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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: It's implied that he has gained an enhanced resistance to the Marker signal in ''3'' after having reached [[FiveStagesOfGrief acceptance]] of [[spoiler:Nicole's death]], meaning he doesn’t go through the same MindRape hallucinations as Carver. [[spoiler:Resistance, not immunity, as the Brethren Moons can overcome it if they turn their attention in his direction.]]



* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:''Awakened'' ends with them having successfully stalled [[LetsYouAndHimFight Isaac and Carver]] until they reached Earth And began to turn its biosphere into another Brother Moon, with no means of destroying them known.]]



* MindRape: They're the actual source of the debilitating Marker signal that keeps causing almost all of the trouble that goes down throughout the franchise. Its effects on the human mind range from simple, often suicidal and always homicidal insanity, to a compulsive urge to construct more Markers. Only those with an iron will can power through the hallucinations and come out more or less sane, but even these rare individuals can't prevail against the signal strength emitted by the Moons on a war/hunt footing, which can mind-rape entire planets from ''light years away''.

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* MindRape: They're the actual source of the debilitating Marker signal that keeps causing almost all of the trouble that goes down throughout the franchise. Its effects on the human mind range from simple, often suicidal and always homicidal insanity, to a compulsive urge to construct more Markers. Only those with an iron will can power through the hallucinations and come out more or less sane, but even these rare individuals can't prevail against the signal strength emitted by the Moons on a war/hunt footing, which can mind-rape entire planets from ''light years away''. The strength is such that even [[CrazySane Isaac]] [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity Clarke]] falls prey to it on some level when they focus on him.



* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: Even as Earth is being converged, they ask Isaac to make them whole, implying that they`re just another instar of necromorph development.

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* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: Even as Earth [[spoiler:Earth is being converged, converged]], they ask Isaac to make them whole, implying that they`re they're just another instar of necromorph development.


->Played by: Simon Templeman

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->Played by: Simon Templeman
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* DeadpanSnarker: Practically everything that comes out of his

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* DeadpanSnarker: Practically everything that comes out of his mouths is snark.


* HollywoodAtheist: Supplemental lore unlocked in the New Game + mode for the first game reveals he's actually very negative towards Unitology, mostly because his mother joined the group and spent money that was supposed to pay for his college education on getting up the ranks, forcing him to go to a substandard college, which severely impacted on his career choices. It's zigzagged in that, according to [[AllThereInTheManual setting lore]], atheism is the ''[[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions norm]]'' in the Dead Space universe, and he's actually validated in disliking Unitology, what with TheReveal of the church over the series as a mad cult worshipping the Necromorphs.

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* HollywoodAtheist: Supplemental lore unlocked in the New Game + mode for the first game reveals he's actually very negative towards Unitology, mostly because his mother joined the group and spent money that was supposed to pay for his college education on getting up the ranks, forcing him to go to a substandard college, which severely impacted on his career choices. It's zigzagged in that, according to [[AllThereInTheManual setting lore]], atheism is the ''[[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions norm]]'' in the Dead Space universe, and he's actually validated in disliking Unitology, what with TheReveal of the church over the series as a mad cult worshipping the Necromorphs.Necromorph. That being said, Isaac still takes God's name in vain occasionally yelling Jesus (spelled "Jeezus" in the subtitles) or "God damnit". While the concept of a god is part of Unitology, this is either a hold over from our lexicon or some form of judeo-christianity still exists. It also seems Christianity was more common 200 years ago in the Sovereign Colonies.


* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler:Probably due to GameplayAndStorySegregation, but, there's a kinesis-activated generator not twenty feet from where Buckell is left behind, which Isaac uses to restore the heating to the building so he can survive long enough to get his own suit. Buckell could have had the team turn that on and wait for them.]]

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* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler:Probably due to GameplayAndStorySegregation, but, there's a kinesis-activated generator not twenty feet from where Buckell is left behind, which Isaac uses to restore the heating to the building so he can survive long enough to get his own suit. Buckell could have had the team turn that on and wait for them. That being said, the nature of his wounds may have meant he was doomed either way and preventing hypothermia may have just prolonged the inevitable painfully.]]

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* HiddenDepths: Despite Carver being a more action friendly and stereotypical shooter hero, he is a relatively pretty intelligent guy. The series states that the more active you keep your mind and the smarter you are, the better you are at dealing with Marker induced insanity. Carver holds up extraordinarily well despite having serious mental trauma that the Markers can exploit. He is also just as capable as Isaac at crafting his own weapons. The fact that he can withstand the full effects of [[spoiler:the berthen moons' MindRape]] and come out of it without becoming a drooling vegetable, a psychotic lunatic, or a barely coherent, broken wreck says all you need to know about his mental capabilities.


* SirSwears-a-Lot: Justified, given the sheer amount of shit he goes through. Also downplayed, as he seems to only swear when he's under duress... which is often.

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* SirSwears-a-Lot: ShutUpHannibal: Quite literally after hallucination!Nicole starts taunting him about [[spoiler:Stross's death.]] Isaac gets more pissed than we've ever seen him.
* SirSwearsALot:
Justified, given the sheer amount of shit he goes through. Also downplayed, as he seems to only swear when he's under duress... which is often.

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* DueToTheDead: Regardless of what Isaac does with his corpse, he took no pleasure in killing Stross. Isaac sees himself in Stross and is understanding of his insanity while Ellie dismisses it. Isaac never blames Nolan for what he did, but lays all of the blame on the Marker. He is understandably pissed when hallucination!Nicole mocks Isaac over Nolan's death.


* TheAtoner: Say what you will about him, if it wasn't for him, Isaac would have given up hope altogether and never would have known to chase down the Marker, let alone where to find it. His actions of seeking out Isaac spared Earth space [[spoiler:for at least three more years anyways]], but, unfortunately, he didn't have nearly enough willpower to end it himself.



* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler: Granted, he was ''completely'' bonkers by that time but seriously, attacking an armored [[ActionSurvivor Isaac Clarke]] in close-combat with a screwdriver is ''not'' a good idea. Same thing could be said about [[EyeScream gouging out one of Ellie's eyes]], since all it achieved was ''pissing her off'' enough for her to finally open a can of whoopass on him.]]

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* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler: Granted, [[spoiler:Granted, he was ''completely'' bonkers by that time but seriously, attacking an armored [[ActionSurvivor Isaac Clarke]] in close-combat with a screwdriver is ''not'' a good idea. Same thing could be said about [[EyeScream gouging out one of Ellie's eyes]], since all it achieved was ''pissing her off'' enough for her to finally open a can of whoopass on him.]]


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The man was an arrogant prick who didn't think about what his cheating would have on his family. However, dialogue in the second game imply that he actually did love his son. It was only long after he killed them that he realized how much he cared about them which drives his guilt. The Marker tortures him with their faces and, in the end, he was too afraid to confront them. He tries to force Ellie and Isaac to take his place by giving them a "session" with a screwdriver.

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* DirtyCoward: Not that he can really be blamed, but he knows that he has to enter the machine to fight back against the Marker. The problem is that he's too afraid to face his dead wife once he completes the session. He decides that Ellie should enter the machine in his place and, in his insanity, tries to give her a "session" with a screwdriver. To be fair to him, he's gone untreated from his PTSD, survivor's guilt, and his psychosis over the last three years and was forced to create the very marker that's driving him insane and killed everyone around him. In addition, him actually remembering the details of what EarthGov did to him and the other patients actually is detrimental to his willpower. Isaac doesn't remember the horrors or the sessions, making him more likely to want to attempt a session. On top of that, the Marker is specifically designed to use every psychological trick in the book to break its victims. Isaac has a host of psychological crutches that Nolan simply doesn't have such as his status as an engineer which gives access to tools and armor. While Isaac has the engineering know how to juryrig weapons, Nolan can only survive by hiding which drives his desparation and hopelessness.

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* FaithHeelTurn: A negative example of this Trope. He seems to be suffering from rapid onset cancer as tumors were found in his body. They weren't there when they first set out for the planet. It's implied that while he was a Unitologist already, that his imminent death and the promise of eternal life and a heavenly unity was the main focus of his marker insanity. This explains why he wanted to protect it so badly.


** Somewhat justified in the case of his father, who vanished during an extended mission off-world whilst building ships for the Marine Corp. That said, his father ''did'' make sure to spend the first four years of Isaac's life on Earth with the family. His mother on the other hand, threw herself into Unitology out of loneliness and later depression when her husband disappeared. Her fanaticism lead her to blow most of their family's wealth on getting herself risen to the rank of Vested within the Church, preventing Isaac from attending a prominent engineering college in the process and driving a permanent wedge between them.

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** Somewhat justified in the case of his father, who vanished during an extended mission off-world whilst building ships for the Marine Corp.Corps. That said, his father ''did'' make sure to spend the first four years of Isaac's life on Earth with the family. His mother on the other hand, threw herself into Unitology out of loneliness and later depression when her husband disappeared. Her fanaticism lead her to blow most of their family's wealth on getting herself risen to the rank of Vested within the Church, preventing Isaac from attending a prominent engineering college in the process and driving a permanent wedge between them.



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* DisappearedDad: It's mentioned that Isaac's father vanished during an extended off-world mission, building ships for the Marine Corp. Due to his work being highly classified, Isaac's attempts to track him down have been thus far mostly futile.

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* DisappearedDad: It's mentioned that Isaac's father vanished during an extended off-world mission, building ships for the Marine Corp.Corps. Due to his work being highly classified, Isaac's attempts to track him down have been thus far mostly futile.


* AesopAmnesia: It doesn't occur to him that the Marker signals are what is driving his RomanticRival, Robert Norton, insane during the events of ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3''. This is in-spite of having survived two outbreaks, having the Marker blueprints implrinted directly into his brain, built one Marker and destroyed two, thus most likely being humanity's foremost expert on how Marker's work.

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* AesopAmnesia: It doesn't occur to him that the Marker signals are what is driving his RomanticRival, romantic rival, Robert Norton, insane during the events of ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3''. This is in-spite of having survived two outbreaks, having the Marker blueprints implrinted imprinted directly into his brain, built one Marker and destroyed two, thus most likely being humanity's foremost expert on how Marker's work.

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* PerpetualMotionMonster: Unlike regular lifeforms, the Brother Moons do not feed to survive; they feed to ''reproduce''. They live in the vacuum of space and have existed for millions of years. The Markers they create offer the promise of unlimited electromagnetic energy to any race who finds them and makes more. However, the Markers do not create this limitless energy, for they are merely receivers of it from the true source; the telepathic signal of the Moons.

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