YMMV / The Witch's House

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Ellen may do either two things before the game ends. In the normal ending, she may turn around and give the house a long look. In the true ending, she turns her back on the dead Viola, giggles, and leaves. Fans are up to decide whether she was regretful in her actions or not.
  • Complete Monster: Ellen killed her parents and burned their house down at the age of seven. Ellen later went on to kill many people and sacrifice their souls to a demon in exchange for a way to prolong her life long enough for her to find a cure for her illness. Upon learning of a spell that would allow her to switch bodies with a healthy person, she falsely befriended a young girl named Viola. Before swapping bodies with Viola, Ellen cut off her own legs and gouged out her own eyes so that after the switch, Viola would suffer and die in Ellenís maimed body. Ellen then force-fed Viola a "medicine" that burned out her throat and left her mute simply because her screams of agony annoyed her. And just for that extra touch of cruelty, Ellen then taunted the now blind, mute, and crippled Viola, and tricked Viola's father into shooting his own daughter dead, laughing cruelly afterward.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: This game's soundtrack is amazingly fitting for the game's creepy atmosphere, but the theme "Miller House" is one that really pulls a Tear Jerker on you in the True Ending.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Most of the characters have already or suffer horrible fates. The frog who helps Ellen gets eaten by a snake. Later on, his offspring die as well. The white sentient flower who says hello to Ellen gets chopped up by Ellen. The queen of them all goes to Viola. In contrast, Ellen gets off scot-free.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: A lot of fans have a tendency to paint Ellen as someone who's completely innocent, and instead shifting the blame onto either her parents, or the cat demon, or both. While it's easy to argue that her parents were partially responsible for it, the cat demon is a different story; despite being vague and cryptic, the demon didn't really do anything to Ellen except made offers of magic power in exchange for souls, and Ellen willingly accepted the offers. While the book goes into more detail in attempt to make readers feel sorry for her, it also shows her having early signs of sociopathic behavior, before and after she met the demon, such as not flinching nor showing any signs of guilt or regret for murdering hundreds of people, announcing herself to be Above Good and Evil, being maniacally selfish in her end goals, and finally reveling in sadistic glee at Viola's suffering; all of this was her doing, not something of demonic influence.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A white flower politely converses with you and has the potential to kill you.
  • It Was His Sled: Honestly, if you don't already know the plot twist already, it's either your first time or you're really, really lucky.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Sizable portion of fans continue to define Ellen by her backstory, excusing or downplaying everything she does, when her origin story was about her becoming increasingly unlikeable and unsympathetic to flat-out undeniably evil in the game.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Many players consider Ellen's backstory tragic enough that they'll excuse her having the demon eat her parents, but sacrificing innocent children to it is Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, and she crosses the line by stealing Viola's body - leaving her in Ellen's own mangled corpse - and having her murdered by her father.
  • Nightmare Fuel: This is to be expected in a horror game. There are numerous gruesome deaths ending in Game Overs (decapitation by giant spider, killed in revenge by tadpoles that are angry you fed their father to a snake). There's also the witch's Nightmare Face when she catches you.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The sheer amount of things that pursue you can do this. One off sound or sight will put you on edge. Especially when it gets quiet.
  • Player Punch: Viola finds a cute frog, but has to feed it to a giant snake to proceed, and its ghost appears just before leaving the room. Later, she meets its tadpoles, who accuse her of murdering their father, and which she also has to kill to proceed. And just before entering the witch's room, she finds the corpse of the black cat that's been accompanying her through the house. Both endings show it alive, although the pseudo-third ending reveals it was a demon. There's also the true ending...
  • Tear Jerker: The true end.
  • The Woobie: Viola. The poor girl is tricked into trading her body with a 'friend'. Said 'friend' cuts off her legs and gouges her eyes out, simply because she wanted to make her suffer before dying; she then force-feeds her a throat-burning drug because she doesn't like the sound of her old body screaming. Viola is then shot to death by her beloved father, and the witch laughs at her corpse.