History VideoGame / Deponia

24th May '17 3:34:55 PM AlienPatch
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* BreakTheHaughty: ''Oooooh boy!'' The series could very well be renamed "BreakTheHaughty: The Point'n Break series". A huge chunk of the tetralogy (99,9999% of it) is based around making Rufus go through Hell and back over and over thanks to his enormous ego, whether it's in a comedic or serious way.
23rd May '17 12:46:41 PM AlienPatch
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** At some point in the second and third games, Goal winds up in revealing attire. In ''Chaos on Deponia'', Spunky Goal dons a fur-bikini ensemble for the Platypus Bataka minigame, while in ''Goodbye Deponia'' she's ripped right out of her jumpsuit in the game's opening stanza. Both alternate outfits are used on the box art of their respective games. To top it all off, if you get all the collectibles, your reward is a naked pin-up of Goal (Unless you used the cheating method, then it becomes a similarly-revealing pin-up of Rufus.)

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** At some point in the second and third games, Goal winds up in revealing attire. In ''Chaos on Deponia'', Spunky Goal dons a fur-bikini ensemble for the Platypus Bataka minigame, while in ''Goodbye Deponia'' she's ripped right out of her jumpsuit in the game's opening stanza. Both alternate outfits are used on the box art of their respective games. To top it all off, if you get all the collectibles, your reward is a naked pin-up of Goal (Unless you used the cheating method, then it becomes a [[FanDisservice similarly-revealing pin-up of Rufus.Rufus]].)



* MoodWhiplash: And how. [[spoiler:At the end of a series that has been a mostly light-hearted, adventurous outing of a {{Determinator}} to end all Determinators, with the hero's final goal in sight... he sacrifices himself and lets the bad guy win.]]

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* MoodWhiplash: And how. [[spoiler:At the end of a The series that has been a mostly light-hearted, adventurous outing of a {{Determinator}} LOVES to end all Determinators, with do this, switching from its general black comedy and wackiness to seriousness and sadness in the hero's middle and final goal sections of [[OncePerEpisode each game]]:
** ''Welcome to Deponia'': Goal's sad pleas to Rufus (middle) and [[spoiler: his lies being revealed twice (final).]]
** ''Chaos
in sight... he sacrifices Deponia'': [[spoiler: Lady Goal's [[FaceHeelTurn reveal and betrayal]] (middle) and Goal letting Rufus fall (final).]]
** ''Goodbye Deponia'': [[spoiler: Goal's [[DisneyDeath death]] and the Hell section (middle) and Rufus sacrificing
himself and lets letting the bad guy win.guys win so Goal can be safe (final).]]
20th May '17 3:05:28 AM Doug86
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** One of the time machines parked outside the diner in Paradox City in ''Deponia Doomsday'' is called the [[DoctorWho Re-Tardis]].

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** One of the time machines parked outside the diner in Paradox City in ''Deponia Doomsday'' is called the [[DoctorWho [[Series/DoctorWho Re-Tardis]].
18th May '17 4:05:50 PM AlienPatch
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** In ''Goodbye Deponia'' June at one point wears a very skimpy outfit while dancing provocatively, but as she's being humiliatingly forced to play the monkey for an organ grinder in order to earn a crank to get back to her boyfriend who, unbeknownst to her, is currently being consumed by some sort of PuppeteerParasite, it's hard to be titillated by the situation.

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** In ''Goodbye Deponia'' June at one point wears a very skimpy outfit while dancing provocatively, but as she's being humiliatingly forced to play the monkey for an organ grinder in order to earn a crank to get back to her boyfriend who, unbeknownst to her, is currently being consumed by some sort of PuppeteerParasite, [[FanDisservice it's hard to be titillated by the situation.]]
18th May '17 4:02:05 PM AlienPatch
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** In the first game, Rufus comments and brags in front of Wenzel that his altruist nature has foiled his plans yet again and that it sucks being such a good person. [[spoiler:This describes perfectly the endings for all three games: Rufus will be given the option to either reach Elysium and/or be with Goal, at the cost of doing something morally reprehensible; but Rufus will always do what's best for Goal and/or Deponia and will choose not to, which will cause him nothing but pain.]]
--->'''Rufus:''' The burden of a hero.

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** In the first game, Rufus comments and brags in front of Wenzel that his altruist nature has foiled his plans to reach Elysium yet again and that it sucks being such a good person. [[spoiler:This describes perfectly the endings for all three games: Rufus will be given the option to either reach Elysium and/or be with Goal, at the cost of doing something morally reprehensible; but Rufus will always do what's best for Goal and/or Deponia and will choose not to, which will cause him nothing but pain.]]
--->'''Rufus:''' [[BeingGoodSucks The burden of a hero.]]
23rd Apr '17 12:44:33 PM Generality
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* ExtremeSpeculativeStratification: In the backstory, the elite population founded a [[FloatingContinent floating city]] called Elysium and emigrated there en masse, leaving the poor to wallow in their waste on what quickly became a trash planet. After generations of separation, the Elysians became convinced that no life could survive on Deponia and planned to blow it up.
31st Mar '17 8:41:13 AM darkknight109
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* ChekhovsArmoury: The fourth game has loads upon loads upon loads of details and minor characters, the full impact of which is only realised later (sometimes much, much later) in the story.
31st Mar '17 8:37:24 AM darkknight109
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* AmbiguousEnding: The ending leaves some big questions unanswered, which is a somewhat odd choice given the overall whimsical tone of the series. [[spoiler: [[BolivianArmyEnding Did Rufus really die?]] [[NeverFoundTheBody What happened to Argus?]] What will happen to Elysium now that the Council of Elders know that Deponia is inhabited and have ordered the suspension of the Utopia mission?]]
** WordOfGod has confirmed that this was a deliberate choice, as the developers wanted [[spoiler: the fate of Deponia and its inhabitants to be left up to the imagination of the players, to the point where they have suggested that it's possible that [[DisneyDeath Rufus survived his fall]] (though many fans have chosen to [[KilledOffForReal assume the worst.]])]] The reception to that decision amongst the fanbase has been... [[BrokenBase mixed]], to say the least.
*** [[spoiler: Ultimately averted, the fourth entry shows that Rufus survived the fall.]]
*** [[spoiler: The ending performs a double aversion, showing that Rufus only survived because the Timepod slowed his fall and killed Goal in the process, starting him down the path to becoming the ShellShockedVeteran we see in the prologue. Time-Traveller!Rufus consciously chooses to ensure the aversion happens to prevent [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds the consequences of]] [[ApocalypseHow such a survival]].]]

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* AmbiguousEnding: The ending of ''Goodbye Deponia'' leaves some big questions unanswered, which is a somewhat odd choice given the overall whimsical tone of the series. [[spoiler: [[BolivianArmyEnding Did Rufus really die?]] [[NeverFoundTheBody What happened to Argus?]] What will happen to Elysium now that the Council of Elders know that Deponia is inhabited and have ordered the suspension of the Utopia mission?]]
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mission?]] WordOfGod has confirmed that this was a deliberate choice, as the developers wanted [[spoiler: the fate of Deponia and its inhabitants to be left up to the imagination of the players, to the point where they have suggested that it's possible that [[DisneyDeath Rufus survived his fall]] (though many fans have chosen chose to [[KilledOffForReal assume the worst.]])]] ]]) The reception to that decision amongst the fanbase has been... [[BrokenBase mixed]], to say the least.
*** [[spoiler: Ultimately averted, the
series' fourth entry shows entry, ''Doomsday Deponia'', initially looked like it had provided a retroactive subversion, as an older, grizzled Rufus was shown in the previews and the game's prologue, indicating that he did survive the fall... but THAT game's ending turns it into a double subversion, as the old Rufus turned out to be from an alternate future that Rufus survived the fall.]]
*** [[spoiler: The ending performs a double aversion, showing that Rufus only survived because the Timepod slowed his fall
and killed Goal in the process, starting him down the path to becoming the ShellShockedVeteran we see in the prologue. Time-Traveller!Rufus consciously chooses to ensure the aversion happens to prevent [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds the consequences of]] [[ApocalypseHow such a survival]].deliberately prevent.]]



* InsaneTrollLogic: Rufus basically runs on this and, incredibly, makes it work to achieve seemingly impossible things. Notably, characters in the third and fourth game eventually wind up specifically requesting that Rufus do this, because they realise they are in so far over their heads that no sensible plan will save them.



* LiteralMetaphor: Towards the end of ''Doomsday'', [[spoiler: the Utopians send one Rufus back while telling the other and Goal that they're about to be "iced". They assume he's using a euphemism for killing them. [[HumanPopsicle They are wrong.]]]]



* YouCantFightFate: When Rufus walks into the tent of a FortuneTeller, the guru inside predicts that Rufus will steal his bananas. Rufus will say he doesn't want them, but the guru will invoke this trope until Rufus takes them anyway. Naturally, they're a [[ButThouMust vital component]] of a puzzle.

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* YouCantFightFate: YouCantFightFate:
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When Rufus walks into the tent of a FortuneTeller, the guru inside predicts that Rufus will steal his bananas. Rufus will say he doesn't want them, but the guru will invoke this trope until Rufus takes them anyway. Naturally, they're a [[ButThouMust vital component]] of a puzzle.



** The fourth game implements time travel into the series with the possibly of changing the past and fixing wrongs [[spoiler: only to avert that possibility and solidify this point further.]]

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** The fourth game implements time travel into the series with the possibly of changing the past and fixing wrongs [[spoiler: only to avert subvert that possibility and solidify this point further.]]
30th Mar '17 6:45:26 AM morenohijazo
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* MadeOfIron: Rufus survives punishment that would've killed most other people several times over, on multiple occasions. It helps justify some of the more extreme [[{{Slapstick]] Slapstick Humor]] at his expense. [[spoiler:Likely comes from his being a prototype clone for the Organon template, a CloneArmy engineered for durability in combat and survival, [[ComedicSociopathy among]] [[{{Jerkass}} other]] [[{{Determinator}} things]].]]

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* MadeOfIron: Rufus survives punishment that would've killed most other people several times over, on multiple occasions. It helps justify some of the more extreme [[{{Slapstick]] [[{{Slapstick}} Slapstick Humor]] at his expense. [[spoiler:Likely comes from his being a prototype clone for the Organon template, a CloneArmy engineered for durability in combat and survival, [[ComedicSociopathy among]] [[{{Jerkass}} other]] [[{{Determinator}} things]].]]



* TakeThat: A few easily-missed ones in the third game poke at big gaming in general and Electronic Arts in particular. To elaborate, attempting to use a money coin on a dumpster brings a {{DLC}}-remeniscient popup window advertising a useless but shiny product for a microtransaction, while examining the doctor's medicine cabinet reveals a number of deleterious drugs ending with another advertisement for "other Eeh-Aay products".

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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A few easily-missed ones in the third game poke at big gaming in general and Electronic Arts in particular. To elaborate, attempting to use a money coin on a dumpster brings a {{DLC}}-remeniscient popup window advertising a useless but shiny product for a microtransaction, while examining the doctor's medicine cabinet reveals a number of deleterious drugs ending with another advertisement for "other Eeh-Aay products".
30th Mar '17 6:43:37 AM morenohijazo
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* MadeOfIron: Rufus survives punishment that would've killed most other people several times over, on multiple occasions. It helps justify some of the more extreme SlapstickHumor at his expense. [[spoiler:Likely comes from his being a prototype clone for the Organon template, a CloneArmy engineered for durability in combat and survival, [[ComedicSociopathy among]] [[Jerkass other]] [[Determinator things]].]]

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* MadeOfIron: Rufus survives punishment that would've killed most other people several times over, on multiple occasions. It helps justify some of the more extreme SlapstickHumor [[{{Slapstick]] Slapstick Humor]] at his expense. [[spoiler:Likely comes from his being a prototype clone for the Organon template, a CloneArmy engineered for durability in combat and survival, [[ComedicSociopathy among]] [[Jerkass [[{{Jerkass}} other]] [[Determinator [[{{Determinator}} things]].]]



* ShoutOut: ''Chaos on Deponia'' has several to other Daedalic games:

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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''Chaos on Deponia'' has several to other Daedalic games:games:
*** Returning through the teleporter in the second game's final act causes Rufus to briefly enter TheWhisperedWorld.
*** There are a notable few to [[VideoGame/EdnaAndHarveyTheBreakout Edna and Harvey]] including hearing the narrator's voice during the second game and [[spoiler: the gondolier's death and resulting skeleton]] are very similar to deaths in Harvey's New Eyes.
*** At the Floating Black Market's uptown there is a poster of the magician Great Zaroff, who is a character from ''VideoGame/TheNightOfTheRabbit''. Bonus points if you consider that the game would be launched almost nine months later.



** Returning through the teleporter in the second game's final act causes Rufus to briefly enter TheWhisperedWorld.
** There are a notable few to Edna and Harvey including hearing the narrator's voice during the second game and [[spoiler: the gondolier's death and resulting skeleton]] are very similar to deaths in Harvey's New Eyes.
** At the Floating Black Market's uptown there is a poster of the magician Great Zaroff, who is a character from ''VideoGame/TheNightOfTheRabbit''. Bonus points if you consider that the game would be launched almost nine months later.


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** In ''Chaos in Deponia'', Rufus manages to win the lottery using [[Series/{{Lost}} the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42]].
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