* AccidentalInnuendo:
** In ''The Shadow of the Templars'', some guys are impressed about George's sewer key.
** "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 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?]]
** 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?
* AntiClimaxBoss: 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.]]
* 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.
* AwesomeArt: The first, second and fifth games are praised for their fantastic backgrounds and animations. Averted in third and fourth games where they have 3D graphics.
* BaseBreaker:
** Some characters from the first two games returning in ''The Serpent's Curse'', especially Lady Piermont. Some people complained about it and said that those characters appeared for fanservice and nostalgia. Other people, especially fans who backed in the Kickstarter wanted those characters to show up.
** Shears, due to [[spoiler: his [[AntiClimaxBoss anti-climatic battle with Medovsky]]]].
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** The talking metal box in 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: It is generally agreed that the first two games are classics. However, when the series went to 3D, fans are divided and some of them [[FanonDiscontinuity ignore those two other sequels]] as a part of the series. When ''The Serpent's Curse'' is released, it received a warm welcome but some dislike its animations still being in 3D.
** Some regard ''The Sleeping Dragon'' as an enjoyable game with its solid characters and story, but it is criticized by purists for its keyboard controls and action segments. Others say that the [[BlockPuzzle crate puzzles]] are fun but the rest of the fans think they're repetitive and boring to solve.
** Others think ''The Angel of Death'' is better than the third game because its controls return [[PointAndClick to its roots]], better (if not hard) puzzles and less action. Some say that the graphics, writing and characters are improved but others think they're worse compare to the previous games (see SeasonalRot below). The only thing that the fans agreed is that the [[DownerEnding ending is]] [[CutShort the worst part]] in the game.
** Then, there are fans who enjoyed the series as a whole.
* ContestedSequel: ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and to the lesser extent ''The Angel of Death''.
* 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''.
** The series has been compared to ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'' games a lot, as both of them have a combination of mythology 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 FridgeBrilliance and HilariousInHindsight moment to the first game, [[spoiler: when 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: Medovsky's typewriter. Some of the Cyrillic letters went extinct centuries before the invention of typewriters. Also, Russians use Arabic numbers, too.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: There are plenty of amazing music in all of the games but the most memorable is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htUnwEShScc music intro]] of ''The Shadow of the Templars''. It is reused and remixed for ''The Serpent's Curse'' intro.
** [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=tJhi5djn6K8 Hotel Ubu's]] theme.
** [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=9nCrEuxklWQ Ireland's]] theme.
** The [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=b1ep2aYBPac ending theme]] in ''The Sleeping Dragon''.
** [[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 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.
* DudeNotFunny: The ending of ''The Serpent's Curse'' crosses this line when [[spoiler: George tells Nico about the hideous fate of Donna.]]
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOz0YSRPV3Q "Jasmine"]], as previously mentioned.
* EightPointEight:
** Averted. Some gamers were not happy when Edge gave ''The Sleeping Dragon'' a score of 9 out of 10. Edge recently [[http://www.edge-online.com/features/ten-controversial-edge-reviews/2/ acknowledge their mistake]].
** Adventure Gamer's [[http://www.adventuregamers.com/articles/view/17443 review]] about ''The Smoking Mirror'' received some backlash from 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 is known to have unsatisfying 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, to the point where he is chosen as one of 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 role being forced and unnecesarry to the plot.
** Some side characters are fairly popular as well: Sergeant Moue, the Hendersons, Maguire, Nejo, Ultar, the Ketch sisters, Titipoco, Eamon O' Mara, and even Trevor.
** Of all the villains introduced in the series, Petra is well-liked and has quite a following.
** Brother Mark. His AmbiguouslyGay status and HoYay hints with George do help.
** Shears, mainly because of his hilarious interest in philosophy.
* EvilIsSexy: Petra.
* FanonDiscontinuity: There are fans who like to pretend that ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Angel of Death'' never happened because of [[VideoGame3DLeap their 3D graphics]] and gameplay. Others choose to ignore the latter [[SeasonalRot 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.
* 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 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.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Near the end of the first game has one when George and Nico sneaks out through the enemy's hideout. "It wouldn't surprise me if they're holding some kind of [[Literature/TheDaVinciCode satanic sex ritual]]."
** "Good luck, George. Watch out for [[ComicBook/TheWalkingDead the walking dead!]]"
** 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...
** 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.
* 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 fifth game, there's Nico walking in an Iraqi desert while wearing miniskirt and black leggings.
** 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".]]
* 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 Lobineau, according to some fans.
* InferredHolocaust: The effects of Dragon Energy to the world [[spoiler: like the massive flood in Glastonbury]] are horrible.
* InternetBackdraft:
** Revolution's decision to split ''The Serpent's Curse'' into two episodes received a lot of criticisms from fans.
** 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.
* ItsEasySoItSucks: The puzzles in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' and ''The Serpent's Curse'' get a fair share of this.
* LoveToHate: Khan and Petra.
* MagnumOpus: ''The Shadow of the Templars'' is regarded by many as [[Creator/RevolutionSoftware Revolution Software's]] masterpiece and one of the best adventure games ever made.
* MemeticMutation: "That fucking goat!"
* MostAnnoyingSound: Mr. Shiny the polishing machine in the first game. Even George thinks it has a hellish noise.
** Father Hubert's organ music in the second game.
* 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.]]
* {{Narm}}:
** 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."
** 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!]] AAAAIIIEEEEE!
** 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.
* NeverLiveItDown: Fans 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]].
* NightmareFuel:
** The clown in the first game's intro.
** At the same game, all of the death scenes do count. Particularly the one where [[spoiler: George's body fell on the cliff and then the vultures are standing on top of him.]]
** The last challenge in the third game: [[spoiler: if George fails to dodge the dragon's fire-breath, his body will get burned and the way he screams is horrifying.]]
** In the fourth game, [[spoiler: Toni's body is hanged on the hook in the conveyor line. That and the fact he is found dead in a salami factory.]]
* 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.
* OneTrueThreesome: George/Nico/André. Duane lampshades about them in the second game if you show him the panties.
* PlayerPunch: Toward 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.]]]]
* 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 GBA version of ''The Shadow of the Templars'' has some bugs that forces players to restart the game.
* RewatchBonus: Replaying the second game, you'll realize that there are some foreshadowing regarding [[spoiler:Emily as a ghost]].
* TheScrappy: Inspector Navet from ''The Serpent's Curse'' is hated by some fans for being pompous and arrogant SmallNameBigEgo. The fact that he insults George for being an amateur investigator and blames Moue for mistakes makes him underwhelming.
* ScrappyMechanic: The [[PressXToNotDie action events]] of ''The Sleeping Dragon'' especially the notorious [[BlockPuzzle crate puzzles.]] You [[SaveGameLimits can't save]] during the middle of [[StealthBasedMission stealth sections]] and [[EscapeSequence escape sequences]], either.
* ScrappyLevel: 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.
* SeasonalRot: ''The Angel of Death'' is regarded as the weakest game in the series due to have awkward controls, [[ItsHardSoItSucks many illogical puzzles]], some continuity errors and the worst ending.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The ''Shadow of the Templars'' introduced the mixture of KnightsTemplar, 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 Da Vinci Code'']]. The novel has a lot of similarities to the game.
* SignatureScene: The opening in the first game.
* SoBadItsGood: The way André walks ''The Sleeping Dragon'' is so weird, it's pretty funny.
* {{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.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The music in ''The Serpent's Curse'' episode one trailer is similar to Discovery Channel's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oi5hdM6W8o "The Da Vinci Code: The True Story" 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. You have to guide George through the elevator before Petra gets him. 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: Almost all fans know about the Goat Puzzle. {{Lampshaded}} by George on his diary about how he describes the situation.
** 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 Vatican to [[spoiler:open the secret passage.]]
** 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'', especially when it comes to [[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, 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.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** 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.]]
* 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 has a good number of fans who think it is worthy to the first two games.
* 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 third game, [[spoiler:when the temple priests created Anubis to guard the secret passageway, they never realized that the intruders can possibly enter the main entrance.]]
** In the fifth game, George uses [[spoiler: Trevor]] to reach through live wiring instead of unplugging the control panel first.
** 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.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Despite having chilling death sequences and a scene where [[spoiler: Fitzgerald's blood is shown]], it was hard to understand why the first game was given a KA rating then. The UsefullNotes/{{Playstation}} and GBA version 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.
** [[spoiler: Imelda Carchon]] in ''Director's Cut''.
** Bruno Ostvald in ''The Sleeping Dragon'' [[spoiler: especially when he [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices his life.]]]]