Video Game: Destroy All Humans!
Destroy All Humans!
is a Wide Open Sandbox
action game released in 2005 by Pandemic Games.
Taking place in a satirical version of America
in The Fifties
, it follows a sarcastic, trigger-happy "grey" alien named Cryptosporidium-137 (or just "Crypto" for short
). Crypto's species, the Furons, have been rendered sterile through centuries of nuclear warfare, and are dependent on cloning to reproduce. To keep their genetic code from becoming too corrupted, the Furons must steal DNA from human brainstems. Apparently, Furon sailors on furlough left some untainted genes in the human pool
back when the species still had genitals. Unfortunately, it seems Crypto's predecessor, Cryptosporidium-136, has been captured by The Government
. Crypto's mission is to harvest human brains, find out what happened to the last Crypto, and generally cause mayhem. Along the way, Crypto confronts paranoia, mad science, the military, a government conspiracy, and exploding cows.
It was followed up by a sequel taking place in an exaggerated version of The Sixties
, and a pair of sequels set in The Seventies
: Big Willy Unleashed
on the Wii
in 2008, and Path of the Furon
on the Xbox 360
in 2009. Was pitched to FOX for a potential television show, but it was not to be.
Also notable for being pitched by Matt Harding. Yes, as in "Where The Hell Is Matt
" Harding.Not to be confused
with Kill All Humans
Destroy All Humans! provides examples of:
- Aliens Steal Cable: One of the missions in the first game.
- Aliens Steal Cattle: Well, interrogate, then mutilate cattle...
- Alternate Continuity: The non-canon Big Willy Unleashed, in which Crypto 137 is still alive, conceived a Human-Furon hybrid child with Natalya, and is promoting a lucrative dead-body-disposing restaurant operation.
- Anal Probing: In the first game the anal probe is a Charged Attack that can make the victim's head explode. It returns in the second game without the need for charging, though it now requires ammo.
- And I Must Scream: If you can actually read the thoughts of a Blisk Mutant, you learn there's still a bit of human left in them. They just want to die.
- And This Is for...: Crypto to Saxon.
- Animeland / Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo: Takoshima (from the second game) is inhabited by schoolgirls, salarymen, ninjas and a giant monster.
- Anti-Frustration Feature: Whenever Crypto gets hit by enemy attacks, his life bar will be reduced, but if he can avoid getting hit for a short period of time, his health will eventually refill fully.
- Anyone Can Die: Humans are definitely subject to this a lot more then Furons, but three lead protagonists and one supporting protagonist die. Subverted with the furons, because they can clone themselves.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Crypto believes Bigfoot to be a crock.
- Astral Finale: The last area of the second game is a Russian Moon base.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the first game, the final mission is a two-tiered boss fight named Attack of the 50 Foot President, in which the first boss is a 50 foot tall robot with the President's brain inside. In DAH!2, Takoshima, a thinly-veiled parody of Japan, gets attacked by a Godzillaesque Blisk monster called Kojira.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Pox finally gets a reward after being dead for 10 years.
- Bag of Spilling: In the second game, thanks to the destruction of the mothership.
- Big "NO!": In the third game, Crypto yells out a big one after the Master dies. This one is so big in fact, Crypto needs to take a breath before finishing it.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: From Crypto's point of view, cows are disgusting. They're covered in nipples.
- Bland-Name Product: The titular restaurant mascot / Humongous Mecha from Big Willy Unleashed is suspiciously similar to the mascot of the Big Boy restaurant chain.
- Boldly Coming: The reason why every human being has some Furon DNA.
- Brains and Brawn: Pox and Crypto. "Don't look at me, Pox handles all the technical stuff, I just... Blow stuff up."
- Brain Uploading: In Destroy All Humans! 2, Orthopox uploads his consciousness into a HoloPox Unit just before the mothership is destroyed by a Soviet missile.
- Call Back: There are several to the first game in the second game.
- Catch Phrase: "Pathetic Humans!" "Monkey!" and even the game title, "Destroy All Humans!"
- Charged Attack: Anal probe in the first game. Also the Ion Detonator.
- Chickification: Natalya. How many times do we have to escort her to her car?!
- Cloudcuckoolander: The Town Crazy in the first game, and The Freak in the 2nd game.
- Clone Degeneration: The reason the Furons are screwed without pure Furon DNA.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: All the weapons, handheld and vehicle alike, are associated with a color and a symbol. Zap-O-Matic is blue, Anal Probe is green, Death Ray is red, etc.
- In the second game, you have to shoot glowing orbs with the right weapon to proceed, with the orbs being color-coded for the right weapon.
- In the third game, your primary enemies, the Nexos, serve as the police for for the Fourth Ring. Their weakest level is blue, their medium level is the regular green, and the toughest level is red.
- Continuity Drift: The third game's plot seems just a tad bit off in some places.
- Crate Expectations: Largely played straight, and then the second game hangs a very heavy lampshade on it.
- "Hey, Pox, 'dja ever notice there seem to be a lot o' crates lyin' around? Just random crates. I mean, what could they all be for?" This continues for a while, until Pox finally says, "I think they got the hint, Crypto."
- The first game did too; if you read the mind of a dockworker, he mentions that he hates his job. "Push crate, climb crate, jump on crate, destroy crate...that's not fun!"
- Cutscene Incompetence: And how. If you kill a Nexo with PK, it's smoking and Crypto is holding his Disintegrator ray in the cutscene.
- Deadly Gas: Radiation in the second game. Big Willy's Windbreaker is a literal example in Big Willy Unleashed.
- Orthopox also makes frequent quips at the human race's expense (and sometimes Crypto's).
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: In the second game, whenever Crypto dies, his clone is placed in the exact spot where he died, and he continues his duties.
- The second game plays around with this in a very interesting optional boss fight. The final mission in the Arkvoodle cult tree has the figurehead leader of the cult deciding he doesn't want to listen to you anymore and attacking you. Arkvoodle grants him a number of "extra lives" equal to the number of times you've had to respawn so far. Even worse, if you die fighting him, you have to start the fight over AND he gets another life. Ouch.
- Double Entendre: Big Willy Unleashed is VERY bad about this. Even the TITLE is one.
- Double Jump: Thanks to the Jetpack.
- The Dragon: Crypto plays this three times. Mostly to Pox, but also to The Master, and ultimately he and Pox are this to Emperor Meningitis. At least until Emperor Meningitis dies and Pox becomes Emperor.
- Eagleland: Type 2. Americans are stupid, paranoid, shotgun-toting dickheads. The Government drugs the food supplies, the scientists all have German accents, and they think they're better than everyone else.
- The End... Or Is It?: How the first game ends, after the credits are shown.
- Enemy Chatter: As well as the conventional kind, the game allows and in fact requires the player to access the hidden thoughts of non-player characters as well.
- Enemy Civil War: Crypto provokes a war between the Cosmonauts and the Blisk on Solaris.
- Enemy Mine: Several humans team up with Crypto during the series.
- Equippable Ally: Gastro, the ship's janitor, can be found and used as a weapon in DAH!2.
- Escort Mission: A FREAKING NUCLEAR BOMB in the first game. One in the second game even involves escorting a girl spy to her hot pink car.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Crypto, AKA Crypto 137/8/9, AKA Cryptosporidium, AKA Cryptosporidium 137/8/9.
- Evil Overlooker: Subverted/inverted. The Master on the third game's box art would qualify.
- Evil Pays Better: In the second game, Crypto hears one Japanese man thinking, "Should I join White Ninja or Black Ninja? On one hand, White Ninja are in glorious harmony with universe. On other hand, Black Ninja get to live on island north of Takoshima City. White Ninja get spiritual fulfillment. Black Ninja get paid. Black Ninja."
- Evil Plan: Everything was planned by the Master in the third game as a part of his plan to usurp the Furon throne and get Crypto to kill Emperor Meningitis.
- Expy: Orthopox is voiced by Invader Zim's voice actor, Richard Steven Horvitz, and shares many of his personality traits. If one were to make him the main character, you'd essentially have Zim: The Game...
- Except for the important detail that unlike Zim, Pox is a competent invader. Still everything else seems to match between the two.
- Pox is also far more nerdy and speaks more properly and with more big words. He still loves destroying stuff though.
- ... Nicktoons: Globs of Doom (which stars Zim among others) notwithstanding.
- Fantastic Racism: The Furon race views the human race as "inferior, filthy, pathetic, stupid monkeys" that are only useful for the strand of Furon DNA in their heads. Once the humans lose their usefulness via various means, they're just things to shoot/zoo animals/game pieces/something to try out their new sex organs on, and then throw away.
- Subverted eventually, Crypto and Pox, rulers of the planet, eventually grow to enjoy human customs, though they'll never admit it if you asked them.
- Fartillery: Big Willy's Windbreaker.
- Fetch Quest: Lampshaded in ..Big Willy Unleashed''.
- Fun with Acronyms: Played with. It's actually an initialism instead of an acronym. Pox creates an anti-Blisk weapon in the second game codenamed "O.M.G.W.T.F."
- Hologram: Orthopox's HoloPox holographic projector unit.
- Humans Are Morons: The source of much of the series' humor.
- Humans Are Special: At least until their brain is removed.
- Human Resources: Big Willie Unleashed features a fast food shop which makes burgers out of the humans that have had their brain stems removed.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Crypto carries up to 8 weapons on him at a time, and it DAH!3, all the saucer's giant weapons pop out of the hull.
- Hypocritical Humor: Silhouette disguises herself as a man simply so that they would take her seriously... yet ironically she is quite sexist.
- I Love Nuclear Power: The Blisk feed on radiation, mainly because it was the only way to survive after the Furons turned their home planet into a radioactive crater.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: Quantum Deconstructor, Dislocator, Tornadotron, Black Hole Gun, Superballer...
- Improbable Weapon User: Pox. Boy, he loves those nukes.
- Incoming Ham: Whenever Crypto smarts off, Pox retaliates with Ham.
- Interspecies Romance: In the second game, Crypto invokes this when he gets new genitalia. The only thing he can experiment on is human women. Taken Up to Eleven in Path of the Furon, where the entire Furon race has been gradually recloned with genitalia. The Furon men find human women more attractive.
- Jerkass Gods: Arkvoodle has his moments, like asking Crypto to smite some humans for travelling to the moon.
- Kill All Humans: Well... what do you expect?
- Kill It with Fire: You can light some humans on fire in the first game, given the right circumstances.
- Lampshade Hanging: Done several times and mostly in the second game, such as:
: Alright already! Let's hear your damn plan. Geez, you guys just gotta have your monologues
- Large Ham:
- Pox loves to chew the scenery.
- Premier Milenkov in the second game, such as when he boasts to Crypto about his "FIENDISH MASTER PLAN!" (see Lampshade Hanging above).
- Ley Line: According to the "Lunarian Church of Alientology", they are "invisible rivers of mystical energy", and they want to build where the ley lines cross in order to use them to communicate interstellar distances with their minds.
- MacGuffin: Human Brainstems. Crypto treats his groin as this.
- Mad Scientist: Pox, who develops all your diabolical weapons, and their upgrades.
- Malaproper: In the first game, a cop will randomly say, in thought, "To serve and protect, to serve and protect, to serve and protect, to swerve and defect, to curve and perfect — dammit, I lost it!"
- The Man Behind the Man: The Master. Crypto believes his enemy is Curt Calvin, supposedly another Furon DNA gatherer. Then, after meeting the Master, Crypto believes his enemy is really Saxon, who supposedly used Calvin to try and destroy Crypto. It then turns out that Saxon was under the employ of Francodyne CEO Henri Crousteau. It is then revealed that Saxon and Crousteau were both part of Emperor Meningitis's operation to manufacture Synthetic DNA. Then after killing Meningitis, the Master appears and reveals that he was the actual conspirator all along, using all of them, including Crypto, in order to usurp the Furon throne. Talk about complex and confusing!
- Mars Needs Women: Invoked when the majority of the Furons' male population gets genitalia for the first time.
- Meaningful Name: Both "Cryptosporidium" and "Orthopox" are virus types that cause bad diseases. Emperor Meningitis follows suit.
- Meaningful Name: Furons are all named after parasitic, infectious, or viral diseases.
- Named After Their Planet: Furons from the Planet Furon.
- However, in Destroy All Humans!, their home planet is known as, 'Gourta'. Trope averted in this case.
- Nerf: The disintegrator ray in DAH!3
- Never Bring A Knife To A Gunfight: Subverted and lampshaded in the first game, in which a cop will randomly say, in thought, "What would Eliot Ness do? Never carry a knife to a gunfight? No, that's not it..."
- Ninja: Show up in the Japanese city in the second game. Much lampshading is made as the protagonist wonders why ninjas are still around in the modern day.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Crypto's voice is a not-so-subtle Jack Nicholson impression. Parodied in the third game, where Crypto body-snatches a Jack Nicholson expy and has a habit of zapping him while complaining about how his voice is grating.
- No Communities Were Harmed: Numerous. We've got Area 42 (Area 51), Union Town (Norfolk, Virginia), Capitol City (Washington D.C.), Bay City (San Francisco), Albion (London), Takoshima (Tokyo), Vietnmahl (Vietnam), Las Paradiso (Las Vegas), Sunnywood (Hollywood), Shen Long (Hong Kong) and last but not least, Belleville (Paris).
- Strangely averted with Russia, perhaps because the U.S.S.R. isn't around anymore.
- No Fourth Wall: By the third game, the fourth wall never even existed.
- No-Gear Level: The mission "Furon Down".
- Non-Action Guy: Pox, up until the third installment.
- Non-Indicative Name: Despite what the title suggests, Crypto spends the series avoiding the total destruction of humans, since he needs their DNA, and even has to protect them on numerous occasions.
- The Disintegrator Ray isn't actually a ray.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The Humans can be quite a challenge when they bring out their soldiers and war machines.
- Notzilla: Destroy All Humans! 2 features a monster named "Kojira".
- Obvious Beta: Several aspects Big Willy Unleashed and Path of the Furon seem unfinished. Notably, in Big Willy Unleashed, whenever characters speak they're almost always shown from the back, so as to cover up the fact that their lips aren't actually moving.
- One-Hit Kill: The Burrow Beast can eat anything that's not a boss in one gulp. It can even chow down the enormous Blisk.
- Pretend Prejudice: In the first game, Crypto genuinely dispises Humans. But, by the second game, he's really just pretending.
Crypto: Hey, you know, that big blue mudball starts to grow on ya. I mean at first you think it's a boil but-
Natalya: It's alright Crypto. You don't have to pretend. I know how you feel about humans.
Crypto: Weeellll... not all humans.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner
Crypto: Attention Blisk! I am Cryptosporidium of the planet Furon. This planet is a territory of the Furon Empire! And your asses belong to me!
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner
Silhouette: We will continue to resist you!
Crypto: Resist this. *squish*
- Rapid-Fire "No!": In the first game, whenever Crypto would fail a mission:
Pox: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO. Crypto, you incompetent buffoon.
- Satire/Parody/Pastiche: All the games are generally a satirical parody of the date the setting takes place in. For example, the first game spoofs and parodies hundreds of events from The Fifties, including the first big Sci-Fi craze and America's fear of communism.
- Satellite Character: Crypto and Pox would be pretty bland alone.
- Say My Name: "CRYPTO!" Pox does this often in the second game.
- Series Continuity Error: BWU is supposed to be a prequel to DAH!3, but it barely has anything to do with the game, except that Crypto used the profits to create the space dust casino, which is completely false as Crypto crashed into it while drunk, and after Pox recloned him, they made it home sweet home.)
- Shock and Awe: Your initial weapon, the Zap-O-Matic, a Lightning Gun with bite.
- Shout-Out: The entire series is an homage to Mars Attacks!, Men In Black, Invader Zim, and other alien related movies and shows.
Pox:Great Arkvoodle! The fools think we have a musical language!
Crypto:Nobody talks music, that's stupid!
Crypto: (To Dr. Go!) My name is Luk-I mean, Cryptosporidium. I'm here to rescue you.
Pox: (In reference to Crypto being Son of Arkvoodle) Crypto! What if it's true?! What if you're THE ONE?!
Crypto: Well, I did take a red pill this morning, heheh.
- Seen when reading the thoughts of a female resident of San Francisco:
'' "The Adventures of Luke Starkiller? Ha! Dream on, Georgie boy!
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Crypto and Natalya start out this way.
- Soundtrack Dissonance:
- (So Nice) Summer Sammba by Walter Wanderly playing as Crypto vaporizes a pool party.
- In the third game, "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People will sometimes play in the background during scenes where Crypto is causing massive destruction.
- Sphere of Destruction - The Ion Detonator's ammunition, as well as the quantum deconstructor.
- Spinning Paper: Every mission completed has a humorous headline pop up after.
- Spy Catsuit: Silhouette and Crypto's Russian Love Interest, Natalya, in the sequel.
- Stepford Smiler: Most of the humans in the first game. It is set in the 1950s, after all.
- Storming the Castle: The attack on the Blisk base in the second game, and the attack on the Furon palace in the third game.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Pox dies at the very beginning of the second game. Not that it stops him from harassing Crypto. Or vice versa.
- Super Drowning Skills: Crypto in every game, except the third, in which he still can't swim, however he just gets warped to the shore.
- Tell Me Again: In Destroy All Humans! 2, all conversations end with the option of Crypto asking for a condensed version of the conversation.
- That Russian Squat Dance: In Destroy All Humans! 2, while in Tunguska, Russians tend to do this dance when Crypto uses Free Love on them.
- Theme Naming: Furon names are all names of viruses.
- You Are Number Six: Each clone is designated by the number of times the Furon has been cloned. If you've been cloned 13 times, you clone number is 13.
- You Have Failed Me: Admiral Cyclosporiasis is not very pleased when he learns Pox and Crypto lost the pure Furon DNA.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Double example — The Master's plan is essentially regicide. After Crypto kills Meningitis, he gets Orthopox to kill the Master, who then decides to stick around as Furon Emperor.
- Zillion-Dollar Bill: Furon DNA acts as this.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The blisk mutants in DAH!2. Played Straight with the Zombie Gun in BWU.
Crypto has just conquered a single TV Tropes page. After the credits roll, the rest of the website comes into view, with The End? appearing as ominous, eerie theremin-laced music plays.