History VideoGame / Killer7

2nd Jun '18 10:26:39 PM Exusia
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* ThemeNaming: All of Johnny's carrier pigeons are named after [[Film/JamesBond Bond girls]].

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* ThemeNaming: ThemeNaming:
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All of Johnny's carrier pigeons are named after [[Film/JamesBond Bond girls]].girls]].
** Iwazaru, his handler Kikazaru, and his ex-wife Mizaru. Their names mean, respectively, "Speak no evil", "Hear no evil", and "See no evil."
27th May '18 7:21:52 AM MyFinalEdits
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* AwesomeButImpractical: Mask de Smith is the strongest character in the game, and his grenade launchers can pretty much one-hit kill almost any enemy (except for certain bosses), and later mask upgrades can make him reload faster to not reload ''at all''. Unfortunately, killing enemies as him will grant you little to no blood, unless it's an enemy that ''only'' Mask can kill.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: Mask de Smith is the strongest character in the game, and his grenade launchers can pretty much one-hit kill almost any enemy (except for certain bosses), and later mask upgrades can make him reload faster to not reload ''at all''. Unfortunately, killing enemies as him will grant you little to no blood, unless it's an enemy that ''only'' Mask can kill.



* InMediasRes: Angel pretty much throws you straight into the game without a single bit of exposition. Additionally, the screen summing up the objective of it indicates it's the thirty-third job undertaken by the Smiths.

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* InMediasRes: Angel pretty much throws you straight into the game without a single bit of exposition. Additionally, the screen summing up the objective of it indicates it's the thirty-third job undertaken by the Smiths.
26th May '18 6:02:17 PM StephanFS
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On May 26 2018, Suda and Grasshopper Manufacture announced [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dphVWNPKCiM&feature=youtu.be a HD remaster]] of the game for PC, with Creator/{{NIS America}} acting as the publisher of the remaster.

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On May 26 2018, Suda and Grasshopper Manufacture announced [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dphVWNPKCiM&feature=youtu.be a HD remaster]] of the game for PC, with Creator/{{NIS America}} acting as the publisher in charge of publishing the remaster.
26th May '18 6:00:39 PM StephanFS
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On May 26 2018, Suda and Grasshopper Manufacture announced [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dphVWNPKCiM&feature=youtu.be a HD remaster]] of the game for PC, with Creator/{{NIS America}} acting as the publisher of the remaster.
6th May '18 4:31:42 PM crashkey
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* InMediasRes: ''Target 00: Angel'' pretty much throws you straight into the game without a single bit of exposition. Additionally, the screen summing up the objective of it indicates it's the thirty-third job undertaken by the Smiths.

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* InMediasRes: ''Target 00: Angel'' Angel pretty much throws you straight into the game without a single bit of exposition. Additionally, the screen summing up the objective of it indicates it's the thirty-third job undertaken by the Smiths.



* KickChick: Kaede's counterattacks, despite her status as Barefoot.

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* KickChick: Kaede's counterattacks, despite ironically tying in with her status as Barefoot.



* LaughingMad: Heaven Smiles, of course.

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* LaughingMad: Kun Lan and the Heaven Smiles, of course.



** Susie Summers.

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** Susie Summers.Sumner as a Remnant Psyche is just a head.



** And tragically, Mary Montana.



* {{Lunacy}}: There're some disturbing shots of the moon [[WeirdMoon quivering and pulsating to an ominous soundtrack]] whenever a chapter starts or a file is loaded. While the moon inserts are never formally addressed, they form a sort of analogy with the LaughingMad ''Heaven'' Smiles.

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* {{Lunacy}}: There're some disturbing shots of the moon [[WeirdMoon quivering and pulsating to an ominous soundtrack]] whenever a chapter starts or a file is loaded. While the moon inserts are never formally addressed, they form a sort of analogy with the LaughingMad ''Heaven'' Smiles. (They're also a recurring image of Suda's, as explored in ''VideoGame/MoonlightSyndrome'' and ''VideoGame/TheSilverCase'' among others.)



* MagicalGirl: Ayame Blackburn is an {{homage}} to the genre.

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* MagicalGirl: Ayame Blackburn is an {{homage}} to the genre.genre, having an introduction sequence and wearing an animegao mask.



* MeaningfulName: The surname "Smith" is related to a word meaning "to hit". In ''[=killer7=]'', the Smiths are assassins, i.e., "'''hit'''men". It can also be seen as a declaration of anonymity and allegiance to America, as the killers are of many different ethnicities but all have a generic American last name as personalities of Harman, the hero of the west.

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** Yoon-Hyun's mask absorbs blood and can seemingly activate his alternate personality.
* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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The surname "Smith" is related to a word meaning verb "Smith", aka "to hit".hit" (i.e. metal). In ''[=killer7=]'', the Smiths are assassins, i.e., "'''hit'''men". It can also be seen as a declaration of anonymity and allegiance to America, as the killers are of many different ethnicities but all have a generic American last name as personalities of Harman, the hero of the west.west.
** Trevor Pearlharbor is ultimately killed by one of his own sentai heroes; the word "sentai" literally refers to a Japanese military unit; for example, the one that bombed Pearl Harbor.
** Yoon-Hyun was the owner of the Union Hotel Group; sound out "Yoon-Hyun".
** Ayame Blackburn, an assassin - "Ayameru" means "to kill", as pointed out in ''VideoGame/TheSilverCase''.



* MexicanStandoff: Subverted; it looks like one, but then everyone opens fire.

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* MexicanStandoff: Subverted; Subverted with the Mahjong table; it looks like one, but then everyone opens fire.



* MrExposition: Travis and Iwazaru, [[spoiler:but only the former is trustworthy]].
* MultiGenderedSplitPersonalities: KAEDE is one of the many split personalities of Harman Smith and the only female one. The appearance and physical characteristics change to match that of the personality in charge though, and it's never made totally clear how these personalities came about in the first place as the game is one big MindScrew.

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* MrExposition: Travis and Iwazaru, [[spoiler:but only the former is trustworthy]].
Iwazaru.
* MultiGenderedSplitPersonalities: KAEDE is one of the many split personalities of Harman Smith and the only female one. The appearance and physical characteristics change to match that of [[spoiler:Of course, the personality in charge though, and it's never made totally clear how these personalities came about in don't originate within the first place as the game is one big MindScrew.host.]]



* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Remnant Psyches, including Iwazaru and his puppet-like appearance.
* OutOfFocus: After Chapter 2, main villains Kun Lan and Matsuoka (along with the whole main plot of the game) just kind of take a back seat all the way until Chapter 6.
* PaletteSwap: In the battle against the Handsome Men, each Handsome is a recoloured version of one of the Smiths. This is probably symbolic.
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: The end of several cutscenes.

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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Remnant Psyches, including Iwazaru the lingering consciousnesses of the dead who have found themselves sucked into and his puppet-like appearance.
attached to Harman's mind.
* OutOfFocus: After Chapter 2, Sunset, main villains Kun Lan and Matsuoka (along with the whole main plot of the game) just kind of take a back seat all the way until Chapter 6.
* PaletteSwap: In
the battle against the Handsome Men, each Handsome is a recoloured version of one of the Smiths. This is probably symbolic.
climax.
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: The How most cutscenes end of several cutscenes.before fading out.



** On the way to Ulmeyda's lair.

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** On The "Presidential Loyalty Assessment" on the way to Ulmeyda's lair.



* PostFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Emir Parkreiner and the Last Shot Smile.]]
* PowerOfTheGodHand: Kun Lan's power is referred to as the God Hand. What exactly that ''is'' is not entirely explained. He does manage to catch a bullet and use its momentum to carry him away at the end of the first chapter, though.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Harman to the first boss: "Good night, child. It is past your bedtime."
* ThePsychoRangers: The Handsome Men, a Franchise/SuperSentai parody.

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* PostFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Emir [[spoiler:Emir Parkreiner and the Last Shot Smile.Smile. Both are ZeroEffortBoss[=es=].]]
* PowerOfTheGodHand: Kun Lan's power is referred to as the God Hand. What exactly Hand, which apparently allows his right hand to emit a light that ''is'' is not entirely explained. He does manage to catch a bullet and use its momentum to carry him away at the end of the first chapter, though.
turns people into Heaven Smiles, among other things.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Harman to the first boss: Angel: "Good night, child. It is It's past your bedtime."
* ThePsychoRangers: The Handsome Men, who get bonus points due to actually being a Franchise/SuperSentai parody.parody. In the in-universe Handsome Men franchise, though, the Smiths are this to ''them''.



** [[spoiler:Ulmeyda gives one off when he transforms into a Heaven's Smile. His blood is so full of diseases that it kills everyone present except his followers (who regularly partake of his blood) and the Smiths (who are DeadToBeginWith).]]
** KAEDE's special ability is this, and becomes important to solve puzzles.
* TheReveal: ''Many'' in the final chapters: [[spoiler:Garcian is actually Emir Parkreiner, who killed all the Smiths which resulted in his (not Harman's) split personalities, who really can't be manifested in real life as shown by their weapons being carried in his suitcase.]]
* RevolversAreJustBetter: The revolvers Dan and Coyote use are significantly more powerful than the semi-automatic pistols used by KAEDE and Dan. Halfway through the game Dan upgrades to the Demon Gun, [[http://img-cache.cdn.gaiaonline.com/d4eb14f669a15656bac586709b725172/http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f340/Malachids/Demon-Gun-2.jpg a revolver with two barrels and twelve rounds in one huge cylinder]]. Finally, Greg Nightmare's Golden Gun is also a revolver, and it is capable of [[spoiler:killing all the Smiths in one shot, as well as the Heaven Smiles after Garcian picks it up.]]
* RuleOfCool: Loaded with it. Any time one of the nonsensical and yet awesome facets of this game makes you ask "Why?", this is usually the answer.
* RuleOfSeven: Harman's seven personalities, hence the name of the syndicate. The game is also divided into seven chapters.

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** [[spoiler:Ulmeyda gives one off when he transforms into a Heaven's Heaven Smile. His blood is so full of diseases that it kills everyone present except his followers (who regularly partake of his blood) and the Smiths (who are DeadToBeginWith).not really human anymore).]]
** KAEDE's special ability is this, and becomes important to solve puzzles.
it can break down barriers (for some reason).
* TheReveal: ''Many'' in the final chapters: [[spoiler:Garcian is actually Emir Parkreiner, who killed all chapters:
** [[spoiler:The United States elections have been subverted by
the Smiths which resulted Japanese taking control of a politically important elementary school in his (not Harman's) split personalities, who really can't be manifested in real life as shown by their weapons being carried in his suitcase.Seattle.]]
** [[spoiler:Harman Smith was heavily involved with said school, which was secretly training children to become assassins. Also, there are multiple Harmans.]]
** [[spoiler:Garcian is actually Emir Parkreiner, who killed all the Smiths which resulted in his (not Harman's) split personalities.]]
** And finally, [[spoiler:the final Heaven Smile is Iwazaru, who is also Kun Lan.]]
* RevolversAreJustBetter: The revolvers Dan and Coyote use are significantly more powerful than the semi-automatic pistols used by KAEDE and Dan.Garcian. Halfway through the game Dan upgrades to the Demon Gun, [[http://img-cache.cdn.gaiaonline.com/d4eb14f669a15656bac586709b725172/http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f340/Malachids/Demon-Gun-2.jpg a revolver with two barrels and twelve rounds in one huge cylinder]]. Finally, Greg Nightmare's Golden Gun is also a revolver, and it is capable of [[spoiler:killing all the Smiths in one shot, as well as the Heaven Smiles after Garcian picks it up.]]
in one shot]].
* RuleOfCool: Loaded with it. Any time one of the nonsensical and yet awesome facets of this game makes you ask "Why?", this is usually at least the immediate answer.
* RuleOfSeven: Harman's seven personalities, hence the name of the syndicate. The game is also divided into seven chapters.chapters; see ArcNumber for just a few of the many other instances.



** Some of Travis's T-shirts are references to Tyler Durden's in ''Film/FightClub''. Appropriate, given Travis's relationship to the protagonist and the TrickTwist of the game.
** The manager of the Union Hotel is apparently Edo [=McAllister=] from ''VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain'', another [=Suda51=] game.

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** Some of Travis's T-shirts Two minor characters are references to Tyler Durden's in ''Film/FightClub''. Appropriate, given Travis's relationship to the protagonist from Suda's past games, Edo Macalister from ''VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain'' and the TrickTwist Mithra from ''VideoGame/MoonlightSyndrome''. The entire structure of the game.
** The manager
game and many of its plot concepts are taken from ''VideoGame/TheSilverCase''; it would be futile to try and list every self-reference here, as they quickly leave the territory of ShoutOut and instead start to resemble pieces of the Union Hotel is apparently Edo [=McAllister=] from ''VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain'', another [=Suda51=] game.same body of work (although it's easily determined that they can't take place on the same timeline).



** The pulsating moon in the loading screens is a reference to ''Moonlight Syndrome''. The little boy who appears in the church in "Alter Ego" is also a reference to the game.
-->'''Old Harman''': Tricks are for kids, Kun. I'm an old man...
** At one point, Suzie references ''Literature/DaddyLongLegs''.
** In Target 0, ''How Soon is Now'' is written in blood on a wall. This is the name of a popular single by the band ''The Smiths.'' One of the pigeon letters is titled ''Meat is Murder'' as well, the title of an album by The Smiths which contained the song How Soon is Now on international versions of the album.
** Ayame Blackburn's battle theme is titled Sweet Blue Flag. In ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', the leader of the Hanarangers was named Ayame and given the title of Blue Sweet Flag.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism:

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** The pulsating moon in the loading screens is a reference to ''Moonlight Syndrome''. The little boy who appears in the church in "Alter Ego" is also a reference to the game.
-->'''Old Harman''': Tricks
A blatant one with Harman's "Tricks are for kids, Kun. I'm an old man...
Kun."
** At one point, Suzie Susie references ''Literature/DaddyLongLegs''.
** In Target 0, ''How Soon is Now'' is written Numerous ''Music/TheSmiths'' song titles are used at some point in blood on a wall. This is the name game, which is natural given the names of a popular single the protagonists.
** Travis' shirts in Alter Ego are all named after songs
by the band ''The Smiths.'' One music group Quruli.
** Although not stated in the game or book, instead being relegated to magazine articles, the weapon names
of the pigeon letters is titled ''Meat is Murder'' as well, protagonists are all also named after songs by punk rock bands, sometimes even tying the title of an album by The Smiths which contained character in with the song How Soon is Now on international versions of the album.
lyrics.
** Ayame Blackburn's battle theme is titled Sweet Blue Flag. In ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', the leader of the Hanarangers was named Ayame and given the title of Blue Sweet Flag.
Flag. (In both cases, this is also a reference to the meaning of Ayame.)
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism:SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The ending is quite cynical.



* SignatureLaugh: The Smiles' laugh differently pending on their actions (hiding nearby, getting shot, blowing up...).

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* SignatureLaugh: The Smiles' laugh differently pending on their actions (hiding nearby, getting shot, blowing up...) and type (Poison Smiles laugh in reverse when getting up, Cammelia Smiles have a bizarre holler, etc.).



* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Harman Smith and Kun Lan play chess while not engaging in their neverending conflict. Kun Lan never seems to win.

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* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Harman Smith and Kun Lan play chess while not engaging in their neverending conflict. Kun Lan never seems to win.only rarely wins, though.



* SolveTheSoupCans: Several instances when it comes to searching for the shells that give access to the boss rooms.
* SpeakingSimlish: Subverted with the Remnant Psyches. At first, it ''sounds'' like they're talking in distorted gibberish, but in the original Japanese it's instead various {{Synthetic Voice Actor}}s speaking in GratuitousEnglish (as heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwre4JstX_A here]],) and the overseas releases just slapped some extra filters over their voices to make them sound more garbled.
* SplitPersonality: The Smiths; it's on the box cover. [[spoiler:But when it comes to ''whose'' personality they split from, CoversAlwaysLie.]] Samantha also counts to an extent, switching between {{Meido}} and AlphaBitch depending on whether or not the lights are on. At least until [[spoiler:the last chapter, when she is raped by Harman and/or dies, fully becoming his servant]]. To make matters even crazier about the history of [[spoiler: the Smiths, the supplementary material makes it clear they were already dead when Emir killed them, and Harman had been using them as split personalities as the [=Killer7=] syndicate. So, they've been killed at least twice, can apparently manifest themselves separately from one another, and can be endlessly resurrected by Garcian/Emir. Supplementary material calls this Multifoliate Personae Phenomenon, rather than Multiple Personality Syndrome.]]

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* SolveTheSoupCans: Several instances when it comes to searching for the shells that give access to the boss rooms.
rooms. Somewhat parodied by the name of the "Odd Engravings", which don't even try to justify their existence in the world.
* SpeakingSimlish: Subverted with the Remnant Psyches. At first, it ''sounds'' like they're talking in distorted gibberish, but in the original Japanese it's instead various {{Synthetic Voice Actor}}s speaking in machine-translated GratuitousEnglish (as heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwre4JstX_A here]],) and the overseas releases just slapped some added extra filters over their voices to make them sound more garbled.
* SplitPersonality: SplitPersonality:
**
The Smiths; it's on the box cover. [[spoiler:But when it comes to ''whose'' personality they split from, CoversAlwaysLie.]] Samantha also counts to an extent, switching between {{Meido}} and AlphaBitch depending on whether or However, they're not the lights are on. At least until [[spoiler:the last chapter, when she regular split personalities, instead being examples of something called Multifoliate Personae Phenomenon, which is raped by Harman and/or dies, fully becoming his servant]]. why they're seemingly able to physically manifest. To make matters even crazier about the history of [[spoiler: the Smiths, the supplementary material makes it clear seem to say that they were already dead when Emir killed them, and Harman had been using them as split personalities as the [=Killer7=] [=killer7=] syndicate. So, they've been killed at least twice, can apparently manifest themselves separately from one another, and can be endlessly resurrected by Garcian/Emir. Supplementary material calls this Multifoliate Personae Phenomenon, rather than Multiple Personality Syndrome.]]Oh, and Samantha used to be one, but isn't anymore, so it's apparently possible for a personality to leave and regain their body... somehow]].
** Samantha at least comes off as an example, switching between {{Meido}} and AlphaBitch depending on whether or not the lights are on. Same with Yoon-Hyun, who puts on a mask to switch from his cordial demeanor to the abrasive True Mask.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The Steward, who replaces [[spoiler:Samantha after she is killed by Harman]].
* TerroristsWithoutACause: The Heaven's Smiles, identified by the opening narrator as [[ShapedLikeItself "terrorism for the sole purpose of causing terror".]] In the first chapter there's some talk from Angel of them being "chosen" and "having a purpose in life", but that purpose turns out to simply be [[KillAllHumans eradicating everyone who isn't one of them]].

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The Gary Wanderers, the Steward, who replaces [[spoiler:Samantha after she is killed by Harman]].
Harman]]. Even Hand in killer7 notes that [[spoiler:"fans of Samantha will doubtlessly be disappointed by him"]].
* TerroristsWithoutACause: The Heaven's Heaven Smiles, identified by the opening narrator as [[ShapedLikeItself "terrorism for the sole purpose of causing terror".]] In the first chapter there's some talk from the Angel of them being "chosen" and "having a purpose in life", but that purpose turns out to simply be [[KillAllHumans eradicating everyone who isn't one of them]].them]]; even Suda in an interview described the Angel as merely a "throwaway gag" from Kun Lan.



--> '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqaBEq041Ps Dan Smith]]''': Ah shit! There's more than 14 of 'em. ''(spits)'' Those bastards are breeding.
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:All the Smiths, with the exception of Harman, are actually ''Garcian's'' split personalities.]]

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--> '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqaBEq041Ps Dan Smith]]''': Ah shit! Shit! There's more than 14 of 'em.14. ''(spits)'' Those bastards are breeding.
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:All the Smiths, with the exception of Harman, Smiths are actually ''Garcian's'' split personalities.]]personalities. Furthermore, Garcian is actually Emir, the dangerous assassin of legend who killed the rest of the Smiths]].



* ViciousCycle: [[spoiler:No matter who wins each time, Harman and Kun Lan begin the game again in a hundred years.]] Worse still, their condescending attitude towards [[spoiler:Harman Smith]] and refusal to acknowledge [[spoiler:Garcian or the Angel]] implies that it's not even vicious for them - they just get bored every few hundred years and decide to play with humanity.

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* ViciousCycle: [[spoiler:No matter who wins each time, Harman and Kun Lan begin the game again in a hundred years.]] Worse still, their condescending attitude towards [[spoiler:Harman Smith]] [[spoiler:Young Harman]] and refusal to acknowledge [[spoiler:Garcian or the Angel]] cordial attitude with eachother implies that it's not even vicious for them - they just get bored every few hundred years and decide to play with humanity.



* WarmUpBoss: Angel.

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* WarmUpBoss: Angel.The Speed Smile.



* WeaponizedOffspring: Mother Smiles lay eggs that roll towards the player. They hatch if they get close to the player, or if they're shot, turning into a vanilla ActionBomb Heaven Smile.

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* WeaponizedOffspring: Duplicator and Mother Smiles lay eggs that roll towards the player. They hatch if they get close to the player, or if they're shot, turning into a vanilla ActionBomb Heaven Smile.



* WorldMap: Each level has one that highlights what room you're in and several other features. On Normal, Harman's Rooms, characters and rings needed for puzzles, and Soul Shells are shown. Deadly removes all but the Harman's Rooms and Soul Shells, and [[spoiler:killer8]] removes the Soul Shells.

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* WorldMap: WorldMap:
** LevelMapDisplay:
Each level has one that highlights what room you're in and several other features. On Normal, Harman's Rooms, characters and rings needed for puzzles, and Soul Shells are shown. Deadly removes all but the Harman's Rooms and Soul Shells, and [[spoiler:killer8]] removes the Soul Shells.Shells.
** There's also a map of the Earth used in navigation cutscenes.
6th May '18 3:42:16 PM crashkey
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However, this peace was not to last, for a group of mysterious creatures known as "Heaven Smiles" soon appear. Led by the enigmatic Kun-Lan, they began to carry out a number of terrorist attacks across the world with no discernible purpose other than to create terror for the sake of terror.

To combat this supernatural threat, the American government call on the services of the Smith Syndicate, aka the ''killer7''. Led by the elderly and wheelchair-bound Harman Smith, a man who carries a history with Kun-Lan, the killer7 are a group of specialised assassins trained to deal with high-level threats to the stability of the United States of America. And with each mission completed, they slowly draw closer to the truth behind the Heaven Smiles and Kun-Lan.

While this plot summary appears clear and concise, it only scratches the surface of the story of ''[=Killer7=]''. As the Smiths keep getting called in to deal with each new threat from Kun Lan, a deep conspiracy with ties to the origins of both [=Killer7=] and the Heaven Smiles comes to light, and dozens of twists and turns follow.

With that, we depart from the realm of sensibility. ''[=Killer7=]'' can become an exceedingly confusing game, thanks to its multiple layers of metaphor and symbolism, its vignettes and non-sequiturs, and its tacked-on plot threads that don't come together until the ending--and even ''then'' you're likely to have more questions than answers. Themes of war, religion, personal conflict, and politics all weave into one gigantic MindScrew, wrapping around each other like the bondage straps around [[NinjaButterfly Iwazaru]].

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However, this peace was not to last, for a group of mysterious creatures known as "Heaven Smiles" soon appear. Led by the enigmatic Kun-Lan, Kun Lan, they began to carry out a number of terrorist attacks across the world with no discernible purpose other than to create terror for the sake of terror.

To combat this supernatural threat, the American government call on the services of the Smith Syndicate, aka the ''killer7''. Led by the elderly and wheelchair-bound Harman Smith, a man who carries a history with Kun-Lan, Kun Lan, the killer7 are a group of specialised specialized assassins trained to deal with high-level threats to the stability of the United States of America. And with each mission completed, they slowly draw closer to the truth behind the Heaven Smiles and Kun-Lan.

Kun Lan.

While this plot summary appears clear and concise, it only scratches the surface of the story of ''[=Killer7=]''. ''[=killer7=]''. As the Smiths keep getting called in to deal with each new threat from Kun Lan, a deep conspiracy with ties to the origins of both [=Killer7=] [=killer7=] and the Heaven Smiles comes to light, and dozens of twists and turns follow.

With that, we depart from the realm of sensibility. ''[=Killer7=]'' ''[=killer7=]'' can become an exceedingly confusing game, thanks to its multiple layers of metaphor and symbolism, its vignettes and non-sequiturs, and its tacked-on plot threads that don't come together until the ending--and even ''then'' you're likely to have more questions than answers. Themes of war, religion, personal conflict, and politics all weave into one gigantic MindScrew, wrapping around each other like the bondage straps around [[NinjaButterfly Iwazaru]].



While players can practically count the polygons in the characters's faces, the game makes excellent use of shading and shadows to create a unique graphical style. Two levels also feature anime cutscenes, both done by different studios.

Creator/{{Suda 51}} (who went on to do ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', among other games) created this game, and Capcom published it on the Gamecube and Playstation 2. See also earlier Suda games ''VideoGame/TheSilverCase'' and ''VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain'', games in the "Kill the Past" universe that contain thematic links, as well as ''VideoGame/KillerIsDead'' for a later Grasshopper game with a similar visual style and premise.

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While players can practically count the polygons in the characters's characters' faces, the game makes excellent use of shading and shadows to create a unique graphical style. Two levels also feature anime cutscenes, both done by different studios.

Creator/{{Suda 51}} (who went on to do ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', among other games) ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'') created this game, and Capcom published it on the Gamecube and Playstation 2. See also earlier Suda games ''VideoGame/TheSilverCase'' and ''VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain'', games in the "Kill the Past" universe that contain thematic links, as well as ''VideoGame/KillerIsDead'' for a later Grasshopper game with a similar visual style and premise.



* AbstractApotheosis: Each of the members of [[spoiler:the original]] [=Killer7=] represents an inversion of one of the traditional Japanese values. Each one also has a moment where the irony disappears and they display their corresponding value.
** KAEDE has various bloodstains on her dress, which signify betrayal (like the Camellia Smiles), so she represents Loyalty. She is also able to sacrifice herself for her teammates.
** Dan, who kills for fun, represents Honor (which is why the Handsome Men, who are Japanese symbols, call him a bloody psychopath). Rather than [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim killing Curtis Blackburn straight away]], he agrees to a duel with him.
** Con, who is a teenage punk, represents Respect. He is shown to have an admiration for the Handsome Men.

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* AbstractApotheosis: Each of the members of [[spoiler:the original]] [=Killer7=] the [=killer7=] represents an inversion of one of the traditional Japanese values. Each one also has a moment where the irony disappears and they display their corresponding value.
** KAEDE has various bloodstains on her dress, which signify betrayal (like the Camellia Smiles), so she represents Loyalty. She is also able to sacrifice herself for her teammates.
teammates (such as with her self-harm).
** Dan, who kills for fun, represents Honor (which is why the Handsome Men, who are Japanese symbols, call him a bloody psychopath).Honor. Rather than [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim killing Curtis Blackburn straight away]], he agrees to a duel with him.
** Con, who is a teenage punk, represents Respect. He is shown to have an admiration for the Handsome Men.Men, and according to AllThereInTheManual really looks up to Coyote and MASK.



** Coyote, who is a thief, represents Honesty. Coyote suddenly reveals some of his past to Garcian in Cloudman.
** Kevin, who can run away from battles, represents Courage. Kevin is brave enough to perfect aim and always pull out another knife.
** [[spoiler:Harman, who is brutal, represents Justice. He kills Kun Lan and Harman (the god) for the way they treated the rest of the cast.]]
* ActionBomb: The Heaven's Smile.
* AdultFear: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXwWjxbzuIk&feature=related This scene]] (warning: NSFW) basically sums up a most horrifying scenario for any parent.
* AerithAndBob: On the same team, there's KAEDE, Garcian... and Kevin.

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** Coyote, who is a thief, represents Honesty. Coyote suddenly reveals some of his past to Garcian on the TV in Cloudman.
** Kevin, who can run away from battles, represents Courage. Kevin is brave enough to perfect aim and always pull out another knife.
knife; [[spoiler:he also manned the front desk of the hotel in the past]].
** [[spoiler:Harman, [[spoiler:Young Harman, who is brutal, represents Justice. He kills Kun Lan and the older Harman (the god) for the way they treated the rest of the cast.]]
cast]].
* ActionBomb: The Heaven's Smile.
Heaven Smiles.
* AdultFear: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXwWjxbzuIk&feature=related This scene]] (warning: NSFW) basically sums up a most horrifying scenario for any parent.
parent. (It's Pedro coming to the realization that his shady business partner Curtis has [[spoiler:killed Pedro's family]].)
* AerithAndBob: On the same team, there's KAEDE, Garcian...Garcian, MASK... and Kevin.



* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler:Garcian Smith, aka Emir Parkreiner,]] in Target 05: Smile.

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* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler:Garcian Smith, aka Emir Parkreiner,]] Parkreiner]], in Target 05: Smile.



* ApocalypticLog: Hulbert's cassettes in Smile Part 2 are full of exposition, and predictably, end with him being killed by the very man he was researching.

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* ApocalypticLog: Hulbert's Holbert's cassettes in Smile Part 2 are full of exposition, and predictably, end with him being killed by the very man he was researching.



%%* ArcWords
* ArtShift: The animated cutscenes in Ulmeyda's and the Handsome Men's chapters are different from the game's art style, and from each other. Handsome Men looks like an anime, while Ulmeyda's looks more like a western animation studio.
* AssholeVictim: Pedro Montana was, along with Curtis Blackburn, one of the heads of the organ smuggling operation in ''Encounter'' and the backstory before betraying Curtis, which leads to Curtis getting his revenge. Interestingly, Pedro's death isn't about bringing justice, but showing that Curtis is far, far worse than Pedro could have imagined.

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%%* ArcWords
* ArcWords: Most of the Remnant Psyches have their own recurring words: Travis has "chief" and "straight up", the True Mask has "tomorrow, it could be you", Iwazaru has "in the name of Harman", and so on.
* ArtShift: The animated cutscenes in Ulmeyda's Cloudman and the Handsome Men's chapters Alter Ego are different from the game's art style, and from each other. Handsome Men looks like an Alter Ego is straight-up anime, while Ulmeyda's looks more like Cloudman is done by a western animation studio.
studio. Earlier, Sunset also has a single extended cutscene by the same studio as Alter Ego's.
* AssholeVictim: Pedro Montana was, along with Curtis Blackburn, one of the heads of the organ smuggling operation in ''Encounter'' Encounter and the backstory before betraying Curtis, which leads to Curtis getting his revenge. Interestingly, Pedro's death isn't about bringing justice, but showing that Curtis is far, far worse than Pedro could have imagined.



* BadassNormal: Andrei Ulmeyda [[spoiler: is able to hold off on becoming a Heaven Smile for a surprisingly long time, and when he ''does'' it's far from a mundane transformation.]]

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* BadassNormal: Andrei Ulmeyda [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is able to hold off on becoming a Heaven Smile for a surprisingly long time, and when he ''does'' it's far from a mundane transformation.]]transformation]].



* {{BFG}}: Harman's rifle. He calls it the "God Killer", and it's supposed to be an anti-tank gun.
* BigNo: One of the the most horrifying examples, ever, courtesy of one Curtis Blackburn.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The [=Killer7=] is a team of [[SociopathicHero sociopaths]], their master may or may not [[spoiler:be perpetuating combat and war as much as his enemy]], and even he's regularly being raped or otherwise physically abused by the maid. On the other hand, their targets include a pedophile working in the organ trade and a comic author who, knowing that [[LifeImitatesArt the stories he writes play out in reality]], continues writing stories wherein many people die - there are relatively few outright good characters.

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* {{BFG}}: Harman's rifle. He calls it the "God Killer", and it's supposed to be an anti-tank gun.
rifle, GLIDER.
* BigNo: One Pedro has one of the the most horrifying examples, ever, courtesy of one Curtis Blackburn.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The [=Killer7=] is a team of [[SociopathicHero sociopaths]], their master may or may not [[spoiler:be perpetuating combat and war as much as his enemy]], and even he's regularly being raped or otherwise physically abused by the maid. On the other hand, their targets include a pedophile working in the organ trade and a comic author who, knowing that [[LifeImitatesArt the stories he writes play out in reality]], continues writing stories wherein many people die - there are relatively very few outright good characters.



** [[spoiler: Harman confronting Kun Lan atop a tall building; Suda 51 has identified this as representing the futile nature of war]].
** A minor one in ''Cloudman.'' [[spoiler: "The name's Andrei Ulmeyda." Crowning Moment of Funny the first time, Tear Jerker the second time.]]

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** [[spoiler: Lion ends almost exactly the same as Angel, with Harman confronting shooting Kun Lan atop onto a tall building; tower; Suda 51 has identified this as representing the futile nature of war]].
** A minor one in ''Cloudman.'' Cloudman. [[spoiler: "The name's Andrei Ulmeyda." Crowning Moment of Funny the first time, Tear Jerker the second time.]]time]].



* ButtonMashing: How you revive dead Smiths. The more stamina the higher the bar you have to fill (Try not to die as [[spoiler:Harman]]).
* CallBack: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3x_JbQXHCY&feature=related This scene]] from "Alter Ego" is notorious for not making sense, even in the game's context... unless you've played ''Moonlight Syndrome'', a previous Suda 51 game [[NoExportForYou which has never been officially released outside of Japan]].

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* ButtonMashing: How you revive dead Smiths. The more stamina the higher the bar you have to fill (Try (try not to die as [[spoiler:Harman]]).
* CallBack: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3x_JbQXHCY&feature=related This scene]] from "Alter Ego" is notorious for not making sense, even in the game's context... unless you've played ''Moonlight Syndrome'', a previous Suda 51 game [[NoExportForYou which has never been officially released outside of Japan]].



* CarnivalOfKillers: Downplayed, since it's revealed near the end of the game that [[spoiler:the seven Smith assassins are the one and same]].

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* CarnivalOfKillers: Downplayed, since it's revealed near the end of the game that [[spoiler:the seven The Smith assassins are Syndicate is a rare protagonist example, but one fitting enough that it adorns the one and same]].page image.



* TheChessmaster: Kun Lan and Harman, since many events in the game (including the creation of the Smith syndicate, much to Garcian's surprise and dismay) were set in motion by them. Also literally.

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* TheChessmaster: TheChessmaster:
**
Kun Lan and Harman, since many events in the game (including the creation of the Smith syndicate, much to Garcian's surprise and dismay) were set in motion by them. Also literally.literally.
** According to Hand in killer7, somebody named Jaco Checkbox orchestrated a lot of the protagonists' actions through Samantha. Despite this, he also claims that unknown individuals had already decided the whole plot through a secret conspiratorial meeting long ago that "maligned history".



* CosmicChessGame: Played by Harman and Kun Lan. The Smiths' different abilities and personalities are metaphors to the pieces of chess. This also explains why most problems in the game must be solved with intellectual skill instead of brute force.

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* CosmicChessGame: Played by Harman and Kun Lan. The Smiths' different abilities and personalities are metaphors to the pieces of chess. This also explains why most problems in the game must be solved with intellectual skill instead of brute force.



* CreepyChild: Kess and Susie. Susie especially--not only because she's only a ''head,'' but because [[spoiler: holy ''crap'' she's murdered a lot of people! Often [[HairTriggerTemper for little reason, at that]].]]
* DarkMessiah: Ulmeyda. [[spoiler: But he's actually not that bad a guy.]]
* DaylightHorror: And the bright lighting emphasizes the bizarre, cel-shaded, technicolor palette, making the world around you only look ''that'' much more alien and hostile.
* DeadAllAlong: It's not much of a spoiler that the main members of the Smith Syndicate all lived as individuals at one point before dying and taking on a new life as alternate personalities made physical. [[spoiler:The same is... probably true of Emir Parkreiner, also known as Garcian.]]

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* CreepyChild: Kess Kess, Susie and Susie.Ayame. Susie especially--not only because she's only a ''head,'' but because [[spoiler: holy ''crap'' she's murdered a lot of people! Often [[HairTriggerTemper for little reason, at that]].]]
]] Love as well, according to Hand in killer7 which describes her as an "extreme sociopath", although she acts fairly normal in-game.
* DarkMessiah: Ulmeyda. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But he's actually not that bad a guy.]]
* DaylightHorror: Several of the stages take place in the middle of the day. And the bright lighting emphasizes the bizarre, cel-shaded, technicolor palette, making the world around you only look ''that'' much more alien and hostile.
* DeadAllAlong: It's not much of a spoiler that [[spoiler:Before they were alternate personalities, the main members of the Smith Syndicate all lived as individuals at one point before dying were individual people who ended up being killed and taking on a new life as alternate personalities made physical. [[spoiler:The same is... probably true of Emir Parkreiner, also known as Garcian.]]then resurrected through assimilation. This even applies to Harman and Garcian/Emir]].



* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Dying as Dan, Kaede, Kevin, Coyote, Con or Mask simply transports you back to the last Harman's Room you visited. You can then switch to Garcian and make your way back to the place where the persona got killed, retrieve their head, get transported back to Harman's Room and resurrect it by [[QuickTimeEvent repeatedly pressing X]]. You even get to keep all the blood you've collected. However, this means playing through the same stretch of level at least three times: 1) the original run before dying, 2) as Garcian up to the spot where you died, 3) a third run with the restored persona. And if Garcian himself dies, it's a definitive Game Over.

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* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Dying as Dan, Kaede, Kevin, Coyote, Con or Mask simply transports you back to the last Harman's Room you visited. You can then switch to Garcian and make your way back to the place where the persona got killed, retrieve their head, get transported back to Harman's Room and resurrect it by [[QuickTimeEvent repeatedly pressing X]].A]]. You even get to keep all the blood you've collected. However, this means playing through the same stretch of level at least three times: 1) the original run before dying, 2) as Garcian up to the spot where you died, 3) a third run with the restored persona. And if Garcian himself dies, it's a definitive Game Over.



* DoorToBefore: Many.
* DownerEnding: Much like the rest of Suda's Kill The Past themology. [[spoiler: No matter which option the player takes in the game's SadisticChoice between America or Japan, it's a pretty unhappy ending, and it is implied that the entire process will begin again in another century. The only character who receives a somewhat good conclusion is Emir, who is finally free from the game of the East and West and can now act on his own will. Considering he goes after the Last Shot Smile on his own, it's implied that Emir has made a HeelFaceTurn.]]

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* DoorToBefore: Many.
Through the form of padlocks, which have to be unlocked on the other side.
* DownerEnding: Much like the rest of Suda's Kill The Past themology. [[spoiler: No matter which option the player takes in the game's SadisticChoice between America or Japan, it's a pretty unhappy ending, an entire people gets wiped out, and it is implied that the entire process will begin again in another century. The only main character who receives a somewhat good optimistic conclusion is Emir, who is finally since he manages to free himself from the game of the East Harman and West Kun Lan's machinations and can now act on his own will. Considering he goes after the Last Shot Smile on his own, it's implied that Emir has made a HeelFaceTurn.]]psyches and be an individual again]].



** Happens again with the [=Killer7=] taking on the Handsome Men, one by one.
** In "Sunset Part 1" you face off against another assassin who stole your kill and the boss fight simply consists of you two pointing your weapons at each other and firing as fast as possible.
* EarnYourTitle: Garcian is The Cleaner, he retrieves dead bodies and brings them back to life; Dan is the Hellion, because of how reckless and violent he is; KAEDE is named Barefoot, because she never wears shoes, and so on.

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** Happens again with the [=Killer7=] [=killer7=] taking on the Handsome Men, one by one.
** In "Sunset Part 1" you face off against another assassin who stole your kill and the Julia's boss fight simply consists of you two pointing your weapons at each other and firing as fast as possible.
* EarnYourTitle: Garcian is The the Cleaner, he retrieves dead bodies and brings them back to life; Dan is the Hellion, because of how reckless and violent he is; KAEDE is named Barefoot, because she never wears shoes, and so on.on. Emir's titles of the Bloody Heartland and the Ace of Aces are the most reflective of his past.



* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: One of the boss fights consists of two elderly Japanese gentlemen who had their heads blown open. You have to blow their brains out, literally, to kill them...again.

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* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: One of the boss fights consists of two elderly Japanese gentlemen who had their heads blown open. You have to blow their brains out, literally, to kill them... again.



* EvilLaugh: Heaven Smiles are this trope embodied. Their sole existence is to blow people up a la suicide bombing and laugh bloody murder as they're getting ready to do so.
* ExpressiveShirt: Travis has several.

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* EvilLaugh: Heaven Smiles are this trope embodied. Their sole existence is to blow people up a la suicide bombing and laugh bloody murder as they're getting ready to do so.
so. Their creator Kun Lan has a very impressive one as well.
* ExpressiveShirt: Travis has several.Travis' shirt text changes every time you see him.



* FinalSpeech: Subverted; [[spoiler:Dan]] kills [[spoiler:Curtis]] partway through his.

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* FinalSpeech: FinalSpeech:
**
Subverted; [[spoiler:Dan]] kills [[spoiler:Curtis]] partway through his.



* FirstPersonGhost: For some reason, the animated cutscenes in "Cloudman" work this way, with characters addressing the camera as if it were the Killer 7 (but sometimes the camera shifts, and ''sometimes'' when that happens the person is talking away from you, so...who knows?) The Killer 7's dialogue is also unheard here too.

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** Every Remnant Psyche has an ominous and conclusive speech before vanishing forever.
* FirstPersonGhost: For some reason, the animated cutscenes in "Cloudman" Cloudman work this way, with characters addressing the camera as if it were the Killer 7 killer7 (but sometimes the camera shifts, and ''sometimes'' when that happens the person is talking away from you, so...who knows?) The Killer 7's killer7's dialogue is also unheard here too.too. In one instance ("we don't get many black folk around here"), it's explicitly directed at Garcian.



** During the Handsome Men fight, Garcian and Handsome Pink have a lengthy conversation about each other and their roles in the grand scheme of things. Pink even reveals herself as the leader, and says that she has a real name: "Love". [[spoiler: All of this foreshadows Garcian's true identity as Emir.]]
** Multiple times throughout the game, Travis refers to Garcian as "Emir", which is not his name. [[spoiler: At least, Garcian doesn't think it is.]]
* ForTheEvulz: The Heaven's Smiles aren't trying to change anything - they just want to cause havoc.

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** During At the end of the Handsome Men fight, Garcian and Garcian's counterpart Handsome Pink have a lengthy conversation about each other and their roles in the grand scheme of things. Pink even reveals herself as the leader, and says that she has a her real name: "Love". identity as Love Wilcox, and explains how she wrote the story of this battle, implicitly making her the leader and not Handsome Red, Harman's counterpart. [[spoiler: All of this foreshadows Garcian's true identity as Emir.Emir and his position as the host personality of the Smiths, not Harman]].
** In the very first level of the game, Travis calls Garcian "Emir". [[spoiler:Garcian being Emir is the big endgame plot twist.
]]
** Multiple times throughout the game, Travis refers to Garcian as "Emir", which is not his name. [[spoiler: At least, Garcian doesn't think it is.]]
* ForTheEvulz: The Heaven's Heaven Smiles aren't trying to change anything - they just want to cause havoc.are viewed as causing "terrorism for the sake of terror".



* FriendlyEnemy: Harman and Kun Lan play a ''lot'' of chess.
* GainaxEnding: The ending of the penultimate chapter, Smile, has a very bizarre reveal about the true nature of the Smith Syndicate. [[spoiler: It even has the protagonist undergo a [[GoMadFromTheRevelation tearful breakdown]] at the end]].

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* FriendlyEnemy: Harman and Kun Lan play a ''lot'' of chess.
may be archenemies, but they're also best friends.
* GainaxEnding: The ending of the penultimate chapter, Smile, has a very bizarre reveal about the true nature of the Smith Syndicate. [[spoiler: It even has the protagonist undergo a [[GoMadFromTheRevelation tearful breakdown]] at the end]]. The chapter that follows clears none of it up and instead offers up an even ''more'' bizarre reveal.



* GamblingBrawl: In the second chapter, a group of diplomats are playing Japanese Mahjong. One declares a victory for the round, only for another to realise the win broke the rules (which the former seems to have been unaware of) and points it out. [[RuleOfSymbolism They all immediately declare everything over and shoot each other simultaneously.]]
* GangstaStyle: Con does so while DualWielding, but Coyote has an especially bad case - he does not merely hold his gun sideways, but diagonally ''over his head''. He also has serious kickback and is one of the most difficult characters to aim with.
* GenreBusting: Both the story and gameplay are nearly impossible to neatly categorize. In terms of gameplay, the limited movement, fixed camera angles, and light AdventureGame elements suggest a SurvivalHorror game (not surprising, seeing as it was produced by Creator/ShinjiMikami), while the combat resembles a RailShooter and the powerup system is more reminiscent of a traditional action game with RPGElements. The plot, meanwhile, plays out like a bizarre lovechild of Creator/HideoKojima, Creator/DavidLynch, and Creator/QuentinTarantino.

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* GamblingBrawl: In the second chapter, a group of diplomats are playing Japanese Mahjong. One declares a victory for the round, only for another to realise realize the win broke the rules (which the former seems to have been unaware of) and points it out. [[RuleOfSymbolism They all immediately declare everything over and shoot each other simultaneously.]]
* GangstaStyle: Con does so while DualWielding, but Coyote has an especially bad case - he does not merely hold his gun sideways, but diagonally ''over his head''. [[RealityEnsues He also has serious kickback and is one of the most difficult characters to aim with.
with]].
* GenreBusting: Both the story and gameplay are nearly impossible to neatly categorize. In terms of gameplay, the limited movement, fixed camera angles, and light AdventureGame elements suggest a SurvivalHorror game (not surprising, seeing as it was produced by Creator/ShinjiMikami), while the combat resembles a RailShooter and the powerup system is more reminiscent of a traditional action game with RPGElements. The plot, meanwhile, plays out like a bizarre lovechild of Creator/HideoKojima, Creator/DavidLynch, and Creator/QuentinTarantino.Creator/QuentinTarantino, having heavy elements of politics, horror, satire and crime drama.



* GoKartingWithBowser: Harman and Kun Lan.
* GoOutWithASmile: The Heaven's Smiles don't seem to care whether or not they ever reach their target.
** [[spoiler: Most of the deceased characters you meet don't hold grudges, even when talking to the one who made them deceased in the first place. So, really, it's ''after'' they go out. Susie, [[AxCrazy of course]], seems to be the exception.]]
* GovernmentConspiracy: There's one regarding federal elections in the United States. Specifically, [[spoiler:since most polling places are at public schools, the Department of Education can easily switch out the ballots before they're counted. Thus, the Secretary of Education decides who becomes President.]]

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* GoKartingWithBowser: Harman and Kun Lan.
Lan and their chess games.
* GoOutWithASmile: GoOutWithASmile:
**
The Heaven's Heaven Smiles don't seem to care whether or not they ever reach their target.
** [[spoiler: Most of the deceased characters you meet don't Your Remnant Psyches hold grudges, no grudge against you for killing them, with some of them even when talking to the one who made them deceased in the first place.thanking you. So, really, it's ''after'' they go out. Susie, [[AxCrazy of course]], seems to be the exception.]]
exception.
* GovernmentConspiracy: There's one regarding federal elections in the United States. Specifically, [[spoiler:since most polling places are at public schools, the Department of Education can easily switch out the ballots before they're counted. Thus, the Secretary of Education decides who becomes President.]]President]].



* {{Handguns}}: What most of the characters are armed with. Two of them (Dan and Coyote) have revolvers, three (Con, KAEDE, and Garcian if you die as one of the others) have automatics. [[spoiler:Garcian later switches from his automatic to a gold-plated revolver after the other personalities are all defeated.]]

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* {{Handguns}}: What most of the characters are armed with. Two of them (Dan and Coyote) have revolvers, three (Con, KAEDE, and Garcian if you die as one of the others) Garcian) have automatics. [[spoiler:Garcian later switches from his automatic to a gold-plated revolver after the other personalities are all defeated.]]defeated]].



* HintsAreForLosers: You don't want the expanded hints. Trust us.
** If you want them, it will cost you precious blood. And Yoon-Hyun will explicitly call you a loser. While flipping you off with both hands at once.

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* HintsAreForLosers: You don't want the expanded hints. Trust us.
** If
us. (If you want them, it will cost you precious blood. And Yoon-Hyun will explicitly call you a loser. While flipping you off with both hands at once.)
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* GamblingBrawl: In the second chapter, a group of diplomats are playing mah-jongg. One is accused of cheating, and all of them end up shooting each other dead.

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* GamblingBrawl: In the second chapter, a group of diplomats are playing mah-jongg. Japanese Mahjong. One is accused of cheating, declares a victory for the round, only for another to realise the win broke the rules (which the former seems to have been unaware of) and points it out. [[RuleOfSymbolism They all of them end up shooting immediately declare everything over and shoot each other dead.simultaneously.]]
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* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: This game's hard mode is called Deadly. [[spoiler:killer8 forces you into a harder difficulty named Bloodbath, while hopper7 gives the joke Face the Swarm difficulty, which is a variant of Deadly.]]


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* PurposelyOverpowered: [[spoiler:Young Harman]] is extremely powerful, having massive health, a large ammo supply, and a fast, powerful machine gun. Given the difficulty of [[spoiler:killer8]], you'll need these attributes to survive.


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* WorldMap: Each level has one that highlights what room you're in and several other features. On Normal, Harman's Rooms, characters and rings needed for puzzles, and Soul Shells are shown. Deadly removes all but the Harman's Rooms and Soul Shells, and [[spoiler:killer8]] removes the Soul Shells.
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* GamblingBrawl: In the second chapter, a group of diplomats are playing mah-jongg. One is accused of cheating, and all of them end up shooting each other dead.
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* ContinuitySnarl: Seemingly invoked by ''Hand in killer7'', a [[AllThereInTheManual setting book]] which contradicts itself all over the place to represent how history can get muddled and rewritten over time. This is eventually lampshaded by Jaco, who mentions that nobody really knows what happened in the Smith Syndicate Incident, one of the most confusing points in the timeline.

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* ContinuitySnarl: ContinuitySnarl:
**
Seemingly invoked by ''Hand in killer7'', a [[AllThereInTheManual setting book]] which contradicts itself all over the place to represent how history can get muddled and rewritten over time. This is eventually lampshaded by Jaco, who mentions that nobody really knows what happened in the Smith Syndicate Incident, one of the most confusing points in the timeline.timeline.
** That Smith Syndicate Incident deserves special mention, because at least three separate versions of it exist between the game and the book, sometimes at wildly different points in time, and it's not possible to reconcile them no matter what you do. That would be fine if it was an isolated event, but it's ''the focal point of the game's backstory'', so it's impossible to ignore.
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