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->''"Aaah! Little green spacemen!"\\
"I am '''not''' green!"''

''[[ExcitedShowTitle Destroy All Humans!]]'' is a WideOpenSandbox action game released in 2005 by Pandemic Games.

Taking place in a satirical version of [[EagleLand America]] in TheFifties, it follows a sarcastic, trigger-happy "grey" alien named Cryptosporidium-137 ([[SomeCallMeTim 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 [[BoldlyComing 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 TheGovernment. 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 TheSixties, and a pair of sequels set in TheSeventies: ''Big Willy Unleashed'' on the UsefulNotes/{{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 "WebVideo/WhereTheHellIsMatt" Harding.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with KillAllHumans.

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!!''Destroy All Humans!'' provides examples of:

* AbusiveAlienParents: According to Crypto, his ''cloning tube'' is more lovable than his own mother.
* AccidentalMisnaming: Emperor Meningitis addresses Crypto as "Klepto."
--> '''Meningitis:''' Pox? Is that you? What have you done with your body? And what's that with you? Oh, it's your little house boy, ''Klepto!''\\
'''Crypto:''' CRYP-TO.
--> '''Meningitis:''' Whatever!
* AffablyEvil: Ponsonby in the second game.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Pox qualifies as this after he [[BrainUploading uploads his consciousness]] into a [=HoloPox=] Unit.
* AliensAreBastards: Although ironically, the humans in the game tend not to be better.
* AlienAbduction: The Abducto-Beam weapon, though ironically not in the first game. In the first game you could only use it to pick things up, but in later installments you could actually abduct people into the saucer with it.
* AlienAmongUs: Invoked (obviously) with the Holobob ability, and the later Body Snatch ability.
* AlienAnimals: The Burrow Beast weapon, which summons what is effectively a graboid.
* AlienInvasion: With ''you'' playing as the alien invader.
* AliensMadeThemDoIt: The Hypno ability in the first game invokes this trope.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Furons speak fluent English, though they do apparently have their own language given the various symbols aboard the mothership. Crypto also uses his native tongue in some missions during the second game.
* AliensStealCable: One of the missions in the first game basically has Pox trying to brainwash people by broadcasting a mind-control signal on TV. [[MySkullRunnethOver It does not]] [[YourHeadAsplode go as planned]]. He then decides to switch to radio, which works much better.
* AliensStealCattle: Well, interrogate, then mutilate cattle...
* AlternateContinuity: The non-{{canon}} ''Big Willy Unleashed'', in which Crypto 137 is still alive, conceived a [[InterspeciesRomance Human-Furon hybrid child with Natalya]], and is promoting a lucrative dead-body-disposing restaurant operation.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: In Takoshima, reading the mind of several men will reveal that they want to become geishas, and them immediately tell the player to look up the fact that [[http://www.thekeep.org/~kunoichi/kunoichi/themestream/taikomochi.html#.WJ5uEiqdly0 the first geishas were men]].
* AmbiguouslyGay[=/=]AmbiguouslyBi:
** A male pedestrian in Capitol City's thoughts shows him calling RockHudson a dreamboat, [[ThatCameOutWrong only to immediately attempt to regret saying it and try to think of more "manly" thoughts]].
** Several of the citizens in Albion's Cortex scan thoughts reveal this.
*** In particular, Ponsonby. He shows that he has an affection for Silhouette and how much he misses her (he even attempts to kill Crypto in revenge for killing her), but he also has thoughts about the princes of the Royal Family.
* AnalProbing: In the first game the anal probe is a ChargedAttack that can make the victim's head explode. It returns in the second game without the need for charging, though it now requires ammo.
* AndIMustScream: If you can actually read the thoughts of a Blisk Mutant, you learn there's still a bit of human left in them. They [[ICannotSelfTerminate just want to die]].
* AndThisIsFor: Crypto to Saxon.
--> '''Crypto''': This is for [[spoiler:The Master]], and because I don't like you, and for your [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Bogus. Satin. JAMMIES!]]
* {{Animeland}} / ThirtySecondsOverTokyo: Takoshima (from the second game) is inhabited by {{s|ailorFuku}}choolgirls, {{salarym|an}}en, {{ninja}}s and a [[{{Kaiju}} giant monster]].
* AntiFrustrationFeature: If Crypto can avoid getting hit for a short period of time, his health will eventually refill fully.
* AnyoneCanDie: 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.
* AntiVillain: Sure, Crypto is annihilating humankind, but he has a better reason than most alien invaders, he's trying to save his own species.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Crypto believes Bigfoot to be a crock.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: A plot element in the second game; The Tunguska event of 1908 was caused by [[spoiler: a Blisk warship crashing into a small remote community of Russia]]. Due to their mass amount of intelligence and being able to [[spoiler:disguise as humans]], they ended up [[spoiler:causing the Russian Revolution to succeed and seized control of the USSR]].
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: As part of his effort to lure the Black Ninja over to Arkvoodle, Crypto claims he can devour photons. The Black Ninja leader states that with their knowledge of astrophysics, that just about makes sense to them.
* AstralFinale: The last area of the second game is a Russian Moon base.
* AsYouKnow: Played blatantly for laughs with the White Ninja, who broadcast the details about their secret base over the radio. Their leader finishes their recap with "[[LampshadeHanging And if you think that's clumsy exposition, you ain't just whistling Dixie, pal.]]"
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: 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, [[{{Animeland}} a thinly-veiled parody of Japan]], gets attacked by a Franchise/{{Godzilla}}esque Blisk [[{{Homage}} monster called Kojira]].
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Pox finally gets a reward after being dead for 10 years.
* AxCrazy: ''Crypto.''
--> "Brains, man, when do I get to blow things up?!"
* {{Backtracking}}: Sometimes you might have to run back to an area in a mission if you miss a plot item or fail to kill everything somehow. Given that mission objectives are usually marked, you shouldn't be doing too much of it.
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* BagOfSpilling: In the second game, thanks to the destruction of the mothership.
* BattleThemeMusic: Each game has specific music tracks, different for each sandbox, that plays when in combat.
* BeehiveBarrier: Most Furon shields have this pattern.
* BerserkButton: Don't call Crypto "green" or a "toddler". If you're a human, it's probably also not a good idea to bring up Crypto-136.
* {{BFG}}: Crypto hefts around some pretty big guns, especially considering his short stature.
* BigNo: In the third game, [[spoiler: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.]]
* BizarreAlienBiology: From Crypto's point of view, cows are disgusting. They're covered in ''nipples''.
--> '''Crypto''': They eat with their mouths? Ugh, I think I'm going to be violently ill!
* BlandNameProduct: The titular restaurant mascot / HumongousMecha from ''Big Willy Unleashed'' is suspiciously similar to the mascot of the Big Boy restaurant chain.
* BloodKnight: Blowing things up is basically Crypto's ''raison d'etre''.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: The Sonic Boom does this to anything it doesn't outright vaporize. Of course, being a saucer-mounted weapon, it's more like "Blown Halfway Across The City."
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: In the final level of the third game on [[spoiler: Gorta]], Crypto is horrified at the idea of killing [[spoiler: other Furons,]] stating that he's an invader, no a mass murderer.
* BodyArmorAsHitPoints: Played-straight since Crypto's health bar actually represents his energy shields, which recharge if he stays out of combat long enough.
* BodySnatcher: Invoked as an ability in the second game onward.
* BoldlyComing: The reason why every human being has some Furon DNA.
** After being recloned with genitalia, Crypto heavily implies having this with various human females in the second game. In the end of the game, it's implied he had this with [[spoiler:Natalya]].
* BossInMookClothing: The Yeti in DAH!2. At first they just look like normal Blisk warriors with a white paintjob, but they're actually considerably tougher and hit like a truck.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Pox and Crypto. "Don't look at me, Pox handles all the technical stuff, I just... Blow stuff up."
* BrainInAJar: Pox experiments with one in the intro to the second game. Later on, one can be seen behind Crypto in his saucer during the ending cutscene.
* BrainUploading: In ''Destroy All Humans! 2'', [[spoiler:Orthopox uploads his consciousness into a [=HoloPox=] Unit just before the mothership is destroyed by a Soviet missile]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Done rather often in the second, third and Big Willy Unleashed titles, mostly through self-aware humor from the main characters giving gameplay hints to the player.
* BritishTeeth: Invoked in the second game: Orthopox describes Albion as a place where "the sun never sets and the locals never floss".
* CallBack: There are several to the first game in the second game.
* CatchPhrase: "Pathetic Humans!" "Monkey!" and even the game title, "Destroy All Humans!"
* ChargedAttack: The Anal probe in the first game can be charged to [[YourHeadAsplode make the victim's head explode]] instead of simply [[BringMyBrownPants forcing a change of clothes]]. The Ion Detonator can also be charged to lob projectiles farther.
* {{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.
** The entire White Ninja clan from the 2nd game take their Furon worship a little too seriously.
* CloneDegeneration: The reason the Furons are screwed without pure Furon DNA.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: 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.
* ColorCodedMultiplayer: In the second and third games, a second player could co-op split-screen or copete in minigames respectively. Players were differentiated by different color suits.
* CommieLand: Tunguska in the second game.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Show up as [=NPCs=] or even enemies in most of the games. Some missions even involve invoking this trope to manipulate the human populace.
* ContinuityDrift: The third game's plot seems just a tad bit off in some places.
* ContinuityNod: There are several nods to past games in each of the new installments.
* ConvenientlyCoherentThoughts: When you read people's minds, they give you a succinct sentence. Maybe not a relevant one, but what did you expect?
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: "Oh, God! Not [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]]! ''ANYTHING'' [[Film/AClockworkOrange BUT BEETHOVEN]]!"
* CoolCar: Furon anti-gravity cars are a prominent feature on the Fourth Ring of Furon level in 'Path of the Furon'.
** The hippie Volkswagen vans with mounted turret guns seen in some Bay City missions during the second game.
** Natalya's pink Jaguar E-type.
* CoolOldGuy: The Master, who happens to be an ancient Furon politician who fled the Furon homeworld to escape political injustice. He landed on Earth and took up practicing martial arts, ultimately developing a time-control Psychokinetic ability.
* CoolShip: The mothership, even though you don't get to fly it. Also Crypto's saucer, especially in the third game where it has the weapons popping out of the hull.
* CrapsackWorld: America in 1959, where people are self-righteous, vapid and paranoid about communism? Check. And then the Furons decide to invade.
* CrateExpectations: Largely played straight, and then the second game hangs a very heavy {{lampshade|Hanging}} 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, [[BreakingTheFourthWall "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!"
* CropCircles: Show up a few times in the first game, and in Big Willy. At times they even served as landing zones!
* CutAndPasteSuburb: Being a parody of 1950s suburbs, Santa Modesta has an array of small bungalow houses that seem to look the exact same to each other, the only differences being their colour and exterior features. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by scanning a male pedestrian encountered in the area.
-->'''Suburban Male''': Now wait a minute: These houses all look alike. Which one do I live in again?
* CutsceneIncompetence: [[spoiler: So the Master is a martial arts expert and invented a psychic power to control time. He dies twice, one on purpose to his ex-appentice Saxon. The second? Pox smacks him into a wall and turns him into paste.]]
* DancingMookCredits: In ''2'', while browsing through the soundtrack, the background is taken up by a {{mook}} or InnocentBystander doing an appropriate dance for the region you're in.
* DeadlyGas: Radiation in the second game. Big Willy's Windbreaker is a literal example in ''Big Willy Unleashed''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Both Crypto and Pox engage in the snark frequently throughout the series, though other characters join in rather often as well.
** Orthopox also makes frequent quips at the human race's expense (and sometimes Crypto's).
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: In the second game, whenever Crypto dies, his clone is placed in the exact spot where he died, and he continues his duties as if nothing happened.
** The second game plays around with this in a very interesting optional boss fight. [[spoiler: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.]]
* DeathRay: The default weapon for Crypto's flying saucer. Could set buildings on fire in the first game and noticeable burn marks in structures in Path of the Furon. Also nicely averts ConvectionSchmonvection, as just sweeping the beam within a couple meters of a human is enough to fry it instantly.
* DeathTrap: The [[GasChamber toxic alien gas bubble]] Natalya is trapped in, in the second game.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Take all the problems America of the 1950s had, turn UpToEleven and enjoy.
* DenserAndWackier: While hardly serious, the first game wasn't quite as over the top as the sequels, all of which played up the humor tremendously.
* DestroyableItems: Everything from cars to crates, and if destroyed with certain abilities in later games yielded ammo and health.
* DirtyCommunists: Plays a large role in the satirical 1950s America setting of the first game. While you don't actually encounter any communists in the game, the government and GovernmentConspiracy cover up Crypto's attacks by blaming it on a communist invasion. The citizens eventually buy into the paranoia quickly enough to exclaiming Crypto as being one when he is encountered without a disguise. Crypto in the ending of the game even uses this trope - [[Spoiler:Whilst disguised as President Huffman, he informs through television that communists have polluted the water supply. This is followed by setting up testing zones in America, which in reality are Crypto's way to discreetly extract Furon DNA from the humans]].
** The second game takes this trope UpToEleven with the KGB and Premier Milenkov being the main villains. If Crypto also goes around in Bay City undisguised, many of the urban pedestrians will declare Crypto as still being a communist (as well as MaoZedong, HoChiMinh and being a Chinese invader) when spotting him.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Agent Oranchov in DAH!2 kick-starts the plot by attacking the Mothership, and backing Coyote Bongwater, but on the first mission in Albion, he's infected by spores and turned into a Blisk mutant.
* DisintegratorRay: One of the earliest weapons Crypto unlocks in each game, and the first one that requires ammunition clips. It is able to burn humans down to a charred skeleton, alongside being easier to destroy objects faster than the Zap-o-Matic.
* DoNotCallMePaul: Crypto hates being called "green" or "toddler", a recurring joke in the games.
* DoubleEntendre: ''Big Willy Unleashed'' is VERY bad about this. Even the TITLE is one.
* DoubleJump: Thanks to the Jetpack.
* DoubleSpeak: While disguised as an {{NPC}}, Crypto has this conversation with the Yappies in the second game, but only if you don't use their leader's disguise to convert them, which fails to convert them to Arkvoodle.
-->'''Crypto''': So, are you guys like a gang or something?
-->'''Yappies Member''': Screw you man, we're not a gang! We're a group of disenfranchised youths who use violence and intimidation to get our point across.
-->'''Crypto''': In other words, you're a gang!
-->'''Yappies Member''': ''(as camera scrolls over to show Yappies leader)'' Beat it, square!
* TheDragon: [[VillainProtagonist Crypto]] plays this three times. Mostly to Pox, but also to [[spoiler: The Master]], and ultimately he and Pox are this to Emperor Meningitis. At least until [[spoiler: Emperor Meningitis dies and Pox becomes Emperor]].
* {{Eagleland}}: Type 2. Americans are stupid, paranoid, shotgun-toting dickheads. TheGovernment drugs the food supplies, the scientists all have German accents, and they think they're better than everyone else.
%%* EasterEgg
* DrugsAreBad: Played with in ''Destroy All Humans! 2''. If Crypto, disguised as hippie, decides to ask for a recap of the goals to the mission "They Shoot Hippies, Don't They?", he becomes exasperated with The Freak, whose drug-altered mind causes him to forget about the fact that Bongwater is about to fumigate Bay City with Revelade.
-->'''Crypto''':[[BreakingTheFourthWall (Looking at the camera)]] You see kids, '''this''' is why you shouldn't do drugs.
* EatsBabies: The Black Ninjas claim to do this when trying to out-evil Crypto after the latter implies that Arkvoodle eats kittens.
* EliteMooks: A few examples, notably the Psi-agents for the Majestic, as well as the red Nexo warriors in Path of the Furon.
* TheEmpire: The Furon Empire, to hear Pox tell it, though it's only ever really represented in-game by him and Crypto.
* EmptyQuiver: One of the missions in the first game has Crypto stealing a nuke from a testing site and using it to level the nearby Area 42 airfield in an attempt to kill Armquist.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: If the game title wasn't a dead giveaway, this is pretty much the Furons' endgame for Earth.
* TheEndOrIsIt: How the first game ends, after the credits are shown.
* EnemyChatter: 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.
* EnemyCivilWar: Crypto provokes a war between the Cosmonauts and the Blisk on Solaris.
* EnemyMine: Several humans team up with Crypto during the series.
* EquippableAlly: Gastro, the ship's janitor, can be found and used as a weapon in [=DAH!2=].
* EscortMission: A FREAKING NUCLEAR BOMB in the first game. Several in the second game involving Natalya, but the most infamous one being "From Russia With Guns".
* EvenEvilHasStandards: "They're not high, but I got em'!"
** Crypto briefly mourning [[spoiler:Natalya after she gets shot by Milenkov's laser gun]].
*** A similar outcome also happens when Crypto finds out The Master has died... [[spoiler:until it's discovered it was just a set-up]].
** In the Path of the Furon, we find that while Crypto is always happy to slaughter humans, he is against attacking his own people. [[BrainUploading Until Pox gives him a quick reminder, anyway]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Crypto, AKA Crypto 137/8/9, AKA Cryptosporidium, AKA Cryptosporidium 137/8/9.
** Orthopox-13/14, AKA Pox or Orthopox.
* EverythingFades: True for everything that is destroyed, from dead bodies to destroyed vehicles.
* EverythingsBetterWithCows: Radioactive exploding zombie cows. You also get to bodysnatch them in Big Willy unleashed.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: The Zombie Gun in BWU.
* EvilBrit: [[spoiler: Ponsonby]], leader of Majestic Command 16th Sector, who serves as a secondary antagonist for a part of DAH!2.
* EvilDuo: Pox and Crypto. Well, more like AntiHero Duo.
* EvilerThanThou: Crypto tries to recruit the Black Ninjas to his cult by claiming he and his alien god eat kittens. They are unimpressed, claiming to eat [[ImAHumanitarian babies.]]
* EvilIsHammy: Technically Pox is this in spades since he is a VillainProtagonist and voiced by InvaderZim.
* EvilOverlooker: Subverted/inverted. [[spoiler:The Master on the third game's box art would qualify.]]
* EvilPaysBetter: 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."
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: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.]]
* EvilVsEvil: Crypto is evil, no question, but most of the antagonists (excluding regular enemies such as police officers and farmers of course) are not much better.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Pretty self explanatory really. It's a game about destroying humans.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* {{Expy}}: Orthopox is voiced by WesternAnimation/InvaderZim's voice actor, Creator/RichardStevenHorvitz, 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.
** ... ''[[NicktoonsUnite Nicktoons: Globs of Doom]]'' (which stars Zim among others) notwithstanding.
* {{Fanservice}}: Silhouette and Natalya, two attractive badass spygirls in tight catsuits. As a bonus Natalya is Russian and has an accent.
* FantasticRacism: 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.
** [[spoiler: After Ponsinby knocks out Crypto, he refers to him as a lower life form.]]
* {{Fartillery}}: Big Willy's [[PunnyName Windbreaker]].
%%* FetchQuest: {{Lampshaded}} in ..Big Willy Unleashed''.
* FinalSolution: The later half of the second game focuses on [[spoiler:wiping out the entirety of the Blisk martian race. Justified as the Blisk are planning to destroy Earth to turn it into an underwater haven for themselves, having already taken control of the USSR government for years]]. Once they're finally taken care of all of them and their bases, it turns out that [[spoiler:several of them survived and are seeking help, leading to you having to wipe them out once and for all]].
* TheFifties: A satirical version acts as the setting in the first game.
* FreudianExcuse: Crypto 137's mission to harvest human DNA becomes understandable after what they did to his brother Crypto 136.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: In the first game, using Psychokinesis on a human and then pushing them outwards, even gently, can cause an instant death. And even if it doesn't, it's possible for a human you nudged over to ''[[EpicFail kill themselves]] [[MadeOfPlasticine trying to get up]]''. Understandably, the damage done is reduced in the second game.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When [[spoiler:Ponsonby]] has been subdued by Crypto, [[spoiler:he tells Crypto to realize that he is not the only alien on earth, only for him to die before telling him the "alien" part]]. As Crypto asks him for an answer, Pox tells Crypto that [[spoiler:Ponsonby]] is dead and dismisses it. Later in the game, however, it turns out that the [[spoiler:Blisk]] are also on earth.
%%* FriendlyEnemy
* FunWithAcronyms: 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.'''"
* GaidenGame: ''Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed,'' a spin off for the Nintendo Wii which pretty much stood on its own with no regard for canon or continuity.
* {{Gangsterland}}: Invoked in Las Paradiso with the Italian mob enemies.
* GameplayAllyImmortality: Averted. Friendly [=NPCs=] (most notably Natalya) are capable of dying and a NonstandardGameOver will result if they do (in other words, be ''very'' careful with that Meteor Gun). Played straight with the various questgivers in the second game.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation:
** Reading Ponsonby's mind when you get the chance can reveal he's a Majestic agent ahead of schedule. Similarly, reading Majestic agents' thoughts in the first game can reveal that Silhouette is a woman long before the formal reveal.
** Even if you take the mission to make the Black Ninja your allies, they'll still attack you for entering their territory. Justified later, as Shama Llama tells you that the Black Ninjas believe Crypto tricked them.
* GasMaskMooks: Some of the Red Army soldiers in Tunguska wear these.
* GayParee: Belleville in ''Path of the Furon,'' which is effectively a satirized version of Paris.
* GenreSavvy: Pox to a certain extent, usually when LeaningOnTheFourthWall and invoking tropes learned about by studying human culture.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** In the last mission of Destroy All Humans! 2, Dark Side of the Moon, Crypto and Natalya have to get past a barrier, generated by three pods, color-coded with the weapons Crypto has to destroy them with. As Crypto destroys them, Natalya's reaction gets more and more... [[TheImmodestOrgasm energized]].
** The probing scene during "Earth Women Are Delicious!" [[TheImmodestOrgasm is pretty suggestive in and of itself]]. This was before Crypto got his "package", by the way. In the Salad Days commentary for Destroy All Humans!, Crypto snarks that Miss Rockwell seemed used to the probe. He and Pox follow this up with a ""taking the girl off the farm" remark."
** In Rockwell, there is a small river outlook north of town (near the fairground site) called "Blackberry Hill", a pretty obvious MakeOutPoint. On the outlook, two small coupe are parked, one of which has hand marks on the windows... [[AutoErotica and is bouncing up and down]], although you don't get to see what's inside.
** Considering the amount of innuendo you get when you read the thoughts of random people, it's quite surprising that these games get away with "T" ratings.
** A lot of the pick-up lines tells to Natalya during Destroy All Humans! 2, while being purely optional, can become this. For example, in Albion, he tries to woo her by wanting to do his "Venus Butterfly" technique. Sounds like a goofy name made up on the spot, right? [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_Butterfly Not quite...]]
** Most of the hippie chicks in Albion allude to being part-time call girls and prostitutes. Coupled with this are a couple of references to "a bit of "how's your father?"", an archaic slang term in Britain for sex.
* GiantEnemyCrab: The Blisk warriors are often referred to as this, technically, even though Pox describes the species as "a cockroach having mated with a lobster!".
* GiantFootOfStomping: An attack used by most of the large robot enemies, including [=RoboPrez=].
* GirlOfTheWeek: Once Crypto gets his package, he heavily invokes this trope, mostly with Natalya in DAH!2 and Veronica Stone in Path of the Furon.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: Though named after the real-life Majestic 12 agency that became defunct in the 1960s, Majestic is essentially an affectionate parody of TheMenInBlack.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Played rather straight in the first game when the government tries to cover up the Furon invasion.
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: In Big Willy Unleashed, set in TheSeventies, Pox plans to use Disco to brainwash the world's population. Disco Fever replaces the Free Love ability from DAH!2 in Path of the Furon.
* GratuitousNinja: Ninjas appear prominently as recurring {{Mooks}} in the second game. And all {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, too.
-->'''Crypto''': What are ninjas doing in 1969?!?!\\
-->'''Pox''': Just go with it. Who doesn't love ninjas?
* GuiltBasedGaming: Combined with a variant of IdleAnimation in the first game. If you linger around the Mothership's menu while doing nothing at all, Orthopox will make snarky comments to the player about leaving him waiting. None of it is harsh, however, as Orthopox is just guilting you over leaving it running whilst not actually playing the system, and Orthopox's responses are actually pretty funny.
-->"Oh, don't mind me. I'm only a fictional character in a simulated universe, after all. I haven't anything better to do, really. I'm just a bunch of electrons floating around inside your console, and a few hundred kilobytes of data stored on your DAS disk. [[LargeHam DON'T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO MEEEE]]!
-->"You know, this isn't much fun for me. But I don't suppose you ever stopped to consider that, did you?! Oh, no! You just wandered away from the TV to do whatever it is you're doing, leaving me here talking to myself like some kind of pathetic loser, while you eat your chips and dip!"
* TheGreys: Crypto and Pox are Grays in the "evil conqueror" mode, although Crypto is often mistaken for a [[LittleGreenMen Little Green Man]].
* GroinAttack: The Nexo Walker's weakness in the third game, although they technically aren't testes...
* HalfHumanHybrid: Blasto in [[SpinOff Big Willy Unleashed]]. Invoked and/or implied after [[MarsNeedsWomen Furon Needs Women]] kicks in.
* HandicappedBadass: Pox, the genius fleet commander in the [[RuleOfCool extremely frikkin cool]] Cerebro Chair.
* HerrDoktor: The scientists in the first game mostly have German accents.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Up until the third game, the Furon Emperor is only mentioned twice, once in the first game, once in the second game. However, he does make an appearance at the end of the third game, just before [[spoiler:being killed by Crypto]].
* HideYourChildren: Understandably, no children appear in any of the games at any time.
* HighlyVisibleNinja / TechnicolorNinja: There's a reason why the White clan and Black clan of ninjas exist and hate each other. Originally, they were united under one clan of Gray ninjas, but the clans started to split over personal preference between black and white uniforms when they ran out of gray fabric.
-->'''White Ninja Leader''': Wrong! Supplier stop selling gray fabric. We wanted to be black ninja, but bastards put their order in first!
* {{Hivemind}}: The Blisk from DAH!2 are described as creatures with this trait, and it plays a major role in defeating them.
* HollywoodCalifornia: The Sunnywood level from Path of The Furon is definitely this.
* {{Hologram}}: Orthopox's [=HoloPox=] holographic projector unit.
* {{Housewife}}: Parodied and appear as the models of the Suburban Females encountered around Santa Modesta in the first game. With the DeliberateValuesDissonance in place, all of them appear to hate each other, despise their work, and are mostly Valium addicts. They wear outfits such as dressing gowns, hair curlers, and aprons tied around their waist.
* HumanoidAliens: Having been based off TheGreys the Furons are this, though much less so than the former.
* HumansAreMorons: The source of much of the series' humor.
* HumansAreSpecial: At least until their brain is removed.
* HumanResources: ''Big Willie Unleashed'' features a fast food shop which makes burgers out of the humans that have had their brain stems removed.
* HumongousMecha: Roboprez and Big Willy, both being large towering mechs.
* HundredPercentCompletion: Mostly obtained through the accruing of collectibles.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Crypto carries up to 8 weapons on him at a time, and in ''DAH!3'', all the saucer's giant weapons pop out of the hull. Judging by the in-game animations, Crypto's gun is able to [[SwissArmyWeapon reconfigure itself into the various weapons]].
* HypocriticalHumor: [[spoiler: Silhouette disguises herself as a man simply so that they would take her seriously... yet ironically her thoughts show blatant misandry]].
* IconicLogo: The large ExcitedShowTitle on the games' box art can definitely be considered to be this.
* ILoveNuclearPower: 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.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Quantum Deconstructor, Dislocator, Tornadotron, Black Hole Gun, Superballer... It should be quite telling that a self-recharging LightningGun and a superheated DeathRay are among the more ''boring'' weapons in Crypto's arsenal.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Pox. Boy, he loves those nukes.
* IncomingHam: Whenever Crypto smarts off, Pox retaliates with Ham.
* InGameTV: On the Mothership in the first game, used to watch unlocked behind the scenes featurettes.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: Pretty much the point of the Big Willy Mascot in Big Willy Unleashed.
* InterfaceScrew: Invoked in the second game upon being hit with a drugged Revelade dart when fighting Coyote Bongwater.
* InterspeciesRomance: In the second game, Crypto invokes this when he gets new genitalia, as the only thing he can experiment on is human women. In the ending of the game, it is heavily allured that he made out with Natalya. Taken UpToEleven in ''Path of the Furon'', where the entire Furon race has been gradually recloned with genitalia. The Furon men find human women more attractive.
* InvisibleWall: Subverted in the first game where leaving the mission area returned you to the game's hub, played straight in the later games though.
%%* IsThatWhatHeToldYou
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Crypto is only offended by the ''green'' part of being called a Little Green [Space]Man. Then again, that may be because it's the only inaccurate part.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn:
** {{Inverted|Trope}} in the first game, where you may read the mind of someone who thinks the Edsel is going to be the next big thing.
** Played straight with the thoughts of a scientist who is working on a thing called the "internet", but thinks it will ever catch on.
* Played straight in the second game, where a female hippie in Bay City mocks [[Film/ANewHope "Georgie Boy's" film idea, The Adventures Of Luke Starkiller]].
** In Bay City, if you go to a two-storey house on the bottom of the hill where Coit Tower is, you can hear a couple talking about Bert Whither's report on the Vietnam War. The wife thinks that the way to stop the war is by uniting North and South Vietnam together, becoming a democracy, and then electing Ho Chi Minh, followed by her husband asking, "Why do you hate America?".
** Crypto mocks Dr. Orlov for developing video games for the computer.
** In ''Path of the Furon'' Crypto pitches a series of video games to Pox, such as a game about [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros a plumber who defeats his enemies by jumping on them]], [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog a hedgehog that runs really fast]] and [[Franchise/{{Halo}} a space marine on a ring shaped planet]]. Pox considers them all to be stupid ideas.
%%* {{Jerkass}}: Crypto. Pox has his moments too.
* JerkassGods: Arkvoodle has his moments, like asking Crypto to smite some humans for travelling to the moon.
* JustifiedExtraLives: Respawning in the games is justified as Crypto being cloned.
* {{Kaiju}}: The final mission of Takoshima in DAH!2 is fighting a giant Blisk mutant.
%%* KickTheDog
* KillAllHumans: Well... [[CaptainObvious what do you expect?]]
* KillItWithFire: The Disintegrator Ray and Ion Detonator, both of which can burn down humans to a mere charred skeleton, and then into ashes. The Death Ray that comes with the saucer also counts.
** Blowing up a car or oil barrel when civilians are nearby causes the same effect.
* LaughablyEvil: Most of the evil things Crypto does qualify.
* LampshadeHanging: Done several times and mostly in the second game, such as:
-->'''Milenkov''': Maybe you wouldn't be so arrogant if you knew of my [[EvilPlan FIENDISH MASTER PLAN!]]
-->'''Crypto''': Alright already! Let's hear your damn plan. Geez, you guys just gotta have your [[EvilGloating monologues]].
* LargeHam:
** Pox loves to [[ChewingTheScenery chew the scenery]].
** Premier Milenkov in the second game, such as when he boasts to Crypto about his "FIENDISH MASTER PLAN!" (see LampshadeHanging above).
** Crypto's not bad at ChewingTheScenery himself. For example, in the opening of the first game:
--> "A Cryptosporidium captured by a ''bunch of monkeys?!'' We gotta go in. We gotta crack some craniums! We gotta rescue me- him- he's gonna rescue me... We gotta- I gotta- Brains, man, '''WHEN DO I GET TO BLOW THINGS UP?!'''"
* LatexSpacesuit: Natalya wears one on Solaris. [[RuleOfSexy Of course, it has heels and shows off most of her figure]].
* LarynxDissonance: Crypto's voice when talking in a Body Snatched human is the same as his regular alien voice, no matter what nationality, race, age or gender the person is. However, he is able to maintain a human's correct voice, as seen during an Albion side mission in the second game.
* LeyLine: 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.
* LightningGun: Crypto's initial weapon, the ''Zap-O-Matic''. While it's not as spectacularly destructive as most of his arsenal, it still fries humans very well, especially when upgraded with ChainLightning capabilities. It also doesn't require ammo, making it an effective weapon that is still useful after Crypto has obtained much better arsenal.
** The humans have giant Tesla coils used as anti-air weaponry, capable of dealing heavy damage to Crypto's saucer. They don't appear in the second game, but the Blisk have very similar technology that does the same effect.
* MacGuffin: Human Brainstems. Crypto treats his groin as this.
* MadScientist: Pox, who develops all your [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon 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!"
* ManaMeter: The first game gives Crypto a "concentration" meter that's used to fuel his PsychicPowers and Holobob and refills either over time or by reading people's thoughts.
* TheManBehindTheMan:
** [[spoiler:The Blisk, for Soviet Russia, and indeed the entire Cold War. Having been stuck on Earth for centuries, they engineered a buildup of space-travel and nuclear arms so they could make the Earth suitable for themselves.]]
** [[spoiler: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!
* MarsNeedsWomen: Invoked when the majority of the Furons' male population gets genitalia for the first time.
* MeaningfulName: Both "Cryptosporidium" and "Orthopox" are virus types that cause bad diseases. Emperor Meningitis follows suit.
* MechanicalLifeforms: Nexos, to a certain extent. They're identified as a machine race, like the Franchise/{{Transformers}} or [[VideoGame/MassEffect Geth]].
* MeaningfulName: Furons are all named after parasitic, infectious, or viral diseases.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Played straight with [[spoiler: Pox]] in DAH!2, subverted with [[spoiler: The Master]] in Path of the Furon.
* TheMenInBlack: The Majestic agents are a thinly-veiled parody.
* MindRape: The Hypno and Mind Control psychokinesis abilities invoke this.
* MissionControl: Crypto's commander, Orthopox plays this role for the majority of the series.
* MoonLandingHoax: When you read the thoughts of a male Russian DAH 2, they may comment on how they think the moon landing was filmed in [[PlaceWorseThanDeath Newark, New Jersey]]. Later in the game, when you really do go to the moon, one of the sidequests involves receiving a delivery from a courier.
-->'''Pox:''' It's being delivered by a courier company called... the '''N'''orth '''A'''merican '''S'''hipping '''A'''ssociation.
* MonsterProgenitor: Crypto is the first Furon in millenia to have working sex organs.
* MonumentalDamage: Invoked when destroying famous monuments like the Washington Memorial or Eiffel Tower. Subverted with the London Bridge-esque monument in Albion in the second game, which you can't destroy ''at all'' [[note]]Actually, you were originally supposed to, as the trailers show the bridge's tower falling down.[[note]]
* TheMothership: The hub of the first game, where Pox can be found. Blown up at the beginning of the second game.
* MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere: Crypto tries this on the crowd in "Citizen Crypto". It obviously doesn't work, leading to a brief Q&A session.
** Parodied in a thought you can read off a cop in the first game:
--> "Move along! Nothing to see here! Boy, I sure like saying that."
* MsFanservice: Natalya and Silhouette, both being badass babes wearing tight leather/[[SensualSpandex spandex]] suits.
* MyBrainIsBig: Pox is literally confined to a floating alien wheelchair for this reason.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: In the third game, [[spoiler:The Master stages his death in order to win Crypto's trust and set his plan in full motion.]]
%%* MundaneUtility
* NamedAfterTheirPlanet: Furons from the Planet Furon. The Majestic in the first game confuse it as being called "Gorta", which is actually implied as it's capital city.
* {{Nerf}}:
** The Disintegrator Ray in Path of the Furon gets a major damage downgrade.
** Throwing people around with Psychokinesis does much less damage in the second game than it does in the first. Additionally, the Quantum Deconstructor received a small nerf to its splash damage.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight: Subverted and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the first game, in which a cop will randomly say, in thought, "What would [[Film/TheUntouchables Eliot Ness]] do? Never carry a knife to a gunfight? No, that's not it..."
* NewAgeRetroHippie: The most common pedestrians in Bay City and Albion fall under the hippie category, referencing the American countercultures birthplace in San Francisco and Swinging London scene respectively.
* {{Ninja}}: Show up in Takoshima in the second game. Much {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing is made as the protagonist wonders why ninjas are still around in the modern day.
-->'''Several Characters''': Besides, who doesn't love ninjas?
* NoBiologicalSex: The Furons' penchant for gratuitous nuke usage ended up getting their genetic code degraded by their own weapons, leaving them without genitalia and therefore unable to reproduce except by cloning. This is also the reason why Crypto's "package" from the second game is a pretty big deal for them.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Crypto's voice is a not-so-subtle Creator/JackNicholson impression. Parodied in the third game, where Crypto body-snatches a Jack Nicholson expy and has a habit of zapping him while [[HypocriticalHumor complaining about how his voice is grating.]]
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: 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), Tunguska (USSR traits, Moscow and Siberia), Vietnmahl (Vietnam), Las Paradiso (Las Vegas), Sunnywood (Hollywood), Shen Long (Hong Kong) and last but not least, Belleville (Paris).
* NoFairCheating: The first game has a lot of cheats, [[SubvertedTrope and there is no punishment for using them whatsoever]] (although in the developer commentary, the developers [[TakeThatAudience have no respect for anyone who cheats]]). Played straight in the Playstation 4 port, however, where using the DNA cheat will disable one trophy for collecting 500,000 DNA without cheats.
** Averted in the second and third games, where there are no cheats whatsoever. Big Willy Unleashed has cheats, although that game is easy enough that you shouldn't need them.
* NoFourthWall: By the third game, the fourth wall never even existed.
* NoGearLevel: The mission "Furon Down" has Crypto being shot down by humans and deprived of his gear. The level revolves around him breaking out of imprisonment and getting it all back.
* NonActionGuy: Pox, up until the third installment.
* NonIndicativeName: 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; it's closer to FrickinLaserBeams than anything else.
* NoticeThis: Mission objectives are marked with a very visible column of magenta light.
* NotSoDifferent: The Majestic and Furons in the first game. Both are trying to brainwash the population of America to turn them hostile to their enemies, both indulge in FantasticRacism against the other race, and the Majestic use high-tech weaponry based on Furon technology and create psychic mutants by putting their Furon DNA to use.
** After taking down Armquist's MiniMecha in the first game, Crypto makes a speech asserting this to the defeated general, apparently offering peace. [[spoiler:[[MoodWhiplash And then disintegrates him when he accepts.]]]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The humans can be quite a challenge when they bring out their soldiers and war machines.
* {{Notzilla}}: ''Videogame/DestroyAllHumans 2'' features a monster named "Kojira", and another called "Mohgra".
* ObviousBeta: Several aspects of ''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. Not to mention how chunky Big Willy Unleashed's graphics look chunky in some places, leading to several UncannyValley moments.
** Path of the Furon, on the other hand, has much more improved graphics over the former, but has a dire case of graphical ArtStyleDissonance in several places. It doesn't help mentioning that many of the weapons are [[GameBreaker way too strong]] even in the early stages of the game, meaning you can whip through the bosses easily with the Ion Detonator. It's also worth noticing the ridiculously easy boss battles (Crosteau is the only exception, as he puts up a challenge).
* ObviouslyEvil: In ''Path of the Furon'', Pox can tell right away that [[spoiler:The Master is evil, or that he at least shouldn't be trusted]].
* OddballInTheSeries: The continuity-skewing ''Big Willy Unleashed'' SpinOff for the Wii.
* OfficerOHara: The cops in the first game mostly have Irish accents.
* OldMaster: The Master is the Furon equivalent, supernatural martial arts and all.
* OneHitKill: The Burrow Beast can eat anything that's not a boss in one gulp. It can even chow down the enormous Blisk.
* OneManArmy: Crypto being the only soldier under Pox's command, single-handedly wipes out the U.S. military and overthrows the government.
* OneWingedAngel: Milenkov and Oranchov when they transform into Blisk creatures for their boss fights.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Crypto pleads the Master to allow him to face Saxon in the third game.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Crypto, who combines this with AuthorityEqualsAsskicking and PresidentEvil.
* PaperThinDisguise: Apparently, in France, all Crypto really needs to disguise himself among the locals is a beret.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Crypto. Well, Pox too. He was upset after his body was destroyed because there weren't any explosions.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Creator/RichardStevenHorvitz. The guy seems to love titular aliens.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: The Master and Crypto, given their devastating psychokinetic abilities (and, in the latter case, enough firepower to take on the US Army).
* PlanetLooters: Pretty much invoked as the reason the Furons invade.
* PlayingWithSyringes: Invoked by Pox, who is an evil alien scientist after all.
* PretendPrejudice: In the first game, Crypto genuinely despises 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.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner
--> '''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!
* PreMortemOneLiner
--> '''Silhouette:''' We will continue to resist you!\\
'''Crypto:''' Resist ''this''. *squish*
* PresidentEvil: Crypto becomes this at the end of the first game when he takes over the U.S. government.
* ProjectedMan: Orthopox when using his holographic projector.
* ProperlyParanoid: Terry Squire during his assassination mission in the second game. Even though it's justified in a sense that he's being targeted by the KGB for destroying the Revelade supply in Bay City, he has freaking every sort of defense defending him, from EMP mines to secret agents. After killing him, your alert level goes all the way to the highest.
* PsychicPowers: [[MindOverMatter Psychokinesis]]; mind reading.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: The RunningGag / CatchPhrase / TitleDrop "DESTROY! ALL! HUMANS!"
** Also, in the first game: "I. Am not. GREEN!"
* PunyEarthlings: The promotions and box art invoke this.
* PuppeteerParasite: Body-snatching becomes one of Crypto's main powers by the second game.
* PutOnABus: Gastro in the third game. He's introduced in ''DAH!2'' as a major supporting character, with a background story. In the third game, he is never seen, heard from, or spoken of again. Mostly due to everyone treating him as simply a weapon, and not a character. Natalya also got this in the third game.
* RaisingTheSteaks: Radioactive exploding zombie cows.
* RagdollPhysics: Used heavily with Crypto's PK powers in the first game.
* RapidFireNo: 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.
* RedOniBlueOni: Pox is the Blue Oni being more thoughtful and intelligent, Crypto the Red Oni being more violent and destructive.
* RedScare: Heavily invoked in the satirical 50s American setting of the first game. Also taken a notch further with the KGB in the second game.
** The Urban pedestrians in Bay City are this.
--->'''Urban male''': It's the Chinese! They're invading!
--->'''Urban female''': The commies have invaded!
* RedshirtArmy: The humans, considering they're going up against an advanced alien race that specializes in warfare.
* TheReveal: In ''DAH!2'': [[spoiler:The Blisk being behind the Russian Revolution; Majestic 16.]]
* TheStoner: Exaggerated to ludicrous extents with the aptly named The Freak, who claims he can pick radio signals with his teeth and read minds, and knows pretty much everything going on in Bay City. His thoughts even reveal that other hippies avoid him, and when they do need to talk to him, it's solely to buy drugs.
--->(lamenting) The chicks come for the stash, but they never stay for The Freak...
** TheUnreveal: Silhouette, the BigBad of the first game, [[SamusIsAGirl being a woman]]. There were a lot of hints, and if you read the thoughts of the Majestic agents, they blatantly state it and then try to cover it up:
-->'''Majestic Agent:''' Why does Silhouette give me these jobs? Was it because I hit on her at the Christmas party...? Oh, wait, no one's supposed to know Silhouette's a chick. Scratch that thought.
* RoswellThatEndsWell: Apparently, the Roswell incident resulted from a combination of US Army weapon testing and Crypto-136's saucer showing up at a ''very'' bad time.
** One of the areas in the game, Rockwell, is a thinly veiled parody of Roswell, but only by name. In the "Salad Days" commentary, Pox claims the town after the invasion began to respect alien culture, parodying Roswell's alien culture.
* {{Roofhopping}}: Invoked with how buildings are designed for Crypto's jetpack in mind.
* SamusIsAGirl
-->'''Crypto:''' You're a chick?!\\
'''Silhouette:''' I'm a patriot! If you had to put up with politicians playing grab-ass all day, you'd wear a mask too!
* SandWorm: The Burrow Beast weapon summons one to eat people.
* SatireParodyPastiche: 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 TheFifties, including the first big Sci-Fi craze and America's fear of communism.
* SatelliteCharacter: Crypto and Pox would be pretty bland alone.
* SayMyName: "CRYPTO!" Pox does this often in the second game.
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: The Furons are roughly the "conquistadore" variety. Also parodied in the first game with the various comments made by humans that see Crypto's true form, often labeling him as a "[[DirtyCommunists communist]]" or claiming that he's there to destroy their way of life (which isn't inaccurate, but still).
* SequelHook: Most notibly with the first game's "THE END?" Though each game has had one.
* SeriesContinuityError: ''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.)
* SetAMookToKillAMook: Invoked with Crypto's mind control abilities.
* TheSeventies: The setting in both "Big Willy Unleashed" and "Path of the Furon," heavily satirized of course.
* ShoutOut: The entire series is an {{homage}} to ''Film/MarsAttacks'', ''Film/MenInBlack'', ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', and other alien related movies and shows.
** The Blue Moon Drive-In Theater during [[''Film/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'' Teenage Zombies From Outer Space]] before changing the film is playing a clip from the infamous movie ''Film/PlanNineFromOuterSpace''. You get to see some b-movies from the 1950s (most of which being the more SoBadItsGood ones) in the Archives of the mothership.
** Crypto and Pox both discuss possible future VideoGames in the third game, giving shout outs to ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', and games based on movies, all in the same conversation.
** Path of the Furon has the mission [[Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind Close Encounters of the Furon Kind]] where you have to reply to cultists beeping tones at your ship.
-->'''Pox''':Great Arkvoodle! The fools think we have a musical language!
-->'''Crypto''':Nobody ''talks'' music, that's stupid!
** Destroy All Humans! 2 also features both a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/StarWars'' and to ''Film/TheMatrix''.
-->'''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 hippie resident of Bay City:
--> '' "The Adventures of Luke Starkiller? Ha! Dream on, Georgie boy!
** Panicking citizens of Albion may spout references to ''Franchise/{{Quatermass}}'', Musician/DavidBowie and ''Series/DoctorWho''. Throw one with your saucer's tractor beam or Psychokinesis and one citizen may just scream, [[Film/NineteenEightyFour "Double-plus ungood!"]], which is also heard sometimes when the alert level in Albion goes to tred.
** Some of the armed Cosmonauts in the second game might tell Crypto whilst attacking "[[Film/{{Alien}} In Space, no one can be hearing you screaming!]]"
** And, [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphing Power Alien!!]]
** The Fantasy Atoll level in ''Big Willy Unleashed'' is a giant shout-out to ''Series/FantasyIsland'', right down to expies of Mr. Roarke and Tattoo (only with the bodies flipped).
** In the first game, Crypto is a [[Music/MarilynManson red-eyed, genitalia-lacking space alien.]]
** Silhouette, female badass extraordinaire, known only by her code name, is [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater a patriot]].
** In the fourth mission of Takoshima, if you try to talk to Professor Yuki with a non-White Ninja disguise, Crypto will attempt to hit on her, only for it to fail:
-->'''Crypto''': [[Film/FullMetalJacket I got five dollar, you love me long time?]]. (This is also parodied in the thoughts of a Japanese co-ed.)
** Some of the Free Love quotes pedestrians say make reference to songs that are popular during the 60s.
** A passing reference to Music/SteelyDan is made during the cutscene in "Where Have All The Flower Children Gone?", when Coyote Bongwater is finishing his meditation session with two female hippies.
-->'''Bongwater''': Remember, wherever you go, I'll be there. The shine of your Japan, the sparkle in your China.
-->'''Female Hippies''': Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva.
** Also serving as a TakeThat, while reading the minds of the inhabitants of Takoshima, a kamikaze soldier will have this thought:
--> "Hey Mickey Rooney, I saw Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys, and I know where you live!"
** Sometimes, while using Psychokinesis on multiple objects in Bay City without destroying or killing anyone, a female hippie will say "[[Music/JesusChristSuperstar What's the buzz? Tell me, what's a-happening!]] followed by a quick giggle. Crypto also says this quote before starting "From Russia With Guns".
* TheSixties: A satirized version makes up the setting in the second game.
* SlapSlapKiss: Crypto and Natalya start out this way.
* SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration: The number appended to a Furon's name indicates the number of times they've been cloned. Each time you die in the first two games, Crypto's clone number increases by one.
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** ''(So Nice) Summer Sammba'' by Walter Wanderly playing as Crypto is given the option to vaporize a pool party, or you can simply hypnotize the mayor to lead everyone from the party. It also plays during the modern art exhibit during the second game, right before the Blisk spores are released.
** In the second game, "She Changes Like The Weather" by Nic Armstrong playing as Crypto convinces the cosmonauts to [[spoiler:fight against their Blisk allies, leading to a massive war inside the dome]]. It also plays right as you are destroying The Rock to weaken the KGB's presence in Bay City.
** 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.
* SphereOfDestruction: The Ion Detonator's ammunition, as well as the Quantum Deconstructor.
* SpinningPaper: Every mission completed has a humorous headline pop up after.
* SpyCatsuit: Silhouette and Crypto's Russian LoveInterest, Natalya, in the sequel.
* SpyDrama: The first two games have varying shades of, but especially the second one as it directly parodies James Bond.
* StepfordSmiler: Given that it's set in the late 1950s, many civilians in the first game fall under this heading, particularly the residents of Santa Modesta. Quite naturally, the suburbanites like to present themselves as flawless and content, but a quick peek at their thoughts reveals that the men only manage to suppress their psychotic rage with their collective obsession with lawnmowers and automobiles, and the Valium-addicted women are engaged in fierce and unending competition over the best home and garden, broken only by Tupperware parties and neglected children. Exactly one citizen manages to realize how miserable she really is, and in the end, she decides to drown her sorrows in cheap meaningless sex. And of course, being Crypto himself, you have the opportunity to put every last depressive one of them out of their misery in the most painful way possible.
* StepfordSuburbia: As mentioned above, Santa Modesta is a sunny 1950s Californian suburb filled with a wide array of local businesses, a mall, beaches and colorful houses with mowed lawns. Then there's the [[StepfordSmilers residents]]...
* StormingTheCastle: The attack on the Blisk base in the second game, and the attack on the Furon palace in the third game.
* StrangeSalute: The Furon salute consists of extending one's arm perpendicular to the body, touching one's chest, and then raising the hand to about eye level at the side of the body. If Crypto is any indication, the salute is typically done with the left arm.
* StrawFeminist: [[spoiler:Silhouette]] exaggerates and parodies this trope. For someone who [[spoiler:disguises herself as a man to make the agents take herself seriously]], she assumes the Furons can't conquer the world without having women (Later averted in Path of the Furon, where female Furons appear) and believes she makes less money than a man would. Not only that, but she genuinely wants to take over the world. If you scan the thought of a Majestic agent earlier, he mentions that he most likely got his job from hitting on her at a Christmas party.
* StuffBlowingUp: ''"Brains man, when do I get to blow stuff up?!"'' Said by Crypto in the intro to the first game.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:Pox dies at the very beginning of the second game. Not that it stops him from harassing Crypto. Or vice versa.]]
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: The Furons and Blisk definitely invoke this.
* SuicidalOverconfidence: Crypto, who isn't scared of anything and is eager to run right into a good fight.
** Not to mention all those humans who think it's a good idea to attack him.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Crypto in every game, except the third, in which he still can't swim, however he just gets warped back to the shore. The first game even has different post-mission headlines used when Crypto drowns.
** Humans in the game also universally sink like rocks.
* SurprisinglyEasyMiniQuest: There are a few that don't require much, if any real effort.
* SupernaturalMartialArts: Pretty much the point of the third game. "Temporal Fist!"
* TakeMeToYourLeader: Parodied in the beginning of the first game, which has Crypto doing the routine to a cow after mistaking them for the dominant life form on the planet.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Crypto managing to guise as President Huffman. Not what Crypto set out to do, but it does make it much easier to get human DNA.
** Basically what Silhouette wants to do according to her thoughts.
* TakeThat:
** A very subtle one, but the Cult of Arkvoodle appears to be a jab towards Christianity. This becomes more apparent if you scan Shama Llama's mind.
** "Alientology" is a thinly veiled parody of Scientology.
** A Cortex Scan of a co-ed in Takoshima reveals that she aspires to be a mindless socialite heiress who is famous for a sex tape video, parties all the time, is drunk and half-naked on camera, and inherited a hotel business off her father. No points for guessing [[Creator/ParisHilton who]] that is.
* TelepathicSpacemen: The Furons have evolved PsychicPowers over the ages, allowing them to read minds, hypnotize lesser beings, and telekinetically throw enemies around. Crypto gets a lot of mileage out of all three.
* TellMeAgain: In ''Destroy All Humans! 2'', all conversations end with the option of Crypto asking for a condensed version of the conversation.
* ThatRussianSquatDance: In ''Destroy All Humans! 2'', while in Tunguska, Russians tend to do this dance when Crypto uses Free Love on them.
* ThemeNaming: Furon names are all names of viruses.
* {{Theremin}}: Garry Schyman went all out with this in the first game's soundtrack, especially the opening theme. The later games still had traces of it too.
* ThinkUnsexyThoughts: Crypto in the second game upon seeing Natalya meet Sergei. It doesn't work, however.
* TimedMission: Show up many times, both as main missions and side quests.
* TractorBeam: The Abducto Beam weapon for the saucer effectively functions as this.
* TranquilFury: When Crypto-137 stumbles across [[spoiler:the carcass of Crypto-136]], he lapses into this.
--> "Okay, monkeys. You want a war? ''[[ItsPersonal You've got a war]].''"
* {{Twinmaker}}: The plot is driven by the Furon's need to harvest human brains to retain their immortality through cloning.
* TwoWordsAddedEmphasis: Crypto tries to convince British hippies that Arkvoodle has the best collection of music in the galaxy. When they ask what Arkvoodle listens to, Crypto says "Three words. And one of them's a disease. Blind Willie Syphilis."
* UnfortunateNames: The [[DoubleEntendre Big Willy Hotdog Franchise]].
** Arkvoodle is the Lord of the Sacred Crotch, and from there goes a whole bunch of other references.
* VerbThis: Crypto does this after defeating Silhouette in the first game.
'''Crypto:''' (stepping on her head) Resist THIS.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: It's a game called "Destroy All Humans!" with you playing as an AlienInvader. This is a given.
** Telekinesis and Mind Control are such nicely sadistic weapons.
** The AnalProbe. Nothing says "cruelty potential" like a weapon that [[AssShove goes up the victim's ass]], causing [[PottyFailure rectal incontinence]] with a side of YourHeadAsplode. In the first game, it didn't even have to be lethal; you could simply probe a hapless civilian repeatedly, watching them run away while uncontrollably soiling themselves. Rinse and repeat until bored.
** A big part of the appeal of the game is also the ability to get into a space-ship and use the various weapons it possesses to fly around [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed thinly-veiled versions of various cities]] and ''destroy the everlasting fuck out of them''.
** Then there are the Ruin Lives side-missions, in which you [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ruin random people's lives]] [[ForTheEvulz for absolutely no reason]].
** You can use the Anal Probe to free the Blisk Mutants and turn them back into humans, or you can just kill them. Or you can [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Anal Probe the mutants and then kill them anyway.]]
** Extracting human brain stems takes the form of Crypto telekinetically [[YourHeadAsplode making a person's head explode]] and then picking up the brain left behind. While generally used on corpses, there's nothing that says the victim has to be dead; in fact, in the first game, brain stems extracted from living people often yield ''more'' DNA.
** If mindless destruction gets boring, there are plenty of dialogue options for Crypto to harass, threaten and insult the people he talks to. One standout example is when Crypto has to get a code from Dr. Go's old girlfriend Yuki. Depending on how Crypto chooses his words she could end up giving him a second chance or want nothing to do with him. Either option advances the mission so feel free to pick whichever.
* VillainProtagonist: [[BlackAndGrayMorality Though your opponents aren't any better.]]
* ViolationOfCommonSense: During the fight with Kojira, Pox eventually notices that the beast's underside is [[AttackItsWeakPoint considerably less armored]] than its back. As a result, it takes more damage from Crypto's personal weapons than the ones mounted on the saucer. That's right: you're supposed to get out of the high-tech flying saucer and fight the {{Kaiju}} ''on foot''. This actually ''does'' make the fight easier, since Kojira will focus its attacks more on the humans (given that they're bringing in tanks and all) than on Crypto.
* VirtualGhost: Pox, quite literally.
* VivaLasVegas: Las Paradiso in Path of the Furon.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Pox acts as this for Crypto, in addition to being Mission Control.
* WantedMeter: Appears as a military response alert meter in each game.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** After the ending of the first game, we never see President Huffman again. Downplayed, as Huffman is mentioned to still be president by the time the second game roles around. Pox also mentions cloning Huffman after Crypto lost interest in controlling the government.
** During the second game, when the Blisk hold Natalya hostage, she tells Crypto that Sergei has been infected with spores, and that's the last we hear of him.
** Veronica Stone in Path of the Furon. After getting her the story of sending the Neo Walker into the corrupt police station, she is neither seen or heard from again.
* WhosOnFirst: The second game sees Crypto run into this kind of confusion when he delivers the access code to Natalya ("Eye Love You"), before adding [[LampshadeHanging "Also, Who's on first, what's on second and I don't know's on third."]]
* {{Wormsign}}: The Burrow Beast weapon is preceded by an ominous rumbling noise.
* WreakingHavok: A fairly obvious gameplay selling point for the games.
* YouAreNumberSix: 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. It's quite telling that, at the beginning of the series, Crypto is already at ''137.''
* YouHaveFailedMe: Admiral Cyclosporiasis is not very pleased when he learns Pox and Crypto lost the pure Furon DNA.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Crypto to [[spoiler:Shama Llama after Shama tries to make himself the face of the cult. Arkvoodle agrees with Crypto, and the cult disbands afterwards]].
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Double example -- [[spoiler: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.]]
* YouNoTakeCandle: KGB Agents, as well as the citizens of Takoshima and Tunguska, talk in this manner. Averted with some of the more prominent characters in the KGB (Natalya, Oranchov, Sergei, and Milenkov).
* YourHeadAsplode: The basic method for extracting brain stems from humans.
** The first game has an unintentional example, when Pox tries to brainwash humans en masse [[AliensStealCable by broadcasting a signal from the mothership on TV]], which turned out to be [[MySkullRunnethOver too strong for human brains to process]] and caused an epidemic of exploding craniums instead. The next mission basically has Crypto cleaning up the mess.
* YourMom: A variation: in the second game, after poisoning Crypto, making him delusional, this exchange is likely to happen:
-->'''Ponsonby:''' Now, tell me all the good things you remember about your mother.\\
'''Crypto:''' [[NonSequiturThud Mommy? No, not the hot iron treatment again! I'll be good, I promise!]]
* ZillionDollarBill: Furon DNA acts as this.
* ZombieApocalypse: The Blisk mutants in the second game.. Played straight with the Zombie Gun in BWU.
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