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1Horace is a retro-style, heavy story driven platformer that branches out at certain parts into a metroidvania, created by Paul Helman. The story follows a robot named Horace, who is the newest member of an wealthy old man's large family. He soon become a part of the family and becomes friends with nearly everyone, and all is fine, until one day, when the Old Man has a heart attack, and Horace then shuts down and sleeps for several years. When he wakes up, he finds that his home, and the rest of the world, in ruin due to a GreatOffscreenWar that no one wants to talk about. Now, Horace must travel the world and reunite with everyone else.\----!!Tropes:* ArcVillain: [[spoiler:The Ether Boss is one for the estate segment, as he controls the other four elemental robots as well as all the living appliances. Once he's dealt with, the "Great and the Good", led by the Men in Black and Grey, take over as the final enemy.]]* ArtisticLicenseBiology: At the end of the game, [[spoiler: "New Preston" is born with a full head of hair]].* BaitAndSwitch: Two involving Mr. Silton.** The Blind Man's Atlas Gloves were stolen, leaving him with an empty box. Later Mr. Silton gives Horace a pair of Atlas gloves... and has a box of his own, meaning he ''wasn't'' the one who stole them.** The Post Office robbery "Going wrong" appears to be because Silton used his plumbing van with his name on it as an escape vehicle. What actually happened was that the stolen money vanished and the other robbers accused Silton and Preston of hoarding it [[spoiler: which Preston later turns out to be actually guilty of]].* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:After a long, hard, and harsh journey, as well as losing the lives of The Professor, Heather, Preston, Ether, Betty, Fluffers, Dr. Hiro, and Fort, Horace finally manages to bring an end to the war and save both the humans and the robots. Sadly, he's infected with the same virus that started to kill the other robots, but lives long enough for him to see the birth of Stilton and his wife's baby. Thankfully, he gets to go to heaven to be with the Old Man, who is his father, and Heather.]]* BookEnds: The story starts with a Horace meeting an Old Man, his wife, and Heather. [[spoiler:In the end, Stilton's kid says the same thing to refer to him, his wife, and their [[SomeoneToRemeberThemBy Heather.]]]]* CainAndAbelAndSeth: The Old Man, The Professor, and [[spoiler: The Man In Black]].* ChekhovsGag: [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext While traveling in time with a recently dead Professor]], Preston gives a fake ghost story that only Horace naively believes to be true. [[spoiler:In order to convince Fort, a robot who just lost his girlfriend that the afterlife exists, Horace tells the same ghost story for Fort to regain his faith in heaven.]]* ComputerVoice: Horace is voiced using text-to-speech. [[spoiler:The [[PsychoPrototype Ether Boss]], Fort, and Stilton and his wife's child also use a computer voice.]]* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Dr. Herral and The Man In Black]] fall from their mechs into pits of flame.* EveryOneCallsHimBarkeep: The Old Man and many characters associated with him (The Old Lady, The Professor, The Men in Black and Grey) are only referred to as their descriptions by Horace, even after he meets other unnamed "Old Men" or "Old Ladies".** It's implied there's a "Solomon" in the Old Man's family given his company being called "Solomon Automatons", but it's not clear if it's his name, [[spoiler: The Man In Black's]] name, or their surname.** Weirdly, this even applies to Horace himself. Silton always calls him "Robot", he is listed as "Robot" at the Summer Fete (none of the other participants are given a name either), as "Challenger" at the Video Game tournament (where the other participants DO have names), and his room in the Mansion is titled "The Robot's Room". The only times he is actually named as Horace is by the crate that he gets delivered in at the beginning of the game, and the computer he gets hooked up to after his HeroicBSOD.* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: The Ether Boss, when Horace destroys his glass dome, stops attacking you and just floats back and forth as it resigns itself to its fate.]]-->[[spoiler: Ether Boss: I suppose it's time I met my maker. Make it quick, won't you?]]** [[spoiler: Played straight and then ultimately subverted with the champion of the robot city games. It graciously leads itself to the crusher, and awaits its death at Horace's hands, reciting a poem as it waits. But Horace never crushes him, and the former champion is completely baffled as to why he's sparing him.]]* FourElementEnsemble: To broadcast a "NICE Virus" to turn the robots good, Horace must journey through the mansion and defeat several elemental robots. [[BlowYouAway A giant sphere that blows wind,]] [[DishingOutDirt an earth golem that throws rocks,]] [[MakingASplash a mermaid-bot that swims in the water]], and [[PlayingWithFire a bomb-throwing pyro complete with a jetpack.]] [[spoiler:The final robot, a giant robot brain in a jar called the Ether Boss, is revealed to have been a PsychoPrototype who gained control over the nanobots, and was sealed away due to being too powerful.]]* GreatOffScreenWar: The Human/Robot war which kicks off after Horace is deactivated due to humans forcing the robots to fight each other. Even after Horace wakes up, the war is still ongoing.* IfIDoNotReturn: [[spoiler:While flying a Rocket to the Moon, it starts to catch fire, during which Preston reveals that he stole the money from the heist that went wrong, and used it for drugs. [[{{Understatement}} Stilton wasn't pleased by this fact.]]]]* ItWasAGift: Though Horace didn't understand it, the gravity shoes that he wears were supposed to be a gift from The Old Man [[spoiler:before he died during the process of giving them to him]]* MercyKill: [[spoiler:[[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext A time traveling Professor]] [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself]] to kill the Ether Boss, stopping the broadcast of the KILL virus.]] The Ether Boss's response?-->'''Ether Boss:''' ''Thank You!''* NoOSHACompliance: Saws, spikes, flames, sparks, and SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom are everywhere. Fort seems to be the only one who notices or cares.-->'''Fort:''' Why are there saws here?-->'''Horace:''' It makes no sense.-->'''Fort:''' Those platforms don't look very safe. Be careful.-->'''Horace:''' [[SarcasmMode I don't know how I've managed without you]].* NotSoDifferent: The "Great and Good" humans want to kill off all free-willed robots, believe a robot that won't kill doesn't deserve to exist. Post war, the robot leaders "Decommissioned" all combat robots, believing that a robot designed for killing is pointless to keep around.* ReferenceOverdosed: Plenty of film, literature and game references, be it simple cameos or full on parodies. There's even a reference to the "Original Horace".* RewatchBonus: A real dark example. When time-traveling with The Professor, Horace ends up in the bedroom of The Old Man and The Professor's younger selves, and it's implied this [[StableTimeLoop gave them the drive to indulge in robots and time-travel]]. Looking closer, one might realize that [[spoiler:not only are there ''three'' beds, meaning there was a third kid offscreen, but one of the kids has a pair of glasses, which neither The Old Man nor The Professor wear. That wasn't The Old Man's past self who Horace smiled at, it was the Man In Black's]].* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: The Siltons name their daughter after the recently deceased [[spoiler: Heather]], and it's inferred he quickly got her pregnant again in order to do the same for [[spoiler: Preston]].* SweetAndSourGrapes: If Horace opts to save [[spoiler:the Man In Black from his DisneyVillainDeath, Silton kills him anyway via mushroom poisoning]].* TakeThat: UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump is a member of the "Great and Good" and thus ends up [[spoiler: getting stranded on the moon in the end]].* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler:The reason Alice is such a hoarder, specifically bikes? She had a son that died in a bicycle accident.]]* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: All robots that came after Horace had his personality, like his love of video games, sports, and music, but ''not'' [[CharacterDevelopment his growth and love for humans.]] [[spoiler:When said robots were forced to kill each other? They instead turned their guns on the humans, and have been trying to destroy humanity since Horace fell asleep.]]* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:** How did the junkyard owner's wife react to him seemingly vanishing off the face of the Earth?** Logan deserted the army alongside another man, but we never find out who.** Captain Mike Hapton disappears after the group land on the moon.** The Robot Capitol is never visited again after Horace leaves, thus we never see the Robots reaction to their "King" abandoning them.** Horace meets [[spoiler: Heather and The Old Man in the afterlife, and ONLY them. None of the other people who died are seen]].


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