You have been assigned to a being called "The Batter". The Batter has an important mission. Be sure that it's accomplished.OFF
is an RPG created in 2007 by Mortis Ghost, with music created by Alias Conrad Coldwood. Originally released in French, it has since received an English translation. The player enters his/her name and is informed that s/he is now in control of "The Batter," a quiet man in a baseball uniform and the game's main character.
Fairly simple, huh? Well
, it gets weirder
The game takes place in a world nothing
like what you know. The Batter encounters, only a few moments after you gained control, a white, wise and snarky cat with a Cheshire Cat Grin
that calls himself "The Judge." The people in this world - called Elsens, though otherwise human - are practically all Inexplicably Identical Individuals
other than the items merchant Zacharie, who has perfected Breaking the Fourth Wall
(not that the other characters are any better; the player is repeatedly addressed personally). Strange creatures called Spectres are terrorizing everything in sight and mighty Guardians rule over the lands of the world, called Zones.
The Batter's mission is to "purify the world" from these Spectres, and you
have to help him with it.
The latest translation can be found here
, and the original French version here.
Agent JR has a complete Let's Play
of it, which you can view here.
There is also a soundtrack, that can be found here
. Note: page is in French. The game's become reputable on Tumblr, being the sixth most reblogged game of 2013 (in comparison, every other game on the list are big name titles).NOTE: Since this game is highly subjective, be sure to put things that are implied, unconfirmed, or fantheory into the WMG section.It is also highly recommended to play the game in its entirety before viewing the tropes below.
This game provides examples of:
- Absurdly High Level Cap: You can easily complete the game without much trouble at around level 20, completely massacre everything around 25, and yet the last attack is unlocked at level 45, with steady unlocks in the way, both for the Add-Ons and the Batter. An entire element (meat) is likely to go unused by most players, especially as there is no New Game+.
- After the End: Assuming that The Room isn't symbolic - which it likely is - OFF takes place after the world was destroyed by some disaster; it was rebuilt by the Queen and the Guardians, who all hoped to create a new, peaceful world.
- Arc Number: Four, with a hidden or atypical fifth member, possibly tying in with the Batter and baseball.
- There are four numbered Zones, and the Room makes five total.
- There are four elements, and sugar is the artificial fifth one.
- Zone 1 has five sub-areas: Elsen, Pentel, Damien, Shachihata, and Alma.
- Zone 2 has four areas surrounding the library: the entrance, the park, the residential area, and the mall.
- Zone 3 has four areas you traverse by monorail.
- The Batter has five healing skills. Save First Base, Save Second Base, Save Third Base, Save Fourth Base, and Save Secret Base.
- Arc Words
- The switch is now on OFF.
- "I guess it's better that way," and variations thereof.
- Art Shift: Whenever the Elsens give exposition on the elements, and sections of the Room.
- Artificial Stupidity: To an extent. The OFF combat system is rather frustrating, because during the time you spend selecting moves, the opponent's cooldown will not be frozen, giving the AI a significant speed superiority over you. Because of that, it is recommended to set the combat to Auto just about always. However, the Auto system has one flaw — the AI virtually never uses healing moves or items on damaged party members. It may happen sometimes, but only once in a blue moon. If you want a dying party member healed or a status effect removed, you'll have to deactivate Auto and do it yourself. You can rectify this by setting the "Active" option in the main status menu to "Waiting", which makes it so enemies will wait for you to choose moves, items, and which enemy to attack.
- Atop a Mountain of Corpses: The cover of the soundtrack depicts the Batter sitting atop a mountain of purified spectres.◊
- Awesome but Impractical: The Ashley Bat. It allows you to attack twice in one turn, but is only available after collecting all five of the hidden Grand Elements, which can only be found by purifying all the zonesnote , defeating Sugar, and talking to Zacharie in Zone 0 right before the final boss battle. Also, you have to choose between the Ashley Bat and access to the Golden Ending.
- Ax-Crazy: The Elsens from Zone 3 when deprived of their sugar.
- Back to Front: The Room tells a story in reverse order, starting with Chapter 5 and ending with Chapter 0.
- Barrier Maiden: Killing a Guardian purifies their respective zone.
- Battle Theme Music: "Pepper Steak" is the regular battle theme - however, Zone 3 Area 4 and the Room have different battle themes. Every boss has a unique theme, as well.
- Bears Are Bad News: There's a whole hallway full of them in the Room.
- Berserk Button: Do not touch the Elsens' sugar.
- BGM Override
- During the Timed Mission sequence in Zone 2, "Unreasonable Behavior" continues uninterrupted during battles.
- Disturbingly, the music for the purified zones continue playing throughout battles as well, which makes fighting the Secretaries that much more disturbing.
- In the section where you run away from Enoch, the ridiculously happy ragtime music continues to play, indicating that it isn't the real boss fight yet.
- The music of Zone 3's subways - Yesterday was Better - continues to play over the battle with the Critic Burnt.
- The same happens in the battle with Hugo with the Race of a Thousand Ants.
- Biblical Motifs: The party members' classes are called "Savior," "Father", "Son," and "Holy Spirit", and the guardians are all named after people from the Bible.
- Bittersweet Ending/Pyrrhic Victory: The special ending. Sure, The Batter failed, but only Zone 0 is left by the end, and assuming you kill Sugar, only the Judge, Zacharie and the lone Elsen in the safe room remain besides the Secretaries.
- Bleak Level: The Purified Zones and The Room.
- Body Horror: The Elsens after they become Burnt.
- Bolivian Army Ending: Panic in Ballville fades to black while the hero is seemingly overpowered by an army of baseball players.
- Bonus Boss: Sugar, in Zone 0.
- Book Ends: The Judge gives combat instructions to the player and the Batter at the beginning. At the very end they battle as enemies.
- Boss Corridor
- Boss in Mook Clothing: The Pastel Burnt in Zone 3.
- Bread and Circuses: Japhet attempted to provide the Elsens in Zone 2 with this, but they end up going crazy from paranoia regardless.
- Brick Joke: During the Spectre attack in the residential area of Zone 2, there's an Elsen panicking in front of a locked safe room. The Elsen that locked himself in the safe room ends up being the only living Elsen left in the zones by the end of the game.
- Call a Hit Point a "Smeerp": Characters have "Competence Points", or CP, instead of MP. In addition, there are a lot of bizarre names for items (a basic healing item is called a "Luck Ticket") and special moves ("Classical Talking").
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": The spectres at least that resemble bedsheet ghosts are not called ghosts, instead spectres, phantoms or ectoplasms.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Starts out as an extremely surreal RPG about a baseball player who wants to exorcise Spectres from Wackyland. Then it turns into a surreal horror around Zone 3, and becomes a flat-out tragedy by the Room.
- Climax Boss: The Queen, who manages to both clear up and further complicate the plot just with their pre-battle dialogue.
- Enoch as well. The first battle with him, in which he is invincible, occurs right after he reveals that each Guardian is the "living engine" of his own zone, and that killing them turns the zone into a lifeless void.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Mortis Ghost, the creator, paints himself as this. His FAQ on his Tumblr is mostly centered around his boat and the ridiculous circumstances around it, for starters.
- Contractual Boss Immunity: Downplayed. All the bosses are still susceptible to status effects, but Wide Angle doesn't give anything helpful beyond the boss' name and a brief description - and sometimes, not even that!
- Apparently, if you choose the special ending, the Final Boss form of The Batter is not immune to Palsy, which The Judge can inflict. This leaves The Batter unable to attack.
- Crapsaccharine World: Quite literally Zone 3.
- Cruelty Is the Only Option: Killing the Elsen who can't find back on the subway track as he calls for help, and at the end, killing Hugo.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: All the game's bosses, which is mostly RPG Maker's fault. Bonus Boss Sugar especially, with a whopping 12000 HP. Although it does serve to make Alpha's Poison-inducing attack Not Completely Useless.
- Deadly Euphemism: What "purifying" obviously is, at least in the context of the Spectres. After seeing what happens to the rest of the zones, it works in this context as well.
- Deconstruction: Of the typical "Heroic Mime on a vague quest to Save The World" story. The Batter is a near-silent stoic, his small snippets of dialogue making him seem almost completely indifferent to anything outside his goal. He also plans to save the world by essentially destroying it.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The characters and enemies are all monochrome, and the backgrounds and settings tend to have a limited palette and once purified, that's gone too. However, Mortis Ghost drew a picture showing most characters' actual colors, so it's probably a stylistic thing. The Batter seems to be the only truly monochrome character, however.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: It's actually quite easy to miss getting Epsilon. If you didn't get it in the dorms area of the cafeteria, then Epsilon will spawn in the rooms before Enoch.
- Downer Ending: Both the official and special endings, though the special ending can also function as a Bittersweet Ending.
- Duel Boss: The Final Boss fight if you side with the Judge.
- Elemental Powers: The four elements of the game are: Smoke, Metal, Plastic and Meat, which are also the building-block elements of all the Zones in the game.
- Element Number Five: Sugar, which is not actually an element in gameplay.
- Enemy Scan: The Batter's Wide Angle competence, though it's not very helpful in boss fights.
- Enter Solution Here: The game has a lot of these, with codes written on walls or in books that the player must put together and either enter at a keypad-like group of blocks, or tell to a certain person.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: If you choose the official ending, everyone dies. If you choose the special ending, only the Judge, the lone Elsen in the safe room, the Secretaries and Zacharie are left alive (assuming that you kill Sugar).
- Face-Heel Turn/Heel-Face Turn: Depending on your opinion from the game's revelations, every player does one or the other at the end of the game when confronted by The Judge. You can either betray The Batter or help him finish his quest, but which side is less bad really is up to interpretation.
- Famous Last Words:
Dedan: Is...that...a...joke? I...I...I lost?
Japhet: So I've been slain... you can be proud to have accomplished your mission, Batter...
Sugar: I think the huge frightening ducky has won this round... say goodbye to Zacharie for me.
The Queen: Look.. He has your eyes...
The Batter (official ending): Escaping from
The Judge (official ending): This...
The Judge (special ending): Hence nothing remains
- Fan Sequel: There is a non-canonical fangame titled HOME which tells the Judge's side of the story, made by Felix of Tumblr. The latest version can be downloaded here, though it is advised you play through and complete OFF before challenging Home, as it is rife with OFF spoilers. There are numerous other fanmade spinOFFs, both completed and in progress, that can be found on the OFF fangames tag on Tumblr.
- There is another fangame known as UNKNOWN, made by Claude Huggins. Unlike the above,the Player mainly plays as Zacharie in order to undo the events of OFF.
- Foreshadowing: In several places.
- The game's title and its opening line.
- Dedan, right before you fight him, says: "I'm the guardian of zone 1! It ain't nothing without me!" - his words turn out to be literal.
- The library in Zone 2 tells a lot about the rest of the game: It mentions Enoch before you properly meet him and reveals Japhet's true identity as a phoenix in the puzzle with the books.
- It also contains a faded old book about orchids with no apparent name, which was given to Japhet, creator of the Library, by Hugo in Chapter 4 of the Room.
- It also contains a notebook with only one page written in messy handwriting: "I have run out of oxygen-". This, added to the knowledge about smoke being what the Elsens breathe, makes for a pretty good hint that the world you are playing is After the End, which is confirmed by the Queen later on.
- It also has a hidden book which contains the story: "The Toad King", which tells you about a hideous king which is challenged by a masked man, much like Batter challenges the guardians. It ends with nothing but the man killing the king, which reflects how Batter's victory literally ends with nothing.
- One Elsen in Zone 2 is afraid to go in the next room because it might suddenly cease to exist. Once Japhet is defeated, the entire park disappears.
- While running away from Enoch, one hallway suddenly becomes completely white. After Enoch is defeated, the entire Zone looks like this.
- The villain from "Panic in Ballville" is a baseball player, and when you fight the enemies in this section they appear on the right side of the battle screen, right where the Batter's party should be.
- Also with Sugar, when you speak to her before fighting her, she mentions something about imagining a "huge, frightening ducky". After the fight, she says that the ducky has won this round. It doesn't make much sense at the time, but if you choose to side with the Judge when you get to the end of the game, the form of the Batter that would be perceived in battle strongly resembles that description
- Throughout the story, the Batter is shown to be indifferent and outright dismissive of how miserable the lives of the Elsens are, which hints at his true nature.
- There are four/five elements, but only three guardians. Hugo is the fourth, most likely of the Room, or at least that's what is suggested in both the game and some concept art. The Judge is the fifth, the guardian of Zone 0, also hinted at in the game, and confirmed by Mortis Ghost.
- Zacharie's final line may be an allusion to the final battle, where you could potentially fight the Batter. Too bad it's in Latin.
- Furry Reminder: Several with The Judge. At the beginning of the game, he talks about how cats like to rub against people's legs and purr, and eats cat food. Later, you see him looking at a cat food ad.
- Gainax Ending: While the official and special endings make sense on their own and tie in with the game perfectly well, if you manage to get the secret ending, it is revealed the whole game was planned by space apes so that they could build factories in the purified zones to fight flying brains. Yeah.
- Game of Nim: Found in the Zone 2 amusement park, with balloon popping.note
- Good Bad Translation: The English version lists your special attacks as "Competences" which probably refers to "skills". This actually works in the game's favor, as it goes with the cerebral nature of the game and the awkward and abstract naming schemes of the competences themselves.
- Gratuitous French: The calendars in Zone 1; the game was originally in French and there was likely no way to change them.
- Gratuitous Greek: The Add-Ons are named Alpha, Omega and Epsilon. The Queen has three Add-Ons of her own named Delta, Sigma and Ipsilon (Upsilon).
- Gratuitous Japanese: Some of the equipment names for the Batter, Zone 1's Shachihata, and Dedan's laugh bubbles in-battle.
- Gratuitous Latin: Said by Zacharie before facing the Queen.
“Bis Vincit, Qui se Vincit in Victoria” Translating to "He conquers twice, who conquers himself in victory."
- Guide Dang It
- Getting the secret ending.note
- One of the puzzles in Zone 3 is unsolvable without looking at the game's Readme file. You only get told this by Zacharie, who is hidden in one of many rooms in one of the many hallways of Zone 3 Area 4. And the only way to get him to tell you is for you to get a Music Box. And the only way to get the Music Box is to find and defeat the Boss in Mook Clothing - who puts up a very long and tedious fight mainly due to its Damage-Sponge Boss nature - who is also hidden in one of the many rooms in one of the many hallways of Zone 3 Area 4. And even then, you still need to find an extra sheet of paper that decodes part of the puzzle for you (although the game is kind enough to tell you that it's important). Yeah, that's pretty bad.
- On top of which, at least one download for the English translation doesn't include the Read Me file.
- Hub Level: The Nothingness, which also serves as the World Map. It even has "World Map?" floating to the side of the screen.
- Human Resources: The sugar is made of Elsen corpses.
- I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: Sugar. Complete with very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The Elsens of Zone 3 unwittingly eat processed dead people as a dessert - though the Elsens producing it are fully aware of it.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: The Elsens, save the ones wearing helmets or lab coats. The Burnts fit too, depending on the Zone - though Zone 3 has two unique ones, the Pastel and Critic Burnts.
- Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: Usually in the form of little blocks. The game's creator, Mortis, even mocks this in one of his sketches.
The Batter: This block prevents access. Pfff.note
- Interface Screw
- The Room has selecting areas of the level through a fake title screen at one point, and walking upside down in one of those areas.
- In Zone 3, the answer to a puzzle is in the game's Readme file.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: "Grey Pencil," which plays during the scribbled section of the Room, and another one called "The Race of a Thousand Ants" plays multiple times - during the scenes with Hugo after defeating Dedan and Japhet, when you use the Music Box, and during the final, red-colored section of the Room.
- Jump Scare
- Due to the loud and sudden pre-battle noise, nearly every single random encounter could count as this. The Secretary encounters in the purified Zones in particular feel like this, due to the Zones' barren nature and how low the encounter rate is.
- Which does pose some questions: how does a giant flying sky whale manage to sneak up on you?
- Enoch also gives you a big one after getting back to the Zone 3 Area 4 subway. The fact he's even bigger when he does doesn't help in the least.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: All three Guardians, especially Dedan and Japhet turning Jerk Ass and Ax-Crazy respectively. In Chapter 4 of the Room they're all shown to be kind and have legitimate ideas and hopes for how to make the rebuilt world into a Utopia. Dedan and Japhet turn completely against their Elsens and plans when things do not work out while Enoch sticks to his methods, albeit as a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Kick the Dog: The Critic Burnt that you have to kill in order to get to Area 4 in Zone 3. Unlike the other Elsens and Critic Burnts, this one doesn't really attack. All it really does while you're attacking it is call for help. The worse part about this is that you have to kill it in order to progress.
- Kill 'em All: Pretty much what happens through-out the whole game due to purifying the Zones, culminating in the official ending where all the survivors get killed due to the Batter pulling the switch.
- Last-Second Ending Choice: Before the Final Boss fights, you either side with the Batter in his quest to end the world or you side with the Judge and defeat the Batter so as to save what little is left of existence.
- Level Ate: The meat fountains in Zone 1.
- Load-Bearing Boss: All three Guardians. After you defeat them, their Zones turn bleak, empty and lifeless.
- Lost Forever: Many items and events if you don't manage to get them all before purifying the respective zones.
- Macro Zone: The second battle against Enoch is this, because of how monstrously large he becomes. Your battle sprites don't even have their regular jittering.
- Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Mining for smoke? Getting metal ores from cows? Meat fountains? Don't expect an explanation for those; a lot of the weirdness is just plain weirdness.
- Mind Screw: While somewhat straightforward for the most part, the Room definitely doses up on this. And then you have the secret ending...
- Mini-Game: The balloon game and pedalo ride in Zone 2's amusement park, and the "Game Of The Mortal Fall" in Zone 3 Area 3.
- Mirror Boss: A more subtle example, since the Final Boss battles don't last very long, but The Judge has substitutes for most of the skills the Batter and the Add-Ons have.
- Mood Whiplash: Zone 3 has this in spades. Before finding out the awful truth behind sugar, you're treated to a cheerful minigame, and right before the proper boss fight with Enoch, he chases you down with happy ragtime music and a ridiculous walking animation.
- Multiple Endings: Depending on whether or not you pick the Batter or the Judge to side with in the ending choice,note and then whether or not you have the Aries Card in your inventory after the credits roll.
- Musical Spoiler
- In the hallways of Zone 3 Area 4, you know shit is about to hit the fan by the suddenly disturbing music that plays, especially during battle.
- The first two times when you fight Japhet, the normal battle theme is still playing. Likewise, the theme when you're talking to Enoch is still playing when you're fighting him, and when running away from him, the battle music is the same as the running away theme. Obviously, these aren't the real fights.
- Also with Enoch, his music from the runaway section is a jaunty, cheerful piano remix of his actual boss theme.
- The boss battle in Panic in Ballville is a chiptune remix of the final boss battle.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero/Unwitting Pawn: The Judge's view of himself towards the Batter and the Player near the end of the game. Whether the Player feels likewise or not is subjective.
- No Ontological Inertia: Played straight with the Zones. Somehow though, a sole Elsen survived by hiding in a safe room.
- Nonstandard Game Over: During the tutorial fight, if you keep using Auto mode, the Judge will die a most annoyed death from Batter's attacks, bringing the game to an end.
- Nothing Is Scarier
- The Zones after defeating the bosses. The colors are gone, anything readable turns gibberish, all NPCs disappear - with the exception of a lone Elsen in a safe room and a mourning Judge in Zone 2 - the encounter rate is lower than usual, and the only enemies the Secretaries, which are creepy doll-looking things. The music - Not Safe - makes this even worse, with it turning creepy and full of demonic whispering, random slamming noises and muffled cries.
- The fact that the Secretaries are never alluded to by other characters and that the Batter seems to think their presence is still an improvement.
- Some of Zone 3 Area 4's hallways turn bleak and white, after running away from Enoch and before the proper fight with him. The fact no proper explanation is given for this may or may not make it worse.
- The Room can also count - while being all dark and derived of color, many rooms inside are empty, or turn empty depending on what you do. One Chapter of the Room fills some sections with shadows, and in one Chapter is a section resembling a very sketchy doodle design, complete with similar enemies. The music in some sections doesn't help either - one in particular has music full of nothing but strange and demonic whispering.
- The Nothingness/World Map's music is aptly named, being a strange blank state with only a few flower-like objects, and its music also contains nothing but demonic whispering, however usually you will enter and leave the area before the whispering even starts.
- Only a Flesh Wound: One Elsen after encountering a group of spectres:
Elsen: This... This is not a serious injury... I'm sure... (Then he dies.)
- Our Monsters Are Weird: The monsters' appearances in this game are likely to produce reactions of "WTF is that thing?!".
- Paper-Thin Disguise
- Elsens are easily fooled by using a necktie. They only catch on when you finish whacking spectres in the residential zone, at which point they'll promptly evict you. And take the necktie.
- Zacharie attempts this, in Zone 3, while filling in for the absent Judge. It doesn't work, but that doesn't stop him.
- Playing The Player: At the end of the game the player and the Batter are confronted by the Judge, and the player learns that what the Batter has been calling "purifying the zones" is actually a means of genocide. All of the zones the Batter purifies become incapable of sustaining life and if the player chooses the official ending and sides with the Batter in the final confrontation, not only does he kill off the Judge and Zone 0 but then even ends himself by shutting off the switch in the Room, which we can assume erases their world from existence altogether.
- Pure Is Not Good: Purifying those Zones might not be such a good idea after all…
- Race Against the Clock: The residential area in Zone 2, when it is being attacked by spectres.
- Random Encounters: Fortunately, the auto-battle function is helpful in dealing with them.
- Real Song Theme Tune: Judy Garland's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" plays through the credits of both the official and special endings as a Solemn Ending Theme.
- The Reveal: Three major ones: The true nature of purifying a zone, the truth behind sugar, and the true role of the Batter and the Queen.
- Room Full of Crazy: A hallway in Zone 3 Area 4, before meeting Enoch, is full of posters only saying: "Executive suite's note: You must not be here."
- Sad Battle Music: The Queen's battle music, "The Meaning of His Tears".
- Sequence Breaking: If you go to Zone 0 and manage to discover Sugar before going to Zone 3, you'll discover sugar as an element before it's properly introduced. Of course, if you read the library book used as a puzzle in Zone 2 you probably already know about it anyway.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The Judge loves indulging in this.
- Paranoia Agent, which has a recurring baseball bat-wielding character, was cited as an inspiration for the game, so the Batter's characterization isn't surprising. They even both turn into monsters.
- One to Watchmen in the "Panic in Ballville" segment.
- The Troquantary enemy has the competence "Paradise Smile".
- Dopefish has a quick cameo in Zone 1.
- Japhet's battle music, "Minuit à Fond La Caisse", is a reference to the Show Within a Show of Lost in Translation, "Midnight Velocity".
- One promotional piece of art is an edit of the infamous Daikatana advertisement.
- Judy Garland's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", the credits music and the Tagline of sorts, mentioned below.
- Show Within a Show: "Panic in Ballville", in Chapter 2 of the Room.
- Smurfette Principle: The Queen and Sugar are the only female NPCs in the game. If The Player chooses to be female, she counts as a third.
- Snicket Warning Label: At the beginning of the game, no less.
- Something Completely Different: The aforementioned Panic in Ballville segment.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Judy Garland's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" plays during credits after the bleak Batter or Judge endings.
- Star Scraper: The plastic administrations building of Shachihata, which has 10,000 floors.
- Stealth Pun
- Makes sense that The Batter's basic battle theme, "Pepper Steak", would be an electro-swing song.
- Elsens turn Burnt when faced with sufficient stress. Most Burnt are depicted with a gushing fountain where their heads should be, so they're literally losing their head over things.
- Standard Status Effects: All the usual ones are present such as Poison, Sleep, Silence and Paralysis, though as with anything in the game their naming isn't exactly standard - the latter two are called Muted and Palsy.
- Subverted Catchphrase: "I'm the Batter, and I jumped down the chimney."
- Surreal Horror: From the get-go for many, and really starts cranking it up by Zone 3. It's telling that Paranoia Agent, Silent Hill 2 and Killer7 were named as inspirations.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Before being revealed in Zone 3 that, upon examination, the Elsen was hiding a Joker under his bed, Elsen says:
Elsen: I'm not hiding anything, I promise!
- Suspicious Video Game Generosity: The game always has a save point before the boss, as well as a dialogue asking if you want to continue.
- Tag Line: In some of the game's artwork, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow..." is used to this effect.
- The End: Shows up not in either of the normal endings, but for comical effect in the secret ending.
- Theme Naming: Just about the only sense the attack names make for both enemies and allies. Examples include the Secretaries hitting you with mathematical operations, your add-on Omega using graphic edition terms (blurs and perspectives), and Dedan attacking with clock hands. More details on the characters page.
- Title Drop: "The switch is now on OFF." You finally find out what "OFF" means at the very end of the game.
- Tomato Surprise /Tomato in the Mirror: If you pick the Judge ending, then you are forced to fight Batter. However, he looks like a malformed, twisted monstrosity with an enormous mouth and hands, and blank, dead eyes. Wordof God states that this is how Batter looks to you now, because of his actions. Whether or not he's always looked like that is up to interpretation.
- Unexpected Gameplay Change: The "Game of the Mortal Fall" minigame that plays in Zone 3, when you jump down the chimney.
- Unfortunate Names: Discussions about the game tend to lead to a lot of Accidental Innuendos, such as "I just beat OFF!" and "Where can I get OFF?"
- Unreliable Narrator: Here and there, particularly in the battle between The Batter and The Queen.
- Verbal Tic: Every character except the Batter has some sort of signature sound when talking, as detailed on the characters page.
- Violation of Common Sense: There's a part in Zone 3 where the only way to progress is to jump inside a smokestack. Though hitting the floor doesn't kill you, the minigame on the way down could very well do so.
- The Walrus Was Paul: Certain things in the game are explained, but just barely. A lot of the backstory is left open to interpretation, as encouraged by the creator, Mortis Ghost.
- Western Zodiac: The cards required to enter Zones and the stat-boosting Orbs are named after them.
- Wham Episode
- Entering a purified Zone for the first time and realizing that maybe the Batter's mission isn't so righteous after all.
- Entering the sugar refinery in Zone 3 and finding out how it's made. Everything just gets worse after that.
- Wham Line
- Enoch, if you haven't visited a Zone after purifying it before defeating him:
Enoch: This zone, deprived of a guardian, is now destined to disappear... and the men who live here, whether they deserve it or not, will fall into nothingness, never to return.
- The Room is one hell of a Mind Screw with many revelations packed inside, but one line when fighting the Queen manages to stick out in particular.
The Queen: "I will not let you lay a hand on the son that has brought us into the world."
- After defeating the Queen and going going to save Hugo...
The Batter: ...
The Batter: I'm here.
Purification in progress...
- What the Hell, Hero?: At the very end of the game the Judge calls out the Batter for "killing wife and child" and the player for blindly helping him do it.
- White Void Room: The purified zones bear a striking resemblance to this. Inverted with sections of the Room, since it's coloured black instead of white.
- The most egregious of these is a white room that leads to the Grand Element of Zone 3. You'll be walking around in completely empty space unless you move in a specific direction for a while.
- Widget Series: The inhabitants of this game breathe smoke, swim in liquid meat/plastic, and are horribly addicted to sugar, among other things. It should be noted that the game credits none other than Suda51 as one of its inspirations.
The switch is now on OFF.