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* HesJustHiding:
** [[spoiler:Both Toroko and King]] qualify, since the game never makes their fate quite clear outside of [[spoiler:King giving you his blade at his last breath, which clearly shows his spirit when one upgrades it to Level 3]]. In fact, if one checks for them, [[NoBodyLeftBehind no body is left behind]], so the player might assume they eventually regained conciousness and left.
** [[spoiler:Curly]] when one fails to save them, but still manages to bring them to bed, but overlooks that there's still stuff to do to avoid another death. The message confirming their death only shows up when one carries them around too long.

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* ViewerGenderConfusion: Mr. Traveler/[[spoiler:Quote]] can be easily mistaken for a girl at first glance, due to having BoyishShortHair and rather androgynous clothing. The fact that his name was actually going to be "Curly Brace" would've only made thing worse.

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* AssPull: [[spoiler:Curly's near-death-scenario (that could actually kill her if the player messes up) from having water enter her body. Even though she had an air bubble around her at all times, so how did it enter her in the first place?]]


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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Both [[spoiler:King and Toroko]] have interesting and likeable personalities and prove to be quite capable fighters, it would've been interesting to see them accompany the player much like Curly does. [[spoiler:They are both killed quite early into the game and are impossible to save in the main game]].

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* HoYay: The BadEnding has [[spoiler:Quote and Kazuma (both male) escaping the Doctor's clutches and living HappilyEverAfter]].


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* TheWoobie:
** Toroko. She lost her older brother not too long before the events of the game and saved and cared for Sue when she showed up in Mimiga Village. [[spoiler:She gets mistaken for Sue by Balrog and is kidnapped in her place, with the Doctor using her as a guinea pig for the [[PsychoSerum red flowers]]. Turned rabid, Quote has to fight her and ends up killing her.]]
** [[StoicWoobie King]]. He clearly cares about his people and tries his best to stand in for Arthur, but [[spoiler:when it comes to a confrontation between him and [[BigBad the Doctor]], the latter unceremoniously throws him against a wall. He accepts his death, but gives Quote his blade, at least he can assist him in spirit]].
** At the end, we have to feel sorry for [[JerkassWoobie Sue]] as well. While she may be rude and stand-offish, she also suffers a ''lot'' through the game. [[BalefulPolymorph Getting turned into a Mimiga]] doesn't even ''begin'' to cover it.
** [[WoobieSpecies The Mimiga as a whole]] qualify. They are friendly creatures living happily in their village, which just happens to contain toxic red plants which turns them strong and aggressive. [[spoiler:And they're planned to be used as weapons by a sociopathic doctor. Even worse, [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality since the player can choose to just let him]]]].

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* {{Anvilicious}}: HumansAreBastards and the game wastes no time telling that to the player. It goes without saying that this attitude is ''extremely'' nihilistic, especially since [[spoiler: [[CompleteMonster the Doctor is so far removed from humanity]] that it becomes impossible to see themselves in him in any way. Nevermind that there are good humans in the game (Jenka, Professor Booster, Momorin and arguably Sue Sakamoto) or humans that are merely cowards and didn't plan to harm anyone (Kazuma, Itoh)]] that it also becomes a BrokenAesop.


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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Since there's no way to save certain characters (and those who you ''can'' save are a heavy case of GuideDangIt), it can be hard to care what happens to them, since the player is more likely to curse the game instead of themselves when it comes to saving them. [[spoiler:At the end, the one thing the player might care about is [[KickTheSonOfABitch killing the Doctor]], but even then, there are endings [[TheBadGuyWins where he gets what he wants]] [[KarmaHoudini without reprecussions]]]].


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* PlayTheGameSkipTheStory: The story is widely regarded to be one the weakest points of the game, with many criticizing the unnecessary darkness, the inability to save [[spoiler:King and Toroko]], and the {{Anvilicious}} message. However, many players agree that the game is worth it for the gameplay alone, which is surpisingly solid for being made by one person.


* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The game is known for its accessible and engaging gameplay and cutesy visuals. [[spoiler: It also features slavery and [[GreatOffscreenWar war]] themes, four nightmarish final bosses (The Doctor, who loses control and mutates, then him possessing the Core, Sue, and Misery, then the Heavy Press which attacks out of nowhere and is a Kaizo Trap if you don't realize what it is quickly enough, then finally Ballos, who has a horrific backstory and red, dripping, tortured faces in his head), and [[AnyoneCanDie most of the cast]] [[KillEmAll dying before your eyes]] [[CharactersDroppingLikeFlies at regular intervals.]] ''[[AC:And still goes with a rating of E10+''.]] ]]

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The game is known for its accessible and engaging gameplay and cutesy visuals. [[spoiler: It also features slavery and themes of slavery, [[GreatOffscreenWar war]] themes, war]], and biological experimentation on unwilling test subjects, four nightmarish final bosses (The Doctor, who loses control and mutates, then him possessing the Core, Sue, and Misery, then the Heavy Press which attacks out of nowhere and is a Kaizo Trap if you don't realize what it is quickly enough, then finally Ballos, who has a horrific backstory and red, dripping, tortured faces in his head), and [[AnyoneCanDie most of the cast]] [[KillEmAll dying before your eyes]] [[CharactersDroppingLikeFlies at regular intervals.]] ''[[AC:And still goes with a rating of E10+''.]] ]]


* ScrappyWeapon: Subverted by the Bubbline/Bubbler. So many [=FAQs=] condemn this weapon as being "meh" at best, or even outright terrible, but leveling the Bubbline up makes it apparent pretty quickly that this isn't entirely accurate. At level 1, it is the epitome of useless. At level 2, it's a decent enough rapid-fire weapon, but still nothing special. [[MagikarpPower At level 3, however, this weapon is ''ridiculously useful'' against certain kinds of enemies,]] including [[WakeUpCallBoss the boss of the Bushlands]]. If you took the time to backtrack to Mimiga Village to get the Bubbline before fighting the last boss of the Bushlands, and leveled it up to [=Lv3=] before unlocking that door, that boss is ridiculously easy, as is the other boss in the same area. The jumps with the bats everywhere? Easy, with this weapon. The only weapon in the game that surrounds you with damaging orbs that kill anything that touches them while you're free to move, and the very first weapon that can fire an entire screen length. What is there to not like, other than how fast it de-levels? (It's gotta be balanced ''somehow...'')

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* ScrappyWeapon: Subverted by the Bubbline/Bubbler. So many [=FAQs=] condemn this weapon as being "meh" at best, or even outright terrible, but leveling the Bubbline up makes it apparent pretty quickly that this isn't entirely accurate. At level 1, it is the epitome of useless. At level 2, it's a decent enough rapid-fire weapon, but still nothing special. [[MagikarpPower At level 3, 3]], however, this weapon is ''ridiculously useful'' against certain kinds of enemies,]] including [[WakeUpCallBoss the boss of the Bushlands]]. If you took the time to backtrack to Mimiga Village to get the Bubbline becomes a powerful and versatile weapon with both offensive and defensive applications. Holding down the fire button continually conjures bubbles that hover around you, shielding you from destructible projectiles. These bubbles will fire off on their own a few seconds after being conjured, but you can also fire all bubbles at once like some sort of [[MakingASplash water-elemental]] MacrossMissileMassacre simply by releasing the fire button. However, the Bubbline ''does'' run out of bubbles eventually, and requires a cooldown period before fighting the last boss it's back up to full charge. As well, it has one of the Bushlands, and leveled it up to [=Lv3=] before unlocking that door, that boss is ridiculously easy, as is the other boss in the same area. The jumps with the bats everywhere? Easy, with this weapon. The only weapon smallest [=EXP=] cushions in the game that surrounds you with damaging orbs that kill anything that touches them while you're free for securing its level at 3, meaning it's easy to move, and the be sent back down to level 2 by taking damage. Despite this, it's still very first much a powerful weapon that can fire an entire screen length. What is there to not like, other than in its own right if you know how fast it de-levels? (It's gotta be balanced ''somehow...'')and when to use it.



** [[spoiler:Frenzied Toroko]] makes for one hell of a WakeUpCallBoss. She's tough, but most dangerously, her attacks deal 10 points of damage, which is roughly 25% of your hit points for that point.

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** [[spoiler:Frenzied Toroko]] makes for one hell of a WakeUpCallBoss. She's tough, but most dangerously, While her [=AI=] pattern is pretty simple and easy to deal with once you get the hang of it, her attacks deal 10 points of damage, which is at roughly 25% 28% of your hit points for the maximum ''possible'' health you can have at that point.


* ScrappyWeapon: Subverted by the Bubbline/Bubbler. So many [=FAQs=] condemn this weapon as being "meh" at best, or some say it is horrible, or optional, but a lot of these people must not have really used it much. At level 1, it is the epitome of useless. At level 2, it is "meh". [[MagikarpPower At level 3, this weapon is ''ridiculously powerful'' against certain kinds of enemies,]] including [[WakeUpCallBoss the boss of the Bushlands]]. If you took the time to backtrack to Mimiga Village to get the Bubbline before fighting the last boss of the Bushlands, and leveled it up to [=Lv3=] before unlocking that door, that boss is ridiculously easy, as is the other boss in the same area. The jumps with the bats everywhere? Easy, with this weapon. The only weapon in the game that surrounds you with damaging orbs that kill anything that touches them while you're free to move, and the very first weapon that can fire an entire screen length. What is there to not like, other than how fast it de-levels? (We gotta balance it ''somehow...'')

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* ScrappyWeapon: Subverted by the Bubbline/Bubbler. So many [=FAQs=] condemn this weapon as being "meh" at best, or some say it is horrible, or optional, even outright terrible, but a lot of these people must not have really used leveling the Bubbline up makes it much.apparent pretty quickly that this isn't entirely accurate. At level 1, it is the epitome of useless. At level 2, it is "meh". it's a decent enough rapid-fire weapon, but still nothing special. [[MagikarpPower At level 3, however, this weapon is ''ridiculously powerful'' useful'' against certain kinds of enemies,]] including [[WakeUpCallBoss the boss of the Bushlands]]. If you took the time to backtrack to Mimiga Village to get the Bubbline before fighting the last boss of the Bushlands, and leveled it up to [=Lv3=] before unlocking that door, that boss is ridiculously easy, as is the other boss in the same area. The jumps with the bats everywhere? Easy, with this weapon. The only weapon in the game that surrounds you with damaging orbs that kill anything that touches them while you're free to move, and the very first weapon that can fire an entire screen length. What is there to not like, other than how fast it de-levels? (We (It's gotta balance it be balanced ''somehow...'')


* ItWasHisSled: A lot of online walkthroughs and such, even ones that otherwise avoid spoiling things without warning, give away the player character's name ([[spoiler:Quote]]) without a second thought. Presumably, this is because no name is given for him until partway through the GoldenEnding path, making it hard to talk about him otherwise. Eased slightly by later releases referring to him by the InSeriesNickname "Mr. Traveler". However, crossover appearances, such as ''VideoGame/BladeStrangers'' and ''VideoGame/CrystalCrisis'', also [[LateArrivalSpoiler spoil his name right off the bat]].

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* ItWasHisSled: A lot of online walkthroughs and such, even ones that otherwise avoid spoiling things without warning, give away the player character's name ([[spoiler:Quote]]) without a second thought. Presumably, this is because no name is given for him until partway through the GoldenEnding path, making it hard to talk about him otherwise. Eased slightly by later Later releases attempted to address this referring to him by the InSeriesNickname "Mr. Traveler". However, Traveler", but crossover appearances, such as ''VideoGame/BladeStrangers'' and ''VideoGame/CrystalCrisis'', also [[LateArrivalSpoiler spoil his name right off the bat]].


* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler:[[BigBad Dr. Fuyuhiko Date]], [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep known almost exclusively]] as [[MadDoctor the Doctor]], is a sociopathic researcher who came onto the floating island to take control of the powers of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Demon Crown]]. The Doctor is responsible for kidnapping several of the harmless native Mimigas and force-feeding them the corruptive red flowers, mutating them into savage beasts. The Doctor has reduced the Mimiga's village to a select few survivors in doing this, and plots to use the rabid Mimiga to attack the surface world. The Doctor has his servants force-feed the young Toroko these red flowers, ultimately leading to her death, and murders King when he tries to intervene, commenting on how "fragile" their bodies are. The Doctor is also responsible for mutating several of the island's infant dragons into undead zombies. At the end of the game, the Doctor mutates his own servant Misery for her dissent, intending to make her his puppet until the day she dies. The Doctor was an [[ItsAllAboutMe unfettered egomaniac]] who puts his pride above everything else, all the while behaving in a calm, perpetually condescending manner.]]

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* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler:[[BigBad Dr. Fuyuhiko Date]], [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep known almost exclusively]] as [[MadDoctor the Doctor]], is a sociopathic researcher who came onto the floating island to take control of the powers of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Demon Crown]]. The Doctor is responsible for kidnapping several of the harmless native Mimigas and force-feeding them the corruptive corrupting red flowers, mutating them into savage beasts. The Doctor has reduced the Mimiga's village to a select few survivors in doing this, and plots to use the rabid Mimiga to attack the surface world. The Doctor has his servants force-feed the young Toroko these red flowers, ultimately leading to her death, and murders King when he tries to intervene, commenting on how "fragile" their bodies are. The Doctor is also responsible for mutating several of the island's infant dragons into undead zombies. At the end of the game, the Doctor mutates his own servant Misery for her dissent, intending to make her his puppet until the day she dies. The Doctor was an [[ItsAllAboutMe unfettered egomaniac]] who puts his pride above everything else, all the while behaving in a calm, perpetually condescending manner.]]


* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler:[[BigBad Dr. Fuyuhiko Date]], [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep known almost exclusively]] as [[MadDoctor the Doctor]], is a sociopathic researcher who came onto the floating island to take control of the powers of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Demon Crown]]. The Doctor is responsible for kidnapping several of the harmless native Mimigas and forcefeeding them the corruptive red flowers, mutating them into savage beasts. The Doctor has reduced the Mimiga's village to a select few survivors in doing this, and plots to use the rabid Mimiga to attack the surface world. The Doctor has his servants forcefeed the young Toroko these red flowers, ultimately leading to her death, and murders King when he tries to intervene, commenting on how "fragile" their bodies are. The Doctor is also responsible for mutating several of the island's infant dragons into undead zombies. At the end of the game, the Doctor mutates his own servant Misery for her dissent, intending to make her his puppet until the day she dies. The Doctor was an [[ItsAllAboutMe unfettered egomaniac]] who puts his pride above everything else, all the while behaving in a calm, perpetually condescending manner.]]

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* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler:[[BigBad Dr. Fuyuhiko Date]], [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep known almost exclusively]] as [[MadDoctor the Doctor]], is a sociopathic researcher who came onto the floating island to take control of the powers of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Demon Crown]]. The Doctor is responsible for kidnapping several of the harmless native Mimigas and forcefeeding force-feeding them the corruptive red flowers, mutating them into savage beasts. The Doctor has reduced the Mimiga's village to a select few survivors in doing this, and plots to use the rabid Mimiga to attack the surface world. The Doctor has his servants forcefeed force-feed the young Toroko these red flowers, ultimately leading to her death, and murders King when he tries to intervene, commenting on how "fragile" their bodies are. The Doctor is also responsible for mutating several of the island's infant dragons into undead zombies. At the end of the game, the Doctor mutates his own servant Misery for her dissent, intending to make her his puppet until the day she dies. The Doctor was an [[ItsAllAboutMe unfettered egomaniac]] who puts his pride above everything else, all the while behaving in a calm, perpetually condescending manner.]]


* CompleteMonster: [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr.]] Fuyuhiko [[FourEyesZeroSoul Date]], known [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep almost exclusively]] as [[BigBad The Doctor]], is a sociopathic researcher who came onto the floating island to take control of the powers of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Demon Crown]]. The Doctor is responsible for kidnapping several of the harmless native Mimigas and forcefeeding them the corruptive red flowers, mutating them into savage beasts. The Doctor has reduced the Mimiga's village to a select few survivors in doing this, and plots to use the rabid Mimiga to attack the surface world. The Doctor has his servants forcefeed the young Toroko these red flowers, ultimately leading to her death, and murders King when he tries to intervene, commenting on how "fragile" their bodies are. The Doctor is also responsible for mutating several of the island's infant dragons into undead zombies. At the end of the game, the Doctor mutates his own servant Misery for her dissent, intending to make her his puppet until the day she dies. The Doctor was an [[ItsAllAboutMe unfettered egomaniac]] who puts his {{pride}} above everything else, all the while behaving in a calm, perpetually condescending manner.

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* CompleteMonster: [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr.]] [[spoiler:[[BigBad Dr. Fuyuhiko [[FourEyesZeroSoul Date]], known [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep known almost exclusively]] as [[BigBad The [[MadDoctor the Doctor]], is a sociopathic researcher who came onto the floating island to take control of the powers of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Demon Crown]]. The Doctor is responsible for kidnapping several of the harmless native Mimigas and forcefeeding them the corruptive red flowers, mutating them into savage beasts. The Doctor has reduced the Mimiga's village to a select few survivors in doing this, and plots to use the rabid Mimiga to attack the surface world. The Doctor has his servants forcefeed the young Toroko these red flowers, ultimately leading to her death, and murders King when he tries to intervene, commenting on how "fragile" their bodies are. The Doctor is also responsible for mutating several of the island's infant dragons into undead zombies. At the end of the game, the Doctor mutates his own servant Misery for her dissent, intending to make her his puppet until the day she dies. The Doctor was an [[ItsAllAboutMe unfettered egomaniac]] who puts his {{pride}} pride above everything else, all the while behaving in a calm, perpetually condescending manner.]]


* AssPull: The relationship between The Core and [[spoiler:Ballos]]: killing the LoadBearingBoss causes the island to fall, but killing the TrueFinalBoss causes the island to ''stop'' falling. Sloppily handwaved with something vague about "[[VoodooShark negative energy]]". [[LampshadeHanging Even Curly doesn't understand how that works]].


* BrokenBase: The developer's forums for the [=WiiWare=] version were ''ablaze'' with people complaining about the music, the graphics, the gameplay, the dialogue... it descended to the point where "devoted fans" were ''refusing to buy the game when it comes out because it was delayed''.


* HilariousInHindsight: Chako's lipstick "has no use". Five years later, [[spoiler:VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} finishes off Father Balder by shooting him with lipstick]].

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* HilariousInHindsight: Chako's lipstick "has no use". Five years later, [[spoiler:VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} finishes VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} [[spoiler:finishes off Father Balder by shooting him with lipstick]].

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