* BrokenBase: Over whether or not the conclusion of ''Goodbye Deponia'' was a satisfactory end for the trilogy (see below.) It's ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' all over again...
* CrazyAwesome: 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 [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the third game, where people explicitly turn to him for a CrazyEnoughToWork last-second gambit.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Both [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7GrfNravnk Organon]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InBFfgj9K_M Hymns]].
* CrossesTheLineTwice / UnfortunateImplications: It is difficult to tell how intentional this was on Daedalic's part, especially since ''Goodbye Deponia'' has several CrossesTheLineTwice 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".
* DudeNotFunny: See DarkerAndEdgier. In particular, killing the baby dolphins to make cat food can cause this reaction, as can feeding little orphan children to a monster.
** The "organ grinder monkey" portion in ''Goodbye Deponia'', so much so that it poisoned the rest of the game for many players.
** Going by the Steam reviews, the sexism isn't as funny as the writers apparently think, but since there's a lot of it, it's up to the player to decide which gag is the one that crosses the line.
* {{Earworm}}:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-6gK-pZwok The Floating Black Market theme music]] in an in-universe one.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMuOv0GubfQ Good Morning Porta Fisco]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edvJNegWx84 The narrator songs]], even if the lyrics don't make a lot of sense.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SpIiAXiZQw Both Cowboy Dodo songs, let's not forget.]]
* EndingAversion: Many 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.
** EsotericHappyEnding: To wit, a lot of people consider the BittersweetEnding of the trilogy to be [[DownerEnding downright bitter]]. [[spoiler: Due to some [[CruelTwistEnding awfully contrived circumstances]], Rufus supposedly falls to his death moments before finally accomplishing his life's dream of reaching Elysium. Cletus assumes his identity [[TheBadGuyWins (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 [[{{Anvilicious}} explicitly stating to the player]] that [[spoiler: Rufus ''chose'' to fall and let Cletus assume his identity (which technically makes it a HeroicSacrifice 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 [[spoiler: 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 RayOfHopeEnding and [[AndTheAdventureContinues a chance for the story to go on past the games' end.]] Some are still holding their breath for a ''Deponia 4'', though.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: A few examples:
** Toni seems to have somewhat of a following, though most of it may come down to [[BestknownForTheFanService a certain shower scene.]]
** [[CloudCuckooLander Donna]], primarily due to her strange mannerisms, non sequiturs and her tendency to spew out [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment strangely creative torture methods out of nowhere.]] Expect to get a good chuckle out of her every time she pops up.
** For the brief moments we see of him, Cowboy Dodo sure does deliver with his [[EarWorm catchy music]] and humorous confrontation wit our protagonist.
* FridgeLogic: You don't think much of it at the time, but upon further reflection [[spoiler: 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.]]
* HesJustHiding: [[spoiler: 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 [[WordOfGod 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.]]
** [[spoiler: 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.]]
* HarsherInHindsight: 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* InferredHolocaust: [[spoiler: 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 CrazyEnoughToWork 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.]]
* JerkassWoobie: 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 [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler:[[DisappearedDad his father issues]]]], causing him much insecurities about his purpose on Deponia in the first place.
* MoralEventHorizon: In the third game, [[spoiler: Seagull]] proves himself a completely irredeemable bastard by [[spoiler: 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.]]
** [[spoiler: Argus]] in the ending. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* MostAnnoyingSound: 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 TrialAndErrorGameplay). Seems to have been done on purpose, as it's one of the only voice clips in the game that cannot be skipped.
* PainfulRhyme: 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.
* TheWoobie: 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 [[spoiler: 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.
** Spetial mention must also go to Goon. Rufus pretty much ruins his life through the course of the second and third game, from forcing him to eat a shoe to Top suggestions for separating him from his girlfriend and putting him in a dead end job at a burrito stand. One can only hope things get better for him, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse since the game series ends without resolving any of his problems.]]