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->''Paris in the fall. The last months of the year, and the end of the millenium. The city holds many memories for me. Of cafés, of music, of love... and of death.''

''Broken Sword'' is an adventure game series created by game designer Charles Cecil of Revolution Software. The game series revolves around the adventures of George Stobbart and Nico Collard in several fictitious stories based on history and mythology. The first two games in the series are controlled by a traditional point-and-click interface. The third and fourth installments are based on a 3D graphics engine, with the third game using a direct control mechanism. The fourth game returns to the standard point-and-click interface but within the 3D environment. A film, based on the first ''Broken Sword'' game, has been planned and is ready to be written.

The games in the series are:
* ''Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars'' (''Circle of Blood'' in the US) (1996) -- set in [[GayParee France]], Spain, Syria and [[{{Oireland}} Ireland]]. Features TheKnightsTemplar.
** Later re-released as a DirectorsCut version (2009)
* ''Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror'' (1997) -- set in Central America, the Caribbean, London and France. Features [[{{Mayincatec}} Aztec mythology]].
** Re-released as a [[{{Remaster}} Remastered]] version (2010)
* ''Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon'' (2003) -- set in England, France, Prague and Egypt. Features [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]], Voynich Manuscript, and [[LeyLine Ley Lines]].
* ''Broken Sword: The Angel of Death'' (2006) -- set in New York, Istanbul, Rome and the Vatican City. Features TheKnightsTemplar again and [[TheArk The Ark of the Covenant]].
* ''Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse'' (2013/14) -- Funded through a crowdfunding project and structured for a release as two episodes. Set in [[GayParee France]], London, Spain and Iraq. Features {{Gnosticism}}.

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!! The ''Broken Sword'' series provides examples of:

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* AbandonedArea: L 'Heiroglyphe, in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Archie, for Nico in ''Angel of Death''.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Paris is full of them - TruthInTelevision, of course.
* ABloodyMess: In the fifth game, Nico distracts Inspector Navet by messing the pizza sauce on the floor.
* AccidentalMisnaming: In the second game, Emily and Titipoco keep calling George "Jaws". In the fourth game, Archie calls George by various names.
* AccidentalProposal: In ''The Serpent's Curse'', try showing the diamond ring to Nico. Go on.
* AdventureDuo: George and Nico.
* AdventureGame
* AdventurerOutfit: In ''The Sleeping Dragon'', George and Nico wear safari outfits during their journey in Congo.
* AlmostKiss: The ending of [[spoiler: ''The Serpent's Curse'' has George and Nico after their escape in the Gnostic temple. However, they're interrupted by Shears.]]
* AncientConspiracy: [[spoiler: The Neo-Templars]] in the first game and the Gnostics in the fifth game.
* AncientOrderOfProtectors: The St. Stefan Chapter of the Knights Templar in the third game.
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Starting from the second game has switching between George and Nico.
* AngryGuardDog: Faced in the second and third game. The first game has an Angry Guard Goat.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Khan]] in the first game.
* ApocalypseCult: The Cult of the Dragon in third game.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In ''The Sleeping Dragon'', George decides to put a famous legend to the test. [[spoiler: After been recently knighted by a long-forgotten Knights Templar sect, accidentally finding King Arthur's tomb and retrieving Excalibur (as it often happens, it's confused with the fabled 'sword in the stone') AND slaying a dragon, George throws the sword into a nearby lake. Nothing happens. Nico realizes that he believed a hand would come up out of the water and says, "Get real, George." with only the slightest hint of irony. Then the sword suddenly sinks, as if it was pulled under the water...]]
* ArcWords: "Only those whose faith is true will be saved" in the fourth game.
* ArmiesAreEvil: Susarro's army in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
* ArtifactTitle: The Broken Sword [[spoiler:artifact/place]] is not referenced in the second game at all, and only serves as a minor background element in the third. The german title, Baphomet's Fluch/Curse, is even more this.
* AsideGlance: Before the credits roll in ''The Sleeping Dragon'', George asks Nico what happened to [[spoiler: Petra, the assassin who tried to kill them both many times throughout the game]] which prompts her to say that she just, "disappeared" and her eyes quickly glace towards the camera/player. Potentially displaying Genre Savvy-ness, given how many other "disappeared" characters turn up in later games.
* BadLuckCharm: Many residents in Quaramonte City hate to see the flint statue of Tezcatlipoca.
* BagOfHolding: Nico has a small bag to keep all the items they collect along the way. George has his handy pockets. Note that said pocket managed to somehow hold, ''at the same time'' during the second game, a folded surveying Theodolite, a bucket of maple syrup, a fish, and Mayan artifacts, among other items.
** {{Lampshaded}} in the first game. If you click on a shovel in a storage closet towards the end of the game, George muses, "Capacious as my pockets were, I doubted I could have fit a shovel in them."
* BalconyEscape
* BananaRepublic: Quaramonte City in ''The Smoking Mirror''.
* BattleInTheRain: The final challenge in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' [[spoiler: has George fighting against the dragon in the middle of stormy weather.]]
* BeeBeeGun: In the second game, George has to throw biscuits inside a bush to make bees come out and pursue a stunt actor.
* BerserkButton:
** In ''The Shadow of the Templars'',[[spoiler: try telling Arto that his kebabs are made of dog meat in Arabic and he'll turn into a murderer.]] ButThouMust, of course.
** In ''The Sleeping Dragon'', [[MyNaymeIs Dudley Cholmondely]] gets angry at people who doesn't pronounce his name correctly.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Archie, Brother Mark and the Martino crime family.]]
* BigNo: [[spoiler: The Grand Master realizes that he cannot control the Dragon Power.]]
* BigRedButton: Cholmondely's machine has one but it causes to attract the enemy's attention. Later in the game, George lampshades about it after he pressed the button in [[spoiler: Susarro's desk.]]
* BilingualBonus: The conversations and notes contain some French, Spanish or Arabic.
* BlackBestFriend: Vergil to George.
* BlockPuzzle: Almost every other room in the third game, which was slightly controversial with casual adventure gamers.
* BlondesAreEvil:
** Petra in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
** [[spoiler:Medovsky]] in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Tezcatlipoca]] in ''The Smoking Mirror''.
* BombDisposal: In the fourth game, [[spoiler: George and Brother Mark attempt to defuse the bomb inside Anna-Maria's apartment.]]
* BookcasePassage: [[spoiler: In the third game, there's a hidden emergency exit behind the bookshelf in Susarro's office and later a hidden passage in the catacomb's wine cellar.]]
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The first game begins and ends with an explosion, even apparently reusing parts of the same animation. Averted in the Director's Cut, in which the game starts with Nico witnessing a politician being shot instead.]]
* BorrowedCatchphrase: George hears [[ICanExplain his own catchphrase]] from Tristram [[spoiler:to avoid getting beaten by Eamon.]]
* BottomlessBladder: In the third game, when Nico uses her bathroom her phone receives some of the messages. Later in the game, George can use the public toilet (or "pissoir", as the caretaker calls it) in Montfaucon square.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In ''The Shadow of the Templars'',[[spoiler: George [[TwinkleSmile smiles in front of the camera]] after he opens the secret door in St. Ninian ruins.]]
** In ''Serpent's Curse'', George asks Fleur [[spoiler:how to get rid of Sergeant Moue from the shop's door]] but Fleur responds in this question:
---> '''Fleur''': Don't you want to play the game yourself?
* BrickJoke: In ''Shadow of the Templars'', the player can leave the sink on in the basement of an Irish pub. When George is talking to Nico and describing his trip, he mentions having to bail out the basement because "Some idiot left the sink on."
* BrokenRecord: This is what George describes to [[spoiler: the Anubis hologram]] in ''The Sleeping Dragon''. [[LampshadeHanging He and Nico think it's just a recording]].
* BusmansHoliday
* CarCushion: The Jeep, in Syria.
* CaneFu: Susarro [[spoiler: uses his cane as a shield to block George's punch.]]
* CarFu:
** In the first game, [[spoiler: Fitzgerald is runned over by Khan's sports car.]]
** In the third game,[[spoiler: Petra attempts to kill Nico this way to stop Nico from finding out the contents inside Vernon's DVD disc.]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: '[[ICanExplain I can explain everything!]]'
* CatFight: Nico and Petra in the third game.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The manhole-opening tool in the first game. It's one of the very first objects you pick up, after which you immediately use it for its intended purpose... and then continue to carry around this [[{{Hammerspace}} bulky piece of metal]], making {{Double Entendre}}s about your "tool" all the way. You eventually find a use for it [[spoiler:near the end of the game, in a situation where any thin pole would probably have done.]]
** The fourth game has the golf club. It is the first item to be picked up and you can show it to anyone in case they might be interested in buying it. [[spoiler: It is also the last item to be used in destroying the Ark of the Covenant's cherubs.]]
* ChekhovsGun:
** Early in the first game, you get a [[JokeItem prank item]] that shocks whoever shakes your hand. You ''know'' it's going to come in handy at some point.
** Also in the first game, the tissue.
** In the third game, [[spoiler: there is a scarf found in Congo temple. This is the reason why the Cult of the Dragon decided to destroy the Templars of St. Stefan Chapter and steal the Key of Solomon in Paris.]]
* ChessMotif: In the first game, there's a puzzle involving a chessboard[[spoiler: which reveals a hidden chalice from de Vasconcellos' mausoleum.]]
* ChessWithDeath: In the third game, [[spoiler:the Anubis challenges George and Nico by solving [[FoxChickenGrainPuzzle a puzzle that involves Horus]] for both of their own lives and gain access to the Armillary]].
* ClosetGeek:
** In ''The Sleeping Dragon'', George reveals that he has a collection of ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' merchandise.
** In ''The Angel Of Death'', Brother Mark is obsessed with action movies, especially films starring [[ParodyNames Lucy Chu]].
* CollectorOfTheStrange: In the first game, Sergeant Moue has a collection of matchbooks.
** George, debatably. To name only a few, in the first game alone he carries around a soiled tissue, clown's nose, manhole cover tool, toilet brush, a handful of plaster of Paris, chain from a bathroom toilet, and a Y-shaped stick.
* ComicBookTime
* CompanionCube: The janitor in Hagenmeyer Clinic has a polishing machine named Mr. Shiny.
* CompilationRerelease
* ConcealingCanvas: At the start of ''Serpent's Curse'', there's a broken alarm system hidden in the stolen painting.
* ConceptArtGallery: ''The Sleeping Dragon'', ''Angel of Death'', and ''Director's Cut'' have them as rewards after their ending credits.
* ConspicuousCG: Some of the cutscenes from ''Shadow of the Templars'' and ''Smoking Mirror'' feature CGI vehicles.
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: Plantard, in ''The Shadow of the Templars''.
* ContinuityNod: ''The Sleeping Dragon'' makes some references in the first game including the group of enemies, history of KnightsTemplar [[spoiler: and George wants to tell Nico how he escaped in Bull's Head Hill in Syria again.]]
* ConvenientMisfire: Petra's magnum sometimes jams while she's trying to kill George and Nico.
* CooldownHug: In the third game, Nico delivers one to George [[spoiler: after they witnessed Bruno's death.]]
* CopyProtection: The US PC version of ''The Sleeping Dragon'' contains the dreaded Starforce copy protection.
* CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel: ''The Serpent's Curse''. WordOfGod says that the game takes place after ''The Smoking Mirror''.
** Interestingly enough, this is the first sequel since ''The Smoking Mirror'' to actually get a number in the title: 5, to be exact, even though naming it ''Broken Sword 3'' wouldn't technically collide with ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
** Which makes it a bit of a headscratcher when we remember that the third entry in the series (chronologically fourth) did not feature the smartphones that the characters are seen to possess in both the fourth (chronologically latest) and the fifth (chronologically third) game.
*** This is then contradicted in the second episode of the Serpent's Curse when [[spoiler:Duane mentions the "Rome Incident" from Angel of Death, which George seems to have forgotten about.]]
* CoupDeGraceCutscene: Near the end of ''The Sleeping Dragon'',[[spoiler: the cutscene shows George stabs the dragon's lower jaw and slashes its neck which turns the dragon into shattered crystals.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: The Japanese PS2 version cover of ''The Sleeping Dragon'' features George and Nico swinging in the rope while Nico's wearing a DangerouslyShortSkirt and holding a gun. They don't do anything like that in the actual game, though.
** The poster of ''The Serpent's Curse'' depicts George holding a dangling Nico from a gondola by single hand while a Russian mobster attempts to shoot them. [[spoiler: In the second episode, that scene doesn't happen and instead there's Nico on her own hanging in gondola by two hands and casually talks to Shears]]. Not to mention that many fans thought Mrs. Piermont will have an important role in the game.
* TheCracker: Inverted with Vernon Blier, in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' who just hired for the need of money.
* CreepyCockroach: In ''Serpent's Curse'', George keeps a cockroach and names it Trevor. Many [=NPCs=], however, hate to see it.
* CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption: Every game has a section where you must rip off a RecurringExtra or an animal to progress.
* CutsceneBoss: [[spoiler: Tezcatlipoca]], in the second game.
* CutShort: The ending of ''Angel of Death''.
* DadTheVeteran:
** [[spoiler: Thierry Collard,]] in ''Director's Cut''.
** Colonel Butley, in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: El Serp, in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: In the third game, [[spoiler: George and Nico discover a mutilated corpse near in the elevator and later an explorer who got impaled with spikes in Congo.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: George, Nico and André are most prominent examples. The last two with added Frenchness.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: In the third and fourth games, dying will take you back to the last spot before crucial events.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Happens in the series few times. Like when George meets Colonel Butley in the third game for example.
---> '''Colonel Butley''': Are you aware of the annual Glastonbury Popular Music Festival?\\
'''George''': The Glastonbury Popular Music Festival? Hmm, that's one of the most popular music festivals on the Popular Music Festival calendar!
* DialogueTree
* {{Diary}}: In ''The Sleeping Dragon'', ''Angel of Death'', ''Director's Cut'', and ''Remastered'' editions George and Nico maintain their notes throughout the game which provide the player with some hints and clues.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Near the end of fourth game, Anna-Maria dies in George's arms after she kills Mevlut.]]
* DismantledMacGuffin: The three obsidian stones in the second game.
* DisneySchoolOfActingAndMime: The cutscenes.
* DoomsdayDevice: The Ark of the Covenant in the fourth game.
* DoubleEntendre: In the first game, George shifts the conversation into talking about a drain cover tool, which nobody is remotely interested in. Upon showing it to someone a second time, he tends to say things like;
--> ''George'': "I already [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything showed you my tool]], didn't I?"
--> ''Museum Curator'': "Oui, monsieur. [[AccidentalInnuendo Most impressive!]]"
* DownerEnding: The ending of ''The Angel of Death'' isn't received well by many fans..
* DrivesLikeCrazy:
** Ultar, from ''The Shadow of the Templars''.
** Harry Gilligan, from ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
* DrinkOrder: In the first game, you can order beer in Irish pub [[spoiler: until you moved the broken switch outside]].
* DrowningMySorrows:
** Early in the second game, George encounters a gendarme sitting in a cafe drinking wine with [[BoozeBasedBuff absinthe]].
** In ''Angel of Death'',[[spoiler: George does this way after he thinks that Nico is dead and saying that he wants to be killed. The next day, he finds out Nico in Anna-Maria's apartment and [[HesBack fainted.]]]]
** In the fifth game, Bijou suffers this from the loss of her husband.
* TheDulcineaEffect: [[spoiler: Maynard helps Nico to escape from mafia in Phoenix.]]
* DumbMuscle: Flap in the first and third games.
* {{Eagleland}}: Duane and Pearl Henderson appear to be stereotypical American tourists, but that could just be a cover for Duane's job as a CIA agent. Or Duane just thinks he's an agent pretending to a a tourist, or he's an agent but [[ManchurianAgent thinks he's only a tourist]]. [[OccamsRazor Or he's a tourist]]. It's never really made clear.
* EarlyBirdCameo: In ''Director's Cut'', Petra is mentioned by Fleur and claims that she's Nico's cousin.
* EasterEgg:
** In the GBA version of the first game, there is an extra area in Montfaucon sewers which ties in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
** In ''Director's Cut'', there's a secret room in the apartment if you use the sewer key on that location.
** Early in the second game you can pick up a lucky piece of coal that you can use on various objects and people to [[SillinessSwitch have something silly happen]].
*** In the same game there's the scene from ''VideoGame/BeneathASteelSky'' hidden in the London Underground.
*** You can skip the temple puzzle by clicking just the right place above the exit door, making Nico [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey flash the door into opening]].
** In the fifth game, you can hear [[BeneathASteelSky Joey's voice]] by clicking the left door near Le Lizard Bleu.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase:[[spoiler: The St. Stefan Chapter of Knights Templar hides in sewers in Montfaucon Square in the third game.]]
* ElvisImpersonator: In the fourth game, one of the members in Martino gang is guarding the hallways in New York hotel.
* EnemyMime: The first game's introduction has a mime act normally, but is the disguise used by the costume killer before sneaking into the glass window. The killer later switches to the MonsterClown disguise.
* {{Epigraph}}: ''The Serpent's Curse'' features excerpts from [[{{Gnosticism}} The Testimony of Truth]] and [[FriedrichNietzsche Friedrich Nietzsche's]] "Beyond Good and Evil" before the game's opening.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Nico mentions to George that she and André are friends since college.
* EvidenceScavengerHunt
* EvilAlbino: Susarro in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
* {{Expy}}: In ''The Shadow of the Templars'', there's Mrs. Piermont who is based on another one in ''VideoGame/BeneathASteelSky''.
* FakingTheDead: Late in the first game, [[spoiler:Sergeant Moue]] is said to have died. However, [[spoiler:in the second game it's revealed that he went into hiding after he found out about the Neo-Templars]].
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: In the fourth game, George becomes a bail bondsman in New York.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Near the end of the second game, [[spoiler: Karzac's body is dissolved after being stabbed by Tezcatlipoca.]]
* FanSequel: ''Broken Sword 2.5''
* FastRoping: In the first game,[[spoiler: Nico breaks into Crune Museum from the rooftop and kicks Flap and Guido to get the tripod.]]
* FatBastard: Hector Laine, in ''The Smoking Mirror''.
* {{Flanderisation}}: In the ''Director's Cut'' of the first game, all new significant pieces of dialogue added for George focused on his foolish aspects. So instead of the dramatic opening in the original, we get a silly rant how he's "really angry" about the café blowing up.
* {{Flashback}}: At the beginning of the fourth game, Moses uses the Ark of the Covenant for the ceremony. In the fifth game, the opening shows that the fascists invade the mansion during the civil war in Catalonia, Spain.
* ForegoneVictory: In ''Director's Cut'', all of the death scenes in the original are eliminated.
** The same applies to ''The Serpent's Curse'' but it makes sense that [[FridgeLogic the game happens to be a prequel]].
* FortuneTeller:
** Fleur (the flower saleswoman), in ''The Shadow of the Templars''.
** Madame Zazie, in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** When you talk to Mrs. Piermont about Flap and Guido, she tells George that not all men wearing Italian bulges and pockets are absolutely gangsters. [[spoiler: In the fourth game, George encounters Spallaci and [[TheMafia his group]] who are actually the good guys.]]
** In Syria, if you talk to Duane first, Pearl recites a certain poem about a person's heartbreak due to his "[[SickeninglySweethearts Schnauzer]]" being bitten by a snake (no, that's a pet name, [[ICallHimMisterHappy not what you're thinking]]). [[spoiler: In the next game, George's girlfriend Nico ends up ill because she is bitten by a snake.]]
** At the excavation site in Paris, George refuses to pick up a piece of coal. Until the next game, that is...
** In the second game, the card that Nico receives from London Underground station contains a prediction read "A family argument leads you to advantage".[[spoiler: Near the end of the game, she convinces Raoul that his mother and Karzac plan to dispose of him as soon Tezcatlipoca has been freed.]]
** George and Anna-Maria has this conversation while trying to escape from the gangsters in New York:
---> '''George''': Don't worry, I'll figure out a way. Trust me.\\
'''Anna-Maria''': I do...with my life.\\
'''George''': Hey, I wouldn't go ''that'' far.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Nico uses one against Petra in Vernon's apartment. It doesn't work, though.
* FullNameUltimatum: In the second game, Nico calls George by full name after he tells her to distract General Grasiento for few hours.
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[[folder: G - L]]
* GayParee
* {{Gnosticism}}: The theme for the fifth game.
* GoryDiscretionShot: In the third game, George and Nico [[DutchAngle discover]] a dead body [[spoiler: near the elevator in underground theater]] with his chest been burned away.
* GrayRainOfDepression: The opening in ''Angel of Death'' has a scene where George runs back at the office in the middle of rain.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: It usually doesn't take much to fool a guard or escape from a guard in the game. In the second game, Nico managed to start an elevator generator right next to a bunch of armed guards, and none of them saw fit to ask what she was doing.
* GuideDangIt: Each game have their moments, especially in the first game where it involves [[AngryGuardDog a goat.]]
* {{Guyliner}}: In the fifth game, George can use Bijou's make-up [[spoiler:to disguise as Henri and convince Bijou to give the safe key]]. It gets more hilarious when he uses lipstick.
* HackingMinigame: Introduced in the fourth game.
* HawaiianShirtedTourist: Duane - either a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, or just a Moron...
** George also dons a colourful shirt when heading for tropical climes.
* HaveANiceDeath
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler: Bruno in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.]]
** [[spoiler: Anna-Maria in ''The Angel of Death''.]]
* HerrDoktor: Herr Hagenmeyer in the first game.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Karzac in second game.]]
* HollywoodFire: [[spoiler:At the end of the first part of fifth game, George and Nico are trapped over the rooftops in Mr. Hobb's studio.]]
* HotScoop: Nico Collard the ''[[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench freelaunce photojoornaleeste]]''
* HumanSacrifice:
** Aztec god Tezcatlipoca (''"The Smoking Mirror"'') wants them.
** In the fourth game, the Ark needs a human interface (particularly women) to be activated [[spoiler:such as Nico]] and summon the [[DemBones Angel of Death]].
* ICantUseTheseThingsTogether
* IKnowKarate: Brother Mark, who studied Tai Chi, ju-jitsu and Korean kick-boxing.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: [[spoiler: Cardinal Gianelli is shot by Gregor but he manages to give the manuscript to George on time.]]
* INeedAFreakingDrink: At the start of first game, if you give a bottle of brandy to the waitress, she will answer some questions from George. Inverted in ''Director's Cut'' where she gets faint after drinking it instead.
* InspectorLestrade: Inspector Navet, in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
* InsuranceFraud: One of the main issues in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
* IronLady: Madame La Presidenta Grasiento and Conchita Garcia, in ''The Smoking Mirror''.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Eamon O' Mara [[spoiler: published a book about George and Nico's adventures in the third game and becomes a celebrity in the fourth game.]]
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: In the fifth game, Fleur gives George a blue yarn ball and says it will become useful for him in the future.
* IWasQuiteALooker: One of Vernon's neighbors said to Nico that she worked as a dancer at the Moulin Rouge before.
* IWillFindYou: When Don Carlos found out that his manservant killed and his children were thought to be taken by Inquisition, he decided to take another journey to find his children.[[spoiler:Sadly, he never realized that his children were trapped in a well, waiting for their servant to come back, and then died before him.]]
* JapaneseTourist: The two Japanese girls in the second game.
* JoinOrDie:[[spoiler:In the first game, the Grand Master offers George a chance to join the Neo-Templars. George, however realizes that the members who die treat them as failures.]]
* JokeItem: A few, though some turn out to be NotCompletelyUseless.
* JustAStupidAccent
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Pierre and Karzac.]]
* KingArthur: ''Sleeping Dragon''.
* KissOfDistraction: In the third game,[[spoiler: Nico does this to Boris after George asks her to distract the guard for the fourth time. Judging from George's reaction, he's really hurt.]]
* KleptomaniacHero: {{Lampshaded}} a few times, for example after George keeps a blood pressure gauge, Nico questions why he doesn't feel guilty stealing from a hospital.
* KleptomaniacHeroFoundUnderwear: Earlier in the second game, George discovers a red panty in Nico's bag, which is actually a gift from Andre. In the third game, he receives [[spoiler:Bruno's]] shorts (or [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage "pants"]] as what Tristram says) in Glastonbury.
* TheKnightsTemplar: The theme of the first game.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The cover art of PC version of ''Director's Cut'' reveals [[spoiler: Rosso's true identity.]]
** One of the concept arts in ''The Serpent's Curse'' reveals [[spoiler: El Serp's real identity.]]
* LeapOfFaith
* LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision: Nejo has said he learned to speak English from JeevesAndWooster tapes received from his uncle.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** The Knights Templar [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmMQjGq-q7g do have]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WafitFnvG-M their own]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtVDO4TFjW0 themes]].
** In the first game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o1wEdtjPpw this music appears]] whenever George visits Nico's apartment.
** In third game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC9fZhqwUhQ these]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxO9lxlBAHw music]] shows up when dealing with Petra.
* LightAndMirrorsPuzzle: The third game involves crystals under the temple in Congo.
* LinkedListClueMethodology
* LockedDoor: ''The Sleeping Dragon'' has plenty of them.
* LongDistanceRelationship: George and Nico's relationship is much like this.
* LostForever: The six pages of comics in ''Director's Cut''.
** Some of the achievements in ''The Serpent's Curse'' certainly qualifies, especially if their requirements are [[PixelHunting finding small]] items.
* LoveRedeems:[[spoiler: Imelda Carchon towards Thierry Collard in ''Director's Cut''. They never end up together due to her being a wife of a politician and Thierry being a spy for the French government.]]
** [[spoiler:Anna-Maria helps George to stop the Order of St. Michael from using the Ark of Covenant. Sadly, it doesn't end well for her.]]
* LoveTriangle: Implied between George, Nico and Andre in the first three games [[spoiler: until Beatrice shows up and Andre starts to fall in love with her instead.]] In the fourth game, there's Nico, George and Anna-Maria.
** [[spoiler:Henri, Bijou and Mr. Hobbs]] in the fifth game.
* LyingFingerCross: In ''The Serpent's Curse'', when Navet asks George if he tampers any evidence in Henri's office, one of the dialogue option icons include a crossed finger.
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* MadLibFantasyTitle
* TheMafia: The Martino family in the fourth game.
* {{Mayincatec}}: The theme of the second game.
* TheMaze: The forest on Zombie Island in the second game.
* MementoMacGuffin: In the third game, some items from the previous games are displayed inside Nico's apartment.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Majority of the dead victims are males, but there's one female that involves to a certain incident. And another who has a DisneyVillainDeath.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: At one point in the fourth game, Brother Mark claims that "terrible" is his middle name.
* MexicanStandoff:[[spoiler: Anna-Maria and Mevlut in ''The Angel Of Death''. However, the two of them shoot each other and died after George successfully stopped the ceremony.]]
* MineralMacGuffin: [[spoiler: The Key of Solomon, in the third game. Not only it is used to activate the Dragon Power in Armillary, it is also a key to release Excalibur as well.]]
* TheMole:
** [[spoiler:Inspector Rosso]] in ''The Shadow of the Templars''.
** [[spoiler:Mevlut, Father Devlin and Father Gregor]] in ''The Angel of Death''.
* MommasBoy: General Raoul Grasiento in ''The Smoking Mirror''.
* MonsterClown: The first game starts with a clown bombing a café.[[note]]Not in the director's cut though, as it starts with an added section with Nico, but the scene does still happen later.[[/note]]
* MoonLogicPuzzle
* MultiPlatform: Except ''Angel of Death'', which was released on PC only.
* MysteryMagnet: [[{{Lampshade Hanging}} Lampshaded]] in the fifth game where George thinks that trouble comes whenever he and Nico are reunited.
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: "My name's Stobbart. George Stobbart. Thats two b's and two t's"
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Tezcatlipoca in the second game.
* NaughtyNuns: [[spoiler: Anna-Maria, in ''The Angel of Death''. Turns out she didn't take her vows after all.]]
* NeatFreak: Brother Mark, in ''The Angel of Death''.
* NervousWreck: Sean Fitzgerald, in ''The Shadow of the Templars''.
* NintendoHard: Some of the new puzzles in ''The Director's Cut''. Especially the ones that [[{{Waggle}} make use of the Wiimote's motion sensing]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Some fans notice that Medovsky from ''The Serpent's Curse'' looks like UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin.
* NostalgiaLevel: The third game features Flobbage (the old man from ''The Shadow of the Templars'') working in Montfaucon Square. There's also a sewer key available to that area but it is only used temporarily.
* NotCompletelyUseless: The hand buzzer in ''Templars''. Seems like a JokeItem for most of the game, only to be the only solution to a life-or-death situation.
* NoticeThis: In the first, second and fourth games, the mouse pointer changes depending on the function of the items or persons. In third game, sparkles appear whenever George or Nico is close to certain item.
* NotNowKiddo: In the first game, Liam Maguire tries to tell the men inside the pub about [[spoiler: Sean's accident]]. Mr Leary and his customers (except George), however, tell the kid to shut up.
* NunsAreFunny: Sister Angelica and Sister Margaret in the fourth game.
* OfficialCouple: Played with in George and Nico's relationship. They're usually together by the end of each game, but most new installments start [[StatusQuoIsGod with them (temporarily) broken up]].
* ObviousStuntDouble: In the second game, George wanders onto the set of a movie where the actors' stunt double is significantly fatter than the star he's doubling for. [[spoiler: When said double is injured George serves as one as well.]]
* {{Oireland}}: Part of the first game.
---> '''George''': Top of the morning to ya!\\
'''Landlord''': I beg your pardon?\\
'''George''': Well that's what you Irish say, isn't it?\\
'''Landlord''': Do you want something? Or are you just flaunting your xenophobia?
* [[HundredPercentCompletion 100% Completion]]: Starting from ''Director's Cut'', the progress of the games can be tracked in their saved files.
* OneSteveLimit: George mentions he has a grandfather named Rev. Archie Stobbart while in the fourth game there's Archie Lonsdale.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: The Grand Master becomes a dragon in the third game, as a consequence of controlling the Dragon Power.]]
* OpeningNarration: George's famous opening line in ''Shadow of the Templars'', and Nico's narration in ''The Director's Cut''.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Two ghosts can be encountered in the second game. One is harder to notice but leads to FridgeBrilliance.
* ParentalAbandonment: According to Nico, her parents were separated when she was young. Few years later, her father died in plane crash.
* ParodyNames: Interpol detective Richard Langham from ''The Serpent's Curse'' is a nod to [[DanBrown Robert Langdon series]].
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: [[spoiler:The password for Vernon's safe is Beatrice's birthday.]]
* PerkyGoth: Beatrice, in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
* PhraseCatcher: George. "Get out of there!" and variations. Lampshaded in Quaramonte in the second game.
* PlaceOfPower: [[spoiler: Glastonbury]], in third game.
* PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation: In ''Director's Cut'', a torn photograph in Ile de la Cité shows Pierre smiling in front of the camera quelling with African uprising.[[spoiler: Nico is crushed by the revelation when she discovers a second piece which involves her father. She realize, later on, that the wooden box she opened contains the third photograph of Imelda, and a letter which contain her and Thierry's secret.]]
* PointAndClickGame
* PointAndClickMap: The world map in the first game and the streets of Vatican in the fourth game.
* PoliceAreUseless: Murder cases get typically closed after few days of investigation.
** Justified in the first game with the cafe bombing, as [[spoiler: Rosso is working with the Neo-Templars all along and almost definitely was ordered to shut down the investigation by his buddies.]]
* PowerIncontinence: Susarro once harnessed the Dragon Power, but this causes him to become weak and ill.
* ThePreciousPreciousCar: Brother Mark's car.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Nico makes one before her CatFight with Petra [[spoiler: in Glastonbury]].
* PrecisionFStrike: Several characters such as Mr. Leary and Duane have tendency to swear when they're angry. Even George and Nico aren't exempt from this when they're really serious.
* PressXToNotDie: Occasionally in ''Sleeping Dragon''.
* PreviouslyOn: The Extras menu in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' includes plot summaries of previous two games on PC and PSX for the players who missed out on them during their initial release.
* PrisonEpisode: In the second game, George is forced to go in prison for attempting to free Miguel. In the fourth game, George is thrown in a jail cell in Topkapi Palace by Mevlut.
* {{Privateer}}: Two [=NPCs=] are the descendants of a privateer ([[InsistentTerminology not a pirate]]) who claim he was falsely accused of acting without the correct papers by a governor and hung in order to get at his fortune.
* PromotedToPlayable: Nico in the sequels.
* RainbowSpeak: George's text is always white while Nico's text is pink when they speak or thinking. The rest of the characters have their own colors attributed to their speech.
* RansackedRoom: [[spoiler: In the third game, Nico's apartment is ransacked by Susarro's agents in search for Bruno and the Key of Solomon while George and Nico are in Congo. Unfortunately, Andre is unable to stop them.]]
** [[spoiler:In the fifth game, Adam's apartment has been ransacked and Tiago is kidnapped by unknown suspects.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Inspector Rosso]] in the first game.
* ReforgedBlade: The first game has the antagonists trying to reforge the eponymous weapon in the belief it will restore their order to glory. The heroes stop them.
* RevisitingTheRoots: Actually implemented ''twice'' in the series. Due to the lackluster reception of the third game, mainly focused on the overuse of [[PressXToNotDie QTEs]] and the simplicity of the puzzles, the fourth one was widely marketed as a return to the roots kind of game, that included reinstating the point'n'click gameplay and an increased emphasis on dialogue and puzzles. The next game tried desperately to be as close to the first entry as possible, even more so than ''The Smoking Mirror'': not only the graphics and music are familiar but even the interface looks only slightly altered when compared with ''The Shadow of the Templars''.
* RingMenu: The interface in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and the action commands in ''The Angel of Death''.
* RomanticFalseLead: Even though she was taken a bit more seriously as a love interest than most examples, GenreSavvy fans could spot Anna-Maria as one of these from a mile off.
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* SceneryPorn: The backgrounds in the first two games as well as the fifth game.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: The two tunnels in Glastonbury. George wonders how he managed to get another way easily.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections:
** Pierre Carchon, in ''Director's Cut''.
** Susarro, in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
* SecretCircleOfSecrets: [[spoiler: The Order of St. Michael]] in the fourth game.
* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: "Pants" means underwear in UK English. This causes a nasty surprise for George.
* SetPiecePuzzle
* SexyDiscretionShot: In the fourth game, George spends a romantic evening with [[spoiler:Anna-Maria]]. She even asks George to "turn the angel around" and then the screen fades.
* {{Shout Out}}: George Stobbart's similarity to another famous adventurer fond of ancient semi-mythical artefacts is [[{{Lampshade Hanging}} lampshaded]] by the line: "Evil Monks. I hate those guys".
** In the first game, Pearl mentions that Duane had a copy called "The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail", the book that inspired the series.
** In the second game, if you talk to one of secretaries in the Quaramonte City HQ, ask about the detonator and say "yes" he will explain about the software called [[BeneathASTeelSky LINC]].
** Upon trying to walk into tunnel in the London Underground, Nico remembers what [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner Wile E. Coyote]] happens if she goes there.
** When George attempts to climb the rock needle: "No good. I'd have to be bitten by a [[ComicBook/SpiderMan radioactive spider]] before I stood any chance of getting up there.".
** The song George hums while talking with Miguel in jail is actually "Psycho Killer" by TalkingHeads.
** George tells Madame Zazie to watch Series/TheTwilightZone.
** Before their car stops at Susarro's castle, George asks Nico if her [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer vampire slaying genes]] are kicking in.
** Brother Mark says that his favorite movie is called "In Cold Blood" which is actually Revolution's previous game.
** [[JacquesDerrida "If I could deconstruct this I could deconstruct anything".]]
** In the fifth game, George mentions a quote from Gertrude Stein in Henri's apartment: "America is my country, and Paris is my home land."
* ShowWithinAShow: Professor Peagram's "Peagram's Past" in the first game and Eamon O' Mara's "Up Your Alley With Eamon" in the third game.
* ShutUpAndSaveMe: Nico's response if you choose to talk to her rather than untie her in ''Smoking Mirror''. She's not in any immediate danger, she's just sick of being tied up.
* SignatureLine: Aside from the OpeningNarration in the first game, George delivers another one after the intro.
--> "As a picked myself up, all I could hear was the ceaseless drone of traffic. Life went around me, but the explosion was to change my life forever."
* SplitScreenPhoneCall: Used in the first game when George talks with Nico or Todryk on the phone.
* SpookyPainting: The La Maledicció in the fifth game. According to Father Simeon, the painting is cursed by the devil and whoever touches it will die. [[spoiler:It gets spookier when there's a hidden image inside the painting.]]
* StarvingStudent: Nico mentions that she had to drop out of university because of this trope (she couldn't afford art supplies, although she was able to eat potatoes when she was doing printing with them).
** Bassam, from ''Serpent's Curse'' tries his best to enter college by selling strange trinkets from different countries.
* StealthBasedMission: a few times in ''Sleeping Dragon'', despite the game having ''no camera controls whatsoever''.
* StoppedNumberingSequels: Only up to the second game.
** Averted with the release of Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse. Which is ironic, considering that it takes place after the second (numbered) game and before the other two sequels.
* StormingTheCastle: George and Nico travel to Susarro's castle in Prague [[spoiler:to save Bruno]].
* StunGuns: [[spoiler: In the third game, one of the members of St. Stefan Knights Templar uses a taser to knock out George and steal the Key of Solomon.]]
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Maynard turns into gold and shatters into pieces after he is [[LockedInAFreezer trapped in his gold making machine.]]]]
* TakeOverTheWorld: Most of the villain's mission is to conquer the world.
* TakeYourTime: Many of the puzzles do not have time limit. This gets quite silly in the third game where George [[spoiler: has to [[BlockPuzzle push some crates]] while the Grand Master's preparing to receive Dragon Power.]]
* TalkToEveryone
* TapOnTheHead: [[spoiler: In the fourth game, Archie knocks out an evil monk using his wine bottle to save George and Anna-Maria.]]
** In the third game [[spoiler: Nico must smack Flap's head with a vase to avoid being strangled to death.]]
* TeamworkPuzzleGame: Some of the puzzles from sequels require this, mostly between George and Nico.
* TempleOfDoom: Visited regularly.
* ThankingTheViewer: ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''Director's Cut'' have it after the ending credits.
* ThemeParkVersion: In the second game, George meets a cinema crew shooting a movie version of ''TreasureIsland'', but with "modern" elements added such as a pirate girl with [[CombatStilettos thigh-high boots]].
** Though it's being shot in black and white.
* ThemeTuneCameo: In ''Serpent's Curse'', you can listen to the song called "Jasmine" at Henri's apartment in Paris and Hobb's studio in London. Also, George and Nico's smart phones plays music from BeneathASteelSky.
* TimedMission: [[spoiler: At one point in the fourth game where George and Brother Mark discover a bomb and must find a way to defuse it in ten minutes]].
* ToBeContinued: ''The Shadow of the Templars'' features this plus the preview for the second game after the ending credits. ''The Serpent's Curse'' also counts.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: Don Carlos' children]] in the first game.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ULpXhIrem4 E3 trailer]] of ''The Sleeping Dragon'', you won't actually see George running around while wearing [[AdventurerOutfit safari outfit]] in Paris, or Nico and Petra having a fight inside Vernon's apartment in actual gameplay.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The first game's trailer reveals [[spoiler: the main villain and his organization's ceremony.]]
* TreasureMap: The Templar's manuscripts in the first and fourth game.
* TriggerHappy: Petra.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: ''The Sleeping Dragon'' has a couple of action sequences, including [[StealthBasedMission stealth]].
* UnwinnableByMistake: The GBA version of ''The Shadow of the Templars'' has few of these.
* UpdatedRerelease (''Broken Sword: The Director's Cut'', released in 2009 for the Nintendo Wii and DS, with additional content, updated controls and artwork by [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Dave Gibbons]].)
** It can be a little jarring on the PC version though. The new voice for Nico is strange at first, but fine. But the new gameplay sections use higher resolution models and backgrounds than the rest of the game. When you see the new Nico model interacting with the old scenery it looks weird. Plus things like the characters no longer walk to the edge of the screen, it just changes.
** Also, some of the random things that can be examined are cut out, leaving players of the original slightly uneasy about whether the new version's an improvement.
* VerbalTic:
** In the first game, Ultar often adds the word [[BigYes "yes"]] when talking to his clients.
** In the second game, Bert Savage sometimes tells his "flippin" experiences as a stuntman.
* VideoGame3DLeap: ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death''.
* VillainousCrush: Inverted in the third game where George is interested with Petra and asks Nico whether she would go blonde. Nico is very annoyed about it.
* WasntThatFun: In the third game, after the characters escape from the guards [[spoiler:in Egypt]], Nico says it was fun but George disagrees after [[NiceJobBreakingItHero what she did]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:The Neo-Templars make this offer to George, and he almost succumbs to the influence of the Sword of Baphomet, but then he remembers that the Neo-Templars have a nasty tendency of YouHaveFailedMe.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"She was talking to me, Susarro!"]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Rosso is mentioned [[spoiler: in the ending of the Game Boy Advance game, but one of the enforcers sent to make sure that George and Nico saw the ceremony is not seen at all. He also doesn't get a RedemptionEqualsDeath moment either.]]
** In ''Smoking Mirror'', [[spoiler: Raoul is not seen after helping to save the day.]]
* WithFriendsLikeThese: In the third game, George lampshades about it when [[spoiler: he and Nico see Susarro and the Grand Master arguing.]]
* WorldOfSnark
* WorthyOpponent:[[spoiler: Before Khan dies, he says to George that the original Knights Templars were the noble foes of assassins.]]
* WrongNameOutburst: In the fourth game.
---> '''George''': Okay Nico, here's how we planned-\\
'''Anna-Maria''': Nico?!\\
'''George''': Wha- uh, Anna-Maria! Sorry.
* ZipMode: In the second game, double click on an exit would take George or Nico go there instantly.
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