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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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Herr Doktor: The scientists in the first game mostly had German accents.
He Who Must Not Be Seen: 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 being killed by Crypto.
Highly-Visible Ninja / Technicolor Ninja: 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!
Hologram: Orthopox's HoloPox holographic projector unit.
Crypto: What are ninjas doing in 1969?!?! Pox: Just go with it. Who doesn't love ninjas?
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.
I Take Offense to That Last One: 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.
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.
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.
Moon Landing Hoax: When you read the thoughts of a male Russian DAH 2, they may comment on how they think the moon landing was filmed in 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 North American Shipping Association.
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.
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.
Puppeteer Parasite: Body-snatching becomes one of Crypto's main powers by the second game.
Put on a Bus: 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.
Pox: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,NO. Crypto, you incompetent buffoon.
The Reveal: In DAH!2: The Blisk being behind the Russian Revolution; Majestic 16.
The Unreveal: Silhouette, the Big Bad of the first game, 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.
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!
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.
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.)
And the anal probes, don't forget the anal probes.
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 thinly-veiled versions of various cities and destroy the everlasting fuck out of them.
Wormsign: The Burrow Beast weapon is preceded by an ominous rumbling noise.
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.