History VideoGame / EvilGenius

25th Jul '17 6:07:56 PM nombretomado
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Developed by Elixir Studios in 2004, ''Evil Genius'' is best described as ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Franchise/JamesBond''. You are the eponymous evil genius, and it is your job to construct [[SupervillainLair a villainous lair in an active volcano]], recruit [[{{Mooks}} henchmen]], steal priceless treasures, hold the world for ransom, and fight off pesky super agents. Also, you need to keep your minions well-trained and happy, because the looting and ransoming won't take care of itself.

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Developed by Elixir Studios in 2004, ''Evil Genius'' is best described as ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Franchise/JamesBond''. You are the eponymous evil genius, and it is your job to construct [[SupervillainLair a villainous lair in an active volcano]], recruit [[{{Mooks}} henchmen]], steal priceless treasures, hold the world for ransom, and fight off pesky super agents. Also, you need to keep your minions well-trained and happy, because the looting and ransoming won't take care of itself.
4th Jul '17 8:16:38 PM Anomalocaris20
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A proper sequel was announced in July of 2017, headed by Rebellion.
23rd May '17 4:41:16 PM billybobfred
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* NotTheIntendedUse: The "confusing pop-up" trap is meant to bewilder your enemies, sapping their Smarts. However, they ''also'' form a temporary impassable wall while they're up, allowing you to restrict the agents' movements so they don't accidentally dodge your other, deadlier traps.
21st May '17 1:47:42 PM HighCrate
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* GenreSavvy:
** The game does actually give you reasons to act GenreBlind. Letting the {{Mooks}} deal with Super Agents instead of dogpiling them with henchmen will prevent the possibility of you losing the henchmen at the hands of the Super Agent. Taking enemies alive instead of killing them prevents damage to your troops' morale with all the dead bodies everywhere, and they can be tortured with the right devices to make them lose all memory of what they saw and then be released to lower your heat rating. Sending minions to beguile and mislead the enemy instead of killing them prevents heat buildup, which prevents the alliances from sending squads of heavily-armed soldiers to the island.
* GiantMook: The Freaks.
* GoodIsDumb: Really, really, ''really'' dumb, sometimes.
21st Apr '17 11:13:34 PM Sammettik
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** TheDragon / CoDragons: Jubei/Lord Kane/Eli Barracuda

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** TheDragon / CoDragons: TheDragon: Jubei/Lord Kane/Eli Barracuda
21st Apr '17 11:12:59 PM Sammettik
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* HistoricalRapSheet: Criminal mastermind Lord Kane is alleged to have had a hand in every major crime of the 20th century, from starting the fire that crashed UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg to the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand]]. He does insist that the sinking of the Titanic was [[NeverLiveItDown an honest accident]], as one of his minions appaarently misheard his orders.

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* HistoricalRapSheet: Criminal mastermind Lord Kane is alleged to have had a hand in every major crime of the 20th century, from starting the fire that crashed UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg to the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand]]. He does insist that the sinking of the Titanic was [[NeverLiveItDown an honest accident]], as one of his minions appaarently apparently misheard his orders.



* PowerUpPose: Minions do this upon finishing their training and ascending to the next rank.


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* StandardPowerupPose: Minions do this upon finishing their training and ascending to the next rank.
21st Jan '17 7:34:06 PM AP
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* HallwayFight: Off-screen example in which the greatest triumph of Super Agent [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Jet Chan]] was defeating an evil genius who built a long, narrow lair which ran the length of the Great Wall of China. Chan reportedly used the lair's layout to his advantage, forcing the genius' {{mooks}} to fight him one-on-one rather than let them gang up on him.
21st Jan '17 10:39:49 AM WillBGood
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** Mariana Mamba is [[spoiler:made fat via reverse liposuction, losing her looks and thus rendering her main weapon null.]]

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** Mariana Mamba is [[spoiler:made fat via reverse liposuction, [[PunishedWithUgly losing her looks looks]] and thus rendering her main weapon null.]]
13th Nov '16 12:34:39 PM Sammettik
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** The Bookcases are SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom that rapidly slam the unfortunate agent.
** The Greenhouse and Impact Stress Analyzer subject them to MetronomicManMashing.
** The Laser and Long Range Shooting Stall essentially have the agent facing a firing squad.
** The Brianiac Machine blinds them with EpilepticFlashingLights.
** The Environment Chamber and Brain Washer have the agent (their brain in the case of the latter) tossed around like a ragdoll.
** T.I.M. the AI Supercomper alternates between BreakingSpeech and TickleTorture.



* DoNotAdjustYourSet: The penultimate objective is to hijack the airwaves with broadcast towers and deliver your ultimatum to the world.

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* DoNotAdjustYourSet: The penultimate objective is to hijack the airwaves with broadcast towers and deliver your ultimatum to the world. You get laughed off, necessitating use the DoomsdayDevice to show you mean business.



* ElaborateUndergroundBase: No, really.

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* %%* ElaborateUndergroundBase: No, really.


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* PaperThinDisguise: The Forces of Justice can't tell an inflatable Science Machine from the real one.
* PowerUpPose: Minions do this upon finishing their training and ascending to the next rank.
13th Nov '16 12:12:02 PM Sammettik
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''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Franchise/JamesBond''. You are the eponymous evil genius, and it is your job to construct [[SupervillainLair a villainous lair in an active volcano]], recruit [[{{Mooks}} henchmen]], steal priceless treasures, hold the world for ransom, and fight off pesky super agents. Also, you need to keep your minions well-trained and happy, because the looting and ransoming won't take care of itself.

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Developed by Elixir Studios in 2004, ''Evil Genius'' is best described as ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Franchise/JamesBond''. You are the eponymous evil genius, and it is your job to construct [[SupervillainLair a villainous lair in an active volcano]], recruit [[{{Mooks}} henchmen]], steal priceless treasures, hold the world for ransom, and fight off pesky super agents. Also, you need to keep your minions well-trained and happy, because the looting and ransoming won't take care of itself.



Developed by Elixir Studios in 2004. Rebellion have announced a sequel for Facebook.



* TheBadGuyWins: Your goal, of course. [[spoiler: If you beat the game, you're treated to a scene of your evil genius taking leadership of the Forces of Justice, with its former head bowing down to him as banners of the evil empire are unfurled.]]

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* TheBadGuyWins: Your goal, of course. [[spoiler: If you beat the game, you're treated to a scene of your evil genius taking leadership of the Forces of Justice, with its former head leaders bowing down to him as banners of the evil empire are unfurled.]]



* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Most of the ways you torture prisoners. Including forcing prisoners to watch a {{Mook}} do Music/MichaelJackson's dance moves.

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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Most of the ways you torture prisoners. Including forcing prisoners prisoners:
** The Interrogation Chair has you spin around on the chair, crash cymbals on their head and force them
to watch a {{Mook}} do Music/MichaelJackson's dance moves.moves.
** The Centrifuge and Mess Hall Mixer put emphasis on the spinning part.



* EvilSoundsDeep: T.I.M. and Lord Kane.



* FailedASpotCheck: Minions and foreign agents are both more likely to set off traps when their attention stat is low. Less skilled agents can also miss the bodies, hencemen and other incredibly conspicious objects. Reducing enemy's attention with distractions and social minions is a big part of both keeping an operation quiet and ensuring traps are deadlier.

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* FailedASpotCheck: Minions and foreign agents are both more likely to set off traps when their attention stat is low. Less skilled agents can also miss the bodies, hencemen henchemen and other incredibly conspicious conspicuous objects. Reducing enemy's attention with distractions and social minions is a big part of both keeping an operation quiet and ensuring traps are deadlier.



* FiveBadBand: Most players will wind up with onee of these. It's almost always the same group, too: players usually go for getting all three "main" henchmen, and The Matron just ForTheLulz.

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* FiveBadBand: Most players will wind up with onee one of these. It's almost always the same group, too: players usually go for getting all three "main" henchmen, and The Matron just ForTheLulz.



** TheHero: John Steele
** TheLancer: Jet Chan
** TheBigGuy: Dirk Masters
** TheSmartGuy: Katarina Frostanova
** TheChick: Mariana Mamba

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** TheHero: John Steele
Steele.
** TheLancer: Jet Chan
Chan.
** TheBigGuy: Dirk Masters
Masters.
** TheSmartGuy: Katarina Frostanova
Frostanova.
** TheChick: Mariana MambaMamba.



* FurAndLoathing: Alexis

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* %%* FurAndLoathing: AlexisAlexis.



* HollywoodVoodoo: Henchman Montezuma

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* HollywoodVoodoo: Henchman MontezumaMontezuma.



* HypocriticalHumor: The manual's description of the video game cabinet dismisses it a "passing fad".



** How you defeat Dirk Masters permanently. [[spoiler:Find out the secret to his TestosteronePoisoning, and dunk him to the Bio-Tanks to turn him into a unique F.R.E.A.K.]]
** One of the DoomsdayDevice turns everyone on earth into your worker. Not quite MindControl, as you can see some poor victims screaming in terror, but they're your minions now.

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** How Dumping a fallen enemy into the Bio-Tanks result in a mindless mutant. This is also how you defeat Dirk Masters permanently. [[spoiler:Find permanently after you find out the secret to his TestosteronePoisoning, and dunk him to the Bio-Tanks to turn him into a unique F.R.E.A.K.]]
TestosteronePoisoning
** One of the The I.D. Eliminator, a DoomsdayDevice turns everyone on earth into your worker. Not quite MindControl, as you can see some poor victims screaming in terror, but they're your minions now.that erases a person's character and replaces it with that of a Mook.



* RuleOfFunny: Everything everywhere in this game. Why do ''beds'' blow up ? Why are the ninjas brightly colored ? Why do you dispose of Mariana Mamba by [[spoiler:making her ''incredibly'' obese]]? Why do you go out in the world mostly to {{troll}} the enemy agencies, instead of actually disabling them? Because it's hilarious, and you, as a classic EvilOverlord, are a case of ContractualGenreBlindness.

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* RuleOfFunny: Everything everywhere in this game. Why do ''beds'' blow up ? up? Why are the ninjas brightly colored ? colored? Why do you dispose of Mariana Mamba by [[spoiler:making her ''incredibly'' obese]]? Why do you go out in the world mostly to {{troll}} the enemy agencies, instead of actually disabling them? Because it's hilarious, and you, as a classic EvilOverlord, are a case of ContractualGenreBlindness.



** The only way to kill the super agents is to put them on some sort of torture device.

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** The only way to kill the super agents is to put them on some sort of specific torture device.



** More specifically, this is done as a [[KickTheDog Dog-Kicking]] EstablishingCharacterMoment by the Evil Genius at the end of the tutorial mission to the lady who has been guiding you to this point, after she says that she has committed all her other lessons to video tapes. Her desperate protests that she can still be useful are ignored as the Evil Genius gleefully chuckles an EvilLaugh as a Henchman executes her.

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** More specifically, this is done as a [[KickTheDog Dog-Kicking]] EstablishingCharacterMoment by the Evil Genius at the end of the tutorial mission to the lady who has been guiding you to this point, after she says that she has committed all her other lessons to video tapes. Her desperate protests that she can still be useful are ignored as the Evil Genius gleefully chuckles an EvilLaugh as a after the Henchman executes her.
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