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Thrill Kill is an unreleased ultra-violent fighting game for the Sony PlayStation. Set in an urban version of Hell, the characters were all incredibly evil mortals, damned for various atrocities, including murder. However, rather than being sent directly to their just desserts, they're able to fight each other for another chance in the mortal world, watched over by Marukka the Goddess of Secrets, who has organized the infernal tournament (simply because she's bored) and promised the winner reincarnation on Earth.

The game is notable for a number of reasons. The first is for having a four-way 3D battle system, something that had never been done to the fullest like this before. The game is also quite notable for the controversy surrounding it. The game's ultra violence and dark sadomasochistic themes caused it to get quite a bit of flack from Electronic Arts, who then-recently had bought the game's publisher, Virgin Interactive, and then forcibly shelved the game from release to avoid it tarnishing their image. EA also shot down any chance of the game getting a release by any other publisher, believing the game to be too violent to release. Thrill Kill is also notable for being one of the first video games to receive an AO (Adults Only) rating, though the rating never went to full use due to the game never getting officially released.

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Even though the game was officially unreleased, the developers leaked the game unto the Internet, allowing many people to find and download unfinished versions.


This game contains examples of:

  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Violet's bones appear to be made of rubber considering how flexible she is. Her Bio mentions her as nothing more than a skeleton.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Almost all of the finishing moves involve completely dismembering the opponent, sometimes to the extent that they are in small pieces. Almost all of them.
    • Cletus uses a disembodied leg as a weapon. After winning a match, he will sometimes begin to chew on it.
  • Axe-Crazy: Everyone, with special mention going to Dr. Faustus, Oddball, Mammoth and Cletus.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Was hyped as being more hardcore than even Mortal Kombat. In most cases, it wasn't lying.
  • Body Horror: Most characters. Faustus and the Imp actually start there, within the game's context. It was also what killed Violet in the first place (bodies can only bend so far, after all). Special mention should also go to Judas, for obvious reasons.
  • Bondage Is Bad: This is Belladonna's theme.
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    • Each character has at least four costumes, many of which are bondage or fetish wear.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Belladonna and William, the latter committing 52 murders by way of this.
  • Conjoined Twins: Judas. The figure is comprised of two men connected from the waist like a human CatDog. During fights, one man attacks with his fists while the other acts as the legs, rotating positions if needed.
  • Dance Party Ending: Every character has one finishing move that involves the winner and the last guy standing dancing. Unless it's Cain, who burns the last fighter before dancing.
  • Deadly Doctor: Dr. Faustus.
  • Deep South: Cletus of course.
  • Digital Piracy Is Okay: A few of the original designers releasing bootleg versions of the game all over the web is the reason why this game hasn't been completely forgotten.
  • Driven to Madness: Oddball's backstory.
  • Evil Laugh: Cain delivers one after performing a Thrill Kill.
  • Evil vs. Evil: All the characters are damned souls entering the tournament in hopes of being reincarnated out of hell.
  • Finishing Move: The "Thrill Kills".
    • Belladonna has one finisher that subverts this. She crouches out of frame directly in front of her dazed victim while they start to make perturbed noises, but then the camera zooms out to show that she's merely tickling their foot.
  • For the Evulz: The only explanation for Dr. Faustus's backstory. He just really loved seriously harming his patients.
  • Freudian Excuse: If you listen closely to the news reporter during the Tormentor’s ending, you’ll hear that his wife was murdered by a Serial Killer.
  • Going Postal: Mammoth's backstory, with the added wrinkle of him physically tearing people limb from limb when he snapped.

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