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* RuderAndCruder: ''Alone in the Dark (2008)'' is much more profane than previous games in its franchise, as it transforms the protagonist from a [[BlatantLies quiet]], [[TheEveryman unassuming individual]] into a foul-mouthed and angry AmnesiacHero.
->'''Edward:''' "I don't have your stone! And fuck you anyway!"


* ConspicuousCG: ''Alone In The Dark'' and its sequels managed to mostly [[SubvertedTrope subvert this trope]] by using pre-rendered 3D scenes as backgrounds combined with real-time polygonal foreground characters and an intelligent masking system that made sure they integrated with the environment more or less seamlessly. The often creative use of camera angles helped the illusion.

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** The narration voiceover for books and pages in the original trilogy gets hammier as the series goes on, to be arguably crowned by Engineer Hutchinsen's notebook in ''Alone in the Dark 3''. The dramatic reading [[https://youtu.be/BUGoGzB2J88?t=3822 delivers a truckload of ham]].


* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: The two endings of [=AiTD=] 2008 boil down to picking who gets possessed by Lucifer.

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* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: The two endings of [=AiTD=] 2008 boil down to picking [[spoiler:picking who gets possessed by Lucifer.]]



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The worse of two endings to AITD '08, if you kill Sara, Lucifer takes control of you instead, becoming even more powerful than otherwise.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The worse of two endings to AITD '08, if Alone In The Dark 2008: [[spoiler:If you kill Sara, Lucifer takes control of you instead, becoming even more powerful than otherwise.]]



* ShootTheShaggyDog: At least the "Path of Darkness" ending to the 2008 game. If you shoot Sarah, Lucifer's EvilPlan fully succeeds, and the possessed Carnby opens the gates of hell, heralding TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Earlier, it is said [[XanatosGambit "Lucifer's failure is also his reincarnation".]]

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: At least the "Path of Darkness" ending to the 2008 game. If you shoot [[spoiler:shoot Sarah, Lucifer's EvilPlan fully succeeds, and the possessed Carnby opens the gates of hell, heralding TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]] Earlier, it is said [[XanatosGambit "Lucifer's failure is also his reincarnation".]]

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* BrokenBridge: Literally in the third game. Immediately after entering the town, the bad guys blow up the only bridge leading out of it, almost killing Carnby in the process. If you try to leave before that happens, Carnby turns around automatically with the words "No! I must save Emily!"

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* RageAgainstTheReflection: Happens in the first level of the 2008 game when Edward stares at a mirror for some seconds and angrily smashing it with his fists.


* AttackOfTheMonsterAppendage: The first game has the EldritchAbomination waiting for you just outside the manor's main door, which only shows a massive root/tentacle. In Carnby's scenario in ''New Nightmare'', a seemingly ordinary bed will suddenly sprout a mass of tentacles and grapple Carnby to keep him away from the item he needs to recover.



* BigBad: Pregzt in the first game, One-Eye Jack in the second, Jeb Stone in the third. ''The New Nightmare'' has Alan Morton as the main antagonist on the island, while the 2008 version pits Lucifer against Carnby.
* BigBadWannabe: The warlock De Certo from ''The New Nightmare'' is a FauxAffablyEvil ghost who'd gladly help Alan in his schemes and release the World of Darkness if he could, but is taken care of rather quickly by Aline (unless the player decides to go along with his plans and get a NonStandardGameOver for their trouble).



* DownTheDrain: ''The New Nightmare'' has a sewer level early on in Edward's scenario. Though not very long, Edward's speed is halved by being partly submerged in water, and the place houses a particularly nasty EldritchAbomination, the Phocomelus, that will pop from beneath to OneHitKill him if he takes too long to reach the exit. Except trying to speed up catches the creature's attention. You spend the level alternating between slow/fast pacing and trying to hold off the creature with all your ammo, which can knock it back unconscious for a few seconds AT BEST (it can be killed, but it requires six shots with the revolver, the only weapon you have at that point).

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* DownTheDrain: ''The New Nightmare'' has a sewer level early on in Edward's scenario. Though not very long, Edward's speed is halved by being partly submerged in water, and the place houses a particularly nasty EldritchAbomination, the Phocomelus, that will pop from beneath to OneHitKill him if he takes too long to reach the exit. Except trying to speed up catches the creature's attention. You spend the level alternating between slow/fast pacing and trying to hold off the creature with all your ammo, which can knock it back unconscious for a few seconds AT BEST (it can be killed, but it requires six shots with the revolver, the only weapon you have at that point). In Aline's scenario though, he can be safely avoided the first time (when he appears from a rug) and dealt with later on (because you have access to stronger weapons such as the triple-barreled shotgun).



* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: ''The New Nightmare'' features a battle with a nightmarish Insectoid Winged Demon from Nowhere MiniBoss in the Library, the Procuraptor (although most likely it was the monster responsible for crashing the helicopter in the initial cutscene). Before that, some sort of sea monster, the Phocomelus, attacks you in the sewer (if you play as Edward) or out of a ''rug'' (if you play as Aline).

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* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: ''The New Nightmare'' features a battle with a nightmarish Insectoid Winged Demon from Nowhere MiniBoss in the Library, the Procuraptor (although most likely it was the monster responsible for crashing the helicopter in the initial cutscene). Before that, some sort of sea monster, the Phocomelus, attacks you in the sewer (if you play as Edward) or out of a ''rug'' (if you play as Aline). However, the Procuraptor will only appear in Carnby's scenario, being replaced by the mutated Howard Morton in Aline's (in which case, his presence is foreshadowed).



* ImplacableMan: The mutated Howard Morton in ''The New Nightmare''. Also a RecurringBoss.

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* ImplacableMan: The mutated Howard Morton in ''The New Nightmare''. Also a RecurringBoss.RecurringBoss who continuously chase after Aline on the island.



* LaserGuidedKarma: Alan's fate and transformation into a massive zombie/like ghoul is rather appropriate, considering he was the one who made the zombie-like monsters on the island to allow the Creatures of Darkness to live in the real world.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Alan's fate and transformation into a massive zombie/like ghoul is rather appropriate, considering he was the one who made the zombie-like monsters on the island to allow the Creatures of Darkness to live in the real world. Even more so, if you consider that [[spoiler: he turned his own father and brother into monsters, and his transformation was caused by his own mutaded brother Obed.]]


* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: Near the end of ''The New Nightmare'', a heavily mutated Obed Morton will corner his brother Alan and repay his experiments on him by flinging him into a dark abyss: by the time Alan reappears, he has turned into a massive purple zombie.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Edenshaw in ''The New Nightmare'' atones for indirectly helping the Morton Brothers by staying behind on the collapsing Shadow Island, in order to make sure that the gate stays closed.]]



* LaserGuidedKarma: Alan's fate and transformation into a massive zombie/like ghoul is rather appropriate, considering he was the one who made the zombie-like monsters on the island to allow the Creatures of Darkness to live in the real world.



* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: In ''New Nightmare'', halfway through Aline finds out that Obed Morton is, apparently, her father, though later she finds proof of this being false.]]



* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: The sewer monsters in ''The New Nightmare'' have crocodilian heads, and viciously leap out of the water behind your character to snap at them.



* OneWingedAngel: In ''The New Nightmare'', both of the Morton brothers undergo a monsterous transformation to become the game's final bosses. Alan Morton just turns purple and grows to about 8 feet tall, whereas Obed Morton turns into a large, two-headed, jet-black bipedal reptilian monster.

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* OneWingedAngel: In ''The New Nightmare'', both of the Morton brothers undergo a monsterous transformation to become the game's final bosses. Alan Morton just turns purple and grows to about 8 feet tall, whereas Obed Morton turns into a large, two-headed, jet-black bipedal reptilian monster. However, it's implied that Alan was more of a case of CameBackStrong, as before his transformation he's dragged by his own mutated brother into an abyss.



* PoweredArmor: Seen, strangely, in the wild west-based ''Alone in the Dark 3''. The BigBad dons a primitive suit of PoweredArmor (which even has an ArmCannon!) to fight you in the final battle.

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* PoweredArmor: Seen, strangely, in the wild west-based ''Alone in the Dark 3''. The BigBad dons a primitive suit of PoweredArmor (which even has an ArmCannon!) to fight you in the final battle. [[spoiler: Turned against him when you use a cut wire to electrocute him, leaving him at the mercy of some furious Indian spirits.]]


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* SinisterScimitar: In the first game you can obtain a straight broadsword to employ in a duel against a cutlass-swinging GhostPirate. You can also use a sabre which, however, will break after a few attacks. Averted in the sequel, where the only swords avaible to both Carnby and the villans are curved pirate cutlasses.


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* TakingYouWithMe: One-Eyed Jack, after being defeated in combat in the final segment of the second game.


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** In ''The New Nightmare'', either Alan or Obed Morton, depending on which of the two playable characters you choose.

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* AWinnerIsYou: The ending of ''Alone in the Dark: Illumination'' is a simple message that appears after you defeat Cthulhu:
-->''Congratulations. You have driven back the forces of the Old Ones and prevented great calamity. But evil of this magnitude can never be truly defeated. Even now, from between folds of eternal darkness, Cthulhu waits dreaming. One day he will rise anew. Already there are rumors of strange, swirling portals materializing around Lorwich. When the time comes, you will be ready to face the darkness once again? The Alone in the Dark saga continues...''

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* MoreDakka: You can let rip on your foes in ''Alone in the Dark 2 and 3'' with a tommy gun and gatling gun respectively.


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* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Played straight in the ''2'' and ''3'' with the riot gun and shotgun respectively. These are both higher-end weapons that give you more damage than the base gun. Averted in ''New Nightmare'', the triple-barreled shotgun looks intimidating but its damage is barely adequate against the zombies you face (it can take up to 8 shotgun blasts to kill one) and each shot uses 3 rounds. You'll want to soften a zombie up with some shotgun shots before finishing it off with your revolver.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: The Photoelectric Pulsar in ''New Nightmare'' is the most powerful weapon shot per shot and its ammo keeps respawning in the World of Darkness. Unfortunately each shot must be charged up for a few seconds.


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* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: In ''New Nightmare'' your characters can find a triple-barrelled shotgun, a rocket launcher pistol, a grenade launcher, a PlasmaCannon, a LightningGun and a [[{{BFG}} Photoelectric Pulsar]]. All these were home-made out of odds and ends by Archibald Morton and his son Jeremy who feared the taint in their bloodline.

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* LightningGun: You get one in ''The New Nightmare'', it's by far the best weapon in the game. It's hitting power rivals the rocket and grenade launcher, it generates a herd-hitting chain lightning and its crystal ammo keeps respawning all over the underworld.


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* PlasmaCannon: A 19th century version shows up in ''New Nightmare''. It's really just a flamethrower and falls under the VideoGameFlamethrowersSuck category as there's little extra ammo for it and it burns through them quickly.

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* RecurringCameraShot: Each of the first three games have in their intro a view from an upper-floor window watching Edward (or Emily in the first game) approach the area, with the hand of something inhuman visible at the corner.

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* PressXToDie: Just try to leave the HauntedHouse through the front door before you've dealt with the BigBad.
** There's also [[TomeOfEldritchLore De Vermis Mysteriis]], which will instantly kill the player if they read it.
** In the second game, Carnby can obtain a bottle of poison and a bottle of wine, which are meant to be combined and used for a puzzle. The poison has an [=Eat/Drink=] option. To make it even more glaring, the wine does ''not'' let you drink it...but you ''can'' drink the poisoned wine!
** The third game also lets you drink poison, along with a bottle of what appears to be water (it's heavy water).

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