''Hector: Badge of Carnage'' is a three part adventure game by Creator/TelltaleGames and Straandlooper.

Clapper's Wreake is a small city in the British Midlands. It also happens to be the worst city in the world. Crime, vice, perversion, corruption, and all other kinds of nasty, nasty things. You name it, it has it, and there's ''one'' man who's had enough and plans to do something about it.

This man... is not our hero. He is a terrorist that has taken a building full of civilians hostage until he can find someone to clean up the city's reputation. All attempts to negotiate have ended with the negotiator minus a head, and the police blew most of their "We Negotiate With Terrorists" fund on last year's policeman's ball.

Enter our ''real'' hero; Hector, an alcoholic, cynical detective inspector, called in to help after all the other negotiators are killed. He's on the case... right after he figures out how to get out of his cell/office...and finds his trousers...and gets his car started.

Anyway, Hector ''eventually'' makes it to the scene, and after some back and forth, the terrorist agrees to release the hostages...on the condition that three tasks that the terrorist believes will help the town are completed first. And since he believes that it's mostly the police's fault Clapper's Wreake is such a shithole (and let's face it, he has a point), he wants Hector to do them. So begins Hector's quest to clean up the town, save the hostages and arrest the terrorist so he can go back to bed.

It is worth noting that this is one of Telltale's darker games. The humor is much more adult and BlackComedy centric than their [[Franchise/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice past]] [[VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland works]], mostly due to the fact that this is the first series not directed by them (Straandlooper is the brains behind ''Hector'', with Telltale publishing and funding it). Despite this, it has received very positive reception.

Episode 1, ''We Negotiate With Terrorists'', was initially released on ipod in June, 2010, and was released on PC and Mac via Steam one year later. Episode 2, ''Senseless Acts of Justice'', was released in late August 2011. The third and final episode, ''Beyond Reasonable Doom'', was released on September 22.

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!!''This game contains examples of:''

* ADayInTheLimelight: Lambert is temporarily playable in the prologues of episodes 2 and 3. The 2nd episode's description in the iTunes App Store apologises for this.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Hector thinks of Doreen as this, and doesn't make much of an effort to hide it.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Barnesly Noble]]
** The Beefmart owner. Jovial, funloving, and always willing to give a helping hand. He's also heavily implied to murder any health inspector that comes through his door.
* TheAlcoholic: Hector, natch.
* TheAllegedCar: The Clapheap.
* AxCrazy: The old lady at the bus stop.
* BlackComedy
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Non-evil characters are seen as selfish jerks and the only reason Hector tries to stop the terrorist from winning isn't out of concern for the citizens of Clapper's Wreake; he just wants to ''spite him.''
* BumblingSidekick: Lambert. Even the sections of episode 2 and 3 where the player controls him directly makes him look like a nearly-useless fool. It's even lampshaded by a guy he ends up rescuing in episode 2, who thinks that walking back home in cement shoes is quicker and more reliable than letting Lambert try to get them off.
* CatchPhrase: Hector has "ballbags" and "retardation". Lampshaded in the third episode where [[spoiler: it's one of the option for the codeword to distract Barnsley. (Not that it matters.)]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: the Who Cares? badges]]
* CliffHanger: [[spoiler:Episode 1 ends with the terrorist holding Hector at gunpoint.]]
** Episode 2 ends with [[spoiler:Barnesly Noble being revealed as the Terrorist, and knocking Hector and Lambert out.]]
* CloudCuckoolander: Lambert. His overwhelming obliviousness is probably the main thing keeping him from being as nasty and spiteful as most of the rest of the Clapper's Wreake population.
* ComedicSociopathy: Omnipresent. Made all the easier by the fact that virtually nobody in Clapper's Wreake is even slightly sympathetic.
* CorruptChurch: [[spoiler:The "church" in episode 2 turns out to be a front for a whorehouse.]]
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: After Hector [[spoiler: blows up Exotcia he finds an afro wig.]]
--> Hector: Huh. If I had found that eariler I wouldn't have had to [[spoiler: blow up the building.]]
* CrapsackWorld: Clapper's Wreake might be one of the more literal examples of the trope. It's not just a dystopian hellhole: it's a DISGUSTING dystopian hellhole. The town's sanitation workers might actually be more worthless than the police.
* DeadpanSnarker: Hector, natch. Lambert also gets some snarky lines in episode 3.
* TheDitz: Lambert, Hector's [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Pants-on-head retarded]] sidekick.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Lambert is used as a hint system so a lot of what he says actually is right no matter how much of a naive idiot he is otherwise.
* FatBastard: Our hero.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Throughout the first two episodes, it became increasingly likely that [[spoiler: Barnsely Noble, the tourist guide, was the terrorist before it was confirmed. Let's see, in the first game their speech text color were identical to each other, the Guide vanished in a most mysterious way after getting his money, the Terrorist uses an EvilLaugh ''very'' similar to the Guide at the start of Episode 2, and to top it all of, the "Who Cares" badge gets shaped up to be a MacGuffin. Not to mention that, as the story goes on, more and more people are seen wearing those damn buttons.]]
** Lampshaded in Episode 3:
---> '''Hector''': ''"I had you pegged as a baddie from the first time I met you in Episode 1."''
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Hector Has Standards]]: Despite openly admitting to being a DirtyCop, Hector has some strong words for a few of Clapper's Wreake's citizens who particularly disgust him.
** Despite all the disgusting things Hector has to do in the game he will not touch the food in Chez [=LeBouffett=]. There are also certain things that even he's unwilling to do, in which case he makes Lambert do it.
** When seeing Fatia servicing John.
--> "O God! Can I unsee something?"
* GratuitousFrench: The ''Chez [=LeBoeuffet=]'' gets these by the ton, its name alone which slips the french word for beef, ''boeuf'', into its name while still retaining a french pronunciation that comes to "buffet".
** Its waiter rolls both BilingualBonus and StealthInsult into a single line when he gets the cancellation call from the footballer's wife and calls her ''ma petite debile'' which translates as ''my little retard.''
* GrossOutShow: Features alcohol, porn, (British)toilet humor and such and such.
* GutturalGrowler: Hector. Understandable, given his implied alcoholism and his habit of chain-smoking in his sleep.
* HatePlague: [[spoiler:Barnsely's plan is to unleash [[PunnyName Arsenol]], a gas that he created that turns everyone into raving bastards, upon the town so that the citizens of Clapper's Wreake destroy themselves, thus wiping the slate clean and allowing him to create a new, better city.]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Hector. Fond of brutality, kickbacks, obviously illegal solutions to legal problems, and pointless abuse of his loyal sidekick.
-->'''Hector:''' "I don't feel comfortable opening a terrorist's mail. Hmm... I'll make Lambert do it."
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler:Episode 3 reveals that Lambert is quite skilled in mechanics.]]
* IdiotHero: Lambert's one of the few characters that isn't an utter jerkass. He's also for the most part quite a ditz, though occasionally a GeniusDitz.
* InvisibleToAdults: One of the characters in Episode 3 is a {{Leprechaun}} that only [[CloudCuckoolander Lambert]] can see.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Hector stops just short of voicing this sentiment aloud. He never stops expressing his contempt for most people and most things, and weighs the deaths of 37 cops as less bothersome than the assorted inconveniences that the terrorist causes him. So why does he fight so hard to save Clapper's Wreake? Spite, probably.
* JerkAss: ''Everyone''. Except Lambert and that one guy trying to start the Clappers's Wreake beautification project. [[spoiler:At least until its revealed he's the Terrorist.]]
** The French waiter at the Chez [=LeBouffett=] may top them all, however.
* LampshadeHanging
--> '''Hector:''' "Somehow it always comes back to toilets."
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Barnsley Noble's ultimate fate at the end of Episode 3]]
* MotiveRant: Parodied. [[spoiler:Barnsley]] even has slides set up.
* MotorMouth: '''Doreen'''
* NauseaFuel: In-Universe and Out. A lot of the solutions to puzzles either are gross themselves or a way of getting Hector to touch something he really rather not.
* NeatFreak: Lambert
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Everything Hector did in the first episode ended up helping the Terrorist with his plan.]]
* NobodyPoops: Averted and Lampshaded.
* NoFourthWall: Hector insults you or is lazy about incorrect item/item and item/person combinations, talks about his inventory, insults you for failures of common sense, and appears to read character subtitles (including his own). Episodes 2 and 3 begin with Hector being fully aware of being messed with by the [[ForcedTutorial tutorials]], including telling you not to follow the suggestions. [[spoiler: You have to. In episode 3, Hector and Lambert discuss putting each other in their inventories, and another character refers to Hector's "inverted commas".]]
* OnlySaneMan: Hector seems to be the only sane and competent cop in the entire town and he is a SociopathicHero at best. Additionally, he may be a bit of a scumbag himself, and certainly not the only person who thinks Clapper's Wreake is a shithole, but he's the only person who sees the town for what it really is: an ''irredeemable'' shithole. He has a better sense than anyone of just how horrible it is.
* PetTheDog: In spite of all the abuse Hector heaps on Lambert, he [[spoiler:actually gives him the 1st place ribbon from the Strictly Come Gurning contest.]]
** Then again, [[spoiler:considering that the contest is basically a contest for "Ugliest Person", it's a bit of a backhanded compliment. Still, coming from Hector, who normally just bullies Lambert around this is still quite a change of pace.]]
** Blind Ali is shown to be using his blow up doll as a surrogate girlfriend. Even having a romantic dinner with it.
* PoliceAreUseless: Hell yes. The terrorist even goes so far to claim that the town's corruption ''is entirely their fault'', and he's probably ''right.''
** Episode 3 has the entire force drunk in a tent when Hector shows up, yelling about how the terrorist will kill them all. They do nothing useful during the episode.
* RefugeInAudacity: Pretty much the whole point, you'll be spending all three episodes making Hector or Lambert do disgusting things to advance the plot. At least three of those tasks involve toilets.
* RoboticReveal: At the end of Episode 1, [[spoiler:Hector confronts the Terrorist, only to find a facial recognizing sniper rifle hooked to a voice-scrambled laptop.]]
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: At the end of Episode 3, Hector mentions that he's only removed one criminal from Clapper's Wreake. The town is too much of a shithole for our favourite fat arse's story to be done.]]
* ShaggyDogStory: Both Episode 1 and 2 have you spend a lot of time doing tasks that ultimately do not matter, much to Hector's frustration. Hector barely avoids it turning into a ShootTheShaggyDogStory.
* StealthPun: One of the puzzles in Episode 3 involves learning [[YouFightLikeACow how to fight like a]] [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland dairy farmer]].
** During the dinner at Chez Le Boeuffet, Doreen calls Hector a ''clever linguist'' when he mentions speaking four languages (five if you count profanity).
* StreetUrchin: In the beginning of episode 2 Lambert meets one who is living in an abandoned fridge, lost his hand in a shoe shining accident and had it replaced by a hook. After he helps Lambert, Lambert [[spoiler: ends up adopting him.]]
* UnhandThemVillain: Said by [[spoiler: Barnesly]] to Hector. Specifically, he demands that Hector "release him." Well...
* UnreliableNarrator: Hector provides his own narration. Filtered through his cynical, alcoholic pessimism and occasional sugar-coating of the less savory aspects of Clapper's Wreake.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: To nobody's surprise, it's Hector again.
* ShoutOut: The terrorist's plan closely resembles that of Ra's al Ghul in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', while his Plan B for executing it brings to mind the Joker's escape from jail in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
* StoutStrength: Hector's a pretty strong guy, capable of lifting an entire cow over his head. In parts where both he and Lambert are playable, the player will need to utilize his strength to get past obstacles that the limpwristed Lambert can't, or the inverse due to Hector's [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength inability to hold back]].
* TheUnreveal: The "Thing".
* TitleDrop: First used literally with the [[spoiler: "Who Cares?" ''badges'' filled with arsenol that are detonated by the musical note sequence B-A-D-G-E]], and then turned into an IncrediblyLamePun with [[spoiler: the inflated "Badger of Carnage"]] in episode 3.
* TooDumbToLive: Many of the inhabitants of Clapper's Wreake would qualify but special mention goes to the police officers who keep sending in negotiators even though it always ends with the negotiator getting shot in the head. They lose 37 before Hector is called in.
** [[spoiler: Prevelant in the third episode--The chief says that Barnsley can use his free call...and let Barnsley ACTIVATE his plan to purify Clappers Wreake!!!]]
* TriviallyObvious: The nicest thing Hector ever says about Lambert -
-->'''Hector:''' "Of all the partners I've had, Lambert is the most... recent."
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The terrorist claims to be sick and tired of Clapper's Wreake's debauchery, and wants to clean up the town...through terrorism and extortion.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Hector notices this much after being placed in a DeathTrap by [[spoiler:Barnesly]].
-->'''Hector:''' "I am flattered that he went through all that trouble for me, but I am wondering why he didn't just club me to death, while I was out cold."
* WretchedHive: Clapper's Wreake is described as "The Crime Capital of Britain", and it shows.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Pretty much the relationship between Lambert and Hector with type 1 as the prominent side. Hector will abuse Lambert and Lambert ambles about but they have a 'deep' friendship with each other.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: A haggish lady is seen repeatedly vomiting.
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