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* StylisticSuck: The Harfest play which Bea ropes Mae into performing is this, even if you choose to try and follow along with the script, likely due to the numerous rewrites it suffered over the years. Mae, Gregg, and the Janitor frequently break character; Bea can barely contain the contempt she feels about having to narrate the whole fiasco, and while Danny and Bill both get their lines right, their performance is more wooden than the store countertop they're using as a stage.

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* StylisticSuck: The Harfest play which Bea ropes Mae into performing is this, even if you choose to try and follow along with the script, likely due to the numerous rewrites it suffered over the years. Mae, Gregg, and the Janitor frequently break character; Bea can barely contain the contempt she feels about having to narrate the whole fiasco, and while Danny and Bill both get their lines right, their performance is more wooden than the store countertop they're using as a stage. Even Germ's additional street friends and the trolley system tunnel kids make up the audience and laugh at how hilarious this performance is if Mae gets her lines right in the ''Weird Autumn Edition''.


** When Mae first encounters the City Council, they discuss the issue on what to do with a statue of a war soldier (most likely Mae's ancestor), whether they should keep it or take it down for the sake of funding or attracting new businesses. This could be reminiscent on the issue on what to do with the Confederate statues or flags in the afermath of the Charleston church shooting in 2015.

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** When Mae first encounters the City Council, they discuss the issue on what to do with a statue of a war soldier (most likely Mae's ancestor), whether they should keep it or take it down for the sake of funding or attracting new businesses. This could be reminiscent on the issue on what to do with the Confederate statues or flags in the afermath aftermath of the Charleston church shooting in 2015.

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** When Mae first encounters the City Council, they discuss the issue on what to do with a statue of a war soldier (most likely Mae's ancestor), whether they should keep it or take it down for the sake of funding or attracting new businesses. This could be reminiscent on the issue on what to do with the Confederate statues or flags in the afermath of the Charleston church shooting in 2015.

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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Mae (choleric), Bea (melancholic), Gregg (sanguine), and Angus (phlegmatic)


** Played straight when the [[spoiler:cultists explain why they aren't killing Mae and her friends, especially when Mae threatens to go and tell the police; they're getting old, and they need a new generation to pick up where they left off and kill the Black Goat. Mae and her friends are outright disgusted, with Bea asking how many of the cultists actually used to be miners.]]

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** Played straight when the [[spoiler:cultists explain why they aren't killing Mae and her friends, especially when Mae threatens to go and tell the police; they're getting old, and they need a new generation to pick up where they left off and kill for the Black Goat. Mae and her friends are outright disgusted, with Bea asking how many of the cultists actually used to be miners.]]

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*** Mae can jump three times her own height and walk on power lines, because she's a cat.


** Mr. Chazokov tells Mae during a stargazing session that the gods in the legends they discus are just metaphors for unfortunate things that can't be controlled (such as death, disease, natural disasters, etc.). [[spoiler:As is the Black Goat, metafictionally.]]

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** Mr. Chazokov tells Mae during a stargazing session that the gods in the legends they discus discuss are just metaphors for unfortunate things that can't be controlled (such as death, disease, natural disasters, etc.). [[spoiler:As is the Black Goat, metafictionally.]]


[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome If only I could die anywhere else]]\\

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[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic If only I could die anywhere else]]\\

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* EtherealChoir[=/=]ForDoomTheBellTolls: In ''Demontower'', you get this chilling music that plays when you get to the final battle with the Blood Thief.


* CrystalDragonJesus: Sort of, and sort of an InterfaithSmoothie. Popes and Sunday School at church exist, as do Halloween and Easter (but not Christmas, which is replaced with "Longest Night", some sort of winter solstice festival), and a video cover associates crosses with a priest. Yet, despite having a statue out of a pope outside, Mae's church has the primary symbol of an eight-pointed star and a female pastor who refers to God with the gender-neutral pronoun "They". A local "Virgin Mary"-style shrine also has a flame symbol on it. Mae got in trouble at Sunday School for getting mad about the story of the Broken Snake, the first thing that talked. One of their Saints is known to breathe fire [[ImAHumanitarian and eat people...]] okay, that last one is disprovable by historical records. Except the last part.

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* CrystalDragonJesus: Sort of, and sort of an InterfaithSmoothie. Popes and Sunday School at church exist, as do Halloween and Easter (but not Christmas, which is replaced with "Longest Night", some sort of winter solstice festival), and a video cover associates crosses with a priest. Yet, despite having a statue out of a pope outside, Mae's church has the primary symbol of an eight-pointed star and a female pastor who refers to God with the gender-neutral pronoun "They". A local "Virgin Mary"-style shrine also has a flame symbol on it. Mae got in trouble at Sunday School for getting mad about the story of the Broken Snake, the first thing that talked. One of their Saints is known to breathe fire [[ImAHumanitarian and eat people...]] people]]... okay, that last one is disprovable by historical records. Except the last part.



* DisneyAcidSequence: Mae's dreams get trippier and trippier about Possum Springs falling further into ruin with each dream. In the ''Weird Autumn Edition'', both the band practices and the guitar-playing in Mae's room are kind of in space, with the "Pumpkin Head Guy" video in the former getting creepy visuals, and the latter's songs showing Mae floating and playing guitar in space with trippy visuals around her.



** [[spoiler:The cult's willingness to sacrifice those who "won't be missed" to the Black Goat, in order to cling to whatever prosperity they have left,]] is a pretty blatant allegory for real-life people willing to throw minorities and outcasts under the bus for the same reason. This is [[LampshadeHanging noted by the characters,]] one of whom outright calls them [[spoiler:a death cult of conservative uncles.]]

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** [[spoiler:The cult's willingness to sacrifice those who "won't be missed" to the Black Goat, in order to cling to whatever prosperity they have left,]] is a pretty blatant allegory for real-life people willing to throw minorities and outcasts under the bus for the same reason. This is [[LampshadeHanging noted by the characters,]] characters]], one of whom outright calls them [[spoiler:a death cult of conservative uncles.]]uncles]].


*** In the pit, Mae has to cause a pile of logs to slip by jumping on one to break it loose. [[spoiler: Mae breaks a fallen tree with Gregg in his third hangout, as well as breaking a branch in Bea's investigation quest]].
*** In the playground it's possible to spin the pirate ship's wheel by jumping near it. [[spoiler: Repeat this with the three windmills around Towne Centre to release their payloads, and you get more lines of dialogue with Angus during his investigation quest.]]
** There are hints that Mae suffers from [[spoiler:serious mental health issues]] very early on. If you open the options menu early in the game, you can see some rather obvious and hollow-sounding [[spoiler:psychologist-speak]] phrases written in the diary, such as "Count to ten!" "Take a deep breath!" and "I.P.S - Identify possible solutions!" [[spoiler:The diary is the closest thing Mae got to treatment after suffering a serious breakdown:her parents had no option but to take her to the town doctor, a jack-of-all-trades whose strength was definitely ''not'' in psychology or psychiatry]].

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*** In the pit, Mae has to cause a pile of logs to slip by jumping on one to break it loose. [[spoiler: Mae breaks a fallen tree with Gregg in his third hangout, as well as breaking a branch in Bea's investigation quest]].
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*** In the playground it's possible to spin the pirate ship's wheel by jumping near it. [[spoiler: Repeat this with the three four windmills around Towne Centre (three in Part 2, and one in Part 3) to release their payloads, and you get more lines of dialogue with Angus during his investigation quest.]]
** There are hints that Mae suffers from [[spoiler:serious mental health issues]] very early on. If you open the options menu early in the game, you can see some rather obvious and hollow-sounding [[spoiler:psychologist-speak]] phrases written in the diary, such as "Count to ten!" "Take a deep breath!" and "I.P.S - Identify possible solutions!" [[spoiler:The diary is the closest thing Mae got to treatment after suffering a serious breakdown:her parents had no option but to take her to the town doctor, a jack-of-all-trades whose strength was definitely ''not'' in psychology or psychiatry]].psychiatry.]]


** The "Accidentally Good Dinner" achievement ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCDnv00dq3g see video]]) can be a bit tricky if you want to make dinner for Bea and her dad. The solution: [[spoiler:pick out the cream of chicken soup from the canned section, mac 'n cheese from the boxed section, and biscuits from the frozen section, and ask your dad for chicken from the meat section (you'll have to talk to Bea once you've got the item from each of the three sections). Oh, and don't pick out the Bakey Shakey from the Special section, [[CordonBleughChef or you'll ruin a "good" dinner]].]]

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** The "Accidentally Good Dinner" achievement ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCDnv00dq3g see video]]) can be a bit tricky if you want to make dinner for Bea and her dad. The solution: [[spoiler:pick There are four good recipes out the cream of chicken soup from the canned section, mac 'n cheese from the boxed section, and biscuits from the frozen section, and ask your dad for chicken from the meat section (you'll have to talk to Bea once you've got the item from each dozens of the three sections). Oh, and don't pick out the Bakey Shakey from the Special section, [[CordonBleughChef or you'll ruin a "good" dinner]].]]possible combinations of ingredients.


** The "Accidentally Good Dinner" achievement ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCDnv00dq3g see video]]) can be a bit tricky if you want to make dinner for Bea and her dad. The solution: [[spoiler:pick out the cream of chicken soup from the canned section, mac 'n cheese from the boxed section, and biscuits from the frozen section, and ask your dad for chicken from the meat section (you'll have to talk to Bea once you've got the item from each of the three sections). Oh, and don't pick out the Shakey Bakey from the Special section, [[CordonBleughChef or you'll ruin a "good" dinner]].]]

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** The "Accidentally Good Dinner" achievement ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCDnv00dq3g see video]]) can be a bit tricky if you want to make dinner for Bea and her dad. The solution: [[spoiler:pick out the cream of chicken soup from the canned section, mac 'n cheese from the boxed section, and biscuits from the frozen section, and ask your dad for chicken from the meat section (you'll have to talk to Bea once you've got the item from each of the three sections). Oh, and don't pick out the Bakey Shakey Bakey from the Special section, [[CordonBleughChef or you'll ruin a "good" dinner]].]]
** Another GuideDangIt: The questions the Thryy Wyrd Tyyns ask you when you first meet them on the cliff near the First Coalescence Church, about which spooky thing you have encountered in your life. [[spoiler:From the clue on your journal and at the beginning of the game, the answer is obvious: a shipwreck.]] Also, about what God is like: [[spoiler:it foreshadows what you will meet in the final dream in Part III (the Sky Cat), and it is "uncaring and distant".
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* CordonBleughChef: Mae can pick up all sorts of bizarre ingredients at the grocery store. Both Bea and her dad can comment on how awful her choices are.

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* CordonBleughChef: Mae can pick up all sorts of bizarre ingredients at the grocery store. Both Bea and her dad can comment on how awful her choices are. A bit subverted, though, if Mae makes the "correct" choice of ingredients for dinner, which is a bit of a GuideDangIt if you want to get the "Accidentally Good Dinner" achievement (see below).


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** The "Accidentally Good Dinner" achievement ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCDnv00dq3g see video]]) can be a bit tricky if you want to make dinner for Bea and her dad. The solution: [[spoiler:pick out the cream of chicken soup from the canned section, mac 'n cheese from the boxed section, and biscuits from the frozen section, and ask your dad for chicken from the meat section (you'll have to talk to Bea once you've got the item from each of the three sections). Oh, and don't pick out the Shakey Bakey from the Special section, [[CordonBleughChef or you'll ruin a "good" dinner]].]]


** {{The Dragon}}'s flaw is [[spoiler:his obsessive watching over Mae and her friends when they go ghost-hunting, and his targeting her specifically. While Angus, Bea and Gregg are skeptical that it's the same figure that Mae chased on Harfest, she identifies him and is further convinced that he has something to do with the kidnapping. It's notable that in the climax he attacks Mae when Gregg was the one who shot him with the crossbow. When he attacks Mae from the mine elevator, Angus smashes his head and cuts off his arm using the elevator.]]

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** {{The Dragon}}'s TheDragon's flaw is [[spoiler:his obsessive watching over Mae and her friends when they go ghost-hunting, and his targeting her specifically. While Angus, Bea and Gregg are skeptical that it's the same figure that Mae chased on Harfest, she identifies him and is further convinced that he has something to do with the kidnapping. It's notable that in the climax he attacks Mae when Gregg was the one who shot him with the crossbow. When he attacks Mae from the mine elevator, Angus smashes his head and cuts off his arm using the elevator.]]



** Two of the quotes from Grandpa's ghost stories in the intro. The specific quotes are [[spoiler: "They feared death, so they ate the young.", foreshadowing how the cult would sacrifice the young and directionless to preserve themselves and the town,]] and [[spoiler: "They went looking for the gods, and died in lonely places.", foreshadowing how the cult, after seeking the Black Goat, ends up trapped inside the abandoned mine.]]

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** Two of the quotes from Grandpa's ghost stories in the intro. The specific quotes are [[spoiler: "They feared death, so they ate the young.", foreshadowing how the cult would sacrifice the young and directionless to preserve themselves and the town,]] and [[spoiler: "They went looking for the gods, and died in lonely places.", places", foreshadowing how the cult, after seeking the Black Goat, ends up trapped inside the abandoned mine.]]



** Pentagrams are seen in a few places, such as the Demontower minigame or the secret handshake used by the cute girl at the party. [[spoiler: One final five-pointed star forms from the wooden supports in the mine shaft]].

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** Pentagrams are seen in a few places, such as the Demontower minigame or the secret handshake used by the cute girl at the party. [[spoiler: One final five-pointed star forms from the wooden supports in the mine shaft]].shaft.]]



*** In the playground it's possible to spin the pirate ship's wheel by jumping near it. [[spoiler: Repeat this with the four windmills around Towne Centre to release their payloads, and you get more lines of dialogue with Angus during his investigation quest]].

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*** In the playground it's possible to spin the pirate ship's wheel by jumping near it. [[spoiler: Repeat this with the four three windmills around Towne Centre to release their payloads, and you get more lines of dialogue with Angus during his investigation quest]].quest.]]

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