YMMV / Deponia

  • Broken Base: Over whether or not the conclusion of Goodbye Deponia was a satisfactory end for the trilogy (see below.) It's Mass Effect 3 all over again...
    • Deponia Doomsday's ending isn't much better. In fact, the ending of that game failed to fix anything wrong with the last one. Nor did it intend to.
  • Crazy Awesome: Rufus continually does things that other people tell him are impossible and/or will kill him. Despite all odds, his recklessness and arrogance lead him to victory time after time... albeit with a lot of collateral damage. It's even lampshaded in the third game, where people explicitly turn to him for a Crazy Enough to Work last-second gambit.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Both Organon Hymns.
    • The main menu theme of Deponia Doomsday takes the familiar narrator song instrumental and remixes it in an instrumental style reminiscent of Two Steps from Hell. It feels just as epic as this would imply.
  • Crosses the Line Twice / Unfortunate Implications: It is difficult to tell how intentional this was on Daedalic's part, especially since Goodbye Deponia has several Crosses the Line Twice moments, but at one point you get the only black character in the entire game stuck in what is basically debt slavery, as a "dancing monkey". According to the game's writer, this was meant as an Intended Audience Reaction to show how little Rufus takes into account what happens to others while he's trying to achieve his own personal goals due to his narrow minded nature, and the audience is meant to be uncomfortable at the fact Rufus' plans aren't always completely heroic like those of other adventure games protagonists. Other players have also pointed out that making the aforementioned black character white probably wouldn't have made the scene any less uncomfortable.
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  • Ending Aversion: Some players declared the ending of Goodbye Deponia enough to make the entire trilogy up to that point almost not worth playing, if this is the conclusion it all led to.
    • Esoteric Happy Ending: To wit, a lot of people consider the Bittersweet Ending of the trilogy to be downright bitter. Due to some awfully contrived circumstances, Rufus supposedly falls to his death moments before finally accomplishing his life's dream of reaching Elysium. Cletus assumes his identity (thus also taking Goal back) with no one aside from possibly Goal knowing that it's not actually Rufus finally standing on Elysian soil. Elysium and Deponia are completely cut off from one another, Argus may have survived, and even if he didn't, there are still 11,000 Organon on the highboat raring to take over Elysium, which at the very least is now fated to crash into Deponia unless Cletus/"Rufus" can come up with a plan (which is implied to be unlikely due to not having the real Rufus' "spark".) The game tries to depict this as a positive thing by explicitly stating to the player that Rufus chose to fall and let Cletus assume his identity (which technically makes it a Heroic Sacrifice and supposed to represent some sort of redemption for Rufus) and that Elysium and Deponia might make it, but many players aren't buying it. Overall, things are actually worse off than the start of the installment and some fans have taken to calling it a cliffhanger for a sequel the writer doesn't intend to make.
      • It was worse before fans finally got the writer to concede that Rufus may have actually survived the fall and that neither outcome is actually indicated to be canon, asking the players to use their imagination to fill in the blanks. This alleviated the flack somewhat, as it allows an end that some folks initially saw as outright depressing to be seen as more of a Ray of Hope Ending and a chance for the story to go on past the games' end.
    • Deponia Doomsday's ending only seems to make matters worse, not just because the game is pretty much one big fuck you to anyone who disliked Goodbye Deponia's ending, but because it makes it apparent that changing the ending with time travel will never work. It's quite clear that the creators do not want to change what they started, regardless of what the fans want. It didn't help that the release trailer for the game made it out to appear it was going to fix everything from the last game when the actual game says otherwise.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: A few examples:
  • Fridge Logic: You don't think much of it at the time, but upon further reflection the whole subplot with Goaly actually being an infant Donna makes no sense. Why did she have a radically different hair colour as a baby? The purple hair apparently isn't dye, since her hair turns back to that colour when Rufus gives her the nucleic acid. And how did Donna's corpse wind up with Goal's hair colour? Hermes has no reason to change it and Argus didn't know that Rufus had been thrown back to the surface (and survived), so it couldn't be him setting a trap either.
  • He's Just Hiding: Due to the ambiguous nature of the ending of Goodbye Deponia, many fans are standing by this for Rufus. We never see him die exactly, and the possibility of having him cloned again is somewhat likely. The outcry for the ending was so divisive that the creators had to reinsure that is totally out there that Rufus could be alive in some form or another, though they want it to be up to the viewers to decide.
    • Argus as well, since we also never find out what happened to him either. Considering his Organon troops are now on Elysium at the end of the series, one can only assume that he will come back somehow and take advantage of that.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Of all things, the tutorial level. In the first two games, it was an amusing hypothetical scenario where the player learns the basics and Rufus ending up getting squished by the junk press. In the third game, however, Rufus speaks of the room as a recurring nightmare of his during the tutorial session, which still ends the same way. But, halfway through the game, Rufus ends up in this room once more, and not only can he actually be killed, this time the player sees his bloody remains. Even though he revives after death, this cycle will continue until the player can figure a way out. After doing so, it's revealed that the press is part of the cloning facility where Rufus was made, and is used to process materials to make new clones from biomass.
  • Heart Warming Moment: There is a moment in the fourth game where, just once, Toni is not only completely supportive of Rufus, but also shows utter faith in his latest zany plan (something that nearly shocks him). To top it off, the typically narcissistic Rufus is literally bending space and time to vindicate that trust. It all dissolves into a Tear Jerker when, despite his best efforts, he disappoints her not once, but multiple times. When He fails for the final time, she's so disappointed that she simply walks away without hitting him, and it's clear that her bitter disappointment hurt Rufus more than her fury.
    • After trying so hard throughout all three games And infamously falling to his death within seconds of his goal at the end of the third, Rufus finally, finally makes it to Elysium. Even if it doesn't last, the look of joy on his face is a sight to behold... for the five seconds it lasts.
    • After finally fulfilling his lifelong dream, (and thanks to a convenient time loop) Rufus is given the chance to live in an ideal paradise for all eternity... which he quickly abandons once it becomes clear that he wont be able to spend any of it with Goal.
    • In Deponia Doomsday, in order to reach Porta Rustica in time, Rufus, Goal and McChronicle have to take a boat, but the owner only allows passage if Rufus presents a picture that proves he and Goal are in love with each other. Rufus goes off on yet another of his Zany Schemes, intending to take a picture with a fake Goal, but just as he completes it, he's interrupted by Goal herself, who reacts with surprised disapproval and tells him she'd convinced the owner to let them pass. In Porta Rustica, however, Goal drops a photograph that Rufus picks up... which depicts Goal with a fake Rufus, meaning that Goal had successfully undertaken the exact same Zany Scheme while Rufus prepared for his. When Rufus is surprised by this, Goal gets a mellow smile on her face.
  • Inferred Holocaust: The game ends with the original problem unsolved: Elysium needs to blow up Deponia so it can get to an inhabitable planet because it wasn't designed to stay in the air indefinitely and its resources are limited, otherwise it will crash into Deponia. Only now Goal and a good portion of the supporting cast are stuck on board, and they are going to need food, and the only remaining shuttlecraft was destroyed, meaning they are all stranded. Rufus is dead, and he was probably the only one who could think up a Crazy Enough to Work plan to fix everything, leaving only Cletus, which as the game points out is not Rufus even if they are genetically identical. Plus the entire Organon is also on board, and Argus might still be alive, and there's no indication he still won't carry out his coup.
    • Deponia Doomsday actually depicts the results of Elysium crashing back down onto Deponia, with at least some casualties among the Elysians, though it does not seem to result in heavy damage to Deponia itself, with a coastal settlement overlooking the crash site surviving seemingly intact, and Goal surviving the impact.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Toni. Sure, she's ill tempered, but what do you expect from someone who has had to deal with Rufus's antics for so long? She gets help from a therapist in Goodbye Deponia, but Rufus ruins it by causing her to snap after seeing that there are more than one Rufus running about. She gets better, though.
    • Rufus, himself. He is selfish, narcissistic, rude and constantly causes pain and misfortune to himself and those around him, but at the same time suffers from the hatred and isolation from his fellow Deponians because of it, not to mention his father issues, causing him much insecurities about his purpose on Deponia in the first place. In addition to that, despite his jerkassery, he prioritizes the survival of the planet and what few people he can call "friends", and particularly Goal's life and happiness, over his own benefit, ultimately committing a Heroic Sacrifice in order to ensure it.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In the third game, Seagull proves himself a completely irredeemable bastard by lethally shooting Green Rufus. His own son (well, one of the three copies of his son.) He would've finished the job and killed Red Rufus as well, if Blue Rufus hadn't dropped out of the sky at that moment and landed on him, killing both Seagull and himself.
    • Argus in the ending. He backstabs Rufus and Cletus at a crucial moment, letting Cletus seemingly jump to his death and planning to leave Rufus for dead behind a spinning rotor for not joining him in his plan to take over Elysium. He also immediately gets his when Cletus appears alive and throws hims into the rotor. He is presumably killed once the jammed rotor starts up again.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The cyborg dog's laughing in Chaos on Deponia is absolutely ear-bleedingly awful, and is made worse by the fact that you hear it with pretty much every interaction with the creature (so expect to hear it A LOT thanks to Trial-and-Error Gameplay). Seems to have been done on purpose, as it's one of the only voice clips in the game that cannot be skipped.
  • Painful Rhyme: Every one of the narrator's intro songs is a stumbling mess of lyrics. The page quote is one of the few times he rhymes.
  • That One Achievement: "1001 Jackalopes" in Deponia Doomsday requires you to try every animal combination on the jackalope generator and clone them using one of the two available cloning machines. That's three creatures with five interchangable features for a grand total of 243 different variations. Even if you streamline the process by creating three unique variations on each use of the jackalope generator, that's still 81 clone/switch cycles. Not a difficult achievement, just absolutely tedious.
  • Wham Shot: The first game ends with one of these, revealing that Rufus wound up with the backup copy of Goal's brain implant— which means the one that wound up in Goal is the one with her memories intact.
    • In Deponia Doomsday, Rufus's arrival on Elysium, where the look of pure joy on her face shifts to horror as the Reveal Shot pans out to show Elysium crashing and burning around him.
  • The Woobie: Poor Bozo. He gets dragged into problems by Rufus, who makes fun of him all the time, calls him a pirate despite his insistence otherwise, makes free use of his ship, destroys his things, and eventually destroys his ship. And Bozo is too nice to do anything about it. Plus his girlfriend is violent and his family are kind of jerks. One can't help but cheer for him when he finally snaps at Rufus in Goodbye.
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