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* ShoutOut: Usually, picking up a phone when it's not ringing does nothing. If you happen to pick up one phone late in the game, though, a girl informs you that [[TheRing you will die in seven days.]]

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* ShoutOut: Usually, picking up a phone when it's not ringing does nothing. If you happen to pick up one phone late in the game, though, a girl informs you that [[TheRing [[Literature/TheRing you will die in seven days.]]


* SkeweredPriorities: At one point, Torque and Dallas come across a gang of three convicts in the prison yard, after just defeating a couple Slayers. Instead of working together, the head convict, Chico, is hung up over Dallas apparently swindling drugs under his nose, and tries to kill them both. It naturally doesn't end well for them.

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* SkeweredPriorities: SkewedPriorities: At one point, Torque and Dallas come across a gang of three convicts in the prison yard, after just defeating a couple Slayers. Instead of working together, the head convict, Chico, is hung up over Dallas apparently swindling drugs under his nose, and tries to kill them both. It naturally doesn't end well for them.

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* SkeweredPriorities: At one point, Torque and Dallas come across a gang of three convicts in the prison yard, after just defeating a couple Slayers. Instead of working together, the head convict, Chico, is hung up over Dallas apparently swindling drugs under his nose, and tries to kill them both. It naturally doesn't end well for them.

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* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The Horde from ''Ties That Bind''. One minute, you're preparing to enter a mysterious glowing portal in the floor in the middle of the prison which, according to your wife's ghost, will take you to Blackmore's drowning pool. Then this humongous, nightmarish worm-thing emerges from the gate, smashes a chopper and proceeds to attack you in the following battle.


* {{Retcon}}: The good karma ending of the first game revealed that Torque was innocent of his family's murders. [[spoiler:But the second game revealed that, no, he wasn't. He, in his Blackmore guise, was the one who sent the thugs to intimidate Carmen, which resulted in her and the boys deaths. Though part of its own good karma ending explains that Blackmore was angered that they misunderstood what he really wanted them to do.]]

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* {{Retcon}}: The good karma ending of the first game revealed that Torque was innocent of his family's murders. [[spoiler:But the second game revealed that, no, he wasn't. He, in his Blackmore guise, was the one who sent the thugs to intimidate Carmen, which resulted in her and the boys deaths. Though part of its own good karma ending explains that Blackmore never intended for them to get killed, and was angered that they the thugs misunderstood what he really wanted them to do.his orders.]]


* {{Retcon}}: The good karma ending of the first game revealed that Torque was innocent of his family's murders. [[spoiler:But the second game revealed that, no, he wasn't. He, in his Blackmore guise, was the one who sent the thugs to intimidate Carmen, which resulted in her and the boys deaths. Though part of its own good karma ending explains that it was the thugs who chose to kill them due to a misunderstanding, which angered Blackmore since that wasn't what he wanted them to do.]]

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* {{Retcon}}: The good karma ending of the first game revealed that Torque was innocent of his family's murders. [[spoiler:But the second game revealed that, no, he wasn't. He, in his Blackmore guise, was the one who sent the thugs to intimidate Carmen, which resulted in her and the boys deaths. Though part of its own good karma ending explains that it was the thugs who chose to kill them due to a misunderstanding, which angered Blackmore since was angered that wasn't they misunderstood what he really wanted them to do.]]


* {{Retcon}}: The good karma ending of the first game revealed that Torque was innocent of his family's murders. [[spoiler:But the second game revealed that, no, he wasn't. He, in his Blackmore guise, was the one who sent the thugs to intimidate Carmen, which resulted in her and the boys deaths.]]

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* {{Retcon}}: The good karma ending of the first game revealed that Torque was innocent of his family's murders. [[spoiler:But the second game revealed that, no, he wasn't. He, in his Blackmore guise, was the one who sent the thugs to intimidate Carmen, which resulted in her and the boys deaths. Though part of its own good karma ending explains that it was the thugs who chose to kill them due to a misunderstanding, which angered Blackmore since that wasn't what he wanted them to do.]]

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** Horace shares a name with another character [[Film/{{Shocker}} executed by electricity.]]


* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:The neutral ending for Torque in the first game.]]

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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:The neutral ending for Torque in the first game. The sequel reveals this was also the case in the good karma ending, as Torque/Blackmore didn't mean for his thugs to kill Carmen and the boys.]]



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Dr. Killjoy.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Dr. Killjoy.Killjoy and Hermes T. Haight.


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* {{Retcon}}: The good karma ending of the first game revealed that Torque was innocent of his family's murders. [[spoiler:But the second game revealed that, no, he wasn't. He, in his Blackmore guise, was the one who sent the thugs to intimidate Carmen, which resulted in her and the boys deaths.]]


* ShownTheirWork: When discussing [[BurnTheWitch the background of the Infernas]], Clem takes a moment to note how witch burnings never took place during the Salem Witch Trials, and that the execution method was apparently unique to Carnate Island in America.

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* ShownTheirWork: When discussing [[BurnTheWitch the background of the Infernas]], Clem takes a moment to note how one character points out that witch burnings never took place during the Salem Witch Trials, Trials or anywhere else in Puritan America, and that the execution method was apparently unique to Carnate Island in America.Island.

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* ShownTheirWork: When discussing [[BurnTheWitch the background of the Infernas]], Clem takes a moment to note how witch burnings never took place during the Salem Witch Trials, and that the execution method was apparently unique to Carnate Island in America.


* EnemyMine: Twice in the first game, once in the second. In the first, [=COs=] team up with the prisoner Torque in order to fight their way out through a part of the level. In the second, [[spoiler:Jordan of the Foundation]] teams up with Torque when the Malefactors REALLY get thick. [[spoiler:Except she still wants to kill you. Whoops.]] If you've been going the Evil route, [[spoiler:she does genuinely team up with you.]] But [[spoiler:if you don't end up killing her she gets captured by The Creeper and you get good karma]].



-->'''Malcolm:''' [[Literature/{{IT}} We all float down here]].

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-->'''Malcolm:''' [[Literature/{{IT}} [[Literature/{{It}} We all float down here]].



* StrangeBedfellows: Twice in the first game, once in the second. In the first, [=COs=] team up with the prisoner Torque in order to fight their way out through a part of the level. In the second, [[spoiler:Jordan of the Foundation]] teams up with Torque when the Malefactors REALLY get thick. [[spoiler:Except she still wants to kill you. Whoops.]]
** If you've been going the Evil route, [[spoiler:she does genuinely team up with you.]] But [[spoiler:if you don't end up killing her she gets captured by The Creeper and you get good karma]].

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* DifficultButAwesome: The axe takes longer to swing than the shiv and leaves you vulnerable to being hit before you can follow through, but with careful timing it lets you stun-juggle nearly any enemy in the game with no fear of retaliation.

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* TheTheTitle


* HappyEndingOverride: ''Ties That Bind'' does this to the first game if you got the good karma ending. So you conquered your demons, learned you were innocent, and escaped Carnate? Whoops, you just got captured, the creatures are now in Baltimore and your innocence, not to mention sanity, is once again in question.

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* HappyEndingOverride: ''Ties That Bind'' does this to the first game if you got the good karma ending. So you conquered your demons, learned you were innocent, and escaped Carnate? Whoops, you just got captured, the creatures are now in Baltimore and your innocence, not to mention sanity, is once again in question. Lampshaded by Dr. Killjoy at the theater.

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