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Video Game / Underhero

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Underhero is a September 2018 2D side-scroller Role-Playing Game, made by Paper Castle Games. In it, the player is a nameless Mook of the Big Bad, who chooses to subvert the plans of his master after the traditional heroes have been defeated. The game is quite light-hearted in spirit, while its gameplay is a variant on Turn-Based Combat, where in-combat actions can be taken at any time, but they are limited by stamina.

Underhero contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Airborne Mook: Purple butterflies are an early one. They attack by dive-bombing the player, and are attacked with slingshots.
  • Bad Boss: Mr. Stitches generally treats his minions pretty poorly, even strangling one that witnessed the hero’s defeat right in front of you. Or so it seems...
  • Casual Danger Dialog: You can talk to enemies in combat to learn some history or trivia on the area, though sometimes the enemy simply chats about more casual things. However, you can only talk to enemies before you make the first attack.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Some enemies seem to actually enjoy getting attacked.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: The defeated enemies blow up in the cloud of purplish smoke. It even makes out a skull as it begins to fade!
  • Drop the Hammer: A large wooden mallet is used for heavy attacks.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: During his Motive Rant, Mr. Stitches claims that if the cycle of the Hero defeating him and him returning over and over is broken or altered in any way, the world would be destroyed due to reality being unable to handle things going Off the Rails. This turns out to have been a lie fed to him by Puzzleman to ensure that he would go along with the cycle.
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  • Faceless Goons: The masked kids, basic minions who always wear a very shyguy-esque mask.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: Used to kill the hero in the intro.
  • Floating Platforms: Here, all the platforms are clearly attached to the background, and if they are moving, it's because there are belts and gears behind them.
  • King Mook: One of the early bosses is a large moth, who is the king version of the standard butterflies. It even wears a crown on its head as well!
  • Lampshade Hanging: Just one example: "Now that you're in the hero business, you better get used to absurd minigames."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: While he doesn’t say anything, Masked Kid’s expression definitely suggests this when he realizes he just killed the hero and two of his colleagues.
  • Rhythm Game: Attacking in tune with the music is considered a "Groovy" attack, and deals bonus damage.
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  • Silent Protagonist: The Masked Kid, who’s dialogue only ever consists of Visible Silence. Curiously, every other masked kid talks just fine.
  • Spikes of Doom: What kind of Overlord would your master be if he didn't place a bunch of these around the place? Everyone knows the minions who get pinioned on those weren't good enough anyway.
  • Split Personality: Timbolt the butterfly, who constantly talks to himself as either Mr. T, an eloquent gentleman, or Tim, a childish doofus, as if they were separate people. His theme and outfit even changes depending on who’s talking.
  • Sprint Meter: Mainly used during combat, where it replaces the standard ATB progress bar. Thus, you can spam several attacks all at once, but this isn't advised at the start of the battle, as you'll get winded, and unable to dodge the inevitable counter-attack from your enemy.
  • Suffer the Slings: Used for ranged attacks against enemies like butterflies, who would otherwise be out of reach.
  • Talking Weapon: Elizabeth IV, the hero’s weapon. Although she’s just a hilt, she’s capable of transforming into different weapons, including a sword, slingshot, and hammer.
  • This Is Going to Suck: Masked Kid at many times. He really doesn’t want to be involved in this adventure.
  • Vicious Cycle: Puzzleman has been perpetuating the cycle of Mr. Stitches rising up, the Hero defeating him, and then Mr. Stitches returning for centuries as part of his warped desire to have the world follow his "script".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Puzzleman absolutely loses it when Mask Kid breaks the cycle and sends his "script" for the world Off the Rails.


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