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->''Narrator'': It's kind of pathetic, you get all erratic / about dirty dishes congesting the sink. / I'm tired of your bothers, remember our fathers / who dwelled in a world filled with rubbish and stink. / But when all hope was lost, someone raised from the dust. / He was handsome and cunning, his haircut had style! / Courage was shining in his eyes as he said "Screw you guys! / Mind your own business, I'm off now, goodbye!"

->''Chorus'': Huzzah, he's off now goodbye!

[[InAWorld On a landfill-planet called Deponia]], there lives a clever and ambitious but reckless and short-sighted fool named Rufus, who wants nothing more than to get off of Deponia and reach the beautiful flying city of Elysium in the sky. After his latest failed escape attempt, he manages to knock an Elysian girl called Goal off the cruiser she is traveling on to the surface below, breaking her brain implant in the process. This prompts her fiance to offer a reward for her return, giving the egotisical Rufus a ticket off the junk pile he calls home. So begins an adventure where Rufus takes his unconscious love from his home in Kuvaq across the trash-filled world to the meeting with her fiance, all the while chased by the Organon, cyborg-soldiers with insidious plans for Goal & Deponia.

The rest of the cast includes a variety of colorful characters, almost all of whom hate or are casually contemptuous of Rufus. These include Toni, Rufus's ex-girlfriend; Wenzel, Rufus's best friend who laughs at his multiple attempts to escape; Cletus, Goal's Elysian fiance who looks identical to Rufus but with a goatee; and Doc, a handyman & brain surgeon who enjoys meditation and alcohol. Deponia is a point-&-click adventure game that was released in January 2012 by DaedalicEntertainment.

A sequel titled ''Chaos on Deponia'' was released in November, 2012. This game takes place just a few days after the end of the first game. Rufus, having [[BlatantLies turned over a new leaf and completely reformed,]] finds himself having to save Goal once again from a problem that he created. Specifically, her mind has been [[SplitPersonality split into three parts]], each with a fragment of her identity, and he needs to earn the respect/affection of all of them in order to put Goal back together again. And then he needs to save Deponia from the Organon. [[HereWeGoAgain Again]].

The third game and GrandFinale of the trilogy, titled ''Goodbye Deponia'', was released on October 18, 2013. After putting Goal's personality back together, she [[RuleOfThree disappears yet again]]. When looking for her, he finds a cloning machine and thinks that he has found the solution to his problem: More Rufuses would mean more efficiency in his mission! [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong ...Right?]] Now Rufus has to coordinate his tripled selves to find Goal, reach Elysium and save Deponia from the forces of Organon once and for all.

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!This game provides examples of:
* AccidentalPervert: Sort of a weird example in the first game. Midway through, Rufus believes that Wenzel is hiding the unconscious Goal in his shower (which happens to be running at the time). He throws the shower door open, only to discover that it's Toni inside and she happens to be bathing. She seems more mildly annoyed than genuinely upset at the intrusion, although Rufus reacts with no small amount of {{Squick}}.
* AffectionateParody: The games have some elements of this towards the Adventure Game genre, especially with Rufus, who's basically an UpToEleven version of an average adventure game protagonist's personality.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Baby Goal has to be wooed by enlisting Rufus into the revolutionary cause.
** Her other two personalities are not immune to this clause either. Lady Goal shows far more interest in the [[{{Jerkass}} aloof Seagull]] than the more eager Rufus, and Spunky Goal treats Rufus with contempt right up until he proves he can [[BestHerToBedHer beat her up in Platypus Bataka]].
* AllKnowingSingingNarrator: The game features a bard (backed up by a chorus) who sings between chapters about Rufus's progress.
-->''Huzzah the chorus guys rule!''
* AmbiguousEnding: The ending leaves some big questions unanswered, which is a somewhat odd choice given the overall whimsical tone of the series. [[spoiler: [[BolivianArmyEnding Did Rufus really die?]] [[NeverFoundTheBody What happened to Argus?]] What will happen to Elysium now that the Council of Elders know that Deponia is inhabited and have ordered the suspension of the Utopia mission?]]
** WordOfGod has confirmed that this was a deliberate choice, as the developers wanted [[spoiler: the fate of Deponia and its inhabitants to be left up to the imagination of the players, to the point where they have suggested that it's possible that [[DisneyDeath Rufus survived his fall]] (though many fans have chosen to [[KilledOffForReal assume the worst.]])]] The reception to that decision amongst the fanbase has been... [[BrokenBase mixed]], to say the least.
* ArtificialHuman: The Organon, who were created to be disposable workers and soldiers in the service of Elysium. To better fulfill their role, they were engineered to have little respect for life. Understandably, this also makes them particularly brutal enforcers as far as the Deponians are concerned. [[spoiler: Argus, Cletus, and even Rufus himself happen to be the only remaining prototypes for the rest of them.]]
* AscendedExtra: Bozo and Doc are minor [=NPCs=] in the first game. In the second and third, they play much larger roles.
* TheAtoner: From ''Goodbye Deponia'', [[spoiler:Hermes]], one of the minds behind Elysium's Utopia project and creator of the Organon. He ended up having second thoughts about blowing up the planet and elected to stay behind on Deponia to try and find a solution.
* AuthorAvatar: The Gondolier who is [[spoiler:eaten by junk crabs to finish a puzzle]], the identical-looking narrator, and the button used for activating the Developer commentary are based on the head developer of the game.
* AxCrazy:
** Bambina, Bozo's weapons-shop-owning PsychoExGirlfriend.
** Donna in ''Goodbye Deponia'' switches from random gibberish to random (and gruesomely creative) threats of bodily harm, upon which she will attempt to act.
* BagOfSpilling: Rufus lampshades this in the second game, after somehow losing a remote which was in his pocket. He comments that he must have a hole in them since it happened several times before.
* BeardOfEvil:
** Cletus has a goatee.
** Seagull sports a full beard.
** ''All'' of the Organon, though with a twist: their beards are cybernetic devices.
* BedsheetGhost: The HellHotel of the third game is inhabited by one.
* BestHerToBedHer: Spunky Goal has to be wooed by beating her in a platypus-themed, ''Series/AmericanGladiators''-style jousting match.
* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler: Cletus, after seeming to have fallen to his demise in the final part of ''Goodbye Deponia'', turns out to be okay, and tries to stop Argus after he reveals his intentions to carry out the invasion of Elysium and almost kills Rufus.]]
* BigNo: Goodbye Deponia has a couple of them, with probably the most noteworthy being [[spoiler:Goal, reacting to Rufus jumping to his death.]]
* BilingualBonus: With the English version in the second game. The jukebox songs and some signs on the black market are written in a strange looking alphabet, these can be translated into roman letters, but only when you can read German since they were not changed in the translation. In case of the jukebox this can actually reveal a far more sexual title for the third song, which can be translated as the "the condom song".
* BirdsOfAFeather: Rufus and Spunky Goal get along the best out of her three split personalities, due in no small part to the fact that Spunky Goal essentially ''is'' Rufus, with a bit of Toni thrown in.
* BittersweetEnding: All three games have one.
** First game: [[spoiler:Rufus saves Deponia, but is forced to let Goal leave with Cletus for his plan to work.]]
** Second game: [[spoiler: Rufus and Goal are together at last, but Deponia is still in danger, and Rufus is no closer to Elysium]].
** [[RuleOfThree Third game]]: [[spoiler: The Organon have been stopped, Deponia will not be destroyed and Goal is safe in Elysium, but Rufus [[AmbiguousEnding may have had]] to give up his life to protect Goal.]]
* BlackComedy: The whole series engages in it to a degree, with various bystanders (including children and animals) being accidentally (or sometimes not...) tormented, maimed, or killed, all played for laughs (and contrasting sharply with the bright, cartoony visuals and overall lighthearted tone of the story). However, the series gets progressively darker in its comedy as it goes along, and by the time the third game comes around, it starts venturing into CrossesTheLineTwice and DudeNotFunny territory.
** Considering the developer and some of their other works, this series is actually comparatively lighthearted.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The game was originally made by a German company, so you'll notice a lot of weird lines, grammar not meshing correctly, and other such inconsistencies.
** When examining a pipe early in the game, this is the only line given:
--> Rufus: This brings water to the houses. Or with fluid nitrogen. Depending on the escape plan.
* BookEnds: The first and second games begin and end with Rufus falling out of the sky and [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou somehow not dying.]] By extension, the series on the whole begins with that and ends with [[spoiler:Rufus falling out of the sky again... this time to his apparent death.]]
* BothSidesHaveAPoint: In ''Goodbye Deponia'', the people finally flat-out tell Rufus that he's an inconsiderate jackass and a screwup. Goal counters that immediately by pointing out that, despite his flaws, Rufus is literally the only reason they're still alive or even aware of the doomsday situation.
* BrokenBridge:
** In the first game, the tunnel between Toni's house and the town square is inconveniently closed off at the beginning of the game.
** Not much later in the first game, Gizmo's emergency station is closed until Rufus gets the recipe for the espresso blend.
** In the second game, the Floating Black Market is closed off for the final section of the game, leaving just the dock area accessible.
* ButHeSoundsHandsome: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Goodbye Deponia.'' [[spoiler:In the end, Rufus talks about how selfish and unchanging he is... to "prove" that it's Cletus sacrificing his life for Goal and Deponia.]]
* ButThouMust: In the first game, you don't get a choice about [[spoiler:betraying Goal by removing her cartridge and replacing it with the backup.]]
** You also don't get a choice about [[spoiler: reversing the betrayal and then stranding yourself on Deponia in the process.]]
** In the second game, you can't decide not to [[YouCantFightFate take the bananas.]]
** You can't buy the Premium Disk for Goal's operation because [[ComicallySmallBribe the other variety comes with a free lollipop.]]
* ChangedMyMindKid: The only reason ''Chaos on Deponia'' doesn't have an outright DownerEnding is because [[spoiler:Lady Goal suddenly and unexpectedly changed her mind about going with Cletus, because she didn't want to abandon Spunky Goal.]]
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Power inverters, special components that reverse the function of whatever device they're installed in. Rufus finds and uses quite a few of them during his adventures, and bemoans the lack of said devices in ''Goodbye Deponia''.
* CirclingBirdies: Rufus gets the circling-stars variation during a brief cutscene in the third game.
* CombinatorialExplosion: Many (but not all) of the stranger attempts at using or combining items have unique responses. For instance, use a nodding bird with a parrot in the first game and Rufus says something along the lines of:
-->"One is flapping its beak all the time and the other one's nodding continuously. They should get married."
** Some achievements require combining certain objects with others in ways that don't serve to advance the plot, especially in ''Goodbye Deponia''.
* ComedicSociopathy: It's an adventure game, and Rufus is pretty unlikable even for an adventure game protagonist.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack:
** Rufus almost takes the place of Cletus to be with Goal in the first game, but chooses to tell her the truth to save Deponia.
** At the end of ''Chaos on Deponia'' [[spoiler:Lady Goal comes within a few moments of betraying Rufus and Spunky Goal, but ultimately decides to come back.]]
* {{Corpsing}}: In-Universe, Rufus will break out in giggles on ''Chaos on Deponia'' if he hears Janosch's lisp, offending the resistance group (of whom Janosch leads); in order to convince them, he has to get through explaining the Organon plot on Deponia without triggering said lisp when Janosch reiterates it.
* CrapsackWorld: Deponia is just [[LandfillBeyondTheStars miles upon miles of junk]]. It's implied that Elysium's trash is dumped on Deponia by the Organon, as part of an eons-old class struggle. The people aren't too terrible, for the most part, but their environment would be unlivable in real life.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: In ''Goodbye Deponia'', it's the eleventh hour, the plan to [[spoiler:save Deponia by obliterating Elysium]] has been foiled by Rufus, and all the reasonable people can't think of something quickly enough. So they turn to Rufus, because when it comes to seat-of-your-pants action with barely a chance of success, he's your man. And sure enough, his plan '''works'''.
* CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption: Some of the things you have to make Rufus do to proceed are outright ''horrible'', ButThouMust. Causing the gondolier to be eaten alive by junk crabs and turning the baby dolphins into cat food are probably the worst examples.
** Using Baby Goal as a living lightning rod to prevent Rufus' getting struck by lightning when climbing a radio tower. And she just told you that SHE'S AFRAID OF LIGHTNING. Worsened by the fact that she spells out things *not* to do in a thunder storm, which you must actually get her to do to proceed.
** It gets even harsher in ''Goodbye Deponia'': Poisoning someone to make it look like they have the Whooping Pox (twice to two different people); ruining Toni's hard-earned state of calm; having a child stick an antenna into a power socket (and get electrified in the process); breaking up a loving couple so one can be forced to work as a dancing monkey and the other can be enslaved (and possibly eaten in the future); feeding the aforementioned child and his siblings to a giant swamp beast; and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking breaking said swamp beast's diet by doing so]]. Though, in fairness, those last two weren't quite intentional.
* CutAndPasteEnvironments: The tutorial room from the second game is an exact copy of the tutorial from the first game (with the tutorial-giver characters switched) despite being ostensibly different places. ''Immediately'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and PlayedForLaughs. By the repeat of it in the third game, it is considered a RunningGag. [[spoiler: When Rufus ends up in it later in the game during his DarkestHour and cannot escape getting killed in it ''over and over again'', he considers himself to be in ''hell''.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Chaos on Deponia'' is still silly and slapsticky, but there's far more onscreen deaths than in the first game (which had only two Organons being struck by the mine car and a gag with Future!Rufus dying to stop a reactor problem), and a generally more violent streak overall.
** By the second chapter your causing baby dolphins to be made into cat food is also where references to Edna and Harvey start creeping in.
** By the third game, the series has reached AnyoneCanDie levels of dark, plus jokes about killing and maiming children, slavery, pedophilia jokes, and a lot more swearing.
* DarkestHour: In the third game. The latest plan to save Deponia has fallen through, Rufus just [[spoiler:killed Goal, and now he's in his own personal hell]]. Or so it appears, at least...
* DeadpanSnarker: Wenzel and, especially, Toni qualify.
* DemotedToExtra: Wenzel. The tutorial and dialog at the beginning imply him to be Rufus' constant companion and snarky sidekick, but in the rest of the game he is just an obstruction to get Goal. Unlike Toni, he is completely missing from the sequel. Bozo in the sequel is presented the same way in the tutorial but does actually serve as companion throughout the story. Rufus briefly comments on him in the third game.
* {{Determinator}}:
** Rufus just doesn't know how to give up.
** Cletus as well in the third game. Despite Rufus' efforts to take him out and replace him to get to Elysium, he keeps on showing up. [[spoiler:This is most apparent in his escaping capture by Argus and the Organon in the penultimate chapter and the reveal that he did not fall to his death in the final chapter.]]
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: In the first game, Rufus obtains the codes and saves Deponia for the time being, but has lost the trust of Goal, which makes her return to Elysium with Cletus. In ''Goodbye Deponia'', Rufus must make a HeroicSacrifice to save Goal, having her escape to Elysium with Cletus, who has taken Rufus's identity. Whether Goal fully knows if the Rufus she is with is really Cletus or not is left to the players speculation.]]
* DieLaughing: At the end of ''Goodbye Deponia'', in a moment of MoodWhiplash, [[spoiler:Rufus, while falling to his apparent death, cracks up when Barry gets hit by a satellite on the way down.]]
* DisappearedDad: Rufus' father attempted to escape Deponia when Rufus was only eight. Considering that he was mayor at the time, the townsfolk on the whole weren't very pleased about it. He reappears in the second game [[spoiler:as a minor villain]], and is unceremoniously shot by game's end. By that point, their relations have soured to such an extent that Rufus ''doesn't even comment on it''. In the third game, he managed to survive and [[spoiler: become the leader of the Resistance, only to die while trying to murder Rufus for being a screwup. Rufus again doesn't give it much thought.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the final act of ''Welcome to Deponia'', Rufus must [[spoiler:retrieve Goal's memory cartidge containing her memories of her "visit" to Deponia]] from the Organon forces. The device he retrieves it from overtly resembles a humanoid mooning the player. Guess where it's [[AssPull pulled from]]?
* DoomedMoralVictor: Invoked by Cletus in regards to Rufus. He brags about Rufus being forced to be the loser, because winning would mean Rufus would have to become Cletus. Goal makes a similar point earlier on, but without the attitude. [[spoiler:There's no small amount of irony in the fact that Cletus is eventually forced to become Rufus after the latter's HeroicSacrifice.]]
* TheDoorSlamsYou: In ''Chaos on Deponia'', Rufus's "ring the doorbell and hide" prank always backfires because of this trope. In fact, the puzzle requires it. When Goal's in Spunky mode, she'll eventually swing the door so hard she'll end up leaving a Rufus-shaped dent in it, which Rufus then uses to make a wax mold of his face.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Rufus often disguises himself as Cletus, and gets to dress as an Organon in ''Goodbye Deponia''.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Rufus actually gets Doc to concede that the extremely complicated mind-switching device for Goal is, in essence, a simple remote.
* DummiedOut: The ''Complete Story'' version on Steam has the Droggeljug mode and its associated achievement rendered inaccessible despite still being present in the game's files.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Organon's plans for Deponia. The second game reveals that the purpose of this destruction [[spoiler: is to create a blast large enough to propel Elysium to another, more habitable planet. It's finally averted in the third game, leaving the Elysians stuck trying to work out an alternative.]]
* EldritchAbomination: The dreaded [=McThulhu=] rests beneath the Chez Schlumpi restaurant in ''Chaos on Deponia''. The sole worker/cultist in the restaurant's takeout window refers to it as "the manager" and to customers ordering food as "sacrifices."
* EnemyMine: Cletus helps the rebellion in ''Goodbye Deponia,'' [[spoiler:Subverted when he double crosses them. Later played straight, when Rufus, Cletus and Argus join forces to stop the detonation of Deponia.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi: Apparently they're a common animal around the Rust Red Sea, because they're all over the place in ''Chaos on Deponia.'' Chapter 1 has you joining the local chapter of the Platypus club and raising the mystical Platypus Guardians of [[FourElementEnsemble Fire, Water, Air, and Earth]]. ''Goodbye Deponia'' introduces even more, the eggs of which serve as a collection sidequest like the Goal portrait in the previous game.
* EvilBrit: Argus and Cletus both speak with British accents.
* EvilTwin: Cletus looks almost identical to Rufus (he has a goatee), and is perfectly willing to overlook ''genocide'' if it means Elysium can be better off. [[spoiler:Then ''Argus'' is revealed to be another twin, outright identical to Cletus. Rufus discovers that they are part of a prototype batch of clones meant to implement the destruction of Deponia. ''All the Organon'' look like Rufus.]]
* EvilVsEvil: In the third game, [[spoiler:Cletus, who wants to go forward with the "blow up Deponia so Elysium can escape" plan, comes into conflict with Argus, who's planning an Organon invasion of Elysium.]]
* FailedASpotCheck: Even though Rufus and Cletus look virtually identical, there is one glaringly obvious difference that everyone fails to notice: Cletus has a full goatee, while Rufus just has some scruffy chin hair.
* {{FanService}}: At some point in the second and third games, Goal winds up in revealing attire. In ''Chaos on Deponia'', Spunky Goal dons a fur-bikini ensemble for the Platypus Bataka minigame, while in ''Goodbye Deponia'' she's ripped right out of her jumpsuit in the game's opening stanza. Both alternate outfits are used on the box art of their respective games. To top it all off, if you get all the collectibles, your reward is a naked pin-up of Goal (Unless you used the cheating method, then it becomes a similarly-revealing pin-up of Rufus.
** Toni's outfits always seem to do a good job of showing off her... [[IncrediblyLamePun assets.]]
** Near the end of the first game's first act the player gets to walk in on her showering.
*** Why a house has its shower in plain view of the living area is a mystery.
* FishingForSole: One puzzle in the second game requires getting a fisherman to fish you up a boot. Surprisingly, even in this junk-filled world, it's actually harder for him to fish up a boot than it is to get an actual fish.
* FloatingContinent: Elysium. [[spoiler:It's actually a spaceship intended to carry its inhabitants to a new, unspoiled world.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: At the start of ''Chaos on Deponia'', Rufus and Cletus argue about Goal, with Cletus talking about the different sides of her personality, specifically mentioning about [[spoiler:how the third part "sides with me!"]]
** Later, in ''Goodbye Deponia'', after cloning himself, the three Rufuses fall down chutes matching their icon colors, before slamming into the ends of their chutes and falling down into darkness, one by one. [[spoiler:This order - Blue, then Green, then Red - matches the order of their eventual deaths.]]
** In the second and third games, [[spoiler: whenever Rufus talks to the fortune teller about his future, the fortune teller explains that he sees nothing but darkness. He also foresaw the world ending, so the player likely assumed that the more dire of his predictions were simply for dramatic flavour, but it turns out [[CassandraTruth his predictions on Rufus were a bit more accurate...]]]]
** In the first game, Rufus comments and brags in front of Wenzel that his altruist nature has foiled his plans yet again and that it sucks being such a good person. [[spoiler:This describes perfectly the endings for all three games: Rufus will be given the option to either reach Elysium and/or be with Goal, at the cost of doing something morally reprehensible; but Rufus will always do what's best for Goal and/or Deponia and will choose not to, which will cause him nothing but pain.]]
--->'''Rufus:''' The burden of a hero.
* FromBeyondTheFourthWall: One of the puzzles in the second game requires you to disable the music in the game settings menu.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In the second game, a robot shopkeeper has clearly [[AIIsACrapshoot imprisoned his creator]], who is constantly banging on the glass to get attention, but Rufus can neither see or hear him.
* FutureSpandex: Goal wears a set of these, immediately distinguishing her from the Deponians who where more diverse clothing. Cletus in turn wears a similar outfit, but it flares a bit more around the legs, arms, and especially the neck.
* GambitPileup: The culmination of everyone's plans in the third game's final act results in this.
* GameBreakingBug: The rail-switching puzzle in the first game can be rendered impossible. A glitch can cause Rufus to be immediately turned around as soon as the track sequence starts, invalidating even a proper run because the game considers going back through the entrance a fail. It seems to be linked to skipping dialog, so letting that play out helps. If that doesn't work, you can always skip the puzzle after selecting the proper route, because you'll still get the achievement for succeeding even if the game decides you failed moments later.
** The Goal pin-up puzzle would only allow one of the two associated achievements to be earned normally. After getting one, the other had to be earned by clearing all save data and disabling the Steam Cloud sync, since the finished puzzle prevented any further progress. This was fixed in a patch that resets the puzzle with each new game. The following game dealt with the problem by making the collectibles static and progress cumulative over multiple playthroughs.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: You get a Steam achievement for blowing the dust off the sign in the escape pod at the start of ''Chaos on Deponia'' enough times. The achievement is called "Blow job" and the description is "Actually, that would have been Toni's job..."
* GenderBender : The fruit vendor in Goodbye Deponia after you give him the hormone brew.
* GilliganCut: When you're sent off to buy cartridges for Goal's operation, you're given a choice between several models. Once you pick one, it immediately cuts back to Doc's shop, revealing Rufus purchased the crappy ones to get a free lollipop.
* GlassEye: Doc has one, and it never seems to point in the same direction as his real one.
* TheGrimReaper: In ''Goodbye Deponia'', you see someone who clearly resembles him. [[spoiler:It turns out to be Hermes, the clone facility admin behind the creation of the Organon - his face is gaunt and zombie-like due to CloneDegeneration of sorts.]]
* GuideDangIt: Beating the game with the SillinessSwitch on, which turns every line of text in the game into "Droggeljug!" Including item labels, exit labels, [[DialogueTree Dialogue Trees]], and item descriptions.
** ''Welcome to Deponia'' has a number of easily-overlooked junk items scattered around the game, which do not appear when using the middle-mouse selector but can be collected to form a scrap-statue of Rufus. This particular puzzle was included in the Steam version of the game, since the Droggeljug mode and its associated achievment were removed.
** ''Chaos On Deponia'' has a jigsaw-puzzle PinUp of Goal separated into twelve parts, which are very difficult to find because they are very small, blend easily with their environment, and also aren't highlighted by your cursor or the middle mouse button. You could get around this by reloading a previous save game and finding the same piece over and over, which is even an achievement ("Cheater"), but there's a separate achievement for finding them all fairly (ie, with a fresh savegame on a new profile).
** In the same game, you have to go into the options menu and turn the background music off to proceed at one point. Rufus does comment on the fact that it is background music, but there's no indication that it's not another inventory puzzle.
** ''Goodbye Deponia'' has 15 platypus eggs hidden throughout the game. Like the above puzzles, they aren't highlighted and are well hidden, though they are easier to distinguish than the puzzle pieces. They are also spread over more areas you can't return to, and you can't cheat like with the puzzle. You can, however, get them over multiple playthroughs.
* HarmlessFreezing: One puzzle in the second game requires freezing an animal. It unfreezes as soon as you've delivered it, and it just shakes it off like it was merely wet.
** Played with in the third game, where Rufus freezes himself as part of a puzzle; using it properly lets you cheat death, otherwise you must start over.
* HaveANiceDeath: Rufus can actually die in the second game, complete with Sierra-style death dialog. This is done by abusing your resistance leader status too much in front of Toni. Also a RedHerring since while Toni repeatedly threatens you with bodily harm and says physical comedy is a solution of a puzzle, you actually die and have to reload the game when she takes action. The third game has a puzzle (see above) which kills you every time you fail it, only for Rufus to suddenly appear back at the start. There's even an achievement for failing it numerous times.
* HeelRealization: Rufus has one of these after Organon Bailiff Argus points out all the things that will make him a better partner than Cletus.
* HeliumSpeech: The Chorus Guys get a dose of helium for one of the songs in ''Goodbye Deponia''.
* HellHotel: Rufus and co. visit one in ''Goodbye Deponia''. It is an InformedFlaw though, since you never see any of the bodies the concierge mentions, the one ghost you find is a probably fake BedsheetGhost, and the ApocalypseCult you meet in the laundry room is completely right about the world ending the next day.
* HenchmenRace: [[spoiler:The Organon, genetically engineered and cloned to follow orders with little questioning, to lack respect for life, and not to fear death.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: ''Goodbye Deponia'' is rather full of them.
** [[spoiler:Hermes, the clone master, gives his life so Goal can be saved and Rufus can clone himself twice over to save Deponia.]]
** [[spoiler:The Prime Controller is willing to blow himself up with Deponia if it means stopping Argus from taking over Elysium and saving his daughter by sending her to a new world.]]
** [[spoiler:Finally, Rufus himself falls to his supposed death from the highboat, unwilling to let Goal die while trying to distinguish him from Argus and Cletus.]]
** Played for laughs in the original if Rufus interacts with a glowing green pool near the end of the game. A future version of himself suddenly appears without explanation and tells him that he's triggered a nuclear chain reaction that will destroy everything and one of them has to sacrifice themselves to stop it. They play Rock-Paper-Scissors for it, with the future-version losing every time and subsequently jumping into the water.
* HopeSpringsEternal: This is what sets Rufus apart from most others. No matter how hopeless the situation or seemingly impossible the task, Rufus always believes it can be done. [[spoiler:In fact, Hermes reveals that this is a genetic trait.]]
* HumanPopsicle: A caveman at the North Pole in the second game.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Rufus lampshades this when he complains that Elysium attire cannot hold anything, when his coat can, by his own admission, somehow hold a pair of cats and a parrot. In the sequel, Rufus manages to carry an entire wading pool around.
* IdenticalStranger: Rufus and Cletus look remarkably similar. [[spoiler: [[RuleOfThree And as the third game shows, so does Organon Bailiff Argus]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by all of them being variants of the same genotype of ArtificialHuman.]]
* IHaveNoSon: Invoked repeatedly by Captain Seagull on [[spoiler: Rufus]]. Specifically, he claims that [[spoiler:Rufus]] is no relation, just a [[DoorstopBaby trash baby]] he found and reluctantly took in. [[spoiler:This is later revealed to be true: Rufus, Cletus, and Argus are all clones.]]
** Comes complete with an unsubtle ShoutOut: The Steam achievement "Family Drama" with the icon of a platypus in a white [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] helmet and the description "[[ItWasHisSled Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father!]]"
-->'''Seagull''': [[InvertedTrope Search your feelings, you know it to be true]].
* ImpactSilhouette: In the beginning of ''Chaos on Deponia'', Rufus accidentally pitches Grandma Utz's bird through the bathroom door, leaving a bird-shaped hole.
* IndyPloy: You can make a drinking game out of the ways Rufus improvises his way both into an out of trouble.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: "Drogglejug!"
** "Huzzah!"
* InkblotTest: In ''Goodbye Deponia'', Rufus has to answer one to convince the proctor that he needs psychotropics. Unfortunately, his rather [[CloudCuckooLander cheerful and bizarre]] interpretations of the images lead the therapist to believe he's not taking the exercise seriously.
* InMediasRes: The second game starts out with Rufus meeting Goal again, only for her to ask how he got there and why there's a giant, burning saw blade stuck in the side of the pod. A quick flashback chapter fills in the blanks.
* InventoryManagementPuzzle: Parodied in the second game. If you really work at it, you can go over the inventory limit. If you manage this, the game produces an additional box to hold the extra item and gives you an achievement.
* IResembleThatRemark: Amusing variant at the start of the second game: Grandma Utz constantly raises doubts about Rufus while he proceeds to do the exact things she's worrying about in the background, just as Doc manages reassure her that Rufus is OK.
* IronicHell: In the end, [[spoiler:Rufus deliberately sacrifices himself to resolve a SpotTheImposter scenario which is putting Goal at risk. Cletus ends up posing as Rufus and escapes to Elysium. It's hinted Goal knows this, however, because she then forces him to dress and act like Rufus despite his obvious displeasure, while she looks mournfully down at Deponia]].
* JerkAss: In a series with [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Rufus]] as the lead, villains tend to be this. Cletus, for instance, is an outstanding example.
** Rufus' father, [[spoiler: Captain Seagull]], abandoned Rufus at a theme park when he was only eight. He has all of Rufus' flaws (minus the childishness), and no redeeming virtues. During the second game he also [[spoiler:tries to steal Goal.]] Taking his claim of [[spoiler:not being Rufus' biological father]] into account means that it was entirely his influence which made Rufus what he is. In ''Goodbye Deponia'', [[spoiler:he tries to kill Rufus just because he wants an apology, and succeeds in shooting him after bringing up his wife's death.]]
* TheJinx: Rufus is basically bad-luck incarnate. Lampshaded several times throughout the series, most notably by an expert fisherman who constantly tries to shoo Rufus away, because his mere presence prevents the fisherman from catching anything but garbage.
* KarmaHoudini: Inverted. [[spoiler: After all Rufus goes through in the series, culminating in him saving Deponia at the last possible moment, it's [[DudeWheresMyReward hard not to think]] that he [[ThrowTheDogABone deserves his life's dream]] of making it to Elysium. The game's writers [[KilledOffForReal apparently disagree]].]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: Captain Seagull, a.k.a. Rufus' father]], is unceremoniously shot dead by Argus in a YouHaveFailedMe moment. Rufus sees the whole thing; if he noticed, he gave no indication afterwards that he cared. He returns in ''Goodbye Deponia'' with an eyepatch and a peg leg. Rufus still doesn't care for him.
* KlatchianCoffee: Espresso, used to wake Goal from a pseudo-comatose state. Said espresso is made from, among other things, gunpowder, a chili pepper, a medical stimulant, and battery acid.
* LaResistance: The second game features a very ineffectual one that does little more than sit around munching snacks and talking about their oppression, doing little if any actual resisting. Then Rufus become their spiritual leader, at which point they TakeALevelInBadass, going from the aforementioned to [[spoiler: raising an armed rebellion and storming the Organon blast tower at the climax.]]
* LandfillBeyondTheStars: Deponia is a planet-wide junkyard.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The trailer for ''Chaos on Deponia'' shows that Rufus looks a lot like Cletus, and the trailer for ''Goodbye Deponia'' reveals Elysium's plan to blow up Deponia.
* LaughTrack: Events in the Bozo family household are accompanied by this and other Domestic-Comedy audio cues. Overlaps with BreakingTheFourthWall a bit, since Rufus is aware of it.
* LeftHanging: The fates of [[spoiler:several minor characters left in bad situations thanks to Rufus, as well as the ultimate solution for saving both Deponia and Elysium, are left unanswered at the end of the finale.]]
** In a literal example during ''Goodbye Deponia'', [[spoiler:Rufus' neck becomes entangled in a rope during the multi-Rufus chapter. Switching to one of the other clones at that moment awards the player an achievement to that effect]].
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: In the second game, both Rufus and a pharmacist comment on the background music, and have dialog if you turn it off. It's even part of a puzzle.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The Organon Hymn, [[spoiler: which turns out to be the main theme you've been hearing for the entire series.]]
* LoonyFan: Barry in the third game is a fairly mild example. [[spoiler:Well, until the end, when he ''jumps to his death'' just to congratulate his hero, anyway.]]
* LoopholeAbuse: One puzzle in the second game requires Rufus to do this. He meets a poet named Crane, who claims he doesn't need anything that his materialist neighbor Captain Seagull needs. Rufus brings him several memos Seagull has written about things he needs that Crane has, and proceeds to take these things because Crane must not need them.
** It goes a step further. After several rounds of the above, Crane cracks and tells Rufus to "just go ahead and take everything". Rufus uses this leverage to take something Captain Seagull doesn't need: the ashes of Crane's late mother. Rufus's line regarding the matter says it best:
--->"Hey, I didn't make the rules. I just bent them a little."
** In the gadget shop, the robot shopkeeper won't let you steal any items, and is insistent that the descriptions of his products are accurate. To steal from him, you have to break the supposedly unbreakable glasses of pure darkness then get the shopkeeper to wear them. By his own logic, they must work, so Rufus can steal with impunity because admitting that he can see Rufus would be to admit to false advertising. It works, but the robot is quite annoyed.
* LostForever: The hidden junk items in the first game, puzzle pieces in the second game, and platypus eggs in the third game are all in areas that can be rendered inaccessible if you progress too far in the plot.
* LostInTranslation: {{Lampshaded}} in the third game when, midway through the HellHotel chapter, Rufus abruptly addresses the audience and says, "There was a really funny joke here in the original German version of the game, but it got lost in translation." He's not lying either; there was a joke there in the German version regarding the BedsheetGhost, but it relied on some clever wordplay between the German words "spannbettlaken" (fitted sheet) and "spanner" (peeping tom) that was all but impossible to translate while still retaining the humour.
* MacGuffin: The Ascension Codes.
* MeaningfulName: Goal, whose rescue from a situation (usually of Rufus' making) is Rufus', well, (secondary) goal for all three games(the primary one being to get to Elysium).
* MeatgrinderSurgery:
** Doc's idea of brain surgery involves a large saw blade and several other equally inappropriate tools.
** In ''Goodbye Deponia'', Rufus must perform tapeworm-removal surgery on Cletus at one point. Cletus surprisingly survives it despite the process becoming an everything-removal surgery.
* MesACrowd: Late in ''Goodbye Deponia'', [[spoiler: Rufus clones himself into three since he doesn't have enough time to save the day and Goal on his own.]]
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: [[spoiler:Rufus becoming their spiritual leader causes the resistance of the second game to go from three whiny and inactive losers to a proper group of fighters.]]
* MistakenForProfound: The leader of Disorganized Crime in the second game. Her "orders" are just a series of tics which have been assigned meaning by her underlings.
* MoodWhiplash: And how. [[spoiler:At the end of a series that has been a mostly light-hearted, adventurous outing of a {{Determinator}} to end all Determinators, with the hero's final goal in sight... he sacrifices himself and lets the bad guy win.]]
* MundaneUtility: Lonzo's espresso machine, which uses a '''nuclear reactor''' to produce a tiny cup of coffee.
** Going [[UpToEleven beyond that]], Rufus's dad makes a device that can manipulate the planet's ''magnetosphere''. What does he and his successor, Mayor Lotek, do with said device? [[spoiler:Use it as a sleeping aid.]] What does Rufus do with it? [[spoiler:Mess up the postal system.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In ''Goodbye Deponia'', Rufus is subjected to one of these when his usual method of solving problems (basically just winging it and ignoring the consequences) comes back to bite him in a big way. [[spoiler: Trapped inside a machine meant to torture other people, he is led over to Goal with Argus intending to extract the Ascension Codes out of her. Rufus attempts to operate the machine, only to have it go out of control and [[GoneHorriblyWrong inject Goal with a fatal overdose of sedative.]] Rufus wails the trope line while the machine he's in is tossed overboard.]] Also serves as an intro to the game's DarkestHour.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: About half the problems Rufus has to solve throughout the series are problems he himself created, in one way or another.
* NoodleIncident: Rufus's many escape attempts, including one which took a week to remove all the Cacti needles from his butt.
* NonSequiturThud: During the first game, Goal ends up talking in ''nothing but this'', save for a brief lucid episode, after her neural implant is damaged.
** By the second game it is gone entirely, due to Goal's original implant getting damaged so badly that she needed a replacement.
* TheNoseless: Some women are drawn without noses. There doesn't appear to be any reason why some women have noses and others don't.
* NotSoDifferent: Rufus gets this a lot from or in reference to [[EvilTwin Cletus]]. It's especially prominent in ''Chaos on Deponia'', in which Goal's deciding between Cletus and Rufus stretches over the whole game.
* OnceAnEpisode: Each game starts with Rufus carrying out a poorly planned attempt to reach Elysium, which backfires horribly and gets Goal in trouble.
* OrphanedPunchline: After you get Baby Goal to enter the fortune teller's tent in the second game, Rufus will always enter the tent just as the fortune teller has revealed the details of some unspecified but embarrassing fact about his future.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: ''Goodbye Deponia'' has a vampire ''platypus''.
* PercussiveMaintenance: What Rufus does to the espresso machine when Lonzo tells him to increase the pressure.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Usually by accident, but when Rufus is nearby, expect explosions very soon.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Cletus actually sabotages the Organon's plan to bomb Deponia (not to be confused with blowing it up; this bomb would simply kill all life in the Red Rust Sea) in the second game because it would make Goal happy. Of course, he's pretty convinced the planet will be destroyed anyway, even if the Elders do know it's inhabited, but by then it won't be his fault.]]
* PlotHole: A pretty big one, right at the end of ''Goodbye Deponia''. When Argus, Cletus, and Rufus become stuck in the engine turbine, it's made abundantly clear several times that the turbine only remains stationary because the three of them are jamming the rotor blades; if one of them even shifts slightly, the turbine starts moving again, and the whole premise of the subsequent Goal puzzle is that as soon as she pulls one of them free, the turbine will start up again and kill the other two. Yet when Rufus [[spoiler:chooses to let go and plunge to his death in order to save Goal, the turbine stays completely stationary, giving Goal plenty of time to pull Cletus out (the turbine starts up afterwards, presumably killing Argus, though it is never shown or referenced). This, of course, begs the question as to why Rufus couldn't have just hauled himself up to safety instead of dropping to his doom.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: For the most part, the game only uses mild swears like "piss" and "hell", although during more intense moments, you'll occasionally hear a "shit" in there, too. While it only happens once in the first game, it gets more frequent as the series goes on and the stakes are raised. On the other hand, there is only ''one'' instance of an actual F-bomb throughout the entire trilogy, and it's used to incredibly powerful effect during the third game, by the narrator in his intro to the game's DarkestHour (which additionally uses a much more somber melody than the one in all his other songs.)
--> Regarding [[spoiler: Goal's death, and the loss of the as-]]
--> [[spoiler: scension codes]], [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness I'll desist from my usual bon mots]] [[labelnote:*]]A "bon mot" is a witty remark.[[/labelnote]]
--> Things were in a mess, the tightness in his chest
--> Was no less as big as the Colossus of Rhodes
--> And as he [[spoiler: fell from the skies, his life flashed before his eyes]]
--> [[HeroicBSOD Bereft of hope, no courage left to pluck up]]
--> He did finally comprehend this was the definite end
--> Game over this time, '''he completely ''fucked up!'''''
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Bozo gives Rufus a titanic one in ''Goodbye Deponia'' that actually cures his depression. And considering [[DudeNotFunny the kind of stuff Rufus did during the game]], you cannot help but agree with him.
* TheReveal: Though common knowledge now, the big twist of the first game was that Rufus and Cletus are identical and that the Organon intend to blow up Deponia.
** In the second game, it's that [[spoiler: Elysium is a starship that wasn't designed to stay in the sky forever, and that Deponia is meant to be blown up to generate enough force to propel Elysium to Utopia, a much more habitable planet.]]
** The third game has several:
*** [[spoiler: Argus is also identical to Rufus and Cletus.]]
*** [[spoiler: The Organon are a clone race, and Rufus, Cletus, and Argus are the three surviving genetic prototypes.]]
*** [[spoiler: Goal is Ulysses' daughter, and his entire motivation is to get her safely to Utopia.]]
*** [[spoiler: Much of the resentment between Rufus and Seagull comes from Rufus being at fault for the death of Rufus's adoptive mother.]]
* RhymesOnADime: In "Deponia", Rufus' conversation with the Post-Bot about the catch with the Postal-Cats'-Hatch.
* RunningGag: Rufus turns every song he hears (including, sometimes, the [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn background music]]) into something self-aggrandizing.
** Rufus believes Bozo to be a pirate, and doesn't seem to be able to hear Bozo's statements to the contrary.
** At least once a game, Rufus will criticize someone for being lazy and/or uncreative, before capping it off by saying they may as well be a [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall video game writer.]]
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: Used as two puzzles in ''Goodbye Deponia'', first with a quirky laundry machine who spits out clothes (and Rufus) depending on what was put into it; the second, with literal doors and hallways, the goal being to trick the bad guys into accosting Cletus by mistake and then take his place (as Rufus so often does).
* ScrewDestiny: Lots of people tell Rufus that he'll never get off Deponia - being stuck there is a part of who he is. Rufus begs to differ. [[spoiler: He succeeds, twice, but refuses to follow through on screwing destiny because the cost to his humanity would be too high.]]
* SequelHook: For the first game, things like what happened to Rufus's father, [[spoiler:why Cletus is a dead ringer for him, and why the Organon want to blow up Deponia]] are never elaborated on fully, and right before the credits, "The End?.." appears.
** ''Chaos on Deponia'' one-ups its predecessor by adding a "Not" to the beginning of "The End" at the credits sequence. Though all immediate problems are solved, Deponia still needs saving.
* SeriesContinuityError: Bozo's trawler door opens with its hinges on different sides between the first game and the following games. Somewhat justified in that Bozo takes time at the beginning of the second game to refit parts of the trawler (which is presumably where the crane came from as well.
* SexyWhateverOutfit: Spunky Goal sports a sexy platypus outfit when battling in the platypus bakara arena. Rufus' corresponding outfit is less "sexy" and more "absurd theme park MascotFighter".
* ShaggyDogStory: A dramatic example in ''Goodbye Deponia''. [[spoiler:Green Rufus' task of reclaiming the nucleic acid and restoring Goal to her proper age ends with him succeeding, only to discover that "Goaly" was actually a clone of Donna all along.]]
* ShaggyFrogStory: The entire first game is being told by the singing narrator to explain why he shouldn't have to do chores. [[spoiler: In the end, even he admits he has no idea how it does that and claims the real moral is "the Chorus Guys rule."]]
* ShoutOut: ''Chaos on Deponia'' has several to other Daedalic games:
** Returning through the teleporter in the second game's final act causes Rufus to briefly enter TheWhisperedWorld.
** There are a notable few to Edna and Harvey including hearing the narrator's voice during the second game and [[spoiler: the gondolier's death and resulting skeleton]] are very similar to deaths in Harvey's New Eyes.
** At the Floating Black Market's uptown there is a poster of the magician Great Zaroff, who is a character from ''VideoGame/TheNightOfTheRabbit''. Bonus points if you consider that the game would be launched almost nine months later.
** ''Chaos on Deponia'' has two -let's call them [[{{Homage}} Homages]]- to puzzles from ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2'' (because calling it plagiarism might be too harsh). Rufus' intial plan to reach Elysium looks very similar to the torture device Guybrush Threepwood escapes from, and later Rufus has to pull the same "trick the fisherman into giving up his fishing pole by presenting him with a large fish you acquired elsewhere" puzzle.
*** Speaking of ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'', in ''Goodbye Deponia'' Janosch berates Rufus for breaking his banana picker.
*** And there's [[TheDarkEye Satinav]], who has no [[ManiacMansion fuel for his chainsaw]].
** In ''Chaos on Deponia'' there are also Shout-Outs to ''Franchise/StarWars'' (as detailed under IHaveNoSon) and ''Film/TheFly''.
** ''Goodbye Deponia'' has a fairly in-depth one in the Sewer Bar. The tavern's three customers are a hairy desperado, an heir to a peach-farming company, and a [[SuperMarioBros red-clad, mustachioed plumber]] drinking away his sorrows because "his deceased brother tried to smash a brick wall with his head after eating some mysterious mushrooms." After drinking the brew's swill, the desperado turns into a full-on ape, the plumber insists he's grown bigger and stronger (though Rufus thinks it's just because he's standing on the table), and the peach-farming heir turns into a heir''ess'', whom both the other occupants take a shine to. The whole thing ends with [[DonkeyKong the ape hurling barrels at the plumber, who dodges them by jumping, while the buxom blonde trembles in the corner.]]
* ShowerOfAwkward: Played for FanService. Rufus walks in on Toni showering about halfway through the first game. Toni is more irritated than genuinely upset, while Rufus reacts with [[{{Squick}} obvious discomfort]].
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Goal is in no way exempt from being sucked into the tornado of AmusingInjuries that is usually brought on by Rufus. Heck, the entire second game is centered around her being so injured by a series of accidents that her brain splits into three pieces. And even on top of that, part of the last leg of the game is an extended sequence involving tricking her naive personality into getting struck by lightning - you can even talk about it with one of her other personalities (who is resigned and very reluctant) for extra dickery. [[LampshadeHanging The various resigned/frustrated reactions]] her personalities have about this are all golden.
** Come to think of it, neither is Toni, Donna, or any other female that has the misfortune of coming across [[PersonOfMassDestruction Rufus]].
* SillinessSwitch: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J8D9b_EGII Droggeljug!]]
* SmugSnake: Captain Seagull, and ''how.'' Arguably, Cletus as well.
* SoftWater: This saves both Rufus and Goal in the second game.
* SpaceClothes: The futuristic clothes of the Elysians and Organons are in steep contrast to the cobbled-together clothing of the Deponians.
* SpeechImpediment: Janosch has a SeanConnery-style impediment causing him to pronounce his all his "s"-es as "sh"-es, which always causes Rufus to restrain his laughter. It's actually relevant to a puzzle in the second game, where Rufus must carefully choose a set of phrases that cannot trigger this when repeated by Janosch.
* SplitPersonality: Goal gets a variation on this in ''Chaos on Deponia'' - her mind was stored on hard-disk-like brain implant, but after some Rufus-related shenanigans the data on it is split into three disks, each of which contains a third of Goal's personality. Rufus can use a remote control to [[FlipPersonality flip]] Goal between her selves. Tuning in the right Goal for the right situation is a core mechanic of the game. Goal's parts are:
** [[TheIngenue Baby Goal]]: Childish, cheery, and naive. Baby Goal is the most optimistic and supportive, but also the most easily manipulated.
** [[RichBitch Lady Goal]]: [[IceQueen Arrogant, aloof]], and utterly disgusted with the filth and low class of Deponia. Lady Goal seems to be the most intelligent and reasonable, but that doesn't mean she'll be sympathetic. [[spoiler: She's the one who remembers the Ascension Codes to reach Elysium, and she also betrays Rufus and her other parts to run off with Cletus.]]
** [[ActionGirl Spunky Goal]]: Adventurous, impatient, and bold. Spunky Goal is only slightly less brash than Rufus himself, on top of being stronger and more aggressive.
** LiteralSplitPersonality: Near the end of the game, parts of her end up in the body of someone else, and then proceed to argue with the original body.
* SpotTheImposter: Happens several times in the series due to Rufus, Cletus, and [[spoiler:Argus]] all looking identical while in Elysian clothes. The most overt reference to the trope is PlayedForDrama at the end of ''Goodbye Deponia'', thanks to an interesting twist. The setup has [[spoiler:Rufus, Cletus, and Argus all dressed identically and trapped in a jammed turbine]], with Goal trying to figure out which one is Rufus so she knows who to save. All three claim to be Rufus but, with time running out and Goal's life in danger, [[spoiler:the real Rufus abruptly changes tack and claims to be Cletus instead (while simultaneously identifying the ''real'' Cletus as Rufus). He quickly reasons to Goal that he must be telling the truth because the real Rufus would be too selfish to ever let another take his place while he sacrifices himself to save her. A moment later, [[HeroicSacrifice he frees himself from the turbine and falls to his death.]]]]
* TakeThat: A few easily-missed ones in the third game poke at big gaming in general and Electronic Arts in particular. To elaborate, attempting to use a money coin on a dumpster brings a {{DLC}}-remeniscient popup window advertising a useless but shiny product for a microtransaction, while examining the doctor's medicine cabinet reveals a number of deleterious drugs ending with another advertisement for "other Eeh-Aay products".
* TakeAThirdOption: At the end of ''Chaos on Deponia'' [[spoiler:after learning that the only way to save Elysium is to destroy Deponia, Rufus insists to Lady Goal that they can find a mutually-beneficial solution if they try hard enough.]]
* TemporalParadox: Rufus is confronted with Future!Rufus on a few occasions; this is played for laughs as an EasterEgg in the first game, then used as a puzzle in the second (with disintegration being the result of failure for screwing up the timeline).
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:Subverted]]. Rufus spends his entire life past age 8 trying to get to Elysium, hoping to leave the trash world Deponia behind and live a life of luxury. Everyone tells him it's impossible, his numerous schemes fail, and plenty of life-long injuries occur in the process. Over the course of the game, Rufus comes tantalizingly close to his goal several times, but it is always snatched away from him at the last second- at least twice [[BeingGoodSucks due to his own guilty conscience preventing him from taking advantage of the situation that's dropped in his lap.]] But at the end of the game, [[spoiler:with Elysium so close they can see the airlocks and Rufus seemingly on the verge of FINALLY being able to attain his dream, [[HeroicSacrifice he sacrifices himself to save Goal,]] seemingly plunging to his death back on the planet that he so hated. As an added kick in the teeth, all of his companions who doubted him the whole way DO make it (thanks to his own efforts), making Rufus pretty much the only major character who ''doesn't'' eventually wind up on Elysium.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The GOG trailer for Deponia shows a substantial number of puzzle solutions and some of the game's best moments in it.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: In addition to the gameplay-required cruelty mentioned above, the player has the option to [[spoiler:repeatedly punch the injured Rufus clone in his gunshot wound]]. Doing so enough times [[HundredPercentCompletion yields the "Sadist" achievement]].
* WeWillNotHavePocketsInTheFuture: Joked about by Rufus late in the first game when he steals Cletus' Elysian attire. Specifically, he complains how it won't be able to store as much as his coat, which has been able to store more volume/weight than realistically possible over the game with no visual impact.
* WhamEpisode: In the third game, the interrogation scene and the following chapter.
** To wit, [[spoiler: after pulling off a successful caper and getting a golden opportunity to reach Elysium and save Deponia with no further conflict, an innocent mistake by Rufus right before they rest for the night ultimately escalates in such a way as to get Goal captured. During the interrogation, Argus reveals himself to also be identical to Rufus and Cletus and details his plan to overthrow Ulysses and have the Organon take over Elysium, offering Goal a chance to elope with him instead of Rufus, who is secretly trapped in an interrogation torture bot and hearing everything. Rufus attempts to escape the bot and subdue Argus but accidentally presses a button that injects Goal with a lethal overdose of sedatives. As she succumbs, the bot is thrown overboard with Rufus still stuck inside. After a particularly solemn chapter intro which shows Rufus banging on the sides of the bot and wailing all the way down, he lands in what seems to be Hell, but turns out to be a cloning facility. Here he finds Goal's body and meets Hermes, the remorseful mastermind behind the plan to destroy Deponia and the creator of the Organon, who turn out to be a clone race. Hermes reveals himself to be Rufus' true "father" and that Rufus, Cletus, and Argus are all genetic prototypes for the Organon, before sacrificing himself to give Rufus one last chance to bring Goal back to life and find another means to save both Elysium and Deponia.]] [[CerberusSyndrome The entire chapter is presented dead-seriously compared to the whole trilogy up to that point, and even once levity returns afterwards, there is a permanent shift to a darker tone for the rest of the story.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the penultimate act of ''Goodbye Deponia'', [[spoiler:most, if not all, of the Porto Fisco survivors are stuffed into the tank and shot at the highboat bound for Elysium.]] Some are missing: [[spoiler:Janosch, Cowboy Dodo, Cyndi, Hotti, and Cutis, who are presumably still locked inside the Organon headquarters and won't be rescued since no one knows they're there.]] There's also [[spoiler: Donna, who disappears once Seagull shoots Rufus.]] It's also not revealed what becomes of [[spoiler: Argus, and the 11,000-strong Organon army that's still aboard the highboat even if he died.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Goes both ways in ''Goodbye Deponia''. Multiple characters call Rufus on his constant ItsAllAboutMe behavior and annoying sabotage of their plans. Rufus and Goal return the favor on separate occasions, with Rufus snapping at the others for sending him on a SnipeHunt so he stays out of their hair, and Goal later calling them out for getting on Rufus's case when he's the only reason anyone ever knew they were in danger.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Rufus is given the option to [[spoiler:take over Cletus' life, including marrying Goal]] during the first game. Instead, [[spoiler:he decides to save a planet full of trash and people who hate him.]]
** Done again in the sequel, when Rufus is challenged to either [[spoiler:let Goal believe a lie that's favorable to him or admit that he is a liar and perhaps lose Goal forever]]. He goes with the latter.
** And [[RuleOfThree once more]] in the finale, where [[spoiler:Rufus chooses to sacrifice himself and let Cletus take over his life as if nothing happened, if it means getting Goal off the crashing highboat and to safety.]]
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: A variant: Gizmo fills the position of chief of police, fire marshal, and town doctor simultaneously, switching between them as need be. Naturally, Rufus exploits this multiple times to distract him from the matter at hand. At the time, having one man do all three jobs seemed sufficient in such a small town. They never expected someone like [[PersonOfMassDestruction Rufus]] to show up.
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler: One final betrayal by Argus results in Rufus falling to his apparent death before ever reaching Elysium, even though he was finally close enough to even see the airlocks. Cletus ends up taking his place and no one aside from possibly Goal knows that Rufus himself never made it.]]
* YouBastard: A lot of the vitriol thrown at Rufus seems specifically aimed at the player; the psychiatrist in particular diagnoses Rufus with being at the mercy of "a malevolent entity".
* YouCantFightFate: When Rufus walks into the tent of a FortuneTeller, the guru inside predicts that Rufus will steal his bananas. Rufus will say he doesn't want them, but the guru will invoke this trope until Rufus takes them anyway. Naturally, they're a [[ButThouMust vital component]] of a puzzle.
** This is also [[spoiler: the writer's intended [[AnAesop Aesop]] for the series, in that Rufus doesn't reach Elysium because he was never ''meant'' to.]] [[BrokenBase Many fans weren't exactly pleased about this,]] especially with the [[YankTheDogsChain contrived and mean-spirited way]] it was handled.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: See HeelRealization.
* ZanyScheme: ''Deponia'' is basically ''Zany Scheme: The Game''. If there's a goal Rufus wants to achieve, he will do any illogical and often illegal action to achieve it.
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