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Medieval Cop is an RPG Maker MV game series developed by VasantJ with all of the games freely available through Newgrounds. It has several side series: one called Medieval Shorts (later rebranded as Medieval Angel) focuses on idealistic new cop Amber, a second titled Medieval Chronicles that is a throwback to the first couple of games, and a third featuring Ada called Wolf's Bane. There's also a spin-off game that doesn't involve the main story called How the Grump Stole Christmas.

The story stars incredibly depressed cop Dregg Morriss, who deals with a wide variety of cases in a medieval fantasy land, all while saving the world and planning the incredibly fiery destruction of the Post Office. In his way stands a psychotic serial killer, whole nations planning war, and a manic cult planning the end of the world. Medieval Shorts stars Amber Heart, a rookie cop with big dreams of saving the day and being a hero to the people, although the reality of the job threatens to dampen her spirits forever.

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The games play similarly to the Ace Attorney series of games as you have to explore the area and collect clues before exposing the truth in a grand climax. As the series has progressed, the games have become more expansive to include even more standard RPG elements such as puzzles and combat.

The series can be found on KongregateHERE. Later installments are posted on NewgroundsHERE, or are findable through his Patreon HERE.

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The Games:

    Games in the Medieval Cop main series 

    Games in the Medieval Angel (Shorts) side series 

    Games in the Medieval Chronicles side series 

    Games in the Wolf's Bane side series 

    Other games related to this series 


The Tropes

    For the whole meta series 
  • Aerith and Bob: Sarah, Amber, Felicia, Ethan, Emily and Adam live alongside Dregg, Frake and Draziel.
  • Alliterative Family:
    • The Angel Sisters: Aurum, Azure, Apple, Ao, and Arc. Given revelations about Arc (Angelheart) being the incarnation of Arc the Angel of Life, Amber (Angel of Hope), and Ada (Angel of Ambition), every woman with a name starting with "A" should be suspect by this point.
    • There are also the twins Ethan and Emily.
  • Barrier Maiden: Arc, the Angel of Life. If she dies, the whole universe eventually dies with her. Mind you in time a new one (both Arc and Universe) is born to replace them, but that's still not good for all the life in the previous universe that will have perished. In-universe legends suggest it's not a good thing for her to live longer than she supposed to either or she transforms into the corrupted goddess Arcana. Currently, she is in the middle of transforming and Dregg took her place by sheer force of will... Death thinks this is a phenomenally bad idea.
  • Big Eater: Amber is implied to be one since her first apperance... until Chapter 8 of Chronicles where she proves the trope true by devouring a layered cake as big as herself under a minute.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
    • Dregg, while he is depressed all the time and incredibly snarky, is remarkable at his job and has solved near impossible cases without breaking a sweat.
    • Emily & Ethan (who first appear in Chapter 3 of Cop), twins who have a rather strange mindset where they think that Dregg is hitting on both of them after a conversation, but for their job, they're quite ruthless and effective enough to seriously harm Eva.
    • Ada can fall asleep in a second, anywhere, but is a competent and friendly cop from Scion.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy: Generally humans and other natural beings of the world are at the bottom, then gods including evil ones and demons, then Anthropomorphic Personifications (Angels, Horsemen, arguably the Spirit Realm), with the creator god of the world (Divine; only one per world, only one world per Divine) at the top (with Enlightened Divines even higher). The gameworld got a bit more complicated because its Divine Arcana suffered a catastrophic heartbreak resulting in Literal Split Personality into Arc (her soul) the "angel" of life and later Amber "angel" of hope, Death (her body) the "horseman", and the pieces of her heart (at least Ada the "angel" of Ambition).
  • Crapsaccharine World: The world of Griva is incredibly vibrant and full of wonder, but the nations, prior to the fourth game's conclusion are constantly at war and a cult is planning to end the world.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Nearly everyone has a few digs to run around. Dregg delivers just as well as he receives, though.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Well, at least Dregg, Tira, Polly, and Sigh did, also Tira and the Captain lived in the same orphanage.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Pretty much all the cases in the archive in Chapter 7 of Chronicles, and also the case Ada solves in Chapter 2 of Wolf's Bane.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes:
    • Dregg is mostly disliked by everyone in the Rightia Kingdom, especially his niece and nephew, Ina and Mina, and his brother-in-law, Vilrole. But some people keep him around because he's brilliant at police work when it comes to being a cop and also because some people do genuinely like him for who he is.
    • Ada to the Scion police. She is good at her job but has quirks that don't fit in the more orderly world of Scion.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Some Dimensional Debate techniques also have Hindi names. Like Dregg's "Mrityunjay" (or "Conqueror of Death") and Amber's "Swargiya Pari" (or "Angel of Heaven").
  • I See Dead People: Dregg apparently since his childhood, or to be precise, Chapter 9 Part 2 of Cop. He also sees Death itself according to a Chronicles episode.
  • Jerkass: Dregg is such a depressing and pessimistic ass who keeps insulting anyone, getting on their nerves and bringing down their spirits just because he wants to but some people tolerate him because he's brilliant at solving cases for everyone than himself.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Dregg is truly a depressed, nihilistic, rude asshole with a scathingly low opinion of humanity, the world in general, and the post office in particular. But despite this, he's a hero with a general We Help the Helpless attitude.
  • Low Fantasy: The series fits under this initially despite the Animesque art. Smaller scale? Check. At first. Greyer morality? Check. Low magic? Check. Mostly mind manipulation that's half Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane. Human focused? Check. etc.. The whole thing starts to break down when a god (Draziel) chooses to break the Alien Non-Interference Clause (it's rude to not notify the others), which also forces everybody else in the Celestial Bureaucracy to make their moves.
  • Our Angels Are Different: They look how you might expect them from modern depictions, but the main five angel sisters are personifications of abstract principles (Life (Arc), Hope and so forth). There is also the fallen angel Lucifer around, how he relates to them is unknown.
  • Punny Name: The start of Medieval Cop 6 has a Dr. Kare Les. Episode 1 featured a guy called E. Vil. Unsurprisingly he was a lawyer. Wolf's Bane 2 has a museum dedicated to Gepet O. who mostly makes really lifelike dolls.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: All over the place. We strongly suspect that VasantJ is not a native English speaker. Also expect the players proofreading a game in the comments for the first couple of weeks after a release on Kongregate despite the dude paying for proofreaders/test-players according to the credits.
  • Serial Escalation: Pretty much all the series in this, yes, even Chronicles that was designed to be a throwback before that happened.
  • Tap on the Head: Happens in almost every episode. To Dregg numerous times, Felicia in Chapters 3 and 4 of Cop, and Amber in nearly all Shorts/Angel Chapters.
  • Windmill Crusader: Mel Vin, Defender of Humanity and Eater of Evil Chickens! Medieval Angel even revealed that there is a mafia made of sentient chickens, and they want in on the main game's action. By Deathwish, they have actually started their world conquest.
  • The Wonka: King Frake is the kind of guy who would hold a trial for a dragon, or design an escape route to include a statue flipping off the escapee... he's still not there because he isn't good at being a king.

    Medieval Cop 
  • Adam and/or Eve: Adam and Eva is the title of episode 7. Adam and Eva are two super soldiers from Scion.
  • Affably Evil: Lucifer is very polite and nice despite being the literal devil who tortures mortal souls for fun.
  • A God Am I: Draziel, though admittedly he isn't actually wrong in thinking he is. Before him Dr. Anthony Ziel before he successfully summoned Draziel into his body.
  • Alternate Self: In Resurrection Part 1, after Dregg dies, he is transported to a room where six other Dreggs have all died in their own timelines.
  • Alternate Universe: What Song and Silence Part 3 is set in. The timeline and the world seems to be like what lead to the main story's up to 19 years ago, when Evelyn and Arc died. But for some reason here Arc didn't die because Dregg "killed" her, she just lost the will to live, so Amber wasn't born, and Dregg never got the chance to conquer Death etc.... meaning the world technically ended, nothing, absolutely nothing, was born in the last 19 years. The games also state that whenever Dregg would die but doesn't also spawns one where he did (so yet another doomed one).
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Dregg comes off as a straight up Straw Nihilist, but if he is why is he on the police force trying to make the world a better place or at least stopping it from becoming worse? Well, because he understands that the only justice in the world is what we make. So we should god damn make it! To be fair the dead pestering him for closure is also a factor.
  • Angrish: Dregg's reaction in Chapter 6 when he discovers the "resort" Dr. Sigh sent him to is an insane asylum.
  • As You Know: Dregg's initial meeting with Eva in Chapter 7.
    Dregg: Eva, the soldier from Balboa who killed the lawyer E. Vil and tried kidnapping the Princess.
    Eva: Aww, you remembered me... I am flattered...
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Draziel is a literal god and knows about the in-universe legends about Arcana but he's genuinely surprised to learn that "Yes, she exists", is the "creator of the universe", and "way over ranks him". He wouldn't even believe it but the dimensional debate judged their assertions truthfulness so got this literally slapped it in his head.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Draziel murders his subordinate for speaking out of turn.
    • Eva asks a guard whether he has a family, then murders him, just to blackmail Princess Sarah.
  • Berserk Button: The post office for Dregg. If there's one thing that drives him up the wall, it's the post office. Though it's really subverted in Chapter 6, it turns out that Dregg just wanted to hate something. He still hates the post office enough to shove the soul of a post office worker into the flames of hell... long story. So we could say this crossed over to Irrational Hatred territory. Chapter 9 reveales he hates the post office because his mom is the boss of one so he just wanted an excuse to stay away from her because he has people who care about him.
    • Do not call Ina an angel unless you want to die.
    • Don't say women are useless within earshot of Blueberry.
    • From Medieval Angel: Don't you dare to call Aurum's golden hair blonde.
  • Big "WHAT?!": A quite common reaction. For example, when Dregg has already solved the case or when King Frake decides to hold a trial for a Dragon.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In Chapter 4, after Dregg gets beat up due to a lot of misunderstandings, there's a Game Over Screen, though Dregg says, "I am not dead yet, you asshole....!!!".
    • At the end of Chapter 7, Draziel gloats to the player about killing Dregg.
  • Break Them by Talking: Most debates or late stage investigations are this in the game, but Dimensional Debates are also stated to be this, just exaggerated to the point of Psychic Powers (or magic).
  • Call-Back: In the second game, Dregg gets knocked out, and hallucinates a big tomato. As he thinks he's dying, he dubs it "the Tomato God". A few games later, the chef of the police station goes mad, and starts sacrificing potatoes to the tomato god.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Grim Morris, Dregg's father, hits on every woman in sight... pretty much all wish he would just disappear forever. Given he managed to score with 4 women in the span Dregg could be conceived his approach seems to pay off somewhat at least thanks to the Law of Large Numbers.
  • Cast Full of Crazy: Believe it or not Dregg is considered a normal cop in this world and this alone should tell you enough.
  • Category Traitor: Dregg Knight Post Office Worker. When the other Dregg AU's learn of this they decide to beat him to pulp, call him traitor, and decide that his story is not worthy to be in a main game, it should be in Chronicles instead.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Apparently, as a kid, Dregg tried to burn his math teacher alive ritualistic-style for, well, being a math teacher. And he would have succeeded were it not for a rainstorm. Well, he claimed math is an invention of the devil and must be stopped. Given the first part of episode 8 pretty much establishes that to be true he was an oddly prescient kid.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Dregg basically ascends to a Semi-Divine by Death Monarch, how human he is is up to debate as he is literally an alien soul incarnated into this one but still.
  • A Dog Ate My Homework: Phil's favorite excuse for missing notes or evidence. Phil is literally a talking dog... from HELL.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: In Death Monarch, Despair hates being called Pear by Dregg.
  • Enfant Terrible: Ina & Mina (Dregg's niece & nephew respectively) are Satan worshipers for starters.
  • Everybody Calls Him "Barkeep": The (Drunken) Captain, and Chef.
    • Captain is actually a subversion of this trope. A flashback in Medieval Cop 8 reveals that it had been his nickname long before he joined the police force. He grew up as boy without a name in the orphanage, a while he was leading other orphans, caretakers there gave him the name "Captain".
  • Evil All Along: Death Monarch reveals that Dr Sigh is part of a cult that worships a Divine even stronger than Draziel.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Phil, Dregg's lawyer when he had to prove he's worthy to come Back from the Dead, claims this about all dogs to extort petting.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: When Gru mentions E. Vil's death during the first game, Dregg asks if his job is to give the killer a medal.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: The Divine invading at the end of episode 10 part 2 is flinging a spell towards Dregg when he stops him, it "misses" but he cryptically hints that he's doing this trope. Later we see the spell hitting Aurum and freeing Beelzebub ie Draziel, so kickstarting the other Dregg's main plot.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: In Death Monarch, Phil is allowed to ascend to heaven after helping Dregg. He gets thrown back down to hell seconds later because he urinated on the clouds.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Dregg's dragon is named Mr. Snuggles.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Draziel's medium awareness is so effective, he can alter the player's dialogue choices with his Dimensional Debate. He wants the players to think he's god.
  • Gas Leak Cover-Up: There is a leak of a dangerous new medicine in the asylum. Really. Totally not a fallen angel mind controlling people.
  • Gender-Bent Alternate Universe: One of the alternate Dreggs featured in Resurrection is Dreggerina, who comes from a timeline where everyone is the opposite gender from the other timelines.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: The illusionary rock golem that appears when Dregg uses his Ragnarock technique.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Oddly they are the negative principles contrasting the Angels instead of demons. And more oddly the text seems to imply that they're either neutral forces and/or necessary evils. It also implies that Dregg is the avatar of one of them, most likely candidate being Death.
  • Human Mail: Ada follows Draziel to Rightia by mailing herself to him, or his closest generals. She gets delivered to Adam in Death Monarch for his utmost horror.
  • Idol Singer: Princess Sarah. Her songs even become part of the clues for a case.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Chef. He speaks in full gibberish as far the players know, the other characters still tend understand him without problem.
  • Interface Screw: When Dimensional Debating exceptionally powerful opponents the text will show up messed up at places (missing letters and whatnot). Also, the title screen in the first part of Medieval Cop 8 changes into a ruined version which says "Medieval God".
  • Literal Metaphor: One of the first things Arc ie. the Angel of Life does, when meeting Dregg is giving him lemons. Yes. The literal fruit. Her next action is trying to explain how to make lemonade. It seems to be (one of) her life mission(s) to make every saying about "Life" happen the most literal way possible. This gets a comeback later:
    When did you become such a philosopher?
    Dregg: Since Life decided to give me lemons.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded by Dregg if you click on the right-hand dresser in Chapter 3.
    Dregg: I don't know why I even bother buying clothes. I just wear these everyday.
  • Married to the Job: Emily and Ethan have said this to Dregg when they thought he was hitting on them.
  • "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: When Tira investigates Dregg's imaginary murder in her mindscape in Chapter 8, she comments that Amber might've done it because he gave her menial jobs and paid little attention to her otherwise.
    Dregg: That would be a pathetic reason to die. Oh wait, pathetic is supposed to be my middle name.
  • Mind Control: Strong enough Dimensional techniques may be used this way.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Ethan thought Dregg was hitting on him in Chapter 3, and Princess Aria thinks he is this in Chapters 4 and 5. Well, in the case of Aria it's more "mistaken for pervert" thanks to this trope by Ethan, and a whole lot of "That Came Out Wrong" by Dregg involving Emily and Ada.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: Chapter 5 reveals that the Enio Kingdom believes this happened to the queen of Enio, as Princess Aria was conceived 10 months after the King died.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Dregg was just supposed to talk Arcana the Divine out of destroying the universe, but he ends up killing her. Really her pushing their battle into Spirit Realm did it, as the Spirit Realm hated her on principle, by it being all the souls of the universe and she trying to kill it. Every universe needs a Divine as not having one opens up a whole slew of problems, welp, now they have them.
  • No-Sell: When Dregg wants to use his Dimensional Buster on Draziel, the latter simply says "I'm afraid I cannot allow that", which effectively stops the power.
  • Noodle Incident: At the start of Chapter 5, one of the guards is telling the other about his wife's altercation with a monkey.
  • One Steve Limit: downplayed with two police officers being called by almost the same name - one of them being a particularly unpleasant "officer Grimms" and the other, "officer Grim" being Dregg's father. However, "Grim" is just a shortened version of "Grimoire".
  • Physical God: Draziel is really a god, trying to take over the world.
  • Reality Ensues: In the How the Grump Stole Christmas special, which subverts the original message of the source material into a tiered one that starts as "Don't Steal", continues with but "but by off chance you do, don't give yourself up", and ends in "and don't expect your victims to forgive you".
  • Rescue Romance: Princess Sarah has a crush on Dregg ever since he rescued her in Medieval Cop 3. Unfortunately he is Oblivious to Love.
  • Russian Reversal: While Amber is being chased by chickens in Chapter 8, the chicken leader, who's accompanied by a bear, complains that the heretic is getting away.
    Soviet Bear: In old country, heretics chase you...
  • Shout-Out: When he first arrives in Hell, Dregg manages to fall into something looking suspiciously like Undertale. Then because Dregg is Dregg he murders the "Flowey" of the scene mid-exposition and intimidates the rest of the off screen cast into letting him go.
  • Tempting Fate: The museum guards in Chapter 5, one of whom says nobody is going to scale the wall and get through the windows shortly before Magnifico and his apprentices do.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: The asylum guards in Chapter 6 are pretty easily distracted by Mel's ventriloquism.
  • The Hero Dies: Chapter 8 starts with Dregg dead and in Hell, having been killed by Draziel in the previous chapter.
  • There Are No Therapists: Subverted. Rightia's Police has a shrink, currently a guy named Dr. Sigh, but they apparently burn through them at an alarming rate either by driving them crazy, or assassinating them. He's been on Dregg's hit list since Chapter 6, and the work already drove him crazy by the time we hit Medieval Angel 5.
  • The Scottish Trope: In Death Monarch, a cult lead by Dr. Sigh worships an Ascended Divine whose name is written in Eldritch text. One cultist says the god's true name and promptly gets erased from existence.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Prince Bernard is quite upset at losing to Felicia in Chapter 4.
    Prince Bernard: How can this be happening?
    Felicia: Gender equality, bitch...
  • Timmy in a Well: Dregg's interaction with the dog near the well in Chapter 3.
    Dregg: What's that, Lassie? Timmy fell down the well? Good...
  • Took a Level in Badass: When Mr. Snuggles first appears in Chapter 2, he's a professor's tame pet. After some training in the Yale household, he's able to fly and harm people.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": If you pick "Insult him" while trying to snap Polly out of depression in Chapter 3, Dregg remarks that Polly's parents hated him so much they named him after the family parrot.
  • Worthy Opponent: In Chapter 9 Part 1, Polly considers Dregg one after the school trial.

    Medieval Shorts 
  • Anachronistic Clue: What else would you call modern literature in a medieval setting? Aurum even points out that it shouldn't exist in this timeline.
  • Big Brother Bully: Aurum is the youngest Angel sister so the implication of Amber being an even younger Angel than her makes her positively giddy to finally have someone to bully too and not always being the victim of this trope.
  • Born Lucky: The only explanation how Amber is still alive.
  • Call-Forward: Chapter 2 explains how Dregg got the tickets to the Invidia Games in Chapter 4 of Cop.
  • Fantastic Racism: Teddy unwittingly has been given this treatment from the other chickens, as the only furniture in his room is his bed, and his salary is lower than the chickens'.
  • Fission Mailed:
    • The first chapter has a Game Over screen where Amber has a breakdown over seeing an innocent being arrested without her doing anything, then it's interrupted when Dregg tells everyone to shut up.
    • In the first part of Chapter 5, after the Spirit Realm burns Amber's newfound wings, you get a game over screen with options to go back to the startup screen, or not. If you refuse, this leads into a fairly lengthy exchange between the Spirit Realm and the player. If you repeatedly refuse to give up, Amber transforms into the Archangel of Hope and we get the real ending of the installment.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: For Amber and Eva.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Amber's Dimensional Debate channels the angel sister Aurum, who turns out to be a self-righteous, manipulative, condescending brat prone to Superdickery.
  • Hidden Depths: The Drunken Captain apparently has a degree in linguistics. The translation for Pariman Vaadvivad, Swargiya Pari comes from him.
  • Just Ignore It: Amber's reaction to hearing Aurum's voice in her head.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Well, something in that effect. Dr. Sigh asks Amber to prove her "I understand animals!" claim by telling him what his pet bird says... cue Disney Acid Sequence featuring rapping bird!
  • Never Mess with Granny: You absolutely positively don't want to mess with Grandma Heart. She was apparently a gang leader known as "Queen" in her youth and still can kick serious ass.
  • No-Sell: Draziel's Mind Control simply doesn't work on Amber. He notices this but concludes it must be his imagination when she ask if she could worship him. (Really, she's just extremely desperate for someone to be nice to her.)
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Legend states that the book Phoenix Reborn, or to use its actual title Pariman Vaadvivad, Swargiya Pari (apparent translation Dimensional Debate, Angel of Heaven), will choose its true owner itself. It ends up with Amber Heart, who dutifully reads it while not understanding a word of the language it's written in... it still teaches her the technique somehow.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Amber grows her wings when she falls into the Spirit Realm in Chapter 5. Arc is so powerful that she gets six wings in total.
  • Random Species Offspring: Constantly Lampshaded after it is revealed that Shogun, a chicken, is the father of Mel Vin, a human.
  • Sanity Slippage: Amber naturally suffers this more and more during her tome with the Rightia Police Department. In Chapter 3, she ends up being put on leave - something that nearly every officer has gone through at some point.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: One of the powers of Amber's Dimensional Debate.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: One of the side-effects of Amber gaining Dimensional Debate skills.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Amber's first encounter with Ina and Mina in Chapter 2.
    Ina: Am I being detained? I assure you, that candy store was robbed after I left the store.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Aurum's expert opinion on Amber. To be fair it's also her opinion on the police force, the kingdom, and possibly the whole world, but she feels especially justified when it comes to Amber after she summons Mel Vin.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 5 reveals that Arc is Amber's mother.

    Medieval Chronicles 
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Dregg's family throws a party complete with balloons and streamers after receiving word that Dregg had (supposedly) died. Turns out they knew all along that he was still alive and were just pretending to celebrate to screw with him.
  • Chess with Death: Chapter 8 Part 2 revealed that Dregg debates Death every time he would kick the bucket. The mere fact he keeps winning earned him the "Conqueror of Death" title and power.
  • Continuity Nod: A lot. Despite this sub-series not actually directly connecting to the main plot. Examples:
    • Amber has an angel in her head.
    • Dregg notes to himself to "Never Mess with Granny Heart".
    • Expanding this Chapter 8 evolved into a full on prequel which would imply most others are interquels on a somewhat fuzzy timeline. Chapter 6 already dropped spoilers to main series entries not out yet, making it a sequel.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Often played with to reinforce the late-medieval setting of the game.
    • Often played straight with punishment for crimes — the death sentence is not only for murder, but also for involuntary manslaughter due to neglience.
    • Prominent example of Played for Laughs in Chapter 7: Polly tries to get to the womens' bathroom by claiming that he "identifies as woman". The guard rebukes him, leaning out by Leaning on the Fourth Wall and pointing out that they are in a medieval setting and therefore these modern trends do not apply.
  • Disguised in Drag: Dregg spends nearly the entirety of Chapter 5 dressed as a woman, after he "lost some bets". His disguise works so well that Captain Regina's team genuinely believes it.
  • Drunk on Milk: Amber gets drunk off of apple juice in Chapter 6, complete with a hangover afterwards. Subverted when it's discovered that the bartender had made it with fermented apples that should have been thrown out.
  • Genre Throwback: This is a series of one-shot adventures in the detective story style of the first instalments without the Serial Escalation of the two main series.
  • Meta Fiction: Discord's Tragedy (Episode 11) is basically Vasant J (and his Discord) telling you what happened with Kongregate and Flash, and why he had to move platforms, and it takes revenge on the Badge Collectors who were awful to him. It's also acknowledged to be fiction both out of universe (at one point the author's wife breaks the fourth wall and makes him change the ending, on which the cast comments), and in as apparently it's Amber's treatise on why she shouldn't go on a diet. Oh, and the full thing is a Christmas special. And then there is The Stinger. That sets up an Amber overcome with grief, who appears near the end of Death Monarch.
  • No Name Given: Lampshaded in Chapter 10, with the guard who is always present at the crime scene. After complaining out loud to the creator of the games, the guard eventually ends up with the name Assface.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Amber in Chapter 11 becomes known as Emo Amber, because her grandmother forced her to start a diet, and her hunger changed her upbeat nature into somethng more grumpy and sarcastic. This then appears to be subverted when it's revealed that Emo Amber was just a part of Amber's treatise as to why she shouldn't go on a diet before the final reveal that the entire chapter had been a figment of Amber's imagination as she is overcome with grief at the death of her grandmother.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Chapter 7 shows a Double Subversion. Dregg finds a wig and dons it to pass the guarded entrance to the women's bathroom. While this disguise is extremely crude, the guard is long-sighted, and therefore is not able to see Dregg's face, only the long-haired silhouette. This subversion of the trope is then double subverted when the guard comments that he can distinguish a woman from a long-haired man by voice, something that he has clearly failed in. And the game does it again when later Amber, who always had short hair, comments that said guard never let her use the women's bathroom... so women failed this guard's "woman test" apparently routinely.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Dregg looks, acts, and even sees things remarkably like his mother, especially considering they never interacted until well into his adulthood. Yes, this means she's also a very competent but also rude borderline nihilistic jerk, whose rare smiles make everybody scramble for cover.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Amber spends all of Chapter 5 dressed up as a man, complete with a fake moustache.
  • The Unsmile: Dregg's. It wins him the Halloween costume contest every year.
  • Wham Line: The final lines of Chapter 6 contain a doozy, especially considering certain events in the main series...
    Death: Do they not know...? [...] That [Dregg] cannot die?
  • Whole Plot Reference: Chapter 2 is a Scooby-Doo episode with the main characters making up the Scooby gang (the mystery is also half clueless (you can solve the drug smuggling part just fine, but the murderer was someone you never met) and the villain complains about "You Meddling Kids" and their little dog too). When it isn't it's a Supernatural spoof.

    Wolf's Bane 
  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: The Death Games. It's in the name.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Averted. While Ada's sclerae are black with gold irises when she's locked up, and turn into bleeding black pits when confronting Gepett O., she's not malevolent at all and overall serves as a force for justice.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Chapter 3, so much so that it warranted a disclaimer at the start. Mind you, it's still an RPG Maker game which limits and cartoonifies the gore a lot.
  • Bothering by the Book: If you don't have money to exploit the system, you might exploit the rules that prop up a system. For example, if you can't get a coma-feigning suspect to attend his trial, get someone who over-ranks his doctor and make that person set him on fire. Oh, and if you can't get water fast enough? Kick the asshole for fire safety!
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Ada's default personality, prone to hurling herself on a couch to fall asleep in the middle of a case, or believing the victim in Chapter 1 is Santa Claus, since his impaled corpse was found in a fireplace at the bottom of a chimney.
  • Creepy Good: When Ada's directly threatened or has no time for niceties, then bad people suffer, usually in ways that horrify even her allies. The instance where she sets a suspect on fire to wake him from a (fake) coma is one of the less terrible things she's done to a criminal.
  • Deadly Game: The main plot of Chapter 3. Kid Ada's mom treats it like a school game... including showing up to cheer on her. When she fails to show up later, Ada concludes she must have died, and as far we know it was right on that assumption.
  • The Insomniac: Kid Ada was one, because her mom haunted her. By the way, she's the daughter of Evelyn, the first true killer (also Serial Killer) kid Dregg ever faced.
  • Little Miss Snarker: When Kid Ada talks, it all tends to drip with sarcasm. For example, her opinion on the deadly game:
    "I give it a 2/5. I don't want to come back but I will recommend it to an enemy."
  • The Nameless: As revealed in the Chapter 3, Ada didn't actually have a name as a child. When she tried to explain to the doctors that her carer was called Adeline Graceheart, they cut her off and just assumed that she was called Ada.
  • Narrator All Along: The poetic opening and ending narration of Chapter 3 is revealed to be a letter by Evelyn to some unknown recipient. She's telling that someone in very metaphorical terms that she thinks Ada is an Enfant Terrible and she's doing the world a favor by terrorizing her, and fears what she could become unchecked.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: Well, technically "Recruiting the Mental Patient", but this is how Ada ended up on the force. After her mom died, she was forced into a situation where she ended up massacring half the Scion royalty, so who better to keep the jerks who think they're above the law in check?
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The unofficial motto of all the Scion kingdom. Ada had to pay an entry fee to a crime scene she had to investigate.
  • Unwinnable by Design: In the murder room scene of Chapter 3, if you save while having 3 or less health left, it becomes impossible to progress because the Monster Clown will kill you for insulting him, which is required to get evidence and progress.

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