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* AdultFear: The player has the option to read the emails of a cyborg government agent. In one email he expresses fears about new innovations in cybernetics that will render him obsolete and useless thus forcing the government to fire him and leaving him without specialist care he requires to function.[[note]]Though his request for a "skul gun" makes it a little campier than it should have been.[[/note]]


*** Ask anyone that works in or adjacent to IT Security, and you'll know this is a sad TruthInTelevsion.

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*** Ask anyone that works in or adjacent to IT Security, and you'll know this is a sad TruthInTelevsion.TruthInTelevision.


* KatanasAreJustBetter: In this universe where people can pay to have the ability to level a building and reduce an entire town full of people to mush by just ''thinking'' at them, or can carry enough firepower to make the US Army blush, the strongest weapon in the game is a sword.

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* KatanasAreJustBetter: In this universe where people can pay to have the ability to level a building and reduce an entire town full of people to mush by just ''thinking'' at them, or can carry enough firepower to make the US Army blush, the strongest weapon in the game is a sword. Justified in that it is using advanced nanotechnology to make it unbelievably sharp.



** Police will attack you if they catch you picking locks, and in some places, picking locks will cause unarmed [=NPCs=] to panic, and armed ones to attack you.

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** Police will [[AllCrimesAreEqual attack you you]] if they catch you picking locks, and in some places, picking locks will cause unarmed [=NPCs=] to panic, and armed ones to attack you.


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*** Ask anyone that works in or adjacent to IT Security, and you'll know this is a sad TruthInTelevsion.

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* SkippableBoss: [[spoiler:Both Anna and Gunther have UNATCO kill codes that, if you learn them, let you kill them in the pre-fight dialogue. You can also kill Anna instead of Lebedev in Lebedev's jet, which cancels her later boss fight for obvious reasons.]]


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* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:When you confront Lebedev, Anna orders you to either kill him or let her do it. You can instead kill ''her'', which lets you hear more of the truth from Lebedev and skips her boss fight later. This ''will'' piss off Gunther, though.]]


** There are a few instances where playing a PacifistRun makes things easier. One in particular is in mole people tunnels. Getting to the exit without a fight might be difficult, but making a beeline for a hidden room on the other side and confronting the commander of the group there causes him to surrender, causing the other NSF soldiers in the area to stand down as well. At that point it's trivial to loot the place, talk to {{NPC}}s, and continue on at your leisure.

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** There are a few instances where playing a PacifistRun makes things easier. One in particular is in mole people tunnels. Getting to the exit without a fight might be difficult, but making a beeline for a hidden room on the other side and confronting the commander of the group there causes him to surrender, causing the other NSF soldiers in the area to stand down as well. At that point it's trivial to loot the place, talk to {{NPC}}s, {{Non Player Character}}s, and continue on at your leisure.


** Deconstructed in Paris when [[spoiler:Icarus contacts JC via infolink while he is breaking and entering people's houses and implores, in a very deadpan manner, the player to consider his motivations for violating "arbitrary laws" and to not miss the chance to join a new world order]].

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** Deconstructed Called out in Paris when [[spoiler:Icarus contacts JC via infolink while he is breaking and entering people's houses and implores, in a very deadpan manner, the player to consider his motivations for violating "arbitrary laws" and to not miss the chance to join a new world order]].


* OptionalStealth: Stealth is possible. While certain {{NPC}}s will react positively or negatively based on whether you primarily use lethal or nonlethal force, it usually doesn't matter if you take a stealthy approach or not (although playing stealthily makes nonlethal runs easier for obvious reasons).
** However, there's a mission near the end where you have to rescue a scientist's daughter from the Majestic-12, in which getting caught results in an [[TheMenInBlack MIB]] killing her, causing you to fail the mission and miss out on a reward. It is still possible to complete the game, though.

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* OptionalStealth: Stealth is possible. While certain {{NPC}}s {{Non Player Character}}s will react positively or negatively based on whether you primarily use lethal or nonlethal force, it usually doesn't matter if you take a stealthy approach or not (although playing stealthily makes nonlethal runs easier for obvious reasons).
** However, there's
reasons). There's a mission near the end where you have to rescue a scientist's daughter from the Majestic-12, in which getting caught results in an [[TheMenInBlack MIB]] killing her, causing you to fail the mission and miss out on a reward. It is still possible to complete the game, though.


The game is also known for its relatively active modding community. [[http://www.moddb.com/mods/gmdx GMDX]] ('''G'''ive '''M'''e '''D'''eus E'''X''') is perhaps the most notable today, having a stated goal of attempting to "stay true to the original design principles that define ''Deus Ex'', and seeks to improve all aspects of design", such as more advanced AI, more detailed level design, enhanced physics engine, updated graphics and audio design, and extensive bugfixing, but without touching the plot and soundtrack. It is consistently given the title "The Definitive Deus Ex Experience" by players.

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The game is also known for its relatively active modding community. [[http://www.moddb.com/mods/gmdx GMDX]] ('''G'''ive '''M'''e '''D'''eus E'''X''') is perhaps the most notable today, having a stated goal of attempting to "stay true to the original design principles that define ''Deus Ex'', and seeks to improve all aspects of design", such as more advanced AI, more detailed level design, enhanced physics engine, updated graphics and audio design, and extensive bugfixing, rebalancing the skills and augmentations, and a mantling mechanic ala the {{VideoGame/Thief}} games, but without touching the plot and soundtrack. It is consistently given the title "The Definitive Deus Ex Experience" by players.


* AdultFear: The player has the option to read the emails of a cyborg government agent. In one email he expresses fears about new innovations in cybernetics that will render him obsolete and useless thus forcing the government to fire him and leaving him without specialist care he requires to function.[[note]]Though Gunther's request for a "skul gun" makes it a little campier than it should have been.[[/note]]

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* AdultFear: The player has the option to read the emails of a cyborg government agent. In one email he expresses fears about new innovations in cybernetics that will render him obsolete and useless thus forcing the government to fire him and leaving him without specialist care he requires to function.[[note]]Though Gunther's his request for a "skul gun" makes it a little campier than it should have been.[[/note]]


* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Deus Ex is on the harder end of the scale, with only the [[spoiler:universal constructors in the end game]] and [[WritersCannotDoMath super sonic black helicopters]] tilting to implausible.

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** If you recite Anna Navarre's killphrase to her, she says her last words ("How did you know...") [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4wH-bU-YVY with an utter lack of emotion]].


** Paul rents two movies: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/See_You_Next_Wednesday See You Next Wednesday]]'' and ''[[StarWars Blue Harvest]]''.

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** Paul rents two movies: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/See_You_Next_Wednesday See You Next Wednesday]]'' and ''[[StarWars ''[[Film/StarWars Blue Harvest]]''.


* ShownTheirWork: With UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories in general. For Example: EnemyChatter in one level has an "Informed Guard" telling a "New Guard" the various [[http://echelonii.tumblr.com/post/47257268654/fema-orders Executive Orders]] that give FEMA the power to do what it's doing, assuring him that it's all legal. Said Executive Orders are cited by conspiracy nuts to mean these things.
-->'''Informed Guard''': Executive Order 10990. It lets us take over all modes of transportation.\\

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* ShownTheirWork: ShownTheirWork:
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With UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories in general. For Example: EnemyChatter in one level has an "Informed Guard" telling a "New Guard" the various [[http://echelonii.tumblr.com/post/47257268654/fema-orders Executive Orders]] that give FEMA the power to do what it's doing, assuring him that it's all legal. Said Executive Orders are cited by conspiracy nuts to mean these things.
-->'''Informed --->'''Informed Guard''': Executive Order 10990. It lets us take over all modes of transportation.\\


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** The game also knows locations. For example, the prisoner at HQ has a kid attending Bronx High School of Science.


** In classical mythology, Helios is the Sun and Daedalus was the father of Icarus. ''Of course'' something bad happens when you put them together.

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** In classical mythology, Helios is the Sun and Daedalus was the father of Icarus. ''Of course'' something bad happens when Icarus and the one who built the wings. Put those two together, and you put them together.get Helios, which was the personification of the Sun.


* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: There's an e-mail in that game that says the Denton clones are named after the apostles. If JC is the pinnacle of the project...]]
** [[spoiler: Saul became Paul after he changed sides. That should be a major clue as to Paul's loyalties.]]

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[[spoiler: There's an e-mail in that game that says the Denton clones are named after the apostles. If JC is the pinnacle of the project...]]
** *** [[spoiler: Saul became Paul after he changed sides. That should be a major clue as to Paul's loyalties.]]]]
** In classical mythology, Helios is the Sun and Daedalus was the father of Icarus. ''Of course'' something bad happens when you put them together.

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