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** Max writes in her journal that she'll become a victim of whatever's happening at Blackwell if she keeps playing "amateur detective". [[spoiler: Indeed, at the end of Episode 4, she's drugged and kidnapped by Mark Jefferson, and in the subsequent episode, he taunts her about how she should've focused on her schoolwork instead of "private detecting" with Chloe.]]

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* LevelInReverse: In Episode 5, one part of the NightmareSequence is the same as the school corridor scene at the beginning of the game, but people move and talk backwards (except for Max herself, who moves normally, but still talks backwards), the music plays backwards, and [[InterfaceScrew all the texts on the interface are mirrored]].

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* BigStormEpisode: Episode 5 takes place (mostly; when not in an alternate timeline) during the storm that's foreshadowed at the very beginning.


-->[[spoiler: '''Warren:''' You like to hurt people, huh? <kicks Nathan in the gut> Like Max? <kick> Like Kate? <kick> Like me? <kick> Feel this, motherfucker!]]
* AngryGuardDog: Pompidou fiercly protects Frank.

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-->[[spoiler: '''Warren:''' You like to hurt people, huh? <kicks [''kicks Nathan in the gut> gut''] Like Max? <kick> [''kick''] Like Kate? <kick> [''kick''] Like me? <kick> [''kick''] Feel this, motherfucker!]]
* AngryGuardDog: Pompidou fiercly fiercely protects Frank.



* BondageIsBad: Used to codify the villainy of both Nathan and [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson]] since they [[spoiler:tie up the girls that they drug, kidnap, and then photograph]]. Though what's highlighted as bad about this is its nonconsenusal nature, rather than the bondage itself.

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* BondageIsBad: Used to codify the villainy of both Nathan and [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson]] since they [[spoiler:tie up the girls that they drug, kidnap, and then photograph]]. Though what's highlighted as bad about this is its nonconsenusal nonconsensual nature, rather than the bondage itself.



* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: [[spoiler:During the NightmareSequence, Max is chased by shadowy characters asking her to come out to get captured (Mr Jefferson) or to play (Nathan).]]

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* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: [[spoiler:During the NightmareSequence, Max is chased by shadowy characters asking her to come out to get captured (Mr (Mr. Jefferson) or to play (Nathan).]]



** Near the end of Episode 3, Max calls out Chloe on her ItsAllAboutMe outlook and stop blaming others for her problems. [[spoiler:Trying to go to the source of her outlook ends with Chloe paralyzed]].



* TheEndIsNigh: Everyone in Arcadia Bay seems to think so, given the SignsOfTheEndTimes (flash snowstorm, the unscheduled eclipse and all those dead birds). Max can even comment that they might be right for once. There's also one particular person you can forewarn about this, and though it's not a major choice [[spoiler:it does save her life when the storm finally hits]]. There are actually quite a few references to this, even casting aside Max's powers and the environmental weirdness that plagues Arcadia Bay over the course of the game. The Vortex Club is putting on an End of the World party (which they named before everything started going to hell) David is a prepper, and the Prescotts were funding what was essentially a doomsday bunker, [[spoiler:even if that's not what it ended up being used for]].

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* TheEndIsNigh: Everyone in Arcadia Bay seems to think so, given the SignsOfTheEndTimes (flash snowstorm, the unscheduled eclipse and all those dead birds). Max can even comment comments that they might be right for once. There's also one particular person the [[spoiler:homeless woman]] you can forewarn about this, and though it's not a major choice [[spoiler:it does save her life when the storm finally hits]]. There are actually quite a few references to this, even casting aside Max's powers and the environmental weirdness that plagues Arcadia Bay over the course of the game. The Vortex Club is putting on an End of the World party (which they named before everything started going to hell) hell), David is a prepper, and the Prescotts were funding what was essentially a doomsday bunker, [[spoiler:even if that's not what it ended up being used for]].



* FiveSecondForeshadowing: When Max first vists Chloe's house in the [[spoiler:alternate timeline]], sharp-eyed players will notice a [[spoiler:wheelchair accessible ramp]], hinting at [[spoiler:Chloe's ultimate fate.]]

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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: When Max first vists visits Chloe's house in the [[spoiler:alternate timeline]], sharp-eyed players will notice a [[spoiler:wheelchair accessible ramp]], hinting at [[spoiler:Chloe's ultimate fate.]]



* FullNameUltimatum: When you get Julia's name wrong, then rewind, there is a dialog option to say this even before she asks for it:
--> Juliet [[spoiler:Watson]], you be nice!

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* FullNameUltimatum: When you get Julia's Juliet's name wrong, then rewind, there is a dialog option to say this even before she asks for it:
--> Juliet [[spoiler:Watson]], -->"Juliet Watson, you be nice!nice!"



* INeedAFreakingDrink: Said by Chloe after Max makees her shoot Frank in Episode 4.

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Said by Chloe after Max makees makes her shoot Frank in Episode 4.



** Episode 5's numerous [[spoiler:photograph jumps are just short of needing a flowchart to explain. Max leaves her timeline to turn Jefferson in to the police and win the Everyday Heroes contest, which makes her out of town in the present, and unable to save Chloe from the storm, so she goes back to that timeline and destroys the photo she had turned in to the contest (before she turned it in), angering Mr. Jefferson and causing him to destroy all of Max's photos, meaning that in the original timeline she never went back to start the whole sequence in the first place[[Film/AustinPowers oh no I've gone cross-eyed]].]]

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** Episode 5's numerous [[spoiler:photograph jumps are just short of needing a flowchart to explain. Max leaves her timeline to turn Jefferson in to the police and win the Everyday Heroes contest, which makes her out of town in the present, and unable to save Chloe from the storm, so she goes back to that timeline and destroys the photo she had turned in to the contest (before she turned it in), angering Mr. Jefferson and causing him to destroy all of Max's photos, meaning that in the original timeline she never went back to start the whole sequence in the first place[[Film/AustinPowers oh no I've gone cross-eyed]].place.]]


* ActorAllusion: This isn't the first time that Creator/AshlyBurch, Chloe's voice actress, has voiced a character who found herself caught in [[VisualNovel/SteinsGate someone else's time travel shenanigans]]. An added bonus is that when she learns about Max's time travel powers, she dismisses it as something that comes from an anime.



* CastingGag: This isn't the first time that Creator/AshlyBurch, Chloe's voice actress, has voiced a character who found herself caught in [[VisualNovel/SteinsGate someone else's time travel shenanigans]]. An added bonus is that when she learns about Max's time travel powers, she dismisses it as something that comes from an anime.



* TheEndIsNigh: Everyone in Arcadia Bay seems to think so, given the SignsOfTheEndTimes (flash snowstorm, the unscheduled eclipse and all those dead birds). Max can even comment that they might be right for once. There's also one particular person you can forewarn about this, and though it's not a major choice [[spoiler:it does save her life when the storm finally hits]].
** There are actually quite a few references to this, even casting aside Max's powers and the environmental weirdness that plagues Arcadia Bay over the course of the game. The Vortex Club is putting on an 'End of the World' party (which they named before everything started going to hell) David is a prepper, and the Prescotts were funding what was essentially a doomsday bunker, [[spoiler:even if that's not what it ended up being used for]].

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* TheEndIsNigh: Everyone in Arcadia Bay seems to think so, given the SignsOfTheEndTimes (flash snowstorm, the unscheduled eclipse and all those dead birds). Max can even comment that they might be right for once. There's also one particular person you can forewarn about this, and though it's not a major choice [[spoiler:it does save her life when the storm finally hits]].
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hits]]. There are actually quite a few references to this, even casting aside Max's powers and the environmental weirdness that plagues Arcadia Bay over the course of the game. The Vortex Club is putting on an 'End End of the World' World party (which they named before everything started going to hell) David is a prepper, and the Prescotts were funding what was essentially a doomsday bunker, [[spoiler:even if that's not what it ended up being used for]].


* VanityLicensePlate: Chloe somehow managed to get the license plate "TWNPKS" (Series/TwinPeaks). Somebody else at the school has "TWLTZN" (Series/TheTwilightZone). Nathan Prescott, somewhat disturbingly, has "SXFTNDR" (Series/SixFeetUnder). A show about a creepy town with a missing girl, a show about the dark side of sci-fi concepts, and a show about death and the acceptance thereof. [[ShoutOut Hmmm]].

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* VanityLicensePlate: Chloe somehow managed to get the license plate "TWNPKS" (Series/TwinPeaks). (''Series/TwinPeaks''). Somebody else at the school has "TWLTZN" (Series/TheTwilightZone). (''Series/TheTwilightZone1959''). Nathan Prescott, somewhat disturbingly, has "SXFTNDR" (Series/SixFeetUnder).(''Series/SixFeetUnder''). A show about a creepy town with a missing girl, a show about the dark side of sci-fi concepts, and a show about death and the acceptance thereof. [[ShoutOut Hmmm]].

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* FakeTexting: Max describes one of her classmates as "hiding behind his phone", presumably via this trope.


This new power comes in handy with the other major difficulty in Max's life: Arcadia Bay. Coming back after five years of total absence is difficult enough, and Max's social life is made complex by her choice of high school: Blackwell, an elite institution to which Max has a full ride scholarship, studying photography. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters The town and school are filled with a diverse cast of characters]], all of whom have their own secrets and agendas. Max must not only do her best to help Chloe find the missing Rachel ([[BigManOnCampus whom everybody seems to know]]) -- she must navigate the treacherous waters of personal relationships with the people around her, and not all of them have good intentions at heart.

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This new power comes in handy with the other major difficulty in Max's life: Arcadia Bay. Coming back after five years of total absence is difficult enough, and Max's social life is made complex by her choice of high school: Blackwell, an elite institution to which Max has a full ride scholarship, studying photography. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters The town and school are filled with a diverse cast of characters]], all of whom have their own secrets and agendas. Max must not only do her best to help Chloe find the missing Rachel ([[BigManOnCampus Rachel, [[BigManOnCampus whom everybody seems to know]]) -- know]], she must navigate the treacherous waters of personal relationships with the people around her, and not all of them have good intentions at heart.


** The only consequence that comes with [[spoiler:watering Lisa the plant]] is that [[spoiler:[[CaptainObvious the plant will stay alive and healthy]].]]

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** The only consequence that comes with [[spoiler:watering Lisa the plant]] is that [[spoiler:[[CaptainObvious the [[spoiler:the plant will stay alive and healthy]].healthy.]]


* SawItInAMovieOnce: Max mentions this when she successfully [[spoiler:gains access to the Dark Room by trying only the faded numbers on the keypad]:

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* SawItInAMovieOnce: Max mentions this when she successfully [[spoiler:gains access to the Dark Room by trying only the faded numbers on the keypad]:keypad]]:


* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler:When Mr. Jefferson murders Chloe in the last scene of Episode 4, there's only a small red hole in the middle of her forehead]]. It's the same gun Nathan had in the first episode, which appears to be an FNP-9. The [=9x19mm=], .38 Special, and .357 Magnum rounds all use projectiles that are .355 inches in diameter. The difference of course comes down to the amount of propellant (each of these rounds have different case lengths) and the weight and even length of the projectile itself. This should be a spectacularly gory scene, but it plays this straight and isn't.

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* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler:When Mr. Jefferson murders Chloe in the last scene of Episode 4, there's only a small red hole in the middle of her forehead]]. It's the same gun Nathan had in the first episode, which appears to be an FNP-9. The [=9x19mm=], .[=9x19mm=] (which the FNP-9 chambers), .38 Special, and .357 Magnum rounds all use projectiles that are .355 inches in diameter. The difference of course comes down to the amount of propellant (each of these rounds have different case lengths) and the weight and even length of the projectile itself. This should be a spectacularly gory scene, but it plays this straight and isn't.


* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler:When Mr. Jefferson murders Chloe in the last scene of Episode 4, there's only a small red hole in the middle of her forehead]]. It's the same gun Nathan had in the first episode, which appears to be an FNP-9. A 9mm and a .38 (and a .357 too, for that matter) all use a .357 caliber bullet; it's the amount of powder used which changes the force behind them. This should be a spectacularly gory scene, but it plays this straight and isn't.

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* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler:When Mr. Jefferson murders Chloe in the last scene of Episode 4, there's only a small red hole in the middle of her forehead]]. It's the same gun Nathan had in the first episode, which appears to be an FNP-9. A 9mm and a . The [=9x19mm=], .38 (and a .Special, and .357 too, for that matter) Magnum rounds all use a .357 caliber bullet; it's projectiles that are .355 inches in diameter. The difference of course comes down to the amount of powder used which changes propellant (each of these rounds have different case lengths) and the force behind them. weight and even length of the projectile itself. This should be a spectacularly gory scene, but it plays this straight and isn't.

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* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler:Chloe's]] funeral in the [[spoiler:Sacrifice Chloe]] ending. Most of the main cast attends.


** Max's rewind power does not affect her, meaning that any time she uses it, she effectively teleports if she's not in the same place. This is vital to numerous rewind puzzles, such as saving the dead bird in Episode 1. You even use it to teleport into a [[LockedRoomMystery locked room]] in Episode 3, which impresses Chloe. As far as other people go, though, no one ever notices that Max more or less just vanishes into thin air or appears out of nowhere.

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** Max's rewind power does not affect her, meaning that any time she uses it, she effectively teleports if she's not in the same place. This is vital to for numerous rewind puzzles, such as saving the dead bird in Episode 1. You even use it to teleport into a [[LockedRoomMystery locked room]] {{locked room|Mystery}} in Episode 3, which impresses Chloe. As far as other people go, though, no one ever notices that Max more or less just vanishes into thin air or appears out of nowhere.



* KidnappedFromBehind: At the end of the penultimate episode "Dark Room", Max (the PlayerCharacter) and Chloe return to where they found [[spoiler:Rachel's body]] to stop the (apparent) BigBad from destroying the evidence. They find it's still there, and while Chloe is sobbing, Max steps back, which allows the BigBad to drug her silently, giving him time to draw a pistol and shoot Chloe before Max can warn her.

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* KidnappedFromBehind: At the end of the penultimate episode "Dark Room", Max (the PlayerCharacter) and Chloe return to where they found [[spoiler:Rachel's body]] to stop the (apparent) BigBad from destroying the evidence. They find it's still there, and while Chloe is sobbing, Max steps back, which allows the BigBad to drug her silently, giving him time to draw a pistol and shoot Chloe before Max can warn her.


** Any items you pick up and optional photos you take remain in your possession if you rewind past the point where you obtained them, the former being important to certain puzzles. In Episode 1, however, two of the game's major choices give you the opportunity to either take a photograph or involve yourself in a situation. In both these cases, these options are mutually exclusive despite the fact that Max's rewind power should allow her to keep the photos in the same manner. In the subsequent conversations involving the photos, Max will claim not to have taken them if the player chose to intervene. While withholding the first of these is justified, as it would be rather mean-spirited to reveal the photo of Victoria after she took down the one of Max, there's really no reason why Max would choose not to use the photo of David harassing Kate as leverage, especially since she'll use it against him later if you didn't intervene, and the fact that you don't have proof is important in several later choices.

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** Any items you pick up and optional photos you take remain in your possession if you rewind past the point where you obtained them, the former being important to for certain puzzles. In Episode 1, however, two of the game's major choices give you the opportunity to either take a photograph or involve yourself in a situation. In both these cases, these options are mutually exclusive despite the fact that Max's rewind power should allow her to keep the photos in the same manner. In the subsequent conversations involving the photos, Max will claim not to have taken them if the player chose to intervene. While withholding the first of these is justified, as it would be rather mean-spirited to reveal the photo of Victoria after she took down the one of Max, there's really no reason why Max would choose not to use the photo of David harassing Kate as leverage, especially since she'll use it against him later if you didn't intervene, and the fact that you don't have proof is important in several later choices.


** There's a lot of birds featured in the game. You can take photographs of birds, they are frequently seen sitting around, and in Episode 1, you can save one of them from flying against a window. If you look closely at the sky at some parts of the game, you can see flocks of birds flying erratically in the distance. They might even have some connection to time, since in Episode 2 when [[spoiler:Kate is on the roof and Max stops time]], birds are everywhere. In Episode 3, one of the phenomena happening is birds falling dead from the sky.

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** There's a lot of birds featured in the game. You can take photographs of birds, they are frequently seen sitting around, and in Episode 1, you can save one of them from flying against into a window. If you look closely at the sky at some parts of the game, you can see flocks of birds flying erratically in the distance. They might even have some connection to time, since in Episode 2 when [[spoiler:Kate is on the roof and Max stops time]], birds are everywhere. In Episode 3, one of the phenomena happening is birds falling dead from the sky.

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* KidnappedFromBehind: At the end of the penultimate episode "Dark Room", Max (the PlayerCharacter) and Chloe return to where they found [[spoiler:Rachel's body]] to stop the (apparent) BigBad from destroying the evidence. They find it's still there, and while Chloe is sobbing, Max steps back, which allows the BigBad to drug her silently, giving him time to draw a pistol and shoot Chloe before Max can warn her.


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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** The E3 trailer shows at the end that [[spoiler:you can rewind after focusing into a picture]]. A downplayed example, as it only covers the first three episodes and follows their official release rather than preceding it.
** Episode 5's launch trailer spoils that [[spoiler:the tornado comes from Max's powers.]]


* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a comic book series set after one of the endings of the first season, published by Titan Comics.

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* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a comic book series published by Titan Comics that's set after one of the endings of the first season, published by Titan Comics.Season 1.


* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a comic book series set after the [[spoiler:"Sacrifice Arcadia Bay"]] ending of the first season, published by Titan Comics.

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* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a comic book series set after one of the [[spoiler:"Sacrifice Arcadia Bay"]] ending endings of the first season, published by Titan Comics.

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** In the parking lot Max visits in Episode 1, there is a graffiti at the bicycle stands saying "cars = death". Later it is revealed that the main source of Chloe's angst is that her father had died in a car accident. [[spoiler:At the end of episode 3, Max uses her powers to save him, which results in a timeline where Chloe ends up in a car accident instead.]]


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** A short-term one in Episode 1 when Max is in Chloe's room. If you look at the closet and the window, Max mentions her childhood memories of using the closet as a hiding place and daring each other to climb down from the window. At the end of the same scene, David enters the room and Max has the option hide in the closet. After the confrontation, they leave by climbing down the window.


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*** [[spoiler:Jefferson victim blaming Kate in Episode 2, just before her suicide attempt. In the same scene, Jefferson looks surprised when Max mentioned Rachel Amber.]]


** The scene right after the bathroom scene is one for David and Principal Wells. As soon as Max leaves the bathroom, David is being rude to her for not having left the building already. Then Wells appears and tries to be nice to Max, however he still won't believe her if she tells him that Nathan was brandishing a gun.

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** The scene right after the bathroom scene is one for David and Principal Wells. As soon as Max leaves the bathroom, David is being rude to her for not having left the building already. Then Wells then appears and tries to be nice to Max, however Max. However, he still won't believe her if she tells him that Nathan was brandishing a gun.


* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The bathroom scene in Episode 1 serves as a nice one for Max and Chloe, as well as Nathan (who serves as TheHeavy):
** Max gets stressed from class, makes her way to the bathroom while wearing her headphones to avoid interacting with anyone to try to collect herself alone in the bathroom, then sees something cool and photographs it. After developing her powers, and despite not having a clue what's going on, [[ChronicHeroSyndrome she endeavors to rescue the (apparent) stranger who just got shot]].
** Nathan aggressively barges in with barely any awareness. He also gives himself a pep talk while looking in the mirror, which quickly turns into a rant about how he could blow up the school. After Chloe pushes his buttons, by bringing the possibility of angering his father, he draws a gun to threaten her and accidentally kills her.
** Chloe enters confidentially, sneaks in a complaint about David, methodically (but quickly) makes sure there's nobody in the stalls and then immediately starts trying to blackmail Nathan. When her browbeating accidentally sets Nathan off, she lets her mask slip enough to look scared while trying to threaten him into backing down, and when Max sets off the fire alarm as a distraction, she knees him in the crotch.

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The bathroom scene in Episode 1 serves as a nice one for Max and Chloe, as well as Nathan (who serves as TheHeavy):
** *** Max gets stressed from class, makes her way to the bathroom while wearing her headphones to avoid interacting with anyone to try to collect herself alone in the bathroom, then sees something cool and photographs it. After developing her powers, and despite not having a clue what's going on, [[ChronicHeroSyndrome she endeavors to rescue the (apparent) stranger who just got shot]].
** *** Nathan aggressively barges in with barely any awareness. He also gives himself a pep talk while looking in the mirror, which quickly turns into a rant about how he could blow up the school. After Chloe pushes his buttons, by bringing the possibility of angering his father, he draws a gun to threaten her and accidentally kills her.
** *** Chloe enters confidentially, sneaks in a complaint about David, methodically (but quickly) makes sure there's nobody in the stalls and then immediately starts trying to blackmail Nathan. When her browbeating accidentally sets Nathan off, she lets her mask slip enough to look scared while trying to threaten him into backing down, and when Max sets off the fire alarm as a distraction, she knees him in the crotch.crotch.
** The scene right after the bathroom scene is one for David and Principal Wells. As soon as Max leaves the bathroom, David is being rude to her for not having left the building already. Then Wells appears and tries to be nice to Max, however he still won't believe her if she tells him that Nathan was brandishing a gun.


* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a comic book series set after the [[spoiler:"Save Chloe/Sacrifice Arcadia Bay"]] ending of the first season, published by Titan Comics.

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* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a comic book series set after the [[spoiler:"Save Chloe/Sacrifice [[spoiler:"Sacrifice Arcadia Bay"]] ending of the first season, published by Titan Comics.


* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a four-issue comic book series set after the optional [[spoiler:"Save Chloe/Sacrifice Arcadia Bay"]] ending of the first season, published by Titan Comics.

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* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a four-issue comic book series set after the optional [[spoiler:"Save Chloe/Sacrifice Arcadia Bay"]] ending of the first season, published by Titan Comics.


* DarkerAndEdgier: The game slowly moves into this territory, starting out as a somewhat lighthearted coming-of-age story with high school drama and a mystery to solve. As the truth behind Rachel's disappearance comes to light, things become less and less light, with Max making harder decisions and the weather events getting steadily worse. By the time we've gotten to Episode 5, the town is on the brink of destruction, and at the end of it all, Max has to make the worst decision of her life.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The game slowly moves into this territory, starting out as a somewhat lighthearted coming-of-age story with high school drama and a mystery to solve. As the truth behind Rachel's disappearance comes to light, things become less and less light, with Max making harder decisions and the weather events getting steadily worse. By the time we've gotten to Episode 5, the town is on the brink of destruction, and at the end of it all, Max has to make the worst hardest decision of her life.


* BlatantLies: Victora claims that she only posted the video of Kate because she got drunk and did it as a joke, but in Episode 2, a quite clearly sober Victoria writes the link to the video on the mirror of the girls bathroom, meaning she lied to Max's face.

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* BlatantLies: Victora Victoria claims that she only posted the video of Kate because she got drunk and did it as a joke, but in Episode 2, a quite clearly sober Victoria writes the link to the video on the mirror of the girls bathroom, meaning she lied to Max's face.


** The game takes place in present-day Arcadia Bay, about five years after Chloe's father, William, died in a car accident. [[spoiler: However, if he ''hadn't'', things would be much different. He and Joyce would still be married, David becomes a school bus driver, Max would be part of the popular clique at Blackwell, and she'd be semi-sorta popular for a photo contest. Unfortunately, in this timeline, Chloe ended up in a car accident instead and has been paralyzed from it. Also, Rachel still goes missing. In Episode 5, it's revealed that each of her time jumps creates a new universe where something different happens.]]

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** The game takes place in present-day Arcadia Bay, about five years after Chloe's father, William, died in a car accident. [[spoiler: However, [[spoiler:However, if he ''hadn't'', things would be much different. He and Joyce would still be married, David becomes a school bus driver, Max would be part of the popular clique at Blackwell, and she'd be semi-sorta popular for a photo contest. Unfortunately, in this timeline, Chloe ended up in a car accident instead and has been paralyzed from it. Also, Rachel still goes missing. In Episode 5, it's revealed that each of her time jumps creates a new universe where something different happens.]]



** Objects that Max can take a closer look at (like posters and books) are recorded in Max's journal, and can be re-examined at any time in any episode.

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** Objects that Max can take a closer look at (like posters and books) are recorded in Max's her journal, and can be re-examined at any time in any episode.


** [[spoiler:The whole concept of Max's time travel is this. She got her power, or discovered it, by first using it to save Chloe. This turns out to be the root cause of the strange weather that will ultimately will destroy the town, unless Chloe dies -- in which case, if that's what's needed to set things right, why give Max the power in the first place? Why make the impetus for it her saving Chloe? Why allow her to realize what life is with Chloe, what life can be, and then force her to undo it or watch as her hometown is destroyed?]] The game's explanation seems to be that, in Chloe's words, "shit just happens." However, if Max had not been able to rewind time, she would never have found out the truth about [[spoiler:Rachel Amber, or Nathan, or Mr. Jefferson]]. Chloe points this out herself in the ending.

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** [[spoiler:The whole concept of Max's time travel is this. She got her power, or discovered it, by first using it to save Chloe. This turns out to be the root cause of the strange weather that will ultimately will destroy the town, unless Chloe dies -- in which case, if that's what's needed to set things right, why give Max the power in the first place? Why make the impetus for it her saving Chloe? Why allow her to realize what life is with Chloe, what life can be, and then force her to undo it or watch as her hometown is destroyed?]] The game's explanation seems to be that, in Chloe's words, "shit just happens." However, if Max had not been able to rewind time, she would never have found out the truth about [[spoiler:Rachel Amber, or Nathan, or Mr. Jefferson]]. Chloe points this out herself in the ending."


** In Episode 4, the player is given four long lists of GPS coordinates associated with different license plates, the intent being to find the one associated with Nathan in order to track where he's been. However, one of the other pages is associated [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson's]] car, and if you [[https://www.reddit.com/r/lifeisstrange/comments/3ew16c/ep4_spoilers_lets_uncover_the_truth_together/ compare those coordinates]] with the places the game says they belong to when you figure out Nathan's whereabouts, they make total sense. [[spoiler:In fact, if for some reason you decided to work this out before the ending, you'd probably figure out that he was actually the ringleader]].

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** In Episode 4, the player is given four long lists of GPS coordinates associated with different license plates, the intent being to find the one associated with Nathan in order to track where he's been. However, one of the other pages is associated with [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson's]] car, and if you [[https://www.reddit.com/r/lifeisstrange/comments/3ew16c/ep4_spoilers_lets_uncover_the_truth_together/ compare those coordinates]] with the places the game says they belong to when you figure out Nathan's whereabouts, they make total sense. [[spoiler:In fact, if for some reason you decided to work this out before the ending, you'd probably figure out that he was actually the ringleader]].

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* HealTheCutie: Possible to do in stages to Kate by paying attention to her welfare and protecting her, then doing it if you [[spoiler:prevent her from jumping off the roof, which allows her to get some medical help.]]

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* PhilosophicalChoiceEndings: [[spoiler:Let your best friend / LoveInterest die to save the town of Arcadia Bay from destruction, or save her and let the town be destroyed, killing who knows how many people?]]


* WashMeGraffiti: Early in the game, you can write "I'm so dirty" + a smiley face on the window of a camper van that belongs to [[spoiler: Frank Bowers]] as [[CollectionSidequest an optional photo]]. If you do so, the graffiti will be there for the rest of the game. Currently provides the page quote.

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* WashMeGraffiti: Early in the game, you can write "I'm so dirty" + a smiley face on the window of a camper van an RV that belongs to [[spoiler: Frank Bowers]] [[spoiler:Frank]] as [[CollectionSidequest an optional photo]]. If you do so, the graffiti will be there for the rest of the game. Currently Max's thoughts about the situation currently provides the page quote.



** Episode 4: [[spoiler:Rachel was DeadAllAlong, murdered by Jefferson and Nathan. Mr. Jefferson and Nathan have been drugging and kidnapping teenage girls and taking grotesque pictures of them to put into photo albums. Finally, Jefferson kills Chloe and kidnaps Max]].

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** Episode 4: [[spoiler:Rachel was DeadAllAlong, murdered by Mr. Jefferson and Nathan. Mr. Jefferson and Nathan They have been drugging and kidnapping teenage girls and taking grotesque pictures of them to put into photo albums. Finally, Jefferson kills Chloe and kidnaps Max]].


-> '''Max Caulfield:''' ''"I'm so glad you're my partner in crime."''\\
'''Chloe Price:''' ''"As long as you're my partner in time."''

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-> '''Max Caulfield:''' ''"I'm I'm so glad you're my partner in crime."''\\
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'''Chloe Price:''' ''"As As long as you're my partner in time."''
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* WashMeGraffiti: Early in the game, you can write "I'm so dirty" + a smiley face on the window of a camper van that belongs to [[spoiler: Frank Bowers]] as [[CollectionSidequest an optional photo]]. If you do so, the graffiti will be there for the rest of the game. Currently provides the page quote.


** [[spoiler:Chloe's shooting of Frank and his dog. [[GoryDiscretionShot Neither shooting is shown clearly enough to see where the bullets land]] (the camera briefly shows some blood-splashes from Pompidou as he lunges out of frame, and focuses entirely on Chloe when she shoots Frank), but examining their bodies afterwards shows that they were not shot in the head. Again, they both died instantly.]]
** [[spoiler:This is justified when Mark shoots Chloe [[BoomHeadshot in the head.]]]]

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** [[spoiler:Chloe's shooting of Frank and his dog. [[GoryDiscretionShot Neither shooting is shown clearly enough to see where the bullets land]] (the camera briefly shows some blood-splashes from Pompidou as he lunges out of frame, and focuses entirely on Chloe when she shoots Frank), but examining land]]. Examining their bodies afterwards afterwards, however, shows that they were not weren't shot in the head. Again, they both died instantly.]]
** [[spoiler:This is justified when Mark Mr. Jefferson shoots Chloe [[BoomHeadshot in the head.]]]]


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[spoiler:Nathan and Mr. Jefferson]] drug girls at parties, take them to an unknown location and does ''something'' to them. It's explicitly stated in Episode 5 that the "something" doesn't strictly speaking involve [[RapeAsDrama sexual assault]], but the objectification and loss of bodily autonomy still has a very similar emotional impact on victims like Kate and [[spoiler: Max]].

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[spoiler:Nathan and Mr. Jefferson]] drug girls at parties, take them to an unknown location and does ''something'' to them. It's explicitly stated in Episode 5 that the "something" doesn't strictly speaking involve [[RapeAsDrama sexual assault]], but the objectification and loss of bodily autonomy still has a very similar emotional impact on victims like Kate and [[spoiler: Max]].[[spoiler:Max]].


* FeministFantasy: You play as a female character who can rewind time and she uses this superpower to help others and catch sexual predators. Also, half of the game's main cast are females who have as much prominence as the males.



* FeministFantasy: You play as a female character who can rewind time and she uses this superpower to help others and catch sexual predators. Also, half of the game's main cast are females who have as much prominence as the males.


* DreamIntro: The game starts with a scene of Max at night by the lighthouse during the storm which turns out to be a DaydreamSurprise she was having in class.



* DreamIntro: The game starts with a scene of Max at night by the lighthouse during the storm which turns out to be a DaydreamSurprise she was having in class.


* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: In-universe. Max quips that an abstinence poster must drive people to have sex, which isn't that far from the truth.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[spoiler:Nathan and Mr. Jefferson]] drug girls at parties, take them to an unknown location and does ''something'' to them. It's explicitly stated in Episode 5 that the "something" doesn't strictly speaking involve [[RapeAsDrama sexual assault]], but the objectification and loss of bodily autonomy still has a very similar emotional impact on victims like Kate and [[spoiler: Max]].



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[spoiler:Nathan and Mr. Jefferson]] drug girls at parties, take them to an unknown location and does ''something'' to them. It's explicitly stated in Episode 5 that the "something" doesn't strictly speaking involve [[RapeAsDrama sexual assault]], but the objectification and loss of bodily autonomy still has a very similar emotional impact on victims like Kate and [[spoiler: Max]].
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: In-universe. Max quips that an abstinence poster must drive people to have sex, which isn't that far from the truth.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[spoiler:Nathan DownInTheDumps: American Rust, a junkyard on the outskirts of Arcadia Bay. It used to be one of Chloe and Rachel's secret hiding spots, and Chloe takes Max there to further test out Max's powers after the first test in the diner. [[spoiler:It's also where Rachel is buried, and Mr. Jefferson]] drug girls at parties, take them Jefferson uses this fact to an unknown location lure Max and does ''something'' to them. It's explicitly stated in Chloe into a trap at the end of Episode 5 that the "something" doesn't strictly speaking involve [[RapeAsDrama sexual assault]], but the objectification and loss of bodily autonomy still has a very similar emotional impact on victims like Kate and [[spoiler: Max]].
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: In-universe. Max quips that an abstinence poster must drive people to have sex, which isn't that far from the truth.
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* DownInTheDumps: American Rust, a junkyard on the outskirts of Arcadia Bay. It used to be one of Chloe and Rachel's secret hiding spots, and Chloe takes Max there to further test out Max's powers after the first test in the diner. [[spoiler:It's also where Rachel is buried, and Mr. Jefferson uses this fact to lure Max and Chloe into a trap at the end of Episode 4]].


-> '''Max:''' ''"I'm so glad you're my partner in crime."''\\
'''Chloe:''' ''"As long as you're my partner in time."''

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-> '''Max:''' '''Max Caulfield:''' ''"I'm so glad you're my partner in crime."''\\
'''Chloe:''' '''Chloe Price:''' ''"As long as you're my partner in time."''


-> ''"I love that you're my partner in crime."''\\
''"As long as you're my partner in time."''

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-> ''"I love that '''Max:''' ''"I'm so glad you're my partner in crime."''\\
'''Chloe:''' ''"As long as you're my partner in time."''



* {{Arcadia}}: In name only. Arcadia Bay is not one of the best places you'd want to live. However, if you speak with people around the town, they imply that it had been a much nicer place before the Prescotts took over.


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* {{Arcadia}}: In name only. Arcadia Bay is not one of the best places you'd want to live. However, if you speak with people around the town, they imply that it had been a much nicer place before the Prescotts took over.


** The game takes place in present-day Arcadia Bay, about five years after Chloe's father, William, died in a car accident. [[spoiler: However, if he ''hadn't'', things would be much different. He and Joyce would still be married, David Madsen becomes a school bus driver, Max would be part of the popular clique at Blackwell, and she'd be semi-sorta popular for a photo contest. Unfortunately, in this timeline, Chloe ended up in a car accident instead and has been paralyzed from it. Also, Rachel still goes missing. In Episode 5, it's revealed that each of her time jumps creates a new universe where something different happens.]]

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** The game takes place in present-day Arcadia Bay, about five years after Chloe's father, William, died in a car accident. [[spoiler: However, if he ''hadn't'', things would be much different. He and Joyce would still be married, David Madsen becomes a school bus driver, Max would be part of the popular clique at Blackwell, and she'd be semi-sorta popular for a photo contest. Unfortunately, in this timeline, Chloe ended up in a car accident instead and has been paralyzed from it. Also, Rachel still goes missing. In Episode 5, it's revealed that each of her time jumps creates a new universe where something different happens.]]



** The creators admitted that tearing Polaroids apart like Max does several times in the game is not possible (they have a fairly tough plastic coating), but they put it in for dramatic effect.

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** The creators admitted that tearing Polaroids apart like Max does several times in the game is not possible (they possible, as they have a fairly tough plastic coating), coating, but they put it in for dramatic effect.



* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Two tragic examples in Episode 5. The first one is from David towards Chloe, [[spoiler:if Max lie to him telling that Chloe is alive and just separated from her to smoke pot, David will sound relieved and say that for the first time he is glad for Chloe being a stoner. If she tells him that Chloe is dead, David will kill Mr. Jefferson in a rage and later look very depressed about everything.]] The second is from Chloe towards David, as she calls him stepfather instead of "step-douche" for the first time, [[spoiler:but this happens in a moment which either she is going to die or Arcadia Bay is going to be destroyed.]]

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Two tragic examples in Episode 5. The first one is from David towards Chloe, [[spoiler:if Chloe. [[spoiler:If Max lie to lies and tells him telling that Chloe is alive and just separated from her to smoke pot, David will sound relieved and say be relieved, saying that for the first time he is he's glad for Chloe being that Chloe's a stoner. If she tells him that Chloe is dead, David will kill Mr. Jefferson in a rage and later fit of rage. Afterwards, he'll look very depressed about everything.]] The second is from Chloe towards David, as she calls him her stepfather instead of "step-douche" for the first time, [[spoiler:but this happens in a moment which either she is going to die or Arcadia Bay is going to be destroyed.]]



* TheBeautifulElite: The greatest concentration of beauties makes up the Vortex Club. Rachel Amber deserves special mention because no matter what her contemporaries think of her personality, everyone agress that she's drop-dead gorgeous.

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* TheBeautifulElite: The greatest concentration of beauties makes up the Vortex Club. Rachel Amber deserves special mention because no matter what her contemporaries think of her personality, everyone agress that she's drop-dead gorgeous.



* DarkerAndEdgier: The series slowly moves into this territory, starting out as a somewhat lighthearted coming-of-age story with high school drama and a mystery to solve. As the truth behind Rachel's disappearance comes to light, things become less and less light, with Max making harder decisions and the weather events getting steadily worse. By the time we've gotten to Episode 5, the town is on the brink of destruction, and at the end of it all, Max has to make the worst decision of her life.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The series game slowly moves into this territory, starting out as a somewhat lighthearted coming-of-age story with high school drama and a mystery to solve. As the truth behind Rachel's disappearance comes to light, things become less and less light, with Max making harder decisions and the weather events getting steadily worse. By the time we've gotten to Episode 5, the town is on the brink of destruction, and at the end of it all, Max has to make the worst decision of her life.



* DecidedByOneVote: The success of Ms. Grant's petition to stop David Madsen from installing security cameras hinges on Max's participation.

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* DecidedByOneVote: The success of Ms. Grant's petition to stop David Madsen from installing security cameras hinges on Max's participation.



** In the beginning of Episode 5, Max uses her photos to [[spoiler:create an alternate timeline where Mr. Jefferson is arrested early and she goes to San Francisco as the winner of the Everyday Heroes contest. However, she forgets about the tornado and goes back to when she took her winning photo, destroying it so she stays to help Chloe. As a consequence, Mr. Jefferson finds the torn photo in her diary and burns her entire diary with all of her photos in it out of anger for her not turning it in.]]

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** In the beginning of Episode 5, Max uses her photos to [[spoiler:create an alternate timeline where Mr. Jefferson is arrested early and she goes to San Francisco as the winner of the Everyday Heroes contest.Photo Contest. However, she forgets about the tornado and goes back to when she took her winning photo, destroying it so she stays to help Chloe. As a consequence, Mr. Jefferson finds the torn photo in her diary and burns her entire diary with all of her photos in it out of anger for her not turning it in.]]



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[spoiler:Nathan and Mr. Jefferson]] drug girls at parties, take them to an unknown location and does ''something'' to them. It's explicitly stated definitely in Episode 5 that the "something" doesn't strictly speaking involve [[RapeAsDrama sexual assault]], but the objectification and loss of bodily autonomy still has a very similar emotional impact on victims like Kate and [[spoiler: Max]].

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[spoiler:Nathan and Mr. Jefferson]] drug girls at parties, take them to an unknown location and does ''something'' to them. It's explicitly stated definitely in Episode 5 that the "something" doesn't strictly speaking involve [[RapeAsDrama sexual assault]], but the objectification and loss of bodily autonomy still has a very similar emotional impact on victims like Kate and [[spoiler: Max]].

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* NoOSHACompliance: The End of the World Party (and possibly other Vortex Club parties not seen on screen). Swimming pools don't mix well with electrical equipment or intoxicated people.


* HeroicBSOD: Max and Chloe both suffer from this in Episode 4. [[spoiler:Max because she realizes that no matter what she tries to do, Chloe's life is going to be terrible. Chloe suffers one when it's revealed that Rachel, Chloe's one best friend since Max left, has been DeadAllAlong. She breaks down crying]].

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* HeroicBSOD: HeroicBSOD:
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Max and Chloe both suffer from this in Episode 4. [[spoiler:Max because she realizes that no matter what she tries to do, Chloe's life is going to be terrible. Chloe suffers one when it's revealed that Rachel, Chloe's one best friend since Max left, has been DeadAllAlong. She breaks down crying]].


** [[spoiler:Victoria]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero if you convince her that her life is in danger]] during the Vortex Club party.

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** [[spoiler:Victoria]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero if you successfully convince her that her life is in danger]] during at the Vortex Club party.End of the World Party.



*** Even if you managed to avoid all these deaths, [[spoiler:an unknown number of people die from the Tornado. Max and Chloe are the only unambiguous survivors]].

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*** Even if you managed to avoid all these deaths, [[spoiler:an unknown number of people die from the Tornado.tornado. Max and Chloe are the only unambiguous survivors]].


** Max's rewind power does not affect her, meaning any time she uses it she effectively teleports if she's not in the same place. This is vital to numerous rewind puzzles, such as saving the dead bird in Episode 1. You even use it to teleport into a [[LockedRoomMystery locked room]] in Episode 3, which impresses Chloe. As far as other people go, though, no one ever notices that Max more or less just vanishes into thin air or appears out of nowhere.

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** Max's rewind power does not affect her, meaning that any time she uses it it, she effectively teleports if she's not in the same place. This is vital to numerous rewind puzzles, such as saving the dead bird in Episode 1. You even use it to teleport into a [[LockedRoomMystery locked room]] in Episode 3, which impresses Chloe. As far as other people go, though, no one ever notices that Max more or less just vanishes into thin air or appears out of nowhere.



** Frank seems to have a spot for this as he has a poster of it in his RV. [[spoiler:Which becomes ironic when he admits to Max in Episode 5 that he was jealous of Chloe and Rachel's relationship.]]

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** Frank seems to have a spot for this as he has a poster of it in his RV. [[spoiler:Which RV, [[spoiler:which becomes ironic when he admits to Max in Episode 5 that he was jealous of Chloe and Rachel's relationship.]]

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* LauncherOfAThousandShips: In-universe example in Episode 5. [[spoiler:In a rare tragic version of this, Max sees Chloe in the Dark Room hooking up with Victoria, Warren, Nathan and Mr. Jefferson.]]


** If you [[spoiler:successfully warn Victoria about Nathan at the End of the World Party, Jefferson will kidnap and kill her]].

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** If you [[spoiler:successfully warn Victoria about Nathan the Dark Room at the End of the World Party, Jefferson will kidnap and kill her]].



** [[spoiler:Not warning Victoria about Nathan at the End of the World Party ends up saving her life.]]

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** [[spoiler:Not warning Victoria about Nathan the Dark Room at the End of the World Party ends up saving her life.]]


* ButThouMust:
** In Episode 1, when Max sees David bullying Kate, she has the option to either take a photo or intervene. Taking a photo may come in handy later as an evidence against David, but it also makes Kate angry at Max, [[spoiler:making it more difficult to talk her down from the roof later]]. There is no way to take a photo, then intervene.
** There's one part in the nightmare sequence when Max is forced with four equally horrible things to say to Mr. Jefferson and the game won't continue unless you choose one of them. Max even comments, "No way am I saying that!"



* ButThouMust:
** In Episode 1, when Max sees David bullying Kate, she has the option to either take a photo or intervene. Taking a photo may come in handy later as an evidence against David, but it also makes Kate angry at Max, [[spoiler:making it more difficult to talk her down from the roof later]]. There is no way to take a photo, then intervene.
** There's one part in the nightmare sequence when Max is forced with four equally horrible things to say to Mr. Jefferson and the game won't continue unless you choose one of them. Max even comments, "No way am I saying that!"


** At the end of Episode 4, there's the scene at the junkyard when Max, in this extremely creepy scenario, walks backward. [[spoiler:Right into Mr. Jefferson's syringe]].
** In Episode 5, when Max desperately needs a photo that Warren shot the night before, she drives a long way through the murderous storm to find him. Granted, the photo in question is a Polaroid, but the game never gives a reason why Max' powers wouldn't work just as well with a digital image, so Warren could've just taken a shot of the physical photo with his smartphone and sent it to Max.



** At the end of Episode 4, there's the scene at the junkyard when Max, in this extremely creepy scenario, walks backward. [[spoiler:Right into Mr. Jefferson's syringe]].
** In Episode 5, when Max desperately needs a photo that Warren shot the night before, she drives a long way through the murderous storm to find him. Granted, the photo in question is a Polaroid, but the game never gives a reason why Max' powers wouldn't work just as well with a digital image, so Warren could've just taken a shot of the physical photo with his smartphone and sent it to Max.
* IfOnlyYouKnew: In Episode 4, [[spoiler:after Max returns from the alternate timeline, she is happy that Chloe is "alive/back" (depending on whether you chose to kill her in the previous scene).]] Chloe is confused why Max acts so strangely:

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** At the end of Episode 4, there's the scene at the junkyard when Max, in this extremely creepy scenario, walks backward. [[spoiler:Right into Mr. Jefferson's syringe]].
** In Episode 5, when Max desperately needs a photo that Warren shot the night before, she drives a long way through the murderous storm to find him. Granted, the photo in question is a Polaroid, but the game never gives a reason why Max' powers wouldn't work just as well with a digital image, so Warren could've just taken a shot of the physical photo with his smartphone and sent it to Max.
* IfOnlyYouKnew: In Episode 4, [[spoiler:after Max returns from the alternate timeline, she is happy that Chloe is "alive/back" (depending "alive/back", depending on whether you chose to kill her in the previous scene).scene.]] Chloe is confused why Max acts so strangely:


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** [[spoiler:Not warning Victoria about Nathan at the End of the World Party ends up saving her life.]]


** If you decide to [[spoiler:warn Victoria about Nathan at the End of the World Party, Jefferson will kidnap and kill her]].

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** If you decide to [[spoiler:warn [[spoiler:successfully warn Victoria about Nathan at the End of the World Party, Jefferson will kidnap and kill her]].


** Episode 3 has Chloe tempted to [[spoiler:steal several thousand dollars out of the school's handicapped fund in order to pay off Frank]]. Later in the same episode, Max decides to return [[spoiler:to their childhood and make a small change to Chloe's past]], which, as it turns out, results in her being a [[spoiler: quadriplegic in the present and no longer being able to attend Blackwell (despite her outstanding academic performance) due to the school's buildings not being fit for the handicapped]]. Max even comments on this, slightly, in Episode 4.]]

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** Episode 3 has Chloe tempted to [[spoiler:steal several thousand dollars out of the school's handicapped fund in order to pay off Frank]]. Later in the same episode, Max decides to return [[spoiler:to their childhood and make a small change to Chloe's past]], which, as it turns out, results in her being a [[spoiler: quadriplegic [[spoiler:quadriplegic in the present and no longer being able to attend Blackwell (despite her outstanding academic performance) due to the school's buildings not being fit for the handicapped]]. Max even comments on this, slightly, in Episode 4.]]


* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The entire game takes place over the course of five days. It seems longer because of Max's rewind abilities and [[spoiler:the alternate timeline.]]


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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The entire game takes place over the course of five days. It seems longer because of Max's rewind abilities and [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]].


* ForWantOfANail:
** Episode 3 plays it straight. [[spoiler:Near the end of the episode, Max goes far enough back in time to save William Price's life, then returns to the present, where she finds a few things changed -- David Madsen is now the school bus driver, Max is part of the Vortex Club, and Chloe has become paralyzed and wheelchair-bound]].
** Episode 5 has several instances due to [[spoiler:Max's repeated hopping around through photographs, and it turns out the entire game is one - Max saving Chloe's life in the bathroom is what's causing the storm and other environmental catastrophes. This is also discussed by Warren and Max at Two Whales.]]



* ForWantOfANail:
** Episode 3 plays it straight. [[spoiler:Near the end of the episode, Max goes far enough back in time to save William Price's life, then returns to the present, where she finds a few things changed -- David Madsen is now the school bus driver, Max is part of the Vortex Club, and Chloe has become paralyzed and wheelchair-bound]].
** Episode 5 has several instances due to [[spoiler:Max's repeated hopping around through photographs, and it turns out the entire game is one - Max saving Chloe's life in the bathroom is what's causing the storm and other environmental catastrophes. This is also discussed by Warren and Max at Two Whales.]]


* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: [[spoiler:During Max's NightmareSequence near the end, a lot of places are "revisited" while trying to escape from it. They include Jefferson's classroom, the girls' dormitory hall, the school, the swimming pool lockers, the junkyard, Chloe's house, the Dark Room, the Two Whales Diner and a lot of Max and Chloe's moments that happened during the game.]]
* AloneWithThePsycho: [[spoiler:At the end of Episode 4, Max winds up alone with Mr. Jefferson in the SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere. She manages to alert David via time travel who then comes to her rescue.]]

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* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: [[spoiler:During Max's NightmareSequence near the end, a lot of places are "revisited" while trying to escape from it. They include Mr. Jefferson's classroom, the girls' dormitory hall, the school, the swimming pool lockers, the junkyard, Chloe's house, [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere the Dark Room, Room]], the Two Whales Diner and a lot of Max and Chloe's moments that happened during the game.]]
* AloneWithThePsycho: [[spoiler:At the end of Episode 4, Max winds up alone with Mr. Jefferson in the SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere.Dark Room. She manages to alert David via time travel who then comes to her rescue.]]


* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Max finds Victoria's "go fuck your selfie" line to be mean, but funny.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Max finds Victoria's "go fuck your selfie" line to be mean, mean but funny.

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* ActorAllusion: This isn't the first time that Creator/AshlyBurch, Chloe's voice actress, has voiced a character who found herself caught in [[VisualNovel/SteinsGate someone else's time travel shenanigans]]. An added bonus is that when she learns about Max's time travel powers, she dismisses it as something that comes from an anime.


** Ms. Grant is shown to be nice, but the extent of her help is a petition to stop David from putting up security cameras. If Max signs the petition, it will pass.

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** While Ms. Grant is shown to be nice, but the extent of her help is simply a petition to stop David from putting up security cameras. If Max signs the petition, it will pass.


** Ms. Grant is shown to be nice, but the extent of her help so far is a petition to stop Madsen from putting up security cameras. If Max signs the petition, it will pass.

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** Ms. Grant is shown to be nice, but the extent of her help so far is a petition to stop Madsen David from putting up security cameras. If Max signs the petition, it will pass.


''Beware! Due to the choice-based nature of the game, there may be spoilers even if you've played or haven't gone through all the episodes. Proceed with caution!''

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''Beware! Due to the choice-based nature of the game, there may be spoilers even if you've played or haven't gone through all the episodes.are many spoilers. Proceed with caution!''


* A three-episode prequel game about Chloe and Rachel titled ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.
** The Deluxe Edition released on March 6, 2018 contains a bonus episode, titled ''Farewell'', that takes place two years earlier still, and follows Max and Chloe on the last day they spent together before Max moved to Seattle.

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* A three-episode prequel game about Chloe and Rachel titled ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.
**
game. The Deluxe Edition ''Deluxe Edition'', which was released on March 6, 2018 2018, contains a bonus episode, titled ''Farewell'', that takes place two years earlier still, and follows Max and Chloe on the last day they spent together before Max moved to Seattle.


''Life Is Strange'' is a 2015 {{episodic|Game}} AdventureGame. It was developed by Creator/DONTNODEntertainment and published by CreatorSquareEnix.

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''Life Is Strange'' is a 2015 {{episodic|Game}} AdventureGame. It was developed by Creator/DONTNODEntertainment and published by CreatorSquareEnix.
Creator/SquareEnix.



** Principal Wells is almost guaranteed not to believe Max in any situation. If you tell him about Nathan Prescott having a gun in the bathroom, Wells will cite Nathan's family and status as an honor roll student as reasons why this is unlikely. The worst he does is call him to the office. The action also backfires on Max, as he'll then contact her parents and accuse her of "telling tall tales". If you try to report David Madsen before class in Episode 2, Wells always finds an excuse to not trust what Max says no matter what choices the player has made. The only time he's remotely helpful is in the aftermath of [[spoiler:Kate's suicide]]. Depending on your previous choices, he can be convinced to [[spoiler:suspend Nathan on suspicion of drugging Kate and recording the salacious video of her, suspend Madsen for antagonizing Kate (but only if you have proof), or lightly punish Mr. Jefferson for UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming Kate]]. Chloe picks up on this, deriding him as a drunk who's more concerned with the school's bottom line. In Nathan's case, Wells is being pressured by his rich father, [[spoiler:to the point that Nathan's records are outright falsified]].
** The local security guard, David Madsen, is outright antagonistic to Max and Kate, though he's at least shown intervening in the fight between Nathan and Warren after Chloe takes off with Max. He can be seen grilling Nathan in Episode 2. He does seem to mean well, it's just that he has trouble separating his prior military career from his civilian life. [[spoiler:He ultimately turns out to be a subversion: David is actually the only authority figure investigating Rachel's disappearance and he's the key to defeating the culprit.]]

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** Principal Wells is almost guaranteed not to believe Max in any situation. If you tell him about Nathan Prescott having a gun in the bathroom, Wells will cite Nathan's family and status as an honor roll student as reasons why this is unlikely. The worst he does is call him to the office. The action also backfires on Max, as he'll then contact her parents and accuse her of "telling tall tales". If you try to report David Madsen before class in Episode 2, Wells always finds an excuse to not trust what Max says no matter what choices the player has made. The only time he's remotely helpful is in the aftermath of [[spoiler:Kate's suicide]]. Depending on your previous choices, he can be convinced to [[spoiler:suspend Nathan on suspicion of drugging Kate and recording the salacious video of her, suspend Madsen David for antagonizing Kate (but only if you have proof), or lightly punish Mr. Jefferson for UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming Kate]]. Chloe picks up on this, deriding him as a drunk who's more concerned with the school's bottom line. In Nathan's case, Wells is being pressured by his rich father, [[spoiler:to the point that Nathan's records are outright falsified]].
** The local security guard, David Madsen, David, is outright antagonistic to Max and Kate, though he's at least shown intervening in the fight between Nathan and Warren after Chloe takes off with Max. He can be seen grilling Nathan in Episode 2. He does seem to mean well, it's just that he has trouble separating his prior military career from his civilian life. [[spoiler:He ultimately turns out to be a subversion: David is actually the only authority figure investigating Rachel's disappearance and he's the key to defeating the culprit.]]



** Each episode has ten collectible photographs. If you fail to get all ten in one playthrough, the chapter select tells you how many are in each chapter and offers a handy "Collectible Mode" that runs the chapter independent of your save file, allowing you to mess around to your heart's content. A patch just prior to Episode 5 enabled this feature to be used with any chapter, not just those with photographs.

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** Each episode has ten collectible optional photographs. If you fail to get all ten in one playthrough, the chapter select tells you how many are in each chapter and offers a handy "Collectible Mode" that runs the chapter independent of your save file, allowing you to mess around to your heart's content. A patch just prior to Episode 5 enabled this feature to be used with any chapter, not just those with photographs.



* TheBigBadShuffle: At least three characters are presented as candidates for being the BigBad of the story.

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* TheBigBadShuffle: At least three characters are presented as candidates for being the BigBad of the story.story:



** There's one part in the nightmare sequence when Max is forced with four equally horrible things to say to Mr Jefferson and the game won't continue unless you choose one of them. Max even comments, "No way am I saying that!"

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** There's one part in the nightmare sequence when Max is forced with four equally horrible things to say to Mr Mr. Jefferson and the game won't continue unless you choose one of them. Max even comments, "No way am I saying that!"



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The bathroom scene in Episode 1 serves as a nice one for Max and Chloe, as well as Nathan (who serves as TheHeavy).
** Max gets stressed from class, makes her way to the bathroom while wearing her headphones to avoid interacting with anyone to try to collect herself alone in the bathroom, then sees something cool and photographs it. After developing her powers, and despite not having a clue what's going on, [[ChronicHeroSyndrome she endeavours to rescue the (apparent) stranger who just got shot]].

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The bathroom scene in Episode 1 serves as a nice one for Max and Chloe, as well as Nathan (who serves as TheHeavy).
TheHeavy):
** Max gets stressed from class, makes her way to the bathroom while wearing her headphones to avoid interacting with anyone to try to collect herself alone in the bathroom, then sees something cool and photographs it. After developing her powers, and despite not having a clue what's going on, [[ChronicHeroSyndrome she endeavours endeavors to rescue the (apparent) stranger who just got shot]].



* EvilGloating: [[spoiler:Mr Jefferson]] does this to Max in the Dark Room for the sake of exposure.

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* EvilGloating: [[spoiler:Mr [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson]] does this to Max in the Dark Room for the sake of exposure.



** When you put together the clues to find the Dark Room, David's coordinates will reveal that he was following four cars: The first, TWNPKS, is Chloe's truck. The second, SXFTNDR, is Nathan's. The third, TWLGHTZN, belongs to an unknown individual who has a car that strongly resembles Nathan's, and the fourth, TPFTHLK, is Mr. Jefferson's, seen at the end of Episode 2. [[spoiler:If you pay attention to the coordinates that each car was recorded at, it turns out that Nathan and Jefferson's cars were at the exact same location the night Kate was drugged, the Prescott Farmhouse. This turns out to be the location of the Dark Room, and foreshadow's Jefferson's involvement in the whole thing prior to the twist at the end of the episode.]]

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** When you put together the clues to find the Dark Room, David's coordinates will reveal that he was following four cars: The first, TWNPKS, is Chloe's truck. The second, SXFTNDR, is Nathan's. The third, TWLGHTZN, belongs to an unknown individual who has a car that strongly resembles Nathan's, and the fourth, TPFTHLK, is Mr. Jefferson's, seen at the end of Episode 2. [[spoiler:If you pay attention to the coordinates that each car was recorded at, it turns out that Nathan and Jefferson's cars were at the exact same location the night Kate was drugged, the Prescott Farmhouse. This turns out to be the location of the Dark Room, and foreshadow's foreshadows Jefferson's involvement in the whole thing prior to the twist at the end of the episode.]]



** Any items you pick up and achievement photos you take remain in your possession if you rewind past the point where you obtained them, the former being important to certain puzzles. In Episode 1, however, two of the game's major choices give you the opportunity to either take a photograph or involve yourself in a situation. In both these cases, these options are mutually exclusive despite the fact that Max's rewind power should allow her to keep the photos in the same manner. In the subsequent conversations involving the photos, Max will claim not to have taken them if the player chose to intervene. While withholding the first of these is justified, as it would be rather mean-spirited to reveal the photo of Victoria after she took down the one of Max, there's really no reason why Max would choose not to use the photo of David harassing Kate as leverage, especially since she'll use it against him later if you didn't intervene, and the fact that you don't have proof is important in several later choices.

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** Any items you pick up and achievement optional photos you take remain in your possession if you rewind past the point where you obtained them, the former being important to certain puzzles. In Episode 1, however, two of the game's major choices give you the opportunity to either take a photograph or involve yourself in a situation. In both these cases, these options are mutually exclusive despite the fact that Max's rewind power should allow her to keep the photos in the same manner. In the subsequent conversations involving the photos, Max will claim not to have taken them if the player chose to intervene. While withholding the first of these is justified, as it would be rather mean-spirited to reveal the photo of Victoria after she took down the one of Max, there's really no reason why Max would choose not to use the photo of David harassing Kate as leverage, especially since she'll use it against him later if you didn't intervene, and the fact that you don't have proof is important in several later choices.



* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson knows how to clean up after himself:]]
** First [[spoiler:he shoots Chloe when he finds out she and Max have discovered Rachel's body.]]
** If you decide to [[spoiler:warn Victoria about Nathan at the End of the World Party, Jefferson will kidnap and kill her]].
** Max was going to be [[spoiler:silenced as well but she escapes due to a power that Jefferson]] didn't know about.



* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace:
** Nathan apparently only brought the gun to school in order to threaten Chloe, and ended up shooting her by accident only after she pushes him.
** In Episode 2, Chloe will hit herself with a ricochet if Max suggests shooting the bumper of a car in the junkyard. Thankfully, rewind is there to save the day.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Said by Chloe after Max makees her shoot Frank in Episode 4.
* IWillFindYou: The main plot revolves around Chloe trying to find Rachel.
* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: Mr. Jefferson says this three times. The first two are to Victoria in Episode 3, first for [[spoiler:coming on to him]] and second for [[spoiler:trying to blackmail him]]. Strangely, in Episode 4, [[spoiler:Jefferson declares her the "Everyday Heroes" contest winner anyway, said contest being one of the main reasons she kept coming on to him]]. The third time being to Max in Episode 5, where she can snark him out in the middle of his lesson [[spoiler:after she finds out that he helped cover up Rachel's murder, he helped Nathan kidnap Kate, and he murdered Chloe and Nathan.]]



--> '''Max''': Not anymore. I'm just spaced out, too.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace:
** Nathan apparently only brought the gun to school in order to threaten Chloe, and ended up shooting her by accident only after she pushes him.
** In Episode 2, Chloe will hit herself with a ricochet if Max suggests shooting the bumper of a car in the junkyard. Thankfully, rewind is there to save the day.
* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: Mr. Jefferson says this three times. The first two are to Victoria in Episode 3, first for [[spoiler:coming on to him]] and second for [[spoiler:trying to blackmail him]]. Strangely, in Episode 4, [[spoiler:Jefferson declares her the "Everyday Heroes" contest winner anyway, said contest being one of the main reasons she kept coming on to him]]. The third time being to Max in Episode 5, where she can snark him out in the middle of his lesson [[spoiler:after she finds out that he helped cover up Rachel's murder, he helped Nathan kidnap Kate, and he murdered Chloe and Nathan.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** Mr. Jefferson uses the phrase "selfie-expression" when Max takes a selfie with her old camera, then apologizes to the class.
** If Max examines the tampon dispenser in the girl's bathroom, she mentions that she's "good to flow".
** Victoria tells Max to "go fuck your selfie". Max admits this is "mean, but funny" if you're nice to Victoria later on.
** Near the beginning of Episode 2, you can check Max's computer. There you'll see that Warren has left some movies related to time, and he makes some pretty good puns:
---> '''Warren:''' That's all the TIME I have for now as I have actual quantum physics to plow through.
** In Episode 2, Max tells Warren to "go-dium" when she recommends using sodium for his science class experiment. He calls out the pun, but does it anyway. He's not quite as harsh with "go-tassium" (potassium).
** In Episode 3, Max calls Chloe her partner in crime. Chloe responds that Max is her "partner in time."
--->'''Max:''' Insert groan here.
** There's two puns on the the last name Price in Episode 4. Max calls Chloe "priceless", then swears it wasn't meant to be a pun. Later, [[spoiler:William]] says "[[Series/ThePriceIsRight the Price is always right]]" and apologizes for it.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Said by Chloe after Max makees her shoot Frank in Episode 4.

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--> '''Max''': '''Max:''' Not anymore. I'm just spaced out, too.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace:
** Nathan apparently only brought the gun to school in order to threaten Chloe, and ended up shooting her by accident only after she pushes him.
** In Episode 2, Chloe will hit herself with a ricochet if Max suggests shooting the bumper of a car in the junkyard. Thankfully, rewind is there to save the day.
* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: Mr. Jefferson says this three times. The first two are to Victoria in Episode 3, first for [[spoiler:coming on to him]] and second for [[spoiler:trying to blackmail him]]. Strangely, in Episode 4, [[spoiler:Jefferson declares her the "Everyday Heroes" contest winner anyway, said contest being one of the main reasons she kept coming on to him]]. The third time being to Max in Episode 5, where she can snark him out in the middle of his lesson [[spoiler:after she finds out that he helped cover up Rachel's murder, he helped Nathan kidnap Kate, and he murdered Chloe and Nathan.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** Mr. Jefferson uses the phrase "selfie-expression" when Max takes a selfie with her old camera, then apologizes to the class.
** If Max examines the tampon dispenser in the girl's bathroom, she mentions that she's "good to flow".
** Victoria tells Max to "go fuck your selfie". Max admits this is "mean, but funny" if you're nice to Victoria later on.
** Near the beginning of Episode 2, you can check Max's computer. There you'll see that Warren has left some movies related to time, and he makes some pretty good puns:
---> '''Warren:''' That's all the TIME I have for now as I have actual quantum physics to plow through.
** In Episode 2, Max tells Warren to "go-dium" when she recommends using sodium for his science class experiment. He calls out the pun, but does it anyway. He's not quite as harsh with "go-tassium" (potassium).
** In Episode 3, Max calls Chloe her partner in crime. Chloe responds that Max is her "partner in time."
--->'''Max:''' Insert groan here.
** There's two puns on the the last name Price in Episode 4. Max calls Chloe "priceless", then swears it wasn't meant to be a pun. Later, [[spoiler:William]] says "[[Series/ThePriceIsRight the Price is always right]]" and apologizes for it.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Said by Chloe after Max makees her shoot Frank in Episode 4.
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** Subverted when Chloe accidentally shoots ''herself'' in the junkyard. She appears to have hit herself in the heart, but instead of collapsing, she just keeps shouting "Jesus I shot myself!" until Max rewinds.



** [[spoiler:This is justified when Mark shoots Chloe [[BoomHeadshot in the head.]]]]



** [[spoiler:This is justified when Mark shoots Chloe [[BoomHeadshot in the head.]]]]
** Subverted when Chloe accidentally shoots ''herself'' in the junkyard. She appears to have hit herself in the heart, but instead of collapsing, she just keeps shouting "Jesus I shot myself!" until Max rewinds.



* ItsAlwaysSunnyAtFunerals: [[spoiler:At the end, you can choose to undo everything and let Chloe die so the storm won't happen. This makes it justified that the weather is sunny during Chloe's funeral.]]



* IWillFindYou: The main plot revolves around Chloe trying to find Rachel.

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* IWillFindYou: The main plot revolves around ItsAlwaysSunnyAtFunerals: [[spoiler:At the end, you can choose to undo everything and let Chloe trying to find Rachel.die so the storm won't happen. This makes it justified that the weather is sunny during Chloe's funeral.]]



* KilledOffForReal: By nature of the game mechanic there are several instances where you can let a character die instead of rewind and save them.

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* KilledOffForReal: By nature of the game mechanic mechanic, there are several instances where you can let a character die instead of rewind and save them. them:



** Quite a few instances happen when the tornado is devastating Arcadia Bay in Episode 5 and you choose to [[spoiler:save Chloe instead of the town]].
*** Several of Max' schoolmates are encountered on the way to the Two Whales diner, all of which will die very sudden deaths if you don't intervene in time.
*** The homeless woman behind the diner will be found dead if you didn't warn her of the coming disaster during an earlier episode, much to Max' horror.
*** The trucker who's trapped in the burning building Max has to traverse at one point must be killed to proceed, and he'll stay dead if you don't rewind afterwards.
*** Even if you managed to avoid all these deaths, [[spoiler: an unknown number of people die from the Tornado. Max and Chloe are the only unambiguous survivors]].
** All of the above can be subverted if [[spoiler:you choose to sacrifice Chloe at the end. [[TheStoryThatNeverWas The story resets]], and EveryoneLives--except Chloe]].

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** Quite a few instances happen when the tornado is devastating Arcadia Bay in Episode 5 and you choose to [[spoiler:save Chloe instead of the town]].
town]]:
*** Several of Max' Max's schoolmates are encountered on the way to the Two Whales diner, all of which will die very sudden deaths if you don't intervene in time.
*** The homeless woman behind the diner will be found dead if you didn't warn her of the coming disaster during an earlier episode, much to Max' Max's horror.
*** The trucker fisherman who's trapped in the burning building Max has to traverse at one point must be killed to proceed, and he'll stay dead if you don't rewind afterwards.
*** Even if you managed to avoid all these deaths, [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an unknown number of people die from the Tornado. Max and Chloe are the only unambiguous survivors]].
** All of the above aforementioned death can be subverted if [[spoiler:you choose to sacrifice Chloe at the end. [[TheStoryThatNeverWas The story resets]], and EveryoneLives--except Chloe]].



* LastKiss: In one of the endings, [[spoiler:Max goes back in time in order to let Nathan shoot Chloe, which leads to the tornado never happening.]] Depending on the player's choices, [[spoiler: Chloe and Max will have a last kiss before that]].
* LastRequest: At the Dark Room, [[spoiler:Max]] requests to have another look at her photograph before being killed.

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* LastKiss: In one of the endings, [[spoiler:Max goes back in time in order to let Nathan shoot Chloe, which leads to the tornado never happening.]] happening]]. Depending on the player's choices, [[spoiler: Chloe [[spoiler:Chloe and Max will have a last kiss before that]].
* LastRequest: At [[spoiler:Max asks for one while she's tied up in the Dark Room, [[spoiler:Max]] requests to have another look at her photograph before being killed.Room]].



* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: We get a couple of close-ups of Blackwell's bus driver so it can be a surprise when [[spoiler:David Madsen replaces him in the alternate timeline]].

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* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: We get a couple of close-ups of Blackwell's bus driver so it can be a surprise when [[spoiler:David Madsen replaces him in the alternate timeline]].



* LingerieScene: Chloe's and Max' sojourn to the Blackwell swimming pool plays out as an extended one. Chloe then has another brief one in Max' NightmareSequence while making out with Warren.
* LuredIntoATrap: At the end of Episode 4 Max and Chloe are lured to the junkyard [[spoiler: by Jefferson]], [[spoiler:who then shoots Chloe and kidnaps Max]].

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* LingerieScene: Chloe's Chloe and Max' Max's sojourn to the Blackwell swimming pool plays out as an extended one. Chloe then has another brief one in Max' Max's NightmareSequence while making out with Warren.
* LuredIntoATrap: At the end of Episode 4 4, Max and Chloe are lured to the junkyard [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by Mr. Jefferson]], [[spoiler:who then shoots Chloe and kidnaps Max]].



** Nathan likes to make fun of Max' last name, calling her "Cockfield" or "Crackfield".

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** Nathan likes to make fun of Max' Max's last name, calling her "Cockfield" or "Crackfield".



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Explicitly discussed by the characters in relation to Max's time travel powers in Episode 5. [[spoiler:Ultimately the trope is played straight - nobody ever figures out why or how Max gained her power.]]
* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler: If you choose to let go of Chloe at the end, you are treated to such a funeral. Even Frank is paying a visit (if Chloe has let him live).]]

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Explicitly discussed by the characters in relation to Max's time travel powers in Episode 5. [[spoiler:Ultimately the trope this is played straight - nobody ever figures out why or how Max gained her power.]]
* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If you choose to let go of Chloe at the end, you are treated to such a funeral. Even Frank is paying a visit (if Chloe has let him live).]]



** After a time jump through a photograph, when Max returns to the present, she doesn't have any memories of the new timeline between the changed past and the present. In Episode 5, [[spoiler:after returning to the Dark Room, she is confused how that could have happened. Jefferson even comments that she is "spaced out"]].
* MomentOfSilence: In the [[spoiler:sacrifice Chloe]] ending, right after [[spoiler: Nathan shoots Chloe]], the ending music starts and all sound effects are silenced. Even the photo effects are silent.

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** After a time jump through a photograph, when Max returns to the present, she doesn't have any memories of the new timeline between the changed past and the present. In Episode 5, [[spoiler:after returning to the Dark Room, she is confused how that could have happened. Mr. Jefferson even comments that she is "spaced out"]].
* MomentOfSilence: In the [[spoiler:sacrifice [[spoiler:Sacrifice Chloe]] ending, right after [[spoiler: Nathan [[spoiler:Nathan shoots Chloe]], the ending music starts and all sound effects are silenced. Even the photo effects are silent.



** The game tells you when your actions will have consequences. This includes watering the plant in your room. Square Enix even got in on the fun for April Fools Day, putting up a [[http://web.archive.org/web/20160721150625/http://na.square-enix.com/us/blog/life-strange-official-merchandise merchandise page]] for the one object that lets you be like Max: the plant.

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** The game tells you when your actions will have consequences. This includes watering the plant in your room. Square Enix even got in on the fun for April Fools Fools' Day, putting up a [[http://web.archive.org/web/20160721150625/http://na.square-enix.com/us/blog/life-strange-official-merchandise merchandise page]] for the one object that lets you be like Max: the plant.



* MuseAbuse: Taken UpToEleven by [[spoiler:Mr Jefferson]] who explains that the torment in the faces of his "models" is what makes his photographs so special.

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* MuseAbuse: Taken UpToEleven by [[spoiler:Mr [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson]] who explains that the torment in the faces of his "models" is what makes his photographs so special.



* NewAbilityAddiction: In the opening of "Out of Time", we find that Max has abused her newly discovered TimeMaster powers to stay up all night studying time travel and quantum theory. You then meet up with Chloe, who encourages this further, by testing it (to prove she has it), and then taking her to the junk yard to [[MundaneUtility help her shoot bottles with perfect accuracy]]. Deconstructed when Max starts suffering from a PsychicNosebleed and dampening of her powers from overuse [[spoiler: causing them to short out right at the end of the chapter, meaning that you can't rewind if you fail to talk down Kate from her suicide attempt.]]
* NewspaperDating: Early on Max discovers her vision takes place on October 11, four days later, thanks to a newspaper clinging to a post.[[note]]As pointed out by ''Game Sins'', the dating proof is rather weak because the newspaper could have been older, like been blown over from a trash dump.[[/note]]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Every new episode, Max gains new abilities that help her when she needs it. [[spoiler:In the second episode, she manages to stop time long enough to get to the rooftop before Kate jumps when she can't outright reverse it, and in the third one, she learns how to time travel with a picture just so she can prevent the death of Chloe's dad]]. It is implied that these are all different applications of the same power. She has no idea how it works, after all.

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* NewAbilityAddiction: In the opening of "Out of Time", we find it's revealed that Max has abused her newly discovered TimeMaster powers to stay up all night studying time travel and quantum theory. You then meet up with Chloe, who encourages this further, by testing it (to prove she has it), and then taking her to the junk yard junkyard to [[MundaneUtility help her shoot bottles with perfect accuracy]]. Deconstructed This is deconstructed when Max starts suffering from a PsychicNosebleed and dampening of her powers from overuse [[spoiler: causing [[spoiler:causing them to short out right at the end of the chapter, meaning that you can't rewind if you fail to talk down Kate from her suicide attempt.]]
* NewspaperDating: Early on Max discovers her vision takes place on October 11, four days later, thanks to a newspaper clinging to a post.[[note]]As pointed out by ''Game Sins'', the dating proof is rather weak because the newspaper could have been older, like been blown over from a trash dump.[[/note]]
attempt]].
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Every new episode, Max gains new abilities that help her when she needs it. [[spoiler:In the second episode, Episode 2, she manages to stop time long enough to get to the rooftop before Kate jumps when she can't outright reverse it, and in the third one, Episode 3, she learns how to time travel with a picture just so she can prevent the death of Chloe's dad]]. It is implied that these are all different applications of the same power. She has no idea how it works, after all.
* NewspaperDating: Early on, Max discovers her vision takes place on October 11, four days later, thanks to a newspaper clinging to a post.



** At the end of Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max changes history so William Price never died. As a result, the five years between then and the present are radically altered. Max is now a member of the popular crowd, Warren doesn't have eyes for Max, David Madsen is a bus driver, and Chloe is paralyzed from the neck down. Furthermore, since Max has RippleEffectProofMemory, she has no memory of this version of herself or others]].
** In Episode 3, Max can erase a voicemail from [[spoiler: a cop alerting David that the police (correctly) suspect that Chloe broke into the Blackwell swimming pool]]. If Max deletes the message before David and Joyce can hear it to spare Chloe the trouble, the police decide to question Chloe. Allowing David to hear the message [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold causes him to lie to the police and give Chloe a fake alibi.]]
** In Episode 5, [[spoiler:if Max warned Victoria about Nathan and she believed her, Victoria will go running to Jefferson for help. Jefferson decides that Victoria [[HeKnowsTooMuch has learned too much]] and kidnaps and murders her.]]

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** At the end of Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max changes history so William Price never died. As a result, the five years between then and the present are radically altered. Max is now a member of the popular crowd, Warren doesn't have eyes for Max, David Madsen is a school bus driver, and Chloe is paralyzed from the neck down. Furthermore, since Max has RippleEffectProofMemory, she has no memory of this version of herself or others]].
** In Episode 3, Max can erase a voicemail from [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a cop alerting David that the police (correctly) suspect that Chloe broke into the Blackwell swimming pool]]. If Max deletes the message before David and Joyce can hear it to spare Chloe the trouble, the police decide to question Chloe. Allowing David to hear the message [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold causes him to lie to the police and give Chloe a fake alibi.]]
** In Episode 5, [[spoiler:if Max warned Victoria about Nathan and she believed her, Victoria will go running to Mr. Jefferson for help. Jefferson decides that Victoria [[HeKnowsTooMuch has learned too much]] and kidnaps and murders her.]]



** During the game you come across several self-help books written by a "Dr. Bill", an obvious stand-in for Series/DoctorPhil.
** In Episode 5, Max turns on a car radio to a rant by one Truss Limpbow, an obvious parody of American Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.
* NoEnding: [[spoiler:The Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending is like this. Max and Chloe watch the storm destroy the town and we see them drive through the destruction as they head out of Arcadia Bay, but aside from knowing they're alive, we know little else: who survived the storm (if anyone), where they're going next, what they're going to do, if the universe will keep coming after Chloe, and so on. WordOfGod says this was intentional, and that what happens next is up to the player's imagination.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler: Warren's fight with Nathan is more like Warren]] beating him until he's crying.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted. There's a tampon machine in the girls bathroom. Max declares she's fine on that front if you examine it.
-->'''Max:''' [[IncrediblyLamePun I'm good to flow, thanks.]]

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** During the game game, you come across several self-help books written by a "Dr. Bill", an obvious stand-in for Series/DoctorPhil.
** In Episode 5, Max turns on a car radio to a rant by one Truss Limpbow, an obvious parody of American Conservative conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.
* NoEnding: [[spoiler:The Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending is like this. Max and Chloe watch the storm destroy the town and we see them drive through the destruction as they head out of Arcadia Bay, but aside from knowing they're alive, we know little else: who survived the storm (if anyone), where they're going next, what they're going to do, if the universe will keep coming after Chloe, and so on. WordOfGod says this was intentional, and that what happens next is up to the player's imagination.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler: Warren's [[spoiler:Warren's fight with Nathan is more like Warren]] beating him until he's crying.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted. There's a tampon machine in the girls bathroom. Max declares she's fine on that front if you examine it.
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-->'''Max:''' [[IncrediblyLamePun I'm good to flow, thanks.]]thanks]].
* NotQuiteTheRightThing: Convincing Victoria to [[spoiler:be wary of Nathan]] results in her [[spoiler:turning to Mr. Jefferson for help and getting kidnapped and murdered in Episode 5. Going to the CoolTeacher for help with a troublesome student ''sounds'' like the right thing to do, except when said teacher is real threat behind said student]].
* NotSoDifferent: Depending on your choice earlier, [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson]] will tell Max that she is not so different from him since she let Warren [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge beat Nathan till he was bruised and bloody]].



* NotQuiteTheRightThing: Convincing Victoria to [[spoiler:be wary of Nathan]] results in her [[spoiler:turning to Jefferson for help and getting kidnapped and murdered in Episode 5. Going to the CoolTeacher for help with a troublesome student ''sounds'' like the right thing to do, except when said teacher is real threat behind said student]].
* NotSoDifferent: Depending on your choice earlier, [[spoiler:Jefferson]] will tell Max that she is not so different from him since she let Warren [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge beat Nathan till he was bruised and bloody]].



** Max can take a picture of a squirrel outside the dorms once per episode, culminating in [[spoiler:Max taking a picture of two giant squirrels standing outside the dorms during the NightmareSequence.]]

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** Max can take a picture of a squirrel outside the dorms once per episode, culminating in [[spoiler:Max taking a picture of two giant squirrels standing outside the dorms during the NightmareSequence.]]NightmareSequence]].



* OnePasswordAttemptEver: SubvertedTrope. While most cases where you need a password or electronic PIN have a limit on the amount of guesses (as you'd expect), you can simply reverse time and try as many times as you like.

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* OnePasswordAttemptEver: SubvertedTrope.Subverted. While most cases where you need a password or electronic PIN have a limit on the amount of guesses (as you'd expect), you can simply reverse time and try as many times as you like.



** Nathan's pin code for his phone is his birthday, though if you can't figure that out you can always use the PUK to reset the password.
* PetTheDog: One of the few things Frank is said to care about is his dog. A cop relates a tale about how he freed a bunch of dogs that were part of a dog-fighting ring, one of them being the one he owns now. He later mentions he rescued Pompidou from a highly abusive owner.

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** Nathan's pin code for his phone is his birthday, though if you can't figure that out out, you can always use the PUK to reset the password.
* PetTheDog: One of the few things Frank is said to care about is his dog. A cop relates a tale about how he freed a bunch of dogs that were part of a dog-fighting dog fighting ring, one of them being the one he owns now. He later mentions he rescued Pompidou from a highly abusive owner.



** The most notable is [[spoiler: Chloe getting shot at the end of Episode 4]]. Max spends most of the next chapter trying to undo it [[spoiler: and ultimately succeeds]].
** [[spoiler: Nathan is killed off-screen by Jefferson. There is no way you can save him (except by choosing the Sacrifice Chloe ending in which case you undo everything that happened in the game).]]
* PoolScene: The End Of The World Party in Episode 4 takes place in Blackwell's indoor swimming pool, with the bars and dance floors set up around the pool and [[WalkingSwimsuitScene lots of beautiful young bodies on display]].

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** The most notable is [[spoiler: Chloe [[spoiler:Chloe getting shot at the end of Episode 4]]. Max spends most of the next chapter trying to undo it [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and ultimately succeeds]].
** [[spoiler: Nathan [[spoiler:Nathan is killed off-screen offscreen by Mr. Jefferson. There is no way you can save him (except by choosing the Sacrifice Chloe ending in which case you undo everything that happened in the game).]]
* PoolScene: The End Of The of the World Party in Episode 4 takes place in Blackwell's indoor swimming pool, with the bars and dance floors set up around the pool and [[WalkingSwimsuitScene lots of beautiful young bodies on display]].



* PrecisionFStrike: In Episode 5, Max is asked to answer a question. Unfortunately, she has just come round after [[spoiler:changing the past using a photo]] so we have no way of knowing what the question was. The only options are "Fuck You" or "Eat Shit and Die".
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler: When Mark Jefferson murders Chloe in the last scene of Episode 4, there's only a small red hole in the middle of her forehead]]. It's the same gun Nathan had in the first episode, which appears to be an FNP-9. A 9mm and a .38 (and a .357 too, for that matter) all use a .357 caliber bullet; it's the amount of powder used which changes the force behind them. This should be a spectacularly gory scene, but it plays this trope straight and isn't.

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* PrecisionFStrike: In Episode 5, Max is asked to answer a question. Unfortunately, as she has just come round after [[spoiler:changing the past using a photo]] so we have no way of knowing photo]], it isn't revealed what the question was. The only options are "Fuck You" or "Eat Shit and Die".
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler: When Mark [[spoiler:When Mr. Jefferson murders Chloe in the last scene of Episode 4, there's only a small red hole in the middle of her forehead]]. It's the same gun Nathan had in the first episode, which appears to be an FNP-9. A 9mm and a .38 (and a .357 too, for that matter) all use a .357 caliber bullet; it's the amount of powder used which changes the force behind them. This should be a spectacularly gory scene, but it plays this trope straight and isn't.



* {{Pun}}:
** Mr. Jefferson uses the phrase "selfie-expression" when Max takes a selfie with her old camera, then apologizes to the class.
** If Max examines the tampon dispenser in the girl's bathroom, she mentions that she's "good to flow".
** Victoria tells Max to "go fuck your selfie". Max admits this is "mean, but funny" if you're nice to Victoria later on.
** Near the beginning of Episode 2, you can check Max's computer. There you'll see that Warren has left some movies related to time, and he makes some pretty good puns:
---> '''Warren:''' That's all the TIME I have for now as I have actual quantum physics to plow through.
** In Episode 2, Max tells Warren to "go-dium" when she recommends using sodium for his science class experiment. He calls out the pun, but does it anyway. He's not quite as harsh with "go-tassium" (potassium).
** In Episode 3, Max calls Chloe her partner in crime. Chloe responds that Max is her "partner in time."
--->'''Max:''' Insert groan here.
** There's two puns on the the last name Price in Episode 4. Max calls Chloe "priceless", then swears it wasn't meant to be a pun. Later, [[spoiler:William]] says "[[Series/ThePriceIsRight the Price is always right]]" and apologizes for it.



** Nathan and his role in the [[spoiler: drugging and photographing of young women against their will. While he's far from innocent, he isn't actually the BigBad the games makes him out to be most of the time. Jefferson is.]]
** Several characters, major and minor alike, turn out not to be what they seemed at first. [[spoiler: David starts out as an unsympathetic ControlFreak who seems to be stalking (especially female) students, but this very trait leads to him finding and saving Max from the Dark Room. There's a whisky bottle in the Dark Room implying that Principal Wells, the only character in the game known to drink whisky, might be involved, but he isn't. Samuel has a suspicious box filled with women's clothing and his comments to Max about time suggest that he knows more than he lets on, but none of this is ever resolved.]]
** The only consequence that comes with [[spoiler: watering Lisa the plant]] is that [[spoiler: [[CaptainObvious the plant will stay alive and healthy]]. ]]

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** Nathan and his role in the [[spoiler: drugging [[spoiler:drugging and photographing of young women against their will. While he's far from innocent, he isn't actually the BigBad the games makes him out to be most of the time.BigBad. Mr. Jefferson is.]]
** Several characters, major and minor alike, turn out not to be what they seemed at first. [[spoiler: David [[spoiler:David starts out as an unsympathetic ControlFreak who seems to be stalking (especially female) students, but this very trait leads to him finding and saving Max from the Dark Room. There's a whisky bottle in the Dark Room implying that Principal Wells, the only character in the game known to drink whisky, might be involved, but he isn't. Samuel has a suspicious box filled with women's clothing and his comments to Max about time suggest that he knows more than he lets on, but none of this is ever resolved.]]
** The only consequence that comes with [[spoiler: watering [[spoiler:watering Lisa the plant]] is that [[spoiler: [[CaptainObvious [[spoiler:[[CaptainObvious the plant will stay alive and healthy]]. healthy]].]]



* ReleasedToElsewhere: Subverted. In Episode 5 [[spoiler: after Max returns to the Dark Room by destroying her award-winning photo, she notices that Victoria is not there (given that she got kidnapped along with Max in the first place)]]. This results in the following dialogue:
--> '''[[spoiler:Jefferson]]:''' I had to let [[spoiler:Victoria Chase]] go.
--> '''Max''': [[HopeSpot You let her...]]

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* ReleasedToElsewhere: Subverted. In Episode 5 [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after Max returns to the Dark Room by destroying her award-winning photo, she notices that Victoria is not there (given that she got kidnapped along with Max in the first place)]]. This results in the following dialogue:
--> '''[[spoiler:Jefferson]]:''' '''[[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson]]:''' I had to let [[spoiler:Victoria Chase]] go.
--> '''Max''': '''Max:''' [[HopeSpot You let her...]]



--> '''Max''': [[LittleNo No...]]

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--> '''Max''': '''Max:''' [[LittleNo No...]]



* TheReveal: Two in Episode 4: [[spoiler:Rachel Amber was DeadAllAlong and Mark Jefferson is the BigBad]].
* RiddleForTheAges: So how did Max gain the ability to time travel? We don't know. It's never fully addressed, there are barely any hints as to how or why she got it, and we'll probably never know the answer.

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* TheReveal: Two in Episode 4: [[spoiler:Rachel Amber was DeadAllAlong and Mark Mr. Jefferson is the BigBad]].
* RiddleForTheAges: So how did Max gain the ability to time travel? We don't know. It's never fully addressed, there are barely any hints as to how or why she got it, and we'll probably never know the answer.it.



** ZigZagged in Episode 5, Max goes back in time to the night before, explains what's happening during the plot with Chloe and readjusts their plans, and explicitly tells Chloe to explain everything back to her as they go through the stages. Max mentions that this is an important step, since she won't remember anything until she catches back up to herself from the point that goes back to change it.
* RoadsideWave: At one point Alyssa gets splashed with puddle water by the road side which you can warn her of.

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** ZigZagged Zigzagged in Episode 5, 5. Max goes back in time to the night before, explains what's happening during the plot with Chloe and readjusts their plans, and explicitly tells Chloe to explain everything back to her as they go through the stages. Max mentions that this is an important step, since she won't remember anything until she catches back up to herself from the point that goes back to change it.
* RoadsideWave: At one point point, Alyssa gets splashed with puddle water by the road side which you can warn her of.



** Chloe's friendship with Rachel with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, Chloe admits she [[spoiler:"crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect.]] Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that [[spoiler:Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank]]. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that [[spoiler:she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears]] when she and Max [[spoiler:discover Rachel's corpse]].

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** Chloe's friendship with Rachel with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, Chloe admits she [[spoiler:"crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect.]] perfect]]. Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that [[spoiler:Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank]]. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that [[spoiler:she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears]] when she and Max [[spoiler:discover Rachel's corpse]].



** The aforementioned missing tablet with cat pictures.
** Alyssa having a ButtMonkey moment (typically getting hit by balls, crumpled paper, [[RoadsideWave puddle splash]], etc) that Max gets the choice to help her get out of the way at the last second. [[spoiler:Alyssa might or might not return the favour in Episode 5.]]

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** The aforementioned missing tablet with cat pictures.
** Alyssa having a ButtMonkey moment (typically getting hit by balls, crumpled paper, [[RoadsideWave puddle splash]], etc) etc.) that Max gets the choice to help her get out of the way at the last second. [[spoiler:Alyssa might or might not return the favour favor in Episode 5.]]



** The ending. [[spoiler: The tornado was created when Max prevented Chloe's death by Nathan in the girl's bathroom. The only option left at the end of the game to stop the tornado from manifesting in the first place is by going back in time and letting Chloe get shot by Nathan. No other option (argued by Chloe and Max or not) can stop the tornado from destroying Arcadia Bay.]]
* SarcasticConfession: In Episode 5, [[spoiler:Max travels back to the beginning of the game. She arrives exactly when Jefferson says that he could easily put any of the class in a dark corner and photograph their despair. What appeared to be Jefferson criticizing Diane Arbus was actually a sarcastic confession of doing exactly that.]]

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** The ending. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The tornado was created when Max prevented Chloe's death by Nathan in the girl's bathroom. The only option left at the end of the game to stop the tornado from manifesting in the first place is by going back in time and letting Chloe get shot by Nathan. No other option (argued by Chloe and Max or not) can stop the tornado from destroying Arcadia Bay.]]
* SarcasticConfession: In Episode 5, [[spoiler:Max travels back to the beginning of the game. She arrives exactly when Mr. Jefferson says that he could easily put any of the class in a dark corner and photograph their despair. What appeared to be Jefferson criticizing Diane Arbus was actually a sarcastic confession of doing exactly that.]]



** Played both traditional ''and'' InUniverse. Max's rewind power is based on this trope. You can rewind time to get the choices/information that you want. In some conversations where you give the wrong information and are given the right one, the latter will appear as a new choice in your rewind. For the former, this is something that you would normally do in a VisualNovel when you try to get the desired choices. Even if Max cannot use her power to prevent [[spoiler:Kate from committing suicide (as she is too burnt out to use it)]], you can still do this and it can be done at any point during this segment. This way, you can get the result you want on your "first" try while keeping the choices you have picked throughout the episode without having to start over.

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** Played both traditional ''and'' InUniverse. Max's rewind power is based on this trope.this. You can rewind time to get the choices/information that you want. In some conversations where you give the wrong information and are given the right one, the latter will appear as a new choice in your rewind. For the former, this is something that you would normally do in a VisualNovel when you try to get the desired choices. Even if Max cannot use her power to prevent [[spoiler:Kate from committing suicide (as she is too burnt out to use it)]], you can still do this and it can be done at any point during this segment. This way, you can get the result you want on your "first" try while keeping the choices you have picked throughout the episode without having to start over.



* SawItInAMovieOnce: Max mentions this when she successfully [[spoiler:gains access to the Dark Room by trying only the faded numbers on the keypad]].
-->'''Max''': Yes! I thought that only worked in the movies.

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* SawItInAMovieOnce: Max mentions this when she successfully [[spoiler:gains access to the Dark Room by trying only the faded numbers on the keypad]].
-->'''Max''':
keypad]:
-->'''Max:'''
Yes! I thought that only worked in the movies.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Nathan boasts of being above the law because his family owns half the town. Since the police is heavily implied to be on his father's payroll (the cop in the diner admits it when questioned by Max), and reporting Nathan to the principal does nothing so it's not an unjustified opinion. [[spoiler:Though you can get the principal to suspend him in the wake of Kate's suicide attempt, he just threatens to sue the school and treats it flippantly. His father, however, does not take it so well, and by the time you see him in Episode 3, Nathan's not in that great of a mood. Episode 3 also shows that Nathan's father has bought Nathan's record expungement on more than one occasion, and if Nathan is suspended or expelled, he threatens to pull his funding to the school unless Nathan is reinstated]].

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Nathan boasts of being above the law because his family owns half the town. Since the police is heavily implied to be on his father's payroll (the payroll, the cop in the diner admits it when questioned by Max), Max, and reporting Nathan to the principal does nothing so it's not an unjustified opinion. [[spoiler:Though you can get the principal to suspend him in the wake of Kate's suicide attempt, he just threatens to sue the school and treats it flippantly. His father, however, does not take it so well, and by the time you see him in Episode 3, Nathan's not in that great of a mood. Episode 3 also shows that Nathan's father has bought Nathan's record expungement on more than one occasion, and if Nathan is suspended or expelled, he threatens to pull his funding to the school unless Nathan is reinstated]].



* SecondLove: Max eventually falls in love with Chloe (WordOfGod confirming that they're a couple in both endings, even though they only [[spoiler:kiss in the "Sacrifice Chloe" ending, and then only depending on the player's choices]]). Rachel Amber is heavily implied to be Chloe's first love. ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'', [[spoiler: confirms this (although, once again, exactly how close they are depends on player choice).]]

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* SecondLove: Max eventually falls in love with Chloe (WordOfGod confirming that they're a couple in both endings, even though they only [[spoiler:kiss in the "Sacrifice Chloe" ending, and then only depending on the player's choices]]). Chloe. Rachel Amber is heavily implied to be Chloe's first love. ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'', [[spoiler: confirms this (although, once again, exactly how close they are depends on player choice).]]''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' [[spoiler:confirms this]].



** [[spoiler: The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending demonstrates that the entire game is one. If Max had let Chloe die in Episode 1, Nathan would have been arrested for her murder and then told the police about Jefferson abducting and killing women. This would lead to Rachel's corpse being discovered. The circumstances that lead up to Kate's suicide also don't occur. The game basically admits that there never was a practical, heroic reason for Max ever having her powers]].
** [[spoiler: The "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending is only marginally better in this case. Chloe survives and it is implied that other people do too but the death toll is officially unknown. Everyone's lives are completely uprooted even if they did survive. Nothing Max did altered her start-of-game vision in any way.]]
** Whether you view the game as meaningless is up to the player: [[spoiler:WordOfGod states that whoever survives in the Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending is up to the player and was left deliberately ambiguous, and that the reason Victoria, Kate, and others show up at Chloe's funeral is because Max made a positive difference in their lives and they're there for her as a show of support.]]
* SheKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Mr Jefferson knows how to clean up after himself. ]]
** First [[spoiler:he shoots Chloe when he finds out she and Max have discovered Rachel's body.]]
** If you decide to tell [[spoiler:Victoria too much about Nathan and Mr Jefferson at the Vortex Club party, she will get "silenced"]] as well.
** Max was going to be [[spoiler:silenced as well but she escapes due to a power that Mr. Jefferson]] didn't know about.

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending demonstrates that the entire game is one. If Max had let Chloe die in Episode 1, Nathan would have been arrested for her murder and then told the police about Mr. Jefferson abducting and killing women. This would lead to Rachel's corpse being discovered. The circumstances that lead up to Kate's suicide also don't occur. The game basically admits that there never was a practical, heroic reason for Max ever having her powers]].
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending is only marginally better in this case. Chloe survives and it is implied that other people do too but the death toll is officially unknown. Everyone's lives are completely uprooted even if they did survive. Nothing Max did altered her start-of-game vision in any way.]]
** Whether you view the game as meaningless is up to the player: [[spoiler:WordOfGod [[spoiler:Word of God states that whoever survives in the Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending is up to the player and was left deliberately ambiguous, and that the reason Victoria, Kate, and others show up at Chloe's funeral is because Max made a positive difference in their lives and they're there for her as a show of support.]]
* SheKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Mr Jefferson knows how to clean up after himself. ]]
** First [[spoiler:he shoots Chloe when he finds out she and Max have discovered Rachel's body.]]
** If you decide to tell [[spoiler:Victoria too much about Nathan and Mr Jefferson at the Vortex Club party, she will get "silenced"]] as well.
** Max was going to be [[spoiler:silenced as well but she escapes due to a power that Mr. Jefferson]] didn't know about.
]]



* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/LifeIsStrange Has its own page.]]

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* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/LifeIsStrange Has its own page.]]page]].



* SignsOfDisrepair: In Episode 5, the Two Whales Diner sign is damaged, leaving only "DIE" and a 'W' off to the side.

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* SignsOfDisrepair: In Episode 5, the Two Whales Diner sign is damaged, leaving only "DIE" and a 'W' "W" off to the side.



* SlowMotionFall: [[spoiler: Chloe, when Jefferson shoots her at the junk yard and also when Nathan shoots her in the bathroom at the end]].

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* SlowMotionFall: [[spoiler: Chloe, [[spoiler:Chloe, when Mr. Jefferson shoots her at the junk yard and also when Nathan shoots her in the bathroom at the end]].



* SolveTheSoupCans: The bottle fetching at the scrap yard which was inserted to help the players get immersed in the universe.

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* SolveTheSoupCans: The bottle fetching at the scrap yard junkyard, which was inserted to help the players get immersed in the universe.



** [[spoiler:There's a much longer one in Episode 5 when you have to evade characters in order to reach the lighthouse during the NightmareSequence]]. That the last two optional photos are hidden in this segment can make it all the more frustrating if you're a completionist.

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** [[spoiler:There's a much longer one in Episode 5 when you have to evade characters in order to reach the lighthouse during the NightmareSequence]]. That The fact that the last two optional photos are hidden in this segment can make it all the more frustrating if you're a completionist.



** In [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]], there's an interesting new addition to the lineup if you [[spoiler: read Max's texts]]:
--->'''[[spoiler: Alternate Victoria]]''': I do try BTW I scored that Killer bud from You know who FYI\\
'''[[spoiler: Alternate Max]]:''' Save me a bowl. Gotta bounce TTYL

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** In [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]], there's an interesting new addition to the lineup if you [[spoiler: read [[spoiler:read Max's texts]]:
--->'''[[spoiler: Alternate Victoria]]''': --->[[spoiler:'''Alternate Victoria:''']] I do try BTW I scored that Killer bud from You know who FYI\\
'''[[spoiler: Alternate Max]]:''' [[spoiler:'''Alternate Max:''']] Save me a bowl. Gotta bounce TTYL



* StoryBranching: The main gameplay mechanic, though the effect of your choices may not be apparent until following episodes. For particularly important choices, the game will pause and display the available options. At the end of each episode, a journal is brought up indicating every available major and minor branching point, along with percentages indicating how many overall players chose that option.

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* StoryBranching: The main gameplay mechanic, though the effect of your choices may not be apparent until following episodes. For particularly important choices, the game will pause and display the available options. At the end of each episode, a journal is brought up indicating every available major and minor branching point, along with percentages indicating how many overall players chose that option.option:



*** If Victoria believed Max in Episode 4, [[spoiler: she'll be in the Dark Room with Max.]]

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*** If Victoria believed Max in Episode 4, [[spoiler: she'll [[spoiler:she'll be in the Dark Room with Max.]]



* TheStoryThatNeverWas: As well as referencing a famous example of this trope in ''Series/StarTrek'' in one of Max's journals:
** Max realises she can jump back in time via photos at the end of chapter 3 (as well as just reversing it briefly as is done in normal gameplay) and tries to fix the death of Chloe's [[GoodParents near angelic father]]. [[spoiler:In the new timeline Chloe suffered a car accident instead and is dying a slow, painful death while confined to a wheelchair, suffering many of the bad things that were previously caused by her father's death[[note]]kicked out of school because they can't accommodate her rather than delinquency, the family are on the verge of poverty because of medical bills despite her father's job, Max still moved away (and seems socially isolated at school as an AlphaBitch instead of a wallflower) and all the mysterious events they were investigating -- including the random death of animals, freak weather events and the disappearance of Rachel (who Chloe never met) -- are still happening[[/note]], culminating in a choice of whether you [[ICannotSelfTerminate kill her with an overdose]] at her own request, or not. This is finally enough to make Max restore the original timeline, where Chloe is miserable and went through hell for the last 5 years, but still alive.]] The entire scene is effectively foreshadowing for the endings...
** You first see Chloe when she's shot by Nathan, causing Max to manifest her TimeMaster powers and undo it in a JustifiedTutorial. At the end of episode 5[[spoiler:/Season 1 you have a SadisticChoice of endings; "Sacrifice Chloe" or "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay". The former follows this trope, Max goes back in time (via a photo you took just before it happened) to let her get shot and DyingAlone (as far as she knows), never to be reunited with the former best friend crying her eyes out just feet away. A montage reveals that this also solves most of the story's other conflicts.[[note]]Nathan sells out Jefferson after being arrested for her murder (and presumably gets the care he needs), the Prescotts are being investigated for their involvement, Rachel's body is discovered shortly after as a result and Kate never attempts suicide, as the much larger scandal prevents the video of her going viral (and/or the arrest of Nathan and Jefferson making it clear she was a victim).[[/note]] ]]
** The other ending subverts this trope [[spoiler:([[BuryYourGays as well as another]]). Max tears the photo up (echoing an earlier moment when she destroys her prize winning photo to retcon herself back to the town and be able to save Chloe), having decided to ScrewDestiny and let the storm that this damage to the timeline summoned destroy the town (with a ShrugOfGod as to how many survivors there are). After it subsides an unspecified amount of time later, Max and Chloe leave the ruined town together, moving on with their lives.]]
* StoryToGameplayRatio: Often the puzzles take a backseat to the exploration of the environment and characters, making ''Life is Strange'' a hybrid of EnvironmentalNarrativeGame and AdventureGame.

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* TheStoryThatNeverWas: As well as referencing a famous example of this trope in ''Series/StarTrek'' ''Star Trek'' in one of Max's journals:
** Max realises realizes she can jump back in time via photos at the end of chapter Episode 3 (as well as just reversing it briefly as is done in normal gameplay) and tries to fix the death of Chloe's [[GoodParents near angelic father]]. [[spoiler:In the new timeline timeline, Chloe suffered a car accident instead and is dying a slow, painful death while confined to a wheelchair, suffering many of the bad things that were previously caused by her father's death[[note]]kicked death,[[note]]kicked out of school because they can't accommodate her rather than delinquency, the family are on the verge of poverty because of medical bills despite her father's job, Max still moved away (and seems socially isolated at school as an AlphaBitch instead of a wallflower) and all the mysterious events they were investigating -- including the random death of animals, freak weather events and the disappearance of Rachel (who Chloe never met) -- are still happening[[/note]], happening[[/note]] culminating in a choice of whether you [[ICannotSelfTerminate kill her with an overdose]] at her own request, or not. This is finally enough to make Max restore the original timeline, where Chloe is miserable and went through hell for the last 5 five years, but still alive.]] The entire scene is effectively foreshadowing for the endings...
** You first see Chloe when she's shot by Nathan, causing Max to manifest her TimeMaster powers and undo it in a JustifiedTutorial. At the end of episode 5[[spoiler:/Season 1 you Episode 5, [[spoiler:you have a SadisticChoice of endings; "Sacrifice Chloe" or "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay". The former follows this trope, this, as Max goes back in time (via a photo you took just before it happened) to let her get shot and DyingAlone (as far as she knows), never to be reunited with the former best friend crying her eyes out just feet away. A montage reveals that this also solves most of the story's other conflicts.[[note]]Nathan sells out Jefferson after being arrested for her murder (and presumably gets the care he needs), the Prescotts are being investigated for their involvement, Rachel's body is discovered shortly after as a result and Kate never attempts suicide, as the much larger scandal prevents the video of her going viral (and/or the arrest of Nathan and Jefferson making it clear she was a victim).[[/note]] ]]
[[/note]]]]
** The other ending subverts this trope [[spoiler:([[BuryYourGays as well as another]]). Max tears the photo up (echoing an earlier moment when she destroys her prize winning photo to retcon herself back to the town and be able to save Chloe), having decided to ScrewDestiny and let the storm that this damage to the timeline summoned destroy the town (with a ShrugOfGod as to how many survivors there are). After it subsides an unspecified amount of time later, Max and Chloe leave the ruined town together, moving on with their lives.]]
* StoryToGameplayRatio: Often the puzzles take a backseat to the exploration of the environment and characters, making ''Life is Is Strange'' a hybrid of EnvironmentalNarrativeGame and AdventureGame.



** At the end of Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max changes history so William Price never died. As a result, the five years between then and the present are radically altered. However, because Max's memory hasn't changed with the timeline, it's a completely different town to her. She's now a member of the popular crowd, Victoria's now Max's ''BFF'', Warren and Max aren't friends, David Madsen is a bus driver, and Chloe is paralyzed from the neck down]].

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** At the end of Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max changes history so William Price never died. As a result, the five years between then and the present are radically altered. However, because Max's memory hasn't changed with the timeline, it's a completely different town to her. She's now a member of the popular crowd, Victoria's now Max's ''BFF'', Warren and Max aren't friends, David Madsen is a school bus driver, and Chloe is paralyzed from the neck down]].



* SymbolicBaptism: In the opening Max excuses herself to the ladies room to splash water on her face. She then promptly acquires her TimeMaster powers (which make up the main game mechanic). At the end of the game [[spoiler: this moment is what she jumps back to, if the player chooses to sacrifice Chloe and CosmicRetcon away the entire game's events.]]
* TakeThat: [[spoiler:Serial killer Mark Jefferson]] appears to be a fan of a thinly veiled Rush Limbaugh parody.
* TakeYourTime: You can walk around examining objects and admiring the scenery at your leisure, but the important events won't occur until you trigger them. This is especially noticeable with the bathroom confrontation in the first episode. The first time around, you walk slowly and may waste a bunch of time looking at stuff. After the rewind, you run straight there and the event plays out the same. However, it's played with when it comes to events like Alyssa's regular misfortunes, Chloe being trapped on the train tracks or [[spoiler:the Two Whales diner exploding]] during Episode 5. All of them can be rewound to set things right in case Max didn't intervene in time, but they do play out in real-time again and again until you figure out the solution.

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* SymbolicBaptism: In the opening opening, Max excuses herself to the ladies room to splash water on her face. She then promptly acquires her TimeMaster powers (which make up the main game mechanic). At the end of the game [[spoiler: this game, [[spoiler:this moment is what she jumps back to, if the player chooses to sacrifice Chloe and CosmicRetcon away the entire game's events.]]
* TakeThat: [[spoiler:Serial killer Mark [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson]] appears to be a fan of a thinly veiled Rush Limbaugh parody.
* TakeYourTime: You can walk around examining objects and admiring the scenery at your leisure, but the important events won't occur until you trigger them. This is especially noticeable with the bathroom confrontation in the first episode.Episode 1. The first time around, you walk slowly and may waste a bunch of time looking at stuff. After the rewind, you run straight there and the event plays out the same. However, it's played with when it comes to events like Alyssa's regular misfortunes, Chloe being trapped on the train tracks or [[spoiler:the Two Whales diner exploding]] during Episode 5. All of them can be rewound to set things right in case Max didn't intervene in time, but they do play out in real-time real time again and again until you figure out the solution.



* TemptingFate: When leaving the diner, you get a call from Kate Marsh. Answering the call leads [[spoiler: to Max saying afterward that she could just not take the call. It's not like she won't see her later in class, right? Then, when she ''does'' go to class, Kate Marsh is [[DrivenToSuicide somewhere else...]]]] On the other hand, not taking the call results in [[spoiler: Max saying she feels bad about ignoring her friend in need. Chloe will then offhandedly tell her to not beat herself up as Kate will survive her not taking that one call. Max doesn't seem too convinced, and in fact, not taking the call will make it more difficult to talk Kate out of committing suicide later unless you say your phone was on silent mode, so Kate might ''not'' survive you not taking that one call after all]].

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* TemptingFate: When leaving the diner, you get a call from Kate Marsh. Kate. Answering the call leads [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to Max saying afterward that she could just not take the call. It's not like she won't see her later in class, right? Then, when she ''does'' go to class, Kate Marsh is [[DrivenToSuicide somewhere else...]]]] On the other hand, not taking the call results in [[spoiler: Max [[spoiler:Max saying she feels bad about ignoring her friend in need. Chloe will then offhandedly tell her to not beat herself up as Kate will survive her not taking that one call. Max doesn't seem too convinced, and in fact, not taking the call will make it more difficult to talk Kate out of committing suicide later unless you say your phone was on silent mode, so Kate might ''not'' survive you not taking that one call after all]].



** Justified with [[HairTriggerTemper Nathan]] [[AmbiguousDisorder Prescott]]; there are indeed therapists available who are more than willing to help him. Unfortunately his father considers allowing him to see them a sign of weakness, forcing him to self medicate with illegally purchased drugs.
** Played straight in Blackwell Academy, where Kate isn't offered any sort of counselling despite being publicly shamed and bullied to the point she's shut down (and showing obvious signs of suicidal thoughts [[spoiler: even before her attempt at the end of episode 2]]). [[spoiler: Although Jefferson (noted as the teacher she had the most contact with) was trying to push her towards suicide to cover up Nathan (and his) crimes...]]

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** Justified with [[HairTriggerTemper Nathan]] [[AmbiguousDisorder Prescott]]; there are indeed therapists available who are more than willing to help him. Unfortunately Unfortunately, his father considers allowing him to see them a sign of weakness, forcing him to self medicate with illegally purchased drugs.
** Played straight in Blackwell Academy, Blackwell, where Kate isn't offered any sort of counselling despite being publicly shamed and bullied to the point she's shut down (and showing obvious signs of suicidal thoughts [[spoiler: even [[spoiler:even before her attempt at the end of episode Episode 2]]). [[spoiler: Although [[spoiler:Although Mr. Jefferson (noted as the teacher she had the most contact with) was trying to push her towards suicide to cover up Nathan (and his) crimes...]]



* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: When Max [[spoiler: makes a bucket of paint drop in Victoria]], she says this:

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* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: When Max [[spoiler: makes [[spoiler:makes a bucket of paint drop in Victoria]], she says this:



* TimeCrash: First altering destiny, then tampering with the timeline causes strange, scary things to happen in Arcadia Bay. Though we can't exactly say why or how, other than that the timeline appears to becoming unstable and reality is both "glitching" and trying to right itself by ultimately wiping out Arcadia Bay.

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* TimeCrash: First altering destiny, then tampering with the timeline causes strange, scary things to happen in Arcadia Bay. Though we can't exactly say why or how, other than that the timeline appears to becoming unstable and reality is both "glitching" and trying to right itself by ultimately wiping out Arcadia Bay.Bay:



** Max's [[spoiler:altering history from within history itself leads to a point in Episode 5 where she is 'between realities']].

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** Max's [[spoiler:altering history from within history itself leads to a point in Episode 5 where she is 'between realities']]."between realities"]].



** According to Chloe, the snowflakes and eclipse also happened in the timeline with her being paraplegic, though in this timeline Max never saved Chloe from Nathan which caused the anomalies. So the tornado should not be on its way to destroy the town. Given, this is still a move away from the timeline when Chloe died because she was shot by Nathan, which [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense in theory]], considering it's never clear if [[spoiler:Chloe's survival caused the tornado or if Max changing the timeline at all caused it.]]

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** According to Chloe, the snowflakes and eclipse also happened in the timeline with her being paraplegic, though in this timeline Max never saved Chloe from Nathan which caused the anomalies. So the tornado should not be on its way to destroy the town. Given, this is still a move away from the timeline when Chloe died because she was shot by Nathan, which [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense in theory]], theory, considering it's never clear if [[spoiler:Chloe's survival caused the tornado or if Max changing the timeline at all caused it.]]



** Subverted in Episode 5. At one point Max remarks that "life is...", does a dramatic pause, and finishes with "weird".

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** Subverted in Episode 5. At one point point, Max remarks that "life is...", does a dramatic pause, and finishes with "weird".



* TortureCellar: The Dark Room, where [[spoiler:Jefferson]] brings his victims after getting them drugged[[spoiler:, just so that he can make photos of them in vulnerable situations]].
* TortureChamberEpisode: [[spoiler:Max spends most of the first half of Episode 5 as a captive in Jefferson's Dark Room]].

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* TortureCellar: The Dark Room, where [[spoiler:Jefferson]] [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson]] brings his victims after getting them drugged[[spoiler:, just drugged, [[spoiler:just so that he can make photos of them in vulnerable situations]].
* TortureChamberEpisode: [[spoiler:Max spends most of the first half of Episode 5 as a captive in Mr. Jefferson's Dark Room]].



* TotallyRadical: The dialogue is peppered with what is intended to be early 2010s slang, including "salty". There are also some odd British-isms, like "suss out" and "bum" (as in "ass"), among other examples. Lampshaded by Chloe, when Max uses the phrase "Are you cereal?" when she realizes her camera got busted.

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* TotallyRadical: The dialogue is peppered with what is intended to be early 2010s slang, including "salty". There are also some odd British-isms, like "suss out" and "bum" (as in "ass"), among other examples. Lampshaded This is lampshaded by Chloe, Chloe when Max uses the phrase "Are you cereal?" when she realizes her camera got busted.busted:



** The E3 trailer shows at the end that [[spoiler: you can rewind after focusing into a picture]]. A downplayed example, as it only covers the first three episodes and follows their official release rather than preceding it.

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** The E3 trailer shows at the end that [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you can rewind after focusing into a picture]]. A downplayed example, as it only covers the first three episodes and follows their official release rather than preceding it.



* TragicDream: [[spoiler:Rachel Amber never does get away from Arcadia Bay. Depending on the ending, neither does Chloe.]]

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* TragicDream: [[spoiler:Rachel Amber never does get away from Arcadia Bay. Depending on the ending, neither does Chloe.]]



* UseYourHead: In Episode 1 Nathan headbutts Warren in the parking area when the latter tries to help out Max. Warren returns the headbutt to Nathan in Episode 4 at the Boys' dormitory.

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* UseYourHead: In Episode 1 1, Nathan headbutts Warren in the parking area when the latter tries to help out Max. Warren returns the headbutt to Nathan in Episode 4 at the Boys' boys' dormitory.



** Some collectible photos can only be obtained if you do certain good things, like helping Warren with his science experiment.
** In a case overlapped with VideoGameCrueltyPotential, some collectible photos can also be obtained if you do certain cruel things, like re-arrange Victoria's wall of photos into a shape of [[FlippingTheBird middle finger]] or ask Trevor to do tre flip so he accidentally [[GroinAttack hit himself in the crotch]] for you to snap a photo of him in pain. Fortunately, since you retain items and collectible photos even after you rewound, you can simply rewind so you retain those photos while your cruel action is undone.

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** Some collectible of the optional photos can only be obtained if you do certain good things, like helping Warren with his science experiment.
** In a case overlapped with VideoGameCrueltyPotential, some collectible of the optional photos can also be obtained if you do certain cruel things, like re-arrange Victoria's wall of photos into a shape of [[FlippingTheBird middle finger]] or ask Trevor to do tre flip so he accidentally [[GroinAttack hit himself in the crotch]] for you to snap a photo of him in pain. Fortunately, since you retain items and collectible optional photos even after you rewound, you can simply rewind so you retain those photos while your cruel action is undone.



** You can choose to [[spoiler: tell Victoria she's going to be the next victim]], which, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ironically]], [[SubvertedTrope gets her killed if she believes Max]].

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** You can choose to [[spoiler: tell [[spoiler:tell Victoria she's going to be the next victim]], which, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ironically]], [[SubvertedTrope gets her killed if she believes Max]].



** On the flip side, they also let you be kind of a jerk, such as adding insult to Victoria's paint injury and doing some petty vandalism to the photo wall in her room (a photo achievement, though you can always rewind it; not doing so will result in Victoria stealing Max's birthday cookies), taking a picture of the kid who messes up his skateboard trick (another photo achievement), and letting Alyssa's OnceAnEpisode misfortune go unfixed.

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** On the flip side, they also let you be kind of a jerk, such as adding insult to Victoria's paint injury and doing some petty vandalism to the photo wall in her room (a photo achievement, though you can always rewind it; not doing so will result in Victoria stealing Max's birthday cookies), room, taking a picture of the kid who messes up his skateboard trick (another photo achievement), trick, and letting Alyssa's OnceAnEpisode misfortune go unfixed.



** In Episode 3, there are several methods Max can try to steal Frank Bowers' keys. Two of these are spilling his beer on his lap or dropping his plate of beans on the floor, pissing him off and resulting in him [[DisproportionateRetribution trying to kill Max]]. These accomplish nothing, but you can rewind and do them over and over to your heart's content.
** [[spoiler: You can not tell Victoria about her being the next victim in Episode 4]], which, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ironically]], [[SubvertedTrope ends up saving her life]].
* VillainHasAPoint: [[spoiler: During Episode 5, Jefferson makes an offhand comment about how Rachel Amber would have died in LA had she not died by Nathan's hand. He's technically right in the sense that Chloe and Rachel would have just left their families and Arcadia Bay and gone hundreds of miles with no money, no place to go and no actual plan for when they do make it there]].
* TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive: Max receives an anonymous text threat claiming someone "knows where she sleeps." It's likely from Nathan, as there can be another text in Episode 3 proclaiming that "feminazis will be exterminated"[[note]]if he was suspended[[/note]] or that she is a "fukup looser"[[note]]if Max was suspended[[/note]]. [[spoiler:You get proof it was him in Episode 4]].

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** In Episode 3, there are several methods Max can try to steal Frank Bowers' Frank's keys. Two of these are spilling his beer on his lap or dropping his plate of beans on the floor, pissing him off and resulting in him [[DisproportionateRetribution trying to kill Max]]. These accomplish nothing, but you can rewind and do them over and over to your heart's content.
** [[spoiler: You [[spoiler:You can not tell Victoria about her being the next victim in Episode 4]], which, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ironically]], [[SubvertedTrope ends up saving her life]].
* VillainHasAPoint: [[spoiler: During [[spoiler:During Episode 5, Mr. Jefferson makes an offhand comment about how Rachel Amber would have died in LA Los Angeles had she not died by Nathan's hand. He's technically right in the sense that Chloe and Rachel would have just left their families and Arcadia Bay and gone hundreds of miles with no money, no place to go and no actual plan for when they do make it there]].
* TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive: Max receives an anonymous text threat claiming someone "knows where she sleeps." It's likely from Nathan, as there can be another text in Episode 3 proclaiming that "feminazis will be exterminated"[[note]]if he was suspended[[/note]] or that she is a "fukup looser"[[note]]if Max was suspended[[/note]]. [[spoiler:You suspended.[[/note]][[spoiler:You get proof it was him in Episode 4]].



* WatchingTroyBurn: [[spoiler: If you choose to save Chloe at the end, the two of hold hands while watching Arcadia Bay getting destroyed by the tornado.]]

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* WatchingTroyBurn: [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If you choose to save Chloe at the end, the two of hold hands while watching Arcadia Bay getting destroyed by the tornado.]]



* WeirdMoon: Episode 4 has the Moon doubled in the sky. [[spoiler:It's implied to be another version of the Moon bleeding over from an alternate timeline]].

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* WeirdMoon: Episode 4 has the Moon moon doubled in the sky. [[spoiler:It's implied to be another version of the Moon moon bleeding over from an alternate timeline]].



** Episode 4: [[spoiler:Rachel was DeadAllAlong, murdered by Jefferson and Nathan. Jefferson and Nathan have been drugging and kidnapping teenage girls and taking grotesque pictures of them to put into photo albums. Finally, Jefferson kills Chloe and kidnaps Max]].

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** Episode 4: [[spoiler:Rachel was DeadAllAlong, murdered by Jefferson and Nathan. Mr. Jefferson and Nathan have been drugging and kidnapping teenage girls and taking grotesque pictures of them to put into photo albums. Finally, Jefferson kills Chloe and kidnaps Max]].



** It might not have a lot of impact on the plot, but this line in Episode 3 certainly turned some heads.
--->'''Chloe:''' You can afford to take chances! Whenever and whatever you want to try... for example, [[spoiler: I dare you to kiss me!]]
** Then in Episode 4, we get ''this''.

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** It might not have a lot of impact on the plot, but this line in Episode 3 certainly turned some heads.
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--->'''Chloe:''' You can afford to take chances! Whenever and whatever you want to try... for example, [[spoiler: I [[spoiler:I dare you to kiss me!]]
** Then in Episode 4, we get ''this''.''this'':



--->'''Max''': [[spoiler:I think the storm started... everything started... when I learned I could rewind time... There's no way this is just a coincidence, right?]]

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--->'''Max''': --->'''Max:''' [[spoiler:I think the storm started... everything started... when I learned I could rewind time... There's no way this is just a coincidence, right?]]



--->'''Warren''': [[spoiler:Max, going back in time is what caused the storm!]]

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--->'''Warren''': --->'''Warren:''' [[spoiler:Max, going back in time is what caused the storm!]]



** The reveal of [[spoiler: Chloe in a wheelchair]] in Episode 3.
** The reveal that [[spoiler:the man who killed Chloe and drugged Max is Jefferson, not Nathan]].

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** The reveal of [[spoiler: Chloe [[spoiler:Chloe in a wheelchair]] in Episode 3.
** The reveal that [[spoiler:the man one who killed Chloe and drugged Max is Mr. Jefferson, not Nathan]].



** If you have Max choose not to intervene while David the security guard is hassling Kate for no reason, Kate will angrily say "[[SarcasmMode Hope you enjoyed the show! Thanks for nothing, Max.]]"
** In Episode 5, [[spoiler: an alternate version of Max will ream into Max/[[WhatTheHellPlayer the player]] for using the rewind power to mess with people's feelings and saying what they want to hear.]]

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** If you have Max choose not to intervene while David the security guard is hassling Kate for no reason, Kate will angrily say say, "[[SarcasmMode Hope you enjoyed the show! Thanks for nothing, Max.]]"
** In Episode 5, [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an alternate version of Max will ream into Max/[[WhatTheHellPlayer the player]] Max for using the rewind power to mess with people's feelings and saying what they want to hear.]]



* YouAreBetterThanYouThink: Towards the end of the game, [[spoiler:Max realizes that the tornado was created by her powers and claims that all she has done with her powers was cause more death and destruction. Chloe won't have that.]]
-->'''Chloe''': Fuck all of that, okay? You were given a power. You didn't ask for it... And you saved me. Which had to happen, all of this did... [[spoiler:except for what happened to Rachel. But without your power, we wouldn't have found her!]] Okay, so you're not the goddamn Time Master, but you're Maxine Caulfield... and you're amazing.

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* YouAreBetterThanYouThink: Towards the end of the game, [[spoiler:Max realizes that the tornado was created by her powers and claims that all she has done with her powers was cause more death and destruction. Chloe won't have that.]]
-->'''Chloe''':
that:]]
-->'''Chloe:'''
Fuck all of that, okay? You were given a power. You didn't ask for it... And you saved me. Which had to happen, all of this did... [[spoiler:except for what happened to Rachel. But without your power, we wouldn't have found her!]] Okay, so you're not the goddamn Time Master, but you're Maxine Caulfield... and you're amazing.



* YouCantFightFate: After Max saves Chloe in the opening, Chloe has numerous close calls within the span of a week, verging on CosmicPlaything territory, [[spoiler:even dying by gunshot at the close of Chapter 4, until Max jumps through ''a lot'' of hoops to reverse it]]. The implication being that Chloe was destined to die early in the story, and that all of these close calls is the timeline trying to right itself, while the strange phenomena around the town [[TimeCrash is a side-effect of the timeline being tampered with]]. However, you can save Chloe for good, at great cost.

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* YouCantFightFate: After Max saves Chloe in the opening, Chloe has numerous close calls within the span of a week, verging on CosmicPlaything territory, [[spoiler:even dying by gunshot at the close of Chapter 4, until Max jumps through ''a lot'' of hoops to reverse it]]. The implication being that Chloe was destined to die early in the story, and that all of these close calls is the timeline trying to right itself, while the strange phenomena around the town [[TimeCrash is a side-effect of the timeline being tampered with]]. However, you can save Chloe for good, at great cost.cost:



** [[spoiler: This trope sums up the Sacrifice Chloe ending. Max goes back in time where she met the blue butterfly in the bathroom and lets Chloe get killed by Nathan.]]
** [[spoiler: On the other hand, this trope is averted by the Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending. Max and Chloe watch the tornado as it destroys the town and the two leave the next day.]]

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** [[spoiler: This trope [[spoiler:This sums up the Sacrifice Chloe ending. Max goes back in time where she met the blue butterfly in the bathroom and lets Chloe get killed by Nathan.]]
** [[spoiler: On [[spoiler:On the other hand, this trope is averted by the Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending. Max and Chloe watch the tornado as it destroys the town and the two leave the next day.]]



* YouWouldntShootMe: Frank pulls this one on Max at the junk yard when the latter draws a gun on him. Of course he's quite shocked if you do decide to pull the trigger and backs off.

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* YouWouldntShootMe: Frank pulls this one on Max at the junk yard junkyard when the latter draws a gun on him. Of course course, he's quite shocked if you do decide to pull the trigger and backs off.


''Life Is Strange'' is a 2015 [[EpisodicGame Episodic]] AdventureGame, and is the second game by Creator/DONTNODEntertainment. Their previous work was ''VideoGame/RememberMe'', and Creator/SquareEnix took up publishing duties from {{Creator/Capcom}} for this one.

[[HumbleHero Maxine "Max" Caulfield]] (Creator/HannahTelle) is an 18-year-old [[HighSchool high school]] [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent senior]] who just recently moved back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand after an absence of five years]]. When she sees a girl get shot by a fellow student, Max discovers she can [[TimeRewindMechanic rewind time]], allowing her to change what happened and save the girl. The girl is later revealed to be [[TheLancer Chloe Price]] (Creator/AshlyBurch), Max's former best friend, and the two have a rather strange but heartfelt reunion.

As Chloe and Max try to patch their rusted friendship (and figure out how the other has changed in their mutual absence), Max learns of [[TheAce Rachel Amber]], a former Blackwell student who disappeared six months ago under mysterious circumstances after meeting someone who allegedly "changed her life". Chloe, who had formed a strong bond with Rachel after Chloe's father died and Max moved away, is desperate to find her. In an effort to try and reconnect with her old friend, Max decides to help Chloe look for Rachel. At the same time, Chloe and Max try to investigate the ramifications of Max's new power, spurred by Max's recurring visions of a tornado wiping out the town in four days.

This new power comes in handy with the other major difficulty in Max's life: Arcadia Bay. Coming back after five years of total absence is difficult enough, and Max's social life is made complex by her choice of high school: Blackwell Academy, an elite institution to which Max has a full ride scholarship, studying photography. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters The town and school are filled with a diverse cast of characters]], all of whom have their own secrets and agendas. Max must not only do her best to help Chloe find the missing Rachel ([[BigManOnCampus whom everybody seems to know]]) -- she must navigate the treacherous waters of personal relationships with the people around her, and not all of them have good intentions at heart.

Focusing primarily on the relationship between Max and Chloe as the world goes wrong around them, ''Life is Strange'' is an emotional, story-driven game that offers a twist on the typical adventure game: Max's ability to rewind time. This power allows her (and thus the player) to explore the immediate outcome of choices and dialog options, then rewind to test other possibilities, even creating new ones using information gained from previous interactions. It creates an interesting in-universe form of SaveScumming for our heroine. Max must make choices that will deeply affect herself and those around her, and seemingly small or insignificant decisions can have a huge impact down the line. With time running out and the tornado looming, will Max's choices save Arcadia Bay, or doom it?

Season one consists of five episodes, which were released roughly 8 weeks apart throughout 2015. It is available for download on [=iOS=], [=PlayStation=] 3, [=PlayStation=] 4, Xbox 360, UsefulNotes/XboxONE, Mac, Linux, and PC (the last three through Steam), [[http://lifeisstrange.com/free and you can download the entire first episode for free to try it out if you're on the fence]]. It's available for disc retail (with an optional limited edition) only on [=PlayStation=] 4, Xbox ONE, and PC. The limited edition featured the game's licensed soundtrack on CD, a 32-page art book in the style of Max's journal, and a director's commentary which was released to all players. You can find launch trailers, developer videos, and other such context at the official [[https://www.youtube.com/user/lifeisstrange Youtube channel.]]

Similarities to [[VideoGame/GoneHome another indie adventure game taking place in Oregon and featuring a relationship between two women as the focus]] have been noted, but according to the dev team are simply coincidental, as ''Life Is Strange'' was in development long before ''Gone Home'' was released. DONTNOD actually talked to the ''Gone Home'' dev team to get some tips on things like building a realistic world, music licensing, and other shared aspects. Other works with noted similarities, in tone or plot, are ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' and ''Series/TwinPeaks''.

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''Life Is Strange'' is a 2015 [[EpisodicGame Episodic]] AdventureGame, {{episodic|Game}} AdventureGame. It was developed by Creator/DONTNODEntertainment and is the second game published by Creator/DONTNODEntertainment. Their previous work was ''VideoGame/RememberMe'', and Creator/SquareEnix took up publishing duties from {{Creator/Capcom}} for this one.

CreatorSquareEnix.

[[HumbleHero Maxine "Max" Caulfield]] (Creator/HannahTelle) is an 18-year-old [[HighSchool high school]] HighSchool [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent senior]] who just recently moved back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand after an absence of five years]]. When she sees a girl get shot by a fellow student, Max discovers she can [[TimeRewindMechanic rewind time]], allowing her to change what happened and save the girl. The girl is later revealed to be [[TheLancer Chloe Price]] (Creator/AshlyBurch), Max's former best friend, and the two have a rather strange but heartfelt reunion.

As Chloe and Max try to patch their rusted friendship (and friendship, and figure out how the other has changed in their mutual absence), absence, Max learns of [[TheAce Rachel Amber]], a former Blackwell Academy student who disappeared six months ago under mysterious circumstances after meeting someone who allegedly "changed her life". Chloe, who had formed a strong bond with Rachel after Chloe's father died and Max moved away, is desperate to find her. In an effort to try and reconnect with her old friend, Max decides to help Chloe look for Rachel. At the same time, Chloe and Max try to investigate the ramifications of Max's new power, spurred by Max's recurring visions of a tornado wiping out the town in four days.

This new power comes in handy with the other major difficulty in Max's life: Arcadia Bay. Coming back after five years of total absence is difficult enough, and Max's social life is made complex by her choice of high school: Blackwell Academy, Blackwell, an elite institution to which Max has a full ride scholarship, studying photography. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters The town and school are filled with a diverse cast of characters]], all of whom have their own secrets and agendas. Max must not only do her best to help Chloe find the missing Rachel ([[BigManOnCampus whom everybody seems to know]]) -- she must navigate the treacherous waters of personal relationships with the people around her, and not all of them have good intentions at heart.

Focusing primarily on the relationship between Max and Chloe as the world goes wrong around them, ''Life is Is Strange'' is an emotional, story-driven game that offers a twist on the typical adventure game: Max's ability to rewind time. This power allows her (and thus the player) to explore the immediate outcome of choices and dialog options, then rewind to test other possibilities, even creating new ones using information gained from previous interactions. It creates an interesting in-universe form of SaveScumming for our heroine. Max must make choices that will deeply affect herself and those around her, and seemingly small or insignificant decisions can have a huge impact down the line. With time running out and the tornado looming, will Max's choices save Arcadia Bay, or doom it?

Season one 1 consists of five episodes, which were released roughly 8 eight weeks apart throughout 2015. It is available for download on [=iOS=], [=PlayStation=] 3, [=PlayStation=] 4, Xbox 360, UsefulNotes/XboxONE, UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, UsefulNotes/Xbox360, UsefulNotes/XboxOne, Mac, Linux, and PC (the last three through Steam), [[http://lifeisstrange.com/free and you can download the entire first episode for free to try it out if you're on the fence]]. It's available for disc retail (with an optional limited edition) only on the [=PlayStation=] 4, Xbox ONE, One, and PC. The limited edition featured the game's licensed soundtrack on CD, a 32-page art book in the style of Max's journal, and a director's commentary which was released to all players. You can find launch trailers, developer videos, and other such context at the official [[https://www.youtube.com/user/lifeisstrange Youtube YouTube channel.]]

Similarities to [[VideoGame/GoneHome another indie adventure game taking place in Oregon and featuring a relationship between two women as the focus]] have been noted, but according to the dev team are simply coincidental, as ''Life Is Strange'' was in development long before ''Gone Home'' was released. DONTNOD actually talked to the ''Gone Home'' dev team to get some tips on things like building a realistic world, music licensing, and other shared aspects. Other works with noted similarities, in tone or plot, are ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' and ''Series/TwinPeaks''.
]]



* A three-episode prequel game about Chloe and Rachel named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.
** The Deluxe Edition released on March 6 2018 contains a bonus episode, titled ''Farewell'', that takes place two years earlier still, and follows Max and Chloe on the last day they spent together before Max moved to Seattle.
* ''VideoGame/TheAwesomeAdventuresOfCaptainSpirit'', a one-shot side story and prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', was released for free on June 26, 2018 and focuses on an imaginative nine-year-old boy named Chris.

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* A three-episode prequel game about Chloe and Rachel named titled ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.
** The Deluxe Edition released on March 6 6, 2018 contains a bonus episode, titled ''Farewell'', that takes place two years earlier still, and follows Max and Chloe on the last day they spent together before Max moved to Seattle.
* ''VideoGame/TheAwesomeAdventuresOfCaptainSpirit'', a one-shot side story and prologue to ''Life is Is Strange 2'', was released for free on June 26, 2018 and focuses on an imaginative nine-year-old boy named Chris.



'''Character tropes go on to the [[Characters/LifeIsStrange Characters Sheet]].'''

'''BEWARE! Due to the choice-based nature of the game, there may be spoilers even if you've played or haven't through all the episodes. Proceed with caution!'''

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'''Character tropes go on to the [[Characters/LifeIsStrange Characters Sheet]].'''

'''BEWARE!
''Beware! Due to the choice-based nature of the game, there may be spoilers even if you've played or haven't gone through all the episodes. Proceed with caution!'''
caution!''



* AdultsAreUseless: None of the adults in this game seem particularly helpful.
** Principal Wells is almost guaranteed not to believe Max in any situation. If you tell him about Nathan Prescott having a gun in the bathroom, Wells will cite Nathan's family and status as an honor-roll student as reasons why this is unlikely. The worst he does is call him to the office. The action also backfires on Max, as he'll then contact her parents and accuse her of "telling tall tales". If you try to report David Madsen before class in Episode 2, Wells always finds an excuse to not trust what Max says no matter what choices the player has made. The only time he's remotely helpful is in the aftermath of [[spoiler:Kate's suicide]]. Depending on your previous choices, he can be convinced to [[spoiler:suspend Nathan on suspicion of drugging Kate and recording the salacious video of her, suspend Madsen for antagonizing Kate (but only if you have proof), or lightly punish Mr. Jefferson for UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming Kate]]. Chloe picks up on this, deriding him as a drunk more concerned with the school's bottom line. In Nathan's case, Wells is being pressured by his rich father, [[spoiler:to the point that Nathan's records are outright falsified]].
** The local security guard, David Madsen, is outright antagonistic to Max and Kate, though he's at least shown intervening in the fight between Nathan and Warren after Chloe takes off with Max. He can be seen grilling Nathan in Episode 2. He does seem to mean well, it's just that he has trouble separating his prior military from civilian life. [[spoiler:He ultimately turns out to be a subversion: David is actually the only authority figure investigating Rachel's disappearance and he's the key to defeating the villain.]]
** Mr. Jefferson is a nice guy in Episode 1, but when confronted with cruel gossip about a student in Episode 2, he resorts to UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming. [[spoiler:He also turns out to be the BigBad all along and murders Chloe upon his reveal. It's likely he willfully invoked this trope to manipulate Kate and clean up a possible loose end.]]
** Ms. Grant is also shown to be nice, but the extent of her help so far is a petition to stop Madsen from putting up security cameras. If Max signs the petition, it will pass.
* AgreeToDisagree: [[spoiler:Victoria will note to Max that it appears the two of them just aren't meant to be friends. Max can in turn point that it might be the case, but it doesn't mean they have to be enemies. If Max has been nice to Victoria, she will agree with this]].
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: [[spoiler: During Max's NightmareSequence near the end, a lot of places are "revisited" while trying to escape from it. They include Jefferson's classroom, the girls' dormitory hall, the school, the swimming pool lockers, the junkyard, Chloe's house, the Dark Room, the Two Whales Diner and a lot of Max and Chloe's moments that happened during the game.]]
* AloneWithThePsycho: [[spoiler:At the end of Episode 4 Max winds up alone with Jefferson in the SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere. She manages to alert David via time travel who then comes to her rescue.]]

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* AdultsAreUseless: None of the adults in this game seem particularly helpful.
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** Principal Wells is almost guaranteed not to believe Max in any situation. If you tell him about Nathan Prescott having a gun in the bathroom, Wells will cite Nathan's family and status as an honor-roll honor roll student as reasons why this is unlikely. The worst he does is call him to the office. The action also backfires on Max, as he'll then contact her parents and accuse her of "telling tall tales". If you try to report David Madsen before class in Episode 2, Wells always finds an excuse to not trust what Max says no matter what choices the player has made. The only time he's remotely helpful is in the aftermath of [[spoiler:Kate's suicide]]. Depending on your previous choices, he can be convinced to [[spoiler:suspend Nathan on suspicion of drugging Kate and recording the salacious video of her, suspend Madsen for antagonizing Kate (but only if you have proof), or lightly punish Mr. Jefferson for UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming Kate]]. Chloe picks up on this, deriding him as a drunk who's more concerned with the school's bottom line. In Nathan's case, Wells is being pressured by his rich father, [[spoiler:to the point that Nathan's records are outright falsified]].
** The local security guard, David Madsen, is outright antagonistic to Max and Kate, though he's at least shown intervening in the fight between Nathan and Warren after Chloe takes off with Max. He can be seen grilling Nathan in Episode 2. He does seem to mean well, it's just that he has trouble separating his prior military career from his civilian life. [[spoiler:He ultimately turns out to be a subversion: David is actually the only authority figure investigating Rachel's disappearance and he's the key to defeating the villain.culprit.]]
** Mr. Jefferson is a nice guy in Episode 1, but when confronted with cruel gossip about a student in Episode 2, he resorts to UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming. [[spoiler:He also turns out to be the BigBad all along and murders Chloe upon his reveal. It's likely he willfully invoked this trope to manipulate Kate and clean up a possible loose end.]]
** Ms. Grant is also shown to be nice, but the extent of her help so far is a petition to stop Madsen from putting up security cameras. If Max signs the petition, it will pass.
* AgreeToDisagree: [[spoiler:Victoria will note to Max that it appears the two of them just aren't meant to be friends. Max can in turn point that it might be the case, but it doesn't mean they have to be enemies. If Max has been nice to Victoria, she will agree with this]].
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* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: [[spoiler: During [[spoiler:During Max's NightmareSequence near the end, a lot of places are "revisited" while trying to escape from it. They include Jefferson's classroom, the girls' dormitory hall, the school, the swimming pool lockers, the junkyard, Chloe's house, the Dark Room, the Two Whales Diner and a lot of Max and Chloe's moments that happened during the game.]]
* AloneWithThePsycho: [[spoiler:At the end of Episode 4 4, Max winds up alone with Mr. Jefferson in the SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere. She manages to alert David via time travel who then comes to her rescue.]]



** The game takes place in present-day Arcadia Bay, about five years after Chloe's father, William, died in a car accident. [[spoiler: However, if he ''hadn't'', things would be much different. He and Joyce would still be married, David Madsen becomes a bus driver, Max would be part of the popular clique at Blackwell, and she'd be semi-sorta popular for a photo contest. Unfortunately in this timeline, Chloe ended up in a car accident instead and has been paralyzed from it. Also, Rachel still goes missing. In Episode 5, it's revealed that each of her time jumps creates a new universe where something different happens.]]

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** The game takes place in present-day Arcadia Bay, about five years after Chloe's father, William, died in a car accident. [[spoiler: However, if he ''hadn't'', things would be much different. He and Joyce would still be married, David Madsen becomes a school bus driver, Max would be part of the popular clique at Blackwell, and she'd be semi-sorta popular for a photo contest. Unfortunately Unfortunately, in this timeline, Chloe ended up in a car accident instead and has been paralyzed from it. Also, Rachel still goes missing. In Episode 5, it's revealed that each of her time jumps creates a new universe where something different happens.]]



* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Potentially your mindset at the end [[spoiler: when choosing to save Chloe over Arcadia Bay]].
* AmbiguousEnding: In the [[spoiler:Sacrifice Arcadia Bay]] ending, it is not clear [[spoiler:how many people are killed by the tornado, and who of the protagonists (beyond Max and Chloe) are alive]]. WordOfGod says it is intentional.

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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Potentially your mindset at the end [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when choosing to save Chloe over Arcadia Bay]].
* AmbiguousEnding: In the [[spoiler:Sacrifice Arcadia Bay]] ending, it is not clear [[spoiler:how many people are killed by the tornado, and who of the protagonists (beyond Max and Chloe) are alive]]. WordOfGod says it is intentional.



* AndThisIsFor: In Episode 4, [[spoiler: when you let Warren beat up Nathan, he does so in such a fashion.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Warren''': You like to hurt people, huh? <kicks Nathan in the gut> Like Max? <kick> Like Kate? <kick> Like me? <kick> Feel this, motherfucker!]]

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* AndThisIsFor: In Episode 4, [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when you let Warren beat up Nathan, he does so in such a fashion.]]
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-->[[spoiler: '''Warren''': '''Warren:''' You like to hurt people, huh? <kicks Nathan in the gut> Like Max? <kick> Like Kate? <kick> Like me? <kick> Feel this, motherfucker!]]



** There's a lot of birds featured in the game. You can take photographs of birds, they are frequently seen sitting around and in Episode 1 you can save one of them from flying against a window. If you look closely at the sky at some parts of the game, you can see flocks of birds flying erratically in the distance. They might even have some connection to time, since in Episode 2 when [[spoiler:Kate is on the roof and Max stops time]], birds are everywhere. In Episode 3, one of the phenomena happening is birds falling dead from the sky. You could argue that they might be a symbol for life and death.
** Does. Max sports at least two shirts with a doe on it. Then there is TheMarvelousDeer that occasionally pops up to guide her. WordOfGod confirmed that this doe is Rachel's presence. Note that the spot where it appears in the junkyard is exactly where [[spoiler:Rachel was buried]].
** Butterflies are associated with Chloe. The butterfly we see early on is blue like Chloe's hair and in the [[spoiler: funeral ending the butterfly lands on Chloe's coffin]]. Also, Chloe has a butterfly tattoo.
*** The butterflies could also be representations of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect butterfly effect]]: the scientific concept that a small change in the beginning can have a large effect later down the line. This is commonly associated with time travel; if you mess with the past, you will change the future.

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** There's a lot of birds featured in the game. You can take photographs of birds, they are frequently seen sitting around around, and in Episode 1 1, you can save one of them from flying against a window. If you look closely at the sky at some parts of the game, you can see flocks of birds flying erratically in the distance. They might even have some connection to time, since in Episode 2 when [[spoiler:Kate is on the roof and Max stops time]], birds are everywhere. In Episode 3, one of the phenomena happening is birds falling dead from the sky. You could argue that they might be a symbol for life and death.\n
** Does. Max sports at least two shirts with a doe on it. Then there is TheMarvelousDeer that occasionally pops up to guide her. WordOfGod It's been confirmed that this doe is Rachel's presence.[[spoiler:Rachel's presence]]. Note that the spot where it appears in the junkyard is exactly where [[spoiler:Rachel was buried]].
** Butterflies are associated with Chloe. The butterfly we see early on is blue like Chloe's hair and in the [[spoiler: funeral [[spoiler:funeral ending the butterfly lands on Chloe's coffin]]. Also, Chloe has a butterfly tattoo.
*** The butterflies could also be representations of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect butterfly effect]]: the scientific concept that a small change in the beginning can have a large effect later down the line. This is commonly associated with time travel; if you mess with the past, you will change the future.
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** Though the game doesn't let you skip cutscenes or dialogue normally, you are allowed to do so if you've already seen them after a rewind, or if you replay that chapter in Collectible Mode.

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** Though the game doesn't let you skip cutscenes or dialogue normally, you are allowed to do so if you've already seen them after a rewind, rewind or if you replay that chapter in Collectible Mode.



** If you're being ''really'' dense during some of the puzzles, after a few minutes Max will gently remind you that she can rewind time.

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** If you're being ''really'' dense during some of the puzzles, after a few minutes minutes, Max will gently remind you that she can rewind time.



** When searching for hints to unlock Nathan's phone, after three tries it'll ask for the phone's PUK code, which is more conveniently found on his SIM card package.

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** When searching for hints to unlock Nathan's phone, after three tries tries, it'll ask for the phone's PUK code, which is more conveniently found on his SIM card package.



** Spirals/vortices. Examples include the icon for Max's powers, the Vortex Club and their posters, and the tornado. Not to mention the swarm of ants beside the Two Whales in Episode 3. Even Max herself points out how ominous it seems. INDEED.
** Cameras and photography. Even characters not associated with photography are seen with cameras, like David. Several photography references show up in the game, including one of the episode titles and of all the pictures you can take for achievements/trophies. In Episode 4, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Mr. Jefferson has been running a covert photography operation involving drugged women]].
** The butterfly, referencing Chaos Theory (aka Butterfly Effect) created through time travel. Max sees one shortly before she discovers her ability. Consequently, butterflies in the game symbolize an upcoming decision point. It's also associated with Chloe, given that it's blue and it first appears when Max first sees her. [[spoiler:If you choose to sacrifice Chloe in the game's finale, it lands on Chloe's coffin, which somehow comforts Max.]]

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** Spirals/vortices. Examples include the icon for Max's powers, the Vortex Club and their posters, and the tornado. Not to mention the swarm of ants beside the Two Whales in Episode 3. Even Max herself points out how ominous it seems. INDEED.
** Cameras and photography. Even characters not associated with photography are seen with cameras, like David. Several photography references show up in the game, including one of the episode titles and of all the pictures you can take for achievements/trophies. In Episode 4, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson has been running a covert photography operation involving drugged women]].
** The butterfly, referencing the Chaos Theory (aka Theory, a.k.a. the Butterfly Effect) Effect, created through time travel. Max sees one shortly before she discovers her ability. Consequently, butterflies in the game symbolize an upcoming decision point. It's also associated with Chloe, given that it's blue and it first appears when Max first sees her. [[spoiler:If you choose to sacrifice Chloe in the game's finale, it lands on Chloe's coffin, which somehow comforts Max.]]



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Max mentions in her journal that she didn't want to tell everything to Warren.

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Max mentions in her journal that she didn't want to tell everything to Warren.Warren:



* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: In Episode 2, Warren's science experiment can involve adding chlorine, potassium or sodium. Whenever anything's added, it's always from a beaker of some clear solution. Of these, only chlorine could be added this way (since it can be bubbled through water to form an aqueous solution[[note]]This technically forms hydrochloric acid, but it will serve the same purpose as bubbling actual chlorine through the solution, especially in high school chemistry experiments[[/note]]), since potassium and sodium are metals which are solid at room temperature (and need to be stored in oil to prevent them from reacting with the air).

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* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: In Episode 2, Warren's science experiment can involve adding chlorine, potassium or sodium. Whenever anything's added, it's always from a beaker of some clear solution. Of these, only chlorine could be added this way (since it can be bubbled through water to form an aqueous solution[[note]]This solution,[[note]]This technically forms hydrochloric acid, but it will serve the same purpose as bubbling actual chlorine through the solution, especially in high school chemistry experiments[[/note]]), experiments[[/note]]) since potassium and sodium are metals which are solid at room temperature (and need to be stored in oil to prevent them from reacting with the air).



** The game uses chaos theory as a rough explanation as for why Max's powers are causing disasters, but chaos theory only deals with the behavior of a system which can have radically different outcomes based on the initial conditions. In this situation, chaos theory would only apply to the changes that result from the choices Max makes, and would not explain phenomenon that are strange and/or outright impossible.

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** The game uses the chaos theory as a rough explanation as for why Max's powers are causing disasters, but chaos disasters. However, the theory only deals with the behavior of a system which can have radically different outcomes based on the initial conditions. In this situation, chaos the theory would only apply to the changes that result from the choices Max makes, and would not explain phenomenon that are strange and/or outright impossible.



** In Episode 5, Max [[spoiler:receives a text from Jefferson reading "How hard is it to turn in one fucking selfie?" during the backwards sequence, referencing the "I told you to hand in your fucking photo" meme that appeared after Episode 4's ending]].
** The bottle hunting sequence from Episode 2 became so notorious for its difficulty and pointlessness that in Episode 5, [[spoiler: Max's nightmare sequence includes a large amount of bottles which, when picked up, will elicit an appropriately snarky response from her.]]
* AttemptedRape: Possibly. Nathan drugged Chloe and took photographs of her while she was unconscious. Fortunately, she awoke and managed to fight back and escape before he got around to doing anything really nasty. [[spoiler:Kate]], on the other hand, wasn't so lucky, which resulted in a scandal when she was recorded doing it. [[spoiler: Episode 5 states outright that though Jefferson and Nathan drugged, kidnapped and took creepy photos of a number of girls, none of them were in fact sexually assaulted. However, as both Kate's and Max's reactions show, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the difference is largely academic]], and Kate was clearly taken advantage of in her drugged state anyway (as she was coerced into making out with several boys)]].
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Two tragic examples in Episode 5. The first one is from David towards Chloe, [[spoiler: if Max lie to him telling that Chloe is alive and just separated from her to smoke pot, David will sound relieved and say that for the first time he is glad for Chloe being a stoner. If she tells him that Chloe is dead, David will kill Mr. Jefferson in a rage attack and later look very depressed about everything.]] The second is from Chloe towards David, as she calls him step-father instead of "step-douche" for the first time, [[spoiler: but this happens in a moment which either she is going to die or Arcadia Bay is going to be destroyed.]]

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** In Episode 5, Max [[spoiler:receives a text from Mr. Jefferson reading "How hard is it to turn in one fucking selfie?" during the backwards sequence, referencing the "I told you to hand in your fucking photo" meme that appeared after Episode 4's ending]].
** The bottle hunting sequence from in Episode 2 became so notorious for its difficulty and pointlessness that in Episode 5, [[spoiler: Max's [[spoiler:Max's nightmare sequence includes a large amount of bottles which, when picked up, will elicit an appropriately snarky response from her.]]
* AttemptedRape: Possibly. Nathan drugged Chloe and took photographs of her while she was unconscious. Fortunately, she awoke and managed to fight back and escape before he got around to doing anything really nasty. [[spoiler:Kate]], on the other hand, wasn't so lucky, which resulted in a scandal when she was recorded doing it. [[spoiler: Episode [[spoiler:Episode 5 states outright states that even though Mr. Jefferson and Nathan drugged, kidnapped and took creepy photos of a number of girls, none of them were in fact sexually assaulted. However, as both Kate's Kate and Max's reactions show, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the difference is largely academic]], and Kate was clearly taken advantage of in her drugged state anyway (as anyway, as she was coerced into making out with several boys)]].
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Two tragic examples in Episode 5. The first one is from David towards Chloe, [[spoiler: if [[spoiler:if Max lie to him telling that Chloe is alive and just separated from her to smoke pot, David will sound relieved and say that for the first time he is glad for Chloe being a stoner. If she tells him that Chloe is dead, David will kill Mr. Jefferson in a rage attack and later look very depressed about everything.]] The second is from Chloe towards David, as she calls him step-father stepfather instead of "step-douche" for the first time, [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but this happens in a moment which either she is going to die or Arcadia Bay is going to be destroyed.]]



** The Two Whales diner bathroom also has some. [[spoiler: Or way too many.]]

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** The Two Whales diner bathroom also has some. [[spoiler: Or [[spoiler:Or way too many.]]



* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: In Episode 5 [[spoiler: Max finally tells Warren about her powers and he immediately begins theorizing about them causing the storm. If you choose the option to ask "You believe me?" he says he does because of this trope.]]

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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: In Episode 5 [[spoiler: Max [[spoiler:Max finally tells Warren about her powers and he immediately begins theorizing about them causing the storm. If you choose the option to ask "You believe me?" he says he does because of this trope.]]this:]]



** [[spoiler:Nathan seem to be the most evident suspect of Rachel's disappearance due to his reckless gun usage on Chloe as well as Kate's testimony about the [[SlippingAMickey drugging incident]] at the Vortex Club party. However, as revealed in Episode 4, Nathan is only TheDragon to Mr. Jefferson who manipulated Nathan]].

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** [[spoiler:Nathan seem to be the most evident suspect of Rachel's disappearance due to his reckless gun usage on Chloe as well as Kate's testimony about the [[SlippingAMickey drugging incident]] at the Vortex Club party. However, as revealed in Episode 4, Nathan is only TheDragon to Mr. Jefferson who manipulated Nathan]].Nathan.]]



** Episode 3. [[spoiler:Max discovers a new power that allows her to save Chloe's dad, thus not having Joyce marry David and Chloe not be in her situation. However, the ending shot is a now-quadriplegic Chloe confined to a motorized wheelchair and with a ventilator, who is nevertheless happy to see Max. Episode 4 lets the air out of that by revealing that Chloe's treatment is driving her family to bankruptcy, and the nature of her injury means she is going to die soon anyway. Then she leaves it to Max to decide to euthanize her or not]].

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** Episode 3. [[spoiler:Max discovers a new power that allows her to save Chloe's dad, thus not having Joyce marry David and Chloe not be in her situation. However, the ending shot is a now-quadriplegic Chloe confined to a motorized wheelchair and with a ventilator, who is nevertheless happy to see Max. Episode 4 lets the air out of that by revealing that Chloe's treatment is driving her family to bankruptcy, and the nature of her injury means she is going to die soon anyway. Then she She then leaves it to Max to decide to euthanize her or not]].



*** [[spoiler:The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending. At Chloe's urging, Max uses the butterfly photo to travel back to the start of the game and allows Nathan to kill Chloe, preventing Max's powers from manifesting and preventing the tornado from ever happening. Chloe dies, without ever reuniting with Max or learning what happened to Rachel, but her murder leads to Jefferson and Nathan getting arrested, everyone who could have died over the course of the game survive regardless of what happened to them during the game, and the tornado never happens.]]

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*** [[spoiler:The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending. At Chloe's urging, Max uses the butterfly photo to travel back to the start of the game and allows Nathan to kill Chloe, preventing Max's powers from manifesting and preventing the tornado from ever happening. Chloe dies, without ever reuniting with Max or learning what happened to Rachel, but her murder leads to Mr. Jefferson and Nathan getting arrested, everyone who could have died over the course of the game survive surviving regardless of what happened to them during the game, and the tornado never happens.]]



* BlackBugRoom: The Nightmare Sequence during Episode 5, where Max has to directly confront all of her subconscious fears.

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* BlackBugRoom: The Nightmare Sequence during in Episode 5, where Max has to directly confront all of her subconscious fears.



* BodyHorror: While exploring [[spoiler:The Dark Room]] in Episode 4, you see an anime style poster of a young girl tearing her throat out with tentacles ripping out of the wound.
* BondageIsBad: Used to codify the villainy of both Nathan and [[spoiler:Jefferson]] since they [[spoiler: tie up the girls that they drug, kidnap, and then photograph]]. Though what's highlighted as bad about this is its nonconsenusal nature, rather than the bondage itself.

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* BodyHorror: While exploring [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:the Dark Room]] in Episode 4, you see an anime style poster of a young girl tearing her throat out with tentacles ripping out of the wound.
* BondageIsBad: Used to codify the villainy of both Nathan and [[spoiler:Jefferson]] [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson]] since they [[spoiler: tie [[spoiler:tie up the girls that they drug, kidnap, and then photograph]]. Though what's highlighted as bad about this is its nonconsenusal nature, rather than the bondage itself.



** [[spoiler: The game begins and ends in the lighthouse, moments before the tornado destroys Arcadia Bay]].
** Both Episodes 1 and 5 end with [[spoiler:Max and Chloe witnessing a phenomenon created by Max's powers with Syd Matters' ''Obstacles'' playing if you choose to Sacrifice Arcadia Bay]].

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The game begins and ends in the lighthouse, moments before the tornado destroys Arcadia Bay]].
** Both Episodes 1 and 5 end with [[spoiler:Max and Chloe witnessing a phenomenon created by Max's powers with Syd Matters' ''Obstacles'' "Obstacles" playing if you choose to Sacrifice Arcadia Bay]].



** In the main school building, you can see a poster asking about a backpack and a tablet with pictures of dead cats. A small post-it note on another board indicates that the thief is attempting to sell the tablet. Around when you first go to the Vortex Club party you can hear Stella say to someone that she didn't find a tablet with cat pictures. An apology note from the tablet's thief can be found in Episode 5, [[spoiler:as Max navigates the street while attempting to get to the Two Whales diner.]] Also in episode 5 is a slightly creepier example: [[spoiler:during the nightmare, Max's journal has a single two page spread filled with some self-deprecating text and various mixed up references to game events. At the bottom left, the journal reads, "FIND MY CAT PIX. PLEASE. MY HEART IS BROKEN."]]

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** In the main school building, you can see a poster asking about a backpack and a tablet with pictures of dead cats. A small post-it note on another board indicates that the thief is attempting to sell the tablet. Around when you first go to the Vortex Club party party, you can hear Stella say to someone that she didn't find a tablet with cat pictures. An apology note from the tablet's thief can be found in Episode 5, [[spoiler:as Max navigates the street while attempting to get to the Two Whales diner.]] diner]]. Also in episode Episode 5 is a slightly creepier example: [[spoiler:during the nightmare, Max's journal has a single two page spread filled with some self-deprecating text and various mixed up references to game events. At the bottom left, the journal reads, "FIND MY CAT PIX. PLEASE. MY HEART IS BROKEN."]]



** At the ending of Episode 4, [[spoiler:Max gets sedated and cannot sustain her rewind powers, leaving her to helplessly watch as Chloe is shot in the head]].

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** At the ending end of Episode 4, [[spoiler:Max gets sedated and cannot sustain her rewind powers, leaving her to helplessly watch as Chloe is shot in the head]].



** Also happens in the [[spoiler:Sacrifice Chloe ending; by not intervening, Max created a timeline where her powers never manifested, and therefore she cannot change her mind]].
* BuryYourGays: An accidental implication of the endings is this trope. [[spoiler:Only in the Sacrifice Chloe ending do Max and Chloe kiss]]. WordOfGod is that they thought it was clear in the other ending that they were in love; they just don't kiss because [[spoiler:watching the town be destroyed]] is hardly the best moment for romance. They progress their relationship a few days later.
* BusCrash: [[spoiler: Nathan [[PutOnABus suddenly disappears]]]] during Episode 4. In the beginning of Episode 5, when Max [[spoiler:asks where is he, Mark Jefferson says "dead and buried",]] implying that [[spoiler: Nathan was KilledOffscreen.]]

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** Also happens Happens in the [[spoiler:Sacrifice Chloe ending; by not intervening, Max created a timeline where her powers never manifested, and therefore she cannot change her mind]].
* BuryYourGays: An accidental implication of the endings is this trope.this. [[spoiler:Only in the Sacrifice Chloe ending do Max and Chloe kiss]]. WordOfGod Word of God is that they thought it was clear in the other ending that they were in love; they just don't kiss because [[spoiler:watching the town be destroyed]] is hardly the best moment for romance. They progress their relationship a few days later.
* BusCrash: [[spoiler: Nathan [[spoiler:Nathan [[PutOnABus suddenly disappears]]]] during in Episode 4. In the beginning of Episode 5, when Max [[spoiler:asks where is he, Mark Mr. Jefferson says "dead and buried",]] buried"]], implying that [[spoiler: Nathan was KilledOffscreen.]]



* ButterflyOfDoom: Implicitly, [[spoiler: Max's continued use of her powers is causing odd weather events and other problems, apparently leading to a tornado destroying the town at the end of the week]]. This is preceded by snowfall (the game is set in early October during fairly mild weather), an unscheduled eclipse, birds and fish dying, whales beaching themselves [[spoiler:in both timelines]], and a [[spoiler:second moon appearing, which may be from the alternate timeline. Episode 5 confirms this theory - saving Chloe's life is what caused all the crazy stuff to happen, and Max can fix it by letting Chloe die]].
* ButterflyOfTransformation: The first episode is titled Chrysalis, and a butterfly icon appears anytime you make a decision that will have consequences, good or bad.

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* ButterflyOfDoom: Implicitly, [[spoiler: Max's [[spoiler:Max's continued use of her powers is causing odd weather events and other problems, apparently leading to a tornado destroying the town at the end of the week]]. This is preceded by snowfall (the game is set in early October during fairly mild weather), October, an unscheduled eclipse, birds and fish dying, whales beaching themselves beached whales [[spoiler:in both timelines]], and a [[spoiler:second moon appearing, which may be from the alternate timeline. Episode 5 confirms this theory - saving Chloe's life is what caused all the crazy stuff to happen, and Max can fix it by letting Chloe die]].
* ButterflyOfTransformation: The first episode Episode 1 is titled Chrysalis, and a butterfly icon appears anytime you make a decision that will have consequences, good or bad.



** In Episode 1, when Max sees David bullying Kate, she has the option to either take a photo or intervene. Taking a photo may come in handy later as an evidence against David, but it also makes Kate angry at Max[[spoiler:, making it more difficult to talk her down from the roof later]]. There is no way to take a photo, then intervene.

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** In Episode 1, when Max sees David bullying Kate, she has the option to either take a photo or intervene. Taking a photo may come in handy later as an evidence against David, but it also makes Kate angry at Max[[spoiler:, making Max, [[spoiler:making it more difficult to talk her down from the roof later]]. There is no way to take a photo, then intervene.



* CatapultNightmare: At the beginning of Episode 3 Max is seen asleep on her desk and getting startled screaming "Kate".

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* CatapultNightmare: At In the beginning of Episode 3 3, Max is seen asleep on her desk and getting startled screaming "Kate".



* CliffHanger: The endings of Episodes 3 and 4 are this, especially cruel ones at that.
** Episode 3: [[spoiler: Max went back in time to the day William Price died and saved his life, but in the altered present, Chloe is a quadriplegic due to a car accident]].
** Episode 4: [[spoiler: After resetting the timestream back to its previous form, Max and Chloe find Rachel's body buried in the junkyard. When they try to get revenge on Nathan for his apparent responsibility, they're led into a trap where Max is drugged suddenly and Chloe is murdered. The villain is then revealed to be Mark Jefferson, with the teaser insinuating he takes Max to the Dark Room]].
* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: [[spoiler: During the NightmareSequence, Max is chased by shadowy characters asking her to come out to get captured (Mr Jefferson) or to play (Nathan).]]

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* CliffHanger: The endings of Episodes 3 and 4 are this, especially cruel ones at that.
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** Episode 3: [[spoiler: Max [[spoiler:Max went back in time to the day William Price died and saved his life, but in the altered present, Chloe is a quadriplegic due to a car accident]].
** Episode 4: [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After resetting the timestream back to its previous form, Max and Chloe find Rachel's body buried in the junkyard. When they try to get revenge on Nathan for his apparent responsibility, they're led into a trap where Max is drugged suddenly and Chloe is murdered. The villain culprit is then revealed to be Mark Mr. Jefferson, with the teaser insinuating he takes took Max to the Dark Room]].
* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: [[spoiler: During [[spoiler:During the NightmareSequence, Max is chased by shadowy characters asking her to come out to get captured (Mr Jefferson) or to play (Nathan).]]



* ControllableHelplessness: [[spoiler:After Jefferson captures Max and takes her to the Dark Room]], you can move the camera and look around, but there are very few objects you can meaningfully interact with.
* CornerOfWoe: [[spoiler: In the Sacrifice Chloe ending, Max sits behind the bathroom stalls weeping while Nathan shoots Chloe.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: A minor case. The game's official art (pictured up top) shows Max using her power while holding out her left hand. In the game, she does this with her right hand. Max actually reproduces said image in her journal.

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* ControllableHelplessness: [[spoiler:After Mr. Jefferson captures Max and takes her to the Dark Room]], you can move the camera and look around, but there are very few objects you can meaningfully interact with.
* CornerOfWoe: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the Sacrifice Chloe ending, Max sits behind the bathroom stalls weeping while Nathan shoots Chloe.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: A minor case. The game's official art (pictured up top) shows Max using her power while holding out her left hand. In the game, she does this with her right hand. Max actually reproduces said image in her journal.



* CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption
** The only way to get Victoria to stop blocking the door to the girls dorm is to ruin her outfit with water and paint, though this is followed by a choice of being kind or cruel about her predicament.

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* CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption
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** The only way to get Victoria to stop blocking the door to the girls dorm is to ruin her outfit with water and paint, though this paint. This is then followed by a choice of being kind or cruel about her predicament.



* DarkerAndEdgier: The series slowly moves into this territory, starting out as a somewhat lighthearted coming-of-age story with high school drama and a mystery to solve. As the truth behind Rachel's disappearance comes to light, things become less and less light, with Max making harder decisions and the weather events getting steadily worse. By the time we've gotten to Episode 5, the town is on the brink of destruction, and at the end of it all Max has to make quite possibly the worst decision of her life.
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler:The ending of Episode 4. Chloe is dead, Max has been kidnapped by the BigBad, and the day the tornado is supposed to strike Arcadia Bay is approaching with Max unable to do anything to stop it.]]
* DeathIsCheap: Played straight most of the time, but subverted in three occasions. [[spoiler:Chloe dies on multiple occasions: shot by Nathan, shot herself while doing trick shots, ran over by a train, either euthanized or die of respiratory system failure in the alternate timeline and finally shot by Mr. Jefferson]]. Max uses her powers to reverse all but the last one. Her powers fail when [[spoiler:Kate tries to kill herself]] and she has to save her without them. Finally, she manages to save [[spoiler:William]], but the consequences are so bad she decides to undo it. [[spoiler:Also subverted with the revelation that Chloe's not dying creates the massive weather disturbances and tornado that eventually destroys Arcadia Bay - in this case, death prevents a disaster.]]

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The series slowly moves into this territory, starting out as a somewhat lighthearted coming-of-age story with high school drama and a mystery to solve. As the truth behind Rachel's disappearance comes to light, things become less and less light, with Max making harder decisions and the weather events getting steadily worse. By the time we've gotten to Episode 5, the town is on the brink of destruction, and at the end of it all all, Max has to make quite possibly the worst decision of her life.
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler:The ending [[spoiler:At the end of Episode 4. Chloe is dead, Max has been kidnapped by the BigBad, and the day the tornado is supposed to strike Arcadia Bay is approaching with Max unable to do anything to stop it.]]
* DeathIsCheap: Played straight most of the time, but subverted in three occasions. occasions: [[spoiler:Chloe dies on multiple occasions: shot by Nathan, shot herself while doing trick shots, ran over by a train, either euthanized or die of respiratory system failure in the alternate timeline and finally shot by Mr. Jefferson]]. Max uses her powers to reverse all but the last one. Her powers fail when [[spoiler:Kate tries to kill herself]] and she has to save her without them. Finally, she manages to save [[spoiler:William]], but the consequences are so bad she decides to undo it. [[spoiler:Also [[spoiler:This is also subverted with the revelation that Chloe's not dying creates the massive weather disturbances and tornado that eventually destroys Arcadia Bay - in Bay. In this case, death prevents a disaster.]]



** A twofer that spans Episodes 1 and 2: In the middle of Episode 1, you have to visit Max's friend Dana to get back a flash drive that Dana borrowed. While doing this, you can look around the room. Look in the trash can and you'll find [[spoiler: a pregnancy test]]. Of course, [[RealityEnsues since you did this right in front of Dana, she'll notice and call you out for snooping into her private business.]] At this point, you're meant to use Max's time powers to undo this action, but you can choose not to, in which case talking to Dana in Episode 2 will trigger a special sequence where Max apologizes and patches things up with Dana.

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** A twofer that spans Episodes 1 and 2: In the middle of Episode 1, you have to visit Max's friend Dana to get back a flash drive that Dana borrowed. While doing this, you can look around the room. Look in the trash can and you'll find [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a pregnancy test]]. Of course, [[RealityEnsues since you did this right in front of Dana, she'll notice and call you out for snooping into her private business.]] business]]. At this point, you're meant to use Max's time powers to undo this action, but you can choose not to, in which case talking to Dana in Episode 2 will trigger a special sequence where Max apologizes and patches things up with Dana.



** In Episode 5, looking at Max's journal [[spoiler:in the timeline where Jefferson burnt her journal shows only burnt paper.]] Looking at it later [[spoiler:when you're trying to reach the Lighthouse shows a [[RoomFullOfCrazy page full of crazy scribblings.]]]]

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** In Episode 5, looking at Max's journal [[spoiler:in the timeline where Mr. Jefferson burnt her journal shows only burnt paper.]] Looking at it later [[spoiler:when you're trying to reach the Lighthouse lighthouse shows a [[RoomFullOfCrazy page full of crazy scribblings.]]]]



** At the beginning of Episode 5, Max uses her photos to [[spoiler:create an alternate timeline where Mr. Jefferson is arrested early and she goes to San Francisco as the winner of the Everyday Heroes contest. However, she forgets about the tornado and goes back to when she took her winning photo, destroying it so she stays to help Chloe. As a consequence, Jefferson finds the torn photo in her diary and burns her entire diary with all of her photos in it out of anger for her not turning it in.]]
** [[spoiler:The whole concept of Max's time travel is arguably this. She got her power, or discovered it, by first using it to save Chloe. This turns out to be the root cause of the strange weather that will ultimately will destroy the town, unless Chloe dies -- in which case, if that's what's needed to set things right, why give Max the power in the first place? Why make the impetus for it her saving Chloe? Why allow her to realize what life is with Chloe, what life can be, and then force her to undo it or watch as her hometown is destroyed?]] The game's explanation seems to be that, in Chloe's words, "shit just happens." However, if Max had not been able to rewind time, she would never have found out the truth about [[spoiler:Rachel Amber, or Nathan, or Jefferson.]] Chloe points this out herself in the ending.
* DisproportionateRetribution: On a cosmic level, the universe is ''really'' pissed that Max saved Chloe and decides to exact payment for her life (so to speak) by [[spoiler: blowing the entire town of Arcadia Bay off the map.]] All because she saved ''one'' person.
* DistressCall: At the art gallery Max receives a garbled call from Chloe who is stuck by the beach.
* DoomedFellowPrisoner: At the beginning of the fifth and final episode "Polarized", Max wakes up tied up in a chair by the BigBad. Depending on the player's choices Victoria might be there, drugged on the floor. Later on, after returning to the same situation via Time Travel, [[spoiler:it's revealed Jefferson has killed her, and he's about too do the same to Max.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[spoiler: Nathan and Jefferson]] drug girls at parties, take them to an unknown location and do... ''something'' to them. It's stated definitely in Episode 5 that the "something" does not strictly speaking involve [[RapeAsDrama sexual assault]], but the objectification and loss of bodily autonomy still has a very similar emotional impact on victims like Kate and [[spoiler: Max]].

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** At In the beginning of Episode 5, Max uses her photos to [[spoiler:create an alternate timeline where Mr. Jefferson is arrested early and she goes to San Francisco as the winner of the Everyday Heroes contest. However, she forgets about the tornado and goes back to when she took her winning photo, destroying it so she stays to help Chloe. As a consequence, Mr. Jefferson finds the torn photo in her diary and burns her entire diary with all of her photos in it out of anger for her not turning it in.]]
** [[spoiler:The whole concept of Max's time travel is arguably this. She got her power, or discovered it, by first using it to save Chloe. This turns out to be the root cause of the strange weather that will ultimately will destroy the town, unless Chloe dies -- in which case, if that's what's needed to set things right, why give Max the power in the first place? Why make the impetus for it her saving Chloe? Why allow her to realize what life is with Chloe, what life can be, and then force her to undo it or watch as her hometown is destroyed?]] The game's explanation seems to be that, in Chloe's words, "shit just happens." However, if Max had not been able to rewind time, she would never have found out the truth about [[spoiler:Rachel Amber, or Nathan, or Jefferson.]] Mr. Jefferson]]. Chloe points this out herself in the ending.
* DisproportionateRetribution: On a cosmic level, the universe is ''really'' pissed that Max saved Chloe and decides to exact payment for her life (so to speak) by [[spoiler: blowing [[spoiler:blowing the entire town of Arcadia Bay off the map.]] map]]. All because she saved ''one'' person.
* DistressCall: At the art gallery gallery, Max receives a garbled call from Chloe who is stuck by the beach.
* DoomedFellowPrisoner: At In the beginning of the fifth and final episode "Polarized", Episode 5, Max wakes up tied up in a chair by the BigBad. Depending on the player's choices choices, Victoria might be there, drugged on the floor. Later on, after returning to the same situation via Time Travel, time travel, [[spoiler:it's revealed Mr. Jefferson has killed her, and he's about too to do the same to Max.]]
Max]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[spoiler: Nathan [[spoiler:Nathan and Mr. Jefferson]] drug girls at parties, take them to an unknown location and do... does ''something'' to them. It's explicitly stated definitely in Episode 5 that the "something" does not doesn't strictly speaking involve [[RapeAsDrama sexual assault]], but the objectification and loss of bodily autonomy still has a very similar emotional impact on victims like Kate and [[spoiler: Max]].



* DownInTheDumps: American Rust, a junkyard on the outskirts of Arcadia Bay. It used to be one of Chloe and Rachel's secret hiding spots, and Chloe takes Max there to further test out Max's powers after the first test in the diner. [[spoiler:It's also where Rachel is buried, and Jefferson uses this fact to lure Max and Chloe into a trap here at the end of Episode 4]].
* DramaticAmmoDepletion: In the second episode, there's a scene where Chloe practices with a gun she stole from her step father in the junk yard. She hands the gun to Max to try, when Frank (a drug dealer who Chloe owes a lot of money to) shows up and begins threatening the girls with a knife, causing Max to point the gun at him (giving the player a choice of whether or not to shoot at him). If you decide to shoot, it will turn out that Chloe had already used up all the bullets (but the fact Max was willing to pull the trigger is enough to scare Frank off and impress Chloe).

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* DownInTheDumps: American Rust, a junkyard on the outskirts of Arcadia Bay. It used to be one of Chloe and Rachel's secret hiding spots, and Chloe takes Max there to further test out Max's powers after the first test in the diner. [[spoiler:It's also where Rachel is buried, and Mr. Jefferson uses this fact to lure Max and Chloe into a trap here at the end of Episode 4]].
* DramaticAmmoDepletion: In the second episode, Episode 2, there's a scene where Chloe practices with a gun she stole from her step father stepfather in the junk yard. junkyard. She hands the gun to Max to try, when Frank (a Frank, a drug dealer who Chloe owes a lot of money to) to, shows up and begins threatening the girls with a knife, causing Max to point the gun at him (giving him, giving the player a choice of whether or not to shoot at him). him. If you decide to shoot, it will turn out that Chloe had already used up all the bullets (but bullets, but the fact Max was willing to pull the trigger is enough to scare Frank off and impress Chloe).Chloe.



** The player knows that there are ominous red binders with Rachel Amber's and [[spoiler:Kate's]] names on them, but there's no way for Max to know that [[spoiler:until the fourth episode]].

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** The player knows that there are ominous red binders with Rachel Amber's and [[spoiler:Kate's]] names on them, but there's no way for Max to know that [[spoiler:until the fourth episode]].Episode 4]].



* DysfunctionJunction: Nearly everyone in Arcadia Bay has some kind of issue.
** The Price family. When Max meets them again after 5 years after William Price's death, Joyce Price is married to a new husband traumatized by combat who physically and verbally abuses the borderline delinquent Chloe. [[spoiler: After Max changes the timeline, William and Joyce are struggling to make ends meet and face the threat of eviction from the expenses of caring for Chloe, who is severely disabled and close to death]].
** The Prescotts. Their corruption spreads back over a century - [[spoiler: in their secret barn you can find photos and letters showing they were ruining people's lives right from the beginning]]. They're running (or at least funding) [[spoiler: an illegal photography operation]] and might have been doing so for a long time. Sean Prescott is a greedy CorruptCorporateExecutive who seems to be trying to take over the whole town, and who willingly withholds help and treatment for his son Nathan's severe mental health issues. Meanwhile Nathan is an aggressive, high-strung JerkJock who legally and violently threatens anyone who treads on his toes, appears to carry a gun with him at all times, and, willingly or not, [[spoiler: drugs and abducts girls for Mr. Jefferson to use in said illegal photography operation]]. The only exception out of all of them is Nathan's sister, [[OnlySaneMan Kris Prescott]], who works in the Peace Corps and seems to be oblivious to everything that's going on in Arcadia Bay.

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* DysfunctionJunction: Nearly everyone in Arcadia Bay has some kind of issue.
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** The Price family. When Max meets them again after 5 five years after William Price's death, Joyce Price is married to a new husband traumatized by combat who physically and verbally abuses the borderline delinquent Chloe. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After Max changes the timeline, William and Joyce are struggling to make ends meet and face the threat of eviction from the expenses of caring for Chloe, who is severely disabled and close to death]].
** The Prescotts. Their corruption spreads back over a century - [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in their secret barn barn, you can find photos and letters showing they were ruining people's lives right from the beginning]]. They're running (or at least funding) [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an illegal photography operation]] and might have been doing so for a long time. Sean Prescott is a greedy CorruptCorporateExecutive who seems to be trying to take over the whole town, and who willingly withholds help and treatment for his son Nathan's severe mental health issues. Meanwhile Meanwhile, Nathan is an aggressive, high-strung JerkJock who legally and violently threatens anyone who treads on his toes, appears to carry a gun with him at all times, and, willingly or not, [[spoiler: drugs [[spoiler:drugs and abducts girls for Mr. Jefferson to use in said illegal photography operation]]. The only exception out of all of them is Nathan's sister, [[OnlySaneMan Kris Prescott]], who works in the Peace Corps and seems to be oblivious to everything that's going on in Arcadia Bay.



** There are actually quite a few references to this, even casting aside Max's powers and the environmental weirdness that plagues Arcadia Bay over the course of the game. The Vortex Club is putting on an 'End of the World' party (which they named before everything started going to hell) David is a prepper, and the Prescotts were funding what was essentially a doomsday bunker, [[spoiler: even if that's not what it ended up being used for]].

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** There are actually quite a few references to this, even casting aside Max's powers and the environmental weirdness that plagues Arcadia Bay over the course of the game. The Vortex Club is putting on an 'End of the World' party (which they named before everything started going to hell) David is a prepper, and the Prescotts were funding what was essentially a doomsday bunker, [[spoiler: even [[spoiler:even if that's not what it ended up being used for]].



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The bathroom scene in the first episode serves as a nice one for Max and Chloe, as well as Nathan (who serves as TheHeavy).

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The bathroom scene in the first episode Episode 1 serves as a nice one for Max and Chloe, as well as Nathan (who serves as TheHeavy).



** Nathan aggressively barges in with barely any awareness. He also gives himself a pep talk while looking in the mirror, but which quickly turns into a rant about how he could blow up the school. After Chloe pushes his buttons (by bringing the possibility of angering his father), he draws a gun to threaten her and accidentally kills her.
** Chloe enters confidentially, sneaks in a complaint about David, methodically (but quickly) makes sure there's nobody in the stalls and then immediately starts trying to blackmail Nathan, when her browbeating accidentally sets Nathan off, she lets her mask slip enough to look scared while trying to threaten him into backing down, and when Max sets off the fire alarm as a distraction she knees him in the crotch.

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** Nathan aggressively barges in with barely any awareness. He also gives himself a pep talk while looking in the mirror, but which quickly turns into a rant about how he could blow up the school. After Chloe pushes his buttons (by buttons, by bringing the possibility of angering his father), father, he draws a gun to threaten her and accidentally kills her.
** Chloe enters confidentially, sneaks in a complaint about David, methodically (but quickly) makes sure there's nobody in the stalls and then immediately starts trying to blackmail Nathan, when Nathan. When her browbeating accidentally sets Nathan off, she lets her mask slip enough to look scared while trying to threaten him into backing down, and when Max sets off the fire alarm as a distraction distraction, she knees him in the crotch.



* ExperimentedInCollege: Max will mention this trope in her journal [[spoiler:if the player chooses the route where she kisses Chloe]].
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The entire game takes place over the course of five days. It seems longer because of Max's rewind abilities and [[spoiler: the alternate timeline.]]

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* ExperimentedInCollege: Max will mention this trope in her journal [[spoiler:if the player chooses the route where she kisses Chloe]].
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The entire game takes place over the course of five days. It seems longer because of Max's rewind abilities and [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the alternate timeline.]]



* FailedASpotCheck: In the scenes where Max is hiding in the bathroom while Nathan and Chloe are having their argument, not only does Nathan not check at all to see if anyone's in the public restroom, but Chloe only does a cursory glance of each stall without looking behind them (where Max is). This is doubly stupid because, realistically, if either of them just looked in the MIRRORS, Max would have been easily visible.

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* FailedASpotCheck: In the scenes where Max is hiding in the bathroom while Nathan and Chloe are having their argument, not only does Nathan not check at all to see if anyone's anyone else is in the public the restroom, but Chloe only does a cursory glance of each stall without looking behind them (where Max is). This is doubly stupid because, realistically, if either of them just had looked in at the MIRRORS, mirrors, Max would have been easily visible.



* FantasticAesop: Max suddenly manifests time travel powers after seeing Chloe shot. She discovers a lot of clever ways to use it, [[spoiler:but no matter what she does, it never seems to make anything better in the end, and it's ultimately revealed that her use of the time travel is what's causing the coming [[ClockRoaches apocalyptic storm]], and the only way to stop it is to go back to the first time she used her powers and let the girl get shot. In other words, you shouldn't use time travel powers that are miraculously given to you after a terrible event, because the universe might have arbitrary rules that make time travel a bad idea to use.]] [[note]]This also overlaps with SpaceWhaleAesop, because the implied mundane message of "accept what happened in the past and move on" is only delivered through arbitrary and fantastic consequences. That, in turn, creates a BrokenAesop, because the only reason Max didn't learn to accept what happened early on is because the universe decided to grant her time travel powers to begin with, thanks again to the arbitrary rules of the fantastic element.[[/note]]

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* FantasticAesop: Max suddenly manifests time travel powers after seeing Chloe shot. She discovers a lot of clever ways to use it, [[spoiler:but no matter what she does, it never seems to make anything better in the end, and it's ultimately revealed that her use of the time travel is what's causing the coming [[ClockRoaches apocalyptic storm]], and the only way to stop it is to go back to the first time she used her powers and let the girl get shot. In other words, you shouldn't use time travel powers that are miraculously given to you after a terrible event, because the universe might have arbitrary rules that make time travel a bad idea to use.]] [[note]]This ]][[note]]This also overlaps with SpaceWhaleAesop, because the implied mundane message of "accept what happened in the past and move on" is only delivered through arbitrary and fantastic consequences. That, in turn, creates a BrokenAesop, because the only reason Max didn't learn to accept what happened early on is because the universe decided to grant her time travel powers to begin with, thanks again to the arbitrary rules of the fantastic element.[[/note]]



** If you look closely at Kate's notes in Jefferson's class at the start of the game, you can see that she's drawn a noose hanging from a tree with a pool of blood below it. [[spoiler:An early sign that Kate is suicidal.]]

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** If you look closely at Kate's notes in Mr. Jefferson's class at the start of the game, you can see that she's drawn a noose hanging from a tree with a pool of blood below it. [[spoiler:An early sign that Kate is suicidal.]]



** In Episode 2 there is an optional Photo at the Two Whales Diner. The hint in the journal shows the Diner Sign next to the sun, however when taking the picture the sun is blocked by the sign [[spoiler:The sign foreshadows 3 of the upcoming anomalies:]]
*** [[spoiler:The sun is blocked: the solar eclipse of ep.2]]
*** [[spoiler:"Two '''Whales''' Diner"-Sign: the whales stranding of ep.3]]
*** [[spoiler:"'''Two''' Whales Diner"-Sign: the twin moon of ep.4]]

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** In Episode 2 2, there is an optional Photo photo at the Two Whales Diner. The hint in the journal shows the Diner Sign next to the sun, however sun. However, when taking the picture picture, the sun is blocked by the sign sign. [[spoiler:The sign foreshadows 3 three of the upcoming anomalies:]]
*** [[spoiler:The sun is blocked: the solar eclipse of ep.2]]
Episode 2.]]
*** [[spoiler:"Two '''Whales''' Diner"-Sign: Diner" Sign: the whales stranding of ep.3]]
Episode 3.]]
*** [[spoiler:"'''Two''' Whales Diner"-Sign: Diner" Sign: the twin moon of ep.4]]Episode 4.]]



** There are some hints to who has been the BigBad all along.
*** In Episode 1, [[spoiler: Jefferson dismisses a particular philosophy of photography by saying he could easily frame any of the students in a dark room and capture their moment of desperation.]]
*** Another hint comes from [[spoiler: his artwork, which almost exclusively focuses on younger women in vulnerable positions.]]
*** In Episode 3, you find the duct tape needed to make the pipe bomb [[spoiler:in Jefferson's classroom]].

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** There are some hints to who has been the BigBad all along.
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*** In Episode 1, [[spoiler: [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson dismisses a particular philosophy of photography by saying he could easily frame any of the students in a dark room and capture their moment of desperation.]]
*** Another hint comes from [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his artwork, which almost exclusively focuses on younger women in vulnerable positions.]]
*** In Episode 3, you find the duct tape needed to make the pipe bomb [[spoiler:in Mr. Jefferson's classroom]].



*** [[spoiler:While the 'Dark Room' functions as a sinister sounding name for what amounts to a torture dungeon, it is also a photography reference, where a darkroom is a workshop for processing light sensitive photographic film.]]

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*** [[spoiler:While the 'Dark Room' Dark Room functions as a sinister sounding name for what amounts to a torture dungeon, it is also a photography reference, where a darkroom is a workshop for processing light sensitive photographic film.]]



** When Max is talking to Mr. Jefferson in Episode 2, she tells him that she doesn't want Kate to become "the next Rachel Amber". [[spoiler: In Episode 4, we discover that Kate and Rachel were both drugged and nonconsensually photographed in humiliating and sexually suggestive positions]].

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** When Max is talking to Mr. Jefferson in Episode 2, she tells him that she doesn't want Kate to become "the next Rachel Amber". [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In Episode 4, we discover it's revealed that Kate and Rachel were both drugged and nonconsensually photographed in humiliating and sexually suggestive positions]].



** In Episode 4, Max mentions Star Trek in her journal. [[spoiler: She refers to a moment where having saved a doomed person messed up time in the series - the thing she has to painfully understand in Episode 5.]]

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** In Episode 4, Max mentions Star Trek ''Star Trek'' in her journal. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She refers to a moment where having saved a doomed person messed up time in the series - the thing she has to painfully understand in Episode 5.]]



** During an early scene in Episode 5, [[spoiler:Max tears her Everyday Heroes photograph in two with the words "Sorry San Francisco, but Chloe comes first". Choosing to ''Sacrifice Arcadia Bay'' has Max repeat this action on the butterfly photograph, making the same statement non verbally]].

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** During an early scene in Episode 5, [[spoiler:Max tears her Everyday Heroes photograph in two with the words "Sorry San Francisco, but Chloe comes first". Choosing to ''Sacrifice the Sacrifice Arcadia Bay'' Bay ending has Max repeat this action on the butterfly photograph, making the same statement non verbally]].non-verbally]].



** One of the few failure screens that shows the immediate consequences of not being fast enough to solve a puzzle is when you prevent Chloe from getting murdered by Nathan in the first episode, where Nathan tries to get Chloe to get up. [[spoiler:As it turns out, this was how that encounter was supposed to go from the beginning.]]
** Short-term example: Kate being [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]] at the end the Episode 2 is foreshadowed early on when Max looks at her violin and notes that she stopped playing a week ago. [[spoiler: Giving up preferred activities is a warning sign of suicidal ideation.]]
** When you put together the clues to find the Dark Room, David's coordinates will reveal that he was following four cars: The first, TWNPKS, is Chloe's truck. The second, SXFTNDR, is Nathan's. The third, TWLGHTZN, belongs to an unknown individual who has a car that strongly resembles Nathan's, and the fourth, TPFTHLK, is Jefferson's, seen at the end of Episode 2. [[spoiler: If you pay attention to the coordinates that each car was recorded at, it turns out that Nathan and Jefferson's cars were at the exact same location the night Kate was drugged, the Prescott Farmhouse. This turns out to be the location of the Dark Room, and foreshadow's Jefferson's involvement in the whole thing prior to the twist at the end of the episode.]]
** Episode 2 sees Max having to manipulate a lever in order to switch a train onto another track in order to prevent Chloe from being run over. This could be taken as a visual reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem the trolley problem]], which asks whether it's more ethical to allow five people to die or to kill one person to save them. [[spoiler: The game presents you with this same choice on a much larger scale at the end of Episode 5.]]
** Nathan's license plate is "SXFTNDR" (Series/SixFeetUnder) which is a clue as to what [[spoiler:he did to Rachel, and what Mr. Jefferson will do to him.]].
** The first thing that the player will actively rewind when Max discovers her powers is accidentally smashing her camera. A short time later, it gets destroyed anyway in a scuffle with Nathan (which Max realises too late to rewind). In the ensuing scene, she tries to fix it (using tools borrowed from David), only to find that it's futile and accepts William's old camera from Chloe. [[spoiler: The very next thing you do is save Chloe from being killed in a scuffle with Nathan. You then spend the game saving her from strange accidents, until the beginning of episode 5, where she's killed in circumstances that make it impossible to rewind. You spend the chapter trying to save her (after being rescued by David), only to realise that the only way to save the town is to let her die or let the town be destroyed.]]

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** One of the few failure screens that shows the immediate consequences of not being fast enough to solve a puzzle is when you prevent Chloe from getting murdered by Nathan in the first episode, Episode 1, where Nathan tries to get Chloe to get up. [[spoiler:As it turns out, this was how that encounter was supposed to go from the beginning.]]
** Short-term example: Kate being [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]] [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide]] at the end the Episode 2 is foreshadowed early on when Max looks at her violin and notes that she stopped playing a week ago. [[spoiler: Giving [[spoiler:Giving up preferred activities is a warning sign of suicidal ideation.]]
** When you put together the clues to find the Dark Room, David's coordinates will reveal that he was following four cars: The first, TWNPKS, is Chloe's truck. The second, SXFTNDR, is Nathan's. The third, TWLGHTZN, belongs to an unknown individual who has a car that strongly resembles Nathan's, and the fourth, TPFTHLK, is Mr. Jefferson's, seen at the end of Episode 2. [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If you pay attention to the coordinates that each car was recorded at, it turns out that Nathan and Jefferson's cars were at the exact same location the night Kate was drugged, the Prescott Farmhouse. This turns out to be the location of the Dark Room, and foreshadow's Jefferson's involvement in the whole thing prior to the twist at the end of the episode.]]
** Episode 2 sees Max having to manipulate a lever in order to switch a train onto another track in order to prevent Chloe from being run over. This could be taken as a visual reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem the trolley problem]], which asks whether it's more ethical to allow five people to die or to kill one person to save them. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The game presents you with this same choice on a much larger scale at the end of Episode 5.]]
** Nathan's license plate is "SXFTNDR" (Series/SixFeetUnder) which is a clue as to what [[spoiler:he did to Rachel, and what Mr. Jefferson will do to him.]].
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** The first thing that the player will actively rewind when Max discovers her powers is accidentally smashing her camera. A short time later, it gets destroyed anyway in a scuffle with Nathan (which Nathan, which Max realises realizes too late to rewind). rewind. In the ensuing scene, she tries to fix it (using using tools borrowed from David), David, only to find that it's futile and accepts William's old camera from Chloe. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The very next thing you do is save Chloe from being killed in a scuffle with Nathan. You then spend the game saving her from strange accidents, until the beginning of episode Episode 5, where she's killed in circumstances that make it impossible to rewind. You spend the chapter trying to save her (after her, after being rescued by David), David, only to realise realize that the only way to save the town is to let her die or let the town be destroyed.]]



** Episode 3 plays it straight. [[spoiler:Near the end of the episode, Max goes far enough back in time to save William Price's life, then returns to the present, where she finds a few things changed -- David Madsen is now the bus driver, Max is part of the Vortex Club, and Chloe has become paralyzed and wheelchair-bound]].
** Episode 5 has several instances due to [[spoiler:Max's repeated hopping around through photographs, and it turns out the entire game is one - Max saving Chloe's life in the bathroom is what's causing the storm and other environmental catastrophes. This trope is also discussed by Warren and Max at Two Whales.]]

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** Episode 3 plays it straight. [[spoiler:Near the end of the episode, Max goes far enough back in time to save William Price's life, then returns to the present, where she finds a few things changed -- David Madsen is now the school bus driver, Max is part of the Vortex Club, and Chloe has become paralyzed and wheelchair-bound]].
** Episode 5 has several instances due to [[spoiler:Max's repeated hopping around through photographs, and it turns out the entire game is one - Max saving Chloe's life in the bathroom is what's causing the storm and other environmental catastrophes. This trope is also discussed by Warren and Max at Two Whales.]]



** Near the end of Episode 4, Chloe receives a text message from Nathan who is looking for her and Max. However if you look closely, the way the message is texted is very different compared to the ones Max received from him. [[spoiler:Turns out it is from Jefferson who may already have killed Nathan at that point and used his phone to lure them.]]

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** Near the end of Episode 4, Chloe receives a text message from Nathan who is looking for her and Max. However However, if you look closely, the way the message is texted is very different compared to the ones Max received from him. [[spoiler:Turns out it is from Mr. Jefferson who may already have killed Nathan at that point and used his phone to lure them.]]



--> Juliet [[spoiler: Watson]], you be nice!
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: InUniverse: If Max ignores Kate's call in Episode 2, Chloe says that she'll survive. [[spoiler: Taking it automatically clears one of the prompts at the climax. However, if the player ignores it, she very well may not.]]

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--> Juliet [[spoiler: Watson]], [[spoiler:Watson]], you be nice!
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: InUniverse: If Max ignores Kate's call in Episode 2, Chloe says that she'll survive. [[spoiler: Taking [[spoiler:Taking it automatically clears one of the prompts at the climax. However, if the player ignores it, she very well may not.]]



** In Episode 5, when [[spoiler: Max is in San Francisco for the Everyday Heroes exhibit, you can run across a man and woman talking about Mark Jefferson being arrested. The man is played by Jefferson's voice actor Derek Phillips, who is doing the ''exact same voice'' he uses for Jefferson.]]
* GallowsHumor: [[spoiler: Mark Jefferson is a sadistic psychopath with an artist complex, but the guy can turn a clever death-related phrase with the best of them.]]

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** In Episode 5, when [[spoiler: Max [[spoiler:Max is in San Francisco for the Everyday Heroes exhibit, you can run across a man and woman talking about Mark Mr. Jefferson being arrested. The man is played voiced by Derek Phillips, Jefferson's voice actor Derek Phillips, actor, who is doing using the ''exact same voice'' he uses for Jefferson.]]
* GallowsHumor: [[spoiler: Mark [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson is a sadistic psychopath with an artist complex, but the guy can turn a clever death-related phrase with the best of them.]]



** In the second episode, Max starts getting nosebleeds as she overuses her powers. Although this doesn't do anything for most of the chapter, (see the segregation entry below), at the end of the episode [[spoiler: her powers burn out, and you have to talk Kate down without access to the rewind power, meaning if you make too many wrong choices, you won't be able to save her.]]

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** In the second episode, Episode 2, Max starts getting nosebleeds as she overuses her powers. Although this doesn't do anything for most of the chapter, (see the segregation entry below), at the end of the episode [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her powers burn out, and you have to talk Kate down without access to the rewind power, meaning if you make too many wrong choices, you won't be able to save her.]]



** Max suffers a PsychicNosebleed in Episode 2 after using her rewind too many times in the diner and junkyard scenes, indicating severe exhaustion of her powers. You can abuse Max's rewind powers to your heart's content otherwise [[spoiler: until the scripted moment mentioned above. In the aftermath of Kate's suicide/attempted suicide, Max's monologue notes she can only just about manage rewinding, but you can still rewind your choice of who to blame as you please]].

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** Max suffers a PsychicNosebleed in Episode 2 after using her rewind too many times in the diner and junkyard scenes, indicating severe exhaustion of her powers. You can abuse Max's rewind powers to your heart's content otherwise [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until the scripted moment mentioned above. In the aftermath of Kate's suicide/attempted suicide, Max's monologue notes she can only just about manage rewinding, but you can still rewind your choice of who to blame as you please]].



** At one point, Max can come across a man admiring a photograph of two women kissing. He claims to be appreciating fine art, but it's pretty obvious that this trope is the true reason why he likes the photo.

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** At one point, Max can come across a man admiring a photograph of two women kissing. He claims to be appreciating fine art, but it's pretty obvious that this trope is the true reason why he likes the photo.



* GodzillaThreshold: The first time Max uses her focus power, she [[spoiler:winds up rendering Chloe paralyzed and terminally ill and has to let William die once more to reverse that]]. Max resolves to never use that power again, but [[spoiler:when she's captured by Jefferson she realizes that the focus power is the only way she's getting out alive.]]

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* GodzillaThreshold: The first time Max uses her focus power, she [[spoiler:winds up rendering Chloe paralyzed and terminally ill and has to let William die once more to reverse that]]. Max resolves to never use that power again, but [[spoiler:when she's captured by Jefferson Mr. Jefferson, she realizes that the focus power is the only way she's getting out alive.]]



* GuideDangIt: As the game encourages exploration and playing with the rewind mechanic, it's easy to miss minor things on the first playthrough.
** The achievement photos can vary on being obvious to somewhat obscure, and several need to be taken from specific angles. The game does offer hints in the placeholder photographs, but these can be hit or miss. For example, the first photo in Episode 3 requires taking a picture of a figurine in Victoria's room. What it doesn't tell you is that the figurine is glow-in-the-dark, which you learn by rifling through the trash and finding the box it came in. Then you have to trigger that effect by shining your light on it for a few seconds. The object isn't even selectable until you've made it glow, so players might pass right over it as a mere background element without realizing it. Probably the most sadistic examples are the final photos in Episode 5. They're very well hidden in the nightmare sequences, which are not only much more difficult to navigate than any other part of the game, but also the last place you'd even suspect to contain photo opportunities because, you know, it's a living nightmare where taking photos is the least of anyone's worries.

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* GuideDangIt: As the game encourages exploration and playing with the rewind mechanic, it's easy to miss minor things on the first playthrough.
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** The achievement optional photos can vary on being obvious to somewhat obscure, and several need to be taken from specific angles. The game does offer hints in via the placeholder photographs, but these can be hit or miss. For example, the first photo in Episode 3 requires taking a picture of a figurine in Victoria's room. What it the game doesn't tell you is that the figurine is glow-in-the-dark, which you learn by rifling through the trash and finding the box it came in. Then you have to trigger that effect by shining your light on it for a few seconds. The object figurine isn't even selectable until you've made it glow, so players the player might pass right over dismiss it as a mere background element without realizing it.element. Probably the most sadistic examples are the final photos in Episode 5. They're very well hidden in the nightmare sequences, which are not only much more difficult to navigate than any other part of the game, but also the last place you'd even suspect to contain photo opportunities because, you know, it's a living nightmare where taking photos is the least of anyone's worries.



* HairpinLockpick: In the third episode, Chloe and Max break into the school to steal some files. When trying to get into the principal's office, Chloe tries to pick the lock with hairpins (claiming she learned how to from [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Frank]]). {{Subverted}}, in that she'll never succeed; the player, as Max, [[spoiler:[[CuttingTheKnot texts Warren how to build a pipe bomb, does so, blasts the door open]], and then rewinds time so she can unlock the door from the inside]].
* HappilyFailedSuicide: [[spoiler: If you kept Kate from jumping, she will later express how happy she feels to still be alive.]]

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* HairpinLockpick: In the third episode, Episode 3, Chloe and Max break into the school to steal some files. When trying to get into the principal's office, Chloe tries to pick the lock with hairpins (claiming she learned how to from [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Frank]]). {{Subverted}}, This is {{subverted|Trope}} in that she'll never succeed; the player, as Max, [[spoiler:[[CuttingTheKnot texts Warren how to build a pipe bomb, does so, blasts the door open]], and then rewinds time so she can unlock the door from the inside]].
* HappilyFailedSuicide: [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If you kept Kate from jumping, she will later express how happy she feels to still be alive.]]



%%* HeKnowsTooMuch: see SheKnowsTooMuch
* HeroicBSOD: Max and Chloe both suffer from this in Episode 4. [[spoiler:Max because she realizes that no matter what she tries to do, Chloe's life is going to be terrible. Chloe's turn is when it's revealed that Rachel, Chloe's one best friend since Max left, has been DeadAllAlong. She breaks down crying]].
** Frank [[spoiler: if you tell him that Nathan and Jefferson killed Rachel with drugs that he supplied Nathan.]]
** David, should the player decide to tell him [[spoiler: that Chloe is dead]]. It will result in him [[spoiler: shooting Jefferson]] before breaking down sobbing, asking himself how he can ever explain this to [[spoiler: Joyce]] and that he was never able to [[spoiler: tell Chloe that he loved her]].

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%%* HeKnowsTooMuch: see SheKnowsTooMuch
* HeroicBSOD: Max and Chloe both suffer from this in Episode 4. [[spoiler:Max because she realizes that no matter what she tries to do, Chloe's life is going to be terrible. Chloe's turn is Chloe suffers one when it's revealed that Rachel, Chloe's one best friend since Max left, has been DeadAllAlong. She breaks down crying]].
** Frank [[spoiler: if has one [[spoiler:if you tell him that Nathan and Mr. Jefferson killed Rachel with drugs that he supplied Nathan.]]
** David, should the player decide to tell him [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that Chloe is dead]]. It will result in him [[spoiler: shooting [[spoiler:shooting Mr. Jefferson]] before breaking down sobbing, asking himself how he can ever explain this to [[spoiler: Joyce]] [[spoiler:Joyce]] and that he was never able to [[spoiler: tell [[spoiler:tell Chloe that he loved her]].



** In the finale, Max's [[spoiler: overuse of her TimeMaster powers finally comes back to bite her as she is trapped in her own personal hell via a NightmareSequence, complete with a [[UnexpectedGameplayChange stealth sequence]], a withering ReasonYouSuckSpeech by an AlternateUniverse Max, and a HowWeGotHere corridor leading up to the ending. Oh, and the sole journal page remaining takes on a RoomFullOfCrazy quality.]]

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** In the finale, Max's [[spoiler: overuse [[spoiler:overuse of her TimeMaster powers finally comes back to bite her as she is trapped in her own personal hell via a NightmareSequence, complete with a [[UnexpectedGameplayChange stealth sequence]], a withering ReasonYouSuckSpeech TheReasonYouSuckSpeech by an AlternateUniverse Max, and a HowWeGotHere corridor leading up to the ending. Oh, and the sole journal page remaining takes on a RoomFullOfCrazy quality.]]



** The disappearance of a seemingly perfect teenage girl in an idyllic seaside town where everyone has a some sort of dark secret? [[Series/TwinPeaks There's graffiti on the bathroom mirror in one episode with the phrase "Fire Walk with Me," just to drive this point home.]] Let's hope BOB doesn't make an appearance.

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** The disappearance of a seemingly perfect teenage girl in an idyllic seaside town where everyone has a some sort of dark secret? [[Series/TwinPeaks There's graffiti on the bathroom mirror in one episode with the phrase "Fire Walk with Me," just to drive this point home.]] Let's hope BOB doesn't make an appearance.home]].



* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: During their nightly break-in into the school building Max reveals that she always wanted to say the word "nab".

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* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: During their nightly break-in into the school building Blackwell, Max reveals that she always wanted to say the word "nab".



** In Episode 5, instead of running for shelter, Max and Chloe (for some inexplicable reason) are at the beach, standing in front of the giant tornado that is about to destroy the town, [[TalkingIsAFreeAction and talk about how they'd do anything to keep each other safe]].
** There's the scene in the graveyard at the end of Episode 4, when Max, in this extremely creepy scenario...walks backward. [[spoiler:Right into Jefferson's syringe]].

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** In Episode 5, instead of running for shelter, Max and Chloe (for some inexplicable reason) are at the beach, standing in front of the giant tornado that is about to destroy the town, [[TalkingIsAFreeAction and talk about how they'd do anything to keep each other safe]].
** There's the scene in the graveyard at At the end of Episode 4, there's the scene at the junkyard when Max, in this extremely creepy scenario...scenario, walks backward. [[spoiler:Right into Mr. Jefferson's syringe]].



* IfOnlyYouKnew: In Episode 4, [[spoiler:after Max returns from the alternate timeline, she is happy that Chloe is "alive/back" (depending on whether you chose to kill her in the previous scene).]] Chloe is confused why Max acts so strangely.

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* IfOnlyYouKnew: In Episode 4, [[spoiler:after Max returns from the alternate timeline, she is happy that Chloe is "alive/back" (depending on whether you chose to kill her in the previous scene).]] Chloe is confused why Max acts so strangely.strangely:



:: To Chloe, it can seem that Max wasn't messing around with time, just tired. Actually, Max implies that yes, she was, but she won't do it again. Of course she doesn't want to tell Chloe what actually happened.



* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: Mr. Jefferson says this three times. The first two are to Victoria in Episode 3, first for [[spoiler:coming on to him]] and second for [[spoiler:trying to blackmail him]]. Strangely, in Episode 4, [[spoiler:Jefferson declares her the "Everyday Heroes" contest winner anyway, said contest being one of the main reasons she kept coming on to him]]. The third time being to Max in Episode 5, where she can snark him out in the middle of his lesson [[spoiler: after she finds out that he helped cover up Rachel's murder, he helped Nathan kidnap Kate, and he murdered Chloe and Nathan.]]

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* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: Mr. Jefferson says this three times. The first two are to Victoria in Episode 3, first for [[spoiler:coming on to him]] and second for [[spoiler:trying to blackmail him]]. Strangely, in Episode 4, [[spoiler:Jefferson declares her the "Everyday Heroes" contest winner anyway, said contest being one of the main reasons she kept coming on to him]]. The third time being to Max in Episode 5, where she can snark him out in the middle of his lesson [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after she finds out that he helped cover up Rachel's murder, he helped Nathan kidnap Kate, and he murdered Chloe and Nathan.]]



** Jefferson uses the phrase "selfie-expression" when Max takes a selfie with her old camera, then apologizes to the class.

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** Mr. Jefferson uses the phrase "selfie-expression" when Max takes a selfie with her old camera, then apologizes to the class.



** Near the beginning of Episode 2, you can check Max's computer. There you'll see that Warren has left some movies related to time, and he makes some pretty good puns.

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** Near the beginning of Episode 2, you can check Max's computer. There you'll see that Warren has left some movies related to time, and he makes some pretty good puns.puns:



* InSpiteOfANail: The plot tends to play out mostly the same regardless of your choices.

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* InSpiteOfANail: The plot tends to play out mostly the same regardless of your choices.choices:



** The circumstances of [[spoiler:Rachel Amber's disappearance]] still play out, even in [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]].
** The circumstances of [[spoiler:Rachel Amber's disappearance]] still play out, even in [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]].
* InstantDeathBullet: Most of the game's gunshot wounds are treated as instantly fatal, regardless of where they land.

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** The circumstances of [[spoiler:Rachel Amber's disappearance]] still play out, even in [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]].
** The circumstances of [[spoiler:Rachel Amber's
[[spoiler:Rachel's disappearance]] still play out, even in [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]].
* InstantDeathBullet: Most of the game's gunshot wounds are treated as instantly fatal, regardless of where they land. land:



** [[spoiler:When Mark shoots David, he does appear to hit him in the heart, but again, no staggering or bleeding out, just instant ragdolling.]]
** [[spoiler:Justified when Mark shoots Chloe [[BoomHeadshot in the head.]]]]

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** [[spoiler:When Mark Mr. Jefferson shoots David, he does appear to hit him in the heart, but again, no staggering or bleeding out, just instant ragdolling.]]
** [[spoiler:Justified [[spoiler:This is justified when Mark shoots Chloe [[BoomHeadshot in the head.]]]]



*** At the beginning of Episode 4, [[spoiler:the journal now belongs to the alternative timeline Max, who is much less contemplative than the original one. As such, the diary portion of the journal is only two pages and Max is the only major character listed.]]
*** [[spoiler:After Jefferson destroys the journal, attempting to access the diary section just results in seeing burnt pages. This lasts until shortly before the final choice.]]

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*** At In the beginning of Episode 4, [[spoiler:the journal now belongs to the alternative timeline Max, who is much less contemplative than the original one. As such, the diary portion of the journal is only two pages and Max is the only major character listed.]]
*** [[spoiler:After Mr. Jefferson destroys the journal, attempting to access the diary section just results in seeing burnt pages. This lasts until shortly before the final choice.]]



* IronicEcho: If Max doesn't [[spoiler:take a photo of David hassling Kate in Episode 1]], when you bring it up with Jefferson in Episode 2, he says "My number one rule - always take the shot". He repeats this line early in Episode 5, [[spoiler:literally injecting Max with an extra dose of the drug he used to knock her out.]]

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* IronicEcho: If Max doesn't [[spoiler:take a photo of David hassling Kate in Episode 1]], when you bring it up with Mr. Jefferson in Episode 2, he says "My number one rule - always take the shot". He repeats this line early in Episode 5, [[spoiler:literally injecting Max with an extra dose of the drug he used to knock her out.]]



** Frank has been selling [[spoiler:Nathan]] large amounts of GHB, [[spoiler:which was likely used to dose his girlfriend Rachel Amber to death]].
** Episode 3 has Chloe tempted to [[spoiler: steal several thousand dollars out of the school's handicapped fund in order to pay off Frank]]. Later in the same episode, Max decides to return [[spoiler: to their childhood and make a small change to Chloe's past]], which, as it turns out, results in her being a [[spoiler: quadriplegic in the present and no longer being able to attend Blackwell (despite her outstanding academic performance) due to the school's buildings not being fit for the handicapped]]. Max even comments on this, slightly, in Episode 4.]]
* ItsAlwaysSunnyAtFunerals: [[spoiler:At the end, you can choose to undo everything and let Chloe die so the storm won't happen. This makes it [[JustifiedTrope justified]] that the weather is sunny during Chloe's funeral.]]

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** Frank has been selling [[spoiler:Nathan]] large amounts of GHB, [[spoiler:which was likely used to dose his girlfriend Rachel Amber to death]].
** Episode 3 has Chloe tempted to [[spoiler: steal [[spoiler:steal several thousand dollars out of the school's handicapped fund in order to pay off Frank]]. Later in the same episode, Max decides to return [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to their childhood and make a small change to Chloe's past]], which, as it turns out, results in her being a [[spoiler: quadriplegic in the present and no longer being able to attend Blackwell (despite her outstanding academic performance) due to the school's buildings not being fit for the handicapped]]. Max even comments on this, slightly, in Episode 4.]]
* ItsAlwaysSunnyAtFunerals: [[spoiler:At the end, you can choose to undo everything and let Chloe die so the storm won't happen. This makes it [[JustifiedTrope justified]] justified that the weather is sunny during Chloe's funeral.]]

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* ItsAlwaysSunnyAtFunerals: [[spoiler:At the end, you can choose to undo everything and let Chloe die so the storm won't happen. This makes it [[JustifiedTrope justified]] that the weather is sunny during Chloe's funeral.]]

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* TortureCellar: The Dark Room, where [[spoiler:Jefferson]] brings his victims after getting them drugged[[spoiler:, just so that he can make photos of them in vulnerable situations]].


* TwoTeacherSchool: Ms. Grant and Mr. Jefferson. The rest of the faculty includes the principal, groundskeeper and chief of security.

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* TwoTeacherSchool: Ms. Grant and Mr. Jefferson. The rest of the faculty includes the principal, groundskeeper and chief of security. Theoretically, there are more teachers, but they are never shown.


* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Max mentions in her journal that she didn't want to tell everything to Warren.
--> "He would want to marry me immediately, just so he could have his own human time machine. Or capture me for scientific experiments. Or make me go to the drive-in with him."



* ButThouMust: There's one part in the nightmare sequence when Max is forced with four equally horrible things to say to Mr Jefferson and the game won't continue unless you choose one of them. Max even comments, "No way am I saying that!"

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* ButThouMust: ButThouMust:
** In Episode 1, when Max sees David bullying Kate, she has the option to either take a photo or intervene. Taking a photo may come in handy later as an evidence against David, but it also makes Kate angry at Max[[spoiler:, making it more difficult to talk her down from the roof later]]. There is no way to take a photo, then intervene.
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There's one part in the nightmare sequence when Max is forced with four equally horrible things to say to Mr Jefferson and the game won't continue unless you choose one of them. Max even comments, "No way am I saying that!"that!"
* CallBack: Max's line "Eat shit and die" in Episode 5 is a reference to a graffiti in the junkyard saying "Eat shit and live".



* DefiledForever: Because of her fundamentalist Christian beliefs, [[spoiler:Kate has begun to think this about herself after being drugged and probably raped at a Vortex Club party]]. [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming The reactions of her mother and aunt certainly don't help.]]


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* GroundhogDayLoop: Played with. When Max wakes up in the classroom near the end of Episode 5, she suspects that she is stuck in a time loop. It quickly becomes obvious that she is in a NightmareSequence instead.

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** All of the above can be subverted if [[spoiler:you choose to sacrifice Chloe at the end. [[TheStoryThatNeverWas The story resets]], and EveryoneLives--except Chloe]].


** The Deluxe Edition released on March 6 2018 contains a bonus episode, titled ''Farewell'', that takes place two years earlier still, and follows Max and Chloe on the day of William's death.

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** The Deluxe Edition released on March 6 2018 contains a bonus episode, titled ''Farewell'', that takes place two years earlier still, and follows Max and Chloe on the last day of William's death.they spent together before Max moved to Seattle.


* ''VideoGame/TheAwesomeAdventuresOfCaptainSpirit'', a side story and prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', was released for free on June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 9 year old child named Chris.
* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange2'', a five-episode sequel about two brothers on the run after an unexplainable incident that ends up with their father and a cop dead.

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* ''VideoGame/TheAwesomeAdventuresOfCaptainSpirit'', a one-shot side story and prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', was released for free on June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 9 year old child imaginative nine-year-old boy named Chris.
* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange2'', a five-episode sequel about two brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz, on the run after an unexplainable inexplicable incident that ends up with both their father and a cop dead.


* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a four-issue comic book series set after the optional [[spoiler:the "Save Chloe/Sacrifice Arcadia Bay"]] ending of the first season, published by Titan Comics.

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* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a four-issue comic book series set after the optional [[spoiler:the "Save [[spoiler:"Save Chloe/Sacrifice Arcadia Bay"]] ending of the first season, published by Titan Comics.


* A three-episode prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.
** The Deluxe Edition contains a bonus episode, titled ''Farewell'', that takes place two years earlier still, and follows Max and Chloe on the day of William's death.

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* A three-episode prequel game about Chloe and Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.
** The Deluxe Edition released on March 6 2018 contains a bonus episode, titled ''Farewell'', that takes place two years earlier still, and follows Max and Chloe on the day of William's death.



* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a four-issue comic book series set after one of the endings, published by Titan Comics.

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* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a four-issue comic book series set after one the optional [[spoiler:the "Save Chloe/Sacrifice Arcadia Bay"]] ending of the endings, first season, published by Titan Comics.


* A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.

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* A three-episode prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.game.
** The Deluxe Edition contains a bonus episode, titled ''Farewell'', that takes place two years earlier still, and follows Max and Chloe on the day of William's death.


* InstantDeathBullets: Most of the game's gunshot wounds are treated as instantly fatal, regardless of where they land.

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* InstantDeathBullets: InstantDeathBullet: Most of the game's gunshot wounds are treated as instantly fatal, regardless of where they land.

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** The circumstances of [[spoiler:Rachel Amber's disappearance]] still play out, even in [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]].
* InstantDeathBullets: Most of the game's gunshot wounds are treated as instantly fatal, regardless of where they land.
** The whole event that kicks off the story is Nathan's shooting of Chloe in the first episode, but he appears to have hit her in the abdomen around the stomach; a survivable shot assuming she gets immediate medical attention. Even if he hit a major vital organ (heart, lungs), there would at least be a few moments of bleeding out before she lost consciousness.
** [[spoiler:Chloe's shooting of Frank and his dog. [[GoryDiscretionShot Neither shooting is shown clearly enough to see where the bullets land]] (the camera briefly shows some blood-splashes from Pompidou as he lunges out of frame, and focuses entirely on Chloe when she shoots Frank), but examining their bodies afterwards shows that they were not shot in the head. Again, they both died instantly.]]
** [[spoiler:When Mark shoots David, he does appear to hit him in the heart, but again, no staggering or bleeding out, just instant ragdolling.]]
** [[spoiler:Justified when Mark shoots Chloe [[BoomHeadshot in the head.]]]]
** Subverted when Chloe accidentally shoots ''herself'' in the junkyard. She appears to have hit herself in the heart, but instead of collapsing, she just keeps shouting "Jesus I shot myself!" until Max rewinds.


* FantasticAesop: Max suddenly manifests time travel powers after seeing Chloe shot. She discovers a lot of clever ways to use it, but no matter what she does, it never seems to make anything better in the end, and it's ultimately revealed that [[spoiler:her use of the time travel is what's causing the coming [[ClockRoaches apocalyptic storm]], and the only way to stop it is to go back to the first time she used her powers and let the girl get shot]]. In other words, you shouldn't use time travel powers that are miraculously given to you after a terrible event, because the universe might have arbitrary rules that make time travel a bad idea to use. This also overlaps with SpaceWhaleAesop, because the implied mundane message of "accept what happened in the past and move on" is only delivered through arbitrary and fantastic consequences. That, in turn, creates a BrokenAesop, because the only reason Max didn't learn to accept what happened early on is because the universe decided to grant her time travel powers to begin with, thanks again to the arbitrary rules of the fantastic element.

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* FantasticAesop: Max suddenly manifests time travel powers after seeing Chloe shot. She discovers a lot of clever ways to use it, but [[spoiler:but no matter what she does, it never seems to make anything better in the end, and it's ultimately revealed that [[spoiler:her her use of the time travel is what's causing the coming [[ClockRoaches apocalyptic storm]], and the only way to stop it is to go back to the first time she used her powers and let the girl get shot]].shot. In other words, you shouldn't use time travel powers that are miraculously given to you after a terrible event, because the universe might have arbitrary rules that make time travel a bad idea to use. This ]] [[note]]This also overlaps with SpaceWhaleAesop, because the implied mundane message of "accept what happened in the past and move on" is only delivered through arbitrary and fantastic consequences. That, in turn, creates a BrokenAesop, because the only reason Max didn't learn to accept what happened early on is because the universe decided to grant her time travel powers to begin with, thanks again to the arbitrary rules of the fantastic element.[[/note]]


* FantasticAesop: [[spoiler:The game has a theme of actions having consequences, which it demonstrates in the final act by having the act of saving Chloe's life be directly linked to the tornado which will destroy the town.]]

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* FantasticAesop: [[spoiler:The game has Max suddenly manifests time travel powers after seeing Chloe shot. She discovers a theme lot of actions having consequences, which clever ways to use it, but no matter what she does, it demonstrates never seems to make anything better in the final act by having end, and it's ultimately revealed that [[spoiler:her use of the act of saving Chloe's life be directly linked time travel is what's causing the coming [[ClockRoaches apocalyptic storm]], and the only way to stop it is to go back to the tornado which will destroy first time she used her powers and let the town.]]girl get shot]]. In other words, you shouldn't use time travel powers that are miraculously given to you after a terrible event, because the universe might have arbitrary rules that make time travel a bad idea to use. This also overlaps with SpaceWhaleAesop, because the implied mundane message of "accept what happened in the past and move on" is only delivered through arbitrary and fantastic consequences. That, in turn, creates a BrokenAesop, because the only reason Max didn't learn to accept what happened early on is because the universe decided to grant her time travel powers to begin with, thanks again to the arbitrary rules of the fantastic element.

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* LuredIntoATrap: At the end of Episode 4 Max and Chloe are lured to the junkyard [[spoiler: by Jefferson]], [[spoiler:who then shoots Chloe and kidnaps Max]].


* OneOfTheseDoorsIsNotLikeTheOther: The dormitory puzzle during the NightMareSequence. Only specific doors let you progress, all other doors lead back to the starting point.

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* OneOfTheseDoorsIsNotLikeTheOther: The dormitory puzzle during the NightMareSequence.NightmareSequence. Only specific doors let you progress, all other doors lead back to the starting point.


** Nathans license plate is "SXFTNDR" (Series/SixFeetUnder) which is a clue as to what [[spoiler:he did to Rachel, and what Mr. Jefferson will do to him.]].

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** Nathans Nathan's license plate is "SXFTNDR" (Series/SixFeetUnder) which is a clue as to what [[spoiler:he did to Rachel, and what Mr. Jefferson will do to him.]].


* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrangeDust'', a four-issue comic book series set after one of the endings, published by Titan Comics.

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* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrangeDust'', ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a four-issue comic book series set after one of the endings, published by Titan Comics.


* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a four-issue comic book series set after one of the endings, published by Titan Comics.

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* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrangeDust'', a four-issue comic book series set after one of the endings, published by Titan Comics.


* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrangeDust'', a four-issue comic book series set after one of the endings, published by Titan Comics.

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* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrangeDust'', ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrange'', a four-issue comic book series set after one of the endings, published by Titan Comics.


** There is a reason Chloe frequently dies/needs saving from lethal peril, and it is not strictly because Fate/Death/The Worse/etc. is mad that she didn't die at the start of the game. It's because she makes a lot of bad choices. In Episode 2, Chloe will shoot herself with a ricochet during the bottle shooting scene if you have her shoot the car bumper. She's also been drinking, a fact Max lampshades as a bad combination yet goes along with it anyway. Later on, Chloe gets her foot caught in the track switcher while hanging out on the regularly used railr and unable to save oad tracks. This is possibly justified in that she knows Max is there to bail her out if the worst should happen, which she repeatedly does.

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** There is a reason Chloe frequently dies/needs saving from lethal peril, and it is not strictly because Fate/Death/The Worse/etc. is mad that she didn't die at the start of the game. It's because she makes a lot of bad choices. In Episode 2, Chloe will shoot herself with a ricochet during the bottle shooting scene if you have her shoot the car bumper. She's also been drinking, a fact Max lampshades as a bad combination yet goes along with it anyway. Later on, Chloe gets her foot caught in the track switcher while hanging out on the regularly used railr and unable to save oad railroad tracks. This is possibly justified in that she knows Max is there to bail her out if the worst should happen, which she repeatedly does.


** Episode 5's numerous [[spoiler:photograph jumps are just short of needing a flowchart to explain. Max leaves her timeline to turn Jefferson in to the police and win the Everyday Heroes contest, which makes her out of town in the present, so she goes back to that timeline and destroys the photo she had turned in to the contest (before she turned it in), angering Mr. Jefferson and causing him to destroy all of Max's photos, meaning that in the original timeline she never went back to start the whole sequence in the first place[[Film/AustinPowers oh no I've gone cross-eyed]].]]

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** Episode 5's numerous [[spoiler:photograph jumps are just short of needing a flowchart to explain. Max leaves her timeline to turn Jefferson in to the police and win the Everyday Heroes contest, which makes her out of town in the present, and unable to save Chloe from the storm, so she goes back to that timeline and destroys the photo she had turned in to the contest (before she turned it in), angering Mr. Jefferson and causing him to destroy all of Max's photos, meaning that in the original timeline she never went back to start the whole sequence in the first place[[Film/AustinPowers oh no I've gone cross-eyed]].]]



** There is a reason Chloe frequently dies/needs saving from lethal peril, and it is not strictly because Fate/Death/The Worse/etc. is mad that she didn't die at the start of the game. It's because she makes a lot of bad choices. In Episode 2, Chloe will shoot herself with a ricochet during the bottle shooting scene if you have her shoot the car bumper. She's also been drinking, a fact Max lampshades as a bad combination yet goes along with it anyway. Later on, Chloe gets her foot caught in the track switcher while hanging out on the regularly used railroad tracks. This is possibly justified in that she knows Max is there to bail her out if the worst should happen, which she repeatedly does.

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** There is a reason Chloe frequently dies/needs saving from lethal peril, and it is not strictly because Fate/Death/The Worse/etc. is mad that she didn't die at the start of the game. It's because she makes a lot of bad choices. In Episode 2, Chloe will shoot herself with a ricochet during the bottle shooting scene if you have her shoot the car bumper. She's also been drinking, a fact Max lampshades as a bad combination yet goes along with it anyway. Later on, Chloe gets her foot caught in the track switcher while hanging out on the regularly used railroad railr and unable to save oad tracks. This is possibly justified in that she knows Max is there to bail her out if the worst should happen, which she repeatedly does.

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* MissingTime:
** In the first scene, after her vision of the tornado, Max finds herself back in class. She doesn't know what happened, but she is sure that she didn't fall asleep.
** After a time jump through a photograph, when Max returns to the present, she doesn't have any memories of the new timeline between the changed past and the present. In Episode 5, [[spoiler:after returning to the Dark Room, she is confused how that could have happened. Jefferson even comments that she is "spaced out"]].


** [[spoiler:Episode 5's numerous photograph jumps are just short of needing a flowchart to explain. Max leaves her timeline to turn Jefferson in to the police and win the Everyday Heroes contest, which makes her out of town in the present, so she goes back to that timeline and destroys the photo she had turned in to the contest (before she turned it in), angering Mr. Jefferson and causing him to destroy all of Max's photos, meaning that in the original timeline she never went back to start the whole sequence in the first place[[Film/AustinPowers oh no I've gone cross-eyed]].]]

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** [[spoiler:Episode Episode 5's numerous photograph [[spoiler:photograph jumps are just short of needing a flowchart to explain. Max leaves her timeline to turn Jefferson in to the police and win the Everyday Heroes contest, which makes her out of town in the present, so she goes back to that timeline and destroys the photo she had turned in to the contest (before she turned it in), angering Mr. Jefferson and causing him to destroy all of Max's photos, meaning that in the original timeline she never went back to start the whole sequence in the first place[[Film/AustinPowers oh no I've gone cross-eyed]].]]


*** A three option choice in the aftermath of the above. While talking with the principal and police about [[spoiler:what drove Kate to attempt suicide]], you have the choice of accusing Nathan, Mr. Jefferson, or David. The outcome of this choice can vary wildly depending on how you dealt with the participants in previous choices. [[spoiler:If you reported Nathan earlier (or didn't report him and didn't take the blame for Chloe), accusing Nathan gets him suspended/expelled on reasonable suspicion, though he threatens to sue and seems rather cavalier about the whole ordeal. If you didn't report Nathan and took the blame for Chloe, accusing him gets Max suspended. Accusing David will get Max suspended if she has no proof of his harassment, reported Nathan, and took the blame for Chloe; result in nothing if Max has no proof and didn't take the blame for Chloe (or if she has no proof and didn't report Nathan); and result in his temporary suspension if Max took a photo of him harassing Kate. Accusing Mr. Jefferson means he will no longer represent Blackwell at the Everyday Hero competition and is put under faculty scrutiny, though he accepts his punishment and Max's accusation with grace. If Max didn't recommend Kate call the police, he'll say she hasn't been taking Kate's calls.]]

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*** A three option choice in the aftermath of the above. While talking with the principal and police about [[spoiler:what drove Kate to attempt suicide]], you have the choice of accusing Nathan, Mr. Jefferson, or David. The outcome of this choice can vary wildly depending on how you dealt with the participants in previous choices. [[spoiler:If If you reported Nathan [[spoiler:Nathan earlier (or didn't report him and didn't take the blame for Chloe), accusing Nathan gets him suspended/expelled on reasonable suspicion, though he threatens to sue and seems rather cavalier about the whole ordeal. If you didn't report Nathan and took the blame for Chloe, accusing him gets Max suspended. suspended]]. Accusing David will get Max [[spoiler:Max suspended if she has no proof of his harassment, reported Nathan, and took the blame for Chloe; result in nothing if Max has no proof and didn't take the blame for Chloe (or if she has no proof and didn't report Nathan); and result in his temporary suspension if Max took a photo of him harassing Kate.Kate]]. Accusing Mr. Jefferson means he will no [[spoiler:no longer represent Blackwell at the Everyday Hero competition and is put under faculty scrutiny, though he accepts his punishment and Max's accusation with grace. If Max didn't recommend Kate call the police, he'll say she hasn't been taking Kate's calls.]]



** You first see Chloe when she's shot by Nathan, causing Max to manifest her TimeMaster powers and undo it in a JustifiedTutorial. [[spoiler:At the end of episode 5/Season 1 you have a SadisticChoice of endings; "Sacrifice Chloe" or "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay". The former follows this trope, Max goes back in time (via a photo you took just before it happened) to let her get shot and DyingAlone (as far as she knows), never to be reunited with the former best friend crying her eyes out just feet away. A montage reveals that this also solves most of the story's other conflicts.[[note]]Nathan sells out Jefferson after being arrested for her murder (and presumably gets the care he needs), the Prescotts are being investigated for their involvement, Rachel's body is discovered shortly after as a result and Kate never attempts suicide, as the much larger scandal prevents the video of her going viral (and/or the arrest of Nathan and Jefferson making it clear she was a victim).[[/note]] ]]

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** You first see Chloe when she's shot by Nathan, causing Max to manifest her TimeMaster powers and undo it in a JustifiedTutorial. [[spoiler:At At the end of episode 5/Season 5[[spoiler:/Season 1 you have a SadisticChoice of endings; "Sacrifice Chloe" or "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay". The former follows this trope, Max goes back in time (via a photo you took just before it happened) to let her get shot and DyingAlone (as far as she knows), never to be reunited with the former best friend crying her eyes out just feet away. A montage reveals that this also solves most of the story's other conflicts.[[note]]Nathan sells out Jefferson after being arrested for her murder (and presumably gets the care he needs), the Prescotts are being investigated for their involvement, Rachel's body is discovered shortly after as a result and Kate never attempts suicide, as the much larger scandal prevents the video of her going viral (and/or the arrest of Nathan and Jefferson making it clear she was a victim).[[/note]] ]]


* SecondLove: Max eventually falls in love with Chloe (WordOfGod confirming that they're a couple in both endings, even though [[spoiler: they only kiss in the "Sacrifice Chloe" ending, and then only depending on the player's choices]]). Rachel Amber is heavily implied to be Chloe's first love. ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'', [[spoiler: confirms this (although, once again, exactly how close they are depends on player choice).]]
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: In the end, [[spoiler:it's revealed that Max's use of her time travel powers is what causes the superstorm that destroys Arcadia Bay. Or at least, that's the characters' best guess. They have no confirmation of this at the time, nor on how it works, nor do they have any idea if going back one more time will actually fix things and not just make the storm worse: it's various characters making guesses and suppositions based on their familiarity with time travel tropes.]]

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* SecondLove: Max eventually falls in love with Chloe (WordOfGod confirming that they're a couple in both endings, even though [[spoiler: they only kiss [[spoiler:kiss in the "Sacrifice Chloe" ending, and then only depending on the player's choices]]). Rachel Amber is heavily implied to be Chloe's first love. ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'', [[spoiler: confirms this (although, once again, exactly how close they are depends on player choice).]]
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: In the end, [[spoiler:it's it's revealed that Max's [[spoiler:Max's use of her time travel powers is what causes the superstorm that destroys Arcadia Bay. Or at least, that's the characters' best guess. They have no confirmation of this at the time, nor on how it works, nor do they have any idea if going back one more time will actually fix things and not just make the storm worse: worse]]: it's various characters making guesses and suppositions based on their familiarity with time travel tropes.]]



* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: In Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max stares at an old photograph and travels back in time to the day William died. She saves his life, changing everything from then on. She still left town and came back, but now she's a popular girl in the Vortex Club. Chloe, on the other hand, is confined to a wheelchair and slowly dying. Then she has to reset again to fix what was wrong with this timeline]].

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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: In Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max Max stares at an old photograph and travels [[spoiler:travels back in time to the day William died. She saves his life, changing everything from then on. She still left town and came back, but now she's a popular girl in the Vortex Club. Chloe, on the other hand, is confined to a wheelchair and slowly dying. Then she has to reset again to fix what was wrong wrong]] with this timeline]].timeline.



** [[spoiler:First he shoots Chloe when he finds out she and Max have discovered Rachel's body. ]]
** [[spoiler:If you decide to tell Victoria too much about Nathan and Mr Jefferson at the Vortex Club party, she will get "silenced" as well. ]]
** [[spoiler:Max was going to be silenced as well but she escapes due to a power that Mr. Jefferson didn't know about.]]

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** [[spoiler:First he First [[spoiler:he shoots Chloe when he finds out she and Max have discovered Rachel's body. body.]]
** [[spoiler:If If you decide to tell Victoria [[spoiler:Victoria too much about Nathan and Mr Jefferson at the Vortex Club party, she will get "silenced" "silenced"]] as well. ]]
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** [[spoiler:Max Max was going to be silenced [[spoiler:silenced as well but she escapes due to a power that Mr. Jefferson Jefferson]] didn't know about.]]


** Chloe's friendship with Rachel with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, Chloe admits she [[spoiler: "crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect. Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears]] when she and Max [[spoiler:discover Rachel's corpse]].
** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few developers]]. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidify that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on player decisions.]]

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** Chloe's friendship with Rachel with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, Chloe admits she [[spoiler: "crushed" [[spoiler:"crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect. perfect.]] Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that Rachel [[spoiler:Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank. Frank]]. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that she [[spoiler:she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears]] when she and Max [[spoiler:discover Rachel's corpse]].
** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With With dialogue ranging from asking her if she [[spoiler:she prefers boys or girls, girls]], telling her she's even smarter [[spoiler:smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few developers]]. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidify that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on player decisions.]]



** Played both traditional ''and'' InUniverse. Max's rewind power is based on this trope. You can rewind time to get the choices/information that you want. In some conversations where you give the wrong information and are given the right one, the latter will appear as a new choice in your rewind. For the former, this is something that you would normally do in a VisualNovel when you try to get the desired choices. [[spoiler:Even if Max cannot use her power to prevent Kate from committing suicide (as she is too burnt out to use it), you can still do this and it can be done at any point during this segment. This way, you can get the result you want on your "first" try while keeping the choices you have picked throughout the episode without having to start over]].
** [[spoiler:Most of Episode 5's NightmareSequence will feature the various characters in them calling Max out on using her powers in this way. This reaches its apex when Max is receiving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from ''herself'' over how she's been abusing it and her inability to get by without it.]]
* SawItInAMovieOnce: Max mentions this when she successfully gains access to the Dark Room by trying only the faded numbers on the keypad.

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** Played both traditional ''and'' InUniverse. Max's rewind power is based on this trope. You can rewind time to get the choices/information that you want. In some conversations where you give the wrong information and are given the right one, the latter will appear as a new choice in your rewind. For the former, this is something that you would normally do in a VisualNovel when you try to get the desired choices. [[spoiler:Even Even if Max cannot use her power to prevent Kate [[spoiler:Kate from committing suicide (as she is too burnt out to use it), it)]], you can still do this and it can be done at any point during this segment. This way, you can get the result you want on your "first" try while keeping the choices you have picked throughout the episode without having to start over]].
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** [[spoiler:Most Most of Episode 5's NightmareSequence will [[spoiler:will feature the various characters in them calling Max out on using her powers in this way. This reaches its apex when Max is receiving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from ''herself'' over how she's been abusing it and her inability to get by without it.]]
* SawItInAMovieOnce: Max mentions this when she successfully gains [[spoiler:gains access to the Dark Room by trying only the faded numbers on the keypad.keypad]].


* PhlebotinumBreakdown: Max is unable to use her time travel powers when she has to save Kate. It is implied to be due to [[HeroicRROD earlier over-use of said powers]].

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* PhlebotinumBreakdown: Max is unable to use her time travel powers when she has to save Kate.[[spoiler:save Kate]]. It is implied to be due to [[HeroicRROD earlier over-use of said powers]].



** The game gives a fail scenario if you shout a warning too soon about Max's kidnapper lying in wait for the rescuer. After all, he is in range to slug Max; why would he not silence her?

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** The game gives a fail scenario if you shout a warning too soon about Max's kidnapper [[spoiler:Max's kidnapper]] lying in wait for the rescuer. After all, he is in range to slug Max; [[spoiler:slug Max]]; why would he not silence her?



** [[spoiler: Nathan and his role in the drugging and photographing of young women against their will. While he's far from innocent, he isn't actually the BigBad the games makes him out to be most of the time. Jefferson is.]]

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** [[spoiler: Nathan and his role in the [[spoiler: drugging and photographing of young women against their will. While he's far from innocent, he isn't actually the BigBad the games makes him out to be most of the time. Jefferson is.]]



** Whether or not Warren and Max can share a kiss near the end of Episode 5 is based on four choices in previous episodes. If Max accepted Warren's invitation, helped him with his exam, changed the grade on his exam, and/or wrote on his whiteboard, she will have the option to kiss him before [[spoiler:using the photograph to change history]]. If Max did none of these things, she will not be able to kiss Warren.

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** Whether or not Warren and Max can share [[spoiler:share a kiss kiss]] near the end of Episode 5 is based on four choices in previous episodes. If Max accepted Warren's invitation, helped him with his exam, changed the grade on his exam, and/or wrote on his whiteboard, she will have the option to kiss him before [[spoiler:using the photograph to change history]]. If Max did none of these things, she will not be able to kiss Warren.



** Max recalls everything she learned in alternate timelines before using her rewind to change things. This allows her to mine people for information, rewind, then use that information to coax further details from them. [[spoiler:At the end of Episode 3, she winds up changing the past five years and remembers nothing of the new timeline, which is a problem considering everyone around her is essentially a different person]].

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** Max recalls everything she learned in alternate timelines before using her rewind to change things. This allows her to mine people for information, rewind, then use that information to coax further details from them. [[spoiler:At At the end of Episode 3, she winds up changing [[spoiler:changing the past five years and remembers nothing of the new timeline, which is a problem considering everyone around her is essentially a different person]].



** Chloe's friendship with Rachel with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, [[spoiler: Chloe admits she "crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect. Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears when she and Max discover Rachel's corpse]].

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** Chloe's friendship with Rachel with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, [[spoiler: Chloe admits she [[spoiler: "crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect. Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears tears]] when she and Max discover [[spoiler:discover Rachel's corpse]].


* CompartmentShot: Seen when Max finds Frank's gun in the overhead locker of his van.

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* CompartmentShot: Seen when Max finds Frank's gun in [[spoiler:in the overhead locker of his van.van]].



* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: In Episode 4, Warren beats Nathan to a pulp if you let him. It's meant as a revenge for when Nathan beat Warren up in the parking lot and also for his mistreatment of Max and Kate.

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* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: In Episode 4, Warren [[spoiler:Warren]] beats Nathan [[spoiler:Nathan]] to a pulp if you let him. It's meant as a revenge for when Nathan [[spoiler:Nathan beat Warren up in the parking lot and also for his mistreatment mistreatment]] of Max and Kate.



** Frank has been selling Nathan large amounts of GHB, [[spoiler:which was likely used to dose his girlfriend Rachel Amber to death]].
** Episode 3 has Chloe tempted to [[spoiler: steal several thousand dollars out of the school's handicapped fund in order to pay off Frank. Later in the same episode, Max decides to return to their childhood and make a small change to Chloe's past, which, as it turns out, results in her being a quadriplegic in the present and no longer being able to attend Blackwell (despite her outstanding academic performance) due to the school's buildings not being fit for the handicapped. Max even comments on this, slightly, in Episode 4.]]

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** Frank has been selling Nathan [[spoiler:Nathan]] large amounts of GHB, [[spoiler:which was likely used to dose his girlfriend Rachel Amber to death]].
** Episode 3 has Chloe tempted to [[spoiler: steal several thousand dollars out of the school's handicapped fund in order to pay off Frank. Frank]]. Later in the same episode, Max decides to return [[spoiler: to their childhood and make a small change to Chloe's past, past]], which, as it turns out, results in her being a [[spoiler: quadriplegic in the present and no longer being able to attend Blackwell (despite her outstanding academic performance) due to the school's buildings not being fit for the handicapped.handicapped]]. Max even comments on this, slightly, in Episode 4.]]



** After ruining Victoria's outfit, you have the option to mockingly take a photo of her as she did with you, then tell her off so she'll move. She'll retaliate by vandalizing your room and stealing the picture.

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** After ruining Victoria's outfit, you have the option to mockingly take a photo of her as she did with you, then tell her off so she'll move. She'll retaliate by vandalizing [[spoiler:vandalizing your room and stealing the picture.picture]].



* LastRequest: At the Dark Room, Max requests to have another look at her photograph before being killed.

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* LastRequest: At the Dark Room, Max [[spoiler:Max]] requests to have another look at her photograph before being killed.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Chloe is overcome by remorse in case you let her kill Frank and his dog in Episode 4.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Chloe is overcome by remorse in case you let her kill [[spoiler:kill Frank and his dog in Episode 4.4]].



** In Episode 3, Max can erase a voicemail from a cop alerting David that the police (correctly) suspect that Chloe broke into the Blackwell swimming pool. If Max deletes the message before David and Joyce can hear it to spare Chloe the trouble, the police decide to question Chloe. Allowing David to hear the message [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold causes him to lie to the police and give Chloe a fake alibi.]]

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** In Episode 3, Max can erase a voicemail from [[spoiler: a cop alerting David that the police (correctly) suspect that Chloe broke into the Blackwell swimming pool.pool]]. If Max deletes the message before David and Joyce can hear it to spare Chloe the trouble, the police decide to question Chloe. Allowing David to hear the message [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold causes him to lie to the police and give Chloe a fake alibi.]]



* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler: Warren's fight with Nathan is more like Warren beating him until he's crying.]]

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler: Warren's fight with Nathan is more like Warren Warren]] beating him until he's crying.]]



** Alyssa suffers some sort of harmless misfortune in each episode, which Max can warn her of. Her final misfortune in Episode 5 is anything but harmless, though, and will get her killed without intervention.

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** Alyssa suffers some sort of harmless misfortune in each episode, which Max can warn her of. Her final misfortune in Episode 5 is anything but harmless, though, and will get her killed [[spoiler:killed without intervention.intervention]].



** David's password for his computer is the date of the day he met Joyce for the first time.

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* AmbiguousEnding: In the [[spoiler:Sacrifice Arcadia Bay]] ending, it is not clear [[spoiler:how many people are killed by the tornado, and who of the protagonists (beyond Max and Chloe) are alive]]. WordOfGod says it is intentional.


--> '''[[spoiler:Jefferson]]:''' Don't be stupid, okay?. She's exactly where she deserves to be.

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* ReleasedToElsewhere: Subverted. In Episode 5 [[spoiler: after Max returns to the Dark Room by destroying her award-winning photo, she notices that Victoria is not there (given that she got kidnapped along with Max in the first place)]]. This results in the following dialogue:
--> '''[[spoiler:Jefferson]]:''' I had to let [[spoiler:Victoria Chase]] go.
--> '''Max''': [[HopeSpot You let her...]]
--> '''[[spoiler:Jefferson]]:''' Don't be stupid, okay?. She's exactly where she deserves to be.
--> '''Max''': [[LittleNo No...]]


* In late 2016, Creator/LegendaryPictures obtained the screen license, and they've announced their plans to create a live-action digital series based on the game

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* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange2'', a five-episode sequel whose first episode is set for a September 27, 2018 release.

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* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange2'', a five-episode sequel whose first episode is set for about two brothers on the run after an unexplainable incident that ends up with their father and a September 27, 2018 release.cop dead.


*** [[spoiler:The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending. At Chloe's urging, Max uses the butterfly photo to travel back to the start of the game and allows Nathan to kill Chloe, preventing Max's powers from manifesting and preventing the tornado from ever happening. Chloe dies, without ever reuniting with Max or learning what happened to Rachel, but her murder leads to Jefferson and Nathan getting arrested, Kate and Fran, survive regardless of what happened to them during the game, and the tornado never happens.]]

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*** [[spoiler:The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending. At Chloe's urging, Max uses the butterfly photo to travel back to the start of the game and allows Nathan to kill Chloe, preventing Max's powers from manifesting and preventing the tornado from ever happening. Chloe dies, without ever reuniting with Max or learning what happened to Rachel, but her murder leads to Jefferson and Nathan getting arrested, Kate and Fran, everyone who could have died over the course of the game survive regardless of what happened to them during the game, and the tornado never happens.]]


*** [[spoiler:The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending. At Chloe's urging, Max uses the butterfly photo to travel back to the start of the game and allows Nathan to kill Chloe, preventing Max's powers from manifesting and preventing the tornado from ever happening. Chloe dies, without ever reuniting with Max or learning what happened to Rachel, but her murder leads to Jefferson and Nathan getting arrested, Kate, Frank, and Alyssa survive regardless of what happened to them during the game, and the tornado never happens.]]

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*** [[spoiler:The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending. At Chloe's urging, Max uses the butterfly photo to travel back to the start of the game and allows Nathan to kill Chloe, preventing Max's powers from manifesting and preventing the tornado from ever happening. Chloe dies, without ever reuniting with Max or learning what happened to Rachel, but her murder leads to Jefferson and Nathan getting arrested, Kate, Frank, Kate and Alyssa Fran, survive regardless of what happened to them during the game, and the tornado never happens.]]


* CantCountBullets: In the second episode, there's a scene where Chloe practices with a gun she stole from her step father in the junk yard. She hands the gun to Max to try, when Frank (a drug dealer who Chloe owes a lot of money to) shows up and begins threatening the girls with a knife, causing Max to point the gun at him (giving the player a choice of whether or not to shoot at him). If you decide to shoot, it will turn out that Chloe had already used up all the bullets (but the fact Max was willing to pull the trigger is enough to scare Frank off and impress Chloe).



* CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption:

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* DramaticAmmoDepletion: In the second episode, there's a scene where Chloe practices with a gun she stole from her step father in the junk yard. She hands the gun to Max to try, when Frank (a drug dealer who Chloe owes a lot of money to) shows up and begins threatening the girls with a knife, causing Max to point the gun at him (giving the player a choice of whether or not to shoot at him). If you decide to shoot, it will turn out that Chloe had already used up all the bullets (but the fact Max was willing to pull the trigger is enough to scare Frank off and impress Chloe).


To Chloe, it can seem that Max wasn't messing around with time, just tired. Actually, Max implies that yes, she was, but she won't do it again. Of course she doesn't want to tell Chloe what actually happened.

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* IfOnlyYouKnew: In Episode 4, [[spoiler:after Max returns from the alternate timeline, she is happy that Chloe is "alive/back" (depending on whether you chose to kill her in the previous scene).]] Chloe is confused why Max acts so strangely.
--> '''Chloe:''' I hope you weren't messing around with time while I was sleeping.
--> '''Max''': Not anymore. I'm just spaced out, too.
To Chloe, it can seem that Max wasn't messing around with time, just tired. Actually, Max implies that yes, she was, but she won't do it again. Of course she doesn't want to tell Chloe what actually happened.


** [[spoiler: Nathan is killed off-screen by Jefferson. There is no way you can save him (except by choosing the Sacrifice Chloe ending in which case you undo everything that happened in the game.]]

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** [[spoiler: Nathan is killed off-screen by Jefferson. There is no way you can save him (except by choosing the Sacrifice Chloe ending in which case you undo everything that happened in the game.game).]]



* PowerPerversionPotential: Chloe suggests Max could use her powers to bang people with no consequences, even specifically suggesting that [[LesYay Max has hit on her]] with this method. Max disagrees. [[spoiler:The player gets a chance to make good on this in Episode 3, after Chloe dares Max to kiss her. If you refuse, Chloe suggests you went for it then rewound]].

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* PowerPerversionPotential: Chloe suggests Max could use her powers to bang people with no consequences, even specifically suggesting that [[LesYay [[ShipTease Max has hit on her]] with this method. Max disagrees. [[spoiler:The player gets a chance to make good on this in Episode 3, after Chloe dares Max to kiss her. If you refuse, Chloe suggests you went for it then rewound]].

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* IWillFindYou: The main plot revolves around Chloe trying to find Rachel.


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* PlotlineDeath: Most character deaths are either preventable by rewinding (e.g. Chloe on the rail tracks) or is undone by cutscene right after it happens (e.g. Chloe at the beginning). Some can only be prevented by playing the right choices (e.g. [[spoiler:Kate in Episode 2, Alyssa and Victoria in Episode 5]]). There are some exceptions that cannot be avoided though:
** The most notable is [[spoiler: Chloe getting shot at the end of Episode 4]]. Max spends most of the next chapter trying to undo it [[spoiler: and ultimately succeeds]].
** [[spoiler: Nathan is killed off-screen by Jefferson. There is no way you can save him (except by choosing the Sacrifice Chloe ending in which case you undo everything that happened in the game.]]


*** [[spoiler:The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending. At Chloe's urging, Max uses the butterfly photo to travel back to the start of the game and allows Nathan to kill Chloe, preventing Max's powers from manifesting and preventing the tornado from ever happening. Chloe dies, her murder leads to Jefferson and Nathan getting arrested, Kate, Victoria, and Frank survive regardless of what happened to them during the game, and the tornado never happens.]]
*** [[spoiler:The "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending. Max refuses to kill Chloe to save Arcadia Bay and tears up the butterfly photo. The town is destroyed, with the implication that a good number (if not a all) of its inhabitants are dead, but Max and Chloe survive and are together.]]

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*** [[spoiler:The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending. At Chloe's urging, Max uses the butterfly photo to travel back to the start of the game and allows Nathan to kill Chloe, preventing Max's powers from manifesting and preventing the tornado from ever happening. Chloe dies, without ever reuniting with Max or learning what happened to Rachel, but her murder leads to Jefferson and Nathan getting arrested, Kate, Victoria, Frank, and Frank Alyssa survive regardless of what happened to them during the game, and the tornado never happens.]]
*** [[spoiler:The "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending. Max refuses to kill Chloe to save Arcadia Bay and tears up the butterfly photo. The town is destroyed, with the implication that a good number (if not a all) of its inhabitants are dead, but Max and Chloe survive and are together.]]



* BlatantLies: Victora claims that she only posted the video of Kate because she got drunk and did it as a joke, vut in Episode 2, a quite clearly sober Victoria writes the link to the video on the mirror of the girls bathroom, meaning she lied to Max's face.

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* BlatantLies: Victora claims that she only posted the video of Kate because she got drunk and did it as a joke, vut but in Episode 2, a quite clearly sober Victoria writes the link to the video on the mirror of the girls bathroom, meaning she lied to Max's face.



** [[spoiler:The blue butterfly that signalled Chloe's first appearance in Episode 1 also lands on her coffin in the Sacrifice Chloe ending, signalling her last appearance]].

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** [[spoiler:The blue butterfly that signalled signaled Chloe's first appearance in Episode 1 also lands on her coffin in the Sacrifice Chloe ending, signalling her last appearance]].


** The disappearance of a seemingly perfect teenage girl in an idyllic seaside town where everyone has a some sort of dark secret? [[LiveAction/TwinPeaks Let's hope BOB doesn't make an appearance. There's graffiti on the bathroom mirror in one episode with the phrase "Firewalk with Me," just to drive this point home.]]

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** The disappearance of a seemingly perfect teenage girl in an idyllic seaside town where everyone has a some sort of dark secret? [[LiveAction/TwinPeaks Let's hope BOB doesn't make an appearance. [[Series/TwinPeaks There's graffiti on the bathroom mirror in one episode with the phrase "Firewalk "Fire Walk with Me," just to drive this point home.]]]] Let's hope BOB doesn't make an appearance.



** The game tells you when your actions will have consequences. This includes watering the plant in your room. Square Enix even got in on the fun for April Fools Day, putting up a [[http://na.square-enix.com/us/blog/life-strange-official-merca handise merchandise page]] for the one object that lets you be like Max: the plant.

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** The game tells you when your actions will have consequences. This includes watering the plant in your room. Square Enix even got in on the fun for April Fools Day, putting up a [[http://na.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20160721150625/http://na.square-enix.com/us/blog/life-strange-official-merca handise com/us/blog/life-strange-official-merchandise merchandise page]] for the one object that lets you be like Max: the plant.


* {{Arcadia}}: In name only. Arcadia Bay is not one of the best places you'd want to live. However, if you speak with people around the town, they imply that it had been a much nicer place before the Prescotts took over.



** The game tells you when your actions will have consequences. This includes watering the plant in your room. Square Enix even got in on the fun for April Fools Day, putting up a [[http://na.square-enix.com/us/blog/life-strange-official-merchandise merchandise page]] for the one object that lets you be like Max: the plant.

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** The game tells you when your actions will have consequences. This includes watering the plant in your room. Square Enix even got in on the fun for April Fools Day, putting up a [[http://na.square-enix.com/us/blog/life-strange-official-merchandise com/us/blog/life-strange-official-merca handise merchandise page]] for the one object that lets you be like Max: the plant.



* MundaneUtility:
** You can rewind time at almost any point in the game. This can be used for dramatic things like stopping a potential shooting to mundane things like fixing a snowglobe you accidentally broke.
** Max herself considers using it to catch more sleep.

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* UncertainDoom: [[spoiler:In the "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending, the town is wiped out but there's no indication as to who died in the process. Max and Chloe simply drive out of town, not another soul in sight.]]

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* MomentOfSilence: In the [[spoiler:sacrifice Chloe]] ending, right after [[spoiler: Nathan shoots Chloe]], the ending music starts and all sound effects are silenced. Even the photo effects are silent.


** Principal Wells is almost guaranteed not to believe Max in any situation. If you tell him about Nathan Prescott having a gun in the bathroom, Wells will cite Nathan's family and status as an honor-roll student as reasons why this is unlikely. The worst he does is call him to the office. The action also backfires on Max, as he'll then contact her parents and accuse her of "telling tall tales". If you try to report David Madsen before class in Episode 2, Wells always finds an excuse to not trust what Max says no matter what choices the player has made. The only time he's remotely helpful is in the aftermath of [[spoiler:Kate's suicide]]. Depending on your previous choices, he can be convinced to [[spoiler:suspend Nathan on suspicion of drugging Kate and recording the salacious video of her, suspend Madsen for antagonizing Kate (but only if you have proof), or lightly punish Mr. Jefferson for VictimBlaming Kate]]. Chloe picks up on this, deriding him as a drunk more concerned with the school's bottom line. In Nathan's case, Wells is being pressured by his rich father, [[spoiler:to the point that Nathan's records are outright falsified]].

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** Principal Wells is almost guaranteed not to believe Max in any situation. If you tell him about Nathan Prescott having a gun in the bathroom, Wells will cite Nathan's family and status as an honor-roll student as reasons why this is unlikely. The worst he does is call him to the office. The action also backfires on Max, as he'll then contact her parents and accuse her of "telling tall tales". If you try to report David Madsen before class in Episode 2, Wells always finds an excuse to not trust what Max says no matter what choices the player has made. The only time he's remotely helpful is in the aftermath of [[spoiler:Kate's suicide]]. Depending on your previous choices, he can be convinced to [[spoiler:suspend Nathan on suspicion of drugging Kate and recording the salacious video of her, suspend Madsen for antagonizing Kate (but only if you have proof), or lightly punish Mr. Jefferson for VictimBlaming UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming Kate]]. Chloe picks up on this, deriding him as a drunk more concerned with the school's bottom line. In Nathan's case, Wells is being pressured by his rich father, [[spoiler:to the point that Nathan's records are outright falsified]].



** Mr. Jefferson is a nice guy in Episode 1, but when confronted with cruel gossip about a student in Episode 2, he resorts to VictimBlaming. [[spoiler:He also turns out to be the BigBad all along and murders Chloe upon his reveal. It's likely he willfully invoked this trope to manipulate Kate and clean up a possible loose end.]]

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** Mr. Jefferson is a nice guy in Episode 1, but when confronted with cruel gossip about a student in Episode 2, he resorts to VictimBlaming.UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming. [[spoiler:He also turns out to be the BigBad all along and murders Chloe upon his reveal. It's likely he willfully invoked this trope to manipulate Kate and clean up a possible loose end.]]



* DefiledForever: Because of her fundamentalist Christian beliefs, [[spoiler:Kate has begun to think this about herself after being drugged and probably raped at a Vortex Club party]]. [[VictimBlaming The reactions of her mother and aunt certainly don't help.]]

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* DefiledForever: Because of her fundamentalist Christian beliefs, [[spoiler:Kate has begun to think this about herself after being drugged and probably raped at a Vortex Club party]]. [[VictimBlaming [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming The reactions of her mother and aunt certainly don't help.]]


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* FullNameUltimatum: When you get Julia's name wrong, then rewind, there is a dialog option to say this even before she asks for it:
--> Juliet [[spoiler: Watson]], you be nice!


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* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: When Max [[spoiler: makes a bucket of paint drop in Victoria]], she says this:
--> Don't mess with Max, bitches!

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* CornerOfWoe: [[spoiler: In the Sacrifice Chloe ending, Max sits behind the bathroom stalls weeping while Nathan shoots Chloe.]]

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* AngryGuardDog: Pompidou fiercly protects Frank.


** In the main school building, you can see a poster asking about a backpack and a tablet with pictures of dead cats. A small post-it note on another board indicates that the thief is attempting to sell the tablet. Around when you first go to the Vortex Club party you can hear Stella say to someone that she didn't find a tablet with cat pictures. An apology note from the tablet's thief can be found in Episode 5, [[spoiler:as Max navigates the street while attempting to get to the Two Whales diner.]]

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** In the main school building, you can see a poster asking about a backpack and a tablet with pictures of dead cats. A small post-it note on another board indicates that the thief is attempting to sell the tablet. Around when you first go to the Vortex Club party you can hear Stella say to someone that she didn't find a tablet with cat pictures. An apology note from the tablet's thief can be found in Episode 5, [[spoiler:as Max navigates the street while attempting to get to the Two Whales diner.]]]] Also in episode 5 is a slightly creepier example: [[spoiler:during the nightmare, Max's journal has a single two page spread filled with some self-deprecating text and various mixed up references to game events. At the bottom left, the journal reads, "FIND MY CAT PIX. PLEASE. MY HEART IS BROKEN."]]

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* TragicDream: [[spoiler:Rachel Amber never does get away from Arcadia Bay. Depending on the ending, neither does Chloe.]]

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** A twofer that spans Episodes 1 and 2: In the middle of Episode 1, you have to visit Max's friend Dana to get back a flash drive that Dana borrowed. While doing this, you can look around the room. Look in the trash can and you'll find [[spoiler: a pregnancy test]]. Of course, [[RealityEnsues since you did this right in front of Dana, she'll notice and call you out for snooping into her private business.]] At this point, you're meant to use Max's time powers to undo this action, but you can choose not to, in which case talking to Dana in Episode 2 will trigger a special sequence where Max apologizes and patches things up with Dana.


** [[spoiler:Episode 5's numerous photograph jumps are just short of needing a flowchart to explain. Max leaves her timeline to turn Jefferson in to the police and win the Everyday Heroes contest, which makes her out of town in the present, so she goes back to that timeline and destroys the photo she had turned in to the contest (before she turned it in), angering Mr. Jefferson and causing him to destroy all of Max's photos, meaning that in the original timeline she never went back to start the whole sequence in the first place.]]

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** [[spoiler:Episode 5's numerous photograph jumps are just short of needing a flowchart to explain. Max leaves her timeline to turn Jefferson in to the police and win the Everyday Heroes contest, which makes her out of town in the present, so she goes back to that timeline and destroys the photo she had turned in to the contest (before she turned it in), angering Mr. Jefferson and causing him to destroy all of Max's photos, meaning that in the original timeline she never went back to start the whole sequence in the first place.place[[Film/AustinPowers oh no I've gone cross-eyed]].]]


* FailedASpotCheck: In the scenes where Max is hiding in the bathroom while Nathan and Chloe are having their argument, not only does Nathan not check at all to see if anyone's in the public restroom, but Chloe only does a cursory glance of each stall without looking behind them (where Max is). This is double stupid because, realistically, is either of them just looked in the MIRRORS, Max would have been easily visible.

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* FailedASpotCheck: In the scenes where Max is hiding in the bathroom while Nathan and Chloe are having their argument, not only does Nathan not check at all to see if anyone's in the public restroom, but Chloe only does a cursory glance of each stall without looking behind them (where Max is). This is double doubly stupid because, realistically, is if either of them just looked in the MIRRORS, Max would have been easily visible.

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*FailedASpotCheck: In the scenes where Max is hiding in the bathroom while Nathan and Chloe are having their argument, not only does Nathan not check at all to see if anyone's in the public restroom, but Chloe only does a cursory glance of each stall without looking behind them (where Max is). This is double stupid because, realistically, is either of them just looked in the MIRRORS, Max would have been easily visible.


* HomoeroticSubtext: As the main relationship is between two teenage girls, one of whom is still reeling from the loss of her also female friend, there is quite a bit. According to the developers, this was deliberate. If you [[spoiler: try to shoot Frank]], Chloe will be so impressed she (in a text later on) half-jokingly proposes to Max and suggests they elope, since gay marriage wasn't legal in Oregon yet. Even more prevalent in Episode 3, as Max and Chloe's banter gets increasingly flirtatious, and Chloe [[spoiler:dares Max to kiss her (it's up to the player to make good)]]. This is PlayedForDrama [[spoiler: during the finale, where Max can give Chloe a very passionate goodbye kiss, if the player chooses to sacrifice Chloe]].
--> '''Chloe:''' I just don't think anyone's good enough for you... aside from me, of course.


* A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.

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* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrangeDust'', a four-issue comic book series set after one of the endings, published by Titan Comics.


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[[HumbleHero Maxine "Max" Caulfield]] (Creator/HannahTelle) is an 18-year-old [[HighSchool high school]] [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent senior]] who just recently moved back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand after an absence of five years]]. When she sees a girl get shot by a fellow student, Max discovers she can rewind time, allowing her to change what happened and save the girl. The girl is later revealed to be [[TheLancer Chloe Price]] (Creator/AshlyBurch), Max's former best friend, and the two have a rather strange but heartfelt reunion.

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[[HumbleHero Maxine "Max" Caulfield]] (Creator/HannahTelle) is an 18-year-old [[HighSchool high school]] [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent senior]] who just recently moved back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand after an absence of five years]]. When she sees a girl get shot by a fellow student, Max discovers she can [[TimeRewindMechanic rewind time, time]], allowing her to change what happened and save the girl. The girl is later revealed to be [[TheLancer Chloe Price]] (Creator/AshlyBurch), Max's former best friend, and the two have a rather strange but heartfelt reunion.


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* TimeRewindMechanic: Max's strange ability to rewind time whenever she wants is the central fantastical element of the story. Gameplay-wise, it allows the player to try out different outcomes at critical plot points before committing to a particular {{story branch|ing}}.


** Finally averted in the final episode, where David potentially mentions that he wants to go to family therapy to mend his, Joyce, and Chloe's extremely strained relationship (and address his own shortcomings).


%%* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted with [[HairTriggerTemper Nathan]] [[AmbiguousDisorder Prescott]], played straight in Blackwell Academy. - ZCE: Explain who was in need of therapy.

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** Played
straight in Blackwell Academy. - ZCE: Explain who Academy, where Kate isn't offered any sort of counselling despite being publicly shamed and bullied to the point she's shut down (and showing obvious signs of suicidal thoughts [[spoiler: even before her attempt at the end of episode 2]]). [[spoiler: Although Jefferson (noted as the teacher she had the most contact with) was trying to push her towards suicide to cover up Nathan (and his) crimes...]]
** Chloe seems to have had absolutely no help recovering from the trauma of losing her father and Max moving away. Similarly Joyce doesn't seem to have had any help getting over William's death, and her attempts to move on with David are questionable at best. Also justified because it's unlikely Joyce could afford one.
** Finally averted
in need of therapy.the final episode, where David potentially mentions that he wants to go to family therapy to mend his, Joyce, and Chloe's extremely strained relationship (and address his own shortcomings).


* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted with [[HairTriggerTemper Nathan]] [[AmbiguousDisorder Prescott]], played straight in Blackwell Academy.

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** At the beginning of Episode 5, Max uses her photos to [[spoiler:create an alternate timeline where Mr. Jefferson is arrested early and she goes to San Francisco as the winner of the Everyday Heroes contest. However, she forgets about the tornado and goes back to when she took her winning photo, destroying it so she stays to help Chloe. As a consequence, Jefferson somehow finds the torn photo and burns her entire diary with all of her photos in it out of anger for her not turning it in.]]

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** At the beginning of Episode 5, Max uses her photos to [[spoiler:create an alternate timeline where Mr. Jefferson is arrested early and she goes to San Francisco as the winner of the Everyday Heroes contest. However, she forgets about the tornado and goes back to when she took her winning photo, destroying it so she stays to help Chloe. As a consequence, Jefferson somehow finds the torn photo in her diary and burns her entire diary with all of her photos in it out of anger for her not turning it in.]]


* TotallyRadical: The dialogue is peppered with what is intended to be early 2010s slang, but it doesn't quite work as well as the writer intended. It's passable, but a bit overused, wrongly used, and dated. There are also some odd British-isms, like "suss out" and "bum" (as in "ass"), among other examples. However, it gets better as the series progresses, to the point where some current slang like "salty" is used exactly correctly. Lampshaded by Chloe, when Max uses the phrase "Are you cereal?" when she realizes her camera got busted.

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* TotallyRadical: The dialogue is peppered with what is intended to be early 2010s slang, but it doesn't quite work as well as the writer intended. It's passable, but a bit overused, wrongly used, and dated.including "salty". There are also some odd British-isms, like "suss out" and "bum" (as in "ass"), among other examples. However, it gets better as the series progresses, to the point where some current slang like "salty" is used exactly correctly. Lampshaded by Chloe, when Max uses the phrase "Are you cereal?" when she realizes her camera got busted.


* DoomedFellowPrisoner: At the beginning of the fifth and final episode "Polarized", Max wakes up tied up in a chair by the BigBad. Depending on the player's choices Victoria might be there, drugged on the floor. Later on, after returning to the same situation via Time Travel, it's revealed Jefferson has killed her, and he's about too do the same to Max.

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* DoomedFellowPrisoner: At the beginning of the fifth and final episode "Polarized", Max wakes up tied up in a chair by the BigBad. Depending on the player's choices Victoria might be there, drugged on the floor. Later on, after returning to the same situation via Time Travel, it's [[spoiler:it's revealed Jefferson has killed her, and he's about too do the same to Max. Max.]]


* FiveSecondForeshadowing: When Max first vists Chloe's house in the [[spoiler:alternate timeline]], sharp-eyed players will notice a [[spoiler:wheelchair accessible ramp]], hinting at [[spoiler:Chloe's ultimate fate.]]

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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: *FiveSecondForeshadowing: When Max first vists Chloe's house in the [[spoiler:alternate timeline]], sharp-eyed players will notice a [[spoiler:wheelchair accessible ramp]], hinting at [[spoiler:Chloe's ultimate fate.]]


* FiveSecondForeshadowing: When Max first vists Chloe's house in the [[spoiler:alternate timeline]], sharp-eyed players will notice a [[spoiler:wheelchair accessible ramp]], hinting at [[spoiler:Chloe's ultimate fate.]]

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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: *FiveSecondForeshadowing: When Max first vists Chloe's house in the [[spoiler:alternate timeline]], sharp-eyed players will notice a [[spoiler:wheelchair accessible ramp]], hinting at [[spoiler:Chloe's ultimate fate.]]


* FiveSecondForeshadowing: When Max first vists Chloe's house in the [[spoiler:alternate timeline]], sharp-eyed players will notice a [[spoiler:wheelchair accessible ramp]], hinting at [[spoiler:Chloe's ultimate fate.]]

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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: *FiveSecondForeshadowing: When Max first vists Chloe's house in the [[spoiler:alternate timeline]], sharp-eyed players will notice a [[spoiler:wheelchair accessible ramp]], hinting at [[spoiler:Chloe's ultimate fate.]]

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*FiveSecondForeshadowing: When Max first vists Chloe's house in the [[spoiler:alternate timeline]], sharp-eyed players will notice a [[spoiler:wheelchair accessible ramp]], hinting at [[spoiler:Chloe's ultimate fate.]]


* BondageIsBad: Used to codify the villainy of both Nathan and [[spoiler:Jefferson]] since they [[spoiler: tie up the girls that they drug, kidnap, and then photograph]].

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* BondageIsBad: Used to codify the villainy of both Nathan and [[spoiler:Jefferson]] since they [[spoiler: tie up the girls that they drug, kidnap, and then photograph]]. Though what's highlighted as bad about this is its nonconsenusal nature, rather than the bondage itself.


[[HumbleHero Maxine "Max" Caulfield]] (Creator/HannahTelle) is an 18-year-old [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent high school senior]] who just recently moved back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand after an absence of five years]]. When she sees a girl get shot by a fellow student, Max discovers she can rewind time, allowing her to change what happened and save the girl. The girl is later revealed to be [[TheLancer Chloe Price]] (Creator/AshlyBurch), Max's former best friend, and the two have a rather strange but heartfelt reunion.

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[[HumbleHero Maxine "Max" Caulfield]] (Creator/HannahTelle) is an 18-year-old 18-year-old [[HighSchool high school]] [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent high school senior]] who just recently moved back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand after an absence of five years]]. When she sees a girl get shot by a fellow student, Max discovers she can rewind time, allowing her to change what happened and save the girl. The girl is later revealed to be [[TheLancer Chloe Price]] (Creator/AshlyBurch), Max's former best friend, and the two have a rather strange but heartfelt reunion.


* ''VideoGame/TheAwesomeAdventuresOfCaptainSpirit'', a side story and prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', was released for freeoin June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 9 year old child named Chris.

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* ''VideoGame/TheAwesomeAdventuresOfCaptainSpirit'', a side story and prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', was released for freeoin free on June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 9 year old child named Chris.


* ''VideoGame/TheAwesomeAdventuresOfCaptainSpirit'', a side story and sort-of prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', is set to be released for free in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.

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* ''VideoGame/TheAwesomeAdventuresOfCaptainSpirit'', a side story and sort-of prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', is set to be was released for free in freeoin June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 9 year old child named Chris.


* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrangeDust'', a four-issue comic book series set after the "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending published by Titan Comics.
* ''VideoGame/TheAwesomeAdventuresOfCaptainSpirit'', a prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', is set to be released for free in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.
* In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange2'' is a five-episode game whose first episode is set for a September 27, 2018 release.
* In late 2016, Creator/LegendaryPictures obtained the screen license, and they've announced their plans to create a live-action digital series based on the game. Further details are forthcoming.

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* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrangeDust'', a four-issue comic book series set after one of the "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending endings, published by Titan Comics.
* ''VideoGame/TheAwesomeAdventuresOfCaptainSpirit'', a side story and sort-of prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', is set to be released for free in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.
* In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange2'' is ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange2'', a five-episode game sequel whose first episode is set for a September 27, 2018 release.
* In late 2016, Creator/LegendaryPictures obtained the screen license, and they've announced their plans to create a live-action digital series based on the game. Further details are forthcoming.
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* ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', which is meant to serve as a prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', is set to be released for free in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.

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* ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', which is meant to serve as ''VideoGame/TheAwesomeAdventuresOfCaptainSpirit'', a prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', is set to be released for free in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.


In late 2016, Creator/LegendaryPictures obtained the screen license, and they've announced their plans to create a live-action digital series based on the game. Further details are forthcoming.

In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange2'' is a five-episode game whose first episode is set for a September 27, 2018 release.

No relation to the film ''Love Is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life Is Strange''. A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game. ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', which is meant to serve as a prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', is set to be released for free in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.

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In late 2016, Creator/LegendaryPictures obtained the screen license, Other works include:
* A prequel game about Rachel
and they've Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced their plans to create and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.
* ''ComicBook/LifeIsStrangeDust'',
a live-action digital four-issue comic book series based on set after the game. Further details are forthcoming.

"Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending published by Titan Comics.
* ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', which is meant to serve as a prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', is set to be released for free in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.
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In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange2'' is a five-episode game whose first episode is set for a September 27, 2018 release.

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* In late 2016, Creator/LegendaryPictures obtained the screen license, and they've announced their plans to create a live-action digital series based on the game. Further details are forthcoming.

No relation to the film ''Love Is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life Is Strange''. A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game. ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', which is meant to serve as a prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'', is set to be released for free in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.
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In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team, and is currently going by the production title of ''Life Is Strange 2'' or ''Life Is Strange Season 2''.

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In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team, and team. ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange2'' is currently going by the production title of ''Life Is Strange 2'' or ''Life Is Strange Season 2''.
a five-episode game whose first episode is set for a September 27, 2018 release.


No relation to the film ''Love Is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life Is Strange''. A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game. ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', which is meant to serve as a prequel to ''Life is Strange 2'' is set to be released for free in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.

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No relation to the film ''Love Is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life Is Strange''. A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game. ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', which is meant to serve as a prequel prologue to ''Life is Strange 2'' 2'', is set to be released for free in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.


No relation to the film ''Love Is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life Is Strange''. A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game. ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', which is meant to serve as a prequel to ''Life is Strange 2'' is set to be released in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.

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No relation to the film ''Love Is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life Is Strange''. A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game. ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', which is meant to serve as a prequel to ''Life is Strange 2'' is set to be released for free in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.


In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. Further details are forthcoming for this as well. It has alternately been described as ''Life is Strange 2'' and ''Life Is Strange Season 2'' and [[CuttingOffTheBranches carries on from Episode 5]], but with the fan-preferred ending [[spoiler: of Arcadia Bay being destroyed]] instead of the more fleshed out and longer ending [[spoiler: where Chloe dies]].

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In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. Further details are forthcoming for this as well. It has alternately been described as team, and is currently going by the production title of ''Life is Is Strange 2'' and or ''Life Is Strange Season 2'' and [[CuttingOffTheBranches carries on from Episode 5]], but with the fan-preferred ending [[spoiler: of Arcadia Bay being destroyed]] instead of the more fleshed out and longer ending [[spoiler: where Chloe dies]].
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In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. Further details are forthcoming for this as well.

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In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. Further details are forthcoming for this as well.
well. It has alternately been described as ''Life is Strange 2'' and ''Life Is Strange Season 2'' and [[CuttingOffTheBranches carries on from Episode 5]], but with the fan-preferred ending [[spoiler: of Arcadia Bay being destroyed]] instead of the more fleshed out and longer ending [[spoiler: where Chloe dies]].


** In Episode 4, Max's journal has unique cellphone texts and diary entries in [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]] in Episode 4. There are also alternate texts in Episode 5, when you're [[spoiler:trying to reach the lighthouse.]]

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** In Episode 4, Max's journal has unique cellphone texts and diary entries in [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]] in Episode 4.timeline]]. There are also alternate texts in Episode 5, when you're [[spoiler:trying to reach the lighthouse.]]


** In Episode 4, Max's journal has unique cellphone texts and diary entries in [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]] in Episode 4.

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** In Episode 4, Max's journal has unique cellphone texts and diary entries in [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]] in Episode 4. There are also alternate texts in Episode 5, when you're [[spoiler:trying to reach the lighthouse.]]


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** In Episode 5, looking at Max's journal [[spoiler:in the timeline where Jefferson burnt her journal shows only burnt paper.]] Looking at it later [[spoiler:when you're trying to reach the Lighthouse shows a [[RoomFullOfCrazy page full of crazy scribblings.]]]]


In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. Further details are forthcoming for this as well. ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', a spin-off prequel to ''Life is Strange 2'' is set to be released in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.

No relation to the film ''Love Is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life Is Strange''. A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.

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In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. Further details are forthcoming for this as well. ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', a spin-off prequel to ''Life is Strange 2'' is set to be released in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.

well.

No relation to the film ''Love Is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life Is Strange''. A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.
game. ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', which is meant to serve as a prequel to ''Life is Strange 2'' is set to be released in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.


In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. Further details are forthcoming for this as well.

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In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. Further details are forthcoming for this as well.
well. ''The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'', a spin-off prequel to ''Life is Strange 2'' is set to be released in June 26, 2018 and focuses on an overimaginative 10 year old child named Chris.


* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: During the NightmareSequence, Max is chased by shadowy characters asking her to come out to get captured (Mr Jefferson) or to play (Nathan).

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* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: [[spoiler: During the NightmareSequence, Max is chased by shadowy characters asking her to come out to get captured (Mr Jefferson) or to play (Nathan).]]


* AndThisIsFor: In Episode 4, when you let Warren beat up Nathan, he does so in such a fashion.
-->'''Warren''': You like to hurt people, huh? <kicks Nathan in the gut> Like Max? <kick> Like Kate? <kick> Like me? <kick> Feel this, motherfucker!

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* AndThisIsFor: In Episode 4, [[spoiler: when you let Warren beat up Nathan, he does so in such a fashion.
-->'''Warren''':
fashion.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Warren''':
You like to hurt people, huh? <kicks Nathan in the gut> Like Max? <kick> Like Kate? <kick> Like me? <kick> Feel this, motherfucker!motherfucker!]]


* MagicRealism: The game itself has Max's time-based "superpower" which works more like magic than anything else as it has bizarre inconsistencies [[spoiler: both in and [[GameplayAndStorySegregation out]] of universe as Max and the player discover in different ways]], unnatural phenomena that has all the local science buffs stumped affecting the weather and wildlife around Arcadia Bay [[spoiler:and possibly the moon or the planet in general judging by the eclipse and second moon]], and an ethereal deer that could be Max's spirit animal [[spoiler:or the ghost of Rachel Amber]] all despite seeming to be based in a world a lot like our own.


* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer for Episode 4 was an {{egregious}} offender. Not only was [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Chloe edited out of every scene]], but Max's exploration of Chloe's house was narrated with the line "there's no sign of life," which was taken from Max looking into the forest in an entirely different scene.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer for Episode 4 was an {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} offender. Not only was [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Chloe edited out of every scene]], but Max's exploration of Chloe's house was narrated with the line "there's no sign of life," which was taken from Max looking into the forest in an entirely different scene.


* TrophyChild: Rachel Amber is either this, or her father James Amber is a KnightTemplarParent, depending on how you interpret his motives for [[spoiler: cutting Rachel's drug addicted biological mother from her life (to the point of letting her assume his second wife is her biological mother), and trying to have Damon arrange for her to relapse on drugs to stop her seeing Rachel after getting clean (Damon certainly assumes he's more worried about his image than actually protecting Rachel).]] By the time of the [[VideoGame/LifeIsStrange original game]], when she's disappeared her parents don't seem to care much (with Chloe being the only one searching for her).

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* TrophyChild: Rachel Amber is either this, or her father James Amber is a KnightTemplarParent, depending on how you interpret his motives for [[spoiler: cutting Rachel's drug addicted biological mother from her life (to the point of letting her assume his second wife is her biological mother), and trying to have Damon arrange for her to relapse on drugs to stop her seeing Rachel after getting clean (Damon certainly assumes he's more worried about his image than actually protecting Rachel).]] By the time of the [[VideoGame/LifeIsStrange original game]], when she's disappeared her parents don't seem to care much (with Chloe being the only one searching for her).

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* DoomedFellowPrisoner: At the beginning of the fifth and final episode "Polarized", Max wakes up tied up in a chair by the BigBad. Depending on the player's choices Victoria might be there, drugged on the floor. Later on, after returning to the same situation via Time Travel, it's revealed Jefferson has killed her, and he's about too do the same to Max.


** Principal Wells. [[spoiler: Besides a brief scene showing he suspicously talking to Mr. Jefferson, there's a bottle of Whiskey in the Dark Room that looks pretty similar to the one he hides in his office. Considering that his alcoholism is mentioned more than once, some would assume that that bottle is a ChekhovGun, but it isn't and he's not evolved with the Dark Room.]]

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** Principal Wells. [[spoiler: Besides a brief scene showing he suspicously talking to Mr. Jefferson, there's a bottle of Whiskey in the Dark Room that looks pretty similar to the one he hides in his office. Considering that his alcoholism is mentioned more than once, some would assume that that bottle is a ChekhovGun, but it isn't and he's not evolved with the Dark Room.]]


*ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Max's internal monologues are prone to lines like "That's so sad" or "That makes me feel sad".



** There is a reason Chloe frequently dies/needs saving from lethal peril, and it is not strictly because Fate/Death/The Worse/etc. is because mad that she didn't die at the start of the game. It's because she makes a lot of bad choices. In Episode 2, Chloe will shoot herself with a ricochet during the bottle shooting scene if you have her shoot the car bumper. She's also been drinking, a fact Max lampshades as a bad combination yet goes along with it anyway. Later on, Chloe gets her foot caught in the track switcher while hanging out on the regularly used railroad tracks.

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** There is a reason Chloe frequently dies/needs saving from lethal peril, and it is not strictly because Fate/Death/The Worse/etc. is because mad that she didn't die at the start of the game. It's because she makes a lot of bad choices. In Episode 2, Chloe will shoot herself with a ricochet during the bottle shooting scene if you have her shoot the car bumper. She's also been drinking, a fact Max lampshades as a bad combination yet goes along with it anyway. Later on, Chloe gets her foot caught in the track switcher while hanging out on the regularly used railroad tracks. This is possibly justified in that she knows Max is there to bail her out if the worst should happen, which she repeatedly does.


*** In Episode 3, you find the duct tape needed to make the pipe bomb[[spoiler: in Jefferson's classroom]].

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*** In Episode 3, you find the duct tape needed to make the pipe bomb[[spoiler: in bomb [[spoiler:in Jefferson's classroom]].

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*** In Episode 3, you find the duct tape needed to make the pipe bomb[[spoiler: in Jefferson's classroom]].

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** There are actually quite a few references to this, even casting aside Max's powers and the environmental weirdness that plagues Arcadia Bay over the course of the game. The Vortex Club is putting on an 'End of the World' party (which they named before everything started going to hell) David is a prepper, and the Prescotts were funding what was essentially a doomsday bunker, [[spoiler: even if that's not what it ended up being used for]].


* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Two tragic examples in Episode 5. The first one is from David towards Chloe, [[spoiler: if Max lie to him telling that Chloe is alive and just separated from her to smoke pot, David will sound relieved and say that for the first time he is glad for Chloe being a stoner. If she tells him that Chloe is dead, David will kill Mr. Jefferson in a rage attacked and later look very depressed about everything.]] The second is from Chloe towards David, as she calls him step-father instead of "step-douche" for the first time, [[spoiler: but this happens in a moment which either she is going to die or Arcadia Bay is going to be destroyed.]]

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Two tragic examples in Episode 5. The first one is from David towards Chloe, [[spoiler: if Max lie to him telling that Chloe is alive and just separated from her to smoke pot, David will sound relieved and say that for the first time he is glad for Chloe being a stoner. If she tells him that Chloe is dead, David will kill Mr. Jefferson in a rage attacked attack and later look very depressed about everything.]] The second is from Chloe towards David, as she calls him step-father instead of "step-douche" for the first time, [[spoiler: but this happens in a moment which either she is going to die or Arcadia Bay is going to be destroyed.]]

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Two tragic examples in Episode 5. The first one is from David towards Chloe, [[spoiler: if Max lie to him telling that Chloe is alive and just separated from her to smoke pot, David will sound relieved and say that for the first time he is glad for Chloe being a stoner. If she tells him that Chloe is dead, David will kill Mr. Jefferson in a rage attacked and later look very depressed about everything.]] The second is from Chloe towards David, as she calls him step-father instead of "step-douche" for the first time, [[spoiler: but this happens in a moment which either she is going to die or Arcadia Bay is going to be destroyed.]]


* GreasySpoon: Some pivotal scenes take place at "The Two Whales", a local diner in Arcadia Bay where Chloe's mother works. The place is known for its "homestyle cooking"and "old-fashioned service". Naturally it features a plot-relevant jukebox.

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* GreasySpoon: Some pivotal scenes take place at "The Two Whales", a local diner in Arcadia Bay where Chloe's mother works. The place is known for its "homestyle cooking"and "old-fashioned service". Naturally it Shares features of a MaltShop with the checkerboard floor tiles and the plot-relevant jukebox.


Maxine "Max" Caulfield (Creator/HannahTelle) is an 18-year-old [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent high school senior]] who just recently moved back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, after an absence of five years. When she sees a girl get shot by a fellow student, Max discovers she can rewind time, allowing her to change what happened and save the girl. The girl is later revealed to be Chloe Price (Creator/AshlyBurch), Max's former best friend, and the two have a rather strange but heartfelt reunion.

As Chloe and Max try to patch their rusted friendship (and figure out how the other has changed in their mutual absence), Max learns of Rachel Amber, a former Blackwell student who disappeared six months ago under mysterious circumstances after meeting someone who allegedly "changed her life". Chloe, who had formed a strong bond with Rachel after Chloe's father died and Max moved away, is desperate to find her. In an effort to try and reconnect with her old friend, Max decides to help Chloe look for Rachel. At the same time, Chloe and Max try to investigate the ramifications of Max's new power, spurred by Max's recurring visions of a tornado wiping out the town in four days.

This new power comes in handy with the other major difficulty in Max's life: Arcadia Bay. Coming back after five years of total absence is difficult enough, but Max is enrolled at elite high school Blackwell Academy on a scholarship, studying photography. The town and school are filled with a diverse cast of characters, all of whom have their own secrets and agendas. Max must not only do her best to help Chloe find the missing Rachel (whom everybody seems to know) -- she must navigate the treacherous waters of personal relationships with the people around her, and not all of them have good intentions at heart.

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[[HumbleHero Maxine "Max" Caulfield Caulfield]] (Creator/HannahTelle) is an 18-year-old [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent high school senior]] who just recently moved back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand after an absence of five years.years]]. When she sees a girl get shot by a fellow student, Max discovers she can rewind time, allowing her to change what happened and save the girl. The girl is later revealed to be [[TheLancer Chloe Price Price]] (Creator/AshlyBurch), Max's former best friend, and the two have a rather strange but heartfelt reunion.

As Chloe and Max try to patch their rusted friendship (and figure out how the other has changed in their mutual absence), Max learns of [[TheAce Rachel Amber, Amber]], a former Blackwell student who disappeared six months ago under mysterious circumstances after meeting someone who allegedly "changed her life". Chloe, who had formed a strong bond with Rachel after Chloe's father died and Max moved away, is desperate to find her. In an effort to try and reconnect with her old friend, Max decides to help Chloe look for Rachel. At the same time, Chloe and Max try to investigate the ramifications of Max's new power, spurred by Max's recurring visions of a tornado wiping out the town in four days.

This new power comes in handy with the other major difficulty in Max's life: Arcadia Bay. Coming back after five years of total absence is difficult enough, but Max and Max's social life is enrolled at elite made complex by her choice of high school school: Blackwell Academy on Academy, an elite institution to which Max has a full ride scholarship, studying photography. photography. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters The town and school are filled with a diverse cast of characters, characters]], all of whom have their own secrets and agendas. Max must not only do her best to help Chloe find the missing Rachel (whom ([[BigManOnCampus whom everybody seems to know) know]]) -- she must navigate the treacherous waters of personal relationships with the people around her, and not all of them have good intentions at heart.

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[[HumbleHero Maxine "Max" Caulfield]] (Creator/HannahTelle) is an 18-year-old [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent high school senior]] who just recently moved back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand after an absence of five years]]. When she sees a girl get shot by a fellow student, Max discovers she can rewind time, allowing her to change what happened and save the girl. The girl is later revealed to be [[TheLancer Chloe Price]] (Creator/AshlyBurch), Max's former best friend, and the two have a rather strange but heartfelt reunion.

As Chloe and Max try to patch their rusted friendship (and figure out how the other has changed in their mutual absence), Max learns of [[TheAce Rachel Amber]], a former Blackwell student who disappeared six months ago under mysterious circumstances after meeting someone who allegedly "changed her life". Chloe, who had formed a strong bond with Rachel after Chloe's father died and Max moved away, is desperate to find her. In an effort to try and reconnect with her old friend, Max decides to help Chloe look for Rachel. At the same time, Chloe and Max try to investigate the ramifications of Max's new power, spurred by Max's recurring visions of a tornado wiping out the town in four days.

This new power comes in handy with the other major difficulty in Max's life: Arcadia Bay. [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand Coming back after five years of total absence is difficult enough]], but Max is enrolled at elite high school Blackwell Academy on a scholarship, studying photography. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters The town and school are filled with a diverse cast of characters]], all of whom have their own secrets and agendas. Max must not only do her best to help Chloe find the missing Rachel ([[BigManOnCampus whom everybody seems to know]]) -- she must navigate the treacherous waters of personal relationships with the people around her, and not all of them have good intentions at heart.

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[[HumbleHero Maxine "Max" Caulfield]] Caulfield (Creator/HannahTelle) is an 18-year-old [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent high school senior]] who just recently moved back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand after an absence of five years]].years. When she sees a girl get shot by a fellow student, Max discovers she can rewind time, allowing her to change what happened and save the girl. The girl is later revealed to be [[TheLancer Chloe Price]] Price (Creator/AshlyBurch), Max's former best friend, and the two have a rather strange but heartfelt reunion.

As Chloe and Max try to patch their rusted friendship (and figure out how the other has changed in their mutual absence), Max learns of [[TheAce Rachel Amber]], Amber, a former Blackwell student who disappeared six months ago under mysterious circumstances after meeting someone who allegedly "changed her life". Chloe, who had formed a strong bond with Rachel after Chloe's father died and Max moved away, is desperate to find her. In an effort to try and reconnect with her old friend, Max decides to help Chloe look for Rachel. At the same time, Chloe and Max try to investigate the ramifications of Max's new power, spurred by Max's recurring visions of a tornado wiping out the town in four days.

This new power comes in handy with the other major difficulty in Max's life: Arcadia Bay. [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand Coming back after five years of total absence is difficult enough]], enough, but Max is enrolled at elite high school Blackwell Academy on a scholarship, studying photography. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters The town and school are filled with a diverse cast of characters]], characters, all of whom have their own secrets and agendas. Max must not only do her best to help Chloe find the missing Rachel ([[BigManOnCampus whom (whom everybody seems to know]]) know) -- she must navigate the treacherous waters of personal relationships with the people around her, and not all of them have good intentions at heart.


* ButThouMust There's one part in the nightmare sequence when Max is forced with four equally horrible things to say to Mr Jefferson and the game won't continue unless you choose one of them. Max even comments, "No way am I saying that!".
** More broadly, the game forces you to rewind certain moments (such as Chloe accidentally shooting herself...)

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* ButThouMust ButThouMust: There's one part in the nightmare sequence when Max is forced with four equally horrible things to say to Mr Jefferson and the game won't continue unless you choose one of them. Max even comments, "No way am I saying that!".
** More broadly, the game forces you to rewind certain moments (such as Chloe accidentally shooting herself...)
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** More broadly, the game forces you to rewind certain moments (such as Chloe accidentally shooting herself...)


Similarities to [[VideoGame/GoneHome another indie adventure game taking place in Oregon and featuring a relationship between two women as the focus]] have been noted, but according to the dev team are simply coincidental, as ''Life is Strange'' was in development long before ''Gone Home'' was released. DONTNOD actually talked to the ''Gone Home'' dev team to get some tips on things like building a realistic world, music licensing, and other shared aspects. Other works with noted similarities, in tone or plot, are ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' and ''Series/TwinPeaks''.

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Similarities to [[VideoGame/GoneHome another indie adventure game taking place in Oregon and featuring a relationship between two women as the focus]] have been noted, but according to the dev team are simply coincidental, as ''Life is Is Strange'' was in development long before ''Gone Home'' was released. DONTNOD actually talked to the ''Gone Home'' dev team to get some tips on things like building a realistic world, music licensing, and other shared aspects. Other works with noted similarities, in tone or plot, are ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' and ''Series/TwinPeaks''.



In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. Further details are forthcoming for this as well.

No relation to the film ''Love is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life is Strange''. A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.

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In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life is Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. Further details are forthcoming for this as well.

No relation to the film ''Love is Is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life is Is Strange''. A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.


''Life is Strange'' is a 2015 [[EpisodicGame Episodic]] AdventureGame, and is the second game by Creator/DONTNODEntertainment. Their previous work was ''VideoGame/RememberMe'', and Creator/SquareEnix took up publishing duties from {{Creator/Capcom}} for this one.

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''Life is Is Strange'' is a 2015 [[EpisodicGame Episodic]] AdventureGame, and is the second game by Creator/DONTNODEntertainment. Their previous work was ''VideoGame/RememberMe'', and Creator/SquareEnix took up publishing duties from {{Creator/Capcom}} for this one.


* BuryYourGays: An accidental implication of the endings is this trope. [[spoiler:Only in the Sacrifice Chloe ending do Max and Chloe kiss.]] WordOfGod is that they thought it was clear in the other ending that they were in love.

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* BuryYourGays: An accidental implication of the endings is this trope. [[spoiler:Only in the Sacrifice Chloe ending do Max and Chloe kiss.]] kiss]]. WordOfGod is that they thought it was clear in the other ending that they were in love.love; they just don't kiss because [[spoiler:watching the town be destroyed]] is hardly the best moment for romance. They progress their relationship a few days later.


Season one consists of five episodes, which were released roughly 8 weeks apart throughout 2015. It is available for download on [=PlayStation=] 3, [=PlayStation=] 4, Xbox 360, UsefulNotes/XboxONE, Mac, Linux, and PC (the last three through Steam), [[http://lifeisstrange.com/free and you can download the entire first episode for free to try it out if you're on the fence]]. It's available for disc retail (with an optional limited edition) only on [=PlayStation=] 4, Xbox ONE, and PC. The limited edition featured the game's licensed soundtrack on CD, a 32-page art book in the style of Max's journal, and a director's commentary which was released to all players. You can find launch trailers, developer videos, and other such context at the official [[https://www.youtube.com/user/lifeisstrange Youtube channel.]]

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Season one consists of five episodes, which were released roughly 8 weeks apart throughout 2015. It is available for download on [=iOS=], [=PlayStation=] 3, [=PlayStation=] 4, Xbox 360, UsefulNotes/XboxONE, Mac, Linux, and PC (the last three through Steam), [[http://lifeisstrange.com/free and you can download the entire first episode for free to try it out if you're on the fence]]. It's available for disc retail (with an optional limited edition) only on [=PlayStation=] 4, Xbox ONE, and PC. The limited edition featured the game's licensed soundtrack on CD, a 32-page art book in the style of Max's journal, and a director's commentary which was released to all players. You can find launch trailers, developer videos, and other such context at the official [[https://www.youtube.com/user/lifeisstrange Youtube channel.]]


* PacificNorthwest: The setting, a small coastal town in Oregon called Arcadia Bay.


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%%* * GreasySpoon: Some pivotal scenes take place at "The Two Whales", a local diner in Arcadia Bay where Chloe's mother works. The Two Whalesplace is known for its "homestyle cooking"and "old-fashioned service". Naturally it features a plot-relevant jukebox.

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* SecondLove: Max eventually falls in love with Chloe (WordOfGod confirming that they're a couple in both endings, even though [[spoiler: they only kiss in the "Sacrifice Chloe" ending, and then only depending on the player's choices]]). Rachel Amber is heavily implied to be Chloe's first love. ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'', [[spoiler: confirms this (although, once again, exactly how close they are depends on player choice).]]

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* CantCountBullets: In the second episode, there's a scene where Chloe practices with a gun she stole from her step father in the junk yard. She hands the gun to Max to try, when Frank (a drug dealer who Chloe owes a lot of money to) shows up and begins threatening the girls with a knife, causing Max to point the gun at him (giving the player a choice of whether or not to shoot at him). If you decide to shoot, it will turn out that Chloe had already used up all the bullets (but the fact Max was willing to pull the trigger is enough to scare Frank off and impress Chloe).

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* StealthPun: When Max and Chloe were kids, they loved to pretend to be pirates. In the present, they start referring to themselves as "Blackwell Ninjas" during their more cloak and dagger antics. This echoes the old PiratesVersusNinjas meme.

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* SecondHourSuperpower: Max doesn't receive her powers until after you play through a dream sequence, a scene in class and then the title credits sequence.


As Chloe and Max try to patch their rusted friendship (and figure out how the other has changed in their mutual absence), Max learns of [[TheAce Rachel Amber]], a beautiful former Blackwell student who disappeared six months ago under mysterious circumstances after meeting someone who allegedly "changed her life". Chloe, who had formed a strong bond with Rachel after Chloe's father died and Max moved away, is desperate to find her. In an effort to try and reconnect with her old friend, Max decides to help Chloe look for Rachel. At the same time, Chloe and Max try to investigate the ramifications of Max's new power, spurred by Max's recurring visions of a tornado wiping out the town in four days.

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As Chloe and Max try to patch their rusted friendship (and figure out how the other has changed in their mutual absence), Max learns of [[TheAce Rachel Amber]], a beautiful former Blackwell student who disappeared six months ago under mysterious circumstances after meeting someone who allegedly "changed her life". Chloe, who had formed a strong bond with Rachel after Chloe's father died and Max moved away, is desperate to find her. In an effort to try and reconnect with her old friend, Max decides to help Chloe look for Rachel. At the same time, Chloe and Max try to investigate the ramifications of Max's new power, spurred by Max's recurring visions of a tornado wiping out the town in four days.


* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: In Episode 2, Warren's science experiment is correctly completed by adding chlorine. At room temperature, pure chlorine is technically [[DeadlyGas a chemical weapon]]. It's likely meant to be a chlorine compound (e.g. sodium chloride, hypochlorous acid, etc.).

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* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: In Episode 2, Warren's science experiment is correctly completed by can involve adding chlorine. At room temperature, pure chlorine, potassium or sodium. Whenever anything's added, it's always from a beaker of some clear solution. Of these, only chlorine is could be added this way (since it can be bubbled through water to form an aqueous solution[[note]]This technically [[DeadlyGas a chemical weapon]]. It's likely meant to be a forms hydrochloric acid, but it will serve the same purpose as bubbling actual chlorine compound (e.g. through the solution, especially in high school chemistry experiments[[/note]]), since potassium and sodium chloride, hypochlorous acid, etc.).are metals which are solid at room temperature (and need to be stored in oil to prevent them from reacting with the air).



** The creators admitted that tearing Polaroids apart like Max does twice in the movie is not possible, but they put it in for dramatic effect.

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** The creators admitted that tearing Polaroids apart like Max does twice several times in the movie game is not possible, possible (they have a fairly tough plastic coating), but they put it in for dramatic effect.



* AttemptedRape: Possibly. Nathan drugged Chloe and took photographs of her while she was unconscious. Fortunately, she awoke and managed to fight back and escape before he got around to doing anything really nasty. [[spoiler:Kate]], on the other hand, wasn't so lucky, which resulted in a scandal when she was recorded doing it. [[spoiler: Episode 5 states outright that though Jefferson and Nathan drugged, kidnapped and took creepy photos of a number of girls, none of them were in fact sexually assaulted. However, as both Kate's and Max's reactions show, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the difference is largely academic]]]].

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* AttemptedRape: Possibly. Nathan drugged Chloe and took photographs of her while she was unconscious. Fortunately, she awoke and managed to fight back and escape before he got around to doing anything really nasty. [[spoiler:Kate]], on the other hand, wasn't so lucky, which resulted in a scandal when she was recorded doing it. [[spoiler: Episode 5 states outright that though Jefferson and Nathan drugged, kidnapped and took creepy photos of a number of girls, none of them were in fact sexually assaulted. However, as both Kate's and Max's reactions show, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the difference is largely academic]]]].academic]], and Kate was clearly taken advantage of in her drugged state anyway (as she was coerced into making out with several boys)]].



** David's paranoia and rudeness towards Kate make him look suspicious. However, he turns out to be a misunderstood JerkWithAHeartOfGold.

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** David's paranoia and rudeness towards Kate make him look suspicious.suspicious, along with a vague connection to Nathan. However, he turns out to be a misunderstood JerkWithAHeartOfGold.


* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The contents of Max's diary and texts change at certain points in the story. In Episode 4, [[spoiler:thanks to Max creating an AlternateTimeline at the end of Episode 3, the alternate version of her has an entirely different set of texts and barely any journal entries]]. In Episode 5, [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson burns her journal and thus the only page is charred, which is restored after Max changed history to prevent herself from being kidnapped and save Chloe. Later on, during the NightmareSequence, her journal is changed to a [[NightmareFuelColoringBook bunch of hostile ramblings]] and her texts are likewise threatening]].

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The contents of Max's diary and texts change at certain points in the story. In Episode 4, [[spoiler:thanks to Max creating an AlternateTimeline at the end of Episode 3, the alternate version of her has an entirely different set of texts and barely any journal entries]]. In Episode 5, [[spoiler:Mr. Jefferson burns her journal and thus the only page is charred, which is restored after Max changed history to prevent herself from being kidnapped kidnapped, and save Chloe. Later on, during the NightmareSequence, her journal is changed to a [[NightmareFuelColoringBook bunch of hostile ramblings]] and her texts are likewise threatening]].threatening]].
** In the second episode, Max starts getting nosebleeds as she overuses her powers. Although this doesn't do anything for most of the chapter, (see the segregation entry below), at the end of the episode [[spoiler: her powers burn out, and you have to talk Kate down without access to the rewind power, meaning if you make too many wrong choices, you won't be able to save her.]]
** Max's lack of self confidence means she will always second guess the important choices the player makes. This serves as a handy reminder that you can go back and try a different one as well as giving some hints on what the potential consequences might be.



** Max suffers a PsychicNosebleed in Episode 2 after using her rewind too many times in the diner and junkyard scenes, indicating severe exhaustion of her powers. You can abuse Max's rewind powers to your heart's content otherwise.

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** Max suffers a PsychicNosebleed in Episode 2 after using her rewind too many times in the diner and junkyard scenes, indicating severe exhaustion of her powers. You can abuse Max's rewind powers to your heart's content otherwise.otherwise [[spoiler: until the scripted moment mentioned above. In the aftermath of Kate's suicide/attempted suicide, Max's monologue notes she can only just about manage rewinding, but you can still rewind your choice of who to blame as you please]].


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* FromNewYorkToNowhereFromNewYorkToNowhere: Max has come back from a five-year stay Seattle, a bustling metropolis that couldn't be more different than the small town of Arcadia Bay.

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* FromNewYorkToNowhere


* KilroyWasHere: The shack in the junkyard has "Chloe was here" and "Rachel was here". Max can add her own "Max was here".

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The bathroom scene in the first episode serves as a nice one for Max and Chloe, as well as Nathan (who serves as TheHeavy).
** Max gets stressed from class, makes her way to the bathroom while wearing her headphones to avoid interacting with anyone to try to collect herself alone in the bathroom, then sees something cool and photographs it. After developing her powers, and despite not having a clue what's going on, [[ChronicHeroSyndrome she endeavours to rescue the (apparent) stranger who just got shot]].
** Nathan aggressively barges in with barely any awareness. He also gives himself a pep talk while looking in the mirror, but which quickly turns into a rant about how he could blow up the school. After Chloe pushes his buttons (by bringing the possibility of angering his father), he draws a gun to threaten her and accidentally kills her.
** Chloe enters confidentially, sneaks in a complaint about David, methodically (but quickly) makes sure there's nobody in the stalls and then immediately starts trying to blackmail Nathan, when her browbeating accidentally sets Nathan off, she lets her mask slip enough to look scared while trying to threaten him into backing down, and when Max sets off the fire alarm as a distraction she knees him in the crotch.


* NewAbilityAddiction In the opening of "Out of Time", we find that Max has abused her newly discovered TimeMaster powers to stay up all night studying time travel and quantum theory. You then meet up with Chloe, who encourages this further, by testing it (to prove she has it), and then taking her to the junk yard to [[MundaneUtility help her shoot bottles with perfect accuracy]]. Deconstructed when Max starts suffering from a PsychicNosebleed and dampening of her powers from overuse [[spoiler: causing them to short out right at the end of the chapter, meaning that you can't rewind if you fail to talk down Kate from her suicide attempt.]]

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* NewAbilityAddiction NewAbilityAddiction: In the opening of "Out of Time", we find that Max has abused her newly discovered TimeMaster powers to stay up all night studying time travel and quantum theory. You then meet up with Chloe, who encourages this further, by testing it (to prove she has it), and then taking her to the junk yard to [[MundaneUtility help her shoot bottles with perfect accuracy]]. Deconstructed when Max starts suffering from a PsychicNosebleed and dampening of her powers from overuse [[spoiler: causing them to short out right at the end of the chapter, meaning that you can't rewind if you fail to talk down Kate from her suicide attempt.]]


* NewAbilityAddiction In the opening of "Out of Time", we find that Max has abused her newly discovered TimeMaster powers to stay up all night studying time travel and quantum theory. You then meet up with Chloe, who encourages this further, by testing it (to prove she has it), and then taking her to the junk yard to [[MundaneUtility help her shoot bottles with perfect accuracy]]. Deconstructed when Max starts suffering from a PsychicNosebleed and dampening of her powers from overuse [[spoiler: causing them to short out right at the end of the chapter, meaning that you can't rewind if you fail to talk down Kate from her suicide attempt.]]



* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Every new episode, Max gains new abilities that help her when she needs it. [[spoiler:In the second episode, she manages to stop time long enough to get to the rooftop before Kate jumps, and in the third one, she learns how to time travel with a picture just so she can prevent the death of Chloe's dad]]. It is implied that these are all different applications of the same power. She has no idea how it works, after all.

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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Every new episode, Max gains new abilities that help her when she needs it. [[spoiler:In the second episode, she manages to stop time long enough to get to the rooftop before Kate jumps, jumps when she can't outright reverse it, and in the third one, she learns how to time travel with a picture just so she can prevent the death of Chloe's dad]]. It is implied that these are all different applications of the same power. She has no idea how it works, after all.


** Nathan apparently only brought the gun to school in order to threaten Chloe, and ends up shooting her by accident only after she pushes him.

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** Nathan apparently only brought the gun to school in order to threaten Chloe, and ends ended up shooting her by accident only after she pushes him.


* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: In Episode 2, Chloe will hit herself with a ricochet if Max suggests shooting the bumper of a car in the junkyard. Thankfully, rewind is there to save the day.

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In Episode 2, Chloe will hit herself with a ricochet if Max suggests shooting the bumper of a car in the junkyard. Thankfully, rewind is there to save the day.


* RecklessGunUsage: Chloe shows off her gun to Max by ''pointing it directly to Max's face''.

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* RecklessGunUsage: Chloe shows off her gun to Max by ''pointing it directly to at Max's face''.

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* RecklessGunUsage: Chloe shows off her gun to Max by ''pointing it directly to Max's face''.


** The first thing that the player will actively rewind when Max discovers her powers is accidentally smashing her camera. A short time later, it gets destroyed anyway in a scuffle with Nathan (which Max realises too late to rewind). In the ensuing scene, she tries to fix it (using tools borrowed from David), only to find that it's futile and accepts William's old camera from Chloe. [[spoiler: The very next thing you do is save Chloe from being killed in a scuffle with Nathan. You then spend the game saving her from strange accidents, until the beginning of episode 5, where she's killed in circumstances that make it impossible to rewind. You spend the chapter trying to save her (after being rescued by David), only to realise that the only way to save the town is to let her die or let the town be destroyed (leaving her as the only thing Max has left).]]

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** The first thing that the player will actively rewind when Max discovers her powers is accidentally smashing her camera. A short time later, it gets destroyed anyway in a scuffle with Nathan (which Max realises too late to rewind). In the ensuing scene, she tries to fix it (using tools borrowed from David), only to find that it's futile and accepts William's old camera from Chloe. [[spoiler: The very next thing you do is save Chloe from being killed in a scuffle with Nathan. You then spend the game saving her from strange accidents, until the beginning of episode 5, where she's killed in circumstances that make it impossible to rewind. You spend the chapter trying to save her (after being rescued by David), only to realise that the only way to save the town is to let her die or let the town be destroyed (leaving her as the only thing Max has left).destroyed.]]


As Chloe and Max try to patch their rusted friendship (and figure out how the other has changed in their mutual absence), Max learns of [[TheAce Rachel Amber]], a beautiful former Blackwell student who disappeared six months ago under mysterious circumstances after meeting someone who allegedly "changed her life". Chloe, who had formed a kinship with Rachel after Chloe's father died and Max moved away, is desperate to find her. In an effort to try and reconnect with her old friend, Max decides to help Chloe look for Rachel. At the same time, Chloe and Max try to investigate the ramifications of Max's new power, spurred by Max's recurring visions of a tornado wiping out the town in four days.

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As Chloe and Max try to patch their rusted friendship (and figure out how the other has changed in their mutual absence), Max learns of [[TheAce Rachel Amber]], a beautiful former Blackwell student who disappeared six months ago under mysterious circumstances after meeting someone who allegedly "changed her life". Chloe, who had formed a kinship strong bond with Rachel after Chloe's father died and Max moved away, is desperate to find her. In an effort to try and reconnect with her old friend, Max decides to help Chloe look for Rachel. At the same time, Chloe and Max try to investigate the ramifications of Max's new power, spurred by Max's recurring visions of a tornado wiping out the town in four days.



In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. During [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3]] of that year, yet another game in the form of a three-episode prequel (made by Deck Nine instead of DONTNOD) entitled ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced, with the first episode being released at the end of August 2017 and the release schedule for the other two unconfirmed.

No relation to the film ''Love is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life is Strange''.

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In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. During [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3]] of that year, yet another game in the form of a three-episode prequel (made by Deck Nine instead of DONTNOD) entitled ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced, with the first episode being released at the end of August 2017 and the release schedule Further details are forthcoming for the other two unconfirmed.

this as well.

No relation to the film ''Love is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life is Strange''.
Strange''. A prequel game about Rachel and Chloe named ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced and released in 2017, set three years before the start of this game.

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* SceneryPorn: Some of the sets are just gorgeous, especially the ones where the whole town is visible in the background. Despite its limited graphics, the game absolutely nails the look and feel of a small Pacific Northwest town.

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* OnePasswordAttemptEver: SubvertedTrope. While most cases where you need a password or electronic PIN have a limit on the amount of guesses (as you'd expect), you can simply reverse time and try as many times as you like.


* HairpinLockpick: In the third episode, Chloe and Max break into the school to steal some files. When trying to get into the principal's office, Chloe tries to pick the lock with hairpins (claiming she learned how to from [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Frank]]). {{Subverted}}, in that she'll never succeed; the player, as Max, [[spoiler:[[CuttingTheKnot texts Warren how to build a pipe bomb, does so, blasts the door open]], and then rewinds time so she can unlock the door from the inside]].



* ImprovisedLockpick: In the third episode, Chloe and Max break into the school to steal some files. When trying to get into the principal's office, Chloe tries to pick the lock with hairpins (claiming she learned how to from [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Frank]]). {{Subverted}}, in that she'll never succeed; the player, as Max, [[spoiler:[[CuttingTheKnot texts Warren how to build a pipe bomb, does so, blasts the door open]], and then rewinds time so she can unlock the door from the inside]].

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* ImprovisedLockpick: In the third episode, Chloe and Max break into the school to steal some files. When trying to get into the principal's office, Chloe tries to pick the lock with hairpins (claiming she learned how to from [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Frank]]). {{Subverted}}, in that she'll never succeed; the player, as Max, [[spoiler:[[CuttingTheKnot texts Warren how to build a pipe bomb, does so, blasts the door open]], and then rewinds time so she can unlock the door from the inside]].

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* TheStoryThatNeverWas: As well as referencing a famous example of this trope in ''Series/StarTrek'' in one of Max's journals:
** Max realises she can jump back in time via photos at the end of chapter 3 (as well as just reversing it briefly as is done in normal gameplay) and tries to fix the death of Chloe's [[GoodParents near angelic father]]. [[spoiler:In the new timeline Chloe suffered a car accident instead and is dying a slow, painful death while confined to a wheelchair, suffering many of the bad things that were previously caused by her father's death[[note]]kicked out of school because they can't accommodate her rather than delinquency, the family are on the verge of poverty because of medical bills despite her father's job, Max still moved away (and seems socially isolated at school as an AlphaBitch instead of a wallflower) and all the mysterious events they were investigating -- including the random death of animals, freak weather events and the disappearance of Rachel (who Chloe never met) -- are still happening[[/note]], culminating in a choice of whether you [[ICannotSelfTerminate kill her with an overdose]] at her own request, or not. This is finally enough to make Max restore the original timeline, where Chloe is miserable and went through hell for the last 5 years, but still alive.]] The entire scene is effectively foreshadowing for the endings...
** You first see Chloe when she's shot by Nathan, causing Max to manifest her TimeMaster powers and undo it in a JustifiedTutorial. [[spoiler:At the end of episode 5/Season 1 you have a SadisticChoice of endings; "Sacrifice Chloe" or "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay". The former follows this trope, Max goes back in time (via a photo you took just before it happened) to let her get shot and DyingAlone (as far as she knows), never to be reunited with the former best friend crying her eyes out just feet away. A montage reveals that this also solves most of the story's other conflicts.[[note]]Nathan sells out Jefferson after being arrested for her murder (and presumably gets the care he needs), the Prescotts are being investigated for their involvement, Rachel's body is discovered shortly after as a result and Kate never attempts suicide, as the much larger scandal prevents the video of her going viral (and/or the arrest of Nathan and Jefferson making it clear she was a victim).[[/note]] ]]
** The other ending subverts this trope [[spoiler:([[BuryYourGays as well as another]]). Max tears the photo up (echoing an earlier moment when she destroys her prize winning photo to retcon herself back to the town and be able to save Chloe), having decided to ScrewDestiny and let the storm that this damage to the timeline summoned destroy the town (with a ShrugOfGod as to how many survivors there are). After it subsides an unspecified amount of time later, Max and Chloe leave the ruined town together, moving on with their lives.]]


** The first thing that the player will actively rewind when Max discovers her powers is accidentally smashing her camera. A short time later, it gets destroyed anyway in a scuffle with Nathan (which Max realises too late to rewind). In the ensuing scene, she tries to fix it (using tools borrowed from David), only to find that it's futile and accepts William's old camera from Chloe. [[spoiler: The very next thing you do is save Chloe from being killed in a scuffle with Nathan. You then spend the game saving her from strange accidents, until the beginning of episode 5, where she's killed in circumstances that make it impossible to rewind. You spend the chapter trying to save her (after being rescued by David), only to realise that the only way to save the town is to let her die or let the town be destroyed (leaving her as the only thing Max has left).]]



** The first thing that the player will actively rewind when Max discovers her powers is accidentally smashing her camera. A short time later, it gets destroyed anyway in a scuffle with Nathan (which Max realises too late to rewind). In the ensuing scene, she tries to fix it (using tools borrowed from David), only to find that it's futile and accepts William's old camera from Chloe. [[spoiler: The very next thing you do is save Chloe from being killed in a scuffle with Nathan. You then spend the game saving her from strange accidents, until the beginning of episode 5, where she's killed in circumstances that make it impossible to rewind. You spend the chapter trying to save her (after being rescued by David), only to realise that the only way to save the town is to let her die or let the town be destroyed (leaving her as the only thing Max has left).]]

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** The first thing that the player will actively rewind when Max discovers her powers is accidentally smashing her camera. A short time later, it gets destroyed anyway in a scuffle with Nathan (which Max realises too late to rewind). In the ensuing scene, she tries to fix it (using tools borrowed from David), only to find that it's futile and accepts William's old camera from Chloe. [[spoiler: The very next thing you do is save Chloe from being killed in a scuffle with Nathan. You then spend the game saving her from strange accidents, until the beginning of episode 5, where she's killed in circumstances that make it impossible to rewind. You spend the chapter trying to save her (after being rescued by David), only to realise that the only way to save the town is to let her die or let the town be destroyed (leaving her as the only thing Max has left).]]

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* SymbolicBaptism: In the opening Max excuses herself to the ladies room to splash water on her face. She then promptly acquires her TimeMaster powers (which make up the main game mechanic). At the end of the game [[spoiler: this moment is what she jumps back to, if the player chooses to sacrifice Chloe and CosmicRetcon away the entire game's events.]]


** When you put together the clues to find the Dark Room, David's coordinates will reveal that he was following four cars: The first, TWNPKS, is Chloe's truck. The second, SXFTNDR, is Nathan's. The third, TWLGHTZN, belongs to an unknown individual who has a car that strongly resembles Nathan's, and the fourth, TPFTHLK, is Jefferson's, seen at the end of Episode 2. [[spoiler: The fact that David [[ProperlyParanoid suspected the seemingly normal Jefferson]] of something foreshadows his ultimate involvement in the plot]], but the players who noticed probably initially brushed it off as David's paranoia.

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** When you put together the clues to find the Dark Room, David's coordinates will reveal that he was following four cars: The first, TWNPKS, is Chloe's truck. The second, SXFTNDR, is Nathan's. The third, TWLGHTZN, belongs to an unknown individual who has a car that strongly resembles Nathan's, and the fourth, TPFTHLK, is Jefferson's, seen at the end of Episode 2. [[spoiler: The fact If you pay attention to the coordinates that David [[ProperlyParanoid suspected each car was recorded at, it turns out that Nathan and Jefferson's cars were at the seemingly normal Jefferson]] exact same location the night Kate was drugged, the Prescott Farmhouse. This turns out to be the location of something foreshadows his ultimate the Dark Room, and foreshadow's Jefferson's involvement in the plot]], but whole thing prior to the players who noticed probably initially brushed it off as David's paranoia.twist at the end of the episode.]]


In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. During [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3]] of that year, yet another game in the form of a three-episode prequel (made by Deck Nine instead of DONTNOD) entitled ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced for an August 31, 2017 release.

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In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. During [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3]] of that year, yet another game in the form of a three-episode prequel (made by Deck Nine instead of DONTNOD) entitled ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced for an announced, with the first episode being released at the end of August 31, 2017 release.
and the release schedule for the other two unconfirmed.


* YouWouldntShootMe: Frank pulls this one on Max at the junk yard when the latter draws a gun on him.

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* YouWouldntShootMe: Frank pulls this one on Max at the junk yard when the latter draws a gun on him. Of course he's quite shocked if you do decide to pull the trigger and backs off.


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: We are told that all [[spoiler:Jefferson]] did to the girls after drugging them was to take photos. The implications are much sinister than that but it's never spelled out.


* MisplacedWildlife: Several nighttime scenes show fireflies flying around. Max even comments that they look "magical", which they are -- in the sense that bioluminescent fireflies are extremely rare on the west coast of the United States.



** On the other hand, several nighttime scenes show fireflies flying around. Max even comments that they look "magical", which they are -- but [[MisplacedWildlife not in the way she meant]].


** On the other hand, several nighttime scenes show fireflies flying around. Max even comments that they look "magical", which they are -- but [[MisplacedWildlife not in the way she meant]].



** In [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]], there's an interesting new edition to the line up if you [[spoiler: read Max's texts]]:

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** In [[spoiler:the alternate timeline]], there's an interesting new edition addition to the line up lineup if you [[spoiler: read Max's texts]]:


* AttemptedRape: Possibly. Nathan drugged Chloe and took photographs of her while she was unconscious, and it's possible that he may have been about to sexually assault her. Fortunately, she awoke and managed to fight back and escape before he got around to do anything really nasty. [[spoiler:Kate]], on the other hand, wasn't so lucky, which resulted in a scandal when she was recorded doing it. [[spoiler: Episode 5 states outright that though Jefferson and Nathan drugged, kidnapped and took creepy photos of a number of girls, none of them were in fact sexually assaulted. However, as both Kate's and Max's reactions show, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the difference is largely academic]]]].

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* AttemptedRape: Possibly. Nathan drugged Chloe and took photographs of her while she was unconscious, and it's possible that he may have been about to sexually assault her. unconscious. Fortunately, she awoke and managed to fight back and escape before he got around to do doing anything really nasty. [[spoiler:Kate]], on the other hand, wasn't so lucky, which resulted in a scandal when she was recorded doing it. [[spoiler: Episode 5 states outright that though Jefferson and Nathan drugged, kidnapped and took creepy photos of a number of girls, none of them were in fact sexually assaulted. However, as both Kate's and Max's reactions show, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the difference is largely academic]]]].



** At the end of Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max changes history so William Price never died. As a result, the five years between then and the present are radically altered. However, because Max's memory hasn't changed with the timeline, it's a completely different town to her. She's now a member of the popular crowd, Warren doesn't have eyes for Max, David Madsen is a bus driver, and Chloe is paralyzed from the neck down]].
** In Episode 3, Max can erase a voicemail from a cop alerting David that the police (correctly) suspect that Chloe broke into the Blackwell swimming pool. If Max deletes the message before David and Joyce can hear it, the police decide to question Chloe. Allowing David to hear the message [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold causes him to lie to the police and give Chloe a fake alibi.]]

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** At the end of Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max changes history so William Price never died. As a result, the five years between then and the present are radically altered. However, because Max's memory hasn't changed with the timeline, it's a completely different town to her. She's Max is now a member of the popular crowd, Warren doesn't have eyes for Max, David Madsen is a bus driver, and Chloe is paralyzed from the neck down]].
down. Furthermore, since Max has RippleEffectProofMemory, she has no memory of this version of herself or others]].
** In Episode 3, Max can erase a voicemail from a cop alerting David that the police (correctly) suspect that Chloe broke into the Blackwell swimming pool. If Max deletes the message before David and Joyce can hear it, it to spare Chloe the trouble, the police decide to question Chloe. Allowing David to hear the message [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold causes him to lie to the police and give Chloe a fake alibi.]]



** In Episode 5, Max finds out that [[spoiler: saving Chloe in the beginning from being killed is what causes the storm.]]

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** In Episode 5, Max finds out that [[spoiler: saving Chloe in the beginning from being killed in the first place is what causes the storm.]]


** Whether or not Warren and Max can share a kiss near the end of Episode 5 is based on four choices in previous episodes. If Max accepted Warren's invitation, helped him with his exam, changed the grade on his exam, and/or wrote on his whiteboard, she will have the option to kiss him before [[spoiler:using the photograph to change history]]. If Max did none of these things, she will not be able to kiss Warren.

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** Whether or not player can have an option to kiss Warren and Max can share a kiss near the end of in Episode 5 is based on four choices in previous episodes. If Max accepted These can be encouraged by accepting Warren's invitation, helped helping him with his exam, changed changing the grade on his exam, and/or wrote writing on his whiteboard, she player will have the option to kiss him before [[spoiler:using the photograph to change history]]. If Max player did none of these things, she kiss option will not be able available.[[spoiler:Their relationship,however,not the endgame nor gamestate −as players still have potential to get Chloe kiss Warren.at the end.Warren's ''kiss option'' also do not conclude as love-route −unlike Chloe's one− since game doesn't make it clear. Which's why it has been stated by developers that Chloe and Max's romance is much more deeper,concludes as real love-route; especially if player made enough Chloe choices since her choices were considered as ''major'' and Warren's choices are ''minor''− Warren's one will be doomed in either way.]].


* AttemptedRape: Possibly. Nathan drugged Chloe and took photographs of her while she was unconscious, and it's possible that he may have been about to sexually assault her. Fortunately, she awoke and managed to fight back and escape before he got around to do anything really nasty. [[spoiler:Kate]], on the other hand, wasn't so lucky, which resulted in a scandal when she was recorded doing it. [[spoiler: Episode 5 states outright that though Jefferson and Nathan drugged, kidnapped and took creepy photos of a number of girls, none of them were in fact sexually assaulted. However, as both Kate's and Max's reactions show, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the difference is largely academic]]]].

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* AttemptedRape: Possibly. Nathan drugged Chloe and took photographs of her while she was unconscious, and it's possible that he may have been about to sexually assault her. unconscious.Fortunately, she awoke and managed to fight back and escape before he got around to do anything really nasty. [[spoiler:Kate]], on the other hand, wasn't so lucky, which resulted in a scandal when she was recorded doing it. [[spoiler: Episode 5 states outright that though Jefferson and Nathan drugged, kidnapped and took creepy photos of a number of girls, none of them were in fact sexually assaulted. However, as both Kate's and Max's reactions show, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the difference is largely academic]]]].



** At the end of Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max changes history so William Price never died. As a result, the five years between then and the present are radically altered. However, because Max's memory hasn't changed with the timeline, it's a completely different town to her. She's now a member of the popular crowd, Warren doesn't have eyes for Max, David Madsen is a bus driver, and Chloe is paralyzed from the neck down]].

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** At the end of Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max changes history so William Price never died. As a result, the five years between then and the present are radically altered. However, because Max's memory hasn't changed with the timeline, it's a completely different town to her. She's now a member of the popular crowd, Victoria Chase is now Max's friend, Warren doesn't have eyes for Max, and Max are no longer friends, David Madsen is a bus driver, and Chloe is paralyzed from the neck down]].



** Chloe's friendship with Rachel with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, [[spoiler: Chloe admits she "crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect. Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears when she and Max discover Rachel's corpse]].
** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few developers]]. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidify that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on player decisions.]]

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** Chloe's friendship with Rachel with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, [[spoiler: Chloe admits she "crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect. Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears when she and Max discover Rachel's corpse]].
corpse.In Episode 5, if Frank is alive in diner scene, he admits that Chloe and Rachel were close and he was jealous and now he gets why Rachel dug her.]].
** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions.can be seen specific dialogue choices. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even popular,even among a few main game developers]]. Max, likewise, questions if her feelings for Chloe is platonic or romantic and can't tell what made physical pain in her heart after the dream sequence. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidify that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on how many times main protagnoist had been encouraged.Even if the player decisions.does not choose to have them kiss earlier, in the latest diary entry she still wonders if it is the "power of love... or friendship?" The developers chose to do this so that player still can interpret Max and Chloe's relationship still romantic especially after you saved her.]]


** At the end of Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max manages to prevent William's death, but ForWantOfANail results in Chloe requiring a wheelchair and breathing device, Max is now a member of the Vortex Club she despises, Victoria is apparently one of her best friends, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Warren is dating Stella]]]].

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** At the end of Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max manages to prevent William's death, but ForWantOfANail results in Chloe requiring changes history so William Price never died. As a wheelchair result, the five years between then and breathing device, Max is the present are radically altered. However, because Max's memory hasn't changed with the timeline, it's a completely different town to her. She's now a member of the Vortex Club she despises, Victoria is apparently one of her best friends, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and popular crowd, Warren doesn't have eyes for Max, David Madsen is dating Stella]]]].a bus driver, and Chloe is paralyzed from the neck down]].



** Whether or not Warren can have a kiss option in Episode 5 is based on four choices in previous episodes. It's based on player's showing affection to him to encourage these in-game by accepting Warren's invitation, helping him with his exam, changing the grade on his exam, and/or writing on his whiteboard, player will have the option to kiss him before [[spoiler:using the photograph to change history]]. If player did none of these things, kiss option will not be available.[[spoiler:Their relationship also not the endgame (as players still have potential to get Chloe kiss at the end) and he does not have love-route like Chloe and game doesn't make it clear. Which's why it has been stated by developers that Chloe and Max's romance is much more deeper so especially if player made enough Chloe choices (since her choices were considered as major) Warren's one will be doomed in either way.]].

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** Whether or not Warren and Max can have share a kiss option in near the end of Episode 5 is based on four choices in previous episodes. It's based on player's showing affection to him to encourage these in-game by accepting If Max accepted Warren's invitation, helping helped him with his exam, changing changed the grade on his exam, and/or writing wrote on his whiteboard, player she will have the option to kiss him before [[spoiler:using the photograph to change history]]. If player Max did none of these things, kiss option she will not be available.[[spoiler:Their relationship also not the endgame (as players still have potential able to get Chloe kiss at the end) and he does not have love-route like Chloe and game doesn't make it clear. Which's why it has been stated by developers that Chloe and Max's romance is much more deeper so especially if player made enough Chloe choices (since her choices were considered as major) Warren's one will be doomed in either way.]].Warren.



** Chloe's friendship with Rachel with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, [[spoiler: Chloe admits she "crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect. Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears when she and Max discover Rachel's corpse.In Episode 5, if Frank is alive in diner, he admits that Chloe and Rachel were close and he was jealous,and now gets why Rachel dug her.]].
** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly can be seen specific dialogue choices. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among main game developers]]. Max, likewise, questions if her feelings for Chloe is platonic or romantic and can't tell what made physical pain in her heart after the dream sequence. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidify that, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on how many times main protagnoist's encouraged.Even if the player does not choose to have them kiss, in the latest diary entry she still wonders if it is the "power of love... or friendship?" The developers chose to do this so that you can interpret Max and Chloe's relationship still romantic especially after you saved her.]]

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** Chloe's friendship with Rachel with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, [[spoiler: Chloe admits she "crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect. Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears when she and Max discover Rachel's corpse.In Episode 5, if Frank is alive in diner, he admits that Chloe and Rachel were close and he was jealous,and now gets why Rachel dug her.]].
corpse]].
** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly can be seen specific dialogue choices.depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among main game a few developers]]. Max, likewise, questions if her feelings for Chloe is platonic or romantic and can't tell what made physical pain in her heart after the dream sequence. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidify that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on how many times main protagnoist's encouraged.Even if the player does not choose to have them kiss, in the latest diary entry she still wonders if it is the "power of love... or friendship?" The developers chose to do this so that you can interpret Max and Chloe's relationship still romantic especially after you saved her.decisions.]]


** Whether or not Warren can have a kiss option in Episode 5 is based on four choices in previous episodes. It's based on player's showing affection to him to encourage these in-game by accepting Warren's invitation, helping him with his exam, changing the grade on his exam, and/or writing on his whiteboard, player will have the option to kiss him before [[spoiler:using the photograph to change history]]. If player did none of these things, kiss option will not available.[[spoiler:Their relationship also not the endgame (as player still have potential to get Chloe kiss at the end) and he does not have love-route like Chloe and game doesn't make it clear. It has been stated by developers that Chloe and Max's romance is much more deeper so this is why player made enough Chloe choices,since her choices were considered as major especially,Warren's one will be doomed in either way.]].

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** Whether or not Warren can have a kiss option in Episode 5 is based on four choices in previous episodes. It's based on player's showing affection to him to encourage these in-game by accepting Warren's invitation, helping him with his exam, changing the grade on his exam, and/or writing on his whiteboard, player will have the option to kiss him before [[spoiler:using the photograph to change history]]. If player did none of these things, kiss option will not be available.[[spoiler:Their relationship also not the endgame (as player players still have potential to get Chloe kiss at the end) and he does not have love-route like Chloe and game doesn't make it clear. It Which's why it has been stated by developers that Chloe and Max's romance is much more deeper so this is why especially if player made enough Chloe choices,since choices (since her choices were considered as major especially,Warren's major) Warren's one will be doomed in either way.]].


** Whether or not Warren and Max can share a kiss near the end of Episode 5 is based on four choices in previous episodes. If Max accepted Warren's invitation, helped him with his exam, changed the grade on his exam, and/or wrote on his whiteboard, she will have the option to kiss him before [[spoiler:using the photograph to change history]]. If Max did none of these things, she will not be able to kiss Warren.

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** Whether or not Warren and Max can share have a kiss near the end of option in Episode 5 is based on four choices in previous episodes. If Max accepted It's based on player's showing affection to him to encourage these in-game by accepting Warren's invitation, helped helping him with his exam, changed changing the grade on his exam, and/or wrote writing on his whiteboard, she player will have the option to kiss him before [[spoiler:using the photograph to change history]]. If Max player did none of these things, she kiss option will not be able available.[[spoiler:Their relationship also not the endgame (as player still have potential to get Chloe kiss Warren.at the end) and he does not have love-route like Chloe and game doesn't make it clear. It has been stated by developers that Chloe and Max's romance is much more deeper so this is why player made enough Chloe choices,since her choices were considered as major especially,Warren's one will be doomed in either way.]].



** Chloe's friendship with Rachel with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, [[spoiler: Chloe admits she "crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect. Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears when she and Max discover Rachel's corpse]].
** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few developers]]. Max, likewise, questions if her feelings for Chloe is platonic or romantic and can't tell what made physical pain in her heart after the dream sequence. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidify that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on player decisions.]]

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** Chloe's friendship with Rachel with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, [[spoiler: Chloe admits she "crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect. Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears when she and Max discover Rachel's corpse]].
corpse.In Episode 5, if Frank is alive in diner, he admits that Chloe and Rachel were close and he was jealous,and now gets why Rachel dug her.]].
** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions.can be seen specific dialogue choices. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few main game developers]]. Max, likewise, questions if her feelings for Chloe is platonic or romantic and can't tell what made physical pain in her heart after the dream sequence. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidify that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on how many times main protagnoist's encouraged.Even if the player decisions.does not choose to have them kiss, in the latest diary entry she still wonders if it is the "power of love... or friendship?" The developers chose to do this so that you can interpret Max and Chloe's relationship still romantic especially after you saved her.]]



** At the end of Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max changes history so William Price never died. As a result, the five years between then and the present are radically altered. However, because Max's memory hasn't changed with the timeline, it's a completely different town to her. She's now a member of the popular crowd, Warren doesn't have eyes for Max, David Madsen is a bus driver, and Chloe is paralyzed from the neck down]].

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** At the end of Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max changes history so William Price never died. As a result, the five years between then and the present are radically altered. However, because Max's memory hasn't changed with the timeline, it's a completely different town to her. She's now a member of the popular crowd, Victoria's now Max's ''BFF'', Warren doesn't have eyes for Max, and Max aren't friends, David Madsen is a bus driver, and Chloe is paralyzed from the neck down]].


** In the first three episodes, there are four choices involving Chloe: her pot in Episode 1, Kate's call at the diner and the confrontation with Frank in Episode 2, and taking the money for the handicapped fund in Episode 3. If at least three of these are resolved in a way that she approves of, examining Chloe's phone in her bedroom shows that she has changed her background to a picture of Max. Otherwise, it's a picture of Rachel. The relationship with Chloe is complicated in further episodes, with the argument between David and Chloe thrown into the mix. If Max sided with Chloe three times and [[spoiler:kissed her]] in Episode 3, then [[spoiler:she and Max will share a passionate kiss before Max travels back for the last time in the Sacrifice Chloe ending. Otherwise, they have an emotional hug instead though she still will be questioning her feelings for Chloe ''if it's love'' at the end of her diary]].

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** In the first three episodes, there are four choices involving Chloe: her pot in Episode 1, Kate's call at the diner and the confrontation with Frank in Episode 2, and taking the money for the handicapped fund in Episode 3. If at least three of these are resolved in a way that she approves of, examining Chloe's phone in her bedroom shows that she has changed her background to a picture of Max. Otherwise, it's a picture of Rachel. The relationship with Chloe is complicated in further episodes, with the argument between David and Chloe thrown into the mix. If Max sided with Chloe three times and [[spoiler:kissed her]] in Episode 3, then [[spoiler:she and Max will share a passionate kiss before Max travels back for the last time in the Sacrifice Chloe ending. Otherwise, they have an emotional hug instead though she still will be questioning her feelings for Chloe ''if it's love'' at the end of her diary]].instead]].



** Whether or not Warren and Max's relationship can be pursued based on four choices in previous episodes. If Max accepted Warren's invitation, helped him with his exam, changed the grade on his exam, and/or wrote on his whiteboard, she will have the opportunity to kiss him in Episode 5 (though player still can still avoid and choose other choices) If Max did none of these things, she will not be able to kiss Warren. Since his choices are minor though, it's not the endgame (Chloe's ones automatically outweigh them) and Max still ends up questioning her feelings for Chloe at the end and if she'd been encouraged enough, LOVE route is only available for Chloe no matter if you did Warren's choices.

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** Whether or not Warren and Max's relationship Max can be pursued share a kiss near the end of Episode 5 is based on four choices in previous episodes. If Max accepted Warren's invitation, helped him with his exam, changed the grade on his exam, and/or wrote on his whiteboard, she will have the opportunity option to kiss him in Episode 5 (though player still can still avoid and choose other choices) before [[spoiler:using the photograph to change history]]. If Max did none of these things, she will not be able to kiss Warren. Since his choices are minor though, it's not the endgame (Chloe's ones automatically outweigh them) and Max still ends up questioning her feelings for Chloe at the end and if she'd been encouraged enough, LOVE route is only available for Chloe no matter if you did Warren's choices.Warren.



** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few developers]]. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidifies that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on player decisions how much did they encourage Max for it.At the end,in both consclucion of journal entries, she still questions if her feelings for Chloe is platonic or romantic and can't tell what made physical pain in her heart after the dream sequence.]]

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** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few developers]]. Max, likewise, questions if her feelings for Chloe is platonic or romantic and can't tell what made physical pain in her heart after the dream sequence. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidifies [[spoiler:solidify that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on player decisions how much did they encourage Max for it.At the end,in both consclucion of journal entries, she still questions if her feelings for Chloe is platonic or romantic and can't tell what made physical pain in her heart after the dream sequence.decisions.]]



* WatchingTheSunset: Episode 2 ends with Max and Warren (and some other people from cast;like Frank and his dog) watching the sunset (and the eclipse) together.

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* WatchingTheSunset: Episode 2 ends with Max and Warren (and some other people from cast;like Frank and his dog) Warren, among others, watching the sunset (and the eclipse) together.unscheduled eclipse.


** In the first three episodes, there are four choices involving Chloe: her pot in Episode 1, Kate's call at the diner and the confrontation with Frank in Episode 2, and taking the money for the handicapped fund in Episode 3. If at least three of these are resolved in a way that she approves of, examining Chloe's phone in her bedroom shows that she has changed her background to a picture of Max. Otherwise, it's a picture of Rachel. The relationship with Chloe is complicated in further episodes, with the argument between David and Chloe thrown into the mix. If Max sided with Chloe at least once (or kissed Warren and sided with Chloe more than once) and [[spoiler:kissed her]] in Episode 3, then [[spoiler:she and Max will share a passionate kiss before Max travels back for the last time in the Sacrifice Chloe ending. Otherwise, they have an emotional hug instead]].

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** In the first three episodes, there are four choices involving Chloe: her pot in Episode 1, Kate's call at the diner and the confrontation with Frank in Episode 2, and taking the money for the handicapped fund in Episode 3. If at least three of these are resolved in a way that she approves of, examining Chloe's phone in her bedroom shows that she has changed her background to a picture of Max. Otherwise, it's a picture of Rachel. The relationship with Chloe is complicated in further episodes, with the argument between David and Chloe thrown into the mix. If Max sided with Chloe at least once (or kissed Warren and sided with Chloe more than once) three times and [[spoiler:kissed her]] in Episode 3, then [[spoiler:she and Max will share a passionate kiss before Max travels back for the last time in the Sacrifice Chloe ending. Otherwise, they have an emotional hug instead]].instead though she still will be questioning her feelings for Chloe ''if it's love'' at the end of her diary]].



** Whether or not Warren and Max's relationship has a romantic potential is based on four choices in previous episodes. If Max accepted Warren's invitation, helped him with his exam, changed the grade on his exam, and/or wrote on his whiteboard, she will have the opportunity to kiss him in Episode 5. If Max did none of these things, she will not be able to kiss Warren.

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** Whether or not Warren and Max's relationship has a romantic potential is can be pursued based on four choices in previous episodes. If Max accepted Warren's invitation, helped him with his exam, changed the grade on his exam, and/or wrote on his whiteboard, she will have the opportunity to kiss him in Episode 5. 5 (though player still can still avoid and choose other choices) If Max did none of these things, she will not be able to kiss Warren.Warren. Since his choices are minor though, it's not the endgame (Chloe's ones automatically outweigh them) and Max still ends up questioning her feelings for Chloe at the end and if she'd been encouraged enough, LOVE route is only available for Chloe no matter if you did Warren's choices.



** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few developers]]. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidify this; even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on player decisions.]]

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** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few developers]]. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidify this; [[spoiler:solidifies that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on player decisions.decisions how much did they encourage Max for it.At the end,in both consclucion of journal entries, she still questions if her feelings for Chloe is platonic or romantic and can't tell what made physical pain in her heart after the dream sequence.]]



* WatchingTheSunset: Episode 2 ends romantically with Max and Warren watching the sunset (and the eclipse) together.

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* WatchingTheSunset: Episode 2 ends romantically with Max and Warren (and some other people from cast;like Frank and his dog) watching the sunset (and the eclipse) together.


** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few developers]]. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidifies that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on player decisions encourage Max for it.At the end,in both consclucion of journal entries, she still questions if her feelings for Chloe is platonic or romantic and can't tell what made physical pain in her heart after the dream sequence.]]

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** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few developers]]. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidifies that, [[spoiler:solidify this; even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it depends on player decisions encourage Max for it.At the end,in both consclucion of journal entries, she still questions if her feelings for Chloe is platonic or romantic and can't tell what made physical pain in her heart after the dream sequence.decisions.]]


** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few developers]]. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidifies that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it ultimately depends on player decisions for how romantically involved Max and Chloe are.]]

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** As the game progresses, Chloe becomes ''increasingly'' affectionate and flirty towards Max, mainly depending on player actions. [[spoiler:With dialogue ranging from asking her if she prefers boys or girls, telling her she's even smarter and more talented than Rachel, calling her hot, calling her cute, commenting on getting her a stripper (if they steal the handicapped fund), commenting on sex, implying that she's daydreaming about kissing her, telling Max no one's good enough to date her "except me", getting all fluttery at the kiss... There's a reason the [="PriceField"=] pairing is so popular, even among a few developers]]. The endings of the game [[spoiler:solidifies that, even if they aren't romantically involved, they both mean a great deal to the other. Though romance is the most frequent endgame, it ultimately depends on player decisions encourage Max for how romantically involved Max and it.At the end,in both consclucion of journal entries, she still questions if her feelings for Chloe are.is platonic or romantic and can't tell what made physical pain in her heart after the dream sequence.]]

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* TwoTeacherSchool: Ms. Grant and Mr. Jefferson. The rest of the faculty includes the principal, groundskeeper and chief of security.


Focusing primarily on the relationship between Max and Chloe as the world goes wrong around them, ''Life Is Strange'' is an emotional, story-driven game that offers a twist on the typical adventure game: Max's ability to rewind time. This power allows her (and thus the player) to explore the immediate outcome of choices and dialog options, then rewind to test other possibilities, even creating new ones using information gained from previous interactions. It creates an interesting in-universe form of SaveScumming for our heroine. Max must make choices that will deeply affect herself and those around her, and seemingly small or insignificant decisions can have a huge impact down the line. With time running out and the tornado looming, will Max's choices save Arcadia Bay, or doom it?

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Focusing primarily on the relationship between Max and Chloe as the world goes wrong around them, ''Life Is is Strange'' is an emotional, story-driven game that offers a twist on the typical adventure game: Max's ability to rewind time. This power allows her (and thus the player) to explore the immediate outcome of choices and dialog options, then rewind to test other possibilities, even creating new ones using information gained from previous interactions. It creates an interesting in-universe form of SaveScumming for our heroine. Max must make choices that will deeply affect herself and those around her, and seemingly small or insignificant decisions can have a huge impact down the line. With time running out and the tornado looming, will Max's choices save Arcadia Bay, or doom it?



Similarities to [[VideoGame/GoneHome another indie adventure game taking place in Oregon and featuring a relationship between two women as the focus]] have been noted, but according to the dev team are simply coincidental, as ''Life Is Strange'' was in development long before ''Gone Home'' was released. DONTNOD actually talked to the ''Gone Home'' dev team to get some tips on things like building a realistic world, music licensing, and other shared aspects. Other works with noted similarities, in tone or plot, are ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' and ''Series/TwinPeaks''.

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Similarities to [[VideoGame/GoneHome another indie adventure game taking place in Oregon and featuring a relationship between two women as the focus]] have been noted, but according to the dev team are simply coincidental, as ''Life Is is Strange'' was in development long before ''Gone Home'' was released. DONTNOD actually talked to the ''Gone Home'' dev team to get some tips on things like building a realistic world, music licensing, and other shared aspects. Other works with noted similarities, in tone or plot, are ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' and ''Series/TwinPeaks''.



In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. During [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3]] of that year, yet another game in the form of a three-episode prequel (made by Deck Nine instead of DONTNOD) entitled ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced for an August 31, 2017 release.

No relation to the film ''Love Is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life Is Strange''.

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In late May 2017, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVni44YBtE DONTNOD announced]] that a new ''Life Is is Strange'' game was in production, by the original team. During [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3]] of that year, yet another game in the form of a three-episode prequel (made by Deck Nine instead of DONTNOD) entitled ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'' was announced for an August 31, 2017 release.

No relation to the film ''Love Is is Strange'', but yes relation to the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'', which is a fan game for ''Life Is is Strange''.



* StoryToGameplayRatio: Often the puzzles take a backseat to the exploration of the environment and characters, making ''Life Is Strange'' a hybrid of EnvironmentalNarrativeGame and AdventureGame.

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* StoryToGameplayRatio: Often the puzzles take a backseat to the exploration of the environment and characters, making ''Life Is is Strange'' a hybrid of EnvironmentalNarrativeGame and AdventureGame.


''Life Is Strange'' is a 2015 [[EpisodicGame Episodic]] AdventureGame, and is the second game by Creator/DONTNODEntertainment. Their previous work was ''VideoGame/RememberMe'', and Creator/SquareEnix took up publishing duties from {{Creator/Capcom}} for this one.

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''Life Is is Strange'' is a 2015 [[EpisodicGame Episodic]] AdventureGame, and is the second game by Creator/DONTNODEntertainment. Their previous work was ''VideoGame/RememberMe'', and Creator/SquareEnix took up publishing duties from {{Creator/Capcom}} for this one.


** In Episodes 3 and 4, the photo focusing minigame glitches out with certain graphics cards, causing the photo to remain in focus constantly. Though it can still be solved, it has to be done by sound alone, which is much more difficult.

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** In Episodes 3 and 4, the photo focusing minigame glitches out with certain graphics cards, causing the photo to remain in focus constantly. Though it can still be solved, it has to be done by sound alone, which is much more difficult. The developers eventually just added an auto-focus option so players could bypass it.



** The PsychicNosebleed in Episodes 2 and 5 only shows up when plot-relevant, and they indicate severe exhaustion of Max's powers. You can abuse Max's powers to your heart's content otherwise, but rewinding doesn't seem to be as taxing as [[spoiler:freezing time or traveling through photos.]]

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** The Max suffers a PsychicNosebleed in Episodes Episode 2 after using her rewind too many times in the diner and 5 only shows up when plot-relevant, and they indicate junkyard scenes, indicating severe exhaustion of Max's her powers. You can abuse Max's rewind powers to your heart's content otherwise, but rewinding doesn't seem to be as taxing as [[spoiler:freezing time or traveling through photos.]]otherwise.

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* VillainHasAPoint: [[spoiler: During Episode 5, Jefferson makes an offhand comment about how Rachel Amber would have died in LA had she not died by Nathan's hand. He's technically right in the sense that Chloe and Rachel would have just left their families and Arcadia Bay and gone hundreds of miles with no money, no place to go and no actual plan for when they do make it there]].


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* WeatherDissonance: Episode 1 ends with snow falling in October during fairly mild weather. It's just one of several anomalies heralding the deadly tornado approaching Arcadia Bay.


* DevilInPlainSight: The real villain is [[spoiler:Mark Jefferson, Max's seemingly CoolTeacher]].


As Chloe and Max try to patch their rusted friendship (and figure out how the other has changed in their mutual absence), Max learns of [[TheAce Rachel Amber]], a beautiful former Blackwell student who disappeared six months ago under mysterious circumstances after meeting someone who allegedly "changed her life". Chloe, who had formed a kinship with Rachel after Chloe's father died and Max moved away, is desperate to find her. In an effort to try and reconnect with her old friend, Max decides to help Chloe look for Rachel. At the same time, Chloe and Max try to investigate the ramifications of Max's new power, spurred by Max's recurring visions of a tornado wiping out the town [[YouHave48Hours in four days]].

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As Chloe and Max try to patch their rusted friendship (and figure out how the other has changed in their mutual absence), Max learns of [[TheAce Rachel Amber]], a beautiful former Blackwell student who disappeared six months ago under mysterious circumstances after meeting someone who allegedly "changed her life". Chloe, who had formed a kinship with Rachel after Chloe's father died and Max moved away, is desperate to find her. In an effort to try and reconnect with her old friend, Max decides to help Chloe look for Rachel. At the same time, Chloe and Max try to investigate the ramifications of Max's new power, spurred by Max's recurring visions of a tornado wiping out the town [[YouHave48Hours in four days]].
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*** The first major choice you get is whether or not to let Chloe steal the money for the handicapped fund from the principal's desk. It's more than enough to pay off Frank, but that will prevent the dorms from receiving any upgrades in the next episode. Aside from Max regretting her decision when she learns of the cancelled upgrades, it doesn't have any negative consequences during gameplay, though.

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*** The first major choice you get is whether or not to let Chloe steal the money for the handicapped fund from the principal's desk. It's more than enough to pay off Frank, but that will prevent the dorms from receiving any upgrades in the next episode. Aside from Max regretting her decision when she learns of the cancelled upgrades, it doesn't have any negative consequences during gameplay, though.gameplay.



*** Whether or not to [[spoiler:assist Chloe's suicide]].

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*** Whether or not to [[spoiler:assist Chloe's suicide]].suicide. Yes means she dies and no means she doesn't but criticizes Max]].



*** If Victoria believed you in Episode 4, [[spoiler: she'll be in the dark room with Max.]]

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*** If Victoria believed you Max in Episode 4, [[spoiler: she'll be in the dark room Dark Room with Max.]]



*** Either [[spoiler:save Chloe or Arcadia Bay]]. Doing the former causes [[spoiler:the storm to destroy the town and presumably kill everyone in the process whilst Max and Chloe leave town together]]. Doing the latter means [[spoiler:Chloe dies, but Mr. Jefferson and Nathan pay for their crimes since Nathan is arrested for killing Chloe and apparently sells Jefferson out under interrogation. Everyone else gets to live, too, even Kate if you didn't save her the first time]].

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*** Either [[spoiler:save Chloe or Arcadia Bay]]. Doing the former causes [[spoiler:the storm to destroy the town and presumably kill everyone in the process likely many (but officially unknown) others whilst Max and Chloe leave town together]]. Doing the latter means [[spoiler:Chloe dies, but Mr. Jefferson and Nathan pay for their crimes since Nathan is arrested for killing Chloe and apparently sells Jefferson out under interrogation. Everyone else gets to live, too, even Kate if you didn't save her the first time]].



* TakeYourTime: You can walk around examining objects and admiring the scenery at your leisure, but the important events won't occur until you trigger them. This is especially noticeable with the bathroom confrontation in the first episode. The first time around, you walk slowly and may waste a bunch of time looking at stuff. After the rewind, you run straight there and the event plays out the same.
** However, it's played with a lot when it comes to events like Alyssa's regular misfortunes, Chloe being trapped on the train tracks or [[spoiler:the Two Whales diner exploding]] during Episode 5. All of them can be rewound to set things right in case Max didn't intervene in time, but they do play out in real-time again and again until you figure out the solution.

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* TakeYourTime: You can walk around examining objects and admiring the scenery at your leisure, but the important events won't occur until you trigger them. This is especially noticeable with the bathroom confrontation in the first episode. The first time around, you walk slowly and may waste a bunch of time looking at stuff. After the rewind, you run straight there and the event plays out the same.
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same. However, it's played with a lot when it comes to events like Alyssa's regular misfortunes, Chloe being trapped on the train tracks or [[spoiler:the Two Whales diner exploding]] during Episode 5. All of them can be rewound to set things right in case Max didn't intervene in time, but they do play out in real-time again and again until you figure out the solution.



* TimeCrash: First altering destiny, then tampering with the timeline so much causes strange, scary things to happen in Arcadia Bay. Though we can't exactly say why or how, other than that the timeline appears to becoming unstable and reality is both "glitching" and trying to right itself by ultimately wiping out Arcadia Bay.

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* TimeCrash: First altering destiny, then tampering with the timeline so much causes strange, scary things to happen in Arcadia Bay. Though we can't exactly say why or how, other than that the timeline appears to becoming unstable and reality is both "glitching" and trying to right itself by ultimately wiping out Arcadia Bay.



** Max's powers are immediately shown to be very taxing to use. If one tries to rewind too far, she complains that she feels sick and the screen disintegrates in the style of celluloid burning until you stop. Max also starts getting [[PsychicNosebleed nosebleeds and migraines]] in Episode 2. In Episode 5, Max suffers several [[PsychicNosebleed nosebleeds]] from [[spoiler:altering history from within history itself, which at one point leaves her 'between realities']].
** Near the end of Episode 2, Max also manages to [[spoiler:[[TimeStandsStill freeze time entirely]]]], but the fallout from this incident leaves her unable to use her powers for several hours, and she expresses fear of becoming stuck in time in the following episode.

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** Max's powers are immediately shown to be very taxing to use. If one tries to rewind too far, she complains that she feels sick and the screen disintegrates in the style of celluloid burning until you stop. Max also starts getting [[PsychicNosebleed nosebleeds and migraines]] in Episode 2. In Episode 5, Max suffers several [[PsychicNosebleed nosebleeds]] from [[spoiler:altering history from within history itself, which at one itself leads to a point leaves her in Episode 5 where she is 'between realities']].
** Near the end of Episode 2, Max also manages to [[spoiler:[[TimeStandsStill freeze time entirely]]]], but the fallout from this incident leaves her unable to use her powers for several hours, and she expresses fear of becoming stuck in time in the following episode.



* TimeTravel: Max's powers, crossed with a bit of RealityWarper since her soujourns into the past of her photographs leaves the present progressively more and more distorted.

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* TimeTravel: Max's powers, crossed with a bit of RealityWarper since her soujourns into the past of her photographs leaves the present progressively more and more distorted. It also effects her differently so she appears to cross space as well as time from the perspective of others.



** The storm Max has a vision of at the very start of the game doesn't actually have any reason to exist, even in vision form at that point [[spoiler:considering that Max herself causes it with powers she doesn't have yet]]. It could perhaps be excused if either the entire scene in itself was a flashback, or if by some logic YouCantFightFate so much that even time travelling to change fate itself is predetermined.

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** The storm Max has a vision of at the very start of the game doesn't actually have any reason to exist, even in vision form at that point [[spoiler:considering that Max herself is implied to be what causes it with powers she doesn't have yet]]. It could perhaps be excused if either the entire scene in itself was a flashback, or if by some logic YouCantFightFate so much that even time travelling to change fate itself is predetermined.



** According to Chloe, the snowflakes and eclipse also happened in the timeline with her being paraplegic, though in this timeline Max never saved Chloe from Nathan which caused the anomalies. So the tornado should not be on its way to destroy the town.
*** Given, this is still a move away from the timeline when Chloe died because she was shot by Nathan, which [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense in theory]], considering it's never clear if [[spoiler:Chloe's survival caused the tornado or if Max changing the timeline at all caused it.]]
** [[spoiler:Episode 5's numerous photograph jumps are just short of needing a flowchart to explain. Max leaves her timeline to turn Jefferson in to the police and win the everyday heroes contest, which makes her out of town in the present, so she goes back to that timeline and destroys the photo she had turned in to the contest (before she turned it in), angering Mr. Jefferson and causing him to destroy all of Max's photos, meaning that in the original timeline she never went back to start the whole sequence in the first place.]]

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** According to Chloe, the snowflakes and eclipse also happened in the timeline with her being paraplegic, though in this timeline Max never saved Chloe from Nathan which caused the anomalies. So the tornado should not be on its way to destroy the town.
***
town. Given, this is still a move away from the timeline when Chloe died because she was shot by Nathan, which [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense in theory]], considering it's never clear if [[spoiler:Chloe's survival caused the tornado or if Max changing the timeline at all caused it.]]
** [[spoiler:Episode 5's numerous photograph jumps are just short of needing a flowchart to explain. Max leaves her timeline to turn Jefferson in to the police and win the everyday heroes Everyday Heroes contest, which makes her out of town in the present, so she goes back to that timeline and destroys the photo she had turned in to the contest (before she turned it in), angering Mr. Jefferson and causing him to destroy all of Max's photos, meaning that in the original timeline she never went back to start the whole sequence in the first place.]]



** In Episode 2, Chloe will shoot herself with a ricochet during the bottle shooting scene if you have her shoot the car bumper. She's also been drinking, a fact Max lampshades as a bad combination yet goes along with it anyway. Later on, Chloe gets her foot caught in the track switcher while hanging out on the regularly used railroad tracks.
** In Frank's case, [[spoiler:if you pick the wrong choices, Chloe will either injure Frank or kill him and his dog if it's uninjured]].

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** There is a reason Chloe frequently dies/needs saving from lethal peril, and it is not strictly because Fate/Death/The Worse/etc. is because mad that she didn't die at the start of the game. It's because she makes a lot of bad choices. In Episode 2, Chloe will shoot herself with a ricochet during the bottle shooting scene if you have her shoot the car bumper. She's also been drinking, a fact Max lampshades as a bad combination yet goes along with it anyway. Later on, Chloe gets her foot caught in the track switcher while hanging out on the regularly used railroad tracks.
** In Frank's case, [[spoiler:if you pick the wrong choices, Chloe will either injure Frank or kill him and his dog if it's uninjured]].
tracks.



** In a case overlapped with VideoGameCrueltyPotential, some collectible photo can also be obtained if you do certain cruel things, like re-arrange Victoria wall of photos into a shape of [[FlippingTheBird middle finger]] or ask Trevor to do tre flip so he accidentally [[GroinAttack hit himself in the crotch]] for you to snap a photo of him in pain. Fortunately, since you retain items and collectible photos even after you rewound, you can simply rewind so you retain those photos while your cruel action is undone.

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** In a case overlapped with VideoGameCrueltyPotential, some collectible photo photos can also be obtained if you do certain cruel things, like re-arrange Victoria Victoria's wall of photos into a shape of [[FlippingTheBird middle finger]] or ask Trevor to do tre flip so he accidentally [[GroinAttack hit himself in the crotch]] for you to snap a photo of him in pain. Fortunately, since you retain items and collectible photos even after you rewound, you can simply rewind so you retain those photos while your cruel action is undone.



** A notable "cruelty" option comes in Episode 3: you can choose to throw a bone to distract Frank's dog. [[spoiler:If you choose to throw it into the street, the dog gets hit by a semi. Doing so means that Frank doesn't notice Chloe and Max leave, meaning he has no reason to suspect them when he finds his keys missing and his RV broken into. It's worth noting that almost every player will toss it into the parking lot instead, so the dog isn't harmed]].

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** A notable "cruelty" option comes in Episode 3: you can choose to throw a bone to distract Frank's dog. [[spoiler:If you choose to throw it into the street, the dog gets hit by a semi. Doing so means that Frank doesn't notice Chloe and Max leave, meaning he has no reason to suspect them when he finds his keys missing and his RV broken into. It's worth noting that almost every player will toss it into the parking lot instead, so the dog isn't harmed]].



* WatchingTroyBurn: If you choose to save Chloe at the end, the two of you hold hands while watching Arcadia Bay getting destroyed by the tornado.

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* WatchingTroyBurn: [[spoiler: If you choose to save Chloe at the end, the two of you hold hands while watching Arcadia Bay getting destroyed by the tornado.]]



* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:Despite being an ex-soldier, David really makes a pitiful showing when infiltrating the Dark Room. Not only does he begin by clearing the wrong side coming in (military protocol is to always clear the weak (left) side first), but then he gets taken out by a frickin' teacher. A psychopathic teacher who hits him with a camera tripod, granted, but David has military hand-to-hand training and a good thirty pounds of muscle on Jefferson, yet ''still'' gets taken out. This gets even worse if you cycle through all the options. Max will repeatedly warn David, but Jefferson will always run to his gun first while David oddly hesitates. That David is heavily implied to be an ex-Marine doesn't exactly help his case.]]


* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Every new episode, Max gains new abilities that help her when she needs it. [[spoiler:In the second episode, she manages to stop time long enough to get to the rooftop before Kate jumps, and in the third one, she learns how to time travel with a picture just so she can prevent the death of Chloe's dad]].

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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Every new episode, Max gains new abilities that help her when she needs it. [[spoiler:In the second episode, she manages to stop time long enough to get to the rooftop before Kate jumps, and in the third one, she learns how to time travel with a picture just so she can prevent the death of Chloe's dad]]. It is implied that these are all different applications of the same power. She has no idea how it works, after all.



* NightmareSequence: Episode 5 has an extended one after [[spoiler:Max manages to save Chloe]].

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* NightmareSequence: Episode 5 has an extended one after [[spoiler:Max manages to save Chloe]].featuring a scary and strange landscape filled with subconscious fears.



* NoEnding: [[spoiler:The Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending is like this. Max and Chloe watch the storm destroy the town and we see them drive through the destruction as they head out of Arcadia Bay, but aside from knowing they're alive, we know almost nothing else: who survived the storm (if anyone), where they're going next, what they're going to do, if the universe will keep coming after Chloe, and so on. WordOfGod says this was intentional, and that what happens next is up to the player's imagination.]]
%%* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: see more specific ExtremeMeleeRevenge

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* NoEnding: [[spoiler:The Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending is like this. Max and Chloe watch the storm destroy the town and we see them drive through the destruction as they head out of Arcadia Bay, but aside from knowing they're alive, we know almost nothing little else: who survived the storm (if anyone), where they're going next, what they're going to do, if the universe will keep coming after Chloe, and so on. WordOfGod says this was intentional, and that what happens next is up to the player's imagination.]]
%%* * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: see [[spoiler: Warren's fight with Nathan is more specific ExtremeMeleeRevengelike Warren beating him until he's crying.]]



* NotQuiteTheRightThing: Convincing Victoria to [[spoiler:be wary of Nathan]] results in her [[spoiler:turning to Jefferson for help and getting kidnapped and murdered in Episode 5]].
* NotSoDifferent: Depending on your choice earlier, [[spoiler:Jefferson]] will tell Max that she is not so different from him since she let Warren [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge beat Nathan almost to death]].

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* NotQuiteTheRightThing: Convincing Victoria to [[spoiler:be wary of Nathan]] results in her [[spoiler:turning to Jefferson for help and getting kidnapped and murdered in Episode 5]].
5. Going to the CoolTeacher for help with a troublesome student ''sounds'' like the right thing to do, except when said teacher is real threat behind said student]].
* NotSoDifferent: Depending on your choice earlier, [[spoiler:Jefferson]] will tell Max that she is not so different from him since she let Warren [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge beat Nathan almost to death]].till he was bruised and bloody]].



* PhlebotinumBreakdown: All of a sudden Max is unable to use her time travel powers when she has to save Kate. This limitation pops out of nowhere and is never brought up again.

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* PhlebotinumBreakdown: All of a sudden Max is unable to use her time travel powers when she has to save Kate. This limitation pops out It is implied to be due to [[HeroicRROD earlier over-use of nowhere and is never brought up again.said powers]].



* RealityEnsues: It seems that Nathan is a typical popular jock at school. He's in with the Vortex Club (the popular clique) and if you accuse him of having a gun in Episode 1, the general reaction from faculty will be "but he's a Prescott!" However, his steadily-increasing unsettling behavior--violently lashing out, threatening students, and other sketchy doings--eventually catches on. Even members of the Vortex Club will admit to being freaked out by him.

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
**
It seems that Nathan is a typical popular jock at school. He's in with the Vortex Club (the popular clique) and if you accuse him of having a gun in Episode 1, the general reaction from faculty will be "but he's a Prescott!" However, his steadily-increasing unsettling behavior--violently lashing out, threatening students, and other sketchy doings--eventually catches on. Even members of the Vortex Club will admit to being freaked out by him.



** And the only consequence that comes with [[spoiler: watering Lisa the plant]] is that [[spoiler: [[CaptainObvious the plant will stay alive and healthy]]. ]]

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** And the The only consequence that comes with [[spoiler: watering Lisa the plant]] is that [[spoiler: [[CaptainObvious the plant will stay alive and healthy]]. ]]



** If you take the time to save Alyssa from misfortune OnceAnEpisode, she becomes more trusting of Max. If not, she will eventually become convinced that Max is a DoomMagnet, and ask she keeps a distance. [[spoiler:If Alyssa thinks the latter in Episode 5, she will fall down a hole and die if Max tries to talk to her when she's trapped in the storm. Max can still save Alyssa's life, however]].

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** If you take the time to save Alyssa from misfortune OnceAnEpisode, she becomes more trusting of Max. If not, she will eventually become convinced that Max is a DoomMagnet, and ask she keeps a distance. [[spoiler:If Alyssa thinks the latter in Episode 5, she will fall down a hole and die if Max tries to talk to her when she's trapped in the storm. Max can still save Alyssa's life, however]].life but it is harder]].



* RippleEffectProofMemory: Max recalls everything she learned in alternate timelines before using her rewind to change things. This allows her to mine people for information, rewind, then use that information to coax further details from them. [[spoiler:At the end of Episode 3, she winds up changing the past five years and remembers nothing of the new timeline, which is a problem considering everyone around her is essentially a different person]].

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* RippleEffectProofMemory: RippleEffectProofMemory:
**
Max recalls everything she learned in alternate timelines before using her rewind to change things. This allows her to mine people for information, rewind, then use that information to coax further details from them. [[spoiler:At the end of Episode 3, she winds up changing the past five years and remembers nothing of the new timeline, which is a problem considering everyone around her is essentially a different person]].



** Chloe's friendship with Rachel has shades of this. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, [[spoiler: Chloe does admit she "crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect. Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears when she and Max discover Rachel's corpse]].

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** Chloe's friendship with Rachel has shades of this.with quite close. She calls Rachel her "angel", and the creators have remained ambiguous as to if the two were romantically involved. In Episode 3, [[spoiler: Chloe does admit admits she "crushed" on Rachel, though she did not think she was perfect. Chloe also does ''not'' take it well when she learns that Rachel was apparently in a full relationship with Frank. In the confrontation with Frank in Episode 4, Chloe can state after specific dialogue choices that she and Rachel loved each other. Alternatively, Frank speaks of Rachel and their relationship as something he deeply valued, and through specific dialogue choices he will tell Chloe that Rachel blamed her for the problems she and Frank had in their own relationship. Regardless, Chloe becomes absolutely distraught and bursts into tears when she and Max discover Rachel's corpse]].



* SarcasticConfession: In Episode 5, [[spoiler:Max travels back to the beginning of the game. She arrives exactly when Jefferson says that he could easily put any of the class in a dark corner and photograph their despair. What appeared to be Jefferson criticizing Diane Arbus was actually a sarcastic confession.]]
* SaveScumming: Played both traditional ''and'' InUniverse. Max's rewind power is based on this trope. You can rewind time to get the choices/information that you want. In some conversations where you give the wrong information and are given the right one, the latter will appear as a new choice in your rewind. For the former, this is something that you would normally do in a VisualNovel when you try to get the desired choices. [[spoiler:Even if Max cannot use her power to prevent Kate from committing suicide (as she is too burnt out to use it), you can still do this and it can be done at any point during this segment. This way, you can get the result you want on your "first" try while keeping the choices you have picked throughout the episode without having to start over]].
** [[spoiler:Almost the entirety of the Episode 5 NightmareSequence will feature the various characters in them calling Max out on using her powers in this way. This reaches its apex when Max is receiving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from ''herself'' over how she's been abusing it and her inability to get by without it.]]

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* SarcasticConfession: In Episode 5, [[spoiler:Max travels back to the beginning of the game. She arrives exactly when Jefferson says that he could easily put any of the class in a dark corner and photograph their despair. What appeared to be Jefferson criticizing Diane Arbus was actually a sarcastic confession.confession of doing exactly that.]]
* SaveScumming: SaveScumming:
**
Played both traditional ''and'' InUniverse. Max's rewind power is based on this trope. You can rewind time to get the choices/information that you want. In some conversations where you give the wrong information and are given the right one, the latter will appear as a new choice in your rewind. For the former, this is something that you would normally do in a VisualNovel when you try to get the desired choices. [[spoiler:Even if Max cannot use her power to prevent Kate from committing suicide (as she is too burnt out to use it), you can still do this and it can be done at any point during this segment. This way, you can get the result you want on your "first" try while keeping the choices you have picked throughout the episode without having to start over]].
** [[spoiler:Almost the entirety [[spoiler:Most of the Episode 5 5's NightmareSequence will feature the various characters in them calling Max out on using her powers in this way. This reaches its apex when Max is receiving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from ''herself'' over how she's been abusing it and her inability to get by without it.]]



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Nathan boasts of being above the law because his family owns half the town. Since the police is heavily implied to be on his father's payroll (the cop in the diner admits it when questioned by Max), and reporting Nathan to the principal does nothing, it's not an unjustified opinion. [[spoiler:Though you can get the principal to suspend him in the wake of Kate's suicide attempt, he just threatens to sue the school and treats it flippantly. His father, however, does not take it so well, and by the time you see him in Episode 3, Nathan's not in that great of a mood. Episode 3 also shows that Nathan's father has bought Nathan's record expungement on more than one occasion, and if Nathan is suspended or expelled, he threatens to pull his funding to the school unless Nathan is reinstated]].

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Nathan boasts of being above the law because his family owns half the town. Since the police is heavily implied to be on his father's payroll (the cop in the diner admits it when questioned by Max), and reporting Nathan to the principal does nothing, nothing so it's not an unjustified opinion. [[spoiler:Though you can get the principal to suspend him in the wake of Kate's suicide attempt, he just threatens to sue the school and treats it flippantly. His father, however, does not take it so well, and by the time you see him in Episode 3, Nathan's not in that great of a mood. Episode 3 also shows that Nathan's father has bought Nathan's record expungement on more than one occasion, and if Nathan is suspended or expelled, he threatens to pull his funding to the school unless Nathan is reinstated]].



* SelfFulfillingProphecy: In the end, [[spoiler:it's revealed that Max's abuse of her time travel powers is what causes the superstorm that destroys Arcadia Bay. Or at least, that's the characters' best guess. They have no confirmation of this at the time, nor on how it works, nor do they have any idea if going back one more time will actually fix things and not just make the storm worse: it's various characters making guesses and suppositions based on their familiarity with time travel tropes.]]

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: In the end, [[spoiler:it's revealed that Max's abuse use of her time travel powers is what causes the superstorm that destroys Arcadia Bay. Or at least, that's the characters' best guess. They have no confirmation of this at the time, nor on how it works, nor do they have any idea if going back one more time will actually fix things and not just make the storm worse: it's various characters making guesses and suppositions based on their familiarity with time travel tropes.]]



* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: In Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max stares at an old photograph and travels back in time to the day William died. She saves his life, changing everything from then on. She still left town and came back, but now she's a popular girl in the Vortex Club. Chloe, on the other hand, is confined to a wheelchair]].
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler: The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending demonstrates that the entire game is one. If Max had let Chloe die in Episode 1, Nathan would have been arrested for her murder and then told the police about Jefferson abducting and killing women. This would lead to Rachel's corpse being discovered. The game basically admits that there's never a practical, heroic reason for Max ever having her powers]].
** [[spoiler: Of course, the "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending [[SadisticChoice isn't too much better in this regard]], since it renders everything Max has done for the citizens of Arcadia Bay meaningless. Whether it's talking Kate out of suicide, getting Victoria to reveal her better nature, developing a deeper friendship with Warren, or just looking out for Alyssa, it all ends up pointless since Max chooses to let seemingly everyone die to protect Chloe.]]

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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: In Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max stares at an old photograph and travels back in time to the day William died. She saves his life, changing everything from then on. She still left town and came back, but now she's a popular girl in the Vortex Club. Chloe, on the other hand, is confined to a wheelchair]].
wheelchair and slowly dying. Then she has to reset again to fix what was wrong with this timeline]].
* ShaggyDogStory: ShaggyDogStory:
**
[[spoiler: The "Sacrifice Chloe" ending demonstrates that the entire game is one. If Max had let Chloe die in Episode 1, Nathan would have been arrested for her murder and then told the police about Jefferson abducting and killing women. This would lead to Rachel's corpse being discovered. The circumstances that lead up to Kate's suicide also don't occur. The game basically admits that there's there never was a practical, heroic reason for Max ever having her powers]].
** [[spoiler: Of course, the The "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending [[SadisticChoice isn't too much is only marginally better in this regard]], since case. Chloe survives and it renders everything is implied that other people do too but the death toll is officially unknown. Everyone's lives are completely uprooted even if they did survive. Nothing Max has done for the citizens of Arcadia Bay meaningless. Whether it's talking Kate out of suicide, getting Victoria to reveal did altered her better nature, developing a deeper friendship with Warren, or just looking out for Alyssa, it all ends up pointless since Max chooses to let seemingly everyone die to protect Chloe.start-of-game vision in any way.]]



** [[spoiler:Same fate awaits Max but PlotArmor prevents her death.]]

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** [[spoiler:Same fate awaits Max [[spoiler:Max was going to be silenced as well but PlotArmor prevents her death.she escapes due to a power that Mr. Jefferson didn't know about.]]



* ShootTheFuelTank: In the junkyard, you can instruct Chloe to fire at the gas tank of a rusted car sitting atop a pile of junk. Not only does hitting the intake at an angle actually manage to ignite the gas inside, it then explodes harmlessly.

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* ShootTheFuelTank: In the junkyard, you can instruct Chloe to fire at the gas tank of a rusted car sitting atop a pile of junk. Not only does hitting the intake at an angle actually manage to ignite the gas inside, it then explodes harmlessly.



* SlutShaming: Everyone calls Kate the "viral slut" after her video spreads around. To add insult to injury, Kate gets letters from her very Christian family (including a particularly nasty one from her Westboro-ish aunt) shaming her for what happened.

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* SlutShaming: Everyone calls Kate the "viral slut" after her video spreads around. To add insult to injury, Kate gets letters from her very fundamentalist Christian family (including a particularly nasty one from her Westboro-ish aunt) shaming her for what happened.


* HappilyFailedSuicide: If you kept Kate from jumping, she will later express how happy she feels to still be alive.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation:
** After you've played through the prologue, Max pops in some earbuds while she heads to the bathroom. This has the effect of drowning out everything but the music, and the credits run over the scene as you walk through the hall. Max will comment if you examine objects or people along the way, but that's it.
** Episode 2 has a similar sequence when Max rides the bus into town for breakfast, but this is just a cutscene.
** One of the skaters does this.
** Max does this again in Episode 5 [[spoiler:as part of the NightmareSequence.]]

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* HappilyFailedSuicide: [[spoiler: If you kept Kate from jumping, she will later express how happy she feels to still be alive.
alive.]]
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation:
**
HeadphonesEqualIsolation: After you've played through the prologue, Max pops in some earbuds while she heads to the bathroom. This has the effect of drowning out everything but the music, and the credits run over the scene as you walk through the hall. Max will comment if you examine objects or people along the way, but that's it.
** Episode 2 has a similar sequence when Max rides the bus into town for breakfast, but this is just a cutscene.
** One of the skaters does this.
** Max does this again in Episode 5 [[spoiler:as part of the NightmareSequence.]]
it.



* HeroicBSOD: Max and Chloe both suffer from this in Episode 4. [[spoiler:Max because she realizes that no matter what she tries to do, Chloe's life is going to be terrible. Chloe when it's revealed that Rachel, Chloe's one best friend since Max left, has been DeadAllAlong. She breaks down crying]].

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* HeroicBSOD: Max and Chloe both suffer from this in Episode 4. [[spoiler:Max because she realizes that no matter what she tries to do, Chloe's life is going to be terrible. Chloe Chloe's turn is when it's revealed that Rachel, Chloe's one best friend since Max left, has been DeadAllAlong. She breaks down crying]].



** David, should the player decide to tell him [[spoiler: that Chloe is dead]]. It will result in him [[spoiler: shoot Jefferson]] before breaking down sobbing, asking himself how he can ever explain this to [[spoiler: Joyce]] and that he was never able to [[spoiler: tell Chloe that he loved her]].

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** David, should the player decide to tell him [[spoiler: that Chloe is dead]]. It will result in him [[spoiler: shoot shooting Jefferson]] before breaking down sobbing, asking himself how he can ever explain this to [[spoiler: Joyce]] and that he was never able to [[spoiler: tell Chloe that he loved her]].



** In the finale, Max's [[spoiler: overuse of her RealityWarper powers finally comes back to bite her as she is trapped in her own personal hell via a NightmareSequence, complete with a [[UnexpectedGameplayChange stealth sequence]], a withering ReasonYouSuckSpeech by an AlternateUniverse Max, and a HowWeGotHere corridor leading up to the ending. Oh, and the sole journal page remaining takes on a RoomFullOfCrazy quality.]]

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** In the finale, Max's [[spoiler: overuse of her RealityWarper TimeMaster powers finally comes back to bite her as she is trapped in her own personal hell via a NightmareSequence, complete with a [[UnexpectedGameplayChange stealth sequence]], a withering ReasonYouSuckSpeech by an AlternateUniverse Max, and a HowWeGotHere corridor leading up to the ending. Oh, and the sole journal page remaining takes on a RoomFullOfCrazy quality.]]



** Additionally, where else have we seen [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask a story of someone using the ability to turn back time to stop the looming destruction of their hometown]]?

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** Additionally, where else have we seen [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask a story of someone using the ability to turn back time to stop the looming destruction of their hometown]]?a town]]?



* ICannotSelfTerminate: In Episode 4, [[spoiler:the quadriplegic Chloe in the alternate timeline]] asks you to assist in her suicide. You can choose whether or not to go through with it.
* IdiotBall: In Episode 5, instead of running for shelter, Max and Chloe (for some inexplicable reason) are at the beach, standing in front of the giant tornado that is about to destroy the town, [[TalkingIsAFreeAction and talk about how they'd do anything to keep each other safe]].

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* ICannotSelfTerminate: In Episode 4, [[spoiler:the quadriplegic Chloe in the alternate timeline]] asks you Max to assist in her suicide. You can choose whether or not to go Max goes through with it.
* IdiotBall: IdiotBall:
**
In Episode 5, instead of running for shelter, Max and Chloe (for some inexplicable reason) are at the beach, standing in front of the giant tornado that is about to destroy the town, [[TalkingIsAFreeAction and talk about how they'd do anything to keep each other safe]].



** Near the beginning of Episode 2, you can check your computer. There you'll see that Warren has left you some movies related to time, and he makes some pretty good puns.

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** Near the beginning of Episode 2, you can check your Max's computer. There you'll see that Warren has left you some movies related to time, and he makes some pretty good puns.



* INeedAFreakingDrink: Said by Chloe after you make her shoot Frank in Episode 4.

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Said by Chloe after you make Max makees her shoot Frank in Episode 4.



* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler:The climactic scene with Kate at the end of Episode 2.]]

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* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler:The climactic scene with Kate at the end of Episode 2.2 has Max attempting to talk Kate off a high leap. It's up to the player if she succeeds.]]



** In an example involving an actual dog, [[spoiler:one of the two options for dealing with Frank's dog is to toss the bone into the street, where it'll be hit by a semi]].

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** In an example involving an actual dog, [[spoiler:one of the two options for dealing with Frank's dog is to toss the bone into the street, where it'll be hit by a semi]]. Thus, this crosses with YouBastard.



*** Even if you managed to avoid all these deaths, [[spoiler:everyone in the city dies anyway when the town is wiped off the map, with no way to bring them back and Max and Chloe being the only known survivors]].

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*** Even if you managed to avoid all these deaths, [[spoiler:everyone in [[spoiler: an unknown number of people die from the city dies anyway when the town is wiped off the map, with no way to bring them back and Tornado. Max and Chloe being are the only known unambiguous survivors]].



* MeaningfulFuneral: If you choose to let go of Chloe at the end, you are treated to such a funeral. Even Frank is paying a visit (if Chloe has let him live).

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* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler: If you choose to let go of Chloe at the end, you are treated to such a funeral. Even Frank is paying a visit (if Chloe has let him live).]]



* MentalTimeTravel: In Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max is able to travel back into the body of her 13-year-old self by looking at a photograph of that day. This enables her to save Chloe's father, altering the past five years significantly. When that doesn't pan out as well as she hoped, she undoes it and swears not to use that power again. She does this for almost half Episode 5 too]].

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* MentalTimeTravel: In Episode 3, [[spoiler:Max is able to travel back into the body of her 13-year-old self by looking at a photograph of that day. This enables her to save Chloe's father, altering the past five years significantly. When that doesn't pan out as well as she hoped, she undoes it and swears not to use that power again. She does this for almost about half Episode 5 too]].



* MortonsFork: No matter how you handle Nathan drawing a gun on Chloe, the outcome is virtually identical. If you report him, the principal calls Max's parents to tell them she lied, while Nathan deduces that it was Max who got him in trouble (presumably from the ripped photo on the floor) and angrily confronts her over it. If you don't report him, the principal instead calls Max's parents because he finds her dodging his questions suspicious, and Nathan instead confronts Max over his belief that [[HeKnowsTooMuch she has seen and heard too much]]. The choice does play into later confrontations, however.

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* MortonsFork: No matter how you handle Nathan drawing a gun on Chloe, the outcome is virtually identical. If you report him, the principal calls Max's parents to tell them she lied, while Nathan deduces that it was Max who got him in trouble (presumably from the ripped photo on the floor) and angrily confronts her over it. If you don't report him, the principal instead calls Max's parents because he finds her dodging his questions suspicious, and Nathan instead confronts Max over his belief that [[HeKnowsTooMuch she has seen and heard too much]]. The choice does play into later confrontations, however.but the immediate effect is the same.


** During an early scene in Episode 5, [[spoiler:Max tears her everyday heroes photograph in two with the words "Sorry San Francisco, but Chloe comes first". Choosing to ''Sacrifice Arcadia Bay'' has Max repeat this action on the butterfly photograph, making the same statement non verbally]].

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** During an early scene in Episode 5, [[spoiler:Max tears her everyday heroes Everyday Heroes photograph in two with the words "Sorry San Francisco, but Chloe comes first". Choosing to ''Sacrifice Arcadia Bay'' has Max repeat this action on the butterfly photograph, making the same statement non verbally]].



* GallowsHumor: [[spoiler: Mark Jefferson is a sadistic psychopath with an artist complex, but the guy can turn a clever phrase with the best of them.]]

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* GallowsHumor: [[spoiler: Mark Jefferson is a sadistic psychopath with an artist complex, but the guy can turn a clever death-related phrase with the best of them.]]



** The PsychicNosebleed in Episodes 2 and 5 only shows up when plot-relevant, and they indicate severe exhaustion of Max's powers. You can abuse your powers to your heart's content otherwise, but rewinding doesn't seem to be as taxing as [[spoiler:freezing time or traveling through photos.]]

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** The PsychicNosebleed in Episodes 2 and 5 only shows up when plot-relevant, and they indicate severe exhaustion of Max's powers. You can abuse your Max's powers to your heart's content otherwise, but rewinding doesn't seem to be as taxing as [[spoiler:freezing time or traveling through photos.]]



* GreasySpoon: The Two Whales fits the bill.

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* %%* GreasySpoon: The Two Whales fits the bill.Whales


** Also in that same area, you can find a doe that will move a few meters away from its spot once it sees you. Attempting to rewind it back to that spot will not work and Max will even comment about it. [[spoiler:It turns out that this doe is not normal.]]

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** Also in that same area, the junkyard, you can find a doe that will move a few meters away from its spot once it sees you. Attempting to rewind it back to that spot will not work and Max will even comment about it. [[spoiler:It turns out that this doe is not normal.]]



* DevilInPlainSight: The real villain is actually [[spoiler:Mark Jefferson]].

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* DevilInPlainSight: The real villain is actually [[spoiler:Mark Jefferson]].Jefferson, Max's seemingly CoolTeacher]].



** [[spoiler:The whole concept of Max's time travel is arguably this. She got her power, or discovered it, by first using it to save Chloe. This turns out to be the entire cause of the strange weather and ultimately will destroy the town, unless Chloe dies -- in which case, if that's what's needed to set things right, why give Max the power in the first place? Why make the impetus for it her saving Chloe? Why allow her to realize what life is with Chloe, what life can be, and then force her to undo it or watch as her hometown is destroyed?]] The game's explanation seems to be that, in Chloe's words, "shit just happens." However, if Max had not been able to rewind time, she would never have found out the truth about [[spoiler:Rachel Amber, or Nathan, or Jefferson.]] Chloe points this out herself in the ending.
* DisproportionateRetribution: On a cosmic level, the universe is ''really'' pissed that you saved Chloe and decides to exact payment for her life (so to speak) by [[spoiler: blowing the entire town of Arcadia Bay off the map.]] All because you saved ''one'' person.

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** [[spoiler:The whole concept of Max's time travel is arguably this. She got her power, or discovered it, by first using it to save Chloe. This turns out to be the entire root cause of the strange weather and that will ultimately will destroy the town, unless Chloe dies -- in which case, if that's what's needed to set things right, why give Max the power in the first place? Why make the impetus for it her saving Chloe? Why allow her to realize what life is with Chloe, what life can be, and then force her to undo it or watch as her hometown is destroyed?]] The game's explanation seems to be that, in Chloe's words, "shit just happens." However, if Max had not been able to rewind time, she would never have found out the truth about [[spoiler:Rachel Amber, or Nathan, or Jefferson.]] Chloe points this out herself in the ending.
* DisproportionateRetribution: On a cosmic level, the universe is ''really'' pissed that you Max saved Chloe and decides to exact payment for her life (so to speak) by [[spoiler: blowing the entire town of Arcadia Bay off the map.]] All because you she saved ''one'' person.



* ExperimentedInCollege: Max will mention this trope in her journal [[spoiler:if you kiss Chloe]].
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The entire game takes place over the course of five days.

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* ExperimentedInCollege: Max will mention this trope in her journal [[spoiler:if you kiss the player chooses the route where she kisses Chloe]].
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The entire game takes place over the course of five days. It seems longer because of Max's rewind abilities and [[spoiler: the alternate timeline.]]



* FeministFantasy: You play as a female character and half of the game's main cast are females who have as much prominence as the males.

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* FeministFantasy: You play as a female character who can rewind time and she uses this superpower to help others and catch sexual predators. Also, half of the game's main cast are females who have as much prominence as the males.


* ButterflyOfDoom: Implicitly, Max's continued use of her powers is causing odd weather events and other problems, apparently leading to a tornado destroying the town at the end of the week. This is preceded by snowfall (the game is set in early October during fairly mild weather), an unscheduled eclipse, birds and fish dying, whales beaching themselves [[spoiler:in both timelines]], and a [[spoiler:second moon appearing, which may be from the alternate timeline. Episode 5 confirms this theory - saving Chloe's life is what caused all the crazy stuff to happen, and Max can fix it by letting Chloe die]].

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* ButterflyOfDoom: Implicitly, [[spoiler: Max's continued use of her powers is causing odd weather events and other problems, apparently leading to a tornado destroying the town at the end of the week.week]]. This is preceded by snowfall (the game is set in early October during fairly mild weather), an unscheduled eclipse, birds and fish dying, whales beaching themselves [[spoiler:in both timelines]], and a [[spoiler:second moon appearing, which may be from the alternate timeline. Episode 5 confirms this theory - saving Chloe's life is what caused all the crazy stuff to happen, and Max can fix it by letting Chloe die]].



* DarkerAndEdgier: The series slowly moves into this territory, starting out as a somewhat lighthearted coming-of-age story with high school drama and a mystery to solve. As the truth behind Rachel's disappearance comes to light, things become less and less light, with Max making harder decisions and the weather events getting steadily worse. By the time we've gotten to Episode 5, the world is on the brink of destruction, and at the end of it all Max has to make quite possibly the worst decision of her life.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The series slowly moves into this territory, starting out as a somewhat lighthearted coming-of-age story with high school drama and a mystery to solve. As the truth behind Rachel's disappearance comes to light, things become less and less light, with Max making harder decisions and the weather events getting steadily worse. By the time we've gotten to Episode 5, the world town is on the brink of destruction, and at the end of it all Max has to make quite possibly the worst decision of her life.



* {{Deconstruction}}: Of being a superhero. Max's storyline is similar to a SuperheroOrigin, what with the sudden gaining of superpowers and using them to help people and prevent an impending disaster, but her powers take a serious toll on her the more she uses them and her meddling [[SelfFulfillingProphecy only brings about the disaster she hoped to prevent]]. On top of that, she's ultimately powerless to save everyone and must make a SadisticChoice [[spoiler: between saving Chloe or saving the rest of Arcadia Bay.]]

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of being a superhero. Max's storyline is similar to a SuperheroOrigin, what with the sudden gaining of superpowers and using them to help people and prevent an impending disaster, but her powers take a serious toll on her the more she uses them and her meddling [[SelfFulfillingProphecy only brings about the disaster she hoped to prevent]]. On top of that, she's ultimately powerless to save everyone and must make a SadisticChoice [[spoiler: between saving Chloe people is not as easy or saving simple as "punch out the rest of Arcadia Bay.]] villain".


* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Potentially your mindset at the end when choosing to save Chloe over Arcadia Bay.

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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Potentially your mindset at the end [[spoiler: when choosing to save Chloe over Arcadia Bay.Bay]].



** Does. Max sports at least two shirts with a doe on it. And then there is TheMarvelousDeer that occasionally pops up to guide you. WordOfGod confirmed that this doe is Rachel's presence. Note that the spot where it appears in the junkyard is exactly where [[spoiler:Rachel was buried]].
** Butterflies are associated with Chloe. The butterfly we see early on is blue like Chloe's hair and in the funeral ending the butterfly lands on Chloe's coffin. Also, Chloe has a butterfly tattoo.

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** Does. Max sports at least two shirts with a doe on it. And then Then there is TheMarvelousDeer that occasionally pops up to guide you.her. WordOfGod confirmed that this doe is Rachel's presence. Note that the spot where it appears in the junkyard is exactly where [[spoiler:Rachel was buried]].
** Butterflies are associated with Chloe. The butterfly we see early on is blue like Chloe's hair and in the [[spoiler: funeral ending the butterfly lands on Chloe's coffin.coffin]]. Also, Chloe has a butterfly tattoo.



* TheBeautifulPeople: The vast majority of the game's cast are pretty damn good-looking, with the biggest concentration of beauties naturally making up the [[TheBeautifulElite Vortex Club]]. Rachel Amber deserves special mention because no matter what her contemporaries think of her personality, everyone agress that she's drop-dead gorgeous.

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* TheBeautifulPeople: TheBeautifulElite: The vast majority of the game's cast are pretty damn good-looking, with the biggest greatest concentration of beauties naturally making makes up the [[TheBeautifulElite Vortex Club]].Club. Rachel Amber deserves special mention because no matter what her contemporaries think of her personality, everyone agress that she's drop-dead gorgeous.



* BlatantLies: Victory claims that she only posted the video of Kate because she got drunk and did it as a joke. But in Episode 2, a quite clearly sober Victoria writes the link to the video on the mirror of the girls bathroom, meaning she lied to Max's face.

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* BlatantLies: Victory Victora claims that she only posted the video of Kate because she got drunk and did it as a joke. But joke, vut in Episode 2, a quite clearly sober Victoria writes the link to the video on the mirror of the girls bathroom, meaning she lied to Max's face.



* BondageIsBad: Used to codify the villainy of both Nathan and [[spoiler:Jefferson]].

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* BondageIsBad: Used to codify the villainy of both Nathan and [[spoiler:Jefferson]].[[spoiler:Jefferson]] since they [[spoiler: tie up the girls that they drug, kidnap, and then photograph]].



* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Happens in Episode 5 because the [[spoiler: tornado is essentially an EldritchAbomination that was created when Max prevented Chloe's death by Nathan in the girl's bathroom. The only option left at the end of the game to stop the tornado from manifesting in the first place is by going back in time and letting Chloe get shot by Nathan. No other option (argued by Chloe and Max or not) can stop the tornado from destroying Arcadia Bay.]]



* BuryYourGays: An accidental implication of the endings. [[spoiler:Only in the Sacrifice Chloe ending do Max and Chloe kiss.]] WordOfGod is that they thought it was clear in the other ending that they were in love.

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* BuryYourGays: An accidental implication of the endings.endings is this trope. [[spoiler:Only in the Sacrifice Chloe ending do Max and Chloe kiss.]] WordOfGod is that they thought it was clear in the other ending that they were in love.



** The ending. [[spoiler:Sacrifice Chloe to save Arcadia Bay, or sacrifice Arcadia Bay to save Chloe?]]

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** The ending. [[spoiler:Sacrifice [[spoiler: The tornado was created when Max prevented Chloe's death by Nathan in the girl's bathroom. The only option left at the end of the game to stop the tornado from manifesting in the first place is by going back in time and letting Chloe to save get shot by Nathan. No other option (argued by Chloe and Max or not) can stop the tornado from destroying Arcadia Bay, or sacrifice Arcadia Bay to save Chloe?]]Bay.]]


* TheBeautifulPeople: The vast majority of the game's cast is pretty damn good-looking, with the biggest concentration of beauties naturally making up the [[TheBeautifulElite Vortex Club]]. Rachel Ambers deserves special mention because no matter what her contemporaries think of her personality, everyone agress that she's drop-dead gorgeous.

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* TheBeautifulPeople: The vast majority of the game's cast is are pretty damn good-looking, with the biggest concentration of beauties naturally making up the [[TheBeautifulElite Vortex Club]]. Rachel Ambers Amber deserves special mention because no matter what her contemporaries think of her personality, everyone agress that she's drop-dead gorgeous.

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*** The butterflies could also be representations of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect butterfly effect]]: the scientific concept that a small change in the beginning can have a large effect later down the line. This is commonly associated with time travel; if you mess with the past, you will change the future.


* LingerieScene: Chloe's and Max' sojourn to the Blackwell swimming pool plays out as an extended one. Chloe then has another brief one in Max' NightmareSequence while making out with Warren.



* PoolScene: The End Of The World Party in Episode 4 takes place in Blackwell's indoor swimming pool, with the bars and dance floors set up around the pool and [[WalkingSwimsuitScene lots of beautiful young bodies on display]].



* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:Despite being an ex-soldier, David really makes a pitiful showing when infiltrating the Dark Room. Not only does he begin by clearing the wrong side coming in (military protocol is to always clear the weak (left) side first), but then he gets taken out by a frickin' teacher. A psychopathic teacher who hits him with a camera tripod, granted, but David has military hand-to-hand training and a good thirty pounds of muscle on Jefferson, yet ''still'' gets taken out. This gets even worse if you cycle through all the options. Max will repeatedly warn David, but Jefferson will always run to his gun first while David oddly hesitates.]]

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* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:Despite being an ex-soldier, David really makes a pitiful showing when infiltrating the Dark Room. Not only does he begin by clearing the wrong side coming in (military protocol is to always clear the weak (left) side first), but then he gets taken out by a frickin' teacher. A psychopathic teacher who hits him with a camera tripod, granted, but David has military hand-to-hand training and a good thirty pounds of muscle on Jefferson, yet ''still'' gets taken out. This gets even worse if you cycle through all the options. Max will repeatedly warn David, but Jefferson will always run to his gun first while David oddly hesitates.]] That David is heavily implied to be an ex-Marine doesn't exactly help his case.]]


** You can choose to [[spoiler: tell Victoria she's going to be the next victim]].

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** You can choose to [[spoiler: tell Victoria she's going to be the next victim]].victim]], which, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ironically]], [[SubvertedTrope gets her killed if she believes Max]].



** [[spoiler: You can not tell Victoria about her being the next victim in Episode 4]], which, ironically, [[SuvertedTrope ends up saving her life]].

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** [[spoiler: You can not tell Victoria about her being the next victim in Episode 4]], which, ironically, [[SuvertedTrope [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ironically]], [[SubvertedTrope ends up saving her life]].


** [[spoiler: You can not tell Victoria about her being the next victim in Episode 4]].

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** [[spoiler: You can not tell Victoria about her being the next victim in Episode 4]].4]], which, ironically, [[SuvertedTrope ends up saving her life]].

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** However, it's played with a lot when it comes to events like Alyssa's regular misfortunes, Chloe being trapped on the train tracks or [[spoiler:the Two Whales diner exploding]] during Episode 5. All of them can be rewound to set things right in case Max didn't intervene in time, but they do play out in real-time again and again until you figure out the solution.


*** The first major choice you get is whether or not to let Chloe steal the money for the handicapped fund from the principal's desk. It's more than enough to pay off Frank, but that will prevent the dorms from receiving any upgrades in the next episode.

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*** The first major choice you get is whether or not to let Chloe steal the money for the handicapped fund from the principal's desk. It's more than enough to pay off Frank, but that will prevent the dorms from receiving any upgrades in the next episode. Aside from Max regretting her decision when she learns of the cancelled upgrades, it doesn't have any negative consequences during gameplay, though.


** [[spoiler:There's a much longer one in Episode 5 when you have to evade characters in order to reach the lighthouse during the NightmareSequence]].

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** [[spoiler:There's a much longer one in Episode 5 when you have to evade characters in order to reach the lighthouse during the NightmareSequence]]. That the last two optional photos are hidden in this segment can make it all the more frustrating if you're a completionist.


* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Nathan boasts of being above the law because his family owns half the town. Since reporting him to the principal does nothing, it's not an unjustified opinion. [[spoiler:Though you can get the principal to suspend him in the wake of Kate's suicide attempt, he just threatens to sue the school and treats it flippantly. His father, however, does not take it so well, and by the time you see him in Episode 3, Nathan's not in that great of a mood. Episode 3 also shows that Nathan's father has bought Nathan's record expungement on more than one occasion, and if Nathan is suspended or expelled, he threatens to pull his funding to the school unless Nathan is reinstated]].

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Nathan boasts of being above the law because his family owns half the town. Since the police is heavily implied to be on his father's payroll (the cop in the diner admits it when questioned by Max), and reporting him Nathan to the principal does nothing, it's not an unjustified opinion. [[spoiler:Though you can get the principal to suspend him in the wake of Kate's suicide attempt, he just threatens to sue the school and treats it flippantly. His father, however, does not take it so well, and by the time you see him in Episode 3, Nathan's not in that great of a mood. Episode 3 also shows that Nathan's father has bought Nathan's record expungement on more than one occasion, and if Nathan is suspended or expelled, he threatens to pull his funding to the school unless Nathan is reinstated]].


** Alyssa suffers some sort of harmless misfortune in each episode, which Max can warn her of.

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** Alyssa suffers some sort of harmless misfortune in each episode, which Max can warn her of. Her final misfortune in Episode 5 is anything but harmless, though, and will get her killed without intervention.

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** [[spoiler:Victoria]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero if you convince her that her life is in danger]] during the Vortex Club party.


** Chloe constantly refers to her stepdad as "step-dork" or "step-douche".

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** Chloe constantly refers to her stepdad as "step-dork" or "step-douche"."step-douche", and once even as "step-führer".

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** Quite a few instances happen when the tornado is devastating Arcadia Bay in Episode 5 and you choose to [[spoiler:save Chloe instead of the town]].
*** Several of Max' schoolmates are encountered on the way to the Two Whales diner, all of which will die very sudden deaths if you don't intervene in time.
*** The homeless woman behind the diner will be found dead if you didn't warn her of the coming disaster during an earlier episode, much to Max' horror.
*** The trucker who's trapped in the burning building Max has to traverse at one point must be killed to proceed, and he'll stay dead if you don't rewind afterwards.
*** Even if you managed to avoid all these deaths, [[spoiler:everyone in the city dies anyway when the town is wiped off the map, with no way to bring them back and Max and Chloe being the only known survivors]].

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** In Episode 5, when Max desperately needs a photo that Warren shot the night before, she drives a long way through the murderous storm to find him. Granted, the photo in question is a Polaroid, but the game never gives a reason why Max' powers wouldn't work just as well with a digital image, so Warren could've just taken a shot of the physical photo with his smartphone and sent it to Max.


** The achievement photos can vary on being obvious to somewhat obscure, and several need to be taken from specific angles. The game does offer hints in the placeholder photographs, but these can be hit or miss. For example, the first photo in Episode 3 requires taking a picture of a figurine in Victoria's room. What it doesn't tell you is that the figurine is glow-in-the-dark, which you learn by rifling through the trash and finding the box it came in. Then you have to trigger that effect by shining your light on it for a few seconds. The object isn't even selectable until you've made it glow, so players might pass right over it as a mere background element without realizing it.

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** The achievement photos can vary on being obvious to somewhat obscure, and several need to be taken from specific angles. The game does offer hints in the placeholder photographs, but these can be hit or miss. For example, the first photo in Episode 3 requires taking a picture of a figurine in Victoria's room. What it doesn't tell you is that the figurine is glow-in-the-dark, which you learn by rifling through the trash and finding the box it came in. Then you have to trigger that effect by shining your light on it for a few seconds. The object isn't even selectable until you've made it glow, so players might pass right over it as a mere background element without realizing it. Probably the most sadistic examples are the final photos in Episode 5. They're very well hidden in the nightmare sequences, which are not only much more difficult to navigate than any other part of the game, but also the last place you'd even suspect to contain photo opportunities because, you know, it's a living nightmare where taking photos is the least of anyone's worries.


** The game starts with Max's very first