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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:350:With great power comes a great... [[IAmAHumanitarian lunch]]]]²²->''"NOTHING WILL PROTECT YOU FROM ME! NOT MEN! NOT WEAPONS! NOT ARMOR!!!"''²-->-- '''Alex Mercer'''²²''VideoGame/TheIncredibleHulkUltimateDestruction'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] the ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay T-1000]]'' MEETS ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}''. [[{{Gorn}} Put inside a blender]] and [[ImAHumanitarian made sure it]] ''[[ImAHumanitarian mixes evenly]]''.²²''Prototype'' is an open world sandbox game developed by Creator/RadicalEntertainment (Not to be confused with Free Radical Design) and released by Creator/{{Activision}} in June 2009. The game stars Alex Mercer, a [[EasyAmnesia man with no memories]] and a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge large chip on his shoulder]] who [[WakingUpAtTheMorgue wakes up at the morgue]] as a VoluntaryShapeshifter with the ability to [[ImAHumanitarian absorb anyone he comes into contact with]] -- assimilating ''their'' [[BrainFood memories]] in the process. In his attempts to [[JigsawPuzzlePlot rediscover his past]], he tangles with the [[ArmiesAreEvil shadowy military unit]], Blackwatch, the [[SemperFi United States Marine]] [[PunchClockVillain Corps]], and the growing forces of [[TheVirus the Infected]], mutants with powers [[NotSoDifferent similar to his own]], albeit [[NotEvenHuman much less human]]. The game is ''exceptionally'' [[CatharsisFactor bloody]] and [[VideogameCrueltyPotential places no moral restrictions on the player's actions]].²²'''Never''' [[DuelingGames to be confused]] with ''[[VideoGame/InFAMOUS inFAMOUS]]'' -- believe us, the [[FandomRivalry fans sure don't]].²²As often seen those days, ''Prototype'' spans multiple media. Much like ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' and ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the backstory of some characters along with some events unseen in the game are explored in the six-parter ''Prototype'' comic book published by ''Wildstorm''.²²A sequel, ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'', was released in April 2012. This page is for the original game ''Prototype''. Please place tropes exhibited in the sequel on the appropriate page.²²On June 28, 2012, Activision announced major layoffs at Radical Entertainment, citing that the ''Prototype'' IP "did not find a broad commercial audience"; casting doubt on the possibility of the franchise continuing.²²----²!!This game provides examples of:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:#-F]]²%% NOTE: Please leave "HundredPercentCompletion" here -- it displays as "100% Completion", and as such belongs under "#-F".²* HundredPercentCompletion: Even if you complete the main plot, it's possible to go back and complete all the challenges, Web of Intrigue sections, and find all the collectables -- some don't even unlock until [[PlayableEpilogue you've finished the plot]].²* AbsurdlySharpClaws: One of the earliest upgrades and [[DiscOneNuke very good for crowd control]].²* ActionCommands: You need these to sabotage stationary virus detectors, hijack stuff, and counter {{Super Soldier}}s.²* AlphaStrike: The player can do this by first dropping artillery from a high point, then dropping Alex as artillery(read: Bulletdive Drop) just before the actual one finishes, then unleashing a devastator immediately after recovering. If the main threat isn't obliterated by then, it means trouble.²* AlternateHistory: Some [[WildMassGuessing theorize]] this, as there is a place that LOOKS like Ground Zero, but only one tower is missing. However, "Hope, Idaho" is a real, [[spoiler:non-nuked]] town, so this does still fit here.²* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: One of the most depressing versions.²-->[[spoiler:'''Alex''': "I am the virus."]]²* AmnesiacDissonance:²** Turns out [[spoiler:the ''real'' Alex Mercer is much more psychotic than the Blacklight construct, especially at the end of the eighteen days. To put it into perspective, the virus is fiercely protective of Mercer's sister, while Alex himself only saw her as an information source, and cared so little about her that he was quite willing to release the Blacklight virus for nothing other than flipping off the world when she was clearly in the immediate danger zone. Also, Alex created the most deadly virus in the history of mankind, possibly the world, and then released it on New York out of spite when he was caught trying to steal it. '''''The virus itself''' is deeply disgusted by this.'']]²* AntiHero: Alex Mercer. More emphasis on "anti" than on "hero" (It's stated in one Web of Intrigue node that Mercer is a sociopath, although this might be referring to [[spoiler:the original Alex Mercer]]). Might even drift into VillainProtagonist. [[spoiler:He develops into something of a hero by the end.]] It depends on your playthrough and how much you enjoy tossing civilians around.²* ApatheticCitizens: Two thirds of Manhattan is crawling with ravenous zombies, and all exits are cut off by the military. So what does the remaining population of Manhattan do? Walk around, cough sometimes. ''Traffic is still running smoothly.'' At least they have the decency to panic when you start picking up cars. While it's semi-justified by the city being under strict martial law, it doesn't really explain some of the less intelligent things they do, such as [[TooDumbToLive walking into zombie districts]] despite the constant screams of the innocent, the moans of zombies, the sound of gunfire and explosions, and the [[EnvironmentalSymbolism the blood red sky]] filled with crows.²* AppendageAssimilation: Though technically you're not really taking the actual appendage, just the mass. Counts when you become those you assimilate, though.²* ArmiesAreEvil:²** Blackwatch shoots first, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill keeps shooting]], [[CrossesTheLineTwice shoots some more]], [[PlayingWithSyringes conducts autopsies]] if any corpses are left intact, and never asks questions. It's not surprising, seeing how on the Web of Intrigue, you find out that [[spoiler:[[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain they were founded to make biological weapons capable of targeting specific minorities]], but were switched to their present day containment role after the Hope disaster, which they started.]]²** Subverted with the Marines. They're working with Blackwatch, but not because they want to. [[JustFollowingOrders They have to.]] So while they end up committing much of the same atrocities, they're ''definitely'' not happy about it.²* ArtificialBrilliance: Although the individual AI of most [=NPCs=] is [[ArtificialStupidity rather poor]], the game is fully capable of rendering literally ''hundreds'' of them at a time, all performing their AI routines without screw-up and, if they're of the same faction, even cooperating with each other.²* ArtificialStupidity:²** Even New Yorkers can't be this dumb.²** The military always believes when you use the the Patsy ability, and they will always shoot the person you pointed out. [[StuffBlowingUp Even the demolition expert right next to the target...]]²* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Several:²** Though it is stated in game that the US Marines are occupying Manhattan (with the US Air Force supposedly providing air superiority for the quarantine, as F-22s can be seen in Web of Intrigue cutscenes), little of the equipment shown in game is used by the Marines in real life. AH-64D Apache Longbows, UH-60 Blackhawks and M3 Bradleys are used by the Army, not the Marines. Marine equivalents to these vehicles respectively are the AH-1Z Viper, UH-1Y Venom and LAV-25/AAV-7 Amtrac. The Marines do, however, use the M1 Abrams. ²** The final battle takes place on a US Navy aircraft carrier, operating about a mile off the coast of Manhattan and launching AH-64 Apaches (which are used by the US Army) and F-35 Lightnings (which are used by the Marines, Navy and Air Force). Aircraft carriers don't operate that close to land, not only for safety reasons to but also so they have room to change speed and orientation for flight operations. AH-64s would not operate off a carrier. ²* ArtShift: The Web of Intrigue clips are primarily real-life photos with special effects and most faces obscured or blurred out. Sometimes with gameplay footage mixed in, which is rather odd seeing both together.²* AsLethalAsItNeedsToBe: Why you cannot deal a fatal blow to Specialist Cross when you first encounter him, no matter what you do on his last sliver of health.²* ATasteOfPower: The beginning of the game is a tutorial level that starts you out near the end of the story, with Alex having maxed out powers and stats. After laying waste to Blackwatch, Infected, several Hunters, and the second-to-last Web of Intrigue target, the game then flashes back 3 weeks to the start of the story.²* AttackBackfire: If Specialist Cross isn't trying to blow you up, it is a bad idea to use the Whipfist on him. That cattle prod of his will make you regret it.²* AttackReflector: Although almost randomly, the Shield power will nevertheless deflect small arms bullets from the front. If you're close enough, it'll take out the shooter.²* AuraVision: Two kinds -- Thermal and Infected. Both are basically the same thing but with a different palette. Thermal highlights heat signatures (non-combatants aren't highlighted) while Infected marks enemies with a much clearer glow. Thermal has the added benefit of filtering smoke out, and Infected has the benefit of cutting out ambient sound and other distractions.²* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler:Alex Mercer is dead, having died in Penn Station after ''he'' released the virus that killed a whole hell of a lot of people. The name of this virus is Blacklight. Guess who you are? Yeah, go figure. You're in Alex's body because you reanimated it, and have been running around believing yourself to be him]]. Life sucks, huh? On the bright side, though, [[spoiler:at least you're not the monster that the real Alex Mercer was]].²* BackStab: The Stealth Consume ability. One of the animations from a non-upgraded stealth consume literally shows Alex "stabbing" the victim's spine with a straightened hand. In any case, Stealth Consume is a silent insta-kill on all normal humans.²* BadassBoast:²** "NOTHING CAN PROTECT YOU FROM ME! NOT MEN! NOT WEAPONS! NOT ARMOR!"²** Or in the same mission, when [[spoiler:you're chasing Taggart]] and they send ''three measly tanks'' to stop you: "LIKE IT'S GONNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE!"²* BadassBookworm: Alex Mercer. [[spoiler:He's got a Ph.D, his work was ahead of everyone else's...]] and now he's turned into an unstoppable person of mass destruction. There's also the fact that he's consumed literally ''dozens'' of scientists in multiple fields of study, along with multiple high-ranking military officers and pilots. That adds up to a man who has the collective brains of dozens of scientists and military experts, in the body of a nigh-unstoppable badass.²* BadassCreed: '''"WHEN WE HUNT, WE KILL. NO ONE IS SAFE; NOTHING IS SACRED.''' '''''[[ArmiesAreEvil WE ARE BLACKWATCH!]]''''' '''WE ARE THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE! WE WILL BURN OUR OWN TO [[HoldTheLine HOLD THE RED LINE]], IT IS THE LAST LINE TO EVER HOLD."'''²* BadassNormal: [[TheDragon Specialist Cross]], who can kill [[SuperPoweredMooks Hunters]] in hand-to-hand and can even hold his own in a mano-a-mano fight against a moderately powered-up Alex (and even manages to render him unconscious in the after-fight cutscene by exploiting Alex's paralyzing flashbacks). All of Blackwatch gets an honorable mention. Even when in your grasp and helpless, they will often still show bravado.²* BadPowersBadPeople: Okay, Alex is the [[SociopathicHero closest thing to a hero we have]], but he's got a long way to go and his skillset still revolves around [[IAmAHumanitarian eating people]].²* BareFistedMonk: If the Super Soldiers aren't busy throwing stuff, this is how they would fight since they wield only hands and feet. Alex can also do the same with just the variety of moves purchased from the combat category menu.²* BerserkButton: Several.²** In [[GeneralRipper General Randall's]] case, never, ever, call Alex Mercer 'he.' Also, don't question his orders. [[KnightTemplar Blackwatch]] in general seems to hold everyone in contempt, and takes even minor infractions or vague evidence of infection as justification for brutal execution.²** For Elizabeth Greene, please do not try to [[spoiler:steal her baby]].²** As for Alex Mercer, it ''starts'' with people shooting at him after waking up in the morgue. And that button takes a looooooooong time to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge get unstuck]]. However, he does have two specific buttons. First, do not mess with his sister. Second, after he spends some quality time with his new conscience later in the game, he gets absolutely ''pissed'' at the people who senselessly waste life and condemn others to take the easy way out.²* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:[=McMullen=] knows that Alex can [[BrainFood consume him for information]] only if his brain is intact, so he shoots himself in the head.]]²* BigApplesauce: The game is set in Manhattan.²* BigBadEnsemble: Elizabeth Greene on the Infected side, General Randall on the Blackwatch side (with both Cross and Taggart as his CoDragons), Alex [[PersonOfMassDestruction all on his own]] [[EvilVersusEvil for the Blacklight side]] (though this becomes less true as the game goes on), and [[spoiler:"Cross"/The Supreme Hunter (the closest thing to TheDragon Elizabeth had)]], who [[DragonAscendant gets in on the act]] with a rather impressive BatmanGambit.²* BigNo:²** Super Soldiers are notoriously known for these; when there's a group of them being pushed around by Mercer or the Hunters, they will let out a really big "no" from time to time. They can [[UpToEleven go beyond]] by screaming in rapid-fire succession on Military vs. Infected events.²** Alex can be seen practically screaming this when the Hive bursts open just as [=McMullen=] arrives, causing him to leave.²* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The good news is Alex has saved New York City from a nuke, but the bad news is that he is not happy with the AwfulTruth, Dana is comatose after rescuing her from Elizabeth Greene, Karen has betrayed him, and the virus has yet to be stopped]].²* BlackAndGreyMorality: Once you know a bit about Mercer, Blackwatch, and the Infected, you'll probably feel that none of the three is going to make all things fine and dandy again as it was before the disaster.²* BlackHelicopter: Very true of Blackwatch helicopters, as BW vehicles have a much darker tan than the USMC counterparts.²* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Three out of Alex's five offensive powers consist of him turning his arm(s) into some sort of bladed implement.²* BlessedWithSuck: PARIAH. Based on some of the imagery in the Web of Intrigue, [[spoiler:[[WalkingWasteland every living thing he touches dies horribly]]. He's said to be responsible for five deaths (it's not clear if they're counting animals with this, as there was at least one bird). Also, if he's anything like his mother, he's going to be six years old forever. It puts his code-name in perspective.]]²* BodyHorror: The low and mid-level Infected.²* BoringButPractical:²** Need to mow down a large group of Blackwatch soldiers as quickly as possible but don't have enough energy for a devastator? Just grab an assault rifle and go to town.²** While certainly cool-looking, [[InstantArmor Armor]] doesn't really do anything as flashy as Alex's offensive powers, and limits his superhuman LeParkour skills even more than the [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Shield]] does. But it severely reduces all incoming damage from any direction, and is practically a requirement for engaging late-game foes in close combat, especially in conjunction with the Blade.²* BossInMooksClothing: Leader Hunters, the first one you meet actually serving as a boss. Essentially bigger stronger version of normal hunters, to a huge degree where even if you steal a tank it takes repeated hits to kill them.²* BottomlessMagazines: The weapons you need to use to complete certain side-events will have unlimited ammo. Averted in regular gameplay; while you never need to reload, you have limited ammo. Soldiers, however, need to reload but have unlimited ammo.²* BrainFood: Alex's quest to piece together the JigsawPuzzlePlot is accomplished by extracting information directly from the conspirators' brains. He does this by "[[ImAHumanitarian assimilating biomass]]". He can also become an InstantExpert in the same way.²** EatBrainForMemories²* BreakMeter: "[[spoiler:'''SUPREME HUNTER''']] '''STUNNED'''. GRAB [-THE-] [[spoiler:SUPREME HUNTER]]." Cue ActionCommands for [[ButtonMashing free hits]] if you comply.²* BreathWeapon: One boss spits out chunks of concrete from its major orifice to attack you.²* BroughtDownToBadass: After going a few rounds with Cross, [[spoiler:Alex is infected with a parasite that negates his attack and defense powers until he finds a cure]]. He is still as fast and as strong as before, though, and retains his disguises (and his ability to eat people.)²* ButtonMashing:²** The description for the Air Combo clearly states to press the primary attack thrice ''right after'' giving something or someone the Uppercut Launcher. Due to the animation and brief slow motion delay, it's just better to mash the attack key until the combo goes through. An additional unlock called the Spike Driver acts as an extra finisher move to knock the target back down to the ground.²** Claws are fast enough to just keep tapping the attack button in the midst of elite zombies and below.²** This is usually the reliable way to get {{Super Soldier}}s to block your attacks, leaving them vulnerable to a grappling slam. However, if you overdo it, they'll counter you for a decent amount of damage.²** It is the most effective way to ensure that you successfully hijack a vehicle overtly, as you run the risk of being blown off very quickly once the hijack sequence starts in the middle of other hostile vehicles.²** One of the available ways to handle a particular boss twice in the game whenever you damage him enough over a short period.²* CallAHitPointASmeerp: Evolution Points are experience points that work as currency to purchase any available upgrades.²* CallingYourAttacks:²** Inverted; Captain Cross calls his ''inability to attack'' when he needs to reload, hinting that you should start counterattacking now.²** You can hear radio-chatter of military vehicles as they engage their targets (or you) about using their selected weapon immediately.²* CannibalismSuperpower: One of Alex's main powers.²* CarFu: It's entirely possible as an offensive staple for the entire game to use cars and helicopters as HomingBoulders, if you are quick enough to grab and throw. The Musclemass Throw upgrade simply makes Car Fu a lot more effective with faster thrown stuff and more damage.²* CastFromHitPoints: The Devastators, but only from Critical Mass hitpoints.²* CatchAndReturn: Skilled players can catch and hurl back the generic debris that the LightningBruiser type enemies throw at Alex. You even get an achievement for it.²* CharacterDevelopment: The protagonist slowly becomes more heroic throughout the game. He starts out as a monster on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, but by the end [[spoiler:he's putting himself at great risk to save the city from a nuke]].²* ChargeMeter & ChargedAttack: Most moves can be charged for greater effect, even non-offensive ones. Charging certain attacks to the max is required to perform {{Limit Break}}s.²* ChekhovsGun:²** [[spoiler:Greene's enigmatic "I am your mother" before she took off is actually a tip to tell you that the Alex you're playing as isn't the real Alex Mercer.]]²** Whenever Alex consumes a Web of Intrigue target, he'll suddenly fall to his knees and grasp his head in pain. [[spoiler:Captain Cross will invoke this weakness in order to inject you with the parasite, and one of the Web of Intrigue videos you can unlock prior to the battle has [=McMullen=] note this weakness.]]²** When you're [[spoiler:defending the Bloodtox pumper]] later on in the game, you'll encounter a number of Leader Hunters, which will deal huge damage to your escorted target if left alone. But, if you look back at the first Leader Hunter mission, Alex makes a point that they're very easily distracted, so if you just punch one of them a couple of times, it will completely ignore its orders and chase you around, allowing you and the military to gun it down while the target remains unscathed.²* CheckPoint: The missions can feature a few each, especially after each tense sequence.²* CherryTapping:²** One of the safest means to kill virtually any enemy up to the second boss (you could try this on the third, but it isn't likely to work on any other difficulty than Easy) is to use the secondary fire of the Whipfist, which basically shoots your arm out like a bullet at a target. Doesn't do much damage, but you can do it mid-jump with a practical guarantee your opponent will never catch you.²** Due to the huge ammo capacity for maxed out machine gun mastery, you'll have quite a bit to spam with the weakest projectiles in the game. Since those guns don't necessarily have immediate availability all the time, it's also a lot more impractical.²* ClosedCircle: Alex is incapable of leaving Manhattan for the duration of the game. The game employs several tricks to make this somewhat sensible.²** For some reason, both Blacklight and Redlight are averse to water, so he can't swim out. Trying to jump/glide out is also impossible. Even if by some miracle you could get all the way to the ''Reagan'', the game kills your controls if you get too far. One of the Landmark locations forces you to get around this mechanic, as it's far enough out to sea that the controls are disabled before you can actually reach it.²** The bridges are blockaded, and though you can fight your way past, the military will call down an artillery strike. (In game, Alex is physically incapable of crossing the bridges due to an invisible wall; this is readily apparent when you try to leave just after getting the ability to free roam. Cars and traffic will be able to leave, but you'll just keep jogging into a barrier.)²** Finally, Blackwatch has a ''very'' strict no-fly zone around the island, shooting down even passenger jets that get too close, and have extremely heavy boat patrols. In-game, this manifests as your helicopter getting scrapped if you fly too far over water.²* ClusterFBomb: The Marines tend to swear like, well, [[ShapedLikeItself Marines]].²* CognizantLimbs: [[spoiler:Greene's OneWingedAngel form]] requires three of its appendages to be taken out before the main spine falls over and becomes susceptible to damage.²* CollisionDamage:²** An odd inversion when you ''start to accelerate'' on your sprint while shield/armor is equipped and any human class entities within a finger's reach of your starting point will get killed like you've been travelling at a hundred. Most likely justified by Newton's Third Law, considering he has the mass of about a hundred normal humans. Big time averted as Alex himself does not so much as lose a sliver of health even when a vehicle speeds into him.²** Inversion also subverted in that you could be sprinting with max upgrades at top speed into crowds of people without shield/armor and they'll just get knocked down. Then they get up, curse you for it, and go about their business. All that when Alex weighs enough to make craters from high falls. Of course, if you do this with Shield or Armor active, [[RocksFallEveryoneDies everyone dies]].²* ColorfulThemeNaming: A man who's infected with Blacklight battles both Greene (who's infected with Redlight) and Blackwatch.²* ColorWash:²** The sky becomes blood-red whenever you're in an Infected zone. For that matter, so does a lot of the ground, the terrain, the zombies and mutants and giant pulsing hives... in fact, it'd be safe to say this is one of the ''reddest'' games ever made besides those released on the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy.²** The zones are actually color-coded using very large tinted domes which you can see if you fly high enough. Everything in an Infected zone has a heavy red tint, everything in a Military-controlled zone has a noticeable blue tint, and in areas where they overlap everything is slightly purple.²* CombatPragmatist: Face it, when you can kill a human being with a single, glancing punch, there really isn't any such thing as a fair fight.²* CombatTentacles:²** One of Alex's combat powers, the Whipfist, invokes this. One of the [[LimitBreak Devastators]], the Tendril Barrage, basically skewers anything within a thirty foot radius with these.²** The Hydra enemy is just one giant Combat Tentacle that can split into two at its tip, which allows lesser internal tendrils to [[GrapplingHookPistol latch onto objects and reel them in]] so that its entire form can act as a throwing arm. Not to mention its basic close-quarter-combat ability in the form of a TailSlap.²* ConspiracyKitchenSink: The game files include textures of documents which refer to quite a few conspiracy theories; including the Knights Templar and the Freemasons as having some form of control over the US Government and/or Military and the idea that the September 11 terror attacks were a false flag operation, amongst others. Pre-release information also implicated the 1918 Flu Pandemic as being caused by something other than Influenza.²* CoupDeGraceCutscene: The final fight.²* CrapsackWorld: Oh ''boy''.²* CrazyPrepared: Captain Cross. With only his BadassNormal abilities (and his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Crazy Preparedness]]), he took on [[PersonOfMassDestruction Alex Mercer]] and ''didn't die''.²* CreepyChild: [[spoiler:PARIAH, again.]]²* CripplingOverspecialization: The entire US Military!²-->'''Colonel Taggart:''' We've been preparing to fight the wrong war, We can't beat this! We need to pull out and deal with it at a distance!²* CriticalAnnoyance:²** The sudden jet of air sound that plays once you get into [[LastChanceHitPoint Adrenaline Surge]].²** Just before hitting that point, the screen will start to lose its color. In Adrenaline Surge, the screen will be almost monochrome, which can be a bit jarring all of a sudden as you look for something to consume. Or, more likely, run like hell for the auto-heal to kick in.²* CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption: Though it isn't really plot relevant, Alex cannot simply drop something he's grabbed. You have to do a damaging move, which will kill any poor civilians you might have grabbed by accident. The only way to drop someone or something unharmed is to be hit by something mild, like a zombie's paw.²* CurbStompBattle:²** In a very literal application of this trope, one of the consume animations features you curb-stomping your food into paste before eating it. In general, any time you raid a military base is almost a guaranteed success, unless you're horribly careless. NewGamePlus is essentially a license to curb stomp.²** There's also a rather useless but amusing upgrade you can purchase that lets you stomp on fallen enemies.²* CursedWithAwesome: Alex. The driving force for most of the game is his RoaringRampageOfRevenge to find out who gave him his powers.²* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Alex's acquisition of Armour in-cutscene comes with an effect that throws around the Infected dogpiling him. The in-game transformation doesn't let you do that. Similarly, the intro cutscene shows Alex, in no particular order, using weapon powers in tandem with a disguise (when they cancel your disguise in-game) and using the Blade to block a grenade without so much as flinching (this will knock you down guaranteed otherwise). Alex is also capable of becoming anyone he has absorbed if the plot requires it.²* DamnYouMuscleMemory:²** Step 1--Play a rousing run of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''. Step 2--Pop on ''Prototype'' and infiltrate a base. Step 3 -- Almost blow your cover when you hear ''one damn trumpet note'' and punch the guy you're about to eat.²** Just try going from ''Prototype'' to ''VideoGame/InFAMOUS'' (or vice versa) without screwing up the controls.²** Hell, even going from a session of Prototype 2 back to Prototype 1 can mess up players, due to the differences in several mechanics such as stealth consumption and combat. One such example is that the grab button [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin grabs people]] instead of giving several button promps like it did in the sequel. Another change is the combat, as a player will expect to use the multi-weapon system from Prototype 2 but end up using a heavy attack instead.²** Another change between Prototype 1 and 2 is the movement. In Prototype 2, the engine was changed so that Heller would automatically jump when at the critical point of his jump's charge, while Mercer can hold his jumps indefinitely. This also ties directly into the air glide system, as the changes to the controls can be troubling for players trying to leap over a building (or several) [[InASingleBound in a single bound]].²* DeadlyGas: Bloodtox, a reddish gas that is harmless (although noticeably bad-smelling, as stated by a Marine in Web of Intrigue) to humans, but really screws up the Infected. However, in-game, all it does is cause Elizabeth Greene to [[spoiler:go OneWingedAngel]] and slowly drain Alex's health bar.²* DeadlyLunge: Captain Cross breaks this out if you try to use a dropped gun to shoot him.²* DeathFromAbove: Alex has several drop moves, but as mentioned in AwesomeButImpractical, the ultimate example of this trope is the insanely powerful and hard to pull off Bullet Dive. The immediate area around the point of impact tends to be... ''clean''. You can also invoke this using helicopters, artillery, and other various combat drop moves specific to certain powers. Or just plain chucking stuff from high above.²* DeathOfAThousandCuts: Players experienced in the use of Whipfist's Streetsweeper move will realize that exceptionally tough organic enemies placed right next to Alex's left side will succumb to a cascade of hits once the whip swings past to the left. Generally, all directions work as long as the target is within a finger's reach, but those on Alex's left when the whip completes the swing will incur the most damage. Charging up Streetsweeper will significantly heighten the pain that's dealt. Using this tactic on armor, however, will take a while.²* DegradedBoss: The first time you encounter Hunters, they serve as a somewhat difficult boss in one of the story-related missions. Later on in the game, they more or less serve as EliteMooks and are very easily killed by a sufficiently upgraded Alex.²* DesperationAttack: Adrenaline Surge. It's a LastChanceHitPoint feature that allows you one shot at a LimitBreak of your choosing in the face of near death. Of course, this is somewhat suicidal on Hard mode, so it's better to use that brief moment to run for cover.²* {{Determinator}}: If Alex decides he wants you dead, nothing can protect you from him. Not men. Not weapons. Not armor.²* DiagonalCut: Humans and basic infected can suffer such dismemberment. Easiest way for the player to accomplish this is with the Claw power's first strike.²* DieChairDie: Tables, sofas, and refrigerators, too. Practically anything that can't be destroyed can still be pretty well trashed. There are fair few objects that can't be interacted with at all.²* DifficultySpike:²** Let's be honest, there are points that will make you pull your hair out. Greene and the Supreme Hunter are the two big choke points, because they shrug off damn near everything that worked up until this point. It's downright vicious if you're going for the "No Deaths" Achievement. The final boss fight is easily the worst part of the game, because it's a timed mission that doesn't let you see the timer until it's half-gone and requires you to keep up a steady stream of damage to have any hope of winning, on top of the fact that the boss has an attack that will outright kill you if it connects.²** [[DifficultySpike Much worse]] in Hard Mode, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Everything hits harder and can take more damage, to the point where bullets can actually do some real damage to Alex. You're going to have to ''earn'' that Achievement for beating it.²** Hard Mode's first fight with Cross. No amount of practice in normal difficulty and prior play in hard can prepare you for the beatdown lying in wait. You'll find yourself forced to use tactics you don't normally use in Cross fights of lower difficulties.²** Certain [[RankInflation Platinum Medals]] are very hard to win, some more than others.²** The first Hunter fight.²* DisconnectedSideArea: The USS Reagan appears fairly early in the game. Attempts to reach it are met with '''[[DropInNemesis very lethal]]''' force until [[spoiler:you reach the last mission]].²* DisproportionateRetribution:²** Oh, so very, ''very'' much when [[spoiler:the real Alex Mercer released the Blacklight virus into Penn Station]], which was full of innocent people, and quite possibly doomed all of Manhattan or ''worse'' -- and did so with full knowledge of the ramifications of those actions. The reason? [[ItsAllAboutMe Pure spite]]; first because [[spoiler:GENTEK didn't keep him in the loop about what was being done with his research, and then because [[TakingYouWithMe he knew that he was going to be killed anyway]]]].²** Blackwatch's general response to ''anything''. In fact, sometimes they will kill you just for [[strike:shits and giggles]] existing.²** What Alex does to most of his victims. Except for maybe [[spoiler:Randall and Taggart]]. Some people would argue that what happened there was more along the lines of KarmicDeath in action.²* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: ²** The art director said he designed Greene's outfit to resemble fetish clothing.²** A chemical spray weapon being used to pin down an enemy and remove their cover, that is supposedly harmless to humans but is implied to actually have nasty side effects...are we talking about the bloodtox that Blackwatch deploys or [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Agent Orange]]? This is even lampshaded when someone asks how Bloodtox would be deployed.²* TheDragon: The Supreme Hunter to Elizabeth Greene. Cross to General Randall.²* DragonAscendant: [[spoiler:The Supreme Hunter after Elizabeth Greene is killed.]]²* DragonTheirFeet: After you kill [[spoiler:PatientZero Elizabeth Greene, her "offspring", the Supreme Hunter, engages in a BatmanGambit to manipulate Alex into destroying Blackwatch and letting the city be nuked, so the Supreme Hunter can escape undetected and restart the infection elsewhere.]]²* DullSurprise: Though it's more the fault of the game engine than the acting (since it's not done using a cutscene), when [[spoiler:the Leader Hunter escapes with Dana]], Alex's ''voice'' fits the situation, but his character model keeps the typically blank expression. Not really an appropriate reaction for [[spoiler:watching a freakish Infected beast run off with the [[MoralityPet only person you care about]].]]²* DynamicEntry:²** You get several moves that allow you to go zoom into an area and demolish it without missing a beat or being noticed before the dismembered corpses start (literally) [[LudicrousGibs raining from the sky]].²** Though you really aren't the only thing in the game that can do this. Stand around in an infected zone long enough and watch yourself be randomly tackled by a Hunter.²* EasterEgg: Hidden near an air conditioner on a rooftop north-east of Central Park [[spoiler:is [[AnArmAndALeg a severed leg]] that could not have come from any of the pedestrians, military, or infected that only appear on the streets below. It spawns unfailingly in the exact same position and condition every time you load up a game.]]²* EasyAmnesia: Both [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] and [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]: [[spoiler:[[TomatoInTheMirror You're not actually Alex Mercer]], you're just [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie a viral mutant]] who [[BecomingTheMask thinks he is]].]]²* EasyExp: Right before attempting Behind The Glass, the collectible orbs spawn in free-roam. Occasionally, even the loading screen tips you off that there are 92 collectibles in Central Park and Times Square altogether. If you collect all of them, this adds up to a good 1-2 million EXP for your powers, plus whatever else you collect along the way. Depending on how you go about it, this will cover your upgrades to at or near the BroughtDownToBadass segment of the game.²* EldritchAbomination: Semi-applies in so far as you sort of are this. OK, there have been multiple FAR more impressive examples, but not exactly in a game with the ''protagonist''. You are not quite human anymore ([[spoiler: "not quite" meaning "not at all"]]) by virtue of superhuman resistance, strength and speed, you have the ability to transform parts of your body into blades and [[{{CombatTentacles}} Combat Tentacles]], you can [[Film/TheThing1982 absorb biomass and impersonate the people you assimilated]]... Again, there have been many [[{{BossFight}} bosses]] or even some [[{{EliteMooks}} especially powerful normal enemies]] like this in FPS, but hardly ever protagonists. ²* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: This is what is hinted to happen should Alex ever meet [[spoiler:PARIAH]].²* EnemyDetectingRadar: Only enemies appear on the minimap, while neutral characters like civilians are radar-invisible.²* EnemyMine: The War scenarios.²** Alex and [[spoiler: Blackwatch on the missions where you escort the Bloodtox pumper, protect it, and then where you kill Greene, they'll prioritize the Infected over Alex; during the protection part, they actively tell their men stand down and stop attacking you to focus on the infected attacking the injector.]]²** Alex and [[spoiler:the real Cross]], after [[spoiler:Cross defects due to finding out Blackwatch's true intentions]]. [[spoiler:The Supreme Hunter may or may not count, because although [[UnwittingPawn Alex thought he and "Cross" were on the same side]], Alex was working toward Manhattan not being blown up, and The Supreme Hunter was working toward [[CannibalismSuperpower Alex being lunch]]]].²* EnemyRisingBehind:²** Alex rises up behind a Blackwatch trooper who [[TooDumbToLive thought one bullet to the head was enough to kill him.]]²** Also invoked [[spoiler:in the final encounter between Mercer, Randall, and Cross. To be fair, Mercer was disguised as Taggart at the time, who certainly would not have survived being shot in the face by Randall.]]²* EscortMission: ''Prototype'' makes some valiant efforts to make this trope bearable, and generally succeeds.²** One mission has you luring a leader hunter to a particular location. You have to keep its attention (by attacking it), keep it from being killed by the military (and don't hit it too hard or too much yourself), and fight off the lesser hunters it calls. This thing is tough as nails and even faster than you are on level ground (building-hopping is another story), so it's pretty easy to get him to where he needs to go without too much trouble.²** Later, you have to defend the thermobaric tank on its approach to the super-hive. It's closer to a normal escort mission, but the tank is well-guarded and suitably strong against most attacks, so your role in protecting it is fairly easy. As bonus, at the end of the level you get to use the thing yourself.²** However, one mission does play it straight. The Bloodtox pump truck, especially on Hard, has armor like paper mache and is unarmed. There are four regular tanks guarding it, and they do a fairly good job, but the problem is that they are guarding it against Hydras. The Hydras will prioritize the pump over all else, easily beating it to death in a very short time. The only way to keep them back is with a stolen tank, but even that comes dangerously close to the wire if you don't make every shot count.²** Following right after this, you have to protect the (now parked) truck from waves of Hunters as it unloads its cargo. Again, they prioritize it, which really doesn't help because you're just as likely to hit the tank trying to dislodge them from it. Not to mention the two Leader Hunters that show up with the Hydras as the final wave. Best strategy? Attempt to consume hapless military quickly enough to Critical Pain all enemies. Not enough EP to unlock this Devastator? Sucks to be you. Good luck my friend.²*** This is more easily bearable if you make the Hunters take a dirt nap and using groundspikes on the Leader Hunters, the next thing on the list is to play catch with the Hydras.²* EssenceDrop: Of red and yellow varieties.²* EvenEvilHasStandards: Part of how you can tell Alex becomes more heroic as the game progresses is how he shows disgust towards the villains' actions, most notably [[spoiler:the real Alex Mercer]].²* EveryBulletIsATracer: Every fired munition is made to look visible. Bullets, grenades from grenade launchers, tank shells even...²* EveryCarIsAPinto: After a few hits, any vehicle will first burst into flames, and if hit again, explode spectacularly, even if all you were doing was smashing the roof. However, a realistic reaction [[RuleOfFun wouldn't be as fun]], especially when using cars as projectile weapons.²* EvilCounterpart: The Supreme Hunter. It shares some of Alex's attacks, such as the groundspikes and tendril barrage. [[spoiler:And it can shapeshift.]] For that matter, the {{Super Soldier}}s and Hunters do rather parallel Alex.²* EvilIsEasy: The game actively encourages you to eat people, since your health won't regenerate fully on its own. Couple that with the rather abundant supply of civilians in the early game, and it is very tempting to chow down on them rather than grabbing acceptable targets. Granted, eating a civilian costs you your military disguise, which any casual player will probably keep on hand, but that is trivially easy to get back. By the mid- to late-game, though, there are enough Infected/Military zones that eating civilians isn't worth the time, since they provide the least health of any consumable target.²* EvilMatriarch: Elizabeth Greene. [[spoiler:Granted, she does have a tragic backstory. But considering how she vents after being freed... damn...]]²* EvilVersusEvil: On one front, you have the protagonist: a shapeshifting, [[ImAHumanitarian man-eating]], sociopathic (at first anyway), NighInvulnerable viral monster on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. On a second front, you have [[EvilArmy Blackwatch]], the black ops organization responsible for creating the viral menace in the first place and which cares more about covering things up than about actually saving anybody, [[spoiler:to the point where they're willing to ''nuke'' the city to erase the evidence]]. On a ''[[MeleeATrois third]]'' front, you have Elizabeth Greene, an utterly batshit insane mutant [[spoiler:that turns herself into a Kaiju-scale monster]]. And on a ''fourth'' front, you have [[spoiler:the [[DragonAscendant Supreme Hunter]]]], who uses a {{plan}} so it can [[spoiler:try to eat the protagonist to increase its own powers so that it can survive the nuclear destruction of the city and fake its own death to avoid pursuit]].²* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The names for Alex's powers.²** As well as a few of Alex's combat moves, i.e. "Curb Stomp".²* {{Expy}}: Blackwatch are almost dead ringers for the Blue Unit from Creator/StephenKing's ''Dreamcatcher''. Both are shadowy military organizations that are above the law and have a mandate to quarantine an infected population zone to deal with nonhuman threats (Blackwatch dealing with viral threats and creatures created by those threats, while Blue Unit deals with alien viruses and the aliens themselves). Both organizations use highly questionable and ruthless methods to deal with the threats in their mandate. Both organizations have a mentally-unstable commanding officer and his direct subordinate who quietly doubts his leader and eventually [[spoiler: betrays him.]] The only thing Blue Unit needs are gas masks and they would ''be'' Blackwatch.²** They're also somewhat similar to the [[GovernmentConspiracy MAJESTIC-12]] military subgroups Blue Fly and NRO DELTA from the ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' Setting. Dennis Detwiller wrote for both ''Delta Green'' and ''Prototype''.²* ExtendedGameplay: Once a fresh save file reaches "Story Mode Completed".²-->'''Mercer:''' One virus. Three weeks. Millions dead. And I was there. My name was Alex Mercer. And my work is almost done.²* TheExtremistWasRight: [[spoiler:What is left of Manhattan and by extension the world as a whole is saved primarily because of the downright horrific things done by the military and Alex. This trope is zig-zagged by the fact that Manhattan was both saved by Blackwatch's psychotic and extremely unhinged attitude towards dealing with outbreaks and in spite of it due to their attempt to nuke Manhattan.]]²* FacelessGoons: Blackwatch were deliberately designed to look like terrifying, inhuman soldiers with [[GasMaskMooks gas masks]] and night-vision/thermal goggles. Normal marines (excluding officers) wear balaclavas to hide their faces.²** Inverted with [[BadassNormal Specialist Cross]]; rather than simply giving the 'terrifying, inhuman soldier' idea a different design to separate him from the [[{{Mooks}} Blackwatch troopers]] but still identify him as a Blackwatch soldier, Cross's design came about specifically because [[spoiler:he's the only member of Blackwatch to be shown as sympathetic]].²--->'''Kevin Chu:''' [[spoiler:The Specialist is the only enemy character that Alex eventually wins over to his side -- and as such he needs to have his eyes shown to give him that bit of humanity that the other Blackwatch soldiers lack]].²* FacePalmOfDoom: Combined with NeckLift, this is how one of the consume animations go with the Claw power.²* FakeDifficulty:²** Because Alex is so overwhelmingly powerful, the game invokes this by making you fight large groups of enemies at every turn. See ZergRush.²** The final mission involving Taggart also invokes this by removing one of the safest and most useful methods of destroying a military base in the game: helicopters. Though there are numerous other methods, they carry a larger risk.²** Mouse acceleration. All this does is make the mouse+keyboard combo clumsier than a console controller in games it's generally superior for.²** Artillery strikes are disabled against the final boss in the game, and the only weapons available are ordinary assault rifles and missile launchers. Helicopters are of dubious use at best, as well, while tanks are completely unavailable.²** [[InterfaceScrew Direction of movement is based on camera orientation, except when it's not]]. [[CameraScrew Camera orientation shifts in the direction of movement, except when it doesn't]].²* FlunkyBoss: Every boss fight. Captain Cross calls in Blackwatch troopers to help, and before that mid-level Infected spring from the walls to harass you. In the first battle with the Supreme Hunter, it summons multiple regular Hunters and a couple Hydras to mess with you. Then the military shows up again. The battle with Elizabeth Greene is the same, only bigger. The final boss fight somewhat averts this, as only the military is on the scene and they are attacking the boss (or, more likely, ''[[SpitefulAI you]]''). Several of the missions, especially when introducing new foes, also tend to pull this.²* FoeTossingCharge: Your Defensive Powers allow you to do this, preventing you from parkouring but allowing you to toss aside anything up to (and including) a car. This achieves a whole new meaning when you figure out that you can grab a car like a plow, start running, and make the civilian and infected population fly in the air like so many ragdolls.²* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:In the autopsy at the beginning of the game, a doctor comments that "He was Blacklight."]]²* FriendlyFireProof: Usually averted, but played straight on rare occasions, such as with the Bloodtox pump after it's been deployed.²* FromASingleCell: [[spoiler:How Alex survives getting ''{{nuke|Em}}d''.]]²* FromBadToWorse: The quarantine was bad enough, but then comes the MeatMoss, and ''monsters.''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:G-L]]²* GallowsHumor: Humorously, one of the response soldiers have to being grabbed by Mercer is, "Good thing I didn't save for my retirement".²* GambitPileup: [[KillAndReplace Of a sort]]. [[spoiler: Cross decides to [[EnemyMine anonymously help]] Alex decimate the Blackwatch high command and board the USS Reagan in order to stop Randall from [[EvenEvilHasStandards enacting a secret plan to nuke Manhattan]]. After the Supreme Hunter consumes Cross, it hijacks Cross' already-intricate BatmanGambit for its own purposes, namely; to consume Alex and escape in the ensuing nuclear explosion, all the while convincing Alex that [[DeadPersonImpersonation nothing is amiss]].]] ²* GangUpOnTheHuman:²** Both the Infected and the military like to shoot Alex first. Or that Infected/trooper conveniently next to him.²** Averted late in the game, when [[spoiler:you have to defend the Bloodtox pump from waves of Hunters as it flushes Elizabeth Greene out from underneath Times Square; revealing your true nature in the midst of the Marines will cause them to fire some shots at you, and then a radio message will come through stating that Greene and the pump are priority one, and everything else is priority two. Whereupon you lose aggro with all the soldiers and can cut loose against the Infected without regaining it.]]²* GasMaskMooks: Blackwatch uses these in contrast with the balaclavas of the Marines.²* GeneralRipper:²** General Randall. His only job is to fight the infection, something that he has been doing for 40 years, and he is fully prepared to turn Manhattan Island into a smoldering crater in order to do so. He also insists that Mercer is referred to as "it".²** The Wildstorm comic shows a General Stilwell who "poached" him during his 'Nam time and was nutty enough to [[spoiler:kill two of Randall's squad]].²* GeniusBruiser: Alex Mercer.²* GlassCannon: Military forces can't take much punishment from Alex (even tanks and helicopters are destroyed pretty quickly if you use the right powers), but they can deal a lot of hurt before going down, especially on Hard mode. They don't do jack against [[spoiler:the Supreme Hunter, though]].²* GodzillaThreshold:²** By the time you [[spoiler:kill Elizabeth Greene]], 80% of the city is infected. As such, the state of the city is SO far around the apocalyptic bend that the ostensible cherry on Blackwatch's villainy sundae -- [[spoiler:nuking Manhattan]] -- can seem more like a reasonable, if grim, last-ditch effort to fix their mistake.²** Possibly subverted, as the first statistic shown after that event is that the percentage has lowered to 60%, and Alex expresses disgust that Blackwatch feels the overkill is necessary.²* GoneHorriblyRight: Apparently, in addition to trying to find cures for the various strains of Redlight, certain members of Gentek ([[spoiler:including Alex Mercer]]) were, for some odd reason, tasked with making the virus ''even more'' dangerous than it already was. Three weeks and millions of corpses later, they succeeded in that venture.²* GoneHorriblyWrong: The original Redlight virus was supposed to [[spoiler:affect and kill people with certain ethnic backgrounds]]. During its trial run, however, it simply laid low for a while and then turned ''everyone'' into ravening monstrosities. Including, apparently, local wildlife.²* {{Gorn}}: Anything that can be dismembered or turned into salsa will contribute to this.²* GrapplingHookPistol: The upgraded Whipfist can latch on to an object and pull it to Alex or pull Alex to it.²* GrievousHarmWithABody: You have the ability to whack people with other people, throw people into other people, body surf people into other people, kick people into other people, ''piledrive'' people into other people... the list goes on.²* GroundPound / ShockwaveStomp: Alex can slam his fists into the ground to create a potent shockwave. More true to the trope, he can do the same thing in the middle of a jump. He also has a leg smash move which does something similar, as well as the Hammerfist Elbow Drop, the Bullet Dive Drop, and his Air Graveyard Spike Devastator.²* GroundShatteringLanding: From harmless cracks in the ground that merely attract attention, to a crater that sends even cars within radius up in the air.²* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Leap from ground level to the top of the building? This will barely rattle the troops. Jump from said building? They might be a little suspicious. Run up the building? Look at him go. Waltz into a base disguised as the commander you ''just kidnapped and ate'' from that base ten seconds ago? Not even a glance. Consume a Web of Intrigue target with Stealth Consume then grip your head in pain? Probably just a migraine.²** That said, the guards are very picky about proper procedure. Civilian or Alex has a gun? Red alert! Tiny black mass (inactive Shield) on back? Red alert! Civilian accidentally enters base? Red alert! They're stupid enough that they won't punish obvious signs of your true nature, but perceptive enough to punish stupid mistakes from fifty feet away.²* GuideDangIt:²** The Web of Intrigue. Only about half the targets you need to consume will be easy to find, and you'll likely find them by accident or by consuming military targets. The rest only spawn in certain areas (even if the Infected have taken said areas over), and only if you've consumed the previous ones in the chain. As you fill out the Web, tracking them down becomes even harder. Worse still, they can be killed, and won't respawn for several minutes. You also have to be pretty close to ground level to get them to spawn in the first place, so a flyover with a helicopter will only work if you practically skim the pavement.²** Kill events tell you to target the marked enemies because they're worth more points. What it doesn't tell you is that any faction enemies count toward your score, which is indispensable for infected kill events that require far more kills than military kill events.²* GunsAreWorthless: Averted. Guns are actually pretty good, as long as you have the common sense to shoot the things that they would actually hurt. A rifle won't bring down a tank, for example, but entire crowds of people can be washed away fairly quick. Guns are worthless against you, except on Hard, but you're a human-shaped lump of biomass and that's to be expected.²* GutturalGrowler: Alex's voice can sometimes start sounding like Creator/ChristianBale's [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga portrayal of Batman]].²* HealingFactor: Present and accounted for, but it barely gets you fighting fit. It's much faster to just [[ImAHumanitarian eat somebody]].²* HellishCopter: Doesn't matter how you go about it, but a helicopter crashes in a decent fireball when you do enough damage.²* HeroAntagonist: The marines. Unlike Blackwatch, who regularly butcher civilians and whose shadowy experiments started this whole mess, the marines are in Manhattan to protect the civilian population and defeated the Infected. They spend most of their time fighting the Infected, but still often come into conflict with Alex, both because Blackwatch has operational authority over them and because they believe (not unjustifiably) that Alex/[[spoiler:Blacklight]] is too dangerous to be left alive.²* [[AntiHero (Anti)]]-HeroicHost: Alex to the virus.²* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Used straight and inverted, as Alex becomes more heroic over the course of the story, while the reason Blackwatch is so merciless is because the enemy they fight doesn't care about the laws of war or human rights, and so to contain it they must do the same.²* HideYourChildren: Children are notably absent during the gameplay to avoid players impaling entire playgrounds with his SpikesOfDoom and [[EatsBabies eating the kiddies]]. Averted in the Web of Intrigue flashbacks, where some ''very'' nasty things are done to children and babies in the name of [[ForScience science]].²* HitAndRunTactics: Being a stealth game of sorts with a penalty to prolonged exposure (read: strike teams), the game can encourage such behavior by mechanics of finite health, especially on higher difficulties.²* HiveMind: How [[spoiler:Elizabeth Greene]] controls the Infected. Explained in detail in the ''Prototype'' comic.²-->(''NYPD officers; [=McKlusky=] is dying after being infected'')\²'''[=McKlusky=]:''' What's worse is that I can hear this [[spoiler:woman]]'s voice in my head...\²'''Garcia:''' (''crying'') That's me, you asshole.\²'''[=McKlusky=]:''' No, someone else, [[spoiler:Elizabeth Greene]]. [[spoiler:She]]'s broadcasting like a radio station and the news ain't good. There's a HiveMind... all those things connected to this [[spoiler:woman]]. I'm pretty sure that the only person that can stop [[spoiler:her]] is Alex Mercer... [[spoiler:She]]'s ''afraid'' of him. I can sense that.\²-- ''Prototype'' #6²* HiveQueen: Similar to HiveMind above. The game, at various junctures throughout, make it a point that eliminating Greene would at least mitigate the virus's spread, if not bring it down to manageable levels.²* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Can happen to ''you'' in-game. You like powerbombing helpless soldiers and civilians? It's not quite so fun when one of the Supersoldiers ''catches you in mid-air'' and does it right back, and it is one of the single most powerful attacks in the entire game. Of course, you can do the same to the military by hijacking their vehicles or prying their guns out of what's left of their cold, dead fingers (assuming there are any body parts remaining).²* HollywoodDarkness: Night time is seemingly almost as bright as the daytime. Especially notable in under-building passageways, where it is of the same level of darkness regardless of night or day. The shadows at night tend to give away the "broad daynight" effect.²* HollywoodTactics: Blackwatch is really, really dumb with their handling of the hives, based on the gameplay. Whenever you show up at one, you mostly see a gang of infantrymen clustered around a tank or charging into the moshpit while a half-dozen super-soldiers drive their skulls into the dirt. The infected don't have air support, so just shooting the hives with one of their endless supply of attack helicopters would probably wipe out every single one in the city with minimal losses - yet you'll never see one unless it's against you. (Keep in mind that several of Alex's abilities amount to either "steal that helicopter" or "kill that helicopter in one shot.")²* HomingBoulders: Thrown objects track to an extent, but can still be dodged at greater distances, especially if thrown against fast-moving targets.²* HomingProjectile: The homing rockets and missiles. Observe carefully the AI helicopters firing a Hellfire missile at you as you leap wildly everywhere. Their missiles [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard both lead and home in on you]].²* HopelessWar: Blackwatch and the Marines really don't have much hope against Alex. Or Greene. Or most of the larger Infected.²* HowWeGotHere: The majority of the game is told via flashbacks to three weeks ago with Alex narrating to [[spoiler:Cross/the Supreme Hunter]].²* HPToOne: MOTHER's shockwave attack does this, reducing Alex to Adrenaline Surge on contact. If, somehow, the player manages to reach MOTHER without that safety net, it's instantly fatal.²* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: It's rather telling that [[spoiler:a blob of biomass that's shaped like Alex Mercer actually cares more about human lives than Blackwatch and the human Alex Mercer]].²* HumanoidAbomination: A better description for Mercer as compared to EldritchAbomination, seeing that he's [[spoiler:a sentient mass of virus and cells twisted into human form.]]²* HyperspaceArsenal: Even discounting the aforementioned BottomlessMagazines, normal guns and vehicles have a rather high ammo count.²* IdleAnimation: When standing still with no power equipped, Alex will get out of his PrimalStance and stand up straight, occasionally coughing. While using Hammerfist, he pounds his fists together every few seconds.²* IDontPayYouToThink: Hilariously, Randall says this to a ''scientist''.²* ImAHumanitarian: "Assimilating biomass" may sugarcoat it, but fundamentally you're eating people alive, all to fuel your RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Wanna piece of the JigsawPuzzlePlot? Eat a conspirator. Wanna be an InstantExpert? Eat a soldier. Wanna ramp up your HealingFactor? Eat anyone. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, you ''will'' have eaten hundreds of soldiers (at least) just to stay alive, many more to disguise yourself, and, depending on your playstyle, possibly [[YouMonster just as many civilians for the quick health fix]].²* ImprobableAge: [=McMullen=] had his doctorate in genetics at age 20, and founded Gentek a year later. Wait, what?²* ImprobableAimingSkills: With an assault rifle and liberal use of the targeting button, Alex can kill a couple dozen soldiers or low-level infected (or [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential civilians]]) with one bullet each in a matter of seconds.²* ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy: Captain Cross, who appears to be a mere human (though there are minor hints otherwise), can take blows that should by all rights bisect him and dodge even the fastest attacks flawlessly unless you catch him while he's aiming.²* ImprobableWeaponUser: Mostly averted, until you realize that charged throws of ANYTHING will damage tank armor regardless of actual damage dealt. [[CrazyAwesome Chipping off that last sliver of "health" from what seems to be a perfectly functioning (if dirty-looking) tank with a Musclemass-thrown shopping cart becomes a classic.]]²* InASingleBound: Upgrading your Jump to maximum lets Alex easily clear five-story buildings. Utilizing Air-dash just boost the ability even further; a max charge of fully upgraded jump and a properly timed fully upgraded double air-dash will take Alex to great heights in a fraction of the time needed to run all the way up a tall structure of similar height.²* InTheHood: Alex's default getup is a hooded sweatshirt underneath a leather jacket. [[spoiler:Somewhat justified, as Mercer was attempting to hide himself away from Blackwatch at Penn Station, and TheVirus just based its appearance around what Mercer was wearing at the time]].²* InstantArmor: In the snap of a finger, you can go from being a creepy-looking guy in a hoodie, to being completely covered by insect-like armor, created from available biomass.²* InstantDeathRadius: Captain Cross and the Supreme Hunter have ridiculous melee skills, and it's generally a bad idea to try and go toe to toe with them. With Cross, he'll start swinging around a cattle prod like crazy trying to hit you, and he will succeed. The Supreme Hunter will knock off half your health if it can hit you, but it pauses between attacks. Inverted with tanks, where you ''want'' to get real close. With a few exceptions, most things that get within melee range of Alex tend to die fast.²* InstantExpert: As a neat side effect of Mercer's memory absorption ability, if you want to pilot or operate advanced military technology, all you need to do is find someone who does, and [[ImAHumanitarian consume them]].²* InterfaceScrew: The game says that the auto-targeting system will automatically choose the most relevant or dangerous threat, and won't target non-combatants when enemies are in the area. The game is lying on both counts. If Alex is faced with a tank, a building the mission wants you to destroy, [[spoiler:a giant blob of Infected flesh throwing rocks at you]], or a basic common infected, the auto-target will sometimes randomly choose the basic infected -- or even a car -- over the larger and more serious threats. It may even target hives several blocks away. Part of this seems to be due to how targeting is implemented. Since auto and manual targeting both use the same button (press or depress, respectively), and the sensitivity therein is way higher than it should be, it's very difficult to get the system to properly acknowledge one or the other.²* InterfaceSpoiler: The powers menu spoils the number (and distribution) of powers.²* ItIsDehumanizing: Randall does not like Alex being called a "he". In a interesting twist, [[spoiler:Alex may agree when he finds out that he is (essentially) a modified clone of the original Alex and that his consciousness technically comes from the virus.]]²* JerkAss: Alex Mercer himself. [[spoiler:The human Mercer tops it]].²* JerkassHasAPoint: Oddly enough, despite the fact that the ground pounders are, frankly, psychotic, the higher ups seem to genuinely have valid reasons for doing what they do. If the virus gets out, the human race will die. Hope Idaho was a deliberate test bed, sure, but they did have a good point; they needed to know what it did. Even the final nuking of Manhattan was only done because one of the officers disobeyed orders and gave the evac order, which led directly to the collapse of military operations.²* JigsawPuzzlePlot: Almost literally. To actually understand the plot, you have to piece together bits of it on the "Web of Intrigue." Unsurprisingly, you gain these pieces by [[ImAHumanitarian consuming people]].²* JustThinkOfThePotential: Basically Gentek's attitude towards Elizabeth Greene - or at least what they ''say'' it is. Yes, the genetic breakthroughs the viruses in her blood provide could be the key to finding cures for every disease known to man, but ''[[ZombieApocalypse look at what Blacklight does.]]'' The WOI mentions that Greene "represents the last opportunity to learn anything" from the horrible experiments conducted at Hope, Idaho. All we see Gentek doing with the samples is making bigger and better bioweapons - the one even vaguely positive application we see are [[SuperSoldier the D-Codes]].²* KamehameHadoken: Alex can do an imitation of this, wherein he thrusts his arms forward and releases a blast of pressurized air straight forward that will kill any human-sized thing nearby. One of his {{Limit Break}}s does the trope right when he fires a giant beam of biomass to crush his hapless target.²* KeystoneArmy: To a limited extent. There is certainly no way to stop the entire population of infected, but if you take out a Hive, all the infected in that zone die on the spot.²* KillAndReplace: Alex does this all the time [[spoiler:and technically, that the Blacklight virus is Alex at all could be an example]]. Stealth Consume takes it to the extreme, as it is an instant kill and disguise switch. Also, [[spoiler:the Supreme Hunter to Cross]].²* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Alex to Dana. Subverted in that [[spoiler:the real Alex Mercer apparently didn't give much of a damn about her]].²* LargeHam: Alex really takes the long pork during his chase of Taggart.²* LaserSight: Captain Cross's fancy gun has a yellowish-green one.²* LastChanceHitPoint: The Adrenaline Surge upgrade. The invincibility period is slightly shorter than the time needed to start regenerating health (as once you start regenerating health to receive a red life bar, you can take another otherwise killing blow and go into adrenaline surge again) to avoid complete invincibility.²* LawyerFriendlyCameo: A fellow who looks suspiciously like Chinese superstar Andy Lau is one of the random civilians. Another one looks like Ellen [=DeGeneres=].²* LeadTheTarget: This is done automatically for non-homing weapon projectiles on a targeted entity. The AI does the same as well.²* LeftStuckAfterAttack: There's an attack called Groundspike that enables this. Alex slams his hand in the ground, his biomass travels some distance underground and erupts from beneath the surface as sharp, menacing spikes before retracting. The drawback is that it takes a while to perform, and most of the time you are literally rooted up to a place and vulnerable.²* LeParkour: Alex Mercer is basically what every ''traceur'' dreams of being. He can run at speeds in excess of 40 mph, vaults over every obstacle in his path without skipping a beat, can jump 10 vertical stories, and is even capable of ''running straight up sheer walls''.²* LightningBruiser: Alex is insanely fast, durable, and powerful. Even with the armor power, which slows him down (but also increases durability), he's fast enough to run up walls. Hunters and Super Soldiers are also both fast and strong too.²* LimitBreak: They're called Devastators.²* LovecraftianSuperpower: THE GAME. Alex's various abilities have a concerning level of tentacles, spikes, and blood involved. And [[ImAHumanitarian eating people alive]].²* LoveRedeems: Possible non-romantic example with [[spoiler:Dana. Naturally Alex would care about his sister, right? Yeah, not so much. [[TheVirus Blacklight]], on the other hand, immediately goes after her the very second he "remembers" her in order to save her from Blackwatch. For players who already know the AwfulTruth, it's the first sign that Blacklight-Alex is already a [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman better person]] than the original Alex, although it takes time for his conscience to develop much further than that]].²* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: Of a very specific sort. No matter what difficulty level the game is played on, activating an Event will set the entire game to Easy mode for the duration. This is because half the events would literally be impossible to get Gold on, let alone Platinum, if you fought them at full strength.²* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Alex's first defensive power; a shield of biomass over one arm.²* LudicrousGibs: Especially with the Blade and Muscle Mass powers. One of the later-game attacks is a charged snapkick that will send people flying about a block. With the Musclemass power equipped, it just gibs them outright. In fact, ''everything'' you hit with Musclemass ends up becoming ludicrous gibs, sooner or later.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:M-R]]²* MadeOfIron: When you fight Specialist Cross, he's able to survive multiple hits from attacks that do decent damage to ''tanks''.²* MadeOfPlasticine: Muscle Mass turns all normal humans into this, as the most basic jab from Alex is enough to tear them in half.²* MagicGenetics: ''Prototype's'' various viruses, and the plot to some extent, runs on this.²* MagicPants: Alex's clothes stay pristine no matter what goes down. Justified, as his clothes are biomass, just like the rest of him, and thus heal and/or grow back depending on what you're doing. Particularly noticeable at the start of the game, where Alex's shirt is covered in blood and bullet holes until you consume someone to repair them.²* MarathonBoss: Most of the bosses in this game do take some time to beat, but [[spoiler:Greene]] takes the cake.²* MediumBlending: The Web of Intrigue videos mainly use live action with filters for stylisation.²* MeleeATrois: Alex vs. Blackwatch vs. the Infected. And, at the end of the game, [[spoiler:Alex vs. Supreme Hunter vs. the US military]].²* TheMenInBlack: Some Blackwatch members evoke this, such as the agent you consume early on as he's trying to escape to an APC right after he [[spoiler:bombed your apartment]]. The Blackwatch agents sent after [[spoiler:Alex right before he releases TheVirus in Penn Station]] certainly fit this trope as well.²-->"Send in the squad. Plainclothes."²* MercyInvincibility: You enter a state called "Adrenaline Rush" which is very similar to "Critical Mass" once your health gets dangerously low. This grants you (very brief) invincibility and an emergency use of a Devastator. Unfortunately, it really doesn't help if you're pinned by various means. [[spoiler:The Supreme Hunter's Tendril Barrage, for example, will kill you outright if it hits, because it holds you in place while draining your health, and will outlast the invincibility.]]²* MindScrew: Blazing through the main story is very possible. It's also the best way to not understand the story at all. A perfectly deliberate choice from the devs. Fully unlocking the Web of Intrigue is necessary to understand all that happened, because the main storyline's cutscenes barely scratch the surface.²* MobstacleCourse: You can just shove them out of your way. Or activate a defensive power and plow through them at superspeed. Or use a devastator. Really, it's up to you.²* MookDebutCutscene: The major Infected enemies. Super Soldiers also get this.²* MookHorrorShow: The intro cutscene where Alex in disguise suddenly skewers a mook who tried to put a rocket in his face moments ago. Also particularly what happens to a few of the game's [[spoiler:major characters]].²* MoralityPet: [[spoiler:Dana Mercer]] is pretty much the ''only'' person that Alex legitimately cares for. [[spoiler:As it turns out, ZEUS cares about her more than the actual Mercer ever did.]]²* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Pretty much every doctor in Manhattan is a MadScientist. [[spoiler:Hell, even Alex is one]]. Blackwatch and Gentek apparently hire complete psychos. However, there are some scientists you get in the Web of Intrigue who clearly have reservations about what they're doing, [[PragmaticVillainy or at least think it's stupid to be so reckless with the applications.]]²** It is implied in one of the Web of Intrigue entries that those doctors and civilians that Alex consumes to get their Web of Intrigue entries throughout the game [[spoiler:are actually Blackwatch sleeper personnel]]. See? Alex did have a good reason to eat those people. [[spoiler:Sleeper agents are ''bad''.]] Go them all, Alex!²*** Makes sense, given how the game statistics don't treat them as genuine civilians, and they will ''immediately'' [[OhCrap start running when they see Alex come near]], even if he's done nothing to alarm anyone else.²* MotherOfAThousandYoung: Greene is more or less this.²-->'''Mercer:''' There were [[LightningBruiser Hunters]] now, thanks to Greene.²* MultiMookMelee: Several. Subverted in the first encounter with hunters. They spawn indefinitely but don't become harder to kill than before.²** An interesting mash up occurs in the building where Dana Mercer was [[spoiler:kidnapped and]] held in. Military forces keep pouring in to battle the infected and whatever in between, including your own melee with the game's [[TheDragon dragon]].²** The mission where you have to use a Blackwatch Blackhawk transport to rescue Blackwatch soldiers can be played as such at one point.²* MultiPlatform: UsefulNotes/{{PS3}}, UsefulNotes/XBox360, and PC.²* NaturalWeapon: Many of the infected, like the Hydra, is capable of using its entire self to TailSlap anything nearby instead of always picking up debris to throw. Alex is also less dependent on stolen military hardware once more powers are available in the SwissArmyAppendage sense.²* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Blackwatch personnel show absolutely no hesitation to firebomb city blocks just to suppress the infection, regardless of other military and civilian presence. Some members have even been noted as possessing a cruel and sadistic glee while doing so. This approach earns them the ire of any jointly deployed military forces, who show complete and total disgust.²* NecessaryDrawback: Almost all of Alex's powers have good and bad points. The Claws are fast but don't do much damage (except for the groundspike attack, which inverts that), the Hammerfist power does massive damage but is incredibly slow, etc.²** Cross's [[MoreDakka multi-shot grenade launcher]] is effective enough against you that you'll have to start zipping about in air dashes to avoid significant punishment. Realistically, he has to therefore spend quite a bit of time (for an elite agent) reloading his weapon which he frequently empties out in a second or two, leaving him vulnerable.²* NeckLift: Alex's grab involves this. From there, you have a variety of options to brutally maim what you're grabbing. But, oddly, no way to ''put them down''.²** You can, however, keep them alive by catching them again midair if you're quick enough. Even if, which is an easy way to do this, you bounce them against the ground hard enough to leave blood splatter.²** Near the end of the game, [[spoiler:"Cross" aka The Supreme Hunter]] does this to ''Alex'' while revealing its EvilPlan.²* NeckSnap: The upgraded Stealth Consume uses this.²* NewGamePlus: Go ahead. [[ImAHumanitarian Eat New York]].²* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Alex's new powers can appear regardless of the RPGElements of the game. Some that aren't forced on him during the mission have remarkably accessible costs -- stealth consume for less than a tenth of the EP of all other powers? Can't pass that up, and behold; the next few missions call for it.²** The game won't let you start some of the earlier missions if you don't have certain abilities bought yet. Which doesn't mean you will have to use them, like the fist shockwave thing.²* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Near the beginning of the game, Alex frees SealedEvilInACan [[BigBad Elizabeth Greene]], turning what had previously been a minor, controlled outbreak into the ZombieApocalypse. To be fair to Alex, though, it's made perfectly clear that they had already lost containment (all the guards are dead, the room is filled with infected biomass, and Greene's cell is open), and moreover it's suggested in the strategy guide that Greene could have escaped whenever she wanted. [[PersonOfMassDestruction They couldn't contain Alex, they can't contain her]]. It's also mentioned in passing in at least one Web of Intrigue entry how colossally idiotic it was to bring a WalkingWasteland whose blood is literally teeming with hundreds of strains of the deadliest viruses on the planet into one of the most heavily populated cities in the world.²* NighInvulnerable: Alex starts the game waking up on a slab at the Gentek Morgue. Then he escapes, despite a Blackwatch team shooting him multiple times. He can take rockets to the face without too much damage, [[spoiler:and by the end of the game, he [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat survives]] a ''[[NukeEm nuke]]''. FromASingleCell.]]²* [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Nights And Days Of The Living Mooks]]: 18 days of horror for the humans. 18 days of [[CurbStompBattle bringing the smackdown]] to everything in the containment zone for Alex.²* NoConservationOfEnergy: Because having to consume stuff constantly just to fuel the mass and energy requirements for some moves would induce a truckload of tedium in gameplay. However, effort is made to play it straight with the Devastators.²* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: One of the unarmed Consume animations involves this, as well as the default Consume animation for Web targets. Alex throws them to the ground, gets on top of them, and just ''beats them to death'' so ''brutally'' that their blood [[CameraAbuse splashes onto the camera]].²* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Subverted. The only person capable of making the DX-1118C variant of the virus ten times as dangerous as DX-1118A was killed, clinically speaking. [[spoiler:But...: His corpse was repossessed by that very enhanced viral variant that only needs a slight interaction with the dead person's objects of a familiar past that results in specific memorial restoration of the related. In his case, proficiency at engineering the virus.]]²* NotQuiteFlight: Glide and Air Dash give Mercer a brief respite from the garbage-ridden streets of Manhattan buy allowing him to push himself forward and upward by expelling extra mass and the Hammertoss move allows him to propel himself forward over long distances by throwing his body like ComicBook/TheMightyThor, but like all things what comes up must go down. And when the Hammertoss hits the ground, ''it hits the ground''. ²* NotWhatISignedOnFor: [[spoiler:The reason that Specialist Cross [[EnemyMine calls up Alex]] is because he finds out what Blackwatch/Randall is [[NukeEm planning to do to Manhattan]]]].²-->[[spoiler:'''Cross's Character Bio:''' "[Cross]'s knowledge of Blackwatch has been highly edited by his superior, the General, to fit his world-view. Confronted with proof that his cause is deceptive, [Cross] reorients his mindset instantly to keep in line with his beliefs. Shown absolute proof that that his employers are on the wrong side of the moral divide, he will go after them with the same verve he showed as their lapdog -- but even worse, he'll do so as a zealot of the highest order."]]²* OffWithHisHead: Alex only eats the head of Hunters and Leader Hunters. He also finishes off [[spoiler:the Supreme Hunter]] by decapitating it with the Blade.²* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:One of the more f'ed up examples. Mercer ends up killing the Supreme Hunter, which he created when he injected Elizabeth Greene with the same sentient cancer parasite that had infected him. Said Hunter also tried to kill and eat him, partly so it could survive and escape elsewhere, and partly because it resented its "daddy" for removing it.]]²* OhCrap: Let's just say that when Alex finally gets around to meeting [=McMullen=], Randall, Taggart, and [[spoiler:Parker]] face-to-face, they are not in any way, shape, or form happy to see him.²* OlderThanTheyLook: You wouldn't guess by looking at her, but Elizabeth Greene is in her early fifties.²** [[spoiler:Alex]] will eventually fit this, too, seeing as how, [[spoiler:like Elizabeth, he's essentially ageless. He won't die unless he's outright ''killed''. [[NighInvulnerable Good luck]] [[FromASingleCell with that.]]]]²* OneBadMother: Greene being the MotherOfAThousandYoung with a [[MeaningfulName meaningful (code)name]].²* OneHitPolykill: The special attack for Whipfist can pierce anything non-environment up to its intended target and damage anything along the way. Since the appendage retracts, the bladed end will also continue to damage anything on its way back to Mercer. Most human-class enemies succumb quickly to this, resulting in a [[PerfectlyCromulentWord gibtacular]] display.²* OneManArmy: Mercer. Implied with Cross - apparently he killed the last Runner ''by himself.''²* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Elizabeth Greene]] has one. In a partial subversion, it isn't [[spoiler:her]] true form -- it's more akin to {{Lovecraftian|Superpower}} PowerArmor ([[spoiler:she falls out in human form]] after you defeat it). If you closely look at the thing's "mouth" during the battle, you can see [[spoiler:Greene]] inside (covered with a skin flap to obscure [[spoiler:her]] features, but still visible). Once you get the Armor ability, you can pull this off too; you become MadeOfIron and can turn your hands into a BFS, [[DropTheHammer clubs]], a [[CombatTentacles whip]], and once your health gets maxed out, you get a couple {{Limit Break}}s.²* OnlySixFaces: There is a limited amount of NPC models, with {{Palette Swap}}s used to vary them up some more.²* OutOfTheInferno: The first run-in with Hunters concludes with a base burning down... and Alex standing unscathed in the ruins.²* OutrunTheFireball: At the end of the story, [[spoiler:Mercer fails to outrun a nuclear blast, but this allows him to demonstrate his [[NighInvulnerable Nigh Invulnerability]] by rebuilding himself FromASingleCell.]] In-game, you'll probably find yourself going "ohshitohshitohshitohshit..." as you attempt to outrun the fireballs [[spoiler:Elizabeth Greene's OneWingedAngel form]] spits out whenever you get too close for too long.²* {{Overheating}}: All vehicle weapons do this to varying degrees, which is used interchangeably with reload time. Tank cannons and missiles overheat on the spot, but cool down quickly. Machine guns overheat much more slowly, but consequently take a lot longer to cool down. The [[BlackHelicopter Gunship's]] 30mm cannon overheats the quickest for its cool down time.²* PainfullySlowProjectile: Bullets in the game are suspiciously slow. It's compensated for with Alex being able to lead moving targets. In the case of AI, they just get close enough so that they can usually hit what they shoot.²** Averted mostly with the rockets, and maybe the grenade launcher (which also shoots with a ridiculously flat trajectory).²* PartialTransformation: Any of Alex's shapeshifting implements, short of full-body armor or a disguise.²* PeopleJars: Present in a lot of Web of Intrigue videos.²* PersonOfMassDestruction: Alex Mercer and Elizabeth Greene.²* PhlebotinumRebel: Alex, of course.²* PinballScoring: Inverted with killing minor enemies in relation to the amount of EP you need to purchase abilities.²** Destroying infected water towers and collecting their genetic material yields an increasingly higher EP to effort ratio as the game's story progresses.²* {{Plaguemaster}}: A match between ''dueling'' Plaguemasters. On the one hand is Elizabeth Greene, sole survivor of the last virus outbreak and the game's BigBad, who in a partial subversion appears entirely human: [[spoiler:even her OneWingedAngel form, once defeated, simply spits her out in her original human form]]. The other? [[spoiler:Protagonist Alex Mercer, who unwittingly ''is'' TheVirus itself. He also appears human, but unlike Greene, his powers manifest through monstrous -- yet awesome-looking -- transformations.]]²* PlayableEpilogue: Even after finishing the story, you get to continue beating challenges, finding collectibles, and can even absorb more Web of Intrigue victims to further expand backstory. [[spoiler:This even leads to resolving plot points like Karen's escape; players can track her down so Alex can kill her.]]²* PlotLock: Basically, by endgame, there should be a whole list of ways you can escape Manhattan.²* PlotPoweredStamina: Justified, as Alex [[spoiler:isn't human]] anymore in the game.²* PoliceAreUseless: For the first few missions, the only authority figures are the NYPD. They carry a measly pistol which does so little damage it would take them forever to kill you, and are no better than an ordinary civilian in terms of what you get for eating them. The ones that come in cars will flee at the sight of you, just like any other car. They can call in a strike team, but it's only one helicopter... which you can shoot down with the police car. Then again, they are fairly competent when it comes to gunning down infected civilians, if they're in groups. A single officer can reliably kill at least two by himself, with enough distance. Just don't expect them to kill a mid-level infected or Hunter.²* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: The original "Carnival" virus deployed in Hope in the 60's (and the predecessor to Blacklight) was designed [[spoiler:to target specific races]]. Really makes Blackwatch's name all the more horrible, eh?²* PowerFist: The Hammerfists, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Also the Musclemass power, though it enhances more than just basic fist power.²* PowerFloats: Alex floats in the air when using a Air Devastator. With the Tendril Barrage, he holds himself up with the tendrils, but with the Critical Pain Devastator, he bobs in the air without support. His glide may count, since he stays rather horizontal when he's flying liking a demonic squirrel until he runs out of gas and falls.²* PrettyInMink: Half the female NPC models wear fur-trimmed winter coats.²* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Oh so cruelly subverted with [[spoiler:[=McMullen=]'s]] suicide. Also subverted when [[spoiler:Randall shoots "Taggart". Of course, since "Taggart" was really Mercer, it didn't stop him]].²* PreviewsPulse: [[! Used in this trailer.]]²* PrimalStance²* ProductPlacement: The ads for [=GameStop=], [=GameCrazy=], Panasonic, Hollywood Video, Golds Gym, and more, all in Times Square (elsewhere too, but it's concentrated here). Justified, of course. [[spoiler:You fight Greene there, and are there every time you start the game after beating it.]] The real Times Square is almost exactly the same, of course.²** In fact, the game actively updates its ads to keep up with the times. When ''Film/{{Inception}}'' was in theaters, you couldn't run two blocks without seeing an ad for it.²* PsychoPrototype: That would be ''you''.²* PsychoForHire: A few military Web of Intrigue targets seem like this (most, however, seem to just be generally freaked the hell out). Consuming one pilot shows you a clip that suggests he had fun ''shooting down a civilian airliner''.²** Alex Mercer can fit this, [[spoiler:during the period when he worked at GENTEK. "I wasn't paid to feel."]]²** [[spoiler:His Web of Intrigue bio outright calls him a sociopath]].²** Blackwatch in general. There's the odd exception, but on the whole, they're presented as a [[AxCrazy totally psychotic]] and completely monstrous [[StateSec black ops]] [[ArmiesAreEvil operation]], headed by [[GeneralRipper an extremist general]] whose [[NumberTwo second-in-command]] is a [[AmbitionIsEvil power-hungry]] [[DirtyCoward coward]].²* PunchCatch: The method by which Super Soldiers counter your button-mashing attacks while they're in blocking stance.²* {{Punch Clock Villain}}s: The USMC is just trying to save the city and its people, even if they have to kill potentially uninfected civilians to do it.²* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Certain normal melee attacks do this when charged up. The snapkick power can kick someone across a city block. Add base Musclemass, however, and charged attacks more or less dissolve what they hit. Upgrading it makes ''every'' Musclemass attack turn people into mush.²* QuestForIdentity: Alex's original goal. When he finds the truth, [[ForegoneConclusion he doesn't like it]].²* RadialAssKicking: It's just '''too''' tempting not to unleash a [[CombatTentacles Tendril]] or [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Groundspike]] [[LimitBreak Devastator]] once you discover every kind of hindrance to your survival is all around you when you have critical mass.²** The whipfist is excellent for clearing intersections.²* RatedMForManly²* ReadingYourRights: "You have the right to be ventilated. I have the right to burn your home and [[KickTheDog shoot your dog]]. Do you understand your rights as I have read them to you?"²* RealIsBrown: Largely played straight -- the city is mostly grey brick, Central Park is an autumnal brown, and the world fades to monochrome when Mercer's health is low -- until you enter the heart of an infected zone, which is tinged with color ranging from a sickly sea-foam green to a nightmarish orange-red.²* RecoveryAttack: Hunters and Super Soldiers have a small knockback radius around them when they get up from being knocked down. Does little damage but it does knock Alex back quite a bit.²* RedRightHand: Depending on the powers you have active, your arms can range from giant freaking claws, to cudgels, to a tentacle. This is kinda noticeable -- enemies will pretty much go from "Hey, what's that?" to "OH GOD ZEUS KILL IT KILL IT" instantly if you have an offensive or defensive power active.²* RedShirtArmy: Every army that isn't you... But special mention goes to the Marines, since they were set up by Blackwatch to take the blame for the damage the virus has done (and what Blackwatch plans to do to cover it up).²* RedSkyTakeWarning: The area around infected Hive buildings. Fly high enough and it's more like Red Sphere Take Warning.²* RegeneratingHealth: Though it only regenerates up to half a non-upgraded health bar.²* ResearchInc: Gentek, where do they find all those mad scientists?²* RespawningEnemies: So you can [[ImAHumanitarian eat]] and [[YouWillBeAssimilated eat]] non-stop.²* RingMenu: Played straight for your basic powers. The Disguise menu is a semi-circle instead.²* RoadRunnerPC: Justified.²** With upgrades that prove necessary to take on faster and more relentless opponents.²* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[Film/KillBill The Bride]] would be proud.²** Finishing a specific few of the ingame Consume Events unlocks [[spoiler:the location of betrayer ex-girlfriend Karen Parker, who realizes Alex is going to kill her and follows a trooper out. Unfortunately for her, the trooper slams on the emergency brake in the elevator. Karen's response? "Oh god he's here in the building, he's going to kill me." The trooper, revealing himself to be Alex, leans in behind her and whispers "I know." before the scene fades to black...]]²* RollingAttack: The Cannonball move comes complete with homing capability and SplashDamage. More like a Curve Ball Attack if anything.²* RoofHopping: The natural extension of Alex's LeParkour and InASingleBound abilities.²* RoundhouseKick: The Snap Kick Launcher, of the more realistic version rather than the more theatrical 360 spin type.²* RuleOfCool: The whole game runs on this. Webcomic/PennyArcade's Gabriel [[ summarized]] the game perfectly, according to developer Radical Entertainment.²-->'''Gabriel:''' In ''Prototype'', you can do a '''karate kick''' on a '''helicopter.''' '''[[PrecisionFStrike WHAT THE FUCK ELSE DO YOU WANT?!]]'''²* RunDontWalk: Default movement is a jog/run. Walking and sprinting moves require an additional key/button.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:S-Z]]²* SayMyName: '''TAGGAAAAAAAAART!!'''²* ScoreScreen: After each mission and event completion, no doubt. A top-right fade-in variant while the game is ongoing also appears after you have racked enough kills within a minute or after escaping an alert with some casualties inflicted.²* ScratchDamage: Put on your Armor power in Easy mode Plus. Even the police officers can chip off bits of your health bar by themselves.²* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: [[spoiler:Specialist Cross, when he realizes that Blackwatch doesn't exactly have the city's best interests at heart. Unfortunately, [[AlasPoorVillain he ends up being]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath consumed by the Supreme Hunter]]]].²* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Taggart ''attempts'' it after it finally sinks in how out of control things are: the virus is rampaging across the city essentially unchecked, Blackwatch and the Marines are bleeding troops they don't have, and Mercer just ''ate'' [[spoiler: Elizabeth Greene]].²* SecondHourSuperpower: Rather odd and likely unintentional example in New Game Plus. Alex has only basic jump strength and no wall running ability before he crosses out of the Gentek compound perimeter. Once he does and triggers the helicopter pursuit, the jump upgrades and wall run abilities are restored.²** Avoiding death in combat depends a lot on evading attacks. The airdash upgrades, glide, diveroll, and initial sprint and jump upgrades become available quite early on. Considering that all the rewarding collectibles become available for grabs just before your first manually started mission, you can greatly enhance your ability to survive combat by purchasing whatever upgrades are available with the abundance of EP that can be collected before zombies even start to appear in the streets.²* SequelHook: [[spoiler:PARIAH]].²** The comics actually end with one as well: [[spoiler:Garcia, after having killed [=McKlusky=], escapes the island via an insufficiently guarded subway tunnel, and kills several Blackwatch guards with her bare hands before they can radio in that she's there. It's pretty obvious that she's become a "Runner", a female Infected that is highly intelligent and independent of Elizabeth Greene's HiveMind. So it's likely that the infection will be spreading out from the city now]].²* SequenceBreaking: In order to avert this in NewGamePlus, Alex doesn't get to bring along his vehicle skills. This prevents you from taking helicopters or tanks before you're supposed to.²* SetAMookToKillAMook: The Patsy ability.²* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: [[spoiler:The 'Alex Mercer' we know is actually the [[TheVirus Blacklight Virus]]; the virus merely copied the original Alex Mercer's body cell-by-cell. Since Blacklight originally believed himself to be the real Alex Mercer, it makes sense that he would instinctively use Mercer's body as though it were his original shape. However, even after the AwfulTruth [[TomatoInTheMirror is revealed]], Blacklight still uses Mercer's likeness as his default appearance, likely because he considers Mercer's body to be the closest thing he has to a real face and form (and possibly because he considers 'Alex Mercer' to be his name; or, at least, moreso than 'Blacklight' or 'Zeus').]]²* ShapeshifterBaggage: Alex can consume several orders of magnitude more than really should fit, and shapeshift [[InstantArmor armor from nowhere]]. In-game, the amount of excess 'consumed' is theoretically the blue part of the player's health bar, which is called "Critical Mass", for good reasons. It is implied that Alex's density is ''much'' higher than normal, hence why he leaves craters in the ground after jumping a few feet in the air. For all we know, he may weigh more than 500 pounds in his default form, although he definitely doesn't look like it. That leaves a lot of biomass to extract from.²** Considering that Alex can pick up and throw cars without being pushed back even in the slightest, he must weigh ''at least'' ten to twelve tons. The upper limit would probably be whatever the weakest Manhattan rooftop can bear without collapsing in on itself (so less than an airplane, probably). Then again, it's entirely possible that the lack of discernible "recoil" might be from him rooting himself to the ground the same way he can to walls.²** In both the game and comic, consuming is shown to spill a ton of blood. Dump all the water from a body and you can fit what's left into a smaller space.²* ShapeshiftingFailure: When Alex gets [[spoiler: Infected with the parasite]] he loses some of his shapeshifting abilities. ²* ShapeShifterMashup: Allows for mixing your one preferred defensive and offensive power each.²* ShapeshifterWeapon: Claws, clubs, a whiplike tentacle, added muscle mass, or what amounts to a BFS (not counting the devastators, which ratchet things up a bit). Alex Mercer is basically a shapeshifting [[SwissArmyAppendage swiss army knife]]. [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Of doom]].²* ShieldBash: When the Shield power is active, Alex will do this to anything he runs into.²* ShockwaveClap: Called Knuckle Shockwave, instead of a clap it's two clenched fists coming to getting for a massive boom.²* {{Shoryuken}}: Oh yeah. [[RuleOfCool Oh, oh yeah]]. Bet you've never Shoryuken'd a person ''[[LudicrousGibs in half]]'' before. The move, "Hammertoss", isn't so much "jumping" as it's throwing his huge fist in the direction of any poor bastard in it's way.²* ShoutOut: ²** The big twist, [[spoiler: you're just a sentient thing that believes it's a real person because you infected their body]], is right out of Creator/AlanMoore's run on ''ComicBook/SwampThing''.²** ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' had the Zombie Genocider achievement, for killing 53,594 infected. ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' upped the ante with the Zombie Genocidest achievement, for killing 53,595 infected. ''Prototype'' has a Trail of Corpses achievement, for killing 53,596 infected.²** Also, "[[VideoGame/{{Portal}} The cure is a lie.]]" (written graffiti style on a billboard that says "The Cure Is Coming") and the stationary Alex detectors have the alarms from [[Franchise/{{Halo}} ''The Pillar of Autumn'' and Crows Nest]]. ''Film/TheThing1982'' didn't even leave a slime trail! Another thing, and the higher up Marines (the ones that refill airstrikes via [[ImAHumanitarian eating them]]) look like VideoGame/DukeNukem. Another NPC looks like Ellen [=DeGeneres=].²** After getting the Armor power, when you activate it, Alex has an uncanny resemblance to the Manga/{{Guyver}}.²** One of Alex's unlockable moves is unmistakably a [[StreetFighter Shoryuken]], and his little fireball move seems to be based on the [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters hishoken]].²** There are two consecutive "Kill" events, both of which require the use of the rocket launcher. They are named, respectively, [[VideoGame/StarCraft "You Called The Thunder..." and "...Now Reap The Whirlwind."]]²** A random {{mook}}: "[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid I love the smell of cordite!]]"²** In the intro sequence, the exterior of [[Series/BlackBooks a certain famous bookshop]] can be seen.²** The anti-Blacklight toxin is named [[ A113]].²** Alex J. Mercer? Any relation to Alex J. Murphy, better known as Franchise/{{Robocop}}?²** Alex Mercer's fate is remarkably similar to that that of [[spoiler: William Birkin]] from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2''. [[spoiler: Both characters get gunned down, but use viruses to revive themselves into horrible monsters and infect their respective cities.]]²* ShowsDamage: Includes type 2 and both type 3A and 3B. Civilians and organic enemies usually are devoid of this trope, however.²* SkunkStripe: Captain Cross.²* SmashingSurvival: Inverted when trying to counter SuperSoldier grapples. You must press the correct key quickly just once when prompted. Pressing any other key (read:wrong) will allow them to serve your ass back to you, and chances are that wild button mashing will result in that.²* SmokeShield: One part of the intro cutscene. See TheWorfEffect entry below.²* SociopathicHero: In [[VideoGame/{{Infamous}} other]] [[VideoGame/{{Fable}} games]], killing dozens of people to empower yourself would be a defining moment for a character, a choice that the entire game leads to. [[ButForMeItWasTuesday For Alex Mercer, it's just another Tuesday]].²** If you manage to consume ten or less innocents civilians during one playthrough, you're awarded with an achievement. Consume, not kill, because it's utterly impossible to finish the game without killing at least a few ''thousand'' civilians, if only by accident.²** If you take the cutscenes on their own, and the gameplay elements as the [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential player chowing down on innocent civilians]], Mercer comes off as a lot less sociopathic and gets even less so as the game progresses. He cares about his sister, he's disgusted by what happened in [[spoiler:Hope]], ''extremely'' disgusted at [[spoiler:the actions of the ''real'' Alex Mercer]], and he gets pissed off at [[spoiler:Taggart for making him kill so many undeserving civilians and Marines to drive Taggart out of hiding.]]²* SociopathicSoldier: Blackwatch seems extraordinarily eager to shoot anything that moves, including civilians; they will threaten to kill a disguised Alex simply for bumping into them. Several Web of Intrigue memories show or reference them gunning down innocents, occasionally laughing all the while. Yes, they're fighting a deadly biological war against an enemy that has the capacity to destroy humanity, and desperate times employ desperate measures... but that doesn't mean they have to [[ForTheEvulz enjoy it]].²* SoftWater: Variant of this trope since Alex does not suffer falling damage. Doesn't matter how high Alex is when he plunges into a water body. Even a Bulletdive drop from the highest in-game building into the water will just create a human-sized splash instead of erasing every destructible object as per solid surface.²* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil²* SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness: Subverted; some powers are indeed inferior to later ones... but not all of them.²* SpaceCompression: Manhattan is NOT that small.²* SpannerInTheWorks: ''Alex''.²* SpikesOfDoom: Alex's Groundspike move and its variants. Giant freakin spikes burst out of the ground and skewer whatever was standing where they erupt. In the Groundspike Devastor move, they erupt all around you and skewer everything nearby. Not only great if you're about to be mobbed, but bases and hives take a lot of damage if you use it on top of them.²* SpinAttack: The finishing sequence for Claw and Blade Power behave like this.²* SpiritualSuccessor: to Radical's ''VideoGame/TheIncredibleHulkUltimateDestruction''. One who has played both will easily notice that the gameplay remains the same for the two games (moreso than your typical spiritual successor), and a good deal of mechanics and moves have been retained... in fact, let's just call ''Prototype'' a sequel in gameplay only.²** WordOfGod supporting this: The guys at Radical got the inspiration for Alex Mercer's shape-shifting abilities while playing ''Ultimate Destruction'' and using the Hulk's [[ImprovisedWeapon "weaponize" skills]]. They asked themselves, "What if [the character] could weaponize ''himself?''" and an idea was born...²** Also a successor to the ''VideoGame/UltimateSpiderMan'' game, in a way. The two were developed by the same people, and it's impossible to not notice the similarities if you've played the other one. Alex's running animation is ''identical'' to Spider-Man's. His charged jump is ''identical'' to Venom's superjump. His throw is ''identical'' to Venom's throw. Finally, his tentacle attacks are ''identical'' to Venom's tentacle attacks... except for some of the Devastator moves, which are identical to Carnage's attacks.²** In large part also to ''Spider-Man 2: TheMovie'', the game. The setting in Manhattan, the Landmark objectives (although the Spider-Man ones only gave a BraggingRightsReward), the various optional events to collect points, the LeParkour UpToEleven gameplay, the WideOpenSandbox world, these can all be traced back at least this far.²** ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows'', anyone? Both games are by Activision, both start with ATasteOfPower shortly before the plot ends, both have a ZombieApocalypse going on in NY, in both cases it is the fault of the protagonist to a certain degree, in both cases the protagonist gains dark/evil powers. Even the attacks are very similar, with combat tentacles, body surf attack etc.²* StandardPowerupPose: The usual pose done whenever a Ground based Devastator is performed.²* StartScreen: Being a console game and port to PC, no surprise. Comes with AttractMode as standard package.²* StateSec: Blackwatch.²* StationaryBoss: Happens to be the largest one also.²* StealthBasedMission: Some of the Events require you to disguise as a soldier and use a specific weapon. Dropping the weapon, changing disguise, or using a Devastator fails the mission. Predictably, these are the hardest events to do well in, since it takes away almost every advantage you have.²* StealthHiBye: Alex does this occasionally in cutscenes, and a skilled stealth-oriented player will be doing it on a regular basis. Rather impressive for a guy who's got to weigh at least half a ton at full health.²* StuffBlowingUp: Being a high octane action game, no surprise here. Although the explosions really do resemble the Hollywood-style combustion-type explosions rather than the detonation-type whenever appropriate.²** What else would one expect when [[EveryCarIsAPinto every vehicle is a Pinto]]?²* SuicidalOverconfidence: Most egregious are the police officers in New Game Plus.²* SuperDrowningSkills: Alex cannot swim, but rather than drown, any attempt to jump into water results in Alex sinking like a stone then jumping back to shore a few seconds later. Probably justified since he likely weighs somewhere around a ton.²* SuperSoldier: The Blackwatch SuperPoweredMooks are named as such. They are 7 feet tall genetically engineered bodybuilders with limited parkour abilities and a thing for CQC. They're also tough enough to punch out a Hunter in hand-to-hand.²* SuperStrength: Alex and the SuperSoldiers. There's Musclemass for Alex if you aren't convinced.²** Radical [[StealthPun threw in]] Musclemass Throw and Boost if you're ''still'' not convinced.²* SuperToughness: Alex, and most of the other bigger infected.²* SwissArmyHero: Or Swiss Army Anti-Hero.²* TakeAThirdOption: The Kill Events pit you against a certain faction and tell you to aim for marked targets. What it doesn't tell you that ''any'' members of that faction, marked or not, count toward the score. In the case of the military, this includes ''empty vehicles''. For some missions, it's almost a necessity if you want to get the platinum medal.²* TakeThat: Early interviews had the development team deciding that, instead of a conventional morality system, they'd assume that the player would act like everyone acts in a WideOpenSandbox; hence the ludicrous VideoGameCrueltyPotential.²* TakeYourTime: The story only progresses once you start a mission. In the meantime, feel free to abuse Manhattan as the light in the sky changes between day and night several times.²** [[spoiler:Even when the countdown for operation Firebreak begins.]]²* TakingYouWithMe: It cannot be said often enough: [[spoiler:the real Alex Mercer was ''not'' a nice man. Cornered by Blackwatch? Release a deadly virus into a busy transit station!]] Arguably the best example of this trope, considering [[spoiler:he was effectively trying to take the entire ''species'' with him]].²* TankGoodness: While the standard M1 tank you can hijack is definitely awesome, the Thermobaric tank you get later is even better. KillItWithFire!²* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:²** Between absorbing enemies alive, cleaving them into tiny pieces, or just smashing them into pulp, Alex doesn't pull any punches.²** The Kill Event involving the use of a thermobaric tank against normal and elite zombies. Amusingly, you have to kill more than a thousand zombies for gold and platinum, and this ''is not that difficult to do''.²** There's an event called Overkill.²* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Alex's observation of what he's up against when he goes to destroy the Bloodtox production facility.²-->''[[SuperSoldiers D-codes]], [[SentryGun gun emplacements]], [[TankGoodness armor]]... *sigh* Great.''²* ThrowAwayGuns: Alex tosses empty guns away. Justified because they are not his guns, he's not carrying extra ammo, and he's getting them by killing the people who were holding them.²* TimeLimitBoss: The final boss, with the added bonus that you don't get to see the timer until it's down to two minutes.²* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Alex Mercer is actually TheVirus. The Alex Mercer we know is just merely the ShapeshifterDefaultForm -- the original Alex died in Penn Station]].²* TooDumbToLive: The ArtificialStupidity of certain AI factions can be abused in several situations to get enemies to take themselves out. For example, if Alex lands from a sufficient height without gliding, he'll loudly impact the ground and leave a distinct crater. However, if Alex isn't ''seen'' by military personnel doing so, they won't suspect him so long as he's in disguise - even if he's standing at the crater's dead center and nobody else is around. Military will just rush right past him to find a culprit - and they will charge right into deadly situations, such as running into other infected or simply dashing off a pier when they can't swim.²* TookALevelInBadass: Mercer, during his BroughtDownToBadass phase. Before being hit with the parasite, players will probably have been relying on their powers to get things done quick and dirty. Having those taken away but being left with the combat moves and the disguise and consumption abilities along with Mercer's enhanced speed and strength will make players fight smart, and by extension make Mercer even more dangerous. When the parasite is removed, not only does Mercer regain his powers[[spoiler:, he gets the sword and armor ones well. Making him even stronger than he was before.]]²* TransformationSequence: By holding down a quick-change arrow on the D-Pad, instead of the claws or whatever just appearing, you get a fairly cool sequence for them. [[MundaneMadeAwesome Even for the Vision powers.]]²* TrialAndErrorGameplay: The final boss fight isn't kidding when it says the nuke only has six minutes on the timer. You can't see the timer, but it's there. So players who don't realize this might just try the same CherryTapping that worked for every other boss... then suddenly find that the boss still has half its health when the two-minute timer finally pops up. The boss can be literally unbeatable if you can't keep up a steady stream of damage before the timer kicks in.²* UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway: General Randall insisting on the deployment of {{Super Soldier}}s after merely hearing an initial summary on the test results.²-->'''Peter Randall:''' What's the word on the new round of test subjects?\²'''William Demeza:''' Sir, they're testing off the charts. No ill effects at present. No evidence of the unmodified virus!\²'''Randall:''' Prepped for field deployment - ASAP.\²'''Demeza:''' Sir, I-I don't think we're ready.\²'''Randall:''' You're not paid to think!²* UniversalDriversLicense: Averted. To drive any type of military vehicle ([=APCs=], tanks, and helicopters), you have to consume someone who knows how.²* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Nobody seems to think it's that suspicious to see a guy running at speeds of at least 60 miles per hour up the side of the Empire State Building, even though crawling up it like Spider-Man instantly sets off alerts.²* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Alex, the poor bastard. You want to ask if his day can [[FromBadToWorse get any worse]], but you know damn well that you'd just be TemptingFate. Of course, it's [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds going to get worse anyway]], so you might as well.]]²* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: In the series this trope turns up several times: Alex Mercer (upgrade) vs. Elizabeth Greene (prototype) and Alex Mercer ([[{{Pun}} prototype]]) vs. Supreme Hunter (upgrade).²* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: The sheer number of ways you can take people down in this game is staggering, but the craziest has to be shifting into a soldier, accusing another soldier of being you, and watching him get shot to death. If you're bored, just get a tank and aim it at some civilians.²* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment:²** Very downplayed. It doesn't matter whether civilians are just collateral damage or you're going on a rampage and killing all of them that you can on purpose, all that will happen is the military will turn up... which you can swat aside like flies. Most of your "helpers" during the main quest don't seem to realize the carnage that Alex creates. Dana is genuinely shocked upon learning that Alex ''routinely'' '''[[ImAHumanitarian consumes]]''' people.²** On the other hand, if you start a NewGamePlus and run around using the Musclemass power on innocent civilians at the start of the game, you have a situation wherein you are a monster who is running around punching people in half, their guts streaming about everywhere, as gallons of blood stain the street, with nothing but a few scattered cops and the occasional APC to stop you.²* VideogameDashing: The Air Dash. It can be upgraded to make you dash further and [[UpToEleven dash a second time after the first]]. Charging up attacks also amplify the extent in which Alex will lunge towards his target. This is justified as Mercer is propelling himself forward by expelling extra mass behind him, simialr to his Glide ability where he expels mass downward to keep his body from falling faster. ²* VillainProtagonist: Alex himself. [[spoiler:[[AntiHero He]] [[HeelFaceTurn gets]] [[NobleDemon better]].]]²* VillainousBreakdown:²** As the situation continues to escalate, Colonel Taggart starts to lose his cool. [[spoiler:By the end of the game, he's abandoned Blackwatch and is trying to flee Manhattan in a terrified panic. Then again, he is kinda ''hunted'' by a completely insane PersonOfMassDestruction, AKA Alex "cut a tank in two with one hit from a BFS that grew from his own fucking arm" Mercer.]]²** [[spoiler:Karen Parker to a lesser extent in the optional mission where you repay her for betraying you. She gets told Mercer knows where she is and is ordered into an elevator with a trooper when suddenly the elevator loses power. Cue her freaking out, knowing Mercer is coming. Quite justified as the trooper turns into Mercer and says, "I know" as the screen fades to black.]]²* TheVirus: The Blacklight virus, which frankly makes [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Umbrella's creations]] look like a mild case of the common cold. [[spoiler:The game's protagonist is actually the Blacklight virus itself after it infected Alex Mercer's corpse and transformed it on the cellular level. That's right, in this game, you ''play'' as TheVirus.]]²* VirusVictimSymptoms: Once the level of infection reaches very noticeable levels, some of the civilians will exhibit zombie-like gaits.²* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Alex's main power; includes shifting his body into weapons or armor and becoming people he has absorbed, complete with their memories and skills.²* WakeUpCallBoss: The first encounter with the Hunters will teach you to ''fear'' them, at least at the beginning of the game. Later on, Specialist Cross teaches an overconfident player to not underestimate Blackwatch.²* WakingUpAtTheMorgue: A little further than that. Alex awakens moments before getting ''vivisected''.²* WalkingWasteland:²** Elizabeth Greene spreads her virus on everything she touches, alive or not.²** In the [[JigsawPuzzlePlot Web of Intrigue]] videos, [[spoiler:Elizabeth's child, PARIAH]], is implied to be this as well.²* WallCrawl: Alex sure doesn't need ladders. But doing so makes him very conspicuous to military notice. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy More so than simply running up the wall.]]²* WantedMeter: The alert meter next to the minimap deals with enemy human awareness to your nature.²* TheWarSequence: ''The whole game!'' There is nothing stopping you from ignoring the plot missions entirely, and just diving into the fray, slaughtering marines, Blackwatch, civilians, and Infected left, right, and center.²* WeHaveReserves: The USMC are explicitly being used by Blackwatch as human shields to absorb the casualties of the occupation. This is Blackwatch's attitude towards ''everyone'', including civilians and their own personnel. No cost is too high to contain an outbreak - even destroying a town. They've done it at least twice before.²* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:What happened to Dana and Ragland?]]²* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: By the end of the game, [[spoiler:the Blacklight Virus is a better 'person' than the ''real'' Alex Mercer ever was]]. Ouch.²* WhipItGood / WhipSword: The Whipfist. Though not an actual sword, but slices up things as viciously as the Claw or Blade power would.²* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity:²** Inverted, but also played straight, possibly. Mercer tells Dana how the memories of everyone he [[ImAHumanitarian eats]] are swirling inside his head, and by the end of the game, you will likely have consumed a third of your total kill count. That cannot be easy to deal with. However, rather than driving him crazy, which he already was to be eating people regularly, he actually gets more heroic as the plot moves forward.²** However, at the part where you're eating people to hone your Infected Vision, when your progress gets to about 80%, Alex suddenly flips out and groans "So many minds at work... All talking, all dying..." -- Whether this is him starting to lose it, freaking over his first true contact with the Hive, or just being affected by grief due to what he's having to do for the greater good is up to the reader's opinion.²* WolverineClaws: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Claw power]].²* TheWorfBarrage: A double subversion in the intro cutscene where the grenade-shrugging Alex appears to have been finally defeated by a rocket. The trooper who took the shot proceeds to help a nearby surviving Blackwatch officer, who then reveals himself to be Alex [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice to deadly effect on the trooper]].²* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Alex can do chokeslams, powerbombs, and multistory elbow drops. And the Super-Soldier enemies use Alabama slams and backbreakers.²* WritersCannotDoMath: Many of the ages don't match up with the timelines.²* YouAreWhoYouEat: Alex can turn into any human he consumes though his disguise will disappear if he consumes another person. [[spoiler:In other examples, Alex inadvertently did it with the corpse of the original Alex Mercer and the Supreme Hunter consumed Cross to lure Alex into a trap]].²* YouALLLookFamiliar: Partially due to PaletteSwap, though the common attire being mostly semi-winter wear might also be contributing. In any case, there are two standard character heights throughout all [=NPC=]s: Male and the slightly shorter female.²* YouFightLikeACow: Cross as he fights the player, depending on the performance.²-->"You're slow. Painfully slow."\²"You're fast, but I'm faster."\²"You're fast, I'll give you that."²* YouHaveResearchedBreathing: Patsy. It seems a bit of a stretch that you can't do it right out of the gate, given that you learn stealth consumes rather early in the game. On the other hand, it could be that it wouldn't work until everyone's good and freaked out after a day or two of hunting viral mutants. Played straighter with some combat moves: it costs EP to learn how to step on a guy's face.²* YoungerThanTheyLook:²** [[SkunkStripe Specialist Cross]]. He's thirty-eight. No, seriously.²** Also, [[spoiler:Alex/ZEUS/Blacklight is only a few days old]].²* YouWillBeAssimilated: In the [[PerfectlyCromulentWord Omnomnomable]] sense. In the case of HiveMind, Alex is his own. See the CursedWithAwesome entry.²* ZergRush: Because the player is so ludicrously overpowered compared to the enemy roster, the game compensates by hurling droves of enemies at you whenever possible.²* ZombieApocalypse: Any area controlled by an Infected Hive.²* ZombieInfectee:²** While it is never a concern in actual gameplay, in the late stages of the game, you will often see civilian [=NPCs=] on the streets who are practically five steps away from dying of the infection. They lumber, they can barely stand, and they cough like crazy. Some can be witnessed ''puking up blood''. Half of these symptoms should have made them at least consider going home, and yet they're still wandering the streets, ready to infect people when they inevitably turn. To be fair, though, this infection is a lot more contagious than your average zombie apocalypse is, and these people suffer from a serious lack of information about it.²** In the comic, an infected character says that he can hear [[spoiler:Greene]]'s voice in his head. If that holds true for all of the infected victims, perhaps those severely ill people are under the sway of the HiveMind already and haven't gone home because they ''are'' home, so to speak...²** There are also normal people wandering around infected zones days after they've fallen, which seems to suggest that some people are just flat out immune.²** One of the Web of Intrigue entries points out that the virus has a 99.999% fatality rate. That means that the zombie state is just like a starting state (similar to how people and animals go mad from rabies before dying) and that death is sure to follow (at least in the Redlight outbreak in Hope). This is Blacklight so it could be different.²[[/folder]]²----


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