped during development. Another successor is in the works was produced by Nude Maker under the working title "''Project Scissors."''VideoGame/NightCry.''"



* StalkerWithACrush: Harris from the second game is infatuated with Jennifer, so much that [[spoiler: [[LoveMakesYouEvil he becomes the fake Scissorman in her route because the real one bribed him with the belief that he would have her if he did so.]]]]
* SummoningArtifact: The Demon Statue is implied to be this. Possibly subverted by the Golden Statue, it may just be a cheap ornament. It was [[spoiler: Allen's]] excuse to poison his colleague.

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* StalkerWithACrush: Harris from the second game is infatuated with Jennifer, so much that [[spoiler: [[LoveMakesYouEvil [[spoiler:[[LoveMakesYouEvil he becomes the fake Scissorman in her route because the real one bribed him with the belief that he would have her if he did so.]]]]
so]]]].
* SummoningArtifact: The Demon Statue is implied to be this. Possibly subverted by the Golden Statue, it may just be a cheap ornament. It was [[spoiler: Allen's]] [[spoiler:Allen's]] excuse to poison his colleague.



* {{Synchronization}}: Alyssa / Yu herself shares this attachment to her amulet, without it, she's helpless against her brother's influence. Downplayed, as it only happens when she's really stressed or scared. Bates is linked to his sister, he can awaken once the amulet is gone. If he happens to get her killed, he dies as well.

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* {{Synchronization}}: Alyssa / Yu herself shares this attachment to her amulet, amulet; without it, she's helpless against her brother's influence. Downplayed, as it only happens when she's really stressed or scared. Bates is linked to his sister, he can awaken once the amulet is gone. If he happens to get her killed, he dies as well.



** [[spoiler: Though said therapist is one of two possible "fake Scissormen."]]
* ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange: ''Ghost Hand'' attempted to do this by changing the setting from Osaka to San Francisco... Despite the fact that everything else in the game was left intact. Not only is the first house you explore ''very'' Japanese influenced, Japanese Kanji can frequently be seen on many different areas throughout the game.

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** [[spoiler: Though [[spoiler:Though said therapist is one of two possible "fake Scissormen."]]
* ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange: ''Ghost Hand'' Head'' attempted to do this by changing the setting from Osaka to San Francisco... Despite despite the fact that everything else in the game was left intact. Not only is the first house you explore ''very'' Japanese influenced, Japanese-influenced, Japanese Kanji can frequently be seen on many different areas throughout the game.



* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Bates can be this if you choose to interact with Shannon or Maxwell as him. Bates then decides it's a good idea to threaten them, despite knowing earlier that she has a gun, and he has a big sword.]]
%%** [[spoiler: Sullivan.]]

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* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Bates [[spoiler:Bates can be this if you choose to interact with Shannon or Maxwell as him. Bates then decides it's a good idea to threaten them, despite knowing earlier that she has a gun, and he has a big sword.]]
%%** [[spoiler: Sullivan.[[spoiler:Sullivan.]]



* TheUnreveal: In ''Ghost Head,'' the game vaguely implies that Bobby and Dan are the reincarnated Alyssa and Bates. Along side the ritual Mary did in ''The First Fear'' to summon them. Your only clue is the golden statue and the mention of George Maxwell's magic powers in Allen's letter to Phillip. This game actually makes sense if you ignore the zombies.

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* TheUnreveal: In ''Ghost Head,'' the game vaguely implies that Bobby and Dan are the reincarnated Alyssa and Bates. Along side Alongside the ritual Mary did in ''The First Fear'' to summon them. Your only clue is the golden statue and the mention of George Maxwell's magic powers in Allen's letter to Phillip. This game actually makes sense if you ignore the zombies.



** While it is possible to save either Anne or Laura in the non canonical [[MultipleEndings S ending,]] you can't save Lotte, Jennifer's {{tomboy}} best friend.
** This is also true of [[spoiler: Kay]] from the second game.

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** While it is possible to save either Anne or Laura in the non canonical non-canonical [[MultipleEndings S ending,]] you can't save Lotte, Jennifer's {{tomboy}} best friend.
** This is also true of [[spoiler: Kay]] [[spoiler:Kay]] from the second game.



** In the first game, Jennifer can choose to rescue a crow from a cage. If you have done so, [[spoiler: a flock of 'em can come to her rescue in the good ending.]]

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** In the first game, Jennifer can choose to rescue a crow from a cage. If you have done so, [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a flock of 'em can come to her rescue in the good ending.]]ending]].



** You get the single worst ending in the first game by [[spoiler: fleeing the mansion in the car without knowing that your friends are dead.]] Hey, you're the one who [[spoiler: ditched the people you care about in order to save your own skin,]] you deserve to suffer. (The ending for [[spoiler: escaping in the car after learning that your friends were murdered]] is still bad, but not quite as much, since [[spoiler: you know you can't save them now.]])
** Bates can kill [[spoiler: Alyssa's father, who is completely helpless.]] Doing so will simply give you another bad ending.

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** You get the single worst ending in the first game by [[spoiler: fleeing [[spoiler:fleeing the mansion in the car without knowing that your friends are dead.]] dead]]. Hey, you're the one who [[spoiler: ditched [[spoiler:ditched the people you care about in order to save your own skin,]] skin]], you deserve to suffer. (The ending for [[spoiler: escaping [[spoiler:escaping in the car after learning that your friends were murdered]] is still bad, but not quite as much, since [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you know you can't save them now.]])
now]].)
** Bates can kill [[spoiler: Alyssa's [[spoiler:Alyssa's father, who is completely helpless.]] helpless]]. Doing so will simply give you another bad ending.



** Mary doesn't hesitate to [[spoiler: try strangling Jennifer or throw her last living friend into the gears of a clock tower.]]

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** Mary doesn't hesitate to [[spoiler: try [[spoiler:try strangling Jennifer or throw her last living friend into the gears of a clock tower.]]tower]].



* YankTheDogsChain: The A rank ending for ''The First Fear,'' wherein Jennifer [[spoiler: discovers one of her friends waiting for her at the top of the Clock Tower, and runs toward her... Only for Mary to pop up and kill them right in front of her, before trying to kill her as well.]]

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* YankTheDogsChain: The A rank ending for ''The First Fear,'' wherein Jennifer [[spoiler: discovers [[spoiler:discovers one of her friends waiting for her at the top of the Clock Tower, and runs toward her... Only for Mary to pop up and kill them right in front of her, before trying to kill her as well.]]
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