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     In General 
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Apparently EVERY ONE of your patients. Perhaps it's office policy to remove shoes before a session?
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: You don't know who killed Doctor Dekker, but most of the characters could conceivably have done it. The killer is chosen at random at the beginning of the game, and some scenes are different depending on who did it.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Do your patients truly have supernatural powers, or are they delusional and only think they do?
  • Sanity Meter: Each of your recurring patients has one, as do you.
  • Sanity Slippage: Can happen to characters as the game progresses. Including you.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: Some of the patients describe seeing things that... aren't right. Sometimes you do, too.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: We get to see what happens to the five main patients but not the minor ones like Scarlett and Professor Warwick.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: At the end, depending on how the patients have been treated, you'll get to see what happened to them after the game.

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     The Player 

  • Featureless Protagonist: The game plays out almost entirely from the player character's point of view and we never find out anything about them, including their gender (There are hints that the doctor is male, given Marianna's flirtatious behavior. However, even that isn’t complete confirmation, as Marianna has admitted to seducing women as well as men).
  • Text Parser: How you interact with your patients.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: You're a therapist after all, and trying to actually help your patients can be very rewarding, since the ending will show what happened next.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Alternatively, you can be a giant dick to all your patients.

     Doctor Dekker 

     Jaya 

  • Jump Scare: A couple, mostly caused by Jaya breaking into your conversation to provide information.
  • Only Sane Woman: Jaya seems to be the only character to have a firm grasp of reality. Unless she turns out to be the killer, that is.
  • Who Watches the Watchmen?: Your assistant Jaya stresses the need to keep an eye on you as you work with the patients.

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Patients

     Bryce 

  • Secret Test of Character: Bryce believes that the "hooded figure" is putting him through these.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To a certain extent. He takes naked photos of his neighbor Jennifer without her knowledge, though he later repents.
  • Time Stands Still: Bryce describes experiencing this for one hour every night and he calls it the "Midnight Hour".
  • The Un-Reveal: Bryce says he can sometimes see a girl standing behind us and speculates that it might be a relative of ours. This is never brought up again and is ultimately left unexplained. It's conceivable that the girl is Molly but since Bryce has no connection to her (unlike Nathan), it's not clear why he'd be able to see her.

     Claire 

  • Animate Dead: Claire considers herself to be something of a necromancer.
  • Insanity Defense: This trope can come into play with Claire for her crime of killing her husband. It's even mentioned that it would be quite convenient if her sanity was put in doubt.
  • Mercy Kill: It can be argued that if Claire killed David a second time, it would be this.
  • Off with His Head!: Claire beheads the reanimated David with an axe.

     Elin 

     Glyn 

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     Marianna 

  • Enthralling Siren: Due to her tendency to draw people to her, and for herself to be drawn to the sea, Marianna is compared to this.
  • Rape as Drama: Comes up during a possible conversation with a patient as Marianna can accuse you of this, making reference to you "getting inside her" and it hurting. If you press her further, she goes into more detail. She says she strips naked while your face turns into worms that get inside her. She then accuses you of being the "sick one".
  • Recurring Dreams: She later tells you of these. Complete with an Eldritch Abomination and Meat Moss!
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Marianna has blackouts that end with her being found naked on the beach. This results in unwanted attention from the police and her Uber driver. Though she does enjoy dancing in her underwear (or less).
  • Stalker with a Crush: Marianna seems to attract a LOT of these. Possibly including you.
  • The Tease: Marianna acts like this to others, including you. She often flirts with the player, though hopefully you won't reciprocate.

     Nathan 

  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Nathan believes he is stuck in one. At one point, you get stuck alongside him.
  • It's All My Fault: Nathan blames himself for the truck driver's suicide, after sending him an accusing letter.
  • Mental Time Travel: Nathan says he experienced this. It's one of the reasons why he's a patient.

     Scarlett 

  • Dream Walker: She claims to be one of these, and it seems to hurt her relationships with other people due to what she sees in these dreams.

Minor Characters

     David Castleford 

  • Call-Forward: David is mentioned in the prequel. Eve goes to see him and he determines that her optic nerve is severed, which means she should be blind.
  • Came Back Wrong: After being murdered David came back as an unintelligent hunter, if Claire is to be believed.
  • Empty Shell: After Claire had killed her husband for cheating, David came back as this.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: David qualifies as this, due to the fact that Claire stabbed him with a steak knife.
  • Mercy Kill: It can be argued that David's second death, if he experienced it at all, is this.
  • Off with His Head!: Claire beheads the reanimated David with an axe.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The reanimated David kills Anoushka if you tell Claire to let him live.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Claire's husband David with his assistant Iris.

     Hannah 

  • The Lost Lenore: This trope applies as Hannah was Nathan's fiancée and has died some years back.

     Iris 

  • Just for Pun: Iris just so happened to be the assistant to David the optician. Claire lampshades it as being incredibly on the nose.

     Molly 

  • Creepy Child: A little girl named Molly sometimes shows up that invokes this.
  • Foreshadowing: The opening sequence consists of clips from Dr. Dekker's therapy sessions including one with a girl called Molly who says her father is trying to hurt her. We later find out that her father committed suicide and took her with him.
  • Infant Immortality: This is unfortunately averted, due to the fact that Molly's father committed suicide and took her with him.
  • Offing the Offspring: Molly's father kills both her and himself via carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Molly's father commits suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning while both of them are in the car.

     Professor Warwick 

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