* AccidentalInnuendo: Plenty and some of them can lead to FreudWasRight.
** In ''The Shadow of the Templars'', some guys are impressed about George's sewer key.
** Old Ron likes to eat rabbits because that's where he gets his "juices" flowing.
** "I pushed my fingers into the narrow crack."
** “Hey you with the balls, you've forgotten one of your balls, hey!”
** At Montfaucon church:
---> '''George''': Boy, you've got the shine on this!\\
'''Priest''': Merci. It's on the wrist action.
** When George gives [[spoiler: an antidote]] to Nico in the second game:
---> '''George''': Drink this.\\
'''Nico''': Oh, George - it's horrible!\\
'''George''': Just swallow it down.
** In ''The Sleeping Dragon'', George tries to stop the spikes to let Nico cross the other side of the entrance. Twice as funny when you look at George's expression while hearing this line:
---> '''George''': Can't...hold it...much longer!
** One of the developer diaries in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' has this interesting commentary:
---> '''Charles''': They got the giggles for 10 minutes at one point. Although what's funny about the lines: "Hey Nico, come and hold this, whilst I shove the rod in" and her reply of: "I'm not going to stand here holding it all day" I will never know.
** In ''The Angel of Death'', when George tries to get the key from under a potted plant:
---> '''Brother Mark''': Hey, get your hands off my shrubs! \\
'''George''': I didn’t touch your shrubs! \\
'''Brother Mark''': Well, anyone can see you want to!
** "The devil's work is always an inside job!"
** Upon examining the chest in Nico's apartment:
--->'''George''': Looks like Nico kept her most secret possessions close to her chest.
* AllAnimationIsDisney: The cutscenes from the first and second games are mistaken as Disney-style animation by some critics and fans.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** The goat in the first game is either a stubborn creature who protects his territory or being a JerkassWoobie who gets mistreated by his owner.
** Duane. Is he a person who secretly works as a CIA operative and pretends to be a tourist or simply as a [[ShellShockedVeteran result of being delusional from his experience in war?]]
** Khan. [[spoiler: Is he just an ordinary villain who keeps threatening George throughout the story? An interesting character where his Hashashin status remains vague? A hero who defends the honor of the original Knights Templar against people who use their name for ruling the world?]]
** Sergeant Moue. In the second game, Nico said to George that Moue [[spoiler: received a promotion as an inspector after he investigated the Neo-Templars case. It is speculated that Moue can be a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass if given a chance.]]
** Is George trying to break out from his boring job as a lawyer? Or is he a person who doesn't mind wasting his money on his trips just to experience adventure?
* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Revolution tried asking Virgin Interactive to publish the first game on Playstation. Virgin refused because they thought that 3D games were more profitable. Sony wasn't enthralled with that idea either but decided to publish the game anyway. It turns out that the game was commercial and critical success, selling more than 650,000 copies.
* AngstWhatAngst: In ''The Sleeping Dragon'', Beatrice is seen crying after she found out that Vernon was killed and yet few days later [[spoiler: she is hanging out with André as her new boyfriend.]]
* AnimationAgeGhetto: ''The Shadow of the Templars'' and ''The Smoking Mirror''. They have colorful graphics and cutscenes that can be assumed as kid's game, right? Nope. There are lots of sexual innuendos, death scenes, mild swearing and mature themes. And yet, there were many small children who ended up playing those, despite the ratings are meant for teens and adults.
* AntiClimaxBoss:
** Near the end of second game, [[spoiler: Tezcatlipoca shows up around few minutes and the player only has to watch George, Nico and Titipoco trap that monster]]. Revolution learned this mistake and tried to make the last scene in the third game more challenging [[DisappointingLastLevel but...]]
** The fight between [[spoiler: Nico and Petra]] is never seen near the end of the third game.
** In the fifth game, [[spoiler: Nico managed to convince Shears to change sides by having a philosophical argument. When Shears finds out that Medovsky is selfish and doesn't care with anyone, Shears shoots Medovsky in an instant. Considering [[TakeThat that Medovsky looked like Putin that was understandable]].]]
* ApprovalOfGod: Charles Cecil was [[http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/28196/Interview_Revolutions_Cecil_On_A_Career_Of_Storytelling.php very impressed about ''Broken Sword 2.5'']].
--->'''Charles''': But beyond that, we see it as very flattering. Broken Sword 2.5 -- I mean, great! I really admire the guys that did that. We provided them some sprites and stuff, but the rest of it they did absolutely by themselves.
* AssPull:
** Near the end of the fourth game, it never explained how [[spoiler:Anna-Maria, Brother Mark, Spallaci, Archie and Mevlut managed to get inside the basement in St. Peters.]]
*** FridgeLogic: [[spoiler: Anna-Maria and Brother Mark are familiar with the Vatican since they studied about it for their profession. The former being an ex-member of the Order while the latter was more likely studied the map of St. Peters before.]]
** Eva, who has no interest in {{Gnosticism}} [[spoiler: suddenly decides to become a Gnostic leader at the end of the game without any explanation.]]
* AuthorsSavingThrow:
** Many fans complained that the Episode 1 of ''The Serpent's Curse'' have easy puzzles, some wooden animations and slow pacing of the plot. Episode 2 corrects this.
** Revolution released the enhancement edition of ''The Serpent's Curse'' on 2016. So far, it can be obtained by buying Revolution's [=25th=] Anniversary editon box set or download via Amazon [=AppStore=].
* AwesomeArt: The first, second and fifth games are praised for their fantastic backgrounds and animations. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in third and fourth games where they have 3D graphics.
* BaseBreaker:
** The goat. Some people hated it because of the [[ThatOnePuzzle infamous puzzle in the first game]] while there are others who liked it because it's one of the reasons why the series is popular.
** Some people who played ''Director's Cut'' prefer Nico as a main character than George. It doesn't help that she is featured in the game's cover art for downloadable versions.
** Some characters from the first two games returning in ''The Serpent's Curse'', especially Lady Piermont. Some people complained that those characters felt different and they just appeared for fanservice. Other people, especially some fans who backed in the Kickstarter wanted those characters to show up.
** Shears, some liked him but others think he isn't great due to [[spoiler: his [[AntiClimaxBoss anti-climatic battle with Medovsky]]]].
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** The ''Angel of Death'' has the talking metal box in [[spoiler:Black Cat Massage Parlor]]. Nobody knows how it ended there and George doesn't mention about it to anyone after he escaped.
** The dancing segment [[spoiler:between George (disguised as Henri) and Bijou]] in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
* BrokenBase: The fanbase is split upon the release of ''The Sleeping Dragon''. There are fans who love the series in 2D graphics (the first two games, in particular) over ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death'', the fans who enjoyed the games except ''The Angel of Death'', the fans who like the games that have point-and-click interface and [[VocalMinority a minority group of fans who only like the games in 3D]]. Then, there are fans who don't mind the 3D graphics and embraced the series as a whole. Twice as funny due to the fandom pun present on this trope. The only thing that the fandom does seem to agree is that ''The Angel of Death'' is the weakest entry in the series (see ContestedSequel below).
** There are also some fans who think that [[FirstInstallmentWins the first game is great]], but believed that [[{{Sequelitis}} the series is getting worse after that]].
** The series' timeline has also met with some debates, despite that WordOfGod confirmed it [[ComicBookTime doesn't have one]].
* CommonKnowledge: Flamina Cinque is often cited as Nico's voice actress in the second game. Actually, WordOfGod [[https://www.twitter.com/CharlesCecil/status/272664570684919808 stated on his Twitter account]] that Jenny Caron Hall is the one who voiced as Nico.
** The same thing happened to Nico's voice actress in the first game. Some fans thought it was Rachel Atkins as Nico's first voice actress, but Rolf Saxon [[http://web.archive.org/web/20081008205317/http:/www.brokenswordplanet.com/interviews.php?id=2 stated in an interview]] that Hazel Ellerby played as Nico in the first game.
* ContestedSequel:
** A lot of fans despised ''The Sleeping Dragon'', mostly because of stuff like [[PolygonCeiling 3D graphics]], [[BlockPuzzle too much crate puzzles]], and clunky keyboard controls. Others find it pretty decent but not on par with the first two games. Still, there are some fans who enjoyed the game and found its story and characters more interesting than ''The Smoking Mirror'''s.
** ''The Angel of Death'' is regarded by many as the weakest game in the series due to have awkward controls, [[ItsHardSoItSucks many illogical puzzles]], less interesting plot, Nico being DemotedToExtra, some continuity errors and the worst ending. Despite the hate, there are some fans who think that the controls, graphics and puzzles are better than the third game.
** While many fans agreed that ''The Serpent's Curse'' made a lot of improvement over ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death'', there are some fans who were disappointed to it due to the pacing of the plot, [[ItsEasySoItSucks easy puzzles]] and reliance in fanservice. Others think it's good but not up to standards of the first two games. Most fans agree that it's not a good idea to split the game into two episodes, though.
* CounterpartComparison: Nico wearing AdventurerOutfit in the third game has been compared to [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]]. It doesn't help that both of them wear [[WhoWearsShortShorts short shorts]].
** The platforming sections in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death'', which looked like the easy version of ''Franchise/TombRaider''.
** Some fans and critics pointed out that the basic plot of ''The Angel of Death'' remind them of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
** The series has been compared to ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'' games a lot, as both of them have a combination of conspiracy and mystery in their stories.
* CrazyAwesome: In the fourth game, George [[spoiler:attempts to defuse the bomb inside Anna-Maria's apartment while in hungover. Where and how did he learned that trick? By hacking information from the military website!]]
** This also has HilariousInHindsight moment to the first game: [[spoiler: If George drinks too much beer, Maguire will tell George that he's drunk, but George claims that he's not and still capable to solve some puzzles.]]
* CriticalDissonance:
** ''The Sleeping Dragon'' received a lot of positive reviews from critics and some nominations. Fans, on the other hand had mixed opinions because of the graphics and the use of direct controls.
** Despite ''The Serpent's Curse'' received mixed reviews from critics, many fans liked it and considered as a true return to the series' 2D roots.
* CriticalResearchFailure:
** In the second game, George lampshades it after he found out the movie's climax from the director:
--->'''George''': All the millions spent on a movie and nobody thinks to buy an atlas.
** The Turkish culture presented in ''The Angel of Death'' is different compare to real life. For example, Mevlut used to say "effendi" instead of "efhendi" as the former word is Arabic. Then, the Turkish characters are depicted as Arabs.
** The items with Russian labels like Medovsky's typewriter. Some of the Cyrillic letters went extinct centuries before the invention of typewriters. Also, Russians use Arabic numbers, too.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: The ending in ''The Serpent's Curse''.[[spoiler:Turning Donna into a suicide bomber by attaching a sausage dynamite on her body? Hilarious. Wait until you find out that Shears butchered that goat and turned her into doner kebab.]]
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: One of the things that fans love about this series is the music. The most memorable of them all is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htUnwEShScc the opening]] in ''The Shadow of the Templars''. It's so fantastic that ''The Serpent's Curse'' reused that theme for nostalgia.
** All of the music from the first game certainly qualify courtesy of Barrington Pheloung including [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=tJhi5djn6K8 Hotel Ubu's]] theme and [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=9nCrEuxklWQ Ireland's]] theme.
** ''The Smoking Mirror'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JJCHHVBTQQ Marseilles Docks music]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uX_lFoozoI Quaramontean music]] and the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gEVjDQWzkk ending theme]]
** The soundtracks in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eppdw4-XJ0o "Into the Power Site"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnV3zQy-0kI "Rooftops of Prague"]], and even this cool [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=b1ep2aYBPac ending theme]].
** Even though the reception of ''The Angel of Death'' is a mixed bag, not many fans complain about its soundtracks. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MdJBhys2VE main theme]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEPpCn1OMBw "New York"]] and the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM0KLzo1sI0 PDA hacking music]] are some of the examples.
** Some of the additional music from ''Director's Cut'' are also great like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9osQ7LGhCs "Stars"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxMUjaZTeq0 "Watching"]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt4LL6Ppjy4 "Someday"]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOz0YSRPV3Q "Jasmine"]] in ''The Serpent's Curse'', which is also an [[EarWorm Ear Worm]].
* DieForOurShip: Anna-Maria. [[spoiler:She sacrifices her life at the end to let George stop the ceremony and save Nico.]]
* DisappointingLastLevel:
** The [[spoiler:Mayan wheel puzzle room]] in ''The Smoking Mirror''. Fortunately, there's a [[EasterEgg secret solution]] to solve that puzzle quickly.
** The final challenge in ''The Sleeping Dragon'', where it involves George [[spoiler: [[DeadlyDodging must charge]] [[PuzzleBoss towards the dragon]]]]. Before that, there's another crate puzzle...
** The last puzzle in ''The Serpent's Curse'' certainly does a mention, too.
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOz0YSRPV3Q "Jasmine"]], as previously mentioned.
* EightPointEight:
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Some gamers were not happy when Edge gave ''The Sleeping Dragon'' a score of 9 out of 10. Edge [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130127081149/http://www.edge-online.com/features/ten-controversial-edge-reviews/2 acknowledged their mistake]].
** Adventure Gamer's [[http://www.adventuregamers.com/articles/view/17443 review]] about ''The Smoking Mirror'' received backlash from some people who enjoyed the game.
* EndingAversion: Ask anyone who finished ''Angel of Death'' about the ending and they will complain [[DownerEnding how awful]] [[CutShort it is]]. Then again, the series isn't great when it comes to their endings.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[AngryGuardDog The goat in Ireland]], to the point where it becomes an EasterEgg in the sequels as well as a recurring character in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
** Khan, due to how {{Badass}} he is, has guts in wearing wacky costumes and [[spoiler: his genuine respect towards [[WorthyOpponent the real Knights Templar]]]]. He is even chosen as one of [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/video-games/Picture-galleries/8890671/The-10-best-video-game-assassins.html?image=2 the best assassins in video games in ''The Telegraph'']].
** Lady Piermont is considerably popular thanks to her quirks and being helpful to George. However in ''The Serpent's Curse'', she becomes a BaseBreaker among several fans due to her new voice and her role being unnecesarry to the plot.
** Some side characters are fairly popular as well: Sergeant Moue, the Hendersons, Maguire, Nejo, Ultar, the Ketch sisters, Rio, Titipoco, Eamon O' Mara, Archie and even [[CreepyCockroach Trevor]]. Moue and the Hendersons returned for ''The Serpent's Curse'' because of this.
** On the antagonist side, Petra is well-liked and has quite a following.
** Brother Mark. His AmbiguouslyGay status and HoYay hints with George do help. Even many detractors in ''The Angel of Death'' say he was one of the few highlights on the game.
** Shears, mainly because of his hilarious interest in philosophy. He's prone being a BaseBreaker, though.
* EvilIsSexy: Petra.
* FandomBerserkButton:
** If there's one thing that many Broken Sword fans don't want to hear is to tell them that you only like Broken Sword games in 3D.
** Saying that ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' is better than Broken Sword games causes irk to some fans as well.
* FanonDiscontinuity: There are number of fans who like to pretend that ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death'' never happened because of [[VideoGame3DLeap their 3D graphics]]. Others choose to ignore the latter [[ContestedSequel for some]] [[DownerEnding reasons]].
* FirstInstallmentWins: Majority of Broken Sword fans and game critics will agree that the original ''Shadow of the Templars'' is the greatest among the series.
** In terms of voice actors, Hazel Ellerby is remembered by many fans as Nico's original voice actress than her successors.
* FoeYay: Nico and Petra.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: ''The Smoking Mirror'' was the start of cliches of future Broken Sword sequels, including modern crime that involves an ancient artifact, villains with ambition to gain godlike powers, supernatural elements, and the climax happens at [[TempleOfDoom the secret temple.]]
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In ''Shadow of the Templars'', George goes to Syria [[spoiler: and gets chased by an angry man wielding a massive knife. Later on, he is almost executed]]. At the time of the games release (1996), Syria was a popular tourist destination and considered safe to visit, but now..
** In the third game, George discovers books about sex and comments that he's not afraid of learning new tricks. Cue in the fourth game, [[spoiler:George is having sex with Anna-Maria.]]
* GameBreaker: In DS version of ''Director's Cut'', you can bypass the sliding block puzzles in Ile de la Cité by sliding the lower screen from upper left to lower right corner.
* HellIsThatNoise: The L'Heiroglyphe's opera music in the third game.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** In the first game, George wonders if Pearl's choice of her attire is deliberate or accidental to the customs in Middle Eastern countries like Syria. In the third game, Nico wears shorts in [[spoiler: Egypt]] then the fifth game, she's walking in [[spoiler: an Iraqi desert]] while wearing skirt and black leggings.
** Khan's terrible actions like bombing a cafe reflect to terrorist attacks happening these days. Unfortunately, [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Hebdo_shooting Paris was attacked]] [[https://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_2015_Paris_attacks by terrorists twice in 2015]].
** An incident about a suspect dressed as a clown in Paris becomes more terrifying when there are [[http://www.inquisitr.com/1567640/violent-clown-attacks-terrorize-france-causing-widespread-panic/ reports of clown-related violence in France]].
** In the second game, Father Hubert tells George that he's stranded in the jungle for 11 years and how he refuses to talk about the tribesmen in the jungle. [[spoiler: It gets worse when you remember that he's a priest and [[ImAManICantHelpIt he left his children in the village]].]]
** The last line Henri said before his death [[spoiler: is actually a line from his band's popular song "Jasmine".]]
** In the fifth game, George's statement about [[spoiler:Iraq]] not being a tourist spot gets worse when you remember the current situation of that country.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In the first game, after [[spoiler: Flap is thrown out of the train]]:
---> '''George''': I hope he returns with travelling ticket.
** Also in the first game, when George and Nico sneak through [[spoiler: the enemy's hideout]]. "It wouldn't surprise me if they're holding some kind of [[Literature/TheDaVinciCode satanic sex ritual]]."
*** An American man and a French woman met in the middle of murder investigation and then discovered a conspiracy involving the Knights Templar? [[Literature/TheDaVinciCode Why does that ring a bell?]] Not only that the series is often compared with that book these days, but also Cecil was the puzzle designer of the video game version of that novel.
** "Good luck, George. Watch out for [[ComicBook/TheWalkingDead the walking dead!]]"
** The ''Smoking Mirror'' has a lot of crates in Condor Transglobal warehouse (George even pushed a couple of these). Cue ''The Sleeping Dragon'', George [[BlockPuzzle encounters more crates in the whole game]].
** In the second game, Flash tells the director that the movie they're filming should be in 3D. He's referring to 3D animated movies, but nowadays...
** At the start of the third game, Vernon managed to decode the Voynich manuscript. Around ten years later, someone [[http://www.beds.ac.uk/news/2014/february/600-year-old-mystery-manuscript-decoded-by-university-of-bedfordshire-professor successfully deciphered some of the manuscript's contents.]]
** In the third game, George asks Nico if she brought her [[Literature/HarryPotterandtheDeathlyHallows cloak of invisibility]].
** In ''Director's Cut'', Nico discovers a broken drainpipe and comments that "Some idiot had tried to climb it.". The ''Sleeping Dragon'' had quite a contrary when she attempted to climb one.
** Nico and Petra being enemies at each other becomes funnier when Nico's German voice actress in ''The Serpent's Curse'' is named ''Petra'' Konradi.
** In the first game, George tells Nico that they have to keep the manuscript safe because it's too fragile. However in the fourth game, [[spoiler:George opens a safe using the grinding machine without worrying about the damage of Anna-Maria's manuscript inside.]]
** According to [[http://www.aventuraycia.com/entrevistas/en/charles-cecil/ this interview]], WordOfGod said that he regretted of not using direct controls for the console version of the first two games. Looks like he forgot about it when Revolution ported ''The Serpent's Curse'' in consoles, though...
* HolyShitQuotient: Admit it, you were surprised that Emily [[spoiler: is actually a ghost.]]
* HoYay: George and Brother Mark has few of these moments [[spoiler: until Brother Mark reveals that he is straight in the final confrontation in Vatican]]. Even Nico notices that there's something going on between them.
** George and André, according to some fans.
* InferredHolocaust: The effects of Dragon Energy to the world [[spoiler: like the massive flood in Glastonbury]] are horrible.
* InternetBackdraft:
** Good luck finding anyone on the internet who likes the ending of ''The Angel of Death''.
** Fans who backed in the Kickstarter for ''The Serpent's Curse'' are not pleased when Revolution breaks their promises. The first one is the delay of releasing the second episode twice. To make matters worse, Revolution gave backers the DVD version with {{DRM}}. Revolution rectify their mistake by reprinting the disks without any copy protection and give them to backers for replacement.
** Revolution's announcement about the enhancement edition of ''The Serpent's Curse'' for UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 and UsefulNotes/XboxONE causes some fans to wary if the PC version will have similar treatment or not.
* ItsEasySoItSucks: The puzzles in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Serpent's Curse'' get a fair share of this.
* ItsShortSoItSucks:
** This is one of the complaints of some fans who never enjoyed ''The Smoking Mirror'' due to its rushed development.
** Some fans felt that ''The Serpent's Curse'' is short, most likely because of its [[ItsEasySoItSucks puzzles.]]
* LoveToHate: Khan and Petra.
* MemeticMutation:
** "That fucking goat!"
** Broken Sword Time!
** Comparing Broken Sword (especially the first game) to ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' or [[Creator/DanBrown Dan Brown's novels]] in general.
* MostAnnoyingSound:
** Mr. Shiny the polishing machine in the first game. George thinks it has a hellish noise.
** Father Hubert's organ music in the second game.
** Pearl's crying in the fifth game can be this.
* MostWonderfulSound: Happens when you solve puzzles, explore new areas or discover important clues.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Susarro [[spoiler:makes a surprise attack to the members of St. Stefan Chapter of Knights Templar and kills them]] in the third game.
** In the fifth game, [[spoiler: Langham crosses this line when he kills Tiago right in front of Eva. Worse, even if George gives the Tabula, Langham will still break the condition.]]
* {{Narm}}:
** Near the end of the first game, [[spoiler:the [[http://i60.tinypic.com/4ru87l.jpg picture of George and Nico's legs]] while standing on the cliff are rather amusing, in contrast to their serious situation.]]
** In the second game, the "Certain Death" label appears [[spoiler: downstairs before Tezcatlipoca's chamber]]. It looks more amusing than serious.
** The lyrics to the song during the credits of the second game are hilarious. A sample: "Happiness is an inside job. Whether your name is Mary. Whether your name is Bob."
** The third game has Nico's [[IdleAnimation idle animations]]. She's doing that even in the middle of some life-threatening situations and discussing about the end of the world. Here is [[http://i62.tinypic.com/zxr57t.jpg an example]].
** The way André walks in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' is so weird, it's pretty funny.
** In the third game, if George [[spoiler: fails to avoid the bomb in the Armillary]], his death scream sounds hilarious.
--->'''George''': [[spoiler:BOMB! GET DOWN! AIEEEEEE!]]
** The remake of the first game. While still quite enjoyable with its amount of expansion, it can become ''quite'' jarring for even first-time players for several reasons. First off, the voice clips were re-used from the original game and were not rerecorded for the remake - meaning Nico's voice ''noticeably'' changes when it goes in between them. The artstyle is also obviously different. It almost feels alien, given the amount of re-used assets.
* NarmCharm: The voice acting in general. Some say that the accents are terrible and over the top but they were highly praised nevertheless.
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Fans who played the original ''Shadow of the Templars'' will never forget their terrible experiences in solving [[ThatOnePuzzle the Goat Puzzle]].
** When it comes to ''The Sleeping Dragon'', many fans tend to remember the [[BlockPuzzle crate puzzles]].
* NostalgiaFilter: Fans agree that the first two games are disputed classics. Probably most of the current adult fans were children when those games are first released.
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' isn't the first story where an American man and French woman are solving a Templar-related mystery in Europe while an assassin is hunting at them.
** The idea of having crate puzzles and stealth segments were used in ''The Smoking Mirror'', six years before ''The Sleeping Dragon'' came out.
** Several critics cited that the diaries as hints were the new features in ''Director's Cut'' and ''Remastered'', even though ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death'' used them six years before.
* OneTrueThreesome: George/Nico/André. Duane [[LampshadeHanging lampshades about them]] in the second game if you show him the panties.
* [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight Only the Writer Does It Right]]: There are quite few number of fans who felt that the series has never been the same after ''The Smoking Mirror''. This is due to the writer Dave Cummins left Revolution.
* PanderingToTheBase: The entire point of ''The Serpent's Curse'', which features the return of 2D graphics, some fan-favorite characters, and point-and-click gameplay.
* ParanoiaFuel: In the first game, you'll be worried about running to Khan in some places [[spoiler:until you face him in Bull's Head Hill.]]
* PlayerPunch:
** Towards the end of ''The Sleeping Dragon'', [[spoiler:Bruno [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself to let George and Nico leave the temple]]. As Bruno dies, George breaks down and Nico has no choice but [[CooldownHug to hug him.]]]]
** The ''Angel of Death''. [[spoiler: George heard Nico's voice and gunshots from Spallaci's radio. Upon learning that Nico has been killed by the mafia, George [[DrowningMySorrows decides to have a drink]] and [[DrivenToSuicide attempts suicide]].]]
* PolishedPort: ''The Serpent's Curse'' on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 and XboxONE versions comes with some new features like adding people in the streets of Paris, more character animations, built-in speaker in [=DualShock=] controller, and a Gallery Mode where it shows off the character's profiles.
* PortingDisaster:
** The UsefulNotes/{{Playstation}} version in the first two games were saddled from using PointAndClick interface and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading frequent loading times.]] WordOfGod regretted that he should have thought of using direct controls.
** ''The Sleeping Dragon'' in PS2 and XBox version suffered from [[LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading ridiculously long loading times]], slow framerates and some graphical glitches. It's a shame that the control scheme in those versions are more suited than in the PC version.
** The UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance version of ''The Shadow of the Templars'' has some bugs that forces players to restart the game.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the console versions in ''The Serpent's Curse'' (See the PolishedPort above for details).
* RewatchBonus: Replaying the second game, you'll realize that there are some foreshadowing regarding [[spoiler:Emily as a ghost]].
* RonTheDeathEater: Some fans treated [[spoiler: Khan]] as a villain due to his threatening behavior towards George.
* TheScrappy: Inspector Navet from ''The Serpent's Curse'' is hated by some fans for being [[SmallNameBigEgo pompous and arrogant detective]]. The fact that he insults George for being an amateur investigator and blames Moue for mistakes makes him underwhelming.
* ScrappyMechanic: The [[PressXToNotDie action event segments]] and the notorious [[BlockPuzzle crate puzzles]] in ''The Sleeping Dragon''. You [[SaveGameLimits can't save]] during the middle of [[StealthBasedMission stealth sections]], [[PressXToNotDie action events]], and [[EscapeSequence escape sequences]], either.
** Many players, especially adventure game purists hate the [[StealthBasedMission stealth sections]] in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death''. You have no clue when you're going to move and hide, and the games don't have an option to [[CameraScrew control camera angles]].
** Some fans are not impressed about hacking puzzles in ''The Angel of Death'' as well.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The ''Shadow of the Templars'' introduced the mixture of UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar, AncientConspiracy quests and globetrotting in Europe into the story. Nowadays, it has been overshadowed by Literature/TheDaVinciCode even though the novel was released seven years later.
** WordOfGod and the fanbase speculated that the game is one of Dan Brown's influence in writing ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode''. The novel has a lot of similarities to the game.
* SequelDifficultyDrop: ''The Smoking Mirror'' is significantly easier than ''The Shadows of the Templars'', mostly thanks to limiting the number of location screens the characters are allowed to visit to three or four as well as significantly downplaying the risk of death factor; while you can still die every once in a while, it's always obvious that you're in danger and you're given so much time to react accordingly than an overwhelming majority of gamers have never even realized it is possible to die in the very first scene of the second game if you wait long enough. The third game played this trope again, this time in relation to the second, flirting with ItsEasySoItSucks in the process (at least as far as puzzles go because the action and stealth sequences can be challenging at times), and while ''Angel of Death'' upped the difficulty again, ''The Serpent's Curse'' was casualized all over again (though it is still significantly harder than ''The Sleeping Dragon'').
* {{Sequelitis}}: User ratings drop from sequel to sequel.
* SignatureScene: The opening in the ''Shadow of the Templars'' is by far the most memorable scene in the series.
** The Marseilles Docks section in ''The Smoking Mirror''.
** [[spoiler: Bruno's HeroicSacrifice]] in the third game.
* {{Squick}}: In the first game, when George warns Lady Piermont about Flap and Guido, Lady Piermont tells him that she'll hide her credit cards in her underwear.
** At the same game, [[spoiler: the toilet brush from Club Alamut is used by Arto to baste kebabs. What's more disgusting is that the kebabs are made out of dog meat.]]
* StrangledByTheRedString: The romance between George and Nico can across as this.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The general consensus among fans who never enjoyed ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death'' think that ''The Serpent's Curse'' is better than those games.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The music in ''The Serpent's Curse'' episode one trailer is similar to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oi5hdM6W8o this documentary's opening theme]].
* TaintedByThePreview: ''The Serpent's Curse'' trailer receives mixed responses from fans. Mainly because they want the character models return to 2D [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks instead of 3D]].
* ThatOneLevel:
** To many fans, the EscapeSequence level in Paris is the hardest in the third game. George has to run away from Petra until he reaches the elevator. When George dies in that part, you have to endure watching an unskippable cut scene over again and if you have PS2 or XBox version, the loading times to complete.
** The [[StealthBasedMission Stealth-Based Missions]] in Prague and Templar headquarters also count.
* ThatOnePuzzle: The Goat Puzzle in the first game still haunts people to this day. {{Lampshaded}} by George in ''Director's Cut''.
** In the second game, there's a maze in [[spoiler: Zombie Island. If George didn't grab the branch immediately after he shot the boar, then good luck navigating your way to the hilltop.]] This problem has been fixed in ''Remastered'' version.
** In ''The Angel of Death'', some of the puzzles that uses the manuscript as clues certainly qualifies. Particularly the one where you must rotate the crosses in [[spoiler: Vatican to open the secret passage.]]
** At the same game, George has to solve a hacking puzzle [[spoiler: in Anna-Maria's apartment to gather information about defusing a bomb. The puzzle only gives you ten minutes but most of its time is consumed from solving a puzzle. When you sucessfully hacked the military website, you have to read long instructions which is also time consuming.]]
** The Tabula Veritatis in ''The Serpent's Curse'' can be tough to solve without using hints.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: One of the common complaints in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death'', mostly because of [[PolygonCeiling their graphics]].
** When ''The Sleeping Dragon'' was released initially, some fans complained about George's buffness.
** Fans who played the first game criticize ''Director's Cut'' for changing the OpeningNarration, mixed voice quality, adding character portraits, eliminating death scenes and some unimportant descriptions that were humorous.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** The waiter from ''The Serpent's Curse'' would have another role, as he's always listening to his customer's conversations.
** Eva fits the bill as well. She has a fair amount of backstory and is supposed to join with George and Nico to solve mysteries and protect them from henchmen. Instead, she only appears around few times and has less dialogues. To top it off, [[spoiler: she becomes a DamselInDistress and then experiences an epiphany at the end.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** There are some events from ''The Sleeping Dragon'' that aren't mentioned in ''The Angel of Death'', such as George being [[spoiler: a member of the Knights Templar. He could have seek help from his fellow members to find the Ark especially that treasure has involvement with that holy order.]]
** Some fans suggested that ''The Angel of Death'' should have an epilogue where [[spoiler: George and Nico visit Anna-Maria's grave and talk about their future plans.]]
** The plot in ''The Serpent's Curse'' could have had [[spoiler:Langham and Medovsky teaming up, as both of them wanted the painting and capture George and Nico.]]
* ToughActToFollow: ''The Shadow of the Templars'' is generally considered as one of the best adventure games. Four sequels were made and none of them surpassed the brilliance of the original. While ''The Smoking Mirror'' received popularity over the [[VindicatedByHistory next few years]], it's still suffered from the comparison in the first game.
** Then there's Barrington Pheloung, the composer of the first two Broken Sword games. When fans talk about the series' music, most of them remember his work. This is the reason why he returned in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
* UglyCute: Trevor, in ''The Serpent's Curse''.
* UncannyValley:
** The faces of the members of St. Stefan Chapter of the Knights Templar and Susarro's soldiers in Prague look similar.
** The in-game conversations with the [=NPCs=] in ''Angel of Death''. Notice that the characters stand perfectly still, their mouths are only moving and the lack of their facial expressions.
* VindicatedByHistory:
** ''The Smoking Mirror'', originally. It did receive positive reviews initially, but it was subject to HypeBacklash. When the ''Director's Cut'' was released, reception was much ''much'' more positive.
** ''The Sleeping Dragon'' gets this to a certain degree. While being inferior to the previous installments due to the change of graphics and gameplay, over the years it's gotten more favorable response compare to the next game.
* ValuesDissonance: In the first game, Fitzgerald's uncle goes to the pub for a drink instead of searching his nephew [[spoiler: after the accident]]. The scene is later edited in ''Director's Cut''.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The [[spoiler:Anubis hologram]] in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** In the first game, George witnessed [[spoiler: the Neo-Templars' meeting in the underground river in Paris and learned that Khan's role is to stop them from finding the Sword. He could have tell the truth about them to Khan in Bull's Head Hill before tricking him in order to gain cooperation.]]
** In the third game, Harry follows George through the broken window. [[https://www.facebook.com/BrokenSword.FanBlog/photos/pb.314851065256814.-2207520000.1428927052./332240826851171/?type=1&source=42 This picture]] shows what would happen if Harry waits inside until George opens the plane's door.
** At the same game, [[spoiler:when the temple priests created Anubis to guard the secret passageway, they never realized that the intruders can possibly go to the main entrance.]]
** Maynard [[spoiler: said to Nico that the gold-making machine is not meant to open large objects like the safe. It can only work if somebody holds the safety mechanism button which is found ''inside'' the centrifuge.]]
** Medovsky. [[spoiler: He's dumb enough to leave his expensive coin as a display. Had he kept his coin in the safe place, he wouldn't have bothered to chase George and Nico in Monserrat Station.]]
** Langham. [[spoiler: He decided to kill Tiago and kidnap Eva instead of George and Nico as they're the ones who have potential to stop him from getting Lucifer's power.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Despite having chilling death sequences, plenty of sexual innuendos, and a scene where [[spoiler: Fitzgerald's blood is shown]], it was strange why the first game on the PC was given a KA rating then. The UsefullNotes/{{Playstation}} version, Game Boy Advance version and its sequels [[AvertedTrope avert]] this by having a "Teen" or "12+" rating.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The [[spoiler: butchery of Donna]] at the end of ''The Serpent's Curse'' [[spoiler: has something to do with the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament.]]
* WinBackTheCrowd: After the poor reception of ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death'', ''The Serpent's Curse'' has been trying to recapture the magic of the first two games. Receptions are mixed after the release of the second episode.
* TheWoobie: When Nico tells her story in the first game especially in ''Director's Cut'', it's not hard to feel sorry for her (see the game's TearJerker page).
** [[spoiler: Imelda Carchon]] in ''Director's Cut''.
** Renee Croquet in the first game. Despite his odd behavior, he doesn't have any visitors and feels like being abandoned by the rest of the world.
** Bruno Ostvald in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' [[spoiler: especially when he [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices his life.]]]]
* XMeetsY: ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'' meets ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' meets ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland''.