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* {{Narm}}: While he does add to the tension of the first game being as he can show up from out of nowhere, Bobby himself seriously looks like [[Music/{{ACDC}} Angus Young.]] Once you see it, he becomes a lot less frightening.
* NightmareRetardant: In the first game, the ScareChord that plays when something scary happens can make some events over-dramatic and ridiculous. Also some of the ways Bobby can spawn, such as falling on the keys of a piano, can be pretty silly.



* UncannyValley: Invoked in the fourth game because you ''do'' see corpses, but also unintentionally invoked with the character designs.


* BrokenBase: Nolan's feelings for Jennifer, and their relationship. Some fans are fine with it because it's not sexual in nature and makes for an effective foil for Harris's feelings, while others are squicked out and disgusted that a relationship between an underage girl and grown-up is being portrayed positively. According to the creator, the latter reaction was somewhat intentional and their relationship isn't intended to work out.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: One thing people seem to agree on is that the music for ''Ghost Head'' was quite good, particularly some of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRvi9zlOook chase themes]].



* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** From ''Ghost Head'' is Bates/Sho. Both are complete badasses, but Bates is also played by Roger Jackson, and he's the only voice actor in the game who does a good job.
* EsotericHappyEnding: In ''The Struggle Within''/''Ghost Head'', In the best ending, Alyssa Hale lives, [[spoiler: but her father the only person she truly cares about is dead, along side her uncle and cousins. Before that her father also revealed she's the cursed daughter of George Maxwell. Oh, and the zombies have escaped and is running around in the city. While, Alex Corey leaves her alone at the street and swears he'll take care of the zombies.]] Subverted in the drama cd, where the whole story makes more sense and is played more realistically.



* {{Macekre}}: ''Ghost Head'' is set in Osaka, Japan. They try to fit it in California in the localization, despite everything being so Japanese. The references to Japanese folklore were completely removed as well.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome:
** When the birds you freed earlier in the first game come to Jennifer's rescue.
** Lotte's (sadly non-canon) HeroicSacrifice to rescue Jennifer in the first game.



* ScrappyMechanic: ''The Struggle Within'' seems as if it was designed without guns in mind. It gets even worse when you play as Alex since the hit boxes to click on the zombies are '''really''' picky to where it is nearly impossible to finish unless you shoot each zombie in order of who walked in before the next. It also drags. The standard gameplay somehow had reduced difficulty over all. The only real difficult part about it is hoping you saved your game before you get locked into any of the bad endings.



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: As a lot of reviews point out, ''The Struggle Within/Ghost Head'' is just a ripoff of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' (although it didn't start out as such - Memorial Pharmaceuticals was innocent, and George Maxwell was the one who released the zombies). The story however had potential, but the developers decided to MindScrew us by letting zombies take over the plot after the first scenario and never fully explaining the backstory.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: As a lot SpiritualAdaptation: Of the films of reviews point out, ''The Struggle Within/Ghost Head'' is just a ripoff of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' (although it didn't start out as such - Memorial Pharmaceuticals was innocent, iconic horror director DarioArgento, particularly ''Film/Suspiria1977'' and George Maxwell was the one who released the zombies). The story however had potential, but the developers decided to MindScrew us by letting zombies take over the plot after the first scenario and never fully explaining the backstory.''Film/{{Phenomena}}''.



* TheWoobie: Alyssa later finds out that her [[spoiler:real father is George Maxwell, who went insane due to a lab conspiracy by her adoptive father and uncle to discredit him. Sharron, who is revealed to be her step-sister, has been neglected by her father and hates Alyssa with a burning rage. On top of that, the people she loved and cared for (except for Kathryn) and some people she met (except for Alex and maybe Cook and/or the journalist) are all dead by the end of the game.]]
*** GuiltComplex: [[spoiler:"Everyone's dead, and it's all my fault... It would have been better if I had died."]] Then subverted.
*** WhenSheSmiles: After the hell she's been through. There is only one cutscene where you can finally see her happy.
*** [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted]]: [[spoiler: In the drama CD. Alyssa lives, but her circumstances aren't good; it actually borders on a full-blown DownerEnding.]]
*** In the game, [[spoiler:she smiles while looking to the future.]]
*** In the drama CD, [[spoiler:she realizes she lost everything but Bates. She doesn't even know where to go from there on.]] [[MoodWhiplash Yet optimistic music plays.]]..
*** Her last narration however... [[spoiler:[[ZigZaggingTrope She does sound relieved she'll never hear from Bates again.]]]]
** By the time Alyssa reaches Philip's home, his son is either possessed before being dead or murdered, his daughter has been murdered (as well, both) by his younger daughter, Stephanie Tate, who is (also) possessed and tries to murder him, his wife, and Alyssa [[spoiler:and succeeds in any of the first six bad endings]]. This is not even going into his role in the back story...


** Despite the player being unable to save her, Lotte is the most popular of Jennifer's friends within the {{fandom}}.



* TheScrappy: Anne from the first game gets flak from fans because one of her four lines has her teasing [[EnsembleDarkhorse Lotte's]] nervousness shortly after arriving in the mansion.



* ViewerGenderConfusion: Players sometimes confuse Lotte from the first game as a boy. Her walking sprite does depict her with a large chest, but it's easy to miss the scene where she does move at all.


** Also, Gotts from the second game for both averting PoliceAreUseless and being the only character who takes being chased by Scissorman in stride. His best scene is when Scissorman appears, he calmly draws his gun and shoots him. Of course, he quickly discovers [[ImmuneToBullets his bullets don't have any effect]]...



* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: While the North American release of ''Clock Tower 2'' got a very appropriate "Mature"-rating, the European release of the game was rated '''10+''' (as in appropriate for ages 10 and up)! Not only is the game filled with brutal and gory murders, but the game's very cover art depicting a grotesque-looking man wielding a giant pair of shears dripping with blood should have made it abundantly clear to the ELSPA that the game is not appropriate for kids.

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: One thing people seem to agree on is that the music for ''Ghost Head'' was quite good, particularly some of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRvi9zlOook chase themes]].


* {{Narm}}: While he does add to the tension of the first game being as he can show up from out of nowhere, Bobby himself seriously looks like [[Music/{{ACDC}} Angus Young.]] Once you see it, he becomes a lot less frightening.


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* {{Narm}}: While he does add to the tension of the first game being as he can show up from out of nowhere, Bobby himself seriously looks like [[Music/{{ACDC}} Angus Young.]] Once you see it, he becomes a lot less frightening.


* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The first two games centered around a powerless protagonist, who could only flee from and perhaps temporarily trip up their foe. Back then, this was a pretty unusual idea for gamers used to shooting away all of their problems. [[VideoGame/{{Penumbra}} Now?]] [[VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent Not]] [[VideoGame/SCPContainmentBreach so]] [[VideoGame/SlenderTheArrival much]].

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The first two games centered around a powerless protagonist, protagonists, who could only flee from and at best perhaps temporarily trip up their foe. Back then, this was a pretty unusual idea for gamers used to shooting away all of their problems. [[VideoGame/{{Penumbra}} Now?]] [[VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent Not]] [[VideoGame/SCPContainmentBreach so]] [[VideoGame/SlenderTheArrival much]].


* HilariousInHindsight: The first two games centered around a powerless protagonist, who could only flee from and perhaps temporarily trip up their foe. Back then, this was a pretty unusual idea for gamers used to shooting away all of their problems. [[VideoGame/{{Penumbra}} Now?]] [[VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent Not]] [[VideoGame/SCPContainmentBreach so]] [[VideoGame/SlenderTheArrival much]].

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* HilariousInHindsight: SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The first two games centered around a powerless protagonist, who could only flee from and perhaps temporarily trip up their foe. Back then, this was a pretty unusual idea for gamers used to shooting away all of their problems. [[VideoGame/{{Penumbra}} Now?]] [[VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent Not]] [[VideoGame/SCPContainmentBreach so]] [[VideoGame/SlenderTheArrival much]].


* VindicatedByHistory: The Clock Tower Series as a whole did not have an easy time when they first came out. ''Clock Tower: The First Fear'' didn't get released outside of Japan, ''Clock Tower 1/2'' received mixed reviews and was only recommended to people who enjoyed point-and-click games, ''Clock Tower: The Struggle Within/Ghosthead'' bombed, and ''Clock Tower 3'' sold poorly with many nitpicking the fantastical and action elements. However, despite its flaws, overtime the series has become a beloved CultClassic with a dedicated fanbase. Nowadays, many cite Clock Tower as the grandfather of the horror-survival genre, and its fan dedication eventually led to Hifumi Kono making a SpiritualSuccessor called VideoGame/NightCry.

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* VindicatedByHistory: The Clock Tower Series as a whole did not have an easy time when they first came out. ''Clock Tower: The First Fear'' didn't get released outside of Japan, ''Clock Tower 1/2'' received mixed reviews and was only recommended to people who enjoyed point-and-click games, ''Clock Tower: The Struggle Within/Ghosthead'' bombed, and ''Clock Tower 3'' sold poorly with many nitpicking the fantastical and action elements. However, despite its flaws, overtime the series has become a beloved CultClassic with a dedicated fanbase. Nowadays, many cite Clock Tower as the grandfather of the horror-survival genre, and its fan dedication eventually led to Hifumi Kono making a SpiritualSuccessor called VideoGame/NightCry.''VideoGame/NightCry''.


* ScrappyMechanic: ''The Struggle Within'' seems as if it was designed without guns in mind. It gets even worse when you play as Alex since the hit boxes to click on the zombies are '''really''' picky to where it is nearly impossible to finish unless you shoot each zombie in order of who walked in before the next. It also drags.
** The standard gameplay in ''The Struggle Within'' somehow had reduced difficulty over all. The only real difficult part about it is hoping you saved your game before you get locked into any of the bad endings.

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* ScrappyMechanic: ''The Struggle Within'' seems as if it was designed without guns in mind. It gets even worse when you play as Alex since the hit boxes to click on the zombies are '''really''' picky to where it is nearly impossible to finish unless you shoot each zombie in order of who walked in before the next. It also drags.
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drags. The standard gameplay in ''The Struggle Within'' somehow had reduced difficulty over all. The only real difficult part about it is hoping you saved your game before you get locked into any of the bad endings.


* BrokenBase: Nolan's feelings for Jennifer, and their relationship. Some fans are fine with it because it's not sexual in nature and makes for an effective foil for Harris's feelings, while others are squicked out and disgusted that a relationship between an underage girl and grown-up is being portrayed positively.
** It's so squicky that apparently it was intended with the creator saying that it was along with the fact that their relationship (thankfully) won't work out. Still gross either way though.

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* BrokenBase: Nolan's feelings for Jennifer, and their relationship. Some fans are fine with it because it's not sexual in nature and makes for an effective foil for Harris's feelings, while others are squicked out and disgusted that a relationship between an underage girl and grown-up is being portrayed positively.
** It's so squicky that apparently it
positively. According to the creator, the latter reaction was intended with the creator saying that it was along with the fact that somewhat intentional and their relationship (thankfully) won't isn't intended to work out. Still gross either way though.out.


* TheScrappy: From a few games back, Nolan receives some {{squick}}ed out reactions for having a relationship with a 15-year-old, but generally isn't vehemently loathed. Also, no one likes [[StalkerWithACrush Harris]], for [[{{Squick}} some]] reason.
** Anne from the first game also gets some flak because one of her four lines has her teasing [[EnsembleDarkhorse Lotte's]] nervousness shortly after arriving in the mansion.
** A good chunk of the cast from The Struggle Within/Ghost Head deserve some flak.
*** Doug Bowman, a journalist who appears in The Struggle Within, has no place in the story line. The only reason he exists is just so you can trigger ending C, which is pretty much the same as B. He doesn't even provide exposition besides what you already know.
*** Chief Nurse Cook as well. She's literally there just so you can learn about zombies, and give you a shotgun if she's alive... except there is a spot that will ''always'' give you a shot gun. It would not have made any difference in the plot if she were simply left out.
*** Shannon. She's the supposed rival of the main character who has nothing to contribute besides conflict that never really had a proper resolution. She [[spoiler: killed herself before the side-plot of her wanting revenge on Alyssa]] got resolved. Furthermore, she is definitely a case of a mishandled character/subplot. Her subplot could have been genuinely heartbreaking if done properly, and she was meant to kill herself because [[spoiler:Allen definitely loved Alyssa more]], but she only got a couple of boring scenes.

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* TheScrappy: From a few games back, Nolan receives some {{squick}}ed out reactions for having a relationship with a 15-year-old, but generally isn't vehemently loathed. Also, no one likes [[StalkerWithACrush Harris]], for [[{{Squick}} some]] reason.
**
Anne from the first game also gets some flak from fans because one of her four lines has her teasing [[EnsembleDarkhorse Lotte's]] nervousness shortly after arriving in the mansion.
** A good chunk of the cast from The Struggle Within/Ghost Head deserve some flak.
*** Doug Bowman, a journalist who appears in The Struggle Within, has no place in the story line. The only reason he exists is just so you can trigger ending C, which is pretty much the same as B. He doesn't even provide exposition besides what you already know.
*** Chief Nurse Cook as well. She's literally there just so you can learn about zombies, and give you a shotgun if she's alive... except there is a spot that will ''always'' give you a shot gun. It would not have made any difference in the plot if she were simply left out.
*** Shannon. She's the supposed rival of the main character who has nothing to contribute besides conflict that never really had a proper resolution. She [[spoiler: killed herself before the side-plot of her wanting revenge on Alyssa]] got resolved. Furthermore, she is definitely a case of a mishandled character/subplot. Her subplot could have been genuinely heartbreaking if done properly, and she was meant to kill herself because [[spoiler:Allen definitely loved Alyssa more]], but she only got a couple of boring scenes.
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