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** Parker from ''It Lives Beneath''. The fanbase is divided over whether he's an endearing love interest who'll continue being an honest cop, or a potential rehash of Jeff Duffy from ''VisualNovel/VeilOfSecrets'' and that he is somehow involved in the murder of Harper's parents. Another group of people thinks his involvement in the gang is superfluous because he barely interacts with other members except Danni and possibly Harper, and acts like he really doesn't enjoy their company. Views about him have become even more split due to his views on Chief Kelley. His supporters sympathize that itís hard to admit that someone you look up to could be a bad guy. His detractors dislike that he refuses to look at the evidence that obviously proves that Kelley is a criminal. The developers seem to anticipate his polarised status since [[spoiler:he is the only person that will leave the group if he fails his Nerve Check and has a rather convoluted condition for returning]].

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** Parker from ''It Lives Beneath''. The fanbase is divided over whether Some playes think he's an endearing love interest who'll continue being an honest cop, or a potential rehash of Jeff Duffy from ''VisualNovel/VeilOfSecrets'' and that he is somehow involved in who's willing to investigate the murder truth after years of Harper's parents. Another group of people thinks his police inaction. Others think he's a boring character whose involvement in the gang is superfluous because he barely interacts with other members except Danni and possibly Harper, and acts like he really doesn't enjoy their company. Views about him have become even more split due to his views on Chief Kelley. His supporters sympathize that itís hard to admit that someone you look up to could be a bad guy. His detractors dislike that he refuses to look at the evidence that obviously proves that Kelley is a criminal. The developers seem to anticipate his polarised status since [[spoiler:he is the only person that will leave the group if he fails his Nerve Check and has a rather convoluted condition for returning]].


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** Robbie Sutcliffe's tense relationship with his homophobic father is widely accepted as an important struggle LGBT children face when raised in a homophobic household.


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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Players have commented that Britney could've been an example of bullies being a part of a cycle of abuse as former victims of bullying themselves. This is evidenced by Stacy showing Devon a yearbook photo of Britney in pigtails and braces, which should've been used to indicate that she was bullied for her appearance until she changed her appearance. [[spoiler:Players are also disappointed that Britney didn't comment on her past, but said that Lily's nice while she herself isn't instead, which boils down to the former saying that it's hard for her to be nice, which players find overdone among many redemption arcs Pixelberry uses.]]


* BrokenBase ''It Lives Beneath'''s quality compared to ''It Lives in the Woods'' is subject to debate. Some players think the second book is better because of the focus on action, mystery, and how mankind has the tendency to ruin things beyond their control. Others think the second book is worse because it feels less scarier and the characters come across as less memorable.

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* BrokenBase BrokenBase: ''It Lives Beneath'''s quality compared to ''It Lives in the Woods'' is subject to debate. Some players think the second book is better because of the focus on action, mystery, and how mankind has the tendency to ruin things beyond their control. Others think the second book is worse because it feels less scarier and the characters come across as less memorable.



* TearJerker:
** The final "Are you scared?" game will result in at least one death. The immediate aftermath is not pretty, especially if the deaths include you or Stacy. If Devon dies, they get to talk with Jane one last time. If Stacy dies, her mother desperately tries to find her.
** The epilogue ends with a memorial that becomes more heart-wrenching with each remembered person. In particular, Stacy's family shares some contagious tears during her eulogy, and the entire crowd chants "King Kang" during Andy's.
** No matter who [[spoiler:volunteers to take Jane's place]], the other will comfort her as she crosses over and be held in the arms of the sobbing survivor as the shadows overtake them.
** In Chapter 15 of ''It Lives Beneath'', Harper tells their friends to live their lives well before going to face Josephine alone. If someone died, [[spoiler:Harper tells the survivors to bury them in a place they would have liked (in Imogen or Parker's case) or take them back to their loved ones (in Tom or Danni's case).]]
** If Parker runs away and survives, he doesn't contact the gang for a long time. When he finally does, it's to say goodbye forever.
** If Harper dies in the finale, [[spoiler:Elliot comes home to an open door, texts Harper in a panic, and never gets a response.]]

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* TearJerker:
** The final "Are you scared?" game will result in at least one death. The immediate aftermath is not pretty, especially if the deaths include you or Stacy. If Devon dies, they get to talk with Jane one last time. If Stacy dies, her mother desperately tries to find her.
** The epilogue ends with a memorial that becomes more heart-wrenching with each remembered person. In particular, Stacy's family shares some contagious tears during her eulogy, and the entire crowd chants "King Kang" during Andy's.
** No matter who [[spoiler:volunteers to take Jane's place]], the other will comfort her as she crosses over and be held in the arms of the sobbing survivor as the shadows overtake them.
** In Chapter 15 of ''It Lives Beneath'', Harper tells their friends to live their lives well before going to face Josephine alone. If someone died, [[spoiler:Harper tells the survivors to bury them in a place they would have liked (in Imogen or Parker's case) or take them back to their loved ones (in Tom or Danni's case).]]
** If Parker runs away and survives, he doesn't contact the gang for a long time. When he finally does, it's to say goodbye forever.
** If Harper dies in the finale, [[spoiler:Elliot comes home to an open door, texts Harper in a panic, and never gets a response.]]
TearJerker: See [[TearJerker/ItLives here]].


* NightmareFuel: Itís expected, considering that itís a Horror genre series of novels. Examples include:
** ''It Lives in the Woods'':
*** The very first chapter shows a full-detailed animation of the clay monster (using Dan's face) melting right in front of Devon.
*** Despite being an AssholeVictim, Ben getting mauled by a bear is described in full detail, including the sickening sound of his dislocating arm.
*** Devon finding outside of the window [[spoiler:Cody's corpse impaled on a tree in the yard.]]
*** Chapter 10's flashback describes in full detail how Jane died.[[note]]Redfield tricked the gang to visit him at night and made them play "Are you scared?". After taking down every single one of them, Jane was the only one who resisted, prompting Redfield to kill her by snapping her neck while the others were forced to watch. Despite not showing her dead body, the full-on description of the scene doesn't help matters.[[/note]]
*** The penultimate chapter, where characters can die terrible deaths. The picture that shows all the corpses isn't very nice either, especially if a lot of the gang died.
** ''It Lives Beneath'':
*** In the first chapter, Harper sees how [[spoiler:Kyle is dragged to the bottom of the lake by a skeletal monster.]] According to both Ned and Parker, this has happened during ''years'', with the number of incidents increasing.
*** Ned tells Harper about how his wife died. Instead of opening the door, the locks looked forced from the inside, which implies that the bars in the windows are to prevent people from getting out, not to keep monsters outside. People from Pine Springs have to live in fear of being forced to drown every night, and are unable to admit thereís an evil force inhabiting the town, because they donít want to be labeled as crazy pariahs like Ned.
*** Chapter 4 ends with Harper, Danni, and Parker coming face to face with a MixAndMatchCritter that resembles a zombified bear with two faces and a snake for a tail, which pounces on Harper.
*** Chapter 8 introduces another MixAndMatchCritter. This one resembles a zombified Elk with two heads, one of which resembles more of a skull, covered with snakes. The Monster Bear is back. On top of that, the Lake Ghost makes its first full bodied appearance. It resembles a frail skeleton with glowing blue eyes and long green hair, who orders its minions to drown Harper and Elliot.
*** Chapter 13 reveals how the Society draws the Power. [[spoiler:Arthur's former wife, Josephine, is staked to the bottom of the lake and every marlinspike ritual for new members to gain the Power just kills her again and again for over 50 years. No wonder she's pissed.]]
*** Chapter 15 will be the end for the friend with the lowest Nerve score if the group score is too low. The description is very gruesome, and the flashes of red make it worse. [[spoiler:Tom is impaled by antlers, Imogen is mauled by a bear monster, Parker's head is bitten and crushed, and Danni is torn apart.]]
*** Chapter 17. The chapter is initially lighthearted, with Harper hanging out with their friends and family. There are one or two moments when it seems that Josephine is back, but they turn out to be CatScares. While you are cooking fishsticks at the end, you get an unwelcome visit from [[spoiler: [[DragonTheirFeet Richard Sutcliffe]], who knocks you out with a syringe. He then traps you in a coffin and drops you into the lake. If you fail to break out, you die.]]

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* NightmareFuel: Itís expected, considering that itís a Horror genre series of novels. Examples include:
** ''It Lives in the Woods'':
*** The very first chapter shows a full-detailed animation of the clay monster (using Dan's face) melting right in front of Devon.
*** Despite being an AssholeVictim, Ben getting mauled by a bear is described in full detail, including the sickening sound of his dislocating arm.
*** Devon finding outside of the window [[spoiler:Cody's corpse impaled on a tree in the yard.]]
*** Chapter 10's flashback describes in full detail how Jane died.[[note]]Redfield tricked the gang to visit him at night and made them play "Are you scared?". After taking down every single one of them, Jane was the only one who resisted, prompting Redfield to kill her by snapping her neck while the others were forced to watch. Despite not showing her dead body, the full-on description of the scene doesn't help matters.[[/note]]
*** The penultimate chapter, where characters can die terrible deaths. The picture that shows all the corpses isn't very nice either, especially if a lot of the gang died.
** ''It Lives Beneath'':
*** In the first chapter, Harper sees how [[spoiler:Kyle is dragged to the bottom of the lake by a skeletal monster.]] According to both Ned and Parker, this has happened during ''years'', with the number of incidents increasing.
*** Ned tells Harper about how his wife died. Instead of opening the door, the locks looked forced from the inside, which implies that the bars in the windows are to prevent people from getting out, not to keep monsters outside. People from Pine Springs have to live in fear of being forced to drown every night, and are unable to admit thereís an evil force inhabiting the town, because they donít want to be labeled as crazy pariahs like Ned.
*** Chapter 4 ends with Harper, Danni, and Parker coming face to face with a MixAndMatchCritter that resembles a zombified bear with two faces and a snake
See [[NightmareFuel/ItLives here]] for a tail, which pounces on Harper.
*** Chapter 8 introduces another MixAndMatchCritter. This one resembles a zombified Elk with two heads, one of which resembles more of a skull, covered with snakes. The Monster Bear is back. On top of that, the Lake Ghost makes its first full bodied appearance. It resembles a frail skeleton with glowing blue eyes and long green hair, who orders its minions to drown Harper and Elliot.
*** Chapter 13 reveals how the Society draws the Power. [[spoiler:Arthur's former wife, Josephine, is staked to the bottom of the lake and every marlinspike ritual for new members to gain the Power just kills her again and again for over 50 years. No wonder she's pissed.]]
*** Chapter 15 will be the end for the friend with the lowest Nerve score if the group score is too low. The description is very gruesome, and the flashes of red make it worse. [[spoiler:Tom is impaled by antlers, Imogen is mauled by a bear monster, Parker's head is bitten and crushed, and Danni is torn apart.]]
*** Chapter 17. The chapter is initially lighthearted, with Harper hanging out with their friends and family. There are one or two moments when it seems that Josephine is back, but they turn out to be CatScares. While you are cooking fishsticks at the end, you get an unwelcome visit from [[spoiler: [[DragonTheirFeet Richard Sutcliffe]], who knocks you out with a syringe. He then traps you in a coffin and drops you into the lake. If you fail to break out, you die.]]
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* FanPreferredCouple: Noah/Devon is surprisingly still quite popular after [[spoiler:the former's FaceHeelTurn]], with many fans expressing disappointment that he wasn't a love interest.

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Noah/Devon is surprisingly still quite fairly popular after [[spoiler:the former's FaceHeelTurn]], with many fans expressing disappointment that he wasn't a love interest.interest.
** Dan/Devon also has a healthy fanbase.


* AbandonShipping: Most Noah/Devon shippers jump ship after [[spoiler:the former's FaceHeelTurn]], though the pairing does still have a decent fanbase.

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* AbandonShipping: Most Noah/Devon shippers jump ship after [[spoiler:the former's FaceHeelTurn]], though the pairing does still have a decent decent-sized fanbase.

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* AbandonShipping: Most Noah/Devon shippers jump ship after [[spoiler:the former's FaceHeelTurn]], though the pairing does still have a decent fanbase.


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** [[JerkassWoobie Noah]]. Even after he [[spoiler:betrays his friends - and, depending on nerve scores, potentially gets all of them brutally murdered - his fans still love him and will defend his actions viciously.]]


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* FanPreferredCouple: Noah/Devon is surprisingly still quite popular after [[spoiler:the former's FaceHeelTurn]], with many fans expressing disappointment that he wasn't a love interest.


** Imogen became this after Chapter 6 of ''It Lives Beneath''. Some believe that she overreacted when Harper mentioned that her parents might be in league with the cult. Others believe that her reaction was justified given that Harper kept her in the dark on the investigations so far and gave no evidence to prove her parents' suspicious behavior. Moreover, supporters consider her one of the most resilient characters of the story as she actively helps others to safety as much as she can, and her empathy is seen as necessary to help her friends move onward with their goals. Detractors think she's the weak link in the group and cited her cowering in fear instead of fighting against the Society in Chapter 11.

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** Imogen became this after Chapter 6 of ''It Lives Beneath''. Some believe that she overreacted when Harper mentioned that her parents might be in league with the cult. Others believe that her reaction was justified given that Harper kept her in the dark on the investigations so far and gave no evidence to prove her parents' suspicious behavior. Moreover, supporters consider her one of the most resilient characters of the story as she actively helps others to safety as much as she can, and her empathy is seen as necessary to help her friends move onward with their goals. Detractors think she's the weak link in the group and cited her cowering in fear instead of fighting against the Society in Chapter 11.11 as an example.


* HarsherInHindsight: During an argument, Mrs. Marshall tells Noah that she wishes he [[spoiler:had died instead of Jane. This stings a lot more if Noah ends up being the one to take Jane's place, leaving her with no surviving children.]]

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* HarsherInHindsight: During an argument, Mrs. Marshall tells Noah that she wishes he [[spoiler:had died instead of Jane. This stings a lot more if Noah doesn't survive the final battle - and either way, she's still left with no surviving children, since he goes on the run if Devon ends up being the one to take Jane's place, leaving her with no surviving children.sacrifice.]]

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* HarsherInHindsight: During an argument, Mrs. Marshall tells Noah that she wishes he [[spoiler:had died instead of Jane. This stings a lot more if Noah ends up being the one to take Jane's place, leaving her with no surviving children.]]


** Imogen became this after Chapter 6 of ''It Lives Beneath''. Some believe that she overreacted when Harper mentioned that her parents might be in league with the cult. Others believe that her reaction was justified given that Harper kept her in the dark on the investigations so far and gave no evidence to prove her parents' suspicious behavior. Moreover, supporters consider her one of the most resilient characters of the story as she actively helps others to safety as much as she can, and her empathy is seen as necessary to help her friends move onward with their goals. Detractors think she's weak link in the group, citing her cowering in fear instead of fighting against the Society in Chapter 11.

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** Imogen became this after Chapter 6 of ''It Lives Beneath''. Some believe that she overreacted when Harper mentioned that her parents might be in league with the cult. Others believe that her reaction was justified given that Harper kept her in the dark on the investigations so far and gave no evidence to prove her parents' suspicious behavior. Moreover, supporters consider her one of the most resilient characters of the story as she actively helps others to safety as much as she can, and her empathy is seen as necessary to help her friends move onward with their goals. Detractors think she's the weak link in the group, citing group and cited her cowering in fear instead of fighting against the Society in Chapter 11.


** Imogen became this after Chapter 6 of ''It Lives Beneath''. Some believe that she overreacted when Harper mentioned that her parents might be in league with the cult. Others believe that her reaction was justified given that the reality is a person she barely knows is accusing her parents of being criminals. Some detractors noted that she didn't actively help the gang during the fight against The Society in Chapter 11 when they revealed that they intend to sacrifice Harper. Regardless of her nerve score, she cowered in terror while her friends were brutally beaten, including; Parker being knocked off the yacht, Tom being stabbed, and Danni being knocked unconscious. This caused them to consider her the weak link in the group. Supporters, on the other hand, argue that she's one of the most resilient characters of the book as she actively helps others to safety as much as she can, and her empathy is seen as necessary to help her friends move onward with their goals.

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** Imogen became this after Chapter 6 of ''It Lives Beneath''. Some believe that she overreacted when Harper mentioned that her parents might be in league with the cult. Others believe that her reaction was justified given that Harper kept her in the reality is a person she barely knows is accusing dark on the investigations so far and gave no evidence to prove her parents of being criminals. Some detractors noted that she didn't actively help the gang during the fight against The Society in Chapter 11 when they revealed that they intend to sacrifice Harper. Regardless of her nerve score, she cowered in terror while her friends were brutally beaten, including; Parker being knocked off the yacht, Tom being stabbed, and Danni being knocked unconscious. This caused them to parents' suspicious behavior. Moreover, supporters consider her the weak link in the group. Supporters, on the other hand, argue that she's one of the most resilient characters of the book story as she actively helps others to safety as much as she can, and her empathy is seen as necessary to help her friends move onward with their goals.goals. Detractors think she's weak link in the group, citing her cowering in fear instead of fighting against the Society in Chapter 11.



* BrokenBase ''It Lives Beneath'''s quality compared to ''It Lives in the Woods'' is subject to debate. Some players think the second book is better because of the focus on action, mystery, and how mankind has the tendency to ruin things beyond their control. Others think the second book is... less stellar to say the least because it feels less scarier and the characters less memorable.

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* BrokenBase ''It Lives Beneath'''s quality compared to ''It Lives in the Woods'' is subject to debate. Some players think the second book is better because of the focus on action, mystery, and how mankind has the tendency to ruin things beyond their control. Others think the second book is... less stellar to say the least is worse because it feels less scarier and the characters come across as less memorable.


* BrokenBase ''It Lives Beneath'''s quality compared to ''It Lives in the Woods'' is subject to debate. Some players think the second book is better because of the focus on action, mystery, and how mankind has the tendency to ruin things beyond their control. Others think the second book is... less stellar to say the least because it feels less scarier and the characters less memorable.



* DracoInLeatherPants: Josephine Vance. Some players fully support her vendetta against The Society and hate Arthur for allowing them to murder his wife instead of standing up to them, despite her killing countless innocent people in the process.
** Jocelyn Wu. Despite being depicted as a violent bully for a majority of ''It Lives in the Woods'', she has a decent fanbase due to her character design. Her reappearance at the end of ''It Lives Beneath'' has fans hopeful that she will be a love interest in a third ''It Lives'' Book.

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Josephine Vance. Some players fully support her vendetta against The Society and hate Arthur for allowing them to murder his wife instead of standing up to them, despite her killing countless innocent people in the process.
** Jocelyn Wu. Despite being depicted as a violent bully for a the majority of ''It Lives in the Woods'', she has a decent fanbase due to her character design. design, physical strength, and [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice during Homecoming]]. Her reappearance at the end of ''It Lives Beneath'' has fans hopeful hoping that she will be a love interest in a the third ''It Lives'' Book.book.

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** Jocelyn Wu. Despite being depicted as a violent bully for a majority of ''It Lives in the Woods'', she has a decent fanbase due to her character design. Her reappearance at the end of ''It Lives Beneath'' has fans hopeful that she will be a love interest in a third ''It Lives'' Book.


* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Players think Britneyís [[spoiler:reason for bullying Lily and then trying to explain her eventual abandonment to humiliate her is poorly justified, with some saying that it wouldíve been more effective if Britney was FormerlyFat and sees Lily as a reminder of how she was bullied for her weight. Moreover, a premium option to hang out with Stacy in Chapter 7 reveals that Britney used to have GirlishPigtails and PubescentBraces, which could've been used as indicators of her insecurity of her appearance.]]

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Players think Britneyís [[spoiler:reason reason for bullying Lily and then trying to explain her eventual abandonment to humiliate her is poorly justified, with some saying that it wouldíve been more effective if Britney was FormerlyFat and sees Lily as a reminder of how she was bullied for her weight. Moreover, a premium option to hang out with Stacy in Chapter 7 reveals that Britney used to have GirlishPigtails and PubescentBraces, which could've been used as indicators of her insecurity of her appearance.]]



*** Imogen. A SpoiledSweet young woman, she starts the book with her best friend drowning in the lake. Afterwards, she learns that her parents are members of the Society. While [[HopeSpot they seem affable at first]], they soon turn on her friends and try to kill them. Later on, she watches both of them being brutally murdered by the lake ghost. If she has a low nerve score, she rushes at the lake ghost in a blind rage.

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*** Imogen. A She's a SpoiledSweet young woman, she woman who starts the book with her best friend drowning in the lake. Afterwards, she learns that her parents are members of the Society. While [[HopeSpot they seem affable at first]], they soon turn on her friends and try to kill them. Later on, she watches both of them being brutally murdered by the lake ghost. If she has a low nerve score, she rushes at the lake ghost in a blind rage.


** Josephine Vance. Some players fully support her vendetta against The Society and hate Arthur for allowing them to murder his wife instead of standing up to them. Other players have voiced their sympathy towards Josephine but can't condone her killing innocent people and state that she's a monster who needed to be stopped.

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** Grandpa Arthur. Whether him saving Josephine Vance. Some players fully support in the present redeemed him for letting her vendetta against The Society and hate Arthur for allowing them to murder his wife instead of standing down in the past is up to them. Other players have voiced their sympathy towards Josephine but can't condone her killing innocent people and state that she's a monster who needed to be stopped.debate.


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* DracoInLeatherPants: Josephine Vance. Some players fully support her vendetta against The Society and hate Arthur for allowing them to murder his wife instead of standing up to them, despite her killing countless innocent people in the process.

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