The Physical Exorcism series consists of horror games developed by Sounding Stone.
The series mainly focuses on the misadventures of the exorcist duo, Brucie and Jadrienne, who use their supernatural abilities to fight evil spirits. Unfortunately, the two are not what they seem and quickly prove to be just as horrifying as the spirits they hunt.
Games in this series include:
This series contains examples of:
- Ambiguous Situation: Those with superpowers are similar in nature to evil spirits, but it's unknown if their powers cause them to be evil or if being evil gives them powers.
- Astral Projection: Brucie can sneeze out his soul and have the soul act without his body, as shown when he uses his soul to unlock a door from the inside.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Combined with Mask of Sanity. Brucie and Jade are able to blend in with society as either ordinary students or benevolent exorcists. In reality, Brucie is a cannibal and Jade is a manipulative sadist, something that James finds out too late. Even Lucy, a fellow example of this trope, is impressed by their ability to lie with a straight face.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Nya and Gla'aki are evil deities, with the former releasing the latter into the real world to start a zombie apocalypse, all out of amusement. However, there are plenty of evil humans in the setting, such as Brucie, Jade, and Lucy, who have similar sadistic and destructive tendencies as the gods.
- Moral Sociopathy: Despite their Lack of Empathy towards others and their need for stimulation, Brucie and Jade make an effort to treat their clients with good faith. In the true ending of Case 01, Brucie gives Lucy a discount for the exorcism fee because he failed to save Sapphire from going insane. Brucie also has an odd fixation with moral consistency, since he disagrees with how meat-eating people can eat some animals, but not others.
- Not So Different:
- The duo states that those with superpowers are similar in nature to evil spirits.
- While Case 01 implies that Brucie and Jade are similar to Lucy in their Lack of Empathy, Case 00 show that Jade is similarly capable of manipulating people and orchestrating their deaths, with Brucie gleefully eating Hans and Grete.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Brucie and Jade are an exorcist team and are always seen together, but there is no romantic relationship between them.
- Psychic Powers: Jade has the ability to read minds and share her senses with others.
- Sociopathic Hero: The protagonists' stated job is to defeat evil spirits, but neither seem to be capable of much empathy and are both capable of telling lies with a straight face. Brucie admits he does this job because evil spirits have no human rights, which means there are no consequences for whatever he does to them. He's also a cannibal who sees no difference between eating livestock, pet animals, and humans. Jade admits she's only in this line of work for the sheer thrill of it and complains when the case sounds too corny, showing that she isn't emotionally invested in it. She also likes to manipulate people into committing crimes for her own amusement. Though this is downplayed for Jade because she at least seems to care about being with Brucie.
- Villain Protagonist: Brucie and Jade were hinted to be sociopaths in Case 01, but Case 00 confirms they are most definitely villains. Brucie is a cannibal who is implied to eat a certain number of people a year, including his friend James. Jade likes to use her mind-reading to manipulate people into committing crimes and orchestrated the incident where Brucie ate Hans and Grete. Even when they work as exorcists in Case 01, they're only in it for fun and profit.