YMMV: The Stanley Parable

  • Awesome Music:
  • Colbert Bump: To say that people learned about Kevin MacLeod because of the inclusion of his Who Likes to Party is an understatement.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Jerkass Woobie: The Narrator, depending on which ending you get. The Confusion ending implies that he's not really in control at all and is just as controlled and trapped as Stanley.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • EIGHT! Explanation 
    • OH, DID U GET THE BROOM CLOSET ENDING? THEB ROOM CLOSET ENDING WAS MY FAVRITE!1 XD Explanation 
  • Periphery Demographic: TotalBiscuit normally has a mass disdain for "walking simulator" games. That said, he dubbed this one of the best games of it's year.
  • That One Achievement: The HD version goes to town on parodying this. The top three "impossible" achievements require you to spend an entire Tuesday playing the game, to not play the game for five years, and the final one is completely impossible to get. The first two can be acquired by adjusting your computer's date and time settings, the third seems to be handed out at random, if YouTube evidence is to be believednote .
  • Unwinnable by Insanity:
    • Happens in the original mod if you get off of the elevator between the time when you push the button and when the elevator doors close.
    • You can get stuck in the Portal room, just like the Portal game. Unlike Portal, though, it doesn't give you a way out. It does, however, chastise you for doing so, making it also (a rare case of) Unwinnable by Design.
    • During the "Real Person" ending, you can jump out of the moving platform before the door closes, at which point there's no way to continue the story - one of the few rare cases of when The Dev Team Thinks of Everything does not apply. You do get a chance to closely examine the ground level of the storage room though, since the fall doesn't kill you this time.
    • In the monitor room in the HD Remix, it's possible to step onto one of the desks and jump off into the abyss. The game has no programmed response for that, and you simply stand at the bottom with no way out.