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Havenfall Is for Lovers is a Romance Game Visual Novel by Voltage Entertainment USA, released through their Lovestruck app for iOS and Android devices.

The story takes place in the one-stoplight backwater of Havenfall, Indiana. The Player Character has accepted that she'll never make it out of the dead-end town, but she's determined to help her younger sister Grace get through college and give her a chance at a better life somewhere else. Then Grace goes missing, and a lot of things in Havenfall turn out to be more than they appeared.

The only people willing to help find Grace are the ones she's just discovered are not human: a vampire, a werewolf, a devil, and a djinn. To save her little sister, the protagonist will have to learn to trust a monster... of course, this being a romance game, it isn't going to end there.

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  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • In Antonio's second season, Liliane calls the heroine "morsel"; overlaps with Terms of Endangerment.
    • Beginning in his third season, Antonio takes to calling the heroine "mi cielo" (my heaven).
  • After Action Patchup: With Mackenzie in her first season, and Razi in both his first and second seasons. The second time it's a mutual patch-up session after Razi and the protagonist's encounter with the manticore. Also with Vanessa in her first season after she defends the heroine against Li, with Antonio near the end of his first season after he rescues the heroine from Igor, and again with Antonio in a heart scene late in his third season.
  • The Alleged Car:
    • The protagonist drives an old pickup truck which is constantly on the verge of falling apart. In Razi's second season, he admits that he's been jump-starting the engine with magic for months.
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    • Exploited in Antonio's first season when Igor makes the mistake of kidnapping her in her own truck. As soon as she knows some kind of help is coming, the heroine manages to trigger a catastrophic breakdown just by kicking at weak points in the truck's dash.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: There's a creepy abandoned amusement park off the road around Havenfall. Diego, Mackenzie, JD's, and Razi's routes have all paid it a visit at some point.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Lampshaded in Diego's second season. He and the protagonist go to the lake in search of cypress to make stakes out of, and the protagonist worries that breaking branches from a tree might incur the wrath of some kind of tree spirit; when Diego scoffs, she points out that she's just learned of the existence of vampires, werewolves, djinn, and devils, and has no way of knowing what else might be out there. Diego is forced to concede the point, and they agree to limit themselves to picking up fallen branches from the ground... just in case.
  • Artificial Zombie: Igor and his Mooks in Antonio's route are animate corpses in the style of Frankenstein's Monster (and very possibly created by Dr. Frankenstein himself, or at least based on his work). Igor is clearly intelligent and capable of passing for living (if creepy) human; the mooks, on the other hand, are shambling grey-skinned horrors visibly patched together from mismatched bodies.
  • Attending Your Own Funeral: John inadvertently ends up doing this in Vanessa's fourth season after the others find him playing dead. As the scene progresses and blame starts being thrown around, he finds it too awkward to cut in and let them know he's fine. Then they start giving him a eulogy, and he can't resist listening in.
  • Auto Erotica:
    • In Diego's third season, he and the protagonist have a love scene in the bed of her truck (the cab proved too cramped). He's incredulous at first, but very quickly persuaded.
    • In Mackenzie's third season, she and the protagonist attempt to get frisky in the front seat of her squad car, but accidentally hit the switch for the siren, startling them and making them laugh. They head back to Mac's place to continue, and the protagonist suggests that they could've gone in the back seat of the car.
      Mackenzie: With the suspects I've tossed in there? [frowns] No thank you.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Discussing the vampire coven in Mackenzie's third season:
      Razi: Look, if the coven breaks the rules, I'll step in.
      JD: Me too. [smiles] They might have numbers, but I've got enough fire to make them pray for daylight.
    • While fighting the facestealers in JD's first season:
      Mackenzie: You want to hurt the people of Havenfall? You go through me. [grabs one by the throat and lifts] Or more accurately... I go through you.
    • Vanessa's introduction as a vampire hunter in her first season:
      Vanessa: The innocent will never have anything to fear when Vanessa Helsing walks the night!
  • Baleful Polymorph: One of Razi's abilities as a djinn is transfiguration, which he can use to transform people into objects. Since he's a good guy, most such transformations are temporary or simply mentioned as a threat, but in his third season he and Roshni turn the manticore into a scorpion permanently.
  • Bar Brawl: In JD's fourth season, they and the heroine go to a club for supernaturals and end up participating in a bar brawl. It's started off by Hikari getting into a fight with her ex and spreads out from there.
  • Bar Full of Aliens: The Witching Hour is a club specifically for supernatural types which has locations across the country. JD takes the heroine there in their fourth season, where many characters from other routes make minor appearances. Diego goes with the heroine in his sixth season to get some blood while they're on the run, and Antonio takes her there early in his second season as part of his agreement to introduce her to the world of the supernatural.
  • Bear Hug: Mackenzie gives one to JD in their fourth season, after they return from Hell for the second time.
    JD's snide comment turns into a strangled hurk as a pair of tanned forearms fold around their chest and hoist them into the air.
    Mackenzie: Welcome back, Jordan.
    Diego: You know they can't answer if they can't breathe, Mackenzie.
    Mackenzie: That's the plan, yeah.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The development of the heroine's relationship with Antonio in his first season takes place primarily via nonstop sass battle and outright hostility, combined with a mutual sexual tension thick enough to cut with a knife.
  • Beta Couple:
    • Grace and Gwen eventually start dating in the background of every route. All indications are that the feelings are entirely genuine; in Diego's route, Gwen proves herself fiercely protective of Grace when Antonio (who was responsible for Grace's kidnapping in the first two seasons of the route) comes around.
    • In Razi's route, Mothman is instantly smitten with Razi's sister Roshni. Roshni shares her brother's obliviousness when it comes to other people's romantic feelings towards her, but she and Mothman still hit it off famously and spend a good bit of time together, leading the heroine, Razi, and Lettie all to hope the pair become a couple.
    • In Mackenzie's route, Annabelle and Damien eventually get together.
  • Big Eater: Werewolves have huge appetites.
  • Bland-Name Product: The fast food chain Stop-N-Go is a reference to In-N-Out. There's also a nigh-identical chain, Stop & Go — according to JD, the two chains have been in a legal battle about it for decades.
  • Blood from the Mouth: At the end of JD's fifth season, the heroine is poisoned and coughs up blood as she realizes what's happened.
  • Blood Magic:
    • In Diego's route, he and the heroine learn a ritual from Liliane that temporarily breaks Dracula's hold over a vampire. For it to be most effective, it needs a combination of human and vampire blood.
    • In Antonio's route, he plans to use the heroine's blood in a ritual.
  • Book-Ends: Antonio's second season starts with him drinking the heroine's blood in a passionate bedroom scene, which puts her in danger, and ends with him in danger after drinking her blood in another bedroom scene.
  • Breather Episode:
    • After Mackenzie's climactic fifth season, season six is largely the characters enjoying their newfound downtime with no antagonist to speak of (apart from a brush with Euryale in New York).
    • Diego's fourth season is mostly this. Aside from a fight with Victor (which also serves to introduce Liliane), everyone mostly just enjoys themselves until the finale has Dracula suddenly arrive in Havenfall.
  • Bridal Carry: Mackenzie does this to get the protagonist away from danger in her first season. In Diego's fourth season, he does this to carry her across the city.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Most of the central and supporting cast are LGBT. The heroine lampshades it after a large group meeting in Mackenzie's season four, saying she's starting to think there's a correlation between that and the supernatural.
  • The Cavalry: In Mackenzie's route, Annabelle comes to Mackenzie and the heroine's rescue multiple times. The first time is in season 2, when the heroine is pinned down by Gwen. The next time is when Mac and the heroine are meeting with a coven of vampires who think they can get away with attacking Havenfall, knowing Mac to be packless; Annabelle steps in, her presence casting doubt on their information, and bluffs about howling to call the rest of the pack, which gets the coven to back off. The next time is after she's joined the pack, and the heroine has been kidnapped by the coven; Mackenzie arrives to fight them off, and the heroine uses the pack bond to call Annabelle as well, which tips the fight in their favor. Finally, while Beau has taken over the town, a pack of werewolves is sent to the heroine's front door, and Mackenzie has to fight them off; the heroine uses the pack bond to call Annabelle, who races over to join the fight, swinging it in their favor.
  • Chained to a Railway: In JD's fifth season, Nessie kidnaps the heroine and ties her to a railway to lure out JD.
  • Character Overlap:
    • Serena Zhang from Castaway! Love's Adventure shows up in Diego's fourth season at a doctor's convention. The same scene references "Dresner Hall," though it is ambiguous whether the location is actually named after Dr. Neil Dresner from Speakeasy Tonight or if the reference is simply a Shout-Out to a fellow Voltage title.
    • In JD's fourth season, the heroine attempts a demon summoning to bring JD back from hell, but keeps getting Saerys from Love & Legends instead.
    • In Mackenzie's season 6, she and the heroine go to New York, where they meet several characters from Astoria: Fate's Kiss, including: the heroine of that game, who is renting out her apartment for them to stay at; Medusa, her girlfriend; Josh, the heroine's brother and a restaurant chef; Euryale, and Cyprin.
    • In JD's season 5, they and the heroine stop by New York, where they meet some Astoria: Fate's Kiss characters: Erys, Cyprin, the heroine, and Persephone. They also visit New Jersey, where they play a round of poker with Aurora from Gangsters in Love.
    • In Antonio's season 2, while in Los Angeles, the heroine sees a couple who are implied to be Chance and the heroine from Gangsters in Love.
    • In his third season Antonio takes the heroine to Chicago. They briefly encounter the Love & Legends heroine and the Chicago counterpart of Alain, and later visit the Broiler from Speakeasy Tonight where Antonio mentions having been personally acquainted with Gerald O'Fallon and the Ice Box Flapper, who in this timeline got married and became vampires.
  • Comforting Comforter:
    • Diego covers the sleeping protagonist with his lab coat in his first season.
    • In Vanessa's third season, after the heroine falls asleep on her porch, she carries her inside, lays her on the couch, and covers her with her cape.
  • Consulting a Convicted Killer: In Mackenzie's seventh season, she and the heroine visit Beau in a Code Black jail to get information about the Silver Wolf.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: When JD falls under Rip's sleep spell, the heroine talks to them to try to wake them up, and ends up confessing her love before successfully waking them with a True Love's Kiss.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In JD's first season, Mackenzie threatens to stick JD in the back of the squad car with her deputy driving.
    Mackenzie: Elmer loves show tunes, and singing along to them out of key.
    JD looks nothing short of appalled, and I try not to laugh.
  • Cowboy Episode: Most of Vanessa's fourth season is spent in an old frontier town, complete with a new western-style soundtrack.
  • Crossover: In Diego's sixth season, he and the heroine pass through Chicago and cross over with Reiner Wolfson's fifth season from Love & Legends in the process. They encounter Reiner (currently amnesiac) and the L&L heroine in a coffee shop, and nudge Reiner into making a move.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Mackenzie doesn't fit any of the usual personality stereotypes, but the contrast of her blonde hair and green eyes with her dark skin does denote her as unusual even before her supernatural nature is revealed.
  • Daywalking Vampire: The vampires of the setting experience no negative effects from sunlight; even the tinted sunglasses that Diego wears most of the time seem to be more to hide his red eyes than anything else. Night does make it a lot easier for him to find shadows to warp through, however.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • In JD's third season, in the middle of fighting off the facestealers, their father appears to offer them their power back so they can defend the heroine. JD, desperate, agrees. In return, they're contractually bound to return to hell in three days time.
    • In JD's fifth season, their father offers them a deal to grant the heroine immortality and for JD not to have to deal with him again. JD is tempted, but they and the heroine agree that it sounds Too Good to Be True.
  • Diary: Diego keeps journals in which he writes about his life. Later in his route, the heroine begins her own after being gifted one by Diego to commemorate the new chapter of her life as a vampire.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: One of Razi's preferred combat tactics is to create multiple illusions of himself to confuse and distract the enemy.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • On Vanessa and Antonio's routes, when the heroine has thoughts about not wanting to get Mackenzie, Razi or JD involved in supernatural stuff.
    • Gwen's introduction in one route has her tagged as "She Seems Nice", which is ironic if you have knowledge of her from Mackenzie's route.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: In JD’s sixth season, they have a recurring dream involving a crop circle in a field. It turns out to be the place where the rift is opened.
  • Due to the Dead: In Mackenzie's ninth season, she and the others hold a traditional werewolf funeral for Beau, despite how much pain he caused them.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In Mackenzie's pilot season, references are made to her having multiple deputies, and the heroine mentions that she needs to stop falling asleep on the couch. Later seasons contradict these; Elmer is the only deputy, and the heroine has slept on the couch ever since her parents died.
  • Emergency Transformation:
    • At the end of Diego's sixth season, he's forced to turn the heroine into a vampire to save her after Dracula impales her through the chest.
    • Subverted in Antonio's third season; Antonio almost turns the heroine to save her from bleeding out after he rescues her from Frankenstein, but at the last moment he stops himself and instead calls in a helicopter to rush her to a hospital. He explains later on that he felt like she should have a proper choice in the matter, and that he was afraid she'd hate him for it.
  • Eternal Love: Once the heroine is turned into a werewolf in Mackenzie's route, a vampire in Diego's route, an angel in JD's route, and a djinn in Razi's route, their romances change from Mayfly December Romances to this.
  • Exact Words: In Mackenzie's fifth season, when a Code Black agent asks Grace how much she'd told her sister about the supernatural, she replies, "Nothing. Our family already knew the Riders." Both statements are true, but the implication — that the second statement is an explanation for the heroine knowing about the supernatural — is not.
    That's two truths turned into an impressive sort of lie, and I'm glad Grace is quick on her feet.
  • Eyedscreen: Sometimes a panel focused on a character's eyes will go over the screen.
  • Eyeless Face: The facestealers from JD's route. In their true forms, they have no facial features apart from a mouth full of sharp teeth.
  • Fantastic Romance: The base concept of the game; all of the love interests are supernatural beings, except for Vanessa, who is a hunter of the supernatural.
  • Fight Dracula: The big D himself appears as an antagonist in Diego's fifth season.
  • First-Person Smartass: The player character uses snark at least in part as a coping mechanism to deal with her dissatisfaction with her circumstances and with being out of her depth. Since she's very frequently out of her depth once the supernatural side Havenfall starts intruding into her life, her narration and inner monologue provide a steady stream of snark and self-deprecation.
  • Foil: Diego and Antonio, with their shared history and status as the game's two vampire love interests, serve as foils to one another. Their connection and their similar roles highlight the differences in their personalities and attitudes: where Diego is modest and ethical, Antonio lives lavishly and makes full use of the advantages his vampire abilities provide him; where Diego refuses to drink from living humans, Antonio is accustomed to draining victims dry.
    The contrasts continue when the subject of turning the protagonist comes up - Diego is vehemently opposed to the idea, only turning her when forced to in order to save her life and dwelling in guilt for a good season afterward, while Antonio is the one to suggest it in his own third season as what he considers a perfect solution to a number of problems.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire:
    • Diego Escalona is Havenfall's doctor and a potential love interest for the player character. He went into medicine as a form of atonement for his past misdeeds as a soldier in the invasion of Mexico led by Hernan Cortes, and spends a lot of his time making house calls. He keeps a (presumably more or less ethically obtained) supply of blood stored at Razi's bowling alley rather than feeding on living humans.
    • Mackenzie Hunt is a Friendly Neighborhood Werewolf: she's Havenfall's current sheriff and another potential love interest.
  • Gay Option: As usual for Lovestruck titles, the game features a lesbian romance option with Mackenzie, and later a second one with Vanessa. JD, who is non-binary, is also a possible love interest.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Twice in Mackenzie's route, the heroine uses the pack bond to call on Annabelle to provide Mackenzie some much needed backup in a fight.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: JD, as a devil, has demonic red wings, while later in their route, the heroine, as an angel, has angelic crystalline wings.
  • Hall of Mirrors: In Diego's second season, the antagonist lures them into the hall of mirrors at the abandoned amusement park. The climactic confrontation takes place at the center of the maze.
  • Healing Factor: Vampires heal quickly, more so if supplied with blood — the fresher the better. Werewolves heal quickly as well, unless poisoned with silver.
  • Heel–Face Turn: On Mackenzie's route, Annabelle, Damien, and Gwen all start off as antagonists before ending up friendly with the heroes, with Annabelle joining Mackenzie's pack.
  • Her Boyfriend's Jacket: In Antonio's first season, the heroine ends up wearing Antonio's leather jacket almost as much as he wears it himself, complete with updated sprite. They're not yet romantically involved while this is going on, but it's used as an indication of the growing intimacy between them, especially after she wakes up late in the route to find she has wrapped herself up in the discarded jacket in Antonio's absence.
  • Historical In-Joke: Diego was on first-name basis with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and considered him just as brilliant as his most famous creation.
  • I Have This Friend...: In JD's first season, the protagonist tells Razi about "a friend's" relationship troubles; he sees right through it.
  • I Have Your Wife: Poor Grace ends up used as a hostage against the protagonist and her love interest as often as not.
    • In Mackenzie's first season, Grace is kidnapped by Damien, who taunts Mackenzie with her.
    • In Diego's season two, Antonio threatens Grace in order to compel the protagonist to cooperate with his "game" against Diego.
    • In Razi's route Grace seems to have initially been just a victim of opportunity, but as soon as Jonas realizes that the protagonist is Razi's weakness, he's more than willing to use Grace as leverage against both of them.
    • In JD's route, Grace is kidnapped along with many other townsfolk, the rest of whom are freed. As her captor has a feud with JD, he holds her as a hostage once JD starts trying to get her back.
  • Initiation Ceremony: When Mackenzie brings Annabelle into the pack, it involves a ritual under the moon, with certain words spoken and power flowing.
  • In-Series Nickname: The Havenfall supernaturals — Mackenzie, Diego, JD, and Razi — are collectively called Havenfall's Finest, which comes from the name of the group chat that JD made them.
  • Insistent Terminology: Razi is a djinn. He'll thank you not to use the word "genie."
  • It Runs in the Family: According to Razi, the rest of his family is even more over-the-top than Roshni.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: In Diego's fifth season he grows increasingly worried about how being with him puts the heroine in the line of fire. With Dracula out to recruit him by any means necessary, and Antonio warning him about being too attached and not being fair to the heroine, Diego becomes increasingly pensive and subdued. Finally, in the last episode of the season, he decides that he can't put it off any longer and... subverts the trope by asking her to leave Havenfall with him instead of breaking up with her as she was expecting.
  • The Jersey Devil: Jordan "JD" Davies is identified specifically as the Jersey Devil and is one of the game's love interests.
  • Kill It with Fire: Fire is JD's preferred solution to a lot of problems. It's also how Antonio and the heroine rid themselves of Igor in Antonio's third season.
  • Kinky Cuffs: Mackenzie's fourth season has a heart option for handcuff play.
  • Kiss of Distraction: In Antonio's fourth season, the heroine kisses Antonio to distract him while she takes his car keys so that he can't leave her behind.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: Diego and Antonio's routes both include scenes in which the heroine's vampire love interest drinks her blood and it's depicted as an erotic experience. In Antonio's route, his bite is noted to have a supernaturally pleasurable effect which the protagonist's narration actually describes as "better than sex." This doesn't seem to be the case for Diego, either because of his reluctance to drink directly from a living person or because he simply lacks that particular vampire ability, but the heroine still finds it enjoyable.
  • Lame Pun Reaction:
    • In JD's fourth season, while they're carrying the heroine to bed:
      JD: It also means you've been up for almost 24 hours straight.
      MC: Nah.
      JD: Wh—oh, did you take a nap in there somewhere?
      MC: I solemnly swear that I was bi for every single one of those hours.
      JD gives me a look that screams 'I'm considering dropping you in the hallway'.
      JD: I can't even complain. I would have made the same joke.
      MC: It was right there!
    • A scene in Antonio's first season has him make a stake/steak pun, to which the heroine has an internal Big "NO!".
  • Lampshade Hanging: The protagonist and JD especially are pretty well up on their tropes, and hang lampshades accordingly.
    Protagonist: I lost my glasses. Of course I lost my glasses. They're gonna write 'killed by horror movie white girl bullshit' on my tombstone!
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • At one point in Diego's first season, the protagonist thinks, "Today feels like it was four days long." The day takes place over four episodes.
    • Razi's season two starts with the protagonist thinking, "I need a mental recap, because at this point I feel like I'm going nuts." She proceeds to quickly recap the first season for the players.
    • Discussing vampire fiction in Mackenzie's fourth season:
      MC: I bet Diego gets a kick out of that.
      Mackenzie: I'm not sure he's into that kind of modern literature. But he'd have so many fans if we could be public.
  • Leitmotif: There are some music tracks associated with certain characters.
    • JD has an energetic rock theme which plays at their first appearance in their route (where they're apparently listening to it on their earphones) and at various points throughout their route, especially when they're kicking ass. It also plays for their half-sister Hikari when she starts a bar fight in their fourth season.
    • Razi has a mystical sounding theme that plays when he's using his magic. It also plays for his sister Roshni when she's using hers.
    • Vanessa has a stringed instrument theme that plays at various moments where she's present.
  • Ley Line: Havenfall is a convergence of these. They are connected to the Nassars, and are sentient.
  • Lunacy: Werewolves' powers are connected to the moon. The full moon doesn't force them to change, but they will be itching to, and it is when most of their rituals take place. A human attacked by a werewolf on the full moon has a chance of becoming one themselves.
  • Magically Binding Contract: In JD's third season, they make a deal with their father obliging them to return to hell in three days time. The deal puts a pentagram sigil on their hand which will summon JD back to hell at the end of the time period, whether they like it or not; Hikari describes it as giving orders to reality itself.
  • Magic Kiss:
    • In JD's second season, they're put into a magical sleep by Rip Van Winkle, and a kiss from the protagonist ends up waking them. They immediately lampshade how cheesy that is.
    • At the climax of Vanessa's first season, the heroine kisses her to snap her out of the nightmare trance Li put her in.
  • Make-Out Point: A place in the woods near Havenfall called Lover's Lane.
  • Masquerade Ball: Antonio throws a vampire masquerade ball in his second season.
  • Master of Illusion: Illusion is one of Razi's specialties as a djinn. He largely uses it to help maintain The Masquerade (for instance, to prevent people from noticing the supernatural brawl going on between himself and Jonas in the middle of the day early in his first season), or to confuse enemies during a fight (such as making a mook's weapon "disappear"). He's capable of much more complicated illusions, however — at the extreme end, he shows himself able to trap someone in a Lotus-Eater Machine which is very difficult to break out of even once they realize it's an illusion.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Diego, Razi, JD, and Antonio are all at least a couple centuries old and likely to live a lot longer still, and Mackenzie is only in her late twenties, but as a werewolf she will also live for centuries. The prospect of aging and dying while her love interest remains youthful gives the heroine some uncomfortable moments on their routes.
  • Meadow Run: Humorously referenced in Antonio's second season when Antonio brings back the heroine's truck. She's so happy to have it back that she runs to hug it, and her narration quips that it's like a moment from a wartime movie with swelling music and a field of flowers.
  • Meal Ticket: Diego, Razi, and Antonio are all quite wealthy and willing to use their money on the heroine's behalf. On Diego and Razi's routes she mostly resists taking advantage and has to be coaxed or argued into letting them pay for things for her, but in Antonio's route, although it's primarily their mutual common ground and scorching Unresolved Sexual Tension that draws them together, it doesn't take Antonio long to discover that he enjoys using his wealth to spoil the heroine, and she's willing to let him.
  • The Men in Black: Code Black, a secret government branch dedicated to supernatural dealings. Their members wear black suits and shades. They are a presence in Mackenzie's fourth and fifth seasons; Grace was recruited by them after she escaped from Damien, and the higher-ups pressure Mackenzie to take out Liliane's coven. After she deals with the coven without killing them, they strip her of her position and replace her with Beau, who works for them as an informant. The Havenfall gang ends up turning them against each other by revealing Beau's carelessness with maintaining The Masquerade.
  • Meteor Move: In Razi's first fight with the manticore, he ends it by knocking him into the air and spiking him into the ground like a volleyball.
  • Mindlink Mates:
    • The heroine forms a partner bond with Mackenzie on her route, which turns out to provide protection against certain mind influencers.
    • After Antonio drinks her blood at the end of his first season, the heroine finds herself able to sense his emotions.
    • Once Diego turns her into a vampire in Diego's seventh season, the two of them share an empathic connection. The heroine's narration describes it as "like I've got a compass in me that always points to him."
  • The Mothman: Mothman is a friendly side character, identifiable by their Virginian accent and retractable moth antennae and wings. Other than that, they have little to do with the Mothman legend's mythos, instead just being a nice person and ally to Havenfall's Finest.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • One of the things that Razi mentions his magic being useful for? Frosting drinks.
    • In Mackenzie's second season, Gwen uses her claws to cut up a tomato because it's faster than using a knife.
    • JD uses their fire powers to defrost some mozzarella sticks, though it takes a few tries to get it right.
  • Must Be Invited: Needing invitation to enter is one of the few classical vampire tropes that's confirmed to be true. It's also relatively simple to rescind the invitation, forcibly ejecting the vampire from the premises, simply by telling them to Get Out!. The only snag is that the person who invited the vampire in has to be the one to revoke the invitation, as the protagonist discovers in Diego's season one — since Grace was the one who originally invited Victor into their house, there's no way to make it proof against him as long as Grace is still missing, requiring the protagonist to stay at Diego's house for her protection.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: Invoked in Vanessa's fourth season. The heroine is (initially) delighted to be in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, but Vanessa and Levana both insist that the undead that they're fighting are definitely not zombies, and keep getting irritated when the heroine refuses to stop calling them that.
    Heroine: They didn't put up much of a fight. I kind of expected more from zombies, you know?
    Levana: That's because whatever those things were, they weren't zombies. Zombies aren't real.
    Heroine: (She can keep saying that all she wants, but if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck...)
  • Odd Couple:
    • Mothman and Roshni as the heroine points out, describing them as "a West Virginian auto mechanic and a Saudi princess". Despite their different backgrounds, they have loads of common interests that they bond over.
    • Grace and Gwen in Mackenzie's route. Mackenzie describes them as "salt and sugar", though the heroine thinks that Grace is less sweet than she appears. When they're revealed to be dating, the heroine can comment about opposites attracting, to which Grace replies that they're not that different.
  • Ominous Fog: On Razi's route, a thick, unnatural fog appears when the ghost girl is around, and on Diego's route there's a thick fog before Antonio shows up heralding Dracula.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: There's a musical track used for big name villains, like Dracula, Baba Yaga, and Lucifer, which incorporates organ for part of it.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: JD dislikes Hikari, but respects her taste in anime.
    JD: Oh, jackpot. This is one of Hikari's favorites.
    MC: And…that's a point in its favor?
    JD: The worst thing about Hikari is that she actually has impeccable taste for super specific things. It's awful.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: Banshees in this setting are relatively human-looking. Gwen, as a banshee, is stronger and tougher than a human, gains glowing eyes and claws when transformed, and has an enthralling scream. She also says her kind is rare.
  • Our Cryptids Are More Mysterious:
    • Many cryptids turn out to be real, including the Jersey Devil and Mothman. Bigfoot is apparently fake, though.
    • The Beast of Busco is mentioned in Antonio's first season.
      MC: What else is there? Werewolves? Zombies? The Beast of Busco?!
      Antonio: That's just a turtle.
      MC: (How does he know about Indiana cryptids?!)
  • Our Genies Are Different: Razi objects to the word "genie." His magic specializes in illusions and transfiguring things — or people — into other things, though he's also capable of throwing around waves of force and creating defensive shields, and of generating real heat and cold.
  • Our Vampires Are Different:
    • Vampires in this setting are former humans who have become immortal and sustain themselves by drinking blood, but they're not affected by sunlight and much of the rest of classical vampire lore is likewise dismissed as myth, including the lack of a reflection. (Quoth Diego, "What, you think my hair does this by itself?") Even a stake through the heart is likely to only incapacitate a reasonably strong vampire unless it's the right kind of wood — Diego directs the protagonist to use cypress. Holy water and a particular herb used in magical rituals are noted to be among the only other things capable of killing a vampire.
    • As for abilities, aside from generally enhanced strength and their extreme durability, the specific abilities of any given vampire can vary. Most experienced vampires seem to have the power to warp through shadows. Diego and Antonio can summon some sort of colored mist with which they can physically attack opponents; Antonio also has Hypnotic Eyes and a form of telepathy.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Werewolves in this setting can transform at will, and don't transform involuntarily during the full moon. They also generally don't turn completely into wolves, instead just gaining gold eyes with black sclera, claws, fangs, wolf ears, and shaggier hair.
  • Paranormal Romance: The main focus of the story is the player character's growing romance with one of the game's main cast of supernatural beings. Averted for Vanessa's route, however, since she's a human who hunts supernaturals instead of being one herself.
  • Place of Power: Havenfall is the centre of all ley lines in the country. Protecting that place is why the Nassars founded the town there.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: After JD gets their power back while fighting the facestealers in their third season:
    JD: Alright. Time for round two. I hope you freaks are ready for the fucking apocalypse.
  • Precision F-Strike: Victor, who'd never shown much proclivity to swearing, exclaims, "Are you FUCKING serious?" after he's fatally staked by the heroine in Diego's route.
  • Premature Eulogy: In Vanessa's fourth season, John is mistaken for dead by the others, and they give him a eulogy. Then he sits up gasping and reveals that he'd been playing dead after being cornered by zombies.
  • Psychic Link:
    • Werewolf pack bonds. In Mackenzie's route, the heroine develops one with her, as well as with Annabelle once she joins the pack, and can call on either of them in a crisis through the bond. Her bond with Mackenzie is strongest, as it's not just a pack bond, but also an alpha's partner bond.
    • An empathic bond forms between Antonio and the heroine after he drinks her blood at the end of his first season, allowing her to sense his emotions if he's not actively blocking her out. Diego and the heroine form a similar psychic link after he turns her into a vampire in his sixth season.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • In JD's season 1, when the first facestealer encountered approaches the heroine, JD warns it, "One. More. Goddamn. Step." Each word gets its own screen.
    • In JD's season 6, they say to their father, "What. Did. You. Do?!" when it turns out touching the heroine makes them burn each other. Again, each word gets its own screen.
  • Punctuated Pounding: In episode 12 of Antonio's first season, Igor tries calling Antonio's bluff and gets beaten into the ground for his trouble.
    Antonio: I—! Told—! You—! Not—! To—! Touch—! Her!
    Again and again he strikes, landing every blow so hard even I wince.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Diego looks about thirty but is actually around five hundred years old, as is Antonio, who looks about twenty-eight. Razi and JD are likewise much older than they seem; Diego is confirmed to be the oldest resident of Havenfall, but Razi was born in the late 1800s and JD in the 1700s.
  • Recessive Super Genes: Mackenzie's parents, and the Hunt line going back for generations, carry werewolf genes but don't have any of the powers, apart from some increase to their lifespan.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Vampires can be recognized by their blood-red eyes, which glow when they are angry or on the attack. Diego hides his behind a pair of red-tinted sunglasses most of the time.
  • Rejection Ritual: Mackenzie breaks Damien's pack bond to Beau at his and Annabelle's request. It involves the speaking of ritualistic phrases and Mackenzie using her powers as an alpha.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain:
    • Works to neutralize Igor's reanimated Mooks, but not on Igor himself, as the heroine discovers in Antonio's third season. Ramming a stake through his head doesn't faze him in the slightest.
    • The undead raised by the third Bride are taken down this way.
  • Ritual Magic:
    • Werewolves have rituals for the forging and breaking of pack bonds. In Mackenzie's sixth season, her mother also mentions an old ritual that could enable Mac and the heroine to conceive a child together.
    • In his third season, Razi transfers his status as Havenfall's guardian to Roshni through a power transfer ritual.
    • In Diego's route, he and the heroine learn a Blood Magic ritual from Liliane that temporarily breaks Dracula's hold over a vampire.
  • Road Trip Episode:
    • In the case of Diego's season six, it's a Road Trip Season. He and the heroine leave Havenfall and set off cross-country to keep Dracula from finding them. They pass through Chicago in episode 3, briefly encountering Reiner and the protagonist from Love & Legends, before heading west to California.
    • JD's fifth season is also a Road Trip Season, with them and the heroine going on the run to escape JD's possessive ex-girlfriend Nessie. They stop in New York and encounter a number of characters from Astoria: Fate's Kiss before going to their final destination of New Jersey.
  • Roofhopping: After the ball in Diego's season 4, he carries the heroine across the city back to their hotel by traveling across the rooftops.
  • Running Gag: The celebratory cakes with frosting messages in Mackenzie's route. The first one says, "We survived!" The next one has "again!!" appended to the message. And the one to celebrate Mac and the heroine's engagement says, "congrats on awoo-ing your fiancée".
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • At the climax of Diego's season two, season antagonist Antonio presents the player character with a choice: kill Diego with the stake and other vampire-slaying tools prepared for just this occasion, or lose her younger sister forever. She ends up dodging the issue when a vampire hunter crashes the party.
    • In Antonio's fourth season, Dracula offers to tell Antonio how to find his younger sister Eva if Antonio agrees to hand the heroine over to him so that Dracula can make her one of his brides. Antonio is saved from having to make a decision, but afterwards admits that he almost agreed and is guilt-ridden over the entire situation.
    • Later in Antonio's season four, it becomes clear that Eva can't survive without the heroine's blood, and the times when she needs transfusions are coming closer and closer together. Antonio is once again faced with a choice between his sister or his lover, and the likelihood that trying to save both will end up costing them both their lives. At the end of the season, he drives the heroine away rather than let her sacrifice herself, not trusting himself to resist the temptation to agree.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: The heroine does this to Antonio in his first season.
    MC: The point is you were dumb enough to trust [Igor]. You're really good at this whole evil mastermind thing, aren't you.
    I start clapping slowly, my jaw slack with fake amazement.
  • Schrödinger's Gun: Who is responsible for abducting Grace and their reasons for doing so vary depending on whose route you follow, as the antagonist always has a connection to the protagonist's chosen love interest.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: In his first season, Antonio gets around the fact that he can't enter the heroine's house without an invitation by simply buying the house. When she protests that it can't possibly have been legal for him to do so overnight without her knowledge, Antonio calmly replies that "money makes everything legal."
  • Secret Legacy: In Mackenzie's fourth season, the heroine learns that her parents were members of Code Black, a secret branch of the government dealing in the supernatural, and kept a secret room behind their bookcase full of files and equipment. She also discovers the room in Diego's fifth season, where they are presented as cryptozoological researchers. They'd even published some research and compiled a file on Dracula.
  • Seeks Another's Resurrection:
    • In Vanessa's route, Siniang Li is trying to use the heroine to resurrect Dracula.
    • In his first season, Antonio wants to use the heroine's blood to resurrect his dead sister, which would kill the heroine in the process. He ends up abandoning the idea, knowing he'd never be able to face his sister even if it worked.
  • Sensor Character:
    • Werewolves and vampires can detect others with their Super Senses.
    • Mothman can detect a magical trap with their antennae.
  • Shipper on Deck: In Razi's route, he and the heroine become this for Mothman and Roshni. When Lettie learns that they're not dating (having assumed that they already were), she becomes this as well.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Showdown at High Noon: In Vanessa's fourth season, the final showdown with Necahual, in which she and her army of undead move to attack the frontier town the heroes are holed up in, begins at high noon.
  • Side Bet: The last episode of Razi's fifth season confirms that just about everybody had money on whether or not Mothman and Roshni would get together.
  • Signature Scent: Razi always smells of incense, as the protagonist's narration often makes note of. She eventually identifies as the fragrance as oud. It seems to be a natural scent; even after a dunk in a muddy lake, all she smells from Razi is the familiar incense. Not smelling it is what tips her off to the illusion in chapter 11 of Razi's first season.
  • Significant Monogram: "JD," short for "Jordan Davies," also stands for "Jersey Devil."
  • Signs of Disrepair: In the first CG of Antonio's route, a red neon sign reading "DINER" can be seen behind him with the N and the R gone dark.
  • Silver Has Mystic Powers: Silver poisons werewolves, and nearly kills Mackenzie in her route. Diego is able to treat Mackenzie with an emergency transfusion of her blood that she'd been keeping around for just such an emergency.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Mothman hails from West Virginia, speaks with down-home slang terms like "y'all"... and numbers opera and linguistics among their interests. In Razi's second season, the protagonist is surprised to learn that they work as a mechanic in their day-to-day life; based on the conversation thus far, she'd expected to hear that they were in some kind of academic field.
  • Stealth Pun: On Diego's route, considering whether Victor's company might be a front makes the protagonist concerned about the possibility of having to fight more vampires — "a whole corporation of them". In other words, corporate vampires.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Discussed in Mackenzie season 6, when she and the heroine go to New York Comic Con.
    MC: So what's with this woman punching her way out of a refrigerator?
    Mackenzie: Some comics had a bad history of killing off women in their stories so the superhero lead would have an excuse to show emotions. It got called 'fridging', but there was a real push-back against it. I refuse to buy anything that's got that nonsense. There are better ways to tell a story, you know?
    MC: (Yeah, it's not much of a power fantasy if the person who looks like you ends up dead.)
  • Summoning Ritual: In JD's fourth season, the heroine performs one to bring them back from hell.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Werewolves' eyes turn gold with black sclera when they're transformed. The cut-in screen of Mackenzie's eyes used for dramatic takes shows her eyes as gold even when she's not transformed, as though to indicate her werewolf side is showing through.
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: Some supernaturals can recognize others as supernatural, though they may not be able to recognize what type they are.
  • Super Senses: Werewolves, vampires, and some other types have superhuman senses.
  • Super Toughness: Many supernaturals are noted to be hardier than humans. JD notes that they don't really need a motorcycle helmet, and Gwen gets thrown into furniture and a steel beam by Mackenzie to no ill effect. It's a point of contention in some routes that the heroine, as a human, is more vulnerable.
  • Sweet and Sour Grapes: In Antonio's first season, he gives up on his plan of murdering the heroine for her blood to bring his sister back to life, saying that Eva would never forgive him if he went that far. In his fourth season, Eva is resurrected by Frankenstein without Antonio even knowing about it until after the fact.
  • Tainted Veins: In the cliffhanger ending of Antonio's second season, his veins begin to turn black as he succumbs to poison from the heroine's blood.
  • Targeted Human Sacrifice: In Antonio's first season, both he and Igor capture the heroine with the intent of using part of her body in a ritual — Antonio with her blood, and Igor with her heart. Either way, she'd be killed. Antonio ends up having a crisis of conscience and not being able to go through with it, while Igor gets as far as tying her to an altar in the woods and holding a knife over her before Antonio manages to rescue her.
  • Theme Music Power-Up:
    • There's a track that plays at various moments, mostly notably when the whole Havenfall gang brings out their powers for the first time in any given route in preparation for a big fight (usually the climax of the first season).
    • JD has their own leitmotif on their route, which sometimes serves as their personal ass-kicking music.
  • Too Good to Be True:
    • At the start of Antonio's route, Grace has received a full ride scholarship to the University of Barcelona sponsored by DSD Corp — one which she did not apply for. The heroine finds this more than a little suspicious, but since she can't afford to send Grace to college herself, she can't bear to make her sister miss out on the opportunity and simply does her best to make sure she'll be able to check up on Grace and her living situation while Grace is in Spain. The CEO of DSD Corp is Antonio, a vampire, and the scholarship indeed has an ulterior motive — but his interest is in the heroine herself, rather than Grace.
    • In JD's fifth season, their father offers them a deal to grant the heroine immortality and for JD not to have to deal with him again. JD is tempted, but they and the heroine agree that a deal like that must come with the mother of all catches.
  • Too Much Information:
    • The protagonist jokingly threatens JD with this on Razi's route:
      MC: Well, he's a big guy, so you want to know about pressure...
      JD: I super don't!
    • In JD's fifth season, the heroine protests this when Hikari offers to talk about how Grace is "exactly [her] type".
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot:
    • At the climax of Mackenzie's first season, there is a solar eclipse which causes her to lose control of herself.
    • In Diego's sixth season, Dracula takes advantage of a solar eclipse to attack Havenfall. It's later implied the eclipse was caused by Necahual.
  • Totem Pole Trench: In JD's fourth season, they and the heroine head to a supernatural nightclub. The bouncer outside turns out to be three tiny bouncers in a trenchcoat.
  • Triang Relations: In JD's fourth season, some relationship drama starts a Bar Brawl. Hikari was in a past relationship with Gwen, who went on to date Grace, who Hikari was interested in. Gwen's first contact with Hikari after their breakup was to gloat. Hikari then hunted her down at a club to suplex her through a table.
  • Unreliable Illustrator: In artwork, Gwen's claws are shown coming out over her knuckles, Wolverine-style. In her first appearances in Mackenzie's route however, they're described as coming from her fingertips.
  • Vampire's Harem: When Dracula appears in Diego and Antonio's routes, he's mentioned to have the traditional harem. Siniang Li (who first appeared as an independent villain in Vanessa's first season) is identified as one of them, and Antonio references two others, one of whom turns out to be Necahual.
  • Vampire Hunter: There's a whole organization of them called the Helsing Order, primarily represented on-screen by Vanessa Helsing.
  • Vein-o-Vision: Newborn vampires can see veins glowing gold under the skin.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mackenzie and JD. Even though a large part of their relationship consists of JD acting out and Mac threatening to arrest them, she does obviously care about them. After one such incident on JD's route, the heroine notes that if it were anyone else, she'd think they actually didn't like each other, but supposes it's their roundabout way of getting along.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In his djinn form, all Razi wears above the waist is jewelry and a couple of floating silk scarves, leaving his well-defined chest bare for the reader (and the protagonist) to admire.
  • Wall of Weapons: A secret room in the heroine's house is filled wall to wall with weapons. Across multiple routes, the heroine's discovery of the room prompts the realization that her parents kept secrets.
  • Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: After the heroine is turned into a vampire in Diego's route, she has difficulty controlling her bloodlust when around other people — including other supernaturals — especially when she can smell blood already.
  • Water Wake-up: In Mackenzie season 6, Annabelle tells a story of waking up Damien with a bucket of cold lake water. He chased her half a mile out before wandering back to bed.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Diego and Antonio were as close as brothers before becoming vampires, but had a vicious falling-out after they returned to Spain from the New World and learned that Antonio's sister had died while they were overseas. They begin to reconcile with the heroine's help starting in Diego's season four.
  • Wham Line: In Razi season 5, when Jonas is hiding from Baba Yaga and the heroine asks him what's the worst she'd do to him, Luce responds: "That's a good question, isn't it. Let's find out."
  • What's a Henway?: In one of many rounds of verbal sparring during Antonio's first season, the heroine scores a point on Antonio by saying it "smells like updog in here." Unfortunately, she doesn't get the chance to celebrate her victory before both of them realize the house is on fire.
  • Whip It Good: Vanessa's primary Weapon of Choice takes a page out of the Castlevania playbook.
  • The Wild West: Most of Vanessa's fourth season is spent stranded in an old western town, complete with an old-timey saloon and an appropriate soundtrack.
  • World of Snark: Many central characters, including all of Havenfall's Finest, are snarky in some way or another.
  • You Owe Me: JD's third season kicks off with the arrival of their half-sister Hikari, who breaks Rip's spell on the town. Later, she tells them about the contract sigil they've been marked with. JD owes her a favor in return for each incident. This comes back in their fourth season, when she blocks one of their summonings trying to get them to return one. The heroine ends up returning one on JD's behalf by helping her get along with Spike.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The third bride starts one in Vanessa's fourth season.

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