YMMV / OFF

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Was the Batter a sociopath whose "holy mission" was really one of vengeance against his wife? Was he a Well-Intentioned Extremist who thought he was doing the right thing by erasing everything "impure" from existence? Or was he truly performing a Mercy Kill on an ever-worsening, twisted world of suffering and neurosis?
  • Anticlimax Boss: Both Final Bosses have pitifully low HP. The Judge only has as much health as the first boss, and you outnumber him four to one. The Batter has even less HP, and you're given an incredibly powerful competence for the battle that can kill him in three hits or less. Or you can use Palsy on him to flat-out turn him into a Zero-Effort Boss.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The giant flying whales that appear out of nowhere in Zone 2. The description says nothing at all about them being related to the specters at all - they are apparently actual living whales that for some reason fly and attack the Batter. This BLAM has been the subject of several pieces of fanart.
    • Most baffling of all is the fish that appears when you step on a certain circular pad in Zone 1. It briefly jumps up, and that's it. The event also only plays once, so you're likely to forget that it even happened. The event itself is even very easily missable, so you're likely to never encounter it. Not to mention that the fish is the only living thing in the area that's actually in color.
    • In the Room, you encounter what appears to be either a giant Elsen stuck in the wall or a large, talking mural of one.
    • The secret ending.
  • Broken Base: The 3.0 translation. While it was far more literal than the original translation, it also removed all of the swearing from the game, even Dedan's.
  • Counterpart Comparison: The Batter is commonly associated with Chara/{playername} from Undertale. They both want to erase the world, after all, and both are also known for Playing the Player. They've been shown working together, especially with the Batter being a father-like figure to Chara and/or as Bad Batter.
    • A less popular comparison is the Batter and Ness. Both are baseball bat-wielding healers with an important mission to purify the world of evil (albeit has opposite reasons to do so).
  • Creepy Cute:
    • The Judge is this to many fans.
    • To a lesser extent, some people consider Zacharie to be this.
  • Crossover Ship:
    • The Batter with the Scout. Presumably, it has to do with the fact that they use baseball bats as weapons.
    • On a non-baseball related note, Batter/Wii Fit Trainer are starting to become a thing thanks to the latter's similar pale and featureless appearance, as well as the fact that one of her moves in the new Super Smash Bros. game utilizes several hula-hoops - which fans have joked about resembling the Add-Ons.
    • There's also a bit of Dirk Strider/Zacharie.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Now has its own page.
  • Demonic Spiders: The Secretaries, extremely strong and hard to beat enemies that appear in the purified zones, though luckily only in said zones, which are optional and not required to beat the game. Although Secretaries give monstrous amounts of experience when defeated, they tend to show up in groups of 2 or 3 at a time, and do things like hit harder than anything else in the game in terms of damage, or inflict you with the nastier status effects, all of which are very annoying. The most advice one can give you with them is to not directly go to the purified zone immediately after you clear it.
    • Earlier than that are the Fat Spectres, which only appear in Zone 1. While they aren't so bad themselves, they can spawn "Ah, ah" speech bubbles (covered under Goddamned Bats), and due to the fact that both they and "Ah, ah"s can spawn "Ah, ah"s at an alarmingly fast rate means that you're going to pray your attacks are always accurate when dealing with them since you don't have Omega or Epsilon to cover for you if the Batter or Alpha miss. Oh, and you have to take out five of them in a row during an early part of Zone 1.
  • Designated Villain: While the Guardians are all guilty of something, the Queen doesn't seem to do anything especially evil. Maybe because she's not actually a villain?
  • Draco in Leather Pants: All of the villains get this treatment in some part or other of the fandom. Especially the Batter.
  • Ear Worm: Many of the game's songs, the battle themes especially.
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: The gameplay is average up through Zone 3 where it starts becoming a lot more frustrating, and almost every boss is a Damage-Sponge Boss with little challenge. However, this is compensated for by the auto option being pretty useful. The real focus of the game is on the story, and to some extent the puzzles.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse
    • You'd be forgiven if you thought Zacharie was the protagonist, based on all the fanart he has.
    • The Whale is easily one of the more recognizable enemies.
    • Sugar is also very popular among fans, despite being a very easily missed enemy.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: To be expected when there are Biblical Motifs all over the place. One of the most out-there ones has to be when a reader/friend of the Something Awful LP claimed that it was a deconstruction of sexist power fantasies. (However, this was largely a joke.)
  • Faux Symbolism: The Biblical Motifs spread around the game. Besides the names of the guardians (Dedan, Japhet, and Enoch), most fans (and even the creator himself) tend to ignore the motifs spread throughout the game when people try to discuss the game. Beyond the Batter being "Savior" class.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: There's a fairly large English following for OFF. To contrast, there aren't too many French fans of the game, even though it was originally created in said language.
    • OFF also has proven to be very popular in both Japan and Korea, with dozens of Japanese and Korean fangames and fanart.
  • Goddamned Bats: "Ah, ah"s, or the word bubbles that the Fat Spectres and Dedan spawn. Dedan doesn't spawn them as fast and they never attack, making them less annoying than the normal "Ah, ah"s, but the "Ah, ah"s Fat Spectres spawn can not only spawn more "Ah, ah"s but they are also able to inflict Blinded. While they have low health, if you aren't careful to take out the "Ah, ah"s quickly they can overwhelm you, especially since you have to clear out EVERY enemy before the battle can end (not just the ones at the start).
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Hugo dies.
    • With all of the fanart, it's hard to hide the fact that the Batter is a potential final boss. Likewise, it's also hard to hide his status as Villain Protagonist.
    • While not as talked about, the fact that Sugar is made from Elsen corpses is fairly common knowledge.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • A nice game for cute children.
    • The Batter's mission to "purify the world" as well as Zacharie's love of money/credits are played up to nearly-obsession levels in Fanon.
    • Hula Hoops Explanation 
    • HEY BATTER BATTER HEY BATTER BATTER SWING! Explanation 
  • Moral Event Horizon: The fight against Hugo, who's only an infant. Arguably also the one against the Critic Burnt crying for help in the Zone 3 subway.
  • Nausea Fuel: The makers picked a damn realistic sound when they were making the pedalo ride on the meat fountains. Too bad the sound of paddling through a river of meat isn't exactly something that'd stir your appetite.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • A video game where you're actually playing as the villain? There are many games just as old as OFF that do the same thing, some even older.
    • OFF itself is an example. A lot of Americans would tell you that the game came out around 2013, but it was actually released in 2007.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: The Batter/Zacharie ship is known as "Batterie".
  • Ron the Death Eater: The Batter is an interesting and very, very subjective case. Many interpret him as an out-and-out Villain Protagonist and being neglectful at best in his relationship with Hugo and the Queen. Most fanon likes to portray it as flat-out abusive (albeit Hilariously Abusive.) However, part of the evidence fueling these is due to nuance being lost or small translation mistakes due to unfamiliarity - further translations came out to fix some of these mistakes.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Due to how much of the game is unabashedly spoiled by its fans, as well as the fact that there are other RPG Maker games that are similar thematically (such as Space Funeral and Middens), most people are likely to experience this.
  • Spiritual Successor: Undertale. A similarly trippy, cerebral RPG that deconstructs the mechanics of the turn-based RPG in a more heart-warming way... mostly.
  • That One Attack: Japhet's "Head Voices" is one of the game's hardest hitters this side of the Secretaries and Sugar.
    • Speaking of Secretaries, just about anything they throw at you is That One Attack. That's because all of their moves either A) hit like a truck, B) have a high chance to inflict nasty status conditions, or C) both.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Due to the fact that this game is a Widget Series and that Mortis Ghost doesn't really explain anything of what's going on at all.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The Secretaries look much more detailed than other enemies, which, combined with their already rather unsettling appearance and the places you find them, makes them quite creepy.
    • There's also one section in The Room where the scenery has much greater detail and colour, calling into question what the real setting of the game is.
  • Woolseyism: The original translation tended to bound between this and "Blind Idiot" Translation, and while the 2.0 translation fixed some of these issues it didn't remove all of it. The 3.0 translation tried to be a more literal translation, for better or for worse.
  • The Woobie:
    • While cases could be made for several characters, poor Hugo is easily the biggest one by far.
    • The Judge. His beloved brother is killed and he's forced to fight the person he trusted to do good by the world. And if you choose the special ending, he's left with an empty, blank world with only a couple of people left.
  • Woobie Species: The Elsen. They live in a perfect world without danger, but they're hopelessly neurotic anyway. And if they ever get too stressed, their heads explode and they attack everyone around them. Special mention however goes to the Critic Burnt in the Zone 3 subway, who doesn't fight back and only uses his turns to scream out for help.
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