YMMV / The Cat Lady

  • Acceptable Professional Targets: If this game teaches you one thing, it's that you can't trust psychiatrists and pest control workers. Oh, and cops are idiots.
    • Justified in that Michalski is a nurse, and thus has likely witnessed first hand situations like the abuse that Susan experiences in the hospital.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Joe Davis sequence. Even if you've played Downfall, it doesn't make sense.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Very likely to fall into this.
  • Doomed by Canon: Word of God confirms that this game takes place before Downfall. Seeing as how Joe slaughters everyone in his apartment building, that might include Susan. On the other hand, doubtless Susan is pretty Genre Savvy by now, and besides that, she knows that Joe in particular is violently insane. So it's just as possible that she escapes.
    • This situation is actually covered in the Downfall remake, where Susan intervenes in the situation in the final act and tries to kill Joe.
  • Complete Monster: All of the Parasites are this in general, ranging from kidnapping and killing women, while positioning their corpses to act out many famous paintings (Doctor X), kidnapping and killing both humans and animals, and chopping up their corpse to be eaten (The Pest Control Couple), and entering into random people's homes to torture and killing them, while possibly acting out against their victim who had rejected their love in the past (Fourth Parasite). And the final Parasite, the Eye of Adam, is a malicious Internet troll who runs a website that 'advises' those who are mentally vulnerable to commit suicide, going as far as to offer them planned out instructions on how to do so all while egging them on the entire time. It's no wonder that The Queen of Maggots wants them all dead, and has Susan as her loyal executioner to help wipe them all out, whether she wants to or not.
  • Fridge Brilliance: It only makes sense that the Parasites flock around Susan: she lives in a rough part of the town, she has no friends, her entire family is dead by the beginning of the game, she is unemployed, her few neighbors would be happy to see her gone, so nobody is going to miss her and look for her. She is also very weak emotionally, making it easy to win her trust. She is a perfect target for any Serial Killer.
    • Although Liz being Dead All Along does come as quite a shock, it starts to make sense when one replays her chapter. None of the nurses are ever seen talking about her or to her, the doctor who Liz calls over when Susan wakes up never speaks to Liz or looks at her, and the only other person who knows anything about her is Doctor X.
      • You can ask the nurse at the front desk about Liz. Her response is that she doesn't know a Liz, but that she can't be expected to keep track of all the nurses that work there. It's a great piece of dialogue that fits perfectly with her overworked persona, and doesn't tip the player off at all that Liz is dead. Well, not until later.
  • Fridge Logic: Everything about the Joe Davis sequence. Did he and Susan have a shared hallucination? Was Susan somehow transported into his inner world? Were they in some sort of alternate reality? What was that?
    • Susan did the same thing with Ann Burton's hallucination of the spider heart in Chapter 2, although she needed drugs to do it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The reveal that Doctor X is a serial killer can be kind of funny if you've played Downfall, since it's pretty much the opposite of Doctor Z from the that game, who seemed insane and obsessed with dead bodies when you meet him, but is actually a good guy and Joe was just hallucinating.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Susan's hatred of flowers was pretty prominent, but one could assume it was just because she wasn't a huge fan of them. However, we discover in later chapters that Susan's baby died from a rare pollen allergy, triggered by the flowers Susan's stalker had given her.
    • Susan gets a hilarious one-liner about social media early on in the game. By the ending, she is making the world a better place by doing exactly what she ridiculed.
    Susan: Why would I want to go online to tell people I'm having a shitty day?
  • Hell Is That Noise: MIIIIIISERYYYYYYYYYY!....
    • The extended agonized screaming of the latest victim of the first parasite.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The game won't give you a break.
  • Les Yay: Defied when Susan has a bath while talking to Mitzi. One dialogue choice has Susan only willing to let Mitzi in the bathroom if she promises she's not gay and doesn't stare at her chest the whole time.
  • Nausea Fuel and Nightmare Fuel: There's no point in listing the examples because a) they all are major plot points and b) the game consists almost entirely of such examples, with the exception of few Breather Episodes here and there.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Although the buildup to it is extremely suspenseful and creepy, what with the recreations of famous paintings using the corpses of women and the distant screaming of his victim, the actual reveal of the First Parasite can be this due to the somewhat clunky animation of him punching his victim and "dancing".
    • Susan's immortality can be this. For as frightening as the Parasites and Joe Davis can be, you're always aware that because Susan is immortal none of them can really DO anything to her beyond incapacitate her for a short ime.
  • Obvious Beta: You cannot overwrite saves, and there is a hard limit of 50 saves, in a game where Save Scumming is absolutely vital if you want the best outcomes.
  • True Art Is Angsty
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Or, rather, Listener Gender Confusion: the pest control guy's wife. Being voiced by a man doesn't help, either.
  • Wangst: Susan is guilty of this at the start, but it's very quickly justified by the fact that she has genuine depression. By the end of the game, she's starting to overcome it.
  • The Woobie: Every single sympathetic character really, really needs a hug.
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