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Hyde is a short horror film by YouTube channel TheThreeLancers, and is a contemporary take on Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, followed by two sequels The Secret Society and Hyde: Relapse, although the titular character is part of a trio in the second film, which is not needed to understand the third, although provides a tiny amount of clarity.

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    Hyde and Hyde: Relapse 
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Tom's friend James jokingly suggests that Tom was "making love to [his] right hand", before being interrupted by Tom's ex-girlfriend.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Tom can barely remember what he gets up to as Hyde, save for several fuzzy memories of his murders.
  • Beard of Evil: Invoked by Mr. Hyde's mask, the same one as from V for Vendetta, only in black and gold.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Dale, Mr. Hyde's last on-screen victim, loses control of his bladder when confronted by the aforementioned serial killer. Even lampshaded by Hyde himself.
    Mr. Hyde: Oh, you're taking the piss!
  • Eye Scar: Mr. Hyde's mask has a scar over the left eye.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: The entire premise of these two short films.
  • Mask of Sanity: As shown in Hyde: Relapse when he impersonates a police officer, Mr. Hyde is very capable of acting calm and composed, as opposed to his maniacal behavior in the climax of the first short film. This in part appears to be a creator's choice, however, as Hyde is also extremely calm in The Secret Society, despite not having to conceal his true identity as a (former) serial killer.
  • Starving Artist: Tom is an art student living in a tiny, one-room flat what is presumed to be a large town or city.
  • Title Drop: In Hyde, when James suggests Tom name his newfound drug "Hyde" as opposed to "Jekyll & Hyde".

    The Secret Society 

  • All Myths Are True: Played with in regards to the "fictional" characters in this film:
    • Goole pretty much admits to having inspired An Inspector Calls, saying it was "based on true events".
    • Mr. Hyde, on the other hand, is little more than a similar alternate-personality having adopted the name from the novella itself.
    • The Invisible Man is possibly the most distant, being a literal invisible man accidentally created by a rogue experiment, and having absolutely nothing to do with the book, although Goole lampshades it.

  • Anti-Hero: Pretty much all three members of the Secret Society are this, with Hyde being only slightly less axe-crazy than in his solo films, the Invisible Man rather prone to violence, and Inspector Goole being just a general Manipulative Bastard.

  • Based on a True Story: In-Universe. Inspector Goole makes a joke that "his" play was inspired by true events.

  • Black Eyes of Evil: The Outcast, being a humanoid entity with demonic black eyes.

  • Find the Cure!: Played with. Goole promises the Invisible Man a cure if he helps defeat The Outcast, only to reveal Goole does not even have the cure. His dialogue, however, suggests there may be a cure, but they just have to find it. The Invisible Man declines this offer.

  • Invisible Jerkass: The unnamed Invisible Man can be a bit of a prick at times.

  • Meaningful Name: Inspector Goole, being the same one as from An Inspector Calls.
    • Mr. Hyde himself could apply for this trope, as only twice in the entire three-film series is he seen without his mask, and the latter is a short hallucination sequence.
    • Tom Stevenson, his surname being an obvious reference to Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of the book upon which this character is based.

  • Older Than They Look: Inspector Goole has the appearance of a younger man, despite looking exactly the same in the 1937 flashback and, if his quip about his eponymous play is any indication, was also around in the 1910s.
  • Power Trio: Of the Combat, Diplomacy, Stealth variety: Hyde usually attempts to stab his problems, Goole is rather skilled at talking people into doing what he wants, and the Invisible Man is, well, invisible.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Goole in the sequel quips that he's "not sure that's entirely possibly anymore" in regards to his head being blown off by a gun, although it is unclear whether or not it is this trope or Complete Immortality of which he speaks.

  • Title Drop: When Goole tells Mr. Hyde he's forming "a society - well, a secret society".


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