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Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror is the second game in Broken Sword series. Several months after the events of The Shadow of the Templars, George Stobbart and Nicole Collard visit an archaeologist named Professor Oubier to learn about a mysterious Mayan stone for a newspaper story, but soon caught in another conspiracy.

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  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Some of the cutscenes feature CGI vehicles.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Emily and Titipoco keep calling George "Jaws".
  • Addictive Foreign Soap Opera: Examining the TV in the police station will cause George to enjoy watching a soap opera.
  • Angry Guard Dog: "Twenty", the bulldog in Marseilles docks.
  • Apocalypse Cult: As explained by one of the villagers, the end of the 5th moon cycle was to coincide with the eclipse of the sun and this would ultimately release Tezcatlipoca, should the stones not be in place to prevent it.
  • Bad Luck Charm: Many residents in Quaramonte City hate to see the flint statue of Tezcatlipoca.
  • Banana Republic: Quaramonte City. The corrupt, sadistic disciplinarian Madame Presidente rules with an iron fist, the economy is dependent on the local mine which has been closed down due to suspected industrial sabotage, and the population are subject to bizarre rules such as a ban on traditional music and being forbidden to speak against Madame La Presidente.
  • Bee-Bee Gun: George has to throw biscuits inside a bush to make bees come out and pursue a stunt actor.
  • Big Red Button: Nico lampshades it when she found the emergency button in London Underground.
  • Bilingual Bonus: George talks to a couple of Japanese girls who say something in Japanese and laugh at him. In English it translates to "You are very pretty, you know." note 
  • Body Horror: Tezcatlipoca.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Instead of killing George at Oubier's house, Pablo leaves George to himself after releasing a poisonous spider and setting the room on fire.
  • Bound and Gagged: Happens to Nico in the second game.
  • Bowdlerise: In the Remastered, Karzac's death is censored and covered with light beams.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: Nico steals the Mayan dagger to open a secret door in British Museum.
  • Call-Back: When George revisits Montfaucon, clicking on the manhole will prompt him to remark, "I had no desire to go down into the sewers."
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Raoul takes a stand against his mother at the end.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Titipoco's cigarette lighter in shape of a gun becomes life-saving twice later.
  • Convenient Escape Boat: George and Nico do this to get out of Quaramonte City. Unfortunately, the boat they used is destroyed by the police.
  • Credits Gag: The credits have some examples like the name of the beer and the composer's musical instruments including "All Weird Stuff".
  • Department of Redundancy Department: When George examines the boat hook in the second game:
    George: It's a stick with a hook on one end. A boat hook ... for hooking boats.
  • Description Cut: During her uncomfortable interview with the General, we hear Nico think "I hope George is making good use of his time". Cut to George locked in his prison cell trash talking to Miguel.
  • Deserted Island: Zombie Island. Justified as the filming crew bought the rights to use the island for their shoot.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: The power to keep Tezcatlipoca in check is concealed in three obsidian stones scattered around the world.
  • Disney Villain Death: The general's mother falling to her death.
  • Distressed Dude: George on the altar stone.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Early in the second game, George encounters a gendarme sitting in a cafe drinking wine with absinthe.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect: London Bridge and Tower of London show prominently in the background at the docks.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: In-universe. The director is fascinated by the idea of introducing zombies in his retelling of "Treasure Island".
  • Exact Eavesdropping: At the docks, Nico arrives just in time to overhear Karzac revealing his plan to Oubier.
  • Faking the Dead: Late in the first game, Sergeant Moue is said to have died. However, in the second game it's revealed that he went into hiding after he found out about the Neo-Templars.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Near the end of the game, Karzac's body is dissolved after being stabbed by Tezcatlipoca.
  • Finger Gun: Nico uses one on the General at the altar stone. He falls for it.
  • Food as Bribe: Subverted. The two guards will let George enter the village if the shaman likes his offer.
  • Foreshadowing: The card that Nico receives from London Underground station contains a prediction read "A family argument leads you to advantage". Near the end of the game, she convinces Raoul that his mother and Karzac plan to dispose of him as soon Tezcatlipoca has been freed.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Nico calls George by full name after he tells her to distract General Grasiento for few hours.
  • Gasshole: The watchman in Marseilles docks farts after he heard a strange voice (which actually came from George). This causes George to fall under the hut.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: It usually doesn't take much to fool a guard or escape from a guard in the game. Nico managed to start an elevator generator right next to a bunch of armed guards, and none of them saw fit to ask what she was doing.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: George dons a colourful shirt when heading for tropical climes.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Karzac.
  • Human Sacrifice: Aztec god Tezcatlipoca wants them.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Surprisingly enough Nico can do this not to any person, but to one of the puzzles in the game. When she's trapped in the Mayan Machine near the end of the game, instead of solving the puzzle, the player can click on a specific spot which will trigger an animation of Nico flashing the entrance to the secret corridor door with her boobs, causing it to open.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: General Grasiento does this with Nico.
  • Improvised Zipline: The way George and Nico escape from the warehouse in Marseilles.
  • Japanese Tourist: The two Japanese girls at the art gallery.
  • Karmic Death: Pierre and Karzac.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero Found Underwear: Early on, George discovers a red panty in Nico's bag, which is actually a gift from Andre.
  • Mayincatec: The game's theme.
  • The Maze: The forest on Zombie Island.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: George wanders onto the set of a movie where the actors' stunt double is significantly fatter than the star he's doubling for. When said double is injured George serves as one as well but he is actually a good match for the actor.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Two ghosts can be encountered in this game. One is harder to notice but leads to Fridge Brilliance.
  • Pirate Booty: Captain Ketch's treasure chest which he planted in a cave by the beach.
  • Prison Episode: George is forced to go in prison for attempting to free Miguel.
  • Privateer: Two NPCs are the descendants of a privateer (not a pirate) who claim he was falsely accused of acting without the correct papers by a governor and hung in order to get at his fortune.
  • Saw It in a Movie Once: George attempts to escape from prison by tying Miguel's rope on the steel bar and Duane's truck, remembering he'd seen it in a movie about Hopalong but with ropes and horses.
  • Shut Up and Save Me!: Nico's response if you choose to talk to her rather than untie her. She's not in any immediate danger, she's just sick of being tied up.
  • Skeleton Keycard: Nico is able to open the cupboard at the London subway station with the use of a ticket.
  • Slip into Something More Comfortable: Said word for word when General Grasiento changes clothes for his intimate interview with Nico.
  • Theme Park Version: George meets a cinema crew shooting a movie version of Treasure Island, but with "modern" elements added such as a pirate girl with thigh-high boots.
    • Though it's being shot in black and white.
  • Tranquillizer Dart: Titipoco uses one to incapacitate Nico in the opening sequence. George uses the same arrow to shoo the boar at Zombie Island.
  • Trap Door: George, Nico and Titipoco fall down one in the temple.
  • Two-Faced Aside: George, when introduced to Sharon Kowalski, goes along and pretends to know her, only to whisper to himself that he has never heard of her name before.
  • Verbal Tic: Bert Savage sometimes tells his "flippin" experiences as a stuntman.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Raoul is not seen after helping to save the day.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: Before killing Oubier, Karzac mentions that Oubier's wife screamed his name with her last breath.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Said by Karzac to Oubier right before shooting him.
  • You Just Ruined the Shot: George discovers a group of pirates, only to find out that they're part of the film.
  • Zip Mode: Double click on an exit would take George or Nico go there instantly.

Alternative Title(s): The Smoking Mirror