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*** Axon makes multiple references to [[Videogame/{{Portal}} cake]] during the level where the player fights him.


*** [[Literature/LordOfTheRings One does not simply hack into Mordor.com]].

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*** [[Literature/LordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings One does not simply hack into Mordor.com]].


* BigCreepyCrawlies: Spiders and Bugs take the form of abnormally-sized arthropods.



* KungFuProofMook:
** Avatars only take 2 damage maximum from all sources. This makes them strong against burst damage towers, but very weak to DeathOfAThousandCuts and memory leak.
** Gravitons from ''2'' suck in all tower projectiles, so you need to make your tower fire beams in order to damage them.



* MookMedic: The aptly-named Medics, which constantly heals nearby units.

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* MookMedic: The aptly-named Medics, which constantly heals nearby units.enemies.



* RecurringBoss: Axon, the FinalBoss of the first game, reappears as the first boss in the second game.
* ReflectingLaser: The Linker upgrade (which causes attacks to bounce to a secondary target) will become this if combined with towers with laser or beam attacks (which fire a straight beam).



* SuperSpeed: Flamers gain a temporary 100% speed boost if they take any damage.



* DrawAggro: Gravitons suck in all projectiles, so you'll need the Beam upgrade, Tracer, Slicer or Ping to hit other enemies.



* StartingUnits: In level 19, you start with a Tracer and Slicer, both towers that haven't been unlocked for construction yet. In level 21, you start with the special Transcoder tower, which is never buildable anywhere in the game. All of these pre-built towers differ from normal towers in that they can't be moved or sold.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out what happened to Sil, Axon, or Spook after the defeat of [[spoiler:Jynx]].

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out what happened to Sil, Axon, or Spook after the defeat of [[spoiler:Jynx]].[[spoiler:Jynx]].
* WolfpackBoss: The final wave of the BrutalBonusLevel [=GhostClub.com=] involves fighting three Axons 5.0 and four Jynxes 5.0 (the final forms of the two bosses of the game), plus their minions.


* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: At first you can only use six programs in total per level; this limit can be raised to 16 via the Program Capacity upgrade.



* BrainUploading[=/=]DigitizedHacker: Ghost Hackers are actually people who upload their mind onto the internet.
* ChainLightning: The Linker upgrade makes attacks ricochet to another enemy.



* DamageIncreasingDebuff: The Amplifier upgrade allows a tower equipped with it to inflict this on enemies.

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* DamageIncreasingDebuff: The Scanners, towers with the Amplifier upgrade allows a tower equipped with it and the Focus script cause targets to inflict this on enemies.take extra damage from attacks.



* DungeonBypass: Seekers are able to pass over corrupted squares left behind by corruptors and pathfinders. Pathfinders will try to create a corrupted tile shortcut to your data cores!

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* DeathOfAThousandCuts: The Tracer and Transcoder (which deal continuous damage to the target), the Infector and Memory Leak upgrade (which infects enemy, dealing damage per second), and to a lesser degree the fast-firing, low-damage towers like the Compressor and Scanner. They are the best way to deal with Avatars (which can only take at most 2 damage from any attack), but are very weak against Reavers (which take 3 less damage from all attacks).
* DigitizedHacker: Ghost Hackers are actually people who upload their mind onto the internet.
* DungeonBypass: Seekers are able to pass over corrupted squares left behind created by corruptors and pathfinders. Corruptors. Pathfinders can do both of this, and will try calculate the shortest path to create a corrupted tile shortcut to your data cores!core, corrupting and crossing squares on that path.



* EnemySummoner: The Spawn and Decoy have the ability to spawn Baby Spawn and Decoy minions, which can carry a data core each. The Baby Spawn have an actual health bar but only spawn once per 10 seconds, while the mini-Decoys can be churned out much faster but die in one hit.



* HeavilyArmoredMook: Reavers reduce all damage dealt to them by 3.
* HelpfulMook: Reapers drain a huge chunk of life from nearby enemies to refill their own. Useful when they do it to a tough enemy, and it's essential for beating ''2's'' BrutalBonusLevel.

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* HeavilyArmoredMook: Two types: Reavers reduce all (which take 3 less damage dealt to them by 3.
from all attacks) and Avatars (which can only take at most 2 damage from all attacks). Attacks that are effective against one are nearly useless against the other.
* HelpfulMook: Reapers Reaper Viruses drain a huge chunk of life from nearby enemies to refill their own. Useful when they do it to a tough enemy, and it's essential for beating ''2's'' BrutalBonusLevel.



* InvisibleMonsters: Ghosts have a stealth ability and can only be detected when in range of a Scanner tower.

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* InvisibleMonsters: Ghosts have a stealth ability are normally invisible and can only be detected when in range of a Scanner tower.



* LifeDrain: Reapers do this to ''other mooks'' to refill their own hit points. You can take advantage of this.
* OneHitPolykill: Laser weapons are able to do hit multiple enemies in a row.
* MookMaker: The Spawn can spawn smaller Spawns every few seconds.

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* LifeDrain: Reapers Reaper Viruses do this to ''other mooks'' to refill their own hit points. You can take advantage of this.
* OneHitPolykill: Laser weapons MightyGlacier: The Sentry and Slicer are able both slow-firing towers with very high individual damage per shot; the best way to do hit multiple overcome the Reavers' DamageReduction.
* MookMedic: The aptly-named Medics, which constantly heals nearby units.
* MultiShot: Towers with the Fork upgrade attacks two
enemies in a row.
* MookMaker: The Spawn can spawn smaller Spawns every few seconds.
at once.



* ScratchDamage: The Avatar viruses take this, since they can only take a maximum of 2 damage each time. The best way to beat them is via DeathOfAThousandCuts, or use Memory Leak.

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* ScratchDamage: OneHitPolykill: The Avatar viruses Slicer, Transcoder and towers with the Beam upgrade fire a straight beam that deals damage to all foes on a straight line.
* PinballProjectile: The Linker upgrade makes attacks ricochet to another enemy.
* RayGun: The attack of the Tracer, Slicer, Transcoder and towers with the Beam upgrade
take this, since they the form of a laser-like beam.
* SeeTheInvisible: The normally invisible Ghosts
can only take a maximum be attacked when in range of 2 damage each time. The best way to beat them is via DeathOfAThousandCuts, or use Memory Leak.a Scanner.



* CriticalHit: The Multiplier upgrade grants towers a chance to deal extra damage on a hit; it was removed in the second game.



* DegradedBoss: Axon appears multiple times in the mid-game level. Thankfully, only the last wave summons [=SuperUsers=].

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* DegradedBoss: Axon GuestStarPartyMember: The Transcoder, a tower that combines the special abilities of the Tracer and Slicer and possesses 8 upgrade slots, is unbuildable and only appears multiple times in at the mid-game level. Thankfully, only the last wave summons [=SuperUsers=].start of level 21.



* NonIndicativeDifficulty: Surprisingly, the BrutalBonusLevel is easier on Hard than on Medium, because it's harder to accidentally destroy the [[HelpfulMook Reapers]] due to them having more hit points on Hard.

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* NonIndicativeDifficulty: Surprisingly, the BrutalBonusLevel is easier on Hard than on Medium, because it's harder to accidentally destroy the [[HelpfulMook Reapers]] Reaper Viruses]] due to them having more hit points on Hard.


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* SequentialBoss: Technically, each boss consists of five individual enemies (numbered 1.0 to 5.0), each of which spawns at the even-numbered waves in their levels.


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* {{Synchronization}}: Centipedes form a chain with each other and other enemies, causing the damage taken by one to be distributed among the others.


*** [[Film/LordOfTheRings One does not simply hack into Mordor.com]].

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*** [[Film/LordOfTheRings [[Literature/LordOfTheRings One does not simply hack into Mordor.com]].


* ShoutOut: Several of the optional level characters:
** [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Creepy]], who had a vocal processor error that made him [[SnakeTalk talk like a Creeper]].
** [[WesternAnimation/WallE BlockE]], a program resembling WALL-E.
** [[VideoGame/PacMan WakkaMan]], a green Pac-Man expy who only makes the sound Wakka.
** [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} Witley]], a Wheatley expy.
** [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Catman]], an obvious Batman expy who is cat-themed instead.
** [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Chario and Bluigi]], Mario and Luigi expies, the second of which loves to set others on fire, including his brother Chario.
** [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kini]], an [[TheUnintelligible unintelligible]] guy in an orange anorak [[TheyKilledKennyAgain who gets killed]] after you complete his level.
** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Novi]], a green fairy whose only dialogue is "Hey, Listen!". You shut off her vocal processors once you complete the stage.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Several of the optional level characters:
** *** [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Creepy]], who had a vocal processor error that made him [[SnakeTalk talk like a Creeper]].
** *** [[WesternAnimation/WallE BlockE]], a program resembling WALL-E.
** *** [[VideoGame/PacMan WakkaMan]], a green Pac-Man expy who only makes the sound Wakka.
** *** [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} Witley]], a Wheatley expy.
** *** [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Catman]], an obvious Batman expy who is cat-themed instead.
** *** [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Chario and Bluigi]], Mario and Luigi expies, the second of which loves to set others on fire, including his brother Chario.
** *** [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kini]], an [[TheUnintelligible unintelligible]] guy in an orange anorak [[TheyKilledKennyAgain who gets killed]] after you complete his level.
** *** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Novi]], a green fairy whose only dialogue is "Hey, Listen!". You shut off her vocal processors once you complete the stage.stage.
** Various level descriptions also apply.
*** [[VideoGame/AngryBirds AngryPigs.com]] advertises building tips to withstand bird attacks.
*** [[Film/LordOfTheRings One does not simply hack into Mordor.com]].
*** [=FireCastle.com=] quotes YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle verbatim.
*** The level description for [=GhostClub.com=] reads [[Film/FightClub "The first rule of GhostClub is that you don't talk about GhostClub."]]


* ControlFreak: [=CypherOne=] is the corporation behind the creation of Ghosts. Any Ghost not under their control is deemed a rogue AI and an enemy, which the player quickly learns after Axon forcibly breaks them out of their servitude.

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* ControlFreak: [=CypherOne=] Cypher One is the corporation behind the creation of Ghosts. Any Ghost not under their control is deemed a rogue AI and an enemy, which the player quickly learns after Axon forcibly breaks them out of their servitude.



* NukeEm: In a bid to end [=CypherOne=], Axon attempts to launch a nuclear missile at their headquarters. The Collective is opposed to that for it will also harm innocents.

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* NukeEm: In a bid to end [=CypherOne=], Cypher One, Axon attempts to launch a nuclear missile at their headquarters. The Collective is opposed to that for it will also harm innocents.



* NoodleIncident: ''Something'' happened between the two games that brought about the downfall of [=CypherOne=]. Nobody elaborates on what it is.

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* NoodleIncident: ''Something'' happened between the two games that brought about the downfall of [=CypherOne=].Cypher One. Nobody elaborates on what it is.

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* HarderThanHard: Beating the game unlocks the Challenge difficulty for every non-Monster level, which restricts the player to a predetermined program loadout for that level.

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-->"What... but how... that shouldn't be possible... '''Enough already! This ends now!'''"


* LastDiscMagic: The last program you receive on completing the penultimate level is always the Brute Force script, which temporarily buffs all your towers. The final level's hint always reads "[[DesperationAttack When all else fails, use the Brute Force script]]".



* ControlFreak: [=CypherOne=] is the corporation behind the creation of Ghosts. Any Ghost not under their control is deemed a rogue AI and and enemy, which the player quickly learns after Axon forcibly breaks them out of their servitude.

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* ControlFreak: [=CypherOne=] is the corporation behind the creation of Ghosts. Any Ghost not under their control is deemed a rogue AI and and an enemy, which the player quickly learns after Axon forcibly breaks them out of their servitude.



* IAmLegion: Axon reveals that he has many copies of himself. [[spoiler:The player character is also an example, as every Ghost is a copy of the first-ever Ghost, with slightly modified characteristics to create an illusion of individuality.]]

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* IAmLegion: MesACrowd: Axon reveals that he has many copies of himself. [[spoiler:The player character himself, and simply deleting one of his avatars will not stop him. [[spoiler:Alpha is also an example, as every Ghost is a copy example -- after Cypher One failed to create other Ghosts, they settled with making copies of the first-ever Alpha, their only successful Ghost, with slightly modified characteristics minor tweaks to create an personality to give the illusion of individuality.]]




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* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:After his defeat, Axon entrusts the player with the responsibility of protecting the Ghost community from Cypher One.]]



* ControlFreak: [[spoiler:Sigil developed the virus that drives Ghosts insane, allowing them to terminate the whole Ghost community should they lose control of too many Ghosts. Given that they are Cypher One under a different name, this behaviour is expected.]]

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* ControlFreak: [[spoiler:Sigil developed the virus that drives Ghosts insane, allowing them to terminate the whole Ghost community should they lose control of too many Ghosts. Given that they are Cypher One under a different name, this behaviour is expected.no surprise.]]



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Axon, the BigBad of the first game, becomes an ally after you beat him]].

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Axon, the BigBad FinalBoss of the first game, becomes an ally after you beat him]].


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* UnexplainedRecovery: Axon is present in this game, despite his copies being mostly deleted by the conclusion of the previous game.


* [[spoiler:DownerEnding[=:=] The Hacker gets shut down.]]



* HollywoodHacking: The game is based on an ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation of the player defending themselves from foreign programs. Some levels reverse the roles with the player needing to break through the AI's own security. At one point in the second game the player hacks ''themselves'' to apply a cure for a virus.



* NoCampaignForTheWicked: Averted, there's a monster mode where you place viruses to steal cores from a defense system.

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* NoCampaignForTheWicked: Averted, there's a monster mode where you place viruses to steal cores from a defense system. Several mandatory levels in the second game also use this mode.



* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler:The game ends with the player character being mobbed by several Cypher One Ghosts intending to delete him.]]
* ControlFreak: [=CypherOne=] is the corporation behind the creation of Ghosts. Any Ghost not under their control is deemed a rogue AI and and enemy, which the player quickly learns after Axon forcibly breaks them out of their servitude.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The classified document the player discovers details the history of Alpha, the player character, but is partially censored. Astute readers can work out what it is before the twist is revealed at the end of the game.
* HiveMind: The Collective are a collection of Ghosts who speak as one to the player.
* IAmLegion: Axon reveals that he has many copies of himself. [[spoiler:The player character is also an example, as every Ghost is a copy of the first-ever Ghost, with slightly modified characteristics to create an illusion of individuality.]]
* NukeEm: In a bid to end [=CypherOne=], Axon attempts to launch a nuclear missile at their headquarters. The Collective is opposed to that for it will also harm innocents.



* ControlFreak: [[spoiler:Sigil developed the virus that drives Ghosts insane, allowing them to terminate the whole Ghost community should they lose control of too many Ghosts. Given that they are Cypher One under a different name, this behaviour is expected.]]



* InterfaceScrew: The level select screen will regularly distort while the player is infected with the virus.



* MassHypnosis: [[spoiler:After retrieving a cure for a virus, the player hands it to Jynx so that he can modify it to be broadcast and cure all infected Ghosts on the net. Jynx further modifies the "cure" to enact this trope, planning to have an army of Ghosts under his command.]]



* ObviouslyEvil: [[spoiler:Jynx]]. [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] eyes and an evil smirk, and the fact that he made a Slayer virus that killed many Ghost Hackers pretty much give it away.

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* NoodleIncident: ''Something'' happened between the two games that brought about the downfall of [=CypherOne=]. Nobody elaborates on what it is.
* ObviouslyEvil: [[spoiler:Jynx]]. [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] eyes and an evil smirk, and the fact that he made a Slayer virus that killed many Ghost Hackers pretty much give gives it away.

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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding[=:=] The Hacker gets shut down.]]


[[http://armorgames.com/play/7187/ghost-hacker Ghost Hacker]] is a TowerDefense WebGame where you play as a DigitizedHacker trying to take back cyberspace from rogue [=AIs=]. What makes it unique from other Tower Defense games is the "shape" that each tower occupies. Each tower has up to four "nodes" sticking from it, and the tower can only be placed on an area where both it and the nodes fit. These nodes are used for equipping upgrades on, which enhance the tower capabilities.

A sequel [[http://armorgames.com/play/14973/ghost-hacker-2 Ghost Hacker 2]] was released in 2013.

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[[http://armorgames.com/play/7187/ghost-hacker Ghost Hacker]] is a TowerDefense WebGame where you play as a DigitizedHacker trying to take back cyberspace from rogue [=AIs=]. What makes it unique from other Tower Defense games is the "shape" that each tower occupies. Each tower has up to four "nodes" sticking from it, and the tower can only be placed on an area where both it and the nodes fit. These nodes are used for equipping upgrades on, which enhance the tower tower's capabilities.

A sequel sequel, [[http://armorgames.com/play/14973/ghost-hacker-2 Ghost Hacker 2]] 2]], was released in 2013.



* BanditMook: Data Leeches can temporarily steal your resources to heal themselves. Destroy them to get your resources back (but not immediately- you'll need a Recycle program if you don't want it to slowly regenerate back).

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* BanditMook: Data Leeches can temporarily steal your resources to heal themselves. Destroy them to get your resources back (but not immediately- immediately -- you'll need a Recycle program if you don't want it to slowly regenerate back).



* InvisibleMonsters: Ghosts have stealth ability and can only be detected when in range of a Scanner tower.

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* InvisibleMonsters: Ghosts have a stealth ability and can only be detected when in range of a Scanner tower.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Both Axon and Jynx are these]].

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Both [[spoiler:Both Axon and Jynx are these]].



* BrutalBonusLevel: [=GhostClub.com=]. 30 waves that include boss versions of the normal enemies, and the final wave contain '''multiple''' [[spoiler: Axons AND Jynxes]]!
* DegradedBoss: Axon appears multiple times in the mid-game level. Thankfully, only the last wave summons [=SuperUsers=]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Axon, the BigBad of the first game becomes an ally after you beat him]].

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* BrutalBonusLevel: [=GhostClub.com=]. 30 waves that include boss versions of the normal enemies, and the final wave contain contains '''multiple''' [[spoiler: Axons [[spoiler:Axons AND Jynxes]]!
* DegradedBoss: Axon appears multiple times in the mid-game level. Thankfully, only the last wave summons [=SuperUsers=]
[=SuperUsers=].
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Axon, [[spoiler:Axon, the BigBad of the first game game, becomes an ally after you beat him]].



-->[[spoiler: Jynx]]: "You think to find me through these relays? A mouse has a better chance of finding cheese in a maze than you do of finding me!"

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-->[[spoiler: Jynx]]: -->[[spoiler:Jynx]]: "You think to find me through these relays? A mouse has a better chance of finding cheese in a maze than you do of finding me!"



-->[[spoiler: Jynx]]: "Why you little... You'll pay for that impudence!"

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-->[[spoiler: Jynx]]: -->[[spoiler:Jynx]]: "Why you little... You'll pay for that impudence!"



* ObviouslyEvil: [[spoiler: Jynx]]. [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] eyes and an evil smirk, and the fact that he made a Slayer virus that killed many Ghost hackers pretty much give it away.

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* ObviouslyEvil: [[spoiler: Jynx]]. [[spoiler:Jynx]]. [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] eyes and an evil smirk, and the fact that he made a Slayer virus that killed many Ghost hackers Hackers pretty much give it away.



** [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Creepy]], who had an vocal processor error that made him [[SnakeTalk talk like a Creeper]].
** [[WesternAnimation/WallE BlockE]], a program resembling WALL-E

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** [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Creepy]], who had an a vocal processor error that made him [[SnakeTalk talk like a Creeper]].
** [[WesternAnimation/WallE BlockE]], a program resembling WALL-EWALL-E.



** [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Chario and Bluigi]], Mario and Luigi expies, the second of which loves to set others on fire including his brother Chario.

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** [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Chario and Bluigi]], Mario and Luigi expies, the second of which loves to set others on fire fire, including his brother Chario.



* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Jynx when you face him in the final wave of the final stage]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler: Jynx tries to pull this off after his defeat. It doesn't work, of course]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out what happened to Sil, Axon or Spook after the defeat of [[spoiler: Jynx]].

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* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Jynx [[spoiler:Jynx when you face him in the final wave of the final stage]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler: Jynx [[spoiler:Jynx tries to pull this off after his defeat. It doesn't work, of course]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out what happened to Sil, Axon Axon, or Spook after the defeat of [[spoiler: Jynx]].[[spoiler:Jynx]].


* ScratchDamage: The Avatar viruses take this, since they can only take a maximum of 2 damage each time. The best way to beat them is via DeathOfAThousandCuts, or use poison.

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* ScratchDamage: The Avatar viruses take this, since they can only take a maximum of 2 damage each time. The best way to beat them is via DeathOfAThousandCuts, or use poison.Memory Leak.


* ScratchDamage: The Avatar viruses take this, since they can only take a maximum of 2 damage each time. The best way to beat them is via DeathOfAThousandCuts.

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* ScratchDamage: The Avatar viruses take this, since they can only take a maximum of 2 damage each time. The best way to beat them is via DeathOfAThousandCuts.DeathOfAThousandCuts, or use poison.

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