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* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome:
** Doc in game two. [[spoiler:He's been taken hostage, Rufus through a wild ploy saves him and Lady Goal from the Unorganized Crime Syndicate, only for Lady Goal to betray them and run off to find Cletus. When Rufus is hurt that she left, Doc as soon as Rufus unties him sobers up, says they have to go and stop her, and do the surgery to fix her brain]].



** [[spoiler: Argus]] in the ending. [[spoiler: He backstabs Rufus and Cletus at a crucial moment, letting Cletus seemingly jump to his death and planning to leave Rufus for dead behind a spinning rotor for not joining him in his plan to take over Elysium. He also immediately gets his when Cletus appears alive and throws hims into the rotor. He is presumably killed once the jammed rotor starts up again.]]

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** [[spoiler: Argus]] in the ending. [[spoiler: He backstabs Rufus and Cletus at a crucial moment, letting Cletus seemingly jump to his death and planning to leave Rufus for dead behind a spinning rotor for not joining him in his plan to take over Elysium. He also immediately gets his when Cletus appears alive and throws hims him into the rotor. He is presumably killed once the jammed rotor starts up again.]]


* PainfulRhyme: Every one of the narrator's intro songs is a stumbling mess of lyrics. The page quote is one of the few times he rhymes.
** That is actually a translation problem; the developer ultimately gave the content of the songs priority over the rhyme scheme in the translation of the songs to English. In German, most of the rhymes are either flawless or fail deliberatly and in a humorous way.


** In the second game, some of Rufus' interactions with Baby Goal and Spunky Goal count. Baby Goal voices her utter trust in Rufus and her readiness to follow him everywhere, whereas Spunky Goal simply seems to share Rufus' playfulness and humor; they both declare at the very same moment and with the same enthusiasm their plan to go ice-swimming, which apparently leads to an off-screen water battle between them.

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** In the second game, some of Rufus' interactions with Baby Goal and Spunky Goal count. Baby Goal voices her utter trust in Rufus and her readiness to follow him everywhere, whereas Spunky Goal simply seems to share Rufus' playfulness and humor; they really seem to enjoy their bickering in the pub, and both declare at the very same moment and with the same enthusiasm their plan to go ice-swimming, which apparently leads to an off-screen water battle between them.


** [[spoiler:Actually, the very last scene shows Elysium landed on Deponia. The problem the Eysians have now is that they definitely won't get away anymore and have to learn ho to live on Deponia.]]

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** [[spoiler:Actually, the very last scene shows Elysium landed on Deponia. The problem the Eysians have now is that they definitely won't get away anymore and have to learn ho how to live on Deponia.]]


** In the second game, some of Rufus' interactions with Baby Goal and Spunky Goal count. Baby Goal voices her utter trust in Rufus and her readiness to follow him everywhere, whereas Spunky Goal simply seems to share Rufus' playfulness and humor; they both declare at the very same moment and with the same enthusiasm that they want to go ice-swimming.

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** In the second game, some of Rufus' interactions with Baby Goal and Spunky Goal count. Baby Goal voices her utter trust in Rufus and her readiness to follow him everywhere, whereas Spunky Goal simply seems to share Rufus' playfulness and humor; they both declare at the very same moment and with the same enthusiasm that they want their plan to go ice-swimming.ice-swimming, which apparently leads to an off-screen water battle between them.



** [[spoiler:Actually, the very last scene shows Elysium landed on Deponia. The problem the Eysians have now is that they definitely won't get away anymore and have to learn ho to live on Deponia.]]



** Toni. Sure, she's ill tempered, but what do you expect from someone who has had to deal with Rufus's antics for so long? She gets help from a therapist in ''Goodbye Deponia'', but Rufus ruins it by [[spoiler: causing her to snap after seeing that there are more than one Rufus running about.]] She gets better, though.
** Rufus, himself. He is selfish, narcissistic, rude and constantly causes pain and misfortune to himself and those around him, but at the same time suffers from the hatred and isolation from his fellow Deponians because of it, not to mention [[spoiler:[[DisappearedDad his father issues]]]], causing him much insecurities about his purpose on Deponia in the first place. In addition to that, despite his jerkassery, he prioritizes the survival of the planet and what few people he can call "friends", and particularly [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Goal's life and happiness]], over his own benefit[[spoiler:, ultimately committing a HeroicSacrifice in order to ensure it]].

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** Toni. Sure, she's ill tempered, ill-tempered, but what do you expect from someone who has had to deal with Rufus's antics for so long? She gets help from a therapist in ''Goodbye Deponia'', but Rufus ruins it by [[spoiler: causing her to snap after seeing that there are more than one Rufus running about.]] She gets better, though.
** Rufus, Rufus himself. He is selfish, narcissistic, rude rude, and constantly causes pain and misfortune to himself and those around him, but at the same time suffers from the hatred and isolation from his fellow Deponians because of it, not to mention [[spoiler:[[DisappearedDad his father issues]]]], causing him much insecurities about his purpose on Deponia in the first place. In addition to that, despite his jerkassery, he prioritizes the survival of the planet and what few people he can call "friends", and particularly [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Goal's life and happiness]], over his own benefit[[spoiler:, ultimately committing a HeroicSacrifice in order to ensure it]].


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** That is actually a translation problem; the developer ultimately gave the content of the songs priority over the rhyme scheme in the translation of the songs to English. In German, most of the rhymes are either flawless or fail deliberatly and in a humorous way.


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*** [[spoiler:It actually does. After Goal and Blue Rufus crash down from the sky, Goal mentions they landed "on some burrito stand", destroying it in the process. And when Rufus comes up with his crazy plan to shoot them all up to Elysium with a kind of rocket car, there's a ot of arguing in the back of the car, several voices of Rufus' allies fighting for room since it's just too narrow a space... and among the voices, if you're attentive, you can hear both Goon and June, implying they were indeed reunited.]]


** The Organon Hymne, both the instrumental version that plays in the main menu and the absolutely triumphant chorus version heard [[spoiler:at the end of Goodbye to Deponia.]] For being so simple lyricwise, it's one hell of a VillainSong for the Organon race.

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** The Organon Hymne, both the instrumental version that plays in the main menu and the absolutely triumphant chorus version heard [[spoiler:at the end of Goodbye to Deponia.]] For being so simple lyricwise, it's one hell of a VillainSong for the Organon race.



** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-6gK-pZwok The Floating Black Market theme music]] in an in-universe one.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-6gK-pZwok The Floating Black Market theme music]] in is an in-universe one.



*** Actually, they mostly recount Rufus' adventures or fill in gaps between the cuts, if in an idealized form that doesn't reflect on his moral dubiousness. The times they don't refer to the game directly, the narrator draws out a frame story about a failed relationship that develops parallel to Rufus' character over the games -- [[spoiler:from selfish uncaringness to repeatedly getting pointed to what is going wrong to finally accepting the situation and moving on]].



** EsotericHappyEnding: To wit, a lot of people consider the BittersweetEnding of the trilogy to be [[DownerEnding downright bitter]]. [[spoiler: Due to some [[CruelTwistEnding awfully contrived circumstances]], Rufus supposedly falls to his death moments before finally accomplishing his life's dream of reaching Elysium. Cletus assumes his identity [[TheBadGuyWins (thus also taking Goal back)]] with no one aside from possibly Goal knowing that it's not actually Rufus finally standing on Elysian soil. Elysium and Deponia are completely cut off from one another, Argus may have survived, and even if he didn't, there are still 11,000 Organon on the highboat raring to take over Elysium, which at the very least is now fated to crash into Deponia unless Cletus/"Rufus" can come up with a plan (which is implied to be unlikely due to not having the real Rufus' "spark".)]] The game tries to depict this as a positive thing by [[{{Anvilicious}} explicitly stating to the player]] that [[spoiler: Rufus ''chose'' to fall and let Cletus assume his identity (which technically makes it a HeroicSacrifice and supposed to represent some sort of redemption for Rufus) and that Elysium and Deponia ''might'' make it]], but many players aren't buying it. Overall, things are actually ''worse off'' than the start of the installment and some fans have taken to calling it a cliffhanger for a sequel the writer doesn't intend to make.

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** EsotericHappyEnding: To wit, a lot of people consider the BittersweetEnding of the trilogy to be [[DownerEnding downright bitter]]. [[spoiler: Due to some [[CruelTwistEnding awfully contrived circumstances]], Rufus supposedly falls to his death moments before finally accomplishing his life's dream of reaching Elysium. Cletus assumes his identity [[TheBadGuyWins (thus also taking Goal back)]] back)]][[note]]provided Goal is up for this, which is rather unlikely[[/note]] with no one aside from possibly Goal knowing that it's not actually Rufus finally standing on Elysian soil. Elysium and Deponia are completely cut off from one another, has crash-landed on Deponia, Argus may have survived, and even if he didn't, there are still 11,000 Organon on the highboat raring to take over Elysium, which at the very least is now fated to crash into remain stranded on Deponia unless Cletus/"Rufus" can come up with a plan (which is implied to be unlikely due to not having the real Rufus' "spark".)]] The game tries to depict this as a positive thing by [[{{Anvilicious}} explicitly stating to the player]] that [[spoiler: Rufus ''chose'' to fall and let Cletus assume his identity (which technically makes it a HeroicSacrifice and supposed to represent some sort of redemption for Rufus) and that Elysium and Deponia ''might'' make it]], it together]], but many players aren't buying it. Overall, things are actually ''worse off'' than the start of the installment and some fans have taken to calling it a cliffhanger for a sequel the writer doesn't intend to make.



* HesJustHiding: [[spoiler: Due to the ambiguous nature of the ending of ''Goodbye Deponia'', many fans are standing by this for Rufus. We never see him die exactly, and the possibility of having him cloned again is somewhat likely. The outcry for the ending was so divisive that [[WordOfGod the creators]] had to reinsure that is totally out there that Rufus could be alive in some form or another, though they want it to be up to the viewers to decide.]]

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* HesJustHiding: [[spoiler: Due to the ambiguous nature of the ending of ''Goodbye Deponia'', many fans are standing by this for Rufus. We never see him die exactly, and the possibility of having him cloned again is somewhat likely. The outcry for the ending was so divisive that [[WordOfGod the creators]] had to reinsure that is it's totally out there that Rufus could be alive in some form or another, though they want it to be up to the viewers to decide.]]



* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: There is a moment in the [[spoiler: fourth]] game where, just once, Toni is not only completely supportive of Rufus, but also shows utter faith in his latest zany plan (something that nearly shocks him). To top it off, [[ItsAllAboutMe the typically narcissistic Rufus]] is ''literally'' bending space and time to vindicate that trust. [[spoiler: It all dissolves into a TearJerker when, despite his best efforts, he disappoints her not once, but multiple times. When He fails for the final time, she's so disappointed that she simply walks away without hitting him, and it's clear that her bitter disappointment hurt Rufus more than her fury]].
** After trying so hard throughout all three games [[spoiler: And [[EsotericHappyEnding infamously falling to his death]] within seconds of his goal at the end of the third]], Rufus finally, ''finally'' [[spoiler: makes it to Elysium]]. Even if [[spoiler: it doesn't last]], the look of joy on his face is a sight to behold[[spoiler:... for the five seconds it lasts]].
** After finally fulfilling his lifelong dream, (and thanks to a convenient time loop) Rufus is given the chance to live in an ideal paradise ''for all eternity''... which he quickly abandons once it becomes clear that he wont be able to spend any of it with Goal.

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* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: There is a moment in the [[spoiler: fourth]] game where, just once, Toni is not only completely supportive of Rufus, but also shows utter faith in his latest zany plan (something that nearly shocks him). To top it off, [[ItsAllAboutMe the typically narcissistic Rufus]] is ''literally'' bending space and time to vindicate that trust. [[spoiler: It all dissolves into a TearJerker when, despite his best efforts, he disappoints her not once, but multiple times. When He he fails for the final time, she's so disappointed that she simply walks away without hitting him, and it's clear that her bitter disappointment hurt Rufus more than her fury]].
** In the second game, some of Rufus' interactions with Baby Goal and Spunky Goal count. Baby Goal voices her utter trust in Rufus and her readiness to follow him everywhere, whereas Spunky Goal simply seems to share Rufus' playfulness and humor; they both declare at the very same moment and with the same enthusiasm that they want to go ice-swimming.
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After trying so hard throughout all three games [[spoiler: And and [[EsotericHappyEnding infamously falling to his death]] within seconds of his goal at the end of the third]], Rufus finally, ''finally'' [[spoiler: makes it to Elysium]]. Even if [[spoiler: it doesn't last]], the look of joy on his face is a sight to behold[[spoiler:... for the five seconds it lasts]].
** After finally fulfilling his lifelong dream, (and thanks to a convenient time loop) Rufus is given the chance to live in an ideal paradise ''for all eternity''... which he quickly abandons once it becomes clear that he wont be able to spend any of it with Goal.



** Surprisingly, Bailiff Argus and his relationship to the rest of the Organon race; to his individual {{Mooks}} he's shown as being a BadBoss or at least a very harsh leader, but his main motivation in the game is to [[spoiler:provide the Organon with a better life--or even a chance at living at all--in defiance of the Elysian council's plans to use them as a disposable Mook race.]] In return, the Organon all love him and are allegedly enraptured by his speeches. To put it in perspective, [[spoiler:Argus' motivations are more selfless than ''Rufus's'' (at least before his HeroicSacrifice at the very end.)]]

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** Surprisingly, Bailiff Argus and his relationship to the rest of the Organon race; to his individual {{Mooks}} he's shown as being a BadBoss or at least a very harsh leader, but his main motivation in the game is to [[spoiler:provide the Organon with a better life--or life -- or even a chance at living at all--in all -- in defiance of the Elysian council's plans to use them as a disposable Mook race.]] In return, the Organon all love him and are allegedly enraptured by his speeches. To put it in perspective, [[spoiler:Argus' motivations are more selfless than ''Rufus's'' (at least before his HeroicSacrifice at the very end.)]]


* UnfortunateImplications:
** Lotti, the game's only transsexual character, sparked some backlash in her appearances due to having heavily masculine traits (which are even lampshaded in-game,) speaking with an obvious falsetto, etc., with one transgender fan even writing to Poki and saying they would refuse to play any more games knowing their demographic was just going to be mocked. Poki insists in developer commentary that it wasn't the game's intention to make fun of Lotti in her appearances, but that the joke is always supposed to be on Rufus, who's mostly only liberal in that [[HeroicComedicSociopath he's an ass to everybody]].
** Several players became uncomfortable with the puzzle in the third game which had Rufus selling a woman into debt slavery to dance like a monkey, particularly when she was the series' only black character. To be fair, players are ''meant'' to see it as a bad thing and her being white probably wouldn't have made it any less uncomfortable.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** The Organon Hymne, both the instrumental version that plays in the main menu and the absolutely triumphant chorus version heard [[spoiler:at the end of Goodbye to Deponia.]] For being so simple lyricwise, it's one hell of a VillainSong for the Organon race.
** [[https://youtu.be/yyZs1ztVGMc The main menu theme]] of ''Deponia Doomsday'' takes the familiar narrator song instrumental and remixes it in an instrumental style reminiscent of Music/TwoStepsFromHell. It feels just as epic as this would imply.



* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** The Organon Hymne, both the instrumental version that plays in the main menu and the absolutely triumphant chorus version heard [[spoiler:at the end of Goodbye to Deponia.]] For being so simple lyricwise, it's one hell of a VillainSong for the Organon race.
** [[https://youtu.be/yyZs1ztVGMc The main menu theme]] of ''Deponia Doomsday'' takes the familiar narrator song instrumental and remixes it in an instrumental style reminiscent of Music/TwoStepsFromHell. It feels just as epic as this would imply.



* HeartWarmingMoment: There is a moment in the [[spoiler: fourth]] game where, just once, Toni is not only completely supportive of Rufus, but also shows utter faith in his latest zany plan (something that nearly shocks him). To top it off, [[ItsAllAboutMe the typically narcissistic Rufus]] is ''literally'' bending space and time to vindicate that trust. [[spoiler: It all dissolves into a TearJerker when, despite his best efforts, he disappoints her not once, but multiple times. When He fails for the final time, she's so disappointed that she simply walks away without hitting him, and it's clear that her bitter disappointment hurt Rufus more than her fury]].

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* HeartWarmingMoment: SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: There is a moment in the [[spoiler: fourth]] game where, just once, Toni is not only completely supportive of Rufus, but also shows utter faith in his latest zany plan (something that nearly shocks him). To top it off, [[ItsAllAboutMe the typically narcissistic Rufus]] is ''literally'' bending space and time to vindicate that trust. [[spoiler: It all dissolves into a TearJerker when, despite his best efforts, he disappoints her not once, but multiple times. When He fails for the final time, she's so disappointed that she simply walks away without hitting him, and it's clear that her bitter disappointment hurt Rufus more than her fury]].


* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Critics of the series take issue with the fact that Rufus is basically a completely despicable, utterly irredeemable JerkAss who blithely engages in KickTheDog moment after KickTheDogMoment without remorse, often purely [[BecauseItAmusedMe because it amuses him]] (even if these actions do end up necessary to solve the puzzles and proceed with the game- or possibly ''[[ButThouMust because]]'' they do). The [[https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/11/11/wot-i-think-goodbye-deponia/ Rock Paper Shotgun]] review of ''Goodbye Deponia'' called it "a horrible game", with the reviewer absolutely ''loathing'' Rufus.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Critics of the series take issue with the fact that Rufus is basically a completely despicable, utterly irredeemable JerkAss who blithely engages in KickTheDog moment after KickTheDogMoment KickTheDog moment without remorse, often purely [[BecauseItAmusedMe because it amuses him]] (even if these actions do end up necessary to solve the puzzles and proceed with the game- or possibly ''[[ButThouMust because]]'' they do). The [[https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/11/11/wot-i-think-goodbye-deponia/ Rock Paper Shotgun]] review of ''Goodbye Deponia'' called it "a horrible game", with the reviewer absolutely ''loathing'' Rufus.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Critics of the series take issue with the fact that Rufus is basically a completely despicable, utterly irredeemable JerkAss who blithely engages in KickTheDog moment after KickTheDogMoment without remorse, often purely [[BecauseItAmusedMe because it amuses him]] (even if these actions do end up necessary to solve the puzzles and proceed with the game- or possibly ''[[ButThouMust because]]'' they do). The [[https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/11/11/wot-i-think-goodbye-deponia/ Rock Paper Shotgun]] review of ''Goodbye Deponia'' called it "a horrible game", with the reviewer absolutely ''loathing'' Rufus.
-->The star, Rufus, is a defiantly unlikeable playable character, whose selfishness is his only motivation, and his offensiveness a source of glee to him alone. Hes clearly meant to be a form of anti-hero, and in the first game it was uncomfortable, but almost worked. By the second, brief and dreadful game, he had become outright repulsive. In this third and final chapter, he continues in the same vein, his unrelenting revolting attitude just a constant drain on the player.


* WhamShot:
** The first game ends with one of these, revealing that [[spoiler:Rufus wound up with the backup copy of Goal's brain implant-- which means the one that wound up in Goal is the one with her memories intact.]]
** In ''Deponia Doomsday'', Rufus's [[spoiler:arrival on Elysium, where the look of pure joy on his face shifts to horror as the RevealShot pans out to show Elysium crashing and burning around him]].


* FridgeLogic: You don't think much of it at the time, but upon further reflection [[spoiler: the whole subplot with Goaly actually being an infant Donna makes no sense. Why did she have a radically different hair colour as a baby? The purple hair apparently isn't dye, since her hair turns back to that colour when Rufus gives her the nucleic acid. And how did Donna's corpse wind up with Goal's hair colour? Hermes has no reason to change it and Argus didn't know that Rufus had been thrown back to the surface (and survived), so it couldn't be him setting a trap either.]]

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** Surprisingly, Bailiff Argus and his relationship to the rest of the Organon race; to his individual {{Mooks}} he's shown as being a BadBoss or at least a very harsh leader, but his main motivation in the game is to [[spoiler:provide the Organon with a better life--or even a chance at living at all--in defiance of the Elysian council's plans to use them as a disposable Mook race.]] In return, the Organon all love him and are allegedly enraptured by his speeches. To put it in perspective, [[spoiler:Argus' motivations are more selfless than ''Rufus's'' (at least before his HeroicSacrifice at the very end.)]]


** Both [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7GrfNravnk Organon]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InBFfgj9K_M Hymns]].

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** Both [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7GrfNravnk Organon]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InBFfgj9K_M Hymns]].The Organon Hymne, both the instrumental version that plays in the main menu and the absolutely triumphant chorus version heard [[spoiler:at the end of Goodbye to Deponia.]] For being so simple lyricwise, it's one hell of a VillainSong for the Organon race.


* CrossesTheLineTwice / UnfortunateImplications:
** It is difficult to tell how intentional this was on Daedalic's part, especially since ''Goodbye Deponia'' has several CrossesTheLineTwice moments, but at one point Rufus sells the only black character (a young woman) in the entire game in what is basically debt slavery, as a "dancing monkey" to a man who forces her to wear a revealing outfit. According to the game's writer, this was meant as an IntendedAudienceReaction to show how little Rufus takes into account what happens to others while he's trying to achieve his own personal goals due to his narrow minded nature, and the audience is meant to be uncomfortable at the fact Rufus' plans aren't always completely heroic like those of other adventure games protagonists. Other players have also pointed out that making the aforementioned black character white probably wouldn't have made the scene any less uncomfortable.

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* CrossesTheLineTwice / UnfortunateImplications:
CrossesTheLineTwice:
** It is difficult to tell how intentional this was on Daedalic's part, especially since ''Goodbye Deponia'' has several CrossesTheLineTwice moments, but at one point Rufus sells the only black character (a a young woman) in the entire game woman in what is basically debt slavery, as a "dancing monkey" to a man who forces her to wear a revealing outfit. According to the game's writer, this was meant as an IntendedAudienceReaction to show how little Rufus takes into account what happens to others while he's trying to achieve his own personal goals due to his narrow minded nature, and the audience is meant to be uncomfortable at the fact Rufus' plans aren't always completely heroic like those of other adventure games protagonists. Other players have also pointed out that making the aforementioned black character white probably wouldn't have made the scene any less uncomfortable.



* UnfortunateImplications: Lotti, the game's only transsexual character, sparked some backlash in her appearances due to having heavily masculine traits (which are even lampshaded in-game,) speaking with an obvious falsetto, etc., with one transgender fan even writing to Poki and saying they would refuse to play any more games knowing their demographic was just going to be mocked. Poki insists in developer commentary that it wasn't the game's intention to make fun of Lotti in her appearances, but that the joke is always supposed to be on Rufus, who's mostly only liberal in that [[HeroicComedicSociopath he's an ass to everybody]].

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* UnfortunateImplications: UnfortunateImplications:
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Lotti, the game's only transsexual character, sparked some backlash in her appearances due to having heavily masculine traits (which are even lampshaded in-game,) speaking with an obvious falsetto, etc., with one transgender fan even writing to Poki and saying they would refuse to play any more games knowing their demographic was just going to be mocked. Poki insists in developer commentary that it wasn't the game's intention to make fun of Lotti in her appearances, but that the joke is always supposed to be on Rufus, who's mostly only liberal in that [[HeroicComedicSociopath he's an ass to everybody]].everybody]].
** Several players became uncomfortable with the puzzle in the third game which had Rufus selling a woman into debt slavery to dance like a monkey, particularly when she was the series' only black character. To be fair, players are ''meant'' to see it as a bad thing and her being white probably wouldn't have made it any less uncomfortable.

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