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* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:The Glam Metal "ending" has Paradigm suggest this, and Olof agree. Cue CrapsaccharineWorld of glam metal, professional wrestling, and excess enforced by "light torture".]]


* MoonLogicPuzzle: Being a humorous surrealist point-and-click adventure game, this trope is a given. Bonus points for tons of red herrings to throw you off. Example: getting a decapitated head of a policeman to gain access to the drug dealer's house in itself requires about half an hour's worth of gameplay spent exploring and looking for unlikely parts in unlikely places.

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* MoonLogicPuzzle: Being Downplayed; being a humorous surrealist point-and-click adventure game, this trope is a given. Bonus points given, but the puzzles are sensible once you start thinking about unlikely but reasonable uses for tons unlikely objects. There are, however, plenty of red herrings to throw you off. Example: getting a decapitated head of a policeman to gain access to the drug dealer's house in itself requires about half an hour's worth of gameplay spent exploring and looking for unlikely parts in unlikely places.


* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain forbidden mouse hole.]]


* RunningGag: Many times when using the "Pick up" option on objects, Paradigm will say a cheesy pick up line instead of picking up the object.

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Many times when using the "Pick up" option on objects, Paradigm will say a cheesy pick up line instead of picking up the object.object.
** Nipples are frequently used in the game's jokes, which Paradigm notes.

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* UnlockableContent: Parodied. The [[spoiler:final]] chapter is locked through a literal paywall where you either pay or unlock it through an exorbitant number of clicks. You can unlock it by [[spoiler:telling an old lady to pay the chapter for you]] or [[spoiler:do the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 10,000 clicks]] on the spot]].

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* HairMetal: With an entire religion based around it!


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* MakeTheBearAngryAgain: There are mentions of a "Neo-Soviet Union" which was active in Krusz until its dissolution. How scary they actually were is up to debate, seeing as they built a butt-shaped nuclear missile silo and a [[spoiler:space station]] partially made of a pickle jar, among other things.


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* MisplacedAccent: Olof. He's a sloth living in Eastern Europe who was genetically engineered by a Swedish businessman... and he has a ''British accent'' for some reason.


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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: ZigZagged. Some characters (for example Paradigm or the rebel leader) speak with various light Eastern European or Russian accents. Others (like Secretary Knight or the Cupcake Salesperson) don't bother.


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* SlobsVersusSnobs: Paradigm's slob vs. Olof's snob.


''Paradigm'' is a comedic, surreal [[PointAndClickGame point-and-click adventure video game]] made as an homage to classic adventure games such as ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' and ''VideoGame/GrimFandango''. The titular Paradigm’s unfortunate life begins at DUPA Genetics, a company who sells [[DesignerBaby prodigy children]] to the rich and powerful who don’t want to leave their inheritance to their poor excuse for biological children. However something went wrong during Paradigm’s growing process and he was left horribly mutated. To save their reputation, DUPA dumped the hideous infant in a broken down power plant in the apocalyptic Eastern European country of Krusz, forcing him to fend for himself. Paradigm didn’t let this get him down and found solace in music. He dreams of becoming the best electronic music artist the world has ever seen! Unfortunately his past is set to catch up with him and he must reluctantly step up as the world’s saviour. When really he just wants to make some "phat beatsies" and finish his latest EP.

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''Paradigm'' (Cyrillic: Пaрaдигмa) is a comedic, surreal [[PointAndClickGame point-and-click adventure video game]] made as an homage to classic adventure games such as ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' and ''VideoGame/GrimFandango''. The titular Paradigm’s unfortunate life begins at DUPA Genetics, a company who sells [[DesignerBaby prodigy children]] to the rich and powerful who don’t want to leave their inheritance to their poor excuse for biological children. However something went wrong during Paradigm’s growing process and he was left horribly mutated. To save their reputation, DUPA dumped the hideous infant in a broken down power plant in the apocalyptic Eastern European country of Krusz, forcing him to fend for himself. Paradigm didn’t let this get him down and found solace in music. He dreams of becoming the best electronic music artist the world has ever seen! Unfortunately his past is set to catch up with him and he must reluctantly step up as the world’s saviour. When really he just wants to make some "phat beatsies" and finish his latest EP.


* MoonLogicPuzzle: Being a surrealist point-and-click adventure game, this trope is a given. Bonus points for tons of red herrings to throw you off. Example: getting a decapitated head of a policeman to gain access to the drug dealer's house in itself requires about half an hour's worth of gameplay spent exploring and looking for unlikely parts in unlikely places.

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* MoonLogicPuzzle: Being a humorous surrealist point-and-click adventure game, this trope is a given. Bonus points for tons of red herrings to throw you off. Example: getting a decapitated head of a policeman to gain access to the drug dealer's house in itself requires about half an hour's worth of gameplay spent exploring and looking for unlikely parts in unlikely places.

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* MoonLogicPuzzle: Being a surrealist point-and-click adventure game, this trope is a given. Bonus points for tons of red herrings to throw you off. Example: getting a decapitated head of a policeman to gain access to the drug dealer's house in itself requires about half an hour's worth of gameplay spent exploring and looking for unlikely parts in unlikely places.


* FreezeFrameBonus: The PAGST Membership Card is only seen up close for about two seconds but features several of these.
--> PAGST - people against generally shitty things.
--> Honourary Membership: Parryadigmy ♥
--> One free cupcake at Cuppy Cakes. 15% off Personality reconstructions ("Your personality is bland and terrible"). One free punch in the face.



* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: The rebel leader appears pretty tough but she also swoons over her boyfriend and writes Paradigm's name on his PAGST membership card as "Pawwradigmy".

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* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: The rebel leader appears pretty tough but she also swoons over her boyfriend and writes Paradigm's name on his PAGST membership card as "Pawwradigmy"."Parryadigmy" with a little heart over the I.


* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Set in 2026.



* BodyHorror: Aside from Paradigm himself, the [[spoiler: scientist guy comes back from teleportation with his limbs reversed and his head attached to his stomach.]]

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* AwesomeAussie: John 3000 has a thick Australian accent. The "awesome" part, however, is [[JerkAss questionable.]]
* BaitAndSwitch: When visiting the Butt Observatory, [[spoiler:Paradigm will suddenly see his home blow up in a nuclear explosion, which melts off his face. Turns out John 3000 was just sending him an audiovisual hallucination to mess with him.]]
** The IT technician appears to be a friendly and beautiful woman... but she's suddenly revealed to be a hologram covering an ugly and unpleasant, stereotypical nerd.
** [[TrailersAlwaysLie The game's trailer]] begins with Paradigm explaining that he's an alien who came to Earth with Olof to teach humans peace and alien lovemaking, before admitting that he's lying.
* BalefulPolymorph: Averted. The Glam Metal Messiah actually loves being in the form of a pug.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain forbidden mouse hole.]]
* BlackComedy: Every part of the game that isn't SurrealHumor is full of this.
* BodyHorror: Aside from Paradigm himself, the [[spoiler: scientist [[spoiler:scientist guy comes back from teleportation with his limbs reversed and his head attached to his stomach.]]]]
* BrainBleach: Due to [[spoiler:watching Paradigm through a CCTV system]], Olof apparently saw what Paradigm does alone when he thinks no one is watching. His reaction is... telling.
* CastOfSnowflakes: No two characters are alike.
* CatchPhrase: Paradigm consistently refers to his tunes as "phat beatsies" and likes to reference them a lot.



* CloningBlues: Averted. Paradigm destroys his clones without a second thought after they served their purpose. Admittedly, they were completely braindead.
* CloudCuckoolander: Several cast members are more than a little loony, but most notably Space Cadet, the local drug addict.



* DeadpanSnarker: Paradigm is quite snarky.



* FetchQuest: At one point, Paradigm has to collect [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext the scientist's limbs from around DUPA Genetics HQ]]]].



* GuardianOfTheMultiverse: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] with the Keeper of the Multiverse. He's actually a massive {{Troll}} who kills his time by telling dad jokes to anyone trying to teleport, and by starting to answer if you ask him the big questions of life, [[BaitAndSwitch only to teleport you out before he finishes.]]
* HollywoodHacking: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied.]] When Paradigm "hacks" the Head Mart terminal, a big flashy animation of a scaling neon grid plays, complete with a "Hacking" progress bar and UsefulNotes/{{Synthwave}} music playing in the background... then it's revealed that he just guessed [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish the ridiculously easy password]].



* KillerRobot: Olof sends one after Paradigm to dispose of him. Fortunately, it's dumb as a bag of rocks.



* LaResistance: The PAGST ([[FunWithAcronyms People Against Generally Shitty Things]]) are an organization devoted to taking down DUPA Genetics and preventing them from taking over the world... however, there is absolutely no evidence that it has any other members than the slightly loopy leader and her mutated cat.



* NoNameGiven: The rebel leader is only ever referred to as such.



** Happens just as [[spoiler: Paradigm finds the floppy. Naturally he can no longer get inside the plant to use it.]]
** The evil water cooler will stop you leaving the DUPA office until you [[spoiler: drink him.]]

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** Happens just as [[spoiler: Paradigm [[spoiler:Paradigm finds the floppy. Naturally he can no longer get inside the plant to use it.]]
** The evil water cooler will stop you leaving the DUPA office until you [[spoiler: drink [[spoiler:drink him.]]



** Later at [[spoiler: DUPA he uses a little electronic device with pixel icons.]]

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** Later at [[spoiler: DUPA [[spoiler:DUPA he uses a little electronic device with pixel icons.]]



* PunchClockVillain: Everybody working at DUPA Genetics are just doing their jobs (or sometimes [[TheSlacker not even that]]), none of them have any honest wish for world domination save for [[BigBad Olof.]]
* RadiationImmuneMutants: At least half of the cast is horribly mutated from all the nuclear waste stored underneath Krusz, but they seem to be doing fine otherwise. The cupcake salesperson in particular takes this trope UpToEleven - she has become so accustomed to radiation that she actually needs it to survive - she's breathing pure plutonium.



* RunningGag: Many times when using the "Pick up" option on objects, Paradigm will say a cheesy pick up line instead of picking up the object.



* SchizoTech: In Krusz, computers run on floppy disks... and there's genetic engineering.
* SuperiorSuccessor: [[spoiler:Olof's beefs against Paradigm is being the legitimate successor for his dead owner. The reason of death for DUPA's founder also implies that he died from the issue that Paradigm is capable of tolerating, [[BlackComedy diabetes]].]]

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* SchizoTech: In Krusz, computers run on floppy disks... and there's genetic engineering.
engineering. One room also has both a magnetic tape computer and a teleporter.
* SuperiorSuccessor: [[spoiler:Olof's beefs against SelfDeprecation: Paradigm is being doesn't have a very high opinion of himself. References to his sedentary lifestyle, romantic bad luck and RidiculousProcrastinator tendencies abound.
* ShaggyDogStory: The ''entire'' [[spoiler:first half of
the legitimate successor for his dead owner. game turns out to be this. The reason power plant was never under any threat of death for DUPA's founder also implies that he died from the issue that nuclear meltdown, it was just a lie John 3000 fed to Paradigm is capable to get him out of tolerating, [[BlackComedy diabetes]].the house so he can have his dates over.]]



** The [[spoiler: scientist's body parts]] reassemble Voltron-style. There's even a short ArtShift to make it more {{Animesque}}.
* SuperiorSuccessor: [[spoiler:Olof's beefs against Paradigm is being the legitimate successor for his dead owner. The reason of death for DUPA's founder also implies that he died from the issue that Paradigm is capable of tolerating, [[BlackComedy diabetes]].]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The drug dealer's manor features a colossal sign reading "NOT A DRUG DEALER". He is also consistently referred to as "Not a Drug Dealer".
* TakeThat
** Prodigy Children as a whole are a big TakeThat to parents who want their children to pursue the "right" goals in life and consider art degrees useless.
** On the other hand, the game pulls no punches on [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible pretentious artists]] either, most notably during [[spoiler:the dungeon sequence.]]
** Towards the end there is a massive TakeThat to pay-to-win games and developers who release crucial content as [=DLCs=]. [[spoiler: Paradigm has to scam somebody out of her money to buy a DLC that allows him to fight Olof.]]
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: [[spoiler: At one point, Paradigm convinces a robot to ''commit suicide.'']]
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: The rebel leader appears pretty tough but she also swoons over her boyfriend and writes Paradigm's name on his PAGST membership card as "Pawwradigmy".



* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Apple Head and the other [[spoiler:reject Prodigy Children]] definitely seem to think so. If Paradigm asks her what true art is, she responds with an incoherent growl and notes that true artists have moved beyond human language.
* UnusualPetsForUnusualPeople: The rebel leader owns a [[MultipleHeadCase two-headed,]] telepathic cat.



* WeaksauceWeakness: The Cone TM [[spoiler: is afraid of flying cones]].

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* WeaksauceWeakness: The Cone TM [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is afraid of flying cones]].cones]].
** Olof [[spoiler:can't resist climbing trees. Fitting, as he's a sloth.]]

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* CrapsackWorld: Krusz is an absolute hellhole. The only way to bear it is through vodka, nonchalant apathy and [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs surrealism]].


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* {{Ruritania}}: Krusz, the apocalyptic Eastern European country the game is set in, plays up every single stereotype about the region for the sake of SurrealHumor. The total population of the country is allegedly five people, one of which is the local drug addict and the other the country's only drug dealer, texts are randomly in English, Polish or Russian, the "Neo-Soviet Union" built a nuclear silo in the country, and the entire region is full of radioactive waste. That doesn't explain the knight secretary or the candy-vomiting sloth, of course...


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* SchizoTech: In Krusz, computers run on floppy disks... and there's genetic engineering.


* WeaksauceWeakness: The Cone [[spoiler: is afraid of flying cones]].

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* WeaksauceWeakness: The Cone TM [[spoiler: is afraid of flying cones]].

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