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"Do you know how to conquer a monster’s heart?"
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Monster Prom is a dating sim by BeautifulGlitch (Julián Quijano), with art by Arthur Tien.

The game provides a new spin on dating sims, making it a competitive sport in which up to 4 players can choose a protagonist and can either compete to see who gets their date to the prom or work together so both can get their desired partner. The game takes place in a monster's school, three weeks before the dance, and the players try desperately to seduce one of six other students to go to the prom with them.

The game had a successful Kickstarter campaign, garnering over 30 thousand euros and unlocking extra features including new downloadable characters. The game has its website and has a twitter account. It was officially launched on Steam on April 27th, 2018.

In May 2019, a new Kickstarter campaign was launched for a sequel: Monster Prom 2: Holiday Season, which contains three different game modes and features both new and returning characters. It quickly surpassed the funding of the original game, and by the time the campaign finished, passed enough stretch goals to make its Monster Camp mode a standalone project and combine the other two modes (Retreat and Road Trip) with a new one. They've also committed to another project, thanks to reaching a very high stretch goal: Monster Prom: Reverse, involving you trying to romance Oz, Amira, Brian, and/or Vicky, the player characters from the original game.

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NOT to be confused with Monster High, which is very different.


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  • 100% Completion: The game keeps track of the total amount of secret endings, events and outcomes The Player has seen. A screen at the end of each run shows The Player's progress. There is an achievement for getting 100% in each of those categories, and 50% in the first two.
  • Accidental Truth: In a lunchroom event between Miranda and Vera, you can choose to take a sip of Vera's scotch, then act as if it was poisoned to scare Miranda. After Miranda faints, Vera compliments you on your performance, saying that she should add poison to her scotch more often. Only then does she realize you're probably not faking the symptoms, and that you could probably use the antidote.
  • All-Ghouls School: A rather humorous and modern take on this. Everyone in the school is some variety of monster, but it's a setting that also includes smartphones, social media, and a generous helping of sex jokes.
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  • Anti-Frustration Features: Players can't access the shop or buy items from Valerie on the last turn since there would be no point to buying items that set off event flags, and the shop appearing could potentially lock a player out of a prom date if they want to raise a specific stat.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Literally. There's a path where you buy a sheet with eyeholes and use it to pretend to be a ghost. Everyone but Liam falls for it, even Polly, who actually is a ghost.
  • Black Comedy: A truckload of it. Events frequently involve violence, death, destruction, and any number of dark rituals and soul-selling. All of it is played for comedy.
  • Bland-Name Product: There are many peppered throughout the game.
    • The name of the site you can run scams on in the library is StartKicker.
    • You can say there's a brand of Lingerie called Victoria's Seance.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • When Liam asks The Player if they've ever heard of "StartKicker", a crowdfunding site, the narrator asks if Liam knows why he exists since Monster Prom was a crowdfunded project on Kickstarter.
    • A classroom event in Second Term involves Miranda and Vera trying to upgrade Calculester, with one of the options specifically referring to the in-game stat system. Succeeding with that option even states that you boost Calculester's stats by going to the same places the player would go to boost theirs Specifically... .
    • Two of the new secret endings in Second Term are fueled by this. In the first one, Liam, Polly, and Scott all realize they're in a video game and try to escape it. In the second, you take the Narrator to the prom.
  • Breakout Character:
    • Damien is by far the most popular character in the series. His overwhelming popularity gained him an extra secret ending, maintaining his status as a main romanceable character in the sequel Monster Camp, as well as being Promoted to Playable in Monster Prom: Reverse.
    • Calculester and Zoe are both extremely popular, being eventually promoted to main romanceable characters with the Second Term DLC. Both characters return, having been Promoted to Playable in Monster Prom: Reverse. Calculester also returns as a main romance option in the Monster Camp.
  • College Is "High School, Part 2": Implied. The setting is referred to as a high school, yet only one of the dateable characters is a teenager. The rest are in their 20s (or in Liam's case, 400s). There are also no mentions of characters living with their parents and students, are allowed to drink alcohol in the cafeteria, even if they're under the legal drinking age.
  • Cute Monster Characters: The Player characters and main love interests play this straight. Subverted in the case of some of the other students, including the Eldritch Abomination you can take to prom.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • The Bad Ending for Miranda's Christmas update route. Pheel the Eel succeeds in killing her, and the credits polaroids consist of people mourning her at her funeral, with no music playing.
    • The Second Term update has Hope's Lore Coupon path, especially the second part. We learn that the Hope we know and love is the fourth in a line of Hopes, that she occasionally receives memories from these past lives, and that Liam's rift with the Coven runs a lot deeper than "eventually got bored with them." None of it is Played for Laughs.
    • The Halloween 2019 update finally reveals how Polly actually died. Her father was an alcoholic who didn't care how much it was hurting their family. His habits eventually lead to them all getting into a car accident, with him as the Sole Survivor. Polly genuinely tears up at several points as she admits, despite what happened, she still loves him and checks on him from time to time.
  • Deadly Prank: While most of the Prank Masterz' (with a Z!) usual pranks are pretty harmless and even laughable (mainly if you side with Scott over Polly in terms of pranks). It is heavily implied they did once accidentally cause someone's death in a prank during the Greeting Card ending (they're even holding the body in a potato sack). And in the Arcane Book ending, it's played painfully straight in that everyone, including the player, is dead at the tentacles of Z'Gord, except for Scott and Polly.
  • Downer Ending:
    • The Halloween event added one. By purchasing the book of spells in the shop and completing all of its "pranks", you, Polly, and Scott ultimately manage to summon the Eldritch Abomination Z'Gord. It goes about as well as you'd expect: Z'Gord takes over the world, establishing a reign of fear and death, murders almost all of the characters (including you), and there's a series of polaroids showing them futilely trying to escape or fight back. One of the ending polaroids have Liam spell out the sentence "This is the worst possible timeline" with his dying breath. The only ones coming out of this unscathed are, of course, Scott and Polly, whom the "Thank You for playing!" shot shows alive and well, celebrating yet another successful scheme by the Prank Masterz (with a Z).
    • In the Christmas update, the plot by Miranda's subjects to assassinate her for years of abuse and mistreatment is entirely Played for Laughs. unless you completely screw up the Christmas party, in which case the assassination goes off without a hitch. Unlike the Black Comedy of the Halloween ending, the resulting ending, Miranda's murder, and everyone's reaction to it are all played dead seriously.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Dahlia, a new character introduced in Valentine's Day 2019 DLC, makes a brief appearance in secret endings added for the Halloween 2018 update and the Christmas 2018 update.
    • Dmitri, another new character in the Second Term, is foreshadowed by both Liam's Halloween costume (he's wearing Dmitri's regular outfit) and the ANGELBLOOD route (where he makes a narration-only appearance in the second event and (depending on what you do) say that he'll be a love interest in the future).
    • The class photo that appears at the end of the game depicts several characters that don't make appearances unless you take specific routes that may or may not need to be unlocked first.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: In a certain event, Scott will rub sauce over his bare chest, and The Player will be into it.
  • Enfante Terrible: There's an eight-year-old Kraken that Miranda and you can let loose on school. The kid goes on to wreak havoc.
  • Everyone Is Bi: Independent of gender, all romantic options can be romanced by all playable characters. This trope also extends to pretty much everyone in the school.
  • Evolving Credits: The end credits may change depending on which character you asked out to the Prom and whether or not they agreed to be your date. The picture at the side of the "Thank You for Playing" message will be a changed version of one of the pictures on the credit (or even a different one altogether) with some cute scribbles on it.
  • Fanservice:
    • Each Love Interest has two secret endings, one of those two always has a fanservicey CG of the character wearing little clothes and implications about a new interest in The Player.
    • Furthermore, THE SUPER SECRET ONE ending is an orgy organized by Polly for you and all of your classmates, the CG is of all six Love Interests plus Blobert waiting for you to join them in a hot tub.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In an event, Vera will mention that Damien has oddly well-manicured fingers for a man. This tidbit turns out to hint at his interest in the beauty industry, which is one of their endings.
    • By going successfully alone to prom once, the narration will mention that you feel ready and confident to go after one — or more — of your classmates. This foreshadows the existence of an orgy ending.
    • During the end credits, the shopkeeper shows up in one of the polaroids hanging out with Vera. It seems a bit random, given that everyone else in the photos plays a major role. Vera is also one of the harder characters to romance. This is foreshadowing the fact that Valerie, the shopkeeper, is both a romance option and Vera's adoptive sister.
      • Further reinforced in two of the polaroids added in the Halloween and Christmas updates, where they depict Vera carrying Valerie to the Oberlin bunker after Z'gord takes over and Vera consoling Valerie at Miranda's funeral, respectively.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: There are two male and two female playable characters for the six datable characters (three female and three male). The extra content in the Kickstarter includes one more male, one more female, and one way harder to identify.
  • Giant Spider: The principal is one. That's even his name: Principal Giant Spider.
  • Golden Ending: THE SUPER SECRET ONE ending, in which your Lovable Sex Maniac character gets to have an orgy with all your friends, which has been implied to be their main goal in several moments.
  • Halloween Episode: Lampooned in the "That October Holiday" event. Everyone's already a monster at this school, so all the monsters dress up in each other's regular outfits.
  • Hand Wave: Played for laughs; almost everything that seems to be impossible happens with the bare minimum of explanation besides "it happens" and "works in mysterious ways."
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: When selecting playable characters, the players can choose from a character's given name (e.g., Amira), the color of their avatar (e.g., Red), or give the character a unique inserted name. Each player also chooses whether their character is referred to with male, female, or gender-neutral pronouns.
  • It's a Wonderful Failure: Downplayed, but by not inviting anyone to prom and not having sufficient stats, as well as failing to get any of the secret endings, the game gives you a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. The game also lets you know it thinks you are an idiot and a coward and gives you the rejection screen anyway. You also get the achievement for failing at playing dating sims.
  • It's Not Porn, It's Art: When Damien and Liam find The Player making erotic fanart of them together, The Player passes it off as art, which Liam ends up agreeing to, much to Damien's dismay.
  • Kafka Comedy: While it's hard to say your character is well-meaning, they also don't mean any harm. And if you make the wrong choices, you end up with the game being a darkly hilarious series of misfortunes for The Player as they fail to get a date.
  • Karma Houdini: Played for laughs. More often than not, none of the characters suffer any major consequences for their horrible and sometimes illegal actions (up to and including murder).
  • Lemony Narrator: The narrator talks in second-person, though he voices The Player character's actions and lines. He also is quite snarky, stops to comment as if he is the player character, and so on.
  • Lemon Stu: In-universe, basically all male characters of the spicy fanfic "Dragon Heat," but especially the protagonist, Smitty.
  • Lighter and Softer: Second Term adds two new love interests who are both good-natured, friendly, and just want to live normal lives (by monster standards, anyway - also justified in that both of them were introduced in the vanilla game as creatures who until getting asked to prom existed outside normal "monsterhood"), and many of its DLC-specific routes have more of a sweet, slice-of-life-with-a-silly-twist feel to them than many of the wilder and Black Comedy-themed routes that came before them - for example, Zoe and Calculester have routes respectively revolving around her transition and acclimating to a "normal life" in which plenty of monsters still don't quite understand her but are (mostly) eager to try and his trying to ask the others about their life philosophies in order to understand the meaning of life. Of course, Tropes Are Not Bad - the base game's Black Comedy sensibilities are still there in plenty events with said base game's content still all there with Second Term switched on, the overall writing style and personality are still in-tact, and Zoe and Calculester have been well-received as full love interests for their Adorkable personalities.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Subverted. The dateable characters each have two casual outfits, a sports outfit, a prom outfit, and a school play costume. The Player characters have almost the same number of outfits, having only one casual outfit instead of two.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Pretty much everyone welcomes having sex at any given time, though Polly and The Player are the most notable ones, with her being a hedonistic ghost and The Player always being mentioned by The Narrator as desperately wanting to have sex, and is attracted to pretty much everyone in the school
  • Love Overrides the Law: One of the secret endings for Liam has the player paraody this exact trope. "You tell Miranda not to worry. You've seen plenty of teen rom-coms. You know how this part goes:"
    Player: You need a grand romantic gesture. Race to the airport to confess your feelings before Liam boards his plane!
  • Lust Object: Pretty much every character to The Player, who is attracted to pretty much everybody in school, and is very clearly intended on having sex with any of the six main love interests.
  • Mood Whiplash: In a game where even the bad endings are hilarious, the Arcane Book and Assassination endings stand out for how dark and serious they are. The Arcane Book ending at least has some Black Comedy sprinkled in. The Assassination ending is played dead seriously.
  • Multiple Endings: The ending of the game will heavily depend on whether or not The Player was able to get a date to Prom, and even then, the final scenario CG will depend on who you played and who you romanced.
    • There are 22 secret endings unlockable through items bought in the shop or a string of events that can happen at any given time, sometimes at any route.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: In one event, when The Player encounters Vera, Liam, Damien, and Polly, the narrative refers to them as "the four most hateful people in school." Vera, Liam, and Damien make snide remarks, followed by Polly being her usual energetic self and proclaiming herself to be "super drunk." The narrative quickly corrects itself to "the three most hateful people in school, and Polly."
  • Non-Standard Game Over: If in a multiplayer game, one of The Players achieves THE SUPER SECRET ONE ending, this locks all other players out from their endings, be they just a date or be they secret endings, unless the ending involves not picking one of the main love interests. The other players get a warning stating that they missed out on the orgy.
    Narrator: Prom Night arrives, and you failed at getting a date because half the class is attending that orgy you're missing out.
  • No Stat Atrophy: Averted. Stats don't go down on their own, but if a player fails a stat check, several of their stats go down.
  • Omega Ending: Downplayed; while it's not required to get all other endings, THE SUPER SECRET ONE ending has quite a few requirements to allow The Player even to have a chance at participating in it. The Player must have taken all six main Love Interests to prom, get at least one of each of the six's secret endings, and have a certain amount of completed events. These will trigger a notification stating that The Player can now manage an orgy.
  • Promoted to Playable: Zoe, Damien, Calculester, and Dahlia are all playable characters in Monster Prom Reverse.
  • Redundant Parody: Every once in a while, in a game with so many references (see below). For instance, one of the character creation questions in Second Term talks about getting out of being arrested by beating the officer at Yu-Gi-Oh. That exact thing happened in the very first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's.
  • Reference Overdosed: This is a game that collects Shout Outs by the bucket, enough to warrant its page, and some are even fairly specific, including mentioning by name ship names of Star vs. the Forces of Evil and the ship wars and arguments that happen there now and then in that fandom.
  • Rousing Speech: One of the gym events includes you managing to take your team to victory by making one. Played for Laughs.
  • Running Gag:
    • "That's, like, third base for [Love Interest]!" in response to a love interest stepping out of line with a usual selfish behavior to show the player they're warming up to them, e.x. Vera sharing, Liam openly tolerating them.
    • Polly will frequently comment "that's how I died!" when something dangerous comes up. These are always contradicting, and couldn't have all taken place at the same time, making her an Unreliable Narrator.
    • Damien sets things on fire for the sake of setting them on fire.
    • Liam ranking things he doesn't like in various categories, and where he ranks them, in relation to other things. This winds up subverted for a Wham Line in Hope's route in Second Term, in which point he ranks his two biggest regrets.
  • Sailor Earth: This game has inspired many monstersonas or "monsterpromsonas". Even the creators themselves have Author Avatar's in the form of monstersonas. They sometimes create monstersonas for those that win them as prizes, and for those that commission them.
  • Second-Person Narration: The Lemony Narrator refers to The Player as "you" during the whole game. Subverted in Second Term, where The Narrator turns out to be a student providing narration for everyone at school.
  • Sex Comedy: The game is choke-full of innuendos and blatant references to both sex, as well as how constantly horny and somewhat desperate is The Player, being that the end goal is to take someone on a date and several secret endings end with The Player having sex with someone.
  • School of No Studying: Lampshaded and parodied, should the player choose to go to Class.
    "Sometimes, after all the monster nonsense and the dating gimmicks, you forget that attending class is supposed to be the primary activity at this high school."
  • Shout-Out: Here.
  • The Six Stats: Boldness, Fun, Smarts, Charm, Creativity, and Money.
  • Socialization Bonus:
    • In online games, achievements will count for every participant, not just the player who made the achievement.
    • Playing multiplayer also reduces the required stats to successfully ask any love interest to prom... but this trope can also be Inverted if multiple players are trying to date the same character.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: In-universe. During the "Dragon Heat" events, Vera can chastise you for your choice of a favorite arc, since it was about the king lying to everyone to try to make an orgy, which leads to a long, but necessary talk about consent.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: So what song plays over the credits of the Halloween update ending where you help Scott and Polly inadvertently end the world? Scott and Polly sing an upbeat rap number.
  • String Theory: The final event of the Shitter event chain has Damien, obsessed with finding out the origin for the eponymous statuette, cover his wall with pictures and newspaper articles connected this way. As Liam notes, that's how you know your obsession is becoming unhealthy.
  • Take That!: Various ones to people who use Kickstarter, with the characters occasionally proclaiming how they're ripping people off using a Bland-Name Product version of it. Of course, given that without Kickstarter, the game wouldn't exist, there might be some Self-Deprecation in there as well.
  • Threesome Subtext: During the Dragon Heat Events, you can take both Miranda and Damien on a date, if you have enough CHARM. It's obvious The Player character is interested in pretty much everyone in the school and would not turn down if more than one of their classmates is interested in them.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Arcane Book. Polly and Scott use it to play pranks on their fellow students, but somehow don't notice the creepy whispering and eerie side-effects from using the book...
  • Training Montage:
    • Parodied. One event includes The Player, Damien, and Scott training a wild beast to participate on a TV show over a training montage. When Scott wonders how they could do all of this, and it could still be lunchtime, Damien says that these montages work in strange ways.
    • Parodied again when the coach asks two other students to train with you. The narration will say that although 30 seconds passed, inspirational music was blasting out of nowhere, the day turned into night, and all of you are sweaty and tired.
  • Trade Snark: Right at the beginning, with Monster Prom's Stupidest Pop Quiz Ever™.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Discussed in-universe. Liam will point that in the fandom of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, it'd be weird to ship Starco due to Marco being technically in his thirties. He also expands that there's no such issue among them since everybody is of age (Miranda is the youngest character and is 19).
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Most characters react to the monster slayer like it's anything they've seen normally. The same is applied to the Interdimensional Prince opening portals. Although they seem to react with surprise and glee when The Player shows up pretending to be a ghost, thinking they are an exchange student.
  • Wham Line: During Hope's route in Second Term, Joy talks about a former Big Bad named Angelus who made a Heel–Face Turn later on. As it turned out, however, he hired an assassin to kill Faith before his turn, and it ended up taking the life of the second Hope instead. Then Liam (who's been mostly silent during the story) says this.
    I'll never be sorry enough, Hope. Hiring the Unfaithful is the thing I regret the most, closely followed by choosing Angelus as my evil name.
  • Who's on First?: One event has Vera drinking scotch for lunch, much to the confusion of Scott, who mishears it as "Scott's." It doesn't help when she describes it as "an energy drink for Scottish people."
  • World of Badass: It's a high school that features constant death, destruction, dark magic, and Black Comedy. However, it's all played for laughs.
  • Year X: As seen in one of the photos at the end of the game, it takes place in 20X0.
  • Yaoi: Deliberately invoked by Liam, who sees the genre as a form of art. He becomes obsessed with it soon after and The Player keeps pretending to be a master, which will lead them to the YAOI ending.
    Liam: I have heard about this... Yaoi. It's a millenary form of art from the East. A delightful celebration of love and desire.

"What if I told you that the world was gonna end
And you had fifteen minutes
To spend with me or your friends?
Would you take the first bus over to my house?
Or would you take the last plane over the West Coast?"

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