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** Greasels are like this In-Universe as well - you can read the datacubes and e-mails of scientists throughout the game, and they are 100% correct in being wary of them. There's also Aimee, the Parisian woman distraught over losing her cats to greasels...while she is understandably afraid of them, she has also noticed that even the Majestic 12 Commandos are afraid of them.

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** Greasels are like this In-Universe as well - you can read the datacubes and e-mails of scientists throughout the game, and they are 100% correct in being wary of them. There's also Aimee, the Parisian woman distraught over losing her cats to greasels...while she is understandably afraid of them, she has also noticed that even the Majestic 12 Commandos [[PoweredArmor Comm]][[EliteMooks andos]] are afraid of them.

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* The sheer soulless evil of Bob Page. It's not enough for him to be a privileged billionaire living a life of luxury in a [[CrapsackWorld dystopian future]] in which everything is falling apart. All he cares about is becoming a "God", even if that means [[FromBadToWorse making everything ''even worse'']].

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* The sheer soulless evil of Bob Page. It's not enough for him to be a privileged billionaire living a life of luxury in a [[CrapsackWorld dystopian future]] in which everything is falling apart. All he cares about is becoming a "God", even if that means [[FromBadToWorse making everything ''even worse'']].''[[FromBadToWorse even worse]]''.


** Take the time to look at a Paris public terminal and you'll find an entry titled "READ ME." Take a look at it and you'll find the phrases "ICARUS FOUND YOU!!!" and "RUN WHILE YOU CAN!!!" repeated over and over, in a > shape.

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** Take the time to look at a Paris public terminal and you'll find an entry titled "READ ME." [[https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=457289041 Take a look at it it]] and you'll find the phrases "ICARUS FOUND YOU!!!" and "RUN WHILE YOU CAN!!!" repeated over and over, in a > shape.

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* The [[http://deusex.wikia.com/wiki/Page_Delta-2_Peacebringer Page Delta-2 Peacebringer bots]]. They're massive, enough to shake the ground when they walk, they have a singular [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eye]] and says "Scanning Area" with a deep synthisized voice. They're especially frightening in the MJ-12 facility when you're trying to escape and are likely not armed.


** He first appears when you're down in a sewer. [=MJ12=] soldiers and their robots are right above you, and they're looking for your head. You pass on, and suddenly, your infolink rings, revealing a demonic voice and a creepy looking eyeball. "I now have access to your systems."

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** He first appears when you're down in a sewer. [=MJ12=] soldiers and their robots are right above you, and they're looking for your head. You pass on, and suddenly, your infolink rings, revealing a demonic voice and a creepy looking eyeball. "I now have full access to your systems."


* The sheer soulless evil of [[CompleteMonster Bob Page]]. It's not enough for him to be a privileged billionaire living a life of luxury in a [[CrapsackWorld dystopian future]] in which everything is falling apart. All he cares about is becoming a "God", even if that means [[FromBadToWorse making everything ''even worse'']].

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* The sheer soulless evil of [[CompleteMonster Bob Page]].Page. It's not enough for him to be a privileged billionaire living a life of luxury in a [[CrapsackWorld dystopian future]] in which everything is falling apart. All he cares about is becoming a "God", even if that means [[FromBadToWorse making everything ''even worse'']].


* In the 2030's, the world was hit by a series of pandemics, including an antibiotic-resistant strain of tuberculosis and a resurgence of the 1918 Spanish flu. These are said to have left the population [[DepopulationBomb noticeably smaller than it was a hundred years ago]]. For the record, the world population in 1930 was [[InferredHolocaust around 2 billion]]. ''[[FromBadToWorse And this is before the Gray Death hit.]]''

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* In the 2030's, the world was hit by a series of pandemics, including an antibiotic-resistant strain of tuberculosis and a resurgence of the 1918 Spanish flu. These are said to have left the population [[DepopulationBomb noticeably smaller than it was a hundred years ago]]. For the record, the world population in 1930 was [[InferredHolocaust around 2 billion]]. ''[[FromBadToWorse And this is before the Gray Death hit.]]'']]''
* The sheer soulless evil of [[CompleteMonster Bob Page]]. It's not enough for him to be a privileged billionaire living a life of luxury in a [[CrapsackWorld dystopian future]] in which everything is falling apart. All he cares about is becoming a "God", even if that means [[FromBadToWorse making everything ''even worse'']].
* The fate of Lucius Debeers, [[AndIMustScream left fully conscious but unable to move at all in some dingy basement]]. And even worse, his [[FalseFriend best "friend"]] has had the technology to cure him of this for years, but intentionally chooses not to and instead keeps Debeers [[MotivationalLie in false hope]].
* Many of the news bulletins are unsettling. It's mentioned in one NYC report that a recent chlorine spill into the Hudson has rendered drinking water poisonous to "an unknown extent". The bulletin then suggests that anyone made sick by the water heads to a free clinic. A free clinic likely packed out with people [[ThePlague infected by the incurable and deadly Gray Death]]. So you can't even escape death by staying at home, due to supplies dwindling and no fresh water...your only other choice is taking your chances on a daily basis venturing into a crime-torn, disease ridden hellhole.


* In the 2030's, the world was hit by a series of pandemics, including an antibiotic-resistant strain of tuberculosis and a resurgence of the 1918 Spanish flu. These are said to have left the population [[DepopulationBomb noticeably smaller than it was a hundred years ago]]. For the record, the world population in 1930 was [[InferredHolocaust around 2 billion]]. [[FromBadToWorse And this is ''before'' the Gray Death hit.]]

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* In the 2030's, the world was hit by a series of pandemics, including an antibiotic-resistant strain of tuberculosis and a resurgence of the 1918 Spanish flu. These are said to have left the population [[DepopulationBomb noticeably smaller than it was a hundred years ago]]. For the record, the world population in 1930 was [[InferredHolocaust around 2 billion]]. [[FromBadToWorse ''[[FromBadToWorse And this is ''before'' before the Gray Death hit.]]]]''


* The world of Deus Ex is described by WordOfGod as [[CrapsackWorld "five minutes before the fall of human civilization."]] and it shows. Massive resource shortages, [[CaliforniaCollapse natural]] [[GaiasLament disasters]], colossal class divisions, [[MegaCorp unchecked corporate power]], government [[GovernmentConspiracy "incompetence"]], rampant terrorism, a plague decimating the lower classes and the increasingly [[OppressiveStatesOfAmerica brutal]] and [[BigBrotherIsWatching invasive]] suppression of unrest have put human society on the brink of complete collapse. The game's many decaying and desolate settings paint a grim picture, and things only go FromBadToWorse as JC gets [[ConspiracyKitchenSink closer to the truth of what's happening]]. It doesn't help that several plot points [[HarsherInHindsight would be mirrored by real life events after its release]].

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* The world of Deus Ex is described by WordOfGod as [[CrapsackWorld "five minutes before the fall of human civilization."]] and it shows. Massive resource shortages, [[CaliforniaCollapse natural]] [[GaiasLament disasters]], colossal class divisions, [[MegaCorp unchecked corporate power]], government [[GovernmentConspiracy "incompetence"]], rampant terrorism, a plague decimating the lower classes and the increasingly [[OppressiveStatesOfAmerica brutal]] and [[BigBrotherIsWatching invasive]] suppression of unrest have put human society on the brink of complete collapse. The game's many decaying and desolate settings paint a grim picture, and things only go FromBadToWorse as JC gets [[ConspiracyKitchenSink closer to the truth of what's happening]]. It doesn't help that several plot points [[HarsherInHindsight would be mirrored by real life events after its release]].release]].
* In the 2030's, the world was hit by a series of pandemics, including an antibiotic-resistant strain of tuberculosis and a resurgence of the 1918 Spanish flu. These are said to have left the population [[DepopulationBomb noticeably smaller than it was a hundred years ago]]. For the record, the world population in 1930 was [[InferredHolocaust around 2 billion]]. [[FromBadToWorse And this is ''before'' the Gray Death hit.]]


--> [[DyingAlone I wish someone would come...]]

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--> [[DyingAlone I wish someone would come...]]]]
* The world of Deus Ex is described by WordOfGod as [[CrapsackWorld "five minutes before the fall of human civilization."]] and it shows. Massive resource shortages, [[CaliforniaCollapse natural]] [[GaiasLament disasters]], colossal class divisions, [[MegaCorp unchecked corporate power]], government [[GovernmentConspiracy "incompetence"]], rampant terrorism, a plague decimating the lower classes and the increasingly [[OppressiveStatesOfAmerica brutal]] and [[BigBrotherIsWatching invasive]] suppression of unrest have put human society on the brink of complete collapse. The game's many decaying and desolate settings paint a grim picture, and things only go FromBadToWorse as JC gets [[ConspiracyKitchenSink closer to the truth of what's happening]]. It doesn't help that several plot points [[HarsherInHindsight would be mirrored by real life events after its release]].

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** Greasels are like this In-Universe as well - you can read the datacubes and e-mails of scientists throughout the game, and they are 100% correct in being wary of them. There's also Aimee, the Parisian woman distraught over losing her cats to greasels...while she is understandably afraid of them, she has also noticed that even the Majestic 12 Commandos are afraid of them.
-->'''JC:''' Bravery is not a function of firepower.


-->I installed UNATCO's security myself, it's 'unbeatable'! You're starting to scare me...

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-->I installed UNATCO's security myself, it's 'unbeatable'! ''unbeatable''! You're starting to scare me...

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** Daedalus, the more benevolent counterpart of Icarus, inadvertently has qualities like this, since his first contact with you (in the Majestic 12 cell) comes right out of the blue, and [[ParanoiaFuel you won't learn his/her/its true goals until much later in the game.]] Alex Jacobson adds a cherry to the top by noting:
-->I installed UNATCO's security myself, it's 'unbeatable'! You're starting to scare me...

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