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->Ty Bradley: But I can tell they scared out of their wits by that thing they got locked upstairs. Yes, sir. They got a tiger by the tail, and they don't know whether to hang on...or run.

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->Ty Bradley: -->'''Ty Bradley:''' But I can tell they scared out of their wits by that thing they got locked upstairs. Yes, sir. They got a tiger by the tail, and they don't know whether to hang on...or run.


* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: '''''HEAVILY''''' on the cynical side as shown under YouCantFightFate. If you made one bad choice at one point in your life, you will ultimately be doomed to be an evil sociopath and there is nothing you can do to stop it, so you might as well kill yourself right now [[YouMonster you sick bastard]].

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: '''''HEAVILY''''' '''Firmly''' on the cynical side as shown under YouCantFightFate. If TheMultiverse is a brutal and heartless place, and it's only by sticking to the ultimate sacrifice can you made one bad choice at one point in even ''hope'' to atone for your life, you will ultimately be doomed to be an evil sociopath and there is nothing you can do to stop it, so you might as well kill yourself right now [[YouMonster you sick bastard]]. past sins.



* {{Squick}}: In-universe example, every time you brutally murder someone with the Sky-Hook melee weapon, Elizabeth says things like, "Oh my God!" Kind of appropriate given you're tearing people's heads off.

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* {{Squick}}: In-universe example, every time you brutally murder someone with the Sky-Hook melee weapon, Elizabeth says things like, "Oh my God!" God!". Kind of appropriate given you're typically tearing people's heads off.



* StatusQuoIsGod: After Elizabeth [[spoiler:is tortured by Comstock and kills multiple surgeons with a tornado]], it's easy to think she TookALevelInBadass. But once the fighting starts again, she returns to being the girl who throws health kits and salts.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: After Elizabeth [[spoiler:is tortured by Comstock and kills multiple surgeons with a tornado]], it's easy to think she TookALevelInBadass. But once the fighting starts again, she returns to being the girl who throws health kits and salts.Salts. Arguably justified in that Elizabeth clearly doesn't seem to have the stomach for murder like he does.

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** [[https://benlo.carbonmade.com/projects/4115314 A cover]] of ''Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly'' featuring the game has Booker and Elizabeth standing in front of wanted posters of themselves in a homage to [[ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast Uncanny X-Men #141]].


* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: A good deal of the soundtrack has some connection to the plot or what's happening on-screen in general. When Elizabeth pulls Booker though a dimensional tear and [[spoiler:into ''VideoGame/BioShock1'''s Rapture]], what should be playing on the old jukebox? "La Merr."
** The final verse of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" goes: "One by one their seats were emptied/And one by one, they went away/Now the family is parted/Will it be complete one day?" In the very last scene, [[spoiler: multiple alternate versions of Elizabeth drown Booker in the river, and start to disappear one by one, fading to black just before the final Elizabeth disappears. In TheStinger at the end of the credits, Booker wakes up in his office and goes into Anna's room, where it also cuts to black before we see if she's there or not.]] Also, the voxophone that falls through the tear in the Bank of the Prophet, where Comstock laments about being unable to produce a child, is titled "A Broken Circle."

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* TurnToReligion: The plot is kickstarted when BigBad Comstock finds God, seeking atonement after taking part in the Battle of Wounded Knee, and preventing this conversion is the key to making sure that none of the atrocities he's responsible for never happened. Unfortunately, because of {{Alternate Universe}}s, [[spoiler: PlayerCharacter Booker Dewitt ''is'' Comstock with Comstock's Baptism the point of divergence between the two. Drowning Booker at his Baptism is the only way to kill Comstock once and for all.]]


* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: [[spoiler:The reason the Luteces brought Booker to the Columbia timeline in the first place, which he doesn't remember: to save his daughter from Comstock after having sold her away for his debts. The only way to to do this is to [[HeroicSacrifice break]] the StableTimeLoop leading to Comstock's existence]].

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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: [[spoiler:The reason the Luteces brought Booker to the Columbia timeline in the first place, which he doesn't remember: to save his daughter from Comstock after having sold her away for his debts. The only way to to do this is to [[HeroicSacrifice break]] the StableTimeLoop leading to Comstock's existence]].

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* TigerByTheTail: While Booker is infiltrating Monument Island to rescue Elizabeth, he learns that the rulers of Columbia have expended a great deal of money and effort to imprison her. She has tremendous power they want to control, but are also scared of. He finds a voxophone left by a janitor who works there. Its message explains the dilemma the Columbian leaders are in.
->Ty Bradley: But I can tell they scared out of their wits by that thing they got locked upstairs. Yes, sir. They got a tiger by the tail, and they don't know whether to hang on...or run.

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* TestYourStrengthGame: One of the attractions at the Raffle fair is a High Striker. Booker can pick up a large mallet and hit a board, which will send the weight up and hit the bell.

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* WantedPoster: In the basement beneath the Good Time Club there are three wanted posters on a wall: Labor Agitator ($1,000 reward, Dead or Alive), Vox Anarchist ($5,000 reward, Dead or Alive), and Daisy Fitzroy (Leader of the Vox Populi, $30,000).

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* UnlockableDifficultyLevels: In order to play in the much harder 1999 mode, you must either beat the game in regular mode or enter the KonamiCode.

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* WeirdHistoricalWar: Columbia flew to China and defeated the Boxer Rebellion.

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** And in the very beginning of the game they get into a confusion about whether Booker rows the boat or whether Booker rows the boat, in the form that Rosalind thinks that Booker ''will'' be doing ''something'', but not rowing, while Robert says that Booker ''won't'' do anything, and that includes the rowing.

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* VirtuousBees: Jeremiah Fink has a great fondness for the tireless and hardworking bees, or so he claims in the propaganda he broadcasts to motivate his workers:
-->'''Jeremiah Fink:''' What is the most admirable creature on God's green Earth? Why, it's the bee! Have you ever seen a bee on vacation? Have you ever seen a bee take a sick day? Well, my friends, the answer is no! So I say, be... the bee! Be the bee!

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* ReducedToRatburgers: Rats can be seen on the dinner plates of Columbia's poor in [[CompanyTown Shantytown]].


* SchrodingersCat:
** Possibly the most true-to-the-original-experiment example in all of fiction. [[spoiler:In the post credits scene, Booker walks into his daughter's room, calling her name. Is she there in the crib? The game cuts to black before we find out for sure]]. Considering the whole theme of Quantum Mechanics oozing from the story, it holds extra significance.
** Foreshadowed, and becomes a DiscussedTrope, in two Voxophone recordings by Comstock [[spoiler: who also points out the point of divergence when Booker may become him. Interestingly, the quote below is from possibly the last collectible Voxophone in the game, and this can be played during the credits, with the ending having changed the context very drastically]].
-->'''Comstock''': One man goes into the waters of baptism, a different man comes out, born again. But who is that man who lies submerged? Perhaps that swimmer is both sinner and saint, until he is revealed unto the eyes of man.

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