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* LivingDrawing: The player explores a world where the InUniverse artist Guertena's many artworks have come to life. Most of them don't seem to have human intelligence, though, acting more like silent and unknowable monsters. But it's revealed later on that [[spoiler:Mary, a girl who the player meets in this world, is actually a painting herself, and she'll do ''anything'' to escape.]]


* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: [[spoiler:Possibly in the "Welcome to the World of Guertena" ending. At the very least, Ib's rose looked awful wilted, and neither she nor Garry were moving or reacting at all as Mary had the whole gallery celebrating her having made two "friends".]]
** [[spoiler:One of the ladies is holding Garry's rose. [[FridgeHorror You know, the ones that like to play Loves Me, Loves Me Not...]]]]

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* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: [[spoiler:Possibly in the "Welcome to the World of Guertena" ending. At the very least, Ib's rose looked awful wilted, and neither she nor Garry were moving or reacting at all as Mary had the whole gallery celebrating her having made two "friends".]]
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Adding to this, one of the ladies who came close to killing Garry is holding Garry's rose. [[FridgeHorror You know, the ones that like to play Loves Me, Loves Me Not...]]]]his rose.]]


* AerithAndBob: Garry, Mary, and... Ib.

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* AerithAndBob: Garry, Mary, and... Ib. This is an artifact of translation, as her name was intended to be Eve in the original.


* EarnYourHappyEnding / EarnYourBadEnding: The endings "[[KarmaHoudini Together, Forever]]," "[[BittersweetEnding Memory's Crannies]]," and "[[NonStandardGameOver Ib All Alone]]" are quite simple to get, and while "[[DownerEnding Forgotten Portrait]]" is a bit trickier, as you have to do a bit of backtracking to obtain it, it's not by much. However, you have to go out of your way for Garry's best ending, "[[GoldenEnding Promise of Reunion]]," as you [[spoiler:have to avoid adding points to Garry's doom counter ''and'' be sure to have done everything to strengthen your bond with him.]] And the two worst endings, [[ShootTheShaggyDog "Welcome to the World of Guertena" and "A Painting's Demise,"]] you also have to go out of your way for. With "Welcome to the World of Guertena" in particular, you have to [[spoiler:screw up about as much as it is possible to screw up, meet one or two other requirements, ''and'' form a strong bond with [[BigBad Mary]].]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding / EarnYourBadEnding: The two worst endings, [[ShootTheShaggyDog "Welcome to the World of Guertena" and "A Painting's Demise,"]] you have to go out of your way for. With "Welcome to the World of Guertena" in particular, you have to [[spoiler:screw up about as much as it is possible to screw up, meet one or two other requirements, ''and'' form a strong bond with [[BigBad Mary]].]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding:
The endings "[[KarmaHoudini Together, Forever]]," "[[BittersweetEnding Memory's Crannies]]," and "[[NonStandardGameOver Ib All Alone]]" are quite simple to get, and while "[[DownerEnding Forgotten Portrait]]" is a bit trickier, as you have to do a bit of backtracking to obtain it, it's not by much. However, you have to go out of your way for Garry's best ending, "[[GoldenEnding Promise of Reunion]]," as you [[spoiler:have to avoid adding points to Garry's doom counter ''and'' be sure to have done everything to strengthen your bond with him.]] And the two worst endings, [[ShootTheShaggyDog "Welcome to the World of Guertena" and "A Painting's Demise,"]] you also have to go out of your way for. With "Welcome to the World of Guertena" in particular, you have to [[spoiler:screw up about as much as it is possible to screw up, meet one or two other requirements, ''and'' form a strong bond with [[BigBad Mary]].]]



* {{Fanime}}: There is a fanime of Ib in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXfO8MX2aCU this link.]] It's really well done!
* FlowerMotifs: All of the characters' roses have traditional floriography meanings significant to their personalities. Ib's red rose can convey thoughts of courage and congratulations, fitting her role as the protagonist of a horror game; it is also a universal symbol of love, representing how Ib is loved by everyone who knows her. Garry's blue rose is a color impossible in nature, and can only be created artificially by injecting dye into the petals; the closest things to natural blue roses are actually variations of purple or lavender, which appear blue in certain light. They embody mystery, [[spoiler:a figment of the imagination, or something unobtainable.]] Aforementioned purple roses can symbolize love at first sight, which, [[TheFourLoves if you see the love as in a family or friendship-based bond]], can go well with his role as an older brother-like figure to Ib despite just meeting her. Mary's yellow rose is a traditional symbol of warmth, friendship and joy, which matches her upbeat personality and how she quickly befriends Ib after joining the group, in addition to some possible negative meanings, such as [[spoiler:infidelity, dying love, and jealously,]] which foreshadows [[spoiler:her true intentions for joining them.]] They can also represent the desire for, or promise of fresh starts and new beginnings, [[spoiler:fitting Mary's overwhelming desire to escape the cursed gallery and have a real life of her own.]]

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* {{Fanime}}: There is a fanime of Ib in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXfO8MX2aCU this link.]] It's really well done!
More specifically, it's a voice drama overlayed with many, ''many'' different pictures depicting the course of the game by various artists, with some actual animation mixed in.
* FlowerMotifs: All of the characters' roses have traditional floriography meanings significant to their personalities. Ib's red rose can convey thoughts of courage and congratulations, fitting her role as the protagonist of a horror game; it is also a universal symbol of love, representing how Ib is loved by everyone who knows her. Garry's blue rose is a color impossible in nature, and can only be created artificially by injecting dye into the petals; the closest things to natural blue roses are actually variations of purple or lavender, which appear blue in certain light. They embody mystery, [[spoiler:a figment of the imagination, or something unobtainable.]] Aforementioned purple roses can symbolize love at first sight, which, [[TheFourLoves if you see the love as in a family or friendship-based bond]], can go well with his role as an older brother-like figure to Ib despite just meeting her. Mary's yellow rose is a traditional symbol of warmth, friendship and joy, which matches her upbeat personality and how she quickly befriends Ib after joining the group, in addition to some possible negative meanings, such as [[spoiler:infidelity, dying love, and jealously,]] which foreshadows [[spoiler:her true intentions for joining them.]] They can also represent the desire for, or promise of fresh starts and new beginnings, [[spoiler:fitting Mary's overwhelming desire to escape the cursed gallery and have a real life of her own.]]



* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Some paintings have titles that are obscured because Ib doesn't know what the words mean. As a little girl, her vocabulary is quite limited.

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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Some paintings have titles that are obscured because Ib doesn't know what the words mean. As a little girl, her vocabulary is quite limited. In some cases, you can look at these paintings again with Garry and see their full names as a result.



* MadArtist: Guertena. See the character page.

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* MadArtist: Guertena. See the character page.Guertena, who not only created a living world of paintings (intentionally or otherwise) but whose works of art are [[AlwaysChaoticEvil almost universally malicious]] to innocent people like Ib and Garry.



** [[NonstandardGameOver Welcome]] [[DespairEventHorizon To The]] [[ShootTheShaggyDog World Of Guertena]]: [[spoiler:No one escapes. Garry goes insane in the doll room, Ib suffers a DespairEventHorizon, and Mary gives up her dream of going to the human world, instead deciding to keep Ib and Garry with her. Forever.]]
** [[DownerEnding A Painting's]] [[TragicDream Demise:]] [[spoiler:Garry is driven incurably insane by the Doll Room, and Ib is too distraught over his condition to do more than collapse. Mary leaves them in the Doll Room and continues her escape, but she finds herself unable to leave the Gallery itself despite her successful escape from the Fabricated World.]]

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** [[NonstandardGameOver Welcome]] [[DespairEventHorizon Welcome To The]] [[ShootTheShaggyDog The World Of Guertena]]: [[spoiler:No one escapes. Garry goes insane in the doll room, Ib suffers a DespairEventHorizon, and Mary gives up her dream of going to the human world, instead deciding to keep Ib and Garry with her. Forever.]]
** [[DownerEnding A Painting's]] [[TragicDream Painting's Demise:]] [[spoiler:Garry is driven incurably insane by the Doll Room, and Ib is too distraught over his condition to do more than collapse. Mary leaves them in the Doll Room and continues her escape, but she finds herself unable to leave the Gallery itself despite her successful escape from the Fabricated World.]]



** [[ForgottenFallenFriend Forgotten]] [[HeroicSacrifice Portrait]]: Ib escapes, but [[spoiler:Mary and Garry are dead, with Garry having sacrificed himself to save Ib from Mary. Ib doesn't remember any of this, even when she sees a new portrait in the art gallery depicting a deceased Garry, whose existence no one seems to remember.]]

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** [[ForgottenFallenFriend Forgotten]] [[HeroicSacrifice Forgotten Portrait]]: Ib escapes, but [[spoiler:Mary and Garry are dead, with Garry having sacrificed himself to save Ib from Mary. Ib doesn't remember any of this, even when she sees a new portrait in the art gallery depicting a deceased Garry, whose existence no one seems to remember.]]



** [[GoldenEnding Promise Of Reunion:]] Ib escapes with [[spoiler:Garry... but you have to kill Mary to do so. At least they end up remembering once Garry checks the handkerchief Ib gave him.]]
*** And, since [[spoiler: Mary tried to kill you and kills Garry in some other endings, you could say [[LaserGuidedKarma her fate, if sad, was deserved.]]]]
** An unoficial ending also exists. See GameMod for details.

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** [[GoldenEnding Promise Of Reunion:]] Ib escapes with [[spoiler:Garry... but you have to kill Mary to do so. so (though by her own doing, as she antagonized Ib and Garry leaving without her.) At least they end up remembering each other once Garry checks the handkerchief Ib gave him.]]
*** And, since [[spoiler: Mary tried to kill you and kills Garry in some other endings, you could say [[LaserGuidedKarma her fate, if sad, was deserved.]]]]
** An unoficial unofficial ending also exists. See GameMod was created by a fan for details.the only combination not shown in the main game: [[spoiler:Garry and Mary leave together and Ib stays behind.]] This was taken down at the developer's request.



* OhCrap: Garry upon realizing that [[spoiler:Mary isn't real.]]

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* OhCrap: Garry upon realizing that [[spoiler:Mary isn't real.real and Ib is all alone with her.]]



** Garry. While both Ib and Mary have real-life hair colors, Garry stands out with his purple hair. It could be dyed, though.
** That spider-like fringe of black at the top could be his roots showing...

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** Garry. While both Ib and Mary have real-life hair colors, Garry stands out with his purple hair. It could be dyed, though.
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though, with some speculating that the spider-like fringe of black at the top could be his roots showing...showing.


* TheBadGuyWins: In two of the endings: "Together Forever," where [[spoiler:Mary escapes the gallery and [[CosmicRetcon becomes Ib's sister,]] while leaving Garry trapped;]] and "Welcome to the World of Guertena," where [[spoiler:she stays behind with Ib and Garry (who have been driven to near-catatonic insanity) and subjects them to eternal playtime with her and her [[CreepyDoll creepy dolls]]]].

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* TheBadGuyWins: In two of the endings: "Together Forever," where [[spoiler:Mary escapes the gallery and [[CosmicRetcon becomes Ib's sister,]] sister]], while leaving Garry trapped;]] and "Welcome to the World of Guertena," where [[spoiler:she stays behind with Ib and Garry (who have been driven to near-catatonic insanity) and subjects them to eternal playtime with her and her [[CreepyDoll creepy dolls]]]].



* BigBad: The one responsible for trapping Ib and Garry in the Cursed Gallery is [[spoiler:Mary ([[ManBehindTheMan and possibly]] [[GeniusLoci the Cursed Gallery itself]], depending on your viewpoint). Mary is actually the MadArtist Guertena’s last creation, and acts as the boss to the others, but “A Painting’s Demise” heavily implies that the Gallery is making her do it to replace herself as the Gallery master before it will let her leave]].

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* BigBad: The one responsible for trapping Ib and Garry in the Cursed Gallery is [[spoiler:Mary [[spoiler:Mary, the little girl encountered in the gallery who tags along with them ([[ManBehindTheMan and possibly]] [[GeniusLoci the Cursed Gallery itself]], depending on your viewpoint). Mary is actually the MadArtist Guertena’s last creation, and acts as the boss to the others, but “A Painting’s Demise” heavily implies that the Gallery is making her do it to replace herself as the Gallery master before it will let her leave]].

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* FictionalPainting: The game is about the various artwork of a fictional artist named Guertena.

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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Some paintings have titles that are obscured because Ib doesn't know what the words mean. As a little girl, her vocabulary is quite limited.


* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: At one point, you're trapped in a maze by stanchions...with ropes that you can crawl under. You still have to solve the puzzle to escape though.

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* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: At one point, you're trapped in a maze by stanchions...with ropes that you can could crawl under. You still have to solve the puzzle to escape though.


* EarnYourHappyEnding / EarnYourBadEnding: The endings "[[KarmaHoudini Together, Forever]]," "[[BittersweetEnding Memory's Crannies]]," and "[[NonStandardGameOver Ib All Alone]]" are quite simple to get, and while "[[DownerEnding Forgotten Portrait]]" is a bit trickier, as you have to do a bit of backtracking to obtain it, it's not by much. However, you have to go out of your way for Garry's best ending, "[[GoldenEnding Promise of Reunion]]," as you [[spoiler:have to avoid adding points to Garry's doom counter ''and'' be sure to have done everything to strengthen your bond with him.]] And the two worst endings, [[ShootTheShaggyDog "Welcome to the World of Guertena" and "A Painting's Demise,"]] you also have to go out of your way for. With "Welcome to the World of Guertena" in particular, you have to [[spoiler:screw up about as much as it is possible to screw up, meet one or two other requirements, ''and'' form a strong bond with Mary.]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding / EarnYourBadEnding: The endings "[[KarmaHoudini Together, Forever]]," "[[BittersweetEnding Memory's Crannies]]," and "[[NonStandardGameOver Ib All Alone]]" are quite simple to get, and while "[[DownerEnding Forgotten Portrait]]" is a bit trickier, as you have to do a bit of backtracking to obtain it, it's not by much. However, you have to go out of your way for Garry's best ending, "[[GoldenEnding Promise of Reunion]]," as you [[spoiler:have to avoid adding points to Garry's doom counter ''and'' be sure to have done everything to strengthen your bond with him.]] And the two worst endings, [[ShootTheShaggyDog "Welcome to the World of Guertena" and "A Painting's Demise,"]] you also have to go out of your way for. With "Welcome to the World of Guertena" in particular, you have to [[spoiler:screw up about as much as it is possible to screw up, meet one or two other requirements, ''and'' form a strong bond with Mary.[[BigBad Mary]].]]


* GreaterScopeVillain: Guertena, as he created Mary and all the other artwork in the Gallery.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: Guertena, [[MadArtist Weiss Guertena]], as he created Mary the BigBad [[spoiler:Mary]] and all the other artwork artworks in the Gallery.


* ASaintNamedMary: Subverted. Mary has [[InnocentBlueEyes shiny blue eyes]], [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold bright blonde hair]], and a CheerfulChild personality. However, it's a facade. [[spoiler:She's actually a villain]].

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* ASaintNamedMary: Subverted. Mary has [[InnocentBlueEyes shiny blue eyes]], [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold bright blonde hair]], and a CheerfulChild personality. However, [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope However]], it's a facade. [[spoiler:She's She's actually a villain]].the BigBad.]]



* BigBad: The one responsible for trapping Ib and Gary in the Cursed Gallery is [[spoiler:Mary ([[ManBehindTheMan and possibly]] [[GeniusLoci the Cursed Gallery itself]], depending on your viewpoint). Mary is actually the MadArtist Guertena’s last creation, and acts as the boss to the others, but “A Painting’s Demise” heavily implies that the Gallery is making her do it to replace herself as the Gallery master before it will let her leave]].

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* BigBad: The one responsible for trapping Ib and Gary Garry in the Cursed Gallery is [[spoiler:Mary ([[ManBehindTheMan and possibly]] [[GeniusLoci the Cursed Gallery itself]], depending on your viewpoint). Mary is actually the MadArtist Guertena’s last creation, and acts as the boss to the others, but “A Painting’s Demise” heavily implies that the Gallery is making her do it to replace herself as the Gallery master before it will let her leave]].


* BigBad: [[spoiler:Either [[CreepyChild Mary]] or [[GeniusLoci the Cursed Gallery itself,]] depending on your interpretation.]]

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:Either [[CreepyChild Mary]] or The one responsible for trapping Ib and Gary in the Cursed Gallery is [[spoiler:Mary ([[ManBehindTheMan and possibly]] [[GeniusLoci the Cursed Gallery itself,]] itself]], depending on your interpretation.]]viewpoint). Mary is actually the MadArtist Guertena’s last creation, and acts as the boss to the others, but “A Painting’s Demise” heavily implies that the Gallery is making her do it to replace herself as the Gallery master before it will let her leave]].

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* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: At one point, you're trapped in a maze by stanchions...with ropes that you can crawl under. You still have to solve the puzzle to escape though.


* SpiritualSuccessor: In a handful of ways, to 1998 VideoGame/RPGMaker 95 game ''VideoGame/{{Palette}}''.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: In a handful of ways, to 1998 VideoGame/RPGMaker 95 game ''VideoGame/{{Palette}}''.''VideoGame/{{Palette}}'' and to the VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/PhantomOfInferno''.


* GameMod: A fanmade ExpansionPack called the "Green Version" exists. Its main change is a new ending ("Sacrifice") where [[spoiler:Ib [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sacrifices]] herself so that Garry and Mary can go back to the real world together]]. The fans ate it up but kouri disliked it and requested it be taken down. You can still find links floating around if you're curious, plus a few playthroughs on YouTube.

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* GameMod: A fanmade ExpansionPack called the "Green Version" exists. Its main change is a new ending ("Sacrifice") where [[spoiler:Ib [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sacrifices]] herself so that Garry and Mary can go back to the real world together]]. The fans ate it up but kouri disliked it and requested it be taken down. You can still find links floating around if you're curious, plus a few playthroughs on YouTube.Website/YouTube.

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