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A Paraphore; a meteorite with an eyeball.
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Paraphore is a transgressive dark comedy/mystery/erotic furry Visual Novel meta game by writer Kittery and coder Fallow Wing. After living in a bomb shelter for 66 years, the player character decides to see what their mother had been doing with the shelter's library computer before she left. As it turns out, she has coded an entire text-based simulation-type game, narrated by Mynt, an Artificial Intelligence based off erotica from over thousands of stories. With not much else to do, you begin playing...

Paraphore is somewhat of a self-aware satire on extreme kinks you find on the internet; this includes some very niche and taboo topics, so it's important to mention that it is extremely NSFW. Underneath that, however, it is a cyberpunk post-modern adventure about many subjects ranging from nihilism, determinism, tragedy, the nature of perversion, and immortality. While the game's content is relatively disgusting to read, it isn't purposeless- one could consider this the video-game equivalent to a John Waters film.

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OBJECT "TROPES" IS NOT SAFE:

  • Above Good and Evil: There's no morality in the virtual world because everyone is immortal and nothing has lasting consequences.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Junk City contains an entire town in its sewer system.
  • Adult Fear: Countless things to list, especially for Wendy, who comes from the perspective of a single mother after her husband was the first to leave the bomb shelter.
  • The Ageless: Characters in the virtual reality whose role is meant to be underage often get loose about their roles after years without players and act like adults. Red is a prime example of this, who is more self-aware than most characters of their role. Patch logs confirm that this was a feature deliberately added in to remove any yucky consent issues and such.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot
  • Ambiguous Gender: The player can choose "They" as their gender pronoun. The Missing Pages heavily imply the player character is female. This is later confirmed with any ending resulting in leaving the shelter and in the sequel, Interphore.
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  • Amusement Park of Doom: There's a drowning themed carnival.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of anyone fully immersed in the Engine Fluid. Although the only "torment" is having to talk to Mint forever while he uses your body for his Zombie Apocalypse. He's really bored and wishes that the "victims" would chat with him more, but they aren't interested. Though it's still a Fate Worse than Death in a world where permanent consequences aren't supposed to exist. This also happened to the residents of the swamp after the Violet Meteorite fell on them. It took decades to get them all out. And was a major catalyst in repairing Som and Kemp's relationship.
  • Anti Poop-Socking: Mynt sends the player an "Automated Health Warning" after playing for a while, telling them to "take breaks and go outside now and then." The message is meant for the in-game character playing the simulation, and not the real-life person playing the game, however.
  • Apocalyptic Log
  • Arc Words: "Pray for a cuter future."
  • Artificial Intelligence: Mynt, who is what the virtual world is being generated by using a database of erotic literature.
  • Asexuality: John, the only character without a libido, albeit not by choice.
  • As the Good Book Says...: In a scene between Archie and Som, one of the three books used for creating Mint is the bible, with Archie quoting Isaiah 13:15-18, saying it's his favorite passage.
  • Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity: With their daughter, and the only way they know how.
  • Badass Adorable/Badass Bookworm: Lana appears to be around 8, but along with being a crack shot with a rifle he can also use his hand glitches to multiply the force of his blows several times. He's also the only resident of the island who cares about actual academics for their own sake and runs the library portion of the L.L.L.
  • Betting Mini-Game: Hyper Land has a slot machine the player can play for capsules.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Mint is attempting to infect the world, but only as a last present to Archie. Archbishop seems to be responsible for most of the setting's problems, but is a Posthumous Character and was only attempting to stop Mynt from potentially destroying the world. Also, many of the things he did were by mistake, according to the Missing Pages. Mynt likewise wants to save everyone and fix the world's problems but has been warned that she will Go Mad from the Revelation if she ever uses the password. Finally, there is Septrica, who controls the Apothecary and seems to be the most actively malevolent character. But as the player is being deliberately steered to believe so by Mynt, there is likely much more to her then there seems.
  • Bishounen: Marei has shades of this, even commenting that he suspects his more masculine friends hang out with him to give the group more variety. Justified as he was originally Marie before his data was extensively glitched.
  • Body Horror
  • Black Comedy: And how! In a world where people ask to die for the sake of pleasure the act of horrendous torture and murder is seen as a casual pass-time and often coupled with stoic humor.
  • Black Comedy Rape
  • The Blank: The default avatar used by the player and chimera's who have not yet mated. The patch notes acknowledge that it's rather unsettling. Whether it seems more human or feline varies Depending on the Artist.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Bins tends to be this... the retaliation is entirely as planned.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Almost everything until you read the Missing Pages.
  • Celibate Hero: Lana previously was this, focusing entirely on his research and considering the island's more common "pastimes" as a distraction. ...and then he met Patch. He still has perhaps the strongest work ethic on the island but has loosened up considerably.
  • Child Prodigy: Lana, who is both a cub and the only one interested in real academics. Som is also something of a Gadgeteer Genius and, as the defacto leader of Archie's former group, probably the normal kind too.
  • Crapsack World: From normal people perspectives.
    • Crapsaccharine World: It can also be seen as the inverse of this. While on the surface level things can seem quite extreme and shocking, most of the residents are very nice people when you get to know them, and the island is very warm and inviting. Explored a bit in the aforementioned carnival quest, as an out-of-towner talks about how different everything is when they imagined it.
  • Creative Sterility: Many islanders are having trouble with this, having been left alone without any player input for so long. More literally, the system that would allow them to give birth to new characters is broken as well. They can have children, but they will be mindless NPCs with AI comparable to bacteria. Your goo-goat daughter is an exception, being born through a very rare random event based on your player seed, or so Mynt says. According to Septricia, the daughter was created so as to give you a reason to stay there longer and be more attached to both Mynt and the game. This was because of Mynts abandonment issues, given how every other "player" had left her. However, given the terribly glitched state of the pet game (which is actually a separate, playable game), it's possible that it is genuinely unintentional..
  • Comedic Lolicon
  • Content Warnings: "This game contains optional extreme kinks. 18 or older only." To fully go through the game/story, you need to go through most of these scenes.
  • The Corruption: Engine Fluid can become this. It's safe normally, but if someone is fully immersed in it, they will become part of Mint's Hive Mind. This is not how it is supposed to work and once again seems to have come about due to Archbishop's actions.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Roxelle has a vault beneath her house containing every brand and model of tranquilizer pistol ever manufactured, with two "horse-sized" tanks of tranquilizer. The vault also contains tranquilizer grenades and a tranquilizer Gatling gun.
  • Cult
  • Cursed with Awesome: As far as his hands go, Lana seems to be the luckiest of the glitched characters. Though his voice was the real cost of it.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Most cubs tend to behave this way, either to make themselves more appealing or to manipulate others. Most exemplified with Som, who considers cuteness to be the ultimate power and even coined the game's arc words.
  • Description Porn
  • Developers' Foresight: Using some of the main characters from the Upper World names result in some interesting dialog.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: All over the place and both expected and desired. Bins, in particular, seems to thrive on it.
  • Downer Ending: Endings range from the player being removed from the game with Mynt and the world closing after a variable number of years (based on player actions) due to the battery running out, to the player sacrificing themselves for Mynt. Some of these endings are shown in a portion of Interphore.
  • Eldritch Abomination
  • Eat Me
    • Somewhat parodied with Glowbunny, who desperately wants to eat people, but is very bad at it. She's still a huge threat but not in the way she tries to be. If propositioned Lana will accept but is "sadly" busy at the moment.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Mynt and her three prior iterations are named after spices.
  • Embarrassing Password: Som sets one of these for Archie.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: You repeatedly warn Kemp that his crashed truck is going to explode, but he informs you that's just a game trope and that it doesn't happen in real life. The two of you forget that you are currently in a video game until said truck explodes.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He, Him,Daddy, Archie.
  • Evil Twin: Mint.
  • Explicit Content: And wowie, is it explicit.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: The player and a tree; later, Kemp and Snagg with a pizza.
  • Eye Scream
  • Fanservice/Fan Disservice
  • Final Death: Ferals do not respawn, giving them a fairly different mentality than the other islanders. Likewise, most consider the idea of killing one to be horrible. Fixing this is one of Mynt's reasons for wanting the admin password.
  • Flipping the Bird: Lily at the carnival with her sister and the player.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: While far from terrible, Strawberry the Gryphon is a bit embarrassed about her name at times.
  • Genius Loci: The Violet Meteorite is actually an immense intelligent entity known as a Paraphore. This was not the game's original name. These entities are so powerful that their mere presence corrupted the game's title to match them. This is only mentioned in library documents.
  • Glowing Flora: The aptly-named Glowberries.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Seeing the NULL outside the world is not good for you physically or mentally. This is also what Archie's group was attempting to prevent from happening to Mynt.
  • Gorn
  • The Great Offscreen War: Apparently there was a war between the Bright Forest and Junk City at some point in the past that greatly influenced the current structure of the island. The details are vague, even in the library documents, but it's made clear that nobody wants to return to those days.
  • Harmful to Minors: The island seems pretty set on avoiding this. Along with a Stylistic Suck minigame should you fail age verification, cubs were quickly patched to be more intelligent to avoid this. Likewise when Archie's daughter chats with Mary, she's sure to be on her best behavior.
  • Hartman Hips: When describing her avatar Mynt makes sure to point out that she has these. If the "Bimbo" job quest and statue in the spinoff Semiphore are any indication, the player has them as well.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Parodied with Mary who's glitching causes her to literally refer to you as PLAYER_NAME.
  • The Heretic: The Player.
  • Hidden Depths: All over the place. Kemp is a particularly shining example. Initially seeming to be The Stoner with a very bizarre pizza scene and no real plot significance. We later discover that he was psychologically abused by Som, who later attempted to atone and saved him when he was trapped beneath the meteor. Their relationship has since mended, and he's even helping Som with his current plan, using the group's cipher to give the player cryptic clues in otherwise seemingly meaningless dialogue..
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Reversed, everyone in the world of Paraphore eats everything in a sexual manner.
  • Identity Impersonator: Cade.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: The game's attitude.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Surprisingly rare in the setting thus far. Lana is known to be a fan though. It's also a major symptom of Glowvirus infection.
  • Immortal Immaturity: With no one being able to die, coupled with the fact that all characters are programmed to be sexual, in the 66 years this process resulted in everyone succumbing to trying out deadly fetishes out of boredom, beating each other to death for erotic arousal and drowning each other for excitement.
  • Incest Is Relative
  • Interspecies Romance
  • It's Not Porn, It's Art: Debatable but hinted at extensively.
  • Item Crafting: A few items can be crafted in different areas, and Som's shop allows the player to create various key items and rings.
  • Kill the Cutie: Because they're literally "asking for it".
  • Knight of Cerebus: While things get creepy anytime Mint or Archie are around, the real culprit is Glowbunny who's appearance kicks off the game's real central narrative and introduces the Apothecary.
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual
  • Left the Background Music On: In one of the bad endings you can criticize Mint for his ambient background music and shut it off. Due to its nature as a game, most music can be enabled and disabled, and may or may not be acknowledged in-universe.
  • Letter Motif: Mynt, Catnyp, Cynnamon, Vanylla.
  • Mate or Die: In some cases, dying is cool with them.
  • Medium Awareness In one ending Protocol mentions that all you (the player) had to do is click. The in-universe player is confused by this, as they have been typing. In the true ending, the meteorite on the island is revealed to be a Paraphore, an entity who is part of a group attempting to reach all layers of reality, including ours.
  • Mind Rape: "ISOLATION" and encounters with "Him". Som also extensively psychologically abused Kemp. Though he's since made a Heel–Face Turn in this regard, thanks to a patch.
  • Mini-Game: Along with the "Pearaphore" game on the title screen, there's also a pet system which Mynt refers to like this. Though at the moment the only available "pet" is your goo-goat daughter.
  • Misery Lit
  • The Missingno.: Many characters.
  • Mister Seahorse: All dragons lay eggs. Additionally, anyone who consumes capsules will become pregnant, no exceptions. Although the pregnancy will only result in a mindless AI.
  • My God, What Have I Done?
  • The Night That Never Ends: The game's Day/Night cycle is currently broken, locking everything in eternal purple twilight.
  • No Inner Fourth Wall
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Respawning always occurs just out of eye-shot, so that no one gets weirded out.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Mint is attempting to infect everything with the glowvirus. Also, according to Archie Mynt will become one if she ever learns the truth hidden within the data files locked away from her.
  • Pedophile Priest
  • The Pig Pen: Bins the raccoon. His "shop" consists of eating bags of garbage and giving you any metal bits he finds.
  • Plot Device: The Administrator Password.
  • Porn with Plot
  • Posthumous Character: While Archbishop seems to be dead, his presence is still very much felt on the island. And his body is being controlled as part of Mint's plan. Likewise one of the missing pages introduces Protocol, a placeholder AI that controlled the Engine Fluid before Mint was implemented. He is Promoted to Playable for two or three prompts, and his true current status is unknown.
  • Punny Name: Patch the fox was added in an early patch of the game. The notes lampshade this.
  • Refuge in Audacity
  • Relationship Values: Present during the pet minigame.
  • Religious Robot: Mint.
  • Respawn on the Spot: Those who die are able to even toy with their own corpse.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Eros and Thanatos, Koschei the Deathless.
  • Running Gag: Being referred to as a Galaxy Wizard. That's not a real thing.
    • "You eat shit on jagged X for X painful seconds." At least two variations of this appear during gameplay.
  • Sadist: The Player, and all of Paraphore.
  • Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Certainly not safe or sane, and consent is... complicated. But there is still a sense of morality to things, and behavior like killing creatures that can't respawn or gaslighting people is generally seen as off limits.
  • Satire: A game dedicated to one's sickest fantasies, detached from any sense of morality could easily be comparable to the internet or virtual reality as a whole and how it desensitized people into cruel interests. This is played straight when Wendy reacts repulsively.
  • Scary Librarian: Breaking the library rules can result in Lana getting Scary Shiny Glasses... and death. Naturally, Bins breaks the rules as often as possible.
  • Seen-It-All Suicide
  • Sex Changes Everything: Just in the way you wouldn't expect, all characters are programmed to fill in a sexual role no matter what, this often limits their capabilities of being able to function properly in what could have been a society, and all of their intentions need to be sexual if they are to be useful as well, if a character is left alone for too long, it might be affected by “ISOLATION” which causes characters to glitch out of proportions due to no purpose. All characters are a blank sheet filled with a specific role, some underage characters are aware they have been underage for a long time. Some characters are aware that they are characters and are essential reading prompts off a sheet for sexual satisfaction, a few are more aware than others, and some aren’t aware at all, think of the Matrix’s lore when it comes to Programs, they talk exactly like that. And like The Matrix, some characters do go in-depth into the exploration of determinism in terms of this.
  • Sex God: Subjective on whenever or not that's a good thing.
  • Sick and Wrong: Everything, possibly played up for provocativeness, or because Mynt was left to fester.
  • Shattered Sanity: Mary.
  • Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate/The Evils of Free Will: Everyone was programmed for sexual pleasure using a database of erotic literature, of course, this means all will inventively turn to their limits.
  • Sole Survivor: While everyone survived, Marei was the only one who seemed to make it through the Floatillery disaster unscathed. He really didn't, and perhaps got it the worst of all in fact. His glitch isn't physical or mental but rather his very existence as a whole. Randomly teleporting around the world and having his past rewritten without any indication that it's happened. It's also revealed that the player is Archie's daughter, left alone after the rest of the group abandoned the shelter. Though their fates are unconfirmed.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Your Daughter attempts to set this up to recognize when you're on autopilot for a time skip. However, since Mynt writes the narration, she's able to work the phrase in so that it never succeeds.
  • The Speechless: Lana is cute and mute but certainly not a Cute Mute. He lost his voice in the same accident that glitched his hands.
  • The Stoner: Kemp.
  • Stylistic Suck: If you pick the wrong option on the age verification, the game will turn into a simple pear clicker called "Pearaphore". The longer you play the more Mynt will breakdown at having been reduced to this.
  • Super-Fun Happy Thing of Doom: The "Gentle Vanilla Room" which has perhaps the most over the top description of the entire game. Even the in-game censor of the Candy Ring can't do much against it.
  • Surprise Creepy: Pretty much anything involving Mint and Archie. Also inverted, with scenes that in any other setting would be horrific or disgusting instead being a Heartwarming Moment.
  • Surprise Party: The real purpose of Cade's invitation.
  • Take That, Audience!: Missing Page #3.
    • Alternatively, it can be read as a very sad demonstration of kink shaming destroying a family.
  • That's No Moon!: The False Moon.
  • Theme Naming: Mynt and her previous incarnations such as Cynnamon are all named after flavors. As many islanders name themselves, family and friends may have common themes as well.
  • There Are No Police
  • There Was a Door: Strawberry the gryphon visits Cade's bedroom via the direct route. To be fair there was a campfire in the backyard and gryphons don't like fire. Any fire.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore
  • Torture Porn
  • Transgender: In the later builds, pronouns, and sex are completely independent of each other. Likewise, while Mynt always identifies as female the physical details of her avatar are left up to the player. And let's not even get started on the whole situation with Marei. Played a bit more straight with Thelly.
  • Unreliable Narrator: There are several narrators, and all of them have an agenda. Som's communicators and cipher were created to get around this sort of thing, removing Mynt from the narrative loop..
  • Unstuck In Space: One of the prices of Marei's glitching. The game is unsure where he is and he will randomly teleport at any given time. Also, his past is prone to occasional Cosmic Retcon. Originally he was a very submissive woman named Marie. However, the glitches swapped his sex, gender, and preferences. Even he cannot remember when these occur, and so has no idea how much of his past is real.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Both the means and the utopia are sickening however to those with mortality and morality.
  • Vagueness Is Coming
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Killing and killing yourself is considered "fun".
    • Archbishop allegedly just wanted to save the islanders from the possibility of Mynt going crazy. His misguided plans seem to have resulted in virtually all of the various threats now looming over the island.
  • Wham Line: Almost everything that sticks out as a reference towards lore, but namely "I wish I was normal."
    • "I didn't see this last scene until now" which is responded with "The baby one... Right?"
  • World of Symbolism: A virtual world based on niche perversions.
  • Would Hurt a Child
  • Wretched Hive: Junk City comes across as this, being a city of violence and filth. However, spending time there reveals it's really more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in city form.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Mint is attempting to start one. At the moment only two specimens exist, however.

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