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Easter is an RPG Maker horror adventure game released in 2018 by Carrot Patch Games.

One stormy night at the onset of what should have been a nostalgic trip to the lake, Easter Mitchour and his friends make a pit stop at an old, abandoned house along the side of the road. What should have been a short-lived indoor camping adventure, however, turns into a hellish nightmare when something begins hunting them down one-by-one.

The house is not what it seems, and memories from the boys’ past could be the key to everything... if they can only make it through the night.


Easter contains examples of:

  • Accomplice by Inaction: Nester stood back and and did nothing while Easter messed with his friends lives for sick pleasure. In the True Ending, he states outright that because of this, he's just as guilty for his friends' suffering as Easter himself.
    Easter: You had every power to stop the things I did. But you didn't, did you? You wanted everyone to suffer just as much as I did.
  • Aerith and Bob: Justified in that this is a rpg horror game, but ... in how many groups can there be a Totl, Mugwort and Easter alongside a Olie and a Monte?
  • The Alleged Car: Mugwort's rusted truck, which gets them stranded in the abandoned house.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Easter treated Nester as this in their childhood.
  • Beyond Redemption: The mutilating attempt by Easter on his friends is what finally convinces Nester that his brother can't be helped.
    Nester: You've let the hate consume you. Let it make you do horrible, cruel things to your closest friends. They'll never be the same, Easter. Not after what you did to them.
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  • Big Bad: Easter is the killer.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Olie, Mugwort and Totl feel this (in varying degrees) towards Easter. Ironically Easter had this towards Nester, until their father's abuse became too much for him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At some point Easter and one of his friends is alone with the killer, resulting in them getting mutilated for trying to protect Easter. Then double subverted when Easter was the killer all along.
  • Big Little Brother: Nester, who looks bigger and older than Easter.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Easter looks like a meek young boy that has to be constantly protected by his friends and his stronger little brother. In reality, he's a sociopath who doesn't give a shit about anyone but himself and Nester, manipulating everyone—including Nester—in order to make everyone suffer as much as him.
  • Broken Bird:
    • Easter. Behind his cheerful smile, there's an emotionally and mentally broken boy as a result of years of horrific sexual abuse.
    • Nester was a happy little boy in his childhood until he was raped by his father due to Easter's manipulations.
  • Children Are Innocent: Sharply averted with Easter's childhood. He was raped by his father for years and manipulated Nester into getting raped as well. Played straight with Olie, Mugwort and Totl, who didn't understand what was going on.
  • Cutting Back to Reality: At the end of the game, Easter knocks down Nester in order to save his helpless friends, but is knocked down himself. Cut back to reality: they're all in an insane asylum and Easter dreamed something that happened weeks ago...only that he was the killer instead of the masked man.
  • Cool Old Guy: Monte Mitchour, who owns the arcade where his sons and their friends used to hang out. Or so it seems.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: You'd be forgiven if you thought Olie was a girl, but he's a guy according to Word of God.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: In their childhood, Totl would protect Easter from harm and bullies, until one day he didn't come to save him. Because he had gotten stuck in the sewers while searching for a lost toy that Easter took.
  • Enfante Terrible: Easter as a child, dear God...
  • Eye Scream: Olie's fate.
  • Evil Is Petty: You honestly can’t get any pettier than trying to ruin your friends' lives simply because they're happier than you.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • There's a diary telling about a father telling his young son to "take over mother", because he's become impotent with her. At the end we found out it's talking about Easter.
    • Nester doesn't like being called a big boy. Because stealing snacks to prove Easter that he was a big boy resulted in him being punished and raped by his father.
    • Easter is shown to like violent and bloody videogames when he was young. He's the killer.
    • Olie is often mocked for having bad eyesight. Guess what the killer takes away from him.
    • There's a stuffed cat doll that often follows Easter around, but doesn't do anything. It's later shown the doll belongs to Nester, who silently watched his brother's misdeeds but didn't do anything. The doll is also stated to have a broken bottom. Nester was raped when he was young.
    • The lobotomized patient Nester meets foreshadows Easter's final fate.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: After Olie, Mugwort and Totl have been mutilated by the killer, Nester admits he didn't like them, feeling that they only hanged out with him because he was Easter's brother. Similarly Easter secretly resents his friends for having happier lives, while he was sexually abused by his father.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the Retribution Ending, Nester cuts down his brother's eyes, ears and tongue, just like Easter himself had done to his friends.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: The gang is forced to split up after the killer takes Olie's eyes and things go downhill from there.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: After Monte's wife became an alcoholic, he became impotent with her. So, he started to molest Easter.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: The killer has one.
  • Morality Pet: Nester is this to Easter. He's the only person Easter does not want to die and his death in the True Ending and his betrayal in the Retribution Ending breaks him hard.
  • Multiple Endings:
    • Easy Ending: Easter doesn't find the music box and he and the gang spend an uneventful night in the abandoned house. They leave the next day, but Easter has the feeling he forgot something.
    • Normal Ending: Olie, Mugwort and Totl are mutilated by the killer. Nester mocks their fates, saying he never considered them friends and rapes Easter in revenge for tricking him in the past. Easter knocks him down and tries to save his friends, but Nester knocks him again. Easter wakes up in an insane asylum, where him and the rest of the gang has been institutionalized. While Nester decides to finish the job and kill Easter...
    • Retribution Ending: Same as the Normal Ending, but Easter's past is shown, revealing that he's been raped by his father for years and caused trouble for his friends and Nester out of spite. Ah, and he's also the killer who's been targetting the gang. Nester wakes up in the insane asylum and tortures Easter for his misdeeds, cutting his ears, eyes and tongue, just like he had done to his friends.
    • True Ending: Same as the Retribution Ending, but Nester doesn't have the heart to kill his brother and tries to convince him to move and forget the past. Unable to get over his demons, Easter has a psychotic break and kills Nester. He's later taken by the doctors and lobotomized, but he's happy because he isn't suffering anymore.
  • My Friends… and Zoidberg!: A running gag is that Nester tends to be excluded from the gang's activities, such as forcing him to take the backseat in the beginning or Mugwort forgetting to include him in his birthday toast. And not only Nester is horribly aware of it, he resents them. To the point that he does nothing to help after Easter mutilates them..
  • Nervous Wreck: Olie.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: At some point Easter is forced to tiptoe in the dark to evade the killer, only guided by the sounds of Totl and Mugwort's footsteps.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: Easter finds a music box that sounds like the jingle of the Monte Arcade, which Nester is unnerved at. Because it was sounding in the background when his father raped him.
  • Rape and Revenge: Nester was tricked by Easter into getting raped by their father, forcing him to steal snacks to prove he's "a grown boy". Years later, with their friends mutilated and Easter at his mercy, Nester proceeds to brutally beat and rape Easter to show he's a grown boy.
  • Red Herring:
    • While inspecting Olie's memories, there's a newspaper of how his father used to work for Monte but he was fired. It's later stated he killed Monte, but it had nothing to do with the firing, he killed him for sleeping with his wife.
    • Nester was the only one of Easter's gang who didn't get mutilated and he later ties Olie, Mugwort and Totl while stating he never liked them. While his resentment is genuine, he didn't mutilate them. Easter did.
  • Self-Made Orphan: After putting up with years of sexual abuse from Monte, Easter decides he has to go. He's very methodical about it, sending Olie's father pictures of his wife cheating him with Monte (knowing that he'll kill him) and ensuring that Nester isn't at home by the time it happens.
  • Shout-Out: The killer wears a white mask made of paper and glue.
  • Stepford Smiler: A recurrent theme of the game is about smiles. Under that ditzy face and mannerism, Easter hides the twisted mind of a psychotic killer. When he's lobomotized, it's pointed out he's now smiling forever...
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred!: In the insane asylum, Easter tries to goad Nester into killing him. At this point Nester is on the road to recovery due to therapy and Easter wants to prove his brother is as twisted as he is. While he goes along with it in the Retribution Ending, in the True Ending he tries to talk him down instead but things go bad.
  • Tongue Trauma: Mugwort's fate.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Olie, Mugwort and Totl were always very protective of Easter, to the point they'll give their lives for him. Unfortunately Easter was too busy feeling sorry for himself and secretly resented them for having happier lives than him.

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