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* LegoGenetics: 'Hybrids' are commonplace thanks to gene splicing technology allowing hybridization between human and animal DNA - though they are subject to serious FantasticRacism.



* PettingZooPeople: 'Hybrids' are commonplace thanks to gene splicing technology allowing hybridization between human and animal DNA - though they are subject to serious FantasticRacism.


* KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler: Hayden, Charlie Nova and Shotaro Otsuka]].

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* KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler: Hayden, [[spoiler:Hayden, Charlie Nova and Shotaro Otsuka]].



* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler: TOMCAT. The one you and Turing interact with in-game is actually the younger sibling of the original, now deceased, TOMCAT.]]
* LeitMotif: All of the main characters have one, specifically those who [[spoiler: can help you in the final mission.]] Just about the only central character who doesn't is the protagonist.

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* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler: TOMCAT.[[spoiler:TOMCAT. The one you and Turing interact with in-game is actually the younger sibling of the original, now deceased, TOMCAT.]]
* LeitMotif: All of the main characters have one, specifically those who [[spoiler: can [[spoiler:can help you in the final mission.]] Just about the only central character who doesn't is the protagonist.



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler: The ending of the Media Arc sees Charlie Nova killed after his cab drives into the bay, and Nonya getting run over by a truck right in front of you and Turing.]]

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The ending of the Media Arc sees Charlie Nova killed after his cab drives into the bay, and Nonya getting run over by a truck right in front of you and Turing.]]



* TheMessiah: [[spoiler: Turing to the uplifted ROM-kind, in the GoldenEnding. They find it extremely overwhelming, and the epilogue is based around them trying to take a break from a job they have no idea how to do. Despite this, everyone has confidence that they'll grow into the role eventually.]]
* MoodSwinger: in Chapter 3/4, Turing [[spoiler: after learning about Hayden's death falls into this somewhat as they deals with their grief, putting on a face of their same idealistic (though subdued) determination, but bursting into harsh anger or sudden bouts of sullenness at random times - even snapping at the player for asking them to explain background details. By Chapter 5, they largely put it behind them.]]
* MotiveRant: Most major characters will have a tragic scene once they trust you enough, where they finally let their walls down and rant about how they became the people they are - usually accompanied by dark music or no music at all. Some of these happen through the plot, some of them you have to dig in side conversations for. [[spoiler: Even PsychoForHire Dekker has one, which dominates most of his boss fight.]]

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* MeaningfulName: Tomcat is the term for a bisexual androgynous woman. While we don't know their sexuality, TOMCAT is androgynous, and their voice is clearly feminine.
* TheMessiah: [[spoiler: Turing [[spoiler:Turing to the uplifted ROM-kind, in the GoldenEnding. They find it extremely overwhelming, and the epilogue is based around them trying to take a break from a job they have no idea how to do. Despite this, everyone has confidence that they'll grow into the role eventually.]]
* MoodSwinger: in Chapter 3/4, Turing [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after learning about Hayden's death falls into this somewhat as they deals with their grief, putting on a face of their same idealistic (though subdued) determination, but bursting into harsh anger or sudden bouts of sullenness at random times - even snapping at the player for asking them to explain background details. By Chapter 5, they largely put it behind them.]]
* MotiveRant: Most major characters will have a tragic scene once they trust you enough, where they finally let their walls down and rant about how they became the people they are - usually accompanied by dark music or no music at all. Some of these happen through the plot, some of them you have to dig in side conversations for. [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even PsychoForHire Dekker has one, which dominates most of his boss fight.]]


* ForTheEvil: [[spoiler: Dekker admits that his extremely [[LargeHam hammy]] evil android thing is cliche, but that he really, really enjoys doing it.]]

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* ForTheEvil: ForTheEvulz: [[spoiler: Dekker admits that his extremely [[LargeHam hammy]] evil android thing is cliche, but that he really, really enjoys doing it.]]


* InnocentlyInsensitive: Turing during the opening chapters. Amoung other things, they cheerfully comment that you're the type to neglect your pot plant (which up until then you've been trying hard to take good care of) and are completely shocked at your choice of an ancient laptop (you're [[StarvingArtist too poor]] to afford anything else). Though this is due to their lack of human exposure - they drop this habit totally as they interact with people over the course of the game. [[spoiler: However, in the A New Blue ending, Turing gleefully comments on the fact that you've been a horrible person to them the entire time (which is actually true).]]

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: Turing during the opening chapters. Amoung other things, they cheerfully comment that you're the type to neglect your pot plant (which up until then (you have the option to protest that you've been trying hard always remembered to take good care of) water it regularly, although this is an actively harmful decision since it's a succulent) and are completely shocked at your choice of an ancient laptop (you're [[StarvingArtist too poor]] to afford anything else). Though this is due to their lack of human exposure - they drop this habit totally as they interact with people over the course of the game. [[spoiler: However, in the A New Blue ending, Turing gleefully comments on the fact that you've been a horrible person to them the entire time (which is actually true).]]


The free "Read Only Memories EX" DLC was released on January 22, 2016. EX adds a PlayableEpilogue chapter that is accessible after obtaining Ending 1.

The game's UpdatedRerelease (and console debut for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 and UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita) "2064: Read Only Memories" was released on January 17, 2017. It was released again on August 14, 2018, for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch as "2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL" with an extended epilogue and new "PUNKS" side-story exclusive to this version.

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The free "Read Only Memories EX" DLC was released on January 22, 2016. EX 2016 and adds a PlayableEpilogue chapter that is accessible after obtaining Ending 1.

The game's UpdatedRerelease (and console debut for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 and UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita) "2064: ''2064: Read Only Memories" Memories'' was released on January 17, 2017. It was released again on August 14, 2018, for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch as "2064: ''2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL" INTEGRAL'' with an extended epilogue and new "PUNKS" side-story exclusive to this version.

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* SnowMeansLove: After you interrogate the taggers, they leave to go get dinner and watch a movie, and despite Chad's earlier bluster his tone is much sweeter as they walk off. After they leave, the weather control ROM resumes creating snow, as if to confirm that this is, indeed, a date.


The game's UpdatedRerelease (and console debut for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 and UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita) "2064: Read Only Memories" was released on January 17, 2017. It was released again on August 14, 2018 for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch as "2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL" with an extended epilogue and new "PUNKS" side-story exclusive to this version.

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The game's UpdatedRerelease (and console debut for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 and UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita) "2064: Read Only Memories" was released on January 17, 2017. It was released again on August 14, 2018 2018, for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch as "2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL" with an extended epilogue and new "PUNKS" side-story exclusive to this version.



** [[spoiler:Played with Baby Blue, which messed with the mesh only because it wanted to make sure it survived.]]
* AmbiguousGender: Several characters use they/them/their as pronouns and present androgynously; especially notable for TOMCAT, as [[spoiler: what is hinted to be their actual name, 'Julian Thomas' is unisex]]. This is also played with and discussed with Turing, who is usually gendered male by humans because of their blue casing and their namesake, but has no real preference on gender themselves.

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** [[spoiler:Played [[spoiler: Played with Baby Blue, which messed with the mesh only because it wanted to make sure it survived.]]
* AmbiguousGender: Several characters use they/them/their as pronouns and present androgynously; especially notable for TOMCAT, as [[spoiler: what is hinted to be their actual name, 'Julian Thomas' is unisex]]. This is also played with and discussed with Turing, who is usually gendered male by humans because of their blue casing and their namesake, namesake but has no real preference on gender themselves.



* AngerBornOfWorry: Lexi, after you and Turing are [[spoiler:attacked while snooping in Hayden's apartment]]. Though if the two of you had [[spoiler:snuck in without her permission]], then there's a fair bit of regular anger mixed in there too.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The "PUNKS" side story in the INTEGRAL version covers [[spoiler:Starfucker and Oli on the day they decided to tag Hayden's apartment]].

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* AngerBornOfWorry: Lexi, after you and Turing are [[spoiler:attacked [[spoiler: attacked while snooping in Hayden's apartment]]. Though if the two of you had [[spoiler:snuck [[spoiler: snuck in without her permission]], then there's a fair bit of regular anger mixed in there too.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The "PUNKS" side story in the INTEGRAL version covers [[spoiler:Starfucker [[spoiler: Starfucker and Oli on the day they decided to tag Hayden's apartment]].



* AutomatedAutomobiles: By 2064 they've completely replaced manually driven cars, to the point where the latter are considered extravagant collectors' items. Notably, it's next to impossible for them to hit someone due to their anti-collision technology, which is why [[spoiler: [=TOMCAT=] is convinced that their sister's death due to being run over is the result of foul play]].

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* AutomatedAutomobiles: By 2064 they've completely replaced manually driven cars, to the point where the latter are considered extravagant collectors' items. Notably, it's next to impossible for them to hit someone due to their anti-collision technology, which is why [[spoiler: [=TOMCAT=] is convinced that their sister's death due to being run over by collision is the result of foul play]].



* BloodlessCarnage: Let's just say [[spoiler: falling three stories onto concrete or getting hit by a truck]] would usually leave some kind of blood.
** [[spoiler: Dekker's]] death too, but in this case it's justified since [[spoiler:he's an android.]]
* BrainInAJar: [[spoiler: If Dekker can be believed, than the only human part of his is his brain. He doesn't miss his body though, in face he appreciates the abilities his mechanical body has]].

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* BloodlessCarnage: Let's just say [[spoiler: falling three stories onto concrete the pavement or getting hit by a truck]] would usually leave some kind of blood.
** [[spoiler: Dekker's]] death too, but in this case case, it's justified since [[spoiler:he's [[spoiler: he's an android.]]
* BrainInAJar: [[spoiler: If Dekker can be believed, than then the only human part of his is his brain. He doesn't miss his body though, in face he appreciates the abilities his mechanical body has]].



* BreakTheCutie: Turing, pretty much throughout the whole plot. It starts with their creator being kidnapped, which they suspects is their fault somehow and blames themself not being able to stop. [[spoiler: Then despite their best efforts, it turns out Hayden died during the kidnapping, and it only gets worse from there. Then they witness a killing spree that they also comes suspect is their fault, learns they is a lynchpin for terrible corporate politics and bids to effectively control the world, depending on the player's temperament may end up alone, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and might be unable to keep a potted plant from dying.]] Luckily, if you play your cards right, they comes out of the grief and stress well adjusted and ready to make the world a better place.]]
* BrokenPedestal: Turing's respect for Hayden takes a serious hit after finding out about [[spoiler:the existence of an older "sister", Grace, and the reasons why Hayden deactivated her]].
* ButThouMust: [[spoiler:The game forces you to accept Decker's offer to accompany you to Treasure Island. The closest you can get to rejecting his help is to tell him that you don't trust him.]]

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* BreakTheCutie: Turing, pretty much throughout the whole plot. It starts with their creator being kidnapped, which they suspects suspect is their fault somehow and blames themself not being able to stop. [[spoiler: Then despite their best efforts, it turns out Hayden died during the kidnapping, and it only gets worse from there. Then they witness a killing spree that they also comes suspect is their fault, learns they is a lynchpin for terrible corporate politics and bids to effectively control the world, depending on the player's temperament may end up alone, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and might be unable to keep a potted plant from dying.]] Luckily, if you play your cards right, they comes out of the grief and stress well adjusted and ready to make the world a better place.]]
* BrokenPedestal: Turing's respect for Hayden takes a serious hit after finding out about [[spoiler:the [[spoiler: the existence of an older "sister", Grace, and the reasons why Hayden deactivated her]].
* ButThouMust: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The game forces you to accept Decker's offer to accompany you to Treasure Island. The closest you can get to rejecting his help is to tell him that you don't trust him.]]



* ChainOfDeals: Obtaining the fake passports almost turns into one, but breaks before it quite reaches the third step. Since Oli is the one who offers the items to trade for the poster (which itself is needed to trade for the fake passports) the player only needs to convince Ramona to take the deal.

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* ChainOfDeals: Obtaining the fake passports almost turns into one, one but breaks before it quite reaches the third step. Since Oli is the one who offers the items to trade for the poster (which itself is needed to trade for the fake passports) the player only needs to convince Ramona to take the deal.



* ContrivedCoincidence: Fairlight comments on how lucky it is that you just so happened to end up in the same hospital room as him. [[spoiler:Later revealed to be a subversion; he set it up (and, indeed, is the reason you're in the hospital in the first place).]]
* CowboyCop: It's implied that Lexi was this in her younger days, but in the present she's trying to be a ByTheBookCop. [[spoiler:In the ending she's sick of the constraints being a cop in general places on her, and strikes out to become a PI.]]

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Fairlight comments on how lucky it is that you just so happened to end up in the same hospital room as him. [[spoiler:Later [[spoiler: Later revealed to be a subversion; he set it up (and, indeed, is the reason you're in the hospital in the first place).]]
* CowboyCop: It's implied that Lexi was this in her younger days, but in the present she's trying to be a ByTheBookCop. [[spoiler:In [[spoiler: In the ending she's sick of the constraints being a cop in general places on her, and strikes out to become a PI.]]



* DoAndroidsDream: Turing is able to think, learn and feel emotions, much to most humans confusion who are unaware of this possibilty, simply noting how he seems quite chatty. [[spoiler: He later becomes furious when his creator is killed and can later mention to be in the bargaining stage of grief]]. He also enjoys painting, can be made to say that he would love to own objects for sentimental reasons and get quite attached to the player, [[spoiler: TOMCAT and "Aunt" Melody]]. The best ending results in [[spoiler: all [=ROMs=] becoming sentient]].
* DoAnythingRobot: Played with. Turing is extremely intelligent and capable of doing great things, but they are programmed to be ''human,'' with human foibles, and not to be an infallable machine. As such, they are not inherently good at things, but have to ''learn'' them - which is easier due to robotic advantages (see MrExposition) but not infallibly so. Nor are they any more deductive or any less prone to rash conclusions than the player. Even on a tech level: Turing can hack into subpar systems, but can't interface with anything especially difficult without help. In fact, you can get them to admit that [[{{Irony}} they're actually ironically rather bad with computers]], as shown by the way they brick the protagonist's laptop while trying to organize it - they prefer painting and botany.

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* DoAndroidsDream: Turing is able to think, learn and feel emotions, much to most humans confusion who are unaware of this possibilty, possibility, simply noting how he seems quite chatty. [[spoiler: He later becomes furious when his creator is killed and can later mention to be in the bargaining stage of grief]]. He also enjoys painting, can be made to say that he would love to own objects for sentimental reasons and get quite attached to the player, [[spoiler: TOMCAT and "Aunt" Melody]]. The best ending results in [[spoiler: all [=ROMs=] becoming sentient]].
* DoAnythingRobot: Played with. Turing is extremely intelligent and capable of doing great things, but they are programmed to be ''human,'' with human foibles, and not to be an infallable infallible machine. As such, they are not inherently good at things, things but have to ''learn'' them - which is easier due to robotic advantages (see MrExposition) but not infallibly so. Nor are they any more deductive or any less prone to rash conclusions than the player. Even on a tech level: Turing can hack into subpar systems, but can't interface with anything especially difficult without help. In fact, you can get them to admit that [[{{Irony}} they're actually ironically rather bad with computers]], as shown by the way they brick the protagonist's laptop while trying to organize it - they prefer painting and botany.



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Leon Dekker acts perfectly nice and trustworthy up until you break into Parallax, at which point he has a RoboticReveal and exposes himself as a homicidal military android.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Leon Dekker appears to be a very easy going man. However, it turns out that he's a murderer who loves killing people and just acts friendly because he has to.]]
* FlawedPrototype: [[spoiler: Grace, Turing's predecessor. While she certainly was smart, both Hayden and Fairlight doubted she was truly sapient and free thinking, and she was eventually classed a failure and shut down.]]
* ForTheEvil: [[spoiler:Dekker admits that his extremely [[LargeHam hammy]] evil android thing is cliche, but that he really, really enjoys doing it.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Leon [[spoiler: Leon Dekker acts perfectly nice and trustworthy up until you break into Parallax, at which point he has a RoboticReveal and exposes himself as a homicidal military android.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Leon [[spoiler: Leon Dekker appears to be a very easy going man. However, it turns out that he's a murderer who loves killing people and just acts friendly because he has to.]]
* FlawedPrototype: [[spoiler: Grace, Turing's predecessor. While she certainly was smart, both Hayden and Fairlight doubted she was truly sapient and free thinking, free-thinking, and she was eventually classed as a failure and shut down.]]
* ForTheEvil: [[spoiler:Dekker [[spoiler: Dekker admits that his extremely [[LargeHam hammy]] evil android thing is cliche, but that he really, really enjoys doing it.]]



* GoldenEnding: The "All Good Things" ending, obtained by [[spoiler:getting along with Turing and acquiring all of Hayden's data from Parallax. In this ending, you bring sentience to all [=ROMs=] and Turing survives. Midboss considers this to be the canon ending and getting this ending allows you to play the "EX" DLC.]]

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* GoldenEnding: The "All Good Things" ending, obtained by [[spoiler:getting [[spoiler: getting along with Turing and acquiring all of Hayden's data from Parallax. In this ending, you bring sentience to all [=ROMs=] and Turing survives. Midboss considers this to be the canon ending and getting this ending allows you to play the "EX" DLC.]]



* GovernmentConspiracy: In universe, the [[ConspiracyTheorist tinfoil hat brigade]] are circulating a theory that claims the [[GreatOffscreenWar North Korea War]] ended in the US's favour thanks to them sending in a covert squad of combat androids to kill all of the North Korean upper leadership. [[spoiler:Going by Dekker's existence, this is probably true.]]
** Melody's [[spoiler:statements about her mother's work and her visit to North Korea also give this legitimacy.]]
* GratuitousAnimalSidekick: Melody has one in form of an polar bear that understands the human language.

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* GovernmentConspiracy: In universe, In-universe, the [[ConspiracyTheorist tinfoil hat brigade]] are circulating a theory that claims the [[GreatOffscreenWar North Korea War]] ended in the US's favour favor thanks to them sending in a covert squad of combat androids to kill all of the North Korean upper leadership. [[spoiler:Going [[spoiler: Going by Dekker's existence, this is probably true.]]
** Melody's [[spoiler:statements [[spoiler: statements about her mother's work and her visit to North Korea also give this legitimacy.]]
* GratuitousAnimalSidekick: Melody has one in the form of an a polar bear that understands the human language.speech.



** In ''PUNKS'', [[spoiler:Chad[=/=]Starfucker reveals that his mother went through the process to become a hybrid when he was a little kid. His father, Brian Mulberry's, inability to accept this drove her away and got young Chad to turn against her as well. As a teenager, though, he realized his mom was just trying to become what she saw as her true self, and his father is [[WhenYouComingHomeDad too focused on pushing the Human Revolution's agenda]] to be a proper dad. This is why he acts out, tagging in the name of the Human Revolution [[WellDoneSonGuy to get his dad's attention]] even though he doesn't actually believe in anything they stand for.]]
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Turing during the opening chapters. Amoung other things, they cheerfully comment that you're the type to neglect your pot plant (which up until then you've been trying hard to take good care of) and are completely shocked at your choice of ancient laptop (you're [[StarvingArtist too poor]] to afford anything else). Though this is due to their lack of human exposure - they drop this habit totally as they interact with people over the course of the game. [[spoiler: However, in the A New Blue ending, Turing gleefully comments on the fact that you've been a horrible person to them the entire time (which is actually true).]]

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** In ''PUNKS'', [[spoiler:Chad[=/=]Starfucker [[spoiler: Chad[=/=]Starfucker reveals that his mother went through the process to become a hybrid when he was a little kid. His father, Brian Mulberry's, inability to accept this drove her away and got young Chad to turn against her as well. As a teenager, though, he realized his mom was just trying to become what she saw as her true self, and his father is [[WhenYouComingHomeDad too focused on pushing the Human Revolution's agenda]] to be a proper dad. This is why he acts out, tagging in the name of the Human Revolution [[WellDoneSonGuy to get his dad's attention]] even though he doesn't actually believe in anything they stand for.]]
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Turing during the opening chapters. Amoung other things, they cheerfully comment that you're the type to neglect your pot plant (which up until then you've been trying hard to take good care of) and are completely shocked at your choice of an ancient laptop (you're [[StarvingArtist too poor]] to afford anything else). Though this is due to their lack of human exposure - they drop this habit totally as they interact with people over the course of the game. [[spoiler: However, in the A New Blue ending, Turing gleefully comments on the fact that you've been a horrible person to them the entire time (which is actually true).]]



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Fairlight's plan to regain control of Parallax succeeds and his crimes aren't brought to light. The only damage you do to his schemes is killing his bodyguard and assassin Dekker. Likewise, you never discover who exactly ordered Hayden's death.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Fairlight's [[spoiler: Fairlight's plan to regain control of Parallax succeeds and his crimes aren't brought to light. The only damage you do to his schemes is killing his bodyguard and assassin Dekker. Likewise, you never discover who exactly ordered Hayden's death.]]



* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler: TOMCAT. The one you and Turing interact with ingame is acutally the younger sibling of the orignal, now deceased, TOMCAT.]]

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* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler: TOMCAT. The one you and Turing interact with ingame in-game is acutally actually the younger sibling of the orignal, original, now deceased, TOMCAT.]]



* MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe: [[spoiler: TOMCAT took their sisters nickname to save her from ending up in jail for years. After they get released from jail, they find out that she died in a car accident and decided to stay [[BecomingTheMask TOMCAT]] in her honour]].

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* MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe: [[spoiler: TOMCAT took their sisters sister's nickname to save her from ending up in jail for years. After they get released from jail, they find out that she died in a car accident and decided to stay [[BecomingTheMask TOMCAT]] in her honour]].honor]].



* PettingZooPeople: 'Hybrids' are commonplace thanks to gene splicing technology allowing hybridisation between human and animal DNA - though they are subject to serious FantasticRacism.
* PingPongNaivete: As noted in WiseBeyondTheirYears (below), Turing may be highly intelligent but has the general temperament of an inquisitive child, which makes him immature and naive sometimes. For example, they know everything about sporting and entertainment history, but believes professional wrestling is real. More dramatically, they can rattle off all the information ever posted about PTSD and grief, but be unable to keep from falling into it themself.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Discussed. [[spoiler:Grace]] invoked the pink side, as mentioned below; as for blue, Turing comments that [[spoiler:people often refer to them as "he", which they speculate their blue casing may have something to do with. However, they note that unlike their "sister" they are largely indifferent to gender and don't really care whether they're referred to with male, female, or other pronouns]].

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* PettingZooPeople: 'Hybrids' are commonplace thanks to gene splicing technology allowing hybridisation hybridization between human and animal DNA - though they are subject to serious FantasticRacism.
* PingPongNaivete: As noted in WiseBeyondTheirYears (below), Turing may be highly intelligent but has the general temperament of an inquisitive child, which makes him immature and naive sometimes. For example, they know everything about sporting and entertainment history, history but believes professional wrestling is real. More dramatically, they can rattle off all the information ever posted about PTSD and grief, but be unable to keep from falling into it themself.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Discussed. [[spoiler:Grace]] [[spoiler: Grace]] invoked the pink side, as mentioned below; as for blue, Turing comments that [[spoiler:people [[spoiler: people often refer to them as "he", which they speculate their blue casing may have something to do with. However, they note that unlike their "sister" they are largely indifferent to gender and don't really care whether they're referred to with male, female, or other pronouns]].



* ProductPlacement: Parodied in-universe with Hassy, a Coca-Cola-esque soft drink megaconglomerate which has taken over all beverages and practically brainwashed half the populace with ubiquity. Further parodied with an optional conversation where Turing discovers there's a core part of their and all ROMs' programming that forces them to love and advertise Hassy whenever they see or hears about it. As Turing is of course otherwise sapient, the geas understandably freaks them out to the point where they have to physically remove it.

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* ProductPlacement: Parodied in-universe with Hassy, a Coca-Cola-esque soft drink megaconglomerate mega-conglomerate which has taken over all beverages and practically brainwashed half the populace with ubiquity. Further parodied with an optional conversation where Turing discovers there's a core part of their and all ROMs' programming that forces them to love and advertise Hassy whenever they see or hears about it. As Turing is of course otherwise sapient, the geas understandably freaks them out to the point where they have to physically remove it.



** [[spoiler: The Human Revolution. A very obvious one. While it's clear that there is some kind of conspiracy going on, Hayden's apartment is tagged with Human Revolution anti-technology slogans, and the heroes at least entertain the idea that it could have been a thrill attack. Then, the idea that someone might be trying to frame The Human Revolution, tying in with the mysterious press modifications. THen it turns out it was a coincidence, and the teenagers who did it weren't event seriously involved with the Hman Revolution. It's never explained how they were directed to Hayden's apartment, however.]]

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** [[spoiler: The Human Revolution. A very obvious one. While it's clear that there is some kind of conspiracy going on, Hayden's apartment is tagged with Human Revolution anti-technology slogans, and the heroes at least entertain the idea that it could have been a thrill attack. Then, the idea that someone might be trying to frame The Human Revolution, tying in with the mysterious press modifications. THen it turns out it was a coincidence, and the teenagers who did it weren't event seriously involved with the Hman Human Revolution. It's never explained how they were directed to Hayden's apartment, however.]]



** [[spoiler: Baby Blue: The player learns about the mysterious Baby Blue - an unstable prototype AI that was decommissioned for taking unsettling steps to preserve itself, including modifying info online to protect itself... around the same time that someone or something is manipulating info online to protect tech advancements and killing everyone in the way. Eventually TOMCAT makes the obvious conclusion, that Baby Blue is still around and must have evolved from smear campaigns to murder to keep itself alive. However, while Baby Blue is important in a background sense, it is never confronted nor stopped, and the true villains are only using it's presence for their own ends.]]

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** [[spoiler: Baby Blue: The player learns about the mysterious Baby Blue - an unstable prototype AI that was decommissioned for taking unsettling steps to preserve itself, including modifying info online to protect itself... around the same time that someone or something is manipulating info online to protect tech advancements and killing everyone in the way. Eventually Eventually, TOMCAT makes the obvious conclusion, that Baby Blue is still around and must have evolved from smear campaigns to murder to keep itself alive. However, while Baby Blue is important in a background sense, it is never confronted nor stopped, and the true villains are only using it's presence for their own ends.]]



* PredecessorVillain: Melody Flores' mother, the founder of Flower Cybernetics, was a monstrous CorruptCorporateExecutive who went from designing prosthetics to designing superweapons, eventually resulting in cyborg supersoldiers who went on a killing spree that wiped out North Korea. Melody dedicated her life to undoing the evil direction that was her mother's legacy, and hates her so much that she pledged to never have children - lest ruthless ambition be InTheBlood. [[spoiler: In the endgame, Melody notes that her mother's designs even had an input in the creation of Big Blue.]]

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* PredecessorVillain: Melody Flores' mother, the founder of Flower Cybernetics, was a monstrous CorruptCorporateExecutive who went from designing prosthetics to designing superweapons, eventually resulting in cyborg supersoldiers who went on a killing spree that wiped out North Korea. Melody dedicated her life to undoing the evil direction that was her mother's legacy, legacy and hates her so much that she pledged to never have children - lest ruthless ambition be InTheBlood. [[spoiler: In the endgame, Melody notes that her mother's designs even had an input in the creation of Big Blue.]]



* SheepInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Turing's predecessor, Grace. She was so likeable that Hayden suspected that everything from her mannerisms to her gender identity was a conscious ploy to to trick humans into caring for her, which led to him deactivating her. After getting a look at her personality profile, though, Turing concludes that she really was just nice by nature.]]
* ShoutOut: Turing namedrops ''Series/TheJoyOfPainting''; apparently, Hayden exposed them to a lot of educational programs early in their lifespan, including a century of archived public television. Turing really took a shine to Bob Ross, and took up a painting as a result of their exposure to the program.
** [[spoiler:Later, after they express a disdain for people who value things like autographed memorabilia, you can jokingly tell them that you got them an official Bob Ross painting set for their birthday. They're genuinely excited about it, and are quite disappointed when they realize you're kidding. They concede the point.]]
** OK Today writer June Valmer-Anna's name is evocative of the newscaster from ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2''.

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* SheepInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Turing's [[spoiler: Turing's predecessor, Grace. She was so likeable likable that Hayden suspected that everything from her mannerisms to her gender identity was a conscious ploy to to trick humans into caring for her, which led to him deactivating her. After getting a look at her personality profile, though, Turing concludes that she really was just nice by nature.]]
* ShoutOut: Turing namedrops ''Series/TheJoyOfPainting''; apparently, Hayden exposed them to a lot of educational programs programming early in their lifespan, including a century of archived public television. Turing really took a shine to Bob Ross, Ross and took up a painting as a result of their exposure to the program.
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** [[spoiler:Later, [[spoiler: Later, after they express a disdain for people who value things like autographed memorabilia, you can jokingly tell them that you got them an official Bob Ross painting set for their birthday. They're genuinely excited about it, it and are quite disappointed when they realize you're kidding. They concede the point.]]
** OK OK, Today writer June Valmer-Anna's name is evocative of the newscaster from ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2''.



* TheSingularity: The setting is just past three different singularites, though gene splicing is still undergoing rocky adjustments. [[spoiler: During the climax, you, Turing, and TOMCAT elevate all [=ROMs=] to sentience, triggering the fourth singularity.]]
* SouthernFriedGenius: TOMCAT. [[spoiler:Except not really. They're from California.]]

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* TheSingularity: The setting is just past three different singularites, singularities, though gene splicing is still undergoing rocky adjustments. [[spoiler: During the climax, you, Turing, and TOMCAT elevate all [=ROMs=] to sentience, triggering the fourth singularity.]]
* SouthernFriedGenius: TOMCAT. [[spoiler:Except [[spoiler: Except not really. They're from California.]]



* SuperiorSuccessor: [[spoiler:Hayden's ''first'' attempt to create a sapient AI flopped (in his eyes at least). Turing was created on his second attempt.]]

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* SuperiorSuccessor: [[spoiler:Hayden's [[spoiler: Hayden's ''first'' attempt to create a sapient AI flopped (in his eyes at least). Turing was created on his second attempt.]]



* TheBadGuyWins: In the majority of endings, [[spoiler:Fairlight]] is on course to achieve exactly what he's been gunning for the entire game: [[spoiler: full control of Parallax]].

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* TheBadGuyWins: In the majority of endings, [[spoiler:Fairlight]] [[spoiler: Fairlight]] is on course to achieve exactly what he's been gunning for the entire game: [[spoiler: full control of Parallax]].



* WalkingSpoiler: Just about everyone, sans the player. It's a mystery story after all, and no one is as they seem. In particular, [[spoiler:Hayden, Leon Dekker, and Fairlight]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Played with. The hybrids are humans with genetic modifications that change their physical features (ears, skin color, etc), yet quite a few time it is mentioned that a lot of people question, if they are even human anymore. Hybrids also are openly discriminated against and being targeted by politics.

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* WalkingSpoiler: Just about everyone, sans the player. It's a mystery story after all, and no one is as they seem. In particular, [[spoiler:Hayden, [[spoiler: Hayden, Leon Dekker, and Fairlight]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Played with. The hybrids are humans with genetic modifications that change their physical features (ears, skin color, etc), yet quite a few time it is mentioned that a lot of people question, question if they are even human anymore. Hybrids also are openly discriminated against and being targeted by politics.


* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler: Dekker doesn't have a limit on how many squares he can move on a given turn, so it's pretty much impossible to avoid him forever. Averted in that how long you can delay him doesn't actually affect the outcome of the encounter; Turing will always figure out how to defeat him before he can actually kill you.]]
** [[spoiler: This is false- Dekker can definitely kill you if he catches you enough, with the game even having an achievement for having this happen. That being said, the fight ends once enough turns have passed such that you've reached the end of all of his dialogue without being killed, so it is true that there's no way to actually defeat him.]]

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* StrawmanPolitical: Actually averted, should you choose to talk to them. The Human Revolution does have legitimate arguments, and aren't trying to push back humanity as far as everyone says they do. That said, you're still unlikely to sympathize with them, considering the leader of the branch you interact with still accepts casualties that can be prevented through gene splicing to be an acceptable loss and the real-life trans metaphors.


* HauntedTechnology: The Mega Phobetor machine in Stardust is supposedly haunted (in a parody of Video/{{Polybus}}, which is also in the club): people tell urban legends about it, the game bugs out the farther you get, and it threatens to curse all your technology should you beat it. The protagonist barrels through without fear, but amusingly [[PingPongNaivete Turing actually seems to take the legend seriously.]]

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* HauntedTechnology: The Mega Phobetor machine in Stardust is supposedly haunted (in a parody of Video/{{Polybus}}, Video/{{Polybius}}, which is also in the club): people tell urban legends about it, the game bugs out the farther you get, and it threatens to curse all your technology should you beat it. The protagonist barrels through without fear, but amusingly [[PingPongNaivete Turing actually seems to take the legend seriously.]]


* RobotsThinkFaster: A running thing with Turing. Though he claims he's not ''specifically'' smarter than most - subverting InsufferableGenius - he thinks in far faster "cycles" than any human. So he can hack a door in a short time because he can try combinations super quickly, not because he's a master hacker (though TOMCAT, an ''actual'' master hacker, [[spoiler: is implied to do the same feat in the same amount of time with less work]]). And when the player comes up with an idea, he'll typically note that he's already been thinking about it for a while.

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* RobotsThinkFaster: A running thing with Turing. Though he claims he's not ''specifically'' smarter than most - subverting InsufferableGenius - he thinks in far faster "cycles" than any human. So he can hack a door in a short time because he can try combinations super quickly, not because he's a master hacker (though TOMCAT, an ''actual'' master hacker, [[spoiler: is implied to do the same feat in the same amount of time with less work]]). And when the player comes up with an idea, he'll they'll typically note that he's they's already been thinking about it for a while.


* RobotsThinkFaster: A running thing with Turing. Though he claims he's not ''specifically'' smarter than most - subverting InsufferableGenius - he thinks in far faster "cycles" than any human. And he can hack a door in a short time because he can try combinations super quickly, not because he's a master hacker (TOMCAT, an ''actual'' master hacker, [[spoiler: is implied to be able to do the same feat in the same amount of time with less work]]). And when the player comes up with an idea, he'll typically note that he's already been thinking about it for a while.

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* RobotsThinkFaster: A running thing with Turing. Though he claims he's not ''specifically'' smarter than most - subverting InsufferableGenius - he thinks in far faster "cycles" than any human. And So he can hack a door in a short time because he can try combinations super quickly, not because he's a master hacker (TOMCAT, (though TOMCAT, an ''actual'' master hacker, [[spoiler: is implied to be able to do the same feat in the same amount of time with less work]]). And when the player comes up with an idea, he'll typically note that he's already been thinking about it for a while.


* MrExposition: Turing is the go-to character to explain background details and random trivia, due to the way they can connect to the mesh and look up information in an instant. Their own personal knowledge and memory actually isn't much more extensive than a regular person's, but Turing essentially has an encyclopedia on hand 24/7 that the human player comes to rely on. [[spoiler: In Chapter 3/4, while grieving Hayden, they'll snap at you if you expect they to keep expositing about random minutae one too many times during the investigation, but you can reassure them about [[VideoGameCaringPotential how helpful their searches are.]]]]

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* MrExposition: Turing is the go-to character to explain background details and random trivia, due to the way they can connect to the mesh and look up information in an instant. Their own personal knowledge and memory actually isn't much more extensive than a regular person's, person's - keeping them from being a true Expositron9000 - but Turing essentially has an encyclopedia on hand 24/7 that the human player comes to rely on. [[spoiler: In Chapter 3/4, while grieving Hayden, they'll snap at you if you expect they to keep expositing about random minutae one too many times during the investigation, but you can reassure them about [[VideoGameCaringPotential how helpful their searches are.]]]]


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* StealthTutorial: The in-universe FirstPersonShooter arcade machine ''Mega Phobetor'' is not just a fun diversion, it's also [[spoiler: a early run at the UnexpectedGameplayChange that happens in the very last chapter. If you practice it enough, you can ace that section (and earn an achievement) with little trouble.]]

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* HauntedTechnology: The Mega Phobetor machine in Stardust is supposedly haunted (in a parody of Video/{{Polybus}}, which is also in the club): people tell urban legends about it, the game bugs out the farther you get, and it threatens to curse all your technology should you beat it. The protagonist barrels through without fear, but amusingly [[PingPongNaivete Turing actually seems to take the legend seriously.]]


* TheMessiah: [[spoiler: Turing to the uplifted ROM-kind, in the GoldenEnding. They find it extremely overwhelming, and the epilogue is based around them trying to take a break from a job they have no idea how to do. Despite this, everyone but them has confidence that they'll grow into the role eventually.]]

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* TheMessiah: [[spoiler: Turing to the uplifted ROM-kind, in the GoldenEnding. They find it extremely overwhelming, and the epilogue is based around them trying to take a break from a job they have no idea how to do. Despite this, everyone but them has confidence that they'll grow into the role eventually.]]

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