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  • Acting for Two: Due to the relatively low budget of the game, many of the cast members voices two or more characters:
    • Hannah Telle: Max / Courtney
    • Ashly Burch: Chloe / Stella / Taylor / Sarah / Weird Lady
    • Dayeanne Hutton: Kate / Alyssa / Juliet
    • Nik Shriner: Nathan / Trevor / Daniel DaCosta / Luke
    • Dani Knights: Victoria / Dana / Brooke / Dr. Hedorah
    • Carlos Luna: Warren / Justin / Evan
    • Don McManus: David / Hayden / Logan / Truck Driver / Diner Man / Anderson / Weatherman (Episode 2)
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    • Derek Phillips: Mr. Jefferson / Samuel / Zachary / Diner Fisherman / Daniel Lee / Weatherman (Episode 3)
    • Eric Morgan Stuart: Principal Wells / Diner Cop / Diner Trucker / Old Guy
    • Cissy Jones: Joyce / Homeless Woman / Diner Woman
    • Daniel Bonjour: Frank / R.J. / Diner Dude / Officer Corn / DJ Doom
  • Doing It for the Art: A genre that only got a revitalization in The New '10s, a concept that requires some good coding chops to implement well, and a female lead that got them rejected at almost every publishing studio, plus a unique art style and hipster soundtrack? This has all the makings of an indie film, only it's a game, one that DONTNOD is most certainly not making for the fame and fortune.
  • Executive Meddling: Averted. DONTNOD said that several publishers they approached wanted them to change the lead to a male, but luckily Square Enix was the only one that didn't want them to change that. They did get DONTNOD to make the game less dark - early concepts and drafts show a much grittier and more depressing side of teenage life.
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  • Fan Community Nickname: Shaka brah(s). To a lesser extent, Strangers.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Fans have taken to calling Victoria "Icky Vicky".
    • Some fans refer to Nathan as "Sathan".
    • Schrödinger's Kate: Is she alive? Is she dead? Depends on what you do.
    • Mr. Jefferson earned himself the nickname of "Jeffershit" after turning out to be the Big Bad at the end of Episode 4.
    • Bae or Bay, the decision which is the last ever in the game where you choose to either let Chloe die in the first place or leave Arcadia Bay to be wrecked near the lighthouse at the very beginning, while in front of the storm.
    • Relatedly, the large number of attractive young women in the game are often collectively referred to as the "Arcadia Baes." This term is sometimes used as an Idiosyncratic Ship Name for Max and Chloe as well.
  • Fan Sequel: Sort of. A group of dedicated and talented fans came together to create a Visual Novel called Love Is Strange, which takes some of the original plot elements, jettisons all of the angst and makes it a full-on Dating Sim between Max and the girl of her choice.
  • Let's Play:
Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The Limited Edition, which was released on January 19, 2016 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It includes a copy of the game's soundtrack, an artbook, and a copy of the game with directors' commentary.
  • Talking to Herself: This occurs whenever Max interacts with Courtney, as both characters are voiced by Hannah Telle.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • The E3 trailer shows at the end that you can rewind after focusing into a picture. A downplayed example, as it only covers the first three episodes and follows their official release rather than preceding it.
    • Episode 5's launch trailer spoils that the tornado comes from Max's powers.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In the files for Episode 3, there is a confrontation between Mr. Jefferson and Max, probably intended for after Chloe angrily drops Max off. However, the developers decided to have Max silently exit Chloe's car, followed by an immediate transition to her room.
    • Also from the Episode 3 files, Chloe's rant was originally supposed to end with her saying, "Max, if I had your power, I would go all the way back and change everything! Everything!" The line was most likely removed because it would have been Five-Second Foreshadowing to what was about to happen.
    • Episode 3 was originally going to include a scene where a man wearing a suit and gloves examines the red binders. The scene was most likely removed because the figure's build matches Mr. Jefferson's and the developers didn't want to give away the twist.
    • Unused audio files from the confrontation with Nathan in Episode 4 show Nathan hinting at an oncoming "storm", suggesting that he knows about the storm in Max's vision. Interestingly, Nathan saying, "the storm is coming! You're all gonna die!" was included in the trailer, but didn't make it into the game. As revealed in a spoilercast, Nathan was originally intended to have had a vision of the storm. However, this wouldn't have gone anywhere, so they cut it.
    • One idea during development was that Max would have been caught red-handed while euthanising Chloe in Episode 4, resulting in her arrest and a Non Standard Game Over.
    • In Episode 5's Nightmare Sequence:
      • Unused audio files indicate that William was going to be one of the characters stalking Max in the labyrinth. He would have yelled at Max for killing him and for either killing Alt!Chloe or leaving her to suffer.
      • More unused audio files show that Rachel Amber would have appeared before Max in the Dark Room sequence and would have blamed her for her death.
  • The Wiki Rule: Life is Strange Wiki.
  • Word of God:
    • The Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending was seen as lacking in many aspects by some of the fandom, especially as it is seemingly ambiguous on if anyone survives, what happens next, and if Chloe and Max are a romantic couple. Michel Koch, one of the directors, has elaborated some on the intention of said ending, noting that the ambiguity for some of those things was intentional, and some was not. He also occasionally posts on the subreddit for the game, with a few additional tidbits in his comments.
    • During DONTNOD's charity livestream of Episode 5, the developers confirmed that the person that Rachel said changed her life right before she vanished and the person she was talking about in her letter to Chloe that Max can find in the junkyard in Episode 2 is Mr. Jefferson.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Ashly Burch, Chloe's voice actress, did an interview with FemHype where she provided some of her personal interpretations of Chloe's character. Among other things, Chloe's sexual orientation and gender identity are fluid and her love for Rachel was unrequited.


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