* AcceptableTargets: Broken Sword apparently has a lot of stereotypical characters from different countries, especially in Europe.
* AccidentalInnuendo:
** In ''The Shadow of the Templars'', some guys are impressed about George's sewer key.
** "I pushed my fingers into the narrow crack."
** “Hey you with the balls, you've forgotten one of your balls, hey!”
** At Montfaucon church:
---> '''George''': Boy, you've got the shine on this!\\
'''Priest''': Merci. It's on the wrist action.
** When George gives [[spoiler: an antidote]] to Nico in the second game:
---> '''George''': Drink this.\\
'''Nico''': Oh, George - it's horrible!\\
'''George''': Just swallow it down.
** In ''The Sleeping Dragon'', George tries to stop the spikes to let Nico cross the other side of the entrance. Twice as funny when you look at George's expression while hearing this line:
---> '''George''': Can't...hold it...much longer!
** One of the developer diaries in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' has this interesting exchange:
---> '''Charles''': They got the giggles for 10 minutes at one point. Although what's funny about the lines: "Hey Nico, come and hold this, whilst I shove the rod in" and her reply of: "I'm not going to stand here holding it all day" I will never know.
** In ''The Angel of Death'', when George tries to get the key from under a potted plant:
---> '''Brother Mark''': Hey, get your hands off my shrubs! \\
'''George''': I didn’t touch your shrubs! \\
'''Brother Mark''': Well, anyone can see you want to!
** "The devil is doing an inside job!"
** Upon examining the chest in Nico's apartment:
--->'''George''': Nico's chest contains full of secrets.
* AllAnimationIsDisney: The cutscenes from the first and second games are mistaken as Disney-style animation by some critics and fans.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** The goat in the first game is either a stubborn creature who protects his territory or being a JerkassWoobie who gets mistreated by his owner.
** Duane. Is he a person who secretly works as a CIA operative and pretends to be a tourist or simply as a [[ShellShockedVeteran result of being delusional from his experience in war?]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** The conversation with the black box in Black Cat Massage Parlor.
** The dance [[spoiler:between George (disguised as Henri) and Bijou]] in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
* BrokenBase: It is generally agreed that the first two games are classics. However, when the series went to 3D, fans are divided and some of them [[FanonDiscontinuity ignore those two other sequels]] as a part of the series. When the ''The Serpent's Curse'' is released, it received a warm welcome but some dislike its animations still being in 3D.
** Some regard ''The Sleeping Dragon'' as an enjoyable game with its solid characters and story, but it is criticized by purists for its keyboard controls and action segments. Others say that the [[BlockPuzzle crate puzzles]] are fun but the rest of the fans think they're repetitive and boring to solve.
** Others think ''The Angel of Death'' is better than the third game because its controls return [[PointAndClick to its roots]], better (if not hard) puzzles and less action. Some say that the graphics, writing and characters are decent but others think they're worse compare to the previous games. The only thing that the fans agreed is that the [[DownerEnding ending is]] [[CutShort the worst part]] in the game.
* CrazyAwesome: George [[spoiler:attempts to defuse the bomb inside Anna-Maria's apartment while being drunk]] in the fourth game.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: The fate of [[spoiler: Donna the goat]] in ''The Serpent's Curse'' ending.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: There are plenty of amazing music in all of the games but the most memorable is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htUnwEShScc music intro]] of ''The Shadow of the Templars''
** The [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=b1ep2aYBPac ending theme]] in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
* ContestedSequel: ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and to the lesser extent ''The Angel of Death''.
* DieForOurShip: Anna-Maria.[[spoiler: She sacrifices her life at the end to let George stop the ceremony and save Nico.]]
* DisappointingLastLevel: The final challenge in ''The Sleeping Dragon'', where it involves George [[spoiler: [[DeadlyDodging must charge]] [[PuzzleBoss towards the dragon]]]]. Before that, there's another crate puzzle...
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOz0YSRPV3Q "Jasmine"]] in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
* EightPointEight: Averted. Some gamers were not happy when Edge gave ''The Sleeping Dragon'' a score of 9 out of 10. Edge recently [[http://www.edge-online.com/features/ten-controversial-edge-reviews/2/ acknowledge their mistake]].
* EndingAversion: Ask anyone who finished ''Angel of Death'' about the ending and they will complain [[DownerEnding how awful]] [[CutShort it is]]. Then again, the series is known to have rushed endings.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[AngryGuardDog The goat in Ireland]], to the point where it returns in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
** Khan, to the point where he is chosen as one of the best assassins in video games in ''Kotaku''.
** Mrs. Piermont also counts. There is a reason why she appears in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
** Petra has quite a following as well.
* EvilIsSexy: Petra.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Some fans like to pretend that ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death'' never happened because of the [[VideoGame3DLeap change of their graphics]] and gameplay.
* FirstInstallmentWins: Majority of Broken Sword fans and game critics will agree that the original ''Shadow of the Templars'' is considered greatest among the series.
* FoeYay: Nico and Petra.
* GameBreaker: In DS version of ''Director's Cut'', you can bypass the sliding block puzzles in Ile de la Cité by sliding the lower screen from upper left to lower right corner.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Near the end of the first game has one when George and Nico sneaks out through the enemy's hideout. "It wouldn't surprise me if they're holding some kind of [[Literature/TheDaVinciCode satanic sex ritual]]."
** "Good luck, George. Watch out for [[ComicBook/TheWalkingDead the walking dead!]]"
** In the third game, George asks Nico if she brought her [[Literature/HarryPotterandtheDeathlyHallows cloak of invisibility]].
* HarsherInHindsight:
** In the first game, George wonders if Pearl's choice of her attire is deliberate or accidental to the customs in Middle Eastern countries like Syria. In the fifth game, there's Nico walking in an Iraqi desert while wearing miniskirt and black leggings.
** In the second game, Father Hubert tells George that he's stranded in the jungle for 11 years and how he refuses to talk about the tribesmen in the jungle. [[spoiler: It gets worse when you remember that he's a priest and [[ImAManICantHelpIt he left his children in the village]].]]
** The last line Henri said before his death [[spoiler: is actually a line from his band's popular song "Jasmine".]]
* HoYay: George and Brother Mark has few of these moments [[spoiler: until Brother Mark reveals that he is straight in the final confrontation in Vatican]]. Even Nico notices that there's something going on between them.
** George and Lobineau, according to some fans.
* ItsEasySoItSucks: The puzzles in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Serpent's Curse'' episode one get a fair share of this.
* LoveToHate: Khan and Petra.
* MostWonderfulSound: Happens when you solve puzzles, explore new areas or discover important clues.
* MoralEventHorizon: Sussaro [[spoiler:makes a surprise attack to the members of St. Stefan Chapter of Knights Templar and kills them]] in the third game.
** In the fifth game, [[spoiler: Langham kills Tiago...right in front of Eva.]]
* {{Narm}}:
** In the second game, the description of "Certain Death" appears [[spoiler: downstairs before Tezcatlipoca's chamber.]]
** The lyrics to the song during the credits of the second game are hilarious. A sample: "Happiness is an inside job. Whether your name is Mary. Whether your name is Bob."
** The remake of the first game. While still quite enjoyable with its amount of expansion, it can become ''quite'' jarring for even first-time players for several reasons. First off, the voice clips were re-used from the original game and were not rerecorded for the remake - meaning Nico's voice ''noticeably'' changes when it goes in between them. The artstyle is also obviously different. It almost feels alien, given the amount of re-used assets.
* NightmareFuel:
** The clown in the first game's intro.
** At the same game, all of the death scenes do count.
** George screams [[spoiler:when his body's burning from the dragon's fire-breath]] in the third game.
* OlderThanTheyThink / SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The ''Shadow of the Templars'' introduced the mixture of KnightsTemplar, AncientConspiracy quests and globetrotting in Europe into the story. Nowadays, it has been overshadowed by Literature/TheDaVinciCode even though the novel was released seven years later.
** The fanbase speculated that the game is one of Dan Brown's influence in writing Literature/TheDaVinciCode and its story has a lot of similarities to the game.
* OneTrueThreesome: George/Nico/André. Duane lampshades about them in the second game if you show him the panties.
* PortingDisaster: The GBA version of ''The Shadow of the Templars'' has some bugs that forces players to restart the game.
* RewatchBonus: Replaying the second game, you'll realize that there are some foreshadowing regarding [[spoiler:Emily as a ghost]].
* ScrappyMechanic: The [[PressXToNotDie action events]] of ''The Sleeping Dragon'' especially the notorious [[BlockPuzzle crate puzzles.]] You [[SaveGameLimits can't save]] during the middle of [[StealthBasedMission stealth sections]], either.
* ScrappyLevel: Many players, especially for those who prefer adventure games hate the [[StealthBasedMission stealth sections]] in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death''. You have no clue when you're going to move and hide, and the games don't have an option to [[CameraScrew control camera angles]].
** Some fans are not impressed about hacking puzzles in ''The Angel of Death'' as well.
* SeasonalRot: ''The Angel of Death'' is regarded as the weakest game in the series due to have awkward controls, [[ItsHardSoItSucks many illogical puzzles]] and the worst ending.
* SignatureScene: The opening in the first game.
* {{Squick}}: In the first game,[[spoiler: the toilet brush from Club Alamut is used by Arto to baste kebabs.]]
* TaintedByThePreview: ''The Serpent's Curse'' trailer receives mixed responses from fans. Mainly because they want the character models return to 2D [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks instead of 3D]].
* ThatOneLevel: To many fans, the EscapeSequence level in Paris is the hardest in the third game. You have to guide George through the elevator before Petra gets him. When George dies in that part, you have to endure watching an unskippable cut scene over again and if you have PS2 or XBox version, the loading times to complete.
** The [[StealthBasedMission Stealth-Based Missions]] do also count.
* ThatOnePuzzle: The Goat Puzzle. {{Lampshaded}} by George on his diary about how he describes the situation.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: One of the common complaints in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death'', especially when it comes to [[VideoGame3DLeap their graphics]].
** Fans who played the first game criticize ''Director's Cut'' for changing the OpeningNarration, eliminating death scenes and some unimportant descriptions that were humorous.
* UglyCute: Trevor, in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
* UnconventionalLearningExperience: Aside from the history of KnightsTemplar and Tezcatlipoca, there are lots of foreign words spoken by other characters from different countries.
* VindicatedByHistory: The Smoking Mirror, originally. It did receive positive reviews initially, but it was subject to HypeBacklash. When the ''Director's Cut'' was released, reception was much ''much'' more positive.
** ''The Sleeping Dragon'' gets this to a certain degree. While being inferior to the previous installments due to the change of graphics and gameplay, over the years it has a good number of fans who think it is worthy to the first two games.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The Anubis hologram in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
* WinBackTheCrowd: After the poor reception of ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death'', ''The Serpent's Curse'' has been trying to recapture the magic of the first two games. Reactions have varied after the release of the second episode.
* TheWoobie: When Nico tells her story in the first game especially in ''Director's Cut'', it's not hard to feel sorry for her.
** [[spoiler: Imelda Carchon]] in ''Director's Cut''.
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